Orthodox Contemporary & Folk Music (6)
Eikona, who for over 10 years has produced beautiful, traditional Byzantine chant for worship in English, has just created a new album. Through the voice of contemporary music, their goal is to provide a medium by which people will grow closer to the Lord Jesus and the Holy Church which He founded. A departure from their latest recordings, this unique collection of original Christian songs—with its beautiful piano, vocals and instrumentation—is sure to inspire the whole family.
With the indisputable depth of folk and the energy and warmth of roots-rock Justin Mathews may be just what you`ve been listening for. A twenty-something-year-old singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Justin is no stranger to the music scene. After signing a publishing contract with Sea-Chest Publishing, Justin moved to Nashville at 18 with the band Many Waters. They toured all over the United States playing over 100+ shows to packed audiences from 1996-1997. With that exposure, Justin was offered a production contract as a solo artist. He signed with RadioStatic Productions, then a subsidiary of Gotee Records, and began recording his debut solo record (titled Many Waters) under the name Fuzzy Mathews. The record has subsequently been re-released by Justin under his real name and under the title Powder for the Shot. As soon as the record was pressed Justin took his songs and old acoustic guitar on the road again as the opening act for the Curious Fools summer tour in 1998. Justin`s music was then featured on the Ricochet Magazine RIM compilation with the likes of Moby, Bill Malonee and Vigilantees of Love and he played the North by Northeast music conference in Toronto Canada; all was moving full steam ahead. But after almost 3 years touring and recording, pursuing his life-long passion, Justin still seemed restless. When Justin`s spiritual pilgrimage lead him to become an Orthodox Christian, he decided to take a hiatus from his art. He attended Belmont University graduating with a degree in business and audio engineering. Soon Justin was offered a position as the vice president of communications for the Nashville Rescue Mission—a Christian homeless shelter. The hiatus that was intended to be brief turned into four years of intense personal growth. With a fresh sound and renewed commitment, Justin went back into the studio in 2002 and recorded two new songs and together with three songs from Powder for the Shot, he released an ep titled Courage (is a weapon we must use). Many of the people he met while working at the Nashville Rescue Mission and his religious life found their way into his writing. Last summer, Justin`s song See Paradise was featured on the Cross Culture Project, a landmark collection of songs by Orthodox Christians in America. Justin has also recently released a full-length disc entitled Confessing Between the Lines, described by Peter Jon Gillquist as “one of the best folk albums produced by an Orthodox Christian in our time”. Justin resides with his wife, Jodi, and sons, Elias and Asher, in Kansas City, MO, and is available for concerts nationally.
The Prodigal Son and Jesus Heals the Blind Man are the two unforgettable stories found in the Gospels and put to song on this CD. They are real and gripping and have become a favorite for many. The list continues as we move into the 20th century and learn about the Royal family and St. John of San Francisco. We cannot forget to mention the children`s favorite: Saint Gerasimos and the Lion and the Guardian Angel...
A good place to start is In the Beginning... However by the end of the album the listener will have gone from the crashing of waves to a garden of paradise to a change of heart and to a Christian`s final destination... the Resurrections. Included are the seven days of creation found in the Book of Genesis, the Byzantine Hymn of Pascha and much more...
Silouan`s premier CD features 14 amazing songs recorded at Curb Studios in Nashville, TN with producer Jeff Tweel. Silouan`s tunes tell the story of his rise from the ashes following a tragic jet crash, while training as a Marine pilot. With a faith strengthened, a soul matured, and newfound hope, Silouan has chosen to share his gifts with the world.
The new album by Peter Jon is described as "a return to his musical roots," drawing upon the acoustic-folk style of his first two CDs. Guitar, mandolin, cello, and stand-up bass are among the wooden stringed instruments making an appearance, and there are plenty of harmonies between Peter Jon & Greg Gillquist, as well as folk-sensation Justin Mathews.