State of Play #012 "Summer of CCM: Top 5 Albums For Your Playlist"
by Andrew Funderburk on 2015-06-19 13:35:45


The weather is warming up, and on technical terms, we’re about 15 days away from it being officially summer. With everything that will be happening this summer, from vacations, to chill time with the family, Independence Day celebrations, a day trip, etc., it’s always nice to have a few tracks on hand to jam out to wherever you are. To help out a little with deciding what to listen to, here’s my top 5 album recommendation list for your summer of CCM.

#1: Jonathan Thulin’s album, “Science Fiction”, is one that is fun while innovative and solid at the same time. It doesn’t fail to disappoint at almost any moment throughout. This is perfect for your summer running time or when you want to make your road trips more upbeat. Stand-out tracks from this album include “Jekyll and Hyde” (feat. Rapture Ruckus), the radio hit “Compass” (feat. Manwell Reyes of Group 1 Crew), 6 Feet Under, and Hat Trick.

#2: Despite the interesting take that Hillsong UNITED has taken with their latest release, “Empires”, the record still maintains a worshipful atmosphere. This album makes me think of lying in a hammock while reading, taking a hike in the mountains, or maybe even while tanning out on the beach. Stand-out tracks on this album are “Heart Like Heaven”, “Even When It Hurts”, and “Say the Word”.

#3: Newcomer to the scene, (better known as NF), has made quite a splash. While upbeat at points, his debut project, Mansion, definitely has its quieter, more intimate moments. This album can be for kicking back or for turning up the bass. Stand-out tracks include “Turn the Music Up”, “Wait”, the title track, and his recent single to radio, “I’ll Keep On” (feat. Jeremiah Carlson).

#4: Another debut artist, who follows a somewhat different path than the others listed above, is Lauren Daigle. With vocals and emotion comparable to that of Adele, Daigle’s debut project “How Can It Be” is one to have your summer playlist. Although it may seem strange, she croons worship accompanied by a mellow-pop musical style. Tracks to pick up from “How Can It Be” are “Come Alive (Dry Bones)”, “O’Lord”, “Loyal”, and the title track.

#5: It was difficult to choose this last one, because there are so many more albums that I would like to add to this list. Despite that sentiment, my final recommend for your summer of CCM is Pacific Gold’s “Sing My Welcome Home." This project is much more mellow than the previous ones stated. The musical composition definitely feels more like a throw-back blend of the 50s, 60s, and 80s combined. The lyrics are structured somewhat like hymns. Listening to this record gives visual imagery of rolling down scenic routes with the windows down and hair in the wind. Tracks to grab from this album is the opener “A Day is Coming”, “Song in the Air”, “Once I Had a Glorious View”, and “Shed a Beam of Heavenly Day."

What will be on your playlist this summer?


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