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If you are looking for something to listen to this Christmas, we have found a gem for you. Thine Advent Here is an album of wonderful arrangements of Christmas carols from Marty Mikles.
However, this is not your typical “Jingle Bells” or “…all is merry and bright” Christmas album. The arrangements are beautifully arranged and performed to help you meditate on the aspects of Christmas that the songs represent.
The first two tracks, Glory to God and Go Tell It on the Mountain, bring us in with a gentle energy in a gospel rock shuffle style. Then, the feeling of the album changes. For a long time, Marty has given us some great guitar and vocal performances on his recordings and the remainder of the album showcases his immense talent.
Carols that we know and enjoy are presented in a reflective way with a fresh sound that showcases beautiful guitar riffs. Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Still, Still, Still and In the Bleak Midwinter have a distinctive folk feel. In contrast to this, there is a wonderful full band arrangement of O Holy Night that highlights Mikles powerful vocals. The use of a vocal harmonizer in the arrangement of Silent Night is other-worldly and stands out amongst the other tracks on the album.
Without instrumentation, the synthesized vocal performance echoes the familiar words and provides a refreshing experience of this carol. My personal favourite is the haunting rendition of O Come, O Come, Immanuel. This song ties together the strengths of the previous tracks in a carol that I love. It is so beautiful, different and thought-provoking.
This is an album I know you will enjoy this Christmas season. You can support Marty by listening to Thine Advent Here on Spotify or by purchasing the album at this link:
On November 29th UNBOUND (The Salvation Army USA Eastern territorial worship band) will be releasing a Christmas album featuring original arrangements of some of your favorite Christmas songs! Tunes by John Lennon, *NSYNC and Chuck Berry are just some of the fun tracks on this album. Stay tuned to iTunes and The Eastern Territorial Trade Dept. for availability.On November 29th UNBOUND (The Salvation Army USA Eastern territorial worship band) will be releasing a Christmas album featuring original arrangements of some of your favorite Christmas songs! Tunes by John Lennon, *NSYNC and Chuck Berry are just some of the fun tracks on this album. Stay tuned to iTunes and The Eastern Territorial Trade Dept. for availability.
If you didn't catch it last Christmas The Light Has Come by transMission is a Christmas album that you will want to listen to this Christmas.
Check out the chart for Hark!, that gives a some new life and energy to a carol that we all love. Try this one with your congregation this advent season.
Hark - transMission
Chord Chart - Key of G
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Leadsheet - Key of G
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Verses - NEIGHBOUR &LETTING GO
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Bearers Single - DEFINED
Check out the new single from Bearers - Defined
Below you can watch the lyric video and the acoustic version of this song.
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You may have missed a gem from last Christmas season, but make sure you don’t miss it again this year. The Light Has Come is the latest recording from transMission (USA Southern). Mixing carols you know and love with some great original songs, this album has something for everyone. If you are looking for an album to listen to this Christmas on repeat, this is the one.
The debut album by Bearers (New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory) is entitled Home. This isn’t an album with a laid back South Pacific island vibe. Combining high energy synths, soaring guitars and catchy pop melodies, Home is an honest, real and relatable expression of worship that perfectly captures the energy, excitement and enthusiasm of youth in The Salvation Army.
EP III is a brand new release from The Singing Company (USA Central). With an indie rock feel to the album, EP III includes both well-known hymns and original songs that vary from smooth piano and saxophone sounds to guitar driven rock. This album is filled with lyrics that remind us about the unity we have as the body of Christ.