Colton Dixon has gone full-on pop. Opener “Miracles,” with its chime-y groove, brings a few Ed Sheeran hits to mind, while “Can’t Quit You,” due to his youthful vocal tone and the track’s quirky pop effects, may remind listeners of Justin Bieber.... Read more
Let There Be Wonder is already Matt Redman’s 14th recorded project, yet only his first for Integrity Music. With this album’s 14 songs, Redman focused his songwriting on “the name, character and story of Jesus.” Redman’s primary purpose with this album’s theme is to distinguish Christianity from those that only “speak generically about God.”... Read more
Recording Christmas music comes with its own unique challenges. Should one cover secular or spiritual carols? Ought one go for funny, serious or both? Plumb addresses these hard choices handily with two enjoyable new holiday-themed EPs. Of the two, Behold is the more spiritually centered. It’s Christmastime, on the other hand, is lighter and focused more on the secular pleasures of the season.... Read more
Christians can sometimes feel like that near-beaten boxer, the bloodied and staggering Sylvester Stallone at the end of every Rocky film. Yet when Skillet’s John and Korey Cooper sing/shout the anthemic chorus to “Victorious,” the title track off this the band’s latest full-length effort, it creates the kind of adrenaline rush that propels Rocky to victory in the final round of (nearly) every fight.... Read more
Connor Flanagan is a young indie hip-hop artist climbing his way to notoriety, and the aptly-titled Skyscrapers, his third release, should help him reach new heights. Flanagan’s biographical sketches play out like a hip-hop spiritual journal on Skyscrapers, an eight-song EP with numerous guests and further production help from Ric Robbins (Grits, Out of Eden).... Read more
Phil Wickham can’t contain his enthusiasm for Living Hope, the title track to his latest album—his first since 2016’s Children of God. Recently, Wickham began serving as a worship leader at his church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, and this new responsibility transformed the way he wrote these songs. “The songs went from being an expression of my heart, to servicing the heart of the church,” he says.