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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

Audio Adrenaline Bands Together to Help Orphans

Legendary Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline is back with a new album, new lead singer and a new agenda:to be a voice for orphaned children in Haiti. The net proceeds from the album, Kings & Queens, will go to the Hands and Feet Project, an orphan-care ministry founded by band members in 2004.

The multiple-Grammy-winning group, which formed in 1986 under the name A-180, recorded and toured for two decades until 2006, when former lead vocalist Mark Stuart suffered vocal challenges. In the intervening years, members of the band turned their focus to their families and ministries. So when they were approached about going back on tour, they were a bit reluctant.

“Our first thought was, ‘No, we’re doing other things,’” says bassist Will McGinniss, who serves as chairman of the board of the Hands and Feet Project. “But when we heard the idea that this could really advance what we’re doing in Haiti, that’s what really got us excited about the project.” 

The Hands and Feet Project hosts two orphanages in Haiti that house 100 children each in family-style villages. But in recent months, both facilities have reached maximum capacity, and the organization has had to turn away hundreds of children due to lack of space.

This month, the band returns to the tour circuit with new lead singer Kevin Max, formerly of dc Talk, with plans to raise funds to open two more villages. 

The album’s first single, “Kings & Queens” showcases children from the orphanages and the miracles God has performed in their lives.  read more

Need You Now

Plumb (Curb Records)

Since 1997, Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, known by her stage name Plumb, has offered polished modern pop songs that lend themselves not only to Christian radio, but also movie soundtracks (“Stranded,” “God-Shaped Hole,” “Boys Don’t Cry”).

Lee’s occasionally brutal honesty (“Cut,” “Damaged”) also landed her on the playlists of countless young women and young men dealing with hard issues of life.

Now she returns to the spotlight with her first album in six years, Need You Now. With the help of co-writer Matt Bronlewee, Lee navigates heartbreak, hope, healing, happiness and encouragement against a backdrop of melodic pop rock. 

Jars of Clay singer Dan Haseltine provides a perfect vocal complement on the inspirational “Drifting.” “One Drop” is a light, catchy song that seems destined for media crossover and provides a soothing contrast to the haunting despair of the opener, “Invisible.” 

The title track, which already spent weeks at the top of Christian radio charts, is a rousing prayer for divine intervention, and Lee has said the album is named in honor of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Need You Now alternates between moments of deep contemplation and pure levity and joy—one moment, Lee cries out to God; the next, she celebrates the unconditional love of her husband. Her return should earn attention and accolades from listeners hoping to communicate their faith with authenticity. read more

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