Music Spotlight - Episode 2 ON MY SIDE - KIM WALKER-SMITH
Kim Walker-Smith is one of the most influential female voices in worship music. Fans around the world have come to love her passionate and uninhibited sound captured on live recordings from Jesus Culture. Kim's latest full-length album, On My Side, is her first solo studio project, exploring themes of heartbreak and triumph and giving the listener a glimpse into the past few years in her journey with God. Although a departure from her live recordings, Kim's unforgettable, soulful voice continues to capture exhilarating moments of worship through both nuance and strength as she weaves together this beautiful collection of songs.
Music Spotlight - Episode 138 The Garden by Kari Jobe
It’s said for everything there is a season. Winter. Spring. Summer. Fall. One by one, we experience these seasons throughout our lives. Our souls grow dark and weary in the thick of winter, and just when we think we can’t endure another cold night, we recognize the first signs of spring. Slow and unexpected, welcome shades of green break through the frozen ground. Sometimes our Creator uses His own creation to remind us that even amidst winter’s chill He is always at work. For it’s in the unseen where life’s most beautiful moments take shape. Worship leader Kari Jobe knows this to be true in her own life, and on her fourth album, The Garden (Capitol CMG), she invites listeners to drink of the wellspring of hope she’s found in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.
Music Spotlight - Episode 127 Crowder - American Prodigal
Coming off the massive success of Neon Steeple including multiple Grammy nominations and career-best radio success, Crowder returns with his sophomore album, American Prodigal. Leaning more into the roots and rock elements that helped Neon Steeple stand out, American Prodigal takes the worship leader to a new level that is unique to only Crowder. From the raw rock influences on Run Devil Run, to the worship inspiring anthem, My Victory, listeners are reminded of the lyrical honestly and unique blend of music influences that Crowder is known for.
Music Spotlight - Episode 124 Lauren Daigle's "Behold a Christmas Collection"
Behold plays like an audio time capsule built of saxes, trombones and other horns (even tubas!), upright bass, brushes on drums, mellow sounding hollow body guitars, and vocals that are rich and distinctive but still somehow laid-back in their feel. Whereas Lauren Daigle s debut album was energy-laced, radio-ready pop, her Christmas project seems in some ways to be a confident re-imagining of her own versatile vocal gifts, showcased in a more mature and subdued, but also more eloquent, context. Behold includes nine yuletide standards and one original a tender, jazz reinterpretation of Lauren s first radio single Light of the World. Worshipful favorites like O Come All Ye Faithful and What Child Is This (here given a unique, uptempo feel with a fun tip-of-the-hat to Favorite Things from The Sound of Music) take their places alongside festive holiday fare like Jingle Bells and Merry Little Christmas.
Music Spotlight - Episode 123 Matt Redman "These Christmas Lights"
On October 21, Matt Redman, the acclaimed worship leader and writer behind the worship anthems 10,000 Reasons, Blessed Be Your Name, & Better Is One Day, is released his very first Christmas album. Written while on a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Redman drew inspiration from the Holy Land. That locale and surrounding yielded a stirring collection of Christmas-inspired worship songs, perfect for celebrating the true reason for the season. He will also be joining Chris Tomlin on a nationwide Christmas tour this fall.