Here’s a new feature on The Worship Community. Every Tuesday we’ll be pointing you to newly released worship projects. We can’t review every single project that comes out but we can try and point you to them and also to some great reviews from friends of TWC. Hey, we only have so much space here and we’re NOT a review site, so this is a good way to give you a heads up on what’s available!
If you’re an independent worship artist and you would like to be included in this list please email any information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to include you in the list!
New Worship Projects: April 03, 2012
Produced by husband Nathan Nockels (Chris Tomlin, Passion, Laura Story), the album’s pristine, understated production places the focus the Christy’s engaging, passionate voice and intuitive songwriting. Well-respected in the industry as a “singer’s singer,” she has a gift for imbuing each lyric with an authenticity and emotional integrity that resonates with the listener.
“This is a really well done release that works well in all aspects, but it’s the stellar vocals from Christy Nockels that move it up to the next level of goodness.”- CMSpin
“Christy’s sophomore album ‘Into the Glorious’… not only equals the brilliance and the talent of her first album, but exceeds all my expectations with Christy musically and lyrically stretching the boundaries yet keeping her faith in Jesus the centre of her albums. This album is definitely a joy to listen to.”- Christian Music Zine
“There are no weak songs and this album is truly a masterpiece. Without a doubt, Into The Glorious is my top worship album of the year.”- New Release Tuesday
Marvin Sapp is back with I Win, a new live recording featuring the hit song My Testimony plus Teach My Hands to War and the title track I Win.
The project, recorded live at Evangel Cathedral outside of Washington, D.C., is the artist’s first CD since the passing of his wife MaLinda – who died of colon cancer in 2010. As such, it is also the first live CD recorded outside of Sapp’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, hometown. Still, I WIN is indeed a musical triumph, with 10 brilliant tracks that reinforce Sapp’s sentiment that “because I endured, I won.”
A few new songwriters are showcased on I WIN, because Sapp issued a call via Facebook and Twitter for song submissions. He listened to more than 2,000 songs before finding a few that represented the tone of this CD. “I think part of my assignment is to give unknown writers and opportunity to be heard on a national scale,” says Sapp, who has always given a chance to up and coming songwriters. “My prayer is that their names and work will now become a little more prominent.”
Celebrating 20 years of music and ministry, modern worship trailblazer Paul Baloche releases his acclaimed, 12th recording with Integrity Music, The Same Love, today to digital providers iTunes and Amazon.com, among others, as well as to general market stores through Sony Music Entertainment, marking the first time in five years that new music from Baloche has been distributed by Sony.
Already garnering covers, features and/or reviews by Worship Leader, Worship Musician, Charisma, CCM, Christian Today, Gospel Music Channel and more, here is what the critics are continuing to say about the album:
“The heralded worship leader turns in another grand effort…Baloche’s moody vocals are reminiscent of Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman, which blends well with the album’s modern-rock vibe…Pitch-perfect production, a heavenward focus—The Same Love delivers the goods.” – ChristianityToday.com
“World-renowned songwriter and worship leader Paul Baloche has again met and exceeded expectations with his latest worship release, The Same Love…This worship collection is full of scripture-rich lyrics, quiet prayers, memorable choruses, and wonderful expressions of love to our God that are sure to be in the hearts and on the lips of worshippers around the world.” – Worship Musician
“Baloche sounds rejuvenated and bursting with energy. The by-product is a top-notch worship album. It’s the Paul Baloche you know and love — the sensitive singer-songwriter with heartfelt songs — and this CD is sure to capture listeners’ hearts and radio programmers’ ears. So, ready or not, Paul Baloche is about to be thrust into the spotlight.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com
“Paul Baloche gives the Church a great gift with The Same Love…Listening to a new Paul Baloche CD for the first time is like opening a huge stack of Christmas presents – so much excitement, anticipation of what’s to come, looking forward to discovering what new jewels will be inside. With Paul’s latest release, The Same Love, that anticipation is greatly rewarded with a batch of fresh, powerful, creative new songs for the church.” – AllAboutWorship.com
“To sum up, these 13 songs that Paul has recorded…are truly a magnificent masterpiece! A work of art, nothing short of amazing! … Paul has raised the bar higher than ever on The Same Love… Paul’s near flawless album, is one to truly remember!” – ChristianMusicZine.com
Smokie’s 10 year commemorative album, Once In A Lifetime, is a greatest hits collection that covers the last decade.
From You For You, the latest recording from award-winning Canadian-born worship artist Dan Macaulay, is slated to release April 3. Produced by Keith Everette Smith (Meredith Andrews, Jadon Lavik), Nathan Nockels (Laura Story, Tim Hughes), Bryan Lennox (Natalie Grant, CeCe Winans) and Michael W. Smith, From You For You features 11 selections, 10 of which were co-written or written by Macaulay.
“I feel like there are many songs on this album that speak directly to today’s climate,” Macaulay says. “I’ve been leading ‘Saving Grace’ for several years now as I travel, and I have had some fantastic ministry times surrounding this song.
The line, ‘You’ve brought me this far I know/You’ll lead me all the way home/And Your faithfulness won’t let me go’ has been powerful in people’s lives already.
I love to take these moments and encourage people from Philippians 1:6 that ‘…He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it…’ What an encouragement that can be while we are walking through tough, uncertain times!”
With her debut project, Anita Wilson joins the rich musical heritage known as the Chicago sound, while simultaneously heralding a new style in today’s gospel music—Worship Soul. A worship leader and featured vocalist in the award-winning ensemble Donald Lawrence & Company, she boldly takes the solo stage with an album that is at once fiery and soulful, dynamic and meditative.
From the high-church energy of It’s Done, and He Shows Out, to the passionate reflection of Speechless and Perfect Love Song, the striking, 11-song collection is evidence not merely of a great new talent, but of a seasoned minister.
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