SINGING IN BRAZIL

A concert poster in Brazil

A concert poster in Brazil

Before the busyness of soccer’s Word Cup began, the quartet Avalon visited the nation of Brazil, singing in several concerts and appearing at other events.
A highlight was the singers performing the praise chorus “I Love You, Lord” in Portuguese.
“One of my favorite moments in concerts there was when everybody else was singing to Jesus in their own language,” remarked Avalon singer Greg Long.

 

 

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CHANNELING AMY?

Britt & AmyBritt Nicole used a “throwback Thursday” to post side by side photos of herself and fellow singer Amy Grant, each wearing a leopard print jacket.
“Never saw this until now,” tweeted Nicole.
“Me and @amygrant…same hair, same jacket. I’m truly a child of the ’80s.”

"Unguarded"

“Unguarded”

Grant wore the jacket for the cover photo on her 1985 “Unguarded” album, which included the Christian radio hits “Find A Way” and “Sharayah.”

 

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A.A. CHANGES

Josh Engler (foreground) and Audio Adrenaline

Josh Engler (foreground) and Audio Adrenaline

You probably have already got wind of the news: Audio Adrenaline has a new lead singer – Josh Engler (formerly with Abandon) – following the amicable departure of Kevin Max to pursue a solo career.
Audio Adrenaline is moving to more “vertical-based” music approach, partnering with Teen Mania’s Aquire the Fire events, and expanding their worship program.
Max, who fronted the re-formed A.A. for the last several years, already has a solo album in the works (“Broken Temples”) and a new song “Infinite” which will be on iTunes June 10.
Kevin moved to Nashville from his hometown of Grand Rapids three years ago to be part of the rebooted Audio A.
Kevin’s sensitive statement: “After dc Talk, I went through a period of finding myself and learning the hard way that without a team around me, left to my own devices, I could easily get lost in myself. Lost in my own ego, God found me and broke me of my pride. He then brought me back to Nashville. I have spent the last two years being refined and restored. I feel revitalized.
I am excited about what is around the corner for my family, friends and the music that God continues to gift us with. I have no desire to run from Nashville. I have no desire to run from what I have continued to pursue in the Christian Arts. If anything, I feel that these last two years have given me the tools and desire to make the best art I can within this industry. One of the first dc Talk monikers was ‘if it’s Christian, it ought to be better.’ That is my new goal and again more than ever, a slogan in my life.
I, Kevin Max, promise to dive deep into music, poetry, stories and imagination, but most of all into the web of wonderful relationships and people that God has brought into my life on this amazing journey of the soul.”
See the new lyric video for “Infinite” at:

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SODA CAN DEJA VU

photo provided by Pepsi

(photo provided by Pepsi)

For the second consecutive year some cans of Pepsi products in select Midwest states will feature Christian music artists.
Beginning this fall, more than 25 million cans will bear the images of four well known artists in Pepsi’s Mid American region of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
For King & Country (including their band logo) will be on Pepsi cans, Casting Crowns on Dr. Pepper, Britt Nicole on Mountain Dew cans, and Josh Wilson on cans of Diet Pepsi.
Last year, singer-songwriters Francesca Battistelli and Matthew West were among a group of artists that were honored with photos on Pepsi products.

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BIG STAGE DEBUT

 

David Crowder performing his new songs

David Crowder performing his new songs

David Crowder’s new solo album, “Neon Steeple,” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. (right behind The Black Keys’ new album which was No. 10).
One of the songs from the new CD – “I Am” – is still in the top 3 of Billboard’s Christian song chart.
Crowder got to showcase his music last Saturday (5/31) on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville where he also sang “I Saw the Light” as a tribute to Hank Williams Sr.

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VOTE FOR RHETT

Rhett Walker campaign sign - 2014Imagine driving down the street and seeing a campaign sign along the road with your name on it!
Something like that happened to lead singer Rhett Walker of the Rhett Walker Band. He was sent a photo of a sign in a front yard in Canton, Georgia saying “Elect Rhett Walker, Cherokee Country Board of Education.”
And this just in…Rhett Walker finished second in the June 3 primary and is now campaigning in the runoff election set for July 15 .

The "other" Rhett Walker

The “other”            Rhett Walker

The singer’s namesake works at an insurance company, is married and attends a Baptist Church where he is a deacon and choir director!
(I wonder if that choir does any Rhett Walker Band songs…).

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FESTIVAL OVERSEAS

Behind the stage look at Rend Collective

Behind the stage look at Rend Collective

Third Day, Rend Collective, and Matt Maher were among the Christian artists who performed at the Big Church Day Out festival in England last weekend (5/24).
Days earlier, Third Day had played a USO concert for troops and their families stationed in England.
“Cannot express how great this trip to the UK this was,” tweeted Third Day lead singer Mac Powell. “What a special time and place.”

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A “VOCAL” UPDATE

Singer Phil Wickham visited the doctor recently, still recovering from his vocal chord surgery of 4 weeks ago.
“Scoped my vocal chords and they look 100% healed and healthy!” he tweeted to fans this week (5/27).
He can speak freely, but still can’t sing until several months from now when his recuperation period is complete.
In a video message, he also mentioned that his song “This Is Amazing Grace” is nominated for a fan award.

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SINGER ON THE SCREEN

Alan Powell

Alan Powell

Singer Alan Powell of the band Anthem Lights is in a feature film (“The Song”) to be released this fall.
It’s about a Christian singer-songwriter who writes his wife a song which turns into a huge nationwide hit and moves him into temptation amidst stardom.
Also in the film is Aaron Benward (formerly of the musical duo Aaron*Jeoffrey) and his real-life wife Kendra Benward.
The movie is said to be inspired by the life and writings of the biblical King Solomon.
The film, which is not yet rated, is scheduled to be in theaters beginning Sept. 26. For more info visit www.thesongmovie.com

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JAMIE GRACE SHARES

Jamie with her dad, Bishop J. Harper

Jamie with her dad, Bishop J. Harper

The mother of singer-songwriter Jamie Grace is slowly recovering from surgery following her diagnosis of pudendal neuralgia. The condition involves a major nerve that runs through the pelvic region and affects a number of internal organs as well as overall health and mobility.
“As a result of her condition she began struggling with every day tasks, some as simple as walking or sitting up,” said Jamie in a recent blog post.
But the singer is thankful that now her mother is once again walking (with a walker), and becoming more active.
Jamie’s older sister and brother-in-law moved back to the Atlanta, Ga. area to be closer to her mother.
There’s more about it on Jamie’s blog post at www.imafighter.org.

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