Melodies fill the air as we gear up for music’s biggest night of the year. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be held this weekend and while there are many great singers, songwriters, producers and musicians being recognized, there are also a plethora of skilled artists who go unnoticed. Of course my heart is with the Christian music artists that fill my playlists every day but never get the light of mainstream.
There are many faith-based records made by artists other than Kirk Franklin (whom I love and is not only nominated for Best Gospel Album but also Rap/Sung Performance for Ultralight Beam with Kanye West). This post is to give highly deserving love to the gospel underdogs, without whom it would be difficult to maintain my daily worship.
With a Drake ft. Rihanna-esque vibe, southern artist Jor’dan Armstrong returns with a Caribbean-inspired tune that you can work out to. The Louisiana native sings, writes and has produced records for Tyrese, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill and Kierra Sheard.
Check out his new banger below, “So Much Luv.”
You know you always on time for me/ And no you never told lies to me/ Tell me where you want me Lord, you can call me your property/ You never been rude no/ Don’t kna what ta’gwan on anymore/ And I could try and do things my way but it just ain’t the same/ How could I replace your love you’ve got so much to give
I actually just heard this artist for the first time today while researching for this post. He has a record featuring Jor’Dan that caught my attention and a few songs into his album, I’m already sold. You have to check out the instrumentation on his title track “Pursuit of Happiness.”
Justin “JG” Goss Sr. has an attention-grabbing sound that will have you moving your shoulders to the beat while nodding your head to the lyrics.
Download his album, Pursuit of Happiness HERE free!!!
Echelon Knoxx is a young, talented rapper out of D.C. His latest project Motivated elevates his lyrical skill even further from his previous work. The record below, The Scale could easily bump on mainstream radio.
Take a look back at my flaws/ Take a look back at my L’s/ I take a look back at the cross/ Take a look back at the nails/ The highs outweighing the lows every time I take a look back at the scale/ I been through the fire, they couldn’t even tell I’m wearing the smile so well
While these powerful music contributions may not have made the nod list, check out the other “good news” artists who are nominated for this weekend’s Grammy Awards:
Best Gospel Performance
“It’s Alright, It’s Ok” by Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton
“You’re Bigger [Live]” Jekalyn Carr
“Made A Way [Live]” Travis Greene
“God Provides” Tamela Mann
“Better” Hezekiah Walker
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
“Trust In You” Lauren Daigle
“Priceless” For King & Country
“King Of The World” Natalie Grant
“Thy Will” Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
“Chain Breaker” Zach Williams
Best Gospel Album
Listen, Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill This House, Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper’s Heart [Live], Todd Dulaney
Losing My Religion, Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate [Live], William Murphy
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Poets & Saints, All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal, Crowder
Be One, Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live], Hillsong Young & Free
Love Remains. Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Best Roots Gospel Album
Better Together, Gaither Vocal Band
Nature’s Symphony In 432, The Isaacs
Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration, Gordon Mote
God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, (Various Artists); Jeffrey Gaskill, producer