Free Song Alert: Hyland’s Beauty in the Broken

Good morning friends,

I just wanted to post a quick note to let you all know that this week one of my favorite songs is being featured as the free music download of the week! The band Hyland, who I am personally a big fan of, and K LOVE Radio are offering Hyland’s current single, Beauty in the Broken from the album Finding Our Way as a free iTunes download this week only.

You know, if I were you I would go and buy the whole album (in addition to Hyland’s first album, Weights & Measures), but if you want to start small, then by all means, start with this free download. You can get to K LOVE’s free download page by clicking here.

If you would like to read my full review of Hyland’s latest album, Finding Our Way, you can read it by clicking here–as you may or may not recall, it was featured as my New Music Monday pick of the week back in October. I also have a link to some of their fun videos on my Tuesday Tunes Pinterest Board, which you can view by clicking here.

Go enjoy some free music, and make it a great day!


Tuesday’s Tunes Playlist: 10/23/2012 Featuring Hyland!

Finding Our Way–Hyland

This week, I thought I would share a few of my favorite Hyland tunes to go along with the New Music Monday review that I posted yesterday.  My top picks that I found videos for on YouTube are as follows:

  1. Never
  2. This Love is Free
  3. Beauty in The Broken

If “Well Done” was on YouTube, you know I’d be including that one too…sadly, it isn’t so I guess you’ll just have to go and purchase the entire CD, ‘Finding Our Way’, wherever music is sold.  I know for sure iTunes has it, and I saw it at Family Christian today so go get a copy!

To view the links to the videos over on my Pinterest boards, click here.


New Music Monday: Hyland’s Finding Our Way


I’m so excited to share with you my pick for this week’s New Music Monday:  Minnesota based Christian rock/pop group, Hyland, and their sophomore release, ‘Finding Our Way’, which was released on 10/22/2012.  Now, you may not have heard much about the group Hyland…yet.  I think it’s only a matter of time before these guys take off in a big way in the world of music!

This past summer, I happened upon the band Hyland playing at the WFRN Friend Fest.  I never really intended to see them play; come to think of it, I’m not even sure I had heard of Hyland prior to the WFRN Friend Fest.  After seeing them play once, however, I was a fan.  The Hyland guys put on an energetic, rollicking show that, in my opinion, should have put some of the big name acts appearing at the two day festival to shame.  I made a point to see them at Fandana Fest at Huntington University in August, and they were even better than the first time I had seen them; but, I digress.

This post is actually about the follow-up to Hyland’s awesome first full length CD, ‘Weights & Measures’ (which, by the way, if you don’t have, you totally don’t know what you’re missing out on!  Go get it right now!)  If I’m being honest here, I wasn’t really sure how ‘Finding Our Way’ was going to be able to measure up to ‘Weights & Measures’, but I’m here to tell you I was very pleasantly surprised!  Not only did Hyland follow-up ‘Weights & Measures’ in grand style, they showed impressive evolution stylistically in both the progression of their lyrics and music.

One of the things I like the best about Hyland is that they are fantastically talented storytellers.  Every song is like a little vignette set to music, however, only a portion of the song is told thru the words; a significant part of the song is told solely thru the range of emotion in lead singer Jon Lewis’ voice and the varying ways the band chooses to arrange the music.  I think this is especially evident in the songs “Power & Love” and “Work In Progress” on the ‘Finding Our Way’ album.

The other two standout songs on ‘Finding Our Way’, in my opinion, are the current single, “Beauty in the Broken”, and “Well Done”.  “Beauty in the Broken” is just an all around outstanding song.  I absolutely love it!  Easily one of my favorite songs of 2012.  Easily.

As for “Well Done”…I don’t normally tear up over a first listen of a song.  I may cry at the end of movies about dogs, but I don’t generally cry over songs, but “Well Done” had me tearing up big time.  There’s just a very emotionally riveting, vulnerable rawness when you put together these lyrics, Lewis’ voice and  the accompanying music that is just really, really special.  I loved “Well Done”, and thought it was a completely well done song.  (Side note:  I made everyone I know listen to this one today, and quite predictably, they all had the same reaction I did!)

Right now, Hyland is out on the Believer tour with headliners Kutless, Fireflight, and the Rhett Walker Band.  Not too shabby if you ask me!  I’m pretty optimistic since they’re hanging out with the likes of Kutless that they will pick up quite a few new fans out on the road this fall.  That would be a really good thing!  If you’re in my neck of the woods in Northeast Indiana, you can go check out the Believer tour  featuring Kutless, Fireflight, the Rhett Walker Band, and Hyland this coming Friday, October 26th at 7 pm at the Grand Horizon Center in Elkhart.  This is probably going to be the best concert to hit Elkhart all year, so don’t miss it!