AWESOME HONORS

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins was posthumously inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame this week (4/29).
His younger brother David accepted the award on behalf of Rich, who died in a car crash in 1997.
“It strikes me that 17 years later – and now with (the movie) “Ragamuffin” coming out –  people are still moved by what God does,” he said of the new “bio-pic” of the singer’s life.
Michael W. Smith performed Mullins’ signature song “Awesome God,” backed by a small gospel choir. And singer-songwriter Matt Maher spoke of meeting Mullins and the impact he had. “Whenever I remember him and sing these songs, I know he is in heaven and doing what he longed to do all the time.”

TobyMac, Max and Tait with Michael Guido

TobyMac, Max and Tait with Michael Guido

The three members of dcTalk – Kevin Max, Michael Tait and Toby McKeehan (TobyMac) – joined to honor their former road pastor Michael Guido, who was bestowed a Gospel Music Association honor award.
Read more and see photos of the ceremonies in The Tennessean at: http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/04/29/take-d-bobby-jones-among-gospel-honorees/8495449/?sf25610607=1

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A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Huffman, SilasSilas Huffman, son of Casting Crowns bass player Chris Huffman and recipient of a heart transplant, celebrated his first birthday Monday (April 28).
Silas required hospitalization for 100 consecutive days and had transplant surgery in December. His parents report that Silas still struggles to eat without a feeding tube, and they are learning a “new normal” for him.
The Fox TV affiliate in Atlanta Ga. did a feature on young Silas on the occasion of his birthday. See it at:
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/video?clipId=10103852&autostart=true&utm_content=buffer3e85b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#axzz30Hygktvi

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KICK TO START

Scott and Christine Dente of Out of the Grey

Scott and Christine Dente of                 Out of the Grey

Several artists – new and veteran – have been working on new albums via Kickstarter or similar vehicles, seeking donations from fans to help support their new projects.
Pillar, John Schlitt, Disciple and Bryan Duncan are among the “mature” artists using the technique. And now Out of the Grey, the husband & wife acoustic-pop duo, is returning to the studio after 12 years away.
Scott and Christine Dente are seeking $35,000 to cover costs for the album, and are offering incentives for fan support. As of Sun. May 4 they were within $1,000 of their goal. (The campaign ends May 23). Check it out at kickstarter.com

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MERCY TV

Bart Millard on "Today Show" set

Bart Millard on “Today Show” set

The MercyMe guys got a nice spot with co-hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb on “The Today Show,” (4/22) where they did their song “Shake” in Studio 1A before a nationwide audience.
It’s one of several media appearances by the band touting their latest CD, “Welcome to the New.”
Besides singing the song, lead singer Bart Millard got a little time chatting with the hosts before the performance.
See it at: http://www.today.com/klgandhoda/mercyme-rock-studio-1a-hit-song-shake-1D79562791

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INTO THEIR THIRD DECADE

Third Day: working on new tunes

Third Day: working on new tunes

The Third Day crew keeps rolling along.
The veteran band is in the studio once again working on new music.
“Only God could have knitted the four of us together, 21 years strong,” said bass guitarist Tai Anderson.
Lead singer Mac Powell and guitarist Mark Lee were the original members back in the 1990s, joined soon after by drummer David Carr and Anderson. Long time member Brad Avery left the group in 2008.
The forthcoming album will be the follow-up to their 2012 release, “Miracle.”

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TAKING THEIR BREATH AWAY

NeedToBreathe is almost out of breath after a torrent of public appearances in connection with their new album, “Rivers in the Wasteland.”
After they appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last week Friday (4/18) – and before their performance on David Letterman on Wednesday (4/23), band members learned that the new CD debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 1 on the Christian album chart.
Now NeedtoBreathe has learned they’ll be on the “CBS This Morning” show on Sat. May 3.
In a surprise move, Late Night music director Paul Schaeffer played with the band on the Letterman show performance. See it below

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SPOTLIGHT ON NEON

Crowder at showcase

Crowder at showcase

David Crowder and his band played a new album showcase this week at The Rutledge, one of Nashville’s premier music spots, for officials at Capitol Records. Crowder premiered several new songs from his forthcoming album, “Neon Steeple,” releasing May 27.
“The arrow has left the string,” quipped the artist.
One description of his sound came in the new term “folktronica,” combining folk and EDM (Electronic Dance Music).

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BEST WISHES

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham

Singer-songwriter Phil Wickham is set for vocal chord surgery next Monday (4/28) to treat polyps (bumps) which have weakened his voice.
To remedy the symptoms he’s tried vocal rest, steroids and vocal therapy and now is submitting to surgery.
He will require some rest and rehabilitation following the procedure.
“Spirit is high, and heart is thankful. Hopeful to get on the other side of this,” tweeted Wickham, whose post was re-tweeted by several other artists, including Matt Maher.

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RE-IMAGINING A SONG

Gospel singer Tamela Mann has the No. 1 hit on gospel radio charts for the past five weeks. The name of the song?  “I Can Only Imagine,” the ballad popularized by MercyMe well over a decade ago.
Mann said she recently attended a dinner and sat with MercyMe singer-songwriter Bart Millard and shared about their families and favorite music.
Listen to her version of the song

Mann will be a guest on “The View” on ABC-TV next week Tuesday (4-22) and may be performing the song during her appearance.

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CHECK OUT THE BILLBOARDS

More nominations for Tomlin

More nominations for the touring Tomlin

Chris Tomlin is nominated in all three contemporary Christian music categories in the annual Billboard Music Awards.
Tomlin has nominations as top Christian artist, Christian album (“Burning Lights”) and Christian song (“Whom Shall I Fear?”).
Also receiving multiple nominations were Mandisa, Matthew West and Skillet.
The awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on 8 p.m. Sunday, May 18 on ABC.

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