ADULT CONTEMPORARY TODD AGNEW How To Be Loved (Ardent/Fair Trade) FOR FANS OF: Acoustic-driven pop/rock QQQ After some label issues stalled the release, Todd Agnew is finally back with another set of solid pop/ rock tunes on How To Be Loved. While “The One You Want” and “Loved” deal with the album’s title theme of receiving the love of God, Agnew also challenges his listener to give it as well on the bluesy “Give What’s In Your Hand” and “Love Your Neighbor.” The finest moment is saved for the end, however, with the arrival of the powerful worship refrain on “Your Great Name.” ADULT CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS ADULT CONTEMPORARY NEW RELEASES JIMMY NEEDHAM Clear The Stage (Inpop Records) FOR FANS OF: Jason Mraz, Josh Wilson, Dave Barnes QQQ The anticipated fourth album, Clear The Stage, is a delightful new phase for this talented singer/songwriter. The partnership with Ed Cash brings out an even more mature and relatable sound for his distinct vocals and styling. Fresh songs for this jazz and pop influenced artist include, “I Will Find You,” where he pairs up with Lecrae, and the spunky song he wrote for his daughter, “Daddy’s Baby Girl.” The powerful title track, written by Ross King, carries personal meaning for Needham, who says, “It’s a heavy way to close, but my hope is that by the end, every listener will say ‘I want more of Jesus and less of everything else.’” –Grace S. Aspinwall WE LIKE: “If I Ever Needed Grace” MATT BROUWER Till the Sunrise (Black Shoe Records) FOR FANS OF: Chris Tomlin, Richard Marx, Jon McLaughlin, Keith Urban QQQ No stranger to the contemporary pop charts, Matt Brouwer turns in another radio ready (though periodically pedestrian) collection of acoustic and piano pop sing-a-longs with some help from Grammy Award winning producer Michael Omartian (Vince Gill, Peter Cetera) and engineer Terry Christian (Keith Urban, Lionel Richie). Besides the palatable instrumentation and arrangements, the troubadour also sings praises over his recent marriage, which also helps frame the sunny songs with a newfound sense of joy and wonder. –Grace S. Aspinwall WE LIKE: “Till the Sunrise” 04.03.2012 04.10.2012 04.17.2012 04.24.2012 STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN #1S VOLUME 1 SPARROW RECORDS/EMICMG CHRISTY NOCKELS INTO THE GLORIOUS SIXSTEPRECORDS/EMICMG MARLENE BREHM REACH THE SKY DREAM RECORDS/EMICMG BIG DADDY WEAVE LOVE COME TO LIFE FERVENT RECORDS/WORD MORIAH PETERS I CHOOSE JESUS REUNION RECORDS/ PROVIDENT KARI JOBE DONDE TE ENCUENTRO (WHERE I FIND YOU) SPARROW/EMICMG –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Your Great Name” JEREMY CAMP I Still Believe: The Number Ones Collection (BEC Recordings) FOR FANS OF: Kutless, Lifehouse, Daughtry, 3 Doors Down QQQQ With over three million albums sold including four gold-selling studio projects, Jeremy Camp has a massive stable of hits. And as the title behind this retrospective indicates, fans score nothing but the singer/songwriter/worship leader’s chart toppers. The one stop shop for Camp’s best cuts includes all his key gritty rockers (“Understand,” “Take My Life”) and power ballads (“Take You Back,” “Walk By Faith”), which are split between his sincere and hopeful storytelling, plus plenty moments of praise. All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit www.ccmmagazine.com/ category/adult-contemporary/ WE LIKE: “Walk By Faith” 42 CCM –Andy Argyrakis