Monthly Archives: October 2015

Kutless’ Latest Is Now Available for Pre-Order

KutlessKutless recently announced that their new studio album Surrender will be releasing November 13 with BEC Recordings. The band’s forthcoming album is now available for pre-order, which includes the debut single “Bring It On” as an instant download.

Manafest Works Toward Bringing Awareness to the Epilepsy Foundation

ManafestSinger/rapper/songwriter/author/skater Manafest is using his platform as an international recording artist to bring awareness to, and support for, the Epilepsy Foundation.

Stryper Holds Strong on the Charts with “Fallen”

StryperWith the October 16th release of their ninth studio album,Fallen, Stryper continues to dominate the hard rock/heavy metal scene.

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular Returns with Headliners for King & COUNTRY, Matthew West

WinterJamContinuing an unprecedented reign as one of the world’s largest tours and Christian music’s biggest annual tour, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular announced its highly-anticipated 2016 line-up earlier this evening at Nashville’s Sudekum Planetarium.

The Oak Ridge Boys Celebrate Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame

OakRidgeBoysGroundbreaking vocal group, The Oak Ridge Boys, became one of the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a star-studded emotional Medallion Ceremony on October 25, 2015. Considered country music’s most prestigious event, the ceremony is the official induction of new Hall of Fame members.

Review: Hillsong Worship – Open Heaven / River Wild

HillsongWorshipThe music of Hillsong was born out of the church’s yearly conferences (beginning in the 80’s) in Sydney, Australia. As a result, the names Darlene Zschech and Reuben Morgan have become well known around the world for songs like “Shout to the Lord,” “I Give You My Heart” and “Mighty to Save.” So it’s probably no surprise that since 1994, every Hillsong Live worship album has reached gold status in Australia. Open Heaven/ River Wild, featuring worship leaders Aryel Murphy (Hillsong L.A.), Chris Davenport (Hillsong NY) and Reuben Morgan (Hillsong London) actually marks a first in the long list of Hillsong’s albums in that it’s the first to be recorded in it’s entirety, at the annual live conference with over 25,000 in attendance.

Gaither Vocal Band’s “Christmas Collection” Rings in the Holidays at #1

GaitherVocalBandThe GRAMMY® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band has just released a special Christmas Collection (Gaither Music Group) recording, which debuted at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Amanda Cook’s “Brave New World” Continues Bethel Music’s Run of Success

AmandaCookBethel Music,the worship music and community of songwriters emerging from Bethel Church in Redding, CA, released the debut solo album from artist Amanda Cook, Brave New World, Sept. 25. The album quickly soared to the top of Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart (dated Oct. 17) amidst critical acclaim, while landing at No. 20 on the overall Billboard Top 200 with more than 19,000 albums sold. Brave New World also hit No. 1 on the UK Official Charts Christian & Gospel Albums chart.

Review: Nicol Sponberg – Awake My Soul

Awake_My_Soul_FINAL_5-5-15It’s one of those voices that’s truly unmistakable. Smoky, nuanced, and completely beautiful, it’s nearly impossible to mistake Nicol Sponberg’s voice for anyone else when she’s singing. And while it’s been a long time since Sponberg has stepped into the recording studio, she should be welcomed back with arms wide open as she offers up Awake My Soul, a solo collection of classic hymns that is right in her wheelhouse.

Review: John Mark McMillan – Live At The Knight

JohnMarkMcMillanLive albums can be a bit of a slippery slope. While some artists manage to nail it in the studio, live albums face the possibility of showing their weaknesses, the multiple takes, vocal layering, and world of AutoTune left behind while they lay it all on the line before a live crowd. Yet, even with those risks, nothing quite matches the energy of a live performance, capturing the energy and passion that only a concert being enjoyed and participated in by hundreds of people can bring. And on John Mark McMillan’s Live At The Knight, he mines that energy for all its worth and delivers one of the better live releases to come along in a while.