Steven Malcom

Steven Malcom
Self Titled
Word Records

I am definitely not the leading authority when it comes to Rap and Hip Hop music, but as with most styles of music, I have an appreciation for the art. In the case of Steven Malcom’s self-titled debut, I can appreciate his art of poetry and prose. It reminds me of what was once before referred to as ‘underground’ and artist like Tunnel Rats, Propaganda, and Pigeon John.

Malcom’s background and life experiences mirrors those of some of his predecessors as well. It’s an amazing story of once being lost in life’s struggles and temptations, to being redeemed and renewed with the spirit of God. One thing that was mentioned in Malcom’s bio that stood out was that shortly after embracing his new faith, he was asked about pursuing his music and he wisely declined and took a year to focus on his faith first. In his own words, “…, so I took a year of learning the Scriptures and really getting grounded.” That’s extremely important and a very wise decision.

Now on to the music. I particularly like the second track, “Fire,” with its hint of roots reggae. The song “Party In the Hills” with Andy Mineo and Hollyn is a diversion from the usual underground rap. This song is described as “west coast” and it has a more pop-rap sound. On “Six Four,” Malcom uses a culture reference (the Six-Fo Impala) to possibly describe his new found enthusiasm that’s fueled by his faith, proclaiming that when he hits the stage the game is on. Lastly, I had to listen to this over and over again, but Malcom actually raps about breakfast on “Cereal.” He really likes his breakfast cereal.

Finally, Malcom is on a mission to be the best Christian rapper and with the new album and label backing, he’s ready to hit the pavement and take the music to the masses. I admire his enthusiasm and drive to evangelize with the help of his God given talents. It’s a commendable mission. Check out Malcom’s official website at

– Ken W.

Casper McCloud – Faitfulness

Casper McCloud
FAITHFULNESS Caspar McCloud Anthology 1988 – 2016
SnT Records

Described as “Revelation Rock,” McCloud’s repertoire takes me back to the guitar driven sounds of the late 80’s. “Faithfulness” is perfect for the guitar enthusiast like myself. These songs remind me of my youthful exuberance and aptitude towards air-guitar. The lyrics are simplistic, but pointedly gospel-centered. It’s a combination that I enjoy immensely. There’s nothing like the power ballad.

“Faithfulness” is 10 tracks long and spans from ’98 – the 2016 remake of “Mind of Christ.”

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– Ken W.

Track Listing

01 I Need the Lord 1988
02 Mind of Christ 2016
03 Faithfulness 1998
04 Holy, Holy Love 2008
05 Jesus Loves You 2008
06 True Love Waits 2001
07 Back Slider 2001
08 Simple Gifts 2001
09 Sacrifice of Praise 2012
10 Presence of Our Lord 1998

Kari Jobe -The Garden

Kari Jobe
The Garden

The new release from Kari Jobe, “The Garden,” has come out at the top of the charts debuting at the Number 7 Best Selling albums the first week (Billboard). It is no surprise, as all her previous work has been so well received and she continues to inspire with her heartfelt lyrics and tender tones. I just listen to a song like “Let Your Glory Fall” and I am entranced by the spirit of the song.

The depth of the worship is amplified by the background story, as Jobe shares of some very close and personal losses in her immediate family that inspired much of the album. Quoting from a previous press release;

“This album was written out of experiencing God’s closeness, goodness and mercy even through a season of great loss for my family,” shares Kari Jobe about the inspiration behind ‘The Garden.’ “He can redeem any situation we are going through. I was reminded of His desire for intimate, real relationship with us like He had originally designed back in Garden of Eden. If we look up and around us, we will realize that God has been tending to the details of our hearts and souls throughout our entire lives. He is much like a gardener, knowing what to prune and what seeds to sow that will grow in due season and be life-giving to us. The Garden is all about seeing the beauty and kindness of God in the midst of the difficulties. He’s not distant or disconnected from our pain; in fact, He’s been right here the whole time, turning ashes into beauty.”

It’s an amazing story and it gives me chills to know this and then listen to a song like “Miracles.” It’s impossible not to be moved by this song when you consider the heart of the story. The album closes with “On the Throne,” a good reminder that no matter what, God prevails. While we walk through trials, God is there and He can give us the strength to overcome. It’s a beautiful song with so much wisdom and truth.

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– Ken W.

Zach Williams – Chain Breaker

Zach Williams
Chain Breaker
Essential Records

You have no doubt been hearing from Zach Williams if you listen to Christian radio considering it’s been 15 weeks at #1 on the charts. While the title track, “Chain Breaker,” is wildly popular, there is more to the album than just one song. There’s an all-out party packed in this album.

The party continues with “Old Church Choir,” and the spirited “My Liberty,” where Williams sings of freedom in Christ and a personal revival spiritually. It’s that general thought that continues to the aptly named “Revival.” It’s a great theme, when we’re feeling defeated, as Williams sings about, God gives us the strength we need.

It all adds up to a lively and encouraging album well worth the accolades that have been pouring over it.

– Ken W.

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Grayson-Reed – Walk

Centricity Music

The new album from husband/wife duo Grayson-Reed is like a peppy ‘walk’ in the spring, joyful and uplifting. The pop-infused lyrics are sincerely a joy to listen to.

It’s no surprise when you consider the background of the duo. Mike Grayson was the frontman of Mikescahir and Molly Reed was a member of City Harbor and she’s written top songs for artist like Francesca Battistelli and Colton Dixon (to name a few), that closely follow this same upbeat pop sound.

Their lead single, “Fight For You,” is especially close to me as a husband who knows that putting effort into a marriage, while it seems obvious, is not always something we put enough energy into when our lives get too busy. I found this song to be a good reminder of how my marriage is worth ‘fighting’ for as they say.

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– Ken W.