Hot Album Releases (August-September 2014)
We present to you the hottest new album releases between the month of August and September. Tell us did we miss any of your favorite records?
“Anomaly” by Lecrae
Lecrae is probably the biggest act in Christian rap, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon. His new project “Anomaly” has been gathering momentum for a while now, and we have been following it heads on. The album that was postponed is finally getting a September release.
This album has already spawned three hot joints including the latest one called “All I Need Is You” which peaked at iTunes number 1. “All I Need Is You” surpassed Nicki Minaj’s single “Anaconda” that dropped the same day, and Jessie J’s “Bang Bang.” This marked the first time that a Christian Hip Hop artist made it to #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap song chart, and the first time a Christian Hip Hop artist has hit #1 on the iTunes song chart overall! The two other released singles “Nuthin” and “Fear” also made the cut on the highly anticipated 7th album, “Anomaly.”
“The Moment” by Manafest
This album follows his highly popular and best-selling 2012 album Fighter. An artist and author, Manafest continues to evolve while not abandoning his rap-rock roots. “The Moment” features 12 new songs, including the track “Diamonds” with Thousand Foot Krutch’s Trevor McNevan. The new radio single, “Edge of My Life” is currently at radio, and be sure to check out this incredibly creative lyric video here .
“The Moment” gets back to Manafest’s roots of rhyming and infusing a singing style that is his own making this his strongest and most creative effort yet. Incorporating his fans with this project, Manafest has utilized Pledge Music to help fund this album while giving fans exclusive access inside the album-making process. “Life is made up of many moments – some big some small –and you want to be present for all of them,” shares Manafest on the topic of his upcoming release. “The Moment is a transparent look behind the curtain of my thoughts, beliefs and outlook on life.”
“Just Worship” by Earnest Pugh
Dove and Stellar Award nominated gospel crooner Earnest Pugh has just polished off his latest work of art “Just Worship” a collection of praise and worship songs that released on August 26, 2014. The set will be propelled by Pugh’s new radio single, a dynamic re-arrangement of Israel & New Breed’s classic tune “Alpha & Omega.” The soul-stirring paean is now making its way up the playlists of the leading gospel radio stations around the globe.
Boasting production from Keith Williams, Michael Bereal, Cedric Thompson, Robert Ellis and Steve McCoy, this live set of seven songs flows as a continuous worship service that listeners can use to create an atmosphere of divine reverence wherever they may find themselves during the day. The set closes with a bonus recording of Pugh’s recent Top 20 radio smash “All Things Through Christ” featuring Bishop Rance Allen.
“Journey To Freedom” by Michelle Williams
Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Michelle Williams will release her upcoming fourth studio album, Journey to Freedom, in stores Tuesday September 9th. “Journey to Freedom” much-anticipated songs reveal one of Williams’ most personal and inspirational journeys yet, in a 12-track album that showcase her striking vocal range coupled with a lush musical soundscape.
In addition to “Say Yes,” “Fire,” “If We Had Your Eyes,” Michelle Williams continues to break musical boundaries on tracks such as “Need Your Help,” “Free,” Believe in Me,” and “Fall” (feat. Lecrae and Tye Tribbett). Teaming up with superstar producer Harmony Samuels, Williams has created a deftly-crafted album of reflective and rousing lyrics, empowering listeners to find strength and freedom through life trials, against a backdrop of gorgeous sonic grooves mixing African-influenced and dance beats, pop, R&B and more.
“Time Stands Still” by Family Force 5
The first studio album in three years from Alternative Pop/Rock band Family Force 5, “Time Stands Still,” was recently released, and it made its debut at No. 1 as the best-selling album on the Christian/Gospel Overall and Digital Album, Current Contemporary Christian and Christian Rock/Alternative/Rap overall SoundScan charts. It also hit No. 17 on the Overall Digital Albums chart and No. 30 on the Billboard Top 200.
Produced by Riley Friesen (Vota, Staggerford) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, for KING & COUNTRY), “Time Stands Still” also features “Glow In The Dark,” “Sweep The Leg” and the lead radio single, “Let It Be Love,” set for a May 30 add date.
“20” by Jars of Clay
In the 20 years since Dan Haseltine, Stephen Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matthew Odmark released their debut album Frail, Jars of Clay sold millions of albums and received GRAMMY, American Music and Dove Awards and nominations, 16 No. 1 songs and major television and film song placements, while also appearing on all the major late night talk shows and entertainment magazines. During the journey, the band has always leaned forward and focused on what their next creative endeavor could be. Each new album has pushed off in a new direction from the previous one, showing a trend of transformation that has become a calling card of the band. With 20, they now have taken a moment to look back over what they’ve created.
“Sinema” by Swoope
“Sinema” threads together tracks like movie scenes, to communicate an audio picture of desire. Desire is harmless, but like a small bacteria, it grows into an uncontrollable beast. “Sinema” through Swoope’s imagination tells this story from several perspectives––vantage points––this beast of a progression.
Influenced by the wisdom of his failures and life experiences, Swoope tells this story about being drawn away by his own desire––a desire in us all, and what this ‘innocent’ luring away will lead to. Listen as Swoope lyrically directs the listener through this picture of how this audio movie ends for all flirting with this path.
“#Faster” by Group 1 Crew
The all ‘new’ Group 1 Crew released its “#FASTER” digital EPs a teaser of what is to come in the near future.
The EP features special guest vocalists Moriah Peters, Jonathan Thulin and Rachel Lampa, the new recording is the first of two EP’s to be released from Group 1 Crew in the coming months. #STRONGER is set to release November 4, 2014 while the double EP, #FASTER/#STRONGER, will be a physical CD sold exclusively at retail through Family Christian Stores beginning Sept. 16, as well as sold on Group 1 Crew’s fall tour with Big Daddy Weave. There will be another full-length record coming from Group 1 Crew Spring 2015.
“Oxygen” by Lincoln Brewster
Lincoln Brewster makes a comeback with Oxygen, his ninth recording and first non-seasonal studio project in more than four years.
The record is produced by Brewster and longtime collaborator Colby Wedgeworth, “Oxygen” offers 11 new selections, 10 of which Brewster co-wrote. Songs including the title-cut, “Live To Praise You,” “Shout It Out” and the album’s debut single, “Made New,” showcase the guitar virtuosity for which the artist is renowned. “I played more guitar on this record than on any album I’ve made before,” Brewster says.
“Oxygen” is also highlighted by several deeply personal tracks written and recorded as Brewster’s wife successfully battled a rare form of cancer. The vulnerable “Sinking Ships (Rescue Has Come)” and “On Our Side,” penned at his wife’s hospital bedside, articulate worship in the midst of challenge.
“Raising A Banner” by Desperation Band
Desperation Band, formed in 2001 as a youth worship band at Colorado Springs-based New Life Church is back. Thirteen years down the road, leading worship for hundreds of thousands of high school and college students at the annual Desperation Conference, their reach has expanded exponentially. Now known around the globe for songs like “I Am Free,” “Overcome,” “Yahweh,” and “Strong God,” this modern worship band—led by worship pastor Jon Egan—has never lost sight of their target or the limitless potential of students to impact their world for Christ.
Set for release in September, the all-new live recording from the July 2014 Desperation Conference captures the spirit and energy of youth at worship while firmly establishing for all who listen that we share a deep-rooted history. The God of ages past is alive and well and moving mightily among people who are desperately committed to Him.