Essential Albums 2011: Staff Top 10s

2011 was an incredible year in music. The last twelve months have seen the release of some of the best albums in faith based music in three years, and when we say it was difficult to bring you the absolute essentials, we mean it. Every genre had game changing albums released on the public, some from artists you know and love, but we also saw masterful music flowing through new artists who are no doubt only at the beginning of their musical journey.

With way too much delay, we present to you our celebration of 2011 in music. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think.

Ian’s 10 Essential Albums Of 2011

1.Josh Garrels-Love & War & The Sea In Between
2.Propaganda & Odd Thomas-Art Ambidextrous
3.The Civil Wars-Barton Hollow
4.Son Lux- We Are Rising
5.Life In Your Way-Kingdoms
6.Hands-Give Me Rest
7.NEEDTOBREATHE-The Reckoning
8.O’Brother-Garden Window
9.Not One Is Upright-God Is Not A Watchmaker And The World Is Not Ticking
10.Oh Sleeper-Children Of Fire

Chuck’s 10 Essential Albums Of 2011

1.Josh Garrels-Love & War & The Sea In Between
2.The Civil Wars-Barton Hollow
3.Dolly Parton-Better Day
4.Gungor-Ghosts Upon The Earth
5.MUTEMATH- Odd Soul
6.Over The Rhine-The Long Surrender
7.Preson Phillips-Wrath
8.Aaron Strumpel-Birds
9.Son Lux- We Are Rising
10.Lauryn Peacock-Keep It Simple: Let the Sun Come Out

Rebecca’s 10 Essential Albums Of 2011

1.My Epic-Broken Voice EP
2.Close Your Eyes-Empty Hands And Heavy Hearts
3.Sleeping Giant-Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
4.The Brigade-Warnings
5.The Wealthy West-The Wealthy West EP
6.The Civil Wars-Barton Hollow
7.Josh Garrels-Love & War & The Sea In Between
8.Twenty|One|Pilots- Regional At Best
9.Hands-Give Me Rest
10.Switchfoot-Vice Verses

Debbie’s 10 Essential Albums Of 2011

1.Josh Garrels-Love & War & The Sea In Between
2.Dolly Parton-Better Day
3.Gungor-Ghosts Upon The Earth
4.Leigh Nash- Hymns & Sacred Songs
5.Caedmon’s Call-Raising Up The Dead
6.tobyMac-Christmas In Diverse City
7.The Civil Wars-Barton Hollow
8.Preson Phillips-Wrath
9.Shaun Groves-Third World Symphony
10.The City Harmonic-I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)

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