Music & Culture
Christi’s Playlist: My Top 10 Favorite Worship Songs of July 2014!
Written by Christi Given | July 24, 2014
Hello PI readers! Every month I share my favorite songs with you in playlists. Some may be Christian/gospel and some may be secular, and all will be positive and inspiring! Since I am a singer and songwriter, this is a great way to share the different styles and genres of music I listen to and learn from. Let’s get this playlist started!
1. “No Other Name” by Hillsong. The new worship CD is out and I am so beyond blessed by the worship songs! Make sure to check it out at your local Christian bookstore or get it online at iTunes, Spotify and more! I have a couple of favorite songs, so you may end up hearing them on this playlist!
2. “I Choose Jesus” by Moriah Peters. I haven’t heard much of Peters’ music. She is a newer artist just releasing new music in 2012 with this particular single, but I looked up some of her videos and she is so inspiring! I love the video of her doing the acoustic version live—the lyrics bring me to tears…so precious! Also, she did a live video chat for Project Inspired, which you may remember! My interesting connection to the Peters family: I host with Moriah’s little sister Bianca Peters on JUCE TV! Check her out on Top 3 on JUCE TV (www.jucetv.com).
3. “Hands to the Heavens” by Kari Jobe. The album Jobe just released, called Majestic, is so impactful and powerful! I LOVE “Let the Heavens Open” and “Forever,” but this is also a beautiful worship song! Recently I did an acoustic cover for “Let the Heavens Open”: click here to watch!
4. “God Is Good” by Dustin Kensrue. From the Mars Hill Church and former singer of the popular band Thrice, Kensrue has a unique sound and voice. This song has a simple message, but it is relevant, and we all need a reminder that God is ALWAYS good, regardless of circumstances and feelings. This song is so good at speaking the truth that even when things don’t go our way, God is still GOOD.
5. “Praise the Lord” by the City Harmonic. I heard this song on the radio and was super touched by it! Hope you enjoy this band. I am aware of them, but am definitely going to check out more of their music! Are you a City Harmonic fan?
6. “Oh God” by Citizens Music (from Mars Hills Church). I wanted to add some new bands and musicians to my favorites list this month, and since worship is one of my favorite genres, I thought it would be cool to add some new music you may not have heard of. This band is the main band for Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hills Church. I love the raw, acoustic type of worship…sooo good! Check out their music on their website or iTunes.
7. “In Awe of You” by Jesus Culture featuring Kim Walker-Smith. Jesus Culture NEVER disappoints with authentic, real, raw worship. Their lyrics and music are so anointed and impactful. I love how they repeat the words so you can really absorb them. I love the part where it says: “You reign forever and hold me together, so come whatever, I love you…In Awe of You…What do you do when God forgives, gives His life so you can live…in awe…we live in awe of you!” Amen! Makes me want to sing, dance and shout! Have you heard of Kim Walker-Smith or Jesus Culture?
8. “Depths” by Hillsong. Here is another amazing song from the new album, No Other Name, which is the theme of the next conference the Australian-based church is hosting. This song is one of my favorites off the album. It is a reminder of God’s love and what Jesus did on the cross. The band’s mission is one thing: to lift up the name of Jesus! I love that their lyrics are biblical and are so encouraging! I pray this time of worship blesses you, PI Girls!
“I will wait in your Word oh Lord, there your Spirit speaks… [I love this line in the song, and the next phrase is from the Bible in Deuteronomy 6:5!] I love with all my heart, I love you with all my soul, Lord, I love you with all my strength, with all that is within me…”
9. “Broken Hallelujah” by The Afters. I love their songs “Light Up the Sky” and “Lift Me Up.” What’s your favorite song they sing?
“I’ve seen joy and I’ve seen pain, on my knees I call your name, here’s my broken hallelujah…”
10. “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong. This is one of my favorites off the album and I had to include it! The song stems from the original “Amazing Grace,” of course, penned years and years ago. The melody has been changed and there are additional verses, but I love the message of the song and the humility of realizing how much we need a Savior. God is so giving, loving, merciful and kind. To grasp His love is so deep and wide, we cannot even fathom it! PI Girls, do you have the album yet?
Listen to the playlist here: Playlist
PI readers, what is YOUR favorite worship song off my playlist this month? Do you have a favorite band from this list or are these musicians new to you? Comment below!