Mel Beck – Morning Has Broken

Mel Beck self released an instrumental album earlier this year called Simple Gifts. He is sharing the song Morning Has Broken for free over at his bandcamp page for you to enjoy. The music is for the most part electronic although I believe there is live drums and some guitar on some of the songs. This particular song has acoustic guitar also in it which I don't believe you find on any of the other songs from the album.

This is what Mel had to say about the album, "Simple Gifts is an instrumental recording of eight songs of faith, recorded in my home studio, entirely by me, Mel Beck. This album is nothing more, and nothing less, than my expression of the awesomeness found in life's simplest of things." Read the rest of this entry

The extremely popular Christian site Jesus Freak Hideout has released it's first compilation album, and are giving it away for free. The album called, Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't) Volume One, is a compilation of mostly independent artists that they enjoy and think you need to hear. There are also some fairly well know bands on it such as Family Force 5, The O.C. Supertones, and Kids In The Way.

Most of the music is in the rock genre whether it be pop rock, hard rock, folk rock……. There is a handful of hip-hop/rap and electronic artists on it as well. If you are a metal fan there is not much for you here Fallstar's song Hunters I believe is the only song on here for you and it falls more in the hardcore category. I also noticed that the compilation is for the most part male dominated there are very few females represented on the album. Read the rest of this entry

My Anchor Holds – Self-Titled (EP)

My Anchor Holds is a folk/soul band consisting of husband and wife duo Jacob and Katie Eckeberger. The bands sound is a mix of the musical styles that each of them were brought up on. Katie brings the blues and soul influence from the mid-west which comes out in her vocals and Jacob's Americana/folk influence comes out in the music with his acoustic guitar.

The full EP is not available for download only Depth Of Mercy, My Anchor Holds, and People Get Ready are for free download, but the other two songs can be streamed at their ReverbNation profile. Read the rest of this entry

Aaron Newberry – Manipulate

Aaron Newberry wrote the song Manipulate for his band Sons Of God, now just Sons, for their EP The Genesis Prologue. You can download his solo version of Manipulate for free at his Soundcloud page. Aaron's solo version is an acoustic version where the song from the EP is a harder rock song, which you can still get for free here The Genesis Prologue. I recommend following the links below to iTunes or Amazon to pick up Aaron's single Build It Up, Fantastic Song!! Read the rest of this entry

Karla Adolphe – Honeycomb Tombs

Today Karla Adolphe has released her new album Honeycomb Tombs for free download on her website. I first discovered Karla when searching for more music from Aaron Strumpel and ran across The Emporiums, a band consisting of the two.

A year ago Karla got to experience being with a close family in the hospital as they said goodbye to their daughter. Out of this she was inspired to create an album to that can aid people that are going through the grieving process. The lyrics for Honeycomb Tombs come from personal experiences with sorrow, poetry, and stories that others have shared with her. Read the rest of this entry

Orion Walsh – First By Water Then By Fire

Orion Walsh is a folk rock artist from Lincoln, Nebraska, he is formerly the lead singer of the band Slow Coming Day. His newest album, First By Water Then By Fire, is now available on his Bandcamp page for any amount you want to give, which can make it free if you so choose.

The album is a concept album based around the verses from 2 Peter 3:5-10. The title says it all the earth was first cleansed by water and we now wait for it to be cleansed by fire. While most of his music has an acoustic folk sound he adds some electric guitar on the more upbeat song The First Shall Be The Last, which happens to be my favorite on the album. On his song Journey Of A Spruce Tree he has a country sound and I can't help but think of Johnny Cash when I first heard it. Read the rest of this entry

Just discovered that Caedmon's Call has a sampler on Noisetrade for album Raising Up The Dead. The album came out in 2010 I believe so I'm not sure how long the sampler has been there. The sampler starts out with the acoustic driven song Sometimes A Beggar, and then gives you the more upbeat song She which features Danielle Young on vocals. Caedmon's Call sound is fairly diverse but for the most part this album has a folk rock sound. If you like the sampler you can get the full album here at iTunes or Amazon . Read the rest of this entry

Sara Groves – Invisible Empires (Acoustic EP)

Sara Groves released her latest album, Invisible Empires, last year. Not to long ago she teamed up with Steve Mason from Jars Of Clay to do some acoustic versions of some of the songs off of the album. Sara has made these songs available for free download at Noisetrade.

She included her hit song Eyes On The Prize in the Acoustic EP, which you can see a video of her doing with Steve Mason below. If you are interested in seeing all the videos there is a video of each song on her YouTube page if you look for them. All four songs come from her album Invisible Empires which can be purchased at iTunes or Amazon . Read the rest of this entry

The Blackthorn Project – Reckless

The Blackthorn Project is a non-profit ministry consisting of husband and wife duo, Tim & Laurie Thorton, who minister mainly through music. They are part of the Enter The Worship Circle project and are joined by fellow Enter The Worship Circle artist, Aaron Strumpel, who is the producer for the album, Reckless.

The duo plays many different instruments on the album, violin, harmonica, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and they are joined by Steve Holley on upright bass. This gives the album a sound that covers a handful of different genres throughout their songs, bluegrass, folk, blues, chamber, but with all the different styles represented this is at it's core a worship album. Read the rest of this entry

Good Morning. Happy Easter.

Good Morning, Happy Easter is a Easter themed compilation album done by the same people who brought you the Christmas themed Merry Christmas, Good Night compilation. I believe that Dunn & Wilt are the ones who put this compilation together with some friends of theirs. The album falls in the categories of folk, acoustic, and worship. Read the rest of this entry

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