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  • Aaron Shust Talks About His First Live Album "Love Made a Way"

    Even with twelve years as a successful Christian music artist under his belt, Aaron Shust takes on new territory with his latest project: his first live album. Shust's new record for Centricity Music, Love Made A Way, is scheduled for release March 10. Working with producer Nathan Nockels (Matt Redmond, Chris Tomlin), Shust delivers both familiar worship anthems and powerful new songs in the 11-song collection.

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  • Mid-Cities Worship's Chris Davis and Lane Oliver Talk About "The Songs We Sing"

    Mid-Cities Worship is proud to release their debut on DREAM Worship titled, The Songs We Sing. The Texas based worship team has produced, a powerful intentional, authentic and spirit-led worship album compromised of 11 tracks from within the house at Mid-Cities Community Church.

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  • Out of the Dust On How Their Brokenness & Redemption Led to Their New Album

    Husband-and-wife duo Out of the Dust, comprised of Chris and Stephanie Teague, will release their self-titled national debut album on March 7th, via Discovery House Music. Out of the Dust features 11 songs birthed from a difficult and raw time in the Chris and Stephanie's lives, including a separation, divorce, and remarriage. Their lyrics address not only the pain and reality that life brings, but the hope and healing that Jesus offers. These memorable songs will speak to the hearts of listeners as they make sense of their own lives.

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  • Alyce Metallo Talks About Not Making a "Rival" Out of Grief

    International singer and songwriter Alyce Metallo releases her new single "No Rivals" with English and Spanish versions available on iTunes, Amazon and GooglePlay. Through "No Rivals", the Washington, DC native proclaims that Christ should take first place in our hearts, without rivals to precede it. Alyce encourages "No Rivals" as an offer of praise in the midst of the dark moments.

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  • Lawson Bates on Songwriting, His Faith & What Country Means to Him

    Lawson has recently released his first full country album What Country Means to Me, an album that consists of originals coming from Lawson's pen as well as significant covers. In fact, Lawson wrote and co-wrote eight of the twelve songs on the new album.The set also features some of Nashville's top artists and musicians.

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  • Darlene Zschech “Here I Am Send Me” Album Review

    Cancer squirms in the face of its Maker. "Here I Am Send Me" is Darlene Zschech's first album since her tumultuous bout with breast cancer. Here you will not find the former Hillsong Worship Pastor wallowing in pain or regrets. Rather, what you hear a child of God who has seen the Shepherd in the shadow of death and has lived to testify to it.

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  • Lawson Bates “What Country Means to Me” Album Review

    You know you are dealing with a sublime album when you cannot even choose your favorite cuts to write about. Every one of these 12 songs is a winner. Lawson Bates may be only 24 years-old but he likes like one of those stellar traditional country music scribes from of yore such as Mike Reid, Paul Overstreet, and even Harlan Howard.

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  • Various Artists “The Shack: Music From and Inspired By the Original Motion Picture” Album Review

    Movie soundtracks are a tricky affair. Some soundtracks chronicle their songs so tightly around the film's story line that they give expressions to the various turning points of the narrative's plotline. Then there are other soundtracks where the songs are only loosely based on the movie's storyline.

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  • David Dunn “Yellow Balloons” Album Review

    Tragedy has a way of opening up vistas into God's grace and mercy otherwise unassailable. The value of David Dunn's "Yellow Balloons" is in the insights he offers precisely because he has had been through some of the most difficult times. Take the song "I Don't Have to Worry" as an example, how could Dunn ever sing "the lion's den is the safest place" unless he himself have had been with the lions a time or two.

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  • Daniel Bashta “My Resurrection (Live)” Album Review

    Listening to "My Resurrection (Live)," Bashta's first independent album since leaving Integrity Music, is like overhearing a familiar conversation between old friends.

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  • Passion “Worthy of Your Name” Album Review

    Big is an understatement when it comes to this year's Passion Conference. With 55,000 young adults packing the Georgia Dome, the world's most renown speakers (such as Christine Caine, Beth Moore, and John Piper among others) prancing the stage, and the best of contemporary worship artists (such as Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Hillsong UNITED) leading worship, Passion has almost exhausted the word big.

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  • Ayiesha Woods “The Runway Project” Album Review

    The baseline question to ask every record is this: are the songs melodically arresting and are the lyrics flowing with God-saturated vocabulary? With Ayiesha Woods' latest release "Runway Project," the answer is yes to the two components of the question. Despite having only seven cuts and released independently, this record is better than some of Woods' full length albums when she was with Gotee Records.

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