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Updated for August 2014
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!
And before you ask, it’s not really in any specific order, although perhaps our favourites are closer to the top…
1. 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.
UPDATED! 2. Salt Of The Sound: Journeys (Instrumentals)
Genre: Electronic / Instrumental
We’re excited to bring to you five instrumental versions of songs from our debut album Journeys, out now. Described as “soothing”, “relaxing”, and “atmospheric”, this selection of songs is a perfect accompaniment to times of quiet personal reflection. We really hope you enjoy the music!
4. Rivers & Robots: Rivers & Robots
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.
5. Strahan: There Will Be A Day (single)
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 track comes highly recommended.
6. The Good Christian Music Blog: Summer Mixtape (vol. 1)
The Good Christian Music Blog has put together a fantastic summer showcase of 15 Christian songs of all genres – and it’s totally free to download! Stephen Bradley, who runs the blog, writes “If there are genres on here that you wouldn’t usually listen to, don’t just skip past them, try hearing something new!”.
7. Sara Groves: Invisible Empires Extras
Genre: Singer Songwriter
Two great additional tracks from Sara Grove’s latest release Invisible Empires, as well as an audio commentary covering the entire album. You can’t say fairer than that! Sara Groves’ songs are always beautifully crafted – lyrical storytelling meshed with rich arrangements – and are also a big influence on Anita’s songwriting.
8. Young Oceans: Sampler
Genre: Alternative / Experimental
Young Oceans 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.
9. The JellyRox: Rebel Tide (Acoustic)
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.
10. 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!
posted by Ben Tatlow on August 2, 2014 in Inspiration