Music: What We're Listening to





TOP 10 CHRISTIAN ALBUMS / For the week of February 25, 2017

1. Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Love / Reba McEntire
2. The Garden / Kari Jobe
3. How Can It Be / Lauren Daigle
4. This Is Not A Test / tobyMac
5. Let There Be Light / Hillsong Worship
6. Never Lose Sight / Chris Tomlin
7. Unleashed / Skillet
8. Chain Breaker / Zach Williams
9. Therapy Session / NF
10. WOW Hits 2017 / Various Artists
(From Billboard)



Casting Crowns / The Very Next Thing
According to today’s press release, The Very Next Thing “is full of intimate songs as well as upbeat, fresh sounding tracks that will meet the listener with lyrics that impact with a strong message song after song.” Their albums have surpassed 10 million in sales and is Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. The band will also be on tour this month with Matt Maher and Hannah Kerr.


Urban Rescue / Wild Heart
The Los Angeles-based band, Urban Rescue, dubbed a “revival band,” has just released their Wild Heart EP which is the band’s first with Rend Family Records, which itself is a partnership between Rend Collective (the Irish Christian band that likes bang a lot of drums during their concerts) and Capitol Christian Music Group. But Urban Rescue is not only partnering with Rend Collective business-wise. They are touring with them this month.

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.”



Crowder Performs at the Grand Ole Opry
Ever since Hank Williams sang “I Saw the Light” at the Grand Ole Opry, the venue has been place for singers to share their struggles with sin, darkness and light and has been echoed by other singers including Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill and now Crowder. Today, Rare Country is exclusively premiering Crowder's performance of "Run Devil Run" from Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium.

Brian and Jenn Johnson Release New Ablum
You may not know Brian and Jenn Johnson by name, but you no doubt have sang some of their songs in church. The Johnson have been songwriting, leading worship and overseeing Bethel Church’s Worship Department for over 15 years. Brian is the author of worship songs like “One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)” and “Have it All.” Jenn has written "In Over My Head", "Come To Me", "God I Look to You" and "O Taste and See."  READ MORE>>>

Laura Story's 'Open Hands' Releases March 3
Those who can’t get enough of Laura Story will have to wait a little longer for her 5th album, Open Hands. The Grammy award-winning artist will release her new work on March 3 but pre-orders are being taken now and two songs from the album, “Death Was Arrested” and the lead single “Open Hands,” will be given instantly. The “Open Arms” single has been on top of Billboard’s Soft AC Chart for three weeks now and features Mac Powell from Third Day. Story also teamed up with Matt Maher and Matt Redman for the latest work as well. READ MORE>>>


Passion's 'Worthy Of Your Name' Releases March 24
Passion’ new live album, Worthy Of Your Name is now available on all digital platforms with physical albums becoming available on March 24, 2017. "This album represents so much more than just new songs," Passion said. "It's the sound of hearts beating again. It's the sound of a generation coming alive in Jesus. 55,000 college students filled the GA Dome in January, but the after effect will last forever. It's finally here!" READ MORE>>>