Morning Rises | Aaron Shust | Review

Just a couple of years ago  Aaron Shust decided to branch out and do something a bit different.  It is safe to say that Shust succeeded in branching out in 2011 with This Is What We Believe.  He topped the charts, and made a huge impact.  Fans of Morning Rises Aaron Shusthis 2011 hit release are sure to find this one with a familiar style, yet with some of his old flavor mixed in.

The first single, God Of Brilliant Lights, is already playing on radio. This release marks the first time that Shust has used his touring band in the studio.  Here is what Shust has to say about this release, “This is an album about how God is faithful. God is steadfast. God is the same. Whenever our life goes crazy we can say, ‘God is faithful.’ If you believe the verses that we memorized as kids or in our early Christian lives, that he has a plan for us, that he’s never going to leave us, that he’s never going to forsake us, then that rings true. You need those truths in the dark hours. That’s what this album hopefully covers. ‘Morning Rises’ represents hope. ‘Morning Rises’ represents promise.”

As we are so familiar with here at CrimsonLight.com, our founder’s Jake and Marsha Rinard, have experienced tragedy, greif, medical needs, and more, Shust has similar experiences.   After experiencing the medical difficulties of his son, Nicky, last year.  Shust has once again faced life-threatening medical situations this past January with his son Michael. Facing a heart surgery shortly after he was born, being diagnosed with Down Syndrome, a second surgery for hearing issues and ongoing health issues, the experiences haven’t stopped Shust, but given him a renewed desire to push forward with the message that he has been given.

  • Record Label: Centricity Music
  • Release Date: July 16, 2013
    Morning Rises (Intro)(0:32)

  1. God of Brilliant Lights (3:40)
  2. Cornerstone (3:45)
  3. Rushing Waters (5:00)
  4. God Is For Us (3:55)
  5. Great Is The Chorus (4:16)
  6. No One Higher (4:32)
  7. Deliver Me (3:34)
  8. The One (4:43)
  9. Mighty Fortress (3:52)
  10. Satisfy (4:41)
  11. Firm Foundation (2:52)

Shust’s previous release, This Is What We Believe, launched with one of the biggest releases recently, My Hope Is In You. The single stayed at the top of the charts for 14 weeks during 2011/2012, and was listed at #8 on Billboard magazine’s year-end Christian Songs Artist category.  Shust continued to have major spots on the charts in 2012 with his single Risen Today reaching #17. His last song, We Are Free peaked at #21.

We Won’t Be Shaken | Building 429 | Review

Another album from Building 429We Won't Be Shaken Building 429 Review  that you won’t be able to stop listening too. It is hard to find albums these days where you actually listen to the whole thing without skipping a song yet Jason, Aaron, Michael, and Jesse of Building 429 have done it again!

Building 429 just gets better and better with time. Not only is their music awesome but these guys are the real deal! I have seen them live many times and they sound just as good in person as they do on the album. This is a group of talented guys that are using their gifts and abilities to glorify God in all they do!

These guys mean business. Smart… punchy stuff. Great production. Great harmonies without being sappy… they know what they’re doing. The first five songs are knockouts while the last six tunes get into mediocre territory, but don’t let that stop you from getting it. The first five make it all worthwhile.

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Fear Inside Our Bones | The Almost | Review

Fear Inside Our Bones is  Fear Inside Our Bonesan incredible album musically as well as vocally. Excellent message and great southern rock sound. I would highly recommend this album; it is well worth the money.

It’s all too easy to make an album in this day and age. You rent out a studio, record one part, and then cut and paste it across the whole record.  Putting your soul on tape is a scary thing.

The Almost overcame that fear and did something completely different for not only themselves but modern rock as a whole. They locked themselves in a small room in Nashville’s Omni Studios for only five days and played every note of their third full-length album, Fear Inside Our Bones (Tooth & Nail Records), together in unison.
The only possible downside  would be that fans of the more light rock sound may be upset by the edge on this release. Those looking for the more pop sound of days past will have to adjust to The Almost of today. The Almost on this is a bit more classic rock. The guitars roar, the cymbals crash and the bass drives it all home.

Phil Stacey Signs With Reunion Records

Phil Stacey, American Idol Season 6, announced a partnership with Reunion Records.

The relationship between Stacey and Reunion/Provident began last fall following his stellar performance at an event honoring Michael W. Smith at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Terry Hemmings, Provident’s President, attended the event and having been moved by Stacey’s performance, reached out to him to inquire more about his career plans.

Phil is a great vocalist with a friendly and approachable style, shares Hemmings.  He owned the room when he performed and I thought he would be a great fit with our label group.

I am incredibly excited about joining the Reunion Records family, notes Stacey. The artists and music they have released over the years have helped shape and mold me into the person I am today. This will be an amazing journey.

Stacey is currently working on his first project under the new deal, with producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, Mandisa, Steven Curtis Chapman) with an estimated release date set for later this summer.

About Phil Stacey:
In 2003, Phil enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Musician Third Class at Navy Band Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida. He recently completed his 4-year commitment to the U.S. Navy and is still in the Navy Reserves. Phil’s father and maternal and paternal grandfathers are pastors and he holds a degree in vocal performance from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he was a member of the exclusive Lee Singers Choir, and its even more exclusive touring group, Second Edition. Born in Harlan, KY and raised in Ohio and Kansas, Phil currently lives in Nashville with his wife Kendra and two daughters, McKayla and Chloe.

Josh Wilson – Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup – Review

Josh Wilson brings a nice sounding rock debut album that is nicely titled “Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup.” This is aptly described in his song “2 Minute Song” where Josh describes his struggles with with this recording and that he just can’t seem to get the words right to describe God.

Josh’s songs definitely pull you in but often lead you wanting more. Josh’s 3 minute pain is often passed onto the listener. Josh has the talent with his good vocals and lyrics, but many people have written this recording off to the same old sound of standard pop. Listen further though and you will be impressed with the lyrics.

My main downer is that many of the songs sound the same and a few start to drag a bit making it hard to get through the entire album in one sitting.

This is a good album and Josh has a lot of talent.  I am sure there will be even greater things to come from Josh.

Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup
Track Listing

1. The Saints
2. Savior, Please
3. 3 Minute Song
4. Turn Around
5. Let Me Love You
6. Something’s Got To Change
7. Tell Me
8. Pull Me Through
9. Oak Avenue
10. Dear Money
11. Beautiful Like This

Jimmy Needham – Not Without Love Review

Jimmy Needham didn’t make a big splash with his first release, Speak but this was not due to lack of talent. On his sophomore album Jimmy has a solid album with some great words with a lot of power.

Jimmy brings a bit of mellow blues with pop and slight hints of jazz mixed in. Jimmy is known to bring down to earth lyrics while not being preachy. It is nice to hear something different for a change. In fact this album brings back memories of my favorite artist Keith Green.

Jimmy has partnered with Patton House Entertainment, a talent management firm which should help him get his name and this album out there. Look to hear more about Jimmy Needham as his presence grows. This album is worth a listen.
Jimmy Needham
Not Without Love Track Listing

1. Come Around
2. A Breath or Two
3. Hurricane
4. Firefly
5. Forgiven and Loved
6. Before & After
7. Tossed by the Wind
8. Unfailing Love (Kelly’s Song)
9. Rend
10. The Author
11. The Great Love Story
12. Not Without Love (Benediction)