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TobyMac Drops “I just need U. [REMIX]”

TobyMac Drops “I just need U. [REMIX]” Today
Coinciding With Sold Out Shows In
Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Omaha, Phoenix and More

“HITS DEEP Tour” To Hit Arenas Through Mid-March
Nashville, Tenn. (Feb. 23, 2018) 7X GRAMMY® winner TobyMac surprised fans with the release of “I just need U. [REMIX]” today, a fresh version of his current hit remixed by Capital Kings. Dropping in January, “I just need U.” is currently top 10 on the Christian Airplay and AC Indicator Charts, top 15 on the AC Monitored Chart and No. 2 on the Hot AC Chart. The early smash marked the multi-platinum selling artist’s first debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart.

Helmed by TobyMac, the “HITS DEEP Tour” features a blockbuster lineup including Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson and Finding Favour. The 2018 “HITS DEEP Tour” is a partnership with K-LOVE, Air1, Awakening Events and Food for the Hungry, and will wrap in mid-March after sold out stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Omaha, Phoenix and more. For all ticket information, visit www.TobyMac.com.

To listen to
“I just need U. [REMIX]”, click here.

“HITS DEEP Tour” sold out stop in Phoenix.
About TobyMac:
With more than 11 million units in career sales and a whopping seven GRAMMY® Awards, TobyMac’s career continues on the fast track. His most recent studio album, THIS IS NOT A TEST garnered a GRAMMY® Award, Billboard Music Award nomination on top of a high marking debut at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. Each one of his previous five studio solo projects have achieved Gold certification, a first for any artist in the history of his label, Capitol Christian Music Group. Among those honored with Gold certification, EYE ON IT, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, only the third ever Christian album to do so. His previous live DVD, ALIVE & TRANSPORTED, is RIAA Certified platinum and received a GRAMMY® award. HITS DEEP LIVE, TobyMac’s newest LIVE CD/DVD is available now along with the recently released holiday collection, Light Of Christmas. TobyMac’s newest single “I just need U.” was released in early 2018, and is already charting across multiple radio formats. 


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Trace Adkins “Jammin’ To Beat The Blues” with Jason Crabb

JASON CRABB JOINS TRACE ADKINS FOR ‘JAMMIN’ TO BEAT THE BLUES’ TO BENEFIT MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Trace Adkins & Friends Will Perform at Ryman Auditorium on March 21 at 7:30 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In recent years, country icon Trace Adkins has made it his mission through his music to give back to those who need it most. The singer/songwriter was a spokesperson for both the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross and has participated in 12 USO Tours for our service men and women. On March 21 at the historic Ryman Auditorium, Adkins will be teaming up with a handful of musical friends to benefit Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

“Jammin’ to Beat the Blues” with Trace Adkins & Friends will feature an exciting lineup of some of today’s best artists. The first artist announced for this special evening is one of the most celebrated vocalists in Christian music, Jason Crabb. The GRAMMY Award winner and recipient of 21 GMA Dove Awards has performed on some of the most prestigious stages across the world and is known for his powerful, emotive voice.

“Jason’s career highlights, with multiple Dove Awards and a GRAMMY will impress you but his incredible voice will move you,” shares Adkins.
More special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on “Jammin’ to Beat the Blues,” visit http://tadkins.co/tanashville.

About Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee (formerly known as Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee) was founded in 1946 by Vanderbilt’s first Chair of Psychiatry, Dr. Frank Luton with underwriting by the Junior League of Nashville.  Our mission is to connect the community with specialized mental health and wellness resources, provide services that improve the quality of life, and promote effective services where mental health needs exist.  Over the years, the MHAMT has worked diligently to educate all members of our community about how to attain good mental health. We share our message of hope for mental wellness to thousands of individuals annually.

By being a front-line resource for the community for so many decades, MHAMT is in a position to identify important mental health needs in Middle Tennessee, and we often facilitate the development of programs to meet those needs or enhance resources to address service gaps.

VISIBLE MUSIC COLLEGE PRESIDENT KEN STEORTS PRESENTS AT 6TH ANNUAL WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS

Steorts Joined by Visible Alum Marci Coleman as Innovative Christian Music College Supports Unique Music Awards Program Celebrating Christian Music
Visible Music College served as the headline sponsor of the 6th annual WE LOVE Christian Music Awards’ Together WE LOVE results show, streamed via Facebook Live from Nashville, Tennessee, on February 13, 2018. Pictured (L to R): Dr. Ken Steorts, President of Visible Music College, joined forces with Visible Music College alum & Madison Line Records recording artist Marci Coleman to present recording artist Spencer Kane with the award for Best Music Video for “This is the Intro.” (WE LOVE Christian Music Awards photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (February 23, 2018) – Visible Music College, one of the most innovative bachelor’s degree-granting music colleges in the country, was the exclusive sponsor of the 6th Annual WE LOVE Christian Music Awards, and its results show, dubbed Together WE LOVE, which was broadcast via Facebook Live from Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Hosted by Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way and produced by the largest Christian music site online, NewReleaseToday (NRT), the exclusive two-hour Together WE LOVE event was held at Nashville’s Full Circle Music studios and was attended by tens of thousands of Christian music fans via the Facebook Live broadcast. In addition, fans were given the opportunity to show their love by giving to relief organization Convoy Of Hope.

As the awards were being presented to some of the top Christian artists in the world, Visible Music College president, Dr. Ken Steorts (one of the original founding members of the award-winning, Double Platinum-selling Christian rock band Skillet), and Visible Music College alum and Madison Line Records recording artist Marci Coleman were on hand to help with the festivities. Among other duties at the show, the pair presented the award for Best Music Video to Spencer Kane for “This is the Intro.”

“The WE LOVE Christian Music Awards program is unique in its focus on fan input and multiple categories of music and content,” says Steorts. “We decided to sponsor the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards because we are an unashamedly Christian and modern music college. While we teach, create and perform all styles of music in the church and mainstream music industry, we love Christians making music and we love the music they make! We love NewReleaseToday being the source for Christian music globally, and we work together to train and equip musicians to bring the gospel and good life message to people across all genres and cultures.”

The Together WE LOVE show featured a record breaking 86 nominees in 24 categories in what proved to be the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards’ most diverse year to date. Big winners included Jamie Grace, who took home The PopLITE Award (Pop Contemporary Album of the Year), Female Artist of the Year, and Fan Impact Award; and Tauren Wells, who walked away with The Hook Award (Pop Album of the Year), Best Cover Song, and Male Artist of the Year. Other winners included Matthew West, As We Ascend, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Travis Greene, Kari Jobe, Lecrae and a host of others. Nominees in each category were determined by the editorial staff at NewReleaseToday, and winners were chosen by the fans.

Together WE LOVE also featured a number of never-before-seen performances, mash-ups and team-ups, including Marc Martel covering Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Iron Bell Music covering Travis Greene’s “You Waited,” Jamie Grace performing The PopLITE Award Medley, Todd Smith of Selah and Natasha Owens performing The Encounter Award Medley, Matthew West performing “Broken Things,” and many others.

“We’re so excited to have found a partner that is so invested in equipping and training the next generation of worship leaders, artists and music industry professionals,” says NewReleaseToday president Kevin McNeese. “Visible Music College is the perfect partner as we continue to showcase the full world of Christian music.”

“This event really was all about love,” adds Marcus Hathcock, NRT Executive Editor and Co-Producer of the show. “The artists showed love for one another and the community of musicians. We got to show love for the winners by recognizing them. The fans got to show love by giving to Convoy of Hope. And we all got to encounter the love of Jesus through these songs, and the whole night, really.”

“The team at NewReleaseToday has hit a nerve that needed touching–the multi-ethnic world of Christians making music for the church and the world,” notes Steorts. “Every genre and focus of Christians making music is represented in the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards, and the global voting is a new reach for the music industry and for Christians making music.”

Fans who missed the live event can still access the full broadcast of the 6th Annual WE LOVE Christian Music Awards’ Together WE LOVE show on demand at NRT.cc/WeLoveBroadcast. For more information about the WE LOVE Christian Music Awards, visit WeLoveAwards.com.

For more information about Visible Music College, visit visible.edu.

MICHAEL W. SMITH RELEASES SURROUNDED THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 23

 

 

MICHAEL LIVE STREAMS SOLD-OUT ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS FROM MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE EVENT FEB. 23

 

PARADE PREMIERE STREAMS LIVE WORSHIP ALBUM TODAY

 

STUDIO ALBUM A MILLION LIGHTS DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON SALES CHARTS

 

 
 

Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith releases his highly anticipated live worship album, Surrounded, Feb. 23 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music. The acclaimed recording, featuring the declarative “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” and “Light To You,” premiere streams today from Parade at https://parade.com/648204/laurawhitmore/exclusive-album-premiere-michael-w-smith-is-glorious-on-live-worship-album-surrounded/ and will be available Friday at digital retail and streaming outlets everywhere, including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.com, where it became the No. 1 “Hot New Release.”

 

Michael also streams his “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” opener and album release launch event highlights via Facebook Live from his sold-out, Feb. 23 Museum Of The Bible concert in Washington, DC. Hosted by Michael and WAVA Radio, all the latest detail on this event can be found on Michael’s Facebook.

 

The concept for the new worship album came into focus for Michael as he was writing the music for his USA Today, Yahoo! Music, Billboard and CCM Magazine-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights, which was released last week and quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon.com’s Christian music charts. Already inspired to create new music in a countercultural response to the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media, Michael was drawn to the passage in Amos 5:23-24 where God was rejecting the songs of His people, preferring justice instead.

 

“It floored me,” Michael confessed in Charisma Magazine, “It absolutely threw me up against the wall, and I started to reexamine everything that I did. I realized at that moment that worship and justice go side by side, and if justice is not a part of what you’re doing worship-wise, then it’s not going to work.”

 

Michael, who serves as a worship leader at his church, decided to gather a diverse chorus of voices and record a full-length live album in the round at The Factory / Jamison Hall in Franklin, TN Nov. 2. With the resulting album, Surrounded, his desire is to unify the Church’s diverse expressions into one passionate, joyful cry of worship.

 

“I feel God moving through His Church and He is calling us together to be one voice and one heart. One bride. Every nation, every tribe and every tongue. Every social class, every denomination.

 

“What if we bring Him the thing that pleases Him most– our unity,” implores Michael. “We may each have different stories, and skin, and songs, but we all share His same Spirit.”

 

 

Taking the music from both acclaimed new albums along with fan favorites from his extensive repertoire on the road, Michael’s “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” continues following the Museum of the Bible event on March 8 in Rochester, MN and traverses the Eastern half of the US into 19-plus cities before wrapping up May 11 in Houston, TX. Presented by Compassion International, this spring leg of the tour is joined by special guest Nathan Tasker. Michael also works into this schedule his 10-day “Israel Tour 2018” beginning April 10. For all his latest tour detail, go to http://michaelwsmith.com/tour/.

 

In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments It is said that the heart of a lion never goes away, and Michael isn’t content staying with the equilibrium. At a loss for what his voice should be toward the end of 2016, this prolific artist comes roaring back with A Million Lights and Surrounded.

 

“Until the world ends, music is the most powerful language there is,” says Michael. “It can transform your life on every level, not just the spiritual. It can help people reconnect with why they’re here.”

 

For all the latest Michael W. Smith tour dates and more news, go to www.michaelwsmith.com and connect through his socials:

 

 

About Michael W. Smith:

Michael has been releasing new music regularly and performing around the world to sold-out crowds for the last 30+ years. During his storied career, he’s written 32 No. 1 singles, been honored with three Grammy Awards and 45 Dove Awards, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 15 million albums. He’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa; started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope; and has helped more than 70,000 children through Compassion International.

 

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 nominated, multi-platinum artists. More information on the company can be found at www.thefuelmusic.com.

 

 

Newsboys United Launch History-Making Tour With String of Sellouts

 

Nashville, Tenn. (Feb. 22, 2018) — Kicking-off last week in California, the landmark “Newsboys United Tour” saw sellout crowds throughout the opening weekend. Boasting “all the hits… under one roof… for one tour,” the history-making Newsboys United lineup played to capacity audiences at City National Civic in San Jose, Redding Civic Auditorium and the Visalia Convention Center, as well as to a near-sellout crowd at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre.

Drawing legions of devoted fans spanning multiple generations, the “Newsboys United Tour” showcases an electrifying headlining set from the supergroup. Each night current members Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis are joined by former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel for a string of the most popular hits from the iconic band’s three-decade career.

“I’ve been on the road all my life, including the famed ‘Jesus Freak Tour,’ and this is one of my top three favorite tours ever,” said Newsboys’ Michael Tait. “I am loving this experience!”

“Already this tour has far exceeded our expectations,” said Zealand frontman and Newsboys United’s Phil Joel. “I don’t think any of us knew exactly how monumental it was going to be or just how much it would mean to everyone. It’s really special.”

Produced by Premier Productions in partnership with the Newsboys, the tour is set to visit more than 30 additional cities across the nation, including Houston, Minneapolis, Dallas and Orlando, Florida, before wrapping May 6. The “Newsboys United Tour” features special guest Word Worship recording artist Zealand, which is founded and fronted by Phil Joel.

Left (l-r): Phil Joel and Peter Furler
Credit: Caleb Cook

Right (l-r): Michael Tait and Peter Furler
Credit: Caleb Cook
About Newsboys
One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, Newsboys has sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards. Comprised of Michael Tait (lead vocals), Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums), Newsboys’ signature songs include “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles” “Born Again” and their Platinum®-certified mega hit, “God’s Not Dead.” The latter inspired one of the most popular Christian film franchises of all time, PureFlix’s God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, both of which included appearances by the band. God’s Not Dead – A Light In Darkness hits theaters across the country March 30.
About Premier Productions
Pollstar Magazine ranks Premier Productions as the largest producer of live Christian events both nationally and internationally. Over 18 million people have attended a Premier event in more than 4,000 events worldwide. Premier promotes tours for Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Worship, Young & Free, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle, Gaither Homecoming, Sadie Robertson, Newsboys, comedian John Crist, Rend Collective and more, as well as their annual Winter Jam Tour Spectacular and OUTCRY Tours. Premier Festivals promote 10 of the largest Christian festivals in the U.S, and over 80,000 guests have taken cruises and excursions through their vacation experience company, Premier Experience.

For further information visit newsboys.com or turningpointpr.com. Follow Newsboys on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Faith-Forward Pop Duo LOVECOLLIDE Is Tired of Basic

Faith-Forward Pop Duo LOVECOLLIDE Is Tired of Basic

By Marcus Hathcock

In today’s culture, to be “basic” is to be someone who is driven by mainstream behaviors and attractions. It’s the essence of fitting in, living from the baseline of acceptability.

Lauren DeLeary Budnick and Brooke DeLeary aren’t having it.

The sisters, known collectively as the faith-forward pop duo LOVECOLLIDE, have spent their young lives bucking trends, shattering expectations and defying norms–in essence, being anything but basic.

“We like to think outside the box and challenge others not to live the basic life,” says Lauren, “but to step out into the unknown and live out the life that God has called them to.”

“That’s the theme, that’s the mission–an extraordinary life,” Brooke adds. “Living in a way where you can never be labeled, like Jesus. Starting revival by being the light, being different, showing who Jesus is through us.”

Having started a band together when they were just tweens, Brooke and Lauren have watched God take something that began as a sibling side project and turned it into a poignant ministry. They’ve released several independent recordings together, toured across the U.S., done modeling and film gigs, and have shared the stage with some of Christian music’s biggest names. They’ve also been able to minister in Canada, something that’s particularly meaningful as tribal members of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Muncey, Ontario.

It’s been a solid run so far. But with the release of their first major, nationally distributed album, Tired Of Basic (The Fuel Music), LOVECOLLIDE is formally making their introduction to the larger music world and is poised to vastly expand their sphere of influence.

With their 10 new tracks, the sisters have crafted a soundtrack for the revolution–a revolution against boredom, mediocrity and status quo living. It’s a message that isn’t just for the band’s audience; it’s for the band, too.

Sonically, Tired Of Basic finds LOVECOLLIDE at their musical peak, experimenting with new, cutting edge sounds that stand up to the best Top 40 radio has to offer. Armed with the prowess of new producers Riley Friesen (Family Force 5, Group 1 Crew) and Matt Dally (Superchick, Jamie Grace), LOVECOLLIDE has found its perfect match to achieve the sound they want to accompany their lyrics.

“We’ve always wanted to be current,” says Lauren. “It’s always been a journey for us, and always will be. I think our biggest goal with this new music and this new album was to create something that truly sounded like what we listen to on a daily basis, and what gets us going, and that’s dancy pop.”

Lyrically, the themes of Tired Of Basic pull from some seismic ups and downs of the past two years.

Lauren, for one, dealt with the devastation of having to break off an engagement.

“I thought I was supposed to settle for that mediocre love, that my dreams for marrying my best friend and the love of my life were for someone else,” she says. “I’d just given up in a sense, but God radically changed my life when I broke off that relationship. Then God gave me Adam.”

That’s Adam Budnick, LOVECOLLIDE’s drummer, whom Lauren married January 6, 2018. The couple’s engagement and wedding story, along with photos, can be seen at The Knot.

Meanwhile, as hatred, racism and division have been at the forefront of public consciousness, the negativity took a very personal toll on Brooke, sending her into a suffocating depression.

“I lost myself for a long time,” she recalls. “I lost my connection with the world because I couldn’t handle all the negativity. I spent a lot of time in bed, detached.”

Tired, out of options and feeling the pit of despair getting deeper, Brooke decided to fast for the first time in her life. In that process, God began to speak.

“He said to me, ‘I can’t begin a new thing in your life when you still have old things,’” Brooke remembers. “‘I can’t fill you up when you’re still full with what was left over.’ That kind of turned things around.”

New music emerged. New partners surfaced. A new sound rose up. And the name LOVECOLLIDE took on a whole new dimension.

“We want to unite, love people, love each other, giving without expectation,” Brooke adds. “With how we live our life, with our music, with everything–we want to slap people in the face with love!”

And LOVECOLLIDE primarily seeks to do that through their songwriting, which has grown and deepened on Tired Of Basic.

Powerhouse album opener “Awake” uses earworm hooks to address the concept that many people are alive in Christ, but are, as the sisters say, essentially sleepwalking through life. Fun crowd-pleaser “I Believe In Loud” is a declaration of boldly declaring the hope of Jesus to a hopeless world.

One song, “Breaking My Heart,” is a love song written about humanity from God’s perspective. Lauren and Brooke were able to draw emotions and language from their broken past relationships to bring language to the longing expressed in this downtempo pop jam.

On the emotional first radio single, “I Don’t Want It,” LOVECOLLIDE shares about the things they learned as they questioned the band’s future.

“We were debating, kind of at the point of do or don’t with LOVECOLLIDE,” Brooke says. “We were calling out to God, saying, ‘I don’t want this if it’s without you.’ That song is about holding our dreams up to God.”

And the ethereal and introspective “Maybe” is perhaps the most vulnerable track on the new record as it presents a raw, yet hopeful cry out to God about difficult times.

“It’s basically asking God if He’s gone away,” says Lauren. “It’s this questioning, telling God, ‘Maybe you didn’t leave, maybe You won’t go away, maybe You are on the other side of this. Maybe You won’t let go.”

Armed with a perspective and a confidence that comes from their all-in, risky faith and the stories it produced, LOVECOLLIDE is poised to make more of an impact than ever.

“We want our music to be an experience, not just something to listen to,” says Lauren. “We want the vibe, the style, the feels we give people and the love they receive to be something they remember, something that changes them.”

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YPER TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM, “GOD DAMN EVIL,” APRIL 20T

Iconic rock band STRYPER will celebrate their 35th anniversary with the upcoming release of their 10th studio album, God Damn Evil, due April 20, 2018 from Frontiers Music SRL. Produced by frontman Michael Sweet, the band returns with their most powerful album to date, doubling down on the hard rock/heavy metal sound that earned them a worldwide fan base.

God Damn Evil is available now for pre-order at all major retailers including Amazon and iTunes. Limited edition pre-order offers are also available (see below).

Fans were initially introduced to the new album title and cover art via a social media post on February 5th, which quickly went viral causing a significant amount of conversation from STRYPER fans.

“We thought long and hard about this title,” says Michael in response to thousands of fan comments. “It was actually considered quite a few years ago and it just didn’t feel like the right time. Now, with all the evil in the world that we see around us on a daily basis, it made perfect sense. It’s a very bold statement yet a prayer asking God to damn/condemn evil. Nothing more, nothing less.”

God Damn Evil is the first release since the recent addition of bass player Perry Richardson, who joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar). Perry is best known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band Firehouse.

STRYPER fans are getting their first look into the upcoming album with today’s release of the epic lyric video for the song, “Take It To The Cross.” View the Lyric video here: https://youtu.be/OWvdLnP8m3I.

“’Take It To The Cross’ is our answer to many fans asking us to do something a little heavier and even bordering on thrash,” says Michael. “The verses are heavy with a vocal and lyric delivery that’s bold and relevant yet the chorus kicks in with a fast, thrashy vibe. We brought in Matt Blanchard (Act of Defiance / Shadows Fall) to handle the vocal growl on the choruses and the end vamp. This song is 100% high octane.”

“Take It To The Cross” can be streamed at Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. Those links available HERE: http://radi.al/GodDamnEvil.

Rocking since 1984, STRYPER is responsible for such classic ’80s metal albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell with the Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, STRYPER is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990’s, STRYPER returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.

God Damn Evil is the follow-up to STRYPER’s ninth studio album, Fallen (Frontiers Music SRL), which released in 2015 and debuted at the top of the Billboard charts. 2016’s 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour saw record crowds and featured the band’s largest sound and lighting production in nearly two decades.

STRYPER will return to the road this year, kicking off the God Damn Evil World Tour at the at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on April 28th. Tour dates will be posted as confirmed at http://www.stryper.com/Tour/tour.html.

“We all see and hear the darkness that surrounds us in our society but with faith and love, we’ll always have hope,” says Michael. “That’s what STRYPER is all about – powerful music and a message that builds foundations, not walls. We couldn’t be more excited about God Damn Evil as it showcases our undying love for what we do and why we do it.”

Track Listing for God Damn Evil:
1. Take It To The Cross
2. Sorry
3. Lost
4. God Damn Evil
5. You Don’t Even Know Me
6. The Valley
7. Sea Of Thieves
8. Beautiful
9. Can’t Live Without Your Love
10. Own Up
11. The Devil Doesn’t Live Here

God Damn Evil Limited Edition Pre-Order Offers:

Stryper Webstore: Includes EXCLUSIVE yellow colored vinyl (limited to 100 copies worldwide), autographed vinyl test pressings, EXCLUSIVE t-shirt design (Stryper store ONLY), autographed CDs and more! Pre-order HERE: https://stores.portmerch.com/stryper/

Frontiers U.S. Webstore: Includes EXCLUSIVE gold colored vinyl (limited to 100 copies worldwide), autographed vinyl test pressings, EXCLUSIVE t-shirt design (Frontiers store ONLY), autographed CDs and more! Pre-order HERE: http://pmusic.co/34WWZE

Frontiers EU Webstore: Includes EXCLUSIVE silver colored vinyl (limited to 100 copies worldwide) and more! Pre-order HERE: http://bit.ly/2nSs5ey

For more information, visit http://www.stryper.com.

Andrew Peterson Releases Resurrection Letters, One Album, Three Parts, Ten Years In The Making – Prologue – Vol. I – Vol. II

ANDREW PETERSON RELEASES RESURRECTION LETTERS,

ONE ALBUM, THREE PARTS, TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING

PROLOGUEVOL. IVOL. II

 

 
 

 

Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter and award-winning author Andrew Peterson announces the long-awaited album Resurrection Letters, Vol. I, which will release March 30 and will be preceded by this week’s (Feb. 9) launch of Resurrection Letters: Prologue. Both recordings will release globally from Centricity Music, and Prologue will be available Friday, Feb. 9 from digital retailers everywhere and through https://AndrewPeterson.lnk.to/Prologue.

 

Produced by Ben Shive, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is the prequel (think Star Wars) to the highly acclaimed album Peterson released and Shive produced in 2008, Resurrection Letters, Vol. II. While Vol. II is more about the implications of Christ’s resurrection victory over sin and death in our own lives two thousand years later, Vol. I begins with the heartbeat of the resurrected Christ while exploring the resurrection itself and its centrality to Christianity. Ten years in the making, the celebratory new volume is meant to move listeners to a greater gratitude, awe and love for God.

 

Releasing in time for Easter, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I features songs like “Is He Worthy,” “I’ve seen Too Much” and “His Heart Beats,” the latter track being heard on Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God tour last year. The song is about that glorious moment in the tomb when Jesus, who was dead, came back to life.

 

“My dream for Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is that it would be the kind of record people turned up to eleven on Easter Sunday, when Christians all over the world celebrate something that happened—it really happened—two millennia ago,” says Peterson.

 

“But it felt odd writing about Christ’s victory over death without spending at least some time on his death itself,” he continues. “That led to the idea of Resurrection Letters: Prologue… In the spirit of Lent, the season of fasting that precedes Easter, we put together Prologue, a collection of five songs that take us from the last words of Jesus on the cross to his interment in the tomb. And then comes the long wait for Sunday morning.”

 

These “waiting songs” on Prologue are meant to remind listeners of the gravity of the crucifixion and to pique longing for the moment when morning breaks and Christ triumphs over the grave.

 

“The hope proclaimed by Scripture is that Jesus, now at the right hand of the Father, is making all things new—and that includes you and me and all of creation,” says Peterson. “My hope is that these songs would wake up a bright longing in peoples’ hearts for the coming kingdom, for our resurrection, prefigured in Christ’s.”

 

See more of Peterson’s explanation of how the three-part Resurrection Letters came about, including why Vol. II came first and why the new volume was so long in the making, in a blog post at The Rabbit Room.

 

The most congregational songs that Peterson has ever recorded, Resurrection Letters, Vol. I and Resurrection Letters: Prologue will be available as digital-only releases along with a physical-only Deluxe Edition that will combine the music of both projects.

 

The full Resurrection Letters, Vol. I and Resurrection Letters: Prologue track listings follow:

 

Resurrection Letters: Prologue

1) Last Words (Tenebrae)

2) Well Done Good and Faithful

3) The Ninth Hour

4) Always Good

5) God Rested

 

Resurrection Letters, Vol. I

1) His Heart Beats

2) Risen Indeed

3) Remember Me

4) I’ve Seen Too Much

5) Remember and Proclaim

6) Maybe Next Year

7) Rise Up

8) Is He Worthy

9) All Things Together

 

For more information about Peterson, including tour dates and more, visit www.andrew-peterson.comwww.facebook.com/andrewpetersonmusic or

www.Twitter.com/AndrewPeterson.

 

About Andrew Peterson:

Recording artist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, publisher and award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga series, Andrew Peterson is also host of the popular creative community known as The Rabbit Room (www.RabbitRoom.com) and recently launched a film and TV production company, Shining Isle Productions to produce the animated film based on his bestselling books. Peterson’s latest studio album, The Burning Edge of Dawn (2015), debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Top Albums Chart becoming his highest charting record to date. Known for songs like “Dancing In The Minefields,” “Be Kind To Yourself,” “The Reckoning,” “Don’t You Want To Thank Someone,” “The Silence Of God,” “Nothing To Say,” “You’ll Find Your Way” and more, Peterson has also been named “one of the foremost singer/songwriters around” and has received multiple “best album of the year” nods from critics along with two Dove Award nominations. Taking his hits and fan favorites on the road, Peterson’s touring draws capacity crowds at venues around the world, including several sold-out events at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

 

About Centricity Music: 

Centricity 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 Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Carrollton, For All Seasons, Jason Gray, JJ Weeks Band, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point InsideOut 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 nominations, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, a Gold Album and Gold Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit​www.centricitymusic.com.

 

 

Hitmaker Kathy Troccoli Brings “Comfort By Candlelight” with Hope-Inspired Release and Concert Events

Three decades after first stepping into the spotlight, Kathy Troccoli continues to be a powerful force in popular music. The multifaceted vocalist is currently touring the country with her “Comfort by Candlelight” concert events. She has also released “KT’s Comfort Box”— filled with songs, sentiments and Scripture, creating a perfect gift for those who may be hurting in this often chaotic world of ours.

Troccoli has a fierce commitment to comforting the broken-hearted with her music, books, TV appearances and speaking engagements. Having lost both of her parents to cancer at an early age, she is familiar with loss and tragedy. The hope-filled song, “Goodbye for Now,” speaks to the grief that most of us will eventually experience yet proclaims the blissful reality of one day reuniting with them again.

But, there will be a time
When I’ll see your face
And I’ll hear your voice
And there we will laugh again

And there will come a day
When I’ll hold you close
No more tears to cry
Cause, we’ll have forever
But, I’ll say goodbye for now

“2017 delivered a multitude of tragedy and tears, from the Las Vegas massacre to the Texas church shooting, to floods, hurricanes and fires,” says Troccoli. “The losses run far and wide and the pain is deeply penetrating. People hurt. People grieve. People need comfort and my mission is to bring a message of hope.”

Troccoli’s numerous accolades include 18 #1 radio hits, 2 Dove Awards (plus 17 additional nominations) and 3 GRAMMY nominations. In addition to her success in Christian music she has made quite an impact in the mainstream arena as well, scoring a #1 smash hit with “Everything Changes” as well as a Top 10 hit with her collaboration with The Beach Boys on “I Can Hear Music.” Over the years, Kathy has appeared on The Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The 700 Club, Entertainment Tonight and many others. Her genuineness, vulnerability and desire to connect with people have also made her an extremely compelling communicator.

In January, Troccoli will host the 20th Anniversary KT Cruise ​through the Panama Canal. The 10 day vacation aboard the Holland America MS Zuiderdam is not to be missed.

For more information, visit www.kathytroccoli.com.

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GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST ZACH WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES 20-CITY CHAIN BREAKER SPRING REVIVAL TOUR

GRAMMY-WINNING ARTIST ZACH WILLIAMS
ANNOUNCES 20-CITY CHAIN BREAKER SPRING REVIVAL TOUR

Presented by Compassion International, Tour Set To Launch April 5,
Featuring Special Guests Carrollton and Jamie Kimmett

Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday, Feb. 9

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 7, 2018 – Fresh on the heels of his 2018 GRAMMY® Award win (Best Contemporary Christian Album, Chain Breaker) Zach Williams announces the Chain Breaker Spring Revival Tour, a 20-city headlining run that will also feature special guests Carrollton and Jamie Kimmett. Presented by Compassion International, the tour is set to kick off April 5, in Oklahoma City and make stops in Texas, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Georgia and more, before wrapping up in North Carolina in early May.

Williams will be touring in support of his award-winning studio project, Chain Breaker, which yielded an official RIAA gold certification for the title song and hit radio single. Holding at No. 1 for 15 weeks, “Chain Breaker” was followed by “Old Church Choir,” which became the most successful Christian radio single in over a decade when it held the top spot at radio for 20 weeks, making it the second longest-running No. 1 single in Billboard‘s Christian radio history. Williams also made history as the first debut artist to have two back-to-back No. 1 singles.

Tickets for the Chain Breaker Spring Revival Tour will be on sale to the general public beginning Friday, Feb. 9. A special VIP ticket is available in most markets which includes a pre-show artist meet & greet with Zach Williams, a signed deluxe Chain Breaker CD and a limited-edition laminated VIP pass.  For details and ticket links, visit www.ZachWilliamsMusic.com.

CHAIN BREAKER SPRING REVIVAL TOUR – 2018
Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice.  Additional dates to be added. 
APRIL
5 – Oklahoma City, OK

6 – Selma, TX
7 – Longview, TX
8 – Austin, TX
13 – Waukee, IA
14 – Medinah, IL
15 – Somerset, KY
19 – Hudson, OH
20 – Waukesha, WI
21 – Auburn, IN
22 – Zeeland, MI
26 – Van Buren, AR
27 – Conway, AR
28 – Jonesboro, AR
29 – Jonesboro, AR
MAY
3 – Warner Robbins, GA
4 – LaGrange, GA
5 – Wilmington, NC
6 – Winterville, NC
ABOUT ZACH WILLIAMS
As a husband, father, singer, recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, GRAMMY® winner (Best Contemporary Christian Album,
 Chain Breaker) and GMA Dove Award winner (New Artist of the Year) Zach Williams continues to make history. Achieving two consecutive radio No. 1 hits for 35 weeks as a debut artist (“Chain Breaker,” “Old Church Choir”) Williams’ music comes from a place of humility and honesty as his songs are a direct reflection of God’s redemption in his life. “Chain Breaker” has impacted millions of people around the world, earning him his first GRAMMY® nomination (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, 2017) and a Billboard Music Award nomination (Top Christian Song). He also won a GMA Dove Award for “Chain Breaker” as Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year and a K-LOVE Fan Award (for Breakout Single). Williams was also named Billboard’s 2017 Top Christian Male Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. Apple Music chose him as Artist of the Week in December 2016, while “Chain Breaker” was the top track of 2016 on iTunes’ Christian Songs chart and also reached No. 12 on Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs chart. “Old Church Choir” also received national recognition thanks to a young girl feeling the spirit of the song during a performance at her church in Tennessee. At press time, the video, which can be viewed here, has received more than 53 million views. 

Connect with Zach Williams
www.ZachWilliamsMusic.com

twitter.com/zwilliamslive

facebook.com/zachwilliamslive

Instagram.com/zachwilliamsmusic
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ABOUT CARROLLTON
Signed to Centricity Music in 2013, Carrollton is a Christian indie-rock band known for their exceptional musicianship and powerhouse performances. Last fall they released their latest album, 
Everything Or Nothing, which includes the hit single “Shelter,” currently at #30 on the NCA chart and climbing. In 2017 their song “Made For This” was selected by NBC Universal as a promotional anthem for the 2018 Winter Olympics and has since been picked up, as well, by Fox Sports and ESPN. Having performed alongside such artists as Lauren Daigle, Jason Gray, and Finding Favour, Carrollton headlined two tours last year and is excited to join Grammy-winner Zach Williams on tour this spring. 

Connect with Carrollton
www.carrolltonband.com

twitter.com/Carrollton_band

facebook.com/CarrolltonBand

Instagram.com/carrolltonband

ABOUT JAMIE KIMMETT
Jamie Kimmett was born and raised on the west coast of Scotland in the working class town of Kilmarnock. As a teenager, Jamie was scouted by professional soccer team Celtic FC and was part of the Scottish national youth squad until age 16, when his father gave him a guitar and music became his passion. After graduating from music school, record labels in the US started to take notice of Jamie’s unique, soulful voice and flew him to Los Angeles. While in LA, Jamie accepted an invitation from a music associate to attend church, something he had rarely done while growing up. In that church, Jamie’s eyes were opened to the Gospel and he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Jamie now resides in Nashville, Tenn., and is signed to Provident Label Group (Sony Music) alongside such artists as Casting Crowns, Third Day, Matt Maher, Tenth Avenue North, Zach Williams and more. He is currently writing songs for release in 2018.

Connect with Jamie Kimmett
facebook.com/kimmettmusic

twitter.com/kimmettmusic

ABOUT COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL
Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 7,000 churches in 26 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.9 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. For more information, visit www.compassion.com.