Best Music (BCNN1's Top 10 Picks of 2012)

The music albums chosen below were selected based upon the artists' talent and the success of the album throughout the year. Without a personal bias towards the different genres of music, BCNN1 editors selected the best Christian/Gospel music albums of 2012. One of the most powerful ways to get the message of Jesus Christ out to the world is through music. These artists have used this important tool and their God-given talent to help people around the world make "a joyful noise" to the Lord in 2012. 
1. Lecrae: Gravity

2012 release, the fifth album from Grammy-nominated Gospel Hip Hop artist and producer Lecrae Moore. Apart from his work under his own name, Lecrae is also known for his work with Rap group 116 Clique. The album features appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Mathai, Ashthon Jones, and Mali Music, along with labelmates Trip Lee and Tedashii. Producers on the album include DJ Khalil, Street Symphony's Heat Academy, and The Watchmen.


2. TobyMac: Eye On It

With 11 million albums sold and 5 Grammy® Awards to his credit, TobyMac refuses to settle on past accomplishments, as he delivers a diverse album built on honest struggle. He remains passionate about his desire to write songs at the intersection where life and spirituality collide. He calls his new album, Eye On It, which he also calls a complete labor of love.


3. Britt Nicole: Gold

2012 album, the third studio album from the Christian pop artist. Britt burst onto the scene with her debut release Say It four years ago. The finely crafted pop collection produced three Top 10 radio singles, including "Set The World On Fire." Her breakthrough sophomore release, The Lost Get Found, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums Charts and produced another 3 Top 10 radio singles.


4. Marvin Sapp: I Win

A huge part of Marvin Sapp's appeal has been his ability to tap into his own personal pain and weave a heart-touching song that speaks to the masses. Such was the story with his mega-hit song "Never Would Have Made It" and the followup "The Best In Me". In the midst of those waves of success, the "pastor who sings" suffered another painful loss when his wife MaLinda Sapp passed away. So when the time came to record his subsequent album, Marvin chose a title that succinctly speaks about rising above life's trials, and is presenting us with "I Win".


5. Israel & New Breed: Jesus At The Center

Jesus at the Center is the first live recording in 5 years from Israel & New Breed since their critically acclaimed Grammy award-winning album, A Deeper Level. Recorded live with thousands of worshippers at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church, this 2-disc album with 17 Live Tracks and 3 studio singles sees Israel & New Breed return to their roots and deliver new modern day church anthems such as "Your Presence is Heaven," "Speechless," and the title track "Jesus At The Center."


6. Mary Mary: Go Get It

Mary Mary's new release with music featured in and inspired by their We show Mary Mary.

Go Get It is a compilation album by R&B/Gospel duo Mary Mary containing songs from their albums Thankful, Incredible, Mary Mary, The Sound, and Something Big, also containing some new songs including the single "Go Get It" and remixed and remastered hits was released on May 8, 2012.


7. Casting Crowns: Come To The Well

Come To The Well is an appeal to Christians to let the "living water" of Christ well up in us, overflowing into the relationships we have around us (spouse, parent, child, neighbor, stranger), both inside the church and beyond. Inspired by the story of Jesus talking to the woman at the well, the title track illuminates the album's main theme. "She thought she was standing by a well talking to a man, but really she was standing by a hole in the ground and she was talking to the well," frontman Mark Hall says. "We come to Jesus and we have already got our well. We have already got what we think is going to sustain us and we come to him to bless our thing so our thing will work even better for us. Jesus isn't a sprinkle. He is life. That's the central teaching moment of the record."


8. Tamela Mann: Best Days

2012 album from the Gospel vocalist and actress, best known for her work with Tyler Perry. With Best Days, the acclaimed actress and Dove award-winning vocalist shares the joy that can be found in being a child of God. Produced by Myron Butler, this project highlights her powerful voice and her gift for wringing every ounce of emotion from a great lyric. The title track, penned by Butler, is a jubilant celebration of God's promises. The debut single, "Take Me to the King," was penned and produced by none other than Tamela's longtime friend and gospel music icon Kirk Franklin.


9. Fred Hammond: God, Love & Romance

2012 two CD release from the Gospel veteran. Fred Hammond has been a trailblazer throughout his 30-year career. He founded the legendary band Commissioned that brought freshly funky air to the traditional Gospel world in the 1980s. Then, in the `90s, he ushered in the urban praise and worship music movement with his Radical For Christ ensemble. With God, Love & Romance, Hammond continues to break new ground for the Gospel genre. Disc One is a suite of love songs touching on the topics of courtship, romance and even lost love while Disc Two gives us the soul stirring Gospel songs we've grown accustomed to from Hammond.


10. Donald Lawrence/Bill Winston: Released

This is an Anointed, Life affirming, Spirit filled, Uplifting, project; with great songs! The wait is over, you are officially Released! This anointed music CD is presented by Dr. Bill Winston featuring the Living Word Recording Choir. In addition to Lawrence's breathtaking single, "Released", the CD contains another jewel by the famed songwriter, "Give". A majestic masterpiece, the track is a festive one. The CD also includes a mesmerizing cut, "Favor Ain't Fair", sung by the incomparable Kim Stratton. With a jazzy flair, Stratton delivers the urban-flavored tune with a class rarely seen in gospel. She also ministers powerfully on the ballad "Awesome Wonder."