Singer/songwriter and morning drive-time radio host PERRY LaHAIE is prepping for the release of his long anticipated new album, Him, by unveiling the first single from the project, the acoustic/electric roots rock reimaging of, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel (How Long)." While Him is not a Christmas album, the new single is perfectly suited for the holiday season.
"'O Come, O Come Emmanuel (How Long)' is a worship song that pulses with a longing for the day when all the sad things will come untrue," LaHaie explains. "It's a lament with hope for the day when 'the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea' (Hab. 2:14)."
LaHaie pulled inspiration for the song and his his upcoming project, Him, from C.S. Lewis' beloved classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When Lucy first enters Narnia, she discovers a world under a curse, where it is always winter but never Christmas. But when Aslan the Lion returns, the ice begins to thaw, the snow begins to melt, the sun feels warmer and the smell of spring is in the air. Aslan is reversing the curse of the White Witch.
"Before Jesus came into our world, it was always winter but never Christmas," says LaHaie. "Jesus proclaimed, 'the Kingdom is at hand!' He healed the sick, opened blind eyes, opened deaf ears, caused the mute to speak. He raised the dead, He cast out demons. In his coming, the snow begins to melt. The ice is thawing, you can smell spring in the air and soon, when Jesus returns, it will be full blown summer!"
LaHaie's new album, Him, coming in early 2020, is a ten-song collection of original songs and reimagined hymns that tell the story of God--of His great rescue plan to bring His love to every tribe, tongue, and language on the planet, to rescue all creation from sin and death through the cross, the resurrection, and Christ's second coming. It offers an impassioned appeal to bring this good news to those who have never heard it, including over 1,000 Muslim people groups that are still waiting for the gospel.
Three-time GMA Dove Award-winning worship leader, singer-songwriter CHRISTY NOCKELS has released The Thrill of Hope Renewed, on Keeper's Branch Records with global distribution through The Fuel Music. The 15-track Christmas album includes both classics and original songs that share the hope we have in Jesus; that He has come and that He's here with us now.
Produced by her husband, Nathan Nockels (Passion, Matt Redman, Laura Story), this new offering is based on Christy's acclaimed debut Christmas album The Thrill of Hope (2016) that has been nearly completely re-recorded. While favorite "Advent Hymn" was a plaintive piano vocal, it is now a full band arrangement that MultiTracks.com, a resource for worship leaders, will be featuring this season. The classic "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and original "Our Christmas Song" have similarly been completely recrafted.
Steeped in scriptural references from Isaiah, Genesis, Micah and more, The Thrill of Hope Renewed further includes the new song "Is He Worthy / The King is Coming." A blend of Andrew Peterson's "Is He Worthy" and Nockels' "The King Is Coming" prelude on her original Christmas release, the new recording now serves as the album's postlude.
SIDEWALK PROPHETS giving their fans an early Christmas present with the release of an expanded version of their beloved holiday album, Merry Christmas To You (Great Big Family Edition). The seasonal project includes all 12 tracks featured on the band's original 2013 release, as well as four brand-new recordings. The four additional tracks include two classic carols, "O Little Town of Bethlehem (Emmanuel)" and "O Holy Night"; and two originals, "Great Big Family Christmas" and "Don't Forget The Star." A full track listing is below.
"When I get asked what album I am most proud of, I always say our Christmas record. It is full of joy, fun, memory-making and celebration. Our deluxe version of the album is like an extra dose of sprinkles on top of the Christmas cookie. The new songs add to the fun and pay homage to the reverence of my favourite time of year," shares Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey. "So when your family gathers together to deck the halls with laughter, make sure this album is a part of the soundtrack for holiday fun. It's the perfect way to tune your heart and soul to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings."
Provident Label Group / Sony Music announces a new addition to the label roster with the signing of SEU WORSHIP, Southeastern University's contemporary worship group comprised of four worship pastors and more than 60 students. The debut single, "Higher Than Mine," is available on November 8th and proceeds the February 2020 EP, Eden to Eternity, which is now available for pre-order.
"We are tremendously excited to partner with SEU Worship in this next season of their artistry," shares Josh Pauley, Sr. Director of A&R Provident Label Group. "The vision and energy they bring to the worship space is compelling. There is a freshness and vibe to what they create and we see SEU Worship as one of the artists that will be a part of leading the way into what's next!"
SEU Worship is the pop worship group born out of the worship movement on the campus of Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. Their sound reflects the pop melodic influences of the emerging adult generation, and their writers’ ability to craft unique lyrics that relay timeless truths about God in new ways.
ERNEST BILLUPS & TRIBE OF LEVI have released their first full-length album, In My Own Lane. The twelve-track album from E’mazin Entertainment showcases the talents of Ernest’s immediate family as well as his extended musical family.
“That’s what’s special about this project,” Ernest said. “It gives a platform to those who have been rocking with me for a very long time—from singers to musicians to producers. As a result, the album contains a diverse range of songs and styles.”
Among the family members who appear on In My Own Lane are Ernest’s mother, gospel recording artist Angela “Missy” Billups. Missy teams with Tribe of Levi veteran Hannah Brown on the churchy “For Your Blood.” Ernest said that although he has produced many of his mother’s records, this is the first time she has appeared on one of his projects. “It was cool to reverse the roles,” he said, then laughed, “and push her out of her comfort zone a little bit!”
The LeFevre Quartet is excited to announce two new members to the group’s lineup. Mike and Jordan LeFevre welcome Jay Parrack as their new tenor singer and Will Lane as their new bass singer.
Parrack’s roots run deep in the Southern Gospel genre. Jay sang tenor with Gold City for over ten years and left the road at the top of his game after being voted the Singing News Favorite Young Artist five times and Favorite Tenor twice at the Singing News Fan Awards. Jay’s father, Johnny Parrack, was a featured singer with Kingsmen Quartet for most of his career. And Will Lane’s phenomenal bass singing has been a staple in the Gospel circuit for over a decade.
The group continues its highly successful relationship with New Day Records, a division of Daywind Music Group. “We are excited to work with the LeFevre Quartet’s new lineup on upcoming music to release in 2020,” says Scott Godsey, Vice President and Director of A&R for New Day Records.
UK artist, PAUL WHEATER will be playing a special Christmas Concert at the Evron Centre, Filey on Wednesday 18th December. Paul says that people can “Sing along, have a little dance or just sit back and relax with nearly two hours of Christmas favourites, Country classics and Well-loved sacred songs. A glass of wine and light refreshments are all included in the ticket price of just £6. Tickets can be ordered by telephone: 01947 810561.
Gateway Management is pleased to announce a management agreement with THE BROWDERS. With 12 national radio No. 1 songs to their credit, The Browders’ abundance of talent and passion to share the Gospel has made them fan favorites across the nation.
“I’ve always been a big dreamer and I walk in expectation every day because I know we serve a great big God,” Matthew Browder states with a smile. “Dad taught us to dream big. We believe if you have a dream, you need to go after it. God has blessed us and I know that the best is yet to come.”
“We are honoured to have the Browders join Gateway Management,” says Matt Felts, CEO of Gateway Management. “They are some of the most talented and hardworking people I know. They’ve seen success over the last few years that is unprecedented. Their new album will only add to their success and open new doors for them.”
The Browders much-anticipated new album, Authentic, which features “You’re Not In This Alone” and “My Home,” hit the streets on November 8. Felts says, “The title of this project is spot on. The Browders are authentic in every way. What they are on stage is who they are off the stage. Their music comes from the heart and hits people on a real level. We are in a time where people are searching for something real and this album gives them just that,” added Felts.
MOZAIEK WORSHIP have released their new album ‘Jezus Overwinnaar’. The twelve new songs are odes of justice and hunger for God’s love written to help the Church grow in worship.
‘Jezus Overwinnaar’ was premiered at the Mozaiek Worship Conference in Veenendaal. The album is the testimony of a local church, Mozaiek0318, yet it was released to be a wider voice for the Dutch church, serving it with fresh words and music to take worship on a national level to a new depth. In just a few days, it reached number 4 in the iTunes ‘Top Album’ chart in the Netherlands, crossing over into mainstream.
It all started with the song ‘Jezus Overwinnaar’ (released internationally as ‘Jesus Victorious’); a powerful proclamation written by Eline Bakker, Kees Kraayenoord and Reyer van Drongelen. It spread like wildfire and became one of the top worship songs in the Netherlands after its release as a single. “It is so special to see a song like this get embraced by the Dutch church in such a short time” says Kees Kraayenoord, pastor of Mozaiek0318 and worship leader.
The power of ‘Jezus Overwinnaar’ is expressed through its enthusiastic message of hope. “That’s the beauty of the love and light of God” says Kees, “just a tiny fraction of it is enough to expel the darkness. This is what we hope to share, in the hope that Gods Church in our nation will sing with new words of His love and His strength. We pray that this album will help you worship God and that your love for Jesus and His church will grow.” www.mozaiekworship.nl
SPRING HARVEST are so pleased to announce that the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, will be joiningthems at Harrogate next Easter as a speaker on Thursday 16 April.
A Press Release reads: We will also welcome a number of other fantastic speakers across all breaks, including; Amy Orr-Ewing, Cathy Madavan, Mike Pilavachi, Paul and Paula Weston, Pete Lynas, Rachel Gardner, Tania Bright, Tim Morfin and Yemi Adedeji, with many more to come! For full details by location check out the line-up on our website which is updated regularly.
We are also delighted to announce our Big Start hosts. We're currently working on the theme, scripts and song for Easter, so watch this space...
Big Start at Harrogate:
Martha Shrimpton and Bob Hartman, with Riding Lights Theatre Company
Big Start at Minehead One:
Martha Shrimpton and Bob Hartman, with Riding Lights Theatre Company
Big Start at Minehead Two:
Luke Aylen and Corrine Thorpe, with RISE Theatre
Big Start at Skegness:
Hilary Sanders and Joe Fisher, Riverside Performing Arts
See the line up here: https://springharvest.org/programme/line-up/
The Provident Music Group family of artists, labels, songwriters, and publishers are pleased to share they received 15 GRAMMY Award nominations for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards® . All nominees were announced today by the Recording Academy ® via Grammy.com, Facebook Live, and Twitter.
Kirk Franklin, Mark Hall (Casting Crowns), Tauren Wells, and Zach Williams lead the pack, each receiving two nominations for both artist performance and songwriter. Essential Music Publishing's Ethan Hulse received two songwriting nominations and Bryan Fowler is recognized as producer. RCA Inspiration's Travis Greene, Koryn Hawthorne, Donald Lawrence, and William Murphy each received one nomination. The 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held live on Sunday, January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA and hosted by Alicia Keys.
TASHA COBBS LEONARD is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of her debut album, Smile, by making the newly remastered album available for the first time since 2011. The fan-favorite album, which was independently released by Tasha Cobbs Ministries in 2010, features the original recordings of the praise & worship hit "Happy," the worshipful "Smile," and the inspirational "Confidence. "Recorded live in her home state of Georgia, with a special introduction by her late father Bishop Fritz Cobbs, Smile nods to Tasha's humble beginning, while foreshadowing her industry-leading impact.
"Smile is so dear to me because it's my first independent project, and the first time I expressed my worship for the world to hear," says Tasha. "For years, my followers have asked for it to be re-released and I'm so excited to share this album again!"
Just in time for the Christmas season, StowTown Records announces the digital release of a new Christmas recording from one of Christian music's most talented musical families, The Browns. Christmas In Our Hometown features Shelly, Michaela, Adam and Andrew, collectively known as THE BROWNS, at their very best, with moving harmonies and classic instrumentation.
Christmas In Our Hometown is a reflection of early days on the family farm and the Christmas traditions they created in their loving environment.
The new release features numerous Christmas classics, including "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays" and "Over The River and Through The Woods." The Browns also added their unique stylings to cover tunes like "I'd Still Like To Go To Grandma's House For Christmas," "Tennessee Christmas" and the Dolly Parton favorite, "I'll Be Home With Bells On."
Motown Gospel joins the music community in celebrating nominations for two of its artists—Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Gene Moore—in the 62nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards.
GRAMMY® winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard earns her fourth nomination for her worship anthem, “This Is A Move (Live),” in the Best Gospel Performance/Song Category. The single, released earlier this year, was co-written by Cobbs Leonard, along with Brandon Lake, Tony Brown and Nate Moore.
Emerging gospel soul singer Gene Moore also earns his first GRAMMY® nod for his sophomore album, Tunnel Vision, which was released in August of this year. The project’s lead single, “Won’t Be Moved,” (co-written by BJ the Chicago Kid and Cedric “Ced” Smith) continues to climb the radio charts, with Moore recently wrapping his participation on two legs of India.Arie’s Worthy Tour and labelmate Brian Courtney Wilson’s Just B(e) Tour.
“We are thrilled to celebrate another GRAMMY® nomination for Tasha Cobbs Leonard, and the first-ever nomination for Gene Moore,” shares EJ Gaines, Co-Executive Director, Motown Gospel. “We get to partner with some of the greatest artists in the industry, and it’s always special when their music is honoured by the Recording Academy.”
PHILLIP HILL is currently residing in the Mediterranean region. His debut album ‘Alive to God’ is a celebration of the gospel. It's a record that navigates life's most important experience. It takes you to the waters of baptism, grounds you in the depths of God's love and opens your eyes to the amazing glory of the Saviour. From acoustic ballad to soaring electric guitar melodies, from elegant piano tones to the trumpet of salvation, from English to Hebrew and Spanish to Portuguese, Alive to God has transcribed my heartbeat with the sound of music.
Phillip says; For three years I've had the joy of sharing the gospel with the people of the Holy land and even walking with some as they experienced the gospel. The Mediterranean world and its wonderful citizens have been the incubator for Alive to God! God and his amazing grace have been the inspiration! As you listen, I hope you experience the fullness of being Alive to God! https://philliphillmusic.com/
It has been four years since popular Christian rapper S.O. graced the stage for a live concert in London. All that will change in 2020 with the announcement that his first major concert and live album recording in the UK will take place at Freedom Arena on February 15th, 2020.
This homecoming concert will be S.O.’s biggest headline show ever! With a live band, full production and more years of experience, S.O. is set to take his stage performance to a higher level. This will be his only UK show in 2020.
S.O.’s Homecoming Concert will be held at Freedom Arena, 3 North Road, Plumstead, London, SE18 1BS on February 15th, 2020. General admission doors will open at 7pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-homecoming-concert-tickets-81414822927?mc_eid=2a32fe9f8a&mc_cid=69543546d7
Penn Street Records, a division of Main Street Music & Entertainment, is proud to welcome up-and-coming Gospel quartet THE SHARPS.
Hailing from Fort Payne, Alabama, The Sharps have been presenting the Gospel in song for more than three decades. Andy Sharp and his son Ben are joined by Mike Leath and Mike ‘Smitty’ Smith to form the dynamic quartet. In recent years, the group has experienced radio success with songs such as “Upon This Solid Rock,” “Standing In The Storm,” and “Joy He’s Given Me,” among others.
“Words can’t describe how excited, and blessed, we are to partner with Penn Street Records and the entire Main Street family to begin this new chapter of our ministry,” shares Ben Sharp. “Many great things are coming in the near future for The Sharps, and we are excited to begin that agenda!”
The Sharps are planning to release a new album, produced by Michael Sykes, in spring 2020.