For King and Country, “Joy”

Contemporary Christian duo For King and Country has released its new single, “Joy,” in anticipation of its new set, “Burn the Ships,” out soon. Written by band members Joel and Luke Smallbone with Ben Glover, Matt Hales, Seth Mosley, Stephen Blake Kanicka, and Ted Tjornhom, “Joy” reminds us that a perspective change is all we need in the face of wild circumstances. The call for joy is understated by the TV news program-themed video, which makes a case for how we can “broadcast” our joy in Jesus. The song is doing pretty well; it’s peaked at No.2 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart.

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Lauren Daigle, “You Say”

Contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle has released the carrier single of her long-awaited sophomore release “Look Up Child.” Titled “You Say,” this powerful ballad underscores two things: one, that we need to hold on to what we know God says we are, not what the world says, and two, that Daigle is definitely one of CCM’s most moving vocalists. Need proof? The 33-1 jump on Billboard’s Hot Christian Song chart, unseating Cory Asbury’s massive hit, “Reckless Love,” says so, too.

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Mandisa, “Good News”

Contemporary Christian singer Mandisa has released the latest single from her album, “Out of the Dark.” Titled “Good News,” the song was birthed from Mandisa’s experience of sharing with the world the acceptance of Jesus Christ by her brother John as the latter’s personal Lord and Saviour.

The joy experienced by Mandisa is captured well in this ebullient praise party jam, written by the singer with AJ Prius and Matthew West. One of the outstanding tracks off Mandisa’s latest release, “Good News” bodes well for another Top 10 hit for the former American Idol alum.


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Phil Wickham, “Great Things”

Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Phil Wickham has released his new digital single, “Great Things.” In the past ten years, Wickham has consistently made singalong pop anthems that speak life to his fan base, including the number one hit, “This is Amazing Grace,” and his last carrier single, “Your Love Awakens Me” (off the album “Children of God.”

With “Great Things,” Wickham has crafted yet another catchy, radio-friendly praise track that sings of the great things Jesus has done. Easily singable and almost skillfully designed for congregational use in churches, “Great Things” continues to broaden Wickham’s crossover appeal, and is yet again another example why this journeyman remains to be one of Contemporary Christian music’s finest, if not underappreciated, male vocalists of his generation.

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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

MercyMe featuring John Reuben, “Grace Got You”

Contemporary Christian supergroup MercyMe has released easygoing chill track “Grace Got You” to Christian AC. Featuring Christian rapper John Reuben, “Grace Got You” has quite the pedigree, having been written by hitmakers Benjamin Glover and David Arthur Garcia with the band’s Bart Marshall Millard, rapper Reuben, and Solomon Olds, formerly of Family Force 5. Garcia and Glover have written for Mandisa before, so I’m familiar with this sonic landscape, and I LOVE IT. The encouraging message of the song will definitely resonate with many people, and I’m excited to see how this song will perform, especially in the wake of the brilliant yet criminally underappreciated “Happy Dance.”

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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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