"You Are More" hit the charts, hit the top and then hung around for a good, long while. The song comes from The Light Meets The Dark. My favorite song on the release, it touches on a topic that I speak on frequently ... not being defined by the choices that we've made or the mistakes that we've survived. Our experiences help shape us, but they do not define us. God defines us and we are more than a laundry list of actions.
Our next song for 2011 comes from newcomer and tobyMac find, Jamie Grace. If you've ever wondered what would happen if you threw pop, R&B and hip hop into a blender and served it up with charm and an acoustic guitar, you've found it with this fun tune.
"Stronger," which sat at the top for 12 weeks, is from Mandisa's totally amazing release, What If We Were Real. Fans love this one as it is one of those "good to the last drop" kind of tunes that reminds us that it is from the bad that we get stronger.
We starting hearing "Strong Enough" over the summer months and it carried us through fall. The popular radio single from Matthew West's The Story of Your Life gives us everything Matthew West has gotten us used to where his music is concerned ... great vocals, perfect timing and lyrics that resonate with our hearts.
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"Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)," is the third single release from Until The Whole World Hears. While some of the critics weren't impressed by the song (or the release), it certainly proved them wrong after spending 14 weeks in the Top 10. Personally, I have to wonder how anyone could say that lyrics like Living, He loved me / Dying, He saved me / Buried, He carried my sins far away are a cliche (yet one reviewer did) because truth is never a cliche!
One of my personal favorite songs of 2011, the title track from Laura's album is tender, yet as powerful as a freight train. The piano-based ballad shares that we shouldn't look at blessings as a wish list that God checks off for us. Rather, we should see the blessings in the little miracles around us.
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After 18 weeks in the Top 10, the fun "Move" comes from The Generous Mr. Lovewell. This tune has a very Sgt. Pepper (Bee Gees version) sound, taking listeners back to the 80s.
After a total of 19 weeks in the chart, Jeremy Camp's "The Way" is hands down, the most popular song in Christian music for 2011. The tune comes from his 2010 release, We Cry Out: The Worship Project. The song was co-written with his brother-in-law, Brad Peens, and it has a real anthem feel to it.
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