Not all music releases in the month of November and December have to be Christmas carols. Here are some albums that we’re really excited about this winter. Snuggle up to these incredible albums while the tree is up and after!
If you have a friend who isn’t into religion or Christianity, this is the album to have her hear. If you’re questioning your faith or in a place where you aren’t yet taking the Lord seriously, this is an album you need to give a listen. Kutless’ Alpha/Omega is a series of both original songs as well as covers that exceptionally marry rock music with worship, as expected by the band. “Our band actually started out as a worship band while we were in college, and that became the launching point for the music we would do for the past 15 years,” shares frontman Jon Micah Sumrall. “I think a lot of people think that worship music and rock music are at odds with one another. I think one of the really unique things about our band is the ability to blend these two worlds together.” The main hope and purpose for Kutless is to reach your generation, which is becoming known as the most secularized and difficult to reach in recent history. They have a unique approach which makes Alpha/Omega well worth the effort.
Francesca Battistelli: Greatest Hits: the first ten years (Fervent Records)
Greatest Hits: the first ten years track listing:
- I’m Letting Go
- Free To Be Me
- It’s Your Life
- Beautiful, Beautiful
- You’re Here
- This Is The Stuff
- Angel By Your Side
- Strangely Dim
- Write Your Story
- He Knows Your Name
- Holy Spirit
- If We’re Honest
- Giants Fall
- There’s No Other Name (new recording)
- Messiah (new Christmas recording)
Creativity and fresh ideas seem to be flowing through Brenton Brown. He’s releasing a series of singles, one approximately every four weeks, with a driven, upbeat EDM-inspired vibe. “I have such a deep affection for joyful worship and have missed that lightness and joy in some of my worship sets. A joyful heart is good medicine!” exhorts Brenton, quoting Proverbs 17:22. “When I listen to EDM with headphones on, it literally blows my mind and makes me extremely happy.” Three of the songs are dance versions of Brenton’s more recent recordings, the rest were created as a remix. Not only will his singles inspire worship, but they will lift your spirits.
Dedicated to serving and equipping Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX and around the world with content rich in theology, mission and expression, Austin Stone Worship’s Everflow was crafted by the group’s 200-plus songwriters, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, designers and storytellers in response to themes of the book of 1 Peter. “1 Peter is powerful and timely for today’s culture. It deals with suffering, enduring in the faith, and persevering no matter the cost,” says Austin Stone Worship Pastor Aaron Ivey. “It helps answer this question: How do we live in a world that is not our home?