Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott enters the Faith Base Album category with an incredible collective featuring her family. Scott desires to do an album about her faith because her fans know so much about her already, but she wants to open up this side of her heart and story. Faith is what gets us through the hardest times and what makes the joy in life make sense – that is clear in this album as Scott sings to and for her beloved Savior.
We all have room for improvement, we all can grow and become better. Relient K opens up in their latest release, Air For Free, about all the unique, hard and easy ways in which they are growing as individuals and as a unit. The track titles are simple, but don’t be deceived – there is depth to every word, beat and sound. Perfect for lazy summer days while sitting by the seaside contemplating where growth needs to happen in your life or at the very least, dreaming of whatever pleasures the Lord brings your way this time of year.
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The soundtrack of this classic film remake is nothing but classic. The songs included in the album are directly from the film as well as inspired by the film. With a variety of new artists adding their approach to a powerful story of Christ’s life and mercy, this album adds depth and relevance to a timeless piece.
Inspired by Philippians 3:12, Invisible speaks of the acceptance we have available in Jesus and how such a love compels us to become like Him. Each song directs it energies toward how a beautiful and deep relationship with God is really possible. Even though we are far from fit to be in relationship with God, He still loves us mightily. The title track presents a fresh perspective toward our relationship with an unseen God – how Jesus is far from invisible in our midst.
The stars, each blade of grass and our courage to stand firm in faith is all because of Christ. Skillet, known for their incredible rock albums produces another outstanding release, one with more intimacy than ever. Skillet has never shied away from sharing their hearts and what’s going on in their lives, which is what we love about their music. But, with Unleashed, we see a new side of the band as they boldly proclaim majestic truths about Jesus.
Switchfoot’s newest release is like playing a game of lost and found. When we’re lost in the darkness, then God will reveal Himself in the light. When we’re overwhelmed with pain and suffering, God will pull us out of our misery. These are truths that we know, but Switchfoot helps us realize these realities through their album Were the Light Shines Through. Mixing upbeat, pop music and sound with soul searching lyrics and concepts, this album carries us directly to the cross.
Thousand Food Krutch provides a new definition of the word “aggressive” in Exhale, their incredible follow-up of their 2014 release Oxygen: Inhale. Not only is the album musically aggressive, but also lyrically speaks of defeating Satan. TFK knows the reality of feeling overcome. But this album is all about how God is fighting our fight for us when we can’t. Exhale reminds listeners of all that God does and is doing for us on a daily basis to ensure that we’re victorious. “I had gotten the idea a few years back of having an album called ‘Inhale’ showcasing the lighter, quieter side of the band that’s always been a part of our albums, allowing us the freedom to dig deeper into that than we have before. And then to have an album called EXHALE that drops the gloves and dives even deeper into the aggressive side of the band. We didn’t get soft on the last one! I promise!” laughs TFK front man Trevor McNevan. “It was always meant to be a two-part story.”
Vertical Church Band tirelessly works to compose songs that their church community needs to hear in this current time and place. This philosophy stems from the concept that when we worship here on Earth, we should be joining in the worship that is already happening in heaven. If worship is truly for God and about God, then it should bring us to the end of ourselves and to the place where God is. Vertical Church Band’s new album invites listeners to join in on this incredibly intimate worship experience standing before the throne of God – where our heart is set on Him and Him alone.