Sara received her Bachelor of Science degree in History and English in 1994 from Evangel University. a private Christian university in Springfield, Missouri. Sara spent four years teaching high school in Rosemount, Minnesota before recording her first album, Past the Wishing. in 1998. Since then, she has released nine additional albums and appeared on several others. Sara has been nominated for three Dove Awards including "New Artist of the Year " in 2002 and "Special Event Album of the Year 2003 " by the Gospel Music Association. She was named one of the best Christian music artists of 2005 and the album, Add to the Beauty . was named "Album of the Year " for 2005 by CCM Magazine .
Sara Groves started writing songs when she was four years old. She describes her youth as being "lonesome", and she wrote about deep issues while still in junior high school. Eventually, she took a songwriting course, prompted by her husband, and she began to take the art seriously. [ 1 ]
In 2001, she appeared on Word Entertainment's What a Mom album with the song "Generations", and also on Word Entertainment's New Music From Our Heart To Yours album.
In 2002, she performed with Randy Stonehill on the song "Take Me Back", performed with Joel Hanson on the title song for the album Traveling Light: Songs From the 23rd Psalm. and performed the song "Child of Love" for the album City on a Hill: It's Christmas Time .
In 2003, she appeared on the City on a Hill: The Gathering album with the song "Come Be Who You Are", and the following year's sequel City on a Hill: The Collection album, with the song "Jesus Went to the Garden".
Groves was recognized by the Alumni Board from Evangel University in 2004, for her significant achievements in the years since graduation.
In September 2005, Sara, her husband Troy, her father-in-law, a neighbour, and a Minneapolis ER doctor delivered a tour bus and trailer load of baby supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina in Slidell, Louisiana. ( Rettig, Mary (2005-09-05), Singer Sara Groves Puts Tour Bus in Service of Katrina Survivors . http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/9/192005d.asp ; Moring, Mark (2005-10-31), Adding to the Beauty . http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/interviews/2005/saragroves-1005.html )
Sara was chosen as the subject of a film released in August 2006, titled Sara Groves - Just Showed Up For My Own Life. the first installment of a new reality film series called Nomad: The Show With No Home produced by Fearless Films Inc. Included in this film were video of the Katrina relief effort by Groves in 2005 and a subsequent trip to Rwanda. Africa with Pastor Rick Warren and a group from Saddleback Church to learn about the challenges of reconciliation and economic development 11 years after the mass Rwandan genocide. Bonus features included Sara's live set from the 2006 Jars of Clay Tour, Nomad vignettes for small groups and more.
Sara gave birth to her third child, a girl, on July 13, 2007 and named her Ruby Cate. Sara and her husband, Troy, also have two sons Kirby (born in 2001) and Toby (born in 2003). On October 30, 2007, the first single from the upcoming album Tell Me What You Know. titled "When the Saints", was featured as a free download from Apple's iTunes Store. INO Records released the album Tell Me What You Know on November 6, 2007. Tell Me What You Know held the #1 sales spot for Christian music on iTunes for one week and landed at #2 for iTunes album of the year. Sara produced her father's, Dwight Colbaugh, first album titled Beautiful Story. Groves ended 2007 in the lineup with Andrew Peterson on his Behold the Lamb of God Tour in November and December 2007.
In 2008, Groves toured throughout the year to promote her new album Tell Me What You Know and to benefit several Christian ministries. Sara and Troy Groves teamed up with Charlie Peacock. Derek Webb. Sandra McCracken and Brandon Heath in September and October 2008 for the Art*Music*Justice Tour to benefit both the International Justice Mission and Food For the Hungry. Sara released her first Christmas album, O Holy Night. in October 2008. The album contains both Christmas standards and newly written material. Groves was in the linup in December 2008 of the Love Came Down Tour: A Christmas Pageant with Jars of Clay. Sixpence None the Richer and Leeland. She ended 2008 with a free concert at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. The USMCFP is the same prison that Sara's grandparents, Lloyd and Nita Colbaugh, have visited for 39 years and to which they took her as a baby at Christmas-time 1972. Sara said later about this concert, "More than anything I wanted to say something of encouragement, something to remind these men that they are the art of God, especially in this place. Like always, I left encouraged myself."
Groves' ninth album, Fireflies & Songs. was released on November 17, 2009. [ 2 ] On the track "From This One Place," Groves sings about her battles with onstage anxiety attacks. [ 3 ] The album, Fireflies and Songs. was named Album of the Year by Christianity Today as the "runaway" #1 choice by a panel of ten music critics choosing Christianity Today's Top 12 Albums of 2009. [ 4 ] Groves ended 2009 with her first solo Christmas tour performing songs from her 2008 Holiday release O Holy Night .
Groves released her latest album, "Invisible Empires," on October 18, 2011.Discography Categories:
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Music forms an integral part of all communities and religions. Christian music is no exception to that. Christian music primarily consists of the music played and sung in churches for the purpose of worshipping and praising the Lord. Christian music has different forms and has a different name for each form. However, Christian music also conforms to the music outside the regular church service.
The various forms of Christian music include anthem, antiphon, cantata, chant, chorale, hymn, Mass, motet, plainsong, carol and oratorio.
An anthem is a song sung with a religious or political significance having a meaning itself. An anthem can be sung in church or any other place with or without any other companions. By Christian terminology it often denotes a song sung for praising loyalty. An antiphon is sung after the narration of a psalm or canticle in response to it. A cantata is performed primarily by a group of people who sing in the church and are known as the choir. However, a cantata can also comprise of solo performances accompanied by musical instruments. A chant is a repeated utterance of short and simple words or syllables sung in the same tone and melody.
A chorale is a German hymn known to be much more simpler than the English ones. They came into existence to replace the plainsongs in order to be sung to announce the congregation participation in the liturgy. A hymn is sung as note of thanksgiving, devotion and praise towards the lord almighty. A mass is sung to celebrate public celebrations mostly in the Roman Catholic Churches and a few Protestant Churches. A motet comprises of the sacred text, mostly from the Bible, and is usually sung alone without any companion. Any Christian song sung without the restrictions of meter are known as plainsong. Often plainsong is also sung alone. A carol usually celebrates joy and celebration such as the Christmas carols. They are accompanied with dancing and loud singing in groups. An oratorio is a musical composition accompanied with orchestra and chorus depicting a sacred tale without any kind of stage enactments.
The Christian music has evolved over the years keeping in tact its tradition and customs and yet, giving way for the contemporary Christian music, largely influenced by the secular music. The music from the different gospels along with the Christian Country Music is the most popular forms of music in the US.
Christian Pop Music
Pop music is considered to be the short form of 'popular music'. Pop music generally appeals to the teenage and young section of the listeners. It is mostly accompanied by electronic musical equipments and is characterized by a heavy rhythmic pattern. The themes may include personal or loud group emotions, although the most common and popular themes are derived from emotional or physical love themes.
Christian pop music found its existence in the term Contemporary Christian Music in the year 1970, which was based on Christian Faith. The music derived its root from the 'hippie Jesus Movement', from which the genre of 'Jesus Music' began. In the early days, Christian pop music consisted of folk pop songs depicting the artists' belief and faith in Jesus. Soon, Christian pop music became quite popular and began being aired on various radio stations and sold in local stores. Popular artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith made the Christian pop music a flourishing Industry by 1980 when millions of their records started getting sold. The early Christian pop music was divided into four main groups known as the separatist, purist, spiritually reflective and incidental positions. Each group prophesied their own view in deciding the motive and themes of the pop music and composed music accordingly.
Eventually, this separate genre of music was opposed by some of the other artists who deviated from this genre to form other Christian music genres such as hip hop, punk, alternative, metal etc. Some of these artists include Lost Dogs, Joy Electric etc. In the present scenario however, Christian pop music has found its place beside all the other existing genres of Christian music. The contemporary pop music is a combination of inspirational, sacred, gospels and emotions strains. Over the years, quite a number of artists have made Christian pop music durable and popular among the young generations.
Christian Music Charts
Music charts usually functions as an overall rating report of the contemporary songs based on their popularity and music quality. Like every other genre of music, songs belonging to the Christian music also find its way up and down the music charts decided by the various criterions. An overall survey is done through various means of communications such as Internet polls, sms and of course letters and online public forums. Based on this survey a song would enter the hit chart and find its position on the top slot. These positions may vary from one week to another as new songs and albums keep entering the music charts. As a result, the song or album, which was on the top slot a week before, can lose its position and come down the rating charts.
The way of airing and popularizing a song or an album, are the various radio stations and innumerable television channels. These radio stations and television channels help in making these songs and albums popular, which in turn help them enter the music charts. However, these music charts are not always the best way to judge the quality of a song or an album. Often, it might be possible that a really good song has not been able to enter the music charts because it is not a part of a very high budget project. In that case song does not appear on air or television channels and thus is not a part of the top music charts of a country or state.
Usually Christian music charts are divided according to the different genres of Christian music such as Contemporary, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Inspirational, Pop to name a few. However, they can also show an overall rating combining all the genres and types of music prevalent. The songs and albums are often listed starting with the most popular ones on top and the count going up with the following numbers. Christian music charts can be found in the various online websites, and are transmitted through multiple radio and television channels regularly.
Christian Karaoke Music
The word 'Karaoke' derives its meaning from the combination of two Japanese terms. 'Kara' in Japanese means empty or void and 'oke' means orchestra. Together they formed 'Karaoke' to establish a different genre of Christian music. Karaoke music is a live performance by the artist accompanied by a pre-recorded orchestra. It is very popular in a lot of places, including stage performances. The pre-recorded orchestra and video displays act as a guide to the singer whose microphone volume is usually kept low. The singer merely lips the songs, which are already played in the background.
Christian Karaoke music shows usually take place in open areas such as parks, fairs and other public get-togethers, which provides a platform for all those who are not so confident about their singing alone. The pre-recorded voice helps them to sing along and yet participate in the shows. This also serves as another way of spreading the word of God providing the flexibility of local gatherings instead of going to the church. Christian Karaoke music often consists of hymns and other popular genres of Christian music which, when played and participated by the general people help in making them popular. Although, usual Karaoke music is popular in bars and nightclubs Christian Karaoke Music do not associate itself with such places and is mostly comprised of gospels, carols and other religious streams. Singing along with the Karaoke has become a popular profession and various websites have come up to train the singer about the ways off singing in a Christian Karaoke.
Christian Karaoke Music lists are available on most online music shopping websites with the latest and most popular artists and albums in store. However, it is advisable to compare and check the different sites and price rates offered by them before buying a certain album. Prices may vary depending on the popularity and music chart ratings of an album.
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The following essay is adapted from Sects, Love, and Rock & Roll (Cascade Books), an entertaining and informative collection of essays about Christianity, music, and coming of age in the 1990s. The author is a frequent music critic for Christianity Today .
The history of Christian music basically goes like this: rock and roll (which was created possibly by Bill Haley and the Comets, maybe by Elvis, probably by the Beatles) is conceived, born, and begins to mature sometime between 1950 and 1960.
At some point, rock bands stop being polite young men in matching suits and become drug-addled, free-loving, infrequent bath-taking hippies, and the music gets more interesting. The hippies realize that taking tons of acid has not actually made their lives quantifiably better and become disillusioned; some of them become lawyers, but some find Christianity to be a more satisfying alternative, establishing a kind of counter-counterculture called the Jesus Movement. These people (also called Jesus Freaks) are still hippies, but with less drugs and sex and more Jesus. More Jesus, in fact, than a lot of churches, who (the Jesus Freaks think) are too focused on rules and rituals and not enough on the joy of the Lord. Converts though they are, these emerging Jesus rockers are not keen on stodgy church music (it's part of the problem), and so they keep playing rock and roll, but—and this is key—they do not go back to the politeness and the matching suits. They keep their beards and torn.
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Updated for January 2017
It’s one of the pleasures of writing Christian music that listening to new Christian songs online is part and parcel of keeping up to date and staying inspired.
This is a regularly updated article of the best Christian songs (and albums) generously made available to download for free, from both established and up-and-coming Christian music artists. I’m certain they’ll become firm favourites of yours: they’re certainly on our playlist!
Oh, and there’s a great selection of highlights from the list on this Spotify playlist – have a listen while you download! (Click here to follow the playlist).Free Christian music downloads…
NEW! 1. Salt Of The Sound - Highlights
Genre: Reflective / Ambient
Highlights is a special NoiseTrade-exclusive collection of ten tracks from Salt of the Sound releases between 2013-2016. Our songs have been described as 'evocative and beautiful' and 'like a tranquil place where you find rest'. Perfect for times of personal reflection, as calm background music, and even (or so we've been told) to study to!
2. Ellie Holcomb - Collection
We love Ellie Holcomb 's music, having featured her in a number of previous selections, including our favourite Good Friday songs. this album is an excellent free compilation of previously released music as well as a brand new song, With You Now, from her new EP of the same name.
NEW! 3. Erik Nieder - The Narrow Sea
Genre: Folk / Ambient
We added Erik Nieder 's EP The Narrow Sea to our favourite worship songs of 2016 and were surprised to see that it's all available for free via NoiseTrade! A wonderfully reflective 5-track release blending folk instrumentation with more ambient arrangements. Don't miss it!
4. Carinthia - All My Fountains Are In You (NoiseTrade Sampler)
Genre: Acoustic / Electronic
On of my personal favourite artists, Carinthia writes beautiful instrumental tracks that use both organic instruments and are carefully embellished with electronic elements. It's quite different to a lot of Christian music, and really worth checking out. Enjoy! Oh, and if you like it, have a listen to our selection of amazing Christian meditation music .
5. Audrey Assad - Good To Me
Good To Me is Audrey Assad 's first single from 2013's Fortunate Fall. and it's a beautifully simple arrangement of pure vocals, piano and light instrumentation. Definitely a song that'll stick in your head - so much so that we've also featured it in our inspiring songs for Easter. Highly recommended.
NEW! 6. Joe Zambon - In Lethbridge With Strings
A stunningly recorded and arranged four-track EP of previously released music from Joe Zambon. The strings truly bring the songs to life in a new way, and if you haven't heard Joe's music before, this is an excellent (and free) introduction.
7. Judah & the Lion - Sweet Tennessee
Back's Against The Wall is one of our favourite songs about hope ; and now Judah & The Lion 's entire Sweet Tennessee EP is available as a free download from Noisetrade. This is very enjoyable folky summer music - don't miss out!
NEW! 8. Waken - Dwell
Following their 2014 EP Endless Light, Waken have released a new single complete in their signature indie/synth-pop/worship style which mixes ethereal sounds with more traditional drums and guitars. If you like your worship music a little dreamy and experimental, then look no further!
9. River & Robots - Collection
This is a special collection of five songs from UK-based Rivers & Robots' first two albums. It's a fantastic introduction to their unique indie/folk/electronic music: a style very far removed from your typical Christian band! The track 'Fountains' is a personal favourite, and the entire release is definitely recommended.
10. Strahan - There Will Be A Day
You may have seen Strahan's entire album Posters available on Noisetrade recently - if not, then definitely don't miss out on his latest single There Will Be A Day. Mellow and reflective folk music with some truly beautiful vocal harmonies, this is an awesome track.
BONUS. Pilgrim - Pilgrim
Looking for some Christian music that really doesn't fit the mould, then look no further than Pilgrim. Citing influences in glam, new wave, and trip-hop, this is a diverse collection of tracks that's definitely worth a listen to, even just to hear something very different. Plus - the whole album is free!
BONUS. Page CXVI - Hymns B Sides
The music of Page CXVI truly is an embodiment of their mission statement, a band with the aim of 'making Hymns accessible and known again. They are some of the richest, most meaningful, and moving pieces of music ever written.' They've already release around 10 albums - this free sampler is a great introduction to their style!
BONUS. The Jellyrox - Rebel Tide (Coffee House Version)
This is a chilled out acoustic version of one of my favourite tracks from The Jellyrox's recent EP Embellish. While the summery Owl City-esque electro-pop sounds of the full release come highly recommended, there is something refreshing about the stripped back guitar arrangement alongside Matt Langston's strong vocal performance.
BONUS. Young Oceans - NoiseTrade Sampler
Genre: Alternative / Experimental
Young Oceans are one of the bands who are really pushing boundaries with their music, while still retaining the accessibility that is important in Christian music. This sampler, featuring a selection of six songs from various releases, is a fantastic introduction to their music.
BONUS. Matt Tinsley - Water & Stone (Acoustic EP)
Genre: Alternative / Acoustic
I was introduced to Matt Tinsley's music through the CMB Podcast (well worth checking out if you are a Christian musician), and have been enjoying his guitar-led folk/alternative songs since. This laid-back live set is a wonderful accompaniment to the studio EP. I'm already looking forward to continuing to hearing more of his music!
Disagree with this selection, or got any suggestions for us? Please do leave a comment with your thoughts below – this list is updated every month and we always love hearing great new Christian music!
posted by Ben Tatlow on January 2, 2017 in InspirationSupport Salt of the Sound
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