indie CrystAl leWis 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. All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit category/indie/ inDie revieWs inDie neW releAses 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” stAnton lAnier 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. –Andy Argyrakis –Andrew Greer WE LIKE: “Across the Skies” 08.02.2011 08.23.2011 08.30.2011 MAT KEArNEy young love INDIE MONTELL JOrDAN SHAke HeAven INDIE SHAUN GrOVES THirD WorlD SyMpHony NDIE –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Revelation” grACe Community ChurCh 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 44 CCM