Good Music Friday: Worship Edition

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This week’s Good Music Friday is full of today’s contemporary worship. Marvin Sapp, Bethel Music, and Hillsong UNITED are great examples of uninterrupted entry into God’s presence through song and they take me there every time! Check out some of my favorite songs right now and tell me your worship go-to tunes in the comments below.

marvin sappMarvin Sapp just has a certain way of dropping you to the floor and dragging you to the altar. The pure sincerity in his voice makes you want to stop and listen. Click HERE to check out his song actually written and produced by R. Kelly titled “Listen.” When he starts shushing—lays me out.

Reckless Love by Bethel Church thooooo!?!?!?!

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I first heard this song at my church, One Church LA and it has since become my anthem. I usually have an anthem for each season. A couple of years ago it was “Intentional” by Travis Greene. Prior to that it was Bethel Music’s (they just have a special anointing) “You Make Me Brave,” and for the past two weeks or so I’ve been Reckless in Love with the Lord. I mean just read these words:

Oh the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God/Oh it chases me down, fights til’ I’m found, leaves the 99/I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you give yourself away

There’s no shadow you won’t light up, mountain you won’t climb up, coming after me/No wall you won’t kick down, lie you won’t tear down, coming after me.

I’ve recently learned the power of talking back to the enemy and letting him know he has no place here. Hillsong UNITED does just that in their song, “Not Today.” They’re basically like “not today satan, get behind me! Check it out below!

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Good Music Friday – 3 “Must Download” Records

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It’s Friday which means new music! These records weren’t just released today but they are must haves if you’re looking for good music. Good music are tunes that you can play during morning worship or while working it out. So check out the records below and download TODAY! Support Christian artists so that they can afford to keep giving us great hits our children can dance to.

allthings- lecraeLecrae has become a household name when it comes to inspirational music. His ability to fuse hip-hop beats and lyrical flow with a positive message is rare and incomparable. His latest album “All Things Work Together” includes singles “I’ll Find You” featuring Tori Kelly and “Blessings” featuring Ty Dolla $ign but I must say my favorite song on the record is “Broke.” It has a catchy beat and a motto to live by, “being broke made me rich!”

Travis Greene has provided anthems that have been transformational in my spiritual walk. From “Intentional” to “You Made a Way,” Travis has helped me learn the ways of God and lean on His word. His latest album, Crossover Live From Music City is no different. The record includes his single, “You Waited,” and one of my new favorite songs “Daddy’s Home” featuring Haley Kiteley.

Canton Jones is my go to for crunk worship. When in the gym, I want to be motivated both mentally and spiritually and Canton’s music does just that. His latest track, thooooooo!!!! This song, “Won’t He Do It” is a banger of all bangers! I encourage you to download his EP “Greatness” now and get the bench pressing.

Okay, I’ve given you three reasons to head to iTunes and Google Play and upgrade your playlists. We cannot make excuses that there is no Christian music for the contemporary ear. The music is out there and it is goooood!

 

 

 

Good Music Friday: Grammy Edition

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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.

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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

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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!!!

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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

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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, Joey+Rory

Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration, Gordon Mote

God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, (Various Artists); Jeffrey Gaskill, producer