“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
Hello lovelies! I haven’t written in a while because life has been crazy and it’s summer and that’s basically all I have to say about that. I’ll be blogging soon about my trip to North Carolina, which was beautiful. This blog, however, is just going to be a little helpful resource for all of you who are looking for good Christian music that maybe you can’t find on the radio. I have lots of issues with the radio, mostly because I’m not a huge pop person and apparently that’s all we know how to play on AM/FM stations. It’s not that I have anything against the Christian music on the radio, because I don’t and I think it’s really great that we have Christian stations, but for people who aren’t into the whole pop scene it’s a lot harder to find music that has a good message that you also actually really enjoy listening to. But the difference in my mood when I listen to positive Christian music as opposed to secular music is really impossible not to recognize. And honestly guys, in order to guard our hearts like it says in Proverbs, we have to guard our ears. And I’m not at all saying every song you listen to needs to be Christian, I am just saying that we as Christians need to think twice about what the message is in the songs we listen to. I am all for positive songs that don’t necessarily bring up God directly… heck I write them! But sometimes we just listen to what we think is a completely harmless song and have no idea what we are actually filling our minds with. So I’ve made it my goal for the past couple of weeks to find good Christian music, and I just want to share it with y’all because I love you.
1) Rend Collective
You guys, this band is seriously wonderful. They have this folky vibe about them that’s a lot like mumford and sons, but it’s also really just chill and fun and uplifting at the same time. They’re definitely my favorite of the moment.
noteworthy albums/songs- the entire Campfire album because it’s perfect, “Joy,” “Movements,” “You Bled,” “Second Chance,” “All That I Am”
2) The Oh Hello’s
This is another really chill band, also folky, but also super mellow and awesome.
noteworthy songs- “The Valley,” “Hello My Old Heart,” “Lay Me Down,”
3) Steffany Frizzell
Steffany basically has the most unique and beautiful voice I’ve ever heard. The way she sings just makes the lyrics that much more powerful. Totally individualistic. Her stuff is manly really ballady and slow and in “You Know Me” almost haunting…in the best way. It’s really awesome to worship to because it’s really focused on lyrical beauty.
noteworthy songs- “You Know Me,” “Letting Go,” “We Dance,” “Closer”
This band rocks hard. That’s all I can really say about that.
noteworthy songs- “Jezebel,” “Waves”
5) Judah & The Lion
Another super folky band. I don’t know guys I guess I just really dig that kind of music. They’re kinda Civil Wars-y.
noteworthy songs- “Hundred Miles,” “Hesitate”
6) BRYAN AND KATIE TORWALT
I capitalized this because I want you to understand how beautiful this couple is. My ultimate goal is to marry my very own Bryan, and make music to worship Jesus with him for the rest of my life. Is that too much to ask? But on the real, every single song is wonderful, and it’s unique because these are songs you can hardcore jam to, but also hardcore worship to. The perfect balance.
noteworthy albums/songs- the entire Kindom Come album and the entire Here On Earth album… “He Is The Light,” “King of All the Earth,” “Shores,” “Let Every Heart,” “Holy Spirit,” “I’m a Lover of Your Presence,” “Nothing Holding Me Back”
7) Brook Hills Music
All I can say about this is it makes me really really happy. It sounds a lot like Joy Williams (look up Joy Williams she’s also wonderful). The lyrics are really witty and fun and joyful, but really thought-provoking at the same time.
noteworthy songs- “Long Before the World Began,” “Jealous,” “The Beatitudes Song”
8) The City Harmonic
Not sure what to compare them to, but the music is amazing and I guess I would qualify this as rock? Not sure. You just have to listen to understand.
noteworthy songs- “I Have a Dream,” “Manifesto”
Just incredible and that’s it. They’re another couple, like Bryan and Katie, and they’re kind of hard to explain. They have a really alternative sound… lots of violins and random instruments, but it works for them I promise.
noteworthy songs- “Let it Go,” “God and Country,” “Beautiful Things,” “Heaven,” “Please Be My Strength”
8) Relient K
I’ve basically been their number one fan since fifth grade… they’re like this Christian alternative rock band that makes me so happy. Even though they’ve kind of transitioned into mainstream, they’re still really strong in their faith and you can tell by their music. Music doesn’t necessarily have to mention God in every song to have God in every song, you know? They’re positive and they stand for wonderful things, and I love them for that.
noteworthy songs- “Sadie Hawkins Dance,” “The Thief,” “Don’t Blink,” “Curl Up and Die,” “Nothing Without You,” “Apathetic Way to Be,” “Be My Escape” “Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet”
9) West Coast Revival
Last, and definitely not least. The thing that gets me every time with WCR is the amazing lyrics and how they mix simplicity with complexity and make it work. They just kill it guys that’s all I can say.
noteworthy songs- “All That Thrills My Soul, “Plead for Me, “Oh, to See You,” “Time Keeps Slippin’ Away”
Of course there are many more great Christian artists, but I would say this is a pretty solid foundation. And just a tip on ways to find really good Christian music if maybe this stuff isn’t your niche… do Pandora stations on artists you love or ITunesU! Also just the top Christian charts on iTunes sometimes have really good stuff! I hope you guys find my little list helpful, and if you have any suggestions for me I would love to hear them! Comment or message me or tweet me or tell me in whatever way your heart feels. Thanks for reading, you guys rock.