Artist News January 6, 2014

Sidewalk Prophets Ben McDonald is out with his yearly post on weight loss. Ben says he posts the blog ever year in hopes that it will inspire those feeling hopeless. Ben lost 120, dropping from over 300 pounds. You can access what he calls a road map that may help change your life by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://tinyurl.com/runmilorun

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips was reaching out to those in the middle of a snow storm in North America over the weekend. The Australian native tweeted: got a little picture of my beach shack! Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152160436386796&set
=a.127484646795.131129.114749756795&type=1

Jason Gray went to his fans for their help over the weekend. He was recording a music video and asked them to send in their photos. Jason said the song is based around the idea of the Mother Theresa quote “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” And he seems to have gotten a good response. 24 hours later Jason tweeted that the video had been recorded. He thanked everyone for all the pictures that had been submitted.

Natalie Grant joined her family for a few days away before the touring season returned to high speed. She tweeted: In a charming little cabin in the smoky mountains with my kiddos and my hubby. So grateful for a few days away with those I love most.

Passion 268 is inviting you to join them as they begin a prayer journey toward Passion 2014. The conference that includes worship leaders like Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, and more will hold conferences for college age students January 17 and 18 in Atlanta and February 14 and 15 in Houston. Access their daily prayer updates by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://instagram.com/passion268

A reminder from Sanctus Real: What you believe about yourself has a lot to do with what you believe about your relationship with God.

A reminder from Britt Nicole: Sometimes all people need is a second chance. Let’s be people who give them.

Laura Story recently tweeted: Do I really have to take down my Christmas decorations now? Somehow my house looks so boring without tacky colored lights.

Third Day lead singer Mac Powell, a huge Alabama fan, took the teams bowl loss to Oklahoma over the weekend especially hard. He tweeted: My penance for being a Bama fan will be to officially learn ALL the words to the broadway song “Oklahoma”.

Congratulations to Casting Crowns guitarist Josh Mix. He got married to Andrea Lewis over the weekend. Check out a picture of the ceremony by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://EyeEm.com/p/27037496

Shane and Shane are giving you another way to follow their new ministry [RE]Wanda. They announced over the weekend that an app for the movement is now available. The [RE]WANDA project is a partnership between Africa New Life Ministries and Shane & Shane, partnering together to lift the nation of Rwanda by helping the poorest children in the country to have access to the nation’s best education. Access the new app by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://rewanda.org/.

Want to join the outreach effort Hope Global started by worship leader Darlene Zschech and her husband? They issued a call for volunteers over the weekend. Hope Global provides aid and development projects in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Cambodia. Find out more about volunteering by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.hope-global.org/Get%20Involved/volunteer

Matt Redman is encouraging you to check out a new pod cast for women started by his wife Beth Redman. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://t.co/gVHsedNlSt

Matthew West’s prayer for the new year: Lord, help me make daily time with you an immovable, un-postponable, non-negotiable appointment. My most important meeting of the day.

A free 30 day devotional based on songs from the group Love and the Outcome is now available. They say you can access the free devotional by texting 30day to 50505

Audio Adrenaline lead singer Kevin Max is going to be part of a new movie. It was announced over the weekend that Max will play T.S. Eliot in the independent film As Dreamers Do, a movie based on the life of young Walt Disney.

The band Hawk Nelson is gearing up for a new record. Lead singer Jon Steingard tweeted over the weekend that the new year meant writing was starting in earnest for a new Hawk Nelson record. He added that it’s “Exciting and scary and inspiring to see God work in these times.”

Aaron Shust was excited to be playing in Atlanta at Turner Field over the weekend. He pointed out that, while he was playing at an event called Winter Wonderland, he was actually leaving winter behind. Aaron tweeted that there were five inches of snow on the ground in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Francesca Battistelli was playing on the Opry stage over the weekend. She tweeted a picture from back stage at the event and says it was a night to remember. http://instagram.com/p/ixpFNnF0A7/



Artist News January 3, 2014

From SanctusReal: Mistakes can’t always be undone, but they can always be healed.

Tobymac says his wife has a gift. He tweeted a picture the their New Years table created by his wife. Check it out by clicking on the link a christianartistnews.info
http://twitter.com/therealtobymac/status/418226866903072768/photo/1

Mandisa says she hasn’t forgotten about her New Year’s Resolution idea to memorize a scripture each month. She says so many showed interest in joining her that she has put the wheels in motion. Mandisa says more information about the Word Warriors club will be coming soon. But in the meantime, Mandisa says January’s scripture is 1 John 4:4

A suggestion from Hawk Nelson lead singer Jon Steingard: In 2014 – conquer something that intimidates you – and reach the end of the year with less to fear.

Mikeschair lead singer Mike Grayson says he finally got to use the golf clubs he received for his birthday. Mike took advantage of the beautiful weather in Nashville on New Years day to get in a round of golf with family members.

Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman says he’s not making resolutions this year. Instead he says he just wants to enjoy the many blessings God has given and be a blessing to others.

The members of the Sidewalk Prophets say an historic event took place over the New Years holiday. Their bass player, Cal Joslin, sent out his very first tweet. But he added that he was forced into it. In his first ever tweet Cal said: Here is my obligatory thank you for helping me reach 1000 twitter followers! I can’t promise to not continue not tweeting.

Citizenway member Josh Calhoun shared some exciting news this week. He says he and his wife Kaia are having a baby. Read their thoughts as they make the announcement by clicking on the list a christianartistnews.info
http://blog.asunshinemoment.com/2014/01/01/baby-beginnings/

Is your Christmas tree still up? Jenny Simmons says taking there down has run into a snag. She tweeted: Husband keeps trying to take down the Christmas tree. The girls in the house refuse!!!

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday says a lot of new music will be coming out in 2014. In January alone be on the look out for new or expanded projects from Colton Dixon, Switchfoot, Casting Crowns, and Jamie Grace. Check out the entire list by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/coming_soon.php

Know someone who could use a new Duncan Africa guitar? Integrity Music and the web site Praise Charts are giving you the chance to nominate a winner by January 6 by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1fYJG9A

The new book from Angie Smith is now available. The latest project from the wife of Selah member Todd Smith is titled Chasing God. Watch a video about the new book by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYudgz1xV3M&feature=youtu.be

The web site We Are Worship is offering free songs from Rend Collective and former Delirious member Martin Smith this week. Download both You Are My Vision and Shout to the North. Access the free download by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/H8yTNx

Third Day rang in the New Year with 9000 high school and college students. Tai Anderson says they chose to start the year in worship.

Francesca Battistelli will be performing as part of an Opry at the Ryman event on Saturday. She’ll be part of a three artists set performing from 8:45 to 9:15PM. And she tweeted this week: Is this really happening? So excited!

The 2014 Winterjam Tour Spectacular kicks off this weekend. The tour will feature 10 bands including the Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Plumb, Colton Dixon, Love and the Outcome, and More. And Colton Dixon just announced that he’ll be performing a new song he wrote with Tobymac during his set on the show. The song is titled Our Time is Now and Colton says his Winterjam performance Friday night will be the first time anyone has ever heard it. Check out more on the Winterjam tour schedule by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. http://www.jamtour.com/shows



Artist News January 1, 2014

A thought from SanctusReal: If we stay focused on ourselves, we’ll never really do anything worthwhile for the Kingdom.

Chris August: The greatest blessing we can attain is Christ. Nothing compares to Him.

Mercyme’s Bart Millard recently shared what he identified as the best advice he was given when he became a parent.
1) Your kids will be as weird as you are.
2) If you’re constantly worried whether you’re a good parent or not…you’re a good parent.

Darlene Zschech released a note over the weekend thanking everyone for their love, prayers and phone calls. The long time worship leader is currently dealing with breast cancer. But in the open letter she said “I am resting in God’s love for me and the finished work of the cross.” Darlene shared a song written by a fellow worship leader specifically for her in her time of need. Listen to the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1el3DWM

The band called Barlow Girl announced their retirement some time ago. But the three sisters are still tying up loose ends. They announced this week on twitter that January 1, 2014 marked the final day for items to be sold at the store on their web site.

Mikeschair lead singer Mike Grayson says he and his wife are thinking about a juice fast to kick things off the new year. What is your New Years resolution?

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips took advantage of the start of the new year to say thank you. He tweeted: Thanks Newsboys for an incredible ride so far. The crew that stick by you in the tough times are worth more than Gold! Duncan added: Wanna thank each and every longtime and recent Newsboys fan for sticking with us! We love you more than you know!

Artist, author and actor Rebecca St. James tweeted her prayer for the new year: “Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.” It’s straight from God’s word, taken from Psalm 26:2-3 in the New Living Translation.

Want to play guitar for the Sidewalk Prophets. Check out their live on-line auditions by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/news/sidewalk-prophets-line-guitarist-auditions

The new Jamie Grace album Ready To Fly will be available later this month. But if you pre-order the new project on iTunes right now you’ll get early access to the song Beautiful Day and Fighter in advance. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/jgflyit

Over the holidays Lincoln Brewster made the individual tracks for his song Joy to the World available to his fans and asked them to create their own remixes. And this week the winner has been announced. The top remix of the Christmas classic was produced by Asher Postman. Check out the 10 top remixes by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.http://ow.ly/sb5Kz

The YouVersion Bible app has released its year-end analysis of how its millions of users engaged the Bible this past year. According to the report in Christianity Today, YouVersion users shared 68 million Bible verses in 2013. The Bible verse that was “bookmarked, highlighted, and shared … more than any other verse” in 2013 was Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Rounding out the top five: Isaiah 40:31, Matthew 6:13, Joshua 1:9, and Philippians 4:6. By comparison, the Bible’s most-read chapter was Romans 8. It was read four times per second in 2013. The other top chapters were Romans 12, Matthew 5, 1 John 4, and Hebrews 12.

40 Resolutions to Consider Making in 2014 (Boundless Team)
1. Read a Proverb a day.
2. Savor good food.
3. Organize your internet consumption.
4. Go on more walks.
5. Aggressively attack debt.
6. Learn to use a Crock-Pot.
7. Listen to classical music every day.
8. Make a habit of reviewing your finances.
9. Always thank God before you eat.
10. Move vigorously every day.
11. Check out the other 30 suggestions by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://bit.ly/1cCIXLl



Artist News December 31, 2013

Josh Wilson is finding that being a talented artist isn’t always a much fun. He said he’d just finished singing the Veggie Tales theme song 312 times with his nephew.

Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman were experiencing a little dejavu over the weekend. Mary Beth tweeted that they were back in Paducah, Kentucky, and stopped by the gazebo in Noble Park, the spot where Steven asked her to marry him 30 years ago.

Jamie Grace says more stories will be coming on her I’m a Fighter web site in 2014. Jamie suffers from Turettes Syndrome and, when she was 14, she started a foundation called I’m A Fighter hoping to encourage other kids just like her. Now the web site regularly features stories of others who are fighting battles in their own lives. You can subscribe to the web site and see the stories as they’re released by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://imafighter.org/new-stories-coming-jan-2014-subscribe-to-iaf/

From Casting Crowns Lead singer Mark Hall: I am the sloppiest neat freak I know.

Mercyme lead singer Bart Millard says the week between Christmas and New Years is an odd time of the year. He said Christmas is over, New Years is not quite here, People sorta go back to work, but not really.

Over the holidays, worship leader Darlene Zschech revealed on her church website that she was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. According to a report on the Breathecast Christian music website, the worship leader best known for the song Shout to the Lord joined her husband in revealing the news to their congregation in Australia. In the release Darlene said that, on Wednesday, December 11, at a routine mammogram, doctors discovered that I had developed breast cancer. Since then, it has been a whirlwind of appointments, scans and surgery. Darlene added that, Even though the past days have been very tough at times, the Holy Spirit has brought me endless comfort and the Word of God is literally holding me moment by moment”. She said she was able to come home from the hospital on Christmas eve. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.breathecast.com/articles/hillsong-worshipper-darlene-zschech-diagnosed-cancer-13336/

Chris Tomlin recently talked with Christianity Today about worship, justice, humility, and leading people to experience God. Chris has just come off one of the most successful years in his career. The Burning Lights tour launched early in 2013 following the album’s number 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. And Chris’ music has been touted as the most sung music in the world. But Chris told Christianity Today “I think the minute I start leading them to myself, all this will start being taken away, because that’s not what it’s about.” He added “That’s my job—to lead people. But it’s not to lead people to me, it’s to lead people to God.” Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/1d3wo8e

Mandisa is encouraging her fans to make the words of a Casting Crowns song their prayer for the new year. She tweeted: “Jesus, friend of sinners. Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers…”. And Mandisa added: Let’s live this prayer.

Paul Baloche has announced plans for an Asia tour in February. He’ll make stops in Dubai, Chennai, Bangalore, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur February 13 – 25.



Artist News December 30, 2013

Mike Scheuchzer was taking on a major task this weekend. The Mercyme guitarist said he was undertaking a 7 hour, 360 mile trip with 4 kids, 1 puppy, and 2 bunnies.

Matthew West was looking back at 2014 this weekend. He tweeted that they were remembering their awesome Storytellers Cruise to Alaska by enjoying some King Salmon they caught on the cruise.

Natalie Grant was introducing her daughters to her favorite movie of all time over the weekend. She tweeted that they were watching Sound of Music.

Britt Nicole was reviewing her best memories of 2013. She tweeted that she had a blast getting to meet so many of her fans on the road. But she added that nothing could beat welcoming her beautiful baby girl into the world.

SanctusReal: We’re not meant to fix each other, but a good relationship grows both people.

Who made the best music in 2013? The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday wrapped up the year with their We Love Christian Music Awards. And they’ll be revealing the winners live from The Roadshow 2014. Headlined by Skillet and Third Day, the road show will also feature Jamie Grace and sis other groups. Mercyme will be sitting out the Roadshow for the first time since they started the tour a half decade ago.

Chris Huffman is back. The bass player for Casting Crowns tweeted that, for the first time in almost 4 months, all seven of the Crowns were together. They met over the weekend for 2014 tour planning. Chris has been on hiatus from the group while his infant son waited for a heart transplant.

Jesse Garcia was back on the tour bus over the weekend. And the Building 429 member tweeted it’s getting harder and harder to leave home.

Third Day is playing a series of tour dates between Christmas and New Years called xtreme winter. But Tai Anderson didn’t let the holiday tour cut into his family time. He took an early flight home Saturday so that he could watch his son Cole’s final middle school All Star game before meeting up with the band for their concert that evening.

Artists including Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, and Lecrae are gearing up for a special New Years eve event. The Impact New Years Eve bash will be broadcast live across the country via the Internet. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://bit.ly/NYIminor

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips took some time off from his vacation over the weekend. He tweeted that the rest of the boys in the band said they need a rehearsal day before the Winter Jam Tour. So Duncan flew in for one day of practice before returning to the beach for more down time.

5 New Year’s Eve recipes to make your New Year’s Eve celebration delicious as well as festive (iMom):
http://www.imom.com/seasonal/new-years-eve/5-new-years-eve-recipes/
-3 Bean Chili
-Black Eyed Pea Salad
-Cupcake Fondue Bar
-Countdown Cookies
-New Year’s Resolution Cookies



Artist News December 27, 2013

It sounds like Bart Millard’s Christmas eve was a little stressful. The lead singer of Mercyme tweeted: 365 days till I get to stay up all night doing Santa’s job! CAN’T WAIT!

Jaun Devevo was celebrating another family tradition on the day after Christmas. The Casting Crowns guitarist tweeted: Traditional day after Christmas hunting with the in-laws

Jamie Grace is giving you a sneak peak at another song off her new CD Ready to Fly. This time the focus is on her song Do Life Big. Check out the clip by clicking on the link christianartistnews.info
As promised! A sneak peak of a new song. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! #DoLifeBig preorder #ReadytoFly

Mac Powell says Third Day can finally play in Texas. The lead singer was making a tongue in cheek reference to the country song that says “If you wanna play in Texas you got to have a fiddle in the band”. Attached to the post was a picture of Third Day guitarist Mark Lee with his new Christmas present, a violin, or fiddle.



Artist News December 24, 2013

Bart Millard says he’s thinking of making a country album. The lead singer of Mercyme says he’d use his middle name. So if you ever hear of a country artist named Bart Marshall taking the charts by storm you’ll know who it is.

Aaron Branch has been working hard and the member of Building 429 tweeted that he’s finally to unveil the finished product. Attached to the tweet was a picture of the small baking center he put together for his daughters Christmas present.

The Worship Leader web site has released their top 20 congregational songs for 2013. The Top four include Hillsong United, Matt Maher, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin. Check out the entire list by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/JQY8WW

Jamie Grace could have really used a husband over the weekend. She tweeted: I’m not saying I’m trying to get married right now but if I had a husband I wouldn’t have had to kill that creepy bug in my room.

Josh Havens says he’s discovered the best tree ever. Attached to the tweet from the lead singer of Tenth Avenue North was a Darth Vader Christmas Tree. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Best. Tree. Ever. @markhallcc is this yours??

From Britt Nicole: Not everyone around you will have a happy holiday – do even a little something to make it brighter!!

Chris Huffman says it’s time to let go of one dream. The Casting Crowns bass player tweeted: I’m putting my 1967 Dodge Coronet up for sale.

The Relevant web site has released their choice of covers for classic Christmas carols. Check out their nominations for the best modern renditions of the classic favorites by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://relm.ag/IPK1A5

Joel and Luke are out with a Christmas message. The brothers from for King and Country released a Christmas note to their fans on their twitter page. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://twitter.com/4kingandcountry/status/415185481869955072/photo/1

Word Entertainment is partnering once again with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to release SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Motion Picture on December 26. The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” due out February 28, features music by artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew.

The Song Tracks website is giving away a FREE song track from Paul Baloche. The track is for his song My Hope. Download your copy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.http://ow.ly/rXm80

Laura Story is inviting you to join her for a dancing, wiggling, moving, jumping Christmas Show! She’ll be joining Miss Gail and Friends for a Christmas Concert over the holidays.
http://t.co/2Pp9Ki1m0v

Natalie Grant has been selected to perform at the NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

Mandisa will be touring with a wide range of artists in 2014. She says her tour partners will include artists who perform in genres ranging from hard rock to country to rap. But Mandisa added: it’s not our musical styles that unites us, it’s Who we’re singing about! Some of the artists she’s scheduled to perform with include TobyMac, Matthew West, Brandon Heath, Matt Maher, Third Day, Skillet, and Peter Furler.

The Relevant web site has released their list of 12 Christmas carols that have them scratching their head. Check out their list and then make a list of your own by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://relm.ag/1gSwJl3



Artist News December 23, 2013

A reminder from Paul Baloche: Tend your marriage daily so you still have something to talk about when the kids are grown.

From the Rush Of Fools this weekend: Congratulations to our drummer Jamie for tying the knot to his beautiful bride Alexandria.

In the last days before Christmas Jason Gray is posting lyrics from his Christmas record and asking you to name the character they come from and how that character’s story relates to yours this Christmas season. Check out the lyrics by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/jasongray

Advice from Sanctus Real lead singer Matt Hammitt: Men, your wife has instinctual superpowers you don’t posses. Never make a decision without taking her counsel to heart.

Bart Millard was recently in Barnes and Noble checking out his book The Hurt and the Healer. The lead singer of Mercyme tweeted: and my English teacher said I’d never go anywhere unless I read Macbeth.

Jamie-Grace threw a Christmas party over the weekend. She sent out an invitation to her fans via facebook inviting them all to the party in Georgia and giving away free tickets her Christmas eve concert, free t-shirts, and free autographed posters.

Audio Adrenaline is encouraging their fans to support Show Hope, the adoption organization started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman. They tweeted: “There’s nothing to keep you back. There’s nothing to wait for. Jump in head first and help bring hope to the orphans of the world.”

The husband and wife duo Love and the Outcome celebrated their first Tender Tennessee Christmas. Check out the picture of their tiny Christmas tree by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
Our first Tender Tennessee Christmas and yup! That's the whole tree!! -c.

Mandisa tweeted that it was the height of irony. She was watching The Wizard of Oz over the weekend when the tornado sirens went off in Nashville. Fellow artists Natalie Grant, Jenny Simmons, and the duo that makes up Love and the Outcome all tweeted that they were taking a break from Christmas preparations to head to the basement for a December Tornado watch.

Dave Frey had a scare over the weekend. The lead singer of The Sidewalk Prophets tweeted that he and his mom flipped in their van on I-70 coming home from Christmas shopping over the weekend. Dave said they were very sore but otherwise fine. He tweeted: God protected us and we’re thanking Jesus for another day to praise. Dave added: Love on your family this Christmas. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

Jimmy Needham says the spring of 2014 is international tour season on his schedule. One stop will be Easterfest in Australia

Over the weekend James Mead was making a run to the store for the essentials; chocolate milk, candy canes, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. The Kutless guitarist tweeted: I feel like Buddy the Elf.

As an early Christmas present Jason Roy and is his beautiful wife are releasing a family photo. The lead singer of Building 429 was recently all dressed up and in character for an ugly Christmas sweater party. Check out the photo by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151783804982307&set=a.10151432196437307.1073741826.17885062306&type=1&theater



Artist News December 20, 2013

Shaun Tomzach is leaving the Sidewalk Prophets. The group announced this week that, after four years with the group, the lead guitarist is moving in another direction that will allow him to spend a lot more time at home with his family. Shaun will play in his last concert with the band on New Years Eve. Meanwhile, the other members of The Sidewalk Prophets ask that you keep Shaun and his family in your prayers as well as the band as they look to fill the role of lead guitarist. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info
http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/content/important-update-and-letter-shaun

The GSN Television Network has given the green light to a new original series titled It Takes a Church. In each one-hour episode of IT TAKES A CHURCH, hosted by Natalie Grant, members of a Christian congregation play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. The network has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info
http://bit.ly/TakesAChurchPressRelease

The daughters of Matthew West are making their television debut. Lulu and Delaney recently taped a cooking show segment for the NBC Nashville affiliate.

Good news from Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman. After a day shy of 16 weeks, Chris’ infant son Silas this week was able to go home. Several weeks ago Silas received a heart transplant. And while they’re excited to finally be taking Silas home, Chris says prayers would be appreciated as they adapt to the new normal of a son with a transplanted heart.

Matt Redman is reaching out to aspiring song writers. The long time worship leader is releasing a songwriting tutorial on the web site Worship Leader. “A Songwriting Journal: Part One – Creating” is now available. You can check it out by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info
http://worshipleader.com/a-songwriting-journal-part-one-creating/

The Newsboys are out with a lyric video for their new song That Home. And they’re asking that you listen to the song and then share your own story. Click on the link at christianartisntews.info
http://www.newsboys.com/thathome

A new poll Finds that the French Penned song “O Holy Night” is the UK’s Favorite Christmas Carol. The song received 15 percent of the vote, beating out Hark The Herald Angels Sing, In the Bleak Mid Winter, Silent Night, and Joy to the World. The rest if the Top 10 also included: O Come All Ye Faithful, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O come O Come Emmanuel, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, and Away in a Manger in that order.

Josh Wilson’s song Jesus is Alive was used this year to complete an amazing Christmas display. The creators of the light display say their goal is to use their lights to bring Glory to our Savior. The display featured over 100,000 LED lights, a huge 110 foot Mega Arch that spans the two story house, 4 Mega trees, and 100 Christmas trees on display. Watch the light show by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HEDDKzg888

What would you select as your top Christian albums of 2013. One chart recently selected the Hawk Nelson project Made as their number one album. Rounding out the top 5 were albums by Skillet, Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective, and the band Red. See the entire list by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info
http://www.cmaddict.com/article_page.php?article_id=347

Tobymac was recently featured in the comic strip Nancy. His name was printed on the T-shirt worn by one of the characters in the strip which is viewed by more than 57 million people. Check out the strip by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info http://twitter.com/GuyGilchrist/status/413317945180565504/photo/1

Colton Dixon’s new CD is titled A Messenger: Expanded Edition. And Colton is out with an album teaser for the upcoming release, Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://youtu.be/4zzSs9OsR40

Francesca Battistelli’s Christmas tour is wrapping up this weekend. The Christian artist is hosting one more weekend of concerts before heading home for the holidays.

The iMom web site is re-releasing their list of 33 harmless pranks just in time for the holidays. Some of their suggestions include taped faucets, supergluing the shampoo lid shut, clear fingernail polish on the soap, or gluing down the end of the toilet paper roll. Read all 33 by clicking on the link at christianartisntews.info http://ladycreate-a-lot.blogspot.com/2011/03/april-fools-day-30-harmless-pesky.html



Artist News December 19, 2013

Natalie Grant was recently on Fox and Friends performing her song Hurricane. But if you missed it you can still see Natalie performing live. You can also find out more about her upcoming Sitcom It Takes a Church. Just click on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://bit.ly/18xFSN1

Have you entered the Neon Christmas Giveaway? You have the chance to win two copies of David Crowder’s upcoming CD Neon Steeple, two tour t-shirts and two VIP passes to the show of your choice. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://dcb.cta.gs/019

Laura Story recently talked with Show Hope about her passion for orphan care and adoption. The grammy award winning artist was helping the adoption organization started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman celebrate it’s 10th anniversary. Check out more from Laura Story by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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Congratulations to Chris Tomlin. He took the top spot on three of Billboard’s Christian year-end charts!

Worship Leader Darlene Zschech posted a picture this week for all their friends facing snow at Christmas. Of course it’s summer in Australia right now. And Darlene’s picture had Santa seated on a green lawn with those around him in summer attire.

The Afters What We’re Here For was featured Wednesday morning on the Today Show.

Want to hear another song from the new Casting Crowns album Thrive? You can now hear the title cut from the Album on iTunes when you pre-ordered the entire project. The actual CD won’t be available until late January but Casting Crowns is unlocking songs off the new project from week to week leading up to the full project release. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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Nick Departee and James Mead were tracking more guitars this week. They say it was some last minute recording for a Kutless song that is ironically called, ‘Never Too Late’.

This Christmas the web site Freeccm is giving you the chance to download the song The First Noel from new artist Lauren Daigle. The song is off her Christmas EP Christmas: Joy to the World. Download your free copy of the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://freeccm.com/2013/12/17/free-christmas-download-from-lauren-daigle/

Greg and Janna Long are back home in Texas just in time for a busy Christmas season. The husband and wife team that makes up half of the group Avalon say the church they help lead worship at will host over the 30 Christmas Eve services this year. However, Greg did add that he and Janna will only have to be part of 12 of those services.

Ben Calhoun recently preformed some acoustic Christmas music. But their drum wasn’t along so CitizenWay put a recycling bucket to good use. Check out the video clip by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
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