Well-known musician DAVID CREECH passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019. He had battled bone cancer for the past few months.
David Creech is known primarily for his work in the fields of country & gospel music. David was part of the Hemphill band as they released an instrumental studio album, "Band of Light." He also played guitar in The Hemphills' band in the late '80s, and as part of The McGruders' band in the early '90s. In more recent years, he had relocated to Branson, Missouri, playing in several Branson-area shows, including Presley's Country Jubilee, The Branson Brothers, and Grand Country.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at New Life Temple in Hollister, Missouri, with Pastors Bruce Haynes and Mark Short officiating.
Switchfoot's JEROME FONTAMILLAS is recovering from surgery to remove a recently discovered cancer on one of his kidneys. Providing a recent update on social media, the band shared that the tumour had been successfully removed. "The surgeon said that it had not attached or spread to anything else in his body which is great news! It was the best outcome they could’ve hoped for. We will know more in about a week. Jerome hasn’t been in a lot of pain and is resting now. Some of his first words ... 'I made it.' Yes indeed. We love you, Jerome!"
HELMED BY PASSION (comprised of Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone), Follow You Anywhere released recently, unveiling a new 10 track album which features the trio alongside Crowder and Sean Curran. Follow You Anywhere dropped at the sold-out Passion 2019 where nearly 40,000 young adults from across the globe filled arenas in Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, D.C. The collection of music is perennially created for the thousands of 18 to 25 year-olds that unite for the Passion gathering, but the intention of each song is to empower worshippers around the world. Follow You Anywhere marks the first time a Passion record has been recorded at the conference's home base, Passion City Church in Atlanta. A physical release of Follow You Anywhere will hit shelves on Feb. 1.
Chart topping recording artist DARYL BOYER is excited to announce the release of his new single and video "Running Down Revival" to Radio and YouTube. Boyer's #1 hit single "Never Looking Back" graced the top of the CMW Country Christian charts for 24 weeks in 2017/2018. The new single which is also aimed at Americana/Christian Country listeners and stations, comes as a response to the many requests from radio and listeners to another song in growing Christian country genre.
"Running Down Revival'" is a toe-tapping, powerful song about stepping out of brokenness, pursuing freedom, dropping chains and running into the revival fire of God, and in many ways mirrors Daryl's own testimony of finding freedom in Christ.
Daryl Boyer, besides being a recording artist is also the Worship Director and Executive Pastor at Word of Faith, a new church plant in Ocean City, New Jersey. The multitalented Boyer, whose roots go deep in Christian music, is also noted for his Worship and AC/Pop Rock style songs. Watch the video here:
Miracles, a raging wildfire and a joy-filled adoption; battles with anxiety, fear and health – enter BETHEL MUSIC’s newest record Victory debuting Jan. 25, 2019. Known for anthems like “No Longer Slaves,” “One Thing Remains” and more, this awaited collection reminds the listener that Bethel Music is a community of real people traversing life’s challenges and triumphs, just like those on the other end of each song. Victory harkens back to the story of King Jehoshaphat and the unlikely victory won by sending worshipers to the front lines of battle – a testament that has been essential to the Bethel Music Family throughout the last 12 months.
A pillar of Victory is the miraculous account of now three year-old Jaxon, the son of Bethel Music CEO Joel Taylor. Only 12 months ago, Jaxon was hospitalized with Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by an E. coli infection – an illness that shut down his kidneys, and caused seizures along with other life-threatening complications.
"Last Christmas, we almost lost our son to a battle with a deadly disease,” shares Joel. “We spent five-weeks of sleepless nights in the hospital by his side as our prayers became our weapons and our worship became our warfare. In the battle for his life, the global church community rose up like a mighty army and joined us in prayer and worship all over the world. Our son was miraculously healed and today is perfectly healthy. For us, Victory has become a declaration of truth over hopelessness, a prophetic statement in the storm of adversity, and a battle-cry when facing the impossible. The battle belongs to our God, and our God is victorious!"
DAVID LEONARD, formerly one-half of the GRAMMY Award nominated duo All Sons & Daughters and a former member of acclaimed band NEEDTOBREATHE, releases his first solo album March 15 with The Wait.
Using audio and video mediums set against a backdrop of alternative pop, The Wait (Integrity Music) tells Leonard’s story of wrestling through heartache, depression, confusion and redemption with his family and with God. At its heart, The Wait is a pilgrim’s tale, filled with all the joy, fear and hope expected on this side of Heaven. And though mined from Leonard’s own journey, the themes are universal.
I am a prodigal, and I am a runaway… but I am a child of God – “Wanderer”
Leonard borrows from lyrics within two songs and from the ethos of the whole 13-track album for the title as the concept of “waiting” is examined from the perspective of the pilgrim and the God who keeps calling him home.
THE HOPPERS - Honour The First Families of Gospel Music CD. The award-winning Hoppers pay tribute to families who paved the way before them with this new collection of classic hits. A family group who has been blazing musical trails for over 50 years, The Hoppers honour gospel music pioneers The Chuckwagon Gang, Gaithers, Happy Goodman Family, Rambos and the Speer Family. Performing “God Walks The Dark Hills,” “Gentle Shepherd” and more, The Hoppers showcase their own family tree’s talent and harmonies, which have made them one of today’s legends. Songs include: Be An Overcomer, Lord, Lead Me On, God Walks The Dark Hills, and I'm Longing For Jesus To Come Back.
VIVIENNE NEVILLE’s book "Set Adrift" is now available in Kindle or paperback format. The book is about the very serious issue of clergy spouses and their children on marital breakdown in the Church of England, facing huge challenges including homelessness, poverty, abandonment etc, with the main aim of creating an adequate National Care Policy in the Church of England for clergy spouses and their children going through this plight.
Here is part of an endorsement for the book from Bob Farrell.
"Set Adrift highlights this grievous issue, and bravely calls for redress of the Church often turning a blind eye. History tells us God raises up reformers to address societal injustices and right wrongs - like Martin Luther and William Tyndale - which requires great courage. My prayer is that the victims will fearlessly come forward - that the whole truth will be heard - and that the Church and public policy will respond bravely, replacing an antiquated and unfair system, with an adequate and safe care policy on behalf of the vulnerable: the spouses and children". Kindle Version:
Southern Gospel group. COMMOND BOND is pleased to announce Bink Mooney as their new bass singer. Bink comes from Lawton, Oklahoma, where he has most recently been singing with Forgiven Quartet.
Bink has been singing Southern Gospel music for most of his life—singing in youth camps, church services, camp meetings, and revivals when he was young. In the early ‘80s, he sang bass for the Monitors Quartet (Nashville, TN). Later, he sang baritone with the Joyful Aires (Winfield, WV) and bass for Eventide (Sevierville, TN), Praise Inc. Ministries (Ft. Worth, TX) and the Pacesetters Quartet (Benbrook, Texas).
While Bink has a lot of experience singing with various Southern Gospel groups, what is most impressive is his heart for ministry. Rick Melton, owner/lead for Common Bond, has been friends with Bink (he still calls him “Binky”) since they were teenagers in youth camp many years ago. Rick knows his passion for ministry and reaching the lost. The group are very excited about this new season for Common Bond, and look forward to you meeting Bink Mooney.
In just under a decade, nationally-known recording artist TRIBUTE QUARTET has become one of the country's most dynamic and beloved male quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. Gary Casto, Josh Singletary, Riley Harrison Clark, and Anthony Davis have proven themselves to possess the winning combination of musical talent, warm and engaging personalities and a focus that has kept them on the path to continued success. Their sophomore release on Daywind Records, "Here For You," contains the best that Tribute Quartet has to offer. It is fresh, polished and distinctly Tribute. In the words of the project's award-winning producer, Wayne Haun, "Prepare to be wowed!"
NEW RELEASES FROM AUTHENTIC MEDIA…..WOW Gospel 2019 is the premier annual collection of top selling artists from Traditional to Contemporary Gospel. This power packed compilation returns with the best in Gospel music, Praise & Worship anthems and top ballads to hit radio this year. The WOW Gospel 2018 double CD set features 30 top tracks from legendary & groundbreaking gospel talents such as Travis Greene, Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Tamela Mann and many more!..... Her soaring vocals have entertained millions as a Disney performer and symphony pop songstress. Now, TIFFANY COBURN returns to her Gospel roots with a collection of cherished hymns and songs of inspiration, on “Near to The Heart.” Produced by Wayne Haun, this inspirational recording features sweeping orchestrations and timeless melodies. With over twenty-five million YouTube views, Tiffany is a "Voctave" founding member, and her voice has garnered the "Voices of Liberty."
Releasing February 8th on the Provident Label Group. After three successful, top 10 radio singles, BRANAN MURPHY delivers a new, attention-grabbing single called, “Coming Home”!
“Coming Home” expresses a timeless sentiment of how we quickly things can get out of hand when we are away from God. “I made a mess, now I’m coming home. I shoulda never left, now I’m coming home.” With “Coming Home”, Branan uses his ‘conscious pop’ chops to deliver this message with a perfect mix of meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies, and shimmering production.
Evangelistic husband and wife singer/songwriter duo, THE CASHMANS are prepping for the long awaited national release of their CD, City of God, which is slated to impact retail March 1, 2019, from CLG Distribution. The project was produced by Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning Producer of the Year Ian Eskelin and Grammy and Dove nominated producer/mixer Barry Weeks.
City of God runs the stylistic gamut from CCM pop and Americana to heartfelt worship. The Cashmans imbue each song on the album with an intimate spiritual vitality that comes from spending time in the Word. But more than that, the project as a whole lays a firm foundation of worship and discipleship.
For the Cashmans, who met in 2003 while Jonathan was producing a worship song for Britney, and who dated while ministering, discipleship is far from being just a tagline or byword--it has become a long-term commitment and a way of life.
"Britney and I are both products of personal discipleship, which is why we have such a heart for it," says Jonathan. "Our hope for City of God is that people will be introduced or reminded of the power of the gospel and will be encouraged to get engaged, and to take the Great Commission seriously," Jonathan says of the project. "The two pillars of our ministry are discipleship and worship. Britney's heart beats worship, and my strength lies in the discipleship arena, speaking and encouraging the church to get involved in the Great Commission. Worship allows people to experience the presence of God, but then there needs to be a purpose and plan to do something about it. That's where discipleship comes in."
ESMEE KESTER is a Belgium based international gospel minister and Philanthropist. No Other Name is her official debut. The single No Other Name extols the name of Jesus as supreme and dependable. Esmee is very passionate about using worshipping God and using her time to care for the needy.
Esmee runs a care ministry that provides bread and food to the needy and homeless in Belgium and takes care or orphans in Africa. She says: “I am trusting God that as you listen to my new single whatever stands as an obstacle in your life as you call on His name miracles will happen in Jesus name.”
Surrey based singer/songwriter, KAT MILLS, releases her new single “Not Made Wrong” on February 18th. This preceeds her new album “Work in Progress” which will be launched at the end of March. Kat grew up with a classical music background – her father a conductor and her mum an oboist. Kat is a classically trained singer and has developed her repertoire to include musical theatre and jazz. In addition, Kat plays piano and cello – she writes predominantly on the piano. Her previous albums “Out of the Ashes” and “Voice of Truth” were well received by NFN, gaining 8/10 and 9/10 scores respectively.
LIZ OWOADE is a worship leader, songwriter, and mentor. Based in Leicester UK. After over a decade serving as a worship leader, Liz is ready to share her testimony and message of God’s love through her music.
“Pressing On” is the title song from her upcoming DEBUT EP “Pressing On Project” (P.O.P)!
After recording the creative session of some songs from the project in August 2017, the project has built up to the production of the debut EP to be released early 2019.
Liz says: “This project is all about understanding our relationship with God and using this understanding to fully claim that which He has promised us. The message of the album is based on the scripture verse Phil 3:13-14, in which Paul speaks of forgetting those things behind us in our past and reaching forth to the great future we have in Christ.”
According to Liz, “Pressing On is a declaration song, which proclaims that I will not be held back by the things of my past, because I now have that peace, love and grace to move forward to greater things…in Jesus name!”
ELLE LIMEBEAR has lived her life between two worlds. As the daughter of Martin Smith of the band Delirious?, Elle has experienced first-hand the thrill of stadiums filled with people worshiping together while on tour around the world. But as a worship leader and youth pastor in Brighton, UK, she is immersed in a close-knit, daily ministry within her community. She says, “Singing and leading worship with my dad is my favorite thing. I’ve watched and learned from him since I was a little girl - my whole life he has let me fly.”
Elle’s first single, "Holding Me Still", is about how God is the God of the infinite, yet he is also God of the intimate. It’s a profound mystery that the God who created the heavens, earth, and the whole universe also breathed life into our very being. He knows every hair on our head and holds our heart in his hands. We can look back on our lives and see a thread of God always being with us. He’s always been there, and he is always our source of peace and calm.
This song is a declaration and a reminder to us that God is the God of the infinite, God of the impossible, a God of Miracles. Yet, he is a God of intimacy, a God of relationship, and a God that is full of love for each and every one of us. Psalm 139 illustrates this perfectly. It’s a passage of scripture that is filled with truth about how God created us, how he loves us and how he is present everywhere, always. Listen to “Holding Me Still” here:
Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/recording artist JEAN WATSON has added author to her list of creative accomplishments. Watson's debut book, Everything Can Change in Forty Days: A Journey of Transformation in Christ, recently released by Franklin, Tennessee, based Seedbed Publishing. Designed to be used as either a personal daily devotional, or as the basis for a small group study, Watson says she wrote the book out of frustration with her own lack of spiritual growth in her Christian life.
"Over the years, I learned that transformation in Christ comes, not as we try harder, but as we learn how to surrender to Him more," says Watson. "As I began to live my life for the Lord and not for me, I saw miracles in my personal life and in my ministry around the world. Last year, I decided to write about what I had seen God do. The result was Everything Can Change in Forty Days. It is my hope that through my testimony and encouragement, many will find hope to believe that through Christ, everything can change!"
Everything Can Change in Forty Days: A Journey of Transformation in Christ is available internationally in trade paperback and all major e-book formats from online retailers such as Seedbed.com, Amazon.com, BN.com, and Kobo.com.
“Gospel Favourites – Live! Is a collection of some of the BOOTH BROTHERS’ most requested songs, Hits & Favourites LIVE showcases the trio’s intricate blends with such crowd-pleasers as “I’m Feeling Fine,” “Jesus Saves,” “Welcome To The Family,” “In The Sweet By And By,” “Down By The River,” “Because He Lives,” “He Saw It All (The Blind Man Song)” and more. Featuring a special guest appearance by The Jim Brady Trio, the recording finds Ronnie, Michael and Paul performing tight harmonies with their signature stage enthusiasm.
With the 2018 release of his critically lauded Living Hope, named "Worship Album of the Year" (New Release Today), PHIL WICKHAM has unveiled Living Hope (The House Sessions), available now. Recorded live in an intimate setting, Living Hope (The House Sessions) invites listeners into a meaningful, visceral time of worship.
Wickham has also released a video today for “Great Things // King of My Heart," coinciding with the project's opening two tracks. The nine-song collection also includes the standout tracks "Living Hope" and "Till I Found You." Both resonating songs have continued to impact the church as well as Christian radio while garnering over 27 million combined streams. These songs and more have been featured in key playlists including Apple Music’s Praise & Worship, Spotify’s Soft Pop Hits and Amazon’s Fresh Christian.
"It was such a special day a few months back to come together with friends to worship and create these songs. We crowded together in a small room and reocorded live, stripped-down versions of nine tracks off of Living Hope," said Wickham. "Many of the songs were written with my local church in mind and they have since become a regular part of our gatherings. With Living Hope (The House Sessions) we wanted to capture the raw heart of why these songs were written. I’m excited to get to share them with everyone, and I hope and pray they are a blessing to whoever wants to listen."
Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling vocalist LAUREN DAIGLE officially has a crossover hit with "You Say," from her latest album Look Up Child. This week, Daigle scored her first Top 40 Hit on Billboard's Hot 100 as the track surged to #34, according to Billboard Magazine.
Daigle made chart history last week as well, becoming the first female to have a song in the Top 10 on both Christian Airplay and Adult Pop Songs. "You Say" remains at #1 on Billboard's Christian Airplay for the 17th week, the longest run for a female artist since the chart's creation in 2003. "You Say" climbed to #9 on Adult Pop Songs this week.
To date, "You Say" has been downloaded 368,000 times with 114 million streams in the US. Watch the official video for “You Say” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIaT8Jl2zpI
Gospel quartet PAUL’s JOURNEY recently announced a change in the group’s lineup, “Mark Green from Owasso, OK, is our new lead singer! For the past 19 years Mark has been the lead singer for Forgiven Quartet based out of Bartlesville, OK. Mark is a very accomplished singer, choir director, [and] praise and worship leader, and has served in a number of Interim Minister of Music positions in both New Mexico and Oklahoma through the years.”
Rod Treme, owner of Paul’s Journey, says: “We are very excited that Mark has accepted the job! We feel that with his singing abilities, his experience, and his love for ministry he will fit in right away with Paul’s Journey and we are looking forward to him being a part of our ministry.”