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Album Review ~ As Long As I Live (Vol. 1) By Canyon Hills Worship

Category

Religious

Genre

Praise/Worship

Rating

4 Stars

Review


There’s a softness to the overall music that invites listening hearts to dive deeper into God with heartfelt joy and love. The delightful metaphoric lyrics highlight the joys of a faith-filled journey that fully embraces God and His Word.

In Canyon Hill’s As Long As I Live Vol.1, the heart cry and message to wholly love God just He loves us, and to trust Him, is a timeless message that the Church may be used to hearing, but one that will always resound no matter what.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to DREAM Label Group/DREAM Worship for a a free album copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About Canyon Hills Worship


Based out of Seattle WA, Canyon Hills Worship is composed of worship leaders and songwriters at Canyon Hills Community Church. Their songs include Peace, It Is Well, and Over All. Their mission is to honor God and offer hope to His Church through singing His praises.

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Book Review ~ American Omens By Travis Thrasher

About the Book


“This is your wake-up call, Cheyenne. You’ve been sleeping your whole life, dreaming those dreams. The alarm clock is about to go off, and there won’t be any way to press the snooze button. So just keep walking. Keep breathing. And maybe start believing.”

The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world’s top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner. He claims he wants to bring back true faith in Christ to America and also reveal the forces behind the disappearances of many of the renowned people who publicly declared their faith.

Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag team, including a former bookseller whose store was shut down for selling prohibited books, to help him take the battle transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it’s too late?

Category

Fiction/Christian

Genre

Futuristic/Sci-fi

Rating

4 Stars

Review


In this quintessential thriller, Thrasher combines mystery, science fiction, and history in an exceptionally outstanding way—more so because all elements were delicately handled such that none got it the way of the others. Add that to the masterful pacing of the plot to a fine finish.

American Omens somewhat depicts one out of a thousand possible outcomes for the future in the face of today’s drama and chaos on the world front, and Thrasher took this probable reality and spun it into a seamless tale that adeptly inspires on a whole new level, a thoughtful consideration of today’s complacency—what are the consequences of the overtly liberal decisions of today, and more so, of remaining silent and on the sidelines when these decisions are turned into law that will clearly echo down the timeline and into eternity, especially when some of us know better?

When all is said and done with the reflecting, one can’t deny the entertaining ride that Thrasher’s work surely delivers.

A provocative and smartly written fiction!

*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A “Thank you” to Waterbrook Multnomah for two free paperback copies in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About Travis Thrasher


Best-selling author TRAVIS THRASHER has written over fifty books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with musicians like American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and reality TV stars Bill Klein and Jen Arnold from TLC’s The Little Couple. Upcoming projects continue to expand Thrasher’s profile including the book, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice about the lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and Baby Don’t Hurt Me about comedian Chris Kattan’s life and time on Saturday Night Live.
Travis lives with his wife and three young daughters in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area.

Album Review ~ The Gathering By Casey J

Category/Genre

Religious/Christian/Urban Worship

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


Casey J opens The Gathering in a soulful and deeply joyful manner that invites listeners to join as one in the majestic worship of God. The worshipful experience is classically unforgettable and contagious. With a voice so powerful and musically talented, and a heart obviously full of worship for God, Casey J has clearly been called to not just sing, but to lead others to do the same.

The Gathering is a truly spectacular album worth the praise it’s garnered!

 

About Casey J


Casey J is a native of Atlanta, GA. After working for several years as an elementary school teacher, Casey accepted God’s call and began to pursue ministry through music full time. In 2015, Casey J recorded her freshman project entitled The Truth (Tyscot Records/MBE), a collection of songs with corporate worship at their core. The lead single from this project, Fill Me Up, earned massive traction and ranked high on several national charts. Subsequently, I’m Yours, written by Casey, followed with similar success and propelled her to a Stellar Award win for New Artist of the Year in 2016.

Casey J recently recorded a brand new worship project entitled The Gathering (Tyscot Records/Casey J). The eclectic compilation, captured at an outdoor venue with a handpicked audience, brings to life the beauty and power of corporate worship in an unrestrained, organic form. This highly-anticipated project is now available on all digital outlets.

 Casey J returns with the recording’s first radio single, “If God”, which beautifully answers life’s most difficult questions with the resounding affirmation found in Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  (Culled from Official Webpage)

Album Review ~ Marble & Mortal Vol. 1 By 29:11 Worship

Category/Genre

Religious/Christian/Worship

Release Date

February 15, 2019.

Rating

3.5 Stars

Review


29:11 presents worship in an intensely impressive and deep way with hearts completely immersed in God, and with a joyful backdrop that testifies of true worship and surrender. The atmosphere is one of deep love for God, and is alive with His Truth and Hope.

About 29:11


29:11 Worship is a collective of singers, songwriters, musicians and worship leaders who desire to connect our community with the heart of God. through authentic lyrics, creative melodies, and passionate expression, they seek to cultivate a worship experience that is stirs both the heart and spirit of the listener. having being birthed from a church plant, they faithfully serve their community at 29:11 Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Album Review ~ Scripture Songs By New Hope Oahu

Category/Genre

Classic Contemporary Worship

Release Date

February 8, 2019.

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


New Hope Oahu Worship presents its latest release, Scripture Songs, in the good ol’ classic contemporary praise and worship fashion that thrilled the churches of 80s & 90s, and with Scriptural lyrics that delight and nourish the soul. There’s a beautiful nostalgia to its sonic that brings a smile to the face and heart, the album couldn’t be more enjoyable and heartfelt.

NHO’s new release is a refreshing and wonderful addition to the urban mixes currently available on the market, and a lovely reminder of the classic version of contemporary music that marked the Church’s anthem songs in the 80s/90s.

 

 

About New Hope Oahu


DREAM Label Group Worship Band, New Hope Oahu Music, blazed onto the Worship scene in 2013 with the release of their debut album, Hope Is Alive, which premiered at #2 on the Billboard Praise & Worship Chart and featured the global hit song, How We Worship. New Hope Oahu has since released four albums: Victorious (2014), Greater Together (2015), Future + Hope (2016), and Kingdom (2017), each of which have reached #1 on the Billboard Charts for Christian Music. Their albums have also been recognized by The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, “the Grammy’s of Hawaii”, as Religious Album of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. As a ministry of New Hope Oahu led by Senior Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, New Hope Oahu is listed as one of the top 10 most innovative churches of America with Outreach Magazine listing them as one of the “top five churches to learn from”. New Hope is known for redeeming the arts and technology with thousands attending services each week between their 6 campuses and via internet.

NHO Music has recently been a featured band in Worship Concerts with Lauren Daigle, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, and Big Daddy Weave. They have also had the privilege of leading worship at various conferences across Hawaii, Oregon, California, and Canada.

Album Review ~ Symphony By Switch

Category/Genre

Pop/R&B

Release Date

February 8, 2019.

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Switch is a refreshing voice full of life and passion whose music softly but powerfully provokes heartfelt body-swaying while blessing the soul with thought-provoking lyrics, which is a wonderful way to open an album.

Symphony’s theme invites the listener to join in the heartfelt worship of Jesus in a way that is joyful, entertaining, and is as much a heartfelt prayer. Look out for the overly lovely Lifeline (#1) & Heartbeat (#4).

Symphony is an overall lovely EP, and Switch are a group worth paying attention to!

 

About Switch


Life.Church, a multisite Christian church that started in 1996, meets in 29 locations in nine states (USA) and globally at Church Online. Switch is the middle school and high school ministry of Life.Church. Over 7,000 students at locations nationwide gather together to worship God, build Christ-centered community, and grow in their relationship with Christ and with each other. Worship leaders from across the Life.Church organization collaborate to create music and worship for Switch.

Album Review ~ The Ruins By The Ruins

Category/Genre

Pop/Alternative

Release Date

February 1, 2019.

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


The Ruins present an honest expression of human struggles in the journey of faith—one full of hope and faith in God’s promises, and with a positive spirit that reflects deep passion, in a soft, mature, and pleasant manner.

The Ruins are a fresh voice with urban lyrics that speak with a unique flavor of metaphor which  is impressively interesting, and expressed with an eclectic blend of pop and alternative, which in itself, is also impressive. With this type of music, The Ruins look like they’re here to stay.

 

About The Ruins


The Group’s debut EP on DREAM Records will be releasing on February 1st, 2019. It is their soul-stirring revelation of grace and redemption; their razor-sharp pop sensibilities, and the generosity of two artists who know how to ebb and flow, give and take, while balancing reality with hope. The debut radio single will be Deliverance. It is a pop-alternative gem that captures the essence of the duo—sonically and philosophically. Deliverance released on January 18th alongside the start date of their pre-order of the album, which will ultimately release on February 1st.