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Genre: Folk, Rock, Pop, Acoustic, Christmas Carol

The band that exists for Christmas are back with some new music! Folk Angel, a four-piece group take traditional Christmas songs and for lack of a better term ‘folkify’ them. This version of the classic carol ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ is from their latest release ‘All The Earth Rejoice’.

Purchase ‘All The Earth Rejoice’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/all-earth-rejoice-christmas/id765900983
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-earth-rejoice-christmas/id765900983

For more info on Folk Angel visit:
http://www.folkangel.com/
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Genre: Worship, Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Singer-Songwriter

The title track from his forthcoming record, ‘Anchor’ is John Tibb’s telling of leaving comfort and safety for God’s calling, comparing the experience to a ship setting sail to the unknown. The album ‘Anchor’ was funded by fans through Kickstarter and was in September this year. This is the Indianapolis worship leader’s third release, following on from his 2010 ‘Origins’ and his 2012 ‘Swallowing Death, Breathing Life’.

*Update

Due to featuring John Tibbs on the blog, a motion graphic/film-maker named Patrick Flynn got in touch with John saying that he’d like to work with him in future. As a result of this contact, John Tibbs has now released a lyric video for his song Abraham, check it out:

Until ‘Anchor’ is released, you can purchase John Tibb’s other music here:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/anchor-ep/id689032119
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/anchor-ep/id689032119

For more info on John Tibbs visit:
http://www.johntibbsmusic.com/

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Genre: Acoustic, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Hymn

Originally written in 1901 by Maltbie D. Babcock, ‘This Is My Father’s World’ has been rerecorded by the talented singer/songwriter Wilder Adkins. Wilder’s folksy guitar playing brings a beautiful gentleness to this tune, perfectly complimenting the lyrics. This track is part of a hymn album that Wilder released in 2011 titled Oak & Apple, links below.

Lyrics:
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears 
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. 
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought 
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; 
His hand the wonders wrought. 

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, 
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise. 
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair; 
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass; 
He speaks to me everywhere. 

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget 
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. 
This is my Father’s world, why should my heart be sad? 
The lord is King—let the heavens ring.
God reigns—let the earth be glad. 

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone. 
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known. 
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam 
Whate’er my lot, it matters not, 
My heart is still at home. 

This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: 
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, 
And earth and Heav’n be one.

Purchase ‘Oak & Apple’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/oak-apple/id471450926
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oak-apple/id471450926

Also find it on NoiseTrade
http://noisetrade.com/wilderadkins/oak-apple-a-lo-fi-hymnal

For more info on Wilder Adkins visit:
http://wilderadkins.bandcamp.com/

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Genre: Worship, Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, Classical,

Following on from the last upload, here is another song from a member of The Door Of Hope Church, this time it’s ‘Healer’ by Holly Ann. With just a piano to accompany her, Holly Ann delivers a powerful yet intimate performance on this hauntingly beautiful worship track.

Lyrics:
At my worst
yet You are always by my side
And still my doubts
they get the best of me

Consuming fire
It seems I am cold as ice
Come lift me higher
I long to follow You

Heal me
Comfort me
in these storms that I create
When I turn away
would You follow me?
Seems I’m always walking away
but its always, always Your grace
that leads me back home

Protect me, oh Lion
Comfort me, oh Lamb
I need You, I’m crying out
Lift me up on eagles wings

You are my home

Buy Healer from iTunes as part of the Deeper Well Collective’s album:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/deeper-well/id594588741
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/deeper-well/id594588741

For more info on Holly Ann visit:
http://www.hollyannmusic.com/

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Genre: Worship, Folk, Acoustic,

Describing themselves as ‘Neo-Gospel’ with 70s influences, The Followers formed out of the Door Of Hope Church in Portland, OR by Josh White (of Telecast and Pilgrim), Eric Earley and other members of the congregation. Taken from their second album ‘Wounded Healer’, this track is folk rock worship song that sings of Christ being our strength in our times of weakness and how His love refills us.

Buy Wounded Healer from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wounded-healer/id522503289
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wounded-healer/id522503289

For more info on The Followers visit:
http://deeper-well.com/artists/the-followers/

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*Free Download*
SUMMER MIXTAPE VOL. ONE

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http://thegcmblog.bandcamp.com/

Dear Listener,

I hope that this mixtape exposes you to some new music – that you may discover musicians and bands you perhaps had not previously heard. If so, I encourage you to look up the artists’ other music – use this mixtape as a springboard for hearing more music.

I also hope that this mixtape shows you just how diverse Christian music is – just like the body of Christ which has created it. If there are genres on here that you wouldn’t usually listen to, don’t just skip past them, try hearing something new! I believe that each genre serves different purposes, thereby meaning that no one genre is necessarily better than another, but each has their own perks.

My prayer is that as you enjoy the music you would pass it to friends, family, colleagues, fellow church goers etc. Please pass it on, these artists work hard and their music deserves to be heard, enjoyed and supported by more Christians.

However, having said that, this music also needs to be shared with people who don’t know Christ. It’s got a great message and the world needs to hear it, so don’t be afraid to play it loud, and share it with those people you’d rather hide it from.

Also a massive thank you to all the artists that agreed to have their music given away for absolutely no cost. Please could you, as a listener, thank them with a purchase, a tweet, a like etc. and let them know it’s appreciated by you fans!

Finally, this is a SUMMER mixtape – this will be the soundtrack to my summer and I hope it becomes yours also. Thanks for listening, downloading, and supporting the blog and the artists involved.


In Christ,
Stephen Bradley,
TheGoodChristianMusicBlog.com

Ghost Ship - The Good King Album Cover - 4.5 Star Rating
It’s no great secret that I have a soft spot for Mars Hill Music, so naturally I was rather excited when Ghost Ship announced that they would be releasing their first full length album, titled ‘The Good King’. Different in sound to the many other Mars Hill bands, Ghost Ship bring their own blend of alternative rock to the mix. However, at times it seems that they are still somewhat unsure of where they want to be musically placed, leading to a slightly disjointed first listening experience.

The album kicks off with the pop infused track ‘Mediator’, written as a sequel to their song ‘One God’ (From their EP, A River With No End). As we’ve come to expect from Mars Hill, the theology in the song is spot on, diving in to deep biblical truths so often missed in a lot of popular romanticist worship music of today and to call it catchy just doesn’t quite do it justice.

It’s after this opening track though where I feel that Ghost Ship really come in to their own, leaping from one huge song to the next. This starts with ‘Orion’ which musically wouldn’t feel out of place on a Kings of Leon album. Lyrically, this song also sets the tone for the majority of the album by questioning pain, suffering and doubt but ultimately knowing that God has answered our call and holds us close throughout. It’s this attitude of worshipping through the trials shown in the lyrics of this album that makes it a real challenge and encouragement to the church, and it’s a welcome change to worship music in my opinion.

Moving on to the third track and another personal favourite is the epic rock song ‘Lion Man’ which a friend rightly pointed out sounds ironically like Black Sabbath. This focuses on the power of God, and how when Jesus walked among us “He could have killed us where we stood” yet in humility and out of love He instead came to serve us and bear the wrath that we deserved. Epic indeed!

It seems that the frontman Cam Huxton’s talents in songwriting lie in theologically rich depictions of what it actually means to live a worshipful life rather than just singing worshipfully. If the overall album feels like the band wrestling to discover their true sound, it seems that they are most comfortable in the less orthodox worship songs like ‘Son Of David’, ‘Orion’, ‘Lamb Of God’ and the most beautiful ‘Where Were You’.

In fact it seems rather fitting to use the word unorthodox when describing Ghost Ship – it’s on the more experimental tracks where they seem to find their true style. For example the booming organs at the end of their rendition of the hymn ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ would be completely out of place with any other worship band, yet seems perfectly natural on this album. This then leads to the indie-pop songs like ‘The Gospel’, ‘Mediator’ and the cover of ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ (though as great as they are) seem slightly unnatural to Ghost Ship’s style, and sounds more like the type of worship I would expect to hear from another Mars Hill band such as The Sing Team.

It took multiple listens for me to fully appreciate the excellent offering that Ghost Ship deliver with ‘The Good King’, but even now that I’m there I still feel that the best is yet to come from this relatively young worship band. Despite saying that though this is still a brilliant debut, and though ‘The Good King’ may be a slow grower, I truly believe that over the next few months it will gradually emerge as one of the most exciting worship releases of this year.

Album Highlights: Orion, Lion Man, Son Of David, Where Were You

Purchase The Good King from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-good-king/id644039595
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-good-king/id644039595

For more info on Ghost Ship visit:
http://marshill.com/music/artists/ghost-ship
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Genre: Acoustic, Indie, Worship

Originally starting as a solo project by Jonathan Ogden (also the creator of Typographicverses.com), Rivers & Robots are now a four-piece indie worship band based in Manchester, UK. Sounding like Bon Iver and Bombay Bicycle Club joined forces to make a worship song, this track is written from the perspective of Jesus (the Bridegroom) singing to his church (the Bride), on the day they meet face to face. The lyrics on this are so beautifully written and the musicianship so close to perfect, that it is hard not to feel Christ’s love flow out of this piece of music.

Lyrics:
“Until the day breaks and shadows flee
Turn my beloved, and come to me
I’ve made a place for you

I have come to the garden
To find you here
So let me see your face
Let me hear your voice
For your voice is sweet to me

Do you know that
You have ravished my heart?
Do you know that
You have ravished my heart?
Yes, you have ravished my heart
With one glance of your eye

Now, the winter has passed
The rain has been and gone
I come over the hills to say
‘come away with me my dear, away,
come away’

We will be, we will be, we will be together
We will be, we will be, we will be forever

Would you lift up your eyes to see
I am calling you now, to me
I have so much more to tell you

All that you really believe inside
What you see when you close your eyes
I have so much more to show you”

Purchase the album Take Everything from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/take-everything/id543576398
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-everything/id543576398

For more info on Rivers & Robots visit:
http://riversandrobots.com/
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Genre: Acoustic, Indie, Singer-Songwriter

This track is taken from Sean Carter’s album ‘The Telling‘, the name of which is inspired by a passage in C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce‘. In ‘Turn The Page‘, Sean writes about how as we are challenged and convicted by scripture it is as if we are actually pulled in to the story as a direct witness to events. With a raw passion he sings about viewing Jesus’ death as a sinner – “sometimes I swear I think I hear my voice above the crowd “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”. In the chorus, this then leads sean to proclaim the truth that Jesus forgives despite how we often sin against him. This is a truly brilliant and vivid telling of how powerfully scripture convicts us as we turn the pages of the bible.

Purchase The Telling from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-telling/id634659578
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-telling/id634659578

For more info on Sean Carter visit:
http://scartermusic.com/
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Genre: Acoustic, Indie-Folk, Singer/Songwriter

If it wasn’t for Noisetrade I think this gem of an album would have easily slipped under the radar. This is from the first full length album from Thad Kopec, titled Heart of Man. Currently he lives in Nashville where he studies Religion but in his spare time creates amazing music like this. From his songs it’s obvious that he is a storyteller, his songs consisting of vivid imagery and poetic descriptions. This song is a good taste of the entire album, varied yet still consistent in style somehow, shown through the break down halfway through the song which reprises the melody, this time completely acoustic and much more intimate. Some listeners may miss Thad’s faith in his songs as it’s not overly obvious but the beautiful pictures he paints with his lyrical metaphors are more than a strong testament to God’s glory.

Purchase Heart Of Man from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/heart-of-man/id576496036
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heart-of-man/id576496036

Or download it ‘Name Your Price’ and for more info on Thad Kopec visit:
http://thadkopec.com/
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