3for3, the new buzz band composed of Spencer Lloyd, Josh Davis and Benji Shuler celebrate their debut single “Halfway” as the most added single on Billboard Magazine’s Christian HOT AC/CHR singles chart. The trio is the debut act from the newly minted MAXX Recordings and is produced by award-winning producer Bernie Herms. The vibrant trio made their first official appearance last week at the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America Event in Charlotte, North Carolina where they introduced “Halfway.” Purchase their new single: HERE.
Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann is the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel Radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. Her current single, “This Place,” is the third song to ascend to No. 1 from her Tillymann Entertainment CD, Best Days.
After moving to Nashville in 2000 to connect his successful modeling agency with the music industry, Mitchell Solarek spent the next 15 years building Maximum Artist Group, a company that offers a wide range of artist services, including management, publishing and now record label services through the newly-minted Maxx Recordings. Solarek was the mastermind behind Christian vocal super group Plus One—one of the most successful new artist launches in CCM history—and today manages Natalie Grant, Donald Lawrence, Danny Gokey and Bernie Herms. He also serves as the executive producer of Mary Mary’s popular reality show on We tv. Last month, he announced the debut of Maxx Recordings, a full service record label, whose first three signees—3for3, Kolby Koloff and Riley Clemmons—will intentionally fill a gap echoing Top 40 sensibilities within the CCM genre. In the midst of a hectic travel schedule, Solarek recently took time to share his vision behind Maxx Recordings, how hip-hop is the new pop and why he’s more excited than ever about the present state of the music industry.
With an accumulation of over 11 million units in career sales, six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac has announced the release of his sixth studio project, THIS IS NOT A TEST. Produced by TobyMac, David Garcia and Chris Stephens, the 13 track project is the follow up to his No. 1 Billboard debut, Eye On It, and is available for pre-order on iTunes® June 9, with a worldwide street date of August 7.
GRAMMY® nominees and multi-award-winning Jeff & Sheri Easter have just recorded an all-new release, Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage (Spring Hill Music), which will hit the street on June 23rd, coinciding with their June celebration of 30 years of marriage.
Dove-nominated singer/songwriter Misty Edwards, who released her newest and 4th studio album last winter, Little Bird, recently had the opportunity to share the title cut from the album with Starbucks® patrons across the U.S. and internationally. Fans new and old were treated to the sound of “Little Bird” featured as part of the in-store music playlist for the Starbucks Coffee Company chain, which has more than 21,000 retail stores in 66 countries. The song was heard in numerous Starbucks locations all over from California to Puerto Rico to Edwards’ home base of Kansas City, MO, as fans shared the news through social media.
Longtime Christian Music executive Peter York has been promoted to President of Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG), it was announced today by CCMG CEO Bill Hearn, to whom York will continue to report. In his expanded role, York will add oversight of the creative direction and leadership development of CCMG’s Publishing and Distribution divisions to his current responsibilities of managing the company’s Label Group, which includes leading Christian Music labels Sparrow, Forefront, sixsteps, Hillsong and Jesus Culture, among others. With his promotion of York, Hearn will intensify his focus on driving the company’s strategic direction, business development initiatives and key partner relationships. Hearn will also maintain oversight of the Motown Gospel label, which is led by Ken Pennell, president Gospel Music, CCMG.
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, spends $300,000 each year to provide diapers for the children at their five Special Care Centers in China.
On the heels of the “We Be Believe…God’s Not Dead” 2015 Spring Tour, which saw over 30 sellouts across the country, best-selling GRAMMY®-nominated mega group Newsboys will hit the road again this fall to continue the popular tour, it was announced today. Featuring Dove Award-nominated FairTrade Services pop/rock band Hawk Nelson, along with special guest GRAMMY®-nominated Gotee singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson, Newsboys’ “We Believe…God’s Not Dead” 2015 Fall Tour is slated to visit more than 40 cities.
Hillsong UNITED released their highly anticipated new studio album, EMPIRES, last week to much acclaim and fan response. EMPIRES debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian albums chart and No. 2 on the Digital Albums chart. The album also remained in the Top 5 peaking at No. 2 on the iTunes overall albums during street week.
Pepsi returns for a third consecutive year as presenting sponsor of the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards. The awards were held Sunday night, May 31, at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, where Pepsi reprised its “Artist to Appear on a Can” award. The winner will be part of a larger K-LOVE can promotion to kick off later this month.
Tasha Cobbs’ new single “Jesus Saves” is a clarion call of faith, and this week is the #1 most added song at Gospel radio. The song, which was birthed out of Cobbs’ personal testimony, also landed at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Songs chart when it was released commercially a few weeks ago.
This Saturday, June 6, GRAMMY Award-winning THIRD DAY will perform a live stream concert from Atlanta. Partnering with Yahoo! Live/Live Nation, THIRD DAY’s concert is part of a large series of live stream concerts, joining the likes of Bruce Hornsby, New Kids On The Block and the iHeart Radio Mumford & Sons album release party, to name a few.
Winners were announced at tonight’s 3rd Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards at The Grand Ole Opry House, presented by Pepsi and hosted by FOX & Friend’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck and actor Kirk Cameron. Broadcast live on K-LOVE.com, the fan-generated awards show aimed to honor artists, authors, film/television and athletes who impact popular culture in a positive and encouraging way for Jesus Christ.
Franklin, Tenn – GRAMMY®-nominated Jeremy Camp will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage this Tuesday, June 2. The Opry, celebrating 90 years of music this year, showcases a mix of country legends and contemporary chart-toppers at each performance. For Tuesday’s show, Camp will join artists such as Rascal Flatts, Larry Gatlin, Gloriana and more. Camp’s debut will follow his appearance at the K-LOVE Fan Awards, which will be held on Sunday also at the Opry House.
Steven Curtis Chapman, Brett Kern, Michael Tait, Ashley Smith, Thomas Davis, Brian Bosworth, Benjamin Watson, Alex Kendrick and Blanca have been unveiled as the final group of diverse presenters to appear at the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards, hosted by FOX & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck and actor Kirk Cameron. This latest list comes in addition to the earlier star-studded line-up of performers and presenters ready to take the stage at the legendary Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. as part of the show this Sunday May 31, 2015. To see the show live, reserve your spot at KLOVE.com.
For the fifth year in a row, Christian singer-songwriter and children’s worship expert Yancy has partnered with Standard Publishing to write and produce all-new original music for their popular Vacation Bible School curriculum. 2016’s Deep Sea Discovery VBS program, which will also include contributions from missionary/author Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries, is packed with fun and adventure, teaching kids that “God KNOWS me, HEARS me, STRENGTHENS me, LOVES me and SENDS me.”
On the heels of the box office success of Four Blood Moons, a docudrama based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, Inpop Records and Difference Media are poised to release the official motion picture soundtrack June 23.