Archive for September, 2013

September 28, 2013

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson’s Book The Duck Commander Family Book Reaches Half A Million Copies In Print

Howard Books announced that Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built A Dynasty has reached a tremendous publishing milestone, with more than 500,000 books in print. This marks two milestones for the stars of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty” this week; the publishing milestone and hitting record ratings of 9.6 million viewers during last Wednesday night’s season finale. Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson released in October of 2012 and details the life of the famous bayou family who lives by the motto: Faith, Family, Ducks.

Howard Books announced earlier this month a multi-book deal with the family, including the upcoming May 7 release of Happy, Happy, Happy by family patriarch Phil Robertson. The deal also includes books from Si Robertson, Miss Kay, and a Duck Commander devotional, all scheduled to come out this fall.

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September 28, 2013

JASON CASTRO JOINS MATTHEW WEST’S INTO THE LIGHT TOUR AND RELEASES NEW SINGLE, STAY THIS WAY, TO RADIO

 

(September 25, 2013) –  Internationally-recognized singer/songwriter Jason Castro is gearing up for the release of the third single, “Stay This Way,” from his debut Word Entertainment album, Only A Mountain. This week the track ships to radio and will go for adds on October 18th. Castro, after having spent the summer co-headlining a tour with Ryan Cabrera, promoting his appearance in the UP! original movie, “The Perfect Summer,” and visiting Colombia, South America, on an “I am Second” expedition, is hitting the road again this week with Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets for West’s “Into the Light Tour.” Then, throughout the holiday season, he’ll join NewSong for “The Very Merry Christmas Tour” which runs through December 15.

“‘Stay This Way’ is the most relevant for me lyrically. You know, in the last couple years I think I realized for the first time that I’d grown up accustomed to some things being the way they were, thinking that I can’t outrun my last mistake, and I’m just stuck here. I always believed in God, I knew He was good – I thought I was just messed up,” said Castro who co-wrote the song with its producers Ben Glover and David Garcia. “I didn’t understand what people meant by freedom in Christ. I never felt free – I always felt like a slave to my sin. It wasn’t until these last few years that I got into my first real Biblical community. And as I started to share my life with others, and we studied God’s word together, I really discovered freedom for the first time. And so that’s been a big part of my journey these last few years and one of the highlights.”

On Thursday, Matthew West’s “Into the Light Tour” featuring Castro and Sidewalk Prophets commences in Carlsbad, NM. The tour runs through November 17th and is scheduled to visit 30 cities throughout the U.S. Immediately following this tour he’ll join “The Very Merry Christmas Tour” alongside NewSong, Audio Adrenaline and Love & The Outcome. The tour kicks off in Tyler, TX, on November 30th and hits 15 cities.

 

Sept. 26         Carlsbad, NM – Walter Gerrell’s Performing Arts Center

Sept. 27         Phoenix, AZ – Grand Canyon University

Sept. 28         Saint George, UT – Dixie State College, Cox Auditorium

Sept. 29         Sparks, NV – Sparks Christian Fellowship

Sept. 30         Brentwood, CA – Golden Hills Community Church

Oct. 2              Coos Bay, OR – Marshfield High School Auditorium

Oct. 3              Portland, OR – New Hope Community Church

Oct. 6              Issaquah, WA – Eastridge Church

Oct. 8              Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Civic Center

Oct. 9              Bismarck, ND – Shiloh Christian School

Oct. 10            Dickinson, ND – Trinity High School

Oct. 11            Gillette, WY – New Life Wesleyan Church

Oct. 12            Rapid City, SD – Performing Arts Center of Rapid City

Oct. 18            Bel Air, MD – Harford Community College

Oct. 19            Simpsonville, SC – Southside Christian School

Oct. 24            Wausau, WI – Grand Theater Wausau

Oct. 25            Appleton, WI – Appleton Alliance Church

Oct. 26            Bourbonnais, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

Oct. 27            Indianapolis, IN – The Caring Place

Nov. 1             Fort Wayne, IN – First Assembly of God

Nov. 2             Eden Prairie, MN – Grace Church

Nov. 3             Zeeland, MI – Community Reformed Church

Nov. 7             McAlester, OK – Southeast Expo Center

Nov. 8             Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Berean Church

Nov. 9             Tulsa, OK – ORU Mabee Center

Nov. 10          Mount Vernon, IL – Central Christian Church

Nov. 14          Lubbock, TX – City Bank Coliseum

Nov. 15          Andrews, TX – Andrews County Expo

Nov. 16          Decatur, TX – First Baptist Church

Nov. 17          Tyler, TX – Lane’s Chapel UMC

Nov. 30          Tyler, TX – The Oil Palace

Dec. 1             Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge River Center

Dec. 2             Russellville, AR – Russellville Performing Arts Center

Dec. 3             Wichita, KS – NewSpring Church

Dec. 5             Anderson, SC – Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center

Dec. 6             Kinston, NC – Kinston Performing Arts Center

Dec. 7             Whiteville, NC – Northwood Assembly

Dec. 8             Johnson City, TN – Freedom Hall Civic Center (PWYC)

Dec. 9             Hight Point, NC – First Wesleyan Church

Dec. 10          Marion, IL – Marion Cultural and Civic Center

Dec. 11          Lancaster, OH – Fairfield Christian Academy

Dec. 13          Pascagoula, MS – First Baptist Church

Dec. 14          Warner Robins, GA – Warner Robins Civic Center

Dec. 15          Woodstock, GA – First Baptist of Woodstock

Dec. 16          Charlotte, NC – Central Church of God

 

For further information and a complete list of tour dates visit www.jasoncastro.com.

 

About Jason Castro:

Internationally-renowned recording artist and “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro has topped radio charts in multiple countries, including: Norway, Singapore and The Philippines. His self-titled debut album entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 18. Throughout his career, Jason has appeared on television shows such as “TODAY,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Access Hollywood” and “The Bachelor” and has appeared on the pages of Rolling StoneUSA Today and The New York Times. Castro just released his Word Entertainment debut album, Only A Mountain, January 15, 2013.

September 26, 2013

Latest Christian News Matt Redman, Daniel Bashta, Newsboys, For King And Country

Celebrated Passion Conferences Worship Leader Matt Redman Releases New Album: Your Grace Finds Me

Daniel Bashta Takes His Free Tour, Strip Everything Away, To Churches Around The Country

Love And The Outcome’s Debut Album Releases To Applause By Critics

Bestselling Author Nick Vujicic Signs New Multi-Book Deal With Waterbrook Multnomah

Newsboys To Headline Winter Jam West

Get Free Christians Books From David Cook Publishers Every Week

For King And Country Releases New CD/DVD Hope Is What We Crave

Is Daniel Bashta The Next Chris Tomlin

Newsboys Release New Fist-Pumping Foot-Stomping Album, Called Restart

Popular Blogger, Eugene Cho, Signs 3-Book Contract With David Cook Publishers

September 26, 2013

Celebrated Passion Conferences Worship Leader Matt Redman Releases New Album: Your Grace Finds Me

 

 

Acclaimed worship leader and two-time GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman has had quite a few reasons to celebrate this year with the success of his impactful song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” Following the highly revered song and album comes his latest project, Your Grace Finds Me out today, September 24. The lead single and title track pulls together the powerful message that even in the midst of battle and blessing, the highest high of a wedding day or when weeping by a graveside, God’s grace is always active and present.

The song devotionals for Matt Redman’s Your Grace Finds Me are now available at his website:http://www.mattredman.com/writings.

The infectious melodies and poignant lyrics found in this 12-track record continues to showcase Redman’s innate gift to churn heartfelt prayers into worship songs. Here is just a glimpse of the praises critics are giving Your Grace Finds Me:

“More upbeat than previous outings, the eleventh release by U.K. worship songsmith Matt Redman was recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta…fist-pumping worship for people who don’t want to sit in their seats anymore.” – RELEVANT Magazine

“Tis the season to be deluged by a slew of releases, and in this Best of the Best season, it is fitting that one of the most notable is from Matt Redman…the consistent message of God’s mercy and grace told in Redman’s direct, joyous, uplifting and Scripturally-tethered style is once again a gift to the Church.” – Worship Leader

“Matt Redman carries his faith, his voice, his ministry with a humble, quiet dignity. Your Grace Finds Me not only offers a glimpse into the heart of an artist willing and ready to allow God to be God; it invites listeners to do the same.” – CCM Magazine

“If you’re looking for quality musicianship that leads you into the worship place, you will thoroughly enjoy Matt Redman’s new album. Beautiful.” – HM Magazine

“Matt Redman has again shown his willingness and ability to produce songs the global church can claim as their own. With a fresh sound, thought-out arrangements and lyrics that are steeped in worship, Your Grace Finds Me is a brilliant modern praise album.” – Louder Than the Music

“What endears this U.K. native once again on this new record, is his ongoing ability to create a worship experience for all of us: an experience that is cognitively descriptive giving us food for thought. Yet, it is also gloriously edgy to the spiritually malleable.” -Breathecast

“[Matt Redman] is still the world Church’s most consistent creator of heartwarming worship songs.” -Cross Rhythms

“You feel like you’ve experienced a moment, embraced a movement. Matt Redman doesn’t just entertain with uplifting lyrics, he teaches through song and gives your spirit plenty to ponder.” -Hallels.com

Redman recorded Your Grace Finds Me at Passion City Church’s ‘LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective’ in Atlanta, GA. The event was hosted by Louie Giglio and GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin and included worship leaders from all across the country. Adding to this year’s impressive accolades -two GRAMMY® awards, a Billboard Music Award, “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” receiving this year’s ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year and being RIAA Certified Gold – Redman was recently honored with nine Dove Award nominations including “Songwriter of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”

Kicking off street week, Matt Redman is set to partner with K-LOVE’s morning and afternoon shows, hosting three live worship events in Kansas City last night, Indianapolis tonight (9/24) and Chicago tomorrow (9/25). To find out more, visitwww.mattredman.com/klove.

About Matt Redman:
Matt Redman is a key songwriter for today’s church and active worship leader for Passion conferences around the world. Leading a generation of worshipers, his songs have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder*Band, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture and Passion, among others. He won his first GRAMMY® awards earlier this year for the powerful hit, “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” which won for both “Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance” and “Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.” Among artists Frank Ocean, fun., Mumford & Sons, Chick Corea and Esperanza Spalding, Redman was one of six artists with two GRAMMY® wins at the award show. Adding to his GRAMMY® awards this year, Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” was certified RIAA gold and named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year and “Top Christian Song” at the Billboard Music Awards. “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” has spent over 19 weeks at No. 1 and over 30 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Christian/Gospel Digital Songs chart. Additionally, Redman has 26 songs in the CCLI Top 500, with six populating the Top 50.

September 25, 2013

Integrity Music Worship Leader/Songwriter Daniel Bashta Hits The Road This Fall For the Free Strip Everything Away Tour

Bashta To Visit 38 U.S. Cities With Guest Speaker Cody Deese 
Daniel Bashta, Integrity Music worship leader and writer of “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead),” will take his music on the road this fall, visiting 38 cities across the U.S. with guest speaker Cody Deese for the free “Strip Everything Away Tour.”
Referencing the lyrics “strip everything away ‘til all I have is You” from his song “Pursuit,” Bashta launches the tour at the Salvation Army Church in Anaheim, Calif., on September 5 with stops in 19 states before concluding at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NJ on November 18.  A list of tour dates and cities follows below with information also available at “Strip Everything Away Tour”.
“We had this dream of doing a tour that would not have a price tag on it,” says Bashta. “In a culture driven by stadium stage glitz and glamour, our heart and mission for the night is that we are removing the noise of the circus to create space for God to speak… one night of worship and wonder, stripping everything away and pursuing the presence of God.”
For Bashta, a “missionary kid” who grew up immersed in ministry all around the globe, speaking life and hope into a dark world has been a life-long passion. Educated at the Worship Institute of London and heavily influenced by the ministry of Soul Survivor, Bashta’s path of ministry reads like a winding stream that eventually led him to his current role as worship pastor at RiverStone Church, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Along the way, Bashta has been writing songs that have become the heart cry for worshipers from different cultures and church backgrounds. In 2011, Integrity released his debut full-length album The Sounds of Daniel Bashta, packed with many of these songs, including “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead)” popularized by the Newsboys and “Pursuit” popularized by Jesus Culture. This year saw the release of The Invisible, which introduced more new songs including, “Praise The Invisible,” “Undone” and “Let Hope In.” Both albums resulted in acclaim from worship leaders, music fans and critics, earning Bashta kudos for his writing and vocals filled with raw conviction, courage and compassion and what Worship Leader magazine refers to as “vibrant lyrical poetry.” For more information, visit www.danielbashta.com.

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September 25, 2013

FOR KING & COUNTRY PERFORM BEFORE 34,000 PEOPLE AT THE 24TH ANNUAL HARVEST CRUSADE IN ANAHEIM, CA, SATURDAY NIGHT

On Saturday night, critically-acclaimed duo for KING & COUNTRY performed before an audience of 34,000 people at Harvest Crusade at Angel’s Stadium in  Anaheim, CA. The event, now in its 24th year, is hosted by Pastor Greg Laurie and is designed to be an opportunity for Christians to invite family members and friends to hear the message of the gospel in an entertaining and non-threatening environment.

“For King and Country was a great addition to the Harvest Crusade this year,” said John Collins, Executive Director of Harvest Ministries. “Their performance was electric and had universal appeal. We’ve had nothing but great comments about the quality of their music and the content of the message.” “Occasionally there comes a moment where the hours of writing, recording, rehearsing, touring, praying and dreaming all collide into a profound crescendo,” added Joel of for KING & COUNTRY. “Saturday night, as we stood alongside Greg Laurie and 34,000+ friends and shouted ‘Let my life be the proof of Your love,’ was without a doubt one of those rare, spiritual and profound moments.”

This past week the duo also received seven nominations including “New Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards scheduled to take place in Nashville, TN, on October 15. On Tuesday, for KING & COUNTRY released their live CD/DVD package, Hope is What We Crave │LIVE, which was recorded on the final night of their first headlining tour in 2012 and features their new single, “Hope Is What We CRAVE.”

In September, for KING & COUNTRY can be seen at Night of Joy at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and on the Newsboys “Restart Tour” which kicks off on the 20th in Barre, VT. For further information and a complete listing of upcoming tour dates visit www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com.

for KING & COUNTRY’s Upcoming Tour Dates:

Aug. 31:         Rock the Flags – Jackson, NJ

Sept. 1:           Lifelight Festival – Worthing, SD

Sept. 4:           Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL

Sept. 6:           Night of Joy 2013 – Kissimmee, FL

Sept. 20:        Barre Municipal Auditorium – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Barre, VT

Sept. 21:        Shippensburg Fairgrounds – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Shippensburg, PA

Sept. 22:        State Theatre – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – New Brunswick, NJ

Sept. 27:        Calvary Baptist Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Savannah, GA

Sept. 28:        Northwestern College – Saint Paul, MN

Oct. 3:             Celebration Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Metairie, LA

Oct. 5:             Heart O’ Texas & Rodeo – Waco, TX

Oct. 10:           Jesse Auditorium Missouri University – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Columbia, MO

Oct. 11:           Taft – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Cincinnati, OH

Oct. 12:           Cullman Fair Grounds – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Cullman, AL

Oct. 13:           RiverGlen Christian Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Waukesha, WI

Oct. 19:           Adler Theatre – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Davenport, IA

Oct. 20:           Rivers Edge Convention Center – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – St. Cloud, MN

Oct. 22:           First Assembly of God Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Fargo, ND

Oct. 24:           Radisson Convention Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Green Bay, WI

Oct. 25:           Corn Palace – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Mitchell, SD

Oct. 26:           Family Arena – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – St. Charles, MO

Oct. 27:           Prairie Capital Convention Center – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Springfield, IL

Nov. 9:            Westgate River Ranch – River Ranch, FL

Nov. 23:         Gatlinburg Convention Center – Gatlinburg, TN

Nov. 29:         Texas Louisiana Youth Conference – San Antonio, TX

Nov. 30:         Saddleback Church – Lake Forest, CA

Dec. 1:            Saddleback Church – Lake Forest, CA

Dec. 22:         Southeast Christian Church – Louisville, KY

for KING & COUNTRY, recently named “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, made their late night debut on January 10 performing “The Proof Of Your Love” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY were named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwritercommented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

September 25, 2013

LOVE & THE OUTCOME’S DEBUT ALBUM RELEASES TO APPLAUSE BY CRITICS

Lead Single, “He Is With Us,” Is Highest Charting Debut Single Currently on

Billboard’s Christian Songs Chart

 

 

 

Word Entertainment’s breakthrough duo Love & The Outcome released their self-titled debut album on Tuesday to rave reviews and top 5 chart placement on the iTunes’ Christian Albums chart.  In addition, their debut single, “He Is With Us,” has skyrocked to No. 13 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart making it the highest charting debut single currently on the chart and the duo the only new artist inside the top 15. On September 13, Love & The Outcome are kicking off NewSong’s “Swallow The Ocean” tour which is slated to hit Philadelphia, Pa., St. Louis, Mo., Gainesville, Fla., Chesapeake, Va., Lenoir, N.C., and Waycross, Ga. among other cities.

Love & The Outcome have generated quite a buzz since the release of their debut single “He Is With Us” in May. Billboard included them in their “Bubbling Under” section in June which highlights new and noteworthy acts. Additional media have taken notice of the duo with the progression up the chart of their single and the release of their debut album.

NewReleaseTuesday.com: “Love & The Outcome is one of the strongest debut releases of 2013, by a group well worth keeping on your radar.”

BREATHEcast.com: “Love and the Outcome has released one of the promising releases this year.”

 

ChristianMusicZine.com: “I totally loved Love & The Outcome’s debut album… I suggest that you definitely buy the album when it releases, and Jodi and Chris…ought to be congratulated.”

 

ChristianRockersOnline.com: “On their self-titled debut release Canadian husband and wife duo Love and the Outcome really hit the mark musically with songs that cruise along like a fine tuned Ferrari with uplifting lyrics filled with God’s hope, promise, and grace.”

 

IndieVisionMusic.com: “Love and the Outcome’s debut record is a bright highlight that’ll hopefully continue far into the future, with this Canadian outfit getting my vote for best album from a new artist in 2013.”

 

JesusFreakHideout.com: “this debut works, both as a snapshot in a young couple’s journey and an inspiring, God-centered soundtrack for the traveller in us all.

AlphaOmegaNews.org: “Their self-titled debut is solid and fans of the contemporary pop genre should be getting used to hearing them on the radio and the same would not be disappointed in the album as a whole.”

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndTheOutcome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

September 25, 2013

LOVE & THE OUTCOME RECEIVES FIVE GMA CANADA COVENANT AWARD NOMINATIONS

 

Nashville, TN – (September 23, 2013) – Word Entertainment’s Love & The Outcome is one of the top nominees for GMA Canada’s 35th Annual Covenant Awards scheduled to take place in Canada on November 6 in Burlington, ON. The Canadian duo are nominated for “New Artist of the Year,” “Music Video of the Year” for their song “City of God” in addition to “Song of the Year,” “Recorded Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year” for their debut single and smash hit, “He Is With Us.” The single, currently No. 11 on Billboard Christian Songs Chart, is also the lead track from their self-titled debut album which was released August 27 to critical acclaim. Love & The Outcome is currently on the road with NewSong for their “Swallow The Ocean Tour” and will join “The Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular” in November.

 

“It’s such an honour to be nominated alongside our friends and peers,” said Love & The Outcome’s Jodi King. “Chris and I have always written and performed music knowing it’s our best contribution to building God’s Kingdom on earth. We’re so glad to see people joining in and singing along.”

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndTheOutcome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

September 25, 2013

DARA MACLEAN SOPHOMORE ALBUM, WANTED, DEBUTS TO APPLAUSE FROM CRITICS

Title Track / Lead Single Climbs to No. 4 at Hot AC/CHR

(September 24, 2013) – Fervent Records’ soulful vocalist/songwriter Dara Maclean released her sophomore album, Wanted, today to outstanding praise from critics and a Top 5 chart position on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. Produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Hillsong, Meredith Andrews),Wanted is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2011 debut album, You Got My Attention, which garnered her a 2011 Dove Awards’ nomination for “New Artist of the Year.” The album’s lead single and title track, “Wanted,” is currently No. 4 at Hot AC/CHR and climbing.

Early reviews have critics embracing Maclean’s latest effort and comparing her to some the finest voices of today. Here are a few highlights:

“These are the most transparent, vulnerable and authentic lyrics I’ve heard on any album this year. If you like soulful singer-songwriters like Adele, Lana Del Rey and Natasha Bedingfield, you’ll love Wanted by Dara Maclean.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com (5/5 stars)

“Contemporary Christian music has found its Adele with Dara Maclean.” – Digital Journal (4.5/5 stars)

“You won’t find a single ‘bad’ song on this album. For that matter, you won’t even find a ‘take it or leave it’ one….they’re all top notch, making this a five star release…This is a young woman with something to say and an incredible voice to say it with. But don’t just take my word for it; listen for yourself and prepare to fall in love.”– Hallels.com (5/5 stars)

“You’ll definitely be changed from the inside out after these 12 tracks…A must buy… Dara Maclean’s respect is about to go through the roof, and hopefully you all can be a part of her journey!” – Christian Music Zine (4.5/5 stars)

“…this album…is able to stand tall amidst all of these releases, possibly being one of my favourite pop-soul albums of the year.”– Indie Vision Music (4/5 stars)

“Maclean is one of the most promising young artists in Christian music today and Wanted is prime proof of this- don’t expect her to go anywhere anytime soon- just expect her to pick up more and more steam and become one of the biggest names out there.” – The Front Row Report – (9/10 stars)

In support of Wanted, Maclean will participate in a series of Google+ Hangouts with key partners throughout the week.  Please see schedule for further information:

Sept. 24         2pm CT – DaraMaclean.com

Sept. 25         5pm CT – NewReleaseTuesday.com

Sept. 26         3pm CT – InternationalJusticeMission.com

Sept. 27         12pm CT – CCMMagazine.com

 

Maclean is on tour with Casting Crowns through October and then will join the “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular” through November. This week on Maclean’s website fans can also enter for a chance to win a flyaway to see her on the Casting Crowns tour on October 24 in Lafayette, LA. For further details, please visit www.DaraMaclean.com.

 

Powerful vocalist and songwriter Dara Maclean first sparked the music industry’s interest with her 2011 debut, You Got My Attention. The album introduced a powerful new voice in Christian pop, steeped in Motown and soul and beaming a heart for the broken and struggling. The LP reached the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Christian Albums chart, and album tracks “Suitcases” and “Free” each hit the Top 20 on Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. “Suitcases” appeared on the 2012 installment of WOW Hits, celebrating Christian radio’s biggest songs, and You Got My Attention closer “Home” was included in The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini-Series, a companion to the smash History Channel series. The Texas-bred singer-songwriter earned a New Artist of the Year nomination in the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, and spent nearly two years straight on the road with some of Christian music’s biggest names, including Casting Crowns and Newsong, and on major tours including Winter Jam and the KLOVE Acoustic Christmas Tour. Maclean has earned high critical praise throughout, NewReleaseTuesday including her among its Top 10 New Female Christian Singers in 2012, noting that “Dara displays the strongest vocals I’ve heard in years.” Maclean is also passionate about raising awareness and bringing an end to human trafficking and is an advocate for the International Justice Mission.

 

Facebook: Facebook.com/DaraMaclean

Twitter: Twitter.com/DaraMaclean

YouTube: YouTube.com/DaraMaclean

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.