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Stephen Bradley
The Good Christian Music Blog

Part of The Harp Family Hymnbook, this is Michael & Mary performing the classic hymn Come Thou Fount. Intimate, personal, worshipful and no frills, this is a beautiful rendition, well worth sharing.

For more info on Michael & Mary, and The Harp Family visit:
https://harpfamilyrecordings.bandcamp.com

Purchase ‘Come Thou Fount’ from BandCamp:
https://harpfamilyrecordings.bandcamp.com/releases

Lyrics:
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of thy unchanging love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
Hither by thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering far from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, take and seal it,
Seal it to thy courts above.

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After their successful debut, ‘Endless Light’ which released last year, Waken​ are back with more brilliant indie worship and we’re pleased to premiere the first of their new singles ‘Dwell’.

“Dwell is a very important song to us. This song and the others we tracked during these sessions came out of a very tumultuous time in our lives as we learned to lean on God in every circumstance. We hope that people will not only connect with this song on a musical level, but also on a deeper personal level as well.”

For more info on Waken visit:
http://www.wakenmusic.com/music/
https://www.facebook.com/wakenmusic

Download ‘Dwell’ from Noisetrade:
http://noisetrade.com/waken/dwell

Lyrics:
Dwell in our hearts
Dwell in our hearts
You’re calling us near
We lift
Our eyes to You
We welcome You here
Come now
Fall down over us

Hopes alive it lives among us,
Reaching down You chose to save us
Rising sun defeating darkness
Your creation longs to know You more

Give us eyes to see the height
the depth, the width
of Your love

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Taken from the The Harp Family Hymnbook, Anya Rose performs a beautiful rendition of the well known spiritual, ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’.

For more info on Anya Rose & The Harp Family visit:
https://harpfamilyrecordings.bandcamp.com

Purchase ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ from BandCamp:
https://harpfamilyrecordings.bandcamp.com/releases

Lyrics:
I looked over Jordan, and what did I see,
Coming for to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home

If you get to heaven before I do,
Coming for to carry me home
Tell all my friends that I’m coming too,
Coming for to carry me home

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home

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For more info on Strahan visit:
http://www.strahanmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/StrahanMusic

Purchase ‘Posters’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/posters/id593799036
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/posters/id593799036

Lyrics:
I will wait to see the day
Of your vine
Of your vine
Will you take to the hands of thine
This heart of mine
This heart of mine

There is a vineyard of the Lord
There is a vineyard for us all
With all our troubles left behind the door
We drink first light until the dawn

There is love
There is love
In the Lord

There is a forest built without the thorns
There is a vineyard of the Lord
We are all pillars in the store rooms of
His love and his mercy

There is love
There is love
In the Lord

Oh my soul oh my soul
Will drink you in will drink you in
So tell me Lord tell me Lord

Will you let me drink you in?

There is a vineyard of the Lord
There is a vineyard for us all
Well he’s burning up the clouds without remorse
Yeh they burn with his coming

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Genre: Worship, Remix, Electronica, Tropical House,

After the success of the bootleg remix, Vancouver producer sXw has re-mastered his brilliant, summery, tropical house remix of Hillsong United’s  ‘Touch The Sky’ with the help of Hillsong’s official vocals!

For more info on Hillsong United visit:
http://hillsong.com/united.html

For more info on sXw visit:
https://soundcloud.com/sxwmusic

Get ‘Touch The Sky sXw Remix’ on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/sxwmusic/hillsong-united-touch-the-sky-sxw-remix

Lyrics:
What fortune lies beyond the stars
Those dazzling heights too vast to climb
I got so high to fall so far
But I found heaven as love swept low

My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground

What treasure waits within Your scars
This gift of freedom gold can’t buy
I bought the world and sold my heart
You traded heaven to have me again

My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground x3

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Genre: Worship, Indie, Acoustic

Gentle, smooth and thoughtful simplicity met with beautiful harmonies and excellent production makes this track from The Brilliance a true masterpiece of contemporary worship.

For more info on The Brilliance visit:
http://thebrilliancemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Brilliance-Music/142751459103527
https://twitter.com/brilliancemusic

Purchase ‘Brother’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/brother/id964315117
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/brother/id964315117

Lyrics:
When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

When I look into the face
Of my enemy
I see my brother
I see my brother

Forgiveness is the garment
Of our courage
The power to make the peace
We long to know
Open up our eyes
To see the wounds that bind
All of humankind
May our shutter hearts
Greet the dawn of life
With charity and love

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Genre: Worship, Electronica, Indie,

Another great track from Eikon’s new EP ‘Human’ set for digital release tomorrow (27th April). Read our short interview “Five Questions with Eikon”: http://bit.ly/1djAoJy

For more info on Eikon visit:
https://soundcloud.com/eikonmusic
https://www.facebook.com/Eikonmusic
https://calibresound.bandcamp.com/

Purchase ‘Human’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id984928552
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/human-ep/id984928552


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Eikon

Eikon – Dave Hendra (left) and Dave Pilcher (right)

In the build up to their ‘Human EP‘ release, we caught up with Dave Hendra and Dave Pilcher of ‘Eikon‘ and asked them Five Questions…

1. It’s been a year since your last EP release (My Fortress), how do you think your sound has developed since then and what sounds can we expect to hear on this new EP?

Dave Pilcher: We’ve been developing our style a bit so the tracks reflect a more worshipful vibe. The focus now, is more on God and less on us, whilst also trying to achieve a more coherent style throughout a release. There’s a bit more house stuff, It is over-all a bit quicker, and some extra bleeps and bloops for free. We are stoked with the way our sound is coming together. But at the same time don’t want to hold onto it: We love experimenting to keep things fresh.

2. We’ve featured a few covers you’ve done this past year, such as ‘I Love Your Presence’ and ‘Take A Moment’, how do you find the process of working with a song that’s already written in a very different style to the music you create, and how does that compare to the songwriting process of your original work?

Dave Hendra: The challenge of taking a song that has a strong identity and restructuring it to our tastes is a lot of fun. In some ways you don’t have to think too much about the lyrics while at the same time you are playing with melody and phrasing to fit new rhythms and chords. When working on originals we start with a blank slate and could do anything, which is exciting. With covers the restrictions can work in our favour and actually speed up the process. Both are ultimately about problem-solving.

Dave Pilcher: I used to do a fair bit of remixing under my Naive Machine alias (before I become a Christian), so enjoy flipping another style into something new and original, with the aim to rework the track to sound almost like a completely new one. We in fact have a whole album ready of worship remixes (which will include the two tracks you mentioned!).

3. The title of this new EP is ‘Human’, how did you choose this name and what’s the theme behind it?

Dave Hendra: I was inspired by a recent talk, where the preacher said that Jesus ‘sucks out the poison and the pain’ – in other words God took the mess we had created and made it his own. I also love it that in Jesus we get a glimpse of what God wants for humanity, and the power to do something about it. We have thus attempted to weave a theme intended to link how Christ in the Spirit leads us to be more like Him, the ways in which this is done, and in doing so makes us more truly human.

4. As Eikon, you guys frequently lead worship in your local church, how does this style of music as congregational worship work and do you think we can hope to see the wider Church accept and integrate more unconventional worship styles like this?

Dave Pilcher: It is still early days for us but we have big hopes that the church can embrace this kind of music – and tweaked to make it easier for congregations to use! Some people love it, others don’t, but many are able to respond and worship God through the music, which is the most important thing. The leadership at St Mary’s Bryanston Square (London) are very supportive of us – they like trying new things – which we are grateful for. We think God is too big to be worshiped in just one way. We are aware that we are so blessed to be playing a tiny part in thousands of years of worship of all different types. On a purely selfish level it would be fantastic to see more churches pushing boundaries with electronic music (but that’s just because it is what we like!) We have lots to learn and try to work on the feedback we get when we lead worship live.

5. Lastly, what lies in the future for Eikon? Can we expect a full length record at some point? More covers? Live shows?

Dave Pilcher: We have so many tracks ready! There’s our covers album, an EP we are remixing for Darren and Jessie Clarke, and a full-length originals album! Plus we are planning a Christmas covers EP as well. This is all planned for release within the next 2 years! So watch this space, and please pray that God would continue to help us make music for His glory!

To keep up to date with Eikon, follow them at:
https://soundcloud.com/eikonmusic
https://www.facebook.com/Eikonmusic

To Pre-Order their ‘Human – EP’ from iTunes follow these links:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id984928552
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/human-ep/id984928552


Genre: Acoustic, Worship

For more info on Darren & Jessie Clarke visit:
http://www.darrenandjessieclarke.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenandJessieClarke
https://twitter.com/ClarkeLaneMusic

Purchase ‘It All Comes Down To You’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hand-of-god/id943682215
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hand-of-god/id943682215

Lyrics:
I’ll take your words, over my thoughts
I’ll take Your truth, even when it hurts

It all comes down to you
You who make all things new
At the end of it all
The earth may crumble and the skies may fall

But I will not be swept away
Though my heart tells me to be afraid
But I will stand on what You say
And the promises You made

It all comes down to you, It all comes down to you
It all comes down to you in the end… my dear friend.

I’ll follow you, wherever you lead
I just want you, instead of me

It all comes down to You
You who make all things new
At the end of it all,
The earth may crumble and the skies may fall

But I will not be swept away
Though my heart tells me to be afraid
I will stand on what You say
And the promises You made

It all comes down to You
You who make all things new
At the end of it all,
The earth may crumble and the skies may fall

But I will not be swept away
Though my heart tells me to be afraid

I will stand on what You say and the promises You made
It all comes down to you, It all comes down to you
It all comes down to you in the end… my dear friend.
It all comes down to you, It all comes down to you
It all comes down to you in the end… my dear friend.

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