Jaci and Nic performing together

Jaci and Nic performing together

Salvador lead singer Nic Gonzalez and his wife Jaci Velasquez are featured in the new season of the TV show “Renovation Realities” on the Do It Yourself (DIY) Network.
The couple will be shown trying to re-do the front deck on their house.
“I had an incredible and a less than incredible experience at the same time,” said Jaci.
“I got to know things about my husband Nic that I never knew before doing the show. We bonded over so much, and I had no idea that so many things could go wrong – all at the same time.”
Jaci is currently working on a new movie.
The episode featuring the couple will air sometime in November.

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Laura, Martin and twin sons!

Laura, Martin and twin sons!

Congratulations to singer-songwriter Laura Story who delivered twin baby boys on Sept. 18!
Laura, her husband Martin and their daughter Josie welcomed Benjamin Cary and Griffin James to the family – each arriving at more than six pounds!
“So grateful for all of your prayers – they carried us through the day,” posted Laura.
“We are truly blessed.”

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Toby Mac cd cvr Eye em allTobyMac is dishing out “Eye’m All Mixed Up” – a remix of songs from his “Eye On It” CD – in November.
Eleven songs – including hits such as “Me Without You” and “Speak Life” – are part of the new project which appears in stores shortly before his “Worship, Stories and Songs” tour with Matt Maher which stops in Grand Rapids, MI at DeVos Performance Hall on Nov. 23.

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"Anomoly" by Lecrae

“Anomoly” by Lecrae

A big week for Christian hip-hop rapper Lecrae. His new CD – “Anomoly” – - topped the entire Billboard 200 sales charts with 88 thousand sold in its debut week.
It’s just the fifth time in history that a “faith-based” album came in No. 1 on the overall sales charts.
(The others: Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights (in 2013), TobyMac’s Eye on It (2012), LeAnn Rimes’ You Light Up My Life — Inspirational Songs (1997) and Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace) (1997).
Lecrae’s 2012 album “Gravity” peaked at No. 3.
He had a national platform on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday (9/18)
“It’s a lot to take in,” said the artist via twitter after the performance.
”I haven’t had time to download it all. I am so grateful for the support. I know I represent something much bigger than me. Thank you! I thank God for a voice into culture. I pray I use it wisely.”
Lecrae’s tour comes to Grand Rapids, MI to the Delta Plex on Oct. 30.
The lanky (6’ 4”) music artist also will co-host the annual Gospel Music Dove Awards next month.
Hear Lecrae explain how he wrote his new song, “Nuthin.”

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The ring tells the news

Ringing in the news

Singer-songwriter Kari Jobe couldn’t contain her enthusiasm.
“I still can’t believe it – I’m engaged.… AAHHHH!!!! I’m sooo soooo soooo blown away and thankful for all of your responses yesterday,” the singer tweeted this week. (8/12).
“I felt extremely celebrated. All of you are the best! Thank u for all the love to me and Cody Carnes.”
No wedding date has yet been revealed.
Jobe also learned this week that her “Majestic” CD received a Dove Award nomination as Praise & Worship Album of the Year.
Jobe is preparing for “The Majestic Tour” beginning in Sept. with singer Warren Barfield and ending Nov. 1 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Dove Awards 2014 45thThe name “Hillsong” was attached to 10 different Dove Award nominations in the official list released Aug. 13 by the Gospel Music Association.
Hillsong UNITED was nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Oceans: Where Feet May Fail”) and several other categories.
Hillsong Young & Free received four nominations, including New Artist of the Year.

Lecrae, Mandisa, and Matt Maher each received five Dove nominations. Winners will be named in ceremonies on Oct. 7 in Nashville.
Here are some of the major category nominees:

Song of the Year:
Fix My Eyes – For King & Country
Hello My Name Is – Matthew West

Hurricane – Natalie Grant
I Can Trust Him – The Perrys
Lord I Need You – Matt Maher,
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UNITED,
Overcomer – Mandisa,
Revival – Karen Peck and New River,
Say Amen – Brian Free & Assurance,

That’s Why – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

TobyMac and Natalie Grant as this week's Dove news conference

TobyMac and Natalie Grant as this week’s Dove news conference

Artist of the Year
Casting Crowns   -  Hillsong UNITED   -  Lecrae -  Mandisa – NEEDTOBREATHE   – Switchfoot

 New Artist of the Year
1 Girl Nation  – Andy Mineo  – Ellie Holcomb  – Hillsong Young & Free  -Love & The Outcome

Other Dove Tales:
Former Creed lead singer Scott Stapp’s album “Proof of Life” has a nomination as Rock Album of the Year.
A bluegrass version of “Revelation Song” by Chigger Hill Boys & Terri was nominated as Bluegrass Song of the Year.
Videos for Mandisa’s “Overcomer,” TobyMac’s “Speak Life” and MercyMe’s “Shake” were all nominated for Short Form Video of the Year.
Inspirational Film of the Year nominees include:
God’s Not Dead
Grace Unplugged
Heaven Is For Real
Son of God

For full list of nominees go to

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Bart pointing out his tour bus bunk

Bart pointing out his tour bus bunk

Life on a tour bus may seem like fun to some unknowing music fans, but it certainly isn’t glamorous.
Figuring how to cope with the rhythms of the road is an inexact science for many bands.
Take sleeping arrangements, for example.
Bunks are often stacked…. and not spacious. As MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard points out in this photo tweet.
“That’s my bunk on the tour bus – or should I say coffin,” quipped the singer.


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Dove Awards 2014 45thNominees for the 45th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards will be announced at a news conference in Nashville on Wed. Aug. 13.
The awards ceremonies will be held Tuesday Oct. 7 in Allen Arena of Lipscomb University in Nashville.

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Duncan Phillips about to check out

Duncan Phillips about to check out

Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips had a knee procedure on Tuesday (7/22) and went home to recuperate shortly afterwards.
“Thanks for all the love and prayers! Recovery will be swift!,” promised Phillips in a tweet to fans.
The artist had suffered a torn meniscus, diagnosed earlier this month. He had the surgery in the bone and joint center of Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
He’s expected be back on the stage for a pair of concerts next week.

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Mullins rag.. cd cvrNow available – The “Ragamuffin” film “soundtrack” – Various of the late singer-songwriter Rich Mullins’ tunes inspired and covered by artists such as Sidewalk Prophets (“If I Stand”), Andrew Peterson (“Calling Out Your Name”) and Jars of Clay (“Land of My Sojourn”).
Also on the album are two new songs by Mullins which were never before released – a tune titled “Never Heard the Music” and his rough-cut demo of a new song called “Now.”

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