It’s time for the monthly post detailing what albums and artist I’ve been listening to called What I’ve Heard: September 2022 Edition.

Top 25 Albums of September
  • September was a month to highlight some fantastic ladies in music, as Indie Artist Jetty Rae, CCM Queen Amy Grant, and up-and-coming Madison Cunningham all got a high number of listens. Both Jetty Rae and Madison have a high chance of making my Top 10 records of the year end are a cinch for the Top 20 blog I’ll post at the end of the year.
  • There are two old school Amy Grant albums due to listening through a majority of her non-Christmas catalogue this month. I ended up with a Top 5 of hers that didn’t change from where I had it at the outset. Lead Me On (1988), Heart in Motion (1991), Behind the Eyes (1997), Age to Age (1982), and Home For Christmas (1992) in that order. I understand why she was the face of CCM for so many years but beyond those five albums and a few other select songs, she’s not an artist I revisit much.
  • September is also a month I do a yearly dive back into Rich Mullins in honor of his passing. This Sept. 19th was the 25th anniversary of his untimely death. As such I took some time with my two favorite albums (liturgy, legacy & Jesus Record) and a playlist of my favorite songs that he wrote. Rich Mullins (1955-1997), Top 20 Songs of 20 Artists: Rich Mullins
  • Friend, fellow Jesusfreakhideout staffer, and indie musician Chase Tremaine released a new single, “Middle of My Words” which I have been loving. It’s a catchy pop/rock tune right up my alley. Listen Here. I could be wrong but this may be the first time a single song has made my Top 25 albums streams in a month. If you like what you hear check out his other albums Development & Compromise (2021) and Unfall (2020). Both are excellent pop/rock albums with emo-influence and feature fantastic guitar work.
  • Jars of Clay’s Much Afraid album turned 25 years old so I listened to it a bunch and wrote a little retrospective of it. You can read it here if you missed it: Jars of Clay: Much Afraid Turns 25 Years Old One of my favorite memories of the album was a listening party my wife hosted for me and several of my friends for my 40th birthday. House Slippers on, lyrics in front of us, a journal to take notes, a listen on vinyl and a discussion after both the A side and B side, plus a killer 3 course meal, coffee, and dessert made for an all-time night.
  • I’m not sure how I missed it other than it being unavailable to stream previously, but Brian McSweeney formally of band Seven Day Jesus started a new alt rock band called Matthew and their album Everybody Down is a great one if you like 00s era Alt/rock.
  • I took the whole family to see The Gray Havens and Lovkn in concert so we listened in to TGH album Fire and Stone (2015) and Lovkn’s newest (2022) Home Called Heaven in preparation. A few pictures from the show below. Also, my Top 20 Gray Havens Songs with playlist if you’d like to check them out.
  • The Fold released a fun pop/punk album Stereo Fire this year and I enjoyed it enough to give it a spin or two. It’s good if you like the genre.
  • You notice a few favorites longtime favorites pop up here in Switchfoot, Caedmon’s Call, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and a 2022 favorite from John Van Deusen. They represent oft visited favorites of this year and yesteryear respectively.
  • You’ll notice an 80s era Michael W. Smith album pops up randomly, but it was a result of listening to the 80s era Amy Grant albums, specifically Lead Me On that sparked the desire. I also tuned in to I 2 Eye which is easily my favorite of his from the decade.
  • Other random albums that I listened to but didn’t quite make the list are: Blue Flower (2021) by The Gray Havens, (snapped up a vinyl copy of this at the concert), Coldplay’s X&Y (2005), Jon Gibson’s Body & Soul (1989), Falling Up’s The Hours (2013), Rich Mullins’ Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), Bleach’s Static (1998), Andrew Peterson’s Carried Along (2000), All Together Separate’s Self Titled (1999) House of Heroes’ The End is Not the End (2009), MWS’ Change Your World (1992), and Too Bad Eugene’s Distance (2022).
  • Last, but not least here’s my running playlist of 2022 songs I’m really enjoying, now curated down to less than 50 songs. Hope you find something new to love!