Chart-topping duo WILBURN & WILBURN have announced changes for the upcoming season. Jordan Wilburn, one half of the father/son group, has decided to step back from an intensive tour schedule to focus on his young family. His father and recent GMA Hall of Fame inductee, Jonathan Wilburn, will honor previously scheduled dates, and continue to travel as a solo artist.
“I have had the pleasure of enduring many changes in my career; nothing stays the same,” shares Jonathan Wilburn. “With every change, there is an opportunity to do something different and new. There is nothing like family. I enjoyed every minute traveling with my son for the past several years before it was time to enter into a new season. Jordan is spending some time off the road at home with his wife and two of my grand babies! I hope to see all of you at one of my solo concerts in the near future, and I sincerely appreciate the love and support you have shown me through every transition.”
In support of his solo career, Jonathan Wilburn is currently in the studio working on a new release, slated for a Fall 2017 release.
Integrity Music Europe is pleased to announce the release of a new single from French worship songwriter MATT MARVANE. ‘Light Of All The Earth’, his first U.K. single, is a result of work by Matt and his wife Sarah to encourage unity in the church throughout Europe by bringing all believers in Jesus Christ together to worship and pray. At a time when tragedy, suffering and division never appear to be far from the news – especially in Matt’s homeland – ‘Light Of All The Earth’ is a relevant, timely release.
“I think it's a season where the Church needs to stand firm and make no compromise,” says Matt. “The world is shaking in many different ways, and Churches have been more focused on how to look and sound good instead of how to increase the passion for Christ Himself. But the Church needs to believe and live dependent on the solid grace of God to shine more and more.”
Despite unity appearing to be in short supply these days, Matt is confident that the Church can overcome division and find its true purpose again. “I believe it can happen because Jesus asked us to do it. Jesus never asked anything that cannot be done. The biggest challenge is to believe that we can see it!”
In September, Matt is releasing 'Resistance - The English E.P.' which will feature co-writes with Paul Baloche, Graham Kendrick and Dove award winning songwriter Michael Neale (“Your Great Name”).
Acclaimed singer/songwriter HOLLY STARR is set to begin work on Human, her most vulnerable project yet and first album in nearly two years. A multifaceted Kickstarter campaign has launched for the recording, which will transparently trace the highs and lows of Starr’s life.
“I'm so excited to get back in the studio because I've never believed in a collection of songs as much as I do these,” says Starr. “They are honest, they are fun, and they feel fresh—all while speaking to both the bad and good realities of being human. It's a project that I think anyone can relate to. I can't wait to share these songs!”
‘We all go through ups and downs, seasons of great joy and seasons we wish we could erase,” she adds. “Writing songs from all these moments has been the heartbeat behind my music from the very beginning. And it's in that tender place of vulnerability that relationship happens, where loneliness is cast aside even for a minute, and where unity and mutual understanding can be found.”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH packs its biggest hits spanning the trio of independently-released, widely-acclaimed albums EXHALE (2016), OXYGEN:INHALE (2014) and The End Is Where We Begin (2012) into the power-packed, live-in-concert recording, Untraveled Roads. Featuring eight of the band’s last nine Active Rock radio songs, the 12-track album releases independently worldwide Sept. 15 on TFK Music and with management, marketing, sales and distribution through The Fuel Music.
TFK band members Trevor McNevan (lead vocals/songwriter), Joel Bruyere (bass) and Steve Augustine (drummer), along with tour guitarist Andrew Welch, deliver a raw, stadium-shaking live experience on Untraveled Roads. The album was recorded during this year’s 46-city Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the fourth largest first quarter tour in the world (Pollstar) that was attended by nearly 500,000 people.
FERNANDO ORTEGA, one of Christian music’s most beloved singer/songwriters, returns August 4 with The Crucifixion of Jesus. His first release in six years, the thematic new work brings together 11 contemplative songs and six readings.
Co-produced by Ortega and Bernard Chadwick, and engineered and mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winner Brandon Bell, highlights of the album include "Blessed Be Our God Forever and Ever," “Prepare The Way, O Zion,” and “In My Father’s Kingdom,” a communion hymn. In addition, “Stay With Me Here,” featuring cellist Nat Smith, is an adaptation of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, while “Ah Holy Jesus, How Have You Offended,” showcases the harmonies of Audrey Assad along with Jonathan and Amanda Noel.
“I started recording demos for the 2016 Easter season, and some of those songs just kind of hit me between the eyes, and I thought ‘Man, maybe this is the record I need to make, rewriting songs about Holy Week,’” says Ortega, who also serves as a worship leader at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Interspersed throughout the recording, Ortega offers narratives drawn from Scripture and liturgy. The readings, selected and edited by his pastor, Gary Villa, carry the listener from the Garden of Gethsemane to Golgotha. “Every aspect of our lives should be measured out by the narrative of Christ’s life," Ortega adds. "Year after year, through the journey of this Holy season, Christ’s ministry starts again and again.”
Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and author AUDREY ASSAD has launched a PledgeMusic campaign at inviting participants in the journey toward the release of her third independent album and first new album of all new songs in four years, Evergreen. Slated to release internationally Feb. 23, 2018 on Fortunate Fall Records with Tone Tree Music distribution, the new album stems from a season of renewed creativity for Assad. Forging through the flames of personal pain in the deepest corners of her broken heart, new songs of rebirth, identity, the rebuilding of trust and discovery of joy and love have taken shape.
With nearly 20 new songs already written for Evergreen, Audrey is turning to PledgeMusic to engage her audience in the process as she chooses tracks for the new album, as well as to provide exclusives like vinyl albums, t-shirts, original artwork, Skype calls with her and much more. Pledgers will also have access to regular posts, videos and live streams from Assad as she records the new album now through the end of September.
After months of writing, refining, ripping up, re-working and finally recording, GARETH DAVIES-JONES has released his new solo album "The Beauty & The Trouble." You can now listen to clips from each of the tracks and order both the download and CD versions of the album at .
Featuring eleven new songs "The Beauty & The Trouble" brings together ideas forged from this last couple of years of experience and travail*. Amongst the tracks you'll find "The Luminous Years" a collaboration with the wonderful poet Stewart Henderson, "This World of Mine" a song inspired by the captivating art of Norman Cornish and "Rosa Mundi" a musical adaptation of W B Yeats beguiling poem. Gareth hopes that most folks will find subjects that resonate and connect with them in equal measure.
North Carolina’s JIMMY ATKINS, who released “The Pen & the Page” in 2015, is currently recording his follow up EP. Entitled “Epilogue”, the recording is being funded through Jimmy says; “Most of my new material is folky in nature, and because of the cool folklore in my area, I've been actually writing songs that are spookier and deal with ghost stories and legends. (I don't subscribe to ghosts in the sense that they are people roaming the earth, but I've always loved a good story). Watch the video to the song “Ghost Lights” at
The Worship Pastor at Christ Church, London, RICHARD JAMES BUTT is currently writing songs for his next musical project. It will feature a combination of instrumental pieces and songs in the “normal” format. He says; “We have sought to build on the work of precious generations of Christians and so include creative presentations of the Apostles Creed and excerpts from Augustine's Confessions. The same could be said of the musical style that is inspired by some of the production team's favourite artists. Bands such as Toto & The 1975 and artists like Prince.” The finished project is pencilled in for a November release.
The first Morecambe Gospel Bayfest will take place from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October 2017.
The weekend will be a celebration of Gospel music and will feature artists from throughout the British Isles. The aim of the event is to glorify God and provide a forum for Gospel music in the north west of England.
The Morecambe Gospel Bayfest will be held in the Platform auditorium, which is the towns old railway station. Each night will include live bands and solo singers, as well as an especially formed praise band.
The weekend will be hosted by the Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dana who will also be singing and sharing her Christian faith. Other artists appearing include; Live Issue, Paul Wheater, Alex Robb, Kingdom Bound, One Voice Community Choir, The Ayrton Family Singers, and Margaret Johnson. Full details from
After a long illness, Take This Heart Lord is VALMA MERRICK’s powerful second album. The listener is drawn into a journey from Let it Be Jesus the opening song. It is an amazing testimony full of encouragement that Valma hopes will inspire others. In 2015 Valma was struck down by a long debilitating mystery illness yet was miraculously always able to continue leading worship. That heart to worship in the storm is found on this album in the songs Waiting Here For You, Broken Vessels, I am Not Alone, Place of Freedom, It is Well and Holy Spirit and an exuberant rendition of How Can I Keep From Singing Your Praise. The album closes with Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught us, offered as worship, ending with an Amen that invitingly seems to say Selah.
AUTHENTIC MEDIA RELEASES…..Third Day draws upon their southern musical roots on their newest album, Revival. They have made an album that is truly a look into their souls - it's music that you can't help feeling both nostalgic and refreshed when listening, and it will easily appeal to both career-long and brand new fans of the band…..Comprised of songwriters and performers Stephen McWhirter, Joel Gerdis and Josh Glauber, Iron Bell Music is the fruition of worship nights held year-round for the community of Louisville at an area barn. Performing well-known worship songs along with their own originals throughout each evening gathering, the worship nights exist so that people can come as they are and encounter the presence of God. God That Saves was recorded live at the barn during one of those nights of worship…..Le'Andria is this generation's powerhouse vocalist. She's quickly made a cultural impact nationally with her Grammy Award for Best Gospel Music Performance, Season 3 BET Sunday Best win (Hosted by Kirk Franklin) and scoring a recurring role in Oxygen's Preachers of Atlanta show. Her previous release debuted a #1 on the Billboard Gospel Album chart in 2012. The Stellar Awards winner is now ready to make her major label debt titled Bigger Than Me…..Tauren Wells, the former front man of GRAMMY nominated band Royal Tailor has stepped out in a solo career that has already proven to be grabbing the attention of the likes of radio, notable touring partners, internet-famous video creators, and a wide variety of music fans. Wells combines hard hitting beats, danceable melodies, and piano ballads with lyrics that reach into the depths of human emotion, and with a voice that can span across genres, Wells' new album is sure to reach a broad audience of people and meet them right where they are in their faith and lives.
After five years of looking for the right man to sit at the keyboards, 2017 Singing News Top Five Traditional Quartet nominee, The Mark Trammell Quartet announces today that nineteen-year-old TREVOR CONKL from Arab, Alabama will be that man. Mark says, “We are thrilled that Trevor expressed interest in being an active part of our ministry. We believe this young man has a bright future in Gospel Music, and we are pleased that he wants to grow with us!”
For the last three years Trevor has enjoyed traveling with the multi-award-winning first family of gospel music, The Hoppers, from Madison, North Carolina. Trevor states, “While I am truly grateful for this family and the daily investment they have made in me, my first love is convention style and quartet music. Upon hearing of Mark Trammell Quartet genuinely looking for a keyboard man, I began to inquire and that inquiry led to my gaining this position. I couldn’t be more pleased, and look forward to traveling with this great quartet. The Hoppers have been wonderful to me and I will always cherish my time with them.
ORLANDO RODRIGUEZ has unveiled the highly anticipated music video version of his hit single, "You're There," which was shot on location in Chicago. The eclectic singer/songwriter called on the talents of producer/director Lennard 'Street' Rosses of Street Alert Films to bring his vision for the video to life.
"Working with Orlando Rodriguez and Ten Three Records was an absolute pleasure!" declares Rosses. "I am most thankful for their ability to trust me with this music video. Never have I heard a more passionate and timeless song that resonated within me. The melodic, spirit-filled intensity will grab you from the very start."
"You're There" is a smooth and bluesy pop ballad with a message of grace. As a radio single, the song debuted on Billboard Magazine's Most Added chart in the Gospel category, and immediately shot up to #80 on the venerable magazine's Gospel Airplay chart. Watch the video here: