Kaylee Rutland CD Review – What I’m Listening To These Days

Although my music tastes run the gamete I always find myself drawn back to my “roots” of country music. It is what I listened to 24/7 as a teenager and it still touches a place in my heart that nothing else quite can! I love it’s themes of love, faith, trust, friendship, family, good times and bad–basically life and all it includes!

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Recently a transplanted into small town Texas girl myself when I was given the chance to check out fellow small town Texas girl Kaylee Rutland CD I looked forward to it! I’m always up for discovering new talent!

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Sanctus Real Run CD

 Sanctus Real is one of those bands that I’ve always heard about and knew who they were without ever owning any of their CDs or really knowing their music. I’m always looking to get acquainted with bands better so when I was offered the chance to review their new CD Run I couldn’t wait to jam out to it!

After reading other fan reviews of the CD it seems that as a band Sanctus Real has had an evolution similar to that of Kutless which I described in my last review of their CD–they started out as a more edgy off-of-mainstream Christian band but have developed over the years to have more a Christian Radio sound and vibe. Personally, however, I think in Run Sanctus Real does a perfect job of this!
Smooth and rocking, kind of rock, kind of pop, kind of modern country this CD encompasses all my favorite vibes and rolls all of that into twelve great songs that also have great, bold, non cookie-cutter (for most songs) lyrics.

My favorite songs on the CD are Commitment which is one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard and Nothing Between.

Here are some of the lyrics from those two:

Commitment

It’s no mystery what the difference is between a love that lasts and one that’s caving in. 
It takes more than a feeling if you want to survive in a world that blurs the line between wrong and right, trades True Love for a sacrifice.
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I want to finish, the way we started. 
Just two broken souls clinging onto Jesus.
We’ve seen his faithfulness and grace, I want to love you that way.

Such a beautiful picture of what true love really is–*swoon*

Nothing Between

When I’m watching the walls burn to the ground around me
I just want to know what it is you’re trying to show me

I will walk through the fires of life 
I will wait in the darkest of night
I will follow you into the fight if that’s where you lead me
I don’t know what you want me to see
But I know where you want me to be
Close to you, Nothing between

I love the play on the old hymn “nothing between my soul and the Savior” while it makes it much more relatable and real–simply great!

Personally I am now in love with Santcus Real and I can’t wait for their next album! If you’d like to see other reactions-especially from the die hard fans don’t forget to hop on over to Amazon to listen to snippets to see what you think!

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Loved by JJ Heller

I had never heard of JJ Heller before I got her newest album Loved (Deluxe Version). After listening to this album many times over the past several weeks I couldn’t be happier that now I know about her! Loved is a beautiful folksy/poppy mix of music that is right up the alley of the genres I’m loving these days. Although a Christian album the lyrics of Love do not overly scream Christian. However unlike in many cases this doesn’t bother me as the feeling and depth of the album still lend it a great credibility and strength. I love each of the gentle, sweet songs on the cd–no “skip it” tracks in this album! My very favorite song on the CD is Stay:
Stay with me, and you’ll be surprised
There’s a world of color, beyond black and white
Open your eyes, let in the light
You’ll see when you stay with me

Whether you’re a fan of sweet, folksy music or a fan of Christian albums with character and richness Loved will be a perfect CD to add to your collection. I’m definitely going to be checking out her previous albums! Don’t take just my word for it though—right now it has 5 stars on Amazon so be sure to hop over and listen to the snippets and read the other reviews!

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Jeremy Camp: Reckless CD & I Still Believe: Updated and Expanded

 I have always been a fan of Jeremy Camp’s music. I even got to see him in concert as a newly wed when we lived in Washington D.C. He is a great singer and performer! He had briefly mentioned his past and life during his performance, but as he was one of many singers that night and just opened for Tree 63 he wasn’t able to go to much into it. I was very interested by what he had said, however, and was interested in seeing what his book would be like. Many times people try to branch out into other areas rather than their expertise-sometimes it works, often it doesn’t. Jeremy’s story in I Still Believe
is so compelling that I literally couldn’t put this book down! I read all but the last few chapters in one single sitting—yes staying up waaaay too late to do so. It made me cry and made me smile. As someone who is going through a rough year filled with trials this book was exactly what I needed to put my “small” trials into perspective. Reading about Mellisa’s unbending faith and Jeremy’s struggle and rise above to deep, true faith humbled and inspired me. I absolutely loved this touching story and would highly recommend it to anyone, especially those going through any kind of trial in their life! Plus now it’s been updated and expanded so that the new version is even more gripping and awe inspiring than the first!

Jeremy’s Camp also just released a new CD — Reckless! 11 songs long it delivers the typical upbeat, praise and worship style that you expect to get when you buy a Jeremy Camp CD.  Although all of the songs are jam worthy a highlight of the CD to me was #5 We Must Remember.

We must remember,
that you have forgotten
and you don’t remember our sins anymore

Yes we must remember
That you have forgotten

And you, you died once and for all

As Christians I think we have a tendency to beat ourselves up over things and the Devil loves nothing more than for us to get discouraged–this song is a powerful reminder of our freedom through Christ!

I enjoyed the entire CD–no “skip it” songs to be found here! I’d recommend it for any contemporary Christian music lover–if you’ve never bought a Jeremy Camp cd before then definitely get this one! Be sure to check out the snippets on Amazon so you can listen for yourself!

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