Friday, January 25, 2013

Flashback Friday: Through The Benjamin Gate

Welcome Back to the Commonwealth of CCM, that part of Flashback Friday in which our focus has been bands within the British Commonwealth of Nations. We Have done Great Britain and Australia, and we have moved on to The Republic of South Africa.

As a side note, I have also begun watching, from Season One Episode One, the entire series of Stargate SG-1. Now this is only relevant because our band is The Benjamin Gate, and their major label debut, called 'untitled' (2001), featured a stargate motif.

The voice behind The Benjamin Gate was Adrienne Liesching (now Adie Camp, wife of Jeremy Camp, CCM Mega Star). Adie has since re-emerged as a solo artist in the bland AC style. The albums are good, but not standouts. One of the problems is that all hints of South African heritage are gone, and that, along with her ever changing hair, was one of the things we loved about her.

Untitled had a number of memorable songs, and a truly unforgettable sound. Probably the biggest hit was All Over Me.

Continuing with the Sci-Fi motif, Contact (2002), which was a bit more refined, but still very good. This is Lift Me Up.

To fans of The Benjamin Gate, Jeremy Camp will always be the guy who broke up TBG.  We forgive you, Jeremy. The question remains, though. If Adie can be a wife, mother and Bland AC Solo artist, why not wife, mother, and Alt Rock Frontwoman of a band with a sound that would make everyone forget about Jeremy Camp. Sorry, answered my own question.

That concludes this edition of Flashback Friday. I am going to have to retool this once again, because each of the subjects didn't have equal numbers, and some are proving difficult to research, as they are really "where are they now fodder." Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.