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  • Jonathan Cain Releases New Single
    on July 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Journey band member Jonathan Cain globally released his first solo single of 2021, "Oh Lord Lead Us" from Identity Records with The Fuel Music distribution. The single and companion video that premiered this weekend from Ultimate Classic Rock are from Cain's upcoming and sixth solo album and continues this iconic artist's offerings of faith-inspired new music. Produced by Cain, mixed by David Kalmusky, mastered by GRAMMY Award-winning Adam Ayan, and featuring Journey background vocalist Jason Derlatka lifting the chorus into the stratosphere, "Oh Lord Lead Us" was recorded at Cain's state-of-the-art Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville with select parts done remotely due to the pandemic. Leading worship weekly at his church, City Of Destiny, where his wife, Paula White-Cain, is the Senior Pastor, Cain was looking for a song to engage the congregation in the New Year.[...]

  • Cross Point Music Drops New Album
    on July 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Nashville's Cross Point Music released their debut LP, Never Going Back, this week from Centricity Music. Written and recorded by this collective of nearly 400 volunteer musicians, vocalists, and songwriters anchored by worship leaders Mike Grayson and Cheryl Stark, the new seven-song LP is available now at digital and streaming outlets everywhere. Written and recorded during the incredibly tough pandemic season that began right after their main downtown Nashville church campus was largely destroyed by a tornado, Never Going Back is the result of the Cross Point Music team realizing that God has been moving them forward even as the world seemed to stop. "We have learned so much about worship and who God is that we never want to go back," affirms Grayson. "We all learned how to worship again from a place of 'I've got nothing but me and my room.' No stage,[...]

  • The Protest Releases New Single
    on July 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    The Protest has released a raucous, rock-show-ready anthem with their new single "Show Up to the Showdown." The track is a blistering announcement of their upcoming Death Stare EP, due out August 27. Listen to "Show Up to the Showdown" by clicking here. "To win a battle, you have to show up," The Protest says of the powerhouse song. "It's about never backing down, standing your ground. Keep pushing on, and you WILL make it through, no matter what!" "Show Up to the Showdown" launched with an accompanying music video, a colorful, cinematic piece that shows the band members in a variety of showdowns. "The video is the most ambitious idea we've ever come up with," the band offers. "The concept is that we as people are going to lose a lot in life. As you see in the video, we lose a[...]

  • Phil Thompson Drops New Album
    on July 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Phil Thompson's new 11-track album Lion of Judah is out now. His music video for "Redeeming the Years," also dropped, and it can be viewed by clicking here. It was in 2017 when Phil Thompson stepped forward from behind the songwriting pen and committed to one goal worship. Since then, the Gospel and worship artist has crisscrossed the globe worshipping throughout Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, the Caribbean Islands, and the U.S., and with the songs found on Lion Of Judah, he is still sharing the same heart of passionate devotion with the world. Writing these songs on the hope and faith rising out of the ashes of the past year, Lion Of Judah is his response to the anxiety and troubles that we all face and reminding the body of Christ of the solid hope found in Jesus.[...]

  • Steven Malcolm Releases New EP
    on July 24, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recording artist Steven Malcolm is responding to the chaos of the modern moment with his new EP All Is True. All Is True is a collection of message-driven rap songs that double down on his talents as a hip-hop icon, genre-bender, and street-smart storyteller. Listen to All Is True by clicking here. "In a world full of fake news, controlled narratives, and layers of lies, I want to be known as that artist who brings nothing but the truth," says Malcolm, who recorded the EP's five tracks during a global pandemic that brought his touring schedule to a halt. Working with Grammy-winning producer Street Symphony and the hip-hop production team Track Or Die, he crafted an autobiographical record that's both honest and hard-hitting, with lyrics that turn his personal experience into universal songs about creativity, faith, and fidelity. The atmospheric title track turns[...]

  • Rick Lee James Releases New Single
    on July 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Acclaimed singer/songwriter and author Rick Lee James returns with his second single of the summer--the thought-provoking "Shine A Light In The Darkness," out today. The upbeat, guitar-driven track penned by James offers a challenging, yet hopeful, message for Christians in deeply divided times. "The verses reflect Jesus' command to the Church to stand firmly on the Truth, to not give in to fear, and to be bearers of the Light," James explains of the song's theme. "The chorus was inspired by the famous Peace Prayer of St. Francis, asking the Lord to make us instruments of His peace." "We are in such divisive times, and I believe the Church has a great opportunity to be countercultural if we will embody radical Christ-like grace," he adds. "Ultimately 'Shine A Light In The Darkness' is a message from Jesus to all of us--I included--to be what we[...]

  • Laura Story Releases New Book
    on July 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Earlier this month, Christian recording artist Laura Story released a new book titled So Long, Normal Living and Loving the Free Fall of Faith. "I gave up my pursuit of normal a long time ago," Laura writes. "Surprisingly, I can say this without shame or regret." Not only was she terrible at trying to be normal, she confesses, but somewhere along the way she realized that "normal" was a vapor. "Whenever it appeared within reach, I was unable to grasp it." The unattainability of it made her realize that if she did achieve some semblance of normal, she might actually be bending low, settling for something less. "But what if God has designed me not to bend down low but to stretch up and reach for the stars?" she asks. "Not that normal is bad, but why should you or I settle for normal when we've[...]

  • Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill Announce Upcoming Book
    on July 23, 2021 at 1:00 am

    "I dare you," writes acclaimed Christian music artist Natalie Grant and renowned author and speaker Charlotte Gambill in their forthcoming book, Dare to Be God Is Able. Are You Willing? "The challenge that I dare you presents is one we all respond to differently," they continue. "Some see it as an opportunity to prove themselves, others hear it as a challenge to their competence. Yet it's often the 'I dare you' moments that push us beyond where comfort could keep us and the familiar would fence us in." Inspiring readers to step into the fullness God designed for them, Natalie and Charlotte challenge readers to re-embrace those "I dare you" moments, which were so prevalent in childhood, and dare yet again to unlock their full potential with childlike excitement and biblical courage. Dare to Be will be releasing on September 7 with Harvest House Publishers. Dare to[...]

  • Fit For A King and August Burns Red Collaborate on New EP
    on July 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Metalcore bands Fit For A King and August Burns Red have collaborated on a new 4-song EP titled Guardians of The Path. The name is a play on words based on the titles of both of the bands' previous albums. Fit For A King's The Path and August Burns Red's Guardian. Vocalists Jake Luhrs (August Burns Red) and Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King) trade places on the EP, each covering two favorites from the other's catalog of songs. You can listen to the EP now by clicking here. Both bands are also on tour on the Leveler 10th Anniversary Tour. For more information and tickets, click here.[...]

  • VIDEO PREMIERE For The Fatherless Never A Day
    on July 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    For The Fatherless, featuring husband and wife singer/songwriters, Brian & Christa Yak, have released a new acoutic video for "Never A Day" from their new 4-song EP title, Poetry. The video is premiering today on NewReleaseToday and you can watch it below. The "Never A Day" music video is a testament to God's sustaining peace as For The Fatherless' Brian and Christa Yak grieved a miscarriage and later celebrated the birth of their son. The song holds deep personal meaning for the couple. "Some days we just need help putting one foot in front of the other and taking the next step," Brian shares. "We wrote ‘Never A Day' to remind ourselves Jesus is worth trusting and there'll never be a day or a season where we'll regret following Him by faith." Offering hope for those without an earthly[...]

  • NEEDTOBREATHE Announces Upcoming Documentary
    on July 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recently, NEEDTOBREATHE shared that they will be releasing a documentary this fall called Into The Mystery The Film. The documentary will take fans behind the scenes of the making of NEEDTOBREATHE's eighth studio album. In a Deadline article, it was announced that Greenwich Entertainment will be distributing the film. "We're excited to share that we've teamed up with Greenwich Entertainment to release Into The Mystery The Film," NEEDTOBREATHE posted on social media. "More to come next week!" NEEDTOBREATHE has been busy gearing up for the release of their album Into The Mystery. The band recently announced the Into The Mystery block party, which will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on July 31. In addition, NEEDTOBREATHE will be touring this fall with Switchfoot and The New Respects. For more information and tickets, click here.[...]

  • Danny Gokey Announces Fall Tour
    on July 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Today on social media, Danny Gokey announced that he will be heading out on the road this fall with Colton Dixon for the Stand In Faith Tour. "I can't wait to see your smiling faces & finally share music from my new album Jesus People, along with favorites that you know and love," Danny shared. "It's a brand new show, and we're gonna have a blast!" Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, July 30. The pre-sale code will be announced that morning on Danny's Facebook page. A list of tour dates is below. September 30 Lafayette, LA October 1 Pensacola, FL October 2 Huntsville, AL October 3 Warner Robins, GA October 7 Odessa, TX October 8 Wichita Falls, TX October 10 Houston, TX October 21 Buffalo, NY October 22 Pittsburgh, PA October[...]

  • Natasha Owens Set to Release New Album
    on July 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Christian music powerhouse Natasha Owens is returning on August 6 with her latest studio album, Stand, a 12-track testament to perseverance and empowerment that finds her reconnecting with longtime label home Radiate Music and GRAMMY-nominated and multiple Dove Award-winning producer/songwriter/fellow artist Ian Eskelin. "Through the last year or so, there has been a lot of chaos going on in our world," observes Owens. "It's incredibly easy to look around us and instantly become anxious and fearful at all that we see. But there is a hope that I have found that is stronger than the enemy that tries to intimidate us; His name is Jesus." The album's just-released lead single, "Lion," takes the chaos of the past year head-on, reminding us to move forward no matter how insurmountable one's surrounding circumstances may seem. "This song has driven me by the truth that our King[...]

  • Phinehas Announces Upcoming Album
    on July 22, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Christian metalcore band Phinehas recently announced their fifth studio album. The album will be titled The Fire Itself and will be releasing on August 27. The band accompanied the announcement by dropping their first single, "In the Night." This will be the band's second record release with Solid State Records, after previously being with Artery Records and Red Cord Records. You can pre-order The Fire Itself by clicking here. "The Fire Itself, our newest album, is available for pre-order now and will be out everywhere on August 27," the band shared. "Physical pre-orders are live now with a ton of merch options, vinyl, CDs, and a deluxe digital edition featuring instrumentals and guitar stems." Fans have come to love Phinehas through their ten years together as a band. Phinehas has quickly become one of the best and well-known metalcore bands in both mainstream and Christian[...]

  • Matt and Sarah Hammitt Celebrate 20th Anniversary
    on July 21, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recently, Matt Hammitt and his wife Sarah celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Matt Hammitt is most notably the former lead singer of Sanctus Real. After finding himself in one of the most popular Christian bands of the early 2010s and racking up multiple GRAMMY & Dove Award nominations, Matt departed the band to lead his family and focus on his growth as a father, husband, & man of faith. "Sarah, I'm so grateful we've braved the lows together, and am beyond blessed by all of our victories, including this milestone anniversary we celebrate today," Matt posted in a beautiful tribute to his wife. "I'm amazed at how God is making a masterpiece of our humble marriage and using our messes to help others. I love you, and I'm so thankful we're in this together. The next 20 years will be beyond epic. I just know it."[...]

  • Crowder Featured on 'Trevor Talks' Podcast
    on July 21, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Crowder shares an honest look at his life's story in the latest episode of the Trevor Talks podcast. The worship leader is still fresh off the release of Milk & Honey, his third album to top the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. In his appearance on the Trevor Talks podcast, Crowder shared a little bit about the process of writing a monumental album while in quarantine. He also took listeners into a rare look behind the scenes of his childhood, which he spent in rural Texas. "We lived out in the country, wound up with a bit of land that had horses and cows," Crowder recalls. "It was a great childhood. My parents were super devout in their faith." Although he remembers days when the money was tight, he looks back on his childhood without regret. Crowder remembers starting to help his[...]

  • Sarah Reeves Pens New Single
    on July 21, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Curb Word Entertainment pop artist and songwriter Sarah Reeves premiered her poignant new song, "Years," over the weekend. The track, which Reeves penned at the height of the global pandemic, is a hopeful ode to an unprecedented year. You can listen to "Years" by clicking here. "Last year in quarantine, I decided to sit down and write out my feelings," shares Reeves of the resilient track. "I felt the heaviness of the world, yet I knew it wouldn't last forever. The hope would come, and we would look back with stories to tell. On the other side of it, I decided to have the song produced and that became 'Years.'" "These are the days we'll talk about for years," Reeves reflects as she places a lyrical timestamp on this moment in history collectively endured around the world. Produced by Mokita, the introspective song was[...]

  • Fires Impacts Radio for Over A Year
    on July 21, 2021 at 1:00 am

    "Fires," the empowering single from BEC Recordings artist and songwriter Jordan St. Cyr, has made an astounding debut at radio. While appearing on the Billboard Christian Airplay charts for 45 weeks and climbing to No. 5, "Fires" has been played on major networks and stations for more than a year, reaching 7.7+ million people a week. Written by St. Cyr, "Fires" is one of the featured songs on his recently released EP, Be My Defender. Fans will get the opportunity to hear the song live when he's out on tour this fall. Official details will be announced shortly. St. Cyr co-wrote "Fires" with Micah Kuiper and Krissy Nordhoff two years ago after attending a Tin Pan South event in Nashville. He was inspired by a young man named Nathan who also attended the event while working as the evening's valet. Nathan was so touched by[...]

  • Bear Rinehart Featured on 'Country Faith Radio'
    on July 20, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recently, Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE joined Hillary Scott on Country Faith Radio and talked about writing differently during the pandemic, their new album Into The Mystery, collaborating with Ellie Holcomb and Carrie Underwood, and more. "I think I wrote 75 or 80 songs over the pandemic time, just by myself, which I just haven't done that in so long," Bear shared. "And really, it allowed me to get back into that childlike thing that music really is, just being in the moment with it." You can listen to Bear Rinehart on Country Faith Radio now by clicking here.[...]

  • John Cooper Hints New Music
    on July 20, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recently, John Cooper announced to Blabbermouth.net that new music from Skillet will be releasing this year. He said that the songs were born out of COVID and a population questioning their faith during that time. This isn't Cooper's only project bouncing off of these ideas. Earlier this year, he released his book Awake and Alive to Truth which dove into the search for truth in a chaotic world. Cooper has always been very outspoken about his faith, and funneling this into music is a core part of Skillet. "All things were created by God," Cooper said in response to a question of whether rock music is from the Devil or not. "So instead of thinking that the Devil owns a genre of music, I would say capture that music and bring it back into subjection under the lordship of Christ." Cooper went on[...]

  • Awakening Events Announces 2021 KLOVE Christmas Tour
    on July 20, 2021 at 1:00 am

    This week on social media, Awakening Events announced the 2021 KLOVE Christmas Tour. The tour will be featuring Casting Crowns, Mac Powell, CAIN, Dante Bowe, and Jordan St. Cyr. "OH MERRY CHRISTMAS," CAIN posted on Instagram. "We've been waiting to tell you, but we can't wait anymore! Are we coming to your city!?" Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 23, at noon (ET). You can save 20% on your tickets by using the code INSIDER through August 2. A list of tour dates is below. December 1 Atlanta, GA December 2 Richmond, KY December 3 Augusta, GA, December 4 Pensacola, FL December 9 Evansville, IN December 10 S. Barrington, IL December 11 Toledo, OH December 12 Woodbridge, VA December 16 Lubbock, TX December 17 Grand Praire, TX December 18 Corpus Christi, TX[...]

  • Bethel Music Announces Signing of New Worship Leader
    on July 19, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recently on social media, worship group Bethel Music announced the signing of worship leader Zahriya Zachary to their collective. "Your heart for worship is bold and bright," Bethel Music posted about Zahriya. "We are so excited to come alongside your joy and be led by your purity of heart in worship." Zahriya Zachary is the latest artist to join the Bethel Music Collective following David Funk, Dante Bowe, and Brandon Lake in recent years. Bethel Music will also be hitting the road this summer with Chris Tomlin & Kari Jobe at the dates listed below. Click here to get tickets. August 13 Cedar Rapids, IA August 14 Detroit, MI August 15 Milwaukee, WI August 19 Rogers, AR August 20 Oklahoma City, OK August 21 Austin, TX August 22 Beaumont, TX August 27 Charlotte, NC[...]

  • Stephen McWhirter Signs to Lula Street Records
    on July 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Recently on social media, worship artist Stephen McWhirter announced that he signed a record deal with Lula Street Records. "God is doing some pretty awesome stuff," Stephen posted. "Love the spirit-led heart behind Lula Street Records which is doing distribution through Integrity Music and INSANELY EXCITED to release the new album in the fall." Stephen McWhirter was part of the band Iron Bell Music, and recently he started branching out into a solo music career. In June, Stephen released a new 4-track EP titled Hymns Session, and it's available now wherever you get your music. You can share your congratulations with Stephen now on his social media pages![...]

  • Michael W. Smith Mourns the Loss of His Mother
    on July 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Last week, Michael W. Smith shared on social media that his mom, Barbara Smith, passed away. "I watched my mom take her final breath as the song 'All Is Well' ended. Exact same thing happened when my dad crossed over in November 2015," Michael posted. "A bittersweet day... But so thrilled for my mom. She is extraordinary on so many levels. And what an amazing mom she was to my sister Kimberly and me. And an amazing grandmother, great grandmother... And friend to so many. I will miss her terribly. Grateful to all of you who prayed for me and my family during this time. Love to all." Please join us in praying for him and his family during this time. You can share your condolences with Michael and his family on Facebook or Instagram.[...]

  • Newsboys Announce the End of Newsboys UNITED
    on July 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    In a recent post on Instagram, the Newsboys announced the official end to Newsboys UNITED. Newsboys UNITED is made up of Peter, Phil, Tait, Duncan, Jeff, and Jody. Following their summer shows, Phil and Peter will be pursuing their own paths apart from the band. Newsboys will then consist of the latter four members for all upcoming tours and albums. The band expressed what a wonderful season the last four years have been as Newsboys UNITED. They continue on to say, "Coming together as a UNITED family is something we will forever be grateful for." They also hinted at new music coming soon. The final shows of Newsboys UNITED are listed below. You can get tickets by clicking here. July 29 Bon Aqua, Tennessee (Lifest Music City) August 6 Duluth, Minnesota August 7 Albert Lea, Minnesota August 13[...]

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