This week’s free download comes from Ashes Remain’s debut album What I’ve Become. What I’ve Become’s theme is certainly one that almost everyone can relate to, most of all teenagers trying to navigate lives that often seem completely upside down. According to the band, much of their debut was written from the perspective of what it is like to feel as if there is no hope, where you are your own worst enemy and ultimately what it looks like to go from that very real and dark place to one where there is hope and step into the light. That journey from dark to light isn’t always a swift one and sometimes has to be walked many times, but it is a journey that the band is familiar with and feels called to go on with their fans.
This week enjoy a free download of Ashes Remain’s song “Inside of Me” off their debut album What I’ve Become. If you like what you hear, be sure and check out their new single “Here For A Reason” available digitally now and pick up their debut album What I’ve Become for ONLY $6.99 on iTunes!
Happy Tuesday! We hope you all have been enjoying our Phil Wickham month giveaways with chances to win The Ascension CDs, handwritten lyric sheets and even the chance to WIN our grand prize iPad mini + Phil CD library. We’re continuing our special Phil Wickham month with a free download from his latest album The Ascension. This week enjoy Phil’s song “Carry My Soul” as our download of the week + check out a special acoustic performance of the song below. Enjoy!
“It is my hope that this record would create a desire in people to ‘Ascend.’ That it might stir up a hunger in their hearts for the presence of God. I think many times in running this race we have weights we didn’t even now we had. I pray that The Ascension would inspire listeners to lay down those weights, and look forward with hope in their eyes at the glorious future that awaits all who call Jesus their King.” – Phil Wickham
This week’s free download comes from Mr. Del (Delmar Lawarence) former member of Three Six Mafia, who in 2000 gave his life to the Lord and has been serving Him with his talents and gifts ever since. Here’s a little more on Mr. Del:
Mr. Del (Delmar Lawrence) is a pastor, author, producer and artist who has been releasing solo projects and developing Urban Gospel and Christian artists and groups for over ten years with his Holy South and Dedicated Music Group labels. After a successful career in mainstream hardcore rap, the Memphis music mogul made the life changing move to Christian music. Mr. Del is committed to sharing the Gospel in a way unfamiliar to most secular and non-secular audiences with the intention of taking his message to the streets. He raps and preaches an unsieved message of righteousness and hope through his non-traditional sermons and unfiltered hip-hop music.
The innovator and Godfather of Christian Hip Hop is dealing a second dose of HOPE. HOPE DEALER 2 is available now on all digital music retail outlets and features collabs with Christian Rap and Urban Gospel’s most dynamic artists and Mr. Del’s long-time friends and colleagues: Canton Jones, Uncle Reece, The Gospel Gangtaz, Pettidee, Andale’, D-Maub, Still Trill Christians, Freeway Ricky Ross and The DMG Family.
To give you a little taste of what his music is like we are excited to be able to offer a free download of his song “Die For U” off his 2013 release Faith Walka. Enjoy! If you like what you hear you can pick up his latest album HOPE DEALER 2 available now!
We hope you’ve been enjoying our MercyMe Month on FreeCCM with lots of awesome giveaways, a chance to win an iPad mini and all things MercyMe. To continue with the MercyMe month madness we want to offer the title track off their album The Hurt & The Healer as a our free download of the week. Enjoy!
The outpouring of emotion that led to “The Hurt & The Healer” was inspired by a tragedy very close to Bart and his family. “My cousin was a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty this past year in Dallas. Watching his wife and two kids go through the healing process, it’s been incredibly tough to say the least,” Bart says quietly. He and his cousin had grown up as close as brothers and the loss has been devastating. Yet he drew comfort from the community of firefighters. “Just seeing how the firefighters have surrounded his family and have been there for them . . . that kind of led me down this path of the whole idea that we can’t just have contact with God, we need a full blown collision with the healer to get through something like this. The idea of the song is to have this collision with the hurt and the healer to where we are changed, whether it’s painful or great or whatever, that we walk away closer to Christ than where we were before.”
With Shadow Weaver, veteran alternative rockers the Choir took their first plunge into crowd-funding. Although the GRAMMY®-nominated group has long relied upon some of pop music’s most ardent supporters, the results were unexpected. “The response was not only stunning, but humbling,” says singer and guitarist Derri Daugherty. “It made us want to deliver, and I think people are going to be blown away by this record. It’s pretty epic.”
A fearless sonic explorer, Daugherty has nurtured shimmering, otherworldly textures by employing his guitar in impressionistic brushstrokes rather than blunt force. He has also dug for visceral tones associated with shoegazer and noise-pop styles. For Shadow Weaver, Daugherty blends these elements with the post-rock ambience of Hammock’s Marc Byrd. “It was so refreshing to play with Marc,” says Daugherty. “Sometimes we’d find something outrageous, and we just poured it on.”
For all the Nashville Choir fans and those living in surrounding cities, you have a special opportunity to attend The Choir’s hometown/live recording show on July 26th. The Choir will be performing at Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR) in Nashville, TN and will be selecting the best versions of the songs from both shows to go on their upcoming live recording album.The first show sold out fast, so a second matinee performance on the same day has been added. Visit The Choir webstore [http://shop.thechoir.net] to purchase your ticket!
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This week we have a special double download for our FreeCCM readers. We’re offering TWO SONGS for download this week. Enjoy The Choir’s “What You Think I Am” and “The Soul of Every Creature Cries Out” off their latest record Shadow Weaver. And if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up your copy of the album out now!
This week’s free download comes from the Michael James Band. Here’s a little more information about them:
Hailing from East Texas, The Michael James Band brings a fresh sound of Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock blended with Modern Worship that speaks straight to the heart. Winner of KLTY’s 2010 “Find Your Voice Contest”, band founder, Michael James always knew deep down God’s will for his life was ministry and for his music to impact the lives of others. For this very reason Michael immediately organized a band from a collection of friends he hadn’t been in contact with for years. Each having previous experience in worship venues, they created their own brand of contemporary rock that is now the Michael James Band.
2012 & 2013 saw a whirlwind of accomplishments by the group including performing at KLTY’s “Celebrate Freedom” at historic South Fork Ranch and releasing the groups debut album “Fearlessly” which featured their debut radio release “The Father’s Hands.” The debut single was instantly picked up by several stations and outlets throughout the USA and abroad giving further testament that Michael and the band are right where they need to be.
With the new year upon them things are shaping up nicely including their debut EP in the works. Signing with JMA music Artist Management, along with the bands radio follow up “Hold On.” Couple this with aggressive touring and cutting edge marketing, MJB is set to blaze a trail across the United States and throughout the world in 2014 and many years to come.
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The Michael James Band released their new EP: Anthem of a Desperate Heart today and so this week we are pleased to offer a free download of their song “Father’s Hands” off this EP. We hope you enjoy!
From the beginning of their existence, scarecrows have served but one purpose—to keep things out. By definition they are not welcoming or attractive. They exist to repel. In 2013, there are scarecrows everywhere…erected by hate, discrimination, fear, apathy… In every political, social and, sadly, religious institution, there are those whose sole purpose has become that of a scarecrow—to keep others away. Those who are different are kept out. Those who don’t wear the correct uniform are ostracized. Those who have been beaten down by life and humanity are further pummeled downwards by those who have redefined themselves in terms of superiority and piety.
And it is there—at the intersection of duty and contempt—that Decyfer Down must raise their voice. “People are scaring other people away,” shares TJ. “All of the tension and persecution is wrapped up in a lot of hate.” As the men of Decyfer Down have watched people in their own communities push others away, they refuse to watch in silence anymore.
No longer satisfied with silence, Decyfer Down is stepping boldly into new territory… challenging a generation held too long in the vice of comfortable, damaging piety to wake up to truth. To wake up to love. To wake up to the fact that they’re missing it. Driven by passion more than agenda, Decyfer Down knows what they’ve been called to do and hope others will hear the heartbeat of God pulsing through each song.
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This week we are offering a free download of Decyfer Down’s song “Somethings Never Change” off their album Scarecrow. Enjoy!
Almost 11 years ago Derek Webb released his first solo album titled She Must and Shall Go Free. It was an emphatic statement about the liberation and ultimate security of the people of god — the church — taken from the last line of a 175-year-old hymn written by William Gadsby. She Must & Shall Go Free was an album born from questions. Derek says, “Even after 10 years spent in churches and church culture, touring with the band my friends and I started in 1992 (Caedmon’s Call), I still wondered if I had a particular role in the “church,” and if the “church” had a necessary role in culture. Those questions not only led me to make my first album, but they also put me on a path as an artist that I am still navigating today.”
A lot changes in 11 years and Derek’s latest album I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You is a result of those changes. “I’m so grateful for the fact that I can still sing and agree with every word of the 11 songs on my first album. But as I approached the 10 year anniversary I began to wonder what the album would have looked like if I were writing it today, exploring the relationships between the church, the culture and myself. I wondered about the observations, encouragements, criticisms and confessions I would discover if I asked these same questions 10 years later. What was initially nothing more than personal reminiscing and reflection quickly became the coordinates that led me to a new collection of songs,” Derek says.
This week we are offering Derek’s song “Everything Will Change” off his latest album I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You as our free download. Enjoy!
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As an added bonus, check out an acoustic performance of “Everything Will Change” below!
Here at FreeCCM we are always on the lookout for great new music from up and coming artists. This week we’ve come across a worship band from Visible Music College called Visible Worship that we’d like to introduce you to. Here’s a little more about their story and some facts on who Visible Worship is.
1. How did Visible Worship get their start?
The story starts out something like this: auditions went down at Visible Music College. Student musicians felt called by God to this opportunity. They played. They rocked. They clicked. Now they’re here, signed to Madison Line Records.
2. Who are the members of Visible Worship?
Lance, songwriting major from Palestine, Texas, plays acoustic guitar. Kyle, from Apex, N.C., brings in the bass. Josh, from Fon du Lac, Wisc., is keeping the beat. Andrew, of Memphis, plays electric guitar and joins – last, but certainly not least – Jordan, also of Memphis, on lead vocals. (Of course, she’ll also balance things out with some feminine energy).
3. Can we expect new music out from Visible Worship soon?
Yes we can. Visible Worship wrote and recorded their EP over the course of the school year, all in preparation for the time they’ll spend roughing it in a van, taking their show on the road in the summer of 2014. They’re excited about their debut and every possibility beyond it – with diverse musical taste and influences and a common passion, Visible Worship is ready to define itself and create a movement.
4. What is the mission of Visible Worship?
Visible Worship is building a foundation at Memphis’ Visible Music College, with new talented student musicians joining its ranks each year with a shared mission: making incredible music and spreading an incredible message.
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Visible Worship’s debut EP, released May 8, debuted at No. 5 on the Christian music chart (and No. 1 in Christian records under $8) less than 48 hours later. So in honor of it’s release we are offering their single “I Will” as our free download of the week. This is just a preview of what you’ll hear on their debut EP so if you like what you hear be sure to pick up your copy of the album out now!
Happy release day to Fellowship Creative! We hope you’ve enjoyed our live stream of the album on our site as well as a chance to win a copy of the album. Fellowship Creative is not just a new band making music out of their growing church. It is truly a movement, and a unique one at that, where a core group of like-minded people decided to collaborate their music, all of which was organically grown out of Scriptural teaching and the grit of everyday life. Simply said, the music of Fellowship Creative begins and ends with the church.
“Without Fellowship Church, there’s no Fellowship Creative,” says leader Derric Bonnot. “Our pastor started our church with a vision to use creativity to help people, regardless of their religious background, to discover the Bible’s relevance to their lives and to lead them into a relationship with Jesus. There’s no better fuel for a song than seeing life-change and being a part of it.” Bonnot, like many who find a home at Fellowship Church, didn’t grow up in church and had little context for the Bible when he started attending Fellowship as a 14-year-old kid. His love of music and guitar was fostered at church, and he soon met God there.
This week we are so excited to celebrate the release of their debut label album Running To Follow with a free download of their song “Future Back” off this album. If you like what you hear be sure to get your copy of the album, available now!