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PHILIPPA HANNA is excited to share the news that she will be taking her new album Come Back Fighting on the road in April for 4 incredibly special events. She says, “These shows are extra special as I’ve joined the very exclusive roster at Marshall Arts, who promote the likes of Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie and Little Mix...I can’t believe they’re promoting my headline shows!!! I’ll be joined by a small ensemble of accompanists on stage and you can expect to hear both established favourites and songs from the latest album. It will also be a great opportunity to hear some of the stories and insights that have inspired my #inspiration365 YouTube blog. If you only come to one event this year, please make sure it’s one of these 4 nights.”

Tuesday 3th April - O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Wednesday 4th April - Night & Day, Manchester

Thursday 5th April - Bush Hall, London

Friday 6th April - Plug, Sheffield

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MercyMe’s landmark album Almost There has been RIAA certified triple platinum (3 million albums sold). In addition, their most recent #1 hit single “Even If” was certified Gold (500,000 singles sold). The multi-platinum selling band will attend Sunday's 60th GRAMMY® Awards where “Even If” is up for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song while their latest chart-topping album Lifer is a contender for Best Contemporary Christian Album.


"In the span of MercyMe’s 23 year career I never would have guessed that we would be celebrating our first hit along with our most recent hit," shares MercyMe's Bart Millard. "We are eternally grateful for all of the support we receive."


The much-anticipated new movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” a true story based on the life of Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song “I Can Only Imagine” after the loss of his father to cancer, opens in theaters Mar. 16, 2018. A new theatrical trailer has been released following 40 million people viewing the teaser trailer. Carrying the same name, Millard’s first memoir is available for pre-order now and on-sale Feb. 13, 2018. The book chronicles the unexpected journey of his life and the divine inspiration behind the mega-hit song, delivering a message of hope to those who seek reassurance in the face of despair.


The "MercyMe Live" Tour will unite the band with Tenth Avenue North alongside Tim Timmons for a three month stretch where the line-up will visit over 20 markets including Dallas, Nashville, Minneapolis, Atlanta and more. For the latest information on MercyMe, visit www.MercyMe.org


GRAMMY-nominated pop hitmakers BUILDING 429 are back with new music in 2018! Mid-January saw their new single "This Place"  released to iTunes and all online retailers. This is the first taste of new music since Building 429's acclaimed Unashamed album in 2015. You can hear "This Place" streaming at https://youtu.be/rVoWUuFERD8


BRAD & REBEKAH’s Sound Of Heaven will debut on Feb. 16, marking the couple’s seventh album in their 10 year-journey as a worship duo. The forthcoming record stemmed from a four-year trek of asking around 50 pastors nationwide what is needed in the worship songs of the church. The topics that came back in response ranged from obedience and surrender to brokenness and healing. The most common theme that emerged, however, was identity.

“That’s the biggest thing we’ve seen come through this album: this concept of declaring, knowing and understanding our identity in Christ,” shares Brad. “Only when we know who Christ is can we understand our own identity.”

Though unique in its theme, Brad + Rebekah’s latest work is consistent with their previous albums’ thoughtful, passion-provoking worship songs steeped in theology. The duo explains that the Sound Of Heaven is the people of God. "These songs are a declaration of the desire to walk in the identity of Christ and be the audible and visible Sound of Heaven," adds Rebekah.


Lauren Budnick and Brooke DeLeary of the faith-forward pop duo LOVECOLLIDE announce their third full-length album, Tired Of Basic, which is set to independently release April 13 on ABS Entertainment, LLC with global distribution for the first time through The Fuel Music.

Having spent their young lives working to buck trends, sisters Lauren and Brooke intentionally defy cultural norms with an “all-in,” risky faith that has led to cameo appearances in the film God’s Not Dead 2, a Nashville TV series trailer, a Hayley Orrantia music video and more, as well as sparked tours coast-to-coast and events with some of Christian music’s best-known artists. With Tired Of Basic, the girls continue to shatter expectations, recording a soundtrack that is meant to be a revolution against boredom, mediocrity and status quo living.


GRAMMY winner and worship leader CHRIS TOMLIN  rang in the new year with new music. Of the single “Resurrection Power”, Tomlin says "I can’t think of a better song at the start of the year than a song about new life declaring 'The old is gone, the new is here!'," he explained. "I believe this song is going to give so much hope to people as it presents the victory Christ offers us." View the video here https://youtu.be/AxH8Q8ue65o


Gospel music lovers around the globe celebrated the musical genius of the Father of Contemporary Gospel Music, EDWIN HAWKINS as news of his passing permeated social media. Hawkins passed after a brief illness on January 15th. Hawkins’ reworked arrangement of the hymn Oh Happy Day for the recording of the Northern California COGIC State Youth Choir catapulted the choir to stardom and birthed the Edwin Hawkins Singers. In a career that spanned some 50 years, Hawkins appeared in the movie Leap of Faith while Oh Happy Day was featured in Sister Act 2 and covered by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples and countless others.


February sees the release of 'The Difference' album by worship man SAMUEL LANE. The project was produced by Bobby Hartry. The press release says; "Five years on from Samuel's 2013 critically acclaimed debut album 'The Fire', Lane and Vineyard Worship UK & Ireland release the follow up album, 'The Difference'. The story is one of looking to Jesus. When we fall short, he offers his hand. When we are weak, he is our strength. When we fail, he is the difference. Each song has been crafted with the same intensity and rawness as has become fitting for a Samuel Lane record, and the songs are sure to encourage listeners to deepen their relationship with God and desire more intimacy with him."


This year’s BIGCHURCHDAYOUT Festivals take place over 2 weekends. 26-27th May is held at Wiston House in West Sussex, while 1-2nd June is at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. Artists due to appear at both venues include Travis Greene, Crowder, Kari Jobe, Martin Smith, Matt Redman, For King and Country, and Brit Nicole. Full details at https://bigchurchdayout.com


Gospel singer/songwriter GARETH HIDES will be playing a free gig in West London on Thursday evening, 22nd February at the Viaduct Pub in Hanwell. This will be to launch Gareth's new EP, "We Will See." Doors open at 7:30pm. Dave Mwaniki will also be playing a set of originals and covers. Gareth’s previous release “All the People” was named NFN’s Album of the Month in February 2015.


Grammy-nominated, groundbreaking singer-songwriter BRIAN COURTNEY WILSON shares new music with the release of “A Great Work,” the debut single and title track from his first new album in 3 years, A GREAT WORK, to be released by Motown Gospel in March 2018.

Wilson’s purpose-driven lyrics and evocative music are his hallmark. “A Great Work,” is a marvelous and deeply thoughtful song that inspires us to strive for greatness and speaks to God’s faithfulness, while tapping into a much-needed message.

“The song, ‘A Great Work,’ is intended to inspire you to keep planting your seed of faith for a harvest of greatness,” explained Wilson. “Life can be filled with many twists, turns, and attacks on your spirit. I want to encourage you to endure, believing that the great things you plant for today will matter for generations to come.”


Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor MICHAEL W. SMITH announces the first leg of his “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour.” Presented by Compassion International and featuring special guest Nathan Tasker, the tour launches March 8 in Rochester, MN and traverses the Eastern half of the US into 18-plus cities through mid-May before wrapping up May 5 in Lancaster, PA.

While on tour, Michael will perform fan favorites from his extensive repertoire along with “A Million Lights,” “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” and more new music from two, all new full-length albums releasing back-to-back in February from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music: both his USA Today and Yahoo! Music-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23).


Award-winning Christian group BIG DADDY WEAVE  performed live on stage at historic Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday, January 27th with an orchestra and 250 Big Daddy Weave fans joining them in the choir.

Known for their number one radio hits including "Redeemed," "My Story" and "The Lion and the Lamb," their appearance at the iconic performance hall saw them joined by 250 Big Daddy Weave fans from across the country singing in the choir. The choir members spent the day before the performance in rehearsals with the group leading up to the Saturday evening performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

Big Daddy Weave’s performance not only kicked off their 55 city Jesus I Believe tour in support of their climbing radio hit of the same title, but also begins a year which sees the group celebrating its 20th year as a band.


THE SYCAMORES, a Boone County, W.Va.-based Americana gospel band, have released their debut album Traveling Mercy. The album, which features nine original songs and one reimagining of a gospel classic, is the culmination of three years of work for group co-founders and songwriting partners Jessica Kirk and Zack Harold.

“We’re overjoyed to be able to release this music to the public, after spending so much time working on the album,” said Harold. “We poured our hearts into writing, arranging and recording the songs. I’m confident that will shine through when folks are able to hear ‘Traveling Mercy’ on their earbuds and car stereos.”


Country music singer LARI WHITE passed away on Tuesday (Jan 23) after a brief bout with cancer.  She was 53 years-old.  The singer rose to fame in the 1990s with country hits such as "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," and "That's How You Know." Her most recent project, the pair of EPs Old Friends and New Loves, was released in Feb. 2017 and marked her 25th anniversary as a recording artist. The sets feature appearances by Delbert McClinton, Suzy Bogguss and Lee Roy Parnell.


Celebrated worship leader LINCOLN BREWSTER, known for church and radio favourites like “There Is Power,” “Today Is The Day” and “Let The Praises Ring,” releases his first new music in over three years with the single “No One Like Our God.” The track, which is available to radio and through all major digital platforms, is the first release from Lincoln following his critically acclaimed 2014 album Oxygen. “No One Like Our God” is also the first track from a new project – his 10th album – in production and set for release March 2018.

Lincoln, a senior pastor for Bayside Church near Sacramento, California, penned the song with worship team members Corbin Phillips and Taylor Gall, working with producer Colby Wedgeworth (Colton Dixon, Laura Story, Tenth Avenue North), who will also co-produce the new album.


Blackberry Records has announced the signing of talented female vocalist KEYLA RICHARDSON, announced recently by Doug Williams, President of Blackberry Records. The label is gearing up to release Richardson’s debut single, “Believe,” slated to hit all digital and streaming outlets March 2018.

“Believe” is a powerful song with a positive message that is so needed in today’s society. Produced by the award winning team of Doug Williams and Stan Jones, Keyla’s vocal abilities were captured with a soulful feeling that is undeniably breathtaking.


Her extraordinary talents were first discovered when she and three of her friends sung an accapella version of the song “Hold On” that went viral and garnered more than ten million views. Shortly thereafter, Doug Williams and Co-Producer Stan Jones saw her perform live in a small town in Georgia and was mesmerized by her stage presence, delivery and poise . Doug was on the phone a few days later talking to her father about the possibility of her becoming a part of the Blackberry Records family.

“After being involved in the music industry for nearly sixty years, it’s not very often that I am completely blown away the first time I hear an artist perform live”, states Doug Williams. “However, such was the case when I first heard Keyla Richardson perform. I simply could not believe the anointing and the power that was flowing from this young woman, not to mention her extraordinary vocal abilities and voice control. Instantly, I could tell that she had an amazing destiny in front of her. Therefore, I am truly honoured to have her as a part of the Blackberry Records family and so excited to see where God is getting ready to take her.”



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