Mandisa performs "Overcomer" at the Oct. 7 Dove Awards

Mandisa (center) performs “Overcomer” with background vocalists at the Dove Awards

Chris Tomlin won a Dove Award this week for Songwriter of the Year, but he wasn’t in Nashville Tuesday night (10/7) to accept the award.
Chris and his wife Lauren welcomed baby daughter Madison into the world at 11:16 p.m. the night before. She is the couple’s second child. Madison means “gift of God,” according to the singer.
Meanwhile Kari Jobe celebrated her Dove win for Praise and Worship album of the Year with her fiancé Cody Carnes. During the ceremonies, she was presented the award by two men old enough to be her grandfather – Bill Gaither and Pat Boone.
Mandisa won her first ever Dove for her album “Overcomer,” as Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. To accept her award she had to run back onstage, shoes in hand, after her high-energy performance of the title track.
“I am very thankful for this,” she said. “I think back to eight years ago and ‘American Idol,’ and I was convinced that I was being kicked to the curb. I didn’t know what to do, but I’m a living witness, if you seek first the kingdom of God.”
Hillsong UNITED took top Dove honors as Artist of the Year, and the song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” won three Doves, including overall Song of the Year.
The awards ceremonies featured plenty of performances and other highlights. It will be aired this Sunday night (10-`12) at 10 p.m. EDT on the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN).
Co-hosts for the awards were Bart Millard of MercyMe and Lecrae.
Show performers included Lecrae, for KING & COUNTRY, MercyMe, Newsboys, Ellie Holcomb, Trip Lee, Natalie Grant, Mandisa, Erica Campbell, Tedashii, Kari Jobe, Karen Peck & New River and 1 Girl Nation.
Presenters included Amy Grant, Pat Boone, Danny Gokey, Bill Gaither, David & Tamela Mann, Karen Kingsbury, Jason Crabb and Capital Kings.
The awards are presented by the Gospel Music Association.
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Bart Millard (l.) with Lecrae at the Oct. 7 Dove Awards

Bart Millard (left) with Lecrae at the Oct. 7 Dove Awards

The inspirational ballad “I Can Only Imagine” reached another landmark this week (10/6)  – two million downloads of various versions of the song.
The tune, written by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard, is the first single in the Christian music genre to receive RIAA Double-Platinum Certification and also made history as the first to go Platinum.
“I Can Only Imagine” won another Dove Award this week. The version by gospel singer Tamela Mann nabbed a Dove for Gospel Performance of the Year.
The song was written back in the 1990s by Millard while thinking about seeing his departed father someday in heaven. It was released on MercyMe’s first national album in 2001. It won multiple Dove Awards in 2002 and was a big hit on pop radio the following year.

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West, Matthew seated guitar 2011A recent post from Matthew West:

“I’m at the cabin this morning reading your stories, and I’m thinking about the woman I met at a show this weekend who told me she has been diagnosed w/ terminal cancer. Life is short. Today is a gift. Your life is waiting on you. Don’t. Miss. It.”

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Marc Martel - new tour with new songs

Marc Martel – new tour with new songs

Former Downhere lead singer Marc Martel is wrapping up work on the Queen Extravaganza tour, which is a tribute to the music of the mainstream rock band Queen.
Downhere, a Christian band that got its start in Canada, broke up several years ago as the members moved on.
Later this fall, Martel will be leading his own tour with his own music – joined by former Downhere bass guitarist Glenn Lavender and Queen Extravaganza drummer
Tyler Warren.
His new album is called “Impersonator.” Check

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SCC: new hosting gig

SCC: new hosting gig

A monthly concert series featuring a variety of Christian music artists is coming to the famed Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville beginning in November.
The series will be hosted by singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman.
“With ‘Sam’s Place,’ the desire is to take (the Ryman) back to its original intended purpose as the Union Gospel Tabernacle,” Chapman said, “and make it a night about the glory of God and music from all different genres doing that.”
The series is named for evangelist Samuel Jones who held tent revivals nearby that led to the conversion of riverboat captain Thomas Ryman. Ryman built the facility and called it the Union Gospel Tabernacle. It was later named for Ryman and became home to country music’s Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s.
The facility is undergoing a renovation which will be completed next year.
The first concert in the series features MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North.

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“Passion: The Essential Collection” is a package of 15 songs and seven music videos from the best of the Passion conferences.
The multi-format release is ready for a November launch.
It includes songs from Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, David Crowder Band and more.

"Passion" collection coming soon

“Passion” collection coming soon

The project listing:
Passion: The Essential Collection
2. One Thing Remains (Kristian Stanfill)
3. 10,000 Reasons [Bless The Lord] (Matt Redman)
4. Our God (Chris Tomlin)
5. How He Loves (David Crowder*Band)
6. Healing Is In Your Hands (Christy Nockels)
7. Whom Shall I Fear [God Of Angel Armies] (Chris Tomlin)
8. You Never Let Go (Matt Redman)
9. Amazing Grace [My Chains Are Gone] (Chris Tomlin)
10. Better Is One Day (Charlie Hall)
11.In Christ Alone (Kristian Stanfill)
12.God Of This City (Chris Tomlin)
13. Like A Lion (David Crowder*Band)
14. Waiting Here For You (Christy Nockels)
15. How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin)

1. The Lord Our God (Kristian Stanfill)
2. Let It Be Jesus (Christy Nockels)
3. Mercy [From Lift] (Matt Redman)
4. White Flag (Chris Tomlin)
5. Here’s My Heart (Crowder)
6. My Heart Is Yours (Kristian Stanfill)
7. Gods Great Dance Floor (Chris Tomlin)

Talks (by various Passion speakers)
1. Lets Work It Out (From Passion: 2010)
2. We Will Carry The Name (From Passion: 2011)
3. Raise To Life By The Breath Of A Living God (From Passion: 2013)
4. Crushed By Grace (From Passion: 2014)

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Making a mark

Luke and Joel’s latest

For King & Country’s new CD “Run Wild, Live Free, Live Strong,” debuted at #1 on the gospel charts and in the top 15 of the overall Billboard 200 sales chart.
Their song “Fix My Eyes,” already nominated for several Dove Awards, was used on “The Today Show” on NBC and has been downloaded more than 100K times.
And their song with Lecrae (“Messengers” on his new album “Anomoly”) topped Billboard’s gospel digital songs chart.
Also for the brotherly duo (Luke and Joel Smallbone): several other of their new songs featured on televised sports events.

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One of several newbChristmas CDs this year

One of several new Christmas CDs this year

Singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith’s holiday release, “The Spirit of Christmas,” hits stores on Sept. 30, kicking off an avalanche of seasonal projects coming throughout October.
Among other Christian artists with Christmas recordings this year: Peter Furler, Aaron Shust, Salvador, Chris August and 1 Girl Nation. All have holiday CDs on the way.
Even veteran Sandi Patty has a new Christmas project, “Christmas Blessings,” distributed through Cracker Barrel stores.
Several of the artists are also readying Christmas tours in connection with their new music.

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Carnegie with C.C.

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:

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PLUMBBOOK tradi cover Need you nowSinger-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.

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