CHRISTIAN MUSIC NEWS UPDATE 3/30/12
By Terry DeBoer
Headlines: (Details Below)
1. New Song Reflects Family Struggle
2. Wardrobe Search
3. New Music
4. Mission TV Highlight
5. Song Title Match
6. Music Sales Tally
7. Aaron Shust update
8. Quote of the Week
9. American Idol Update
10. Britt is not a loser…
1. BLUETREE SONG GETS PERSONAL
Bluetree (the band from Ireland that wrote and originally recorded the song “God of the City”) has a song on its forthcoming album that hits home with lead singer Aaron Boyd and his wife Jill.
The couple’s 5 year old daughter Lily was diagnosed at birth with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening lung disease which usually claims victims in their teen or young adult years.
The song “Jesus Healer” speaks of their journey of hope as they live with their daughter’s illness.
The album containing the song is expected to be released May 8.
See the video for the new song at http://breathecast.christianpost.com/Christian.Music.Video-Bluetree-Jesus.Healer/1723_1.htm
2. OH, WHAT TO WEAR?.
Comedian Chonda Pierce is co-hosting the Dove Awards on April 19 in Atlanta, and she can’t seem to find anything to wear.
“It’s almost impossible to find a modest, but hip evening dress that isn’t cut to the navel, slinky as piece of elastic or as short as my nightshirt. UGH!,” Pierce commented on a recent Facebook post.
“The Dove awards need to go country (music)!! Jeans and Boots!! Jeans and Boots!! HA!!,” she added.
Pierce is co-hosting the ceremonies with another funny person, David Mann, who created the character of Leroy Brown on the TV show “Meet the Browns.” More info at www.doveawards.com.
The April 19 ceremonies will be taped for live broadcast on Tues April 24 at 8 p.m. on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC).
3. NEW MUSIC NEXT TUESDAY (APRIL 3)
*Marvin Sapp – “I Win” and its hit gospel radio single, “My Testimony”
*Steven Curtis Chapman – “Number 1′s, Volume 1″
And… Bart Millard of MercyMe says he finally finished vocals on their new CD “Hurt and the Healer,” coming in May.
4. BLOOD-WATER MISSION FINDS KATHY LEE
TV host Kathy Lee Gifford gave some love to Jars of Clay’s Blood Water Mission charity this week on her “Kathy Lee and Hoda” NBC morning show.
She saluted the mission for reaching its initial goal of completing 1,000 clean water wells in Africa to fight water-born illnesses.
5. BORROWING A SONG TITLE?
A song on the new Madonna album is titled “Turn Up the Radio.” I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m sure it has nothing to do with the Phillips, Craig & Dean radio hit of the same name back in the 1990s.
6. MUSIC SALES UP FOR 2011
Overall music sales were up last year for the first time since 2004, according to industry reports.
Sales went up .2 percent over the year previous, with digital sales now accounting for half of the 7 billion dollar gross. Some of the increase was credited to use of music services like Rhapsody and Spotify.
The Christian/gospel category was down 2 percent, while country, Latin and R&B genres were also down.
Genres that increased were rap, rock, alternative jazz and new age.
7. AARON SHUST UPDATE
Singer Aaron Shust’s infant son Michael has what is called AV Canal Defect, and requires open heart surgery.
Michael is on medication to ease breathing so he can gain weight enough to have the required surgery. Get the latest at http://aaronshust.blogspot.com/.
8. THOUGHT ABOUT WORSHIP MUSIC
Ken Lewis, a studio percussion player in Nashville who has played on dozens of Christian music albums, tweeted this thought about worship music.
“…Submitting that there be a one year-break on live worship recordings. They’re the same ten songs. We’re all set on versions. Thanks.”
(That was re-tweeted by Stephen Mason by Jars of Clay).
9. COLTON AND THE FAITH FACTOR?
American Idol contestant Colton Dixon used his performance time on Wednesday (3/28) to sing “Everything,” a song by Lifehouse, a band whose members are Christians.. He called the tune a “worship song” and even went down on one knee ala’ Tim Tebow. Is Dixon now getting the “Christian” American Idol vote?
“Just gotta say how proud I am of how Colton Dixon is handling his American Idol spotlight..Soli Deo Gloria my brother!” tweeted singer Steven Curtis Chapman.
Colton has advanced to the next A. I. round.
10. BRITT IS NOT A LOSER, BUT….
Singer Britt Nicole, currently doing a promotional tour, found out this week that her song “Ready or Not” (featuring singer Lecrae) from her new CD “Gold,” will be used on “The Biggest Loser” TV show next Tuesday (4/3).
Check out Terry’s recent articles on Winter Jam coming to at Van Andel Arena http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/03/2012_winter_jam_tour_brings_sk.html
(check Monday at www.mlive.com for a review)
*also, a feature on Marvin Sapp, whose new CD comes out next Tuesday (4/3). http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/03/marvin_sapp_releases_ninth_sol.html
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