Jars of Clay’s music video for their new song “Fall Asleep” was shot and produced in The Philippines last spring and featured a Filipino director and actors.
Now the band wants to help the Pacific island nation after the tragic Typhoon Haiyan of earlier this month.
“Join us and the many others as we hope to be generous in turn with our love, prayers and finances during this great time of need for our friends and neighbors that have been ravaged,” read a statement from band members.
The director and actors donated all of their time to the “Fall Asleep” video project, at no cost to the band.
You can download the song from www.noisetrade.com and then leave a “tip” which will go 100 percent to the Philippine Red Cross.
Read an interview with lead singer Dan Haseltine about the relief effort at http://blog.noisetrade.com/2013/11/jars-of-clay-offers-fall-asleep-and-partners-with-the-philippine-red-cross/
Morgan Harper Nichols
Singer-songwriter Jamie Grace has a musical big sister who is up for an award.
Morgan Harper Nichols has been nominated for “The Next Big Thing” in the We Love Music Awards sponsored by NewReleaseTuesday.com, a Christian music news website.
The artist has written songs since she was a teen-ager (just like her sister!)
One of her early songs was included in the film “The Bratz Movie.”
Currently Morgan is worship leader at a church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and performs regular concerts as well.
If you’d like to vote for her online, visit www.weloveawards.com
Stephen Mason with last year's mustache (left) and his fresh start in November
Jars of Clay guitarist Stephen Mason is again using the month of November to grow a mustache as a fundraiser for cancer awareness.
“I want my mustache-growing ability to make a difference in the world,” quipped the artist.
The first day of his effort tripled his donation total from last year’s opening day – $670.00 and he has already surpassed his 2012 total.
“Keep it growing,” tweeted Mason.
The guitarist kept his previous ‘stache for a full year and grew it to handlebar lengths, evident in the photo shoot for Jars’ new album, “Inland.”
To make a contribution visit http://us.movember.com/mospace/4761333
Remember the Grammy-winning disco anthem of the late 1970s “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor?
Well, Gaynor has been working on a gospel album to be released Nov. 26. And she’s giving the new CD the title “We Will Survive.” At the same time a new book telling her life story will soon be available.
“Recording a Gospel album was something I’ve wanted to do for years, but my manager and husband kept putting me off,” Gaynor said during a recent interview.
“Now that I’m in control of my own career, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and combine the four things I believe I was created to do – sing, write, teach, and share my faith.”
Gaynor said the award-winning song with its determined lyrics have led thousands of fans to share their stories with her over the years. In the book, Gaynor shares some of those stories.
The group Avalon traveled across the Pacific this week for several concerts, including a large event Saturday (11/9) at Shinkil Church in Seoul, South Korea.
“Every time we sing we ask God to show Himself strong and bless,” tweeted one group member.
“We appreciate your prayers.”
Above is a poster for the concert. (Sorry, translation not provided!)
TobyMac was featured in a recent article (11/6) in the Washington Post.
The profile included a look at the singer’s past – he’s a native of the Washington D.C. area and the article mentions the landmarks that helped shape his upbringing and early musical interests.
Readers also learn about some of Toby’s “teen” hangouts, his family and schooling, his golf skills as well as his current music artistry. Read it at http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/meet-tobymac-one-of-christian-musics-biggest-stars/2013/10/31/ab620922-40ab-11e3-9c8b-e8deeb3c755b_story.html
Connie Harrington (3rd from left) is co-writer of the Lee Brice (right) hit "I Drive Your Truck." Also pictured are co-writers Jimmy Yeary (2nd from left) and Jessi Alexander (2nd from right); Paul Monti (3rd from right) the father who inspired the song, and BMI executive Perry Howard (left).
At the Country Music Association (CMA) awards Wed. night (11/6) the winner of the Country Song of the Year was “I Drive Your Truck,” (sung by Lee Brice) co-written by Connie Harrington and based on the true story of a father who lost his soldier-son in war and drove his truck to remember him.
Harrington has a background in Christian music. She worked at the former Christian record label Benson back during the 1990s when she was just getting into songwriting.
Before Harrington got into country music she co-wrote songs for Christian artists including Avalon (“In A Different Light”), Aaron*Jeoffrey, Sierra and Carolyn Arends.
Gaither Vocal Band before the most recent change
Singers Mark Lowry and Michael English are leaving the Gaither Vocal Band to have more time for their solo careers. “We can come and go, but we never really leave,” said Lowry, in a statement to fans about the long-running group, begun by Bill Gaither more than 25 years ago.
Lowry will still participate in a Gaither cruise next year as well as some individual concerts, but English has already ended his run with the group.
Four years ago Lowry and English rejoined Gaither’s group, making it a five-man ensemble with Wes Hampton, David Phelps and Gaither.
The group has featured various distinguished singers over the years, including Larnelle Harris, Steve Green, Jonathan Hilldreth, Buddy Mullins and Marshall Hall.
Reportedly, solo artist Michael O’Brien (formerly a singer with the NewSong) was asked to audition for one of the open spots, but declined.
Nicole C. Mullen has a new album “Crown Him: Hymns Old and New” initially being sold exclusively through the Family Christian Stores retail chain.
The selections are her renditions of some of the great hymns of the church, including “All Hail the Power” and “Blessed Assurance” as well as a new song, “Teach Me.”
Mullen also placed two of her own best-known favorites on the CD, “Redeemer” and “Call On Jesus.”
Singer-songwriter David Crowder’s new song “I Am” is making an appearance via digital outlets on Nov. 25.
It’s in preparation for his album of new songs (“Neon Steeple”) which hits Feb. 18, 2014.
“Everything you need to know about the sound is in that title,” Crowder said of is forthcoming album.
“It’s like church music meets porch music – “folktronica” – a little ‘glam-tronica’ too,” he added.
He noted it’s been a long journey since the Crowder Band ended as he ventured into new territory.
“We found ourselves in rooms with people where we felt we were on the porch together…but now I need to get some of that ‘computer music’ side out of me, too – folktronica.”
He’ll be doing a tour with All Sons & Daughters and Capital Kings.
See David talking about the new project at www.crowdermusic.com