Stream full albums, listen to new music, watch artist performances and read some interesting commentary from some of your favorite artists.
1. Jon Foreman’s article on The Huffington Post about getting shut down by the authorities at a recent show
Articulate Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman is a talented, well-respected singer/songwriter in his own right. He often does spur-the-moment acoustic sets in the parking lots of venues for his faithful fans. One such set took place in Florida after a recent Switchfoot show when Foreman sent out a Tweet encouraging followers to meet him behind the venue following the band’s show. Authorities soon broke up the event. Foreman wrote about the incident on The Huffington Post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-foreman/standoff-with-florida-pol_b_685042.html.
2. New music downloads from some of your favorite Christian artists courtesy of Bruegger’s Bagels
If you like bagels and you like music, Bruegger’s Bagels has got a deal for you. Interestingly enough, the national bagel chain is featuring several Christian artists on their Facebook fan page. “Like” their page, and you can download free songs from Seabird, The Almost, Rachael Lampa, The Letter Black, Jaymes Reunion and The Wellspring.
3. The new Jars of Clay album, The Shelter (Essential/Gray Matters)
Jars of Clay is streaming their entire record from their website at www.jarsofclay.com. The band’s new album, The Shelter (Essential/Gray Matters), is all about community. For the first time, Jars of Clay invited some of their friends to write and record with them. The result is a collection of songs that live out the idea of community and paint artful portraits of working out life and faith alongside others. Check out the track-listing featuring a “who’s who” list of artists and stream the album at www.jarsofclay.com.
4. Matthew West’s New Album Trailer for The Story of Your Life (Sparrow)
Matthew West is slated to release a new album this fall filled with songs culled from stories he collected from fans. He wrote the new songs in a small, secluded cabin just outside of Nashville, Tenn. Check out the video below for The Story of Your Life (Sparrow).
Visit www.matthewwest.com for more info.
5. The new Jeremy Camp worship album at AOL Music
Jeremy Camp‘s brand-new album is streaming in its entirety this week exclusively online at AOL Music. We Cry Out: The Worship Project (BEC) is Camp’s second worship release. The album contains a mix of originals, including “Jesus Saves,” as well as worship covers like “Mighty to Save” and “Everlasting God,” among others. Fans can stream the full album for a limited time at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/12.
6. The New Single from Brandon Heath, “Your Love”
The new single from reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Brandon Heath debuted at the songwriter’s official website this week. “Your Love” is the first single from Heath’s new album slated for a February 2011 release. According to the site, “Brandon and his co-writing partner/producer Jason Ingram penned ‘Your Love’ as a testament to God’s abounding love that never leaves us, gives us purpose, and lights our way. The lyrics celebrate both God’s heart and the pure immensity of His love for us.” “Your Love” will be available at iTunes and Amazon beginning Sept. 14. Listen to “Your Love” at www.brandonheath.net.
7. Full performances from Celebrate Freedom 2010
It’s rare to be able to view artists’ sets in their entirety. Celebrate Freedom, however, treats fans to multiple artists’ full sets from this summer’s event. Due to YouTube’s 10 minute max, the sets are broken up into multiple videos, but all of the songs and commentary in between songs are there. Watch full performances from MercyMe, newsboys, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, Hawk Nelson, Tenth Avenue North, Francesca Battistelli, Israel Houghton, Amy Grant, Third Day and more at http://www.youtube.com/user/CelebrateFreedomDFW#p/u. (Hint: Several artists, including Brandon Heath, Third Day and Francesca Battistelli perform brand-new songs.)
8. New Artist Chris August’s debut album, No Far Away (Fervent)
Everyone from Chris Tomlin to Point of Grace is lauding the debut album from Chris August, No Far Away (Fervent). August’s “Starry Night” is already a hit at radio. The singer/songwriter’s first major label debut released this past Tuesday, and fans can stream the entire album by “liking” the songwriter’s fan page on Facebook. “Like” his page and preview the album from start to finish to see what the buzz is about.
9. The Von Chap Family Singers
If you’re a Steven Curtis Chapman fan, this video is a “must-see”–hillarious!
10. The new single from Brooke Fraser, “Something In The Water”
Hillsong writer and Aussie native Brooke Fraser is set to release a brand-new solo project in October. In the meantime, fans can get a taste of the goodness that’s to come by listening to Fraser’s new single, “Something In The Water,” at her website. Head on over to check out the jaunty new single at www.brookefraser.com.