New Music Review: WOW Hits 2015

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

wow3It’s the annual “gold standard” in contemporary Christian music.

“WOW Hits 2015” comes to stores on September 30 – two CDs full of recent/current hit songs by premier contemporary Christian music artists which will carry you into the new year.

Top songs by top artists is a winning combination and the annual “WOW” CDs (and their various spin offs) have sold tens of millions of copies since they debuted in 1995.

    
Here’s part of the latest WOW “big hit” list – “We Believe” by Newsboys, “Do Something” Matthew West, “Thrive” Casting Crowns, “Shake” MercyMe, “Speak Life” TobyMac; and the hits just keep on coming.

    
There are 36 songs in all, including several tunes currently high on the charts (such as “Fix My Eyes” by For King & Country and “More of You” by Colton Dixon).


The “Deluxe” edition gives you some additional songs (among them are “Mercy” by Matt Redman and “Lay It Down” from Sanctus Real).

Newcomers Joe Guerra (“I Will Follow”) and Dan Bremmes (“Beautiful”) are also represented.
    
The collection largely avoids full-blown Christian rock (although Skillet’s “American Noise” made the deluxe package), and there’s no real rap or country-ish tunes either.

    
But it’s solid, down-the-middle music, mostly by well-known and well-loved artists - Francesca Battistelli, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong UNITED, Third Day, Mandisa, Michael W. Smith, Big Daddy Weave, David Crowder, Sidewalk Prophets, Kari Jobe, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher…..and the list goes on.

    
Several of these artists are coming to West Michigan for concerts this fall.



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Terry DeBoer
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Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present (1 year 6 months) Monthly publication and web site with news, features, and information of interest to the West Michigan Christian community Feature writer: Muskegon Chronicle April 1996 – Present (16 years 10 months) Writer: Kalamazoo Gazette July 1991 – Present (21 years 7 months) beat includes convering contemporary Christian and Gospel music feature writer Grand Rapids Press May 1988 – Present (24 years 9 months)

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