Monthly Archives: December 2013

John Mark McMillan Readies “Borderland” for March Release

John Mark McMillanAcclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan is gearing up for the independent release of his fourth studio album titled Borderland on March 4, 2014.

Skillet Heads Back to the U.S., Announces New Tour Dates

SkilletPlatinum and GRAMMY®-nominated rockers Skillet are back on U.S. soil after firmly making their mark overseas following a massive European fall tour with Nickelback where crowds demanded encores, and six back-to-back sold out headline shows in Russia, including over 6,000 screaming fans in Moscow.

Review: Various Artists – Christmas: Joy to the World

CentricityThe Centricity Music stable of artists isn’t one known for big, splashy acts. Rather, the artists couched on the Centricity label are more known for their quiet, steady approach to their craft, boasting solid singer-songwriters like Andrew Peterson and Jason Gray as well as bands such as Canadian imports Downhere. This past year has seen that musical family grow as Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle, Unspoken, and Carrolton have come under the label’s wings and this holiday season they lend their talents to the simply titled Christmas: Joy to the World.

Review: August Burns Red – Sleddin’ Hill

Sleddin'_HillWhen most people think of Christmas music, they probably aren’t thinking about heavy metal power chords or pounding drums. But after metalcore band August Burns Red released a few holiday instrumentals to a warm reception, they decided to put together a full-length album called Sleddin’ Hill.

Schlitt Set to Appear on TBN’s “Praise the Lord Christmas Special”

SchlittGrammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt joins a cast of gospel music entertainers when he appears as a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise The Lord Christmas Special, which airs at 7 to 9 p.m. P.T. Wednesday.

Rend Collective Gears Up for the “Campfire” Tour

Rend CollectiveIrish worshippers and Dove Award-nominated band, Rend Collective, are known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community.  That fresh, aesthetic call to worship has gathered together believers for sold out events in cities across the world, most recently in nine cities spanning seven states in the U.S. in November on the band’s “Campfire” tour with Audrey Assad and Bellarive.

Chapman Completes Successful Media Run

Steven Curtis ChapmanFive-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman wrapped a successful media run over the weekend in support of his new album The Glorious Unfolding, his Christmas album JOY and his GRAMMY®-nominated single “Love Take Me Over.”

Review: Seth & Nirva – I Need You EP

SethandNirvaThe chances are very good that you’ve heard the artistry of Seth and Nirva Ready and don’t even know it. For the past decade or so, Nirva has worked as part of TobyMac’s Diverse City collective while Seth has sang background vocals and shared the stage with artists like Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, and Donnie McClurkin, among others. But now, this musical duo is set to venture out from behind the show and is set to step right into the spotlight, bringing their signature sounds to their debut EP, I Need You.

Interview: Future of Forestry

Future of ForestryFuture of Forestry, aka Eric Owyoung and his revolving cast of musical friends, is easily one of the most exciting and inventive acts in the industry. Working through concept EP’s like the Travel series and more, Owyoung has shown remarkable creativity and artistic progression, always pressing forward with his sound. That movement continues on the band’s latest, the Advent Christmas EP, Vol. 3, as Owyoung continues to bring his signature spin to some holiday classics, reworking them into arts that are truly all his own. Soul-Audio recently had the chance to catch up with Owyoung and discuss the challenges of creating a Christmas record, the ups and downs of being a “solo” performer, and what his Christmas holiday looks like this year.

Review: The Hagees – Christmas

HageesThe Hagee family has by and large been more known best for the work of the family patriarch, Pastor John Hagee For years, Hagee has pastored San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church, helming a successful televangelism ministry and authoring numbers of best-selling books. Yet, for all his pastoral roles, Hagee has always boasted a love of music, particularly southern gospel, and he imparted that love to his children and they have long taken that love and talent to the studio, recording several well-received albums over the years. Now, the Texas family is together again and has set their sights on the Christmas season with their latest, simply titled Christmas.