Archive for July, 2014

July 24, 2014

Latest Christian News Featuring Toby Mac, Lecrae, Natalie Grant, Hillsong Worship etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Hillsong Worship’s New Album, No Other Name, Receives Highest Chart Debut Ever

Lecrae Announces New Tour, The Anomaly Tour, Featuring Andy Mineo

Colton Dixon Releases Music Video For New Single, More of You

Jesus Culture Music Signs Admin Deal With Christian Copyright Solutions

Natalie Grant’s New Movie, Persecuted Releases In Theaters Nationwide

Toby Mac Announces New Tour, The ‘Worship, Stories & Songs Tour’ Featuring Matt Maher For Fall 2014

How Did TD Jakes & The Preachers From Preachers of LA Get So Rich?

 

 

 

 

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July 24, 2014

Christian Hip Hop Sensation, Lecrae, Announces New Tour, The Anomaly Tour Featuring Andy Mineo

 

 

 

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Lecrae, Premier Productions, and Live Nation announce The Anomaly Tour featuring Lecrae with special guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. Tickets for Lecrae’s fall 2014 The Anomaly Tour go on sale Friday, July 25. The nation-wide tour kicks off in Houston on October 3.

 

“Lecrae has always been an innovator and trailblazer in our industry,” explains Dan Rauter of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. “He’s spent over a decade telling his story and sharing his faith in ways that are connecting with people inside and outside of the Christian and Gospel markets. He has truly been an anomaly that is inspiring thousands across the US and around the world. We are so excited to have Premier Productions and Live Nation involved as partners on this next step in the journey. They are helping us take Lecrae’s music and message to the premier concert venues across the country, with a live show that will blow fans away. We can’t wait to see the impact that this album and tour will have.”

 

Lecrae’s new album, ‘Anomaly,’ hits stores on September 9. The first single from the release, “Nuthin,” is out now.

 

Lecrae was a co-headliner on the Winter Jam 2014 Tour, which was once again the No. 1 tour based on attendance according to Pollstar first quarter 2014. Tour dates for The Anomaly Tour in the fall 2014 include:

 

Date Venue | Location
October 3 Berry Center | Houston, TX
October 4 Verizon Theatre | Dallas, TX
October 5 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | San Antonio, TX
*October 9 Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO
*October 10 Abravanel Hall | Salt Lake City, UT
October 12 Hollywood Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
October 15 The Warfield | San Francisco, CA
October 17 Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR
October 18 Revolution Concert House & Event Center | Boise, ID
October 19 ShoWare Center | Seattle, WA
October 23 The Riverside | Milwaukee, WI
October 24 Skyway Theatre | Minneapolis, WI
October 25 Independence Events Center | Independence, MO
October 26 Aragon Entertainment Center | Chicago, IL
October 30 The DeltaPlex | Grand Rapids, MI
October 31 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre | Indianapolis, IN
November 1 The Louisville Palace | Louisville, KY
November 2 The Fillmore Silver Spring | Washington, D.C.
November 6 The Fillmore Detroit | Detroit, MI
November 8 Wellmont Theater | Montclair, NJ
November 9 Tower Theater | Philadelphia, PA
November 13 Times-Union Center Moran Theater | Jacksonville, FL
November 14 The Fillmore Miami Beach | Miami, FL
November 19 Mobile Civic Center Theater | Mobile, AL
November 20 Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center | Greensboro, NC
November 21 The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA
*Andy Mineo will not be performing.

 

For more information on The Anomaly Tour, please visit: www.PremierProductions.com or www.Lecrae.com.

 

About Lecrae:
What began as a way to reach the youth in a nearby juvenile detention center, through hip-hop, eventually became chart topping success as a critically acclaimed rapper, with over 1.8 million collective album sales. In the past two years, Lecrae has released 3 genre-redefining projects. He dropped his first mixtape in 2012, Church Clothes, hosted by Don Canon, which went double platinum on Datpiff, garnering over 500,000 downloads and debuting #10 on iTunes as an EP. Following that, in probably what was a major upset in Gospel music, Lecrae made history as the first hip-hop artist to win a GRAMMY® award in the Best Gospel Album category for his sixth studio album Gravity. Gravity debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Rap Charts, and #1 Independent with over 73K units sold during its first week. The album featured key production from GRAMMY® award winning producers DJ Khalil and Heat Academy. He also celebrated video premieres of his singles “Mayday,” “Fakin’,” and “Confessions” on BET and MTV. Along with the biggest win of his career, Lecrae was also nominated for a Billboard Award, BET Award and Soul Train Award, and won a Dove Award. Lecrae closed out an incredible 2013 on several major tours, including Rock the Bells, and put out his second mixtape, Church Clothes 2, which has sold over 40K units after being downloaded over 150,000 times.

 

Connect with Lecrae:
Website: www.Lecrae.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lecrae
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lecrae

 

About Premier Productions: 
Formed in 1996, Premier Productions is the largest producer of Christian concert events in the nation and the co-founder of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual tour! With more than 200 events a year, Premier promotes award-winning artists with No. 1 hits such as – TobyMac, Skillet, Casting Crowns, Hillsong Live, Hillsong UNITED, Lecrae, Bill Gaither & Friends Homecoming, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, Matthew West and many more! For more information on Premier Productions, please visit www.PremierProductions.com.

 

 

July 24, 2014

Hillsong Worship’s New Album, No Other Name, Receives Highest Chart Debut Ever

 

 

 

Hillsong Worship released No Other Name recently to chart topping numbers receiving their highest debut in their 26 years of releasing an annual live project. No Other Name debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 13 its first week in the U.S. and at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian/Gospel album chart. As the highest debut from the Hillsong Worship brand, the album also debuted No. 1 on the Christian Gospel Albums, Praise and Worship Albums and Christian Digital Albums charts as well as No. 6 on the Digital Albums chart.

 

During street week, No Other Name peaked at No. 4 on iTunes Overall Albums chart in the U.S. as well as charting in the Top 10 of iTunes in 13 countries outside of the U.S. including at No. 1 in three countries making a global impact. This project was the first release under the new moniker “Hillsong Worship” and the 26th annual live worship project. Media also praised this new release noting the fresh and creative approach to Hillsong’s music on this album. Currently gracing the cover of the latest issue of CCM (July 15, 2014), here are samples of what the media had to say about No Other Name:

 

No Other Name is truly stellar. Once again they have released their newest ‘best’ album.” – NewReleaseTuesday

 

“Hillsong Church continues to release live worship recordings of its annual conference in Sydney, Australia. That kind of legacy can be a lot to live up to, but No Other Name is all about building on that foundation. The album’s 11 new praise songs emphasize congregational worship and highlight the Aussie church’s determination to remain pioneers in the genre.” – Rhapsody

 

“Hillsong Worship’s No Other Name Is like no other” – Music Times

 

“Hands down, this is easily one of the best worship albums released this year.” – Hallels

 

“Strong lyrics that can be a great help to really teach your congregation to sing theology in a fresh way.” -The Church Collective

 

“Gear up because this album will become a movement. A declarative movement.” – Examiner

 

“Highly recommend it to worship leaders who are looking for something to add to their Sunday morning set list.” – Faith Village

 

Hillsong Worship will be back in the United States for their “No Other Name” Tour that begins one month from today on August 14 in Boston and concluding August 31 in Grand Rapids (dates below). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Premier Productions. Hillsong Worship will also be performing at the 2nd Annual Hillsong Conference in New York City, which will be held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 16-18th. Register now and save here.

 

About No Other Name: This annual live release features 11 new songs that will refresh an individual and congregational worship. No Other Name highlights the songwriting and vocals of those now well-known Hillsong Worship team, including Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding, Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Nigel Hendroff, Autumn Hardmann, Annie Garrett, Jad Gillies, David Ware, and Taya Smith.

 

About Hillsong Worship: Hillsong Worship is the congregational expression of worship from Hillsong Church – a global church with local expressions. Their music captures the heart and sound of Hillsong Church globally and represents the coming together of the Hillsong worship team from around the world; including Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding, Dave Ware, Annie Garratt and many more. Since 1992, Hillsong Hillsong Worship has resourced the local church and received gold and platinum album status multiple times, writing such well known worship songs as “Shout To The Lord”, “Inside Out”, “Hosanna”, “The Stand” and “Mighty to Save,” which was awarded the 2009 Dove for Worship Song of the Year. The Hillsong brands have sold more than 12 million albums.

 

Hillsong Worship “No Other Name” Tour:
August 14 Boston, MA
August 15 Baltimore, MD
August 16 Charlotte, NC
August 18 Baton Rouge, LA
August 19 San Antonio, TX
August 21 Dallas, TX
August 22 Houston, TX
August 23 Tulsa, OK
August 25 Independence, MO
August 27 Springfield, MO
August 28 Cincinnati, OH
August 29 South Barrington, IL (Chicago)
August 30 Minneapolis, MN
August 31 Grand Rapids, MI

 

 

July 24, 2014

Colton Dixon Releases Music Video For New Single, More of You

 

This week 19 Recordings’ Dove Award-winning artist and Season 11 American Idol finalist,COLTON DIXON premiered his new music video for his single “More of You.” This single is from his forthcoming August 19th sophomore album Anchor (19/Capitol CMG). In addition to the music video debut, fans can now pre-order the album digitally at iTunes here: smarturl.it/Anchor

 

For his sophomore effort, he co-wrote with renowned songwriters and artists such as Trevor McNevan (TFK), Matthew West, TobyMac, Ben Glover, Matt Bronleewe and the album’s producers. Anchor was recorded in Nashville’s Berry Hill neighborhood, a creative hub dotted with recording studios, and produced by David Garcia (TobyMac, Mandisa, Newsboys) and Red Decibel (Switchfoot, Kelly Clarkson, Jeremy Camp). On it, Dixon explores not just new topics, but new sonic territory as well.

 

Anchor follows Dixon’s 2013 debut, A Messenger, which set the record for biggest first-week sales by a new solo Christian act, becoming the No. 1 selling album of 2013 by a new Christian artist and the No. 9 best selling album of 2013 in the Christian genre overall. A Messenger also became the No. 22 best-selling album across all genres that same year, while Dixon was still reeling from his highly publicized seventh place finish on Season 11 of American Idol.

 

Awards and accolades followed. Dixon received three Dove Award nominations, winning for Best Contemporary/Rock Album, and he was nominated for Male Artist of the Year at the 2014 KLOVE Fan Awards. Colton also racked up two No. 1 radio singles in 2013 and toured with Third Day, TobyMac and Josh Wilson. And he was recently named an Official Steinway Artist by the legendary piano maker.

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2014

Jesus Culture Music Signs Admin Deal with Christian Copyright Solutions

 

 

Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS) announces the signing of Jesus Culture Music to a music administration agreement for the copyright management of their popular worship song catalog. CCS’s INDIEadmin service will provide easy online licensing for Jesus Culture songs and sound recordings.

 

Jesus Culture Music’s highly anticipated new worship recording, Unstoppable Love, released last month and was recorded live during Jesus Culture’s annual Encounter Conference. One of the most influential youth and young adult movements around the world, Jesus Culture’s band features Chris Quilala, Kim Walker-Smith, Brandon Aaronson, Josh Fisher, Jeffrey Kunde, Ian McIntosh and Skyler Smith.

 

Jesus Culture Music is the home to several new and emerging worship artists, like Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Kristine Dimarco and Andrew Ehrenzeller, among others, and is known for popular worship songs like “Holy Spirit,” “Rooftops” and “Awaken Me.” The Jesus Culture Band just wrapped up its “Still Believe Tour” in May with back-to-back sold out concerts, and will be at Jesus Culture conferences this summer in Los Angeles (July 17 – 19) and Atlanta (August 1 – 2).

 

“Jesus Culture is really excited to work with CCS’s INDIEadmin team to provide administration for our song catalog and master recordings,” says Chris Quilala, worship leader and songwriter. “We appreciate their heart for the church and Christian community, and believe they will help simplify and make it easy to obtain licensing for the proper use of our songs and recordings.”

 

CCS serves as an advocate for copyright owners, offering full service administration to promote, protect and collect royalties for music through its innovative online INDIEadmin Service.

 

“We are honored to add Jesus Culture Music’s great catalog of worship songs and recordings to our INDIEadmin family,” says CCS CVO/Founder Susan Fontaine Godwin. “We look forward to a long-term relationship with their ministry, and our focus will be on providing easy licensing and maximizing digital audio and video streaming revenue for their widely popular music.”

 

CCS’s awarding-winning INDIEadmin clients include popular worship songwriters, publishers and artists like Don Moen, Bethel Music, Brooklyn Tabernacle, Carlos Whittaker and Ed Kerr. CCS has won Worship Leader’s Best of Best and Editor’s Pick awards for its various licenses and products.

 

July 24, 2014

Natalie Grant’s Already Amazing Year Being Capped Off In Starring Role For New Movie Being Released, Persecuted

IT TAKES A CHURCH CONTINUES HIGHLY RATED RUN ON GSN; GRANT-HOSTED MATCHMAKING SERIES PROVES SUMMER SUCCESS, WITH NEW EPISODES AIRING THURSDAYS AT 9/8C ON GSN

 

 

Curb recording artist Natalie Grant is enjoying an extraordinary summer, highlighted by the long anticipated premiere of the new One Media, LLC/Millennium Entertainment motion picture, Persecuted, set for national release tomorrow, July 18th. Produced by multiple Oscar®-winner Gray Frederickson (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now) and writer/director Daniel Lusko, the faith-based action-thriller sees the award-winning singer/songwriter in a supporting role alongside James Remar, Bruce Davison, Dean Stockwell, Gretchen Carlson, and Fred Thompson. For additional details, including nationwide theatre information, please see www.Persecutedmovie.com.

 

Grant was among the stars assembled at Los Angeles’ ArcLIght Hollywood for last night’s world premiere of Persecuted. (Photo Above)

 

Persecuted is already among the year’s most talked about new films. The recently released trailer quickly ascended to No. 1 on iTunes Movie Trailers’ “Most Popular” list, noted by The Hollywood Reporter as “a feat insiders attribute to a robust Facebook page and the ripped-from-the headlines themes that the movie explores.” Furthermore, FOX News declared Persecuted to be a “timely thriller,” while Politico praised the film as a “House of Cards for the religious set.”

 

“I chose to be a part of this movie, not because I was trying to grandstand on any particular issue, but honestly, because I thought it would be fun and different and a challenge for me,” Grant recently wrote on her own popular Facebook page (facebook.com/nataliegrantmusic). “However, I also decided to do it because I have personally experienced that some who are screaming loudest for tolerance are the ones who are displaying the greatest intolerance. I do not believe you can legislate morality, and I am not a proponent of trying to force my beliefs or view of righteousness on anyone. I’m much more a proponent of living what you believe, instead of shouting it or waving it on a sign.”

 

In other news, Grant will make a special guest appearance on tonight’s season finale of The American Bible Challenge, airing at 8/7C exclusively on GSN. Comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy hosts the one-hour game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the bible. Grammy®-winner Kirk Franklin serves as musical co-host.

 

Meanwhile, It Takes A Church – the new matchmaking series hosted by Grant – continues its hugely popular first season on GSN. The highly rated series, which sees Christian congregations across the country play matchmaker to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their partner, recently received the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. New episodes of It Takes A Church air Thursdays at 9/8C on GSN – for more, please visit gsntv.com/shows/it-takes-a-church.

 

An inspired performer known for making lasting connections with her audience, Grant has an array of concert dates and live appearances slated through the fall and beyond. For complete tour details and ticket information, please log on towww.facebook.com/nataliegrantmusic/events.

 

Natalie Grant is one of contemporary Christian music’s most talented and beloved figures, acclaimed around the world for her breathtaking vocal abilities, powerful songwriting, and courageous efforts to help victims of human trafficking. One of the most honored artists in CCM history, Grant is a five-time GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Award winner as “Female Vocalist of the Year” (including four consecutive victories spanning 2006 to 2009 and a return win in 2012), as well as a multiple GRAMMY® award nominee.

 

“HURRICANE,” Grant’s most recent album, entered Billboard’s “Top Christian Albums” chart at #1 upon its 2013 release – the award-winning singer/songwriter’s first-ever debut atop the chart. Produced by her husband and longtime collaborator Bernie Herms, “HURRICANE” marks the highlight of Grant’s long affiliation with Curb Records, an accomplishment celebrated earlier this year when legendary Curb founder Mike Curb presented her with a special plaque commemorating overall label sales in excess of 3 million. What’s more, “Hurricane,” the album’s chart-topping hit single, received two major nominations from the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards: “Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance” and “Best Christian Music Song.”

 

In addition to her extraordinary musical career, Grant is also committed to giving voice to the voiceless through a variety of charitable efforts. An outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking, she is the founder of Abolition International, a non-profit origination that works towards providing quality restorative aftercare to human trafficking victims both domestically and around the world.

 

For more information, please visit nataliegrant.com, twitter.com/nataliegrantfacebook.com/nataliegrantmusic,instagram.com/nataliegrant, and www.youtube.com/nataliegrantvideos.

 

July 23, 2014

Toby Mac Announces New Tour, Worship, Stories & Songs Tour Featuring Matt Maher For Fall 2014

 

 

Five-time GRAMMY® Winner TobyMac has announced the “Worship, Stories & Songs Tour” which will hit the road this fall and will feature Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson. TobyMac, who is renown for his live performances, will bring together the three artists in a night of fellowship in intimate venues and musical settings across the country.

 

The “Worship, Stories & Songs Tour” will be a totally different TobyMac show, a time where it’s not about the lights, smoke or big stage. Instead, it will be more intimate and personal, a “storyteller’s night” where Toby will share where the songs came from.

 

Kicking off in Madison, MS on November 6, the tour will make select stops in 20 cities before wrapping in Ft. Wayne, IN in mid-December. For full tour dates and more information, see below. Just last month, the K-LOVE Fan Awards honored TobyMac with the “Best Live Show” award. Completely voted upon by fans, TobyMac was nominated alongside Switchfoot, NEEDTOBREATHE, for KING & COUNTRY, Newsboys and Rend Collective.

 

Earlier this year, TobyMac gave fans a special treat with the world premiere of his music video “Speak Life,” which debuted on cable’s top-rated morning program Fox & Friends. To view the music video for “Speak Life,” which already has over 1.4 million views, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeBv9r92VQ0.

 

 

 

“Worship, Stories & Songs Tour” Dates
More to be added, tour dates subject to change

 

http://tobymac.com/tour
November 6 – Madison, WS
November 7 – Texarkana, TX
November 8 – Wichita Falls, TX
November 9 – Lewisville, TX
November 13 – New Albany, IN
November 14 – Lexington, KY
November 15 – Akron, OH
November 16 – Troy, OH
November 20 – Joplin, MO
November 21 – Lincoln, NE
November 22 – Bourbonnais, IL
November 23 – Grand Rapids, MI
December 4 – Toledo, OH
December 5 – York, PA
December 6 – Williamsport, MD
December 7 – Richmond, VA
December 11 – Normal, IL
December 12 – Appleton, WI
December 13 – Milwaukee, WI
December 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN

 

About TobyMac:
With over 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac’s career continues on the fast track. His most recent project, Eye On It, garnered him the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and the highest chart debut of his solo career landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and topping the iTunes® Overall and Christian sales charts. The project made TobyMac one of only four artists to ever debut atop the Billboard Top 200 with a Christian music album. His previous four solo projects have received RIAA Gold Certifications and his live DVD, Alive & Transported, is RIAA Certified platinum and received a GRAMMY® award. In less than 15 months between 2012-2013, TobyMac received two GRAMMY® awards, two Billboard Music Awards for Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album, his first American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Contemporary/Inspirational category, Dove Awards for “Artist of the Year,” “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year,” “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year,” “Short Form Video of the Year,” a K-LOVE Music Award for “Artist of the Year” and swept the 2013 Australian Music Award. At the 2014 K-LOVE Fan Awards, he won the award for “Best Live Show.”

 

[Get Connected with TobyMac]
Website // http://www.tobymac.com
Twitter // https://twitter.com/therealtobymac
Facebook // http://www.facebook.com/tobymac
YouTube // http://www.youtube.com/tobymacmusic
iTunes // http://toby.cta.gs/02r

 

About Matt Maher:
Recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, Matt Maher is well known for writing worship anthems that influence church worship services worldwide, including “Your Grace Is Enough,” “White Flag,” “Lord I Need You,” and “I Will Rise.” His songs continue to climb the CCLI charts and have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, the Passion movement and more. Maher’s credibility as a writer has been galvanized by recognition from the GRAMMYs®, where Maher has garnered four GRAMMY® nominations, two in the Contemporary Christian Music Song category, 54th and 55th GRAMMY® seasons for “I Lift My Hands,” “White Flag,” and two in the 56th season for Contemporary Christian Music Performance for “Lord, I Need You” and Contemporary Christian Music Album, All The People Said Amen. Maher’s songs have prompted career sales of more than 410,000 albums and generated national media coverage on outlets including “FOX & Friends” and as a guest writer with Billboard magazine. In the summer 2013, Maher was chosen to be the face of three million Dr. Pepper cans in conjunction with Pepsi MidAmerica and its Christian artist can campaign. Maher played at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro where he performed his renown songs, including Billboard NCA hit single “Lord, I Need You,” and was selected to play for Pope Francis’ Beachside Vigil, attended by over 3 million people. For more information on Matt Maher and All The People Said Amen, visit http://www.mattmahermusic.com. Also follow Matt on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.

 

About Ryan Stevenson:
After capturing TobyMac’s attention, Ryan Stevenson-who spent seven years as a paramedic-was signed to an exclusive recording agreement with the iconic artist’s record label Gotee Records in 2013. Since then, he’s been nominated for a GRAMMY® as a song-writer on TobyMac’s latest single “Speak Life,” toured with Audio Adrenaline, seen his debut single “Holding Nothing Back” become a Top 25 Christian AC and National Christian Audience charting song and opened up TobyMac’s 2014 Hits Deep Tour. The Pacific Northwest native is a husband and father of two boys and currently serves as worship leader at Vertical Church Boise. His Gotee debut, the 4-song Holding Nothing Back EP, is available at all digital outlets now.

 

[Get Connected with Ryan Stevenson]
Website: www.ryanstevensonmusic.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ryanstevensonmusic Instagram:www.instagram.com/ryansmusic Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryansmusic YouTube: youtube.com/ryanstevensonmusic

 

 

July 23, 2014

John Schlitt’s Christmas Album, The Christmas Project, To Hit Stores September 2, 2014

 

 

 

The first Christmas project ever recorded by Grammy and Dove Award winning vocalist John Schlitt, one of the most distinctive voices in Christian music, will be available September 2 through Send The Light Distribution and Munce Group Stores. Schlitt’s The Christmas Project will also be available in Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores and others, for the 2014 holiday season.

 

The full-length CD is comprised primarily of beloved traditional Christmas carols, but that doesn’t mean The Christmas Project is all egg nog and holly. This album rocks with the unmistakable John Schlitt style that legions of fans have come to know and love. The icing on the Christmas confection is an original tune, “What Christmas Needs to Be,” which is destined to become a seasonal classic.

 

Schlitt launches The Christmas Project with what is arguably the greatest Christmas song of all time, “The Hallelujah Chorus.” While Handel’s masterpiece has been interpreted by a multitude of musicians over the past 250 years, no one sings “hallelujah” like Schlitt. “The Hallelujah Chorus” transitions seamlessly into a guitar-driven, barn-burning version of “Do You Hear What I Hear.” “Little Drummer Boy” gives Schlitt the freedom to explore his full range of vocal prowess, starting at a muted whisper before embracing his full-throttle, wailing rock roots while holding fast to the traditional melodies of the beloved carol. Fans can look forward to a music video of “Little Drummer Boy” by the award-winning Saylors Brothers (Israel & New Breed: Live From Another Level Concert DVD) in time for the holiday season.

 

Schlitt reins in his potent vocals for a gentle, reverent interpretation of “O Holy Night,” then ratchets up the intensity on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” a rock-inflected fist-pumper that is guaranteed to get the listeners’ blood flowing. The versatile vocalist shifts moods to one of pure fun with the funky Irish reel “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” then slides comfortably into the mellow, bluesy “That Spirit of Christmas,” made popular by the legendary Ray Charles.

 

Melancholy keys and strings embellish Schlitt’s emotion-laden vocals on the traditionally arranged “We Three Kings.” The gently rocking “What Christmas Needs to Be” leads into the project’s closing tune, the reflective “What Child Is This.” “What Child Is This” provides the perfect foil for Schlitt’s signature vocal stylings, allowing him to channel his passionate delivery through a filter of awe at the enormity of this central event in history.

 

Schlitt utilized the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter to raise financial support for the new album.

 

To purchase The Christmas Project, visit schlittshop.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.

 

For more information on Schlitt and The Christmas Project, visit johnwschlitt.com or follow him on Twitter (@johnwschlitt) or Facebook (facebook.com/johnwschlitt).

 

 

July 23, 2014

Aaron Bagwell Releases Debut Album, The Sound of Jesus With Dream Records

 

DREAM Worship is excited to announce the release of The Sound Of Jesus, the debut album byAaron BagwellThe Sound Of Jesus is an honest and heartfelt spirit-filled album sure to encourage and uplight your day. With songs like “My Everything” and “Saving Grace” this album is a must have in your library and at your church. Purchase the the album on iTunes here! You can also text AARON to 51555 to purchase the album!

Check out the behind the music video for “The Sound Of Jesus:” http://youtu.be/YiP2JASCObY

DREAM Worship recently asked Aaron about signing with DREAM and the release of “The Sound Of Jesus.” Check out what he had to say:

“I am thrilled to have signed with Dream Records and to be working with such amazing talent. Dream is unique because they are very involved in the artist publicly and privately. Integrity is at the heart of Dream’s mission to not only produce great music but have great hearts behind the songs.

The Sound Of Jesus is a unique record as it was written for the church to sing but produced with a sound to draw people outside of the church. It is a mix of upbeat, pop sounding beats with a mix of deep, intimate worship through the lyrics.

My Everything is the first single to be released off of The Sound Of Jesus. With it’s driving, upbeat tempo and uplifting words, any listener is sure to be reminded of the goodness of God.”

ABOUT DREAM WORSHIP:
DREAM was founded in 2008 to provide artists with a genuine approach to how real artist development should be done. By allowing for a partnership as a business model, Dream’s artists empower themselves to develop and carry out a real vision for their lives as they affect other people’s lives with their music and message. Incorporating social media, press, radio and touring it’s allowing it’s artists grow together as a family.

ABOUT AARON BAGWELL:
Pastor Aaron Bagwell has been in full time ministry since he was 15 years of age. Beginning as a praise and worship leader for his father, Dr. Tim Bagwell, he grew into a multi-faceted leader working and leading every part of the church under his father’s covering. Pastor Aaron is a 3rd generation pastor called and raised in ministry by God.

Music has been a passion of Aaron since he was a young teenager. Learning to play piano at age 9, Aaron began playing with the worship team at church. At age 15, Aaron began leading worship for an 800 member church and has continued to work in full time music ministry ever since.

The Sound Of Jesus is the latest release by Aaron Bagwell. This is a worship project with the vision of a modern sound for the church. This project is designed to draw people closer to God whether they are in church or they are unchurched.

Aaron Bagwell Ministries, founded in 2008, has hosted large american team missions trips, medical camps, food outreaches to thousands, clothing drives, construction projects for homes and churches, large scale street-evangelism, pastor’s conferences, women’s conferences, leader’s conferences, business leader conferences and large scale evangelistic campaigns. Pastor Aaron has been to over 20 nations, seen more than 50,000 signed decision card salvations through events that Aaron Bagwell Ministries has arranged and coordinated. Aaron Bagwell Ministries is striving to reach people of all walks of life. Through speaking, music, humanitarian efforts and the love of Jesus, ABM strives to bring people closer to God through the message of Jesus Christ. Connect with Aaron on social media for the latest tours and news

July 23, 2014

Comedian Bone Hampton to Appear on THE VIEW this Thursday, July 24, 2014

 

 

 

Award-winning comedian Bone Hampton will appear on ABC’s The View this Thursday, July 24. Hampton will perform his lauded stand-up routine during the show’s Sherri’s Comedy Corner segment. The appearance marks Hampton’s fourth appearance on The View – twice as a host on “Guy Day Friday,” Co-Host during “Male Best Friend” Day, and once during Joy’s Comedy Corner.

 

Recipient of the 2013 GMA Dove Award Grady Nutt Humor Award for Comedian of the Year, Hampton’s latest DVD, “UnOfficially Famous” released this past April and is available at bonehampton.com.

 

Hampton can also be heard in Nashville every Monday and Tuesday morning on “Mighty Good Day” with Stellar Award winner Lady Shaunte’ on 760AM The Gospel, and is part of the comedy tour “The Heavy Hitters” with Chinitta Morris, Akintunde and Marcus Wiley. For tour dates visit bonehampton.com. This fall he will be headlining the GMA Dove Award comedy show during GMA Dove Week 2014.

 

About Bone Hampton:
The term “crossover” is seldom used of comedians, yet the word is the perfect descriptor for “Bone” Hampton, one of redemptive comedy’s most well traveled and in-demand funnymen. Bone’s comedic smarts know no bounds. One day he can be seen working the crowd at a comedy club, the next he’s doing his thing at a church gig, and the following he’s making a splash on a hit sitcom. Such is evidenced in his diverse resume, including “All About Steve” with Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper, NBC’s My Name is Earl, ABC’s Less Than Perfect, and reoccurring appearances on TBN’s “Praise the Lord,” LeCrae’s “Higher Learning Tour” and on the “Thou Shalt Laugh 2 and 5 projects with Tim Conway and Chonda Pierce.

 

[Get Connected with Bone Hampton]
Website // http://www.bonehampton.com/
Facebook // facebook.com/TheRealBoneHampton
Twitter // twitter.com/@BoneHampton

 

July 23, 2014

Gospel Star Kierra Sheard’s New Album Graceland Tops iTunes Gospel Music Chart

 

 

 

Los Angeles, CA – Kierra Sheard releases her highly anticipated album, GRACELAND, today, July 22. The newest judge on BET’s 7th season of “Sunday Best” gets personal on GRACELAND and shares her ongoing inner battle between self-conviction and condemnation. Gail Mitchell from Billboard states, “Sheard’s triumph over turmoil ultimately triggered what is arguably her best and most versatile work to date. GRACELAND brims with self-introspection and lessons learned as a fearless Sheard bares her soul and shares a revelatory, yet joyous journey that everyone can personally embrace.” Kierra collaborated for the first time with celebrated pop songwriter Diane Warren (Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion) and rising songwriter/producer Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Fantasia, Michelle Williams).

 

The exuberant first single, “2nd Win,” marches its cadence fittingly underscoring the song’s message about overcoming life’s challenges. Kierra samples the Clark Sisters’ song, “They Were Overcome,” paying homage to the trailblazing work of the group’s members: Sheard’s aunts and her mother, Karen Clark Sheard. GRACELAND’s other quintessential tracks range from the guitar-driven, folky mid-tempo title track (“I Fall All the Time,” says Sheard. “That song touches me because it’s what I feel every day”) to the rap-accented anthem “Moving Forward.”

 

In addition to promoting Graceland, Kierra recently launched a signature hosiery line distributed by Walgreens and is recently finished filming the second season of her family’s BET weekly docu-drama, “The Sheards,” airing this Fall. Kierra’s philanthropic campaigns include her youth organization: BRL (Bold! Right! Life!). The Non-profit is fifteen chapters strong and is staging its 9th annual conference (Aug. 7-9) in her hometown Detroit. Sheard recently launched a PSA campaign with Saving our Daughters to support young girls battling homelessness and date abuse.

 

Website: www.iamkierrasheard.com
Twitter: @KierraSheard
Facebook: KierraSheard
Instagram: KierraSheard
Saving our Daughters: http://savingourdaughters.org/