DIFFERENT NAME, SAME GROUP

The title of the new CD is "No Other Name"The worship band HIllsong Live, composed of members of the multi-campus Hillsong Church, has officially changed its name to Hillsong Worship.
The newly-named group is releasing its latest album – “No Other Name” – on July 1, the same time as the church’s annual Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia.
The 11 new songs are from the same pool of worship leaders that have written songs on the last number of albums, including Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding. That pair is responsible for writing the oft-covered modern worship anthem, “Mighty to Save.”

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HEADS UP FOR THE FALL…

Francesca Battistelli, one of numerous artists heading up tours this fall

Francesca Battistelli, one of numerous artists heading up fall tours

Christian music concert tours coming this fall:
(perhaps to a city near you!)
*Francesca Battistelli, Sanctus Real, Jon Bauer
*Building 429, Love & The Outcome, Cadence
*VeggieTales Live “Silly Song Sing-Along”
*Hawk Nelson, JJ Heller, Finding Favour
*Josh Wilson, Citizen Way, Dan Bremnes
*Newsboys, Family Force 5, 7eventh Time Down
(confirmed Nov. 8 in Muskegon, Mich.)

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RETURN TO CHINA

The Chapman flight

The Chapman flight

Steven Curtis Chapman and family flew across the Pacific Ocean to China on June 11.
The family will be visiting Maria’s Big House of Hope, the special needs children medical-residential facility in Henan Province.
The six-story facility is named in honor of Maria Sue Chapman, the youngest of the Chapman’s three adopted Chinese daughters who died in a car accident in 2008.
The family will also be visiting several other clinics and locations in China.
“Praying for big things” said the artist.

 

 

 

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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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