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Review: Cindy Morgan – Bows & Arrows

CindyMorganSome artist’s work just demands to be heard and the songwriting of Cindy Morgan is definitely among that company. And on her latest indie effort, Bows & Arrows, the artist continues to define herself as one of the top songwriters in the business today, crafting poetic, honest lyrics alongside compelling and engaging soundscapes. This time out she draws from an Americana palette of sounds and that warm framework, along with some help from some good talented friends, helps to make this one of this year’s must listen albums.

Review: Nichole Nordeman – The Unmaking EP

NicholeNordemanIt may have been a long ten years since her last full length release but on The Unmaking EP Nichole Nordeman shows no signs of rust. Featuring six songs packed with the artist’s rich vocals, warm pop sound, and sublime, transparent songwriting, this record is a welcome return from one of the Christian industry’s most exciting voices. And each song found here will remind listeners of just how much we’ve missed her.

Review: Aaron Shust – Doxology

AaronShustThe word “doxology” is defined as “a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God.” That definition doesn’t quite do the word justice. When the Greek is parsed out, it takes on the meaning of an almost impulsive utterance of praise, one that can’t be helped in the sight of the glory of God. And as a student of both theology and worship, that’s the heartbeat that worship leader Aaron Shust brings to his latest recording, succinctly titled Doxology.

Review: Sidewalk Prophets – Something Different

SidewalkProphetsOftentimes album titles simply serve as a figurehead, just grabbing from a song title to offer up something catchy and inviting. But for longtime act Sidewalk Prophets, the title of their latest record, Something Different, is a perfect description of what listeners will find inside. While maintaining the integrity of the band’s energetic sound and soulful compositions, this outing finds the outfit performing with a renewed sense of freedom, letting it all hang out on what may prove to be their most successful outing to date.

Review: 7eventh Time Down – God Is On the Move

7eventhTimeDownKentucky-based outfit 7eventh Time Down has been steadily amassing fans since their 2011 debut Alive in You and that trend seems bound to continue with the release of their latest effort, God Is On the Move. Featuring plenty of faith forward songwriting combined with big, bold, radio ready pop rock influences, this record is bound to score high with fans old and new.

Review: Aryn Michelle – Depth

ArynMichelleThere’s a striking irony in the music of indie artist Aryn Michelle and that’s that the very people who need to hear Michelle’s insightful, honest songwriting probably never will. And the reason has nothing to do with Michelle’s delivery. Rather, the artist’s latest effort, Depth, is filled to the brim with rich Americana-flavored themes and great musicianship that frames the aforementioned songwriting prowess that dares to think beyond the Sunday morning clichés so often found in the Christian music world. But Michelle’s music doesn’t conform to the Top 40 standard so it’s going to take a strong groundswell to push her music to the masses. The good news is that her music is definitely enough to stir just such a groundswell of support.

Review: Jason Crabb – Through the Fire: The Best of Jason Crabb

JasonCrabbSouthern gospel, in some ways, has always been that less respected side of the gospel music world. Despite its status as really one of the founding fathers of the genre, the sounds of southern gospel have always seemed to play second fiddle to the more modern world of CCM. Yet, there have been a few artists who’ve come along and have managed to navigate and bridge those worlds and none has managed to do it with such ease as Jason Crabb. From his early beginnings singing with the celebrated Crabb Family to his more recent days as a solo star, Crabb has shown that he’s an unprecedented talent and this latest collection of greatest hits shows why.

Review: Dan Bremnes – Where the Light Is

DanBremnesBuilding upon the foundation developed with his debut EP, Dan Bremnes returns with his full length release, Where the Light Is. Composed of eleven radio ready tracks that resonate with sounds reminiscent of artists like Matthew West and Brandon Heath, the record presses Bremnes further into the fold, his combination of honest exploration and faithful reliance resounding throughout his lyrics.

Review: Brad + Rebekah – All You’ve Done

BradandRebekahI’ve sat down several times in front of my laptop to write the review for worship duo Brad + Rebekah’s latest recording, All You’ve Done, but just haven’t been able to make any headway. I’ve wrestled with finding that crucial starting point to dig into the review and have, quite frankly, just consistently come up empty. And the reason ironically doesn’t have to do with anything negative, per se, that the duo has done.

Review: Hillsong UNITED – Empires

HillsongUnitedFor years, the Hillsong UNITED collective has been in a state of movement, evolving from an arena-worship favorite to something more refined and defined in their approach. 2013’s Zion was a good look into the band’s maturing direction but with their latest, Empires, Hillsong UNITED delivers what is perhaps their best album to date, combining their signature lyricism alongside a vibrant, honest musical backdrop.