Christmas time is here, happiness and cheer. Fun for all that children call their favorite time of the year. To celebrate the Christmas season we are giving away 10 FREE songs from some of your favorite Christian artists including MercyMe, Sara Groves, Ashes Remain, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and Phil Wickham. We appreciate you allowing us to share our updates with you each week, and hope you enjoy the tracks. Merry Christmas!
Download Sampler Tracklisting:
1. MercyMe–”God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman”
2. MercyMe–”Hearts Sing Louder
3. Phillips, Craig & Dean–”O Come All Ye Faithful”
4. Phillips, Craig & Dean–”All Is Well”
5. Phil Wickham–”O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
6. Phil Wickham–”Thirst”
7. Sara Groves–”Angels We Have Heard On High”
8. Sara Groves–”Strangely Ready”
9. Ashes Remain–”O Holy Night”
10. Ashes Remain–”Unbroken”
Throughout the month of December we are giving away a Christmas song each week as our free download. It’s our way of spreading a little Christmas cheer and getting you excited about the Holiday season that is upon us. This week our free download is Jason Gray’s rendition of “Joy To The World.” Enjoy!
This week’s free Christmas download comes from North Point Music. In 2010, North Point Community Church launched North Point Music to bring local worship leaders, musicians and songwriters together to inspire a generation and influence the church.
North Point Music ushers in the Christmas spirit with its second Christmas release, North Point Christmas: Let There Be Light, which released Oct. 29. The project is a mix of both traditional Christmas songs and new ones, sure to be a holiday staple this season and in the years to come. “Since the release of our first Christmas project a few years ago, we’ve been overwhelmed with requests for another Christmas album,” says North Point Music’s Matt Williams. “While Let There Be Light still has several corporate options to use at our church and others, it’s a bit more accessible to the average listener. It includes a few more classic songs than the last one, making it a great option for anyone who enjoys Christmas music– whether you’re at North Point or anywhere else.”
Tis’ the season for free Christmas downloads and this week we are giving away North Point Music’s original Christmas song “Hallelujah” . Check it out and if you like what you hear be sure to pick up a copy of their Christmas album North Point Christmas: Let There Be Light!
Anthony Skinner is a commanding singer, songwriter, producer and author, known for his distinctive soulful voice and unforgettable melodies. He effectively erases the line between sacred and secular songs, with themes of beauty, love and redemption.
As a songwriter, he’s had a Billboard#1 hit with “Your Love Never Fails”, and he penned “Million Miles” recorded by artist CeCe Winans on her Grammy Award Winning Project ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. His songs continue to find homes with the likes of Newsboys, The Daylights, Audio Adrenaline, Laura Story, Kim Walker Smith, Jesus Culture, All Sons and Daughters, Ellie Holcomb, Chris McClarney, Bethel Music, Brian and Jenn Johnson, Brady Toops, Christine D’Clario, New Life Worship, films, and more.
Anthony Skinner has a Christmas EP out called Christmas Morning and we want to kick off the Holiday season right with a free download of the title track to help you get into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy!
Long-time worship leader and Memphis native Jeremy Horn released his third album No Other Love digitally last week. Recorded live with a responsive audience, No Other Love captures Horn’s passion and conviction through every song, and his love for the Savior. No Other Love is an engaging, Spirit-led experience of the Hope and Love that he has always known and represents a true reflection of his own heart towards Christ, his family, the church, and the world.
We want to give you a little preview of Jeremy’s new album No Other Love by offering a song off of it called “Your Glory Is My Fire.” If you like what you hear you can pick up a copy of the album at all digital outlets as well as the Ardent Records webstore now!
Catalyst is about Leaders. Leaders who have a passion to impact our Generation, including leaders in music and the arts. As a result, the Catalyst Music Project was formed to release new songs of worship back to the church.
This week we’re giving away a free song from the Catalyst Music Project. The album is a compilation of worship anthems from some of today’s top worship leaders- performed by various songwriters and musicians such as Phil Wickham, David Walker, Thad Cockrell, Laura Story, Heather Williams, and Steve Fee. The song we are offering is “Hallelujah (All I Need)” written and performed by Stephen Cole. Enjoy!
It’s one thing to write compelling, heart-stirring, emotionally rich songs of worship, praise and honor to Christ. People have been doing it for centuries, forming the backbone of faith traditions the world over. It’s another thing entirely to bare your soul, share your vulnerabilities and risk criticism and career success by challenging the mold and daring to say that God is not necessarily a God of happy endings. Instead, He is the God of every story. This is what Laura Story is learning day by day.
“The truth is, I don’t necessarily understand the story God is writing in my life,” she says with her characteristic matter-of-factness. “But that doesn’t mean that God is any less faithful. For better or worse, this is definitely the ministry God has called us to. I know it wasn’t a coincidence. Seven years ago I was offered a record deal and Martin [my husband] was diagnosed with a brain tumor within 48 hours. I thought we would be doing ministry with a nice tidy bow on it. We haven’t gotten a nice, tidy bow. But that’s part of what makes it so real – I mean who really ever gets the nice tidy bow anyway?” The personal struggle and joy Laura has walked in this season is what poignantly inspired God Of Every Story.
This week we are so excited to offer you the title track off Laura Story’s new album “God Of Every Story” as our free download. We hope that you enjoy this song and that if you like what you hear you will pick up a copy of the album. This is just one of the many amazing songs on Laura’s new album that I know you will all love!
This week’s free download comes from Indie band The Exchange. Formed in 2010 in Silverdale, Washington, The Exchange has already gained a captive following throughout the Pacific Northwest due to their energetic performances and catchy, melodic pop/rock sound. Their 2011 debut EP “Show Me How To Love,” and most recent singles “Tell Me Your Story” and “Beautiful King” have been well received, landing national airplay on Air-1 and K-Life.
Their newest release, “The Exchange” EP, was recorded in the Lone Star State of Texas with producer Brooks Paschal, formally of Sullivan. The new EP picks up where SMHTL left off and continues to focus on the importance of having a personal connection with God. “There’s a huge disconnect with followers of Christ when it comes to actually having conversations with God,” Mikey Moore says. “Conversation is something we must have with Him if we’re going to actually see growth and change in our lives.” Britt Espinosa says. “When we compiled the songs for the EP, we found that they all had themes of wrestling with life’s purpose and with God.”
This week we are offering The Exchange’s song “Brand New Day” off their newest EP which released October 15 as our free download of the week. It’s a celebration song of the hope and new life we have in Christ which speaks to God’s promise that His love is fresh and new every single day. Check out their EP The Exchange available everywhere now!
The GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning band The Choir has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming 15th studio release along with a brand new live album. The members of The Choir – comprised of Steve Hindalong, Derri Daugherty, Tim Chandler, and Dan Michaels – are thrilled to be recording new music and continuing their musical journey after many years together.
“Music is a journey for us,” shares Daugherty. “It’s this path that we’ve been going down, and as we’ve traveled it more and more over the years through the release of our independent albums, tours and being connected through social media, we’ve realized that not only is it a journey for us but that it’s a journey for our audience too. They have truly become part of our story.”
Continuing their tradition of creating a weekend experience built around the release of new albums, an exclusive group of Choir supporters will have the opportunity to attend the recording for the live album on March 1 of next year in Nashville. In addition to securing Gold Circle seating, these fans will be part of the closed rehearsal that day, dinner with The Choir and spend the following day sharing private excursions around the city.
Daugherty continues, “By working in partnership with our listeners, we believe we will have the ability to spend more time in the studio to craft songs, create and experiment. We think by doing that we’re going to inspire ourselves and from that inspiration we’re going to make music that will inspire others. We feel like at this point we can make one of the best records we’ve ever done.”
Along with the kickstarter campaign, The Choir is offering fans a free 15-song sampler for download and this week we are pleased to offer it as our featured download. Check it out and if you like what you hear please consider supporting them in their kickstarter campaign.
This week our featured download comes from Canadian alt-rockers Downhere. The band has been around for 13 years now but for those of you that aren’t too familar with the band, here are some facts you should know:
1. Who is Downhere?
Downhere is a canadian alt-rock band that hit the U.S. music scene in 2001 with the release of their self-titled debut. Their combination of powerful vocals, intelligent lyrics, and commitment to ministering to their audiences, helped earn them a Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year, a Juno Award for Best Gospel Album, and Canadian Gospel Music Association Covenant Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year (for “Larger Than Life”).
2. What is the focus of the band/mission statement?
“Since the beginning,” says the band’s bass player, Glenn Lavender, “we’ve tried to be a band that remained down-to-earth. We always want to be real and accessible to the kids where we play. We talk to them, play soccer, hang out, pray with them. When they see that we’re real people sharing this journey of faith with them, it gives our music a different voice in their lives.”
While Downhere is comfortable in their role as ministers to the church, they’ve long sought to maintain a standard of honesty in expression that intrigues and draws nonbelievers into conversation as well. “We throw a lot into our ‘vulnerability box’ and really try to be relatable to the audience,” Jason explains. “People can sense the fact that when we sit down to write a song we’re really pouring ourselves into it, so there’s a humanness they relate to.”
3. What can you expect on their new record that’s out today?
The record Downhere is releasing today is called Love and History: The Best Of Downhere. It features fan favorites including “Here I Am,” “Let Me Rediscover You,” “My Last Amen,” “How Many Kings,” and many more.
It’s album release day for Downhere and we want to offer YOU, our readers a free song download off the album. Get “Let Me Rediscover You” as our free download of the week and if you like what you hear, you can complete your collection and pick up a copy of the album available everywhere now!