So it is that time of year. The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and I find myself already preparing for the Christmas season. However through all that I have found this also to be a great season of discovering new music and rediscovering some of my old favorites. So I decided to put together a list of my top 10 favorite songs right now. These are the songs that I could put on repeat for hours at a time, and I'll explain a little bit why.
1. Tori Kelly - Hollow
If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram I'm sure you have seen that I am a fan of Tori Kelly. Her voice is incredible, but most importantly she finds a way of connecting with her audience emotionally. Her newest song Hollow released today is a great testament to how so many of us feel. We feel empty and are just looking for someone to wrap us in love and fill us up. I love that in the song she mentions "I confess my weakness .... pour out your perfection." From what I know, Tori is a strong Christian, and I can't help but see that influence in those lyrics. On a production standpoint, I am thoroughly impressed by this single. The drum beat sounds massive without overpowering the rest of the mix. The vocals feature a strong mid range delay in the background that gives it this heavenly tone to it. I also love how she stacks vocals during the song surrounding you in perfect stereo harmonies. Definitely worth a listen!
2. Ben Rector - Crazy
I first discovered Ben Rector for his cover of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody". This artist is incredibly talented, but stays humble to himself as an every day man whose definition of crazy is well, being crazy normal. This song is a great combination of humor and catchiness. The verses go over a typical life of your average Joe, while the chorus becomes an anthem to every individual who is just looking to make the most of the life they were given.
3. Jamie Lawson - Wasn't Expecting That
Jamie might be the most recent new artist I have listened to. He has a clean acoustic vibe that allows you to sit back and relax. If you are a fan of Ed Sheeran, you will enjoy Jamie Lawson who is the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran's newly created record label.
4. John Mayer - No Such Thing
It was great to come back to John Mayer's Room for Squares album. This album never seems to get old, and each time I listen, I get something new out of his tunes. No Such Thing has a great catchy melody and features some really nice dynamics that come in and out throughout the song. I also really love some of the unique voicing John Mayer uses throughout his songs, that really make his tunes stand out compared to anyone else.
5. Lincoln Brewster - Let Your Glory Shine
Lincoln could be the best, if not one of the best Christian guitarists out there today. Immediately this song features a guitar solo where you just shake your head at such talent. The song has a great flow to it with a rock/gospel kind of feel to the song that you can just picture yourself singing with thousands of other believers.
6. Mosaic MSC - Beautiful
Mosaic is another new band that my brother introduced me to. This group definitely leans on the synth heavy side, which you can't help but clap your hands to. I see this band as more of an indie sounding Hillsong Young and Free.
7. Mutemath - Typical
I first heard this song years and years ago, and it still is one of my favorites. This band represents a great combination or rock/indie/pop. Mutemath is incredibly talented at creating high power mind grabbing instrumentals, and they use so many different instruments and sounds that is nearly impossible to recreate live. They are truly something unique and worth a listen.
8. Owl City - Unbelievable
I started to listen to Owl City several years ago when their big hits Fireflies and Hello Seattle both had come out. They have put out some awesome songs since then like "Good Times" and really like 2 of their tracks featured on their newest record "My Everything" and "You are not Alone". These last 2 tracks are especially close to me, because they are Christian songs in a mainstream music environment. This song Unbelievable in my playlist, has a really catchy melody to it with a kick drum that is just driving the song through every chorus, A fun song to dance around in the middle of traffic.
9. Kristian Stanfill - Even So Come
This song is one of those that I can say are truly ordained by God. Even So Come is a great testament and challenge to the idea of us being ready for Jesus second coming. This song calls all the earth to make a path for the Lord and to wait on Him. The choruses roar with electric guitars and drums which create this powerful anthem for us to sing. Such a great tune!
10. Tori Kelly - Confetti
So Tori is the only artist that I am featuring twice here, and it features two very different styles. This song is much more low key compared to her newest single "Hollow". This song features a primary acoustic guitar, which you hear picking almost all minor 7th chords with a major 7th thrown in during the verse. The minor 7th chords continue through the chorus giving it a calming but intriguing tone that draws you in. Most of all, I really enjoy the lyrics of this song that talk about not waiting for the celebrations to start and the "Confetti" before living life. The chorus states "Cause people seem to think, that you'll be happier once you reach the top. But I'm living for right now, cause what if tomorrow never comes. I'm not waiting, I'm not waiting for the confetti to fall". Check it out!