Friday, January 12, 2018

Falling Rocks: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Modern Worship

If you never knew which genre was going to win the quarter, you obviously are new to The Night Beat (and if you are, Welcome). It's pretty much a running joke here, as it is well known that Modern Worship is the most bloated genre in Christian Music. Of course this quarter the genre has produced an album which just might win Album of The Year. So there.

Modern Worship

  • Cherry Hills Worship - Cherry Hills Worship
  • Higher Vision - For Your Kingdom
  • ICF Worship - The Journey: A Collection
  • Kutless - Alpha Omega
  • Light City Music - In Rivers
  • Matt and Toby - I Quit Church
  • Anabeth Morgan - A Place Your Glory Dwells
  • Young Oceans - Suddenly (or The Nuclear Sunburst of The Truth Revealed)
  • Pursue Worship - Let it Rise
  • J. Reynolds - Fire and The Flood
  • Jeremy Riddle - More
  • Salt of The Sound - In Prayer
  • Soul Survivor - The Promise
  • Southville - Freedom's Tree
  • Austin Stone Worship - Everflow
  • Substance I.O. - Input Output
  • Vineyard Worship - Wear The Crown: Anchor Studio Sessions
Count them up. That's 17 entries in a single quarter. That's almost three years worth of finals, and it's only the first quarter. Thee more to go. This is the toughest genre to judge. The Second Quarter awaits. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Falling Rocks: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Rap

The Penultimate post is upon us. Rap Music (along with its sister genre Hip Hop), had a dozen entries this quarter, but still fell just short of winning it all. Let's get it all.

Rap/Hip Hop

  • B-L'atitude - Elevated Love
  • Benjah - Guidance
  • The Knu Black(fka Out of The Blue) - Ohana
  • Beautiful Eulogy - Worthy 
  • GAWVI - 954 EP
  • KB - Today We Rebel
  • Kevi - Barnabas
  • Byron Juane - Life in the Evening EP 
  • NF - Perceptions
  • Nerva - One Way 
  • Parxx - Unchained
  • Young Saint - Transition (Live)
You know which genre comes next. Modern Worship is again the big winner. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Falling Rocks: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Metal

We turn up the volume on the 1st Quarter of 2018 for the Platinum Vinyl Awards. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal had a very good. Nine entries in this quarter is a good start.

Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

  • August Burns Red - Phantom Anthem
  • My Children, My Bride - Vicious World
  • For All Eternity - The Will To Rebuild
  • Your Memorial - Your Memorial
  • Phinehas - Dark Flag
  • Project 86 - Sheep Among Wolves
  • Red - Gone 
  • Sweet and Lynch - Unified
  • War of Ages - Alpha
Only two more to go. Rap is next (so you already know the winner of the quarter). Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Falling Rocks: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Rock

Rock Music is next as we count up the Pool Releases for the First Quarter of 2018. From now on we exceed the "Finals" every time.

Rock Music

  • Ashes Remain - Let The Light In
  • Boiling Point - Take Courage
  • Carrollton - Everything or Nothing
  • Emery - Revival: Emery Classics Re-Imagined
  • Evanescence - Synthesis
  • New Morrow - Ride On
  • Skillet - Feel Invincible Remix
  • Skillet - Unleashed Beyond
Metal is next. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply

Monday, January 8, 2018

Music Video Monday: Gone

We are beginning to get back to normal here at Night Beat HQ. One of the major parts in the return to normalcy is the return of Music Video Monday. And we get a January Thaw at the same time. A double bonus. Without further ado, the first Music Video Monday of 2018.

We begin with New Music from a New Artist. Brooke Robertson (of Duck Dynasty Fame) has thrown her hat into the CCM Ring. She released her debut EP entitled Have My Heart this past Friday and this is the video for the title cut.

Next up we have Plumb (aka Tiffany Arbuckle Lee). She put out an EP this past quarter entitled God Help Me. From the EP, this is the title cut as well.
In an all title cut edition of Music Video Monday we move on to RED. They released GONE. A band which, despite the lyrics of the song, will never "Fade Away". I think they will be here for a while, and when they do hang it up, which I hope is far away in the future, I have no doubt that they will go out with an orchestral bang.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. 2018 is under way. Let's see if we can get a streak going. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Falling Rocks: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Pop

Our three way tie wraps up with Pop Music. Once again Pop Music had a very good quarter. And, as you can see, it is a nice mix of veteran and newbie. On to the entrants.

Pop Music

  • Adam Agee - Paper Planes EP
  • Francesca Battistelli - Greatest Hits: The First 10 Years
  • Julie Elias - A Girl Like Me
  • Brandon Heath - Faith Hope Love Repeat
  • Plumb - God Help Me EP 
  • Alexis Slifer - Famous For EP 
  • John Tibbs - Heartland
Next up is Rock Music with 8. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Falling Rocks: The 2018 Platinum Vinyl Awards 1st Qtr - Adult Contemporary

The second genre in our three way tie is Adult Contemporary (which we pair with its twin sibling Inspirational). It was a good quarter for elevator music (sorry).

Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

  • Anthem Lights - Painted Skies
  • Jeremy Camp - The Answer
  • John Ellis - Growing Silent
  • Sara Groves - Abide With Me
  • Matt Hammitt - Matt Hammitt
  • Aaron Powell - My Heart Belongs
  • Abigail Sloane - Reason and Rhyme
I am getting things together for auto pilot in case our office is impacted by snow. Next up is our final tie, Pop Music. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.