2006 was a great time for music.

That was the year my family moved from New York to Puerto Rico, but it was also the year that our taste in music began a dramatic shift.

Here are 6 of my favorite albums from 2006, plus one of my favorite albums that came out in 2006 but I didn’t hear until a lot later.

1. Jessie Daniels – “Jessie Daniels”



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I will always remember where I was when I first heard this album. Our family was going to a beach a few towns away and I was tired of beaches. Instead of swimming, I asked my father if I could use his iPod. He let me and I somehow found Jessie Daniels’ debut album. The first song I heard was “What I Hear” and I thought it sounded nice. I wasn’t really sure if she was a Christian singer, so at first I thought it was a regular love song. However, upon hearing for the second time, I quickly realized my mistake.

Here is an image of me listening to the album for the first time. I can’t believe this image actually exists!beach-pic-02

Later on, I asked my father where he got the album. He said that he bought it at the Christian Book Store just before we left New York – they told him that she was a local artist, so he bought the album

For a while, her album held a coveted spot on my 1GB iPod. However, she never continued making music, so I eventually lost interest.

My sister and I made a music video for the song “Letting Me Go” when we were both still in high school. We recorded it on two separate days – I didn’t actually remember this at first, but if you look closely, you’ll see my pants change color twice. For Jessica’s parts, we set up the camera and I walked away, which can do wonders for performance. I’ll link to it here:

2. Disciple – “Scars Remain”

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The first song I heard from this album was “Things Left Unsaid”, which I’m not even sure was on the album. However, that song was an instant hit in our house. That was our introduction to Disciple.

In the years since, I’ve listened to less and less Disciple, but this album was special. It was one of the first heavy albums that I listened to on purpose, but it wasn’t so overwhelming that I couldn’t bear it.

My favorite song from the album: “After the World.”

3. Krystal Meyers – “Dying For a Heart”

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Ah, Krystal Meyers. There are some really good songs on this album, like “Beauty of Grace” and “Hallelujah.” Again, her music was a departure from the CCM that we’d listened to all of our lives, but it wasn’t so different that I couldn’t stand it.

As an artist, I give a lot of props to Krystal Meyers. She was trying things way ahead of her time and, while the Japanese loved her, she eventually faded from the music scene. Watching her videos and listening to her songs now, I kinda wish she was still around making music. Her voice is one that I think I’ll always miss.

Although I didn’t make a music video from this album, I did make one for “Fall to Pieces”, which I’ll link to here, as well.

Her song “The Situation” was probably the most controversial song I’d ever heard up to that time.  I say controversial loosely, because of the context of the song, but if you listen to it, you’ll understand what I mean. One of the many other reasons I really enjoyed her music.

 

4. Jeremy Camp – “Beyond Measure”

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I still love this album.

I first heard this album while driving in the car. It soon became the soundtrack of my first year in Puerto Rico. Even though I’ve listened to it heavily throughout the years, it’ll always carry a touch of nostalgia with it.

This was Jeremy Camp’s last album before what I call “the voice change”, so it always holds a special place for me. While I’ve never been consistent in following his albums, Beyond Measure will probably always be my favorite.

5. Skillet – “Comatose”

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I don’t even know how to start writing about this album.

Skillet was a wonderful introduction to the world of rock music, and it was an introduction that I really needed at the time. John Cooper’s voice wasn’t the prettiest, but the songs were catchy and the lyrics were unlike anything we’d heard before.

I remember we were instant messaging my father while he was in New York, and someone sent him a link to “Better Than Drugs” and he thought the title was funny, but we were still able to listen to it.

I eventually discovered the Skillet podcast, and the rest was history. Through the podcast, I got to know the different band members in a way that I’d never been able to before. I would spend hours watching those podcasts, watching the Cooper kids grow up and seeing the Doggy acting crazy in gas stations in the middle of the night.

I was a little sad when Ben Kasica left the band because he’d been the one who created the podcasts, and since he left, they haven’t really kept it up.

Favorite song: “Comatose”, hands down.

Here’s a music video I made with my brother and sister, Josiah and Priscilla, of the song “The Last Night”.

 

6. Red – “End of Silence”

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Wow. I can’t believe it’s been ten years since this album came out.

This was my first introduction to heavier rock music. “Breathe Into Me” was the first song with screaming that I’d ever heard in my life.

Back then, the screams used to make my mother sneeze.

But there was something different about Red, and later that year, my father purchased the album for us.

To be honest, I don’t even know how he knew we liked Red – I know that we never talked to him about it.

But Red quickly became one of my favorite artists, and still is to this day.

A few years ago, I got a chance to see Red in concert, and when they played “Already Over”, I broke down in tears. The song reminded me of the long journey I had taken to get to that concert, a journey that I usually looked back on negatively. But that night, I was able to look back on that journey and see the good that had come from it.

Yeah, this album is awesome 🙂

BONUS: 7. Manafest – “Glory”

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This album.

I didn’t listen to Manafest back in 2006, but I wish I did.

The first Manafest song I heard was “So Beautiful” (not of this album). However, I never really listened to any more of him.

One day, I was drifting off to sleep and my father was listening to Pandora and the song “Where Are You” started playing.

Now, if you’ve ever heard this song, you might understand why I cried when I first heard it.

Anyway, that was my introduction to Manafest, and it led me into the rest of his discography.

Even though he may not be the most popular, Manafest is the only rapper I’d actually listen to on purpose. I admire his work ethic, and the fact that he is willing to take help when he needs it (see how often Trevor McNevan is featured in his songs and you’ll know what I mean).

Glory was a great album because it had a good mix of rap and rock, a balance that Manafest hasn’t really been able to strike nowadays.

 

2006 was the year my music listening style drastically shifted, and I have these albums – and many others – to thank for that.

What year was the most instrumental year of music for you? Did you ever experience a musical shift like I did? If so, let’s talk about it in the comments.