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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.

Naomi Shelton’s new album electrifies the body and edifies the soul

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Music | Gospel soul singer Naomi Shelton performed in Brooklyn nightclubs for four decades before she was “discovered” by Daptone Records. The 71-year-old…

Flatt Lonesome embraces its musical and spiritual roots

Flatt Lonesome embraces its musical and spiritual roots

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Music | Bluegrass newcomers Flatt Lonesome took the genre by storm in late 2012 with its debut album. The youth and energy of this family-based sextet “caught…

All Things New has a good time singing about a good God

All Things New has a good time singing about a good God

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Music | Christian band All Things New immediately garnered fans and media interest with last summer’s self-titled debut album. Recently the band reimagined several…

Gungor drifts from biblical orthodoxy

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Music | Dove-award winning artists Michael and Lisa Gungor—whose “Dry Bones” and “Beautiful Things” became worship anthems across the country—are known…

Preson Phillips: A wild worship ride toward an even wilder God

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Music | Preson Phillips’ new worship album In Our Winters is full of raw-boned electric guitar and instrumental jams that would fit comfortably in the rock section of…

 
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