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January 1, 2013

LECRAE’S GRAVITY EARNS GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR “BEST GOSPEL ALBUM”

Amongst newcomers leading the field alongside established artists, producers and songwriters, Reach Records’ artist Lecrae garnered his 2nd career GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Gospel Album” with his recent studio project Gravity. Lecrae was included amongst the industry’s top entertainers as nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards were announced last night during an hour-long televised concert in Nashville co-hosted by country-pop artist Taylor Swift and veteran GRAMMY ® host, rapper-actor LL Cool J.

Gravity released earlier this fall and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart and dominated the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Rap, Independent, Gospel and Christian charts. The follow-up release to his GRAMMY ® nominated record Rehab (2010),Gravity showcases the esteemed hip-hop artist’s provoking lyrical technique, live instrumentation and hypnotic beats. His seventh studio project to date, Gravity also features the talents of Mali Music, Mathai (The Voice), label mates Trip Lee and Tedashii, Street Symphony’s Heat Academy and The Watchmen with production from DJ Khalil.

Lecrae performed Gravity‘s biggest hits such as “Violence,” “Tell The World” and “I Know” on his latest Unashamed Tour, which wrapped before the Thanksgiving holiday. He and label his mates, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, KB and Derek Minor, visited 30 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago Dallas and Atlanta, among others. Lecrae will hit the road again in 2013 for a full spring tour while performing at various events and festivals throughout the year.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards will be held on February 10, 2013, at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air nationwide on CBS starting at 8pm/7pm CST.

For more information on Lecrae and Gravity, please go to www.reachrecords.com.

January 1, 2013

THIRD DAY’S CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS CERTIFIED GOLD

 

 

Highly decorated rock band Third Day has earned another Gold record with its 2006 Holiday album, Christmas Offerings. This marks the band’s ninth career RIAA Gold Album Award.

Released Oct. 17, 2006, Christmas Offerings is the third project in Third Day’s successful Offerings series, also comprisingOfferings IOfferings II, and the Christmas Offerings DVD. The record features a unique blend of Christmas classics, originals and some of Third Day’s most well known worship songs.

The news comes just weeks after Third Day claimed its 28th No. 1 radio single with “I Need a Miracle” from the band’s most recent studio project, Miracle (12/6/12). Next on Third Day’s agenda is “The Miracle Tour,” kicking off Feb. 21 and visiting 45 cities through May. Visit www.ThirdDay.com for more information and ticket purchases.

About Third Day
During the last decade, Atlanta-based, multi-Platinum rock band Third Day (comprising members Mac Powell, Tai Anderson, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 28 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than seven million albums, including two RIAA Platinum as well as nine Gold certifications. A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), Third Day has garnered 24 career GMA Dove Awards (from 42 nominations), four GRAMMY Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award (with four American Music Award nominations) and multiple ASCAP honors, including its coveted Vanguard Award, for songwriting. Long known as Christian music’s premier live band, Third Day has played for audiences reaching into the millions all around the world. Third Day has been featured by top media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, the New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard magazine, which called Third Day “one of the best rock bands, period.”

Third Day released its latest project, Miracle, on Nov. 6, 2012. For more information on Third Day, please visit:www.ThirdDay.comwww.facebook.com/ThirdDay

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January 1, 2013

JESUS CULTURE’S KIM WALKER-SMITH’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS, STILL BELIEVE, RELEASING JAN. 15

 

 

Integrity Music and Jesus Culture Music announce the highly anticipated, second solo album from Kim Walker-Smith, Still Believe, which releases Jan. 15. The album was recorded live with a full band, including an orchestral strings section, during a night filled with radical worship for Jesus at the Cascade Theater in Redding, CA.

Known worldwide as a leading voice in the Jesus Culture movement and as one of the worship leaders in the Jesus Culture band, Walker-Smith’s Still Believe marks her first solo album in nearly five years. The album features primarily original songs, with Walker-Smith co-writing two songs and writing the title track.

“It’s very rare for me to write a song so quickly, but this song just came bursting out as if it was always in there just waiting to come out,” shares Walker-Smith about “Still Believe.” “The message of the song is saying, ‘I Still Believe that you are the God who heals, despite anything I may be facing or the mountain in my way.'”

The full Still Believe track and songwriter listing follows:
1. “Alive” – Gabe Kossol, Jeremy Edwardson
2. “Waste It All” – Chris McClarney, Christa Black, Laura Rhinehart
3. “The King is Here” – Christa Black, Kim Walker-Smith
4. “Yield My Heart” – Kim Walker-Smith, Christa Black
5. “Spirit Break Out” – Ben Bryant, Luke Hellebronth, Myles Dhillon, Tim Hughes
6. “Spirit Break Out/ Spontaneous” – Ben Bryant, Luke Hellebronth, Myles Dhillon, Tim Hughes
7. “Still Believe” – Kim Walker-Smith
8. “Miracle Maker” – Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard
9. “Healing Oil” – Chris Lizotte

Taking the new music and messages to worship nights across the West Coast, Jesus Culture Music launches the “Still BelieveTour” in San Diego March 8 and travels to Los Angeles (3/9), Las Vegas (3/11), San Francisco (3/12), Portland (3/14), Kent, WA (3/15) and Vancouver, BC (3/17). Each night will be opened by special guest worship leader Derek Johnson (Jesus Culture’s Emerging Voices) followed by Walker-Smith sharing a message from her heart before leading songs from Still Believe. For tickets and other tour details, go to jesusculture.com/stillbelieve.

“The goal of these events is to gather together worshippers to seek the Lord and encounter Him through whole-hearted, passionate worship,” says Banning Liebscher, director of Jesus Culture.

Widely known for her passionate and contagious pursuit of God’s Presence in worship, Walker-Smith, along with her husband Skyler (who played guitars and percussion on Still Believe), leads, teaches and imparts worship around the world. Named one of the “Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow’s Church” by Charisma magazine (2010), her rendition of the John Mark McMillan song, “How He Loves,” has been viewed over 8.5 million times on YouTube, while her own song, “Where You Go I Go,” has nearly four million views.

For more information about Still Believe, a video interview with Walker-Smith, tour detail and more, go towww.jesusculture.com/stillbelieve.

January 1, 2013

IT’S A BOY FOR LUKE SMALLBONE OF AUSSIE DUO FOR KING & COUNTRY

Luke Smallbone proudly announced via social media (http://www.facebook.com/forkingandcountry) that he and his wife welcomed their first child into the world yesterday morning in Nashville, TN. The baby boy, Jude James Smallbone, was born at 7:13 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

for KING & COUNTRY recently released their original Christmas single, “Baby Boy,” on the A Very Special Christmas, Bringing Peace on Earth Special Olympics’ benefit album. They are set to perform their current single and one of Amazon.com’s 2012 “Song[s] of the Year,” “The Proof of Your Love,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” January 10, 2013.