By: Brian Johnson
It’s very rare that you’ll find a band formed straight off of MySpace, but that’s what the band, ROOTDOWN did. To add to that fact, they are a Christian band that’s main genre is reggae. You never know what kind of music you’ll hear today, and ROOTDOWN is definitely no exception. The fresh music that is made from ROOTDOWN is an example of the modernization of the music industry.
Now as I said, the band formed straight off the Internet. Zane Fischer, the band’s guitarist/vocalist came across a singer while browsing MySpace one day. The singer sparked his interest, and soon talks began between the two about starting a band. That singer was Paul “Pdub” Wright, and the pair began the recruitment process. Paul discovered a guy by the name, Jesiah, who now plays keys for the band. Of course he was also found on MySpace. Two more guys would be casted for the band, Craig and Jackson. All would meet to begin making music in the college town of Eugene, Oregon. They started off by producing an EP and giving it away for free, to get their name out. Next, they picked up Matt Salinas on guitar, and self-produced the CD, “Summer of Love.”
By Claire Walden
Numerous artists and hits have emerged out of England, including worship leader Tim Hughes. He is best known for his hit “Here I Am To Worship,” which is arguably one of the most popular, modern worship songs of our time. The hit resulted in two Dove awards, all before the age of 30.
His most recent album, “Holding Nothing Back” is comprised of timeless worship songs. One of the stand out tracks off the album is “God of Justice.” The lyrics outline a call to action; he sings that we must continue “stepping forward, keep us from just singing, move us into action, we must go.” The song continues to summarize what all justice entails, which is one of the major themes in the Bible. Hughes sings about God’s heart for the poor and broken and how it is up to the believers to go out and “live to feed the hungry, stand beside the broken.” Throughout the album, Hughes’ lyrics are inventive and not your average church songs.
By Claire Walden
Todd Fields is an Atlanta-based worship leader hailing from North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. He travels to various camps throughout the country bringing the art of worship to thousands of people each year. Fields released a self-titled album this year. The style of his music is acoustic rock and this album has a balanced mix of ballads and songs with more upbeat tempos. It is filled with timeless worship songs that connect individuals on a deeper level.
By Brian Johnson
Female artist Christy Nockels excels on her latest album, “Life Light Up.” Christy started as most Christian artists today, singing for her local church as a worship leader. From there, she wrote songs with her husband, who was also a Christian artist. The two released an album together under the name Watermark and were signed by record label, Rocketown Records. The pair went on to produce great music together and were nominated for a plethora of Dove awards. After five albums, Christy decided it was time to go home and spend more time with her kids and local church. Now, Christy is back as a solo artist, signed by sixstepsrecords.
By Mark Bowyer
From an early age, Rita Springer was pouring her heart out to God in song—whether she could express herself to others or not. Rita Springer takes the rough edges of an independent, alternative praise and worship sound, and mixes it with the Godly undertones of a soulful songstress. With simple tracks like “All I need,” and “Worth it All,” less truly is more—choosing to let the repeated phrases speak for themselves rather than complicate the songs with anything extra.