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CARMAN, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member, Iconic CCM Trailblazer, Dies at Las Vegas Hospital




  LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 16, 2021) – GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, CARMAN, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital, after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.    Carman Dominic Licciardello, known to fans worldwide as “Carman,” was 65. Born January 19, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey, Carman began his musical career playing drums in his mother’s band at the age of 15. Carman holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and led more than 80,000 fans in worship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.   Among his many awards, Carman received the House of Hope of Humanitarian Award for his positive influence in the lives of American youth in 2006, other noted recipients of this award include Ronald & Nancy Reagan and Billy Graham. The Gospel Music Association honored Carman with induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Billboard named Carman “Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” in 1992 and 1995, and in 1993, his album, Addicted to Jesus, earned the distinction of Contemporary Christian Album of the Year. Carman was Grammy-nominated multiple times as the Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Artist. His recording, “A Long Time Ago in a Land Called Bethlehem” was nominated for “Album of the Year” by the Recording Academy in 1986.   In 1985, the release of his first #1 song, “The Champion,” solidified his place in music history and defined his soul-winning career as one of endurance, grit, dedication, and pure talent. Anyone who knew Carman knows that he counted only this as his greatest lifetime achievement – winning millions of souls to Christ.   Matt Felts, Carman’s manager, states: “When Carman resumed touring again a few years ago, he was concerned that no one would care that he was back. He was wrong. Every night fans packed out venues and his ministry was as powerful as it ever was. This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.   Carman was planning to embark on a 60-city tour later this month.   For more information, visit CarmanOnTour.com.  

ALTERNATIVE PHENOM ALEX HENRY FOSTER RELEASES

“THE SON OF HANNAH” VIDEO

BrooklynVegan, Prog Magazine Both Premiere Video

Loudwire, Best Of Rock, Post Rock, Progressive, More Spotify Playlists

Feature Single From Live Triple-Vinyl / Double-CD, Concert Film

Standing Under Bright Lights Releasing April 16

Alternative phenom Alex Henry Foster (AHF) releases today (Feb. 12) the first video, “The Son of Hannah,” from his live triple-vinyl / double-CD and concert film Standing Under Bright Lights that is set to release April 16 and is available to preorder now from Hopeful Tragedy Records.

Premiered yesterday by both BrooklynVegan and Prog Magazine, “The Son of Hannah” video was recorded live in front of a sold out Club Soda (July 2019) while AHF headlined the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The concert was named one of the top five events not to be missed by Canada’s national TV/Radio broadcaster CBC.

Premiering the Standing Under Bright Lights lead single last week, American Songwriter reveals that “‘The Son of Hannah’ is an intimate reflection on keeping faith in moments of great despair…Propelled by a deeper turmoil, Foster maneuvers from his delicately sinister oration into something more captivatingly honest, and raw, sorely declaring He left me with nothing / No words, no direction to set myself in / But he gave me everything I’ve ever needed…Taught me to feed a spirit of my own / To carry my voice beyond morning views / And to leave the past behind.”

“The Son of Hannah” is also featured on multiple Spotify Playlists, including Loudwire’s “Weekly Wire-This Week’s Best Songs,” “Best Of Rock” (along with Foo Fighters, Five Finger Death Punch, Adelitas Way, Breaking Benjamin and more), plus Post RockDark Folk, Progressive, Noise Rock, Sad songs for hopeful nights and others.

From Montreal and now residing in the highlands of Virginia, Foster’s full production, 11-piece band concert, Standing Under Bright Lights, was originally set to release October 8, 2020, which would have been his late father’s birthday. Instead, Foster decided to utilize the extra time the worldwide pandemic would give him to produce the recording and concert film.

The resulting project features “The Son of Hannah” along with every song from AHF’s debut solo album, Windows in the Sky, which hit No. 1 multiple times on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, staying in the Top 40 on the chart for a full year after its release. The songs from this celebrated album were re-invented for the live recording as the band performed along with a movie projection produced by Foster. Almost 2 hours and 30 minutes long, the concert at which Standing Under Bright Lights was recorded is now considered among the best concerts throughout the 40 years of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Following the release of the album, Foster and his band are preparing to tour internationally with 23 dates in Europe set to begin in May, pandemic allowing.

The full Standing Under Bright Lights track listing follows:

1)    The Son of Hannah

2)    The Pain That Bonds (The Beginning Is the End)

3)    Winter Is Coming In

4)    Shadows of Our Evening Tides

5)    The Hunter (By the Seaside Window)

6)    Snowflakes in July

7)    Summertime Departures

8)    Lavender Sky

9)    The Love That Moves (The End Is Beginning)

For all the latest Alex Henry Foster tour, music news and more, go to http://alexhenryfoster.com/, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Hopeful Tragedy Records Store.

About Alex Henry Foster:

Rolling Stone, Paste, 2021 Montreal Gazette cover-featured Alex Henry Foster launched his debut solo album Windows in the Sky Nov. 9, 2018. The album’s critical and mass success would once again propel Foster to the forefront of the Canadian music scene where he stood for about a decade as the lead singer for Juno Awards-nominated, post-rock band Your Favorite Enemies before going on hiatus the moment he left for Tangier to mourn his father’s passing. This grieving period, which would last two years, became a journey to the end of his sorrowful desperation and is what would ultimately inspire and give life to the No. 1-selling Windows in the Sky. From Montreal and currently living in Virginia, Foster is using his music and lyrics to bring something greater than ourselves, and shares from personal experiences about depression, dreams, grief and hope. Along with the live album and concert film Standing Under Bright Lights releasing April 16, Foster is preparing to release his book If Only the Voices In My Head Couldn’t Lie later this year.

LACEY STURM RELEASES “STATE OF ME” GLOBALLY

Written With Skillet, Single From Upcoming Album

Extends An Aggressive, Musically Violent Lifeline

SiriusXM Octane Adds Single, Loudwire Features Video

Making history as the first female solo artist to top the Hard Rock Albums chart with her five-star acclaimed Life Screams (2016), Lacey Sturm returns today (Feb. 12) with her second single, “State of Me,” from her highly-anticipated sophomore project slated to release this summer. The Platinum-selling, GRAMMY-nominated frontwoman of Flyleaf (through 2012) wrote the new song with Skillet’s John and Korey Cooper. The single is available now at digital and streaming outlets everywhere from FOLLOWSPOT Records / The Fuel Music.

Marking a continued return to her hard-rock roots, Lacey’s “State of Me” extends an aggressive, musically violent lifeline to herself, and to those hanging over the precipice; those drowning under a crushing weight.

“Choosing life is violent in that we reject every subtle form of suicide, every eternal death choice that would try to disorient, distract and seduce us away,” says Lacey, who lost someone close to her in this season and has herself narrowly escaped suicide twice in her life. “Eternal life starts in our soul. So look at the state of it. And if you see eternal death, be violent against it, cut off every temporary thing that would bring that into your heart and reach out and cling to eternal life, even if it costs you this temporary one.”

Produced, recorded and mixed by her husband, Josh Sturm, “State of Me” follows the release of Lacey’s SiriusXM Octane and Loudwire-featured track “The Decree,” and remains uncommonly true to the artist’s experience.

“During times of loss it’s obvious that what we see is temporary. We have to accept that. But what lingers after loss is what we can’t see. That is eternal,” continues Lacey. “What really matters is love, faith, the spirit. The soul. When I focus there, on the eternal things, I find a tremendous resolve to protect what matters most.”

Along with “State of Me” being added to rotation on SiriusXM Octane, Loudwire also features Lacey’s companion “State of Me” video today at Noon EST.

Performing live with Skillet before the pandemic shut down arena tours, Lacey has since been writing new music and finding creative ways to connect with fans. Singing on Breaking Benjamin’s 2020 single “Dear Agony (Aurora Version),” which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 after 20 weeks on the chart while racking up well over 10 million views on YouTube alone, Lacey has also performed with Shinedown and others on drive-in theater stages and has hit virtual stages along with Metallica, Three Days Grace, Seether and others during the Recording Academy-sponsored Octane Home Invasion Festival.

Continuing to inspire others to strive for better ways to live and love, all the latest Lacey Sturm news, tour details and more can be found at laceysturm.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

About Lacey Sturm:

Performing on rock music’s largest festival stages and at sold out gigs across the U.S. alongside iconic bands, Lacey has also rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live audiences as well as the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan. She has further collaborated on recordings with artists like Breaking Benjamin, Skillet, Geno Lenardo, Apocalyptica, Orianthi, Resident Hero and Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) while earning a GRAMMY nomination for a recording with Third Day. Gracing covers as a LOVEsick model for Hot Topic and writing award winning books, she has also gathered numerous movie, television, soundtrack and video game placements with Flyleaf, such as Underworld: Awakening Soundtrack, Nightmare Before Christmas: Cover Album, Live Free or Die Hard, Rock Band and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, The Sims 2, Resident Evil: Extinction, Underworld: Evolution, MTV New Year’s Eve, and many more.

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Nashville, TN, the Fuel team brings nearly 70 years of combined music industry experience in record label operations, major label distribution and marketing, and artist management for artists ranging from upstart bands to GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-Platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.

APOLLO LTD ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM

NOTHING IS ORDINARY, EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL

TO RELEASE FEB. 5

“Good Day” Single Featuring Social Club Misfits

Sets Hopeful Tone For 2021

Animated “Good Day” Video Premieres Jan. 6

Residence/Centricity Music’s cinematic, alternative-pop duo Apollo LTD blurs the horizon between organic music and electronic soundscapes on its sophomore LP Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful releasing Feb. 5. Available to preorder now, the album features uplifting anthems about resilience and resolve, each dreamt into existence by bandmates Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark, two collaborative producers and songwriters who have learned to keep a steady perspective during unstable times.

Wide-armed, Technicolor music that is built to move, punctuated by messages that pack as powerful a punch as the EDM drops, pulsing drumbeats and singalong choruses that push each track skyward, Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful is music for clubs, cathedrals and coliseums.

“Life is a matter of perspective, which is what we wanted to convey with the album’s title,” says Stark. “There are silver linings all around if you’re willing to shift your perspective to find them. Life’s hard. It really is. But your perspective matters. Keep your eyes open, be present, and look for the good — because it’s there, if you choose to see it.”

Building upon the bold, climatic sound of its 2019 Dove Award-nominated Out of Body debut that sparked the duo’s first Top 40 hits “Gold” and “On The Way Up,” Apollo LTD introduced its “Good Day” from Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful on New Year’s Eve. The single offers hope for a new beginning in 2021 along with a catchy swirl of pop melodies, hip-hop swagger and rapped verses from Social Club Misfits.

“In a year like this where things have been super heavy, ‘Good Day’ feels like a respite, a breath of fresh air, a new beginning,” says Phillips. “We spend so much time and energy in our lives worrying, toiling over our pasts and future and missing out on so much of what is actually valuable. God is in our future. He’s gone before us, and gives us the capacity to be hopeful. We can wake up in the morning and be OK, be happy, light.”

Apollo LTD and Social Club Misfits members come together again, this time as animated characters in the “Good Day” video set to premiere this Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7:00 pm CST / 8:00 pm EST. The video follows the Hot AC / CHR Billboard hit and American Songwriter-premiered video “You.”

Along with “You,” “Good Day” and the featured singles “Rulers,” “Now!” and “Patient,” Nothing is Ordinary, Everything is Beautiful features an even wider arc of diversity. From the electric guitars that ground “Better” in an earthbound stomp to the synth-pop sweep of “Soldier On” and dance-floor dynamism of “Tears to Diamonds,” all the songs share themes of optimism and mindfulness — of finding silver linings in the most troublesome of situations.

“That’s a narrative we always weave into our music; the desire to believe that things are going to get better,” says Jordan. “2020 was a year that created a lot of anxiety in all of us, but with these songs, we’re choosing joy in the midst of chaos. Things can still be beautiful, even if they aren’t ordinary. The thread is hope.”

Phillips and Stark, two longtime friends who make up Apollo LTD, share the common goal to write honest songs that unite, turning the challenges that all humans face into reasons to band together. Their songs have been heard on outlets like Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19 and shows featured on ESPN, FOX Sports, Comedy Central, NBC and ABC while gathering well over 10 million streams and sparking three top 25 Christian radio singles.

When not in quarantine, Apollo LTD shares an explosive energy live on stage featuring Phillips’ elastic vocal instrument equipped with a strong falsetto and Stark’s playing that has been honed as a session instrumentalist and years of touring as a lead guitarist. Along with their own headline events, the duo has shared stages with Panic at the Disco, DNCE, All-American Rejects, Kesha, Amanda Lindsay Cook and more.

For all the latest Apollo LTD tour, music, news and more information, go to https://weareapolloltd.com/, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Pandora.

About Apollo LTD:

Named after the NASA program that sent the first human beings to the Moon, Apollo LTD has become an escalating highlight reel since their formation in 2015, with its songs reaching tens-of-millions on television, radio and streaming outlets nationally and internationally. Making cinematic, alt-pop music with a message that reaches skyward and rooted in a mix of organic instruments, electronic soundscapes, anthemic hooks and shimmering production, Apollo LTD have an expert grasp of the pop genre,” says The Atlantic Magazine as Artist Direct agrees they are “a band that builds melodic hooks, powerful pop tunes and lyrics that play with expectation.” Consequence of Sound says, “Each melody could be a hook in its own right…radio friendly single with bite.” Making waves with its Out of Body LP (2019) and cracking the Top 40 with radio singles like “Gold” and “On The Way Up,” Apollo LTD is poised for success with new music in 2021.

About Residence/Centricity Music: 

Residence/Centricity Music is an independent Christian music company based in Franklin, Tenn. Founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity, its artist roster includes Andrew Peterson, Apollo LTD, Caitie Hurst, Chris Renzema, Coby James, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point Worship, PEABOD and Unspoken. Providing label and publishing services, Centricity is a family-owned organization, and they like it that way. The committed work of its staff and artists has yielded successes such as Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, and multiple Gold and Platinum Albums and Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit www.centricitymusic.com.

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Max Lucado’s THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE Available to Watch Free of Charge Through the Holiday Season

RevelationMedia Releases Film as a Christmas Family Movie Night Event    McKinney, TX – To celebrate the holiday season, RevelationMedia is offering families the opportunity to watch the classic Christmas film THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE free of charge through the end of the year. This film adaptation of the beloved book by Max Lucado can be viewed at www.watchchristmascandle.com.   Lucado expressed his excitement in sharing the film with families free of charge, stating, “Christmas is the season every year in which we invite the world to think outside what we expect, and open ourselves up to the possibility of a supernatural surprise.”   “It has been a stressful year. I’ve seen people putting up Christmas decorations just to feel better,” shares Steve Cleary, Executive Director of RevelationMedia. “With Christmas looking different this year, families need positive faith-affirming entertainment options. We hope that the gift of THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE will help families enjoy the hope and miracle season, and reinforce the true meaning of Christmas. This is for any family that watches movies together as a tradition, or maybe this is the year they want to start that tradition!”   THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE shares the story of the Victorian English village of Gladbury. Legend has it that every 25 years, an angel visits the local candlemaker and touches a single candle, and whoever lights that candle receives a miracle on Christmas eve. But in 1890, at the beginning of the electric age, the legend may meet its end as a young pastor arrives, ready to modernize the community. It is up to the candlemaker to fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas candle, but when the blessed candle goes missing, can the miracle still happen?   Directed by John Stephenson, THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE boasts an all-star cast, including Hans Matheson (SHERLOCK HOLMES, CLASH OF THE TITANS), Samantha Barks (LES MISERABLES), Lesley Manville (PHANTOM THREAD, MALEFICENT), John Hannah (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, THE MUMMY), and marks the big-screen debut of Susan Boyle (Britain’s Got Talent).   Throughout 2020, RevelationMedia has brought incredible stories into homes across the world, free of charge. Over 493,000 families have accepted the opportunity to watch A PILGRIM’S PROGRESS through the platform in 14 different languages.    Also released through the platform this year have been THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE (79,000 views), THE INSANITY OF GOD (35K streams), and PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: EXODUS (60K streams)   RevelationMedia’s mission is: to produce and license culturally-relevant and engaging media that leads people into a relationship with their Creator, to translate the media into the top languages of the world alongside global ministry partners, and to distribute the media, making it freely available to missionaries worldwide.    In the coming weeks, RevelationMedia will also be adding an exclusive interview with Lucado to the site, as well as a special holiday offer for The Christmas Candle book. To sign up to view Max Lucado’s THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE, please go to www.WatchChristmasCandle.com.

PLANETSHAKERS CELEBRATES IT’S CHRISTMAS LIVE RELEASING NOV. 27

Available For Preorder Now, Album Features Planetshakers’ Unique Interpretations Of Christmas Classics Alongside Original Songs

Daystar Television Network Globally Broadcasts Companion Video Dec. 22,

Christmas Down Under, Recorded Live From Planetshakers Australia

Amazon Prime Video Features It’s Christmas Live Next Month

Internationally recognized praise band Planetshakers globally releases It’s Christmas Live Nov. 27 from Venture3Media (V3M). Available to pre-buy / pre-save now at all major digital and streaming outlets, the recording celebrates Jesus and His coming to earth to bring us life, hope and freedom.

Recorded live in front of a packed auditorium at Planetshakers Church before the pandemic lockdowns, the full production recording and companion video was produced, directed and mixed by Joth Hunt at Planetshakers Studios. Combining Planetshakers’ unique musical interpretation of classic favorites alongside its original Christmas songs, the new album is led by Hunt and worship leaders Rudy Nikkerud, Chelsi Nikkerud, Natalie Ruiz, Joe Vatucicila, Rachel Vatucicila, Kemara Fuimaono and Steve Sowden. The recording also features a 59-voice choir and multiple drum, guitar, bass and keyboard musicians.

“Christmas is a great time to remember what Jesus has done,” says Russell Evans, Planetshakers Founder and Lead Pastor. “Despite what we may see around us or how we may feel, Christmas is a time where we can refocus our attention firmly on Jesus. God becoming man to save humanity!”

“The Christmas season is a wonderful time to celebrate the goodness of God,” adds Hunt. “These songs are full of life and joy; great reminders of some of the blessings God has given to believers.”

This all new live recording of Planetshakers’ first-ever full-length studio Christmas album released last year highlights the David Foster and Carole Bayer Sayer-penned “The Prayer (Italian Lyric Version)” that is beautifully-delivered in a Natalie Ruiz and Joe Vatucicila duet. Other highlights include the lead track “Angels We Have Heard On High,” which has additional lyrics by Hunt, the title track and original song “It’s Christmas,” co-written by worship leader and pastor Sam Evans, the jazz-inspired original offering “All Glory” featuring Hunt on vocals and piano, and the declarative original “Light of the World” spiced with rap vocals.

The new album’s companion, 60-minute video special entitled, Christmas Down Under, Recorded Live from Planetshakers Australia, will be broadcast globally by Daystar Television Network, American’s largest Christian TV network, beginning at 11:00 am CST / 12:00 Noon EST Dec. 22. Hosted by Planetshakers’ Joshua Brown and Daystar’s Rachael Lamb Brown, the special will not only feature all the new music from It’s Christmas Live, but also a timely message from Pastor Evans.

Along with Daystar’s Christmas Down Under presentation, Amazon Prime Video will further offer a special It’s Christmas Live feature next month.

“Now more than ever before we need to make a deliberate decision to remember the joy of Christmas,” says Joshua Brown. “The joy of knowing that Jesus, through his unconditional love, gave up heaven and came to earth to serve us, by giving His life, so we can take on His eternal life through Salvation.”

The full It’s Christmas Live track listing follows:

1.  Angels We Have Heard On High (Live)

2. Joy To The World (Live)

3. It’s Christmas (Live)

4. The First Noel (Live)

5. Silent Night (Live)

6. All Glory (Live)

7. Hark (Live)

8. O Holy Night (Live)

9. The Prayer (Italian Lyric Version) (Live)

10. Light Of The World (Live)

11. O Come All Ye Faithful (Live)

Along with the live recording, Planetshakers released its Over It All studio album earlier this month. The recording features 10 artfully crafted songs, all inspired by the hurt and the hope they see around them in this season. Sharing Bible-based, faith declarations, the album opens with the “247 365” principle of worship as the title track emphasizes that God is “Over It All” and the closing track, “The Great Outpouring,” looks past the present pandemic, declaring that “revival is in the air.”

All the latest Planetshakers music and more news can be found at Planetshakers.com, YouTube (1.12 million subscribers), Instagram (598,000 followers), Spotify (692,000 monthly listeners), Twitter (177,900 followers) and Facebook (over 1.64 million followers).

About Planetshakers:

Passionate, vibrant, relevant and powerful are all words that aptly describe the ministry and church of Planetshakers, founded by Russell and Sam Evans.

After a radical encounter with God, Russell established a conference called Planetshakers in 1997. The conference quickly became renowned for its passionate praise and worship, its ability to stir hunger in young people for encounters with God, and the frequent outbreaks of miracles, signs and wonders.

With a deep desire to see more people encounter Jesus and His tangible Presence, Russell and Sam founded Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. In addition to the church, Planetshakers Ministries International has a significant global footprint— expressing the Planetshakers mandate, worldwide, through music and touring, international conferences and events, Planetshakers Bible College and working with governments around the world to bring systemic change.

Planetshakers is a church and ministry for all; everyone is welcome; in its Melbourne campus over 150 nations are represented with the primary desire being that people find the healing, breakthrough and provision they need as they encounter the tangible Presence of Jesus and His family, in a personal and life-changing way.

About Venture3Media:

Venture3Media is a global music label and song publisher with sales, marketing, promotional, radio, television and movie expertise. V3M provides distribution platforms across all digital channels, including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Tencent, 7Digital, Google Music, Facebook, Pandora, Tidal, Sirius and Rhapsody. Physical distribution includes online retailers such as Amazon, national retail chains, sub-distributors and internationally through well-established licensee’s and distributors. V3M is excited to build a global ecosystem that serves the vision and heart of Planetshakers.

MANIC DRIVE to Release New EP – VOL 1 – on November 20

MANIC DRIVE to Release VOL 1 On November 20   Toronto, ONT – Juno Award-winning artists Manic Drive, consisting of brothers Shawn and Michael Cavallo, are continuing their musical journey with a series of volumes. Their first project, simply titled Vol 1 will release Friday, November 20, 2020, through a new partnership with The Orchard (owned by Sony Music).   In sync with their new release date, Manic Drive will be hosting an interactive live-stream extravaganza titled “Virtual Experience”. Ticket holders can witness Manic Drive’s signature stage theatrics and high energy live show, while interacting live with the band.  More information can be found here.   After impacting 44 arenas on Winter Jam 2019 and topping multiple Billboard charts throughout recent years, Manic Drive has independently gained over 50 Million plays across streaming platforms. Their recent television and commercial success with NBC Universal, McDonald’s, and top YouTube Channels (including “Dude Perfect” ) has also propelled Manic Drive into new territory as they expand their audience base through new avenues.    Vol 1 will feature 6 new tracks produced by Joël Bruyère (Thousand Foot Krutch), including songs like “High Life” featuring Mr. Talkbox, internationally known for his collaboration with Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”. The series of songs will take listeners on a journey from explosive high-energy anthems like “Champion,”  to somber, eye-opening moments as portrayed in their leading single “Thank God I’m Alive”. In addition to the new songs, Manic Drive will be supporting this project with several new music videos set to release throughout the following months.   Manic Drive’s latest releases have already received strong online reactions, with their latest single ”Champion” added to mainstream Apple and Spotify Editorial playlists. As of early November, their pre-released singles have already accumulated over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone. 
It’s no surprise that the recent events of 2020 have shaped Manic Drive’s expression through music. With losses and gains in their immediate family and shifts in their music career, the dynamics are difficult to ignore. The result is an album full of honesty, merged with the band’s signature edge-pop sound. Manic Drive’s Vol 1 is the first of many volumes to be released in yearly increments and sets the pace of Manic Drive’s musical direction. 

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHRIS WARK’S INNOVATIVE NEW BOOK, BEAT CANCER DAILY, RELEASES TODAY, OCTOBER 27, AMIDST ACCLAIM


New Combination Daily Devotional & Self-Care Guide from Hay House Publishing Distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services Hit No. 1 on Three Amazon Charts in Pre-Release

Author of Publishers Weekly / Wall Street Journal / USA Today / Amazon Best-Selling Book, Chris Beat Cancer, Offers 365 Days of Inspiration, Encouragement, and Action Steps to Survive and Thrive
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 27, 2020) – After dominating multiple Amazon sales charts in pre-release, best-selling author Chris Wark’s new book, Beat Cancer Daily: 365 Days of Inspiration, Encouragement, and Actions Steps to Survive and Thrive, is available today, October 27, 2020, in both hardback and ebook formats. Published by Hay House Publishing and distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services, Beat Cancer Daily is available wherever books are sold. 
In the weeks prior to its release, the latest from the internationally acclaimed speaker, health coach, and patient advocate claimed the top spot on not one, but three of Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases charts.
Following on the heels of his 2018 Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling debut book, Chris Beat Cancer, the hardcover version of Beat Cancer Daily claimed the No. 1 spot on the online retailer’s New Releases in Breast Cancer, New Releases in Prostate Health, and New Releases in Prostate Disease charts. 
“The early response to the book has been overwhelming,” says Chris. “I’m so excited the day has come to share it with the rest of the world.”
Best-selling author Chris Wark’s innovative new book, a combination daily devotional and self-care guide, Beat Cancer Daily, releases today, October 27, 2020. The book, from Hay House Publishing and distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services, has already hit No. 1 on three Amazon.com best-seller charts in pre-release. (Hay House Publishing photo) 
The groundbreaking book is primarily derived from Wark’s own journey with cancer and healing, along with his worldwide health coaching work. It is a combination daily devotional and self-care guide, featuring transformational nuggets of scripture, health, nutrition and detox advice, inspiration, encouragement, and practical actions for surviving life’s difficult storms.
“My cancer journey changed my life and taught me invaluable lessons about life and death, faith and fear, self-care and survival,” says Wark. “Over the last 16 years, I’ve had the privilege of studying and learning from many other survivors, doctors, and experts.”
Wark has poured his hard-earned wisdom into 365 chapters, each focused on promoting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. 
“Every day is an opportunity for change and growth,” Wark says. “The intention of this book is to help you work through the process of radical life change—to help you make your life simpler, yet richer. To help you take control of your health, to help you face your fears, to help you fan the flames of faith, to help you let go of the past, and to help you embrace the present and be hopeful about the future.”
At a time when the future is so uncertain for so many people due to the coronavirus and societal unrest, Beat Cancer Daily is a timely and practical lifeline for cancer patients, caregivers, and others experiencing the ill-effects of such a stressful season.  
A survey of cancer patients conducted by the American Cancer Society in May 2020 found that 87% of respondents were impacted in some way by COVID-19. The pandemic presents cancer patients and caregivers with new challenges, from delays in treatment therapies like chemotherapy to limited access to appointments and imaging services. Such circumstances lead to increased levels of anxiety, depression, worry, and fear, which leads to much worse cancer outcomes.
Wark’s emphasis on developing healthy habits to strengthen mind, body, and spirit is also proving helpful to those who may not have cancer but are suffering from chronic illness, including anxiety and depression, both of which are on the rise amid the pandemic.
Beat Cancer Daily shares simple, practical habits for individuals to implement into their daily routine to counter today’s toxic environment’s negative impact. And it is a timely reminder of the power of the mind and its effect upon physical health—specifically, how self-talk can be a constructive or destructive force.
“Your own words can build you up or tear you down. They can create an atmosphere of peace or one of disharmony,” says Wark. “Pay attention to the things you say to yourself and choose to speak words of life over your body and your situation.”
In addition to mindful self-talk, Beat Cancer Daily focuses on removing those things from our lives that contribute to toxicity and interfere with a healing lifestyle and mindset. Wark suggests eliminating alcohol and tobacco, pharmaceuticals, switching to a plant-based diet, filtering your water to remove toxins, and replacing personal and home-cleaning supplies with organic or non-toxic brands. Step-by-step, Wark walks readers through small, effective choices they can make to increase their chance of defeating cancer or other chronic illnesses.
“A healing mindset takes fortitude, faith, courage, and acceptance of support when you need it most,” Wark says. “As a cancer survivor, I understand the daily struggles involved in healing from cancer. It’s a battle,” Wark says. “But it’s not so much a battle in the body as it is a battle in the mind. In order to heal your body, you must first win the battle in your mind. Changing your thoughts will change your life.”
Beat Cancer Daily helps readers approach every aspect of their healing with purpose. Filled with scriptures, healthy-eating tips, ways to hold on to hope, guidance on simplifying life, and encouragement to find gratitude in the present, the book is the daily support people need—whether they have cancer or not.
“Embrace the challenge and know that you have the divine guidance and power to prosper—mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” says Wark. “Your future will be better than your past, better than you can even imagine.”
In his book, Wark advocates developing other important Beat Cancer Daily habits, including:
  • Spending time in the Bible   • Spending time in prayer and meditation   • Giving your fears and worries to God   • Practicing gratitude   • Choosing to think positively   • Forgiving everyone who has ever hurt you (including yourself), and forgiving new offenses quickly   • Getting eight or more hours of sleep each night   • Eating 10-plus servings of fruits and vegetables per day   • Juicing   • Exercising
In 2003, Wark was diagnosed with stage IIIC colon cancer. Following his physician’s advice, he underwent surgery, which removed a golf-ball sized tumor…and a third of his colon. At that point, Wark had a decision to make: follow the traditional treatment of chemotherapy or embark on a radically different path of altering his diet and lifestyle in an attempt to allow his body to heal itself.
Wark chose the latter course of action and documented his remarkable story in his best-selling debut book, Chris Beat Cancer, released on September 25, 2018, from Hay House Publishing.
As he continues his own journey to wellness, Wark encourages others to take their challenges one day at a time. 
“This book will challenge you in the best way possible,” says Wark. “It will challenge you to examine your life from every angle, to think differently, to push through resistance, and to take massive action. I didn’t just write this book to help you; I wrote it to help me, too. Even though I don’t have cancer anymore, I need this encouragement, advice, inspiration, and motivation every single day, just like you. Don’t get discouraged by what you can’t do. Focus on what you can do and do those things. Do the can-dos now and chip away at the can’t-dos along the way. My prayer for you is that you prosper in good health even as your soul prospers. And that you beat cancer daily!”
For more information, visit chrisbeatcancer.com/beatcancerdaily.
About Chris Wark:  Author, speaker, and health coach Chris Wark was diagnosed with stage IIIC colon cancer in 2003 at 26 years old. He had surgery, but instead of chemotherapy, he used nutrition and natural therapies to heal himself with God’s help. Since then, Chris, who began lecturing at smoothie bars, hospitals, churches, culinary schools, and Whole Foods Markets, has become a best-selling author and a sought-after speaker at health and wellness events around the world.
Wark has made many appearances on radio and television, including The 700 Club; Hallmark Home & Family; Cornerstone TV’s flagship show, Real Life; nationally syndicated radio show Bill Martinez Live!; KSBJ’s Sunday Night Live with Kim Weir; The Ricki Lake Show; The Lisa Oz Show; Charisma Media’s Hope Through Cancer podcast; and more. Wark was also featured in The Truth About Cancer docu-series and in the documentary film, The C Word.
Author Chris Wark announces the release of his new devotional book, Beat Cancer Daily, from Hay House Publishing and Penguin Random House Publisher Services. (Chris Wark photo)
Wark inspires countless people to take control of their health and reverse disease with a radical transformation of diet and lifestyle. For more information, visit chrisbeatcancer.com.
About Hay House Publishing: Hay House was founded in 1984 by Louise Hay as a way to self-publish her first two books, Heal Your Body and You Can Heal Your Life, both of which became international best-sellers (You Can Heal Your Life sold more than 35 million copies worldwide) and established Louise as a leader in the transformational movement.
Today, Hay House is committed to delivering products and services that empower and educate the individual, while helping to heal our planet. In 1987, Hay House was incorporated and began full-scale operations. It now publishes books, CDs, DVDs, calendars, and the well-known card decks that are part of its beautifully illustrated and conceived Lifestyles line.
Hay House Publishing books are distributed through Penguin Random House Publisher Services.
For more information, visit hayhouse.com.

Coming to Theaters-New Drama Shares One Man’s PTSD Battle. New Trailer Released Today

*New Trailer Launched for *
*MY BROTHER’S KEEPER – In Theaters January 2021.*
*Powerful Story of One Man’s Battle with PTSD to be Released in Theaters by Collide Distribution and Iconic Events.*
Franklin, TN – Collide Distribution and Iconic Events are honored to bring the feature film *MY BROTHER’S KEEPER* to theaters nationwide. Beginning January 22, 2021, this powerful story of faith and redemption in the wake of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will hit theaters across the US. Home entertainment will follow in the spring of 2021, through UPHE Content Group.
To celebrate, today the filmmakers at Manns Mackie Studios are launching not only the film website (mbkfilm.com ) but also debuting a new trailer launching the project.
The new trailer can be viewed here :
The message of MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is needed, now more than ever,” shares Bishop Charles Mackie, Executive Producer and COO of Manns Mackie Studios. “During this pandemic, more people than ever have been silently struggling with PTSD, depression, fear, anger, and a number of other issues. Families have been challenged in learning to support struggling family members during quarantine. MY BROTHER’S KEEPER faces tough issues head-on and gives real hope and help to viewers.” *Synopsis:*
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER shares the story of returning war veteran SFC Travis Fox (TC Stallings) who has one more battle to fight – PTSD. Fox and his best friend SFC Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Joey Lawrence) are in their 6th combat deployment when Preach and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in a deadly improvised explosive device attack. Travis returns to his hometown to settle the affairs of his parents who had passed away years before. In searching for answers about his parents, he also discovers a new obstacle in PTSD. He finds support from church counselor, Tiffany Robertson (Keshia Knight-Pulliam) and slowly begins to rediscover his faith in God until he discovers a secret. Travis uncovers a secret hidden by his best friend Donnie Berry (Robert Ri’chard) that threatens his new-found faith, restores his guilt, and causes him to consider the unthinkable.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was directed by Kevan Otto (A QUESTION OF FAITH, FORGIVEN) and written by US Army Veteran Ty Manns (A QUESTION OF FAITH, THE 5TH QUARTER). The film stars TC Stallings (WAR ROOM, A QUESTION OF FAITH), Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey, Blossom, Hawaii Five-0), Robert Ri’chard (COACH CARTER, Empire), and Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show).
Tickets for MY BROTHER’S KEEPER will go on sale in early November. Sign up to receive up-to-the-minute information on the film, receive exclusive content, and get information on when local theaters will be re-opening and resuming tickets sales at mbkfilm.com . *About Manns Mackie Studios:*
Manns Mackie Studios is a concept-to-consumer feature-film production company that specializes in family and faith-based films.
*About Iconic Events:*
Iconic Events is a premium marketing and content delivery platform for rights holders that enhances a shared fan experience presented in cinemas through a state of the art visual and immersive sound experience on the Big Screen. In partnership with some of the nation’s leading cinema brands and finest luxury theaters, the Iconic Theatre Network is comprised of over 40 independent theatre circuits representing 700 theatre locations and over 6,000 screens nationwide with a presence in all of the top DMAs. Iconic Events acquires, markets, and distributes a diverse range of exciting events delivered to audiences in the comfort and convenience of their local theatres.
*About Collide Distribution: *
Collide Distribution, a division of Collide Media Group, specializes in downstreaming home entertainment distribution through UPHE Content Group. Collide Media Group was formed in 2016 by veteran Christian entertainment marketing executive Bob Elder with a mission dedicated to “elevating media that inspires a deeper relationship with Christ.” The Collide team has worked on over 50 Faith-Based films, creating and executing marketing campaigns that have generated billions of impressions and resulted in hundreds of millions of ticket transactions. The Group is officed in historic downtown Franklin Tennessee. *About UPHE Content Group:*
Headquartered in London, UPHE Content Group is a repertoire centre of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television, and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. UPHE Content Group is part of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets, and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television, and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming, and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Celebration Worship Releases Lineage LP; Preeminent, Messianic Worship Artist Paul Wilbur Joins Worship Team

*_CELEBRATION WORSHIP RELEASES /LINEAGE/ LP_*

*/Preeminent, Messianic Worship Artist /**/Paul Wilbur/* */Joins Worship Team/*

*/Racially, Generationally Diverse Worship Also/*

*/Represents Messianic, Evangelical Church Coming Together/*

*/Venture3Media Distributes Celebration Worship For First Time/*

Celebration Worship is comprised of Dove Award-winning artists and worship team members from Jacksonville, FL-based Celebration Church , a multi-campus and global “house comprised of many rooms” reaching tens-of-thousands of people around the world. The team released its ninth album, */Lineage/*, Oct. 16 from AWKNG Records, which is being distributed for the first time from Venture3Media (V3M) and is now available on all digital and streaming outlets globally.

Known for songs like “Victory ,” “Let Your Spirit Fall ,” “Thy Faithfulness ,” “My Soul Will Sing ” and “You Amaze Us ,” Celebration Worship’s */Lineage /*features eight new songs, all written and recorded by Celebration Worship. Team members include Dove Award-winning songwriter *Matt Adcox* and multi-million-selling, preeminent messianic worship recording artist, *Paul Wilbur* . Also featured on the recording are Celebration Worship’s *Lindsey Brenner*, *Marie Hodges*, *Ryan Hodges*, *Lina Bosque*, *Edwin Garcia* and *Kierre Lindsay*.

“Our passion is to lead God’s people into His presence,” shares Adcox, Global Worship Pastor of Celebration Church and AWKNG Records. “This album was birthed from a place of first stewarding and living lives of worship personally. As you explore our music, we pray that you would encounter Jesus in a tangible way, wherever you may find yourself listening.”

The multi-generational, multi-racial team that makes up Celebration Worship is about bringing /all/ people together through the legacy and lineage of Jesus. “We’re all at His table together as a family, equal in his eyes. It doesn’t matter what your background or race is,” declares Adcox, adding that “Diversity is at the core of who we are.”

This intentional, inclusive nature of Celebration Worship has been heightened by a remarkable encounter that Celebration Church’s Global Senior *Pastor Stovall Weems* had with Jesus, which was recently detailed in Charisma .

“Going through everything with Pastor Stovall that happened two-and-a-half years ago during Passover, we completely redid how and what we write. We are all a part of Jesus’ lineage when we join His family and the legacy of Jesus. Proclaiming his Word, is what we should all do as His children,” says Adcox, revealing why the new album is called */Lineage/*.

“What does worship look like in Heaven? What do you say and how do you worship the King? Will it be the same or look different there?” asks Adcox. “This is our reference point for when we are worshiping together in the here and now. And this meant a big shift in our lyrics, moving away from lyrics that talk about personal problems that the Lord can help with and instead shifting to bringing sincere worship and praise to our King.”

Along with the shift in lyrics, Pastor Weem’s encounter further changed how the congregation worshipped, including celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday.

“The church has a unique focus on Jewish celebrations that are absent from much of the evangelical church but are prominent throughout the scriptures,” shares Venture3Media President and Founder *Steve Nicolle*. “We know Passover, but we in the Evangelical Church have lost connection to many of these Biblical events highlighted in Jewish holidays and celebrations. With Celebration Worship, we see Messianic and Evangelical traditions coming together.”

With tens-of-thousands attending Celebration Church affiliates around the world, Adcox cautions, “Numbers don’t matter, it’s not about that for us anymore – it’s about individual people, and we are going deeper than just inviting people back to church services and programs. Our goal is to touch people’s lives, to connect them with the Father, to demonstrate that we are all equal in God’s eyes, Jew / Gentile, black / white, man / woman, and to share worship songs that not only sound great, but are rich in lyrical content and bring sincere praise directed only to our King.”

The full */Lineage/* track listing follows:

1. Anything Can Happen

2. O We Praise

3. Lift Up Your Eyes

4. Jesus Messiah

5. Forevermore

6. Through The Very End

7. At The Table

8. Sound Of Revival

For all the latest Celebration Worship news, visit https://celebrationworship.org/ , Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , Spotify and YouTube .

*About Venture3Media:*

Venture3Media is a global music label and song publisher with sales, marketing, promotional, radio, television and movie expertise. V3M provides distribution platforms across all digital channels, including but not limited to Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Tencent, 7Digital, Google Music, Facebook, Pandora, Tidal, Sirius and Rhapsody. Physical distribution includes online retailers such as Amazon, national retail chains, sub-distributors and internationally through well-established licensee’s and distributors.