Together with iShine, Provident Label Group, Essential Artist Services and Tween Gospel Alliance, they announce the B413 “No Filter Live” Tour. This unique tour, which will hit three key markets in spring 2017 – Bowling Green, KY (April 22), Austin, TX (May 5) and Ft. Smith (May 6) – is a two-hour event specifically designed for tweens and their parents to best prepare the tween demographic for life beyond entering their teen years, to deeply enrich the child’s faith and help equip parents to set the course of their child’s entire life before turning 13. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, Feb. 3. Visit B413.org/NoFilter for more information.
Essential Worship’s Vertical Church Band and Premier Productions have partnered and are proud to announce the upcoming dates for their Vertical Nights Tour. Kicking off March 8 in South Bend, Indiana, the tour is scheduled to hit 14 markets across the U.S. Tickets are on sale now by visiting here.
Atlantic Records has announced its release of “THE SHACK: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE,” due everywhere on Friday, February 24th to coincide with the nationwide release of the film from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label on March 3.
All Is Not Lost, the sophomore release from The Brilliance is available now, and critics are calling it “the album you need to hear in 2017.” The duo, comprised of David Gungor and John Arndt, is seeking to share a timely message of understanding, with lyrics eliciting love and unity throughout the 11-track offering.
Gotee Records’ HOLLYN announced this week that she will be releasing her debut LP album, One-Way Conversations, next month on February 10. This album is the follow-up to her acclaimed self-titled EP that produced the No. 1 single “Alone (feat. TRU)” and the Top 5 single “Nothin’ On You.” The upcoming release already touts a No. 1 radio single with the track “Love with Your Life.” The pre-order for One-Way Conversations is live now, click here to preorder digitally as well as preorder the CD on her site iamhollyn.com. Fans can also get a first taste of the album with the lead single, “Can’t Live Without,” click here. Watch the album preview trailer below for a glimpse of One-Way Conversations by Hollyn.
Focused on the balance of “body, mind and spirit,” renowned cardiothoracic surgeon and award-winning media personality Dr. Oz launches Faithful Fridays, a new weekly segment through February on his hit TV show, featuring New York Times best-selling author, Hollywood producer and preacher DeVon Franklin.
Acclaimed Difference Media husband/wife duo Aaron & Amanda Crabb performed at Family Research Council’s Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball last week. The couple, along with comedian Chonda Pierce and recording artists Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Guy Penrod, were among the headliners at the black-tie gala in Washington, D.C., on inauguration night.
With the first single from Provident Label Group’s Tauren Wells, “Love Is Action,” capturing the No. 1 spot at CHR radio for eight weeks in a row, Wells is now debuting his follow-up single, “Hills And Valleys.” Releasing to both Christian AC and CHR radio, the song is available in three versions – “Hills And Valleys,” found on the Undefeated EP; a remix version (“The Hills Remix”) and an acoustic piano-driven rendition (“The Valleys Version”). There are also two Spotify playlists curated by Wells – a Hills playlist and a Valleys playlist – that are now live.
Best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce was in Washington, D.C., last week to take part in multiple celebrations surrounding the inauguration of President Trump. Highlighted by her performance at the Family Research Council’s Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball on Friday evening, Pierce also attended the inauguration day worship service at St. John’s Episcopal Church and the inauguration, in addition to visiting with U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Capitol Hill earlier in the week.
Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann received nine nominations for the upcoming 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The powerhouse vocalist is nominated for Artist of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, CD and Traditional CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year, Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year and Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. Tamela’s album, One Way, is nominated for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
The nation’s largest outdoor Christian music festival, CREATION FESTIVAL NORTHEAST, became the exclusive host for mainstream media news outlet VICE MEDIA as they set out to produce the documentary film feature “I Saw The Light” on Christian Music in the Festival environment. NOISEY, the online daily music channel of VICE Media, traveled to the Creation Music Festival to film the documentary and catch a glimpse of the inner workings behind the Christian music industry. Watch the full-length documentary, here.
Reba McEntire has never been one to “rest on her laurels” (Associated Press) and continues to prove that her strong work ethic couples well with passion as she prepares to release SING IT NOW: SONGS OF FAITH & HOPE on February 3, 2017 jointly through Nash Icon Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. The double-disc project highlights traditional hymns of “faith” throughout the first 10 songs while more contemporary tracks of “hope” round out the back half. The GMA had the privilege of asking Reba some personal questions as she prepares for the release of her album.
Critically lauded singers, songwriters and authors Audrey Assad and Andrew Peterson launch “The Edge of Dawn Tour” Feb. 25 in Richardson, TX. The multi-state, multi-denominational church tour will run through late March and will feature new music and fan favorites from each of these artist’s celebrated song repertoire.
As 2016 came to a close, Essential Records’ artist Zach Williams was wrapping up an astounding year. Not only did he receive his first GRAMMY® nomination, he was also featured on numerous best of 2016 lists – while also topping their sales charts – with outlets such as iTunes and Amazon (for the “Chain Breaker” single and EP). Apple Music also named Williams their New Artist Of The Week, where editors handpick the hottest emerging acts on the rise.
On the heels of their RIAA Certified Gold and GRAMMY® acclaimed Welcome To The New (2014), MercyMe will release LIFER (FAIR TRADE SERVICES) on Mar. 31, 2017. The core of LIFER is the question of what it looks like to live as followers of Christ that are committed for life. With 2014’s Welcome To The New, MercyMe spoke to the grace and celebrated new life that Christ offers us in entering into faith. With their newest record, MercyMe writes about what it means to live out that faith as a “lifer” in the kingdom of God.
Bilingual, multi-Platinum selling recording artist and actress Jaci Velasquez will release her first, full-length studio album in over five years. The highly-anticipated recording, both the English-language version, Trust, and Spanish-language Confío, will release globally to over 160 nations March 31 from Integrity Music. A Billboard Latin Music Award winner with five Spanish albums to her credit, this marks the first time for Velasquez to simultaneously release an album in both languages.