In the wake of Third Day's retirement, popular CCM is in need of a Southern rock act and Rhett Walker Band can help fill that void. Walker's vocals are a smoother version of Mac Powell's, and his songs contain foot-stomping beats, rocking guitars, and simple but bold statements of faith. After a four year hiatus, Rhett Walker and company are back with Rhett Walker Band EP, a collection of six Southern-fried songs poised to catch the ears of Third Day fans.
The opening track, "Say Hello," is a perfect example of this. With its catchy hooks, infectious beat, and lyrics referencing a tent revival, this could have easily been on Third Day's last album. Revival. "Peace in the Family" cuts most of the live band for a more Southern pop/rock feel that encourages unity among believers with the constant refrain of "One love/Same blood/Peace in the family." The rock 'n roll picks up in full swing for "Love Done," sporting a growling riff...
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August 8, 2018 The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominees for the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards, revealed exclusively on Facebook Live with the help of Travis Greene and Francesca Battistelli. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 16, at Lipscomb University. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the show on Sunday, October 21. Voting for the final winners will run August 20 through August 27.
Tauren Wells leads artist nominations with seven, followed by Zach Williams with six and Cory Asbury, Tasha Cobbs Leonard and TobyMac with five nods each. Top nominated writer/producer Colby Wedgeworth scored eight nominations. View the full list..
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In a market as overly saturated as worship, how does an artist stand out from the crowd? What can an artist say that hasn't already been said? Although the classic lament that there is nothing new under the sun stands true today, an artist can still shine by applying their own special something to a style of music that few, if anyone, can replicate. Worship veteran Phil Wickham understood this more than anyone. His stunning falsetto made him instantly recognizable and his music was similarly beautiful. Songs such as "You're Beautiful," "Cielo," and "Mercy" established Wickham as one of the best songwriters in the genre and, in this reviewer's opinion, Cannons remains one of the most splendid worship records of the 2000s. In 2013, a song by the name of "This is Amazing Grace" was released and it quickly became one of the biggest hits of the past five years. It blended Wickham's signature quality songwriting with a flourish of EDM that worked incredibly well. It was the perfect example of an artist catching lightning in a bottle because it came out right around the time EDM in worship was starting to gain traction. Yet, as the popular phrase implies, the chances of ever catching that bolt of lightning again are practically nil. Children of God proved so by trying so hard to recreate "This is Amazing Grace" that most of the songwriting came across as forced and uninspired. Would Wickham come back and craft something as lovely as his past projects?...
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