Casting Crowns’ new release “Thrive” debuted at No. 6 on Billboard Magazine’s overall top 200 album chart. It lodged between the latest CDs from Beyonce and Bruno Mars.
“Thrive” hit the top of the magazine’s Christian album chart. Meanwhile, the new “Ready to Fly” from Jamie Grace debuted at No. 3 on the Christian album chart, and doubled the first week sales figures of her previous album.
The 22-year-old Grace was recently interviewed on “The 700 Club” program. View the segment below.
Several Christian music artists took to Twitter saluting the talent of singer-songwiter Bruno Mars who performed during the Super Bowl halftime show last Sunday (2/2).
Chris Tomlin, Bart Millard of MercyMe and Jaime Jamgochian all complimented his talent.
Millard apparently got some flack for his remarks about Mars, and the lead singer responded via Facebook.
“Seriously I love you guys. I really do, but you’ve got to find a bigger cross to die on. If me saying Bruno’s performance was awesome can instantly tear down my 20 years of ministry, then I’ve been doing something terribly wrong!,” he began.
Read the entire statement at http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n6hit3
Thousands were in the crowd at the National Prayer Breakfast
Brandon Heath was one of several Christian music artists in attendance Thursday (2/6) at the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast gathering at the Washington Hilton Hotel in the nation’s capitol.
President Barak Obama spoke to an audience which included the First Lady, the Vice-President, and various legislators and clergy.
In his remarks, the President urged North Korea to release Christian missionary Kenneth Bae and for Iran to release pastor Saeed Abedini.
Christian music singers Steve Green and Yolanda Adams were also on hand.
“There are some amazing people out there leading our world who love Jesus,” Heath tweeted following the event.
Switchfoot’s new “Fading West” CD debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was also on the top of several Christian music charts.
Albums released this week (1/27) that likely will impact Billboard’s top list – Casting Crowns’ “Thrive” and Jamie Grace’s “Ready To Fly.”
The Christian rock band Pillar, which reunited last year, has already raised more than 50 thousand dollars via Kickstarter toward the recording of a new album.
Lead singer Rob Beckley and the band are heading into the studio next month to record their indie project.
One of the new songs is “Lion Leads The Way.”
Beckley describes their plan:
Michael W. Smith’s “barn” in Franklin, Tenn. was the setting Wednesday (1/29) for a live recording session for his new album.
One of the new songs is titled “The One That Really Matters” and is co-written by Jennie Riddle (“Revelation Song”). Lead vocals on the song were done by Kari Jobe.
“She took the platform and sang her huge heart out on it,” said Riddle, who was at the session to witness the recording.
Mark Schultz and his wife Kate are expecting their second child – another boy – in May.
“Ryan is already excited about his baby brother,” said the singer.
“He already has a name for him – helicopter.”
This spring Schultz is also releasing a Hymns project – classic hymns with some pop “inspiration.”
Schultz is touring this spring with the inspirational trio Selah.
Algoma Christian School in Kent City north of Grand Rapids, MI is doing a unique fundraiser. They’re sponsoring a Battle of the Bands – March 28 at Kent City Baptist Church. Christian bands, solo artists and church worship teams are invited to participate for a $25 entry fee.
The winner gets a three-song recording session at a local studio and will open a concert the following night for Tricia Brock, former lead singer of Superchick and now a solo artist who performs at the Kent City church on March 29.
Tickets for the battle are $5 and for the following night concert with Tricia Brock, $10.
Registration forms and more info at http://www.algomachristian.net/Activities-and-Events/Battle-of-the-Bands.aspx
Singer Natalie Grant is from the state of Washington and is a big Seattle Seahawks football fan, and she may get to see the team if they win this weekend and make it to the Superbowl.
Grant is one of the artists performing in the Super Bowl gospel concert, held the Friday of Superbowl weekend in the theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Also performing, Mary Mary, Tamela Mann and a special gospel choir made up of current and former NFL players.
See the promo video: