Throughout my childhood and into my teenage years, the music that I was exposed to was very limited. Aside from artists like Delirious?, Carman, Steven Curtis Chapman (in fact, I think Signs of Life was the first CD our family received- even before we had a CD player), Tim Hughes, Steve Grace and Planetshakers (their 2003 album Rain Down), our CCM albums/artists knowledge wasn’t to the point where you’d call us a fan of it. Nevertheless, a few WOW Hits albums purchases a few years later- WOW Hits 2005, 2006 and WOW Worship Aqua (fuelled by our enjoyment of WOW Hits 2004), we took the plunge and purchased our first CCM album by a female artist in 2006- Rebecca St. James’s 2005 album If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something.
Five Stones Media
Release Date: April 30th 2014
Reviewed by Joshua Andre
Various Artists- Praise And Arrows (Songs Inspired by the “Lion Of War” Book Series) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
Things must’ve been pretty weird, or maybe even simple, before the advent of facebook, twitter, or even the internet. Before any of that, there were just the people around your neighbourhood. There was the home TV instead of your personal computer, there was playing sports with friends instead of the Nintendo Wii console, there was cassette tapes, vinyl players and the like, instead of now Spotify, Youtube, mp3 files and iTunes. Before technology, life as we would think, was simpler. Maybe even boring to us, the life our parents and grandparents lived was one where friendships were much easier to form, and much harder to break.
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
Release Date: August 19th 2014
Reviewed by Joshua Andre
Julie Elias, who released her debut album A Wild Rose in 2012, unveils her sophomore album Love Rains Down next week, full of well known worship songs and original worship material. I had the privilege of interviewing Julie via email, as we discussed the upcoming album, what she hopes listeners will experience when hearing the familiar renditions of well known tracks and newer tracks, as well as any hopes she has of the upcoming year ahead. Check out the interview below.
Group 1 Crew recently released their new EP #FASTER via Fervent Records on August 12th, and are set to release #STRONGER EP on November 4th. I had the privilege of interviewing lead vocalist Manwell Reyes via email, as we discussed the change in personnel, the upcoming tour with Big Daddy Weave, Chris August and Dara Maclean, as well as what he hopes listeners will experience when hearing the tracks, and any hopes he has of the upcoming year ahead as a band and personally. Check out the interview below.
Premiere Date: September 30th 2014
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
Starring: Karen Gillan, John Cho, Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel, David Harewood, Amber Rose, Cam Cadell
What is one of the first things that most of us do when we wake up? I mean seriously… When all is said and done, when we open our eyes after 7-8 hours of sleep, many of us have a shower, eat breakfast, converse and interact with our family, but after that what is the thing that we turn to? That’s right, we turn to social media.