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What Are You Worshipping to?

We asked a variety of worship leaders and Christian music artists what albums are currently on their playlist. Check out their picks. read more

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A Q&A With Israel Houghton

Israel Houghton, the multitalented worship pioneer, explains how creativity, talent and, yes, a little bit of perfectionism can be a good thing when yielded to the King. Read Charisma's exclusive interview with him. read more

Revealing Jesus

Darlene Zschech
(Integrity Media)

Like a familiar friend, the voice of Darlene Zschech lends itself to a live worship project. 

A pioneer of the modern worship movement through her years with Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, Zschech continues to raise the bar with Revealing Jesus. Produced by four-time Grammy-winner Israel Houghton, the album, recorded last September at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., includes Michael W. Smith and Kari Jobe as co-writers and performers.

Revealing Jesus features a variety of tempos and styles to engage listeners, including explosive anthems such as “Best for Me” and “All That We Are,” and more intimate ballads such as “Magnificent” and “Your Presence Is Heaven.”

“In Jesus’ Name” is among the project’s highlights, spotlighting the freedom and healing of Christ through a chorus that proclaims, “I will live, I will not die,” and which confronts sickness and cancer while declaring “the finished work of Christ in this place.” “Victor’s Crown,” a resurrection-centered praise track, builds into a triumphant chorus, much like “Worthy Is the Lamb.” Kari Jobe guests on the soft-rock ballad “Yours Forever.” 

The release also includes a reworking of the hymn “My Jesus I Love Thee” and “Your Name/Cry of the Broken,” which blends the familiar praise song into a new refrain. 

Zschech, with Houghton’s direction, has crafted one of the finest live worship projects in recent memory, which serves as a bridge for those raised on early Hillsong music who want to sing a new song. A companion book and DVD release simultaneously.  read more

God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01

Martin Smith
(Integrity Music)

Former Delirous? frontman Martin Smith releases his first full-length solo debut this month—a 12-song collection of modern-rock worship tunes focused on God’s grace. Now submerged in a local church in England, he plans to follow up with Step 02 in October. read more

Time For the Show

Kerrie Roberts (Reunion Records) 

This follow-up to her 2010 debut album was inspired by the numerous people Kerrie Roberts encountered while on tour. The 10-track album is filled with songs of hope and encouragement to continue in the faith. read more

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