I just purchased WOW 2010, a collection of best Christian contemporary songs of that year. As I'm sifting through this album, I was impressed with the song "Keys to the Kingdom" by Group 1 Crew.
The song starts easy, starts a little prayer and a bit slow explaining the great controversy of sin, Adam, and the fall of man. Then it moves to the message of victory, of salvation, that heaven is not hard, it isn't about what you do, but what's already been done by Jesus Christ. You already have the keys to heaven, all you have to do is accept Christ's salvation (the 'second' Adam) to get to the kingdom. You don't have to go to a priest, no confessions needed, no prayers dropped in a bucket, no money to pay for your sins -- God addresses you directly.
I like these guys style: the gospel message is creatively laid out, and the music targets a specific genre.
Keep it going Group 1 Crew! Keep the music goin', keep the gospel alive.
They say we're all in the pursuit of happiness A life that's fabulous we fight for our beliefs like an activist The struggles here can be seen across the atlas And it started when Adam chose to give up his palace Now the earth waits for its rightful owner 2,000 years ago the 2nd Adam told us the kingdom is at hand, died for the sins of man just so he can where we rule over the land meet every demand while nature waits for kings to take a stand so we need to understand we can change our circumstances the kingdom is therefore we choose when to advance it
You got the keys inside this kingdom, lift up your head is only begun, keep holding on and you'll see the Son everybody sing it now [x2]
I heard You say that You would die for me gladly give Your life for me, cry for me, all so I
could call You when I'm so in need of promises you've spoken, my heart was always broken cause
You gave the keys to life but in my pride I had them stolen, You say that you redeem us and
bring us to a place where we can see the keys can never be stolen they just misplaced and so we
rise from the ashes, stand before the masses proclaim the victory is ours and so we never give
up, even though times get hard to understand, its never enough for us to sit back and hope he
has a plan we gotta stand up and face the cold with a boldness that is focused on the fact we
have the keys so just believe there's nothing closed
So many promises You gave, and we just turned and walked away but now I see the price you paid was enough for us to live victorious
About Group 1 Crew
So I thought these guys were new but apparently they've been around for a couple of years. Dove Awards performance: