Artist News August 15, 2013

The Religious News Service recently talked with worship leader Matt Maher. The article looked at Matt’s Roman Catholic faith and also discussed the impact his music is having in the protestant church and how he’s been able to bridge the gap between the two. Read more about the music and ministry of Matt Maher by clicking on the link at

Mandisa is asking for your help in promoting her new CD Overcomer. The project is scheduled for release on August 27 and, between now and than, Mandisa is asking her fans to put an Overcomer Twibbon on their twitter picture. A twibbon is a ribbon for a twitter account. Find out more by clicking on the link at

Now you can have hair just like Colton Dixon. The new Christian artist has a Mohawk app on his facebook page that will transpose Colton’s hair onto your head. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Touring with the group Kutless and returning to school online at Grand Canyon University must not be enough to keep Nick Departee busy. The Kutless guitarist tweeted this week that he’s restarting his graphic design business.

Mark Waldrop recently sat down with the music web site New Release Tuesday to talk about the groups transition from The David Crowder Band to The Digital Age. He also shared more about their latest CD, released this week and titled Evening:Morning, and their latest single Captured. Read the entire interview and find out more about the newly recreated David Crowder Band by clicking on the link at

Casting Crowns has made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. The band was featured on the front of the August 4th edition of the magazine.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Darlene Zschech became a household name with the release of her song Shout to the Lord. And the Australian worship leader seems to be feeling her age. She tweeted this week that she was going to write a blog about the over 40’s and the worship team. Attached to her tweet was a comic of an aging church organist trying to adapt to the new worship sound. Check out the comic by clicking on the link at

The news about for King and Country member Luke Smallbone is at least looking up. His brother and fellow group member Joel tweeted that Luke was encouraged after a few positive doctors visits. But he says prayers are still appreciated. Luke has been dealing with the illness for more than nine months and has had to even step away from some of the groups concert events.

Jason Roy is experiencing the difficulties of hit and miss training. The lead singer of Building 429 tweeted this week that he hadn’t been able to do his cross fit training for a month and, when he returned he “got killed.”. Jason added “I just don’t get it… Why can’t I just hop back in?

Jason Barton says the hostage crises in St. Joseph, Louisiana hit a little to close to home. The member of the group 33miles says his father was working just 100 yards away from where the hostage crisis took place this week. A disturbed gunman shot two hostages before being shot and killed by police. Jason says his father is safe and they are praying for the families of those who were involved in the hostage crises.

Congratulations to Third Day. Their Chronology videos Volume’s 1 and 2 were both certified recently as multi platinum. According the the RIAA certification organization, both volumes of the Chronology video have sold at least 200,000 copies.

Kerrie Roberts is starting work this week on her Christmas EP. The native of Florida was in Nashville this week and tweeted that she was enduring the 65 degree weather. But she says starting work on her Christmas project helped make enduring the cooler weather possible.

The deluxe edition of Matthew West’s Into the Light CD came out this week. The updated project includes the songs from the original Into the Light CD but also includes videos of the live performances of those songs along with the audio recorded by the fans who sent those letters to Matthew West.

Sara Groves is counting down to the release of her next CD, titled The Collection. She tweeted this week that the project will include 27 total songs on two CDs. It will have many Sara Groves favorites as well as four new songs.

The debut album from the group Love and the Outcome is now available for pre-order on iTune. The members of the group say their goal was to produce an album that fan could sing along to. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Walt Disney World’s Night of Joy Christian Music Festival will return to the Magic Kingdom in Florida September 6 & 7. And this week the lineup for the two night event was released. Bands performing on September 6 include Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, MercyMe, Skillet, Audio Adrenaline, Mandisa, and For King and Country. And on September 7 you’ll be able to hear Francesca Battistelli, TobyMac, Newsboys, Matthew West, Group 1 Crew, Building 429, Jamie Grace, and Plumb.

Members of the Newsboys are covering a lot of miles. A recent 10 day stretch of concerts took them back and forth across the country several times followed by a couple concerts in Alaska. The members of the band tweeted that they covered 20,000 miles in the 10 day stretch.