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After 29 years, THE CROSS RHYTHMS music editorial policy is changing! No longer will it attempt to cover all styles of Christian music, from classical to heavy metal. Rather it will be dedicated specifically to giving in-depth coverage to those styles that make up the sound of our FM community radio and xRhythms media platforms. Meanwhile, NFN will continue to promote all Christian music styles, from grass roots artists, to established record label favourites, and to the mega-church movement.


VERSES have released ‘Neighbour’ - the official track for The Salvation Army’s global mission appeal, across Australia. It is bold, inspiring track and cements VERSES as a rising force in the electronic/pop scene.

The Australian electronic outfit was hand-picked by The Salvation Army Australia to write and produce the official track for the annual Australian missions campaign. The 2019 theme centred on, ‘Be the Change’. VERSES are the first electronic outfit to be asked to produce the iconic track.

VERSES core mission is to bring scripture into song. The scripture Mark 12:31 “...Love your neighbour as yourself” is the inspiration for this track.

Lead vocalist Jessica Clayton explains, “Within The Salvation Army (in Australia) this campaign is pivotal. It is a huge honour and opportunity to be chosen to write the soundtrack. This campaign assists the work of people truly living out the campaign theme, ‘Be the Change’. We wanted to build on that, so we set out to create a track that can challenge and inspire anyone who hears it, at anytime.” And it does! Check out “Neighbour” here: https://youtu.be/XdgnlJNC2tE


Jesus Culture's KIM WALKER-SMITH has released a new song, "Just Be." This song releases in conjunction with her debut book, Brave Surrender: Let God's Love Rewrite Your Story (Zondervan).

"I wrote this song with my friends Mia Fieldes and Jonathan Smith," shares Kim Walker-Smith. "I wanted to write a song that the worship leader wants to put in their setlist and that isn't too complicated. It's a simple song (even a little old school) with a profound message; just be. When you come into the presence of God to worship Him, everything else can wait. There is nothing more important in that moment then just to be with Him and pour out your affection and adoration on the One who is worthy."

As one of the top female worship leaders, Walker-Smith is known for popular worship songs such as "In The River," "How He Loves" and "Love Has A Name." Her most recent album, On My Side, has consumption of more than 65,000 with over 40 Million streams.

Her new book, Brave Surrender, is the story of how she journeyed from a place of shame and fear to stages around the world where she boldly proclaims the unconditional love of God. Through her own story, she inspires readers to experience true freedom and healing with Jesus.

"When we encounter God's love, it changes the way we see," shares Walker-Smith in her book. "And when we learn to see what He sees, we will never be the same again.


TheEDGE, a worship collective from Singapore, has released their new EP No More Hiding (Part 1). The EDGE is the weekly youth service of Victory Family Centre, Singapore. Each week, TheEDGE band leads hundreds of young people in worship, believing that they can encounter the presence of God and be transformed by His power.

"Our heart is to resource young people and youth ministries with tools that will help them worship. Here, you will find links to demos, albums, backing tracks, chord sheets, and other resources that will equip you to go to a new level in your worship."

No More Hiding (Part I) EP was recorded live at Elevate conference and captures many significant moments with God.


Country music superstar BLAKE SHELTON pays homage to God and faith with new song "God's Country." "God's Country" was co-written by songwriter-turned-artist Hardy and 2018 Taste of Country RISERS act Devin Dawson, along with tunesmith Jordan Schmidt.  This is the first single from Shelton's next album. Listen to “God’s Country” here: https://youtu.be/E-L2uITTPv8


Two-time GRAMMY and Dove Award nominee, and Stellar Award winner WILLIAM MURPHY, has released his new live album Settle Here.  The sixth album from the chart-topping recording artist, songwriter, and worship leader, Settle Here features thirteen tracks, illuminated in a transfixing performance of worship and praise.  Produced by Kenneth Leonard and Tasha Cobbs Leonard, the album features the hit single “Settle Here” (Pt. 1) – a #1 hit on Billboard’s Gospel Digital Song Sales chart – “The Rock,” “Worship Forever,” the Zach Williams hit “Chain Breaker,” “Face to Face” (feat. his daughter Keilah Lauren Murphy, Breona Lawrence, Charmaine Broome, and Y’Anna Crawley), and more.

Recorded in two parts at his home and his church The dReam Center Church of Atlanta, Murphy crafted Settle Here to build bridges across denominations, cultures, and generations, aiming to unify listeners, churches, and Christ’s message together.


UK-worship leader ROB WESTALL’s debut album ‘Born to Worship’ is now available on both CD and digital formats. Rob, a former BBC journalist, is focused these days on broadcasting the Good News of the Gospel through his music.

The 12-track album features anthemic, uplifting worship songs all written by the prolific songwriter, who is director of worship at Gateway Church in Abergavenny, South Wales.

The album was recorded with Welsh BAFTA-nominated producer Gary White of Sync Tank Music at his state-of-the-art studio in South Wales, where Rob is based.

“It’s so exciting to finally get these songs out there,” said Rob.

“They have all been prompted and developed out of time spent with God. I’ve simply downloaded what he’s laid on my heart and shared the songs live if directed. “I hope they bless and inspire whoever listens to them and plays them and that ultimately they help draw people closer to God.”


THE GRIFFITH FAMILY is proud to announce the return of Austin and Amber Dash. Amber was a founding member of the group, appearing on the group’s first two recordings. Austin joined the group in January, 2016, and the two later married each other.

The Dashes recently served as worship pastors at Heartland Christian Center in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Lord has guided them back to Nashville where the newly reunited Griffith Family will begin its 2019 Relentless Tour.

The Griffith Family released their latest album, Relentless, on New Day Records in October 2018.

“It’s really cool to have the band back together, so to speak! Great things are in store for sure,” says Tony Griffith. “We will be adding more live instrumental elements in our tour set, which we are all very excited about.”

“Austin and I are thrilled to be back with Tony and Julie Griffith. They’ve remained family while we took time away to start our own family and learn more about music,” says Amber Dash. “We’re excited to see what God has in store for all of us!”



THE BIG CHURCH DAY OUT (BCDO) is the UK’s largest annual gathering of the wider church that creates a space for all denominations and ages to gather each year for two exciting days of worship and celebration. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, everyone is welcome to the join us at the Big Church Day Out for an amazing time away with your friends and family, creating memories together that you will never forget.

The Big Church Day Out celebrates four great passions:


TOGETHERNESS

The Big Church Day Out draws together tens of thousands of Christians from all over the UK and Europe to worship and celebrate all that is good. It’s a one-of-a-kind expression of church unity that’s as vibrant and varied as its wonderful guests. Whatever your age, denomination or musical taste, you are welcome to join us for two days of discovery and enjoyment that you’ll never forget.


MUSIC

Music is the life-blood of the Big Church Day Out, bringing together the most popular line up of Christian artists and worship leaders from all over the globe. All musical tastes are satisfied here, so find your perfect Big Church Day Out soundtrack as you explore five stages, with five unique line-ups. As the rest of the event winds down for the day, the crowds gather by the main stage to worship together as one big family. It really is a little taste of heaven.


FAMILY

The Big Church Day Out is like one huge playground, bursting with activities and fun for all ages. From our Big Church Kids tent and Field of Fun to the relaxing Tea Tent nestled in the beautiful gardens, you’ll be sure to find your favourite spot and make memories that will last a lifetime.


FEASTING

Food brings people together, and the Big Church Day Out is all about togetherness. Pull up a trestle table, choose your dinner from a truly delicious line up of handpicked food vendors and take a moment to soak up the extraordinary atmosphere as you connect with family and friends.


The Big Church Day Out runs from the 25th-26th May, at Wiston House, West Sussex. This year’s line=up includes: Rend Collective, Elevation Worship, Hillsong Young & Free, We Are Messengers, Tauren Wells, and Josh Gauton.

Full details: https://bigchurchdayout.com/south


NEW MUSIC FROM AUTHENTIC MEDIA…..We all evolve and learn. We all come to understand our faith and life with deeper meaning and appreciation. With a rich history of chart-topping albums and singles, TV placements and theme songs, THE AFTERS have risen to new heights with Fear No More. The track "Well Done" has already garnered an amazing response at radio and streaming. This project is brimming with irresistible pop hooks and meaningful heart songs that infuse us with hope for the future filled with faith and expectancy.


After reaching the No. 1 spot on the Singing News chart with “Beat Up Bible,” the DOWN EAST BOYS have claimed No. 1 for the second time with their current single, “Testimony Time.”

From their latest album, One Day In The Past, “Testimony Time” is an an upbeat driving tune written by Sandy Knight that tells of people being unafraid to share what God has done for them.

“Come gather round and spread the news

Tell what the Lord has done for you,

and let the whole world know that God is good.”

“When we first heard ‘Testimony Time,’ we knew it was a song that people needed to hear,” says lead singer Ricky Carden. “It is a song that takes us back to the days of ‘Testimony Time’ in our churches and hopefully challenges people today to share the goodness of the Lord and all he has done in our lives!”


HEAVEN’S MOUNTAIN BAND was formed in February 1986. Having sung at church revivals and gospel meetings, Roger and Deborah Johnson were asked to sing at a local benefit singing, they left that night with requests to sing at other places. Heaven’s Mountain was born. Soon after, they recorded their first major release with The Eddie Crook Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Their first chart song was, "I Feel the Later Rain Coming Down." The next project, "When Children Cry," garnered another Singing News chart hit for them.

Heaven's Mountain Band's primary goal has always been that the lost would be saved and hurting hearts would be lifted up. The smiles and the tears observed when they sing is evidence that people are being blessed and affirms that they are doing what God has called them to do. Heaven's Mountain Band always wants to be anointed by God, and they count it a blessing that God has allowed them to be in His service.

Over the last few years, Heaven’s Mountain Band has established themselves as one of Bluegrass Gospel’s top groups. After eight consecutive #1 songs on the Singing News Bluegrass Charts, they’re back with their latest recording “Most Requested Prayer.”  www.heavensmountainband.net


PROVIDENT LABEL NEWS…..TENTH AVENUE NORTH’S new single “Greater Than All My Regrets” is a vulnerable portrayal that will remind listeners that God’s mercy is greater than any of our past mistakes and failures. For years, Tenth Avenue North has delivered powerful songs that meet listeners where they are, and this song is no different. “Greater Than All My Regrets” will encourage your listeners to experience the freedom that comes when they truly surrender to Him.

“So if I fall and if I fail

I will trust your mercy is greater than all of this

And if I bend and if I break

I'll trust the hands that hold me are greater than all my regrets

You are greater than all my regrets”


You may not be too familiar with the name MALLARY HOPE, but that will change once you hear her debut full-length album Out Of My Hands. The Georgia native’s composition skills have already received high acclaim, as she has helped write top hits for popular music artists such as Faith Hill, Lauren Alaina, and Danny Gokey. With Out Of My Hands, Hope declares she is ready to step out on her own and tell her own story. Pop with a side of country, the 17-track album is an extremely pleasing, uplifting and encouraging repertoire. Hope’s vocals are phenomenal, and her messages are positive and inspiring. Regarding her driving focus for the album, Hope shares, “Our worth and identity are not rooted in what we do. Our worth and identity are rooted in God and who He created us to be.”

Out Of My Hands is impressive. The album boasts many immediate hits and inviting anthems. Every lyric contains a comforting, positive message, giving listeners a repertoire to reference in the midst of life when encouragement is needed. Hope’s vocals are strong, sweet, perfectly on pitch- they soothe, impress and soar with every step. At times, her skilful tone and the album’s musical vibe share similar moments with the likes of fellow CCM artist, Meredith Andrews. Though Hope has already experienced great success as a song writer, it is clear she has achieved what she set out to do with Out Of My Hands, making the first confident step (of hopefully many to come) forging her own path.


International Act and recording Gospel Music Minister, TRACY TOLOTA dishes out her long awaited worship duel “Lord You God Good” in collaboration with another international powerhouse ‘BUMIE ASUQUO’.

Speaking about the song, Min Tracy Tolota states this;

“During the 2 years of my working on this Album [Heavens Sound], the enemy waged many wars against my family but God came through every time and it became so tough but God brought victory every time I called on Him. At a point, I planned to release the album this summer because I looking back at the victories God gave, I just feel relaxed and exclaim GOD YOU HAVE BEEN GOOD TO ME which led to the birth of this song and I then asked  my covenant sister Pastor Bumie Asuquo to join into this one of which she poured out her heart with me in praise as we worshipped together on this masterpiece. “

“Lord You Are Good” produced by the prolific ‘Dalorbeat’ is the last single release off the sophomore Album ‘Heavens Sound’


JIBOLA’s passion and innate drive for worship grew and led her to join her home church (Fountain of Love, Aberdeen) Choir where she is currently serving. She has graced stages such as Scotland’s largest autonomous Worship concert -ENGAGE which is held annually and also the RCCG Festival of Life in Scotland and sang alongside renowned gospel artist like Muyiwa & the Riversong, Bob Fitts, Eloho Efemuai and many others.

In 2017, she held her first ever praise concert where she sang alongside Nigeria’s gospel sensation Yetunde Are and other anointed ministers.

Her debut Single ‘Great and Mighty God’ was birthed at the place of personal devotion and worship while recounting God’s goodness and pondering on His greatness, the words of the song got released into her spirit. Produced by Martins Hero Music, this song tells of the greatness of God and how incomprehensible He is. A firm believer in the power of praise and prayer with several evidences of how it has helped her through difficult times and situations; her utmost desire is that her songs will stir the heart of every listener to worship God, give Him the praise due His name and ultimately experience His power that saves, delivers, heals and makes whole.


Riding high on the success of his debut single, Louisiana-based new solo artist TITUS SHOWERS, a former lead singer and member of two-time Stellar Award nominated chart-topping sibling group, The Showers is set to release his debut solo album,”WHO?.” on Friday, May 10, 2019.

The album’s includes the uplifting lead radio single and Billboard Top 10 Gospel Digital Song Sales charting digital track “In His Name.” Shot in HD on location in his hometown of Hammond, LA at Club LA, the stunning official music video is directed by Terrance Crowley.

The 7-track album features the heartfelt song “Make It,” the encouraging “It’s Gonna Be Alright,” and a throwback Delta Blues meets old ragtime hymnal “Amen.” Titus revisits three previous recordings – a remix version of the Billboard Top 15 radio hit, “Better” featuring Canton Jones, the Billboard Top 25 praise anthem, “Immediately” – both written and produced by Deon Kipping and “Love” featuring Keyondra Lockett.


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