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April, 2014



*Wednesday, April 30, 2014*


Family Force 5
Family Force 5 has been traveling an exciting new path ever since the departure of frontman Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur" Olds back in September. Today, the band announced their recent signing to Word Entertainment with their first release with the label due out this summer. About the signing and album, the band writes: "It's a brand new season for Family Force 5! We are thrilled to be joining forces with our friends at Word Entertainment for the next phase of FF5...
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Ellie Holcomb
Last evening, singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb was part of the first GMA Honors Celebration and Hall of Fame Induction. Holcomb was on hand as her father, famed music producer Brown Bannister, was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame. Kicking off the night, Holcomb took the stage with Amy Grant and Vince Gill as they performed an astounding version of Grant's song "El Shaddai." The GMA Honors Celebration and Hall of Fame Induction was held at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee...
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Hillsong United
Hillsong UNITED continues to make waves with their top-selling song, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," as they received their career first No. 1 radio single. This song comes from ZION, the band's most successful and fastest selling album to date, which released February 2013. Since the release of ZION last year, "Oceans" continues to chart on four Billboard single charts, including the Hot 100 (13 weeks), Christian Digital Songs (31 weeks), Hot Christian Songs (31 weeks) and Christian Streaming Songs (22 weeks) charts. UNITED has received an overwhelming response to the song that has been the No. 1 Hot...
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*Tuesday, April 29, 2014*


Jaci Velasquez
NBC's beloved holiday movie, Miracle At Gate 213, which co-stars award-winning Latina recording artist Jaci Velasquez, has won the prestigious platinum Remi Award at the 2014 WorldFest Film Festival in Houston, TX. Produced by Faith for Today for the National Council of Churches, Miracle At Gate 213 beat out several hundred contenders at WorldFest to take top spot in the "TV Special-Dramatic" category...
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Passion
Some of this generation's most acclaimed worship leaders - Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill - led over 35,000 college students in worship at the 2014 Passion conferences held in Atlanta and Houston earlier this year. Capturing the powerful movement that took place at Philips Arena and the Toyota Center, the live worship album, Passion: Take It All, is available now at retails and digital outlets nationwide. The album features a digital and physical 12-track standard edition, as well as a 14-track + video content deluxe edition that includes a full talk from Louie Giglio. Upon its release, the album...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy and Dove-Award winning artist Scott Stapp will get back out on the road this spring, announcing the second leg of his acclaimed 2014 Proof of Life Tour today. Stapp will play a series of special intimate shows for his fans beginning June 13, 2014 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, NC. Tickets go on sale May 2. While on tour, Stapp is taking his fans on a journey through his mega Creed hits like "With Arms Wide Open...
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It is with great joy that Humble Beast announces that JGivens has officially become a part of theirfamily. Over the last three years Propaganda & Beautiful Eulogy have been crossing paths with JGivens on a semi-regular basis and developing a relationship. In fact, J actually opened for the VERY first Beautiful Eulogy show, an event which took place on the campus of UNLV. JGivens also opened for Propaganda's "Excellent" album...
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Christian pop/rock band Hardie Avenue has teamed up with Pillar frontman Rob Beckley for the new single, "Indestructible" - Available now at iTunes. The track will be part of the band's upcoming album, due later this year...
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*Monday, April 28, 2014*


Former Sparrow Records worship act Robbie Seay Band launched a new 3-part Psalms project late last year with Volume 1, and are planning to release Volume 2 on May 6th. About the project, Robbie writes, "We are thrilled to announce that Psalms EP, Vol. 2 will release next Tuesday May 6th! We are very excited for you to hear it. So much so, that we've partnered with our friends at The Verses Project to give you a FREE download of one of new tracks...
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Integrity Music announces the April 29 release of the deluxe single "Extravagant Love" from Kansas City, Missouri-based songwriter and worship leader Dustin Smith. The deluxe single, which will be available through iTunes and Amazon, features the MP3 of "Extravagant Love" along with a lyrics video, companion song study devotional penned by Smith and a bonus track, the radio edit of Smith's song "Rushing Waters...
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GRAMMY®-Award Nominated Vocalist TAMELA MANN appeared on ABC's The View Tuesday, April 22 singing her mega-hit "Take Me To The King" for her friend Sherri Shepherd in celebration of her birthday. Along with Tamela's intimate studio performance, which brought Shepherd, guest host Jawn Murray and the studio audience to their feet, she and husband, actor/comedian David Mann presented Shepherd with a gold record plaque recognizing more than 500,000 units sold of the Best Days CD and No. 1 single...
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*Friday, April 25, 2014*


Shawn McDonald
With the April 15 release of Brave, Shawn McDonald's current collection of new songs in three years that pushed this singer and songwriter beyond his comfort zone, much acclaim has poured in, not only about this album but about his amazing growth as an artist and songwriter. With coverage in such outlets as CBA Retailers + Resources and CCM Magazine, here are a few of the reviews that have posted...
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DREAM Worship is proud to announce, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff's Heaven Raining Down album has charted this week at #4 on the Worship Charts, #11 on the Christian Charts and #146 on the Main Stream Charts! Heaven Raining Down is a new, fresh, explosive full length CD recorded at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas and produced by David Hanley (Press Play). It features 10 songs not only written by Cindy but also by Ben Fielding (Hillsong)...
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Deitrick Haddon, pastor and lead, of gospel choir LXW (League of Extraordinary Worshippers) is about to release his long awaited album. The 3-time Grammy nominee is already claiming victory for his new album dropping this week. The LXW project is an amazing project that has brought together 150 voices in LA. Their debut album features a list of 'Who's Who' in the current choir music sub-genre including Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard as well as a new generation of Gospel superstars (Jessica Reedy). By creating music for youth choirs, LXW is "resurrecting the youth choir movement". This project truly offers music that choirs across the country can sink their teeth into and actually sing. It leaves opportunities for choirs to showcase the hard-to-duplicate vocal calisthenics that crowds for centuries have come to love...
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*Thursday, April 24, 2014*


My Epic, in association with Facedown Records, have released a short video documenting the making of My Epic's fourth studio record, "Behold". With insights into the member's lives, the history of the band, the writing and recording of the record and more, "Arriving" is the perfect look into what makes My Epic who they are. Throughout the life of the band, My Epic has always been intentional about finding ways to break down...
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Erica Campbell remains strong at the top of Billboard's Top Gospel chart this week. Her debut solo album, HELP, released last month has been the Number 1 album for 4 consecutive weeks. Additionally, both singles: title track "Help," and Grammy nominated "A Little More Jesus" appear in the Top 10 on the digital sales chart. "Help" has remained a top 10 single for 5 weeks peaking at number 6...
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*Wednesday, April 23, 2014*


Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE and Atlantic/Word Records are thrilled to announce that the band's new album Rivers In the Wasteland has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums Chart. Released last week, Rivers went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes® chart and stayed in the Top 10 all week. The band performed new single "The Heart" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last Friday, a song the UK's Clash Magazine spotlights as "strident, anthemic songwriting" that "matches Southern rock to gilded Americana...
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Disciple
With the recent launch of their Kickstarter campaign for a new album (which has since been fully funded, but you can still be a part of it), Disciple has invited fans to help pick their new album's title! By way of an online poll, fans can choose between two possible titled, Attack and Radical. You can cast your vote here: http://www.easypolls.net/poll.html?p=5356d40ee4b06a67c5b0885e...
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Emery
BadChristian, the new multi-faceted website, blog and record label formed by Matt Carter and Toby Morrell of the popular rock group, Emery, along with close friend, Pastor and former Emery bassist, Joey Svendsen, has released its new, controversial book, BADCHRISTIAN, GREATSAVIOR, on paperback. The book, which was crowdfunded by BadChristian's fans and tripled its funding goal with over 1,500 pre-sales, can be purchased now on the BadChristian web-store at: http://badchristian.com/campaign/bc-store/. An eBook edition...
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Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith and Natasha Owens will spend Memorial Day weekend in Puerto Rico and you can join them! A very special VIP Auction, sponsored by Gatorwire, has been announced which will benefit the work of Stepping Stone Support. Reneé Lynn Scott founded the Stepping Stone organization in 2005 after her own battle with cancer. Individuals interested in placing an bid for the VIP trip auction can do so by visiting www.NatashaOwensMusic.com and clicking on the poster...
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Cheri Keaggy
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy partners with Lifesong for Orphans for Celebrate Life, a series of benefit concerts featuring Keaggy and the Zambia Children's Choir, which kicks off Sunday in Texas. Proceeds from the concerts will be used to care for orphans and their needs. "I can't wait to hit the road with these kids," says Keaggy. "We had lots of fun rehearsing together. They worked so hard and their joy was beautiful to see...
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Kirk Franklin
GSN announced today the third season premiere of its highest rated original series of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a one-hour game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Season three premieres on Thursday, May 22nd at 8 PM (ET/PT) with two back-to-back original episodes and continues with new episodes Thursdays at 8 PM (ET/PT) on GSN...
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*Tuesday, April 22, 2014*


Francesca Battistelli
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...
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Plumb
After an incredible start to 2014, Curb Records artist PLUMB is slated to perform at exclusive songwriter showcases at ALOFT Hotels. Kicking off in Chicago on May 7, Kansas City on May 8 and Tulsa on May 9, these free acoustic events will be held at WXYZ Lounge inside each individual hotel. Throughout the month of May, all patrons of Aloft hotels nationwide will also receive a free download of the single "Need You Now" via their room keycard. These Aloft showcases are on the heels of her performance at Napa California's acclaimed music...
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Become a part of the phenomenon that captivated the nation! Off the heels of the three-time Emmy®-nominated* History Channel miniseries "The Bible," visionary Executive Producers Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) are back to tell the most important chapter of the greatest story ever told - SON OF GOD - on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 3 and Digital HD™ May 6 from LightWorkers Media and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. After grossing more than $60 million in box office sales and earning a coveted "A" Cinemascore opening weekend, SON OF GOD comes home to entertain and inspire millions of families and communities across the globe...
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Skillet
Platinum and Award winning rockers Skillet continue to dominate in one of the ways they are most known for, which is captivating crowds with their live show. Recently wrapping a 19 city co-headlining run with Third Day, that sold out over 70% of its shows, it also saw record numbers for tour sponsor Food for the Hungry, with over 3,000 children and their families being sponsored...
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John Schlitt
4K Records has announced that "Live It Loud" from The Greater Cause, the current CD from multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt, has been released to both Christian and mainstream radio today. The single, co-written by Schlitt; Dan Needham, the CD's producer; popular Nashville session player and touring musician Chris Rodriguez; and songwriter and recording artist Scott Faircloff, goes for adds today to Christian Rock and Mainstream Rock radio-formatted stations...
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Dove Award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers joined America's preeminent bassist, Nathan East, in Los Angeles last week for a special performance of "Daft Funk," the lead single from East's best-selling self-titled debut. Held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the star-studded Yamaha Entertainment Group event also featured performances from Patti Austin, Ben Folds, Michael McDonald and Josh Groban, among others...
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If God is good and powerful, why do bad things happen? How can a loving God allow suffering? Such questions weigh on nearly everyone at some point in their lives. The film ACTS OF GOD, available today on DVD, weaves the story of seven people whose lives are brought together through one tragic event...
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Show Hope
Show Hope™ wants to share the numerous ways that you can help transform the life of a child. Through their Sponsorship program, every generous gift provides lasting love and life-giving care to waiting children around the world. Show Hope also offers the opportunity to become a LifeHope sponsor for those who are able to make a bigger commitment. A LifeHope sponsor funds an entire adoption grant while also receiving the name and country of the orphan they specifically help each year, along with other benefits...
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*Monday, April 21, 2014*


Francesca Battistelli
Christian Music's best-selling new artist in 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for her GRAMMY® nominated single "Free To Be Me." Word Entertainment President & CEO, Rod Riley, surprised Francesca with the Gold record at a private Nashville album launch event on Thursday. "Free To Be Me" is the second single off her debut album, My Paper Heart, and spent ten consecutive weeks at No. 1 on CHR and two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on AC Monitored in 2009. In 2012, Francesca received a Gold record for My Paper Heart marking the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive RIAA-certified Gold status for sales in excess of 500,000 units...
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JJ Heller
Indie music and radio favorite JJ Heller's professional and personal life has matured right alongside her fanbase. While developing her craft as a songwriter and seasoned musician, she has been immersed and transparent in the joys and challenges of being a young mother and wife. Now, just in time for Mother's Day, JJ is releasing I DREAM OF YOU, a collection of songs, written and recorded specifically as lullabies for children and their parents. I DREAM OF YOU will be available in stores and online on April 29, 2014...
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All Sons & Daughters
Integrity Music's Franklin, TN-based worship duo All Sons & Daughters, composed of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, release globally their 5-star acclaimed, self-titled studio album May 6. Entering a new season of leaning into their own musical and lyrical instincts, the duo also taps the talents of several extraordinary songwriters, co-writing with Stu G (Delirious?), Francesca Battestelli, Derek Webb, Leeland and Jack Mooring (Leeland), Jason Ingram and Sandra McCracken...
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Building429
Grammy-nominated Building 429 has definitely secured their position as one of the top-tier artists in the Christian music industry with their latest project, We Won't Be Shaken. The album has garnered the group their second round of major award nominations in 2014 from the Billboard Music Awards (Top Christian Song "We Won't Be Shaken") and the K-LOVE Fan Awards (Group or Duo of the Year). This marks the second round of nominations from both outlets for Building 429 and follows on the heels of the band's first Grammy nomination in February for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album/"We Won't Be Shaken...
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CLOSE YOUR EYES premieres their brand new music video for the track "Kings Of John Payne" on VEVO. Taken from their latest album Line In The Sand, CLOSE YOUR EYES have combined punching lyricism with impassioned harmonies to create a truly dynamic, refreshing hardcore experience. CLOSE YOUR EYES have released an EP, Prepackaged Hope, which can be found now via iTunes...
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*Saturday, April 19, 2014*


Showbread
This week, Showbread frontman Josh Dies posted a photo on instagram (image below) with the caption "For years, I've maintained a sort of resentment toward the fad-interest and genre confusion hopelessly tethered to Showbread's first album. Even so, I've always loved the record. 10 years later, I'm excited to play those songs again with the guys who helped create them. Going to be a wild night." For one night only on August 9th, 2014 in Portland, Oregon, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Showbread's debut album...
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Husband and wife duo Scott and Christine Dente, otherwise known as Out of the Grey, have returned after a twelve year break to record a brand new studio album. The twosome have turned to Kickstarter for financial backing, asking fans to be a part of making this record a reality...
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*Friday, April 18, 2014*


Carlos Whittaker
Carlos Whittaker lives his life for good moments. On Monday, April 14, Carlos experienced a monumental moment - performing at the annual Easter Prayer breakfast at the White House. The event was hosted in the East Room of the White House and included attendants such as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The experience adds to an already exciting April for Carlos who released his brand new book "Moment Maker" through Zondervan earlier this month, spoke at the Catalyst West conference and traveled to Hong Kong for an event...
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Inpop Records’ March 4 release God’s Not Dead-The Motion Picture Soundtrack turned out its first hit song this week with “Hold You Up,” currently No. 1 on the Nielsen/BDS Hot AC/CHR chart. The single’s success reflects continued momentum for the album as well, which maintains its position among the Top 10 soundtracks on iTunes’ Top Soundtracks chart...
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*Thursday, April 17, 2014*


Disciple
Disciple entered the studio in February to begin recording their 10th as-yet-untitled studio album. "We changed almost everything as we approached the process of this new record," says Disciple singer and bandleader Kevin Young. "We released our last five records with INO/Fair Trade Services - a great label partner. This record we are going to release on our own with the help of Fuel Music (www.thefuelmusic.com). Their services are a great fit for what we want to accomplish." Comments Tony Patoto, founder and President of Fuel Music, "Disciple are one of those bands you don't have to doubt. Are they in for the music? Yes...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy and Dove-Award winning artist Scott Stapp launched his "Proof of Life" tour last month, opening each set with his first No. 1 Christian radio hit, "Slow Suicide," from Proof of Life, his second solo album that was released on Wind-up Records Nov. 5, 2013. Receiving critical acclaim for the tour, Stapp is taking his fans on a journey through the new music alongside his mega Creed hits like "With Arms Wide Open," "Higher," "What If," "My Sacrifice" and more. The tour continues this month in the UK, Netherlands and Germany, followed by summer tour dates and his first-ever Christian music festival (Sonshine Festival) in the US...
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Check out the new single from Da' T.R.U.T.H's latest release, Heartbeat. The title track features production by J.R. and guests Lecrae & Lauren Lee. Da' T.R.U.T.H's Heartbeat released earlier this week via Mixed Bag Entertainment. Check it out on iTunes here...
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Anthony Evans
Last week, pop and R&B artist Anthony Evans unveiled his latest studio album Real Life/Real Worship in which he recieved the highest Billboard debut of his career. Real Life/Real Worship debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Gospel Albums, No. 4 on the Christian Albums and No. 5 on Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart. Additionally, Evans' reached No. 2 on iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums Chart...
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*Wednesday, April 16, 2014*


MercyMe
For GRAMMY® and American Music Award winners MercyMe, the eighth time looks to be the charm as the 6.5 million+ selling band's latest, Welcome to the New nabs the hightest debut of the week landing at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart. The album peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes® Overall Albums Chart and No. 1 on its Christian Albums Chart. Following two weeks of promotional appearances across the country, MercyMe is set to perform their...
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Brothers, Jeremy Willet, Justin Willet, & Jordan Willet that make up the Christian rock band, Willet, have released the 1st single, "Searchlight" from the long-awaited full length album, "Searchlight" coming 8.26.14, a follow-up to "The Love On the Outside E.P." produced by Aaron Gillespie (2012). The video was filmed at a local retreat center / camp where the band has led worship at over the past 3 years. The band invited the deaf community to be included in the video shoot to share an expression of worship not normally noticed by the Church...
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Unspoken
After breaking into the Top 20 on Billboard's Album Chart last week with the self-titled new album, Unspoken, the band now has launched their fastest charting single with "Start A Fire." The song broke out as No. 1 New & Active at AC Indicator, No. 4 New & Active at AC Monitor and is ranked #28 on Billboard's NCA chart. There were 38 total first week adds and the reaction from radio programmers has been very strong...
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Ginny Owens
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens and Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter Andrew Greer will host an exclusive Holy Land tour next year, it was recently announced. Tracing the life and times of Jesus, the February 9-18 "Journey Through The Land Of Israel" is slated to visit the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the Via Dolorosa, and the Valley of Armageddon, among numerous destinations...
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Tedashii
Well-known, thoughtful lyricist and hip-hop artist Tedashii is set to release his new full-length album Below Paradise (Reach Records) on May 27. This highly anticipated project will be his first album in three years marking his career fourth studio release. The first single "Dark Days, Darker Nights" features Britt Nicole and was released to fans last week, and has received more than 50,000 views in a matter of days. Click here to hear this new song. This album features guest artist appearances by Trip Lee, Lecrae, Britt Nicole, Crowder, Andy Mineo, Royal Tailor and many others...
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Citizens
Mars Hill Music / BEC Recordings' CITIZENS has released a brand new single this week in celebration of the life of Jesus as we near Easter this weekend. The single "You Brought Me Back to Life" is available now. Click here to get the new single at iTunes. "This song was written with lyrics based on Romans 6," shares CITIZENS frontman Zach Bolen. "We wrote a celebratory song that calls for God's people to boast in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We felt it important to have a song that was not only great for the church to sing during the baptism of a believer but also a song...
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V. Rose
Clear Sight Music announces the sophomore release of artist V. Rose titled, Forever After. With a street date of May 20, 2014, the project drops almost 3 years after her self-titled debut release. Stay tuned to V.Rose's Facebook page for up-to-date news as further details about the project are released. Above is the official album cover for Forever After. Check out a promotional clip for the album here: http://youtu.be/5cQWtc1ln3Q...
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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 Summer, My Name Is Paul, The Trail (Let God), Hope for Hurting Hearts, Mother India, Season of a Lifetime, Veil of Tears, and more, which will be showcased at the 2014 CANNES Film Market in Cannes, France...
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*Tuesday, April 15, 2014*


Plus One
The latest band to return from the CCM grave, so to speak, is pop "boy band" Plus One. Now as a trio, comprised of original members Nathan Walters, Gabriel Combs and Jason Perry, the guys have released a new single with the promise for new music following. You can download the single, titled "My All," at plusoneofficial.com. Plus One's last studio album, Exodus was released in 2003 via Inpop Records. The band broke up officially in 2004...
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Francesca Battistelli
Beginning today, fans can stream GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli's third studio album, If We're Honest, exclusively as a First Play on iTunes Radio at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay. With the stream, fans will have their first and only opportunity to hear the album from Christian music's best-selling new artist in the past 10 years in its entirety before its release on April 22. Battistelli's two previous albums, My Paper Heart and Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and garnered her a GRAMMY® nomination...
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Emery
Veteran rock band, Emery, is excited to announce that it has met and surpassed its $50,000 You Were Never Alone crowdfunding goal in under two weeks. The campaign, which launched earlier this month on BadChristian.com, will continue for 30 more days, with new packages, including a more affordable vinyl package, available now at: http://badchristian.com/campaign/newemery/. All packages will also include downloads of two new, rough-version tracks from the upcoming album. The band plans to announce what the excess funds will be used for next week...
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Tamela Mann
GRAMMY®-Award Nominated Vocalist TAMELA MANN appears on ABC's The View Tuesday, April 22. In celebration of co-host Sherri Shepherd's birthday, Tamela will perform her mega-hit "Take Me To The King" for her friend and millions nationwide. "Sherri is a dear friend, and I'm thrilled to be a part of her special day," said Tamela...
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The Choir
With Shadow Weaver, veteran alternative rockers the Choir took their first plunge into crowd-funding. Although the GRAMMY®-nominated group has long relied upon some of pop music's most ardent supporters, the results were unexpected. "The response was not only stunning, but humbling," says singer and guitarist Derri Daugherty. "It made us want to deliver, and I think people are going to be blown away by this record. It's pretty epic...
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Phil Wickham
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and worship leader Phil Wickham is set to release The Ascension: Deluxe Edition today, April 15. Available digitally only, the album will feature 11 original tracks from Wickham’s ninth album which released last fall, as well as 10 new acoustic recordings. The Ascension landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 following its release...
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Jesusfreakhideout.com
Devotional writer J.M. Farro, whose work has been featured on Jesusfreakhideout.com for over the past decade, has just released a brand new book titled, The Promise-Powered Life for Women, available on Amazon.com in paperback and digital (Kindle) form...
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Family Force 5
Netherlands website BEAM have debuted a new live video from LZ7 today that features former Family Force 5 vocalist, Soul Glow Activatur. The song, titled "Next Level," released on last year's Reanimated album by Family Force 5. Check out the video here: http://www.eo.nl/index.php?id=9104...
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CentricWorship and Centricity Publishing, LLC announce today the signing of CentricWorship's first exclusive songwriting and artist deal with worship leader and CentricWorship songwriters retreat participant, Corey Voss. Voss has garnered tremendous success with the song "Nothing But the Blood," CentricWorship's first church single off the EP, All The Saints: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat-No.1. In the three weeks since the debut of the "Nothing But The Blood" live music video, the song's combined views total more than 23,000 unique views. As part of the exclusive agreement with Centricity Publishing, Voss is working on an upcoming solo project to be released on the CentricWorship label. "Simply put, Corey's songs are pure heart," says label head, Steve Rice. "You can't listen to one of his songs and not feel like you just heard...
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As he gears up for the July 22 release of his new album Hope on Tell The Rest Records, FLINTFACE is revitalized and road ready as he embarks on a trek of dates with The Trews and brings a sneak peek of Hope to every tour stop. Dates kick off at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh on June 4th...
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*Monday, April 14, 2014*


Disciple
With their recent departure from home label Fair Trade Services, rock band Disciple is taking the fan-funding route to release their new 2014 album release. Check out the video above and the text below for all the details. And visit their Kickstarter page to see how you can help! "We are enlisting our fans & friends to help us create the best Disciple album to date. Pre-order the record & join us in our mission...
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Integrity Music releases internationally on May 6 The Action Bible Remixed, a collection of well-known modern worship songs reimagined with the electronic sounds of producer Victor "Liquid" Oquendo and featuring guest appearances by KJ-52, DJ Maj, Canton Jones, Milton Young, Stefan The Scientist, L.E.D. and Liquid. The 10-track album was inspired by The Action Bible: God's Redemptive Story, David C Cook's best-selling and most comprehensive children's picture Bible available today with nearly one million Action Bible brand products in print...
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*Friday, April 11, 2014*


Rich Mullins
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) will induct Rich Mullins, writer of "Awesome God," into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at their inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The event celebrates those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally...
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Jonny Diaz
Singer-songwriter Jonny Diaz celebrates the release of his third national project and Centricity Music debut, Let It Fly this week. The project has already received rave reviews from critics, while its current radio single, "Thank God I Got Her," continues to gain momentum at radio...
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Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, Dove Award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and former longtime member of TobyMac’s Diverse City band, joins a roster of many of music’s most celebrated talents contributing to the acclaimed self-titled debut recording by Nathan East, America’s preeminent bassist...
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Jonah33
The New Jonah 33 5-song EP will release April 29th on St. MUSE RECORDS. The band has just debuted the cover art for the new project. In regard to the cover artwork, Singer/Songwriter Vince Lichlyter states: "Jesus became a criminal for us. There are a lot of people who can't grasp that. But he was tried in court, convicted and sentenced. He just wasn't guilty...
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Reformers have premiered the song "Abomination" from their upcoming album 'Abolish' over at the Mediaskare Records YouTube channel, located here http://youtu.be/PzaCCxMa8VA. The band's debut album 'Abolish' is set to hit stores April 29th on Mediaskare Records. Pre-order packages are available now at http://www.merchconnectioninc.com/collections/reformers...
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Beckah Shae
Leading up to the release of her highly-anticipated eighth studio album Champion available May 6, Shae Shoc Records' flagship artist Beckah Shae has revealed her third single "Pioneer." The new upbeat track is available on iTunes and impacts Hot AC, CHR and Rhythmic radio today...
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Unspoken
Centricity Music’s breakout band Unspoken celebrates a successful street week for its first full-length, self-titled album that released April 1st. Unspoken debuted last week at No. 35 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and quickly rose to No. 16 this week. The project is only for sale at retail through Lifeway Christian stores and available online at all music outlets...
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*Thursday, April 10, 2014*


Newsboys
NewSong's Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular has wrapped the biggest and most innovative season in its 19-year history, reigning once again as the world's largest first quarter tour, according to Pollstar. For the fourth consecutive year, Winter Jam tops Pollstar's First Quarter Year To Date Worldwide Ticket Sales chart - Top 100 Tours, surpassing all other 2014 first quarter tours, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, Imagine Dragons and Justin Timberlake...
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Lecrae
Christian retail's top independent distributor New Day Christian Distributors adds Reach Records to its first-rate lineup of music partners. The Atlanta-based hip-hop label plans to kick off its new distribution agreement with anticipated albums from both GRAMMY Award-winning artist Lecrae and rapper Tedashii. Reach Records was established more than ten years ago on the ideals of faith and positive messaging...
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toby
Capitol CMG Label Group is proud to announce they have garnered nine 2014 Billboard Music Award nominations, which were announced live yesterday on "Good Morning America." Chris Tomlin received three nominations, Mandisa and Matthew West each received two nominations, while TobyMac and WOW 2014 were also recognized...
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Chris Tomlin
Internationally acclaimed recording artist and worship leader Chris Tomlin has earned three Billboard Music Award (BBMA) nominations, one in each of the three Christian music categories: Artist, Song ["Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)"] and Album with Burning Lights, which made history as only the fourth Christian music album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The nominations follow Tomlin's 2012 BBMA nomination for Christian Artist, and wins in 2011 for Top Christian Artist and Song ("Our God")...
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Country music superstar Josh Turner will be at Lifeway Christian Store, located at 1725 Galleria Blvd. in Franklin, Tenn. (just outside Nashville), on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm to sign copies of his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood...
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Entertainment One Music (eOne) continues to lead a chart-topping roster of diverse artists, encompassing a wide range of melodies that drive the sounds of Gospel today. Garnering two Top 5 albums on the latest Billboard Gospel Albums chart, eOne also delivers the hits in Gospel Radio, with four singles in the Top 10 on the latest Gospel Radio chart by Erica Campbell, James Fortune & FIYA, Ricky Dillard & New G, and William McDowell...
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*Wednesday, April 9, 2014*


Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North has been making the 10th day of every month a special day for fans. Starting in January the band released a deluxe version of The Struggle, debuted a new video journal, hosted online chats and celebrated selling their one millionth record. This month's special feature: A live broadcast from Blackbird Studios starting at 9:10 A.M. cst on April 10th while the band records their new album...
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The Museum
BEC Recordings' The Museum will be releasing their third label release on May 6 titled What We Stand For. Radio will be introduced to the next chapter of The Museum's music with the radio single "Saved My Soul" that goes for adds this Friday, April 11. While the Atlanta-based group has released two projects that have delivered pop-hooks listeners have been driven to, at the core they are worship leaders. This new album is reflective of their hearts for worship...
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For the first time, FamilyLife is presenting a one-day, LIVE nationwide simulcast to help American couples strengthen marriages and defy divorce rates. in:cast events will simulcast FamilyLife's I Still Do™ conference live from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and will reach millions in homes, churches and venues across the nation on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014...
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Writer, Director, and Producer Sharon Kon was the recipient of this year's Excellence in Service Award at the Christian Women in Media Association's (CWIMA) Annual Awards Gala in Dallas on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Kon was also named Regional Director of CWIMA's New York Metro chapter. Other honorees include Executive Producer and Actress, Roma Downey, Film Critic, Publisher of Movieguide®, and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, Dr. Ted Baehr, and Singer-Songwriter, Babbie Mason...
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*Tuesday, April 8, 2014*


Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE is gearing up for the release of their new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out next Tuesday April 15th on Atlantic Records. In support, the critically acclaimed band will bring their captivating live show to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18th and will return to the Late Show with David Letterman on April 23rd to perform new single "The Heart." Check out the records official video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Yo99VjE2o...
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Fellowship Creative will release their major label debut album, Running To Follow. May 13. Partnering with Fair Trade Services for this first LP, Fellowship Creative is excited for the opportunity to bring their music to the masses. As the music arm to Fellowship Church based in Grapevine, Texas, the church has grown to multiple locations found in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as well as in Miami and London...
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White Collar Sideshow is finally going to Europe and they need your help! About their new funding project, the band writes, "We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Steiger International as we have been accepted to the Steiger Missions School in Krogis, Germany. (www.steiger.org/sms) This 10 week school (June 14-August 21, 2014)...
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Holly Starr
“God Is,” the highly-anticipated new single from acclaimed Artist Garden Entertainment singer/songwriter Holly Starr, is poised to impact radio next month. Penned by Phillip LaRue and GRAMMY® Award-winner Christopher Stevens, the song was produced by Stevens (TobyMac, Jamie Grace) and Chuck Butler (Mandisa, Royal Tailor). Going for adds at Christian AC and CHR radio May 16, the powerful piano-driven single celebrates Christ’s attributes, conveying the Hope found only in Him...
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Entertainment One Music has signed celebrated artist, songwriter and worshipper Todd Dulaney to its award-winning Gospel roster. Joining eOne Music in a new recording deal, the Stellar Award-nominated singer will record and release multiple albums, with the first single slated for release in late Summer this year, off his upcoming new album slated for a first-quarter release in 2015. He'll also be appearing on The Word Network, live on Wednesday April 9th, at 8 pm EST...
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BMG recording artist Danny Gokey is set to make his highly anticipated return with the extraordinary new album, "HOPE IN FRONT OF ME." The album - which includes the current chart-climbing single, "Hope In Front Of Me" - arrives on June 24th. Acclaimed singer, author, and American Idol favorite, Danny Gokey made an indelible first impression with 2010's record-breaking debut album, "MY BEST DAYS...
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JASON CRABB - Grammy Award Winner and 21 time GMA Dove Award winner - kicked off his 2014 Love Is Stronger tour with a little help from his friends. Well, make that 20,000 friends! Crabb recently began his tour with a stop in Knoxville, TN at Thompson-Boling Arena as part of Winterfest weekend. Appearing alongside Duck Dynasty's Luke and Sadie Robertson and the band Planetshakers, Jason's soaring vocals, signature guitar skills and his amazing band filled the arena and had the crowd of over 20,000 teenagers on their feet with hands in the air...
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Known for fearlessly taking on sacred Christian cows, author, pastor, songwriter and Jesus-music visionary John Fischer welcomes fellow slayer Os Guinness, on The Catch, tonight, April 8 at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific at www.BlogTalkRadio/The Catch, or available via podcast after the show on iTunes...
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*Monday, April 7, 2014*


K-Love
K-LOVE is spreading the love at Raley Field by announcing their new partnership with the Sacramento River Cats baseball team. K-LOVE is excited to bring "K-LOVE Sunday Funday" as well as "K-LOVE Corner" throughout the 2014 season. K-LOVE Sunday Funday will be held during the ten Sunday home games, while throughout the entire 72 home games Raley Field's Section 101 will be branded as "K-LOVE Corner," as shown in the...
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*Friday, April 4, 2014*


Audrey Assad
Singer/songwriter Audrey Assad has just released a unique indie film titled O Happy Fault that she was able to put together with funds from her latest album Kickstarter campaign. According to the iTunes download page, the synopsis reads, ""O Happy Fault" is a visual meditation- story and song woven together into one rich, mature, and beautiful short film. Live concert footage from Audrey Assad and fictional narratives alternate in a prayerful rhythm. Songs performed include: I Shall Not Want, Humble, Lament, Lead Me On, and You Speak...
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Kari Jobe
Last week GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe released her third label project Majestic (Capitol CMG) to rave reviews and fan response. This full-length, all new live album debuted at No. 1 on three Billboard charts including the Christian Contemporary Album, Praise & Worship and Christian Digital Album charts. Majestic also debuted at No. 4 on the Overall Digital Album chart and earned Jobe her second Billboard Top 200 Top 15 debut at No. 12. Majestic is also available as a full-length live concert DVD. Click here...
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Following the release of I Need You, the highly-anticipated debut from singer/songwriters and leading background vocalists Seth & Nirva, the couple have made multiple high-profile media appearances as the recording continues to garner widespread critical acclaim. Seth & Nirva recently appeared on TBN's "Praise The Lord," hosted by GRAMMY® and Dove...
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Keith and Kristyn Getty
Celebrated modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty make their way back to the stage this month for a 20-city spring 2014 "Hymns for the Christian Life" tour, reprised for a fourth leg after successful runs throughout the United Kingdom and North America. The event marks the Getty's first public appearance since welcoming their second child in January. Featuring a band of Irish and American musical virtuosos, the contemplative yet high-energy evening...
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Carlos Whittaker
Life isn't meant to fit in a bucket. For Carlos Whittaker, living deliberately is a way of life and that's what he's talking about in his brand new book "Moment Maker - You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You." Available beginning this week (April 1), "Moment Maker" brings together what it looks like to "Create," "Receive" and "Rescue" moments in your life. As a long-time thought leader, Carlos Whittaker has been recognized for his 'making moments' through a certain viral video that received a People's Choice Award, his segment...
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Hailing from his forthcoming album Fallen King releasing May 6, Full Ride Music Group's Thi'sl shares a first look at his new music video 'Take My Life.' The song is produced by DeeOnTheTrack and features fellow St. Louis natives Flame and JSon. "Last year when I saw the rise of attacks against Christians in places like Peshawar, Pakistan where 85 believers were murdered at All Saints Church or in Nairobi...
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*Thursday, April 3, 2014*


Carman
After a 10 year hiatus, Christian Music Trailblazer and Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Carman 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...
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The GMA Foundation reveals additional talent for the inaugural GMA Honors celebration and Hall of Fame induction to be held on April 29th at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville, TN. Inductee, Take 6 will do an exclusive group performance with all members, both past and present, for the first time ever, as a celebration of this honor and their 25th anniversary as a group. In addition, special guests scheduled to appear will include David Crowder, dc Talk (TobyMac, Michael Tait, Kevin Max), Earnest Pugh, Ellie Bannister Holcomb, Kirk Whalum, Lenny LeBlanc and Steven Curtis Chapman...
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Kari Jobe
Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, releases the highly anticipated You Make Me Brave CD/DVD internationally April 22 through Fuel Distribution. Chronicling the worship experience during a three-day women's conference held at The Civic in Redding, CA, the album features songs that were written independently and later led at the conference by a gifted team of worship leaders...
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Michael W. Smith
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...
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K-LOVE's mission to inspire and encourage listeners continues with the launch of myKLOVE, a robust free mobile app community that has had more than 120,000 downloads in just a few weeks. The myKLOVE app, available for download on IOS and Android, features Biblical resources, weekly challenges and a share wall that helps people grow in their walk with God. myKLOVE also features articles by best-selling Christian authors and exclusive access to fan favorite K-LOVE artists...
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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...
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*Wednesday, April 2, 2014*


Emery
Veteran rock band, Emery, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support its upcoming album, You Were Never Alone, to be released this summer on BadChristian Music, the record label founded by Emery members, Matt Carter and Toby Morrell, and former Emery bassist, Joey Svendsen. The band is now offering multiple You Were Never Alone crowdfunding packages through the BadChristian website at: www.badchristian.com/campaign/newemery including autographed merch, limited vinyl, personal fan experiences and more. All packages will also include downloads of two new, rough-version tracks from the upcoming album...
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The Ragamuffin film, based on the life and legacy of best-selling Christian music singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, is set to release on DVD May 6, 2014. The Color Green Films full-length feature will release first exclusively in Walmart retail stores through Millennium Entertainment followed by a nationwide CBA retail release on July 8 through Capitol Christian Distribution...
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Erica Campbell's solo effort HELP, leads the Billboard Top Gospel Chart this week at Number 1. The album also lands on several other charts including Number 1 on Top Gospel & Christian (combined) and Number 6 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. This impressive debut marks Campbell's highest entry on the Top 200 Chart including her Mary Mary releases and the highest ever first week chart position for a female solo gospel artist...
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*Tuesday, April 1, 2014*


Copeland
April 1st seems like a terrible day of the year to make a reunion announcement, but today, indie rock band Copeland released a brand new song via YouTube and preorders for a brand new studio album titled IXORA via TheCopelandSite.com. About the project, the band writes, "It's been almost six years since Copeland has released new music. Though each member has been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both...
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Australia's next pop-rock kings, New Empire, has officially announced plans to release their new album, In A Breath, on April 29th via Tooth & Nail Records. In anticipation, the band has debuted their video for "Say It Like You Mean It" in the U.S. with NylonGuysMag.com and launched pre-orders for the record now at iTunes (w/instant download of "Say It Like You Mean It") and Tooth & Nail (T-Shirt/CD/Download Bundles). Watch New Empire's video for "Say It Like You Mean It...
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Paul Baloche
Writer Melissa Riddle Chalos has shared this article she wrote about worship leader Paul Baloche... There is a certain blanket of wisdom that, if you seek it, comes over time. It wraps around a true and honest place where you are surrounded by good friends and family and have nothing left to prove. A place where you know who you are, you know your purpose, and you're content to leave the details up to God. "If you do something long enough, you uncover life lessons along the way," Paul Baloche says. "You aspire to be faithful to God's calling in your life, pressing through even when you...
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Jeff Anderson
Former Gotee Records solo artist Jeff Anderson has been busy in recent years producing his own solo worship albums, the latest being 2012's In The Shadow, but few know that Anderson had launched a unique post-rock instrumental project called Anderson Cale in 2008. Jeff partnered with friend and fellow musician Jesse Cale Burkett to form Anderson Cale and the two have been prepping to release a new album called Flight for 2014. To make the project a reality, the duo have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a humble $5,000 to finish the album...
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Come&Live! Records, who are or have been home to artists like The Ember Days and Showbread, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new documentary about their trip to Colombia. About the project, the label writes: "The much-anticipated follow up to New Zealand [This is our story]. Shot on location throughout Colombia, South America. Sometimes a story isn’t told in a single lone chapter. In this case, it seemed the story had a life all its own, as though it was being penned by hands other than ours...
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