Jeff Koch

Jeff is a mortgage lender and graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course. He lives with his wife and their eight children in the Chicago area.

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A grown-up Martin Smith still can groove on latest album

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by Jeff Koch
Posted 11/08/14, 08:00 am

Martin Smith, former lead singer for the Christian rock band Delirious?, stood entranced by a massive forest fire in the mountains of Greece. He was there on a family vacation, according to an interview with NewMusicTuesday.com. Seeing the fire, he told his kids, “When we wake up, that fire will still be going—just keep burning through the night … it’s amazing to think that fire never sleeps.” Smith saw the raging fire as a powerful image of the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer’s life.

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Cory Bishop's unfulfilled longing is a hopeful way to begin

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by Jeff Koch
Posted 10/24/14, 10:18 am

Listening to singer-songwriter Cory Bishop is as easy as putting on a pair of old shoes. Bishop sings with a soft crackle, like Bruce Springsteen but mellowed, worn, and smooth. Demonstrating an easy mastery of country and folk-rock, Bishop ambles down many of the highways and byways of musical history on his new self-titled EP.

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Singer-songwriter Steffany Gretzinger proclaims God's steady love

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by Jeff Koch
Posted 10/18/14, 08:30 am

Steffany Gretzinger is a heartfelt singer-songwriter who combines the jazz crooning of Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones with a few diving swoops, a la Joni Mitchell. The emotion is palpable in her debut album, perhaps because just before recording it she discovered she was pregnant with her first child. (Turns out both her creations debuted at about the same time.)  

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