Posts including Jess Ray

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

Audio Recap of Escape To The Lake 2016 - Episode #353

posted: August 26th, 2016

We return with brand new episodes, starting with an insider's audio journal to UTR's flagship event and the best music gathering of the summer, Escape To The Lake 2016.  Both music makers and music appreciators showed up in Cedar Lake, IN, August 7-11 to experience spiritual, emotional, & musical refreshment like you can't find anywhere else.  On this week's episode, we do something we've never done before on our ETTL recap episodes -- all of …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Matthew Clark, Eric Peters, Joel Ansett, Joy Ike, Mike Farris, 6’10, Jess Ray (ft. Taylor Leonhardt), Nick Flora, Sara Groves, Chris & Jenna

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

Top Gourmet Songs of 2015, pt. 2 - Episode #337

posted: January 29th, 2016

These critic pick episodes are some of my favorites.  This is another hour just packed to the gills with Grade A well-crafted songs.  Some of these songs might have even been missed by me if it weren't for the discerning ears of our Critics Panel.  Again, I'd like to thank John, Ann, Larry, Kevin, Lindsay, Russ, Matt, & Jen for their help on our panel.  And a few of the songs we play this week …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Aryn Michelle , Jess Ray, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Andrew Peterson, Audrey Assad, Joel Ansett, Nicole Nordeman, Burlap to Cashmere, Gungor, 77s, New Ancestors, Copperlily

Some of 2015’s Song Gems - Episode #332

posted: January 8th, 2016

As I thought about what show to plug into this week, which is the final week of our holiday haitus, I had to look no further than the show that released on 12/4/15, which very appropriately was an episode all about appreciating some of the amazing gourmet music that came our way in the year 2015.  That will lead us perfectly into next week, when we return with an all-new episode, and we countdown the …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Dave Barnes, Giants & Pilgrims, Gracie Schram, Nick Flora, The Banner Days, 77s, Matthew Clark, The Oh Hellos, Jess Ray, Jon Troast, Mat Kearny, Jessi McNeal, Zach Vinson

Gems From 2015 - Episode #332

posted: December 4th, 2015

This year has been an incredible one for the world of gourmet music.  It's not every year that you get a new studio project by Andrew Peterson, Josh Garrels, Sara Groves, Jenny & Tyler, JJ Heller, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and The Vespers - all in the same year.  And that only scratches the surface.  We will still be compiling votes from our UTR Panel of Critics to countdown the Top 11 Gourmet Albums …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Dave Barnes, Giants & Pilgrims, Gracie Schram, Nick Flora, The Banner Days, 77s, Matthew Clark, The Oh Hellos, Jess Ray, Jon Troast, Mat Kearny, Jessi McNeal, Zach Vinson

DIY Artist Debuts, pt. 1 - Episode #325

posted: September 18th, 2015

More music is being created now than ever before, which makes it more difficult to find the hidden gems.  UTR loves being a trusted voice as we find the true cream that rises to the top.  Some of these artists were listener recommendations; some were suggested by other recording artists; and some still simply introduced themselves to us.  Between this week and next, we present DIY artists that are worth paying attention to.  I'm especially …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Vocal Few, Parrish, The Passport, Joel Ansett, The Mosleys, Matt Tinsley, The Collection, Jess Ray, Young Novalis, Caedmon’s Call, Jonas Woods