Artist News October 4, 2013

Mac Powell and his wife Aimee have adopted two children after having three biological kids. And the lead singer of Third Day recently sat down with the adoption organization Bethany Christian services to talk about their decision to adopt. In fact, Mac says they talked about adopted even before they were married. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.bethany.org/main/blog/every-child-podcast-mac-powell#.UkxhXbO9KK1

It sounds like Cal Joslin is looking forward to fall. The bass player for the Sidewalk Prophets said this week: “I’m so glad that flannel season is here”!

The Head Coach of the Ole Miss Rebels is using music by Tobymac to encourage his players this week. Hugh Freeze tweeted: This Week’s song is “Speak Life” by Tobymac. Our words are powerful and can cause life or death. Your Choice, choose wisely.

James Mead is capitalizing on the fact that misery loves company. The Kutless guitarist tweeted this week: ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ Is stuck in my head and I tweeted it so you could share in my misery.

The Christian band Skillet is starting to win over some mainstream music fans. An article by the Associated Press says a new set of mainstream music lovers are starting to get to know the band that has been around since the mid 90s and has consistently won over Christian rock fans. In fact, the group is scheduled to join the secular group Nickelback in Europe this month. Lead singer John Cooper said he thinks their new fans appreciate the fact that they stand for something, that they’re real about it, and not embarrassed about it.

The Afters were recently on the Better TV Show. The Band talked about the struggles they’ve been through, their latest project, and even a daddy/daughter dance that they recently attended. Watch the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://better.tv/view/celebrities-celebrities2-the-afters-interview

Natalie Grant has completed five days of filming in her game show debut. The Christian artist is the host for a new show on GSN called It Takes a Church. She’s been filming the series all week.

Steven Curtis Chapman is out on his Glorious Unfolding tour. And during their Texas run he was giving a cowboy hat. Fellow tour member Jason Gray tweeted “you can take the man out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the man.”
Oh yes I did wear this on stage in Lubbock while singing the great adventure! http://t.co/z2yPKrvZ5q

The members of Citizenway made their first trip as a band outside the USA this week. The group was in Canada for a concert on Thursday.

Hawk Nelson, The Afters, and Finding Favour were grounded this week after their tour bus broke down. So what do the members of three Christian contemporary groups do when the have some down time? Hawk Nelson lead singer JOn Steingard tweeted that they formed a barbershop quartet.

Jenny Simmons will be leading worship all weekend for 700 women. But she says she’s being forced to live it out herself leading up to the event. She tweeted that the electricity in their house went out so they headed out to dinner. Then on the way to the restaurant their car died.

Mandisa will be singing the national anthem for the NFL game between the 49ers & Texans this Sunday evening. And she tweeted “Whose Life Is This?”



Artist News October 3, 2013

A reminder from Mercyme’s Mike Scheuchzer: No matter how bad your day may be, remember you aren’t in a prison in Iran for being a Christian. Pray For Saeed, the pastor imprisoned in Iran for his faith.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s new CD The Glorious Unfolding released this week. And Steven sat down to talk about the first release from the new CD Love Take Me Over. He says the new album, and this song in particular, has a sense of the joy coming back more fully into his music. Steven says the song is based on Psalm 19:14 and it’s a prayer he asked his daughters to pray with him every day. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://bit.ly/GzEI6N

Tai Anderson is making good use of Advil. The Third Day Guitarist participated in his first Crossfit workout this week and tweeted that he could barely get out of bed the day after. But he said he pushed through and made it to day two.

Ben McDonald had a unique view during his run this week. The Sidewalk Prophet’s guitarist says his ten mile run took him over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Josh Wilson did two things yesterday. He wrote music and went mountain biking. This morning Josh tweeted: One didn’t hurt at all. The other will hurt for days to come.

Christian artist and author Andrew Peterson turned to kickstarter to raise the money for his final novel in the Wingfather saga. The final book in the series is titled the Warden and the Wolf King and, just days into the campaign, Andrews has already exceeded his goal of $14,000 and several additional goals as well. In fact, the kickstarter stands at more than $43,000 with 28 days left to go. The final book in the series is scheduled for release in 2014.

The Newsboys this week are taping three songs for TBN’s Praise The Lord program. The songs are scheduled to air this Friday.

The Afters are introducing another new song. You can stream their song Find Your Way online. Check it out by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://soundcloud.com/fairtrade/find-your-way ters

Paul Baloche says Christmas is his favorite time of the year. And he’s out with a mix of classic Christmas carols and worship choruses help you to celebrate the true meaning of the season. The songs are available for review online. Listen to them by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.praisecharts.com/christmas-worship-listening-party/

Jonny Diaz tweeted this week: It’s been WAY too long since I released any new music. However, he added “That’s changing soon”

Natalie Grant is getting a lot of response to her song Burn Bright. She says she wrote the song as a letter to her nephew who was addicted to heroine but the song that released on iTunes this week seems to be impacting the lives of a lot of other people as well. In fact, Natalie commented via facebook: I’m weeping as I read through all of the responses to my new song Burn Bright. I knew addiction was a struggle in many families, I just had no idea how many of you it has affected.

Matt Redman’s new CD Your Grace Finds Me is giving the worship leader the best Street Week of his Career. The live worship CD debuted at number one on this weeks Soundscan Christian Albums Chart. It also made it to the top 30 on billboards top 200 chart of all genre’s of music. Matt Redman recorded the CD at the Lift worship leaders conference earlier this year

Nichole Nordeman’s latest song is featured on the My Hope sound track honoring the life & work of Billy Graham. Watch the lyric video for Be My Rescue by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://youtu.be/eA75Nyd92sM

The members of the group 7eventh Time Down have released their new video Just Say Jesus. The video shares the story of Saeed Abedini and encourages those watching to continue praying for his release. Watch the lyric video for Be My Rescue by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://smarturl.it/JustSayJesus1

TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour is gearing up for their fall run. And they’ve released a trailer for the tour that will include special guests like Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, and Chris August. Watch the trailer by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCDxNlWyiGs

Jamie Grace says deciding to go on tour with Tobymac again didn’t take much thought. She tweeted recently: so TobyMac was like, “hey wanna go on tour again?” and i was like DUH!

The latest from the series “Today in the life of a Disorganized Musician” by Jaun Devevo. The Casting Crowns Guitarist tweeted: “I’ll pack it as I come to it!” But first…an episode of “Where’s My Socks?”

Chris Tomlin is giving away five tour packages. The packages include 2 tickets to any Burning Lights show, 2 Meet-and-Greet Passes, 2 copies of the Burning Lights Album & 2 Tour T-shirts!
Check out more on registering by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://tomlin.cta.gs/066



Artist News October 2, 2013

The October edition of the CCM magazine is now available. And this months edition has the Newsboys on the cover along with special interviews with Steven Curtis Chapman, Phil Wickham, Natalie Grant and more! Access your copy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://ht.salemweb.net/ccm/ccmmagazine/pdf/2013/oct/aap0/CCM_October_2013.pdf

Natalie Grant says she’s excited to be part of a brand new Cookbook. Called Bless This Table, the book includes celebrity family stories and the recipes that evoke their fondest memories. Pre-order a copy of the cookbook by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://blessthistable.com

Chris Huffman says a little laughter has brightened his entire week. The bass player for Casting Crowns say they are tired beyond belief. But he says they continue to get little blessings from God that keep them going. Chris says he got Silas to laugh and it made his week.

Need a tour bus? The members of Stellar Kart say theirs is for sale. They’ll be hitching a ride with Audio Adrenaline so don’t need a bus for a while. So they’ve decided to sell it. Email adam@stellarkart.com if you’re interested.

The new children’s book from Mark Schultz will be coming out soon. He recently tweeted a picture of the books cover, announcing that it will be available sometime this winter.

Angie Smith’s new children’s book is getting some good marks. The wife of Selah member Todd Smith released the book Auidrey Bunny this week. And the book currently ranks number one in Amazon’s Children and Teen’s book category and Christian fiction category.

Amy Grant knows firsthand the complex and emotional decisions facing today’s baby boomers. In 2011, Grant moved her ailing mother into her home to surround her with family during her final days battling dementia. Today, Grant and her sisters are caring for their dad as he suffers from the same debilitating disease. These experiences prompted Grant to join the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to help consumers get smart about insurance so they can have peace of mind while navigating life’s inevitable twists. Read more by clicking on the list at christianartistnews.info or
http://amy.cta.gs/02x.

The Christian artist web site Jesus Freak Hideout is giving away a lot of free music. One of their latest free downloads is the new release from Cloverton Glowing in the Dark. The list of free songs also includes music from Aaron Shust, The Afters, Building 429, and Hawk Nelson. Check out all the free songs by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/DLGsF

Jamie Grace is finishing up work on her second CD. And Tobymac announced this week that one of the special guests on the new project is fellow Christian artist Jason Crabb. No word on when the new CD will be available.

The first video form Jamie Grace’s God Girl’s Club TV is now online. The opening video features a review of the latest song from Tricia, former lead singer for Super Chick. Watch online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info. Jamie says three more videos will be coming soon.
http://godgirlsclub.tv/category/all-posts/daily-videos/

In honor of her album release, Laura Story is releasing a music video for the title track to her latest CD. Check out her live rendition of “God Of Every Story!” by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://fb.me/3sgz9JbAi

Friends of Paul Baloche are honoring him for twenty years of ministry. The worship leader has been writing worship songs and leading them for two decades. And fellow song writer Brenton Brown recorded a video featuring congratulations from many Christian artists including Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Tobymac, Mandisa, and many more. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY8auf_y7aE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUvWfrUPF-E7Hw_DHhCBVvWQ

The latest lyric video from the Newsboys features the song That Home from their new CD Restart. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vjyq02xBSk&feature=
share&list=PLfty1rFEu9vRGbXQn6Gm_eau5SpuzEkZu

Jessie Garcia tweeted recently that a conga line started during wrecking ball. The member of Building 429 said “I have arrived.

Vesper Guitars is giving away a new acoustic guitar to go along with the Casting Crowns Acoustic Sessions tour that starts this Thursday. Members of the band say they’ll have entry forms at each of their tour stops.



Artist News October 1, 2013

Mark Lee has released another blog, this time talking about being powerful and effective. In the blog The member of Third Day talks about all the things he’s wanted to do but was never able to do. But he wrapped up the blog by reminding readers that while we’ll never be powerful or effective enough to make it on our own, through prayer power and effectiveness happens in bigger and better ways than we could ever imagine.

From Jason Roy, lead singer of Building 429, says they’re still amazed at what God has done. The group has gone from their early transportation using a van and a trailer to 2 buses and an 18 wheeler.

Chris Huffman says their son Silas is improving slowly. But the bass player for Casting Crowns adds that everyday is a waiting game and prayer is still needed. It has been just about a month since Silas was rushed to the hospital and Chris left the band to return home and be with his son.

Mike Donehey recent shared some thoughts on connecting with Jesus. The lead singer of Tenth Avenue North wrote: “One of the most beneficial practices for me has been pretending Jesus is just sitting next to me in the car. Turning the radio off, looking over, and imagining Him just looking back at me, changes the way I pray. It reminds me not to sugar coat things. It reminds me to be completely honest about my struggles, and what’s frustrating me. After all, He can take it. And I know He isn’t surprised cause He knows it all anyway.”

Natalie Grant was at the GSN network over the weekend to film the pilot for her new TV show. Natalie will host the show titled IT TAKES A CHURCH. In the one-hour pilot members of a church go on a mission to find love for one single parishioner…without his or her knowledge. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://nataliegrant.com/2013/09/27/natalie-grant-to-host-gsns-it-takes-a-church/

The Hits Deep Tour with TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, Chris August and Capital Kings kicks off in early November. Check out the brand new HitsDeep.com for all the details, and while you’re there, sign up to win a prize pack including a tour poster autographed by all of the artists, each artist’s most recent CD and surprise merch items from some of the artists. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.hitsdeep.com/enter-to-win/

James Mead tweeted a picture of a light rain falling and added the text: Rain is my favorite color. And it’s a good thing since the Kutless member lives in the Pacific Northwest, known for all it’s rain.

The countdown is on for Amy Grant’s Tennessee weekend event. The long time Christian artist tweeted that the farm is ready and final preparations are almost done. The weekend with Amy Grant and friends is scheduled for October 18 through 20. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://amy.cta.gs/01y

A bit of insight into Kevin Huguley. The member of Rush of Fools tweeted this week that he’d just pulled into his driveway for the first time in several days. And Kevin says his first task was to take four bags of trash to the road for pickup. Kevin says he finds entering back into the normal world refreshing.

Mandisa is nearing her next birthday. She tweeted that, for the last three years, she’s been doing something she’s never done before on her birthday. Past activities have included zip-lining and horseback riding. And this year Mandisa says she’s celebrating by going to Catalyst. The gathering of young leaders meets every year and Mandisa says there no better was for this “21-again girl” to spend her birthday.

Josh Calhoun is moving this week. The member of citizen way is moving to Milton, Wisconsin.

Jenny Simmons is looking for some answers. The Christian artist tweeted recently: I officially donate my brain to science. Someone please figure out why I have the most vivid dreams and live a second life EVERY. NIGHT.

Jamie Grace has wrapped up the recording side of her sophomore release. Tobymac tweeted that they finished recording Jamie’s sophomore release late last week. He says it includes quite a few amazing new songs.

CDs released today
Steven Curtis Chapman – The Glorious Unfolding
Family Force 5 – Reanimated
Phillips, Craig & Dean – Hope For All the World
Laura Story – God of Every Story
Gateway Worship – Woman Of Faith: Gateway Worship Collection
Martin Smith (former lead singer of Delirious?) – God’s Great Dance Floor: Step 02

Even the Jonas Brothers are excited about Steven Curtis Chapman’s new CD. The members of the band tweeted on Monday: Go check out our good friend Steven Curtis’ new cd The Glorious Unfolding

Jon Steingard got to sign a unique item recently. The lead singer of Hawk Nelson tweeted that someone came through the signing line with a copy of his first EP ever. It came out in 2002



Artist News September 30, 2013

Michael W. Smith and Billy Graham have been friends for about 30 years. And that friendship is continuing. Michael wrote a song for Mr. Graham’s national crusade this November. In an article with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Michael talks about his friendship with Billy Graham and the upcoming project. Check out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.billygraham.org/articlepage.asp?articleid=9656

Natalie Grant is in one of those times when merging life as a Christian artist and a mom becomes very difficult. Natalie was on the road this weekend when her youngest daughter Sadie had to be taken to the Emergency Room after falling on her head. Natalie said Sadie able to return home after her visit to the ER but she was going to have to wear a neck brace for a few days. Natalie said she was thankful that it wasn’t worse.

An open letter from Jamie Grace to her future husband: Please don’t bring me flowers and chocolate. Pizza and wings will do just fine.

A fan recently let Jonny Diaz know via twitter that his song More Beautiful You was being played in Dollar General. Jonny replied: “What a coincidence. You can get it on iTunes for a buck!”

A bit of trivia about last weeks lyric video release of All You’ve Ever Wanted by Casting Crowns. The lyrics on the screen are in the handwriting of lead singer Mark Hall. In fact, they were taken straight from his journal. Watch the lyric video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea-uQFPcvaM&feature=youtu.be

A word of praise from Aaron Shust. The Christian artist tweeted over the weekend that someone had walked off with some money after one of their recent concerts. But he said that over the weekend someone else gave them a check for the exact amount they’d lost.

It looks like for King and Country are finally getting back on their feet after dealing with a series of health issues. Late last week the group announced that Luke was returning after a 10 week hiatus due to a digestive disorder. And over the weekend Joel said his wife, Moriah was finally able to come home after spending nearly a week in the hospital fighting a virus. However, the members of for King and Country say your continued prayers are still needed as both Luke and Moriah continue their recovery.

Do you have a song in your heart that you want to share with those around you? Worship leader and song writer Paul Baloche has some specific suggestions for those seeking to put their worship music on paper. His suggestions include being open to the spirit, writing down notes as the inspiration comes, keeping a record of your spiritual journey, writing with scripture, and singing your prayers. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://go.wlmag.com/16PtKjS

The members of Kutless say they are doing their homework. Several members of the band are taking internet classes this year at Grand Canyon University. And while traveling through Arizona they tweeted: Hey Grand Canyon University we’re passing through your hood. Don’t worry, we are doing our homework!

The Sidewalk Prophets and Matthew West were ministering at Teen Challenge Arizona over the weekend. And after the event Dave Frey tweeted that they were honored to be there and inspired by the work being done. Dave said “Guys here are fighting the good fight!”

Jimmy Needham will be trying something new in 2014. The Christian artist says he just ordered his first electric guitar. He said he’s excited to try something new live and on his new 2014 record.

TobyMac’s song “Steal My Show” from the album Eye On It has been included on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Grace Unplugged. The film hits theaters on October 4 and includes appearances by Jamie Grace and Chris Tomlin.

Thinking that listening to Christian music on Pandora is making helping to fund the ministry of Christian artists? Newsboys member Jeff Frankenstein tweeted recently that songs he’s written were streamed more than a half million times on the music source. And he said his quarterly payment was $3.79. In reply, Building 429 member Jesse Garcia replied: “Hey..you made more than I did last year.”

Jason Roy had some word robe problems over the weekend while performing in front of 12,000 people. The lead singer of Building 429 tweeted a picture of his pants after a show over the weekend. The entire back seam had split wide open. Members of the band say the accident triggered a rare jam session while Jason made a hasty exit to find a new pair of pants. And they don’t seem to have much sympathy. Aaron Branch described it as a Hilarious story that they’ll definitely tell quite a bit in the future. However, fans say Jason did a good job of covering it up. In response to the picture of the split pants after the show one fan tweeted: “we were wondering where you went”. Another said “I was there…never would have known that happened if you didn’t share it with everyone!!”

Jeremy Camp continues to spread the word about his newly formed Speaking Louder Ministry. A recent article in Calvary Magazine talked with Jeremy and specifically focused on his recent tour to Kyrgyzstan, a mostly Muslim nation. Read the entire article by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.calvarymagazine.org/index.php/online-magazine/354-oxnard.html?device=desktop

Amy Grant was with her husband Vince Gill in Virginia over the weekend. They were part of the dedication of the new Presidential Library in Mount Vernon. And Amy tweeted that she was honored to be included in the event.

David Blascoe says their concert over the weekend was officially classified as a success. The member of Citizenway said the group opened for Chris Tomlin, the Newsboys, and Building 429 and they got to ride roller coasters.

Third Day guitarist Mark Lee says he’s getting the groups manager a globe for Christmas. He started shopping for globes after their manager scheduled them for a concert along the great lakes followed the next day by a concert in Texas. He tweeted that it was a very long drive.



Artist News September 27, 2013

Matt Maher talked this week with the blog More To This Life about his song Lord, I Need You. In the article Matt said the devotional challenge in the song is to think about whether you believe every word when you sing along. Do you acknowledge that you need God every hour? Do you recognize that God wants us to lean into Him? Allow the Truth to sink into your hearts today. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://mtlmagazine.com/lord-i-need-you/

Matthew West has written two CDs, A DVD and a book based on the stories sent to him by his fans. But did you know that Matthew is still taking stories. At his web site you can tell Matthew your story. Just click on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://matthewwest.com/yourstory/

Duncan Phillips says he has a lot of guitars for a drummer. The Newsboys drummer tweeted a picture of his five guitars, most of which commerate a specific Newsboys tour. Duncan says each guitar has a special meaning.

There are still three months left in 2013. But Tobymac is already taking registrations for the 2014 Run for Hope. Members of Tobymac’s team will run or walk the Nashville country Music Half Marathon as part of Powered by Hope to benefit the New Hope Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. Details and registration information is available by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.tobymac.com/run-hope.

Jamie Grace it taking auditions. The Christian artist announced this week that she’ll be auditioning possible candidates for a band at the Kingdom City Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. They’ll take place at 9:00am ET on Tuesday, October 1.

Third Day recently performed at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade in Southern California. And Christian Post had the chance to talk with the band just before they walked out on stage in front of 43,000 people during the final night of the three day outreach event. This weekend members of Third Day say they’ll be continuing to support the Harvest Crusade by performing at Prestonwood Baptist Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area during the nation wide Harvest America crusade. Read the article about their southern California experience by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info and then plan to attend a Harvest America event in your own community this weekend.
http://www.christianpost.com/news/interview-third-day-band-members-part-of-something-bigger-at-socal-harvest-with-greg-laurie-103169/

Worship leader Paul Baloche will be conducting a Christmas music seminar via the web in early October. Paul will be joining the worship website PraiseCharts for the webinar at noon eastern time on Wednesday, October 2. He’ll be talking about his new Christmas worship album, ministry, family and Christmas planning. Register by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/18q2KcL

Exciting news from Christian artist Jimmy Needham. He announced this week that he and his wife Kelly are adopting. Watch the video of the Needham’s talking about adoption by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://vimeo.com/75053368

The Sidewalk Prophets have released another bus cast. Recorded in the back lounge of Bubba the bus, the guys talk about their busy schedule, including seven shows in five days, sharing the stage with Sandi Patty, and “a grave-digger”. Listen online by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://soundcloud.com/sidewalk-prophets/bus-cast-9-25-2013-7-shows-5

Matt Redman’s new live worship CD Your Grace Finds Me is now available. And Matt is also out with a devotional based on the new project. The Your Grace Finds Me devotional is available on the YouVersion Bible ap and is based on his new album. Check out more at christianartistnews.info or
https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/696-matt-redman-your-grace-finds-me

Officials from Moriah Peters record label are asking that you keep the Christian artist in your prayers. While on tour with the Newsboys last Friday Moriah went to a hospital feeling weak, dizzy and nauseous. Officials say she spent two days there and then was able to get home on Tuesday. At that point she was admitted to Vanderbilt. The doctors have run many tests with no exact diagnosis; all they know is that she has some kind of strange virus. They said it’s probably from her recent travels in South America. Officials say Moriah is improving slowly but thoughts and prayers are still appreciate.

The latest release from Casting Crowns is titled All You’ve Ever Wanted. And the band has just released a lyric video for the new song. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://youtu.be/Ea-uQFPcvaM

Hawk Nelson is out with their latest tour video from the United We Stand Tour. In addition to Hawk Nelson, the tour also features Building 429, The Afters, and Finding Favour. Watch the video overview of Hawk Nelson’s portion of the concert by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://youtu.be/wbrAmL-1a7o

Sara Groves world premier of her music video for Painting Pictures of Egypt is available this week on the Today’s Christian Woman web site. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/1dMohPY

Joel Smallbone gave those attending the Harvest festival in Southern California a surprise close up. The member of for King and Country left the stage and performed more than half of the groups song Middle of Your Heart while walking through the stand. Watch the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://on.fb.me/174SvvS

Big Daddy Weave, for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews have announced plans to join together for a Christmas tour. The tour will kick off on December 4 in Greensboro, NC.

Aaron Shust was back at his alma mater, Toccoa Falls College, this week. The Christian artist said it was good to see so many friends. And he said his band got a kick out of seeing a college picture of Aaron hanging on the wall of the music wing.

Shane and Shane say they’ll be joining John Piper this year at the Desiring God National Conference. Earlier this year the two joined together with Pastor Piper to create a mashup of their song Though You Slay Me. Check out the video by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://shane.cta.gs/0ar



Artist News September 26, 2013

Jonny Diaz was showing off his sled dogs this week. But since the Christian artist lives in Nashville, skateboards replaced the sled. Check out the picture by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://instagram.com/p/epmpfWx4TX/

Mark Lee was reminiscing about the affect music had on his childhood this week. The guitarist from Third Day went all the way back to his Winnie the Pooh record player when he was four and noted that, even from early on, music was a major part of his life. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://marklee.me/2013/09/19/rhinestone-cowboy/

Christian artists like Third Day, Jason Gray, Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, and many more are participating in World Vision’s Flash Flood for Good. The goal of the 72 hour campaign is to fund as much clean water as possible. Officials say $10 can give one kid clean water for a year. The campaign wraps up at the end of the day today. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://awe.sm/aGnMV

Good news from for King and Country. The band announced this week that Luke is back performing after a 10 week hiatus due to a digestive disorder. They say they believe Luke is on his way to a full recovery.

Mandisa accomplished a rare feat this week. Her song Overcomer was the number one song on all three of the nations AC charts.

Kevin Max will be making his debut this weekend. But it won’t involve music. The lead singer of Audio Adrenaline will instead be presenting his poetry to the public. He’ll be part of the “Outlaw Poet Review” this Friday at the Frothy Monkey, a coffee shop in Nashville.

Jason Gray took time to enjoy a cup of his favorite coffee this week. The Christian artist hasn’t been able to have any caffeine for a couple of months due to his vocal issues so he says he’s due.

James Mead is gearing up for fall. The guitarist for Kutless tweeted this week that he took all their AC units out, added a heavy blanket to the bed, and turned the heat on.

Matt Redman’s new live worship CD “Your Grace Finds Me” released this week. And Matt says he has a specific goal for this CD. He tweeted soon after the release: “I hope these new songs will enrich your worship of Jesus.”

In addition to touring on her own, Meredith Andrews is also one of the worship leaders with her church’s worship team Vertical Church Band. They’ll be releasing a new live album next month and Meredith is featured on one of those songs. Check out a clip of Meredith leading the song Worth Worthy by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://youtu.be/_PfecrH-WMo

Natalie Grant will be releasing her new CD Hurricane next month. But in advance of the release of the full project the Christian artist will be releasing individual songs from the new CD. The first single, For all of Us, is already available on iTunes. And her record company says they’ll be releasing another song each Tuesday until the full project is available. Check out the first release by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/forallofus

Just days after premiering one of the songs from his new CD on Billboard, Steven Curtis Chapman is unveiling another song in USA Today. The song Someday is available for preview, along with an interview about the song, in the online edition of the magazine. It’s from Steven’s New CD The Glorious Unfolding that comes out next week. But you can check it out the USA Today release by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/09/24/steven-curtis-chapman-song-debut/2862805/

Casting Crowns this week released another individual song, this time titled All You’ve Ever Wanted. And the song has already reached the number one spot on at least one chart, jumping over songs from Mandisa, Mercyme, Matt Redman, and Matthew West.

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday will be traveling with the Newsboys during their Restart Tour this fall. They’ll be keeping their readers up to date by sharing a series of blogs throughout the tour. And the blogs are already starting to come in. Check them out and follow along with the Restart Tour by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/userprofile_blog.php?user_id=119577

Laura Story is touring with Steven Curtis Chapman’s Glorious Unfolding tour this fall. But for the Christian artist, the tour got off to a rough start. Just 30 minutes after reporting for bus call this week she realized that she’d forgotten her tooth brush. Less then 45 minutes later her young daughter threw up in her bunk on the bus. Laura says “Let the Glorious Unfolding begin”



Artist News September 24, 2013

The first Unstoppable Movie Event with Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield takes place today. And Mandisa is encouraging you to join her for a one-night event broadcast live from Liberty University. Find details on the movie and theaters airing it near you by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://disa.cta.gs/027

Building 429 sat down for an interview recently before hitting the road for the ‘United We Stand’ tour. The guys talk about reinventing their performances for the tour, the strangest thing they have ever signed for a fan, and why ‘We Won’t Be Shaken’ is their most focused album yet. Watch the interview at christianartistnews.info or
http://stephnthecity.com/2013/09/building-429-talks-touring-music-and-signing-toilet-seats/

Casting Crown’s Melodee Devevo: You know you’re a food hippie when your kids are in their play kitchen saying things like, “Is it gluten free?”

From Third Day’s Mac Powell: Just saw a commercial for a Mercedes and the lease payment was higher than my first house payment.

Laura Story had the chance to sharing her latest CD in her home church. She tweeted that she was sharing “God of every story” in the church she currently attends over the weekend.

Steven Curtis Chapman recently sat down with One One 7 TV to talk about his latest full length project. He talked about the unique nature of this CD and some of the songs on the project. Steven also said that the first release from the CD, Love Take Me Over, is a song he’s been working on for more than seven years. Watch the interview by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U74D5nVok&feature=youtu.be

Michael W. Smith is encouraging you to join him in praying for the Peace of Jerusalem. The official day of prayer is designated for October 6 of this year.

Chris August was reminiscing this weekend. In a blog he said that his grandma went to be with the Lord recently and, as he contemplated what had happened, he took the time to reflect on the years and memories he has of her. Read the entire blog by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info.
http://bit.ly/18OEnmP

The Newsboys were part of another twitter question and answer session over the weekend. And below is what they had to say.
-How can we be praying 4 u guys? Protect families, great songs, traveling protection! We fulfill our destinies!
-what is your least favorite part of being on the road? Being away from family!
What is your favorite part of the how of this tour compared to last one? 7 New songs and killer production!
-How did you all come up with the idea for Duncan to do the awesome drum spinning. Duncan: I lost a bet!
-What are you looking forward to the most touring with Winterjam tour? To hang with great friends!
-Is Jody, the guitarist for the Newsboys, still making his own guitars? Yes! He’s a true genius
-Who sleeps in the latest? Toss up between Michael and Duncan!
-Any hobbies outside of music yall use to relax? Relax? What’s that?
-How do you keep your eyes on God while experiencing fame? Don’t believe the Hype
-what advice would you offer an aspiring Christian speaker/music artist? Never despise where you’re at.
-Favorite thing to do on the bus during downtime? Duncan’s is twitter! Jeff’s is hockey! Michael’s is movies!
-What inspires you? Family, people, God, The Word!

The health issues for the group for King and Country are continuing. Joel tweeted over the weekend that, the same night his brother Luke rejoined the band, Joel took his wife to the ER with symptoms of an unknown virus. Luke had been away from the band for much of the summer due to illness.

Big changes are coming to Family Force Five. Members of the band announced today that Solomon will be coming off the road and fellow member Jacob will be transition into the position of lead singer. They say Solomon will remain within arms reach, as he takes time to be at home with his wife and son, while also pursuing his creative ambitions of co-writing and remixing. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
https://www.facebook.com/notes/family-force-5/thank-you-soul-glow/10153263258185453

Mandisa says she’s looking forward to continuing the Brandisa tour with Brandon Heath next month. The Christian artist emphasized again that the two are not dating but she said they have a blast in concert together. She said she can’t wait to hit the road again.

The members of the Sidewalk Prophets were on stage with some of their heroes over the weekend. The members of the band tweeted that they were on stage singing with Sandi Patty and the Gaithers as part of the Homeward Bound Homecoming series. And they said it was an unbelievable experience.

The members of Jars of Clay reported millions of little stow aways on their bus over the weekend. They tweeted that they had an ant infestation but added that they were grateful the ants weren’t the biting kind.



Artist News September 23, 2013

Third Day Guitarist Tai Anderson: I love those moments when I forget about the lights, the sound, & even the audience to just get lost in the music.

From the members of Citizenway: Congratulations to our favorite bass player Ben Blascoe and his wife Jess for the birth of their new baby girl, Adele Mercy Lynn Blascoe born last night!

From Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman: I got to hold my boy tonight, it’s not the same as before, but it’ll do just fine for now!! Chris asked that you continue to pray for his son who is still in the hospital with some major health issues.

From Natalie Grant: What do two of my sisters, my brother, my nephew and I have in common? We’ve all had a kidney stone last week. But she added that kidney problems or not, the show must go on. She tweeted that she headed to the stage well medicated. Her only concern was that it might be “more comedy show than concert”

How long would you stand in line for an iPhone? Brandon Heath was on twitter last week while waiting outside an Apple store. He tweeted a picture after four hours saying that he was almost there.

Steven Curtis Chapman’s new CD The Glorious Unfolding will be out on September 30th. And Steven recently sat down with the Christian web site Crosswalk.com to talk about the new project. Via skype Steven shared the stories of faith that came together in his album. Listen to the full album by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.crosswalk.com/video/unpacking-the-glorious-unfolding-with-steven-curtis-chapman.html

Jamie Grace is continuing to expand her God Girl’s Club. She says God Girl’s Club TV will be coming soon. Jamie describes it as devotionals by girls for girls and she says they’re auditioning now. More on God Girl’s Club TV is available by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU8vksYbOOI&feature=youtu.be

The members of Mikeschair were serving at the Nashville Rescue Mission over the weekend. In addition to putting on a concert for those at the rescue mission they also spend some time helping out in the kitchen. And they invited the Christian community in the area to come out and join them for a night of service.

Mandisa recently filled in as a guest blogger for Going Beyond Ministries. Her blog focused on being single, wanted to be married, and being content as a single woman. Read more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/guest-blogger-mandisa-mr-right-meet-mrs-wrong

Matt Redman has announced plans for a Eurpoean tour. The worship leader says he’ll be traveling across Europe in October. Stops include the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Paris, Holland, and the UK.

The Christian music web site New Release Tuesday will be giving you an inside look at the Newsboys Restart Tour. They’ll be traveling with the band and providing excusive “on the road” updates from the tour. You can keep up to date on the tour by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/nrteam/NRTourBlog#_

Chris August joined Big Daddy Weave this week on their The Only Name Tour. And he says being the lead singer of the headline group doesn’t mean everything is done for you. He tweeted a picture of Mike Weaver, the lead singer of Big Daddy Weave, vacuuming the bus.

Mike Donehey says he was quite thoroughly reminded over the weekend how much God doesn’t need him to make an impact on peoples lives. The lead singer of Tenth Avenue North tweeted that he was croaking through the songs due to a nasty head cold.

It’s the forecast like you’ve never heard it before. While on the United We Stand Tour the lead singers from Building 429, The Afters, Hawk Nelson, and Finding Favour made a stop at a local Christian station. And they took time to sing the forecast. Check out their rendition of the weather by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://youtu.be/5w1qxnis1I4



Artist News September 20, 2013

Christian artist Kari Jobe is a supporter of Billy Graham’s latest outreach My Hope America. She is one of the featured artists on the Album titled My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham and she talked recently about the project. Kari said she plans to host a My Hope America video event in her own home and is super excited about the program. Read the entire Q&A by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://bit.ly/KariJobeMyHope

Tai Anderson is encouraging the fans of Third Day to support another project he’s been involved with. The group is called Cheer Christians, made up of a community of professional Christian cheerleaders living out Christ in their lives. And the Atlanta chapter of the group is hoping to help fund the effort by starting a line of clothing centered around the saying Preserve the Light. Tai is encouraging Third Day fans to support the effort. Find out more by clicking on the link at christianartistnews.info or
http://tinyurl.com/ptjsu5g

Christian artists Mark Schultz, Francesca Battistelli and Phil Wickham were serving in their home community of Nashville this week. The three spent a night serving at the Hope Clinic, an organization that helps equip women, men, and families to make healthy choices when dealing with unplanned pregnancy’s.

Tiffany Lee is offering some fashion advice. The artist who goes be the stage name of Plumb recently tweeted a picture of a man in white slacks with white socks and sandels Along with pictures she commented: No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gentlemen….never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.

The members of Citizenway are encouraging their fans to be on the lookout for God handiwork. They published Psalm 19:1 on their facebook page and encouraged their fans to share the handiwork they’ve seen around them.

Kevin and Malerie Huguley are celebrating today. The Rush of Fools member and his wife announced this week that their daughter Gia is now officially a Huguley. They say Gia’s adoption was finalized this week.

A further report from Building 429 and Hawk Nelson regarding the storm that hit their concert site earlier this week. They sent pictures of their crew using hair dryers to dry out their equipment and say that the crew and the band got a little wet but it was nothing a towel couldn’t fix. But members of Building 429 say they had to replace all of their TV’s and lights as well as other equipment. However, they say the show must go on. The members of Building 429 are continuing on with their tour, kicking off the United We Stand tour this weekend.

The Newsboys’ new album Restart released last week, debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album is also at number 1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel Albums chart.

Chris Tomlin is just a couple weeks away from launching the second leg of the Burning Lights Tour. The fall leg will kick off in Oklahoma City and Chris says they’re praying God uses it to show thousands His great love. Tomlin’s spring run of the Burning Light’s tour was the most successful tour of his 13 year career. It saw a 53% increase in average show attendance and sold out 25 of the shows

Amy Grant will be performing this weekend before the Tennessee Titans game. The Titans will be taking on the Chargers this Sunday but team officials are encouraging their fans to get to the game early to enjoy the concert with Amy Grant.

Steven Curtis Chapman was the featured guest on a recent Mike Huckabee radio show. And the audio of that show is now available online. Click on the link at christianartistnews.info. to listen to the show. http://www.mikehuckabee.com/_cache/files/fdc347b4-2dcc-434b-a7b9-31263d612270/Steven%20Curtis%20Chapman.mp3

Meredith Andrews did a concert in two states this week. She tweeted that apparently half of the stage she was on was in Tennessee while the other half was in Kentucky.