WORSHIP REVEALED: Darlene Zschech (l) and Israel Houghton (r) worship during Zschech’s recording of Revealing Jesus

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

Israel Houghton 

“I’m listening to Revealing Jesus, the new project from Darlene Zschech. Darlene has paved the way for so many people, including myself. As much as we marvel at ‘Shout to the Lord’ and all those Hillsong songs, I feel like the best has been left for now! There’s never been a greater time to hear the heart of Darlene. ... From the time we started writing the songs to the moment we finished in Birmingham and since, I feel that we are being allowed to handle something very precious to the heart of God. I’m also listening to new music from OneRepublic, Elevation Worship, Johnnyswim and Alejandro Sanz.” 


Korey Cooper (Skillet)

“We are currently listening to Bethel Music’s The Loft Sessions, because I love being refreshed and refocused with their anointed worship music ... and I love, love, love Jenn Johnson’s prophetic sensitivity. I find it helps me get through my days with the proper eternal perspective.”


Aaron Shust 

Will Reagan and United Pursuit have produced a worship album, Endless Years, that sounds unlike any other in my experience. It breaks standard formulas and seems to rest for a while on thoughts or concepts without rushing past them to the next. The use of lyric repetition is one of the more artistic and healthy that I’ve ever heard.”

Desmond Pringle 

“I absolutely love Anita Wilson’s album Worship Soul. Her music is fresh, scripturally sound, and she always represents the gospel genre appropriately. I think her next single should be ‘It’s Done.’ It’s a prophetic affirmation that every believer should add to their musical and spiritual vocabulary.” 


Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger (Bethel Music) 

“I still listen to Jonathan David and Melissa Helser every day. I feel like my spirit and my soul come alive when I hear their music, their worship. Their album On the Shores is honest and raw, and I’m so passionate about that! They know how to push past the typical structure of a song and find a refreshing stream that always leads to the River. Makes me want to come out of my skin when I listen, and I’m pretty sure that I actually do. They’re the real deal. Whether their style is what you’re used to or whether it’s brand new to you, it’s guaranteed to take you to a deeper place in worship and in God if you’ll let it.”  

Lisa Page Brooks

“My favorite artist/minister lately is Jonathan Butler. I’ve been listening to ‘You Are My Everything’ on his CD Brand New Day. It really speaks to the heart of worship. Also, he sings with so much compassion, it’s just crazy! I love real, heartfelt singing.” 

Matt Fuqua (The Afters) 

“The song ‘Words’ from Hawk Nelson has been stuck in my head for quite some time now. I love the melody and the lyrics!”

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“I love the simplicity and the honesty of All Sons & Daughters’ Season One. The songs draw you in to worship in a different way than you’re used to. It’s really refreshing music.”

John Elefante

“I’m really impressed with Lecrae and his latest project, Gravity. He’s relevant, and he’s reaching kids with something really positive.”

Bryan Wilson 

“I first heard Tim Rogers & The Fellas on Pandora radio, and I really like them because they have their own style, which is sort of traditional gospel quartet, but it’s contemporary at the same time. My favorite song on Change is ‘Happy’ because they’re singing about Jesus making them happy, and I think sometimes we forget that God wants us to be happy. We shouldn’t act like living an authentic Christian lifestyle is something where you give up happiness and fun to serve God. Their music reminds us that serving God is not only a mission, but it can be a fun mission.”



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