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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…

New Colton Dixon album is bold, brash, and a little shallow

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Music | Sporting a mohawk the height of a medium-sized shrub, Christian rocker Colton Dixon never had any difficulty capturing attention. He quickly caught voters’

iTunes users can’t live with or without U2

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Music | Apple triggered universal swoons, as usual, with its latest product launch showcasing larger iPhones and a new smart watch. But the announcement that…

About A Mile satisfies musically and spiritually

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Music | Christian rockers About A Mile—whose name references the distance Jesus carried His cross—deliver a solid first effort with their self-titled debut album.

 
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