CHAPMAN GRANDPARENT NEWS

Della and big sister Eiley Richards

Della and big sister Eiley Richards

Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife MaryBeth have another grandchild!
Della Rosamond Richards was born March 29 to Chapman’s daughter Emily Richards and her husband Tanner.
“Our second grand baby was 8.2 pounds and 19.75 inches,” tweeted the couple.

 

 

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A FINALS APPEARANCE

Lecrae (front) and Tedashii (r.)

Lecrae (front) and Tedashii (r.) with TV sports commentators Clark Kellogg (l.) and Ernie Johnson

Lecrae and Tedashii, two Christian hip-hop/rap artists, attended the NCAA men’s basketball championship game last Monday (4/7) in Arlington, Texas.
The pair met some celebrities along the way (including media members covering the game) and watched an exciting game as the University of Connecticut topped the University of Kentucky 60-54.
The previous weekend, Lecrae had performed a post-game concert in Atlanta at the NBA game between the Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

 

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CHECKING THE CHARTS

Jobe, Kari CD cover Majestic 2014Kari Jobe’s new album has made a “majestic” impact on sales charts.
Her live album “Majestic” debuted at the top of three different Billboard Christian music charts – Digital, Praise & Worship and Contemporary. The album also hit No. 12 on the overall Billboard album sales chart.
There’s also a live DVD version of “Majestic,” which was recorded last fall.
“I don’t care what song I sing, if the heart of it is that people fall more in love with Jesus and they understand the heart of God for them,” said Jobe, who is also a church worship leader.

 

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BREATHING ON TV

Needtobreathe

Needtobreathe

The band Needtobreathe has a couple of TV performances set in connection with their new CD.
“Rivers In the Wasteland” is the band’s new collection, releasing April 15. And they’ll be performing a song from the CD April 18 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and April 23 on the “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Needtobreathe has been on the Letterman show before. This time they’ll be singing “The Heart” from the new release.

 

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THE FINAL LANDING

ParachuteThe Parachute Music Festival, the largest Christian music festival in New Zealand, has pulled the cord for the last time.
Organizers say that after 24 years, the logistics and challenges of running a festival of that type have grown dramatically and has nearly dwarfed their staff and volunteers.
Meanwhile, attendance has declined over the past several years.
However the Parachute Music name continues and CEO Mark de Jong says they will maintain their work with faith-based artists in development and recording.
More information is available at www.parachutemusic.com

 

 

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FROZEN OVER

TStellar Kart  EP cover Frozenhe band Stellar Kart is planning a mid-April release for a “Frozen EP” with some of their favorite songs from the popular animated movie. Among the songs is the hit “Let It Go.”
“The cold never bothered me anyway,’ said one band member in a recent Facebook post.

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GRANDPA AGAIN!

Grandpa and Nora

Grandpa and Nora

Singer Michael W. Smith is a grandfather once again!
Nora was born to Michael’s daughter Emily in late March. And Smith was on hand quickly for a photo opportunity!

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TRUCK ACCESSORY

Lee, Mark floor mats in his truck helklo kitty.Would you guess that Third Day guitarist Mark Lee is the father of two young daughters?
You might if you saw the floor mats in his truck!
(Photo courtesy of lead singer Mac Powell).

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SINGER GETS ROLE IN NEW FILM

Amy Grant

Amy Grant

Amy Grant plays the mother of a troubled teenage son in the film “The Secret Handshake” now in production and shooting in the Nashville area.
The movie stars Kevin Sorbo as a single father of three teen daughters, who are starting to make impressions on area boys. He ends up taking a camping trip with the boys for some male bonding experience.
“This is a hilarious script about boys learning how to be men, from men who never learned themselves,” said Sorbo.
A veteran actor who starred in the TV series “Hercules,” Sorbo has had prominent roles in several family-friendly films including “God’s Not Dead” and “Soul Surfer.”

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GUEST VOCALIST SURPRISES WINTER JAM

Carrie Underwood (l.) sings with TFK

Carrie Underwood (l.) sings with TFK

The 2014 Winter Jam tour passed the 500,000 mark in attendance at a recent concert, as they wind up the tour – headlined by Newsboys – this weekend (3/30).
During a concert in Tulsa Okla., country star Carrie Underwood joined the band Thousand Foot Krutch on stage for their song “Let The Sparks Fly.” Underwood is married to a lifelong friend (Mike Fischer) of TFK lead singer Trevor McNevan.
Underwood and Fisher also introduced the band from the stage at a subsequent concert in Nashville.

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