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A Thousand Generations by SEU Worship A Thousand Generations by SEU Worship
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SEU Worship is the music ministry from Southeastern University...
Glory, Pt. Two (Live) EP by Planetshakers Glory, Pt. Two (Live) EP by Planetshakers
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Australian worship collective, Planetshakers, releases...
Grace Is On Our Side by Vertical Worship Grace Is On Our Side by Vertical Worship
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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
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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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Loving God and Loving One Another | Posted October-31-2019
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The Porter's Gate is a collective of worship artists from various cultural backgrounds and worship styles who have come together to champion conversations and create art that fosters worship, mission and unity in the Church. Their second album, Neighbor Songs, is the result of that ongoing mission and conversation. Among the many vocalists featured on this album are Audrey Assad, Leslie Jordan, Casey J, Josh Garrels, Urban Doxology, Dianna Gameros, Lauren Goans, Zach Bolen, Latifah Alattas and Paul Zach.

  

What It Sounds Like

The diversity of backgrounds, Christian traditions and worship styles represented amongst the artists of The Porter's Gate is showcased through the diversity of musical styles in each song. On this album, you will experience hints of folk/acoustic ("Blessed Are The Merciful"), Gospel ("Teach Us Your Ways"), piano ballads ("Love Will Never Fail"), vocal arrangements that are reminiscent of liturgical worship styles ("Daughters of Zion") and more. Of particular note, is "The Earth Shall Know" featuring Urban Doxology, Casey J and Leslie Jordan, which has a reggae-inspired feel to it that adds so much charm and joy to an already great song. 



There's something about the arrangements, instrumentation, and mix that makes the album feel beautifully raw and organic, almost like friends gathered together for house worship. The sense of unity amongst believers–especially amongst diverse believers–is also evident in the way the artists sing and collaborate with one another to craft and share these songs.  



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

"Daughters of Zion" is a special song on this album. It expresses a humble, hopeful cry for God's justice and tender mercy toward the hurting and oppressed, and for His victory over wickedness. When will the truth come out? / When will Your justice roll down? / When will Your kingdom come / And evil be undone?



Best Song On The Record

"The Earth Shall Know" wins for best song on the record. It's thematically rich as the lyrics sing about the Church across every nation, tribe, creed and color unifying in worship of Jesus, proclamation of His name to our neighbors and care for one another's needs. It's also musically creative, incorporating elements of pop, soul, reggae and a pretty sweet horn section.



For Fans Of

David Leonard, Audrey Assad, Casey J, Ellie Holcomb



Final Word

Neighbor Songs is easily one of the most lyrically and musically diverse and engaging albums of the year. Born out of conversation, community, and mission, this album offers songs to the Church that highlight aspects of relating to God, one another and the world around us that are not often sung about in Church but are so vital.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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Bold Declarations of Faith | Posted October-31-2019
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Vive Worship is comprised of worship leaders and musicians from Vive Church based in San Francisco, CA, with additional locations throughout the U.S. The team releases Resonance (Live), a full-length live worship album.



What It Sounds Like

There are several aspects of this album that will draw you in. The fact that it's a live recording is a start. The exhortations of the worship leaders during the songs add a personal and engaging touch to the album. The team leadership of the worship leaders and vocalists is also great. It's really special to hear this album and truly feel that you are being led in worship by a team of people who worship God and led others into His presence on a regular basis. 



The vocals are mixed in such a way that even while featuring a lead vocalist, the other group members' voices and harmonies are still heard and highlighted in such a way that they contribute to the song just as much as the lead. Resonance (Live) combines elements of contemporary worship, Gospel ("Resonance," "War") and live and electronic instruments ("Walk On," "King of Dysfunction," "Future").



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

Part of Vive Worship's mission is to create songs that are "full of faith and bold in declaration about Jesus." That theme resonates in every song on the album. "Walk On" is just one great example: In joy and pain You always remain / I've got Your promise on repeat / Your love keeps chasing after me / There's faith, there's fear, Jesus You are near / We rise, we fall, the victory is Yours / I've got your promise on repeat / Jesus, I'm walking to Your beat



Best Song On The Record

"Heaven's Hand" and "Future" tie for the best song on the album. Both are high-energy, anthemic songs that capture the faith-filled declaration that drives the artistry and ministry of the band. 



For Fans Of

Planetshakers, Life.Church Worship, Israel Houghton, Elevation Worship



Final Word

Resonance (Live) is a diverse album full of soft ballads that will move your heart and high-energy praise anthems that will get you clapping and dancing. No matter the style, the lyrics will fill your heart and mouth with truth to bold sing in praise to Jesus and over whatever situation you face. 



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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Relevant and Rich Worship | Posted October-04-2019
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Life.Church is a church movement led by pastor and author Craig Groeschel that's impacting the world, leading people in both local and online communities to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life.Church Worship releases its latest project, God So Good (Live), a full-length album of original worship songs born from their church.



What It Sounds Like

Life.Church Worship has been contributing incredible songs to the Church for years, but God So Good (Live) stands out as the strongest release to date. Of particular note is the songwriting on this album, which I believe is some of the best we've heard yet from Life.Church Worship. This album gives you everything from upbeat and EDM tracks to make you dance ("Life To Me," "On Fire") to simple vocal and piano ballads to move your heart ("To God Be The Glory," "I Won't Move," "The Artist"). No matter the musical style, rich theological lyrics are woven into every song. I personally recommend the title track "God So Good" for worship leaders to incorporate into your song rotations, as well as "Life To Me" if you are looking for songs to connect well with youth.



Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights

I love the way "Grand Design" depicts God as Creator and Savior. These lyrics remind me of Psalm 33, which speaks about how God created not only the heavens and the earth, but He also created and understands the human heart. All the glory of creation / Everything is from your hand / Reaching down out of the heavens / All to sculpt the heart of man / Not in gold and not in silver / Nothing precious or refined / Across a universe of wonder / You make dust Your grand design



Best Song On The Record

It's so hard to choose one song from this amazing project as best, but "I Won't Move" is a really special moment on this album. Since the song is stripped down to just piano and vocal, it feels like you are listening as the vocalist simply sings a heartfelt prayer to God and we all get to listen in and be drawn into our own prayer as well.



For Fans Of

Passion, Hillsong Young & FreeElevation Worship



Final Word

God So Good (Live) is a gem of a worship record. The music is fun and engaging and the lyrics are both rich and catchy. Be sure to give this one a listen.



Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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