“Amadeo (Still My God),” Ryan Stevenson

Contemporary Christian singer Ryan Stevenson has released his new single, “Amadeo (Still My God).” Easily one of my favourite carrier singles from Stevenson, “Amadeo” has many great things going for it. First of all, that sing-along chorus is IRRESISTIBLE. You absolutely cannot help sing along with it. I can’t wait for it to be sung by believers in stadiums across the planet; it is one of the best choruses I’ve heard in recent memory.

Stevenson has a gift for writing encouraging songs that speak of God’s sovereignty and heart to help His people. “Eye of the Storm” was one of his most successful for that reason. “Amadeo” is a dip into the same waters, but with a fresh perspective and lyrics that anyone in a valley season will not hesitate to sing out at the top of his lungs. A great song that deserves massive airplay.

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Tauren Wells, “Miracle”

Contemporary Christian singer Tauren Wells released the “Miracle” lyric video as part of his new album, “Citizen of Heaven.”

This song may very well be in my Top 10 of favourite songs for 2020, even if it was released in September 2019, because I’ve really just tuned into it after the awesomeness of Wells’ current single, “Like You Love Me,” which is still climbing the charts.

Feedback on this track is that it hearkens to the days of Michael Jackson; ‘this is what worship music would sound like if MJ sang worship music,’ seems to be the general consensus of reviews on “Miracle.” And the comparison is not without basis: a funky bassline, driving guitars, and Wells’ all-in delivery make this song a winner across the board. With a theme of gratitude permeating “Miracle,” it is no wonder why this track is a fan favourite with the masses even months after its release.

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Tauren Wells, “Close”

Tauren Wells has released a new single, “Close,” and it is a BOP! Right after releasing the Michael Jackson-esque “Miracle,” he releases a track that talks about God’s presence and reminds us that we have to be quiet and listen for God’s voice. What a great reminder! I’m so glad to have these two jams, especially after working on the Bevan & Co project.

Check out more of Tauren’s music on Spotify.

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Pat Barrett, “The Way (New Horizon)”

Housefires lead singer Pat Barrett has released an acoustic version of his beautiful worship ballad, “The Way (New Horizon).”

The song, which was originally done by Housefires, was written by Barrett with Daniel Bashta and Ben Smith. Easy to sing and wonderfully worshipful, it’s a gorgeous song that should be added to many churches’ worship playlists.

THE WAY (NEW HORIZON) Lyrics
Pat Barrett 

Through every battle
Through every heartbreak
Through every circumstance
I believe that You are my fortress
Oh, You are my portion
And You are my hiding place, ohI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the lifeI believe
Through every blessing
Through every promise
Through every breath I take
I believe that You are Provider
Oh, You are Protector
You are the One I love, ohI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
Oh, You are
Oh, You areAnd it’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts, they can all come too
Because they can’t stay long when I’m here with You
It’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
All my fears and doubts
They can all come too
Because they can’t stay long whenI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You areIt’s a new horizon and I’m set on You
And You meet me here today with mercies that are new
And all my fears and doubts, they can all come too
Because they can’t stay long whenI believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
And I believe You are
The way, the truth, the life
I believe You areSongwriters: 

MercyMe, “Best News Ever”

Contemporary Christian supergroup MercyMe’s new single, “Best News Ever,” is one of the group’s most singable singles in a while.

Written by MercyMe frontman Bart Millard with Barry Graul, Ben Glover, David Garcia, Michael Scheuchzer, Nathan Cochran, Robby Shaffer, and Solomon Olds, “Best News Ever” offers listeners a truly catchy melody. 

Its message of hope in Jesus is just what the doctor ordered for Christians needing an extra boost of encouragement.

BEST NEWS EVER Lyrics
MercyMe

Some say, “Don’t give up”
And hope that your good is good enough
Head down, keep on working
If you could earn it, you deserve it
Some say, “Push on through”
After all, it’s the least that you can do
But don’t buy, what they’re selling
It couldn’t be further from the truth

What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever

Some say, “Don’t ask for help”
God helps the ones who help themselves
Press on, get it right
Otherwise, get left behind
Some say, “He’s keeping score”
So try hard, then try and lean on God
Hold up, if this weren’t true
Explain to me, what the cross is for

What if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better
What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever

So won’t you come
Come all you weary and your burdened
You heavy laden and you hurting
For all of you with nothing left
Come and find restWhat if I were the one to tell you
That the fight’s already been won
Well, I think your day’s about to get better

What if I were the one to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news everIt’s not good news
It’s the best news ever
Best news ever
It’s not good news
It’s the best news ever

Elias Dummer, “Heartbeat”

Former The City Harmonic lead vocalist Elias Dummer has released a new song, “Heartbeat,” the second of three preview songs from his upcoming   his new Integrity Music album, “The Work (Volume 1).”

Thematically and musically, “Heartbeat” is a bit of a departure from most of the singles released by Dummer’s former band. Most known for songs like “Manifesto,” “Mountaintop” and “Holy,” The City Harmonic had great singalong melodies, tinkling piano lines, and hypnotic drumbeats that invited listeners to sing along in worship.

While the introspective tone of “Heartbeat” underscores its theme of following Jesus, the pleasing, simple acoustic arrangement highlights the finger-picked electric guitar and Dummer’s strong voice. Fans of TCH needn’t worry, will appreciate the soaring arrangement that kicks in after the song’s easily singable chorus.

HEARTBEAT Lyrics
Elias Dummer

Give me Your heartbeat
Give me heaven
‘Til everything I do
Follows the rhythm of Your footsteps 
As I walk after You

Give me a faith that says to mountains
“Move,” and that’s what they’ll do
Give me You, my Jesus, You

Take these hands
Help them open doors to heaven

In my heart, Jesus, make Yourself at home

Whatever it takes
Change what You need to change
I’m Yours
‘Cause Jesus, You are worth it
Everything You’re asking for

You alone are worthy of my worship
Breathing in and out to bring You praise
With every single heartbeat
With every single heartbeat
You alone are worthy of my worship
Breathing in and out to bring You praise
With every single heartbeat
With every single heartbeat 

Whatever it takes
Change what You need to change
I’m Yours
‘Cause Jesus, You are worth it
Everything You’re asking for


Whatever it takes
Change what You need to change
I’m Yours
‘Cause Jesus, You are worth it
Everything You’re asking for