Archive for February, 2014

February 24, 2014

My Favorite Worship Song At The Moment: Cory Asbury And New Life Worship’s Ascribe

 

 

One of the cool perks of having a popular blog is that christian record labels send me copies of their new albums.  And recently Integrity Music sent me their new album iWorship Now/New 2014.  And man have I been blown away by the songs on there.  The iWorship album is a compilation album featuring different individual songs by various Integrity artists and wow you should check out that CD.  Bu there’s one song on that album called “Ascribe” by New Life Worship Featuring Cory Asbury and believe me when I tell you to me it is one of the most incredible, soul-wrenching worship songs I’ve heard in a long time.  I play this song at least 7 times a day at various times, everyday.  I can’t tell you how much I love this song.  It is hands down my favorite worship song at the moment.

 

You can check the song out below:

 

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February 24, 2014

Word Records Prepare To Unveil Veridia February 25

Debut EP, Inseparable, Available Today for Pre-Order at iTunes with an Instant Download of “We Are the Brave”
 

NASHVILLE, TN – (February, 2014) – Word Entertainment is pleased to present dynamic new alternative rock band VERIDIA. Recently, the female-fronted group unveiled the cover and launched the pre-order for their new EP, Inseparable, at iTunes. Although the EP won’t officially be released digitally until February 25, with the pre-order fans will receive an instant download of their new single, “We Are The Brave,” hitting rock radio Friday. VERIDIA also released an official trailer to Inseparable.

VERIDIA – comprised of Deena Jakoub (vocals), Brandon Brown (guitar), Kyle Levy (drums) and Trevor Hinesley (guitar) – formed in Nashville in 2013. “VERIDIA means ‘of truth,’” explained lead singer Deena. “It’s our creed, to strive for raw honesty in all that we do, being true to ourselves, the ones we love and in our music.” Susan Riley, A&R, Word Entertainment added “VERIDIA is a band that is filled with conviction and passion to bring hope to the hopeless as quickly as possible. It’s an honor to get to work with a band that cares for their fans and truly wants to serve those who are hurting in any way.”

Inseparable track listing:
We Are The Brave
Disconnected
Furious Love
Mechanical Planet
Mystery Of The Invisible

For more information please visit, https://www.facebook.com/veridiamusic / Follow: @VERIDIA / http://instagram.com/veridia

February 24, 2014

Building 429 Rocks New York City with National Appearances on FOX News Mike Huckabee Show and Spirited Debate

 

 

Nashville, TN (February 20, 2014) —– Grammy-nominated Building 429 was in New York City over the weekend with high-profile appearances on FOX News’ Mike Huckabee Show and FOXNews.com Live Spirited Debate.

Building 429 performed their new single, “Press On,” on the Mike Huckabee Show and the Governor joined the performance by playing bass with the band. Governor Huckabee also interviewed Jason Roy, lead singer for the group, about their recent Grammy nomination for the album, We Won’t Be Shaken and encouraged the audience to buy the album! The show also aired Building 429’s new video for the song, “Bonfire,” that was shot on location at a Winter Jam tour date. Check out the video here:http://youtu.be/2p9rUiVcufk. The Mike Huckabee Show aired Saturday and Sunday nights on the FOX News Channel at 8:00 pm EST.

 

 

Building 429 meets Tennessee Representative, Marsha Blackburn, backstage at the Mike Huckabee Show

 

 

On Friday, Building 429 interviewed with host, Lauren Green, at FOXNews.com LIVE Spirited Debate where Jason, Jesse and Aaron discussed their new album and single. They also covered the challenges of being family men with a heavy touring schedule and their upcoming We Won’t Be Shaken Tour. Check out the interview here:http://video.foxnews.com/v/3203728801001/band-inspires-fans-to-walk-the-christian-walk-through-music/#sp=show-clips

 

Building 429 with Spirited Debate host, Lauren Green

 

 

Building 429 has returned to Nashville and started rehearsals for the upcoming tour that will feature Family Force 5 and Hawk Nelson. The 37- city We Won’t Be Shaken Tour launches February 21st in Pennsylvania and concludes May 10th in Minneapolis, MN.

About Building 429
Building 429, comprised of Jason Roy (vocals), Jesse Garcia (guitar), Michael Anderson (drums), and Aaron Branch (bass), released its new album, We Won’t Be Shaken, June 4, 2013 and it debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart. The strength of the album resulted in the band’s first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. The first single and title track became a multi-week No. 1 hit on the Hot AC/CHR chart and AC Indicator charts, and had over 246-million accumulative audience impressions. For the second time in the band’s career, Building 429 was honored with a BMI 2013 Song of the Year award for “Where I Belong.” The group’s fifth studio project, Listen to the Sound in 2011, debuted at the top of iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Albums chart. The title track hit No. 1 on the CHR chart and Top 5 on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart. Follow up single “Made For You” reached Top 5 on the Christian CHR charts, while the project’s third single, “Where I Belong,” was the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Christian Audience chart for 15 consecutive weeks. “Where I Belong” was Billboard’s 2012 Christian Song of the Year, Christian AC Song of the Year, Christian Songs Artist of the Year and Christian AC Songs Artist of the Year. Building 429 first broke through with its 2004 No. 1 hit “Glory Defined,” which was named BMI’s Christian Song of the Year in 2005. That same year, Building 429 was recognized as New Artist of the Year at the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. For more information on Building 429 visit http://www.Building429.com, http://www.facebook.com/building429 or http://www.twitter.com/building429.

 

February 24, 2014

Dare to Be Nationwide 2014 Tour With Natalie Grant Sells Out Seven Dates, Adds New Events Due To Popular Demand

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 20, 2014) – The Dare to Be…The Journey Continues 2014 event tour sold out seven of 12 events across the country, while honoring daring, local women at each event. The inspirational event tour features Grammy® nominated vocalist Natalie Grant and international speaker, Bible teacher and author Charlotte Gambill. Together, they have created an empowering event entwined with music and worship for women of all ages to make a difference in their life, family, and community.

Among the dozens of women honored during the event tour was the wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini. Naghmeh Albedini was recognized in Boise, Idaho for keeping her faith and strength while waiting for her husband’s safe return home from Iran. Like every Dare to Be event, this emotional tribute provided a comfort of positivity and optimism through togetherness and faith that tugged on heartstrings throughout the church.

Since the 2014 tour launch in January, the Dare to Be movement has sparked a wildfire of hope, faith, and love across the country. Due to overwhelming popularity, and even with the addition of new dates, tickets are only available for two of the remaining events, including Coral Springs, Fla. February 20 and a matinee in Tampa, Fla. on February 22.

Tickets for remaining events are on sale at daretobeevent.com.

DATES/CITIES/VENUES
February 20, 2014 Coral Springs, FL Church by the Glades
February 22, 2014 Tampa, FL City Life Church – MATINEE ADDED
February 22, 2014 Tampa, FL City Life Church – SOLD OUT
March 1, 2014 Waxahachie, TX The Avenue Church – SOLD OUT

LINKS http://daretobeevent.com
Twitter: @daretobeevent
Facebook: /daretobeevent
Instagram: @daretobeevent

ABOUT NATALIE GRANT:
Grammy nominated Christian vocalist and multi Dove Award winner, Natalie Grant, is a singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN. Natalie’s work has gained international acclaim, including five Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the year. Natalie is married to producer Bernie Herms and they have three children Grace Ana, Isabella Noelle and Sadie Rose. Twitter @NatalieGrant

ABOUT CHARLOTTE GAMBILL:
Charlotte Gambill is an international speaker and author, best known for her practical and passionate application of God’s word. Her messages of life and purpose are rallying a generation to embrace the broken and become ambassadors of hope. Charlotte and her husband Steve, are the lead Pastors at Life Church, England – http://www.lifechurchhome.com. They have two children, Hope Cherish and Noah Brave. Twitter @CharlGambill

February 24, 2014

KARI JOBE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “FOREVER” DEBUTING NO. 1 ON iTUNES CHRISTIAN & GOSPEL CHART

MAJESTIC ALBUM AND LIVE DVD RELEASING MARCH 25

NASHVILLE, TENN. – February 21, 2014-In anticipation of GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe’s upcoming album, her debut single “Forever” is now available at iTunes (click here). The single debuted at the top of the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart this week. Jobe will release her new album and live DVD, Majestic (Capitol CMG), on March 25. Fans can get a taste of the full-length live DVD with the premiere of the video of “Forever,” which already has over 75k views. Click here to watch the live song that was recorded in the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Tx.

Jobe’s third album reveals a collection of simple, congregational-friendly tracks that she hopes will become new anthems for a generation hungry for God to move in a fresh way. “When I die, if I was known for one thing, I would want to be known for [helping people] fall more in love with Jesus,” Jobe asserts. “So I don’t care what song I sing, if the heart of it is that people fall more in love with Jesus and they understand the heart of God for them.”

“Forever” celebrates the collision of heaven and earth. “It’s painting a picture here on earth as believers of our redemption story, but then it’s also telling of what heaven’s going to look like in our worship because it’s going to be forever singing that He is glorified and He is lifted high. So it’s marrying the two worlds in a song,” Jobe explains.

For the writing of Majestic, Jobe reached out to like-minded worship leaders who share her passion for writing songs for the Church and who have become personal friends through their common vision. The result is an album that boasts co-writes from some of the most admired songwriters around the globe, including Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Brian Johnson, Jason Ingram, Paul Baloche, Reuben Morgan, Marty Sampson, Mia Fieldes, Jenn Johnson and Christa Black Gifford, in addition to several co-writes with her band. Many of the album’s 13 tracks have as many as eight writers on one song, revealing Jobe’s heartbeat for community.

Fans can catch the new songs on the upcoming “Majestic Tour” that will feature special guest Rend Collective beginning February 27 concluding on April 8.

About Kari Jobe: After being established as a well-respected worship leader with her Dove Award-winning, self-titled debut, Kari Jobe released her follow-up 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 album also received much praise from a wide range of media outlets from Worship Leader to New York Times. Jobe has toured on the largely popular Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Chris Tomlin’s “Burning Lights” tour, the Hillsong Conferences (Sydney and London), Passion Conferences, Women of Faith events as well as headlined her own tours.

February 20, 2014

In Defense Of Steven Furtick: A Response To What I Consider Frivolous Personal Attacks Against The Man

So I had an interesting experience yesterday.  I read something online that bugged me so much I had to write a rebuttal to it in the form of a blog comment.  As a person, I’m always curious when I see these “heretic watch” blog posts about Christian leaders I love and respect.  And I saw this blog by a guy in South Carolina called James Duncan who has one of these “heretic watch” blogs called Pajama Pages.  This guy is on a relentless mission to publicly discredit Steven Furtick, pastor of North Carolina’s Elevation Church. Just post after post about why Furtick’s a fraud.  So I read some of his posts and first of all, he has nothing of substance, its all just frivolous personal, subjective attacks against the man, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it that I had to write a long blog comment, and I thought I’d go ahead and re-post that comment here.

This is simply what’s been on my heart tonight, and if you don’t care about these things, then don’t bother to read my comment that I posted on this guy’s blog under the name “Jason Goodblood.”

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Wow man. After I read a few of your blog posts on Steven Furtick I felt really sad. Sad for you. And what’s even sadder is that you are so convinced that you are doing “God’s work” that nothing I say here will have the slightest effect on you. You’d probably just feel good about the attention of another commenter.

There’s so many thoughts in my heart so I’ll try to be concise and brief. Now to be fair I’ve not read this blog post above, but I’ve read some others on your site. And it seems to me that you really hate Steven Furtick. It seems personal. Every blog post you do about him is to intended to publicly shame him and humiliate him and take pot shots. But you are doing it under the guise of “holding them accountable to the bible.” I have no problem with you or anyone pointing out and examining individual things a preacher says like the Berean Christians in Acts 17. So if the things you take issue with in this blog post above are legitimate then I say God bless you and more power to you. But in my eyes you’ve lost all credibility as a godly critic because you clearly have an axe to grind. You clearly hate Steven Furtick, and its like you want him to lose his church and to see Elevation crash and burn and be no more. That’s weird for me to see one christian have that feeling toward another. But even as I type this I feel like I’m completely wasting my time, because even if you approve this comment, it will mean nothing to you. You won’t be open to anything I say here; especially my exhortation to examine your own heart.

Like your blog post about ‘How Furtick plans to crash the chatterbox’ about his and his publisher’s efforts to get on the bestseller list seems like it was intended to just be another exhibit about why Steven Furtick is a fraud and needs to not be a pastor. But here’s the truth: it did zero to make me think less of Furtick as a pastor or a human being. It was nothing more than insight into how Christian publishers work, but its part of this overall campaign on your part to publicly shame this pastor, Which to me is just not godly. Of course you see it as just the opposite, to you, you are doing God’s work to call out this “false prophet.” But I think you’re misguided man. I just wish I could make you see things from my perspective.

What do you really want all of this accomplish: it sounds like you want Furtick to come to you and bow down and say, “I was wrong, you are right. I’m not fit to be a pastor. You get all the credit, I’m an ending Elevation.” This sounds like you have some pride issues. And self-righteous issues. Which I’m assuming comes from deep insecurity because you need to put him down to make yourself feel good.

Everything you’ve written about him, like even implying his attempts to get on the NYT bestseller list is further evidence of what a fraud he is and how he’s paying for his “mansion” you sound like the pharisees when they dragged the woman caught in adultery to Jesus to judge, to publicly shame and you remember Jesus’ response to this right? If you are without sin, then write on, and smear on my friend.

Its one thing to have an issue with minor things about Furtick: maybe he’s brass, maybe he’s flashy, maybe he’s too ambitious, you name it, maybe even certain things he says from the pulpit, or that he’s making too much money etc. But you’re not doing that, instead you are engaging in a smear campaign against the man himself. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and you are accusing Furtick on every side. Blaise Pascal has a quote that I think applies to you: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

You believe you are doing God’s work, and that’s why I feel like wasting my time even writing this. But you should ask yourself am I really doing God’s work, because until you open yourself to the fact that you may be doing your own work in god’s name no one will ever get through to you, not even God himself. In this regard you’re like a suicide bomber, as long as they believe they are doing God’s work you can never reach them or talk them out of it or ask them to reconsider. I am asking you to reconsider. And evaluate your own heart.

Is Furtick guilty of some of the criticisms you’ve leveled at him, probably. But how does that make him unfit for ministry? Every minister has done or said things we can all take issue with, many have said knuckle-headed things—even from the pulpit. That’s because no one is perfect, even pastors. But everything you do, to you is just one more evidence that proves your over-arching belief that Furtick should not be a pastor. Every post. That’s why you’ve lost all credibility as a godly, trust-worthy critic, because your heart is set on a smear campaign against the man, personally. You’re like Fox News is against Obama.

I think you’d be better off doing a blog post entitled ” Why I Hate Steven Furtick” and lay down all your issues and let people just judge each issue on its own merit. You may not describe your feelings toward him this way but from I’ve read it seems like hate to me.

And if Furtick bought a house that cost $1.8 million how does that disqualify him from ministry? Celebrity preachers make a lot of money that’s just the reality of the situation, how in your mind that makes them unfit to lead is the sensibility of a man who just believes Furtick shouldn’t be pastor in the first place and so he’ll just keep adding things to his list of why he feels this way. But even then most of the things you point out are ridiculous, like the whole NYT list thing – it proves nothing. You failed to show why Furtick is the anti-Christ but that’s my whole point you’re so blinded by your campaign to bring this man down, that everything you do, serves that purpose. Even if it means you have to gasp at straws i.e. at things that aren’t there.

If Furtick makes a lot of money from his work it doesn’t make him less qualified, less holy, less Christian. Besides by him buying this house doesn’t mean he has $2 million, it means that he believes he can afford the monthly mortgage payments for the next 20 – 30 years.

So what’s my point? If you feel there are certain things you take issue with him about that are legitimate like say, something he says from the pulpit, that’s fine. But when you are dead set to destroy the man then its no longer about the individual meritorious issues, its about bringing the man down and his total destruction. Which just in and of itself, for one “christian” to have that impulse or feeling toward another christian is just weird man in the first place, and that person in my opinion is not part of the household of faith. To me your campaign against Furtick is like Fox News’ campaign against Obama. The people at Fox wants to see Obama burn, they want to see him destroyed. So its not really about the issues anymore its just about an on-going campaign to bring about his destruction, and when that impulse begins to drive the train then you have lost all credibility and any criticism leveled against him is just another part of your over-arching, all-consuming goal to destroy him.

“How can a man say he loves God whom, he cannot see, yet hates his brother whom he can see.” You my friend, if your blog posts speak for you, hate your brother. And if that’s true then God himself says you can’t love Him.

February 14, 2014

Casting Crowns Continues to Bring ‘THRIVE’ to Life; Mark Hall Releases New Book Out Today, February 11

From their “Month of Giving” to a surprise secret show to performances on Sirius Radio, Billboard and FOX & Friends, momentum grows for ‘THRIVE’

Multi-platinum selling group, Casting Crowns continues to bring THRIVE to life, wrapping up a month of visits and giving back to fans across the country. Accompanying the recent release of the group’s seventh studio record (THRIVE), which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, comes Mark Hall’s newest book on Zondervan, “Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out” available today, February 11. This is Hall’s fourth book to date and discusses the critical inner challenge that we are meant to more than just survive life – we are called to thrive. Each chapter threads together this impactful message, adding Hall’s signature style of weaving stories with powerful tools for application.

The release of “Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out,” comes off the heels of a jam-packed, whirlwind month for Casting Crowns. Beginning in the month of January, Casting Crowns launched their”Month of Giving” with opportunities for them to give back to fans in big and small ways. The roots didn’t stop there as the band traveled across the country to multiple cities performing acoustic sets (including a Secret Show in Dallas, TX) and visiting friends such asThe Harvest Show, Live at Studio B, Moody Radio, Rick & Bubba and more. Also adding to the momentum of ‘THRIVE,’ several members of the band surprised shoppers at local retailers with a copy of the new record.

Last week, the band made a trip to New York City where they did special performances and interviews with Sirius Radio, Livestream.com, Billboard and FOX Radio. Wrapping up their NYC run, Casting Crowns made their national television debut of their song “Thrive” on the highly rated morning show, “FOX & Friends.”

View their FOX & Friends performances here: “Thrive” and “House of Their Dreams

Following the sea of praises on the new record comes another flood of applause from critics and fans alike for “Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out”:

“Consider Mark Hall’s book a dependable resource to inspire a well-rooted, far-reaching growth spurt among students.” – Crosswalk.com

“The book gives stories and testimonies from the young people Hall pastors, and gives examples of how the principles set out in the book can be applied to real life situations…It’s an important message, and one that is delivered with grace and humility.” – Christian Today

“Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall is delivering up plenty for your mind to reflect on…you’ll hear words of wisdom from Hall’s experience and a depth of theological encouragement for your soul.” – Mustard Seed Thoughts Blog

Beginning Feb. 20, Casting Crowns will embark on their national tour,”The Thrive Tour,” which features Laura Story and for KING & COUNTRY. For a complete list of tour dates, visit: https://www.castingcrowns.com/tour.

 

 

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February 14, 2014

Critically Acclaimed Worship Duo All Sons & Daughters Launches “A Night Of Worship Tour” With Pastor/Author Jamie George

Tour Precedes May 6 Release of New All Sons & Daughters Studio Recording

 

All Sons & Daughters, the worship duo composed of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, continue to inspire audiences with their acoustic, folk aesthetic and lyrics that focus squarely on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. The Franklin, Tennessee-based worshipers will take their songs on the road beginning March 4, inviting listeners to join them and guest speaker Jamie George for “A Night Of Worship Tour”, traveling to 19 cities across the U.S.

Hailed by fans and critics alike, All Sons & Daughters have released three EPs and two full-length albums featuring songs such as “All The Poor and Powerless,” “Brokenness Aside,” “Great Are You Lord” and “Oh How I Need You”. Their most recent full-length project, a CD/DVD titled LIVE, garnered the duo its first Dove Award nominations with nods in the “Praise & Worship Album” and “Long Form Video” categories. Their next project, a self-titled studio recording, is set to release through Integrity Music on May 6.

While on tour, Jordan and Leonard, who serve on staff at Journey Church in Franklin, will be sharing songs from their previous albums and the forthcoming project. They will be joined on the tour by their pastor, Jamie George, whom they describe as an “avid story collector and storyteller.” In addition to his pastoral role at Journey, George is the author of Love Well, a book that encourages believers to move past cycles of shame, fear and hopelessness to find freedom in Christ and renewal in His community.

At each Night of Worship event, participants will not only be encouraged to listen and sing along, they will be given the opportunity to contribute their own expressions of worship through journaling their prayers, drawing and praying for one another at special areas set up throughout the church or auditorium.

“We have experienced a great freedom in worship over the past four years in our community at Journey Church,” says Jordan. “Our hope is that we can encourage people to enter that same freedom when they join us on a Night of Worship… to put aside distractions and engage in a sweet conversation with God.”

In addition to the “A Night of Worship Tour,” (dates below), All Sons & Daughters will lead worship for the Christian College Leadership Conference at California Baptist University in April, and they travel to the U.K. in May to lead worship for “Big Church Day Out,” Britain’s largest Christian music festival. Additional information, including news and tour updates, is available atAllSonsAndDaughters.com.

Tour Dates
Mar. 4 – Chesterfield, MO – The Crossing at Chesterfield
Mar. 6 – Olathe, KS – Olathe Christian Church
Mar. 7 – Aurora, CO – Calvary Chapel Aurora
Mar. 8 – Manhattan, KS – University Christian Church
Mar. 9 – Omaha, NE – Brookside Church
Mar. 11 – Des Moines, IA – Walnut Creek Church Downtown
Mar. 12 – Peoria, IL – Riverside Community Church
Mar. 13 – Chicago, IL – Missio Dei Chicago
Mar. 14 – Green Bay, WI – Green Bay Community Church
Mar. 16 – Saint Paul, MN – Northwestern College (Maranatha Hall)
Mar. 28 – Austin, TX – Austin Ridge Bible Church
Mar. 29 – Waco, TX – Common Grounds
Mar. 30 – Aledo, TX – Aledo United Methodist Church
Apr. 2 – Tucson, AZ – University City Church (Midtown Campus)
Apr. 6 – Malibu, CA – Pepperdine University
Apr. 9 – Alamogordo, NM – The Worship Center
Apr. 10 – Amarillo, TX – Temple Baptist Church
Apr. 13 – Cleveland, TN – Lee University (Conn Center)

 

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Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook ministry 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 at www.integritymusic.com.

February 14, 2014

EVERFOUND CLINCHES NRT’S WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS’ “NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR” HONORS

Currently Appearing Nationwide on World’s No. 1 Tour (1st Quarter)

“The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular”

Last night at The Roadshow 2014 tour date in San Antonio, TX,  it was announced live that Everfound  received the “New Artist of the Year” award for NewReleaseTuesday.com’s second annual “We Love Christian Music Awards.” The Russian-born brothers took home the fan-voted award beating out four other contenders in the category. NewReleaseTuesday.com has been a staunch supporter of the band from the beginning including their debut album in their 2013 Top 10 list, with reviewer Kevin Davis citing that the “album is by far the catchiest, most energetic and emotionally engaging alternative rock album I’ve heard this year.” Last year their Word Entertainment label mates for KING & COUNTRY won the “New Artist of the Year” title and later went on to win the award at both the K-LOVE Fan Awards and the Dove Awards. Everfound is currently on the world’s top-attended tour in the world (1st quarter), The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2014 is scheduled to hit an additional 36 cities through March. The band’s second single, “God of the Impossible,” is Top 20 at Hot AC/CHR and is also featured on the companion CD to the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God,”  Son of God: Music Inspired By The Epic Motion Picture.

“Thank you guys so much for voting for us,” said the band in a video displayed on screens Thursday night at The Roadshow 2014 concert. “We are absolutely thrilled that we won the ‘New Artist of the Year’ award. We have the best fans in the world. And thank you to New Release Tuesday for your support from the very beginning. As soon as our album came out you have been huge supporters of what we’re trying to do as a band musically. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Get to know Everfound in this exclusive video seen here of their early life growing up in Russia.  The band, comprised of four brothers, Nikita Odnoralov (vocals), Ruslan Odnoralov (guitar, keys, programming), Illarion Odnoralov (bass) and Yan Odnoralov (drums), were born in and spent their first few years in Pyatigorsk, Russia. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, religion was seen as a threat to the government. Their great uncle spent 20 years in prison for just owning a Bible, their father was harassed by the police for attending Bible studies and their grandmother was fired from her job for professing her faith. In the late 90s the boys’ parents, seeking religious freedom, packed everything they could into suitcases and moved their young family to Colorado. As expressed in the video and throughout their lyrics, the brothers are incredibly grateful for what their parents did and are fully aware of the freedom they receive in this country. When their parents were growing up in Russia there were no Christian radio stations and the government would try to jam frequencies when American missionaries would transmit the gospel from across the border. Now, without fear of persecution, Everfound can freely have their music transmitted all over the world.

On July 16, Everfound released their self-titled Word Entertainment debut album.  The album’s lead single, “Never Beyond Repair,” climbed into the Top 20 at radio and their track “What Love Means” is featured in the musical companion to the History Channel’s mini-series “The Bible.” In March, Everfound played at a massive kick-off event for the mini-series at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in attendance. Immediately following the event Warren declared via Twitter, “Mark my word: This band is going to be HUGE!” These multi-instrumental musicians have played more than 800 shows throughout both the U.S. and Europe and released four albums independently. For further information and for listing of tour dates, please visit www.everfoundmusic.com.

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 About A Mile, 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, 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/Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

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For more information please visit, www.everfoundmusic.com / https://www.facebook.com/everfound / Follow:@everfound

February 14, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI TO MAKE NATIONAL MORNING TELEVISION DEBUT ON ABC’S “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” FEBRUARY 13

GRAMMY®-Nominated Artist’s Current Single “Write Your Story” Top 10 After Just Four Weeks of Releasing

Nashville, TN – (February 6, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards’ “Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Francesca Battistelli, will perform her new single “Write Your Story” live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” when she makes her national morning TV debut on February 13. Additionally, she’ll unveil a portion of “When The Crazy Kicks In” from her forthcoming third studio album, If We’re Honest, due out on April 22.  “Write Your Story,” released to radio on January 3, is already Top 10 at NCA after just one month. Today Battistelli joins Sanctus Real on “The Hands of God 2014 Tour” in Fayetteville, AR, followed by the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” this spring.

If We’re Honest comes three years after Battistelli, Christian music’s best-selling new artist in the past 10 years, released her sophomore album, Hundred More Years. With its release she garnered “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year” and “Pop/Recorded Song of the Year” at the 2011 Dove Awards. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We’re Honest reveals her most intimate and accomplished musical statement yet. The forthcoming album, showcasing her trademark pop and soul-infused sound, is currently available for pre-order at iTunes here. Customers that pre-order it will also receive an instant download of “Write Your Story.”

In the coming months Battistelli will be touring in support of If We’re Honest commencing today with the 15-city “Hands of God Tour” with Sanctus Real. Launching on March 20 at Saddleback in Lake Forest, CA, she’ll be featured on the 16-city Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014.” For more information and a complete listing of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

“The Hands of God 2014 Tour” Dates:

Feb. 6 – Fayetteville, AR – Christian Life Cathedral Church

Feb. 7 – Decatur, TX – Victory Family Church

Feb. 8 – Metairie, LA – Victory Fellowship

Feb. 14 – Syracuse, NY – CNY Crossroads Inspiration Hall

Feb. 15 – Perry Hall, MD – Perry Hall Family Worship Center

Feb. 16 – Greencastle, PA – Greencastle Antrim High School

Feb. 27 – Monroe, MI – Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center

Feb. 28 – Campbellsville, KY – Living Grace Church

March 1 – Shelbyville, KY – Cornerstone Christian Academy

March 2 – Attica, IN – Attica High School Auditorium

March 6 – La Vista, NE – Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

March 7 – Castle Rock, CO – The Rock Church

March 8 – Montrose, CO – Montrose Pavilion

March 9 – Artesia, NM – Artesia High School Auditorium

March 14 – Cordele, GA – Crisp County Auditorium

“The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” Dates:

March 20       Lake Forest, CA – Saddleback Church

March 21       Phoenix, AZ – Vineyard Church

March 22       Albuquerque, NM – Legacy Church

March 23       Denver, CO – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

March 27       Austin, TX – Riverbend Church

March 28       Dallas, TX – Sunnyvale First Baptist Church

March 29       Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center

March 30       Kansas City, MO – Lenexa Christian Center

April 3             Columbus, OH – Grace Polaris Church

April 4             Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids First

April 5             Chicago, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

April 6             Nashville, TN – Allen Arena

April 10          Pittsburgh, PA – Victory Family Church

April 11          Louisville, KY – Northside Christian Church

April 12          Lynchburg, VA – Thomas Road Baptist Church

April 13          Baltimore, MD – APG Federal Credit Union Arena, Hartford Community College

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.

February 14, 2014

The City Harmonic’s Heart Garners JUNO Award Nomination

iTunes Features Heart For Only $7.99 During Special, Month-Long Sale

The City Harmonic was honored this week with a 2014 JUNO Award nomination for their new, critically acclaimed album, Heart. The album is nominated forContemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year and follows the band’s JUNO win in that same category last year for their full-length debut, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home).
The new JUNO nomination, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is the latest in a long line of honors that includes the band’s Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year and four Covenant Awards, including one for Group of the Year. Forming four years ago in their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, The City Harmonic quickly went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, leading worship and headlining tours across North America while gathering fans from around the world thanks in part to radio hits like “Manifesto,” “Holy (Wedding Day)” and “A City On Hill.”
Co-produced by the band (vocalist and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan) along with Jared Fox, the JUNO-nominated HEART delves into themes of grace, discipleship and being, and becoming, truly human. The band has been sharing songs from Heartwhile on tour, including their recent fall tour with The Royal Royal and Shawn McDonald, as well as TV appearances for the 2013 Covenant Awards and a Crossroads/CTS special.  The band launches into 2014 with new concerts throughout the winter and spring, including six U.S. events with Acquire The Firebeginning Feb 8.
In time for the winter-spring tour, iTunes is featuring The City Harmonic’s digital deluxe version of Heart, including bonus video content, for only $7.99 throughout the month of February.
For additional information, including tour details and updates, visit http://thecityharmonic.com or https://www.facebook.com/thecityharmonic.
February 14, 2014

TUNE IN TOMORROW! FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI will be making her national morning TV debut and performing her new single Write Your Story on ABC’s Good Morning America in the 8am hour (ET/PT)

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI will be making her national morning TV debut and performing her new single “Write Your Story” on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the 8am hour (ET/PT).