TOP 7 NEW SONGS IN SEPTEMBER By Christopher Heron
With September here, harvest time has set in and the proliferation of songs to stream, cherish and replay are finally falling like manna from Heaven. Travis Greene, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Anthony Brown have all bestowed the believers with music to last a lifetime, or at least the next 30 days. Still, there are some notable gems that have emerged like Mount Everest. The list is actually longer than what appears here…but here are 7 rock solid new gems to enjoy until the cows come home.
1. Tye Tribbett / Live: Tye is a tour-de-force in the production lab, locking into millennials’ musical tastes like few can. His latest creation called Live is just that and so much more. Think Minneapolis funk meets COGIC high praise. It’s a turn’t up Tye for 6 good minutes with a greater anointing thrown in for the sake of the spirit. Well done, Tye !!!
2. Darwin Hobbs/ Call The Name Of Jesus: After a prolonged absence from the spotlight, Darwin returns with a release that makes everything good again. The new track, Call On The Name Of Jesus is a dynamic delight that calls on the vocal veracity Hobbs has honed over the years. This powerful praise anthem is reminiscent of his best solo work on He’s Able. Darwin’s DNA is distinctly worship and Call The Name Of Jesus is genuinely worship in song.
3. Lecrae Featuring Tori Kelly / I’ll Find You: No one ups the ante quite like the the emperor of Inspirational Hip-Hop, Lecrae. His impeccable blend of Urban authenticity, lyrical dexterity and inspirational clarity keeps Lecrae at the top of the food chain. Not missing a beat, Lecrae bangs out another track that’s trending northward called I’ll Find You. Teaming up with American Idol finalist, Tori Kelly, Lecrae locks down another winner, setting up his new disc, All Things Work Together, to be a doozy.
4. Ruth La’Ontra / Kingdom: On the heels of her successful solo foray on Montel Dorsey & MUniversity‘s single, Celebrate, La’Ontra is showing no signs at slowing down. On the new single, Kingdom, penned by Anthony Brown, Ruth revs it up several notches on the spiritual speedometer like a long-time lead singer. With the new album, I Got You, about to drop, Kingdom should catapult La’Ontra into the conversation for ones-to-watch this Fall. It’s a joyful, jubilant joint that conjures up images of the Kingdom…and Ruth is rockin’ us all the way there !!
5. Ricky Dillard Featuring BeBe Winans / Any Day Now: This mid-tempo trophy-of-a-tune was already a 5-star single when Gerald Scott unleashed it to the world 3 years ago. Ricky, on the strength of New G’s towering vocals and BeBe Winans’ baritone chops, churns out a sizzling version all will certainly applaud. Any Day Now never gets stale or tired. Instead, with each reiteration, the anthem grows in stature and meaning, reinforcing the message of salvation & security.
6. Charles Butler & Trinity / I Know It Was The Blood – The DC-based, Kingdom-bound chorale is back with a bang. This suped-up single is equal parts praise & power with a dash of deliverance. There’s no slowing down on this powerful jam. From the jump, Butler’s got you going at a high-praise clip true worshipers will enjoy and appreciate. Take us to the bridge, Trinity !!!
7. Jovita Sheppard / Access Granted – My special find goes to New York-native, OKC-based worshiper Jovita Sheppard and her heart-warming single, Access Granted. This beautiful ballad that melodically cries for access to Christ is reminiscent of Tasha Cobbs Leonard in worship mode, emitting a level of legitimacy one could never feign or flaunt on a whim. Jovita is the real deal, displaying such a sincerity in her tone and color that access seems inevitable. Excuse the pun, but Sheppard truly shepherds the listener into the presence of the Savior on this winner.