Throughout the Bible, there are countless stories of ordinary people whole-heartedly attempting to live a life fully surrendered to God’s unique calling on their lives. More than once, God asks people of faith to relinquish control and simply trust Him. These days, singer/songwriter Laura Story is discovering the beauty found in letting go. It’s this posture of surrender that she’s striving for on her fifth studio album, Open Hands (Fair Trade Services).
For magician Justin Flom, 2016 came in like a lion and went out like a raging lion. And 2017 looks like that lion still hasn’t been fed.
He kicked off the year having just wrapped up performing on one of the largest tours in the U.S. – Florida Georgia Line. Early in the year, organizers of the giant Country Radio Seminar plugged Justin into their “Magic of CRS” campaign that saw the avid music fan tape magic tricks with country stars like Jennifer Nettles, Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Frankie Ballard and others.
Jill Phillips is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who got her start in the business after graduating from Belmont University in 1998. Her guitar based folk-rock sound combines with rich, insightful lyrics that deal with age-old topics in new and fresh ways. Her self-titled debut album on Word Records was produced by grammy-award winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick (“Change Your World” recorded by Eric Clapton) also known for producing such artists as Amy Grant, Garth Brooks and Susan Ashton.
“I’ve heard it said that music is the language of the soul,” says internationally-renowned recording artist Jason Castro. “I think it’s something God created for our souls to be able to rejoice in.”
There are musicians who know from the very start just what they want to do. For the contemporary Christian worship artist, that often means learning guitar, moving to Nashville, and “paying your dues” in the smallest of venues while you struggle to get by.
I have sung these words forever, ‘Hallelujah’ from my lips!
How I meant them in the moment, but in the moment failed the test
What a shame they’re so familiar, ‘cause I’m a beggar at my best
Singing like I sing forever and ever, and ever… Hallelujah!
—from “As A Saint” by Elias Dummer
Cindy Morgan is a storyteller. For more than 20 years her prolific songs—poetically mining the depths of life, love, loss and everything in between—have grown deep roots with fans around the world. Her melodies effortlessly woo soul-stirringlyrics to the page, her songs like trusted friends whose companionship never grows weary.
On paper Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is a project that shouldn’t exist. The math doesn’t add up. After ten years of putting it off, ten years of feeling too intimidated and inadequate to write and record the project he instinctively knew could be the most important and personally meaningful of his career, Andrew Peterson wrestled a growing sense he could put it off no longer. After all, we’re only given so many years in this life.
Sandra McCracken is a prolific singer-songwriter and modern-day hymn writer whose songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion,” "God’s Highway" and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in churches internationally. Her music has been featured by All Sons And Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, Indelible Grace, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She has also been a guest contributor for The Gospel Coalition, She Reads Truth, Art House America Blog, Relevant Magazine and other publications.
A self-described "wrestling poet," singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman doesn't shy away from life’s messier realities when performing and creating her music.
Unflinchingly honest her songs include "Slow Down," "This Mystery," "Holy," "Legacy" and "What If." During the formation of each song, and played out within the lyrics, Nichole explores the nuances of life, faith and theology.