What Gavin James Taught Me About Listening For God in Secular Music

What Gavin James Taught Me About Listening For God in Secular Music

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There is nothing more beautiful than pouring your heart and soul into something. Recently I went to a Sam Smith concert and I have to say, I was truly captivated. However, it was not by Sam but by his opener – Gavin James. Truthfully, I was disappointed with Sam Smith’s performance… it was just a performance marked by bright lights, great vocals, and an artist who could boast thousands of screaming fans. However, when you strip away all of the “glitter,” the music should be so much more. Sam Smith, a powerhouse singer and songwriter, truly left me wanting more and thankfully, that something more was found by a new artist Continue Reading

June and July’s Best New CCM Songs

June and July’s Best New CCM Songs

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It takes time to sort through hundreds of new songs, but June and July brought us some delightfully delicious CCM music, just like watermelon on a hot summer day! I am very excited to share all the excellent music that is not to be missed this sizzling summer. Continue Reading

7 Songs You Must Add To Your Playlist

7 Songs You Must Add To Your Playlist

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For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you may have recognized a trend where each month I list my favorite music selections from newly released CCM albums. I know May is a bit late (sorry, my husband and I just moved across country); however, I must confess… May’s songs were such a disappointment that I felt it would be unfair to suggest things that were at best, average. So, here is a quick look Continue Reading

Why Josh Groban's New Album, Stages, Deserves a Standing Ovation

Why Josh Groban’s New Album, Stages, Deserves a Standing Ovation

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Josh Groban is an enigma. He has gracefully captivated a mainstream pop fan-base, while staying true to his roots as a beautiful classical baritone. In a musical world where we have traded legendary singers like Celine Dion for Disney stars like Selena Gomez, it is safe to say that music often feels like it is changing for the worse. In fact, music feels as if it has quickly changed from Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” to Carly Rae Jepsen’s gushing “I Really Really Really Really Like You.” Yes, not all singers are created equal; therefore, when Josh Groban recently took on classic musical theater songs in his newest album, “Stages,” I believe it’s worth taking notice. Continue Reading

April's Best Christian Album Releases

April’s Best Christian Album Releases

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April showers bring May flowers and this month’s new releases were indeed flooded with some awesome options that are guaranteed to brighten your many months to come. I hope you check out some of these artists and let me know your thoughts/favorites! Continue Reading

5 YouTube Covers You Don't Want To Miss

5 YouTube Covers You Don’t Want To Miss

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I am always amazed at how creative the human mind can truly be when unleashed. If you are anything like me, when it comes to surfing YouTube for unique and creative covers of popular songs, you can’t resist the urge to share with friends when you come across those ‘musical gems.’ Therefore, music lovers and friends, here are some of my favorite covers by some extremely talented folks. I hope that you will comment on your favorites, share some I missed and join in on the conversation! Continue Reading

March's Best CCM Releases

March’s Best CCM Releases

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If you aren’t familiar yet with DairaCurran.com, every month I look back at the newly released music each week over the month prior and pick out some of my favorite new releases to add to your playlist. Here are March’s new CCM picks: Continue Reading

VIDEO: Crimson – An Inspiring Cover for Easter Weekend

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We try to fix things as humans. We try to fix our mistakes with heartfelt apologies. We try to fix people – because we want them to be their best. We even try to fix ourselves by doing our hair and makeup, presenting our best “face” to others. Yet, sometimes we don’t do such a good job at fixing things. Continue Reading

Download-Worthy: Three Songs From Piece by Piece, Kelly Clarkson’s New Album

Download-Worthy: Three Songs From Piece by Piece, Kelly Clarkson’s New Album

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Kelly Clarkson is a force to be reckoned with. She is one of a select few that not only made it through the rigorous competition that is American Idol,  but she has since stood the test of time when other ‘winners’ have long been forgotten (don’t’ forget, she was the very first idol). Her new single “Heartbeat Song” is a catchy tune that you may have found yourself singing along to on the radio… but perhaps you have not yet listened to the entire album Piece by Piece (released February 27, 2015).  I wanted to take this time Continue Reading