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Free Download From Anthony Evans

This week’s free download comes from singer/songwriter/worship leader Anthony Evans. Some of you may recognize Anthony from Season 2 of NBC’s The Voice.

Here’s a little more about Anthony:

Anthony Evans was already and established artist with more than a decade of experience when he appeared on Season 2 of The Voice, but the show brought new audiences and opportunities. During his time in Los Angeles, he has worked with CeeLo Green, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Darrin Criss, Glee and now is a part of the casting team responsible for The Voice.

As he split time between his hometown of Dallas and the far-outside-the-Bible-belt environs of L.A., Evans realized the limitations in his capacity to connect with people outside of the church. “L.A. is gritty. My friends there might say, ‘What are you talking about when you say, ‘Lamb that was slain’? You sound like you’re in a cult.’” This new world instilled in Evans two important things: a desire to communicate more effectively with a broader audience, and a realization that there is a vast common ground of shared experiences to catalyze that communication.

Drawing from these experiences, Evans’ newest album, Real Life / Real Worship emerges from the truth that genuine worship can often be better understood through genuine life experiences. “Being out in L.A. has made me think more progressively. I want to make sure I’m not compromising my message or my faith, but I also want to speak in terms that connect with people who don’t necessarily live in a church. Half this record is about real life, things everyone goes through, Christian or not. And sometimes it takes that real life to understand the meaning of real worship.”

This week we are offering Anthony’s song “I Found You” off his new record Real Life / Real Worship as our download of the week. Enjoy!

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Free Download From Jonny Diaz

This week’s free download comes from Jonny Diaz.

If you ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up, you’ll get answers that are ambitious but attainable – doctor, firefighter, astronaut – and then you’ll get the responses from the kids who are probably just dreaming: President, rock star, professional athlete. We adults smile at their ambition but know that one day, reality will recast their vision.

Jonny Diaz is the glaring exception. He was just a teenager when the preternaturally gifted Diaz faced a choice that few have ever considered: a career in sports or a career in music. He was raised in a baseball family. His brother Matt played for seven seasons with the Atlanta Braves, and Jonny had a baseball scholarship to powerhouse Florida State University. Along the way, though, he found a passion for music, writing songs from an early age and leading worship in his youth group.

People quickly noticed his gift for connecting with people through his lyrics and his presence on the stage. That connection became a calling, and the call was too strong to ignore. After his first year, Diaz told his coach that he had made a decision.

“Baseball was something that I enjoyed my whole life and it had always been a passion, but all of a sudden at that point it felt like more of a job than anything else. Meanwhile, I was getting more songs than ever to write about. I had an opportunity to go record a CD, and I realized that both of these were kind of full-time things. I didn’t have time to do both of these with any kind of success at all. I started pursuing music in my freshman year, which was great because I really had three years of college to learn how to write a song, how to play a concert, how to sell a CD, how to make contacts, all of these things. I had three years with no pressure, where I could learn to do those things at an easy pace.”

Diaz stayed at FSU and got a degree in Marketing, “just in case”, which hints at something that’s dogged Diaz for years now. “My entire musical career, from very early on, and even when I had the number one song in the country, was shadowed with fear. What if I cant follow this up? What if they don’t like this? Am I a good enough singer, am I good enough guitar player?” Diaz realized his fears were born out of comparison. “It’s a tough industry in that regard, because they chart everything we do. ‘Hey, here’s how popular or not popular you are this week!’ It’s so hard to not compare yourself to others.”

Ironically, just as Diaz was proclaiming how valued we all are in God’s eyes in his breakthrough song “More Beautiful You,” he was riddled with his own insecurities. “I finally realized for myself what I had been saying to others, that God has gifted me exactly like He wanted to, that He did it exactly like He did it for a reason.”

This powerful idea of being used by God and trusting that we are who He wants us to be when we follow Him is strong in Let It Fly, Diaz’s new EP on Centricity Music. To celebrate release week we are offering his song “Whole World” of his latest EP as our download of the week. Enjoy!

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Free Download From Unspoken

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means? It’s album release day for the band Unspoken.

For a band named Unspoken, Chad Mattson, Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry, and Ariel Munoz have been making a lot of noise. With two straight Top 5 singles (Who You Are and Lift My Life Up) and successful tours with bands like Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave, Unspoken has built steady momentum through their last two EPs, even as they’ve grown as a band. Lead singer Chad Mattson reflected on this season of growth. “The more you work on something and devote yourself to a craft, I think the better you become at it, especially as you are surrounding yourself with people who are good at it.”

Much has changed since those early days when bandmates from three different countries started sharing their hearts in music. Through it all, the reason they chose their name still holds: to live lives that are unspoken testimonies to God’s love and power, and to speak what oftentimes goes unspoken. In those paired desires are born songs of hope that celebrate the journey of every believer and provide a bright hope for each new day.

To celebrate the release of their full length self-titled album we are offering their song “Start A Fire” as this week’s free download. We hope you enjoy! And remember you can pick up a copy of the album available everywhere now!

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Free Download From Citizen Way

This week’s free download comes from the band Citizen Way.

Citizen Way is a true band of brothers – in the literal sense. This infectious rock four-piece is comprised of two sets of siblings with strong ministry backgrounds and a mutual passion for music that began long before the band officially formed in 2004. Band members Josh and Ben Calhoun and David and Ben Blascoe share a camaraderie that is undeniable and results in a unique, unparalleled connection for a band that has plenty to say.

All four band members grew up in strong ministry families. Josh and Ben Calhoun, the group’s primary songwriters were heavily influenced by their mom’s musical gift and the Calhouns were on stage singing at church from an early age. The Blascoe brothers had a more urban upbringing than their bandmates and while their parents weren’t musical, they were music lovers, exposing the boys to live shows by early Christian acts like Petra and Mylon LeFevre.

The Blascoe brothers each found music in their own way. For David, it started in fourth grade. “What actually made me want to play drums was a movie called That Thing You Do,” he explains. His parents eventually set him up with a drum kit and gigs at church and stints in a series of high school bands soon followed. Ben Blascoe’s instrument choices were based on what he didn’t want. “My older sister took piano lessons, and I was determined to not play that because I remember her having to pound away at practice,” he recalls, adding, “I wanted to do something very different.” Maybe that’s why, as early as elementary school, anytime he saw a guitar he’d pick it up and try to play it. Eventually, he borrowed a bass from a friend and would sit in front of the CD player trying to copy what he heard, whether it was Credence Clearwater Revival or The Cranberries. At 16, he got his own bass and never put it down.

This week we are excited to offer a download of their song “Where Would I Be Without You?” off their debut album Love is The Evidence! Not only are we offering a free download but we’re also giving a few lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of Citizen Way’s album Love is the Evidence. Want to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is comment below with your favorite song off the album and you’ll be entered. Good luck!

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Free Download From The Andy Needham Band

This week’s free download comes from The Andy Needham Band.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with them, here’s a little more about The Andy Needham Band:

“The Andy Needham Band is at the forefront of New England’s burgeoning Christian music scene.  The group’s national debut, Lifted High, produced by GRAMMY Award winner Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman, Brandon Heath), is a combination of original proven favorites and fresh new offerings.  From the buoyant debut single, “Open Arms” – a bright reminder of God’s unfailing love – to the earnest, guitar-driven title track, Needham and bandmates Joel Rousseau, Jonathan Mason, and Andrew Picha deliver a smart and accessible modern worship collection.  The band has recently played along side notable artists such as Casting Crowns, Sidewalk Prophets, Remedy Drive, Kutless, Rhett Walker Band, and Audrey Assad”

This week enjoy a free download of their song “Awaken Me” off their debut album Lifted High. If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up a copy of the rest of the album available everywhere!

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Free Download From Hawk Nelson

Some musicians who have played together for nearly a decade, released five albums and played countless shows on countless tours, could turn to album six and toss it together in their sleep. They’ve been doing this a long time; autopilot would actually produce some pretty good music.

But what if those musicians who had written and played together for years didn’t switch to autopilot and, instead, became more intentional in their music than ever before? The result would be a set of songs that sound, lyrically and musically, as if each note and word were precisely paired. The result would be Hawk Nelson’s sixth studio album Made, releasing April 2013.

As much change as Hawk Nelson has undergone in the last year, new lead singer Jonathan Steingard explains the DNA of the band is still the same. “We’re still that high energy band that a church or youth group would book if they want to have a fun youth night,” says Steingard. We want to take what we’ve been and not leave it behind, but grow it a little bit and hopefully be a lot more intentional about what we’re saying.”

This week we want to offer Hawk Nelson’s song “What I’m Looking For” off their latest album Made as this week’s free download. We hope you enjoy it! And if you like what you hear you can catch Hawk Nelson out on the “We Won’t Be Shaken Tour” with Building 429, and Family Force 5. Visit hawknelson.com for complete list of tour dates!

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Free Download From Michael Boggs

Having joined the Christian group, FFH, in 1999 and contributing to seven No. 1 radio singles, seven GMA Dove Award nominations, and records that have sold into the millions, Michael Boggs is no stranger to the music scene. When FFH took some time off the road in the fall of 2006, Michael stepped into the role of worship leader at a fast growing young adult gathering, Kairos, in Brentwood, TN hosting nearly 1,200 college students and young adults every week, and has served as a regular guest worship leader at various churches, including Max Lucado’s church, Oak Hills, in San Antonio, TX.

Although Michael continues to keep a rigorous, solo-touring schedule performing and leading worship over 100 dates a year, he has established himself within the music community as one of the foremost sought after songwriters. Lending his songwriting ability to other artists, such as FFH, Diamond Rio, Big Daddy Weave, Anthony Evans, Josh Bates, Jason Crabb, Selah, Matt Maher and more have garnered him multiple Top 10 singles as well as a featured song in the major motion picture release “Facing the Giants.”

When asked where this journey is taking him now, he laughs and says, “Those plans have never been up to me. I’ll just continue to follow Jesus.”

This week’s featured download comes from Michael Boggs. Enjoy a free download of his single “What Would Jesus Undo” off his upcoming album More Like A Lion which releases March 25.

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Free Download From Skillet + WIN A Copy Of Their Album Awake

This week’s featured download comes from one of our favorite rock bands Skillet. Not only does Skillet continue in the tradition of bone crunching rockers and melodic power ballads that comprised the last trip to the studio, but there’s a noticeable evolution sure to connect with longtime listeners and open the floodgates of its mainstream fan base even further than ever before.

“We found Comatose scoring the most acceptance in terms of album sales, ticket sales and radio airplay out of any of our albums so far, so there’s certainly a continuation of that direction,” unveils singer/songwriter/bassist John Cooper of the current collection. “But we never want to make the same record twice and that’s why Awake keeps it fresh and surprising. We’ve built off several of the epic elements, orchestration, piano parts and male/female vocal trade offs on several songs, but there’s also a balance of straight up rock stuff and tunes that are a little bit stripped down in comparison.”

Skillet is fresh off the Roadshow Tour 2014 and they’re about to hit the road again on February 27th,  co-headlining with Third Day, along with special guests Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Peter Furler Band, Jamie Grace and WeAsHuman. They’ll be hitting 18 additional markets in the east that the Roadshow Tour was unable to get to with the average ticket price around $25. This is one incredible lineup you can not afford to miss. For a complete list of dates, as well as links to purchase tickets head over to www.skillet.com/tour.

This week in celebration of the tour about to kick off we thought we’d offer Skillet’s song “It’s Not Me It’s You” off their album Awake as our free download of the week. Download it, crank it up, and starting rocking!

Not only are we offering a free download but we’re also giving a few lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of Skillet’s album Awake. Want to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is comment below with your favorite song off the album and you’ll be entered. Good luck!

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Free Download From Kilo

It’s new music Tuesday and you know what that means–it’s time for a new download of the week.  This week’s featured download comes from new artist Kilo (Patrick Kiloran).

Here’s a little more information about Kilo, from the man who started it all, Patrick Kiloran:

I started Kilo in 2013 after moving back to Minnesota from Los Angeles. I used to play in several local MN bands throughout my teens but decided to be more practical and pursue a career in film-sound production. However, after two years and living across the map, from Canada to California, I knew where my passions were: in creating and performing meaningful music.

However, my goals and hopes no longer lie in the prospect of “making it” or “becoming popular” or even in “creating art.” My goals have changed due to the inner-workings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. My hope for this band is that it becomes your band. I want it to simply be a means of serving you, the listener, by giving you thoughts to think about and ideas to ponder. I want it to only be a means of bringing me to you; to meet you; to laugh with you; to cry with you; to be a part of your life, and you a part of mine.

I want to travel the world and share with you the Good News that saved my life. And I want to give you music that you can make your own.

This week we are offering his song “Living In Reality” off his self-titled EP, Kilo, as our featured download of the week. We hope you enjoy it!

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Free download from Carrollton

This week’s free download comes from rock band Carrollton. Halfway between Cinncinnati, Ohio and Louisville, KY., lies the small town of Carrollton. Although only a little overe 3,000 people call it home, for Justin Mosteller, Jeremy Menard, Michael Loy, and Jordan Bailey, it’s the town that’s shaped their brotherly bond, their music, and their namesake. “We drive back and forth to rehearse and meet and write all the time, so Carrollton has become this really cool little exit for us and a special place,” he explains. “We’re halfway home, and we’re halfway to where we’re going, and it literally has become that sort of restful place.”

The band was formed in 2008 when Carrollton started leading worship at youth camps, conferences and churches throughout the southeast. The band quickly started garnering a strong fanbase and released their first independent album, This Is Life. Carrollton gained national recognition due to their ability to present songs that could reach the churched and unchurched alike.

“It’s not just about being a band. There’s a bigger picture to this. If there wasn’t, I don’t think we’d be here today because of the sacrifices you have to make, because of the sacrifices you ask your wives and kids to make,” Michael contends. “If we weren’t doing this to really try to build the kingdom and, in some way, bring hope to people, I think we’d have better things to sacrifice our families for than just to try to make a dollar.”

Today their Breathe In Deep: EP releases and we are celebrating with a free download of their single “Pass You By” off the EP. If you like the song, be sure and head over to iTunes to pick up your copy of their EP available now. Enjoy!

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