The latest EP, “I’ll Follow You”, from The Rubyz features some great qualities that make it an anthem for Christ-loving tween and teen girls. It represents the messages many people need to hear, while embodying the sound that this generation enjoys. It satisfies those of us who like pop, yet rings with melodies that could impress any choir director.
The Rubyz is made up of Abby Schneider (age 14), Jessica Coffey (14) and Tanner Davis (17). “I’ll Follow You” is produced by award winning writer/producer Chuck Butler, who is best known for his work with The Backstreet Boys, Nick Lachey, TobyMac (for which he won 2 Grammy Awards), Mandisa and Tenth Avenue North.
Although I enjoyed this EP, it isn’t something that pops out as surprising. It was what I expected when I saw the cover – a fun, spunky collection of songs sung by girls and for girls. In some ways, it was stereotypical of small-time Christian bands, and is somewhat narrow in it’s audience.
Songs On Album:
This song has a bold, quick-paced sound that vibrates with youth. The theme is celebrating one’s beauty and identity, and it serves to encourage girls to embrace their God-given uniqueness and originality.
I’ll Follow You
The electronic sound of this song gives us a climbing intro that eventually transitions to a pop solo after the end of the chorus. Resonating with the clear proclamation of “I Will Follow You”, this song is a declaration of trust and faith in Christ.
“We’ve got to rise up and take a stand” basically sums up the message of this track. A call to it’s listeners not to give in to the temptation to live life in metaphorical sleepiness, this song involves a background voice echoing the words of the lead.
This song surprised me with an acoustic intro that eventually ushered in a beat to accompany the “So so” lyrics. The acoustic remained for most of the song, bringing a fresh sound to the track. The bridge twists things up with a rap. This positive-thinking type song ultimately pushes listeners to go out and “change the world”, because it “just takes one.”
Angels We Have Heard on High
This rendition of the classic Christmas song brings a modern, pop-culture twist to the traditional lyrics. Featuring a background harmony to the frontal melody, and periodic exclamations of “hey!” in the background, this track does a good job of reintroducing an old and familiar Christmas song to today’s generation.
This EP from the Rubyz does a good job of matching their upbeat tones with positive lyrics that can encourage this generation with their motivational messages. They steadily keep their sound inside the “pop” genre, and consistently bring us back to the “stand strong” theme.
This EP is also slightly stereotypical for what it is: a small-time band playing their original songs. Reminds me of 1 Girl Nation, a band that is more well known, but that also displays similar themes and the presentation of their messages. It is also very narrow in their audience – Christian tween/early teen girls.
Emma is a energetic follower of Christ. She has lived overseas since she was eight as a missionary with her family in Uganda, and has recently moved to Iraq. She loves to read, write, listen to music, and spend time with her family. Her family’s organization is Tutapona.