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Take Your Throne by A Jesus Church Take Your Throne by A Jesus Church
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In their own words, A Jesus Church
Chris Tomlin & Friends by Chris Chris Tomlin & Friends by Chris
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For his thirteenth album,
Maverick City Vol. 3, Part 1 by Maverick City Music Maverick City Vol. 3, Part 1 by Maverick City Music
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Your Kingdom Come | Posted September-23-2020
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In their own words, A Jesus Church describes their latest full-length album Take Your Throne as, "a prayer of petition, asking God to take His rightful place in our lives and in this world." The worship collective delivers a stirring body of work with songs themed around the prayer of Matthew 6:10 that God's kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.



What It Sounds Like

With Take Your Throne, A Jesus Church inspires deeper worship in us all. This album has everything: sing-able choruses ("When We Praise You"), quiet moments of singing spontaneous prayers ("Be Still"), and soaring builds that move to you grab hold of truth in the lyrics with faith and passion ("Take Your Throne").



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

Thematically, "Yes & Amen (Life in Your Hands)" is a standout song on the record. It's a powerful reminder that God doesn't need our perfection or strength in order to use us or to work in our lives. He simply needs our surrendered hearts saying to yes to Him. You don't need wisdom/You don't need power/Just my yes and amen/My life in Your hands/Not perfection/Not ambition/Just my yes and amen/My life in Your hands



The lyrics are similar to what we read in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29. The passage talks about God choosing us and saving because of His wisdom, power and grace, not our own strength or merit.



Best Song On The Record

The opening song, "On the Earth" wins for best song on the record. The song takes the timeless prayer "your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" and sings it modern melodies. The lyrics capture the overall theme and inspiration of the entire album, making it a fitting opening track. 



For Fans Of

Life.Church Worship, Bethel Music, Hillsong Young & Free 



Final Word

Take Your Thone is a strong collection of songs that will serve not only the Church corporately, but your personal worship life as well.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify

 



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God and Country | Posted July-30-2020
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For his thirteenth album, Chris Tomlin joins with several mainstream Country artists to sing songs of faith in God. On Chris Tomlin & Friends, the passionate devotion of worship music and the captivating storytelling of Country music collide. The singles "Thank You Lord," featuring Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, and "Who You Are To Me," featuring Lady A, were released ahead of the album. 



This creative collaborative project also features several more of the most well-known and beloved artists in Christian and Country music: Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, Chris Lane, RaeLynn, Russell Dickerson, Blessing Offor, We The Kingdom, and Bear Rineheart of NEEDTOBREATHE.




What It Sounds Like

From country ballad meets prayerful worship ("Reaching For You," "Be The Moon") to country anthem meets joyful praise ("Thank You Lord," "Power"), every song on this album really is heartfelt, engaging and special in its own right. The songs express such a wide range of testimonies in the life of following Jesus as well. Acknowledging God's good gifts in life, believing that God hears our prayers, trusting the name of Jesus above all else, praising God's character and many more themes appear on the album.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

One of my favorite messages on the album is in "God Who Listens." The lyrics encourage us I'm not just hoping/I'm not just wishing/I'm know praying to a God who listens. It's a sentiment that will connect with many. For the Christian who's become discouraged in prayer or the seeker who wonders if God is real, we all need a reminder sometimes that God is close and He hears us when we call to Him.



Best Song On The Record

Upbeat and fun "Thank You Lord," featuring Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett, is the winner for best song on the album. It's surely going to be a favorite for you to drive to on a sunny day. The song perfectly brings together the core lyrical themes of both the Contemporary Christian and Country genres–expressing faith in God and appreciating the beauty in life's profoundly simple experiences. The artists sing about gratefulness for God's blessings in the big and small moments of life, the good times and the hard times.

 



For Fans Of

NEEDTOBREATHE, Brandon Heath, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Ellie Holcomb



Final Word

Chris Tomlin & Friends is an album that will appeal to fans of Christian music, country music and lovers of all genres. It's a significant project in that it brings Christian and mainstream artists together, not only to make music, but to share their faith with one another and with their audience. Both in music and in message this album will resonate with you, wherever you may be in musical interest or spiritual journey.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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Gospel Meets House Worship | Posted July-13-2020
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Maverick City Music is a community of friends, worshippers, and songwriters. Their songs are born from songwriting camps designed to create space for worship expression, creativity and to break barriers between the Gospel and Contemporary Christian genres. Their albums capture the fruit of these fellowship and writing gatherings, offering a fresh sound of worship. Maverick City Music releases the third installation of their live worship albums with Maverick City Vol. 3, Part 1.



What It Sounds Like

Maverick City Music brings an authentic passion and unique sound that is so refreshing to worship music. Not only is each song led by an incredible vocalist and engaging worship leader, but the community dynamic they bring of pursuing God together as a team is evident in every worship moment on the album. 



Sonically, Vol. 3, Part 1 combines the best stylings of Gospel and Acoustic/House Worship. The album features collaborations with some beloved worship leaders such as Bethel Music's Steffany Gretzinger ("Thank You") and Amanda Lindsey Cook ("Lean Back," "Closer"), and Chris Brown of Elevation Worship ("Have My Heart").



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

A close friendship with God, trusting in who God is and what He's promised to do in our lives are recurring themes on the album. The lyrics remind me of the kinds of intimate prayers and songs of worship David and others expressed to God in the Psalms through all seasons of life.



Best Song On The Record

"Man of Your Word" is a standout on the record. It's light-hearted and joyful in musical arrangement, but not lacking in depth when it comes to message. Musically, my favorite aspect about this song is that it opens with a sweet melodic line on bass guitar, giving an instrument that's usually more in the background a chance to shine. As the lyrics proclaim trust in God's character and promises, the song gives us a great example that you can worship Jesus, declare truth, and have fun at the same time.   


 



For Fans Of

Travis Greene, Pat Barrett, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Bethel Music



Final Word

You can't help but be drawn into worship and encounter with God while listening to Vol. 3, Part 1. With this album, you'll not only walk away with some new songs for your worship time with God, you'll walk away with a renewed value for the special way God makes His presence known when His people pursue Him in worship together.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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Youthful Pop-Worship | Posted June-25-2020
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SEU Worship is the music ministry from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Lead vocalists Dan Rivera, David Ryan Cook, Kenzie Walker, and Sydney Wilson lead a stirring worship experience on A Thousand Generations, SEU Worship's seventh album.



What It Sounds Like

SEU Worship sings the eternal truths of Scripture packaged in a sound that's refreshing, modern and youthful. The album perfectly combines live instruments, electronic sounds and engaging lyrics, giving you a blend of high-energy praise ("Freedom All Around") and worshipful ballads ("A Thousand Generations").



"Yeshua" even adds some Gospel piano vibes to SEU Worship's already musically creative sound. The melody lines in both the instruments and vocals are at the same time captivating and easy to catch on to and sing along.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

The lyrics of "King Among Men" are so simple to grasp and worship to but are so rich in theology as well. The song worships Jesus as our King who traded his thrown for a cross to save the world and who will return to rule forever. The song reminds me of Philippians 2:5-11.



Best Song On The Record

"Glory Come Down" is a standout on the record. A passionate and energetic cry to be filled fresh with God's Spirit, the song is emotional while still having a beat you can groove to. The reprise of the song captures a spontaneous moment of worship in which the crowd continues singing the chorus after the song has ended.



As the congregation cries out for encounter with God, the band follows them to build the song back in. This song and raw worship moment showcase SEU Worship's versality and creativity both as singers/musicians and as worship leaders. 



For Fans Of

Hillsong Young & Free, Planetboom, Passion



Final Word

A Thousand Generations is a great album. It's heartfelt, creative and combines the best of pop and worship stylings.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


 



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Pursuing His Presence | Posted April-14-2020
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Australian worship collective, Planetshakers, releases their Glory, Pt. Two EP as a follow-up to Part 1 released in January 2020.



What It Sounds Like

Planetshakers has always had an eclectic sound that demonstrates how worship can be fun, edgy, and spiritually engaging at the same time. That same style, infectious energy, and passion for God shine through on Glory, Pt. Two. The four-song EP covers a lot of ground as far as genres go, giving us a taste of pop/rock ("So Good"), ballads ("Encounter Song," "All"), and synth-pop ("Living Louder)".



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

The bridge of "Encounter Song" takes imagery from the biblical story in Mark 5 of the woman with the issue of blood. In faith and desperation, she pushed through crowds of people just to touch the hem of Jesus' garment, knowing that if she could touch Him she would be healed. The lyrics in this song express that kind of faith and pursuit of God, believing He will work powerfully in areas of deep need in our lives.



I'm pushing through the crowd/'Cause Lord, I need You now/Jesus I'm desperate/For a touch from heaven/I'm reaching out to You/Your power's breaking through/Lord, I'm believing/Lord, I'm believing



Best Song On The Record

"So Good" is the best song on the record, in my opinion. It's a high-energy praise song celebrating the goodness of God to transform our lives. It's also got some standout bass and drum moments, and the electric guitar drives the energy of the song really well.



For Fans Of



The Belonging Co., Elevation Worship, Israel Houghton & New Breed



Final Word

If you're looking for a worship album you can groove to and that will help you meet with God as well, give Glory, Pt. Two a listen.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


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God-focused Worship | Posted April-08-2020
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Vertical Worship releases a brand-new live album, Grace Is On Our Side.



What It Sounds Like

Grace Is On Our Side is a classic live, corporate worship album. It has an atmosphere that pulls you into a live worship experience ("Grace Is On Our Side"), lead vocals filled with passionate praise, and plenty of moments for the crowd to find their own voice and worship in song. The lyrics turn your attention toward God, both stirring your faith ("Weapon," "Faithful Now") and leading you into personal prayer and praise ("Over and Over," "All Praise").



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

The bridge of "Weapon" paints a stirring picture of the way Jesus overcame sin on the cross, resulting in the joyful praise of His people: "Because the cross put the enemy to shame/Now my song echos through an empty grave."



Best Song On The Record

"Grace Is On Our Side" wins the best song. A fitting opening track to the album, the song is high energy and declarative with lots of room for worship and crowd participation.



For Fans Of

Mosaic MSC, Red Rocks Worship



Final Word

The album's strength is in its moments of letting the crowd worship in song. It showcases the spirit of a true worship project: drawing the listener into personal praise and encounter with God. When you listen to Grace Is On Our Side, that's exactly what will happen.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


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New Sounds from NewSong | Posted March-01-2020
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NewSong continues their history of faithful ministry in Christian music with the release of their latest album, Just Jesus.



What It Sounds Like

Just Jesus is a mix of pop, worship, and vocal band flare ("Glue"). NewSong faithfully sings the truths of our faith accompanied by impressive vocal arrangements and musicianship ("Down," "Story"). The album features some collaborations with rappers Tedashii ("Already Loved") and Ty Basel on ("Just Jesus"). These features showcase NewSong's ability to bridge the gap across genres and generations in their music and ministry.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

"Story" is an inspiring song about trusting God's leadership in our lives. It calls us to willingly following Him, surrendered to the invitation to be a part of His plan. You wrote my story from beginning to end/Nothing surprises You it's part of your plan/You wanna take me where my heart's never been/I hear You calling me to join in/And I say yes



Best Song On The Record

"I Am Christian" wins best song on the record. It's a joyful and anthemic song about who we are in Christ, what it means to follow Him and His faithfulness to us as we walk with Him. It has a catchy hook that will get stuck in your heard and encourage you at the same time.



For Fans Of

AvalonHere Be LionsPhilips, Craig & Dean



Final Word

Songs like "I Am a Christian" and "Arise My Love" have become fan favorites as NewSong has performed them live on tour with WinterJam. With the release of Just Jesus, we all get to carry these songs and others with us in our daily lives. Just Jesus is a body of work in which each song carries a great message.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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The Return of Avalon | Posted February-19-2020
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After a 10-plus year hiatus, Avalon releases their 14th album, Called. Avalon is one of the first bands to sign with newly formed Red Street Records, founded by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.



What It Sounds Like

One thing we know about Avalon is that they can deliver vocals in a way that makes you believe every word they're singing. And, Called is no exception. They use their vocal talents and clever musical arrangements to put together a modern sound, where adult contemporary meets synth-pop 
("Called," "Closer," "Sacred Ground").



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

One of my favorite lyrical moments is in "Only Jesus." The song declares that, in the midst of an ever-changing world, the truth of Jesus is a constant in our lives. There is only one God/There is only one truth/There is only one name that saves me/There is only one King that my heart will bow to/My Savior, my Lord/There is only one Jesus.



Best Song On The Record

"Keeper of My Heart" adds a fun energy to the album. The song declares that no matter what we face, we can let go and trust the love, care, and leadership of Jesus in our lives. And the chorus is probably the most catchy piece of music on the album. It's also something you might want to sing out loud.



For Fans Of

Matthew West, Newsong, Here Be Lions



Final Word

Called is an adult contemporary leaning album with flares of worship, modern pop, and biblically solid lyrics. If that's what you're looking for, then Called is for you. You can check out episode 21 of our NRT Now Podcast for a conversation between NRT's Jake Frederick and Avalon about their new album. 



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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A Top-Notch Pop Album | Posted January-30-2020
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Fresh off a GRAMMY nomination for "God's Not Done With You" and an RIAA certified gold single for "Known," Tauren Wells releases his sophomore album, Citizen of Heaven.



What It Sounds Like

I haven't been this excited about an album in a long time! Whether it's the topics the songs address, the crafting of the lyrics, the vocal performance, musicality, and production, or Tauren's passion and sincere reach for God that shines through each note--every song on this album is incredible. 



Tauren is known (no pun intended) for serving us music that is high-energy and fun but full of God's Word and presence at the same time. He does it again on Citizen of Heaven, perfectly balancing modern pop stylings with lyrics that are as biblically rich as they are honest and relatable.



This album is a perfect collection of both catchy tracks you can dance and snap your fingers to ("Like You Love Me, "Close") and worshipful ballads of prayer and trust in God ("Perfect Peace," "Done," "Carry On"). The album also has some powerhouse features from other artists: Bethel Music's Jenn Johnson on "Famous For (I Believe)", Kirk Franklin on "Millionaire (Good Like That)," Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts on "Until Grace", and even a sermon snippet from Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church on the prelude to "Close."



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

A standout song and lyrical moment on the album is "Until Grace." The combination of Tauren and Gary Levox's vocals singing about how God's grace carries us through things we wouldn't have made it out of otherwise reminds me of Psalm 27:13-14. "Yet I am confident I will see the LORD's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."



Best Song On The Record

This was a hard choice, but I'll pick "Millionaire (Good Like That)" for the best song. It's just plain fun. The concept is clever (The lyrics are: "If I had a dollar for every time they said God wasn't gonna come through, I'd be a millionaire"), the beat will immediately get you dancing and Kirk Franklin adds his unique flair and a Gospel touch that makes the song really special. The harmonies in the background vocals are pretty sweet too.



For Fans Of

Jordan Feliz, Stars Go Dim, Riley Clemmons, Dan Bremnes



Final Word

Citizen of Heaven is a top-notch pop album that will entertain you and help you connect with God at the same time. This one will be in your heavy rotation for months to come. 



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.


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One Church, One Voice | Posted January-26-2020
What You Need To Know

In a unique collaborative project, Word Worship Music invites churches to lend their congregational voices to new worship songs written by Jennie Riddle, Meredith Andrews, and several other worship leaders and songwriters. The result is Volume 1 by The Church Will Sing.



What It Sounds Like

What I love best about this album is how prominent the live instruments are, serving the record's vision of the Church coming together to sing songs of praise. The sound of the album actually feels like a group of believers gathered in a room to worship together. There are electronic elements incorporated throughout, so the album still sounds modern, but that live, congregation singing together feel is exactly what this album is about and it comes through on every song.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

"Together at the Cross" is a beautifully written song that reflects on the individual and community aspects of salvation. As individuals, God draws each of us to Himself from our different journeys and backgrounds and saves us we believe in Him. And all of us who have said yes to God's gift of salvation won at the cross are united into one family, one Church because of it. Standing in the chasm / Of a vast eternity/ A beam of hope from heaven down to dust / His love has spanned the distance / As far as west from east / And joins us here together at the cross



Best Song On The Record

The best song on the record is "Even Louder." For one, the song opens the album and the first thought that you are hit with listening to an album called The Church Will Sing is the beauty of the Church singing together. It's the perfect opener and sets the tone for the rest of the record. It also has a great spontaneous moment toward the end. Capturing these spontaneous moments for worship albums has become more popular, but there's always something special about believers singing the in-the-moment songs of their heart to God in worship.



For Fans Of

Here Be Lions, Red Rocks Worship, Life.Church Worship



Final Word

The Church Will Sing's Volume 1 is a great congregational worship album, but it's music and message are sure to translate into your personal times of worship as well.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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