I have tried to slow down on my music buying this year, but it didn't really work. Too many great projects from people I love. We have to keep supporting great artists and worship leaders who are creating music that feed our spirits and our minds with eternal truths.
Please again - BUY ALBUMS - in stores, online, however you buy music, but don't just watch YouTube videos or stream music - the artists make nothing on that. If you like a song or a project, please BUY it and support the artists who created it. (Rant over!)
Whether you are stocking up on good music for yourself at the end of the year or buying some Christmas presents - support these artists and their music. These projects have impacted my heart, challenged my own creativity, and stirred up more of a hunger for the Word of God this year. GET THEM!!
Rules to this yearly game:
#1 - Only listing Christian music projects (though I could give you a list of some of my best friends who have released some amazing Country, Folk, and Rock albums this year.)
#2 - They were all released in 2014.
#3 - I have listed them in the order of how much I have listened to them.
So here are the projects that I worshiped with, was inspired by, and sang to at the top of my lungs in the car, at my computer, or around my house - All released this year in 2014.
#1 Oaks Worship - Live from Seven Camp
When we let God impact our hearts and set us free - this is the kind of ministry we produce. Thank you, Clayton Brooks, your lovely wife, and your precious team for laying aside the things that hinder the Holy Spirit. This is the beautiful fruit of your labor which will produce change in people who hear this project for years to come.
"Jesus, You're worth it all. You are so worth it all" (Though It Cost Me Everything)
#2 Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave
From the spontaneous song - Wonder to Shepherd to You Make Me Brave - Amanda blows me away; but when we get Jenn Johnson, Kristene DiMarco, Kari Jobe, Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger, and Amanda Cook all on one album, we are totally blessed in every way. You are amazing women of God! Thank you all for blessing us all over this world this year with this project.
#3 John Mark McMillan - Borderland
Still meditating on the awesome @johnmarkmc concert last night. Highlight for me was singing #HolyGhost & #FuturePast at full capacity.
— Bunni Pounds (@bunnipounds) November 21, 2014
#4 One Thing Live - Sing Your Praises
Awesome collection of worship from one of the most incredible four days of seeking God in the USA. One day I will get there and not just stream it in my living room for four days. Get to Kansas City if you can (December 28-31) or come over to my house in the evenings for the viewing parties. I will try to get out of my PJ's by the time you get here.
#5 Leeland - Christ Be All Around Me
(Note: I know that technically this an EP, but it is so good it is included in the top 10.)
#6 Kari Jobe - Majestic
#7 Ellie Holcomb - As Sure As the Sun
I "found" Elle Holcomb on tour last year in her husband's band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors as they toured with Needtobreathe. Wow - her voice, her passion - love her!
(Check out my favorite songs from Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors: Live Forever, Fire and Dynamite, The Wine We Drink, and Tennessee from this country/folk band)
This year on her own in the CCM world, Ellie became only the second independent artist, I believe, in history to win a Dove Award for Best New Artist of the Year. This album of biblical meditations is done with class, folk, and love. If you have been a fan of Bethany Dillon as I have for years, you will LOVE Ellie Holcomb. Don't just check out her radio hit The Broken Beautiful, check out all of it. FYI: She is also the daughter of famed producer Brown Bannister - one of my favorite producers.
I love that @ellieholcomb is crying behind the @hillsongworship guy talking about the grace of God and the local church. #DoveAwards
— Bunni Pounds (@bunnipounds) October 13, 2014
Get this album on ITunes
Her website: http://www.ellieholcomb.com/
#8 NeedtoBreathe - Rivers in the Wasteland
#9 Laura Hackett Park -
Love Will Have It's Day
#10 House Fires - House Fires II
EP of the Year -
Lauren Daigle - How Can It Be
Heard demo for #ComeAlive @Lauren_Daigle from an unnamed source months ago. #BestSongEVER This album is AWESOME! https://t.co/Sgot5V2jej
— Bunni Pounds (@bunnipounds) September 17, 2014
SINGLE of the YEAR -
Bunni Pounds - Life Eternal
Starting Tuesday, I go into the studio to record an EP of prayer songs called TEACH US TO PRAY that will be coming out in 2015, Lord willing. If you like devotional worship songs, keep an eye out for that or subscribe to this blog. (I know that was really low, but this was really my favorite single of year...LOL!! ....)
I want to personally thank @brotherrussell for awakening John 17:24 in my heart. The song #LifeEternal is out today. https://t.co/tEgFH06du0
— Bunni Pounds (@bunnipounds) May 20, 2014
Thank you for walking with me through some of my favorite music in 2014.
If you would like to look back at my lists from PAST YEARS - here are the links.
Tons of great treasures here that you might want to discover....
My top 10 list from 2013 (#1 Matt Gilman - Awaken Love)
My top 10 list from 2012 (#1 Aaron Keyes - In the Living Room)
My top 10 list from 2011 (#1 Leeland - Great Awakening)
Here is my half year list for 2014. Surprisingly a lot of the projects held on to the top 10 list.