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Indie State Inspection Reviews

  • Melanie Tierce, City of God (2020) /
    There is a certain "grassroots church music" trend that has been popularizing within the worship scene. Groups like All Sons & Daughters and Housefires have taken the reach-for-the-sky sound of huge church bands like Hillsong and brought it down to Earth. One of the more recent examples of this movement is the band/collective/label People & Songs and their shining star, Melanie Tierce. Nationally known for a 2016 American Idol audition that left the show's judges in tears, Tierce has since been plenty active in music making... Read the Full Review
  • The Bible Choir, The Selah Prophecies (2019) /
    It's the greatest story ever told. The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important series of events to have ever occurred, and the story has been told and retold in various formats over the years - from movies (The Passion of the Christ) to television (Son of God) to live music presentations (Hero!: The Rock Opera). Last year, singer/songwriter and composer Tim Juillet, along with The Bible Choir, added his newest project to the list... Read the Full Review
  • PTtheGospelSpitter, SfTK - Single (2020) /
    Ashante PT Stokes (aka: PTtheGospelSpitter) is a Christian hip-hop artist and actor who has a radio chart topping single in "Praise the Maker" and released a new single ("Salvation") earlier this year. PT is back in December 2020 with his newest single, "SfTK" (Service for The King), which features Emcee N.I.C.E. PT, an Atlanta Native, meets up with Emcee N.I.C.E. (Los Angeles) for a little east coast/west coast collaboration on this new track... Read the Full Review
  • Loulita Gill, Poured Out (2020) /
    For Loulita Gill's second album, Poured Out, one could draw two types of "pouring out." On one hand, it is God pouring out His grace and mercy on us through Christ. Songs like "If Not for God," "How Beautiful Your Love" and "Through a Billion Voices" highlight this. The other pouring comes in Gill's prayerful expressions for peace in troubled times, as seen on tracks like "I'll Still Believe" and "I... Read the Full Review
  • Jules Schroeder, Judgement Day - Single (2020) /
    Jules Schroeder is a singer/songwriter (as well as entrepreneur and podcaster) drawing inspiration from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Janis Joplin, and Norah Jones. It's an eclectic mix, but Schroeder puts these inspirations into her music which she refers to as "soul-folk." You can definitely hear them in her newest single "Judgement Day," too. Her voice has that soulful feeling (along with her background vocalists), but the music takes more cues from the folk arena. However, nothing here is as raw as Joplin and the music and vocals have a more polished approach. Schroeder sings... Read the Full Review
  • Nai and J, Mountains & Valleys EP (2020) / Facebook
    Residing in Edmonton, Alberta, married couple Nai and Joel Tanasychuk enter the Christian music scene in 2020 as Nai and J. Their debut comes by way of the increasingly popular EP format, and includes six songs, titled Mountains and Valleys. Describing themselves as passionate about worship and people, this couple set out to share their hearts with the world through music. What is quickly apparent early on... Read the Full Review
  • Brittany Glenn, Be Still - Single (2020) /
    Brittany Glenn is an aspiring L.A. based pop singer in the musical vein and with the vocal chops of similar artists Francesca Battistelli, Natalie Grant, and Tasha Layton. With the release of her previous EP, Freedom, in the summer of 2019, Glenn shined bright with sunny-pop sensibilities that immediately hook you in. Now, in 2020, she releases her newest single, and precursor to an album to be... Read the Full Review
  • Hope Eternal, Hope Eternal EP (2020) /
    Coming all the way from Swakopmund, Namibia, Hope Eternal are putting their talents together to minister the Gospel through their debut, self-titled EP. Hope Eternal is a duo that consists of singer/songwriter Rudolf Meerkotter and his 11-year-old daughter, Mila. They both provide vocals, which, as a listener, is something you might have to adjust to, as their vocals are so drastically different; they actually remind me quite a bit of Lene Nystrøm and René Dif of the eurodance group Aqua, except not annoying. On the contrary, Mila is a surprisingly good singer for being so young... Read the Full Review
  • Antwan Jenkins, Victory - Single (2020) /
    Contemporary and gospel artist Antwan Jenkins is the type of musician that is as diverse in his abilities to play, sing, lead, teach, coach, and build a team as they come. His list of credits is a long one, from leading God's Purpose Choir and Divine Connection Ministries, to leading worship at New Life Community Church in Indianapolis, Indiana among other community gatherings called "A Night of Unified... Read the Full Review
  • Hope Beyond Suffering, Hope Beyond Suffering (2020) /
    When you think of husband/wife musical duos, you probably think of such that sound like The Gray Havens, Copperlily, Jenny & Tyler, Wild Harbors, etc. And while those are all great artists, the team of Drew and Vannah Brammell are breaking the mold with their act, Hope Beyond Suffering. The project (and its self-titled album) is a continuation of sorts of Drew's 2018 album, Oh God What Have I Done, which he released under the name Behold the Dawn... Read the Full Review
  • 308 Ghost Train, Born in the Wild EP (2020) /
    308 Ghost Train is a rock band from Florida specializing in what they call "Message-oriented rock with a classic vibe." Their name is even gospel-centric as it's based on John 3:8. With the scripture -- which references the Spirit (Holy Ghost) -- and singer Anthony "Train" Caruso's nickname, the band name was born. The best way to describe the sound may be a blending of 80's rock with just a little... Read the Full Review
  • Jonathan Tekell, Jesus is the Best Ever (2020) /
    Jonathan Tekell has retuned after two years with a follow-up to Love Me to Pieces. Like its predecessor, Jesus is the Best Ever is also very eclectic in sound. However, this time, Tekell seems to be a bit more deliberate with his choices and the pieces fit together well. The album opens with the island influenced "Wake," moves to the impressive pop ballad "Stay," then to the electronic "Be Yourself" (think Owl City), and then again to the hip-hop inspired... Read the Full Review
  • Life UNLTD, Cloudburst & Thunderclaps (2020) /
    Bursting onto the worship scene from Brisbane, Australia, Life UNLTD joins the industry with an excellently produced live recording of nine tunes on their debut titled, Cloudbursts & Thunderclaps. For those listeners out there on the hunt for more passionate and exciting live worship experiences a la Hillsong United, Elevation Worship, Bethel Music, or Passion, then add this one to your list post-haste... Read the Full Review
  • Olly Knight, You Hold the World / Lockdown LP (2020) /
    Many words could be used to describe UK based worship leader Olly Knight, but perhaps the best is "earnest." There is a refreshing joyful purity exuding from his music. As the leader of the worship team at The City Church in Canterbury, Knight has been writing and heading up online worship gatherings during the pandemic with thousands of participants. One of the fruit of these worship experiences is his newest album, You Hold The World/Lockdown LP... Read the Full Review
  • Radio Friendly, Made To Worship EP (2020) /
    Radio Friendly are a rock band hailing from Ripon, California. While "rock" is the obvious genre, the group cover sounds ranging from the 80s, alt/rock, punk-adjacent, and even some more modern rock sounds. Their newest release, a six-song EP entitled Made to Worship, is the follow-up to The Archives. From the guitars to the keys, the 80's feel is very evident in the opening track, "Made to Worship." "Love One Another" gets that pseudo-punk/Ramones vibe going in what turns out to be a fun and rocking number... Read the Full Review
  • Reverend James Elmore Jenkins, Side A - EP (2020) / Facebook
    James Jenkins began his music career in 2003, playing for a couple of different bands over the years before becoming an ordained minister in 2016. Since then, he's ministered in his hometown of Manchester, Tennessee, but now he's back to his music-making habits as well. Even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, Reverend James Elmore Jenkins released an EP and a full-length album earlier this year... Read the Full Review
  • Isaiah Blickenstaff, Beauty and Chaos (2020) /
    Isaiah Blickenstaff is a singer/songwriter from Minnesota who loves the Lord and wants to prove it through song, as evidenced by his debut album, Beauty and Chaos. The album features ten contemporary/pop rock songs full of joy and worship that are as honest and heartfelt as they are enthusiastic. The songs are simply-written pieces without a lot of bells and whistles, but it's not for laziness or... Read the Full Review
  • Levvy, Without You EP (2020) /
    Indie rock band Levvy left a strong impression with 2019's full band, four-song introduction, titled Better Than I Was Before You. Returning here in 2020, they offer a stripped-down acoustic set as a fan "gap filler" of what's to come when it's safe to gather in the studio and perform live shows again. Among the four tracks is a take on the previously released standout track, "Waste Time," which shows off the band's diversity... Read the Full Review
  • Shanta Fuentes, Desert Rose EP (2020) /
    Shanta Fuentes is a pop singer bringing a faith-based approach to her lyrics. Shanta has been performing since she was six-years-old, attended performing arts academies growing up, and has even been nominated for an L.A. Music Award since being discovered at the age of sixteen. After starting a family and stepping away from music, Shanta rededicated her life to Christ and felt Him calling her back to music once again in 2016... Read the Full Review
  • Gianluca John Attanasio, Beyond 2 Doors (2020) / Official Facebook
    When it comes to being a jack of all trades in the entertainment industry, it might be rather difficult to rival Gianluca John Attanasio. From writing and recording music and journalism to writing and directing films and plays, Attanasio seems to want to do it all. Along with having songs and other pieces released by major labels, he's also released solo material; his latest solo effort is the full-length album, Beyond 2 Doors. Much like he tosses his hat into different artistic endeavors, Beyond 2 Doors blends multiple genres... Read the Full Review
  • Scott Aitken, All That You Need (2020) /
    When you hear that a musician's career started because his brother brought home a guitar he fished out of the trash as independent artist Scott Aitken's did, you cannot help but be intrigued. Though he was born and raised in South Florida and started on drums and piano first due to his dad's influence, Scott seized his dumpster-dive treasure and went to work carving out a musical career. Aitken sought further skills at Full Sail University, where he also met his friend and roommate Emmanuel Stephen and formed a band called Leap of Faith... Read the Full Review
  • Jaron Micah, Hold Fast EP (2020) /
    Jaron Micah is getting an early start in the indie music scene. The 17-year-old singer/songwriter has already put out a self-produced EP entitled Hold Fast. His new 5-song EP is largely inspired by his autistic older brother and features a collection of worship songs he has been working on for the past couple of years. He says that despite the disabilities, his brother Caleb is the light of his family and has been a teacher in some important areas of Jaron's own life... Read the Full Review
  • Davey T, God Fearing Rockstar (2020) /
    While some artists write songs for fame and glory, and others do it to make a living, some do it for the sheer love of just doing it. That’s what Davey T Hamilton does, and in 2020, it’s led him to his newest project, God Fearing Rockstar, an album full of what he affectionately calls “pop-grass” and “posi-rock.” More technically speaking, Hamilton's sound is a rather common mix of southern rock and country... Read the Full Review
  • Even Oxen, The Goat Lamb of God EP (2020) / Bandcamp
    Even Oxen is a musical project you’ll have difficulty finding anything about on the internet. But the one-man project helmed by Bersain Beristain isn't a new one; in fact, he’s just released his third EP after several years of writing and recording. Said EP is a short release called The Goat Lamb of God (see the interview below for an explanation of the album title). If you have any level of familiarity with previous Even Oxen material, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect with this release as well. Beristain’s musical inspirations are varied... Read the Full Review
  • Payton Goldston, Endure EP (2020) /
    Having traveled the country and had his music played on radio stations all around the world, R&B artist Payton Goldston is hitting 2020 with a brand new 5-song EP, appropriately-titled Endure. Goldston takes element of R&B, soul, and even a little hip hop, blends them together, and uses the final product to glorify the Lord. Sometimes this comes in the form of outright praise and adoration, and sometimes it's indirectly, as in the love song for his wife... Read the Full Review
  • Stephen Lynerd Group, Steadfast Love (2019) /
    Stephen Lynerd is a well-traveled musician and current worship director in the Chicago area. Stephen founded and continues to work with The Jazz Package (a collective of jazz musicians) while in Dallas and continues to work as a freelance musician. The Stephen Lynerd Group released the album Steadfast Love before the end of 2019, consisting of Lynerd playing vibraphone with multiple other accompanying musicians adding piano, bass, drums, steel guitar, and vocals along the way. Steadfast Love is a jazz album that's split in half with instrumental ("Foundation," Hyfrydol," "Swing Low... Read the Full Review
  • Kurt Paul, Tales from the Cut Out Bin (2020) / Official Facebook
    After years of playing with various acts, as well as honing his skills as an acoustic performer, Kurt Paul is now taking the leap into making his first solo record. Tales from the Cut Out Bin is not an acoustic record, though; in fact, it's just about anything but acoustic. Instead of a minimalistic approach, it's almost as if Paul's tactic is to throw together as many sounds as he can and see what sticks. This results in tracks like "POP!... Read the Full Review
  • Amanda Danziger, The Only - Single (2020) /
    In a time of bleak uncertainty, indie artist Amanda Danziger releases a single that intends to bring hope through the gospel. "The Only" is a quick three-minute listen that is musically haunting and lyrically worshipful, crediting Jesus as the only hope for the lonely and broken. Given how isolated people feel coming out of quarantine and how shaken society seems with the riots, "The Only" touches a nerve but... Read the Full Review
  • Alan Barrington, The Songwriter's Faith (2020) /
    Alan Barrington is an acclaimed and award-winning artist on the verge of releasing a brand new album, called The Songwriter's Faith. The album features mostly original compositions and displays Barrington's songwriting prowess along with his love for the Lord. The songs of The Songwriter's Faith blend country gospel, contemporary, and acoustic, with simple compositions that would make easy transitions into a Sunday morning service... Read the Full Review
  • Christina Warin, Safe Place - Single (2020) / Official Facebook
    Hailing from New Zealand (though currently residing in Tasmania), Christina Warin has released her debut EP, Safe Place. Running only three tracks long, Warin nevertheless produces a triad of songs that tell a story of God's faithfulness and love. These encouraging lyrics are told against the backdrop of piano-driven AC with strings often backing up the main band (the closest comparison that comes to mind is Selah). While the music re-enforces the comforting themes of the lyrics, they contain just enough of a haunting element from... Read the Full Review
  • Dawson Samuel and J Taylor, The Odyssey EP (2020) / AmazonMP3
    Dawson Samuel and J Taylor are two new artists that have come together for a collaboration album, entitled The Odyssey. It's a smaller offering than the name implies, boasting only four tracks, but it's a tight release that shows great chemistry. "When I Doubt" opens the EP on a high note, giving the album a contemplative and even slightly cinematic tone. It's immediately obvious that the... Read the Full Review
  • The Goldilocks Enigma, March to Crumbling (2020) /
    The Goldilocks Enigma is aptly named, consisting of a duo, known only as "The Husband" and "The Wife." The Husband handles the multi-instrument duties, songwriting, and vocals, while The Wife lends her voice to background vocals and songwriting. This is music self-described as "Christian Rock straight out of the swamps of deep Louisiana." Their newest release is titled March to Crumbling, and it's the direct follow-up to 2014's debut, Bread & Circuses. The husband and wife's mysterious bio, the inspiration behind their band moniker, and the mission of their ministry clue prospective... Read the Full Review
  • Luke Wareham & Rachel Mason, Whisper - EP (2020) /
    UK based songwriters and worship leaders Luke Wareham and Rachael Mason are on a self-described mission to "bring hope to a broken world speaking prophetically the truth of Jesus into everyday situations." Their debut EP, titled Whisper, takes a pop-worship musical approach across the five tracks purposed for both personal and congregational praise. "Shadows" is a great introduction to the duo, and a fine way to open the album with a strong guitar lead-line driving the Christ-directed praise... Read the Full Review
  • Kindra In Christ, Naked and Unashamed (Single) (2020) /
    Walking the Christian faith can often take you places you had never anticipated. For the artist known as Kindra In Christ, one such place was becoming a singer/songwriter. Just two years ago, Kindra hadn't written a single song. But March 2020 marks the release of her 12th single, titled "Naked and Unashamed." Stylistically and vocally, Kindra would fit right in with the likes of Jennifer Knapp and Alanis Morissette, drawing heavily from a '90s, acoustic-based alternative sound. While her vocals aren't... Read the Full Review
  • Aaron Rios, Hiding Place - EP (2020) /
    Pastor and musician Aaron Rios’ debut EP, Hiding Place, is an eclectic mixture of the electric guitar moments of early Michael Gungor Band, the theatrics of Israel Houghton, and a sprinkling of Deitrick Haddon's soaring vocals. “You Alone Reign” is the biggest standout of the four songs, with its genre mash-up of 2000s-era gospel, worship, and a few dashes of hip-hop thrown in for good measure. The vocal-shredding yelp in the latter half of “King of Glory” is achingly-passionate and the most interesting moment of the song. However, the song ultimately treads a little too closely... Read the Full Review
  • Vernon Little, Words to Live By - EP (2020) / Twitter
    Ten years ago, hip hop artist Vernon Little released a full-length album, called A New Beginning. Though the album itself isn't easily attainable anymore, most of it still exists on streaming platforms in the form of singles and EPs. A few of the songs, as well as some new remixes, have recently become available as the Words To Live By EP. The opening track is a spoken word introduction that explains Little’s reasons for making his music, which leads into the remixes of “Words To Live By” and... Read the Full Review
  • WeAreGeneration, Safe Place EP (2020) / Bandcamp
    When Miguel Marrero and Tirso Gomez started out in middle school, they were making cover videos. Soon they branched out and began writing their own material, crafting WeAreGeneration into an up-and-coming indie rock band worth sitting up for. After putting an EP and two full-length albums under their belt, they are adding a new 4-song set to their repertoire in Safe Place EP. The musical vibe carries an emo rock feel while the movement of the lyrics finds... Read the Full Review
  • Greg LaFollette, I'll Wait For You, My Love (2020) /
    Greg LaFollette may not be a household name in congregational worship, but he's worked with many who fall under that category - such as Andrew Peterson, Audrey Assad, Leslie Jordan, etc. - for quite some time. His fourth record of church music, entitled I'll Wait For You, My Love, is touted as being an album of "new old hymns." It's an apt description, but even though the hymn structure is... Read the Full Review
  • Stephen McWhirter, Grave Clothes EP (2020) /
    With the kind of salvation testimony usually reserved for movies, former meth-addict now worship leader Stephen McWhirter has quite the story to tell. Formerly a member of the worship collective Iron Bell Music, he strikes out on his own to sing of the goodness of God on his six-song debut EP. Lead single and title track "Grave Clothes" has a Zach Williams vibe and would fit right among other songs like it on top 40 CCM radio. The message of leaving behind what is dead (grave clothes) to put... Read the Full Review
  • Matt Adler, Collective Worship (2020) /
    You might not know the name offhand, but if you’ve ever been to a House of Heroes, Casting Crowns, or Switchfoot concert, there’s at least somewhat of a chance that you’ve seen Matt Adler. The singer/songwriter and worship leader has been releasing his own music since 2011, with his fifth album releasing this year. Appropriately titled Collective Worship, the songs are simple songs designed... Read the Full Review
  • Tony Barnes & Erin Barnes, Wide Open - EP (2020) / Facebook
    Tony and Erin Barnes met ten years ago on the worship team at their church in Indianapolis. Since then, the two have dedicated their lives to marriage, missions and worship -- and their children (with a third arriving soon!). Wide Open marks the first release for the duo. This six-song EP of worship songs is a nice introduction to the Barnes'. The music heard on the EP is largely simplistic and fairly minimal... Read the Full Review
  • Jodi Essex, Irreverent - Single (2020) / Facebook
    Jodi Essex is a multi-talented singer/songwriter who, after spending some time with acting and comedy, has decided to take the leap into the world of writing and recording music. Her debut single, “Irreverent,” is a hard rock song that hearkens back to the ‘80s rock and metal days of Joan Jett and Stryper, but with more of an updated sound and some cleaner production. Though this style doesn’t necessarily have mass appeal in 2020... Read the Full Review
  • World Breaker, Conduit (2020) / Facebook
    Of all the rock genres and subgenres, metalcore can be one of the most rigid and predictable. But even though Conduit by World Breaker often falls into the normal clichés, the album has several unique moments that show the band has more up its collective sleeve than breakdowns, blast-beats and constantly throbbing kickdrums. The song "May Day," for example, begins with an interesting guitar... Read the Full Review
  • Jeremy Shorter, Visible Force (2009) /
    After the 2006 release of Strong Christian Overtones, Jeremy Shorter took a few years to release his next and, to date, latest album. After a few years of releasing albums on an annual basis to that point, including with a couple of different bands, this three-year gap between albums seems to have been one filled with some artistic growth. Visible Force still lacks the big, clean production, and the instruments again are mostly MIDI (very little of what you hear is the actual instrument it's intended to sound like)... Read the Full Review
  • Jeremy Shorter, Strong Christian Overtones (2006) /
    When you're young and you love making music, you get it done any way that you can. That's how the story of Jeremy Shorter's music career began. In the late '90s, he created his first album, Jeremy Shorter @ the Jesus Christ Super-Store, on the lowest budget of instruments and recording equipment. The early 2000s saw the release of multiple albums in rapid succession, including his 2006 album, Strong Christian Overtones . At its core, this is an alternative rock album... Read the Full Review
  • Southville, Tangles - Single (2020) /
    Southville Music is part of the Southville Elim Church in Yeovil -- located in Somerset, England. The group plans to release four new singles in 2020. "Tangles" is the second of the series following the earlier released "Changing Seasons." The Southville Music project has members from the entire church coming together to write worship songs that encourage faith. The church and musical project have seen success in the past having back-to-back number one singles on the aStepFWD's UK Christian Chart. The group is hoping to build on the success and reach the globe and open a 'window on Heaven' to give others a... Read the Full Review
  • Zachary Ray, Let Go - Single (2020) /
    A music teacher by trade, with over a decade's worth of experience (including teaching in India), Zachary Ray has also recently jumped into the recording side of music. 2019 saw the release of two singles, "Refuge" and "Chloe's Song," and he's keeping his momentum going with his latest powerful single. "Let Go" is a mostly somber-sounding song, with minimal instrumentation at the beginning, adding layers and new instruments as the track progresses. Starting with nothing but a rhythmic piano and Ray's echoed vocals, the song gradually adds drums, strings, synth, and some background vocals for extra melody... Read the Full Review
  • Brandon Hixson, Now and Then (2020) /
    Brandon Hixson is one of those artists who's been around on the scene for a while (in his case, 20 years), has rubbed shoulders with the likes of MercyMe and Third Day, has seven albums under his belt, and yet is not a household name. Hixson, a worship leader from Texas, recently celebrated his 20th year in the industry with Now and Then. This collection is split into two halves: the "Now" side features 5 new tracks, while the "Then" portion highlights five previously released songs with a fresh coat of paint... Read the Full Review
  • Jason Marion, Waiting for Grace / Welcoming Grace (2020) /
    Few things are as ambitious for a recording artist as producing a cohesive multi-part series of albums. But that's what pop/rock artist Jason Marion is up to with his latest project, collectively called The Grace Trilogy. Though part three is still in the works, parts one and two have already arrived as a double album. Waiting for Grace and Welcoming Grace are nine tracks apiece, each exploring a wide range of styles and genres. Waiting for Grace begins as an electronic pop album... Read the Full Review
  • Matt Case, If You Need Me EP (2019) /
    A longtime worship leader in his home state of Kentucky, singer/songwriter Matt Case was also no stranger to writing his own original material. In 2019, he made the decision to put his originals to use and record his debut album, If You Need Me. The seven songs on this EP showcase a talented artist with a love for the Lord that's displayed in worshipful and humble tracks like "How Could He... Read the Full Review
  • (the autumn), Unto Us - Single (2019) /
    The single version of "Unto Us," by (the autumn), was released on the same day as Sessions Vol, 1 featuring the live acoustic version. While Sessions features a very stripped down version, the single features full instrumentation. (the autumn)'s Ali Roth leads a beautiful worship song here with very nice and complementary music. Some of the atmospheric sounds Chris Shalter started the band with are featured here as light pads play over the reverb on the acoustic guitar to open the song, along with Roth's gorgeous vocals... Read the Full Review
  • City Psalms, City Psalms Four (2020) /
    When a church’s worship team records and releases new music, it’s usually only written, composed, performed, etc. by members of that specific body of believers. But in Tucson, Arizona, City Psalms is bringing a larger sense of community to its music. Each album is created by the hands and minds of different musicians, singers, and songwriters all throughout the city. Their fourth release, City Psalms Four, continues with the same idea in mind. Ultimately, the album is cohesive enough to avoid a jarring listening experience, but the different songwriters and vocalists throughout the album do manifest themselves in different styles and genres... Read the Full Review
  • Canyon Worship, Canyon Worship 2019 (2019) /
    When you take the fact that anyone anywhere can have their music on the internet at the drop of a hat, and you combine it with an influx of worship artists across the world releasing albums on a yearly basis, you're not going to be able to easily keep up. But if modern corporate worship acts are of interest to you, you may not want to overlook Canyon Worship. The official campus worship team of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, Canyon Worship features original songs written by GCU students, and Canyon Worship 2019 is their latest endeavor... Read the Full Review
  • Torn Sky, Torn Sky (2019) /
    Chris and Josh Haynes released their first album together in 2001 under the name XD Out. The brothers released music under that name through 2017’s Better Day. In 2019, the duo is still at it, but XD Out has become Torn Sky - which is also the name of their newest album. Despite the name change, the sound is pretty much the same, as the brothers Haynes mix up a concoction of rock and alternative that spans the last few decades. “Hope” brings to mind names like Alice In Chains and Bon Jovi, “The Word” throws back to bands like Petra (despite being a cover of The Beatles)... Read the Full Review
  • The Birdsongs, The Journey, Act II: The War (2019) /
    Tennessee-based alternative rock band The Birdsongs is comprised of three brothers and a sister that have been releasing original music for more than ten years now, while playing music together in general for twice as long. After releasing a few singles, the band debuted their first album in 2012. The Journey, Act I: The Beginning was a terrific pop punk record that should have given the band a lot more attention than it did. A worship album and a Christmas album followed, but now they're back with the follow-up, The Journey, Act II: The War... Read the Full Review
  • Haunted No More, Vol. 1 (2019) / Facebook
    Bride's Dale Thompson has been a very busy man as of late. His main band released their 14th album, Snake Eyes, last year. His side projects, Dabster Gentlemen and Perpetual Paranoia, released their debuts last year as well. His most recent release is with another side project known as Haunted No More. This duo with Myles Barfield has a sound very befitting of their name. A soft and "haunting" piano serves as the backdrop for the very minimalistic sound provided on Vol. 1. Some bass and lighter drums and percussion also join in from time to time... Read the Full Review
  • Chris Stephens, When It Was Dark (2019) /
    After playing with the award-winning Canadian rock band Three Season Ant for eight years, frontman Chris Stephens headed slightly south to New York, where he's played along with the band Landmark and is now writing music as a solo act. His first solo release (save for a Christmas EP last year) is a five-track EP, called When It Was Dark, that focuses on Stephens’ softer side. Whereas... Read the Full Review
  • Vaughn, Vaughn EP (2019) /
    With a number of performances under her belt, both live and as a guest vocalist on albums, Vaughn is finally branching out and releasing her own album of original songs. The self-titled EP contains five songs that give the listener a glimpse into who Vaughn is, as well as some of the other artists she's inspired by. Among those artists are folks like Lauryn Hill and Kim Walker-Smith, both of whom you can pick up in these songs (more so the latter). Vaughn's music really walks the line between praise & worship and pop... Read the Full Review
  • The Crossing Crew, Child Faith (2019) /
    The Crossing Crew is the brainchild of the Texan singer/songwriter James Paul Moravec, who builds all his songs on his own and brings in other musicians for the finishing touches. With a handful of releases to his name already, Moravec's ready to unleash the next Crossing Crew album, Child Faith. This collection of songs is rather interesting, because it takes us through a variety of different genres before we reach the final track... Read the Full Review
  • Light the Way, Dad Gang EP (2019) /
    Since forming in 2016, the Californian pop punk band Light the Way has kept quite busy, with a new EP or LP on an annual basis. Continuing this pace in 2019, the band is back at it with the Dad Gang EP, a pack of five brand new tracks. In true Christian pop punk fashion, Light the Way typically rides the line between having a good time and reflecting on God. However, Dad Gang focuses more on the latter. “Feelin’ Fine Since ‘89,” “Jimothy Halpert,” and “I Liked Old AFI Better” are terrific song titles, but are almost deceptive, as they’re songs that are surprisingly more on the... Read the Full Review
  • Satellite View, This is NOT the End (2019) / Bandcamp
    Christopher Lewis is a multi-talented, Floridian musician, songwriter, and producer who owns and operates a recording studio and spends a lot of his time writing his own music. Although he’s been a musician since his teenage years, Lewis is now branching out into the world of releasing his music to willing listeners. Under the name Satellite View, he’s written and recorded twelve songs for his debut album, This is NOT the End. Lewis’ musical inspirations range from the classic rock of The Beatles and Pink Floyd to modern artists like Josh Garrels and Beautiful Eulogy, and the creativity and... Read the Full Review
  • Him + Her Worship, Beacon EP (2019) /
    What started as a small endeavor performing their songs at various churches has become a full-time ministry for Seth and Jenna Herlich. In the past year, the Herlichs have been spending their time worshiping the Lord and helping usher those they meet into the throne room of God. Now the duo, going by the name Him + Her Worship, have taken the next step and recorded a few of their original songs for their debut EP, Beacon. Seth and Jenna both prove to be competent and passionate musicians and vocalists as they earnestly humble themselves... Read the Full Review
  • Inner 29, Now and Again, Here - EP (2019) / Facebook
    Music really is a universal language. No matter where you go, it seems you’ll be able to find a sound that is familiar. For instance, if you head south to Santa Catarina, Brazil, you might just run into a pop punk band known as Inner 29. This trio of rockers has only come together in the last year or so but are ready to show the world what they’re made of with their four-song EP, Now and Again, Here. As far as sound and production, Inner 29 is quite impressive; in fact, the whole EP sounds like it was touched on by the... Read the Full Review
  • Nathan Bankhead, Worship With Your Headphones On (2018) /
    Nathan Bankhead is a worship and gospel artist looking to innovate the scene. His most recent album, Worship With Your Headphones On, takes on gospel music with hip-hop/R&B beats and some club sounds as influence on the musical side of things. Lyrically, Bankhead takes the approach from a gospel and worshipful perspective. It's an interesting and eclectic blend that you certainly won't hear every day... Read the Full Review
  • Living Waters, Overflow (2019) / Official Blog
    It was 43 years ago that the worship collective known as Living Waters was formed. Though the band isn't as active as most bands, it's still an impressive length of time to stay together. Despite the decades of existence, 2011 was the first time Living Waters released an album, with a follow-up in 2016, and now a third release in 2019. Overflow is chock-full of classic Christian contemporary rock, much like what you'd hear from acts like Big Tent Revival, with a focus on storytelling like you might hear from The Choir... Read the Full Review
  • Orion Walsh, Foreigner EP (2019) /
    On Orion Walsh's latest solo EP, the Slow Coming Day frontman trades the electronic vibes of the band's album, 1,000 Years (Like a Day), for quirky coffee shop acoustic. As great as that niche can be, Foreigner doesn't quite hit its mark. The first two tracks, "Slaves to our Screens" and "Barista Love Song," could've playfully poked fun at our caffeine and tech-obsessed culture, but Walsh sticks to cliché lyrics that feel like an afterthought to otherwise fun-sounding songs. One of the few bright spots on the EP is the title track, where... Read the Full Review
  • Loudbrook, No MoRE NiGHT (2019) /
    Loudbrook is a worship act comprised of the husband and wife duo Bryan and Melissa Lautenbach. The two recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign which led to the production of their forthcoming new album, No MoRE NiGHT. The fifteen-track album spans an hour in length and is full of original songs that fit in quite well with the current landscape of worship bands. Musically, Loudbrook is quite captivating, with lots of instrumental variety while maintaining a cohesive sound... Read the Full Review
  • True Strength, Sanguinary Vivification (2019) /
    Though it's not as much in the spotlight as it was in the 80s, heavy metal is still alive and kicking in various circles. And while the secular industry has bands like Iron Maiden and Dio, the Christian industry is getting its fair share with the likes of Deliverance, Narnia, and True Strength, who have a new album on their hands called Sanguinary Vivification. The album features nine songs that all really take their time getting to their respective destinations, having an average track length of around six minutes or so, with the longest track... Read the Full Review
  • Whitlee Casey, Dream (2019) /
    Whitlee Casey is a songwriter and worship leader in Texas who was inspired at a young age by his dad to pick up a guitar. Casey has been influenced by artists ranging from Garth Brooks to Steven Curtis Chapman and David Crowder. As a traveling musician for the past 10 years or so, Whitlee has been able to travese the country and play alongside CCM artists, such as for King & Country and even Crowder himself. Casey's influences can certainly be heard on his latest full-length album, Dream... Read the Full Review
  • Wes Powell, Experience Points (2019) / Official Facebook
    It's no secret that modern worship music can be a bit lacking in creativity. That's not to say that there aren't creative artists making worship music, but it seems to be more the exception than the rule. One independent artist from Layton, Utah is also trying his hand at making music for the Lord without falling into stagnancy. That artist's name is Wes Powell, and his album Experience Points is full of genuine praise music that, musically speaking, leaves you guessing from one track to the next. Powell's spectrum is wide open, with songs ranging from piano ballads (the humble and... Read the Full Review
  • Peter118, Waiting - Single (2019) / Official Site
    Punk rocker Peter Field is no stranger to the scene, having contributed as a member of bands like Senseless and Ambassadors of Shalom. But for the past five years, he’s instead focused on his three-piece act, Peter118. With a couple of EPs to the band’s name thus far, Peter118 is starting off 2019 with a brand new single called “Waiting.” The band’s previous release, a split EP with No Lost Cause, displayed their predilection for UK punk rock (with a dash of pop punk, of course)... Read the Full Review
  • The Ashamed & Shunned, Walking Contradiction - Single (2019) / Official Site
    The Ashamed & Shunned is a solo hip-hop artist hailing from Kokomo, Indiana. The Ashamed & Shunned is back again with his newest EP, Walking Contradiction, following 2017's album Kill Your Coward. TA&S brings a sort of low-tech version of hip-hop, but manages to produce catchy beats and capture solid production. An example of this "low-tech" approach is what sounds to be an 80's Casio keyboard set to mandolin on the opening track, "Still Unworthy." The lyrics in that opening number are a prayer and proclaim... Read the Full Review
  • Dabster Gentlemen, Death or Life (2018) / Facebook
    In the 1980s, the rock music scene was dominated by a style of music affectionately known as “hair metal.” The genre’s reign even reached into Christian music, where you could find bands like Stryper, Whitecross, Petra, and Bride. Of course, Stryper is still active, and Bride releases new music from time to time, but the frontman of the latter, Dale Thompson, is also taking on a new venture in the form of Dabster Gentlemen. With the band’s debut album, Death or Life, Dabster Gentlemen is a far cry from the hair metal sound you might know Thompson for... Read the Full Review


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