We've put together our "top ten" of soul-warming staff favorites. This list is presented in pure random order, so listen along, we hope you find some new favorites…let us know yours!
KEITH GREEN - HE'LL TAKE CARE OF THE REST
My oldest sister introduced me to the music of Keith Green in the late-1980's, about the time I was starting high school, and after Keith Green had already tragically died in a plane crash. His first album in particular is amazing, musically and spiritually. His music is pure 70's, and pure Holy Spirit. Fav Song these days is "He'll Take Care of the Rest" which has a pretty good word for these uncertain COVID days, "You keep doing your best, pray that it's blessed, Jesus takes care of the rest."
~ Pastor Gregg
JOHN MARK MACMILLAN - CARBON RIBS
This album is a little older but it is my go to when I need to contemplate and just think on stuff going on in my life. My favorite track on it is carbon ribs. John Mark Macmillan is one of those artists that really feeds your soul. I appreciate his style and the way that he goes about presenting some big truths in a beautiful way. On a side note he is the original writer of the very popular worship song “How He Loves” its on a different album "The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down” and there is an extra verse that is not often heard, and a really amazing story that goes along with that song so I would also recommend checking that out!
~ Andy Pasek
THE CARS - MAGIC
Thoughts: I love this album as it reminds me of the carefree days of my grade school years when MTV was all the rage and the hardest thing I needed to do was come home for dinner on time and make sure the batteries in my Sony Walkman with those orange foam headphones were not dead…oh how awesome was the auto reverse feature.
~ Phil Skikenga
LAUREN DAIGLE - LOOK UP CHILD
Lauren Daigle is a long time favorite of my daughter and I. Her contemporary christian music is fun and easy to sing and dance to. It even makes doing the dishes not so bad!
~ Kelly Day
CHRIS RENZEMA - I'LL BE THE BRANCHES
Chris Renzema is one of my new favorites. His Christian music is a mix of indie rock and folk worship. He even gets two thumbs up from my teenage sons.
~ Kelly Day
PAUL SIMON - RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS (ENTIRE ALBUM)
We've been sharing entire albums at the Olson household and I recently reintroduced this one to my kids. Just so good.
Paul Simon's follow-up to Graceland adds a host of Brazilian musicians and takes us across the globe with rhythms, melodies and lyrics that make you sway, smile, pause, reflect and rejoice.
~ Kyle Olson
SARA GROVES - WHY IT MATTERS
Stumbled across this one again a few weeks ago and it just killed me. Simple, profound, longing, upbeat and beautiful.
~ Kyle Olson
ANAMANAGUCHI - ENDLESS FANTASY
8-bit-amazement to blast and dance all by yourself or with all of your coronies (yes, I just made that up) - See if you can last all 6 minutes I can't recommend all of their music but I will tell you that as a video game-inspired soundtrack, it always feels like you are winning.
~ Kyle Olson
NO LONGER SLAVES - BETHEL MUSIC
This is my favorite song right now.
~ Rachel Klooster
CALMING CHRISTIAN - on Spotify
It is hard to pick my favorite music since I love pretty much every style and will sing with most anything as long as I am alone in the house. However, when I have felt anxious during this shelter at home, I have depended on the "Calming Christian" Playlist (LINK HERE) on my Spotify APP to quiet my spirit and refocus my thoughts to the One who is in control. When I need motivation to be productive, I need to move more than just my fingers on the keyboard, or if I am already feeling joyful and upbeat, then Mandisa or Peabod can be heard loudly projected from the speakers in my house. Both of those artists will help you smile and dance!
~ Lynda Clousing
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