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I enjoy music in a variety of genres, from contemporary Christian (CCM), worship, classic rock, pop, rap, etc. Here are ten new and upcoming albums of interest.

Departures by Jon Foreman
The latest solo project by the front man of Switchfoot is his strongest work to date. Here’s my review.

Sing! Global (Live at the Getty Music Conference) by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Friends
I always look forward to the live albums from the Sing! conferences. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 conference was held online, rather than live in Nashville. The project features Keith and Kristyn Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandra McCracken and more. Here’s my review.

1970 by Bob Dylan
This album includes 74 previously unreleased studio recordings from 1970, most of them taken from the sessions for Dylan’s New Morning and Self Portrait albums. Also included are the nine songs from his session with George Harrison. I was looking forward to the songs from the session with Harrison, but unfortunately, I could not even discern that Harrison was on the recordings.

Zoom In (EP) by Ringo Starr
The latest from the 80-year-old former Beatle, one of only two surviving band members, is a five song EP that will be released March 19. The album features a number of special guests including Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh. Two songs have been released to date, “Here to the Nights” and “Zoom In Zoom Out”.

Clouds (The Mixtape) by NF
The new mixtape from Christian rapper NF will be released March 26. Four songs have been released to date “Clouds”, “Lost” (featuring Hospin), “Paid My Dues”, and “Clouds” (Edit).

My Savior by Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood’s first gospel music album will be released March 26. Three songs have been released to date “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus” (featuring Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE), “Great is They Faithfulness” (featuring Cee Cee Winans), and “Softly and Tenderly”.

Live from the Woods, Vol. 2 by NEEDTOBREATHE
This album, to be released April 16, will be pulled from the band’s March 12-14 concerts at The Caverns in Grundy County, Tennessee.

Latest Record Project Volume I by Van Morrison
Van Morrison’s new double album featuring 28 songs, will be released May 7. Morrison has been very outspoken about the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in the UK. The title track for the album has been released.

January Flower by Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney’s latest album will be released May 21. Four songs have been released to date “Powerless”, “Can’t Look Back”, “Grand Canyon”, and “Pontiac”.

Leftover Feelings by John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band
John Hiatt has been one of my favorite artists since his 1987 album Bring the Family. On Leftover Feelings, to be released May 21, he is teaming up with the Jerry Douglas Band. One song has been released to date, a remake of Hiatt’s “All the Lilacs in Ohio”.

What new music are you excited about?

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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