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CBN.comTaking a title that resonates through the decades of popular music, the four members of Starfield find the defining characteristic of their generation. That audible ache for honesty and relevance resonates throughout the entire album – all the way to “Shipwreck,” where the yearning becomes more intimate in the album’s final, whispered line, “Your life in me, changing who I am to who I need to be.”

The band is best known for the well loved songs “Filled With Your Glory” and “Revolution” from their 2004 self titled release produced by Matt Bronleewe. When it came time for recording the follow up to the critically acclaimed record, Starfield teamed up with Bronleewe (Michael W. Smith, dc Talk, Plumb) for a second time while also enlisting the talents of GMA Award-winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Steven Curtis Chapman). The end result is a record that firmly establishes Starfield as a significant voice for this generation.

As Starfield’s songs continue to speak to today’s world in an honest and relevant way, the band’s own story shines through. Like shards of glass that catch the light and refract it in eleven brilliant, different directions, Beauty in the Broken reveals a band that strives for transparency and vulnerability in its music. “My Generation,” along with songs like “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Hand That Holds the World,” examine the many facets of these ideas — from the cultural to the individual, from the universal to the personal, from the generational to the eternal — at the same time illuminating the spirit of a band in the process of becoming who it needs to be.

“When we began writing songs for Beauty In The Broken, our goal was to make a corporate worship record… An album for the church,” explains Tim Neufeld, the group’s primary lyricist. “However, as we got deeper into the process of music and lyric, we couldn’t get away from our need to first address the often nagging disconnect between us and God… it’s tough to march right into a song like ‘Great is the Lord’ without first acknowledging the distance that exists between us and God. At the end of the day we felt like Beauty In The Broken was an incomplete worship record without songs like ‘My Generation’, ‘Captivate’, and ‘Shipwreck’ that fess up to the pain, condemnation, and doubt that often get in the way of true intimacy with Jesus.”

“The result is a collection of songs that outline a journey”, he continues. “There are days where I feel close to God and a song like “Glorious One” is an honest response to Him. There are other days when a lyric like ‘I’m so messy and distracted / undisciplined and tactless / here on the inside,’ makes a lot more sense to where I am at.”

Beauty in the Broken takes Starfield’s mission a step further. With songs that grapple with touchstone issues like alienation, identity and the quest for fulfillment, Starfield begins to speak for a generation that is “dying for love, crying for truth.” Beauty in the Broken points Starfield’s listeners to God during their most public times and their most private ones, offering songs for the service as well as songs for the self.

“One of the first truths we had to face was that the generation we sing about is not defined by age”, Jon says. “The literal generation that I’m a part of is in their mid-20’s – leaving college, beginning careers, and getting married. We’re dealing with rejection issues, carrying the weight of big decisions, and finding ourselves struggling to include God in our daily lives. But these issues are not unique to 20-somethings – they’re shared by teenagers, by people in their 30’s, 40’s, and beyond.”

With that in mind, Starfield’s Generation is not their peer group – rather, it is a generation of people who recognize there is an ache in their lives that can no longer be filled with just ‘going through the motions’ of relationship. It is a generation surrendered to the process of allowing God to draw beauty from their brokenness. And it’s a generation that understands a lifestyle of worship requires action outside of the church walls.

At some point in their spiritual journey, believers have to live just as passionately as they believe. As a practical way of extending their hand as an act of worship, the members of Starfield have become involved with relief organization World Vision in El Salvador, traveling to the Latin American nation in early 2006. Here in the US, Starfield also supports the teen-evangelism organization Dare 2 Share Ministries. Both ministries focus not only on the spiritual life but on services that make real, practical improvements within communities. Whether through those organizations or other efforts, the members of Starfield encourage their fellow worshippers to not only “know real” but to “live real.”

That kind of tangible proof of spiritual truth may be the only kind that matters to an aching generation that will otherwise try to build its own reality from the splintered pieces of the world around them. The truth is that while those pieces may reflect the reality they’re seeking, they can’t reveal the complete picture and true beauty that God has reserved for those that will earnestly seek after him.

“We all ache for God, but if we don’t know God we use “created things” as substitutes for God – material things, knowledge, relationships, sex - all of these things are good and if we’re looking – we can see God in them. But if we don’t know how to piece them together we will inevitably try to take these broken pieces and substitute them for the Creator. And the created will never fulfill us.”

“‘My Generation’ deals with that in a corporate sense,” Jon says, “as an anthem that speaks for more than just the individual. These are the things my generation can’t come to grips with. The rest of the album attempts to pose an answer.”

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