WORLDWIDE RELEASE 4th JANUARY 2019. ‘Wild World’, BARRY TAYLOR’S self-penned and sung contribution to the critically acclaimed and much lauded NINE BEATS TO THE BAR album (Plankton Records. CD, digital & double deluxe vinyl), is built on an old-school R&B vibe that grabs your attention and refuses to let go. On an album packed full of truly great songs, ‘Wild World’ was one of those that lept out and caught the attention of reviewers and radio programme planners alike. It was felt by Barry and the Nine Beats team that revisiting the track and remixing it would help with the up-coming promotional work in mainland Europe and the orginal album producer, and noted remixer, Tony Bean went back into the studio and created this brilliant ‘Euro’ remix which is now being released Worldwide right at the start of what is hoped to be an exciting landmark year for the whole NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE project
Barry is a theologian, professor, writer, cultural commentator, artist, musician, composer and famously had a faith epiphany when on the tech crew of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” uber-rock ‘n’ roll tour. As well as being a talented songwriter, he has composed movie soundtracks and produced his own albums.
He travels globally, speaking on issues related to the intersections of theology and contemporary culture. He co-authored A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture and A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity and Entertainment Theology: New Edge Spirituality in a Digital Democracy.
NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE is a collaboration of world class musicians, artists, and songwriters who have come together from different continents, different cities, and different experiences, all on the trail of exploring the ancient wisdom of the Bible sayings known as ‘the beatitudes’. Their album NINE BEATS TO THE BAR is an eclectic soundscape of R&B, soul, rock/pop, acoustic threads, classical, jazz/funk, African vibes, and a hint of gospel. It's a haunting, a cry, a new beat. It's soul, adventure, lament, and rage. It's a love song.
And most of all it's a movement.
RADIATE WORSHIP is excited to announce that their new album titled Come Alive will be releasing on DREAM Worship on February 8th, 2019. Come Alive was recorded in Bergen, Norway - Pinsekirken Tabernaklet Bergen (Tabernacle Pentacostal Church of Bergen) with producer David O. Ramirez (whom also recorded their last two singles: "Victorious" and "Lionhearted".)
"Come Alive is the release that was resonating best in all of the members of Radiate Worship", says frontman Martin Midgård Hagen. "Coming back to the sound where it all started was by far the best choice that we could ever have done".
After an amazing experience with God in Martin’s and Anna’s life, “Trust” came to life, and went on to start something new in the band. Radiate Worship wanted to release an album that urged all listeners to really live life outside the comfort-zone, and not be satisfied with life as one knows it. There’s always more to find in God, there’s always new perspectives that’ll come to light - if one truly seeks God through all aspects of life. Our own-built framework of who God is, is ment to be be pushed to a greater extent. It’s outside our comfort-zone where the real magic happens."
Hawaii's own singer/songwriter VICTORIA is a passionate and soulful singer who has taken the experiences of the last 10 years of her journey and poured it into her first EP which released on November 16th, 2018. Victoria's passion for music was ignited at a young age and is influenced by the performing arts family she comes from. Victoria has been privileged to travel the world sharing her music and has been part of various music projects.
This deeply rooted worship album from Dream Ohana artist Victoria is powerful debut. Fans will quickly realize that Victoria's powerful vocals drive each and every song on this beautiful album.
DEVIN WILLIAMS, a six-time Billboard Top 30 Christian Rock charting artist, has released his latest project Devin Williams with String Quartet today on the heels of his current single Like a Fire capturing the #1 spot as the"Christian Rock Most Added" song on the Billboard charts according to Nielsen BDS.
"As an artist and ultimately as a Christian, I am always looking for ways to connect with more audiences," says Devin. "I've recorded rock, pop and worship albums, but this is the first time I've taken my music and heard it delivered in a classical inspired format. We took some favorites and a couple new songs and arranged them for a quartet and the result was incredible. I am proud to share God's love and words on this project and I hope it not only connects with the fans that have been so supportive throughout my career, but also helps us build an even larger impact with this new sound."
Devin reimagines five of his six Billboard Top-30 Christian Rock hits in this new collection Devin Williams with String Quartet, featuring the lush arrangements of a string quartet. This project is mastered by Brad Blackwood, the Grammy Awardwinning engineer behind projects for Maroon 5, Korn, Skillet, Sara Bareilles & Alison Krauss. In addition, he honors his new dual citizenship status with the release of his first song in Italian Qui Per Te (Here for You).
The 2019 GRAMMY nominees have been announced, and five Southern Gospel artist/groups have been nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound made the list with Clear Skies (StowTown Records), their January 2018 release. The album has been very popular in radio and digital markets, and the first two singles raced to the top of the Singing News chart—“Clear Skies” hitting No. 1 and “Give Me Jesus” reaching the No. 2 spot.
The Isaacs learned of their nomination—their second in two years—shortly after arriving back in the U.S. after a trip to Israel. They are nominated for Favorites: Revisited by Request (Gaither Music Group), produced by The Isaacs and executive producer Terry Bradshaw.
Jason Crabb landed in the top five with Unexpected (Daywind), produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and featuring Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) and Kaya Jones. Crabb’s 2009 debut solo album Jason Crabb earned the singer his first GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album.
The Martins posted on Facebook that they were “overwhelmed and grateful” at the news of their GRAMMY nomination for Still Standing (Gaither Music Group), produced by Gordon Mote. This is the third GRAMMY nomination for the three adventurous siblings, who announced the release of Still Standing just after they went skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in April.
Gordon Mote struck the right chord with his nominated album, Love Love Love (New Haven Records), produced by Wayne Haun and Phil Johnson. Mote is thrilled, but taking it in stride, as he posted on Facebook: “I am shocked, overwhelmed, excited, and that’s just the beginning. … I pray that all of us in this business will continue to do our best to honor God in everything we do. When we hear stories about how the music has encouraged someone to draw close to the one and only true God, that’s the real reward.”
The 61st GRAMMY Awards will take place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.
Dreamers change the world. Dreams are not a distraction. You were custom made by God to answer a unique calling.
“Amazing You”, written by PHILIPPA HANNA offers a year of uplifting, two-minute devotions to remind you of your identity, potential, and value in God. Each day includes a Scripture, inspirational reading, moment of reflection, and prayer. Amazing You will inspire you to leave your comfort zone and be all you can be in God.
CATCH THE FIRE MUSIC, a ministry of Catch The Fire World, releases its debut collective album, Presence (Live From Toronto), Jan. 25 with global distribution for the first time through The Fuel Music. Recorded live at Catch The Fire Toronto and featuring worship leaders from around the world, this full-length album highlights 10-songs that capture the raw, spontaneous, unfiltered worship of the Catch The Fire movement.
Produced by Matt Fish and mastered by Drew Lavyne (Michael W. Smith, Jesus Culture), Presence (Live From Toronto) includes songs written and led by Chris and Summer Shealy, Jonathan and Alice Clarke, GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter Amber Brooks and Steve Tebb.
These worship leaders also uniquely deliver songs written by Martin Smith and Israel Houghton along with four spontaneous, authentic expressions of worship recorded live for the new album.
COUNTRY FAITH : SOUTHERN GOSPEL is the latest addition to the Country Faith series, with an all-star cast of today’s and yesterday’s Southern Gospel legends. Artists featured include: Jason Crabb, The Happy Goodmans, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five, The Crabb Family, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
REAL TRUTH REVIVAL is a newly formed Southern Gospel quartet that seeks an authentic resurgence of life-changing truth through unique, powerful, and inspiring presentations. Comprised of group members Phillip Hughes, Jonathan Price, Ric Mull, Roger Parks, and Keith Rummage, Real Truth Revival (RTR) strives to spread the message of Jesus Christ, the GREATEST MESSAGE EVER TOLD, to a lost and dying world through the exciting harmony of traditional Southern Gospel quartet music. Their new single, “Back to God” is now available. www.realtruthrevival.com
Hailing from a small town in Scotland, JAMIE KIMMETT brings his years as a songwriter to his incredible debut single, “Prize Worth Fighting For”. As he has watched his close friend struggle through disabilities and walking through his own dark time, Jamie was reminded of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Let this song encourage your listeners that no matter how hard life gets to press on because in Jesus, we have a prize worth fighting for. Watch the lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbQ90kYZrI
With over 45 Dove awards, three Grammy awards, and an American Music award, MICHAEL W. SMITH has forever enshrined his mark in the music history books. Smith garnered yet another Grammy nod recently with a nomination for 'Best Contemporary Christian Music Album' for his latest worship effort, 'Surrounded.'
“Celebrating Michael W. Smith” is a once-in-a-lifetime tribute event, promoted by Outback Concerts and produced by Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, friends and fellow musicians will pay tribute to Smith on April 30, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Celebrating his remarkable 35-year career will include Amy Grant, Bob Goff, Brian Littrell from the the Backstreet Boys, CeCe Winans, Chonda Pierce, Danny Gokey, Donnie McClurkin, Francesca Battistelli, The Gatlin Brothers, The Isaacs, Jars of Clay, Jason Crabb, Jim Brickman, Jordan Smith, Jordin Sparks, Justin Flom, Laura Story, Lee Greenwood, Mac Powell, Matt Maher, Matthew West, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Newsboys, The Oak Ridge Boys, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Russ Taff, Sandi Patty, Scott Hamilton, Vince Gill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and the Original MWS Band, Wynonna and more to be announced soon.
Dubbed ‘35 Years of Friends: Celebrating The Music of Michael W. Smith,’ music lovers will experience over 35 artists, from all genres, performing a set list to include many of Smith’s 35 #1 hit singles. In addition, 2018 marks the 35th Anniversary of Smith’s Top 10 single “Friends,” which helped introduce his music to both secular and non-secular audiences.
"Michael is a Christian music icon and we can think of no better way to celebrate him than with this star-studded lineup we have put together,” says Outback Concerts’ Morgan Carney. “It’s going to be an event not to be missed, and will be a fantastic celebration of one of the greats.”
Recording artist and songwriter JOHN WALLER, known for such inspiring hit singles as “Crazy Faith” (featured in the hit box office film, War Room), “While I'm Waiting” (featured in 2008’s No.1 independent film, Fireproof), “As For Me and My House,” “The Blessing” and many more, releases his first new album in three years, Explosions of Light, on Radiate Music Jan. 25.
Produced by GRAMMY-nominated, two-time Dove Award-winning “Producer of the Year,” Ian Eskelin, the new album comes after a season of renewal for Waller.
“After touring extensively for 10 years straight, I settled into a rut. I began to survive instead of thrive. Everything I said from the stage was something God did in the past, but hardly ever what God was doing NOW,” John admits.
Following this period of exhaustion, isolation and even depression, Waller had the opportunity to return to his roots as a worship leader. At the beginning of 2018, he moved with his wife and nine kids (including three adopted children) to Yuba City, CA, accepting a position as worship pastor for the congregation at Hope Point Nazarene.
Southern Gospel greats, THE CATHEDRALS are celebrated with the release of “The Ultimate Collection.” The Cathedral Trio was formed at Rex Humbard’s Cathedral Of Tomorrow Church in Akron, Ohio in 1963. A year later, they added bass singer George Younce and became known as the Cathedral Quartet. They appeared on Humbard’s show until 1969 and then set out on their own, traveling from gig to gig in a converted egg truck until they could afford a real tour bus of their own. Over the next decade, the group became one of the most popular Southern Gospel groups around. In 1977, they won their first Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, and duplicated the feat in 1978, 1979, and again in 1982. In 1977, they won the Dove Award for Male Group of the Year and Best Southern Gospel Album of the Year. During the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, The Cathedrals had a long stream of #1 Southern Gospel hits, many of which are included in this ultimate collection - “Step Into the Water,” “He Looked Beyond My Fault” and “Champion Of Love.” From 1986 through 1990, The Cathedrals were featured at Bill Gaither’s Praise Gathering For Believers, and continued to garner #1 songs and numerous awards and accolades. The Cathedrals continued to tour extensively in large churches and concert halls until their retirement in 1999.
Gary Casto recently announced a major change to TRIBUTE QUARTET. Riley Harrison Clark, who has been with the group for almost nine years, has left the group to pursue a solo career.
For nearly a decade, the talented tenor vocalist has performed with Tribute Quartet, which has earned multiple GMA Dove Award nominations and numerous No. 1 songs. Gus Gaches – a veteran of Gospel music and the recording arts – will fill the tenor vocalist position beginning January 2019.