Artist Spotlight: Jess Ray

I have seen this all before, it is all too, familiar. But you, don’t ever see the bottom of, my storehouses of love” – Jess Ray.

About a year ago or so, a friend of mine shared a tune from Jess Ray’s music catalog in my Facebook feed. Honestly, I can’t remember which song it was, but I do remember I was looking for an untypical sound from today’s worship scene– and that day, I found one. I have been a steady fan since. It is only proper then, that I also share her lyrics and music along a little further to bless other potential hearts. Like a bottle tossed on the sea, with a timely message of hope, is Jess Ray’s music. I call it “hope in a bottle“. Comfort for those maybe feeling lost at sea with an S.O.S tattooed or even scarred on their heart, needing a fresh reminder of who God truly is. Her music leads us to a sweet-reverent victory similar to what is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The humility and depth of songs from Jess’s catalog like, Humble Heart“, “Did Not Our Hearts Burn” (above), “24” and my personal favorite, “Come to My Senses” invite you into a desperate realization of a need of a Savior found. Her music seems to again and again direct us that it is ok to need a God who is much, much bigger than us, and there is true strength to be found in vulnerability. In brief remarks in the recent performance of “In The Meantime” below, Jess mentions and sings of solace and the peace to be found in God’s hands and accepting His perfect timing. I have to say I think her remarks in this video encompass a lot of what her music stands for. Hope and courage in the midst of facing fear or disappointment.

In trying to compare Jess Ray’s music, honestly I can’t think of many female Christian artists in comparison. (Which is what caught my ear initially). I will say that I believe her tracks are part of a greater singer/songwriter revival I believe is taking place in the acoustic music scene in general. Singers of the 60s and 70s like Jim Croce and Joni Mitchell come to mind. Those singer/songwriters who leave it all on the stage and stand for passion and true change. I believe Jess Ray, if not already, is heading toward that caliber of songwriting. Since we have the living Christ, and creator of all things living inside of us, Christians should rank among the most creative beings on earth anyway. So, if you’re looking for a tall cool drink of water and more tranquil worship music to download, please click the links below. -Joshua August, MCM

*Click to listen to Jess Ray’s music on Spotify

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Luke Wareham & Rachel Mason

God, God who never leaves me, is already working it out .God, God who’s timing is perfect is already working it out” – Wareham & Mason.

I think one of the biggest and most recurring troubles Christians often face is we so quickly forget how God has never let us down in our pasts. In this day and age with our fast-paced society, many of us stumble into the pits of anxiety, depression and worry for what the future might hold for us. The numbers unfortunately back me up on this one and I have personally have had my own touts and battles with anxiety.

As I listen to “Whisper” from Luke and Rachel I am reminding of a great many things. Mostly many words from our Lord and savior. Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” How can we lose then right? This message echoes through the peace and intimacy of this song’s lyrics and vibe. Sometimes like little kids who ran just a little too far away from our parents, we need a call back to safety. ‘Whisper‘ indeed calls us to return to safety within our heavenly Father’s arms once again. It beckons us to remember God is already working things out. I have heard many Christian songs and messages in my life, but this is one I feel believers need to be reminded of everyday. Let us also not forget that the Lord’s voice was not in the wind, earthquake nor fire, but within a gentle whispering voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

Even more ironic than my previous statements, I just shared at my own church with our young people about Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Isn’t God’s timing just perfect? Having me share a song about timing, whilst I just taught about timing while I personally need to trust God’s timing myself? Amazing! Trust God, folks! God is proving His own Word in ‘real time’. Love it. If you like the sound of the Bethel Music scene, you’ll definitely enjoy these two worshipping hearts. Below is another personal favorite from their catalog, “Mirror Your Glory (Barnabas“. – Joshua August, MCM

Enjoy!

*Click to listen to Luke Wareham & Rachel Mason on Spotify!

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: The Lastrumpet

Drowning“, new single out from The Lastrumpet out 4/23/20!

I’ve known most of The Lastrumpet band members for a few years now. Even had the privilege of making a music video for them in the past for their song, “Heavy” as well as attending a live show (you can watch music video below). TLT carry the expected vibes and tones that true Christian hard rock demands. If you long for more of the days of 80s hard rock like I do, this band’s sound will do the trick. Also, few bands, especially harder Christian rock, rarely mention the name of Jesus anymore. However, TLT goes right for the vein in honoring the Lord and Savior and His eminent return. ‘Drowning‘, like many of the band’s tunes, leads us through the valley of the shadow of death and back into the arms of a loving and redemptive Father above. Complete with tasteful screams and slick rhythm it delivers. If you are a Stryper or Petra fan from past years, or even Gun’s n Roses and Black Sabbath, The Lastrumpet should satisfy your craving for solid rock, leads and harmonizing vocals. -Joshua August, MCM

*Click to listen to “Drowning” by The Lastrumpet right now!

“Drowning”

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Guest Blog: All That Night

Nick Bowen has a tender heart for the Lord, poetry and song. His piece, “All That Night” is a breath of fresh air to find piece and resolve in the price that our Lord and Savior already paid. It’s essential to remember God’s great act. His joy is our strength! Enjoy Nick’s poem below.

“And the LORD caused the sea to go back  By a strong east wind all that night,  And made the sea into dry land, And the waters did He divide.” (Exodus 14:21)

ALL THAT NIGHT

God works in darkness, so it seems,

When the shades of night surround me,

The day has fled, the sun is gone,

And obscurity confounds me.

Just so were the Israelites,

Pursued by the Egyptian horde,

No help was seen on any hand,

The way both back and forward barred.

“He made darkness His secret place;

His pavilion round about Him

Dark waters, thick clouds of the skies.” (Psalm 18:11)

Oh, why should we ever doubt Him?

For just because we cannot see

Does not rule out His power;

E’en midnight cannot stay His hand,

No, not e’en the darkest hour.

For He is God and e’er shall be

And He shall part the waters;

When morning comes, when night is past,

He shall free His sons and daughters.

“Weeping may endure for a night 

 But joy cometh in the morning;” (Psalm 30:5)

What He did in dark will He disclose

When the new day is a-borning.

Who is it shall separate us

From Christ’s love? Nor death, nor life,

Nor any power of darkness grim,

For He shall work “all that night.”

By NICK BOWEN

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To My Future Husband

“I haven’t written you in awhile…” -Monique @puritystance

Introduction

Jewels are known for both their beauty and their rarity. Monique @puritystance on Instagram adequately emanates those feelings in her letter to her future husband below. In all honesty, having been around creativity of all sorts and the Christian ministry scene for years, it takes real poetic merit to capture and hold my attention these days. This letter did just that. In her raw appeal to her future spouse, Monique shares a rare honesty, vulnerability and genuine angst we all experience during “the wait” involved with true singleness. She paints a full elegant picture of her emotional and spiritual journey waiting for her beloved and her marital journey that is to be. As a single man, this letter, (esp. the last paragraph) moved me deeply and help set a recourse within me. Men of God, or women, it is important to pray for our future spouses regularly and remedy ourselves in preparation for true holy matrimony. “Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) What are the chances I just read that passage this morning, before meeting Monique for the first time tonight?! God and His timing are amazing! Anyways, enough of shameless babbling. Enjoy this beautiful literary morsel of heart, vision and eloquence from a modern woman of God. -Joshua August, MCM Founder.

Letter:

I haven’t written you in a while…the reason why is I kinda gave up hope that you are out there somewhere or that maybe it wasn’t in God’s plan for me to get married 🤷🏽‍♀️ Just being 💯 honest!

Since I am being honest. I have sung this song before but this time I truly sang it for you & you will hear me sing the rest only when we are married 😉 If this is something that you can’t get over then please know that I am not the one for you. I don’t say that in a rude way. I just will be 💯 from day 1 if it hurts or not & I refuse to allow anyone to make me feel shameful about my past. I love this song & have loved other people before. Just in the same way I am sure you have as well. I was the best I can be in any relationship I was in & I don’t feel bad about that. Yes, I am still saving myself!

I want you to know that God will allow me to be with you one day if you hurry up lol 😂 & if not soon then I am okay with that as well. I am no longer in a rush to meet you like I used to be because I decided to just use this time to focus on myself while you take your sweet time lol. I know I am not perfect at all but I want to be better everyday. I pray you are striving for the same goals & preparing yourself for when we meet one day. Whose to say we haven’t met already… idk 🤷🏽‍♀️ I could go on forever but for the sake of time…you are out there, so, please pray for me. Pray that God will mend my heart in all areas of hurt so that way I am completely whole for you. Pray for my career, gifts, talents, life & how God will use me to make a positive impact in this hurting world. 

I pray for your strength during this time of separation. Never forget you are made in the image of God which means you’re amazing, faithful, loving, caring, kind, generous, thoughtful, a servant, overcomer, handsome 😏 & so much more! You already are an amazing son, maybe brother, maybe uncle & friend so you will be an even greater husband & father.

Walk in your purpose & be great not only for the rest of this evening but for the rest of your life. I love you 😘 Goodnight 😴.

-Monique @puritystance on Insta

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Georg Nordbo

“You are, Holy, Holy, Holy, God” – Georg Nordbo.

Check out today’s artist spotlight worship song “You Are“, by Georg Nordbo. This song brings much needed clarity, depth and versatility to today’s worship scene. With raw truths and emotions, Norbo brings us back to the more simple roots of Christianity that God probably intended for us to find. The chorus even merits Biblical reference from Isaiah 6:3, Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies. His bright glory fills the whole earth.” Through the haunting vocals of this song you can almost imagine how the angel-seraphs singing over God might sound singing this phrase. The more you listen, the more you’ll enjoy this song. We promise.

Also, if you like the vibes of, “If I Had A Heart” by Fever Ray, then you’ll definitely dig this song’s tone as well. -Joshua, My Christian Music 

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Emma Grant

Let love and grace shine through my face.” – Emma Grant, artist.

We believe Emma Grant is part of a company of singer/songwriters the Lord is raising up in this hour. The dreams God places in our heart are from Him & never really expire in His eyes. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) Release the sound God gave you this month like Emma Grant. Her song, “I Don’t Hate You” is a breath of fresh air and warm embers from across the pond. It encourages an internal strength to be found once again, with reconciliation, faith & love. The song leads us to not ever hesitate to make things right, and what better way do that then with a song. -Joshua August, MCM

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Sons of Power

by guest author, Allen Robertson

I’ve known Allen Robertson and served with him on many ministry outreaches for a couple years now. He has a true servant’s heart and love for people. As I was scrolling on Facebook one afternoon a post of his entitled, ‘Sons of Power” caught my eye. Not only do I believe it is relevant to today’s Christian music scene, Allen also first received the dream the year I was born, ‘1983’. Please enjoy the following post and song by Allen. Let it inspire you and fill your heart with the Holy Ghost. You can find him on Facebook through the link below this article. Many blessings! –Joshua August.

Way back in 1983 when I was still young (in God) I had a dream one night of the hand of God coming down out of heaven holding a band of musicians, one on each fingertip and drummer in the palm. Rocking out. The dream was actually in 3 parts where I heard the band do a verse, then the hand lifted up into heaven and I saw myself speaking to a group of mothers who had water-head (hydrocephalus) babies with them. Then the hand would come down and the band sang the next verse, then up again and me again. Three times; then I woke up, began praying in tongues and wrote it all down.This is the song they sang which, I believe is becoming more applicable to these days. Rise up, church.

Allen Robertson

Sons Of Power

We are here as sons of power,
To walk the earth in this very hour;
On serpents and scorpions we will tread,
We’ll heal the sick and raise the dead.

In the name of Jesus we’ll never fall;
The name of Jesus has it all.
Faith in the name and the power of our voice;
At the sound of the name the devil has no choice.
(devils have no choice)

There’s a rush going on in this very land,
As sons and daughters we must take our stand;
To lay hands on the sick that they might live.
What we’ve been given we must freely give.

Allen Robertson 6/20/83

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Bill Withers Passes away

Bill Withers, iconic soulful singer-songwriter has died.

Bill Withers is and was a legendary soulful singer who influenced so many different modern day artists, including myself. He sang major hits including “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Grandma’s Hands”, “Use Me”, “Lean on Me”, “Lovely Day”, and “Just the Two of Us”. My personal favorite is, “Ain’t No Sunshine”. In just a 15 year (1970 to 1985) musical span Withers altered and influenced the world as a 3-time grammy award winner. This included probably his most wide-spread and beloved hit, a number 1 hit single, “Lean On Me”.

You know one of the greatest measures of an artist’s success is how much other artist’s cover their work and Bill’s songs have been covered, reinvented and sang by countless others. For a craftsman to influence another craftsman is a great honor.

Listen to, “Ain’t No Sunshine” below:

As a prophetic voice, a prophetic question plagues me through the timing of Bill Wither’s death. When I was a youngster, probably 12 years old or so we had a talent show and for the finale we sang Bill’s hit, “Lean on Me”. We all put our arms on each other’s shoulders, fifty or so of us kids. It didn’t matter the color, race or sex, we all leaned and swayed together. ‘Lean on Me’ which was released well even before my time, 1972 is more than just a hit. It is a declaration to the common man, to help his fellow common man in his hour of need. This is also a Biblical principle, Mark 12:31 states, “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Wether Wither had gospel roots that paralleled this song isn’t totally pertinent. What is pertinent however, is that during this COVID-19 quarantine we have to ask, “Are we as humans missing the mark?” Are we hoarding and accusing instead of being a shoulder for those in need to lean upon once again? Did Wither’s passing mark a death of Mark 12:31 in our modern human nature? An era of where mankind leaning together has all but died? *Just some food for thought.

R.I.P | Bill Wither | (July 4, 1938 – March 30, 2020)

Release Your Sound During This Time!

During this time of confinement, most of us have at least a little more time on our hands. This could be the perfect time to dust off some of your dreams of old or to make new ones. The Lord was laying this on my heart today, yet again, for singers/songwriters who have laid down their gift song– to pick it up once more. To release that original one-of-a-kind sound that only you have as an individual.

If there is one thing that is for sure, “life happens”. Kids happen. Careers happen. Discouragement happens. The Word of God says the Lord has given all measures of gifting and also talents. The songs that are in your heart and the songs you sing to the Lord, He placed there! These beautiful poetic utterances are designed to touch and reach people through song, that only you can reach.

Watch full encouraging word from founder of MCM below:

Encourage yourself like one of the greatest worshippers in the Bible, King David, when his own people wanted to kill him and his life seemed to be crumbling apart. He reminded himself of who God was and how He came through for David many a time in his past. This is more of a prophetic encouragement post, but God is calling His psalmists forward, to lead the forefronts of battle once more. Sing, sing, sing and sing some more! Release your proclamations of Spirit and truth. The Lord says you are worthy and called by me.