Connie Scott

Hold On

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Christian rockers often get it from both sides. On one hand, hardcore fundamentalists insist that you cannot use "the Devil's music" (as they call it) to promote Christian ideas -- and on the other, many secular rockers view them with suspicion. Nonetheless, some worthwhile music has come out of the Christian rock genre. In the 1980s, one of the noteworthy Christian rockers to come from Western Canada was Connie Scott, whose 1987 LP, Hold On, combines a religious message with a slick, glossy pop/rock-arena rock sound. Musically, Hold On isn't much different from the type of commercial rock that Heart, Patti Smyth, Vixen, and Pat Benatar were providing in the late '80s. But lyrically, Scott is obviously coming from a religious perspective. She isn't overbearing or in-your-face about it, however. Although the Vancouver-based singer preaches a spiritual message, Hold On doesn't come across as sectarian -- if you're a devout Jew, Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist, you won't feel that tunes like "Don't Curse the Darkness" and "Run to the Light" are trying to bully you into converting to Christianity. Hold On received very little attention from the secular rock world, although it's a decent record that was well-received in Christian music circles.

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