Most Played Song This Week: Hosanna – Brooke Ligertwood
Second: Happy Day – Ben Cantelon, Tim Hughes
Third: Jesus Paid It All – Elvina Mabel Hall, John Thomas Grape Overcome – Jon Egan Cornerstone – Edward Mote, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, William Batchelder Bradbury
All Other Entries: Alive Forever Amen All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises Allelua Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Awesome In This Place Because He Lives Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise) Breathe Christ Is Risen Christ The Lord Is Risen Today Glory Here In Your Presence Hosanna (Praise Is Rising) How He Loves Jesus Messiah Lead Me To The Cross Mighty To Save My Faith Has Found A Resting Place My Redeemer Lives(I Know He Rescued My Soul) My Savior Lives Oh Glorious Day Revelation Song There Is Power In The Blood Victory In Jesus 10,000 Reasons Alive Forever Amen All People That On Earth Do Dwell All To Us Ancient Words And Now My Lifesong Sings Arise At The Cross Before The Throne Of God Better Is One Day Bless The Lord Blessed Assurance Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord Brighter Day Closer Crown Him With Many Crowns Death In His Grave Everlasting God For The Cross For Your Name (Hillsong) Free For All Glorious Day Glory Come Down God Is Able God Of Wonders God’s Not Dead Gone Had It Not Been Hallelu! He Lives! Hallelujah To My King Hallelujah, It Is Finished He Is Coming Healer Here I Am To Worship Holy – Jesus Culture How Great Is Our God” (Tomlin) I Am Forgiven I Am Free I Belong To You I Call Your Name I Exalt Thee I Will Rise I’ve Found A Love In Christ Alone. Jesus Is Alive Jesus, No Other Name I Know Joy To The World King Of Glory Let God Arise Let It Rain Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall Like A Lion Living He Loved Me Living In Me Lord I Need You Make It Loud Marvelous Light More Than Amazing Moving Forward My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less My Savior My God No Sweeter Name None But Jesus Nothing Is Impossible O Precious Sight (The Wonder Of The Cross) Oh To See The Dawn (Power Of The Cross) On The Bloodstained Ground (I Kneel Down) One Single Drop One Thing Remains Our God Our God Is Love Our God Reigns Our God’s Alive! Peace Be With You Power Of Your Love Praise Him Praise Him, Praise Him Redeemer Resurrection Chant Resurrection Day Resurrection Hymn Running Sanctuary Scandal Of Grace Shout To The Lord Stronger Sweetly Broken Teach Me To Surrender, The Anthem The Blood Will Never Loose It’s Power The Father’s Heart The Gospel Truth The Greatness Of Our God The Lord Reigns The More I Seek You The Old Rugged Cross The Stand The Time Has Come The Wonder Of The Cross The World Didn’t Give It Till I See You To The Cross Today Is The Day We Have A Savior We Will Glorify Were You There? When I Survey The Wondrous Cross Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) Worthy Is The Lamb You You Are Holy You Are My King You Led Me To The Cross You Lifted Me Out You Won’t Relent You’re So Good Your Grace Is Enough Your Great Name
With Phil Sillas at the helm as producer, a prominent group of Spanish worship leaders known as Cantos De Alabanza has released Mi Corazon Canta, a wonderful album featuring some of today’s best-loved songs of praise and worship sung entirely in Spanish. This album features singers from the Dove-award winning group, including Lily Cruz, Mark Gutierrez, Priscila Romero, and Alfonso Hernandez, along with other Latin CCM artists such as Christine D’Clario, Omar Galarza and others. These arrangements are very well done, with a high production value. Many of the songs take on a whole new Latin-infused flavor, while maintaining the lyrical integrity of the original version. The band does an amazing job as well, providing an excellent support for this talented group of singers.
More: The concept of this project is commendable, to take these well-loved worship songs that have impacted so many people, and make them available in Spanish as a tool for worship leaders to use in their congregations. Songs such as Hillsong’s “Desert Song,” Gungor’s “Beautiful Things,” Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah,” and others are accurately translated, so the lyrics remain strong and powerful. Also notable are the salsa versions of “Miracles Still Happen” and “Te Alabo (I Will Praise You).”
Less: Of course, whenever songs are translated, there will also need to be some rhythmic changes in the lyrics to make the new lyrics fit, and just from listening to it, it’s hard to say whether some of the lyrics flow as easily. But, the bottom line is that these fantastic songs of worship can now be enjoyed and incorporated into the worship experiences of our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters, and Cantos De Alabanza have captures the essence of the songs in passionate, beautiful cries of worship.
The term hipster carries a lot of baggage these days, some good and some bad, depending on how the term is being used. However, at it’s best, hipster rock has the potential to infuse strong doses of much-needed originality and artistry into what can often be a paint-by-the-numbers Christian music industry. Seattle’s Citizens marks Mars Hill Music’s first venture into the world of full-length projects with their self-titled debut, and it’s outside of the box from moment one.
Led by Zach Bolen, Citizens aims to build bridges with a developing culture looking to fully engage worship, not passively observe it. Shades of modern rock sounds resembling acts as diverse as The Killers, Kings of Leon, and Snow Patrol pop up, but this certainly isn’t derivative stuff. Especially engaging is the take on classic hymns that repeatedly draws the worshipers into action—there’s a raw energy and clear passion that doesn’t offer the option of sitting on the sidelines.
More: Citizens really do break the mold, bringing a West Coast indie feel to a debut that keeps the focus solidly on God without sacrificing artistic integrity. A strong debut that holds a lot of promise for days to come.
Less: Citizens’ very uniqueness make them hard to nail down. Are they a worship band? Are they an indie band? Are they a modern pop band? With the answer being “all of the above,” it may be time for some new definitions in the Christian music world.