naTalie GranT love revolution (Curb) FOR FANS OF: Point of Grace, Rebecca St. James QQQQ To call natalie Grant’s latest a powerful collection seems an understatement when considering the combination present on Love Revolution. The four-time Female Vocalist of the Year is arguably the greatest singer ‘round these parts, and the songs by themselves are potent enough as it is. Reuben Morgan’s “Greatness of Our God” and “Human,” the song debuted with Jordin Sparks at this year’s Dove Awards, lead a dynamite release that should make this quite a year for Grant. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Greatness of Our God” BriTT niCole acoustic (Sparrow) FOR FANS OF: Bethany Dillon, Jonny Diaz, Addison Road QQQ Giving second wind to last year’s Lost & Found project, pop singer/songwriter Britt nicole combs her best-selling two CD catalog to re-record five tunes, and track one new song co-written with Brandon Heath, all acoustic. Assigning each song a minimalist makeover, the organic approach grants Britt’s flexible vocal chops access to dynamically master fresh perspectives of previous hits. Poignant lyrics previously buried beneath slick production are resurrected by stripping the songs down, proving nicole is much more than some auto-tuned pop princess. –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “Found By You” reGie haMM set it On fire (Tate Music Group) FOR FANS OF: Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath QQQ Regie Hamm’s songs are meant for the masses, each one a high-energy, arena- ready sing-along or tender, heart-melting ballad. One listen to Set It On Fire and you realize the songwriter behind David Cook’s mega-hit “Time of My Life” (which also appears here) has plenty more where that came from. “Full Circle,” “not Today” and “Starlight” are all hope-filled tunes that are radio-ready. Hamm’s career is probably the next thing to burst aflame. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Starlight” CasTinG CroWns Until The Whole World Hears Live (Beach Street) FOR FANS OF: MercyMe, Jeremy Camp QQQ As thousands finish the title track on Casting Crowns’ latest live endeavor Until The Whole World Hears Live, it’s clear the popular pop/rock band resonates well beyond the musical taste of their fans. Instead, the anthem becomes a rallying cry and the trend continues through the entire disc on other favorites like “If We’ve Ever needed You” and “Holy One.” The accompanying DVD highlights life on the road with Casting Crowns as well as teaching snippets. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Until the Whole World Hears” adulT ConTeMporary revieWs All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit www.CCMmagazine.com/music/upcoming_ releases. adulT ConTeMporary neW releases 08.03.2010 CHRIS AUGUST nO far away (WORD RECORDS/WORD) 08.17.2010 THIRD DAY Offerings BOxeD seT (ESSEnTIAL RECORDS/ PROVIDEnT) 08.24.2010 nATALIE GRAnT lOVe reVOluTiOn (CURB RECORDS/WORD) BRITT nICOLE aCOusTiC ep (SPARROW RECORDS /EMICMG) SAnDI PATTY The eDge Of The DiVine (SRYLOS RECORDS/WORD) KERRIE ROBERTS Kerrie rOBerTs (REUnIOn RECORDS/ PROVIDEnT) 08.31.2010 CASTInG CROWnS unTil The whOle wOrlD hearTs liVe (BEACH STREET/PROVIDEnT ) adult Contemporary 44 CCM