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April, 2017

*Friday, April 28, 2017*

Third Day Third Day Returns To Their Musical Roots With New Single "Revival"

THIRD DAY has returned to their deep musical roots with the release of their new single "Revival." Releasing to radio today, "Revival" is available for purchase and streaming through all digital service providers by clicking here. In the creation of "Revival," THIRD DAY teamed up with producer and friend Monroe Jones, producer of such THIRD DAY classics as 1999's Time, 2000's Offerings: A Worship Album... << Full Report >>

Six-Time GRAMMY Winner Amy Grant Inducted Into The Music City Walk Of Fame

In recognition of her significant contributions to Nashville and its musical heritage, six-time GRAMMY winner Amy Grant was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. Joining Grant were longtime friend and CAA agent John Huie, and Bart Millard from GRAMMY nominated multi-platinum selling band MercyMe, who gave an incredibly moving and heartfelt introduction to Grant... << Full Report >>

Facedown Records Announces New Artist, Deathbreaker

Facedown Records is proud to introduce Deathbreaker, a powerful four piece hailing from Olympia, Washington. Deathbreaker lean into post-harcore a bit in their debut album Disconnect, creating breathing room in the album by branching out into more expressive territory. Disconnect was recorded with Matt Bayles at Red Room Studios (Norma Jean, Minus the... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, April 27, 2017*

Destini Rose Releases Debut Worship Album

Bringing a world of inspiration to this project after having spent an entire summer in the Great Smoky Mountains, new worship artist, Destini Rose, takes us on a spiritual journey through The Creation Album... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, April 25, 2017*

Skillet's Front Man, John Cooper, Featured On Marvel's Playback

Spearheading the effort to merge the two worlds of comics and music, Marvel Entertainment's Marvel Playback opens up conversation with some of music's biggest names. GRAMMY nominated Skillet's John Cooper joined Marvel's Playback to speak about his love for comics, and the lessons he's learned from their stories and heroes... << Full Report >>

GRAMMY Winner Mandisa On ABC's Good Morning America Tomorrow

ABC's Good Morning America will broadcast the exclusive first television interview with Mandisa alongside a performance of her new single "Unfinished" tomorrow, April 26. After spending much of the past few years struggling with depression, Mandisa, who has proven to be one of American Idol's most successful alums as a Top 5 Idol with the most No. 1s, is ready to talk about her journey with transparency and vulnerability ahead of the release of her newest album, Out Of The Dark, out May 19... << Full Report >>

Jordan Feliz to Release "The River Deluxe Edition" June 9th

Dove Award winning artist, Jordan Feliz, will release The River Deluxe Edition on June 9th. The project will feature 16 songs that includes such chart toppers as "The River," "Beloved", "Never Too Far Gone," along with five remix bonus tracks. The album was produced Joshua Silverberg (Michael W. Smith, Newsboys) and Colby Wedgeworth (Lincoln Brewster, Tenth Avenue North)... << Full Report >>
*Monday, April 24, 2017*

Needtobreathe NEEDTOBREATHE Announce 3-Part "All The Feels" Fall Tour

have announced their plans for a special set of fall tours launching in September. PART ONE coming to some of our favorite amphitheaters under the stars with very special guest Gavin DeGraw!
PART TWO to visit our favorite rock... << Full Report >>

Kim Walker-Smith Releases Solo Album, "On My Side"

Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith has released her first solo project in four years, On My Side, available now. Also beginning last weekend, was the popular Outcry Tour that features Walker-Smith and Jesus Culture hitting more than 15 major markets. See the remaining tour dates below... << Full Report >>

Former NFL Player, Dallas Cowboys Chaplain & Spoken Word Artist Jonathan Evans Releases New Album "J-Walk"

Son of mega church pastor Dr. Tony Evans, Jonathan Evans, a mentor, author, speaker, spoken word artist and former NFL fullback is encouraging men of all ages in their spiritual walk with God on his new album J-Walk.  The spoken word record is available on all digital platforms worldwide and on << Full Report >>

Rocketown Announces New Executive Director Kenny Alonzo As Organization Continues To Grow

Rocketown, a faith-based youth outreach facility located in the heart of downtown Nashville, has announced Kenny Alonzo as their new Executive Director. With two decades of experience in serving the Nashville community through non-profit organizations, Alonzo will join the tenured programs and services Rocketown continues to provide to the youth of Nashville.... << Full Report >>

*Friday, April 21, 2017*

Essential Records Signs Branan Murphy

Sony/Provident’s Essential Records announces the signing of pop artist Branan Murphy as he releases his debut single "All The Wrong Things." Murphy's single features "The Voice" Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne and is produced by Jordan Sapp. The song is available at radio, digital outlets and streaming platforms along with the premiere... << Full Report >>

Bethel Music's "Starlight" Garners Critic Support As Record Tops Billboard's Christian Albums Chart

Called a "must have" by critics, Dove Award winning Bethel Music recently released album Starlight, the band's first full-length album recorded live on tour, has earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart. The acclaimed collective will begin the first trek of their... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, April 19, 2017*

Emery Emery Announces 10-City Tour For June

After smashing their crowdfunding goal by 154%, Emery is rewarding their fan’s generosity with a ten city tour starting June 7th in Lawrence, KS. The (once again) five-piece has set a new precedence in the DIY world, choosing to forego the traditional structure of touring, depending on booking agents and promoters, and reverse engineering the entire process. Emery’s innovation in the music... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, April 18, 2017*

Crowder Winter Jam Reigns Among World's Top Tours

Once again ranking among the biggest first quarter tours in the world, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular brought its blockbuster 2017 Eastern U.S. run to a close earlier this month. Christian music's largest annual tour landed at #4 on Pollstar’s “1Q YTD Worldwide 2017 Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours” chart, it was recently... << Full Report >>

Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin Makes History with Largest Ticketed Christian Concert in Bridgestone Arena History

GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin's first annual Good Friday Nashville event made history this past weekend with nearly 15,000 in attendance making it the largest ticketed Christian concert in Bridgestone Arena history. Held Friday, April 14, joining Tomlin were Big Daddy Weave, Zach Williams, best-selling author Max Lucado and surprise special guests Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum singing her No. 1 hit "Thy Will," as well as Matt Maher and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam... << Full Report >>

*Monday, April 17, 2017*

Derek Minor's "Change The World" Remix Debuted on iTunes and Spotify April 14

Award-winning Hip Hop artist, Derek Minor, is still receiving strong response to his four-week No. 1 song, “Change The World” (feat. Hollyn). The single continues to garner airplay and is Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart. In light of the popularity of the song, Minor issued a remix of the tune that was produced by Cardec... << Full Report >>

Chris Howland and Spencer Kane Teamed Up For "I Got You"

Chris Howland and Spencer Kane have teamed up to bring us "I Got You", a hot new track which is sure to land on your playlist for the Spring and Summer. As Kane's expressive vocals sit wonderfully on top of Howland's tropical-pop production style, these two fellas certainly seem to bring out the best of... << Full Report >>

*Friday, April 14, 2017*

Britt Nicole Britt Nicole's "Be The Change" Music Video Premieres

GRAMMY® nominee Britt Nicole's latest music video, "Be The Change" premiered on Huffington Post yesterday. Having just wrapped up her time touring on Winter Jam 2017... << Full Report >>

Full Circle Music Announces Signing of Swedish Based Connect Worship

Under the leadership of GRAMMY® winning producer, Seth Mosley, Full Circle Music announces its signing of Swedish based musical collective, Connect Worship. Boasting over 20 No. 1 singles, with credits including Bethel Music, Newsboys, Matt Hammitt, and Jeremy Camp, Full Circle Music is excited to join forces with the Connect Worship... << Full Report >>

Martha Munizzi Releases New Singles "He Has Won" and "Fearless"

Award-winning beloved artist Martha Munizzi kicks off a new chapter, as the inspirational GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove and Stellar Award-winner delivers a two-fold blessing of new music, with the release of dual digital singles “He Has Won” and “Fearless”. Available at all digital providers now... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, April 13, 2017*

Matty Mullins Drops New Lyric Music Video For "Unstoppable (Feat. Jordan Feliz)"

BEC Recordings' artist Matty Mullins releases a new lyric music video today for his hit single “Unstoppable (feat. Jordan Feliz).” The video features Mullins and Feliz walking around some of downtown Nashville’s most scenic attractions. Click here or the image below to watch this unique and fun video... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, April 12, 2017*

Amy Grant, Stu Garrard Record "Morning Light," Share Stories Of Mercy From The Beatitudes Project

Award winning guitarist, songwriter and author Stu Garrard (Stu G) is joined by six-time Grammy Award winning and Platinum-selling recording artist and philanthropist Amy Grant to tell remarkable true stories of mercy in The Beatitudes Project (#TheBeatitudesProject)... << Full Report >>

Jaci Velasquez: Trust Rises From Understanding The One We Worship

For more than half her life, multi-platinum-selling, Grammy nominated artist Jaci Velasquez has pursued an entertainer’s dream, recording albums in English and Spanish and performing on stages around the world. From her debut at age 16, she has leaned full-throttle into her God-given gifts, racking up 16 No. 1 hits, penning three books, acting in seven films, gracing 50 magazine covers and launching a non-profit clothing line... << Full Report >>

Inspirational Trio JuZang Release Debut Single 'Cry On' Via Work Music Group

Guielle, Patria, and Marisa better known as JuZang are ready to make their mark in music. Teaming up with the newly formed Work Music Group (founded by Grammy Award winning songwriter LaShawn "Big Shiz" Daniels and Record Executive Brandon N. Caddell) JuZang has already offered up new music... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, April 11, 2017*

Iron Bell Music To Release Album Via Essential Worship

Essential Worship announces the debut release from Iron Bell Music. Titled God That Saves, the project from this Kentucky-based worship group will be available May 19. Comprised of songwriters and performers Stephen McWhirter, Joel Gerdis and Josh Glauber, Iron Bell Music is the fruition of worship nights held year-round for the community of Louisville at an area barn... << Full Report >>

The Rocket Summer Celebrates the 10 Year Anniversary of DO YOU FEEL with a North American Tour

Sometimes, to see how far you’ve come, you have to look back at your beginnings.  For multi-instrumentalist, BRYCE AVARY of THE ROCKET SUMMER, his evolution into the powerpop/indie rock powerhouse that he is becoming has origins in his dynamic and explosive entrance into the mainstream ten years ago with his breakthrough album... << Full Report >>

Tamela Mann Receives First Billboard Music Award Nomination

Tillymann Music Platinum-selling artist Tamela Mann has garnered her first Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Gospel Artist. The awards show recognizes the hottest names in music today. Tamela is currently on the Mann's World Family Tour, co-headlining with husband, actor and comedian David Mann. The 25-city spring leg of the tour is making stops across the country, including three sold-out shows... << Full Report >>

GRAMMY-Winning Recording Artist Tasha Cobbs Earns Two 2017 Billboard Music Award Nominations

GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs received two nominations for the upcoming 2017 Billboard Music Awards, the leading trade publication announced yesterday. Receiving honors for Top Gospel Album (One Place Live) and Top Gospel Song ("Put A Praise On It"), the Motown Gospel recording artist picks up her third and fourth nominations since the categories were added last year... << Full Report >>

Miami Rapper Oscar Urbina Releases "MP2 Darkness" Mixtape

Respected Miami rapper Oscar Urbina releases his mixtape MP2 Darkness Tuesday. The album can be streamed on Urbina’s SoundCloud page and downloaded on Toneden... << Full Report >>

MercyMe MercyMe's LIFER Hits No. 10 on Billboard Top 200 and Tops Billboard Christian Chart

MercyMe's LIFER earned debut placements across multiple charts, including No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on Billboard Christian Album Charts. Throughout the street week of the album, LIFER sat atop the iTunes Christian Chart, while hitting No. 2 on the overall iTunes and Amazon Music Charts... << Full Report >>

*Monday, April 10, 2017*

Mandisa Mandisa's Long-awaited Fifth Studio Album, "Out Of The Dark," Now Available For Presale

GRAMMY® award winning artist Mandisa's Out Of The Dark is now available for preorder with an instant download of the singles "I'm Still Here" and "Unfinished." The preorder of Out Of The Dark is available at iTunes, alongside the newly released exclusive presale bundles... << Full Report >>

Provident Music Group Receives Eight Billboard 2017 Music Award Nominations

Provident Music Group celebrates eight nominations announced this morning for the "2017 Billboard Music Awards" honoring this year's most successful artists. Provident Music Group’s nominees include multiple nominees Kirk Franklin of Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Records and Travis Greene of RCA Inspiration along with Casting Crowns of Beach Streat/Reunion Records and Zach Williams of Essential Records... << Full Report >>

Skillet Skillet Earns Three Billboard Music Award Nominations

Multi-platinum selling band Skillet has garnered three nominations for the "2017 Billboard Music Awards," including nods for Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album (Unleashed) and Top Christian Song ("Feel Invincible"). The honors add to their 2011 win and previous five nominations. The “2017 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena... << Full Report >>

*Friday, April 7, 2017*

Sarah Reeves Releases New Single, "Nowhere," Everywhere

Word Records’ pop singer, up-and-comer Sarah Reeves, released her brand new single “Nowhere” across all major digital platforms today. The entrancing, electro-pop track is the first song from her forthcoming Word Records debut album. With soaring vocals, the inspiring and danceable song was created after working her way out of an intensely trying phase of life and love... << Full Report >>

I AM THEY Releases New Single "Crown Him"

Essential Records' I AM THEY has released a new single, "Crown Him," along with the lyric video featuring the new voice of Jon McConnell. This single is the follow-up to the band's 2015 self-titled debut that features the band's unique three-part vocal harmonies. Click here to check out the single... << Full Report >>

Multi-Artist Beatitudes Album Preorder Begins Today, Features Instant Downloads

Beginning today, four songs from Beatitudes are available for immediate download with each preorder of the album from iTunes®, including for the first time today the tracks “The View from Here” featuring Hillsong UNITED and “Oh Mercy” featuring Matt Maher with additional vocals by Audrey Assad. Amy Grant’s song for the project... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, April 6, 2017*

Tye Tribbett Cracks Top 10 With "Work It Out"

Two-Time GRAMMY®, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Award winning recording artist, musician, songwriter, producer and television host Tye Tribbett celebrates his current radio single “Work It Out” cracking Top 10 on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Airplay Chart landing at No. 9 with +67 spins this week... << Full Report >>

Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin's Good Friday Event To Partner With And Donate Net Proceeds To Tennessee Kids Belong

GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin recently announced Good Friday Nashville, to be held at Bridgestone Arena Friday, April 14, which will unite families and churches all across Tennessee as Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Zach Williams and more lead in a time of worship while best-selling author Max Lucado shares a special message... << Full Report >>

About A Mile Hit Single “Born To Live” Featured By YouTube Stars, Dude Perfect

About A Mile’s full-length sophomore album, Trust You All The Way, released globally amidst acclaim last fall and gets a huge boost this week from YouTube’s No. 1 sports channel, Dude Perfect. With more than 40 million fans and followers, over 2.5 billion online video views and 28 Guinness World Records in sports, Dude Perfect’s current Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 episode... << Full Report >>

UK's 7 Core Music Announce Signing of FoldingLights

7Core Music are delighted to announce our latest signing FoldingLights. Michael Peter Ball is the artist behind FoldingLights. As a new member of the 7Coremusic family, Michael will be releasing his debut EP 'Exiles' this coming May. Desperate to add some of his... << Full Report >>

Artist Garden Entertainment Releases New Music From TAL

Artist Garden Entertainment announces the April 7 release of new music from alternative hip hop artist, TAL.

TAL's new single "V" gives listeners a first glimpse of his forthcoming EP, Chicago Made. "V" was produced by Curb Records' pop artist/producer, Ryan Corn. TAL describes the new single as "my honest attempt in taking the first step towards vulnerability with myself and other people... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, April 5, 2017*

Family Force 5 Family Force 5 To Perform New Album Live Amidst Release Delays

Fans of Family Force 5 have been anticipating a new studio album from the band for quite some time now, with an original release slated for August last year and then delayed until March of this year, before being delayed yet again. Signed to Word Entertainment, Warner Bros. sold the label to Curb Records last year, which could possibly account for some of the release delays... << Full Report >>

Ellie Holcomb Ellie Holcomb Makes Her OPRY Debut; Red Sea Road Receives Critical Acclaim

This past weekend, Dove Award winner Ellie Holcomb made her debut on the stage that she's dreamed of performing on her entire life, Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry. Performing two songs from her current release Red Sea Road, she was introduced to the stage by long-time Opry members The Whites... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, April 4, 2017*

Clay Crosse Releases First New Music In Four Years

“Streets of Capernaum,” a new song from multi-Dove Award winner Clay Crosse, is arriving at Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC radio outlets today. The single, written by Crosse, is Crosse’s first new music since the songs from the 2013 album titled “reDedication.”... << Full Report >>

Kristen Dalton Launches "Crowned: A Daughter Gathering", A Faith-Based Women's Conference

Former Miss USA Kristen Dalton has launched “Crowned: A Daughter Gathering”, a 2-day women’s faith-based conference where women of all ages can come together and experience God in a new and powerful way. The event will kick off on April 21 at 7pm with a one-hour LIVE special on the national networks JUCE TV and TBN and will continue on April 22 from 10am-2pm PT at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach... << Full Report >>

Jonathan Firey and Hobby Lobby Partner for Album Release

Much-acclaimed instrumentalist, Jonathan Firey, has partnered with arts and crafts mega-store, Hobby Lobby, to release a two-disc compilation of acoustic guitar hymns.  Available now, Bless this Home is being sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby locations across the country and can be heard via the overhead music system in-store... << Full Report >>

*Monday, April 3, 2017*

Switchfoot Switchfoot Announces The Looking for Summer Tour with Lifehouse

For the first time ever, Switchfoot is going on tour with LIFEHOUSE!  The "LOOKING FOR SUMMER TOUR" continues the band's "Looking for..." themed tours that started with two legs of the "Looking for America Tour" last year and was followed by "Looking for Europe" and "Looking for the Philippines."  This latest summer tour with Lifehouse, which also features opener Brynn Elliott, has tickets up for pre-sale starting right now and lasts until Thursday at 10pm... << Full Report >>

Colton Dixon Colton Dixon's Third Studio Album "Identity" Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Christian Albums Chart

Named “ambitious, vibrant and hopeful” by Christian Today, Colton Dixon’s third studio album Identity continues to resonate among listeners, topping the Billboard Christian Albums chart this week. Making an impact at radio, “All That Matters,” Dixon’s lead single from Identity continues to... << Full Report >>

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