Christian music had a great 2018 with many artists such as Lauren Daigle, MercyMe and Cory Asbury expanding their reach to mainstream audiences. The new year is already showing promise as well as some other prominent musicians gear up for the release of their albums and EPs.
Daigle’s Look Up Child debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart following its release in September, beating out popular secular musicians such as Drake, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B that week.
Asbury’s “Reckless Love” was heard by millions of others as pop superstar Justin Bieber covered the worship song on social media pages. MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” made it back on the charts and radio after the film of the same name brought in $17.1 million domestically during its opening weekend, and over $83 million total, superseding expectations.
Here’s a list of five Christian and Gospel artists who are releasing new music at the top of the new year.
Passion, Follow You Anywhere (January 4)
Passion — band made up of Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone — released its Follow You Anywhere album during the sold-out Passion 2019 conference at the top of the new year.
The 10-track album features collaborations with Crowder and Sean Curran. The 40,000 young adults who gathered in Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, D.C. for the conference were among the first to hear the new collection. Follow You Anywhere was the first time the band recorded an album at the conference’s home base, Passion City Church in Atlanta.
“So much hard work and heart went into writing these songs over the last year,” Stanfill said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. “Our band, the songwriters, our design team and our sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG team all leaned in together to make this album what it is. To now lead these songs at Passion 2019 and see a real love and devotion to Jesus come to life in these students is a beautiful thing. It’s why we do this. It’s why we write these songs. We believe that God is calling us to join him in the story he is telling in this moment and in this generation.”
Follow You Anywhere is now available online. A physical release of the album will hit shelves on Feb. 1. For more information, click here.
Switchfoot, Native Tongue (January 18)
Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot is preparing for the release of its next album, Native Tongue, on Jan. 18.
Through the album, the band hopes to promote love as a dialogue in times of division. Marking Switchfoot’s 11th studio album, the 14 songs were recorded primarily at Melody League Studios in the band’s hometown of San Diego, California. The diverse collection features the band’s anthemic title-track and a few of its staple reflective songs.
In a recent interview with The Christian Post, the band’s frontman, Jon Foreman, explained the theme of the album.
“I think there’s a lot of unrest, there’s a lot of reasons for fear, frustration, anger, pain, beauty, joy. It’s all mixed in together. I think Native Tongue is born from that and wanting to speak into that. We wanted to make this album as diverse as possible, with every song feeling like it had its own DNA,” he shared.
“The subtext is love is our native tongue but there’s a lot of different ways to say it and we’re all coming from a different place, hoping to find unity among diversity. Everyone saying and believing and thinking the same thing, that’s not unity. That’s just one color. You actually have to have different opinions and different beliefs and different understandings of the world for there to be unity and that’s what I hope for within my country, within my church, within my family. That’s all you can hope for is people loving each other through their differences.”
For information on Native Tongue, click here.
Bethel Music, Victory (January 25)
Popular worship band Bethel from Redding, California, had a series of battles they faced in 2018 which birthed their new album, Victory.
From raging wildfires to adoption and health battles, the band lives to tell their stories of God’s miracles in 2019.
The upcoming album will feature Bethel alums Cory Asbury, Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, among others.
Known for anthems such as “No Longer Slaves” and “One Thing Remains,” Bethel promises to keep the heartbeat of their worship going with their testimonies expressed in Victory. The album references the story of King Jehoshaphat and the unbelievable victory won by sending worshipers out to the frontlines of battle.
“Last Christmas, we almost lost our son to a battle with a deadly disease,” Bethel Music CEO Joel Taylor said in a statement shared with CP. “We spent five-weeks of sleepless nights in the hospital by his side as our prayers became our weapons and our worship became our warfare.”
“In the battle for his life, the global church community rose up like a mighty army and joined us in prayer and worship all over the world. Our son was miraculously healed and today is perfectly healthy. For us, Victory has become a declaration of truth over hopelessness, a prophetic statement in the storm of adversity, and a battle-cry when facing the impossible. The battle belongs to our God, and our God is victorious!” he affirmed.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law