Following its one-night debut in more than 500 theaters around the country earlier this spring, “This Is Winter Jam” comes home to DVD June 7 from Word Films. Featuring unforgettable performances from Skillet, for KING & COUNTRY, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Building 429 and Family Force 5, among others, the 90-minute documentary offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s biggest tours.
Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet will release Unleashed, their new studio album and follow up to their 2013 release Rise, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The 12-track album, a year in the making, is currently available for pre-order via all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. Pre-orders will include an instant download of the debut Active Rock single “Feel Invincible.”
Multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® winning group Casting Crowns announces the release of its new studio album, The Very Next Thing, on September 16, 2016 (Beach Street/Reunion). This marks the group’s 15th release and eighth studio album since the label debut release in 2003. With more than nine million records sold, the band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.
California-based ministry Bethel Music will be hosting their inaugural music conference, Heaven Come, May 25th through May 27th at the renowned Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Broadcasting the event will be Dallas-based Christian Television Network, Daystar. With viewership that covers the globe, the addition of the network will increase the potential viewing audience to more than two billion people worldwide.
On Saturday May 14th Karen Peck received the double honor of speaking at theToccoa Falls College 2016 Commencement, in addition, Dr. Bob Myers awarded her an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Divinity.
Chris Tomlin, Newsboys, Passion, Big Daddy Weave, Blanca, The Afters, Building 429 and Jordan Feliz are the first performers announced for this year’s K-LOVE Fan Awards. Joining the stage as presenters for the fourth annual show include for KING & COUNTRY, Steven Curtis Chapman, World Series Champions Kansas City Royals’ GM Dayton Moore, Chicago White Sox First Baseman (R) Adam LaRoche, Matt Maher, Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, comedian Michael Jr., University of North Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell and War Room’s Alex Kendrick.
For the third consecutive year, Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET and NAACP Image Award-winning Gospel mega-star Fred Hammond returns to the road with the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded national event he founded several years ago. The kick off date is October 7th, at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, and will reach over 50 major cities across the country, running through December, 2016.
WAY Media Chief Content Officer Faron Dice has announced a successful campaign aired last week on WAY-FM’s “The Wally Show” where listeners pledged support to Blood: Water Mission for 27 new water wells to be built near schools in Africa. The funding will also provide sanitation (bathrooms) to help ensure the children stay healthier throughout the year.
The Harper Agency, one of Christian Music’s premiere booking agencies, is pleased to announce the addition of award-winning Christian entertainer Mark Lowry to its elite roster of talented artists.
The Most-Awarded Female Vocalist in Gospel Music History and Christian Music Icon Sandi Patty is announcing the fall dates of her Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour. After high demand for tickets led to consistently sold-out shows across the country on the spring leg of the tour, 28 more shows are continuing the run of the historic final tour, which picks back up in September in Knoxville, Tenn. Celebrating her latest album, Forever Grateful, and her extraordinary 30+ year career, the tour is sponsored by World Vision with a lineup of special guests including Veritas and members of Sandi’s family. Tickets for the Forever Grateful Fall Tour go on sale to the public Monday, May 23, 2016.
Multi-Grammy® winner and multi-award winning gospel artist, and originally scripted series TV star Erica Campbell with co-host GRIFF brought her voice, inspiration, charisma and style to a new morning drive radio show syndicated by Reach Media Inc. In collaboration with Radio One.
Multi-platinum selling alternative rock band SWITCHFOOT announced their upcoming album, Where The Light Shines Through, which will be released on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard Records in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group. Where The Light Shines Through, the band’s tenth album and the first since 2014’s highly acclaimed Fading West, was produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.
Veteran music agent Mark Claassen is returning to WME in the company’s Nashville office, according to WME Nashville co-heads Rob Beckham and Greg Oswald. Claassen brings artists including Lincoln Brewster, Jon Foreman, Gungor, Kutless, Derek Minor, Jimmy Needham, Lacey Sturm, Switchfoot and Thousand Foot Krutch.
GMA Foundation’s annual GMA Honors celebration was held on Tuesday, May 10 at Lipscomb University. Hezekiah Walker, Howard Rachinski, The Nelons and Russ Taff were inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The event also honored individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year’s honorees were Catherine Brewton for Hope for Harvest, Jars of Clay for Blood: Water Mission, Michael W. Smith for Rocketown and the Gospel Music Trust Fund.
GRAMMY® winning band dc Talk will bring group members TobyMac, Michael Tait and Kevin Max together for a performance aboard the Jesus Freak Cruise, departing from Miami on July 11, 2017. Marking the first time in 16 years fans will be able to see the band perform, the cruise will travel to the ports of Nassau, Bahamas and Half Moon Cay (Private Island).
Today, K-LOVE revealed the nominees for the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards on their official Facebook page. Nominations were unveiled through video messages, every hour, to over two million followers. K-LOVE will bring the fourth annual K-LOVE Fan Awards to the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville live on June 5. Immediately opening to fans everywhere, voting will remain available to the public until May 31, at midnight EST.
Full Circle Music’s award-winning producer and songwriter Seth Mosley took part in a GRAMMY U® event located at Nashville’s Belmont University. GRAMMY U® is the student level of membership within The Recording Academy®, with over 8,100 current student members, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. Belmont University’s GRAMMY U® members attended the Q&A session, as Mosley answered questions regarding personal experiences and professional development in the music industry.
GRAMMY® Nominated Skillet will embark on their 2016 international summer festival tour, kicking off in Denmark’s Jelling Festival on May 28 with a wrap on July 3 in the Czech Republic. Skillet will travel to multiple international markets, hitting some of the most popular festivals across Europe and Russia including UK’s Download, Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park. The tour arrives shortly after their RIAA double platinum certification of top single “Monster,” known as the biggest digital single in Christian music history. Skillet’s 2014 headlining international tour sold-out more than half of all venues including London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Antwerp and Cologne. Skillet’s 2016 tour is the band’s fourth trek across Europe.