The title says it all
Life’s a little crazy right now but one of the things that’s keeping me trucking is the continual discovery of some great new music. Here are some things that are inspiring me for congregational music as I look at the fall.
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I’ve been a fan of Dustin Kensrue for a few years. It’s even easier for me to be a fan of his new sound with his worship band, Modern Post, based out of Mars Hill O.C. Check out their brilliant versions of “Before the Throne” and “Amazing Grace”.
I have not heard a song, any song, that has grabbed me like this since I first popped in Jonsi’s album “Go” 2 years ago. Kenosis’ version of “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” is not necessarily the greatest thing I’ve ever heard, but it’s probably the most exciting hymn rearrangement I’ve ever heard. Love it! Absolutely love it!
The Royal Royal came on the scene last year when they toured the U.S. with Hillsong United. As soon as I heard their song “Praise Him” I was hooked. It was what I wanted to hear from the worship music genre, because it didn’t sound like the genre. And yet, while having a fresh sound that gives some nods to the influence of bands like Passion Pit the songs are still totally congregationally singable. Great stuff.
I haven’t tried incorporating any Bellarive tunes into a worship set yet, but it’s only a matter of time. I love their sound. I’ll never be able to sing as high as this dude but their approach to worship music resonates with me. I’m a fan.
This last one is something a little different, yet totally familiar. Imagine some of the popular worship songs from the last few years…with a Punk Rock sound. That’s what my buddy, Ryan Gartner from my home church has been working on. Because fist pumps and praising Jesus just belong together.
What are you guys listening to?