Posts including Ben Rector

Special Guest Josh Garrels, Pt. 2 - Episode #364

posted: November 4th, 2016

The finish line is just in front of us -- this is the second-to-last radio program of UTR.  In the pre-show announcements we share the snapshot of why we're doing that and how we are moving forward. This week, we continue our interview with one of today's most popular Christian indie artists, Josh Garrels.  The questions this week go even deeper, and Josh is more candid and vulnerable with us than we've ever heard from …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Andy Gullahorn, Josh Garrels, Josh Garrels, Rebecca Jordan, Josh Garrels, Ben Rector, Josh Garrels, Burlap to Cashmere, Josh Garrels

All Cover Songs - Episode #362

posted: October 21st, 2016

In planning our final radio shows, one of the fan-favorite themes that's just pure fun is when we do all cover songs, so I was happy we could do this one more time in this era of UTR.  We are excited to share some UTR artists putting their own reimagined creativity on some prior classics, sometimes allowing the song to take on a new meaning when experienced through the lense of a different artist.  The …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Shaun Groves, Justin McRoberts, Christa Wells, 77s, Andrew Osenga, Mindy Smith, Ben Rector, Jenny & Tyler, Jessica Campbell, Eric Peters, Pierce Pettis, Sleeping At Last

Songs in the Queue, Pt. 2 - Episode #360

posted: October 11th, 2016

We used to release mid-week bonus podcast episodes fairly regularly... at least 5 or more each year.  But that tradition ended in 2014 when UTR became an independent ministry.  We had to scale back production some, so we just focused on our regular weekly podcast.  But now, for the first time in 2 years, we bring you a bonus mid-week podcast of UTR, featuring more songs that we've been "saving" for a future show... and now …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Christopher Williams, Brooke Waggoner, Gungor, Christa Wells, Fernando Ortega, Melanie Penn, Colony House, Jess Ray, Ben Rector, Caroline Cobb, White Heart, Audrey Assad, Dave Barnes

Some of Dave’s Faves - Episode #350

posted: June 17th, 2016

There have been a couple of times in the last couple of years that I seriously doubted we would ever make it to Show #350. More than anything else, this is a moment of gratitude for me personally. I am first thankful to God that He has given me a unique passion and calling and has proven to be a trustworthy provider. I am also thankful to our generous support team who is making this dream …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Mavis Staples, Andrew Osenga, Josh Garrels, Jillian Edwards, Ben Rector, Mindy Smith, Andrew Peterson, Russ Taff , Cory Asbury, Julie Lee, Zach Winters, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Valentines Special - Episode #303

posted: February 12th, 2016

We originally aired this episode exactly one year ago, and it features some of the best love songs penned by Christian songwriters.  I find it unfortunate that some Christians turn their nose up at love songs because they think Christians should be writing songs about God all the time. I believe that perspective is very short-sighted concerning what is "about God."  Do Christians experience falling in love, going through a break-up, frustrations in parenthood, great …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Jon Troast, Johnnyswim, Jessica Campbell, We Are The Monks , Christopher Williams, Ben Rector, Elenowen, Matt Brouwer, Danny Oertli, Fleming & John, Jenny & Tyler

Top Gourmet Songs of 2015, part 1 - Episode #336

posted: January 22nd, 2016

We keep our UTR Critics Panel working hard as they helped to compile a list of over 50 songs that really WOW'ed their ears in 2015.  In this hour we pass along some of that WOW to you, as we feature the first half of a 2-part series featuring the Top Gourmet Songs of 2015.  If you're looking for an hour where the best of the best is featured... look no further.  And I love …Read More »
Episode Artists:
MUTEMATH, Timbre, Arthur Alligood, LEVV, Ben Rector, JJ Heller, Vocal Few, Ben Pasley, Cindy Morgan, Brent Bourgeois, Sara Groves

UTR’s 7th Anniversary Show - Episode #329

posted: November 20th, 2015

It's a joy that the dream of UTR is still alive after 7 years. On this show we talk about how the road getting hear was not easy, but we are stronger than ever because UTR is now listener "owned."  The outpouring of support from listeners and artists has been surreal, and so that's what this celebration is all about.  It was fun to feature artists Christa Wells and Christopher Williams, and also get some thoughts …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Allen Levi, Ben Rector, Melanie Penn, Downhere, Julie Lee, Burlap To Cashmere, 100%, Tim Coons, Steve Taylor, Christa Wells

Interview Guest JJ Heller - Episode #324

posted: September 4th, 2015

Ever since getting a pre-release copy of the new JJ Heller album "Sound Of A Living Heart," I have been enjoying the sonic landscape and spiritually centered lyrics.  As CCM Magazine recently said, "Heller’s new batch skillfully encourages" the listener with honest and catchy songs.  I have been a fan of JJ's music for many years, but I can honestly say that I believe "SOALH" is her career best effort to date.  I was thrilled …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Jon Foreman, JJ Heller, Ben Rector, JJ Heller, Cindy Morgan, JJ Heller, Justin McRoberts, JJ Heller, Gungor, PFR, JJ Heller

Interview Guests Matthew Clark & Vanita Joines - Episode #311

posted: April 17th, 2015

I first met Matthew Clark at Escape To The Lake 2013.  If you were there, you might remember him as a "mystery" artist the first night of that inagural event.  I met Vanita Joines when she was on tour with Jenny & Tyler in Spring of 2014. As you will hear on the show, these are two kind and sweet souls, and their music is worth digging into.  (Dave)
Episode Artists:
Ben Rector, Matthew Clark, The Franz Family, Matthew Clark, Brooke Fraser, Matthew Clark, Harrod & Funck, Vanita Joines, Andrew Greer, Phil Madeira, Vanita Joines

Valentines Special - Episode #303

posted: February 13th, 2015

In the 1980's, some of the more fundamental evangelicals listened to Christian music of that day and counted the JPMs... the "Jesus Per Minutes." They would deem just how "Christian" a song was by the number of mentions God, Savior, Jesus, Lord got in a song.  It was probably done with good intentions, like wanting the music one hears to be more devotional or overtly evangelistic.  However, there were some severe consequences.  Of course artists …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Jon Troast, Johnnyswim, Jessica Campbell, We Are The Monks, Christopher Williams, Ben Rector, Elenowen, Matt Brouwer, Danny Oertli, Fleming & John, Jenny & Tyler

We Are Back! - Episode #298

posted: January 8th, 2015

After a three month hiatus, it is SO good to be back with brand new episodes. In fact, there was a moment when I wondered if we would ever present another new episode of UTR.  I am so grateful for the help and support of so many, including dozens of financial backers who were first-responders to our need. I had some time to think, "What type of show should we do for our grand return to the …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Nick Flora, Green River Ordinance, Josh Garrels, Tal & Acacia, Sufjan Stevens, Tommy Sims, Christa Wells, Ben Rector, The Farewell Drifters, Hark The Herons, Brooke Waggoner, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Waterdeep

Jessica Campbell Interview - Episode #297

posted: October 10th, 2014

I was introduced to the music of Jessica Campbell only a couple of months ago by UTR artist Christa Wells.  I'm really impressed with her brand of pop laced with southern charm.  I was all the more impressed when Christa and Jessica hung out with UTR for a couple of days last month.  Jessica is a terrific live performer and a down-to-earth person that will be a great addition to the artists we play on …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Chris Taylor, Jessica Campbell, Jessica Campbell, Eric Peters, Jessica Campbell, Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets, Jessica Campbell, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Ben Rector, Sixpence None The Richer, Jessica Campbell

Episode #272 - Robbie Seay Band, Jon Foreman, Audrey Assad

posted: March 14th, 2014


Episode Artists:
Katie Herzig, Shel, Josh Garrels, Gungor, Robbie Seay Band, Mercy Child, Jon Foreman, Ben Rector, Colony House, Andy Gullahorn, Audrey Assad

Episode #263 - Top Gourmet Songs of 2013, Part A

posted: January 3rd, 2014


Episode Artists:
The Civil Wars, Kendall Payne, Chris Haines, Caroline Cobb, Seabird, Michelle Thompson, The Gray Havens, Ben Rector, Daniel Amos, Julie Lee, Jars of Clay, Tal & Acacia

Episode #257 - UTR’s 5th Anniversary

posted: November 22nd, 2013


Episode Artists:
Jill Phillips, Rich Mullins, Jason Gray, Hark the Herons, Laura Story, Josh Garrels, Seabird, Andrew Peterson, Ben Rector, Andy Gullahorn

Episode #254 - Cover Songs

posted: October 18th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Audrey Assad, Mat Kearney, Andrew Peterson, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Rector, Ayiesha Woods & Paul Wright, Matt Wertz, David Crowder Band, Ginny Owens, House of Heroes, Buddy Miller/Julie Miller, Nick Flora

Episode #189 - Father’s Day 2012

posted: June 15th, 2012


Episode Artists:
Wes King, Randy Stonehill, Sara Groves, Eric Peters, Nick Flora, Ben Rector, Terry Scott Taylor, Geoff Moore, Brooke Fraser, Jake Smith, Andrew Peterson

Episode #181 - Bonus Pocast: Listener Requests

posted: May 1st, 2012


Episode Artists:
The Glorious Unseen, The Ember Days, Downhere, Deni Gauthier, Tara Leigh Cobble, Andrew Peterson, Mark Heard, Jadon Lavik, Arthur Alligood, Derek Webb, Ginny Owens, Ben Rector, Ryan Corn, Ascend the Hill

Episode #179 - Needtobreathe, The Civil Wars, Sara Groves

posted: April 20th, 2012


Episode Artists:
Owl City, Rich Mullins, Andrew Greer, Buddy Miller & Julie Miller, Sara Groves, Ben Rector, Jenny & Tyler, The Civil Wars, JJ Heller, Josh Garrels, Needtobreathe, Melanie Penn

Episode #170 - Valentine’s Love Song Special

posted: February 14th, 2012


Episode Artists:
Derek Webb & Sandra McCracken, Katie Herzig & Matthew Perryman Jones, Ben Rector, Jon Troast, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, JJ Heller, Mat Kearney, Randall Goodgame, Out of the Grey, Matt Wertz, Griffin House, Dave Barnes, Jill Phillips, Jenny & Tyler , Chris Rice, Isobelle Gunn, Tara Leigh Cobble, Seabird

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