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June 23, 2017

We Are Messengers: 'Point To You'

We Are Messengers is an Irish worship band from Monaghan, Ireland, and they formed in 2015, with vocalist Darren and Heidi Mulligan. Their first studio album, "We Are Messengers," released in 2016, with Word Records and Curb Records.

June 15, 2017

'I'm Still Here' by Mandisa

Mandisa Lynn Hundley, known professionally as Mandisa, is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Her career began as a contestant in the fifth season of American Idol, in which she finished in ninth place.

June 08, 2017

All Sons and Daughters: 'This My Inheritance'

All Sons & Daughters is an American Christian worship music duo, who perform in the styles of acoustic and folk music, originating from Franklin, Tennessee. The group's leads are Leslie Anne Jordan on vocals and guitar and David Alan Leonard on vocals and piano. They are worship leaders at Journey Church in Franklin, which is a non-denominational church.

June 01, 2017

'Home' by Chris Tomlin

Christopher Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, worship leader and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, who has sold nearly 30 million records. He is a former staff member at Austin Stone Community Church.

May 25, 2017

Elevation Worship: 'Yours (Glory and Praise)'

Elevation Worship is a contemporary worship music band from Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band's main vocalists are Chris Brown, Mack Brock, London Gatch, Jane Williams, Jenna Winders Barrientes and Jonsal Barrientes, as well as many other contributing musicians and vocalists.

May 18, 2017

Aaron Shust: 'Lead On' (King Eternal)

Aaron Shust is an American contemporary Christian music artist on the Centricity Music label. Shust was named the Songwriter of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards of 2007, and his song, "My Savior My God", received the Song of the Year award.

May 11, 2017

Jaci Velasquez: 'God Who Moves The Mountains'

Jacquelyn "Jaci" Davette Velasquez is an American actress and Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer and songwriter, performing in both English and Spanish. Velasquez has sold almost five million albums worldwide,[1] recorded three Platinum and three Gold albums, and recorded 16 singles that hit No. 1 plus six more that entered the top 10. She has received seven Dove Awards.

April 27, 2017

'Forgiven' by David Crowder

Forgiven! Forgiven! Child there is freedom from all of it, Say goodbye to every sin, You are forgiven!

April 20, 2017

'Start a Fire' by Unspoken

Unspoken is an American Christian band composed of Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry, Chad Mattson, Ariel Munoz, and the newest member, pianist Don Eanes.

April 13, 2017

'Hallelujah Chorus' by Handel

This version of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" is by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

March 30, 2017

For King and Country: 'No Turning Back'

"The power of music can impact our mood, emotions, our day. But when you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope and passion of the Gospel... it has the ultimate power not only to change someone's day, but to impact them for eternity. This is why we write music and sing songs - we hope that people will be moved, encouraged and stirred to live a life for Someone greater than themselves." --For King and Country

March 23, 2017

Jason Gray: 'Remind Me Who I Am'

Jason Gray was born and raised in Southwestern Minnesota where he spent six years in youth ministry before going into full-time music ministry in 1999 as an independent artist. He lives near the Twin Cities area.

March 16, 2017

'Never Stop' by Urban Rescue

Urban Rescue is a revival band from Los Angeles and the first ever act signed to Rend Family Records – a partnership between Irish celebration band Rend Collective and Capitol Christian Music Group. Fronted by Jordan Frye, Urban Rescue is on a mission to inspire the next generation of believers to see their churches, communities and cities awakened by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

March 09, 2017

Tenth Avenue North: 'I Have This Hope'

Tenth Avenue North is an American contemporary Christian music band from West Palm Beach, Florida that takes its name from an east-west road in Palm Beach County. The group was formed while members attended Palm Beach Atlantic University. "I Have This Hope" is from their album "Followers," released in September 2016.

March 02, 2017

Hillsong United: 'Heaven Knows' from 'The Shack' movie

"It was an honor to write a song for the soundtrack, something we have actually had little experience in. We hope, as with everything we do, that people take away a portion of the greater message about Jesus!"

February 23, 2017

CrossRoad church complements Beatitudes series with Beatles' tunes

CrossRoad church in Jacksonville complements their sermon series on the Beatitudes with their band's covers of several Beatles' tunes. For the sermon based on Matthew 5:3, the band offers "Can't Buy Me Love."

February 16, 2017

'Relent' by Citizens and Saints

"Relent" is a cut from the band's album, "A Mirror Dimly," released in September 2016.

February 09, 2017

All Sons and Daughters: 'Brokenness Aside'

"We are all poets and saints, we all have something to say, and whatever we have to say comes from our places of brokenness." --All Sons and Daughters

February 02, 2017

'Soul On Fire' by Third Day

"Soul on Fire" is on the album "Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship," which was released in 2015.

January 26, 2017

Kristene DiMarco's 'Jesus, Your Love'

Jesus Culture Music presents Kristene DiMarco performing "Jesus, Your Love" from her album "Mighty."

January 19, 2017

'Zion' by Kings Kaleidoscope

This song is from the band's album "Becoming Who We Are."

January 12, 2017

'You Are My Vision' by Rend Collective Experiment

Rend Collective Experiment performs "You Are My Vision" from their album "Homemade Worship by Handmade People" live from the Relevant studio.

January 05, 2017

'Please Be My Strength' by Gungor

Gungor performs "Please Be My Strength" from the album "Beautiful Things" live from the old RELEVANT Studio.

December 29, 2016

'We Three Kings'

The Piano Guys play "We Three Kings."

December 22, 2016

'For Unto Us a Child is Born' by Handel

King's College, Cambridge Choir sings "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from Handel's "Messiah."

December 15, 2016

'O Holy Night'

"O Holy Night" is sung A Capella.

December 08, 2016

'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing'

The Celtic Women perform "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

December 01, 2016

'O Little Town of Bethlehem'

Anggun Cipta Sasmi sings "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

November 24, 2016

'For the Beauty of the Earth'

Happy Thanksgiving from our music video team!

November 17, 2016

'Worn' by Tenth Avenue North

Tenth Avenue North is an American contemporary Christian music band from West Palm Beach, Florida that takes its name from an east-west road in Palm Beach County. The group was formed while members attended Palm Beach Atlantic University.

November 10, 2016

Third Day: 'I Need A Miracle'

Enjoy a music video by Third Day performing "I Need A Miracle."

November 03, 2016

'Yesternite' by Gungor

Gungor performs "Yesternite" from their latest album "I Am Mountain" live for Relevant Magazine.

October 27, 2016

'Truly Today' by Liz Vice

KEXP @Pickathon presents Liz Vice performing "Truly Today" live on the Logging Road at Pickathon. (Recorded on July 31, 2015.)

October 20, 2016

'Carbon Ribs' by John Mark McMillan

John Mark McMillan performs "Carbon Ribs" from the album "The Medicine" live from the Relevant studio.

October 13, 2016

'More Heart, Less Attack' by NeedToBreathe

The band performs live at KBR Farm in 2014.

October 06, 2016

Casting Crowns: 'Father, Spirit, Jesus'

Casting Crowns performs "Father, Spirit, Jesus" on the Lifesong Live DVD/CD.

September 29, 2016

'Silence' by Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay's last song of the Box Canyon night concert in Texas was 'Silence."

September 20, 2016

'One Thing' by Housefires

Housefires (featuring Kirby Kaple) perform their song "One Thing" for a live audience.

September 15, 2016

The Digital Age: 'Blessed Assurance'

This music video is a practice session of The Digital Age playing "Blessed Assurance" at their studio in Waco, Texas.

September 08, 2016

'I Am Mountain' by Gungor

Gungor performed the title song from their album "I Am Mountain" live for Relevant Magazine.

September 01, 2016

'I Am' by David Crowder

David Crowder performs "I Am" in a lyric video.

August 25, 2016

Young Oceans: 'Great is Our God'

Music video by Young Oceans performing Plumb's "Great is Our God."

August 18, 2016

'Amazing Grace' by Palma Ceia praise band

We all know the song "Amazing Grace." Check out the way Palma Ceia's praise band captures the soul of the song.

August 11, 2016

Celebrating a Puerto Rican night

An extraordinary night filled with faith, talent, music and great food. God welcomes the ...

August 04, 2016

'Empty Me Out' by Liz Vice

Liz Vice sings "Empty Me Out" from her album "There's a Light."

July 28, 2016

'Cornerstone' by Hillsong Worship

Hillsong Worship performs an acoustic version of "Cornerstone" from the album "Cornerstone" live for RELEVANT magazine.

July 21, 2016

'Beautiful Things' by Gungor

In 2010, Gungor stopped by the old RELEVANT Studio to give a raw and intimate performance of their song, "Beautiful Things."

July 14, 2016

'Dreamers' by Daniel Bashta

Daniel Bashta performs "Dreamers" from his album The Sounds of Daniel Bashta live from the RELEVANT Studio.

July 07, 2016

Phil Wickham: 'Your Love Awakens Me'

In his first LP since 2013 which boasted the impactful “This Is Amazing Grace,” Phil questioned his future in music due to vocal cord surgery. Following the operation, Phil heard an undeniable truth from God that he was His child and reminded of the need to trust Him.

June 30, 2016

'Safe & Sound' by Bailey

Bailey is a singer/songwriter living in London. He released his first single 'Safe & Sound' in March and has recently released his debut album 'Gold'.

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