Hit singer/songwriter and GRAMMY®-nominated fan favorite Matthew West is set to embark on his headlining ALL IN Tour this fall. Visiting over 30 cities nationwide, the tour will feature special guest Dove Award-winner Jordan Feliz and will introduce singer/songwriter Leanna Crawford.
The Afters have garnered their sixth No. 1 with their latest “Shadows” earning the top spot on the Billboard Christian Rock Chart while the single continues to clip the Billboard Hot AC chart, hitting No. 7 this week. Found on their fifth album, Live On Forever, the track sets the tone of the record with its message of motivation and inspiration. Live On Forever released in the fall of 2016, and emerged out of a season of trials for the band, serving as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and strength in our moments of weakness.
Reunion Records/Sony Music Entertainment announces the anticipated release of Tauren Well’s new solo LP, Hills And Valleys. The digital-only deluxe edition features 15 songs and releases June 23. A physical version of the album, featuring 11 songs, will debut July 21. Full track listings for both album versions are below.
Bestselling author, entrepreneur, and renowned pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes hosts the biennial MegaFest in Dallas from June 28 – July 1 at the famed Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The internationally-acclaimed four-day faith, film and family festival is returning to Dallas for its third year. With the family favorite festival’s continued growth and popularity, this year’s event estimates to draw over 100,000 attendees from all 50 states to attend panels, workshops, special screenings, performances, activations, and competitions among a variety of engaging events.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Matthew West returned as hosts for this year’s fifth annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Held at the historic Grand Ole Opry, winners were announced live from the Opry stage in between performances from fan favorites including Big Daddy Weave, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Crowder, Danny Gokey, For KING & COUNTRY, Jesus Culture, Mandisa, Matthew West, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Tauren Wells and Zach Williams. And on Tuesday, June 13th, fans will have the chance to experience the night for themselves. “The K-LOVE Fan Awards: Ignite Hope” will be shown in movie theaters nationwide.
Tenth Avenue North is thrilled to announced their fall “I Have This Hope” tour with special guests Brandon Heath and Jon McLaughlin. This exclusive tour will begin September 28th, and most markets’ tickets will be available beginning June 9 here. The tour namesake is the band’s current radio single that is No. 2 on the National Christian Audience chart from their most recent album Followers.
Pop/alternative artist Carmen Justice, formerly of 1 Girl Nation, just dropped her second single “Red & Yellow Black & White” featuring GabeReal from TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. The music video for the hot new pop/rock track premiered exclusively on New Release Today earlier today. Watch it here.
Since its release on May 19, stellar reviews have come in about God That Saves, the debut album from Essential Worship’s Iron Bell Music. It’s been said that the project from this Louisville, Kentucky-based worship group “demonstrate[s] such a robust declaration of faith over songs that are iron-cladded in the praise of Jesus sung over huge anthemic hooks,” and is already touted to be one of the “top worship releases of 2017.”
Following her GRAMMY® winning album Overcomer (2013), Mandisa’s fifth studio album Out Of The Dark has returned Mandisa to the top of charts, earning the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian & Gospel Chart and Top 20 on Billboard Albums Chart. Out Of The Dark has found Mandisa visiting the west coast this week, making stops at Entertainment Tonight, TBN’s PRAISE and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family where her interview performance will air on both June 1 and June 2 at 10/9 a.m. CST on the Hallmark Channel.
Singer/songwriter Mark Heard wrote those words in “House of Broken Dreams” on his Dry Bones Dance LP in 1990. There was a prophesy buried within the lines, whether he knew it or not. Heard passed away two years later, in August of 1992, but his words have echoed on in the hearts of all who knew them. And now, with Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard, many more hearts can join the chorus while marking the 25th anniversary of his passing. Available June 2 on Storm Weathered Records with a limited edition vinyl to follow, Treasure of the Broken Land is distributed via Redeye Worldwide.
GRAMMY® nominated MercyMe will bring the second leg of their “Lifer Tour” to 14 markets October 7 – 29. Carrying the namesake of their latest No. 1 album, LIFER, the American Music Award winners will perform fan favorites such as “I Can Only Imagine,” “Flawless,” “Greater” and more, including their current chart-topper “Even If” which has been a continuous No. 1 mainstay on the Christian radio charts. Joining the tour will be radio favorites Ryan Stevenson and Unspoken.
GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin will return to Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater Wednesday, Sept. 6 for “Chris Tomlin: Worship At Red Rocks.” Expected to sell out as in the past, tickets for the special night of worship will be available for presale for a limited time starting June 1st at 9am MT until June 2nd at 9am MT using the presale password “tomlin.” The official on sale date is June 2nd, starting at 10am MT. Tickets will be available at christomlin.com.
After nearly a decade of partnership with Centricity Music, Eaglemont Entertainment head Jeff Berry has announced his departure and launch of his own management endeavor, Courage Management. As of June 1, the Franklin, TN based firm will continue helping artists fulfill their visions, grow their platforms and follow their callings.
GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin brought the church together in unity and prayer throughout this spring with his Worship Night In America tour. Featuring Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham and Zach Williams, the tour made 23 stops across the US, selling out arenas in major markets including Phoenix, Portland, Kansas City, and Seattle, while making history in Nashville as the largest ticketed Christian concert at Bridgestone Arena.
Former Arkansas Governor, presidential candidate, and longtime popular political commentator Mike Huckabee has teamed up with global faith-and-family television leader Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) for a new weekly news and talk show premiering this fall exclusively on TBN. “Huckabee” will combine Gov. Huckabee’s commentary on news-of-the-day and current issues, along with guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment and faith. The program will follow a similar format from his fan-favorite Fox News Channel talk show of the same title, which aired on the network from 2008 until 2015 and averaged nearly 2 million viewers, with more than half of those falling in the 25-54 demographic. “Huckabee” will be taped in front of a live studio audience in Nashville, Tenn.
The International Faith & Family Film Festival (IFFFF) returns for an anticipated three day run during this year’s MegaFest at the Omni Dallas Hotel from June 28 – July 1. Founded by Bishop T.D. Jakes, the event will afford aspiring faith-based creatives a chance to network with Hollywood’s leading screenwriters, actors, directors, producers, and executives. The festival’s primary mission is to educate and empower attendees to successfully navigate the entertainment industry so they can bring their dreams and projects to fruition.
Anberlin’s frontman, Stephen Christian announces the release of his new solo album, Wildfires, set to release on July 28th 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. The debut single, “Gloria,” from the upcoming solo album is already gaining traction at radio as it is the No. 2 most added single at Hot AC/ CHR this week.