Updated for January 2017
It’s one of the pleasures of writing Christian music that listening to new Christian songs online is part and parcel of keeping up to date and staying inspired.
This is a regularly updated article of the best Christian songs (and albums) generously made available to download for free, from both established and up-and-coming Christian music artists. I’m certain they’ll become firm favourites of yours: they’re certainly on our playlist!
Oh, and there’s a great selection of highlights from the list on this Spotify playlist – have a listen while you download! (Click here to follow the playlist).
Free Christian music downloads…
NEW! 1. Salt Of The Sound - Highlights
Genre: Reflective / Ambient
Highlights is a special NoiseTrade-exclusive collection of ten tracks from Salt of the Sound releases between 2013-2016. Our songs have been described as
'evocative and beautiful' and 'like a tranquil place where you find rest'. Perfect for times of personal reflection, as calm background music, and even (or so we've been told) to study to!
2. Ellie Holcomb - Collection
We love Ellie Holcomb
's music, having featured her in a number of previous selections, including our favourite Good Friday songs
: this album is an excellent free compilation of previously released music as well as a brand new song, With You Now, from her new EP of the same name.
NEW! 3. Erik Nieder - The Narrow Sea
Genre: Folk / Ambient
We added Erik Nieder
's EP The Narrow Sea to our favourite worship songs of 2016
and were surprised to see that it's all available for free via NoiseTrade! A wonderfully reflective 5-track release blending folk instrumentation with more ambient arrangements. Don't miss it!
4. Carinthia - All My Fountains Are In You (NoiseTrade Sampler)
Genre: Acoustic / Electronic
On of my personal favourite artists, Carinthia
writes beautiful instrumental tracks that use both organic instruments and are carefully embellished with electronic elements. It's quite different to a lot of Christian music, and really worth checking out. Enjoy! Oh, and if you like it, have a listen to our selection of amazing Christian meditation music
5. Audrey Assad - Good To Me
Good To Me
is Audrey Assad
's first single from 2013's Fortunate Fall
, and it's a beautifully simple arrangement of pure vocals, piano and light instrumentation. Definitely a song that'll stick in your head - so much so that we've also featured it in our inspiring songs for Easter
! Highly recommended.
NEW! 6. Joe Zambon - In Lethbridge With Strings
A stunningly recorded and arranged four-track EP of previously released music from Joe Zambon
. The strings truly bring the songs to life in a new way, and if you haven't heard Joe's music before, this is an excellent (and free) introduction.
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7. Judah & the Lion - Sweet Tennessee
Back's Against The Wall is one of our favourite songs about hope
; and now Judah & The Lion
's entire Sweet Tennessee EP is available as a free download from Noisetrade. This is very enjoyable folky summer music - don't miss out!
NEW! 8. Waken - Dwell
Following their 2014 EP Endless Light, Waken
have released a new single complete in their signature indie/synth-pop/worship style which mixes ethereal sounds with more traditional drums and guitars. If you like your worship music a little dreamy and experimental, then look no further!
9. River & Robots - Collection
This is a special collection of five songs from UK-based Rivers & Robots'
first two albums. It's a fantastic introduction to their unique indie/folk/electronic music: a style very far removed from your typical Christian band! The track 'Fountains' is a personal favourite, and the entire release is definitely recommended.
10. Strahan - There Will Be A Day
You may have seen Strahan's
entire album Posters available on Noisetrade recently - if not, then definitely don't miss out on his latest single There Will Be A Day
. Mellow and reflective folk music with some truly beautiful vocal harmonies, this is an awesome track.
And some highlights from 2014 & 2015 – still online, still free!
BONUS. Pilgrim - Pilgrim
Looking for some Christian music that really doesn't fit the mould, then look no further than Pilgrim
. Citing influences in glam, new wave, and trip-hop, this is a diverse collection of tracks that's definitely worth a listen to, even just to hear something very different. Plus - the whole album is free!
BONUS. Page CXVI - Hymns B Sides
The music of Page CXVI
truly is an embodiment of their mission statement, a band with the aim of 'making Hymns accessible and known again. They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.' They've already release around 10 albums - this free sampler is a great introduction to their style!
BONUS. The Jellyrox - Rebel Tide (Coffee House Version)
This is a chilled out acoustic version of one of my favourite tracks from The Jellyrox's recent EP Embellish
. While the summery Owl City-esque electro-pop sounds of the full release come highly recommended, there is something refreshing about the stripped back guitar arrangement alongside Matt Langston's strong vocal performance.
BONUS. Young Oceans - NoiseTrade Sampler
Genre: Alternative / Experimental
are one of the bands who are really pushing boundaries with their music, while still retaining the accessibility that is important in Christian music. This sampler, featuring a selection of six songs from various releases, is a fantastic introduction to their music.
BONUS. Matt Tinsley - Water & Stone (Acoustic EP)
Genre: Alternative / Acoustic
I was introduced to Matt Tinsley's music through the CMB Podcast
(well worth checking out if you are a Christian musician), and have been enjoying his guitar-led folk/alternative songs since. This laid-back live set is a wonderful accompaniment to the studio EP
. I'm already looking forward to continuing to hearing more of his music!
Disagree with this selection, or got any suggestions for us? Please do leave a comment with your thoughts below – this list is updated every month and we always love hearing great new Christian music!