Christian and gospel music, often relegated to second-class citizen status in Nashville’s music industry, enjoys reach that touches into every demographic group, accounting for 215 million people who listened to the genre within the past month, according to new research unveiled by the Gospel Music Association.
Owl City’s fifth full-length album, Mobile Orchestra [Republic Records/Capitol CMG], is available today. You can get it HERE!
Stepping out of back-to-back meetings at this year’s ICRS, Ferrell recently sat down with us to talk about women in the faith-based marketplace, what it’s like now being owned by a major Hollywood studio, her favorite veggies and whether or not women can really have it all.
Sadie Robertson, 17-year-old daughter of “Duck Dynasty” stars Willie and Korie Robertson, will launch her new “Live Original LIVE” program at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29.
Daywind Music Group has long been a leader in the industry with award-winning divisions within Southern Gospel music, publishing, performance tracks, studios, concerts and more. Recently, Daywind has launched a new instrumental label to bring quality instrumental music to the marketplace.
Steve Ford, general manager of Centricity Music, announced today the launch of the company’s new label, Residence Music. The record company has named industry veteran, Andrew Lambeth, as Director of Artist Development, as he will oversee the A&R and marketing for the label’s artists. Residence Music will be a general market label that is geared towards mainstream genres of music, with their first artist signing to be announced early August and the first project to be released October 2015. Caroline Distribution, a division of Universal Music, will handle all retail and online music distribution to the marketplace.
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With GRAMMY®, SESAC and Billboard distinctions to his name, Seth Mosley has crafted Nashville-based Full Circle Music – a music production house offering songwriting, production, engineering, editing, mixing, instrumentation, arrangement, programming, vocals and mastering. With 17 No. 1 singles and credits including Mat Kearney, MercyMe, TobyMac, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Sidewalk Prophets, Newsboys and country acts like High Valley, Ricky Skaggs and more, the Full Circle Music team offers a wealth of combined experience from multiple genres including pop, Christian and country.
Christian music mainstay Big Daddy Weave is preparing to release their highly-anticipated seventh studio album Beautiful Offerings, set to debut September 18, 2015. Beautiful Offerings follows the band’s best-selling album to date, Love Come To Life, which brought four consecutive No. 1 singles, including an RIAA Gold Certification for hit single “Redeemed.”
The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, THE COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2015 kicks off this week with sellout attendance of more than 125,000. The CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY (CCAS) is honored to partner with B&H Kids to deliver top talent, projects, and compelling events open to all Comic-Con attendees, as well as the official announcement of VeggieTales Super Comics 3 & 4, and the re-launch of the Bibleman franchise.
Christian music’s largest site online, NewReleaseTuesday.com, got its name from the day new music releases in the U.S. But with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s impending move to a global release day on Fridays beginning July 10th, the media outlet had a decision to make: Hang on to history or embrace the future?
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition partnered with Google to present the “Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers: Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Forum” at the Google headquarters in Los Angeles. This forum is part of an ongoing program designed to identify ways to open access and create pathways for people of color into the technology industry, as well as increase the level of diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond. Reverend Jesse Jackson and Google executives were on hand to discuss the efforts of Rainbow PUSH, along with a panel of esteemed technology executives who explored the best ways to increase diversity and innovation in technology.
Don Moen, an iconic voice in Christian music and pioneer in the modern praise & worship movement, is set to participate in an ecumenical event to pray for persecuted Christians all over the world. On July 3, 2015, Pope Francis will host the “Voices in Prayer” event in Rome, Italy at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Along with Moen, Darlene Zschech and Andrea Bocelli are also set to appear during the event.
GRAMMY® Award-winning FairTrade Services recording artist Audio Adrenaline marked another career milestone this week with their debut on the iconic American institution, The Grand Ole Opry. The band performed acoustic renditions of selections from their #1-selling latest recording Sound of the Saints, along with one of their signature classics, “Ocean Floor.”
After a 20 year history together, GRAMMY nominations, Dove Awards, seven albums and six No. 1 singles, Matt Hammitt, the lead singer of Sanctus Real, has announced he will be leaving the band this December. Both Matt and his fellow band members have taken time to draft personal statements so that their fans can hear from them first hand and in their own words.
Whether you’re planning a summer vacation to London or you’ve only admired William and Kate from a afar, singer/songwriter/worship leader Matt Redman can definitely be your tour guide. The U.K. born and bred singer recorded his new album, Unbroken Praise (sixstepsrecords), at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. We asked Matt to give us his insider tips on where to stay, where to play and where to eat—all from a local’s perspective. He weighed in on all of his favorites:
Show Hope, a nonprofit organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth for the purpose of caring and advocating for millions of orphans worldwide, recently held a Special Care Centers Reunion for more than 80 families at the Chapmans’ home in Franklin, TN.
Phil Wickham’s “This Is Amazing Grace” garnered the “Song of the Year” honor at last week’s BMI Christian Awards. “This Is Amazing Grace,” off of his latest album The Ascension, gave Wickham his first career No. 1 single, claiming the top spot on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart for 13 consecutive weeks. The song has continually stood in the top 20 of Christian Digital Track Sales, and is currently resting at No. 2 on the CCLI Top Songs Chart. The annual awards ceremony at BMI’s Nashville offices recognized the past year’s most-performed Christian rock, contemporary, inspirational and southern gospel songs played on Christian radio. To view the official lyric video, click here.
axx Recordings and Publishing CEO Mitchell Solarek is pleased to announce the addition of entertainment industry veteran Cyril E. Vetter as manager of business affairs, handling all business affairs for the newly minted independent that focuses on offering powerful and positive entertainment across multiple platforms. Maxx Recordings recently introduced its debut act, 3for3, landing the most-added spot at CHR radio in its debut week with the single “Halfway,” from their forthcoming July 24th EP, 3for3.
Donnie McClurkin’s tribute to gospel legend Andraé Crouch at the recent BET Awards reminded us that we can never under-estimate the power of the Gospel. As the camera panned the audience during McClurkin’s performance of the timeless Crouch classic, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” those at home witnessed several in attendance singing along. Some with their eyes closed and some with their hands lifted up regardless of their surroundings, it was evident that the roots of gospel music goes deep.