Favorite music of 2018. Hard to pick a favorite, but the four in the center are equally important to me. I listened to each of the singles as they became available, and the full albums just knocked me out. Yes, I know “thank u, next,” is a single, but it was exactly what I needed at that moment. Old favorites Sam Phillips, Indigo Girls and the innocence mission again delivered (of course) beautiful music. Kwaye wins “Best New Artist” for me for his beautiful, expressive voice and gorgeous songs.

I love how many LGBTQ+ artists are infiltrating the mainstream these days… So glad that queer kids today have artists like Janelle Monae, Christine and the Queens, MNEK, Troye Sivan and Olly Alexander (Years & Years) who are so beautifully OUT and so beautifully gifted. 

And maybe my favorite worship music came from William Matthews. So much great music. 2018 will be hard to beat. What were your favorites?