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JFH Music News Archive

March, 2017

*Friday, March 31, 2017*

MercyMe MercyMe's "Lifer" Available Today

Multi-platinum selling MercyMe returns with LIFER, available worldwide today. MercyMe performed an album release show at New York City’s iconic The Town Hall last night where Fair Trade Services surprised the band with plaques honoring  "Greater" receiving Gold certification in digital download sales and an additional plaque for their latest single, "Even If," hitting number one on the Christian singles track chart. Following the American Music Award winners live performance on SIRIUS XM The Message, New York will... << Full Report >>

Jaci Velasquez Jaci Velasquez Releases "Trust (Confío)" Worldwide Today From Integrity Music

Bilingual, multi-Platinum selling recording artist and actress Jaci Velasquez releases her first, full-length studio album in over five years today from Integrity Music. The highly-anticipated, critically acclaimed recording, both the English-language version, Trust, and Spanish-language Confío, is now available globally in over 160 nations. A Billboard Latin Music Award winner with five Spanish albums to her credit, this marks the first time for Velasquez... << Full Report >>

Danny Gokey Danny Gokey Makes Debut Appearance on "Harry" April 3

BMG Recording artist, Danny Gokey, made a quick stop in New York City to premiere his new single, “The Comeback,” on Harry, the national talk show hosted by Grammy Award® winner, Harry Connick, Jr.  Gokey performed the song—the second radio release from his top-selling album, RISE (January 13, BMG)—backed by Connick’s internationally-acclaimed band. The episode airs on Monday, April 3... << Full Report >>

Hillsong Worship's "What A Beautiful Name" Single Goes No. 1

Today, following their unprecedented rise to No. 1 earlier this week on the Christian charts, Australia-based Hillsong Worship released a 6-track “What A Beautiful NameEP, now available in all digital music stores. Second only to Hillsong’s own “Oceans” by Hillsong United as the most-streamed worship track weekly, “What A Beautiful Name” continues to report over 16k units per week, on track to overtake the former by week’s end... << Full Report >>

Ryan Stevenson Gotee Records' Ryan Stevenson Releases New Single "The Gospel"

Gotee Records' Ryan Stevenson has released a new single, "The Gospel," available at digital outlets today. Click here to check out "The Gospel," which is the follow-up to Stevenson's No. 1 song "Eye of the Storm." Stevenson took the task of writing a follow-up song to a hit seriously with prayer and meticulous songwriting with co-writers Bryan Fowler and Toby McKeehan... << Full Report >>

Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Release New Single, "Still"

Following two GRAMMY trophies for their chart-topping "Thy Will” and faith-based LOVE REMAINS, which debuted at No. One on Billboard's Top Christian Album chart, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family deliver the illuminating follow-up “Still." Available at Christian radio now, the uplifting track rests in the reassurance that God is attentive to our hardships... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 30, 2017*

MercyMe Summer Lights 2017 Tour Features MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant & More!

Compassion Productions has announced its first annual summer concert series, Summer Lights 2017, featuring Grammy-nominated headliners MercyMe, along with fellow Grammy nominees Jeremy Camp and Natalie Grant. The summer tour, which also features worship artist Meredith Andrews and newcomer Jimi Cravity, is slated to hit eight major U.S. markets in the month of July including Kansas City, Indianapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, Charlotte and Raleigh before wrapping up in Pittsburgh on July... << Full Report >>

Micah Tyler Scores First No. 1 Single With "Never Been A Moment"

Micah Tyler's "Never Been A Moment" has effectively become the most listened to song on Christian radio this past week, spending two weeks atop the Billboard AC Indicator and hitting No. 1 on the Mediabase Christian Audience chart earlier this week. In addition to the No. 1 chart placement, the single continues to make waves at radio, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart and No. 3 on the Billboard AC Monitored chart.

Watch the music video for "Never Been A Moment... << Full Report >>

David Baloche's Debut, "Labyrinth," Gathers Peer Acclaim, Hits iTunes Top 10

Recording artist, composer David Baloche released his contemplative, scripture-based debut album, Labyrinth, worldwide amidst acclaim March 24. Hitting top 10 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart during its first week at digital retail, the full-length Labyrinth is the lead volume in an upcoming series that offers unique musical meditations using various translations from the Holy Bible, with this first project focusing on scriptures that address anxiety and stress... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 29, 2017*

K I D S Premiers "Side A EP" and Music Video For "Lost Boy" On JFH

Rock band K I D S (formerly Kids in the Way) is back with their first project in 10 years. Debuting in 2003 on Flickr with their album Safe From The Losing Fight, the band released two more full length project before disbanding in 2007. There was a quiet reunion between 2009 and 2011 (and JesusFreakHideout even featured a rough demo of "Electric Truth" on their first compilation... << Full Report >>

Heath McNease Drops New Video and Single, "Rapper"

In the lead up to his new EP featuring Propaganda, J Givens, Derek Minor and more, Heath McNease partnered with Keyes (aka Heir Jordan) to drop a loosie that takes a satirical look at what it is to be a rapper Over a gritty beat from producer Wonderlust, both rappers dole out stern warnings about the dangers of getting to know an emcee. The video was shot and directed by Heath, Jordan and Chris Pochiba... << Full Report >>

Tauren Wells Will Appear On Lionel Richie's Tour

Reunion Records/Sony Music Entertainment announces that Tauren Wells is the opening act for Lionel Richie's upcoming tour, All The Hits, with very special guest Mariah Carey. Hitting the biggest arenas in 22 markets across the U.S. and Canada, the tour will kick off July 21 in Oakland, CA and run through September 5... << Full Report >>

Stephen Christian Set To Release New Album, WILDFIRES, With BEC Recordings

Anberlin's frontman, Stephen Christian announces the release of his new solo album, Wildfires, later this summer with BEC Recordings. With the disband of Anberlin in 2014 and working four part-time jobs, Christian began searching what was the next step for his future. During that challenging time, he was able to create this worship project that has special meaning to him.... << Full Report >>

Lauren Daigle Lauren Daigle and Reba McEntire To Peform at 52nd ACM Awards

The Academy of Country Music® announced today additional performers, presenters and an unprecedented number of duos and special collaborations for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The special will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network... << Full Report >>

*####day, March 28, 2017*

GRAMMY®-Winning Artist Tasha Cobbs Receives Gold Certification For Ground-breaking Single "Break Every Chain"

Motown Gospel is celebrating the gold certification of “Break Every Chain,” the ground-breaking single by world-renowned worship artist Tasha Cobbs.  The award was granted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to commemorate sales of more than 500,000 units... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 27, 2017*

Fans Rush To Band's Aid After We Are Messengers Bus Accident

Word Records band We Are Messengers experienced a traumatic bus accident yesterday morning, in which their bus struck a car that was sitting on the highway with no lights on, resulting in the passenger's death. Both vehicles caught on fire, but the band was able to escape their bus unharmed... << Full Report >>

Cana's Voice Releases First Music Video for "All My Reasons Are You"

One of the premiere vocal groups in Christian music, Cana’s Voice, has released their first music video for “All My Reasons Are You.” The upbeat song is from the trio’s current album, This Changes Everything, and was co-written by the album’s producer and Stowtown Records executive, Wayne Haun and... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 24, 2017*

Multi-Artist Beatitudes Album Preorder Begins Today

Preorders begin today for Beatitudes, a full-length album featuring top recording artists, leaders in their respective genres of Christian/Worship music and releasing from Stugiology Music April 21 with management, marketing and distribution through The Fuel Music. Available now for immediate download with each preorder of the album from iTunes® are “Morning Light” by award winning guitarist, songwriter and author... << Full Report >>

VMG Records Debuts Album For First Artist, Sajan Nauriyal

The Seattle-born label VMG Records , known for its prior projects the JESUS IS Music Project feat. Judah Smith and DEVOS , are launching their new album and first artist Sajan Nauriyal, releasing on March 24th, 2017... << Full Report >>

Passion's "Worthy Of Your Name" Available In-Store After Chart-Topping Digital Debut

Passion’s latest album Worthy Of Your Name is now available to listeners in-store, following its digital debut which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart Feb. 17. Worthy Of Your Name was recorded live during Passion 2017 at Atlanta's Georgia Dome... << Full Report >>

Colton Dixon Releases "Identity," Available Now

Colton Dixon's third studio album Identity is available now. Varying stylistically from past efforts, the new release embraces a fusion of pop elements with Dixon's traditional alternative-rock sound... << Full Report >>

Selah Releases New Album, "Unbreakable," Today

Unbreakable, the first all-new studio release in nearly three years from multi Dove Award-winning Curb recording artist Selah, is now available. Produced by founding members Todd Smith and Allan Hall and longtime collaborator Jason Kyle Saetveit, the project also includes contributions from such acclaimed producers as Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) and Scott Cash (Dan Bremnes)... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 23, 2017*

Covenant Worship Releases "Sand & Stars" Album Globally April 14 From Integrity Music

Integrity Music announces the April 14 global release of Sand & Stars, a new full-length live album from Covenant Worship, the music ministry of the Dallas-area-based Covenant Church. Available as a physical album, standard digital album and digital deluxe recording featuring four videos, the Sand & Stars preorder ( begins tomorrow (March 24) with iTunes® offering the project... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 22, 2017*

Bethel Music Announces "Starlight," To Debut April 7

Dove Award winning Bethel Music announces their highly anticipated album Starlight, debuting on April 7. Bethel Music’s first full-length album recorded live on tour, including performances from each of the cities on the “Worship Nights Tour,” features songs on the album led by Bethel Music's Jenn Johnson, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 21, 2017*

Members of Guardian + Whitecross Unite for Revival

Join Jamie Rowe (Guardian vocalist), Rex Carroll (Whitecross guitarist), David Bach (Guardian bassist), and Michael Feighan (Whitecross drummer) in the studio as the rock quartet revive some Guardian and Whitecross classics (plus a few surprises). The guys will also be playing some select live performances across the globe as well... << Full Report >>

David Baloche, Paul Baloche Create LABYRINTH: Contemplative Scripture Album Available Mar 24

Integrity Music and multimedia group WILDFIRE7 announce the March 24 release of Labyrinth, a contemplative, scripture-based debut from artist and composer David Baloche, son of award winning worship leader/songwriter Paul Baloche, the album’s executive producer... << Full Report >>

The B413 "NO FILTER LIVE" TOUR 2017 Kicks Off Next Month

Kicking off in just over a month is B413 "No Filter Live" 2017, a unique touring event specifically created for tweens and their parents. The tour will hit three key markets this spring - Bowling Green, KY (April 22), Austin, TX (May 5) and Ft. Smith, AR (May 6)... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 20, 2017*

Musical Missionary Rick Pino Set To "Rend The Heavens"

From the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11, ESV) Austin, Texas, is often referred to as the live music capital of the world. And for good reason. Every night, there’s between 600 to 1,000 musicians performing within the city limits. Meanwhile, in the... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 17, 2017*

Mandisa Mandisa Returns With "Out Of The Dark" On May 19

GRAMMY® winner Mandisa’s awaited fifth album, Out Of The Dark (Capitol CMG), will arrive on May 19, her first in four years. With 1 million+ records sold, Mandisa is back with a renewed passion for her music, after spending much of the past few... << Full Report >>

Emery Emery Announces Seventh Album; Launches Crowdfunding

Some call them the real Seattle’s best. Some say they’re southern transplants who taught the Northwest how to rock. Some say their best years are in front of them. The mighty Emery is back for round seven, and this time it’s personal. And by personal we mean that once again Emery wants to invite you to be a part of their new record, coming this fall. Check the Indiegogo Campaign below to check out some great incentives and see Josh, Dave, Toby, Matt and Devin reflect on the past 15 years of Emery... << Full Report >>

Kerrie Roberts Kerrie Roberts Releases "Boundless" on March 17th

GMA Dove Award-nominated powerhouse female vocalist Kerrie Roberts, known for her hit CCM pop songs “No Matter What,” “Outcast,” “Rescue Me (How the Story Ends),” and “What Are You Afraid Of,” is releasing her first ever full-length worship album, Boundless, March 17, 2017 on Vital Records. The album is distributed by New Day Christian Distributors and produced by Chris Cron... << Full Report >>

Third Day Mark Lee of Third Day's Book HURT ROAD To Release This September with Revell Books

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is pleased to announce that in early September they are releasing the memoir of Mark Lee, a founding member of Christian rock group Third Day. Hurt Road (Revell; ISBN 9780800729004; ebook ISBN 9781493412471; $15.99) is the story of Mark Lee’s dreams and successes, losses and heartaches, and all the miles in between... << Full Report >>

GAWVI Releases New Song "Rock N Roll" featuring ELHAE

Electro-pop/dance artist GAWVI surprises fans today by releasing another new track entitled “Rock N Roll” in advance of his forthcoming debut album, We Belong.  GAWVI collaborated with Atlantic Records’ singer/rapper ELHAE on the new record which can be downloaded instantly today with the album pre-order... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 16, 2017*

The O.C. Supertones Announce "Supertones Strike Back" 20th Anniversary Show

As Lucasfilm and Disney amp up the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this year, The Orange County Supertones are getting ready to celebrate 20 years of their fan-favorite sophomore album Supertones Strike Back this summer. For one night only, The O.C. Supertones will headline a reunion show with special guests (another blast from the past)... << Full Report >>

Fair Trade Services' Jasmine Murray Is "Fearless" With Her Debut Hit Single

Fair Trade Services newest signing, singer and songwriter Jasmine Murray, is climbing the radio charts with her debut single, "Fearless." After a succesful 30-city radio promo tour, the song - heard on such stations as KLOVE, Way-FM, WPOZ/Orlando, The Fish/Nashville and Los Angeles, KTLA/Dallas and KTIS/Minneapolis - is currently at No. 12 on Billboard's NCA chart. At No. 13 on both the Billboard AC Monitored and AC Indicator charts, it jumped to... << Full Report >>

Planetshakers Band Releases New EP Leading Up To Live Recording

For centuries, words and instruments have painted pictures of adoration to God that have echoed off the walls of cathedrals and filled the air of secret home churches. Yet, much like the people singing those sacred lyrics, the idea of worship and its musical sound have been on a journey... << Full Report >>

Darlene Zschech's Acclaimed "Here I Am Send Me" CD/DVD Tops Charts Internationally

World-renowned worship leader, best-selling author and Hope Unlimited Church Sr. Pastor Darlene Zschech invites listeners through a journey declaring God’s greatness, love and call, and is giving worshippers a voice of response with her first recording in four years, Here I Am Send Me... << Full Report >>

Thousand Foot Krutch Extends “Lifeline” To Radio

Rock favorites Thousand Foot Krutch have charted nine Active Rock hit singles since going independent in 2012. The aggressive follow-up to the band’s 2014 album, OXYGEN:INHALE, EXHALE has already sparked the Loudwire Cage Match Hall of Fame video and hit single, “Running With Giants,” while its hard-hitting follow-up single... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 15, 2017*

Story House Collective Adds New Members To Its Growing Team

Since its launch last fall, Story House Collective has added seven new members to its rapidly growing team. The multifaceted company was born out of Matthew West’s desire to impact culture by developing the next generation of storytellers, and the new team members are enthusiastic to help make that vision a reality... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 14, 2017*

Singer/Songwriter Shelly E. Johnson Releases New Easter Songs

Lifeway Worship's 2012 Songwriter of the Year and nationally known worship leader Shelly E. Johnson announces the release of "Victory" and "Weight of the World", two brand new Easter anthems for the Church... << Full Report >>

DREAM Label Group Announces Partnership with Pureflix Entertainment As Exclusive Label For Soundtrack Releases

DREAM Label Group is proud to announce a partnership with Pure Flix Entertainment to exclusively release the “Songs Inspired” albums for all of the company’s upcoming films. The first release is The Case For Christ: Songs Inspired By The Original Motion Picture in connection with the highly-anticipated, upcoming film based on Lee Strobel's best-selling book... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 13, 2017*

Andrew Peterson Audrey Assad, Andrew Peterson Band Gear Stolen; Fans Respond to Help!

Audrey Assad’s tour with Andrew Peterson had a temporary setback when virtually all of their band gear was stolen in San Antonio, TX.  Audrey set up a GoFundMe page and invited her fans to help replace the gear, and they did, fully funding the goal in just 30-minutes... << Full Report >>

Robert Randolph and The Family Band to Headline SouthSide Arts & Music Festival April 28

American funk and soul group Robert Randolph and The Family Band, led by acclaimed pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, is joining the dynamic musical lineup taking part in the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival April 28-29 in Bethlehem. Randolph will headline the festival April 28... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 10, 2017*

Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith Set To Release New Album April 21

Jesus Culture Music and Capitol CMG announce the release of the new solo album from their renowned worship leader Kim Walker-Smith. Her upcoming release, On My Side, will release on April 21st and follows her 2013 release Still Believe. The debut single, "Throne Room," is available today... << Full Report >>

Marvel Comics Monsters Unleashed! Trailer Uses Skillet Track

Skillet’s “Back From the Dead” serves as the musical backdrop for Marvel Comics’ latest comic book series, Monsters Unleashed!, trailer. The track, which is top 20 on the Active Rock Building, Active Rock Rolling and Active Rock Published Charts, is found on their chart-topping album Unleashed. Frontman & lifelong Marvel fan John Cooper, alongside his bandmates were featured... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 8, 2017*

North Point InsideOut to Release New EP Nothing Ordinary April 7

North Point InsideOut will release its first project for Centricity Music on April 7th. Nothing Ordinary will feature five songs that were written and performed by North Point InsideOut worship leaders, musicians and songwriters. The first single, “Death Was Arrested,” is already having a powerful impact at Christian radio. “Finally, a worship song that has movement, tempo and a story about a love that will never leave you or forsake... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 7, 2017*

Exalt To Bring A Powerful Night of Worship To SXSW Music Festival on March 14th

Creative and diverse musical collaboration describes the partnership K-Nation Group and Song of Hope have made to present you with Exalt, an official SXSW Showcase featuring seven very distinct worship artists sponsored by Kids Against Hunger of Central Texas and Texas based custom drum company, 7Drums... << Full Report >>

Miami Rapper Oscar Urbina Examines Education System on "Teacher Chronicles" Song

Respected Miami rapper Oscar Urbina eloquently dismantles the learning standards for students in his new song, “Teacher Chronicles,” the first single from his forthcoming mixtape, Molly Pitcher 2 Darkness. The track premieres on Rapzilla Tuesday... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 6, 2017*

Integrity Music, WeAreWorship Partner With WFX Network For Worship Training Events

Integrity Music is honored to partner with the WFX Network to produce two worship training events this year through the label’s platform and featuring Covenant Worship, Travis Ryan and The Worship Society.

The first event, the REACH Conference, will take place May 15-16... << Full Report >>

Gateway Publishing to Release Rita Springer's "Battles"

On March 24, Gateway Publishing will release the tenth album by prolific songwriter Rita Springer. The album, titled BATTLES, was recorded live at the Grand Prairie, TX campus of Gateway Church. The album is made up of eleven new songs including collaborations with songwriters such as Kalley Heiligenthal from Bethel Music, David and Nicole Binion from Covenant Worship and Mia Fieldes from Hillsong Music... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 2, 2017*

Derek Minor Makes First Appearance on "Today in Nashville"

Award-winning Hip Hop/CCM artist, Derek Minor, brought some sunshine to a stormy day in Nashville yesterday with his first appearance on WSMV-TV’s “Today in Nashville.” Co-hosts Kelly Sutton and Carole Sullivan, welcomed the talented singer/songwriter as he performed his three-week No. 1 single, “Change the World” and “Greatness 2/0.” Both songs are from Minor’s current album, Reflection. “Change the World” is partly inspired by Minor’s first visit to... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 1, 2017*

Andrea Kleid Announces The Launch Of BOXER POET

Andrea Kleid, former VP of Promotion at Word Entertainment, launches Boxer Poet, an innovative artist development company. Kleid will work alongside artists, labels and management companies to help increase an artist's emotional connection with fans through the power of identity and storytelling... << Full Report >>

NewSpring Worship Released New Album "Able" February 24

NewSpring Worship released their latest album, ABLE on February, 24. This album was recorded in studio and with Dream Worship.  Featuring songs like "Worthy" and the title track, "Able", this album is a declaration of our confidence in Jesus to finish what He started... << Full Report >>

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