Kutless Alpha/Omega Review

I was so thrilled to get the opportunity to review the CD for Kutless new album Alpha / Omega. My husband was a fan of theirs for years as he loved their hard rock sound. I became more of a fan when they started pulling more worship into the mix. With this album we are both hooked.

For those of you who may be new to Kutless here is a little bit about them.

Kutless Band

Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits, sold millions of records and more than eight million streams. Launched by original members Jon Micah Sumrall (lead vocals) and guitarist James Mead, the band formed first as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless has two RIAA Gold-selling albums for Strong Tower and Live from Portland. The band has had 12 No. 1 radio singles across all formats including their major hits “Strong Tower,” “What Faith Can Do”and “Carry Me To The Cross.”
After more than 15 years together and reaching fans around the world, Kutless continues to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.
“We really believe that music can make a difference in people’s lives,” shares Jon Micah
Sumrall. “Music is an incredibly powerful tool that can break down walls and allow us to
communicate a message of hope to people who may not listen otherwise. We are still recording and performing because we really do believe it makes a difference. We hear stories all the time from people who share with us how a concert or a song has radically impacted their life, and it’s these types of testimonies that keep us going year after year.”
In 2012, Kutless formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their evangelistic outreach around the globe. EOTA is the non-profit arm that aids Kutless in hosting large, free outreach concerts and events. In 2015, they partnered with other organizations to bring concerts to Kiev, Ukraine and other cities for six events – the largest of their kind in that country. The next year, Kutless returned to 11 cities in Ukraine as well as in Belarus, a communist country, where more than 100,000 heard the Gospel and over 40,000 commitments to Christ.
With their upcoming album ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless has created a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core – rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

Kutless Alpha Omega

In my opinion this will be an album that I will play over and over and over again as it has exactly what I am looking for. Good, praise and worship. The sound is awesome and fresh. You want to just lose yourself in the music as you close your eyes and throw your hands up and just worship right along with them.

I’m so appreciative of their ministry and their heart for God which flows through this cd. It’s an awesome addition to worship. I love that you can actually hear the edginess of their sound come through without it being too overwhelming. It’s straight up good music. Uplifting and full of the Spirit.

As far as a favorite song. It’s really hard for me to pick as they are all so good. But I am a bit partial to Strong Tower. It’s been a great song over the years and one we have sang often. The other is Your Great Name which again I heard many years ago and just fell in love with.

I suggest you check it out and purchase the album which you can do that here or by clicking the image of the album above.

To see a video of King of My Heart you can click here or watch below.

I hope you all will head over and check it out as I think you will be very blessed by this album. I’m looking forward to more by them.

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Jeremy Camp “The Answer” review

I was super excited to get the opportunity to listen to and review Jeremy Camp’s new album “The Answer”. And guess what? TODAY is RELEASE DAY for this album. Yay!!!

If you have never heard of Jeremy Camp let me just say you have been living under a rock. He is such a talented musician. I’ve been listening to him for years. Pretty much since he hit the Christian music industry as I follow a lot of music. Many of his songs I’ve considered hard core worship music. Jeremy has always had a great sound and you can see his growth from each album. His stuff is always encouraging and uplifting.unnamed

This album has 11 new songs that are all amazing but I have to say one of my favorites is “My Defender” as I believe that we are never left alone and that Jesus always comes to our defense.

Seriously I love it. But don’t take my word for it. You can jump on over here and check it out for yourself.

It’s available TODAY on iTunes and in stores.

If you would like to learn more about Jeremy Camp and his music you can check out his about page on his website.

If you can’t see the video above you can click here to watch the music video “Word of Life”

Check out the video about the story behind the song “Word of Life”.

Watch the video for the title track “The Answer” here.

Of course I can’t leave this post without posting the video to my favorite song…. although they are all so good.

The video for “My Defender.”

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Mandisa Out of the Dark review & giveaway

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, Mandisa Out of the Darkwho was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called “Out Of The Dark” because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!

You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens- overcoming-depression-47020463

It was so awesome to get this CD in the mail. I’ve always loved Mandisa. From her days on American Idol through each of her albums. She has always been such an encouragement to me. I love that her new CD is just as encouraging and lifts you up. From her struggle you can really feel how God brought her through a pretty dark time in her life. He has used that to help her encourage others that have gone through some tough times. I can honestly understand how hard that time was as I went through something similar 4 years ago.

I will say that her song Overcomer was a huge inspiration to me. I am so thankful that God is not finished with Mandisa and I LOVE this album. My favorite songs so far is “I’m still Here”, “What You’re Worth” (featuring Britt Nicole), “Back to Life” and of course the album title “Out of the Dark”. The whole thing is really an awesome album. She has tracks featuring Kirk Franklin, TobyMac and Jeremy Camp as well as the one I mentioned with Britt Nicole.

Seriously y’all will have to get this album. You can find out the story behind the music by watching this video.

If you want to see the acoustic version of “Unfinished”. Check out this video.

The great news is I have a copy to give away to one of my readers. To do that check out my Facebook Page and enter to win. The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EDT on May 25th.

If you would like to go ahead and purchase this album you can do so here.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Phil Wickham “Children of God” CD Review

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Phil Wickham‘s “Children of God” is full of wonderful praise and worship. As a former worship leader I like music that ushers us into the realm of the spirit and this album is full of songs that do that.  My favorite songs are “Your Love Awakens Me” and “The Secret Place” featuring Madison Cunningham. But who am I kidding I really do like the whole album.

As soon as you put the CD in you will find yourself tapping your toes or singing along. 61EyE7D9tCL._SS280These are the kinds of album’s I listen to over and over again. The lyrics are full of worship and praise and easy to remember.

I wholly believe you will fall in love with the songs on this album. You should definitely get a copy.

 

 

 

Here is one of the songs from the album and again one of my favorites “Your Love Awakens Me”. Enjoy this official video. If you can’t see the video you can click here to go to it.

It’s available now. Here are some links where you can purchase this album.

Buy Links:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PW-COGiTunes


Amazon: http://smarturl.it/PW-COG- Amazon

Spotify: http://smarturl.it/PW-COG- Spotify

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*There are NO affiliate links in this post. If you purchase via the links above I will not be compensated.

 

Chris Tomlin’s Good, Good Father Video Release & Giveaway

I’m so very excited to help spread the word about Chris Tomlin’s official video release for “Good, Good Father”. This is one of my favorite songs by him. He shares the story behind the song in a video that you can check out here: The Story Behind “Good, Good Father”.

So without further ado here is the video:

If you can not view the video you can click here to watch it.

The song is available for download on iTunes.

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AND if you head over here you can enter Chris’s giveaway to win a Flyaway to see Chris Tomlin at Worship Night America.

Here is the awesome prize you could win:

1st Prize: 1 winner

  • a Flyaway for 2 to see Chris Tomlin at the closest Worship Night In America stop near you
  • 2 Meet & Greet Passes
  • Hotel Accommodations

Who wouldn’t want to go to this.  Now watch the video, download the song and enter the giveaway. It’s worth it.

 

I didn’t receive any monetary compensation for this post and these are not affiliate links.

Passion: Salvation’s Tide is Rising review & giveaway

About Salvation’s Tide Is Rising:

This brand new Passion album contains new studio recordings from best-selling artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill.  It features new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.  Release Date is January 29, 2016.

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  1. Salvation’s Tide is Rising – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
  2. My Victory – Passion featuring Crowder
  3. Remember – Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
  4. God & God Alone – Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
  5. Simple Pursuit – Passion featuring Melodie Malone
  6. I Turn to Christ – Passion featuring Matt Redman
  7. Your Grace Amazes Me – Passion featuring Christy Nockels
  8. All We Sinners – Passion featuring Crowder
  9. Surrender – Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
  10. Good Good Father – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

About Passion albums:

Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like “Our God”, “Holy Is The Lord”, “How Great Is Our God”, and “God Of This City”.  Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single “Even So Come”, which went Top 5.

About The Passion Movement:

The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

My Review:

I was so excited about this album. It has a song that my family and I love on it called “Good Good Father”. We’ve been hearing it on the radio for a little while now and when I saw it was on this album I was so excited about it.  The Passion albums are always so good but I believe they keep getting better and better. I really enjoyed “God and God Alone”, “Simple Pursuit” and “Surrender” as well.  I’ve been listening to it every day since I got it.  The music flows so well its like listening to a live worship service.  I love the unending flow throughout the whole thing.

There was only one song I didn’t care for on the album and it wasn’t really the song itself it’s the style of the song. It’s just not my cup of tea.  But overall I love this album. I definitely recommend you picking up a copy. It releases on January 29th.  But guess what? One of you will get the chance to win a copy before it releases. Just click on the link below to go to the Rafflecopter giveaway for this CD.

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You can also visit Passion on their social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check out their iTunes.

 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Sky Spills Over Video releases & a giveaway

Hey all you Michael W Smith fans, today is the official release day to the new video “Sky Spills Over” off the new album Sovereign. Check it out below and in honor of the video’s release you can enter to win a copy of Sovereign.

 

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“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!” Michael W Smith

Michael W Smith “Sovereign” US & Canada ONLY

*Giveaway for US and Canadian residents ONLY

Christy Nockels Let It Be Jesus review & giveaway

ChristyNockels_webAbout Christy:

As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997.  She’s seen first hand music sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. A pastor’s kid, who was born in Fort Worth and raised in Oklahoma, she grew up singing in church. She met her husband, Nathan, in 1993 at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Co. They recorded an independent record with fellow worship leader Charlie Hall under the name Sons & Daughters that led to an invitation from Louie Giglio to participate in the first Passion conference in Austin. Christy’s voice gained a national platform when she and Nathan formed the duo Watermark, recording four acclaimed albums before that musical season ended, paving the way for Christy’s solo career. In 2008, the couple moved to Atlanta to become part of Passion City Church where she serves on the worship team with sixstepsrecords labelmates Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill. The following year, Nockels released her acclaimed solo debut, Life Light Up and spent much of the next two years touring with Tomlin and Passion.

Let It Be Jesus is Christy Nockels 3rd solo album.  It’s full of great worship and praise and my favorite song is the first track “Freedom Song”.  It’s upbeat and fun but most importantly its great worship.

She has an awesome  sound with a mix of country and contemporary. I’ve really loved her for a long time and was a HUGE fan of the duo Watermark, of which she was a member. You can definitely feel the great passion she has for worship.  And who wouldn’t with Chris Tomlin and Kristian Stanfill as your worship team mates.

This is quickly becoming a favorite CD for me and I look forward to more music from Christy.

You can purchase a copy of this CD via iTunes. However, I have been provided one digital copy for one lucky blog reader. To enter to win this CD please enter the Gleam widget below.

The CD releases TODAY, April 28th.  You can follow Christy on Social Media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Christy Nockel’s “Let It Be Jesus” Giveaway

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”