He is Risen • Music for a Christ-Centered Easter

March 21, 2014 2 Comments

As Easter Sunday is just a little less than one month away, I thought I would post the usual updated holiday playlist that we are enjoying here in our home. I keep adding tracks to it each week, but as of right now there are 120 songs, totaling over 8 hours of music.

Easter is my most favorite holiday of the year, and I have long wondered why we often don’t seem to approach the season with the same anticipation and worship as Christmas– generally speaking, of course.

For the last few years, I’ve started observing my own version of Lent, and if you’re interested you can read some of my thoughts on it here. I also love Ann Voskamp’s recent thoughts on the season here. I’ve shared her words before, but they bear repeating:

Lent. It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrificeLent isn’t about forfeiting as much as it’s about formation. We renounce to be reborn; we let go to become ‘little Christs’. It’s about this: We break away to become.

Just as Christ-centered Christmas music adds depth and breadth to Advent, I love keeping my focus on the Savior this time of year with music that supports that desire. I hope it brings the Spirit in your homes and hearts as well.

(If you are reading this post on an RSS feed reader, please be aware that there is a widget link to my Spotify playlist on my site which will allow you to listen to almost the entire playlist for free. If for some reason it is not letting you listen from here, you can also search Spotify for the playlist “He is Risen”)


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If you don’t want to create a Spotify account, here is a list of the tracks on my playlist (via affiliate links) if you are curious:
Morning Has Broken – Steven Curtis Chapman
Christ is Risen – Matt Maher
Man of Sorrows – David Potter
Hearts and Voices – High Street Hymns
What a Savior – Laura Story
Alive – Natalie Grant
He is Risen – Jacob and Matthew Band
Empty – Dan Haseltine & Matt Hammitt
No Not One – Brandon Heath
This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
You Are I Am – MercyMe
Sing – Josh Wilson
Be Loved – Christy Nockels
Cornerstone – Hillsong Live
Beautiful One – Jackie François
What Love Is This – Kari Jobe
Overcome – Jeremy Camp
Jesus Messiah – Chris Tomlin
All of Creation – MercyMe
Glorious Day – Jeff Johnson
How Love Wins – Steven Curtis Chapman
My Savior My God – Aaron Shust
I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin
After All (Holy) – David Crowder Band
Mighty to Save – Laura Story
The Light in Me – Brandon Heath
Strong Enough to Save – Tenth Avenue North
His Name Shall Be Called – Jadon Lavik
In Christ Alone – Bethany Dillon & Matt Hammitt
Lead Me to the Cross – Hillsong United
Love Came Down – Kari Jobe
Beautiful Scandalous Night – Robbie Seay Band
Love Love Love – Daniel Renstrom
How Great Is Our God – Bethany Dillon
My Hope is in You – Aaron Shust
Healed – Nichole Nordeman
How Great Thou Art – Jadon Lavik
Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher
Motion of Mercy – Francesca Battistelli
Safe – Phil Wickham
How Sweet the Sound – Citizen Way
Redeemed – Big Daddy Weave
Your Love – Brandon Heath
One Thing Remains – Jeremy Riddle
Forever Reign – one sonic society
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United
Jesus, Son of God – Chris Tomlin & Christy Nockels
Rock of Ages – David Potter
Hero – Abandon
The Reason for the World – Matthew West
It Is Well (Oh My Soul) – Brandon Heath
Lamb of God – Sarah Reeves
Love is Here – Tenth Avenue North
You Won’t Let Go – Michael W. Smith
I Shall Not Want – Audrey Assad
Spoken For – MercyMe
How He Loves – David Crowder Band
Open Up – The Brilliance
The Proof of Your Love – for King & Country
Own Me – Ginny Owens
Hallelujah – Tenth Avenue North
Stolen – Brandon Heath
I Am New – Jason Gray
Wondrous Love – Aaron Shust & Kari Jobe
Delivered (Acoustic Version) – Casting Crowns
Revelation Song – Shane & Shane
I Will Lift My Eyes – Bebo Norman
You Love Me Anyway – Sidewalk Prophets
Joyful – Brenton Brown
Hosanna – Hillsong United
Our God – Chris Tomlin
I Am – Mark Schultz
Beautiful, Beautiful – Francesca Battistelli
You Are Everything – Matthew West
Grace – Tenth Avenue North
Forgiven – Sanctus Real
Grace That Is Greater – Building 429
The Great Day – Michael W. Smith & Darlene Zschech
 Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen
Healing Begins – Tenth Avenue North
The Redeemer – Sanctus Real
I Am – Crowder
Keep Making Me – Sidewalk Prophets
Sing It – Josh Wilson
Isaiah 55 – Leigh Nash
Joy Is In Our Hearts – Sara Groves
I Need Thee – Jadon Lavik
Alive Again – Matt Maher
Broken Hallelujah – The Afters
We Are – Kari Jobe
Jesus, Firm Foundation – Mike Donehey, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Hall, & Mandisa
Aftermath – Hillsong United
He Paid It All – Brandon Heath
Sing Hallelujah – Steven Curtis Chapman
Let this playlist serve as a jumping off point for you to create an Easter playlist of your own!
Have a very blessed Easter.
March 21, 2014



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    Montserrat Wadsworth

    March 22, 2014

    You've done it again! LOVE your music playlists.

    Have you heard Rob Gardner's oratorio Lamb of God? It is a staple around here, especially at Easter. Don't know if it's on Spotify though.


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    March 23, 2014

    I LOVE Rob Gardner's work. Lamb of God is a masterpiece, truly.
    It's among my favorite things to listen to on Sundays, especially this time of year. 🙂


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