Michael W. Smith’s A New Hallelujah Debuted at No. 1: Michael W. Smith’s 21st album A New Hallelujah (10/28) debuted this week at No.1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Christian Albums Chart, and No. 19 on Billboard's Top 200, with more than 23,000 in first week sales. On March 17, 2009, Smith will unveil an accompanying DVD of the moving worship event. The album, recorded live in Houston on June 20 before an audience of more than 12,000, is receiving incredible reviews by media outlets such as Billboard Magazine who says, “The veteran artist raised the bar yet again with A New Hallelujah…” For more information on Smitty please visit: www.michaelwsmith.com.
Tune In This Weekend as Matt Maher records "Silent Night" for nationally syndicated weekly radio program "Heart Of Worship”: Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher, was the guest on last week’s syndicated radio program “The Heart Of Worship”. The Sunday morning radio show airs on over 90 stations across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. “The Heart Of Worship” is hosted by Don Buettner, Program Director for Star 88.3/WLAB out of Fort Wayne, IN. In the two-hour show, Matt shared his heart behind the radio singles “Your Grace Is Enough” and “As It Is In Heaven”. The show also airs “Great Things” and “For Your Glory”, both from Matt’s Empty & Beautiful album. Matt also recorded “Silent Night (Emmanuel)” for an upcoming “The Heart Of Worship” Christmas special. Matt was in Fort Wayne for a Worship Pastor’s Workshop hosted by WLAB at Sweetwater Sound, the world’s largest music technology and instrument retailer. Over 35 local churches were represented at the event. For more information on Matt, please visit: www.mattmahermusic.com.
Vote Now In This Year’s American Music Awards: Vote for your favorite artist to win at the 2008 American Music Awards. Voting closes November 7, at 11:59 PM PT. Casting Crowns and rock band Third Day both received American Music Award (AMA) nominations for “Favorite Artist” in the Contemporary Inspirational category. Casting Crowns, who won this category at last year’s show, celebrates its fourth consecutive nomination while Third Day is honored with its third career nod. The 36th Annual AMA’s will air Sunday, November 23rd (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. To vote, please click here.
Brandon Heath Holds Top Spot on AC & CHR Radio for Seventh Week; New Column Featuring Heath Launches on CCMMagazine.com: The smash hit song “Give Me Your Eyes” from singer/songwriter Brandon Heath remains the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart for a seventh week. The song also tops the CHR format for an 11th week, and closes out at No. 1 on R&R’s AC Indicator chart. As the industry’s New Artist of the Year, Heath is now hosting a monthly podcast on CCMMagazine.com, spotlighting talented breakout artists in Christian music in candid conversations with Brandon. The first installment launches today and features Tenth Avenue North discussing life on the road, song inspiration, and the trials and encouragements of being a new artist in today’s music industry. To listen to these interviews, please visit: www.ccmmagazine.com/news/podcasts.
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