As an unexpected return to music for Chris Rice, and an introduction to the music of Andrew Ripp for Christian music audiences, Ripp + Rice would be worth a listen for the curiosity factor alone. Fortunately, though, it’s worth repeated listening for its brilliance.... Read more
Both Josh Garrels and Josh White decided to alter the “cover” process a bit for their new collaborative EP, Resurrect Our Love. The initial idea was a simple one: to trade covers of each other’s songs. Garrels chose White’s “Enclosed by You” and White covered Garrels’ “Don’t Wait For Me.” Another trade happened when the pair realized they’d been covering the other’s songs while leading worship at Portland’s Door of Hope church. With a bit of momentum, a collaborative project emerged.... Read more
Joining just a few others before him—Fernando Ortega comes to mind–Greg LaFollette has written an album of songs inspired by the Book of Common Prayer. In essence, Songs of Common Prayer applies the power of music to the hymnbook’s neighbor on the pew rack.... Read more
For King & Country hasn’t exactly been quiet since 2014, when the duo’s last studio album was released. The brothers have released a few new songs and a live Christmas album. They’ve been a part of a major motion picture on human trafficking, Priceless. And on the personal side, the band family has grown, with weddings and babies and life events.
The Normals is one of those bands that will earn you cool points if referenced in casual conversation. Formed in 1998 and named after Normal, Illinois, the Forefront Records band was an influential standout at a time when Christian music was trying to find its way. Their lyrics were grounded in an honest understanding of world-tested faith that few others in the genre professed.
For King & Country's new album Burn the Ships is filled with personal songs born out of traumatic moments and difficult lessons learned. The band's ability to convey these vulnerable experiences into song is what helps connect them with an audience that reaches around the world. We recently asked Luke Smallbone to take us behind one of the new songs, specifically the title track, to show an example of where the band's songwriting is centered.
Fred Hammond Uncle Fred–Texture of a Man (Face to Face Productions) Gospel icon Fred Hammond returns with (by some reckonings) his 29th album, a discography that shows off his musical versatility through...... Read more