Archive for March, 2013

March 20, 2013

PASSION’S Let The Future Begin Sells 48,000 Copies In Its First Week



Its been another banner opening week for Passion.  The group’s latest album debuted with a 48,000 opening week according to Billboard.


Congrats to the good people of passion and sixsteps records.

March 6, 2013

Hillsong United’s New Album ZION Sells 35,000 Copies In Its First Week



According to Noise11 America’s Favorite Australian Worship Band, sold 35,000 copies of their new album, landing at the no. 5 spot on the Billboard charts.


Hillsong United’s Top 5 debut places them behind albums by Bruno Mars, Atoms For Peace, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mumford & Sons.



March 6, 2013

Latest Christian Publishing News – 4 March 2013 – Featuring Judah Smith, Mark Batterson, Billy Graham, Danny Gokey

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Mark Batterson, Bestselling Author Of The Circle Maker, Signs Multi-Book Contract With Baker Books

Billy Graham To Release Brand New Book With Thomas Nelson Called The Reason For My Hope: Salvation

American Idol And Country Music Star, Danny Gokey To Release First Book, Hope In Front Of Me, With NavPress

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

March 5, 2013

Mark Batterson, Bestselling Author Of The Circle Maker, Signs Multi-Book Contract With Baker Books



Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has signed NYT bestselling author Mark Batterson to a multi-book contract. Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, and his most recent release, The Circle Maker and its associated products have sold more than a half million copies. The author is represented by the literary agency of Fedd & Company, Inc.

“We are overjoyed to partner with Mark,” Baker Books Editorial Director Chad Allen says. “His passion to help people embrace and experience the abundant, risky life Jesus promised is obvious in his work. And we’re thrilled to be part of that work.”

The first book of the agreement, slated to release in fall 2014, will explore the miracles of Jesus. Batterson will help readers see that these miracles aren’t just about what Jesus did in the past—they reveal what he can do in each person’s life today.

Also contracted are small group resources and a student edition. Batterson joins a long tradition of pastor-authors at Baker Books, who are influencing their local communities and the world.


March 5, 2013

Billy Graham To Release Brand New Book With Thomas Nelson Called The Reason For My Hope: Salvation



Thomas Nelson, Inc. announced that in October 2013 world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author Billy Graham will release his latest major trade book: The Reason for My Hope: Salvation. 

“For over 70 years, Billy Graham has encouraged the world like no other,” says Matt Baugher, SVP and publisher at Thomas Nelson, Inc. “He has always clearly exhibited two remarkable yet simple traits: a walking example of God’s unconditional love toward others and a man saved by grace. It is this platform on which he built his entire ministry, and it is this foundation on which his latest words ring as true as ever. In The Reason for My Hope, Billy Graham once again brings an important message of salvation to the world, with his accessible writing style and words of truth. As his publisher, it is our deep honor to partner with this man who continues to be incredibly strong in mind and spirit.”

In what could be his final book, Billy Graham presents the core message that has guided his life and calling for over 70 years. Filled with new stories and timeless truth, Graham once again calls the world back to its spiritual priority as only he can. The release of The Reason for My Hope coincides with a massive campaign by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that will mobilize millions of people in the U.S. to invite friends and neighbors into their home to hear the message of Jesus Christ through customized video and a new message from Mr. Graham.

“Who would refuse rescue?” This is the question Billy Graham asks throughout this book. The answer is sometimes surprising because there are actually people who refuse to be saved, even if they are in a hopeless situation. “Why?” Each chapter draws the reader in by posing questions for contemplation using relevant illustrations about what the world thinks in contrast to what the Bible says.

As Mr. Graham has expressed for decades, his purpose is to engage the reader in considering his or her life in light of the here and now and the hereafter. Who would refuse rescue from a plane crash, a sinking boat, an automobile fire, or an assassin’s bullet? True accounts are given that cause the reader to ask what they think and how they would respond to similar experiences that ultimately bring them to life’s most important question.

“Once again Billy Graham will impact the world with a timely message of hope and encouragement for these difficult times,” says David Moberg, SVP and group publisher for Thomas Nelson. “We are pleased that our forthcoming book, The Reason for My Hope, will be the centerpiece of a major media campaign that is spearheaded by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and which will reach millions of people this fall. What a tremendous tribute to Dr. Graham that in his 95th year he is still shaping the culture with the Christian message.”

Thomas Nelson, Inc., (through its acquisition of Word Publishing in 1992) has been Dr. Graham’s trade book publisher since 1975, and has enjoyed numerous million-copy bestsellers with Dr. Graham over those 35 years. His most recent release, Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well, is a New York Times best seller and has sold more than 700,000 copies.

This new major trade release, with a hard street date of Oct. 15, 2013, will be supported by an extensive national marketing campaign, including national advertising, multiple retailer merchandising options, and advance reader’s copy distribution. The Reason for My Hope will be simultaneously released internationally, and in Spanish through Thomas Nelson’s division, Grupo Nelson.

March 5, 2013

American Idol And Country Music Star, Danny Gokey To Release First Book, Hope In Front Of Me, With NavPress



In 2009, Danny Gokey burst onto the American Idol stage just four weeks after his wife’s heartrending death. Though rocked by loss, Danny never lost hope as he pursued the life-long dream he had shared with his Sophia. Although many know him from his time on , they don’t know the story of overcoming that led up to it or the path of restoration and healing that followed it. Now, Gokey shares his American Idol experience—and the before and after—in Hope in Front of Me, slated for October 2013 release from NavPress (, the publishing arm of the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Navigators.

“It has been a gratifying process to be able to share the parts of my story that many people may not know. My hope is that people can find a part of their story in mine and that it will inspire hope in others. There ARE new beginnings. You CAN recover after devastating loss. Your past does not have to define you or your future. And the greatest part of my story is that helping others brings healing to you and those you help. NavPress really caught the vision for what I am trying to accomplish and I’m delighted to be working with such a supportive, creative team on this project,” Gokey said.

In Hope in Front of Me, Gokey challenges readers to find purpose in their darkest moments and leave a legacy for others by investing in things that really matter. Filled with personal stories and illustrations, Gokey uses his life experiences to motivate and encourage readers. releases October 2013 in print and digital formats.

March 5, 2013

The Latest Christian Music News – 4 March 2013 Featuring Elevation Worship, Martin Smith, Jeremy Camp

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Martin Smith, Celebrated Worship Leader And Ex-Lead Singer Of Delirious? To Release First Solo Album Since Band Broke Up

WE TV Renews Mary Mary Reality Show For A Third Season

Jeremy Camp’s New Album Reckless Debuts At No. 1 On THe Billboard Christian Album Chart

Audio Adrenaline Kicks Off Their 30+ City Kings & Queens Tour March 1 Featuring, Group 1 Crew, Seventh Day Slumber and Manic Drive



March 5, 2013

Martin Smith, Celebrated Worship Leader And Ex-Lead Singer Of Delirious? To Release First Solo Album Since Band Broke Up



Set for release April 23, Martin Smith’s first full-length solo debut, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, is a 12-song collection of personal revival songs born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers. A welcoming invitation to prodigals and faithful alike, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 (and Step 02, slated to release October 2013) is a reminder that God’s grace is for everyone. From the opening strains of “Awake My Soul,” longtime Delirious? fans will hear the clarion call of Martin’s voice, strong as ever, declaring a resurrection of his soul.

For frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter Martin, a 20-something kid at the start and now a husband and father of six children, Delirious? was a big door to close. Martin and Anna, his wife of 18 years, packed up their family and moved to Brighton, a coastal town south of London, submerging themselves once again in worship ministry alongside Matt Redman and others at St. Peter’s, a Holy Trinity Brompton church plant. Getting back to a normal life after decades spent on stages around the world took some getting used to.

“When you enter a transition period, there’s a lot of uncertainty. You’re letting go of a lot of things, bit by bit-the microphone, your finances, even some sense of your identity-but as you find yourself more dependent on God, you begin to really experience his kindness. You see him show up in incredible ways, you see his provision, discover new opportunities and favor. Things you thought were lost start to reappear. Three years on, God has given me some new things to say, and I’m so incredibly grateful…”

With many of the songs written in collaboration with young worship leaders and novice musicians at St. Peter’s, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is a joyful labor of love for this seasoned songwriter/worship leader. “I see my role as different now,” he says, “I want to invest in the next generation coming through, reminding everyone of what it really is to worship with our lives, serving, keeping your hands clean-I feel the responsibility of those things more and more.”

“Back to the Start,” co-written by Martin and 2013 GRAMMY winner Jonas Myrin (“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”), sets the tone for the record, building from a hard reality to a full-on pop dance celebration, complete with brass horns. “It’s a prodigal song about finding my way back to everything that matters most; finding God in it all again,” Martin says. His very personal story is beautifully portrayed in the song’s new concept video to release soon and featuring Martin’s teenage daughter, Elle, in the lead role. Every nuance of the video is intentional as it unfolds Martin’s story.

The album also features the modern rock anthem “Fire Never Sleeps,” which opens the recent, critically acclaimed Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York album, the contemplative ballad “Catch Every Teardrop,” which was inspired by Psalm 52 and the near fatal car crash that almost claimed Martin’s life — a pivotal event that led to the formation of Delirious? back in 1997, and “You Carry Me,” a song of comfort for a friend whose husband recently died. Martin also co-wrote four songs with Chris Tomlin, including “Waiting Here For You” with its message of the fragility of our humanity and how waiting is perhaps the most difficult act of worship.

When Martin Smith and his band Delirious? emerged in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a generation of UK youth with its passionate call for revival, most agree that the modern worship movement officially began. The hope of that movement and the music that came out of it-“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Shout To The North” and a string of other modern worship standards-has irrevocably changed the landscape of Christian music in the U.S. and around the world. Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’s King of Fools, the band became ‘history makers’ themselves.

“I don’t think God is worried about the platform he’s given me in the past,” Martin says of this new season of personal revival feeding into ministry. “He’s worried most about my heart. If that’s in a good place, he’ll use it… at church, in stadiums, wherever he will. All you want to do is be someone of influence, but it doesn’t have to be on a global stage. It never did. Having said that, it’s part of my life, to have that voice. And my prayer is that God will use this new music to remind people of his grace, to remind them of his heart for the poor and broken and of his Kingdom coming on Earth.”

Still making relevant music, Martin’s God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 springs from a man refreshed, revived and reconnected with Jesus and with his Church. Excited to play a lead role in the ongoing call to worship, he is a passionate model for young worship leaders of today.


March 5, 2013

WE TV Renews Mary Mary Reality Show For A Third Season




WE tv announced today that the women’s network has greenlit a third season of its popular docu-series, Mary Mary, just ahead of the season two finale airing tomorrow night, February 28 at 9 pm, ET/PT. WE tv has ordered 10, one-hour episodes. Production will begin in Los Angeles in mid-March.

Commented Lauren Gellert, WE tv’s SVP of original production & development: “During the current season of Mary Mary, viewers witnessed two incredible births: Tina’s baby boy and Erica and Tina’s hit single, ‘Go Get It,’ which went on to win the duo a Grammy Award. It’s exactly this type of dimensionality that WE tv spotlights in women. Erica and Tina juggle their lives with grace and style; they are amazing role models for today’s young women and a great addition to WE tv.”

Added Erica Campbell: “We’re so excited about the next season as we enter a new phase in our lives and careers. This past year has been both overwhelming and exciting and we were happy to share those moments with our fans. We are grateful to provide viewers with an honest look into who we are and how we handle our differences, and we hope to continue to inspire and encourage people through our show in addition to our music.”

Season-to-date, season two of Mary Mary has reached 5.2 million total viewers, up +16% over season one.

Music is a family business for the Campbell sisters: Erica’s husband, Warryn, is the group’s producer and Tina’s husband, Teddy, is the drummer in Jay Leno’s band. Outside of the recording studio, both ladies struggle to balance family life – a challenge all on its own. Mary Mary takes viewers inside Erica and Tina’s homes, families and life in the recording studio and on the road to experience just what being a famous singing sister, mother and wife is really like. From diapers and day care, to albums and awards ceremonies, there’s no hat Erica and Tina won’t wear, or at least try on! Hot off their Grammy win and their historic performance at the main stage at the Essence music festival, nothing is certain for Mary Mary-not their manager, not their stylist and not their future as a duo. Mary Mary is produced for WE tv by eOne Televison, executive produced by Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Tara Long, John Morayniss, Eric Hoberman and Mitchell Solarek. Kate Farrell serves as the executive producer for WE tv.

Source: WE tv Research – Analysis of Nielsen data, Live+ SD. Based on P2+ reach with a 6 min qualifier. Mary Mary tcs (prems & encores) during Prime M-Su 8p-11p from 12/06/12-2/24/13, vs 3/29/12-5/31/12. Subject to quals upon request.

March 5, 2013

Elevation Worship’s Latest Album Nothing Is Wasted Sells Almost 12,000 Copies In Its First Week


This week, Charlotte, N.C.-based worship team, Elevation Worship celebrates the street week release of its second full-length album with Essential Worship/Provident, Nothing Is Wasted, with the group’s first No. 1 chart debut, selling more than 11,780 total units across all physical and digital channels. The project enters at the No.1 position on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart and lands within the Top 50 of all albums in the nation on Billboard’s Top 200 Overall Chart.

Bryan Ward, Vice President of Marketing for Provident Label Group states, “We are excited to partner with Elevation Worship in bringing their songs to the world and equipping worship leaders with new songs for their local churches. We are already seeing the positive impact of releasing the album in two unique expressions with live worship and studio recordings, which gives the listener two different ways to experience the songs.” He adds, “It’s wonderful to see how Elevation Church and their worship team are growing exponentially in the Charlotte community but also to see their songs impact the church globally.”

Nothing Is Wasted is available in a deluxe edition, which features 25 tracks, and a standard edition with 13 tracks. The deluxe edition contains 12 tracks recorded as a live worship experience and the same 12 tracks also recorded in the studio with a more progressive expression. Both versions include a bonus track of the group’s upcoming radio single, “Give Me Faith.” Both albums hit No. 1 and No. 3 respectively on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Top Albums chart during street week. The deluxe edition also reached No. 5 on the iTunes overall Top Albums chart.

The current momentum of Nothing Is Wasted demonstrates a substantial upswing in the impact of Elevation Worship over the last 15 months, nearly doubling its growth in sales from previous album, (For The Honor) which debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart in Nov 2011. Comprised of a gifted team of songwriters, musicians and worship leaders, Elevation Worship is a passionately dedicated group, leading as a single worship team, before eight separate church congregations across the Charlotte Metro area, and in Toronto, Canada. “We are extremely excited that as more people experience the songs on this album, they are ultimately getting a glimpse of the amazing things God is doing in our church,” says Wade Joye, Worship Pastor Elevation Church.

The group, always highly focused on the local church and equipping worship leaders across the globe, spent street date conducting live online interviews, performing songs from the album and unveiling exclusive video clips from the live worship experience of Nothing Is Wasted.

Elevation Worship plans to support its chart-topping album through all Elevation Church campuses, with over 12,000 worshippers in attendance weekly, and scheduled conferences in 2013, including Thrive Conference, CMB Worship Night Experience and featured on the National Worship Leader Conference.

For live performances of songs, video and bonus material from Nothing Is Wasted, visit:

About Elevation Worship:
In the same spirit as Hillsong, Passion and Jesus Culture-modern worship grown from a single seed then catapulted onto a national stage-Elevation Worship is organic to its environment and yet unique to the digital age in which it was born. It is a passionately dedicated team of gifted songwriters, musicians and students of worship boldly leading, as a single worship team, before eight separate congregations across the Charlotte Metro area as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada.

Under the direction of Pastor Steven Furtick (also a worship leader and songwriter) this Charlotte, N.C. church was established by Furtick, and eight other families, with one massive vision: to reach people far from God. In just seven years, Elevation Church has become one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. with seven established campuses in the greater Charlotte area. The Elevation Church worship gathering is simultaneously broadcast across these multi-city locations via cutting edge technology allowing the church’s 12,000+ weekly worshippers to feel closely connected as one church praising with one voice.

To date, Elevation Worship has sold more than 30,000 units of its debut album with Essential Worship, For The Honor, in less than a year. Its worship anthem, “Give Me Faith,” is currently one of the fastest-growing church songs at No. 140 on CCLI, moving more than 160 spots within a year. Additionally, Elevation Worship released its second full length album, Nothing Is Wasted (Feb. 19, 2013), to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart and broke into the Top 50 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

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