Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bethel Music’s Latest Opens Strong, Paves Way for Southeast Tour

BethelBethel Music, the worship music and community of songwriters emerging from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, announces a nine-city, four-state “Worship Nights” tour to begin Feb. 9 in Charlotte, NC. The tour will feature Bethel Music worship favorites and new music from We Will Not Be Shaken, which releases this week amidst 5-star acclaim and has already perched at the top of the Christian & Gospel iTunes chart while hitting No. 2 and No. 10 on the overall iTunes Top Albums chart with the Deluxe Edition and digital album respectively.

Derek Minor’s “Empire” Races to #1

DerekMinor2015 has already launched as a pinnacle year for acclaimed rap artist, producer,and entrepreneur Derek Minor.  As co-owner and CEO of Reflection Music Group (RMG), Minor is poised to impact the market with releases from an impressive roster of groundbreaking artists who share his musical vision, including Canon, Deraj, Tony Tillman, B. Cooper, & Chad Jones.  Today, Minor unveiled his new album, EMPIRE, via RMG, and is preparing to kick off a two month run on the “From Now Until Forever” tour.  

Integrity Signs WorshipMob, Aims for March Debut Album

WorshipMobIntegrity Music announces the signing of WorshipMob, the Colorado collective of worship leaders and musicians who have connected with a global audience through 54,000 YouTube channel subscribers to date and over 9 million views of their impassioned, organically-produced videos.

Review: Rapture Ruckus – Invader Vol. II

RaptureRuckusWith MC Rapture (Brad Dring) leading the charge, New Zealand imports Rapture Ruckus have been steadily making a name for themselves since the release of the self-titled debut in 2010. Their last record, Invader Vol. I, snagged two GMA Dove Award nods for best hip hop album and song and this latest installment, the appropriately named Invader Vol. II, is bound to follow suit with its high energy, tight beats, and smooth flow.

Review: Sweet & Lynch – Only to Rise

SweetandLynchYou have to have been living under a rock for the past several years to have not noticed our current trend of celebrating all things retro. Whether it’s the revival or remake of your favorite 80s franchises like “The Karate Kid” or “Transformers,” the ironic mustache the barista is sporting at your local coffee shop, or “The Goldbergs” on point depiction of life in the 80s, you can be sure that old school vibes are in full effect. That same celebration has trickled down into the music world as well, with old soul artists like Sam Smith rising to the top of the charts and powerhouse Taylor Swift even naming her latest record, “1989,” in full celebration of the time. Now, rockers Michael Sweet (Stryper) and George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken) are set to capitalize on the trend by joining forces as Sweet & Lynch with their debut record, Only to Rise.

Review: I Am They – I Am They

IAmTheyThere’s a certain freshness to the self-titled debut from Carson City, Nevada’s I Am They that makes for a very welcome listen. Composed of rich acoustic tones blended together with contemporary elements, warm vocals, and vertically aimed lyrics, the band is set to be among one of the hottest rising acts this year.

Review: Bethel Music – We Will Not Be Shaken

BethelMusicFor the past several years, the music ministry of Bethel Church, helmed by Brian and Jenn Johnson, has been steadily building a platform as one of the most compelling praise and worship collectives around. And the latest offering from Bethel, We Will Not Be Shaken, finds the ministry taking another solid step forward and releasing what may well be their finest release to date.

Rapture Ruckus Unveil Invader Vol. II Tomorrow

RaptureRuckusBEC Recordings’ and New Zealand native Rapture Ruckus will be releasing their new digital EP, Invader Volume II, tomorrow Tuesday, January 27.

Big Daddy Weave Travels to Cambodia with World Vision

BigDaddyWeaveOn January 11th, Big Daddy Weave embarked on a trip to Cambodia with World Vision, where they saw first-hand the work that World Vision is doing and the services they are providing

Peterson Readies for a Busy 2015

AndrewPetersonAward-winning author and Dove-nominated artist Andrew Peterson is gearing up for a busy 2015 that is as diverse as the multiple talents that Peterson has to offer.