Point of Grace is marking the holidays with a new Christmas CD, sold exclusively in Cracker Barrel Old Country stores.
“A Point of Grace Christmas” is now on sale and features 12 songs, including favorites from some of their previous holiday releases – a mixture of mainstream songs and Christmas carols.
This Sunday (11/24) the group is appearing at the Cracker Barrel location near the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to sing songs from the project.
Among the CD’s song selections, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Winter Wonderland,” “For Unto Us,” and “Joy to the World.”
Singer-songwriter Bebo Norman performed his last concert earlier this month.
Bebo announced this year that he would be “retiring” from public music ministry at the end of 2013.
He completed a tour with Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves, with his final concert on Nov. 3.
“Thanks for writing some great songs over the years, amigo,” tweeted Peterson.
“Cheers to you as you head on down the road.”
Some of Norman’s popular songs over the years have been “Pull Me Out,” “Nothing Without You” and his trademark ballad, “Great Light of the World.”
His final CD collection was the 2012 project “Lights of Distant Cities.”
Scenes from Show Hope's 10th anniversary celebration
Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth hosted the annual fundraising banquet for Show Hope ministry last weekend (11/16-17).
Show Hope is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.
Among the special speakers at the event (held during National Adoption Month) was former Olympic ice skater Scott Hamilton (bottom, left) who was adopted as an infant.
Chapman also performed music from his new CD “The Glorious Unfolding.”
Show Hope, begun by the Chapmans after the first of their three adoptions, has now given monetary grants to 4,000 adoption-seeking couples, and treated medical needs of a thousand orphans – many of them at Maria’s Big House of Hope in China. Visit www.showhope.org for more information.
Casting Crowns new CD, “Thrive,” doesn’t hit stores until January 28. But it’s already jumped to the top of the itunes Christian album sales charts with buyers who are participating in the CD pre-sale.
Their song “All You’ve Ever Wanted” is on the new album, and is No. 1 on the itunes Christian song chart.
A tour featuring songs from the new collection starts in February, as Casting Crowns is joined by Laura Story and For King & Country.
A new book of the same name (“Thrive: Digging Deep, Reaching Out”) by lead singer Mark Hall will be out in February, published by Zondervan.
“The idea of ‘Thrive’came out of our student ministry and what we’ve been teaching for years on what a believer looks like,” said Hall. “This record and book is an effort to draw a picture of what a believer would look like if they dug into their roots and understood God and themselves more.”
Trivia note: Newsboys released a CD titled “Thrive” way back in 2002. It contained their popular worship song “It Is You” as well as their radio hit “Million Pieces”.
The worship band Hillsong United has been touring the United States this month and while traveling along the east coast last weekend (11/16-17), band members had time for a tour of the White House.
“It was a surreal experience,” tweeted lead singer Joel Houston.
“JD (band member Jonathon “JD” Douglass) made a run for office.”
Nearly all the band members are citizens of Austrailia, the headquarters and birthplace of the huge Hillsong Church.
The band then continued their tour with a Nov. 18 concert in Greensboro, NC.
The Girls of Grace conferences, aimed at teen girls and founded by the group Point of Grace, is hosting its first ever cruise for teen girls and their moms in January of 2015.
The four-day Caribbean cruise includes Point of Grace, speaker-author Annie Downs and Chris Wheeler. It will set sail in Florida and embark for the Mexican resort area of Cozumel.
MercyMe has a brand new video for their new song “Shake” – which involves a little “shake dancing” along with the music. Besides a bit of dancing by band members, the video incorporates about 100 “extras” many experienced dancers.
The band is encouraging fans to video themselves doing the shake dance and send the clips to “#mmshake” to share with other fans. Check the original video below.
There’s a year-end IMPACT this year in Nashville that will be felt throughout North America.
Allen Arena in Nashville (site of this year’s Dove Awards) hosts LeCrae, Jeremy Camp and Natalie Grant for a special New Year’s Eve concert/event to ring in 2014.
You can buy tickets to be there in person, or watch it free online at home via the Internet.
If you want to make an event out of this for your church or youth group you can make arrangements to receive a high-definition feed.
The celebration is 5-hours long (8 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST, 7 p.m. to midnight CST).
Other musical guests include Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, Sidewalk Prophets, Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave, Shane and Shane and speaker David Nassar.
Online viewers need to register ahead of time at www.newyearsimpact.com
Chris August (front) and friends gaming on the tour bus
Singers Chris August, Colton Dixon and the duo Capital Kings are all out currently on the “Hits Deep” tour with TobyMac.
On most tours you end up on long bus rides going from state to state between concerts, so you look for things to pass the time. These guys are enjoying some of their favorite video games in the back of their travel coach: Tiger Woods 2014 and NHL Hockey.
Mandisa has a new clothing line with her name on it – “Simply Mandisa.”
The products include message T-shirts that have positive messages such as “Purely Loving my Husband,” “Single and God’s Best” and “Waiting For My Boaz.”
There are also fitness slacks and tops, accessories like jewelry and bags, and yes – there are plus sizes.
“I wanted to develop a line that would represent my passion and share my devotion. I meet people every day that touch my life and I want to reach out and touch the lives of others, sharing what inspires me,” said the artist.
A percentage of proceeds from the new line will benefit a Nashville-based discipling ministry called Lionshare.