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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Bastille's refreshingly honest musical revolution

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 3/29/14, 09:30 am

In the music industry, spectacle often trumps songwriting. Exhibit A: The buzz generated by Lady Gaga’s recent stunt at SXSW, where a friend deliberately vomited neon paint on her during the performance.

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Mavis Staples gives gospel music a down-to-earth makeover

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 3/22/14, 10:00 am

Gospel legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples is still turning heads with her stunning new album of spirituals, One True Vine. Rolling Stone described it as “gorgeous.” The Washington Post called the project “pure faith in a refreshing artistic package,” and the Chicago Tribune concluded it reaffirmed Staples’ place “as one of the great voices of the last half-century.”

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Steven Curtis Chapman's musical homecoming

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 2/28/14, 11:35 am

Steven Curtis Chapman’s album Deep Roots brings a warmth of its own during these chilly days, with its emphasis on faith, family, and tradition. Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and three generations of Chapman men collaborate on the unplugged project, which is a collection of hymns and other songs all arranged in fine bluegrass style. 

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