Ray Dean Reese recently announced that long-time Kingsmen baritone, RANDY CRAWFORD, has retired from full-time ministry. Randy states, “Due to recent health concerns, it is with sadness, but joyous expectation of the future, that I announce my resignation from The Kingsmen.”
“It’s been a fantastic ride and such an honour to be a part of this rich and storied legacy. Being the last man Eldridge Fox hired before God called him home, I’ll never forget the kindness I was shown by ‘Foxy’, Greg, and the whole organization. During my second stint, working under Ray Dean Reese has been nothing short of exceptional. Ray is the definition of professionalism”, states Randy. “There are not enough words or time to recognize all the men I want to thank. Over 25 years in this industry, I’ve made many friends and gained a few ‘brothers.’”
Randy begins a new chapter in his life and ministry, and plans on spending time at home to focus on healing and family. He and his wife, Caroline own and operate two businesses and he is a full-time daddy to their youngest children, Mitchell and Grace, who are entering high school this fall. He hopes to get back to some limited singing and preaching in the future.
The Somerset-based band LATER THE SAME DAY have made their 2017 album 'The Plight Of The Passionate' available on key digital outlets this summer. Two videos, one for the track "All Hallow Eve" and one for a radio edit version of the title track, are currently being edited. Later The Same Day have now begun work on their second album, to be called 'Breakfast On The Beach'.
Emerging victorious after one of the most spiritually and emotionally challenging seasons of his life and career, six time GRAMMY Award winner ISRAEL HOUGHTON launches his third decade as a recording artist with The Road To Demaskus, a profound release that speaks to his heightened intimacy with The Lord, and the beauty of transparency in worship that has resulted from God walking with Houghton during - and out of - his darkest times, personally. The album releases on September 28 via RCA Inspiration.
Houghton believes now is the time to take the mask off. He also hopes others learn how to receive God's love and for the church to be a place where the broken can bring their guilt and shame.The Road To Demaskus deals with the different masks that we find ourselves wearing in life. Whether we are masking our emotions, or masking our authentic selves. Houghton is passionate about reminding people that God's love for us is not contingent upon who we are pretending to be, but rather, is present and available for us, exactly as we are.
Integrity Music is delighted to add LOU FELLINGHAM as the first lady to appear on the popular Ultimate Collection series. Lou is indeed seen as the First Lady of UK Worship. Her distinctive voice and heart for people have made Lou a greatly loved worship leader, singer and recording artist.
Having recorded 4 studio albums, Lou has led worship at many Bible weeks, conferences and tours around the world. This 15 track collection includes several significant songs (Amazing God, Wholly Yours & O God of Love ) and includes a Live version of There is a Day recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios. The album releases on September 17.
Joining a distinguished list of world-class artists, GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum-selling Christian music luminaries POINT OF GRACE were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee. In addition to the beloved trio, whose founding member Denise Jones hails from Norman, Oklahoma, this year's honorees included acclaimed worship singer/songwriter Dennis Jernigan and GRAMMY®-winning gospel vocalist and pianist Smokie Norful.
NEEDTOBREATHE has announced the upcoming release of their first ever acoustic live album. Acoustic Live Vol. 1 features recordings from last year's acoustic only tour at 14 different concert halls and theatres. This new project is set to drop on November 16th, but you can get instant downloads of "Drive All Night (Acoustic Live)" and "NO EXCUSES (Acoustic Live)" when you pre-order Acoustic Live Vol. 1 on iTunes.
"The album features songs from almost every era of our band, so there's a little something for everyone," NEEDTOBREATHE shared in an announcement to fans. "We got to tell a lot of stories on this tour as well, and we left a few of them in there...like the one about how Bear and Bo used to share a waterbed when they were kids."
AUTHENTIC MEDIA RELEASES….. Live the Journey has been three years in the making for this household name and the quality of the song-writing and music itself reflects the care put into creating it…..Contemporary pop artist AUSTIN FRENCH was surrounded by a musical family and began touring and leading worship at a young age. In 2014, he captured the hearts of millions of viewers, finishing as the runner-up on the ABC TV show Rising Star and shared the stage with multi-platinum recording artist, Josh Groban. Austin then served as a worship pastor in the drug recovery capital of the world, Delray Beach, FL. That experience brought a depth and maturity that reveals itself in Wide Open. It is filled with fresh pop sounds that will kick you out of your chair, along with powerful worship anthems…..Singing News Top 10 2018. For 21 years, New Haven Records has been honoured to present the Number 1 anthology of the year's top Southern Gospel songs and artists. These Fan Awards collections are voted on by tens of thousands of readers of The Singing News Magazine, "The Voice of Southern Gospel Music." This iconic compilations includes the 2018 "Song of The Year" that will be revealed at the Singing News Fan Awards at this Fall's National Quartet Convention…..Steeped in rich family harmonies and unparalleled musicianship, this new offering from THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY, “Mercy & Love”, features 14 songs carefully chosen for their messages. Those songs were produced and arranged by two of the best in our industry, Wayne Haun (Celine Dion, Jason Crabb) and David Clydesdale (Aretha Franklin, Sandi Patty), who then took these songs to the City of Prague to record the Philharmonic where what was created is truly breathtaking and incredibly exciting. Mercy & Love is sure to be an unprecedented addition to the music catalogues of both loyal fans and new listeners as well….ELEVATION WORSHIP: Hallelujah Here Below was inspired by Exodus 20:25 where God requests an altar built of imperfect stones. As living stones, he now asks us to bring him our rough edges and our broken pieces. He doesn't expect our perfection - he created us to worship him in our imperfection.
He already knows who you are. He was with you in your darkest valley. He was with you in your weakest moment, and he is with you now. Give him your hallelujah, praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below.
Australia-based Worship group, C3NC Music, have released their new LP, “Mercy Reign,” as a response to their former EP, “Higher Place,” released in July 2017. As part of the C3 Global Movement, comprised of 500+ locations worldwide, C3NC Music aims to lift others up by fading in the background as listeners share a moment with God, so they may be fulfilled in heart, mind and soul. Through co-writes and in-home demo recordings, C3NC Music has witnessed these experiences in crowds around the world.
A collective of musicians brought together through worship, C3NC Music includes various writers, producers & musicians. Brought together as a creative under the one vision. As a team, they’ve enjoyed singing these songs both together and with others in large and intimate worship gatherings.
TYSCOT RECORDS & INTEGRITY MUSIC, two of Christian and Gospel music’s largest independent labels, are collaborating for the global release of select worship projects beginning with a new album from critically-acclaimed, Atlanta-based worship leader, Casey J. The collaboration leverages the rich heritage and unique strengths of the two organizations, recognized as industry leaders in the Gospel and Worship music fields.
Tyscot Records, which is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has been a leading voice in Gospel music for 40 years, working with ministry-focused artists such as Casey J, Kelontae Gavin, Javen, The Rance Allen Group, Bishop Leonard Scott and Anthony Brown and group therAPy, among others. Integrity Music, based in Nashville, Tennessee, and Eastbourne, U.K., is part of the 140-year-old non-profit church resource provider, David C Cook. For the past 30 years, Integrity has focused on curating and amplifying songs of substance within local churches around the world, representing artists and songwriters including Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Farren, Martin Smith, Darlene Zschech, Worship Central and All Sons & Daughters.
DONALD LAWRENCE commands attention on his latest song with The Tri-City Singers, “He Heard My Cry” (feat. Sir the Baptist and Arnetta Murrill-Crooms). Creating an urgent call of deliverance driven by Lawrence and the featured voices of hip hop lyricist Sir the Baptist, the chorus of The Tri-City Singers and soloist Arnetta Murrill-Crooms, “He Heard My Cry” is the second single in the upcoming reunion album from Lawrence with the original Tri-City Singers, celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Co-produced by Lawrence and Sir the Baptist, “He Heard My Cry” is inspired by the tale of Moses and the Pharaoh, with the metaphor that everyone has a Pharaoh within them that can hold them back in reaching their greater purpose. Donald Lawrence says, “The song says it’s time to tell your Pharaoh God’s eye is on the sparrow and he can’t control you no more, He heard my cry.”
Award-winning author, beloved Bible teacher, and recording artist JAMES W. GOLL is pleased to announce a brand new distribution deal for his debut music CD, Never Alone. Goll's inspirational CD, which celebrates life, family, and devotion to God, will be distributed by Anchor Distributors and will impact retail on September 14, 2018.
"Often you need one additional link in the chain to make everything connect," Goll notes. "That is what I think just happened when I signed the contract for national distribution with Anchor Distributors. They are one of the top distributors in the Christian market, and I believe they are the final link that will allow Never Alone to go as far and wide as the audience desires. I know I feel fulfilled now. Working with the team at Anchor Distributors is an honour and a great delight. I could break out in song...And the dreams that you dared to dream really do come true!"
Producer, Composer & Mix Engineer, Mark Pierce says;” I’ve got a couple of new music videos to share with your readers. They accompany songs I’m proud to have recorded & mixed recently.”
Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Hardie writes with honesty, and unashamedly from the heart. Familiar Stranger is the lead video from her debut album Dust To Diamonds.
The Ultimate Coffee House Collective: “I was privileged to provide the arrangement & production for Let Your Light Shine, dedicated to all organisations supporting survivors of abuse in childhood, especially the work of the Shirley Warren Action Church in Southampton.” Vocals by the impeccable Rachel Martin. Written by John Every.
Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter ANTA FAYE is busy prepping for the release of her long-awaited new CD, Kingdom Journey. The stellar new 13-song CD is slated to impact retail in September, 2018, from NiNiTunes, and will be available from major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon.com, and Google Play. Running the stylistic gamut from smooth jazz and bouncy hip hop to swaying reggae, Anita wraps her mellifluous, multi-octave soprano around each song, imbuing it with a soaring spiritual burst of energy.
Faye burst onto the music scene in 2005 with her independent release R U Willing, which earned a Gospel Album of the Year nomination from the International Independent Music Awards, and has shared the stage with Gospel music legends including Martha Munizzi, Kim Burrell, and the Edwin Hawkins Youth & Young Adult Mass Choir, among others.
But Faye says she still feels like a late bloomer who is just now coming into her own. "If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans!" she quips. "Our society tends to applaud people who achieve remarkable things at a very early age, but sometimes I think you appreciate things more once you have some life experience under your belt. It makes you more thankful for what you receive, and better prepared to give back to those in need."