Sara Groves gave us some unforgettable radio hits like "Less Like Scars" and "All Right Here." Fair enough; they were catchy and they make us want to sing along. But Groves has never really been tailored made for mass consumption.
As we approach Christmas, those of us who lead worship are in a scramble for songs and hymns that are appropriate to usher in the birth of the Christ-child. Instead of slothfully depending on the same old carols year in and out, here are some new worship songs that you may want to include in your worship set. Below is our top 5 favorites followed by our reasons why we have chosen them.
"Chasing Grace" which was adapted from David Temple's novel, "Discovering Grace," is a story about the redemptive power of forgiveness. Temple, who also writes and directs the film, takes on a story close to home in his first commercial independent feature.
We Are Messengers Debut Album: 'Real-Life Feelings And Experiences Turned Into Stunning Pieces Of Music' [REVIEW]
Listening to We Are Messengers' self-titled debut album, the group did a great job of taking real life feelings and experiences whether they be hopelessness, joy, triumph or sadness and turning them into stunning pieces of music.
Husband and wife worship duo, Austin and Lindsey Adamec have both carved a musical path that is uniquely their own. From Lindsey's past as a member of the group 1 Girl Nation to Austin's legacy as a worship leader and songwriter, they both came together musically and created a triumphantly great EP, produced by Grammy-nominated, two-time Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year, Ian Eskelin.
Bethel Music's New Live Worship Album 'Have It All,' Is Out Friday, And It's Been Worth The Wait [REVIEW]
On Friday, Bethel Music is releasing its first live album recording at Bethel Church since 2012's "For The Sake of The World" and it has definitely been worth the wait. "Have It All" is a collection of songs that have come from different seasons throughout the last year and they capture all the emotions that come with those seasons.
"Take Heart" is the new live album from Covenant Worship, a Dallas based music ministry team belonging to the multi-generational Covenant Church. It's been over a year since Covenant Worship put out a new album and they've taken that time to refresh their sound while collectively building on the foundation they had before.
Seasoned singer-songwriter Audrey Assad’s new album "Inheritance" was released last Friday and takes listeners through a deeply personal journey and reflection of the God she knows.
11th Hour's new release "What A Moment" is a plethora of scripture based songs that sound like they come straight from the good book itself, and although they give a valiant effort, most of the songs on this album fall short of being exceptional. However, beautiful vocals, harmonies and compositions will have your heart yearning for more.
'London Art Chase' And 'A Dolphin Wish' Marks Exciting Start Of Natalie Grant's 'Glimmer Girls' Series [BOOK REVIEW]
Award-winning contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Natalie Grant has been in the spotlight for almost 17 years, and with numerous awards, hit records and even a biography of her own under her belt, she now turns the spotlight in a different direction. Her daughters. In the first two books of a four part series, Grant takes teens on an exhilarating ride through each girl's different perspectives.
For the few hundred people that piled into the Marlin Room of Webster Hall on October 10, the night represented a moment many had been waiting to see their whole lives - the chance to see their favorite band.
Colton Dixon's 'Calm' and 'Storm' EPs Hit the Mark with New Reimagined Acoustic and Remixed Versions of Songs [REVIEW]
Christian artist Colton Dixon is releasing a dual remix/acoustic album, "Calm" and "Storm" that will combine to The Calm Before the Storm, tomorrow, and the former 'American Idol' has reimagined his songs in a way fans will enjoy perhaps even more than the originals.
Legendary Christian singer/songwriter Crystal Lewis is gearing up to release her latest self-titled album tomorrow, and BREATHEcast had the opportunity to hear it first and share our thoughts on the funky vibes.
Cindy Morgan's 'Bows & Arrows' Album Feeds the Soul & 'How Could I Ask for More' Book Touches the Heart [REVIEW]
Longtime singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan has had a long month as she released her book "How Could I Ask For More" on August 4 and her new album Bows and Arrows will release on September 4. BREATHEcast has both, and we are throwing together a double review beginning with the book.
Andy Mineo's 'Uncomfortable' Paints a Love Letter to NYC with Classic Beats & Raw Hip-Hop; Emcee has Never Sounded Better [REVIEW]
Hip-Hop artist Andy Mineo is quickly rising to the top of Christian rap's caveats as he is continuously getting exposure in the mainstream and for good reason. Now with the release of Uncomfortable coming on September 18, the emcee is ready to take the music world by storm with undoubtedly one of the best HIP-HOP albums of the year.
Rend Collective's 'As a Family We Go' Mixes Heartfelt Ballads with Impactful Corporate Worship That Highlights Band's Artistry [REVIEW]
Today Rend Collective released their new album As a Family We Go, and BREATHEcast had the chance to review the wonderful worship album that also includes hit single "You Will Never Run."
Andy Mineo 'Uncomfortable' Album Listening Party Becomes Nerf Gun War Zone in the Wu Tang Clan's Hometown [RECAP]
Staten Island, New York is a very important and sometimes overlooked place in hip-hop. The fifth and often forgotten borough is the birth place of legendary rap group Wu Tang Clan, who burst on the scene in the early 90s with gritty dark beats from the streets and contained nine incredibly talented gentlemen of a certain intellect that were born to weave lyrics to rhythms like a seamstress with yarn.
Christian hard rock band Pillar is gearing up to release their new album One Love Revolution next week on August 18th at Lifeway Bookstores and digitally on August 21. BREATHEcast had the chance to hear the album first, and the consensus is, Pillar is back with a vengeance.
Gungor's 'One Wild Life: Soul' Captures the Brilliance of Art & Music with Beautiful Orchestral Scores and Spiritual Illumination [REVIEW]
Michael and Lisa Gungor, the masterminds behind their aptly titled duo "Gungor," have released their new album One Wild Life: Soul today. Soul is the first part of a trilogy that will be coming out over the next 12 months with the others being One Wild Life: Spirit and One Wild Life: Body.
TobyMac's 'This is Not a Test' Reunites DC Talk & Lets Guest Vocalists 'Shine Bright' on Sparkling Features [REVIEW]
TobyMac is gearing up to release his highly anticipated This is Not a Test album on August 7, and Christian music fans are in for another surefire smash record from the CCM pioneer. BREATHEcast had the opportunity to review the album and there is nothing else to be said but prepare for another hit.
Natasha Owens' 'No One But You' Speaks Encouragement to the Downtrodden Believer in Need of 'One Name' [REVIEW]
Powerful singer Natasha Owens is gearing up to release her next EP, No One But You on August 28. Produced and co-written by Ed Cash, the album dives into Owens' search for Jesus through the storms.
JJ Heller's signature dreamy, poetically suggestive style investigates the stuff of life with a bouncy optimism and inviting melodies on her latest offering, 'Sound of a Living Heart.' Gentle vibes, simple truths, and a hint of bluegrass on these songs make for easy listening that's ideal for a summer day's drive.
Josh Wilson's 'That Was Then, This Is Now' is Musically Beautiful, Vocally Impressive, and Consistently Positive [REVIEW]
Josh Wilson is gearing up to release his latest album That Was Then, This is Now next Friday July 31, and BREATHEcast had the opportunity to hear this incredible musician's record early.
Christian music tends to follow the trends of mainstream music to try and follow what's happening and what's hot for listeners. During the pop explosion in the late 90s/early 2000s of boy-bands, girl groups, and mixed groups, Christian music provided that answer the following acts.
Family Force 5's 'III' Continues to Make Time Stand Still with Excellent Catchy Dance Beats & Feel Good Vibes – Throwback Thursday [REVIEW]
Christian pop/rock/rap/dance and little bit of everything else band Family Force 5 released the album III in 2011, and today BREATHEcast is looking back for this Throwback Thursday at what made this album so great.
'Amazing Grace' On Broadway – the Visually Stunning, Inspirational & Racial Reconciling Story of John Newton's Life [REVIEW]
'Amazing Grace' on Broadway is an unforgettable experience that will wow the critics, captivate the crowd, and inspire people to pursue love and freedom despite racial tensions in the country. [WARNING SPOILERS BELOW]
Justifide's 'The Vault Sessions' Returns Band to Their Mid-2000s Glory with a Modern Take on Old Sounds [REVIEW]
In a perfect blast from the past, Justifide released their long awaited The Vault Sessions after a vigorous campaign that saw interest in the band's return.
Kristene DiMarco's new worship album, recorded live in Redding, CA, feels itself like a standing stone -- a testamant to a God whose love and grace are unshakable. Appropriately, it is called 'Mighty.'
Same Sex Marriage Legalized: Ray Comfort Takes on Faith & Homosexuality in New Film ’Audacity' [MOVIE REVIEW]
What would happen in this day and age if a Christian had the audacity to warn a homosexual about their lifestyle just as they would to an adulterer or a fornicator? Popular evangelist Ray Comfort has taken on the delicate subject in a new film titled 'Audacity.' Read BREATHEcast's review below: (CAUTION THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS)
Experimental rock band The Ongoing Concept are taking music to new and creative places just by simply changing their approach, and literally starting from scratch. Their latest album, Handmade, was released on June 16 and is quickly gaining the attention of music fans and media outlets alike.
Summertime and the living's... well, if not exactly easy, hopefully just a little more relaxed than usual. With the longer days and warmer weather upon us, it's the perfect time to get caught up on titles for and about Christian life and Christian music. Check out these fan favorites by Plumb, the Benham Brothers, Tina Campbell and Lysa TerKeurst for stories of hope, courage, determination and freedom found in Christ. Whether you're hitting the beach or just on your way to work on a sunny day, make sure to take one of these titles along!
When choosing someone to spend life with, it's essential to find a person that shares your own hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future. But what if you don't know what you want your life to look like? This is the question "Love Finds You in Charm," a new movie on UPtv, seeks to answer.
Addison Road Singer Jenny Simmons Takes Readers on the Scenic Route with 'The Road to Becoming' [BOOK REVIEW]
In 2010, it seemed like Jenny Simmon's career was going from strength to strength. Her band, Addison Road, had just released their second album, Stories, and it was a smash hit on Christian radio. But behind the scenes, Addison Road was in dire straits financially after suffering a calamitous string of material losses. At the end of the Stories tour, Jenny Simmons found herself at the end of the road when the group was forced to disband. In a new memoir, 'The Road to Becoming', Simmons details the circumstances that led to the dissolution of the beloved band, as well as the unexpected route her life has taken since.
K-LOVE Fan Awards 2015 Red Carpet: Blanca Shares Insecurities About Recording New Album [VIDEO INTERVIEW]
BREATHEcast caught up with singer Blanca at the K-LOVE Fan Awards 2015 to talk about her new album, insecurities in recording, and to gush about her husband and family.
Dan Bremnes' 'Where the Light Is' Shows the Beginnings of the Next Great Singer/Songwriter in CCM [REVIEW]
Newcomer Dan Bremnes released his first full-length album Where the Light is today, and BREATHEcast is taking a quick look at one of the rising stars in CCM.
Suspenseful swashbuckling, mad scientists, a conspiracy plot, beautiful CGI animation and a star-crossed romance are not exactly the elements that viewers have come to expect in Christian films. The new historical thriller 'Beyond the Mask' breaks all these rules and then some, and the result is an action-packed and truly enjoyable family movie.
Christian Author Rachel Held Evans Introduces Singing Sister Amanda Opelt's 'Seven Songs' and The Blessed Lack of Assurance
Rachel Held Evans, the blogger that gave us A Year of Biblical Womanhood a few years back, devotes quite a bit of time in her new bestselling book, Searching for Sunday, to talking about how much she admires her younger sister, Amanda Opelt (nee Held). Although Evans is the older sibling, she readily admits her tendencies to be jealous of Amanda's precocious piety and natural beauty, among other things. In a blog post on Tuesday, Rachel Held Evans introduced her sister to her audience in a more personal way than ever before, with a post written by the musician and a link to Opelt's new album, 'Seven Songs'.
"Haste the Day, Haste the Day, Haste the Day" chanted the crowd on May 22nd at Irving Plaza in NYC – the band was back, and they were ready to rip the stage.
Hillsong United is set to release their highly anticipated album EMPIRES (Hillsong Music/Capitol CMG) on Tuesday, May 26 and BREATHEcast reviewed the album in its entirety. See what we had to say below:
Haste the Day's 'Coward' Just Might be Band's Best Yet; Collaborative Effort Picks Up Where They Left Off [REVIEW]
Haste the Day are releasing their first album in five years, Coward, on May 19. The record is unique in that it will bring back every member from its decade long run of one of Christian music's top heavy bands.
Wolves At The Gate's Stephen Cobucci Talks 'Reprise EP', Upcoming Album, & Stripped Down Music Giving New Life to Old Songs [INTERVIEW]
BREATHEcast had the chance to interview singer and guitarist Stephen Cobucci of metalcore band Wolves At The Gate. We discussed their new acoustic Reprise EP (released yesterday), music's power, and the direction of their music.
Wolves at the Gate's 'Reprise EP' Reimagines Old Tracks; Stripped Down Alternates Bring New Life to Classic Songs [REVIEW]
Christian metalcore band Wolves at the Gate is releasing their Reprise EP on May 12, and the songs are reworked acoustic renditions of fan favorites along with a new track. BREATHEcast received an early copy of the EP for review.
Emery's 'You Were Never Alone' Welcomes Back Signature Duel Vocals, Menacing Screams, & Inventive Instrumentals [ALBUM REVIEW]
Rock band Emery is gearing up to release their new album You Were Never Alone on May 19, and BREATHEcast had the opportunity to listen to the record before the drop date.
MxPx's 'Life in General' Still a Punk Rock Classic Nearly 20 Years Later [Throw Back Thursday Album Review]
There are very few bands around today that have been as productive and relevant over the last 20 years as the band MxPx. Ever since their first release Pokinatcha in 1994, this band has wowed music fans with their almost yearly musical output and continuous energetic punk. With that being, never mind that intro, because this article is about their landmark BEST ALBUM, Life in General.
A retro-gospel feel, acoustic instrumentals, and soulful vocals make Unspoken's "Unplugged" an authentic worship experience.