New Release Rundown


There have been some stellar releases the first half of 2014, and we’re looking forward to more of the same for the second half. Take a minute to check out some worthy candidates both for congregations and for personal listening/viewing.

New Releases

Wow Worship36 of Today’s Top Artists
WOW Worship (Lime) Deluxe Edition
Provident Label Group/Capitol Christian Music Group/Word Records

Release Date: 3/11/14

Featuring your favorite artists and powerful worship songs, WOW Worship (Lime) Deluxe Edition captures the very best music impacting our churches and the world. The 2-CD set features 36 artists and 36 songs including 9 brand new recordings.

Similar to: Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher

Top congregational songs: “Bless The Lord (10,000 Reasons),” “Lord, I Need You”


All Sons & DaughtersAll Sons & Daughters
All Sons & Daughters
Integrity Music

Release Date: 5/6/14

All Sons & Daughters follow their Dove Award-nominated live album with their first all new, full-length studio record. This self titled album is their most mature and innovative work to date—both sonically and lyrically—all while staying rooted in their recognizable organic sounds of worship. Catch them on the 25+ date Neon Steeple tour with David Crowder this fall.

Similar to: David Crowder, Jesus Culture

Top Congregational Songs: “We Give You Thanks,” “Great Are You Lord”


LifeWay WorshipChildren’s Worship Series
by LifeWay Worship, Amanda Singer & Ray Jones
Make Some Noise!
LifeWay Worship

Release Date: 5/15/14

Children’s Worship Series (CWS) is designed to inspire a powerful generation of worshipers and worship leaders through mission, music, message and movement. Created with volunteers in mind, CWS is perfect for churches looking to start children’s choirs or churches looking to enhance their established children’s program. CWS teaches children to worship authentically … with a passion for worship that is infectious to all generations.

Top Congregational Songs: “Make Some Noise!” “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”


All The Saints: Live From the CentricWorship Retreat, No. 1

Release Date: 3/11/14

Eight powerful tracks by 12 popular songwriters/worship leaders. Eclectic, Americana blended atop flawless doctrine. By Michael Farren, Jared Anderson, more.

Similar to: Bethel Music, Paul Baloche, All Sons & Daughters

Top Congregational Songs: “Nothing but the Blood,” “Love Comes Down”


Fairhope DirectChilhowee Hills Worship
in:ciite/FairHope Worship

Release Date: 1/1/14

Thirsty is a collection from a heart of worship focused on Jesus and the desire to change the world.

Similar to: Lakewood Church, Vertical Church Band, Bethel Music

Top Congregational Songs: “Thirsty,” “Rest”


Dream RecordsCindy Cruse Ratcliff
Heaven Raining Down
Dream Records

Release Date: 4/15/14

Heaven Raining Down is the new, fresh, explosive full-length CD recorded at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. It features 10 songs not only written by Cindy but Ben Fielding from Hillsong, Joth Hunt from Planetshakers, David Hanley from Press Play, and Jonathan Thulin.

Similar to: Kari Jobe, Mandisa, Jamie Grace

Top Congregational Songs: “God Alone,” “Holy, Holy”


Capitol - CrowderCrowder
Neon Steeple
Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords

Release Date: 5/27/14

Crowder is back with his first solo album, Neon Steeple. Releasing May 27, the music can be described as “folktronica,” or a mixture of acoustic sounds and electronic beats. The Neon Steeple Deluxe Edition contains three additional tracks not found on the standard edition.

Similar to: All Sons & Daughters, Rend Collective

Top Congregational Songs: “I Am,” “Here’s My Heart”


Community Bible ChurchCBC Music
Jesus, Be The Center
Prism Music

Release Date: 04/1/14

This exciting new release is from the worship ministry of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. Pastor of Worship Ministries, Ray Jones, and CBC’s entire worship staff have compiled original and contemporary songs into a multi-generational explosion of joyful praise.

Similar to: Brooklyn Tabernacle

Top Congregational Songs: “Every Praise,” “The Power of the Cross”


BEC RecordingsDustin Kensrue
The Water & The Blood
BEC Recordings/Mars Hill Music

Release Date: 9/30/13

Dustin Kensrue, the frontman of the rock band Thrice who have sold 1.4 million albums, is releasing his first worship album, The Water & The Blood. Kensrue, who wrote with Stuart Townend for the song “Rejoice,” also delivers other gospel rich original songs with rearrangements of hymn classics.

Similar To: Crowder, Stuart Townend, John Mark McMillian

Top Congregational Songs: “Rejoice,” “Grace Alone”


Fellowship CreativeFellowship Creative
Running to Follow
Fair Trade Services

Release Date: 5/13/14

Finding ways to express and celebrate the gift of creativity is the driving force behind Fellowship Creative, the music division of Fellowship Church Dallas, known for Pastor Ed Young, Jr. This collection of worship songs was created with the body of Christ in mind and is the first release with record label, Fair Trade Services.

Similar to: Elevation Worship, Gateway Church

Top Congregational Songs: “Glory in the Highest,” “Always Been About You”


Capitol - HillsongHillsong United
The White Album [Remix Project]
Hillsong Music Australia/Sparrow/Capitol CMG Label Group

Release Date: 3/3/14

The White Album [Remix Project] is a collection of your favorite Hillsong UNITED songs that have been remixed by various mix engineers and musicians. The project, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic albums chart, includes remixes of “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “With Everything,” “Hosanna,” “From The Inside Out” amongst others.

Similar to: Jesus Culture, Crowder

Top Congregational Songs: “Oceans” (Lark Remix), “With Everything” (Tim Yagolnikov Remix)


Jimmy Swan ProductionsHis Kidz United
His Kidz Vol. 1
His Kidz United

Release Date: 4/29/14

His Kidz United recognizes a gaping hole in the marketplace for quality, uplifting, and inspiring Christian music specifically for teens and pre-teens. Inspired by the wildly successful KIDZ BOP™ model, with a mission to release a series of Top 40 Christian music for kids in a popular and exceptional fashion.

Similar to: Kidz Bop, Hillsong United

Top Congregational Songs: “Shake,” “Hallelujah”


Visual Worship @ Home Vol 6
Integrity Music

Release Date: 3/25/14

Experience the sights and sounds of worship at home with iWorship’s Visual Worship @Home collection.

Each enhanced DVD contains inspiring lyric videos featuring the original master recordings of today’s most popular worship songs. Each volume features 10 songs on an enhanced DVD. Bonus MP3 files are included to enjoy on the go. This product is also a great resource for home groups!

Similar to: iWorship, WoW Worship with lyric videos.

Top Congregational Songs: “God You Reign,” “In Jesus Name”


iWorship TraxiWorship
Visual Worship Trax Vol.3
Integrity Music

Release Date: 4/8/14

Visual Worship Trax series from iWorship combines today’s top worship songs with inspiring, lyric based videos for use in churches in all settings. All lyric videos feature original artist masters and come in original stereo, split-trax, and click trax versions. Visual Worship Trax is the perfect performance trax solution for use with worship teams or special music.

Similar to: iWorship, WoW Worship with Pro lyric videos

Top Congregational Songs: “10,000 Reasons,” “When the Stars Burn Down”


Capitol - Kari JobeKari Jobe
Kari Jobe/Sparrow/ Capitol CMG Label Group

Release Date: 3/25/14

Recorded live and featuring brand new material, Majestic is Kari Jobe’s first live album and DVD. “It reminds me of what heaven might be like,” Jobe reflects. “If you will lift your voices and worship him, there will be a shift and a change in the atmosphere of your life, and it will be heaven-centered and majestic.”

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture

Top Congregational Songs: “How Majestic,” “Hands to the Heavens”


Capitol - Michael W. SmithMichael W. Smith
The MWS Group/ Sparrow/Capitol CMG Label Group

Release Date: 5/13/14

On Sovereign, Michael W. Smith’s first worship album since 2008, he deliberately steps into a new creative chapter to craft a vibrant collection of worship songs with a fresh sense of musical innovation. The album features brand new songs, “Sovereign Over Us,” “All Arise,” “Christ Be All Around Me” and “The Same Power.”

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman

Top Congregational Songs: “All Arise,” “You Won’t Let Go”


Hope ChurchOff the Ground Collective
Night Song
Off the Ground Creative

Release Date: 3/1/14

Night Song is the culmination of nine artists’ journeys to commit themselves to hope during hard times.

Slow and steady, these 13 tracks, some vocal and some instrumental, bring peaceful resolve, proving

you can have a song in the middle of the darkest night. Download Night Song on iTunes.

Similar to: All Sons & Daughters, Bethel Loft Sessions

Top Congregational Songs: “Nothing,” “Night Song”


ForerunnerOnething Live
Onething Live: Sing Your Praises
Forerunner Music

Release Date: 4/29/14

Contains highlights from International House of Prayer’s Onething Conference. Includes songs by Misty Edwards, Jon Thurlow, Laura Hackett, and more. Visit the website below to hear a free preview and get more information.

Similar to: Passion, Let the Future Begin and Bethel Music, Tides Live

Top Congregational Songs: “Sing Your Praises,” “The Love Inside”


Capitol - PassionPassion
Passion: Take It All
Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords

Release Date: 4/29/14

Take It All, the new album from Passion features “My Heart Is Yours” and includes new music from Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, and Kristian Stanfill. The Deluxe Edition includes two additional songs and 4 bonus videos including an all new talk from Passion founder Louie Giglio.

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Jesus Culture

Top Congregational Songs: “My Heart Is Yours,” “Let It Be Jesus”


Integrity - Baloche LivePaul Baloche
Integrity Music

Release Date: 4/1/14

Paul Baloche, one of today’s most influential worship leaders, songwriters, and artists, has recorded a brand new live worship album, simply titled Live, featuring new anthems, classic hymns, and familiar choruses. “Over a thousand ministry leaders came together to form a congregation of one to worship God. Our hope was to capture a true and honest expression of worship to our God.” – Paul Baloche

Similar to: Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe

Top Congregational Songs: “You Lift Us Up,” “He Is Risen”


Integrity - PlanetshakersPlanetshakers
Endless Praise
Integrity Music

Release Date: 3/11/14

Endless Praise is the exciting follow up to Planetshakers recent success with their critically acclaimed release Limitless. Planetshakers is the fastest growing church in Australia and expanding their already significant ministry with Awakening Conferences in Malaysia, America, and Australia. Get ready to dance as you join in worship with Endless Praise!

Similar to: Hillsong: Young & Free, Darlene Zschech

Top Congregational Songs: “Unto God,” “Leave Me Astounded”


Integrity - Rend CollectiveRend Collective
The Art of Celebration
Integrity Music

Release Date: 3/17/14

Dove Award-nominated Irish worshipers Rend Collective made a recent theological breakthrough as a band that is changing everything about their approach to music and life: seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. The appropriate response to this understanding led to a sonically innovative message on its highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration. Featuring the radio anthem “My Lighthouse.”

Similar to: Passion, David Crowder

Top Congregational Songs: “My Lighthouse,” “Boldly I Approach (The Art of Celebration)”


Sov. Grace MusicSovereign Grace Music
30: Three Decades of
Songs for the Church

Sovereign Grace Music

Release Date: 4/8/14

30 is a 30th anniversary album featuring fresh takes on 14 classic Sovereign Grace Music songs like “Behold Our God” and “I Stand in Awe” by artists including Paul Baloche, Kristyn Getty, Aaron Keyes, Matt Papa and more.

Similar to: Paul Baloche, Indelible Grace

Top Congregational Songs: “Before the Throne of God Above,” “All I Have Is Christ”


She SingsVarious
She Sings
Nashville Treehouse Music

Release Date: 4/29/14

All female cast, featuring favorite artists like Kim Hill, Margaret Becker, Ashley Cleveland,

Melissa Greene of Avalon and newcomers Ellie Holcomb, Paulette Wooten, Sarah Stephens, and Sarah DeShields. Formed out of a love of hymns, various female artists created new and readdressed old favorites. She Sings represents the unique personalities of each in the Americana style.

Similar to: Kim Hill, Margaret Becker, Ashley Cleveland

Top Congregational Songs: “Christ, Christ, Christ,” Margaret Becker; “Solid Rock,” Paulette Wooten; “The Love of God,” Melissa Greene


Integrity - Action BibleVarious
The Action Bible Remixed

Integrity Music

Release Date: 5/6/14

Get ready to hear modern worship favorites done in a way you’ve never heard before. Inspired by the bestselling Bible for kids: The Action Bible. These remixes combine fresh sounds with an electronic edge using original stems to songs we all know and love. This project features KJ-52, Canton Jones, L.E.D. & DJ MAJ, and more. One listen and you’ll be hooked!

Similar to: Toby Mac, KJ-52 & Canton Jones

Top Congregational Songs: “Great I AM,” “Today Is the Day”


Yanc y y AmigosYancy y Amigos
Pequeña Fiesta de Alabanza
Yancy Ministries, Inc.

Release Date: 6/24/14

Yancy is releasing her popular Little Praise Party songs for kids worship in Spanish. Joined by Nic Gonzales (Salvador) and Jaci Velasquez. These songs will provide singalong fun that celebrates that

Jesus is our best friend. Kids will be moving, jumping, and praising. Available on CD and DVD include tracks and mp4s.

Similar to: Hillsong Kids, Go Fish

Top Congregational Songs: “Hosanna (Hosanna Rock),” “Me Gusta (I Like To)”

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The Making of a Worship Leader

makingofaworship leaderJim Altizer
Sound & Light Publishing

The role of a Worship Leader involves so much more than singing a few songs on Sunday morning. Dr. Jim Altizer, a professor of Worship Leadership at Azusa Pacific University, offers thought-provoking and valuable insights into topics such as a philosophy of corporate worship, becoming a worship leader, understanding symbolic action, and understanding sacred time. The 19 appendices include information about microphones, vocalist tryouts, website resources, and much more. This should be required reading for all worship leaders.

Jeff Friend

The Case for the Psalms

nt-wrightN.T. Wright

Most people simply can’t imagine what it might be like to live in God’s world, in his time, in his space, and in his matter. This book is aimed at helping God’s people to imagine God’s larger, richer world as they pray the Psalms.

N.T. Wright joins the flurry of publications in the last year that have placed the Book of Psalms at the center of Scripture and faith. If we weren’t already convinced, Wright presents a persuasive argument that the Psalms are as his title indicates, “essential,” and beyond that, “the steady sustained subcurrent of healthy Christian Living.” But this is not a legalistic, required-reading scenario, rather an evocative invitation “to pray and live the psalms.”

As he has in recent works, Wright connects God’s rescue of us, our lives, and the earth we live in, and our role in the grand narrative. He and the Psalms won’t let us off the hook. And for those who have relegated the Psalms to a disconnected Old Testament discipline or liturgy, Wright makes it clear that emulating Jesus and New Testament Christians means immersion in the Psalms that formed them and their worldview, which crosses Testaments and stands at the intersection of all time. It also means active engagement in God’s rescue plan of our lives and the lives of those around us, as well as the earth, and the socio/cultural world we live in.

Wright wears his gifts as pastor, preacher and teacher well in this book, but also walks beside us as a fellow pilgrim ascending the hill of the Lord.

– Andrea Hunter


Novation Bass Station II Review

Function: Analog bass synthesizer
Price: $499.99
What’s New:  In a modern, digital world, is there room for one more analog synth?  With the market oversaturated with VST plugins, modeling synths, and digital emulations, the Novation Bass Station II shows us why analog synthesizers will never truly be replaced. 
Features:  Based on the classic original Bass Station, the Bass Station II is a mono synthesizer with two oscillators (and a sub oscillator), two filters, a step sequencer, arpeggiator, and fully analog effects section.  Bearing a resemblance to its ancestor with its black, white and blue color scheme, the Bass Station II sports full sized, synth-action keys and a patch save function.  The back controls are fairly straightforward: power on/off/bus powered (via USB), mono ¼” output, ¼” sustain pedal in, mono ¼” external audio in, MIDI 5 pin I/O, ¼” headphone out, and a USB port.  The oscillators are capable of generating sine, triangle, sawtooth, and square/variable pulse width waveforms and both oscillators can be synced, detuned, and played at four different octaves.  All the oscillators then are processed by the mixer section, which also allows the noise generator, ring modulator and an optional external audio source to be mixed together.  The signal then travels to the filter section, where the user can choose between two filter types, an “Acid type” (diode ladder type), and the “Classic type” based on the original Bass Station filter.  Both LFO’s are independently adjustable between rate and delay time and feature triangle, sawtooth, square, and sample and hold waveforms.  Amp and modulation envelopes control attack, decay, release, and sustain and pass the signal to a distortion send and filter mod effect.  The arpeggiator features 32 different patterns between up to 4 octaves and the step sequencer offers 32 preset rhythms and allows you to create your own.  The keyboard can be powered by an included power adapter or via USB from a host computer, making it a mini MIDI controller as well as a hardware synth.  One of my favorite features is the external audio input, which routes through the filter and effects section of the Bass Station II.  Octave switching and transposition is achieved via two big blue buttons above the mod wheel and pitch bend.  For giant octave leaps, the Bass Station II’s pitch bend is automatically set for an octave bend on the majority of its presets.
Feel:  Everything on the Bass Station II feels great.  Every knob and slider feels natural and smooth and the full-sized keys feel great.  The two octaves are more than enough for natural-sounding synth bass playing.  To my satisfaction, none of the controls felt cheap or loose, (a BIG concern of mine on both the Arturia Minibrute and Korg MS-20 mini) and the keyboard feels great.  The blue lights in the pitch bend and mod wheel are a nice modern touch, giving the keyboard a modern accent to an otherwise classic look. 
All these little touches add to the idea that you’re playing a pro keyboard, not a toy. 
Sound:  As soon as I heard the first note on the Bass Station II, I knew it was a unique synth.  With its twin oscillators and filters, the Bass Station II sounds huge and focused at the same time.  The first preset is a basic synthesizer setup and it shows off the sound of the oscillators and filter section quite well.  Detuning the oscillators slightly creates massive bass textures, especially when adding the sub oscillator.  My personal favorite part of the synth is the filter section.  The extra large cutoff frequency knob allows pinpoint control over the filter cutoff, and as it’s the biggest knob on the control surface, you’ll never have to look for it in the dark.  The overdrive is a real standout.  Warm and growly, it’s hard not to crank the drive it sounds so good!  The LFO’s and modulation section give complete control over every aspect of the synth you could possibly want, and it’s possible to route and assign the mod wheel to control almost any feature.  A completely unique sound, the Bass Station II falls (roughly) somewhere between a Juno 106 and Roland TB-303: big and fat but focused and crisp as well.  Although made for bass, the Bass Station II sounds great for leads and the arpeggiator makes it perfect for rhythmic, pulsing sounds.  One of the most helpful features of the Bass Station II is the fact that you can dial in the tempo to the exact bpm, especially helpful for syncing the arpeggiator and step sequencer to tempo without MIDI.  The distortion effect at the end of the chain sounds fantastic, giving the bass a nasty edge while retaining the clarity and low end. 
            As an owner of the Novation Bass Station plugin, I tried the hardware against its software companion out of curiosity.  Although the plugin sounded good, there was no comparison in the low end; the Bass Station II was bigger, wider, and crispy than the plug, even when I switched the software to stereo. 
Bottom Line:  If you want a synth bass, the Bass Station II is the best in its price range.  You won’t find another synth that sounds or feels as good with as many features as this for under $500.  Although it may seem like a one-trick pony, the monophonic Bass Station II offers more with its one note than most digital emulations and modeling synths.  Its completely unique sound makes it stand out a lot more than other classic keyboards and the feel of the controls top all the analog synths in its class.  The Bass Station II offers a tremendous value and quality and I wouldn’t be surprised if just like its ancestor 10-20 years down the road, it becomes a highly sought-after classic. 
For more information about the Bass Station II and other products by Novation, visit