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JFH Music News Archive

March, 2015

*Tuesday, March 31, 2015*

Plumb PLUMB to Release New Worship Album EXHALE on May 4

Multi-genre recording artist, songwriter, and author PLUMB is finalizing her seventh studio album, titled EXHALE, for release May 4, 2015. EXHALE follows the tour-de-force success of her previous album NEED YOU NOW, an intense collection that coincided with the artist's personal struggle in her marriage up through her family's restoration. This story ultimately lead to the artist writing her memoir, titled 'Need You Now: A Story of Hope'. EXHALE is the resulting collection of songs filled... << Full Report >>

Morgan Harper Nichols Gotee Records Welcomes Morgan Harper Nichols To The Label

Gotee Records announces the newest addition to the label with the signing of singer/songwriter, Morgan Harper Nichols. The Atlanta-based storyteller is no stranger to the label, as she has co-written and been featured on numerous songs with sister, Jamie Grace. Nichols will be releasing her self-titled debut album on May 19 at all digital outlets while the physical CD will be available at shows and Produced by Paul Mabury (Lauren Diagle, All Sons & Daughters), the album will feature Mac Powell of Third Day, All Sons & Daughters and Jamie Grace. The album's debut single, "Storyteller," is available at all digital outlets now... << Full Report >>

Matthew West Matthew West's "Live Forever" Goes Up For Pre-Order

Matthew West, the four-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter will release his new album, Live Forever, on April 28 (Capitol CMG). Produced by Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Crowder), Live Forever continues West's mission to tell a story of a different kind with his music - to transform listeners' stories into life-changing songs. Live Forever is now available for pre-order. The pre-order at iTunes includes two instant downloads - the album's first radio single... << Full Report >>

Erica Campbell Erica Campbell Delivers "Help 2.0"

Erica Campbell today launches Help 2.0, the re-release of 2015's Grammy® Award winning Best Gospel CD, and top selling album that has already garnered numerous other awards, including 8 Stellar Awards at this year's 30th Annual music event, a Dove Award and a Soul Train Music Award win. The seemingly unstoppable Campbell, already a multi-Grammy® Award winning artist and songwriter, celebrates the re-release this week with VH1 Soul/ world video premiere of her new single, "More Love" March 30th... << Full Report >>

Manafest Manafest Releases New Video, "Diamonds"

Four time Juno Award nominee, Musician, songwriter, & Author Manafest has released his latest video for the single "Diamonds" today on his official website "Diamonds," was co-written with Thousand Foot Krutch's frontman Trevor McNevan and tackles the timely issue of addiction. "When we were working on the beat, I couldn't stop thinking about someone struggling with addiction and turning to drugs," states Manafest. "I remember reading Brian 'Head' Welch's book... << Full Report >>

Audio Adrenaline Audio Adrenaline Returns With "Sound of the Saints" May 4

Sound of the Saints, the highly-anticipated tenth studio recording and sophomore Fair Trade Services release from two-time GRAMMY® Award winners Audio Adrenaline, is slated to bow May 4. Beginning today, the project is available for preorder on iTunes and Amazon Music. Produced by GRAMMY® winner Seth Mosley (Jeremy Camp, for KING & COUNTRY) and Joshua Silverberg (Newsboys, Michael W. Smith), the 10-song set... << Full Report >>

Tamela Mann Tamela Mann's 'Best Days' Album RIAA Certified Gold

Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann's album 'Best Days' (CD/ Deluxe Edition) is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the achievement of selling more than 500,000 copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela's manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque at a pre-screening of Bounce TV's 'Mann & Wife' during the Stellar Awards weekend in Las Vegas. A presentation was also made to Tillymann Music Group distribution... << Full Report >>

Dru Bex "Imperfect Messenger" EP Details Unveiled

Since releasing the bold label single, "NOW," boasting the entire artist roster, Role Model Records follows up with its first project offering, "Imperfect Messenger" from the label's newest signee, Dru Bex. His debut with the budding inspirational hip hop label, Dru clearly set out to prove a point. From the concept to the sonic execution, Dru strikes a resonating chord with listeners... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 30, 2015*

Fireflight Fireflight - A Change in Perspective; Loving others with Acts of Service, Quality Time, Compassion

Fireflight members Glenn (guitars) and Wendy Drennen (bass), along with their four-year-old son Phoenix, traveled to Jamaica last month. After returning home, Wendy penned the "A Change in Perspective; Loving others with Acts of Service, Quality Time, Compassion" story that follows... "Over the past few years, Glenn and I have felt God preparing us for the trip that we had the opportunity to take last month. From watching a documentary about downsizing and another one about... << Full Report >>

Shane and Shane Shane and Shane Announces New Album "The Worship Initiative"

The worship duo of Shane & Shane, comprised of Shane Everett and Shane Barnard, announces the release of their album, The Worship Initiative, available on April 28 with Fair Trade Services. The 12-song project is in addition to their specialized Worship Initiative program, an online resource where worship leaders and musicians can receive both musical training and spiritual teaching... << Full Report >>

Trant "A Ram In The Bush" Out March 31

Picture someone who is always trying to make others laugh or uplift them while teaching them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Picture somebody who makes it his goal to give all glory to God in everything he does; someone who rarely says no when he sees another in need. Picture a self-less person who is willing to let others go first just to make that person feel better… a winner. Meet Trant, a 31 year old from Huntsville, Alabama, a follower of Christ. He is not a rapper or singer, but a music producer, a songwriter, and a businessman... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 27, 2015*

Matt Maher Matt Maher's "Saints and Sinners" Nabs the No. 2 Spot on Billboard's Christian Chart

Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Matt Maher doesn't disappoint with his latest release Saints & Sinners as it debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Christian Chart this week. Additionally, his current single "Because He Lives (Amen)" dominated the No. 1 spot on Billboard National Christian Audience Chart attracting 9.9 million listeners. "Because He Lives (Amen)" is one of 11 compelling tracks on the new release, all of which are receiving praise from critics across the board... << Full Report >>

Bleach Murray Hill Theatre Celebrates 20 Years This August

This August the Murray Hill Theatre, one of Jacksonville, Florida's longest running live music venues, is commemorating two decades of operation by holding a 2-day festival style event featuring Five Iron Frenzy, John Mark McMillan, Bleach, House Of Heroes, Bellarive, Ascend The Hill, My Epic and more to be announced. The festivities are scheduled for August 15th & 16th of 2015 at the historic venue. Murray Hill Theatre is located at 932 Edgewood Ave South, Jacksonville, Florida, 32205. Doors each day at currently scheduled to open 2:00pm. More info and advanced tickets are available for online purchase at Murray Hill Theatre... << Full Report >>

Erica Campbell Erica Campbell Takes Over VH1 Soul March 30

Erica Campbell set to exclusively reveal her new music video "More Love," this Monday, March 30th on VH1 Soul and The video, created by Warryn Campbell, directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini with executive producer, Joyce Washington will premiere at 6:00am EST on VH1 Soul and will run every hour all day. The video will also be available on line exclusively on Shot in HD, the video is a powerful look at love, life and family through the years... << Full Report >>

Blood and Ink Records To Release Saints Never Surrender's "Brutus" On Vinyl

It's with great excitement that Blood & Ink Records is releasing SAINTS NEVER SURRENDER Brutus on vinyl for the first time ever. Originally released in 2008 on CD only, this classic, melodic-hardcore record shot ripples through the hardcore community when it was released. Filled with heartfelt, astonishingly mature songwriting, Brutus brought a new level of intensity and honesty from SAINTS NEVER SURRENDER... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 26, 2015*

Needtobreathe Noisetrade Offers Free Samplers for NEEDTOBREATHE and Mae Spring Tours

Noisetrade has long been a great source for free music to try out or get a taste for. NEEDTOBREATHE has previously released a couple completely free EPs through the risk-free music shop, and now they're sharing music from their current TOUR DE COMPADRES friends with a new sampler. Similarly, Mae is back on the road celebrating 10 years of their album The Everglow, and they're also offering a tour sampler featuring acts at those shows. Read below for more info... << Full Report >>

Fireflight Fireflight Premieres Video For "We Are Alive"

The momentum toward the May 5 release of INNOVA, the first new album in over three years from Fireflight, continues to build. This week the band declares "We Are Alive" with its new video and single from INNOVA. Produced by Phil Earnest, the "We Are Alive" video exclusively premieres today on Alternative Press. Following the premiere, the video will be hosted on the band's YouTube page and be available for music video shows everywhere... << Full Report >>

Asaiah Ziv Asaiah Ziv Celebrates Chart-Topping Song

Currently topping the Indie Hip-Hop Music Chart at #1 is "Ziv?" by Asaiah Ziv, perhaps not yet a familiar name … but definitely a familiar voice. Formerly known by the name KIDD, he was signed at just 15 years old to indie label Infiltrate Music and at 17, released his debut album Murder My Flesh (2013). The album rose to the #15 spot on iTunes Hip Hop charts, reached #6 on Amazon Music's Christian charts, and #14 on the Billboard Gospel album chart. Under the moniker KIDD... << Full Report >>

Lauren Daigle Lauren Daigle Prepares for Release of New Album "How Can It Be" April 14

The anticipation is building as Lauren Daigle's first full album, How Can It Be, releases April 14th. In support of the new project, Daigle flew to New York City to record several songs from the new album exclusively for SiriusXM and the national network will air these performances and other songs from the new album hourly on release day. While in the northeast, Daigle visited Star 99 in New Jersey where she performed a few songs and did a Q&A with about 60 lucky listeners. From there, Daigle did a standing room only pop-up concert for WRBS in Baltimore, MD, and then filmed a live performance video for WGTS in Washington, DC, before playing for the staff... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 25, 2015*

for King & Country for KING & COUNTRY Set for Jimmy Kimmel Debut Tonight

Two-time Grammy Award winners, for KING & COUNTRY, will celebrate two firsts this week. One, their debut performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," to take place from the "Kimmel café" tonight and the other, their first VESSEL video premiere of their song "Fix My Eyes," from their album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. The Vessel premiere of "Fix My Eyes", which was shot in Knoxville before a sold-out... << Full Report >>

Flame Christian Hip Hop Artist FLAME Releases Book, "All In"

Christian Hip Hop artist FLAME releases his first book titled, ALL IN. It is a Christian living book geared toward young adults. The theme 'all in' is a metaphor to describe one's full commitment to God. The book begins with a Foreword written by pastor and author, Thabiti Anyabwile. An endorsement by Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, states "Flame is one of the most theologically rooted and creatively dynamic artists in North America today. In this book, Flame calls us to a life of obedient commitment to Christ. The book will challenge you with the Word of the Kingdom and will prompt you toward wisdom as... << Full Report >>

Natalie Grant GSN'S "It Takes A Church" Returns For Season 2 March 26

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will premiere the second season of their hit matchmaking show, IT TAKES A CHURCH on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Grammy®-nominated vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner, Natalie Grant, returns as host, visiting churches in California, Michigan, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana and Wyoming, in hopes of finding love for one single congregant. Each week, IT TAKES A CHURCH... << Full Report >>

Sidewalk Prophets Sidewalk Prophets Great Big Family Room Tour Sells Out 14 Shows

Halfway in to one of the most unique tours of 2015, Fervent Records and Dove Award winning artist, Sidewalk Prophets, has sold-out 14 of 18 shows on their current Great Big Family Room tour. The unconventional tour, which has covered 8,000 miles and made its way to 11 states has several components built in to the overall experience with the goal of connecting with fans and concert-goers as personally and authentically as possible... << Full Report >>

Rachael Lampa Virtual School of the Arts Brings Music Education and Music Industry All-Stars to Nashville Starting April 1

With music and the arts disappearing from schools nationwide, Virtual School of the Arts (VSA) is stepping forward to bring music education back to our schools. On April 1st, the program will launch in its first Middle Tennessee school, setting up shop at John Early Museum Magnet Middle School in Nashville. “Through our partnership with John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, we are able to give music lessons via Skype to students that normally couldn't afford private music lessons right here in our city,” says VSA founder and renowned drummer and songwriter, Chad Chapin (Ben Folds, Casting Crowns, dcTalk)... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 24, 2015*

Fireflight Fireflight Lead Singer Dawn Michele Welcomes First Baby

Fireflight's lead singer Dawn Michele and her husband, musician Matt Lott, celebrate the birth of their first baby. Johnny Scott Danger Lott was born in Albuquerque yesterday (3/23/15) at 12:21 pm MDT, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 19½ inches long. "Meet Johnny Scott Danger Lott. This is the best day of my life!" tweets Dawn and sharing the photo on Instagram and Facebook. "Your prayers made it possible. I love you all!" While Dawn enjoys her time as a first-time mother, Fireflight's touring remains quiet. All that is about to change though with the... << Full Report >>

Dave Barnes Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes' Two Birds / One Stone Tour to Benefit Mocha Club

Mocha Club and singer-songwriters Dave Barnes and Matt Wertz announced today the continuation of a 10-year partnership to change communities in Africa. With the launch of their Two Birds / One Stone Tour on March 26 and continuing through each date, Barnes and Wertz will share the work of Mocha Club and ask concert-goers to join in on the efforts. "Right around when we both started playing music to crowds ten years ago, Mocha Club started as a way to give small sacrifices to make a BIG difference... << Full Report >>

Matthew West David Garcia and Ben Glover Named Christian Music Songwriters of the Year at ASCAP Christian Music Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the songwriters and publishers of Christian music's most performed songs of the past year at the 37th annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards, held last night at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams was on hand to help celebrate the evening's honorees before an audience of distinguished songwriters, Christian music stars and music industry leaders. Top honors were awarded to the following... << Full Report >>

Show Hope Show Hope's Red Bus Project Supports Orphans

With over five tours to date, thousands of students from more than 100 colleges nationally have tangibly acted to care for orphans with Show Hope's Red Bus Project. Through a unique British double-decker-bus-turned-rolling-thrift-store, students have learned about the needs of orphans, signed up to get involved, and even donated and shopped for clothes to help provide families for waiting orphans around the world. So far, the Red Bus Project has reached out to more than 300,000 students, sharing the message of advocating for orphans. To continue this powerful mission of impacting students around the U.S., the Red Bus is currently visiting 14 colleges this spring... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 20, 2015*

for King & Country for KING and COUNTRY Release Music Video For "Shoulders"

for KING & COUNTRY, the two-time 2015 GRAMMY Award-winning Australian brother duo, Joel and Luke Smallbone, releases the official music video for their latest single, "Shoulders." Filmed in Nashville and Chattanooga, TN, the video is directed by Ben Smallbone, with support from Joel Smallbone, and features several powerful scenarios oriented around a central theme of redemption. "When it came to creating a music video for 'Shoulders,' we knew that it had to carry as much personal and spiritual meaning as the song. Ultimately, the video expands on the question about where help... << Full Report >>

Tree63 Tree63 Offers First Song In 7 Years Through Kickstarter

Following a seven-year hiatus, internationally-renowned South African rock band Tree63 launched a Kickstarter campaign for its fans to participate in the recording and promotion of its seventh full-length album slated for release Summer 2015. As the band nears its funding goal, they are offering to all who participate in the Kickstarter campaign the first new single from Tree63 in over seven years, "The Storm." Once the campaign is fully funded, participants will receive a download of the track... << Full Report >>

Newsboys Newsboys Among Star-Studded Line-Up At Do You Believe Premiere

Michael Tait and Duncan Phillips of GRAMMY®-nominated, best-selling mega group Newsboys were among a star-studded line-up walking the red carpet earlier this week at the Hollywood premiere of Pure Flix's highly-anticipated new theatrical release, "Do You Believe?" The latest film from the creators of the 2014 smash hit "God's Not Dead," "Do You Believe?" sees a dozen different souls, all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ…even if they don't believe it. Yet... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 19, 2015*

NewSong Newsong's Critically-Acclaimed "Faithful" Debuts At #1

Faithful, the highly-anticipated live worship set from GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, debuted at #1 on Nielsen SoundScan's Praise & Worship chart for the week ending March 15. The critically-acclaimed Integrity Music project also landed at #3 on Nielsen SoundScan's Current Contemporary Christian chart, marking the chart's highest debut of the week. NewSong's first live recording since 2005's Rescue, Faithful released March 10 and features songwriting... << Full Report >>

Susan Toney Keeps God In The Mainstream Mix

Celebrated as a poignant lyricist, accomplished musician and transcendent vocalist, SUSAN TONEY wings from her homebase in LA to Nashville this month to support the release of her latest single. "Missing Me (Remix)." The new music showcases a fusion of pop, country, rock and rhythm and blues coming from her, much celebrated CD project release, LOVE IS THE CURE-THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 18, 2015*

Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson Releases "Diamonds" This Week

Hawk Nelson has released their new studio album Diamonds (Fair Trade Services) this week. In celebrating their seventh studio album, Hawk Nelson is making stops in Houston, TX (KSBJ), South Bend, IN (PulseFM), Champaign, IL (WBGL) and Phoenix, AZ (Family Life Radio) for radio concerts and promotions. The band can also be seen on WGN's Chicago top-rated morning show on March 19th as they perform their song "Just Getting Started" live during the 9 am CT hour... << Full Report >>

Joanne Cash Continues the Cash Family Legacy with Release of Star-Studded Duets Album on April 1

Gospel music legend Joanne Cash, sister of country music icon Johnny Cash, will release her latest album, Breaking Down the Barriers, on April 1st. The star-studded duets album from Nashville-based indie label Proverbial Excellence will be available in stores and at all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon, distributed by Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. On Breaking Down the Barriers, Joanne teamed up with many of her famous friends for a collection of 14 duets that are firmly planted in Gospel... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 17, 2015*

Needtobreathe NEEDTOBREATHE Offers Backyard Concert for Charity

Atlantic/Word Entertainment recording group NEEDTOBREATHE has offered a private concert as part of their NEEDTOBREATHE Classic auction for charity. The silent auction, which coincides with the Grammy nominated rock band's annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic celebrity golf tournament, will begin at 6pm ET on March 23rd, and also features items donated by musical artists including Gavin DeGraw, Goo Goo Dolls, Katy Perry, and Kings Of Leon among others. Proceeds from both the golf tournament and... << Full Report >>

Matt Maher Matt Maher Releases New Studio Album, "Saints and Sinners"

Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and acclaimed songwriter Matt Maher released his fifth studio album today, with Essential Records/Provident Label Group, Saints And Sinners. Also available today is a digital-only deluxe edition that features five bonus tracks, two additional live cuts and an exclusive unplugged version of "Because He Lives (Amen)." The album's first single, "Because He Lives (Amen)," is in the Top 5 at radio, currently sitting at No. 4 on the National Christian Audience Chart and No. 6 on the AC Monitored Chart... << Full Report >>

NF NF Debuts "Intro" Music Video Today

Nate Feuerstein, recording and performing as the hip-hop/alternative artist "NF," is premiering his music video for "Intro" exclusively on the homepage of and the broadcast premiere with mtvU. "Intro" is currently airing solely on the mtvU network for the next 24 hours, broadcasting at the top of each hour. Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses, mtvU reaches upwards of nine million U.S. college students, making it the largest and most comprehensive television network targeted for the college audience... << Full Report >>

Centricity Music Signs Singer/Songwriter Jordan Feliz

Centricity Music announced today the signing of Rock singer/songwriter, Jordan Feliz. His debut project will release in Fall 2015, with a tentative add date for the first radio single this summer. Feliz comes to the label with impressive credentials, after generating a loyal following with his former west coast band, A Current Affair. Feliz is currently writing new material for his upcoming EP and will head into the recording studio in the spring... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 16, 2015*

Hillsong United Hillsong UNITED Announces New Studio Album, "Empires" Releasing May 26

RIAA Platinum-selling group Hillsong UNITED has revealed the album cover for their new studio project, EMPIRES, 95,000 feet from space. Presenting the cover from the stratosphere on their website and social media channels, EMPIRES will release May 26 with Hillsong Music/Capitol CMG. This project follows 2013's ZION, the group's most successful and fastest selling album to date... << Full Report >>

Christy Nockels Christy Nockels Announces First Ever Live Worship Album, "Let It Be Jesus," To Release April 28

Whether in arenas for Passion Conferences or in the auditorium of Passion City Church, Christy Nockels is known for leading thousands in heartfelt worship, and April 28 will mark the release of her first ever live worship album, Let It Be Jesus. Recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta, the album captured a night full of praise to God... << Full Report >>

Female Hip-Hop Artist, Murk to Release "P31" EP March 31

Female hip hop artist Murk is set to release the "P31" EP on March 31st, 2015 via Dedicated Music Group. Each album track features production by Mr. Del. The project's theme is centered around Proverbs 31 and should be of particular interest to young ladies. On P31, she covers several topics familiar to young women including: self esteem, forgiveness/grace... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 13, 2015*

Francesca Battistelli Word Publishing Wins Big At SESAC Christian Music Awards

Word Publishing scored several wins at the SESAC Christian Music Awards, held Tuesday, March 3 at City Winery in Nashville, TN. The awards recognized activity for songwriter and publishers in 2014. Word Publishing songwriter, Justin Ebach, was among the night's biggest winners, walking away with three awards, including one for his song, "Hope Can Change Everything." Justin wrote the song for the Detroit K-LOVE Hope House, and one hundred percent of artist and writer royalties from the song... << Full Report >>

Jamie Grace OrphanSong Unites To Artists To Benefit Children In Africa

OrphanSong, the sophomore release from STORYSONG Music, bows tomorrow (March 13) exclusively at Family Christian Stores nationwide. A diversity of Christian music’s top artists, including Newsboys, Jamie Grace, Jars of Clay, The Gotee Brothers (featuring TobyMac), Nicole C. Mullen, Buddy Greene and Mark Schultz, among others, are featured on the 15-track compilation, which was created to raise funds for physical and educational needs of orphans in Africa... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 12, 2015*

Blanca Blanca Releases Full-Length Solo Debut Album May 4

With the highest charting debut single from a new artist this year,"Who I Am," and performances in front of over a half million people on Winter Jam, critically-acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Blanca, is garnering great anticipation for her full-length debut solo album. The self-titled project releases May 4 and builds upon the soul/pop, hip-hop vibe of her debut EP, Who I Am. Currently on tour with Winter Jam, the largest tour in North America for the first quarter, according to Pollstar... << Full Report >>

Dream Label Group Kingdom Set To Release "Acoustic Sessions" April 14

Northern California worship team, Kingdom is proud to announce the release Acoustic Sessions, which releases April 14th on Dream Records. Featuring hit songs like "God of Fire" and "Chorus of the Saints", the guys show a more stripped down version of their sound with raw acoustics and powerful praise elements. "Victorious" will be the first song featured when they begin pre-orders on iTunes on March 31st. Click below to watch the slide video for the new song... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 11, 2015*

Third Day's "Lead Us Back" Debuts At #20 On Billboard Top 200

Third Day GRAMMY©, AMA and GMA Dove Award winning group THIRD DAY's new album, LEAD US BACK: SONGS OF WORSHIP debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, at #13 on the SoundScan Top Current Albums Chart, and #1 on Billboard's Top Christian and Gospel Albums chart this week. Coinciding with the release, the popular Contemporary Christian rock band performed to a sold-out audience at the Beacon Theatre in New York on... << Full Report >>

The Neverclaim The Neverclaim Releases "The Joy" July 2015

Portland, OR based band, The Neverclaim, soared onto musical radars with 2012's Revival being named a top 10 Worship Leader Magazine album of the year. The recording was followed by the band's self-titled Essential Records debut in 2013 climbing all the way to No. 34 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums chart. Seeking to see lives transformed by experiencing God and His love, and having gone through a series of personal and professional refining, The Neverclaim returns with... << Full Report >>

WOW WOW Hits Party Mix Deluxe Edition Available Now

The latest in the prolific WOW series, WOW Hits Party Mix Deluxe Edition, released yesterday, March 10th, featuring 36 top Christian artists and songs, REMIXED. The 2-CD collection includes 17 brand new remixes like Casting Crowns' "Thrive [The nightSHIFT Remix]," Big Daddy Weave's "Overwhelmed [Neva Remix]," for KING & COUNTRY's "Fix My Eyes [Glory Remix]," Tenth Avenue North's "No Man Is An Island [Ailo Remix] and " Young & Free's "Wake [Through The Night Remix]," among others... << Full Report >>

Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin Announces Worship Night in America Events

GRAMMY® Award winner Chris Tomlin's longtime vision is coming to fruition this summer with the launch of Worship Night In America, bringing thousands together across the country to exalt the name of Jesus Christ. Tomlin will be joined by several prominent worship leaders and pastors including Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Israel Houghton, Matt Maher, Phil Wickham and Hillsong's Reuben Morgan... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 10, 2015*

RSJ Rebecca St. James Releases New Book, "One Last Thing"

Against the backdrop of the recent box office tidal wave of media coverage and audiences for "Fifty Shades of Grey," the film adaptation of British author E.L. James' blockbuster book trilogy, "acceptable porn" is infiltrating as never before our daily conversations, cultural outlook-and too often personal relationships--says Christian Grammy Award winner and best-selling author, Rebecca St. James. Long an outspoken media voice for' faith and values' issues, St, James is talking this week about her own just released new book, hitting bookshelves this week... << Full Report >>

Newsboys Food for the Hungry Announces Partnership with Newsboys Spring Tour

Food for the Hungry is pleased to partner with best-selling GRAMMY®-nominated, Christian music group Newsboys, as the group kicks off its "We Believe...God's Not Dead" 2015 Spring Tour. The tour, which began February 12 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is scheduled to include more than 40 cities this spring, including Austin, Texas; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; and Albany, New York, before concluding May 9 in Greensboro, North Carolina... << Full Report >>

KB KB Launches Second New Single "Crowns & Thorns (Oceans)"

Reach Records has officially launched the pre-order for KB's highly anticipated album, Tomorrow We Live, which releases nationwide on April 21. Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, when fans pre-order the album, they will receive an immediate download of "Sideways feat. Lecrae" and his brand new second single "Crowns & Thorns (Oceans)". Prior to the pre-order roll out, some lucky music lovers in Houston, TX were able to listen to the album in its entirety for the first time over the weekend... << Full Report >>

Deitrick Haddon eOne Music Signs Deitrick Haddon, Partnering With New Label, DHVISIONS

Two award-winning powerhouses have teamed up to bring gospel music and entertainment to new creative heights, as Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) announces the signing of award-winning gospel superstar, songwriter, and producer Deitrick Haddon to a new partnership, with the formation of his label DHVisions, in association with Relevé Entertainment. In the formation of the DHVisions label partnership with Haddon, the chart-topping record label and hit-making gospel superstar's creative forces come together to continue driving forward the power of gospel across new ground, with the label partnership encompassing new music as well as Haddon, Relevé Entertainment and eOne partnering to develop and produce television/film content... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 9, 2015*

SCC The Bible Tour 2015 Announces Partnership with ChildFund International

The Bible Tour 2015, which launches April 8, has already sold-out the Philadelphia show and is adding a matinee to satisfy the demand in Stamford, CT. The matinee begins at 2pm, followed by an evening performance at 7pm. Click HERE for more information. The 16-show live-concert experience, inspired by the epic TV-series, The Bible, watched by over 100 million people, also announces their partnership with ChildFund International... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 5, 2015*

Matt Kearney Mat Kearney's "Just Kids" Lands In Top 20 On Billboard's Top 200

Mat Kearney has delivered another landmark album with his latest release Just Kids through Inpop/Republic/Aware Records. His fifth studio album debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard's Top 200 and took the No. 2 spot on Billboard's Christian Chart. In conjunction with the release, Mat's recently performed his current single "Billion" on the Today show and graced the cover of CCM's March issue, available now. As fans have been showing their support of Just Kids, critics also are sharing their excitement of Kearney... << Full Report >>

Integrity Music Integrity To Release NCC Worship's Label Debut "You Alone" March 31

Integrity Music announces ministry partnership with National Community Church (NCC) and releases globally NCC Worship's first label-distributed recording, You Alone, March 31 as a digital-only Worship Resource Pack. National Community Church is a multi-site church that meets in theaters around the Washington, DC metro area. NCC and its worship team, NCC Worship, exist to make the name of Jesus famous in our generation. To that end, NCC, much like its nonprofit partner, Integrity Music, will donate proceeds from the recording to carry forward that mission... << Full Report >>

Thomas Nelson Thomas Nelson To Release New Book "All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture" March 24

Publishing giant Thomas Nelson is pleased to announce the March 24, 2015 release of Kevin Harvey’s upcoming book, All You Want to Know About the Bible In Pop Culture: Finding Our Creator In Superheroes, Prince Charming, and Other Modern Marvels. When you look closely, past the outrageous outfits and the antics of teen pop-sensations, it’s easy to see that from the big screen to the small screen and right down to the radio waves, God and His stories are still prevalent in pop culture today. There are movies and television shows that speak eternal truth, reality show families who represent believers well, even fictional Christians portrayed in a positive light. And if you listen closely, musicians are still drawing their themes from God as the original songwriters of the Bible did... << Full Report >>

Show Hope Show Hope Holds Empowered To Connect Conference in San Antonio April 10 and 11

Show Hope,™ a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress founded in 2003 by multi-award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, a New York Times' best-selling author, will offer its next Empowered To Connect (ETC) Conference April 10 and 11. The upcoming conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas and simulcasted for the first time ever to churches and event centers across the U.S. and Canada. There are already 270 churches registered to broadcast the simulcast to date with more registering weekly. It is expected for approximately 10,000 people to participate in the conference... << Full Report >>

Dream Label Group New Hope OAHU Nominated For The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Today we are excited to announce that NEW HOPE OAHU's album Victorious has not only been nominated for Religious Album of the Year from The Hawaii Academy of Arts "Na Hoku Hanohano Awards" but also for Overall Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Group of the Year! New Hope Oahu won the prestigious Religious Album of the Year award 2014 making this their second year nominated with a total of 4 nominations and 1 award. The single "We Live" off of Victorious also debuted at #1 on the Christian Music Weekly charts for 5 consecutive weeks! Victorious is once again produced by DREAM Label Group Founder, David Hanley along with Sean Cook and recorded in Honolulu at New Hope Oahu/Pastor Wayne Cordeiro in the state of the art recording studio. Victorious captures the spirit of Hawaii coupled with excellence, excitement and relevant... << Full Report >>

Janice Gaines Motown Gospel Signs Breakthrough New Artist Janice Gaines

Motown Gospel announces the signing of exciting and refreshing singer Janice Gaines. Gaines, an emerging star, is the label's newest game-changer who is poised to bring in the next generation of urban contemporary Gospel music. Gaines will simultaneously release two debut singles-- "The Break-Up Song" (featuring Eric Dawkins) and "Wait On You" on April 7, 2015 to all digital platforms. The first, beat-driven and up-tempo, "The Break-Up Song" offers ingenious, yet profound lyrics coupled with smooth vocals. She's joined by Eric Dawkins whose vocals are simply the archetype... << Full Report >>

Trant Debuts Single, "Wildflower (feat. John Givez, Dre Murray, and Skye)"

"Wildflower" is the second single from Trant's upcoming release due out March 31. The single features John Givez, Dre Murray, and Skye with production by Frank Boi. When someone is receiving news that they have a terminal illness, such as breast/lung cancer, HIV, or heart disease can be very devastating. As believer's in Christ we want to believe that God has a purpose in our affliction. We can look to the Bible for inspiration when we know someone who is suffering or we ourselves have been diagnosed with an terminal illness... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 4, 2015*

Lauren Daigle Lauren Daigle Set to Release First Full Album "How Can It Be" April 14th

Centricity Music's Lauren Daigle is poised to release her debut album, How Can It Be, on April 14, 2015. The critically acclaimed and chart-topping singer/songwriter has quickly become one of the breakout artists of 2015 in the Christian Music industry. Her new project, produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, features 12 songs, with nine of the tunes written or co-written by Daigle. The additional four new songs eren't featured on the five-song digital EP or the physical nine-song EP, which was only available on Daigle's tour dates. The full album will be available at all music retail and online outlets... << Full Report >>

Rapture Ruckus Rapture Ruckus To Release "Invader Deluxe Edition" March 24

BEC Recordings' Rapture Ruckus is set to release the Invader Deluxe Edition on March 24. This special physical retail piece combines both of the Invader Volume I and Invader Volume II along with the current charting radio single, "Volcano (feat. Jonathan Thulin)," which is currently charting Top 15 at Hot AC/CHR, Top 5 of Rock and on the National Christian Audience charts, and the hit single "In Crowd... << Full Report >>

Hillsong Relativity Studios To Distribute "Hillsong: Let Hope Rise" Film May 29 After Warner Bros. Drops It

Relativity Studios announced today it will distribute Cantinas Entertainment, Grace Hill Media and MediaWeaver Entertainment's currently titled HILLSONG - LET HOPE RISE. The film will premiere nationwide on May 29, 2015. Matt Alvarez, who is overseeing the project for Relativity Studios stated, "We are excited to share HILLSONG - LET HOPE RISE with moviegoers across the U.S. Chronicling this Christian band's humble beginnings to their present day worldwide ministry is truly remarkable and worthy of their story being told on the big screen... << Full Report >>

Red Red's "Of Beauty and Rage" Debuts In Top 15 on Billboard Top 200

GRAMMY® nominated rock band RED debuted this week in the Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on Billboard's Top Christian and Gospel Albums chart, and is #10 on the SoundScan Top Current Albums chart - with the recent February 24 release their fifth studio album titled of BEAUTY and RAGE, on Essential Records. Their song, "Darkest Part," is currently Top 5 on Christian Rock Radio and "Yours Again" has been released to Christian CHR/Hot AC. The music video for the "Darkest Part" premiered on Loudwire on February 23, and is also featured on Xbox Live consoles. Watch the video here - of BEAUTY and RAGE marks the fifth consecutive... << Full Report >>

Seth Mosley Centricity Publishing Garners Top Honors at SESAC Christian Music Awards

Centricity Publishing took home top honors at the 2015 SESAC Christian Music Awards, held last night in Nashville. CentricSongs was named Christian Publisher of the Year, while Centricity Publishing's Seth Mosley received the Christian Songwriter of the Year award. In addition, both CentricSongs and Mosley were recognized with seven national performance activity awards, as well as honors for the Billboard #1 song, "Fight Song," written by Mosley and recorded by The Almost... << Full Report >>

Creation Festivals Looking Forward To Big Year In 2015

Creation Festivals partners and Executive Producers, Pastor Harry Thomas (co-Founder) and Troy Duhon (Executive Producer of God's Not Dead) are thrilled to announce a multitude of exciting new upgrades and improvements for festival-goers. "We're looking forward to our best year ever in 2015! We are adding conveniences, improvements and new experiences that are all designed to add value and spiritual impact to the Christian music festival experience," explains Thomas. "In 1979, the inaugural year for Creation, we didn't even have showers available... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 3, 2015*

Needtobreathe NEEDTOBREATHE To Release First Live Album, April 14

Atlantic/Word Entertainment recording group NEEDTOBREATHE has announced details of their first ever live album. NEEDTOBREATHE: LIVE FROM THE WOODS arrives everywhere on April 14th. Recorded last September at Nashville's The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, NEEDTOBREATHE: LIVE FROM THE WOODS captures the GRAMMY® Award-nominated and 10-time Dove Award-winning rock band on stage and at their best, performing a full live set including such hits as "Washed By The Water," "Something Beautiful," "Keep Your Eyes Open" and "Multiplied" (see attached tracklisting)... << Full Report >>

Amy Grant Amy Grant To Release "Be Still And Know...Hymns & Faith" April 14

Six-time GRAMMY® Award winner Amy Grant teamed up with her country superstar husband, Vince Gill, for the release of Be Still And Know...Hymns & Faith, set to debut April 14. The album features several tracks from previously released projects Legacy...Hymns & Faith and Rock of Ages...Hymns & Faith, which have sold more than 800,000 copies combined. The April release will include two newly-recorded songs produced by Gill: "Power In The Blood" and "Be Still And Know... << Full Report >>

Ryan Stevenson Ryan Stevenson Celebrates First No. 1 Single With "Not Forgotten"

"Not Forgotten," the latest single from GRAMMY®-nominated Gotee recording artist Ryan Stevenson, has topped Billboard's Christian Hot AC/CHR singles chart for two consecutive weeks. Featuring GRAMMY®-winning, multi-platinum artist TobyMac, "Not Forgotten" was penned by Stevenson and Toby McKeehan and produced by Chuck Butler. "Not Forgotten" marks Stevenson's first #1 as an artist, and second as a writer. "Speak Life," which he co-wrote with Toby McKeehan and Jamie Moore, was featured on TobyMac's GRAMMY®-winning Eye On It and became a multi-week #1 in 2013. Set to appear on Stevenson's highly anticipated Gotee full-length debut releasing this fall... << Full Report >>

Ginny Owens Ginny Owens Lives "No Borders" Theme With New Book, Trip To Israel

Drawing comparisons to Sarah McLachlan, Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles, fresh-faced, singer-songwriter Ginny Owens follows her 2014 'I Know A Secret' album by leading a group on a 10-day trip to the Holy Land, continuing an extensive radio and media tour in promotion of her current single "No Borders," and preparing for the release of her first book. Co-authored with long-time friend, Andrew Greer, Transcending Mysteries -- part of the Refraction Collection from Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing... << Full Report >>

The Classic Crime The Classic Crime Hits the Road with Megosh and Hearts Like Lions

Paying forward the grace and generosity they were once shown, Seattle's The Classic Crime will be hitting the road this spring with a different kind of mission; to champion the working class bands and locals who are struggling to make their names known. Tagging along will be Megosh (Revival Recordings) and Hearts Like Lions (Tooth & Nail records). The Classic Crime is striving to buck the traditional touring ideologies by offering a chance to any band to plead their case to open the tour in their respective cities. This is a tour meant to inspire community and support... << Full Report >>

Jon Guerra Vertical Church Bands Jon Guerra Readies Debut, "Little Songs"

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jon Guerra will release his first full-length debut, Little Songs, via Essential Records/Provident Label Group April 21, 2015. Fans can currently get a taste for Guerra's fresh artistic style on the Rock & Worship Roadshow alongside top acts including Crowder, Matt Maher and Jamie Grace, among others. As a member of Vertical Church Band, Guerra leads worship at Chicago's Harvest Bible Chapel when he's not on the road. Prior to taking his place among the worship collective, the Wheaton, Ill... << Full Report >>

eOne Music eOne Music Hosts "Billboard No.1 Gospel Hits" Album Party In Chicago

Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) continues to be a big hit on the charts, inspiring listeners with its greatest hits compilation, Billboard #1 Gospel Hits. The 2-disc chart-topper is currently #5 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart, where it has remained in the Top 10 for the past 6 weeks. Hosting a Billboard #1 Gospel Hits album celebration in Chicago, eOne Music welcomed a packed crowd of fans and tastemakers to Angels & Kings at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago on Thursday February 26... << Full Report >>

Third Day Third Day Presents Lead Us Back With Special Live Performance In NYC

GRAMMY©, AMA and GMA Dove Award winning group THIRD DAY debuted its new worship album, LEAD US BACK: SONGS OF WORSHIP nationwide today. Both standard and deluxe editions are available; the deluxe version includes a bonus disc of eight fan favorite live tracks, captured on the road from previous sold-out performances and two additional previously unreleased studio tracks. In conjunction with the release date of LEAD US BACK: SONGS OF WORSHIP, the band will have a special live performance at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York City. THIRD DAY's "SOUL ON FIRE TOUR" will begin on March 5... << Full Report >>

Brandon Heath Brandon Heath Designs Exclusive Patch for NASA Expedition 43

Multi-Dove Award winner and five-time GRAMMY® nominee Brandon Heath will leave his mark in space when NASA Expedition 43 launches this month with the mission's astronauts wearing a patch created exclusively by Heath and Nashville graphic designer/illustrator Matt Lehman. Along with Heath's longtime friend and astronaut Terry Virts, who will be a part of the mission, the singer and Lehman designed a patch that honors the six crew members who will be working on board an orbital outpost for a series of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science through... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 2, 2015*

Abandon Kansas Abandon Kansas To Release "alligator" via BadChristian May 12

Powerhouse innovators Abandon Kansas have announced the release of their first BadChristian record alligator coming May 12th, 2015. "I Hope God Don't Mind If We Talk Awhile", the record's first single, embodies the flow of the record, jumpy and honest. Touching on topics of manhood and the struggle of healing old wounds, it's not an easy one to listen to. Abandon Kansas partnered with BadChristian to release alligator, a new relationship that has allowed the space and freedom of growth that Abandon Kansas felt was lacking in their career... << Full Report >>

Building 429 Grammy-nominated Building 429 Greets 2015 with Winter Jam and Women of Faith Tours, Along with Release of New Studio Album

Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning pop/rock group, Building 429, gears up for another record-breaking year, as the band is continuing to build momentum with its upcoming major tours and release of a new project in 2015. The group's strong stage performances, which consistently bring audiences to their feet, will be spotlighted on the 2015 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular that will play 47-cities through March and the farewell Women of Faith Loved 2015 Tour for 18 dates throughout the year that will reach an estimated 200,000 women. At the same time, Building 429 is writing for its seventh record that will release in the fall and will head into the recording studio this spring to start work on the new album... << Full Report >>

Casting Crowns Casting Crowns' CD, "Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith," is Now Available Exclusively Thru Cracker Barrel

It's here! Glorious Days: Hymns of Faith, the newest album from GRAMMY Award winning Contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns, is in-stores now exclusively at all 634 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at Also, the album is available in select digital outlets for download. Glorious Days: Hymns of Faith features 12 songs from one of the most successful Contemporary Christian music groups of the 21st Century, including six new tracks recorded especially for this collection. The songs on the album, which retails for $11.99... << Full Report >>

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