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Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Christmas Carol, Medley

The Oh Hellos are back and this time it’s with a festive release! Titled ‘The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album’ this 4 track/25 minute musical epic takes the listener on a journey through the advent story by weaving together a number of well known carols in to a perfectly crafted medley. Often chopping and changing choruses from one carol to another, switching chord progressions, and then bursting back into a song they covered 5 minutes ago. Just in this track alone you’ll hear parts of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “The First Noel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”. This album really has a little something for everyone and will no doubt be making it’s return year after year to the Christmas music selection.

Lyrics:
while shepherds watched their flocks by night
all seated on the ground
the angel of the Lord came down
and glory shone around
“fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
had seized their troubled minds
“glad tidings of great joy I bring,
to you and all mankind!”

o tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
o tidings of comfort and joy

“to you in David’s town this day
is born of David’s line
the Savior, who is Christ the Lord,
and this shall be the sign:
the Heavenly Babe you there shall find
to human view displayed
and meanly wrapped in swathing bands
and in a manger laid”

o tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy
o tidings of comfort and joy

Noel! Noel!
Noel! Noel!
born is the King of Israel!

o come, let us adore Him!
o come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

“all glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace!
good will henceforth from God to man:
begin and never cease!”

Download ‘The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album’ from Bandcamp:
http://music.theohhellos.com/album/the-oh-hellos-family-christmas-album

For more info on The Oh Hellos visit:
http://theohhellos.com/
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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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Mississippi trio, Seeker & Servant, recently finished the recording process for their debut album, ‘Into Your Love, I Go’; and here at The Good Christian Music Blog we’re excited to announce that we will be hosting an exclusive stream of the album the week leading up to the record’s release date of January the 7th. For those of you with bad maths/calendar skills, that means that from the 31st of December you’ll be able to listen to ‘Into Your Love, I Go’ in it’s entirety! Also the guys from Seeker & Servant have kindly given us a couple CD’s plus a Vinyl to giveaway for free (but there’ll be more details about that nearer the release).

So far, Seeker & Servant have teased their fans with just one release, one remix and one acoustic video but since then the band have gone through a couple changes. This started with the addition of Kody Gautier, which then lead to an evolution in the band’s sound that sees them embracing electronic music production whilst building on their foundation of folk acoustic-pop. Whilst we wait to hear the end result, Seeker & Servant have left us with a short ‘making of’ documentary that explains their intention with the record whilst also teasing us with a few clips from the album.


Until the exclusive album stream on New Year’s Eve rolls around, you can pre-order the record from Seeker & Servant’s store: http://seekerandservant.storenvy.com/


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, 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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SUMMER MIXTAPE VOL. ONE

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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