Carnegie with C.C.
Casting Crowns is taking a page from several other major Christian music artists and is sponsoring an exclusive trip for fans to New York City this January.
The “Crowns” experience gives more than 200 fans a chance to sing in a choir behind the band at a Carnegie Hall concert and be part of a post-concert dinner cruise to the Statue of Liberty.
A three-night stay in the famed Shearton Times Square Hotel is part of the package.
Visit the band’s web site for more info: https://www.castingcrowns.com/nyc2015
Singer-songwriter Plumb has released (9/16) a new personal memoir called “Need You Now: A Story of Hope.”
“A big part of the story is the fall and rebuilding of my marriage,” she notes.
“What God did in and through me and my marriage has changed who I am. As an artist. As a writer. As a wife and mother. As a woman. And as a believer in God’s relentless passion to fight for us, if we allow Him to. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry, and at the end of the book, I can promise, you’ll have more hope than you did when you opened the first page.”
Plumb (AKA Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) also has released a deluxe version of her CD which contains a worship version of her hit song “Need You Now” along with several new tunes. She is currently on tour with the Rhett Walker Band.
Jaci and Nic performing together
Salvador lead singer Nic Gonzalez and his wife Jaci Velasquez are featured in the new season of the TV show “Renovation Realities” on the Do It Yourself (DIY) Network.
The couple will be shown trying to re-do the front deck on their house.
“I had an incredible and a less than incredible experience at the same time,” said Jaci.
“I got to know things about my husband Nic that I never knew before doing the show. We bonded over so much, and I had no idea that so many things could go wrong – all at the same time.”
Jaci is currently working on a new movie.
The episode featuring the couple will air sometime in November.
Laura, Martin and twin sons!
Congratulations to singer-songwriter Laura Story who delivered twin baby boys on Sept. 18!
Laura, her husband Martin and their daughter Josie welcomed Benjamin Cary and Griffin James to the family – each arriving at more than six pounds!
“So grateful for all of your prayers – they carried us through the day,” posted Laura.
“We are truly blessed.”
TobyMac is dishing out “Eye’m All Mixed Up” – a remix of songs from his “Eye On It” CD – in November.
Eleven songs – including hits such as “Me Without You” and “Speak Life” – are part of the new project which appears in stores shortly before his “Worship, Stories and Songs” tour with Matt Maher which stops in Grand Rapids, MI at DeVos Performance Hall on Nov. 23.
“Anomoly” by Lecrae
A big week for Christian hip-hop rapper Lecrae. His new CD – “Anomoly” – - topped the entire Billboard 200 sales charts with 88 thousand sold in its debut week.
It’s just the fifth time in history that a “faith-based” album came in No. 1 on the overall sales charts.
(The others: Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights (in 2013), TobyMac’s Eye on It (2012), LeAnn Rimes’ You Light Up My Life — Inspirational Songs (1997) and Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) (1997).
Lecrae’s 2012 album “Gravity” peaked at No. 3.
He had a national platform on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday (9/18)
“It’s a lot to take in,” said the artist via twitter after the performance.
”I haven’t had time to download it all. I am so grateful for the support. I know I represent something much bigger than me. Thank you! I thank God for a voice into culture. I pray I use it wisely.”
Lecrae’s tour comes to Grand Rapids, MI to the Delta Plex on Oct. 30.
The lanky (6’ 4”) music artist also will co-host the annual Gospel Music Dove Awards next month.
Hear Lecrae explain how he wrote his new song, “Nuthin.”
The name “Hillsong” was attached to 10 different Dove Award nominations in the official list released Aug. 13 by the Gospel Music Association.
Hillsong UNITED was nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Oceans: Where Feet May Fail”) and several other categories.
Hillsong Young & Free received four nominations, including New Artist of the Year.
Lecrae, Mandisa, and Matt Maher each received five Dove nominations. Winners will be named in ceremonies on Oct. 7 in Nashville.
Here are some of the major category nominees:
Song of the Year:
Fix My Eyes – For King & Country
Hello My Name Is – Matthew West
Hurricane – Natalie Grant
I Can Trust Him – The Perrys
Lord I Need You – Matt Maher,
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UNITED,
Overcomer – Mandisa,
Revival – Karen Peck and New River,
Say Amen – Brian Free & Assurance,
That’s Why – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
TobyMac and Natalie Grant as this week’s Dove news conference
Artist of the Year
Casting Crowns - Hillsong UNITED - Lecrae - Mandisa – NEEDTOBREATHE – Switchfoot
New Artist of the Year
1 Girl Nation – Andy Mineo – Ellie Holcomb – Hillsong Young & Free -Love & The Outcome
Other Dove Tales:
Former Creed lead singer Scott Stapp’s album “Proof of Life” has a nomination as Rock Album of the Year.
A bluegrass version of “Revelation Song” by Chigger Hill Boys & Terri was nominated as Bluegrass Song of the Year.
Videos for Mandisa’s “Overcomer,” TobyMac’s “Speak Life” and MercyMe’s “Shake” were all nominated for Short Form Video of the Year.
Inspirational Film of the Year nominees include:
God’s Not Dead
Heaven Is For Real
Son of God
For full list of nominees go to www.doveawards.com/nominees
Bart pointing out his tour bus bunk
Life on a tour bus may seem like fun to some unknowing music fans, but it certainly isn’t glamorous.
Figuring how to cope with the rhythms of the road is an inexact science for many bands.
Take sleeping arrangements, for example.
Bunks are often stacked…. and not spacious. As MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard points out in this photo tweet.
“That’s my bunk on the tour bus – or should I say coffin,” quipped the singer.
Nominees for the 45th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards will be announced at a news conference in Nashville on Wed. Aug. 13.
The awards ceremonies will be held Tuesday Oct. 7 in Allen Arena of Lipscomb University in Nashville.