The Abused, The Abuser, The Bystander

On Norma Jean's seventh album, the tour de force 'Polar Similar,' vocalist Cory Brandan opens up about previous abuse in his life. The result is a stunning sonic and emotional powerhouse.

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Nothing More Reveals Their "Self"

Nothing More's latest album, 'The Stories We Tell Ourselves,' enlightens as it entertains. We talk to the man behind the lyrical opus, with Hawkins digging deep into relationships, expectation, and one very specific New Year's resolution.

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Relational Power, Music, and Identity: The Emotional Efficacy of Congregational Song

The power of congregational song to unify (or divide) people along various lines is well documented. Yet, how this process of uniting or dividing is accomplished has proven necessarily difficult to document. This paper examines the complex and polyvalent factors that contribute to the meaningfulness of congregational music making, seeking to offer a synthetic, conceptual framework with which to engage this often murky milieu.

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The Last Goodbyes

As For Today wraps up their farewell tour, vocalist and author Mattie Montgomery has to figure out his next move. HM's Nathan Myrick meets with Montgomery on a cold night to talk about his new book, his final farewells as a frontman, and his new future.

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An Honest Question to Difficult Answers: Explorations in Music, Culturalism, and Reconciliation

The importance of worship music in conversations about congregational health and growth is contested. The perception persists that worship music style is a primary means of determining comfort or belonging for “church shoppers” at a given congregation. Yet actual research shows that it has a more modest role than is assumed. Nevertheless, conversations regarding worship music abound, and with each passing publication we become more and more obsessed with finding and exploiting the correlates between worship music styles and ecclesial success.

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