Before I even had a chance to sample “Beautiful Grace” a new EP by Pelumi Akintade, he won me over by statement he made in an email. He literally read my mind, haha. He said “God is up to something.” And He certainly is, seemingly in the U.K Christian music scene– especially right now. I know we’ve heard this phrase many times over the years in Christianity, but this is something special. I host a weekly prophetic show on YouTube and I am daring now to say what I feel. I believe God is raising up a standard against the enemy in the worship scene. (Isaiah 59:19) I think this time there will be so much new creativity intertwined with His Glory, the enemy won’t be able to thwart God’s coming move. He won’t be able to catch all the different sounds mixed with video, art and more! ….. Anyways, back to why we’re here… the music!
“Beautiful Grace” and forthcoming “Give Him Praise” have solid bass driven riffs, speckled with hints of disco rhythm guitar and tickling keys. Some of the synths and electronic sounds will call you back to the 70s and 80s, where it’s always a good place to be. Pelumi’s music isn’t sad but rather warm, easy listening and with a dash of comfort.
Akintade’s voice reminds me greatly of Michael Tait from DC Talk and currently the Newsboys. Not in a way where I’m like, “Hey, it’s Tait!”, but rather in quality, smoothness and a vocal that can tackle any genre. The last thing I’ll mention is that I’ve sampled four tracks now from this EP and each is equally unique and somewhat different flavor– just like I mentioned in the first paragraph. There’s a new wave of creativity coming that the enemy won’t be able to stop or contain. “Beautiful Grace” is one of those albums to watch for. Enjoy and listen below. -Joshua August, MCM
“Pelumi has led sung worship at various churches and university Christian Unions. He has also played at Greenbelt, the Christian festival, and has shared a stage with KT Tunstall for a charity fundraising concert for Brazilian street children. A self-taught and capable musician, he is comfortable playing with classically trained musicians too. He organized an eclectic band for a successful Cancer Research UK fundraiser event at the Centre for Life in Newcastle for which he rearranged contemporary pop songs when he was a medical student there.“
“In my life, be lifted high… through my words, be lifted high. In this world, be lifted high, Jesus be lifted high” – Amanda
It’s more than an overdue time for a revival in quality hip-hop music– especially in Christian artists. We should be among the most creative with access to the creator of all things himself, if you ask me. Many have even said as much, that “Hip-hop is dead.” 😦 This new song ‘Lifted‘ by Amanda ft. Big B gives me a fresh hope for hip-hop music with a great beat, good rap feature and lovely hook. And who doesn’t like a rapper with an english accent? *The best. I’m from a generation b.c mumble rap and seemingly poorer lyrics of today’s hip-hop scene. Amanda is headed in the right direction and it’s definitely time in today’s music for it. This song will fill a hole in people’s hearts that only good hip-hop/rap can do. Trust me, I’m a decent beatboxer and rapper and it does for me. MANY are craving it. There just isn’t enough good stuff out there. God is certainly up to something in the Christian music scene. Maybe even stirring something a little extra special in the U.K too? Personally, I seem to be surrounded. With a British born brother-in-law and pastor here in the states what is God doing sending me all these great U.K artists too, ha?? Very interesting. We shall soon see.
Lastly, it always moves me when an artist isn’t afraid to say the name of Jesus in a song. It’s never easy if you’re a Christian artist swimming in a secular pond. It’s even a little tougher for hip-hop and rap I think. The scrutiny is a little more intense. Go Amanda & Big B! -JA, MCM
Amanda’s INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/amandavassellmusic/
About her new single, Emma says: ‘Ultimately the song is about heaven. I tend to write poetically so that people who are searching for faith can relate to the lyrics. I worked with a number of great musicians on this song allowing me to pull on different influences and genres. Really hoping that ‘Closer Than I Thought’ connects with the listener on a deep level and helps them to discover the love that is all around them.”
I’m beginning to become more and more impressed with the artists from across the pond. They seem to know how to do things right as far as promoting and producing their music– from what I’ve seen so far that is 🙂 Not to mention their positive attitudes and ambition are refreshing as they pioneer the daunting challenge as emerging artists. Must be all the great musical heritage in the U.K right?? Emma Mould also brings this same professionalism and quality to her music. Her new single, “Closer Than I Thought” is lovely, embracing and quite heavenly as she intended. There is no question her album’s musicians are above the challenge as well. The melodic keys and gentle permeating blues guitar-style rifts are sure to melt even the toughest calluses off of your heart. While braided with Emma’s lovely-gentle voice, of course.
Emma Mould has been compared to Tracy Chapman, which ironically I went through her whole catalog of music recently. There are some similarities in innocence and tone. However, many will agree Tracy’s career was kind of a “Fast Car” in and of itself. Coming and going quickly, maybe only even being known for that single song, although I like others from her of course. I think Emma is already ahead of that curve with two great songs I’ve heard so far, “Closer Than I Thought” and “Eve’s Song”. Also, there is nothing “Fast” about Emma’s music per se. Although some songs may sound more upbeat, her message isn’t pushy at all, really. She invites you in to stay awhile, maybe even come in for some tea–or go as you might need. Never rushing you to get exactly what you need from her songs.
-Joshua August, MCM
LISTEN TO “CLOSER” NOW: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/emmamould/closer-than-i-thought
MORE FROM EMMA: www.emmamould.co.uk Emma Mould: email@example.com
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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