Ricky Dillard & New G are consistently at the top of everyone’s list of “best” urban choirs. This week they are at the top of the sales charts as well, as the ensemble’s 10th album, aptly titled 10, debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. With more than 25 years as a choir master, this is a fete worthy of celebration and demonstrates Dillard’s continued relevance and appeal in a constantly evolving genre.
Seven-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac will once again bring his dynamic “HITS DEEP Tour” to 29 markets next year, alongside a talent-packed line up including Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson and Finding Favour. The 2018 “HITS DEEP Tour” is a partnership with K-LOVE, Air1, Awakening Events and Food for the Hungry. Kicking off at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena in late January, the “HITS DEEP Tour” will wrap in mid-March after stops in San Diego, Denver, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Birmingham and more. Tickets for the 2018 tour go on sale Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. local venue time. Group and Family Discounts will be available. In addition, fans can save 20% off all tickets 9/29 @ 10am – 10/1 @ 11:59pm by using the code “INSIDER” when purchasing.
GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Jason Crabb will join fellow GMA Dove Award-winners Selah on the Your Love Is Unbreakable Tour this fall. Presented by World Vision, the co-headlining tour kicks off Sept. 23, 2017, and is slated to hit 13 cities during the months of September, October and November.
All In, the newest from four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West, is available worldwide today. The 14-track release includes West’s hit single, “Broken Things,” which quickly became a radio favorite, and already sits at No. 2 on Christian Airplay and AC Indicator charts.
Sony/Provident’s Essential Records pop artist Branan Murphy is dropping a new digital single today titled, “Enough.” Click here to check out this new song as well as to see the newly released lyric video. The new track is the follow-up to Murphy’s chart-topping label debut single, “All The Wrong Things,” that featured “The Voice” Season 8 finalist and RCA Inspiration recording artist Koryn Hawthorne. The single was also featured on multiple top playlists at digital providers such as “Summer 2017,” “The Hits,” “Pop Matters,” “Now Hear This,” “Up Next,” and more.
Centricity Music band Carrollton is gearing up for a busy fall, with the release of a new album coming October 6 and a headlining tour beginning later this month. Produced by Scott Cash (Needtobreathe, Passion, Chris Tomlin) and the band themselves, the 10-track Everything Or Nothing has been a long-term labor of love for Carrollton.
GRAMMY®-nominated rock band RED is set to release its sixth studio album titled Gone on October 27. The album’s digital pre-order is available now with instant downloads of two songs: the debut radio single “Still Alive” and “Losing Control.” Additionally, on October 13th, fans who pre-order the album from some major digital outlets will be able to download a third song, the title track “Gone.” Fans also can be part of the band’s PledgeMusic campaign featuring unique, fan-centered limited edition pre-order packages not available anywhere else.
Singer/songwriter, worship leader and record producer Tim Timmons, in partnership with 10,000 MINUTES Kids, independently releases today his second children’s project, Who I Am. This all new Bible-based, “kid-tested” and “parent-approved” debut is available now at iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital retailers internationally, and directly at www.TimTimmonsMusic.com (digital and CD).
One of the fastest rising artists in the Gospel music community, the Griffith Family, recently reached agreements with two industry powerhouses this week. The group reached an exclusive recording and distribution deal with Newday Records, a division of Daywind Music Group and Newday Distribution. In addition, the promising new act signed an exclusive publicity deal with AG Publicity.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter and family entertainer Randall Goodgame returns October 20 with Sing the Bible Family Christmas. The sixth installment in his multi-Dove Award-nominated Slugs & Bugs series and the third Sing the Bible recording, the project was produced by Dove Award-winner Ben Shive (Rend Collective, MercyMe).
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that award-winning singer-songwriter Kari Jobe and Gospel powerhouse Tasha Cobbs Leonard will team up to host the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Also joining the all-star lineup are performers Bri (Briana Babineaux), Danny Gokey, Gaither Vocal Band, Ryan Stevenson and Travis Greene. They join previously announced performers CeCe Winans, Hillsong Worship, Matt Redman, MercyMe, Reba McEntire, Steven Malcolm and Zach Williams and presenters Anthony Brown, Chris Tomlin, David and Tamela Mann, for KING & Country and Matt Maher.
Natalie Grant will undergo surgery on October 10th to remove half of her thyroid, where two tumors have been found. As a result of the surgery, she will be canceling her shows and special appearances from mid October through the end of November to focus on recovery. Long known for her openness and transparency with her fans, Grant posted a personal video on social media, asking for prayer.
Four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck and New River is set to kick off the The Gospel Through Girls and Guitars Tour this Friday, September 22nd along with HIGHROAD, The Talleys, and Emily Ann Roberts. This new tour is coming in the fall of 2017 and continuing into the spring of 2018. It’s a great night of Southern Gospel Music.
Red Rocks Worship is L-R: Dave Anderson, Nicole Serrano, Kory Miller, Adaeze Azubuike, Tyler Roberts, Brinnae Keathley, Jerrica Matrone, Jake Espy Red Rocks Worship New Album, HERE, Releases This Friday…
The fifth annual “Perspective: A Jared Emerson Art Show & Benefit” raised more than $400,000 for the Premier Foundation’s Adopt the Block projects last week.
It was 20 years ago today that Christian music lost one of its greatest poets and prophets, Rich Mullins. For those that knew him, he often served as a “voice in the wilderness” calling us all to a greater love, a deeper compassion, and an absolute commitment to our awesome God. With Mullins’ influence impacting an immeasurable amount of artists and songwriters, a few of those very people – Mac Powell, Matt Maher and Ellie Holcomb – gathered to record one of his never-released songs titled “The Joy Of Jesus,” a simple blessing conferring on us the grace, love and joy of Jesus.