Friday, December 30, 2011

Album Review: "Rehab: The Overdose" by Lecrae

Release Date: January 11, 2011
Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 4/5 Stars


Lecrae made a strong name of himself and of Christian Hip Hop when he released his hit album Rehab. The album proved to all doubters that Christian Hip Hop is not a genre to pass up on. Surprisingly, Lecrae released his following album just a few months afterwards and forms the Rehab series. The first question many will ask when seeing the Rehab: The Overdose album title is whether this album is just a collection of B-Side songs off Rehab. However, the album proves to be much more than that.

The opener and title check "Overdose" instantly gets the listener pumped up and is an introduction to the album, just as "Check In" was for Rehab. It mentions someone being on the overdose and needing to be checked into rehab. In the fierce tempoed "More," Lecrae sings to God that he wants

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Artist Alert: MercyMe Working on New Album

This artist alert comes straight from our brother site God Tunes Reviews:

MercyMe have revealed on their Twitter page that they are back in the studio and working on their new album titled The Hurt and the Healer, scheduled for release in Spring 2012. We will be sure to keep you posted on any further developments.


Be sure to check out the God Tunes Reviews site for awesome album reviews, artist news, and more!

Friday, December 23, 2011

FFH Christmas/200th Post Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Sam Gardiner for winning the FFH Christmas/200th Post Giveaway! Thanks to all who entered and helped make this giveaway more successful than the last one! I hope to have another giveaway held on this blog in the coming months. For now, Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Isaiah 7:14

(Jesselyn did not have as much time to work on this devotional, so sorry if it seems a little rushed.)

"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel."-Isaiah 7:14
Unlike the glorious entrance that the people were anticipating, Christ came from very humble beginnings. Not only was Mary a virgin, she and Joseph, her betrothed, were not at all wealthy people. Such parentage causes a relationship between Him and us; if He had come as a fanfared King, we would not feel the connection to Him as our Brother and Friend. This should remind us that we do not have to try to be important or famous because our Savior certainly did not! Also, amid the festivites of Christmas Day, do not let yourselves get carried away into sin. Examine yourselves and ask for His purification after the celebration on that Holy night. ~Jesselyn

Monday, December 19, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "The Heart of Christmas" by Matthew West

This week's song/video is Christmas-themed! You've probably heard Matthew West's song "The Heart of Christmas" on the radio a lot recently. Here's the music video for that hit song. Enjoy!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Just For Fun: "12 Days of Christmas" by Christian Music Artists

As we continue in the celebration of my 200th post, have fun watching this funny video of some of your favorite Christian music artists singing "12 Days of Christmas." Comment and let me know what your favorite artist was in the video!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Giveaway: FFH Christmas/200th Post Giveaway



THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
In celebration of my 200th post on this blog, I am holding just my second giveaway in the history of this site. This giveaway will be much easier to enter than the last one, but will end much faster as well. One winner will recieve a link to download FFH's new Christmas album One Silent Night. Click on the album title to read my review for it; you will see that I gave it a solid 4.5/5 stars rating! Okay, here is how you enter:

To be eligible, you must first send me an email to justinschristianmusicspot@gmail.com containing your full name AND email address. Here is how you can get some additional entries. For every additional entry, you must send me a separate email letting me know that you did it (please include your full name again in each of the additional emails):

1) Like Justin's Christian Music Spot and FFH on Facebook (1 Extra Entry)
2) Follow my blog with Google/Twitter (1 Extra Entry)
3) Share this post on Facebook or Twitter (please give me the link to that post) (1 Extra Entry)
4) Write a blog post about this giveaway (please give me the link to that post) (1 Extra Entry)

This giveaway is open to residents of all countries. All emails sent in for this giveaway will be deleted once the giveaway is over. If you already have a copy of this album, you can try to win it for a friend. Just be ready to give that friend's email address to me if you win, but you do not need to provide it in the entry email(s). This giveaway will end at 8 pm on December 22nd, so you will hopefully have your new album just in time for Christmas! The winner will be randomly picked using random.org. Once the winner has been chosen, an email will be sent to that person who will have 72 hours to reply or risk having the prize given to the runner-up. Again, please note that this album is download only; the winner will recieve a free download of the entire album, but not a physical copy. Also note that posting about it on Facebook/Twitter gives you just one extra entry and not unlimited ones as in the last giveaway. Finally, this giveaway ends soon, so enter now and let your friends know about it. Let's try to make this giveaway even more successful than the last!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Free Music: Christmas Music from Matt Maher and Tenth Avenue North

Klove is offering two free songs on their site via iTunes. The two songs are "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by Matt Maher and "Deck the Halls" by Tenth Avenue North. To download your free songs, go here and click the iTunes button the page. When asked, enter the code: 63MK3NR4TXH9. This code only lasts for a limited time (in my understanding, until December 25, 2011), so go download your songs now! Remember, you MUST have iTunes to get these songs.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Here Paul clearly stated the three instructions for us. First, always rejoicing does not mean that we cannot mourn for a time. Ecclesiastes states that there is a time to weep and mourn...but only a time. Indeed, the cheerful heart has a continual feast. (Prov. 15:15) The next instruction is to pray without ceasing which does not necessarily mean that we should be praying every second of our lives. However, if we cease praying all together, we will easily fall away from God. Thus, pray daily and continually. Lastly, we must continually give thanks unto Him. We have been given everlasting life; how can we not be thankful with each passing day of our lives? My preposition to you is to daily live God's will for you in Christ Jesus. -Jesselyn

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Song/Video of the Week: "Stranger in This Land" by Robert Pierre

Robert Pierre recently released his new music video for his song "Stranger in This Land" from his latest album I'm All In. This song talks about how we Christians are not of this world, and are "strangers" on the earth. Read my review on the album here, and enjoy the video!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Album Review: "The Great Awakening" by Leeland

If you read my last post, you will know that this album has been nominated for a Grammy award. Go here to find out which award it has been nominated for.

Release Date: September 20, 2011
Genre: Modern Worship/Rock/Pop
Rating: 4/5 Stars


The album begins with the upbeat title track “The Great Awakening.” The lyrics are from an anonymous poem that talked about spiritual revival. Jack Mooring was moved by reading it and shared it with his brother Leeland who immediately created a tune for the words. The song is only nine lines, my favorite ones being the first three that say, “One man wakes, awakens another/ Second one wakes his next door brother/ Three awake can rouse a town.” Following the first track is a song that sounds like it should be at the end of the album. “All Over The Earth” is an almost nine minute long song of praise to the Lord. It seems to drag on much longer than it has to and it is very surprising to hear this song so early in the album. “Chains Hit The Ground” is a reminder to Christians that whenever they are experiencing suffering, Jesus suffered for us. He knows how it feels, and whatever may happen to us, we can find hope in the fact that He took our sins for us and we have salvation.

“I Can See Your Love” has a great theme and an upbeat tune. The idea of the song came from Leeland’s trip from Japan to Cambodia. The two countries had vastly different economies, one rich and the other very poor. Despite this difference, the band knew that God’s love was still present and

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Free Music: "War of Change" by Thousand Foot Krutch

TFK is offering a new, and free, song that will appear on their upcoming independent album. The song is called "War of Change" and the album, tentatively titled The End is Where We Begin, is scheduled to release March 2012. This free song offer is only available until Monday morning, so download it now!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Artist Alert: Christian/Gospel GRAMMY Nominations

The Grammy nominees were revealed last night, and as always, five of the categories are for the Christian/Gospel artists, albums, and songs. The leaders are Chris Tomlin and Brandon Heath, both with three nominations. Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary are in a close second with two nominations each. Also note that country-singer Blake Shelton's version of Dave Barnes's song "God Gave Me You" is nominated for Best Country Song. Here is the full list of nominees for the Christian/Gospel categories of the Grammys, and don't forget to watch the 54th Grammy Awards presentation on February 12, 2012 at 8/7c only on CBS!

 

34. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

 

Do Everything

Steven Curtis Chapman
Track from: re:Creation
[Sparrow Records]

 

Alive (Mary Magdalene)

Natalie Grant
Track from: Music Inspired By The Story
[WOW Joint Venture/EMI CMG]

 

Your Love

Brandon Heath
Track from: Leaving Eden
[Reunion Records]

 

Jesus

Le'Andria Johnson
Track from: The Awakening Of Le'Andria Johnson
[Music World Gospel]

 

I Lift My Hands

Chris Tomlin
Track from: And If Our God Is For Us...
[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]

 

35. Best Gospel Song

 

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Track from: Hello Fear
[Verity Gospel Music Group/Fo Yo Soul Ent.; Publisher: Aunt Gertrude Music]

 

Sitting With Me

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)
Track from: Something Big
[Columbia Records; Publishers: Precious Baby Music/T Bella Music/EMI April Music, It's Tea Tyme, That's Plum Song]

 

Spiritual

Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
Track from: YRM (Your Righteous Mind)
[Verity Gospel Music Group; Publisher: Quiet Water Entertainment]

 

Trust Me

Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
Track from: Promises
[Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal-Z Tunes/T.Autumn Music]

 

Window

Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)
Track from: Dominionaire
[Cajo Records; Publisher: CAJO Music]

 

36. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song

 

Blessings

Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
Track from: Blessings
[Fair Trade Services; Publishers: New Spring/Gleaning Publishing]

 

Hold Me

Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
[Gotee Records; Publishers: Universal Music, Brentwood Benson Tunes, Songs of Third Base/Chriscendo Music, Meaux Mercy/Achtober Songs]

 

I Lift My Hands

Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
Track from: And If Our God Is For Us...
[Sparrow Records/sixstepsrecords; Publishers: sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/Vamos Publishing/Thankyou Music/spiritandsong.com Publishing]

 

Strong Enough

Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
Track from: The Story Of Your Life
[Sparrow Records; Publishers: External Combustion Music/Songs For Delaney/Songs of Southside Independent Music]

 

Your Love

Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
Track from: Leaving Eden
[Reunion Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Big Skwawka Music, Sony/ATV Timber Publishing/Windsor Hill Music]

 

37. Best Gospel Album

 

The Love Album

Kim Burrell
[Shanachie Entertainment]

 

The Journey

AndraƩ Crouch
[Riverphlo Entertainment]

 

Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin
[Verity Gospel Music Group/ Fo Yo Soul Ent.]

 

Something Big

Mary Mary
[Columbia Records]

 

Angel & Chanelle Deluxe Edition

Trin-I-Tee 5:7
[Music World Gospel]

 

38. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

 

Ghosts Upon The Earth

Gungor
[Brash Music]

 

Leaving Eden

Brandon Heath
[Reunion Records]

 

The Great Awakening

Leeland
[Essential Records]

 

What If We Were Real

Mandisa
[Sparrow Records]

 

Black & White

Royal Tailor
[Essential Records]

 

And If Our God Is For Us...

Chris Tomlin
[Sparrow Records / sixstepsrecords]