Recently, it was announced that THE HOPPERS will be honoured with induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The induction is set to take place on October 18, 2018, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The group will be inducted alongside other noted North Carolinians: John Tesh, Chris Daughtry, Dolphus Ramseur, Luther Barnes, Calvin Richardson and Blind Boy Fuller.
“North Carolina has always been home to The Hoppers,” said Connie Hopper. “Our gospel music ministry originated in our home church in Madison,North Carolina in 1957. For over six decades we have presented the message in song and the ministry remains current. We are excited and honored for this induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.”
Shipley based artist, JOHN FROUD, has released his latest album, with the help of Abi Baylis and Cath. “The Mary Songs” tells of the life of Jesus, told through his mother, in words and music. The CD costs £10 & £2 p&p from 2a Norwood Road, Shipley, Yorkshire, BD18 2AZ, UK. Cheques should be made payable to Zephaniah Music.
Integrity Music announces the May 11 global release of Miracle Or Not, the first full-length album from Nashville, Tennessee-based singer, songwriter and worship leader ALISA TURNER. Miracle Or Not follows Turner’s critically-acclaimed, self-titled EP released last summer and her break-out single, "My Prayer For You", which has garnered almost 2 million YouTube views while her songs total over 5 million streams. “I know that You love me, miracle or not.” These hard, faith-filled lyrics anchor the title song and the entire 13-track album, a purposeful choice for Turner who battles chronic pain due to Lyme Disease. She knows the peace and love of God through every struggle and chooses to praise Him all the more.
Jesus Culture's KIM WALKER-SMITH has released a live EP with selections from her 2017 hit solo album, On My Side. On My Side Live (EP) is available now here. Known as one of Christian music's top female worship leaders, Walker-Smith recorded these live versions during her "On My Side" tour last year. Also debuting today is the live video of the song "I Know," which can be viewed below.
As one of the founding leaders of the Jesus Culture movement, Walker-Smith has spent the last 18 years traveling the world leading worship, sharing at conferences and recording numerous live albums with Jesus Culture. Her solo career has been just as well-known with four solo projects including On My Side that received much praise last year. It was this life-changing season along with many other circumstances and events that inspired On My Side that it made sense to record these song selections live on tour.
Iconic US star SNOOP DOG has released a gospel album. The 32-track Bible of Love album, lauded widely among critics, industry peers, and fans - continues to make a strong showing topping the latest gospel charts - where the album is #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart, and #1 on Nielsen SoundScan's Gospel Total Consumption chart for the third week in a row. Delivering dynamic inspiration and messages of love throughout the album, with additional featured guest artists including Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, Rance Allen, The Clark Sisters, B. Slade, John P. Kee, K-Ci, Tye Tribbett, and Kim Burrell.
Worship leader and songstress MARANDA CURTIS released her new album "Open Heaven" on April 27. Recorded live in Delaware, "Open Heaven" reminds the listener that the blessings of God are endless if you submit to him in every way. The album offers an elevated sound that will include styles new to Curtis' well known fare. In her words "You'll hear jazz, traditional and churchy ballads ... all the sounds I grew up singing," Curtis said. "When they listen, I want people to know God is the God of miracles!"
Platinum-selling female trio POINT OF GRACE have released their first full-length recording of hymns and worship songs. Produced and arranged by Kent Hooper and Phillip Keveren, 'Beautiful Name: Hymns & Worship Songs' features such evergreens as "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Blessed Assurance" as well as modern songs like Hillsong Worship's "Cornerstone" and Keith Getty and Stuart Townend's "In Christ Alone".
GARETH DAVIES-JONES has a brand new song "What We Leave Behind" available to download for free from his webstore. He says: “Back in the Autumn last year I accepted a song commission from Christian Aid looking at the principle behind and impact of legacy giving i.e. folks who decide to leave something in their will to further the work of organisations like Christian Aid.I was delighted to pick up the challenge and look positively through music at the difference a gift can make long after we're gone. I hope you find the result uplifting and inspiring. As mentioned the download is available free of charge. However, if you would like, there is an option to make a donation to Christian Aid in response. Thank you!”
Sisters Lauren Budnick and Brooke DeLeary of the faith-forward pop duo LOVECOLLIDE have independently released their third full-length album, Tired Of Basic, amidst acclaim on ABS Entertainment, LLC with global distribution through The Fuel Music.
“These aren't just your average pop tunes – they're pop tunes with a bold purpose,” says NewReleaseToday.com as CrossRhythms.co.uk echoes that the album is “brimming over with radio friendly hooks and lyrics which are a bold statement of faith” and Today's Christian Entertainment adds that “the album is a good one to rejuvenate your faith in a unique way that isn’t just basic.”
With the new single, video and album emerging after a season filled with doubt, loss, depression and uncertainty, LOVECOLLIDE’s Tired Of Basic, produced by Riley Friesen (Family Force 5, Group 1 Crew) and Matt Dally (Superchick, Jamie Grace), is meant to be a revolution against boredom, mediocrity and status quo living.
“That’s the theme, that’s the mission--an extraordinary life,” states Brooke. “Living in a way where you can never be labeled, like Jesus. Starting revival by being the light, being different, showing who Jesus is through us.”
SMALLTOWN POETS are back with their much anticipated eighth studio album titled Say Hello, which will be available worldwide on May 11th, 2018. The album, co-produced by Smalltown Poets and Matt Goldman (Underoath, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Copeland, The Chariot), serves up ten portions of “thinking man’s rock” (as critics have dubbed the Poets’ past works). With ten career top 10 songs to date, the band has a track record of writing radio accessible hits. “With this record, we didn’t set out to write for radio, but there is something special about how the five of us work together,” explains vocalist Michael Johnston.
One of the most recognized groups on the Bill Gaither Homecoming Video Series THE ISAACS will be releasing Favourites: Revisited By Request on June 1 via Gaither Music. The intricate, family harmonies of The Isaacs are a benchmark phenomenon throughout the gospel, country and bluegrass communities. This all-new recording showcases those GRAMMY®-nominated blends as Sonya, Becky, Ben and Lily have re-recorded some of the classic, best-loved songs of their award-winning careers. Featuring "It Is Well (Elisha's Song)," "He Ain't Never Done Me Nothing" and more, this recording honours their rich history performed with the unmistakable talent of the group today.
Expressing concerns over the album title, leading American retail chain Walmart has refused to carry chart-topping rock band STRYPER's new 10th studio album, God Damn Evil. Several Christian retail chains have also objected to the title and declined to carry God Damn Evil in their stores.
"We're disappointed," says STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet. "Stryper has always been about making people think outside the box. Our new album title God Damn Evil is a statement that's needed in our society. We've seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us. Many chains have joined us in making such a statement. Walmart unfortunately has not. The odd thing is of all the chains out there we assumed Walmart would be one to understand exactly what our point and purpose is. Unfortunately not. Although we respect their decision and what's done is done, it's frustrating to see something that's meant for good get misinterpreted and misunderstood."
Christian singer AVERY BLANK has just released her debut single “Unbroken.” Growing up in a small town in Kansas surrounded by a strong faith community, Avery has been singing in church from a very young age. Her grandmother is an accomplished pianist and has instilled and encouraged an inherent love for music. She became more serious about pursuing a career as a CCM artist after attending several camps in Nashville, TN on a vocal track and following God’s lead as opportunities arose.
Blessed with a soulful, raspy voice, Avery has always felt called to utilize her gift to serve others. At only 17 years of age, Avery finds solace in her music and has written and recorded her first single titled Unbroken. The song speaks to everyone about life’s trials, having guilt and shame, God’s forgiveness and his plan of redemption. How we are all beautiful and unbroken in God’s eyes. Watch the lyric video here:
Birthed out of one of the busiest times of her life, JACKIE HILL PERRY will release her sophomore album Crescendo (Humble Beast, Fair Trade Services) on May 11. The rapper, writer, preacher and poet presents a 14-piece collection of musical art that serves to reveal a journey that she has taken personally, spiritually and artistically. Amidst the rich tapestry of sounds, beats and words, the constant thread running through the growth-aligning Crescendo centers on Perry’s sense of brokenness entrusted to God’s care.
“A crescendo should be lowered at some point to grow,” explains Perry. “It needs to include a place of lament. The truth of the Christian walk is weakness: It’s riddled with suffering. I wanted an album that would carry the idea that how, when you grow in faith in Christ, your life gets louder. I wanted to make that connection: Our lives should be a constant crescendo. We should be growing in love for God and our neighbour. This is really a story about what it’s like to grow.”
PERRY LaHAIE has a long-held passion for bringing the gospel to the Muslim world through his work with Frontiers, an international community of people dedicated to inviting Muslims all over the world to follow Jesus.
Though reaching the Muslim world presents great challenges, LaHaie is not discouraged. Indeed, following his participation in the recent Abide and Bear Fruit conference in Thailand, LaHaie is more convinced than ever that the entire Muslim world can be reached with the Gospel of Christ by 2028. Abide and Bear Fruit was sponsored by Vision 5:9, a network of 180 mission organizations from across the globe--all committed to reaching the Muslim world with the Good News. 900 mission leaders gathered at this historic conference.
Now he is encouraging other believers to join him, Frontiers, and Vision 5:9 in praying continuously that 10 percent or more of all Muslims will put their faith in Jesus by 2028.
"This is an amazing day to be alive for the followers of Jesus," says LaHaie. "We get to be part of bringing in this massive harvest. Please step into this movement with me on the last Thursday of each month by fasting and praying for 10% or more of our Muslim friends to be swept into God's family over the next 10 years."
Worship powerhouse team, NEW SPRING WORSHIP and Dove Award winning writer, CHARLEE BUITRAGO have teamed up for the release of their sophomore album together titled Poderoso. The album is releasing to all digital formats today and features Ingrid Rosario on the song "Digno." The album was recorded in studio and with Dream Worship. Featuring the title track "Poderoso" and "Solo Tú Eres Dios", the album is a powerful album sure to encourage every listener.
The word "Poderoso" means "all powerful". When we wrote these songs we were going through a lot in our own church, in our own community, and in my own family but we were encouraged that the God of the universe is on our side. He can still move mountains, He can still calm the seas, He can still do so many things for us. Not just because we need Him but because He loves us. He is all powerful even though we are facing the highest mountains, He is still with us..." - Charlee Buitrago
Listen to the track Poderoso here:
WORSHIP CENTRAL Releases New Song “Stir A Passion", the title track to their forthcoming live album releasing May 18.
Stir A Passion, recorded live by Worship Central at “The Gathering” conference last Autumn. The 11-track album, which was produced by Willie Weeks (Passion, Matt Redman) and Jimmy James (GuvnaB, LZ7), follows Worship Central’s critically acclaimed projects Spirit Break Out, Let It Be Known, Set Apart and Mercy Road.
Founded in 2006 under the auspices of Holy Trinity Brompton, the church known for developing the Alpha Course, Worship Central is a movement of worshippers who want to see the worship of Jesus Christ made central throughout communities, local churches and the world. Their vision is for people to encounter God, for worshippers to be equipped and the Church empowered. Based in Birmingham, UK, with local hub networks in 18 countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia and South Africa, Worship Central has trained, resourced and inspired worshippers from around the world, with thousands attending training events internationally and engaging with the variety of resources created by the Worship Central team .