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JFH Staff Blog | February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We Recommend - Kari Jobe, 'Where I Find You'

For the few who do not know, I'm more picky about worship music than I'd like to be. It makes it difficult for me to find music to worship the Lord to.

So even if I only find a few songs on a record I really like, it's a big deal to me. When I first heard Kari Jobe's sophomore album, Where I Find You, only a song or two seemed to strike a chord with me. It wasn't until watching her lead thousands in worship in person at Winter Jam that her music clicked more with me.  It's songs like "Steady My Heart" and "Find You On My Knees" that really hit home with me on a personal level. While I must admit that Where I Find You isn't my ideal go-to worship album as a complete collection of songs, several of the songs -- especially those near the beginning of the record -- really stand out. Jobe's honesty and transparency is evident and her passion was truly tangible upon seeing her live performance--and that comes through in her music.

If you're picky like me about worship music, I can't guarantee Where I Find You will be up your alley; a great deal of it sticks pretty close to what's familiar to the genre on a stylistic level. But if you're okay with something a little more in the middle, Kari's latest is certainly worth a spin -- especially "Steady My Heart," "We Are," "One Desire" and "Find You On My Knees."
- John DiBiase

Kari Jobe
Where I Find You (2012)

Click here for our review of the album.

Our synopsis: "Kari Jobe's second full-length album may not break out much from the worship genre framework, but there are enough gems on this project that make Where I Find You stand out a bit from the mix." (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Worship, Brokenness, Humility
Song Highlights: "Steady My Heart," "We Are," "One Desire," "Here" and "Find You On My Knees"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Where I Find You? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Featured Fan - Kevin Weddell

Kevin with Skillet

Favorite Band/Artist: Skillet
Featured Fan: Kevin Weddell
Location: Midland Ontario Canada
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Wonderjam 2011 Toronto Ontario Canada
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  They were to first band i connected with after my return to Christian music and since then, i have been a loyal PANHEAD
Favorite Album by This Artist: Comatose
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Alien Youth"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1 soon to be 2 with Wonderjam 2012
Favorite Live Show Experience: John and Korey's response to the sign "the alien have landed"
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Panheads shirt
Website: N/A

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tell Us YOUR Top 2012 Anticipated Releases!

Hey friends! In the past, I know we've asked for you to share your own favorites and "picks" lists, so to accompany our recent "Highlighting First-Half 2012" feature, we'd love to hear what albums in the Christian market -- releasing from January 2012 (yeah, it's fine if it has already come out) until this Summer -- you're anticipating the most.

For an example of what we did, check out our list and then tell us YOUR most anticipated projects!

-- John/JFH

Monday, February 13, 2012

Featured Fan - Jennifer Wethington

Duncan Phillips of Newsboys with Jennifer

Favorite Band/Artist: Newsboys
Featured Fan: Jennifer Wethington
Location:Cincinnati, Ohio
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: Wilmington Ohio, the last show of their Way We Roll tour. During a meet and greet with Duncan and a few others from his facebook fanpage, I got to take a pic with him on his drum set, which he signed and mailed to me later.
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  God put this band into my life in December '09. I didn't know at the time, but He had a plan to change my life and strengthen my faith through this band and the people I would meet through them. I am very thankful and blessed!
Favorite Album by This Artist: This is a tough decision because I love every one...Thrive is probably my favorite.
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Love Liberty Disco"
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 5
Favorite Live Show Experience:  I loved the The Way We Roll tour, but Winter Jam '10 and '11 was A LOT of fun, lots of great memories were made!
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist:  Signed Leaving Eden Shirt and CD
Website: twitter.com/luvlibertydisco

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

We Recommend - David Crowder Band, 'Church Music'

I had liked David Crowder*Band for some time before I actually owned any of their albums.  I had heard DC*B's music, and fallen in love with A Collision, but I don't think I actually owned an album of theirs until Church Music came out.  John hyped it up to me, and since we usually agree on worship bands, I went to Rhapsody when it came out and listened to it from start to end, and it was great.  It's hard to experiment with music and make it good (not to mention keep the entire thing worshipful), but Crowder and band seem to have it down pretty well.  He's very skilled at conveying what his heart is feeling with more than just the same cliches, and he can make the listener feel it too.  "The Nearness" celebrates the closeness of God to us while "Can I Lie Here" imagines what it would be like to be immersed in His Spirit.  The center of the album features two slower (and beautifully-done) cover songs; a rendition of the popular "How He Loves" by John Mark McMillan and a slowing down and re-imagining of Flyleaf's "All Around Me."  It's such a good worship album, and it's so deserving of the [surprising] Worship Album of the Year Dove Award for that year.  If you loved A Collision but haven't really felt anything from DC*B since then, Church Music will restore your faith in this incredible band.
- Scott Fryberger

David Crowder*Band
Church Music (2009)

Click here for our review of the album.

Our synopsis: "An incredible and heartfelt experimental worship album." (Recommended by JFH's Scott Fryberger)
Perfect For: Despair, hope, worship
Song Highlights: “The Nearness," "We Are Loved," "All Around Me," "How He Loves," "Church Music - Dance (!)," "Oh, Happiness”

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Church Music? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

 


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