The ring tells the news

Ringing in the news

Singer-songwriter Kari Jobe couldn’t contain her enthusiasm.
“I still can’t believe it – I’m engaged.… AAHHHH!!!! I’m sooo soooo soooo blown away and thankful for all of your responses yesterday,” the singer tweeted this week. (8/12).
“I felt extremely celebrated. All of you are the best! Thank u for all the love to me and Cody Carnes.”
No wedding date has yet been revealed.
Jobe also learned this week that her “Majestic” CD received a Dove Award nomination as Praise & Worship Album of the Year.
Jobe is preparing for “The Majestic Tour” beginning in Sept. with singer Warren Barfield and ending Nov. 1 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Dove Awards 2014 45thThe 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

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
Grace Unplugged
Heaven Is For Real
Son of God

For full list of nominees go to

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Bart pointing out his tour bus bunk

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.


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Dove Awards 2014 45thNominees 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.

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Duncan Phillips about to check out

Duncan Phillips about to check out

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips had a knee procedure on Tuesday (7/22) and went home to recuperate shortly afterwards.
“Thanks for all the love and prayers! Recovery will be swift!,” promised Phillips in a tweet to fans.
The artist had suffered a torn meniscus, diagnosed earlier this month. He had the surgery in the bone and joint center of Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
He’s expected be back on the stage for a pair of concerts next week.

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Mullins rag.. cd cvrNow available – The “Ragamuffin” film “soundtrack” – Various of the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins’ tunes inspired and covered by artists such as Sidewalk Prophets (“If I Stand”), Andrew Peterson (“Calling Out Your Name”) and Jars of Clay (“Land of My Sojourn”).
Also on the album are two new songs by Mullins which were never before released – a tune titled “Never Heard the Music” and his rough-cut demo of a new song called “Now.”

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Cindy Wilt Colville

Cindy Wilt Colville

JULY 10, 2014 – The Christian music industry lost one of its long-time friends, song crafters and confidants this week.
Cindy Wilt Colville, who worked in a variety of music and artist-related roles, died of lung cancer. She was 58.
One of several tributes came from singer-songwriter Matthew West.
“Cindy was the first person who believed in me as a songwriter,” he wrote.
“She signed me to my first deal, got my first songs recorded, and even served as my manager for 3 years. She opened one door after another for me, and if you have been ministered to at all by my music, you must know that it was Cindy Wilt that God used to tell the music industry and anyone in Nashville who would listen that this Matthew West guy had something worth saying.

Matthew West

Matthew West

“She was at my wedding. She held the video camera while we held up our first daughter Lulu. She pushed me to work harder at my lyrics when I thought they were good enough. She took me to sing at her women’s prison ministry and I saw how she saw potential in everyone. She went to the hospital with me when I had vocal chord surgery. Even as her battle with cancer began to take its toll, I got a text message from Cindy the night that I won songwriter of the year telling me how proud she was of me. I had dedicated that award to her earlier that night.”

Gospel Music Association director Jackie Patillo noted, “Cindy’s life’s work of loving and developing songwriters has impacted our music community and the world.”
You can read her full obituary at
Memorial services were set for July 16 in Nashville.

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Mason needing coffe

Mason needing coffee

Stephen Mason, guitarist for the band Jars of Clay, received a birthday reminder handed down like a family heirloom.
The artist celebrated his birthday with a special “39″ coffee mug that marked his special day.
Mason responded on Twitter using the foreshadowing hashtag #littlesisterisnext

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The Smith family

The Smith family

Hats off to singer-songwriter Meredith Andrews who did child care for a family driven out of their home by a fire.
The Joel and Bethany Smith family from the Chicago area suffered a July 6 fire that left them simply trying to salvage what was left. Andrews cared for their two young daughters while the couple tended to business.
“It has been overwhelming the care, support and prayers offered to the Smiths. Joel and Bethany are in great spirits and the girls are pleasantly clueless…and having a fun adventure,” came a web report on the family’s situation.
If you want to read their story, visit
You can send encouragement to: Joel and Bethany Smith
1000 N. Randall Rd.
Elgin, IL  60123


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Worship Leader Magazine has compiled a list of the top worship songs for the first half of 2014.
At the top of the list is “Forever (We Sing Hallelujah)”sung by Kari Jobe on her “Majestic Live” CD. The worship song has received plenty of play on Christian radio as well as being sung in churches.
Also in the top 10: “Joy” by Rend Collective, “I Am” by Crowder, and “This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Worship.
One of the songs, “At the Cross (Love Ran Red),” is a collaborative effort between Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman.
See Kari Jobe performing her song…

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