We live in a world that moves much too fast. Demands rush towards us and
expectations hover over us, making it difficult to simply stop and take time to hear from
God. Meredith Andrews knows those challenges all too well, yet as the songs on her
sophomore album demonstrate, something remarkable happens when we seek God’s voice
and are willing to wait As Long As It Takes.
Following her 2008 Word Records debut, The Invitation, Andrews’ ministry expanded
dramatically beyond her duties as worship leader at Chicago’s Harvest Bible Chapel. Her
BarlowGirl has always represented an interesting dichotomy; tender-hearted, beautiful young women who aren’t afraid to take an aggressive, almost warrior-like stance when it comes to spreading the gospel and serving God. That fiery obedience reverberates throughout their latest release, Love & War.
Call it life feeding art. Call it truth in advertising. Call it a vintage Francesca moment. It happened as Francesca Battistelli was working on the follow-up to My Paper Heart, one of the most joyful and successful national debuts in recent memory, and it provides a telling glimpse into the mindset that makes her art so powerfully uplifting.
Big Daddy Weave entered the studio for the fifth time in their decade long career with a singular mission – to create a collection of songs that might somehow communicate the word placed on their hearts to the hearts of those who hear it. It might have been easier to simply try to recreate the success of their previous hit songs, such as “Every Time I Breathe” or “Audience of One.” Instead, the band set out to craft the most ambitious and varied album of their career by doing what they’ve been doing all along – refusing to compromise while stretching the artistic boundaries of what a Big Daddy Weave record is supposed to sound like.
There was a time when hip hop and Christian music seemed to be mutually exclusive, but in a
few short years, Group 1 Crew has broadened the parameters of faith-based music with songs that
percolate with energy and resonate with the truth of God’s grace. On their third Fervent Records
release, Outta Space Love, the talented trio explode in a new direction that further pushes the
envelope sonically and lyrically
“We have a lot of songs that have great beats,” Blanca says of the new music, “but then when
“We love performing,” Dave Frey says simply and you get the impression that is the simple truth. “But we also love the people we perform for,” he adds, injecting a layer of complexity to the equation.
“One of the first things we ever did as a band was to lead worship at chapel in college,” Dave’s music colleague, Ben McDonald interjects. “That was the connect point for us. Although we don’t consider ourselves to be a worship band, we probably do more worship music than our original music, and that’s fine with us.”
I realize that it would be smarter for me to have someone else write my bio. I've
never been the best writer, and I'm not exactly sure how to keep your interest with
captivating phrases explaining why you should listen to my music. What I can offer is a
genuine look into my past, present and God willing, my future.
I grew up around music. I absolutely loved it. I was constantly listening and
singing along with The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Elvis, The Beatles and my favorite,
It was the late John Lennon who wisely observed that “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” And when God’s perfect sense of timing figures into that equation, well, life tends to get even more interesting—just ask Patrick Ryan Clark.
Growing up in the Bible belt, going to church was seemingly nothing more than a ritual for the Oklahoma native. So Patrick easily brushed off anything faith-related and got busy making plans for his future.