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Underproducing to Produce

I am a musician, and I love music. i am almost always listening to something. Even if it is just resonating inside my head. One thing I have noticed though is the extreme level of production that is put into much of the music we listen to.

Its so produced, and edited that often what you head in the live concert sounds nothing like what you heard on the live album that was recorded that night.

Here is the question, at what point does art become merely product? When does our passion become our paycheck? (Note I am not against making money)

I remember listening to Eric Clapton as a child and being mesmerized by his licks. He still has crazy skills, but then MTV convinced him to do a special concert called “Unplugged” It was a reworking of some of his classics and it just blew people’s minds.

But in an age where digitization is the way to go, and where less and less actual instrumentation is required, what happened to the art form known as music?

It seems like every few months we are hearing about another person who is in trouble because they lip synced through their concert. It seems like music is more about the entertainment than the art. We see women who barely wear anything shaking everything whilst offering nothing. We have traded complex lyrical structures for repetition and simplicity… (Baby? anyone?)

Yet in the midst of this, sometimes a true gem is released. A few months ago I had the opportunity to review “Borderland” by John Mark McMillan for my good friends at All About Worship. (It’s good read it) This album was truly a work of art. With the departure of long time guitarist and collaborate James Duke, McMillan was forced to rework the sound and move in a new direction all his own. Who knew that losing the Duke would be the key to unlocking the deepest brilliance of John Mark’s mind?

The thing about the album is that it didn’t have a huge budget, high production value, or record label backing. All it had was a vision, and some true artists committed to that vision. Yet while it didn’t have the recording depth and quality of previous McMillan studio offerings, it had a reality that grabs the soul. Now, they did a collaboration with Relevant Magazine to shoot two of the songs on video raw and acoustic. Just the guitar, mandolin, and a cello accompanying brilliant harmonies. This somehow managed to take the music up another notch.

Another example of the beauty of simplicity is the newest album from indie rock troubadours Band of Horses. Their live acoustic session recorded at the legendary Ryman auditorium hearkens to the legendary musicians who have played the venue. All of the songs have been reworked to a simpler acoustic edition. Electric guitars were replaced with acoustic. Synth Keyboarding was replaced by Piano, and again it tapped into a reality that music has missed.

Sometimes to truly produce you need to actually under produce. It means stop striving for perfection and being searching for beauty. Why did Borderland captivate the human spirit? Because he was on a journey and it came through so strong in his music. He was real, he was honest, and it was beautiful. He didn’t care if every pitch was perfect or if each song was suited for this person or that.

He cut open his chest and let his passion bleed out through the recording. This album encapsulates his soul better than any other. It shows his love, his life, his questions, his answers, everything. When we stop trying to produce product and begin building beauty we will begin to feel again.

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Music you want to hear…

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I get asked a lot, what music I would recommend, and I haven’t really shared a post about new music in a while. So here is goes. All of these are things that are pretty new. I will warn you ahead of time, this is all worship. I could include a few non worship items, but there is so much worship I want to recommend that I figure its easy just to make this post about worship. These are not in any sort of order, other than scanning through my playlist which is a random order itself. (It is also important to note, that not one of the artists mentioned have paid me any money for the recommendation. This is purely my own recommendations and the things I am listening to.) 

1. “Endless Ocean // Bottomless Sea” Jonathan David & Melissa Helser: This is a 2 disc EP series. Some of you might remember their previous album “On The Shores” which was truly a highlight of 2012. After the production of that Album, The Helser’s felt something was missing. They realized that they had recorded the songs to fit in the confines of the disc, but hadn’t played the songs to their fullness. So recently they went back in to the studio and re-recorded every song from on the shores as well as a few new tracks. This time around they didn’t worry about length they simply played the songs until they were done. There was spontaneity, and beauty, and the presence of God.  The total running time clocked in about 2 hours, but not once in the two hours is there a moment that feels week or lacks anything. The extended versions of the old songs are indeed improvements of the originals. The new tracks are excellent songs that really feel right in the context of the album itself. I was lucky enough to be given it, but you can purchase it in the from of 2 EP’s on itunes, or get it directly from The Helser’s. Click the Link at the title of this section for their site.

2. “Endless Years” Will Reagan and United Pursuit: I have been a fan of United Pursuit for quite a while, lately they have been branching out with solo albums. This is a good thing because each of the members of the United Pursuit core is incredibly talented, and their solo projects let them express their musical individuality, while the group albums allow them to show their collective identity as a church and family. Endless Years captures much of the magic of Will Reagan’s musicianship and songwriting but this time in a studio setting. This album is excellent and has many great moments of worship.  I had the chance to see Will and some of the United Pursuit gang when they came to the Boiler Room in KC and the whole evening was just a joy and a delight. I recommend the whole United Puruis family of music, but as this is the most recent, check it out. You can grab it off itunes, and the link for that is in the title of this section

3. “The Fire” Samuel Lane: As I am writing this article I have been listening to this album. Samuel is a Vinayrd Worship leader from the UK, so many might not know of him, but a friend turned me on to this album and the simplicity and passion of it just hits me. The music Samuel produces is worship that is designed for both the Church at large, and the intimate passionate heart as well. I honestly can’t give you a bunch of specifics about it, I can only explain that as a whole this album manages to play a chord that truly resonates in my heart. In the title of this section I linked his personal website, and you can get information about how to purchase his music there. For a small sampling of his music, go to noisetrade. He is giving away an EP. A few of the songs on this EP are selections that are on “The Fire” including two live editions. Its worth the time it takes to download.

3. “The Invisible” Daniel BashtaThis is an album I was literally salivating over while waiting for it to come out. Daniel’s Previous Release “The Sounds of Daniel Bashta” is one of my favourite albums. It is brilliant. So when I heard he was preparing another album, I was excited, but also worried. I know how hard it can be to continue to produce such good worship, but as soon as it came to my email, I was instantly excited. This album is a bit stripped down from the previous one but maintains the power and passion of His previous release. One of the great things I love about Daniel is something that goes beyond his music and shows you his heart. Along with releasing the album itself, he posted the backing tracks for free on Noisetrade, so if you are in a church without a band you can still put the backing track on and sing his music. He also created a website where you can get the chord charts for free, and also read devotions that are themed from each of the songs.

4. “Citizens” Citizens: I really like Mars Hill Church. Citizens is one of the worship bands, they are the leaders of the U-District campus. This a great album, because it show who there are. In the current culture, so many people are trying to imitate a specific sound. The sound of Passion Conferences, Hillsong Churches, Jesus Cultures. A sound that brings a stadium full of people together, but also a sound that is to natural to the average church. There is nothing wrong with any of those groups and the songs they produce, but  lot of those tones are not typical of a small group or a four piece team. Citizens didn’t try to capture that sound, but instead found an organic sound that is all their own. Its hard hitting and driven, but it also is easily achieved with a small band and team. The sounds are simple enough and speak to the heart of the Christian walk. I really enjoy this one and I think you will too. It has a good energy to it. I linked to their artist page on the mars hill website. You can find out how to buy it from there.

5. “Campfire” Rend Collective ExperimentRend Collective is a bit of a favorite of mine. Their Irish Folk Rock sounds are just delightful, and this album is the epitome of why I like them. First off the songs are all excellent, but the Album name Campfire comes from the fact that This album was recorded in the wild. The whole crew and their friends went to a lakeside beach in Northern Ireland. They made a big campfire and they worshiped God. That night of worship was recorded and is what you hear when you listen to this album. The album is about community, and a group of people who live life together and worship God together. Its the overflow of their hearts, not as individuals, but as a community. The understanding of Living Christianity as a community is a bit of a passion for me. I love community, and I love how Rend Collective has expressed it here. I have linked their website so you can get a good Idea of how that works for them.

Well, that should keep your ears busy for a little while. Each one of these is different from the others, but each one expresses something that Needs to be expressed. I hope you get a chance to hear each and every one of them and enjoy them as much as I have.

20 Sound Shapers – Worship that made me…

For My 100th blog post I wanted to do something special. So here it is.

Recently Worship Leader Magazine Released its list of the top 20 most influential worship Albums of all time. This sparked a new blogging trend among my worship leader friends. “The 20 Albums that Influenced Me.” Mike Mahoney, Joel Klampert, and Ed Rotheram, have all published theirs. Well, this is mine. Most of the albums here were released in this century. The reason for this is that I am only 25. In the year 2000, I was only 13, so it would be hard for many albums previous to this to really shape my sound. With each album, I will give you a brief explanation of why that album has shaped me. They are in order by Year.

  1. Rich Mullins – Songs (1996) // When I was a child, Rich Mullins was one of my favourites when I was a child, and I am very sad to see him fail to make a single list. The man had one of th greatest servants hearts. He had a voice that was probably a gift of the Holy Spirit, because it was that good. I am sure you know almost every song off this album. Many of these are church standards and have been covered. I love the mans voice, but his musicianship and arrangement is also brilliant. The Hammer dulcimer is a highly underrated instrument.
  2. Darrell Evans – Freedom (1998)  // I am honestly shocked that this hasn’t made anyones list. This was a brilliant album. with songs like “Trading My Sorrows,” “Freedom,” “I am in Love with You,” “Your Love is Extravagant” it shaped worship for at least 5 years. Many churches still sing these songs. It is truly a worship classic. This album also really ushered in the passionate lover side of worship. It probably wasn’t the first, but it was a big contributer. For instance “Your Love is Extravagant” was considered taboo by many because of its overt romantic themes.
  3. Robin Mark – Revival in Belfast (1999) // There is something to be said for Irish worship, and in 1999, Robin Mark showed us that. This CD had brilliantly written songs, but even more-so, the Celtic overtones it was a tonal masterpiece. I challenge anyone to listen to “Garments of Praise” and not find yourself dancing around the room during the instrumental portion. Simple as that.
  4.  Chralie Hall – Porch and Altar (2001)  // This album bridged the gap between contemporary worship and charismatic worship. Songs like “King of Glory” and “Holy Visitation” are just brilliant worship and are still ones I remember to this day. This album is a mainstay on my shelf, and now my ipod.
  5.  Jason Upton – Faith (2001)  // This album totally changed everything I thought I knew about worship. Most of these songs were not written for a congregation, yet they all cause congregations to worship. They broke the rules, and yet they worked. Jason went from a ‘nobody’ to a household name in the charismatic community. This album was just excellent all around.
  6. Delirious – King of Fools (2002)  // A list of influential worhsip would be a failure without delirious, and most people list “Cutting Edge, 1, 2, 3, 4” in thier lists, but I have to go with King of fools. I remember that this album came out right before Delirious came on their first tour of America. They opened for Petra, and I saw them in Cape May, NJ. It was an outdoor show and they did a stunt where they came running over the roof down a catwalk (fancy term for ladder) to the stage. Nobody at the show knew who they were, and had come for petra so I got right up to the stage where I got to shake hands with the guys. This was an amazing night and my introduction to the guys from delirious.. (when petra came out, it was only John Schlitt and some fill in musicians and they did a terrible show. So much so that people wanted Delirious, who had rocked, to do the encore.)
  7. Christ For the Nations – Glorious (2004)   // Hillsong had held the market down on the Big Team stadium worship feel, but by 2005 others were beginning to do it themselves. Between this and their 2005 album “Overtaken,” CFNI really shaped worship culture. This album had “Revelation Song” which went on to become a classic of modern worship. It also featured; “The More I Seek You,” “No Sweeter Name,” and “My Romance” This was also the album that introduced to both Kari Jobe and Rick Pino who went on to much success in the world of worship.
  8.  Jonathan Daivd Helser – The Awakening (2005)  // If you take Rich Mullins and Jason Upton and fused them together in a fugue of spirit and fire, you would come up with Jonathan David Helser. The Awakening was his debut album and was a live recording. On the whole I prefer the live albums to studio ones when it comes to worship, because a live album is an atmosphere. It is a body of believers united, and focused on the worship of the Lord and its amazing. This album is fantastic with a great mix of written music and spontaneous worship.
  9. John Mark McMillan – Songs Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down (2005)  // This album was perfect, it danced back and forth over the line of what do we call worship verses music. Some of the songs were very deep and passionate like “How He Loves” which didn’t reach the masses until 2010 or so. But some of the songs sounded like the kind of things you would hear at a local show at your neighborhood bar. It blurred the line because it wasn’t written for you and your church. It was purely the overflow of the heart of John Mark McMillan. He wrote what was in him and didn’t care if anyone else liked it. (Don’t worry, we did)
  10.  Justin Rizzo / Luke Wood –  EP (2006)  // Misty Edwards made a few lists for her work at the International House of Prayer. However, while I love IHOP-KC, Misty has never been my favourite. They have tons of worship teams and all of them are brilliant, but somehow Misty seems to be the queen. But, for me, Luke Wood and Justin Rizzo changed the game. All six of the songs on the EP were masterful, and I still sing “Glory Will Cover the Earth.” on a regular basis. This is the IHOP CD that really set them in my heart. (Both Justin and Luke have since release 2 albums each, and all of them are great. Another recommendation from IHOP is Jon Thurlow’s Strong Love album)
  11. Hillsong United – United We Stand (2006)  // Do I need to explain this? I don’t know many people who didn’t love this album, I think it is the best of any Hillsong album, youth or adult. Most of these songs have been covered dozens of times. And “Fire Fall Down” was a 10 ten worship song of its decade.
  12.  The Glorious Unseen – Tonight The Stars Speak ( 2007)  // In the midst of a worship revolution where Huge stadiums and large teams of pretty people is all the rage, 2007 brought the emergence of some of the best worship leaders and writers, yet they didn’t fit that feel. This album in particular was a much more drawn back album. It had the feel of an acoustic set you would do in your small group while being fully electric and meant for the full church. I listen to it all the time, and still find myself thinking about the songs here in my private worship times.
  13. Jesus Culture – We Cry Out (2007)   // This album was Jesus Culture’s breakthrough album. Building off of Hillsong United’s success, Jesus Culture continued to show that youth could have intense worship and passionate worship, and could set the tone for even the adults they worshiped alongside. While this song was purely covers, it showed the passion of the youth at Bethel Church. Bethel Worship and Jesus Culture are now household names in the world of worship. This would never have been possible if it weren’t for this album.
  14. Rick Pino – The Undiscovered (2008)  // Earlier I mentioned Rick Pino when discussing CFNI’s Glorious. However after graduation from the School of Worship at CFNI, Rick has gone on to being a highly popular worship leader, and has done events all over the world. This is his Third Album. I am not even sure if it is his best, but this album had some brilliant moments and pushed Pino out into new territories.
  15. Phil Wickham – Singalong (2008)  // This is one of the greatest live albums in worship history. A man, his guitar, and a church full of people. He blended his brilliant songs (face it Phil Wickham is a phenomenal songwriter and you are jealous of him) with classic hymns. It is simple, and passionate. Its just great. What made it even better is that this album was a free download. FREE. What could have easily been a 15 dollar purchase was given away to promote worship in the earth.
  16. Gungor – Ancient Skies (2008)  // Its interesting most people who chose Gungor picked his “Beautiful Things” Album, but I have to go with Ancient Skies, it was his transition album. It shifted him from the traditional modern worship scene where he fit with guys like Hughes, Tomlin, and such. Now he is a unique creative in his own right. This album had so much goodness that is often overlooked but worship leaders.
  17. Rend Collective Experiment – Organic Family Hymnal (2010)  // When discussing Revival In Belfast I mentioned that I love Celtic music, and this combines the Celtic music with brilliant Irish Folk. These guys are changing the way we look at worship because they are a constant reminder that worship is not about songs, but about how we live life together. The songs on this album are both upbeat and passionate. It shows us that passionate worship can be filled with pure Joy.
  18. Benjamin Dunn & Friends – Circus of Love (2010)  // I love Ben Dunn, I love his worship, and I love his heart. This is I believe his Fourth Album, but it was his first major debut and shifted from just him to Benjamin Dunn & Friends. The music here is overflowing with joy and goodness. If you haven’t gotten this album you need to.
  19. Will Regan & United Pursuit – Live At The Banks House (2010)  // In the same respect as Phil Wickham’s Singalong, this is a group of worshipers, playing acoustic together. It was literally recorded in a home, and is just an hour of pure worship Some brilliant songs here that are sure to become church favourites.
  20. Josh Garrells – Love War & The Sea in Between (2011)  // Josh did something fantastic with this album. This album is not at all Congregational. Many might argue that it isn’t even worship, but it is, its deeply passionate and persona worship that questions the universe and allows Josh to pour his heart out on the recordings. Best of all is that it is free. Just go to Josh’s website and get it free, because soon it will not be free anymore.

Well, that is it. 20 Worship Albums that shape my sound and my view of worhsip. i don’t think its even close to looking like any of the others that people have posted. I would love you to share some of your thoughts, and if you have written a blog post like this, please feel free to share the link in the comments section.

Ghosts Upon The Earth (Review)

I could simply say you need to buy “Ghosts Upon The Earth” because its Gungor, and that should be enough. After their last album, “Beautiful Things,” Gungor went from a worship artist, to a worship juggernaut. Once again they smash it out of the park, showing the world that you don’t need dotted Eigth delay to worship God. When most worship is becoming stale and repetitive, Gugnor stays fresh.

“Ghosts upon the earth” is not a congregation friendly worship album. That is why I love it. I don’t see many of these songs climbing the CCLI charts. This album is not worship meant for you. This album is Gungor, as a band, as people, crying out to God, and walking a journey with God and Man.

I was in love with this album before the first track Let It Be was even finished playing. It was a beautiful artist rendition of Creation. It showed God singing creation into existence, and brought out the power of every word that comes from his mouth. The song builds to its crescendo, but rather than coming back down, it just ends. This sets you up for the rest of the album by saying that Creation was only the beginning of the journey.

Another thing to love about this album is the instrumentation, and musical diversity. Gungor is the type of band that doesn’t hold to a style. They simply pour out the pieces of their heart and it becomes a song. Some songs hold more of a bluegrass or folk feel, while others go Ambient or even more rock sounding. It is this diversity that made Gungor popular with their last Album “Beautiful Things” and they continue to build on that trend here.

Two more songs that stand out (as if there are any songs that do not stand out) would be Brother Moon, as well as Crags and Clay. These two show the majestic Glory of God through his creation, and show Gungor engaging in worship alongside the heavens in a similar fashion to David’s words in Psalm 104.

While Wake Up Sleeper is a song that truly energizes, draws, and encourages you, by walking you through the beatitudes and the side of Jesus that “Brought Good news to the Poor, and Liberty to the captive. However, just as they do this, they turn the direction right after with Ezekiel, a song written from Ezekiel 16. From God to a rebellious, and obstinate bride. Everything that Gungor does is purposed and powerful, and the order of the songs takes you through the ebb and flow of human emotion.

There is a journey in worship; a path that takes you from brokenness to healing, and right into the presence of God. Most albums take that path the same way, and end up having a similar feel and sound. Gungor doesn’t like the path, because it is someone else’s path. They lead you through the woods blazing a new trail, finding a different way than others, but they bring a freshness that comes with Pioneers. If you aren’t a Gungor fan yet, then get off the highway and walk in the woods with Gungor for a while, you will become a fan.

I know this isn’t a normal album review, and to be honest that is because this is not a normal album. You need to get your hands on this, lock the door, unplug the phone and internet, and just immerse yourself in this album. Reexamine how we do worship, because that is exactly what Gungor does with this album.

I am including the EPK Video for this album which is out now. Pick it up in stores or online.

Music you should know (secular edition)

“I believe every worship leader/musician should listen to secular music.
We need to figure out ways to experience God in creative ways”
– Brian Johnson

If you have been following my blog, you already know my stance on Secular music in church. However, what might surprise you is that I agree with this statement.  Probably not in the same exact way that Brian Johnson meant it, but let me explain. I believe worship music is in serious danger of getting stale. Since U2 released “Joshua Tree” on March 9th, 1987 (which I might add is a mere 2 weeks after I was born) The Edge’s tone and the over all U2 sound has made its way into the church and has become the staple of Modern Worship. This is in big part thanks to groups like Hillsong, and Delirious who were among the first to bring the U2 tone into the worship world.

I am not intending on bashing U2, quite the contrary, I think they are amazing and love their work, but I say this to remind you that their “definitive” work is about to be 25 years old this March. In the last 25 years there has been tons of other musicians who for whatever reason have not held the appeal of the fans like U2 has.

However as worshipers we should be a diverse growing community of musicians. Our song should not remain the same. (again a Led Zepplin reference, as well as alluding to a former post) You see if we are simply doing the same thing over and over again, it is bound to become stale. There have been some great songs written the past 25 years in the worship community. But there are many new songs waiting to be written.

For me, one of the biggest things to crank the creative juices is exposure to new environments. In this case new music. If I keep drawing from the same well, I am going to drink the same water, and eventually that water will dry up. This is why we need multiple wells to draw from. There is so much impressive music in the world, and yet we keep going back to the same stuff over and over. With that in mind, (super long introduction I know) I want to present you with “Music You Should Know: Secular Edition” Here are some of the things that are really hitting my creative bones right now and each of these is a secular artist.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator (2011)
The Tedeschi Trucks band is the offspring of Derek Trucks (The Derek Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band ) and his lovely wife Susan Tedeschi. These two amazing world renown musicians decided it was time for the two of them to work on a project together. The band is an 11 piece ensemble that mixes Delta blues, Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk, and some of their own original sounds to create a masterpiece. This is an album that is been hitting me in all the right places. It does not fit anywhere near the mold of modern music, but at the same time is so excellent that it makes many of its contemporaries take notice. This is something that will hold a place on my iPod for time to come, despite the fact that most people have never heard of it.

The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow (2011)
The Civil Wars is a blending of Joy Williams who is well known for her previous work as a Christian artist, and John Paul White who is a long time veteran of the Folk Music world. Their music is a unique blend of alternative, folk and progressive bluegrass. It is primarily acoustic in nature and relies heavily on the unique dynamic between the voices of John and Joy. The duo has three Albums; two live and one studio. Their debut album “Live at Eddie’s Attic” is available for free on Noisetrade. If you want to experience their unique blend, grab this. It really inspires me because its outside the usual box and gives me inspiration for arranging songs in my acoustic setting at church. Sometimes its great to take a song that you know and re-arrange it in a different style to put some new life into it. This of course requires creativity, but I am assuming you are a creative type.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Rising Sand (2007)

assuming you are still listening to my opinion at this point, I want to give you one last suggestion. Chances are you have at least heard of this album, or the people involved. Robert Plant is the legendary voice behind Led Zepplin, and Alison Krauss is the creative genius behind country & bluegrass mainstays “Alison Krauss & Union Station” The two come together for an album of cover music. They draw from a wide variety of sources, from The Everly Brothers, to Gene Clark, to Mel Tillis, and even one originally by Robert Plant. This album swept the music world by storm. It was #24 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 best albums of 2007, which was followed receiving 5 Grammy nominations all of which the album went on to win. This is an album I keep coming back to.

Well, there are three albums that each showcase a slightly different sound. While all three are similar, they each have distinctiveness that makes them unique. Some of you who are worship leaders might have trouble thinking in these styles, but if you stretch yourself, I know you can really produce something refreshing. I hope you take the time to check out each of these artists and really just sit back and listen. Experience what they are doing musically.

I am not telling you that you need to make your next worship album a Christian version of Rising Sand, or Revelator. What I am encouraging is that you step outside the box that modern worship is packing itself into. There are creatives out there who are writing outside the box, and they are really begining to shine. Some examples of this are Gungor, John Mark McMillan, Benjamin Dunn & Friends, and Andrew Ehrenzeller. I would imagine you have heard of the first two, but the second two you might not have. If you haven’t thats’ a shame. You should definitely check them all out. I am known as the music man. Most of my friends look to me when it comes to finding new music worth listening to, and hopefully as you are reading this you might share the same opinion. I hope you enjoy the music.

Worship tugging at my Heart

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I am a big fan of worship music. I love the feeling when a song is being played, and the presence of God suddenly rushes into the room. I wanted to share some worship that has really been blessing me lately.

1. Jeremy Burk
Jeremy is the Worship Leader at Dutch Sheets’ church in Colorado. There are two songs in specific that really rip at my heart. A) Jealous Jealousy and B) The Dream Song. Jeremy’s music is available on itunes. You should definitely buy it, and pass it on to as many people as you can.

2. Rend Collective Experiment
This UK Worship team just released their first CD “Organic Family Hymnal” Its on itunes as well. They have a unique sound that can’t really be related to much, but If I had to compare i would call it David Crowder meets Gungor meets delirious. There are a ton of great songs on this album.

3. Rick Pino
Rick Pino recently released his Fifth album ‘The Narrow Road’ Which is available on his website and itunes. Rick is a passionate prophetic worshiper who Graduated from CFNI along with Kari Jobe under the Tutelage of Klaus Kuehn who makes a guest appearance on the song ‘Pioneer.’ This album is the most passionate worship album I have encountered this year. I feel safe saying that in the 10th month.

4. John Mark McMillan
Many of you may not know John Mark, but You undoubtedly have heard his song ‘How He Loves’ It seems like everyone and their mother has done this song in the last few years, and with reason, its one of the best songs of the Last Few years. John Mark released ‘The Medicine’ on Integrity Music this summer. Its not a new CD, but a re-mastering of his third independent album, with a few tracks added. However, as great as it is, his other independent album ‘The Songs inside the sound of breaking down’ has my personal favourite of his songs, ‘closer’ This album has been taken off of most store shelves as his music has been bought by integrity, but youtube this song if you can because it is that good.