The last two years, I have released my list of top 10 favorite Christian CDs that came out during the year. I keep getting shocked at the response on the web and people's hunger for good music. My desire is that you find some treasures that take you further in your relationship with Jesus. I don't get a dime for these recommendations. My desire is to just see the Body of Christ grow into maturity and one of the ways we grow is through WORSHIP.
These projects have truly been treasures to my life.
As a worship leader, songwriter, volunteer Christian music promoter, church planter, and working professional, I love to connect with Jesus throughout my day, study good songwriting, and pray to be led to songs that will bless our church community.
They are listed in the order of how much I listened to them.
#1 Matt Gilman - Awaken Love
I was blindsided! Blindsided by the love of God for my heart, blindsided by a hunger for more of God, and blindsided by songs that were not only birthed in a deep place of prayer, but amazing songwriting and melodies that took me to another level in God as a worshipper.
This project by @gilmanmatt is awakening deep stuff in me as a worshipper, a songwriter, & a lover of God. Get it! https://t.co/AzDBRQYr9O
— Bunni Pounds (@bunnipounds) October 7, 2013
#2 Daniel Bashta - The Invisible
Invisible has remained one of my favorite albums of the year (even though I have a 2 to 3 album a week buying problem). I think I listened to it for a straight month letting the songs go deep into my heart and mind. It is not only great songwriting but has a flow and an "anointing" on it that moves me beyond words and goes to the deepest parts of my heart.
#3 Rend Collective Experiment - Campfire
We saw them open for Tenth Avenue North in Tyler last year and they blew us away. Their lyrics are so real, fresh, and their use of acoustic instruments and new sounds is so freeing. I encourage you to experience Rend Collective Experiment if you haven't already. I would rather they tell you their story and the story behind this project, so watch this short video when you have time.
#4 Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Kingdom Come
We also love King of All the Earth, Shores, Spirit of the Living God, It is Finished and more.
#5 Jonathan & Melissa Helser - On The Shores
Just one thread of you robe, and I'm made whole
Just one glimpse of your face is all I dream of
Just one moment of your favor, is so much greater
You are the One who was, you are the One who is,
You are the One who will always love" - Just One
#6 Kim Walker-Smith - Still Believe
#7 Bethel Music - Without Words
Also check out their current studio album - Tides.
#8 Phil Wickham - The Ascension
#9 Caroline Cobb - The Blood + The Breath: Songs That Tell the Story of Redemption
I am of the opinion that not enough songs are being written about the actual Bible and it is refreshing to hear a project like this. It has inspired me in my own writing and Bible study this year.
My favorites are All the Stars, The Passover Song (featuring Sean Carter), Everything You've Heard, Wake Up, and From Him, To Him.
#10 Will Reagan & United Pursuit - Endless Years (Released the end of 2012)
I am behind the times and just discovered these guys this year - listening to their live house project - Live at the Banks House OVER AND OVER again. This kind of free flowing passionate worship music is where we are as a church community (Reality Community) and Will Reagan and his group of crazy Jesus freaks (I love them!) are the best at it.
How I love Reach for Me, Take Back, Give Me a Song, Set a Fire and so many songs off Endless Years. There are no words to describe - Live at the Banks House - I am just so in love with the whole thing.
Thank you, Will and crew - for giving us authentic and free worship.
"I can feel Your heart as You reach for me." - Reach for Me
"It's in the blood of the One who is worthy." - Turn Back
"Sink or swim, I am diving in to the passion of Your heart" - Give Me a Song
Their website: http://unitedpursuit.com/
Download Endless Years on ITUNES (2012)
Download Live at the Banks House on ITUNES (2010)
EP of the Year
Harvest - Curtains
I found out it was his sister, Harvest Bashta (now married - Harvest Grace Parker), and the rest is history.
Haunting melodies, instrumentation, and angelic vocals is the only way I can describe this masterpiece of an EP. She remakes Daniel's Praise the Invisible, remakes her own Make Us Ready and creates some amazing new songs - Dwell, God Demonstrates, Curtains, and Only One.