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Why Gungor Is My New Favorite Band!

The Grammy-nominated band Gungor is one of my favorites. They have an amazing folky, acoustic sound. The band comprises lead singer Michael Gungor and his wife Lisa, along with other band members. They’re not only vocalists, but also are songwriters. Their blending of vocals and acoustic sounds are touching, inspiring and moving.

Gungor’s latest album “Ghosts Upon the Earth” draws inspiration from the book “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis. On their site, Michael explains the inspiration behind the album.

The title ‘Ghosts Upon the Earth’ was somewhat inspired by the allegory by C.S. Lewis titled ‘The Great Divorce,’ in which the ‘ghosts’ of a grey town encounter a heaven that is astonishingly, even painfully, real. ‘Sometimes it seems like the most real thing is what we can see and experience with our senses around us–this life, the tangible,’ explains Michael Gungor. ‘Ideas like love, like God, these things sometimes feel more disconnected and ethereal, like that’s the ghostly realm. But what if that’s wrong, and God and love is actually what is most real, and we are more like ghosts walking upon the earth, hoping to become more real?’ (www.gungormusic.com)

Listen to one of my all-time favorites by Gungor, called “Crags and Clay”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0WIYVk5lbA&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL14A37B49AB2C8568

Their first album “Beautiful Things” is an amazing album, and the song “Beautiful Things” was nominated for a GMA Dove Award for “Song of the Year.” The song basically means that God (referring to “You”) makes beautiful things. He can restore things from the ashes; we are made of dust and are beautiful creations. It is almost a worship song expressing how God makes all things new.

The true art in worship is not ours. It’s Jesus’, because he doesn’t just save us from destruction. Jesus does more for us than getting us out of debtor’s prison (though he does), more for us than delivering us from an eternal death penalty (though he does), more for us than preventing us from being devils’ food (though he does). He pulls us off the scrap heap and redeems, reworks, remakes, and refashions us into works of art. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust,’ sings Michael Gungor, and that, rightly (Worship Leader Magazine).

Listen to “Beautiful Things” here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyPBtExE4W0

What’s your favorite Gungor song, PI girls?

Image: Gungormusic.com

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  1. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on August 14, 2012 at 09:30

    My sister showed me Gungor, and ever since I’ve been a fan! My favorite songs by them are Crags and Clay, Let There Be Light, and Beautiful Things. Thanks for posting about them!

  2. texasgirl

    Posted by texasgirl on July 25, 2012 at 16:04

    My favorite Gungor song is dry bones.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by softballcat8 on July 10, 2012 at 11:49

    Beautiful things♥ i LOVEEE that songgg! 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by morgi on July 7, 2012 at 13:40

    Oh my gosh!!!!!!! I love Gungor! I also love Switchfoot, Kari Jobe, Misty Edwards, Cory Asbury, and especially Twenty One Pilots!

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on June 26, 2012 at 22:04

    I like both of these songs. I love the violin in beautiful things.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by sacred_daughter on June 26, 2012 at 16:08

    I love Gungor!!! There are sooo many! You are the Beauty, Dry Bones, Beautiful Things, The Fall, Vous Etes Mon Coure, Heaven!! <3

  7. SunComesSmiling09

    Posted by SunComesSmiling09 on June 22, 2012 at 14:18

    We played Beautiful Things for church!

  8. ams7298

    Posted by ams7298 on June 21, 2012 at 14:56

    I like “Please Be My Strength” because it describes a lot of what I’m going through. <3

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by mstanley12 on June 20, 2012 at 17:04

    My favorite song is Dry Bones, followed by The Earth Is Yours. They’re both incredible songs.

  10. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on June 19, 2012 at 12:38

    FGHJKLKJHGFDGHJKL
    some one else likes them but me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE dry bones from them!!!!!!

  11. Emily H.

    Posted by Emily H. on June 19, 2012 at 08:26

    I love Gungor! Their music is so different, I absolutely love their stuff!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Papricot on June 18, 2012 at 22:40

    Oh man! I love Gungor! I remember when my friend showed Beautiful Things to me, it’s so beautiful (: My favorite song of theirs is Vous Etes Mon Cour (You are my heart) It just reminds me of Song of Solomon and the loving relationship we have between Jesus and I.

  13. trumpetchick

    Posted by trumpetchick on June 18, 2012 at 21:35

    Dry Bones 😀

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by SaltoftheEarth on June 18, 2012 at 20:06

    All I have heard from Gungor’s music is Beautiful Things. I absolutely LOVE it! It reminds me so much of God’s perfect grace and mercy and how he can find beauty in any person- no matter who they are.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by sunnylass on June 18, 2012 at 19:44

    i lovvve the song beautiful things it is sooo good!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by sunnylass on June 18, 2012 at 19:44

      not to mention it is so true God really does make beautiful things!

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by IamLaura on June 18, 2012 at 19:42

    My favorite song by them is definitely “Let there be light”, from the new album. It’s just such a beautiful, haunting melody.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lissypoo97 on June 18, 2012 at 18:42

    Wow, I really like these people.!:)

  18. PachiwKABOOM

    Posted by PachiwKABOOM on June 18, 2012 at 15:30

    Also, there are other bands that sound similar to Gungor like Bryan and Kate Torwalt, All the Sons and Daughters, and Benjamin Dunn and Friends

  19. PachiwKABOOM

    Posted by PachiwKABOOM on June 18, 2012 at 15:28

    I’ve always wanted to see this in Project Inspired! They sound very different from most Christian bands that usually play on the radio and that is why i love them!

    Favorite song has to be “Jesus and John” because of the last verse of the song:

    “Jesus sees John,
    Jesus sees steeples.
    He sees all His people get it wrong.
    Trust Jesus, John.
    Trust Jesus, people.
    Jesus will come and save us all”

  20. love4494

    Posted by love4494 on June 18, 2012 at 15:28

    One of the band members is the daughter of a couple from our Church 🙂