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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NEW MERCYME

The band prepares for an TV appearance in Chicago

The band waits for a TV appearance

“Welcome to the New,” the new album from MercyMe, landed No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart on its first week in stores. It was No. 1 on the Christian album chart.
The band has been doing extensive promotional appearances in connection with the new album which contains the hit “Shake.” (The video for “Shake” has had more than 2 million you tube hits).
The new CD reached No. 3 on iTunes.
They’ll be playing for Matt Lauer and crew on “The Today Show” on Tuesday (4/22).

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NTB ON TV

The band NeedToBreathe, with their new album “Rivers In The Wasteland,” will sing on “The Last Show With David Letterman” next week Wednesday night (4/23). Reports are they’ll do their new song, “The Heart.”
The players have been doing various media appearances before they start their tour later this spring.
Watch their video for “The Heart.”

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BRITT OUT WEST

Britt, Ella and Joshua - a family trio

Britt, Ella and Joshua – a family trio

Singer Britt Nicole flew to Los Angeles this week (4/14) to work on her next album and she’s already spent some late nights in the studio laying down vocal tracks.
Nicole, 29, made the trip with her husband and their baby Ella to work on the project, which will be the successor to her popular “Gold” CD which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
“I love this weather,” she noted of L.A.’s sunny skies.

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