MUSIC: What We're Listening to

1. Behold: A Christmas Collection / Lauren Daigle
2. Precious Memories Collection / Alan Jackson
3. All Things Work Together / Lecrae
4. How Can It Be / Lauren Daigle
5. All In / Matthew West
6. WOW Hits 2018 / Various Artists
7. Chain Breaker / Zach Williams
8. Never Lose Sight / Chris Tomlin
9. Never Lose Sight / Chris Tomlin
10. Therapy Session / NF
(From Billboard)

1. Old Church Choir / Zach Williams
2. Broken Things / Matthew West
3. The Gospel / Ryan Stevenson
4. Word of Life / Jeremy Camp
5. O'Lord / Lauren Daigle
6. Hard Love / NeedtoBreathe
7. Point to You / We are Messengers
8. O Come to the Altar / Elevation Worship
9. Even If / MercyMe
10. Different / Micha Tyler
(From Billboard)

Mandisa / Out of the Dark

You may be thinking that it’s been awhile since you heard any news or new music from Christian music artist Mandisa and you would be correct. It’s been four years since the world was singing her anthem song, “Overcomer,” from here last album of the same name. At the time, Mandisa was on top of the world appearing on TV shows like Good Morning America inspiring many with tales of God’s goodness, healing and her amazing weight loss story.
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Phil Wickham / Children of God 

Children of God starts out mysteriously with a haunting version of the "Doxology" hymn and then turns to foot thumping “Better Than Life” and “Your Love Awakens Me.” It’s a unique sound that will make you want to dance and celebrate. It did for Phil. “I feel like my heart’s been reawakened to passion and purpose. That’s where the song came from,” Phil explains. “I definitely wanted the lyrics to be very communal in a way that wasn’t specific to my situation, but is specific to everyone’s situation who is going through something hard. The music coupled with the lyrics and celebrating God’s love and wanting more of Him – I hope that will inspire people.”

Jeremy Camp / The Answer

Fifteen years ago Jeremy Camp released his first album, Stay. Today he releases his fifteenth. It’s quite an accomplishment when you think that each album has an average of ten songs each. That comes to about 150 original songs. Of those, 38 have become #1 radio hits. Get ready to add a few more. How does one stay fresh? Camp says the key is just living in the moment. “What’s been amazing about The Answer is that all of the songs were inspired by just being present,” Camp says. “There was no song where I was sitting there and had this epiphany when I was writing. In every writing session, any idea literally just came in the moment. I was praying the whole time, ‘Lord, give me opportunities to combine these things that You are doing in our hearts.” Read More >>>

Matt Redman / Glory Song

It may be hard to believe but Glory Song is Matt Redman’s 13th album. When I received the CD to review, I sampled each song for about 30 seconds and the thing that struck me was how many of the song sounded alike. A number of them start out very slow, thoughtful and mellow. However, if you listen to the whole song, you’ll find that some change dramatically. For instance, “Gospel Song” starts out very unassuming, but it finishes much stronger than it starts out. From taking the 30 second test, you’d never know that there is a lot more to these songs. They become triumphant or worshipful. Some feature vocals from “special guests.” Almost every song contains a surpise if you listen for it. But you need to be patient. A lot of the songs are really long (one clocks in at almost eight minutes in length). Read More >>>

Hannah Kerr is a 'Warrior'
With more than 20 stations on, Kerr's new single “Warrior” has launched as the most added song at Christian Radio. The song, as well as a pop-infused “Warrior (Battle Cry Remix),” were written by Alyssa Bonagura and Tami Hinesh, and are available now at all digital retailers and streaming services. Nearing 1.7 million streams, “Warrior” is the follow up to Kerr's “Radiate,” from her debut full-length album Overflow. Read More>>>

Branan Murphy Creates ‘Conscious Pop’ Music
Sony/Provident’s Essential Records has announced that they have signed Branan Murphy as he releases his debut single "All the Wrong Things" which features Koryn Hawthorne, Season 8 finalist of NBC’s The Voice. Murphy says that his music is a little different saying that his brand is “conscious pop” and likes to write songs about what it means to be human. Read More >>>

Matt Maher Releases Powerful New Song – ‘Your Love Defends Me’
"This song comes out of Psalm 91, and the idea of God being not a refuge, but our ONLY refuge. I think we can all relate to moments in our lives where who we were (or who we'll become) comes crashing to the forefront of who we are, and all of a sudden there's this fight happening inside for who gets control - the past or the future or the present moment now," shares Maher on the idea behind his new single. Read More >>>

Blanca Shares About 'Real Love'
Blanca released the Real Love EP last Friday and the five-track set is now available at all digital and streaming outlets and features the title track, which is currently impacting radio and streaming charts worldwide. For instance, upon its release, Spotify immediately added the lead single to its New Music Friday Playlist, which boasts more than 2 million followers. In less than a week, the track reached Top 20 status on Spotify’s all-genre Global Viral 50 Chart and Top 15 on the United States Viral Chart. Real Love has been streamed over one million times during its first month of release, including nearly half a million plays of the song’s music video. Read More >>>