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From Matzah Ball soup to Grammy nod, Haim just wants to have fun

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Music | The three Jewish sisters who make up the band Haim were recently spotted traipsing around Hawaii with their newest chum, megastar Taylor Swift. It’s one of…

Among outrageous pop stars, Ed Sheeran is weirdly normal

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Music | Twenty-three-year-old singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran stands out from this year’s Grammy frenzy. It’s not his nomination for the coveted best-album award nor…

Andrae Crouch: Gone to see the King

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Obituary | Legendary gospel singer-songwriter and arranger Andrae Crouch—often referred to as the “father of modern gospel music”—died Thursday of a heart…

For Pentatonix, Christmas is heavy on fun, light on faith

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Music | Pentatonix, a five member a cappella sensation, made the biggest Christmas music splash this year with a new album that rocketed to the top of the season,

Aaron Shust’s epic take on the Christmas story

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Music | CCM artist Aaron Shust comes out swinging for the stars on his new Christmas album Unto Us —an ambitious blend of classical and rock music in the vein…

A Christmas jazz album that points to Jesus

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Music | Many jazz-themed Christmas albums are an ill-considered hash of cheesy arrangements that seem more like an opportunistic lunge for a quick Christmas buck than…

A musical experiment filled with sound but lacking passion

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Music | Folk musician and singer Sam Amidon is known for turning old ballads and hymns into eerie, quavering, art-rock experiments. He succeeds even more than usual…

A grown-up Martin Smith still can groove on latest album

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Music | Martin Smith, former lead singer for the Christian rock band Delirious?, stood entranced by a massive forest fire in the mountains of Greece. He was there on…

Cory Bishop’s unfulfilled longing is a hopeful way to begin

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Music | Listening to singer-songwriter Cory Bishop is as easy as putting on a pair of old shoes. Bishop sings with a soft crackle, like Bruce Springsteen but…

Singer-songwriter Steffany Gretzinger proclaims God’s steady love

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Music | Steffany Gretzinger is a heartfelt singer-songwriter who combines the jazz crooning of Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones with a few diving swoops, a la Joni…

Bellarive stretches and expands the worship band label

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Music | Many artistic Christian musicians race to escape the “Christian” title as soon as possible, hoping for more crossover impact. Bellarive, on the other…

Esterlyn offers a sonic worship feast

Esterlyn offers a sonic worship feast

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Music | Esterlyn is usually dubbed a worship band—a fair description considering their easily absorbed choruses and focus on God. But their curious combination of…

 
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