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    Rick Stephenson, My Everything (2016) / RickStephensonMusic.com
    Though he calls Johnson Creek, Wisconsin his home, Rick Stephenson also spends time as a traveling speaker, touching Christian audiences with his words of encouragement. But he also takes his music along with him, leading people into a time of worship wherever he performs. The award-winning singer/songwriter recently came out of the studio and has a brand new album to offer; My Everything marks his fourth full-length album. Stephenson's sound is rooted in pop rock, but it also... Read the Full Review

    Contemporary / Pop Rock

    David Lockard, Hope (2016) / DavidLockardMusic.com
    Working on his musicianship since high school, David Lockard eventually went on to become the worship leader at his home church. In his free time, he also wrote several of his own songs for the congregation. Ten of those songs have found their way onto Lockard's latest worship album, Hope. Lockard's style is a bit of a conglomeration of different styles, but they all mostly center around a contemporary/pop rock core... Read the Full Review

    Pop Rock

    Stratiotis, Testify (2016) / iTunes
    Boasting an older style of rock and roll with a self-defined "southern fried" sound, Stratiotis is a band that with a bluntness that is often hard to find in the Christian music industry. Their second album, Testify, calls out Christians for watering down the message of the Gospel ("Testify"), preachers for being corrupt ("Preacherman") and young men playing with the hearts of young women ("Daughter"). These topics are all handled with a righteous anger, but the messages are... Read the Full Review

    Rock / Southern Rock

    Doom Tiger, Phoscoria (2016) / Bandcamp
    Doom Tiger is one most prolific indie artists around. David Taylor, the brainchild behind Doom Tiger, has been improving his craft musically, but more importantly, from a production standpoint, since his first release, Doom Tiger EP, back in 2013. Doom Tiger returns in 2016 with the newest album, Phoscoria. The album offers up some more Doom Tiger flavored metal, but the music goes beyond the genre norm of standard doom or death metal and even incorporates some nu metal characteristics... Read the Full Review

    Doom Metal

    One Way Home, Front Porch (2016) / OneWayHome.band
    Though it's rare, it's always interesting to see a band make a drastic switch in genre. Houston natives One Way Home released an EP in 2013 that matched the sounds of groups like Selah, but for 2016, they made the change to a bluegrass/folk sound. And that's what you get when you listen to their latest full-length album. Front Porch is drenched in bluegrass familiarity: mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar, light percussion, and soaring vocals. One of the things that stands out the most is the band's gift for creating catchy and wonderful melodies... Read the Full Review

    Americana / Folk

    Life Church Music, Greater Things (2016) / LifeChurchMSC.com
    Life Church Music is the worship band from Life Church in Germantown, Wisconsin (main campus). Their album, Greater Things, was recorded live at a worship event held on March 2, 2016. The Greater Things event provided a full-length live album recording chock full of songs that are ready to be inserted into your church's worship service. While the instrumentation is much more indepth than most churches have the ability for, the songs can still be pulled off even with more minimal worship bands... Read the Full Review

    Live Worship

    Leading Light, Heart (2016) /
    Australia is home to many worship bands and artists, with Hillsong likely being the biggest of them all. Leading Light (members were formally part of the C3 Church Newcastle City) is another one of those bands and they're releasing their debut album, Heart, this fall. The band state on the website that they are believing for something better and bringing light into dark places with their music. All-in-all, Heart is pretty much what you'd expect from a modern worship album with nothing really pulling Leading Light ahead of the masses... Read the Full Review

    Worship / Rock

    Jermaine Bollinger, The Great Unknown (2016) / JermaineBollinger.com
    A former worship leader at several churches in his home state of Illinois, singer/songwriter Jermaine Bollinger took the leap that many in his shoes do: Bollinger stepped into the music industry as a full-time artist. With no shortage of albums, his frequency of releasing new material certainly solidifies the "full-time" status; his latest album, The Great Unknown is his third album in 2016 alone (second full-length). Boasting eleven tracks... Read the Full Review

    Worship / Power Pop

    Hollis Creek Revival, In the River (2016) / HollisCreekRevival.com
    Hollis Creek Revival is an indie band from the Dothan, Alabama area. Brandon Kelley formed the band with friends he met at a local church and named the band after the legacy his grandfather left as a preacher for over 48 years (and his father, Murray, who was also pastor for over 40 years). The band's sound is HCR -- Clint Singleton (bass/acoustic/electric guitar) and Jacob Patillo (electric/acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin) -- actually toured with Brandon when he was a solo artist... Read the Full Review

    Pop / Rock / Bluegrass

    Jon Davidson, Hymn (2016) / JonDavidsonMusic.com
    As a frontman for independent acts Crown Point and Silversafe, having released albums with both, Jon Davidson isn't exactly a rookie in the music scene. He's also released several solo albums, yet he still flies a bit under the radar. Despite relative obscurity, he's managed to book solo and full band gigs with the likes of Mat Kearney, Powerman 5000, Red, He Is We, and other notable acts in a variety of genres. And he continues his musical journey in 2016 with a new full-length album called Hymn, which contains Davidson's take on a handful of hymns. So, of course, this begs a couple of questions: what do they sound like, and does he do the hymns justice?... Read the Full Review

    Hymns / Pop / Electropop

    Fire & Ivy, Eternity EP (2016) / Facebook
    When the mainstream music world had N*Sync and the Backstreet Boys, Christian teens were more than likely enjoying the sounds of Jump5, ZOEgirl, and Rachael Lampa. Bubble gum pop has all but gone extinct these days; what remains doesn't really make any impact, while the rest of it has matured and changed over the years. Taking cues from modern artists like Britt Nicole, Charmaine, and Francesca Battistelli, the duo known as Fire & Ivy have crafted five songs for their EP, Eternity. Fire & Ivy's music... Read the Full Review


    Sorin Bojin, Sorin Bojin - EP (2014) / SorinBojin.com
    After spending a few years as a worship leader, performing for a number of churches and a few conventions, Southern Californian singer/songwriter Sorin Bojin started all over in 2014 with a self-titled solo EP. The five songs presented are clearly built for corporate worship services, but of course, they would also work for times of private worship; however, the EP does present some obstacles for the average listener to overcome. For instance, Bojin... Read the Full Review

    Contemporary / Worship

    Doug Shea & the Circle of Quiet, Where Truth Meets Grace (2016) / DougShea.com
    Milwaukee native, and current Texas resident, Doug Shea, and his band (the Circle of Quiet), have recently released their third album, Where Truth Meets Grace. The sound is undoubtedly rock music, but the lyrics often come from more of a sense of personal worship. Shea, himself, describes the project as "edgy Christian rock with Jesus-centered lyrics." Much of the music has some classic rock tendencies, but also features some alt/rock and modern worship sensibilities (the band Live comes to mind in a few places). What's most striking is Doug's raspy voice against the musical backdrop... Read the Full Review


    Seaside Holiday, Grand Tours (2016) / Grand Tours
    From the musical hotbed of Ohio, Cara and Morgan McQuate have launched an electronic duo known as Seaside Holiday. Debuting in 2012 with a full-length album, the duo dabbled in Christmas music the following year, and are now back at it with their latest batch of tunes, collectively titled Grand Tours. The McQuates cite influences that the average listener probably isn't aware of (Stereolab, Wild Nothing, Beach House), but one may also hear some NYVES, The Echoing Green, or Joy Electric influence... Read the Full Review

    Electronic / New Wave

    Leah, Made For More (Single) (2016) / LeahMusicOnline.com
    Leah is a Christian pop singer from Oklahoma. Her second independent release, the Every Move EP, released in 2014, but her debut radio single, "Made For More," released on June 7th of this year. The song was inspired by the first chapter of The Prayer of Jabez for Women. The electronic flavored pop song came from the thought that, while being a mother is extremely important... Read the Full Review


    Scarlet Fade, Worship EP (2016) / ScarletFade.com
    With early influences listed as Switchfoot, Flyleaf and Paramore, three-piece sibling band Scarlet Fade have put out a handful of releases as an independent band dating all the way back to 2008, and now they are poised to make a larger impact on the music industry. Their new release on LLG Music Group, titled Worship, finds the band leaving their rock roots behind, ushering in a pop-worship sound like Hillsong Young & Free and Shinebright. The 29-minute EP starts off with three dance-ready... Read the Full Review


    Avery Road, Another Song (2016) / AveryRoadBand.com
    Entering the Christian music stream are indie newcomers Avery Road, with their latest album, Another Song. Beginning the album with a pop-country toe thumper is the title track. It's not overly energetic, but the direction of the album is very clear; encouraging, mid-tempo, musical chicken noodle soup for the soul. "Your Dreams," "The Truth" and "Let It Out" feature a lot heavier guitar, but still have a feeling of restraint. This may be because the vocals are extremely CCM radio-friendly... Read the Full Review

    Country / Pop

    Awaken The Hero, Louder Than My Doubt (2016) / AwakenTheHero.com
    Seven years ago, three men from Georgia got together under the banner Awaken the Hero and released their debut, self-titled album. With a mission to help the Church stay focused on the prize, the heroes have been re-awakened for album number two. Louder Than My Doubt is a collection of uplifting and motivational songs that traverse the spectrum of contemporary pop without ever compromising their potential for popularity among fans of the genre... Read the Full Review

    Contemporary Pop

    Curtis Alley, Those Lovely Intangibles (2016) / CurtisAlley.com
    Curtis Alley is a long time singer/songwriter/musician. Alley released his first album in 1978 and has been writing and recording very strong ever since. Alley has now penned a first for himself -- a completely instrumental album. Those Lovely Intangibles is an instrumental EP that Alley wrote and recorded over a 4-day period. The album starts with a very sci-fi sounding (Very Star Trek) intro for "Eternal... Read the Full Review


    Narrow Path, NP, Vol. II: Long for Eden (2016) / NarrowPath.us
    Narrow Path is a rock band from Jasper, Illinois. The group originally started as their church's worship band, but eventually stepped down from that role. Narrow Path currently operates as an outreach band through the Christian Church of Jasper. The group's latest release, NP EP, Vol. II: Long For Eden, is only a short three tracks... Read the Full Review


    Doom Tiger, Ospheria (2015) / iTunes
    If you pay attention to indie artists here at Jesusfreakhideout, you should be very familiar with Doom Tiger. David Taylor's metal persona is very likely the most reviewed indie artist on the site. Ospheria is part of a series of albums (The continuation was just announced with a release date of 8/28/16). Ospheria, like Pelagia, is a multi-part album (5 to be exact) and takes a lot of the doom and death metal elements Doom Tiger is known for and adds some slight metalcore elements... Read the Full Review

    Doom Metal

    Doom Tiger, The Grippe (2015) / iTunes
    Doom Tiger is a very prolific indie metal artist. Recording everything from doom, to death, to drone metal, brainchild David Taylor is looking to give every sort and metal its fair shake. His album, The Grippe, has been on Soundcloud for over two years. The album features some pretty cool artwork of a grim reaper -- which actually goes along with the concept. Taylor says The Grippe is an extreme doom metal album that is based on the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 -- known as "la grippe... Read the Full Review

    Doom Metal

    Curtis Alley, 6oh! (2016) / CurtisAlley.com
    A music fan since early childhood - and a musician for almost as long - Curtis Alley has an extensive discography under his belt. In 2015, the artist celebrated his 60th birthday; in honor of the milestone, Alley put together a collection of songs he'd written over the years for his newest album, 6oh!. Instead of a traditional album that contains songs that are all written somewhat at the same time, the songs on 6oh! were written at various times over the past forty years. The first half of the track list was originally written by Alley between 1978 and 1987; you can really tell that these are older songs, as well. The Keith Green influence is very evident in "I'm Not Worthy," and shades of classic... Read the Full Review

    Rock / Contemporary

    Rusty Shipp, Sinking Scarabs (2016) / Spotify
    Rusty Shipp is a self-proclaimed "nautical rock'n'roll band" hailing from Nashville, TN. Their single "Sinking Scarabs" is an odd, but cool, blend of surf rock and punk rock with a little garage rock thrown in for good measure. The intro is a fast picked surf riff dripping with reverb, but quickly gives way to a punk rock vibe. The first minute and eleven seconds is pure elation for a punk rock fan who is also a Beach Boys junkie. The music slows as the actual verse starts, but the transition from fast to slow and back again works well... Read the Full Review


    Jennifer Hildebrand, Soul In Paraphrase (2015) / jenniferhildebrandmusic.com
    Jennifer Hildebrand is a singer/songwriter from Texas. Her music has some folk inspiration, but largely comes off sounding more country in tenor. In her new album, Soul in Paraphrase, Jennifer sets out to explore experiences like redemption and relationships. The music is largely acoustic guitar and piano, but in songs like "Bitter Waters," you get a nice bluesy electric lead guitar throughout; it's very likely the best sounding track on the album. "Live Around the Pain" is also a song of note though... Read the Full Review

    Folk / Country

    Andy's Messianic Music, Blessed Unseen Guest (2015) / andywallin.com
    As I have stated many times, music is subjective. What one person finds very intriguing, others may find incredibly bizarre. A punk-rocker may hate the musings of opera, while the classical music lover may abhor current pop music. With that in mind, I present to you the album Blessed Unseen Guest from Andy's Messianic Music. Remaining as unbiased and open-minded as possible... Read the Full Review

    Christian Messianic

    Modern Day Cure, Promises (2015) / ModernDayCure.com
    Contemporary worship band Modern Day Cure has some success stories to boast; from opening for artists like Lecrae and the Newsboys to winning Big Ticket Festival's indie band competition, they seem to be making some waves in their community. Fast forward a few years, and the three-piece from Michigan is once again offering a recording of the music they're becoming known for. Their 2015 effort, the Promises EP, is a well-produced, uplifting, four-song venture that checks off all the main characteristics... Read the Full Review


    Andrew Marcus, Constant (2016) / AndrewMarcusMusic.com
    Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, worship leader Andrew Marcus has been making quite the name for himself, and for good reason. Writing, touring, and recording with artists such as Leeland, Paul Baloche and Phil Wickham, Andrew has displayed a talent and production that can easily stand up to the likes of such artists. His newest release, Constant, only serves to further Andrew as a staple name in CCM. While the album may edge a little too closely to predictability, the songs presented are genuine and musically solid... Read the Full Review


    Dalton Greiner, Set Sail (2015) / DaltonGreiner.com
    Dalton Greiner is a singer/songwriter from the Philadelphia area. He started off playing and singing in his parent's music ministry as a child and is currently the worship director at his church, Harvest Bible Chapel. Set Sail is Dalton's first album and it features songs based in scripture, with a couple coming directly from Psalms. The first thing you may notice as you begin to dive into the record is his voice. Greiner has... Read the Full Review


    Fritz Schindler, A Folk 'n' Roll Christmas! (2015) / FritzSchindler.com
    Christmas is nearly upon us and celebrators of the season are already in the depths of holiday cheer and warm music. Contributing to this year's holiday spread is folk performer, Fritz Schindler with A Folk 'n' Roll Christmas. The EP opens with a Celtic influenced rendition of "Little Drummer Boy." While the track has a very strong methodical opening, it quickly changes course with a more upbeat jig feel. This thankfully doesn't harm the song per se, however the original song lends itself... Read the Full Review

    Christmas / Folk

    Doom Tiger, A Very Mass Market Christmas (2014) / Facebook
    Doom Tiger has released a couple of EPs and a full-length album of different types of metal. His first Christmas EP, A Very Mass Market Christmas is his second "mass market" titled record. Most of the songs present are common Christmas carols, but "Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella" and "Coventry Carol" are a little rarer. While "Joy to the World" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" may be Christmas standards, it's very unlikely that you've heard them like this... Read the Full Review

    Christmas / Death Metal

    Remember The Word Songs, Books of the Law (2015) / RememberTheWordSongs.com
    Remember the Word Songs is husband and wife duo Tim and Jamie Bartlett. The project started when Jamie's combined desires to learn scripture better and to write music converged. Basically, the couple breaks down the Bible's key events and happenings by book and chapter. In this release, Books of the Law, Genesis through Deuteronomy are covered on top of the song "Books of the Bible" -- which puts the old testament books in order to song. It's actually quite an interesting concept as so often, while growing up, songs were used as a learning technique. Jamie started with "Genesis" and taught it to her four daughters line by line and night by night. After sharing with some family, Jamie decided God was calling her to do this and her husband, Tim... Read the Full Review

    Bible Songs

    Josh Egan, (2015) / Facebook
    The singer/songwriter is a focal point of CCM. Many an artist can no longer simply perform well but must provide a complete package of lyricist, composer, musician and performer. Indie artist Josh Egan hopes to showcase a bit of his singer/songwriter skills with his latest single, "Scatterbrain." Musically, it carries a sound that is reminiscent of early Jason Mraz with a dash of 90's coffee house, as it features light guitar with some accents of loose piano tootles. Lyrically, it's verbose and a little muddled together as Egan sings in the chorus... Read the Full Review

    Pop / Acoustic Pop

    Joe Miralles, Five (2015) / JoeMiralles.com
    The independent Christian music circuit last heard from from Joe Miralles in 2012, when he released his fourth album, an EP called Under the Sun. Having been hard at work in the last three years, Miralles and his band are at it once again with another EP, appropriately titled Five... Read the Full Review

    Pop Rock

    Gracious Vine, Come and Sit For A While (2009) / GraciousVine.com
    What started as a brother/sister duo and merged into an all-female trio has now become a five-piece pop rock worship band called Gracious Vine. Their latest offering, Come and Sit For A While, is an album full of praises to Jesus, lifted up by a conglomerate of sounds that borrows from different genres, such as blues, country, classic rock, and '90s alternative. Gracious Vine uses the term "mellow rock" when describing their sound... Read the Full Review

    Mellow Rock

    Circle Of One, Shatter the Individual EP (2015) / CircleofOneBand.com
    Making their independent debut, an EP called Part of the Plan, in early 2014, Pennsylvanian rock band Circle of One is back at it in another attempt to shake the world and bring God's message to those who need it. Shatter the Individual is a three-song EP that brings a lot energy and passion from start to finish. With the opening track, "Raise the Dead," the listener is immediately captured by their sound... Read the Full Review

    Rock / Rapcore

    305 Worship, Reckless (2015) / firstcapitalchristian.org
    305 Worship is a large worship collective (consisting of 105 members) from the First Capital Christian Church in Corydon, Indiana. While this seems like a large number of people for a single church, the members actually rotate weekly and lead multiple services. And while some churches can be very stringent on who is even allowed to be a part of their worship team, this method allows many more members to have an opportunity to serve the Lord using their gifts as musicians... Read the Full Review


    Andy's Messianic Music, Closer Than A Brother (2015) / andywallin.com
    Andy Wallin is a Messianic Jew and the founder of Andy's Messianic Music. If you are unfamiliar with the term "Messianic Jew," the concept is simple. Andy is of the Jewish faith, but believes that Jesus (Yeshua) was in fact the Son of God and the promised Messiah. Andy Wallin is a member of a Messianic Temple in Illinois and writes worship music. While his newest album, Closer Than a Brother, is definitely worship music, it has a bit of a Jewish folk sound to it... Read the Full Review

    Christian Messianic

    Sinfonia, Renaissance EP (2015) / ReverbNation
    Instrumental band Sinfonia has an ambitious goal to fuse the techniques of the Classical Period with modern rock, and it is quite an interesting concoction. The band's Renaissance EP opens with "Nor'Easter," which is characterized by gritty guitar riffs, dynamic drumming, and a smooth baseline. Though there is plenty of musical variation throughout the song, at 10 minutes running time it extends its welcome a bit. The following track, "Dark Dream" is just as much of a roller coaster ride as its predecessor, but it is more focused... Read the Full Review

    Instrumental Symphonic Rock

    Jimi Cravity, Surrender (Single) (2015) / JimiCravity.com
    In today's world, creativity is not something to be brushed to the side; it must be a part of any and all ventures. Artists who tend to write songs for the church and desire to implement creativity into their songs run the risk of either looking too abstract or they become a ground-breaking phenomenon. Atlanta-based worship leader Jimi Cravity is truly one of those risk-takers with his new single, "Surrender... Read the Full Review


    Written In Red, Not My Home (2015) / WrittenInRedBand.com
    Written in Red is a modern rock band from Wyoming. While their sound is definitely of the hard rock variety, there is a definitely a slight tinge of metal (especially the 80s variety) thrown in -- especially with the pinch harmonics used from time to time. The band lists influences ranging from TFK, RED, Disciple and Stryper, to Needtobreathe and Third Day. There is also some hints of secular artists such as... Read the Full Review

    Hard Rock

    Jimmy Atkins, The Pen and The Page (2015) / JimmyAtkinsmusic.com
    The terms "solo project" and "side project" should not be unfamiliar for any avid music fan. Sometimes a member of a band - large or small, popular or obscure - has more musical leanings that might not fit within the confines of the main act, so a new project is born. Thus is the case with Jimmy Atkins, lead singer of North Carolina-based pop rock band Second Hand City. Atkins' first solo album, The Pen & the Page has Second Hand City influence first and foremost, but it also feels a little... Read the Full Review


    Stephen Jenks, Future Worship (2015) / stephenjenksmusic.com
    Contemporary worship music is a beast that has yet to be tamed - which can be amazing. It's not held to a particular genre or style but is held together by a clear desire to glorify God through song. Music veteran Stephen Jenks, of the group Eagles' Wings, is offering up his own solo album, Future Worship, with the hope to sonically call listeners to worship in spirit and in truth. The album opens with the lackluster "Ransomed." Musically, it feels very choppy and empty. In addition, the vocals... Read the Full Review


    Augustus, [Second To None] (2015) / www.morethanmusic.co
    If you want new worship music, you can find it - granted much of it will sound the same, thus making your quest for new to be slightly disappointing. Indie newcomers Augustus are hoping to add their input into the worship music scene with their release, Second to None, but the question must be asked, "Is it new or is it the same song with a different vocalist?" The album begins with the synth-layered anthem "Second to None." During the introduction, it's almost reminiscent of U2's... Read the Full Review


    Mike Westendorf, Songs We Carry (2015) / MikeWestendorf.com
    It's been nearly five years since Christian pop/contemporary artist Mike Westendorf released his last studio album, Undefined (not counting a 2012 Christmas album). Of course, if you read his official biography, you'll see that the man keeps himself quite busy with other prospects and jobs, but in the past five years, he's also found time to record a brand new album... Read the Full Review

    Folk / Pop

    Illtalian, Notti Insonni (Sleepless Nights) (2014) / Facebook
    With the ever-expanding world of indie artists, it can be difficult to discern good quality artists from bad. Of course, in regards to music, quality and artistry are subjective. Furthermore, for fans of hip-hop music, navigating the treacherous waters of copycats and obnoxious headset singers can be exhausting. Thankfully, there is the occasional artist that can carry his own: Hawaiian/Italian rap artist Illtalian hopes to be one of those standouts with his latest release, Notti Insonni... Read the Full Review

    Hip Hop

    Flood the Stone, When The World's On Fire (2015) / FloodtheStone.com
    Still a young band, having only formed about four years ago, pop rock quartet Flood the Stone is taking every possible stride to make waves in the industry and bring the good news of Jesus wherever they can. Their latest offering is a solid ten songs, collectively titled When The World's On Fire. The album gets off to its start with a song called "Tripped;" a song about mistakes and loss ("Goodbye my friend, it has been a long time, eleven years now to the day, goodbye... Read the Full Review

    Pop / Rock

    Jillienne Cherie, Streams in the Desert (2015) / JillienneCherie.com
    Worship is at its core about glorifying the Lord, and biblically one of the most prominent expressions of worship is through music. Despite what much of CCM radio may play, worship is not bound by a genre or style. Indie artist Jillienne Cherie is proof of that point, as she brings her... Read the Full Review

    Vocal Jazz Worship

    Anonamus, Alive (2014) / Anonamusband.com
    Seymour, Indiana rockers, Anonamus, released their debut album in August of 2014 on the independent label Lift Records. Alive can be characterized largely by its 90's sounding alt/rock vibe. Often shades of Matchbox 20, or other 90's alternative bands, can be heard in the songs on the record. Each member of Anonamus has been involved with worship ministries in their local area for several years. The group has been together for just under two years and, other than their history with worship music, the members... Read the Full Review

    Alt Rock

    Yaves, In Winters Ear (2015) / iTunes
    Even though artist Yaves has been doing his rapping thing for 20 years (according to "Rumble Young Man"), this is the first I have heard of the Sling Shot Media rapper. In Winters Ear is the newest release from the Columbus, Ohio native. The album carries a west coast style of hip hop... Read the Full Review

    Hip Hop

    Terry Waggoner, Love | Revolution (2014) / Terry-Waggoner.com
    Music is an ever-evolving art form. The moment a genre becomes super-popular, it dies. Years after it dies, there is a revival of the metamorphosed sound. Indie artist Terry Waggoner is an artist who seems to embrace this as he is giving listeners a potluck of revived sounds on his latest release, Love | Revolution... Read the Full Review

    Indie Pop

    Rio_24K, Flashing Lights (2014) / Twitter
    Floridian rapper Rio_24K may be new to the Christian faith, but he's certainly not new to hip hop. Nor is he new to the trials and temptations of the world. But now, after giving his life to Christ, he's changed the message of his music, and now he's ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an increasingly wicked culture. His first Christian rap album is called Flashing Lights, and it's clear with one listen that his target audience is the unsaved people... Read the Full Review

    Hip Hop

    The Goldilocks Enigma, Bread & Circuses (2014) / TheGoldilocksEnigma.com
    The Goldilocks Enigma is an indie husband and wife duo making some strangely interesting music. Bread & Circuses features musical styles that range from Days of the New (even shades of Alice in Chains) to some of the more psychedelic stylings of the 70s. It hard to nail down an exact comparison, but Danielson Famile definitely came to mind while listening. Danielson was much more polished sounding overall, but they still had a similar family novelty band type sound... Read the Full Review


    Estoria, The War - EP (2014) / EstoriaRock.com
    Coming together from different parts of the country as well as different genres of music, the four members of Estoria have blended all of their respective styles together to form their second EP, the Travis Wyrick-produced The War. With a combination of pop punk, rap, and modern rock, Estoria can almost be described as a female-fronted Pillar-meets-Linkin Park. Vocally, Meagan Reeves is vaguely reminiscent of Fireflight's Dawn Michele in "Battle Cry" and "Beauty Meets The Beast," and... Read the Full Review

    Alternative / Rock

    Jerry Akin, JavaBird (2014) / Facebook
    Folk artist Jerry Akin is a pastor and songwriter specializing in folk/rock music. His release, JavaBird, spends a large majority of its time emulating folk sounds akin to artists from the 60s/70s. While many of that era's folk artists spent a lot time singing about anti-war... Read the Full Review

    Folk Rock

    Blang3, Rag3 Tim3 (2014) / Blang3.com
    The sounds of EDM (electronic dance music) have been brought to the forefront in the pop music scene over the past few years. So much so that it's a rarity to hear someone on the radio who doesn't have an abundance of synth layers to give some extra girth to a song. Indie DJ, Blang3, is hoping to add to the trend while making a difference with his latest release, Rag3 Tim3... Read the Full Review


    Tommee Profitt, Deeper (2014) / TommeeProfitt.com
    Tommee Profitt is no stranger to the music industry. Tommee has been touring and playing shows since 2003, has released 6 full-length albums, is signed to Capitol Records as a producer and songwriter, and also produces music and videos at his own studio. While Tommee is no stranger to recording and posting funny videos on YouTube (see "The Target Song," "Pregnant and I Know It," or the short film(s) Man vs. Ball), his newest album is anything but a joke... Read the Full Review

    Pop / Worship

    Cloverton, We Sing Joy EP (2014) / Clovertonmusic.com
    With humble beginnings as the worship team at a small church in Manhattan, Kansas, The Lance Stafford Band - now known as Cloverton - got a chance to spread their music to a broader audience when they were picked up by nationally-syndicated radio station K-LOVE/Air-1. They followed it up with a tremendously successful Kickstarter campaign and the following full-length album Patterns last year. And this year, the band is back with a six-track Christmas EP entitled We Sing Joy... Read the Full Review


    Doom Tiger, Pelagia (2014) / Twitter.com/Doom_Tiger
    Death Metal is some of the most interesting music to listen to. While some listeners only hear screams and growls, beneath that extreme aggression there tends to be some lyrically deep content and technically rich music. With that in mind, returning indie artist Doom Tiger is giving listeners another collection of death metal recordings with his latest release, Pelagia. The album opens with the droning "All Roads Lead to the Ocean;" the music is exaggerated but has a constant building... Read the Full Review

    Death Metal

    the | Dave Ellis, To Whom It May Concern/Yours Faithfully (2014) / theDaveEllis.com
    A big trend that has been gaining momentum in the music market is the bold double-album. UK-based indie artist the | Dave Ellis is among one of the brave souls attempting this feat with his latest project, To Whom It May Concern/Yours Faithfully. Without a doubt, it is a hefty album. The tracks are somewhat dichotomous; while one song may dwell on redemption, like "Oh My Lord," another may be about pretty girls. For those looking for some silly easy-listening tracks, there are "Krush" and... Read the Full Review

    Hip Hop / Rap

    Flagz da Bad Boy, Imitators (2014) / Flagzdabadboy.com
    Rap and hip hop have steadily gained popularity over the last few decades and have become two of the most popular and influential cultures and styles of music in the modern times. This goes for both the secular world as well as the Christian world. No matter how you feel about that, it's spawned an entire market of Christian emcees who use the same sounds but change the lyrics to glorify Jesus. Flagz da Bad Boy has been doing this very thing for the last several years... Read the Full Review

    Hip Hop / Rap

    Joshua Mills, Christmas Miracle (2014) / JoshuaMillsMusic.com
    Joshua Mills is a multi-faceted, and multi-talented, artist. Mills has been a worship leader for 15 years, a speaker, and is an ordained minister. Including his newest album, Christmas Miracle, Mills has recorded six studio albums and two live albums. While some of the material is original, most of the songs are Chirstmas covers; many are lesser known, or at least lesser covered, songs. Frank Sinatra's "The Christmas Waltz," Meghan Smith... Read the Full Review


    Tim Korry, Above the Snakeline (2014) / TimKorry.com
    Wisconsin native Tim Korry has been playing and writing music for quite some time. He has recently released his 4th, and newest, solo album Above the Snakeline. On the record Korry shows off his wide array of musical tastes and blends several different styles throughout the album. Korry goes from a worshipful acoustic number like "Revolve," to a world vibe, like the Latin flavor of "Sacred Place" or the world beats and eastern flare in "Snakeline Reprise," to a pop/rock jam... Read the Full Review


    Tiffany Noel Watkins, Stronger (2014) / TiffanyNoelWatkins.com
    Recorded worship music has made a huge impact on the Christian market over the past 15 or so years. With every passing year it grows and grows and grows. Indie newcomer Tiffany Noel Watkins is evidence of this growth as she offers her latest release, Stronger. The album opens with upbeat "Brave." It has an almost Darlene Zschech feel as Watkins sings of all of God's works inspiring the believer to be brave. The vocal work is very high quality and musically it is... Read the Full Review


    Phillip Sandifer, Of Songs and Sacraments (2014) / PhillipSandifer.com
    Good quality CCM might not sound too hard to come by. All you need is an approachable soothing voice, decent instrumentation, and positive lyrics, right? Veteran independent singer-songwriter Phillip Sandifer might have a CCM radio-friendly sound but with his latest release Of Songs & Sacraments, he's bringing along a healthy dose of theological discourse. The album opens with soft yet sweet "To The Table." Sandifer's vocals are reminiscent of Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Rice while... Read the Full Review


    Pilgrimsprog, Do You Have Thanatophobia? (2013) / Pilgrimsprog.com
    Progressive rocker Scott Miller, AKA Pilgrimsprog, has released another collection of inspired songs. With this project the theme is entirley based on the Christian life and the fear of death, thus the aptly titled, Do You Have Thanatophobia? Those who are familiar with Miller's previous release, Pilgrimsprog, will know to expect his straightforwardness and very eclectic sound. Musically, it combines different genres, from 80's metal to grunge to adult contemporary... Read the Full Review

    Prog Rock

    Knight 7, The Sword of the Spirit (2014) / knight7.com
    Experimental music is a very real thing today. While many people don't want to reinvent the wheel with their music, a select few completely color outside the lines. Their sound will fuse unrelated genres, rhythms, melodies - everything is up for grabs. The only downside with this approach to music is that it only reaches a very limited market. Indie artist and newcomer Knight 7 is most definitely made for a select group of musical adventurers. His unique... Read the Full Review


    Pilgrimsprog, Pilgrimsprog (2010) / Pilgrimsprog.com
    Inspiration and influence are heavy within CCM. Pointless and meaningless songs are scarcely heard and that's a good thing. For indie artist Pilgrimsprog, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Scott Miller, there is no doubt that John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress heavily influenced him, as he released his debut album, Pilgrimsprog. The album is broken up into two parts, much like Bunyan's story... Read the Full Review

    Prog Rock

    Embers in Ashes, Killers & Thieves (2014) / EmbersinAshes.com
    Embers in Ashes is a Christian rock band that doesn't really fit inside a box. They use light metal elements with their guitars but have a distinct pop sound as well. The first two songs, "Set Fire" and "Into My Arms," are great rockers that get you pumped up for the album ahead. Sadly, the rest of Killers and Thieves is up and down, with the last two tracks being ones you'll likely skip... Read the Full Review

    Prog Rock

    Paul Demer, Canvas of Sky (2014) / PaulDemer.com
    Good quality Christian contemporary music is hard to come by, but Texas singer-songwriter Paul Demer is looking to bring something refreshing to listeners with his latest release, Canvas of Sky. The album begins with the somewhat folky "Bound for Home." His sound is slightly reminiscent of early Plankeye and Smalltown Poets. The lyrics are straightforward biblical principles and motivational to the core... Read the Full Review


    Circle of One, Part of the Plan (2014) / CircleofOneBand.com
    Rock music. Many would think that it should be easy to make: distorted electric guitars, crashing drums, aggressive bass, and strong vocals - that's all you need right? Wrong. It's so much more. Rock isn't just music - it's a culture. Indie band Circle of One is taking on the beast that is rock music and they are going full-force with their debut EP release, Part of the Plan. The album opens with the raw "Cut Away." Its sound is reminiscent of early Linkin Park with a dash of Alter Bridge... Read the Full Review


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