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January and February 2002 New Music: How Do They Look?
By Josh McConnell

A lot of artists are releasing albums at the start of 2002. Here is a look at some of the better known January and February releases. Please note that the release dates may be changed without notice. 

January 2002

January 15th, 2002:

Gary Chapman - The Best of Gary Chapman
Reunion Records
Unlike other greatest hit albums, Gary Chapman has a fairly short one, with only ten tracks most likely aimed at those who don’t have some of his past albums, or diehard fans. Gary will also be releasing a new album in February.

Pam & Dodi - Self titled
Pam & Dodi’s debut project has twelve tracks with an R&B sound. This is an album for the fans of bands like Trinity 5:7 and Out Of Eden. 

January 29th, 2002:

Various Artists - Any Given Day Volume 3 Old Soul For New Voices
BEC Recordings
The third release of the Any Given Day series, this album has thirteen worship songs that include “There Is None Like You,” “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Helen Baylor - Take It Up
Diadem Records
Helen Baylor is back with ten R&B tracks that include duets with Bob Carlise and Marvin Winans.

Parachute Band - Amazing
Here To Him Records
Hailing from New Zealand, this Praise and Worship band’s fifth album has eleven tracks with some of the best songwriting from down under. As MusicForce puts it, it contains “styles ranging from punchy R&B and edgy guitar praise to soulful heartfelt worship ballads.”

Out Of Eden - This Is Your Life
Gotee Records
Out of Eden is the best selling girl group in Christian Music. With their R&B sound, Out Of Eden’s eleven-track release is no doubt the most anticipated album of January. 

February 2002

February 5th, 2002:

Gary Chapman - Circles and Seasons
Crowne Music Group
Following less then a month after his greatest hits release, Gary Chapman will bring to stores ten brand new tracks. Circles and Seasons makes two great months in a row for Gary Chapman fans.

Mary Mary - Happy
Word Records
Happy is the follow up to Mary Mary’s debut album Thankful

Various Artists - Wow Worship 2002
Verity Records
Wow Worship is back, with two discs full of the year’s best Gospel songs. A must-have for those who like Gospel music.

New Breed - Stop the Music (Note: This album MAY get pushed back to a February 12th release date)
Uprok Records
Two members of Tunnel Rats, brother and sister, will be releasing their album Stop the Music this February. With eighteen tracks, this album will meet hardcore hip-hop fan’s needs.

February 12th, 2002:

(Various Artists) Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs Of Keith Green
Sparrow Records
Today's favorite pop and worship artists honor a Christian music pioneer on Your Love Broke Through: The Worship Songs of Keith Green. It features all-new recordings from Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, Twila Paris, Martin Smith (Delirous?), Darlene Zschech, and more.

The Normals - A Place Where You Belong
ForeFront Records
This eleven-track soft rock album is The Normals’ third release, and will be one worth watching.

February 19th, 2002:

Various Artists - City On a Hill: Sing Alleluia
Essential Records
The sequel to City On a Hill, this worship album brings together some of Christian Music’s top artists on 13 tracks. The artists include Jennifer Knapp, FFH, Jars Of Clay, Bebo Norman, Mac Powell, Nichole Nordeman, and more.

Kirk Franklin - The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin
B-Rite Records
Kirk Franklin, one of the biggest names in Christian Music, will have a new album hitting stores soon. Judging from the title, the only question is what could be in store this time around?

February 26th, 2002:

Jake - Army of Love
Reunion Records
Hailing from Canada, Jake’s second album is even better then their first one. Songs that have catchy tunes and great lyrics like “Army Of Love,” “Crazy,” “Take A Ride,” make Army of Love one of 2002’s best releases. Highly recommended.

Plus One - Obvious
Atlantic Records
One of themost anticipated album of 2002, Obvious could be another of 2002’s best releases. If the rest of the album sounds anything like the first single off the album, “Camouflaged,” it will beat their debut album, The Promise, by far! Another highly recommended album.

Rebecca St. James - Worship God
ForeFront Records
Rebecca’s sixth project, Worship God, will be another must-have for fans of her music when it hits shelves this February.

Delirious? - Audio Lessonover?
Sparrow Records
Releasing in North America almost five months after their two disc greatest hits album, Deeper: The D:finitive Worship Experience, Audio Lessonover? has 13 brand new tracks that include “Take Me Away,” “Alien,” and “America.” This album released in the UK a number of months ago, but those who didn’t pick up then should pick it up now.

Various Artists - The Wonderful Cross
Sparrow Records
An eleven track worship album featuring Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Michelle Tumes, Paul Oakley, Delirious?, and more.

Josh’s Top  Picks of January and February 2002:

  • Plus One - Obvious
  • Jake - Army of Love
  • City On a Hill: Sing Alleluia
  • Delirious? - Audio Lessonover?
  • The Normals - A Place Where You Belong



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