I got my start writing within the music industry, writing for country music blogs and websites. Though I stopped a few years ago due to burnout and other issues, I still get an itch to write and share about the music I'm enjoying. So, I've decided to start sharing a few songs I'm listening to each week and telling you why I'm enjoying them. For this week, I picked 3 songs, 1 each from 3 artists that I love and am familiar with, and 2 songs, 1 each from 2 artists that I'm not familiar with but found them interesting in one way or another.
Here are a few songs I'm listening to this week, the week of September 24th:
Josh Turner's "I Serve A Savior"- This song was just released this past Friday (Sept. 21st), ahead of Turner's new Gospel album set to release later in October. I'm always glad to have new music from Josh, and though I was hoping that the announcement that was expected last Friday would be a new studio album, I'm super excited that we'll have a gospel record from him. "I Serve A Savior" has that beautiful, old-time hymn sound to it, with its refreshingly traditional production and Josh's gorgeous baritone. The message is one of hope and thankfulness because we serve a wonderful, loving savior who died for us. You can hear the conviction in Josh's voice, as he tells the story of the gospel and how it relates to us. "I Serve A Savior" is easy on the ears, soothing, beautiful, and certainly amps up the anticipation for the whole record for me.
Listen for yourself below:
Lauren Daigle's "Rescue"- Lauren recently released her new album, Look Up Child, earlier this month. It's fantastic and you all should go ahead and download the whole thing, but one song that has really been speaking to me is the second song on the record, "Rescue". The song is from the viewpoint of God and finds Him speaking directly to the listener. It's a beautiful reminder from God (through Lauren) that He loves us, He sees us, He will fight for us, and He will indeed rescue us, no matter where we are. With lyrics like, "You are not hidden/ There's never been a moment/ You were forgotten/ You are not hopeless", "I will send out an army/ To find You in the middle of the darkest night/ It's true, I will rescue you/ I will never stop marching/ To reach you in the middle of the hardest fight/ It's true, I will rescue you", and "There is no distance/ That cannot be covered/ Over and over/ You're not defenseless/ I'll be your shelter/ I'll be your armor", that message is beautifully driven home. I love Lauren's husky, soulful vocals and the production fits the mood of the song perfectly. Have a listen for yourself.
Carrie Underwood's "Spinning Bottles" - Carrie recently released her latest record, and first from her new UMG label home, Cry Pretty, earlier this month. While I admit, I found a great deal of the record a bit of a disappointment, there were a few songs that stuck out to me. One of those songs is "Spinning Bottles" which is arguably the best song on the record. The song tells the all too familiar story of the struggle of alcoholism, though this song shows both viewpoints from the man struggling and that of his wife and family. The lyrics are heartbreakingly real and poignant, Carrie's vocals are absolutely stunning (as usual), and the quieter production fits perfectly with the tone and mood of the song. I'd highly recommend this song, even if you decided to skip the rest of the album.
Avril Lavigne's "Head Above Water" - After a three year hiatus due to a long battle with Lyme Disease, Avril released a brand new single this month, ahead of her highly anticipated new album. "Head Above Water" was the first song Avril wrote while battling the disease, and speaks about struggle, praying to God for help, and resilience. This song is extremely relatable for me, which is one reason I've had it on repeat lately. The song is lyrically strong and powerful, the production ebbs and flows with the lyrics perfectly, and Avril's vocals are on point. I'm not that familiar with Avril's music, I know she was super popular during my teens, but as someone who predominantly listens to country, I never really picked up on her, but this song is stunning and I'm definitely doing to check out the new album when it comes out.
Have a listen:
David Nail & the Well Ravens' "The Gun" - I stumbled upon Nail's new album, Only This and Nothing More, released earlier this month, while browsing iTunes and I'm so glad I did. This new project from David Nail is interesting, moody, darker than the rest of his catalogue, and intriguing. The sound is organically different, the songs fresh and original. "The Gun" is the song that immediately hooked me in. It is a gripping story song with an ominous mood to it. It's the most interesting story song that I've heard in quite a while. It's a song that can't really be described accurately, it needs to be heard and felt. So make sure you have a listen!
Those are my songs for this week, hope you enjoy and found at least one or two that you really liked too. ;)
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.