Red Rocks Church releases their debut album recorded at Denver, Colorado’s iconic Paramount Theater. Ministry Leader of Red Rocks Worship, Tyler Roberts, says, “The heartbeat behind our music is to cultivate communities that pursue God’s presence while creating a real and authentic environment for people to respond in worship.”
“I can’t wait for everyone to hear these songs,” shares Camp about his new album The Answer. “After all these years, it’s amazing how the well to draw from never runs dry, when we rely on Him. The Lord continues to give deeper and deeper songs that speak to different seasons of life.” God gives us the answer to all our questions, He answers all our prayers and He answers our call when we need Him to stand by us. As Camp relies on God to bring new musical concepts to the table, God answers the call and provides fresh new material that goes deeper than Camp’s ever gone before. Prior to the release of this album, Camp is releasing five different songs and companion music videos.
Though this is Cody Carnes debut solo album, you’re more familiar with him than you may realize. Cody leads worship at Gateway Worship alongside his beautiful and talented wife Kari Jobe. The Darker the Night/The Brighter the Morning meets Carnes’ expectation of creating a meeting place for God and people through incredible music. “With my debut, I wanted to create an artistic record that was not only music I enjoy and love and that I would be passionate about, but it would also connect people to the presence of God,” shares Carnes on his inspiration for the album. “This album’s message is about declaring the hope of Jesus into a hopeless situation. Jesus put death and darkness in its place on the cross.”
“For me this is an album of a declaration responding to the dilemma of suffering,” shares Matt Maher. After writing most of the songs for the record, Maher lost his father, and the album took on a new meaning that was more personal. In his own moment of loss, Maher found himself processing his grief from the truths and declarations in the new songs. “I had to formulate my own echo. I had to decide if I was going to echo the message of the cross back to the world, or my own narrow view of suffering. This album asks the question, ‘How do we echo our faith?’ It is possible to have hope and joy that is not governed by fear, and this record points to that and not a gloom, bleak picture of suffering. I want to remind people once again to believe in a God that gives us hope, joy and peace,” declares Maher.
RED has never been afraid of tackling the deeper issues and harder questions in their albums, and their newest release Gone is no different. The main theme for Gone is answering the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Specifically, RED wants to dig into “What is my legacy when I’m Gone?” Band member Randy Armstrong explains the album by saying, “Each and every time we make an album, we have to consider that it could be our last. So, we really wanted to give our fans something heavy but that also makes them think about some of the big questions. None of this lasts forever, it could all be gone tomorrow, so it’s always in the back of our minds. We never want to make the mistake of thinking that we are unstoppable even though at times we have all felt that way. Stay humble because tomorrow is not a guarantee.”
A century after the death of Oswald Chambers, his book My Utmost for His Highest continues to guide countless people on their journey to knowing God better. As a tribute to his book, Word Entertainment releases an album in honor of Chambers. Each new song on My Utmost for His Highest correlates with a specific passage from the bestselling daily devotional. KING & COUNTRY are joined by their sister, Rebecca St. James, on a contemporary version of timeless hymn “Amazing Grace.” Big Daddy Weave teams up with Francesca Battistelli for “Lavish.” New artists Hollyn and Chris McClarney unite for “There’s a Hope”; and Unspoken and Blanca join forces for “Light That Never Fades.” Other highlights include Lauren Daigle’s exclusive acoustic version of “Power To Redeem,” and We Are Messengers’ powerful rendition of “My Victory,” a song co-written by the group’s front man Darren Mulligan and originally recorded by Crowder.
Brandon Heath’s newest release Faith Hope Love Repeat reflects his current season of life – a state of fear! As many expectant father’s experience, Heath finds himself overwhelmed with fear at the massive responsibility of not only raising a little girl, but doing so as a man of God – leading and guiding her closer to the Lord. Fatherhood isn’t the only cause of fear, nor is it most prevalent in Heath’s life, but it’s a factor to his new album. “When I first started songwriting, it was therapy,” Heath states. “On this record, it was therapeutic writing songs about faith and overcoming this giant obstacle of mine that is fear. Fear really hits me the hardest around 3 to 4 a.m. I believe it’s just the voice of the enemy that I hear at night. I can really get stuck in my own head, and I believe that it limits me in many different capacities in life, including creativity. So, it really takes faith to push through a lot of that. I always look at my records like a yearbook and what was going on in my life at that time. For me, faith felt like a big topic to talk about in this season of life.”
Beautiful Eulogy releases an incredible third studio album featuring guest artists: Citizens, Aaron Strumple, Kings Kaleidoscope, Latifa Alattas (of Paige XCVI), and Art Azurdia. Pulling from their hip hop roots, Beautiful Eulogy creates a contemplative album that is worthy of recognition. The premises of their album is to look at Christian vocabulary that is typically overlooked in our society. The band plunges into the definition and meaning of these biblical words breathing life and reverence into them. Their intention with this album is to help listeners realize the richness of God’s words, which when fully understood, will radically change one’s perspective and life.
John Ellis, frontman for Tree63, releases his fourth solo album, Growing Silent. Ellis’ purpose and drive for this album is worship, with upbeat sounds and piercing lyrics, Growing Silent invites listeners to be still and listen for the Lord Almighty. “We are repeatedly encouraged in the Bible to be still and silent, things which seem more difficult to do now than ever before,” says Ellis. “Silence of the heart, silence of the mind, even silence of the tongue, these are the foundations of a contemplative way of life, which is where the deep things of God truly reside. Silence is almost the antithesis of modern life; we are the most over-stimulated generation in the vast history of humanity. When we stop our endless torrents of words and noise that we throw at God all day, every day, we are able to stand silently before God and only then really get to know Him.”
John Tibbs releases a captivating, heartfelt 5-song EP, with three additional acoustic performances. Heartland encompasses compassionate lyrics that gracefully compliment Tibbs musical roots in rock music. The album reminds listeners of their freedom in faith to love the Lord, love themselves, as well as love those around them. Plus, he encourages listeners to realize the freedom they have to follow their dreams and the desires God has placed on their lives.
We have a job to do as Christians, that’s the premises of Work Songs, The Porter’s Gate Worship Project. Musicians, pastors, writers and scholars joined together on this collaborative worship album reflecting on what it means to be called by God to minister to the world. Comprised of thirteen new modern hymns developed by some of the industry’s most creative artists: Audrey Assad, Josh Garrels, David Gungor, Liz Vice, Aaron Keyes and Urban Doxology. The purpose of the album is to compliment a movement that reimagines worship as a time of invitation, reflection and impact. “Music provides an opportunity to extend hospitality and build bridges with our neighbors,” says Work Songs producer Isaac Wardell, founder of The Porter’s Gate. “We aim to love and serve our neighbors by creating music that is beautiful, truth-filled and inspiring.”
The energy and excitement of Thousand Foot Krutch is captured in their live album release Untraveled Road. Recorded in front of more than 462,000 music fans packing stadiums coast-to-coast, Untraveled Road was recorded during this year’s 46-city Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. The album features songs from their last three albums: EXHALE (2016), OXYGEN:INHALE (2014) and The End Is Where We Begin (2012).