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  • From Air Force Staff Sergeant to Gospel Neo-Soul Artist: Sean C. Johnson Speaks of His Life & Music

    For Sean C. Johnson, soul music comes natural. At first glance, one might not envision this former Air Force Staff Sergeant as a soul singer - no afro blowing in the wind and no "tortured genius" look. He does, however, have his own unique vibe - an unsuspecting and compassionate demeanor that produces a sound that pulls you in. Sean offers music that lyrically takes the listener deep into the Word, flowing hypnotically over Neo Soul ballads and Hip Hop beats.

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  • Worship Leaders Colin and Paige Edge Chat About Heaven Breaking Worship

    Colin & Paige Edge are worship leaders from the Dallas area. They have just released their worship album "Break Heaven Open." The album contains ten songs - fast, slow, and most everything in between -- written to service the church in her worship. We are honored to catch up with them for this Hallels' exclusive interview.

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  • A Voice for Those Struggling: Logirhythm Shares About His Vision in this Exclusive Interview

    Born Dante Turner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was raised as a foster child by one loving family. He started singing at a very young age, often singing popular hits from the likes of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. He started writing songs in middle school; and after singing his first written song for his Physical Education teacher, she was moved to tears and suggested that he continue writing music. In high school, he could be found frequently participating in school concerts singing his heart out.

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  • Tanya Goodman Sykes Speaks to Hallels About Goodman Revival and Their New Album

    In the world of southern gospel music few names carry a more substantial legacy than Goodman. Creativity, authenticity and a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ have long been the cornerstones of the family's sound and messages. They remain the foundation for the next chapter in the group's illustrious history with the launch of Goodman Revival.

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  • The Erwins Talk About Defining Their Sound with their New Album "Ready to Sail"

    The Erwin's started singing as soon as they were each able to talk. Appearing over 270 dates a year with their parents, who have been in full-time evangelism for 40 years, they have been traveling full-time their entire life singing in concerts, revivals, and conferences all across the country.

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  • Carol Cymbala, Choir Director of Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Talks About Their New Album "Pray"

    The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will release its 29th album via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. The CD entitled, Pray, features fourteen new songs, eleven of which were co-written by choir director, Carol Cymbala. Cymbala believes that choirs are still an integral part of congregational worship.

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Reviews

  • Crystal Aikin “All I Need” EP Review

    When Crystal Aikin dropped her jaw to sing Cece Winans' "Alabaster Box" almost 7 years ago on the first season of "Sunday Best," you know she's the winner. Her ability to succor the lower notes for its deep spiritual meaning and her ability to soar her higher notes with a worshipful gaze are all qualities that truly set Aikin apart.

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  • Jeremy Camp “I Will Follow” Album Review

    Three singles deep already, now Capital Records has finally released Camp's most anticipated new release "I Will Follow." Every single that has come out of the chute prepping for the album's release has been eagerly devoured by radio and fans. In fact, at the time of writing, Camp's "He Knows" has already crack top 10 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart. And it looks like there's no stopping "He Knows" from cracking top 5. If you have taken a fancy to Camp's radio singles hitherto, you'll love this new release.

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  • Goodman Revival “Song in the Key of Happy” Album Review

    "Songs in the Key of Happy" is the soundtrack for our blessed hope. If you feel dreaded by life's disappointments and you want a song to do just more than a transient pick me up, this is the album to put on. Rifled with paeans with shafts that penetrate deep into the deserts of our soul, these songs are like more than just "feel-gooders."

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  • Cindy Cruse Ratcliff "Lluvia Celestial" Album Review

    Cindy Cruse Ratcliff doesn't play coy with God. Her song titles are most daring. Blazon with a fire-like audacity, Ratcliff approaches God with a tenacity and boldness that would not let God go until she sees heaven opens and greater things happening. Ratcliff is the senior worship leader of one of America's largest churches around, Lakewood Church.

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  • Jim Brady Trio “A New Chapter” Album Review

    "Change is never easy even for the bravest heart," the Jim Brady Trio sings on the song "God of What's to Come." Indeed, change is never easy especially in the milieu of Southern Gospel music. In a genre earmarked for its adherence to its long standing quartets some of which have been around for decades and decades, it's sometimes a challenge to break a new act. But this has not deterred Daywind Records to take a chance with the Jim Brady Trio.

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  • I Am They “I Am They” Album Review

    Two doses of pop, two slices of folk, one pinch of acoustic worship mixed with that a sprinkle of creativity blanched with lots of prayer and you get the sound of I Am They. In a milieu of recycled worship music where same-ness seems to be standard recipe, I Am They's debut album is a tantalizing gourmet.

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  • Bethel Music “We Will Not be Shaken” Album Review

    One of the tenets indispensable to longevity is the ability to be versatile enough to explore new sounds and fresh perspectives and yet never abandoning the core themes central to Scripture. Bethel Music is one church worship team that is not afraid to latch on to a decidedly defining angle with each passing record.

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