Archive for July 24th, 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?

 

 

 

 

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.