Ganns’ Top 10 – June 26 2010

Atlanta Contemporary Christian band The [M]useum, hold at #1 for second week with its powerhouse single, My Help Comes From the Lord. It fends off a spirited attack by Josh Wilson (former #1 hit Before the Morning) and the new single from Jeremy Camp, “Jesus Saves“, which drops this week at Soft AC/Inspo.

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You can read my reviews of the following songs:

  • The Museum’s “My Help Comes From the Lord”
  • Chris August’s “Starry Night”
  • Jeremy Camp’s “Jesus Saves”
  • Jonny Diaz’s “Waiting Room”
  • Beckah Shae’s “Life”
  • John Wilson’s “Before The Morning”
  • mikeschair’s “Keep Changing the World”
  • Ashmont Hill’s “Show My Love”
  • Kerrie Roberts’s “No Matter What”
  • Phillips, Craig and Dean’s “Great Are You Lord”
  • Top Christian Songs (Billboard) – July 3, 2010

    tobyMAC goes three weeks at #1 with Get Back Up, the second single off Tonight, his new CD. Just like last week, most of the Top 10 remain unchanged, only songs at #s 2-3 and 6-7 flip-flopping.

    The highest new entry on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart is Stephen Curtis Chapman’s second single off his new CD, Beauty Will Rise; the title track debuts at #47. The Afters return to the Billboard Christian Songs chart after a two-year hiatus with Light Up the Sky (#50). The Greatest Gainer this week is Remedy Drive’s Speak to Me, up 7, 43-36. (I featured them a few days ago.)

    1. (1) Get Back Up tobyMac

    2. (3) Our God Chris Tomlin

    3. (2) All of Creation MercyMe

    3. (3) Before the Morning Josh Wilson

    4. (4) Healing Begins Tenth Avenue North

    5. (5) What Faith Can Do Kutless

    6. (7) Beautiful Beautiful Francesca Battistelli

    7. (6) Forgiven Sanctus Real

    8. (8) If We’ve Ever Needed You Casting Crowns

    9. (9) Hold Us Together Matt Maher

    10. (10) Better Than A Hallelujah Amy Grant

    Jeremy Camp, “Jesus Saves”

    Jeremy Camp’s Jesus Saves is the first single off the Contemporary Christian superstar’s new worship CD, We Cry Out (BEC/Tooth & Nail). I am so psyched for Jesus Saves; this may be my favorite Jeremy Camp song to date, and that says a lot, considering his massive body of work. Give You Glory is still my favorite Camp track, but come on, Take You Back is still a classic, There Will Be A Day is instantly memorable, and Healing Hand of God, his latest, was no weak single. It became his latest Top 10 hit! Couple that with Adie’s recent #1 Soft AC/Inspo hit Where Could I Go, well, that’s just blessings all around for the Camp family, isn’t it?

    Jesus Saves is a jubilant declaration of the immense joy that comes with knowing we have been saved by Jesus. I can hear Jesus Saves being sung in arenas and churches throughout the world, it’s a jubilant, anthemic explosion of gratitude and love with our Savior. Not since Give You Glory has Jeremy Camp been so unrestrained with his praise, and I think Jesus Saves stands to easily become a Top 10 hit across Christian AC and Christian CHR (it’s one of the most added over at Inspo, so that’s a given). I personally am so edified by Jesus Saves that I’m finding it hard to sit still here at work!

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    JESUS SAVES Lyrics
    Jeremy Camp

    Hope is here
    Shout the news to everyone
    It’s a new day
    Peace has come
    Jesus saves

    Mercy triumphs at the cross
    Love is come to rescue us
    Jesus saves

    Hope is here
    What a joyful noise we’ll make
    As we join with Heaven’s song
    To let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves

    Free at last
    Every debt has been repaid
    Broken hearts can be remade
    Sing above the storms of life
    Sing it through the dark of night
    Jesus saves

    Free at lase
    What a joyful noise we’ll make
    As we join with Heaven’s song
    To let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    We’re singing out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves

    You save, You heal
    Restore, reveal
    Your Father’s heart to us
    You rose to raise us from the grave
    Your spirit lives in us

    Sing it out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Shout it out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Sing it out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Oh sing it out, a shout ’til the whole world knows His Name
    Jesus saves
    Sing it out! And shout for we will know Your Name
    Jesus saves
    Jesus saves

    Revisiting my role as the “sleepy child whisperer”

    The past few days have been difficult. Last weekend, my kids’ two nannies decided to hie away from our employ. They put my daughter, three-year-old Nicki, to bed, then left six-year-old Nathan, who was watching television, packed their bags, and left. No “Thanks for having us,” no tearful goodbyes, nothing. They up and left our kids in our house, with no one else, save Nathan’s nine-year-old cousin, to watch over them. We later learned of the reason as to why they decided to leave, and, well, while I can’t publish it on my blog, it relieves me to know that both nannies did not have issues with us as their employers, with our kids as their main focus of attention, and with the nature of their jobs.

    While we have two nannies arriving tomorrow – Thank You, God!! – my beautiful wife Catherine and I have taken turns staying home to be with the kids. My kids are bundles of joy, but we all know that nobody’s perfect, either parent or child. I’ve struggled a bit, but it’s always a good thing to reconnect with your children. You’ll always have work around, but you won’t always have your kids’ childhoods around, so best to enjoy it while you still can. The Bible recommends we dads don’t exasperate our kids, and I’ve been trying my best to ensure that doesn’t happen. They, on the other hand, have continued to pay attention to me, so I think I haven’t completely outgrown my role as father.

    Meanwhile, I’m revisiting the book Supernanny by Jo Frost, and it’s reminding me about some solid disciplinary steps to take when my kids (occasionally) misbehave. In particular, it has some solid ideas about bedtime that I’m really interested in reestablishing. My kids, you see, can’t sleep without me. That’s a surefire recipe for disaster, so I’m going to talk to my wife about it tonight. We need our evenings back, and Jo Frost has the master plan for ensuring our evenings belong to us again.

    If your child refuses to sleep, Jo Frost says the answer is “The Bedtime Routine,” which “lets your child know there is a consistent pattern to going to bed, which s/he is not going to be able to change or manipulate at will,” and 2) it prepares for sleep in a calming sequence of events that are designed to help her relax.” Sounds good, no?

    Her tips include:

    • Keep things as calm as possible. Winding down is important.
    • Tell your child that bedtime is approaching. About ten minutes before you start the routine is good.
    • Give a warm bath. Give a warning before bath begins and before it ends. Enlist the child’s help; praise the child when each stage is completed smoothly.
    • Read your child a bedtime story. (I love this part!) Ask questions to engage their attention. (After the story, the child may want to talk for a while; this is a good time to reassure, praise, and single out good moments.)
    • Give a few minutes’ notice before lights out.
    • Don’t get into the habit of waiting with your child until she falls asleep. (Ouch, sorry.)
    • Lights out! No child will learn how to get  to sleep with the lights on.
    • Don’t leave a stage out of this routine.
    • Be consistent with your partner in this routine. Present a united front.
    • Don’t let your child fall asleep on the sofa and then move him into bed. He may wake up in a panic wondering how he got there.

    There are several great ideas in the book, as well as problem/solution situations. (My child can’t sleep alone. My child wakes up in the middle of the night.  My child gets out of bed. My child gets into my bed. My child has nightmares. Etcetera. She has a whole bunch of solutions to these questions, and more. Get the book. It’s awesome.)

    Remedy Drive, “Speak to Me”

    Christian rock band Remedy Drive scored a #1 hit in 2009 with All Along, scored off their major label debut Daylight is Coming (Word Records). Ian Eskelin (Avalon, Francesca Battistelli) produced the CD, and it shows; the quality of the CD is so good that four singles have been released to radio, a rare feat for most Contemporary Christian albums. Apart from All Along, Daylight and Heartbeat also saw generous airplay. New single Speak to Me stands to mimic All Along‘s success. David Zach’s voice has never sounded stronger, and the theme of calling on God to communicate with the singer has always proven popular with Contemporary Christian audiences. (Witness to wit: MercyMe’s Word of God Speak, although in fairness, since when has MercyMe tanked?) I’m excited for Speak to Me; even as Remedy Drive tours with the Rock and Worship Roadshow, with artists such as David Crowder Band, MercyMe, Family Force 5, Fee, and Sidewalk Prophets, more CCM radio stations are picking up the song. Let’s see what happens.

    SPEAK TO ME Lyrics
    Remedy Drive

    I’ve been listening in all the wrong places
    Am I alone?
    Am I missing every word You’re saying
    I don’t know the sound of Your voice anymore
    Anymore, anymore

    Speak to me, please speak to me
    I’m in between and I can’t hear You
    Whisper, shout it
    Give me something
    I need it now, need Your voice, need a sound
    Speak to me

    Is it ’cause of all the times I failed You
    Am I too far
    Did you wonder how long I’d wait for You
    When I can’t hear the sound of Your voice anymore
    Anymore, anymore

    Speak to me, please speak to me
    I’m in between and I can’t hear You
    Whisper, shout it
    Give me something
    I need it now, need Your voice, need a sound
    Speak to me

    Tell me something
    Tell me anything
    I am waiting for You
    Won’t You speak to me

    Caleb Rowden, “All I Need Is You”

    When it comes to touring, worship leader and Contemporary Christian artist Caleb Rowden has quite a frequent flyer collection. With the release of his new single, All I Need is You, one of five growing singles at Soft AC/Inspo, Caleb may have to tour a bit more, because the single’s picking up steam again, months after its initial release. All I Need is You was co-written with Ricky and Ran Jackson of The Daylights; its message of encouragement and exhortation to place one’s hope and trust in God is obviously resonating with Christian listeners across the United States, and I think that this independent writer should prepare himself for a Campbell’s tour, because this song is Mmm Mmm Good!

    Ganns’ Top 10 – June 19 2010

    This week witnesses the second #1 debut for 2010, and it comes at the hands of Atlanta band The [M]useum. Its new single, My Help Comes From the Lord, becomes the second single to debut at #1 after Show My Love by Bostonian vocal group Ashmont Hill. My Help Comes From the Lord leads two other songs into the Top 10: Keep Changing the World by mikeschair and Life by Beckah Shae. All in all, a tight top 10. Don’t honestly know how this chart’ll look next week. I know at least six songs that could be #1 soon. (See the links to individual song reviews underneath the chart.)

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    You can read my reviews of the following songs:

  • The Museum’s “My Help Comes From the Lord”
  • Chris August’s “Starry Night”
  • John Wilson’s “Before The Morning”
  • Jonny Diaz’s “Waiting Room”
  • Phillips, Craig and Dean’s “Great Are You Lord”
  • Ashmont Hill’s “Show My Love”
  • mikeschair’s “Keep Changing the World”
  • Beckah Shae’s “Life”
  • Kerrie Roberts’ “No Matter What”
  • Top Christian Songs (Billboard) – June 26 2010

    tobyMAC makes it two weeks at #1 with Get Back Up, the second single off Tonight, his new CD. Most of the Top 10 remain unchanged, save for Casting Crowns, which enters the top 10, 12-8, after an increase in radio airplay. (Funny it should make this jump after I said last week that I doubted its chances.)

    The highest new entry on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart is Sixteen Cities’ Sing Along (expect an entry on GannsDeen.com about it tomorrow), a new entry at #47. Three notches below that is Relient K’s Therapy, off its stellar Forget and not Slow Down CD. The Greatest Gainer this week is Natalie Grant’s Greatness of Our God, up 10, 44-34.

    1. (1) Get Back Up tobyMac

    2. (2) All of Creation MercyMe

    3. (3) Our God Chris Tomlin

    4. (4) Before the Morning Josh Wilson

    5. (7) Healing Begins Tenth Avenue North

    6. (5) What Faith Can Do Kutless

    6. (6) Forgiven Sanctus Real

    7. (9) Beautiful Beautiful Francesca Battistelli

    8. (12) If We’ve Ever Needed You Casting Crowns

    9. (10) Hold Us Together Matt Maher

    10. (9) Better Than A Hallelujah Amy Grant