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Multi-platinum selling band MercyMe have released I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe, a 13 piece collection of their most beloved songs alongside a special version of the monumental hit “I Can Only Imagine” made just for the anticipated movie of the same name called “I Can Only Imagine (The Movie Session).” Carefully selected by the band, the impressive track listing for this album includes their biggest hits such as "Flawless," "Word Of God Speak," "God With Us" plus the original version of “I Can Only Imagine.” A critic noted, “… they have become a formidable act not only in CCM but beyond through their carefully crafted songs. This collection is proof of this.”

The 5X GRAMMY® nominated band attended the world premiere of the much-anticipated new movie “I Can Only Imagine” last week alongside host Scott Hamilton and members of the cast including Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Priscilla Shirer and more. The true story based on the life of Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song after the loss of his father to cancer opens in theaters Mar. 16, 2018. Carrying the same name, Millard’s first memoir released last month.  


HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE have released a brand new single. "Peace." The song is now available for download on iTunes and is streaming below.

This new track was written by Benjamin Hastings, Michael Fatkin and Melodie Wagner. "Peace" is both the first single from Young & Free in 2018 and their first original single since "Love Won't Let Me Down". The song is Young & Free's first song dealing with mental health, specifically anxiety. The song was inspired by Hillsong member Ben Hastings's wife and her struggle with anxiety. https://youtu.be/EMWvE5qE7gU


Gotee Records' RYAN STEVENSON will release a new full-length studio album on April 6th titled No Matter What. Recently, Stevenson released a new song from the upcoming album, "Faithful (feat. Amy Grant)” written by Stevenson, producer Bryan Fowler and Amy Grant. The song was also featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday Christian playlist and Top Christian playlist.

"I loved working with Ryan on 'Faithful,'" shares Amy Grant. "Can you call it ‘work' when everyone is throwing in creative ideas and amping up the good feeling around a great son? I hated for our time in the studio to end."

Earlier this year, Stevenson released the title track of the new album featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe. The album features it, “Faithful”, the hit song “The Gospel” and more. Produced by Bryan Fowler for Man Cub Music House the album is a result of Stevenson’s prayer for his songs to exist for a reason. https://youtu.be/VhCb094cGO4


Creative Soul Records artist LESLIE McKEE is has released a new single entitled “I’m Alive.” The single is from McKee’s current album, “Another Mile,” which has already yielded the chart-topping single “What You’re Made Of.” On “Another Mile,” McKee partnered with internationally-acclaimed producer Eric Copeland and some of Nashville’s finest musicians, producers, and writers on a project that delivers a mix of pop-infused tunes and powerful ballads.

“’Another Mile’ is the culmination of the many miles travelled to work on this project and the many places my heart has journeyed over the past few years,” McKee said. “My desire is that my life experiences will be used as a platform to shine the light of Jesus into the dark places…that the songs on this album will offer hope to the broken in spirit and will encourage those who are weary to keep holding on.” https://youtu.be/BTehT2lZAXk


Blackout, the newest album from Bethel Music’s STEFFANY GRETZINGER, is now available. Known for leading thousands in corporate worship with powerful vocals, Gretzinger's latest project sheds light on her vulnerable, less-visible side. With songs for the “in-between moments in life” that often shape us, Blackout heralds the message that even when circumstances bend towards chaos, light that shines from the inside out cannot be dimmed.

“It’s about being able to joyfully dance as tears stream down your face, knowing that life comes through learning to grieve and celebrate at the same time,” said Gretzinger.

The title track was born out of a place of self-discovery for Gretzinger. Navigating, each moment as choice to be vulnerable and present, “Blackout” gives an image to the light that penetrates the dark.

“You can’t turn out a light shining from the inside. We’re living in a blackout. The day is dark, but the light shines the brightest in the darkness. If there was ever a time for us to shine, it’s now. If we’re really going to be The Light Of The World, we have to know who we are in God," shared Gretzinger. "It is possible to learn to dance while the tears stream down our faces, to stay connected to the One who made us. If we understand that we are made of light, then we can’t be threatened with darkness.”


NFN is sad to learn of the passing of Hubert Cooke of The Singing Cookes.  The group have been ministering and sharing the Gospel in song since 1962, when Hubert and Jeanette began with two guitars and a leap of faith. In the beginning they were known as the Cooke Duet. All three sons (James, Ronny, and Donny) joined in various capacities in the teenage years and the group name was changed to The Singing Cookes.


AUTHENTIC MEDIA RELEASES…..The six time Grammy Award winning and vocally mesmerising BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR are back with their new live recording “I Am Reminded.” The 11track set marks the legendary ensemble’s 30th album, and features soulful singer, Nicole Binion, and worship leader, Sidney Mohede…..Based in Chicago, VERTICAL WORSHIP is a collective of worship leaders & songwriters from multiple campuses across Harvest Bible Chapel. Their songs include "Open Up The Heavens," "Spirit Of The Living God," "Exalted Over All," "Lamb of God," "Found In You" & "The Rock Won't Move." Their new live worship album, "Bright Faith Bold Future" will release on April 27…..Fresh, Vibrant,  Annointed, Dynamic,  Passionate.  These are just a few words promoters and fans alike have used when describing THE TAYLORS. This sibling trio has wowed audiences from North Dakota to Norway with their velvet voices and tight harmonies. StowTown Records is excited to unveil the third release, Faithful Again. This project is an excellent continuation of their sophomore project…..In 2013, at the mere age of 14, KELONTAE GAVIN was videotaped in a high school cafeteria singing "I Won't Complain." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO5p62fLHC4).  His performance went viral and a million views later, he is now one of the most buzzed about new voices in Gospel music! The Higher Experience  not only showcases his passionate faith and vast vocal range, but also his preacher-like oratorical skills. This riveting recording boasts an exciting blend of the Pop pageantry of Hillsong United coupled with the fiery Pentecostal fervour of a take-no-prisoners band.


JEN LEDGER, drummer and vocalist of multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY nominated rock band Skillet is signing with Atlantic Records and Hear It Loud, the imprint encompassing the creative team of Skillet’s John & Korey Cooper and longtime manager, Zachary Kelm. Billboard exclusively announced the news recently.

From when I started working with Skillet 10 years ago, I was immediately impressed with how vibrant and talented Jen Ledger is," Pete Ganbarg, President, A&R, Atlantic Records shared with Billboard. "Her voice is so unique - and has become such an identifiable part of Skillet's sound - that we've waited for most of the past decade for the moment when she would finally be ready to release her own music. What she's been working on with John and Korey Cooper, as well as with Seth Mosley and others, shows that the wait has definitely been worth it." Her self-titled debut EP, LEDGER is set to release April 13.


Capitol Christian Music Group announces Jesus Culture artist CHRIS McCLARNEY has released his anthemic single, "Hallelujah For The Cross.”. The song, which was recorded live in Sacramento, CA at Jesus Culture Church, is available on all digital formats. A live music video for the single can be viewed below.

Capitol CMG also announces the latest album from Chris McClarney will release this June. Leading up to its release, there will be instant grat songs with a preorder, along with additional live music videos. It will be his second solo album with the label, following up to his critically-acclaimed 2015 debut, Everything And Nothing Less. https://youtu.be/npe6gqweNUk


Integrity Music announces the release of The World’s Favourite Gospel Songs, a three-disc collection featuring beloved Gospel artists and worship leaders delivering soulful classics, danceable praise and intimate worship songs that have inspired the global Church for over two decades. The 50-song album is available through all major physical and digital retailers with a percentage of sales supporting the relief and development agency TearFund.  

The World’s Favourite Gospel Songs includes cuts from music legends like Andraé Crouch and Ron Kenoly alongside contemporary favourites Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Smokie Norful and Tye Tribbett while introducing songs from Seth & Nirva, Noel Robinson and Muyiwa.


Worship Leader, Christian Recording Artist, and Songwriter from Rockland New York, LAUREN DeMAIO has released her debut single 'Locked Eyes'. The single is about always keeping your sight pointed to what is true and constant, and always remembering there's something more. Of the single, Lauren says; “To all the great things that happen in life and to all the trials we face. To all the smiles we encounter and to all the hurt. It's all a part of your journey.”


British singer-songwriter LILY-JO is releasing her next EP 'Unstoppable' on 13th April 2018, ahead of a string of festival appearances this summer. Co-written with Philippa Hanna, the title track and first single 'Unstoppable' is a powerful pop tune that is sure to inspire listeners the world over. Hailing from Manchester (UK) her message of inspiration and determination to live a healthy, God-filled life can be heard throughout her songwriting. This independent artist has already collaborated with many celebrated writers, notably Jake Isaac, The Outlanders and Tom Read. Lily-Jo has toured extensively playing many of the world’s largest Christian music festivals as well as intimate club venues in support of Ben Haenow, Aleem and LZ7.



RCA Inspiration received multiple honours at the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards hosted by music icon Kirk Franklin and held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  One of faith-based music's most engaging artists, Travis Greene, took home four awards for Producer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year, and the Stellar Awards' top honour, Artist of the Year, for his chart-topping album, Crossover: Live from Music City.  

22-time Stellar Award winner, Marvin Sapp, added two more Stellar Awards to his collection, winning Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year, and Traditional CD of the Year for his chart-topping album, Close (Verity/RCA Inspiration).  For the third consecutive year, RCA Inspiration claimed the award for Special Event CD of the Year, for Greenleaf Soundtrack: Volume 2.  And the legendary Kurt Carr was inducted into the Stellar Honours Hall of Fame for his pioneering career and indelible impact on Gospel music.


Bluegrass band SIDELINE is set to release their new album, Front & Centre on April 27.  The album marks the group's first outing with respected producer Tim Surrett at the helm, and each of the project's 12 tracks fits snugly into the revered Carolina 'Grass style. Multiple award-winning banjo player Steve Dilling, bass player Jason Moore, guitarist Skip Cherryholmes, Daniel Greeson on fiddle, mandolinist Troy Boone and guitarist Bailey Coe are the force behind SIDELINE, and their combined experience is evident here.

Troy kicks off the album with the enigmatic "Thunder Dan,"  now #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart, with a companion video airing on The Country Network.  A loner, a murdered preacher, swift justice and lawless freedom are captured in a mid-tempo groove that conjures up the dark woods, darker thoughts and a dim future.  Music Matters Magazine declared it their "favourite new Bluegrass song" last month.


SANCTUS REAL are set to release Changed, their eighth career album on April 27 (Framework Records). Changed  is the follow-up to their 2014 release, Dream. The band's latest single to hit radio is “Confidence,” which is already growing at radio, hitting the Billboard charts and tied last week as the second most-added song at AC Monitored, as well as tying for 3rd most added at AC overall. The band also just released a music video for the song, which can be viewed below. It was last fall when they released the first single, “Changed,” which they debuted weeks early to help raise money to directly support the community of Rockport, TX, one of the first towns to be hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Since forming in 1996, Sanctus Real has become a trusted brand in Christian music by writing and recording music for close to 22 years, touring around the world, achieving 24 radio hits, eight No. 1's, and album sales exceeding 750,000 units. https://youtu.be/Abyx6H77rb4


Physical copies of PASSION’S latest chart-topping album, Whole Heart are now available nationwide with newly added live versions of the hit songs "Reckless Love" and "All My Hope." Since releasing digitally one month prior, the album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart, making Whole Heart the ninth release from Passion to do so. The album also claimed the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart and No. 8 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart, hitting within the top 40 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.


Five time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and six time Dove Award-winning group, KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER is excited to announce the addition of Grant Gibson to the group.

Karen Peck stated “We have spent the last few weeks praying and seeking God’s will for KPNR. There is a lot to consider when choosing the right person for the job. We are happy to announce Grant Gibson as our new vocalist. Grant is very talented and has an incredible heart to serve the Lord. He has a bright future and will bring a new excitement to KPNR. We are looking forward to the next chapter in our ministry.”

Grant has been singing since he was 14 years old and professionally since 2011. He is from Jasper, Alabama, but currently resides in Hoover, Alabama. Grant received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Liberty University.



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