Sometimes Christian artists get a hard time when they step outside their specific ministry focus and just perform some fun music. Two artists I have grown to appreciate over the past 18 months are Dara MacLean and Brooke Fraser. Both have been very effective in writing and singing songs that convey a strong Christ-centered message. But they both have also developed quite a following outside the normal Christian music circles.
Here are a couple of recent finds that I think you will enjoy. One is a cover of an old song given new life and a new audience by Dara while the other is an original song by Brooke.
First, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” performed in a cool live studio recording by Dara MacLean who in this song does a duet with Jason Eskridge. Love this version!
Second, Brooke Fraser sings one of her own big hits. From her beginnings in New Zealand, she now has a world-wide platform for her music and recently has played before sold out crowds in several international arenas. This is a song called “Coachella.”
Life is intended to be free from the baggage of our past when we experience the sweet forgiveness Jesus Christ gives. Yet too many followers of Christ continue to try to hold onto their old pain, the deep wounds of shipwrecked relationships, the fears associated with past failures. In a great line from this song by singer/songwriter Dara Maclean, a liberating truth invites us to lay down the past and move forward in the freedom of Christ: “You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases!”
Paul said it in a more familiar way, “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
What are you holding onto that is keeping you from running in the joyful freedom of Jesus Christ? Watch, listen and enjoy a fresh new look at what God makes available to us through Christ!