EMMA GRANT is a singer songwriter from Liverpool. She has been singing from a young age, but only pursued it properly at age 23, when she enrolled at music college to do a Vocals course. It was there that she also started to learn guitar and wrote her first song. She began to gig as a solo artist, then later fronted a ten piece jazz funk band called 'One Nation'.
After a long break, where Emma got married, started a family and set up an Eden Team in Liverpool with her husband, she is back with her debut album, 'Influencer'.
The album is an amalgamation of lots of Emma's musical influences, such as Joan Baez, Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries and all the divas! Her lyrics are inspired by her experiences of life and looking at the world from a viewpoint of being a Christian.
NICK & BECKY DRAKE have recently joined the Integrity Music family. Nick & Becky have been leading worship for many years and are currently part of Gas Street Church in Birmingham, where Nick is Associate Pastor. Out of a shared passion to create an inclusive worship experience that reflects the heart of the Father, they founded Worship For Everyone in 2010.
Worship For Everyone is a movement to unite all ages in worship, writing songs for churches, homes and schools. Becky is also a School Chaplain and together they have 4 children, who, along with Nick & Becky run a weekly Facebook live show called ‘Family At 4’.
“Nick and Becky are great! They bring together solid theology and great songs, refusing to accept that all-age worship is second class in any way. Nick and Becky live and breathe the vision to see people of all ages singing together in worship. I can think of no better endorsement than to say my kids sing their songs, and their faith is shaped by the work of ‘Worship for Everyone’,” Steve Harding, A&R Manager.
Over the next year Nick and Becky are releasing 9 songs that inspire us, encourage us and give language to express our worship to God. Their first single, ‘Speak Your Name’ was released at the beginning of June.
RYAN STEVENSON has released his new studio album, Wildest Dreams, via Gotee Records. The new studio project was almost entirely produced by Micah Kuiper and Bryan Folwer for Man Cub Music House along with production from Jordan Sapp and Tyrus Morgan. The first radio single, "Amadeo (Still My God)" is currently in the Top 10 on the Billboard Christian AC Indicator and Top 20 Billboard Christian Airplay and Christian AC Monitored charts.
"These songs are a collection of deep prayers, brokenness, joy, victory, celebration, defeat, pain, grief and reflection," shares Ryan Stevenson about Wildest Dreams. "It makes me feel so many things, most importantly; it moves my heart closer to Jesus! I pray it does the same for you and I'm so excited to share it."
Wildest Dreams will inspire the listener to move to a place of trust and dependence on God. In addition to honouring his mother on the album ("When We Fall Apart"), Stevenson also wrote a song for his dad, "With Your Life," where he wanted him to know that he now realizes how much his dad loved him as he reflects on his own life as a father.
Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist NATALIE GRANT announces her tenth studio album, No Stranger, set to release August 28, 2020. Grant will continue to drop new tracks in the coming months leading up to the highly-anticipated release.
In celebration of the album pre-order launch on June 12, Natalie will perform via Facebook on the evening of Thursday, June 11, 2020. Fans can check it out on Grant’s Facebook page.
Along with her husband, GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer, Bernie Herms, Grant performed an online concert event live from Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium last week. The special event, which was benefitting Hope for Justice, an international non-profit organization co-founded by Grant that works to end modern-day slavery, raised over $170,000, was streamed by over half a million people, and was the culmination of Natalie and Bernie’s “A Song A Day Keeps The Crazies Away” series, which has garnered over 33 million streams since March 17.
SIDEWALK PROPHETS has turned its historic sold-out Ryman concert into a livestream-only event. Originally, the band invited their "Great Big Family" to experience the gift of an exclusive free album preview and live performance at one of Nashville's most revered venues, but have made the event livestream-only due to social distancing rules and COVID-19 concerns. The show will stream via Facebook Live on July 9, 2020 at 7 PM CST.
Though the plans for a live show have changed, the band is excited to have the opportunity to share this night with even more fans, as the livestream will allow those from all over the world to join in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. "We worked so hard on this event and were ready to have one of the most exciting nights of our career and then the pandemic hit and changed everything," shares Sidewalk Prophets front man Dave Frey. "While we're disappointed that we won't be able to have a live audience for this show, we're excited to share our first visit to historic Ryman Auditorium with fans from all over the world. We truly are a great big family, and we can't wait to share our new album with everyone from the historic Ryman stage."
During the sold-out show, fans will hear the entire The Things That Got Us Here album, releasing July 3, 2020, as well as get backstage access with the band.
GRAMMY® nominated ELEVATION WORSHIP releases an acoustic version of "Available." The song is taken from their release of GRAVES INTO GARDENS. The project debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and broke an Apple Music record in the Christian & Gospel genre garnering the title as most pre-added album of all time.
"I hope the songs on this album would revive hope and stir faith that God is still specializing in resurrection," says Elevation Worship's Chris Brown. "He's still turning mourning into dancing, turning our heaviness into praise. And he's still making beautiful things, out of seemingly hopeless situations."
UNITED CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS will be holding their next Foundation at Home event on July 9th. Philippa Hanna will be leading worship, followed by an encouraging message from guest speaker Oliver Raper, director for Christian Vision UK and Europe.
UCB Foundation is a series of events throughout the year, designed to be a spiritual oasis for Christian leaders. These events provide an opportunity to get away for a short time and be spiritually topped up in a dynamic faith-filled atmosphere. Each event begins with praise, worship and prayer and is followed by two speaking sessions which are filmed. Our speakers come from different walks of life but each comes prepared to share an encouraging message from God’s Word.
Acclaimed worship leader, NIA ALLEN, has released her ‘Every Nation’ (EP). ‘Every Nation’ features six uplifting songs, including the lead-single, "Every Nation," recorded live at Hopes House in Los Angeles, based off Revelation 7:9-11, describing what worship will look like in Heaven. Every Nation was created to capture a sound that all believers are able to sing - regardless of their race, culture or background. EP track, “Wait,” is a simple song of worship reminding all to wait on God during the current political time of social unrest and know that God will implement change.
Nia Allen shares, “It is my heart to see more unity as it relates to race within the Body of Christ. I believe our worship on earth is preparation for worship in heaven. I want to see Heaven on earth...as it relates to our worship, and worship gatherings.”
Following a year in which they released two albums and had a #1 song with “Come Sunday Morning,” THE OLD PATHS are sharing the many things God’s love can do on their new album, What Love Does, now available on all streaming platforms.
Each song captures the many ways God’s boundless love blesses each person, each day. What Love Does begins with “This Is Amazing Grace,” telling of all that God has done so that we may live with love and grace. It’s followed by the first single, “I Got The Grace, He Gets The Glory,” a high-energy and upbeat song describing how God is always a solid foundation to stand on, despite sins and trials.
“When I heard this song, I couldn’t help but think that this is the theme for life as a believer,” says bass singer Daniel Ashmore who is featured on this song. “I can’t take credit for something I didn’t do and something I didn’t earn, therefore I get the grace and He gets the glory! That’s a message we want to share and this song sums it up perfectly.”
“We are so excited about this new album. The title What Love Does is really the theme of the album, reflected in the song selection. We feel this is the best album we’ve done that really showcases our new sound with our current lineup,” says Ashmore. “Through our many failures and different circumstances in life, God exemplifies His love for us in His endless pursuit to save and change us. God is never late, and is always working all things for our good and His glory, because that’s what love does.”
Enon Music Group in Philadelphia, PA has released Stellar Award-nominated albums and radio hits that rise to the top of the charts in the few short years of their establishment. The label’s newest signee is Nashville based powerhouse singer SAN FRANKLIN, and her new single is already proving to be an out-of-the-box hit. “Set My Feet” is a soulful track with a hard-core funky groove. By incorporating a taste of the classic hymn “The Solid Rock”, San’s authoritative yet impassioned vocal delivery sets the song on the pallette of a diverse and multi-generational consumer.
“San Franklin’s soulful, rich, smokey tones are priceless,” says Donald Lawrence – Grammy®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning producer and songwriter. “Set My Feet is sure to be a crowd shaker and a praise breaker!”
PROVIDENT LABEL GROUP: After hitting #1 with, “The God Who Stays”, we are excited to bring you MATTHEW WEST’S next single, “Truth Be Told”, which debuted to RAVE reviews during Christian Music Broadcasters’ Momentum Conference. We have all grown up learning that telling the truth is always the best answer. Not only do we create more authentic relationships through telling the truth, but we create a deeper relationship with God when we bring Him every single worry and every single care in our lives. Let us allow God to shine through the good, the bad, and the broken. *Truth Be Told’ releases July 12th.
Author, speaker, teacher, pastor, and Dove Award nominated recording artist RICK CUA has unveiled his second book, What Are You Known For?, from All for the King Media. The book, which released to retail on May 26, 2020, in both trade paperback and ebook formats, includes 31 chapters which are wrapped around life in terms of calling, discernment, growth, identity, love, perseverance, purpose, and more.
What Are You Known For? is a collection of stories, scriptures and thoughts designed to encourage and inspire us in new ways.
"Weighing in at 214 pages, this is not an epic offering," Cua says. "Rather, in the spirit of CliffsNotes, it is a book designed to be a short read with a long tail."
"Want to think, feel and ultimately be better, for Jesus and all those you love?" says Steve Berger, Cua's pastor at Grace Chapel in Franklin, Tennessee. "I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this humble yet powerful little book...and share it with others!"
Rick Cua has had a long and celebrated career in mainstream and Christian music, both onstage and behind the scenes. From earning a pair of Gold Records as the bass player for the legendary mainstream rock band, The Outlaws, to his chart-topping solo Christian music career, to his work as the Vice President - Creative at EMI Christian Music Publishing and President of Kingdom Bound Ministries, Cua has influenced the American music scene with his exceptional talent and leadership.
Multi-award-winning Gospel Reggae Artiste MINISTER TAF is known for his music, energetic performances, and catchy hooks. But this time he surprised many with his debut book titled “ENCOURAGEMENT”.
He states that the book came about after having his devotion one morning, and God spoke to him to write it as well as giving him the title. He then went to his wife who was seasoning chicken for their Sunday dinner and told her about it, and her response was “you gotta do what you gotta do.”
The book is filled with scriptures, encouraging words and real-life experiences to help individuals who might be facing challenging times right now and even times to come. It was written to encourage, uplift, and give hope.
Minister Taf also said that it took him about a week to complete the book, and that his wife contributed in writing it.
The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle version.
New Haven Records recently announced the premiere of the lyric video to “Those Same Hands,” the latest radio single from the legendary Southern Gospel quartet GOLD CITY. The inspiring track is from their most recent album, Hope for the Journey and is the follow-up to their hit, “Alabama Mud.” The first single from the project, “All My Hope,” was named the Singing News Magazine’s #1 played single of 2019.
Throughout 2020, Gold City celebrates its 40th year in continuous ministry. Daniel Riley, the group’s leader and baritone singer, reflects, “We were looking forward to doing a series of anniversary concerts this year, but everyone’s world has been turned upside down by COVID-19. So, in addition to Facebook Live and other online events, we’re releasing a number of lyric videos. We’re doing what Gold City has done for the past four decades: unapologetically sharing the Gospel and ministering hope to the Church—and through the Church—to our world. The message of ‘Those Same Hands’ is that the same Jesus who did the miracles in the New Testament is alive and well and transforming lives today. That’s not just a timeless message, it’s an amazingly timely one.”
“I’ve known Danny Riley and his father, Tim, for decades. It’s such a privilege to work with men whose hearts are committed to reaching the world through excellence in music and ministry. We look forward to what the Lord will do in their lives in the coming years.” —Ken Harding, New Haven Records President.
MARVIN SAPP has released an impassioned new song and video with “Thank You For It All.” Sapp’s soaring voice is a reassuring balm on the track, thanking God for His ever-present guidance and providing strength to survive through difficulties and pain. The 11-time GRAMMY® Award nominated, 24-time Stellar Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, and producer, recorded “Thank You For It All” live earlier this year at his sold-out album recording at his new church, The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, TX.
Marking his first new single since releasing his chart-topping GRAMMY® nominated album Close in 2017, “Thank You For It All” will be featured on his upcoming new album Chosen Vessel. The song was composed by Sapp, Jarmone Davis, Christopher Thomas Leach and frequent collaborator, GRAMMY® Award winner Aaron Lindsey.
Marvin Sapp says: “This song epitomizes the season we are in. Through the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the pandemic and the protests, being people of God means we are rooted in thankfulness to our merciful Father, regardless of our circumstances.”
In a heartfelt surprise encounter recently, four-time GRAMMY® award winner and Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist for KING & COUNTRY discovered that the multi-week No. 1 hit "God Only Knows" has been certified platinum. The GRAMMY® award winning track has racked up over 143 million on-demand streams to date, and the official music video has accumulated over 40 million views.
"One million people have downloaded ‘God Only Knows,’ which is an astonishing fact to us,” Luke Smallbone says. “We are grateful and are humbled to know that this song means so much to other people."
Upon arriving at the studio to record tracks for an upcoming Christmas album, Joel & Luke Smallbone of for KING & COUNTRY were astonished to find fans waiting for them via Zoom to present the news of the duo's platinum certification. After holding up custom-made signs to the camera to spell out the message "CONGRATS ON PLATINUM," the fans were able to chat with the Smallbones and express how much "God Only Knows" has meant for them since the song's premiere. Last year, Dolly Parton joined for KING & COUNTRY to collaborate on a GRAMMY® winning rendition of "God Only Knows," with the two performing at the 2019 CMA Awards.
“Fear Not,” is the BEC Recordings debut from Los Angeles-based worshippers FEARLESS BND. An inspired sound of revival for the city and the world, the 13-track project was produced by Joshua O'Haire and Jeremy Johnson and showcases the heartbeat of Southern California’s Fearless Church.
“We believe FEAR NOT will be a beacon of light and hope in our world,” says FEARLESS BND’s Christy Johnson. “Within the 13 tracks, you’ll find chain-breaking anthems that echo in valleys and on mountaintops. We pray that this album makes you dance and brings healing, peace and hope in every season of life!”
With a desire to witness lives radically changed through the love of Jesus and to see the world “love more and fear less,” FEARLESS BND is the worship ministry of Los Angeles’ Fearless Church. The acclaimed ensemble includes singer/songwriter Christy Johnson, who along with her husband, Jeremy, co-founded Fearless Church in 2012.
Last spring, legacy Southern Gospel artist THE McKAMEYS announced they'd no longer be touring full time, and released The Crown, an album that continued to bring their message of faithfulness and the power of the Gospel to the world. In the fall, the National Quartet Convention paused to honor the group that's released 54 albums over the course of their career and has the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history.
Thousands of fans and industry peers filled the LeConte Centre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to celebrate The McKameys' more than 60 years of singing. Now, fans of the group can relive that special afternoon with LIVE Like No Other, a CD and DVD featuring live music as well as behind the scenes interviews with The McKameys, to be released July 17. LIVE Like No Other is now available for pre-order, save and add.
"We are excited about the release of LIVE Like No Other, which was recorded at The National Quartet Convention in September of 2019 during our Farewell Tour," say The McKameys. "What a great day, being with so many great friends, praising the Lord in song, and feeling the spirit in a special way! We can't wait for everyone to experience the excitement and emotions that were present that day."
Throughout the one-and-a-half-hour concert, The McKameys performed many of their #1 hits, like "God On The Mountain," "Roll That Burden On Me," "Unspoken Request" and "Do You Know How It Feels," and crowd favorites like "Trophy Of Grace," "There Is Jesus" and "For The Record" in a joyful celebration of a career many don't get to enjoy.
Gospel singer, NAJE BUSIA will be a new name to many readers. Hailing from East London, he has opened up a campus fellowship in Northampton, called “Worship at Heart Ministries.” After experiencing a tragic lost of his younger brother (Narada Busia) 3 years ago, Naje’s last hope in recovering from the pain was to worship. Through his constant time with God he has been led to encourage many people in how to overcome difficult situations. Naje’s debut EP “Father’s Place” was produced by Jude Amonsah and his team. The purpose of the Ep is to encourage all people especially the young to get closer to God and to persevere.
MERVIN MAYO pours out his heart with this new single 'I Need You Lord', composed by 2X GRAMMY Award Winner Rio “They Need a Hit” Bridges. This Gospel Hit performed by the Richmond, Virginia Police Officer, Gospel Recording artist and Minister is not only intended to heal the Nation in this difficult time of COVID 19, but also to touch the hearts and minds of people of all nationalities, experiencing social injustice and racism in America.
Mervin began playing the piano at the age of 13 at 4th Baptist Church. Since then Mr. Mayo has ministered gospel music in churches, events and sports arenas. In addition to being a Minister of music, he is also a Richmond, Virginia Police Officer and School Resource Officer. His purpose in life is to serve God by serving his community and protecting and serving inner city at risk youth in the process. God spoke to Mervin in a dream and told him to tell people of His goodness by preaching as well as using his gift of singing.
Minister Mayo dismissed this first calling in a dream for several years because he felt that it wasn’t what he wanted to do. Eventually, he befriended Pastor Anthony Franklin at work, who asked Mervin to help the music ministry for a little while until he finds a permanent piano player. Mervin played for a little over a year at TRP, now Truth Ministries, before a voice came to him again in a dream telling him to preach God's Word! He began speaking to God more often and became more obedient. Since his elevation, Minister Mervin Doronn Mayo Jr. has grown closer to God and has bubbled into a Phenomenal Gospel Singer. His work in Ministry is just beginning, and we all are blessed by his Music Ministry, Teaching and Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Provident Label Group is proud to release the debut single from new artist, LYDIA LAIRD. Lydia hails from Tyler, TX, and first made waves through an independent release that gained over 2 million streams on Apple Music! "Hallelujah Even Here" speaks to our deepest and darkest moments, to encourage us to look around and see that God is still present. Isaiah 41:10 says, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Iconic rock band STRYPER returns September 4th with their 13th studio album, "Even the Devil Believes" (Frontiers Music Srl). Earlier today, the band announced the album's first single, “Blood From Above.” Watch the official lyric video here: https://youtu.be/1DkLHDWGkV0
Filled with the band’s signature riffs, harmony-laden melodies and positive themes, the 11-track project is Stryper’s first studio album with Perry Richardson (Firehouse) on bass and background vocals.
“We’re incredibly happy to write a new chapter in the book of Stryper,” says vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet, who has served as the band’s primary songwriter since its inception in 1983. “This album was recorded during the pandemic, and I believe the message pertains to the times we are living in so perfectly. It’s a recording of hope and inspiration and a light in the darkest of times.”
Sweet, who also produced the new album, revealed that the band members delivered focused determination, a collaborative spirit and spot-on execution for the new record. The result is a collection of remarkable songs that will leave a strong impact on listeners.
“It has an energy, unlike any other album we’ve done,” he asserts. “We even pulled a song from the past that has never been heard or released, and by doing so we brought a little bit of 1989 back into the mix.”