MercyMe has a brand new video for their new song “Shake” – which involves a little “shake dancing” along with the music. Besides a bit of dancing by band members, the video incorporates about 100 “extras” many experienced dancers.
The band is encouraging fans to video themselves doing the shake dance and send the clips to “#mmshake” to share with other fans. Check the original video below.
There’s a year-end IMPACT this year in Nashville that will be felt throughout North America.
Allen Arena in Nashville (site of this year’s Dove Awards) hosts LeCrae, Jeremy Camp and Natalie Grant for a special New Year’s Eve concert/event to ring in 2014.
You can buy tickets to be there in person, or watch it free online at home via the Internet.
If you want to make an event out of this for your church or youth group you can make arrangements to receive a high-definition feed.
The celebration is 5-hours long (8 p.m. to 1 a.m. EST, 7 p.m. to midnight CST).
Other musical guests include Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, Sidewalk Prophets, Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weave, Shane and Shane and speaker David Nassar.
Online viewers need to register ahead of time at www.newyearsimpact.com
Chris August (front) and friends gaming on the tour bus
Singers Chris August, Colton Dixon and the duo Capital Kings are all out currently on the “Hits Deep” tour with TobyMac.
On most tours you end up on long bus rides going from state to state between concerts, so you look for things to pass the time. These guys are enjoying some of their favorite video games in the back of their travel coach: Tiger Woods 2014 and NHL Hockey.
Mandisa has a new clothing line with her name on it – “Simply Mandisa.”
The products include message T-shirts that have positive messages such as “Purely Loving my Husband,” “Single and God’s Best” and “Waiting For My Boaz.”
There are also fitness slacks and tops, accessories like jewelry and bags, and yes – there are plus sizes.
“I wanted to develop a line that would represent my passion and share my devotion. I meet people every day that touch my life and I want to reach out and touch the lives of others, sharing what inspires me,” said the artist.
A percentage of proceeds from the new line will benefit a Nashville-based discipling ministry called Lionshare.
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/
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!)