Interviews

  • A Hallels Interview with We Are Leo As They Talk About Providing the Soundtrack to a Courageous Life

    Chicago-area based synth pop group, We Are Leo has been busy gearing up for their debut album on Dream Records, titled Fightback Soundtrack. The album drops on October 14, 2013. Preceding the release of the album is the lead single "You're the Best Thing." After selling 12,000 copies of their debut album on their own, they have signed on to the enterprising DREAM Records (Satellites and Sirens, Loftland, and Cindy Cruse Ratcliff). On their sophomore album, the band continues to evolve their sound and push the songs to have an even grander, epic pop sound than before.Read More

  • An Exclusive Hallels Interview: Shelly E. Johnson Hopes to Spark Courage with Her New Album "Your Kingdom Come"

    Shelly E. Johnson is the 2012's "Songwriter of the Year" for Lifeway Worship. One of the songs Johnson has penned that is already making its rounds into the worship portfolios of numerous churches across the globe is "Power of the Cross," a track that was first recorded by Natalie Grant and later by Steve Green. Currently Johnson serves as worship leader at First Baptist Woodstock, a 15,000+ member church, north of Atlanta. She has also led worship alongside Beth Moore, Tony Nolan and Andy Stanley. After releasing an EP last year, Johnson is back with a full-length 12 studio recorded worship record, "Your Kingdom Come," helmed by Michael Farren. Read More

  • Jesus Wins: New Hope Oahu Celebrates With Hallels the Release of their New Album "Victorious"

    New Hope Oahu together with DREAM Label Group along with DREAM Worship have just released the highly anticipated sophomore release of New Hope Oahu's "Victorious." The freshman release "Hope is Alive" charted #6 on Christian Billboard followed by Religious Album of the Year from the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts Na Hoku Hanohano Award.Read More

  • Jon Egan of Desperation Band Speaks About Ministering to Youths & Their New Album "Banner"

    Desperation Band, the youth worship band at Colorado Springs-based New Life Church, Desperation Band, will be releasing their all-new worship album, BANNER, on Sept. 30 through Integrity Music. Recorded live during the July 2014 Desperation Conference, the 12-song album captures the spirit and energy of youth at worship during the conference, while sharing a deeply-rooted belief that the God of ages past is alive, well and moving mightily among people who are desperately committed to Him. Read More

Reviews

  • Lee Ann Womack “The Way I’m Livin’” Album Review

    Lee Ann Womack has abandon the high road of glitzy headlines, the endless chase to be a radio darling, and the elusive platinum and gold plaques. Rather, she has gone into the sleazy back alleys of the heat where she allows her anguish soul to roam free expressing its plaintive frustrations often kept in abeyance in a tailor-made album for the charts.Read More

  • Plumb “Need You Now: Deluxe Edition” Album Review

    Sometimes God speaks through some of the most unexpected people. Ask Tiffany Arbuckle Lee aka Plumb. Way back in the year 2000, Plumb was at the cusp of leaving her singing career after being haggard by the politics of the industry. Just as Plumb sang her swan song at her farewell concert, a girl gave her note detailing how the song "Damaged" had rescued her from despair and how she had hoped that Plumb would continue to use her music as a vessel of God's healing. Taking this as an ominous sign from God, Plumb realized that her life's mission had yet to be complete.Read More

  • Kim Collingsworth "Majestic" Album Review

    t is the cause of jitters when an artist uses a superlative adjective such as "Majestic" as the album's titular. With such a lofty standard already locked in by the album's title, more often than not, the material has a challenging time trying to live up to such aerial heights. But this is not the case with Kim Collingsworth's latest live piano solo release "Majestic." Read More

  • Dustin Smith "Coming Alive" Album Review

    The success or the failure of a worship record hinges upon the album's raison d'etre. If it's one's desire to pander after lofty sales figures and chart positions, concessions are often made so that the songs ingratiate towards human needs rather than allowing the songs to channel us towards the glory of the Almighty God.Read More

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