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Best Albums & Songs of 2017 (So Far)

We have called together the UTR Critics Panel to choose the music that most impacted them during the first half of 2017. We all have go-to favorites from years-gone-by, but it can be difficult (or overwhelming) to discover the best music being made today… which is why we are here to help. We hope this list gives anyone with discerning ears some a good place to start to find the latest in high-quality faith-inspired music.  (These are listed in no particular order.)

[Music qualified for consideration if it was released between 12/1/16 and 7/1/17 and is from a Christian songwriter/artist.]


  • Souvenir – Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors (“Thought-provoking; another masterful work from Drew Holcomb”)
  • Modern Plagues – The Whistles & the Bells (“Alternative masterpiece in the making”)
  • Call The Ships Home – The Asking (“Scripturally-rooted lyrics with fine folk production”)
  • Songs of Lament – Rachel Wilhelm  (“The more you listen, the more you will understand why lament is a necessary part of life”)
  • Ordinary Time – The Mosleys (“Rachel Mosely’s voice shines on their exceptional first full-length album”)
  • Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores – Staci Frenes  (“A musical voyage through all the doubt, fear, hope and faith that makes life worth living”)
  • To Have You Around – Zach Winters  (“Layers of instruments, layers of vocals, sometimes sparse, and always pleasing to the ears”)
  • Red Sea Road – Ellie Holcomb  (“Achingly beautiful, audaciously joyful, and deeply encouraging”)
  • Fool (Live [
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