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EFY’s 2016 album, “What Matters Most,” is overflowing with riveting new voices singing anthems that get to the heart of why we are here. American Idol finalist Jenn Blosil’s moody, honey-and-ash tone delivers a gripping message of healing and redemption on the pensive ballad “Change Your Heart.” Newcomer Keiyana Osmond makes “Grateful In All Things” not just a song about happiness, but a source of it too, with her smooth, shady summer day voice. And on “Still Small Voice,” a delicate whisper of a ballad, Jena Woods’ pure, translucent vocals shine in the quietest way.

 Rounding out the album are a crop of stellar tunes by EFY favorites. Soul man Ryan Innes does what only he can do on “Light of the World,” a hopeful, mid tempo ballad that builds to a triumphant end. Scott Krippayne’s “New Song” is an irresistibly sunny, windows-down ode to new beginnings. And Nik Day’s upbeat, pop-inflected “Last Time” is a burst of light that’ll make you feel unstoppable.

 “What Matters Most” is a triumph of an album; a perfect combination of the voices you’ve come to love in previous releases and ones that will win you over on the first listen. Together, they deliver a message that’s never been more urgent: one of unflappable hope in the face of difficulty.