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November 15, 2017

Tenth Avenue North Release New Christmas Album, Decade The Halls

 

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The holiday season is in full swing for Tenth Avenue North as their Christmas album, Decade The Halls Vol. 1 (Remade Records) is available today. This unique concept-album is a musical walk through the last 100 years of Christmas music with each song featuring a different decade starting in the 1920s all the way to present day. This album displays the band’s creative and musical talent as they explore different instrumentation, rhythms, and tones specific to each decade and genre of that time period.

Click here to purchase the album or here to stream Decade the Halls Vol. 1. Check out the album review video below that is hosted by the band’s one and only Kenneth the Christmas Yeti.

The band will be taking this concept album on the road next month with Zach Williams and Meredith Andrews. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at tenthavenuenorth.com/tour. Compassion International present “Decade The Halls” tour will feature the stylistically different songs with full wardrobe changes to coincide with the different decade for a memorable holiday event.

“This is usually one of those ideas that either completely works, or falls completely flat, but we think Tenth Avenue North is the only contemporary Christian band in our market today that could have done this—and honestly, we think it’s done quite well. With Decade The Halls, Tenth Avenue North gives us the gift of something so completely different, yet so welcoming and familiar all in one package.”

CCM Magazine, 4.5 Stars

“Just like the cover art, there is a lot to take in here, and while it can be a little busy at first, it’s exciting on early listens and rewarding for repeated listens. Hats off to Tenth Avenue North for doing something unique for their first full-length Christmas album.”

Decade The Halls Vol. 1 Track Listing:

1. Good King Wenceslas (1920s)
2. O Come All Ye Faithful (1930s)
3. O Holy Night (feat. Jon McLaughlin) (1940s)
4. The First Christmas (feat. Zach Williams) (1950s)
5. Deck the Halls (1960s)
6. We Three Kings (feat. Britt Nicole) (1970s)
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain (1980s)
8. The First Noel (feat. Colton Dixon) (1990s)
9. Mistletoe (The Christmas Sweater Song) (2000s)
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (feat. Sarah Reeves) (2010s)

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September 26, 2015

Andy Mineo Releases New Album, Uncomfortable, To Wide Acclaim

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Today artist Andy Mineo debuts his highly anticipated sophomore album, Uncomfortable(Reach Records). The new full-length album, is currently #2 on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Charts and ranks #3 on iTunes overall charts. The first leg of the nationwide Uncomfortable Tour will begin October 1 and Mineo will be joined by rapper Propaganda. Dates for Andy Mineo’s nationwide Uncomfortable Tour are listed below.

Uncomfortable, produced by !llmind (J.Cole, Drake, 50 Cent) is a 13-track album which includes the first single and title track, “Uncomfortable.” Hot New Hip Hop described the song as “consistently shape-shifting, moving from MBDTF-esque (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) melodies backed by strings, to a straight-up rap number.” The second single off the album, “Hear My Heart,” which was released in August, first premiered on Sirius XM’s Sway In The Morning and then online with the popular music and entertainment site VIBE. “Hear My Heart” is a tribute to Andy Mineo’s deaf sister. Mineo announced the heartfelt song with a sign-language video, which left curious fans wondering what the rapper was cooking up.

Mineo documents the process behind the making of Uncomfortable on his weekly YouTube web series, Saturday Morning Car-Tunez, directed by Francis De La Torre. The web series which gained a rabid following is now in its third and final season. Tomorrow, Mineo will reveal the final episode of Season 3, to the dismay of many devoted fans. Still, Mineo, who prides himself in having a close relationship with his followers, continues sharing inside tidbits to his life and album making process. Mineo created the Extended Experience via Instagram, where fans can explore an immersive website via Instagram’s tagging feature to see behind-the-scenes content for the thirteen tracks on the album.

“You Can’t Stop Me,” the hugely successful single off Mineo’s previous project entitled Never Land, which sold over 90K units and has been seen more than 1M times on YouTube, recently won “MLB’s top walk up song” for ESPN’s inaugural Whammy Awards, beating out Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Big Sean’s “Blessings.”

2015 UNCOMFORTABLE TOUR DATES  October 1 St. Peters, MO Church on the Rock
October 2 Tulsa, OK Guts Church
October 3 Houston, TX The Venue/Grace Community Church
October 4 Arlington, TX Texas Hall/UTA
October 8 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
October 9 Lubbock, TX City Bank Auditorium
October 10 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
October 11 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
October 15 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
October 16 Arden Hills, MN Benson Great Hall/Bethel University
October 17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
October 18 Grandville, MI Ground Floor/Resurrection Life Church
October 22 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
October 23 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
October 24 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
October 25 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
October 29 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
October 30 New York, NY Irving Plaza
October 31 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
November 1 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
November 5 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
November 6 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University
November 7 Chesapeake, VA New Life Providence Church – Deep Creek
November 8 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
November 12 Tampa, FL Crossover Church
November 13 Miami, FL Alpha & Omega Church
November 15 Atlanta, GA Center Stage

About Andy Mineo:
New York native Andy Mineo is a born communicator with an infectious passion for hip-hop. Following his debut release, Heroes for Sale, Mineo raised the bar with his seven song EP, Never Land. The release moved over 25,900 units in the first week, landing the number 2 spot on the Rap charts and number 13 on the Top 200. Mineo began to gain traction with appearances on Sway in the Morning, MTV’s Live Rapfix Cypher, Thisis50.com, and more, breaking Mineo into new territory. Coming off of the spring run of the nationwide Anomaly Tour with Lecrae, Andy is gearing up for his next full-length album, Uncomfortable, expected to be his biggest release yet.

About Reach Records: 
Reach Records, an independent record label, was founded in 2003 by Ben Washer and Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae Moore. Since its beginnings, the Atlanta-based label has sold over 2.7 million albums. Home to five artists, Lecrae Moore, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, Trip Lee and KB, Reach followers can be found worldwide. The overwhelming passion of the label is to change the way people see the world and they continue to push forward to make this passion reality. For more information on Reach Records, visit http://www.reachrecords.com.

LINKS:
Website: www.andymineo.com
Twitter: @andymineo
Instagram: @andymineo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andymineo
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC2C01dKf6tK8dD0z5AbLspw

September 26, 2015

Planetshakers New Album, #LetsGo Tops Charts Across The World

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Capturing the mission, heart and worldwide movement of Planetshakers Church, one of Australia’s fastest growing church’s in history, Planetshakers Band released #LETSGO globally through Integrity Music Sept. 11. Born through the movement’s passion to reach and impact people around the world, the new recording immediately soared to the top of the overall charts in several countries during its first week at retail. The album not only became the most downloaded iTunes album across all genres of music for a period of time in Singapore, but also was simultaneously the second bestseller on the charts in Malaysia. The album also hit No. 1 in Australia and South Africa, and No. 5 in the US, on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts.

Live tonight, from Daystar Television’s Dallas, TX studios beginning at 8:30 pm ET, Planetshakers members will share new music from #LETSGO along with their “Let’s Go” stories during Planetshakers LIVE!. Presented by Planetshakers, Daystar Television Network, Integrity Music and Church of God World Missions, and sponsored by Gateway Church, Life Outreach International, The Assembly West Monroe, John Hagee Ministries, Potters House of Denver and more, this 90-minute special reaching into 700 million homes will be hosted by Brian Carn and Lakewood Church’s John Gray, and feature Grammy Award winning special guest, Tasha Cobbs.

In addition to the broadcast, the event is being streamed live at Daystar.com/Live and will be simulcast as a free “Watch Party” at Samaritan’s Place, an orphanage in Manila, Philippines. The children living there will not only have the opportunity to witness the event live, but also to participate via Skype. Planetshakers is further teaming with Daystar and Integrity Music to give away #LETSGO, and is teaming with Biblica and HarperCollins Christian Publishing to give away NIV Bibles, to the children and others throughout the Philippines through the Church of God ministry network.

“The mission behind #LETSGO is to reach and impact people around the world, seeing them transformed by the power of God and the love of God’s people,” Planetshakers collectively share. “The fact that we are able to live out this mission through our partnership with Samaritan’s Place and the gift of free Bibles via Biblica and Harper Collins Christian Publishing is beyond incredible – it’s proof that God is behind Planetshakers LIVE!. We are so humbled to see all the different people that are partnering with us for this broadcast and hope together we can rally the Church to even further impact a world in need of hope.”

Produced by Joth Hunt and featuring Hunt along with co-senior pastor and worship leader Sam Evans and worship leaders Rudy Nikkerud and BJ Pridham, #LETSGO was recorded live at Planetshakers’ spring 2015 “Awakening” conference in Melbourne. Available tomorrow as a CD/DVD combination as well as a standard digital album and a Digital Deluxe recording, Planetshakers has also released the first video from the project, “All About You,” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS-jVQ_uaNQ.

Widely known for their energetic and worshipful videos, Plantetshakers Band recently received its second consecutive “Long Form Video of the Year” Dove Award nomination for its 2014 release, This Is Our Time. This year’s awards will be handed out live from Nashville Oct. 13 during the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

Having led over 200,000 people at a single event in Asia and sharing new music from #LETSGO and other favorite Planetshakers worship anthems around the world, Planetshakers recently finished multiple back-to-back sold out events in Manila, Taipei (Taiwan), Shanghai (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and more locations around the world. Upcoming events include headlining along with Casting Crowns and Jesus Culture “Florida’s biggest Christian music festival,” Rock The Universe, Sept. 12. Touring to more cities across North America throughout September before jetting to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) for an event Oct. 16, all the latest tour dates can be found at http://www.planetshakers.com.

About Planetshakers:
At its core, Planetshakers seeks first and foremost to pursue the presence of God. All expressions of Planetshakers, including Planetshakers Band, which is known for its international touring and worship favorites like “Like A Fire,” “Endless Praise,” “Nothing Is Impossible,” “This Is Our Time” and “The Anthem,” find their source in the local church. There are four Planetshakers Church campuses, including one in Melbourne, Australia, and one in Cape Town, South Africa. In ten years, Planetshakers Church has grown to over 12,000 members and is led by Sr. Pastors, Russell and Sam Evans. The husband and wife team also host Planetshakers TV, a 30-minute Christian television program broadcast in over 100 countries.

Planetshakers Church is further involved in numerous community and charitable causes, including prison ministry, school programs, refugee outreach, disaster relief and welfare assistance. It also partners with World Vision to assist in urgent humanitarian crises around the world, and runs Planetshakers College in Melbourne, which equips local and international students to impact their world for Christ.

Additional information about Planetshakers is available at http://www.planetshakers.comwww.twitter.com/planetshakers and www.facebook.com/planetshakers, where Planetshakers has over 859,000 likes.

About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world, including such top songs as “We Believe” (Newsboys), “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at http://www.integritymusic.com.

September 26, 2015

Bethel Music’s Amanda Cook Releases First Solo Album, Brave New World

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Bethel Music, the worship music and community of songwriters emerging from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, releases the debut solo album from artist Amanda CookBrave New World, today (Sept. 25) through Provident Distribution.

Already hitting No. 1 for a time on the iTunes Christian/Gospel chart, the recording features 13 original songs and reveals the themes, confessions and heart of Cook in a dynamic, melodic and ethereally rich atmosphere of worship. Intentionally crafted like a painting made with strokes of melodies and chords, the album invites listeners to experience Cook’s recorded journey of discovery, permission and mystery.

“These are my imaginations and confessions put to melodies and music,” shares Cook. “Brave New World represents a voyage of discovering that God has been on our side all along. That we can live a whole life, full of heart, with a capacity to process pain, wrestle with truth and find ourselves steady at the end of our pilgrimage. There is an endless possibility for God to create a world within us, a world transformed through the bravery of perfect love. My prayer through this record is that you would experience the reality that you in fact house a brave new world. You are a brave new world. May you be filled with hope in the one whose mercy is timeless and whose love for mankind is as boundless as the sea.”

Responding to the music and message of Brave New World, iTunes music fans are lauding the album with multiple 5-star reviews while two lyric videos from the new album that released Sept. 4, “Pieces” and “Heroes,” have already received thousands of “likes” and more than 440,000 views on YouTube. “Pieces” is a bold declaration of God’s nature while “Heroes” compels a listener to dance even amidst disappointment, trusting that God has our best interests in mind.

Like music fans, critics are similarly responding to the album. With upcoming coverage by RELEVANT, Worship Leader Magazine, CCM Magazine and more, HollywoodJesus.com names the recording a Top 10 album releasing this month. NewReleaseTuesday.com adds, “Amanda Cook has created a beautiful atmosphere of genuine worship and praise with Brave New World. With her soft yet bold vocals and anthemic lyrics that declare God’s promises in every song, Amanda has crafted what I believe to be one of the best worship albums this year.”

For Cook, the journey to Brave New World began with her song, “You Make Me Brave,” which became the anthemic title track to Bethel Music’s Billboard Top 10-selling album released last year. The message and process of writing, recording and leading the song in worship, gave Cook the opportunity to explore what it is like to live in a world without anxiety, a world absent of fear in the presence of God’s perfect love.

With three-time GRAMMY-nominated, twice Dove Award-winning “Producer of the Year,” Jason Ingram, and one of Nashville’s most in-demand producers and drummers, Paul Mabury, sharing producer credits on Brave New World, the pair also teamed up with Cook to write for the album. “Jason and Paul essentially pastored my heart through the making of this album,” says Cook, who also co-wrote three songs with Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger.

For all the latest Bethel Music news, including information on its current 5-star acclaimed and bestselling (No. 1 Christian, No. 9 overall album, Billboard) We Will Not Be Shaken CD/DVD and its second, all instrumental Without Words: Synesthesia album that released July 31, can be found at http://www.bethelmusic.com. The site also features Bethel Music touring details, chord charts, videos and more resources. Links to Bethel Music social media sites include: http://www.facebook.com/bethelmusic, @bethelmusic and http://instagram.com/bethelmusic.

About Bethel Music:
Bethel Music is a worship ministry that formed as an organic extension of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Over the last four years, Bethel Music has grown from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, more than a dozen albums, chart-topping songs, and both online and on-campus worship schools. The heart of Bethel Music is to be a steward of the worship being created and released at Bethel Church, making it a resource available to the world. In addition to thousands of people that attend Bethel’s weekly worship services, another 150,000 plus people subscribe to the online stream of the services at http://www.ibethel.tv. More about Bethel Music can be found at www.bethelmusic.com.

July 18, 2015

Third Day Announces Lead Us Back Worship Tour For Fall 2015

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GRAMMY® Award-winning THIRD DAY have just announced their upcoming tour plans. In support of their most recent album Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship, the band will embark on the “Lead Us Back Tour.” Hitting 22 markets this fall, the tour will kick off in Wichita, KS on October 1 and run through November 21 in Columbia, SC. The tour will pick back up in spring 2016. Brandon Heath is set to join the fall leg of the tour along with Warren Barfield who will speak on behalf of Food For The Hungry. The latest tour dates are below, and tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, July 17 in select markets. 

In other touring news, THIRD DAY wrapped their successful spring U.S. and Canadian “Soul On Fire Tour” in May. In June they sold out two of their well-known THIRD DAY & FRIENDS shows – at Atlanta’s Gwinnett Arena on June 6 and Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 14.

The Atlanta THIRD DAY & FRIENDS show made news as THIRD DAY was the first CCM act to perform a live stream concert with Yahoo! Live/Live Nation. Their concert was part of a large series of live stream shows where they joined the likes of previous concerts from Bruce Hornsby, New Kids On The Block as well as the iHeart Radio Mumford & Sons album release party, to name a few.

Leading up to the fall tour, THIRD DAY will appear at numerous summer festivals as well as headline two post-MLB game faith-based concerts in August. On Sunday, August 2 they will perform at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark after the Reds game and August 9 after the Braves game at Turner Field in their hometown of Atlanta. For more information and how to purchase tickets, please click here.

Fans at the upcoming shows will surely get to hear THIRD DAY’s latest hit single, “Soul On Fire,” which was No. 1 for 11 weeks and is charting on both the AC Monitored and National Audience Charts. The song’s music video is below. The band’s next single, “Your Words,” will go for adds in August. Both songs are found on THIRD DAY’s latest release Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship (March 3, 2015; Essential Records). The album, their latest worship offering in more than ten years, debuted top 20 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the Christian Album Chart its first week. To find out more about THIRD DAY and if they’re performing in a city near you, please visit ThirdDay.com.

About Third Day: During the last decade, Atlanta-based, multi-Platinum rock band THIRD DAY (comprising members Mac Powell, David Carr and Mark Lee) has racked up 31 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than 8.5 million albums, including two RIAA 2x Multi Platinum, five Platinum and twelve Gold certifications. A Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee (2009), THIRD DAY has garnered 24 career GMA Dove Awards (from 42 nominations), four GRAMMY® Awards (with 11 career nominations), an American Music Award (with four American Music Award nominations) and multiple ASCAP honors, including its coveted Vanguard Award, for songwriting. Long known as Christian music’s premiere live band, THIRD DAY has played for audiences reaching into the millions all around the world. THIRD DAY has been featured by top media outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (NBC), “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS), “60 Minutes” (CBS), ABC’s “Nightline,” USA Today, The New York Times and even graced the cover of Billboard Magazine, which called THIRD DAY “one of the best rock bands, period.”

“LEAD US BACK TOUR” DATES*
Oct. 1 – Wichita, KS – The Orpheum
Oct. 2 – Midland, TX – Wagner Noel PAC
Oct. 3 – El Paso, TX – Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre
Oct. 4 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center
Oct. 7 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Oct. 8 – Rapid City, SD – Don Barnett Arena
Oct. 9 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Oct. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Abravanel Hall
Oct. 16 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center
Oct. 17 – Spokane, WA – INB Performing Arts Center
Oct. 18 – Bend, OR – Bend Auditorium
Oct. 22 – Wenatchee, WA – Town Toyota Center
Oct. 23 – Kent, WA – ShoWare Arena
Oct. 24 – Tualatin, OR – Rolling Hills Community Church
Oct. 29 – Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Community Center Theatre
Oct. 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Nov. 1 – Las Vegas, NV – Henderson Pavilion
Nov. 12 – Lafayette, LA – Crossroads Church
Nov. 19 – Asheville, NC – Biltmore Baptist Church
Nov. 20 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Coliseum
Nov. 21 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
*tour dates being added daily and are subject to change; check ThirdDay.com for the latest updates

ABOUT BRANDON HEATH: Since Brandon Heath’s debut on Reunion Records with Don’t Get Comfortable (2006), he has become one of Christian music’s most beloved and respected artists and songwriters. Heath has garnered an Emmy Award, five GRAMMY® nominations and an American Music Award nomination. He has been honored as a six-time GMA Dove Award recipient, including “Male Vocalist of the Year” (2009 and 2010), BMI’s 2014 Songwriter of the Year, and earned multiple additional songwriting honors. His award-winning songs and signature vocals reflect a soaring radio career that includes top hits “I’m Not Who I Was,” “Wait and See,” the 2009 GMA Dove Award-winning Song of the Year “Give Me Your Eyes,” the eight-week chart topper “Your Love,” “The Light In Me,” and many others. Heath, a Nashville native, first began writing at age 13. His artistry and ability to connect with audiences have compelled countless media outlets across the nation to platform his story and music. Highlights include coverage in The New York Times, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, CBS Evening News and The Discovery Channel, and as a presenter on the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.

ABOUT WARREN BARFIELD: At eighteen Warren Barfield used his dorm room as an office and booked one year of concerts. With his parents’ blessing he loaded his 1995, 4 cylinder, mint green Mustang with a suitcase and a guitar and took his songs on the road. After more than 600 “gigs” and 200,000 miles, Warren found himself in Nashville, TN signing his first record deal. He has released three records, had five songs top the Christian charts, received two Dove nominations, and his song “Love is Not a Fight” was the theme song for the #1 indie film FIREPROOF. He shares his songs and stories with thousands every year as he tours the country. Warren currently lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Megan, their son Montgomery and daughter Ada Beth. Warren’s description of his journey goes like this, “I have seen every dream I had as a fifteen year old in Spivey’s Corner, NC come true.”

July 18, 2015

The City Harmonic To Release New Album, We Are, September 4

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Raucous, award-winning band, The City Harmonic, known for its eclectic modern hymns and worship anthems of longing, hope and celebration, was formed through the sweat, joy and tears of urban mission. From a crucible of small churches of various denominations in Hamilton, Ontario, calling themselves TrueCity, the heart and line-up of the band was fused. Grappling with the struggle of everyday people and writing songs for worship fueled by a “together for the good of the city” ethos, The City Harmonic returns with its third full-length album, WE ARE, releasing through Integrity Music September 4.

Composed by The City Harmonic members Elias Dummer (lead vocals, keys), Eric Fusilier (bass), Josh Vanderlaan (drums) and Aaron Powell (guitars), and produced by Jonny Macintosh, WE ARE (#WeAreTheCityHarmonic) bursts with a renewed commitment to the band’s original pulse. With 11 authentic expressions of worship and unity, WE ARE captures what gets them up in the morning and keeps them grounded come what may.

“It’s easy in the craziness of making music to lose sight of why you started,” Elias says. “But we’ve been through a lot together. We’ve traveled the world in a way we never expected and we’ve seen the beauty of Christ working through this crazy, diverse family we call the Church.

“Along the way, we’ve seen first-hand how powerful it is when the Church works in unity,” continues Elias. “Christ changes us every day and Christ is changing our hometown… if we can somehow inspire the Church around the world to do the same… that’s more than we could ever have hoped or imagined.”

From soaring anthems like “Solid Rock” and “Maranatha” that call believers to loudly declare their praises to the quieter moments of devotion in “Still and Small” and “One,” WE ARE builds on the truth that in Christ, we are one. As the album’s first single and video, “We Are One,” boldly proclaims:

All life and death and what’s to come belongs to Christ
So here we stand, hands lifted high, the very hands and feet of Christ,
No holding back, no wasting time for we are one… to the glory of the one true God

It can take months before some songs become popular. Most never find success at all. But, every so often, a song strikes a chord and finds an audience, literally, overnight. This was the case for “We Are One” following the band’s debut performance of the song on the May 2 episode of “Beyond A.D.,” the NBC.com talk show that accompanied the network’s hugely successful miniseries “A.D.: The Bible Continues” from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. To measure audience reaction, Integrity made the single available as a 48-hour iTunes exclusive following the band’s performance. The very next day, the song hit best-seller status on iTunes charts in North America, rising to No. 1 on the inspirational chart for the band’s home country of Canadaand remaining there for the entire 48 hours it was available.

The single is now permanently available on iTunes leading up to the global release of WE ARE in September. The band has been sharing “We Are One,” along with other songs from the new album and fan favorites like “Manifesto” and “Praise The Lord,” during recent appearances such as the Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham in Jacksonville, Florida, the YC Alberta Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, and the National Worship Leader Conference in Kansas. They are also working with churches to arrange “We Are” events in cities across North America to help build unity within communities, and are developing a mini documentary that shares the TrueCity story and model for churches. The band is further developing a special website created to support the “We Are” community events and unity initiatives.

Tour updates and news related to the “We Are” events can be found at http://www.thecityharmonic.com and http://www.facebook.com/thecityharmonic.

About The City Harmonic
Born out of a church unity movement in the blue-collar steel town of Hamilton, Ontario, The City Harmonic formed in 2009 after leading worship for inter-denominational student events. By 2011, the band had won its first Gospel Music Canada Covenant Awards, including one for Modern Worship Song of the Year for the anthem “Manifesto,” a rallying cry for believers around the world. More Covenant Awards, a Juno Award and a Dove Award nomination followed as the band released the critically acclaimed albums I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home) and Heart and introduced the songs “Praise The Lord,” “Holy (Wedding Day),” “Mountaintop” and “A City On A Hill” to churches and radio stations internationally.

About Integrity Music:
Integrity is the worship music recording and publishing home to a variety of artists and ministries around the globe including: All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, New Life Worship, Planetshakers, The City Harmonic, Worship Central, Covenant Worship, Life Worship, Dustin Smith, Desperation Band, Bluetree, Lincoln Brewster, Christine D’Clario, Stu G, Beth Croft, Sheldon Bangera, Danilo Montero, Jacobo Ramos, and Dove Award winning and nominated songwriters Israel Houghton, Jared Anderson, Michael Farren and Michael Neale.

Integrity is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.

May 17, 2015

John Waller To Release New Album, Crazy Faith, August 21

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From his early days leading the critically acclaimed band, According to John, to his impactful ministry as a solo artist, John Wallerhas continually used his gifts as a singer and songwriter to inspire, educate and encourage the body of Christ. With such powerful songs as “The Blessing,” “While I’m Waiting” (featured in the No.1 independent film of 2008, Fireproof) and “As For Me and My House” that have been cumulatively streamed nearly 10 million times on YouTube, Waller continues to articulate what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world with “Crazy Faith.”

Faith is the key inspiration for all new and original songs on Waller’s upcoming album, Crazy Faith, releasing Aug. 21, 2015 through City of Peace Media and Capitol Christian Distribution. His first new album in four years, the recording features not only the title track, but the compelling anthems “I Know My God” and “The Orphan Song,” as well as live bonus tracks of “While I’m Waiting” and “As For Me And My House.”

Already garnering acclaim, the song “Crazy Faith” has been selected to be featured in the theatrical release, War Room. The highly-anticipated fifth film from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the award-winning creators of Fireproof, Courageous and Facing the Giants, is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships and every other area of life. The movie will debut in theaters nation-wide through Sony Pictures Entertainment’s TriStar Pictures on August 28, 2015.

“John Waller has written the songs for some of our favorite faith-based films,” says Greg Bays, Executive Vice President, Capitol Christian Distribution. “Along with his many fans in the United States and abroad, we’re excited to be partnering with John and City of Peace Media in the next chapter of his career, as part of the Capitol Christian Distribution family.”

City of Peace Media COO, Don Noes, says, “We’re thrilled to work with John and his captivating new album, Crazy Faith. The inclusion of his music in several Christian films is a positive testimony to the numerous lives he has touched and blessed.”

“We’ve seen John’s music touch millions of lives with ‘As For Me and My House’ (Courageous) and ‘While I’m Waiting’ (Fireproof). ‘Crazy Faith‘ (War Room) is going to challenge people to step out in faith and prayer like never before – for such a time as this…,” says Yochanan Marcellino, City of Peace Media Founder and CEO.

About John Waller
Georgia native John Waller first caught the attention of the Christian music community as frontman for the band, According to John. When the group disbanded, Waller and his wife Josee moved to Colorado where they helped launch Southlink Church. Though he had given up his aspirations as a recording artist, he began writing songs at Southlink that led to a new chapter in his ministry and signing a record deal with Beach Street Records/Provident Music Group. His major label solo debut, The Blessing, introduced a wider audience to Waller’s music, earning a Top 10 “Faces to Watch” nod by Billboard (2007). He followed his debut with While I’m Waiting, which included the poignant title track featured in Fireproof. The music video to the title track of his most recent album on City of Peace Media, As For Me and My House (2011), has received over 2.5 million views on Youtube to date. With the release of Crazy Faith this summer, the next chapter for Waller is about to begin. Waller currently resides with his wife and nine children in Atlanta.

For more information on John Waller and his touring, visit johnwalleronline.com or contact management at The Crossover Group, http://www.thecrossovergroup.com, or jack@thecrossovergroup.com.

John Waller Tour Dates:
May 14 Bath, ME Life Church Mid Coast
May 15 Southport, ME Marriage Retreat
Aug 16 Kansas City, KS TBA
Aug 18 Montgomery, AL TBA
Aug 18 Ashford, AL Watermark Church
Aug 18 Dothan, AL TBA
Aug 19 Jacksonville, FL The Promise
Aug 20 Orlando, FL First Baptist Church
Aug 21 Augusta, GA First Baptist Church
Aug 23 Greenville, SC Rocky Creek Church
Aug 24 Winston-Salem, NC Reynolda Church
Aug 26 Ringgold, GA Burning Bush Baptist

About City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films: The primary focus of City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films is to provide a framework where music, films and video with “redeeming value” can be developed, produced and distributed worldwide, bringing a message of hope, love and encouragement to this generation.

About Capitol Christian Distribution:
Capitol Christian Distribution is the market leader Christian and Gospel music distribution and represents a diverse range of chart topping Christian films and books reaching the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, Capitol Christian has had more charting titles annually on Billboard’s Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Music Distributor 15 times since 1995.

In addition to distributing Capitol Christian Music Group’s fully-owned labels, which include Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as Motown Gospel and Worship Together, Capitol Christian Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with Centricity Records, City on A Hill, City of Peace Media, Difference Media, Dream Records, Gaither Music Group, Green Hill Productions, Inpop, Hillsong, sixsteps records, Sonoma Music, Maranatha! Music, North Point Music, Spring Hill Music Group, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Advent Film Group, Alchemy, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz, Cinedigm Entertainment, City of Peace Films, Creative Trust Media, Getty Music, Goose Creek Productions, Friends Media, For Our Fathers Films, Foreshadow Productions, Glorious Films, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Jason Campbell Films, Jellyfish Labs, Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Pure Flix Entertainment, Vertical Praise Productions, Wanderlust Productions, Whitestone Media, Zayatoonz, Worthy Publishing, Authentic Publishers and many more. Capitol Christian Distribution is a division of Capitol Christian Music Group, which is part of Universal Music’s Capitol Music Group. For more information, visit capitolchristiandistribution.com.

May 17, 2015

Francesca Battistelli Celebrates Chart-Topping Success of Song He Knows My Name

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From award show nominations to career milestones and hit songs, Spring 2015 is truly a time of celebration for Fervent Records recording artist Francesca Battistelli.

Battistelli’s “He Knows My Name” is up for Top Christian Song at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, the latest benchmark for a song that’s been life-changing in many ways. Battistelli celebrated its success last week when she visited the Nashville Mercy Ministries home. She came to the home to sing for and visit with the girls and was surprised with a No. 1 plaque celebrating the multi-week, multi-format chart-topping success of “He Knows My Name.”

The song, the second multi-week chart-topper from her 2014 album If We’re Honest, spent 14 weeks at No. 1.

“It’s been an incredible season,” Battistelli said. “We came off of seven straight months of touring to some really exciting things to celebrate. To have my label surprise me at Mercy Ministries with a plaque for ‘He Knows My Name’ was just so special. The song will forever be connected to Mercy, and to celebrate its success there was just so perfect!”

Battistelli assumed her second visit to the Mercy Ministries home was solely to lead worship and spend time with residents. Just last summer she gathered stories from four young women who completed faith-based treatment and included them in the 12-minute short film that served as the video for “He Knows My Name.” That inspirational film has been seen more than 1.2 million times on YouTube. Rod Riley, CEO of Word Entertainment, presented Mercy Ministries with a unique plaque commemorating the organization’s involvement, which has helped raise awareness for its mission. Mercy Ministries helps young women struggling with addiction, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancies and other challenges.

“God is using music to impact lives,” Riley said. “We’ll never see the full impact this song has had this side of Heaven, but we are seeing some of the fruit now.”

With new single “Holy Spirit” quickly climbing the charts into the Top 5, If We’re Honest has now produced three hits and pushed the already popular Battistelli to new career heights. She performed lead single “Write Your Story,” which spent six weeks atop the charts, on ABC’s Good Morning America and Fox News’ Fox & Friends. The six-time Dove Award winner has now sold nearly 1.5 million albums and is one of the genre’s top live draws as well. She just wrapped appearances on The Bible Tour 2015 and Winter Jam, which was attended by more than 600,000 fans.

Find out if Battistelli wins her first Billboard Music Award from 8-11 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC. She also is nominated for Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “He Knows My Name” at the May 31 KLOVE Fan Awards. She will perform “Holy Spirit” during the show at the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can still vote at http://www.klovefanawards.com/vote.

Battistelli will be performing select solo and festival dates over the summer. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.FrancescaMusic.com and follow @francescamusic on Twitter.

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive faith-based 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, Blanca, Jason Castro, Everfound, Family Force 5, Jon Foreman, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Stars Go Dim, Switchfoot, VERIDIA, We Are Messengers, We As Human and Zealand Worship, and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

About Mercy Ministries
Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy’s goal is to help these young women find freedom from their issues and empower them to serve in their communities as productive citizens. Media contact: Wes Vause / WMN / 615-214-1500

April 26, 2015

New Original Written Piece By Hervict Jacobs: “We Were Created To Live For Other People: The Day I Read Ephesians 2:10 At A Conference And How It Changed My Life Forever”

“My life is only important if [I] can help plenty people [sic].

If my life is just for me, my own security, then I don’t want it. My life is for people.”

—Bob Marley

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. I left my family and came to the States ten years ago to go to school, and after falling in love with—and marrying—a beautiful southern belle, I have remained here ever since. Every child who grows up in South Africa grows up with a deep awe and respect for Nelson Mandela. After all, he is the father of our nation, our treasure, our national hero. Everyone back home grows up with a deep affection and admiration for this man who gave up so much to secure a brighter future for all of us— and for future generations—so we would never have to suffer under the injustice of racial oppression. And I too, like all South Africans, have always had that profound admiration for Madiba, as we affectionately call him in South Africa. He was like a beloved grandfather whom you love and have heard many great things about. But only after I grew into adulthood was I able to truly appreciate the incredible sacrifice he made for me and for my generation.

Think about it: Here’s a young guy, a promising law school graduate, who was just settling into his career as an up-and-coming law professional with his own practice, and he walked away from it all to take up the fight of racial injustice. He went from living a normal life surrounded by friends and family to living as a fugitive, constantly hiding and running for his life, knowing that he could be killed at any minute. He even lost his wife, who told him if he wanted to take on the whole apartheid regime, he’d have to do it without her. With all the humility and sincerity of heart he could muster, he looked her in the eye and said he couldn’t turn back. That choice cost him his marriage. It cost him his law practice, his career, and his hopes and dreams of a stable life. From that point on, he was hunted by the South African government. All because he dared to say that human beings are equal regardless of their race or the color of their skin.

He was sent to prison for twenty-seven years for this belief and spent most of his adult life locked up, though he did nothing wrong. I remember how moved I was when reading his autobiography after I finished high school. He writes that, for him, the most painful memories of prison were when his loved ones came to visit and he wasn’t allowed to embrace or kiss them.

What would possess a man to give up everything, even his very life, for the freedom of others? In a time when almost everyone else was afraid speak out against this injustice, why didn’t he do the same and enjoy the rewards of his education and hard work? He gave up everything because he put his people and fellow countrymen who had suffered so severely above himself. And by standing up to that unjust regime, he gave an entire generation courage.

My claim to fame is that I did see him once in real life. I was nine or ten years old at the time, and he was campaigning to be the next president of South Africa. It had been just two or three years since his release from prison. His party, the African National Congress, or A.N.C., was going to hold a rally at Athlone Stadium, a local soccer stadium in Cape Town, and my dad looked at me and said, “Let’s go. We will get to witness a profound moment in history.” To this day I remember pulling up to that stadium and seeing a sea of people— on foot and in buses. The traffic was gridlocked for miles around, and it seemed like everyone was singing and chanting and celebrating. We managed to get seats in the stadium. Near the end of the rally, after he had made his speech, Nelson Mandela got on the back of a white pick-up truck and rode around the stadium slowly. He was standing on the back of the truck waving his fist in the air, and the people were losing their minds. He came within thirty feet of me. It felt like I went into a time warp as he went by. To this day I remember that moment in slow motion; though people were screaming and jumping with deafening noise, I heard only silence as I watched him wave at us. As he passed us, no one could stop smiling; we were high-fiving each other and hugging strangers. We couldn’t believe we saw Nelson Mandela in real life.

When I think about all that he suffered and everything he gave up, I can’t help but think, “Man, I don’t know if I could ever do what he did.” Never mind sacrificing my life, I don’t even like being inconvenienced. (Especially if I’m watching football.) I will gladly admire Mandela’s sacrifice from a distance, but I would never want to sacrifice something in my own life. And yet that is exactly what God asks of me: to step out of a life where I am the focus and into a life where others and their needs take precedence.

Genesis 12 records an encounter between Abram— who would later be renamed Abraham—and God that forever changed Abram’s life. It records the account of Abram’s call, when God told him to leave his family and friends to become the father of a new nation. This story is significant for many reasons, one of which is that it gives us great insight into the nature of God’s call for his people: God always calls us away from ourselves and into the humble service of others. The story opens in chapter 12, verse 1:

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from 16 your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

‘I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you’” (Genesis 12:1-3).

My favorite translation of verses 1 and 2 is that of the Amplified Bible, which says:

“Now [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].”

God’s call for Abram was to leave behind a life of self-service and enter into a life of “dispensing good to others.” Abram was living a normal life in the desert land of Haran when God called him to a life that would bless other people. In the same way, you and I were created to be a blessing to others.

Living a life that seeks to serve others is not a sentence to something we hate; rather it’s an invitation to discover our true selves, who we were made to be from the start. One of the most profound truths of the human experience is that we feel most alive and fulfilled when we’re doing something good for someone else.

This is one reason why being a parent is one of the most incredible experiences in the world, though at first glance it seems the opposite. Think about it: you have to exchange a life where you live for yourself and do whatever you want, whenever you want, for a life where you have to think about someone else before yourself, where you can’t just do what you want. Your time is no longer your own, nor is your money, and yet no other experience comes close to the joy of being a parent.

It is one of the mysteries of the human soul that we feel most alive and satisfied with life when we live for more than just ourselves. Think about the times you’ve helped somebody in your life; those are times we all remember fondly because they expose the imprint of God’s nature on our own souls. We are wired to live for others.

One of my favorite verses in scripture is Ephesians 2:10, which says, “For we are [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (NKJV). God used this verse to change my life in such a profound way that it affected how I view myself, my gifts and talents, my future, and my understanding of what my life is supposed to look like as a Christian.

When I was a junior in college, I went to a student missions conference in St. Louis. They held devotions in the hotel every morning, and I had planned on attending each one. Each morning, however, I found myself sleeping through the morning devotional time. On the third day of the conference, I was determined to make it to morning devotions. I got myself up and made my way to the part of the hotel where the devotions were held. When I got there, the place was packed with students all quietly listening to a man on stage. I slipped in and took a seat close to the door, and a girl handed me a hand-out with the Bible passage that was being studied that morning on it. It was Ephesians 2. Not really paying attention to the guy speaking on stage, I looked down at the hand-out and I started reading the passage printed on it. Beginning at verse one, Paul talks about how God saved us; that we were dead in our trespasses and sins, but we have been saved by grace—not by our own volition. And I kept on reading until I got to verse 10: “For we are [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

That verse hit me like a ton of bricks. I saw it in a totally new way, and I was fascinated by the term “good works,” because a good work, by definition, is something you do for someone else. And we are created for good works. For the first time, I saw what that verse was saying: I was saved—“created in Christ Jesus”—to serve others—“to do good works.” My life is supposed to be about other people, not myself. God saved me so that I could serve, assist, give to, and help others. I remember reading that and thinking, “Man, that is so far from how I live.” At that time in my life, I was thinking about life after school—my career, starting a family, buying a house—and then I read that verse. It changed everything for me. It showed me that God wants me to view my life, and the way I think about my future, as a tool with which to serve other people. I realized then that I needed to change my whole perspective in order to live the life God wants for me.

© Hervict Jacobs 2015

April 24, 2015

New Blog Post: How Failure & Rejection Reveal Our True Passions . . . via @hervictjacobs

Adversity Introduces A Man To Himself. How Your True Passions Are Revealed Through Failure & Rejection

Robert Schuller is widely credited with coining the phrase:

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

I have heard more people use this quote than I care to remember. Popular belief has long maintained that if you ever wanted to know what you’re truly passionate about in life, just ask yourself this question—and the answer will reveal your true passion.

I believe this is one of the most misguided and misleading questions you could ever ask yourself in an attempt to discover what you’re truly passionate about in life.

Here’s what I mean . . . .

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April 23, 2015

Lauren Daigle’s New Album How Can It Be Sells 15,704 Copies In The First Week

With CCM Magazine describing Lauren Daigle as Christian music’s new “it” girl in the April issue, Daigle has lived up to that claim by reaching a record-breaking milestone in her young career. The 23-year-old singer/songwriter’s first full album, How Can It Be, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and No. 29 on Billboard’s Top 200. This also marks the highest debut week for Daigle’s label, Centricity Music. Produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, How Can It Be, had 10 of the 12 songs from the project on iTunes Top 200 Christian Songs Chart. The former EP was only available at online music outlets and Daigle’s tour dates, while the release of the full album marks the first time Daigle’s music has also been available at all retail outlets. 

“Once again, I’m standing in amazement of God’s story writing,” adds Daigle. “Proverbs 16:9 says, The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. I have held dearly to this verse ever since I was a little girl. So humbled, honored, and thankful that He has directed the steps along this journey and has brought me to places I could only dream of. God is faithful and sovereign. His promises are true and trustworthy. Thanks to everyone who supported my new album and music ministry. May the songs continue to lift up your heart to worship the Majestic Storywriter!”

Wow! What a response to an amazing artist,” exclaims Steve Ford, General Manager, Centricity Music. “I am so proud of the work Lauren has put into this record as an artist and a songwriter. This has been a debut two years in the making and has truly been a team effort. It took total focus and planning from the label, her management team at Eaglemont Entertainment and Lauren’s distribution partners at CCMG, to have a debut artist enter the chart at No. 1. It would not have happened without everyone locking arms with Lauren, but even more so it took God to bless the labor of all involved.”

Music critics are raving about Daigle’s new project with NewReleaseTuesday.com, “A worshipful masterpiece,” CCM Magazine, “the best and brightest young voices in Christian music,” JesusFreakHideout.com, “breathtaking voice,” and “inspiring worship tunes,” HollywoodJesus.com, “Powerful debut album,” Hallels.com, “Lauren Daigle is the success story of 2014,” Rockingodshouse.com, “a rare gem,” Breathecast.com, “stuns Christian music lovers with soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics & mainstream sound.” Additional press includes; YouthWalk Magazine feature story this fall, HomeLife Magazine review (August), American Family Radio/JJ& Ron In The Morning, Spirit Catholic Radio Network, Baptist Standard, KBPK/Fullerton College, David Santistevan Blog, among others.

The second single from the new album will be “First,” which will be going for adds at radio in June. Co-written by Daigle, Mabury, Ingram, Mia Fieldes and Hank Bentley, the song delivers a message of how to put God before anything else in your life. Before I bring my need/I will bring my heart/Before I lift my cares/I will lift my arms/I wanna know You/I wanna find You/In every season/In every moment/Before I bring my need/I will bring my heart/And seek You.

Daigle is currently on the road with Big Daddy Weave’s The Beautiful Offerings Tour that also features labelmate, Jason Gray. It was recently announced that Daigle will join the Outcry Tour this summer with Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Passion, Kari Jobe, Crowder, Trip Lee, and others. The 12-city tour will launch July 24 and will run through August 7, visiting such cities as Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Nashville, TN and Houston, TX. A major fall tour announcement will be coming soon.

For continued updates about Daigle’s new album and tour information please visit online at www.laurendaigle.comwww.facebook.com/laurendaiglemusic, and www.twitter.com/lauren_daigle.

About Lauren Daigle
Lafayette, LA native, Lauren Daigle, continued her record-breaking momentum when her first full album, How Can It Be, debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart, April 14, 2015. She was named one of Christian music’s 2014 breakout artists with her debut EP, How Can It Be, reaching No. 1 on iTunes Christian Albums Chart and named as one of the Top 20 Christian releases last year by the online retail outlet. The title track went Top Ten at Christian radio, No. 1 on iTunes Christian Singles Chart and named by iTunes as one of the Top Christian songs of 2014. The song also earned Daigle her first music industry awards show nomination from the K-LOVE Fan Awards for Worship Song of the Year. With powerful vocals that are drawing comparisons of Adele and Amy Winehouse, Daigle has been receiving incredible album reviews with Worship Leader magazine saying, “beautiful album,” and NewReleaseTuesday.com exclaiming, “fantastic debut.” Daigle closed out 2014 by touring with Aaron Shust in the fall on his Morning Rises Tour and joining Jason Gray and Carrollton for Gray’s Christmas Stories Tour in December. She is currently on tour with Big Daddy Weave’s Beautiful Offerings Tour this spring, the Outcry Tour with Hillsong United this summer, and another major tour announcement this fall.

About Centricity Music
Centricity was founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity. Based in Franklin TN, artists include Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Jared Anderson, Jason Gray, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle and Unspoken. The company’s mission is to enable their artists to create life-changing experiences for the world, by providing label, management and publishing services.

March 13, 2015

Mark Driscoll, Rob Bell & Rick Warren: Are We Raising Up A Generation A Generation of Christians Who Follow Christian Leaders Blindly?

You know one thing that is really incredible to behold in evangelicalism to me, is the power and influence that pastors have over their congregation and followers.  It’s not your average generic influence, but a powerful direct influence these men of God yield over their flocks.  In fact, it was by tapping in to this power of the local pastor that Rick Warren was able to sell 30 million copies of The Purpose-Driven Life and how Mel Gibson was able to generate more than $300 million at the box office for his movie, The Passion of The Christ.  And it also how Mark Burnett, the acclaimed reality TV mogul, marketed his TV Series “The Bible” to Christians.  And he’s doing it again with his new show “A.D.”

All these people have realized and have sought to leverage the power of local pastors for to sell their different products.  Now, whether this power that pastors have is good or bad is not the point of this article.

But what I have been wondering about of late is are we witnessing a generation of Christians who are blindly following Christian leaders?  The events of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill brought this to my attention originally, and I’ve been seeing it again with Rob Bell and noted and controversial prosperity televangelist, Creflo Dollar.

More and more there seems to be instances where sincere Christians are just blindly following Christian leaders without really thinking for themselves.  And this to me is of grave concern.  One person who exemplifies this to me recently is Rob Bell.  Bell originally sent shock waves throughout the evangelical world with his book “Love Wins” where he questioned the existence of hell etc.  Thereby challenging unambiguous scriptural truth.  The backlash was swift and unrelenting, and to me rightfully so, but what surprised me most was the number of sincere Christians who had followed Bell’s ministry for years, whether by attending his church, following his podcast, or reading his books, who when he crossed to clearly heretical views blindly followed him there without batting an eye and completely embracing his views.

Then it happened again with Mark Driscoll.  When evidence – note the word evidence, not rumor – surfaced about how ungodly Driscoll treated staff and members of his church who did not obey him without reservation, many in his church and on his staff and his fans, dug their head in the sand refusing to believe the obvious truths, denying reality and holding on to him above all else.

Now again, Creflo Dollar, just unveiled a plan to get 200,000 people to donate $300 for his ministry to purchase an elite, luxury private jet for—get this—$65 million.  And as you can imagine people are donating.

What astounds me in all of this is that it seems like more and more in various pockets of evangelicalism it seems like so many people are following Christian leaders blindly without objectively and biblically thinking about issues and the life, teachings and behavior of these Christian leaders.

The bible said that when Paul came to the Berean Christians in the book of Acts it was commended to them that they searched the scriptures after hearing him teach to make sure that what he was teaching was from God.  Yet it seems like so many in our generation today don’t do this at all.  They have given up on thinking independently and biblically about issues.  This to me is very scary.

Recently Rob Bell again made startling statements about how he believes the Church should embrace people of alternative lifestyles, and again when I heard that my heart ached for the many sincere Christians who are going to blindly accept his views and statements as gospel truth without stopping and finding out for themselves what the Bible says about what he’s talking about.

I know it’s easy for many in evangelicalism to dismiss prosperity teachers like Creflo Dollar and others like him as being self-enriching and everyone knows that, but what I am noticing is that this same kind of blindly loyalty is showing itself in evangelicalism too.

I remember a few years ago, when The Purpose-Driven Life was all the rage how many Christian leaders condemned the book and Rick Warren’s teaching and it seemed like every Christian blogger had embraced this condemnation of Warren too.  Then a few years ago John Piper invited Warren to speak at his conference and everyone went crazy, how could Piper do this, was he drinking the kool-aid too?  Then noted Southern Baptist leader and scholar, Russell Moore, also openly talked about his work with Rick Warren and their friendship.  Then it seemed the tide turned and all of a sudden Warren wasn’t the spawn of satan anymore.  And thousands upon thousands of Piper loyalists embraced Rick Warren, purely on the his endorsement.  And all through this I’m going ‘where are the independent thinkers who don’t just take what these leaders are saying as gospel truth but are forming their opinions on their own by looking at what scripture says.’  Because when a select group of Christian leaders condemned Warren, then everyone jumped on the bandwagon and he was evil, then new leaders come and say “I’ve examined his work and I don’t see heresy or twisting of scripture” and everyone again jumps on the band wagon and embraces him.

I’m seeing it again, there is this new ‘hip’ pastor/author who’s book is getting a lot of attention, Nadia Bolz Webber.  This female pastor his such a big departure from orthodoxy and what scripture calls acceptable and yet many are following her because she’s gaining in popularity.  I mean this lady she cusses like a sailor, she endorsers and champion every kind of alternative and deviant lifestyle and behaviors.  And looking at this I’m going “who are the people buying her books and following her on social media?  Don’t you see that she represents a Christianity that’s foreign to scripture?”

I really do pray that a movement will begin where Christians will start examining things for themselves with godly wisdom and not completely trusting and following these Christian leaders whom they love and trust, and rather hold them accountable and judge them by the word of God.

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Written by Hervict Jacobs.

Hervict Jacobs is a Christian author and speaker based in Atlanta, GA.  His new book entitled ‘Give Your Life Away: Embracing A Life of Selflessness For The Glory of God’ releases later this year.

March 5, 2015

Casting Crowns Lead Singer, Mark Hall Diagnosed With Cancer

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News broke today that the lead singer of beloved band Casting Crowns, Mark Hall, has been diagnosed with cancer.  According to Hall, doctors found a solid mass in his kidney last week, and the entire kidney will have to be removed.

Below is a statement from Mark Hall from Casting Crowns facebook page, posted earlier today:

Hey Casting Crowns Family,
I would appreciate your prayers.
Doctors found a solid mass in my right kidney about a week ago. They are 90% sure it’s cancer and they are going to remove the entire kidney next Wednesday, March 11th. They believe the cancer is contained in the kidney, which is also a great hope. They will know more once it is out and Pathology can see it.

I’ll be in recovery for a month or a little longer because of the surgery. Please pray for healing and for God’s peace for my family.

Praising Him in This Storm
Mark Hall

For updates please follow Mark Hall on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/markhallcc and here on Facebook.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his family, and all of the Casting Crowns family.
February 4, 2015

Louie Giglio’s Passion Conferences Announces New Worship Album Called, Even So Come, Set To Release March 17

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Featuring some of this generation’s most acclaimed worship leaders – Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and Brett Younker – the new live Passion album Passion: Even So Come is set to release on March 17. 

The album was recorded in front of over 30,000 college students at three separate Passion gatherings in Atlanta and Houston. The new album follows in the footsteps of many successful live Passion recordings this decade, including Passion: Awakening, Passion: Here For You, Passion: White Flag, Passion: Let the Future Begin and most recently Passion: Take It All, all of which have debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart.

Passion 2015 was a three-day gathering on two separate weekends in Atlanta and a final three-day gathering in Houston. The conference was attended by a generation of 18-25 year olds from around the world and led by renowned pastors and teachers Louie Giglio, John Piper, Francis Chan, Christine Caine, Judah Smith, Ben Stuart, Matt Chandler and more.

 

 

Across the three gatherings, students were challenged to meet a goal of $850,000 that would support 10 people groups in 12 nations across the world in hopes that 19 million people will hear the message of Jesus for the first time. Following the final gathering in Houston, the total donations amounted to nearly $1.2 million.

Passion also continues to shine a light on modern-day slavery through the End It Movement. Leaders announced the new 27X7 initiative inviting advocates to create teams of 27 “freedom fighters,” representing the 27 million slaves around the world. Each “freedom fighter” will donate $7. All funds will be distributed among 16 coalition partners to support prevention, rescue and restoration efforts in the fight against modern-day slavery. Learn more and join the movement at enditmovement.com.

The Passion team announced that next year, Passion 2016 will consist of simultaneous conferences in Atlanta and Houston on January 2-4, 2016. They also announced plans to return to the Georgia Dome again in 2017.

 

 

For more information about Passion Conferences, visit passionconferences.com or follow on Twitter at @passion268.

Passion: Even So Come
1. Even So Come (featuring Chris Tomlin)
2. Shout Hosanna (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
3. Forever (featuring Melodie Malone)
4. Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) (featuring Crowder)
5. Draw Near (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
6. The Saving One (featuring Chris Tomlin)
7. The Awesome God You Are (featuring Matt Redman)
8. My Anchor (featuring Christy Nockels)
9. Wonder (featuring Crowder)
10. The Way (featuring Brett Younker)
11. You Found Me (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
12. The Cross of Christ (featuring Chris Tomlin)

Deluxe Edition Only:
13. We Fall Down (featuring Chris Tomlin)
14. The Heart Of Worship (featuring Matt Redman)
15. It Is Well (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
16. How He Loves (featuring Crowder)
17. The Heart of Worship (featuring Matt Redman) (Video)
18. How He Loves (featuring Crowder) (Video)

About Passion Conferences:
Led by a stirring in the heart of Atlanta-based pastor, Louie Giglio, Passion was birthed in 1997 to see the 20+ million college students across the globe awaken to the reality of an omnipotent and glorious Creator. Since then, millions of students from across the globe have joined the Passion movement, united across ministry and denominational lines, to seek the face of God in worship and prayer at nine conferences, four world tours and multiple one-day and regional events. Passion’s core scripture, Isaiah 26:8 states: “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” The small Passion Team is led by Louie Giglio and operates under the direction of a Board that is committed to spreading the fame of Jesus Christ to college students around the globe.

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

Get Connected with Passion
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Twitter // www.twitter.com/passion268

February 4, 2015

Jon Micah Sumrall, Lead Singer of Kutless, To Release Solo Album, Faith & Family, February 24

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 Kutless’ co-founder and frontman Jon Micah Sumrall has announced a personal side project, Faith & Family, that will be releasing on BEC Recordings on February 24. The album is now available for pre-sale at iTunes here. When you pre-order the album, fans will get an instant download of the song “How You Love Me.”

“This project has been a long time coming for me as writing is a form of expression where I can explain my feelings and what I’m thinking,” shares Jon Micah Sumrall. “Over the years as we’ve written for Kutless albums, most of these personal songs just didn’t fit what we were looking for so these particular songs began piling up. I’m excited to share these songs with everyone as they are a window into my heart and a reflection of who I am.”

Faith & Family features a more mellow vibe than what Kutless fans have come to know and expect from the band. Jon Micah approached this album very differently with no rules and many acoustic elements. Some of the songs have been written years ago – such as a song he wrote for is wife on their wedding day, which was more than 13 years ago. Hear more about this project from Jon Micah in the video below.

Hailing from the Northwest, Jon Micah still resides in Oregon with his wife Shannon and their children. Kutless was launched by original members Jon Micah and guitarist James Mead as a modern rock/worship band at Warner Pacific College in Portland in 2000. Kutless signed to Tooth & Nail/BEC in late 2001 and released its self-titled debut the following year, which went on to become the fastest-selling debut in the label’s history. Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has been transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits and has sold millions of records. Kutless has had 12 No.1 radio singles and released eight studio albums throughout their career.

January 20, 2015

Blanca Releases Solo Debut EP: Who I Am

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The debut solo EP from multiple-award winning, critically acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Blanca, Who I Am, is available now todownload or to stream. (See full track listing below.) The EP precedes her full-length album slated Spring 2015.
Just a few weeks into the new year, Blanca has already performed to six arena-sized crowds as part of Winter Jam 2015 (see full schedule below), which Pollstar named the number one most-attended tour in the world in quarter one for the past four years.
The tour and EP, her first as a solo artist, retain and elevate her emotive, powerful, yet effortless sound for which she became known as a member of Group1Crew, who claimed 5 Dove Awards during her tenure. Who I Am takes that sound to a new and distinct soul/pop, hip-hop vibe, indicating a different artistic direction, while opening the door to new collaborations, such as “Not Backing Down,” which features Tedashii (Reach Records).
“This new chapter in my life and career has been amazing,” Blanca says. “I feel that with every song written, and every show performed, God is stretching me, and showing me more and more of who I am, and what He has created me for.  I also feel incredibly blessed to embark on this new journey with my family right by my side.”

For more information, visit www.officialblanca.com.

Who I Am
Track Listing

1. Who I Am
2. Sunshine
3. Echo
4. Not Backing Down (feat. Tedashii)
5. Different Drum

About Blanca
When it comes to stepping out on faith, Blanca sprints. After wrapping her powerhouse vocal around infectious and intense beats as part of hip/hop group, Group 1 Crew for several years, she’s making the leap and is flying solo. “Who I Am,” the lead single from her forthcoming debut solo album, slated Spring 2015, is an upbeat reflection of a season of soul-searching and surrender, buoyed by an effervescent soul/pop vibe that brings a crowd to their feet, and hearts to the throne.

WinterJam 2015 Cities and Dates

JAN 15, 2015         Reading, PA                  Santander Arena

JAN 16, 2015         State College, PA          Bryce Jordan

JAN 17, 2015         Columbus, OH               Schottenstein Center

JAN 18, 2015         Charlotte, NC                Time Warner Cable Arena

JAN 22, 2015         Council Bluffs, IA           Mid-America Center

JAN 23, 2015         Des Moines, IA              Wells Fargo Arena

JAN 24, 2015         St. Louis, MO                 Scottrade Center

JAN 25, 2015         Kansas City, MO            Sprint Center

JAN 29, 2015         Evansville, IN                 The Ford Center

JAN 30, 2015         Chicago, IL                     Allstate Arena

JAN 31, 2015         Pittsburgh, PA                CONSOL Energy Center

FEB 5, 2015           Mobile, AL                      Mitchell Center

FEB 6, 2015           Greenville, SC                Bon Secours Wellness Arena

FEB 7, 2015           Atlanta, GA                    Georgia Dome

FEB 8, 2015           Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena

FEB 12, 2015         Augusta, GA                 James Brown Arena

FEB 13, 2015         Knoxville, TN                Thompson-Boling Arena

FEB 14, 2015         Greensboro, NC           Greensboro Coliseum

FEB 15, 2015         Norfolk, VA                   Scope Arena

FEB 20, 2015         Cincinnati, OH              U.S. Bank Arena

FEB 21, 2015         Auburn Hills, MI           The Palace of Auburn Hills

FEB 22, 2015         Cleveland, OH              Wolstein Center

FEB 26, 2015         Tupelo, MS                   BancorpSouth Arena

FEB 27, 2015         Bossier City, LA            CenturyLink Center

FEB 28, 2015         Houston, TX                 Toyota Center

MAR 1, 2015          Tulsa, OK                      BOK Center

MAR 5, 2015          Springfield, MO             JQH Arena

MAR 6, 2015          Wichita, KS                   INTRUST Bank Arena

MAR 7, 2015          Oklahoma City, OK      Chesapeake Energy Center

MAR 8, 2015          Ft. Worth, TX                Ft. Worth Convention Center

MAR 12, 2015        Roanoke, VA                Berglund Center (f. Roanoke Civic Center)

MAR 13, 2015        Raleigh, NC                  PNC Arena

MAR 14, 2015        Columbia, SC               Colonial Life Arena

MAR 15, 2015        Chattanooga, TN          McKenzie Arena

MAR 19, 2015        Ft. Wayne, IN               Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

MAR 20, 2015        Indianapolis, IN            Bankers Life Fieldhouse

MAR 21, 2015        Birmingham, AL           BJCC Arena

MAR 22, 2015        Memphis, TN               FedEx Forum

MAR 27, 2015        Little Rock, AR             Verizon Arena

MAR 28, 2015        Lexington, KY              Rupp Arena

MAR 29, 2015        Peoria, IL                     Peoria Civic Center

January 20, 2015

Integrity Music Signs Indonesian Worship Leader Sidney Mohede

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Integrity Music is honored to announce the signing of Indonesian worship leader and songwriter Sidney Mohede, representing Mohede’s albums and songs to a global audience with a forthcoming English language album slated for release early next year.

 

Mohede (pronounced Mo-heed-ee) serves on staff at Jakarta Praise Community Church in Indonesia’s capital city and is known for recording in English, Indonesian and Mandarin, ministering throughout Asia and beyond. With over 380,000 Twitter followers, a 300,000+ Facebook community and millions of YouTube views of his performances and work with JPCC and the ensemble Giving My Best, Mohede is an inspiration to worship leaders and worshippers alike. 

“Because Integrity Music is focused on serving the local church on a global scale, we are always looking for those gifted and passionate people serving in their local congregations all over the world,” said C. Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music.  “Sidney is doing exactly that… with over 20 years of ministry in Jakarta as a worship leader, songwriter and pastor. We are excited to represent him and eager to see his songs equip local worship leaders around the world.”

Born in Indonesia, Mohede immigrated to the U.S. as a child following his parents’ divorce. At the age of 10, he found himself thrust into a completely different culture, struggling to adapt to his new life as an American kid growing up in southern California. After some rebellious years leading into high school, Mohede accepted Christ at the age of 17, changing his trajectory and launching onto a ministry path that would eventually lead him back to Indonesia. 

Today, Mohede and his family reside in his birthplace of Jakarta, where he serves as the Network Pastor for JPCC, a 12,000-member congregation. He also makes time to travel, leading worship and serving as a guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, the U.K. and U.S.

 

Mohede has written over 200 songs and recorded numerous projects, including the English language album, The Rescue, which features a co-write and duet with longtime friend Darlene Zschech on the song “It Is Done.” Fans of Israel Houghton may also recognize Mohede, who penned the song “Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher)” featured on Houghton’s GRAMMY Award winning album Love God/Love People. Mohede has also led worship and taught at Houghton’s annual “Deeper” worship conference.

“Words cannot describe how thrilled and honored I am to be a part of the Integrity Music family,” said Mohede. “My primary desire has always been to simply live in His presence, and live out this grace He has given me, whether in my leading worship or in writing worship songs for churches to sing in our nation of Indonesia. I believe worship transcends cultures, geographical and language barriers, and I am grateful for Integrity Music for welcoming me to be a part of what God is doing globally.”

Additional information on Sidney Mohede’s music and ministry can be found at the Jakarta Praise Community Church website, www.jpcc.org and athttps://www.facebook.com/sidneymohedePAGE.

Integrity is the worship music recording and publishing home to a variety of artists and ministries around the globe including: All Sons & Daughters, New Life Worship, Planetshakers, Covenant Worship, Life Worship, Dustin Smith, Worship Central, Desperation Band, Bluetree, Lincoln Brewster, Christine D’Clario, Stu G, Beth Croft, Sheldon Bangera, Danilo Montero, Jacobo Ramos, Israel Houghton, and Dove Award winning and nominated songwriters Paul Baloche, Jennie Lee Riddle, Jared Anderson, Michael Farren and Michael Neale.

Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Eastbourne, UK, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity currently controls over 7,000 songs, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.

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January 20, 2015

Pastor and Recording Artist Danilo Montero Wins Latin GRAMMY Award

15th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards - Premiere Ceremony

Pastor, author and Integrity Music recording artist Danilo Montero received a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Christian Album for his acclaimed project La Carta Perfecta (The Perfect Letter), during the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMYs held recently at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This album has become one of Montero’s most successful projects, debuting at No. 10 on Billboard’s “Latin Pop Albums” chart and receiving nominations for a Dove Award and Premio Arpa (Harp Award), among other accolades within the music industry.

Montero recorded La Carta Perfecta live at Lakewood Church, where he serves as pastor of Iglesia Lakewood, the Houston-based church’s thriving Hispanic congregation. The album is available globally through Integrity Music with distribution through retail stores and all major digital service providers including iTunes and Amazon.

Upon receiving the Latin GRAMMY, Montero expressed his happiness and gratitude as he accepted the award: “Thank you very much. Many thanks to the members of the Academy. Total surprise… after 25, 30 years of making Christian music. Completely unexpected and very special…”

Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music, was present at the ceremony and commented: “We have always believed in Danilo’s musical and teaching gifts. He is very respected and loved within the Church and among his music industry peers. It’s an honor to represent him and we are thrilled to see his talents recognized within the larger, global Latin music community.”

In 2010, Montero received his first Latin GRAMMY nomination, and in 2008, he became the first native of Costa Rica to win a Billboard Award for Latin music.

Currently, Danilo Montero and his family reside in Houston, Texas, where he leads the Spanish-speaking ministry at Lakewood Church. Additional information on Montero is available at https://www.facebook.com/DaniloMonteroOnline.

Danilo Montero_La Carta Perfecta COVER

January 5, 2015

Vertical Church Band Church Songs Do What You Want To Lyrics

It’s Your heart

We’re searching for

We want You and nothing more

Let Your glory fill this place

We’re alive in Your presence

We surrender all to You

Do what You want to,

Do what You want to

God we long to see You move

Do what you want to,

Do what You want to

We are standing in Your light

And our hearts are open wide

Let us see more than before

Lord, come have your way here

All consuming fire fall, 

Fall on us

January 5, 2015

Vertical Church Band – Church Songs – All The Earth Lyrics

Verse 1:
From the rising of the sun

To the ending  of the day

One name alone be praised

Every nation tribe and tongue

All creation lifting up

Your name alone we raise

Chorus:

Praise the Lord all the earth, All the earth

Bless His name, only one name, now and always

Verse 2:
Jesus You have rescued us

You are good and You are just

One name alone be praised

From the heights and from the depths

In every heart with every breath

Your name alone we raise
Chorus
Bridge x2:
Every sky is filled with wonder

All creation lifting higher

The only King who reigns forever

Who is like our God, Who is like our God 

Chorus x3

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

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.

September 23, 2014

For King & Country’s New Album RUN WILD LIVE FREE LOVE STRONG, Hits No. 1 on iTunes Charts

Reigning New Artist of the Year Dove Award recipients for KING & COUNTRY, consisting of brothers Joel and Luke, release today their acclaimed sophomore album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. (http://smarturl.it/rwlfls). Already hitting No. 1 on iTunes, the recording’s multiple 2014 GMA Dove Award-nominated lead single, “Fix My Eyes,” has also sold well-over 100,000 downloads and becomes this week’s No. 1 song on the National Christian Audience chart. The song further claims the No. 1 spot for the sixth consecutive week at CHR radio.

With the momentum building around today’s launch of the new album, for KING & COUNTRY’s major market, 40-city fall YOU MATTER-THE TOUR kicked-off Sunday (9/14) with a sold-out event in Nashville (Franklin, TN). Playing at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City yesterday, today in Houston for a KSBJ Brown Bag event and Sept. 19 at Uprise Festival at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds in Shippensburg, PA, the tour resumes in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church Sept. 21, where at least 7,000 people are expected to attend. From there, they will travel to Knoxville, TN, where their Sept. 22 performance is also sold out. The tour will then continue into cities like Washington, D.C. (Woodbridge, VA), Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, San Diego, Las Vegas, Austin, Albuquerque and more before wrapping up at the Sun National Band Center in Trenton, NJ (11/22). Sponsored by Compassion International, all YOU MATTER-THE TOUR dates and tickets are available now at www.forkingandcountry.com.

The tour will feature hits like “The Proof Of Your Love” from their critically acclaimed debut album, Crave, as well as new songs derived from a long, at times painful, but ultimately enriching journey that led to the recording of RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., and is chronicled in a new video featured at http://smarturl.it/fkcepk. Fox News has already tapped into the video for a feature that went out to its nationwide affiliates yesterday.

for KING & COUNTRY also premiere this week their first concept music video from the album, “Without You (Feat. Courtney)” on RELEVANT Magazine’s RTV. This song not only hit No. 1 on the Christian & Gospel Top Songs iTunes® chart, but is an inspiring, real life message of hope that features a beautiful duet with Luke’s wife, Courtney.

“‘Without You’ is probably the most honest, difficult song that I’ve ever had to write,” says Luke. “I got very, very sick at one point and my wife, during my sickness, thought that there was a chance she could lose me. She came to me on one particular night and said, ‘Luke, you just can’t leave me here.'”

“‘When you hear Luke’s wife on the chorus and them singing it together, I will be on record of saying it is the most gut-wrenching song that we have ever written,” adds Joel. “I think we’ve written a lot of honest songs before, but this is about as rip-a-page-out-of-your-journal-and-sing-it as music gets.”

Songs from RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG. are also gaining national attention through significant television placement. “To The Dreamers” is featured in “The Shows That Touch You” NBC campaign to promote its fall lineup (http://youtu.be/nPHXIsip5pE), while CBS featured the encouraging anthem, “It’s Not Over Yet,” during its airing of the Men’s Semifinals of the US Open Tennis Championships.

Nominated for four 2014 GMA Dove Awards, for KING & COUNTRY is also set to perform “Fix My Eyes” on the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards Oct. 7, which will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Oct. 12. The duo also recently played during the 16th Annual GRAMMY Block Party in Nashville, and completed an interview with Grammy.com that can be seen athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNI3RRc2WVM.

With RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING & COUNTRY has created an album that lives up to the band’s name, a reflection of standing and fighting for something bigger than yourself, a mission statement that drove the duo from the first words written for this project until the last note was recorded.

“RUN WILD. LIFE FREE. LOVE STRONG. is a statement of reclaiming our birthright as humans to live a life that is for others–a life that is others-focused, God-focused-and in that, find what it truly means to run wild, live free and love strong,” says Joel.

About for KING & COUNTRY
The duo was named “New Artist of the Year” at the 44th Annual Dove Awards and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Their critically acclaimed album, Crave, released in 2012, is the highest-selling debut from a new artist in their genre that year. They made their late night debut performing their hit song “The Proof Of Your Love” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the song was named iTunes’ Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Song of the Year. ET’s The Insider said for KING & COUNTRY “makes music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.” In 2012, they were named one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist.

For more information and a complete listing of tour dates, please visit: www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com,www.facebook.com/forkingandcountry and https://twitter.com/4kingandcountry.

September 23, 2014

Laura Story Gives Birth To Twin Boys!

Laura Story Gives Birth To Twin Boys!.

September 23, 2014

Laura Story Gives Birth To Twin Boys!

GRAMMY® award winning songstress Laura Story and her husband Martin have welcomed fraternal twin boys to their family. Benjamin Cary and Griffin James were born within three minutes of each other, weighing 6.5 lbs and 6.3 lbs respectively. The twins join their 2-year-old big sister Josie.

“Martin and I are so thrilled to finally meet these little guys! God has truly blessed our family,” said a tired but joyful Story.

Laura will take her new growing family out on the road this December for a short Christmas tour in select states (MD, ME, NY, OH and NJ). Her new Christmas record God With Us will be available for these shows and will be released to retail Christmas 2015.

While her schedule will be quite busy with the new additions, Story is also currently working on her first book scheduled to release next fall. The W Publishing book “When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn; Truths You Can’t Live Without” will explore Story’s journey from her life expectations through shattered dreams and on to the incredible truths that she uncovered in her study of God’s Word. It will offer readers a friend who understands, important biblical insights and hope that God has not forgotten them.

About Laura Story:
GRAMMY® award winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story has a gift for penning songs that connect with people all around the world. Among her successes as a solo artist with her smash hits “Mighty To Save” and “Blessings,” Laura has also penned hit songs for other renowned artists including Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” Her solo artist music debut in 2008 with Great God Who Saves led to four Dove nominations and the award for “Inspirational Album of the Year.” In 2011, Laura released her sophomore project Blessings. The album and the emotionally powerful title was inspired by her real life trials and adversities, primarily her husband Martin’s diagnosis of a brain tumor. The album resonated with a huge audience and led to whirlwind career highlights for Laura, peaking at the No. 1 album spot for three consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Overall chart, topping the iTunes® Christian/Gospel Top Songs chart and holding the No. 1 spot for an impressive 28 consecutive weeks on the Christian charts. The success of the single “Blessings,” which was certified RIAA Gold, includes the GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song, the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song and the Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The song inspired Laura’s first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?” in 2012. Her latest project – God Of Every Story – released last year to much acclaim. Laura is the worship leader at Perimeter Church outside of Atlanta, GA and lives with her husband Martin and three children.

For more information on Laura Story, and to see all of the new photos and videos of her twins, visit her at the links below.

Get Connected with Laura Story:
Website // www.laurastorymusic.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/laurastory
Twitter // www.twitter.com/LauraStoryMusic
Instagram // www.instagram.com/laurastorymusic

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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.

 

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

 

June 12, 2014

Integrity Music Re-Signs Worship Leader Lincoln Brewster, Announces August Release Of Brewster’s New Album, Oxygen

 

 

 

Integrity Music announces the re-signing of trailblazing worship leader Lincoln Brewster, building on a 15-year relationship with the California-based musician who helped put a rock spin on modern worship while introducing the genre to contemporary Christian radio.

“I am honored to announce that after 15 years, Integrity Music will continue to serve as the music partner for Lincoln Brewster and his ministry going forward,” said C. Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music. “I have had the privilege of getting to know Lincoln and his wife Laura on a personal level and love their heart, their passion for serving and their dedication to their local church. It is a privilege to come alongside an artist like Lincoln, who has such incredible talent that he is choosing to use for God’s glory.”

Originally signed to the label in the late 90s, Integrity released Brewster’s first album, a self-titled debut in 1999 when modern worship music comprised only a small niche within Christian music before becoming the top-selling genre that it is today. Eight albums later, Brewster has made an indelible impact on modern worship, opening doors at Christian radio for other worship artists with his singles “Everlasting God,” “Let The Praises Ring,” “Love The Lord,” “Today Is The Day,” “Salvation Is Here,” “The Power Of Your Name” and more.

“In 1999, the only worship singles that were getting any significant airplay on Christian radio were songs from the debut SONICFLOOd project and Lincoln Brewster,” says acclaimed radio consultant Chris Hauser.

 

 

“I can distinctly remember getting adds for “Take Me Higher,” “The Power of Your Name” (with Jars of Clay’s Dan Haseltine) and even “Lord I Lift Your Name on High,” he continues. “These songs were taking root on radio playlists, opening doors for Lincoln as a ‘sure thing’ for great corporate, vertical songs that fit on radio while also paving the way for Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, the Passion movement records and many others.”

Looking ahead to August, Brewster and Integrity are preparing for a global release of his new album, Oxygen, which is co-produced by Brewster and Colby Wedgeworth and features all new songs penned by Brewster including the project’s first radio single, “Made New.”

“Lincoln is a renowned guitarist, songwriter, artist and worship leader who has produced many great albums and songs,” adds Dunham. “But with this new album, Oxygen, people are going to experience a whole new Lincoln Brewster. It’s a new sound with a nod to the past and a bold step forward… I believe it is his best album yet.”

Music has been an integral part of Lincoln Brewster’s life since early childhood when he would “sit in” on rehearsals with his mother as she played with local bands in their hometown of Homer, Alaska. By age five, Brewster was playing the mandolin and by age nine, he had picked up the electric guitar. That love for music took him down a winding road that included a season playing for rocker Steve Perry (Journey) and recording offers from mainstream labels all before he was 21. But Brewster, who had made a commitment to Christ in his late teens, walked away from the promise of rock stardom and instead took a position at his local church as a sound technician.

Years later, Brewster is again playing before thousands, this time leading people in worship at music festivals and concerts across the U.S., and at Bayside Church near Sacramento, California, where he serves as Worship Arts Pastor. Brewster’s recordings include the albums Real LifeJoy To The WorldToday Is The DayLet The Praises RingAll To You and Amazed.

 

April 25, 2014

FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI’S THIRD STUDIO ALBUM, IF WE’RE HONEST, AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE TODAY

Battistelli to Perform Lead Single, “Write Your Story,”
Now No. 1 at Hot AC/CHR and AC, on Fox & Friends This Friday

 

Nashville, TN – (April 22, 2014) – GRAMMY®-nominated artist and Christian Music’s best-selling new artist in 10 years,Francesca Battistelli releases her third studio album, If We’re Honest, everywhere today. Her two previous albums, debut release My Paper Heart and sophomore effort Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and garnered Battistelli a GRAMMY® nomination and Dove Awards’ 2011 “Artist of the Year” honors. In addition, My Paper Heart received RIAA Gold certification marking the only debut album from a CCM artist in 10 years to receive the status. Last Thursday, she also received a Gold record for her second single “Free To Be Me” which spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored. This Friday, Battistelli will perform the album’s lead single, “Write Your Story,” No. 1 this week at Hot AC / CHR and AC, on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” Earlier this year she made her national morning TV debut performing it on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Battistelli is also featured on SiriusXM’s “The Message: Delivered Live” for a 60-minute special performing songs from If We’re Honest for a live studio audience today at 2pm ET and rebroadcast on Saturday at 8am ET and Sunday at 3pm and 9pm ET.

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 and showcases her trademark pop and soul-infused sound. “This album is a really good reflection of where I am right now,” said Battistelli. “My family and I moved back to Nashville in May, and I went right to work writing for this album. From my perspective, it felt like the pressure was off after that famously terrifying second album and all that was happening back then. This time around, I really just let go of all that self-imposed pressure. Somehow I felt as though I didn’t have to prove as much, even to myself, and I think that allowed me to do my best work.” The 11-track album and 15-track deluxe version of If We’re Honest are available everywhere today and on iTunes athttp://smarturl.it/ifwerehonest.

If We’re Honest has critics applauding:

“Powerhouse singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli just keeps getting better…it appears the mutli-talented Battistelli has only dug further for this beautiful project. The result is prefection.” – CCM Magazine

“With enough soulful familiarity to satisfy, and the careful touch of some new sonic elements to keep things fresh, listeners have much reason to rejoice with the release of this album. It is undoubtedly Francesca’s best yet, and one of the must-own highlights of the year.” – New Release Tuesday (5/5 stars)

If We’re Honest, produced by Ian Eskelin, is Francesca’s most mature and complete album to date, and my favourite album of the year.” – Christian Music Zine

“A must-have, inspiring, and soulful album…If We’re Honest, is an uplifting masterpiece that digs deep into Francesca’s musical canvas…” – Rockin’ God’s House

If We’re Honest propels Battistelli to the next level sonically… [It] showcases Battistelli’s ability to pen shimmering pop songs filled with relatable lyrics, making Franny feel more like a friend than an award-winning pop songstress.” – Living Light News & The Sound Opinion (5/5 Stars)

“The truths imparted on these tracks are vital to our spiritual wellbeing.” – Christian Music Review

“… an album full of new songs that’s certain to skyrocket her popularity even more, to new heights.” – Indie Vision Music

“In the six years since her debut album, Francesca Battistelli has found her voice. [If We’re Honest is] poppy, friendly, and relatable, and a whole lot of fun to listen to.” – JesusFreakHideoout

If We’re Honest track listing:
1. Write Your Story – written by Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia and Ben Glover
2. When The Crazy Kicks In – written by Francesca Battistelli , Ian Eskelin and Tony Wood
3. He Knows My Name – written by Francesca Battistelli, Mia Fieldes and Seth Mosley
4. Unusual – written by Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin and Tony Wood
5. Choose To Love – written by Francesca Battistelli, Justin Ebach and Tony Wood
6. Run To Jesus – written by Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover and Jennifer Schott
7. Find Rest – written by Francesca Battistelli, Jared Anderson and Ian Eskelin
8. If We’re Honest – written by Francesca Battistelli, Jeff Pardo and Molly E. Reed
9. Giants Fall – written by Francesca Battistelli, Jeff Pardo and Molly E. Reed
10. Hands Of God (Feat. Matt Hammitt) – written by Francesca Battistelli, Matt Hammitt and Seth Mosley
11. We Are The Kingdom – written by Francesca Battistelli, Casey Brown and Jonathan Smith

Deluxe Edition:
12. Holy Spirit – written by Brian & Katie Torwalt
13. Keeping Score – written by Francesca Battistelli and Ben Glover
14. I Am Home – written by Francesca Battistelli, Ian Eskelin and Tony Wood
15. Tonight (Feat. All Sons & Daughters) – written by Francesca Battistelli, Leslie Jordan and David Leonard

Battistelli just wrapped up the Word Entertainment / LightWorkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) partnership “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014,” in association with 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” and epic mini-series “The Bible,” with Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. This spring/summer she can be seen throughout the country at numerous fairs and festivals prior to launching a headlining tour in the fall. For further information and a complete list of dates please visit: www.francescamusic.com.

Since her debut in 2008, Francesca Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY® nomination (Best Gospel Performance), six Dove Awards 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 995,000 in album sales to date and over 1.9 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.

For more information please visit, www.francescamusic.com / facebook.com/francescabattistelli / Follow:@francescamusic

 

April 23, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH CURB ENTERTAINMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTION

 

Word Entertainment—a leading Christian entertainment company offering an array of artist services including recorded music, publishing, merchandising, booking and marketing—today announced that it has partnered with international feature film production and distribution company Curb Entertainment, to distribute Word Entertainment’s faith-based films outside of the US.  The inaugural slate of films will include The Perfect SummerMy Name Is PaulThe Trail (Let God)Hope for Hurting HeartsMother India,Season of a LifetimeVeil of Tears, and more, which will be showcased at the 2014 CANNES Film Market in Cannes, France.

 

“There is an enormous and growing market for films that provide wholesome family entertainment, and Word Entertainment proudly offers thought-provoking films that tell stories of faith, hope, love, and redemption,” said Rod Riley, President & CEO, Word Entertainment. “I am thrilled that we are partnering with Carole Curb and Curb Entertainment to expand our reach and bring these great works to audiences around the world.”

 

Carole Curb, President, Curb Entertainment, added, “We are proud to build upon a very successful relationship between Word and Curb by having the opportunity to work directly on the exciting films that Rod Riley and his team have assembled. Our company has had a 30-year history of film distribution, and we are excited to join with Word in the sales and marketing of its films.”

 

Carole Curb, who has successfully grown Curb Entertainment into one of the most respected independent film companies in the world, will be heading up the charge for Curb. Curb Entertainment will provide international sales and marketing, and will maintain a presence at major film festivals and markets.

 

Recently, Word Entertainment has continued to expand its reach and offerings in Christian entertainment beyond music and film, including by becoming the only Christian content company to have booking, live events and strategic partnerships divisions in-house. Through this division, Word launched The Son of God Tour 2014. This epic two-hour live event, a Word Entertainment collaboration with producer and actress Roma Downey’s (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible,” Son of God) and producer Mark Burnett‘s (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bible,” Son of God) company LightWorkers Media, visited 16 cities nationwide March 20-April 13. “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brought the epic miniseries “The Bible” and the 20th Century Fox feature film Son of God to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists performed their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event.

 

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, Sidewalk Prophets, VERIDIA and Zealand 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.

 

About Curb Entertainment

Curb Entertainment formed in 1984 to concentrate on film production and distribution. A member of the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Curb Entertainment maintains a major presence at major film and television markets including the American Film Market (AFM), CANNES Film Festival, MIPCOM, MIP-TV, and EFM. The company’s record division, Curb Records, remains one of the largest independent labels in the world.

 

 

April 3, 2014

CRACKER BARREL CELEBRATES MICHAEL W. SMITH’S HYMNS ALBUM WHICH DEBUTS AT NO. 2 ON NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN’S TOP CURRENT CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ALBUM CHART

Album is the Newest Release from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Exclusive Music Program and Can Be Purchased Exclusively at All Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Locations and CrackerBarrel.com

Contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith has debuted at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Current Contemporary Christian Album Chart (week ending 3/30/2014) with his latest album Hymns. The album also debuted at No. 25 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Current Albums Chart (week ending 3/30/2014). This is the latest project from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program, and can be purchased exclusively at all 626 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and CrackerBarrel.com.

“Michael made a wonderful and inspiring album that is quickly becoming a favorite with our guests,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager. “Everyone at Cracker Barrel congratulates him on debuting at No. 2 on the album charts with Hymnsand we look forward to continued success together!”

Hymns contains 15 classic Christian songs, many of which Smith grew up singing in church with his family. Songs include such timeless Hymns as “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “How Great Thou Art,” “It Is Well,” “Old Rugged Cross,” and more. The album retails for $11.99.

Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 28 No. 1 songs, earned three GRAMMY Awards, one American Music Award, and more than 40 Dove Awards. Throughout his career, the Contemporary Christian artist has had the opportunity to sing for Presidents and national leaders, and counts among his friends the Reverend Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham. He actively supports the teen club Rocketown, Compassion International, and Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Michael and his wife Debbie live in Middle Tennessee, where they raised their five children. For more information, visit www.michaelwsmith.com.

About the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Exclusive Music Program 
Michael W. Smith’s Hymns is the latest CD release in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program. Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released CDs with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in the top three spots on a range of Billboard’s charts including Top DVD Music Videos, Top Country Albums, Top Contemporary Christian Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums. The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program includes CDs with Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Mandy Barnett, Clint Black, Jason Michael Carroll, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dailey & Vincent, The Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Edens Edge, Sara Evans, Bill Gaither, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, Amy Grant, The Grascals, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Montgomery Gentry, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Craig Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Wynonna, and the Zac Brown Band. For details, visit crackerbarrel.com.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made-from-scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 626 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® location is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

 

April 3, 2014

Montell Jordan Guest Speaks at Nashville’s Belmont University Christian Faith Development Convocation

 

 

Worship pastor, CCM artist and R&B legend, Montell Jordan, was invited to be the guest speaker this week at Belmont University’s Christian Faith Development Convocation in Nashville, TN. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. Jordan spoke on “The Power of Music” to the standing room only audience of students. Jordan is currently the worship pastor at Victory World Church in Atlanta, GA and has become a frequent guest speaker about the spiritual impact of faith and worship music. Jordan’s upcoming keynote speaking engagements include the University of St. Francis Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, IN on May 3rd, Birmingham, AL on June 7th at the Riverfront Amphitheatre for a youth rally and forum, and June 8th at Birmingham’s Draper Correctional Facility, where Jordan will speak to young male inmates.

Left to Right: Keayana Robinson, Cameron Bryant, Belmont Black Student Association; Montell Jordan; RiTara Williams, Belmont Black Student Association; Ashlyn Whiteside, event coordinator

 

The Belmont speaking engagement came on the heels of a Nicaragua missions trip last week through Life Link International, where Jordan re-connected with two young boys that are sponsored by his family and friends. At the same time, Jordan has started songwriting for the next album from Victory World Music that is scheduled for a fall 2014 release.

For more information about Montell Jordan and Victory World Music please visit online; www.victoryworldmusic.com,www.facebook.com/montelljordan or on twitter at @montelljordan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2014

Christian Music Trailblazer Carman Launches New CD And US Tour

‘No Plan B’ CD Presale Set For May 13, Releases May 27

North American ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour’ Dates Announced

After a 10 year hiatus, Christian Music Trailblazer and Platinum-Selling Recording ArtistCarman is set to release a new studio album, ‘No Plan B,’ on May 27 through his independent label Norway Avenue Records and Capital Christian Distribution. On May 13, the ‘No Plan B’ presale launches with an instant download track. In support of the new release, Carman hits the road May 29 on his ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour’ making stops at venues across the country bringing new music to friends and fans nationwide.

“The main message of the whole album can be found in the title track, ‘No Plan B,’ which is how I’ve lived all these years,” said Carman. “Even if I only have a few more on this earth, I’ll still be preaching, giving altar calls, winning souls for the kingdom and singing the songs that have the power to bring deliverance into people’s lives, whether it be in front of 20 people or 20,000 people. God doesn’t call us to be popular. He calls us to be effective and that’s always been my goal, effective right up to the end. Jesus is ‘Plan A.’ There is ‘No Plan B.'”

‘No Plan B’ includes 12 tracks penned and performed by Carman, and produced by Carman and his production partners Ted T and Tre’ Corely. The CD and tour were made possible through the unprecedented fan response to the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter campaign he launched after opening up on social media about a cancer diagnosis in 2013. The campaign was wildly successful – the second most funded Kickstarter music campaign ever – and set the tone for the momentum behind the release of ‘No Plan B’ and major national tour, ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour.’ Carman found a renewed vision and purpose for his ministry when the fans spoke, and a Carman buzz was rekindled that inspired the artist to record a new CD and tour again.

“I was diagnosed in 2013 and was planning on having 2-3 good years left, but I didn’t want to keep it a secret,” confirmed Carman. “I posted the news on Facebook and wanted to be honest and upright about it with anyone who asked. So many people started sharing stories of what they went through and posted photos of their heads wrapped up because their hair was gone. When I hear a story like that, my instinct is to reach out and cheer them up.” Carman’s collection of songs features the title track “No Plan B,” and “God Made Man,” the latest of Carman’s many cheeky character songs featuring a “Sopranos”-styled mob cast, but with an Italian accented narrator who’s wholeheartedly committed to Christ, the gripping patriotic ballad “The Flag,” which sends a very well-timed reminder that we will always be “one nation under God” and our faith can never be silenced, and an updated version of “Jesus Heal Me” with new production, a true touchstone of the album that’s bound to continue its role as a concert standard. “I’ve always sought to minister to the best of my ability. I wanted to help win as many souls for the kingdom as I possibly could,” sums up Carman. “Now I meet people who say ‘my life was so messed up 20 years ago, but I went to your concert, got saved and now I’m a worship pastor.’ Stories like that just go to show you how somebody’s life can completely turn around. I’m like a soldier who serves their country. I just want to serve people, and if just one guy gets it, then it’s all been worth it.”

The first set of dates for Carman’s ‘Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour’ are on sale at iTickets.com. For the latest on ‘No Plan B’ and the tour, visit www.carman.org.

‘No Plan B’ track listing:
1. No Plan B | Words and Music by Carman
2. Time 2 P.T.L. | Words and Music by Carman
3. I’m Coming Home | Words and Music by Carman
4. God Made Man | Words and Music by Carman
5. Peace Of The Lord – feat. Hope Loftis | Words and Music by Carman
6. Jesus Heal Me | Words and Music by Carman
7. It’s All In His Hands| Words and Music by Carman
8. Another Day | Words and Music by Carman
9. Yes Yes | Words and Music by Carman
10. I Did My Best | Words and Music by Carman
11. That’s My King / Radically Saved | Words and Music by Carman
12. The Flag | Words and Music by Carman

Connect with Carman:
WEBSITE: www.carmantv.com | www.carman.org
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/CarmanLicciardello
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/carmantv

ABOUT CARMAN: He was the only Christian artist able to fill stadiums all the world over, from record holdings like 72,132 people at Texas Stadium, over 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and another 80,000 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A grand total of 4.5 million cumulative fans attended three national tours, including his extensive “Heart Of A Champion” tour. He’s collected the most names of any American citizen, one million signatures, on a petition supporting prayer in public schools and had more than one million people accept Christ salvation at his events. Add in seven Dove Awards, a quartet of Grammy nominations, plus 16 RIAA Certified Platinum and Gold albums and videos amassing to well over 10 million cumulative career record sales, and Carman isn’t just one of the most decorated artists within faith-based circles, but quite literally one of the most flourishing, innovative and influential artists of all time. More than a singer, songwriter, video pioneer, speaker and all around evangelist, Carman branched out into many TV and movie roles, such as “Carman: The Champion” or guesting on “The Bobby Jones Gospel Hour” (which was the most watched gospel show on the BET network in 20 years!) He also broke ground as the first ever Christian music artist to write and release an action adventure novel (“Undefeated: In Love and War”) and even joined the likes of President and Mrs. Reagan and Dr. Billy Graham as a House of Hope Humanitarian Award recipient. Carman’s discography includes acclaimed albums such as ‘The Champion,’ ‘Revival In The Land,’ ‘Addicted To Jesus,’ ‘The Standard,’ ‘R.I.O.T. (Righteous Invasion of Truth)’ and ‘Mission 3:16.’ ‘No Plan B’ is available in May 2014.

 

 

March 24, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT’S TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM OF NEW BAND, ABOUT A MILE ON JULY 15

Lead Single “Satisfied” Impacting Radio Now

 

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The self-titled debut album from new Word Entertainment band, About A Mile, is set to be released July 15. The album, produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producers Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, All Star United) and Howard Benson (Hoobastank, Daughtry, Third Day), is available for pre-order today on iTunes and includes an instant grat track of their current single impacting radio now “Satisfied.” The trio, consisting of three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA, are joining Sidewalk Prophets on “The Live Like That Tour” this spring commencing on April 24 in Massapequa, New York.
About A Mile has received a warm response from radio programmers across the nation:

– “As a Music Director you can get pretty jaded and closed when dealing with new bands and artists. Then every once in a while someone blows open your expectations and reminds you why you do this. Adam, Luke and Levi [About A Mile] did that for me.” – Ben Milton, WGTS, Washington D.C.

– “I was completely blown away by the fire and passion About A Mile pours into their music and moved to tears by how raw, real and transparent they are willing to be. No doubt hearts will be moved and lives will be touched after an encounter with any one of their songs.” – Brandi Lanai, KSGN, Riverside

– “I haven’t seen this kind of passion from an artist in a while; the transparency in their stories and songs is incredible…” – Theresa Ross, WTRJ, Jacksonville

– “The guys are talented musician who have a ministry that they want to share. I love their single ‘Satisfied.’ They definitely have my attention and I’m excited to see what’s in store for them.” – Jeremy Henry, WJQK, Grand Rapids

Upcoming tour dates:

April 24 “The Live Like That Tour” – CenterPoint Church – Massapequa, NY
April 25 “The Live Like That Tour” – Rockfest 2014 – Lanexa, VA
April 26 “The Live Like That Tour” – Claremont Opera House – Claremont, NH
April 27 “The Live Like That Tour” – Changepoint Church – Poughkeepsie, NY
April 30 “The Live Like That Tour” –TBA – Port Neches, TX
May 3 “The Live Like That Tour” – The Way Fest – Valdosta, GA
May 5 “The Live Like That Tour” – Abilene Civic Center – Abilene, TX
May 6 “The Live Like That Tour” – New Life Chapel – Odessa, TX
May 7 “The Live Like That Tour” – Wayland Baptist University – Plainview, TX
May 9 “The Live Like That Tour” – Northwest Arkansas Naturals Game – Springdale, AR
May 10 “The Live Like That Tour” – TBA – Marion, IL

Debut Word Entertainment artist About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross “about a mile,” may be new on the charts but have already gained recognition in the Christian Rock genre. The band, comprised of brothers Adam, Luke and Levi, have a chemistry and accomplished artistry that only comes from the bond brotherhood. Their upcoming self-titled album, due out on July 15, hopes to speak to members of all faiths about the suffering then triumph of a crucified and risen Christ. About A Mile has previously opened for GRAMMY® Award nominees DecembeRadio and works with production teams including Ian Eskelin, Neal Avron and Howard Benson, whom are responsible for shaping the sounds of Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Switchfoot, Linkin Park, Skillet and Daughtry. While not concerned with fame or fortune the band is simply focused on honoring God through their music. For further information and a complete listing of dates visit http://www.aboutamile.com/.

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For more information please visit, http://www.aboutamile.com/ facebook.com/aboutamile / Follow:@AboutAMile

March 14, 2014

WORD ENTERTAINMENT CLAIMS SEVEN NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 K-LOVE FAN AWARDS

Leads the “Best Live Show” Category with Three Nominations Including

for KING & COUNTRY, NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot

At a press event yesterday, Word Entertainment celebrated with seven nominations for the second annual K-LOVE Fan Awards to be held on June 1 at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.  Nominations include Francesca Battistelli for “Female Vocalist of the Year” for the second consecutive time and Sidewalk Prophets for their first “Group/Duo of the Year” award. Big Daddy Weave, who took home the prestigious “Song of the Year” award last year for their No. 1 smash hit “Redeemed,” were once again recognized with the nomination for their recent No. 1 radio single “The Only Name (Yours Will Be),” the third straight No. 1 single from the band’s current album, Love Come To Life. The Word Entertainment family leads the “Best Live Show” category with three nominations including for KING & COUNTRY, NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot. It was also announced this morning that Sidewalk Prophets were nominated for the “First Christian Artist to Appear on 7UP Can.”

“I am so proud of the entire Word Entertainment family for their hard work, artistry and passion to make these nominations possible,” said Rod Riley, President & CEO of Word Entertainment. “Not only are our artists all superb musicians but the three live show nominations speak volumes to the incredible entertainers we have on our label. Recognition like this from K-LOVE truly means so much.”

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.

 

March 14, 2014

BIG DADDY WEAVE TO RELEASE LOVE COME TO LIFE: THE REDEEMED EDITION ON MARCH 11

 

 

Dove Award-winning band Big Daddy Weave, currently enjoying the tremendous fan reception of their life-changing, mega-hit “Redeemed,” will release Love Come to Life: The Redeemed Edition on March 11. The 17-track album, produced by group member Jeremy Redmon, features their career best-selling album Love Come To Life with the addition of five bonus tracks including both acoustic and live versions of the K-LOVE Fan Award-winning and Billboard Music Award-nominated “Redeemed” and their current hit “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).” Love Come to Life spawned three straight No. 1 hits including “Love Come to Life,” “Redeemed” and their current chart topper “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).” Big Daddy Weave is currently on the second leg of “The Only Name Tour” with 40 dates through May.

“It is incredible how people have received this song and this album,” said Big Daddy Weave front man Mike Weaver. “We are humbled by the many stories we’ve heard of God working in people’s lives through it.  We’re equally excited by the ongoing life of this album and the stories to come through new versions of ‘Redeemed’ and ‘The Only Name (Yours Will Be),’ and two songs not previously released on this album that are as close to our hearts as any songs on the record.  God is good!”

 

Love Come To Life: The Redeemed Edition Track Listing:

 

1.    Jesus Move

2.    Magnificent God

3.    Love Come To Life

4.    Stay

5.    Different Light

6.    If You Died Tonight

7.    Redeemed

8.    The Only Name (Yours Will Be)

9.    Save My Life

10. Maker Of The Wind

11. Give My Life Away

12. Overwhelmed

13. Everything Beautiful*

14. No Other Name*

15. Redeemed (Acoustic Edition)*

16. The Only Name (Yours Will Be) [Live]*

17. Redeemed (Live)*

 

*New Additions

 

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

 

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

 

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

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:

 

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 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).

January 23, 2014

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

About LightWorkers Media

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

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

January 21, 2014

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January 18, 2014

Latest Christian News Featuring Louie Giglio, Kari Jobe, Mercy Me, John Mark McMillan, Carlos Whittaker

            

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

Popular Blogger Carlos Whittaker To Release New Book, Moment Maker, April 1st, 2014
Former Petra Lead Singer, John Schlitt To Star With Stephen Baldwin In New Faith-Based Sitcom
Switchfoot’s New Album, Fading West, Available Today
Download 16 Beth Moore Books  FREE !
What The Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty Uproar Really Means For Sincere, Bible-Believing Christians
Michael Gungor: A Follow-Up To My Blog Post On The Problem With The Christian Music Industry
Louie Giglio To Release New Passion Talk, Boy Meets Girl, And Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection on February 4, 2014
John Mark McMillan Set To Release Kickstarter Funded Album Borderland, March 4, 2014
Integrity Music Releases iWorship Now/Next 2014 Album Featuring 15 Top Worship Songs For Today And Tomorrow
American Idol Finalist Jeremy Rosado Launches New Single, Hope For Tomorrow, To Support Disaster Recovery Efforts In The Phillipines
The National Worship Leader Conference Announces 2014 Dates and Roster
NEEDTOBREATHE Announces New Album Rivers In The Wasteland Set For April 15 Release
January 18, 2014

WINTER JAM TO HIT GEORGIA DOME FOR BIGGEST SHOW YET

 

January 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINTER JAM 2014 DOME SPECTACULAR

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

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

January 18, 2014

The National Worship Leader Conference Announces 2014 Dates and Roster

 

 

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

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

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

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

For further info, visit nationalworshipleaderconference.com

January 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 26, 2013

FRANCIS CHAN Guest Post: What I’ve Been Up To Since Moving To San Francisco

“What are you doing?”

This seems to be the first question everyone asks when they see me, so I’m posting the ministries I am currently involved with…

1)   I’m working with my friends David Platt and Mark Beuving in developing a discipleship tool that will help equip believers to make disciples.  I am very excited about this, as I believe the greatest need in the American church is for allwho call themselves “Christian” to be out baptizing and making disciples.

2)   I’m helping my friend Chris Huang develop a conference on August 26-27. Much of the conference involves walking around San Francisco and actually doing ministry rather than just talking about it.  You can find out more about it atwww.cityimpactconference.com

3)   I’m helping my brother Paul launch a new service that ministers to people who attend English services in Chinese churches.  By combining worship services, it frees up the pastors to focus on discipleship throughout the week.  We had our first service last Sunday and it was a great time.

4)   I’m involved with my friend Brad Buser in establishing a new school that will train people to reach unreached people groups.  We’re hoping to launch in about a year.  The Lord has increased my burden for reaching those who have never heard the gospel.

5)   I’m working with my friend Dave Lomas in figuring out how to implement discipleship at his church in SF.  I’ll be team teaching and helping develop leadership this fall in hopes of launching a discipleship movement.

6)   I’m teaching a preaching class for inner city ministers.  We recently had our first class, and I was pretty blown away by their testimonies.  I believe God is going to do significant things through these individuals.

7)   Lisa and I decided to write a book over a year ago, but we haven’t gotten very far.  Now that our baby is sleeping through the night, we should have some more time to write.

8)   I have been spending a lot of time meeting pastors in the area and trying to support them in any way.  I have met a lot of great leaders.  I’ve learned a lot from them and hopefully I have been of help to some of them.

I still travel and speak almost every week.  I tried to cut back significantly, but the calendar gets full somehow.  No complaints though.  I am enjoying ministry a lot. I love the new friends we have made in San Francisco.  It’s beginning to feel like family, but we miss our friends at Cornerstone a ton.  I still go back to preach there every 6-8 weeks or so.

Most importantly, I have really been enjoying my time alone with God.  I readDesiring God by John Piper again last week.  It still tops my list of books everyone needs to read.  Besides the Bible, no other book has had as much impact on my life.

November 26, 2013

Skillet Releases Their New Album Rise To A Flood Of Praise

Everyone agrees – RISE was worth the wait. Nearly four years since their last album, two-time GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet aren’t showing signs of slowing down. The new release, out today, comes as the highly anticipated follow-up to Skillet’s mega-selling project AWAKE. The praises for RISE are pouring in with the project being called one of the “Best Rock Albums of the Year.” With a Top 5 slot on the iTunes® Overall Chart and the deluxe edition not far behind at No. 7, the band is also narrowing the gap on the iTunes® Rock chart, holding both the No. 2 and No. 3 slots.

USA Today featured the release in today’s edition offering a 3 out of 4 star review and toting the headline “Skillet’s ‘Rise’ above rock boundaries.” Adding to the momentum comes Billboard’s praise of the record for “mixing new sonic flavors into the group’s hard-rock bombast.” The flood of applause has just begun, with more reviewers chiming in agreement at diverse outlets in both the mainstream and Christian world:

“Skillet is excelling at its craft.” – HM Magazine

“Every note feels like it is there to convey an emotion and there is a laudable sense of in-the-moment intensity.” – HitFix.com

“Bottom line: Skillet really did rise above the norm and their previous projects with RISE. Each and every song is a masterpiece in its own right…RISE is THE album of 2013.” – About.com

“Skillet hopes to strike gold, well platinum, once again…with RISE, band clearly refuses to rest on their laurels.” – CCM Magazine

“The songwriting has more depth, there’s added diversity, the concept and lyrics are interesting and uplifting…there are plenty of potential hit singles like ‘Sick Of It.’ Current Skillet fans will find plenty to like, and new fans will be attracted to the album as well.” – Loudwire.com

“This has all of the band’s best elements in one record. It looks like Skillet has another platinum record on their hands.” – Midwest Music Scene

“Skillet’s RISE is an achievement well worth the wait…might also be their most musically complex and diverse offering.” – New Release Tuesday

“RISE is Skillet’s strongest album yet and is one of the best rock albums that will be released this year.” – Front Row Report

“…it’s hard to root against RISE, as its commercial aspirations are matched by its certainty that, despite the endless smackdowns delivered by the daily grind, goodness will ultimately prevail.” – AllMusic.com

The band has been building momentum around the album’s arrival with radio promotion, a social media blitz and festival show performances. The past two weeks Skillet hosted their first ever VIP fan events titled “Road to Rise” in Nashville and Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times heralded the event stating that it “redefines the VIP experience.” In the digital world, the band did an exclusive album stream and podcast premiere with Billboard, video premieres with Revolver and Guitar World and a song premiere with USA Today, to name a few. The high media profiles lead up to the band’s late night debut on CONAN on July 11.

Prior to street date, Skillet released four tracks off the record: “Sick Of It,” “American Noise,” “Rise” and “Not Gonna Die.” The release led to “Sick Of It” and “American Noise” peaking at No. 1 on the iTunes® Rock Songs Chart and songs “Rise” and “Not Gonna Die” hitting the chart at No. 2. Their continual radio success can be seen on both the Active Rock and Christian charts with “Sick Of It” currently at No. 12 on the Active Rock chart with a bullet and the No. 1 slot at Christian Rock for six consecutive weeks. Also at Christian radio, critic favorite “American Noise” continues to receive airplay at AC radio while quickly climbing the Hot AC/CHR chart at No. 5 with a bullet.

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November 25, 2013

JOEL HOUSTON OF HILLSONG UNITED GETS MARRIED !!! (PICTURES)

All of us here at Awaken Generation wanted to give a massive congratulations to our friend; worship leader and songwriter extraordinaire Joel Houston who tied the knot just a few days ago.  Details about the nuptials have been sparse, with the only real mention coming from a cryptic tweet by Houston himself.  So far all we know about the new Mrs Houston is that she is a Brazilian native and her name is Esther De Lima.  (Now Esther Houston we’re guessing).

We do know that the entire Hillsong United gang was in attendance.

Below are some pictures of the happy day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 23, 2013

Pictures Of LOUIE GIGLIO Preaching At JOEL OSTEEN’S LAKEWOOD CHURCH In Houston

Louie Giglio preached at Lakewood church today, Sunday, 27 May 2012. And we have some pictures.

 

November 15, 2013

Ruth Haley Barton, Bestselling Author And President Of The Transforming Center, Signs Six-Book Contract With InterVarsity Press

Award-winning author Ruth Haley Barton has signed a six-book contract with InterVarsity Press. Barton, president of The Transforming Center, a spiritual formation ministry to pastors and Christian leaders, will releaseInvitation to Transforming Community, the first of six books in the Transforming Church series, in Fall 2014.

“I am very excited about publishing a new series of books on becoming a transforming church with IVP,” Barton said. “This series will include a ‘big book’ addressed to leaders which will cast vision and clarify the major components of a church or ministry organization committed to becoming a transforming community plus a collection of smaller books designed to guide community members in studying and learning together in small groups and educational settings. Developing resources that equip and empower leaders to cultivate transforming communities is a natural next step for me and for the Transforming Center. We are so pleased to be taking it in partnership with IVP!”

“The Transforming Center is doing significant work equipping leaders in the church to have a transformational impact on the lives of the people they touch,” said Jeff Crosby, InterVarsity Press associate publisher and director of sales and marketing. “Throughout its existence, both IVP and, more personally, I have been honored to be a partner with Ruth and her team. I look forward to collaborating with them on the launch of this new collection of books.”

Barton published her first book with InterVarsity Press, Equal to the Task,in 1998. She has published five more books with InterVarsity Press, including Invitation to Solitude and Silence (2005 Christianity Today Book Award), Sacred Rhythms (2006 Logos Book Award), Longing for More, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership and Pursuing God’s Will Together (2012 Leadership Book Award).

Cindy Bunch, Barton’s editor and associate editorial director said, “It has been a delight to be Ruth Haley Barton’s editor for the past 15 years and to follow her journey as a leader in the area of spiritual formation. We are very pleased to be continuing the relationship long into the future. Ruth has some very important work ahead of her as she helps churches bring spiritual formation into the center of their ministry.”

November 12, 2013

Latest Christian News Featuring Love & The Outcome, William McDowell, Everfound & The Sonflowers

Love & The Outcome Are Top Winners At GMA Canada’s 35th Annual Covenant Awards

Integrity Music Releases Stand Up, The Debut Album From UK-Based Worship Leader And Songwriter Luke Hellebronth

Worship Leader And Pastor William McDowell Approaches Life By Withholding Nothing

Everfound Premiers Music Video For God Of The Impossible

The Sonflowers Pen First Book, Release Made To Shine Devotional For Teen Girls

How Did The Preachers Of LA Get So Rich

For King & Country Named Artist Of The Year

Worship Leader And Pastor William McDowell Releases New CD/DVD Withholding Nothing

Jason Castro Announces New Tour

Separated At Birth: Chris Tomlin & Michael J. Fox

November 12, 2013

LOVE & THE OUTCOME ARE TOP WINNERS AT GMA CANADA’S 35TH ANNUAL COVENANT AWARDS

 

Nashville, TN – (November 7, 2013) –Last night in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Word Entertainment’s Love & The Outcome were the evening’s top winner, taking home four of the five awards they were nominated for at GMA Canada’s 35th Annual Covenant Awards. In addition to being crowned “New Artist of the Year,” the Canadian duo reigned in three additional awards including “Song of the Year,” “Recorded Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year” for their debut single “He Is With Us.” The single has skyrocketed to the top of the charts in just a few short months and currently sits at No. 7 on the Canadian Christian Radio Chart and No. 8 in the U.S. on Billboard Christian Songs Chart. It is the lead single from their self-titled debut album which was released on August 27 to critical acclaim. Tomorrow Love & The Outcome will embark on the “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular,” the No. 1 tour in the world (1st quarter), for 11 dates through November and an additional 47 dates in January, February and March 2014. On November 30, they’ll join NewSong on their “Very Merry Christmas Tour” for 15 dates.

“We are blown away by the love and support of the Canadian Christian music industry and all of our friends and family who have walked this road with us,” said Love & The Outcome’s Jodi King. “We toured this beautiful country living out of our Jetta for two years which is where the song ‘He Is With Us’ came from. We are so amazed by how God is using our story!”

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). In 2013 the duo have been on the road supporting Francesca Battistelli on her “Hundred More Years Tour” and NewSong for their “Swallow The Ocean Tour.” For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com

 

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

November 12, 2013

Integrity Music Releases Stand Up, Debut Album From UK-Based Worship Leader And Songwriter Luke Hellebronth

Hellebronth’s Song “Spirit Break Out” To Be Featured In Major Motion Picture
Integrity Music announces the global release of Stand Up, the debut album from Luke Hellebronth, co-leader of London’s Worship Central, a staff member at Holy Trinity Brompton and writer of the song “Spirit Break Out,” soon to be featured in a major motion picture.
Stand Up, which is available through digital service providers including iTunes and Amazon, was produced by Hellebronth’s fellow Worship Central leader and songwriter Ben Cantelon and executive produced by Tim Hughes. The project features seven studio-recorded songs and two live tracks, all written by Hellebronth with co-writers including Cantelon, Hughes, Nick Herbert and Aaron Keyes.
The album unveils the depth of Hellebronth’s talent as a writer with songs that range in tone from urgency and optimism, as in the title track and “Our Generation,” to plaintive and personal as with “Miracle of Grace.”
… Fully embraced by prodigal love / Wrapped in compassion, I’m held in delight
The life in Your laughter, joy in Your wine – “Miracle of Grace”
Also included among the nine tracks is “Spirit Break Out,” a song that has quickly moved beyond the UK and Europe thanks to Worship Central’s 2011 global release of a live album by that title. Kim Walker-Smith followed this, covering the song for her album Still Believe and Integrity featured it on the iWorship Now/Next collection released earlier this year. The song will reach an even larger audience next spring when it is featured in the Paramount film “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe.  On Stand Up, Hellebronth and Cantelon give “Spirit Break Out” a stronger, darker treatment, reminding listeners of the fine line between intercession and worship. A live video recording of the song featuring Hellebronth and the Worship Central team can be viewed at “Spirit Break Out” (Preview) .
The complete tracklist for Stand Up is:
1. Stand Up
2. Love Like This
3. Awesome Is He
4. Miracle Of Grace
5. Ready For You
6. Who You Say You Are
7. Spirit Break Out
8. Now Is The Time For Us (Bonus – LIVE)
9. Our Generation (Bonus – LIVE)
 Luke Hellebronth serves as worship pastor at London’s Holy Trinity Brompton church (creators of the “Alpha” course). He also works with Worship Central, helping train local worship leaders and equip churches around the world. His passion is to use music and lyrics to help people worship and connect with God. Additional information, including acoustic versions of his songs and accompanying chord charts, can be found at http://www.worshipcentral.org.
November 12, 2013

Worship Leader and Pastor William McDowell Approaches Life by Withholding Nothing

“… You have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God.”
If you scan the Christian music horizon, you’ll find a wealth of artistry created in praise of God and represented by music styles as diverse as the Church itself. But there are some sounds that defy categorization, some songs that go beyond what our vocabulary can express. And it is the desire to welcome and nurture these heaven-inspired sounds and songs that drives worship leader and songwriter William McDowell.
A pioneer in modern worship, McDowell serves as the lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida. But his sphere of ministry reaches far beyond his hometown. Taking his songs around the nation and world with two previous chart-topping albums (As We Worship and Arise) and 18 million Youtube views, McDowell now releases a groundbreaking CD/DVD that takes the audio-visual worship experience to a whole new level.
Available in stores and through digital service providers, Withholding Nothing expands on the attitude of whole-hearted worship that McDowell strives for, whether at his home church or at churches, festivals and conferences around the world.
“In the past three years, we’ve traveled to over 30 countries,” says McDowell. “And along the way, we’ve experienced amazing services. But sometimes, something truly remarkable happens… it starts with the congregation, not the stage. There’s a sound of worship that comes from a congregation so hungry for God… a wave that comes from the back of the room, overtaking the concert. It’s not something that you can orchestrate or plan for, that sound, that response when God shows up.”
So how does one go about capturing that shift in the atmosphere, that moment when the order of service takes a back seat to the work of the Holy Spirit? According to the ASCAP Award winning, Stellar and Dove Award nominated writer, you simply “get out of the way.”
“The best you can do is to prepare your heart and be obedient…. you have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God.”
With this underlying approach, during 40 days of fasting and prayer prior to the recording, new songs began to emerge. As an example, McDowell points to the song “Withholding Nothing,”
“What started in rehearsal as a way to re-work our song ‘Give Myself Away’ became the title track after the event,” he explains. “As we were singing the chorus of what would become ‘Withholding Nothing,’ the response was overwhelming. The whole evening was like that… at least 45 minutes of the project was unrehearsed.”
Six months later, McDowell finished writing “Withholding Nothing.” And that finished song is now the album’s first radio single and a bonus “radio edit’ track on the CD.
Referring to both the song and the entire recording, McDowell adds, “No one expected that. We just rehearsed and then followed the leading of the Holy Spirit.”
The powerful, unforgettable result of that obedience is Withholding Nothing, a CD/DVD unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen in Christian and Gospel music. Produced by McDowell, Steven Lester of Elevation Church, Aaron Lindsey, and Clay Bogan, who co-produced AriseWithholding Nothing aims not so much to entertain or inspire as to minister to those who listen and watch. It was created as a testimony, to open wide the door for a new generation to witness the manifestation of God’s presence among his people.
With 14 unforgettable tracks recorded on CD and 20 total on the DVD, including standouts from Arise and As We WorshipWithholding Nothing reverberates with anthems of surrender and praise, overcoming and victory and a clarion call to change the world in Jesus’ name.
“The DVD highlights 2000 people immersed not in a recording but in worship, people who don’t know they are being heard by anyone but God,” McDowell explains. “We don’t get pre-claps, we don’t stop for any reason. The focus is 100 percent on God and what He’s saying, and the songs just happen the way they happen.”
In fact, when McDowell presented the DVD footage to his distribution company (Entertainment One), booking and management, a collective awe filled the room. They’d never seen anything like it before, a video that focused more on what was happening in the venue, the impact of and response to the encounter, than on the artist on stage.
“We never have a lock on it,” says McDowell. “Each time we bring our hearts to God, it feels as if it is a fresh encounter. We can’t rely on past encounters with God, because he chooses the encounter. We pray and ask him to show up, and if we think it’s something we’re doing, we’re missing the whole point.”
That point has been made crystal clear to McDowell during his travels, including extraordinary trips to Guyana, Guadeloupe and Ghana.
In Guyana, after leading three songs, McDowell witnessed an historical event when the nation’s president took the stage to pray and offer his country back to God. Furthermore, he asked for forgiveness from the opposing political party and prayed for reconciliation. It was an unprecedented act that took the nation’s media by surprise, resulting in headlines such as “Historic Reconciliation At Gospel Concert.”
While at a concert in Guadeloupe, McDowell witnessed the miraculous healing of a deaf man as thousands sang in French despite language barriers. “The thing is,” explains McDowell, “the man wasn’t even a Christian… he was at the concert because he’s a member of the media and he was covering the event.” This time, the headlines read, “Media Member Receives Healing At Concert.”
“We’re not going into these places for concerts,” says McDowell. “We’re going in to see moves of God.”
This was confirmed to McDowell in Ghana when a local pastor explained to him, “We didn’t bring you here for a concert, but for an impartation.”
 
Referencing his growing international platform, McDowell says, “If you look at what God is doing, what only He can do, I can’t take credit for any of this… if it works, it’s God. There’s no pressure because you can’t do anything apart from God, but there is responsibility to inspire the next generation to pursue God, to inspire them to get into His presence and make a difference in this world.”
“If I don’t do it, He’ll find someone who will.”
For more information on William McDowell, go to www.williammcdowellmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/williammcdowellmusic. And to follow him on Twitter, visit https://twitter.com/WilliamMcDowell.
November 12, 2013

EVERFOUND PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE TODAY AT NEWRELEASETUESDAY.COM

One of This Year’s Most Nominated Artists for NewReleaseTuesday.com’s

Second Annual WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS

 

Everfound Embarks on The Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular This Friday

Everfound’s music video for “God of the Impossible,” the second single from their debut album, premieres today exclusively at NewReleaseTuesday.com. In August the Russian-born brothers performed the track with Governor Mike Huckabee on bass when they made their national TV debut on Fox New Channels’ “Huckabee.” On November 1 they were announced as one of the most nominated artists for NewReleaseTuesday’s second annual WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS with a total of five nominations including “Album of the Year,” “Group of the Year,” “New Artist /Group of the Year,” “Best Lead Singer” (Nikita Odnoralov) and “The Hook (Best Pop Artist/Group).” Voting for the awards runs through December 13 online at the NewReleaseTuesday.com Facebook page. This Friday Everfound will embark on The Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular in Ontario, CA, which runs 11 dates through November. In January, they’ll pick back up on The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular with over 45 dates through March.

Everfound, a band comprised of four Russian-born brothers who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990’s, released their self-titled Word Entertainment debut album on July 16. The album’s lead single, “Never Beyond Repair,” climbed into the top 20 at radio and their track “What Love Means” is also 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 with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in partnership with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church to which 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 Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, 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, 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

November 12, 2013

Indie Sister Duo The Sonflowerz Pen First Book, Release Made To Shine Devotional For Teen Girls

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Indie sister duo The Sonflowerz, known for their worshipful and inspiring pop songs, announce the October 29 release of “Made To Shine,” a new 33-day devotional book created especially for girls ages 12-17.
Funded by a recent Kickstarter campaign and following the release of their critically acclaimed EP Love Walked In, “Made To Shine” is the first book from singer/songwriter sisters Elissa and Becca Leander.  Moved by conversations with their young fans, “Made To Shine” takes its name from one of their songs written for a teen girl who was the victim of bullying. And the book itself deals with topics that include relationships, peer pressure and self-image, all examined in light of the Christian faith.
Recommending “Made To Shine” to moms, Vicki Courtney, author of the books “Your Girl” and “5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter,” says:  “…this devotional should be on every girl’s nightstand.”
“‘Made To Shine” is a labor of love for us,” says Elissa. “It’s the result of hundreds of conversations, emails and letters from girls around the world… and despite social and cultural differences, there are many issues that we all struggle with, core issues related to their self-image and identity.”
Tackling many of these themes, “Made To Shine” offers conversational, story-driven devotionals, each followed by a “Reflection & Action” with scripture references as well as a “Playlist for the Day,” with recommended songs from some of The Sonflowerz’ favorite artists.
“We wanted to leave the girls with suggestions for songs that reinforce the message, pouring more positive content into their hearts and lives,” explains Becca.
The book, which is available for sale at www.sonflowerz.com and coming soon as an e-book, is the latest step in a ministry that has taken the sisters across the U.S. and throughout the U.K. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., the British/American sisters have been ministering together since their teen years when given the opportunity by their church to share a song they had written. Thirteen years later, Elissa and Becca remain committed to praising God and ministering to others. Their next project is a “Made To Shine” interactive tour for girls, which they plan to launch later this fall.
Additional information, news updates, albums and the new book are all available at http://www.sonflowerz.com. To follow The Sonflowerz on Twitter, visithttps://twitter.com/sonflowerz.
October 18, 2013

FOR KING & COUNTRY NAMED NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Marks First Dove Award Win

 

Performed Hit Single “Proof of Your Love” and Debuted “Fix My Eyes”

 (October 16, 2013) – It was announced last evening that Joel and Luke Smallbone of for KING & COUNTRY received their first Dove Award win for the coveted category of “New Artist of the Year” at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. In a celebration in Nashville, TN, the Australian brothers that make up duo for KING & COUNTRY were on hand to accept the award. They also performed their hit single “The Proof of Your Love” from their debut album and iTunes’ 2012 “Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of the Year,” Crave, and premiered new song “Fix My Eyes.”

“Luke came off the road for about three months with a digestive disorder and got down to about 125 pounds. For a 6’ 4” fellow that is pretty light,” said Joel. “It’s funny. I was so sick, in my bed thinking ‘God, why am I in so much pain?’” continued Luke. “God has a unique way of taking those moments and spinning them into something quite miraculous. I felt God say to me ‘Luke, no matter how dark things are or how difficult those trials you face might be, there is always hope in me. That is the reason why we do music. Thank you all so very much for this award. We are so blessed not only by God’s love but by so much love from the fans and the industry.”

Yesterday the duo also released their live album and concert film, Hope Is What We Crave │Live, everywhere. The project features nine live performances from their critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave. Their new single “Hope Is What We Crave” just went for adds at radio and is already closing in on the Top 25. 

for KING & COUNTRY made their late night debut on January 10 when they performed “The Proof of Your Love” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, the breakthrough duo was named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. ET’s “The Insider”said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwritercommented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

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For more information please visit, www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com / facebook.com/forkingandcountry / Follow:@ 4kingandcountry

October 18, 2013

FOR KING & COUNTRY’S HOPE IS WHAT WE CRAVE │LIVE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW

The Live Album and Concert Film Receives Glowing Praise from Critics

 Exclusive Premiere of Aussie Duo’s “Fine Fine Life” Live Video Today at CBN.com

 

 

 (October 15, 2013) –  for KING & COUNTRY’s live album and concert film, Hope Is What We Crave │Live, is available today at digital outlets and physical retailers. This live project was filmed at The Factory in Franklin, TN, on the final night of their inaugural headlining tour, “The Proof of Your Love Tour,” in November 2012. It features nine live performances from their critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave, which was named iTunes’ “Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of 2012.” Fans can catch a sneak peek into the footage as the Christian Broadcasting Network is premiering the “Fine Fine Life” video exclusively today at CBN.com. This evening, for KING & COUNTRY will perform their nominated single “The Proof of Your Love” and will debut a new song “Fix My Eyes” at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville, TN. They are also nominated for seven Dove Awards including “New Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.” The duo’s new single “Hope Is What We Crave” just went for adds at radio and is already closing in on the Top 25.

Hope Is What We Crave │Live has critics praising the project both for its exceptional live music and as a memorable experience:

“This is a live album not to be missed or even be unsure about- this is a great album, no matter what your genre of music that you listen to.” – Indie Vision Music

“Through their music, you can see that they are living proof of His Love. The live album as a whole is remarkably stunning.” – SJD Music for Christian Living

 

“While their debut album introduced fans to very solid songs, this release of live versions of those songs has taken them to a whole other level.” – Vertical Hope

“It’s not just an experience, but a time of worship with a band that in the end wants to point others to Christ.” – Christian Music Zine

 

“Whether you are just now discovering them or have enjoyed them since the beginning, Hope Is What We Crave Live CD/DVD is sure to be a great addition to your collection and one I’m sure you’ll want to enjoy over and over again.” – Christian Music Review

 

“For fans who want to watch the concert, there’s the DVD; for fans who want to sing along in the car, there’s the CD. Either way, you’re in for a treat.” – Hollywood Jesus

 

“for KING & COUNTRY’s ‘Hope Is What We Crave LIVE,’ offers up so much good music that you need to add it to your musical collection.” – Christian Rockers Online

for KING & COUNTRY are currently on the Newsboys’ “Restart” tour through October. In December, they’ll join Big Daddy Weave and Meredith Andrews for 10 dates on the “K-LOVE Christmas Tour.”

 

for KING & COUNTRY, recently named “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, made their late night debut on January 10 performing “The Proof Of Your Love” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY were named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

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For more information please visit, www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com / facebook.com/forkingandcountry / Follow:@ 4kingandcountry

October 14, 2013

Orlando-Based Worship Leader and Pastor William McDowell To Release New CD/DVD Withholding Nothing On November 5

Packed With New Songs and Extemporaneous, Unrehearsed Moments,
Withholding Nothing Takes The Audio Visual Worship Experience To New Level
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 8, 2013)- – On the heels of two critically acclaimed, genre-bending albums, worship leader William McDowell prepares for the November 5threlease of a groundbreaking new CD/DVD that takes the audio-visual worship experience to a new level.  Appropriately titled Withholding Nothing, the project contains over 60 minutes of passionate, extemporaneous worship in the form of songs, choruses and instrumental interludes that reverberate with themes of surrender and thanksgiving.
With 14 tracks recorded on CD and 20 on the DVD, including standouts from his chart-topping albums Arise and As We WorshipWithholding Nothing highlights 2,000 people immersed not in a recording, but in worship.
“These people don’t know they are being heard by anyone but God,” explains McDowell. “We don’t get pre-claps, we don’t stop for any reason. The focus is 100 percent on God and what He’s saying, and the songs just happen the way they happen…we rehearsed, we prepared, but in the end, the Holy Spirit led the evening.”
So how does one go about capturing that shift in the atmosphere, that moment when the order of service takes a back seat to the work of the Holy Spirit? According to McDowell, who is also the lead pastor at Orlando’s Deeper Fellowship Church, you simply “get out of the way.”
“The best you can do is to prepare your heart and be obedient,” says McDowell. “…you have to be willing to become invisible. It’s never about you. Nothing in the service is about you. People aren’t coming to see you. They are coming to experience God.”
And throughout the two-hour-long DVD, viewers are captivated as the presence of God takes complete control of the room while McDowell introduces a plethora of new worship anthems and songs of praise for today’s church. These include “Can’t Live Without You,” featuring guest vocalist Nicole Binion, “Are You Ready?” featuring guest Aaron Lindsey and “My Heart Sings,” in which McDowell cries out, “My worship is too deep for my words…I’ve got to cry from the depth of my heart… my vocabulary is too limited when it comes to God.”
The complete tracklist for the CD portion of Withholding Nothing, including guest vocalists, is:
1.   Releasing A Sound
2.   Bring Me A Minstrel
3.   Expecting
4.   Are You Ready (featuring Pablo Villatoro and Aaron Lindsey)
5.   Through Christ
6.   We Will Prevail
7.   Sovereign God (featuring Danny Gokey)
8.   When I Call Your Name
9.   There Is Something About That Name
10. My Heart Sings
11. Can’t Live Without You (featuring Nicole Binion)
12. Withholding Nothing
13. There Is A Sound
14. Withholding Nothing (Radio Edit)
Withholding Nothing, which is distributed by Entertainment One Music, will be available in stores and through iTunes and Amazon beginning November 5.
Modern worship pioneer William McDowell is known for crossing musical genres and blending styles as he brings people of all ages, cultures and denominations together through passionate, Christ-centered worship. The lead pastor at Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida, McDowell has a sphere of influence that reaches far beyond his hometown. The ASCAP Award winning and Dove and Stellar Award-nominated worship leader’s songs have traveled the world, ministering to the global church through his recordings, international worship events and 18 million Youtube views.
October 14, 2013

People Who Look Alike – Chris Tomlin And Michael J Fox

 

September 28, 2013

JASON CASTRO JOINS MATTHEW WEST’S INTO THE LIGHT TOUR AND RELEASES NEW SINGLE, STAY THIS WAY, TO RADIO

 

(September 25, 2013) –  Internationally-recognized singer/songwriter Jason Castro is gearing up for the release of the third single, “Stay This Way,” from his debut Word Entertainment album, Only A Mountain. This week the track ships to radio and will go for adds on October 18th. Castro, after having spent the summer co-headlining a tour with Ryan Cabrera, promoting his appearance in the UP! original movie, “The Perfect Summer,” and visiting Colombia, South America, on an “I am Second” expedition, is hitting the road again this week with Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets for West’s “Into the Light Tour.” Then, throughout the holiday season, he’ll join NewSong for “The Very Merry Christmas Tour” which runs through December 15.

“‘Stay This Way’ is the most relevant for me lyrically. You know, in the last couple years I think I realized for the first time that I’d grown up accustomed to some things being the way they were, thinking that I can’t outrun my last mistake, and I’m just stuck here. I always believed in God, I knew He was good – I thought I was just messed up,” said Castro who co-wrote the song with its producers Ben Glover and David Garcia. “I didn’t understand what people meant by freedom in Christ. I never felt free – I always felt like a slave to my sin. It wasn’t until these last few years that I got into my first real Biblical community. And as I started to share my life with others, and we studied God’s word together, I really discovered freedom for the first time. And so that’s been a big part of my journey these last few years and one of the highlights.”

On Thursday, Matthew West’s “Into the Light Tour” featuring Castro and Sidewalk Prophets commences in Carlsbad, NM. The tour runs through November 17th and is scheduled to visit 30 cities throughout the U.S. Immediately following this tour he’ll join “The Very Merry Christmas Tour” alongside NewSong, Audio Adrenaline and Love & The Outcome. The tour kicks off in Tyler, TX, on November 30th and hits 15 cities.

 

Sept. 26         Carlsbad, NM – Walter Gerrell’s Performing Arts Center

Sept. 27         Phoenix, AZ – Grand Canyon University

Sept. 28         Saint George, UT – Dixie State College, Cox Auditorium

Sept. 29         Sparks, NV – Sparks Christian Fellowship

Sept. 30         Brentwood, CA – Golden Hills Community Church

Oct. 2              Coos Bay, OR – Marshfield High School Auditorium

Oct. 3              Portland, OR – New Hope Community Church

Oct. 6              Issaquah, WA – Eastridge Church

Oct. 8              Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne Civic Center

Oct. 9              Bismarck, ND – Shiloh Christian School

Oct. 10            Dickinson, ND – Trinity High School

Oct. 11            Gillette, WY – New Life Wesleyan Church

Oct. 12            Rapid City, SD – Performing Arts Center of Rapid City

Oct. 18            Bel Air, MD – Harford Community College

Oct. 19            Simpsonville, SC – Southside Christian School

Oct. 24            Wausau, WI – Grand Theater Wausau

Oct. 25            Appleton, WI – Appleton Alliance Church

Oct. 26            Bourbonnais, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

Oct. 27            Indianapolis, IN – The Caring Place

Nov. 1             Fort Wayne, IN – First Assembly of God

Nov. 2             Eden Prairie, MN – Grace Church

Nov. 3             Zeeland, MI – Community Reformed Church

Nov. 7             McAlester, OK – Southeast Expo Center

Nov. 8             Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Berean Church

Nov. 9             Tulsa, OK – ORU Mabee Center

Nov. 10          Mount Vernon, IL – Central Christian Church

Nov. 14          Lubbock, TX – City Bank Coliseum

Nov. 15          Andrews, TX – Andrews County Expo

Nov. 16          Decatur, TX – First Baptist Church

Nov. 17          Tyler, TX – Lane’s Chapel UMC

Nov. 30          Tyler, TX – The Oil Palace

Dec. 1             Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge River Center

Dec. 2             Russellville, AR – Russellville Performing Arts Center

Dec. 3             Wichita, KS – NewSpring Church

Dec. 5             Anderson, SC – Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center

Dec. 6             Kinston, NC – Kinston Performing Arts Center

Dec. 7             Whiteville, NC – Northwood Assembly

Dec. 8             Johnson City, TN – Freedom Hall Civic Center (PWYC)

Dec. 9             Hight Point, NC – First Wesleyan Church

Dec. 10          Marion, IL – Marion Cultural and Civic Center

Dec. 11          Lancaster, OH – Fairfield Christian Academy

Dec. 13          Pascagoula, MS – First Baptist Church

Dec. 14          Warner Robins, GA – Warner Robins Civic Center

Dec. 15          Woodstock, GA – First Baptist of Woodstock

Dec. 16          Charlotte, NC – Central Church of God

 

For further information and a complete list of tour dates visit www.jasoncastro.com.

 

About Jason Castro:

Internationally-renowned recording artist and “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro has topped radio charts in multiple countries, including: Norway, Singapore and The Philippines. His self-titled debut album entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 18. Throughout his career, Jason has appeared on television shows such as “TODAY,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Access Hollywood” and “The Bachelor” and has appeared on the pages of Rolling StoneUSA Today and The New York Times. Castro just released his Word Entertainment debut album, Only A Mountain, January 15, 2013.

September 26, 2013

Latest Christian News Matt Redman, Daniel Bashta, Newsboys, For King And Country

Celebrated Passion Conferences Worship Leader Matt Redman Releases New Album: Your Grace Finds Me

Daniel Bashta Takes His Free Tour, Strip Everything Away, To Churches Around The Country

Love And The Outcome’s Debut Album Releases To Applause By Critics

Bestselling Author Nick Vujicic Signs New Multi-Book Deal With Waterbrook Multnomah

Newsboys To Headline Winter Jam West

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September 25, 2013

Integrity Music Worship Leader/Songwriter Daniel Bashta Hits The Road This Fall For the Free Strip Everything Away Tour

Bashta To Visit 38 U.S. Cities With Guest Speaker Cody Deese 
Daniel Bashta, Integrity Music worship leader and writer of “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead),” will take his music on the road this fall, visiting 38 cities across the U.S. with guest speaker Cody Deese for the free “Strip Everything Away Tour.”
Referencing the lyrics “strip everything away ‘til all I have is You” from his song “Pursuit,” Bashta launches the tour at the Salvation Army Church in Anaheim, Calif., on September 5 with stops in 19 states before concluding at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NJ on November 18.  A list of tour dates and cities follows below with information also available at “Strip Everything Away Tour”.
“We had this dream of doing a tour that would not have a price tag on it,” says Bashta. “In a culture driven by stadium stage glitz and glamour, our heart and mission for the night is that we are removing the noise of the circus to create space for God to speak… one night of worship and wonder, stripping everything away and pursuing the presence of God.”
For Bashta, a “missionary kid” who grew up immersed in ministry all around the globe, speaking life and hope into a dark world has been a life-long passion. Educated at the Worship Institute of London and heavily influenced by the ministry of Soul Survivor, Bashta’s path of ministry reads like a winding stream that eventually led him to his current role as worship pastor at RiverStone Church, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Along the way, Bashta has been writing songs that have become the heart cry for worshipers from different cultures and church backgrounds. In 2011, Integrity released his debut full-length album The Sounds of Daniel Bashta, packed with many of these songs, including “Like A Lion (God’s Not Dead)” popularized by the Newsboys and “Pursuit” popularized by Jesus Culture. This year saw the release of The Invisible, which introduced more new songs including, “Praise The Invisible,” “Undone” and “Let Hope In.” Both albums resulted in acclaim from worship leaders, music fans and critics, earning Bashta kudos for his writing and vocals filled with raw conviction, courage and compassion and what Worship Leader magazine refers to as “vibrant lyrical poetry.” For more information, visit www.danielbashta.com.

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September 25, 2013

FOR KING & COUNTRY PERFORM BEFORE 34,000 PEOPLE AT THE 24TH ANNUAL HARVEST CRUSADE IN ANAHEIM, CA, SATURDAY NIGHT

On Saturday night, critically-acclaimed duo for KING & COUNTRY performed before an audience of 34,000 people at Harvest Crusade at Angel’s Stadium in  Anaheim, CA. The event, now in its 24th year, is hosted by Pastor Greg Laurie and is designed to be an opportunity for Christians to invite family members and friends to hear the message of the gospel in an entertaining and non-threatening environment.

“For King and Country was a great addition to the Harvest Crusade this year,” said John Collins, Executive Director of Harvest Ministries. “Their performance was electric and had universal appeal. We’ve had nothing but great comments about the quality of their music and the content of the message.” “Occasionally there comes a moment where the hours of writing, recording, rehearsing, touring, praying and dreaming all collide into a profound crescendo,” added Joel of for KING & COUNTRY. “Saturday night, as we stood alongside Greg Laurie and 34,000+ friends and shouted ‘Let my life be the proof of Your love,’ was without a doubt one of those rare, spiritual and profound moments.”

This past week the duo also received seven nominations including “New Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards scheduled to take place in Nashville, TN, on October 15. On Tuesday, for KING & COUNTRY released their live CD/DVD package, Hope is What We Crave │LIVE, which was recorded on the final night of their first headlining tour in 2012 and features their new single, “Hope Is What We CRAVE.”

In September, for KING & COUNTRY can be seen at Night of Joy at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, and on the Newsboys “Restart Tour” which kicks off on the 20th in Barre, VT. For further information and a complete listing of upcoming tour dates visit www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com.

for KING & COUNTRY’s Upcoming Tour Dates:

Aug. 31:         Rock the Flags – Jackson, NJ

Sept. 1:           Lifelight Festival – Worthing, SD

Sept. 4:           Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Lake Buena Vista, FL

Sept. 6:           Night of Joy 2013 – Kissimmee, FL

Sept. 20:        Barre Municipal Auditorium – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Barre, VT

Sept. 21:        Shippensburg Fairgrounds – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Shippensburg, PA

Sept. 22:        State Theatre – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – New Brunswick, NJ

Sept. 27:        Calvary Baptist Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Savannah, GA

Sept. 28:        Northwestern College – Saint Paul, MN

Oct. 3:             Celebration Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Metairie, LA

Oct. 5:             Heart O’ Texas & Rodeo – Waco, TX

Oct. 10:           Jesse Auditorium Missouri University – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Columbia, MO

Oct. 11:           Taft – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Cincinnati, OH

Oct. 12:           Cullman Fair Grounds – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Cullman, AL

Oct. 13:           RiverGlen Christian Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Waukesha, WI

Oct. 19:           Adler Theatre – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Davenport, IA

Oct. 20:           Rivers Edge Convention Center – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – St. Cloud, MN

Oct. 22:           First Assembly of God Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Fargo, ND

Oct. 24:           Radisson Convention Church – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Green Bay, WI

Oct. 25:           Corn Palace – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Mitchell, SD

Oct. 26:           Family Arena – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – St. Charles, MO

Oct. 27:           Prairie Capital Convention Center – Newsboys’ “Restart Tour” – Springfield, IL

Nov. 9:            Westgate River Ranch – River Ranch, FL

Nov. 23:         Gatlinburg Convention Center – Gatlinburg, TN

Nov. 29:         Texas Louisiana Youth Conference – San Antonio, TX

Nov. 30:         Saddleback Church – Lake Forest, CA

Dec. 1:            Saddleback Church – Lake Forest, CA

Dec. 22:         Southeast Christian Church – Louisville, KY

for KING & COUNTRY, recently named “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, made their late night debut on January 10 performing “The Proof Of Your Love” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY were named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwritercommented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

September 25, 2013

LOVE & THE OUTCOME’S DEBUT ALBUM RELEASES TO APPLAUSE BY CRITICS

Lead Single, “He Is With Us,” Is Highest Charting Debut Single Currently on

Billboard’s Christian Songs Chart

 

 

 

Word Entertainment’s breakthrough duo Love & The Outcome released their self-titled debut album on Tuesday to rave reviews and top 5 chart placement on the iTunes’ Christian Albums chart.  In addition, their debut single, “He Is With Us,” has skyrocked to No. 13 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart making it the highest charting debut single currently on the chart and the duo the only new artist inside the top 15. On September 13, Love & The Outcome are kicking off NewSong’s “Swallow The Ocean” tour which is slated to hit Philadelphia, Pa., St. Louis, Mo., Gainesville, Fla., Chesapeake, Va., Lenoir, N.C., and Waycross, Ga. among other cities.

Love & The Outcome have generated quite a buzz since the release of their debut single “He Is With Us” in May. Billboard included them in their “Bubbling Under” section in June which highlights new and noteworthy acts. Additional media have taken notice of the duo with the progression up the chart of their single and the release of their debut album.

NewReleaseTuesday.com: “Love & The Outcome is one of the strongest debut releases of 2013, by a group well worth keeping on your radar.”

BREATHEcast.com: “Love and the Outcome has released one of the promising releases this year.”

 

ChristianMusicZine.com: “I totally loved Love & The Outcome’s debut album… I suggest that you definitely buy the album when it releases, and Jodi and Chris…ought to be congratulated.”

 

ChristianRockersOnline.com: “On their self-titled debut release Canadian husband and wife duo Love and the Outcome really hit the mark musically with songs that cruise along like a fine tuned Ferrari with uplifting lyrics filled with God’s hope, promise, and grace.”

 

IndieVisionMusic.com: “Love and the Outcome’s debut record is a bright highlight that’ll hopefully continue far into the future, with this Canadian outfit getting my vote for best album from a new artist in 2013.”

 

JesusFreakHideout.com: “this debut works, both as a snapshot in a young couple’s journey and an inspiring, God-centered soundtrack for the traveller in us all.

AlphaOmegaNews.org: “Their self-titled debut is solid and fans of the contemporary pop genre should be getting used to hearing them on the radio and the same would not be disappointed in the album as a whole.”

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndTheOutcome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

September 25, 2013

LOVE & THE OUTCOME RECEIVES FIVE GMA CANADA COVENANT AWARD NOMINATIONS

 

Nashville, TN – (September 23, 2013) – Word Entertainment’s Love & The Outcome is one of the top nominees for GMA Canada’s 35th Annual Covenant Awards scheduled to take place in Canada on November 6 in Burlington, ON. The Canadian duo are nominated for “New Artist of the Year,” “Music Video of the Year” for their song “City of God” in addition to “Song of the Year,” “Recorded Song of the Year” and “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year” for their debut single and smash hit, “He Is With Us.” The single, currently No. 11 on Billboard Christian Songs Chart, is also the lead track from their self-titled debut album which was released August 27 to critical acclaim. Love & The Outcome is currently on the road with NewSong for their “Swallow The Ocean Tour” and will join “The Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular” in November.

 

“It’s such an honour to be nominated alongside our friends and peers,” said Love & The Outcome’s Jodi King. “Chris and I have always written and performed music knowing it’s our best contribution to building God’s Kingdom on earth. We’re so glad to see people joining in and singing along.”

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndTheOutcome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, 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, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

September 25, 2013

DARA MACLEAN SOPHOMORE ALBUM, WANTED, DEBUTS TO APPLAUSE FROM CRITICS

Title Track / Lead Single Climbs to No. 4 at Hot AC/CHR

(September 24, 2013) – Fervent Records’ soulful vocalist/songwriter Dara Maclean released her sophomore album, Wanted, today to outstanding praise from critics and a Top 5 chart position on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. Produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Hillsong, Meredith Andrews),Wanted is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2011 debut album, You Got My Attention, which garnered her a 2011 Dove Awards’ nomination for “New Artist of the Year.” The album’s lead single and title track, “Wanted,” is currently No. 4 at Hot AC/CHR and climbing.

Early reviews have critics embracing Maclean’s latest effort and comparing her to some the finest voices of today. Here are a few highlights:

“These are the most transparent, vulnerable and authentic lyrics I’ve heard on any album this year. If you like soulful singer-songwriters like Adele, Lana Del Rey and Natasha Bedingfield, you’ll love Wanted by Dara Maclean.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com (5/5 stars)

“Contemporary Christian music has found its Adele with Dara Maclean.” – Digital Journal (4.5/5 stars)

“You won’t find a single ‘bad’ song on this album. For that matter, you won’t even find a ‘take it or leave it’ one….they’re all top notch, making this a five star release…This is a young woman with something to say and an incredible voice to say it with. But don’t just take my word for it; listen for yourself and prepare to fall in love.”– Hallels.com (5/5 stars)

“You’ll definitely be changed from the inside out after these 12 tracks…A must buy… Dara Maclean’s respect is about to go through the roof, and hopefully you all can be a part of her journey!” – Christian Music Zine (4.5/5 stars)

“…this album…is able to stand tall amidst all of these releases, possibly being one of my favourite pop-soul albums of the year.”– Indie Vision Music (4/5 stars)

“Maclean is one of the most promising young artists in Christian music today and Wanted is prime proof of this- don’t expect her to go anywhere anytime soon- just expect her to pick up more and more steam and become one of the biggest names out there.” – The Front Row Report – (9/10 stars)

In support of Wanted, Maclean will participate in a series of Google+ Hangouts with key partners throughout the week.  Please see schedule for further information:

Sept. 24         2pm CT – DaraMaclean.com

Sept. 25         5pm CT – NewReleaseTuesday.com

Sept. 26         3pm CT – InternationalJusticeMission.com

Sept. 27         12pm CT – CCMMagazine.com

 

Maclean is on tour with Casting Crowns through October and then will join the “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular” through November. This week on Maclean’s website fans can also enter for a chance to win a flyaway to see her on the Casting Crowns tour on October 24 in Lafayette, LA. For further details, please visit www.DaraMaclean.com.

 

Powerful vocalist and songwriter Dara Maclean first sparked the music industry’s interest with her 2011 debut, You Got My Attention. The album introduced a powerful new voice in Christian pop, steeped in Motown and soul and beaming a heart for the broken and struggling. The LP reached the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Christian Albums chart, and album tracks “Suitcases” and “Free” each hit the Top 20 on Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. “Suitcases” appeared on the 2012 installment of WOW Hits, celebrating Christian radio’s biggest songs, and You Got My Attention closer “Home” was included in The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini-Series, a companion to the smash History Channel series. The Texas-bred singer-songwriter earned a New Artist of the Year nomination in the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, and spent nearly two years straight on the road with some of Christian music’s biggest names, including Casting Crowns and Newsong, and on major tours including Winter Jam and the KLOVE Acoustic Christmas Tour. Maclean has earned high critical praise throughout, NewReleaseTuesday including her among its Top 10 New Female Christian Singers in 2012, noting that “Dara displays the strongest vocals I’ve heard in years.” Maclean is also passionate about raising awareness and bringing an end to human trafficking and is an advocate for the International Justice Mission.

 

Facebook: Facebook.com/DaraMaclean

Twitter: Twitter.com/DaraMaclean

YouTube: YouTube.com/DaraMaclean

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, NEEDTOBREATHE, Point Of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets, Skillet, Switchfoot and We As Human and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Music Publications & Church Resources, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

August 21, 2013

Best-selling author Nick Vujicic signs new multi-book deal with WaterBrook Multnomah

WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group has signed a new multi-book, major deal, including world rights, with Nick Vujicic, the and internationally best-selling author of Life Without Limits, Unstoppable and Limitless(WaterBrook Press).

Vujicic is the Australian-native, international evangelist, and inspirational speaker born without arms or legs who travels the world speaking to large audiences about living a “ridiculously good life.” He is the founder of Life Without Limbs, an organization that helps share a message of hope to the entire globe. He has been featured on such programs as “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Oprah’s Life Class,” and “60 Minutes.” His books with WaterBrook Press have more than a million copies in print and have been translated into 28 languages.

The first book in the new agreement, tentatively titled Love Without Limits, is scheduled to publish in 2015. It tells Vujicic’s stories of finding his spouse and the birth of his son—both gifts of love from the God of love—and the hope his experience offers for all of us.

“We are thrilled with our publishing relationship with Nick Vujicic,” said Stephen W. Cobb, president and publisher of the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, a division of the Crown Publishing Group. “Nick is an inspiration, reaching millions of people in countries that don’t often hear a message like his. We see a significant future in his ministry and are happy to be a partner in it with him.”

Vujicic is represented by Jan Miller, CEO and founder of Dupree Miller and Associates.

Under his current contract, Vujicic’s fourth non-fiction title, A Bully’s Dream, will release on Apr. 15, 2014. Drawing from his painful, personal experience as a victim of bullies, Vujicic offers compelling advice on how to respond to the negative influence of emotional and physical abuse from peers. He provides encouragement, motivation, and practical directions on how young people can overcome personal challenges, and then, both individually and collectively, work to make their world a better place.

August 21, 2013

Newsboys to headline Winter Jam West

The internationally top-ranked Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular—featuring 10 artists for $10—is set to hit 11 Western cities this fall, headlined by multi-GRAMMY-nominated Newsboys. Once again boasting many of the top names in Christian music, Winter Jam West kicks-off in Los Angeles Nov. 8 at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena.

Created and hosted by GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, the tour also includes Tenth Avenue North; Thousand Foot Krutch; Plumb; and Building 429, along with a special worship set from Crowder (select cities) or Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill (select cities), in addition to a message from evangelist Nick Hall. The Youth Music Vault Pre-Jam party will feature Love & The Outcome, Everfound, and Dara Maclean.

Winter Jam West is slated to hit Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center; the Rose Garden Arena in Portland; Sacramento, California’s Sleep Train Arena; World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO; Boise, Idaho’s Taco Bell Arena; and Glendale, Arizona’s Jobing.com Arena, among other top venues, before concluding Nov. 24 at the Ft. Worth Convention Center in Ft. Worth, TX.

Promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, Winter Jam West partners include God’s Not Dead the movie; University of Mobile; PEPSI; Teen Missions International, Xtreme Conferences; Camp Electric; Premier Christian Cruises; Wayne E. Bailey Produce; and Texas TransEastern.

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

August 21, 2013

Joel Osteen’s I Declare hits one million copies sold in 10 months

FaithWords (Hachette Book Group) announced that by Joel Osteen has passed the one million mark in sales, 10 months after its publication in hardcover, eBook, and audiobook. I Declare is currently available in Spanish and released in trade paperback Aug. 6.

“We knew I Declare was a special book from the beginning,” said Rolf Zettersten, SVP & publisher for Hachette Nashville. “We were confident it would sell a million copies, but it exceeded our expectations by doing so in less than 10 months.”

Broken into 31 segments, I Declare defines the most powerful blessings in Scripture and encourages readers to declare one each day for a month. The declarations affirm God’s blessings in the areas of health, family legacy, decisions, finances, thoughts, outlook, and overcoming obstacles.

Osteen’s new book, Break Out! releases Oct. 1. Break Out! challenges readers to have a new perspective, to let nothing hold them back, and to reject labels that might limit them.

August 21, 2013

Influence Music We Believe Live Album hits No. 1

The debut album from Influence Music, We Believe Live, has taken this week’s No. 1 position on the Nielsen / SoundScan Praise & Worship chart. (The chart compiles digital and physical sales and then ranks albums based on total U.S. sales.) The album topped long-time powerhouse artists including Hillsong United, Passion, and Chris Tomlin. Additionally, the album broke into the Top 200, a feat not often reached by worship albums. (The Billboard Top 200 ranks albums in all secular and Christian genres.)

“Having so much momentum around a debut album is unique. It really shows the strength of the songs and the power of our movement,” said Josh Babyar, director of new media for the Assemblies of God (U.S.), which created Influence Music.
According to Sol Arledge, COO of the AG, by focusing on three up-and-coming worship leaders from within the Assemblies of God—Kurtis Parks from National Community Church in Washington, DC (Mark Batterson, lead pastor), Clayton Brooks from The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak, TX (Scott Wilson, senior pastor), and Ryan Williams from River Valley Church in the twin cities area (Rob Ketterling, lead pastor)—the goal was to capture the sound of the movement. “We have so much talent and heritage inside of our local churches,” Arledge said. “We wanted to put some of that art on a platform that unites us in worship.”

Recently, the three artists led worship for the Influence Conference, General Council’s opening service and the youth service on Wednesday night. “It was so powerful,” said Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of AG. “Having this team, all leaders from different regions of our movement, humbly leading the body in worship really ushered in the presence of God in a very special way.”

The group will reunite on Sept. 3 at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), where We Believe Live was recorded during the school’s annual 7:14 Prayer conference. They will lead the student body in worship during the university’s spiritual emphasis week.

August 21, 2013

44th Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominations Announced Today

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today, from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University, the nominees in 42 categories for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The show will be broadcast on Monday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on the UP! Television Network. Voting for the final winners will run Sept. 3-24. All tabulations certified by the independent accounting firm, Kraft CPAs PLLC.

Additionally, key partners for this year’s show were announced including Food for the Hungry, Official Humanitarian Partner; Cantinas Ranch, Nominee Lunch Partner; Kia Motors, Dove Cares Red Carpet and HearitFirst.com, Technology Partner. Hearitfirst.com will live stream the red carpet, pre-telecast and other non-broadcast show activities.

The nominees in 22 categories were revealed today during the press conference, and the remaining categories can be found atwww.doveawardsvoting.com/nominees. Included here are five of the top categories announced today.

 

Artist of the Year

Chris Tomlin, sixstepsrecords

Francesca Battistelli, Fervent

Lecrae, Reach Records

Tamela Mann, TillyMann

TobyMac, ForeFront Records

New Artist of the Year

Capital Kings, Gotee Records

Colton Dixon, Sparrow Records

for King & Country, Fervent

Rhett Walker Band, Essential Records

Tasha Cobbs, EMI Gospel

 

Song of the Year

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman, (writers) Matt

Redman, Jonas Myrin

“All I Can Do (Thank You),” Mikeschair, (writers) Mike Grayson,

Ben Glover, David Garcia

“Break Every Chain,” Tasha Cobbs, (writer) Will Reagan

“Forgiveness,” Matthew West, (writer) Matthew West

“From My Rags To His Riches,” Devin McGlamery featuring Dailey & Vincent, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

“Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored,” Gaither Vocal Band, (writers) Larry Gatlin, Bill Gaither

“Hold On,” Canton Junction, (writer) Gerald Crabb

“I’m Learning,” Aaron & Amanda Crabb, (writers) Lee Black, Michael Fordinal, Kenna West

“Live Like That,” Sidewalk Prophets, (writers) Dave Fray, Ben McDonald, Ben Glover

“Need You Now (How Many Times),” Plumb, (writers) Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, Luke Sheets, Christa Wells

“Not For a Moment (After All),” Meredith Andrews, (writers) Meredith Andrews, Jacob Sooter, Mia Fieldes

“One Thing Remains,” Kristian Stanfill, (writers) Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle

“Redeemed,” Big Daddy Weave, (writers) Mike Weaver, Benji Cowart

“Sometimes I Wonder,&rdquo

August 21, 2013

Nielsen signs agreement to acquire Bowker Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products

Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, and ProQuest affiliate R.R. Bowker, a leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions, have signed a definitive agreement for Nielsen to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products. This acquisition will build on Nielsen’s existing global book intelligence by adding enhanced offerings in transaction services and sales measurement and analysis.

Bowker’s industry-leading Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products will be integrated into Nielsen’s book portfolio upon completion of this acquisition. Nielsen will soon be able to measure the impact of eBook sales in the U.S. and UK and provide insights and trends around the volume and value of books sales by various demographic criteria. Nielsen will also be able to offer for the first time a B2B service that enables retailers to source and order books throughout the English-language book market.

“We are committed to elevating the global book industry’s understanding of print and digital book measurement and discovery within an evolving media landscape,” said Jonathan Nowell, president, books, Nielsen. “Bowker has developed first-rate book analytic solutions, which offer a great complement to Nielsen’s existing solutions for the book industry. We are excited to welcome Bowker’s team to Nielsen, and we will work together to provide our clients with the measurement, tools, insights and linked commerce solutions needed to exceed their current and future expectations.”

“Our commitment at Bowker and ProQuest is to develop solutions that streamline the workflow of our customers,” said ProQuest CEO Kurt Sanford. “By bringing together Nielsen and Bowker analytic services, book publishers will receive the critical data they require to navigate the transition to digital-first publishing, through one tool set from one source, significantly simplifying the collection of business intelligence.”

Bowker will continue to play a key role for book publishers by powering and transforming book discovery. Working closely with its affiliate ProQuest, Bowker will focus on facilitating and enhancing book discovery through technology solutions, such as Syndetic Solutions™ and Summon®, and through identifier services (including ISBNs and ISNIs).

This acquisition of select Bowker products underscores Nielsen’s desire to advance the holistic understanding and supply chain efficiency of the global book industry. Bowker products that will be available as part of the Nielsen Book portfolio include:

·         Business Intelligence products: PubTrack ™ Digital, PubTrack ™ Christian, PubTrack™ Higher-Ed, and Bowker Market Research Books & Consumers, Global Ebook Monitor, and custom research

·         Commerce Solutions products: PubEasy® and Pubnet®

The Nielsen Book portfolio currently includes BookData, BookNet, Registration Agencies and BookScan.

August 21, 2013

B&H Publishing Group announces Jim Baird as VP of B&H Academic, WORDsearch, and CrossBooks

Selma Wilson, B&H Publishing Group president, announced a strategic shift that will incorporate three of the organization’s key consumer brands under the oversight of Jim Baird, who has led B&H Academic since 2008.

In his new role, Baird will manage B&H Academic, WORDSearch, and CrossBooks with a team comprised of Paul Mikos, who will set strategy for CrossBooks, and Chris Cowan, who will set strategy for B&H Academic.

“Jim’s background and experience in the academic, software, publishing, ministry and business arenas make him uniquely gifted for this role,” Wilson said. “His leadership both internally and externally has helped build B&H Academic as a recognized leader amongst authors and scholars.”

LifeWay acquired the Bible software solutions WORDsearch and QuickVerse in 2011. WORDhas been a provider of Bible study software since 1987, offering over 4,800 Bibles and books that make study faster, easier and more enjoyable. As part of the WORDsearch family of software, QuickVerse has been known for over 20 years as an affordable, easy-to-use Bible software program that can be found in more Christian bookstores and retail outlets than any other Bible software.

Baird sees a natural alignment between B&H Academic and Wordsearch. “As a WORD consumer for many years, I know from experience that we serve well those who teach and preach. We are able to reach the masses through all forms of technology including desktop, iOS app, cloud and coming soon the Android app,” Baird said.

August 21, 2013

The Jesus Storybook Bible Tops One Million Copies Sold

Author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ top-selling The Jesus Storybook Bible(Zonderkidz, 2007) has surpassed one million units sold.

Since its debut, The Jesus Storybook Bible has been published in eight different formats including a church curriculum, and collector’s edition with award-winning audio narrated by David Suchet and animated videos. This storybook Bible has been published in 19 different languages worldwide and is the narrative of 44 Bible stories of a young Jesus who comes to win back his lost treasure. Readers of all ages have been impacted by the story of God’s love for his children and how he came to rescue them.

As the storybook Bible gained in popularity, so did its broad appeal. “The Jesus Storybook Bible” spans across all ages being used in men’s and women’s ministry groups, prison ministries, seminary classes and endorsed by several pastors. Just this year, was put on the list of recommended titles for Bible Study Fellowship.

Accompanied with original and unique illustrations by artist Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible has received several notable awards including the Mom’s Choice Award, Moonbeam Award, and NAPPA Award. It has been mentioned in thousands of blogs, magazines, newspapers, and trade reviews.

“One million units is nothing short of incredible,” commented Annette Bourland, SVP and group publisher of Zondervan Books. “Sally and Jago create such inspiration in all of their works and we are thrilled to share this milestone. Our continued focus on making this available to more people will bless children, families, churches, and other organizations who want to plant the seed of Christ.”

For more information, visit www.JesusStoryBookBible.com.

August 21, 2013

B&H Publishing Group announces Jim Baird as VP of B&H Academic, WORDsearch, and CrossBooks

Selma Wilson, B&H Publishing Group president, announced a strategic shift that will incorporate three of the organization’s key consumer brands under the oversight of Jim Baird, who has led B&H Academic since 2008.

In his new role, Baird will manage B&H Academic, WORDSearch, and CrossBooks with a team comprised of Paul Mikos, who will set strategy for CrossBooks, and Chris Cowan, who will set strategy for B&H Academic.

“Jim’s background and experience in the academic, software, publishing, ministry and business arenas make him uniquely gifted for this role,” Wilson said. “His leadership both internally and externally has helped build B&H Academic as a recognized leader amongst authors and scholars.”

LifeWay acquired the Bible software solutions WORDsearch and QuickVerse in 2011. WORDhas been a provider of Bible study software since 1987, offering over 4,800 Bibles and books that make study faster, easier and more enjoyable. As part of the WORDsearch family of software, QuickVerse has been known for over 20 years as an affordable, easy-to-use Bible software program that can be found in more Christian bookstores and retail outlets than any other Bible software.

Baird sees a natural alignment between B&H Academic and Wordsearch. “As a WORD consumer for many years, I know from experience that we serve well those who teach and preach. We are able to reach the masses through all forms of technology including desktop, iOS app, cloud and coming soon the Android app,” Baird said.

Likewise, CrossBooks, launched in 2009, offers traditional and self-publishing, a process that entails meeting the same rigorous theological standards of B&H Academic and its parent company B&H Publishing Group.

August 21, 2013

Crossway Books Appoints Justin Taylor Publisher Of Books

Allan Fisher, Crossway’s SVP and publisher for books, retired in July, after serving as Crossway’s book publisher over the last eight years. Before joining Crossway, Fisher began his publishing career nearly 40 years ago at Baker Publishing Group, where he served as director of publications, later holding the same position for five years at P&R Publishing.

As Crossway president Dr. Lane Dennis noted, “We are deeply grateful to Allan Fisher for the enormous contribution he has made to the Crossway publishing program—but much more than this, to all of Christian publishing throughout his distinguished career as an editor and publisher. Allan has overseen publication of well over a thousand books during his career—books that have had an immeasurable impact for the sake of the gospel and edification of the church.”

As of Aug. 15, Crossway announced the appointment of Justin Taylor to the position of SVP and publisher for books, held previously by Allan Fisher. Justin came to Crossway in 2006, serving most recently as VP for book publishing. Before coming to Crossway, Justin served as the director of theological and educational development at Desiring God. He received his Master of Arts degree in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, and he is currently working on a PhD at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Taylor has co-edited numerous books and is well known through his daily blog, “Between Two Worlds,” which is widely recognized as one of the most influential Christian blogs.

“It is my delight,” Lane Dennis said, “to welcome Justin in his new role as Crossway’s Publisher for Books. Justin has already made a tremendous contribution to our publishing program, and he is highly qualified both theologically and personally to carry forward the Crossway mission and ministry in this new position.”

“I am honored beyond words to accept the position of Crossway’s Publisher for Books,” Justin Taylor noted. “Allan Fisher has made an indelible mark on Christian publishing, and it has been a great privilege to be mentored by him in preparation for this role. By God’s grace, under the leadership of Dr. Lane Dennis and the Crossway board, our desire is that Crossway would continue to be a pacesetter for faithful gospel-centered publishing for generations to come.”

Similarly, Fisher notes, “Having worked with Justin for more than five years, I could not be happier about his becoming Crossway’s next Publisher for Books. Though attaining this position at a relatively young age, he has clearly demonstrated his readiness for the position. Bringing together a devotion to Christ, keen theological insight, and personal warmth, Justin will make a lasting contribution in the world of Christian publishing.”

While Allan Fisher will be retiring from his current position, he will continue to work part-time at Crossway in the area of Bible publishing rights and will be advising Crossway on specific key projects.

August 21, 2013

Hands and Feet Project partners with Tim Tebow Foundation for fundraiser

The Hands & Feet Project, in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, announced their next big event to raise awareness for the children of Haiti. This Septe. 6, join Audio Adrenaline and a few of their friends at their “Run For Joy” 5K Celebrity Fun Run to be held in Orlando, FL, during Disney World’s Night Of Joy music event, where you can run for the orphaned and abandoned children of Haiti along with your favorite artists!

Sign up to run and to fundraise for your favorite artists’ team that are already confirmed to participate in “Run For Joy.” You can join in on Team Audio A to support the members of Audio Adrenaline, Team Colton Dixon, Team For King And Country, Team KJ-52, as well as Team All Things New, Team Kutless, and more are being announced soon.

For only $30 per person, each participant receives registration to the race, an artist swag bag, a race t-shirt, race day breakfast, as well as a fundraising page to help raise funds and awareness for the Hands & Feet Project. The Hands & Feet Project is comprised of two children’s villages in Cyvadier/Jacmel and Grand Goave, Haiti, which cares for 100 orphans and abandonded Haitian children.

To find out more about Run For Joy Celebrity 5K and to register for the race, visit Hands & Feet Project.

August 20, 2013

Get Free Christian Books By All The Biggest Names In Christian Publishing Like Francis Chan, James MacDonald, Etc.

So I wanted to let you guys know of a little secret.

 

David Cook Publishers has this website where they give away free ebooks every week.  And its the greatest thing in the world.  I am signed to their email list so every week I get an email letting me know that a new ebook is available for download.  And the second I get that email I am on it like white on rice.  So I thought you guys might want in on the fun.

 

The website is http://www.dccebooks.com/all.

 

You have the option of signing up for the weekly emails like I am.

Over the course of the last few months I have gotten a ton of free books from all kinds of authors like Francis Chan, Warren Wiersbe, Britt Merrick, Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Brennan Manning, you name it.  Every week I get a new book free.

Just this past week they gave away James MacDonald’s book “Vertical Church” which sells for $22.99 ebook kindle version.  So that was a massive steal.

 

Cheers,

August 20, 2013

JASON CASTRO TO MAKE TV ACTING DEBUT IN THE UP ORIGINAL MOVIE, “THE PERFECT SUMMER,” SCHEDULED TO AIR ON JULY 13 AND 14

 

 

Internationally-renowned singer-songwriter Jason Castro will make his TV acting debut when he appears in the UP original movie, “The Perfect Summer,” scheduled to air on the network on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. EDT. In the inspirational sun-and-surf family drama, which stars Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight,” “The Expendables”) and Daytime Emmy nominee Sydney Penny (“All My Children,” “The New Gidget”), he takes on the role of Cody, the local surf shop owner. Several of his songs will also be featured on “The Perfect Summer” soundtrack. On July 11, Castro, who recently wrapped up a co-headlining tour with Ryan Cabrera, is scheduled to embark on a week-long expedition with “I am Second” to Colombia, South America. This fall he can be seen on Matthew West’s “Into the Light Tour” which will also feature label mates Sidewalk Prophets. Castro’s current single, “Rise To You,” and second from his recently released Word debut album, continues to scale the charts.

“The Perfect Summer,” directed by Gary Wheeler (“Somebody’s Child,” “The Heart of Christmas”) and written by Nathan Scoggins and Wheeler, was filmed over a two-week period this spring in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. In addition, the concept for the script was based around Castro after Wheeler and Word Records selected him as the perfect artist to joint venture a film around. “Making ‘The Perfect Summer’ was such an incredible experience that I cannot wait to share with the world,” said Castro. “The cast and crew were amazing to work with. Also, I am delighted that several songs from my new CD are used in the film. I hope everyone enjoys it!”

 

In the film fatherless teenager Jake (Adam Horner) is uprooted from Chicago by his mother who decides to move them to a small surfing town where her estranged father lives. Now stuck in a small town with no friends, he has nowhere to turn until Cody (Castro) reveals that Jake’s grandfather is a surf legend. Tired of feeling like an outcast and wanting to impress Katie, he asks his grandfather to teach him how to surf. Jake learns to face his fears and push through his inhibitions and realizes that winning the respect of his new peers means facing the biggest challenge of his life.

July 11 – 20 will see Castro in Colombia, South America, for an “I am Second” expedition. The movement is meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others and discover their purpose in life. “Jason has a long-standing relationship with the ‘I am Second’ movement and a short film about his personal story can be found at iamsecond.com,” commented John Humphrey, Director of Communications for “I am Second.” “This week he and his father are helping host an ‘I am Second’ Youth conference for nearly 2,000 students, telling Colombians about Jesus during the day and participating in ‘I am Second’ small groups in the evening. The expedition is organized e3 Partners, the parent ministry for ‘I am Second,’ which has worked with churches in Colombian outreach for nearly 20 years.”

 

Immediately following the trip, Castro will join up with Matthew West for his “Into the Light Tour” which departs on September 26 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. For further information and a complete list of tour dates visit www.jasoncastro.com.

 

About Jason Castro:

Internationally-renowned recording artist and “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro has topped radio charts in multiple countries, including: Norway, Singapore and The Philippines. His self-titled debut album entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 18. Throughout his career, Jason has appeared on television shows such as “TODAY,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Access Hollywood” and “The Bachelor” and has appeared on the pages of Rolling StoneUSA Today and The New York Times. Castro just released his Word Entertainment debut album, Only A Mountain, January 15, 2013.


Facebook:
 www.facebook.com/jasoncastro
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jasoncastro
YouTube: www.youtube.com/jasoncastroonline

 

About Word Entertainment
A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, 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, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

July 25, 2013

A Million Suns Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
You stand eternal
The uncreated One
Who knows no end

The starry wonders
The vast expanses
Bound to Your command

CHORUS
You formed the earth
The sky the sea
Father of every living thing

VERSE
You spoke creation
Into existence
Life and all we are

Beyond all measure
The universe
An echo of Your power

CHORUS
You shine like a million suns ablaze
Wrapped in eternal light and praise
Jesus the First the Last
The Bright and Morning Star

BRIDGE
Everlasting
Never ending
You will reign forevermore
You are holy
You are worthy
Lord of all

July 25, 2013

King Of Heaven Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
You tore the night apart
And ripped the silent skies in half
Your glory breaking through the dark

And here our worlds collide
Divinity in man confined
This great design drawn out for me

CHORUS
Emmanuel
God with us
Emmanuel
Hallelujah

VERSE
You hold the ends of time
Yet place Yourself here into mine
My life is now forever changed

Our eyes be lifted up
Our great eternal hope arrives
This great design drawn out for me

BRIDGE
In our silence
Heaven whispered out
In our darkness
Glory pierced the night

We were broken
But now we’re lifted up
King of heaven
God is here with us

Hallelujah
Angels cried aloud
Singing holy
All the praise resound

King of heaven
On the earth be found
King of heaven
On the earth be found

July 25, 2013

Only You Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
On the mountain
In the valley
Everywhere I go
You are with me
Right beside me
You never let me go
The Messiah
The Almighty
Saviour of my soul
Saviour of my soul

In the daylight
In the shadow
Your faithfulness untold
You surround me
And protect me
Guiding as I go
The Messiah
The Almighty
Saviour of my soul
Saviour of my soul

PRE-CHORUS
There is nowhere I can run
There is nowhere I can hide
And if I ever lose my way
You’re calling out my name
You’re calling out my name

CHORUS
And only You can save us Jesus
Only You can heal us Jesus
Only You can fix this Jesus
Only You Jesus

BRIDGE
The boroughs have been opened
The broken have been chosen
The city is becoming alive in You

July 25, 2013

Lift You Higher Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
You came to save the world
To rescue me
To rescue me
You came to give us hope
You’re all I need
You’re all I need

You set our hearts on fire
It burns in me
It burns in me
Now You awaken us
For all to see
For all to see

PRE-CHORUS
Because Your love has set me free
Because Your love will never leave
Because You live and died for me
I live for You alone

CHORUS
We lift You higher
Our God
Your Name be lifted higher
In everything

BRIDGE
We lift You up
We lift You up
We lift You up

 

 
July 25, 2013

Anchor Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to You

With endless love
All my fear is swept away
In everything
I will trust in You

CHORUS
There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand
Unshakeable

VERSE
Unchanging One
You who was and is to come
Your promise sure
You will not let go

BRIDGE
Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You

Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You

July 25, 2013

You Crown The Year Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
You crown the year with Your goodness
You answer us with awesome deeds
Your hope resounds God our Saviour
To distant lands and farthest seas

O paint the fields bright and golden
Drench the harvest with Your rain
God’s river filled with living water
That flows to all as You ordained

CHORUS
Praise the Name of the Lord
O my soul sing His worth
All of life join the song
Come and lift up our King

VERSE
Now let the earth join the dancing
Deck her out in showers of spring
The dusk and dawn forever relay
The call to come and worship Him

BRIDGE
Holy holy
Worthy are You Lord
All the glory
To Your Name forever

July 25, 2013

We Glorify Your Name Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
Maker of the heavens
Master of the seas
Mover of the mountains
Majesty

CHORUS
We glorify Your Name
We glorify Your Name
We glorify Your Name
In all the earth

VERSE
Awesome God in power
Author of my life
All consuming fire
Alive alive

BRIDGE
You are seated on
A throne of praise
Unto You alone
Let our voices raise

July 25, 2013

Man Of Sorrows Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
Man of sorrows Lamb of God
By His own betrayed
The sin of man and wrath of God
Has been on Jesus laid

Silent as He stood accused
Beaten mocked and scorned
Bowing to the Father’s will
He took a crown of thorns

CHORUS
Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Hallelujah
Praise and honour unto Thee

VERSE
Sent of heaven God’s own Son
To purchase and redeem
And reconcile the very ones
Who nailed Him to that tree

BRIDGE
Now my debt is paid
It is paid in full
By the precious blood
That my Jesus spilled

Now the curse of sin
Has no hold on me
Whom the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed

VERSE
See the stone is rolled away
Behold the empty tomb
Hallelujah God be praised
He’s risen from the grave

July 25, 2013

To Be Like You Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
Humble King
Holy One
Friend of sinners
God’s own Son
God in flesh
Among men
You walked my road
You understand

Servant King
Friend to me
You saved my soul
Washed my feet
Here I’ll bow
Give all to You
Lord I want
To be like You

CHORUS
All I want
All I need
More of You
Less of me
Take this life
Lord it’s Yours
Have my heart
Have it all

VERSE
I will walk
In Your ways
Love Your word
Seek Your face
My reward
My sole pursuit
To know You more
To be like You

BRIDGE
Jesus Jesus
All I want is to be like You

July 25, 2013

God Who Saves Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
The light of the world
Shining in love
Taking the fall upon Your shoulders
You shattered the dark
As You rose to life again

You search all the earth
For those who are lost
And leaving the rescued for the fallen
You’re leading us home
As we call upon Your Name

CHORUS
You’re the God who saves
You’re the hope of all
Reaching out Your hand
As Your people call

VERSE
Our Saviour has come
Let Your will be done
Your kingdom on earth as in the heavens
Our freedom is found
Lord in no other name

You are the Way
The Truth and the Life
Your mercy has overcome our failings
The battle is won
Jesus in love You reign

BRIDGE
Here in Your light ever brighter
We lift Your Name higher and higher

July 25, 2013

Closer Hillsong Live Lyrics Glorious Ruins

VERSE
There is no life without You
You have all that we need
Where You are
Every fear is broken
And the darkness must flee

CHORUS
Closer and closer
We want to know You
Reaching out
Reaching out
Here in Your presence
We want to go deeper
In Your light
Come alive

VERSE
There is no one beside You
You alone are enough
You fling the doors of
Your heart wide open
And we are lost in Your love

BRIDGE
To You
We will come running
In You
We find belonging
Your love
Is all that can satisfy

July 25, 2013

Glorious Ruins Hillsong Live Lyrics

VERSE
When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars You are with me
When creation folds
Still my soul will soar on Your mercy

PRE-CHORUS
I’ll walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit revived in Your story
And I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of Your glorious grace

CHORUS
Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign

And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love You forever
And forever I’ll sing

VERSE
When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling to Your promise
Where my courage ends
Let my heart find strength in Your presence

July 25, 2013

Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is Hillsong Live Lyrics

VERSE
For we know the truth
Your truth has set us free
In Your Name alone
We have been released
You are here with us
You are here with us

We are slaves no more
Freedom is our hope
Never looking back
Jesus You are Lord
We give all to You
We give all to You

CHORUS
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
Chains are broken
Eyes are open
Christ is with us
Christ is with us

VERSE
Who the Son has freed
He is free indeed
All our sin is gone
We have been redeemed
Jesus paid it all
Jesus paid it all

BRIDGE
Open wide the gates of heaven
Fill our hearts as we surrender
Lord let Your presence fall
Lord let Your presence fall

Open wide the gates of heaven
We will worship You forever
Lord let Your presence fall
Lord let Your presence fall

July 25, 2013

Christ Is Enough Hillsong Live Lyrics

VERSE
Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there’s nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy

PRE-CHORUS
Through every trial
My soul will sing
No turning back
I’ve been set free

CHORUS
Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

VERSE
Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home

PRE-CHORUS
Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is here
To God be the glory

BRIDGE
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back

The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back

July 25, 2013

You Never Fail Hillsong Live Lyrics

VERSE
When waters rise all around me
When mountains stand in the path I see
I look to love that’s unfailing
I look to grace that is all I need

PRE-CHORUS
Oh call
Call upon the Name
Jesus Christ
The only Name that saves

CHORUS
For there is no one like our God
There’s no one like our God
There’s nothing that can stand against You
There’s no stronghold You can’t break
No life that You can’t save
Our God You never fail

VERSE
Your light will shine through the darkness
Your word will calm every crashing wave
My hope it lies in Your promise
My faith it stands on the empty grave

BRIDGE
Strong through every trial
Faithful through the night
Our God will never fail
Our God will never fail

Anchor through the flood
You keep holding on
I know You’ll never fail
Jesus You’ll never fail

July 25, 2013

Chasing You Bethel Music Tides Jenn Johnson

You hide, I want to find You, go
And I will follow You
I want to be where You are

As you move, I’m right beside You, oh
I’m running after You
I want to be where You are

I’m chasing You
I’m so in love
Captivated, I just can’t get enough
I’ll spend my days
Running after Your heart
Your heart, Your heart, Whoa

I’m chasing You
With all my love
Captivated, I just can’t get enough
I’ll spend my days
Running after Your heart
Your heart, Your heart, Whoa

Heart, You’ve won me heart and soul
And where You lead I’ll go
I want to be where You are

From the moment I rise, to the moment I sleep
My affection is for You, and even as I dream
I want to know you, I’m after Your heart

This life, this love, was always meant to be
A wild, crazy adventure, discovering
The thrill, the rush, the more of You I see
The more it leaves me wanting
You’re everything, You’re everything

July 25, 2013

I Can Feel You Bethel Music Tides Jenn Johnson

The wind and waves surround me
And I’m tossed, Feel like I’m drowning
I am tired, I am weak
I need You here with me
‘Cause I can feel the rising tide
But I don’t have the strength to fight
I feel clouded and confused
I need You here with me

Chorus:
In the chaos of the storm
I have drifted far; far away
But I call out Your name
‘Cause You are just a breath
A breath away

Then through the shadows
Your light appears
I’ve known You’re with me
But now it is clear
I can feel You
Jesus All around

Like sun on my skin
Warm to the touch
Here You surround me
I am held by love
I can feel You
Jesus all around

Now hope is rushing through my veins
With everything You’ve rearranged

I am peaceful; I am brave
When You’re here with me

All my questions find their answers here
When You come You change the atmosphere
I am focused; I am clear
When You’re here with me

Chorus:
In the chaos of the storm
I have drifted far; far away
But I call out Your name
‘Cause You are just a breath
A breath away

Then through the shadows
You’re light appears
I’ve known You’re with me
But now its is clear
I can feel You
Jesus all around

Like sun on my skin
Warm to the touch
Here You surround me
I am held by love
I can feel You
Jesus all around

There is nothing in this world
That will satisfy my soul like You do (2)

Then through the shadows
You’re light appears
I’ve known You’re with me
But now its is clear
I can feel You
Jesus all around

Like sun on my skin
Warm to the touch
Here You surround me
I am held by love
I can feel You
Jesus all around

Though the storm it rages
I won’t be moved
I won’t be shaken
I’m anchored in You
I can feel You
Jesus all around

Then through the shadows
You’re light appears
I’ve known You’re with me
But now its is clear
I can feel You
Jesus all around

July 21, 2013

Love And The Outcome Debut New Music Video For New Song, He Is With Us

 

 

Click here to view the new music video for “He Is With Us” from Love & The Outcome.  Filmed in Toronto, Canada, “He Is With Us” intersperses dynamic performance footage of Jodi and Chris with Love & The Outcome’s signature graffiti text to create an engaging video that underscores the song’s powerful lyrics. The duo’s debut single has skyrocketed into the Top 20 since its release in May with Billboard including them in its “Bubbling Under” section on new and noteworthy acts. “He Is With Us” is the lead single from Love & The Outcome’s self-titled debut album due out on August 27.

 

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Seth Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndTheOutcome 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome 
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

July 19, 2013

Latest Christian News Featuring Craig Groeschel, Dallas Willard, Darlene Zschech And The Newsboys, Amy Grant, Duck Dynasty, Hannah Luce

Craig Groeschel Impresses With His Latest Offering ‘ALTAR EGO: Becoming Who God Says You Are’ According To Blog Writer Hervict Jacobs.

Darlene Zschech Hits A Home-Run With Her New Worship Album Revealing Jesus

Newsboys Announce New Album To Release In September, First Single To Release May 31st 2013

Acclaimed And Beloved Author Dallas Willard Passes Away

Amy Grant Releases First Album In 10 Years, How Mercy Looks From Here, To Wide Critical Acclaim And A Massive Media Blitz

New BEC Recordings Artist Shine Bright Baby To Release Debut Album Dreamers July 23

Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song Of The Year

Hannah Luce, Daughter Of Ron Luce, Signs Book Deal To Tell Story Of Surviving Plane Crash That Killed Her Friends

Christian Music Legend, Carman, To Release New Album Thanks To Resounding Kickstarter Campaign Success

Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson’s Book, The Duck Commander Family, Reaches Half A Million Copies In Print

July 10, 2013

Latest Christian News Featuring Switchfoot, Skillet, Eugene Cho, Reliant K, Duck Dynasty, Dara Maclean

The Trailer For The New Switchfoot Film Fading West Due Later This Year Will Give You Chills

Skillet Releases Their New Album Rise To A Flood Of Praise

Women of Faith offers new level of worship and biblical depth at 2013 live events

Popular Reality L.A. Pastor, Tim Chaddick, To Release New Book BETTER: HOW JESUS SATISFIES THE SEARCH FOR MEANING September 2014

Dara Maclean To Release Sophomore Album, Wanted, September 24

Premier Vacations and Events announces 2014 Cruise with Duck Dynasty Cast

Popular Blogger And Pastor Of Seattle’s Quest Church, Eugene Cho Signs 3 Book Contract With David Cook

The One Thing That Destroys More Marriages Than Adultery, Money Troubles And Distance Combined

Integrity Music Releases Love Stands Forever, Debut Worship Album from Northern Ireland’s Nathan Jess

Newsong To Tour With Aaron Shust And Royal Tailor In The Fall

New Integrity Music Album Graham Kendrick: Worship Duets Captures Spirit of Collaboration, Crossing Styles, Continents and Generations

When Did We Become A Culture That Has To Vehemently Trash Celebrities We Don’t Like

Relient K To Release First Album In 4 Years, July 2,2013, Called Collapsible Lung

For KING AND COUNTRY performs before a sold-out crowd at Faith, Family and Freedom Celebration At The Charlotte Motor Speedway

July 10, 2013

GMC TV changes its name to UP

At the stroke of midnight as the calendar turned to Jun. 1, GMC TV began writing the latest chapter in its evolution as America’s leading television destination for uplifting entertainment when the network changed its name to UP. The fresh, new name will better communicate a clear sense of the network’s unique brand position, which has always been, and will continue to be, “Uplifting Entertainment.”

Along with the new name the network introduced a new URL, UPtv.com, and the company’s corporate name changed to UP Entertainment, LLC.

“The response to our new name has been phenomenally positive,” said Charley Humbard, president and CEO. “The beauty of UP is that it needs no explanation. Every hour of programming on UP is uplifting, inspiring and entertaining for the whole family. It captures the essence of our brand – uplifting entertainment – and will lend itself to many interesting and fun creative executions.”

Starting Jun. 1, viewers continued to see the great programming they have come to love along with a new logo and new on-air look. The introduction of UP will be supported with on-air image and cross-channel spots, a multi-platform marketing initiative and the launch of the on-air “Summer UP” campaign.

UP is the network’s most extensive step in the evolution of the brand since the network launched in 2004 as the Gospel Music Channel, which subsequently evolved to be known as GMC TV: “Uplifting Entertainment.” The UP concept was conceived as an upbeat, positive and playful way to communicate the network’s unique brand promise and position as the destination for the best in family friendly “Uplifting Entertainment.”

July 10, 2013

Women of Faith offers new level of worship and biblical depth at 2013 live events

 

 

The nation’s largest gathering of Christian women, Women of Faith, is taking its two-day live events to a new level this year with an expanded list of biblical Christian speakers, an emphasis on deeper worship with the addition of and Third Day, and a new focus on bringing scriptural depth to modern life applications.

The 2013 tour theme, ‘Believe God Can Do Anything,’ was created to inspire women to let go of the pain, planning and stress by handing their lives over to the only One who can make anything possible, God.

Multiple studies show that women experience greater levels of stress than men on average, including work, home life, major life events, and social and economic concerns, which, if not managed, can lead to post traumatic stress disorder, mental disorders, depression and other health problems.

“This year’s theme was created to refocus the minds of women, reminding them that we are not in control, God is, and through Him we can find peace, healing and restoration,” said Barry Walsh, VP of creative at Women of Faith.

The Believe God Can Do Anything tour will make stops in 24 cities across the U.S. starting August 2 in Oklahoma City, OK, and wrapping up in Hartford, CT, on Nov. 1. Each event runs a day and a half and includes a variety of speakers, such as Sheila Walsh, Christine Caine, Lisa Harper, Max Lucado, and Priscilla Shirer. Worship music will be led by Gateway Worship, home church of Kari Jobe and well-known worship songs such as “Revelation Song” and “Stay Amazed.”

Women of Faith is committed to helping woman plug into the local church. This year it has invited more local pastors than ever before to the speaking platform as a way to better help grow and develop ongoing relationships between the women who attend its events and the local church.

Women of Faith has also partnered with producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to feature their series THE BIBLE, whose success made History Channel the top cable network, at this year’s events. Women of Faith will incorporate a special collection of film footage from
“The Bible” that will be woven throughout the event to bring a fresh creative element to the program.

For a full list of 2013 Believe God Can Do Anything tour cities, please

June 24, 2013

The One Thing That Destroys More Marriages Than Adultery, Money Troubles And Distance Combined

About one year ago a hilarious and adorable video surfaced online, about an older married couple trying to figure out something on the computer all the while, unknowingly their interaction was caught on the computer’s video camera.  It truly is a beautiful video and is both funny and touching all at the same time.  If you haven’t seen the video before I’ve included the link below so you can take a look at it.  What I found especially moving about the video was to see the tenderness with which they interacted with each other after all these years.  And while I think the video is adorable and entertaining, I also think it is massively instructive.

I’ve been married now for about 4 and half years, almost 5, and it is truly the most amazing experience any person can have.  And its so different from what I thought it would be when I was single.  But one thing that is interesting, is that around the bliss and the awesomeness is that you do begin to notice the pitfalls that can damage a marriage and a relationship if you are not careful.  And you have to be very intentional about avoiding those pitfalls that can cause problems.

And for me one thing that I am convinced destroys more marriages than anything else including adultery, money troubles, being distant in the relationship etc. is being a jerk to your spouse.  Yep, that’s the one silent killer than in my opinion damages more marriages than anything else you can think of.  And while it may seem laughable at first, when you really think about it, it makes perfect sense.  The most obvious reason why being a jerk or “jerkiness” destroys marriages is because I think its a completely unexpected source of marital troubles.  I think there are 2 main reasons why jerkiness is such a deadly issue for marriages.

Because, one, as people we have a very low threshold for jerkiness in our lives.  No matter how saintly you think you are or you want to be, the human heart and mind is just wired in a way that makes us have a very low threshold for jerkiness.  And when we look around, this becomes painfully obvious.  I mean, think about it, every day people are quitting jobs and ending friendships because of jerkiness.  People will cut off family members and break off all contact because of jerkiness.  People will leave a well-paying job because there’s one person they can’t stand or because the boss is a jerk.  They will rather go through the stress of being low on cash and finding a new job than stay at a place with a jerk.  And yet for some reason we think that does not also apply to a marriage.  It does.  And I would argue even more so than other areas of our lives.

And because, two, common decency and mutual respect is the foundation of a relationship.  Like a house, if the foundation is compromised no matter what else you do to secure the house, it will not stand or survive.  In the same way, common decency and respect is the foundation of every relationship, and the moment that foundation is compromised or cracked, the entire house is (relationship) is in trouble.  That is why one bad incident with someone you have worked with for 2 years where they were an unjustified jerk toward you, will forever change the way you view that person from that point on, no matter how “nice” or polite they may be after that.  And the relationship will never be the same again.  Because the foundation was cracked and it altered the entire house.

And marriage is at greater risk of jerkiness than any other relationship.  Any relationship for the first few years the people in it are on their best behavior; they are considerate, they are sensitive to the feelings of the other person etc.  Until that unfamiliarity fades away and gives way to familiarity, and as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt.  So for example, if you got a new roommate and you too shared a house, for the first year you’d both be very respectful of each other, but eventually that “respectfulness” will fade, and give way to a kind of state of being used to each other, and after a while that state of being used to each other will lead to familiarity, and familiarity is where the respectfulness and considerateness goes out the window.  You know your roommate hates a dirty kitchen and yet you now knowingly and deliberately leave your dirty dishes in the kitchen, knowing it will make them upset.  Familiarity is when you just don’t care about the feelings of the other person any more.  And that’s where the relationship begins to go south, and that familiarity will then lead to contempt i.e. hatred, intense dislike, irritation etc.

Every relationship goes through this cycle and marriage is no different.  Now the jerkiness will come in during the familiarity stage, and if a marriage is to last, both parties in the relationship must make a concerted effort to not be familiar and a jerk to the other person.  You have to keep your jerkiness in check, otherwise the relationship will not work.  You can’t treat them like trash and expect it to be okay. Because, every person has a what I call a jerkiness quota, where its like a tall clear glass full of water that’s your jerkiness quota, and each time the other person is a jerk a little water gets drawn out of the glass, until eventually the glass is empty.  So it is with our jerkiness quota, we can only take so much until we’ve had it and our glass is empty, and that’s a dangerous place to be in any relationship because once our glass hits empty we no longer care about the relationship.  We don’t care if it succeeds or fails, in fact we almost give up on the relationship entirely, thereby essentially dooming it to ruin.  And when that happens its almost impossible to repair.  Its reaching that breaking point that makes people, cut all ties with family members, and walk out of stable jobs.  Because our jerkiness quota ran out.

And in marriage, we must never ever let that jerkiness quota run out.  That glass must always remain full.  Now you can’t add water to the glass, all you can do is prevent any water from being drawn out of it.  So for a marriage to last, you must make every effort to never let your relationship have moments where water is extracted.  See because when our quota runs out, we walk out of the relationship.  Maybe not immediately but the seeds are being planted.  That’s why you must protect the and guard your jerkiness quota with everything in you, because quite literally, your marriage depends on it.

And this to me was the biggest lesson about the older couple on the computer.  When you watch their interaction, no matter how used to they are to each other, they still, after all these years, treated each other with a common decency and mutual respect as human beings.  And if you ask me, I think that’s a big reason why they’ve lasted.  Because their glasses are gloriously full.

June 24, 2013

Integrity Music Releases Love Stands Forever, Debut Worship Album from Northern Ireland’s Nathan Jess

Integrity Music announces the global release of Love Stands Forever, the debut album from Nathan Jess, a worship leader and songwriter based in Northern Ireland.
Rich in poetic beauty and packed with truth and insight into the walk of faith, Love Stands Forever offers 12 new songs including the popular UK single “I Am Redeemed.”  The album was produced by Dan Wheeler (Tim Hughes/Graham Kendrick/BBC) and includes co-writes with Rend Collective’s Chris Llewellyn and Worship Central’s Luke Hellebronth and Nick Herbert among others.
Songs like “No Limit To Your Love” and “Burning Heart” share the same DNA as stadium anthems, but without ever stepping away from simple arrangements and acoustic instruments. Others, like “Broken Hallelujah” and “Lead Me Home,” manage to present vulnerable honesty and divine-fueled optimism in the same breath.  And “I Am Redeemed” takes the worshipper on a journey from the garden of Gethsemane, through the agony of the cross all the way up to the fullness of life today. It is a song that proclaims redemption in Christ, boldly and confidently.
The complete track list for Love Stands Forever is:
1.   No Limit To Your Love
2.   Burning Heart
3.   God Is Love
4.   Be My Obsession
5.   I Am Redeemed
6.   Lead Me Home
7.   When All Your Mercies
8.   Come Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
9.   Forever and Always
10. Broken Hallelujah
11. My Jesus
12. Prayer 
*A video for “When All Your Mercies” is available at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrBCpsdGn3U.
Jess, who majored in music/composition at Belfast’s Queens University, marries the singer/songwriter aesthetic with the heart of a worship leader while always striving for congregational accessibility.
“I honed my craft starting off as a singer/songwriter who was also leading worship, then the light came on in my head and I found that the fusion of the two was what I was really passionate about… writing congregational worship songs.”
From that “light bulb moment” on, Jess hasn’t stopped as he’s been busy working with other worshipers including Rend Collective and Ben Cantelon, both of whom he’s supported on tour. And on May 25 & 26, Jess will appear at the British “Big Church Day Out” event, leading worship for thousands of festival-goers. For more information, visit http://www.nathanjess.com.
 
Love Stands Forever is available globally through all major digital service providers, including iTunes and Amazon.
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June 22, 2013

Relient K To Release First Album In 4 Years, July 2,2013, Called Collapsible Lung

 

 

After four years since their last full-length studio album, GRAMMY®-nominated Relient K returns with their seventh LP project, Collapsible Lung, on July 2 (Mono Vs. Stereo). Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes for $7.99 and get an exclusive track, “That’s My Jam,” that’s cleverly written with 90s band titles and names and features Owl City. Click here to pre-order Collapsible Lung. This album will be a digital only release with physical and special edition vinyl copies available at Relient K shows this summer.

Relient K is a band that writes from personal experiences and this has paid off with over two million records sold, three RIAA Gold-certified albums and a highly dedicated fanbase. As a prolific songwriter, Relient K’s frontman, Matt Thiessen, has paved a road with pop hits over the last four years including co-writing Owl City’s 2012 summer hit “Good Time,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Long Shot” and the award-winning “When Can I See You Again” from the animated film Wreck-It Ralph.

Like previous efforts, Collapsible Lung also stems from the band’s personal experiences; however, this time around they chose to mix-it up and co-write for the first time ever on a Relient K album. Co-writers include Fernando Garibay (Lady Gaga), Ari Levine (Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars), Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna) and Tim Pagnotta (lead singer/writer for Sugarcult). Keeping up with the fresh approach, the band turned to producers Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Lovedrug, Seabird) and Aaron Sprinkle (OneRepublic, Anberlin, The Almost).

“This time around, we wanted to have a collection of songs that surprised even us,” states frontman Matt Thiessen. “To do that, we teamed up with several other writers in LA, Nashville, and New York City. This ensured that the new LP would be unpredictable. Each song includes a different combination of authors, yet there is an underlying thread that ties the tunes together thematically. We took an experimental approach creating the album, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”

This summer Relient K will be playing the new songs on tour with The Almost and The Rocketboys as well as on select Vans Warped Tour dates. Dates listed below.

Relient K has been making the real thing since 1997, when Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes formed the band in high school. In the 15+ years since, they’ve released six full-length albums (three are certified Gold), five EPs and a Christmas record. They have toured the globe, and racked up several hit singles, a GRAMMY-nomination, two Dove Awards and performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Los Angeles Times has praised Relient K for “its smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayne” while Spin noted, “Few bands play punk-influenced modern rock as proficiently.” This is Relient K’s second studio release on Mono Vs. Stereo, a partnership between Relient K and Gotee Records.

RELIENT K JULY TOUR DATES
02 Nashville, TN Rocketown
03 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center *WARPED Tour
05 Louisville, KY Headliners
06 Memphis, TN New Daisy
07 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
08 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
09 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
11 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
12 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
13 Providence, RI The Met
14 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre *WARPED Tour
15 Philadelphia, PA TLA
17 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
18 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center *WARPED Tour
20 Springfield, MO Gilloz Theatre
22 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
23 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless
24 Omaha, NE Slowdown *WARPED Tour

 

May 15, 2013

The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery . . . by Jonathan Cahn Sells More Than 1.5 Million Copies With 2 Years

 

 

The New York Times best-selling book The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future by Jonathan Cahn was awarded the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association (ECPA) Gold and Platinum awards for achieving sales of both 500,000 and one million units within one consecutive year at the recent ECPA Awards Banquet in Nashville, TN.

Deserving products receive the Gold award for 500,000 copies sold, and the Platinum award for over one million copies sold. ECPA has only presented both the Gold and Platinum awards within a consecutive 12-month period to four titles including the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

Tessie DeVore, Charisma House Book Group executive VP, said, “The record-breaking sales of The Harbinger is indicative of the interest byreaders from all walks of life who have been gripped by the uncanny scriptural parallels to what’s happened in current events.” She added, “What makes this milestone even more gratifying is to know that people around the world are not only learning about these mysteries but are also
praying for America.”

Released Jan. 3, 2012, the book has gone to reprint more than 17 times. It is the first New York Times best seller for Cahn.

Raised in a Jewish home, Cahn became an atheist before accepting Christ as Messiah as a 20-year-old. Since 1988, he has led Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel, a worship center in Wayne, NJ, one of the country’s largest Messianic congregations. Through his Hope of the World ministry he has ministered in Cuba, Nigeria, and India.

The Harbinger is the 11th New York Times best seller for Charisma House Book Group. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin, 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese, and The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert, MD, have also previously made the list.

Charisma House Book Group has also published several ECPA award-winning books, including 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese, Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee, and The Bait of Satan by John Bevere.

May 15, 2013

Acclaimed Author And Thinker Dallas Willard Passes Away

 

 

Dallas Willard, renowned teacher, acclaimed writer and one of our most brilliant Christian thinkers, died of cancer today, May 8, 2013. He was 77.

“This morning our wonderful teacher and friend awakened to the full goodness of the Kingdom of the Heavens he had described so beautifully,” said friend and colleague Gary Moon, director of the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. “I believe Dallas Willard was one of the great reformers of Christian thought of the past century and that his most powerful lessons were in how he lived an unhurried life with God.”

Kent Carlson, a friend of Willard, said, “I heard Dallas say recently that some people will die and it will be a while before they realize they are dead. That is vintage Dallas. Eternity is real and it has already begun. He lived this. He once wrote, ‘You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.’ I cling to this truth today.”

Willard is known for changing the way thousands of Christians experience their faith. “Again and again I have been profoundly struck by Dallas Willard’s ability to speak fully to both mind and heart,” said Richard J. Foster. “His intellectual stature and his deep devotion to Christ are distinguishing marks of his life. And, above all else, the humility and gracious character of his life is simply stunning.”

“He is the kind of figure and person that only is given by God once in many generations,” said Keith Meyer, friend of Willard.

Willard was an acclaimed author whose books include The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 1998), The Spirit of the Disciplines, Hearing God, Renovation of the Heart and others. Willard’s most profound influence is in the area of spiritual formation and in the way he humbly mentored so many of today’s leaders in the Christian faith.

“My beloved friend and mentor, Dr. Dallas Willard, was the most brilliant and Christlike man I have ever known,” said James Bryan Smith. “He preached and taught the gospel of the available Kingdom of God, and lived it each day. Quite simply, his life and teaching radically changed my life for the good.”

“Dallas Willard has called evangelicals back to the ancients and their practice of the forgotten disciplines of silence, solitude, reflective reading of scripture and unceasing prayer, fasting, etc. and their vision of the kind of life these can produce,” said Meyer. “We who have learned from him stand on his shoulders looking for how to build on his work.”

Cindy Bunch, Willard’s editor at InterVarsity Press and associate editorial director, saw his influence play out in the lives of authors she worked with. “I have had the delightful privilege of getting to know Dallas Willard through many of the authors we have published, particularly in the Formatio line. James Bryan Smith has shared with me of how Dallas would encourage him not to reference him so much, saying, ‘If it was any good, it did not come from me, but from the Holy Spirit, so consider it public domain.’ Todd Hunter likewise told me how Dallas encouraged him to run with many ideas that Dallas had seeded in him. Alongside the encouragement from Dallas came a gentle guidance. Keith Meyer has often recalled the message he received from Dallas after we had sent a book contract: ‘Keith, just remember, you are the donkey pulling the Jesus cart.’ So thank you to James Bryan Smith, Richard Foster, Nathan Foster, Gary Moon, Kent Carlson, Mike Lueken, Todd Hunter, Mindy Caliguire, Keith Meyer, Gayle Beebe, Glandion Carney, Emilie Griffin, and Jan Johnson for giving me glimpses into what it is like to do life in companionship with Dallas. Dallas Willard was a person who repeatedly gave himself—even when it meant sidelining his own projects—to invest in the lives of others.”

Dallas Albert Willard was born in Buffalo, MO, on Sept. 4, 1935. A 2006Christianity Today article about Willard said that his elders told him he was insatiable about the “why questions” as a child. Willard did not remember that, but he did recall the struggle to stay alive during the Great Depression and the anguish of being separated from his siblings some years after his mother died when he was only two years old. He devoured books after following his siblings to their one-room Missouri school as a 4-year-old. After high school he worked as an agricultural laborer, and he continued to work with his hands throughout his life, doing carpentry and landscaping on his hilltop property north of Los Angeles.

Willard was 19 when he married Jane Lakes. He says that apart from the knowledge of God, Jane has been the greatest blessing in his life. “On many occasions, she has held me steady and preserved me from going off track,” Willard said in a Christianity Today interview. The Willards have two children, John and Becky, and a granddaughter, Larissa.

Willard attended William Jewell College, and he later graduated from Tennessee Temple College in 1956 with a BA in psychology, and from Baylor University in 1957 with a BA in philosophy and religion. Willard was ordained a Southern Baptist pastor but left the pastorate to study philosophy in the 1960s. He went to graduate school at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a PhD in philosophy with a minor in the history of science in 1965.

Willard was a professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Beginning in 1965 he taught at USC, where he was a director of the School of Philosophy from 1962 to 1985. He also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984).

Willard believed passivity to be a widespread problem in the church, and his greatest goal for the church was to make genuine disciples of Jesus. “Dallas thought about his faith and he talked about his faith but most importantly he talked about Jesus whom he called the ‘smartest man who ever lived,’” said Bob Fryling, InterVarsity Press publisher. “I am deeply indebted to Dallas for his winsome example and rich teaching on how to be a spiritual person as a disciple of Jesus Christ.”

Todd Hunter, friend and student of Willard recalled: “Many years ago in a private moment I asked Dallas: ‘What is your greatest concern about the Kingdom-based spiritual formation movement?’ Without hesitation he answered: ‘Willard-ites.’ We sat silent for a few moments, that word hanging in the air. On his countenance, in his eyes, I could see a fear that someone might mistake Dallas or his teaching for the endgame, not the signposts he meant them to be of his profound love of Jesus and his kingdom. I can’t say much more or I’d run the risk of either hyperbole or sounding like what Dallas wanted greatly to avoid. Perhaps, though, I could end with this: no human being taught me more about life in Jesus and his Kingdom. And I vow, until the day I die, to the best I can, as an apprentice to Jesus, to announce, demonstrate and embody the gospel of the Kingdom of God.”

May 15, 2013

B & H Publishers Announce New Plan For Future Fiction Titles Following The Success Of The Love Dare

 

 

B&H Publishing Group president Selma Wilson has announced a new strategy for the company’s fiction program.

Uniquely positioned for developing strategic partnerships, B&H will intentionally focus on publishing only those novels that are tied to broader strategic endeavors, including initiatives with ministries, external film partners, LifeWay Films, and the B&H Kids line. Past releases using this model have included such best sellers as The Love DareThe VowThe Resolution for Men, as well as titles such as October Baby andUnconditional. New and upcoming releases include the “Experiencing God at Home” line, The Lost Medallion by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick, and “The Truth Seekers” series by Bill Myers.

“B&H is focusing on projects that align with our core strengths,” said Wilson. “We are uniquely gifted in working alongside partners and utilizing all of the tools that LifeWay Christian Resources is blessed to have. We are a team of people who want to spread the gospel around the world, and we believe we accomplish that best when we deploy our gifts to broader movements alongside strategic relationships.”

Upcoming B&H releases this year include The Love Dare for Parents by Stephen and Alex Kendrick (Jul. 1), Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore (Oct. 1), and Operation Christmas Child by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney (Oct. 1).

May 14, 2013

Mark Driscoll’s Church’s Mars Hill Music To Release New Album By Worship Band Ghost Ship

 

 

Earlier this year, Mars Hill Music entered into a partnership with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings to share the variety of worship bands from Mars Hill Church. The second full-length release from this partnership will be from Ghost Ship, which finds its home in the new Mars Hill Downtown building in Seattle. The folk-rock worship band will release their full-length album, The Good King, on June 11. Click here to see and exclusive preview video from the Ghost Ship’s release.

Lead Worship Pastor at Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle Cam Huxford thought he’d follow in his father’s footsteps (a pastor to the same congregation for 28 years); however, this Georgia native started down the path of a musician early as he discovered music.

“I had this really bad folk band,” he admits, detailing his early days as a musician, “And we were kids, just sharing songs we’d written, and I had an idea for a worship song…and we just wrote it.” He went on to study Music and Theology at East Tennessee University, and post-graduation landed as the lead worship pastor for a 20k congregation back at his father’s church.

Years later, Huxford and his wife started feeling called towards urban ministry and, after researching, found that Seattle was one of the most un-churched cities in the nation. They learned about Mars Hill and Huxford quickly became involved. He’s been leading worship at the downtown campus ever since.

Seeing the congregation sing alongside him is what Huxford and his band Ghost Ship have been doing for about two and half years. Comprised of Huxford, Doug Finefrock, Jamison Dewlen, Chae Choi, Shay Carlucci, and Fancy Morales, the septet worships with a rock-folk sound that fosters Huxford’s specialty of scripture-inspired storytelling. They write and lead with the faith that God will be at the center of it all, thus the name of their band. “Ghost Ship” is a reminder that they’re moving by the power of the Holy Ghost, active vessels for the Lord motivated through the Spirit.

Click here to see the album artwork and complete track listing.

ABOUT MARS HILL MUSIC:
Mars Hill Music is made up of a variety of musicians and worship leaders who serve throughout the various Mars Hill locations. Since its humble beginnings in 1996, Mars Hill has been committed to engaging the surrounding culture in order to point people to Jesus. Each Mars Hill band strives to do this with a natural expression and outgrowth of what God is doing in their cities.

May 10, 2013

Glorious Ruins Lyrics Hillsong

VERSE
When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars You are with me
When creation folds
Still my soul will soar on Your mercy

PRE-CHORUS
I’ll walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit revived in Your story
And I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of Your glorious grace

CHORUS
Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign

And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love You forever
And forever I’ll sing

VERSE
When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling to Your promise
Where my courage ends
Let my heart find strength in Your presence

April 18, 2013

REVEALING JESUS U.S. TOUR FEATURING DARLENE ZSCHECH, ISRAEL HOUGHTON AND BJ PUTNAM LAUNCHES IN SAN DIEGO

 

 

World-renowned worship leader and best-selling author, Darlene Zschech, and five-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Israel Houghton, open their U.S. “Revealing Jesus Tour” in San Diego today (April 16) followed by events in Las Vegas (4/17), Phoenix (4/18), Irvine and Rancho Cucamonga, CA (4/19), Houston (4/20-21) and Dallas (4/21). In addition to new music from Zschech and Houghton, the events will feature special guest worship leader and songwriter BJ Putnam. For all the latest tour detail and ticket information, go towww.darlenezschech.com.

Christians across continents are joining in the call to worship presented through Zschech’s Revealing Jesus live CD/DVD and 365-day devotional hardcover gift book from RGM-NEW BREED Music / Integrity Music and Bethany House Publishers, respectively. Released March 19 amidst international acclaim, her long-awaited new recording was produced by Houghton and features special guest appearances and song co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe and Houghton. The first video from the Revealing Jesus DVD, “Victor’s Crown,” has already received over 255,000 YouTube views, with additional videos, several song stories and more available now at http://www.youtube.com/integritymusic.

Gathering more than 48,129,000 Revealing Jesus Twitter impressions in the two-months leading up to the release of the project, Zschech has received widespread critical acclaim with numerous covers, features and reviews from radio, newspapers and television outlets internationally. Dr. Chuck Fromm, founder and publisher of Worship Leader Magazine / Song Discovery says, “Among today’s hymnwriters and music creators, Darlene Zschech is a pioneer, mentor and vital contributor with worldwide impact.” Charisma Magazine says, “Zschech, with Houghton’s direction, has crafted one of the finest live worship projects in recent memory, which serves as a bridge for those raised on early Hillsong music who want to sing a new song.” CCM Magazine says, “In her classic fashion, worship leader Darlene Zschech brings her A-game once more in this newest release.”

In addition to the 12 new Revealing Jesus CD/DVD worship anthems, bonus tracks in custom versions of the album will include fresh takes on such internationally acclaimed songs as “Shout to the Lord,” “Hosanna” and “Worthy is the Lamb,” as well as the Houghton-penned “Jesus at the Center.” The custom versions include a “deluxe” CD/DVD combination, an ebook with songs, and an iTunes LP® that includes video plus bonus resources, song devotional videos and more.

The companion Revealing Jesus book was poured out from the pages of Zschech’s personal journals. Honest, raw, and beautifully written, the devotional contains meditations and Scriptures revealing the heart of Jesus. Worship Leader magazine says the book is “beneficial for those who may feel stuck in a rut in their prayer life or for those who may not know where to start, overwhelmed by the vastness of the Bible…[it] will help readers to gain a fresh perspective and renewed hope for each day, deepening their understanding of God and drawing them closer to Him.”

For more information about Darlene Zschech, Revealing Jesus and Israel Houghton, go to www.darlenezschech.comwww.revealing-jesus.com and www.newbreedmusic.com, respectively.

For more information on RGM-NEW BREED Music, Bethany House Publishers and Integrity Music, go to www.rgmusa.com,www.bakerpublishinggroup.com and www.integritymusic.com, respectively.

 

March 20, 2013

PASSION’S Let The Future Begin Sells 48,000 Copies In Its First Week

 

 

Its been another banner opening week for Passion.  The group’s latest album debuted with a 48,000 opening week according to Billboard.

 

Congrats to the good people of passion and sixsteps records.

February 28, 2013

Jeremy Camp’s New Album Reckless Debuts At No. 1 On THe Billboard Christian Album Chart

BEC Recordings’ and GRAMMY-nominated artist Jeremy Camp celebrates another No. 1 Billboard Christian Album debut with his most recent studio album Reckless. The album immediately shot to the top of the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 10 on the overall albums chart. This marks Camp’s third No. 1 Billboard Christian Album debut in his career.

Rounding out his stellar street week, Camp appeared on FoxNews LIVE last Friday talking about his album and recent book release, I Still Believe (Tyndale House Publishers). The interview can be viewed here. In addition, Camp interviewed with Fox 411 about his recent releases, click here to read the interview. Media also touted the seventh studio album from Camp.

 

“Don’t let the title fool you. The album may be called Reckless, but Jeremy Camp is as solid as ever. While the songs encourage listeners to live with abandon when it comes to spiritual things, this is a well-planned collection of worship pop-rock.” – Rhapsody 

“Camp’s fervent heart for ministry and for God is evident through the songs and the production of the album.Reckless is honest and heartfelt, and carries some songs that would be useful in the church.” – Worship Leader

“Musically, Reckless is one of the most raw and organic offerings of his career. Reckless simply reflects Camp’s heart-on-your-sleeve candor, a rare combination that shows up in a slightly more grown-up music bed.” – GMCtv

“From difficult times to good ones, Camp shares a Reckless faith through it all” – About.com

“Filled with passionate songs birthed in the furnace of worship, prayer and intercession, Jeremy Camp’s new studio album Reckless is a powerful experience calling the body of Christ to a revival and restoration in Christ with eleven brand new original songs.” – NewReleaseTuesday

 

In addition to Reckless, Camp recently released his personal book I Still Believe. This book tells the tale of his childhood growing up in Indiana, to college years, to meeting his first wife Melissa, who passed away from cancer just months after they married and then meeting his wife Adrienne and becoming a father of three.

Fans can see Camp on tour on the Rock and Worship Roadshow right now. Remaining dates can be found here.

February 28, 2013

Audio Adrenaline Kicks Off Their 30+ City Kings & Queens Tour March 1 Featuring, Group 1 Crew, Seventh Day Slumber and Manic Drive

Audio Adrenaline kicks off their highly anticipated “Kings & Queens Tour” this Friday, March 1 in Morganton, North Carolina. The tour will run in 30+ cities across the U.S. and is sponsored by ChildFund International. Audio Adrenaline will release their debut album Kings & Queens March 12 on Fair Trade Services.

The “Kings & Queens Tour” will feature Dove Award winning bands Group 1 Crew and Seventh Day Slumber, as well as Manic Drive, winner of GMA Canada’s 2012 Hard Rock/Alternative Album of the Year.

Audio Adrenaline is offering fans a VIP Experience throughout the tour. This exclusive ticket package includes a pre-show entrance and priority check-in, an autograph session and Q&A with the band. VIP Experience ticket holders will also receive a collector’s edition laminate and limited edition Audio Adrenaline photo.

As the band prepares to give audiences an inspirational yet electric show, fans can anticipate hearing Audio Adrenaline’s biggest hits along with music from their new album Kings & Queens. Concertgoers will also be introduced to Audio Adrenaline’s non-profit, Hands & Feet Project, an organization dedicated to providing long-term, family-style care for orphaned and abandoned children in need of a home and family.

Adding momentum to the tour, Audio Adrenaline’s Fair Trade Services debut Kings & Queens will release March 12. Kings & Queens conveys a passion and energy similar to previous Audio Adrenaline albums but with a renewed mission for Hands & Feet Project, as a portion of the proceeds will directly benefit the non-profit. Former lead vocalist and current Audio Adrenaline songwriter, Mark Stuart shares, “Honestly, I feel this is one of the best records, if not THE best, AA has ever put together.” The first radio single “Kings & Queens” is currently available on iTunes.

Tour dates for the “Kings & Queens Tour” are listed below. For the most updated schedule and to purchase tickets, be sure to visit AudioA.com and the tour’s official webpage at AudioA.com/Tour.

 

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Audio Adrenaline Kings & Queens Tour Dates:
March 1- Morganton, NC, City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
March 2- Washington, NC, Washington High School
March 3- Lancaster, PA, Lancaster Bible College
March 7- Baxter, MN, Heritage Assembly of God
March 8- Willmar, MN, Willmar Evangelical Free Church
March 9- Minneapolis, MN, North Central University Sanctuary
March 10- Green Bay, WI, Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
March 14- Vero Beach, FL, Vero Beach Performing Arts Center
March 15- Bellville, GA, Pinewood Christian Academy
March 16- Columbus, GA, Calvary Baptist Church
March 17- Gaffney, SC, Broad River Electric Auditorium
March 21- Philippi, WV, Haven of Hope Worship Center
March 22- Biddeford, ME, New Life Church
March 23- Ocean City, MD, Roland E. Powell Convention Center
March 24- Greencastle, PA, Greencastle High School
April 5- Enid, OK, Oakwood Christian Church
April 6- Burleson, TX, Venue 510
April 7- Tulsa, OK, SpiritBank Event Center
April 11- Indianola, IA, Indianola Community Church
April 12- Naperville, IL, Compass Church
April 13- Lebanon, MO, Boswell Auditorium
April 14- Lenexa, KS, Lenexa Baptist Church
April 20- Fort Smith, AR, 180 Youth Center
April 25- Louisville, KY, Okolona Christian Church
April 26- Fort Wayne, IN, First Assembly of God
April 27- Cincinnati, OH, The Underground
April 28- Port Huron, MI, McMorran Theater
May 2- Lake Charles, LA, Lake Charles Civic Center
May 4- Greenville, IL, Bond County Fairgrounds
May 5- Salina, KS, Bicentennial Center

About Audio Adrenaline:
After five years away, Audio Adrenaline is back — by popular demand and with a renewed mission. The faces may look a little different, but the heart and passion of this GRAMMY-winning band remains unchanged. Yes, that’s Kevin Max of dcTalk and solo fame at the mic and founding member Will McGinniss on bass. The new lineup is rounded out by CCM vets Dave Ghazarian (Superchick), Jared Byers (Bleach), and singer-songwriter Jason Walker. Former front man and co-founder Mark Stuart remains very involved and contributed to many of the songs for the new album.

This talented group of like-minded musicians shares a common goal: to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. Lead single, “Kings & Queens,” is an orphan anthem that celebrates the transformation God can bring about. The album’s remaining fresh rock tracks are just as powerful. The new Audio Adrenaline is creating music that will move you while making the world a better place for children in need. Thanks to the band, Know Hope and AA’s label, Fair Trade Services, a portion of proceeds will directly benefit the work of Hands & Feet Project. For more information, please visit AudioA.com andhandsandfeetproject.org.

About ChildFund International:
ChildFund International began in 1938 in an effort to support orphanages for the children who had been left without homes or families in the wake of the second Sino-Japanese War. American individuals funded the orphanages in China through sponsorships. Today, ChildFund International has grown into a global force working for children around the world. Now operating in 31 countries, approximately 17.8 million children and their family members were given assistance in 2012. ChildFund International works with children from birth to young adulthood, families and communities to provide a better environment for children to succeed. ChildFund.org

 
February 19, 2013

Steven Furtick’s Church’s Elevation Worship Releases Brand New Worship Album Nothing Is Wasted Today

 

Elevation Worship team returns to the national spotlight with its latest music offering, Nothing Is Wasted, on Essential Worship/Provident today. The album, a “must-have” for today’s modern worship enthusiast, is available in two unique expressions: a deluxe and a standard edition, debuting at No. 1 and No. 3 respectively on iTunes Christian & Gospel Top Albums chart. The deluxe edition also reached No. 6 on the iTunes overall Top Albums chart and continues to climb.

Originating from the country’s second-fastest growing congregation, Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., with more than 12,000 in weekly attendance, Elevation Worship once again puts forth this newest project as an extension of its flourishing ministry. Produced by Elevation Worship’s own Mack Brock, Nothing Is Wasted comprises 12 dynamic worship songs written to correspond thematically with Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick’s new book “Greater” (Multnomah Books).

Among those key songs on the record to be aggressively promoted via CCLI, EssentialWorship.com, Worship Leader and PraiseCharts.com, are title track “Nothing Is Wasted,” “Be Lifted High,” “In Your Presence,” “Open Up Our Eyes,” and “Give Me Faith.” The latter is the project’s first single, to begin vying for adds at radio in April. Additionally, “Give Me Faith” has recently become one of the most adopted and sung church anthems worldwide, as evidenced by the song jumping more than 160 spots on CCLI this past year.

Nothing Is Wasted is being offered in a standard edition, a live rendition for worship leaders to adopt into their churches, and a deluxe edition, which includes the live portion plus a studio recording of the same 12 songs. The deluxe edition is intended to take listeners to new heights with progressive production elements, dynamic arrangements, different worship leaders, and more.

Elevation Worship participated in more than six worship conferences last year alone and will continue to promote the new songs on Nothing Is Wasted at eight more in 2013.

For more information on Elevation Worship and Nothing Is Wasted, including album artwork and press images, please visit:www.elevationworship.com.

About Elevation Worship: 
In the same spirit as Hillsong, Passion and Jesus Culture-modern worship grown from a single seed then catapulted onto a national stage-Elevation Worship is organic to its environment and yet unique to the digital age in which it was born. It is a passionately dedicated team of gifted songwriters, musicians and students of worship boldly leading, as a single worship team, before eight separate congregations across the Charlotte Metro area as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada.

Under the direction of Pastor Steven Furtick (also a worship leader and songwriter) this Charlotte, N.C. church was established by Furtick, and eight other families, with one massive vision: to reach people far from God. In just seven years, Elevation Church has become one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. with seven established campuses in the greater Charlotte area.

The Elevation Church worship gathering is simultaneously broadcast across these multi-city locations via cutting edge technology allowing the church’s 12,000+ weekly worshippers to feel closely connected as one church praising with one voice.

To date, Elevation Worship has sold more than 30,000 units of its debut album with Essential Worship, For the Honor, in less than a year. Its worship anthem, “Give Me Faith,” is currently one of the fastest-growing church songs at No. 140 on CCLI, moving more than 160 spots within a year. Additionally, the worship team was featured at the National Worship Leader Conference in 2012 and will be again this year.

To find out more about Elevation Worship, visit www.elevationworship.com or follow Elevation Worship atwww.facebook.com/elevationworshipwww.twitter.com/elevation_wrshp.

February 19, 2013

American Idol & Country Music Star, Danny Gokey To Release First Book Hope In Front Of Me With NavPress In October 2013

In 2009, Danny Gokey burst onto the American Idol stage just four weeks after his wife’s heartrending death. Though rocked by loss, Danny never lost hope as he pursued the life-long dream he had shared with his Sophia. Although many know him from his time on Idol, they don’t know the story of overcoming that led up to it or the path of restoration and healing that followed it. Now, Gokey shares his American Idol experience—and the before and after—in Hope in Front of Me, slated for October 2013 release from NavPress (www.navpress.com), the publishing arm of the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Navigators.

“It has been a gratifying process to be able to share the parts of my story that many people may not know. My hope is that people can find a part of their story in mine and that it will inspire hope in others. There ARE new beginnings. You CAN recover after devastating loss. Your past does not have to define you or your future. And the greatest part of my story is that helping others brings healing to you and those you help. NavPress really caught the vision for what I am trying to accomplish and I’m delighted to be working with such a supportive, creative team on this project,” Gokey said.

In Hope in Front of Me, Gokey challenges readers to find purpose in their darkest moments and leave a legacy for others by investing in things that really matter. Filled with personal stories and illustrations, Gokey uses his life experiences to motivate and encourage readers. Hope in Front of Mereleases October 2013 in print and digital formats.

NavPress associate trade publisher, Rebekah Guzman, said, “NavPress is honored to partner with Danny on this project. We are encouraged not only by his story of overcoming but also by his passion to help others find hope and encouragement in any life situation. Danny has a heart for people, and our team has been changed by his passion and vision for this message. We know many others will be changed when they read it as well.”

Nashville recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a top-3 finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. In 2010, Gokey released his debut album, My Best Days, which delivered the best first-week sales by any debut country male in 18 years and included the hits “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me” and “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” He is also the founder of Sophia’s Heart Foundation in honor of his late wife. The organization’s goals are to provide hope and help to homeless families, provide scholarships to deserving students, and operate a thriving inner-city music and arts program.

Learn more at www.sophiasheart.org.

February 16, 2013

JESUS CULTURE PRESENTS JESUS CULTURE ONE NIGHTS TOUR

Jesus Culture announces Jesus Culture One Nights April tour featuring worship led by Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, and the Jesus Culture Band and ministering by Banning Liebscher. The tour kicks off in April with Jesus Culture hosting One Nights in cities around the nation, beginning in Chicago and wrapping up in Charlotte, N.C.

“The goal of these events is to gather together to seek the Lord and encounter Him through whole-hearted, passionate worship,” says Banning Liebscher, director of Jesus Culture. “The One Nights consist of worship, prayer, ministry, and preaching.”

Ticket pre-sales for the tour begin today, February 14 at 10:00a.m. local time with a public on-sale date set for February 15 at 10:00a.m. local time. Pre-sale code is “worship.” For more information on Jesus Culture One Nights and to purchase tickets, visit JesusCulture.com/onenights.

Jesus Culture One Nights Dates:

Date City/State
April 17, 2013 Chicago, Illinois 
April 18, 2013 Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 20, 2013 Indianapolis, Indiana
April 22, 2013 Memphis, Tennessee
April 23, 2013 Nashville, Tennessee
April 25, 2013 Birmingham, Alabama
April 26, 2013 Gainesville, Florida 
April 27, 2013 Charlotte, North Carolina

 
January 9, 2013

Louie Giglio Is Getting A Taste Of Life As A Big Name Christian Celebrity Pastor With All Kinds Of Media Attacks

Just one day after news broke that Louie Giglio, popular speaker, founder of the Passion Conferences and pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, was asked to pray at the inauguration of President Barack Obama the bashing and name-calling has already begun by some mainstream and online news outlets.

Giglio appeared on CNN yesterday where the host announced that Louie was asked to pray at the inauguration, and with that it seems he’s exposure in news outlets have increased dramatically with some outlets immediately calling him “anti-this and anti-that” and one even calling him “Rick Warren’s evil twin.”

This is the lot of every Christian leader it seems who seems to break through into the main stream.  People like Rick Warren, TD Jakes, Mark Driscoll have all experienced the hell of having their  name slandered in the media, and for a long time it seemed that Louie was flying under the radar but now it seems that his celebrity has increased to the degree that mainstream and online news outlets not only know about him but consider him worth “reporting” about.

This is definitely one of the things that breaks my heart for these up and coming pastors and christian leaders more than anything.  It seems like once you cross a certain celebrity line as a christian leader the majority of the publicity you get is negative with all kinds of name-calling and character smearing etc.

Lets pray for Louie and the many others like him who are up against a barrage of uncontrolled negative publicity as they seek to live out Christ’s call in this generation.

January 9, 2013

Louie Giglio Asked To Pray At Inauguration

 

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2013/01/08/exp-passion-movement.cnn

News broke yesterday that Louie Giglio was asked to pray at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Below is the video of Louie on CNN talking about it and the end it movement.

January 8, 2013

Judah Smith, The Pastor Who’s Best Friends With Bubba Watson And Skateboards With Justin Bieber, Releasing His New Book Jesus Is; Find A New Way To Be Human

 

 

 

When you imagine a thirty-four-year-old who is best friends with Masters champion Bubba Watson and skateboards with Justin Bieber, you might be surprised to hear that he’s a pastor. But Judah Smith is defying the stereotypes of ministry with his unconventional outreach methods.

Three years ago, under Judah’s leadership, The City Church in Seattle launched a “Jesus Is ___” sermon series and marketing campaign to get Jesus on the mind of the city and to reveal who he is. The initiative spurred inter-faith and cross-faith dialogue by utilizing billboards, bus signs, Facebook ads, bumper magnets, social outreach events, and a website-Jesus-is.org-where people could fill in the blank themselves.

One thing became abundantly clear. . . Jesus gets a reaction out of people. The response to this opportunity for open dialogue was overwhelming. Perusing the website provides a fascinating commentary on our culture’s concept of Jesus. Many submissions, of course, are pro-Jesus. Others are simply funny and bizarre. Many are blatantly anti-Jesus: they are blasphemous, hateful, and even perverse. The website’s pages have been viewed over one and a half million times, and has had seventy-five thousand people-and counting-submit answers to the blank. And the campaign has been mentioned on atheist, porn, and church websites alike, also catching the eye of would-be hackers multiple times.

“Christians often come across as not being interested in what others have to say, and even as uninteresting to the general public. But as a Christian pastor, I want to push the envelope. I want to have genuine conversations with all people, listen to what others believe and have to say, respond to their questions, and take time to understand why they feel the way that they do,” says Judah. “I want to encourage people to build bridges, have an open ear, and take interest in what others say.”

Now, Judah Smith and the campaign are taking their next step in continuing the conversation with the release of Jesus Is ___.: Find a New Way to Be Human, a book and DVD-based study slated for simultaneous release in February 2013 from Thomas Nelson, Inc. There’s even a CD inspired by the campaign that was released by The City Church in October.

Within its pages, Judah Smith digs deep to answer the most common and difficult questions about Jesus, one of history’s most famous but least understood figures. He explores a number of topics that reveal Jesus’ purpose for coming, what he accomplished while he was on Earth, and what that means for those who came after. Jesus is greatly revered, harshly criticized, sorely misunderstood, and often misrepresented. Judah breaks down who Jesus is and explains to readers how understanding that more fully will both enrich and bring greater meaning to their lives.

Jesus Is ___ leads readers toward a deeper, lasting relationship with Jesus, encouraging them to know him and grow in him. Judah wants everyone to know that Jesus is more than a good teacher and an inspiring leader. He is the point of all life.

By presenting the Bible in a down-to-earth style, often paraphrasing Bible narratives with a good dose of humor, Judah has written the book for real people facing real issues. His message of simple faith and grace is just as powerful for lifelong Christians as it is for those who have never heard the gospel.

“I think this book makes sense even if you don’t believe it, so it would be great if you approached it with an open mind,” notes Judah. “None of us has the whole truth, including me, but we can learn from each other.”

“My goal in this book is to help people see the irresistible Jesus for who he really is and to understand what that means for their life. If certain topics in this book strike a chord with them, I encourage them to respond. That might mean getting connected to a church near them that will help them grow in Jesus, slowing down and spending more time letting Jesus love them, or making some changes in their lifestyle,” says Judah. “No matter what they might have done or who they are, it’s never too late for grace. And although it may sound too good to be true, salvation is a free gift. We don’t need to clean up our act, make a sacrifice, or pay for our sins before we approach God. We receive forgiveness by faith, which simply means we choose to believe that Jesus died in our place.”

Judah adds that “I can’t think of a better mission in life. I’ll probably write more books, but I doubt I will ever write one as important as this. At the same time, this book barely scratches the surface of who Jesus is. Discovering the depths of his love has become my obsession, my passion, and my delight.”

Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, are the lead pastors of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. They were youth ministry pastors for ten years-ranked as one of the top five “most dynamic” youth groups in the country by Ministry Today-before stepping into their new role in 2009. Outreach has recognized City Church as being one of the fastest growing churches in the country. It has four satellite locations orbiting the Seattle, WA metropolitan area. Judah is in high demand as speaker, both in the U.S. and abroad, is the author of several books including Jesus Is ___., and is a popular voice on Twitter (@judahsmith). Judah and Chelsea have three children: Zion, Eliott, and Grace.

Trade Paper ISBN: 9781400204755
E-Book Download ISBN: 9781400204762
Both Formats: $16.99
Available Feb. 26, 2013
From Thomas Nelson, Inc.

January 8, 2013

Chris Tomlin Wow Critics And Fans Alike With New Album Burning Lights, Tops iTunes Charts!

As one of the most acclaimed worship leaders of our time, Chris Tomlin cements his luminary status with today’s release of his newest studio set, Burning Lights, to an outpouring of acclaim from media including The New York Times, USA Today and Billboard. Singing Tomlin’s praises, critics have applauded Burning Lights‘ “solid songwriting” and “stirring melodies,” underscoring Tomlin’s efforts of crafting songs for the church that cross cultures and generations. The album has claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums Chart and No. 2 position on the iTunes® Overall Albums Chart.

The internationally renowned GRAMMY® winner, whose venerable career has yielded widely known worship anthems such as “How Great Is Our God,” “Holy Is the Lord” and “Jesus Messiah,” has given voice to the Church and millions of people around the world as they worship Jesus. Burning Lights comes on the heels of the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, where he lead worship with a generation of 18-25 year olds from around the world at the significant, four-day gathering. Comprised of 12 tracks produced by Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, Aaron Shust), Ed Cash (Kari Jobe, Matthew West) and Dan Muckala (MercyMe, Brandon Heath) and featuring the powerful first single “Whom Shall I Fear [God Of Angel Armies]” and an all-new studio recording of the radio hit “White Flag,” Burning Lights is the follow up to 2011’s Grammy® winner for Best Christian or Gospel Album, And If Our God Is For Us…

Just last month, Tomlin earned his eighth GRAMMY® nomination with the announcement of a nod to “White Flag” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Co-written with Jason Ingram, Matt Maher and Matt Redman, the song is from the live album Passion: White Flag, but also appears on Burning Lights.

In addition, the album’s lead single, “Whom Shall I Fear [God of Angel Armies],” is continuing its steady ascent toward No. 1 at radio, with it claiming the No. 6 spot on the National Christian Audience Chart, No. 7 at Christian AC Monitored, No. 8 at AC Indicator and No. 15 at Hot AC/CHR this week. In addition to charting in the Top 10 on the National Christian Audience chart, the single garnered over 7.5 million audience impressions this week. “Whom Shall I Fear” also owns the No. 1 spot on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Songs chart.

With the praise for Burning Lights continuing to pour in, here’s just a sampling of what people are saying:

“Over the last decade Mr. Tomlin has become one of the most notable figures in Christian rock… Even when he is not around, his songs sustain him. Burning Lights is … heavy on broad, anthemic choruses; and straightforward praise. It is a skill … to write music this free of ego. Mr. Tomlin has a modest voice, full of yearning, but it’s not his voice that’s important. It serves only as a contour for others to follow, with a modesty that invites people in.” – The New York Times

“Walk into any evangelical church on Sunday, and chances are the congregation will sing at least one Tomlin song. He’ll add to their repertoire with these stirring melodies that tie him to both contemporary pop and hymns of old.” – USA Today

“…Chris Tomlin has steadily evolved into one of the strongest writer-performers in the contemporary Christian music genre. With a voice that blends the gentle rasp of Michael W. Smith and the sweet tenor of Jason Mraz and an arsenal of soaring songs that never stray from their purpose of worship, Tomlin is currently at his peak.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Nine albums in, Chris Tomlin is still turning exciting new corners. Besides his own artfully wound songwriting, the project includes compelling collaborations…” – CCM Magazine

Burning Lights is the quintessential representation of solid songwriting married to classic commercial pop recording. What could strike you as grandiose, once you hear Tomlin’s heart, is really humility and truth that can set worship leaders free.” – Worship Leader

Burning Lights is a well-rounded collection, highlighting Tomlin’s versatility as an artist and heart for furthering the praise and worship emphasis of today’s music world heralding Jesus.” – Charisma

“This album sets a new milestone on the worship song highway, breaking new ground with its mix of fresh relevant vibes and more established style of congregational worship. It’s the ultimate modern worship album that will set the standard for what others will produce going forward, and that’s why Chris Tomlin is rightly so influential.” – Louder Than The Music

“One of the most solid songwriters in Christian contemporary music…” -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tomlin will launch his nationwide “Burning Lights Tour” beginning February 19 in Charleston, W.V., visiting 34 markets including New York, Seattle and Dallas, before wrapping at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver on May 4. Friend and pastor of Passion City Church/Communicator/Passion founder, Louie Giglio will join Tomlin on the road for select dates, with Sparrow Records’ Kari Jobe appearing at all shows. For more information, please visit www.ChrisTomlin.com/tour.

 

WATCH CHRIS TOMLIN TALK ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM:

January 1, 2013

LECRAE’S GRAVITY EARNS GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR “BEST GOSPEL ALBUM”

Amongst newcomers leading the field alongside established artists, producers and songwriters, Reach Records’ artist Lecrae garnered his 2nd career GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Gospel Album” with his recent studio project Gravity. Lecrae was included amongst the industry’s top entertainers as nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards were announced last night during an hour-long televised concert in Nashville co-hosted by country-pop artist Taylor Swift and veteran GRAMMY ® host, rapper-actor LL Cool J.

Gravity released earlier this fall and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart and dominated the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Rap, Independent, Gospel and Christian charts. The follow-up release to his GRAMMY ® nominated record Rehab (2010),Gravity showcases the esteemed hip-hop artist’s provoking lyrical technique, live instrumentation and hypnotic beats. His seventh studio project to date, Gravity also features the talents of Mali Music, Mathai (The Voice), label mates Trip Lee and Tedashii, Street Symphony’s Heat Academy and The Watchmen with production from DJ Khalil.

Lecrae performed Gravity‘s biggest hits such as “Violence,” “Tell The World” and “I Know” on his latest Unashamed Tour, which wrapped before the Thanksgiving holiday. He and label his mates, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, KB and Derek Minor, visited 30 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago Dallas and Atlanta, among others. Lecrae will hit the road again in 2013 for a full spring tour while performing at various events and festivals throughout the year.

The 55th Annual GRAMMY ® Awards will be held on February 10, 2013, at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and will air nationwide on CBS starting at 8pm/7pm CST.

For more information on Lecrae and Gravity, please go to www.reachrecords.com.

January 1, 2013

IT’S A BOY FOR LUKE SMALLBONE OF AUSSIE DUO FOR KING & COUNTRY

Luke Smallbone proudly announced via social media (http://www.facebook.com/forkingandcountry) that he and his wife welcomed their first child into the world yesterday morning in Nashville, TN. The baby boy, Jude James Smallbone, was born at 7:13 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

for KING & COUNTRY recently released their original Christmas single, “Baby Boy,” on the A Very Special Christmas, Bringing Peace on Earth Special Olympics’ benefit album. They are set to perform their current single and one of Amazon.com’s 2012 “Song[s] of the Year,” “The Proof of Your Love,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” January 10, 2013.

 
December 27, 2012

Rex Ryan Is The Loser And Tim Tebow Is A Winner: My Take On The Whole Tim Tebow New York Jets Debacle

Like many Tim Tebow fans I have been dismayed and annoyed to no end at the unfair media coverage of the whole Tebow to Jets move and the endless and unjustified criticism of Tim Tebow.

 

To me the only issue with the New York Jets is that you have a coach of a losing team not realize he has a winner that he refuses to play.  And for that reason I feel like Rex Ryan and the Jets have gotten just what they deserve, humiliating loss after humiliating loss.

 

Now I consider myself a Tebow fan and a Jets fan, and I think to call the whole move by the Jets to acquire Tebow a dismal failure is both ridiculous and completely unjustified.  How can you call the Tebow-Jets union a failure when Tebow didn’t even get to play for them.  For the whole situation to be called a failure Tebow would have had to start at least 8 games and played 100 percent of the time and lose every game for it to be called a failure.  That didn’t happen so there’s no way it can be called a failure. Neither can it be called a success.  All it can be called is: an experiment that never happened.

 

The truth of the matter is the Jets are not the same team they were 3 seasons ago.  Everybody in New York and the league knows that.  And the reasons for their downslide is much much bigger than whose the starting quarterback.  Every aspect of the team’s play is substandard quality and unless that changes even bringing in Peyton Manning or Tom Brady would not change anything (maybe a little bit, but nothing substantial).

 

By the way, Manning and Brady would not have the success they have if they did not have an A List team around them on both sides of the ball. Look at Manning’s move to the Broncos: he overhauled that entire offense.  He’s upgraded everyone around him, even brining his ex-team mates from Indy over to Denver. No other quarterback gets to do that.

 

So the New York Jets has seen their quality of play decrease with each game, and Rex Ryan has been unable to do anything about it. By the way Rex: coming up to the podium after every game each week and saying the team’s play was horrible does nothing if you don’t personally improve their performance as the coach.  You’re just pointing out the obvious.

 

Now Tim Tebow is a winner.  His record speaks for itself.  He doesn’t need to defend his ability to anyone.  And the throngs of people who are on the anti-Tebow bandwagon are not worth wasting time on.  Its the nature of sports that no matter how successful an athlete is, for some no matter what they do they won’t get the respect or credit they deserve.  So there’s nothing you can do about that, so don’t even bother. Stories of people not getting credit is true not only of Tebow but even Colt McCoy at Texas or Greg McElroy at Alabama. So it is what it is.  But one fact that cannot be denied is that Tebow is a winner.  Last season the Denver Broncos were a failing, losing team and they made one change: they brought in Tim Tebow and left the entire team like it was before he came in to play and they went from a losing team to a winning team.  So no matter how much you hate Tebow this is hard truth you cannot get around plain and simple. Tim Tebow made the difference in Denver.

 

So you have a losing team and you have a winner and you choose not to play the winner? What then do you expect; of course you’ll continue losing. And that’s exactly what’s happened in New York.  The only failure with this whole situation is Rex Ryan’s refusal to play Tim Tebow.

 

He played Sanchez and he lost. He played McElory and he lost.  He hasn’t played Tebow.  So how is Tebow a failure?  

 

Playing Tebow for 3 snaps a game means nothing.  Its like playing a baseball player 3 times a season and saying because he did not hit a home run those 3 times they put him in at bat, he’s a failure.  That’s ridiculous, especially when everyone else gets 15 chances at bat every game and none of them have hit home-runs.  That’s unfair and unjustified criticism.

 

Tim Tebow has nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about: he’s a winner.  He’s record speaks for itself, and he doesn’t need to defend it to anyone. High School, College and Pro he’s record speaks for itself.  Rex Ryan’s failure as a coach has been his inability to improve the performance of his team and his inability to admit the hard truth that Mark Sanchez isn’t working out for whatever reason, and that a change was long overdue.  Then on top of that you have a player whose proven he can turn an entire team around and you refuse to start him?  That doesn’t make any sense at all.  The situation with the Jets is dismal regardless of whose playing quarterback so how in the world could playing Tebow have hurt them?  No one’s saying Tebow would’ve turned that whole team’s performance around, we don’t know what would’ve happened because he never got the chance.  My question is just this: your team’s losing and you have a proven winner on the sidelines, why won’t you play him?

 

Tim Tebow’s a winner and he will succeed wherever he goes, as long as he is surrounded by a good supporting cast.  And Rex Ryan’s days in New York are numbered, whether he departs this offseason or in the next 3 years, he’s days are numbered.

 

So Tebow can walk away from the Jets with his head held high, and without feeling an ounce of embarrassment because his was the experiment that never happened.  We all thought it would, but it never did.

November 21, 2012

JESUS CULTURE Releases New Album! Jesus Culture WITH MARTIN SMITH: LIVE FROM NEW YORK DOUBLE-CD RELEASES Nationwide

The seventh full-length recording from Jesus CultureJesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York, releases today amidst acclaim at digital and physical retailers everywhere with special CD packaging, including an embossed sleeve and foldout poster, at both Christian and mainstream retail stores. Recorded live during Jesus Culture’s conference at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York June 28-30, 2012, this new double-CD captures a dynamic collaboration of voices who have helped shape, and continue to inspire, generations of worshippers.

Known as one of the most influential youth and young adult movements around the world, Jesus Culture’s new album features Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala, joined by Martin Smith (Delirious?), singing Smith’s classics and new favorites combined with Quilala originals, “Forevermore” and “Alleluia,” Walker-Smith singing Daniel Bashta’s “Pursuit,” and a bonus track, “I Belong To You,” written and sung by Derek Johnson (Jesus Culture’s Emerging Voices). Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York also captures Jesus Culture’s signature call to intimate worship and bold praise along with thousands of worshippers’ voices representing an international community of believers gathered in New York.

For a compelling “behind the scenes” look at the album from the aforementioned worship leaders and Jesus Culture director Banning Liebscher, go to www.jesusculture.com/ny/videos.

Here is how the critics are responding to the music:

 

“…Jesus Culture have once again captured the voice of a generation engaging with God in their native tongue where passion, power, intensity and intimacy converge in a musical rhapsodic prayer.” – Worship Leader

 

“Intense, powerful and spiritually filled, this project has it all…this is perhaps the best worship album ever recorded. It is amazing from the first song to the last one, and you can sense the presence of God really moving and using the lead worshipers and all the singers and musicians.” – NewReleaseTuesday.com

“Simply stunning, one of the albums of the year, any year… The guitar playing on this album is nothing short of world class, with remarkable riffs that float and soar in the background, while passion soaked vocals from Martin and the Jesus Culture team articulate their worship.” – LouderThanTheMusic.com (5-star review)

“Live from New York is an engaging record which invites us not to be just listeners but participants of worship. And to be led by a joint effort of Jesus Culture and Martin Smith into such a holy experience is itself a historical moment not to be missed!” – Breathecast.com

“This album isn’t just worship music that we can listen to; this album actually leads the listener in worship. We dare you to try and listen to this without finding yourself pursuing the Father in worship.” – AllAboutWorship.com

“This is without doubt the best live worship album you could hope to hear this year…when it comes to modern worship music this album is a game changer… This album has all the hallmarks of a classic in the making.” – Eden.co.uk (10 out of 10 review)

“Jesus Culture is an inspiring flame to worship arts; they fan the embers of passionate praise, and it changes lives…this is a buy-the-whole-thing-album, not just a select few tracks… As always, Jesus Culture produces an album that isn’t just a great listen, they are an experience.” – Relate Magazine

“Live From New York is an experience like no other, and is my favorite Jesus Culture album of all- the 110 minute journey is truly magical and God-breathed!” – ChristianMusicZine.com

“…it has an intensity that starts right out and doesn’t let up. Each song is crafted perfectly…a treat for anyone wanting to have an intense and real worship experience anytime.” – Surrender Magazine

 

This December, Jesus Culture worship with Chris Quilala reunites with Martin Smith to take their worship and message to Manchester, UK for their first young leaders’ gathering, Jesus Culture Outpouring. This gathering for 20- and 30-something leaders in ministry (worship leaders included) and their teams will take place December 3-5, 2012. Hosting the event with Banning Liebscher (Director of Jesus Culture) will be Phil Smith and Ian Rossol. Designed to connect and equip the attendees, leaders are encouraged to register now at www.jesusculture.com/outpouring.

Jesus Culture then returns home to host their annual Jesus Culture Encounter conference January 11-13, 2013, which will be held at both Bethel Church and Redding Civic Auditorium locations in Redding, CA. Speakers include Banning Liebscher, Tom Crandall and Jude Fouquier, with worship from Jesus Culture, Kristene DiMarco, Bryan and Katie Torwalt, and Derek Johnson. For early registration, which ends Dec. 21, as well as conference resources and more, go to www.jesusculture.com/encounter.

Jesus Culture worship was formed organically through the momentum of a movement whose focus is to equip a generation to transform society by bringing people into an encounter with God’s love through worship and discipleship. Their albums capture the heart of this movement of young people who are passionate for God and seeking an encounter with His presence.

Additional information on Jesus Culture, the new album and its events can be found at www.jesusculture.com,www.facebook.com/jesusculture and www.twitter.com/jesusculture.

October 30, 2012

BARLOWGIRL Announces Retirement! Plan To Release Final Song

Fervent Records 14-time Dove Award nominated band and best-selling new CCM artist of 2004, BarlowGirl (Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca), are retiring after they release their final song, “Hope Will Lead Us On,” on October 30. As their fans have been instrumental in their success, the sister trio want them to conduct their final interview. On October 29, live via Ustream, the band will perform a few of their hits acoustically, take questions from their fans and premiere their final song, “Hope Will Lead Us On,” (Ustream link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/barlowgirl-live).

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2004, BarlowGirl has sold over one million albums, received 14 Dove Award nominations and accumulated four No. 1 singles on the Christian radio. Their poignant 2005 hit, “I Need You To Love Me,” topped the charts for 13 weeks in 2005 making it the longest No. 1 single in Christian Hit Radio chart history. With a wonderful run, the sisters are ready to leave on a high note.

“The last 10 years as BarlowGirl has been one of the most incredible adventures we have ever been on,” said Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca. “We could not have imagined this journey without our incredible supportive fans who waited in lines to get into shows, called radio stations to play our music, watched all of our ridiculous podcasts, bought or sent us hundreds of pounds of chocolate and encouraged us the entire way. We are so honored to have shared our dream with you. Thank you for being a part of it.”

On October 29, fans can log on to Ustream to submit questions. In addition, the sisters will play a few acoustic songs and will premiere “Hope Will Lead Us On” via a lyric video. The following day, their final song will be available at all digital retailers. Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca Barlow also personally wanted to be the ones to notify their fans of their retirement. To do so, they have drafted a letter that fans can read at www.barlowgirl.com.

Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2004, Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca Barlow have continuously inspired fans with such intimate portraits, as their sophomore set, Another Journal Entry and such bold challenges as 2007’s, How Can We Be Silent. Nominated for 14 Dove Awards, the songwriting siblings have written and recorded such landmark hits as “Never Alone,” which became Radio & Records’ Christian Song of the Year in 2004 and helped earn BarlowGirl best-selling new Christian artist status. Their poignant hit, “I Need You to Love Me,” topped the charts for thirteen weeks in 2005, making it the longest No. 1 single in Christian Radio Weekly Chart History. BarlowGirl has always represented an interesting dichotomy; tender-hearted, beautiful young women who aren’t afraid to take an aggressive, almost warrior-like stance when it comes to spreading the gospel and serving God.

For additional information on BarlowGirl visit www.barlowgirl.com.

 

October 26, 2012

PHILIPS CRAIG & DEAN Singer DAN DEAN Announces Battle With Prostate Cancer

Dan Dean (middle above) of the beloved, Dove Award-winning trio Phillips, Craig & Dean, recently announced that he has been battling prostate cancer. The worship leader and senior pastor of The Heartland Church in Carrollton, Tex., was diagnosed early this spring, just prior to the the release of Phillips, Craig & Dean’s most recent album, Breathe In. Dean recently sat down for an intimate video interview in which he shares the news of his diagnosis, the stuggles his illness has created and, ultimately, the faith-strengthening, emotional experience he’s had. Since his initial diagnosis, he has made great progress in his journey on the long road toward recovery and remission.

“You find out some devastating news, you get a phone call, you’re standing in a corridor at the hospital, and in those moments, you have a choice to make,” Dean reflects on learning he had cancer. “You can fall into doubt, and questions and fears. The temptation is there for all of us to do that. In the moments when I can’t see God’s hand, or see His face working in my life, I make a choice to believe that He’s there, that He’s involved in the daily affairs of my life, that He’s in control, that He knows what I’m walking through.”

In July, Dean, with his family, chose to have surgery to attempt to remove the cancer from his lymph nodes. Post-surgery, the doctors were confident that his lymph nodes were clear and that he is on his way to experiencing a normal life. Dean plans on making routine checkups with his doctors over the next several months and considers himself “80% recovered and moving along rather well.”

Dean is not the first in his family to battle this disease. Prior to his cancer journey, Dean lost his father-in-law to liver cancer and his brother to mesothelioma. A song originally inspired by his brother’s illness, “I Choose to Believe” (from Phillips, Craig & Dean’s most recent album, Breathe In), now has a special meaning all it’s own to Dean.

“Until you’ve experienced somebody looking at you in the face and saying you have cancer, you don’t know what that’s like until you’ve been there,” Dean says. “You don’t know the negative thought process that tries to attack you and come at you, and then how you have to build your faith. That’s when you can say, as the chorus of this song declares, ‘I choose to believe.'”

For more information on Dean’s cancer battle and to hear his story in his own words, please visit http://youtu.be/MEUilCx8lUU to watch an intimate video interview with the singer, songwriter and pastor.

In addition to his musical career with Phillips, Craig, & Dean, Dan Dean serves as the Senior Pastor at Heartland Church in Carrolton, Tex., and is a husband to Becky and father to Dusty (29), Devin (26), and Danielle (23).

About Phillips, Craig & Dean: 
Since forming more than 20 years ago, Phillips, Craig & Dean have released 12 albums which have now produced 20 No. 1 radio hits, almost three million records sold, two GMA Dove Award wins, including the Inspirational Album of the Year for their 2009 release, Fearless, and Inspirational Song of the Year for their single “Revelation Song,” released in 2010.

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October 19, 2012

ANDY STANLEY DEEP & WIDE Review

 

Our friend Brandon Cox wrote a great review of Andy Stanley’s New Book Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love To Attend.  Andy’s church North Point Community Church has long been a big model for many churches and pastors around the country, and his this latest offering Andy promised to tip his hand and show readers just what went into the creation of North Point.

 

And according to Mr. Cox, he didn’t disappoint.  “A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it’s a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley’s newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attendcaught my attention. I pre-ordered it and devoured it once it arrived. I found the book to be both deep . . . and wide.”

 

Andy opens with his parent’s high profile divorce and the subsequent church split of his father’s church First Baptist Church Of Atlanta, where Andy served on staff for 10 years. He also goes on to list the 5 questions every church needs to ask:

  • Are we moving or simply meeting?
     
  • Are we making a measurable difference in our local communities or simply conducting services?
     
  • Are we organized around a mission or are we organized around an antiquated ministry model inherited from a previous generation?
     
  • Are we allocating resources as if Jesus is the hope of the world or are the squeaky wheels of church culture driving our budgeting decisions?
     
  • Are we ekklesia or have we settled for kirche?

 

The Five Faith Catalysts God Uses To Grow Our Faith:

  • Practical Teaching
  • Private Disciplines
  • Personal Ministry
  • Providential Relationships

    Pivotal Circumstances

 

According to another reviewer Jill Waltz: Stanley warns leaders, “Time in erodes awareness”.  He challenges pastors to view their churches through the eyes of an un-churched person.  He doesn’t stop there.  He shows pastors how to implement change in a church steeped in tradition and how to transform a congregation from an “about us” to an about the un-churched.

If you want to lead a church that is both deep and wide, Cox concludes, that draws people far from God and challenges God’s people to deeper discipleship, Andy’s book is a must-read.

 
October 19, 2012

ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS Release New EP The Longing

 

Following three critically acclaimed projects, Franklin, Tennessee-based worship duo All Sons & Daughters announce the September 25th release of a new six-track EP, The Longing, along with a new experiential fan site, TheLongingEP, featuring videos and full-song streams.

The duo releases The Longing amidst a packed tour schedule that includes appearances with Kari Jobe for the “Where I Find You Tour” September 6-October 12 and with Chris Tomlin’s “And If Our God Is For Us Tour” October 23-November 10. (See AllSonsandDaughters for tour details.)

The Longing was preceded by All Sons & Daughters’ EPs Brokenness Aside and Reason To Sing and double album Season One, which have earned them comparisons to The Civil Wars and The Swell Season for their sweet harmonies and organic instrumentation. Composed of Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, who serve at Franklin’s The Journey Church, the duo is known for writing songs such as “All The Poor and Powerless,” “Buried in the Grave” and “Reason to Sing,” that focus squarely on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk.

When life is hard and heartache and confusion inevitably reign, what do we do with those moments, and how do we actually worship God in the midst of them? This uncomfortable tension is precisely what fuels the music of All Sons & Daughters whose songs give listeners permission to not only ask questions, but to express their pain in the midst of it. With The Longing, Leonard and Jordan continue to give words to the cries of worshipers everywhere with new songs like the title track and “Oh How I Need You.”

 

Love is and always was / The Longing placed inside my heart

To know You and be known by You – “The Longing

 

Lord I find you in the seeking / Lord I find you in the doubt
And to know You is to Love / And to know so little else –“Oh How I Need You”

 

Working again with producer Paul Mabury (Hillsong/One Sonic Society), Leonard and Jordan welcomed guest musicians Stu G (guitar, dobro), Tony Lucido (bass), Chad Copelin (keys, organ) and Gabe Scot (slide guitar, hammered dulcimer, bouzouki, banjo) to the project. Mabury and Stu G also helped Leonard and Jordan pen some of the EP’s songs along with Matt Maher and the duo’s labelmate Travis Ryan.

The full track listing for The Longing, including writers, is:
1. Oh How I Need You – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Stu G, Paul Mabury
2. Hear The Sound – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Matt Maher
3. Rising Sun – Jordan, Leonard, Kyle Lee, Paul Mabury
4. Called Me Higher – Leslie Jordan
5. We Are Blessed – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Travis Ryan, Brandon Collins
6. The Longing – Leslie Jordan, David Leonard, Stu G

Creating music for their own congregation and mindful of the global Church, Jordan and Leonard express a simple but profound hope for The Longing.

“We’ve watched our people grow and mature in the way they worship and the way they come to worship,” says Jordan. “And we want people to experience that in their own churches.”

“We want people to dig into local community, to see the importance of being poured into and being poured out at the same time,” she continues. “I think you can hear that in these songs… I think you can hear the excitement and the beauty of being in the Word and being in community and being a part of the local body. I really hope that’s what people take away from this.”

For additional information on All Sons & Daughters, visit http://allsonsanddaughters.com/ and follow them on Twitter via @allsanddmusic.

October 19, 2012

INVISIBLE CHILDREN Release New Film MOVE, Follow-Up To The Uber-Popular KONY 2012 Film

Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that seeks to stop atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa, recently announced the release “MOVE: A Movie About A Movie About A Movement About You” on October 7, 2012.

 

MOVE, the first film released by Invisible Children since the return of founder and chief creative officer Jason Russell, is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the most viral video ever, the organization behind it, and the movement that made an African warlord famous. In this new movie, which was co-directed by Russell, who also directed KONY 2012, a generation is challenged to stand for justice.

“KONY 2012 was the start of an experiment about what our generation is capable of and it’s not over yet. How we finish will determine where international justice will fall from here,” stated Jason Russell. “Through MOVE we seek to hold world leaders accountable to their promises and challenge viewers to move their digital efforts into the physical world because children are still being abducted by Joseph Kony and the LRA. Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live, but whether you move will determine where you stand.” MOVE asks the viewer: Will you take a stand for international justice and join us in Washington, D.C. on November 17th?

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October 19, 2012

LECRAE’S New Album GRAVITY Sells More Than 72,000 Copies In Its Opening Week, Lands No.3 On The Billboard Top 20

Lecrae - Gravity album

 

Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 20 recently with his new release, Gravity. It bowed with his best opening week sales ever with 72,000 units sold. Before now, he had never sold more than 27,000 of an album in a single week, which did in 2010 with Rehab, which debuted at #17. Lecrae also never debuted higher than #15, which he did in 2011, with his album Rehab: The Overdose.