As Colton Dixon’s success increases, so does his reliance on God. As his fanbase becomes stronger, so does his faith in God. The more God moves in Colton’s life, the more praise Colton desires to give. As a reflection of his deepest desire to rely on Jesus, Colton creates his sophomore album Anchor.
Oxygen: Inhale tells a story, a narrative that reads like an open letter to the broken hearted, the lost, the abandoned and the hopeless. “The song has to say something important, to connect with the audience on a deeper level,” says frontman Trevor McNevan. “Love includes everyone. We were called to love one another, help and support one another, and to walk through life together.” Although there are the adrenaline fueled rock songs TFK has become known for, Oxygen: Inhale also dares to lower the volume on a few songs and allow the melodies and words to soar.
To celebrate twenty years of music, Jars of Clay releases a fan-curated retrospective album of re-recorded favorites (and two new songs) appropriately named 20. With 20 years of music under their belt, the band now takes a moment to look back over the sounds they’ve created. By seeking insight from fans on new and different approaches, Jars of Clay has discovered rich treasures hidden in previous works from their two-decade career. “There is weight attached to a collection of songs that people who have spent 20 years with us have chosen. It’s sacred space,” says lead vocalist Dan Haseltine. With this adjustment, 20 ends up feeling both nostalgic and new – simultaneously looking back and facing forward.
Energy is what fuels the return of Family Force 5 in their first studio album in three years, Time Stands Still. There will be no standing still while listening to this album, it calls for movement and vigor. The band bursts back into the scene with strong beats and a burning passion for presenting a solid pop sound to the Christian industry.
Seasons do not just come and go as so many of us believe. We tend to approach each season as another one to trudge through rather than viewing it for the extraordinary gift that God provides. Debra Black, in her new album God in Every Season expresses a deeper connection to seasons and time. More than just an Ecclesiastes 3 reference, Black zeros in on the never ending cycle of seasons and how that endless repetition effects everything that has breath. Black says, “God knows just how much of the fall we can stand before He brings the winter to give us rest. He knows just how much rest we need before we are ready for something new, and then he brings the life. He knows just how much heat we can stand and sun we can see before it is time for that thing to die or lay to rest.”
What do we do during those moments between times with God? What do we do between church and youth group, Monday morning quiet time and Tuesday night bible study? It’s these moments that Steffany Gretzinger digs into in her debut album The Undoing. “Some songs began in spontaneous worship, others started as personal prayers or were written for friends. These songs are the in-between Sunday’s stuff, when no one else is watching…” Steffany lyrically contributes her own personal journey of transition and in-between times as her life while developing this album reflected one change after another. But, God is in the midst of those transitions, which is apparent by the truths proclaimed in The Undoing.
David Dunn started capturing the attention of fans by appearing on the TV show “The Voice,” but his music stands on its own – it will grab your attention and never let go. In his debut album, Crystal Clear, Dunn analyzes a lot of life’s intricacies with a microscope, helping listeners understand a deeper meaning behind God’s truth. Pulled together from nearly 100 songs that Dunn wrote over two and a half years, Dunn’s main goal with the album is “to tell the truth, and do it in a beautiful way.” Dunn’s beauty comes from compassionate songs confessing his own story. “When I write songs, they are usually about what I’ve been learning. Art is my context for being able to say what’s on my mind, and hopefully, it can help encourage those who are in a similar place in life,” explains Dunn.
In an entertainment world of sequels, it’s easy to follow the formula from a previous success, but that doesn’t interest Manafest who’s inspired to dig deeper in his latest album, The Moment. This desire motivated Manafest to create an innovative and personal project centered on the importance of being present in all of life’s moments – big or small, hard or easy, happy or sad. Manafest uses his own life to draw from when creating new music, so his greatest moment of reflection is the birth of his daughter. “All of the songs were written before she was born, but knowing I was going to have a kid made me reach deeper. It made me realize that the decisions I was making weren’t just affecting me anymore,” Manafest reflects. “All my songs are part of my legacy that I’m going to be leaving behind, and I want to make sure I don’t take that lightly.”