Staff Picks 2021 Music
Over the next few days, we’ll be bringing you not one… not two… but THREE lists of nothing but the best to feed your head, heart, and soul. Read on for the Music list, and come back to this blog for the Book list on January 21st, and the Podcast list on Jan 22nd.
Psalms Project (album and devotional) – Mike Janzen
Badgerland (artist collective)
You may not have heard of them (yet), but they’re huge in Germany (we think). Badgerland is a self-described “place for friendly people to make friendly music and post it for free online in compilation albums.” This artist collective has brought us such gems as “Sasquatchewan”, and an endless supply of “Little Drummer Boy” covers. Look close, and you’ll even find some InterVarsity staff and alumni who have taken up residence in Badgerland.
Seeds (album) – Hey Rosetta
“I discovered “Hey Rosetta” this year – wayyy too late to the party. They are on an indefinite hiatus! I recommend anyone to check them out though! I’ve had this particular album on repeat for half of 2021. With a healthy mix of upbeat hard-hitting songs and a few slower paced ones, this album will draw you in. What I appreciate about “Hey Rosetta” is the way they are able to layer so many instruments, including more classical ones, like brass and cello.”
Advent Songs (album) – Porter’s Gate
“I’ve enjoyed every song on this album, and it has been a transforming experience to be led in musical worship with a few of these songs at a church I’ve been attending in Victoria. “He Comes” has especially resonated with me, and I think Mary’s Lullaby (Black Haired Boy) is a song that should get sung in every church nativity. I also found this album a great way to introduce students unfamiliar with Advent traditions to the rich history of the church calendar.”