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  • Written to the Heavens, Long Time Coming (2018) / Spotify
    The digital age of music has its notable pros and cons, but one advantage of its existence is that it's easier than ever for aspiring musicians to get their music into the proverbial hands of potential fans. Having felt inspired to try his hand at it, and with the intent to bring glory to God and point people to Him, Andrew Bauschlicher put... Read the Full Review
  • Various Artists, 7Core Sonics #3 (2018) / 7CoreMusic.com
    As I was starting to discover music for myself, I can recall saying that the best music was that which was released outside of the major label market, and in a general sense, I believe that stands true today. As more artists are gravitating towards independence, labels like 7Core have made the marketing process a lot easier. And what better way to sample your roster than with a good compilation? 7Core Sonics #3 showcases six of their most popular artists. Each artist receives two slots in the tracklist which makes for a diverse sampler. Tina Boonstra's "Concrete Heart" and "Prodigal"... Read the Full Review
  • Sarah Felicia, Take Flight EP (2018) / SarahFeliciaMusic.com
    The story of Sarah Felicia's journey into the music industry may not sound unfamiliar to you, but to the young singer/songwriter from Ontario, Canada, it's an important one. Growing up with a passion for music has led her to releasing a single called "Red Balloon" in 2017 (and a French counterpart called "Ballon Rouge"), as well as her debut EP this summer. Take Flight explores Felicia's talents as both a musician and a singer, with simple but effective instrumentation and a keen ear for melody and harmony. That being said, Felicia's songs are also relatively simple - but not in a... Read the Full Review
  • House on Solid Rock, Revivify (Single) (2018) / Bandcamp
    Christian Joseph Allbee is an indie artist who goes by the name House On Solid Rock. Allbee recently released his newest, self-produced, single back in April. The name of the song is "Revivify," which simply means, to give new life. The song has a melody somewhat similar to Blink-182's "Don't Leave Me," but musically sounds nothing like the 1999 pop/punk tune. In the first verse, the lyrics talk about how God has saved him from a childhood of depression and a life of troubles, while the chorus focuses on how God's love has breathed new life into him... Read the Full Review
  • Jeremy Ryan, Into The Light: Songs of Redemption and Hope in the Midst of Despair EP (2018) / Facebook
    For Texas native Jeremy Ryan, playing music has been nearly a lifelong passion. Learning the craft in middle school led to fronting bands in high school, and now, as a believer in Jesus, he's using that same passion to worship his Savior and share the Gospel. His first outing as a solo artist is a short, five-song EP with a long title, Into the Light: Songs of Redemption and Hope in the Midst of Despair. Ryan's style has always been influenced by rock and metal, and you really hear those influences play out in these songs... Read the Full Review
  • WILKES, WILKES EP (2018) / Official Site
    Jason Wilkes has always been a master of genre jumping--he started off his career as the lead singer of the alternative rock band High Flight Society from 2001 - 2012, became the bassist / backing vocalist for Disciple (2012 - 2015), and transitioned to pop/rock when he went solo in 2015. After a recent stint on NBC's The Voice, Wilkes is following up with a five-song pop/country album simply titled Wilkes EP. To those who followed him on The Voice, or know of his position as a staff writer for country music publisher Dan... Read the Full Review
  • Iryne Rock, J.F.Y. (Just For You) (2018) / Official Site
    Iryne Rock is a Nigerian singer/songwriter who grew up listening to some of the great Spirit-filled musical artists from the past few decades, like The 2nd Chapter of Acts, the Winans, and Michael W. Smith. With this appreciation for music from an early age, Rock started trying her hand at songwriting and discovered a talent that she wanted to use to glorify our Savior. And that's exactly what she does on her newest release, J.F.Y (Just for You). Rock's style is obviously derived from the aforementioned influences, with gospel and contemporary cores mixing with pop, r&b... Read the Full Review
  • Mast of Glorious, Jesus Ways - Single (2018) / Official Site
    Though not typical, it's not unheard of for artists to release music under different monikers depending on the genre. We've seen this in prolific artists like Cee-Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley, Gnarly Davidson) and Adam Young (Owl City, Sky Sailing, Port Blue). This same tactic is also being applied by Mosaic Rain Recordings artist Tre Carn, a songwriter who writes the lyrics that end up being performed by a different batch of musicians. Carn's newest single is called "Jesus Ways," and is being performed by a worship leader named Jay Long and a collective being referred to as Mast of Glorious... Read the Full Review
  • Firma Collective, Songs for Every Soul (2018) / iTunes
    Worship acts have it pretty hard. There seems to be a typical trajectory of unforeseen popularity born from a specific sound, and whether or not an artist attempts to leave that pigeon-hole, either leads to unoriginality or failed reinvention. That's why there's always hope when a new group comes onto the scene, particularly when it is led in part by legendary engineer Tom Mgrdichian. Although Firma Collective certainly provides the sonic variety that one would hope for from a debut worship release, Songs For Every Soul mostly feels more like a hodge-podge of singles than a united vision... Read the Full Review
  • The Wayward Kind, Avalanche EP (2018) / Official Site
    The state of Kansas isn't well-known for its citizens forming famous bands. A few bands have gone on to make something of themselves, such as Pillar, Abandon Kansas, and...well, Kansas. All that being said, there is no shortage of musical acts in the state, as Hutchinson-native Jeremy Stokely can attest. Under the name The Wayward Kind, Stokely has begun writing and recording songs that he wrote while deployed in the Middle East. His latest album is the Avalanche EP, which features five songs that cover a few different genres... Read the Full Review
  • Ryan and Michelle Black, Our Dwelling Place (2018) / Official Site
    Ryan and Michelle Black are worship pastors from Victoria, Australia and have recently released their album, Our Dwelling Place. The couple, married since 2005, hope to reveal the radical love, grace and hope of Jesus through their ministry and this album. Musically, Our Dwelling Place is what you'd expect of modern worship music -- especially coming out of the rather large Australian worship scene. The production is really great and the instrumentation is highly enjoyable. Most of the songs feature a really great piano, with the happy and upbeat "Search Me" being... Read the Full Review
  • Chye, Sparrow EP (2018) / Official Site
    The story of Chye (pronouced like "shy") is a story of hope, named after a young lady named Cheyenne who made a choice to stop her pattern of destruction and instead choose life, hope, and Jesus. You can hear more about that story on the song "Cheyenne" fro their 2010 EP, Brand New Day. After an EP in 2012, followed by six years away from making music, Chye is at it once again with a new batch of songs for their EP Sparrow. One of the more interesting tracks on this offering starts things off. "Galilee" is a radio-ready contemporary pop song - with a hint of Celtic... Read the Full Review
  • The Prettybads, Meet The Prettybads (2018) / Bandcamp
    Punk rock comes in many shapes and sizes, from the anarchistic stylings of Dead Kennedys to the poppy sounds of Stellar Kart, with a myriad of in-betweeners putting their own spin on the genre. Coming in this year to take a stab at it is the Houston, Texas outfit The Prettybads, newly-signed to Indie Vision Music and ready with a massive twenty-song album. The band's live videos showcase a fast-paced, in-your-face punk sound that is fully... Read the Full Review
  • Less Than Greater Than, Let It Breathe (2018) / Facebook
    Less Than Greater Than is a rock band from the Oklahoma City area. The band's music is undoubtedly rock and roll, but it also carries a 90's alternative vibe as well. Most of the album has this 90's feel that has the potential to sound dated to some, but just right for others -- especially, for those who, like me, refuse to give up the 90s era of rock music. Let It Breathe is the band's second release and is the follow-up to 2000's Knowledge Boat (recently remastered and released digitally). The songs on Let It Breathe have enjoyable rhythms, crunchy guitars, some... Read the Full Review
  • Blane Dunnam and Candice Emerson, Inheritance (2018) / Facebook
    Blane Dunnam and Candace Emerson are a sibling duo based out of southern Georgia. Their debut album, Inheritance, is a collection of worship songs that should appeal to fans of modern worship music. However, Inheritance is much more simplistic and subdued musically compared to those mega church worship albums that release annually -- this makes the album a little more endearing. The brother and sister pairing works well for Blane and Candace and their vocals blend perfectly. However, the songs fronted by Blane, with Candace singing background and on... Read the Full Review
  • My Heart Lies, Love and Fear (2018) / MyHeartLiesRock.com
    Sometimes when you chase a dream, the finish line comes quickly and easily. But more often than not, reaching the end requires a lot of time and work. Kentucky musician Michael Nichols' dream was to release an album of his own original songs after being involved in a number of other collaborative projects. From writing the core of the songs on his own to piecing together an actual band to fully conceptualize the songs, Nichols has been hard at work, and the finished product is here...about nine years later. Under the name... Read the Full Review
  • TFH Worship, Pursuit (2018) / TFHWorship.com
    Northern California is where you'll find a small network of church bodies called The Father's House. Like many modern churches, The Father's House has a worship team that writes original worship songs and records them for the body of Christ outside of their area. Under the name TFH Worship comes their newest full-length release, Pursuit, a live album that establishes the team as a contemporary to... Read the Full Review
  • Kaylee + Erica, Creation's Song EP (2018) / KayleeandEricaMusic.com
    There seems to be an obvious disconnect with today's younger generations and the church. It's no secret that many of the same church youth groups that were overflowing in the 90's are struggling to stay relevant and keep up with the life and activities of teenagers today. Jamie Grace is an easy pick when thinking of younger musicians proclaiming the name of Christ, but the list gets really short, really fast. Sisters Kaylee + Erica, however... Read the Full Review
  • House on Solid Rock, Not Alone (Single) (2018) / Bandcamp
    Wichita Falls resident Christian Allbee is the mastermind behind the project House on Solid Rock, a musical outfit that incorporates a wide range of styles in its music while praising the name of God. With only a handful of singles, it's a bit difficult to really gauge the overall sound Allbee will be going for, but one of the more recent singles, "Not Alone," stands out as a bit of a unique track. The musical and vocal melody bring to mind that of the song "Carelessness" by Fair. However, the similarities begin and end there... Read the Full Review
  • H&J Quintet, Reminisce (2017) / iTunes
    It's not everyday that the world is introduced to a Brazilian hymnal jazz album. With their album debut, Reminisce, the H&J Quintet (comprised of husband and wife Hanna Kim and Joseph Seo, along with their friends Seyun Park, Tristan Garrity, and Marcelo Maccagnan) have put a unique spin on six familiar hymns alongside an original composition ("Pray For Boston") and live track ("My Father's World"). While the idea of hymnal jazz might sound intriguing to some and too niche for others, the result is a creatively executed record that is enjoyable... Read the Full Review
  • Jonathan Hunt, See the Light EP (2018) / www.JonathanHuntMusic.com
    Not long after winning the Local Music Project from Spirit 105.9 in Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter Jonathan Hunt began work on a new EP, which he released just this past month. See the Light is a mostly upbeat southern pop rock EP, with five songs showcasing just why he is capable of winning such a contest. The title track kicks off with a radio-ready, country-esque pop song that isn't the EP's strongest offering, but is still a good choice for the opening track... Read the Full Review
  • Ramsayman, The RLE Years (2017) / Ramsayman.com
    Ramsayman is the musical product of long time singer/songwriter/musician, Darren Ramsay. As a fan of super heroes and comic books, Ramsay says the name Ramsayman is the superhero moniker he would use if he ever were a superhero -- drawing inference from Larry Boy, who used his own namesake in his superhero persona's name. Even the EP cover shows Darren's love of comics with his homage to Action Comics #1. Ramsay has been in several, and varied, musical ventures over the years. His project The RLE Years contains six songs from his late 90s band, Red Letter... Read the Full Review
  • Carli Elizabeth, Blessed Redeemer - Single (2018) / Instagram
    The name Carli Elizabeth may not be familiar to listeners, but with her new single, "Blessed Redeemer," the young singer/songwriter displays the kind of talent that can make her a household name. In the same vein as artists like Hillsong United and Brooke Fraser, "Blessed Redeemer" is a modern indie pop track with a soft rhythm and low BPM. A light drum loop repeats throughout the song, with a few sparse piano chords to guide it... Read the Full Review
  • Jonathan Tekell, Love Me To Pieces (2018) / JonathanTekell.com
    Jonathan Tekell is a singer/musician/songwriter with a wide variety of musical influences driving his writing style. Tekell's musicianship dates back to his high school days when he learned a lot of music theory as he progressed. However, God challenged Jonathan with a surgery on his wrist to repair ligaments -- crippling his ability to play music... Read the Full Review
  • Matthew James Mason, Refuge EP (2018) / MatthewJamesMason.com
    It's widely known that "worship music" has become its own genre in today's CCM and many of those worship artists are household names: from solo acts like Chris Tomlin and David Crowder to large churches and collectives like Bethel, Hillsong, and Jesus Culture. What most people don't realize, however, is that there is a large group of independent artists making quality worship music as well. Matthew James Mason, a worship leader and pastor in Dublin, Ohio, is one of such artists... Read the Full Review
  • Andrew Marshall & Sixth Hour, Maybe This Time (2018) / AndrewMarshallandSixthHour.org
    Country music is a staple of the southern and midwestern states; from Kansas to Tennesse to Texas, you can find the genre on a great deal of stations if you just scan the airwaves. But they don't have a monopoly on the sound, as you can find it in some of the more unexpected regions of the country. Take North California, for instance, which is the home of the fivepiece country and southern rock act, Andrew Marshall & Sixth Hour. The band members are all experienced... Read the Full Review
  • newRealm, Of Your Hands (2018) / newrealmband.com
    The band newRealm started in Athens, GA while all of the members were attending the University of Georgia in 2012. While playing worship music together for a campus ministry, the group grew together and eventually became the band they are today. It may have been a bit of journey to get to this point, but they have finally released their full-length debut album, Of Your Hands. The band's name has to do with the book of Revelation when John declares... Read the Full Review
  • Brad + Rebekah, Sound of Heaven (2018) / BradandRebekahmusic.com
    It's amazing how radically different our perception of music is influenced by its history. After all, what would Sufjan Steven's Carrie and Lowell or Kings Kaleidoscope's Zion be without the departing loss of a soul that the artist connected to and influenced its creation? Likewise, the worship duo Brad + Rebekah join this treasured trove of artists to give us a new take on just what an album can be... Read the Full Review
  • Horizon Music, Victory (2017) / horizoncommunity.church
    Horizon Community Church is comprised of a small network of local church bodies across the state of Oregon, and, like many larger churches nowadays, they're yearning to make something more of their music ministry than just playing on Sunday mornings. Under the blanket name Horizon Music, the worship leaders have banded together to release a multi-artist worship album called Victory. With the plan being to reach a younger generation, and perhaps some that wouldn't normally listen to worship music, Horizon has tapped into the musical interests of the... Read the Full Review
  • Hope Resounds, Let Hope Resound (2017) / Facebook
    Generally, when one thinks of worship artists from Australia, there's really one name that comes to mind. That's reasonable, as Hillsong is basically a household name among those knowledgeable of the world of Christian music. But alongside Hillsong, another Sydney-based worship outfit is rising up and actively getting its music out there for any worshipers of Jesus to hear. The duo known as Hope Resounds gave us a Christmas EP this past holiday season, but before that, they introduced themselves through a six-song EP called Let Hope Resound. While... Read the Full Review
  • Elohin, R2.0 Let's Continue (2017) / notyouraveragerapper.com
    Detroit rapper Elohin (Lon Harris) recently released his sophomore album, R2.0 Let's Continue -- produced by J.R. and other acclaimed production studios. On R2.0, Elohin brings his creative nature out. Thankfully, this means listeners don't get a ton of the trap rap and triplets dominating today's hip-hop scene. The sound you do get is a mix of straightforward rap along with some R&B stylings. Most of the songs contain a feature and many of them (at least in the first half) feature female vocals in the chorus. The album starts off in a pretty provocative manner with "Miss America... Read the Full Review
  • Best Foot Back, Best Foot Back (2017) / Facebook
    The early and mid 2000s were a great time for music, and pop punk was responsible for some of the best albums on the market. The past couple years has seen a resurgence in the pop punk scene, thanks to outlets like Indie Vision Music. One independent act trying their hand at the genre is the Columbus, Ohio-based quartet Best Foot Back. The band's self-titled debut EP features five songs that really emphasize... Read the Full Review
  • Logan Peck, On and On (2017) / LoganPeckMusic.com
    With a heart for music from a young age, Nashville's own Logan Peck has made his first splash in the music industry with his debut EP, On and On. The EP contains five songs that vary in sound from one another, but don't stray too far outside of a clear comfort zone of radio-ready pop rock and worship. The first track, "Forever Free," is a Celtic folk pop song in the vein of Rend Collective. It's an interesting track, but it's almost indicative of an album that we don't end up getting here, as the sound quickly changes with "Fortress... Read the Full Review
  • Ted Jiboye, Faithful (2018) / TedJiboye.com
    Ted Jiboye, a worship leader, singer and songwriter for over 20 years, is releasing his newest album, Faithful. Jiboye's sound, while familiar, is actually pretty diverse in the types of groups, or congregations, it could reach. Instead of the typical: Artist A's songs are perfect for Church 1, but Artist B's songs are better for Church 2, Jiboye blends his music to reach varied church types and congregations. Musically, a lot of Ted's songs carry the modern worship sound adored by so many, a-la the Chris Tomlin type of worship leader... Read the Full Review
  • Reflection of Glory, Reborn (2017) / Reflection-music.com
    There aren't a whole lot of Christian symphonic metal acts available for fans of the genre, but those that are around are more underground acts. Enter Reflection of Glory: an independent symphonic metal act with heavy alt/metal influences. The soul behind Reflection of Glory is Barry Dreier, who writes, records, and produces all of the music. His latest album, Reborn, is a slight shift in sound from his previous two albums (Birds Eye View and Christmas), which were much softer... Read the Full Review
  • Brooke Robertson, Have My Heart EP (2017) / BrookeRobertsonMusic.com
    Christian music has been lacking younger female role models lately. Lauren Daigle stepped up to the plate big time, but for the past two years she has really been the only one to make a significant impact as a new artist. There have been a few others, like Hollyn and Lauren Alexandria, who have debuted with good music, but have yet to receive the same level of traction as Daigle. Within this context, Brooke Robertson is... Read the Full Review
  • McKinneyDawson, Above All - EP (2017) / McKinneyDawson.com
    Kaitlyn McKinney and Christian Dawson were once part of the band Crossing, but have since formed a worship duo under the moniker McKinneyDawson. McKinneyDawson is a pop worship project with a strong emphasis on electronic/dance elements. The pair have been traveling together for over six years and their overall goal is to point people of all backgrounds to Jesus. Their EP, Above All, is the group's first release and each of the five tracks point directly to scripture. While "Psalm 33" is pretty self-evident... Read the Full Review
  • Johnny Anomaly, Whispers and Screams (2017) / JohnnyAnomaly.com
    The art of spoken word is an acquired taste for many, and it's no small feat to be great at it. Many try their hand at it, but few ever really succeed. In 2017, there's a new poet throwing his hat into the ring, and his name is Johnny Anomaly. This year alone, he's released a single entitled "Wings," an EP entitled Nothing To Prove, Nothing To Lose, and his debut, full-length album back in January, entitled Whispers & Screams. Of course, with so few successful artists in the arena, it's difficult to not draw comparisons here. Levi the Poet and Jackie Hill Perry do come to mind when listening to different portions... Read the Full Review
  • Acoustic Truth, Impact (2017) / AcousticTruthOfficial.com
    Acoustic Truth is the musical project of husband and wife duo Ryan and Sarah Knott. The Chicago-based couple makes acoustic based music -- with contemporary, country, pop influences -- with the hopes of bringing back heartfelt music they feel has been lost over the years. The two also remain ministry focused as they play as the praise band for their church. Though Sarah sings mostly lead, the Knotts' voices blend nicely together and complement each other well. The overwhelming majority of Impact is soft and mellow... Read the Full Review
  • All Above North, How Great It Is to Be Broken (2017) / AllAboveNorth.com
    The early 2000's was an amazing time for music: rock had evolved into so many denominations and expressions that it collided with pop, hip-hop, country, etc. Furthermore, worship music started to grow and change into a more mainstream sound leading to the explosion of Hillsong, Passion and Crowder, among other progressive pioneers. These incredible trailblazers have led to an ever-growing number of worship artists and bands. Adding to that growing fold is Australian based indie band All Above North with their debut album... Read the Full Review
  • Rachel Moore, Insanity (single) (2017) / MusicByRachelMoore.com/
    Throughout human history, mankind has looked up to the sky and asked "Why?" It's a question Rachel Moore became very familiar with; as she struggled through years of depression, illness, and doubt, she kept asking God "Why?" When He inevitably brought Moore the victory He had planned for her, He led her to being a counselor, an author, and then a singer/songwriter. Teaming up with her musically-gifted husband, Rachel Moore began writing songs for a full-length album. Before the album's release, she's testing the water with a couple of singles, the newest of which is called "Insanity... Read the Full Review
  • Seth Nelsen, Victory (2017) / SethNelsen.com
    Seth Nelsen is a worship leader at House Church in Eagan, Minnesota and has had a desire to record an album for many years. Nelsen's goal in writing and recording an album is to reach others across the globe, and not just those in his local congregation. Nelsen had been working on Victory for a few... Read the Full Review
  • Jason Whitehorn, As Long As I Have Breath (2017) / JasonWhitehorn.me
    A singer/songwriter from Nashville with years of experience in the music industry, Jason Whitehorn has only recently released his first solo album, As Long As I Have Breath. Stylistically, the majority of the album, including Whitehorn's vocals, is very much akin to Jeremy Camp. Whitehorn's voice isn't as deep as Camp's; it's more in the tone of the voice that you can hear the resemblance. The album is worshipful in nature, with a few reimagined hymns and several songs about God making all things new and being with us at all times... Read the Full Review
  • We Live Forever, We Live Forever (2017) / WeLiveForever.co
    We Live Forever is an acoustic and electronic based worship band, featuring Robert Steele, based in California. The group's self-titled debut released last month and, according to the band, looks to take the listener on a journey of Jesus's beauty, grace, and mercy. Acoustic guitar dominates the album, but piano, keyboard, and electronic instruments complement it throughout. Musically, the album has highlights, with the upbeat acoustic track "Faithful and True," the 70s rock flair of "Moon," and the more open, airy and light feel of "From Above... Read the Full Review
  • Teressa Mahoney, Made New EP (2017) / TeressaMahoney.com
    Teressa Mahoney is a singer/songwriter from Colorado with nearly 30 years of experience singing. From youth group worship bands to national conventions, singing wasn't just a hobby, but a passion for Mahoney. After taking some time to focus on her marriage, children, and graphic design career, Mahoney learned how to play a guitar and started singing again, leading to an opportunity to write and record her debut EP, Made New. Mahoney establishes her sound early on; despite being... Read the Full Review
  • The Arctic, Reverberate EP (2017) / Bandcamp
    Canadian band The Arctic released their debut EP, Reverberate, in August. While the group lay claim to the title of "worship band," their musical output doesn't immediately bring that to mind. The EP opener (after an ambient intro), "Searchlights," is really upbeat and -- while it's unashamed in its messaging -- doesn't play out like the worship music you'll hear today. The guitar lead in the title track is a nice one, but the song shifts more to that "worship" style of music... Read the Full Review
  • Sophie Stiles, Chartreuse EP (2016) / Bandcamp
    Sophie Stiles is a singer songwriter from Oregon who is offering up her coffee house style of acoustic music. While her folk inspired songs feature full instrumentation, each one would play nicely with just a single guitar. Stiles' six-song debut, Chartreuse, is a nice introduction to not only her music, but her heart as well. The most interesting tracks present on the album revolve around Biblical figures. Chartreuse opens with "The Calling of Jeremiah." Sophie takes a look at the Prophet Jeremiah's calling to go speak to Israel as a child... Read the Full Review
  • Company of Saints, Programmer EP (2017) / Facebook
    Company of Saints is a SoCal worship band that specializes in pop sounds with synths and other tricks. The duo features the husband and wife combination of Julia and Mark Palmer. Their newest release is a 5-track EP, titled Programmer. The entire EP is pretty mellow overall and gives off a very relaxing vibe from front to back... Read the Full Review
  • Echoboy, Not Alone EP (2017) / EchoboyMusic.com
    Echoboy's three-song Kingdoms EP drew positive reviews from Jesusfreakhideout last year and now the band is back with their five-track follow-up, Not Alone. The pop-rockers (with a heavy emphasis on the pop) have released another collection of songs ready for today's CCM radio. Catchy hooks and near flawless production have them primed for a major breakout. While the title track and "Livin For Love" are a nice start, "Shine On" is absolutely screaming for play on K-LOVE and local stations alike. Not only is it the most versatile track musically, but it's... Read the Full Review
  • Company of Saints, Face to Face (2017) / Facebook
    For almost a decade now, husband/wife duo Mark and Julia Palmer have been spreading the Gospel to Southern California through their music. Operating under the name Company of Saints, the Palmers have been creating music and giving it away for free through their own independent record label, Royal Laundry, as well as through... Read the Full Review
  • Chris B. Young, Jesus Christ: Prince of Life (2017) / ChrisBYoungSongs.com
    There are lot of people who have a passion for creating music, but seem to lack the talent to actually play any instruments or sing. Chris B. Young has no problem admitting to having this issue, but he doesn't let that stop him. On his debut album, Jesus Christ: Prince of Life, listeners encounter a full-length album, the lyrics of which were entirely written by Young himself. But that's all that you'll hear from him, as all the instruments and vocals are courtesy of other musicians and singers... Read the Full Review
  • Eric John Smith, Prodigal Son (2017) / Facebook
    Eric John Smith is a singer/songwriter/musician from the land of Mickey -- Orlando, Florida. Smith has been in multiple bands over the years, but in all his endeavors, he strives to give God the glory first and foremost. Prodigal Son is Smith's second release following 2016's Mountain Be Moved. Smith lists his main influence as Jason Martin and Starflyer 59. While the music is much more acoustic than Martin's SF59, the vocal approach definitely displays the influence. Musically speaking, Prodigal Son is an excellent listen... Read the Full Review
  • Richard Meals, From Today (Single) (2017) / Facebook
    Living in and around cities like Nashville, Tennesse and Austin, Texas for a large portion of your life is sure to bring out the musician in you. That's what happened to Richard Meals, who got into songwriting on top of his industrial career. Even after a move to Asia, he kept writing and performing his original songs. His most recent work is a single called "From Today." Recognized by the Great American Song Contest, "From Today" is an interesting number, with multiple genres melded into one. Its roots are firmly lodged in country gospel... Read the Full Review
  • People of the Earth, In All Things (2017) / WeArePote.com
    People of the Earth is a Kentucky based worship band specializing in worship tunes for pop music fans. Frontman/founder Dustin Fenison is already quite accomplished as a staff writer for Daywind Music Publishing (a HUGE outfit in the Christian music industry) and is one of the pastors at his home church. Their newest EP, In All Things, contains five brand new songs and another song that was released last year and featured on Vital Worship, Vol. 2. The EP sets out with a heavy pop vibe from the get go... Read the Full Review
  • Children of Wrath, No Flesh Spared (2017) / Bandcamp
    There is such diversity in heavy music, with more subgenres of hardcore and metal than almost any other genre. Phoenix, Arizona-based Children of Wrath explores a number of them on No Flesh Spared. An act consisting of only one man, Luke Dinan, Children of Wrath takes inspiration from bands like... Read the Full Review
  • David Vaters, A Voice in the Wilderness Vol. 1 (2017) / DavidVaters.com
    David Vaters is a singer/songwriter who has teamed up with a slew of accomplished studio musicians to release a two volume set of his solo works. A Voice in the Wilderness Volume 1 is an Americana and heartland flavored album, with a dash of classic rock, that features songs exploring God's display of wonder and grace towards His creation. After only a few songs in, you can hear a strong Bruce Springsteen influence in Vaters' work -- especially his vocal style... Read the Full Review
  • Levi Ransom, True Intentions (2017) / Official Twitter
    Already boasting several albums in his discography, Levi Ransom is a young singer/songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia, who has just released a new full-length project of original songs, called True Intentions. Ransom spends a lot of time singing with high-pitched vocals, in the realm of Brooks Paschal from Sullivan, but he shows... Read the Full Review
  • Xd Out, Better Day (2017) / XdOutRocks.com
    There's a been a recent resurgence of grunge rock, which is both exciting and terrifying. It straddles those extremes because, just like the explosion of EDM or Brit-pop, there are those who standout and others who get lost in the mix completely. Regarding indie band Xd Out, their latest album Better Day resides within that tension for better or worse. The album opens with the worshipful ballad, "We Love You Lord." The song is clearly a declaration of love for the Lord... Read the Full Review
  • Gretchen Keskeys, Pure Hope (2017) / GretchenKeskeys.com
    Gretchen Keskeys released her debut album, Walking in the Spirit, just last year, but since its release, she's gone on to perform on a variety of Christian TV and radio programs in support of it. Now the former Warehouse Christian Ministries worship leader is riding that momentum and giving listeners a brand new album this summer. Some of the songs on Pure Hope actually came from her experience of releasing Walking in the Spirit, such as "Pure Hope" and "Adversity... Read the Full Review

 

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Music Out This Week

This Friday, September 21
The Church Vessel The Outcome [DREAM]
Gateway Greater Than [Fair Trade]
Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It? [Hillsong]
Ellie Holcomb Sing: Creation Songs (independent)
Manafest Stones Reloaded (independent)
Andy Mineo II: The Sword EP [Reach]
Stars Go Dim Better EP [Curb/Word]

NEXT Friday, September 28
Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below [Elevation Worship]
Gateway Greater Than [Gateway]
Israel Houghton Road To DeMaskUs [RCA]
NEEDTOBREATHE Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) (Vinyl) [Atlantic]
Ric Sincere Beyond Belief [Trackstarz]


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