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Groves Makes Yuletide Meaningful on O Holy Night

Effortlessly moving between the meaningful and the whimsical comes the first Yuletide release from Sara Groves, one of the most brilliant artists caroling on the contemporary Christian porch. And it’s about time.

This Glorious Christmas Takes a Stylistic Journey

This fall the siblings in Annie Moses Band contribute their refined sound to This Glorious Christmas, their first major label debut. And the disc is amazingly cohesive, even with a stylistic journey through bluegrass, pop, jazz and classical music.

Where Passion and Art Collide

New in pop music … Kendall Payne offers both Christmas and worship on two new albums and news about the long-awaited CompassionArt charity album that was spearheaded by Delirious front-man Martin Smith and his wife Anna.

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • December 19, 2008 |
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Music Critics' Picks 2008

So many albums. So little time. Which music projects were worth listening to this past year? CCMmagazine.com’s editorial team offers their top choices for the best faith-based albums of 2008.

Have a Chipper, Cheerful pureNRG Christmas

Outside of Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, pureNRG may be the most popular of today’s faith-focused crop, which explains the flurry of recent projects including a concert DVD and this Christmas disc, A pureNRG Christmas.

Shane & Shane: Christmas Q&A

Their newest project, Glory in the Highest, celebrates the meaning of Christmas. So it’s appropriate that Shane & Shane's Shane Everett now answers some holiday questions and shares his Christmas faves with you.

Lecrae's Beats Grab Attention on Rebel

Even though Lecrae honed his rhyming chops on the streets of Houston as a teenager, the rapper never succumbed to the gang-infested lifestyle. Instead, he accepted Christ at 19, focused on refining his skills on the mic.

Jeremy Camp: Louder Than Before - Part 3

It’s clear Jeremy Camp’s life is one of impact, whether on the artistic community now surrounding him or on his own family. And judging by fan responses to previous albums, it seems his latest will only add to the influence.

Skillet Packs a Punch on Live CD/DVD Combo

Synced lighting, a balanced stage and John Cooper’s commanding presence translate on DVD, while special effects and post-production miracles make the final footage as stimulating as the quartet’s pounding performance.

Jeremy Camp: Louder Than Before - Part 2

The hallmarks of Jeremy Camp’s lyrics have always been honesty and a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to faith and life. So it might come as a slight surprise to find his latest titled Speaking Louder Than Before.

Grant's Christmas Collection a Definitive Compilation

Amy Grant’s The Christmas Collection is a definitive compilation. Thoughtful sequencing, new packaging and notes and sensitive mastering create a seamless archive that now sound even fresher than the originals.

Jeremy Camp: Louder Than Before - Part 1

Armed with a new producer and a new message of evangelism, on his latest album Jeremy Camp finds himself returning to many of the same things that characterized his early years of songwriting.

Anberlin’s New Surrender One of the Year's Most Essential

Long story short, New Surrender is hands-down one of 2008’s most essential albums to own. It is sure to position Anberlin as much deserved cross-cultural superstars, as the modern rockers are now part of the major label leagues.

Building 429 Redefined

“This [record] feels right, and I feel like we’ve gotten back to the roots of Building 429,” says Jason Roy of their latest. “When we put all those things together, we looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s self-title this thing. Let’s start over.’”

Switchfoot Offers Greatest Hits on The Best Yet

The most exciting part about The Best Yet is not only the fact it compiles all the monster hits from the band’s Columbia Records crossover years, but it also includes a handful of tunes from its often overlooked re:think era.

Reconnecting with …Guest

Siblings Brandon and Brittany Hargest will probably always be remembered for their time in teen group Jump5. But these days, they hope their brand-new duo status as Guest will show that they’ve graduated from the Radio Disney days.

Reiterate Finds GRITS Coloring Outside the Lines

GRITS' switch from Gotee to their own label, Revolution Art, finds the pair coloring a little outside the usual lines. But not at the expense of the chemistry and confidence they’ve steadily built since rising up alongside the rap days of dcTalk.

Camp Continues Growth on Speaking Louder Than Before

No matter what the topic, Jeremy Camp once again grows as a writer and vertically-focused entertainer whose continuously developing testimony is just as inspiring as the reflections sewn across Speaking Louder Than Before.

Building 429 Unleashes Fresh Vision on New Project

In a “season of finding what God has in store” and no longer conforming to “what everybody wants us to be or what we think we should be,” Building 429 front-man Jason Roy explains the band has something of its own to say.

Hillsong United: The Point of Difference

For the songs and music of Hillsong United to be recognized more and more, worship leader/songwriter Joel Houston actually admits, “Songwriting can be like swinging your arms recklessly,” never quite knowing where the punch will land.

  • Jackie A. Chapman |
  • November 18, 2008 |
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