Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Free Music: "Manifesto" by The City Harmonic

"Manifesto" by The City Harmonic is becoming a favorite on Christian radio stations everywhere! Right now, you can get that song for free from iTickets.com. Here is the only catch: you MUST be registered and have a profile on iTickets. However, registering is free and easy! To register, go here, and then shoot back over to the download page to get your free song.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Listen to the Sound" by Building 429

I loved this song when it was first released to radio! Building 429 is known for good radio singles, but I think that this one tops all the others. It has a great tune with an amazing chorus! I also like the fact that a section from "Amazing Grace," the hymn that inspired the making of "Listen to the Sound," is featured during the bridge. Now, there is an official music video to go along with the song! I was surprised to hear that Building 429 had already finished making a video for this song, but I'm can't say that I'm not happy that they did. So, here it is! And stay tuned for a future album review of the "Listen to the Sound" album.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Exclusive: Listen to a New Song from Peter Furler Every Friday

Starting this week, you can hear a new song every Friday from Peter Furler's upcoming album On Fire (June 21) on his facebook page! This week's song is "I'm Alive." In addition, you can still listen to "Reach" on Peter's Facebook page as well.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Artist Alert: Skillet Featured in Transformers Soundtrack Official Announcement

A couple days ago, I let you all know that Skillet will be featured in the soundtrack of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Today, Skillet released the official announcement as well as information for exactly what song will be in the soundtrack. Here is an excerpt from it:

May 27, 2011 — (Nashville, Tenn.) —  On June 14th, Warner Bros. Records will release the album to the hotly anticipated motion picture Transformers: Dark of the Moon — the third film in the Oscar®-nominated summer blockbuster Transformers series, which hits theaters nationwide on June 29th. The album will feature the rock radio mix of "Awake & Alive" from Skillet, which earned Ski llet their first No. 1 Mainstream Active Rock hit and a No. 1 at CHR and Christian Rock radio. The track was also the first No. 1 Mainstream Active Rock hit to feature female vocals in charts nearly 14-year history, and made Skillet the only Christian act to have crossed over to the Active Rock format with a No. 1 single. A pre-order for the exclusive iTunes Deluxe edition begins May 31st at http://wbr.fm/t3preorder.  

"I am a junkie for these kind of movies so to have 'Awake & Alive' included on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon album is one of the coolest things that we could have happen," comments Skillet frontman John Cooper. "I'll be one of the first in line to see the film when it his theaters this summer."

Standard Edition (CD/DMD All DSPS)Linkin Park - “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore -  “Monster”
My Chemical Romance -  “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday -  "Faith (When I Let You Down)"
Staind -  “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying -  “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls -  “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman -  “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides -  “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet -  “Awake & Alive ” (Rock Radio Mix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”

iTunes Deluxe (Exclusive)Linkin Park -  “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore -  “Monster”
My Chemical Romance -  “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday - "Faith (When I Let You Down)"
Staind -  “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying -  “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls -  “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman -  “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides -  “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet -  “Awake & Alive ” (Rock Radio Mix)
Mastodon -  “Just Got Paid”
Exclusive to Deluxe Version:
Biffy Clyro-  “Many Of Horror”
Stone Sour -  “The Pessimist”
Serj Tankian -  “Gate 21” (Remix – Feat. Tom Morello)

Game Stop (Exclusive)Linkin Park -  “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore -  “Monster”
My Chemical Romance -  “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday - "Faith (When I Let You Down)"
Staind -  “The Bottom”*
Art Of Dying -  “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls -  “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman -  “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides -  “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet -  “Awake & Alive ” (Rock Radio Mix)
Mastodon -  “Just Got Paid”
Exclusive to Game Stop Version:Middle Class Rut -  “Lifelong Dayshift”
D.R.U.G.S. -  “Graveyard Dancing”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Artist Alert: Skillet Chosen for Spot in Transformers 3 Soundtrack!

The third Transformers movie will contain an extra incentive for many Christian music fans to go to the theaters and watch it. That is because Skillet will be featured in the movie's soundtrack! That's right! The band has landed a coveted spot in the soundtrack of the third film in the Transformers trilogy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (June 14, 2011). More details concerning the soundtrack will be released in the days to come.

Skillet has been on fire with their 2009 album Awake. So far, it has sold almost 750,000 copies, gaining it a Gold certification from the RIAA. It was Billboard's No. 2 "Top Christian Album" as well as the No. 9 "Top Alternative Album" of 2010. As I announced on this site about a month ago, the single "Awake and Alive" hit No. 1 on mainstream active rock! Finally, the album has yet to drop out of the Billboard 200 which it has remained on since its release. Thus, Skillet entirely deserves its spot on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack. I will let you all know the specifics of the soundtrack once the details are released.

Bible Verse of the Week: Mark 9:43,45,47

"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell." Mark 9:43,45,47
I know someone with a frustration weakness. With his hands, he would play games or go on his computer. Often, he would lose on the games causing him to openly express unnecessary anger to the victors. Commonly, his computer would run very slowly causing him to become impatient and irritable to anyone who might venture to speak to him. God revealed his weakness; he decided to "cut off" both of the causes. I know of a teenage girl who has the weakness of low-tolerance. With her feet, she could dance and play backyard sports. Whenever she had to teach a new dancer a dance step, she would become impatient if the learning was not prompt and give up teaching to then dance "real" by herself. Likewise when her sisters asked her to teach them how to play basketball, she would become angry at their slowness and run off to play "real" basketball with friends. She prayed for God's strength to help her "cut off" the activities focused on herself and rather focus on others. A young man used his eyes to see ungodly movies, pictures, and women. He knew that what he was doing was wrong, but he did not try to stop because he thought that his weakness was too great for him to "cut off". These three individuals are not animated. You decide who is/are going to escape hell. The truth is, all weaknesses can be overcome and "cut off". With the strength from God, we can overcome anything on this world and thus avoid the fires of Hell. Wordly desires and weaknesses should not (and are not) be strong enough to keep us from following God, so just as you could decide who of the three individuals above was/were going to escape hell, you can decide whether you yourself will escape the eternal fire and live eternally in Heaven.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Desperate" by Fireflight

This week's song/video is one that I myself had not seen until today. Fireflight is famous for their style with female vocals and hard rock. Their song "Desperate" is a hit on Christian radio and it is not surprising that a music video was made for it. Enjoy the "Desperate" music video from the album For Those Who Wait. And thanks to Jay from Jay's Musik Blog for suggesting the song for me to use.

2011 Billboard Music Awards Winners!

2011 Grammys
I wrote a post about a month ago letting you all know about this year's Billboard Music Awards. The awards are given to the songs, albums, and artists that excelled the best on the Billboard. Not surprisingly, Chris Tomlin, Skillet, tobyMac, and MercyMe were some of the nominees in the three Christian music categories-Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album, and Top Christian Song. Two nights ago, those awards were handed out, and here is the list of the winners and nominees for the three Christian categories.

Top Christian Artist 
Chris Tomlin-Winner
Casting Crowns

Top Christian Song
"Our God" by Chris Tomlin-Winner
"Live Like We're Dying" by Kris Allen
"All of Creation" by MercyMe
"Lead Me" by Sanctus Real
"Get Back Up" by tobyMac

Top Christian Album
Awake by Skillet-Winner
The Generous Mr. Lovewell by MercyMe
Tonight by tobyMac
And If Our God Is For Us... by Chris Tomlin
Wow Hits 2011 by Various Artists

Overall, I am very glad with the outcome. Chris Tomlin definitely deserved the awards he won, and with the success of Skillet's album Awake which stayed in the Billboard 200 for over a year after its release, there is no question that Skillet had earned the album award. To view the entire awards list as well as finalist and nominees, go to Billboard.Com.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Artist Alert: David Crowder*Band Breaks Up

David Crowder*Band announced today that after their seventh tour and sixth album they will be breaking up as a band. This is very surprising to fans, as the band has only been around since 2000. It will remain a band until the Fall 2011 "The 7 Tour" is complete. David Crowder*Band's music is well known to many worship music listeners. I, myself, have quite a few favorites from the band, including "Here is Our King" and "O Praise Him." To view the official announcement and message from the band, go to the official website.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Free Music: Grouptune 10-Song Sampler

I really love it when companies make music samplers for Christian music. Right now, you can download ten Christian music song for free courtesy of Grouptune! Sometimes, the free songs on samplers are mediocre ones, but this sampler actually has a few very download-worthy tunes. Here's the complete track listing:
  1. "Held"-Natalie Grant
  2. "Love God Love People"-Israel Houghton
  3. "My Savior My God"-Aaron Shust
  4. "Empty Me"-Chris Sligh
  5. "Just Like You f. J. Paul"-Lecrae
  6. "The Lord's Prayer (Deliver Us)"-Selah
  7. "Hang On"-Plumb
  8. "Sing Along"-Sixteen Cities
  9. "Riot"-Tedashii
  10. "The God In Know"-Me In Motion
As you can see, a lot of these songs are radio singles, such as "Held" by my favorite female vocalist Natalie Grant, "Just Like You" by my man Lecrae, and the hit worship song "My Savior My God" by Aaron Shust! This free offer expires on May 31, 2011, so act now and go here to download your free songs! Thanks to Jay from Jay's Musik Blog for the tips about this free music offer!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Exclusive: Listen to Building 429's sounds for free!

Right now, Jesus Freak Hideout, one of my favorite Christian music websites, has a listening party on the site for the entire Listen to the Sound album by Building 429! That's right! Listen to all ten tracks on the record absolutely free. Go here to view the listening party, and stay tuned for my review of Listen to the Sound.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Special Announcement-New Album Reviewer Job!!!

Last night, I accepted an offer from ChristianMusicReview.org as an interim reviewer for the site! As interim reviewer, I will be reviewing Christian music albums whenever assigned to and will grow in my abilities as a reviewer. I am very excited to be a part of the CMR team and would like to thank Jay Heilman and Mike Laxton for offering me the position. Also, I'd like to thank the people who put in good words for me to website's team (I'm sure you know who you are). Whenever I write a new album review for CMR, I will post it on my blog after it has been posted on the CMR site. Finally, I want to specify that I will not at all be stopping production on this blog and will continue as normally with weekly song/videos, Bible verses, artist alerts, free music offers, and, of course, my own album reviews not featured on CMR. For now, be sure to check out ChristianMusicReview.org and stay tuned for my first review as part of the team (not sure when that will be, but I will let you know when it happens)!

Bible Verse of the Week: 1 Chronicles 16:24

"Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all the people." 1 Chronicles 16:24
Speaking of God to a multitude of Christians is one thing, but talking about Him openly with Christian despisers is another thing entirely. Think about the word "declare". In my opinion, I think that word means to speak out openly or to announce. I have never had the opportunity to share Christ to non-believers, but I have to question if I would freely speak of what God has done in my life when I am sure that I will be criticized for it or worse. I recently finished a book about the Apostle Paul. I was moved by the part when Paul was commanded to stop speaking about God, but he continued to do it. He was beaten, jailed, and became extremely ill. He started to wonder to himself if his mission was all for nothing, but he experienced God's gift of grace and strength to help him through his imprisonment. After reading this, I think I can confidently say that I would gladly declare to Christians and non-Christians about God's glory and wonders. But our true tests are yet to come to declare Him to all peoples. And I can guarantee that fulfilling God's plan will not be easy, but with Him, we will have strength to continue.

Song/Video of the Week: "You Life Me Up" by The Afters

This week's video is actually new to me as well since it was just released this week. I did not have the pleasure of reviewing the entire album either, but I have heard very good comments about this song. Big thanks to my pal Jay from Jay's Musik Blog for suggesting this video to me!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Album Review: "Robert Pierre EP" by Robert Pierre

Genre: Adult Contemporary/Pop
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

For those of you who have not heard of him, Robert Pierre is a young, eighteen-year-old contemporary music artist from Orlando, Florida. He toured in the Winter Jam 2010, and his new album will be released later this year. I had the pleasure of listening to his full EP, simply titled Robert Pierre EP, right now for free. The EP contains three songs from his full album Identity as well as a new song that will be featured on the album soon to be released on July 26. At the end of this review, I'll let you know how to listen to the EP for free and download all the songs as well.

The EP begins with the upbeat song "Jesus." It sends the great message that no matter how terrible our troubles are or whatever it is we are going through, God is always there to help us. Robert sings in the chorus, "Any desperate day, one word I can pray. All I know to say-Jesus." With good lyrics and a great tune, this song provides for a nice listen.

"You Hold Me Now" is the only song on the EP not featured on an earlier album. It speaks about the Day of the Lord. Robert creates a picture of how it will be like to finally be in heaven with Jesus our Lord. He mentions wars ceased, streets made of gold, and suffering and pain finally gone. One of my

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Giveaway: Two Softwares from Just 2 Techy

My buddy Mike (the one who created the header and button for my blog) from the Just 2 Techy website is giving away two softwares for free on his site! First off, 5 winners will recieve a AnyBizSoft PDF Converter that converts PDF files to Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, HTML, text documents, and more! View the rules and see how to enter by going here! And be sure to check out his review for it (he'll give you the link).
The second giveaway from Mike is this awesome DVD Slideshow Builder which Mike refers to as the "best slideshow maker on the planet!" Go here to see how to enter and be sure to read his review for the software (again, he gives you the link). 5 winners will be chosen for this giveaway as well! Here is a sample slideshow he put together just for the fun of it (because making slideshows are a lot more fun with this slideshow builder).

Finally, be sure to check out the Just 2 Techy facebook page! And hurry, because the giveaways end May 21!

Free Music: "You Don't Owe Me" by Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North is offering a free song to all their fans! The song "You Don't Owe Me" was performed only in concert during the Make Your Move Tour with Third Day. To download the song, just go to their website and do one of two things: 1) Sign up for email updates, 2) Like the band's Facebook page. It's that easy! Thanks to my friend Courtney for letting me know about this via her blog The Christian Music Junkie.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Song/Video of the Month: "Reach" by Peter Furler

Peter Furler's new single "Reach" is becoming a hit on Christian radio! I can't wait for the full On Fire CD to release in June, but for now, I'm enjoying listening to this song over and over again. One listen and you can tell that Peter has not lost his talent nor his music style from when he was still with the Newsboys. I won't be surprised if this song hits number #1 eventually on many Christian radio stations!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Always" by Building 429

Listening to the recent new songs by Building 429 reminds me of the great hits from their previous albums. One of my favorite songs from the band is "Always." In this song, lead singer Jason Roy talks about how God is always there for us and He "never fails." It is such a great reminder for whenever we are going through tough times, and that song is this week's Song/Video of the week. Also note that the woman he talks about in the first verse is based on one of Jason's real experiences with a real woman.

Bible Verse of the Week: Matthew 6:14-15

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14-15
Have you had a grudge or know of a person whom you think you cannot forgive? One of the many things that God does for us is forgiving our numerous sins, and we are supposed to be imitators of Him. Obviously, we are not being like God if we do not forgive someone. Let us say that we do not forgive anyone in life; the result will be going to Heaven to find that God will not forgive us. Not only will we not be called "good and faithful servant", but we will be cast into hell's fire where we will perpetually weep and knash our teeth. Everytime we refuse to forgive someone, Satan is laughing his head off that he has pulled us down deeper and gripped us tighter. After the first time we do not forgive, it is so much easier to not forgive the next time, easily causing us to grow miserable, stubborn, and destined for hell. However, when we forgive others, what a glorious ending we will have to be forgiven by the Lord! If you have not already practiced this, you should show more mercy and grace to others.    

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Artist Alert: Manafest to release "Live in Concert" CD/DVD on June 7th

Photo retrieved from God Tunes Reviews
Manafest is getting set to release his first Live CD/DVD package on June 7th! The DVD will feature video footage of an entire live concert of Manafest and the CD will feature the same tracks. The concert itself will show Manafest covering the top songs from all his albums from Glory to The Chase. Here is the track listing:
  1. Avalanche
  2. 4-3-2-1
  3. Top Of The World
  4. No Plan B
  5. Bounce
  6. Impossible
  7. Bring The Ruckus
  8. Fear
  9. Everytime You Run
  10. Renegade
  11. Fire In The Kitchen
  12. The Chase
Bonus features on the DVD will contain the official music videos for "Avalanche," "No Plan B," and "Impossible." I'd like to thank Sam from our brother site God Tunes Reviews for the info about this CD/DVD.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Free Music: "Listen to the Sound" by Building 429

Building 429's latest single "Listen to the Sound" is available for free via Klove on iTunes! I'm so glad that Klove decided to give this one away for free. This is currently one of my favorites to hear on the radio and is a big reason why I want to try to learn the guitar this summer. If you do not know what I mean, read my earlier post. Anyway, to download your free song, go here and follow the directions on the right side. But hurry, because this offer only lasts until the end of this week!

Monday, May 2, 2011

New Email Subscription Feature!

First I would like to thank all of you for supporting my blog! Last month, more viewers came to read my blog and the number of views for the month doubled from March to April! Thank you to everyone who invited their friends or advertised my blog. I really appreciate it. I now have a new subscription feature installed! I came to the realization that quite a few people who read my blog to do not have a gmail account or do not use it enough. Thus, they are unable to follow my blog and get updates on blogger. Well, Justin's Christian Music Spot now has an Email Subscribe feature! This can be found on the left sidebar by scrolling down a little ways. Then, just type in your email address and you will get updates for all the new posts on this blog. Thanks again, and please don't stop telling your friends about Justin's Christian Music Spot!

Bible Verse of the Week: Isaiah 12:2

"Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD Himself, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation." Isaiah 12:2
It is very simple to state that you believe that God is your salvation, but do you really believe that? Sometimes, we can speak too flippantly of our relationship with God and all that He did for us that we forget the vitality of them. Surely, we trust in God, but we have all felt and experienced anxiety and worry during difficult circumstances of our lives. We remember to pray, but fear that peace may not come. Do we really have a strong faith in God that we have nothing to fear? Of course, we know that God is our stronghold. We rely on Him.....do we really rely on Him for everything? He is our salvation. He has delivered us by redemption from Satan's power and Satan's hellfire. Have you personally believed all of these things? Consider this verse as we continue our daily lives.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Free Music: "Can't Shut Up" by Anthem Lights

Right now you can download Anthem Lights' current single "Can't Shut Up" for free on their website! All you have to do is follow this link to the home page of the official website of Anthem Lights. On the left side of the page will be a song player from which you can listen to the song. Under that player will be two links to either "like" the band's Facebook page or join its mailing list. Both of which will allow you to download "Can't Shut Up" for free! I'd like to thank Jay for tips to this free music information. Also, the band's debut album Anthem Lights will be released on May 10 and the band will be touring with Building 429 and Revive in the Listen To The Sound Tour while will last from May 1st to the end of August.

Song/Video of the Week: "This Is The Stuff" by Francesca Battistelli

This week's song/video is actually a LIVE music video of Francesca Battistelli's current single "This is the Stuff." The video was made from a collection of professionally shot videos and videos made by fans who attended Winter Jam. I really enjoyed this song and the video, and if you remember, this song was the Song of the Month for February! Thanks to my buddy Sam from my brother site God Tunes Reviews for the help with embedding the video which, quite embarrassingly, I did not know how to do.