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January 8, 2013

Ex Hawk Nelson Lead Singer Jason Dunn To Release First Solo Album Abandon Progress



Jason Dunn has announced that his debut solo album, Abandon Progress, will be released in May – Just in time for summer festival appearances and a fall tour. The album can be pre-ordered now

After nearly a decade with Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, frontman and founding member Jason Dunn departed the Grammy and Dove Award nominated group in May to pursue a solo career.

“It’s been quite an interesting couple of years for me,” says Dunn. “I quit a band that was doing fairly well for themselves and I started all over again, working my way from the ground up. The title of my record, Abandon Progress, really summarizes my life as of late, in more than one way.”

An eclectic mix of pop, punk and rock, Dunn spent the month of December in a Nashville studio writing and recording Abandon Progress with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Aaron Rice (tobyMac, Mandisa, Rachael Lampa) at the helm.

Dunn has also launched the Jason Dunn Diabetes Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and change the lives of children and young adults living with diabetes. For more information on how you can help,

“I’m really excited to go out on the road again this year,” says Dunn. “That passion I had when I first started touring has returned to me, maybe more than ever. As well as writing a record, I’ve been putting together a great rock show for my audience that I hope they will enjoy.”

January 8, 2013

Daniel Bashta To Release New Album The Invisible From Integrity Music February 5, 2013


The highly anticipated sophomore album from critically acclaimed songwriter/artist/missionary Daniel Bashta, The Invisible, releases Feb. 5 from Integrity Music. The album follows Bashta’s 2011 debut, The Sounds of Daniel Bashta, which sparked the worship anthem “God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion)” that was also recorded by Newsboys, David Crowder Band and others, and continues to circle the globe in church services, on radio and in concert halls everywhere.

Produced by Jonny MacIntosh and J.T. Daly (Paper Route), The Invisible is musically layered with Bashta’s explosive, raw vocal interpretation that isn’t so much corporate worship as it is a full-tilt revelation that it’s time to get real. “Just Give Me Jesus,” inspired in part by Melody Green’s book, No Compromise, sets the tone for the entire project.

“My whole life, I’ve been part of these revival meetings, seen healings, all these crazy, beautiful things happen,” Bashta says. “Even in all that, I’m still searching for the real Jesus in my life. …The Invisible is full of songs for a generation sick of singing songs. They don’t really care about building mega churches. They care about revolution. They want to see their cities changed. God is looking for a generation full of conviction.”

The Invisible also filters the prophetic cry of Bashta’s debut album through a new primal lens. His impassioned call to wake this generation has been tempered by a season of hope and healing in his family’s life and in his new role: fatherhood.

“I’ve been moved from this John the Baptist cry; from waking hearts of this generation to an unknown place,” says Bashta. “When I became a dad, God poured out this brand new anointing over my life, gave me this father’s heart, and for me that’s massive, epic…. The church needs more fathers, more pastors… There’s so much hurt happening all around us and not enough nurturing fathers among us to reach out.”

Married five years, Daniel and his wife, Taylor, like millions of young couples, had experienced infertility and were checking into their medical and adoption options. Creating their family profile and turning it in to Bethany Christian Services, within a few weeks they received a call from a birth mother that had chosen the Bashtas to be her baby’s family.

Months later, in the hospital on the day of their son, Phoenix’s birth, the Bashtas would begin to get a glimpse of the care with which God had been writing their story. “We were sitting there with the birth mother, and my sisters brought in a little stuffed lion. I told Phoenix’s birth mom, ‘We don’t do teddy bears in our family, we do lions.’ And then she told us a part of her story we had not heard. She’d been given an ultimatum: either have an abortion or get out of the house. So she moved to Atlanta, heard about Bethany Christian Agency on MTV and had the courage to walk in and check it out. Around that same time, a friend took her to a church called Passion City, she said, and some guy on stage (Chris Tomlin) started singing some song about a lion and a roar. She remembered it clearly because during that song, she felt a presence come over her. ‘I never knew you could feel God, like I felt God in that moment,’ she said. She sat down and started journaling the lyrics to the song, ‘Like A Lion.’

“We all started crying in the hospital room,” Daniel says. “I looked at her and said, ‘Well actually, I wrote that song.’ Then she jumped up and started crying and saying what an impact the words and presence of this song had on her. To know that my son has such a calling in this life, even before he was born and that his dad’s song was being sung over him before he even knew who his father was… I thought I knew what God was capable of, but we experienced His faithfulness in such a miraculous way.”

And that miracle led straight to another. Within a few months, the Bashtas were pregnant, later giving birth to a daughter, Bravery Annette, now 12 months.

This story of healing for the Bashtas breaks through on The Invisible in the song “Let Hope In,” which expresses Daniel’s literal, spiritual devastation of infertility and the miracles that sprang out of this desert. Song after song, the album gives voice to the faith of a generation willing to open the door for the miraculous, redemptive work of God to infiltrate everything.

In advance of the album release, all of the songs from The Invisible will be streamed at, where Bashta will also reveal song story video devotionals, chord charts and a pre-order option.

An exclusive The Invisible iTunes® LP will also be available and features three song story videos, a spoken word video trailer (featuring Amena Brown), lyric videos for “Let Hope In” and “Praise The Invisible,” The Invisible Journey video trailer, handwritten lyrics (straight out of Daniel’s notebooks), downloadable chord charts and instrumental versions of all the songs.

A missionary kid who grew up immersed in ministry all around the globe, speaking life and hope into a dark world has been Daniel Bashta’s life-long passion. Educated at the Worship Institute of London and heavily influenced by the ministry of Soul Survivor, his path of ministry reads like an intertwining stream. Currently serving as worship pastor at RiverStone Church, just outside of Atlanta, GA, he launched GoMotion ( in 2009, a non-profit ministry that marries music, media and missions for global impact. And in 2013, he will launch The Roar, a missions training school aimed at the “rapid deployment of mission pioneers.”

For more information on Daniel Bashta and The Invisible, go to


January 8, 2013

New York Jets Player Mike DeVito Says Tim Tebow Should’ve Been Given A Chance ‘If Tim Tebow Played We Would’ve Win Games!’



One courageous New York Jets player has stepped forward in defense of Tim Tebow, admitting that if Rex Ryan had played Tim Tebow they would have won more games.  In an interview with New York Radio Station WFAN, Jets defensive end, Mike DeVito spoke out about the whole Tebow Debacle:

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel bad for Tim and how it went down,” DeVito said Friday on WFAN.

During the final two weeks of the season, Tebow — the purported No. 2 backup quarterback — was twice passed over for the starting job, first by third-stringer Greg McElroy and then former starterMark Sanchez.

The Jets (6-10) were eliminated from playoff contention after Sanchez committed five turnovers in Week 15 at Tennessee. After McElroy was sacked 11 times in Week 17 and ruled out for the next game because of a concussion, Sanchez was given the reins again in the Week 17 season finale — and he promptly picked up where he left off, throwing a pick six and fumbling the ball in a 28-9 road loss to the Bills.

But DeVito believes, if given a chance, Tebow could have delivered some Ws.

“Guys just want to rally behind him,” said the defensive lineman, who will test the free-agent market this offseason. “I think if you put Tim in there, we win games. I really believe that.”

January 8, 2013

Judah Smith, The Pastor Who’s Best Friends With Bubba Watson And Skateboards With Justin Bieber, Releasing His New Book Jesus Is; Find A New Way To Be Human




When you imagine a thirty-four-year-old who is best friends with Masters champion Bubba Watson and skateboards with Justin Bieber, you might be surprised to hear that he’s a pastor. But Judah Smith is defying the stereotypes of ministry with his unconventional outreach methods.

Three years ago, under Judah’s leadership, The City Church in Seattle launched a “Jesus Is ___” sermon series and marketing campaign to get Jesus on the mind of the city and to reveal who he is. The initiative spurred inter-faith and cross-faith dialogue by utilizing billboards, bus signs, Facebook ads, bumper magnets, social outreach events, and a people could fill in the blank themselves.

One thing became abundantly clear. . . Jesus gets a reaction out of people. The response to this opportunity for open dialogue was overwhelming. Perusing the website provides a fascinating commentary on our culture’s concept of Jesus. Many submissions, of course, are pro-Jesus. Others are simply funny and bizarre. Many are blatantly anti-Jesus: they are blasphemous, hateful, and even perverse. The website’s pages have been viewed over one and a half million times, and has had seventy-five thousand people-and counting-submit answers to the blank. And the campaign has been mentioned on atheist, porn, and church websites alike, also catching the eye of would-be hackers multiple times.

“Christians often come across as not being interested in what others have to say, and even as uninteresting to the general public. But as a Christian pastor, I want to push the envelope. I want to have genuine conversations with all people, listen to what others believe and have to say, respond to their questions, and take time to understand why they feel the way that they do,” says Judah. “I want to encourage people to build bridges, have an open ear, and take interest in what others say.”

Now, Judah Smith and the campaign are taking their next step in continuing the conversation with the release of Jesus Is ___.: Find a New Way to Be Human, a book and DVD-based study slated for simultaneous release in February 2013 from Thomas Nelson, Inc. There’s even a CD inspired by the campaign that was released by The City Church in October.

Within its pages, Judah Smith digs deep to answer the most common and difficult questions about Jesus, one of history’s most famous but least understood figures. He explores a number of topics that reveal Jesus’ purpose for coming, what he accomplished while he was on Earth, and what that means for those who came after. Jesus is greatly revered, harshly criticized, sorely misunderstood, and often misrepresented. Judah breaks down who Jesus is and explains to readers how understanding that more fully will both enrich and bring greater meaning to their lives.

Jesus Is ___ leads readers toward a deeper, lasting relationship with Jesus, encouraging them to know him and grow in him. Judah wants everyone to know that Jesus is more than a good teacher and an inspiring leader. He is the point of all life.

By presenting the Bible in a down-to-earth style, often paraphrasing Bible narratives with a good dose of humor, Judah has written the book for real people facing real issues. His message of simple faith and grace is just as powerful for lifelong Christians as it is for those who have never heard the gospel.

“I think this book makes sense even if you don’t believe it, so it would be great if you approached it with an open mind,” notes Judah. “None of us has the whole truth, including me, but we can learn from each other.”

“My goal in this book is to help people see the irresistible Jesus for who he really is and to understand what that means for their life. If certain topics in this book strike a chord with them, I encourage them to respond. That might mean getting connected to a church near them that will help them grow in Jesus, slowing down and spending more time letting Jesus love them, or making some changes in their lifestyle,” says Judah. “No matter what they might have done or who they are, it’s never too late for grace. And although it may sound too good to be true, salvation is a free gift. We don’t need to clean up our act, make a sacrifice, or pay for our sins before we approach God. We receive forgiveness by faith, which simply means we choose to believe that Jesus died in our place.”

Judah adds that “I can’t think of a better mission in life. I’ll probably write more books, but I doubt I will ever write one as important as this. At the same time, this book barely scratches the surface of who Jesus is. Discovering the depths of his love has become my obsession, my passion, and my delight.”

Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, are the lead pastors of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. They were youth ministry pastors for ten years-ranked as one of the top five “most dynamic” youth groups in the country by Ministry Today-before stepping into their new role in 2009. Outreach has recognized City Church as being one of the fastest growing churches in the country. It has four satellite locations orbiting the Seattle, WA metropolitan area. Judah is in high demand as speaker, both in the U.S. and abroad, is the author of several books including Jesus Is ___., and is a popular voice on Twitter (@judahsmith). Judah and Chelsea have three children: Zion, Eliott, and Grace.

Trade Paper ISBN: 9781400204755
E-Book Download ISBN: 9781400204762
Both Formats: $16.99
Available Feb. 26, 2013
From Thomas Nelson, Inc.

January 8, 2013

Chris Tomlin Wow Critics And Fans Alike With New Album Burning Lights, Tops iTunes Charts!

As one of the most acclaimed worship leaders of our time, Chris Tomlin cements his luminary status with today’s release of his newest studio set, Burning Lights, to an outpouring of acclaim from media including The New York Times, USA Today and Billboard. Singing Tomlin’s praises, critics have applauded Burning Lights‘ “solid songwriting” and “stirring melodies,” underscoring Tomlin’s efforts of crafting songs for the church that cross cultures and generations. The album has claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums Chart and No. 2 position on the iTunes® Overall Albums Chart.

The internationally renowned GRAMMY® winner, whose venerable career has yielded widely known worship anthems such as “How Great Is Our God,” “Holy Is the Lord” and “Jesus Messiah,” has given voice to the Church and millions of people around the world as they worship Jesus. Burning Lights comes on the heels of the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, where he lead worship with a generation of 18-25 year olds from around the world at the significant, four-day gathering. Comprised of 12 tracks produced by Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, Aaron Shust), Ed Cash (Kari Jobe, Matthew West) and Dan Muckala (MercyMe, Brandon Heath) and featuring the powerful first single “Whom Shall I Fear [God Of Angel Armies]” and an all-new studio recording of the radio hit “White Flag,” Burning Lights is the follow up to 2011’s Grammy® winner for Best Christian or Gospel Album, And If Our God Is For Us…

Just last month, Tomlin earned his eighth GRAMMY® nomination with the announcement of a nod to “White Flag” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Co-written with Jason Ingram, Matt Maher and Matt Redman, the song is from the live album Passion: White Flag, but also appears on Burning Lights.

In addition, the album’s lead single, “Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies],” is continuing its steady ascent toward No. 1 at radio, with it claiming the No. 6 spot on the National Christian Audience Chart, No. 7 at Christian AC Monitored, No. 8 at AC Indicator and No. 15 at Hot AC/CHR this week. In addition to charting in the Top 10 on the National Christian Audience chart, the single garnered over 7.5 million audience impressions this week. “Whom Shall I Fear” also owns the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Songs chart.

With the praise for Burning Lights continuing to pour in, here’s just a sampling of what people are saying:

“Over the last decade Mr. Tomlin has become one of the most notable figures in Christian rock… Even when he is not around, his songs sustain him. Burning Lights is … heavy on broad, anthemic choruses; and straightforward praise. It is a skill … to write music this free of ego. Mr. Tomlin has a modest voice, full of yearning, but it’s not his voice that’s important. It serves only as a contour for others to follow, with a modesty that invites people in.” – The New York Times

“Walk into any evangelical church on Sunday, and chances are the congregation will sing at least one Tomlin song. He’ll add to their repertoire with these stirring melodies that tie him to both contemporary pop and hymns of old.” – USA Today

“…Chris Tomlin has steadily evolved into one of the strongest writer-performers in the contemporary Christian music genre. With a voice that blends the gentle rasp of Michael W. Smith and the sweet tenor of Jason Mraz and an arsenal of soaring songs that never stray from their purpose of worship, Tomlin is currently at his peak.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Nine albums in, Chris Tomlin is still turning exciting new corners. Besides his own artfully wound songwriting, the project includes compelling collaborations…” – CCM Magazine

Burning Lights is the quintessential representation of solid songwriting married to classic commercial pop recording. What could strike you as grandiose, once you hear Tomlin’s heart, is really humility and truth that can set worship leaders free.” – Worship Leader

Burning Lights is a well-rounded collection, highlighting Tomlin’s versatility as an artist and heart for furthering the praise and worship emphasis of today’s music world heralding Jesus.” – Charisma

“This album sets a new milestone on the worship song highway, breaking new ground with its mix of fresh relevant vibes and more established style of congregational worship. It’s the ultimate modern worship album that will set the standard for what others will produce going forward, and that’s why Chris Tomlin is rightly so influential.” – Louder Than The Music

“One of the most solid songwriters in Christian contemporary music…” -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tomlin will launch his nationwide “Burning Lights Tour” beginning February 19 in Charleston, W.V., visiting 34 markets including New York, Seattle and Dallas, before wrapping at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver on May 4. Friend and pastor of Passion City Church/Communicator/Passion founder, Louie Giglio will join Tomlin on the road for select dates, with Sparrow Records’ Kari Jobe appearing at all shows. For more information, please visit