Award-winning singer/songwriter LAUREN DAIGLE, will release her first-ever Christmas album titled BEHOLD, on October 21 via Centricity Music. Produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, the style of the holiday album pays homage to the sounds of Lauren’s hometown of New Orleans. Featuring soft jazz renditions of Christmas favorites, BEHOLD includes such classics as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This,” “O Holy Night,” and more; in addition to an original composition titled “Light of the World”, which was written by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram. Pre-orders for the album will begin on September 26.
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today the nominees in 44 categories for the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CST. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 16, reaching over 100 million viewers in the U.S., plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 23 through August 30.
DREAM Label Group is excited to announce that they have signed pop artist Cameron James to its DREAM Records division. She is known for her songs in the film/tv world, her song “One Step Ahead” was placed in Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” and her most recent release “All Out War” was used by ABC in promos that ran for 5 weeks for the show “Quantico.” She was also recently featured in a coveted spot on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, racking up hundreds of thousands of streams.
The mega Winter Jam Tour Spectacular is set to return to the West Coast in November with GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriters Matthew West and Crowder leading an all-star lineup. The world’s largest annual Christian music tour, Winter Jam will hit 10 major arenas from Los Angeles to Phoenix, featuring Britt Nicole, RED, Mandisa, NewSong, KB/Tedashii and evangelist Tony Nolan. In addition, the Pre-Jam Party is slated to showcase OBB, Sarah Reeves and Steven Malcolm.
RCA Inspiration announced today that Phil Thornton has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Thornton, a veteran entertainment executive, will drive the day-to-day initiatives, manage business operations, and establish external partnerships for the label. He will report to Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group, and will be based in Nashville.
GRAMMY®-nominated rockers Skillet have released their ninth studio album and the first in nearly three years, Unleashed (Atlantic), today. Unleashed is currently No. 1 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums Chart and No. 2 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart. The 12-track album, which has been a year in the making, was recently hailed by People Magazine saying “Skillet’s still hot” and Revolver Magazine noting Unleashed as a “…a gut-punch…” “It’s impossible for anyone not to throw a fist in the air for the full-throttled anthems…” shares CCM Magazine while The Christian Beat calls it “their strongest, boldest & greatest album yet” and Focus on the Family’s Plugged In remarks “…John Cooper and Co. have again unleashed a potent proclamation…”
After a blockbuster debut on Kickstarter, renowned celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart’s The Purpose Hotel continues to gain traction among the public with features on hit media sites including The Huffington Post, USA Today and many more.
Actress and Pop Christian music artist, Abigail Duhon, has signed with DREAM Label Group that is based Los Angeles, CA. She will join a diverse roster of 40 national and international artists, which include releases from Soulfire Revolution, Press Play, Jonathan Thulin, Satellites & Sirens and We Are Leo. Duhon is scheduled to release her new single, “I Am Not Ashamed,” Sept. 2 on all digital music outlets, with the music video having premiered on JUCE TV in July. The song will be included on Duhon’s upcoming album for DREAM Label Group that releases later this year. The project will be distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution.
Multi-award winning family group, The Hoppers, have celebrated a host of #1 songs throughout their career, spanning over 55 years. In keeping with a long tradition of quality songs, America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music are debuting their first release with Daywind Records, entitled Life Is Good, with a chart-topping song, ‘Jesus, The One.’
Billboard caught up with the 20-year-old gymnast to find out what songs she flips, twists, and tucks to. Check out the Christian music-fueled playlist below, which features Christian pop duo Capital Kings, Hillsong Young & Free and more.
RCA Inspiration will operate under the umbrella of the Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, in a shift of operations for the New York-based award-winning inspirational music label. Under this shift, RCA Inspiration will now conduct operations based out of Nashville, TN.
Known as one of the most talented & respected mass choirs in the country, The Tennessee Mass Choir makes their first national introduction to the gospel music scene with their highly-anticipated debut single, “The Greatest of All Time.” Already making a splash with sales on iTunes, Google Play, & other digital music retailers, supporters & fans worldwide have eagerly embraced the simple, yet powerful message within the choir’s lead single.
Hillsong UNITED’s 2013 release of Zion garnered RIAA Gold Certification, totaling more than 500K in sales. Of the songs found on Zion is “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” which spent a record breaking 45 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart and was the first Christian song to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Most recently, the platinum selling song was honored with a 2016 Billboard Music Award for “Top Christian Song.”
Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet have expanded “The Unleashed Tour” with additional stops throughout Europe and Russia this Fall. The new string of dates will kick off on November 6th in Paris, France and take the band through Europe and Russia before ending on December 9th in London, UK. Red Sun Rising will be joining the band on the international tour. These new dates come after the recently announced U.S. leg that kicks off on September 22nd in Clive, IA.
GRAMMY® nominated Jeremy Camp announces his upcoming “I Will Follow Tour” in partnership with Compassion International, kicking off this fall in Charleston, SC. On the heels of garnering three No. 1 singles from his hit album I Will Follow, Camp will trek alongside Citizen Way and Royce Lovett for the first half of the tour, along with Love and the Outcome and Royce Lovett over the second half, hitting over 20 markets nationwide. In anticipation of the tour, Camp launched the newly renovated JeremyCamp.com on July 28.
Tackling issues such as cyclical poverty, unsafe water, human trafficking and more, The Purpose Hotel is fueling the life changing work of a dozen domestic and international organizations. With renowned photographer Jeremy Cowart (Pope Francis, Sting, Carrie Underwood) at the helm, The Purpose Hotel aspires to “change the world in your sleep” through fighting injustices championed by many nonprofit organizations working with the hotel.
GRAMMY® nominated Skillet’s acclaimed record RISE (2013) received RIAA Gold Certification a week before the debut of their tenth studio album UNLEASHED, available August 5. Thanking fans across the globe, the band posted a video to social media expressing their appreciation, along with a surprise teaser for Panheads to be revealed July 29 at midnight.
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family have announced street week plans with multiple national television appearances and fan opportunities in support of their new album LOVE REMAINS (EMI Nashville), available tomorrow, July 29.
Tye Tribbett reveals the story behind how he ended up collaborating with American Idol Fantasia Barrino on her first single on his Instagram. Watch Fantasia’s full performance of their song…