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Ages (Live) by Influence Music Ages (Live) by Influence Music
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Celebrating An Unchanging God | Posted June-03-2021
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Influence Music, the worship collective based out of Influence Church in Anaheim, California, has released, Ages (Live). The live-recoded album follows their 2019 album, Rebels, and as well two live mixtapes released in 2020. With Ages, the worship leaders Influence Music trumpet the message that God is sovereign, unchangeable and worthy of worship throughout the ages.



What It Sounds Like

There's a passion in worship and infectious energy that is present throughout the entire album. This record will draw you in, not only to listen, but to participate. Stylistically, Ages (Live) will give you hints of everything from pop-rock anthems ("Theif In The Night"), pop tunes ("If It's You"), ballads ("Devotion," "Someone Worth Living For"), synth-pop ("God of Ages") and Gospel ("10,000 Armies) while still feeling like a cohesive project. No matter the genre influence, each song is packaged in corporate praise and showcases Influence Music's gifting to lead us in worship and their unique voice as a collective.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

There's a theme on the album of looking to God's majesty, power and worth as we worship Him, and from that place having for how He can move in our lives. "House Of God" proclaims the power of God's presence that fosters encounter with Him and transforms our lives. A line from the second verse in particular challenges us to remember the significance of what happens when we worship and come into God's presence: This isn't just a song/This kind of praise will open the heavens/This isn't just four walls/This is the way enter His gates/This isn't ordinary, this is holy



Best Song On The Record

"10,000 Armies" is a fun and unique "rock meets Gospel" type of song. Listening to it, I felt like the best musical sensibilities we've learned from Martin Smith, Planetshakers, and Israel Houghton came together in one song. I love that it showcases Influence Music's ability to put genres together in worship that you may not usually hear on the same track, and it just works so well. Not to mention, the lyrics remind you of God's strength on your behalf to fight your battles. This song will leave you with your eyes firmly fixed on your powerful God and your heart encouraged by His promises.



For Fans Of

Elevation Worship, Here Be Lions, Red Rocks Worship, Planetshakers



Final Word

Ages (Live) is sure to solidify Influence Music's place in worship music even more as they continue to serve God and others, leading us into His presence and reminding us to cling to the hope we have in Him.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


 



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Songs of Hope and Inspiration | Posted May-20-2021
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Gary Levox, the former front man of superstar Country band, Rascal Flatts, steps into a new season in his life and career with his solo pursuits. The lead project of his solo career is One on One, a faith-based EP featuring Gary's own beloved powerhouse vocals as well as collaborations from Christian/Gospel artists MercyMe, Jonathan McReynolds, Levox's daughter Brittany Levox, Country-rap artist, Breland, and writing credits from Tauren Wells. Gary describes One on One as a passion project he's wanted to do for as long as he can remember. With this release, Gary gives fans a deeper look at his faith and his vocal prowess as he shares a message of hope for hard times.



What It Sounds Like

One on One is musically diverse while still feeling like a cohesive body of work. The EP brings together the best of Country ("All I See," "While I Wait"), Pop ("A Little Love"), Gospel ("Never Forget'), and Adult Contemporary ("The Distance") stylings to deliver what is a stellar debut Christian EP from Gary Levox. You'll hear gospel harmonies, banjos, and pop hooks all in one album, giving you a vast musical experience, and it's a whole lot of fun to listen to. Gary's artistry shines through while each featured artist also brings their own creative strengths to the table. Together with Gary, they craft moment after moment of musical and lyrical inspiration.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

The EP carries a message of finding strength and hope in God during tough times and the peace that anchors us no matter what life throws our way. The sense of timeless truths packaged in personal testimony is present in every song, creating a deeper personal connection between Gary and his listeners. A standout lyric from One on One's lead single, "The Distance" paints a powerful picture of God's grace and nearness to us in our brokenness: There's a beauty in the struggle/There's help when there's trouble/There's a God that's in your rubble/That'll go and pick you up



Best Song On The Record

"Never Forget" featuring GRAMMY-winning Gospel artist, Jonathan McReynolds, shines as best song on the record. This song will give you all the pop-anthem meets Gospel choir vibes and will be nostalgic especially for listeners like me who grew up with that kind of church background. "Never Forget" is full of catchy melodies you'll sing along to immediately, a musical wall of captivating background vocals with harmonies that envelop you in the song, and chord changes you'll feel in your soul. Last, but not least, the song's message is one of remembering your personal history with God and celebrating His goodness in your life. You'll have this song turned up loud and on repeat like I have.



For Fans Of

Elevation Worship, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Tauren Wells, We The Kingdom



Final Word

One on One is a project that will continue to inspire and stand out as a favorite amongst fans of Christian and mainstream music alike well beyond its initial release. If you're looking for a fresh dose of inspiration, connection with God, and great music all in one place, Gary Levox's One on One is the EP for you.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify

 



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Corporate Worship Meets Synth-Pop | Posted March-18-2021
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Gas Street Music is the worship expression of Gas Street Church in Birmingham, UK. The collective features worship leaders and songwriters such as musician Tim Hughes, duo Luke + Anna Hellebronth, as well as artists Nick Herbert, Michael Shannon, and Millie Tilby, some of whom are notable solo artists in their own right. Inspired by The Message paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 6 and imagery in the agricultural process of rewilding, the Rewilding EP aims to bring us back to the wide-open space of raw, unhindered worship.



What It Sounds Like

Rewilding feels like corporate worship meets synth-pop vibes. Electric sounds are supplemented by live instruments. Percussive beats grab your attention and get you moving. Rewilding definitely doesn't fit into a box; it could be the soundtrack to your daily activities in life. You can sing the album's songs at a church service as well. It showcases the creativity of the artists ("By The Grace of God, "Rule and Reign").



The album opens strong with "Love Won't Stop," the rim shots in the drums and bass rhythms draw you in from the very first beat. The lyrics are impressively rich in theology as well, while still being accessible and singable. "Way Maker" worship leader and songwriter, Leeland, is featured on "Yours."



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

The bridge of "Love Won't Stop" reminds me of Psalm 103. Michael Shannon sings lyrics thanking God for the many ways we see His love and His work demonstrated in our lives: Thank You for the heavens that are open wide/Thank You for the river that will not run dry/Thank You for the blessing that is over my life/Over my life, over my life/Thank You that/You're faithful in the mystery/Thank You that You're working when I cannot see/Thank You that Your love has got a hold on me



Best Song

"Praise to You Alone" is my favorite song on the record. Millie Tilby's soaring vocals on the song are beautiful and bring the song to life. In my opinion, it's also the best example of that "corporate worship meets synth-pop" sound I mentioned earlier. The song is an offering of praise to Jesus for His death and resurrection that saved us from sin.



For Fans Of

Worship Central, Luke + Anna Hellenbroth, LeelandBryan & Katie Torwalt



Final Word

With Rewilding, Gas Street Music has not only captured the sound of their church. But, in doing so, they've also made space for you and me to enter a new place of freedom in worship. This creative project is one you'll want to add to your playlists.



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


 



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Sonic Diversity With An Uplifting Message | Posted February-04-2021
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Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark, known together as pop band Apollo LTD, release their sophomore album, Nothing Is Ordinary. Everything Is Beautiful. on music label Residence/Centricity Music. The album follows the success of their 2019 debut album, Out of Body, which produced two Top 40 hit singles, "Gold" and "On The Way Up."



What It Sounds Like

Apollo LTD may find their home in the alternative-pop/synth-pop space, but they have a sound all their own. With Nothing Is Ordinary. Everything Is Beautiful, the band strikes a perfect sonic balance of epic synth sounds ("Tears To Diamonds"), pounding drums ("Solider On") and acoustic instrumentation ("Better," "Rising"). 



There's even some hip-hop influence on "Good Day," which features Christian Hip-Hop duo, Social Club Misfits. Contemporary artist Ryan Stevenson also makes an appearance on "Sunday Morning Feeling." One thing is clear listening to this album: Apollo LTD knows how to get a melodic hook stuck in the your head and truth stuck in your heart at the same time.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

There's a theme of overcoming throughout the album ("Rulers"). Right alongside it is an emphasis on walking through life with a perspective of hope and victory, secure in who God made us to be ("Patient," "You").



Best Song On The Record

"Heart Believes" is my favorite song on the record. I think it's this project's best example of Apollo LTD's skill at combining both acoustic and electronic instruments into a perfect blend. The song probably has the most overtly spiritual theme on the album as well--confidently trusting in God even when our eyes can't see.



For Fans Of

Dan Bremnes, David Dunn, Branan Murphy 



Final Word

Nothing Is Ordinary. Everything Is Beautiful. is a creative and musically diverse album with a great message that will appeal to fans of all genres.



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


 



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God's Love Changes Everything | Posted October-19-2020
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Christian pop artist Jonny Diaz recently released his Hear That Story EP, a refreshing compilation of songs God has laid on his heart. An EP that reflects the simple joy and hope of a life lived following Jesus.



What It Sounds Like

Of note on this EP is Jonny's pop music sensibility (I've Got It All," "Hear That Story") with hints of folk and country ("Heaven Someday") that can appeal to fans across genres. "Your Love Feels Like Home" has the nostalgic feel of a classic crooner that meets old school country ballad.



The production and vibe of each song compliment the lyrics' messages, making them even more engaging and easy to connect with. What shines most on this EP, though, is the depth of themes in the lyrics and variety of topics covered, ranging from acknowledging God's blessing, gratefulness for His love, the power of testimony, and the hope of heaven.




Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

"Meet Jesus" is a significant song on the album. It carries a message that both believers and non-believers need to hear. In the song, Jonny honestly acknowledges the confusion about Jesus and the distance some people feel from the faith, often caused by the well-intentioned actions Christians make that miss the mark. 



The humility not to sweep those things under the rug makes the song inviting. Even more, the call in the lyrics for people to meet Jesus personally, learn what He's really like, and open their hearts to a relationship with Him makes it even more compelling. God can easily use this song to bring healing to many people.




Best Song On The Record

"Loves Me Most" stands out as the best song. It's fun to listen to and it captures, in a fresh way, the timeless message of God's unfailing love for useven when He fully knows our weaknesses. 



For Fans Of

Brandon Heath, Jason Gray, Micah Tyler



Final Word

After listening to this EP, you'll remember the impact that God's love for you has on every part of your life. Sometimes, you need to be reminded that your relationship with Him is part of what makes your faith so powerful. Hear That Story EP is one good reminder.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify

 



 

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Heaven Invade | Posted October-16-2020
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Kari Jobe is a beloved and respected worship leader in the Christian music community, accumulating both GRAMMY nominations and Dove Awards. She carries excellence in vocal ability and, most importantly, in her ability to minister to God and people through her worship music. After three years, Kari is back with a new solo worship album, The Blessing (Live), recorded live at The Belonging Co, her home church in Nashville.



What It Sounds Like

The album opens strong with "Heaven Invade," an uptempo song with pounding drums, crying out for God's presence. Showcasing both anthems and ballads, The Blessing (Live) combines the modern sound of worship music ("Let The Light In") with soul-stirring encounters with God's presence. "Rest" ends the album with a beautiful instrumental moment, featuring strings and electric guitar--perfect for quiet worship and reflection. "Embers" is a standout spontaneous moment on the record that follows the lead single, "First Love." Jobe's husband and fellow worship leader, Cody Carnes, is featured on a cover of Jesus Culture's "Obsession," as well as on a new recording of "The Blessing."



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

"Let The Light In" pulls language from Psalm 22:3 (NLT), which says, "Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel."  The song reminds us that God's presence inhabits our praise, allowing us to celebrate who He is and experience His closeness: "Fling wide heavenly gate/Let the King of glory in, let the King of glory in/Come ride in on Your people's praise/Let the King of glory in, let the King of glory in."



Best Song On The Record

"Your Nature" is a powerful moment on the record that you won't want to miss. Throughout the verses and chorus, the lyrics declare to God his nature to bring life to dead places and to restore, but there's something particularly special about the bridge of the song. The lyrics shift and the song soars, as Kari starts declaring truth over our own hearts, calling us to believe in the power of God's restoration in our lives in light of who He is. 



For Fans Of

Life.Church Worship, Elevation Worship, The Belonging Co, Bryan & Katie Torwalt



Final Word

I've been a fan of Kari Jobe for a long time. And, I was immediately hooked from the first note of The Blessing (Live). It's quickly become one of my favorite worship releases this year. I think it will be one of yours, too.



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

 



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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 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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