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October 12, 2017

'Hills and Valleys' by Tauren Wells

Tauren Gabriel Wells is an American Christian rock and pop artist and the former frontman for the American Christian pop rock band, Royal Tailor, which produced two albums over a five-year career. The band garnered two Grammy nominations and a New Artist of the Year award from the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.

October 05, 2017

'Unconditional' by Urban Rescue

“Unconditional” performed live in Los Angeles from Urban Rescue’s City Sessions album. Urban Rescue is an American Christian music electropop group from Los Angeles, California, that plays Christian pop, Christian EDM and contemporary worship music.

September 28, 2017

'Mountaintop' by The City Harmonic

The City Harmonic is a Canadian Christian rock band formed in 2009 after having served together as the house worship band for an inter-denominational "worship and mission" event for students in Hamilton, Ontario. Here they perform "Mountaintop" live at the Relevant Magazine studio.

September 21, 2017

The Brilliance: 'Does Your Heart Break'

In 2015, The Brilliance performed "Does Your Heart Break" from their album "Brother" live for Relevant Magazine.

September 14, 2017

Desperation Band: 'Take Me to the River'

Desperation Band was first formed in 2001, when New Life Church pastor David Perkins suggested that Jon Egan, Jared Anderson and Glenn Packiam play together with their bands at the first Desperation Conference. Held annually in June and July, Desperation Conferences draw thousands of college and high school students.

September 07, 2017

Hillsong Young and Free: 'When the Fight Calls'

Young & Free is a collective of young people who come together to make music for youth and young adults everywhere. With hearts to bring truth to this generation, they sing passionately of their belief grounded in the love, grace and freedom found in having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Their dream is that through the message that they bring, people everywhere would discover the very reason that they were created.

August 31, 2017

'Rivers of Babylon' by Playing for Change

This video is Rocky Dawuni, Mermans Mosengo and Jason Tamba performing “Rivers of Babylon” live in the desert at Joshua Tree.

August 24, 2017

'Glorious Day' by Passion

"We believe God is calling out a generation of college students committed to the glory of His name in all things. God longs to bring awakening to every campus, mobilizing the students of today to finish the task of global evangelization in this generation. God is calling us out for this purpose, in this moment, for His renown." -Passion

August 17, 2017

'Death Was Arrested' by Aaron Shust

Aaron Shust performs “Death Was Arrested” in Nashville as a part of his live album, "Love Made A Way."

August 10, 2017

'I Got Saved' by Selah

Selah is a contemporary Christian vocal trio consisting of Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Amy Perry. They have won seven Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and sold more than 4 million album and single units combined.

August 03, 2017

Playing for Change: 'Down by the Riverside'

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

July 27, 2017

Andrew Marcus: 'Glory To His Name'

Andrew Mark Marcus is a Canadian worship musician. He has released five studio albums, "Salvation and Glory" (2007), "Emptiness Speaks Volumes" (2009), "Our Conversation Behind the Veil" (2011), "When Winter Falls Summer Springs" (2013) and "Constant" (2016).

July 20, 2017

'Change the World' by Derek Minor

Derek Johnson, Jr., better known by his stage name Derek Minor and former stage name PRo, (born December 16, 1984) is an American Christian hip hop artist, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and screenwriter.

July 13, 2017

'Never Let Me Go' by Fearless BND

Partnering with Swam Dance Crew from New Zealand, Fearless created a cinematic approach to one of the singles released on their 12-month journey.

July 06, 2017

Hillsong United: 'Heart Like Heaven'

As the sun set over the Sea of Galilee we captured this song: The beauty and the surrealism of the moment, we hope, is compared to our hearts towards heaven. In moments where we have no words, we can sing Holy. --Hillsong United

June 29, 2017

'Go' by Darlene Zschech

Australian Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a composer, worship leader, pastor and speaker, most notably for her involvement in the music from Hillsong Church, Sydney over many years.

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.

May 04, 2017

Hillsong United: 'Say The Word'

"Say The Word" is from "Empires," the fourth studio album from Australian contemporary worship music band Hillsong United, a worship band from Hillsong Church. The album was released on May 26, 2015.

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.

April 06, 2017

'Back to God' by Reba McEntire

This is from Reba McEntire's album "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope" released in February 2017.

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.

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