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The band Switchfoot will be on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” next Tuesday Dec. 10.
They’ll be singing “Who We Are” from their upcoming CD “Fading West.”
An EP containing the song has already been released, but the full length album hits stores on Jan. 14.
The band filmed a documentary, also titled “Fading West,” which it has been showing at its recent concerts.
Singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith got some network television time this week on the CMA Country Christmas special last Monday (12/2) on ABC.
Smith sang one of his own Christmas songs (“It’s Christmas Day”) in a duet with the special’s host Jennifer Nettles. (See the video below)
Nettles told him she was a long time fan, and as a kid remembers a musical her church did that features Smith’s signature ballad “Friends.”
Later on the same show – Rascal Flatts did a version of the old 4Him song, “A Strange Way to Save the World,” co-written by 4Him singer Mark Harris.
Brandon Heath’s new Christmas CD (“Christmas is Here”) was one of several holiday CD’s reviewed in the New York Times.
The Times referred to Heath as a “Christian singer with a smooth croon.” They saluted one of his original songs, “Momma Wouldn’t Lie to Me” and says he delivers the song “Just A Girl” “like a smooth rock number by Don Henley.”
Also reviewed were Christmas albums by Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins and Marvin Sapp!
Read the entire review at: http://is.gd/1tknx9
The Christian rock band WhiteHeart, which is doing a reunion tour next year, recently released some rare video footage from a concert they did in Grand Rapids, MI back in the 1980s.
The song is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Christian” from their album “Don’t Wait For the Movie.”
The clip features some great instrumentals from drummer Chris McHugh, bassist Tommy Sims and guitarist Gordon Kennedy. Rick Florian is the lead singer.
By the way, McHugh is now drummer for country music star Keith Urban.
The worship-based band Leeland has performed all over the world with its music.
This week (11/25) they were in Norway and enjoyed some Norwegian-blend coffee before a recent concert in the community of Hamar, a city of about 30,000 in southeast Norway.
Singer Blanca Callahan of Group 1 Crew has told fans she is stepping away from the group to pursue music as a solo artist.
“I learned how much I truly loved doing music that impacted people’s lives,” said the singer of her time with Manwell Reyes in Group 1 Crew.
First as a trio and then as a duo, the pop group was part of several major tours (including Winter Jam) and had numerous Christian radio hits.
“There was something inside of me that said, there’s something more,” she said.
Over the last few years….getting married and now with an infant son London, she realized she was prepared for what came next.
She said Group 1 Crew will continue on with Reyes, but she is excited about finding “her new voice” as a solo artist.
Tickets will go on sale soon for a music tour inspired by the epic TV mini-series “The Bible” (which drew record ratings on the History Channel earlier this year) and by the forthcoming film “Son of God”.
It’s called “The Bible Tour” and it runs March 20 through April 13, 2014 and includes a Grand Rapids, Mich. stop on April 4 at Grand Rapids First Church, 2100 44th St. SW.
Among the well known inspirational artists on the tour – Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Meredith Andrews, Chris August and Jason Gray.
On sale date or prices are not yet known, but RSVPs for a special ticket pre-sale can be made via the information website www.thebibletourexperience.com
Matthew West woke up Monday morning (11/25) to the sound of his “phone blowing up.”
It was full of congratulatory texts and messages for winning an American Music Award (AMA) the night before in Los Angeles.
The singer-songwriter topped the Contemporary Inspirational category. Also nominated were Chris Tomlin and TobyMac.
“Well kids, I won an AMA tonight and it’s because U voted! Can’t thank u enough for letting my music be part of ur stories!,” West tweeted to fans after the ceremonies.
He attended the festivities with his wife Emily.
During the long evening Matthew ran into fellow singer Billy Ray Cyrus, for whom West had written a song several years ago.
“He started singing it to me,” said the surprised West of the song “Love Has No Walls.”
Toby Mac has been performing this fall with his “Hits Deep” tour, running through Dec. 15. The tour includes Mandisa, Colton Dixon, Jamie Grace, Brandon Heath, Chris August and Capital Kings.
Toby recently announced that Hits Deep will return in spring of next year, but with a line-up to be announced. His lone clue? Two of the artists have the same first name.
Here’s the word: For the spring “Hits Deep” leg, Matthew West and Matt Maher will be on board, along with holdovers Mandisa, Brandon Heath and Capital Kings, all of whom will be joining Toby and his Diverse City band.