Have you kept up on all the best new releases of the first half of 2023?  We know – it’s almost impossible!  But we hope the UTR’s CRITICS’ PICKS playlist will help you discover some of the artists, albums, and songs that have truly captured our attention.   If you want to explore even further, read the full list of our 2023(A) Critics’ Picks.  We hope these new releases will help you “rediscover your soul-connection to music!”

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Curator’s Note – Best Music of 2023(A)

We are enjoying another stellar year of ‘gourmet music.’ You’ll find many artists who you have known and adored for years, plus this list likely points you to several artists that are completely new-to-you.  A big thanks to our Critics’ Panel without whom we couldn’t have made this playlist ! — Dave



Find Your People – Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
All in All – Josh Garrels
Day Go Down – Candace Coker
Heart Medicine – Judah & the Lion
Patience – Wilder Woods
Love of Another Kind [LIVE] – Rich Mullins
Here For You – Christa Wells
Disappointing Song – Eric Peters
The Rock I’m On – Ross King
Hope – NF
Falling Like Fire – Aryn Michelle
Dopamine – The Arcadian Wild
Rollin’ – Blessing Offor
Kelly Time – Owl City
No Time to Wait – Tina Boonstra
Running Toward the Light – Jenny & Tyler
Orders – Bruce Cockburn
Man on the Run – Colony House
Color We Bleed – Drakeford (ft. DJ & Marv)
No More Wasted Years – Common Hymnal
Here I Am – Citizens
The Healing Comes – Melanie Penn
All or Nothing – The River Indigo
Caesar Said to Brutus – Zach & Maggie
Place For Me – Jason Gray
Hard Time – Allie Crummy
Detail – Jonathan McReynolds
The Harbor – Kylie Dailey
Goodbye Ole Me – Consumed By Fire
You Belong – Matthew Clark
My Refuge, My Fortress (Psalm 91) – Caroline Cobb (ft. Paul Demer)
Not A Stranger – The Porter’s Gate (ft. Sandra McCracken)
Create In Me (Psalm 51) – Paul Zach (ft. iAmSon & Jessica Fox)
The King is on the Way – Jonathan Traylor
Waiting – Lauren Daigle
Pride Was All I Lost – Nicholas D’Andrea
Suburbs – Skye Peterson
Pangea – Garden Friend
Nazareth – Jon Guerra
If God Came to Church – Megan Brown
One True Love – John Tibbs
Plead – Joel Ansett
Even On the Worst Days – Mandi Mapes
Charlize Theron (Death of a Diplomat) – Benjamin Daniel
New Noise – The Classic Crime
Joy in the Battle – MAJOR
Get Back Your Fight – Sarah Reeves
Currency – Brogan Gaskill
New Heart – Jeremi Licata
Change – Anna Palfreeman (ft. Rachael Teixeira)
False Infinities – Former Ruins
Mas Alla de la Tormenta – Ale Fdz
Conversation – Grace Graber
You Belong (Psalm 87) – Wendell Kimbrough