Christian Music Industry

Revisiting our Roots


Hymns, practically are the roots from which our Contemporary Christian Music arose. It’s no wonder, therefore, that many of the contemporaries want to revisit our roots. Through the years, we have consecrated our originals – Fanny Crosby, Isaac Watts, Philip Paul Bliss, Charlotte Elliot, just to name a few – by singing their timeless hymns that have found a blissful place in all of our hearts.

The CCM industry in its part, as well, has cherished these hymns by recreating them in a contemporary way while staying true to the lyrics and the music. Here are a couple of songs that will make you cherish Hymns in all their glory, courtesy of Contemporary Christian Music.

Here’s a beautiful, rendering of ‘I Stand Amazed’ by Bart Millard of MercyMe.


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Here’s Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman with a soulful portrayal of ‘The Wonderful Cross’ (Isaac Watts)


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Here’s Aaron Shust performing ‘My Savior, My God’ on the Logan Show:

Here’s Tricia Brock of Superchick with ‘Jesus, I am Resting, Resting’. This rendering is totally mind-blowing.


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Here’s the timeless ‘In Christ Alone’ performed by Phillips, Craig and Dean. This is considered to be one of the most amazing renditions of the song yet.


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And the same song by Natalie Grant and The Booth Brothers:


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If you have enjoyed the few samples above, you will want to check out the album: Jesus Firm Foundation: Hymns of Worship. This album brings together CCM’s most cherished artists (Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, Brandon Heath, Matthew West, Newsboys, Nichole Nordeman, Kari Jobe, Mandisa, Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Building 429, Andy Cherry and Hillsong) in bringing out timeless hymns with an original, innovative outlook. This record blends together the traditional, timeless element of hymns with a modern, fresh touch. This is a definite ‘must-have’ if you want to hear your Church Classics by your favorite artists!

To watch the official Lyric videos of all the songs in ‘Jesus Firm Foundation: Hymns of Worship‘, Visit the following YouTube Page:
http://www.youtube.com/user/HymnsOfWorshipVEVO

Jesus Firm Foundation: Hymns of Worship

Christian Music Industry

New Releases


There is a lot of albums that have been released recently in CCM city. Here’s one that released on July 23, 2013:

Dreamers >> Shine Bright Baby

Album Cover - Source: BEC Recordings
Dreamers >> Shine Bright Baby; Album Cover – Source: BEC Recordings

Just like ‘Citizens’ who have just recently gone mainstream, ‘Shine Bright Baby’ joins the family of BEC Recordings after being Independent for a long time. Their songs like ‘Lumineux’ and ‘Made to Glow’ clearly reflect this aim. Dreamers is their first album as a signed band and contains Pop elements. As an independent band, They created music with pop and punk elements. However, their newest album doesn’t strictly stick to this genre but wanders between rock and pop elements. It is a wonderful piece of work but slightly unorganized as they still try to establish what category they come under.

As the name of the band suggests, the band wants to encourage listeners to ‘Shine Brighter’ in Jesus. Speaking on the Band name, Band member, Josh Fink, says “We got our name from Philippians 2, which talks about shining brightly for the Lord, but we wanted to take what that verse said and apply it to the band’s mission and what we stood for. Emily wanted it to be more fun and playful, so she tacked ‘Baby’ on the end and it just stuck.”*

To know more about the band, visit their official website: http://www.shinebrightbaby.com

My Rating: 4/5

* – Taken from an interview with BEC Recordings

Here are some of the other albums that have recently been recently released in CCM, that you must check out:

^ Collapsible Lung >> Relient K

Collapsible Lung >> Relient K Source: Relient K
Collapsible Lung >> Relient K
Source: Relient K

Rise >> Skillet

Rise >> Skillet Source: Skillet
Rise >> Skillet
Source: Skillet

Morning Rises >> Aaron Shust

Morning Rises >> Aaron Shust Source: Centricitymusic
Morning Rises >> Aaron Shust
Source: Centricitymusic

^ Still Standing >> Keisha Cory

Still Standing >> Keisha Cory Source: Keisha Cory
Still Standing >> Keisha Cory
Source: Keisha Cory

^ We Won’t Be Shaken >> Building 429

We Won't Be Shaken >> Building 429 Source: Building429
We Won’t Be Shaken >> Building 429
Source: Building429

These Hearts >> Yours to Take

Yours to Take >> These Hearts Source: These Hearts
Yours to Take >> These Hearts
Source: These Hearts

^ Hours >> Falling Up

Hours >> Falling Up Source: Falling Up
Hours >> Falling Up
Source: Falling Up

Everfound >> Everfound

Everfound >> Everfound Source: Everfound
Everfound >> Everfound
Source: Everfound

^ The Last Word is Yours to Speak >> Phinehas

The Last Word is Yours to Speak >> Phinehas Source: Phinehas
The Last Word is Yours to Speak >> Phinehas
Source: Phinehas

^ Old Soul >> Wayne Haun

Old Soul >> Wayne Haun Source: NewReleaseTuesday
Old Soul >> Wayne Haun
Source: NewReleaseTuesday

Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Hits >> Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Hits >> Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Source: NewReleaseTuesday
Trin-I-Tee 5:7 Hits >> Trin-I-Tee 5:7
Source: NewReleaseTuesday

Happy Listening and have a great week!

Christian Music Industry · Music Videos

The Glowing White Flag


“There was a faint white light emanating from a tall pole in the distance, yet it was all blurry… I rubbed my eyes and looked again, it seemed so far away, but there was no doubt about it. That was the only source of light in the whole area, you couldn’t miss it. I wondered if there would be anyone over there. I was all alone and scared, and that heavy load on my back felt as though it were getting heavier with every step. I tried to take it off my shoulders but my hands just were NOT able to reach it, however hard I tried. It seemed like an impossible task. I took another step forward and realized I had stooped so low that my face was very close to the ground. I looked at that faint light again, trying to wipe the sweat from my eyes. I was tired and weary and so I figured, “That light is my only chance now. I have to get to it no matter what. It’s my only hope.” Saying thus, I tried to hasten toward the light as much as I could. However, the next step I took, sent me stumbling to the ground, where I broke my fall with my hands. I had tripped over something but I couldn’t see what it was in the dark. I continued on my way tripping and stumbling and falling down, but I always got up again, with a lot of effort. Then, I started noticing that the more I began to head forward, the lighter the load began to feel. Soon, I was able to pick up my speed and make my way to the light, I tried to look behind and noticed that my load wasn’t getting any lighter but I was getting stronger. The light loomed nearer and nearer. “Just a couple more steps,” I told myself, and kept trudging forward.  I kept praying there would be someone there who could help me.

Finally, I reached the light. At least, I thought it was a light source. It was a large, glowing white flag – so bright, that it looked like a source of light. My eyes took a little time to get used to the brightness emanating from the white flag, but then, I saw Him. I wasn’t able to look at His face as the load on my back caused me to stoop low. He approached me, reached out and took the load off my shoulder and with a firm grasp.

I was free, at last! I looked up at His face and noticed the kindness and compassion in His eyes. It felt so good to hand over all my burdens onto Him. I just fell down on my face and thanked Him. I was filled with a peace that passed all understanding and I was calm. I felt like I was not alone anymore. I had someone here to help me out.”

Have you surrendered your life and your burdens to Christ yet? He is the only One who can help you out of anything you go through. Our Savior is strong and mighty and can carry all our loads and lift our burdens. If we surrender our everything – our lives, our hopes, our dreams, our decisions – to Him, He promises to be with us and help us and carry all our burdens for us. He is tender and compassionate and cares deeply for each one of our needs.

Although the Life we live is hard with trials and tests, yet God has asked us to humble ourselves and surrender everything into His hands. He tells us to lean on Him and promises comfort and hope in every area of our lives. However, if we surrender ourselves to Him, we need to do so wholeheartedly and not just surrender a part of our selves and stay in control of the other. We need to surrender to Him wholly, knowing that He has only the best stored up for us. We are sure to ruin things if we take control of parts of our lives, thinking that we know best.

Chris Tomlin’s ‘White Flag’ shows the power of surrendering to God and letting the King of Love bring Peace in the midst of strife and war. Here’s a clip that shows the power that descends when some pretty amazing worship leaders get together. We’re talking about some amazing worship leaders like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder and so many more coming together for some real worship (Passion 2012).

Click the link below to watch this amazing, powerful video:

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B9921NU

Here is a very powerful song about surrendering. Flame and V-Rose come together to create some great music about the wonderful concept of surrendering to Christ. “Jesus, here’s my White Flag, I surrender right now.”

 

Here’s a beautiful portrayal of how man’s decisions often fail but we always have a backup plan in Christ who never lets us down.

 

‘This Beautiful Republic’ comes up with this wonderful portrayal of the power of Surrendering. Yes, indeed, Surrender can save your life.

 

And finally, the amazing voice of Tony LeBron who won the Gospel Dream Awards 2009. This song is wonderful, soulful, inspiring and amazing in every way. Tony LeBron is a man of great talent as he combines his voice with this beautiful message to give you a mind-blowing performance that will stir your very core. Here is an artist that I promise you will love:

 

Surrender yourselves to Christ and don’t hold back. Let Him work His miracle in you. Have a great day 🙂

Christian Music Industry

Leaving the Scene – Bebo Norman


Yes folks, it’s true. After nearly twenty years of an amazing music ministry, Bebo Norman has announced that at the end of 2013, he plans to end his extremely inspiring, successful musical career. Although disappointing to us fans, this appears to be God’s will as he has prayed a lot over this decision.

As a lot of us know, Norman has often called himself an ‘accidental’ artist because he deserted his plans in medical school and immersed himself into music. Norman is said to be touring this summer and fall with fellow musicians, Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves.

Bebo Norman’s music has been an inspiration to many around the world and his ministry has reached out to many. He has left his mark in the Christian Music Industry and will be remembered as a legend and great minister. He will definitely be missed once he leaves the Christian music scene. Do keep Norman in your prayers and we definitely wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

Here’s one of his latest songs: ‘Sing of your Glory’ off his most recent album “Lights of Distant Cities” – definitely amazing!

Christian Music Industry

Some L.A. talent


Remember L.A. Symphony? That amazing hip-hop group from LA, with Pigeon John and Flynn Adam, UNO Mas, Cookbook, Joey the Jerk and bTwice. The band formed in 1997 and released many albums till 2009 when the band took a break, going solo. Also, 2005 proved to be a year of great trials for the band with UNO Mas contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome, Joey’s grandfather passing away and Cookbook’s dad affected by a stroke.

Post Hiatus: In 2012, the band got together to participate in the ‘Paid Dues Festival’, L.A.

After going solo, the members of the band have come up with some pretty cool stuff. Check it out.

Flynn Adam:

Flynn and Pigeon John had earlier formed a side project – Rootbeer, releasing tracks such as ‘So Good’, ‘Pink Limousine’ and ‘Under Control’.
As a part of Gotee Records, Flynn Adam released his video ‘Such a Time’ that became a smashing success. Check it out:

 

 

UNO Mas And Cookbook

In their song, ‘When You Rock and Roll’, CookBook, Uno Mas and Evidence talk about life as an artist and temptations and futility brought about by money. Here is some honest rapping, people. Check this out:

 

 

And Now:

Flynn Adam and Joey ‘the Jerk’ have come together this year to create an album called ‘Totally Totally’ that dropped on January. Check it out:

 

This is some real good L.A. talent! You may want to go and get your hands on their CD.

Have a great day! 

Christian Music Industry

He wants to hear it from You


Not many people have heard of Him, but Chris McClarney’s been around for a while now ministering to believers around the globe with his worship songs that are soulful and inspired, bringing listeners into the heart of worship with words that are truly inspired from the Heavens.

Talking about his start in this ministry, Chris says that he had been asking God to help him share the songs of Heaven. He desperately wanted to be a vessel in transmitting that sound directly from the Heavens. He felt God’s presence fill the room and he felt God tell him that in the songs of Heaven, what He really wanted to hear were the songs of Chris. And that did come as quite a surprise leading him to write the amazing song, “Your Love never fails”.

And that makes sense. God delights in our praise and worship and He comes down to dwell among His children when they worship Him. Most times, when we feel like we want to say things to God that He’ll want to hear, He’s actually telling us to tell Him what’s in our hearts. He wants us to show Him how we feel from our hearts truly – Just let the words, the music, the worship flow…

Check it out: