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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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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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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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, 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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Plus One, the male vocal pop group from the early 2000s, is making a comeback with a new album by three of its original members.
Their new song, “My All,” is available for fans who sign up on their new website
Nathan Walters, Gabe Combs and Jason Perry released a statement that said in part, “Something has been tugging at us, and there are more stories to tell. And it feels like the perfect time to come together to share those with you.”
The original Plus One quintet  (comparable to vocal bands such as Backstreet Boys) hit Christian music hard in 2000 winning a Dove Award for New Artist of the Year and knocking out chart-topping pop hits such as “Written on My Heart” and “Last Flight Out.” Nearly as quickly the flame burned low as several of the members left the group and their last CD came in 2003 before they broke up the following year.
Singer Jamie Grace was a big Plus One fan in her childhood. “My sis and I are going crazy!” she tweeted. “It’s been a hard secret to keep!”
See the Plus One announcement below

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Della and big sister Eiley Richards

Della and big sister Eiley Richards

Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife MaryBeth have another grandchild!
Della Rosamond Richards was born March 29 to Chapman’s daughter Emily Richards and her husband Tanner.
“Our second grand baby was 8.2 pounds and 19.75 inches,” tweeted the couple.



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Lecrae (front) and Tedashii (r.)

Lecrae (front) and Tedashii (r.) with TV sports commentators Clark Kellogg (l.) and Ernie Johnson

Lecrae and Tedashii, two Christian hip-hop/rap artists, attended the NCAA men’s basketball championship game last Monday (4/7) in Arlington, Texas.
The pair met some celebrities along the way (including media members covering the game) and watched an exciting game as the University of Connecticut topped the University of Kentucky 60-54.
The previous weekend, Lecrae had performed a post-game concert in Atlanta at the NBA game between the Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.



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Jobe, Kari CD cover Majestic 2014Kari Jobe’s new album has made a “majestic” impact on sales charts.
Her live album “Majestic” debuted at the top of three different Billboard Christian music charts – Digital, Praise & Worship and Contemporary. The album also hit No. 12 on the overall Billboard album sales chart.
There’s also a live DVD version of “Majestic,” which was recorded last fall.
“I don’t care what song I sing, if the heart of it is that people fall more in love with Jesus and they understand the heart of God for them,” said Jobe, who is also a church worship leader.


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The band Needtobreathe has a couple of TV performances set in connection with their new CD.
“Rivers In the Wasteland” is the band’s new collection, releasing April 15. And they’ll be performing a song from the CD April 18 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and April 23 on the “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Needtobreathe has been on the Letterman show before. This time they’ll be singing “The Heart” from the new release.


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