Top worship albums of 2014

Top worship albums of 2014

A lot of excellent new worship music came out this year, and here is my inexhaustive, subjective list, in no particular order of my favourite  (i.e. most listened to) worship albums. If you feel like buying them, please consider doing so via my Amazon store. Kings Kaleidoscope – Becoming Who We Are CityAlight – Yours Alone see my review Falls Church Anglican – We Will […]

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Music downloading poll

I just posted this straw poll on my BookFace page, and would appreciate your answers: 1) Do you regularly download free music (legally – e.g. noisetrade, bandcamp)? 2) Do you regularly buy music downloads? 3a) If not, why not? 3b) If yes, do you regularly download (free or paid) albums, singles or both? 4) If you also stream music (legally – e.g. Spotify) would you […]

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The art of celebration – new album from Rend Collective

The art of celebration – new album from Rend Collective

There’s been a bunch of great releases over the last few weeks, and I’ve already blogged about some of them, and there’s more to come.. If you’re into worship music and you don’t know about the Rend Collective then you’re missing out. Their Northern Irish new-grass sound is really catchy (they predate Mumford & Sons btw), and are shaking up the CCM Worship Industry(tm). I loved their […]

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New album from Loud Harp

One of my best ever(tm) finds on Noisetrade, as I’ve written about before, is Loud Harp. I liked it so much I jumped on board the Kickstarter campaign for their new album. The album came out this week, and it’s wonderful. ‘You heard me’ is already a favourite track on this album of Psalms. Check it out:   Go and buy a copy.  

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Kings Kaleidoscope: Live in Color – for free!

This is going to be one of the best worship albums to come out this year (I’m a sucker for those orchestral textures), and they’re giving it away for free!   Check out the live videos too:  

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Please stop telling #worship songwriters to be more creative.

Please stop telling #worship songwriters to be more creative.

I have a bit of a request: can we please stop telling people who write songs for the church to be more creative? No, I don’t mean we encourage mediocrity, or stop encouraging creativity. I mean, to stop saying discouraging things like, “modern worship music is so bland” or however it might be phrased. You know the kind of comment I’m referring to. I recently […]

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Free music from Zac Hicks & The Brilliance

I know it’s bad blog-technique (blognique?) to post two posts back-to-back like this, but I don’t care. I forgot about two other great Noisetrade offers, and rather than update the previous post, I figured that they could have a post of their own. I blasted this all over my BookFace page a week or so ago: Zac Hicks (if you’re involved in sung worship ministry, […]

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Free music from Matt Papa, Arthur Wachnik & The Liturgists

There’s always a ton of great (free!) stuff on Noisetrade (I’m so thankful, Derek Webb), so I figured I’d post about it.. One of my favourite worship songwriters, Matt Papa (he’s like what you might get if you put John Piper and Keith Green into a blender), has just released an Easter EP with some of his more recent songs, including the wonderful track ‘It […]

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The “top” new worship songs from 2013

Happy New  Year! Worship Leader Magazine recently came out with a list of the top 20 Worship songs of 2013, which you can look at  and listen to here. It’s a list featuring most of the usual suspects – Hillsong, Worship Central, Elevation, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman – which is to be expected. Of course, ‘top’ in this context means the editors’ favourites, but I […]

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Leading in the morning

I’m jumping in to lead sung worship in the morning, and it will be the very first time I’ve led auf Deutsch! I’m a bit nervous, although I’m pretty sure that this was actually the very same historical context in which Romans 8:26 was written (j/k). We’re doing a mix of German and English songs, including a couple of English translated into German songs.. Here’s what […]

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A history of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 100 riffs

This is probably the most awesome thing you will see on the internet today, if not this week:

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8 Tips for an effective #worship team band practice

8 Tips for an effective #worship team band practice

As a professional performer, I spend most of my week practising. You might say that, basically, I get paid to practice. Your church band might not cost the tens of thousands of dollars it costs a symphony orchestra to rehearse, but it probably costs your members valuable free time, and so we need to respect that and use the time effectively. It’s common for church music teams […]

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