Monthly Archives: September 2016

Matt Redman to Light Up “These Christmas Lights” on Oct. 21

mattredmanDebuting the first Christmas album of his career, 2X GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman will unveil These Christmas Lights on October 21. Filled with powerful and diverse collaborations, featured artists on the album include longtime friends Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Tomlin and Tasha Cobbs.

Review: Planetshakers Band – Overflow

planetshakersRecorded live earlier this year at their annual spring conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Planetshakers Band returns with Overflow, a fifteen track album aimed at the praise and worship crowd. With main man Joth Hunt leading the charge, the album provides high energy jams alongside quieter moments of reflection. Sure, that’s the formula for most worship projects these days but Planetshakers delivers their brand of worship with a healthy dose of funk, which truly sets them apart.

Review: Jonathan David & Melissa Helser – Beautiful Surrender

jonathandavidmelissahelserSurrender is typically seen as a negative within the thinking of our world, the term indicating the defeat of one against another, evoking thoughts of failure and more. Yet, within the Christian faith, surrender is seen in a wholly different light, one of positive encouragement as believers are challenged to lay down not only their burdens but their lives before the conquering Christ. Of course, the beautiful caveat is that in losing our lives we are bound to find them and it’s this truth which provides the heartbeat of Bethel Music’s latest act, Jonathan David and Melissa Helser, and their debut for the label, Beautiful Surrender.

Review: The Neverclaim – Encounter: A Live Worship Experience

neverclaimFrom the first swelling refrains of The Neverclaim’s Encounter: A Live Worship Experience, one is reminded of a youth camp worship experience, with full-bodied songs that burst with energy and excitement, framed by vertical lyrics sung with passion and earnest fervor. It’s the type of musical experience one associates with unbridled enthusiasm and belief and that’s just the case with this latest from the pop/rock outfit.

The Neverclaim Drop Live Worship Record Today to Widespread Praise

neverclaimAcclaimed pop/rock/worship band The Neverclaim releases its first full-length live worship album, Encounter: A Live Worship Experience, today (Sept. 30) amidst acclaim from Radiate Music. Recorded live at the Franklin, TN-based Vineyard Church just outside of Nashville, the album was produced by the band’s Jeremiah Carlson (lead vocals), Mitchell Maldonado (guitar/keys), Chuck Hill (bass) and Beji George (drums), and expresses the band’s story of being broken people who are now a testimony to the extravagant love, grace and goodness of God.

Laura Story Releases New Single, “Open Hands,” Featuring Mac Powell

laurastoryWith notable hits like “Mighty To Save” and “Blessings,” GRAMMY® winning songstress Laura Story is releasing “Open Hands” featuring fellow GRAMMY® winner Mac Powell of Third Day to radio along with iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify. The song will be found on her fifth album of the same name releasing in Spring 2017. The worship leader and author penned the latest worship-focused song with her notable reflection, vulnerability and personal honesty.

Review: Tanya Godsey – Love Lines The Last Horizon

tanyagodseyWhen fear, frustration, and darkness threaten to derail us and the beliefs that we’ve held so closely, it’s easy to lose focus and gradually wander away from, and even forget what our focus should be. Fear, light, and darkness are among the topics explored in detail throughout Tanya Godsey’s third and latest independent release titled Love Lines The Last Horizon.

Ivan Parker Adds Another “Favorite Soloist” Award to His Mantel

ivanparkerDifference Media recording artist Ivan Parker was named Favorite Soloist at the 2016 Singing News Fan Awards, held this week during NQC (National Quartet Convention) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Marking his 14th Favorite Soloist honor, Parker has received a total of 32 Singing News Fan Awards during his acclaimed three-decade career.

NewSong Prepares for “The Best Christmas Ever!”

newsongThe Best Christmas Ever!, the third full-length holiday release from GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, is set to bow October 21 from HHM Records/Word Distribution. Featuring 10 favorites from the group’s best-selling projects The Christmas Shoes (2001) and The Christmas Hope (2006), The Best Christmas Ever! also showcases five newly recorded songs: the title-cut and lead single (co-witten by NewSong’s Eddie Carswell and Matthew West), a duet with Love & The Outcome’s Jodi King; “This Christmas”; “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”; “My Heart’s With You,” featuring Bethany Cruz; and “The King Is Born,” spotlighting NewSong’s Matt Butler on cello.

StowTown Artists Score Big at the 2016 Singing News Fan Awards

stowtownStowTown Records was once again a big winner during the 2016 Singing News Fan Awards held Wednesday at the National Quartet Convention.