"I want to write...dangerous songs that give you permission to wear your heart on your sleeve before Jesus, unencumbered by the grave cloths of mindless tradition."
I'm a big fan of John Mark McMillan, as much as it pains me to say it, it's very rare to come across an artist who loves Jesus who actually writes great songs and crosses genres. His music has a strong southern feel to it and his raspy voice perfectly accompanies it. It's strange to have an album where the same song can play after Kings of Leon or Jesus Culture and not sound out of place.
He's re-releasing his last album 'The Medicine' next week, you can read the reason why here.
Below you can see a cool video about his upcoming release, an album I would highly recommend. 'How He Loves' was originally on his 'The song inside the sound of breaking down' album, but he's tagging on a radio version of it to 'The Medicine'. Notice here on Amazon it has an explicit lyric warning beside the album? How funny is that. I guess some conservative type reported him for the 'sloppy wet kiss' lyric, amazing! Actually while on the subject, not sure if I posted it before but here's a quote from him about that line...
The idea behind the lyric is that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth converge in a way that is both beautiful and awkwardly messy. Think about the birth of a child, or even the death of Jesus himself. These miracles are both incredibly beautiful and incredibly sloppy ("gory" may be more realistic, but “Heaven meets earth like a gory mess” didn’t seem to have the same ring). Why does the church have such a problem with things being sloppy? Do we really think we’re fooling anyone on Sunday morning, especially God? Are we going to offend him? I mean, he’s seen us naked in the shower all week and knows our worst thoughts, and still thinks we’re awesome. What if we took all the energy we spent faking and used that energy to enjoy the Lord instead? That could be revolutionary!
Enjoy the video, it's short and enjoy the album if you get it, it's awesome.