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7Core Music are delighted to announce their latest signing FoldingLights.

Michael Peter Ball is the artist behind FoldingLights. As a new member of the 7Coremusic family, Michael will be releasing his debut EP 'Exiles' this coming May. Desperate to add some of his colours to the madness of this world, he has dedicated himself to crafting music that cuts straight to the centre of the soul.

Michael writes with vulnerability, and straight from the heart honesty, about faith, love, death and everything in between. Under the name FoldingLights, he has performed with many artists including Nathan Jess and Martin Smith to audiences throughout his homeland of Northern Ireland. The intensity of his songs are born from the tension of the sometimes bleak, yet ever beautiful Irish landscape and he is equally at home performing on the stages of music venues around Belfast as he is leading worship in his own church.

FoldingLights is an artist capable of creating a soundscape worthy of audience escapism. If you catch a show then you may understand why.

First single from the EP 'Fear The Night' will be released on May 5th. www.foldinglights.com

‘Petty Crimes’ by KILL FOR EDEN was released 21st April.

The bands classic hard rock, radio ready riffs and powerful female vocals, have been likened to Skunk Anansie, Halestrom, The Cult and Garbage. After releasing two EPs and a self-titled album, that boasted “blistering riffs, hook-laden choruses, great vocals and a strong selection of tunes” (Fireworks Magazine), they've released the single 'Love You So', the lead single on their album. www.killforeden.com

Anberlin's frontman, STEPHEN CHRISTIAN announces the release of his new solo album, Wildfires, later this summer with BEC Recordings. With the disband of Anberlin in 2014 and working four part-time jobs, Christian began searching what was the next step for his future. During that challenging time, he was able to create this worship project that has special meaning to him.

"This album was written in the five months after the end of Anberlin, it was a time of great personal struggle and triumph," shares Christian. "Some of the greatest songs in history have come from an artist's darkest times in life. This feels like the first time I put out a record, and in a way it is. These songs are me, they are the overflow of my heart and when my kids want to listen to my music someday, Wildfires will be the first record I show them."

DREAM Records have released The Case For Christ: Songs Inspired By the Original Motion Picture the companion album to the film from Pure Flix. The album features unreleased music from a wide range of worship teams including the powerful, "The Evidence" by New Hope Oahu, the hopeful, "Believe" by Seacoast Worship, the infectious, "Our Great God" by NewSpring Worship, the beautiful, "Your Love Is Chasing Me" by Soulfire Revolution, the glorious "I Believe" by Dove Award winning singer-songwriter Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, and many more. The album is already receiving critical acclaim.

Recorded in 2005 and produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott, GRAMMY-winner JOEY FEEK’s solo debut, If Not For You, has been released through Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings. Joey is widely known as one-half of country music duo Joey+Rory, who most recently won a Grammy for their Hymns album in February. The couple captured the hearts of millions over the past few years as Rory chronicled their love story and Joey’s cancer battle on his blog, This Life I Live, as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016. Rory says; “When this album was recorded in 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds, or at least we felt like we were. Though we had hopes for the record at the time, it wasn’t meant to be, and so this collection of music set quietly on a shelf for the last ten years or so, waiting for the right time to come along, when maybe somehow, someone would care. A time like now. It is one of the great joys of my life to dust these songs off and bring life to them again. Not just the songs, but also the stories and the life of the special woman that these songs represent.”

Some of the biggest names in Gospel received high honors at the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena recently.  But the night belonged to one of the genre’s fastest-rising stars, Travis Greene, and gospel music superstar, Tamela Mann.

Greene took home six Stellar Awards for his work on chart-topping album “The Hill.” Honors include the much sought after categories: State Farm Song of the Year (“Made a Way”), CD of the Year (The Hill) and Male Vocalist of the Year.  Greene was also awarded Praise and Worship CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year and the project was recognized for Recorded Music Packaging (Annie Stoll).  When accepting the award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Greene gave honor to artists who have inspired him to perform.     “Bishop Hez, Donnie, Fred, Marvin, Kirk, Israel, John P. Kee — I do what I do because I’ve watched you my entire life.  I adore you, I love you; I’m standing on your shoulders.”

Stellar and Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, actress and television personality, Tamela Mann has continued her meteoric year, claiming six awards as well for her now iconic recording “One Way,” while Grammy Award-winning singer and producer, Myron Butler & Levi earned three awards for their collaboration “On Purpose.”Best New Artist honors went to breakout artist Bri (Briana Babineaux), who also went home with a statue for Contemporary Female Vocalist.

OUT OF THE ASHES are a pioneering Gospel Group from Gloucestershire, who are now booking dates for a tour of Scotland in October 2017.  They are also available for concerts in the north-east of England on Friday October 20th or Monday/Tuesday 30th/31st

The group have performed at New Wine and Spring Harvest and their music has been played on BBC Radio 2, Premier Christian Radio and more. Their music is driven by a desire to foster inclusivity and confidence in church communities, particularly championing the value of those no longer in the youth group!

Here's what people have been saying about Out of the Ashes' events:

"Amazing evening! Loved it! My first time hearing you perform - why have I waited so long?"

(Dan Button, Gloucester Cathedral)

"An all inspiring team, you have a purpose for us all. Wonderful music, commendable to all churches..."

(Ivy, Archway Methodist Church London)

"I've got one word to say... WOW!"

(Tim, Ablaze UK 2016)

Listen to the group's music on the links below:

Tipped off the Table - Out of the Ashes

So Silently - Out of the Ashes

Interested in finding out more? Please get in touch with Joel Toombs on:

e // joel@soundconsultancy.co.uk

t // 0114 327 9464

Or visit outoftheashesmusic.uk to read more about the group.

This year’s WHITBY GOSPEL MUSIC CONVENTION takes place over the weekend of 19th-21st May, at the Whitby Pavilion. Artists appearing this year include The North Ness Boys, The Amen Gospel Praise Band, Tony Goodacre, Paul Wheater, Roger Carswell, The Gospel Heirs, and The Ayrton Family Old Time Gospel Group. You can find full details at www.paulwheater.com

Award winning guitarist, songwriter and author STU GARRARD is joined by six-time Grammy Award winning and Platinum-selling recording artist and philanthropist Amy Grant to tell remarkable true stories of mercy in The Beatitudes Project.

The project is an 18-track (plus two bonus songs), multi-artist album, Beatitudes, and was released on April 21st from Stugiology Music with management, marketing and distribution through The Fuel Music, a book, Words From The Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected), is also available tomorrow from NavPress, and a documentary film, View From the Hill, is currently in production.

The project reveals a wide world of connected stories: real people from all faiths and walks of life who embody mercy, poverty, meekness, the hungry and thirsty, the peacemakers, the mourners, and the pure in heart—as seen, heard and experienced through a 21st century lens. They are the culmination of Garrard’s 15-year excavation of these “blessings at the bottom of life.”

“When Stu asked me to write the song about mercy, I was already hooked by the way he’d described the Beatitudes,” Grant says. “It was like Jesus was looking at a crowd and saying, “Blessed are those with dirty feet and those of you who stink and those whose stomachs are growling, you’re blessed and here’s why… I’d never thought about it that way before.”

The Down East Boys have announced the addition of DOUG PITMAN as tenor vocalist. Doug is 30 years old and originally from the small town of Eastman, Georgia. Doug has performed both nationally and internationally, including a United Kingdom tour in 2007 and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010. Doug studied both Voice and Piano at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. Doug began his professional Southern Gospel career in 2014 when he joined Ed O’Neal and the legendary Dixie Melody Boys.

The debut album from Black River Christian singer/songwriter HANNAH KERR, has been released. Produced by Mark Miller (Casting Crowns, Sawyer Brown), Overflow highlights Kerr’s songwriting on seven of the 11 songs on the project, including her current single “Radiate.” “I'm so excited for the release of Overflow!,” exclaims Kerr. “This album is a product of the last three years of my life and the way God has moved and shaped me through them. I'm praying that the truth and love that He's poured into me will overflow into the hearts of all who listen, and that lives will be impacted for the better.”

Watch the video for “Radiate” here https://youtu.be/NqcJO0KburA

Essential Records announces the signing of pop artist BRANAN MURPHY as he releases his debut single "All The Wrong Things." Murphy's single features "The Voice USA" Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne and is produced by Jordan Sapp.

"I'm so excited for the world to finally hear Branan's music," says Jason McArthur, Vice President of A&R for Sony/Provident. "Branan Murphy is a spectacularly talented singer and songwriter. His songs are wildly infectious, and his vocal ability is incredible. But what I like most about him is that he has a strong, positive purpose in making his music. His songs dare to engage and challenge listeners in a very real way."

A tribute album marking the 25th anniversary of the death of singer/songwriter MARK HEARD is being funded by fans through PledgeMusic. 'Treasure Of The Broken Land: The Songs Of Mark Heard' is produced by Phil Madeira and features Americana artists Rodney Crowell, Drew Holcomb, Sierra Hull, Buddy Miller, Cindy Morgan, Amy Helm and others. The project's mastermind is Jeff Grantham who wrote, "While bringing awareness to Herd's stunning body of work is certainly one of the main goals of the project I also hope 'Treasure Of The Broken Land' will make Mark's widow Janet, and his daughter Rebecca, proud."

BRIGHT CITY have released ‘You are the One Thing’, the first single from its much-anticipated second record, which is due for international release on 7 July 2017.

Bright City’s self-titled debut album has been well received since its release in March 2015, with the record going straight to the top of the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts. Songs such as ‘Forever Yours’, ‘We Believe’ and ‘Force Field’ are sung by churches across the world and Bright City’s debut single ‘Colour’ is regularly featured on commercial playlists - including the live soundtrack to Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks in 2015.

As a family of artists from St Peter’s Church, Brighton, UK, Bright City has an engaged following on Instagram and hopes to use all the creative arts to help people encounter God.

Since the release of its first record in 2015, the Bright City family has continued to grow, now including all aspects of creative arts. Bright City has led worship at numerous events regionally and nationally, and its monthly team nights are gatherings to inspire, network and train local artists.

‘You are the One Thing’ is an upbeat dance track that celebrates the freedom that comes through dependence on God. The lyrics and melody focus on how liberating it is to know that life is not all up to us, and that there is One that we can rely on.

For media information, details of the launch event and press briefing, photos, interview requests or to request a review copy please contact Sarah Nelson: management@brightcityuk.com  or +44(0)7812 152044.

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