Artist News July 7, 2015

Switchfoot has announced plans to open a non-profit music school in their hometown of Encinitas, California. Members of the band say the goal of the new school is to continue their passion of giving back to San Diego through music, surfing, and youth development programs. They say music lessons and much more will be coming soon for all kids in a pay as you can format. More information and a sneak preview of the studio will be coming throughout the week.

Seven years ago Matthew West underwent surgery that could have cost him his voice. Instead, that surgery put him on the path he is on today, and ultimately allowed him to tell the stories of countless others. In an article on The Blaze web site, West says the vocal cord surgery seven years ago meant that he couldn’t sing or speak for two months. He says that was a time of pretty intense soul-searching. In response, West says: I feel like that’s become my mission in life, using my voice as a singer and songwriter to tell the stories of other people’s lives and in doing so, hopefully empower people to realize that their life is a one in a million, unique story that can go out and change the world.

Colton Dixon says submitting your Through All Of It story is a simple 1, 2, 3 process.
Step 1: Film your Through All Of It Story & upload to YouTube
Step 2: Submit it at
Step 3: I watch!

The members of NeedToBreathe were recently featured on the golf Channel. As the band geared up for their latest tour, they talked with golf channel about their love for golf. Front man Bear said he started playing because he needed some competition in his life. But they say it’s also a connection to the community. NeedtoBreathe say their clubs are always with them. Watch the entire report by clicking on the link at

Michael W. Smith is encouraging blood donation. He shared a picture of a two year old girl named Emily who needs a blood transfusion every 6 to 8 weeks. Michael described her grin as a smile that could light up the night sky. He added: Choose Your Day to donate blood for patients in need, like Emily.

SanctusReal’s Matt Hammitt took pictures as his kids and their friends joined together for a frog hunt over the weekend.

Casting Crowns Mark Hall has an idea. He things the entire world should wear name tags.

Jenny Simmons was celebrating the 5th of July. Jenny said their communities fireworks had to be re-scheduled so she and her daughter Annie had a girls night out. She says they oohd and ahhhed the whole way through like giddy girls do.

Kutless member James Mead is an Easter Coaster who has now moved to the west
coast. And James has some advice for those who are are still on the Atlantic side of the country. He tweeted: I’ve got to say… East Coasters are suuuper impatient. Chill

Natalie Grant shared a picture on instagram as she enjoyed what she called a glass full of green goodness. Natalie shared: 11 months ago I started on a journey that has changed my life. Up to that point I was eating whatever was fast, convenient and easy. But Natalie says that, in reality, it just made her more anxious, tired and overweight. She says it wasn’t about food or trying to be a certain size or weight. It was about learning how to take care of her whole temple, or as she described it, the inner and outer me. Natalie wrapped up by encouraging those following her on social media to: JUST DECIDE to move yourself up on your priority list. It’s NOT selfish. It’s smart. And it will make you a BETTER person and follower of Jesus in every facet of your life.

Audio Adrenaline’s Brandon Bagby and Casting Crown’s Jaun Devevo were on stage together but it wasn’t for a special performance. Instead, they were training the next generation of guitarists. The two are both teaching acoustic guitar at camp electric this week.

Big Daddy Weave is promising a big announcement today. They say to tune in throughout the day for updates each hour.

CitizenWay is working on a new album this summer. Members of the band tweeted over the weekend: can’t wait to share our new songs with all of you!

Mercyme’s Bart Millard was celebrating Christmas in July this week. Bart was braving the heat of summer in the studio while recording vocals for the bands upcoming Christmas CD.

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