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Top 3 Creative, Christian Musicians Right Now

3. The Brilliance

www.thebrilliancemusic.com

www.thebrilliancemusic.com

If Bach and Paul Simon attended the same youth group, they’d sound like The Brilliance.

Of the three artists listed here, they’re definitely the most experienced. David Gungor is pictured on the left and Jon Arndt on the right. They got their start after working closely with David’s brother Michael, the lead singer and guitar player for Gungor.

We’re talking about classically trained geniuses right here. These guys are phenomenal.

2. Benjamin James

www.benjaminjamescreative.com

www.benjaminjamescreative.com

Maybe I’m crazy, but I hear Asian influences in this guy’s music. He’s definitely a folk artist to the core, but his orchestral element is littered with Far East feels. Listen to his most popular song “Beggar” and tell me otherwise.

Of the three artists, Benjamin’s music is definitely the most difficult to describe because of how much is going on instrumentally. In “Beggar”, I hear guitar, percussion, vocal harmony, piano, hang drum, and violin. There’s another instrument in there too, but I haven’t figured out what it is yet. Maybe mandolin?

  1. Jordy Searcy

www.jordysearcymusic.com

www.jordysearcymusic.com

Jordy Searcy is my favorite Christian artist right now. His honesty and willingness to showcase struggle and redemption is just really compelling. The grace of God is so clearly represented in his song “Explaining Jesus”. Give it a spin.

In terms of songwriting, I think he’s the strongest of the three. Instrumentally, he’s not as complex as Benjamin James, but he’s got a knack for catchy melodies that’s just unreal.

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“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
— C.S. Lewis

I just finished a song I’ve been working on for 9 months.

FINISHING IS AWESOME AND IT’S TERRIFYING.

I haven’t released any music for a while so I’d like to catch up those of you who are wondering what’s next for me and my music.

Last year, my goal was to release a song a month for an entire year and compile all 12 of them into a single album. Shout out to Bruno Major! I wanted to find my sound and grow as a songwriter holistically.

I got four months in before burning out, but I learned so much along the way. I learned that not every song comes easy and that it takes time to make something beautiful.

Last year I took a year off from school to pursue music, save money, and get my head on straight. Living at home for a year was an enormous blessing. I didn’t have any major bills to pay, so I poured my resources into making the best music I could possibly make.

Things are a lot different now though. I moved out in June of 2018 and have been living with three other dudes. Well, four now. Anyways. It’s been grand. But I haven’t been able spend as much time in the studio, especially now that I’m back in school.

All that to say — this new song “Londonderry Road” means a lot to me and I’m so proud of it! There’s a simple complexity to it that I’m so stoked for you to hear. I want it to make you feel hopeful again.

To me, Londonderry Road is about feeling like you haven’t arrived anywhere yet. Like you’re constantly running in hope of Home. The longing we feel now is evidence of where we’re going later.

I’ve gone through so much transition this year. New job. New school. New apartment. And yet God is leaning in even when everything else feels uncertain.

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LONDONDERRY ROAD BY RYAN LEE JONES (2/2019)

the light of morning comes

and I have left my home

the summer berries come and they go

on Londonderry Road

 

they told me I’d be okay

now I got nowhere left to stay

I know I'm skin and bones

but my Father’s got my soul 


Home

Almost

Home

Home

I’m almost Home


my blade is in the blood

of tension good enough

the calling and the cure

the artist on the floor

Home

Almost

Home

Home

I’m almost Home


a song is in the trees

and I've been on my knees

I've almost caught the wind

my God is leaning in.

The Perfectionist's Problem

I'm reading a book called "Finish" by Jon Acuff. It's fantastic and gut wrenching and has got me thinking.

Here's the deal. He's not paying me for this. I just absolutely love this book. I write these blog posts partly because I miss school and partly because I have a constant urge to "express" -- whatever that means.

Jon talks about how perfectionism can be such a destroyer of progress; it paralyzes people who feel like they can achieve it. And honestly, I feel like a part of that mindset really stems from pride.

But just wait. We both know that there's a healthy side to ambition. Having a drive for excellence is good and right, something God has called us to do. We've literally been made to bring order out of chaos. Light to darkness. Beauty to misunderstanding. Isn't working hard at something a good thing? 

Absolutely. But when your drive turns into relentless self-examination, it becomes exhausting. You've heard it before: You are your own worst critic.

Perfectionism is trippy, dude. It tells you to quit the project the day after your first mess up. What a goal killer! 

One reason why I'm doing this single-a-month thing is to get rid of that. I'm done hiding. God calls us to share our gifts with other people, but that's so terrifying. You'll never get anything perfect the first time around. 

But let's be real. Sometimes I wish I could just escape somewhere far away and lock myself in a cabin and write songs all day and cook myself quesadillas and drink lemonade. That sounds awesome. Sometimes I feel like burying my talent in the ground.

Breathe. Slow down. Stop. 

God's grace is more than enough for you, for me. 

The more I follow Jesus, the more I see how understanding he is. God became man in the form of Jesus not because he needed to prove himself. That's not it. He wanted us to know just how deeply he understands how we feel. Jesus hung out with his friends. He got angry, without sinning -- for righteous things. He wept when his friend died. He got hungry. He was tempted in every way, yet he was without sin.

God knows what "human" feels like. 

Please, just receive this word. Your Father, the God of the universe, has seen that you've put a lot of pressure on yourself. And he wants you to know that he has lived the perfect life FOR you. You are not God. Trust him and lay down your perfectionism at the foot of the cross. 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24