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MARi Brings “Treasure” to Christian Music with Debut Album Available Everywhere Today

MARi Brings “Treasure” to Christian Music with Debut Album Available Everywhere Today

Music Video for title track premieres exclusively at NewReleaseToday

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Hailing from Queens, New York, and influenced by artists such as Lecrae, TobyMac and Jaci Velasquez, powerhouse vocalist MARi brings an energetic hybrid of dance, pop, worship, Latin and reggae to the Contemporary Christian Music arena with her debut album, TREASURE – Available today wherever music is sold via Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

To celebrate the release, the music video for the title track also premieres today exclusively at Watch MARi’s “Treasure” music video:

“My music is like a piñata, there’s something in it for everyone,” says MARi. “Though there are different styles, you’ll still always hear MARi through each song.”

The making of TREASURE came at a time of intense personal struggle for MARi and echoes the deeper lessons she learned while traveling uncharted roads. “TREASURE is my heart’s story and the core of my album,” says MARi. “TREASURE is my promise and has helped me get through some tough moments, where I felt like letting go of the rope. I am so happy I went through a lot of the challenges that I had to face because it shaped me into who I am today, and allows to me now be able to go and spread the message to others that they are also God’s precious treasures and that any dreams they may have buried, or any situation or mess they seem to find themselves in that God can, and will, restore and renew them.”

MARi hopes that the songs on TREASURE will inspire people and cause them to dream and ask God big questions. But more than anything, she hopes that they will find what she has. Says MARi, “The greatest treasure I ever received was Jesus, the day He came into my heart at 9 years old and it was the best day and the first day of the rest of my life.”

The album’s first radio single, “Shine Brighter,” is headed to radio stations now via Shamrock Media Group, and a music video for the single released earlier this month.

MARi is managed by Michael Smith & Associates and booked by Behind the Voice Agency.

For more information, connect with MARi online:

Seth & Nirva – Never Alone

by Melissa Riddle Chalos

Do not fear for I am with you, Do not look anxiously about for I am your God

I will strengthen you; I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

—Isaiah 41:10

Turn on the TV. Read your Twitter feed, and scroll through Facebook. Everywhere you look in our culture, it’s as if fear is in the water.

Bleak economic projections, terrorism, political drama, racial wars and a culture more and more entrenched in secularism have left believers feeling misunderstood and spiritually paralyzed.

As volunteers ministering to young adults in Tampa, Florida, Seth & Nirva Ready became all too aware of the powerlessness and fear felt among their people. “Whether in our educational institutions, the public square or in social media, they are feeling misrepresented and bullied out of speaking about and living out their core beliefs,” Nirva explains.

As she and Seth began to write songs for what would be their next record, this growing fear could not be ignored. “We felt strongly that the Lord wanted to remind us that He has not been dethroned. He is still Sovereign over history, and He has placed us here for such a time as this,” she adds. “We can take courage and stand against the tide because God has not, and will not, abandon us.”

This is the pulse of Never Alone, Seth & Nirva’s faith-empowering debut full-length album set for release on Integrity Music. Produced by Bryan Fowler (TobyMac, Aaron Shust) and featuring songwriting collaborations with Michael Farren (“Let It Rain”), Mia Fieldes (“Savior King”), Jacob Sooter, Israel Houghton, TobyMac, Victor Oquendo and BJ Putnam, Never Alone picks up where their 2014 EP I Need You left off.

“Colossians 2:3 says that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ,” shares Seth, whose vocal talent has supported the likes of Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and Chris Tomlin. “Our prayer is that He would draw us in and help us to walk closely with Him so we would know and express His heart in this broken world. As the grand designer, He knows and supplies what is needed to be whole and to live a flourishing life. But Never Alone isn’t simply a declaration of our need for God or a prayer for God’s provision and power, it’s also a reminder of the truth that He is with us. It might seem paradoxical, but part of the human experience is this back and forth between fear and doubt on the one hand, and confidence and conviction on the other.”

It’s a conundrum that finds both its essence and its answer throughout the album. A powerful collection of soulful worship anthems and ballads, Never Alone is sure to resonate with believers struggling to hold on to faith in the face of cultural chaos. Every track and every groove underscores the truth that God is fully present and in control.

“Pour It Out” is a full-on, dance-worthy worship experience and one of the highlights of the entire collection. For Nirva, who—in addition to her career as a background vocalist with TobyMac—has long made a habit of writing out her praises to God, it’s a natural expression.

“I think of the praise and worship experiences I’ve had, where in the middle of the preaching, people get so overwhelmed with the presence of God, they have to stand up and praise Him,” she says of this jubilant song of surrender. “When you start thinking about His blessings and begin to feel the emotion those thoughts bring, you will pour out your praise. And as Scripture says, God lives in the praises of His people.”

The death you died / Should have been mine / The crown of thorns / I should’ve worn…

By your death I’m raised to life…

 I’m not bowing down to fear, Fear is bowing down to me!

“Should Have Been Mine,” written with Mia Fieldes and Jacob Sooter, finds its roots in Christ’s atonement for sin. Seth explains: “Jesus, Immanuel (God with us) as He is called by Matthew referring back to Isaiah, was the clearest and most tangible representation of God’s presence with us. And through His work on the cross we were reconciled to God, made part of His family. So, now God is with us in a whole new way. Therefore, we really don’t have anything to fear—even death.”

Sonically, Never Alone explores the veteran vocalists’ unique styles. From the solid R&B groove of “Pour It Out” to the modern pop anthem of “Unconditional,” to the ballads and calls to worship on the album, Seth & Nirva carve out a distinctive blend all their own. “Our sound—much like us as a couple and as individuals—doesn’t fit any traditional genre category very well,” says Seth. “It’s a bit more diverse stylistically than a lot of artists and difficult to categorize, but this is who we are.”

One of the most personal tracks on the record is “Brother,” written by Seth & Nirva’s labelmates, The Brilliance. As a bi-racial couple, Seth & Nirva have encountered cultural stigma more than most Christian artists.  Only in encountering Jesus, in the study of Scripture, they say, can one begin to understand the love and forgiveness required to heal the great racial divide.

When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother, I see my brother

Forgiveness is the garment of our courage

The power to make the peace we long to know…

“‘Brother’ hit us really hard,” Seth admits. “Can we honestly sing those lyrics? It’s such a beautiful vision of what we want to be, directly rooted in Jesus’ teaching. …Hopefully, this song becomes an entry point for more discussion.” After all, he adds, “The kingdom of God, in all its diversity, is the biggest movement on Earth.”

In these, as in all the songs on Never Alone, Seth & Nirva drive home the eternal truth that God is present, on the move and that as believers, we are part of God’s story as He is part of ours. What theologian Dallas Willard calls ‘playing to an Audience of One,’ where He becomes our safe place, a refuge from lesser things, a place wherein our reverence for Him and dependence on Him becomes wisdom by which He empowers us to become all we are created to be.

“We want to be part of helping our brothers and sisters recover their courage,” Seth adds, “develop their character, grow in their understanding of the biblical worldview and connect with God on a daily basis through study and worship.

“We want to use the gifts and tools God has given us—in the context of singing and making music—to serve and encourage the Church as well as to take part in the renewal He is bringing,” continues Seth. “That renewal will enable us to stand firm and impact our spheres of influence with the Gospel in a day when culture is set against us.”

For more information, go to or and follow the duo on Twitter and Instagram @sethandnirva.



Remake of Whiteheart Classic Hit Features Petra’s John Schlitt on Vocals
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May 24, 2016 (Springdale, Ark.) – The Union of Sinners and Saints, a band featuring Petra’s lead singer John Schlitt and Whiteheart founding member Billy Smiley, is bringing back an oldie, but a goodie with a new recording of the No. 1 hit “Independence Day.” The remake, originally from Whiteheart’s popular “Powerhouse” album, was produced by Smiley and features Schlitt’s distinctive vocals. The single, which is being released today, is going for adds at Christian Rock and Christian CHR-formatted radio stations.

Jeff Van Driel, CEO and Founder of Suite 28c Records, commented “Whiteheart and Petra were a big part of what formed my musical taste growing up in a small rural town in Canada and this album combines the best of what made those groups so special. It is truly an honor for Suite 28c to represent The Union of Sinners and Saints and hope that this record reaches many with its message.”

“Independence Day” is from the eponymously-titled CD of ten original songs and updated versions of Petra’s Beyond Belief and Whiteheart’s Indy Day, set for release on June 17 and available for preorder now on iTunes. In addition to Schlitt and Smiley, the band features Whiteheart bassist Anthony Sallee, Jason Fowler, Jon Knox and Jonathan Crone.

Though a new band, The Union of Sinners and Saints combines members from two of the best-selling Christian rock bands in history. Petra and Whiteheart collectively have sold more than 12 million records, charted 25 No. 1 songs and garnered numerous Grammy and Dove Awards. In addition to the musical histories, the band also merges the friendship between Schlitt and Smiley.

“John and I got together last Fall and started writing some songs and discussed both of our histories and journeys,” Smiley said. “After seeing the chemistry and friendship that developed, we were excited with the new material we were creating, and started brainstorming about taking this out on the road this year.”

“It only made sense to feature Petra and Whiteheart favorites along with some of the new songs we were writing in the studio.” said Schlitt. “We realized we had a lot of new ideas swirling around in our heads that we wanted to share, both musically and lyrically, songs that were on our hearts and minds. And yet we also wanted to celebrate with all of our friends and fans some of the memorable songs, moments, and performances that they have been a part of over the years.

“The album and live events,” Schlitt said, “will incorporate the kind of artistry and ministry that will remind (fans) of the early years of Christian Rock, but also usher in a new energy and excitement.”

The Union of Sinners and Saints currently is touring throughout North America in support of the new music.

For tour dates and more information about The Union of Sinners and Saints, visit the band’s website and like them on Facebook.

MARi “Shines Brighter” with Music Video Premiere at

MARi “Shines Brighter” with Music Video Premiere at

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Powerhouse vocalist MARi has partnered with for today’s exclusive World Premiere of her “Shine Brighter” music video. The inspirational dance track is the first single from her debut album, Treasure, which releases on May 27th via Nashville-based Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

Watch MARi’s “Shine Brighter” music video:

Hailing from Queens, New York, MARi brings an energetic hybrid of dance, pop, Latin and reggae to the Contemporary Christian Music arena. But listeners will find equally bold lyrics that openly inspire and challenge people to shine brighter for the Savior.

MARi wrote “Shine Brighter” to encourage people to stay the course. “When you are lit, you will light others,” says MARi. “That’s why God wants us to be blessed, favored, and in the spotlight for His glory so that we can use our platform to set this world ablaze.”

MARi is managed by Michael Smith & Associates and booked by Behind the Voice Agency.

For more information, connect with MARi online:


New Studio Album Now Available For Pre-Order Via
All Digital Retailers

(New York, NY – May 20th, 2016) Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet will release Unleashed, their new studio album and follow up to their 2013 release Rise, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.  The 12-track album, a year in the making, is currently available for pre-order via all digital retailers including iTunes at: and at: Pre-orders will include an instant download of the debut Active Rock single “Feel Invincible,” a lyric video which can be seen here. Skillet can also be found on Google Play at: and streaming on Spotify: Beginning Thursday, May 26th, Air 1 Network will be the World Premiere broadcast partner for the album’s debut Christian single “Stars,” while featuring the track in their Spotify playlist.

From the bombastic opening riff of “Feel Invincible” to the memorable closing of the album finale “The Resistance,” it is clear the band has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while still delivering some of their most personal and heartfelt collections of songs to date.  “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music,” said Skillet’s John Cooper.  “I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.”

Songs like “Back From The Dead,” “Stars” and “Out Of Hell” showcase the musicianship and songwriting that has garnered the band a rabid worldwide fan base, a platinum selling album and multiple Grammy nominations. Comprised of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals), Seth Morrison (lead guitar) and Jen Ledger (drums, vocals), the band collaborated with Brian Howes, (Daughtry, Halestorm, Nickelback), as well as, Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch), Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, TobyMac) to create Unleashed.

The track listing for Unleashed is:                                      

1)     Feel Invincible
2)     Back From The Dead 
3)     Stars
4)     I Want To Live 
5)     Undefeated
6)     Famous 
7)     Lions
8)     Out Of Hell 
9)     Burn It Down
10)   Watching For Comets 
11)   Saviors Of The World
12)   The Resistance

About Skillet:
Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 11 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.”  2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA Today, New York Times, Revolver Loudwire, and more.

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Takes #1 Spot on Soundscan Christian Digital Albums & #2 on Soundscan Christian Rap Albums Charts

EP Makes It’s Mark at #4 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Christian Chart & #8 on its Rap Albums Chart

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (MAY 17, 2016)—Social Club Misfits recently revealed their brand new EP The Misfit Generation, which made a booming debut as it received nearly 300k streams and landed in the top 10 on Christian Soundscan & Billboard Charts. The five-track project hit the #1 spot on Soundscan’s Christian Digital Albums Chart and #2 on the Christian Rap Albums Chart. Additionally, it made its mark at #4 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Christian Chart and #8 on Billboard’s Rap Albums Chart.

Featured on the chart-topping EP is the hip hop duo’s current hit single “Courage”. The music video for the track premiered on The Hype Magazine and since its release on April 29, the song is the #1 selling track on the album. It is continuing to impact radio stations across the nation and has already been added at Air 1.

Critics far and wide have been raving about the album:

“ ‘Misfits’ will not be disappointed by Social Club Misfits’ latest project…The beats in this record are solid and diverse as well, ranging from the banger “Wavemasters” to the soothing title track. New and old fans alike should find something to enjoy in this EP.”- Today’s Christian Entertainment

“Overall I feel this album is a great project to give people. Their single ‘Courage’ has found its way on the air waves. It has been played on Air 1 radio, which is a huge CCM radio market. I think having Capitol backing the group is a great situation for Social Club [Misfits].-

“The beats are solid throughout and Marty and Fern rhyme as well as they have on any previous release. I am excited for a full length release and to see what the misfit gang does next. Social Club [Misfits] is the best!”-

Social Club Misfits’ new EP The Misfit Generation is available as a digital-only release and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on Social Club Misfits, please visit:
Twitter: @SocialClubMSFTS
Instagram: @socialclubmisfits

SWITCHFOOT Announce New Studio Album:

SWITCHFOOT Announce New Studio Album: Where The Light Shines Through To Be Released July 8th, 2016 Via Vanguard Records In Partnership With Capitol Christian Music Group
12th Annual BRO-AM Scheduled for July 9, 2016 at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA

May 13, 2016 – Multi-platinum selling alternative rock band SWITCHFOOT announced their upcoming album, Where The Light Shines Through, which will be released on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard Records in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.  Where The Light Shines Through, the band’s tenth album and the first since 2014’s highly acclaimed Fading West, was produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.
This album marks an important milestone in the band’s hugely successful career. SWITCHFOOT’s journey began in 1997 with the first of three indie releases before signing with a major label in 2003. Since then, the San Diego, CA based outfit have sold 5.7 million copies worldwide of their nine studio albums (including 2003’s The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s GRAMMY Award-winning, Hello Hurricane). Where The Light Shines Through marks the band’s return to the indie world and showcases that, two decades from their start, they’re able to have a career filled with longevity, revitalization and rejuvenation.
PRESS HERE to watch the album trailer.
The album is currently available for pre-order on the band’s website ( along with streaming track premieres of two new songs “Float” and “Live It Well” (both of which are offered via instant grat download when pre-ordering the album). PRESS HERE to purchase Where the Light Shines Through via iTunes and PRESS HERE to purchase via Amazon Music.
SWITCHFOOT’S 12th annual BRO-AM has been announced for July 9th, 2016 in Encinitas, CA. The annual celebration draws over 15,000 people for a surf contest and free concert on the beach to benefit local youth charities. “The BRO-AM has been our favorite day of the year for over a decade,” says SWITCHFOOT’S Jon Foreman. “To see our community come together is an incredible experience. What better way to celebrate our 10th record than to play the new songs on the beach in our hometown to help kids in need.”
SWITCHFOOT will tour through 2016 with dates being announced soon.
SWITCHFOOT consists of Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar) and Chad Butler (drums).

photo credit Robbie Jeffers
Where The Light Shines Through track listing:
Holy Water
Where The Light Shines Through
I Won’t Let You Go
If The House Burns Down Tonight
The Day That I Found God
Shake This Feeling
Bull In A China Shop
Live It Well
Looking For America (featuring Lecrae)
Healer of Souls
Hope Is The Anthem
About Bro-Am:
BRO-AM is an annual celebration that gives back to the San Diego community by hosting a free concert on the beach, a team Surf Contest, the Rob Machado Bro Junior Surf Contest, the Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Surf Program – presented by CAF,  and numerous vendor booths. Funds raised at a pre-event Benefit Party as well as sponsorships for the event support local youth initiatives. The members of Switchfoot founded BRO-AM as a way to give back to their community that supported them as surfers and musicians. With the belief that every kid deserves a chance at a thriving future, funds are granted to nonprofit organizations that provide services to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth, with a special focus on programs related to music, art and surfing. Please visit

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Iconic GRAMMY® Winning Group dc Talk To Perform On Jesus Freak Cruise In Summer 2017

TobyMac and the Diverse City Band, Newsboys, Kevin Max, Finding Favour, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson and Hollyn to perform on Jesus Freak Cruise

Tickets available for purchase on May 16, 2016

Nashville, Tenn. (May 11, 2016)GRAMMY® winning band dc Talk will bring group members TobyMac, Michael Tait and Kevin Max together for a performance aboard the Jesus Freak Cruise, departing from Miami on July 11, 2017. Marking the first time in 16 years fans will be able to see the band perform, the cruise will travel to the ports of Nassau, Bahamas and Half Moon Cay (Private Island). TobyMac and the Diverse City Band, Newsboys, Kevin Max, Finding Favour, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson and Hollyn will perform alongside dc Talk on the Jesus Freak Cruise line-up. Tickets will be available for purchase on May 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST by visiting
“This is a give back that we wanted to do–we wanted it to be intimate and special. More intimate than an arena tour could ever be. It embraces what we are doing and what we did. We are excited about both. Who knows what the future holds,” shares dc Talk.

Prices for the 2017 Jesus Freak Cruise start at $699. Igniting rumors of the band’s reboot, dc Talk hinted of the announcement encouraging fans to visit today.  

For more information on the Jesus Freak Cruise, visit

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GRAMMY® Nominated Skillet Embarks On International Summer Festival Tour

GRAMMY® Nominated Skillet Embarks On International Summer Festival Tour Hitting UK’s Download, Germany’s Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park And More
Skillet’s John Cooper teases short clip from upcoming album
on social media to the excitement of thousands
Nashville, Tenn. (May 10, 2016)GRAMMY® Nominated Skillet will embark on their 2016 international summer festival tour, kicking off in Denmark’s Jelling Festival on May 28 with a wrap on July 3 in the Czech Republic. Skillet will travel to multiple international markets, hitting some of the most popular festivals across Europe and Russia including UK’s Download, Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park. The tour arrives shortly after their RIAA double platinum certification of top single “Monster,” known as the biggest digital single in Christian music history. Skillet’s 2014 headlining international tour sold-out more than half of all venues including London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Antwerp and Cologne. Skillet’s 2016 tour is the band’s fourth trek across Europe.
On April 8, John Cooper revealed a short clip from Skillet’s to be announced album on his personal social media accounts, available on Twitter and Instagram, with a social reach of nearly 1,700,000. The highly anticipated record will follow three years after their No. 1 Billboard Rock hit RISE.

For more information on Skillet’s upcoming tour, visit

Skillet International Summer Tour Routing
*All dates are subject to change
May 28 – Jelling, Denmark – Jelling Festival
May 31 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund Tivoli
June 1 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
June 3 – Nuremberg, Germany – Rock Im Park
June 5 – Mendig, Germany – Rock am Ring
June 7 – Hohenems, Austria – Event Center
June 9 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – Nova Rock
June 10 – Leicestershire, UK – Download Festival
June 11 – Landgraaf, Netherlands – Pinkpop
June 12 – Paris, France – Download Festival Paris
June 15 – Kiev, Ukraine – Art-Zavod Platform
June 18 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Festival
June 19 – Hinwil, Switzerland – Rock The Ring
June 21 – Perm, Russia – Sports Arena “Eaglet”
June 22 – Ekaterinburg, Russia – Teleclub
June 23 – Chelyabinsk, Russia – World Trade Center
June 25 – Ufa, Russia – Lights of Ufa
June 27 – Samara, Russia – MTL Arena
June 30 – Sopron, Hungary – Volt Festival
July 2 – Minsk, Belarus – Most Festival
July 3 – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic – Rock The People

About Skillet
GRAMMY® nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet has sold more than 11 million albums and singles in the U.S., amassing a diehard social following whose members number nearly seven million with nearly 400 million views on YouTube alone. Their most recent project, the Dove Award garnering RISE (2013), debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Rock and Christian charts, boasting four consecutive No. 1 radio hits and a late night television debut on Conan. The LP served as the follow-up to 2009 platinum blockbuster, AWAKE, which garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four multi format hit singles. Included in those is the platinum selling “Awake & Alive” and two-time platinum single “Monster” whose companion video has generated more than 147 million YouTube views and was named the most streamed song in CCM history, helping make Skillet the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012. 2015 saw the Billboard Music Award winners continuing atop the charts as the famed magazine placed them in the top 10 in four year-end categories including “Rock Streaming Songs” and “Rock Streaming Songs.” Known for their explosive live performance, Skillet treks the globe, headlining sold-out shows all over the world including the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Russia and more.

Powerhouse Vocalist MARi to Release Energetic Debut Album on May 27th

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Hailing from Queens, New York, powerhouse vocalist MARi is bringing a musical tapestry of texture, color and style to the Contemporary Christian Music arena with her upcoming debut album, Treasure. The album will be available on May 27th via Nashville-based Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

An energetic hybrid of dance, pop, Latin and reggae, MARi anchors her distinctive sound in equally bold lyrics. “People have fun trying to pinpoint my specific style of music,” says MARi, who wrote all of the songs on the album. “But first my music is a message—that God can take all the junk of your past and shape it into something that brings Him crazy glory.”

With Treasure, MARi delivers that message in a refreshing kaleidoscope of sounds. You’ll find it in dance tracks such as “Shine Brighter,” fiery Latin tunes like “Estoy Bien,” pop beats such as “It’s a Beautiful Day,” and inspiring anthems such as “If My People Pray,” “I Believe in Jesus,” and the title track, “Treasure.”

Influenced by genre innovators such as Lecrae, MARi admits that she tries to avoid attempts to squeeze her into a specific box, hoping instead that Treasure appeals to music lovers everywhere.

“Treasure will connect with several different audiences,” says MARi. “You will have fun, you will dance, you will sing out loud for sure. But you’re also gonna end up worshipping—whether you planned to or not.”

The making of Treasure came at a time of intense personal struggle for MARi and echoes the deeper lessons she learned while traveling uncharted roads.

“Every lyric comes from having to dig deeper into God’s word than ever before,” she explains. “I was desperate for His promises. I can tell you God healed me in places I didn’t even ask Him to and in places I didn’t even know were broken. I can tell you He’s faithful.”

The central message of Treasure comes from the lessons MARi learned while making her debut album. “Life can be hard, and people can be messy, but Jesus can take that busted equation and make it shine.”

MARi is managed by Michael Smith & Associates and booked by Behind the Voice Agency.

For more information, connect with MARi online: