With Christmas approaching, here are some recent releases that may fit the musical style of someone on your list.
The title of Sara Grovesâ€™ latest offering is inspired by the floodplain along the Mississippi River near her home in St. Paul, Minnesota.Â Groves, who struggles with depression, says sometimes her heart feels like it was built on a floodplain where it can be swept away by the annual floods.Â Groves is also involved with the International Justice Mission, which advocates for victims of human trafficking.
As Family We Go
The Irish worship band Rend Collective says their name is inspired by Joel 2:13 (â€śrend your hearts, not your garmentsâ€ť), and they are a family of musicians who seek to be authentic, with open hearts.Â Their latest album continues their sometimes frenzied Irish folk/rock/worship sound.
Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship
This is the first worship album from Mac Powell and Third Day since â€śOfferingsâ€ť in 2000 and â€śOfferings IIâ€ť in 2003.Â However, this is the first album where all the songs were written by Third Day.
I Am They
I Am They (debut)
Like Rend Collective, I Am They has a sound that recalls the upbeat folk sound of the popular band Mumford & Sons.Â I Am They is a collective of musicians from Carson City, Nevada.Â Their name refers to John 17, where Jesus prays for the disciples as "they."
From the author â€śBlessed Be Your Name,â€ť â€śThe Heart of Worship,â€ť and â€śBetter Is One Dayâ€ť comes his latest offering.Â Redman began leading worship at the age of 15 at Soul Survivor in England, and later moved to Atlanta to help start the Passion City Church with other Passion worship leaders.Â He currently leads worship at a church plant in southern England.