Once again we take a loo at the New Music added this week for you auditory enjoyment! Thanks to friends who voted on these songs through our KVNE Music Crew (which you can join right now HERE)! Hope your 4th of July was beautiful and have fun listening 🙂 –Nikki, KVNE Middays
Ryan Stevenson (feat. GabeReal from DiverseCity), “Eye of the Storm”
Being part of TobyMac’s label, Gotee Records, can have it’s perks…like getting a chance to record with one of Toby’s crew from DiverseCity, which is what happened with this song. From his recent CD, “Fresh Start,” Ryan’s song has been hitting people in a pretty powerful way:
“I have never broke down crying listening to a song before. I needed to hear it!” -Daniel Gleason, Twitter Follower
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Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, “Thy Will”
She may be a new artist in the Christian Music demographic, but Hillary Scott is not at all a new musician. The talented singer is 1/3rd of the band Lady Antebellum, and even though she enjoys being with that group, Hillary felt a solo album was needed. She felt it was time to share songs from her heart about her faith and love for God with her family, especially through a painful experience many women face. Watch the video below to hear the heart behind her first Christian album and the first song, “Thy Will”
MercyMe, “Dear Younger Me”
If you’ve enjoyed the last few songs from these guys, get ready for another big hit off their album, “Welcome to the New.” Right now MercyMe is making their Summer Festival rounds with guys like Citizen Way, Jeremy Camp and Phil Wickham to name a few. Here’s a live performance of the new one from the 2016 Dove Awards
Jason Gray, “Sparrows”
When you think all is falling apart and life is not what you thought it would be…Jason Gray gets it! Recently this musician and brother-in-Christ has been very open & real about his struggle & heartache with his marriage ending, and everything surrounding that. Yet he always, and has always, leaned on Christ through it all, which is where songs like this one stem from. As he described on Facebook:
When we wrote this song, the pre chorus lyric was originally:
“you’re not on your own; No one walks alone…”
It worked. I believe it’s true. The 5 syllables fit the melody. But I wrestled with it for a long time because even though I believe these words are true, there are times when they don’t *feel true. And I imagine that the person who would need this song the most is someone who feels alone at that moment in their life. So if I don’t acknowledge the truth of the way they feel, I risk alienating them from the hope I’m trying to share: that they are not abandoned.
When I’m feeling alone, if someone acknowledges that feeling in me they’ve entered my truth and from there they may be able to take my hand and walk me out of it and into a different truth: that maybe I’m not forgotten after all.
So it may seem like a small thing, and I had to sacrifice some of the clean pop edge of the melody by adding a syllable on the second line, but I feel glad that it’s all just a little bit truer and that we made room at the table for people by saying first, “you may feel alone,” so that we had the right to say, “but you’re not on your own…”