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On February 12, 2019, veteran worship leader PAUL WILBUR returns with his brand new live recording Roar from Zion.  Featuring brand new songs as well as a reprisal of his patented hit "Days of Elijah," this album is recorded live in Jerusalem on September the 25th.  These songs will certainly bring awareness and celebration to what Christ is doing among the Jewish people.

"This new, live in the Pavillion recording will include the worship and voices of Shae Wilbur, Sarah Liberman, Joshua Aaron, Jamie Hilsden, Becka Shae, and an Israeli choir of millennial Jewish, Arab and Christian believers. Also, there will be several Israeli instrumentalists, and the finest believing Nashville musicians we know. EPIC is the word that continues to come to mind, and everyone in the Land is so excited about the effect this worship will have on the Body of Messiah as well as the nations."


Music legend RICKY SCAGGS officially became one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame recently. At the official Medallion Ceremony held in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theatre, Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks, through tear-filled eyes, formally inducted his musical mentor into the historic institution.

"It's kinda hard to believe that this day has really come," says Skaggs. "To hear someone say, 'The newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame' are some of the greatest words you could ever hear this side of Heaven! I'm so grateful to be inducted into this revered Hall among these highly honored and most beloved people. It's beyond humbling."

Several took the stage to honor Skaggs following his induction. Brooks with Larry Cordle and Sierra Hull saluted Skaggs with "Highway 40 Blues," Dierks Bentley crooned through "You've Got a Lover" and Chris Stapleton brought his distinct vocals, wailing through "The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn."

As part of the Class of 2018, Skaggs was inducted into the "Modern Era Artist" category, along with the late Dottie West in the "Veterans Era Artist" category and the late Johnny Gimble in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" category.


G12 Worship's ascent into the worship community is felt with their fresh sounding new single, "All Things New." Known for their lyrically heartfelt style of worship, G12 Worship's "All Things New" is the follow up to their debuts "Blood Of Jesus" and "Abba Father" which saw an immediate reaction with G12 Worship enthusiasts.

The former team of the Dove Award-Winning Soulfire Revolution is the contemporary worship band for the G12 Churches in America -it is a collective made up of pastors and leaders from many congregations across the United States. New talents have recently joined this worship team and together are impacting this generation. Their songs have been sung around the world and translated into many languages.


GRAMMY award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT expands on their trademark epic soundscapes and explores new themes and textures on Native Tongue, the group’s 11th full-length album set for release on Jan. 18th, 2019 via Fantasy Records. The band also announced the North American leg of the Native Tongue Tour, which kicks off in Asheville, N.C. on Feb. 14th.


Atlanta-based pop-rock trio OBB are on the heels of their Is This A Thing EP, released on 7/6 via Curb Records. Recently, they surprised fans with an electrifying three-track remix EP, featuring three versions of their hit single “Is This A Thing” - a remix by Grammy-winning house DJ and producer Dave Aude, a radio edit, and an acoustic version.

Comprised of Zach Oswald on lead vocals, Jacob Oswald on guitar, and Nich Oswald on drums, OBB has a career radio airplay audience of 106 million and streams of nearly 8 million. Their acoustic video for their hit “Mona Lisa” was featured in Google’s Chromebook ad campaign and Dude Perfect’s latest Water Bottle Flip 2 video, reaching over 60 million views. Is This A Thing also features “Sweater” which has reached over 3 million streams. OBB has charted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart numerous times and Spotify’s Viral 50.

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Black River Christian artist and songwriter HANNAH KERR has released her new Christmas LP, Christmas Eve In Bethlehem. Produced by Mark Miller, Christmas Eve In Bethlehem features many holiday favourites along with two original songs co-written by Kerr - "Emmanuel," which she wrote with Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips, as well as the title track co-written with Jason Earley.

The ten-song project builds on last year's holiday EP, Emmanuel, that was touted as "compelling" and "encouraging" and brings a jazz-infused twist coupled with Kerr's stunning vocals, a project sure to joyfully kick off your Christmas season.

Kerr will share many of the songs from Christmas Eve In Bethlehem when she joins Casting Crowns on their "It’s Finally Christmas Tour," which kicks off on November 29th in Portland, OR.


Multi-talented singer/songwriter ANITA FAYE recently joined Emmy Award winning musician and choreographer Wyatt Jackson and a host of world-class dancers, singers, musicians and storytellers on the stage of Boston's historic Strand Theatre for the Christian worship arts production, Dancing the Truth in Love. The performance featured artists from Boston, New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas.

"The vision of Dancing the Truth in Love was to formulate a Christian worship arts extravanganza where Christians could express their faith through creativity, telling stories through music and dance, ultimately edifying and bringing the Christian community together through love and worship arts," explains event organizer Wyatt Jackson. "It was an honor to be asked by the City of Boston to help develop program content in collaboration with Boston's iconic Strand Theatre. I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate this amazing opportunity than to invite some of the most relevant Christian performing artists in the country for a kick-off event and community celebration."  

"We invited singers such as the amazing Anita Faye of Las Vegas, who kicked off and closed the event, and the renowned tap dancer and actor Khalid Hill of New York, among others," continues Jackson. "We also had local artists and ministries from around the country including Atlanta and Philadelphia."

"Dancing the Truth in Love was something I could not be prouder to have been a part of," says Faye. "There is something magical that happens when we express our praise to God through the unique gifts and talent He has given us. It was such an honour and great experience to share the stage with so many incredible dancers, and to sing on such a powerful program."  

Faye's recently-released project, the 13 song CD, Kingdom Journey, is available from major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play. For more information on Anita Faye and Kingdom Journey, visit www.anitafaye.com


Global youth movement SOUL SURVIVOR celebrates 25 years of ministry with On The Edge, a new album recorded live during its summer events with over 20,000 worshipers. The project, which is available wherever Christian music is sold, captures the joy and excitement as young people from around the world were impacted for Christ.

Founded in the U.K. by pastor Mike Pilavachi, Soul Survivor has been serving youth and ministry leaders since 1993 with preaching, teaching and worship events including those held this year at the Peterborough Arena & Stafford Showground where over 1000 committed their lives to Christ. Soul Survivor captured the worship at these events with the 13-track Standing On The Edge, produced by Johnny Bird and featuring the ministry’s worship leaders, Tom Smith and Beth Croft, with guest appearances by Rend Collective and Guvna B. TBN UK also filmed the events and will air the coverage in November.

“There was such a tangible sense of God’s presence,” recalls Pilavachi. “The Holy Spirit met with us in wonderful ways, healing, setting people free, and showing us more of God’s love, grace and mercy. These worship songs reflect something of the time we spent together, seeking God, pouring out our praise and offering Him our lives. Our prayer is that they would be a blessing to you as you continue to worship God in your everyday life.”

Standing On The Edge, which ranges from intimate moments of worship to exuberant praise, is especially momentous for Soul Survivor as they prepare to draw the ministry to a close next year. And the album’s theme and scriptural cornerstone of Isaiah 43:18 reflect that as the team looks forward to what God is doing in the future.


Own It, the latest release from multi-award winning Curb | Word Entertainment artist FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI, is available now. With critics already touting the album as "exceptional" and "engaging," Battistelli's long-awaited fourth studio album has been in the making for two and a half years. Own It is the follow-up to her GRAMMY-nominated album, If We're Honest, which features the GRAMMY-winning song, "Holy Spirit."

Francesca Battistelli, who was named Artist on the Rise from YouTube Music, co-wrote nine of the ten songs found on Own It with such songwriters as Matt Maher, Bart Millard of MercyMe, David Garcia, Mia Fieldes, Jeff Pardo, Molly Reed, Ellie Holcomb, Seth Mosley and Josh Bronleewe. The video to the album's first single, "The Breakup Song," exclusively debuted on Apple Music.


GRAMMY-nominated, Platinum-selling NEWSBOYS were honoured at their Nashville tour stop recently for total career sales in excess of 10 million units. During a VIP reception at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, FairTrade Services president/founder Jeff Moseley recognized the band’s prolific achievement and rare accomplishment within the genre. Since forming in Australia more than three decades ago and arriving in America in 1987, Newsboys have released 23 recordings and are heralded as one of Christian music’s most iconic bands.

Moseley also announced a full-length Newsboys United recording, set for release next year. The FairTrade Services project will showcase Newsboys’ current lineup—Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis—along with former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel. The supergroup has performed to numerous capacity crowds around the country since reuniting earlier this year. Showcasing “all the hits... under one roof... for one tour,” the “Newsboys United Tour” is set to play a total of 100 shows in 2018.


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