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JFH Independent Review Index

In May, 2008, Jesusfreakhideout.com relaunched coverage of the independent music scene with special emphasis placed on the most worthwhile up-and-comings and unsigned artists featured with "Spotlight" reviews. Below is the growing list of standout independent releases. For our original Indie Music Index containing reviews from 1999-2008, please click here.

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Artist / Album Title Style Spotlight

A

A Rose By Any Other Name..
   One For My Master and One For My Dame, 2010 Indie
A Rotterdam November..
   A Rotterdam November, 2008 Rock / Pop Rock
The Acclaim..
   The Time Is Now EP, 2010 Rock / Worship
After The Chase..
   You Are My Child, 2011 Folk / Pop
Alakrity..
   Whatever Happened to Good TV?, 2008 Pop Punk
Alert..
   Red Opus .45 EP, 2011 Hip Hop
Curtis Alley..
   Curse of the Reasonably Comfortable Chair, 2010 Country / Southern Rock / Pop
AmeDeus..
   Assemble Dismantle Repair EP, 2012 Rock / Metal
Amid The Crash..
   Amid The Crash EP, 2008 Rock
AMP..
   The Transition EP, 2013 Hip Hop / Pop
An Epic, No Less..
   We Are The Echo of Love, 2010 Electro Pop
ApologetiX..
   Keep The Change, 2001 Parody / Pop Rock
Arrows and Sound..
   Arrows and Sound, 2013 Indie / Indie Rock / Electronic
At The Threshold..
   At The Threshold, 2014 Worship
Auburn..
   Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth EP, 2009 Southern Metal
Awaken, North Wind!..
   Doubt, 2009 Ambient / Indie Rock
AwakenUs..
   Reveal, 2009 Rock

B

John Ball..
   John Ball EP, 2013 Indie / Americana
   Found Among The Broken EP, 2010 Indie Rock
Babylon Mystery Orchestra..
   The Godless, The Godforsaken..., 2010 Gothic Metal
The Beautiful Discord..
   Refuge, 2014 Pop Rock / Worship
The Beautiful Gate..
   We All Need Jesus, 2014 Acoustic Pop
Bella Vita..
   Flight Patterns EP, 2010 Indie / Folk Rock
Bellarive..
   The Being Human Project...Start Listening EP, 2010 Pop Rock / Worship
Roland Dale Benedict..
   Gregorian Rock, 2013 Rock / Gregorian Rock
Chris Bernstorf..
   Move, 2012 Spoken Word
Barry Blaze..
   Patiently Waiting, 2007 Pop / Rock / Worship
Blood and Water..
   In Character, 2010 Pop Punk
Brandon Michael Williams & Seth Andrew Hecox..
   All Folked Up, 2012 Folk / Acoustic
Brightwork..
   Loving Rescue EP, 2011 Pop Rock
Bryan Brown..
   Shine, 2008 Worship / Pop / Rock
Cooper Brown..
   Venture, 2010 Rock / Acoustic Rock
Sherree Brown..
   First Fruit, 2009 Pop / R&B

C

Caleb..
   To The Ends Of The World EP, 2012 Indie Pop / Rock
Calling Out Closer..
   Stars and Broken Hearts, 2008 Pop / Rock
Corrin Campbell..
   Game Night, 2009 Pop / Rock
   Exhibit A, 2008 Pop / Rock
Cannot Be Contained..
   Found EP, 2013 Pop / Rock / Worship
Wayne Caparas..
   Gospel Project, 2008 Gospel
Greg Capozzi..
   Show Me The Way, 2006 Piano Pop
Celestial Heights..
   The Cosmos, 2013 Electronic
AJ Cheek..
   The Art Of Letting Go EP, 2010 Acoustic / Folk
Circle of Faith..
   Always, 2014 Contemporary / Jesus Music
Circle of One..
   Part of the Plan EP, 2014 Rock
Citizen Aim..
   A Music Manifesto, 2011 Hip Hop
The Cloud..
   Schism EP, 2011 Electronic Rock / Electronic Hip Hop
Cloverton..
   Patterns, 2013 Pop Rock / Contemporary
Coal Country..
   Lay My Crown, 2010 Bluegrass / Country Gospel
Paul and Noreen Coca..
   Street Songs, 2007 Gospel / Folk
Compelled..
   The Fight, 2010 Pop Rock
Compliments Of Gus..
   Seasoned, 2009 Pop Rock / Christmas
CoveredScars..
   What Words Will Do, 2012 Rock / Grunge / Nu Metal
CY..
   Circus World Event: The Ringleader, 2009 Hip Hop / Rap

D

JT Daly..
   Memory, 2012 Indie / Alternative / Electronic
Kevin Danzig..
   Loud and Clear, 2011 Americana / Southern Rock
Aaron David..
   This Is Me, 2011 Pop Rock
Day Seven..
   Decisions, 2011 Rock
Daylight Worship..
   We are Weak//He Is Strong, 2011 Worship
   Behold The King EP, 2009 Worship
Dearest Brother..
   My Hunter (Acoustic EP), 2012 Acoustic / Folk
Paul Demer..
   Canvas of Sky, 2014 Pop Rock / Alternative
Shawn P. Derritt..
   Thank You, 2009 Contemporary / Worship
   Someone Like Me, 2008 Jazz / Worship
Dies..
   Scalene, 2011 Indie / Rock / Electronic
   The Aesthetics of Violence, 2007 Indie / Rock / Electronic
The Digital Age..
   Rehearsals EP, 2012 Worship / Experimental
Digital Aura..
   Digital Aura, 2007 Electronic
Digital Exile..
   Subtlety, 2013 Progressive Rock
Dime Store Heist..
   How To Program A VCR, 2010 Ska
Dire..
   Dire EP, 2013 Rock / Metal
DJ FreeG..
   Change, 2010 Dance / Hip Hop
Doom Tiger..
   Mass Market Media for the Masses EP, 2014 Drone Metal / Death Metal
   EP, 2013 Death Metal
dropsci.GIANTS..
   littleONESs EP, 2010 Hip Hop
Breanne Düren..
   Sparks EP, 2011 Pop
Drum Dynasty..
   Drum Dynasty, 2009 Instrumental Drums

E

Keith Elgin..
   Keith Elgin EP, 2011 Modern Worship
   360:God, 2009 Modern Worship
The Embers..
   Sundays EP, 2010 Worship
Embers in Ashes..
   Killers and Thieves, 2014 Rock
The Emberlight..
   Don't You Love It EP, 2007 Pop Rock
ER (Ergo Rex)..
   Breathe in the Roar, 2013 Rock
   The Risk of Tragedy, 2007 Rock / Pop Rock
Exiting The Fall..
   Windchaser, 2013 Hardcore
   Parables EP, 2011 Hardcore
The Explanation..
   The Explanation, 2013 Rock / Dance / Electronic / Pop

F

Fallstar..
   Reconciler. Refiner. Igniter., 2011 Hardcore
False Idle..
   Hymns of Punk Rock Praise EP, 2010 Punk Rock / Hymns
Five Smooth Stones..
   Beneath The Finite Sky, 2011 Rock
Flight Metaphor..
   Trapdoors & Ladders, 2008 Indie Rock
Foolish Things..
   Even Now, 2008 Pop / Rock
The Foxglove Hunt..
   Built My Fortress EP, 2009 Synth-Pop / New Wave
   Stop Heartbeat, 2008 Synth-Pop / New Wave
Rachel Frecka..
   Rays Of Mercy, 2012 Folk / Worship / English / Russian
Free Daps..
   Free Daps, 2013 Hip Hop
Freewind..
   Life Is a Highway, 2006 Acoustic / Folk
Fundamental Elements..
   This Moment EP, 2010 Pop Rock / Funk

G

G3 Band..
   I Am Here, 2008 Piano Pop
Josh Garrells..
   Love & War & the Sea In Between, 2011 Folk / Americana / Worship
Kristen Gilles..
   Parker's Mercy Brigade, 2014 Contemporary / Worship
Glowhouse..
   The Shadows Left Me Alive, 2012 Indie / Electronic
Godscare..
   Sotl, 2011 Nu-Goth
The Great Transparency..
   Rebuild Your Love EP, 2011 Pop Punk / Rock
   If Worse Comes To Worst EP, 2008 Pop Punk / Rock
Andrew Greer..
   Angel Band: The Hymn Sessions, 2012 Acoustic / Folk / Bluegrass
   Open Book, 2009 Acoustic / Folk

H

Bradley Hathaway..
   A Thousand Angry Panthers EP, 2010 Indie
   A Mouth Full of Dust, 2009 Indie
HarvestBloom..
   Devil's Poison EP, 2010 Rock
   HarvestBloom EP, 2009 Rock
The Hawk In Paris..
   Freaks (Single), 2012 Electronic Pop / Synth Pop
Hearts Of Palm..
   The Bridge E.P., 2008 Indie / Pop
David Hertweck..
   The Mendon House EP, 2012 Contemporary / Pop
Phillip Hogg..
   The Power Of Letting Go, 2010 Acoustic / Rock
Todd Hoover..
   The Whole Spirit: Redemption Songs, 2012 Folk / Indie
Hostyle Gospel..
   Immortal Combat, 2011 Hip Hop / Rap
Hour6..
   This Is Life, 2013 Alternative Rock
Eileen Howard..
   Make Over, 2010 Jazz / Lounge
Andrew Huang..
   Droop, 2012 Dubstep / Electronic
   Love & Desolation, 2012 Pop / Electronic / 80s Pop
   Schism, 2011 Hip Hop / Electronic

I

In Dependence..
   Realidad Sin Fantasia/Reality Without Fantasy, 2012 Pop Rock / Latin Pop Rock

J

Jehu Riders..
   Awake O Sleeper, 2011 Hardcore
Jenny & Tyler..
   Open Your Doors, 2012 Acoustic / Indie
Jimbo Rocko..
   Real Life Stories, 2012 Pop / Rock
   Future Sounds, 2010 Club / Electronica / R&B
Vanessa Jourdan..
   Beloved, Vol. 1 EP, 2010 Acoustic Pop

K

KaelumWay..
   Pictures of Home EP, 2011 Rock
Rhona Kelley..
   Quite Contrary, 2010 Folk
Rod Kim..
   Tour 2010 EP, 2010 Piano Pop
Dave King..
   Listening Through The Night, 2010 Piano Pop Rock
Ross King..
   Perhaps I've Said Too Much, 2007 Pop / Folk
Knight 7..
   The Sword of the Spirit, 2014 Gospel / R&B
Kronicles..
   Illuminate EP, 2012 Rock / Dubstep

L

Lakeside Church..
   God Who Saves The World, 2010 Live Worship
Mitch Langley..
   Grace Defines Me, 2013 Contemporary / Worship
Natalie LaRue..
   Even Now EP, 2012 Indie / Piano / Worship
Lastwatch..
   Leave a Light On, 2013 Rock / Modern Rock
Leaving September..
   Rock Paper Love EP, 2013 Indie Rock
Vince Lichlyter..
   Helium Revisited EP, 2014 Folk Rock / Southern Rock / Alt Rock
Line in the Sand..
   Line in the Sand EP, 2012 Pop / Pop Rock
Listener..
   Wooden Heart, 2010 Indie Rock
Vernon Little..
   A New Beginning, 2010 Hip Hop
The Love Amendment..
   The Love Amendment, 2014 Indie / Worship
LuminousCITY..
   LuminousCITY, 2014 Worship / Indie
Page Lynch..
   Remove Your Shoes, 2008 Pop / Worship

M

Dan Macaulay..
   From You For You, 2012 Pop / Worship
   The Listening EP, 2009 Pop / Worship
Machaira..
   Play Loud, Preach Hard, 2012 Jam Band / Funk
Manchild & Jaq..
   You Don't Know Jaq EP, 2010 Rap / Hip Hop
Heather Mangum..
   Heather Mangum EP, 2008 Worship
Shauna Marie..
   He Heals the Broken EP, 2014 Contemporary / Pop
The Material..
   Everything I Want To Say, 2013 Rock
Maywood..
   Maywood, 2010 Pop Rock
Michael McClead..
   Michael McClead, 2008 Alternative
Sandra McCracken..
   In Feast Or Fallow, 2010 Indie / Folk / Hymns
   Red Balloon, 2008 Indie / Folk
Matthew McMahon..
   Too Big To Fail EP, 2010 Southern Rock / Gospel
Sean Michel..
   Electric Delta, 2011 Southern Rock
Aryn Michelle..
   Last One Standing, 2011 Pop / Rock / Alternative
mikemurphyband..
   Rise + Awaken EP, 2012 Modern Worship
Joe Miralles..
   Under The Sun EP, 2012 Acoustic / Folk / Pop Rock
Modern Dissent..
   Rise Me Up With You, 2008 Alt Rock
Chris Moerman..
   Sounds Like Sunset, 2010 Worship
Mojo & The Info..
   Doctorate In Cold Rockin' It, 2008 Ska / Reggae / Rock
Mojo & October Light..
   Everything Will Be Made Right, 2010 Ska / Rock
Dave Moran..
   Captured, 2009 Pop / Rock
More Than Rubies..
   More Than Rubies, 2013 Worship / Folk Pop
Mosteller..
   This Is Life, 2012 Pop Rock / Worship
Mouth of the South..
   Transparency, 2013 Metalcore
muzeONE..
   Cold War, 2011 Hip Hop
My Flesh Heart..
   My Flesh Heart EP, 2012 Acoutic / Folk
   Where I'm Going, 2009 Acoutic / Folk
My Heart's Cry..
   Prayer of the Saints EP, 2011 Pop Rock

N

NazB..
   Thank You God (Single), 2014 Hip Hop / R&B
Narrow Path..
   And Still, 2012 Pop Rock / Southern Rock
Aaron Newberry..
   Homewrecker EP, 2011 Indie / Rock / Acoustic
Brandee Nielsen..
   Believe, 2011 Pop / Alternative / Rock
The No Longer..
   INRI, 2014 Alternative / Rock Opera
   War Stories, 2011 Alternative / Rock / Funk
The Nova Ray..
   Venison Beach, 2008 Ska / Rock
Christoper Noyes..
   Grapheme EP, 2011 Indie Rock
Jamie Nunnally..
   War Stories, 2012 Worship

O

One Minute Halo..
   Places EP, 2008 Rock
OneNameOnly..
   Jesus, 2012 Worship
Robbie Oster..
   My King, 2008 Rock / Pop / Worship
Overseer..
   In The Offing, 2013 Indie / Pop Rock

P

Page CXVI..
   Re-Hymns, 2012 Worship / Indie / Remix / Hymns
Paper Candle..
   Paper Candle, 2011 Pop / Indie / Country
Paradox..
   Mending, 2011 Rap / Hip Hop
   Called To Mind, 2008 Rap / Hip Hop
Mike Pavelka..
   Life Is A Journey, 2012 Adult Contemporary / Worship / Southern Contemporary
Dave Pettigrew..
   The Walk EP, 2011 Contemporary / Pop
Phao..
   Playing With Fire, 2012 Pop Rock
   Something Cold EP, 2012 Pop Rock
Pilgrimsprog..
   Pilgrimsprog, 2010 Progressive Rock
Mac Powell..
   Mac Powell, 2012 Country / Southern Rock
Elliott Powell..
   Songs of Ascent: Worship Songs Vol. 1, 2014 Worship
Matt Price..
   We Won't Waver EP, 2013 Pop / Worship
The Pride..
   On Def Ears (1998), 2010 Hip Hop / Rap
Tommee Profitt..
   I Know Your Love, 2011 Power Pop / Worship
The Project..
   Martyrs Prayers, 2012 Folk
The Protest..
   Game Changer, 2012 Rock
The Psalms Project..
   The Psalms Project - Volume 1: Psalms 1-10, 2011 Acoustic / Contemporary

Q

Quiet Science..
   [With/Without], 2010 Indie Rock

R

Random Hero..
   Breakdown EP, 2011 Rock
Ravenhill..
   Lions EP, 2011 Blues Rock
Ray&Co...
   White Noise Visions, 2010 Acoustic
Redeemed..
   The King Is Coming, 2011 Worship / Pop / Rock
Reilly..
   Around The World, 2010 Pop / Rock
Reinstate..
   Reinstate - The EP, 2009 Rock
Relevant Discord..
   Dual Singles EP, 2011 Rock
Rivenside..
   I Thirst For You EP, 2008 Praise & Worship
The River Empires..
   Epilogue, 2010 Folk / Bluegrass / Indie
Christa Rooks..
   At His Feet EP, 2012 Worship / Contemporary
Michelle Ruben..
   Until Tomorrow EP, 2008 Pop / Pop Rock
Rueban..
   Indestructible, 2013 Rock / Alt Rock / Metal
Running After Rockets..
   Those We Were EP, 2012 Pop / Rock
Candice Russell..
   So Much More, 2008 Pop

S

Adam Sams..
   Tightwire, 2013 Acoustic
   Welcome to the Motion, 2011 Acoustic
David Santistevan..
   Near, 2008 Praise & Worship
Scientist..
   World EP, 2012 Indie Pop Rock
Seasons..
   A Moment Of Clarity, 2011 Pop Punk / Rock
See The Light..
   Maranatha EP, 2009 Hardcore
Senseless Beauty..
   Surviving, 2010 Hardcore
Tim Serdynski..
   Healing EP, 2013 Pop / Contemporary
737..
   Convinced, 2012 Hip Hop / Rap
7vnseal..
   Keep My Boots Madd Muddy, Platoon Vol. 1, 2011 Hip Hop / Rap / Mixtape
Seth & Nirva..
   I Need You EP, 2013 Gospel / Pop
Ryan Shelley..
   Sights & Sounds, 2011 Worship / Contemporary
Jon Shirley..
   Heaven Hear Us, 2006 Worship
Shirock..
   Everything Burns: Deluxe Edition, 2011 Indie Pop / Rock
Jeremy Simon..
   Progress, 2007 Acoustic
Six Days..
   I Believe, 2009 Southern Rock / Worship
Skrip..
   The Und_rscore II, 2013 Hip Hop
Jake Smith..
   All That We'll Ever Need EP, 2008 R&B / Soul
so long forgotten..
   Things We Can See and Things We Cannot, 2009 Indie Rock
Sojourn..
   The Water and the Blood, 2011 Folk / Americana
The Sonflowerz..
   All Around The World, 2008 Acoustic / Pop
Sons Of God..
   The Genesis Prologue EP, 2010 Indie Rock
Jeremy & Kimberly Sorensen..
   Christmas, 2010 Christmas
sosaveme..
   The Garden, 2011 Indie Rock
The Sound of Sunsets..
   Meet The Morning, 2012 Pop Rock / Folk
Southlen..
   XVII, 2012 Pop Punk / Pop Rock
   Loving Life, Living Love, 2011 Pop Punk / Pop Rock
Spoken Nerd..
   Our Team Is Going To Win, 2012 Indie / Hip Hop
Standing Small..
   Asleep at the Oars, Dreaming of Freedom, 2010 Indie Rock
Stars Go Dim..
   Stars Go Dim EP, 2008 Pop / Rock / Soul
Jonathan Steingard..
   Under The Canopy, 2008 Pop / Rock
David James Stewart..
   Things That Make Us, 2009 Contemporary / Pop / Acoustic
Stranded Conqueror..
   Stranded Conqueror EP, 2009 Indie / Alternative
Aaron Strumpel..
   Elephants, 2009 Folk / Experimental
Submission Red..
   Submission Red EP, 2008 Rock
Summerhill..
   With Every Breath EP, 2013 Worship / Pop Rock
Summertime's End..
   Light and Colour, 2012 Pop / Rock / Electronic
The Sunrise..
   Have We Not Heard, 2012 Folk / Jesus Music
   Spread The Word, 2010 Folk / Jesus Music

T

Nathaniel Tan..
   Living The Dream, 2011 Pop Rock
   Glory Of The Cross EP, 2009 Pop / Worship
Travis Taylor..
   You Have Loved, 2008 Worship / Acoustic / Rock
TaylorWise..
   Restore Us, 2009 Contemporary / Worship
Theory Hazit..
   The Rock Is Steady EP, 2011 Hip Hop
39 Stripes..
   Beyond Broken, 2010 Rock
Jay Tholen..
   Control Me, 2010 Electronic / Experimental
   His Shadow Is Light EP, 2008 Electronic / Experimental
Tim Be Told..
   Mighty Sound, 2013 Contemporary / Gospel / Pop
TLisa..
   God of Love, 2014 Pop / Worship
TODDZERO..
   Kid Heart, 2013 Pop Rock / Indie
   1234567 EP, 2012 Pop Rock
Nalini Tranquim..
   As You Are (Single), 2013 Electronic / Pop
Tweito..
   Moving Mountains/Skipping Stones EP, 2013 Indie / Americana

U

Unknown Souldier..
   Unknown Souldier, 2007 Blues / Rock

V

Daniel Van Oss..
   The Heart Of Heaven, 2009 Christmas / Contemporary
The Vespers..
   The Fourth Wall, 2012 Folk / Indie
Vocal Few..
   Tall Trees EP, 2013 Indie / Folk
   She'll Be Right EP, 2012 Indie / Folk
Adam Villiers..
   Show Me The Way To Your Heart, 2012 Worship / Adult Contemporary
VS..
   Hearing A Truth Serum, 2011 Hip Hop

W

Don Ward..
   Broken, 2011 Gospel / Jazz
Lakesha A. Washington | LAW..
   Holy Spirit (Single), 2014 Gospel
Jason Watson..
   Step Into The Light EP, 2009 Pop Rock / Worship
Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken..
   Ampersand EP, 2008 Folk / Acoustic
Christa Wells..
   Image of God EP, 2011 Worship
Mike Westendorf..
   Undefined, 2010 Pop Rock / Worship
Ryan Wesley..
   This is the Morning EP, 2013 Worship
What Glorious Things..
   Far and Fading EP, 2013 Rock / Worship
Adam Wheatley..
   Beauty in the Breaking Down EP, 2011 Folk Rock
Willet..
   Love On The Outside EP, 2012 Pop Rock
Brandon Michael Williams..
   The Brandonborg Concertos, 2013 Instrumental / Classical / Electronic
Gabriel Wilson..
   The McGuire Side, 2012 Folk / Americana / Acoustic / Hymns
Rand Winburn..
   I Can Be Anything EP, 2010 Electronica
Worth Taking..
   Punker Than Thou, 2014 Punk / Rock

X

Y

Your Heart..
   Autumn, 2010 Indie Rock
   Summer, 2009 Pop Rock

Z

Ziklag Offramp..
   Ziklag Offramp, 2013 Americana / Folk Rock

Various Artists

Various..
   Hip Hop and Jr. College EP, 2012 Hip Hop / Spoken Word

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