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We The Kingdom is a new worship band, a family band. We...
To Love A Fool by Cory To Love A Fool by Cory
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Paradise (Single) by Sarah Paradise (Single) by Sarah
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A Beautiful Reminder of Who God Is | Posted August-04-2020
What You Need To Know

We The Kingdom is a new worship band, a family band. We The Kingdom is comprised of brothers Ed and Scott Cash, Ed's kids Franni and Martin, and family friend Andrew Bergthold. The band released their hit song "Holy Water" in 2019. And, ever since, Christian music fans have fallen in love with them. We The Kingdom has toured with artists like Chris Tomlin, Zach Williams, among others. Their new 12-track album Holy Water features singles "God So Loved," "Dancing on the Waves," and, of course, "Holy Water."



What it Sounds Like

Holy Water is fresh and different from other worship albums. From the choir in "Child of Love," to the slower ballad "SOS," there's a song for everyone. No two songs are the same which is what I love about We The Kingdom. Some songs are more soulful, while others are more worshipful. The lyrics in every song are meaningful and have such depth to them. I truly believe that this album will help you realize God's love for you. It will remind you that God is for you, not against you.



Spiritual Highlight

The biggest theme on Holy Water is who God is. "SOS" is a reminder that God will save us, even at our lowest point. "No Doubt About It" is a beautiful song that reflects on how God will always be with us. And, "Peace" tells us that God will give us peace, even when there's chaos all around us. So often Christian songs don't have a very deep message to them, but these songs absolutely do. These songs are such a gift. From the depth of the lyrics to the wonderful vocals, this record is a masterpiece filled with biblical truths.



Best Song on the Record

"Dancing on the Waves" is a song that holds a special place in my heart. It is the best song on the record. It's such a peaceful song, that always helps clear my mind. I first heard this song when Bethel Music released it on their Peace album, and since then I've probably listened to it 50 times. If you're looking for a song to calm you down and ease your mind, I would highly suggest listening to this. There have been few songs that I've found that bring me so much peace like this one does. "I dare you to believe how much I love you now/Don't be afraid, I am your strength/We'll be walking on the water, dancing on the waves."




For Fans Of

Bethel Music, Mosaic MSC, Cody Carnes



Final Word

Overall, this album is so powerful and beautiful in so many ways. It's one of my favorite albums of 2020. I know you're going to love it. I've had Holy Water on repeat. And, I'm sure you'll have it on repeat, too. Stream Holy Water on Apple Music and Spotify.


 



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An Album of Reflection | Posted July-28-2020
What You Need To Know

Worship artist Cory Asbury is a member of the Bethel Music collective. He grew up in North Carolina and began leading worship in his local church at age 17. Later, he interned with the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC). In 2017, Cory released his hit song "Reckless Love." It helped put Cory's solo career on the map. The song has been nominated for Billboard Music Awards, GMA Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, to name a few. Since then, he's become a fan favorite of many Christian music fans. Now, he's back with a new album: To Love A Fool. This means more hits are on the way.



What it Sounds Like

Every song on this record is honest and transparent. You can see Cory's heart in each lyric. "Prodigal Song" and "I'm Sorry" are real, raw songs that are so relatable. Each tune is a reminder of how broken we are, and how great God is in light of our brokenness. To Love A Fool is vulnerable and filled with worship. Piano and drums are frequently highlighted throughout this record. Many of the album's songs will no doubt be sung in contemporary churches.



Spiritual Highlights

There are a lot of great spiritual highlights. In almost every song on this record, there's a constant theme of how great God is, and how great His love is for us. "Canyons" and "Nothing More Than You" reflect that a lot. This album will really make you realize how much God loves you. Even in our sin, God chose to love us. He chose to love a fool, as the title of the album says. I love that this is the theme of the entire album.



Best Song on the Record

"Unraveling" is definitely the best song on the record. I enjoy fan favorites "The Father's House" and "Canyons," but "Unraveling" really sticks out to me. It's such a beautiful song that has an orchestral sound to it. The lyrics are so incredibly striking. It speaks into the pressure of everyday life, and how unraveling it can feel. We always try to pretend that we're happy and put together when we're not. This song speaks of how God is the One we need to run to when we're feeling this way. It's a song that I know you'll want to repeat. "In the unraveling/Father unravel me/When I can't feel a thing, have mercy and let me bleed."



For Fans Of

Pat Barrett, Chris Renzema, Cody Carnes



Final Word

Although I would have enjoyed a few more upbeat songs from Cory, he still released a great worship album overall. It's a beautiful album, with such breathtaking lyrics. This is a record that will make you reflect on who God is, and how incredible it is that he chose to love us. He chose to love a fool. You can stream this album on July 31 on Apple Music and Spotify.


 



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Paradise in the Ordinary | Posted July-20-2020
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Sarah Reeves released her debut album, Sweet Sweet Sound, in 2009 with record label Sparrow. She became extremely popular in Christian music circles around 2018 when she released her 15-song album, Easy Never Needed You, with record label Curb I Word. Since then, she's released many new singles, including "Paradise." Sarah says that this new single is one of her personal favorite tracks from her upcoming album, which is slated for a fall release.



What it Sounds Like

Sarah Reeves describes "Paradise" as "a love story of turning a regular night at home into paradise. It's sweet, visual, and romantic." That explains the new single pretty well. The song is extremely visual, and could easily be described as a ballad. It has a pop sound that Sarah brings to all of her songs. But, at the same time, it's a beautiful love song. It's a picture that Sarah painted of her and her husband's relationship: "Whenever you look at me/I'm feeling that ocean breeze/You'll always be my paradise."



Spiritual Highlights

Although "Paradise" is a love song, it could be viewed as a reflection of God's love for us. God is always turning the ordinary things in life into paradise. If we pay attention to what God is doing around us, we'll see that we're living in constant paradise. God is the creator of all things. So even the mundane is extraordinary when we look at it in light of who He is.



Final Word

Although I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of pop love songs, Sarah still gave us a sweet vignette that I'm sure will be a treasure that she and her husband will hold onto for years to come. I know that fans will love this new song. You can start streaming it this Friday on Apple Music and Spotify.


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Rulers | Posted July-09-2020
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Apollo LTD is an incredible new pop duo, made up of Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark. They quickly gained success from their 2015 song "What Are You Waiting For," and since then they've released incredible songs that put a new take on Christian music. They've shared the stage with Panic! At the Disco, Andy Grammer, and other popular mainstream artists. Their sound is unique, and an exciting new addition to the Christian pop genre.



What it Sounds Like

I love this new single from Apollo LTD. It's catchy, upbeat, and perfect for your summer playlist. Apollo LTD always brings an incredible sound to all of their songs, and their new single "Rulers" is no different. It's such a fun song. If you're looking for a song that has a great vibe to it as well as an important message, this song is for you.



Spiritual Highlights

When I first heard this song, the bible verse that came to mind was 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV), which says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." This song perfectly reflects that verse. The chorus of "Rulers" sings, "Royalty was made for ya/all we ever known/stepping up to the throne/we were made to be rulers." It's a message that needs to be shared more often, and I love that Apollo LTD really brings it out in their new single.



Final Word

Overall, Apollo LTD released a really great new single. It's everything you would want out of a Christian pop song, and I know that it will be going on all of my summer road trip playlists!



Stream "Rulers" now on Spotify and Apple Music


 



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The Perfect Blend of Worship and Rock | Posted June-24-2020
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Tommy Payne is a brand new artist from North Carolina. He's a worship leader, ordained minister and songwriter. In addition, he also sings at prisons, detention centers and halfway houses. He's part of Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way's program Generosity Rocks, which is an organization that empowers musicians and inspires generosity. Tommy's new EP Freedom is his debut record, which features 5 fresh, new worship songs.



What it Sounds Like

Tommy describes his music as "worship rock," and that's just what it is! It's worship music with a new sound and perspective in every song. It's different from the stereotypical worship music we hear in church every week, yet could very easily be added to a church's worship set. The instruments used on this EP really compliment Tommy's voice, and really brings out his sound. This new EP could be described as "reinvented worship music."



Spiritual Highlights

A repeated theme throughout this record is how we have freedom in Christ (hence the name of the album, Freedom!). From Tommy's song "Free," to his song "Welcome Home," they all speak of our freedom in Christ. It says in John 8:36 (NIV), "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." I love that this theme is all throughout this album! It's a message that we all need to hear as followers of Christ.



Best Song on the Record

The best song on the record would have to be "My Jesus Loves Me!" It's such a fun and upbeat song. It's a reminder that we truly don't deserve God's love, yet He freely gives it to us anyways. It's a nod to the old hymn "Jesus Loves Me," but with a fun and upbeat spin. "I could never deserve a love that saved a wretch like me/I remember the price you paid/all the sacrifice you made that day on Calvary/I'm so glad my Jesus loves me."



For Fans Of

Zach Williams, Kutless, Seventh Day Slumber



Final Word

Overall, Tommy Payne released a great new worship album! It's unique and different from the regular genre of worship. If you love both worship and rock, this album is for you! You can stream it now on Apple Music and Spotify.


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The Perfect Pop Album for Summer | Posted June-03-2020
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Ryan Stevenson is a talented singer/songwriter from Bonanza, Oregon. Before his career in music, Ryan was a paramedic for eight years. He independently released his first album in 2007 and released three other albums since then. TobyMac helped Ryan get his start. And, in 2012, Toby recorded Ryan's song "Speak Life" and released it on his album Eye On It. Shortly after that, Ryan signed to Toby's label Gotee Records. Since then, Ryan has been releasing hit song after hit song. His new record Wildest Dreams features his new song "Amadeo (Still My God)," which has quickly become a fan favorite.



What it Sounds Like

The songs on this record clearly reflect different journeys and trials that he's been through in his life. From the personal song that he penned for his mom "When We Fall Apart," to his title track "Wildest Dreams," which is a reminder that when our plans don't go the way that we plan, God has something bigger in store for us. Something far beyond our wildest dreams. Every song on this record will encourage you during the various seasons you may go through in this life.



Spiritual Highlights

There's a consistent message throughout the songs on this album to keep pressing on. Life will get hard, but as Ryan sings about in his song "Through It All," God will be with us even through the hard stuff. Even when we mess up, and even when we feel like we'll never see the morning light, God will be with us. The lyrics on "Through It All" says it all: "This is not the end of the story/You're gonna see the light in the morning/you need to know you're not alone/You are never too far gone/Our God redeems/I'm living proof that He's gonna love you through it all."



Best Song on the Record

The best song on the record would have to be "Best Is Yet To Come." It's such a hope-filled song. Although we might not have all of the answers to the pain we experience on earth and we have no idea what tomorrow may bring, we do know this: the best is yet to come. God is not done with us yet. It's definitely my favorite song on this album.



For Fans Of

Jordan Feliz, TobyMac, JJ Weeks



Final Word

I love Ryan's new record, and I'm so excited to see what God has in store for him next. Whatever you're walking through, or whatever emotions you may be facing today, there's a song on this album that will match your mood. You can listen to it this Friday on Spotify and Apple Music.


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An Album That Was Worth the Wait | Posted May-13-2020
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Colton Dixon is an amazing artist who has been making music for nearly ten years. You may remember him from season 11 of American Idol, where he finished in seventh place. After a three year break between albums, Colton recently signed with Atlantic Records and is back with his new self-titled EP. In addition to the excitement of releasing a new record, Colton announced that he and his wife Annie are expecting twins due this fall.



What it Sounds Like

I love this new EP from Colton. Every song on the record is incredible and inspiring. This new music was definitely worth the wait, and I'm sure it will be loved for years to come. This album has an amazing pop sound with Colton's songs "Miracles" and "Wanderer," and also has a catchy vibe with "Devil is a Liar." Overall this album is incredible and has a great sound to it.



Spiritual Highlights

This EP brings out multiple biblical points. "Devil is a Liar" really speaks of how the enemy is a liar (John 8:44), and "Miracles" talks about the amazing fact that God is making miracles happen all the time, and He rescued us from our sin before "we hit the ground" as Colton sings about. This album brings out many important spiritual highlights that we need to be reminded of every day.



Best Song on the Record

"Wanderer" is definitely the best song on the record. It's a fun song that speaks of who we are as followers of Christ. We're all wanderers, chasing after God's calling. He's leading us and guiding us through life, and He is our "compass in the stars" like Colton sings about. It's a song that I can relate to, and I'm sure many others will be able to relate to it as well. It's worth a listen.



For Fans Of

David Dunn, Stars Go Dim, Hawk Nelson



Final Word

Overall, Colton Dixon released a really great EP. Like I said earlier, this new music was worth the wait. You can stream Colton Dixon EP May 15th on Spotify and Apple Music.


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A Song of Unity | Posted May-06-2020
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Courtnie Ramirez is one of Gotee Records' newest artists, who has had the dream of releasing her original music to the world since she was a teenager. You may remember Courtnie from season 11 of NBC's show The Voice. Recently her song "Perfectly Loved" reached #1 on Billboard's Christian Hot AC/CHR charts, which is a song that she wrote with Ryan Stevenson and Jordan Sapp. Courtnie is a spunky new artist, and you're going to love her music.



What it Sounds Like

I love Courtnie's new single "Who We Are," along with the Spanish flair she brings with it. It's a song about being real about who we are, and being open and honest with each other. It's a great pop song with a great message! The song is sure to be another hit and a favorite among pop music fans.



Spiritual Highlights

Although we all have our differences, we have one thing in common–we are all loved by our Heavenly Father. This song clearly speaks of that, and really is a call to unity. We all experience hurt and pain, but it's a beautiful thing when we can be open with others about our pain, and "pick up the pieces together" as Courtnie sings about. 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV) says, "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble." In a world full of hate, let's come together and love each other, and be honest with each other. We truly do have more things in common than we do differences.



Final Word

Courtnie released an impressive single, and it's so exciting to see a new female artist jump into the Christian music scene. Hopefully, we'll be hearing more new music from her soon! You can stream "Who We Are" on May 8th on all streaming platforms.


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We're All In This Together | Posted April-30-2020
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for KING & COUNTRY is a hugely popular Christian pop duo that has been releasing amazing music since 2012. The duo is made up of native Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. In 2016 they released a movie and novel called Priceless, which branched out into the Priceless Movement that fights against human trafficking. "Together" is the band's first new music since 2018's Burn the Ships, and features Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly. It's a pivotal song for the time we're in and is a song that will encourage so many.



What it Sounds Like

I've been waiting for new music from for KING & COUNTRY ever since the release of their last album Burn The Ships, and they certainly do not disappoint. The message of "Together" is so important for what our world is facing and was released at the perfect time. The song features Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly which is a fantastic mix of soul and pop. Their voices joined together will give you goosebumps! Overall, "Together" is such a beautiful and needed song.



Spiritual Highlights

With everything that's going on in the world right now, it's so calming to be reminded that we're all in this together. That's the message of this song. The chorus says, "If we fall, we will fall together/When we rise, we will rise together." The Bible talks so much about community and how we need each other. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a says, "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up." Let's help lift each other up, and give each other hope during this time. We're going to get through this together.



Final Word

I absolutely love this new song from for KING & COUNTRY, and I can't wait for more new music to release from these guys. I know that this song will encourage you, and give you a sense of hope and peace.



Listen to "Together" at all digital outlets here


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An Amazing Album From an Amazing Artist | Posted April-22-2020
What You Need To Know

Micah Tyler is a talented singer/songwriter from Buna, Texas. Before becoming a full time musician, Micah was a youth pastor, and also ran a food truck. He became hugely popular for his hilarious video called "Millennials," and for his hit song "Different" that released as the title track to his 2016 EP. Micah is known for his unique sound and his compelling lyrics that are in all of his songs. New Today is Micah's third full-length album, which features his newest radio single "AMEN."


 

What it Sounds Like

New Today is such a fun and uplifting album! From "Welcome To The Family" to "Love Lifted Me Up," these songs are upbeat, and are ones that the whole family will love. Micah has always brought fresh pop songs to the table and this album is no different. I love the various sounds featured on this album, like the acoustic guitar playing on "By Name" to the choir on "Walking Free." New Today is an extremely impressive album.



Spiritual Highlights

There's a consistent theme throughout the album about what God has done for us. God has freed us from our sins like Micah sings about in "What Mercy Did For Me," He fights for us ("My God Fights For Me"), He gives us hope ("Life Up Ahead"), and He gives us new mercies every day ("New Today"). I've never listened to an album before like this one that brings out so many biblical principles in every single song. If you're needing a reminder of who God is and how much He loves you, I highly suggest this album. I'm certain that there's a song on this album that will encourage you and will help you through whatever battle you're facing right now.



Best Song on the Record

The best song on the record would have to be "My God Fights For Me." Micah is joined by Austin French and Nickie Conley. Their three voices on this album are absolutely incredible. The song goes through three stories in the Bible that all show how God fights for us even in seemingly impossible situations. "He's my shield/He's my sword/The victory is the Lord's"



For Fans Of

Jordan Feliz, Sidewalk Prophets, JJ Weeks






Final Word

I love this new album from Micah Tyler, and I'm sure it will be listened to for years to come. It's exciting to see how far Micah has come just since his last full-length album, and I can't wait to hear more new music from him! You can listen to his new album on April 24th on Spotify and Apple Music. 


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