Artist News October 21, 2013

Mandisa’s song “Overcomer” is once again featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, this time in a new series. In August, Good Morning American had Mandisa on to perform the song, and they also showed the song’s music video. This week, GMA launched their “Overcomers” Series with co-host Robin Roberts using both the song and its title in its national TV and web spots. In the series, viewers are asked to share their story with Roberts, telling about a dream they fulfilled with the chance for their story to be shared with America on Good Morning America.
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Laura Story has released another story behind the song. This time the feature is her song There is a Kingdom from her new CD God of Every Story. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://fb.me/2BaWii5kz

Congratulations to James Mead. The Kutless guitarist it recently went back to college at Grand Canyon University and he just found out that he was placed on the President’s List this semester for having a GPA of 4.0.

Integrity is launching a brand new web site called We Are Worship. The new, international site is for worship leaders and musicians, songwriters and everyday worshippers. It’s designed to unite and inspire, to bring together the global worshipping community to serve God better. The new web site includes everything from free downloads to worship tutorials to live worship videos. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://bit.ly/H8yTNx

The UK has announced plans for a modern slavery bill which should be published in draft form later this year to be introduced in 2014. Worship leader Matt Redman tweeted information about the new plans late last week. Both Matt and his wife Beth are passionate supporters of efforts to end slavery in that country and around the world. They are part of the A21 campaign which is working on a similar effort.

MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard is asking the groups fans to support another Christian artist. DJ Official is the DJ for the band Lecrae. He has been fighting a rare form of cancer for the last three years and has just found out that he will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2 weeks. In the meantime Christian artist like MercyMe are joining together to raise $20,000 to help DJ official and his family with their expenses during the treatment. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://Blessthedj.com

Tai Anderson was hoping to make it home for his sons football game over the weekend. But he needed a private jet to make it from the Third Day concert in Arkansas to his home in Atlanta. So he made an offer he hoped Arkansas Third Day fan’s couldn’t refuse. He offer to trade a free t-shirt for a private jet to fly home to Atlanta. No word on if anyone took him up on the offer.

The daughter of Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman is making a name for herself as a gymnast. But her mom Mary Beth Chapman tweeted this week that Stevie Joy’s success in the sports has taken quite a bit of effort. She said her daughter spends at least 16 hours every week in the gym. Mary Beth added: I wouldn’t trade helping her with her dream in a million years.

Natalie Grant was looking forward to a little time at home this weekend after a very busy CD release week. Her CD Hurricane came out on Tuesday, October 15. And Natalie was in nine states promoting the release in the eight days around the albums debut. Going into the weekend she tweeted that she was exhausted but grateful that she’d been able to share her new music and tell the stories behind the songs. Meanwhile, you can preview the entire album at the Christian music web site New Release Tuesday. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/albumpreview.php

Brandon Heath’s Christmas album came out last Tuesday. But due to his policy not to play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, he’s doing his best not to talk about it. In fact, he’s started a petition to require that all Christmas promotion must wait until after Thanksgiving. He’s also making it his mission to expose Christmas violations in stores across the nation. In fact, Brandon posted several violations on his twitter page over the weekend.

The Newsboys were just one of several groups participating in the Acquire the Fire movie called Surge. And in connection with the movie’s recent release, the Newsboys are giving out a free download of the single they recorded for the movie That’s How You Change The World. Simply sign up to stay connected with Surge and you’ll be given the link for the free download. Access your free download by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info http://www.surgeexperience.com

Matt Maher will be headlining a Christmas tour this year. He announced this week that the Advent of Christmas Tour will also feature Audrey Assad and Tim Timmons.

The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will again be taking place in 2014. And officials have released an app to keep you up to date on the latest about the artist, cities and dates that will make up this annual event. The app will kick off with an exclusive live stream announcement party at 8:00PM ET on October 28. Find out more about the app by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvC_UiXfT0&feature=youtu.be

Christian artists are sometimes given windows into people’s lives that make all the touring and days away from their families worthwhile. Building 429 received one of those bits of encouragement recently. After a stop they were tweeted by a girl who had attended their concert. She said “thank you for an amazing night and for making me three weeks clean from self harm”.

The Christian music website New Release Tuesday is continuing it to report on the Newsboys Restart tour through their blog. They’re traveling with the band and you can read the latest report from the Newsboys appearance at the Dove Awards by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/userprofile_blog.php?user_id=119577

 



Artist News October 18, 2013

Jeremy Camp is out with a new video and this time the band is having fun with Jeremy’s new iPhone. Particularly, they’re having fun with the slow motion app on the phone. Check out Jeremy’s new video blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://jeremycamp.com/news/s-slow-mo-638

Matt Maher recently featured a picture of his new daughter on his facebook page. Rowan Ellanie Frances Maher was born October 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm. But now you can see the picture of Matt’s daughter by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151918494650801&set=
a.10151918495750801.1073741825.22106420800&type=1&theater

Matt Redman says that the most beautiful thing about grace is that it always finds us where we are. He’s encouraging his fellow worshipers to take a picture of a time when God’s grace found them and load it on twitter with the #GodsGreatGrace hash tag. The picture will then be shown on Matt Redman’s facebook page.

Worship Leader Paul Baloche had a special experience this past week. He says they were able to hold their grandson for the first time. Paul says it was a priceless experience. Check out a picture of the proud grandparents by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://instagram.com/p/ff8MkcDxoh/

TobyMac commenting after being named the Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards:
“Writing songs that connect with people’s lives is my heart. I always want to push musical boundaries but a song offering someone hope or understanding in struggle is my creative bulls eye. I am honored to be called ‘Artist of the Year’ and can only hope that it’s an indication that my songs are hitting that mark.”

Mac Powell say: I believe that the bacon cheeseburger just might possibly be the greatest food of all time. The lead singer of Third Day says it contains all four food groups.

From Casting Crowns Melanie Hall: My least favorite subject to teach?….Ever?? That would definitely be Physical Science.

The web site ReelGospel recently talked with Love and the Outcome member Chris about the band and being married to your bandmate. Hear some background on this up and coming group and get just a little insight into who they are and why they do what they do. Read more about Love and the Outcome by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://wp.me/p3HEhr-7k

Bart Millard released a video this week talking about the future of Mercyme and the reason behind the band not being part of this years Road Show. Bart says they’re in the process of recording a new CD. Since it’s scheduled to come out in the spring of 2014 and they’re trying some new ideas he says they decided to take a break from this years concert series. Find out more and see Bart’s unique “Friends” dance by clicking on the link at christianarstistnews.info
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151905992833604&set=vb.128229905401&type=2&theater

Steven Curtis Chapman took home the Dove Award for the best Christmas album at this weeks awards show. It was the 58th Dove Award that he’s received in his career, more than any other artist to date.

The latest song from Natalie Grant is titled In The End. Natalie describes it as live in-studio banjo-happy goodness. Check out the official music video for the song by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://youtu.be/PLHe0W9Q1Rk

The Christian music web site hearitfirst.com is giving you the chance to win a trip to see New Artist of the Year for King and Country live in concert and an autographed copy of the Hope is What We Crave Live CD and DVD. Enter the for King and Country flyaway contest by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or http://smarturl.it/FlyawayContest

Another touring tip from Building 429’s Jesse Garcia: This cinnamon spice Glade Unlit candle is doing the trick in my bunk! It smells like fall all the time.

Mandisa will be back at another football game this weekend. This time she’ll be at Braly Stadium in Florence, Alabama for a free FCA Football and Faith Concert after the UNA vs. Texas A&M Kingsville game on Saturday.



Artist News October 17, 2013

It’s been six months since the newly reconfigured Hawk Nelson, with new lead singer Jon Steingard, released the new record, Made. Since then they’ve added a new guitarist, debuted a new single, and spent the summer touring. Recently the Christian music web site New Release Tuesday caught up with the band for an “State of the Union” report. Read what they had to say by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://nrt.cc/HawkInt

Matt Redman spent some time talking with Fox News this week. The Worship leader spent time talking about his latest live album, about praying through music, and about the church in Europe. Listen to the entire interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://video.foxnews.com/v/2745618298001/connecting-music-with-prayer/?playlist_id=931078471001

Rhett Walker was visiting the Fox news affiliate in Nashville this week and took over the weather board for the morning update. Watch what happens when Rhett trys to forecast the weather by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://fox17.com/news/features/this-morning/stories/dove-awards-nominee-rhett-walker-does-weather-fox-17-morning-10.shtml

The latest song by Laura Story is titled I Can Just Be Me. Laura recently talked with New Release Tuesday and says the song is all about roles. She says she plays the role of mom, wife, and Christian artist. But the problems arise when she tries to take on roles that she wasn’t designed to do or when she tries to change things that are out of her control. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or http://bit.ly/17pV1tw

For the first time since it’s inception, the Rock and Worship Road Show won’t include Mercyme. The members of the band announced this week that they’ll be taking a year off. But they say the tour itself will still take place, just with a different group of artists. The concert series will be head lined by Third Day when it kicks off this spring. They’ll be joined by Skillet, Jamie Grace, and more. Check out the intro video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F1A0HoqKBZw

Natalie Grant continued her new album kick off week with a benefit concert last night. And it’s appropriate that, since her CD is titled Hurricane, the concert in New Jersey benefited victims of Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, if you missed Natalie’s live kickoff event for her CD last week you can now watch the debute show online. Check out the live webcast by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/19DR7TR

Kevin Max says it may be time to upgrade. The lead singer of Audio Adrenaline tweeted that they blew out a tire on their trailer this week. He said it might be time to upgrade to a private jet tour, or at least a hovercraft.



Artist News October 16, 2013

Dove Award Winners
**Early Results**

(The rest will be sent out first thing tomorrow)
-Rock Contemporary Album of the Year – Colton Dixon
-Special Event Album of the Year – Passion
-Christmas Album of the Year – Steven Curtis Chapman
-Long Form Video of the Year – Hillsong United
-Short Form Video of the Year – Tobymac for “Eye On It”
-Rock Song of the Year – Skillet for “Sick Of It”
-Rock Contemporary Song of the Year – NEEDTOBREATHE for “Keep Your Eyes Open”
-Rock Album of the Year – Red
-Pop Contemporary Song of the Year – Matt Redman for “10,000 Reasons”
-Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Lecrae for “Tell The World”
-Southern Gospel Song of the Year – Jason Crabb for “What The Blood Is For”
-Southern Gospel Album of the Year – Gaithers
-Album Packaging – for Tobymac’s EYEONIT
-Inspirational Film of the Year – Courageous
-CCM Performance of the Year – Matt Redman for “10,000 Reasons”
-Producer of the Year – Ed Cash
-Songwriter of the Year – Matt Redman
-Pop Contemporary Album of the Year – Tobymac for “Eye On It”
-Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year – Lecrae for “Gravity”
-Honorary “UPlift Someone” award – Mandisa
-Worship Album of the Year – Chris Tomlin for “Burning Lights”

Natalie Grant missed out on her first Dove awards in a decade last night. She tweeted that it was the first time she hadn’t performed during Christian music’s biggest awards show in seven years. Natalie was in New York City promoting the release of her latest CD Hurricane. The CD release and the Dove’s just happened to occur on the same day.

Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey sat out the Dove Awards this year, opting to instead spend time at home with his new baby daughter. While there Mike tweeted “We give awards for career, not care-giving”. He says he has to continually remind himself that success may stroke his ego, but serving changes his heart. Mike said he’s really glad their new baby has given him the chance to slow down, to breathe, and remember how toxic the idol of ambition can be.

Chanda Pierce during the Dove Awards: Bill Gaither is here? Is he alive?

Tobymac at the Dove Awards – I ask God to breathe things through me that are beyond me.

Matt Redman will be in London today to welcome a special team of cyclists. The Worship leader is hoping to encourage the team of riders participating in the A21 Campaign’s Freedom Challenge. The riders left Sofia, Bulgaria on October 6 and are arriving in London today. The goal is to raise awareness of the young women and children being forced into slavery and to raise $210,000 for shelters and victim assistance programs.

Laura Story is doing more than just ministering on the road during her concerts. The Christian artist will be reaching out to ladies at her local church by helping to lead a newcomers Bible study on who the Bible says Jesus is.

A thought from Christian artist Kerrie Roberts: Whenever I see “how to get more done in your day” posts on Pinterest, my thought is, “Just get off of Pinterest.”

What do you believe? That’s the topic of a recent blog from Mark Lee. The Third Day guitarist says he just finished reading Max Lucado’s book On The Anvil. And he says it encouraged him to sit down and make his own list of what he believes. Some of the items on Mark’s list include: God loves me, it is possible to know God, and cultivating a relationship with God is the most important human pursuit. Read the entire blog and then come up with your own list by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://marklee.me/2013/10/09/what-do-you-believe/

Lifeway Worship is giving you the chance to talk directly with worship leader Paul Baloche. They’ll be holding live chats today (10/16) at 3:00PM CT and tomorrow (10/17) at 2:15PM CT. Access the chat by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://lfwy.co/1ggzsFm

From Casting Crown’s lead singer Mark Hall: Ever been holding your phone over your head reading twitter, get drowsy, and drop in on your face?

After several months in a rental home, Mercyme guitarist Mike Scheuchzer is finally in their new home. Mike moved to Nashville from Texas earlier this year but they weren’t able to get into their new home until this week. Mike tweeted that they spent their first night in their new home Monday night.

The husband and wife team that makes up Love and the Outcome were trying on outfits prior to this weeks Dove Awards. And they tweeted a picture of one possible outfit with the caption: “Red carpet ready wouldn’t you say?!” Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info
http://instagram.com/p/feinfgkKTN/

Mandisa and Natalie Grant will make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage on October 22. They’ll be joining a variety of other artists for the Women Rock for The Cure event that evening. The event raises money to connect and support young women facing breast cancer. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://www.facebook.com/womenrockforthecure?ref=hl



Artist News October 15, 2015

Paul Baloche will release his new Christmas CD at the end of this month. And the Worship leader says his goal for the project was to take classic Christmas carols that we all enjoy singing and combine them with modern worship choruses to encourage worship all through the Christmas season.

Jamie-Grace is asking for your help in expanding the ministry of her family in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Jamie says the church is planted in an area where divorce, high school drop out and teen pregnancy rates are high. And the funds donated will help them impact the youth in their community. In return, Jamie and her family are offering everything from a thank you on their web site to a concert in your home church. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://igg.me/at/kingdomcity/x/5028099

The members of the Sidewalk Prophets were answering questions on twitter recently. When they were asked “what do you want your legacy to be?” they unanimously said it’s to “love people and let Jesus move through our lives and gifts”. However they didn’t agree quite so closely when it came to their favorite vacation spot. Ben McDonald said his was Montana. But fellow guitarist Shaun Tomzak said he’d rather spend his time away on a quiet beach with his family.

The Gospel Music Trust Fund’s Family Reunion was held in Nashville over the weekend. The one night event was held at Amy Grant’s Farm and was hosted by Bill Gaither, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Brandon Heath, and Toby Mac. The money raised will help those in need due to severe or terminal illness, health emergencies, or catastrophes.

The latest CD from Laura Story is called God of Every Story. And while talking with CBN Music Laura says she has begun to write from a deeper, more vulnerable place. She says she was originally nervous about how being so vulnerable would translate. But Laura says she’s found that there are literally millions of people out there that feel the exact same way. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://fb.me/1TJ5c4Lh4

The Dove Awards will take place in Nashville this evening. And the pre-show, hosted by Chris August and Jamie Grace, will be streamed live starting at 3:00PM CT. Watch the show online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/18ecoRC

Matthew West’s music is reaching into the NFL. The Christian artist sang the National Anthem at the Kansas City Chief’s game over the weekend. After finishing Matthew said Chief’s DB Quintin Demps said to him “I Don’t Wanna Go Through the Motions”. He then went out and got an interception.

James Mead says he was speaking his wife’s Love Language this week. The member of Kutless says he cooked dinner AND did the dishes.

The life of Christian artist often involves waking up in a different city each morning. And sometimes all the travel can get a little confusing. Hawk Nelson”s Jon Steingard tweeted this past weekend: I know I’m in the northeast. But I legitimately do not know what state I’m in right now.

Natalie Grant’s new CD Hurricane is available today. And the Christian artist is working hard to promote the new project. She performed 7 times in 2 days over the weekend and than took a red-eye flight back to Nashville so she could spend 10 with her children before heading on to New York City.

 



Artist News October 14, 2013

The web site Growthtrac recently talked with Third Day lead singer Mac Powell. In addition to sharing about what God is doing in Third Day right now, Mac also talked about his marriage, ansering question including what God centered intimacy looks like in his home, the priorities in his marriage, and how being on tour effects his marriage. Read the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.growthtrac.com/third-day-mac-powell-marriage#.UlcIaBY1C2w

Continue to pray for Silas, the son of Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman. Silas had open heart surgery late last week and Chris says Silas will now be connected to a Berlin Heart (a bypass machine) until a transplant is possible.

Matt Redman has written a series of devotionals based on each song from his his last two CDs; Your Grace Finds Me and 10,000 Reasons. You can download and read the devotionals by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://redman.cta.gs/00o

Bart Millard says he’s found the greatest ski mask ever. Check out the picture of the lead singer of Mercyme modeling the mask by clicking on the link at chratianartistnews.info or
http://instagram.com/p/fTc-4uEkzN/

Kevin Max recently sat down to talk with The Christian Post. The new lead singer of the re-formed group Audio Adrenaline says that, while the band has a different voice, they still have the same message. He talks about the process of bringing the band back together and his relationship with former lead singer Mark Stuart. Read the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.christianpost.com/news/audio-adrenalines-kevin-max-says-band-has-same-message-just-a-different-voice-interview-part-1-106442/

The members of the Newsboys are creating a restart mosaic as they introduce their latest CD Restart. And they’d like your picture to be included. In fact, if you send in your picture, you’ll also be entered in a drawing to win an autographed poster. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://smarturl.it/NBRestartMosaic

The American Music Award nominations for the Favorite Contemmporary Inspirational Artist are in and you can vote for your favorite artist once each day through November 15. The nominees for this years award are Matthew West, Tobymac, and Chris Tomlin. Cast your vote by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://smarturl.it/AMAVoting

David Crowder was looking forward to doing a little cooking over the weekend. The Christian artist tweeted a picture of a pan full of skinned squirrels and said he was ready to go.

Jamie Grace will be headlining a special fund raiser at the end of the month. Jamie Grace and friends will be raising money for 412 Youth Ministries at the First Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia. Jamie served in the program full time for three years before her touring schedule really took off.

The Dove Awards will be held next week. And leading up to Christian music’s biggest awards show, the Dove organization is asking you to share how Christian and Gospel music has impacted your life. They’re asking that you upload a video telling your story and several of those videos will be featured leading up to and during the awards show. Upload your video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://ow.ly/ohLbJ

Paul Baloche’s Christmas Worship CD will be coming out later this month. And the worship leader is also preparing a series of tutorials to help you play the songs in your church. He said he was in his living room recording the guitar tutorials over the weekend. And even though it was still October, the living room was fully decorated for Christmas, complete with a tree, a fire in the fire place, and stocking hung on the mantal.

The Sidewalk Prophets had a little extra adventure over the weekend. They tweeted that the front passenger window just got sucked out of their bus by the wind. They added that “at least it’s a sunny day!”

Sometimes making it to the show is more difficult than others. Britt Nicole said she’d been traveling since 5:30am but their flights had been delayed and canceled. She said they’d finally been able to make it to the venue but their luggage didn’t. She says they made a quick target run before heading to the show.

Band members get some unique requests. The members of Building 429 say that one young man recently offered his pants to guitarist Jesse Garcia in exachange for one of his guitars. They say the offer was declined.

Hawk Nelson is down to one state. Lead singer Jon Steingard says the group played in Rhode Island for the first time over weekend. He says they’ve now played in 49 states, leaving Hawaii as the only state the group has never preformed in.

Release week started early for Natalie Grant. Her new CD Hurricane comes out on Tuesday. But she left over the weekend for 10 straight days of travel. She says prayers for health and strength would be appreciated.

Matthew West was at the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday to sing the National Anthem. Matthew says the day also included the lagest fly over ever with 49 planes taking part.

Mandisa says her concert with Brandon Heath in Louisville over the weekend was memorable for several reasons. The first was that the air conditioning in the sanctuary broke and it was “about 200 degrees”. Then someone missed their entrance for the rap part in her song Good Morning so she ended up doing it on her own. Mandisa says she’s not mentioning any names but it rhymed with Grandon Sheath.

James Mead says Kutless played in Paris over the weekend. However, he added that it was Perris, California.

Francesca Battistelli performed the National Anthem at Charolotte Motor Speedway over the weekend just prior to the NASCAR Bank of America 500. She also took part in a chapel for the drivers.



Artist News October 11, 2013

Josh Mix is getting into the Wedding spirit. The Casting Crowns guitarist will be getting married in early January. And this week he tweeted that he’s: “Stampin and stickin wedding invites with the new stamp of our future home together.

From Mac Powell: To everyone who has listened to our music, come to a show, prayed, shared, encouraged, or somehow helped us out along the way- thank YOU!

From David Crowder: My mom beat me at laser tag. The question is, which is more amazing: that she won, that she even played, or that he David Crowder admitted it.

How do you get your day going? According to the Sidewalk Prophets: Nothing like a pickup game of football to get the day going. And an added fun fact-Guitarist Ben McDonald’s 40 yard dash time is 6.82 Shaun Tomczak’s is 6.24.

The Dove awards will be held in Nashville next week and will include an all star line up. Artists including Tobymac and the Newsboys will be performing and Amy Grant is helping host the event. Meanwhile Jamie Grace is going to be co-hosting the Dove Awards pre-show with Chris August. Check out all the details by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.doveawards.com/

Mandisa performed the National anthem recently at the 49ers football game, helping the NFL kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month. And since the performance she has had numerous requests for the T-shirt she wore during the National Anthem. Thursday she announced that it was finally available. But just hours later she was back on twitter apologizing because her supply of shirts was already gone. She said she’ll be working to get more. Keep checking back by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://disa.cta.gs/02h

The members of SanctusReal say their favorite fall memories include crunching leaves, carving pumpkins, drinking cider. And they’d like you to share your favorite fall memories with them via twitter.

Chris Tomlin, Tobymac, and Matthew West have each received a nomination for the American Music Awards. The three are competing against each other in the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational category.

Continue to keep Chris Huffman and his son Silas in your prayers. The Casting Crowns bass player tweeted Thursday that his son Silas was back in the operating room and was undergoing heart surgery. Chris said Silas made it safely through the surgery and they are now “eagerly and prayerfully awaiting a new heart for him”.

Congratulations to Paul Baloche. The worship leader tweeted a picture of his first Grandchild, Colton Alexander. Paul said both momma and child are healthy.

Natalie Grant’s new CD Hurricane will be available next week. But the Christian artist has another new song from the project available this week on iTunes. Check out Closer to Your Heart, a song she describes as a happy pop explosion, by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/1a78lUv

The members of Third Day tweeted this week that they had a great time jamming with Peter Furler during their tour this summer. Check out one video of this summers events by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeVVMz5Rfhc

 



Artist News October 9, 2013

Matt Maher says he’s dealing with a new normal. His daughter was born this past weekend and, since first child was a son, he says it’s a little different to be surrounded by pink. Meanwhile, Matt’s son seems to be adapting well to the newest member of the Maher family. Matt tweeted a picture of his son singing to their new baby daughter.

Mike Donehey is celebrating the birth of his daughter. The lead singer of Tenth Avenue North tweeted that June Marie was born on her great grandmothers birthday.

Mandisa sang the National anthem at the 49ers-Texans game this past Sunday, helping the NFL kick off breast cancer awareness month. But her makeup and clothing seems to be getting the most attention. After getting numerous requests, Mandisa says the shirt she wore while singing will be available soon in her on-line store. She also tweeted the information about her eye shadow after many women wanted to know. She says it was a mixture of Reflects Pearl and Fucshia.

Michael W. Smith hosted a fundraiser for Rocketown yesterday. The building founded in 1994 by Michael serves as a safe place for youth in Nashville, offering hope to the next generation through Christ’s love. And Michael is thanking everyone who helped make this weeks fundraiser very successful.

From Jenny Simmons: Not sure what’s worse: that I ran a quick errand and 1)Left the house in my pjs 2)Locked myself out of the house or 3) Haven’t had coffee yet.

Matt Redman says he loves the photos his fans have been submitting sharing about God’s Great Grace. Check them out and send in your own photos by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://redman.cta.gs/00r

From Steven Curtis Chapman: Wanna say a big THANK YOU for so many kind words about The Glorious Unfolding. I’m speechless!..no wait, wrong CD..I mean, I’m AMAZED!!

Tai Anderson says he’s looking elsewhere for a championship team. The member of Third Day tweeted: Braves done, Falcons struggling. Putting championship hopes in Cole’s 8th grade Jr. Hornets. 5-0.

Another setback for the son of Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman. He tweeted yesterday: Silas is back in Cardiac ICU & back on the breathing tube. He hasn’t had a consistent good day in 2 weeks!

The group Downhere announced their retirement in 2012 and disbanded in January 2013. But their record company has now announced plans for a new CD. Love & History: The Best Of Downhere is scheduled to be released on October 15. It will include the groups Christmas classic How Many Kings as well as several other songs but it will only be available in Canada and online at the bands store.

Natalie Grant is announcing plans for a special free live webcast later this week. This Thursday at 8:00PM CT you’ll be able to see Natalie perform brand new music from her upcoming CD Hurricane. Natalie says more details will be available soon.

Jonny Diaz says yesterday was a big day for a couple of reasons. One was that it was time to rotate his mattress. The other was the release of his self produced CD Starts with Love. It’s available on iTunes. And you can check out an album preview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/startswithlove

The Afters are giving you the chance to review another one of their songs. Check out the stream of their song Moments Like This by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://soundcloud.com/fairtrade/moments-like-this

The web site MetroLyrics is giving you the chance to win hand written lyrics for Amy Grants song If I Could See (What the Angels See. Just follow Amy and MetroLyrics on twitter and tweet information about the contest and you’ll be entered. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://ow.ly/pC1xi

Matthew West was recently reminded of how far God has brought him. Earlier this month he performed in front of a packed house in Coos Bay, Organ. While there he saw a poster hanging backstage. It was from nine years earlier, when Matthew was on his very first tour and was opening for Avalon and Mark Schultz.

Steven Curtis Chapman will be making his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City this February and he’s decided to make an “event” of it by inviting his fans to join him. For 4 days and 3 nights leading up to the event those who are “singers” will be able to rehearse and perform on the stage with Steven as part of a mass choir that he’s are putting together for this very special night. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://StevenCurtisChapman.com/NYC2014

Laura Story says God came through. The Christian artist tweeted that: after a long day of almost-missed flights, they had a great, great night in Reno. Laura is currently on tour with Steven Curtis Chapman.



Artist News October 8, 2013

Third day is taking the next step in social media. Members of the band announced this week that they’ve joined Instagram. They say they’ll be posting pictures from every concert on and off the stage. Follow Third Day on Instagram by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or http://instagram.com/thirdday

A suggestion from SanctusReal: Pray for the next person you see.

Worship leader Paul Baloche is giving you just a taste of the leadworship worshops. Check out what you can expect if you attend one of these events by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://buff.ly/198Yajl

Jenny Simmons had a unique idea for getting back into her house after locking her self out on Monday. She tweeted: Dear Past Criminals in Nashville- I will make you cookies an give you my kids pumpkin if you please come over and pick the lock to my house. However, it turned out that no past criminals were needed. Jenny followed up with another tweeted: Dear Past Criminals-please return to your normal activities. I totally forgot I gave my best friend a key for SUCH A TIME AS THIS.

Mary Beth Chapman is sporting a little different look this week. The wife of Steven Curtis Chapman and head of their orphan and adoption ministry Show Hope just got braces.

Jonny Diaz is releasing his latest CD this week and he’s asking for the help of his fans in spreading the word. The Christian artist recently signed a record deal with Centricity records and will be putting out a new CD early next year. But he says today’s project is something he did on his own so he’s his own marketing team. And he’s asking you to help him in that effort. Find out more about the new project by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or https://www.facebook.com/jonny.diaz.1694

Casting Crowns was recently in Monroe, Louisiana and lead singer Mark Hall said he had three goals for the day. They included finding some good Barbecue, checking out the Duck Commander Building, and seeing all the Casting Crowns fans and the concert that evening.

The members of the Passion 268 Generation announced this week that the band Hillsong United will join them for Passion 2014 in Atlanta and Houston. Passion also includes Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Christian Stanfill, and more.

Newsong is planning a unique Christmas concert in late November. The band says their Christmas concert with The Sidewalk Prophets, Audio Adrenaline, Jason Castro, and Love and the Outcome will be held on November 30 in Tyler, Texas. And they say it will be a pay what you can event. Admission is $15 but members of the band say that, if you don’t have that, pay what you can.

Matt Redman will be kicking off his God’s Great Dance Floor Europe Worship tour with former Dilerious? lead singer Martin Smith this Wednesday. The tour will visit the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Paris, Holland, and the UK.

 



Artist News October 7, 2013

Mark Lee is out with another blog with a very interesting title. The Third Day guitarist titled his latest online thoughts The Power of Negative Thinking. In the blog Mark says that, while we shouldn’t dwell on our negative thoughts, they can show us areas that need improvement in our lives and point us toward where we want to go. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://wp.me/p3QiNw-2m

Worship leader Paul Baloche recently shared a Christmas Worship Webinar with worship leaders as they start to make plans for the holiday season. But if you missed the webinar you can now watch it online. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://youtu.be/_CMeua87eu8?a

Congratulations to Matt Maher. The Christian artist announced late last week that his wife had given birth to a baby girl. The couples second child is named Rowan Ellaine Francis Maher.

Amy Grant and her husband Vince Gill performed recently at the opening of the new library at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon. Vince jokingly quipped that they were the best the evenings hosts could get for free. Read the entire article about the new library opening and Amy Grants part in the special evening by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://amy.cta.gs/03m

From Francesca Battistelli: What happens when you give out an old email address by mistake? A $21 library fine. The Christian artist says she didn’t get the emails saying her books were past due so, when she finally came to return them, they were way overdue.

Casting Crowns is gearing up for their part in Acquire the Fire’s Surge. The video event debuts in theaters nationwide in October. And Casting Crowns lead singer and youth pastor Mark Hall is pumped about the upcoming event. Hear more from Mark about Surge by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or http://ow.ly/prceN

A first from Steven Curtis Chapman. The Christian artist has been very open about his lack of technology skills but this weekend he made his first ever official, honest to goodness, typed by my very own fingers, post to Facebook. Steven says he’s gotten a bit of a handle on twitter but had always been a bit intimidated by Facebook. But when even his mother in law got on the social media bandwagon he figured it was time. Steven used his first post to talk about his current tour with Jason Gray and Laura Story, The Glorious Unfolding Tour.

Congratulations to Rebecca St. James. The Christian artist, author, and actor announced over the weekend: I’m 20 weeks pregnant and loving it!! Thank you God for this beautiful season.

If you’re missing your car keys you might want to check with Jason Gray. While holding a set of car keys he tweeted: I just found these in my pocket and I’m not sure whose they are or where they came from. Recognize them? Anybody?

Lyrics from the Building 429 song Where I Belong showed up at this weekends NASCAR race. The lyrics “Take This World and Give Me Jesus, This Is Not Where I Belong” were printed on the start/finish line of the Kansas Speedway.

Exciting news from Natalie Grant. The Christian artist tweeted over the weekend: I’ll be performing at The Grande Ole Opry for the 1ST TIME! Natalie will be on the famed stage October 22 for the Opry Goes Pink event with Leann Rimes and others.

After nine days in the hospital, Christian artist Moriah Peters has finally rejoined the Newsboys Restart tour. Just days into the tour Moriah had to be hospitalized. Doctors identified the cause as a rare virus picked up while she was performing in South America.

Making it to their first concert outside the USA wasn’t easy but the guys from Citizenway made it. The members of the band tweeted that they spent 27 hours in a van as they made their way to New Brunswick, Canada.

Mandisa joined the NFL and the Grand Ole Opry as they kicked off their breast Cancer Awareness month efforts. The Christian artist performed the national anthem during Sunday night’s NFL Network game featuring the 49ers and Texans. She was joined by members of the 49ers family who are survivors. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://e2.ma/message/o0utk/oox3ge

Josh Havens got some unique bedding as The Afters kicked off their tour over the weekend. Josh tweeted a picture of his bus bunk, complete with a Hello Kitty blanket along with the text: This is what I get for asking our tour manger to get me some sheets and blankets!