I came across Theody the other day and after listening to only one song I purchased their latest release Prelude through the Google Play store. I knew immediately it was an album I needed to dive into. Prelude was released in April of this year, and though it's only 5 songs, it carries the weight of a full length release. They bring a sound that is reminiscent of early Flyleaf, Fireflight, and Evanescence, yet they have their own individual flair which is what I find appealing. The lead singer Lauren brings heartfelt lyrics paired with an emotional delivery, infectious melodies and when you add that to amazing instrumentation you have something that is energetic, punchy and powerful. As I stated earlier, I knew after one song that this was a band worth investing in, their song "Reignite" hit me right in the feels, I connected lyrically and I found the music to contain just the right amount of grit and rhythm, it is such a solid song. After purchasing the album I found it to be consistent with "Reignite", each song is well crafted, well placed and dynamic.
One of my favorite parts about Theody isn't found in their music, rather, it is in how they present themselves on their website. There is a shocking number of bands that have removed the label Christian from how they explain their style or who they are. We often hear the phrase "we're not a Christian band, we are Christians in a band." Unfortunately, this is usually done due to the business side of things. Now, to be clear, I am not knocking any bands that do that, however, Theody is not one of those bands. They describe themselves as a female fronted Christian rock band and as you continue to read their bio it becomes clear that sharing their faith in Jesus is an important part of who they are. Fun fact, their very name makes this proclamation as it means "a hymn praising God", how cool is that? I have a major respect for artists that are upfront with their belief in Jesus and their desire to share their faith not only in their music but in how they live and present themselves.
I really want to encourage you to check out Theody, especially if you're in the market for a new rock band to vibe out too! Their album Prelude is available on all major digital outlets, I picked it up for 5 bucks on Google Play, best $5 I have spent in long a time. If you are more into streaming you can stream the album on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2rZfkSa. As always, I encourage you to support those Christian artists that are not only grinding but are putting out quality music!!
Brotha Dre has been grinding for a minute, and he has been consistent. You don’t purchase a Brotha Dre album without the expectation that you are about to enjoy some straight fire, quality music that will not only rock your ear drums but will also challenge you in your walk with Jesus. Brotha Dre dropped “Trinity” back in July of 2017 and it has never left my rotation. Brotha Dre wastes no time, right from the beginning you are hit with powerful Christ-centered lyrics, and it becomes very clear that Brotha Dre is seeking to give God all the glory. I love the honesty on this album, it is as though the listener gets a snapshot into Brotha Dre’s life as he shares bits of his testimony and how Jesus has brought him from death to life. Every song on this album is worth the listen. It is worth it not only because they are fantastic songs but also because each song points to Jesus in a way that is unrelenting, understandable, and relatable. The “Trinity” album is hard hitting, Christ glorifying, simply epic!
If you have yet to pick up your copy of Brotha Dre’s “Trinity” album what are you waiting for? You can purchase it on iTunes here: apple.co/2JQTirv. “Trinity” is also available on all major digital outlets. As always, support those artists that are not only grinding but are putting out quality music! Don’t let another day go buy without adding this album to your collection!
How'd you like to get more DJ's to play your music? How'd you like to see more Rappers and Singers using your beats to make Dance tracks and remixes? How'd you like to be asked to make more remixes for songs? If any of these ideas appeal to you then I have a simple trick that may help increase your chances of producing more popular work.
Stick to the right tempo.
This seems both weird AND limiting, and in a way, it is. But, the idea is to know what DJ's like to mix and what tempos they like to use when mixing and then to cater to that taste. DJ's are (and have always been) the progenitors of musical trends. There are songs that we now consider classics that would never have gotten radio play if it weren't for DJ's. So knowing their mixing habits will help you to get your music in front of more people if you make it easier for them to play. You do this by selecting tempos that they are most likely to use when mixing.
Modern DJ's use software that automatically detects the tempos of songs, and then they select songs for their playlists that best fit their desired tempo for performances and set. A quick internet search will result an overwhelming amount of results (splitting hairs over genres most beatmakers have never heard of) so, I'm going stick to generalities for this article.
Basic Tempos that I've seen a lot as a DJ:
As you can see, songs tend to gravitate towards certain tempos in order to maximize their DJ appeal, and other songs are not meant to be used by DJ's. The ideal tempos for me were 90, 100, 120, 128, & 140 depending of the style I was using that night. I would always base my sets on the speeds I had available first. So if you want my opinion (and I assume you do if you've read this far already), I would suggest using 1 of the 5 tempos for maximizing your dance tracks.
Here are those speeds again:
I hope this tip helps you get more exposure with DJ's. If it does, be sure to let us know in the comments. We'd love to hear your ideas about this topic as well.
This is one of those moments where you are going to want to pay attention. The legend of Xero is getting set to release a new song called 'till the lights go. This song features up-and-coming Christian hip-hop artists Average Joe and one of the most iconic names in Christian hip-hop, the one and only KJ-52.
'Till the lights go is a mixture of EDM and hip hop, and is super high energy. The song has catchy melodies, pertinent and well laid-out versus. Till the lights go is a track that is shorts you brighten even the gloomiest days as we set our sights on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the song is a call to worship, for us to sing our praises acknowledging all God has done for us.
'Till the lights go will be available on all major digital outlets on June 5th.
Reborn is new to the game in some ways, at least when it comes to rapping for Jesus. Korey Roe a.k.a. Reborn has quite the backstory. Korey was in and out of gangs, prison, and turmoil. Korey accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior while in prison and hasn't looked back. Korey has been exactly as his rap alias states, Reborn. "Who's That?" Is one of Korey's debut songs, and is a sign of things to come. Korey's heart to share God's Word with the lost is very clear and evident, he is concerned with one thing, people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In talking with Korey he will be the first to tell you that he is learning and growing as Christian hip hop artists, he has humbly set out to use the gifts and talents God has provided in a creative way that brings glory to Jesus and Him alone.
Be sure to check out Reborn's song "Who's That?" and throw him an encouraging word/comment! You can check the song out here: https://bit.ly/2rKLEaK.+
Every once in a while, an artist drops an album that changes the game. Beacon Light’s latest effort Loud Drive Home is one of those albums. Loud Drive Home is beautifully crafted from beginning to end, there is absolutely no reason to use the skip button. Rather, turn the stereo up, take a drive, jam out, and reflect. The album starts out with provocative thoughts concerning idolatry and redemption as Beacon admits that hip hop became something for him that it shouldn’t have, and how God has redeemed hip hop in his life. Beacon unapologetically proclaims that Jesus is his first love, in turn, that Jesus has a greater place in his life than hip hop. This sets the stage nicely as you see this theme carry though the whole album. Beacon does a great job of taking the listener on a real-life journey which is fitting given the album’s title. One of the way’s I think Loud Drive Home shines is in its features. The features were very well thought out and it’s clear. This album showcases some amazing talent like Steven Malcolm & Canon but also some fantastic up and coming artists like Kevi and Spencer Kane. If you are looking for a couple of songs to test drive I would suggest Stay Up and Sleeping on me ft. Spencer Kane, if you aren’t sold by those two, check out Too Easy ft. Joey Jewish, after that you’re on your own. Loud Drive Home is dynamic, and in my opinion Christ-centered hip hop at its finest.
I want to encourage and challenge you to support those artists that are not only grinding but putting out quality music! You can purchase Loud Drive Home on all major digital outlets for $9.99, here is the link to purchase it on iTunes: apple.co/2jpKzRR, do yourself a favor and don’t sleep on this album.
Learn more about Beacon Light at beaconlightmusic.com
We are so happy to announce that we have the opportunity to partner with Leyna Ceville! Leyna has begun working on her first 5 song EP "From Brokenness" and we are excited for her as well as for you the listener. Leyna's infectious melodies and captivating lyrics will not only have you coming back for more, but contemplating the amazing grace of our Lord and Savior. God has been doing a work in this young ladies heart and it is evident in her life as well as the songs that are being created. Be on the look out for "From Brokenness" to drop sometime later this year or early next.
Leyna was recently featured on Average Joe's album "In Process", check out "As Long As I'm Alive ft. Leyna Ceville"
We are excited for Average Joe as this album has already begun to impact lives for the Kingdom of God! You can stream "In Process" on Spotify at spoti.fi/2HMnvHx and you can DOWNLOAD the album for FREE at averagejoeministries.org
Be sure to check it out, you wont be sorry, we promise! If you have already listened to it leave a comment we would love to hear your thoughts! God Bless!