Matthew West, “All In”

Contemporary Christian singer Matthew West has released his new single, All In. An inspiring song about how we throw ourselves full-faith into the destinies that God has for us, All In will speak life to many of us who are struggling with our faith in the face of trials. It’s a great anthemic song that should receive a great response not just from Christian AC, but from many believers out there who need a soundtrack for their latest undertakings.

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David Dunn, “Masterpiece”

Contemporary Christian singer David Dunn has released his new single, “Masterpiece,” off his new album “Yellow Balloons.” The BEC Recordings artist collaborates with former Group 1 Crew frontman Manwell, adding an urban touch to Dunn’s new release. In the past, Dunn has displayed a remarkable openness to different sonic landscapes, and with “Masterpiece,” he adds another great piece to his impressive discography.

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Matt Maher, “What a Friend”

Contemporary Chrsitian singer Matt Maher has released “What a Friend,” which is counter-intuitive to what I expected from that title! Expecting a hymn, I instead got a rollicking praise anthem–WHAT?! Yeah! “What a Friend,” penned by Maher with Adam Palmer, MAtthew Hein, and Abbie Parker, brings together what sounds like a Hammond B3, a gospel choir, and a frantic tempo for a home run single across the board. Great track from his new album, “Echoes.”

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Josh Wilson, “Dream Small”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson has released his new digital single, Dream Small.

First off, let me say that Wilson has had a phenomenal track record of singles, in my opinion, among them Savior Please, I Refuse, Before the Morning, Pushing Back the Dark, and That Was Then, This is Now.

With Dream Small, adds another fine track to his remarkable discography of delightful, thought-provoking Christian pop-rock music. Running counter-culture to what the world normally tells us today, which is to dream big and aim to make a giant impact, Wilson makes the case for how the otherwise normal and unremarkable actions of people still can make a huge impact for Christ.

How does one sell this message? In the case of Wilson, by packaging it with irresistible melodies, passionate vocals, and a chorus that won’t quit. Wilson has always come up with great uptempo guitar tracks–reference Pushing Back the Dark and That Was Then, This is Now for a taste, in case you have never experienced his music, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed–and Dream Small continues that fine tradition.

With Dream Small, Josh Wilson remains one of my favorite CCM artists of this generation. Well-done.

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Jeremy Camp, “The Answer”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp has released his new single, “The Answer,” which makes a nice debut on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs at No. 38. Written by Camp, “The Answer” boasts of tinkling piano lines and a nice little gospel choir at the end that helps Camp’s distinctive voice lend an urgency to the call to personal and corporate prayer.

Jeremy Camp

So many questions, the world is reaching
So many hurting, so many lost
With all this thriving, who can we lean on?
Creations crying, out from the dark

I know the answer, to every question
The one solution, to every fear
I know my helper, where it comes from
Jesus, He is the answer

He sees our sadness, He feels our sorrow
And in our weakness, He is strong
He holds the weight of, all of our failings
Greedy is our sin but greater the cross

I know the answer, to every question
The one solution, to every fear
I know my helper, where it comes from
Jesus, He is the answer

For every heart that’s breaking
For every soul that’s shaking
For every sickness, there’s healing in Your hands
Let every heart awaken
To see it’s You who saves us
You are my help and the rock on which I stand

You are the answer, to every question
The one solution, to every fear
You are my helper, where it comes from
Jesus, You are the answer
Oh Jesus, You are the answer
You are the answer
You are the answer
You are the answer

Michael W. Smith, “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)”

Contemporary Christian legend Michael W. Smith has released his new album, “Surrounded,” which is bannered by the title track and lead single, which is a cover of the original by Upper Room. Written by Elyssa Smith, Surrounded (Fight My Battles) began as a moment of free worship that has since become a truly phenomenal, powerful song on its own right.

With this cover, Smith adds a complexity and wisdom to the song, and in doing so, makes his version of “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” one of my favorite ones to date.

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