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30 minutes | 8 hours ago
74 - The Culture We Make (Propaganda)
I've grown up hearing the phrase "In the world, but not of it." Does that mean that we're a part of our culture or do we separate ourselves from it? In his latest EP, Propaganda talks about the concept that we are a part of our culture, but we also have the choice to change our culture. We discuss this and how Daniel was a great example of this in the Bible.
37 minutes | 7 days ago
73 - Next Big Thing, Part 8 (Alex Henry Foster)
It feels weird to put this episode in the Next Big Thing series because Alex Henry Foster is so accomplished. His mainstream band Your Favorite Enemies was nominated for a Juno (Canadian music award) and his solo project hit #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums list several times. His performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2019 is considered one of the best in festival history and is also the subject of his upcoming film. With all this mainstream success, his faith as remained at the center for him. In this episode, we talk about the artistry of this album and working through grief.
31 minutes | a month ago
72 - Being Present (Pat Barrett)
It's been said that that the best gift that you can give someone is your presence. It's so easy to get distracted and give our attention away freely. What would happen if we were intentional about giving our presence to those around us? What would happen if we were intentional about giving God our presence? One thing about worship is that we have the opportunity to give our full attention to God as we come into his presence.
33 minutes | a month ago
71 - Sibling Rivalry... Or Not. (CAIN)
When you grow up with siblings, you know exactly what buttons to push to make each other go crazy... unwanted hugging and stolen drinks just to name a couple. On the other hand, you can also become each other's biggest cheerleaders. The harmonies that the siblings in the band CAIN have developed as they've grown up extend past the stage. They share that it's very rare that all three of them are down at the same time, making it hard to stay down for very long.
20 minutes | a month ago
70- The Lessons We Learned (for KING & COUNTRY)
The phrase "the new normal" can come with a dark cloud and bring a fear that everything we don't like will last forever. However, a new normal can also mean that we take the lessons we learn to help shape a healthier future. This last season has had no shortage of lessons to teach us... what would it look like if we took the lessons to heart instead of being so quick to get back to the normal we knew before? Luke Smallbone talks about what he has learned through this season and writing music that comes from real experience.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
69 - Be Kind and Don't Worry (Sidewalk Prophets)
What would it look like if we truly took the time to pray for our enemies? What would it look like if we were kind to others the way that Jesus was? What would it look like if we stopped worrying about everything all at once? What would it look like if we stopped feeding the negativity in the comment sections? Dave Frey of Sidewalk Prophets about these questions and their new album 'The Things That Got Us Here,' which is what got them a We Love Awards nomination.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
68 - Championing Others (We Are Messengers)
In this episode, We Love Awards nominated artist We Are Messengers talk about championing others. They have produced a video for 2 consecutive Together We Love shows that champion the music of other artists. We talk about championing others, both in the Christian Music space and around our spaces.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
67 - Embracing What We Don't Understand (Jason Gray)
Often times, we find ourselves comfortable in the order of what we understand and believe. When we allow ourselves to explore the disorder of what we don't know and have conversations with others with different viewpoints, God can reorder our hearts to be closer to his. Jason Gray talks about this as he discusses his newest album.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
66 - Clearing the Clutter (Phil Joel)
It's so easy for us to get too busy and to allow too many voices to divide our attention. As we allow more of this clutter, it becomes more difficult to focus on what is important. It is harder to allow God to play the role in our lives that he is meant to. Phil Joel wrote the song Sailing Speed talking about slowing down, clearing the clutter, and making room for our relationship with God. Phil also shares about creating this EP on his own, a challenge he had yet to take on, and his heart behind this project.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
65 - Next Big Thing, Part 7 (Grace Graber)
We talk quite a bit about how music can have a massive impact on our lives, but it's still mind-blowing when we hear that music has saved someone's life. The words "Can you hear me?/Does anyone around me feel the way that I feel now" from Hawk Nelson's 'Take Me' brought Grace Graber out of a depression and onto a path of becoming a Christian artist herself. We talk about her story and we reminisce about early 2000's bands that had a major impact on us.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
64 - From Our Corners To The Middle (Legin)
One of the things that Jesus is known for is that he had conversations with people who were in opposite corners of society from him. Although it may be contrary to our human nature, there is power when we do the same. This is a message that Legin has preaching through his music, spoken word, and relationships in his community.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
63 - Even In 2020, There Was Jesus (Zach Williams)
For about 20 years, Zach Williams missed moments that Jesus was there and moving in his life. Zach wrote the song 'There Was Jesus' as he looks back on those moments he overlooked. As we turn the page on 2020, it's easy to focus on all the negative that happened, but Jesus was still here and moving in 2020. Zach talks about his collaboration with Dolly Parton, Williams Family Christmas, and what he's looking forward to in 2021.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
62 - A Christmas To Behold (Francesca Battistelli)
This episode is all about This Christmas... the holiday, yes, but also Francesca Battistelli's new Christmas album. The song 'Behold Him' was written the year previous, but Francesca felt it wasn't the right time to release it. Little did she know, God had better timing for the release of this song. We chat about the album, this song, and talk about Christmas fun.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
61 - Identity In The Giver, Not The Gifts (Joel Vaughn)
It's so easy to find your identity in the gifts and talents you're given, and worship leaders are not immune from this. Being a worship leader can also provide a buffer to hide anything that's happening underneath the surface. Joel Vaughn had given up music to work through placing his identity in the creator of his gifts and to allow himself to be healthy spiritually. While he thought he might pick up music again as a small-time worship leader, he didn't expect a full-blown music career including Billboard chart hits. We chat about his journey, parenting, and his new music coming out.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
60 - 9th Annual We Love Christian Music Awards
It's that time of year where we here at NRT start the celebration of the past year in Christian music. We do some things differently than other awards, starting with our emphasis on celebrating the nominations just as much as the winners. While we may pare down our nominations based on several data points, it's the fans that choose our winners. Over the last few years, Visible Music College has become an invaluable partner in putting this celebration together. It's only fitting that we here at NRT catch up with VMC and talk about this year's awards. We also hear from VMC students and Madison Line Records artists Devin Westbrook and Hope VanDouser about their experience at VMC.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
59 - A House Built On The Rock (John Cooper)
In 2019, Skillet's frontman John Cooper started a journey of sharing truth in today's culture through a series of social media posts. While he was initially unsure if anyone wanted to hear this from him, the response he received answered that question with a resounding yes. He is taking his journey of speaking about truth a step further with a book that is set to release at the end of 2020. In this episode, we flashback to episode 12 where John talks about the social media posts and then hear from John about his new book.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
58 - It's Not Christmas Yet, Bro! (Jordan Feliz)
This Thanksgiving episode features Dove Award-winning artist Jordan Feliz. Jordan's eyes were not focused on the top of the charts when he wrote his latest album, his task was to put out the best work he could. Nevertheless, the single "Glorify" has landed at the top of the charts. Jordan discusses the process of the album and the heart behind a pair of the leading songs. Jordan shares how he and his family go hard for Christmas, and why he is not likely to release a Christmas album.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
57 - Next Big Thing, Part 6 (Him + Her Worship)
In this installment of the Next Big Thing episodes, we are introduced to Seth and Jenna of Him + Her Worship. Their latest album was finished as they were stuck on the road during lockdowns. We get to know this new artist and their journey around the country in their 13ft trailer.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
56 - Being Real With God And Others (Matt Hammitt)
In 2010, Sanctus Real released a song called 'Lead Me' which took CCM by storm. The heart of the song is a wife asking her husband to lead her and the family, which is part of a real experience from the band's frontman at the time, Matt Hammitt. The message of the song landed deep on Matt's heart, so much so that he left the band to live out the song. In 2020, he released a book co-written by his wife that is open and raw with all the experiences around that song. He also talks about the story of Bowen's Heart, a journey with his son Bowen and the health complications he's had in his childhood.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
55 - Our Soul Is A Home (Citizens)
Before we had any idea as to what season was ahead of us, Citizens had the idea to record songs with nothing more than their phones and acoustic instruments. Fast forward, these phone demos would become a picture of what many churches were facing. We chat about the full album 'The Joy of Being' along with some fun anecdotes from small hometowns.
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