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Gospel Music Channel Names McClarney A “Top 10 Artist to Watch in 2010”

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Chris McClarney, Introducing Chris McClarney EP
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NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
January 26, 2010

Nashville, TN (January 26, 2010) – Introducing Chris McClarney releases today from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Named a “Top 10 Artist to Watch in 2010” by Gospel Music Channel, the soulful-voiced, modern worship of Chris McClarney gathers critical acclaim as this unassuming lead worshipper’s music travels to the far reaches of Christian church worldwide.

A worshipper dedicated to drawing the eyes, heart and minds of the church toward its heavenly Father, McClarney’s songs, with absolutely no marketing dollars behind them, have climbed onto the iTunes sales charts and caught the attention of the Redding, California-based Jesus Culture youth movement. An “army” of believers in the movement has adopted McClarney’s “Your Love Never Fails” as its theme song.

“‘Your Love Never Fails’ is a simple song of gratitude to my unfailing Savior, and a repeatable self-reminder of his faithfulness,” says McClarney. “Every believer daily faces an unrelenting onslaught of circumstances and situations that challenge our faith. Many of us are currently facing an immediate, dire need for God to come through in a big way. The truth: God has not forgotten you, He is closer than you could ever imagine, He is still the same today as yesterday, and His ultimate goal is ‘that you might have life, and life abundantly.’ Your trial will eventually work for your good too. It may not happen in your timeframe, or in the way you expected, but love will prevail... love never fails.”

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night
But joy comes with the morning
When the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
And Your love never fails

Already heralded as an authentic voice and talent by Bill Johnson, senior leader at Bethel Chapel in Reading, CA (the birthplace of the Jesus Culture movement), Jeff Deyo (worship leader, former SONICFLOOd lead vocalist) and more, critics in the media join in the chorus:

“His debut on Kingsway – perhaps the preeminent worship music collective/label in the UK – doesn’t drop in the U.S. until January 26, but we’ve already heard enough to peg this soulful worship songwriter as one to watch… The CD (already out in the UK) landed in the Top 100 Christian CDs on iTunes, without so much as a Euro of marketing money. And frankly, not since Shane & Shane appeared on the worship radar has there been this kind of potential in modern acoustic-based worship fare.” – Gospel Music Channel (Click for full review)

“McClarney adds a welcome bluesy edge to his original songs…If this is only the beginning of McClarney's recorded work, he’s likely got a long career ahead of him.” –

“The major-distribution-debut studio EP by Tennessee worship pastor Chris McClarney should be a high-priority choice. McClarney’s gritty tenor contrasts well against the gentle jangle and smoothly folksy textures he incorporates into doctrinally solid songs catchy enough for congregational use.” – CBA Retailers + Resources.

“He’s got a clear musical vision, he’s got a gift of a voice, and his music is timeless and contemporary all at once. He’s definitely one to watch, and in a genre of music that has every potential to swallow up new artists without a definitive sound, McClarney has everything going for him that will prevent that from happening. His EP is not just another praise album that fills the airwaves with white noise, it’s an artistic statement that inspires.”- TitleTrakk (Click for full review)

The journey that led to Introducing Chris McClarney was one that McClarney started alone in his study one day, praying. From his knees he told God how desperate he was to be able to share the songs of heaven. In a voice that was almost audible, McClarney sensed God’s reply: “But what I want are the songs of Chris.” Stunned, McClarney gathered together the songs he had written, and now these songs are finding listeners across the nation and world.

Supporting the spreading of McClarney’s songs across the globe, Kingsway is offering “Still Saving Me” from Introducing Chris McClarney as a free download at: Gospel Music Channel is also offering the song as a “Download of the Week” at

The full Introducing Chris McClarney track listing follows:
1) Your Love Never Fails
2) Still Saving Me
3) Defender
4) Your Love Is Everything
5) Across The Universe
6) Blessed Assurance

An “overnight” sensation after having led worship for 15-years, McClarney has spent the last six years at Grace Center church ( in Franklin, TN. He resides in nearby Nashville, TN with his wife Jasmine, and two young daughters. For more information, visit or

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