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

Friday, May 10, 2024

[Music Review] —Anne Wilson's REBEL {Giveaway}

PLATINUM-certified, GRAMMY-nominated artist and songwriter Anne Wilson is back with her s sophomore album, REBEL, featuring 16 brand-new songs. 

Anne Wilson is a rising star in the music industry. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, she is known for her exceptional voice and relatable storytelling. Her latest album, REBEL, is a blend of modern Christian music and country, featuring her hit songs "Rain in the Rearview" and "Strong." The album is a testament to her faith and has been well-received by audiences worldwide, with over 900 million streams. Anne's debut album, My Jesus, was also a huge success, with the title track reaching the top of the Billboard Christian Airplay chart and earning a platinum certification. She has already made waves in the industry, appearing on TODAY and ACM Honors, and has been nominated for a CMT Music Award and a Billboard Music Award. With her unapologetic approach to her craft, Anne is a force to be reckoned with and has been named one of Spotify's Hot Country Artists to Watch, CMT's Next Women of Country, and a 2024 Opry NextStage Artist. Despite her success, Anne remains grounded in her faith and her love for country music. She believes that the two can be beautifully combined to create something truly special.

Anne Wilson founded Hey Girl Nation, a non-profit movement that empowers girls and women of all ages based on their identity in Christ. She aspires to serve as a positive role model for girls who need one. In today's culture, it's rare to see wholesome principles reflected.

Tickets for Anne Wilson's The REBEL Tour with Jordan Rowe are currently on sale. The tour will take place on 28 US dates in Fall 2024. 

REBEL Album Track List:

  1. “REBEL” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
  2. Rain in the Rearview” (Anne Wilson, Matthew West, Zach Kale, Jaren Johnston)
  3. Strong” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
  4. "God & Country” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Trannie Anderson)
  5. Praying Woman” (with Lainey Wilson) (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lainey Wilson, Trannie Anderson)
  6. Songs About Whiskey” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lauren Hungate)
  7. Sinner's Prayer” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lauren Hungate)
  8. The Cross” (with Chris Tomlin) (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Jonathan Smith)
  9. My Father's Daughter” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Emily Weisband)
  10. Red Flag” (Anne Wilson, Jonathan Smith, Casey Beathard)
  11. Country Gold” (with Jordan Davis) (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
  12. Southern Gospel” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West, Lauren Hungate)
  13. Dirt Roads in Heaven” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Nicolle Galyon, Matthew West)
  14. 3:16” (Anne Wilson, Jeff Pardo, Matthew West)
  15. "Milestones" (Anne Wilson, Nicolle Galyon, Lauren Hungate)
  16. "Out of the Bluegrass" (Anne Wilson, Nicolle Galyon, Emily Weisband)

Billy's Thoughts

I usually don't write reviews for music albums because music is subjective, and everyone perceives it differently. For me, music helps me meditate and temporarily soothes my worries and troubles. Although I'm not a big fan of country music, I've watched a few music videos by Anne Wilson on YouTube and really liked her voice. Her REBEL album has a total of sixteen tracks and has a more '90s vibe than the current modern country genre. However, that doesn't mean it's bad because, as I mentioned earlier, I am not fond of country music from the last two decades.

As for my favorite song from the REBEL album, I absolutely love all the songs, but a few stood out for me. "Rain in the Rearview" is a powerful song; "Songs About Whiskey" has catchy lyrics; and "3:16" has a great tune and meaningful messages.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Anne Wilson's REBEL album. It's a beautiful album that blends Christian and country music. Each song in the album has a related tagline and bible verse because they were inspired by the question, "What does it mean to be a rebel in the world we live in today?" ╌★★★★★

Giveaway Details

  • Prize: Anne Wilson's REBEL-signed CD 
  •  1 Winner  
  • Limited to US winners only
  • Ends May 15, 2024
  • How to enter: To enter for the chance to win an Anne Wilson REBEL-signed CD, participants must Create a post on social media that uses or tags any song from Anne Wilson’s album, REBEL. Post must include #REBELAnneWilson. Posts can be on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Shorts, or TikTok. Entrants will include or submit their post link via a field on the giveaway entry form, in addition to providing any necessary information the giveaway administrator requires (i.e., name, email, country, mailing address, etc.)

Anne Wilson REBEL Signed CD

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