By Brian Johnson
If you’re looking for a reason to get up and start praising the Lord, the band Revive is definitely your reason. Revive offers a nice, alternative rock feel, with some pop thrown in. Coming from Australia, the band is not new to producing Christian music, and recorded two albums, down under. While there, they focused their attention towards creating a more open environment for Christians, by visiting schools and churches, and sharing their gift. Now that they’re in the United States, they have found their big break, touring with Third Day and Brandon Heath.
By Mark Bowyer
What does it take to have a distinctive “voice” in the Christian music scene today? Well, while other popular artists go the smooth and sensitive falsetto route, Todd Agnew, with a Native American background, finds his distinctiveness in his powerful, raw, low-toned gruffness that can't really be described and just has to be heard. This distinctive voice leaps out at you with unpretentious lyrics that openly and honestly worship Jesus. Known for being extremely casual, and even performing barefoot, this modern-day forerunner, humbly, yet strongly tells us to behold the Lamb of God.
By Randy Henderson
Music comes in all forms and interpretations. Gospel reggae is well represented by the smooth and captivating voice of Avion Blackmon. Her new album: Sweet Life is a breezy blend of organic roots reggae with echoes of folk, worship, world, soca, R&B and neo-soul.
By Mark Bowyer
In the mood for some music, but you can't decide between the edgy thought-provoking lyrics of Switchfoot and the instrumental wizardry of Nickel Creek? Now you don't have to deliberate, because both are combined in the great new group Fiction Family. Starting the process in 2005 by writing music together, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek announced as of March 13, 2008, they would be “Fiction Family.” So what's in a name? In their Wikipedia entry, and March 10th interview with theboot.com, Jon Foreman is quoted as saying, “They are two words that hold a lot of meaning for me. I think that much of who we are as a culture lean towards fiction. As for the family of it, you have the entire nation that’s kind of looking for family. That’s one of the reasons why I like the name. Also both of us come from sibling bands and this is not a sibling band, so this is kind of a fiction family of sort.”
By Ryan Mulkowsky
I first heard this band back in 2001 when their album Much came out, and I was excited to hear what has now become one of my favorite worship songs of all-time: “Unashamed Love.” From that time on I have been eager to hear new and refreshing music from these four guys which hail from New Haven, Connecticut. Lead singer and guitarist Lamont Hiebert founded the band with former members Austin Morrison and Tommy Lee. Currently the lineup is with Hiebert, Jonny Rodgers on the guitar, Colin Meyer on drums, and Tim Sway on bass. This band is truly a cut above the rest as their music is deeply vulnerable, passionately honest, and desperately mature. In a time and place where music has become predictable and shallow; leave it to Ten Shekel Shirt to lift your spirits and speak to you in a personal way.