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  • Spenser Olson, All Those Lies (feat. Allen Corrigan) - Single (2023) / Official Site
    Beginning his singing ministry in 2013, pop artist Spenser Olson has spent this last decade writing music to glorify the name of Jesus, with numerous singles and a full-length worship album to his name. Now he's jumpstarted 2023 with a brand new single called "All Those Lies." The lowkey R&B beat and Spanish guitar licks are extremely reminiscent of turn-of-the-century boy bands (which is a nice, nostalgic... Read the Full Review
  • Raid the Quarry, Beyond These Castle Walls (2022) / Official Site
    North Carolina natives Raid the Quarry got their start in 2014, but became the complete unit they are now just two years later, locking in their core line-up and getting to work on their debut EP, Priority One. The band doesn't seem interested in rushing their work, as they've just put out their third release in 2022, a full-length record entitled Beyond These Castle Walls. Raid the Quarry... Read the Full Review
  • Phil Craig, Jesus Has Conquered (Confidence) - Single (2022) / Official Site
    Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, worship leader Phil Craig released a debut EP last year and is making a quick turnaround with his single "Jesus Has Conquered (Confidence)". The track bears all the hallmarks of classic Chris Tomlin or Matt Redman tunes: piano driven melodies, a light touch of electric guitar, and a mid-tempo beat playing over lyrics that balance worship with encouragement. The message of the... Read the Full Review
  • CALLED, CALLED (2022) / Official Site
    CALLED is not only an indie pop/rock band based in Stuart, Florida, but also an active ministry offering music-guided retreats, praise and worship events, and regular musical concerts. Each of these options blend music, theology, and prayer together to varying degrees. On top of that, the group has recently released their debut album, entitled CALLED. The band has stated their goal is to speak... Read the Full Review
  • GENTILES, Temporary Revered As Divine (2022) / Official Site
    Hailing from West Virginia, GENTILES is a hard rock/metal band that just started releasing music in the summer of 2021. The band played the singles game until it came time for their first official release, an EP called Temporary Revered As Divine. The lyrics for these songs were written as an offense against the complacency and idolatry of not only the world, but also the church (specifically the... Read the Full Review
  • Jelani Malik, Inside (2022) / Official Site
    When your family tree includes members of Public Enemy, it's likely that hip hop runs through your veins. Jelani Malik and his new album Inside seem to be solid evidence of this. That being said, instead of the classic gangsta rap sounds of Public Enemy, Inside is a lot more modern, with a larger focus on smooth R&B vocals and beats than raps and boom bap. Malik proves to be a competent... Read the Full Review
  • Relentless Pursuit, Through Confusion (2022) / Official Site
    There may not be an artist name more fitting than Relentless Pursuit. Though the name is primarily about pursuing the Lord, it also works for sole member Matthew Konradt's musicianship and attempts at getting better and better at his craft. "Flamboyant Intoxication," the first single from his upcoming album, was one of many continual steps in the right direction. The full album, Through Confusion, is... Read the Full Review
  • Stephen Yeske, Keys of Heaven - EP (2022) / Facebook
    Having been a musician for nearly 30 years now, singer/songwriter Stephen Yeske finally decided to take the leap into recording. He's released a string of singles throughout 2022, which have now culminated in his debut EP, Keys of Heaven. As Yeske's main goal for his music is to worship the Lord and edify the Church, Keys of Heaven foregoes flashy instrumentation and poetic songwriting and instead focuses on solid musicianship and straightforward lyricism. Much of the album is low-key and unassuming, as if he's demonstrating his desire to lift up Jesus and not himself. The EP is full of soft... Read the Full Review
  • The King's People, Resting Place (2022) / Official Site
    The King's People are a collective of singers, songwriters, and musicians from a family of house churches in North Carolina. Instead of the big budget production and rock concert atmosphere of a Hillsong or Elevation album, The King's People and their debut album, Resting Place, focus on a much more intimate and down-to-earth approach. The songs are still very congregational and comparable in style, but are largely stripped down to the essentials... Read the Full Review
  • Robert M Vasile, The Unfinished Road (2022) / Spotify
    Robert M Vasile is a 70-year-old songwriter born in Brooklyn New York, who has previous experience in a band in the 90s. He plays a variety of instruments and has been on worship teams in a handful of states across the U.S. As far as I can tell, this is his solo debut album, titled The Unfinished Road and it features strong Americana, Bluegrass, and Gospel instrumentation like banjo, mandolin, and fiddle... Read the Full Review
  • Relentless Pursuit, Flamboyant Intoxication - Single (2022) / Official Site
    Over the last few years, Matthew Konradt has been learning and growing as a musician with his metalcore act, Ascend the Soul. Recently, he also branched out and started a solo act, which he is calling Relentless Pursuit. His first single, "Flamboyant Intoxication," is pretty straightforward melodic metalcore, but also has some fairly deathcore-inspired harsh growls and screams. If you're familiar at all with Ascend the Soul... Read the Full Review
  • Hope Beyond Suffering, Forevermore EP (2022) / Official Site
    Husband-wife musical duos usually appear in the folk genre. Hope Beyond Suffering (Drew and Vannah Brammell), however, turns that stereotype on its head and instead plays symphonic metal. Recently, they released their latest effort, Forevermore (EP), featuring one instrumental track (the opener "Rest") and three lyrical tracks that take the listener on a journey. The first two (the title track and "Awake") have a more spiritual focus, singing about the endless love of God and the struggle to awake and accept that love... Read the Full Review
  • Steve Hodges, So I Can Love Her - Single (2022) / Official Site
    Steve Hodges is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist. His single, "So I Can Love Her," is inspired by his late wife during a time when Steven himself almost passed away after a failed medical procedure. While in a hospital bed and uncertain of what was to come with his own life, his wife Sheri was right there beside him every step of the way... Read the Full Review
  • Nathan Wheeler, Nathan Wheeler EP (2021) / Bandcamp
    It's never too late to start a music career. Describing his music as a "midlife crisis with a bit of optimism," Nathan Wheeler kicked things off last spring with a self-titled, three-song EP (or six, if you count the bonus tracks on Bandcamp - this review, however, will cover the three standard tracks). Wheeler's style is pretty tame, but nonetheless seems to take a lot of influence from artists like Bruce Springsteen and The Killers, most noticeably the Americana rock & roll guitar tones, but occasionally in the vocal style as well. But instead of upbeat tracks like "Born in the USA" or the driving rhythms of... Read the Full Review
  • Peter118, UK Christian Punk Rock EP (2022) / Bandcamp
    Peter118 is a punk band from England making music since around 2014. The group intends to share the news of Christ through the punk sub-culture and in places the church cannot reach. They really hit the ground running in 2017 with their split EP with No Lost Cause, In Stereo. In 2021, the band released the... Read the Full Review
  • Sevenoneself, The Treasure of the Crucible (2022) / Facebook
    Sevenoneself is the project of Canadian musician Barry Peters. Peters is a classically trained pianist who loves rock and metal music and decided to make some music in Saskatchewan where this is no music scene. Being involved in worship music, and as a former pastor, he wrote a rock album around his faith. Not only did he play every instrument, but he also edited, mixed, and produced the album completely solo. The Treasure of the Crucible took him about 7 years to complete, but Sevenoneself's debut album is finally available... Read the Full Review
  • Mountain Climer, I'm Not Enough & That's Okay (2022) / Official Site
    Mountain Climer (not a typo) is a brand new alt rock project from the mind of Broomfield, Colorado's Jeremy Climer. Mountain Climer's first official full-length album, following a slew of singles in 2021, is called I'm Not Enough & That's Okay, which finds the artist pulling out influences from the late '90s and early '00s to hit the listener with a mix of punk rock and alternative. While the lighter... Read the Full Review
  • Every Knee, Beautiful Things - Single (2022) / Facebook Page
    Every Knee is a worship collective hailing from Rochester, NY, bringing together a variety of artists from various backgrounds and influences. For their recently released single, they chose a cover of Gungor's "Beautiful Things," with Ian Smith (of Street Side) taking lead vocal duties. Every Knee's take is certainly different from the original. Not only is the music more atmospheric and synthesized, Smith... Read the Full Review
  • NOT ASHAMED, In Spirit and Truth - Single (2022) / Official Site
    Not Ashamed is an independent rock band from Tennessee that aims to provide powerful and positive music for listeners. The band is very ministry minded, participates in charity events, and even has a link to a YouTube video of rapper Propaganda presenting the gospel message for those who may be seeking Christ. On top of that, they even offer a contact for further questions and information for churches in their area... Read the Full Review
  • Helium114, Paint EP (2022) / Official Site
    Helium114 is a pop/punk project by Luke Greene. Their new release, Paint EP, brings to mind bands like Philmore (aside from the occasional scream). The EP doesn't have the cleanest production out there, but that is honestly part of the charm of DYI punk rock. The raw and authentic nature helps to tame some of the sweetness of the pop side and gives you a balanced feel and sound overall... Read the Full Review
  • the Found and the Lost, the Found and the Lost (2022) / Spotify
    The Found and the Lost is a one-man electronic project born in the wake of an Austin, Texas-based church worship album. After producing, mixing, and mastering his church worship team's album, guitarist and drummer Vicente Chung continued making music and wound up with a handful of tracks for his own solo project. The Found and the Lost is quite an interesting album. Other than the oddball... Read the Full Review

 

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This Wednesday, February 1, 2023
SINGLES
Disciple Promise To Live - Single [Tooth & Nail]


This Friday, February 3, 2023
ALBUMS
Cochren & Co. Running Home [Gotee]
Colony House The Cannonballers [Roon]
Marcus Jordan My Life - eP [MJMG]
Pastor Mike Jr. Impossible [Capitol CMG]

VINYL
Cody Carnes God Is Good! [Marigold 2 LP] [Sparrow]
Hillsong UNITED Are We There Yet? [3 LP] [Hillsong]

SINGLES
Anchor Hymns We Will Feast in The House of Zion - Single [Integrity]
Dreaded Dale The Violent - Single (independent)
Free Worship En Tu Nombre Cristo - Single [BEC]
Mozaiek Worship Allesomvattend - Single [Integrity]
Hunter Plake More in Love - Single [BEC]
Matt Redman Lamb of God (feat. David Funk) - Single [Integrity]
Chase Tremaine Tired Side of Content - Single (independent)


Next Friday, February 10, 2023
ALBUMS
Jeff & Sheri Easter Treasure [Gaither]
Hannah Hobbs Sundown [Capitol CMG]

SINGLES
George Mhondera Not Even Once - Single [BEC]


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