Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Music News: Mack Brock Releasing New EP "Covered"

Being released on March 22nd from Sparrow Records (Capitol Christian Music Group) is the EP "Covered" by Mack Brock, a music producer and former Elevation Worship leader.

Mack Brock had released his debut 9-song album, Greater Things, in 2018 and later toured with Rend Collective.

He has been a worship leader for over 15 years. He's the co-songwriter of O'Come to the Alter, Resurrecting, Here As In Heaven, and Do It Again. His songs have been in the Top 50 on CCLI, and four were in the Top 100 CCLI worship songs. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Music Review: Talk About Love: Music from the Motion Picture No Postage Necessary

Satya Records; 41 mins 51 secs; Amazon

Available now from Satya Records is Talk About Love: Music from the Motion Picture No Postage Necessary, the first soundtrack singer/songwriter/composer Charleene Closshey, who composed, orchestrated and recorded the film’s musical piano-based orchestral score.

No Postage Necessary was the first movie to released via the Blockchain, which allowed customers to stream the film using cryptocurrency. The movie was released to select theaters and VOD over the summer. It was released to Blu-ray and DVD earlier this month.

Produced by award-winning songwriter, engineer and producer Brent Maher, the album features a duet between Closshey and George Blagden (who costars in the film) on the song "Til I Loved You." "Give Me Your Heart" features a duet between Closshey and Irish singer/songwriter Gareth Dunlop.

The tracks/songs on the album include:

  • Talk About Love
  • Give Me Your Heart featuring Gareth Dunlop
  • Galileo
  • ‘Til I Loved You featuring George Blagden
  • Sam’s Theme (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • The Letter (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Josie’s Theme (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • In Sam’s Defense (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Twistee Treat (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Sam Sneaks, Ames Lurks (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Live (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • What is it You Want? (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Walking Towards Grace (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • The Truth (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Stanley’s Bible (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Acceptance Letter (score from “No Postage Necessary”)
  • Falling Backwards (score from “No Postage Necessary”)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Music Review: Tori Kelly: Hiding Place

Schoolboy Records & Capitol Records; 36 mins 50 secs; Buy Link

Now available from Schoolboy Records & Capital Records is the second album from singer Tori Kelly, titled "Hiding Place," which features eight Gospel inspired songs with R&B infused melodies.

Tori Kelly received a 2016 Grammy Award nominee for Best New Artist for her first album Unbreakable Smile, which included one track inspired for her love of Gospel music. Later, her manager,Scooter Braun, helped her connect with the 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin. The two artist worked together to create the“hope-pop” album.

One of the things I want for this album is for people to feel uplifted and encouraged when they listen,” Kelly says. “I want them to know that, no matter what they’re going through, there’s a God who loves them so much and so unconditionally, and there’s always a reason to feel hope. That’s what I really believe in, and I want everyone out there to hear my heart.” 

The title of the album, Hiding Place, was inspired by from a line in one of Kelly's favorite psalms -
from a line in one of her favorite psalms - "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance."
Tori Kelly
That always stuck with me: this idea of God being a place of safety, a place where you can hide from all the crazy things that this world can throw at us,” she notes.

Though half the songs on the album were written by Franklin, there are a few that were co-written with Kelly, which marks the first Franklin has ever co-written a song with another artist.“It blew me away that she wanted us to co-write, because she’s a phenomenal songwriter and could’ve easily done it herself,” Franklin says. “I’ve worked with Mary J. Blige, Bono, Yolanda Adams, and I’ve never seen anyone that’s a monster behind the microphone like Tori Kelly. She’d nail one song in three takes, and all those takes were amazing. It set the bar higher for my whole career.

The opening-song "Masterpiece" features  the Houston-bred hip-hop artist Lecrae. The slow-burning single "Help Us To Love" features harmonies from The HamilTones ( the official background vocalists for Grammy Award-winner Anthony Hamilton.) "Just As Sure" features a
chart-topping gospel star Jonathan McReynolds. And Kirk Franklin's vocals are featured in the song "Never Alone."

The songs/tracks on the album include:
  • Masterpiece featuring Lecrae
  • Help Us To Love featuring The HamilTones
  • Sunday
  • Just As Sure featuring Jonathan McReynolds
  • Psalm 42
  • Questions
  • Never Alone featuring Kirk Franklin
  • Soul's Anthem (It Is Well)

Final Thoughts

Friday, November 17, 2017


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Now available from BEC Recordings is the newest album from the Christian rock band KUTLESS, titled ALPHA / OMEGA.

KUTLESS was first formed as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000 by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead. The band first signed with BEC Recordings in 2001, and since then they have had top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams!

KUTLESS has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. They have had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including the songs "Strong Tower," "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me To The Cross."

ALPHA / OMEGA is a collection of rock worship songs of both original and cover tracks. The album features a new version of "Strong Tower" as well as the debut radio single "King of My Heart."

Tracks/Songs on the album include:

Your Great Name
Strong Tower (Reprise)
King of My Heart
You Are Love
Great Are You Lord
Your Love Awakens Me
Shepherd Of My Soul
Gave It All (I Surrendered All)
No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross)

Final Thoughts

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Music Review & Giveaway: Jeremy Camp: The Answer

Sparrow Records; Buy Link

Now available from Sparrow Records (Capitol Christian Music Group) is the eleventh album from Christian singer & songwriter Jeremy Camp, titled "The Answer."

Jeremy Camp has won five GMA Dove Awards. Four of his albums have been RIAA-certified as Gold. He has been nominated for three American Music Awards, and his album Speaking Louder Than Before was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2010.

Songs/Tracks on "The Answer" album are:

Word Of Life
My Defender
The Answer
My Father's Arms
Never Stopped Loving
Tell The Whole World
Heaven's Shore
Love So Great
Awake O Sleeper

Final Thoughts
I'm a new fan of Christian music, so I wasn't aware of Jeremy Camp's music until I received an advanced copy of his newest album "The Answer." Also, please take note that I have never been a fan of male singers. Don't sky me why, as I have no idea why I prefer female singers better. Anyhow, I had no idea what to expect when I put the CD into my laptop disc drive and pushed play. Let's just say that I was pleasantly surprised by the singer's strong vocals in "Word Of Life," which is the first song on the album. The song has a contemporary-rock vibe to it, as well as the rest of the tracks on the album (there are 11 total songs). The lyrics are well-written and each song has a wonderful rhythm to them. 

Overall, I enjoyed listening to the album. What's my favorite song from the album? That's a great question. Actually, I like all the songs from the album, but if I had to narrow it down, I would say my favorites are "The Answer," "Storm," "Word Of Life," "Never Stopped Loving," and "Carriers."

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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