Summer requires a different type of music, so listen along to these light and melodic summer tunes:
Anberlin: Lowborn (Tooth & Nail)
After a decade-long career that included six studio albums, Anberlin comes together one last time to produce and release their seventh and final album, Lowborn. Unlike many bands that end, Anberlin is leaving on good terms and utilizing their time together to produce a strong and effective album for their dedicated fans. “I know there are going to be a lot of questions as to why we decided to break up and I explain it all in the song ‘Atonement,’” says guitarist Christian McAlhaney. “And I want to make sure that our fans and friends know that we will always remember them, and the moments spent with them were some of the greatest of my entire life. I tried to convey that in the song, ‘Harbinger.’”
Gabrielle Aplin: English Rain EP (Warner Bros)
Gabrielle Aplin comes to the U.S. from the U.K. with a song-bird voice and tunes of freedom discovered after hardship. Though she calls another country home, her songs are full and relatable to teen girls and young women across America, making her album perfect to listen to during lazy days at the pool, long summer road trips with the family or late-night girl-talks about break ups.
Danny Gokey: Hope in Front of Me (BMG)
Danny Gokey caught the attention of millions of fans as one of the Top three finalists on Season Eight of American Idol. Now, he’s capturing the attention of fans with deep and emotional lyrics inspired by his late wife. Many heard the story of the loss of his wife on Idol. With his sophomore album Hope in Front of Me, fans will hear her story in his music.
Midnight Alive: Forever EP (Tooth & Nail)
Midnight Alive releases their energetic, upbeat and rhythmic EP with Tooth and Nail Records this summer. Their honest and raw lyrics juxtapose their simple and playful musical undertones. A band that won’t go unnoticed, offers fresh sounds to rejuvenate the mundane music with which we’re too familiar.
Fellowship Creative: Running to Follow
“We believe the church should be the most creative entity on the face of the planet,” says leader of Fellowship Creative, Derric Bonnot. The album Running to Follow is devised by a church community that strives to intertwine faith with art. In doing so, the group mixed cultures and ages together to form a collective sound.