Needtobreathe featuring JOHNNYSWIM, “Forever On Your Side”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock group Needtobreathe has released “Forever On Your Side,” an intensely catchy track featuring JOHNNYSWIM.

Lead vocalist Bear Rinehart sounds incredible on this track, which is aiming to match the phenomenal performance of the band’s recent No.1 hit, “Brother,” featuring Gavin DeGraw. His bandmates Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt, Josh Lovelace, Randall Harris, and Micah Nichols do a phenomenal job of putting together a radio-friendly CCM track that can easily cross over.

FOREVER ON YOUR SIDE Lyrics
Needtobreathe

I won’t pretend that we can control the night
Or what kind of road we’re on
Or where we will see the light
But right now I’m talking to ya
I’m looking into your eyes
Right now I’m trying to show ya
That we’re gonna be alright
Oh I don’t know what’s around the bend
Oh, all I know is that my love, it knows no end

All these pieces they fall in line
Because I’m forever on your side
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

They’ll beat you up
But don’t let em keep you down
You’re always tough enough
And I’ll always be around

All these pieces they fall in line 
Because I’m forever on your side 
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time 
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

Oh I can’t promise that a day will never come
Where the ground beneath us falls out and we got nowhere to run
Oh but you won’t be alone when the water starts to rise up
No you won’t be alone my darling when the rains come

All these pieces they fall in line 
Because I’m forever on your side 
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time 
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

Sanctus Real, “Confidence”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock band Sanctus Real has returned with its new single, “Confidence,” featuring new lead singer Dustin Lolli, who replaces the now-solo-artist Matt Hammitt. Written by Lolli with Ethan Hulse, Matthew Armstrong, and Chris Rohman, “Confidence” is an explicitly biblical track on how God is the source of our strength and confidence, citing several heroes in the Bible who were known for accomplishing great feats, thanks to their God-given strength and faith.

Vocally, I think Lolli and Hammitt are as different as night and later that night. However, long-time fans of the band who understand Hammitt’s reasons for leaving may be comforted by the knowledge that he was replaced by a singer who can match Matt’s vocal chops and then some. I think “Confidence” is a fantastic track, and ushers in a remarkable new direction for the band’s new chapter.

CONFIDENCE Lyrics
Sanctus Real

I’m not a warrior
I’m too afraid to lose
I feel unqualified for what you’re calling me to
But Lord with your strength
I’ve got no excuse
Cause broken people are exactly who you use.

So give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence

You took a shepherd boy
And made him a King
So I’m gonna trust you and give you everything
I’ll be a conquerer
Cause you fight for me
I’ll be a champion claiming your victory

So give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence

I’m gonna sing and shout and shake the walls
I won’t stop until I see them fall
Gonna stand up, step out when you call
Jesus, Jesus
I’m gonna sing and shout and shake the walls
I won’t stop until I see them fall
Gonna stand up, step out when you call
Jesus

Give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence
Give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence
I’ll face my giants with confidence

Carrollton, “Shelter”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock band Carrollton has released its new Shelter. Written by Jordan Bailey, Michael Loy, Joel Rousseau, and Justin Mosteller, Shelter is a declaration of how God is, in fact, a shelter from the storm. With driving piano lines, a bass line that won’t quit, and, of course, that faith-building message, the track is evocative reminds me of the kind of great Christian pop music I’ve heard from bands like Citizen Way, Unspoken, and Tenth Avenue North,   I see no reason why Shelter can’t be that song that finally breaks Carrollton into the mainstream Contemporary Christian scene.

SHELTER Lyrics
Carrollton

In the valley of the shadow
Where my plans turn to dust
When I’m walking through the unknown
In the waiting, I will trust
When the sky falls, when the flood comes
Let the rushing waters rise
When my soul is worn and weary
And I’ve got no place to hide

I know, You won’t let me go
Your fortress for my soul
My helper, You are my shelter
You’re my hope, my anchor in the storm
Your love unbreakable
My helper, You are my shelter

On the mountain, You surround me
My comfort and my song
Your promise is my refuge
‘Cause I know Your love is strong
You have raised me from the ashes
Set my feet on solid ground

I know, You won’t let me go
Your fortress for my soul
My helper, You are my shelter
You’re my hope, my anchor in the storm
Your love unbreakable
My helper, You are my shelter

You are the way, You are the truth
You are the breath inside of my lungs
You give me strength when I am weak
You are the one who lifts me up
You are the way, You are the truth
You are the breath inside of my lungs
You give me strength when I am weak
You are the one who lifts me up

I know, You won’t let me go
You are my shelter
Oh I know, You won’t let me go
Your fortress for my soul
My helper, You are my shelter
You’re my hope, my anchor in the storm
Your love unbreakable
My helper, You are my shelter
You’re my hope, my anchor in the storm
Your love unbreakable
My helper, You are my shelter
You are the way, You are the truth
You are the breath inside of my lungs
You give me strength when I am weak
You are the one who lifts me up

MercyMe, “I Can Only Imagine (The Movie Session)”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock band MercyMe has released its new single, “I Can Only Imagine (The Movie Session)” by MercyMe. This version was recorded in anticipation of the movie of the same title, which was released yesterday, March 16. Based on the true-life story of MercyMe frontman Bart Millard, “I Can Only Imagine” is a beautiful illustration of the power of forgiveness and the gospel.

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Needtobreathe, “Walking on Water”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock group Needtobreathe has released Walking on Water to Christian AC. What makes this single different from previous releases is (1) its video is a faux movie trailer, made in part to push sales of the single, because (2) sales of Walking on Water will go to the Dream Center Network.

Written by Bear and Bo Rineheart with Matt Maher, Walking on Water has that distinctly masculine sound that makes Needtobreathe such powerful music to listen to. Terrific song with a fantastic message.

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Hawk Nelson, “He Still Does (Miracles)”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock band Hawk Nelson has returned with a hot new single titled “He Still Does (Miracles),” which finds the band experimenting with a sound that combines their rock sensitivities with some EDM touches that will no doubt find the veteran band winning new fans the world over.

Written by Daniel Biro, Micah Kuiper, David Niacaris, and Jonathan Steingard, He Still Does (Miracles)” is a declaration of the power of God to work miracles not just in our lives, but all over the world. Even the video itself is a stunning review of the many great works of the hand of the Creator of the Universe, and it’s so inspiring! Overall, a great effort from one of Contemporary Christian music’s most innovative and enduring bands.

HE STILL DOES (MIRACLES) Lyrics
Hawk Nelson

When you’re at the end of the road
And it’s not the one that you would’ve chosen
When you’re at the end of your road
And you’re holding on, but feel like you’re fallin’
With every option exhausted
You’ve tried everything you know
You saw a light, then you lost it
But there is still hope

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave, empty inside
You will see He still does
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles

Even if you don’t see it now
Without a doubt, He’s already moving
There is not a pain that you hold
He doesn’t know, and He isn’t using
With every option exhausted
You’ve tried everything you know
So reach for something beyond it
‘Cause He is our hope

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave, empty inside
You will see He still does
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles

A broken heart can be restored
A broken soul can be reborn
And greater things are still in store
For us, for us

Like the fire in the night
Like the ocean parted wide
Like the grave empty inside
You will see He still does
Miracles, miracles, miracles, miracles
Miracles, miracles, (He still does) miracles (He still does), miracles
Miracles, miracles, (more than you can dare to dream) miracles, miracles
Miracles (more than you have ever seen), miracles
Miracles, (There’s still more, there’s still more) miracles
Miracles, miracles
(Miracles)

MercyMe, “Happy Dance”

Contemporary Christian supergroup MercyMe has released its hot new single, Happy Dance. Accompanied by a video that matches the awesomeness of the song in sheer awkwardness, Happy Dance is a brilliant track that is virtually guaranteed to get believers up and dance. Coming from its more worshipful anthem tracks, this, like predecessor Shake, is easily one of MercyMe’s most satisfying uptempo releases.

HAPPY DANCE Lyrics
MercyMe

Hey, you
In the corner shaking in those boots
You got one, one for two
You got the shaking right, but the fear won’t do
We always say that we have unspeakable joy
So let our feet do all the talking when our words fall short

We’ve got reason to get up
Reason to get down
He done traded our sin for joy
And now, that joy wants out
Happy dance
Happy dance

Hey, yeah you
In the back of the room with those concrete shoes
It’s okay, to cut loose
Oh, it ain’t about how you move, but what moves you
We’re so consumed with what we think we’re supposed to be
That we stop living like we know that we’re free

We’ve got reason to get up
Reason to get down
He done traded our sin for joy
And now, that joy wants out
Happy dance
Happy dance

Let me see, those hands
If the good Lord saved ya
Get up, get down
‘Cause He done changed ya
Let me see, those hands
If the good Lord saved ya
Get up, get down
‘Cause He done changed ya

We’ve got reason to get up
Reason to get down
He done traded our sin for joy
And now, that joy wants out
Happy dance
Happy dance