Artist News February 4, 2014

Mercyme guitarist Mike Scheuchzer has a problem. He tweeted this week: I think I have an infected hangnail. Not a good thing when you make your living playing guitar.

Jamie Grace was recently featured on the 700 Club. Speaking from her home in Atlanta, Jamie shared honestly how the diagnosis of a life altering syndrome stunted her spiritual walk and how she discovered music calmed her symptoms. Jamie says God’s plan for her life was far beyond what she could have envisioned. Watch the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.cbn.com/tv/3113198817001

The Sidewalk Prophets are on their way to covering the major cost of their bus repairs but they still have a ways to go. The members of the band say they have currently raised $3,000. But the repairs in January cost $17,000. Information on helping is available by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/news/bubba-bus-repair

Mandisa is out with a new blog. The focus of the latest post is on scriptures about our identity in Christ, some of her favorite Christian songs & free music! Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://mandisaofficial.com/home/identity-statements-recognize-replace-repeat/

The organization Commonwealth Cares is giving away golf flags signed by the members of NEEDTOBREATHE. The flags are from the 2013 NEEDTOBREATHE Golf Classic this past summer. Enter for your chance to win by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://budurl.com/mybj

This week marks the start of a new record for Chris Tomlin. The passion member says the creation process is just getting rolling and he is beyond excited about the new songs.

Mark Hall says the new Casting Crown’s CD is Family Friendly. He pointed out that their new project titled Thrive was the only cd on the row in Target without a parental advisory.

Several members of Audio Adrenaline are in Haiti this week. Band members Kevin and Jared tweeted that they are in the country with Food for the Hungry. And both band members had the chance to meet the kids they sponsor through the organization.

Matthew West will be hitting the road soon for his next tour. He’ll be on the “Hello My Name Is” – The Acoustic Tour in March and April. But in the mean time he’ll be joining Tobymac for the Hits Deep Tour. That tour takes place in February and, in addition to Tobymac and Matthew, it also will include Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Matt Maher.

33miles member Jason Barton was up at the crack this week. He was headed to Guatemala for a few days with Feed the Children Organization.

Building 429 member Jason is heading out of the country this week. He’s joining his wife and kids on a mission trip and added “Please keep us in your prayers.”



Artist News February 3, 2014

In connection with Casting Crown’s recent release of Thrive, their latest CD, the band has also unveiled a brand new web site. CastingCrowns.com is now available in a format the works on any size screen, including tablets and smart phones, and the online community at the web site has also been upgraded. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://CastingCrowns.com

Joni Eareckson Tada has released an official statement regarding her song Alone Yet Not Alone and the decision to rescind it’s Oscar nomination. The author of 40 books and the founder of Joni and Friends said “While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song’s beauty or its message. Joni went on to say “I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it, as well as to the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities. Read more about Joni and her ministry by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://huff.to/1fstNsz

Matt Redman has released Part Three of his series of articles on songwriting. The author of numerous well known Praise and Worship songs has been sharing a series of tips throughout the first month of 2014. The latest article in the series “A Songwriting Journal” focus’ on critiquing your work. Read the article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://worshipleader.com/a-songwriting-journal-part-three-critiquing/

Shaun Tomczak and his family could use your prayers. Shaun’s wife Michelle was eight months pregnant when the guitarist for the Sidewalk Prophets announced plans to leave the group to spend more time with his family. But on January 28th Shaun and Michelle’s daughter Lucy Tomczak was stillborn. The members of the Sidewalk Prophets are asking you to pray for the Tomczak’s as they deal with the loss.

Mikeschair lead singer Mike Grayson is trying his hand at teaching. This week he conducted a special session during the chapel time at Belmont University in the Nashville area. Mike sang some of the groups songs and took questions about faith and how it influences art.

The members of Phillips, Craig and Dean are asking for your prayers. The group announced over the weekend that Dan Dean’s father passed away this past week. The 91 years was described as a warrior for our country and a warrior for the Lord. He was wounded three times as a member of the military and also raised 5 boys-all who are in ministry. The other members of the band are encouraging you to send notes of encouragement to Dan Dean via email: dan@phillipscraiganddean.com

Some insight from Chris Tomlin on humbling yourself before God: I have found the posture of bowing down to be the best way for me to humble my heart before God. Just try it. Bow to your knees in worship and prayer to God, or even face down, and see if you really think much of yourself. This is why the posture of bowing is so prevalent through the scriptures. It’s a posture of humility.

Mandisa is congratulating all of the Word Warriors who joined her in successfully memorizing 1 John 4:4 in January. Over the weekend she announced the February scripture. It’s Psalm 30:11-12. Mandisa also pointed out that each of the scriptures being memorized during 2014 are based on songs from Overcomer, her latest album. She says you can still join the Word Warriors. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://disa.cta.gs/03a

Audio Adrenaline lead singer Kevin Max was named the best lead singer over the weekend. The award was part of the We Love Christian Music Award series and Kevin was chosen by fans who voted in late 2013. But officials of the series say it was one of the closest categories of the year. Watch the award announcement by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info

Michael W Smith was recently working on a live recording. And he was recording the live CD/DVD combo in his own barn. He tweeted several pictures of the recording. But no word at this point on when the live project will be available.
http://fb.me/1bZm8fsvc

Matthew West is looking for more stories. He tweeted that he was reading stories for his next record over the weekend. But he added that you can still send in your story. Send your story to Matthew West by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://matthewwest.com/yourstory/

Although it’s been talked about for some time, the official announcement about Jason Gray’s new album was made over the weekend. The next album from Jason will be titled Love Will Have The Final Word. It will be available on March 4. And it’s described as a soul-stirring collection of songs that speak to the redeeming power of unfailing love. Read the entire release by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://www.centricitymusic.com/2014/01/jason-gray-readies-release-of-love-will-have-the-final-word-march-4th/

Kutless members said that nothing electrical wanted to cooperate at one of their concerts over the weekend. But the band didn’t let that stop them from performing. Kutless instead led the crowd in a night of acoustic worship

The members of Tenth Avenue North were struggling to make it to their concert over the weekend. They tweeted that, after a series of flight delays and other issues, they were finally able to make it to the venue. But their gear wasn’t as fortunate. They say the airline lost it somewhere in transit. So they opted for an impromptu acoustic set. The members of Tenth Avenue North say they’re hoping that the airline can find their gear and send it along in time for their next show.

Natalie Grant was part of the Super Bowl festivities over the weekend. She was one of the artists features in the Gospel music event leading up to the big game in New York.

This weekend the members of Third Day gave their concert series a new name. After facing another weekend of icy road conditions, Tai Anderson renamed it The Roadshow on Ice. Third Day and Skillet are headlining this years Road Show concert series. They say prayers would be appreciated as they travel.



Artist News January 31, 2014

Natalie Grant and Mandisa are setting the record straight after coming under fire for their perceived response to the Grammy’s. Mandisa received two Grammy awards but chose not to attend the event. Natalie Grant was nominted for two Grammys and attended the show but left early. Both sent out posts clarifying the reasons for their actions but several on both sides of the morality still read more into the actions then they say was there. You can read the statements from both artist by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://nrt.cc/grammys

Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan finally made it home after spending more than 24 hours stuck in an airport. Jamie tweeted that they boarded two other planes before finally getting on one that could take them home. She said the 24 hours was full of cancelled flights, delayed flights and standing in the snow. They were especially eager to get home because their mom underwent surgery while they were out of town. The good news is the surgery went well and the sisters finally reached their mom’s bed side.

A bit of trivia about Brandon Heath. The artist that will be joining Tobymac’s Hits Deep tour is a Nashville native. He began writing songs at age 13 and has even been featured on the Discovery Channel.

Three members of Amy Grant’s band have been nominated for awards of their own. Her drummer, keyboard player and bass player have each been nominated for ACM musician of the year for their particular instrument.

The new novel from Audio Adrenaline front many Kevin Max is now available. Called Fiefdom of Angels, Max says the novel explores the origin of the angelic realm and the great war in Heaven. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.fiefdomofangels.com

The web site Worship Together is helping you to learn a new song from Matt Redman. At the web site you can download a free Lead Sheet for the song Wide As The Sky and watch avideo talking more about the song. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=2008445

Kutless has released a new song from their upcoming album called Glory. The third song available from the project is called In The City. Also already available for download are You Alone and Rest. Access the songs on iTunes by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://smarturl.it/glory1!!!

The new Casting Crowns‘ CD ‘Thrive’ Debuted on iTunes a day before it’s release elsewhere around the nation. And officials say it opened at the number 2 spot on the web site. But the new CD isn’t the only product available. A new book by Mark Hall, also called Thrive, has been released. And Mark Hall is also out with a personal journal including over 60 pages of song ideas, handwritten notes, song lyrics, and exclusive photos of the band.

Ben Calhoun is almost done recording tracks for an upcoming EP. The member of Citizenway says the project should be ready for release by March.

The Colony House Band is giving away their music for free. The band formally known as Caleb includes the two sons of Steven Curtis Chapman. And their three song EP is available right now as a free download. Access your copy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://www.noisetrade.com/colonyhouse/colony-house-ep

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday has been following the Road show. And now they’re out with the the top 10 videos of the tour so far. Check them out by clicking on the link at christian artistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1b63wPQ

The guys from Third Day probably had a tough time tearing themselves away from their dressing room long enough to play their set at a recent Road Show event. Their dressing room featured a pool table, fooseball table, and shuffleboard.

Francesca Battistelli, Sanctus Real, All Things New and Jon Bauer will be hitting the road together next week. They’ll all be part of the Hands of God Tour.

Cloverton celebrated Kansas Day by playing a free show in their home state. They held a concert at Pratt Community College the evening of the state’s 153 birthday.

Josh Wilson will soon be able to cross another items off his bucket list. He’ll be playing at the Ryman auditorium in Nashville in February.

A tip from Aaron Shust. He says he flys at night so he can enjoy a quiet, restful morning before a concert.

The Sidewalk Prophets will be playing a special show for the Orlando Magic tonight. They’ll be the headline band for the NBA teams Faith and Family night.



Artist News January 30, 2014

Mark Schultz has a lot of things to look forward this spring. Mark announced this week that he and his wife are expecting their second child, another boy, in May. In the same blog Mark also announced plans for an upcoming Hymns album and a tour with Selah, both also scheduled for this spring. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://markschultzmusic.com/new-year-new-projects-new-life/

Several Christian have been struggling to deal with wintry weather hitting the south. Third Day guitarist Mark Lee tweeted a series of pictures focused on the gridlock in downtown Atlanta. Fellow Third Day member Mac Powell said it took him 8 hours to take his kids home from school, a drive that normally takes only 15 minutes. And Christy Nockels says it took more than 10 hours for her son to arrive home from school. Meanwhile Mercyme guitarist Mike scheuchzer pointed out that temperatures in Anchorage, Alaska were 25 degrees warmer than temperatures in Nashville.

Jars Of Clay held their first 20th anniversary online concert last night. The band is focusing on their two decades of music in a series of concerts as they celebrate the anniversary throughout 2014. Last nights focus was music from their debut album. The next concert in the series is scheduled for February 25. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.stageit.com/jars_of_clay/20th_anniversary_stageit_concert_series_the_debut_album/32753

Mandisa is cheering on her fans as the month of January comes to an end. She is memorizing one verse each month during 2014 and has formed a group called Word Warriors to encourage her fans to do the same. Recently Mandisa sent out a tweeted celebrating several fans who had already memorized 1 John 4:4, the verse for this month, and reminding others that there is still time. But Mandisa added that, if you haven’t signed up to be a Word Warrior yet, you can still join the group in February. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://mandisaofficial.com/home/join-the-word-warriors/

The new CD from Casting Crowns came out this week and, in conjunction with it’s release, front man Mark Hall is encouraging you to take the Thrive Challenge. The THRIVE challenge is a devotional video series based on each song from the new record that will encourage you to Dig Deep into the word and Reach Out into the world. Week 1 is now available online. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://youtu.be/2i0pYQ1On6s

Jamie Grace will be on the 700 club this morning. The program will be broadcast on ABC Family at 9:30AM.

Natalie Grant is speaking out after being both praised and condemned for leaving the Grammy’s early. The Christian artist tweeted Sunday evening that she was leaving the Grammy’s before the program finished but added that she was going to keep her reasons to herself. Immediately media outlets announced that Natalie was making a statement by walking out when she did. But Natalie issued replied to those reports later in the week, pointing out that she never said she left in response to any particular performance. Natalie added: “I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite.” Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://www.breathecast.com/articles/natalie-grant-responds-critics-regarding-early-grammy-departure-13719/

 

The members of 7eventh Time Down say the song Just Say Jesus is “way bigger than we are as a band. It’s way bigger than we could’ve hoped for because God’s using it.” Lead singer Mikey Howard says the song continues to resound with those that hear it. He says The constant stream of stories from fans remind them of the power of a song to impact lives.

The web site Worship Together is helping you to learn a new song from Phil Wickham. At the web site you can download a free Lead Sheet for the song Glory and watch an instructional video teaching you how to play it. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=2001668

A new album for Girls of Grace was released on iTunes the week. The new compilation is titled Live. Love. Lead. It features songs by Francesca Battistelli, The Sidewalk Prophets, for King and Country, Big Daddy Weave, Love and the Outcome, and more.

The web site Todays Christian Music is giving away a free download of the Citizen Way song All Things. Access the free download by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://fb.me/6GuDgLkKm

Matt Redman and Matt Maher will be working together to reach Ireland and Scotland this spring. They just announced joint concert dates in late May in Belfast, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Want a chance to sit in the front row at one of Tobymac’s upcoming Hits Deep Tour and meet TobyMac before the concert? He is holding ebay auctions for three pairs of tickets and passes for each concert on the Hits Deep Spring Tour. The funds from the auctions go directly to New Hope Academy, where 61% of the students are on scholarship.

A church in Washington state has created a funny video declaring a Seattle Seahawks’ Victory Ahead of Super Bowl. Check out the video by the Eastlake Community Church in Kirkland, Washington by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1fkB4eC



Artist News January 29, 2014

Tickets for Kerrie Robert’s next online show are now available. The show will take place on February 20 and will also include worship leader Jaime Jamgochian. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://kerrieroberts.com/live-online-show-tickets/

Show hope, the adoption organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman, is focusing on a grassroots program to raise awareness and funds for orphans in 2014. The program enables each person to use their passions, talents, and hobbies to raise funds and awareness to transform the life of a waiting child. Already Show Hope has about 450 advocates raising more than $550,000. Find out how you can help by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.breathecast.com/articles/steven-curtis-chapman-s-show-hope-organization-sets-advocates-up-with-orphan-children-13672/

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday talked recently with Jamie Grace about her new CD Ready to Fly and Beautiful Day, the first release from the new project. Jamie says the song was actually a last minute addition put together in the studio with help from Tobymac and Jamie’s sister Morgan. She says the message of the song is that, in spite of what we’re going through, every day is a good and incredible gift because God made it. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1aEzmFD

When Mandisa’s two Grammy awards were announced this past week the Christian artist wasn’t there to accept them. After fielding a lot of questions from her fan’s asking why, Mandisa released a blog to explain her reasons. She said they included needing time at home with an already packed touring schedule, the frustration of dealing with the scrutinization of others, and the lack of wins in previous Grammy appearances. But Mandisa adds that her fourth reason for not appearing was her struggle with being in the world, but not of it. She said the pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires is alluring and she is trying to avoid that environment. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.breathecast.com/articles/mandisa-overcomer-wins-twice-grammy-awards-singer-skips-event-reveals-reason-i-have-been-struggling-with-being-in-the-world-13690/

The web site We Are Worship has released part 2 of Matt Redman’s story. The second part the interview with Matt Redman on “How It All Began” continues the story of the U.K. based worship leader who is well known for his work with the Passion movement. Read the article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://ow.ly/t2add

What happens when it snows in Atlanta? At last report Mac Powell had been in his van for seven hours and was still three miles from home. The Third Day front man was taking his kids home from school, a drive that normally takes 15 minutes. Mac said he tried four different side roads only to wind up at the same light six hours later. He tweeted that they might have to sleep in the van tonight.

Jimmy Needham says April will be a big month. He announced plans for a tour through asia, with stops in Hong Kong, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, China and Australia. And to make it even better, Jimmy said his family will be able to join him on the tour.



Artist News January 28, 2014

John Fuller faced a dilemma on his flight home over the weekend. The co-host of Focus on the Family tweeted: How can I stay healthy when the lady next to me is exhibiting signs of having bronchitis? 3 hours is a long time to hold my breath.

Tai Anderson recently announced the secret to Third Day’s success and unity. He says much of the credit is due to the fact that the band has made our road pastor Nigel James a part of the team for 15 years. Recently Nigel sat down to answer the question Why Do I Keep Going? He said the simple answer is: I believe I am answering God’s call to GO. Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.thirdday.com/news/why-do-i-keep-going-6616

Jimmy Needham is celebrating a milestone. The Christian artist recently tweeted: Just crossed 100,000 fans on Facebook. Jimmy added: So thankful for all your support for me and these songs over the years.

Francesca Battistelli is out with another fashion tip on the Girls of Grace facebook page. This weeks submission is what Francesca describes as a fun French-inspired ensemble. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=641132542606909&set=
a.162094450510723.40351.133151813404987&type=1&stream_ref=10

Kutless member James Mead recently tweeted: I’m reasonably sure there won’t be any email in Heaven. This makes me very happy.

Natalie Grant was at the Grammy’s Sunday night but says she left early. She said on facebook: I’ve many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But Natalie added: I’ll say this-I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.

The members of MIKESCHAIR say there are a lot of new things coming. They say to be on the look out for a new website, new lyric video, new merchandize store, and a new length album titled All or Nothing. Stay tuned for details.

Legendary Christian singer Carmanposted an emergency update on his facebook page over the weekend. He announced that he has an infection that has rendered him unable to move. And Carman added: for the first time though this whole journey I’m worried – really worried. Carman is currently receiving cancer treatment and says his immune system is completely gone. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.breathecast.com/articles/carman-cancer-update-emergency-update-fans-facebook-thinking-about-never-seeing-you-again-infection-keeps-unable-move-13683/

More on Mandisa’s first, and second Grammy awards. The win makes Mandisa one of only five American Idol Alumni to win a Grammy. Although she didn’t attend the Grammy’s this year, Mandisa did watch it online and said after the announcement “I am utterly shocked and thankful for the honors the academy awarded myself and the songwriters!” However, she added, Most importantly I lay this trophy at the feet of my Jesus in humility, honor and gratitude for all He has done in, to, and through me. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://e2.ma/message/c7r6l/oox3ge

Bart Millard has found one downside to his weight lose. The lead singer of Mercyme said “they may not let you back in the country.” Attached was a picture of his passport, issued before he lost more than 100 pounds.

Peter Furler will release his debut project as the Peter Furler Band on March 11. The album from the former lead singer of the Newsboys is titled Sun and Shield. The project is Peter’s first release since his 2011 solo album On Fire.

Kutless has released a second song from their upcoming new CD Glory. If you pre-order the new record right now you’ll immediately get new songs “You Alone” & “Rest” instantly. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.becrecordings.com/news/4522/Kutless_Releases_Second_Song_
Rest_From_New_Album_Glory/

The second CD from Jamie Grace is now available. The project is titled “Ready To Fly”. It’s available both in stores and via digital download.

The latest SanctusReal album is available for download on iTunes. Check out the CD titled Run by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://real.cta.gs/Run

Want to help support Casting Crowns? Lend your support today, the release day for the new CD Thrive, by announcing the new project on your twitter or facebook accounts. Read more and then send out a post on your social media devices by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. http://bit.ly/crownsclap.

Have you been thinking about going to see Steven Curtis Chapman at Carnegie Hall in February? The long time Christian artist is hoping to make that decision easier for you. He’s offering a sale on tickets for the event. Steven Curtis’s concert will include a 50+ piece symphony and 300 voice choir.
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/2/8/0700/PM/Steven-Curtis-Chapman-Live-in-Concert/

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday is traveling with the Road Show this year. And they’re making sure that every aspect of the multigroup concert series headlined by Third Day and Skillet is documented. Check out their videos and photos by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://instagram.com/newreleasetuesday

 



Artist News January 27, 2014

A thought from Aaron Branch of Building 429: If the world could only see the reality of what Christ has to offer it would change everything. I pray everyday that His love would show through me. I know at times I don’t do a very good job of showing it. To be like Christ is to love. They’ll know we’re His disciples by the love we have for one another. He is the light of the world, I want to let Him shine through me.

Another winner has been announced in the We Love Christian Music Awards Series. The Best New Artist or Group of 2013 went to the Russian born brothers who make up the group Everfound. Watch the announcement by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lg7Zo4q2L0&feature=youtu.be

Jimmy Needham’s drummer has a unique side job. In addition to touring with Jimmy, he also builds drums. But to make it more unique, the drum heads are made of leather.

The Sidewalk Prophets provided a bus update over the weekend. They say Bubba the bus hobbled back into Nashville late last week. The bus immediately went back into the shop for a few additional repairs and than the guys headed out for Miami. Meanwhile, the Sidewalk Prophets say about $1,000 of the $17,000 cost of the repairs has been covered by their fans. They added a word of thanks for every prayer, every word of encouragement and every donation. Details on donating are available at christianartistnews.info
http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/news/bubba-bus-repair

Jenny Simmons has released what she is calling one of her most important blogs in a long time. The blog encourages her readers to choose life through Christ and then give life to others rather than focusing on gloom and doom. Jenny says that, no matter what happens, Jesus is still in charge. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.jennysimmons.com/2014/01/24/why-im-tired-of-doom-and-gloom-antics/

Amy Grant was in Los Angeles this weekend for an event raising funds for the MusiCares organization. MusiCares provides a place for musicians to turn in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis and Amy says over 5-million-dollars were were raised for the organization at this weekend’s event.

The members of Shane and Shane say they really like living in the country. They tweeted: What’s awesome about living out in the country is running across weird bugs & animals. It’s kind of like camping… 100% of the time.

Jamie Grace recently talked about being nervous when going on stage. And she said that, although she has played on some big stages, she still gets nervous. And Jamie says that’s a good thing. She said: I just want to remember that what I am about to do is not possible on my own. Jamie added: I always want to walk on stage thinking, “Lord, please use this for Your glory, if you don’t show up there’s no way this can work out. You are my King, my Savior, and I know You’re always in control. I can’t do this on my own, please take over, please have Your way.” Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://everybitoflovely.com/i-need-to-be-nervous-when-i-go-on-stage/

The year Mandisa decided to stay home from the Grammys was the year she won big. Mandisa said she chose to watch the Grammys online from home this year rather than traveling to California. And she had a lot to watch. Mandisa came away Sunday with two of the three grammys in the Contemporary Christian Music category, winning best song for her song Overcomer and best album for her latest project by the same name.

The sound track for the movie Son Of God is now available on iTunes. The film based on the life of Christ will be released in late February. But in the mean time you can check out the album that features 12 songs from for King and Country, The Sidewalk Prophets, Big Daddy Weave, Chris August and many more. Access the CD by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://smarturl.it/sonofgoditunes

The web site Xtrem Gospel is offering a free download of the Paul Baloche song My Hope. Access the download by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://wp.me/p4eRUm-xH

Bart Millard tweeted over the weekend: “Sometimes the label gets carried away with their “ideas to sell more albums”. Attached was a picture of Mercyme’s new album but with Casting Crowns rather than Mercyme on the headlines in an effort to woo the Casting Crowns fans.

Kutless member Nick Departee is in Nashville for a Worship Together writer retreat. He says the goal is to spend a few days crafting new songs for the church.

Casting Crowns was doing a different type of concert over the weekend. They held a secret show in Dallas, announcing the venue just before the show took place. Attendance was limited to the first 100 people. And Casting Crowns members say the first person to arrive was so eager to get there that he showed up to wait outside the building in short pants. A second show was also scheduled but, due to bad weather, had to be canceled

The Winter Jam tour was living up to its name over the weekend. Newboys drummer Duncan Phillips tweeted a picture of their bus covered with snow during their stop in Grand Rapids.

The Road Show was in Texas over the weekend but the weather was still causing problems. Third Day’s Mac Powell said they decided to stop at the side of the road until morning due to bad conditions. He said that, even when morning arrived, they were only able to inch alone as they made their way toward their venue in Dallas.

The Afters played their first show of the year over the weekend. And they were greeted with a packed house in Charlotte, North Carolina. The members of the tweeted: It’s a great start to a great year!

Francesca Battistelli was back on the road for her first concert since Christmas and bronchitis. She tweeted: My voice is not what it should be, but I’m going to do my best.

Comedian Ken Davis is inviting you to experience his latest tour with him. He’s tweeting pictures of the tour on his twitter page. The first post was of day one of the tour, the view outside his window in Minneapolis, MN.

Love and the Outcome says they have a concert routine each night before they go on stage. They said: We pray as we walk to the stage every night…believing God can use our small offering and multiply it.

How dedicated do you have to be to sing with Michael W Smith at the Kennedy Center? Michael W. Smith said the choir that will be joining him rehearsed for more than 7 hours on Saturday. He called them the Hardest Working Choir Ever.

Colton Dixon was singing backup this weekend. After his own set at Winterjam on Saturday he stepped in to backup Lecrae during their segment of the show. Colton tweeted: “Such an honor to share the stage.”



Artist News January 24, 2014

Think getting ready for the Grammy’s is easy? Check out the list for just one day from Natalie Grant: Roots painted, Hair cut, Dress picked, Now to find the right shoes. Almost ready for The Grammy’s this Sunday.

Another Modest is Hottest Question from worship leader Jaime Jamgochian: Where are some of your favorite places to buy cute, classy clothes?

Kerrie Roberts this week announced her next online show. And this time she says she’ll be joined by worship leader Jaime Jamgochian. The online concert will take place on February 20th. Kerrie says tickets will be on sale soon.

Mercyme lead singer Bart Millard recently sat down with Family Christian to talk about the new Mercyme record Welcome to the New and Shake, the first release from the project. As part of the interview Bart talked about everything from recording their first true music video in a half decade to the new season the band is currently exploring. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://ow.ly/sQIyj

Mandisa recently shared some insight into who she is. She announced on facebook: Believe it or not, I’m an introvert by nature. I used to think that introverts were shy and withdrawn, but I enjoy parties and people! Now I understand that being an introvert means I need to be alone to re-energize. So … how about you? Introvert? Extrovert?

Sidewalk Prophets member Ben McDonald says he just bought a pull up bar. And he said he’s already making progress. He tweeted: I’m pretty good at just hanging on the bar. Next step: Actually doing a pull up.

Did you know Matt Redman became a Christian at a Luis Palau crusade? The worship leader recently sat down to talk about his early years in part one of an interview for the web site We Are Worship titled how it all began. Read the entire interview, from Matt’s abusive father to the individual steps God led him through to bring him to where he is today. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1mm2UYk

Francesca Battistelli is giving you the chance to win an autographed copy of her new CD If We’re Honest along with some new exclusive merchandise. Just enter you email address and zip code on Francesca’s web site to enter in the drawing. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info to enter
http://www.francescamusic.com/NRTentertowin

It was an emotional homecoming for Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman this week. The band did a CD release show at Chris’ home church and Chris says he really choked up on a few songs. Not only was it his home church, it was also one of Chris’ first concerts back with the band. He’d taken an extended break from touring with Casting Crowns while his son Silas was in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant.

The Afters received some national exposure this week. Their song Moments Like This was featured on this weeks broadcast of the program American Idol.

The front man and lead guitarist for Stryper is out with a new song called This Time. The song features Kevin Max, lead singer of Audio Adrenaline and former member of DC Talk. Check out a sample of the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://chirb.it/NAxBAL

Despite lead singer Jon Foreman’s surfing injury the day before the release of their new album, Switchfoot has plenty to be happy about. Fading West debuted at number 6 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 chart, came in at #2 on the Rock Album chart, and hit #1 on the overall Christian and Gospel charts.

Matt Maher was part of a March for Life pre-rally event on the National Mall in Washington DC on the anniversary of Roe v Wade. Matt says it was a very cold day. He posted several pictures of his snowy view from the balcony of the Russell Senate building. In fact, Matt tweeted: my guitar was so cold, it felt like I was strumming a frozen dead goat. But Matt thanked everyone who braved the cold and came out for the concert prior to the March for Life

TobyMac recently had the chance to take a break from touring thanks to Andrew Palau, son of evangelist Luis Palau. Tobymac spent two days on Mount Hood in Oregon. He got in some skiing and some down time as well.

At least one restaurant was prepared when Big Daddy Weave rolled into town. Front man Mike Weaver tweeted a picture taken in front of a Checkers restaurant. The sign board on the restaurant features a Big Daddy Double Chicken Sandwich.

Michael W Smith will be able to cross another item off his bucket list after this weekend. He’s scheduled to play at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. And he says playing a concert in that venue has always been on his bucket list.

Paul Baloche is gearing up for next weekends worship leaders conference in the middle of the country. The conference will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska January 31 and February 1. And Paul says they’re currently mailing out badges to hundreds of leaders from eight different states. Find out more about the conference by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.worship2014.com



Artist News January 23, 2014

The Fox affiliate in Atlanta recently ran an updated story on baby Silas, the son of Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman. Silas, who is just 8 months old, had a heart transplant in late 2013. And doctors say they now know that the original heart problem was caused by a genetic mutation. They added that Silas’ new heart looks “absolutely perfect”, adding that it should work for quite a long time. Read the entire update by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24502117/baby-silas-thriving-after-heart-transplant

Comedian Tim Hawkins is showing off his new guitar. Tim tweeted this week: Parable Guitars built me this totally righteous custom axe. Check out pictures of Tim with his custom made guitar by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://twitter.com/timhawkinscomic/status/425689895969910784/photo/1

It’s amazing how having your own children can make you appreciate what your parents did that much more. Avalon member Janna Long recently tweeted: Days like today make me wonder how my mama did it all with less conveniences, less money, and 2 boys!

The Rhett Walker band recently receiving a framed certificate from Alabama Governor Robert Bently in recognition of their performance at the Revolution Music Festival in late 2013. Rhett responded on facebook: This is the one and only time I’ll say it…… Roll Tide

Colton Dixon isn’t the only singer his family. His sister Schyler recently recording a cover of the song Warrior. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTrX64A2l6c

The new novel by Kevin Max now has it’s own web site. The lead singer of Audio Adrenaline says the novel Fiefdom of Angels will be available by the end of the week. In the mean time you can check out more about the fictional look into the origin of angels by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://fiefdomofangels.com

Natalie Grant is going for a new look. She tweeted this week that she just got four inches cut off her hair. Natalie added: I know it’s not earth shattering news, but we girls care about this stuff.

Hawk Nelson this week released their new official band photo and the biggest difference is that there are now four members in the band. Front man Jon Steingard tweeted: Can I just say how happy I am to make it official! Ladies and gentlemen, Micah Kuiper. Check out the new picture by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://instagram.com/p/jepDM5hbNr/

Mercyme is asking you to share your shake. The first release from the band is called shake and last fall the Mercyme recorded a music video for the song from their new CD Welcome to the New. Since then a lot of their fans have been recording their own Shake videos. So Mercyme making it official. Send them your best Shake video and it might get a special shout out online. Check out details by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. http://mercyme.org/2014/01/22/share-your-shake/#!/ss:facebook

Kutless member Nick Departee is asking his fans to check out a new Kutless song called Rest. Listen to the song and share your thoughts on the web site. Also available on the web site are songs by Jeremy Camp another others. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.becrecordings.com/news/4522/Kutless_Releases
_Second_Song_Rest_From_New_Album_Glory/

A new live CD and DVD from worship leader Paul Baloche is scheduled for release in April. Officials say they’re currently working through the rough recordings of the album in preparation for it’s upcoming release.

You can now listen to the full CD from Jamie Grace online. Ready to Fly is ready for review in advance of the albums release at the end of this month. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.air1.com/broadcast/playnow.aspx?theme=jamiegrace&href=%2flisten%2fjamiegrace.
rss&title=Full+Album&artist=Jamie+Grace&album=Ready+To+Fly&media=listen&bt=30&

Work on Aaron Shust’s Christmas CD got underway this week. Aaron tweeted that the band tracking had begun. But you’ll have to wait until late this year to hear the Christmas project from Aaron.

Changes are being made in connect with the new CD and tour featuring David Crowder. The band Crowder announced this week that, due to unavoidable circumstances, the Neon Steeple albums release has been delayed until May 27. And the spring dates for the tour have been rescheduled for October and November.

Building 429 had the chance to sing the National Anthem at a University of Kentucky game this week. Aaron Branch tweeted “Always an honor”

A shocking report from Relevant magazine: All Fruit Loops taste the same. Foodbeast.com recently conducted a blind taste test to determine if consumers could distinguish the difference between the brightly-colored rings of sweet goodness found in Fruit Loops, and found that each color was actually the same flavor. Not content on just ruining Fruit Loops for generations to come, they also used the same methodology to discredit the disguising colors behind Trix and Fruity Pebbles. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://relm.ag/1cUOVDi



Artist News January 22, 2014

Josh Wilson says tweeted this week that his prayer life was bound to improve. He says he was skiing for the first time in a decade.

When asked about his favorite instrument, Building 429 member Aaron Branch replied that the magazine Outdoorsman Life summed it up well. He said his favorite instrument goes Thwack. Aaron added: Three reasons that a bow and arrow is his favorite instrument:
1) it only has one string , 2) you don’t have to change it as often, 3) I can actually feed my family when I use it

Jamie Grace tweeted this week that she was diagnosed with ADHD 11 years ago. But she added that she didn’t think it was that obvious. Her discussion about ADHD came right after she sent several other tweets. They went something like this: You’re flying delta… peanuts or pretzels? Do yall eat those delta cookies? I cannot. Did you know that if you eat Delta peanuts and drink a ginger ale it’ll taste like a pb&j? How many gummy bears can you personally consume before you feel like it’s the end? My limit Is five.

The guys in Hawk Nelson say the handwriting is on the wall. They tweeted: So we should root for the SeaHAWKS in the Super Bowl, right?? ??

The guys in Kutless are angling for a free trip to the Super Bowl. Guitarist James Mead tweeted: Any rich people wanna fly us in a private jet, from Portland Maine to New York the day of the SuperBowl, and pay for tickets to the game? He added, in return, I’d give you free Kutless concert tickets for the rest of your life. I’d probably come wash your car and clean your house too. I’ll even write you a song! When that didn’t get any response, the members of the band wrote an open letter to the Seahawks: Dear Seahawks, Will you bring us as your special guests to the SuperBowl? We could even do a chapel service for the players.

Flight attendants at Shanghai airport recently caught Britt Nicole’s attention. Britt tweeted a video of a group of flight attendants performing a flash mob dance to her song All This Time. They were celebrating China’s spring festival, a traditionally busy travel period. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://gu.com/p/3m2nn/tw

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday recently talked with Josh Calhoun about the Citizenway song How Sweet the Sound. Josh says he started writing the song a couple of years ago when going through a period of his life when he couldn’t talk anymore. A cyst on his vocal chords had to be removed but doctors said there was a possibility that he wouldn’t be able to sing anymore after the surgery. Josh said it was a scary thought until God reminded him that God could use him whether he could sing or not. Josh said it was at that point that he really learned to trust in God. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/KBFS3d

Sara Groves released a CD titled The Collection in 2013. And recently she sat down to share the process of reviewing all her songs for for the Best of CD. But Sara says the most daunting part was writing new music for a best of CD. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://www.ccmmagazine.com/article/collector-s-items-sara-groves-shares-her-best/

Aaron Shust is going to be traveling out of the country to continue work on his upcoming Christmas CD. Aaron will be recording with an orchestra in the Czech Republic in mid February.

The live Passion CD recorded this past Sunday in Atlanta has taken the next step toward being available nation wide. Christy Nockels tweeted that the live session recorded at Passion City Church has arrived at her home. Her husband, Producer Nathan Nockels, will be producing the live project in what she called “the wonder cave”.

MercyMe has been back in the studio this week continuing to finish up work on their new CD Welcome to the New. And in the midst of one late night recording session lead singer Bart Millard tweeted: Singing live is cool and all, but there’s nothing greater than creating music. In fact, his added: If I could convince my family to live here, I’d never leave. The new project is scheduled for release on April 8

Want to hear the ENTIRE Casting Crowns new album? Right now you can listen to the entire project on iTunes. Check out Thrive before it’s release on January 28 by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://itunes.apple.com/us/station/first-play-casting-crowns/idra.793169996

Want a FREE download of a brand new song from City Harbor? Download their song Like I Am online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info: http://smarturl.it/CityHarborTwitMusic

The members of the Sidewalk Prophets are asking for your help in getting Bubba, their touring bus, back up and running. After two years of nearly problem free driving, the bus experienced a major breakdown this past weekend. In fact, band members say it will cost around $17,000 to complete the repairs. They say several people have asked how they can help so they’ve started a fund raising campaign on their web site. Access the site by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/news/bubba-bus-repair

Jeff Frankenstein was celebrating the 20th anniversary of his first concert with the Newsboys the week. The keyboard player for the group said he’s done 3,000 shows in 45 counties with the group over the past two decades and he’s just getting warmed up.