New Contemporary Christian duo Love and the Outcome has released He Is With Us. I am loving this harmony-laced acoustic ditty, and the female vocals are passionate and strong. This should be a hit soon enough, with a final finish comfortably within the Top 20 virtually guaranteed.
Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Plumb has released One Drop as the second single from her new release, Need You Now. Plumb, or Tiffany Lee Arbuckle, as the singer is known in real life, has proven she can sing pretty much any kind of music, and with One Drop, a ukelele-driven acoustic toe-tapper that may be my favorite Plumb song ever, she ventures into musical territory explored by such artists like Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Train, and Francesca Battistelli. This kind of light pop-rock has proven to be quite effective, radio-wise, and I’m hoping Christian radio will open up to One Drop the way they sorta kinda did with Battistelli’s This is the Stuff. They already showed they were ready for Plumb when they sent Need You Now to number three; here’s hoping One Drop outperforms that single.
Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Mark Schultz has released I Gave Up as the follow-up to his Top 10 hit, All Things Possible. Schultz is one of Contemporary Christian music’s most gifted pop-rock songwriters and I Gave Up is another brilliant example of how well he can partner an irresistible melody with a catchy lyric to come up with a ballpark winner. I, for one, can’t stop singing it! I love the horns, I love the thick harmonies and the gospel chorus towards the end… and of course, any song about grace and humility is always encouraging for the Christian walk. Lifted off Schultz’s stellar All Things Possible, I Gave Up should easily make the Top 10 of the Inspo charts, but I would love to see this become Schultz’s second straight Top 10 hit, and it definitely deserves to be.
Contemporary Christian pop/rock band Big Daddy Weave has released The Only Name (Yours Will Be) as the follow-up to its number one single, Redeemed. I’m pleased with the release of The Only Name (Yours Will Be); its radio-friendly melody, quality lyrics, and of course, impassioned delivery, makes The Only Name (Yours Will Be) an ideal follow-up to Redeemed, which is in itself a surefire bet for nomination in the Dove Awards’ Record of the Year category.
THE ONLY NAME (YOURS WILL BE) Lyrics right after the jump.
Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant has released Hurricane, her first single in two years. The timing of Hurricane, while poetically apt, could not have been better, if not a little discomfiting. Oklahoma was battered by super tornadoes over the course of last week, and this encouraging song has spoken to thousands upon thousands in this unfortunate situation. Of course, the eternal message of God’s love and support goes beyond natural disaster, but still, there’s no denying that Hurricane is a very, very good song that goes beyond the timing of its release. Clearly one of Grant’s best releases, and, in my opinion, a very strong contender for Top 5 status.
Contemporary Christian superstar Jeremy Camp has released My God as the second single off his latest album, Reckless. Now, I’ll be honest with you. Reckless didn’t grab me off the bat, but My God is an instant winner. The fact that it’s the Greatest Gainer this week on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart – 36 to 24, I think – in just its second week on the chart tells me that My God will easily be Camp’s latest Top 10, and very very possibly, latest number one hit. Great job, Jeremy.