Monday, February 28, 2011

Family Christian Stores Sampler!

Here's a free sampler from Family Christian Stores! Big thank you to The Free Christian Music Blog (thefreechristianmusicblog.com) for the tips! To get the sampler, all you have to do is go here and "like" their page and then just download the sampler. Here's a list of the songs they are giving for free.

The Afters – “Life is Sweeter”
Sara Groves – “Eyes Wide Open”
33Miles – “Calling My Name”
Addison Road – “Change in the Making”
Todd Agnew – “Give Me Jesus”
Phillips, Craig, & Dean – “Counting On God”
Heather Williams – “Emmanuel” (from the Catalyst Worship Project)
Stellar Kart – “Like the Sun”
Chasen – “Eyes of a Rescue”
Phil Wickham – “Eden”

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jay's Musik Blog Sixteen Cities Giveaway!

My friend Jay is doing another giveaway on his blog (jaysmusikblog.com). He is giving one lucky person a copy of every Sixteen Cities CD! The contest ends on March 11 and there are many ways to gain gain extra entries! Go here for details and to enter the contest!

Friday, February 25, 2011

New review coming soon!

The Chris Tomlin CD that I won from my local radio station 101.5 WORD-FM (wordfm.com) finally came in the mail today! That means that the new review for it is coming up. I should have the review for And If Our God Is For Us... finished by sometime next week, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Artist Alert: New Newsboys Music Video!

Check out Newsboys's latest music video! It's their song "Miracles" from Born Again. It's really awesome, and Newsboys shows off some of their technology by lifting Jeff and Jody off the stage! Comment and let me know what you think of it!

Weekly Song/Video: "Crazy Love" by Hawk Nelson

This week's song/video is from the Canadian group Hawk Nelson! This is their single off their latest album by the same name Crazy Love. I posted the music video for it here as well. Be warned. You'll see Hawk Nelson's crazy side!

Monday, February 21, 2011

WinterJam: Through the Eyes of A First Time Volunteer!

 
A friend of mine named Trisha McCreary had the opportunity to volunteer at Winter Jam in South Carolina. She agreed to share her experience there here on my blog.

I have always had a heart/passion for volunteering and this past year God has blessed me tremendously! God made it possible for me to volunteer at Winter Jam 2011 in Greenville, SC; so, I asked my mom to volunteer with me. Though, she was not too thrilled about the idea of volunteering, she decided to. Let me tell you, I was sooo thankful!!  So, when Friday came around I woke up extremely excited that I was actually going to be volunteering and could not wait to find out what job my mom and I would have. To our amazement we ended up volunteering to sell Francesca Battistelli's merchandise with a really nice guy, whom I will leave nameless. Boy, it was a huge blessing to be given this opportunity. As time rolled around for the doors to open people began to get pumped. They came rushing through the doors as if they were already missing the best part of the show, (hahahahahaha!) The crowds became flooded with people who were filled with sooo much excitement, it made me smile! This will definitely be an image I will never forget! Winter Jam slowly began to start and I was sooo happy to be able to hear it out in the hallway, joy filled the air; as I enjoyed every minute of it! The Winter Jam Tour definitely did not disappoint! Though, I was not able to see the whole show, nor meet any of the bands. My mom and I were blessed to see some of "Newsboys" performance. Newsboys has been one of my favorite bands for a long time now and I knew they were planning something crazy awesome! Their set included a lot of amazing songs, 3 of which were "Born Again," "Mighty to Save," and "Miracles!" It was during their song "Miracles" when I began to really smile! Michael Tait began to sing and out of nowhere Jeff and Jodi began to be lifted off of the stage. Yes, I said it... They were flying, instruments included! While Duncan kept the beat with his "Out of this World" drumming! It is sooo amazing what they do with technology, soo awesome and cool! Though, I would have loved to see  all of the artists on the Winter Jam Tour like “Sidewalk Prophets," "Chris Sligh," "Chris August," "RED," "KJ-52," "NewSong," "Francesca Battistelli," "Kutless," and "David Crowder Band," performances too and hear Tony Nolans sermon; I am grateful that my mom and I were able to watch the "Newsboys." Soon after the show ended the crowds dissolved and the atmosphere grew quiet and I realized that I, too had to leave soon; but I did not want to. Well, this is my point of view; I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed experiencing it.  God Bless you!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Music from iTickets and Klove!

Here's some more free music for you! First off, iTickets always gives out free music every week. Usually, the music they give are songs that are not very popular (doesn't mean that they are no good, though). This week, they are giving to you for free an Audrey Assad download, "Show Me" from Assad's debut album The House You're Building. Just sign up for iTickets for free here and download the song here: http://www.itickets.com/freemusicdownload/
Download number 2 is from the Christian music station Klove. Through iTunes, Klove is giving to you for free "Christ is Risen", the new single from Matt Maher! Go here to get it!

My Picks for GMA Dove Awards

As promised, I will now give you my picks for who I think should win the selected Dove Awards that I posted up on my blog yesterday. Feel free to comment and let me know who you think should win some of the awards. And don't forget to go here to see the full list of Dove Award Nominees!



Song of the Year
Winner-"Our God" by Chris Tomlin
Runner Up-"Get Back Up" by tobyMac

Male Vocalist of the Year
Winner-Chris Tomlin
Runner Up-Brandon Heath

Female Vocalist of the Year
Winner-Natalie Grant
Runner Up-Francesca Battestelli

Group of the Year
Winner-MercyMe
Runner Up-Tenth Avenue North

Artist of the Year
Winner-tobyMac
Runner Up-Chris Tomlin

New Artist of the Year
Winner-Kristian Stanfill
Runner Up-Chris August

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
Winner-"Background" from Rehab by Lecrae
Runner Up-"No Be Nah" from Sex, Drugs, and Self Control by John Reuben

Rock Recorded Song of the Year
Winner-"The Sound (John M. Perkins Blues)" from Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot
Runner Up-"Dear X (You Don't Own Me)" from Horseshoes and Handgrenades by Disciple

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Winner-"Tonight" from Tonight by tobyMac
Runner Up-"Lift Up Your Face" from Move by Third Day

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Winner-"Get Back Up" from Tonight by tobyMac
Runner Up-"All of Creation" from The Generous Mr. Lovewell by MercyMe

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
Winner-Rehab by Lecrae
Runner Up-Between Two Worlds by Trip Lee

Rock Album of the Year
Winner-Horseshoes and Handgrenades by Disciple
Runner Up-Memento Mori by FLYLEAF

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
Winner-Tonight by tobyMac
Runner Up-Move by Third Day

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Winner-Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter by Jars of Clay
Runner Up-Love Revolution by Natalie Grant

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

GMA Dove Awards Nominees Announced!

The Gospel Music Association has announced this year's Dove Awards nominees! Here is some of the categories from a list of them I got from New Release Tuesday (newreleasetuesday.com). See the full list here. Tomorrow, I shall give you my picks for who should win each award.





Song of the Year
Song; artist
“All of Creation”; MercyMe
“Beautiful, Beautiful”; Francesca Battistelli
“Get Back Up”; tobyMac
“Hold My Heart”; Tenth Avenue North
“Lead Me”; Sanctus Real
“Let The Waters Rise”; MIKESCHAIR
“Love Came Calling”; Triumphant Quartet
“Our God”; Chris Tomlin
“Sometimes I Cry”; Jason Crabb
“Starry Night”; Chris August

Male Vocalist of the Year
Doug Anderson
Chris August
Jason Crabb
Brandon Heath
Israel Houghton
Marvin Sapp
Chris Tomlin

Female Vocalist of the Year
Audrey Assad
Francesca Battistelli
Natalie Grant
Britt Nicole
Janet Paschal
Kerrie Roberts
Laura Story

Group of the Year
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gaither Vocal Band
Sidewalk Prophets
Tenth Avenue North
MercyMe
MIKESCHAIR
NEEDTOBREATHE

Artist of the Year
Francesca Battistelli
Jason Crabb
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Natalie Grant
Marvin Sapp
tobyMac
Chris Tomlin

New Artist of the Year
Audrey Assad
Chris August
Forever Jones
John Mark McMillan
No Other Name
Kerrie Roberts
Kristian Stanfill

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
Song; album; artist
“Background”; Rehab; Lecrae
“Calling You”; Five-Two Television; KJ-52
“No Be Nah”; Sex, Drugs and Self-Control; John Reuben;
“Too Many Fakes”; The British Are Coming; JayEss
“Walking on the Stars”; Outta Space Love; Group 1 Crew

Rock Recorded Song of the Year
Song; album; artist
“Anchor”; Satellites and Sirens; Satellites and Sirens
“Dear X (You Don’t Own Me)”; Horseshoes & Handgrenades; Disciple
“Showstopper”; Tonight; tobyMac
“Start Again”; Innocence And Instinct; Red
“The Sound (John M. Perkins Blues)”; Hello Hurricane; Switchfoot

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Song; album; artist
“Beautiful Things”; Beautiful Things; Gungor
“Lift Up Your Face”; Move; Third Day
“Something Beautiful”; The Outsiders; NEEDTOBREATHE
“Straight To Your Heart”; MIKESCHAIR; MIKESCHAIR
“Tonight”; Tonight; tobyMac

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Song; album; artist
“All of Creation”; The Generous Mr. Lovewell; MercyMe
“Beautiful, Beautiful”; My Paper Heart; Francesca Battistelli
“Get Back Up”; Tonight; tobyMac
“Keep Changing the World”; MIKESCHAIR; MIKESCHAIR
“Lead Me”; Pieces of a Real Heart; Sanctus Real
“Starry Night”; No Far Away; Chris August; Chris August

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
Album; artist
Between Two Worlds; Trip Lee;
Outta Space Love; Group 1 Crew
Rapture Ruckus; Rapture Ruckus
Rehab; Lecrae
Sex, Drugs and Self-Control; John Reuben

Rock Album of the Year
Album; artist
Horseshoes & Handgrenades; Disciple
LIVE; DecembeRadio
Memento Mori; FLYLEAF
The World Is A Thorn; Demon Hunter
Travel III; Future Of Forestry

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
Album; artist
Move; Third Day
Pieces Of A Real Heart; Sanctus Real
Satellites & Sirens; Satellites & Sirens
The Medicine; John Mark McMillan
The Rising; Charlie Hall
Tonight; TobyMac

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Album; artist
Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter; Jars of Clay
Love Revolution; Natalie Grant
No Far Away; Chris August
The Light Meets the Dark; Tenth Avenue North
Until the Whole World Hears; Casting Crowns

Monday, February 14, 2011

Artist Alert: Ben Kasica leaving Skillet

I just found out via Facebook that Ben Kasica will be leaving Skillet. Ben has served as their electric guitarist for ten years. Here is the official report from Skillet on their Myspace page.
http://www.myspace.com//skilletmusic/blog/542076338



Just2Techy SuperNova Nightlight Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! Check out this awesome giveaway that my friend Mike is hosting on his blog Just 2 Techy. He is giving away a Supernova Nightlight for free! Go here to find out how to enter!

Weekly Song/Video: "Everything I Need" by Kutless

Alright, I'm going to start a new feature here on Justin's Christian Music Spot. Every week, I'll give you an awesome song that I really like. And if it has a music video, I will put that up too. So, for this week's song, I want to show you a great song by Kutless as well as the video for it. This is "Everything I Need", and thanks to my good friend Josh for showing me the video and letting me know about it! Enjoy!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Free Jimmy Needham music on Twitter!

If you have twitter, you can download this free song from Jimmy Needham. It's his single "Yours To Take" from his latest album Nightlights. Go here and just tweet a message to download it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Free Solid State Sampler

Solid State Records has a Facebook page which you can check out here. They are giving away a free 10 song sampler right now! Just go and "like" their page and download your ten free songs here. Thanks to Jay (jaysmusikblog.com) for the tips!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Album Review: "Comatose" by Skillet

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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Hard Rock/Alternative Rock/Symphonic Rock

Skillet began as a mostly grunge rock band, very much different than it is today. The band first began to rise in popularity with their release of Collide in 2004 in which their style of music clearly began to change. Two years later, in 2006, Skillet released it's first Gold labeled album, Comatose! The eleven track album had seven radio singles! I was recently given this CD as a birthday gift, and I shall now give you my own review of the album.

The album Comatose begins with my personal favorite from Skillet, "Rebirthing". "Rebirthing" is the most upbeat song on the entire album and is such a great rock song with symphonic rock mixed in. The song is basically about rebirthing and second chances. It is actually a song that spreads hope into, what John Cooper saw as, as world full of people who aren't feeling very hopeful these days. Rebirthing is a song about finding life in Jesus.

The second track on the album is "The Last Night", another great hit from Skillet. "The Last Night" talks about a girl who comes to John Cooper and tells him that she thinks she's worthless and hates

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Facebook Page!

Just wanted to let you all know that Justin's Christian Music Spot is officially on facebook (though some of you probably already know this). I have an official Facebook page for this blog. Go here to check it out, and be sure to "like" the page while you're at it. :)

Free Hawk Nelson Download

Newreleasetuesday.com is the largest Christian social networking site as well as one of the largest Christian music sites. They give away free music every week to all the members the site. This week, you can download "Skeleton" from Hawk Nelson's latest CD Crazy Love as well as listen to the entire album for free all week! If you aren't yet a member, I highly suggest that you sign up today!

$2 Free Amazon MP3 credit!

Hey, everyone! Sorry I've been gone for a while. I've been really sick since Friday and I'm still in the recovery stage, but I wanted to let you all know of this awesome free offer! Right now on Amazon you can get $2 credit to spend on mp3s! Just go here and enter the code VDAYMP3S and you are on your way! The code is good until February 14th, so hurry and get your free music, and don't forget to let me know what songs you got for free! Thank you to TFCMB and Jay's Musik Blog for the info.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Album Review: "Restored" by Jeremy Camp

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Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Pop/Rock

Jeremy Camp released his album Restored back in 2004. The album became a hit with four radio singles! I was given this CD by my good friend as a birthday present this year. I listened to it two times in a row, because it was so good!

The album begins with the title track "Restored". It's a song about, you guessed it, being restored by God. Jeremy sings, "You have restored me from my feeble and broken soul." It is a good song to kick off the album. Next on Restored comes the favorite "Take You Back". It is an upbeat song about God taking us back even after all the struggles we've been through and the things we've done, as one line in the song says "When I fall I bring Your name down, but I have found in You a heart that bleeds forgiveness..."

"Take You Back" is followed by the slower song "Even When", but the tempo is raised again with my person favorite "Lay Down My Pride"! The song adds some more rock flavor to the CD and the

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Header!!!

Check it out, everyone! Justin's Christian Music Spot has got a new custom header! A big thanks to my friend Mike of just2techy.blogspot.com. He made the entire thing! I wouldn't have been able to do that myself at all. And I totally encourage you to go check out his awesome blog! He's a very cool guy! :)

Jay's Musik Blog Giveaway

In case you haven't heard, my friend Jay of Jay's Musik Blog is having a giveaway which ends February 4! He is giving away Jesus Culture's new Come Away CD/DVD. Go check it out here: http://www.jaysmusikblog.com/2011/01/jesus-culture-cddvd-giveaway.html

New Header coming soon...

Hey everyone! I told you a little while earlier that I was working on a new header/background. Well, Mike (just2techy.blogspot.com) has volunteered to start working on the header for me, and it will be complete in a few weeks! As for the background, I haven't decided what should be on it, so that will have to wait for now.

Album Review: "Born Again" by Newsboys

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genre: Pop/Rock/R&B
In March of 2009, Peter Furler announced to everyone that he was officially leaving the Newsboys to spend more time with family and God. He also announced that Michael Tait, formerly from DC Talk, would be taking over as lead singer for the Newsboys.
Later in that year, Michael Tait and the Newsboys announced that they were working on a new album with Tait as lead singer. Everyone waited to see how the album would turn out. I myself did not think I would like it. Newsboys is my favorite band, but nevertheless, I did not know what to expect from Tait.
Well, on July 13, 2010, the long awaited Newsboys album was finally released. This may have even been the most highly awaited album in all Christian music for this year. After hearing the title track “Born Again” earlier back in January, I changed my mind and decided to buy the album and take my chances! It was a great buy! Born Again is full of upbeat hits that any music lover is sure to enjoy!
Born Again begins with the title track “Born Again”. This song is already a favorite on all Christian radio stations and has hit the top of the charts everywhere. I really liked this song as the meaning is obvious and such a good one! One line goes, “Giving Him the best of everything that’s left of the life inside this man. I’ve been born again!” That sums up most of what the song is about.
The next hit off the record comes right after “One Shot” and is track three, “Way Beyond Myself.” This song has a bit more DC Talk sound added to it than the other tracks do. I really enjoyed it,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New reviews coming

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that my birthday party was just recently. Well, I got a couple CDs that day-Restored by Jeremy Camp and Comatose by Skillet. As you may know, these are both great CDs and after listening to each one, I will write a review for both of them! So stay tuned!

tobyMac: "Moving Pictures" Video Review

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Music Videos/Live
TobyMac has made many music videos, and all of them good ones. Now, you can have them all in one bundle! Toby put all his official music videos and a few live videos, plus two special director’s vids, onto this one DVD, Moving Pictures-’11 Moving Pictures Made to Move You’! This DVD does just what it promises; it makes you want to get up and move!
The DVD starts off with the hit song Tonight. Unfortunately, it does not have John Cooper of Skillet in the video (as it turns out, it was difficult just finding time for him to record the song with them), but it is still a great video and features clips with Toby as well as clips from live performances! After “Tonight” is the much slower song “Lose My Soul”. I found it interesting that they would put the slow song right after the fastest song on the DVD, but it still fits in well and is a very good music video. It shows TobyMac in a pawnshop and also features Kirk Franklin and Mandisa as well.The next video is actually a live performance of Made To Love from the Alive and Transported DVD of the Portable Sounds Tour. It is a good video though I find that the live performance of the song shows how soft the song really is.Moving Pictures returns to an upbeat tone with “Boomin”. This was one of my favorite videos on the DVD. It is a party video with Toby and the Diverse City Band singing in front of a small crowd in a dance area. The best part is that Shonlock has a rap section in it towards the end which makes the video even better! “Feelin’ So Fly” comes next and is a fun video with just one camera shot in a hallway. The video was filmed while on tour and features special appearances from the members of Building 429, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Family Force 5. The next video, Ignition, is another live video from Alive and Transported and is much better than Made To Love! The song is upbeat and very great when performed live! After this, we finally get to Toby’s most famous song, “Gone”. The video is very well done and is the only music video from the album Welcome to Diverse City. Following “Gone” is a live video of another favorite from Toby, “The Slam”. Though not made into a music video, despite its popularity, this song is still great as a live video. It is one of my favorite songs from Toby!The last three music videos on Moving Pictures are from TobyMac’s first album, Momentum. First comes the soft “Irene”, a famous song from the record. The next two, Get This Party Started and Extreme Days, are very upbeat. In Extreme Days, Toby is portrayed as a bionic man who is being hunted by a killer. The video ends with Toby confronting the killer in the end, but no one has attacked yet.Along with the main videos are two bonus videos made by directors and not featuring TobyMac at all. They were inspited by the directors’ creativity alone. “Showstopper” features kids getting ready for a water gun fight and eventually ending with them spraying each other. “City On Our Knees” is an animated video which was used as a backdrop by TobyMac in his concerts while he sang that song.
Moving Pictures has got to be the best buy of 2010! This is an excellent DVD to have playing while your working out or even if you just want to relax and watch a great video. Though I warn you, if you’re sitting down while you are watching it, be ready to eventually get up and start moving, because you won’t be able to help yourself!
Top 3 Videos:
  1. Tonight
  2. Boomin’
  3. Get This Party Started
VIDEO LISTING
  1. Tonight
  2. Lose My Soul
  3. Made To Love
  4. Boomin’
  5. Feelin’ So Fly
  6. Ignition
  7. Gone
  8. The Slam
  9. Irene
  10. Get This Party Started
  11. Extreme Days
Bonus Videos:
12.  Showstopper
13.  City On Our Knees