MARK TEDDER is the latest artist to join the 7Core Music family. Mark has been making music most of his life. From those early years in Arkansas in the southern United States as a 5 year old, banging on the drums, music has always played an important role for him. Looking back in the rear view mirror, Mark and his wife, Carrie have been planet-hopping most of their lives from the age of 20. They started an international worship-equipping mission called Worshiplanet, which saw them, travel to over 40 nations training worship leaders and worship teams. They’ve lived in the UK, Russia, Czech Republic and China. Their music has opened doors for them in North Korea, Tibet, Mongolia and throughout Northern Africa, Asia and the European Continent. Mark & Carrie have two sons and 7 grandchildren. These days they grow coffee on their farm on the Big Island of Hawaii and continue to write songs and travel the world.
7Core Music’s Trevor Michael says ‘I first met Mark and his wife Carrie in 2003. We’ve been friends ever since and have worked on countless projects together, one of many highlights being his live in Beijing album ‘The Door’ in 2008. Mark is not only a great friend, worship leader and songwriter, he also has one of my most favourite voices to record ever and so we’re delighted to have him on our 7Core Music label.’
Inspired by the Psalms of the Bible and the Country Music he grew up with, Mark has recorded a collection of songs entitled “Psalms, Sonnets and Meditations’. The first single ‘Like Mercy’ taken from Psalm 40 is out October 4th.
HILLSONG WORSHIP will be releasing their brand new live album on October 11. The album entitled Awake features 12 newly written worship songs from Brooke Ligertwood, Ben Hastings, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Tan and others.
Awake, is actually the second album published by Hillsong to be titled 'Awake', with the first being a Youth Alive album published in 2000 before Youth Alive begun publishing music independently of Hillsong (i.e. Young Hearts, Mad in Love, We The People, etc).
The album will feature songs sung at Hillsong Conference such as King of Kings, See The Light and No One But You as well as other new songs. Available now is the lead single "King of Kings:" a stirring anthem featuring lead vocals from Hillsong Worship's Brooke Ligertwood in a declaration of praise to the majesty and glory of God.
"The Gospel is a now reality that requires a now response," says Ligertwood. "It should never be treated or viewed as a relic - no matter how reverently one might err in that direction. With origins before time and echoes beyond it, it stands at the intersection of eternity and our every-day present and beckons, urges, demands us to look. Look at the Christ, the Son of God - bloodied for your sin and the sin of all humanity - repent and believe and take your place in the story of all stories - the story of the King of Kings."
DEBBY MENDOZA has released her debut single with Homegrown Worship. "My Protector" draws upon influences from some of the biggest names in contemporary pop, such as Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Pulsating beats, chiming-pop piano, and creamy Ellie Goulding style BVs, dance together to create a tantalizing, memorable track that stands up to her contemporaries, shining bright with a hopeful message for those in need of God's protecting, guiding hand.
Debby Mendoza was born in Ecuador, South America, but was raised and lives in London. She grew up listening to RnB, Pop, and Gospel music, influenced and looking up to an array of artists including Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Stacie Orrico, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tori Kelly, Justin Timberlake... 'basically "old school" music', as Debby puts it. She studied music at college and at ICMP, where she spent time writing and crafting songs. Her aim is to write songs that inspire and bring people closer to who God is.
ELEVATION WORSHIP released their brand new project, At Midnight, August 30. This project consists of five songs, including their already-released single, “See A Victory.” The songs on At Midnight tell a timeless message: God is in control even when we aren’t.
“I think my favourite part about this project is its versatility,” says Chris Brown of Elevation Worship. “It has uplifting anthems like ‘See A Victory’ and slow ballads like ‘With You.’ One reminds us that God will fight our battles if we invite Him in, and the other reminds us to lean into Him in the stillness. I just feel like this project has a song for every season and a mantra for every mindset.”
At Midnight was recorded at Elevation Church Matthews and includes songs like “See A Victory,” “It Is So,” and a live version of “With You,” which originally appeared on their last project, Paradoxology.
“For this album, we drew a lot of inspiration from Acts 16 where Paul and Silas are thrown into prison,” says Chris Brown. “As they worshipped God, verse 25 tell us that the prison doors swung open at midnight and their chains were loosed. With this project, we asked the question: What if our praise was the kind of praise that broke chains?”
UK singer/songwriter, GARETH DAVIES-JONES has released his new album, "Your Way Of Singing," in association with Wycliffe Bible Translators. He says; “The new collection is the result of my trip to Southern Ethiopia in March of this year to take part in an ethnomusicology workshop with over 30 musicians from the Gamo people group. The tracks showcase a mix of new songs fused with field recordings that I made of the Gamo musicians performing when I was there. It's been a fantastic and inspiring project to be part of and I hope it will give a small insight into the wonderful musical culture of the Gamo and the work of Wycliffe. The CD cover notes give much more background to the trip and the origins of each of the songs. You can hear samples now over at my website where you can also order the album in advance - on either CD or as a download. From every sale £5.00 will go to support Wycliffe's work.”
RESOUND WORSHIP have released a live album titled 'Let Praise Resound (LIVE)'. Recorded live at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, in May, every song on the album was collaboratively tested, critiqued and refined by the Resound Worship writing team during the past 12 years.
"After several years releasing focused projects on a range of themes, from Christmas Songs to Songs for Sundays, we've decided to go a bit more mainstream", explained Resound Worship. "We want to showcase the very best of our writing from the last decade in one full-on live worship album. Our finest, tried-and-tested songs, on one album, with all the energy of a live congregation. In wonderful new arrangements, like you've never heard them before. Along with a couple of brand new ones that we're so excited about teaching you."
Resound Worship is a collective of British worship songwriters, established in 2006, seeking to resource the church with songs that engage heart, mind and soul. "Songs we love to sing, that deeply feed us. These songs are birthed in the local church and then refined by a process of collaboration and peer critique through our songwriting groups, before they are shared more widely on our website. Our desire is to share these songs as widely as possible, so we offer many of our resources completely free."
THE CHUCK WAGON GANG recently claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart with their latest album, No Depression In Heaven, The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family. The release from Mountain Home Music Company has also reached No. 2 on Billboard‘s Southern Gospel chart, No. 19 on the Top Christian/Gospel chart and No. 31 on the Current Country albums chart.
“The Chuck Wagon Gang’s tribute album to the Gospel songs of the Carter Family is a project almost a year in the making,” says alto singer Shaye Smith. “We worked exceptionally hard on this project. From the choosing of the songs to the arrangements to long hours in the studio … artists always hope that this hard work will render reward. And for us it certainly has! The Chuck Wagon Gang has not had a number one record since probably the 1960s. We are so excited to be part of a project with such far-reaching attributes—and anxiously await what lies ahead!”
MARILYN BAKER reports: “In October, a new version of my Christmas Album will be released, ‘Hallelujah Christmas’, which has five new songs, including my new version of the First
Nowell, which is now an Irish Jig, and a brand new song about salvation called Rescue Plan. My adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu will also be on this album. I am excited by it and feel it could become an evangelistic tool, the kind of album that can be given to people who want something Christmassy, but are not necessarily Christians yet. The cost of producing these albums and books is considerable, but we know it is what God has called us to do and we believe He will use them to touch many lives. Thank you so much for all your prayer and giving into these ventures, we are so grateful.
Worship leader and songwriter MATT CASE has released his new album If You Need Me. The record features 7 new original recordings, offering a revealing look into the artist's awe-filled reverence for his Creator.
With soul-baring honesty, this collection of contemporary music explores the depth of God's love and His tremendous desire for people to know Him and experience His peace. The overwhelming assurance of God's presence and everlasting love is clearly seen in the poignant lyrics of the title track "If You Need Me," a contemporary piece later reimagined as a moving acoustic ballad.
While the album's primary focus is Matt's spiritual journey, "You're the One" and "You've Always Got Me" tenderly express his deep love for his wife. This project resonates with authenticity at every turn, inviting its listeners to heartfelt worship. Listen to the title track now: https://youtu.be/IrlBeBjMU9I
The highly-anticipated new project from BIG DADDY WEAVE, When The Light Comes (Curb | Word Entertainment) has been released. With a successful album kick-off, thanks in part to its first single, "Alive," hitting No. 1 at radio, the launch of lead vocalist Mike Weaver's book, I Am Redeemed, the debut of their own reality show on TBN, and a headlining tour that just opened last night, the light is certainly shining for the members of Big Daddy Weave.
Each of the twelve songs found on When the Light Comes, the band's ninth studio project, encompasses a deep and personal faith in Jesus. Produced by the band's guitarist Jeremy Redmon, all five band members - Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Joe Shirk, Brian Beihl, and Redmon - have individually learned what it means to truly live by faith and to trust in a God who makes all things new, as the inspirational and uplifting themes found in the group’s music were desperately needed by the members themselves. Instead of avoiding the painful truth of their struggles over the past three years, the band pushed themselves into all of the songs and during that process, an underlying current of rejoicing broke through. As bassist Jay Weaver puts it, “Only Jesus can turn sorrow into joy.”
Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG announces the signing of breakout artist JONATHAN TAYLOR to an exclusive recording agreement. The emerging singer/songwriter has also entered into an exclusive songwriting agreement with Capitol CMG’s market-leading publishing company.
This year, Traylor’s local artistry was catapulted to the national stage with incredible momentum, spurred on by his opening for Jonathan McReynolds’ Make More Room tour and being featured on the pre-show stage of Kirk Franklin’s second annual Exodus Music & Arts Festival. Concertgoers have become instant fans of Traylor’s captivating stage presentation, precise choreography and infectious songs that authentically blend multiple styles of music, from gospel to worship to hip-hop.
“This is crazy amazing,” says Jonathan Traylor of his signing. “I can’t wait to promote Christ and build with my new Motown Gospel family!”
In celebration of the signing, Motown Gospel has re-released Jonathan Traylor’s career-propelling independent project, Stones & Giants. The 12-track album, written almost entirely by Traylor and co-produced with his UK-born and bred music partner Mr. Damention, includes fan favorites like the hard-hitting “Purpose Over Pleasure,” the lyrical “Brand New,” and the upbeat anthem “Won’t Let Me Down,” as well as the worshipful ballads “Masterpiece” and “Breathe Life.”
The ministry collective HERE BE LIONS worship team, led by pastor and worship leader Dustin Smith ("God Who Moves The Mountains," "Miracles"), releases its sophomore project, I Speak Jesus, available now. The project, which officially debuted last Friday, features four new songs that speak of the hope and freedom found only in the name Jesus.
"The songs on this project have a sense of simplicity - almost childlike," explains Dustin Smith. "As writers, we can have a tendency to overcomplicate everything. It is good to do our best when writing songs to describe Jesus in the most awesome and majestic ways possible. But at the end of the day, the words all fail to compare to His greatness. Sometimes the best thing we can do is say His name and be captured again by the wonder of who He is. These songs are simple truths that have become powerful declarations. Just speaking the name of Jesus over our families, our communities, and our situations are the most effective thing we can do." Listen to the title track here: https://youtu.be/FpGYImM_VeM
Fan favorite TRIBUTE QUARTET have returned with their brand new Daywind release Living the Stories. The highly anticipated release features ten new songs with the quartet's new tenor Gus Gaches.
The first single, "The Healer Hasn't Lost His Touch" has already been released to radio and is quickly becoming a fan-favorite. Tribute's last CD "Here For You" had two number one songs on the Singing News National Radio chart and two more Top 5 songs, making Tribute one of the most successful artists in Southern Gospel over the last two years.
British electronic rock/synth pop duo LEAGUE OF LIGHTS, Richard West (Threshold) and singer Farrah West, have just released 'Kings and Queens', the lead single from their new album 'In The In Between'. "'Kings and Queens' is a song about the idea that life is just a test for what is to come afterwards", explains Farrah. "It starts with piano and vocals and builds to a crescendo, it's not a standard shape for a song in terms of verse / chorus / bridge but we chose it because it really reflects the slightly quirky feel of our album."
"Our new album 'In the in Between' came about and was titled to reflect what has been happening in our lives over the last few years. We’ve been making music together for a long time but really wanted to make a complete body of work. Sometimes there is just this need to create and we wanted to make something beautiful that reflected us and where we were at that moment. Life felt like it was getting away from us, we were so busy with other projects, caring for a poorly family and paying the bills.
So 'In the in Between' was made in moments in between hospital visits and other music and non-music projects… sometimes when the rest of the world had gone quiet at 3am. Each song represents where we were in that moment in time along the journey." Watch the music video here:
Buffalo based trio, BROTHERS McCLURG, return to their stripped down gospel roots for Around the Mic Two; the band's sixth studio album.
The album was written and recorded at their studio in Batavia, NY that doubles as home base to their record label, Old Bear Records; as well as their vinyl reissuing label Old Bear Reissued. The band is often referred to as "the hardest working band in Christian music" by their label roster due to their rigorous tour schedule, investment in the writing and production processes for their 11 artist roster, launching a coffee brand, producing a podcast for the label, as well as recently curating and reissuing out of print or first time presses of albums on vinyl that include a growing number of experimental and pioneering albums by artists/bands like Kevin Max, All Saved Freak Band, Twin Sister, Soulfood76, and more.
RCA Inspiration has launched the first new collection of music from MELVIN CRISPELL, III with the release of the EP album Prologue III.
Inspiring fans on the four-track project, proclaiming celebration and hope in God’s awesome power and faith in His guidance through any life challenges and circumstances we face, Crispell is taking his new music live on the road in the US. At 22 years old, Melvin Crispell, III, has created a relationship with God that has strengthened him through dealing with early heartbreak, after experiencing untimely losses of his father and mother while he was a teenager. Crafting his own path in ministry, the young singer from North Carolina is carrying on the mantle sparked by the musical legacy of his late parents, renowned gospel artists Melvin Crispell, Jr. and Tunesha Crispell, and leading others in experiencing and realizing God’s path and blessings.
The Stable Collective announces the signing of the company's newest signing, singer/songwriter JILLIAN EDWARDS. The Stable Collective is a business venture between multi-GRAMMY Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman and artist manager Mark Mattingly that formed in 2017. At the company's conception, its goals included working with both emerging and developed artists, and Edwards is a great addition to the roster.
"The first time I heard Jillian’s pure sweet voice I felt like I was looking straight into her heart...and from the songs she wrote and the way she told her stories I could tell it was a beautiful place," shares Steven Curtis Chapman. "I’m so excited to have Jillian as our newest artist signed on to The Stable Collective roster. I truly believe God has entrusted her with a remarkable gift to share with the world, and we are very honoured to have the opportunity to serve her and her gift."
Originally from Dallas, TX, this indie songstress has been compared to the likes of angels, with a sound influenced by artists such as Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, and Mindy Smith. Her debut EP was released in 2009, followed by her second release in 2011 that held the No. 1 spot on the singer-songwriter charts for its entire release week. In 2014, Edwards released her project, Daydream, which charted at No. 6 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart its first week out and No. 1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.
Integrity Music and The Porter's Gate, a sacred ecumenical arts collective, have released their second single, "The Earth Shall Know," featuring Casey J, Leslie Jordan, and Urban Doxology, and will appear on the upcoming project, Neighbour Songs, slated to release October 25.
Artists featured on Neighbour Songs include Josh Garrels, Audrey Assad, Casey J, Leslie Jordan (from All Sons & Daughters), Zach Bolen (of the band Citizens), Urban Doxology, Diana Gameros, Latifah Alattas, Lauren Goans, and Paul Zach, among others.
"'The Earth Shall Know' is a special song to me," says David Bailey, founder of Urban Doxology. "It's a song that brings people together. It's become a call to worship and rally cry for unity in mission both in our local church in Richmond, VA and CCDA churches all around the country. It invites the Body of Christ to consider the 'other' both inside the church and outside the church, and ends with an anthem of intercession for God to 'Heal the land, meet the needs, and set the captives free!' That prayer is both a prayer for God to do what only God can do, but also for us to partner with God as the heart, hands, and feet of God."
The Porter's Gate was founded in 2017 by Isaac and Megan Wardell with a mission to be a "porter" for the Christian Church - one who looks beyond church doors for guests to welcome. See the music video here: