We all have music we love… from the past.  But is it a challenge to keep up on all the new music being released at a rapid rate?  If so, we got your back!  UTR has an incredible panel of critics who love discovering and sharing new music.  Besides helping us name our Top 11 Gourmet Albums list each year, we also ask their help to share the BEST albums and songs released in the first half of each year.  There are many gems to discover in the first months of 2022, and the full list of critics’ picks is here.  This playlist features over 50 of the selections as either a top album or song.  Rediscover your soul-connection to music!


**Playlist Update Coming Soon**

Curator’s Notes – 2022(A)

I love the diversity of music that has been released in 2022, and which is reflected in this playlist.  There are brand new artists to the scene (Three Shipps, Jordan St. Cyr, DOE, Anne Wilson) mixed with long-time music veterans (Sixpence None the Richer, Terry Scott Taylor, Jill Phillips, Switchfoot).  There are artists that have a large non-church audience (Judah & The Lion, Chagall Guevara, Needtobreathe) as well as many artists of color (Liz Vice, Tauren Wells, Mary Ozaraga, Royce Lovett, & more).  Hope you enjoy! — Dave


House of Grief – Jill Phillips
More of Thee – Russ Mohr
Born Again – Jess Ray
Heroes – Ben Rector
Up – Tauren Wells
The King is Coming – The Porter’s Gate (ft. Josh Garrels & Terrian)
Talk of the Town – Needtobreathe
Fill My Cup – Andrew Ripp
Gravity – Kristene DiMarco (ft. Kalley)
Better Late Than Never – Arthur Alligood
“Hey There, Dragonfly” – Andy Zipf
I See a King – The Wood Drake Sessions (ft. Liz Vice)
You Tell Me – John Van Deusen
Youth of the Young – Switchfoot
Supernatural – Trip Lee
Lean Back – LOVKN
How Many Songs Does it Take to Save the World? – Elias Dummer
Peace – Melanie Penn
Every Beauty – Matthew Clark
Mem – Poor Bishop Hooper
Brighter Days – Blessing Offer
Weary Traveler – Jordan St. Cyr
River – Leslie Perez
Hey Jerry – Ian Zumback
The Lord is on My Side – Karin Simmons
Lazarus – Phil Madeira (ft. Jeff Coffin)
Brighter – DOE
With Us Still – Colorvault (ft. Alex Taylor)
Revival – Judah & The Lion
Won’t Fade Away – The Amazing Grace
Forever Again – Kings Kaleidoscope
Resurrection #9 – Chagall Guevara
Room in My House – Miriam Jones
Up Above My Head – The Devil Don’t Like It
Something About That Name – Anne Wilson
There Will Be Surprises – Drew Miller
Brave – Eden Wilhelm
Hearts on the Run – Three Shipps
King of Hearts – Sixpence None The Richer
Fire and Flood – Lute & Lyre
How Long – Weston Skaggs
Love Has the Final Word – Mary Ozaraga
Better – Royce Lovett (ft. Canon)
Fly – Carly Taich
Church of the Concrete Wave – Ash & Eric
Jesus Laughs – Justin Carlson
Dwelling – Hannah Hubin & Dennis Parker
This is My Father’s World – Ryan Clair
“I Plan, God Laughs” – Terry Scott Taylor
Winter Garden – Brettan Cox
Back Porch – Jesse Butterworth
Low – Jonathan Ogden
Unforced Rhythms – Allswell