Worship leader, recording artist and vocal stylist Reta Watkins has unveiled the first radio single from her debut solo project, That Christmas Feeling. Her reimagined version of the beloved contemporary carol, "Mary Did You Know" has been released through the Shamrock Media Group. A highlight of her album, the single is a stunning, big band version of the beloved contemporary classic. While retaining the song's reverential awe, Reta injects a smouldering vitality that carries the tune from the familiar into uncharted territory.
"I guarantee you have never heard this song done this way before," says Reta. "I love the new twist on this song, and I believe listeners are going to love it, too." Watch the video here:
Vivienne Neville @ VJ Media is happy to announce that Lurine Cato is the latest addition to the TRUE Worship Conference 2018. Lurine is a multi-award-winning UK Gospel Artist who has also recently become a nominee in this years MOBO Awards. Lurine has a real heart for others and her mission in life is to reach out to hurting people through her songs. The lyrics of her songs are often a testimony of her life. Lurine will join a host of Gospel icons including Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Noel Robinson, Donald Lawrence and more, for this powerful 3-day conference & concert that promises to EMPOWER, EDUCATE & EQUIP.
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AUTHENTIC MEDIA RELEASES….. For six years, Sara and Troy Groves have been curating art community events in a 105 year old St. Paul, MN church, now called Art House North. This summer, Sara and her bandmates converted the building into a studio for her 13th project, Abide With Me. "The songs for this record were carefully selected from a personal list of songs that have been a comfort and salve to me over the years." Some songs stay close to original while other are fittingly re-tuned….. From the band who has brought you such hits as "By Your Side," "You Are More," "Worn," and "I Have This Hope" comes a brand new Christmas album! Tenth Avenue North’s, “Decade The Halls” takes listeners on a musical journey through songs of Christmas past all the way to the present day. With each song set stylistically in a different decade, this album's fresh arrangements coupled with its mix of traditional and original songs is sure to become a go to for anyone in need of some Christmas cheer!.... Hope: Songs Of Encouragement & Inspiration:- StowTown Records is happy to release the first collection in the Heart & Soul Series. HOPE is a compilation of uplifting songs of encouragement and inspiration, performed by some of today's most popular artists. From the reassuring lyric of Keep Breathing (Jody McBrayer), to the comforting classic hymn, What A Friend We Have In Jesus (Janet Paschal), HOPE is sure to lift the heavy hearted and provide truth and answers in times of need….. The Walls Group is made up of four of eight children, born in Houston, TX. Being the children of two musicians, these kids could not escape the inevitable. Music has resounded within the walls of The Walls household for years. Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Ahjah are on a fast track to music notoriety. “Other Side” is their Sophomore album and is guaranteed to put them on the map….. Husband, father, singer, songwriter, worship leader, campus director of his home church in Arkansas, and now, most recently added to Zach Williams' list of titles is recording artist. Zach Williams' first full length album, Chain Breaker, comes from a place of humility and honesty as these songs are direct reflections of God's redemption in his life. "Chain Breaker," Zach's record-breaking debut single has already impacted millions of people and due to consumer demand, he now delivers a Deluxe Edition…. It's Finally Christmas - Casting Crowns:- In true Casting Crowns fashion, this 6 song collection of the new and familiar highlights the true reason for the season through songs that capture the joy, peace, and the spirit of giving that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year.
KUTLESS, a band well-known for their signature rock and worship music blend, is set to release their latest album, ALPHA / OMEGA. This Portland, Oregon-based group has previously released nine studio records, featuring twelve No. 1 radio singles, such as “Strong Tower” and “What Faith Can Do.” With ALPHA / OMEGA, Kutless provides a mix of both original and cover tracks, staying true to their core mission and sound, which has clearly resonated with fans since the group’s start. In the early 2000’s, the band’s self-titled album went on to become the fastest-selling debut in their label's history, while their album in 2012 found its place at No. 1 on both the Billboard Christian and Gospel Chart, as well as on the iTunes Christian Albums chart.
ALPHA / OMEGA is a versatile album in that it is able to present classic and meaningful worship in catchy, accessible ways to new or non-believers, while also providing great new interpretations and experiences for those who know these anthems by heart. Kutless also continues to achieve their mission of blending worship music and rock music into a cohesive experience. All of the tracks incorporate their signature rock feel, seamlessly blended together with worship
Indie music and radio favourite JJ HELLER has released a brand new song titled "At My Table." The track was first released to supporters of her Patreon crowdfunding platform and is the sixth new song to be released in as many months. "This year I decided to shake things up a bit. Instead of crafting 10-12 songs and releasing them all at once on an album (like I've always done), I plan to produce and release one song at a time (hopefully once per month). This way, you don't have to wait an entire year (or two!) for new material from me," Heller explains on her crowdfunding page. You can listen to "At My Table" at
Chart-topping, seven-time Dove Award-nominated singer, songwriter and worship leader TODD AGNEW has signed an agreement for representation by respected booking agent Scott Huie of H2O Artist Agency. Agnew joins the agency's growing roster of Christian artists that includes Platinum®-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated Newsboys, GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Peter Furler; GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson; Dove-nominated band Rush of Fools; hard rock mainstay Seventh Day Slumber; and up and coming new artists Ashes Remain, Austin French, and DJ Maj.
"I'm thrilled to join forces with H2O Artist Agency," says Agnew. "Scott Huie has a stellar reputation in the industry as a man of vision and integrity, and I'm extremely honored to be working with him.
"It's one thing to have commercial success, but quite another to achieve the depth of insight and musicality that comes with years of experience. Todd Agnew has both," says Huie of his newest artist. "If you're hosting a concert or event and want an artist who can engage your audience with compelling music, authentic worship, and transformative insight, Todd Agnew is definitely an artist to consider."
Singer/songwriter and morning drive-time radio host PERRY LaHAIE has a long-held passion for bringing the gospel to the Muslim world through his work with Frontiers, an international community of people dedicated to inviting Muslims all over the world to follow Jesus.
LaHaie recently had the opportunity to witness the fruit of his labour, and the labour of so many other ministers to the Muslim community, when he attended Abide and Bear Fruit Conference. Held in Thailand, the conference featured a gathering of 180+ mission organizations, all focused on reaching the rest of the Muslim world by 2025.
During the conference, LaHaie experienced a unique sense of the unity of believers from many tribes and tongues, as the attendees strategized about fulfilling the Great Commission by taking the message of the Gospel of Christ to the Muslim world.
"25% of the 900 attendees were leaders from Muslim backgrounds," says LaHaie. "I was told that this was the largest gathering of Muslim-background Great Commission leaders in history. One of these Muslim-background leaders, an elder grey-bearded gentleman with shining and smiling eyes, said, 'For all these years, I thought I was the only hammer chipping away at a giant mountain. Now I know there are a multitude of other hammers helping me. We may be on the precipice of a massive harvest of souls in the Muslim world," LaHaie muses. "Or maybe not, if we don't act now."
It was twenty-five years ago last month that STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN released The Great Adventure, an award-winning album and single that would be a turning point in his career. The Great Adventure would go on to earn Chapman four Dove Awards - Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year, Short Form Music Video of the Year, as well as for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. The album also won the 1993 GRAMMY Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.
In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, Chapman has recorded a brand new version of the title track, "The Great Adventure," along with Bart Millard. To coincide with the song, a new music video has also released. The single is now available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
"I Am Found," the just unveiled single from BRAD & REBEKAH's upcoming album, marks the husband-wife duo's first song from their upcoming full length project. The new album, due out in early 2018, is the worship pair's first release since 2015 and their seventh album.
Both the song and forthcoming record stem from a three-year journey of asking pastors what is needed in the worship songs of the church. The topics and themes that emerged from these interviews were fashioned into fresh worship songs for the body of Christ. The axis of “I Am Found” is one of identity, remembering and declaring that we are not found in the things of this world but belong to the One who holds it all.
“It’s very easy to get lost in the identity of who you are based off what other people say,” shares Rebekah. “But in reality, as a child of Christ, all that really matters is His approval of us and that He really loves us. That we are found in Him."
LIZ McCOMB brings the soul and fervour of the church to Christmas favorites with the release of LIZ MCCOMB
“MERRY CHRISTMAS.” McComb’s electrying performances have been captivating audiences around the world for over 3 decades. The world class singer has shared the stage with music’s finest including Andrea Boccelli, The Blind Boys of Alabama and B.B. King but, at her core, she’s still the Cleveland, Ohio church girl who grew up loving the Christmas season and dreaming of recording a holiday album.
On the 13 song disc, she fuses her inimitable southern bluesy style with holiday favorites such as “Walk in the Light,” a feverish “Joy to the World” and a fun and e, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”
Grammy-nominated CCM singer/songwriter LAUREN DAIGLE took home the award for 'Favourite Artist - Contemporary Inspirational' at the 2017 American Music Awards. This marks the second consecutive year Daigle has been recognized in the category. Chris Tomlin and MercyMe were also nominated in this category.
The American Music Awards, the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, is where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene.
MercyMe scored two nods for the upcoming 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The recognition in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song category for “Even If” and Best Contemporary Christian Album category for LIFER totals five career nominations for the multi-platinum selling band. The GRAMMY awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. "When you're in a band for 23 years, your priorities tend to change a bit. Things that seemed important in the beginning just aren't that important today. That being said, being nominated for a GRAMMY is NOT one of those things. It's actually the opposite," shares MercyMe's Bart Millard. "The longer we're in this industry, the more we've come to appreciate each moment along the way. We are incredibly grateful."