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January 23, 2014

SECOND ANNUAL K-LOVE CHRISTMAS TOUR’S FIRST DATE DRAWS SELLOUT CROWD IN GREENSBORO, NC

Big Daddy Weave headlining tour featuring for KING & COUNTRY and

Meredith Andrews Also Sells Out in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago and Kansas City

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The second annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour, presented by 25 Entertainment, kicked off with a sold-out crowd Wednesday night in Greensboro, NC. Big Daddy Weave headlining tour featuring for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews is slated to hit an additional nine cities including four sold-out dates in Pittsburgh, PA; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL, and Kansas City, MO.  This past June at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards both Big Daddy Weave and for KING & COUNTRY won two of the top honors with Big Daddy Weave taking home “Song of the Year” for their smash hit “Redeemed” while for KING & COUNTRY were presented the award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” by Meredith Andrews. In addition, for KING & COUNTRY’s Christmas EP, Into The Silent Night, currently holds the No. 1 spot on iTunes’ Christian Album’s chart. The relationship between 25 Entertainment and K-LOVE Radio provides the opportunity for radio listeners and fans to experience an inviting evening of Christmas music for the entire family during the holiday season in 10 of K-LOVE’s markets.

In addition to music from these critically-acclaimed artists, Feed The Children will be the ministry focal point offering child sponsorships throughout the tour. The non-profit organization will also sponsor a separate event in each city along the tour to feed over 4,000 families in all. On Wednesday, Feed The Children with the help of the tour artists, fed over 380 in need families. Feed The Children is one of the world’s largest charities with the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essential needs. In the U.S., Feed The Children works with local agencies to distribute food and necessities to over 400,000 families annually.

Upcoming K-LOVE Christmas Tour Dates:

Dec. 5             Virginia Beach, VA – New Life Providence Church

Dec. 6             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church, Pittsburgh East Campus

Dec. 7             Indianapolis, IN – Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Dec. 8             Chicago, IL – Aurora Christian High School

Dec. 11          Lexington, KY – Porter Memorial Baptist Church

Dec. 12          Nashville, TN – Brentwood United Methodist Church

Dec. 13          Memphis, TN – Raleigh Assembly of God

Dec. 14          Kansas City, MO – Cross Points Church

Dec. 15          Evansville, IN – First Christian Church Newburgh

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.KLOVEChristmasTour.com.

 

About Big Daddy Weave: 

This year, Big Daddy Weave’s monster hit song “Redeemed,” which spent 11 weeks at No. 1, took home top honors for “Song of the Year” at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards and received nominations for “Christian Song of the Year” at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards and “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Dove Awards. The single from the band’s latest album, Love Come To Life, which also features the group’s current single at radio, “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).”  The band, comprised of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon Joe Shirk and Brian Beihl, formed when the original members were attending the University of Mobile. In 2002 they stepped into the spotlight with the release of their second album, One and Only, which debuted in SoundScan’s Christian Top 5 and earned them a nomination for Dove Awards’ “New Artist of the Year.” In 2010, Big Daddy Weave took home the Dove Award for “Christmas Album of the Year” for their seventh album Christ Is Come. They have also been honored at ASCAP’s Christian Music Awards and are one of the 10 most played artists at Christian radio over the past decade. For more information on Big Daddy Weave please visit www.bigdaddyweave.com.

 

FOR KING & COUNTRY

for KING & COUNTRY, recently named “New Artist of the Year” at the 44th Annual Dove Awards and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, released their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, in 2012. On January 10, they made their late night debut performing their hit song and iTunes’ 2012 “Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Song of the Year,” “The Proof Of Your Love,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY was 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 Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.” Stay tuned to www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com for the most current news.

 

About Meredith Andrews:

With her Word Entertainment’s debut release in 2008, Meredith Andrews’ insightful songs and engaging voice awarded her recognition as Billboard Magazine’s “Most Promising New Artist.” In 2011, she picked up two Dove Awards for “Worship Song of the Year” and “Praise and Worship Album of the Year,” quickly distinguishing her as one of the preeminent worship leaders and songwriters in the Christian music community. With the success of her debut album and her sophomore release in 2010, As Long As It Takes, she was afforded the opportunity to tour with acclaimed CCM artists Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman and Michael W. Smith.  Her much-anticipated third studio album, Worth It All, featuring singles “Worth It All,” “Strong God” and “Pieces,” was released January  22, 2013. A native of Wilson, NC, Meredith began singing in church when she was only six, and by the time she was in high school, she was writing songs and leading worship. For more information on Meredith Andrews please visit www.meredithandrews.com.

 

About Feed The Children:

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Feed The Children is one of the largest international charities based in the U.S. With the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials, Feed The Children is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity and uses a comprehensive and integrated program to combat hunger and poverty. Feed The Children addresses four basic needs: food and nutrition, water and sanitation, education and health, and livelihood community development. In addition to helping families and communities around the world achieve lasting self-sufficiency, Feed The Children also responds quickly in times of disaster to provide emergency supplies for those in need.

 

About K-LOVE:
K-LOVE creates compelling media designed to inspire and encourage people to develop a meaningful relationship with Christ. K-LOVE is listener supported and delivers positive, encouraging contemporary Christian music through its 446 signals across 47 states.  For more information visit:www.klove.com.
About 25 Entertainment:
25 Entertainment is the event booking, production and promotion arm of Word Entertainment, acomprehensive Christian entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including recorded music, publishing, distribution, merchandising, Church resources, and online initiatives. Based in Nashville, 25 Entertainment’s roster includes some of the world’s most-renowned Christian artists including Chris August, Natalie Grant, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Point of Grace, and Sidewalk Prophets. The company also proudly represents Girls of Grace, a nationwide conference for 6th – 12th grade girls, focusing on common age-related issues with positive Christian messages.

 

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.

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January 23, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH MARK BURNETT, ROMA DOWNEY AND THEIR PRODUCTION COMPANY LIGHTWORKERS MEDIA TO RELEASE SON OF GOD: MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE EPIC MOTION PICTURE ON DECEMBER 26

Musical Companion to the 20th Century Fox Feature Film “Son of God”

Featuring Music by Today’s Top Christian Artists Beautifully Accompanying the Telling of the Greatest Story Ever Told

 

Artists Included Total 45 No. 1 Hits and 25 Dove Awards Combined

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Nashville, TN – (January 20, 2013) –Word Entertainment is partnering once again with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their production company LightWorkers Media to releaseSON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture on December 26. The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” due out February 28, features music by today’s top Christian artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew’s No. 1 hit “He Said” (feat. Chris August). Artists included on the album have a combined total of 45 No. 1 hits and 25 Dove Awards. Also included on the compilation is “Oh, Son of God,” a brand new song by Grammy-nominated artist and Dove Awards’ 2011 “Artist of the Year” Francesca Batistelli.

 

“We are incredibly honored that Roma and Mark have partnered with our Word family on the music inspired by CDs to ‘The Bible’ miniseries and now the motion picture ‘Son of God,’” said Rod Riley, Word Entertainment’s President & CEO. “Our artists’ songs, from for KING & COUNTRY’s ‘Baby Boy’ to the final song on the project, Meredith Andrews’ ‘The Gospel Changes Everything,’ so beautifully complement the telling of Jesus’ life, it made perfect sense to pair them with the motion picture.”

 

SON OF GOD: Music Inspired By The Epic Motion Picture Track listing:

 

  1. Francesca Battistelli – “Oh, Son of God”
  2. Chris August – “Jesus, Savior”
  3. for KING & COUNTRY – “Baby Boy”
  4. Group 1 Crew – “He Said” (feat. Chris August)
  5. Dara Maclean – “Our Only Hope”
  6. Sidewalk Prophets – “Keep Making Me”
  7. Point of Grace – “Only Jesus”
  8. Jason Castro – “I Believe”
  9. Everfound – “God of the Impossible”
  10. Love & The Outcome – “He Is With Us”
  11. Big Daddy Weave – “Jesus Move”
  12. Meredith Andrews – “The Gospel Changes Everything”

 

Downey and Burnett brought the epic 10-hour mini-series “The Bible” to television audiences on the History channel with their company LightWorkers Media. It became the top entertainment telecast of the year, received three Emmy® Award nominations and has been viewed by over 100 million people to date. On February 28, they will bring the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to millions of people worldwide on the big screen. Word Entertainment partnered with Burnett and Downey to release the musical companion to the epic mini-series “The Bible.” Announced earlier this month, they are also joining forces on “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” slated to commence on March 20 at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Southern California and run 16 dates through April 13.

 

About LightWorkers Media

Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress Roma Downey and her husband producer Mark Burnett launched LightWorkers Media in 2011 with the children’s DVD and book series “Little Angels” and its companion “Little Angels Storybook Bible”.  LightWorkers Media produced the ten-hour miniseries THE BIBLE and will be producing the feature film version SON OF GOD for 20th Century Fox.  They recently acquired Alice Hoffman’s award winning novel The Dovekeepers.  LightWorkers Media is dedicated to shining a light and bringing uplifting content to people of all ages.

 

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.

January 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI SETS RELEASE DATE; REVEALS ARTWORK FOR NEW STUDIO ALBUM, IF WE’RE HONEST, OUT APRIL 22

Lead Single “Write Your Story” is Most Added at Radio This Week

 Battistelli to Appear This Spring on “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014”

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Nashville, TN – (January 6, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, is slated to release her third studio album, If We’re Honest, on April 22. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, the album features 11 tracks all co-written by Battistelli. Contemporary Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years, Battistelli’s debut album My Paper Heart received RIAA Gold certification and a GRAMMY® nomination while her sophomore effort Hundred More Years helped garner her the 2011 Dove Awards for “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year.” Today, Battistelli’s brand new single “Write Your Story” received the most adds at Christian radio for the week with 73 stations supporting it. Additionally, the singer marked another career milestone off her list this past Saturday when she made her debut at the historic Grand Ole Opry performing her Grammy-nominated single “Free To Be Me” and her hit song “This Is The Stuff.”

Fans can download “Write Your Story” and pre-order If We’re Honest on January 14 at iTunes. A deluxe version featuring three additional tracks will also be available.  On February 14, LifeWay will offer a physical version of the single with the pre-buy of the physical album.

In the coming months Battistelli will be touring in support of If We’re Honest commencing with the “Hands of God Tour” with Sanctus Real on February 7 in Decatur, TX. “Hands of God” is also the title of a newly-penned track on her album co-written by and featuring Sanctus Real’s Matt Hammitt. Launching on March 20 at Saddleback in Lake Forest, CA, she’ll be featured on the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014.” Battistelli also has songs on the companion CD to the upcoming 20th Century Fox feature film and LightWorker’s Media production “Son of God,” SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture, and on the companion CD, The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini-Series, to the massive History channel mini-series “The Bible.” For more information and a complete listing of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 978,000 in album sales to date and over 1.8 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S.

January 23, 2014

BIG DADDY WEAVE CELEBRATES THIRD STRAIGHT NO. 1 SINGLE, “THE ONLY NAME (YOURS WILL BE)” Set to Embark on Second Leg of “The Only Name Tour” on February 21 in Waukesha, WI

Set to Embark on Second Leg of “The Only Name Tour” on February 21 in Waukesha, WI

 

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NASHVILLE, TN  (January 6, 2014) – Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave is celebrating their third consecutive No. 1 hit with “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” today. It is the first No. 1 single of the year on both the National Christian Audience chart and AC Monitored chart. This marks the second straight year the band has scored the first AC Monitored No. 1 of the year, with the band’s blockbuster hit, “Redeemed,” holding the top spot for the first chart in January 2013.  The three consecutive No. 1 singles – “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed” and “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” – are all from Big Daddy Weave’s current and career best-selling album,Love Come To Life. On February 21, Big Daddy Weave will embark on the second leg of “The Only Name Tour” with support from Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons. It is slated to run 31 dates through May 3.

“The Only Name Tour” dates:

Feb. 21:          RiverGlen Church – Waukesha, WI

Feb. 22:          Open Door Church – Chillicothe,OH

Feb. 23:          Calvary Temple Christian Center – Springfield, IL

Feb. 27:          Langston Baptist Church – Conway, SC

Feb. 28:          Church On The Hill – Fishersville, VA

March 1:         First Baptist Church of New Castle – New Castle, DE

March 2:         Chestnut Assembly of God Church – Vineland, NJ

March 7:         Eastern Heights Church – Cleburne, TX

March 9:         Abilene Civic Center – Abilene, TX

March 10:      Clovis Civic Center – Clovis, NM

March 11:      Las Cruces Convention Center – Las Cruces, NM

March 14:      Redding Civic Auditorium – Redding, CA

March 15:      New Hope Community Church – Happy Valley, OR

March 16:      Gateway Fellowship – Poulsbo, WA

March 20:      Mother Lode Theatre – Butte, MT

March 21:      Highland Park Community Church – Casper, WY

March 23:      Sioux Falls First Assembly of God – Sioux Falls, SD

March 28:      Silver Dollar City– Branson, MO

March 29:      Victory Ministry and Sports Complex – Joplin, MO

March 30:      Woodward High School Auditorium – Woodward, OK

April 3:            Silverdale Baptist Church – Chattanooga, TN

April 4:            Lightsey Chapel at Charleston Southern University – North Charleston, SC

April 5:            The Refuge – Kannapolis, NC

April 6:            Kings Gate Church International – Hamlet, NC

April 12:         North Platte High School – North Platte, NE

April 25:         Church of Hope – Sarasota, FL

April 26:         Florida Bible Church – Miramar, FL

April 27:         First Baptist Church of Umatilla – Umatilla, FL

May 1:            Grace Christian Academy – Kankakee, IL

May 2:            Dyersburg State Community College – Dyersburg, TN

May 3:            St. Luke UMC Ministry Center – Columbus, GA

 

For more information on Big Daddy Weave and to purchase tickets, please visitwww.BigDaddyWeave.com/shows .

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigdaddyweave
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bdwmusic
YouTube: www.youtube.com/bdwmusic

 

About Big Daddy Weave: 

Dove Award-winning band Big Daddy Weave, one of Christian Music’s mainstays, is currently enjoying its career best-selling album, Love Come To Life, an album boasting three consecutive number one radio singles: “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed,” and “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).” In 2013, Big Daddy Weave’s monster hit song and career best-selling track, “Redeemed,” spent 11 weeks at No. 1, and took home the prestigious trophy for “Song of the Year” at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards, while receiving nominations for “Christian Song of the Year” at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, and “Song of the Year” at the 2013 Dove Awards. The first Christian AC-Monitored radio chart of 2013 featured “Redeemed” in the number one position, while the first AC-Monitored chart of 2014 rang in with “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” in the top spot. The band, comprised of Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk and Brian Beihl, formed when the original members were attending the University of Mobile. In 2002, Big Daddy Weave stepped into the spotlight with the release of its second album,One and Only, which debuted in SoundScan’s Christian Top 5 and earned them a Dove Award nomination for “New Artist of the Year.” In 2010, Big Daddy Weave took home the Dove Award for “Christmas Album of the Year” for its seventh album, Christ Is Come. The band has also been honored at ASCAP’s Christian Music Awards and BMI’s Christian Music Awards and is one of the 10 most played artists at Christian radio over the past decade.image002-1

January 23, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI DEBUTED AT THE GRAND OLE OPRY ON JANUARY 4 Battistelli to Release her Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, on April 22

Battistelli to Release her Third Studio Album, If We’re Honest, on April 22

 

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42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, graced the historic Grand Ole Opry stage on January 4 for the first time. A career milestone for the vocalist, she sang her Grammy-nominated song “Free To Be Me” and her hit song “This Is the Stuff.”

 Battistelli is slated to release her third studio album, If We’re Honest, on April 22. The album features her latest single, “Write Your Story,” which was the most added song at Christian radio on January 6.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a Grammy nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards including 2011 “Artist of the Year” and 22 Dove Award nominations. Both her debut album, My Paper Heart (certified gold in 2012), and her 2011 sophomore release, Hundred More Years, took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. With over 978,000 in album sales to date and over 1.8 million single downloads, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. Her music has also been featured on TriStar Picture’s “Soul Surfer,” Columbia Picture’s “Julie and Julia,” TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and several other television and movie outlets. In addition, this past fall she was featured on over three million Diet Pepsi Cans throughout the U.S. On February 7, she’ll join Sanctus Real for the “Hands of God Tour” followed by “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” in March/April. For more information and a complete listing of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

January 23, 2014

Integrity Music and Sony Music Release Playlist: The Very Best of Israel & New Breed


New Collection Is Latest Addition to Sony’s Popular “Playlist” Series

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Integrity Music announces the January 21 global release of Playlist: The Very Best of Israel & New Breed, a 13-song collection that is the latest addition to Sony Music’s popular “Playlist” series featuring legacy artists that span a variety of genres.

A collaboration between Integrity and Sony, the project joins a long list of Sony’s best-selling “Playlist” titles from artists who have helped define their genres – – from Billy Joel to Billie Holiday.  Playlist: The Very Best of Israel & New Breed features songs from the GRAMMY Award winning group’s albums along with songs from New Breed founder Israel Houghton’s solo projects.
Known for bending genre rules, there’s no box that Israel Houghton can’t punch his way out of musically. Born from the circle of a white mother and a black father, raised within a blended white family, a Latino neighborhood and a spirited church, Houghton has challenged cultural and denominational biases since his youth. And he used his experiences to fuel the creation of his band New Breed as a means to overcome such divisions within the faith community. As a result, Houghton and New Breed have created a canon of songs that have become standards in houses of faith around the globe, while also earning GRAMMY, Dove, Stellar, Soul Train and Premios ARPA awards.
“I remember early on facing some walls and divisions that were skin-tone oriented, where people said you should just do it this way or just do it that way,” Houghton once told Charisma magazine. “White people would say, ‘Don’t do black music,’ and black people would say, ‘Don’t do white music.’ And it got so frustrating.” So, Houghton decided to just make the music his heart envisioned – meshing a variety of styles he refers to as a “Kingdom sound” – and eventually it caught on in a big way.
This “Playlist” album focuses on some of Houghton’s most creative musical moments that unite fans of Christian artists like Chris Tomlin and Gospel/Urban greats such as Kirk Franklin. In fact, Franklin, along with artists Michael Gungor and Fred Hammond, also make guest appearances on the selected songs as does Houghton’s friend, fellow producer and New Breed member Aaron Lindsey.
The Playlist features:
1.   Jesus The Same
2.   No Turning Back (Featuring Aaron Lindsey)
3.   You Have Me / You Hold My World (Featuring Michael Gungor)
4.   Jesus At The Center
5.   Everywhere That I Go
6.   Saved By Grace
7.   New Season
8.   Surprises (Featuring Fred Hammond)
9.   Not Forgotten
10. Again I Say Rejoice
11. Moving Forward
12. Love God Love People
13. Mercies (Featuring Kirk Franklin)
Playlist: The Very Best of Israel & New Breed will be available wherever Christian music is sold, including digital service providers such as iTunes and Amazon.
A worship leader and member of Houston’s Lakewood Church, Israel Houghton has also led worship for Hillsong conferences, Franklin Graham crusades and a variety of music festivals around the world. His latest, best-selling album with New Breed is the live, two-disc CD (and DVD) Jesus At The Center. He is currently producing a new Integrity album with Covenant Worship, featuring David and Nicole Binion. Additional information can be found athttp://newbreedmusic.com.
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Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Additional information can be found atwww.integritymusic.com.
 
January 21, 2014

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January 18, 2014

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January 18, 2014

WINTER JAM TO HIT GEORGIA DOME FOR BIGGEST SHOW YET

 

January 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Marking yet another first in its record-breaking history, NewSong‘s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular-the world’s #1 first quarter tour for three consecutive years based on attendance-comes to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome February 8. In addition to Winter Jam’s star-studded 2014 lineup-led by Newsboys and Lecrae-the Winter Jam 2014 Dome Spectacular will feature a special appearance by University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt and other surprise guests.

Making Winter Jam an all-day event, the inaugural “JAM ZONE presented by KIA” and sponsored by Country Financial, the Creation Museum and the Israel Ministry of Tourism, among others, will be held from 10 am-6 pm in the World Congress Center. JAM ZONE is a free, expo-style event, featuring a live performance stage and more than 85 booths of local businesses and exhibitors, in addition to food and merchandise vendors. Fans will also be able to interact with Winter Jam artists throughout the day at the Winter Jam autograph booth.

“For the last three years, Winter Jam has played to capacity crowds of more than 15,000 in Atlanta, so we knew it was time to think big so more people could attend,” said Eddie Carswell, Winter Jam creator and NewSong founding member. “With the move to the Georgia Dome, we also wanted to provide activities for fans during the day, so we appreciate KIA partnering with us for our first-ever JAM ZONE. We know February 8 is going to be a special day and we are anxiously anticipating what God will do.”

NewSong’s Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular features Multi-GRAMMY® nominated Newsboys and groundbreaking GRAMMY®-winning rap/hip-hop recording artist Lecrae, along with Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong and Colton Dixon, as well as a message from national evangelist Nick Hall. In addition the iDisciple App Pre-Jam Party will feature Love & The Outcome, Everfound and Derek Minor.

Promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, NewSong’s Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular will hit 48 cities, before concluding March 30. The Tour is sponsored by God’s Not Dead the movie, University of Mobile, Pepsi, TheOverflow.com, Camp Electric, Premier Christian Cruises, Xtreme Conferences, Wayne E. Bailey Produce, and Texas TransEastern.

For the third consecutive time, last year’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular topped Pollstar’s Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales Charts – Top 100 Tours, surpassing all other 2013 first quarter tours. Since creating Winter Jam in 1995, NewSong hosts and continues to oversee the exponential growth of this groundbreaking tour. Among the music industry’s top outings, Winter Jam features Christian music’s best and brightest artists and provides a powerful platform for the Gospel message across the country.

A complete list of Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular dates and cities is available at JamTour.com.

WINTER JAM 2014 DOME SPECTACULAR

What: JAM ZONE
Admission: FREE
When: February 8
Time: 10 am-6 pm
Where: World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW,
Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 223-4000
Further information: JamTour.com/JamZone

What: WINTER JAM TOUR SPECTACULAR
Admission: $10 at the door, no tickets required
Time: Doors open at 5 pm with iDisciple Pre-Jam Party;
concert begins at 6 pm
Where: Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Dr. NW,
Atlanta, GA 30313, (404) 223-9200
Further information: JamTour.com

January 18, 2014

MercyMe Ushers in New Era with Eighth Studio Record Welcome To The New Available April 8

 

Nashville, Tenn. (January 15, 2014) – Ending 2013 on a high note with the release of their energetic single, “Shake,” GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning band MercyMe carries the enthusiasm into 2014 as they announce their eighth studio album Welcome To The New, available April 8, 2014 from Fair Trade. Collaborating with producers David Garcia and Ben Glover (TobyMac, Mandisa), Welcome To The New represents a shift in tone for the multi-platinum selling group.

“At 41-years-old, I feel like I am just starting to grasp who I am in Christ,” says lead singer Bart Millard. “I grew up in a somewhat legalistic environment where the harder you try, the better God likes you. It was about two years ago a dear friend of mine reminded me I cannot do enough great things to make Christ love me more than He already does. Not to mention, I can’t sabotage this relationship and be taken from His hand. In other words, all the work was truly done on the cross and I cannot mess it up! This is not a new season in my life, it is my life! Everything has changed from this point on, and I want to tell this to anyone who will listen and be the first to welcome them to the new!”

Last fall, MercyMe released “Shake,” their first single from Welcome To The New. The song was an instant hit with radio audiences, gaining adds from 75 stations including K-LOVE, Air 1, Salem Music Network, KLTY/Dallas and more, while shooting up into the Top 20 on the Billboard National Christian Audience Chart.

The single’s impressive momentum has translated well for the “Shake” music video. Filmed on the downtown streets of Huntsville, Ala. with dancers from the North Alabama Dance Center and over 100 local extras, the high-energy, choreographed music video has been viewed nearly 700,000 times over several video platforms. Fans of the band have been buzzing about the video, using the hashtag “#MMShake” to share their own videos and responses via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The album will be available for pre-order at Lifeway, Family Christian Stores and other participating retailers on January 28, as well as iTunes® on February 18.

About MercyMe:
Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and multiple Dove Award winners MercyMe have sold over 6 million units in CD and DVD sales, garnered 25 No. 1 multi-format Christian radio singles and four consecutive mainstream radio hits with “I Can Only Imagine,” (No. 4 AC/Top 25 on Top 40/Hot AC), “Here With Me” (No. 4 AC), “Homesick” (Top 10 AC), and “So Long Self.” In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word Of God Speak” the No. 1 Song of The Decade and the group the No. 1 Christian Songs Artist of the Decade, with an additional No. 1 as the Christian AC Song Artist of The Decade as one of the industry’s most notable talents. MercyMe made history as “I Can Only Imagine” surpassed 1 million digital downloads, making it the first song in Christian music to go platinum in the digital domain. MercyMe has sold out venues across the nation, including Radio City Music Hall, and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, Fox New Channel’s Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS This Morning and in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, Billboard and more. Their eighth studio album, Welcome To The New, will be available on April 8, 2014.

[Get Connected with MercyMe]
Website // www.mercyme.org
Facebook // www.facebook.com/mercyme
Twitter // www.twitter.com/mercyme
“Shake” iTunes // http://smarturl.it/MMShake
“Shake” Amazon MP3 // http://smarturl.it/MMShake2

January 18, 2014

JOHN MARK MCMILLAN RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE FROM BORDERLAND

 

 

NASHVILLE, TENN. – January 14, 2014 –Acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan has just released his first single, “Future / Past” from his upcoming independent release, Borderland, at iTunes. John Mark’s fourth studio album will release on March 4, 2014. Just hours after releasing, “Future / Past” jumped to No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Song chart. Click here to purchase this single.

Supporting today’s single release, John Mark’s music video for the song is also exclusively debuting at RELEVANT TV. Click on the image below to watch this video.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT Borderland:
Borderland speaks to the idea of the ‘place between places,’” says McMillan, “which is where I feel I’ve been living as a person, as an artist, and as a believer for a couple of years. While few things describe the Christian experience more than the ‘place between places,’ it is also a concept everyone can relate to. We all walk lines between work and family, love and responsibility, art and commerce, passion and business and so on. Many of these songs are my commentary from a life between the crevices and on the verge.”

This will be the first album released through John Mark’s recently launched record label, Lionhawk Records. Borderland was funded by a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 raising over $69,000 and backed by more than 1,500 contributors.

In addition to the anticipation around McMillan’s upcoming LP, the Charlotte, North Carolina native’s previous work continues with its success. In 2012, “Seen A Darkness,” from his last album Economy, was featured in the promo for the Grey’s Anatomy episode, “Hope for the Hopeless” (Season 8: Episode 12). His single “How He Loves” was recently listed by Integrity Music as one of the 25 most influential worship songs in the past 25 years and still today ranks on CCLI’s Top 25 chart. John Mark is proud to be an ambassador for World Vision and an advocate for its work in Bahkari, India.

 

January 18, 2014

NEEDTOBREATHE Announces New Album Rivers In The Wasteland Set For an April 15 Release

Nashville, Tenn. (January 14, 2014) – NEEDTOBREATHE is proud to announce the release of their upcoming album Rivers In The Wasteland. Set for an April 15 release on Atlantic Records/Word, Rivers In The Wasteland is the follow up to their acclaimed album The Reckoning, which saw the band spend over two years on the road in support of a collection of anthemic rock that caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today.

Paste Magazine caught up with the band to talk about the new album. Fans can also get a first listen to the record’s mainstream single “The Heart,” a stomping number imbued with an infectious sense of hopeful anticipation. Read and listen here:http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2014/01/song-premiere-needtobreathe—the-heart.html

“Difference Maker” from Rivers In The Wasteland, which the band performed to close out the 2013 Dove Awards, has impacted radio in a big way this week as the most added track at Christian Hot AC/CHR and the third most added at Christian AC.

The band’s relentless touring saw them captivate music fans at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, along with standout performances on Letterman, Fallon, Leno and Conan. However, this extensive touring is where the musicians began grappling with both significant inner turmoil and the external pressure created by notoriety. For all three musicians, they had to take a well-deserved break and meditate on what each wanted NEEDTOBREATHE to be. After some time, the guys all agreed that the answer was to return to the band’s roots and find the anchor of musical simplicity.

Rivers In The Wasteland – the sound of a band excited to reconnect with the idea of a fresh start – was co-produced by the band with the help of various producers including Joe Chiccarelli, Kevin Augunas, Ed Cash and Jerrod Bettis, and was recorded at the band’s own Plantation Studios in Charleston, Fairfax Recordings (formally Sound City Studios) in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studios in Nashville.

“We’ve come through some rough moments and some amazing moments,” says guitarist & vocalist Bo Rinehart. “We’re the most energized we’ve ever been. The band is young again. We’ve got a new sense of purpose and we believe in what we’re doing. We just fell back in love with the idea of what we get to do.”

 

 

 

 

Rivers In The Wasteland is now available for pre-order and comes with two instant grat tracks – “The Heart” and “Difference Maker.” Visit needtobreathe.com to purchase.

Stay tuned for news on the band’s 2014 headlining tour!

About NEEDTOBREATHE:
NEEDTOBREATHE is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from South Carolina, effortlessly woven from the musical traditions and faith of their upbringing in the Deep South of the United States. Made up of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), as well as Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), the band hit their big break in 2005 when they signed to Atlantic/Lava/Word Records. The career to follow would include four full studio albums, chart-topping cross-genre success, multiple headlining tours and media coverage on CONAN, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, MTV, FOX and much more. The band’s fifth studio album, Rivers In The Wasteland, will be available April 15, 2014.

[Get Connected with NEEDTOBREATHE]
Website // needtobreathe.com
Facebook // facebook.com/needtobreathe
Twitter // twitter.com/needtobreathe
YouTube // youtube.com/NEEDTOBREATHEVIDEOS

 

January 18, 2014

Popular Blogger Carlos Whittaker To Release New Book, Moment Maker, April 1st 2014

 

 

Nashville, TN (January 14, 2014) – Chances are you’ve heard of musician, thought leader, blogger and communicator Carlos Whittaker and just didn’t realize it. You may have heard of him through a certain viral video that received a People’s Choice Award, his segment on TLC’s “LA Ink” or maybe through his popular blog. Whatever the outlet, one thing’s for certain – Carlos Whittaker knows how to make big moments in his life. On April 1, Whittaker brings it all together in his first book aptly titled, “Moment Maker – You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You.” With life happening all around, what you get out of it depends on how engaged and deliberate you are. In “Moment Maker,” Whittaker shares how he has learned to make each moment count and how those moments add up to a life rich with meaning and full of purpose.

Hear Carlos Whittaker speak more on “Moment Maker” – http://youtu.be/TbsbcEmKIhc

For Carlos Whittaker living deliberately is a way of life. Making moments that are significant, memorable or impactful is a part of how he navigates each day, and it has forever changed the landscape of his story. Whittaker divides these discoveries into three parts – “Creating Moment,” “Receiving Moments” and “Rescuing Moments.” Through lessons and application, Whittaker explains his methodology for living intentionally and claiming moments that touch the lives of others whether they be his family, his friends, his colleagues or complete strangers.

About Carlos Whittaker
Carlos Whittaker is a renowned musician, thought leader, blogger, and communicator. He has been the worship leader for Andy Stanley’s Buckhead Church in Atlanta and is on the leadership team for Catalyst as well as leading worship at many of their events. He currently attends Cross Point Church in Nashville and leads worship there. He and his wife Heather and their children live in Nashville, TN. He blogs at: ragamuffinsoul.com

January 18, 2014

The National Worship Leader Conference Announces 2014 Dates and Roster

 

 

National Worship Leader Conference has announced its 2014 conference event schedule featuring special appearances by Nicole C.Mullen, Tim Hughes, Matt Maher, Paul Baloche Meredith Andrews, Rush of Fools, Christy Nockels, All Sons and Daughters, Tim Timmons, One Sonic Society, The Digital Age, Gateway Worship, and many more.

Keynote speakers, such as Leonard Sweet, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Marva Dawn, Marcos Witt, include the most influential, insightful and challenging thought leaders in the Church across traditions.

National Worship Leader Conference, presenting the nation’s leading training events for worship leaders regularly draws attendees from around the world and across the nation. The conference has expanded into new cities in 2014 and will be kicking off its year of events Feb 24-27th in Dallas, Texas; followed by conferences in Virginia (DC) on May 12th-14th; San Jose, California on June 16th-19th; and rounding out the year in Kansas City, Kansas on July 14th-17th.

With over 80 workshops featuring many of the country’s leading worship artists, songwriters, thought leaders, biblical scholars, teachers, VJs and sound techs, conference attendees will also have access to cutting-edge technology and the ability to stream conference content long after the event is over. The National Worship Leader Conference serves the needs of the entire worship team by offering customizable educational opportunities, access to face-to-face mentorship from leading artists, and a chance to form lasting friendships within the worship community.

For further info, visit nationalworshipleaderconference.com

January 18, 2014

EX PETRA LEAD SINGER JOHN SCHLITT TO STAR WITH STEPHEN BALDWIN IN NEW FAITH-BASED SITCOM

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 14, 2014) – Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt is set to join actor Stephen Baldwin in a new sitcom, Rock And A Hard Place, slated to go into production in the Spring. The faith-based television project features Schlitt in the role of John, the maintenance man at Solid Rock Church, where Baldwin’s character is the pastor.

The sitcom, which has reached its initial Kickstarter goal to produce the pilot, is currently in Phase Two as the production team strives to make a “reach goal” of $100,000. The deadline for contributions is 9 p.m. E.T. Thursday, January 16.

The story line centers around Baldwin’s character, Pastor Darren Keaton, who has a young daughter, a live-in mother-in-law, a slowly declining congregation in a northern Illinois church. When Pastor Keaton learns he has become the new owner of Hard Knocks, the bar directly across the street from his church home, Solid Rock Church, he suddenly finds himself between “a rock and a hard place.” The pastor questions how his congregation will respond, how the church elders and staff will treat him, and how a devoutly religious man pastoring a church can possibly be allowed to own a bar? Pastor Darren finds he must look up for the answers, even more now than ever.

 

Legendary vocalist John Schlitt, far left, is set to star in the upcoming faith-based sitcom Rock And A Hard Place, with (l-r) Stephen Baldwin, Lindee Link, Berkeley Clayborne (front), and Darren Marlar, who also created and wrote the series and will serve as one of the producers. (Thompson Digital Image Photography & Web Design photo)

 

“If you feel it’s important to reach the public with a Christian perspective, this is your chance,” Schlitt says. “I believe there is an audience waiting for programming such as Rock And A Hard Place and I’m honored to be part of making the series happen.”

“Rock And A Hard Place is a comedy sitcom extravaganza,” Baldwin says. “It’s an outside the box, kooky, funny, Christian comedy of a heightened quality.”

Joining Baldwin and Schlitt in the cast are Braxton Cosby (Bill Cosby’s nephew) as the Solid Rock Church worship leader, Berkeley Clayborne as Rachel Keaton, and actress Lindee Link (Christian music singer Twila Paris’ cousin) in a surprise role. Grammy nominee Bryan Duncan wrote and performed the theme song for the new TV project. Darren Marlar is the series creator, producer, writer and also acts in the show.

To contribute to Rock And A Hard Place via Kickstarter or to learn more about the faith-based sitcom, visitRockAndAHardPlaceTV.com.

For more information about Schlitt, visit johnwschlitt.com.

About John Schlitt:
For more than three decades, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar musical career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular ’70s mainstream rock band Head East. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards.

Schlitt was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com. According to the website, Schlitt “remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone.” Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com’s 2011 Readers’ Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath and Bebo Norman.

Since Schlitt released his fourth solo CD, The Greater Cause, in May 2012, the legendary vocalist’s busy schedule has included appearances on The Mike Huckabee Show, 700 Club Interactive and the Faith & Freedom Celebration–the faith-based kick-off to the Republican National Convention, as well as extensive international touring. Schlitt released his first recorded project of Christmas music this past November with the digital release of The Christmas Project.

For more information on Schlitt visit johnwschlitt.com or follow him on Twitter (@johnwschlitt) or Facebook (facebook.com/johnwschlitt).

 

January 18, 2014

American Idol Finalist Jeremy Rosado Launches New Single “Hope for Tomorrow” to Support Disaster Recovery Efforts in the Philippines

Millwood, VA (January 14, 2014) – American Idol finalist Jeremy Rosado launched his new single, “Hope for Tomorrow,” that is now available on iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds going to Project HOPE’s disaster recovery efforts in the Philippines where millions are still struggling after Typhoon Haiyan. The song was released by AIC Records.

To download your copy of “Hope for Tomorrow” by Jeremy Rosado, please visit this link.

For every 100,000 downloads of Rosado’s new song, Project HOPE and AIC Records will send two fans to the Philippines with Jeremy Rosado to see HOPE’s continuing medical mission and watch him perform. Individuals can enter this contest by visitingthis link.

“I hope this song will inspire people, especially my fans in the Philippines, to never give up no matter what challenges life throws at you,” said Rosado. “This song symbolizes healing and strength and each person who buys my song is supporting Project HOPE’s efforts to send medicines and supplies for thousands of people who are still suffering after Typhoon Haiyan.”

Rosado said the song was his way of giving back to his Filipino fans who sent him thousands of messages of support on social media during his run on American Idol. He credits these loyal fans for inspiring him to build a successful career as a recording artist after Idol.

The Virginia-based NGO Project HOPE has been deploying medical volunteers to the remote Panay Island in the Western Visayas region and the Camotes Islands in the Philippines. Project HOPE has also shipped over $7.3 million in donated medicines, generators, First Aid kits, and surgical equipment.

“There is still much work to be done in the Philippines to improve health care for millions of people. Typhoon Haiyan severely compromised many health facilities, and people are still traumatized by this tragedy,” said John P. Howe III, President and CEO of Project HOPE.

Project HOPE has played a crucial role in saving lives in regions hit by natural disasters over much of the last decade, in Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, China and other parts of Southeast Asia.

Rosado ultimately chose to partner with Project HOPE because of its legacy of providing health care to underserved communities. The NGO first arrived in the region over 50 years ago, aboard the SS HOPE, the first peacetime hospital ship. Project HOPE currently has health education programs in the region and worldwide.

About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries. Follow us on Twitter at projecthopeorg. www.projecthope.org

January 18, 2014

SWITCHFOOT’S NEW ALBUM, FADING WEST, AVAILABLE TODAY

Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their new album, Fading West, today on Atlantic Records/Word. The album was exclusively streamed as an iTunes Radio First Play last week offering fans a sneak preview. A 47-city U.S. tour in support of the new album has also been announced, with performances confirmed at Terminal 5 in New York, House of Blues Chicago, and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, amongst many others.

A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love, Fading West is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world.

The first No. 1 radio hit from the acclaimed album, “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight,” claims the top spot for the sixth consecutive week on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart with a bullet while simultaneously hitting No. 16 and climbing on the National Christian Audience chart. In just its first week at radio, the song garnered plays from every Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR reporting station, marking the only time this has happened since the chart launched in 2006.

Switchfoot released their first feature film, also titled Fading West, on December 10th. Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, the Fading West film follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and filmed during Switchfoot’s 2012 World Tour, the film charts the creation of the San Diego-based fivesome’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages. Part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue, Fading West offers rare glimpses of the longtime surfers on their boards and in the waves, captures the frenetic energy of their live shows, and in the end portrays a journey both epic and intimate. The film is now available across all leading Video On Demand platforms in the U.S. including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu with digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff. In addition, fans can request screenings of the film in a number of markets around the country in partnership with Gathr.

ABOUT SWITCHFOOT:
As they enter their 17th year as a band, Switchfoot have sold 5.5 million copies worldwide of their eight studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles (“Meant to Live,” “Dare You To Move,” “Mess of Me,” “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues),” “Dark Horses,” and “Afterlife”), performed sold-out world tours (visiting five continents in the past year alone), raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid homeless kids in their community through their own Bro-Am Foundation, and earned themselves a global fan base devoted to Switchfoot’s emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of alternative rock.

SWITCHFOOT TOUR DATES:

Jan 14 Encinitas, CA La Paloma Theater (film screening + performance)
Jan 15 San Diego, CA Casbah
Jan 24 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Feb 20 Williamsport, PA Bardo Gym
Feb 21 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University
Feb 22 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Feb 23 Central, SC Southern Wesleyan University
Feb 24 Thomasville, GA Thomasville Municipal Auditorium
Feb 26 Richmond, VA The National
Feb 28 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Mar 1 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Mar 2 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
Mar 6 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Mar 7 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
Mar 8 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 9 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Mar 10 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
Mar 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Mar 13 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
Mar 14 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
Mar 19 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Mar 20 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Mar 21 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Mar 22 Boston, MA Royale
Mar 23 Killington, VT Pickle Barrel
Mar 26 Stroudsburg, PA The Sherman Theater
Mar 28 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
Mar 29 New York, NY Terminal 5
Apr 2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 3 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Apr 4 Marion, IN Indiana Wesleyan PAC
Apr 5 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
Apr 6 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Apr 7 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Apr 9 Roswell, NM The Liberty
Apr 10 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Apr 11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Apr 12 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Live
Apr 16 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Apr 18 Seattle, WA Showbox
Apr 19 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox
Apr 20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Apr 21 College Place, WA Walla Walla University
Apr 22 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Apr 23 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
Apr 25 Abilene, TX Abilene Civic Center
Apr 27 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium

For more information on Switchfoot, Fading West, the latest tour updates and more, go to www.switchfoot.com.

 

January 10, 2014

Integrity Music Releases iWorship Now/Next 2014 Album and Digital Deluxe Edition Featuring 15 Top Worship Songs For Today & Tomorrow

 

 

(January 7, 2014) – Integrity Music kicks off the new year with today’s release of iWorship Now/Next 2014, a collection of 15 worship songs that are impacting the church “now” along with new songs that are destined to be the “next” anthems sung by congregations the world over.

The songs featured on iWorship Now/Next 2014 are from a variety of worship leaders, artists and ministries including: All Sons & Daughters, Darlene Zschech, Martin Smith, New Life Worship, Paul Baloche, Planetshakers, Rend Collective, Tim Hughes, The City Harmonic, Worship Central, Dustin Smith and Jennie Lee Riddle. The tracklist includes two songs, All Sons & Daughters’ “Great Are You Lord” and Planetshakers’ “The Anthem,” recently tapped by Worship Leader magazine in their “Top20 Worship Songs of 2013”. It also introduces a new song (“Legacy”) from ICF Worship, a Zurich-based outreach of Europe’s International Christian Fellowship.

The complete songlist for iWorship Now/Next 2014 is:

1. The Anthem – Planetshakers
2. In Jesus’ Name – Darlene Zschech
3. You Are My Vision – Rend Collective
4. My Hope – Paul Baloche
5. Ascribe – New Life Worship
6. Great Are You Lord (Live) – All Sons & Daughters
7. Limitless – Planetshakers
8. Let It Be Known – Worship Central
9. You Are The Fire – Dustin Smith
10. God’s Great Dance Floor – Martin Smith
11. When The Stars Burn Down – Jennie Lee Riddle & Jonathan Lee
12. Come Like The Dawn – ONE: A Worship Collective
13. Holy (Wedding Day) – The City Harmonic
14. Jesus Reigns – New Life Worship
15. Legacy – ICF Worship

The iWorship Now/Next 2014 collection will be available through Christian retail outlets and all major digital service providers including iTunes and Amazon. In addition, an exclusive Now/Next 2014 Digital Deluxe Edition featuring all 15 songs plus 5 bonus videos will be available through iTunes.

Integrity created its iWorship line of products in order to resource the church and individual listeners – both adults and children – with new worship songs. Since its launch a decade ago, over two million iWorship audio and video products have been sold. This includes last year’s Now/Next 2013 collection along with the re-launch of its “@ Home” and “Visual Worship Trax” resources for personal and small group worship and church use, respectively.

 

January 10, 2014

John Mark McMillan Set To Release Kickstarter Funded Album Borderland March 4, 2014

 

 

 

Acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan is gearing up for the independent release of his fourth studio album titled Borderland on March 4, 2014. This will be the first album released through McMillan’s recently launched record label, Lionhawk Records. Borderland was funded by a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year raising over $69,000 and backed by more than 1,500 contributors.

Borderland speaks to the idea of the ‘place between places,’” says McMillan, “which is where I feel I’ve been living as a person, as an artist, and as a believer for a couple of years. While few things describe the Christian experience more than the ‘place between places,’ it is also a concept everyone can relate to. We all walk lines between work and family, love and responsibility, art and commerce, passion and business and so on. Many of these songs are my commentary from a life between the crevices and on the verge.”

Fresh off the heels of a Christmas tour, John Mark recently released an original Christmas single via Noisetrade titled “Baby Son,” which has been downloaded by over 10,000 listeners. All proceeds from this song will go to World Vision’s relief efforts in the Philippines. Click here to get “Baby Son.” In 2014, John Mark will begin his headlining tour to support Borderland. Information on the tour will be forthcoming.

In addition to the anticipation around McMillan’s upcoming LP, the Charlotte, North Carolina native’s previous work continues with its success. In 2012, “Seen A Darkness,” from his last album Economy, was featured in the promo for the Grey’s Anatomy episode, “Hope for the Hopeless” (Season 8: Episode 12). His single “How He Loves” was recently listed by Integrity Music as one of the 25 most influential worship songs in the past 25 years and still today ranks on CCLI’s Top 25 chart. John Mark is proud to be an ambassador for World Vision and an advocate for its work in Bahkari, India.

January 10, 2014

Kari Jobe Set To Release New Album Majestic And Embark On Headline Tour This Spring

 

 

NASHVILLE, TENN. – January 08, 2014 –Well-respected and GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe is preparing for an impactful 2014 with her tour that will coincide with the release of her highly anticipated new album and live DVD, Majestic (Capitol CMG), which will release on March 25. Jobe’s “Majestic Tour” will feature special guest Rend Collective beginning February 27 concluding on April 8. Tickets are available via Premier Productions here. The tour will feature songs from Majestic that showcase what Jobe does so giftedly and gracefully – lead others into an unique worship experience.

Jobe’s forthcoming album was recently recorded live at the historic Majestic Theatre in her hometown of Dallas, Texas and features her upcoming new single “Forever” that will be going for adds at radio on January 31. In addition to the release ofMajestic, she will be releasing her first-ever full-length live concert DVD. This DVD will also be a part of the physical deluxe edition of Majestic featuring bonus songs in addition to the full concert footage.

“I am so excited about my new album Majestic,” shares Kari Jobe. “My passion in life is to lead worship and help people to connect to the presence of God. Worship changes the atmosphere of our lives and makes us more aware of His presence at work in and through us. I cannot wait for people to connect with these new songs and fill the earth with more worship to ourMajestic King.”

Majestic co-writers include Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Reuben Morgan, Brian Johnson, Jason Ingram, Paul Baloche, her band mates along with a few others. These songs are new anthems of worship and very congregational.

“I wrote for this album for a solid two years and was able to co-write with some friends who absolutely have a heart to write for Church,” states Jobe. “I am very excited for these new songs. And I am really looking forward to the Majestic tour with Rend Collective. We are going to just have a crazy good time in God’s presence and worshipping Him together.”

Majestic follows the breakout sophomore album Where I Find You, which earned Jobe her first GRAMMY nomination. The project released with chart topping street week numbers at No. 1 and No. 10 on Billboard’s

National Christian, Gospel and Top 200 Charts. The radio singles “We Are” and “Steady My Heart” saw much success at AC Monitored and Indicator charts as well as the National Christian Audience chart. The album also received much praise from a wide range of media outlets from Worship Leader to New York Times.

About Kari Jobe: After being established as one of the premier worship leaders with her Dove Award-winning, self-titled debut, Kari Jobe released her highly anticipated follow-up album, Where I Find You, on Sparrow Records. She has toured on the largely popular Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights” tour, the Hillsong Conferences (Sydney and London), Passion Conference, Women of Faith events as well as headlined her own tours in 2012 with special guests All Sons & Daughters and Warren Barfield. Jobe also released The Acoustic Sessions and Where I Find You Christmas Edition digitally in 2012. She was also a part of special projects such as the award-winning Passion: Let the Future Begin (“Revelation Song”) and My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham. (“The Cross is My Confession”).

February:
27 Minneapolis, MN / Grace Church
28 Chicago, IL / Rosemont Theatre

March:
01 Saginaw, MI / The Heritage Theater at Dow Event Center
02 Toronto, ON / Attwell Center at Catch the Fire Toronto
04 Woodbridge, VA / Hylton Memorial Chapel
06 Boston, MA / House of Blues
07 New York City, NY / Best Buy Theater
08 Reading, PA / Santander Performing Arts Center
09 Cleveland, OH / Lakewood Civic Auditorium
11 Memphis, TN / Memphis First Assembly
13 Birmingham, AL / Gardendale First Baptist Church
14 Atlanta, GA / Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church
15 Orlando, FL / House of Blues
16 Miami, FL / The Fillmore – Jackie Gleason Theater
22 Columbia, SC / Riverland Hills Baptist Church
27 Lexington, KY / Immanuel Baptist Church
28 Detroit, MI / NorthRidge Church*
29 Ft. Wayne, IN / Blackhawk Church*
30 Indianapolis, IN / Murat Theatre*
*denotes dates Rend Collective will not be performing

April:
01 Charlotte, NC / LifePointe Church
03 Tampa, FL / Bell Shoals Baptist Church
04 Jacksonville, FL / Trinity Baptist Church
05 Jackson, MS / Pinelake Church
06 Louisville, KY / The Louisville Palace
08 Mobile, AL / Cottage Hill Baptist Church

 

January 10, 2014

Passion Founder and Visionary Louie Giglio to Release New Passion Talk Boy Meets Girl and Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection on February 4, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. (January 8, 2014) – On February 4, 2014, Passion City Church Resources will unveil the new Passion Talk Boy Meets Girl and Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection, featuring four key titles bundled together for the first time. The offerings are the newest installments of the powerful and compelling, 1 million plus selling Passion Talk Series from Passion founder, Passion City Church Pastor and visionary, Louie Giglio. The Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection will feature a brand new talk, “Moved By Mercy,” which has left audiences across the country inspired on Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights Tour,” the most successful of his career.

Boy Meets Girl takes an honest and straightforward approach to dating and the challenges that relationships can bring. Digging below the surface, Boy Meets Girl uncovers potential dangers and offers practical help for anyone seeking a long-term relationship that is all God intended it to be. Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection includes the popular, powerful and compelling talks “Indescribable,” “How Great Is Our God,” “Symphony (I Lift My Hands)” and “Moved By Mercy.”

Indescribable (Passion Talk Series) 
The heavens are telling glory of God, and their expanse the work of His hands. Night after night they remind us of just how small we are, and how huge God is. Looking out into the far reaches of the universe, we find a seemingly vast expanse of mystery and wonder, intricately fashioned by a God of unfathomable size and power. Just a glimpse of one of the billions of visible galaxies He has formed resizes us, shrinking us, and the world we call home, to seeming insignificance in an instant. But as tiny as we may seem, the God who knows every star by name also knows yours, and mine. And in the most stunning rescue imaginable, God sent His son to this spinning planet we call home – the Creator reconnecting us to Himself with life that never ends. Indescribable takes us on an image-rich journey through the cosmos, allowing us to peer into God’s universe to discover the amazing magnitude of His greatness and grace.

How Great Is Our God (Passion Talk Series) 
Your life is a miracle, and the creator of the universe knows you by name. He’s big enough to breathe out stars, yet intricate enough to fashion together the trillions of cells that make up every facet of who you are. The God who spoke the universe into existence made you, too and knows everything about you. From the smallest molecule to the situation you find yourself in right now, He’s aware of your circumstances and intimately acquainted with everything you do. And He cares about you and promises to carry you through. That’s where we find hope in the midst of the darkest places in life. The journey often complicated and painful filled with confusion and chaos. Yet, the cross of Christ reveals God’s promise to preserve and restore you no matter what the circumstance. He will hold onto you and hold you together, giving strength to those who hope in His unfailing love.

Symphony (I Lift My Hands) (Passion Talk Series) 
It’s staggering when we begin to realize that all creation is singing the praises of the One who fashioned and formed the universe. Yet, singing stars and earth’s ovation cannot drown God’s desire to hear your voice. In the midst of a miraculous and immense symphony of praise, God is still mindful of you, going to extraordinary lengths to give you life and breath through His Son. But why would God pay such a high price to bring us to life again? Could it be that we are prized above all creation…that we are loved by the God who made the heavens and the earth. Such stunning grace awakens our hearts in extravagant worship as we take our place in His symphony and join the chorus, on both the best of days and through the darkest nights.

Moved By Mercy (Passion Talk Series)
A father. A son. And a dance floor. How far can we run from God? Can we ever do enough to make Him give up on us? Moved By Mercy transports us to the heart of the conflict between the crippling feeling of guilt and the lavishness mercy, and shows us how a Father’s love can overcome all wrongs.

Passion is currently gearing up for Passion 2014, the gathering and movement of 18-25 year olds seeking to stake their lives on what matters most. This year they are set to host gatherings in two cities, joining together in Atlanta on January 17-18 and Houston on February 14-15. It was recently announced that the Atlanta gathering has sold-out, but Houston still has space remaining. For more information, visit 268generation.com.

About Louie Giglio and The Passion Talk Series: 
The Passion Talk Series features hours of compelling content from Passion Founder and Passion City Church Pastor Louie Giglio. The collection of talks has been experienced by millions around the world, and each talk tells a meaningful story of God’s goodness, grace & love. This series includes four full length talks which will inspire, encourage & speak to God’s grace & truth. These messages are being used by small groups, life groups, and churches, as well as among friends & family members around the world. Many have been impacted by the stories, images and powerful messages captured in each of the talks.

The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louie Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. Focused on the collegiate age group – yet spilling over to people of all ages – Passion exists to unite students for spiritual awakening in this generation. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. Louie is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Burning Lights), Crowder (Neon Steeple), Matt Redman (Your Grace Finds Me), Christy Nockels (Into the Glorious), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move) and Passion (Passion: Let The Future Begin). The label partners with Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations. For more information on sixsteprecords, visit: www.sixstepsrecords.com.

 

January 10, 2014

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