This song was written by Mikal Blue, Kevin Hammond, and Angel Taylor; and was recorded by Newsboys… included on their album, Going Public.
Mikal Blue (born 3 March 1966) is an English music producer, songwriter, engineer and mixer. Originally from County Durham, England, Mikal Blue is currently based in Los Angeles and works from his studio there. In addition to his work as a producer, songwriter, engineer, mixer and instrumentalist, Blue has worked in developing acts such as Augustana, OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat, Angel Taylor, Chandler Juliet and Kevin Hammond.
Kevin Richard Hammond (born February 7, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter. Hammond is known musically for his ability to seamlessly switch between a high falsetto and a full-bodied vocal register.
Angel Mae Taylor is a pop singer-songwriter based out of the Los Angeles area.
Newsboys (sometimes stylized as newsboys) are a Christian rock band founded in 1985 in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia, by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. They have released 17 studio albums, 6 of which have been certified gold. Currently, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk), keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, drummer and percussionist Duncan Phillips, and guitarist Jody Davis. In addition to performing music, the band has appeared in the films God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2.
I first heard this song on a W.O.W. compilation CD. It was totally different from other music I listen to, but the clever lyrics and catchy tune made it a song I’ve listened to over and over since then.
This song encourages Christians to be the best ambassadors for Christ we can be… salesmen who have the greatest product to offer, Jesus Christ. And this song also reminds us that we only have to do one thing to convince others of the benefit of Jesus, and that’s to shine the light we have within us!
Bible Reference… Matthew 5:13-16
Dull as dirt, you can’t assert the kinda light that might persuade
a strict dictator to retire… fire the army… teach the poor origami.
The truth is in, the proof is when you hear your heart start asking,
“What’s my motivation?”
And, try as you may, there is no way to explain the kinda change
that’d make an Eskimo renounce fur… that’d make a vegetarian barbecue hamster.
Unless you can trace this about-face to a certain Sign…
Shine! Make ’em wonder whatcha got.
Make ’em wish that they were not on the outside looking bored.
Shine! Let it shine before all men. Let ‘em see good works and then
let ‘em glorify the Lord.
Out of the shaker and onto the plate, it isn’t karma… it sure ain’t fate
that would make a deadhead sell his van…
that would make a schizophrenic turn in his crayons.
Oprah freaks and science geeks, a rationale that shall excuse this strange behavior.
When you let it shine, you will inspire the kind of entire turnaround
that would make a bouncer take ballet, even bouncers who are… “happy”.
But, out of the glare, with nowhere to turn, you ain’t gonna learn it on “What’s my line?”