After 20 years together and 18 albums, Georgia’s Third Day is well-known and established in the Christian rock market. But having “Follow Me There,” a song from the quartet’s 2010 album “Move,” used as the theme song for “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on the TLC network certainly opened the door to a new and broader constituency.
“It was kind of a fluke in a way,” says drummer David Carr. “I don’t believe it was pitched by anybody from our team. The guy that produced her show (Mark Burnett) somehow heard the song and played it for Sarah and she loved it. They just felt it was the one to use — as simple as that, really.”
The situation did cause a little bit of hand-wringing, Carr acknowledges. “Even though most of us lean toward a conservative mindset, these days we try to pull back from political things a little,” he notes. And TLC executives questioned whether using such a religious song would be wise.
Ultimately, however, Carr says Palin stood up for the song, while the group decided the notoriety was worth aligning itself with the former Alaskan governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate.
“Quite frankly, when you’re having that kind of exposure, and knowing that, because of the polarizing figure she is, it’s going to get talked about, we knew that it would be a good thing for us,” Carr, 36, explains. “So I think all of us were like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ It didn’t really feel like a big risk for us or anything.
“We’ve gotten a few comments here or there on message boards, like ‘I’m never gonna listen to them again,’ but you’re gonna get that no matter what. We’re still glad we did it.”
Third Day performs with Michael W. Smith and Chris August at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $29.50 and $25 pavilion and $15 lawn, with a $5 pavilion discount for groups of 15 or more. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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