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Jump EP by NONAH – An Impressive EP from a New Indie Trio

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NONAH is a brand new independent band made up of husband and wife duo Wes and Callie Strunk, alongside producer/musician Nate Johnson. Although this trio is new to the music scene, they've already been releasing impressive songs that sound clean and professional. Their goal as a band is to see people fall in love with Jesus and worship God with a childlike passion and purity. Their lyrics are meaningful, and all of their songs have a catchy pop tune to them. The band released their debut single "Assurance" on November 7, 2019,[…]

3:34 by Zauntee – Servitude Through Music

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Zauntee is a 21-year old independent rapper from Tampa, Florida. His passion for music began at the young age of 10 progressing forward to the age of 14 when he started to produce his own music. Zauntee’s made a prominent impact on the Christian Hip-Hop (CHH) genre shortly after at the age of 17 when his first single and video debuted “God Taught Me.” To date, the video has over 8.5 million views. Zauntee has quite a successful touring history in a small span of time. He’s joined Casting Crowns[…]

Let There Be Wonder (Acoustic) EP by Matt Redman – Excellent Acoustic EP Featuring String Quartet

Matt Redman released Let There Be Wonder, one of my favorite albums of 2020, in January, before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world. He recently released this six-song EP Let There Be Wonder (Acoustic), featuring five songs from that album, plus his classic “Blessed Be Your Name”. What holds all of these stripped-down songs together is that they are all about Jesus, and praising his wonderful name.  
Even if you are familiar with these songs, I think you’ll enjoy these new versions. What really stood out for me was the use of strings on these songs. The EP was[…]

Vol 1 EP by Manic Drive – Vol. 1 EP

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In the last three years since the last Manic Drive album, they have spent a lot of time on the road with tours like Winter Jam and their self-produced One Night Music Circus Tour. This unforeseen season has taken brothers Shawn and Michael Cavallo off the road and allowed them to dedicate time to new music. In addition to this season that we are all sharing, this year has brought joyous and tragic life events, some of which they share in Episode 54 of[…]

Vol 1 EP by Manic Drive – The joyful and inspirational ‘Vol. 1 EP’

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In the last three years, since their last album, Manic Drive has spent a lot of time performing at tours, such as Winter Jam and the self-produced One Night Music Circus Tour. This unforeseen pandemic season has taken brothers Shawn and Michael Cavallo off the road and allowed them to dedicate time to new music. This year has brought joyous and tragic life events, some of which the brothers share in Episode 54 of the NRT Now Podcast. All of this is poured into the songwriting and[…]

O Come O Come Emmanuel (Single) by Kerrie Roberts – Rejoice, Rejoice!

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Powerhouse female vocalist Kerrie Roberts, known for her hit CCM pop songs "No Matter What," "Outcast," "Rescue Me (How the Story Ends)" and "What Are You Afraid Of," returns with a powerful rendition of “O Come Emmanuel.” As a pastor's daughter, Kerrie's heart as a worshipper has been heard throughout her albums as her powerful songs "Beautiful to Me," "Savior to Me (Sing Glory)," "In Your Sight" and "Seek Your Face" have all been vertical offerings of praise and worship. What it Sounds Like
Kerrie’s rendition of “O[…]

Expectations by Zachary Ochsner – Expectations EP

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Zachary Taylor Ochsner is from the small town of Bluffton, Indiana, but that doesn't mean God can't use him. He believes God has big plans for him and his music, as Jeremiah 29:11 says. Zachary is willing to say things in his music that people might not like at first but will be able to understand if they are listening with open hearts and open ears. What It Sounds Like
There's a little something for every fan of Christian music on this release. “Open Up”[…]

Thank God It’s Christmas EP by Marc Martel – Album Review: Marc Martel – Thank God It’s Christmas EP

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Former Downhere co-frontman Marc Martel has become one of the most successful Indie artists around, carving out a few unique niches for himself in an ever-changing music landscape. In addition to his uncanny vocal likeness to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, Martel has kept a foot in the door of the Christian music market with an annual release of Christmas EPs and singles that have brought him much success on radio charts. For years, fans have been clamoring for Martel to release the one song that serves as an overlap of[…]

Chosen Vessel by Marvin Sapp – A Veteran That Keeps Things Fresh

What You Need To Know:  In late 2019,  Pastor Marvin Sapp made a very hard decision to step down from his church, Lifehouse Full Life Center Church that he and his beloved late wife Malinda founded. He accepted the position as pastor of the Chosen Vessel in Fort Worth, Texas. New beginnings while accepting the pain of change. How fitting was it for him to record his latest album (fittingly titled)Chosen Vessel (Live) in Fort Worth. Marvin again enlists the aid of accomplished producers, Aaron Lindsay and Myron[…]

Everything All At Once by Weathered – Everything All At Once Review

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Weathered is an alternative rock band with midwest and emo music vibes. They are a unique, yet overlooked band. Their debut album, Stranger Here, showcased their signature style. Their new sophomore album, Everything All At Once, gives listeners the best the band has to offer, so far.  What It Sounds Like
Weathered's sound is distinct, especially in the Christian-based music scene. They have a blend of captivating, lengthy rock, as well as instrumental transitions contrasted with soft and poignant vocals. Everything All At Once is unpredictable and[…]

Restoration (Deluxe) by Lecrae – Lecrae Releases a Deluxe Edition of Restoration Album

Lecrae adds six songs to his excellent Restoration album in this new Deluxe Album edition. Read my review of the original edition of the album here.
Here are a few brief comments about each of the new songs:
10 Toes – This song was written by Carvello, Tray Haggerty, Ace Harris, Kyrie Briana Chalmers and Lecrae. It was produced by Harris and Carvello. This is a hard-hitting song, both musically and lyrically, driven by synth and percussion. He mentions Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter. He indicates that he is too black for his white friends. But as bad[…]

Until We Meet Again… (Live Unplugged) by Mat Kearney – Excellent Introduction to Mat Kearney’s Music

Until We Meet Again features songs from Kearney’s second acoustic tour, his winter 2020 Revisited tour. These songs were recorded in January and February before the COVID-19 shutdown. Many of the songs are from early in his career, with five of the eleven songs from his 2011 album Young Love and three from his 2009 album City of Black and White. Most of the songs, are about love and relationships, with other themes including encouragement and trust in God.  
If you are not familiar with Kearney’s music, this would be an excellent project to check out. Below are a[…]

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