Archive for November, 2014

November 18, 2014

Latest Christian News Featuring Chris Tomlin, Max Lucado, Myles Munroe, Skillet, Desperation Band

Chris Tomlin’s New Album, Love Ran Red, Sells 35,000 Copies In Its First Week

100,000 People Take The Amen Challenge, Based on Max Lucado’s New Book, Before Amen

Christian Leaders Around The World Mourn The Sudden Passing of Dr Myles Munroe

Former Addison Road Lead Singer, Jenny Simmons, Signs 2-Book Deal With Baker Books

The Best Worship Album of 2014 – Desperation Band’s Banner

Skillet To Headline All-Star Winter Jam 2015 Line-Up

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November 18, 2014

Bestselling Christian Author Sheila Walsh Signs Multi-Book Deal With B&H Kids

Best-selling author Sheila Walsh signed a multi-book deal with B&H Kids, and will announce a 2015 project designed to get kids excited about the Bible.

November 18, 2014

Former Addison Road Lead Singer, Jenny Simmons, Signs 2-Book Deal With Baker Books

Singer-songwriter, blogger, and speaker Jenny Simmons signed a two-book contract with Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her first book, The Road to Becoming, is due next fall.

November 18, 2014

Christian Leaders Around The World Mourn On The Sudden Passing of Christian & Leadership Author Dr Myles Munroe

Tributes poured in following the Nov. 9 deaths of pastor and best-selling author Myles Munroe, 60, and his wife Ruth. The Munroes were en route to Freeport, Bahamas, to host the 2014 Global Leadership Forum when the plane crashed near the Grand Bahama International Airport.

All nine people aboard died, including members of Munroe’s Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI).

Munroe’s life exemplified his belief that God created every person with leadership potential. He and 10 siblings were raised in poverty in Nassau, Bahamas. He attended Oral Roberts University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He earned his Master’s in Administration from the University of Tulsa.

A life-long Bahamas resident, Munroe founded BFMI, BFMI Fellowship, and Myles Munroe International. He traveled extensively as CEO of International Third World Leaders Assoc. and president of the International Leadership Training Institute.

In recognition of his contributions to the Bahamas’ spiritual and social development, Munroe received the Queen’s Birthday Honours of the Order of the British Empire and the Bahamian government’s Silver Jubilee Award.

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said, “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to the Bahamas and to the world.”

Munroe wrote 38 books published by Destiny Image, Whitaker House, and FaithWords (Hachette). Combined, his titles sold more than 1 million copies. He was a contributing editor to The Believer’s Topical Bible and The African Cultural Heritage Topical Bible and wrote for Charisma Life and Ministries Today.

Munroe’s publishers were among the many who expressed their condolences.

Destiny Image CEO Don Nori Jr. said, “After 23 years of publishing partnership, it’s with a heavy heart that we at Destiny Image say goodbye to our longtime author and friend. … [He] will best be remembered for pioneering the message of the kingdom, how it operates and how each of us can fulfill our purpose within it.”

Whitaker House President Bob Whitaker Jr. said, “Dr. Munroe’s engaging energy, coupled with his profound knowledge of the Bible and human nature, greatly impacted our world with a message of hope and inspiration.”

“We will miss Rev. Munroe,” said FaithWords (Hachette) Publisher Rolf Zettersten. “Those who had the privilege to work directly with him were blessed by his constant positive outlook and devotion to sharing the Gospel.”

FaithWords published Munroe’s Passing It On and In Charge. A third book was in development.

On his Facebook page, Destiny Image founder Don Nori Sr., mourned the loss of “a close personal friend. We published his first book in the early 1990s. We used several of his books for our children’s home school. He was a true pioneer in so many ways, on so many levels.

“Goodbye old friend. It will take a long time to get beyond this moment.”

CBA President Curtis Riskey said Munroe’s passing will have a global impact because of his reach into developing nations.

Jack Scott, president of Scott Marketing and Training who serves the U.S. and international retailing communities, said Munroe was a beacon of inspirational leadership that will be missed in nations around the world.

The Munroes are survived by two adult children, Myles Jr. and Charisa.

“The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective[ly] you live.” —Myles Munroe

November 18, 2014

100,000 People Take The Amen Challenge, Based On Max Lucado’s New Book, Before Amen

Based on best-selling author Max Lucado’s first book on prayer, Before Amen (Thomas Nelson), more than 100,000 people have signed up to take the Before Amen prayer challenge, launched in September.

The challenge involves praying for four minutes every day for four weeks.

Thomas Nelson and FaithGateway.com host the event online.

Integrity Music also released a musical companion, Before Amen: A Worship Collection, featuring Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Paul Baloche, All Sons & Daughters, and Planetshakers.

November 18, 2014

The Best Worship Album of 2014 – Desperation Band’s Banner

So I’ve mentioned in the past that I get a lot of music albums from different christian record labels. Usually I listen to these albums in the car, to get a real sense of the music, especially if its a band or artist I don’t really know.

Well a few months ago Integrity Music sent me the album for the new Desperation Band album called, Banner.  And to be honest, I didn’t listen to this album for like 3 months after I got it.  Well mainly because all I know about Desperation Band is that they are the band of the student ministry of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO.  And I thought, I’m not really interested in listening to a youth ministry band.  Well until about a month ago, when I burned the CD and figured I’d give it a whirl.

And by the 3rd song I was like,”who the heck is this?”  I popped out the CD and saw ‘Desperation Band’ I was like, ‘say what?’  And that was just beginning.  Song after song these guys hit it out of the park.  I honestly I could not believe it.  I think this album is the best worship album of 2014.  Better than Passion’s album, better than all the other worship albums released this year.

These guys are on par with Hillsong United’s best music.  Seriously, if I was Hillsong Music, and Hillsong United and Passion I would be very scared.  Because there is a band looming man.  And they are from the youth ministry of a Church in Colorado.

To be honest I do the think the name ‘Desperation Band’ is a new weird name for a band, but man their music is off the hook.

My top 3 songs off the album:

1.  Fall Into You

2.  On The Throne (Featuring Kari Jobe)

3.  Make A Way

Here are the lyric videos for these songs.  Check it out for yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

November 18, 2014

Chris Tomlin’s New Album, Love Ran Red, Sells 35,000 Copies In First Week

According to figures released by billboard earlier this week, Chris Tomlin’s latest offering, Love Ran Red, managed to sell 35,000 units in its first week of release.

The big music news for that same week was Taylor Swift’s record-setting first week sales of 1.2 million for her new album 1989.

You can read the extended coverage here.

According to Taylor Swift, she really thought Chris Tomlin’s new album will sell more copies than hers.*

*(just kidding).

November 18, 2014

SKILLET HEADS ALL-STAR WINTER JAM 2015 LINE-UP AS HISTORY-MAKING TOUR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

GRAMMY®-nominated platinum-selling rockers Skillet will return to the famed Winter Jam stage to headline the blockbuster tour’s 20th year, it was announced tonight. Reigning as the world’s #1 first quarter tour for four consecutive years, NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular revealed its 2015 line-up and cities during a special event earlier this evening at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café.In addition, the event was webcast by Blue Scout Media’s StageHop.com to thousands attending “Winter Jam House Parties” around the world, where fans had a front row seat to the announcement and special performances by select Winter Jam 2015 artists.

Founded and hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the tour will also feature Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, for King & Country, Family Force 5 and evangelist Tony Nolan, while the LifeWay Christian Stores Pre-Jam Party is slated to showcase Blanca, About A Mile and VERIDIA.

“As we enter a landmark year for Winter Jam, we’re overwhelmed by God’s favor on an event that began as one concert in 1995,” said Eddie Carswell, Winter Jam creator and NewSong founding member. “The tour has grown in unimaginable ways, but one thing has remained the same—an unwavering commitment to share the Gospel every night. This year’s line-up continues a tradition of excellent music and impacting ministry, and we’re especially excited to welcome our friends Skillet back as headliners.”

“Skillet is pumped to get back out on tour with Winter Jam,” remarked lead singer John Cooper from the band’s headline tour across Europe, which is selling out in multiple cities including London, Hamburg and Cologne, Germany and more. “After several tours in Europe over the past year, we’re looking forward to heading out on a tour that will keep us in the U.S. all winter and spring; and most importantly will help bring the message of hope in Jesus to people all over the nation! It’s gonna rock, so get ready!”

Promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, the tour—known for its 10 artists for $10 admission—will hit 47 cities from January through March. Winter Jam is slated to visit some of the country’s top venues, including Chicago’s Allstate Arena; the Toyota Center in Houston; Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena; the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida’s BB&T Center; and the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, among numerous others. For a complete list of dates and cities, visit jamtour.com.

Next year, three daylong JAM ZONE free family events are slated in conjunction with Winter Jam stops in Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; and Lexington, Kentucky. The inaugural JAM ZONE, held in February at Atlanta’s World Congress Center, included more than 85 local business and exhibitor booths and drew an estimated 7,500 people.

For the second year in a row, fans can access tour information and exclusive content via the Winter Jam App. With more than 100,000 downloads to date, the app offers interactive venue maps; free Winter Jam radio; giveaways; Jam Nation membership purchases; and a Winter Jam store, among other features. The Winter Jam App can be downloaded at jamtour.com/app.

Sponsors of NewSong’s Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular include Pure Flix’s “Do You Believe?” film; the University of Mobile; Teen Missions; Pepsi; TheOverflow.com; Camp Electric; Premier Christian Cruises; Xtreme Conferences; Texas TransEastern; and Wayne E. Bailey Produce.

GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet has sold more than 2.5 million units in the U.S., racked up more than 160 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following whose members number more than five million on Facebook alone. Their 2013 Dove Award-winning release RISE debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Rock and Christian charts, which led to four consecutive No. 1 radio hits. RISE also gave Skillet their late night television debut on Conan and follows the band’s 2009 platinum blockbuster, Awake, which garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four multi format hit singles, including the platinum single “Monster,” whose companion video has generated more than 69 million YouTube views. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012 and will launch Winter Jam following a sold out headline tour across Europe.

Capitol CMG artist Jeremy Camp has established himself with landmark accolades throughout his praised 12-year career. Camp has sold more than four million albums including four RIAA Gold-certified albums. He also has a RIAA Multi-Platinum long-form video. At radio, Camp is recognized as a staple artist with 36 No. 1 radio hits across all formats spending more than 175 weeks at No. 1 at radio in his career. His awards and nominations comprise of a GRAMMY®-nominated project, three American Music Award nominations, four ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards, an ASCAP Song of the Year award, and five GMA Dove Awards including two-time Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year awards. Adding author to his name, Camp penned his first book and autobiography I Still Believe in 2013 (Tyndale). He will release his new studio album in early 2015.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination, six Dove Awards (including 2011 “Artist of the Year”) and 23 Dove Award nominations. With both a RIAA Certified Gold Album and Single to her credit, 2Billboard No. 1 albums, and over a million in album sales and nearly 2 million single downloads to date, she is the best-selling new artist in the genre in the past decade. The launch of her third album, If We’re Honest, found her making her national morning TV debut this year on ABC’s Good Morning America performing her multi-week #1 song, “Write Your Story,” just weeks before the album hit the top of the Christian SoundScan chart.

Creators and hosts of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, GRAMMY®-nominated Christian music leaders NewSong continue to oversee the groundbreaking tour, now entering its 20th year. In addition, NewSong’s storied career boasts 18 albums, 20 #1 Christian radio singles and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, among numerous other achievements. The group’s unparalleled 30-year ministry has been highlighted by such defining songs as “Arise, My Love” “The Christmas Shoes” and “The Same God.” In partnership with Integrity Music, NewSong recently recorded a live worship album, which is slated to release next year.

For further information, visit jamtour.com or turningpointpr.com.

November 17, 2014

Former American Idol Contestant Scott MacIntyre Plays Outdoor Show For 8,000 Fans In New York City

Singer/songwriter, Scott MacIntyre, recently performed songs from his new albumLighthouse for an enthusiastic crowd of 8,000 in New York City’s Foley Square. MacIntyre’s concert kicked off the National Kidney Foundation’s 2014 New York City Walk that raised awareness and funds for life-saving programs to fight kidney disease. The American Idol finalist has become a national spokesperson for organ donation and has performed at other National Kidney Foundation walks this year in Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and Boston, MA with the Miami, FL walk scheduled for March 2015.

Since releasing Lighthouse in September, the project has drawn praise from many critics with Soul-Audio.com saying, “MacIntyre has a great voice and is a solid songwriter to boot,” while Christian Review calls it a “standout release.” For more information and tour updates on MacIntyre please visit online www.scottmacintyre.comwww.facebook.com/ScottMacOfficial andwww.twitter.com/ScottDMacIntyre.

November 17, 2014

OBB Release New Christmas EP, Feelin’ Like Christmas

Feelin’ Like Christmas, the debut holiday EP from Dove Award-nominated Curb recording artist OBB, releases at iTunes and other leading digital outlets tomorrow. The three-song set, produced by Justin Ebach, features two original selections penned by OBB and Ebach, as well as a fresh arrangement of “Go Tell It On The Mountain.”

The project’s title cut offers a glimpse into the band’s favorite sights and sounds of the season, while “Christmas Card To You” is a musical greeting encouraging listeners to embrace holiday traditions. “One of my favorite lines in ‘Christmas Card To You’ talks about not being too cool for caroling,” explains OBB’s Zach Oswald. “Don’t be embarrassed- just get out there and enjoy the experience and share the Love God wants us to remember.”

“Our family loves Christmas; it’s our favorite holiday,” Oswald continues. “Being together to celebrate and remember Jesus-God’s amazing gift to us- is what it’s all about. We sip eggnog and hot cocoa, watch Christmas movies together, and even get our neighborhood involved in the fun. In that spirit, we hope these Christmas songs help people remember the true meaning of the season as they celebrate.”

All three selections from Feelin’ Like Christmas will be serviced to Christian radio, while “Christmas Card To You” will go for adds at mainstream AC stations this season. In addition, OBB will share the songs in person as part of the “It’s Christmas!” Tour, headlined by Mikeschair. The multi-city tour also features City Harbor and is slated to hit Hudsonville, Michigan; Ottumwa, Iowa; and Cleburne, Texas, among other cities, before concluding December 20 in Kingsland, Georgia.

Bright Side, OBB’s highly anticipated full-length debut, released September 30. Produced by Justin Ebach, the project features 12 selections co-written by the Atlanta-based pop band, including the group’s latest single and music video, “That Kind Of Faith.”

Comprised of brothers Zach (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Jacob (lead guitar) and Nich Oswald (drums), OBB rocketed into the spotlight last year with a GMA Dove Award nomination and a slot on NewSong’s juggernaut Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, opening for some of the biggest acts in Christian music. Signed by Curb Records in 2012 after gaining national notoriety on CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off,” OBB’s acclaimed self-titled EP released last year.

For further information, visit obbmusic.com, curb.com or turningpointpr.com. Follow OBB on Twitter @OBB_Music.