Cover and Originals
Another great batch of release in Christian Music industry is coming this week. Lincoln Brewster, Michelle Williams, Selah, Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, Family Force 5, and still many more. One of them is a great artist that placed seventh in eleventh season of American Idol. Yes, he is Colton Dixon who released his second album, Anchor.
Coming with a Christian pop rock genre, Anchor released publicly at August 19, 2014 at iTunes. It was placed at #1 spot in iTunes Christian & Gospel category and reach #14 spot in iTunes all category music.
In Anchor, Colt co-wrote his songs with famous songwriters and artists such as Matthew West, TobyMac, Trevor McNevan, Ben Glover and Matt Bronleewe. The winner of "Best Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year" at 2013 Dove Awards said that Anchor was more of a series of personal collections, finding stability and trying to balance the ups and downs.
With Chris Daughtry as his favorite male singer, it's not surprising listening to Colton's music style. There're lots of pop rock music coming throughout this album, so it's instantly pumping my head when I listened to it.
It's both a relief and grief for me when finding a good Christian music. It's a relief because there are still lots of musicians out there that creating good music for praising and worshiping God, but it's a grief at the same time because I regret to not discover this music earlier.
Family Force 5 is one of Christian band that I felt sorry for discovering them just recently. Formed in 1993, this Atlanta Christian rock band had released so many albums (4 studio albums, 2 remix albums) and EPs (total 9 EPs).
A week ago, Family Force 5 released their latest studio album called Time Stand Still. After a few days released into the wild, the album claimed #1 spot in US iTunes chart in Christian & Gospel category. It also put in the top 100 of all music chart in iTunes.
First time listening to the album, the thought that coming into my mind was that this album is different with most of the songs in Christian industry. Especially when I first listen the first two tracks of the album, Sweep the Leg and BZRK. The sound of the distortion combined with electronic dance sound really pump me a lot. It feels like the band ask me to jump around.
As an Indie Musician, it's always inspiring to see other musicians producing a great quality of music. So when John Mark McMillan, North Carolina singer songwriter, produced a great album despite the indie record label, I got all excited by it.
Borderland, John Mark's fourth album, has greatly inspired me as an Indie Musician. Not just because his successful Kickstarter project that funding this album. It's because his own album produced such a great musicality taste that can be claimed in the top rank of Christian Music Industry.
Released on March 4, 2014, Borderland has reached a great performance in many music chart. It even reached top 20 in iTunes Music store for 3 days after publicly released. It also reached spot #41 in Billboard 200 for top selling albums.
I'm surprised when listening to this album for the first time. It's like the album has the richness of sound, it feels like every songs were created carefully and taken with care. I can never guess what the next song or the chorus would sounds like (well i can still guess a bit if it's a ballad song though).
With this richness of sound John Mark has offered, I think it can be easily accepted with many Christian music lover out there. I also think that this kind of music offers a great variation in CCM industry.