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TREE63 FRONTMAN JOHN ELLIS RELEASES SOLO ALBUM GROWING SILENT

TREE63 FRONTMAN JOHN ELLIS RELEASES SOLO ALBUM GROWING SILENT

Includes Co-Writes With Matt Redman, Unreleased Tree63 Track

 

 

Known as the frontman for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning South African rock band Tree63, John Ellis released his fourth solo album, Growing Silent, Oct. 20 through Africa-based Christian Art Media. An ASCAP Vanguard Award-winning songwriter, this is the first time Ellis has released an album of specifically all worship songs.

 

Available now at iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, Bandcamp and everywhere great digital music is heard, Ellis harvested from over a decade’s worth of original songs for this new, 10-song recording. Each of the tracks are entwined with vulnerable, confessional moments.

 

“Silence is almost the antithesis of modern life; we are the most over-stimulated generation in the vast history of humanity,” shares Ellis, revealing the impetus behind Growing Silent. “When we stop our endless torrents of words and noise that we throw at God all day, every day, we are able to stand silently before God and only then really get to know Him.

 

“We are repeatedly encouraged in the Bible to be still and silent, things which seem more difficult to do now than ever before,” continues Ellis. “Silence of the heart, silence of the mind, even silence of the tongue, these are the foundations of a contemplative way of life, which is where the deep things of God truly reside.”

 

Featured on Growing Silent are three songs written in 2005 with multiple Grammy Award-winning Matt Redman: “Hope Springs Eternal,” “Rose Again” and “Anywhere and Everywhere.” It also includes the Ellis-penned “If God,” first featured on Tree63’s 2015 reunion album, Land.

 

Additional tracks include the first single and lyric video from the album, “Mercy,” as well as “Believe,” “Be Still” and the title track that Ellis wrote more than ten years ago while on tour in the US with Tree63. “It was an experiment in a certain style of writing, but it has my favorite line in it: ‘a speechless man is sometimes worth a million preachers sounding forth’.”

 

The full Growing Silent track listing follows:

 

1.   Mercy

2.   If God

3.   Be Still

4.   The Feast

5.   Anywhere and Everywhere

6.   Rose Again

7.   Believe

8.   Hope Springs Eternal

9.   This Love

10. Growing Silent

 

For more information on John Ellis, Growing Silent, the latest tour dates and more, go to

http://johnellis.co.za/, www.johnellisproduction.com, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

About John Ellis:

Since his major label debut as frontman and guitarist for the internationally renowned, GMA Dove Award-winning rock band Tree 63 in 1999, John Ellis has become a stalwart of the songwriting community. An ASCAP Award-winning songwriter, Ellis has written and recorded such internationally known hits as “Treasure,” “Look What You’ve Done,” “A Million Lights,” “King,” “Stumbling Stone,” “Sunday,” “Come Out Fighting,” “Get You” and “Set Your Self On Fire.” He also led the No. 1 hit in the US, “Blessed Be Your Name,” named Billboard’s most played Christian Song Of The Year in 2004.

 

Ellis has shared the stage with The Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe, Delirious?, Matt Redman, Ard Matthews, Just Jinjer and many more. He has further played at a Billy Graham Evangelical Association event and toured across the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Australia, New Zealand and more countries across the world.

 

Launching his solo career in 2010, Ellis is also a full-time parent and part-time lecturer at Varsity College and Vega in Durban, South Africa.

 

Zach Williams Debuts Christmas Single “The Call of Christmas”; Readies for Christmas tour

NEW CHRISTMAS SINGLE ARRIVES FROM ZACH WILLIAMS –

“THE CALL OF CHRISTMAS”;

“Old Church Choir” Heard On ESPN NFL Countdown Shows, Achieves 12-Week Run At No. 1;

Viral Video Of Young Girl Dancing To “Old Church Choir” At 39+ Million Views

7 November 2017 – Nashville, Tenn – Zach Williams, the GMA Dove Awards reigning New Artist of the Year, debuts his first original Christmas song. “The Call Of Christmas” is out now and can be downloaded  here or heard via streaming. The official audio video for “The Call Of Christmas” can be viewed here or on the image below. Williams will be sharing the song, along with a few other holiday favorites, when he joins Tenth Avenue North on their Decade The Halls Christmas Tour. The official tour dates are listed below.

Williams is currently on the fall leg of Casting Crowns’ The Very Next Thing Tour, which runs through this weekend. It was also recently announced that Williams will be part of the Rock & Worship Roadshow in the spring. Further tour plans are well underway for next year, so stay tuned by visiting his tour page here.

“OLD CHURCH CHOIR” – Williams’ current radio single, “Old Church Choir,” held the No. 1 spot for an astounding 12 weeks in a row (BDS Audience chart). The song, his second single from the album Chain Breaker, put Williams in the history books as the first debut artist to have two back-to-back No. 1 singles.

Additionally, “Old Church Choir” can be heard on ESPN. The network has licensed Zach Williams “Old Church Choir” for their Sunday NFL Countdown show and Monday NFL Countdown shows, which will run through January 2018.

And here is something that will surely put a smile on your face. A video featuring a young girl feeling the spirit of “Old Church Choir” has gone viral. At press time, the video has reached more than 39 million views and continues to grow by the hour. Be sure to check it out here or on the image to the right and get in the spirit!

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Decade The Halls with Tenth Avenue North Christmas Tour*:
Dec. 7 – Lansing, MI, Mount Hope Church

Dec. 8 – Clarkston, MI, Mt. Zion

Dec. 9 – Cadillac, MI, Resurrection Life Church

Dec. 10 – Willoughby Hills, OH, Willoughby Hills Friends Church

Dec. 13 – Lagrange, GA, Faith Baptist Church

Dec. 14 – Tampa, FL, The Crossing Church

Dec. 15 – Boca Raton, FL, Spanish River Church

Dec. 16 – Cape Coral, FL, First Baptist Church of Cape Coral

Dec. 17 – Ocala, FL, First Baptist Church

*all dates subject to change; please visit Zach’s tour page for the most updated schedule 

ABOUT ZACH WILLIAMS: As a husband, father, singer, recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, the GMA Dove Awards winner for New Artist of the Year Zach Williams is already making history. Achieving two consecutive radio No. 1 hits 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 already impacted millions of people around the world and even earned him his first GRAMMY® nomination (Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song) and a Billboard Music Award nomination (Top Christian Song). He 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).

“Chain Breaker” was Williams’ debut single to hit radio, reaching the top spot for an astounding 15 consecutive weeks. With his follow up “Old Church Choir,” which was No. 1 for 12 weeks (NCA Monitored), Williams officially made history, according to Billboard, as the first debut artist to have two back-to-back No. 1 singles.

On September 15, he released Chain Breaker: Deluxe Edition (Provident Label Group/Sony Music). This deluxe version includes four new songs in addition to the 2016 debut of Chain Breaker, including his rendition of “Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers Band.

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. He has already toured with Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective, Big Daddy Weave and many more.

For more information, please visit ZachWilliamsMusic.com and on his social links below.

MICHAEL W. SMITH A MILLION LIGHTS ALBUM PREORDER BEGINS TODAY

 

MICHAEL W. SMITH A MILLION LIGHTS ALBUM PREORDER BEGINS TODAY

 

Yahoo! Music Premieres “Love Always Wins,” Reveals Album Cover

 

Annual Christmas Tour Begins Tomorrow

 

 

Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith is taking preorders beginning today for his A Million Lights album set to release Feb. 16 from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.

 

Two instant downloads, both “Love Always Wins” and the title track that has USA Today raving “Michael W. Smith is shining brighter than ever,” are available now from iTunes, with additional preorder options available from Amazon Music and other digital providers internationally.

 

Leading up to today’s preorder, Yahoo! Music premiered “Love Always Wins,” as well as revealed the cover art for A Million Lights, at https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/song-premiere-michael-w-smith-debuts-love-always-wins-145439946.html.

 

The inspiration behind “Love Always Wins” is “our shifting culture and our hostility towards one another,” says Michael. “My parents taught me to love and respect others, even if we had differing points of view. That doesn’t seem to be the norm today. I’ve seen love disarm some volatile situations. It’s a simple – but true – principle: love always wins.”

 

“Love Always Wins” and “A Million Lights,” along with the rest of the album, was fueled by the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.

 

“I’ve gotten to the point I almost avoid Social Media,” laments Michael. “To me, it is so revolting to see Facebook headlines that boast: ‘This guy shut down that guy in 20 seconds.’ When did it become about ‘shutting down’ another person. We’ve lost the value of conversation. That’s the dialogue I’d like to open – ‘Can we just talk?  I don’t have to agree with you –and you don’t have to agree with me. But can we find some common ground to build on?’”

 

Last month, USA Today completed its first-ever “Life” section cover story on Michael and premiered his “A Million Lights” music video, which can also be seen now on Michael’s YouTube page.

 

The full A Million Lights track listing follows:

 

01) A Million Lights

02) Conversation

03) Something In My Heart

04) Footsteps

05) Your Love

06) Love Always Wins

07) Crashing Waves

08) Louder

09) Revolution

10) Hey Love

11) You Make Me Feel This Way

12) Forgive

13) Who You Are

 

For all the latest Michael W. Smith news, tour dates – including his 22-city 2017 Christmas tour with Amy Grant, Jordan Smith and a full symphony orchestra that begins tomorrow, go to www.michaelwsmith.com and connect through his socials:

 

 

2017 Christmas Tour:

Sat. Nov. 11              Omaha, NE               CenturyLink Center

Mon. Nov. 13            Denver, CO               Bellco Theatre

Tue. Nov. 14             Orem, UT                  UCCU Center

Wed. Nov. 15            Nampa, ID                 Idaho Center

Thu. Nov. 16             Kennewick, WA         Toyota Center

Fri. Nov. 17               Abbotsford, BC         Abbotsford Entertainment and Sport Center

Sat. Nov. 18              Everett, WA               Xfinity Arena at Everett

Sun. Nov. 19             Portland, OR             Moda Center

Sat. Nov. 25              Duluth, GA                Infinite Energy Center

Sun. Nov. 26             Tampa, FL                 Amalie Arena

Thu. Nov. 30             Oklahoma City, OK   Crossings Community Church **

Fri. Dec. 1                 Tulsa, OK                  BOK Center

Sat. Dec. 2                Grand Prairie, TX     Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Sun. Dec. 3               Sugar Land, TX        Smart Financial Center

Tues. Dec. 5              Greensboro, NC       Westover Church **

Fri. Dec. 8                  Kansas City, MO      Sprint Center

Sat. Dec. 9                Madison, WI              Alliant Energy Center

Sun. Dec. 10             Grand Rapids, MI     Van Andel Arena

Thu. Dec. 14             Van Wert, OH            Niswonger Performing Arts Center **

Fri. Dec. 15               Columbus, OH          Nationwide Arena

Sat. Dec. 16              Fairfax, VA                Eaglebank Arena

Sun. Dec. 17             Hershey, PA              GIANT Center

 

* All dates and venues are subject to change without notice

** Amy Grant will not appear on these events

 

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 alongside longtime friend Bono; 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.

 

Meredith Andrews Releases Full-Length Christmas Album Oct. 27

MEREDITH ANDREWS WILL RELEASE NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM, RECEIVE OUR KING, ON OCTOBER 27

NASHVILLE, TENN. – OCTOBER 24, 2017 – Word Worship artist Meredith Andrews is releasing her new full-length Christmas album, Receive Our King, this Friday, October 27. Produced by her husband, Jacob Sooter, the album includes new versions of “Behold The Savior,” “He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)” and “The Gospel Changes Everything,” which were originally released on Andrews’ 2013 Behold The Savior EP. Andrews created a project full of well-known traditional Christmas songs along with several new original tunes including the upcoming single, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” and special personal moments with the album’s conclusion with “Away In A Manager / The Gospel Changes Everything” featuring her son, Maverick Sooter.

“Every year I look forward to when it’s time to listen to Christmas music,” shares Meredith Andrews. “I have several ‘go-to’ albums, the ones that immediately take me back to my Christmases as a little girl as well as the ones that are just fun, meaningful, or nostalgic. When it came time to make my own Christmas album, I wanted to capture the beauty and wonder of Jesus coming to earth as a baby to rescue the world and to create a project that would deepen the listener’s experience of Christmas. I am so excited to release Receive Our King for the coming Advent season, and pray that everyone who hears these songs will be drawn in to remember, reflect, and respond to the birth of our Savior that truly was the turning point in history.”

This multi-Dove award winner released her fourth album, Deeper, in February 2016, which produced the single, “Soar,” reaching the Top 20 at NCA.  Andrews also partnered with co-founder of Saddleback Church and best-selling author Kay Warren in a video series titled “Meredith Andrews + Kay Warren: Deeper.” The five-video series includes: Deeper Ministry, Deeper Worship, Deeper Family, Deeper Brokenness and Deeper Living and can be viewed here. Andrews celebrated last Christmas season by appearing on The Todd Starnes Christmas Show on FoxNews.com.  Visit her website for the her upcoming touring schedule during the holiday season on the Tenth Avenue North “Decade The Halls” tour.

Receive Our King track listing:

  1. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  2. Glory In The Highest
  3. Behold The Savior
  4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  5. Labor Of Love
  6. He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
  7. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  8. Receive Our King (feat. Mike Weaver)
  9. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Holy Holy)
  10. Away In A Manager / The Gospel Changes Everything (feat. Maverick Sooter)

JEREMY CAMP’S NEW ALBUM, THE ANSWER, IS OUT NOW

JEREMY CAMP’S NEW ALBUM, THE ANSWER, IS OUT NOW, TOUTED AS “ENCOURAGING” AND “ANTHEMIC”
6 October 2017 – Nashville, TN – Today is the day – GRAMMY nominee and multi-Dove Award winning artist Jeremy Camp‘s 9th studio album THE ANSWER (Capitol CMG) is out now. With The Answer Tour well underway and album reviews starting to pour in, Jeremy Camp’s fall season is just getting started!

THE ANSWER TOUR: His headlining tour just kicked off earlier this week and is already receiving an overwhelming response from the fans, and Camp, his band, and the entire crew are feeling it too. Earlier this week he shared this message on Instagram, “I’m kind of speechless. I don’t think I’ve experienced something quite like that…the whole night the different things the Lord was doing. This is what we prayed for! The response of the hunger for spiritual things, we are just stting back and going, ‘Alright Lord, just keep doing it….Wow. Thank you Lord!” See his entire message by clicking here.

Here are just a few of the many messages that are being posted about the tour so far:

Jeremy Camp on The Answer Tour

“My family loved this show! Thank you for your prayers, stories of inspiration and absolutely rocking the praise. You’ve helped us “Stay right here in the light!”

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“The Spirit was definitely in your show tonight. The #AnswerTour is a testament to God’s power and love for us!”

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“There is no better feeling than the feeling of allowing the Spirit to move through you to touch other people in need of Him! Keep it up brother! Love your music!”

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“Last was awesome! My son and I had awesome time. Jesus took my heart that was hurt over and over again and healed it. I felt like a ton of brick was lifted off me. Thank Jesus for the talent you have giving this group.”

Tonight Jeremy Camp will celebrate the album’s release date in Irvine, CA. The remaining dates of The Answer Tour runs through November 19. For tickets and further information, visit jeremycamp.com. A complete list of tour dates is listed below.

With album reviews still coming in, JesusFreakHideout has already shared about Jeremy Camp and The Answer, “Armed with one of the most striking voices in the Christian music and and a fierce desire to proclaim the name of Jesus….you will want to pick this one up.”

A fan recently posted, “I am a longtime fan of Jeremy Camp’s music. He has a heart for Jesus and it comes through his voice and music…it gives my soul focus and allows me to feel nearer to the Lord. If you’ve ever seen him live, you will know how hard this man works at his craft and the humility he displays. Thank you Jeremy!” Another fan shared, “Jeremy Camp is my favorite artist ever! ‘The Answer’ and ‘Word Of Life’…[are] on repeat!”

SANDRA MCCRACKEN RELEASES STEADFAST LIVE CD / DVD TODAY AMIDST 5-STAR ACCLAIM

 

 

 

PledgeMusic Preorder Reaches 147% Of Goal, Benefits A Rocha USA

 

McCracken Launches Steadfast Podcast Sept. 6;

RELEVANT Podcast Features McCracken Today

 

 

Singer, worship leader, record producer and modern-day hymn writer Sandra McCracken self-releases today her 12th independent album, Steadfast Live, amidst 5-star acclaim. The 17-track CD / DVD featuring special guests All Sons & Daughters and Liz Vice was recorded live with McCracken’s band this spring at Nashville’s Art House and is available now at iTunes, Amazon.com and other retailers around the globe.

 

Produced by McCracken, directed by Zach Prichard (Brad Paisley / National Geographic / ESPN) and including over 70 minutes of content, the Steadfast Live album and concert documentary includes dynamic musical arrangements of favorites from McCracken’s Psalms (2015) and God’s Highway (2016) recordings alongside five new songs and hymns, stories behind the songs and scripture readings.

 

First revealing the new music, behind-the-scenes content and more to all those that participated with her in the journey to the new album through her PledgeMusic campaign, McCracken reached 147% of her goal as the campaign also benefitted A Rocha USA, a faith-based conservation organization in Nashville and in 20 countries around the world.

 

Along with the invitation to experience the steadfast love of God through Steadfast Live’s songs of comfort and hope, Sandra expands these offerings with her Steadfast with Sandra McCracken podcast that is set to launch Sept. 6 in partnership with Harbor Media. A preview episode can be listened to at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/steadfast-with-sandra-mccracken/id1263124787?mt=2. Upcoming episodes will feature stories from McCracken’s fans along with interviews with people like Dr. Steven Garber, founder and principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture; James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College; Liz Vice, Gospel, soul and R&B musician; Peter Harris, co-founder A Rocha International; Kevin Finch, executive director of Big Table; and more.

 

“I’ll be sitting down with friends, writers, artists and people that I admire,” shares McCracken regarding her podcast. “We’ll have conversations about how God has met us in dark times; how we’ve experienced him as a God of comfort.”

 

In addition to her own podcast, McCracken is featured on today’s episode of the RELEVANT Podcast, which receives hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners. RELEVANT Magazine also premiered the title track video from the project while Simple Grace magazine premiered  “Continuously” on its Facebook page and CCM Magazine lauds in its 5-star review, “Steadfast Live is an intimate and inspired live recording…that draws the listener in for a moving set of theologically rich and melodically warm worship songs.” AnglicanPastor.com adds, “Sandra has succeeded in giving us an album that is prayerful and inspiring, sacred and singable, beautiful and thoughtful.”

 

“Come join me in seeing these songs travel out far and wide, one story joining another as we sing ourselves forward throughout the seasons of our lives,” implores McCracken. “This is gospel music and good news for everybody.”

 

About Sandra McCracken:

Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound that carries influences of artists like Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. While many of her songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion” and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in Christian worship services internationally, she has also had songs recorded by All Sons & Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, BiFrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She is further a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain For Roots (children’s music) and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more.

 

For all the latest information on Sandra McCracken, including her touring, free chord charts and more, go to www.SandraMcCracken.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

MICHAEL W. SMITH RELEASES “A MILLION LIGHTS” SINGLE TODAY

MICHAEL W. SMITH RELEASES “A MILLION LIGHTS” SINGLE TODAY

First New Song, Radio Single From Smith In Three Years;

New Studio Album Releasing Early 2018

Smith Forms Marketing / Distribution Alliance With The Fuel Music

 

 

 

Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner Michael W. Smith releases his first new song in three years, “A Million Lights,” today from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music. World premiering last month on SiriusXM The Message and going for adds now at Christian radio everywhere, the song is available to download or stream at outlets like iTunes, Amazon.com, Apple Music, Spotify and other digital providers internationally.

 

“I don’t recall being this excited about a single in a long time,” says Smith. “I’m very happy with how ‘A Million Lights’ has turned out and am anxious to get it from my studio out into the world! I believe the message of this song will be inspiring to everyone who hears it.”

 

With multiple sellout crowds experiencing the song live on Smith’s 20-city Revolution Tour this past spring, “A Million Lights” is also the first new song to be revealed from his upcoming, full-length studio album that is in production now. Slated to release early next year, the new album (title to be announced) will release from Smith’s Rocketown Records, as well as through his newly formed marketing and distribution alliance with The Fuel Music.

 

“There is a substantial new wind in Michael’s sail; this cultural influencer and voice for Christian people everywhere is revealing a new sound,” says Tony Patoto, The Fuel Music & Management, LLC founder. “It’s unequivocally Michael W. Smith, but with a significant new gravity and otherly approach contextually.”

 

Fans who heard “A Million Lights” on SiriusXM and on the recent tour are also responding to this new music on Smith’s Facebook page: “It’s a whole new level of greatness!” exclaims Catherine as Stephanie agrees, “Love this new song…I can’t wait to hear it again.” “I loved it live,” adds Ken while Jo Ann exclaims, “Wow! I love your new song. It’s beautiful! I’m so glad I was tuned into The Message.” Laura relates, “You and your music are such a blessing to this world!” and Sam says, “Great Song! Woke the House up with it this morning.”

 

For all the latest Michael W. Smith news, tour dates (including his upcoming 22-city 2017 Christmas tour with Amy Grant and Jordan Smith) and more, go to www.michaelwsmith.com and connect through his socials:

   

 

About Michael W. Smith:
Michael W. Smith is an acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician who has sold more than 15 million albums, achieved 32 No. 1 songs, received 2x RIAA Multi-Platinum, 6 Platinum and 16 Gold certified albums, earned three GRAMMY® Awards, one American Music Award and 45 Dove Awards. Amassing an in-depth catalog of achievements, Smith was honored at ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary for his groundbreaking career and significant influence in music. He performed at Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday celebration, had the privilege to join Former President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims in the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City attacks, was appointed by the White House as Vice Chair for the President’s Council on service and civic participation and was the featured performer at the 2015 USO Gala where he was recognized as a USO veteran. In addition to the international impact he has had through multiple global tours, he has written and composed various scored film projects, has authored 12 books, has acted in assorted motion pictures and has been featured by numerous national media outlets. He founded, and actively supports, the teen club Rocketown – a nonprofit outreach for teens, providing opportunities in arts, music, sports and mentoring programs. This year also marks his 26th anniversary in partnership with Compassion International, seeing more than seventy thousand families’ and children’s lives changed, around the world.

 

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 Tennessee, 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.

Micah Tyler Set To Release Full Length Album Different (Oct. 20)

Micah Tyler Set To Release Full Length Album Different (Oct. 20)
On Heels Of Radio Hit, Full Touring Schedule, National TV Hit and
GMA Dove Award New Artist Of The Year Nod

K-LOVE, Air 1 and more
already supporting newly-released second single 

Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 10, 2017)Texas-based singer, songwriter Micah Tyler will release his first full-length record, Different, with Fair Trade Services on Oct. 20. Heralding the major release is Tyler’s six-track EP which released late last year and boasted “Never Been A Moment,” a No. 1 on multiple Christian radio formats. The title track “Different” was sent to radio on Friday with K-LOVE and Air 1 already supporting the single as it currently sits at No. 17 on the National Christian Audience Chart.

The new album was initially announced on FOX Business where Tyler appeared in relation to the viral success of “Gotta Love Millennials” which has been viewed over 150 million times. During yesterday’s Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award Nomination announcement, Tyler was honored in the key New Artist Of The Year Category. The 48th annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Nashville, Tenn.

“Writing this record brought to the surface a lot of insecurities I’ve dealt with my entire life. Not feeling good enough. Psalm 139, David’s praise of being uniquely created felt more like a punishment to me,” Tyler says.I want my life to look ‘different’ because of the difference Jesus has made. I’m ultimately learning to embrace who God has called and created me to be: Micah.”

A regular on the road, Tyler plays 200+ dates a year with mainstays such as MercyMe and more. He will join Big Daddy Weave and We Are Messengers for the west coast-focused “Set Free Tour.” For the latest touring information visit MicahTyler.com.

Different
will be available for pre-order in early Sept.
About Micah Tyler:
Micah Tyler is a singer, songwriter and worship leader from Buna, Tex. signed to Fair Trade Services. Playing 200+ dates a year, Tyler has toured with MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave, Hawk Nelson, Phil Wickham, Stars Go Dim and more. Tyler’s newest EP Different (Nov. 2016) includes the hit single “Never Been A Moment” which topped multiple radio charts. Having served in staff ministry for over a decade, Tyler has a true love and respect for the local church. His newly-released, second single “Different” is also the title track from his upcoming album streeting on Oct. 20.

Get Connected With Micah Tyler:
Website // www.micahtyler.com
Facebook // www.facebook.com/officialmicahtyler
Twitter // www.twitter.com/micahtylermusic
Instagram // www.instagram.com/micahtylermusic
YouTube // www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJGdiklilYCzNSFUMtxyyQ
Spotify // http://smarturl.it/MicahSpotify

THE BEATITUDES PROJECT SHINES HOPE AMIDST DEEPEST HUMAN SUFFERING

 
 

 

 

Stories Of Death, Loss, Mourning Inspire “Carry On”

Featuring Michael W. Smith On 5-Star Acclaimed Beatitudes Album

 

“When all hope seems lost, when we can’t fix it, when we are grieving the absence of righteousness and justice, when there is no joy— God is on our side.” – Stu Garrard

 

 

Stories found in The Beatitudes Project resonate with the most overwhelming of human emotions. While all humanity has dealt with, or will deal with death, loss, this project reveals the upside-down message of the Beatitudes that God is found in the midst of mourning, and promises to bring comfort.

 

That message of hope is especially found in the song “Carry On” written by Stu Garrard, Ian Cron and multiple GRAMMY Award-winning, Platinum-selling recording artist Michael W. Smith in the wake of Smith’s father’s death. The song fleshes out Matthew 5:4’s “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

 

“I love the chorus of the song: Rolling waves of sorrow, rivers of grief. In the valley of the shadow, I feel you walking with me,” shares Smith who calls his dad one of the greatest men he’s ever known. “When I think about ‘blessed are those who mourn,’ I think about presence. I think about Emanuel, God with us… anybody who’s a God follower, if they were extremely honest with themselves, they probably feel the presence of God in the deepest valley of their lives.”

 

“There will always be this ache and lack and longing,” adds Garrard of the grand irony of humanness, our need for certainty in a world where it doesn’t really exist. “These are not conditions to be fixed. It’s not about finding a ladder to climb up, but about understanding that God is with us… I hope that this project can lift up some heads and encourage people in all kinds of tough situations to keep going with the realization that God is on their side.”

 

“Carry On” is featured on The Beatitudes Project 5-star-acclaimed, multi-artist Beatitudes album that has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo! Music, Apple Music, CCM Magazine, NewReleaseToday.com, National Catholic Reporter, JesusFreakHideout, Christian Musician magazine and many others, and which released to digital and physical retailers worldwide from Stugiology Music with management, marketing and distribution through The Fuel Music.

Michael W. Smith is pictured at The Smoakstack recording studio while recording “Carry On” for Beatitudes.
Pictured is Beatitudes “Carry On” lyrics, as well as artwork by noted musicians/artists Jimmy Abegg and Cory Basil.
The project is also a book, Words From The Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected) available now from NavPress, and a documentary film, View From the Hill, currently in production. It is the culmination of GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-winning musician, producer and author Stu Garrard’s (Stu G) 15-year excavation of these “blessings at the bottom of life.”

 

In addition to those that mourn, The Beatitudes Project reveals a wide world of connected stories: real people from all faiths and walks of life who embody mercy, poverty, meekness, the hungry and thirsty, the mourners, the peacemakers and the pure in heart—as seen, heard and experienced through a 21st century lens.

 

Garrard’s own seasons of mourning are chronicled in chapter 2 of the book, “Mourn—The Grief of Change,” where he writes about the untimely death of his friend Joe Cox, his family dog Buddy, and his next-door neighbor. He also writes about a lesson in God’s presence from actor, activist and Catholic Martin Sheen, and about the loss he felt following the end of his band Delirious? in 2009.

 

“I missed the raw passion, the vision, the sense that we were going somewhere and saying something,” writes Garrard in Words From the Hill. “I missed playing the music we’d written together, and I missed standing alongside Martin [Smith] at the front of the stage, helping to steer a movement with prophetic vision.”

 

Remarkably, Delirious? lead vocalist Martin Smith joins Garrard to write and record “Holy Troublemakers” for Beatitudes, marking the first time these two have recorded together since their band disbanded.

 

Other artists featured on the album include Amy Grant (“Morning Light”), Hillsong UNITED (“The View from Here”), Matt Maher (“Oh Mercy”), John Mark McMillan (“Heaven Is Around Us”), Audrey Assad, All Sons & Daughters, Amanda Cook, Propaganda (“Make A Little Trouble”), The Brilliance, Anthony Skinner (“Oh Blessed”), Terrian Bass and Becky Harding. Collectively, these artists have sold more than 62 million records, won 11 Grammy, 90 Dove Awards and amassed dozens of hit songs and millions of followers on social media.

 

For all the latest news and information regarding The Beatitudes Project, go to www.thebeatitudesproject.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 

About Stugiology Music:

Stugiology Music is a record label formed by Stu Garrard, who is perhaps best-known as the guitarist / songwriter for the RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning British band Delirious?. He is also a founding member of One Sonic Society (although no longer with the band) and recorded and released his first solo project in 2013, Of Burdens, Birds, and Stars. When not touring with Michael W. Smith or adding his sonic paint to Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Meredith Andrews, All Sons & Daughters, Amy Grant and many others’ recordings, Garrard is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship and working with JHS on a custom line of guitar pedals. He lives in Nashville with his wife Karen. For all the latest Stu Garrard news and tour information, go to www.stugworld.com.

 

About The Fuel Music:

Established in 2008, The Fuel Music & Management Co., LLC, is a leading artist management and artist solutions company that independently distributes music internationally. Based in Tennessee, 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.

 

About NavPress:

The NavPress mission is to advance the calling of The Navigators by bringing biblically rooted, culturally relevant, and highly practical products to people who want to know and love Christ more deeply. Through The Message Bible and other insightful resources, NavPress seeks to bring positive spiritual movement to peoples’ lives. In January 2014, NavPress entered into an alliance with Tyndale House Publishers to strengthen and better position NavPress and its rich content for the future. NavPress provides books and other content that bring spiritual impact, life transformation, and help lead in the mission of making disciples. A NavPress resource published in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., NAVPRESS and the NAVPRESS logo are registered trademarks of NavPress, The Navigators, Colorado Springs, CO.

Internationally Renowned Worship Leader Darlene Zschech Releases 5-Star Acclaimed Here I Am Send Me

 
 

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED WORSHIP LEADER DARLENE ZSCHECH RELEASES 5-STAR ACCLAIMED HERE I AM SEND ME CD/DVD TODAY FROM INTEGRITY MUSIC

 

Named A “Top-Notch Album By One Of Today’s Premier Voices In Worship”

 

First Radio Single, “You Are Great,” Goes For Adds March 6

 

Zschech Featured At US/UK Women’s Conferences This Year

 

 

Renowned worship leader, author and pastor Darlene Zschech releases the Here I Am Send Me CD/DVD globally today (March 3) from Integrity Music. Available now at digital and physical retailers, the album was recorded live with her team at Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, and features 11 new songs penned by her along with guest writers like Martin Smith, Paul Baloche, Jenn Johnson and Leeland Mooring.

 

Here I Am Send Me is Zschech’s first project following a life changing cancer diagnosis in 2014 and her first new album since 2013’s critically acclaimed Revealing Jesus. Produced by Andy Mak, the new recording opens with a full-on declaration of the greatness of God in the song and first radio single from the recording, “You Are Great,” written with Smith (Delirious?) in response to the most challenging season of her life.

 

“When I was at my sickest, Martin flew over from England to sit with us, sing songs over our church, and walk and talk with me and my husband, all the while speaking courage into us,” Zschech says, her voice full of emotion recalling the dark days after her diagnosis of breast cancer that is now in remission. “It’s week one of treatment and you feel like you’re going to die, and Martin said, ‘Darls, I know you’re going to want to write songs about this season. What do you want to say?’ And I said, ‘I want to say ‘HE IS GREAT!’ And so we wrote this song together and have been singing it in our church. That’s where it started… In the midst of the fire, it doesn’t change who our God is.”

 

Following this opening track, the album proceeds to take listeners through a journey declaring God’s greatness, love and call, and gives worshippers a voice of response. It features “You Will Be Praised” written with Baloche and Johnson, “Beloved,” a modern hymn of surrender co-written by Zschech with Mooring and Casey Moore, “Love and Wonder” written by the Zschech’s teen daughter, Zoe,and Bonnie Gray, “Kingdom Come” co-written with Thomas Macken, and “Go” written with Mak. “Go” closes the album and serves as a song of commissioning along with the title track, Here I Am Send Me.

 

Sharing the new music live around the globe, Zschech will be featured at the Devoted Women’s Conference today and tomorrow (March 3-4) in Virginia Beach, VA before heading to Ghana for the nation’s 60th Anniversary of Independence on March 6. She will also be featured at the Cherish Women’s Conference 2017 June 1-3 in Bradford, UK.

 

In addition to her touring, Zschech and her new music are gathering current and upcoming covers, features and reviews in media outlets like Charisma, CBN News, Simple Grace, “The Boundless Show” (Focus On The Family), “100 Huntley Street,” CCM Magazine, Leading Hearts, Worship Musician and more.

 

Worship Leader also lauds in its five-star lead review this month that this is a “top-notch album by one of today’s premier voices in worship,” and goes on to say, “Darlene Zschech is back for her first album since being diagnosed with breast cancer, and Here I Am Send Me is not only an amazing offering filled with new songs for the church to sing, but a personal testimony to God’s faithfulness for leading her through that journey.”

 

Worship Musician adds, “In a world that seems to celebrate shameless imitation, there are a finite number of artists who define iconic – without ever trying. From ‘Shout To The Lord’ to ‘Victor’s Crown,’ Darlene Zschech has relentlessly led us deeper into the heart of worship. Declaring ‘Here I Am, Send Me,’ Darlene once again leads us to the holiest of holies…In addition to great worship songs, musos will appreciate Darlene’s outstanding vocal performances.”

 

NewReleaseToday.com says, “From the first track to the last, Here I Am Send Me is overflowing with passionate songs of praise, singing His promises through her own pain, all carried by the soft yet bold voice that has led millions into the presence of God.”

 

For all the latest Darlene Zschech album and tour news, visit www.hereiamsendme.org, http://darlenezschech.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A trailer for the Here I Am Send Me DVD can also be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1HL7lWLdlQ.

 

About Darlene Zschech:

Darlene Zschech is an Australian worship leader, pastor, speaker and author. She has written over 100 songs, including “Victor’s Crown,” “In Jesus’ Name,” “Worthy Is The Lamb,” “At The Cross” and the global anthem “Shout To The Lord,” a song that is sung by an estimated 30 million churchgoers every week. She is most passionate about her family, and continually makes a strong stand about the importance of marriage, motherhood (and grandmotherhood) and ministry. She has also penned best-selling books including Worship Changes Everything, Revealing Jesus, Extravagant Worship and The Art of Mentoring. Zschech and her husband Mark serve as senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church on the Central Coast of New South Wales and together they founded HOPE:Global to serve the poorest of the poor.

 

About Integrity Music:

Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. With offices in Nashville, Tennessee (US) and Eastbourne, East Sussex (UK), Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including “Great Are You Lord,” “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name,” “I Am Free” and the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys). Additional information is available at www.integritymusic.com.