MP3 Crossed Hearts - GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel
An acoustic pop/rock mix of the Bangles and Out of the Grey with deep, spiritual and clever lyrics - a delicious sonic ice cream sundae that''s actually good for you. Christian Catholic pop/rock.
13 MP3 Songs
GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel, POP: with Live-band Production
Teri Smith met her future husband David when she auditioned for a band he was leading in 1989. The band broke up but they stayed together.
Since 1996, The husband and wife duo have called themselves Crossed Hearts who perform acoustic based pop with a lyrical message that bridges eternal realities with day to day life. With Teri''s voice often compared to Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles, they''re often described as a cross between the Bangles, Out of the Grey, Abba and they take advantage of their outstanding harmonies an almost every song.
"Our music is very positive and upbeat," says Teri. "It''s written to get you excited about your Christian faith and about living for Jesus, while also dealing with the deeper realities and struggles we all face as Christians."
David writes all the music and lyrics for the duo.
"We try to root everything we do in a Christian world view," he said. "Regardless of the topic of the song, it is founded on the teaching and spirituality of our faith."
From the guitar-backed opening bars of "Over My Head" to the final drumbeats of "Spread the Word, Crossed Hearts combine the best of pop music with solid spirituality.
The powerful harmonies created by David''s baritone/tenor and Teri''s soprano voices are a standout feature about their sound.
The choice of the name "Crossed Hearts" for the duo evolved as a natural outgrowth of his life with Teri.
"It sends a two-fold message for me," he says. "First, it reflects the vows that Teri and I made to each other when we got married. Second, as Christians we are called to carry our cross in this life and be rewarded in the next.
And a family ministry it is. David and Teri are home schooling parents to their six children between the ages of 12 and 3 .
They draw from their experiences of the challenge of raising a family and living a Christian life in our post Christian culture to write the lyrics and music of their songs.
"It''s definitely turning into a family affair," says Teri. "For example, when we''re performing at an event, our older boys help out at the CD table. The children know that after we finish home schooling in the morning, our family focus is this ministry."
Two sets of nearby grandparents, several local family members and some good friends are all on hand to watch the children when David and Teri have a performance to do.
"It would be impossible for us to do this without our families and friends," says David.
Crossed Hearts has played at conventions, events, festivals, churches and all types of events..