A quarterly collection & review of the latest worship releases. Special Edition: 2016 Christmas Albums.
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Vertical Church Band – Frontiers
Vertical Church Band, a collection of worship leaders rooted in Harvest Bible Chapel, released their fourth album with songs for the Church in July 0d 2016. The album features almost an even mix of mid-tempo and upper-mid-tempo songs, with a few ballads.
Give a listen to one our favorites from the album–"Exalted Over All." With expository verses that speak of Christ’s sacrifice and a response-style chorus, this power ballad has a beautiful melody and is easy to remember.
Chris Tomlin – Never Lose Sight
In October 2016, Chris Tomlin released a full-length album that features collaborations with Kim Walker Smith, Matt Maher, Jason Ingram, and Danny Gokey. The stand-out song that has grown to become the heart-song of many churches across America is Housfire’s “Good Good Father.” Some of the songs lend themselves to a CCM sound. Favorites from the album that might work for a congregation are “Glory Be,” “God And God Alone” and his refreshing take on “Come Thou Fount (I Will Sing).”
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Champion
This past summer, Bryan and Katie Torwalt released their third full-length album, “Champion”. The title-track speaks of God’s continuous victory through Jesus in our lives. The new album has mostly mid-tempo, and minimally produced, songs, many of them female-led (three cheers)! Among our favorites are "Set Me Ablaze," "Let There Be Light," and "Enter The Gates."
As a founder in contemporary Christian music, Steven Curtis Chapman continues to touch the hearts of many with songs that speak of the love of Jesus in his newest album "Worship and Believe." Not surprisingly, many of the songs on this album would be fitting for a congregation. The songs are authentic to Chapman's style, but still sound current and relevant. Favorites on the album include "Hallelujah, You Are Good," "Amen," and the title track.
Finally, Christmas is just around the corner! And with this wonderful season comes the worship leader’s task of planning set lists that are meaningful and reflect the blessed truth of Gospel. For some, Christmas is the time to sing carols of old. Others might be looking for fresh feels on traditional favorites. So we put together a short list of new 2016 Christmas albums!
Matt Redman is one of our favorite worship leaders, and we're overjoyed that he's released a Christmas album this October. Though there aren't any up-tempo songs, many of the songs have Redman's classic anthemic sound, making them great songs to mix into your set lists leading up to Christmas. Perfect selections for that purpose would be "These Christmas Lights," "Glory To You In The Highest," and "Holy Night."
Christy Nockels – The Thrill Of Hope
Christy Nockels very first Christmas album has been released with much anticipation! The album certainly embodies a festive, gather-round-the-Christmas tree feel. The album features a few classic carols and Christmas hymn classics, such as “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” “O Holy Night,” and “Hark! The Harold Angels Sing.”
Lauren Daigle - Behold
Who doesn't love a little jazz at Christmas time? Lauren Daigle's Christmas album "Behold" is a collection of you very favorite Christmas songs. Expect lots of drum brushes, horns, and sultry vocal performances as you gather 'round the fireplace and sing along!
Matthew West's second Christmas album, Unto Us, was released October 2016 and puts a CCM sound on couple holiday classics. The album features many original Christmas songs, that tale our favorite age-old story of the birth of Jesus in a new way. The title-track is a song that could be used to transition into a more responsive time of worship in a setlist.
We cannot help but be impressed by the new Pentatonix Christmas album! The collection is mostly meant for holiday fun, but there are also a couple of incredibly beautiful and creative renditions of classic Christmas carols like "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "Coventry Carol."
What are your favorite albums right now? Comment below or mention us on Twitter @_CavlaryMusic!
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