New Music - Oct 22 2012
G'day, welcome to another week of new music on Vision, thanks for stopping by. Let's get started.
The Museum: 'Not For Sale' from their My Only Rescue Cd which was released on BEC Recordings, 2012.
This song was written to bring to the fore the plight of those caught in the trap of human trafficking. Today it’s estimated that there are more than 30 million slaves around the world...more than at any other time in human history! These numbers don’t include countries that are closed and inaccessible!
The Museum have written a powerful song expressing the desire to see the innocents who have been sold as though they’re nothing more than a piece of furniture, to be free and treated with the dignity that should be afforded to all human beings created in the image of God.
The band have performed at the annual Abolition Concert along with other Christian artists like Paul Coleman and Rachael Lampa and this song places the emphasis on the value of a human soul in that every human being is born with the inalienable right to be free – a human life is not a commodity, it is not for sale. Those who have been enslaved by the mercenary greed of wicked men need help to be freed from slavery.
Andrew Peterson: 'Rest Easy' from his Light For The Lost Boy CD, a 2012 release on the Centricity label.
Rest Easy is based on Matt 11:29-30 where Jesus says to take His yolk upon us because His burden is light and He will give rest to our souls, and Rom 5:8 that says God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, He died for us.
Sin is a dreadful thing, it brings destruction and it brings separation between us and God; but for those of us who believe in Jesus and who have been saved by His amazing grace, we can rest easy and be assured that even when we fall, while God has promised to discipline us He has also promised to forgive and restore us to Himself once again.
Andrew explains this through the experiences he’s had when disciplining his own children. Disciplining them is unpleasant for all involved – but he still loves his children with the same intensity as when they’ve been good.
God is a gracious Father, and He loves His children with the same intensity and commitment, even when they fail and fall. God is committed to seeing them mature in faith and we can rest easy in His promise to never leave us or forsake us, despite our propensity to sin.
Mark Schultz: 'More To You Than This' from his All Things Possible CD, released this year on the Fair Trade Services label.
The song ‘More To You’ is about the ongoing struggles that young girls in modern society go through in relation to what is real value and real beauty on a personal level. Hollywood and media play a key role in the distortions young girls believe; distortions about external beauty and love.
They images they look at in magazines are edited, airbrushed and altered and are therefore fake, and immorality is celebrated and encouraged instead of being shunned and something to be avoided.
Young girls and young women the world over have had their lives destroyed and their hearts broken because of these distortions and lies and this song is an attempt to let them know that their lives are valuable and their future and life dreams are so much more than simply being an airbrushed image of what the world says is beautiful, or giving themselves away to someone in the hope that it will result in sincere and life-long love and commitment.
There is only one absolute source of real, selfless love and that is the love of Christ who gave His very life to save ours.
Finally this week Matt Redman's song '10,000 Reasons' from his 10,000 Reasons CD will begin airing during the Worship Hour each weeknight between 7-8pm and overnight as well. This album was released this year on the Sparrow/Sixsteps labels.
Enjoy your week, stay safe and check out the Bible passages that inspired this week's new music...I'm sure it'll inspire you too!
New Music - Oct 15 2012
Welcome to yet another week of New Music here on Vision, I'm starting off with a song I know Matt Prater is going to absolutely love!
Third Day: 'I Need A Miracle' from their Miracle CD, released on the Essential label, 2012.
This song came about through Third Day’s conversations with numerous people throughout the years who have been touched and impacted by their music. One such conversation took place after a concert when an older couple approached the band to tell them about how their son went through an extremely dark time in his life. He was suffering depression, was struggling with some addictions and felt so utterly hopeless that he decided to commit suicide. He intended to drive his car a long distance from his home into the woods somewhere alone to end his life. He turned on the radio for a little comfort for what he was about to do, and ‘Cry Out To Jesus’ was playing. Right there in that moment, he literally cried out to Jesus and this resulted in a total life transformation. He wasn’t even at the concert with his parents because he was on a mission trip sharing the Gospel with others.
This song is about the cry of every human heart at their point of deepest need when they realise they can’t make it on their own and they realise the need a miracle – the miracle of God reaching into their life to save them.
Blake Goss: 'Christ Our King' from his Love Has Spoken EP, an indi release 2012.
Blake Goss grew up as the typical class clown as a student in school. He never had any formal instrumental or vocal training because his time was spent playing on a variety of high school sports’ teams. He became interested in music during his senior year of high school and taught himself how to play guitar. As a senior in the isolation of his room, he would play guitar and sing praise songs as part of his daily time with God.
In college he started his own Christian rock band with the intention of taking it “big time”. After playing and being well received at many venues throughout his college years, God showed Blake that his focus had drifted from worship to success and popularity. Blake then stepped back and realized that God was calling him back to the original reason he got into music which was to worship Him and Him alone.
Five years ago Blake had the opportunity to become the Worship Pastor for a new church that launched in the Atlanta, GA area. Since that time he has been leading worship and writing songs birthed from Scripture about what God was teaching him in his personal life as well as in the life of the church. Blake now feels God calling him to take these songs which have been a blessing to so many in his own church and put them into the hands of churches across the nation.
This song is a verbal declaration of God’s absolute greatness and how the Creation itself worships, honours and glorifies Him.
Jamie Grace: 'Come To Me' from the One Song At A Time CD, released on the Gotee label, 2012.
Jamie Grace, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter who is appearing as part of Women of Faith’s popular “Revolve Tour,” has been signed by Gotee Records, helmed by Joey Elwood and multiple GRAMMY winner Toby Mac.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Jamie Grace is a college student who aside from her career and touring as a singer-songwriter, is also studying children’s ministry. At age 11, Jamie Grace was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, and has since travelled the country sharing her story and faith through music and speaking.
Toby Mac discovered her when he saw her home made videos on Youtube and he watched her progress for 3 years before signing her to Gotee Records. She is only 19 years of age, she finished college early and is now studying to work in children’s ministry.
Jamie Grace's full length album, One Song At A Time, was released in September 2011. Her debut song "Hold Me," was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Song for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards and holds 2 nominations for the 43rd annual Dove Awards.
Learning to deal with Tourette Syndrome has been quite an ordeal for Jamie, it’s a neurological disorder that makes the sufferer to either physical or verbally make involuntary actions or noises and as you can imagine, the social or mental stigma can be crushing and isolating.
Jamie has learned to trust God, knowing that He is with her and will carry her through the struggles and she’s learning to live in the peace of God as well as using the struggles to communicate to others what God is doing in and through her as a result, and this is giving others courage and hope in their own trials. ‘Come To Me’ is about learning to respond to Jesus to allow Him to carry our burdens rather than trying to carry their weight on our own, which we simply cannot do.
Finally, Ashes Remain has a new song called 'Inside Of Me' from their What I've Become CD released on the Fair Trade Services label, 2011, that will be heard during the youth hour on Saturday nights with Steve Monro, 9:45-10:45pm.
Hope you have a fabulous week, take good care and I'll be back next Monday with more new music news on the Vision Radio Network.