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When asked how he was for a Monday, Eliot Sloan
unashamedly answers, “Better than I deserve.” Taking a
look at his life, it’s easy to see why the good times seem
to be abundant. The lead singer of the uber-successful
Blessid Union of Souls is home in Cincinatti watching his
kids grow up (they’re 23, 19, 5, and 1!) and making music.
In fact, he’s just revisited the tracks recorded only weeks
ago for a new project that takes the faith that has always
been woven into his music and places it front and center.
CCM chatted with Eliot to get the details on it all!
CCM: Your music has always incorporated elements of
faith (“I Believe,” for example). But this latest venture
is unapologetically Christian music. Why this transition
Eliot: Well, like you said, our music always leaned in
that direction, but this is more direct. I think with life
happening—getting older, being married, having kids—
reality starts setting in and you start to look at what’s real
and what’s not. A lot of the music that we’ve done before
has made a difference with people but I want to make a
more direct difference. I want to tell them about Christ.
CCM: Has faith always been a part of your life?
Eliot: I’ve been going to church all my life. Nora, my
grandmother and my mother had me in church way back
when, but I really got saved when I was 19. A guy that I
went to school with wanted me to go to his church… and
I wanted to be 17… But the more I went, the more I felt
convicted. I eventually got saved right out of high school.
CCM: What are
playing to now
and those that
you played to
with your secular
Eliot: There’s a
lot of differences
as far as your
audience and where you’re playing, things like that. We’ll
probably play at more churches than clubs, but in some
sense, that’s where the mission field is. Jesus went where
the sinners were. Since we have a fan base already, I’m
hoping that people will take a listen to some of it, but
sometimes you have to go and get ‘em… My whole goal
is to point as many people as possible not to me, but to
Christ and tell people, “You listened and loved our music
before, but I want to point you to the source of it all.”
Eliot Sloan from
BlESSid Union of SoUlS
Your guide to the newest happenings in Christian musiC By Caroline Lusk
Click here for an exclusive
download of Eliot’s original, “I Still
Believe in Love.”
And click here to listen to the as-yet untitled latest
studio effort from the group!