Posts including Christopher Williams

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

Preview of Escape To The Lake 2016 - Episode #343

posted: April 15th, 2016

Little know fact: On our production schedule, this week was supposed to be a rerun.  Last month the idea dawned on me to do a show previewing some of the amazing artists coming to ETTL 2016, something that we've never really done in the past.  One of the self-indulgent reasons why I wanted to produce this show was to feature a new (1-wk-old) song from The Gray Havens' new stellar album Ghost of a King, as …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Joy Ike, Nick Flora, Jess Ray, 6’10, The Gray Havens, Joel Ansett, Sara Groves, Giants & Pilgrims, Christopher Williams, Chris & Jenna

Special Interview Guest Judah & The Lion - Episode #292

posted: February 19th, 2016

In May 2014, I had the privilege of hosting Judah & The Lion in the UTR Studios for a private concert and exclusive interview.  Our special feature episode released in September of that same year, just as their first full length project Kids These Days was released.  Their popularity took off, including touring with Mat Kearney, Ben Rector, and playing on The Late Show with David Letterman.  I found Judah, Nate, and Brian completely down-to-earth and not shy …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Christopher Williams, Judah & the Lion, Melanie Penn, Judah & the Lion, Ellie Holcomb, Judah & the Lion , Giants & Pilgrims, Judah & the Lion, Jillian Edwards, Susan Ashton, Judah & the Lion

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

Escape To The Lake 2015 Audio Recap - Episode #322

posted: August 21st, 2015

This last July 1-5, UTR put on the gourmet music event of the summer, Escape To The Lake 2015.  It was a career-highlight experience for me, and I am especially moved to hear how many artists and attendees are still buzzing about what took place.  While it's difficult to encapsulate it all, we want to at least present a taste of the experience, especially for folks who couldn't be there in person.  So this week's episode shares …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Joy Ike, Nick Flora, Mercy Child, Skye & Livi, Zach Pietrini, SHEL, Christopher Williams, The Vespers, Chris & Jenna, Ginny Owens, Jessi McNeal

Fathers’ Day Special - Episode #319

posted: June 19th, 2015

Sometimes when thinking about a musical ode to dads, folks have a hard time thinking beyond "Butterfly Kisses" or some other tear-jerker.  But we wanted to add our "gourmet music" voice into the celebration.  Besides great music from Brandon Heath, Julie Lee, Balla Dear, and JJ Heller (among others), we also hear about personal reflections on the value of fatherhood from singer-songwriters Christopher Williams and Ben Shive.  Hope this adds a nice soundtrack to your holiday weekend!  (Dave)
Episode Artists:
Battle Victorious, Julie Lee, Christopher Williams, Balla Dear, Madison Cunningham, Dave Barnes, Randall Goodgame, JJ Heller, Ben Shive, Jessi McNeal, Brandon Heath, Lauren Mann & Fairly Odd Folk, Phil Keaggy

Interview Guest Ellie Holcomb - Episode #313

posted: May 1st, 2015

It is a very (and I mean VERY) rare occurance to have an indie artist catch fire and break onto a national platform, especially in Christian music.  But even though Ellie was making music for 7 years prior, 2014 was her breakout year, culminating with a GMA Dove Award for "New Artist of the Year."  We are honored that she took time out to share with us about this crazy journey - including the departure …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Christopher Williams, Ellie Holcomb, Josh Garrels, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Bruce Carroll, Ellie Holcomb, Alli Rogers, Ellie Holcomb, Steve Moakler, The Remission Flow, Ellie Holcomb

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

Best Songs of 2014, pt.2 - Episode #302

posted: February 6th, 2015

Getting the annual pulse of the UTR Critics is a fun experience for me personally.  Not only does each member have great taste in music, but songs connect with them for a variety of reasons.  One critic picked a Ginny Owens song because it was emotional.  One picked a Chris Taylor song because of the unique style. And one picked a track by The Choir because of the poignant lyrical content.  Whenever we pool top …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Kings Kaleidoscope, Andrew Peterson, Steffany Gretzinger, Carolyn Arends, Chris Taylor, The Choir, Jason Gray, Colony House, Ginny Owens, Christopher Williams

Judah & The Lion Interview - Episode #292

posted: September 12th, 2014

I'm very excited to share the interview I did with Judah & The Lion on today's show.  They are on the launching pad poised to have their career take off.  Their latest album Kids These Days just released days ago, and it's one of the best releases I've heard in 2014!  This band has a unique trajectory, because they started as a full-on worship band, and have been developing more into a mainstream-friendly Americana outfit... so …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Christopher Williams, Judah & the Lion, Judah & the Lion, Melanie Penn, Judah & the Lion, Ellie Holcomb, Judah & the Lion, Giants & Pilgrims, Jillian Edwards, Susan Ashton, Judah & the Lion

Episode #182 - Special Guest: Eric Peters

posted: May 4th, 2012


Episode Artists:
Christopher Williams, Eric Peters, Eric Peters, Bethany Dillon, Ridgely, Mat Kearney, Eric Peters, Brooke Waggoner, Jake Smith, Holly Spears, Eric Peters

Episode #171 - Special Guest: All Sons and Daughters

posted: February 24th, 2012


Episode Artists:
Christopher Williams, All Sons and Daughters, All Sons & Daughters, Shawn McDonald, All Sons & Daughters, Trevor Morgan, All Sons & Daughters, Wes King, Matt Brouwer, Adrian Mathenia, All Sons & Daughters

Episode #149 All Requests (B)

posted: September 20th, 2011


Episode Artists:
Fiction Family, Thad Cockrell, Christopher Williams, Elenowen, Kevin Max, Tyler James, Andrew Peterson, Waterdeep, Cory Asbury, 77's, Paige Aufhammer, Andy Gullahorn, Arthur Alligood, la Poema, Jeremy Riddle