AlphaOmegaNews – Media

Press Releases

Bethel Music’s Bright Ones is “Invigorating & Inspiring,” Depicting “Experiences that are Unique to a Young Faith”

Bethel Music’s Bright Ones is
“Invigorating & Inspiring,” Depicting
“Experiences that are Unique to a Young Faith”
Nashville, Tenn. (Apr. 27, 2018)Bright Ones, formed as an extension of Bethel Music and Bethel Church as a ministry for creative youth, released their self-titled album today, available now. Breaking the mold of kid’s worship, the album features a diverse pop-influenced soundscape with a mixture of re-invented covers and original songs written by members of Bethel Music. Featuring the unique talent of nine kids ages 12 to 16, the inspiring collection of songs invites listeners to experience what is possible when a group of young people fully believe they are the light of the world carrying a message meant to impact others.
Here’s what the critics are saying…
“These 12 songs are theologically intelligent and sonically relevant…[Bright Ones] highlights the team’s knack for reaching today’s kids without embarrassing them or the name of Jesus. Moreover, this album also testifies to the versatility of Bethel Music’s catalog.  Not only are they made for adults to sing but they are also worship opportunities made for kids too.” – Hallels  
“Led by talented 12-16 year olds from the Bethel Music family, Bright Ones is invigorating & inspiring…” – CCM Magazine
“Bright Ones never runs out of steam. Even in its slower moments, it refuses to simply fall into what a worship song should sound like…[It] doesn’t give the impression of a grown-up’s faith repackaged for kids, but rather tells of the experiences that are unique to a young faith.”- Eden
“This isn’t your grandmother’s worship music, it may not even be your mother’s. With a blend of pop, techno, and even dubstep; this album will encourage youth to worship at a whole new level.” – Faith Filled Family
“Young or old, Bright Ones will remind you of the light within you, who you reflect, and cause you to dance and sing in reverent worship.”
Bright Ones is now available here.
About Bright Ones:
Bright Ones is ministry formed as an extension of Bethel Music and Bethel Church in Redding, CA for creative talented youth and kids who love God and want to see His Kingdom expand through music, movement and multimedia. Motivated by the brilliance, beauty, and goodness of God, Bright Ones seeks to tell God’s stories through music, films, videos, stage events, teachings and resources that inspire and equip youth and children all over the world. Their first album, Come Alive, released under the name Bethel Music Kids in 2015, and won a Dove Award for Children’s Album of the Year, with their EP Christmas Party (2016) following shortly after. Bright Ones’ latest self-titled project is available now.

LEDGER Delivers With “Powerhouse Vocals” and “Empowering Anthems”

LEDGER Delivers With
“Powerhouse Vocals” and “Empowering Anthems”
In Debut EP Available Now
Nashville, Tenn (Apr. 13, 2018) – LEDGER, the self-titled debut EP from drummer and vocalist Jen Ledger of multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY® nominated rock band Skillet, released today to critical acclaim. Ledger’s unique vocals and powerful stage presence have given her a distinct role in Skillet since joining the band when she was just 18. Stepping out from behind the drums as her own frontwoman, LEDGER collaborated with Skillet’s John and Korey Cooper, as well as GRAMMY® Award winning songwriter and producer Seth Mosley who, together with Korey Cooper, produced the six-song project. LEDGER has accomplished a sound uniquely her own in her self-titled, debut EP.
“With driving rhythms, high production value, powerhouse vocals and songs that boldly encourage listeners to find their strength and identity in Christ, LEDGER gives a solid debut proving that she has much to offer and voice all her own.” – Today’s Christian Entertainment
“With the advent of LEDGER, a whole new level to Jen Ledger’s piercing vocal talent is uncovered, while courageous lyrics make this one of the most faith-affirming releases of the year so far.” – New Release Today
“LEDGER accomplishes a lot in such a short run-time. It’s smart and fun. It rocks and it sometimes makes you want to dance. It shows the range and breadth of LEDGER’s skills while playing to her strengths. Most of all, it’s a collection of empowering anthems that leaves you excited to hear what’s next in this new phase of her career.” – CCM Magazine
“…with a blast of electric guitars and ear-popping percussions… Is this a great hard rock record with heart and soul? The answer is a resounding yes.” – Hallels
“Going from being part of a massive band to doing your own stuff is no easy task. But LEDGER has made a collection of solo songs that stand on their own merit.” – Louder Than The Music
“Put simply, LEDGER is a finely crafted masterpiece and you’d be hard pressed to find a better release in the whole of 2018.” – Jesus Wired
“After spending several years lying in wait, LEDGER is proving that she is more than capable of producing a gem.” – JesusFreakHideout
Infectious” – Worship Musician 
 “LEDGER is a project you can tell Jen Ledger poured her heart and soul into. It’s a journey we’re lucky to have the opportunity to travel on with her. Her voice is angelic and stronger than ever and it’s so good to see her venturing out on her own.” – The Front Row Report
LEDGER is now available here.
About LEDGER:
Jen Ledger’s unique vocals and powerful stage presence have given her a distinct role in Skillet since joining as the band’s drummer when she was just 18. Ledger has had the privilege of being a part of Skillet as they have cemented their place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands, selling more than 11 million units worldwide, receiving two GRAMMY® Award nominations and winning a Billboard Music Award for the multi-platinum-certified Awake.

With an engaged and ever-growing social media presence, the latest signee for Atlantic Records and Hear It Loud released her debut solo endeavor, LEDGER (4/13), available now.

Get Connected with LEDGER:
Website: LEDGERband.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ledgerbandofficial/
Instagram: @jenledger
Twitter: @jenledger

Andrew Peterson’s Resurrection Letters

Andrew Peterson’s Resurrection Letters

By Doug McKelvey

 

On paper Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is a project that shouldn’t exist. The math doesn’t add up. After ten years of putting it off, ten years of feeling too intimidated and inadequate to write and record the project he instinctively knew could be the most important and personally meaningful of his career, Andrew Peterson wrestled a growing sense he could put it off no longer. After all, we’re only given so many years in this life.

 

Peterson’s twenty years of creative output as a songwriter and novelist had already served to articulate and shape the longings of hundreds of thousands of fans, turning and training their desires towards eternal things. His poetic and theologically rich expressions have been always honest, sometimes painful, ever restless, ever hopeful, ever human. He is the rare artist who clearly sees his talent, not as a reason for pride and self-promotion, but as a thing he is given primarily to steward in the service of others. And it was because of that posture of humility—and despite all his recent successes as a recording artist, novelist, filmmaker, and non-profit organizer—that the unfinished Resurrection Letters project was always present somewhere in the back of his mind unsettling him like a splinter under skin.

 

“Listeners asked me again and again about when I would record Resurrection Letters, Volume One,” Andrew remembers, “and I would wince every time.”

 

To put all of this another way, there are many artists who are gifted, and then there are a small handful of artists who are gifts. And Andrew Peterson is a gift to the Body of Christ. He has not pursued a career by asking what would sell well and seeking to cash in on that. Instead he has pursued a calling by asking what would serve well and then laboring to bring those expressions of beauty and comfort and longing into being. When he creates, he creates with a measure of fear and trembling, because he begins in the knowledge of his own limitations, never presuming he will be able to bring his work to any meaningful completion. So it makes sense that the project he saw as most necessary would also be the project he would feel most unprepared, even unworthy, to pursue.

 

“Honestly, as the centrality of the resurrection became clearer and clearer to me from a theological standpoint,” he says, “the less I felt up to the task.”

 

A decade ago Peterson had been so stirred by implications of the resurrection expressed in N.T. Wright’s Surprised By Hope and C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce that he penned an album’s worth of songs unpacking those epiphanies. For the intervening decade since the release of Resurrection Letters, Vol. II though, he’s found himself mumbling ambiguous and reluctant answers to that obvious, repeated question: “When are you going to go back and record Volume I?”

 

“The songs I wrote for Volume II traced the ripple effects of the resurrection,” Andrew explains. “They explored how it impacted my own life and hopes rather than being specifically about Jesus. I called it Volume II because I knew there was a more fundamental part of that story still to tell. The whole church, the whole history of our faith, hinges on Christ’s resurrection. But I didn’t feel adequate to the task of communicating that, so for ten years I’ve carried that insecurity along with the sense that I needed to bring it to completion at some point.”

 

Eventually, that time came. In the fall of 2017 Andrew met with his label Centricity Music and together they agreed on a deadline three short months away so the project could release in time for Easter of 2018. Now Resurrection Letters, Vol. I was on the calendar. The gears were turning and time and money from the label were being invested in anticipation of the pending release, so one way or another Andrew was going to have to deliver something. Problem was, those three months spanned a quarter year which was shaping up to be the most unlikely recording season of Andrew Peterson’s career.

 

“I came into the process with only two songs written,” Andrew explains, “and during those three months I had two trips to England scheduled, a trip to Israel, a deadline to complete the Wingfeather Saga animated film, and a deadline to finish writing a nonfiction book. I was also staging the Rich Mullins tribute concert, staging the Rabbit Room Live show, hosting the annual Hutchmoot Conference, and coordinating and touring the Behold the Lamb of God Christmas concert. It really didn’t make sense that we could record Resurrection Letters, Vol. I during those same three months, but somehow, on odd days when I was home in Nashville, it happened.”

 

Happened is perhaps a slight understatement. Three months later Peterson had managed to record fourteen new songs. At that point a decision was made to split the project into a five-song EP and a nine-song album, partly because of the number of songs, and partly because of the subject matter. Most of the songs were about Christ’s resurrection, but a handful centered instead on his crucifixion.

 

“My dream was always that Resurrection Letters, Vol. I would be a record you would listen to on Easter Sunday,” Andrew says, “so I wanted it to feel like a celebration. Early on I imagined a three-part structure following the line from the Anglican liturgy ‘Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.’ But once everything was recorded it just didn’t feel right to open the project with “Last Words (Tenebrae)”(a song based on Christ’s final utterances on the cross) and then to spend five songs contemplating his death. So we split it. The Prologue EP (Resurrection Letters: Prologue), honors the necessary darkness of the cross and becomes a musical meditation for Passion Week and Good Friday, allowing Resurrection Letters, Vol. I to be the pure Easter celebration we envisioned.”

 

Much of the credit for the prolific song output during those three months, Peterson says, goes to producer Ben Shive (Ellie Holcomb, Colony House, Mercy Me). Shive stepped up to shepherd the project through Andrew’s frequent absences. Having produced Resurrection Letters, Vol. II a decade earlier and toured for years with Andrew, Ben was the obvious choice. “He understood more than anyone else what we were trying to do,” Andrew says. “Plus, Ben Shive knows scripture better than any friend I have, which is essential for a project like this. He even wrote two of the songs and co-wrote another three.”

 

Shive had also split production credits on Peterson’s last two studio projects, Light for the Lost Boy and The Burning Edge of Dawn. Those albums were autobiographical, dealing in large part with Andrew’s “long, dark journey” through a three-year depression.

 

“One of the reasons I love doing the Behold the Lamb of God tour every year,” Andrew says, “is that it feels really good to spend a month of the year not singing about me and my story, but instead singing words from scripture about the Lamb of God. After four years spent writing and singing songs about my own struggles, to spend this season writing and singing about the death and resurrection of Jesus felt like a culmination of that hard journey. When I die, I’m not interested in people saying that I told my own story well, except in how the telling of my own journey might have drawn them to a deeper understanding of the gospel. Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is a distillation of that hope.”

 

Such hope is articulated most clearly in the first single and video “Is He Worthy?” Drawn from the fifth chapter of Revelation, the song is structured as a sort of liturgy set to music, utilizing a call and response format that invites listeners to become participants. It isn’t difficult to imagine that “Is He Worthy?” might be printed in hymnals 200 years from now. The poetic, catechismal lyric begins in a recognition of the world’s brokenness and builds to a hope-filled and worshipful proclamation of Christ’s worthiness.

 

“When I sing those words from scripture, I can hardly believe they’re true,” Andrew says. “‘From every people and tribe, every nation and tongue, he has made us a kingdom and priests to God who reign with the Son.’ We’re told that we will actually reign with Christ. That is a mind-blowing promise. How can we even wrap our thoughts around it?”

 

The album’s upbeat, anthemic opener, “His Heart Beats,” likewise deals with an incomprehensible reality: that the resurrection of Jesus wasn’t only a spiritual event, but involved a dead physical body being restored to life; that a heart which had been silent for three days suddenly contracted and began to beat again; that the blood which had stilled and pooled in Christ’s veins suddenly began to flow again. “His Heart Beats” is a joyful meditation and triumphant declaration likely to be incorporated into many Easter sunrise services.

 

A third song that could similarly serve the church for generations is the psalm-like “Always Good,” written when a friend suddenly and unexpectedly lost his wife. Perhaps more than any other song on the record, “Always Good” is a hard-won confession of faith that lives in that expectant tension between the hurts of this life and the hopes of what is to come.

 

“I never cried so much making a record,” Andrew reflects. “What it really means to ponder and pray and write about the significance of the centrality of the resurrection is that the whole album is about Jesus. It’s about the person of Christ. Through that creative process I found myself loving him more. If Behold the Lamb of God is about dusting cobwebs off the Christmas story to remind people it’s about the incarnation and the atonement for sin, then Resurrection Letters, Vol. I is the next chapter in the story, a celebration of what Christ saved us for. My hope is that these songs kindle a new longing not only in hearts, but down to our very bones and sinews—a tangible longing that we were made for this, for this coming redemption, for God dwelling with his people in a more profound way than he did even in the garden.”

 

www.andrew-peterson.com, Facebook, Twitter

# # #

Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger’s “Possessing Masterwork” Blackout to Release Tomorrow

Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger’s
“Possessing Masterwork” Blackout
to Release Tomorrow
Sold-out Celebration of  Blackout
Available to Live Stream Tonight
Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 29, 2018) – Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger will unveil her sophomore album, Blackout, tomorrow to critical acclaim. With songs for the “in-between moments in life” that often shape us, Blackout heralds the message that even when circumstances bend towards chaos, light that shines from the inside out cannot be dimmed.
To celebrate Blackout, Bethel Music is holding a sold-out album release celebration at Cascade Theatre in Gretzinger’s hometown of Redding, CA. Gretzinger will perform songs off the new project. For those unable to attend, the event will be available to live stream on Mar. 29 at 8:00pm PST at https://bethelmusic.com/blackout/.
What critics are saying about Blackout
Blackout is a possessing masterwork, a career achievement if she decided for some reason to walk away tomorrow—5/5 Stars!” – CCM Magazine
 “Every song is completely anointedSpirit-led and emotionally captivating. Steffany’s powerful and gorgeous vocals keep me hanging on every word she sings.”
– New Release Today
“With powerful, engaging vocals, and catchy pop melodies, Blackout is a worshipful not-to-be-missed album of 2018.” – JesusFreakHideout.com
“Her new songs testify to the fact that God moves in living color and walks hand-in-hand with us through the dark.” – Homelife Magazine
“…it’s personal with equal portions of emotions and intelligence.” – Hallels
“With intriguing musical arrangements and encouraging lyrics, listeners are sure to find a song that inspires their Christian walk and bring them closer to the Savior.” – Today’s Christian Entertainment
Blackout is available for pre-order here.
Get Connected with Steffany Gretzinger: 
Website: https://bethelmusic.com/artists/steffany-gretzinger/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteffanyDawnGretzinger/
Instagram: @SteffanyDawn
Twitter: @SteffGretz

PLANETSHAKERS BAND RELEASES HEAVEN ON EARTH PART 1 APRIL 6

PLANETSHAKERS BAND RELEASES HEAVEN ON EARTH PART 1 APRIL 6

 

PREMIERES EP LIVE ON DAYSTAR TV IN OVER 180 COUNTRIES

 

Praise EP Recorded Live With Tens Of Thousands Of Worshippers In Asia

 

 

Internationally recognized praise band Planetshakers, with a mission of “empowering generations to win generations,” will independently release Heaven On Earth Part 1 April 6th on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and more digital outlets, as well as through Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming sites. Recorded live at Planetshakers’ regional conferences in Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, the EP captures the heart and dynamic praise of Planetshakers Band along with tens of thousands of worshippers.

 

In addition to the new recording, Planetshakers Band will also premiere songs from Heaven On Earth Part 1 during the live Daystar Television Network broadcast of the annual Planetshakers Conference in Melbourne, Australia April 4 – 7 (see local listings for times). This marks the fourth consecutive year that Planetshakers has partnered with Daystar to exclusively air its conference on the network to audiences in over 180 countries around the world.

 

The four-song, nearly 24-minute Heaven On Earth Part 1 is a tangible, intentional expression of worshippers collectively pursuing the presence of God, all led by Planetshakers’ worship leaders Sam Evans, Joth Hunt (who also produced and mixed the EP), BJ Pridham, Chelsi Nikkerud and a full team of musicians, dancers and more. The EP captures the gathering’s “praise-party” atmosphere seasoned with singing, dancing and shouts of praise.

 

“While worship and praise can simultaneously co-exist, they are not synonymous,” says Russell Evans, Senior Pastor of Planetshakers Church. “Where true worship of God is essentially a matter of the heart and spirit rooted in the knowledge of the Word of God, praise is the outward expression of what is in the heart. With Heaven On Earth Part 1, Planetshakers joyously praises the One we worship and invites God’s presence on Earth, longing for Him to establish his Kingdom here, as it is in Heaven.”

 

Everywhere Planetshakers traveled in Asia, they found a passionate hunger for worship and an unmatched boldness in praise and longing for God’s Kingdom to be established. Even in areas where promoters cautioned Planetshakers not to go, suggesting that people might attend a concert but not a full conference, people turned out in droves.

 

In the Philippine capital of Manila, crowds gathered at 3 am on January 13, 2018, waiting in long lines outside SMART Araneta Coliseum to experience the conference. Pastor Russell Evans greeted the crowds, and promoters opened 2,000 extra standing-room-only passes since the 16,500-seat auditorium was already filled to capacity.

 

“When praising God, we are declaring who He is and what He has done, which creates an atmosphere for Him to move,” says Hunt. “We may not be able to change circumstances, but we can change the atmosphere and help people get through them.”

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured during the Planetshakers event in Manila, Philippines at SMART Araneta Coliseum are Pastor Russell Evans (upper left), Pastor Sam Evans (upper right) and Joth Hunt (lower left), as well as worshippers and Planetshakers dancers.

 

In addition to the EP, four exclusive videos featuring a multi-camera visual experience captured at the events will be revealed. The full Heaven On Earth Part 1 tracks are as follows:

 

1) “There Is No One Like You (Live In Asia)”

2) “The Greatest (Live In Asia)”

3) “Above All Names (Live In Asia)”

4) “No Alone (Live In Asia)”

 

Sharing the new music from Heaven On Earth Part 1 along with favorites like “The Anthem,” “Endless Praise” and “Nothing Is Impossible” while on tour, Planetshakers Band is scheduled to be in India and Europe May 12-20, the USA and South America June 21- July 1, South Africa July 13-22 and back in Asia August 3-19.

 

For all the latest Planetshakers tour, music and conference news, visit Planetshakers.com, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, where Planetshakers has over 1.3 million followers.

 

About Planetshakers:

Since its inaugural gathering in 1997, Planetshakers has gone on to become a global movement through its annual conferences, international church campuses and numerous live recordings, including multiple Dove Award-nominated projects. The Australia-based collective, led by Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans, has hosted gatherings in cities around the world while also launching Planetshakers Church in 2004. With over 14,000 members in Australia, Planetshakers Church is one of the fastest growing churches in that nation’s history, stretching across five campuses in Melbourne with additional locations in Singapore; Cape Town, South Africa; Geneva, Switzerland and Austin, TX.

 

Celebrating 20 years of ministry, Planetshakers’ latest CD/DVD project, Legacy, honors the countless ways God has used the ministry and music of Planetshakers over the past two decades to raise up a generation of Christ followers with a clear vision of taking the Gospel to nations… “empowering generations to win generations.”

 

 

 

# # #

 

ABIGAIL SLOANE RELEASES DEBUT RADIO SINGLE

ABIGAIL SLOANE RELEASES DEBUT RADIO SINGLE

‘Enough’ from Christian Music Newcomer Goes for Adds Today

Abigail Sloane - Cover Art

March 20, 2018 (Springdale, Ark.) – The debut single from Christian music newcomer Abigail Sloane goes for adds today at Christian AC and CHR/Hot AC-formatted radio stations. The song, “Enough,” is from Sloane’s EP, “Reason and Rhyme,” which was released in October 2017 by Creative Soul Records.

The music video for “Enough” premiered on NewReleaseToday.com and is now garnering thousands of views on her YouTube page.

Sloane, who recorded her debut project in March 2017 in Nashville, began singing at a young age, finding it a powerful outlet for expressing joy, sorrow, turmoil, excitement, and imagination, she says. By the age of 11, she was writing her own songs, finding that her passion for songwriting helped her through life’s storms, and also learning that her music touched the lives of others as they faced similar turmoil.

“My prayer is that I show the broken and the hurting in the world that there are better times ahead,” Sloane says. “I have battled depression and fought dark days, so I especially want to make connections with people who may need to hear words of encouragement. My heart’s desire is that my music can bring hope to those who are struggling and that this music will find its way to people who will hear its message.”

Sloane is in the midst of a media tour for “Reason and Rhyme,” recently appearing on popular Christian TV series “Atlanta Live.”

To learn more about Sloane, visit abigailsloanemusic.com, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

JORDAN FELIZ’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM, ‘FUTURE’ AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

JORDAN FELIZ’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE RELEASE, FUTURE AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE & PRAISED BY CRITICS
March 23, 2018 (NASHVILLE, TENN.) – Future, the highly anticipated sophomore album by Centricity Music’s Jordan Feliz is available worldwide on stands and digital platforms and is receiving praise from critics.

“A flawless follow-up…If sophomore records are supposed to be a challenge, Jordan Feliz didn’t get the memo. Future further solidifies Jordan’s place as one of the best in Christian music today.” – New Release Today

“Future is so contagious it sounds instantly familiar during its very first spin…uplifting, faith-affirming themes over beats that simply cannot be shaken…It’s easy to spot signs of OneRepublic, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Sam Smith…”- CCM Magazine

The Christian pop singer-songwriter current single “Witness” is impacting AC radio and recently cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart last week.  He has been performing this new fan favorite among others in front of thousands on the popular Winter Jam tour and will headline his own “Future Tour” starting next month in support of his album release.

Jordan Feliz has rapidly become one of Christian music’s major artists since the release of his first EP, Beloved, for Centricity Music in 2015. The success of his first single,” The River,” led to his first Dove Award, with Feliz winning New Artist of the Year in 2016, along with receiving nominations for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for “The River.” The single became a No. 1 hit on several Billboard charts for multiple weeks. Feliz’s full-length album, The River, debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart in 2016. The album’s two singles, “Beloved” and “Never Too Far Gone,” both achieved Top-10 Status on Billboard’s Christian Airplay Chart. His current single “Witness” is a Top-10 hit and climbing. Listed by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine as “One To Watch”, Feliz has toured with such major artists as Michael W. Smith, for KING & COUNTRY, Steven Curtis Chapman, TobyMac, and Matthew West, and he’s currently performing on the Winter Jam circuit.

For more information on Jordan Feliz, please visit Jordan’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

aul Zach Releases God Is The Friend Of Silence

PAUL ZACH RELEASES GOD IS THE FRIEND OF SILENCE TODAY

Debut Solo EP Produced By Isaac Wardell, Distributed By The Fuel Music

Title Track Video Featuring Liz Vice Premieres Today

 

 

Worship leader and songwriter Paul Zach releases his debut solo EP, God Is The Friend Of Silence, today (March 23) through The Fuel Music. The five-song EP was recorded live Dec. 2017 at Mason Jar Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and features Liz Vice on backing vocals. Produced by Isaac Wardell, founder of The Porter’s Gate and Bifrost Arts, the recording is available now at iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play and more digital outlets internationally through http://smarturl.it/GCMpzfos.

 

Zach reconnected with Wardell to record God Is The Friend Of Silence following last fall’s acclaimed The Porter’s Gate debut, Work Songs: The Porter’s Gate Worship Project, which was also produced by Wardell. Zach cowrote five songs and was a featured vocalist on three Work Songs tracks, including “In the Fields of the Lord” with Audrey Assad.

 

“I decided to do the EP after recording with The Porters Gate this past summer and wanted to challenge myself to record an album live with no edits or recording tricks,” says Zach. “It was so much fun in the studio recording these songs live along with an amazing string quartet.”

 

“The combination of Liz Vice and Paul Zach’s soulful vocals with the sophistication of the lyrics and string arrangements make this EP into something more than the sum of its parts,” adds Wardell. “Each of these songs is crafted and performed exquisitely and thoughtfully with the end effect being a simple joy for the listener.”

 

The resulting plaintive, prayerful songs of worship begin with the EP’s title track, which premieres today as the first video from the EP through The Good Christian Music Blog at https://youtu.be/fddNmMhJcT8. The song was inspired by the Mother Teresa quote: “We need to find God and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”

 

“Prayer has always been difficult for me,” confesses Zach. “I usually feel the absence of God more than His presence. Writing this song was a reminder for me to continue in the discipline even though I find it to be difficult.”

 

God Is The Friend Of Silence further features “Restore Us Again,” a song Zach says is “asking God to break us from our obsession with the easy and comfortable life,” along with the Martin Luther King inspired “I’ll Never Leave You Alone,” which comes against racial injustice and serves as a reminder that God is with the oppressed and will never leave or forsake them.

 

The final two tracks on the EP were inspired by the Psalms, both “For God Alone (Psalm 62)” and “East/West (Psalm 103).”

 

“There are so many great images in the Psalms,” says Zach, “and these songs are my attempt to put those words to music.”

 

About Paul Zach:

In addition to touring with the band Remedy Drive for nine years, writing songs and leading worship at Portico Church, and putting out three acclaimed The Silver Pages EPs that have featured guest appearances by All Sons and Daughters, Phil Joel, Leeland and others, Zach has also written music that has garnered multiple film and TV placements. Those placements have included national and regional commercials for Chevy, PetSmart, University of Oklahoma and more.

 

All the latest Paul Zach and God Is The Friend Of Silence news, can be found at www.PaulZachMusic.com and https://www.facebook.com/PaulZach.

 

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.

Devoted Album Preachers Releases Today With Rich Serenades Of Singer, Songwriter Harvest

Devoted Album Preachers Releases Today With
Rich Serenades Of Singer, Songwriter Harvest 
Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 23, 2018) – Atlanta-based singer, songwriter Harvest is unveiling Preachers (GoForth Sounds, Heritage Music) today. The self-taught pianist delivers a bold collection of nine songs that bypass the need for louder, bigger and technical. With piano and string orchestration by The Brilliance along with the drive and passion of producer, Daniel Bashta, this album invokes a raw, yet reverent response that deconstructs surface level worship. Mixed by GRAMMY® award winner, engineer Darrell Thorp, every song is a sermon that invades the heart.

“The vision for this album is that God is raising up preachers from all over the earth – from mothers and doctors to school children and athletes,” she explains. “God has let this gift come out of me, and the more I’ve been obedient to His promptings, the more doors that have opened. It’s been amazing to experience, and I can’t wait to see what else He has in store.”

At the age of 16, Harvest thought she would be a preacher. The more she performed, the more she began seeing music and songwriting as instruments in and of themselves to do what she longed to do – that is, to preach. With her dark, metallic voice set against the soothing sound of strings, Harvest creates simple, haunting melodies that hit the heart and remain there found on songs including “Anchor,” “There Is A Peace,” “Pursuit” and more.

Preachers marks Harvest’s debut with Heritage Music, and the continuation of a fruitful, though unexpected journey.

Experience Preachers here.

100 Years in the making: Available Today!

StowTown Records Releases Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs
Over 100 Years In The Making, Iconic and Historic Project Available Today
MARCH 23, 2018 (Nashville, TN) – A project that has been in the making for over 100 years is finally available today. StowTown Records is excited to announce a historic project, Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs.
Fanny Crosby is an iconic part of the fabric of faith in America, penning over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs. These classics of the church include “Blessed Assurance,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” “I Am Thine, O Lord,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” among others.
Recently, a treasure trove of unfinished and unpublished works was found by Stephen Kelley (associate producer) at Wheaton College. This discovery gave Wayne Haun (producer/StowTown co-owner) an idea – to finish these lyrics with some of today’s top writers and give life to these songs with performances by 15 of today’s top artists in inspirational, bluegrass and gospel music.
“This is a project that comes along only once in a career,” states co-producer Wayne Haun. “To comb through these unfinished works that were started over 100 years ago is humbling. Each writer carefully composed additional verses, choruses, and melodies that remained true to the Crosby style. She was truly one of America’s greatest treasures.”
Along with Crosby, additional writers on this project include Sue C. Smith, Marcia Henry, Rachel McCutcheon, Val Dacus, Dianne Wilkinson, Melissa Brady, Jim Brady, Lee Black, Don Poythress, Jeff Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Scott Inman, Tim Lovelace, Randall Garland and Wayne Haun.
Frances Jane Crosby, born March 24, 1820, is a true hero of the faith. Despite being blind since infancy, she never felt inhibited by her inability to see. It is evident that God’s hand was on her life, with her compositions being printed more than 100 million times. Also known for her teaching and rescue work, Crosby is credited with helping The Bowery Mission in NYC in the early years of its operation. Crosby’s piano – which is featured on the cover artwork – is housed at The Bowery Mission, where her legacy lives on daily as they care for the homeless and underprivileged in NYC.
Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs is available at your local Christian retailer and on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets as well as Christian Book Distributors here.
Track Listing:
  1. Shout Hosanna – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  2. I Know the Sweet Voice of the Shepherd – Legacy Five
  3. Beside the Cross – Lizzy Long, Rhonda Vincent & Sally Berry
  4. God of This Moment and God Evermore – Charles Billingsley with Sisters
  5. Hold Me Up – Jason Crabb with Darla McFadden & Amber Nelon Thompson
  6. The Isles of the Deep – Triumphant
  7. Calmly Resting in the Lord – The Erwins
  8. Be Still – The Whisnants
  9. Not in My Strength – The Booth Brothers
  10. I Know That Jesus Loves Me – The Collingsworth Family
  11. Jesus – The Jim Brady Trio
  12. In Another Hour of Song – The Perrys
  13. My Soul Shall Trust in Thee – The Guardians
  14. His Love Will Shelter Me – Tim Lovelace with Jeff & Sheri Easter & Morgan Easter Smith
  15. A Crown of Life – The Mylon Hayes Family