Louie Giglio preached at Lakewood church today, Sunday, 27 May 2012. And we have some pictures.
According to Provident Label Group, Christian Southern Rockers, Third Day, has been spending a generous part of 2012 immersed in the recording of its next studio album. The forthcoming project, Third Day’s 17th career offering, is being recorded within the walls of its own state-of-the art studio, The Quarry, in Atlanta, Ga. Third Day is working with veteran rock producer Brendan O’Brien.
O’Brien is well known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave and The Fray, among others. A former vice president of Epic Records, O’Brien has won two GRAMMY Awards including 2010′s producer of the year, Non-Classical award. In addition, O’Brien has production credits on 14 albums that have topped the Billboard 200 sales chart.
“When we were getting together as a band to talk about starting work on this project, we did an exercise where each member named his top five albums of all time. Brendan O’Brien had at least one record on all of our lists,” offers bassist, Tai Anderson.
Mac Powell, the band’s front man, shares, “Our time with Brendan has been nothing less than an amazing experience. He is one of my favorite producers. Having made so many great records with so many amazing artists through the years, I consider it such an honor to be working with him. Brendan has definitely stretched me as a songwriter and vocalist more than any other producer ever has.”
The new project follows a stellar 2011 for Third Day, which included being the first Christian artist ever to receive ASCAP’s coveted Vanguard Award, as well as wrapping up its highly successful spring/fall “Make Your Move Tour” which saw numerous sell-out performances.
Additional information on Third Day’s latest record is forthcoming. In the meantime, fans can catch the band on select concert performances throughout the summer, where it intends to begin previewing select tracks from the new recording. For a current list of tour dates, visit: www.ThirdDay.com.
Tyndale House Publishers announces it has signed Scott Stapp, the GRAMMY Award-winning lead vocalist for the rock band CREED, to write his memoir with David Ritz. Releasing on October 2, 2012, Stapp will share for the first time the uncensored story of his rapid rise and then dramatic fall from fame.
During CREED’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band’s breakup, Stapp struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Stapp has finally come full circle and is ready to open up and tell his story.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Scott. He has such a phenomenal story-rock n’ roll, religion, fame, scandal, love, betrayal, addiction-it’s all there-and masterfully written,” said Sr. Acquisitions Director, Carol Traver. “The manuscript is raw, very candid, and extremely compelling.”
Stapp candidly shares his story-from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise and fall of CREED, and his ongoing battle with addiction, to the rediscovery of his faith and the recent launch of his solo career. He also talks about, with great candor and humility, how his faith was formed, tested, matured, and solidified-complete with all of the slips and struggles he encountered along the way. This gripping memoir is proof positive that God is always present in our lives, despite the mess we may make of them.
“God has performed miracles in my life. I have seen them with my own eyes. It is because of those miracles that I am alive and able to write this book,” says Stapp.
Stapp hopes to lay to rest many of the rumors and misconceptions about him that have made headlines over the last decade. And, most importantly, it is his desire to reach those that the church does not reach with his story of redemption and the hope and faith he has found in Christ.
Northern Ireland worship band Bluetree, the same guys who gave the world ‘God Of This City’, just released their latest album last week called, Kingdom. The new album features 11 brand new tracks, including a guest feature by Martin Smith. The first single off the album being made available for download is Jesus Healer, and lead singer Aaron Boyd recently shared the inspiration behind the heartfelt song: “My eldest daughter Lily (6) was born with cystic fibrosis, and the song came out of the journey of trying to figure out what the Bible actually says about healing” explained Aaron in an exclusive interviewwith Louder Than The Music. “So even though we are yet to see Lily completely healed in the natural, we know that all Jesus’ promises are His will for our lives and our journey to see that wholeness and fullness continues.”
The band also leads worship at Exchange Church in Belfast.
Thomas Nelson has signed Max Lucado to another three-book deal that will begin with the first book released in 2013. The new contract will continue Thomas Nelson relationship with Lucado which has lasted more than 25 years. The deal also allows Thomas Nelson to release a bunch of ancillary products with each new Lucado book. Financial details for the new deal were not disclosed. Both sides are more than happy with the new deal with both sides expressing their satisfaction with the ongoing relationship. David Moberg, Thomas Nelson SVP and group publisher, says: “After working with Max for almost 25 years, I am still struck by the power and promise of his books. It has been our privilege to serve as Max’s publisher and brand team, and we look forward to all that God has in store for our partnership.”
With Lucado adding, “The team at Thomas Nelson has a passion for inspiring the world, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Lucado’s new book with Thomas Nelson slated to release later this year will be titled: GRACE: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine. The new title will be released Sept. 18, 2012.
Celebrated Christian Rock band, Thousand Foot Krutch, came of a super awesome first week of release for their latest album, clocking in first week sales at a whopping 23,000 copies. A very very impressive number for a Christian band.
TFK made headlines last year when they announced that they were leaving their record label Tooth & Nail Records, and plan to release their new album independently. The band eventually turned to their fans to fund the recording of the new album on kickstarter. I guess its fair to say their gamble paid off. Congrats to the whole TFK crew! Reviews for the new album have excellent across the board. Definitely worth checking out.
Celebrated Christian Hip Hop And Rap Star Lecrae, released a new mixtape album last week. The mixtape features 18 brand new tracks, including the title track “Church Clothes,” and features a bunch of guest appearances by other Christian rappers. The mixtape is hosted by Don Cannon. You can download the album for free here.
After only a few days of release the album has already been downloaded more than 128,000 times.
The track listing is:
On Friday afternoon, a small plane carrying 5 people (including the pilot) traveling from Oklahoma to Iowa crashed in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Killing all 4, with only one sole survivor: Hannah Luce. Hannah is also the daughter of Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania. All 5 passengers worked with Teen Mania and were on their way to an Acquire The Fire conference in Iowa. The tragic news has rocked not only family and friends of Luce’s but also the larger Teen Mania family, as well the Oral Roberts University community (some of the victims graduated last week).
According to Ron Luce, when the plane went down, “three of the five on board died at the scene. These were (pilot) Luke Sheets, Garrett Coble and Stephen Luth. Hannah and the fifth passenger, Austin Anderson, were able to escape from the burning plane and walk to a nearby roadway to get help. However, both Hannah and Austin suffered severe injuries and were life-flighted to hospitals in Kansas City and Wichita, respectively. Hannah was listed in serious but stable condition, suffering primarily from burns on 28% of her body. Austin’s burn injuries were far more severe, especially those sustained to his lungs. At about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Austin went to be with the Lord.”
Our hearts go out to all the family of the victims and the Luce family.
Ron wrote a heartfelt blog post about the tragedy that you can read here.