We started out with the best of intentions, but as the clock ticked by and the minutes passed, frustration began to rear its ugly head. My arms began to ache from being extended indefinitely while my husband ran into a roadblock of sorts trying to get the final pieces to lock into place. We both gritted our teeth and pushed on.
When people ask me about my heritage, I proudly proclaim, "I'm Italian." I've got an Italian grandmother whose meatballs would put an Iron Chef to shame. My family is big and loud. We are proud to be Italian. I'm also part Irish. After listening to Rend Collective, a folk-worship band from Ireland, I quickly identified more with my part-Irish roots. [Continue Reading...]
The David Crowder Band began in the 1996. The band’s raw creativity and talent revolutionized the Christian music industry. However, in 2011, the band announced they would end their 16-year streak of funky, original, and powerful worship music. Fans of the legendary band will be thrilled to know that Crowder is back on the scene with a new album.
In his first solo album, Crowder continues to deliver what his fans have come to know and love about him. Neon Steeple was released on May 27, 2014, by both Sparrow Records and sixstepsrecords. [Continue Reading...]
The newest Passion album was recorded live in January at the 2014 Passion Conference in Atlanta and Houston. It is full of the much-anticipated worship songs that listeners have come to expect from the yearly conference that gathers 18-25 year olds and their leaders together. This deluxe edition includes a DVD with song videos and a sermon from Louie Giglio, who founded the Passion Conferences in 2000. [Continue Reading...]
This isn’t your mom’s worship music. But I bet she’d like it!
We Are Young & Free is the debut album of the next big thing out of Hillsong Australia. The new band, called Young & Free, recorded this album live in April 2013. Just a few short months later, when it was released, it took the worship industry by storm with it’s electro-pop worship songs. [Continue Reading...]
The music of City Harbor delivers exactly what a world searching for consolation needs--comforting words to listeners everywhere. Circles of Faith was thrilled to preview the duo’s debut album, which releases on February 4.
The first time I meet someone and tell them that I write about kids’ music, I often get the same questions:
How did you get into kids’ music? Are you a musician? What do you recommend?
The answers are actually pretty simple: I’m a passionate mom (who prefers that more noise come from happily singing kids than the TV). No, I’m not a musician (see answer A). Well it depends; what are you looking for? [Continue Reading…]
For overplayed Christmas music that would make even the jolliest listeners into Scroogy humbugs. So today, I will present a roundup of five great Christmas albums. These records are from a variety of artists, filled with their unique renditions of familiar Christmas songs that are also blended with original songs that stay true to the artists’ individual styles. [Continue Reading...]
On Oct. 29 multi-platinum Christian artist Chris Tomlin released his first live DVD project. The two-disc Burning Lights Deluxe Tour Edition, includes a previously released studio album plus a DVD of his show performed at the famed Red Rocks, the open-air amphitheater, just 10 miles west of Denver, Colorado .
We have teamed up with Capitol Christian Music Group to give away three copies of Burning Lights: Deluxe Edition CD/DVD. [Continue Reading...]
Mandisa, who was nominated twice for a Grammy and competed on American Idol’s fifth season, delivers her fourth studio album entitled Overcomer.
It is appropriately named not only because Mandisa did not win American Idol, but also because she has overcome harsh feedback and negativity with her positive and empowering albums. On this album, her songs, saturated with biblical truth and God’s promises, boast synthy, pop, and dance-infused beats and instrumentation that support memorable and singable melodies. Vocally, she is impressive and inspiring, with her gospel roots evident. [Continue Reading...]