Sixpence None the Richer
I’ve got a tremendous offer to pass on to you today – the Freedom album.
If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a compilation of 26 songs by different Christian artists released to support the International Justice Mission in combating modern-day slavery and oppression throughout the world. That alone would be a great reason to buy the CD, but wait till you hear what’s on it.
I’m not going to post the full tracklisting, since it’s already on the website, but I will say there is new, unreleased, and rare songs from CCM heavyweights like TobyMac, Relient K, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North, and MercyMe, plus songs from under-the-radar but still awesome artists like Green River Ordinance, Phillip LaRue, The War, and Over the Rhine. There’s a lot more as well, but that should give you a good idea of what to expect.
The only place the album is available is Family Christian Stores (online, or if you can find it, offline) for just $5. Now, I realize that $5 isn’t exactly free, but you are getting 26 songs for $5, and if you consider that each of those songs could be sold for 99¢ on iTunes, you could look at as really getting something like 21 songs for free. Even with a few dollar for shipping, it’s a ridiculously good deal that supports a great cause. Plus, I’m listening to my copy right now, and the music is seriously good too. Don’t miss it!
Free music this week from TobyMac! This week only, you can pick up Toby’s brand new “Christmas This Year” on iTunes! I’m really digging it – it’s a great song, and the guest vocals by Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer fame make it even better. You don’t wanna miss this.
Free music today from Jesus Freak Hideout, one of my favorite Christian music websites. JFH has a rather impressive list of free and legal song downloads. I haven’t covered the page in a while, and I figured it was time for an update, especially since they’ve got so much new music added. For example, Phil Joel’s Christmas song “Nativity”, hip-hopper JustMe’s song “How I Met Your Mother”, Fiction Family’s “When She’s Near”, All Star United’s rock/pop jam “Surface of the Sun”, and two from Eleventyseven, the rockin’ “Nightmare” and crazy and exclusive “Cody’s Song”.
There’s actually quite a story behind “Cody’s Song” – it’s from a contest sponsored by Eleventyseven and run by Jesus Freak Hideout. Entrants gave a list of 10 or so facts about them, and then Eleventyseven used those facts to write a song about the winner, who happened to be named Cody. The result is downright zany pop/hip-hop style theme song like no other.
Besides that, there’s also several older songs still available, namely Jars of Clay’s “Closer”, Lanae’ Hale’s “Love Is Worth The Fight”, Sixpence None The Richer’s “Angels We Have Heard on High”, and Sara Groves’ “O Holy Night”. Good stuff all around, at least if you ask me. Enjoy!
That’s right, I think it’s time that we heard and started discovering some good new music. Well, EMI CMG’s new artist promotion has made it possible for us to do just that. At Amazon’s MP3 store, you can get either Now Hear This – Pop or Now Hear This – Rock. The pop sampler includes the artists Sarah Reeves, Josh Wilson, Phillip LaRue, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, and Jason Allen Rich. The rock sampler includes Danyew, Above The Golden State, Philmont, Future of Forestry, Seven Stories Up, and Capital Lights. Several of the songs on Now Hear This were also given as free downloads at tangle.com as well. So if you can’t access an Amazon account, you can search tangle.com and pick some of them up there. Also, Amazon requires you to purchase each sampler as a whole to get it free. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $0.99 for each song. I don’t know why it is like that, but I’d take both samplers for free rather than buying it song by song.
As a side note, you can also get your hands on this sampler at your local Christian bookstore with a purchase an album by any of the featured artists.
While you’re on Amazon, you can also pick yet another Christian music sample. Yes, you heard me right. This time, the sampler is from the Word Label Group. You might have seen the new 6 Picks: Essential Radio Essentials from artists such as, Stellar Kart, Big Daddy Weave, or Sixpence None the Richer. Each 6 Picks EP is compromised of the six best songs from each respective artist. It’s sort of like a ‘best of’ album, just that it’s an EP. Anyway, you can get the 6 Picks Radio Hits Sampler for free at Amazon. This sampler includes Big Daddy Weave, Building 429, Barlowgirl, Rachael Lampa, Sixpence None The Richer, and Jaci Velasquez.
It’s Christmas Eve, and thanks to many reader suggestions, I have more then enough songs to finish up this year’s Christmas series. In fact, I’ve got so many left, this post is going to be predominately composed of links. This post is going to be a bit of a endurance event, so make sure you’ve got a while to dedicate to downloading. I kid you not, there is a TON of music to come. Brace yourself. Oh, yeah, and merry Christmas!
Let’s kick it off with Shane & Shane. They’ve got their song “Away in A Manger” available from Today’s Christian Woman. Actually, Mandisa, Sara Groves, and Casting Crowns all have songs on that site too.
Alli Rogers has a brand new Christmas EP up on NoiseTrade. It’s called The Silent Stars EP, and you can pay want you want for it, or get it for free by sharing it with 5 friends. Also on NoiseTrade is the Christmas edition of The Silent’s CD Unseen, featuring their version of “We Three Kings”. To top those two, you can also get a free compilation featuring songs from the Love Came Down A Christmas Time Tour. The sampler has songs from all 4 artists on the tour, Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Sara Groves, and Leeland. Very cool. Check it here.
If that’s still not enough music for you, GodTube has got free Christmas songs from Travis Ryan, Rachel Scott, and Sara Groves, plus some other goodies. Then there’s two free songs from High Valley on the Centricity Record’s website. Leigh Nash has a free Christmas song on Download.com, Theocracy has a wild Christmas song called “Rudolph vs. Frosty” up on their website, and then there’s The Staple Singers, who have “No Room at the Inn” up on Download.com.
Sixpence None the Richer, Sara Groves, and DecembeRadio all have Christmas songs available for free on JesusFreakHideout.com, iTicket’s has a Christmas download from Gabriela Hindy, plus two other songs from Abandon and Mission Six. Asthmatic Kitty Records has two free Sufjan Stevens Christmas songs available too.
Amazon.com has got numerous free songs from the likes of Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, Jars of Clay, Mannheim Steamroller, Big Daddy Weave, Jim Brickman, David Phelps, and BarlowGirl.
I think Don Francisco wins the award for the most songs available. 21 on his website!
Even though it’s not a download, The Advantage has added a cool Christmas song to their MySpace profile. It’s called “Retail Christmas”, and it’s actually quite good. Here’s hoping they do a free download of it soon.
Brian Bate’s has an interesting free download. It works on a honor system – something you sadly don’t see much of any more. Anyway, the song is “Mary Christmas” and it’s available on his website.
Willet’s website, after being down for weeks, is finally up and running again with a free original Christmas song by the band. It’s called “The Nativity”, and looks pretty good.
Speaking of independent rock, the group The Violet Burning has got a full Christmas CD for free this year. It’s called Divine, and you can check that out on their website.
And, to close, Sleeping At Last has three Christmas downloads up on their Virb profile, plus one live song and another normal track.
Merry Christmas everyone!