One Album at a Time
Bethel Music: Have it All
Bethel Music’s newest album Have it All revolves around the nature of God: His promises, His presence and His faithfulness in our lives. The album’s heartbeat can be summed up by these lyrics from the title track: “You can have it all Lord/Every part of my world/Take this life and breathe on/This heart that is now yours.” Have it All is a statement of surrender and hunger to not only bring an offering of praise, but to become a living sacrifice of worship. Written from a combination of personal journeys that carry a common thread, the vulnerability, honesty and resilience behind this project will encourage individuals and communities. Like the woman who broke her alabaster jar at Jesus’ feet, these songs exhort the corporate church to continue to live without reservation in bringing the Lord our best offering – our fully devoted hearts.
Newsboys: Love Riot
The word “ riot” often has a negative connotation, but when paired with the word “ love,” it establishes a sense of curiosity. “ When I speak from stage, I often talk about love,” says frontman Michael Tait. “ Darkness has been so prevalent in our culture. Let’s have a love riot—it’s time.” The Newsboys stretched themselves in this album, not via their lyrics and musicality, but with the outreach of the album. The lead single,“ Guilty” is the featured song for the motion picture “ God’s Not Dead 2.” Taking the idea of being confident in sharing your faith, the band reached beyond the Christian music circle and produced Love Riot with Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers). “ Michael Tait and the Newsboys are the real deal!” said Needham. “ Together we made a great combination, and they were a joy to work with. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work in the genre and partner with these guys to create an inspirational record.” Let’s use Newsboys as inspiration to reach beyond our Christian community and collaborate creatively with talented people who need to hear about Jesus.
Austin and Lindsey Adamec: Better Together, In Life and In Music
The season of Easter marks a time of renewal for Austin and Lindsey Adamec. Austin, a solo artist, teams up with his wife Lindsey, former 1 Girl Nation member, to form a duo who openly shares their hearts through music. This album speaks beautifully of God’s death and resurrection. It also shares of His sacrifice through the eyes of two people who love each other dearly, yet love the Lord even more. Centered around the cross and God’s infinite grace, Better Together, In Life and In Music, tells the story of personal and spiritual victory which always leads to the celebration of God’s presence.
Propaganda: Selected Songs
Jason Petty, better known by his stage name Propaganda, releases a hip-hop poetry and spoken word album with a unique and bold message that reflects both cultural and spiritual relevance. He has assembled the best of his body of work to date with Selected Songs. These tracks challenge listeners with every verse. From aggressive hip-hop battle raps to smooth introspective rhythms with powerful spoken word, this collection will cause you to nod your head, but more importantly it will stretch your mind and heart.
Beautiful Eulogy: Selected Songs
Beautiful Eulogy is a group made of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. This ensemble introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible. Based in the context of its members’ roots, the album is shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs, old hymns and hip hop. Selected Songs harbors fresh sounds, featuring loops of new beats that stick to the lyrics like glue. Beautiful Eulogy undoubtedly produces a cohesive, poetic and undeniably beautiful album from beginning to end.
Citizen Way: 2.0
Citizen Way is a purpose driven band that strives to reveal the heart of God and inspire people to live out their faith. Through impacting pop-rock songs, the band hopes to connect with listeners, engaging them to grow in their faith so they can help someone else come to know the Lord. “ Sharing this record with a friend is an easy way to share the gospel,” say Citizen Way band members. “ These songs are anthems for reigniting your faith in Jesus by equipping you with His Word. We pray that it moves you to walk with Him in a new way. This record sounds best when you sing along loudly!”
Nine Lashes: Ascend
Nine Lashes presents a unique combination of musicality that makes a fresh and inviting album that is sure to be one of your favorites this year. Lyrically, Nine Lashes reminds you of your identity in Christ, challenging you to understand your own frailty so you can experience God’s glory. He is majestic, and every song on Ascend focuses on God’s splendor. Ascend is the channel that helps us look outward to the reality in which we live. God is so much greater than we can fathom and here is the anthem for us to call upon The Exalted. For we know where we want to be, but sometimes we need His strength to follow the journey He’s leading us on.
Tyson Motsenbocker: Letters to Lost Loves
Grief can make you listless. It can immobilize you, incapacitate you and paralyze you. But for Tyson Motsenbocker, grief sparked a desire to walk 600 miles by himself. Four days after he lost his mom, he started walking, which allowed him to grieve and process. His mom wanted him to navigate things that are difficult, because it’s how we deal with life’s tragedy that defines us. “ It’s a sad record, but I hope it’s more than that. People want to avoid sorrow, and Iunderstand why, but my mom has always been right about it. Sadness isn’t something to be avoided because it’s what you do with it that decides who you are. I’m not talking about my mom through grief, I’m telling the bigger story about how hopeful she made me because of it.”
Phil Wickhan: Children of God
Any new album by Phil Wickham is highly anticipated because he has an incredible ability to speak of God’s truth and love in a way that all God’s children can embrace. That’s why he uses music as his vehicle – it brings all God’s people together. “ There is nothing that brings the church together like worship music,” says Wickham. “ Not only are we all singing the same truth, we’re singing the same notes. Not only the same notes, but the same rhythm. To be one of the writers who gets to create songs that are used in a corporate setting where people thinking on the same truth and worshiping the same God and clapping to the same beat—it’s a beautiful moment.” Wickham’s newest album, Children of God, will unite you with other believers in worship, Spirit and mind.