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Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered – Music CD Review & Giveaway!

It has always been a pleasure to do music reviews for you here at Love2EncourageYou. There are so many great and talented artists in the Christian music industry who create lyrics that just overflow with inspiration and encouragement from the blessings and trials they’ve experienced in life.

Today I have a heart-felt CD from Nichole Nordeman for you to enjoy! It’s titled: Every Mile Mattered

Some of you may have already heard the hit, “SLOW DOWN” on the Christian radio. She includes a new recording of that song on this album.

I’ve found that having the combination of reading God’s Word, prayer, and the sound of God inspired music can be a great combo over a relaxing cup of tea watching the sunrise for your morning devotions. Nichole Nordeman’s cd is both inspiring and calming in many ways. A great CD to listen to when reflecting after devotions and preparing for your day in the morning, or if you’re wanting to unwind after a hard day at work.

Here’s a glimpse at one of my favorite songs on the album: Listen To Your Life

I hope you will find it just as soothing and inspiring as I did! There are so few things in life that I take the time to enjoy amidst the hustle and bustle of caring for kids, cleaning house, work, and reaching out to others, but music has always been a source of peace and calming for me. Trust me when I share that this album is one of those go to albums to accomplish just that. Her gifts have been fine tuned after all these years of multiple albums and I really think Nichole Nordeman has offered us something special with this one!

For those of you who enjoy humor, my hubby was listening to the album with me during my review and when I got to that song, “Listen to Your Life”, he asked me this question: “So is that last song we just heard called, Listen To Your Wife?” I told him YES!!! lol.


Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com

Purchase the CD here: 

ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
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Amazon: http://capcmg.me/emm.am)

She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August!! If you’re interested, pre-order here:

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Enter to win your own copy of the Nichole Nordeman album: Every Mile Mattered!

Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Open to residents of the Continental USA (lower 48 states).

Dates: August 2nd -August 14th at Noon EST.


Please see future giveaways listed on the blog including the next big giveaway for two Tickets to the movie All Saints!

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Inspiring, Upbeat Sounds From The Afters New Album + Giveaway



It is my honor and privilege to introduce you to a wonderful Christian band call THE AFTERS. Their music is something you’ve probably heard many times on the Christian radio stations as their latest hit single called LIVE ON FOREVER was playing all summer near us. This single along with nine other awesome songs were finally presented in this great new album titled: LIVE ON FOREVER (The Afters).

Get pumped up my friends, because today you are being treated to a chance to WIN your very own copy of this super album by THE AFTERS! Enter the giveaway below and share with your contacts for more chances to win!

My daughter and I agree, this album shares some deep needed encouragement to its listeners that many will find treasured on their hearts to rely on in times of conflict and struggle. My personal favorites are Live On Forever and Legends. I like the musical arrangements on these two in particular as well as the lyrics that speak to our hearts. Songs like these inspire my own musically inclined children to want to become song writers for Jesus too! Way to go, THE AFTERS! Thanks for your heart-felt lyrics and rockin’ rhythms that inspire my children to dream big dreams and live their lives for Jesus in ALL they do!

Let me encourage you to read this incredible bio from the band as it shows how they dealt with great loss as they worked through personal battles and fear and conquered it with God’s strength the whole way through. This album was a labor of love and a battle cry to speak volumes to the world. It’s impressive to listen to their songs and recognize God’s power in all things knowing the history behind the band while trying to create this album.

The Afters – Live on Forever Bio:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Share this exciting new album info with friends and family! Let the band know you are sharing by including hashtag:  #TheAfters

Want to buy THE AFTERS “LIVE ON FOREVER” album for yourself or as a gift? 

iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-iTunes?
Google Play:  http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-GPlay
Amazon:  http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-Amazon
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4sVbYL5y6d2nMX2H5LggGx

Get Connected with The Afters:
Official website: www.theafters.com

Music Videos:
Battles (Official Lyric Video)
Battles (Heart Of The Song)
Live On Forever (Heart Of The Song)
Live On Forever (Official Music Video)



Prize: One winner will receive their very own copy of the brand new CD titled LIVE ON FOREVER by THE AFTERS!

Who can enter? You must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the USA or Canada.

Date ending: This giveaway ends on Oct 4 at noon EST!

How to Enter: Just COMMENT below and tell us who your favorite Christian music artist or band is!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant  per mailing address, per  giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

PLUMB Exhale CD is fabulous! High energy and Faith-filled!


It’s been an honor to have the chance to review the new album EXHALE from Plumb  with Curb Records, Inc. I adore so many of the songs – it’s hard to choose a favorite! My kids listen to their songs in the car and in our home on the Christian radio, and I love hearing them sing and repeat these awesome faith-filled lyrics!

I must say though – I do truly love the songs, “Lord, I’m Ready Now” and “Great is Our God”. Here are the music videos on YouTube by Plumb. Enjoy!



About PLUMB:

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

About the album:
EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.”

I think Plumb has such a huge audience that their music appeals to. I would recommend this group and their new album EXHALE to anyone! You will not be disappointed with their depth of musical talent both instrumentally and vocally.  Their devotion to sharing the Gospel of Christ with the world through their music is awesome. It is an admirable mission that many great Christian music artists and bands are excelling at – and Plumb is one of those bands!

What is your favorite song by Plumb? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share the link to one of their YouTube videos in the comments or just tell us the name of the song so others can be blessed by it as well.

Please join me in supporting Christian music by prayerfully making a purchase on iTunes of the new Plumb EXHALE album today!

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I hope the message of HOPE in their music will always be a blessing to you! Don’t miss hearing the song, “SMOKE” if you get the chance. It’s perfect for offering hope to anyone you think needs a boost.

Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou and reading my review of Plumb EXHALE album. Enter the giveaway below for your chance to WIN a copy of your own!


Prize: One winner will receive a physical copy of the album EXHALE by Plumb!

Location: Open to USA and Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter

Date: Ends on May 28 at midnight EST.


Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


Doug Anderson “Drive” CD #Review

Doug Anderson’s newest CD titled: DRIVE

Review and Giveaway of this 2 DOVE AWARD WINNING ALBUM!


I was not familiar with Doug Anderson originally, but when I heard that Wayne Haun helped write and produce this album, I wanted to check it out. Each person has a different passion or gift they’re good at – Doug Anderson is no different. You can tell he is “all in” with this album and loves to share about the Lord through his music. Varying lyrics and pleasant country music style give this CD a thumbs up on arrangement of tracks, writing quality and artist’s voice.

Country Gospel style music is fun and enjoyable for any who hear it. Although this particular style of music is not what I normally listen to on a daily basis (I’m a dance/pop/rock type of gal), I would still enjoy listening to it in the car or at my desk when I want something soothing and cheerful as background music. The songs on this DRIVE album are polished and full of life. I was blessed to get to do a review of this CD and would enjoy incorporating some of the songs for times of worship too. Please visit Family Christian Store’s website HERE to listen to a selection of Doug Anderson’s DRIVE album and hear the different track selections right on that page. I am sure you will find a few that make you smile and have a catchy beat.

I appreciate when people work hard at what they do and obviously have a love for the Lord and wish to share Him with the world. I believe Doug Anderson’s CD will please many readers/listeners with it’s unique country sound and Spirit-filled lyrics. Doug’s DRIVE album won 2 Dove Awards in 2014!  One award was for the song “Love With Open Arms” which won Best Country Song of the Year! The other Dove Award was given to Doug Anderson’s DRIVE for Best Country Album!


A Dove Award-winning baritone vocalist in Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Doug Anderson sees the release of his second solo project, Drive. Once again using the talents of producer-songwriter Wayne Haun, the project features a cover of Dolly Parton’s “The Seeker” and tracks such as “I’ll Be There With You” and “Sundays Are Made for Times Like These.”

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a copy of the album in exchange for an honest review.

Gaither Vocal Band: Sometimes It Takes A Mountain cd #review #giveaway


Being raised as a little girl in a Christian home where the family regularly listened to the beautiful voices in the Bill Gaither Trio, I have continued to appreciate the sounds of harmony now coming from the Gaither Vocal Band too. It has been a huge favorite of ours to watch their videos on TV and clap and tap along to the glorious worship atmosphere their singing creates. My mom and dad were big fans of the Gaither Vocal Band and always listened to their music together. Even after dad’s passing many years ago, my mother still loves to hear them sing, and my husband and I have raised our kids on their music as well.

This new album from the Gaither Vocal Band called “Sometimes It Takes A Mountain” is a real tribute to the types of music my parent’s generation loved as well as throwing in some great modern sounding tunes that rock the praises to God through the rooftops. I have enjoyed playing this cd with my children over and over again in the last week as my 7 yr old daughter just adores one of my favorite songs that they did a remake of with this new Gaither Vocal Band group – “That’s When the Angels Rejoice”.  You cannot keep yourself from smiling and filling with joy just at the thought of knowing God’s angels rejoice and jump and shout whenever a sinner makes the Lord’s choice and comes back home. This is the kind of music I want my kids listening to and repeating the lyrics to! My 3 yr old son exclaimed at the end of hearing this song, “That’s great singing! I love singing songs with you, mommy. Let’s sing another one!” Precious moments that fill my heart with joy.

There is such a great collection of song choices on this album with varying styles to please many types of listening audiences. It’s awesome to have other cool tracks such as “Happy Rhythm” (Oh my goodness – you will love this song!),  “Let It Start In Me” (what a great message!) and “Heaven Came Down” (Absolutely a delightful, catchy tune and wonderful lyrics!) I really like the song, “When Fear Comes Knocking” and “You Brought Us Out” as well. The whole cd is Spirit-filled and incredible for your listening enjoyment – the ones I listed above just really stood at to me as favorites. I give this Gaither Vocal Band: Sometimes It Takes A Mountain cd a full five stars for a great family music experience.

I found a Gaither Video from this new album that is mostly clips of the music since it’s still too new, but at the very least I would like you to listen to this songs from their album to give you a glimpse of what it’s like. I hope you will love these songs too! There is a brief video clip of the new Gaither Vocal Band singing “Happy Rhythm” about 1:15 minutes into the video.

The Gaither Vocal Band is on tour across the country this year in 2014/2015. You can check out the dates and locations here.



Sponsored by Family Christian Stores!

Prize: One winner to receive a copy of the new cd from the Gaither Vocal Band, “Sometimes it Takes a Mountain”.

Location: Open to USA & Canada

Age: 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: Ends on December 3 at midnight.


Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. Special thanks to Family Christian for giving me a sample copy of the cd in exchange for an honest review.