Artist News May 6, 2015

Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo says his brand new White Shorts have started an eJournal. So far that has just been one entry. It was: Day 1: He dropped salsa on me.

Be prepared for a smaller, more trim Kevin Max. He tweeted this week: Fasting diet starts today – see you on the other side.

Matt Redman announced a new outreach this week. He said they are launching one of the largest UK missions to young people in a generation. Planning for the Higher tour will begin on May 17 in Manchester, UK. Plans are for The Higher Tour to officially begin in 2016 and hit numerous cities over the next five years. The ultimate goal is to visit 60 high schools and then follow up the visits with large scale outreach events. The ultimate mission of the Higher tour is to raise up culture changing disciples of Jesus Christ – all inspired and empowered to live for something Higher!

Michael W. Smith was promoting a major fundraising effort for the organization he helped found more than two decades ago. This week was Rocketown’s Big Payback event. Michael helped found the Rocketown Youth Ministry in the Nashville area in 1994 and he was on social media this week encouraging support of the organization.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame has several new members after induction ceremonies last night. Included in the list of inductees are comedian and Gaither Vocal Band member Mark Lowry, Christian Artist Twila Paris, and Gospel Artists BeBe and CeCe Winans.

A free copy of the Audio Adrenaline song Move is now available for download. The song is from the groups new CD Sound of the Saints. You can access the free download of Move by clicking on the link at

Work on Natalie Grant’s 9th album is getting underway. She tweeted this week: and so it begins.

Francesca Battistelli is honoring moms with a special mother’s day giveaway. She has joined with the organization fashionABLE to give away four of her favorite items from their their. They include a leather hand bag made in Kenya, bracelets from Ethiopia, a hand woven blanket from Ethiopia, and a scarf from Ethiopia. All the items are part of fashionABLE’s mission is to create sustainable business in Africa. Find out how to enter at Francesca’s blog.

Building 429’s new song Impossible is off to a good start. The song has been added on more radio stations then any other song in the history of their label. The song is the first release from their upcoming new CD, scheduled for release on September 25.

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Artist News May 5, 2015

Casting Crowns Juan DeVevo was having a bad day. While he was tweeting that he broke his phone screen he cut his finger on one of the cracks.

Jason Gray was enjoying some Canadian contraband over the weekend. He shared on line: A new friend drove from Canada to the show last night bringing two of Canada’s greatest treasures. They are the only donut that Jason says he will eat, Tim Horton’s Honey Crullers, and the only candy bar that he will eat, the Cadbury Wunderbar. Jason said: I’m not big on junk food, and I’m trying to be good, but it’s hard when these goodies come along.

It might be the beginning of the next Jamie Grace song; she tweeted this week:
people say I’m strange…
does it make me a stranger?
my best friend was born in a manger..

Aaron Shust is experiencing a bit of history every time he gets his hair cut. Nancy and her son Roman own the Barber Shop that Aaron has used ever since he was in high school. And Nancy, the owner, actually went to school with Aaron’s father. Aaron says both his father and his sons joined him at the barbershop earlier this week and his dad and Nancy had a lot of catching up to do. He said they picked up the conversation like their high school days were just yesterday.

Citizenway’s David Blascoe was originally worried about the volume of his drums when he recently moved into a new house. Now he says he’s not nearly as concerned. He said the kids are so loud that: I doubt anybody will even hear me.

Jonny Diaz has found his dog Rudy’s sweet spot. He said if you pet him between the eyes, Rudy will fall asleep in any position. No word on if it will also work on Jonny.

Jamie Grace would like to write a letter of appreciation to the members of your family who are currently serving in the military. The young adults group that she leads at her home church in Georgia every Tuesday evening will be writing letters to those in the military during their gathering tonight. Jamie asked that you send your loved one’s address in a direct message from the Retro Tuesday facebook page. Access the page by clicking on the link at


Kerrie Roberts says road life isn’t as glamorous as you might imagine. She tweeted: because of a lot of reasons, my dressing room is my vehicle. I use the QuickTime movie on my laptop for a mirror and a road pro plug for my curling iron.

Audio Adrenaline will take the stage and a well known venue in June. Members of the band recently tweeted: Just found out we are going to be playing at the historic Grand Ole Opry on June 30!! Such an honor.

Love and the Outcome recently hit a major milestone. They tweeted: pinch us, what just happened? Chris and Jodi were at the Ryman Auditorium on stage with Brandon Heath and Steven Curtis Chapman.

The members of the Newsboys say a girl named Sara is the winner of their who traveled further to see Newsboys play award. She flew all the way from Italy to Myrtle Beach just to see the band in concert.

Greg Laurie will be speaking at the Reagan Presidential Library for the National Day of Prayer. He will be the guest speaker for a special Pastors event this coming Thursday.

Steven Curtis Chapman had a little extra support at this past weekends Sams Place broadcast from the Ryman. He was joined by his nephew and the entire youth choir from the Prestonwood Baptist Church. Steven says it was all for a good cause. They were singing in support of Show Hope, the adoption organization founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman

When Britt Nicole was 18 and still living in North Carolina she went to a TobyMac concert with her youth group wearing an orange turtleneck and asked Toby if she could take a picture with him. Britt posted the picture this week and said that, when she took the pic she had no idea that several years later she would be going on tour with him. But that’s exactly what is going to happen. Tobymac announced this week that Britt Nicole will be joining him this fall for his This is Not a Test Tour. In response Britt shared: I’m honored that I get to share the stage with you. I admire you as a person and an artist and I’m so excited for this fall.

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Artist News May 4, 2015

Worship leaders Paul and Rita Baloche moved from their long time home in Texas to New York City earlier this year. But now they finally have their own place. Paul tweeted over the weekend: officially moved and unpacking today. New beginnings, dreams, promises, and friendships. Grateful and expectant.

Jamie Grace made an impulsive decision over the weekend and it didn’t turn out so well. At nearly midnight, and with the temperature hovering at about 50 degrees, she and some friends decided it was the perfect night for a swim. Unfortunately, Jamie says it wasn’t one of her best impulsive decisions. She tweeted: we were out there for 15 minutes. Now my toes are frozen.

Christy Nockels has just released a new worship album and she says she took a different approach when putting it together. Rather than producing another studio album, the long time worship leader this time brought the music to the Passion City Church in Atlanta, recording the project in front of a room full of family, friends, and volunteers. The result was Let It Be Jesus. In an interview, Christy sat down to talk about the new project, waiting on God, friendship and mentoring. Read the entire interview with Vital Magazine by clicking on the link at–Stop-and-Remember-Jesus/

Family Life Today’s Bob Lepine is a proud grandpa. He shared a picture of his “handsome new grandson, Cedric Neil Walker”.

Some good news from Kutless member James Mead if you are from the country of Brazil. He tweeted: My favorite tweets are from Brazilians.

In his first post since being hit while running, Passion Worship Leader Kristian Stanfill was praising God for his protection. Kristian shared on Instagram: it could’ve gone a lot of different ways on Tuesday afternoon. We are thanking Jesus for his mercy and protection this week. For everyone asking…I’m ok. Nothing serious going on. Just bruised and sore.
For all the flowers, food, phone calls, texts, tweets, visitors, prayers and love coming our way…thank you! We have the best friends,

It looks like Francesca Battistelli’s daughter is developing a love for social media early. Francesca tweeted that her daughter, who is almost three, was playing with a toy calculator. She told her mom: “I’m just texting.”

Hillsong United announced over the weekend that their latest project, Empires, will soon be available on vinyl. Members of the group say the pressing of the albums has just begun.

Jason Gray says a new EP is coming soon. It’s called Glow in the Dark and Jason added: The more broke you are the more the light gets through…You were made to glow in the dark.

The former lead singer of the group Sixpence None the Richer is going to her fans for help in creating a new CD. Leigh Nash wrote an open letter to fans early this month announcing her Pledge Music campaign. In the letter Leigh said that, over the past decade her son was born, her father died, and her marriage failed. She said Each of those events have helped to teach her: “how to be all kinds of great things I never thought I could.” The result, according to Leigh Nash, is a collection of songs that she hopes to record for a new album.

Matthew West is giving you the chance to win one of his Limited Edition Story Trilogy Box Sets. The sets include all three of Matthews Story CDs, a pocket watch, a journal, books, DVDs, tickets to an upcoming concert, and more. To be entered simply share the lyric video for Matthew’s latest CD Live Forever. Find out more by clicking on the link at

Audio Adrenaline didn’t let a small thing like a lack of power stop them from having a great night over the weekend. Group member brandon Bagby tweeted: Had a great time playing in the dark last night until the lights came back on during the last song of the set.

Worship leaders at the Passion worship conference in Atlanta were given an unplanned tutorial in dealing with unexpected problems over the weekend. Crowder was on stage when the power in the building went out. But it didn’t slow them down. They say David Crowder just continued on with an acoustic set. More than 2000 worship leaders from over 600 churches attended the Passion worship conference Lift 2015.

for King and Country members Joel and Luke say you have no excuse for not attending one of their concerts this summer. The brothers shared a map of the United States covered in pins. Each one represented one location that they will play at this summer. for King and Country is scheduled to play in 45 concerts between now and the first of September.

Bands that tour together work out together. At least, the members of Selah and Point of Grace do. Members of Selah shared a picture as both groups worked out in front of their tour bus.

The band Among the Thirsty may never have to buy their own trailer. They borrowed a trailer from the group Unspoken over the weekend and washed it and repaired the lights before returning it.

Casting Crowns is normally back home on Sundays since they all also hold down jobs in their local churches. But this weekend was an exception. They were in Texas Sunday playing a concert following the Texas Rangers game.

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Artist News April 24, 2015

The members of Tenth Avenue North introduced their social media followers to one of their top fans this week. Alex Currie had the chance to join Tenth Avenue North on tour for several weeks this spring as he wrapped up his senior year in High School. Alex has a special place in the hearts of Tenth Avenue North because he began a fan site for the band all the way back when he was in middle school.

Audio Adrenaline front man Adam Agee recently sat down with the web site Decent Christian Talk. In the online interview, Adam talked about the groups new record, his move from Stellar Kart to Audio Adrenaline 3.0, and their current tour with the Newsboys. Access the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace this week was celebrating the fact that there is finally some diversity in the emjoi’s available. She tweeted: so happy there are finally brown people emojis. However, Jamie has already found a problem. She found that, if you don’t have the latest update, the new emoji’s show up as aliens rather than people.

Belmont University’s School of Music honored singer and songwriter Michael W. Smith with the Applause Award at the recent President’s Concert. The Applause Award is the most distinguished award presented by Belmont’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and is given annually to honor those who have made significant contributions to the arts. Michael was at the event to accept the award. He also performed and was backed up by current students in the Belmont University program.

To kick off the release of his new CD Live Forever, Matthew West is staging quite a promotional event. West is planning to do 24 Shows in 24 Hours on the release date, April 28. At midnight he will embark on the non-stop special event, visiting 24 different spots in and around the Nashville area in 24 hours. Matthew West will be performing at such places as the historic Ryman Auditorium, Tri-Star Children’s Hospital and Women’s Center, Teen Challenge in Madison, and ASCAP on Music Row. He is also slated to sing the National Anthem at the Vanderbilt vs. Belmont baseball game. Nashville’s local NBC affiliate will be filming part of the day’s events and several of the concerts will go across the globe via Skype.

Phillips, Craig and Dean are giving away the resources you will need to play their song Throne of Praise in your local church. Right now free downloads of the Instrumental Track, the Lead Sheet, and the Devotional for Throne of Praise are available online. Access the free downloads by clicking on the link at

Lauren Daigles first full album is off to a great start. The 23-year-old singer and songwriter’s new album, How Can It Be, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and No. 29 on Billboard’s Top 200. Not only is this a great start for Lauren, it also marks the highest debut week ever for her music label, Centricity Music.

Group 1 Crew front man Manny Reyes says his new record is forcing him in to a new season of faith. Manny shared on facebook: Every part of my emotions and flesh wanna give up everyday cause of the insecurity and pressure of succeeding. But how beautiful it is to be put in a position where everything is out of your hands and the only thing you can do is trust Him! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to seeing if my faith is real or not. I’m done with just saying I trust Him, I want to put those words into action. Whatever may come Lord, you’re the goal! Nothing else matters.

The latest song from Hillsong United is titled Prince of Peace. And group member Joel Houston recently had this to say about the new song: Jesus is the original Peacemaker. On the cross he took all of our affliction upon Himself and made peace with God for all mankind. It is from this cataclysmic act of glorious surrender and reconciliation that we find peace now and forever in and through Him. As He takes up residence in our hearts we begin the process of being made into His likeness as PEACEMAKERS in this world.

Don’t forget to submit your “Soul On Fire” lyric images for the Third Day contest. Post it using the hash tag Soul On Fire Lyrics. The contest ends April 30th.

Colton Dixon was recently honored for his song More of You. The song from Colton’s album Anchor spent three weeks at number 1 and he was given a plaque this week commemorating the achievement.

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Artist News April 23, 2015

Kari Jobe was being a little sappy this week. She shared an open letter to her husband of 5 months. Kari said: Still can’t believe I get to be married to you. When I said yes I knew I loved you..but 5 months in I love you even the end of my life I won’t know what to do with all the love in my heart for you. You are a gift to me. A great treasure from heaven. Thank you Cody Carnes for making me your Mrs Carnes.

The members of Hawk Nelson are giving you a little insight into who they are. The band recently sat down with the Gospel Music Association to answer some all important questions like their favorite movie and their favorite on stage moment. Hawk Nelson also answers some unique questions about each song on their new project Diamonds, like whether their song Drops in the Ocean was just a subtle ploy to capitalize on the popularity of the Hillsong United song Oceans. Read the entire interview by clicking on the link at

Jamie Grace is well known on stage but that isn’t the only thing she likes to do. She tweeted: I love getting to teach every week at my church! not only am I putting my bible degree to work but it’s challenging me so much and I’ve been able to grow in what I know about the Bible and how I learn about it. Jamie leads a class called Retro Tuesdays for 18-25 year olds at her parents church in Stone Mountain, GA.

Wild turkeys beware. Kutless frontman Jon Micah Sumrall tweeted that he had time to shoot his new hunting bow while he was home earlier this week. He says he’s starting to get it dialed in and shared a picture of the target riddled with arrow holes and one very dead paper plate.

Jason Gray suffers from tennis elbow so has to wear an arm band. However, he says he might want to take it off when he’s out in the Sun. He shared a picture after taking a long walk in Utah. The picture showed his sunburned arm, all red except for 2 inch wide strip.

Earlier this year Michael W. Smith was part of the filming of a new movie called 90 minutes in Heaven. But although the filming is complete, Michael’s work is ongoing. He tweeted this week that he is currently working on the music for the upcoming project.

Sanctus Real frontman Matt Hammitt says he and his wife have found a solution to be over/under issue when dealing with toilet paper. He said it’s not a problem for them because they just don’t hang it at all.

Megan Garrett has cut out sugar and caffeine and it doesn’t sound like it’s going well. The Casting Crowns member tweeted: why does it have to hurt my head so bad. Megan added: sorry for yelling, but I’m a bit on edge. She said it feels like a frying pan to the face.

Another behind the scenes story from Matt Maher. He recently shared that his song “Future Not My Own,” is based on a prayer inspired by martyr Archbishop Oscar Romero. The song is from Matt’s latest CD Saints and Sinners. He said: This prayer really brings to light that we’re announcing a kingdom that’s here, that’s coming, and that’s being built, that we won’t see the finish of. That’s a huge aspect of being a part of the Church, the body of Christ.

Matthew West is giving you the chance to be part of his CD release show later this month. Matthew will hold a 60 minute online acoustic concert on April 27, the day before the release of he new album Live Forever. He says the night will feature songs from the new CD, the stories that inspired the new songs, videos from the new album, and songs by request. Matthew will also answer your questions and a surprise guest or two may even show up. Find out more about the online concert next Monday at 7:00pm CT by clicking on the link at

What do Lecrae, Tobymac, Rend Collective and For King and Country all have in common? They are all featured on the latest ConGRADulations CD. Over the past decade more than 1.3 million ConGradulation packages have been given to high school and college graduates. This years package includes a CD with 20 songs and over one hour of video content including artists, speakers, greetings from fellow graduates, and advice.

The band Unspoken has announced plans for an acoustic CD. Band members say Unspoken Unplugged will release on May 19. The project will include acoustic versions of several of the bands best known songs. It will also include five new songs.

Jamie Grace used the kids room as a dressing room at one of her recent concerts and she says it nearly ended up being a problem. She tweeted that the room was full of all her favorite Veggie Tales videos and she couldn’t resist watching just a few. In fact, before her concert, she jokingly said that it might just cause her to miss her time on stage.

After being a band for 22 years, Third Day is still having “firsts”. The band later this month will embark on their first ever official Canadian tour. Guitarist Mark Lee says that, while they have played there quite a bit, they have never done so as part of a focused tour. Third Day will make seven stops in Canada between April 29th and May 7th.

Building 429 is putting in some long hours as they travel the country promoting their new song No Such Thing is Impossible. Front man Jason Roy went online to record a short video after a crazy day in Texas that covered more than 300 miles and included stops in four different towns. Jason says the band will make more stops in Texas and will also be in Nebraska and Minnesota before wrapping up the promotions tour later this week.

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Artist News April 22, 2015

Britt Nicole is finding that children can be a great work out tool. She shared a picture on Instagram after completing a run while pushing her children in a double stroller. She said she was pushing a total of about 40lbs. Britt said it wasn’t easy, but she felt great afterwards.

Jamie Grace asking for help in giving back. Jamie shared on twitter and facebook that a young lady named Larah has been a great supporter of her music. Now Jamie is hoping to return the favor. She says Larah and her mom were in an car accident earlier this week. Larah’s mom was killed and Larah is still in the hospital. Jamie is asking that everyone send Larah encouraging tweets, @tanfan2001, and also to pray for her.

Amy Grant will be hosting two Day Camps on her farm this summer. The Barefoot organization is a Christ-centered, multi-cultural camp ministry and last year one of Amy’s daughters attended their camp. Officials say Amy caught the ministries vision and this summer has offered to host two new day camp sessions on her 400-acre family property. The camps will take place June 15-19 and June 22-26.

Tenth Avenue North may be the next contestants on the Family Feud game show. Members of the band posted on twitter earlier this week: Anyone have any tips on how we can get our band on Family Feud. In response, one of their followers posted information about a taping that will be held in Atlanta later this spring. The members of Tenth Avenue replied: so doing this!

The final results are in and for King and Country is the big winner in the We Love Christian Music awards. In a recent news release, officials announced that for King and Country led all artists, winning five of its six nominated categories, including Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Colton Dixon took home the write-in powered Fan Impact Award. Officials say fans cast nearly 45,000 votes in the 3rd annual awards, honoring 18 different artists in 25 categories.

Casting Crowns Megan Garrett says her first thought this morning came from Psalm 19:14. It says: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord.”

Sometimes we do crazy things to get a picture. Kutless member James Mead tweeted: Just cut my face on a tree while trying to take a picture of a bumblebee.

A random fact from Third Day’s Mac Powell; he tweeted: I love caramel. His statement prompted the question: how do you pronounce it? Car-Mull or Cara-Mell?

Jamie Grace found a unique way to announce work on her third CD. Jamie released a rambling post that talked about everything from Winter Jam to seeing someone with a shirt with her name on it to not getting enough sleep. But she wrapped it up by announcing that her third album is in the works. She then said she clearly needs to get some sleep and wished everyone a good night.

Vinyl copies of the Relient K album Anatomy are currently being pressed. Band officials announced this week that you can pre-order the 2 LPs right now.

Josh Wilson this week doubled the number of releases for 2015. He tweeted: Turns out there are two releases this year. Attached was a picture of Josh and an ultrasound of the couples unborn baby. It said New Album August 4th. New Human October 30. Congratulations to the Wilsons

Ken Davis recently shared some thoughts on Tennessee bugs. He said the spiders are so big that he fears for the lives of his dogs. Watch the entire Lighten Up video by clicking on the link at

Tim Hawkins this week released a special music video. He wrote the tribute song for Mark Hall of Casting Crowns as he recovers from losing one kidney to cancer surgery. Check out Tim’s video titled One is the Loneliest Kidney by clicking on the link at

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Artist News April 21, 2015

A thought from Kari Jobe: I learned some things from the ocean this week. We can stay on the edge of the water where we think we’re safe, and we can feel a little bit of refreshing from the small waves. But if we’ll take a full plunge and go into the deeper water, where the waves can wash over us, the refreshing takes full effect and we feel it completely. God invites us into the deep end, not to just stay in the shallow. It might feel safer but when we trust HIM, that’s actually what’s safest and most life changing. Let’s go deeper.

Over the past three weeks the members of Hawk Nelson have been individually taking over the band’s social media accounts. With three guys down, that only leaves David, the fourth member of the group. You guessed it, he’s going to be hosting the Hawk Nelson band member take over all this week. Follow Hawk Nelson on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and hear what David has to say.

Advice of the day from Kutless member James Mead: Do not argue against God’s process of making you into who He means for you to be. A diamond is struck hard before it is chiseled.

Jamie Grace is adding more items to her eBay auction page. The latest addition is the stage dress that she wore this past winter while on tour. A portion of the money raised through the auction will go to benefit families through the Jamie Grace foundation.

What is the best, cheap toy you purchased for your young children? Blanca tweeted that she just purchased a pack of bubbles this weekend. She said: best two dollars I have ever spent. Blanca shared a video of her 20 month old son having a great time chasing the bubbles around the room.

Plumb is continuing to share updates on the major renovations to their home. She shared pictures of their new roof and the progress on the inside rooms of their home this week. Plumb says her husband is doing much of the work and they are really excited about all the extra space that it will give them when the project is completed.

Mark Hamill, the actor who portrayed Luke Skywalker in several of the Star Wars movies was recently on stage for a Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The Star Wars icon walked on stage to Skillet’s song Hero at the special event over the weekend.

Francesca Battistelli, Danny Gokey and Brandon Heath are all together on the Bible Tour. And this week they shared a video as they together sang the Revelation Song. Check out the video by clicking on the link at

If you see a blur with blue glasses today you might want to move aside quickly. Sidewalk Prophets guitarist Ben McDonald tweeted: today I get to see my wife for the first time in 2.5 weeks. Don’t get in my way!

Casting Crowns member Megan Garrett says all the effort was worth it to be in their home Church Sunday morning. Casting Crowns played a concert in Mississippi Saturday night. That meant a bus ride overnight to make it back home. But Megan tweeted: The craziness of getting me and 3 kids ready on a moving bus at 5:30am is so worth it.

Audio Adrenaline member Brandon Bagby had some special help with his guitar over the weekend. He tweeted a picture as Newsboys guitarist Jodi Davis made some adjustments.

Steven Curtis Chapman is one of several artists taking part in the Bible tour this spring. Fellow artist Brandon Heath says Steven’s appearances have added a special aspect to the tour. He tweeted: I love touring with Steven Curtis Chapman and seeing families who have adopted through Show Hope. The artists on tour have been able to meet several of the families over the course of the tour run.

Jeremy Camp says he had a blast hanging with his family in Indiana over the weekend but his upcoming plans will have him traveling a little further from home. He tweeted this week: Next up Israel.

Mark Schultz had a travel buddy this weekend. Ge tweeted a picture as he and his son waited for their flight at the local airport.

Natalie Grant had a very special guest with her on stage over the weekend. She was joined by her daughter Sadie. Natalie tweeted a picture as her daughter sang along

Ravi Zacharias spoke at another prayer breakfast this week. He was in Ottawa to speak at Canada’s 50th annual National Prayer breakfast.

A unique convergence of artists was on stage this week in Michigan. The artists at the Unite concert included Amy Grant, Matt Maher, Sanctus Real, and the Dominican Sisters of Mary. The goal of the concert was to bring together Christians of various denominations. A portion of the net proceeds was donated to local charities in the area.

Planning to attend Passions Worship Leader Conference in early May? You better already have your tickets. Passions officials announced this week that Lift: A Worship Leader Collective, featuring Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Knockels, and more, is officially sold out. The Worship conference will take place May 1 and 2 in Atlanta.

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Artist News April 20, 2015

Steven Curtis Chapman was showing off his latest grandchild over the weekend. Noble Day Chapman was born last week to Steven’s son Caleb, a member of the Colony House Band.

Kutless front man Jon Micah Sumrall released his first solo project, called Faith and Family, earlier this year. And recently Jon sat down with Shattered Magazine to talk more about the project. In the interview Jon shared that songs on the new project range from love ballads written for his wife to in-depth looks into his faith journey. He said that this record is also different from the traditional Kutless sound, allowing experimentation with a number of other instruments and sounds.

Audio Adrenaline front man Adam Agee was doing one of his favorite things over the weekend. He tweeted: Sitting in the empty arena with my Bible and having some quiet time before the craziness of the day. Each day is a fresh start, give it all you got!!

Big Daddy Weave members Jay and Brian were showing off their new Auburn University jerseys over the weekend. Jay plays bass for the band and Brian is on drums. They said they bring thunder and lightening to the band so that is what they had printed in the name section on the back of the jerseys. Be looking for Thunder and Lightening on stage at the next Big Daddy Weave concert.

Francesca Battistelli is out with part two of her blog When a Tour Ends. The blog includes several more pictures of Francesca during the Winter Jam tour that just wrapped up. Francesca says: God moved in a mighty way all across the country, and its an honor to have been a small part of that. Check out the latest pictures by clicking on the link at christian

The staff at Insight for Living is celebrating the ministry of Chuck Swindoll. They are asking you to answer the question: Has God worked in your life in a significant way through Chuck Swindoll and the ministry of Insight for Living? You can tell them your story by clicking on the link at christian

Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman was working on designs for a t-shirt for his solo project. He attached one possible drawing to his post on Twitter. Check it out by clicking on the link at

Advice of the day from Sanctus Real: Give thanks today; we have so much to be thankful for.

Paul and Rita Baloche were showing off their latest purchase over the weekend. Paul tweeted that they had just purchased a bicycle built for two.

Kari Jobe was struggling with air travel over the weekend. She posted a picture of her shoes along with the text: When your feet are on the ground in one city and they’re already supposed to be on the ground in another city. Kari was trying to get home in time to sing at her home church but her trip was slowed by a broken airplane.

An all-new worship tour, OUTCRY Tour 2015, was announced over the weekend. Officials say the goal of the tour is to champion, represent and promote the local church: the Bride of Christ. They say it’s been in the planning stages for five years. The Outcry Tour will feature 12 shows in two weeks, running from late July through early August. It will feature ten artists, including Hillsong UNITED, Kari Jobe, Crowder, Passion, Lauren Daigle.

Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard was thanking everyone for their prayers over the weekend. He tweeted: Made it through a fun show last night and slept a solid 10 hours. Voice is on the mend! Not 100% yet but getting better. Hawk Nelson had just completed eight straight shows when Jon sent out his post. He said his voice was getting “pretty ratty”.

Casting Crowns was back on stage again this past weekend after an extended break from touring. Front man Mark Hall says they had a crazy start to their return to the road. He says there was a water main break in the church bathroom that caused extensive flooding. Mark shared a picture of the water streaming from the toilet along with the caption: I always thought, when you saw this happen on television shows, that it didn’t really come out that hard. He added: It was tearing the wallpaper off the wall.

Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig, and Dean announced plans for a new tour this fall. The three pastors will be joining comedian and artist Mark Lowery and Michael W. Smith for a night of music titled Songs and Hymns.

Tenth Avenue North took a break from big venues over the weekend to hold a couple of small coffee shop jam sessions. They tweeted: “Sweet souls and good coffee” following the secret shows. Also during the weekend Tenth Avenue North held a small pre concert show in their tour bus with a few select fans. Members of the band say they loved doing the smaller, intimate shows.

This weekend The Sidewalk Prophets wrapped up a their west coast run of six shows in six days but they weren’t taking a break. The members of the band drove 20 straight hours as they continued their tour run in Colorado and Wyoming. And it wasn’t an easy drive. Members of the band say they were stranded on I-80 for two hours due to ice and snow. It wasn’t easy but they did make it to their concert in Colorado with a few hours to spare.

Michael W Smith was in Oklahoma City Sunday morning to take part in a special memorial service on the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. He was joined by former president George W. Bush and says it was a very moving experience.

Matthew West had a special series of concerts Sunday morning. Matthew was singing in two prisons and was joined by Rene and Eric. Eric was the drunk driver who killed Rene’s daughter. Their story inspired Matthew’s song forgiveness and they both joined Matthew at the prisons to share their story.

Several National Worship Leader Conferences will be held this summer. Events include worship leader conferences in the D.C. area May 19-21, Kansas City June 23-25, San Jose July 28-30, and Dallas September 30-October 2.

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Artist News April 17, 2015

Matt Maher has been sharing devotionals based on his new song Because He Lives since before Easter. This week Matt wrapped up the ten part series with this quote from God: I have a plan. Do you trust me? Check out more on the devotional series on Matt’s facebook page or by clicking on the link at

The up and coming band Among The Thirsty is asking for your help. This week someone broke into their trailer, making off with almost $10,000 worth of equipment and rendering the trailer unusable. Unfortunately band members say their insurance doesn’t cover anything. In response a friend of the band started a fund raising page to help Among The Thirsty raise $5,000 to replace some of their items. You can access the page by clicking on the link at

The Jamie Grace foundation auction is now online. The first item on the auction is Jamie’s first vehicle but Jamie says more items will be added daily. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to help benefit families through the Jamie Grace foundation. Check out the auction items by clicking on the link at

What started as a good day of golf for Jonny Diaz quickly fell apart. Jonny says he pared 6 of 7 holes before the water hazard did him in. He shared a short video showing his shot from the edge of the water bouncing off the bank and rebounding into a much deeper part of the hazard. The text from Jonny said: This is when it all fell apart.

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Artist News April 16, 2015

The latest CCM Magazine is now available. The free online magazine is focused on Christian music and this month includes articles about Lauren Daigle, Derek Johnson, and Mark Wagner. The cover article features Hawk Nelson. Access the free magazine by clicking on the link at

Mary Beth Chapman was showing off the Duke cap she had just received in the mail. The wife of Steven Curtis Chapman is an outspoken Duke fan and couldn’t help but gloat just a little bit. She shared a selfie showing off the new cap along with the caption: Yeah that’s right! My team won and unless your a DUKE fan… Yours lost!

Sidewalk Prophets member Ben McDonald says he is a water purist. He tweeted: If you aren’t making orange juice… don’t put orange in my water.

Ellie Holcomb and her husband Drew are both traveling artists, meaning that they spend a lot of time on the road. Ellie says any days at home together as a family are extra special. She tweeted: grateful for each moment we get together as a family right now. She said a recent rainy day was a gift.

Advice from Focus on the Family: Protect your marriage daily by guarding against the small steps that can lead to affairs.

Jamie Grace is giving you the chance to bid on her first car, some of her tour items and more. She is raising money for the Jamie Grace foundation. Part of the proceeds from the auction will go to help fund her continued outreach through her ministry.

Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman tweeted this week: I’m fascinated by eyes- they often say more than the mouth does. And they have an easier time telling the truth. The eyes are the window of the soul- both in and out.

Rebecca St. James will be part of another movie this summer. The Christian artist and author says her next acting job will be in the new film Faith of Our Fathers. It will release in theaters on July 1.

Francesca Battistelli is asking for your prayers. She says both her son Eli and the couples nanny are fighting the stomach bug. Francesca says they still have five more shows until they can go home.
Cracker Barrel this week released another Hymns CD. Amy Grant is the latest artist to release a Hymns CD through the company. It’s titled Be Still and Know and is available at their stores.

Chris August will make his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. His first ever performance on the famous stage will take place this Saturday.

The Sidewalk Prophets say life on the road is basically a daily repeat of nine step. They tweeted: Wake up, drive, unload, set up, soundcheck, play show, hang out, tear down, sleep, then repeat. Why do they keep doing it. Member of the band say the key is that they worship all the while.

Josh Wilson is having fun sharing his new song That was Then, This Is Now. Josh says he cover 8 cities in 6 states in 3 days. The new song comes out on May 4th and the entire album will be available on August 4th.

Please keep Casting Crowns front man Mark Hall in your prayers. This weekend will be Casting Crowns first concerts since his kidney surgery. Just this past weekend Mark was forced to go back to bed after taking on a little to much.

Ravi Zacharias was a featured guest this week at 51st Annual Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. The well known apologist was one of the speakers at the event
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