As you likely know, music is a pretty important part of my life. Growing up my family was always listening to and singing along to something. And as much as I loved the stuff on the radio (New Kids on the Block, MC Hammer, C&C Music Factory), I always connected so deeply with music that talked about Jesus. It wasn't as cool as the stuff on the radio ('Everybody dance now!") but even as a small kid I could tell that songs about God were something entirely different and they got into my soul.
These days there is so much great Jesus-focused music out there so no matter whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll you can find something you'll like. But, since this summer is all about sharing some of our favourite things, here are some of the albums that have had a huge impact on my spiritual life through the years.
By the way, this list was painful to curate. I feel guilty about all that I've left out. If you're reading this on our blog or FB page, leave a comment with your favourites and maybe more of the worthy songs will have a chance to get an honourable mention.
Fred Hammond - "Pages of Life - Chapter II (Live)"
DC Talk - "Free At Last"
Gaither Vocal Band - "A Few Good Men"
Lakewood Live - "We Speak to Nations"
Hillsong Music - "Shout to the Lord"
Elevation Worship - "Here as in Heaven"
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - "Champion"
Charity Gayle - "Lord You Are My Song"
Ron Kenoly - "Lift Him Up (Live)"
Chris McClarney - "Everything and Nothing Less"
I encourage you to find music that encourages your soul and speaks the Word. I can't tell you how many times God has spoken to my heart as I've listened to music that honours Him. Try out something new this summer!
PS - Rob and I were a part of making an album 12 years ago. We had a hand in writing a bunch of these tracks. Check it out if you're interested.