Monthly Archives: October 2014

Matthew West’s “We Are the Royals” is a Big Hit

MatthewWestWhen the Kansas City Royals baseball team became 2014’s American League champions and headed to the World Series, Matthew West, who happens to be a die-hard Royals’ fan, just had to “do something” about it. Parodying the widely-known hit song “Royals” by Lorde, West recorded his own version of the song by changing the lyrics to celebrate the exciting win for Kansas City. Immediately going viral, the song also received exposure with the city’s television and radio stations.

Skillet Set to Headline the “Winter Jam Tour Spectacular”

SkilletGRAMMY®-nominated platinum-selling rockers Skillet will return to the famed Winter Jam stage to headline the blockbuster tour’s 20th year, it was announced tonight. Reigning as the world’s #1 first quarter tour for four consecutive years, NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular revealed its 2015 line-up and cities during a special event earlier this evening at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café.In addition, the event was webcast by Blue Scout Media’s StageHop.com to thousands attending “Winter Jam House Parties” around the world, where fans had a front row seat to the announcement and special performances by select Winter Jam 2015 artists.

Review: Trip Lee – Rise

TripLeeThere’s a solid foundation that Trip Lee’s latest outing, Rise, provides that isn’t always the case with many hip hop albums, let alone those of any other genre. That’s largely due in part to the artist’s decision to work in tandem with only one producer, enlisting Gawvi to help him see the record through from start to finish. The other factor that continues to work in Lee’s favor is his dedication to not only excellent music, but excellent content and Rise finds him combining both for a powerful listening experience that explores faith and family while challenging listeners to rise against the struggles of the world.

Review: Worship Central – Set Apart

Worship Central_Set Apart CoverSince 2006, Worship Central has been a movement of leaders dedicated to training and raising up a generation of worshippers. Through a series of training events across the world, working outward from their London home base, the collective has touched thousands of lives and continues to press in, seeking to “see the worship life of the local church around the world explode,” as director Tim Hughes explains. And on the collective’s latest recording, Set Apart, the leaders of Worship Central lead by example.

Seth Condrey’s “Worship Sessions Vol. 1” is Available Today

SethCondreyDove Award-winning North Point Music artist Seth Condrey releases a four-song digital EP, Worship Sessions Vol. 1, today. The project, taped on location in Costa Rica where Condrey is working with North Point strategic partner church Openhouse, features worship favorites as well as four accompanying music videos.

Debra Black’s Debut is Quickly Growing on Listeners

DebraBlackSinger-songwriter Debra Black is quickly finding an audience with Christian music fans and churches following the August release of her debut album, God In Every Season.

Review: Chris Tomlin – Love Ran Red

ChrisTomlin“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be the mantra worship leader Chris Tomlin is set to live by on his latest recording, Love Ran Red, and we’re pretty sure that fans are going to be just fine with that. Featuring twelve new songs written by Tomlin and a who’s who cast of songwriters, from Matt Redman, Ben Glover, Jason Ingram and more and produced by Ed Cash, the record is bound to follow in the footsteps of the artist’s 2013 hit record, Burning Lights, and race to number one on the charts.

Review: Jean Watson – Christmas…Not the Way It Seems

JeanWatsonThe Christmas holidays, despite our best efforts, have a tendency to become overwhelming. The rush from party to party, the long lines in the stores, and the relentless traffic to get to those stores are but a few of the hurdles we find ourselves jumping through, literally feeling as though we’re just “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Thus, it’s a pleasant surprise to stumble upon an album like Jean Watson’s Christmas…Not the Way It Seems, an album that manages to capture the mysterious heart and wonder of the holiday with a sense of quiet majesty.

KJ-52’s “Mental” Is His Fastest Selling Ever

KJ52MENTAL, the latest release by six-time Dove Award Winning Christian rap/hip-hop artist KJ-52, has taken off, reaching the number 1 spot on its October 21 release date on the iTunes Christian chart. Perhaps more notably, the album achieved the #23 spot on the overall iTunes Top 100, and is holding steady in the top 10 on the Christian chart throughout this release week. Despite being released as KJ’s first project as an independent artist, MENTAL debuts as the fastest selling album in his fourteen-year career.

Review: Human Nature – The Christmas Album

HumanNatureChristmas music is one of those genres unto itself which, by its very nature lends itself to tons of interpretations. That’s why we can have artists like Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, and Michael Buble all covering the same songs but doing so with their own particular flair. It seems as though, perhaps due to the generosity of the season, that listeners are also open to more diverse tones and textures, perhaps encouraged by familiar source material yet possessed of a longing for something just a bit different.