The 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
The 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.
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!
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).
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.”
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.
Britt with her “Gold” record
Britt Nicole’s “Gold” CD has gone “gold” – the designated term for an album that has sold at least a half million copies.
“I am incredibly grateful for my team and everyone who surrounds me with love and support,” she said.
The term for a million copies sold is “platinum.”
Laura and husband Martin at the Grammy Awards
“Double blessings” for singer-songwriter Laura Story and her husband Martin, who are expecting twins later this year.
Story is currently on tour with Casting Crowns with her latest album, “God of Every Story.” She also serves as worship leader at her Atlanta. Ga. area church.
“This came as a great shock to us,” admitted the artist of the news.
During work on her previous album – the Grammy-winning “Blessings” – she was expecting their first child, Josie. Does that mean her next project will be a “double CD”?
Darlene Zschech with grand daughter
Singer-songwriter worship leader Darlene Zschech entered round four of her chemotherapy treatment last week.
She posted a photo on her blog showing her holding her granddaughter Ruthie.
“What I am learning is that God is close to the brokenhearted in ways I only dreamed of and this brings me ENDLESS HOPE,” she wrote of her battle against breast cancer.
Zschech, 48, wrote the song “Shout to The Lord” when she was a worship leader at Hillsong Church. She and her husband currently are senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church in Australia.
1 Girl Nation
The Nashville-based entertainment agency that brought us the all female, inspirational pop group 1 Girl Nation is scheduling another audition session for new/aspiring artists.
Patton House Entertainment is looking for male and female artists age 17-22 who want to share in entertainment and ministry in churches and other venues. Live auditions only in Nashville on April 24 – Apply on line by the end of March at https://thephe.com/auditions.html
1 Girl Nation released their debut CD last year.
Patton House was instrumental in developing bands such as Rush of Fools.