There are a plethora of new singles going for adds at Christian radio right now, and several of them have piqued my interest. I’ve discovered some of them by way of the countless pre-releases that come across my desk. Some I’ve learned about in my Facebook feed; while others I’ve simply heard when I turn on my local Christian radio station. Kudos to all of the stations already spinning these gems. If you haven’t heard them yet, here are six brand-new songs you have to hear:
The Afters are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their brand-new project. With the release of feature-film October Baby, last year fans were treated to a tease of a new song when “Life As Beautiful” provided the soundtrack to the ending credits. Now, the first official single from their forthcoming album, “Every Good Thing,” is officially at radio pointing listeners to the Source of all the good things we enjoy in life. The fun and infectious chorus will have you hitting “repeat” on this song in no time.
*”Every Good Thing” is so new it’s not even available for download at iTunes yet! Watch a live acoustic performance of the song here.
Although it will be a while before we get a new studio album from Franny, she’s tiding fans over with a deluxe edition of Hundred More Years releasing March 12. The album will feature five new songs, including the single currently popping up on radio, “Strangely Dim.” The singer-songwriter and young mom points out that the most important things in life come into focus when we fix our eyes on Jesus.
Lead singer Mike Donehey says he wrote this song after his wife told him she was worn out. The young parents hadn’t slept in months since the birth of their second daughter, and he poured the weariness he and his wife felt at the time into “Worn,” found on the band’s current album, The Struggle (Reunion). But you don’t have to experience the depth of a parent’s exhaustion to relate to the prolific lyrics of this song. If you find yourself in a restless, tired season, feeling like you have no fight left, this song is for you.
This is hands-down my favorite song from Chris August’s sophomore album, The Upside of Down (Word). August beautifully captures the miraculous healing that comes to a marriage when the broken pieces are surrendered to the Lord. Ironically, August has never been married, yet this song perfectly encapsulates all that Christ can bring to a marriage in desperate need of healing and redemption.
“Words” is the first single from Hawk Nelson since Jon Steingard took the lead after Jason Dunn’s departure. If the single is any indication, look for the upcoming album to be a more mature effort. “Words” is surprisingly grown-up and as accessible and poignant as anything else at radio right now. Now signed to Fairtrade Services, their labelmate Bart Millard (MercyMe) joins them on the song, propelling this tune into “top of the chart” territory. Expect it to head that way.
Plumb’s brand-new studio album drops later this month, and she’s already on her second single. “One Drop” is the follow-up to the powerful “Need You Now.” Don’t be fooled by the song’s colorful musicality and sunny delivery. The song was written out of a place of despair, yet remains eternally hopeful. The songstress found herself at the end of her rope, needing only one drop of hope to save her crumbling marriage. The song takes on a whole new meaning as Plumb recently partnered with Blood:Water Mission for a creative viral video for “One Drop.”