Top 10 Christian Albums, Winter 2013

We're kicking off the New Year a little late here in the Christian genre, and there's plenty to celebrate. So far, 2013 has given us a plethora of new music to get us through these drab, gray days; here are 10 albums we'll be playing well into spring.

For one thing, we've got a couple of Idols -- of the American, not biblical, variety -- in the form of Colton Dixon and Jason Castro. The former is just beginning to make his mark after his seventh-place finish on Season 11, while the latter is out to prove there's more going on under all those dreads than you might imagine.

Worship still reigns supreme, and Chris Tomlin proves he's the king with his latest, Burning Lights. Meanwhile, Casting Crowns deliver an acoustic disc with a few new tracks to tide over fans until their next studio project, and Elevation Worship offer an original praise-filled project tied to Greater, the best-selling book written by their pastor, Steven Furtick.

Elsewhere, RED rock hard as always, Kurt Carr takes us to capital-C Church with his latest gospel release and Jeremy Camp gets a little Reckless, at least in a spiritual sense, with his new project. We also get reacquainted with Daniel Bashta, who should definitely be on your radar, and Jenny Simmons, the former frontwoman for Addison Road who offers up her solo debut. Enjoy.

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