A key songwriter for today’s church, multi-GRAMMY Award® and GMA Dove Award®-winning singer, songwriter, and worship leader MATT REDMAN announces the release of Let There Be Wonder on January 31, 2020. The highly anticipated album is Redman’s 14th career project and his first with Integrity Music.
Redman shares that whilst preparing for this 12-song collection the theme that shone through so strongly was the name, character, and story of Jesus: "I think there’s a need in our society and in church to absolutely name Him, to not just speak generically about who God is but to put a name on Him and to declare it and to say it - to sing the name of Jesus.”
Starting off with more than 50 songs, along with album producers Jacob Sooter and Joshua Silverberg, Redman dauntingly narrowed it down to the featured dozen. Writing all of the songs, he also collaborated with key writers and friends such as Sooter and Silverberg, Phil Wickham, Hillsong’s Joel Houston, Jason Ingram, Pat Barrett, Corey Voss, Andi Rozier (Vertical Church Band), Jon Guerra, and Brandon Lake, who also appears on the project along with Evan Craft.
“Let There Be Wonder encapsulates a lot of what has been in my heart when it comes to worship in these last few years,” he continues. “Worship songs will never be able to paint the full picture of God’s glory, but it’s so important that we aim high and give our best effort to conveying Him as fully as we can. When we do this, it’s much more honouring to God, and it’s much more helpful for us. My hope and prayer for this new record is that we’d find ourselves caught up in the life-giving worship of the true and living God. Let there be wonder!”
Watch Matt’s Live Video for “We Praise You” here:
With the New Year comes a new chapter for SOUTHERN RAISED. Eldest sibling of the multi-talented family group, Lindsay Reith, expressed her excitement, saying, “2020 is a new year, a new decade, and a new chapter for Southern Raised. Sarah, our banjo player and tenor vocalist, has decided to step into a new role off the road. We support her, love her and we are so thankful for every moment, memory, and mile traveled and spent together. The last almost 13 years touring as four siblings has been amazing. We look forward to creating new music, seeing new faces, and connecting with so many of you this year on the road. It is with great anticipation we step across the threshold into 2020!”
The band is currently writing new music and gearing up for another busy year. Their three-month run of shows at Silver Dollar City was so popular last year, the renowned theme park has invited them back for a four-month artist-in-residence stint in 2020.
The Coventry based, World renowned Recording Artist SANDRA (Godley) has released her highly anticipated sophomore recording project, ‘Reflections’ with her acclaimed Nashville, TN. Record Label, C&C Music Group. SANDRA’s distinct, notable voice has become a fan favorite across the UK and around the globe. She has been nominated for countless awards, and continues to expand her reach by sharing her gifts. While SANDRA’s career has been anchored in Gospel Music, this new project has reached far beyond the boundaries of Gospel Music. ‘Reflections’ consists of raw, emotional lyrics from the pen of SANDRA that reveal her life’s journey. The hills and the valleys…the heartache and happiness…the tears and the joy. SANDRA’s stellar performance and deliverance of each song will melt the hearts of the listener. This new direction is a bold one that forges a new path and journey opening up a world of possibilities rooted in a desire to expose her heart and soul through her lyrics and music. SANDRA’s album ‘reflection’ is now available on iTunes, amazon, and wherever great music is sold. Watch & Listen to the album preview here:
London based singer/songwriter DIRE PITAN releases his new single “Overcome,” on 7th February. This song is beautifully presented with an evocative arrangement, artfully reflecting the emotional rhythm of the narrative. The stirring backing vocals and resounding bass, mirror the triumphant refrain and consolidate the sense of a defiant, yet joyful opening to a new chapter.
His debut EP “Nowhere Else”, released in 2016, was the start of a string of successes. Dire featured as a supporting act for the UK sold out tour of Grammy Award Winning Artist Charles Jenkins in May of that year. Dire’s second single ‘Inspiration,’ which tells a positive story about his walk with God, went on to reach ‘number 1’ on the UK Christian Chart. With his music growing in popularity through a good deal of airplay on renowned radio stations including UCB, Cross Rhythms and Premier Gospel, Dire went on to release another single video called “No Delay” - which was filmed by Sofar Sounds, as exclusive live music platform in London.
Long-running Southern Gospel group NEW LEGACY PROJECT has announced a new search for a tenor singer to replace the talented Paul Secord. Secord has travelled with the group for the past six years and has been a staple of their solid and dynamic program.
In addition to stunning crowds with his amazing range and tone, he is also a talented writer and arranger. His song “I’ll Stand,” performed with New Legacy Project, is one of the crowd favourites. A dedicated family man, Secord has made the decision to pursue a career that will allow him to spend more time at home with his beautiful wife and two growing daughters. While he hasn’t yet announced his future plans, we know it will be God-centered and creatively fulfilling.
NLP owner Rick Price says, “There is nothing more important than a man’s commitment to his family, and while we will miss Paul, we completely support his decision. It will take an amazing man to fill his shoes, but we know God has a plan for NLP and we can’t wait to see who He sends.”
StowTown Records recently added a well-known artist to their roster. THE STEELES, comprised of Jeff and Sherry Steele and their son Brad, have worked as independent artists for the last several years. While their church commitments keep them close to home in Alabama, The Steeles have continued to write and perform music that has consistently charted on The Singing News Top 40 charts.
They feel the time is right for them to reconnect with fans and the industry by being a part of a record label, and StowTown Records is thrilled to be their new home. For co-owner and producer Wayne Haun, it feels like they are just picking up where they left off. “I worked with The Steeles 25 years ago. Most Gospel music fans know our rich history together. It’s been at least 10 years since I last got to work with them and this just feels like going back home. Not much has changed—except Brad has grown up to be a powerhouse musician and songwriter in his own right!”
Jeff and Sherry are happy to be working with their friend Wayne Haun and the team at StowTown. Jeff shares, “It’s been a long time since we were in the studio for a label and quite frankly I had said it would never happen again.” Sherry continues “Wayne has been family to The Steeles for 25 years. We just never allowed that door to close. We feel like it’s God’s timing, and we are excited.”
The Steeles’ first StowTown project will release in Spring 2020.
PLANETSHAKERS recently celebrated the release of Glory Part One with 30,000 people during a “Praise Party” at SMART Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. Recorded in Melbourne, Australia at Planetshakers Church, Glory Part One features over 30-minutes of music. A tangible, intentional expression of worshippers collectively pursuing the presence of God, the EP is led by Planetshakers’ Joth Hunt (who also produced and mixed the EP), Sam Evans, Aimee Evans, BJ Pridham, Joshua Brown, Rudy Nikkerud, Chelsi Nikkerud and more.
Glory Part One precedes the annual Planetshakers Conferences launching with the “Glory” theme at Melbourne Arena in Melbourne, AU April 1, Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane, AU (Bowen Hills QLD) April 17 and Every Nation Church in Cape Town, South Africa May 22. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Planetshakers Conference and its mission to lift up the name of Jesus to a generation.
Five-time Grammy nominated, seven-time GMA Dove Award winning KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER will be back with their new album via Daywind Records on February 21. Lift His Name will feature 9 newly-recorded songs from the team. The album will be preceded by lead single "The God I Serve."
Five-time Grammy nominated, seven-time GMA Dove Award winning Karen Peck and New River has impacted the Gospel Music industry for almost 30 years. In 2018, Karen Peck Gooch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Over the years, the musical team has shared the Gospel through song around the world, traveling throughout the US and Canada, as well as Israel, Central America, and Europe. The group is regularly featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming Video Series.
Jazz Guitarist ADAM HAWLEY is to release his New Album “Escape” on February 28th, 2020. It’s his third album, and features a star-studded cast of A-List artists including Rick Braun, Najee, Michael Lington, Marcus Anderson, Jeff Ryan, and Kat Hawley. Also, this is Adam’s first independent album and will be released on his newly formed label “MBF Entertainment,” with distribution through A Train Entertainment. You can pre-order signed copies now at Adam’s Online Store. It will be available at all outlets February 28, 2020!
Embrace Your Texture Enterprises presents the debut radio single from emerging ATL-based songwriter, PATRICK NOBLE ALLEN. This mid-tempo, urban inspiration song is titled ’Look To The Hills’ (3:37) and features Billboard Top 15 indie artist, Keyondra Lockett. Also lending their vocals to the track are Patrick as well as accomplished music producer, Jeshua “TedyP” Williams (Kelonate Gavin, Micah Stampley, Keyondra Lockett).
Affectionately known as “PNA”, Patrick is a looming songwriter who is delivering uplifting songs that inspire, edify, and motivate the entire urban music community. After spending over a decade as an independent radio promoter securing maximum radio airplay for some of Gospel music’s most recognizable acts, Patrick is poised to maximize his potential as a lyrical content creator while strategically positioning his compositions for national attention.
This year’s WHITBY GOSPEL MUSIC CONVENTION will take place over the weekend of 22nd-24th May, at the Whitby Pavilion. It’s a weekend of old fashioned gospel music in the Southern Gospel & Country Gospel style, with testimony and sing-along.
Artists appearing include; Paul Wheater, Tony Goodacre, The Ayrton Family, Samuel Purdy, Amy Roberts, The North Ness Boys, The Morrisons, The Low Country Boys, Stockton Citadel Salvation Army Band, plus comedian, Jimmy Cricket. Ticket prices and more information from:
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MASTER’S VOICE is finding comfort in God’s promises on Solace, their latest release from Sonlite Records. Solace recognizes there will be life after death, and therefore it isn’t something to be feared. With powerful and moving moments, Master’s Voice brings hope to the weary and finds peace in the gospel.
Solace begins with “Let Us Not Grow Weary,” a song about keeping a positive attitude and spreading God’s word, even when the world is a difficult place.
It’s followed by “He’s Coming Back,” the first radio single, detailing Christ’s return to Earth. T.J. Evans, singing lead, shares that day will be joyful for those headed to their eternal home.
“Why should I worry with the sinful world / I’m getting ready to leave / He’s coming back, I’m going home / Soon I’m gonna see the face of the one I’ve waited for so long.”
Solace has quiet reverent moments with “The Things Only God Can Do,” featuring Ricky Capps marveling at God’s power and the miracles only He can accomplish, and “Pray Through Me,” describing how hopelessness can be turned over to the Holy Spirit. Songs like “Because I Said So” and “Took It All Away” — which features David Folenius — remind us to trust in God’s plan as He’s given us all we need to live and thrive before reaching eternal life.
In “At Home,” featuring Jerry Pilgrim, Master’s Voice tells of learning about Heaven and all the wonders it will hold. “Five Minutes” reminds that diligently living as a follower of Christ will allow you to reach that promised land, and the haunting “Thinking Outside The Grave” serves as a warning to not be shortsighted and to remember life continues after death.
Other tracks include “This Same Jesus,” “Peace Like A River,” and “Last Of The Last Days.”
As a collection, Solace is a statement of being at peace with God’s plan for all life and a reminder of the glories Heaven promises after death.
Worship leader and gospel recording artist QUIANNA CRUTE recorded songs for her debut album live at Free Life Church in McDonough, GA. Hosted by Canton Jones, the event was packed to capacity for the heartfelt and spirit lead recording concert. Quianna released an introductory single entitled, "My Love Letter" a little while ago ahead of the recording. Since the release of the composition that exposes Quianna's heart for God in its rawest and most intimate state, supporters have not been disappointed and were overjoyed by the production and delivery of the performances at the packed-out event which featured collaborations with Canton Jones.
Quianna states: "I want my concerts to be the place where people come to get a message through the music that brings life to the dying, hope to the hopeless, and renewed faith to people who are on the brink of giving up on God. I want my concerts to be like a reservoir where people can come, be filled and have an experience with God that will change their lives forever, all over the world. I want to see people on their knees, arms and hands lifted, purging, and crying out to him; everyone on one accord worshiping and praising the true star, Jesus Christ."
Quianna and her team are currently working to complete her debut project "Created to Worship", which is slated for release early this year.
Acclaimed husband/wife Christian music duo SETH & NIRVA make their long-awaited return March 13 with their new album, One Voice, an impassioned 13-track collection of music and spoken-word vignettes. The project showcases the couple at their most vulnerable and most confident, tackling such deeply personal topics as racial reconciliation and apologetics. In advance of the new album, the couple has released the new song, "Be Still."
Helmed by UK-based songwriter/producer Jimmy James (Matt Redman, Guvna B) and Seth Ready, One Voice features guest turns from Newsboys' Michael Tait, as well as Mr. Talkbox and Dr. Tony Evans, among others. Opening with the upbeat, synth-driven "Light Up The Sky," a call to love one another above all, Tait is featured on "Turning Over Tables," a plea for unity in combatting fear and hate. Additionally, the project includes the poignant "Mercy," a tender request for the Saviour’s grace in the face of pain and injustice.
Dove Award winner JAMIE GRACE has released a new song titled 'Dream Big.' Grace reveals that she wrote the song to encourage her fans to 'work hard, pray more and dream big' as 2020 is a year 'full of new possibilities'.
She writes: "Working hard, praying more, and dreaming big is going to look different from person to person and that's how it's supposed to be In this season of my life working hard has been recovering my surgery and still choosing joy... I'm not yet 100% and wasn't able to shoot a music video yet *but* i knew i still wanted to release this song, because it's not about when you're 100% or feeling on top of the world. It's about the moments where you're not sure where your dreaming will take you, how your work will pan out and what the answer to your prayers will be, but you CHOOSE to work, pray and dream anyway."
"It's a new year full of new possibilities and a new day full of new mercies!! And I want to hear how you're working hard, praying more and dreaming big!" Listen to “cream Big” here: https://youtu.be/FuGL7q94mx8
Mountain Home Music Company recording artist THE CHUCK WAGON GANG saw great success in 2019 with the release of their album No Depression In Heaven: The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family, which quickly claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and reached No. 2 on the Nielsen Sound Southern Gospel Chart.
Now, they’ll be adding another accolade to their already storied career as the group’s recording of “I’ll Fly Away”—written by Albert Brumley in 1932 and recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang with its original members in 1948—will be inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. Founded in 1973, the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame honours recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.
“How honoured we are to know that this classic Chuck Wagon Gang recording will be inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame for 2020!” says Shaye Smith, the current alto singer and granddaughter of original alto Anna Carter Gordon Davis. “It is so exciting for us to see The Gang receiving such prominent recognition! I think those original four would be very proud!”
Danny Riley of GOLD CITY is pleased to share the news that Bruce Taliaferro will once again be standing behind the lead microphone for the award-winning gospel quartet. The return, for Bruce, means he will be stepping back into the role he last filled in 2010. His first date with Gold City is tentatively set for February 21, 2020, and he fills the position previously held by Scott Brand.
Danny says, “Bruce and I have been friends since we were teenagers. We had always dreamed of singing together and we realized that dream. I was so disappointed when he had to leave the road, but hoped that we would get the opportunity again. When this position opened up, his was the first number I called. I’m so grateful that God has allowed him to come back. We literally grew up with Gold City and share the same passion to see this ministry carry on. Those who remember Bruce from when he was with us from 2008 to 2010 will recall him as a powerhouse vocalist. That has not changed. I’m excited about the opportunity to again be singing with my longtime friend and to see how God is going to use him and all of Gold City in this new season.”
Gold City is currently celebrating their 40th year in gospel music and will be headed to the studio this spring to begin work on a new recording. This will be the follow-up to their highly acclaimed Hope For The Journey project.
REVERAND JOHN LEE HOOKER Jr., is the son of one of the greatest Blues and Legendary music icons in the world, the late John Lee Hooker (1971-2001). He is a musical artist who has received multiple awards throughout his career - 2 Grammy® Nominations, The California Music Award for Best Traditional Artist (2004), The W.C. Handy Award (2004), the Bay Area Music Chapter Come Back Artist of the Year Award, and the 2018 Bobby Blue Bland Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rev. Hooker, Jr. has traveled the globe sharing the stage with musical giants such as the late John Lee Hooker Sr, B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Taj Mahal, Lenny Kravitz, Z.Z. Top, the late Etta James, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, and The Rolling Stones. With his extensive performance log, and long list of accolades in Blues music, Rev. Hooker, Jr. now adds the most essential elements to his career - Minister and Gospel Music Artist.
"I left the Blues for the Good News," Rev. Hooker, Jr. shares. "I influence people with my music. The challenge was to sing another type of song and to generate positive feelings and educate people to not live the life I once lived."
"My God Is Holy" is Rev. Hooker, Jr.'s first single from his forthcoming TESTIFY album. The single is impacting Gospel and Urban AC Radio stations across the country. Written by Rev. Hooker, Jr. and album producer Larry Dwayne Batiste, "My God Is Holy" also has a companion music video that can be watched here:
Gospel Singer LUTHER BARNES has released his new single “Look To The Hills,” ahead of his forthcoming album . The Grammy nominated Reverend Luther Barnes has been a stalwart presence on the gospel scene for over two decades, scoring hit records as a solo artist, with quartet and choir’s, as well as alongside such artists as Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, John P. Kee, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and numerous others. Raised in the church from a young age, Rev. Barnes’ call to music ministry came early and he embarked on a hit-making career as lead singer, producer, songwriter and director of the “quartet” gospel group Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires. He also founded The Red Budd Gospel Choir which also scored a string of hits, including the Stellar Award-nominated “Somehow Someway.” In 2016 Barnes released his first project with Shanachie Entertainment in conjunction with SRT Entertainment, The Favour Of God. The well-received album was his first in a decade and featured his then brand new choir, the Restoration Worship Center Choir, and a stunning set of new compositions including the single “God’s Grace” which hit Top 5 on the Billboard Gospel chart. Listen to “Look to The Hills,” here: