aduLt conteMporary reLeases 05.07.2013 STEVE HARE heArT LiKe YoUr oWn DREAM REcORDS/cAPiTOL 05.14.2013 AMY GRANT hoW merCY LooKS From here AGG/cAPiTOL SHANE & SHANE BrinG YoUr noThinG INPoP RECoRDS/PRoVIDENT 05.21.2013 VARIoUS To DAD, WiTh Love BENSoN/PRoVIDENT All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule click here. aduLt conteMporary the afters Life is Beautiful (Fair Trade) FOR FANS OF: Tenth Avenue North, Building 429 QQQQ From their label debut I Wish We All Could Win to their latest Life is Beautiful, The Afters have proven themselves masters of meaningful pop. The band’s first LP in three years is filled with radio-ready anthems that celebrate the human experience like “Every Good Thing” and “Moments Like This” alongside tender, hope-filled ballads like “Broken Hallelujah.” –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “Broken Hallelujah” Kerrie roberts Time For The Show (Reunion Records) FOR FANS OF: Mandisa, Kelly Clarkson QQQ From the single, “Finally Home” to the Katy Perry-esque, “Masterpiece,” it’s clear that Kerrie Roberts has done nothing but grow in the time since her debut release. Her voice has increased in strength and tone and it blends nicely with the upbeat arrangements and simple ballads. carMan Anthems of a Champion (Sparrow Records) FOR FANS OF: Tom Jones, Kirk Franklin, early DC Talk, Bill Gaither QQQ Stadium-filling pioneer Carman scores a new single disc hits set highlighting his vast history, alongside the brand new patriotic ballad, “The Flag.” Christian music’s ultimate chameleon always comes across as a bold champion for the gospel. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Great God” aMy Grant how mercy Looks From here (EMI) FOR FANS OF: Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss QQQQQ On her first full-length album in ten years, Amy Grant more than makes up for lost time telling several reflective, contem- plative and wisdom-filled tales (many inspired by the passing of her dear mother). The revered vet- eran is also at yet another creative peak punctuated by authentic vocal delivery, understated but sophisticated production and a slew of all-star guests including Carole King, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and husband Vince Gill. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Our Time Is Now” (with Carole King) WE LIKE: “Sing” –Grace S. Aspinwall CCMMagazine.coM