Mark Lowry is one of gospel music’s broadest talents. A singer, songwriter, author and comedian, for over twenty-five years Christian music fans have leaned on the hilarious singer for an uncommon blend of sidesplitting comic relief, thoughtful musicianship and deep spiritual insight. Raised in the church by a music-loving family, performing gospel music – and the hysterical monologues in between songs – was never just a hobby for the Grammy Award-winning Gospel Music Hall of Famer. It was truly a calling.
When Benjamin “Bino” and Chelsea Peck first started making music together as single people living in separate states, I doubt the indie-folk singer-songwriters thought their creative collaboration would result in matrimony. But, it did. When Benjamin “Bino” and Chelsea Peck first started making music together as single people living in separate states, I doubt the indie-folk singer-songwriters thought their creative collaboration would result in matrimony. But, it did.
In an exclusive Full Circle sit down, the man behind Manafest, Chris Greenwood, and Thousand Foot Krutch frontman and Reborn featured guest, Trevor McNevan, powwow over years of collaboration, brand spankin’ new music and taking off indie all over again.
You likely know Matt Maher as the voice behind radio hits like “Lord, I Need You,” “Your Grace Is Enough,” “Hold Us Together,” “Because He Lives (Amen)” and his current single “Deliverer,” among others. But did you know that Maher is actually responsible for some of the biggest songs recorded by other top artists in Christian music today? The illustrious singer, songwriter and father of two recently sat down with us to talk about the collaborations behind songs on his latest collection, Saints and Sinners (Essential Records), his “dream team” for a co-write and the songs he wish he had written.
Nearly three decades deep in an illustrious Christian music career, Audio Adrenaline continues to pace faith-based rock/pop with a fresh lineup and chart-topping tunes – the band’s latest recording, Sound of Saints (Fair Trade Services), hit number one on Billboard’s Christian Albums charts after its release earlier this month and the record’s single, “Move,” was hand-selected as the opening theme for the MLB Network’s daily “MLB Now” programming.
Singer/songwriters Ginny Owens and Andrew Greer might be best known for their lyrics and melodies, but with the debut of their first book, Transcending Mysteries (Thomas Nelson), the two artists are quickly adding “esteemed author” to their résumé. Ginny and Andrew recently sat down to tell us more about the book and what they discovered about God (and themselves) through the writing process.
After 14 years at Zondervan, Ryan Dunham joined David C. Cook in 2006 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, where he oversaw the organization’s rebranding efforts. Today, in his current role as President of Integrity Music, Dunham presides over the company’s music divisions in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.K. Home to some of the most prolific artists and songwriters in the industry, including All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, Planetshakers, Lincoln Brewster, Desperation Band, Israel Houghton and Jennie Lee Riddle, among others, Integrity currently controls more than 7,000 songs, such as Newsboys’ “We Believe,” “Revelation Song,” “Your Great Name” and more. In addition, parent company David C. Cook holds non-profit status with a goal to provide discipleship resources for churches around the globe. In the past 12 months alone, the organization has reached 15 million children in 142 countries through their curriculum, tailored to address specific needs in each area of the world. Moreover, 35 million resource materials have been distributed, culminating in 94 million lives touched.
For over two decades Point of Grace has endeared their feel-good harmonies to millions of fans nationwide through a platinum discography chalk full of life-changing faith messages, musically relaying the trio’s on and offstage heart for God and people. Earning over two-dozen number one singles and selling millions of records, the group began adding country music to the mix with the success of their roots-driven impact anthem, “How You Live,” and 2011’s country-tinged album, No Changin’ Us.
As the couple century-old child of the motherland, the United States has always presumed the role of freedom-seeker since being liberated from the stoic propriety of England centuries ago. These personalities uniquely shape the style of growth both countries have experiences within worship music over the past forty years, and is reflected in this rare one-on-two conversation with Chris Llewellyn, frontman for the wildly successful folk-rock-worship Rend Collective Experiment from Ireland, and notable UK worship songwriter-songstress Kathryn Scott.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Bill Darpino, Creation Festivals has enjoyed a season of expansion and success when others in live entertainment have struggled with the bottom line. Creation now boasts five summer festivals – including the additions of Ichthus and Sonshine – along with Creation Concerts in the Spring and Fall.
To the world, Jaci Velasquez and Nic Gonzales – frontman and founding member of the Latin-pop band Salvador – are renowned artists, known for blurring the lines of Christian and Latin music with multi-million selling discographies and era-defining radio singles. But to each other, they are simply Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales.
Having been awarded 5 Grammy Awards, 40 Dove Awards and a slew of Platinum and Gold records, guested on television staples like The Tonight Show and The Today Show, and performed in every venue imaginable from Carnegie Hall to the White House to the Indy 500, it is safe to say Sandi Patty is a music legend.
For over a decade, singer-songwriter Randall Goodgame has set the song bar high with his insightful singer-songwriter records, his knack for the craft afﬁrmed by the list of thoughtful songwriter peers who have recorded his songs – Jason Gray, Caedmon’s Call, and Ginny Owens.
Though Contemporary Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman and singer-songwriter radio darling Jason Gray released their major label jumpstarts twenty years apart – Chapman’s First Hand (Sparrow) debuted in 1987; Gray’s All the Lovely Losers (Centricity) in 2007 – the thoughtful-pop fan favorites are matched by best-selling discographies, strings of radio hits and humanitarian hearts, investing in the lives of families worldwide through Chapman’s Show Hope adoption advocacy organization and Gray’s personalized partnership with child sponsorship mainstays, World Vision. In an exclusive conversation for the GMA, Steven and Jason talk songs, each other, and joining forces on tour this fall to celebrate Chapman’s eighteenth studio recording – The Glorious Unfolding – releasing October 1 (Reunion/Provident).
She is an independent music darling. Her songs have received Top 20 radioplay, landing her discography on the Christian and folk music sales charts and placements on multiple television shows, including a celebrity cover of her song, “When I’m With You,” by Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “Riley Parks” character on Lifetime’s The Client List. And her latest LP, Dream of You, is nominated for a 2014 Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, alongside gospel music legends Michael W. Smith and Sandi Patty.
Ten years ago, Building 429 released its major label debut, spawning a string of high-proﬁle tours, a GMA Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and BMI’s Christian Song of the Year for their multi-format number one track, “Glory Deﬁned”. Last year, new Centricity band, Unspoken, debuted a Top 10 radio single, earned Top Christian Song of the Year honors from iTunes, and performed alongside industry staples like Sanctus Real and Big Daddy Weave.
The worlds of rap and rock have long been intertwined. A mutual admiration society of sorts, cross-collaborations and blended musical incorporations blur genre lines. And the past decade has produced watershed industry and fan recognition, transforming gospel rap and rock platforms from faith-based niches to mainstream successes. On the heels of Seventh Day Slumber’s latest LP release, We are the Broken (VSR Music Group), band frontman Joseph Rojas joins Grammy-nominated gospel hip-hop artist/songwriter/ professor FLAME for a conversation about the opportunity of artists of Christian faith in both genres to proclaim a message to the masses through music.
Since his debut record released on Capitol CMG ten years ago, 2013 American Music Award winner Matthew West has steadily nurtured a captivated following through his storytelling brand of songwriting. A tribute to his main craft, West’s songs have been recorded by legendary Country music acts like Rascal Flatts and Diamond Rio. Since MIKESCHAIR made its dorm debut ten years ago, writing and recording songs from their Belmont University perch, Mike Grayson and crew have cultivated a national fanbase and widespread industry acclaim for their songwriter pop/rock – garnering the band numerous Dove Award nominations and hit singles. Recording together for the ﬁrst time on MIKESCHAIR’s recent release, All or Nothing (Curb), Matthew and Mike chat about music past and present in this exclusive Full Circle conversation.