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plain and Simple (Metro One) FOR FANS OF: Natalie Grant, Jaci Velasquez, Rachael Lampa QQQ
with five years since her last studio album (which happened to be a kids collection), Crystal Lewis is long overdue for new material. She certainly satisfies fans’ longing for her mighty vocal pop over adult contemporary programming, though from an arrangement perspective, she often times sticks to middle of the road predictability. Nonetheless, Lewis’ pipes are the primary instrument and time
off hasn’t softened her soulful tones, which coupled with lyrics of spiritual refreshment and praise, generally hit the spot.
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services highlighting the best in modern worship. From the alternative pop leanings of Delirious’ “rain Down” to Hillsong United’s harmony-heavy “Hosanna” and Jesus Culture’s congregational “My Soul Longs For you,” the troupe of vocalists
and musicians adds their own artistic (and often times extended) stamp on today’s standards. Consider this nine song sampling a contemporary companion to the current Passion or Jesus Culture movements.
WE LIKE: “Rain Down”
A Thousand years (Music to Light the World) FOR FANS OF: Jim Brickman, David Nevue, Fernando Ortega QQQQ
Donating one CD for every album purchased to cancer centers and hospitals nationwide, Atlanta-based pianist and composer Lanier uses his one-for-one business model and
scripture-inspired instrumentals to soothe spirits depressed by physical pain. Produced by Grammy winner will Ackerman, Stanton incorporates his original compositions with classic repertoire like “It is well with My Soul” and Pachebel’s “Canon in D,” delicately channeling to listeners the powerful peace administered by God through music. For that Lanier should be commended.
WE LIKE: “Across the Skies”
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WE LIKE: “Revelation”
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Worship live! (GCC Music/Shabach Music) FOR FANS OF: Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture, Hillsong QQQQ
One of central Illinois’ most treasured worship teams releases
its inaugural live recording culled from a series of Sunday