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A Worship Experience | Posted November-19-2019
What You Need To Know:

Leeland is made up of musicians Leeland Mooring and Casey Moore, and is coming off being a part of the Bethel Music Collective, now signed to Integrity Music. Leeland originated in Baytown, Texas, but the members now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the band's first live album, but has previously released five studio albums. They've been nominated for multiple GRAMMY's and Gospel Music Awards, and have received six million views on their "Way Maker" music video.



What it Sounds Like:

Since this is a live album, you really feel like you're part of the audience. It's a unique worship experience that Leeland brings with this new album, but at the same time feels familiar with the comforting lyrics packed with Biblical truths. Leeland's style is similar to that of the Bethel Music group which they spent their past season being a part of.



Spiritual Highlights:

There's a consistent theme throughout the album about the love of God, and waiting on the Lord. With songs like "First Love Fire," to "Wait Upon The Lord." Each song on the album will fill your heart, and remind you that God is faithful. "Let's wait upon the Lord / He will renew our strength / if we just wait upon the Lord / He will renew our strength" –Wait Upon The Lord



Best Song on the Record:

"Way Maker" has become a popular song in worship circles, and Leeland has a beautiful rendition of it on this new live album Better Word. The song proclaims that God is a promise keeper, and even when we can't see it, He's working in our lives. From the lyrics, to the crowd singing in the background, it's a beautiful song, and is the best song on the record!



For Fans Of:

Sean Curran, Bethel Music, Mack Brock



Final Word:

This album as a whole is beautiful, and one that you'll want on repeat as you go through your day. If you need a boost of encouragement, and a reminder of how much God loves you and is for you, this is an album you have to listen to! It's one of the best live worship albums I've ever heard.

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An Album to Remind You of God's Love | Posted October-30-2019
What You Need To Know:

HOUSE is a worship band made up of the worship team of Bethel Church in Temple, Texas, not to be confused with the popular band Bethel Music out of California. Their debut self-titled album came out this summer - it contains twelve original tracks that were recorded live, and they talk about God's love, forgiveness, and faithfulness.



What it Sounds Like:

Every song is a reflection of praise, and how we should worship God with everything we are. It reflects on how God has given us so much, has loved us so much, and that our response should be worship. With songs like "You Make Us Whole" and "My Reward," each song will remind you of the confidence we have in God.



Spiritual Highlights:

The song "Never Gonna Let Me Down" talks about how God will never let us down or let us go. It reminds me of Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." God will be by our side in and through everything we will ever go through, so we don't have to ever fear.



"In the darkest night, I'll see / You're watching over me / cause You're never gonna let me down." -Never Gonna Let Me Down



Best Song on the Record:

My favorite song on the record would have to be "Depth of Your Love," featuring Kat Harmann on vocals. It's a beautiful acoustic sounding song that talks about how much God loves us and desires a relationship with us. It also talks of how God came down from Heaven to be with us because he wanted to forgive us and be our forever friend.



For Fans Of:

Housefires, Planetshakers, Phil Wickham



Final Word:

HOUSE's debut album is a worshipful one, and will appeal to those who love church music! If you're looking for an album to remind you of who God is and how much He loves you and is for you, this album will be an encouragement!




 

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A Worshipful Debut EP | Posted October-24-2019
What You Need To Know:

Kalley Heiligenthal is part of the Bethel Music group in Redding, California. She's co-written many of the band's songs, including "Every Crown" off Bethel Music's 
Victory album, "Let The Redeemed" by Josh Baldwin, and the well known "Ever Be" that churches have come to know and love. Kalley has ventured into a brand new solo EP project called Faultlines, and has released in two volumes.



What it Sounds Like:

Faultlines Vol. 2 is different than Vol. 1, and has more of a worshipful tune to it. It's quieter when compared to Vol. 1, and has more instrumental increments, like in Kalley's song "Vow." However, tt's still beautiful and just as well done as the first volume of the EP project!



Spiritual Highlights:

The second song on the record, "Blessed," reminds me of The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12. We're reminded in those verses that those who have gone through trials will be blessed, and the song reflects that truth. Through every struggle, through searching for God, He will bless us in the end. The song reflects many Biblical truths, and in one verse sings, "Blessed blessed are those whose hearts have been broken / they will they will be held / better than when they began." That line makes me think of Psalm 147:3: "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."



Best Song on the Record:

I love all of Kalley's songs, but my favorite on this EP would have to be "All That I'm After." The song reminds us that we need to pursue God. It also reminds us that we need to surrender our hearts to Him, and truly commit to Him. Surrendering to Him should bring us joy because he is all we need.



For Fans Of:

Amanda Lindsey Cook, Lauren Daigle, Bethel Music



Final Word:

From the more worshipful remix of "Faultline" to the symphony of "Vow," Kalley has released an EP that will make any worship lover's heart explode. If you're looking for a worship record to help pick you up and encourage you through a stressful day, this one's for you! It's both a calming and reassuring album that speaks loudly of the truths of God.





Buy Faultlines on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


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An Impressive Debut EP | Posted October-24-2019
What You Need To Know:

Kalley Heiligenthal is part of the Bethel Music group in Redding, California. She's co-written many of the band's songs, inlcuding "Every Crown" off of Bethel's Victory album, "Let The Redeemed" by Josh Baldwin, and of course "Ever Be" that churches have come to know and love. Kalley has now ventured into a brand new solo EP project called Faultlines, and has released it in two volumes.



What it Sounds Like:

Kalley's sound is different than Bethel Music's sound, and could easily be described as "worshipful pop." Each song is filled with new ideas along with Biblical truths, and there is not a song you would want to skip on Faultlines Vol. 1! Kalley's unforgettable songs and lyrics are relatable for people in every walk of life, and are impressive for this being her debut EP project.



Spiritual Highlights:

As soon as I read the title of Kalley's song "Alabaster Heart," I immediately thought of the story the song is referring to in Mark 14:1-11, where a woman from Bethany came to Jesus with an alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume, and poured it on Jesus' head. The song explains the need for us to give everything we have to Jesus because He is worthy of our praise. The perfume was worth more than three hundred denarii, which in US money is estimated to be about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. This woman gave her everything to Jesus, so we should pour out our all to Him. "So here it is, my alabaster heart / I'm keeping nothing back from who You are / no hidden treasure veiled by key or lock / You're a lifetime worth of worship / and that's only just the start"



Best Song on the Record:

My favorite song on the record is "Oasis." Though I loved every song on this EP, that one in particular sticks out to me. It's a catchy song that seems like it never gets old, and it's both an encouraging and lyrically well-done song. "The main idea is that regardless of whatever situation you find yourself in - the driest of desert, the toughest place - that we always have a wellspring inside of us," Kalley shares. "Sometimes we don't control how long we're in a difficult situation, sometimes that's not up to us."



For Fans Of:

Amanda Lindsey Cook, Lauren Daigle, Bethel Music



Final Word:

Kalley puts a fresh new perspective on music in a way that could appeal to many people. If there was a bridge between worship, pop, and inspo music, this EP would be it. The lyrics and the tune of every song are beautiful and well done, and this EP is one you'll want to listen to!





Buy Faultlines on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


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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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