A Journey to the Mission Field
Read to find out what inspired Blessid Union of Souls to abandon their fame as secular musical artists to embrace the Christian music scene.
BY: Rebecca Brittingham
Early on, Eliot Sloan, the lead vocalist and key songwriter, with his friends were generating funky, pop/rock style music. During this season, Blessid Union of Souls emerged as the number one smash, a trio of top tens, five top 20 tunes and seven to hit the top 40, spanning the diverse likes of the iconic ballad “I Believe,” the quirky and colorful “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me),” the acoustically framed “Light In Your Eyes,” plus romantic favorites including “I Wanna Be There” and “Let Me Be the One” to name only a few.
From the gold selling Carole King tribute album Tapestry Revisited (Rod Stewart, Faith Hill, Amy Grant, The Bee Gees) to the double platinum soundtrack for “Pokemon: The First Movie,” Eliot has made appearances on “Contact” (starring Jodie Foster), “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Cold Case,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Live with Regis” (no less than four times), “Good Morning, America,” “Top of the Pops,” “All My Children” and VH1. In short, Blessid Union of Souls has impacted every facet of pop culture.
During these glorious years, Eliot appeared on stage with superstar acts like Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind and Mike & the Mechanics. In the midst of his fame and glory, he began to feel that there was something lacking in his life. Eliot expresses his feelings – “I don’t know if you want to call it an un-fulfillment but I just wanted to go deeper. I love reading the Bible and I love the Old Testament stories. I love the word of God and I just wanted the music to reflect that more and be more in that direction.” Eliot desired to pursue a musical career, but he wanted his music to have depth and purpose.
In the midst of fame and success, a shift took place in their music. It all started in a small production studio a little over six years ago where friends once generated punk/pop music. No more. Blessid Union of Souls chose to abandon their traditional pop musical style to embrace a more contemporary Christian style of music.
Little did they realize that what started out in a small studio would pave the way for the release of their new album, The Mission Field. This new album captures a different audience; rather than just providing mere musical entertainment, the album sends a message of encouragement and hope to bring healing to the hearts of a dying world!! Today, Eliot envisions using this new album as a tool to impact this generation.