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Amazing Grace and Providential Timing

John Newton was the author of "Amazing Grace," "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken," and "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds." William Cowper was the author of "There Is a Fountain" and "God Moves in a Mysterious Way." They lived in the same small town in England in...

CD Review: Pure Love (Legacy Five)

CD Review: Pure Love (Legacy Five)

Pure Love is one of Legacy Five’s all-time most anticipated releases. The group recently saw a substantial vocal transition, with acclaimed songwriter Lee Black replacing outgoing tenor Josh Feemster and baritone Bryan Walker replacing founding member and twenty-year...

The Songs of Phill McHugh

The Songs of Phill McHugh

Legendary songwriter Dave Clark’s Instagram account, @daveclarkwrites, is a must-follow for Christian songwriters. Several weeks ago, he posted about the impact that Phill McHugh’s lyrics had on his life and his songwriting career: Phil’s writing became a new standard...

CD Review: To The Kindness of God (Michael Card)

CD Review: To The Kindness of God (Michael Card)

Michael Card has indicated that he expects To the Kindness of God to be his final record. As he said in one interview, I think that's going to be my last album - I think we're done. The world is done with 10-song records - those days are over. Michael Card retiring...

Podcast: Modern Christmas Hymns

Podcast: Modern Christmas Hymns

Transcript Daniel: Welcome to Tomorrow’s Hymns, a podcast and website promoting theologically rich songs, deeply rooted in scripture. I’m Daniel Mount, a Christian author and songwriter, and this evening I am joined in the studio for the first time by my brother...

Singing News Radio Chart #1 Hit Analysis

Last updated 12/7/2018, with the December 2018 chart. Most #1 Hits: By Artist McKameys (20): Who Put The Tears In The Eyes Of The Lamb, Getting Used To The Dark, God On The Mountain, God Will Make This Trial A Blessing, Do You Know How It Feels, A Borrowed Tomb,...

The Future of Christian Music

The Future of Christian Music

Does the Christian music industry have a future? To even casual observers, it’s immediately clear that the Christian music industry has contracted since its peak in the 1980s and 1990s. Single-song $0.99 iTunes downloads replaced $14.00 CD sales. But then Spotify and...

Old Saints, New Songs

Old Saints, New Songs

Last week, Bradley Somers posted a column encouraging old saints to write new songs. Somers, pastor of PAXnorth church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, observed that Moses, David, and Paul all wrote songs in their old age that we still sing today. He concludes: When captured...

On Writing Hymns: Stakes

On Writing Hymns: Stakes

Great hymns matter. This is true in several senses of the word. But great hymn lyrics demonstrate that they matter by defining stakes. Any good book on how to write a novel, or engaging nonfiction, will tell you that conflict is key. Every scene needs to resolve a...

Announcing Expository Songs

I'm excited to announce the launch of Expository Songs. It highlights songs where the main idea of a passage of Scripture is also the main idea of a song. Since so many of these songs are long-forgotten, I plan to include all available links to lyrics, sheet music,...

The Power of the Cross

Let’s finish this project by placing the spotlight on what matters most. To survive and thrive in the future, Southern Gospel needs young talent. We need to encourage talented young singers who love this music, because if there’s going to be a Southern Gospel worth...

The Encouragers

Southern Gospel is filled with people who have made an incredible impact through their music. But there are quite a few people involved in this genre whose on-stage product is only a small portion of their legacy. I like to call them "The Encouragers." Neil Enloe is...

Song Snapshots #38: We’re Not Gonna Bow

Kenna Turner West started writing songs as a child. “But they were horrible,” she recalls. “‘Sam Lives In a Garbage Can’ is the first song I ever remember writing, and then there was the big hit, ‘He's Contagious, and He Might Rub Off On You.’” When she was in her...

Song Snapshots #36: Give Me Jesus (Couriers)

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. One day, the Couriers were in downtown Philadelphia. They were visiting a long-time supporter of the group who had invited them over for a meal. “She has gone on to be with...