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29 Beautiful Easter Worship Songs for 2016
Easter worship songs are continually getting a makeover, with more and more artists revamping classic hymns and writing new contemporary music focused on this important season. So we have been researching to compile a new list of awesome Easter music and we’re super excited to share with you a selection of our favourite Easter worship songs for 2016. We hope you find something new!
You can also listen to a two hour-long playlist of the Easter music featured here on Spotify:
NEW FOR 2016! 1. Matt Maher - Because He Lives (Amen) Genre: Worship Matt Maher’s album featured prominently in our Best Worship Songs of 2015 collection and this song is arguably one of the best new worship songs brought to the Christian music scene last year. Alongside being a great song for congregational worship, it is surely also set to become a definite Easter Sunday classic due to its tone of celebratory praise. What better way to celebrate this Easter Sunday than with the rousing chorus: Amen, Amen / I’m alive, I’m alive because He lives! / Let my song join the one that never ends / Because He Lives! Download now
2. Ellie Holcomb - Marvellous Light & Love Broke Through Genre: Singer/Songwriter There are so many songs from Dove Award winner Ellie Holcomb that we could include in our Easter music playlist: from her album As Sure As The Sun, we've incorporated the uplifting songs ‘Marvellous Light’ and ‘Love Broke Through’. Ellie has produced some wonderful music over the years and you can find some of her more downtempo songs in our Good Friday Playlist. Download now
NEW FOR 2016! 3. Lauren Daigle - How Can It Be? Genre: Worship Last year was a great one for Lauren Daigle who took the Song Of The Year accolade at the GMA Dove Awards for this song - and it is easy to see why. This song lends itself to praiseful, grateful worship and centres itself at the cross. We are reminded in the lyrics what He did for us and why we celebrate this Easter: You plead my cause, You right my wrongs / You break my chains, You overcome / You gave Your life, to give me mine / You say that I am free... How can it be? Download now
4. Newsboys - Hallelujah For The Cross (album) Genre: Pop / Rock As a worship leader, I often find myself looking for new music for worship services, and it’s easy to forget how good some old favourite hymns can be for our congregation, especially when given an effective modern twist. These are songs that everyone has grown up with and knows so well. As inspiration, have a listen to the album 'Hallelujah for the Cross' by Newsboys. In fact, we believe so strongly in the effectiveness of giving a makeover to traditional hymns and worship songs, that we have dedicated an entire article and playlist of our favourite modern and re-worked traditional hymns. Download now
NEW FOR 2016! 5. Audrey Assad - Even Unto Death & Inheritance (album) Genre: Worship / Acoustic Audrey Assad has to be one of my favourite singer-songwriters and worship leaders. Her recent work really focusses on the cross, the resurrection and really encompasses the spirit and worshipful celebration of Easter. Her brand new album, just released this February, contains a collection of beautifully re-worked hymns and is really worth a listen for your personal worship and collective worship this Easter. Download now
NEW FOR 2016! 6. Rend Collective - Your Royal Blood & Joy Of The Lord Genre: Folk / Worship Rend Collective have brought a freshness to the Christian music scene in recent times and we love everything about their brand new album: from their musical style and creativity to their meaningful lyrical messages. For our Easter playlist this year, we have included their songs ‘Your Royal Blood’ and ‘Joy Of The Lord’ from the album As Family We Go. Download now
NEW FOR 2016! 7. Hillsong United - Touch The Sky Genre: Worship We were so impressed by Hillsong United’s offering to the Christian music scene with their latest album Empires, which seemed to push the boundaries further and seemed more daring than much of their previous work. (We do love it when bands & artists do something different than what may be expected!) While appropriate for any time of year, their songs fit beautifully in with the Easter message of sacrifice, surrender and praise and alongside ‘Touch The Sky’, we have also included ‘Here Now (Madness)’ in our Spotify playlist. Download now
8. I Am They - King of Love & We Are Yours Genre: Folk / Worship Despite being fairly new on many people’s radar, I Am They have roots in leading worship, which is noticeable in the worship style of their 2015 debut album. Their skilled musicianship comes across in their music and they have created something truly beautiful. With an album full of original worship songs, you might not need to search for new worship music for a while! Download now
NEW FOR 2016! 9. Salt Of The Sound - From The Steepest Slopes Genre: Electronic / Alternative Our latest release was written with an Easter focus in mind. Through the original song, ‘Made A Way’, instrumental track ‘Risen’ and cover version of the classic hymn ‘Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross’ we wanted to convey the Easter message of hope and have this theme running throughout the EP. Download now
10. Anthony Skinner - The Sound That Saved Us All Genre: Alternative Drawing inspiration & some lyrics from several traditional hymns, Anthony Skinner has created one of the more interesting ‘modern hymns’ we have heard in a while. We really like his sound & his thoughtful lyrics, which would make a great addition to any Easter Sunday service. Download now
11. WOW Gospel - 2015 Genre: Gospel This album features many well-loved gospel singers and artists that we have come to know and love through the years. Some of our top picks on this album - which would also make great arrangements for your gospel or contemporary choir this Easter - include “Amazing” by Ricky Dillard & New G, and “We Are Victorious” by Donnie McClurkin & Tye Tibbett. The album features a vast array of inspiring songs and it is definitely worth checking out. Download now
12. Shane & Shane - Because He Lives & Revelation Song Genre: Worship If you haven’t heard of Shane & Shane, you need to make checking out their work the next thing on your to-do list. They seem to be continually creating beautiful versions of both traditional hymns and also contemporary worship songs, putting their own (excellent!) spin on them. Their version of ‘Revelation Song’ leads you into worship with just a single listen, and the uptempo ‘Because He Lives’ is the best version of this song that we have heard to date. Download now
13. Francesca Battistelli - Lead Me To The Cross Genre: Worship This song from Francesca Battistelli has been one of my favourite Easter songs for several years. Not only does it make a great congregational song, but to sing it is to sing a personal prayer. And with a chorus consisting of these lyrics, you’ll see why: Lead me to the cross where your love poured out / Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down / Rid me of myself - I belong to You / Lead me - Lead me to the cross. A definite contender for your Easter service this year! Download now
UPDATED! 14. Soweto Gospel Choir - Hosanna & Khumbaya Genre: Gospel If you are looking for Gospel music this Easter, then look no further than the vast collection of music from Soweto Gospel Choir who really showcase the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The song 'Hosanna' is just one of many Soweto Gospel Choir songs perfect for the Easter season. And for 2016 we have also included their version of ‘Khumbaya’ (Come By Here) - it is such a wonderful arrangement, and we know from experience it is easy to do with an amateur choir, adding another dimension to your Easter Worship Service. Download now
15. Kari Jobe - Forever Genre: Worship This, in my opinion, is one of the best songs released by worship leader Kari Jobe. While this version clearly uses a huge live band, it could also work well in a more acoustic style. ‘Forever’ definitely allows for heartfelt worship and if you are looking for a new song to be part of your Easter church services, then this could well fit the bill! Download now
16. Natalie Grant - Alive Genre: Worship From the music inspired by The Story, Alive is sung from the point of view of Mary Magdalene after she discovers the risen Lord. It features the heartfelt vocals that Natalie is renowned for alongside poignant and powerful lyrics, conveying a joyous complexity of emotions. A perfect worship song for Easter Sunday this year. Download now
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FREE DOWNLOAD! 17. Audrey Assad - Good To Me Genre: Acoustic The open-ness (for lack of a better word) of these lyrics, alongside Audrey’s pure vocal and simple instrumentation allow this song to speak in the light of all that He has done for us which we remember this Easter. And what's more, it's a totally free download courtesy of the ever-excellent Noisetrade! Download now
18. Israel Houghton - You Are Good Genre: Gospel Some songs become timeless and we love this song from Israel Houghton. It appears in our worship services and is one of our ‘go-to’ upbeat songs that will get everybody praising joyfully. We definitely plan to use this song as part of our Easter Sunday Worship Service as this song is what Easter is all about: Praise & Worship to our Lord for all He has done. Download now
BONUS! 19. Hezekiah Walker – Every Praise (video by Everton Reid) And we couldn’t not include this video again this year. If you haven’t seen this video from Everton Reid – you really need to! It encompasses every happiness that we celebrate in the rising of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ on this glorious Easter Sunday. If you do nothing else today, watch this and may it brighten your day…
posted by Anita Tatlow on January 19, 2016 in Inspiration