Just recently, I worked on a project for the Christian Rock Band Skillet. I really enjoyed the project, and it got me thinking about the fact that, over the last few years, here at Sew What? we have been approached by more and more Christian Rock Bands interested in custom stage curtains, digitally printed band backdrops, and other soft goods for their tours.
When I first joined Sew What? back in 2005, we primarily worked with “mainstream” rock, pop and country music artists. Of course, we still do, but in recent years, we have also provided custom soft goods to the tours of numerous major Christian Rock and Pop recording artists. In looking through the list of Best Christian Rock Bands from the website “The Top Tens,” I recognized over a dozen that we have worked with.
Top of the list is Skillet. Just a couple of weeks ago, we made a series of digitally printed backdrops for the band’s current tour. Included in the series were 2 center panels at 10′ h x 10′ w and 4 side panels at 10′ h x 5′ w, all printed on Heavy Knit and topically treated for flame retardancy. With artwork that is a variation of the cover art on their current album, Rise, the backdrops really turned out beautiful. Want to see the finished backdrops? The band’s U.S. tour just started and runs through the end of September.
Here are a few more Christian bands / artists from the list that I recognized:
- Thousand Foot Krutch (# 3)
- Casting Crowns (# 5)
- Third Day (# 15)
- Decyfer Down (# 21)
And that is just a few (I recognized many more). When I think about it, though, it’s not really surprising that we are working on the tours of more faith-based artists than in the past. In doing a little Internet surfing, I discovered that Christian Rock Music has become more and more popular over the years, not just with religious fans, but with mainstream fans as well. Even the New York Times wrote an article on Skillet recently and, guess what? Skillet sold more than 1 million albums last year, at the top with mainstream artists The Black Keys.
With this rising popularity, the tours of Christian artists are becoming more and more sophisticated, in regards to stage design, staging, lighting, special effects, and, yes, drapery and soft goods. It is great for us here at Sew What? to have the opportunity to work with terrific artists, whether they perform so-called “mainstream” music or “faith-based” music. We are proud to support artists and help them achieve their vision.