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MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING HILLSONG WORSHIP WINS FIRST-EVER GRAMMY® AWARD

MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING HILLSONG WORSHIP WINS FIRST-EVER GRAMMY® AWARD FOR POWERHOUSE SONG

“WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME”

 

Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of 2017 Holds Strong at No. 1 on the Hot Christian Songs Chart for 34 Weeks with their Record-Breaking Track

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30, 2018) — Hillsong Worship won its first GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their genre-smashing single, What A Beautiful Name that continues to be the fastest growing song in modern church history (112 million views on YouTube). The category, created in 2015, recognizes both songwriters and performers. “What A Beautiful Name,” recorded in 2016, was written by the worship collective‘s Brooke Ligertwood (formerly Brooke Fraser) and Ben Fielding who represented the group in accepting the award, which was among those handed out on-stage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The song won out over competing selections from Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, and MercyMe.

 

“We are so thrilled that a song about the Name who is most dear to us was honored with a GRAMMY award this year!,” Ligertwood, who accepted the award with Fielding on stage inside Madison Square Garden, New York, ahead of the main ceremony, said.

 

“We feel humbled by the opportunity to represent our wider team and church at such a prestigious occasion that rightly celebrates all music. The reach and impact of ‘What a Beautiful Name‘ has been encouraging and truly and honor. We seek to write songs that can genuinely connect the hearts of people with the heart of God through worship, and the connection this song seems to have made can only be by the grace of God.”

 

“No matter how far or close you feel to God or no matter how great the distance His love is greater, His name is more powerful, more wonderful, more beautiful than any other,” Fielding said.

 

“With a 25+ year legacy of writing and recording songs for believers everywhere, we recognize that we are walking on a path foraged by the dedicated and devoted songwriters and worship leaders building our team, church and this legacy before us, which began with our pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, and their fearless commitment to the new song and the next generation,” Ligertwood added.

 

With more than 20 million career album sales and over 1.5 billion career streams, Australia-based Hillsong Worship has helped shape praise & worship over the last two decades through its catalog of songs that continue to be sung by an estimated 50 million churchgoers worldwide each week. Their award-winning single “What A Beautiful Name” spent nine consecutive weeks at #1 atop the National Christian Audience radio chart and remains the #1 most consumed track in Christian music. Concurrently, the single was named Billboard’s No. 1 Hot Christian Song of the Year topping its Hot Christian Songs chart (which blends airplay, streaming and sales data) on Feb. 25, holding strong in the No. 1 position for 34 weeks (through the chart dated Feb. 3, 2018).

 

“From the early days of Hillsong Church, having an environment that encourages the new song has been part of our DNA,” adds Brian Houston, global senior pastor of Hillsong Church. “It is humbling that these songs frequently resonate across the globe and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a song that is all about the name which is above every other name, the name of Jesus, is the song that has been honored this year with a GRAMMY Award win. Congratulations to Brooke and Ben for writing such a beautiful and heartfelt song.”

 

With unprecedented record sales and numerous award accolades, Hillsong Worship continues to impact millions worldwide with its chart-topping catalog of songs.

Their recent GRAMMY Award win accompanies a host of other honors bestowed this past year including being named Billboard’s Top Christian Artist of 2017 as well as its Top Christian Duo/Group.

 

About Hillsong Worship: 
With a catalog sung by an estimated 50 million people worldwide each week, Hillsong Worship is passionate about equipping and mobilizing believers everywhere with Christ-centered songs of God-glorifying worship for the building of the Church. For almost three decades, Hillsong Worship has served people across nations and generations, travelling the world leading diverse expressions of the Church in the worship of Jesus. By God’s grace its “local church” worship songs such as “Shout To The Lord,” “Mighty To Save,” “Hosanna,” “Cornerstone,” “Forever Reign,” “Broken Vessels” and “This I Believe (The Creed)” have become the songs of churches all over the globe, in addition to finding a place in the personal devotion of individual believers everywhere. Their latest projects, “Let There Be Light,” “What A Beautiful Name EP,” and “Christmas: The Peace Project” are available now.

 

For more information, please visit:

 

Website:         hillsong.com/worship

Facebook:     facebook.com/hillsongworship

Twitter:            twitter.com/hillsongworship

Instagram:     instagram.com/hillsongworship

There Is More Tour Features Hillsong Worship & Pastor Brian Houston!

There Is More Tour Features Hillsong Worship & Pastor Brian Houston!
Spring Tour Brings a Unique Experience to 14 U.S. Cities this April!
Tickets Available Now!
Nashville, TN (Jan. 30, 2018) – Join Pastor Brian Houston and members of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Hillsong Worship team on their upcoming spring tour – There Is More Tour. Houston and members of Hillsong Worship from Australia will embark on a 14-city spring tour this April across the south-eastern United States. They are bringing a message of God’s lavish love and endless possibilities to megachurches, arenas and venues from Texas to Minneapolis and Dallas to DC.

“Hillsong Worship comes out of the heart of our church – Hillsong – and the heartbeat of that culture has been pioneered and shaped by our senior pastors, Brian and Bobbie Houston,” said Hillsong Worship member Brooke Ligertwood, who along with Ben Fielding wrote the song “What A Beautiful Name.” The song recently won Contemporary Christian Song of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy® Awards.

“As a team firmly planted in and serving our local church, Hillsong, we are fortunate enough to be able to sit under the teaching of our senior pastor often and are thrilled that so many more people will get to experience that this year through the There Is More Tour!” Ligertwood said. “We are really expectant that during these nights as we magnify the Lord in worship we will experience His presence powerfully and transformatively together, and that as we sit under the Word of God we would be challenged, encouraged and inspired to live the lives He has called and equipped us to live.”

Brian Houston is the Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, a worldwide family of congregations comprising more than 100,000 weekly attendees. Considered by many as a leading voice in the shaping of contemporary leadership values and church culture, Houston is highly regarded for his bold innovation and passion for the local church. He is a visionary when it comes to empowering the next generation of leaders with fresh Biblical teaching, relevant worship and accessible community.

Houston’s latest book. There Is More, shows how – with God’s power – life can exceed every earthly expectation. (-credit https://brianchouston.com/there-is-more/). “When you surrender control and follow God’s guidance, you become empowered and equipped to do the impossible, reach higher, and go further than you could have ever imagined—giving Him all the glory,” he said. “By building our lives around godly principles, surrounding ourselves with wisdom, and living for a cause greater than ourselves, we can effectively live out God’s purposes and have an enduring impact.”

Houston’s infectious love for people and his empowering brand of leadership is beamed to millions of people weekly through his program, Brian Houston @ Hillsong Television, and draws tens of thousands annually to Hillsong Conference events in Sydney, London and New York City. He is also the President of Hillsong International Leadership College and the Executive Producer of countless gold and platinum albums that have come from the Hillsong Worship team.

His latest book will be available for purchase everywhere on March 20. It is also available for pre-order through online retailers listed at https://brianchouston.com/there-is-more/.  Each ticket purchased for the There is More Tour includes entry to the event and a copy of Brian Houston’s latest book. Tickets are on sale now. For more details go to https://hillsong.com/tours/ .

There Is More Tour U.S. Spring Dates:
*All dates subject to change.
4/5            Austin, TX                       Shoreline Church
4/6            Baton Rouge, LA           Bethany Church – BAKER
4/7            Dallas, TX                       Verizon Theatre
4/9            Memphis, TN                 Life Church
4/10          St. Louis, MO                 Grace Church – St. Louis
4/12          Minneapolis, MN          Grace Church – Minneapolis
4/13          Peoria, IL                        Northwoods Community Church
4/14          Hoffman Estates, IL     Life Changers International Church
4/17          Fort Wayne, IN              Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4/19          Canton, OH*                  Faith Family Church
4/20          Lynchburg, VA*            Thomas Road Baptist Church
4/21          Reading, PA*                 Diamond Credit Union Theater @ Santander Arena
4/23         Boston, MA                     Orpheum Theatre – Boston
4/24         Washington, DC            Hylton Memorial Chapel

*Brian Houston will not appear at Canton, OH; Lynchburg, VA; or Reading, PA. Hillsong Worship team members may vary by city.

Todd Agnew Wraps Stint as Praise.com Artist Blogger of the Month

TODD AGNEW WRAPS STINT AS PRAISE.COM ARTIST BLOGGER OF THE MONTH
Seven-time Dove Award-Nominated Singer/Songwriter and Worship Leader Welcomed Opportunity to Share His Heart with Fans on the Newly Relaunched Faith-Based Lifestyle Website
Singer/songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew took over the Artist Blog on Praise.com during the month of January, 2018. (Craig Thompson/Disciple Design photo)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (January 31, 

2018) – Chart-topping, seven-time
Dove Award-nominated singer, songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew will wrap up a series of weekly ruminations today, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, as Praise.com’s guest artist blogger for the month of January. Designed to give Christian artists a chance to come together in one place to speak directly to fans and believers about faith, music, and living for God in our everyday lives, the Praise.com Artist Blog posts each Wednesday. Fans will be able to check out Agnew’s final blog post today, as well as his previous blog posts from January 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2018.
“It was a joy to have Todd Agnew take over the Praise.com Artist Blog for the month of January,” says Praise.com Managing Editor, Hannah Goodwyn. “He’s was our fourth guest blogger, following Planetshakers, Tauren Wells, and Paul Baloche. We were thrilled to have Todd as part of the team!”
Launched in 2012 to offer Christian music fans access to the best in praise and worship music, Praise.com has been relaunched to move beyond the music to speak to every aspect of life and how faith in Jesus Christ transforms lives, through its all-new, free Christian radio station, daily devotions, Christian blogs, and Bible-based life advice.
“It was an honor to serve as Praise.com’s Artist Blogger for the month of January,” says Agnew. “Having this fresh new avenue to connect with and share my heart with fellow believers is an awesome blessing and a weighty responsibility, one I don’t take lightly. I hope my thoughts on stress and the spiritual disciplines was an encouragement to those who read them.”
To read Todd Agnew’s posts on Praise.com’s Artist Blog, visit Praise.com.
For more information about Agnew, visit toddagnew.com.
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About Todd Agnew’s Latest Single, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer”:
A steady buzz has been surrounding Agnew’s new project, From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, since the release of the first single, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer.” Called a “spine tingling new hymn” by UK publication CrossRhythms, the single has gained traction at Christian Soft A/C and INSP radio formats, showing up as one of the Most Added songs on Billboard’s Christian Soft A/C chart, and landing in the Top Ten on both the Christian Music Weekly’s (CMW) Worship and INSP charts. Another song from the new project, “When Love Comes to Town” (Agnew’s U2 cover from the benefit album, In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa) landed in the Top Five on the CMW Christian Country Chart.
Agnew’s studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (where he is nearing completion of his Masters degree) led him to pen “Glory to Our Great Redeemer.” The song reflects Agnew’s deepening spiritual, theological, and musical maturity through the process of getting married, embracing fatherhood, moving to Texas and delving deeper into the formal study of God’s Word at seminary.

“The song talks about ransom, redemption, adoption and more,” Agnew explains. “Our worship grows deeper as we understand more fully all God has done on our behalf.”

“There are certain artists whose voice seems to cut through the clutter of our lives and stop us in our tracks,” says James Riley, VP of Promotions, Shamrock Media Group. “Todd Agnew is one of those artists for me and I’m honored to help bring this new single, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer,” to radio. From the opening moments of the song, you’re engaged. I couldn’t even respond to the email asking if I’d be interested in working it to radio for a while, as I was too busy hitting ‘repeat.’ It’s so great to have Todd back in front of radio!”

For more information about Agnew, “Glory to Our Great Redeemer” and From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, visit toddagnew.com.

For all radio inquiries, contact James Riley at Shamrock Media Group at james@rocktheshamrock.com or 615-945-5604.

About From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew:
From Grace to Glory is a musical chronicle of singer/songwriter and worship leader Todd Agnew’s journey of faith and ministry. It is a time capsule of moments, both profoundly intimate and exuberantly bold, that captures the essence of walking out the gospel hand-in-hand with friends and family, through good times and hard times. It is the journal of one man’s transformation from a young singer/songwriter to troubadour theologian.
Along the way, Agnew has emerged as a seasoned scholar and mentor in the fields of worship theology and worship leadership. Adding “college professor” to his list of titles, Agnew joined the faculty of Visible Music College’s Dallas campus in 2015 and was recently tapped by Dallas Theological Seminary as a guest lecturer for its 2017 Shaped by the Future conference. He is increasingly sought after as a guest speaker at churches and conferences across the country.
Family and friendship have always played a huge role in Todd Agnew’s life, music and ministry, and those relationships run like a thread throughout From Grace to Glory. In addition to “Glory to Our Great Redeemer,” Agnew collaborated with his long-time friend Chris Collins (Agnew’s co-writer on “Grace Like Rain”) on the other new song on this project, “Nearer Home.”

Along with the new material, the prolific singer/songwriter layers into From Grace to Glory a collection of some of his most cherished songs which are not part of his Ardent Records discography, most of which have not been previously released. He includes “Beautiful,” the original version of a song written by Mercy Me’s Nathan Cochran, which Agnew rewrote and originally recorded in 2005 as “Unchanging One” during the Reflection of Something sessions. He pulled another unreleased track from the vault, and invited talented Visible Music College student Trulah Maloy to join him for a duet, making “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” a truly special addition to an already exceptional project.

Additional unreleased or alternate tracks include:
*    “On A Corner in Memphis” (original demo from the Better Questions sessions)
*    “Martyr’s Song” (original Matt Bronleewe production of a song Agnew wrote as an accompanying piece for best-selling author Ted Dekker’s novella, The Martyr’s Song)
*    “This Is All I Have to Give” (alternate version from the Do You See What I See? Christmas record with Agnew on lead vocal)
*    “When Love Comes to Town” (U2 Cover from the benefit album, In the Name of Love: Artists United for Africa).
Finally, the cornerstones of From Grace to Glory are four immensely popular songs from Agnew’s first two records. “Grace Like Rain” and “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song)” from his debut project, Grace Like Rain, both hit Number 1 at Christian radio. Agnew was honored with Dove Award nominations for New Artist of the Year, Best Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year and Best Rock Contemporary Song for “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song).” “In The Middle of Me” and “My Jesus,” both from Agnew’s sophomore project, Reflection of Something, also garnered significant radio airplay.

Agnew builds on that foundation with four more fan favorites:
*    “Isaiah 6” (a breathtaking worship song inspired by Isaiah’s vision of the Lord)
*    “Did You Mean Me?” (a confessional ballad about what it means to be chosen, called, and loved)
*    “The One That You Want” (co-written by Agnew and multi-Dove Award winner Jason Ingram)
*    “Our Great God” (written by Fernando Ortega and Mac Powell, featuring a duet with Grammy winner Rebecca St. James).
From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew is the story of God loving and leading one man to accept the grace given him and teaching him to extend that grace to others. “From Grace to Glory is the gospel,” Agnew declares. “We come to faith by grace. We live our lives by grace. We enter eternity by grace. And–from first to last–it’s all for God’s glory…that His character and mercy might be revealed and worshiped, both now and evermore.”

For more information about Agnew and From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, visit toddagnew.com.
Todd Agnew’s new CD, From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, which released May 26, is currently available from Ardent Records. (Craig Thompson/Disciple Design photo)
About Todd Agnew:
Todd Agnew exploded onto the contemporary Christian music scene in 2003 with a pair of Number 1 radio hits, “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song)” and “Grace Like Rain,” the title track of his debut Ardent Records album. Ironically, Agnew never set out to be a national recording artist. He just wanted to record a custom project for the camps and conferences where he was a frequent minister.
More than a dozen years and seven albums later, Agnew is still focused on ministry, using his music to proclaim the gospel. In addition to being a chart-topping singer/songwriter, worship leader and minister, Agnew has recently added “college professor” to his list of titles. Since 2015, he has

been a faculty member of Visible Music College’s Dallas campus, teaching worship theology and worship leadership. He was recently tapped by Dallas Theological Seminary as a guest lecturer for its 2017 Shaped by the Future conference.

Agnew’s newest CD, From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, released May 26, 2017 from Ardent Records and Provident/Sony Music Distribution. For more information about Agnew and From Grace to Glory: The Music of Todd Agnew, visit toddagnew.com.

About Ardent Records:
Ardent Records is a Memphis, Tennessee-based record label founded by legendary music industry visionary John Fry in 1959. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ardent artists helped define the style known as power pop. In the 1990s. the label moved into the nascent Contemporary Christian market, fostering such artists as Skillet, Smalltown Poets, Todd Agnew, Big Tent Revival and Jonah33.

Today, Ardent Records continues to develop new artists across all genres with the spirit, integrity, and originality that has long been its hallmark. Chairman Pat Scholes and GM Ryan Wiley carry on the storied tradition of the late John Fry as they partner with Visible Music College to train and launch the careers of artists in the modern Christian music arena. For more information, visit

About Praise.com:

Praise.com is a faith-based lifestyle website dedicated to inspiring a community of believers to pursue and reflect God in everyday life. Since 2012, it’s been offering Christian music fans access to the best in contemporary praise and worship via its online radio station, in-depth interviews, and uplifting music videos. Now, Praise.com is going beyond the music (with its recently redesigned website and dynamic new app). Speaking to every aspect of life and how faith in Jesus Christ transforms, Praise.com encourages followers to live a life of praise through its all-new, free Christian radio station, daily devotions, Bible-based blogs and life advice. Praise.com has an active community on social media that’s nearly 500,000 strong and growing. For more info, visit Praise.com.

Rend Collective’s Latest Brings Good News To Multiple Billboard Charts

Rend Collective’s Latest Brings Good News To Multiple Billboard Charts, Claiming No. 1 Spot on Billboard’s Christian & Gospel Chart

Rend Collective Continues World Tour Selling Out Major Markets, Prepares to Kick Off Headlining Shows in the UK

Nashville, TN (Jan. 30, 2018) – Irish band Rend Collective released their latest album on Friday, Jan. 19 to critical acclaim. The widely praised Good News saw Rend Collective at the top of the charts, earning the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian & Gospel Chart, and No. 5 spot on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart, hitting within the Top 20 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart.  Also claiming No. 1 on UK’s Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart with over 1.6 million streams since its release, the 15-track album includes Rend Collective’s hit single, “Rescuer (Good News),” which has already hit Top 10 on both AC Indicator and National Audience chart, and has been added by major stations including K-LOVE, Air1, WAY-FM, KSBJ and more. Reaching an audience of over 2.8M weekly listeners, the song’s official music video already has over 3M views of YouTube.

Correlating with the release of their album, Rend Collective unveiled a live performance video of their song “Rescuer (Good News)” to YouTube as a part of their Good News Sessions. The video, filmed in a church in Nashville, TN, highlights the band’s upbeat and organic worship style.

Continuing their world tour, Rend Collective is gearing up to kick off the next leg of their “Good News Tour.”  Having already sold-out major markets including Bath, Liverpool and Southampton, the band will hit 19 cities throughout the UK beginning this Thursday in Stoke before continuing on to the U.S., hitting 51 cities total from Feb. 1 through the end of May. For the latest tour schedule, visit https://rendcollective.com.

About Rend Collective:
Hailing from a small town off the coast of Northern Ireland, Rend Collective (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Stephen Mitchell) wants to be known as a celebration band, worshiping for God’s Glory and fame. Since the release of their first album, Organic Family Hymnal, the group’s authentic and energetic style of worship has attracted an international audience, with career sales of more than 300,000 albums. The group saw early success as their first ever single “Build Your Kingdom Here,” peaked at No. 12 on the National Christian Audience Chart. Their 2014 release, The Art of Celebration, charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart within the first week of its release. Known for their electric lively worship, the band has been a part of several major tours with top artists such as Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Kari Jobe, Lecrae and more. The group released critically acclaimed As Family We Go in 2015, followed by, Campfire Christmas Volume 1, their first Christmas record, and Campfire II, both in 2016. Their latest, Good News is now available everywhere.

Get Connected with Rend Collective:
Website: http://rendcollective.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rendcollective/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rendcollective
Instagram: @rendcollective

Full Circle Music Show Hits 100th Podcast Episode

Full Circle Music Show Hits 100th Podcast Episode
Show Plans Relaunch as Made It In Music Podcast on March 26th
Nashville, TN (Jan. 30th, 2018) – Full Circle Music Show is celebrating it’s 100th episode and announcing plans to relaunch under the new name Made It In Music Podcast on Mar. 26, 2018.  Featuring top songwriters, artists and music industry professionals, the Made It In Music Podcast will give listeners the tools and insight to aid in pursuing a full-time career in music. 
For its 100th episode, Full Circle Music Show released a “Best Of” episode where Full Circle Music Staff reflected on favorite moments from the podcast including past interviews with Michael W. Smith, Ginny Owens, and more. Listeners can access all previous podcast episodes by visiting Full Circle Music’s official YouTube Page. This will also be the home of all future Made It In Music Podcast episodes.
“As 2018 kicks off, we are seeing the music business change faster than most of us can keep track of. New technologies are enabling creators to take center stage, with little to no resources required. It is the most exciting time to be alive as a music maker. Yet, it is the most precarious of times – those who don’t adapt, WILL be left in the dust,” says GRAMMY® winner and Full Circle Music founder, Seth Mosley. “That is why we are re-branding the Full Circle Music Show, to the Made it In Music Podcast. This is a step forward in many ways, one of which, is to become the premiere weekly resource for anyone trying to navigate this crazy music business. Consider our first 100 episodes the BETA test. As great as they were, the best begins now.” 
While the original Full Circle Music Show focused on Christian music, the Made It In Music Podcast will cover all genres within the music business, with upcoming episodes featuring some of the biggest names in the industry including multi-platinum rockers Skillet and artist/hit songwriter Dave Barnes, with multiple No. 1s to his name including “Craving You” (Thomas Rhett) and “God Gave Me You” (Blake Shelton).
*For booking inquiries about Made It In Music Podcast, please email support@fullcirclemusic.com.
About Full Circle Music:
The GRAMMY® winning & Billboard Producer of the Year Seth Mosley stands as the mastermind behind some of the biggest hits in the CCM industry, helming No. 1 singles from for KING & COUNTRY (“Fix My Eyes”), Francesca Battistelli (“He Knows My Name”), Jeremy Camp (“He Knows”) and more in one year alone. Altogether, Mosley’s full-service production company, Full Circle Music, has contributed to over 20 No. 1 chart-topping songs and worked with artists, both signed and independent, including Skillet, Mat Kearney, TobyMac, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Newsboys and country acts like High Valley, Ricky Skaggs and more. The team writes and produces an average of 150 songs each year in their Franklin, Tenn.-based studio. Mosley and group unveiled the music production school Full Circle Music Academy, FCM Records and Songs for FCM Publishing with Dove Award winning Matt Hammitt as their first songwriter, followed by the signing of Riley Friesen. Focusing on crafting music for the future, Mosley is the curator of the Made It In Music Podcast which sits down with industry icons.

LOVECOLLIDE SINGLE “I DON’T WANT IT” HITS RADIO TODAY

 

 

 

Declarative Lead Track From Tired Of Basic Album Releasing April 13

Already Receiving National Airplay, Adds On Multiple Spotify Playlists

 

NewReleaseToday.com Premieres “I Don’t Want It” Music Video

 

 

Lauren Budnick and Brooke DeLeary of the faith-forward pop duo LOVECOLLIDE declare “I Don’t Want It” with the lead single from their third full-length album, Tired Of Basic, which independently releases April 13 on ABS Entertainment, LLC with global distribution for the first time through The Fuel Music. Available now as a digital single at iTunes / Apple Music, Amazon.com, Spotify Google Play and more retail and streaming outlets internationally, “I Don’t Want It” also goes for radio ads beginning today.

 

“The song is about holding our dreams up to God,” shares Brooke. “We are calling out to God, saying, ‘I don’t want this if it’s without you.’” (See Brooke and Lauren share more about the new single on LOVECOLLIDE’s Facebook page.)

 

Already in rotation at radio outlets like NGEN (Houston, TX), The Z (Spartanburg, SC) and KMOQ (Joplin, MO), “I Don’t Want It” is also featured on multiple Spotify playlists with hundreds-of-thousands of collective followers, including Pop For Life, Party Anthem 2018, American Top 40 Charts, Reputation – Taylor Swift, Girl Power Run and many others.

 

“I Don’t Want It” is receiving additional plays as the song becomes the first music video from Tired Of Basic. The video premiered at NewReleaseToday.com yesterday and can be seen now at https://youtu.be/rVEBA0PK2eg.

 

“What we wanted to show in the video was that we all have very basic outer shells; we are all alike,” says Brooke. “But on the inside the Holy Spirit lives, making us explode with unique weirdness and color that is undefinable and differs from human to human. The paint and glitter in the video is the outward representation of that explosion.”

 

With the new single, video and album emerging after a season filled with doubt, loss, depression and uncertainty, LOVECOLLIDE’s Tired Of Basic, produced by Riley Friesen (Family Force 5, Group 1 Crew) and Matt Dally (Superchick, Jamie Grace), is meant to be a revolution against boredom, mediocrity and status quo living.

 

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

 

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

 

For all the latest LOVECOLLIDE news, tour dates, pictures from Lauren and Adam Budnick’s wedding this month, and more, go to: www.lovecollide.com, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

About LOVECOLLIDE:

Having started a band together when they were just tweens, Nashville-based LOVECOLLIDE siblings Brooke and Lauren share a passion for revival and extraordinary, bold living for Jesus. The duo first hit the Billboard charts in 2016 with the song “Mother of the Son of God” and have garnered two top-20 album nods (2014, 2016) from NewReleaseToday.com. The girls were featured in the hit movie God’s Not Dead 2 leading the song “How Great Thou Art” and in Hayley Orrantia’s music video “Strong, Sweet and Southern” while Lauren was in a Nashville TV series film trailer. Together they have also shared stages with Natalie Grant, Sidewalk Prophets, Unspoken and others.

 

Touring nationally with Lauren and Brooke co-leading vocals, guitar and bass and with Adam on drums, LOVECOLLIDE has brought their vertical driven concerts to such diverse venues as college campuses, churches, schools, retreats, conferences, camps and major Christian festivals. They have also toured throughout Canada, something that’s particularly meaningful for the girls as tribal members of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Muncey, Ontario.

 

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.

FLAME TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM

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Multi-award nominated artist, FLAME, is set to release his ninth studio album titled, God Knows. The album is set apart from his previous eight records in that it is the most personal in nature. FLAME discusses issues that he has never spoken about during the duration of his time as a public figure. If you thought you knew all there was to know about him, this album will prove otherwise!

Flame explains, “One of the most significant characteristics of God is His omniscience—His complete knowledge of all things. In fact, in the book of Isaiah, God calls on His knowledge of the past, present and future as evidence for who He is. Isaiah 46:9-19 states, ‘for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose…’’ In God Knows, FLAME draws strength from this particular attribute of God.

He goes on to state, “The reality that God has full knowledge of all of life’s traumas and triumphs is a source of strength and encouragement. In particular, in the face of events you do not understand, such as betrayal and corruption. By knowing that God has a purpose brings comfort. Knowing that you aren’t alone when facing adversity has always proven to be empowering. I hope many will find consolation after hearing about what I’ve experienced in my life’s journey so far. It’s a pretty emotional album.”

The album is set to release within the next two months through his label Clear Sight Music. God Knows will take you through a tumultuous journey with FLAME over a hotbed of invigorating production as He leans in on God’s omniscience like a GPS on a long unpredictable road trip.

Blockbuster Bands Skillet And for KING & COUNTRY Unite For “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour”


Blockbuster Bands Skillet And for KING & COUNTRY Unite For “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour”

Multi-Platinum Selling Band And GRAMMY® Winners To Hit 15 Markets This Spring
Nashville, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2018)Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY unveiled that they will join forces for “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour” stopping in over a dozen markets from mid-April through early May. The unprecedented double-headliner line-up will visit San Antonio, Cedar Rapids, Huntsville, Orlando, Miami and more. “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour” marks the second time these two critically-acclaimed, top-selling acts share the stage for an incredibly theatrical, high energy and laser/pyro-filled showGiving listeners the first chance to access tickets, a Spotify pre-sale will begin at noon central today, Jan. 23, followed by tomorrow’s Ticketmaster pre-sale at noon CST. “joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour” public sale will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. local time. VIP tickets include early entry with a crowd-free merch shopping experience and a pre-show Q&A with Skillet and for KING & COUNTRY.

“Very excited to be touring with my friends, for KING & COUNTRY!” shares Skillet’s John Cooper. “We have been talking about it for several years. We have even shared the stage performing songs together. But finally we are joining forces for our own tour. It will be an uplifting, energetic, exciting show where fans will get to see something they have never seen from both acts before.”

We have so many memories when it comes to our friendship and history with Skillet,” explains Joel and Luke of for KING & COUNTRY. “As teenagers we remember watching their sets from side of stage. They headlined the very first tour we were ever on! It’s a real honor and joy for us to have the privilege of touring together.” 

Skillet released Unleashed Beyond late last year, a deluxe edition of their chart-topping album which included the RIAA Gold Certified Single “Feel Invincible” and coincided with the double platinum certification of Awake. Following the celebration around their RIAA Certified Gold Album RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., for KING & COUNTRY is now working on their anticipated third full-length, original album set to release in 2018.
joy.UNLEASHED | The Tour
* All dates subject to change, visit Skillet.com or forKINGANDCOUNTRY.com for the latest information.

04.12 Amarillo, TX – TICKETS
04.13 Dodge City, KS – TICKETS
04.14 Topeka, KS – TICKETS
04.15 Kearney, NE – TICKETS
04.19 San Antonio, TX – TICKETS
04.20 Edinburg, TX – TICKETS
04.21 San Angelo, TX – TICKETS
04.26 Carbondale, IL – TICKETS
04.27 Port Huron, MI – TICKETS
04.28 Muskegon, MI – TICKETS
04.29 Cedar Rapids, IA – TICKETS
05.03 Huntsville, AL – TICKETS
05.04 Jacksonville, FL – TICKETS
05.05 Orlando, FL – TICKETS
05.06 Miramar, FL – TICKETS

About Skillet:
Skillet has cemented their place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 12 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the double-platinum certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” currently has over 118 million plays (and counting) on Spotify, earning the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music” and continuous mainstay on Billboard’s Year End Chart. 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. Their latest album, Unleashed, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard’s Top Christian albums chart. The first single “Feel Invincible” went to #1 on the Rock Radio chart, and earned RIAA Gold Certification. The track “Stars” was featured in the soundtrack for the motion picture The Shack, released last March. Stemming from Unleashed, Skillet was nominated for 3 additional Billboard Music Awards and their songs have been used by the WWE, Marvel, ESPN, NHL, MLB and the NFL to name a few. While steadily headlining their own tours in addition to performing with some of the biggest rock acts in the country, their live show has become a global force to be reckoned with, selling out shows in London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and more.

Get Connected With Skillet:

Website: www.skillet.com
Facebook: @Skillet
Twitter & Instagram: @skilletmusic

About for KING & COUNTRY:
Soaring melodies, driving rhythms, personal themes, and theatrical instrumentation & performances are the heartbeat of two-time Grammy Award winners, for KING & COUNTRY. The Australian duo comprised of brothers Joel & Luke Smallbone, garnered unanimous critical praise with their latest album – RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG., celebrated a RIAA Certified Gold record, #1 debut on iTunes, a headlining tour with 28 sold-out shows and a 60-date arena tour. Two singles from their debut album, Crave also achieved Gold status – their crossover hit “Fix My Eyes” and “The Proof Of Your Love.” Their music has surpassed 200,000,000 streams. In October 2016 the Smallbone brothers released the indie film, Priceless, about human trafficking. They’ve performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Today Show, The Tonight Show, FOX & Friends, and have songs featured on the Emmys, The Super Bowl, Sunday Night Football, U.S. Open, 7UP, and ABC’s The Good Doctor. They are now working on their third full-length, original album set to release in 2018.

Get Connected With for KING & COUNTRY:
Website: www.forKINGANDCOUNTRY.com
Facebook & Instagram: @forKINGANDCOUNTRY
Twitter: @4kingandcountry

MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCES “SURROUNDED BY A MILLION LIGHTS WORLD TOUR”

MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCES

“SURROUNDED BY A MILLION LIGHTS WORLD TOUR”

 

Tour Presented By Compassion International Launches March 8,

Features Special Guest Nathan Tasker

 

Prolific Artist Releases Studio Album A Million Lights Feb. 16,

Live Worship Album Surrounded Feb. 23

 

Billboard Premieres “Revolution” From A Million Lights Today

 

 
 

Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith announces the first leg of his “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour.” Presented by Compassion International and featuring special guest Nathan Tasker, the tour launches March 8 in Rochester, MN and traverses the Eastern half of the US into 18-plus cities through mid-May before wrapping up May 5 in Lancaster, PA.

 

While on tour, Michael will perform fan favorites from his extensive repertoire along with “A Million Lights,” “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” and more new music from two, all new full-length albums releasing back-to-back in February from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music: both his USA Today and Yahoo! Music-acclaimed studio album A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23).

 

 

 

Along with Michael’s announcement of the tour today, Billboard Magazine simultaneously highlights the upcoming events while offering its approximately 42 million unique monthly online readers a first listen to “Revolution” from the album A Million Lights at https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8095810/michael-w-smith-new-song-revolution-spring-tour-dates.

 

“‘Revolution’ was the first song I landed on for the new album. It’s a bit of a throwback thought but no less true — that we need a love revolution,” Michael tells Billboard. “We need to listen more and talk less. We need to understand more and judge less. We need to love more, and we certainly need to love better. I guess that will always be the case, but it’s sure true for today!”

 

Tickets for the “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” go on sale Jan. 31 in most markets along with special VIP packages featuring early entry (for general admission shows) or premium seating (for reserved shows) and a Q&A session with Michael.

 

In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments. It is said that the heart of a lion never goes away, and Michael isn’t content staying with the equilibrium. At a loss for what his voice should be toward the end of 2016, this prolific artist comes roaring back with A Million Lights and Surrounded albums in a countercultural response to the divisive national sentiment of 2017 and the mean-spirited banter on social media.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Michael W. Smith, “Surrounded By A Million Lights World Tour” dates/cities follow:

 

March 8 – Rochester, MN

March 9 – Fargo, ND

March 10 – Aberdeen, SD

March 11 – Bismarck, ND

March 15 – Bloomington, MN

March 16 – Davenport, IA

March 17 – Kearney, NE

March 18 – Quincy, IL

March 23 – Daytona Beach, FL

March 24 – College Dale, TN

March 25 – Destin, FL

 

April 6 – Port St. Lucie, FL

April 26 – Blakely, PA

April 27 – Elkhart, IN

April 28 – Hales Corner, WI

April 29 – Detroit, MI

 

May 4 – Anderson, IN

May 5 – Lancaster, PA

 

* All dates are subject to change without notice, and additional dates may be added.

 

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 Nathan Tasker:
Australian singer-songwriter Nathan Tasker weaves his personal journey of sorrow, doubt, hope and expectation into songs that have garnered three No.1 radio singles in Australia, a No.1 hit in the UK and a nod for Australian Artist of the Year by The Rock Across Australia (2011). Following his critically acclaimed debut album, Home, Tasker’s latest album, Man On A Wire, showcases his growth through a period of great sorrow and loss (Tasker and his wife lost twin babies in 2011). Known for his guitar-driven pop songs and deeply thoughtful lyrics, Tasker also engages audiences through his open and engaging style that puts fans at ease and welcomes them into the stories he tells. (www.nathantasker.com)

 

About Compassion International:
Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research.

 

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.

 

FIREFLIGHT RELEASES “I WON’T LOOK BACK” SINGLE FEB. 9

 

 

Song Heartens Victims Of Sexual Abuse In Wake Of “Me Too” Movement,

Calls Believers To Advocate For Marginalized 

 

 

Grammy and Dove Award-nominated Fireflight independently releases its first new song in nearly three years, “I Won’t Look Back,” Feb. 9. The heavy-hitting, guitar-driven single marks the band’s return to its rock roots and will be the first of several new songs slated to release this year.

 

Produced by Fireflight and Josiah Prince (Disciple), “I Won’t Look Back” was inspired by John 10:10 and arrives in the wake of the “Me Too” social media movement that has given birth to the voice of those that have been victims of sexual misconduct. An empowering anthem meant to break the binds of those who have suffered abuse, Fireflight loudly offers bold lyrics for victims to declare:

 

I’ve come to take back what was stolen, your power is broken

I’ll drop a match in the shadow, as you explode,

I won’t look back

 

“Living in a culture that is often infiltrated by predators and wolves in sheep’s clothing, far too many have had their innocence stolen and dignity diminished,” says Fireflight lead singer Dawn Michele. “Silenced by fear, victims of sexual assault have been left shrouded in darkness with feelings of isolation and an understanding that no one is willing to fight for them. We, as a body of believers, must advocate for all those who have been used, marginalized and taken advantage of.

 

“God doesn’t want His children to live the rest of their lives trapped in the past, living as victims of tragedy and abuse,” continues Michele. “Jesus came that we would all have life and have it to the full. Let the cry of justice for the oppressed rise up, and cast down every proud thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.”

 

Featuring Fireflight cofounders Dawn Michele (vocals), Wendy Drennen (bass, backing vocals) and Glenn Drennen (guitar), “I Won’t Look Back” releases during a season that finds the band taking a step back from constant touring to be at home more as they raise their families. While not touring as much, the band members will continue to record and release new music they feel passionate about sharing with their fans.

 

For all the latest Fireflight news, go to www.Fireflightrock.com, Twitter, Instagram, VEVO,

YouTube, Bandsintown and Facebook, where the band has more than 448,000 likes.

 

About Fireflight:

With a Grammy nomination, 26 million views on VEVO, nine No. 1 songs, seven Dove nominations and over 400,000 albums sold, Fireflight has built a fiercely devoted following across five studio albums, including: The Healing Of Harms (2006), Unbreakable (2008), For Those Who Wait (which cracked Billboard‘s Top 100 when it released in 2010), Now (the No. 1 Christian Rock Album released in 2012) and INNOVA (which sparked two No. 1 hit singles following its release in 2015). The band has also garnered numerous instrument endorsements and its music was featured in NBC’s “Bionic Woman” promos and Taco Bell’s “Feed The Beat” campaign that catapulted the band onto a performance at the Winter X Games. The band has further been featured on such record-breaking tours as Winter Jam and has performed at all the major Christian festivals.

 

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