MUSIC: What We're Listening to

1. I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe / MercyMe
2. Chain Breaker / Zach Williams
3. How Can It Be / Lauren Daigle
4. Reckless Love / Cory Asbury
5. There is More / Hillsong Worship
6. Therapy Session / Lauren Daigle
7. Lifer / MercyMe
8. Precious Memories Collection / Alan Jackson
9. Wonder / Hillsong UNITED
10. Unleashed / Skillet
(From Billboard)

1. Reckless Love / Cory Asbury
2. Resurrection Power / Chris Tomlin
3. Grace Got You / MercyMe
4. I Just Need U. / TobyMac
5. Fear is a Liar / Zach Williams
6. So Will I (100 Billion X) / Hillsong UNITED
7. Freedom Hymn / Austin French
8. God Of All My Days / Casting Cowns
9. Witness / Jordan Feliz
10. More Than Anything / Natalie Grant
(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 >>>

Zach Williams Wins First Grammy Award

Yesterday, Zach Williams won his first Grammy award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, Chain Breaker. He beat out Danny Gokey’s Rise, Matt Maher’s Echoes, MercyMe’s Lifer and Tauren Well’s Hills and Valleys. "I'm blown away and completely shocked.” Said Williams about the win. “I’m a huge fan of everyone in the category and honored to win. But without God none of this would be possible." Read More>>>

Tedashii Makes a Big 'Splash'

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>>>