Crowder released a surprise EP, titled Neon Porch Extravaganza, surprising listeners with a live album recorded in his hometown.
Complete with his famed touring sidekick, Kenny Rodgers The Arctic Fox as the cover art, Neon Porch Extravaganza features six newly recorded live songs and a video element from his latest Neon Steeple.
"We recorded an evening on the front porch at my home church in Atlanta, and it was freaking stupid good," shares Crowder. "I became convinced that it would be a disservice if it were not documented properly. If you are reading this, I know you have most likely been in some public space joining my friends and I on the front porch singing like crazy and this is for us, you and I. It was a ridiculous night. We had a party before we started singing on the porch. There was a mechanical bull. There was a petting zoo. There was inflatable jousting. There were food trucks with stupid good food stuffs. There was a dance floor. There was a dance party in my tour bus. And then we went inside to sing to God. It was perfect. I hope you enjoy. Enjoy the auditory experience."
Kutless recently announced that their new studio album, Surrender, will be releasing November 13. It's out now for pre-order, which includes the debut single "Bring It On" as an instant download. Bonus: pre-order Surrender, and receive one instant download each week leading up to the release.
"This song really looks at the current climate of the world - there is so much darkness going on and horrible things happening all the time, and it's just brutal and very discouraging. So the song is really a cry to God saying, 'Come back soon - bring it on, bring your kingdom because we know that's going to be awesome. Heal this land. Bring healing to your people.' We're looking forward to that day when God makes everything right."
And Chris Tomlin got some of his friends together a couple of months ago, and recorded a Christmas worship album. Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship might be one to add to your Christmas music collection... you know... for later in the year.
Sufjan Stevens is returning to New Zealand for a few shows in March. The multi-instrumentalist, who is renowned for his sweet brand of symphonic folk, is heading to these shores courtesy of Wellington's New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Art Festival. He released his seventh studio album Carrie & Lowell earlier this year (which you can stream below).
6-7 March 2016, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington (get tickets) 8 March 2016, The Civic, Auckland (get tickets)
BONUS: He released a remix version of "Blue Bucket of Gold" this morning. Worth a listen.