The correctional setting for Zach Williams new live release, Survivor: Live from Harding Prison, is an inspired yet understandable backdrop. The singer-songwriter has captivated millions with a straightforward series of gospel-centric singles aimed at bringing freedom and hope to those downtrodden or lost in sin’s struggles.
What do you do when you record songs against the massive backdrop of the Chicago Planetarium, surrounded by images of swirling galaxies and open plains? In Vertical Worship’s case, you go small, and that’s where the magic of Planetarium begins.
Austin French’s vocal ability is the first thing that arrests your attention on his debut ful-length album, Wide Open. You’d surmise as much given that he’s appeared on televised singing competitions like Rising Star and The Voice, but it’s hard to prepare yourself for something so powerful and clean.
Helmed by worship pastor Mariah McManus and the eclectic production of Chad Copelin (Kelly Clarkson, Sufjan Stevens), Mosaic MSC seeks to draw listeners into an exploration of the celestial—not only as a destination but as a place here and now—on their latest release, Heaven.
7Core is at the forefront of independent Christian music in the U.K., and their brand of alternative and ambient music is steadily making its way around the globe. Their new sampler, 7Core Sonics 3, showcases artists with a variety of styles—everything from the contemporary sonic landscapes of The Neon Ambience to the driving rock and roll worship music of Ian Yates.
Blanca’s had no problem standing tall on her own after stepping away from the dynamic Group 1 Crew. Chart-topping hits like “Who I Am” secured her status as a powerful solo performer and Shattered, her latest LP, will make you forget she was ever part of a group in the first place.