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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DANCE TO AMY

Amy Grant - put on your "dance" mix shoes

Amy Grant – put on your “dance mix” shoes

Amy Grant is all in on “In Motion: The Remixes:” a danceable remix CD of some of her songs, to be officially released in August.
“I never could have anticipated that these songs from an earlier chapter in my life could be filled with such renewed energy and fresh production,” was the singer’s first statement about the project.
Songs like “Baby Baby” and “Every Heartbeat” are re-spun by some of the industry’s top pop music producers.
Don’t worry – they’re not remixing “Ed Shaddai”. But some of her other songs that get the treatment are “That’s What Love Is For,” “Love Will Find A Way” and “You’re Not Alone.”
The “Baby Baby” remix is now available for online listening at

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GETTING VOCAL AGAIN

Phil Wickham - the surgery now behind him

Phil Wickham – the surgery now behind him

Singer-songwriter Phil Wickham, who had vocal surgery in late April, will be singing full concerts for the first time in a string of shows this weekend (6/20-21).
After a period of vocal rest, doctors have inspected Wickham’s vocal chords via camera and have given him a clean bill of health.
“There is almost no sign of the surgery, which is pretty rare,” blogged the singer.
Wickham sang at a music festival in Ohio Thursday night (6/19), and then has two concerts in Arizona over the weekend.

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NEW REALITY SERIES…

Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann

Gospel singer Tamela Mann and her husband – actor David Mann – will get a new reality show based on their family and careers.
Next year the B.E.T. network will begin airing “Meet The Manns,” which will encompass their life together and include their five children and eight grandchildren.
The pair has acted together before in a comedy TV series, the Tyler Perry-produced “Meet The Browns.”
Tamela is an award-winning gospel singer, and her version of the MercyMe classic “I Can Only Imagine” topped gospel charts earlier this year.
Her signature song is the rousing ballad, “Take Me To The King,” which was nominated for a Grammy as well as several other awards.

 

 

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