Yesterday I picked up a rental car (see right) that was, well, small. It was quite humorous actually. I brought Jared with me, he is one of the pastors on my staff. We were in this car for over 5 hours yesterday, and although it was quite uncomfortable it was also a source of much laughter.
One of the things we laughed most about was how HORRIBLE the sound system was. It sounds like the speakers are sitting at the bottom of a toilet.
Anyway, we wanted to listen to some music so I said, “Let’s only play music that would even sound good on these speakers.” So, here are the artists we listened to on our drive. Some of them you may be aware of but I would be surprised if you’ve heard of them all. But, you should. Gifted people to say the least. 3 of these artists are from the Portland area (where I live) and one is not. So, here they are and a little bit about each:
- Beautiful Eulogy - a compilation of three artists: Braille, Odd Thomas and Cortland Urbano. This group of artists writes some of the most theologically-centered rap I’ve honestly ever heard. Their latest album is called Instruments of Mercy and you should definitely check it out – click here. They play all over Portland and are loved by all who listen…mostly non-Christian. At the end of each of their sets they always offer themselves for conversation, and there is much fruit from their ministry.
- Liz Vice – another Portland based artist who can flat out sing her heart out. Her music is…get this…a folky sound mixed with an old school gospel. Her album is called There’s A Light. To check her out, click here.
- Andy Mineo – this guy is said to be one of the best free style rappers…in the world! Now, you may disagree with that…until you actually hear him freestyle. Until then, if you like rap music, you should definitely check him out. Click here to check out his latest full length album, Heroes.
- Josh Garrels – a Portland-based guy who’s lyrics and rhythms will blow you away. His latest album, Love and War was voted the Christian album of the year. Josh is an incredible writer with lyrics that are so deep theologically that you have to stop and chew on them a bit from time to time. Click here to check him out.
And let me just say again…each of these artists even sounded good coming out of the “toilet bowl” our speakers were in