Monthly Archives: September 2013

Jason Castro Releases New Single, Joins West’s Tour

CastroInternationally-recognized singer/songwriter Jason Castro is gearing up for the release of the third single, “Stay This Way,” from his debut Word Entertainment album, Only A Mountain. This week the track ships to radio and will go for adds on October 18th. Castro, after having spent the summer co-headlining a tour with Ryan Cabrera, promoting his appearance in the UP! original movie, “The Perfect Summer,” and visiting Colombia, South America, on an “I am Second” expedition, is hitting the road again this week with Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets for West’s “Into the Light Tour.”

7eventh Time Down Aim for Activism with Their Latest Video

7thA new music video from Kentucky-based 7eventh Time Down features an emotional message from the family of Saeed Abedini, an American pastor, father and husband currently imprisoned in Iran because of sharing his Christian faith.  The video for “Just Say Jesus” – the title track and latest single from the band’s sophomore project which released earlier this month via BEC Recordings – is in support of the Be Heard Project and the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in an attempt to free Pastor Saeed from one of Iran’s most brutal prisons.

Review: Dara Maclean – Wanted

Dara MacleanDara Maclean burst onto the CCM scene in 2001 with her debut, You Got My Attention, and got everyone’s attention with her big, soulful vocals and heartfelt performances. That album led the artist to numerous accolades and acclaim, earning her a New Artist of the Year nod from the GMA as well as the opportunity to tour with some of the industry’s biggest acts. Now, with Wanted, Maclean is out to build on that foundation, adding to her star power with increased maturity and continued vocal prowess.

Maclean’s Sophomore Effort Opens to Rave Reviews

Dara MacleanFervent Records’ soulful vocalist/songwriter Dara Maclean released her sophomore album, Wanted, today to outstanding praise from critics and a Top 5 chart position on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart

Matt Redman’s “Your Grace Finds Me” Draws Praise

Matt RedmanAcclaimed worship leader and two-time GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman has had quite a few reasons to celebrate this year with the success of his impactful song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” Following the highly revered song and album comes his latest project, Your Grace Finds Me out today, September 24.

Scott Stapp Set to Release Sophomore Solo Effort Nov. 5

Scott StappGrammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp releases the deeply personal Proof of Life on Wind-up Records, November 5, 2013.  Proof of Life was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and is Stapp’s second solo album; his first was 2005’s certified platinum, The Great Divide.

David Glenn’s “Relentless” Is in Stores Today

David GlennWorship artist David Glenn’s new album “Relentless” is available in stores today. The album was originally released to digital outlets by Glenn’s own Evident Music label on June 25th, but early buzz led to a distribution deal with Nashville-based Elevate Entertainment, who has now placed the album in stores nationwide.

Wickham’s Latest Grabs Strong Reviews

Phil WickhamCritically acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Wickham has been widely embraced for his compelling vocals and vibrant lyrics, and the release of his latest project The Ascension continues to showcase that. Released today, September 24, The Ascension was inspired by the Songs of Ascent passages found in the book of Psalms.

Elefante’s Pro-Life Video Goes Viral

John ElefanteOn September 16th, former “Kansas” lead singer and GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning songwriter and producer John Elefante released a music video for the song, “This Time,” which was inspired by his adopted daughter Sami’s birth. Posted to YouTube and announced on September 16th, the video quickly went viral, with more than 100,000 views in just the first five days.

Review: Matt Redman – Your Grace Finds Me

Matt RThe task of a worship leader is a difficult one, perhaps more than most would realize. Not only do they have to manage the initial and crucial job of performing good music, focusing on their musicianship and vocal delivery, they also have that added job requirement of setting a tone that helps their listeners to find themselves led to a place of deeper connection with God. It’s a daunting task for anyone and, when you add in the concept of delivering not one, not two, but a whole album’s worth of new material to your audience of eager worshippers, the ante’s upped that much more.

But, if there’s anyone up to the task, it’s longtime worship artist, Matt Redman.