Move over 2020, 2021 is here. And, with it comes a lot of amazing new albums. From music veteran Phil Joel to Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman, many great artists are releasing new music to kick off the new year. We explore a few below.
Planetboom - JC Squad (1/15)
Planetboom, not to be confused with the worship band Planetshakers, is the youth band for Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2017, they've released great worship music that appeals to the youth of all ages. In 2019, Planetboom released their successful record Jesus Over Everything. Now, the worship band is releasing their newest album JC Squad. It features 12 original songs, including singles, like "Kamashaminda" and "Ily," they've released over the past year and a half. This upbeat record contains songs that appeal to teens and youth groups.
Phil Joel - Better Than I Found It EP (1/22)
Music veteran Phil Joel has been releasing music for the past 26 years. Mostly known for his work with the Newsboys, Phil went solo in 2000 and formed Zealand Worship in 2015. In the late 2010s, Phil rejoined the Newsboys. Although Phil has been busy, he hasn't released new music on his own since his 2012 album Playlist. Phil is finally making a comeback and will be releasing a new EP called Better Than I Found It. This six-track record was written, recorded, and produced by Phil in his home studio during the quarantine. It seems like a lot of Christian artists got creative during quarantine, so I'm sure we'll be seeing more albums like this soon.
Joel Vaughn - Louder Than The Lies (1/29)
Chronicling his personal journey from self-doubt and depression to liberation in Christ, Vaughn co-wrote each of the 12 tracks on his upcoming album, Louder Than The Lies, while also co-producing alongside Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman, Tauren Wells), Micah Kuiper (TobyMac, Jeremy Camp), Christian Hale and David Thulin, among others. From the opening strains of "Make The Most Of It" to album closer "Satisfied," an expressive moment of worship featuring Emily Irene Fertig, themes of resilience and hope are amplified atop Vaughn's signature synth-pop grooves. Louder Than The Lies is anchored by the deeply personal title-cut, a timeless message encapsulating Vaughn's story.
Remedy Drive - Imago Amor (1/29)
Remedy Drive is finally back with their first full-length album since 2018. (I'm starting to see a trend of artists making a comeback in 2021. Who knows? Maybe DC Talk will come back. Just kidding. Human trafficking is heavy on the hearts of the Remedy Drive band members, and this album is in response to that. The band has been working with anti-human trafficking organization The Exodus Road for years, and they've raised more than $350,000 towards rescue efforts. Remedy Drive's latest album, Imago Amor, means "the image of love," which is such a perfect title for this record. These new songs shine a light on human trafficking.
Apollo LTD - Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful (2/5)
I love Apollo LTD. I can't get away from their music. Once, I heard one of their songs playing inside a home goods store (true story.). They bring such a fresh, new perspective to Christian music. They have an unmatchable pop sound, and each song they release containing an encouraging message. In 2019, the band released their album Out of Body, which garnered success with their songs "Gold" and "On the Way Up 2.0." Apollo LTD's sophomore record, Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful, features 14 tracks. The band has already released six of these songs. And, if these songs are any indication, I predict Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful will be a fantastic record
Jon Foreman - Departures (2/12)
Since 1997, Jon Foreman has been the frontman of the alternative rock band Switchfoot. In 2007, Jon released his first solo EP Fall, as part of his four-part seasons' collection. Since then, Jon has released amazing music with both Switchfoot and on his own. Departures. Jon's music is always so relatable. His songs hit home for me in so many ways. At the beginning of January, Jon released three songs to give us a sneak peek of this new record. I've had these three songs, "Education," "Red and Gold," and "Jesus, I Have My Doubts" on repeat ever since they dropped. These songs are the best songs Jon has ever released. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the album.
Pat Barrett - Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly (2/26)
Singer-songwriter Pat Barrett wrote the popular worship song "Good Good Father" that Chris Tomlin released in 2016. Pat, formerly a member of the hit worship band, Housefires, is getting ready to release his second full-length album, Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly. These new songs will be released by music label Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol CMG. The new record will feature his popular song "Canvas and Clay," which gained the attention of radio in 2020. I can't wait to hear this new collection of tunes from Pat. And, I'm excited to see what's next for him as an artist.
Grace Chaves has been a fan of all things Christian music since 2016. She is one of NRT's youngest writers. Homeschooled, Grace is an author, loves Jesus, concerts, and road-trips.
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