Big Shiny Planet

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Big Shiny Planet was a multi-media production house located in Nashville, TN. Their flagship product was [UP], a line of teaching resources that educate students about Biblical principals by using the lyrics of a contemporary Christian music (CCM) song as the teaching outline. The company later merged with Green Key Books in 2007 and released an enhanced version of their original products, which was sold through a number of vendors including Family Christian Stores and LifeWay before being liquidated on the website. In addition, it is the artist that either composed or performed the song that is filmed elaborating on the biblical substance of their lyrics.

Alan Vermilye, creator of Big Shiny Planet, sought to create a curriculum that taught life changing Truths using the prolific and powerful presence of music has in a teenager's life. Recognizing the proven utility of using music to teach as seen both in his own life as well as in such programs as Schoolhouse Rock, he launched Big Shiny Planet in January 2006.

Criticism of products like Big Shiny Planet stems from the general criticism received by CCM. For example, BarlowGirl shares the verse Romans 12:2, which teaches nonconformity to the world:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

Fans have criticized band member Lauren Barlow for endorsing Beyoncé in 2013[1] and later Lady Gaga in 2016,[2] artists known for sexually suggestive[3] and sacrilegious[4] lyrics.



  1. ^ Barlow, Lauren (21 January 2013). ""If Beyonce runs for president in 4 years, I'm totally voting for her...."". Twitter. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Barlow, Lauren (7 February 2016). ""Man, Lady Gaga can SING!!!"". Twitter. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Scaggs, Austin (February 19, 2009). "The 'Just Dance' singer on leotards, the first lady and raunchy lyrics". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. 
  4. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (May 5, 2011). "Lady Gaga: Her sexy, sacrilegious 'Judas' video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 

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