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A Jolly Irish Christmas (Vol. 2) by Rend Collective A Jolly Irish Christmas (Vol. 2) by Rend Collective
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Rend Collective, a worship band from Northern Ireland,...
Faithful God by I Am They Faithful God by I Am They
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I Am They made their way to contemporary Christian music...
When I Speak Your Name (Single) by Skylee When I Speak Your Name (Single) by Skylee
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Skylee Shea is a new artist who has a passion for music...

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A Fun and Jolly Irish Album | Posted October-20-2020
What You Need To Know

Rend Collective, a worship band from Northern Ireland, has been making music since 2007. The band began as Rend Collective Experiment. And, under that name, they released two albums. Since then, they've released many more albums that fans have come to know and love. The popular band has toured all over the world, bringing joy to their fans at each show. Rend Collective released their first Christmas collection,
Campfire Christmas, in 2014. For the 2020 season, the band has released a second Christmas album: A Jolly Irish Christmas, a collection of songs filled with remakes of old Christmas classics.



What it Sounds Like

These new Christmas songs, filled with jolly and joy, fit the album title. The music comes complete with the Rend Collective sound: bagpipes and other Irish instruments. I love Christmas music. Some people may say that it's too early for holiday music. But, I love that Rend Collective chose to release Campfire Christmas in October. It's both fun and festive and will put you in the Christmas spirit.



Spiritual Highlights

Rend Collective always makes much of Jesus in all of their songs, and this new album is no exception. The message of the birth of Jesus can be heard in almost every song. Oftentimes, Christmas albums put the story of Jesus off to the side. But, Rend Collective puts the Good News of Jesus's message front and center on this album. From "The First Noel" to "Today Is The Saviour's Day," the story of Jesus is displayed from front-to-back. Rend Collective released an impressive album filled with spiritual highlights.



Best Song on the Record

"Silent Night (Be Still)" is the best song on the record. "Silent Night" is one of my favorite classic Christmas songs, and I love this remake that Rend Collective did of it. The band put their spin on it with an added chorus. It's a beautiful and peaceful song that I know I'll be listening to for many more holiday seasons to come. "Be still my heart, be still my mind/May I still see the magic of that silent night/Fill me with wonder, keep mystery alive/May peace on earth be my song tonight."



For Fans Of

We Are Messengers, Urban Rescue, Hillsong UNITED



Final Word

Overall, I love this album that Rend Collective released. In all honesty, Rend Collective's music isn't normally my style. But, this Christmas album truly is a wonderful collection of songs. I hope that they'll release more Christmas music in the future. But, for now, put up the Christmas tree, crank up the volume, and enjoy some new Rend Collective Christmas music for the season.



Stream A Jolly Irish Christmas now on Apple Music and Spotify.


 



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A Reminder That Our God is Faithful | Posted October-17-2020
What You Need To Know

I Am They made their way to contemporary Christian music circles after releasing their hit single, "Scars," in 2018. The song was played on Christian radio stations across the country. Since then, the Nashville-based band has gained popularity, releasing even more singles to radio. The group is comprised of vocalists/guitarists Matt Hein, Brandon Chase, and Abbie Parker, keyboard player Justin Shinn, and drummer Nicole Hickman. Recently, I Am They released Faithful God, a 10-track album that speaks about the faithfulness of the Lord.



What it Sounds Like

I Am They describe their music as pop worship
and that's exactly what it is. Each song pulls from those two genres, speaking about Jesus and His faithfulness in our lives. Keyboards and acoustic guitars are prominently featured throughout Faithful God to give each song that intimate worship feel. This album is filled with biblical truths. The music serves as a reminder that God is faithful and greater than anything we will ever find in this world. The band has a similar sound as We The Kingdom, so if you like their music, you'll probably also like I Am They.



Spiritual Highlights

There are so many great spiritual highlights on this album. Each song expresses how God is faithful
hence the name of the albumand how He will never leave us. I Am They shares how God always remains faithful to us. Even when we're standing face-to-face with our greatest fear, God isn't far away. "Faithful God" and "All Along" highlight these messages. On their website, the band says they lean into Hebrews 10:23 (NIV), which says, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." This album powerfully displays that verse.



Best Song on the Record

It's a hard choice. But, the best song on the record would have to be the title track, "Faithful God." I've seen God's faithfulness so much in my life, so that song hits home for me. It really ties together the album and makes it complete. The lyrics are so uplifting. It's a song that you won't want to skip. "I will sing through fire and thunder cause You are on my side/I trust You with my life/I know my story, it isn't over/Even against all odds You are a faithful God."



For Fans Of

We The Kingdom, Rend Collective, Pat Barrett



Final Word

Although 2020 has been a hard year, Faithful God will lift you and give you hope. I Am They truly released this album at the perfect time. This album is so encouraging, and I'm sure you'll love it. You can stream Faithful God now on Apple Music and Spotify.


 



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Power in the Name of Jesus | Posted October-07-2020
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Skylee Shea is a new artist who has a passion for music and Jesus. Originally from Arizona, Skylee now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, pursuing a career in music. Although Skylee is a relatively new artist, she's been touring with big-name artists, such as Building 429 and We Are Vessel. Her newest release, "When I Speak Your Name," was written alongside her mentor Jason Roy, and producer/writer Carter Frodge.



What it Sounds Like

"When I Speak Your Name" has both a great pop/worship sound and a great message. Skylee's new single is a well-produced song; Her vocals round the song out perfectly. I was introduced to her music last year. And, I think that her songs keep getting better and better. New female artists have been on the rise lately, and Skylee is one of them. She's an artist that you don't want to miss out on. If you're on the lookout for some new pop music, you'll love Skylee's new single.



Spiritual Highlights

This new single is all about the power that's in the name of Jesus. Whenever we speak His name, the darkness and shame surrounding us have to flee. Our worship is a weapon against the enemy: this is a big theme throughout this song. John 8:12 (NIV) says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." This song reflects that verse, and the freedom and light we have in God. "You've shown me whenever I speak your name/The shame that I hide and every lie is erased"



Final Word

Overall, Skylee released a great song! I'm excited to see what's next for her and her career. I know that a lot of people will love this new song. You can stream "When I Speak Your Name" now on Spotify and Apple Music.


 



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A Light in the Darkness | Posted October-04-2020
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Grace Graber is a brand new independent singer/songwriter, located in Portland, Oregon. After being diagnosed with depression and p
ost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Grace was ready to commit suicide. Then, she discovered Hawk Nelson's "Take Me," a song that saved her life. Because of that, she decided to make music to help save others' lives. In 2020, Grace released her debut single, "Serious," a song she produced herself during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Grace released a follow-up single: "Darkness." A song produced by pop artist Grant Woell.



What it Sounds Like

Where do I even begin with this song? I have so many good things to say about this new single. Between her beautiful vocals, meaningful lyrics, and incredible production, Grace knocked it out of the park with "Darkness." It has a fresh, clean pop sound. Every lyric is relatable and relevant. The song's catchy with a great message. Young and old alike will love this song.



Spiritual Highlights

1 John 1:5 (NIV) says, "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all." That's what "Darkness" is all about. We often try to hide our shame and hide the darkness in our life. But, God is light. We don't have to pretend or hide with Him. We can bring Him our deepest and darkest secrets. He isn't afraid of our mistakes. We can bring our darkness into the light. This is such an important message, and I love that Grace wants to share that. "Go and bring it into the light/You don't have to try/It's breeding in the darkness/You can't pretend you don't notice"




For Fans Of

Sarah ReevesBritt Nicole



Final Word

Overall, Grace released a beautiful song. It's one of my new favorites, and I'm so excited to see what God has next for her. This single is leading up to her new 4-song EP In My Head, which will be releasing at the end of 2020. Keep an eye on her social media pages, as well as NewReleaseToday for more information.


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An Album With an Emphasize on Worship | Posted September-02-2020
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Jeremy Camp is an amazing artist who has been in the music industry for years. He's released hit songs like "Walk by Faith," "There Will Be A Day," "Keep Me in the Moment," and others. Earlier this year, a movie came out about his life called I Still Believe, which is based on the story of his first wife, Melissa, who died of cancer, and Jeremy's highly successful song "I Still Believe." Two years after Melissa died, Jeremy met his second wife, Adrienne Liesching, former lead singer of The Benjamin Gate. Jeremy and Adrienne recently teamed up for their latest project, The Worship Project. This is the first time the couple has ever released an album together. It features six brand new tracks that both Jeremy and Adrienne sing on together.



What it Sounds Like

Worship is in the name of this new album, and it truly is filled with worship. Each song could easily be sung at church. With the acoustic guitars and keyboards that are featured frequently throughout this record and the powerful lyrics that are in every song, this new album has a church-like feel to it. Jeremy and Adrienne have both been making music on their own solo endeavors for a long time, so it's exciting that they decided to finally release a project together. Their voices blend so well.



Spiritual Highlights

Since this pandemic started, we've all faced a lot. Jeremy and Adrienne wrote most songs out of their struggles. There's a consistent theme throughout this album of who Jesus is. The album begins with "Your Way Yahweh," and closes out with "Isn't The Name." The names of Jesus are repeated multiple times throughout this record, echoing that Jesus is all we need in this life. Right now, what we all need is a reminder of who Jesus is and how He is all we need. This album gives us that reminder.



Best Song on the Record

It's hard to single out one song because each one is so powerful. However, "Whatever May Come" really stands out to me. It's a beautiful reminder that this broken world will one day be renewed. In the meantime, we can call on God and fall on our knees in the middle of all the fear and pain. It's such an uplifting song with such encouraging lyrics. "I will call, I will call upon You/Whatever I face You are with me/I will fall, I will fall on my knees/For every heartbreak You will hold me."



For Fans Of

Tenth Avenue North, Matt Redman, Phil Wickham



Final Word

Overall, Jeremy and Adrienne released an amazing album. I hope that we'll hear more new music from them soon because this new record is so great. If you're looking for a new worship album, look no further. Stream The Worship Project on Apple Music and Spotify.


 



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An Album That All of Your Best Friends Will Love | Posted August-24-2020
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Hillsong Young & Free is the youth band for Hillsong Church in Australia. They're bringing a fresh new take to worship music, in a way that this generation of youth can relate to. The band started making music in 2012. And, since, then they've released multiple different projects and EPs. Over the past few months, the band released several new singles that have garnered more than 15 million streams. All Of My Best Friends, Young & Free's fourth album, features 20 tracks. It features singles, such as "Best Friends," "Never Have I Ever," and "World Outside Your Window." This new album features 13 songs recorded live in Sydney, Australia, and seven studio recordings.



What it Sounds Like

In their songs, Hillsong Young & Free always bring out so many great biblical truths and topics that are relatable to young people.
All Of My Best Friends is no exception. From the upbeat "Need Your Love" to the slower "As I Am," whether you like worship or if you like more pop-inspired songs, this album has a song for you. Sometimes it can be hard to find albums with this much variety, but Young & Free made sure there was a song for everyone on this record. This album has a great sound to it. I know that you're going to love it.



Spiritual Highlights

From "Indescribable" to "Never Have I Ever," there's a consistent message throughout this album about the character of God. In "Indescribable," we hear how good God is to us, and "Never Have I Ever" shares how great God's love is. It's beautiful hearing these important topics put into song form. Each song is a reminder that the most important thing that we have in life is our relationship with God. In "World Outside Your Window," the band shares how quickly life can pass us by. I love how in every song, Young & Free shares the importance of having a relationship with Jesus.



Best Song on the Record

The best song on the record would have to be "Best Friends." This song is fun, upbeat, and features a live audience. Ever since I first heard it, I loved this song and knew it was going to be a hit. We're all on our phones so much these days. We're always looking for some kind of quick-fix to satisfy us when the only way we can truly be satisfied is through Jesus. This song speaks to that topic. "All of my best friends are sick of pretending/We want the truth/So much is missing so give us the real thing/I know it's You."



For Fans Of

ELEVATION RHYTHM, Hillsong UNITED, Passion



Final Word

Overall, Hillsong Young & Free released a really great album. I know that it will be enjoyed for years to come. There are so many amazing songs on this record.



Stream 
All Of My Best Friends on Apple Music and Spotify.

 



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An Album That Reflects on Jesus | Posted August-21-2020
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Jonathan and Britney Cashman married in 2006. Since then, the two have been making music. Together, they make up the new husband and wife duo worship duo The Cashmans. In 2014, they followed God's calling to reach churches and communities with music. So, they toured around the country to expand their reach to churches and communities. Earlier this year, The Cashmans won The Next Big Thing award at NewReleaseToday's 8th Annual We Love Awards. Now, the duo has just dropped Burn, their second full-length album (12 tracks total). The new album features songs like "Only God Knows," "Your Word Is Alive," and title track "Burn."



What it Sounds Like

The Cashmans have their own unique sound, which is so nice to hear in today's music landscape. In their songs, the duo takes time to reflect on God and what He's done for His children. We all experience pain in life, but God will always be there for us. The Cashmans express this sentiment throughout the album. This record, full of praise, has many different dynamics. From the upbeat title track "Burn" to the slower "Wind and Waves," Jonathan's and Britney's heart can be heard in each song. Acoustic guitar and piano are featured in most tracks, offering us an intimate style of worship.



Spiritual Highlights

Like a lot of albums in this space, the theme is about who Jesus is to us. "Close" reminds us that with Him, we aren't alone. "The Hardest Part" is a beautiful ballad about the struggles we have in our Christian walk. 
It's great to hear these important messages in music. I'm sure these songs will encourage a lot of people. Life isn't easy, but it's encouraging to know that God will always be with us. The Cashmans shares this sentiment in these songs.



Best Song on the Record

The best song on the record would have to be "Burn." This fun and upbeat song is different from other songs on the album. We were all made to burn for God, and live out our lives for Him. This song is a prayer to set our hearts on fire for Him again, perhaps in the same way our hearts were on fire for Him when we first came to Christ. It's a prayer to get back to our first love, Jesus. "Call this heart of stone to beat again/To hear Your Word and burn."



For Fans Of

Land of Color, We The Kingdom, Wild Harbors



Final Word

The Cashmans released an album that I know will appeal to a lot of worship and pop fans alike. They pulled so many great biblical points into their songs and, for that, I respect it even more. 




Stream Burn on Apple Music and Spotify.

 



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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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Rulers | Posted July-09-2020
What You Need To Know

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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