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Twenty-two-year-old Holly Miller (Hollyn) knows what...
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Hollyn Says Bye to Depression | Posted September-03-2019
What You Need To Know:

Twenty-two-year-old Holly Miller (Hollyn) knows what it's like to go through depression and anxiety, especially after a breakup. That's the reason for her new EP, bye, sad girl. This new six song project is Hollyn's way of saying 'bye' to the depression that took over her life after breaking up with her boyfriend.



What it Sounds Like:

This EP is different from anything else I've heard in the CCM world, but is also some of the best songs I've heard from Hollyn. These songs have a great sound, and although this is more of a mainstream release, all of these could reach people that are going through things that have left them broken. Each song tells the story of the highs and lows that happen when we break up with something (or someone) that has been tearing us down. The first track, "i feel bad for you," has a fun EDM vibe to it, and speaks of how once we get rid of the things that are tearing us down in life, it will, in the end, bring us higher than we were when we were clinging to whatever was breaking us.



Spiritual Highlights:

The verse that comes to mind listening to this EP is 1 Corinthians 15:33, which says "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'" It's easy to be deceived in bad relationships, thinking that we can fix the person with our good morals. But it turns out, they'll ruin us. Verse one of the song "isn't it harmless?" sings, "Back to the place, I go back to the place / where you told me you loved me / said I was queen of your world, yeah / I thought we were somethin', somethin' / you gave me shelter / you gave me room for my imagination / you expect me to believe it was all an illusion / it's you you're confusin' / it's you you're confusin." We can easily go back to the times we were told we were loved and safe by the person that's hurting us and think we can work the relationship out, but it turns out we just need to cut it out in our lives. "i don't think we can be friends" speaks of this same theme.



Best Song on the Record:

My favorite song on this EP would have to be "i feel bad for you." It's definitely a fun song with the pop sound that Hollyn brings with all of her albums. Although it's hard to choose a favorite, "i feel bad for you" is one that stands out for me!



For Fans Of:

Britt Nicole, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle



Final Word:

This new EP is one that I think we've needed in the Christian music genre for a long time. It's a relatable topic for many people, and I'm sure it will have the power to reach listeners in all walks of life. If you're going through a situation - whether it be a breakup that led you down into depression and anxiety like it did for Hollyn, or you're fighting your own insecurities - this album is one to listen to. It's time to say "bye" to what's breaking you inside.

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A New Era For Sanctus Real | Posted August-21-2019
What You Need To Know:

Sanctus Real formed in 1996 with Matt Hammitt on lead vocals, but In 2015 Hammitt announced he would be leaving the group. As a result, a new era started for the band, Dustin Lolli took Matt's position as frontman/lead vocalist, and the band released the album Changed in 2018. The new record, Unstoppable God, is Dustin Lolli's second full-length album with Sanctus Real, and first with label Fair Trade Services.



What it Sounds Like:

For this album only being Dustin Lolli's second with the band, they bring a great, complete pop album to the table that will connect with people, and has the Gospel woven all throughout it. There are personal stories and testimonies in the songs, ("Jesus Loves You"), and there's also songs that tell of who we are in Christ. The album tells of how we are loved, that we are beautiful, and that we serve a God who is unstoppable.



Spiritual Highlights:

This album really talks about how God is unstoppable, and also speaks about all of the incredible things God does around us. From the title track "Unstoppable God," to the song "Lazarus" that tells of how God has rescued our hearts from the grave, this album clearly tells of the character of God, and how good and faithful He is. Particularly in the aforementioned song "Lazarus," Sanctus Real recalls the well known Bible story and the miracle God did in one man's life. In John 11:1-44, we read a story about a man named Lazarus, who died, but was raised to life by the power of Jesus. That's exactly what God has done in our lives for those who believe in Him. God took our dead heart and made it alive. He raised us up out of the grave, out of the darkness, and to new life with him, and this song speaks of it. "My testimony from death to life / You fill me up with holy fire / My testimony out of the dust / You raise me up like Lazarus / Like Lazarus"



Best Song on the Record:

Every song is great, but I think the title track, "Unstoppable God" would have to be my favorite. It has an upbeat tune, yet also a worshipful sound to it. This song is one that celebrates how great our God is, and how nothing can stop Him. The song talks about how God isn't afraid of the impossible, which is a great encouragement that we all need in our lives. 



For Fans Of:

The Afters, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe



Final Word:

Sanctus Real knocked it out of the park with this album, and I believe it will be listened to for years to come. Every song on the album is encouraging and will speak to those in every walk of life. This album is definitely worth a listen!


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An Album Celebrating God's Glory | Posted August-07-2019
What You Need To Know

Planetshakers originally formed in 2000, hailing from Adelaide, Australia. The band came out of Planetshakers Conference in 1997, and are now based in Melbourne, Australia at Planetshakers church. Most of the band's albums are recorded in conferences around the world, with thousands of worshippers present.



What it Sounds Like

The band has a unique and new sound, which combines the bursting sound of "Fall On Me," as well as an instantly familiar worshipful tune of "God Is On The Throne." Planetshakers offers a worship experience that all ages will enjoy.



Spiritual Highlights

What seems to be repeated a lot in Planetshakers new EP, is God's glory raining down. "Rain Your Glory Down" sings, "So rain rain / rain down your glory / on us again / pour out your Spirit and rain"  We hear a lot in the Bible about God's power and glory, and God specifically talks about raining his righteousness down in Isaiah 45:8. "Open up, O heavens, and pour out your righteousness. Let the earth open wide so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together. I, the LORD, created them." In this passage, we see both God raining down His righteousness, and also God's power demonstrated in it. God created both salvation and righteousness, and he wants to have both rain down onto us.



Best Song On the Record

It's hard to pick what song I think is the best on this EP, but I think I would have to go with "God Is On The Throne." The song tells of how God is so powerful and is in control of everything. Definitely a great song!



For Fans Of

Planetboom, Housefires, Passion



Final Word

Planetshakers has brought a fun, and worshipful EP to the table, celebrating all that Jesus is. Rain Part 3 praises God for how great He is, and how powerful and mighty He is over everything. If you're looking for some new worship that's a mix of both pop and worship, this EP is one that you'll love! Planetshakers just wrapped up a conference in Cape Town, South Africa last month, and will soon be going to multiple countries around the world for the Planetshakers Glory conference in 2020.

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An Incredible First Album | Posted July-19-2019
What You Need To Know:

Caleb Crino began getting into music when he was just six years old when his mom encouraged him to join a children's choir. He learned how to play the piano when he was 13, then started experimenting with songwriting. He moved to Nashville in 2014 to pursue his songwriting at Belmont University's songwriting program. Even though Caleb is a new artist, he started playing at various different churches, cafes, and festivals in 2016.



What it Sounds Like:

Caleb's new self-titled EP sounds familiar in many ways, but also has a new feel to it. Every song on this album has powerful lyrics that point back to God. Caleb has released a very impressive EP for being a new artist, and I believe his music will really go places in the next few years. His songs can be described as "soft pop," with songs like "All Else Is Worthless" and "Follow Me" setting the tone. 



Spiritual Highlights:

"All Else Is Worthless" says, "Everything else, I'll desert it / Just knowing You is worth it / All else is worthless."  This song really reflects Philippians 3:8, where Paul states, "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ." When we taste and see Christ, we will, like Paul, realize that everything else in this life is worthless. This album as a whole truly speaks of that, and how no matter what our circumstances look like, Jesus is right by our side.



Best Song on the Record:

I loved all of the songs on this EP, but the best song on it would have to be "On My Side (Acoustic)." The song is about holding onto God's promises, and knowing that He is right by our side, even when life gets hard. The acoustics on this song beautifully complement the already great lyrics.



For Fans Of:

Colton Dixon, Jamie Kimmett, Josh Baldwin



Final Word:

It's almost hard to believe that Caleb Crino is a new artist when you listen to his debut self-titled EP. I believe that Caleb's songs can really relate to a lot of people as they go through the everyday challenges of life with it's highs and lows. Caleb is definitely an artist to keep an eye on! To keep up with Caleb's latest music, you can follow him on Facebook and Instagram.



Stream the Caleb Crino EP on Spotify.


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A Cultural Journey | Posted July-19-2019
What You Need To Know:

Trinity was formed by three Dutch brothers who grew up in Peru as missionary kids. While they were growing up in Peru, they bartered for music lessons, and discovered the heart of Peruvian street music. Their childhood reflects much of their music, as they tie their Spanish background into the songs they sing.



What it Sounds Like:

Trinity brings a unique album to the table, with their eclectic and Spanish sounds. Trinity's music is much like Apollo LTD, but with more of a South American twist to it. Their new album has a vibrant feel throughout it, with "Anthem Of Love" driving more "fiesta" vibes, and the foot stomping "Wherever We Go" will give you a good idea of what Trinity's music is all about.



Spiritual Highlights:

Loving people is one of the biggest spiritual highlights in this album. 1 John 4:7 says, "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." This album really reflects this verse, especially in the song "Wherever We Go" which sings, "'Cause people are people / Wherever we go / Thirsty for love / Hungry for hope / That's the song we're singing / Around the globe / 'Cause people are people / Wherever we go."



Best Song on the Record:

I think the best song on the record would have to be the final track, "Songs Of Life." It has a slower pace than the rest of the album, and is a beautiful way to wrap up the record. This song is simply a song singing to our Creator, and is about having hope for the future. 



For Fans Of:

Apollo LTD, Land of Color, Curt Anderson



Final Word:

With this album, Trinity takes us on an adventure all across the globe. With it's cultural sounds, this is an album travel lovers across the world will enjoy. This album celebrates people being united together, under the banner of Jesus and love. It's about supporting each other, and being content with what we have, because Jesus is all we need.





Stream The In Between on Spotify.

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One of the Best Worship Albums of 2019 | Posted July-13-2019
What You Need To Know:

Housefires originated at Grace Midtown Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The band has stayed true to their roots, often doing monthly worship nights at their church, and filming a majority of their music videos there. The band formed in 2014, but prior to that, their church released two worship albums under the name Grace Midtown, with Pat Barrett and others leading. Housefires was a part of the Outcry Tour in 2016, and continued their touring throughout 2017. Their most well-known song is "Good Good Father," which Chris Tomlin coverered and released on his album Never Lose Sight in 2016.



What it Sounds Like:

This is definitely a worship album. Housefires style is very similar to Bethel Music, with their spontaneous worship moments and powerful lyrics. With "Coming Home" being more of an anthem and "God Is So Good" having more of a softer worship sound, the band has come out with a very impressive album that will appeal to any worship lover.



Spiritual Highlights:

The bridge in "I'll Give Thanks" sings, "Why do I worry? / Why do I worry? / God knows what I need / He does," which seems to have come from the popular passage in scripture, Matthew 6:25-34. In that passage, Jesus proclaims in the sermon on the Mount not to worry about our lives. In Matthew 6:32b, Jesus says that God knows what we need, so we don't have to worry.



Best Song on the Record:

"God Is So Good" is the best song on the album. "God is so good," or "God You're so good," is a chorus that has mysterious origins, and is believed to be almost a century old. It's a beautiful song that tells of God's goodness to us.



For Fans Of:

Pat Barrett, Bethel Music, Hillsong Worship



Final Word:

Housefires has beautifully put together a worship album that could easily be called one of the best worship albums of 2019. None of the songs on this record are ones to skip! Since this is a live album, you can watch some of the songs being performed on Housefires' YouTube channel. They've brought a great album to the table, and I'm excited to see what else this band might come out with. This one is definitely worth a listen!





Stream on Spotify or buy it on Apple Music.


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New Artist On The Block | Posted June-16-2019
What You Need To Know:

Sean Curran, former frontman of Bellarive and new member of Passion, fell in love with music in his middle and high school years. During that time, he was asked to serve on the student worship team, which led to him finding God and seeing how God can move through music. During Sean's college years, he saw God stirring something in his community and church, which birthed the band Bellarive. His travels with Bellarive eventually brought he and his wife to Atlanta, where they found Louie Giglio's Passion City, which soon became their new home church. Sean started serving on the worship team, and now also leads at Passion conferences and events. The Bigger Than I Thought EP is Sean's debut solo album, featuring his three preivously released singles.



What it Sounds Like:

Sean has brought a powerful worship EP to the table, deeply rooted in Scripture. The sound of it is similar to Hillsong UNITED's new album, People, with both pop and worship sounds. "The Great Migration" leans more on the pop side, while "All Praise" is one I could definitely see churches singing.



Spiritual Highlights:

"All Praise", has a spiritual message that you can't miss. The song talks about how life is a gift, and proclaims that Jesus will always provide. In response, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus and give Him all of our praise, because He will never leave us. Rooted in Psalm 42:5, the bridge sings, "Why should my heart grow weary? / Don't be so downcast, O my soul / You are in every moment / You are my greatest miracle."



Best Song on the Record:

All of the songs on the EP are great, but I think the best song from the record is the title track "Bigger Than I Thought." This song was originally released on Passion's most recent album, Follow You Anywhere, and is now featured on Sean's debut project. This song is really one of surrender with a message of laying down all of our fears, because God isn't afraid of them. He is always bigger than we think He is. He can handle all of our struggles, and He understands us completely. We can stop trying to negotiate with Him, because He knows what's best for us. I could see this one going to radio!



For Fans Of:

Passion, Bellarive, Hillsong United



Final Word:

Sean Curran did not disappoint with this album! Every song on it is powerful, and each has definite potential to change lives. Fans who have followed Sean's musical journey for any length of time will be especially happy, since earlier this year on Instagram many begged him to release the last track,"Step Into The Light," using the hashtag "#ReleaseStepIntoTheLight." The song was first performed at the 2019 Passion Conference earlier this year, before Sean ever had plans of releasing it. After social media blew up with conversation about it, "Step Into The Light" ended up being Sean's first solo single and has really connected with his fans. I'm excited to see what else Sean has in store, since this EP is really a hit.





Buy Bigger Than I Thought on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


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A Duo To Keep Your Eye On | Posted May-20-2019
What You Need To Know

Twin sisters Kellie and Kristen have been making music almost their whole lives, with Kellie singing since she was only three years old, and Kristen who picked up her first instrument when she was eight. When they were teenagers, they felt God calling them to serve the local church. Grounded in that, they felt it was time to also reach out to the universal church, longing to see the church as a whole united through song. So many people have lost the passion and fire when they first came to know Jesus, and Kellie and Kristen want to be a part of awakening hearts and rekindle the love the church once had. 


 


What It Sounds Like

With the more pop vibes of "Let Them Fall", and the more worship vibes that come with "Great Hope" and "Awe And Wonder", Kellie and Kristen have compiled an album that will appeal to those who love the sound of pop CCM, and the lyrics of worship songs.



Spiritual Highlights

The biggest takeaway I get from this album is that God is over and above everything. God is the One who is capable of tearing down the walls of fear, depression, shame and is also the same God that hung the stars in the sky, and He's the One even the waters obey. In "Wind And Waves", the chorus sings, "You're the God of the wind / And God of the waves / at the sound of your voice / they bow and obey."


 


Best Song on the Record

In my opinion, the title track, "In The Name" is probably the best song on the record! The song talks about our identity in Christ, that in the name of Jesus we are no longer held to fear, doubt, shame, sin, hell, and death. I could definitely see churches singing this song, and radio stations grabbing ahold of this one. It's a song proclaiming our victory that we have since we now believe in Jesus' name.


 




Final Word

Kellie and Kristen are a new independent duo to keep your eye on. If you need a reminder of God's power, and wonder, you should listen to this! I'm excited to see where God takes Kellie and Kristen in their music career, and how these songs will impact the church. Between the beautiful interludes and the dominant lyrics, this is an album worship lovers will want to get their hands on!



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Let Go - Single by Hillsong Young & Free | Posted May-24-2018
What You Need to Know: 



Hillsong Young & Free is a youth movement, based out of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. They released their first live album to iTunes January 1, 2013, called We Are Young & Free (Live).



What It Sounds Like: 



The single is upbeat, and the lyrics are powerful. It talks about how if we just simply let go, we can walk in the incredible freedom that God offers to us. The piano and drums are echoed beautifully in this single, and Aodhan and Karina's voices tie together incredibly.



The Chorus: 



So I let go and I let love

Show me life like it's supposed to be

An oasis here awaits us

All the freedom I'll ever need

Now I'm alive

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life

Oh-la-la, oh-la-la

When I let go then I found life



When I let go then I found life 




Why Listen?: 



I think this is such a great song, that speaks so loudly about how there truly is life and freedom when we follow Christ. I can't wait to see what else Young & Free might have in store for the future! In the meantime, I highly suggest watching Hillsong's movie, Let Hope Rise. It shows Hillsong's song writing process, recording process, some music they've done in concert, and so much more.

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