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Welcome to Life Matt Maher*


Listening to this recording it's easy to see why Matt Maher was named "Best New Artist of the Year" for 2003 by the United Catholic Music and Video Association. Maher delivers a fresh, lively and upbeat project that portrays the relationship that God has on our lives with richness. Opening with the whimsical and fun-filled title track, "Welcome to Life", he calls us to enjoy this wonderful existence of ours and to realize that we were made by the love of God. Next he moves on to a hard hitting rockin' "All Glory to God". The electric guitar and pounding drums takes this track up to a wonderful praise fest. The beautiful ballad "Jesus, My Everything" allows Maher to use his yearning tenor to call on Jesus to be his everything. Maher sings with a haunting familiarity about the struggle to allow Jesus to take full control and lead us to his calling. Great project and to check it out for yourself log on to www.spiritandsong.com.

Unmerited Ricardo


On this debut project from New Waymaker artist Ricardo he delivers praise and worship to the fullest. Flavored with a pure Latin groove the standout track "Celebrate" is packed full of the hot percussions and spirited acoustics that makes Latino music popular. The lyrics of coming to celebrate God are expressed with a true festive presence. The title track "Unmerited Favor" gives the listener a smooth and warm vision of how God's favor allows us to shine. His voice along with the acoustic guitar makes this song soar. This former co-worship leader of Israel Houghton's establishes himself as a dynamic talent for God on this recording. Every track is one to enjoy from the power-packed "The Name of Jesus" to the beautiful A Capella version of "It is Well With My Soul" this is a truly a no-skip CD. Learn more about Ricardo at www.ricardomusic.com

Don't Look Back Now" Curt Collins


Full of that great bluegrass gospel soul sound this recording serves up country Christian on a silver platter. Opening with a foot-tapping melody "Work in Progress" Collins sings with a freshness of how God works on us daily. The free flowing sound would make any southern gospel fan happy. The heart-felt ballad "Backyard Hero" showcases Collins rich voice as he sings of the love between a father and son. The fact that Collins has performed on the Gaither Homecoming program is very evident on this CD. He provides a wonderful southern feel on each track. On "Don't Look Back Now" Collins gives us a bluesy joint that encourages us to "keep our eyes on the prize and mind upon the goal". This former teacher and financial service worker has now set his eyes on ministering through song for God. What a gift for all of us to enjoy. To learn more about Curt Collins log onto www.curtcollins.com

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