"Switchfoot hits me on all levels. Jon Foreman is a restless, creative soul, and the band, who has never had a member leave in twenty years, continues to explore new ground with each passing year. Foreman’s solo work is also marvelous. But more than just enjoy the music, Switchfoot makes me want to change, to grow, to see the world in a new way each day. They are, in fact, my life coach."
Favorite Album: Hello Hurricane
"The Choir has a depth and beauty that gives credit to their name. They sound like many voices all in one, with the power and beauty to express and explore the nature of God and humanity with the humility and grace those subjects demand."
Favorite Album: Chase The Kangaroo
Favorite Songs: "Cross That River" "The Ocean" "Beautiful, Scandalous Night"
"As a fellow believer, songwriter, goofball, author, dad and Lord Of The Rings enthusiast, Peterson is my patron saint."
Favorite Album: Light For The Lost Boy
Favorite Songs: "Don't You Want To Thank Someone" "After The Last Tear Falls" "Dancing In The Minefield"
Jars of Clay|
"This band has, hands down, the best name in Christian Music (they inspired my pen name, "Tin Can", as in the empty vessel that God uses despite its disposable, insignificant nature) and crafts, beautiful, epic songs and albums. I listened to Inland just the other day while on a drive, and I was struck again with the artistry they have brought to everything they've done. Start with the legendary, self-titled debut and move in order through their catalog, and you will be moved too."
Favorite Album: Good Monsters
Favorite Songs: "Only Alive" "This Road" "There Is A River"
"Needtobreathe gets better with each successive album, and they are taking their place as on of the best and brightest bands in any genre. Mixing the down-home quality of their southern upbringings with the bombastic and epic qualities of U2, Needtobreathe is as unique and dynamic as any artist out there right now."
Favorite Album: The Outsiders
Favorite Songs: "Lay 'Em Down" "Keep Your Eyes Open" "Difference Maker"
"One summer, in my early twenties, I experienced a low in my life that I've (thankfully) not managed to find again. Third Day's Time album was the soundtrack for me coming out of that time, and I still sing "I've Always Loved You" as a personal anthem of God's faithfulness to me and all of us. Mac Powell's voice is what I like to think an Old Testament prophet's voice (Isaiah or Jeremiah) sounded like."
Favorite Album: Time
Favorite Songs: "I've Always Loved You" "My Hope Is You" "Soul On Fire"
The Lost Dogs|
"It's almost impossible to express my love for some artists in a single blurb. But I love the Lost Dogs like I love my odd, beloved, eccentric uncle Bill. The Lost Dogs have dust coming out of their pores, and a body of songs that explore life and geography of the heart."
Favorite Album: Old Angel
Favorite Songs: "That's Where Jesus Is" "Breathe Deep" "Jesus On The Shore"
Over The Rhine|
"Over The Rhine has been making some of the quietest, devastatingly beautiful music of faith you've ever heard, for over twenty-five years now. Go put on some tea, turn down the lights and listen to their double album masterpiece Ohio right now. I'll wait for you, I promise."
Favorite Album: Good Dog, Bad Dog
Favorite Songs: "Jesus In New Orleans" "Latter Days" "I Radio Heaven"
Sixpence None The Richer|
"Everything I said about the Choir and Over The Rhine? Ditto with Sixpence. Beautiful, epic, heart-wrenching music. Start with their first album, The Fatherless And The Widow and move all the way through their albums. You will not be disappointed."
Favorite Album: This Beautiful Mess
Favorite Songs: "Love, Salvation and the Fear of Death" "Paralyzed" "I've Been Waiting"
Fire Iron Frenzy |
"Five Iron continues to write zany-yet-thought provoking songs that always seem to catch the zeitgeist of the culture around them. "Zen And The Art Of Xenophobia" from their last album is a great take on immigration issues in an election year where a certain party has made this issue its number one priority. The ability to pogo between worshipful moments, zaniness worthy of Monty Python's Flying Circus and cultural commentary make Five Iron a treasure; an odd, odd treasure."
Favorite Album: Our Newest Album Ever
Favorite Songs: "Every New Day" "Zen And The Art Of Xenophobia" "A Flowery Song"
"Plumb, once a band, now an solo artist, continues to write heartbreaking and rocking songs that touch on the darker issues of life. But this year, she released a worship album that showed another side. I have great memories of blasting the debut album in my car on road trips in college."
Favorite Album: Candy Coated Water Drops
Favorite Songs: "Stranded" "Drifting" "Exhale"
"Groves is a quiet, thoughtful treasure of an artist who sounds like the book of Ecclesiastes to me. Her new album Floodplain is a master's class in mood, metaphor and majesty."
Favorite Album: Invisible Empires
Favorite Songs: "Jeremiah" "Pictures Of Egypt" "When The Saints"
Matthew Perryman Jones|
"The fact that Jones is under the radar is proof that we should scrap the radar all together. If it were possible for U2 and James Taylor had a musical child, Perryman would be the result. Perryman's current EP Cold Answer is seven perfect, majestic and haunting songs."
Favorite Album: Land Of The Living
Favorite Songs: "Until The Dawn Appears" "Waking Up The Dead" "Save You"
Burlap To Cashmere|
"With only three studio albums (and two solo albums from front man Steven Delopoplous), Burlap has made every one of them count. Their Greek folk music-meets-Coldplay-meets-Cat Stevens sound is as singular as anything out there."
Favorite Album: Is There Anybody Out There
Favorite Songs: "Mansions" "Nehemiah (Build A Wall)" "The Great I Am"
"Have you heard Love & War & The Sea In Between? If you haven't, schedule an hour and a half off, sit in a comfortable chair and be ready to go on a journey. It's the audible equivalent of a C.S. Lewis novel."
Favorite Album: Love & War & The Sea In Between
Favorite Songs: "Farther Along" "Resistance" "At The Table"
"Propaganda is a passionate lyrical master, who's interests and subject matter is as wide as the Pacific Ocean. He transcends the genre of Hip-hop to something resembling epic poetry with a social conscience and a heart for his fellow man."
Favorite Album: Excellent
Favorite Songs: "Redifine Cutter" "Crimson Cord" "So Help Me"
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