Hope Rising by Central Music, as the title implies, inspires hope and faith in the hearts of its listeners and to give glory to God. The music, in a beautiful way, is generally soft, and its lyrics, as gentle as its instrumentals are soft—a lovely combo to produce a different kind of Contemporary Praise/worship. Central Music certainly has something good going on here. There is a lot of Contemporary Praise music out there, but Central Music has succeeded in creating a delightful and lovely sub-genre that has its own unique signature…continue reading here.
Mirage speaks of a place of darkness, but also of awakening. The metaphorical presentation, while emphasizing a phase of life where a person exists in a delusional world, also speaks of a moment of revelation: when things are made clear…continue reading here.
There’s a heart and soul to the opening song, Different (by which the album is titled), that is passionately contagious. Tyler’s voice rings with such genuine worth that it secures the indisputable quality of heart-felt surrender, which invites a listener to do the same before God. The instrumentals that accompany the songs of the Different album award the overall music with a quintessential superiority; the organic quality is simply fantastically pleasant on every level…continue reading here.
Rococo softly but intently emphasizes praise and worship of God with heart and lyrics that show deep and intense surrender. The music is a beautiful harmonious arrangement that overall compliments the atmosphere of worship, so that a unique blend borne of pop, rock, and contemporary worship, which softly inspires the soul of a music lover that is a fan of all three genres…continue reading here.
The Miracle Maker album is softly energetic and fun, but doesn’t in any way take away from the exhilarating and soul-lifting nature of the songs. There’s a freshness to this worship album that is sweetly electrifying in a way that inspires one in the continued belief that contemporary music—no matter how many artists/churches and albums are out there—it will never grow old…continue reading here.
Clearly, Inspire Church’s worship crew aim, through this magnificent piece, to testify of our wonderful God as good, faithful, majestic etc., encouraging the children of God to indeed praise His majesty, as well as pledge allegiance to Him, take their place in Him, and stand firm in His grace and power, for God is indeed faithful—this theme resonates generally throughout the Like No Other album, a message that is most timely and needed in today’s world…continue reading here.
New Hope Oahu doesn’t disappoint with the number, Kingdom, the song by which the album is titled, as its head-nodding and hands-lifting attribute easily take over the atmosphere so that God’s presence reigns. An uplifting song that inspires pure worship and complete surrender to the will and sovereignty of God, the Kingdom song, as well as…continue reading here.
I Look To You by Manny Benton is a prayer and a word of encouragement that is deeply personal, yet inspiring. It is an expression of worship to God from a heart profoundly sincere and motivated by God’s goodness and faithfulness. Though, softly sung, the strength and depth of the lyrics, the unmistakable passion in Benton’s voice, combined with the soothingly powerful instrumentals…continue reading here.
Long Hollow WAVE’s Upside Down opens with the amazing and catchy You Are My Revival, ushering a mode of praise with danceable tunes that inspire feet tapping, head nodding, and hand clapping. The lyrics of Upside down, clearly, are lovingly put together to tell a love story between God and the person who loves Jesus (as witnessed in song #3, The Name, and others)…continue reading here.
New Hope Oahu is listed as one of the top ten most innovative churches in America with Outreach Magazine listing them as one of the “top five churches to learn from.” New Hope Oahu is known for redeeming the arts and technology with thousands attending …continue reading here.
Andy Garcia sings with a passion that rings true on a level relatable to any Jesus-loving person! There’s a softness to the music which, of course, doesn’t take away from this passion heard in Garcia’s voice, and, clearly, comes from a heart devotedly surrendered to God—Forever We Sing (the song by which the album is titled)…continue reading here.
Pleasantly pop and worshipful is how to describe Hands High by Equippers Revolution! This collection was sensitively designed to preach God’s message, and at the same time, entertain the Christian listener. The head-bobbing and finger-snapping melodies invite and inspire you to move in body and in spirit so that celebration of God’s Word through music is both internal and outward—which is a pleasant treat in our [almost] solemn world…continue reading here.
In its second release, The Rock Worship opens the God Will Reign album with the wonderful, glory-filled, and joyful Unstoppable, a song that aptly describes the true nature of God’s church as unstoppable and unshakable—even today. Instrumentation is powerful and excellent, but never overshadowing the singing, so that altogether melody and voices make a well-rounded worship unto God. The lyrics are a prayer, confession, teaching, and reminder—encouraging, comforting…continue reading here.
Fun. Spunky. Remarkable!—is what I describe Adventure, the song that opens Parker’s album (of the same title). A pretty blend of pop, hip-hop and R&B, Parker’s music extends the classic nature of the pop genre while at the same time exuding a uniqueness that is pleasantly fresh. The lyrics are fantastically metaphoric, adding a deepness that makes the overall music rich in flavor…continue reading here.
The Rush & The Roar opens with Dimensions, a pop-rockish song that reveals the enthusiasm of We Are Leo, setting a joyful and faith-filled tone for the rest of the album. The Rush & The Roar is a testimony of God’s goodness and how these men have responded to the resounding love of God, even inviting others to join in the faith and the party! This is an album without apology in expressing faith in the living God…continue reading here.
Abigail Duhon album opens with Into The Light, a number with an urban, South America-nish beat, easy to follow and sing along (once you’ve grabbed the easily-learned lyrics)—and quite head-nodding in its own right! The lyrics show a heart full of love and trust for God. There, clearly, is a strength in Duhon that is obvious in each song. Duhon sings with a maturity that belies her age…continue reading here.
Projections opens with the passionate song, Before You. The heart and spirit behind this song is simply beautiful. The lyrics resonate on a deep level and sink to the depth’s of a listener’s soul—like the soul is laid bare before God (which the song emphasizes anyway!). Cantrell’s voice is amazing as well as soothing, and combined with his music, it’s stunningly electric…continue reading here.
Wildfire wasn’t just meant to bless the heart and soul of the listener; it’s simple but classic popish element adds an entertaining flair that makes Wildfire altogether fun as well as worshipful. The lyrics are superbly uplifting, simple, but deep—prayers and songs. Wildfire helps put the listener in a place of praise to God, reminding the listener of their faith, and of the goodness of God…continue reading here.
Raw. Honest. Bold…but in a manner that is not impolite. In this courageous attempt to preach a message of love, acceptance, and unity by speaking against hatred, racism, and division, Mogli the Iceburg goes ahead to lay out the reality of the world we live in today, raising questions in the lyrics that would cause any listener to pause and consider his words…continue reading here.
The Case For Christ album, inspired by the original motion picture of the same title, opens with the theme song sung by JT Murrell. Attention to the overall lyrics show a careful consideration of each song clearly chosen to pass across the message that God is real, and He hasn’t stopped…continue reading here.
There Is A Cloud is an exceptional album with songs whose lyrics are uplifting and soul-soothing. The Christian listener, firstly, through the theme song There Is A Cloud (and subsequent others), is reminded of the promises of God, a message that tells the child of God that s/he is not forgotten—God is faithful; He hasn’t failed us yet…continue reading here.
Surrender by Joel Vaughn
Surrender is a beautiful album that reflects a person’s need for God and His love. It’s more than a collection of songs—it’s a string of prayers, hope, and truth that is organic and relatable on a very deep level. With a clear, powerful, and soothing voice, Vaughn sings with heart that leads a listener to that true place of faith, hope, and worship…continue reading here.
Jonah by KJ-52
The 11th release by KJ-52, album, Jonah, begins on a relatively soft note with Hold On, a song aimed at inspiring hope in a listener, and then moves on to more head-nodding numbers that entertain as well as preach, The general form of the lyrics, apart from achieving its original objective of uplifting a listener…continue reading here.
The Thrill of Hope by Christy Nockels
The first feeling that came to mind when the instruments of the first track started playing, was a rush of positive anticipation. The Thrill of Hope is a beautiful combo of hymn-like songs and contemporary music sang with such heart and genuineness of faith and love for God—evidently heard in Nockels’ voice…continue reading here.
TANKS By Satellites & Sirens
The 12-track TANKS album begins with the lovely Hey! (This Is The Life), a wonderful symphony that would sway any listener with its amazing violin sounds. There’s a joyous quality to this particular song, which is a brilliant way to kick-start any album. The message in the lyrics is in harmony with the music, encouraging its listeners to truly live…continue reading here.
Encounter By The Neverclaim
Neverclaim opens Encounter with the amazing and powerful Our God Wins, a song that reminds the listener of their faith that can overcome all things because God always wins. There’s a joyful and gleeful hype to this album that’s both uplifting and contagious. Clearly, Encounter was prepared with the heart and purpose of reminding the Christian of his/her place in God, and how wonderful and life-changing this encounter could be…continue reading here.
Future + Hope By New Hope Oahu
Future + Hope began with the head-nodding disco-popish (Jesus) I Want You, and then slid into contemporary worshipful mode for most of the album. In listening to Future + Hope, there’s the clear sense that it is so much more than the music and the singing, but all about worship to God, Most High. Each song is designed to lead the listener into complete surrender in heart and in spirit. The simple but amazing lyrics are soft and beautiful, blending wonderfully…continue reading here.
Hope’s Not Giving Up By Remedy Drive
There’s a hymn and pop/rock quality to the opening of the album which give the impression of church worship and concert music as one element, which in my opinion, is a sweet combo for any music-loving Christian.
While the album may have opened with the delightful Better Than Life song, the first piece to strike a chord in my heart was All Along (look out for it; song #3)…continue reading here.
Follow Through By Unspoken
A true testament of faith and God’s goodness, a splendid sacrifice of praise and worship, and a relentless gospel-telling piece, Follow Through is an album full of positive energy, spiritual upliftment, and, it doesn’t hold back in melody power. From Higher to Roots, each song is lyrically beautiful—packed with God’s Word and truthful life experiences that will resonate with any believer, which is a lovely design to mend broken faiths, hearts and spirits…continue reading here.
Mighty By Becky Shae
My first impression when listening to Mighty, the first song in this 9-track album was, ‘This is new and good. Catchy, too!’ On the secular side, her voice can be likened to that of Christina Aguilera, and on the Christian side, some of her songs are somewhat similar to Jamie Grace’s. There’s an ‘oldies’ quality to it, and intertwined with jazz, it presents a unique urban style of soul and pop that is…continue reading here.
Hold The Light By Bread Of Stone
This lovely 10-track album begins with the upbeat, faith-refreshing song, (Hold the light) I’m Not Afraid (anymore), which is positively medicinal to the soul. This headnodding, melodious, flow continues into track 3. Of applaudable mention is the style/formation of the lyrics—quite poetic and figurative…continue reading here.
The Light In Us By Jon Bauer
The album begins with a song that puts you in easy mode, before proceeding into a flavor that’s more upbeat. Taking a look at the lyrics, overall, it points to one major theme—gratitude to God for His goodness and faithfulness! As indicated above, there’s a simple and easy-going manner to which Bauer…continue reading here.
Black Canvas: UWMA 2 By Brinson
Say it like it is, is what I’ll label this album. Though just seven tracks, it is clear that a major theme is discouragement of ‘religion,’ showing instead with its lyrics, the power of grace, with the directness that hip-hop is known for. The hip-hop style is traditional and conventional…continue reading here.
This Changes Everything By Cana’s Voice
The music of this album comes off initially as a semi-acapella, urban country, and the traditional contemporary worship. In a time when the norm is rock/pop/hip-hop, this is a welcome change! Most of the lyrics are simple and easy to follow so that not much effort is required for a sing-along if you pay enough attention…continue reading here.
Reborn by Manafest
This is a sophisticated blend of hip-hop and rock. In-depthly mature, as well as entertaining, the lyrics don’t relent in preaching God’s message of truth, with sincerity and poignancy—there’s boldness in these lyrics, which is quite endearing! Manafest, overtime, has composed a blend of music that is unique to him. I appreciate this so much…continue reading here.
This Side of the Sky by Je’kob
Truly and natively hip-hop, Je’kob doesn’t hold back in this album. He’s a refreshing voice with a strong presence. The songs are catchy and entertaining, and equally true to their message of Christianity. One song in particular—I Believe—caught my attention. It had a flavor of urban reggae…continue reading here.
Fast Forward by The Walls Group
This is an album that is worshipful in its presentation. Most of the songs are slow- to medium-paced with an alternate/moderate rock theme as a backdrop to the music. Others are beautifully acoustic with an easy, worshipful flow…continue reading here.
Forward by Jonas Park & David Bollman
This is a hope-filled album of gratitude, and reverence to God, with lyrics layered with evidence of deep faith and awe-inspired worship, even coercing/leading you to feel the same way as you listen, so that it reaches far beyond entertainment to a realm where you enjoy fellowship with God. The songs have an alternate quality to its rock, at the same time maintaining a soft, atmospheric mode, so that the instruments don’t overshadow the vocals, but are merely/clearly a support to the worship…continue reading here.
Honestly by Rachael Messini
This is an album full of heart, poetry, and personal confessions. Some songs tell personal stories, wonderings/ponderings. Others are confessions of faith, so that the overall theme is a tale of a personal/spiritual journey of a woman who’s opened her heart to the world. It’s like a woman who has found her place, and is ready to tell the world her story. It is both personal, refreshing, and entertaining…continue reading here.
Oxygen by Lincoln Brewster
Truly a worship album! It’s that kind of music with the basic elements of rock, but with a popish feel to it. There’s an overall theme that runs throughout the album—praise God because there’s hope. Truly edifying, wonderfully uplifting, and remarkably entertaining. It’s like a party album for church…continue reading here.