HOLIDAY PROJECT A GROUP EFFORT

Smith (right), Carrie Underwood and co-producer Robert Deaton in the studio

Smith (right), Carrie Underwood and co-producer Robert Deaton in the studio

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are teaming up with several country music stars on a new Christmas album to be released this fall.
The as yet untitled project includes the bands Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, and singers Vince Gill, Jennifer Nettles and Carrie Underwood.
The London Symphony Orchestra is also part of the effort.
This has been a busy year for Smith, who  has already released the CD “Sovereign,” and a hymns collection marketed exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.

 

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SCC IN DC IN ’15

Chapman performed at Carnegie Hall earlier this year

Chapman performed earlier this year at Carnegie Hall in New York City

Grammy award-winner Steven Curtis Chapman is planning a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington CD next year that will feature a 50-piece orchestra and 250 voice choir.|
It would be similar to the artists appearance earlier this year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The artist is inviting fans to be part of the experience, including a chance to participate in the on-stage choir and other backstage opportunities.
The package includes four days and three nights in the nation’s capitol, a private concert, devotions led by Chapman, and other activities.
The events are set for June 12-15, 2015.
For more information visit www.stevencurtischapman.com/DC

 

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BOUNCING BACK

Angie Miller post-surgery

Angie Miller post-surgery

Singer Angie Miller, a finalist on last year’s “American Idol” TV competition, is recovering from unexpected surgery.
“I am no longer a proud owner of my appendix,” she tweeted on July 1, shortly after her procedure. “I’m in pain, but doing good.”
By Sunday (7/6) she finally was getting out of her house once again and reported feeling much better.

 

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QUICK RUN TO THE TOP

Selah You Amaze Me CD cvrSelah’s new song “You Amaze Us” went to the top of Billboard’s Christian “soft AC” chart dated June 23 – only three days after its official release. That’s a record time in reaching No. 1!
The song is the title cut of the trio’s forthcoming album, to be released Aug. 19.
The tune was co-written by a member of the band The Afters, Jordan Mohilowski.

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(GETTING) IN THE MOOD

Smith MW recording Xmas CD june 2014Most artists who record Christmas albums are in the studio during the spring and summer so the completed recording will be ready for a fall release.
Many add touches of the holiday to help get them mentally ready to sing “songs of the season.”
Here’s an example: Michael W. Smith was recording this week (6/23) for a yet-to-be-titled Christmas album.
He chose a small Christmas tree to set the stage for his studio vocal sessions. Are you ready to “Deck the Halls?”

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BREATHING EASIER

NTB golf classicCongratulations to the band NeedToBreathe for raising $140,000 at its golf classic last month (May) in South Carolina.
The monies were for the non-profit Palmetto Medical Initiative and will go to a medical clinic in Uganda.
Special guests at the golf event were Steven Curtis Chapman, Ellie Holcomb, and John Mark McMillan

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GOLFER’S “SHOUT OUT”

Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson

Professional Golf Association tour player Zach Johnson was asked about his favorite music and songs he uses during practices to help “charge him up.”
After mentioning several mainstream artists and songs, he added that if he had to offer one song that defines him as a person, it would be “Amazing Grace” as sung by Chris Tomlin.
In a personal tweet to the golfer, Tomlin thanked Johnson for the “shout out.”

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A MUSICAL STORY

Plumb

Plumb

Singer-songwriter Plumb (Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) has finished a book – and an expanded CD – both of which will be released this fall.
The new book is titled “Need You Now: Stories of Hope” and tells in depth of the deterioration and eventual restoration of her marriage, which she has openly spoken of during recent concerts.
An expanded version of her CD “Need You Now,” includes seven more songs relating to her marital struggles.

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A GRACE-FUL HONOR

Jamie Grace

Jamie Grace

Singer-songwriter Jamie Grace’s breakthrough song “Hold Me,” has reached a half million in sales (Gold status), making her one of only four female Christian artists to reach that mark in sales of singles in this digital age.
Fellow artist TobyMac, who spotted the talented young Grace early on, contributed his own vocals to the snappy “Hold Me,” which she also performed on the ABC-TV show, “The View.”
Quite an accomplishment for the 22-year old!

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FROM FILM TO RETREAT

Rich Mullins

Rich Mullins

First there was the bio pic of the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins, titled “Ragamuffin.” Now you can attend a “Ragamuffin” retreat.
Mullins’ younger brother Dave Mullins (an executive producer for the film), film director David Leo Schultz, singer-songwriter Mitch McVicker, and others will help lead a weekend retreat discussing the discipleship “Ragamuffin” spiritual journey in experiencing the love of God.
It’s coming to Michigan Sept. 12-14 at Spring Arbor College near Hillsdale, Mich, and later this fall to Texas and Pennsylvania.
See the video invitation below.

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