Following two incredible albums, Colton Dixon releases another deep and thought-provoking album titled Identity. This album blends the alternative-rock sound that Dixon fans are used to with pop elements, making Identity full of upbeat, danceable tracks. Lyrics throughout the album tribute the album title with every song lauding not only our identity in Christ, but the importance of knowing who we are and what we’re made to accomplish. “Our identity isn’t in our past or our careers. It’s not in our successes or failures,” Dixon said. “Our identity lies in something much bigger than ourselves, and that’s what really counts.” Speaking deeper on the issue of our identity not being defined by our past, Dixon says, “No matter who you are or what you’ve done, no matter what you’re ashamed of, it doesn’t matter. If you’ve got Christ living inside of you, that’s all that matters.” As usual, Dixon uses scripture to form ideas and concepts to inspire his lyrics, hoping he brings listeners closer to their creator – the Master of identity.
Fresh and upbeat just begins to describe new artist Hollyn and her debut album One-Way Conversations. Hollyn is a an artist to watch, her potential is incredible because she sees the Lord as essential to who she is and what she produces as an artist. She’s far from cliché and offers listeners a new perspective of love for the Lord. One-Way Conversations demonstrates how she interweaves Jesus into everything she is and does, but presents her heart in rhythm and rhyme. Being her foundation, she presents the Lord’s truth in a real and beautiful manner. Living openly and honestly with an upfront faith, Hollyn stages her music creatively and vibrantly. She doesn’t hide, but introduces her love for the Lord and life in a youthful rhapsody.
From the opening song, Warrior, Hannah Kerr speaks bold truths that every teenager needs to hear and believe in her debut album Overflow. The lyrics speak truth about Kerr’s life, but they are a declaration of the reality we all need to embrace. This album isn’t just music, it’s ministry for a wounded generation who needs courage, understanding and acceptance of their glory and beauty. Kerr’s intention for the title of her first full-length album Overflow it to pour out the love of God to listeners. “Musically, I want what pours out of me to be the overflow of what God is pouring into me. It’s not about my ability or my talent, but about letting God pour truth and wisdom into me and then writing and singing songs that matter.”
Laura Story: Open Hands (Fair Trade Services)
Laura Story has years of experience bringing her audience close to her heart through beautiful music. In her latest album, Story not only opens her hands but she also exposes her heart as she shares her spiritual journey. She shares her struggles, vulnerability and challenges while also offering personal reflection, victory and perseverance. Story shares age old hymns and scripture that pull her out of the darkest moments and raise her to the highest heights. The journey of her fifth studio album demonstrates the pure faithfulness of surrendering to God’s call and control with Open Hands. Story elaborates, “It’s about learning to live with open hands, learning to live life in this constant state of saying, ‘Lord, my life is Yours. My time is Yours. My resources are Yours. All of this is Yours. Do what You will’.”
Mandissa doesn’t hide the deepest part of her heart from her fans. In her latest album, she lays it all on the table, once again, sharing her most relatable struggle and challenge. Many of us say things to ourselves we would never share with another, nor would we believe them if they were said to another person – yet we believe them about ourselves. Mandissa brings this reality to the light. No, none of us are perfect, but God has a glorious plan for us all and He is working on us. Through us, He will be glorified because we are all unfinished – being worked on so God’s master plan can be revealed in and through our lives. Through heartfelt and honest lyrics, Mandissa shares in her album Unfinshed the truth about our beauty here on earth.
There’s hope in all of life’s most miserable circumstances. Husband-and-Wife Duo, Chris and Stephanie Teague, present the brutal truth of their reliance on God to come Out of the Dust and find renewal in their self-titled debut album. Their lowest point in the filth of life was their separation, divorce and remarriage. Out of Dust exposes their story of downfall, heartbreak and restoration through intricate duets intertwining these two beautiful voices. With ambient lyricism and sweeping arrangements, the couple display the vulnerable portrait of the human experience.