An announcement almost a decade in the making, "ANGELS," an original studio cast recording with music arrangements by veteran worship leaders and performances by a star-studded Broadway cast, was released October 27 from Broadway Records.
Featuring music arrangements by Darlene Zschech's personal music director & former C3 Global Music Director, David Holmes, and international worship artist and educator, Rev. Dr. Daniel Thornton. The album is a faith-filled musical adventure featuring songs from the forthcoming Broadway-style musical, "ANGELS".
"For generations to come, Sera, the angel of light, will become the name on every child's lips, when they place their Christmas angel on top of the tree" said Thornton. "Creating the music was so exciting. It's powerful, funny, deeply moving, and carries the eternal message of hope and love".
"Making the music for the album was an exciting venture," said Holmes. "It was very fulfilling going on a journey with the characters, creating sounds and arrangements that reflect the great themes of the story. The final sound is one of new beginnings, with an underlying message of enduring hope, love and friendship.
British singer songwriter CHLOE REYNOLDS is back with second album I Am Brave as well as halfway through an epic 40 date UK tour opening for fellow female artist Lulu.
Her debut album, Broken Beautiful was released to critical acclaim in September 2016, reaching No.1 in the UK Christian Music Charts. Following a 27 date album launch tour, the title track was later aired on BBC Radio 2courtesy of Good Morning Sunday. Having recently toured with Anastacia, Marti Pellow and Jane Siberry, the Gloucester-based artist is well on the way to breaking her own record of 270 performances in one year.
Her honest writing approach tackles issues of faith, frustration and overcoming obstacles set to a backdrop of piano-led soundscapes and mid-tempo pop ballads. Elsewhere, her music has been supported by BBC Introducing, Eagle Radio, UCB and Premier Radio.
The name LeFEVRE is synonymous with quality Southern Gospel music. Since the early days of the original LeFevre Trio in the 1920s, the name has continued to revolutionize Christian music throughout the years, earning the LeFevres numerous awards and distinctions along the way. Today, Mike LeFevre carries on the family name with The LeFevre Quartet: the newest addition to the New Day Records roster.
New Day Records is proud to partner with The LeFevre Quartet for their newest project, slated for a Spring 2018 release. Currently in development, the 8 -ong project will feature new music from the standout quartet and be distributed through New Day Distribution.
“Southern Gospel is known for strong four-part harmony,” comments Scott Godsey of Daywind Music Group. “When we heard the lineup Mike has assembled, we knew that this would be a great partnership. I am excited for everyone to hear the project! These guys have become a mainstay in Southern Gospel music and they are carrying on a legacy that we believe will continued to be stronger in the future.”
14-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist KENNY KAKATY has unveiled his highly anticipated debut solo EP, Selfless.
The project, which released on September 1, 2017, is available now from major online stores including Amazon.com and iTunes. Fans can experience music video treatments of songs from the project on Kenny's website,
Kenny, known to his growing legion of fans as "Kenny the Patriot," is no stranger to the stage. He has performed his blazing electric guitar rendition of the American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," featured on the new EP, for patriotic gatherings across the nation, drawing applause, cheers and comparisons to another formidable guitar player from the past, Jimi Hendrix.
Last year, Kenny joined with his two younger siblings, Bella and Joey, under the name KAKT3 to raise funds and awareness for the fight against cancer, a cause close to the heart of Kenny's family due to the illness of a family member. The video of KAKT3's original song, "Someday is Today," written by Kenny, went viral, generating millions of social media views. The proceeds from the sale of the song raised over $60,000, resulting in the band, along with their father, Joe Kakaty, being named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2017 Man/Woman of the Year for Upstate New York and Vermont.
After receiving and auditioning many applicants PAUL’S JOURNEY are pleased to announce that they have hired Keith Gillam to replace Jamie Streetment as their next lead singer! Keith has been singing the gospel for over twenty-five years. He has sung professionally with the Toney Brothers Quartet out of Nashville, tennessee for eight years and Harmony Quartet out of Dallas, Texas for twelve years. He has sung on some of the biggest stages of Southern Gospel music such as the National Quartet Convention, the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, and Gospel Music Television World Premier.
Keith is also an accomplished songwriter, having one of his songs, “Rolled Away,” reaching the Singing News Charts in 2014. He was also awarded “Song Writer of the Year” by the STGMA in 2014. Keith plays several instruments and is an ordained and licensed Southern Baptist Minister.
Multi-GRAMMY nominated and award-winning artist NATALIE GRANT has received positive news from her medical team following thyroid surgery on October 10th.
Grant underwent surgery last week to remove half of her thyroid after two tumors were found on an ultrasound. The results of the surgery and pathology report revealed papillary thyroid cancer in two nodules in the right lobe of the thyroid. The pathology report showed that the cancer was fully encapsulated in the nodules and had not travelled any further into the surrounding tissue or neighbouring lymph nodes. Her surgeon stated that by removing the right side of the thyroid, they removed all traces of cancer and no further treatment will be necessary.
Natalie Grant states, “My heart is overflowing with gratitude in every way. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Netterville and the entire medical team at Vanderbilt for the world-class care I received. I am humbled by the outpouring of support from around the world, which has strengthened my faith in more ways than I can express. God is so good. He was good before surgery, and He is good after. His goodness was never dependent on my outcome. I’m just grateful I’ll have many more years to sing about Him.”
Jesus Culture worship leaders, BRYAN & KATIE TORWALT are excited to share their new Christmas EP for the upcoming holiday season. The four-song EP features three classic Christmas songs along with a revisited song, "Emmanuel (God With Us Forever)," from their 2016 project Champion.
"We ended up binge listening to Christmas music pretty much the whole month of June this year as we selected what songs to go on the EP," shares Bryan & Katie about their new holiday album. "We love Christmas music so much that it was really hard to narrow it down. In the end we went with some classics that make us smile every time we hear them, and we loved getting to sing them. We kept the songs in that classic 50s and 60s sound with lots of strings, choir, upright bass and Christmas bells. We wanted to create Christmas music that we would want to listen to, a sound that reminded us of everything we love about Christmas."
During October, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) handed out honours in 39 categories at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards plus special industry recognitions at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. The main winners were as follows:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
MercyMe, Fair Trade Services
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Zach Williams, Provident Label Group
SONG OF THE YEAR:
“What A Beautiful Name” (writers) Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, (publisher) Hillsong Music Publishing
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Casting Crowns, Provident Label Group
GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
CeCe Winans, Pure Springs Gospel
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (ARTIST):
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY/ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope: Reba McEntire (producer) Reba McEntire, Jay DeMarcus, Doug Sisemore
RAP/HIP HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
The Waiting Room: Trip Lee, (producers) Gabriel Azucena, James Foye III, John McNeil, Joel McNeil, Alex Median, Allen Swoope, Almondo Cresso, Chris Mackey, Joseph Prielozny, Tyshane Thompson
ROCK/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
HARDLOVE – NEEDTOBREATHE, (producers) NEEDTOBREATHE, Joe Levine, Dave Tozer, Ed Cash, Ido Zmishlany
POP/CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Lifer – MercyMe (producers) Ben Glover, David Garcia
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Resurrection – Joseph Habedank, (producer) Wayne Haun
CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL/URBAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans, (producers) Alvin Love III, Tommy Sims
WORSHIP ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin.
After months of speculation, multi-platinum rock band STRYPER is excited to announce the addition of iconic bass player Perry Richardson to the band lineup. Richardson joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), all of whom are currently in pre-production on their upcoming album due in 2018 from Frontiers Music SRL.
The bass player position became available following last year's highly successful 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour, which saw record crowds and featured Stryper’s largest sound and lighting production in nearly two decades. Perry becomes only the 3rd bass player to fill that slot in the band’s 34 year career.
Richardson is best-known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band Firehouse, who exploded onto the scene in the early 1990s with hit singles like “Don’t Treat Me Bad,” “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes.” In 1992, the band took home an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist, beating out both Nirvana and Alice In Chains. Since departing Firehouse, Richardson has remained active touring with various artists including Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan
GRAMMY Award winning artist FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI celebrates ten years of her artistry with the release of Greatest Hits: the first ten years. The 15-track album, which spans her decade long career and features six No. 1 radio hits, three top 5 hits, three top 10's and two new studio recordings, will be available November 3, 2017 with Fervent Records.
Battistelli released her debut album, My Paper Heart, in 2008 which included "Free To Be Me," her first of many hits. Along with three RIAA Gold Certifications, a GRAMMY Award win (four total nominations), a Billboard Music nomination, six Dove Awards (and 28 nominations) and two KLOVE Fan Awards, she's achieved nearly two million in sales and her music has been featured across multiple television and movie outlets.
Worship leader, recording artist and vocal stylist RETA WATKINS is thrilled to announce the release date of her debut solo CD, That Christmas Feeling. The project is slated to impact retail on Friday, November 17, 2017, from Suite 28 Records through Naxos of America, Inc., the nation's leading independent classical music distributor.
"I've waited my whole life to do this record," says Reta. "My father passed away 10 years ago. I loved my dad so much, and one of my fondest memories was of us singing Christmas carols together. Dad was an outstanding tenor who grew up in the heyday of the big band/jazz era. We would sit together, listening to and singing along with the greats--Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby. In particular, he loved all things Christmas, and I loved what he loved, so I fell in love with the Christmas carols. I would listen to Christmas music all year long if I could."
The gifted vocalist, who cut her musical teeth singing with her 'musicianary' family band, and later with the contemporary Christian band, Pilgrim's Progress, breaks new ground with her debut solo project, That Christmas Feeling. On the new CD, Reta revisits the rich repertoire of timeless holiday standards that have become the Christmas soundtrack for generations of Americans. The 10 lushly orchestrated tracks on the album were produced by Scott Williamson (Point of Grace, Lincoln Brewster) and showcase Reta's compelling vocal stylings. Tracks include the best of the big band era, along with a few more recent additions to the Christmas music lexicon.
Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor MICHAEL W SMITH announces his new album, A Million Lights, will release Feb. 16, 2018 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.
Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he’s written 32 No. 1 singles, been honoured with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums.
He’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.
A Million Lights was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media. “About half the album was written in response to where we are as a nation,” says Michael. “In the age of social media, people have forgotten how to talk with one another, to be civil.”
Eager to experiment with new sounds, Michael enlisted multi-platinum producer and songwriter Brian Todd (Miley Cyrus and Rascal Flatts) and songsmith Kyle Lee to help flesh out his vision for the new songs. “I called a bunch of people I’d never written with because I wanted to push myself and experiment.”
The result is a beautiful collection of sweeping, epic new songs that sees Michael exploring new ground with music created to enlighten, mesmerize and touch the soul of listeners.
“Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is. It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they’re here. That’s what I’m doing with A Million Lights.” Watch the video of the title track here:
CHRISTY NOCKEL’s new album, Be Held – Lullabies For The Beloved, became available September 29th. The album differs from Nockels’ previous albums and releases – her most recent being a cover of Housefire’s powerful worship song “Build My Life.” As the title of this new album implies, these songs are lullabies, meant to be sung over children. Christy shares, “this album comes from a deep desire to impart and share what God breathed into me so many years ago, instilling in me an awareness of my beloved-ness that I have never forgotten.” The album contains classic, beloved children’s songs, played in a peaceful, moving collection.