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November, 2017

*Thursday, November 30, 2017*

Marc Martel's "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" Most Added At Radio

Marc Martel's current single, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," from his just-released The First Noel EP (Marc Martel Music), is the most added song at radio this week according to Billboard. This is a first for Martel, an intentionally independent singer, songwriter and musician... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, November 29, 2017*

Hit Producer/Songwriter Bernie Herms Receives Two GRAMMY® Nominations

Acclaimed songwriter and producer Bernie Herms received two GRAMMY® nominations – Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for "Oh My Soul" recorded by Casting Crowns and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his work as producer of Danny Gokey's hit album... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, November 28, 2017*

Natalie Grant Natalie Grant Receives GRAMMY® Nomination for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song"

Award-winning singer-songwriter Natalie Grant received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for "Clean." This is her seventh GRAMMY® nomination. "Clean" was solely penned by Grant and is on her ninth studio album Be One (Curb Records, November 15, 2015)... << Full Report >>

MercyMe Earns Two GRAMMY® Nominations

MercyMe scored two nods for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. The recognition in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for “Even If” and Best Contemporary Christian Album category for LIFER totals five career nominations for the multi-platinum selling... << Full Report >>

Travis Greene Receives GRAMMY Nom for Best Gospel Album

RCA/Inspiration recording artist TRAVIS GREENE received a 2018 GRAMMY® nomination today for “Best Gospel Album” for his chart-topping and critically acclaimed album, CROSSOVER:  LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY... << Full Report >>

Provident Music Group Receives 10 GRAMMY Nods

Provident Music Group/Sony Music has been honored with ten GRAMMY nominations. Provident Music Group leads among all Christian-based record labels for the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Provident artists recognized are Zach Williams (for Best Contemporary Christian Album) and Travis Greene (for Best Gospel... << Full Report >>

*Monday, November 27, 2017*

Andrew Peterson To Host 18th Annual Behold the Lamb of God Tour

Anticipation grows for singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson’s 18th annual Behold The Lamb Of God Tour, with several shows already sold-out. Heralded as a meaningful Christmas tradition among and beyond the CCM community, the revered musical event begins its eleven-city run November 30, going through December 17. Tickets are available here... << Full Report >>

Hannah Kerr's "Warrior" Continues To Inspire Into 2018 As Her Highest Charting Radio Single

Black River Christian's Hannah Kerr has a lot to be thankful for as she heads in to the Christmas season with her first hit single, “Warrior.” Prior to Thanksgiving day when most Christian radio stations switch to playing Christmas music, "Warrior" was at No. 17 on the Christian AC Indicator chart and No. 23 on both the Christian AC and Christian Airplay charts. “Warrior” has been streamed more than 2.7 million times and Overflow, the album including the hit single "Warrior... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, November 22, 2017*

Violinist Susan Holloway Releases "Joy to the World"

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, accomplished violinist Susan Holloway has released her new album, Joy To The World. The compilation of Christmas classics and faith-based standards is available now on iTunes, Spotify and at << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, November 21, 2017*

Rapper Young Saint Releases "Transition Live"

Award-winning Christian hip hop/rap artist Young Saint has released his latest effort entitled, TRANSITION LIVE (G-one Music Group, LLC), available now on all purchasing and streaming digital outlets including iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify... << Full Report >>

*Monday, November 20, 2017*

Remedy Drive Amplifies Efforts To Fight Modern Day Slavery

With an ongoing commitment—both onstage and off—to fight human trafficking, this year chart-topping rockers and modern day abolitionists Remedy Drive have further increased their efforts to combat the sex slavery epidemic around the world. While band co-founder and frontman David Zach has become a frequent guest speaker on the topic at universities... << Full Report >>

Julie Elias Counts Career First Among Blessings This Thanksgiving

Julie Elias is set for a Thanksgiving holiday filled with gratitude as the Christian entertainer celebrates a career first of breaking into the Top 50 on the Billboard Christian INSPO/Soft AC charts alongside the release of her new album, “A Girl Like Me.” The chart-climbing single, “Awaken,” is the debut release from the 12-song album... << Full Report >>

Illusionist, Evangelist Brock Gill's "Feed The Dog Book" From Lifeway Proves To Be Popular Resource

Celebrating 20-years of ministry, astounding audiences around the world with his edgy, daring and unique performances as one of this generation’s leading illusionists, Brock Gill released his first book, Feed The Dog: 7 Spiritual Disciplines to Help You Grow in Your Faith, amidst acclaim last month though... << Full Report >>

6th Annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour Kicks Off On Saturday, Shows Already Selling Out!

Announced earlier this fall, the highly successful K-LOVE Christmas Tour will again hit the road this upcoming holiday season. Visiting 19 key markets across the U.S., at press time three of those cities have already sold out - Jackson, MS (Nov. 30), Pittsburgh, PA Dec. 7) and Indianapolis, IN (Dec. 10) - and tickets continue... << Full Report >>

*Friday, November 17, 2017*

SCC Steven Curtis Chapman Releases 25th Anniversary Edition Of "The Great Adventure"

It was twenty-five years ago on November 18, 1992 that Steven Curtis Chapman released The Great Adventure, an award-winning album and single that would be a turning point in his career. The Great Adventure would go on to earn Chapman four Dove Awards - Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, Short Form Music Video of the Year... << Full Report >>

World-Traveling Worship Leaders Brad and Rebekah Debut "I Am Found"

"I Am Found," the just unveiled single from Brad + Rebekah's upcoming album, marks the husband-wife duo's first song from their upcoming full length project. The new album, due out in early 2018, is the worship pair's first release since 2015 and their seventh album... << Full Report >>

Tedashii Returns With New Music, "Way Up" ft KB

Rapper Tedashii returns charged up anew with the release of his brand new single, “Way Up,” available for purchase and streaming across all DSPs via Reach Records today (November 17). “‘Way Up’ is a song about rising above and overcoming hardships,” Tedashii explains... << Full Report >>

Sara Groves Drops Critically Lauded "Abide With Me"

Singer/songwriter Sara Groves released her 13th studio album, Abide With Me, to critical acclaim today. The widely praised release comes on the heels of Grove's recent performance at the Ronald Reagan... << Full Report >>

Neon Feather Releases First Single, "The Long Way Home"

Centricity Music’s newest artist, producer/programmer Neon Feather –aka Ben Thompson- has released “The Long Way Home,” his first single through the label... << Full Report >>

Matt Hammitt’s First Solo Album With FCM Records Hits Today

GRAMMY® nominee Matt Hammitt’s awaited, self-titled solo project is available today marking the first album release for the new FCM Records, label under Full Circle Music, helmed by GRAMMY® winner Seth Mosley. The 10-track record tackles blind... << Full Report >>

Mark Hall Added to Awaken Conference Lineup

Kingdom Bound Ministries presents AWAKEN 2018 - an all new conference for high school teens and their leaders set to take place in Buffalo, NY in February of 2018. The conference will feature Casting Crowns front man Mark Hall as a keynote speaker along with popular regional voices Wes Aarum, Preston Centuolo, and worship leaders Christopher and Jennifer Hopper... << Full Report >>

Forerunner Music Releases Jon Thurlow's "Different Story" Today

In his first full-length album since 2013, longtime International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC) worship leader and songwriter Jon Thurlow addresses themes of redemption, trial and hope on Different Story releasing today (Nov. 17) from Forerunner Music, IHOPKC’s official record label... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, November 15, 2017*

Winter Jam West Welcomes Special Guest Rick Warren

Kicking-off its nine-city Western U.S. run last week at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena near Los Angeles, the blockbuster Winter Jam Tour Spectacular welcomed special guest internationally-renowned pastor and New York Times bestselling author Rick Warren to the stage. Author of The Purpose Driven Life... << Full Report >>

Todd Agnew Signs with H2O Artist Agency

Chart-topping, seven-time Dove Award-nominated singer, songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew has signed an agreement for representation by respected booking agent Scott Huie of H2O Artist Agency. Agnew joins the agency's growing roster of Christian artists that includes Platinum®-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated Newsboys, GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Peter Furler... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, November 14, 2017*

Word Entertainment Signs Dan Bremnes To Their Roster

Word Entertainment is proud to welcome award-winning singer and songwriter Dan Bremnes to their roster. On the heels of this new partnership, the Salmon Arm, BC native will release "Going Together," his first digital single since his 2015 debut album, Where The Light Is. "I’m very excited to start on this next chapter, and am truly honored to work with such an exceptional team," Bremnes recently shared... << Full Report >>

The Walls Group, "The Other Side," Marks Second #1 Album Debut

Chart-toppers The Walls Group have created another #1 hit on their hands, as the GRAMMY®-nominated and two-time Stellar Award-winners celebrate a #1 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Chart for their new album THE OTHER SIDE (Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration).  Their album is also a hit in Gospel album streaming... << Full Report >>

Role Model Records Adds Lord Badu to Label's Roster

Role Model Records is pleased to welcome Lord Badu to its roster alongside Shope, Dru Bex and Juliet Oh. The Toronto-based artist looks to bring a consistent blend of traditional hip hop, contemporary flows and an innovative insight to what he calls "Christian Excellence"... << Full Report >>

Kutless' New Album, "ALPHA / OMEGA," Available Now

Kutless' new studio album, ALPHA / OMEGA, is available now with BEC Recordings. Released last Friday, ALPHA / OMEGA is a collection of rock and worship songs, emcompassing both original and cover tracks that define who the band has been for the last 17 years. Click here to purchase or stream ALPHA / OMEGA... << Full Report >>

*Monday, November 13, 2017*

New Music-Driven Bible Study Shows How to 'Live SoulFULL'

Live SoulFULL is a brand new music-driven, gospel-centered, interactive Bible study that’s all about how God fulfills your deepest needs. Available now at Amazon and, the book and CD combo is a fun, yet challenging way to help you build a strong, confident faith in knowing God as the Giver and Filler of life... << Full Report >>

Renaissance Movement Music Combats Human Trafficking with "Safe House"

Renaissance Movement Music (RMM) announces the release of Safe House, a Hip Hop album to combat human trafficking, available for digital download everywhere. 100% of the album proceeds go directly towards the Safe House Project, an operation tasked with building a home for orphaned children facing the daily threat of sex trafficking in Soshanguve, South Africa... << Full Report >>

*Friday, November 10, 2017*

Tenth Avenue North Tenth Avenue North Releases New Christmas Album Available Now

The holiday season is in full swing for Tenth Avenue North as their Christmas album, Decade The Halls Vol. 1 (Remade Records) is available today. This unique concept-album is a musical walk through the last 100 years of Christmas music with each song featuring a different decade starting in the 1920s... << Full Report >>

Worship Leader BJ Putnam Releases New Live Worship Album, "Love Like Fire"

Worship Leader and Songwriter BJ Putnam releases his new album Love Like Fire today. The album, produced by Putnam and GRAMMY® Award-Winner Israel Houghton, is available on iTunes and all digital retailers... << Full Report >>

Casting Crowns' Christmas EP Available Now

Grammy-award winning and Multi-Platinum selling band Casting Crowns has released new Christmas music this holiday season. The six-song EP It's Finally Christmas is available now... << Full Report >>

Audrey Assad’s Second Single From "Evergreen," "Wounded Healer," Releases Today

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and author  Audrey Assad releases today the second single from her third independent album and first new album of all new songs in four years, Evergreen. The song, “Wounded Healer,” as well as first single, “Deliverer,” are available now at iTunes, << Full Report >>

Michael W. Smith's "A Million Lights" Album Preorder Begins Today

Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith is taking preorders beginning today for his A Million Lights album set to release Feb. 16 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music. Two instant downloads, both “Love Always Wins” and the title track that has USA Today raving “Michael W. Smith... << Full Report >>

Kevi's Album "Barnabas" Releases November 17th

Kevi is excited to announce his new album Barnabas, releasing November 17th, 2017. The project features Steven Malcolm, Reconcile, Ruslan, Joey Jewish and more... << Full Report >>

Chris Tomlin Announces 2018 "Worship Night In America Tour," Seeks To Unite The Church In Worship And Prayer

GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin continues to bring the church together in unity and prayer with his 2018 Worship Night In America (WNIA) tour, kicking off April 5, 2018. Special guests include Kim Walker Smith of Jesus Culture, Matt Maher, Christine D'Clario, Tauren Wells... << Full Report >>

Lifepoint Worship Releases New Album "Mountain / Valley"

Worship team Lifepoint Worship is proud to announce the release of their debut album on DREAM Worship, Mountain / Valley.  The worship department for Lifepoint Church is based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia Under the leadership of our Senior Pastor, Daniel Floyd, they are a collective group of songwriters, worship leaders, and musicians using... << Full Report >>

Ashes Remain Shine At No. 1 with "Let The Light In"

Let The Light In, the BEC Recordings debut from pop/rock veterans Ashes Remain, landed at #1 on iTunes' Christian & Gospel Top Albums chart following its October 27 release. The critically-lauded project also debuted at #11 on Billboard’s coveted "breaking and entering" Heatseekers chart and at #3 on... << Full Report >>

Brant Hansen's Book "Blessed are the Misfits" Offers Great News For Believers Who Are Introverts

Not everyone “feels” God’s presence. Not everyone fits the idea of what it looks like to a be a “spiritual” person. Not everyone is emotionally moved by worship music, or prays easily. Many are often left wondering, “What’s the matter with me? Has God abandoned me? Is there even a God in the first place…?”... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, November 9, 2017*

Marc Martel Set To Release THE FIRST NOEL EP, Nov. 24

Known for his astonishing Freddie Mercury-esque vocals, for fronting his previous band, Downhere, and now as a member of the official Queen tribute, The Queen Extravaganza, Marc Martel will release The First Noel EP (Marc Martel Music). The First Noel EP, the second in his special solo series of Christmas music... << Full Report >>

Balsam Hill Provides Magical Backdrop for Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour

This weekend, multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will kick off their popular Christmas tour Nov. 11, joined for the second consecutive year by Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, Season 9 winner of NBC’s... << Full Report >>

The Gray Havens Reach For Heaven with Propaganda

Artist Garden Entertainment announces the release of the new single from husband/wife duo, The Gray Havens. “High Enough,” featuring Humble Beast artist, Propaganda, releases to all digital music outlets on Friday November 10. The new single gives listeners a first taste of the duo’s forthcoming album scheduled to release in Spring 2018... << Full Report >>

NF Releases Video For "Let You Down"

Today, Michigan rapper, singer, and songwriter NF shares the official video for his focus single, "Let You Down." Teaming up with his frequent collaborator Patrick Tohill to co-direct and co-produce the video, Feuerstein gives fans another opportunity to experience his vision for... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, November 8, 2017*

Greg Sykes Garners Five GMA Canada Covenant Awards Nominations With "Reverse" Debut

Integrity Music songwriter and recording artist Greg Sykes recently garnered five nominations for the 39th Annual GMA Canada Covenant Awards with his major label debut, Reverse. The Ontario native’s nominations... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, November 7, 2017*

Zach Williams Debuts Christmas Single "The Call of Christmas"

Zach Williams, the GMA Dove Awards reigning New Artist of the Year, debuts his first original Christmas song. "The Call Of Christmas" is out now and can be downloaded  here or heard via streaming... << Full Report >>

Melanie Penn Drops "Sweetly Evocative" First-Ever Christmas Album To Critical Acclaim

Singer/songwriter Melanie Penn released her first-ever Christmas album to widespread praise this past Friday. The ten-track release contains nine originals and one classic carol, retelling the Christmas story through the perspective of the angels and people who lived through it... << Full Report >>

"Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer" Premieres Today

GRAMMY and singer/songwriter/author and GMA Mark Lowry-winning singer/songwriter/comedian and GMA Hall of Fame member ®DOVE Award nominee Andrew Greer have launched DINNER CONVERSATIONS WITH MARK LOWRY AND ANDREW GREER, an all-new... << Full Report >>

*Monday, November 6, 2017*

MercyMe "MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North Live" To Bring Award-Winning Lineup To 20+ Markets In Early 2018

Topping a celebrated year for multi-platinum selling MercyMe, the chart-toppers announced that they will be uniting with fellow GMA Dove Award winners Tenth Avenue North for the aptly... << Full Report >>

Derek Minor to Release "High Above" EP Nov. 10

Award-winning Hip Hop artist, Derek Minor, will release the second project, High Above, in his four-part Up and Away Series on Nov. 10. The EP was produced, and all songs... << Full Report >>

Rend Collective Announces New Dates for "Good News North America Tour Pt. 2"

Rend Collective has announced the next trek of their "Good News North America Tour Pt. 2." Kicking off on Mar. 1 in Orlando, the tour will hit 32 markets throughout the U.S. including Houston, Portland, Kansas City and more. Getting ready to wrap up their headlining "Good News North... << Full Report >>

*Friday, November 3, 2017*

Red RED's Tour Bus Involved In Minor Accident

RED’s bus was involved in an accident this morning. Everyone is ok! There was damage to a storage door on the side of the bus, but the bus is still drivable (pics attached). Funny side note… the police officer... << Full Report >>

Jeremy Riddle To Release "More" Nov. 17

With hits such as “Sweetly Broken," “Furious," “Breaking Through” and “This is Amazing Grace” to his writing credit, Jeremy Riddle is releasing More on Nov. 17. This marks his first album in... << Full Report >>

Special Holiday Music Collection From TobyMac To Gleam This Christmas Season

A 10 track collection of holiday tunes from seven-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMacLight Of Christmas, is available on all digital music platforms and services today... << Full Report >>

Francesca Battistelli's "Greatest Hits: the first ten years" - Is Out Now!

GRAMMY® Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli celebrates ten years of her artistry with today's release of Greatest Hits: the first ten years (Fervent Records). Spanning her decade long career, the 15-song album features six No. 1 radio hits, three... << Full Report >>

Tree63 Frontman John Ellis Releases Solo Album, Growing Silent

Known as the frontman for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning South African rock band Tree63, John Ellis released his fourth solo album, Growing Silent, Oct. 20 through Africa-based Christian Art Media... << Full Report >>

Elevation Worship Leads Capacity Crowds In Praise

Elevation Worship sells out every date on their most recent tour. Leading more than 15,000 people in praise and worship during their two-week “There Is A Cloud Fall Tour 2017,” the band wraps up the tour this Friday, Nov. 3. Produced and promoted by Premier Productions, all eight tour... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, November 2, 2017*

Winter Olympics Features Carrollton Song "Made for This"

Centricity Music indie-rock band Carrollton is going for the gold: NBCUniversal has chosen one of their songs to promote the 2018 Winter Olympics. The brand new track, “Made For This,” can be heard on Olympic advertisements and other features on various NBCUniversal outlets leading up to the... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, November 1, 2017*

Brenton Brown Releases New Monthly Singles

Grammy, Dove Award-nominated singer / songwriter Brenton Brown, one of the most prolific writers of modern worship, is intending to “put the joy” back in worship. Over the next several months, he will be releasing EDM-inspired songs one at a time about every four weeks with the song “Hosanna in the Deep” set to release Nov. 15, “You Will Not Fail Us” Dec.... << Full Report >>

Christian Music Newcomer Abigail Sloane Brings ‘Reason & Rhyme’ to Creative Soul Records Debut

Christian music newcomer Abigail Sloane has released her debut album, Reason & Rhyme, via Creative Soul Records. The album is available now wherever music is sold... << Full Report >>

Staci Frenes' "Storms" Offers a Timely and Poignant Message

Staci Frenes releases the official music video this week for “Storms,” from her latest album, “Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores.” The song follows on the heels of some of the worst storms our nation has experienced and captures the poignant and difficult theme of hardship as a necessity for growth and transformation... << Full Report >>

'Have Yourself a MARi Little Christmas' with English/Spanish Holiday Classics EP

Powerhouse vocalist MARi brings her own unique style to the holiday season with her new EP, Have Yourself a MARi Little Christmas, available wherever digital music is sold on November 10th. Produced by David Mullen, Gregatron and Paul David, the bi-lingual 5-song EP features a fresh take on MARi’s favorite Christmas classics... << Full Report >>

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