Posts including Melanie Penn

8th Anniversary & Radio Finale - Episode #365

posted: November 11th, 2016

I am so thankful for this moment. This show almost ended without warning in 2014, but it's an entirely different feeling to end this chapter on our own terms. And there are all the things we are looking forward to in our future chapters of ministry.  Plus amazing people who brought us to where we are today:  my family, our financial supporters, the Board of Directors, the artist community, our volunteers & interns, and our recent …Read More »
Episode Artists:
K. S. Rhoads, Melanie Penn, Andrew Peterson, Michael Gungor Band, Eric Peters, Julie Lee, Mark Mathis, The Vespers, Seabird, Satellite Soul

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

The Gray Havens Pick All The Music - Episode #304

posted: August 19th, 2016

This is the final week of our 2016 summer hiatus.  The last few weeks we have dipped back 4-5 years into the archives, and on this show we only go back 1.5 years.  Episode 304 originally aired in February 2015 and featured The Gray Havens taking over the UTR controls, including picking out all the music.  Little known fact... UTR was the place for The Gray Havens' very first radio interview!  They've been a sweet …Read More »
Episode Artists:
The Gray Havens, Shane & Shane, Jenny & Tyler, Sandra McCracken, Rich Mullins, Page CXVI, Sufjan Stevens, Katie Herzig, Phil Wickham, Melanie Penn, Andrew Peterson

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

Interview guest Jenny & Tyler - Episode #338

posted: February 5th, 2016

We first played Jenny & Tyler on UTR about 5 years ago, in January of 2011.  Since then, they've become one of our most interviewed and most played artists on UTR!  You may have heard that J&T actually recorded and completed their latest record Of This I'm Sure a year or two before it was actually released (as they negotiated their very first recording contract with Residence Music).  Well, in that same vein, we actually recorded this …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Atlas Rhoads , Jenny & Tyler, Joy Ike, Jenny & Tyler, Andy Gullahorn, Jenny & Tyler, forBrothers, Jenny & Tyler, Melanie Penn, Eli, Jenny & Tyler

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

Stories Behind The Songs - Episode #146

posted: July 24th, 2015

These "story" episodes are some of my favorites, and I have plans to do 2 new versions of this later this year. There is something about the power of story that can help you become an even more active listener, and in turn often allows your soul to glean more from the song.  I hope that happens for you!  (Dave)
Episode Artists:
Bread of Stone, Melanie Penn, The Farewell Drifters, Lanae Hale, Andrew Peterson, Jon Troast, Phil Keaggy, Ginny Owens, Randall Goodgame, Me In Motion

Andrew Peterson Guest Co-hosts - Episode #135

posted: July 17th, 2015

I remember interviewing AP and letting him take the reins for one episode.  We had already done it with Eric Peters and Andy Osenga, and those were a hit - but I also noticed the patern that they wanted to affirm their musician friends.  So I encouraged AP to thing outside the "Square Peg" box when picking songs, and he came up with an amazing playlist that we all will enjoy.  Plus it was just …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Steven Delopoulos, Pierce Pettis, David Wilcox, Waterdeep, Melanie Penn, Johnny Cash, Judd and Maggie , Andrew Peterson, The Innocence Mission, Adam Wheatley, Mark Heard

The Gray Havens Take Over - Episode #304

posted: February 20th, 2015

I'll let you in on a little secret.  I actually recorded this interview the first time I met Dave & Licia Radford in person, in March 2013.  They came to the UTR studios shortly after the release of their debut EP "Where Eyes Don't Go." Little did I know this was one of their first professional interviews AND their lunchtime concert that day was one of their first public performances as a duo.  But you …Read More »
Episode Artists:
The Gray Havens, Shane & Shane, Jenny & Tyler, Sandra McCracken, Rich Mullins, Page CXVI, Sufjan Stevens, Katie Herzig, Phil Wickham, Melanie Penn, Andrew Peterson

Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2014 - Episode #299

posted: January 15th, 2015

This is always one of my favorite episodes to produce each and every year. It's a privelege to have 10 panelists that love plumbing the depths of new gourmet music each year.  And since there's 10 of us, it's not a list of just one guy's opinions.  To make this Top 11 list, an artist had to really catch the ear of multiple critics, so it raises the standards on what makes our final Top …Read More »
Episode Artists:
Melanie Penn, All Sons & Daughters, Jason Gray, The Choir, Colony House, Nichole Nordeman, John Mark McMillan, Jeremy Casella, Jill Phillips, Ellie Holcomb, Needtobreathe, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil

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

Best Albums of 2014 (so far) - Episode #283

posted: June 20th, 2014


Episode Artists:
Melanie Penn, Rend Collective, NEEDTOBREATHE, Chris Taylor, Jeremy Casella, Johnnyswim, Copperlily, The Farewell Drifters, Ellie Holcomb, Mike Mains & The Branches, 100 Portraits & Waterdeep, The Choir

Episode #273 - Guest Co-Host: Ben Shive

posted: March 21st, 2014


Episode Artists:
Caleb, Andrew Osenga, Sara Groves, Eric Peters, Sixpence None the Richer, Melanie Penn, Josh Garrels, Rich Mullins, Andrew Peterson, The Innocence Mission

Episode #196 - Story Behind the Song

posted: October 25th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Jaron & Katherine Kamin, Julie Lee , Seabird, Melody Olson, Eric Peters, Josh Garrels, Andy Gullahorn, David Story, Randall Goodgame, Steve Taylor, Melanie Penn

Episode #251 - All Listener Request: Part 1

posted: September 27th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Derek Webb, Seryn, Eric Peters, Nathan Clark George, Chelsey Scott, Justin McRoberts, Melanie Penn, Green River Ordinance, Andrew Peterson, PFR, Jenny & Tyler, Kye Kye

Episode #246 - Interview Guest: Andy Gullahorn

posted: August 30th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Kate Lynne Logan, Andy Gullahorn, Andy Gullahorn, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Melanie Penn, Andy Gullahorn, Hark the Herons, Steve Taylor, Philippa Hanna, Andy Gullahorn

Episode #238 - Dave’s Faves

posted: June 28th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Gungor, Josh Garrels, Tanya Godsey, Jenny & Tyler, Hiram Ring, Vigilantes of Love, Kye Kye, Jon Troast, Eric Peters, Caleb, Melanie Penn, Andrew Peterson

Episode #218 - Interview Guest: Eric Peters

posted: January 18th, 2013


Episode Artists:
Shel, Aaron Lee Martin, Shaun Groves, Eric Peters, Bill Mallonee, Billy Holmes & Vigilantes of Love, Sarah Macintosh, Eric Peters, Andy Gullahorn, Eric Peters, Melanie Penn, Jon Foreman, Eric Peters

Exclusives: Melanie Penn - “A Star’s Lament”

posted: October 4th, 2012 by Kelly VE

Episode #200 - Live from the UTR Studios

posted: August 17th, 2012


Episode Artists:
The Farewell Drifters, The Vespers, Melody Olson, Andrew Peterson, Josh Garrels, Jenny & Tyler, Melanie Penn, Randall Goodgame, Bread of Stone, Julie Lee, The Lost Dogs, Eric Peters

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