In the world of Christian music, it's just a fact that by early fall, the Christmas releases are already creeping in. Thankfully, amid all the merriment and mistletoe, there's also plenty of noteworthy new music that can be enjoyed year-round. So in case any of these recent projects escaped your notice, consider this your reminder to go listen now.
Steven Curtis Chapman returns with a triumphant studio project, The Glorious Unfolding, that highlights life's bigger picture, and Natalie Grant cheers us on with her power pop disc Hurricane. Consummate storyteller Sara Groves celebrates 15 years of recording with The Collection, a chronicle of her understated but overwhelming gift as a songwriter and storyteller.
Adding a little rock to that pop are the latest releases from friends old and new. Newsboys' Michael Tait & Co. are electrifying, The Neverclaim inspire, and Royal Tailor's high energy is just plain fun. If that's not enough, Switchfoot stop by with an EP that gives a sneak peek at their early 2014 full-length album.
Gungor's I Am Mountain ups the ante with experimental pop worship, but they're not the only ones offering up praise this season. Theologically, we know we're all imperfect, fallen creatures, but it sure seems like Matt Redman can do no wrong. Your Grace Finds Me only backs up this claim. Worship artist Phil Wickham's no slouch either, and Vertical Church Band continue to claim their corner of the worship market with The Rock Won't Move. Meanwhile, those Blind Boys of Alabama reinvent themselves yet again, seeming ageless in the process.
Sample some of this music now by listening to our Top Christian Albums, Fall 2013 playlist. And for those who can't start Christmas soon enough, we'll cover that in a separate post that includes new holiday hits by Brandon Heath, Dave Barnes, For King & Country, Paul Baloche and more.