Monthly Archives: August 2014

Review: Bluetree – Worship & Justice

Bluetree2009 was a banner year for upstart Irish worship band, Bluetree. With their big hit “God of This City,” inspired after seeing the conditions of the poor on a trip to Thailand, riding high, particularly after being recorded by praise and worship superstar, Chris Tomlin, the sky seemed to be the limit for the group. Yet, just as quickly as they had hit, they seemed to flare out, despite the release of another studio record and a few live projects. Personnel have come and gone but, with lead singer and founder Aaron Boyd at the helm, the band has pressed on, now signed with Integrity Music, and is back with their latest, Worship & Justice.

Grant’s “In Motion: The Remixes” Continues to Dance Up the Charts

AmyGrantSix-time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant’s “Fizzy Delight” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) In Motion: The Remixes, has catapulted to the Top 5 of Billboard’s Electronic Albums Chart. Following the album’s release last week, it peaked at No. 1 on Amazon’s Best Dance Pop list and Top 10 on iTunes Pop Albums chart. Not stopping there, the Dave Audé remix of her No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single from 1991, “Baby, Baby,” is back in a big way, currently at No. 4 this week on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart and climbing.  

Christina Paul Returns with “Lord of All”

ChristinaPaulChristina Paul is back with the release of her sophomore English-language album, Lord of All, available now via Intercessor Records. While Christina may be a “new artist” to Christian music fans in North America, Christians in India have long admired her soul-stirring performances and inspiring testimony. After nine albums, numerous national television appearances and hundreds of concert dates around the world, the award-winning artist once again has American audiences in her sights.

for KING & COUNTRY Grab High-Profile Song Placement with NBC

forKingandCountryFollowing four GMA Dove Award nominations, three for the lead single and No. 1 song “Fix My Eyes” from the highly-anticipated, sophomore album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING & COUNTRY continue their journey toward the Sept. 16 release of the album.  Yesterday, the song “To The Dreamers” from the album was premiered during NBC’s broadcast of the 66th Emmy Awards as part of the network’s “The Shows That Touch You” campaign to promote this fall’s NBC lineup.

TFK Drops Latest Record to Chart Success, Strong Reviews

TFKModern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH releases its first new studio album in over two years, OXYGEN:INHALE, today amidst wide acclaim.  Already hitting No. 1 on iTunes’ Rock chart and No. 6 on the overall Albums chart, the recording’s lead single “Born This Way” also speeds its way into the Top 35 at Active Rock and becomes a Christian Top 10 Rock hit.

Bluetree’s “Worship & Justice” Hits Stores Today

BluetreeBelfast, Northern Ireland-based modern worship artist Bluetree, best-known for its song “God Of This City,” releases today its full-length studio album, Worship & Justice, globally from Integrity Music.  The album focuses on corporate worship songs that awaken the spirit of worship in action, fleshing out the ‘avodah’ (worship and work) perspective.  With Worship & Justice, Bluetree is committed to pouring everything—their lives, their travels, their music—into building up the church for the glory of God.

Review: Steffany Gretzinger – The Undoing

SteffanyGretzingerThere’s a word that’s bound to pop up in multiple reviews for Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger’s latest recording, The Undoing, and that word is “intimate.” Gretzinger’s music here plays out like a discrete peek into the artist’s prayer journal, offering up looks into the life of a real person doing life with God, struggles and all. The result is something poignant and supremely beautiful and well worth a multitude of listens.

Review: Thousand Foot Krutch – OXYGEN:INHALE

ThousandFootKrutchIt’s been two years since Trevor McNevan and Thousand Foot Krutch have stepped to the plate with new music but, judging from the music on their latest, OXYGEN:INHALE, it hasn’t been idle time. The new release finds the band working from an renewed viewpoint, releasing the album independently on TFK music and the result is an album with a familiar sound but an invigorated sound and energy, the band really seeming to enjoy their newfound freedom to create.

Shust Set to Release First Ever Christmas Project This October

AaronShustDove Award-winning artist, Aaron Shust, will release his first Christmas project, Unto Us, October 14, 1024. Produced by David Hamilton (Grammy Awards, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant), Unto Usdelivers ten new songs written by Shust, each containing a cinematic quality highlighted by ancient yet modern sounds.

Colton Dixon’s “Anchor” Grabs Great Reviews

ColtonDixonThis week, 19 Recordings’ Dove Award-winning artist and Season 11 American Idol finalist, Colton Dixon, has released his highly anticipated sophomore album, Anchor. The album quickly climbed the iTunes overall albums chart to No. 4 and remaining in the Top 10 throughout this week, as well as holding strong at No.1 on the Christian & Gospel albums chart.