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September and October 2002: How Do They Look?

For those new to this feature, every other month I take a look at some of the bigger releases in the Christian Music Industry that are currently scheduled to hit store shelves within the next two months. But of course, dates change more often than Kevin Max’s (of dc Talk) hairstyle…so don’t be surprised if an album that is listed below gets pushed back.

These are the current dates as of August 20th, 2002…

September 2002

September 3rd, 2002:

  • All Star United – Revolution (This album may be pushed back to November 19th, 2002)

  • Furious Records
    After being pushed back a couple of times, lets hope the latest from All Star United is going to finally hit North America on September 3rd. If you like any of their older stuff, you’ll definitely love this one. It is 100% ASU from start to finish.
September 10th, 2002:
  • Bebo Norman – Myself When I Am Real

  • Essential Records
    Back for his third album (fourth if you include his successful indie album), Bebo Norman is going back to his old roots with Myself When I Am Real. Fans of both Bebo and the AC genre should go pick this album up as soon as they get the chance.
  • Let’s Roll (Various Artists)

  • Curb Records
    Releasing the day before the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks, Let’s Roll is an album in which proceeds will go to the Todd M. Beamer Foundation. The album will feature songs that will inspire and bring hope to the listeners, especially those who suffered directly from the attacks.

    Some of the artists on the album include Nicole C. Mullen, Steven Curtis Chapman, world-renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma, Sara Groves, and more. One of the biggest Christian artists, however, is a brand new song from multi-platform selling rock group dc Talk. They will be performing the patriotic and energetic title track “Let’s Roll,” Todd Beamer’s last words before going in to stop the high-jackers on Flight 93 with his small army of men.

September 17th, 2002:
  • Pure Pop (Various Artists)

  • Squint Entertainment
    Do you like pop music? Well here is the compilation album for you! Take a look at a few of the artists in the line up: Plus One, Stacie Orrico, Rachael Lampa, Out Of Eden, Phat Chance, True Vibe, and more!

    Not only is Squint putting out a great compilation album, but they are also doing a big tour that includes dates in both Canada and the United States. The headliner is Plus One with groups True Vibe, Phat Chance, and Souljahz opening. For tour dates and more information on the album, check out Pure-Pop.com

September 24th, 2002:
  • Everyday Sunday – Stand Up

  • Flicker Records
    Put one more artist under the Flicker Records roster as they just recently signed Alternative rock band Everyday Sunday. You can check them out at the end of September and decide for yourself if Flicker chose another winner.
     
  • Nichole Nordeman – Woven & Spun

  • Sparrow Records
    Nichole Nordeman, Female Vocalist of the Year in 2001, is back with her third studio release Woven & Spun. You’ll no doubt like this album if you are a fan of her previous work.
  • City On a Hill – It’s Christmas Time (Various Artists)

  • Essential Records
    Everyone is no doubt familiar with the City On a Hill franchise by now: the series of albums in which various artists come together and make Modern Worship Music. Well the next installment will be a little different…artists like Michael Tait, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Paul Coleman Trio, Out of Eden, and more will be creating a City On a Hill Christmas album. That’s right, you’ll hear your favorite Christmas songs sung by these artists in September!
  • Cadet – The Observatory

  • BEC Recordings
    Some of you may know of Cadet, the group that brought you the some-what humorous music video “God Man.” Well they are getting ready to bring you their sophomore release, The Observatory, on September 24th. If this album is anything like their first then you should definitely check it out.
     
  • Phil Joel – Bring It On

  • InPop Records
    The highly anticipated follow-up release of Phil Joel is just around the corner! Best known for being the bassist in the Christian Rock group Newsboys, Phil seems to also be doing quite well in his solo venture. Make sure you check out Bring It On’when it hits store shelves September 24th, 2002.
     
  • Jody McBrayer – This Is Who I Am

  • Sparrow Records
    Originally scheduled for a July 30th, 2002 release date, Jody Mcbrayer of the Adult Contemporary group Avalon is releasing his debut solo album now at the end of September. Covering genres likes Pop, Dance, R&B, and Rap, this album is definitely a winner for fans of the first three genres (sorry rap fans, there is just one song your style is on). Consider checking this guy out, he may surprise you.
  • Newsboys – Remixed

  • Sparrow Records
    Here is the first album in one of the two current fads within the industry (those fads being Remix albums and Christmas albums)…Newsboys is releasing a remix album on September 24th. Titles on the album include It Is You, Million Pieces, Beautiful Sound, Joy, Shine, Breakfast, Thrive, Entertaining Angels, and more.
  • ZOEgirl – Mix Of Life

  • Sparrow Records
    As well as the Newsboys, Sparrow will also be putting out a remix album for their pop trio ZOEgirl. Titles on this one includes I Believe, Anything Is Possible, With All Of My Heart, Here and Now, Dismissed, and more.
  • Delirious – Touch (This album may be pushed back to November 19th, 2002)

  • Sparrow Records
    Well, here it is folks! Known as Audio Lessonover in the UK, Delirious’ new album is finally releasing over here in North America, only now titled ‘Touch.’ But even though we had to wait quite a bit for it, we aren’t getting the exact same thing. Nope, we will be getting a two-disc set instead! The first disc contains the full UK Audio Lessonover album while the second disc is an all-new live recording which includes tracks like ‘Show Me Heaven’ and ‘Touch’ (which I had the honor of attending the concert taping for those songs). This album will be a must have!
October 2002

October 1st, 2002:

  • Mercy Me – Spoken For

  • INO Records
    Unfortunately, their debut album only had one major hit (the song I Can Only Imagine), which won a Dove Award. So because of that fact, everyone is hoping Mercy Me will pull through this time around and bring us more then one hit tracks on their upcoming release ‘Spoken For.’ Only time will tell if this will become true or not.
  • Wow Hits 2003 (Various Artists)

  • Sparrow Records
    The Christian Music Industry’s biggest compilation album is about to hit store shelves. Once again we will have the top 30 artists of the year…the artist line-up for this time around includes dc Talk, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Amy Grant, Avalon, ZOEgirl, Nicole C. Mullen, and lots more.
October 8th, 2002:
  • LaRue – Reaching

  • Reunion Records
    It has been almost three years since we have received a new album from Reunion Records’ brother-sister duo, LaRue. But wait no longer! Come the eighth of October everyone will be able to listen to new music from them again. Fans of LaRue’s past installments will not be disappointed.
     
  • Superchic[k] – Last One Picked

  • InPop Records
    InPop Records’ punk/garage band is back. Best known for their song “Barlow Girls,” Superchic[k] will no doubt keep their fans pleased with Last One Picked. Fans of the punk/garage sound should definitely consider checking this album and band out if you have not already.
  • Joy Williams – By Surprise

  • Reunion Records
    Releasing on the same date as her label mates LaRue, Joy Williams’ sophomore album is hitting store shelves in October. 

    Jump5 – All The Joy In The World

    Sparrow Records
    Two Jump5 albums in the course of two months? Some might wonder if this is a good thing or not. But if you like Jump5 and Christmas music you no doubt have a huge smile from ear to ear on your face. Appropriately named All The Joy In The World, this Christmas album by Jump5 is hitting store shelves in October.
October 15th, 2002:
  • Plus One – Christmas

  • Atlantic Records
    One of the most anticipated albums in the second half of 2002, Plus One is releasing their own Christmas album, pop style, half way through October. Some of the songs included on the album are O Holy Night, A Christmas Prayer, What Child Is This?, Joy, and more.
October 22nd, 2002:
  • The O.C. Supertones – Hi-Fi Revival

  • BEC Recordings
    First they gave us a Live album earlier in the year, and now they are continuing the giving motive by releasing an all new album titled ‘Hi-Fi Revival.’ From their upbeat tracks like “Superfly” to their ballads like “Hold Onto Jesus,” this will definitely be a pleasure to the ears all of the way through.
  • Tree63 – The Life and Times of Absolute Truth

  • InPop Records
    Some of you may or may not be familiar with Tree63, InPop Records’ group of guys hailing from South Africa. Well, after releasing a successful debut album, Tree63 is now putting out their follow-up record titled The Life and Times of Absolute Truth. Keeping the same (original) sound, fans of Tree63 will be pleased. But anyone who likes soft rock should consider checking these guys out; you may be surprised with what you find.
  • Andy Hunter – Exodus

  • Sparrow Records
    After being pushed back a number of times, Andy Hunter is getting almost as bad as Stacie Orrico and her album Bounce Back! This techno-worship DJ now has his debut album slated for October 22nd, 2002…lets hope this date sticks this time.
  • The Elms – Truth, Soul, Rock & Roll

  • Sparrow Records
    The Elms return once again with their sophomore release Truth, Soul, Rock & Roll. This time around they tend to be going for more of a rock sound with songs like “Speaking In Tongues” and “All The While Having Fun.” If the full album sounds anything like the tracks that were listened to earlier, then everyone consider checking this album out.
     
  • Michael W. Smith – Worship Again

  • Reunion Records
    On October 22nd Michael W. Smith will be releasing ‘Worship Again,’ the follow up to his September 11th, 2001 album, ‘Worship.’ This time around he recorded it live in Indianapolis with songs such as “I See You” and “Step By Step/Hallelujah.”

    With the success of ‘Worship’ (it is approaching 1,000,000 unit sales), one can only wonder how well the sequel will do.


October 29th, 2002:

  • Sixpence None The Richer – Divine Discontent

  • Reprise Records
    Some say it has a Jars of Clay sound, but instead of assuming you can judge for yourself. After many, many delays and switching labels, Sixpence None The Richer is finally releasing their new (highly anticipated) album on October 29th, 2002.
     
  • Rachael Lampa – Re-Mix

  • Word Records
    Here is yet another remix album, only not coming from an artist on Sparrow Records this time around. Rachael Lampa is joining the bandwagon and remixing songs from both of her albums on Re-Mix. Look for it in stores on October 29th, 2002 from our friends at Word Records.


The current fads in the Christian Music Industry, in order of release:

Christmas Albums (to name a few)…

  • City On A Hill: It’s Christmas Time (Various Artists) – September 24th, 2002
  • Nicole C. Mullen – Christmas In Black and White – October 1st, 2002
  • Selah – Rose of Bethlehem – October 1st, 2002
  • Wow Christmas – October 1st, 2002
  • Humble King: Christmas Around The World (Various) – October 8th, 2002
  • Jump5 – All the Joy In the World – October 8th, 2002
  • Plus One – Christmas – October 15th, 2002
Remix Albums (which started with Avalon’s O2)…
  • Newsboys – Remixed – September 22nd, 2002
  • ZOEgirl – Mix Of Life – September 22nd, 2002
  • Rachael Lampa – Re-Mix – October 29th, 2002
Josh’s Picks of September and October 2002 (In alphabetical order)
 
  • Cadet – The Observatory 
  • Jody McBrayer – This Is Who I Am
  • Newboys – Remixed
  • Plus One – Christmas
  • The Elms – Truth, Soul, Rock & Soul
  • The O.C. Supertones – Hi-Fi Revival
  • Wow Christmas (Various Artists) 
 
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