FAITHFUL DEDICATION

Ella Brave Crosby, the four-month old daughter of singer Britt Nicole and husband Josh Crosby, was dedicated at the family’s church last Sunday (12/8).
“I know her life, her smile, her spirit, her grace, and love will change the lives of many people….Can’t wait to see how God uses her,” tweeted the singer.
“Love my church and church family….thankful for them,” she added.
Meanwhile, the following day was Josh’s birthday, which the family also celebrated.

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A NEW HEART!

Chris, Amanda and Silas Huffman

Silas Huffman, 8 month-old son of Casting Crowns bass player Chris and Amanda Huffman, received a new heart Sunday Dec. 8, after being on the waiting list since early fall.
“It’s really good to not see a big Berlin Heart machine at the foot of his bed,” wrote Chris following the transplant procedure.
“Much work to be done on the nurses’ part, Silas’ body’s part, and our part in helping his recovery go well. The biggest step has been taken, but the journey is far from over!!
There’ve been over 100,000 visitors to Silas’ page at www.caringbridge.org.

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“…AN HONOR JUST TO BE NOMINATED”

Mandisa, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher and Natalie Grant all have received multiple GrammyAward nominations.
Mandisa’s song “Overcomer” and Natalie Grant’s “Hurricane” each received two nominations (in “song” and “performance” categories).
Chris Tomlin’s song “Whom Shall I Fear? (Angel Armies)” was nominated for best contemporary Christian song; and his CD “Burning Lights,” also scored a nomination.
Maher’s CD “All the People Said Amen” received a Grammy nomination, as did his song “Lord, I Need You.”
Other Christian artists getting nominations -TobyMac (his ninth as a solo artist), Building 429, Steven Curtis Chapman and Matt Redman (who won two Grammys last year for “10,000 Reasons”).
The awards will be held in Los Angeles, Calif. on Jan. 26, 2014 and will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.
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RADIO REMINDER

Reminder that you can hear Terry’s weekly Christian music news updates at 4:20 p.m. EST Fridays on JQ-99 (WJQK-FM 99.3) and repeated at 3:15 p.m. Saturdays.
Outside of West Michigan you can stream it live at www.jq99.com

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SWITCH ON TV

The band Switchfoot will be on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” next Tuesday Dec. 10.
They’ll be singing “Who We Are” from their upcoming CD “Fading West.”
An EP containing the song has already been released, but the full length album hits stores on Jan. 14.
The band filmed a documentary, also titled “Fading West,” which it has been showing at its recent concerts.

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CHRISTMAS FRIENDS

Singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith got some network television time this week on the CMA Country Christmas special last Monday (12/2) on ABC.
Smith sang one of his own Christmas songs (“It’s Christmas Day”) in a duet with the special’s host Jennifer Nettles. (See the video below)
Nettles told him she was a long time fan, and as a kid remembers a musical her church did that features Smith’s signature ballad “Friends.”
Later on the same show – Rascal Flatts did a version of the old 4Him song, “A Strange Way to Save the World,” co-written by 4Him singer Mark Harris.

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A TELLING REVIEW

Brandon Heath’s new Christmas CD (“Christmas is Here”) was one of several holiday CD’s reviewed in the New York Times.
The Times referred to Heath as a “Christian singer with a smooth croon.” They saluted one of his original songs, “Momma Wouldn’t Lie to Me” and says he delivers the song “Just A Girl” “like a smooth rock number by Don  Henley.”
Also reviewed were Christmas albums by Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins and Marvin Sapp!
Read the entire review at: http://is.gd/1tknx9

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OLD SCHOOL VIDEO

The Christian rock band WhiteHeart, which is doing a reunion tour next year, recently released some rare video footage from a concert they did in Grand Rapids, MI back in the 1980s.
The song is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Christian” from their album “Don’t Wait For the Movie.”
The clip features some great instrumentals from drummer Chris McHugh, bassist Tommy Sims and guitarist Gordon Kennedy. Rick Florian is the lead singer.
By the way, McHugh is now drummer for country music star Keith Urban.

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MORE THAN A COFFEE RUN

Coffee shop time for Leeland

The worship-based band Leeland has performed all over the world with its music.
This week (11/25) they were in Norway and enjoyed some Norwegian-blend coffee before a recent concert in the community of Hamar, a city of about 30,000 in southeast Norway.

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SINGER TRANSITIONS

Singer Blanca Callahan of Group 1 Crew has told fans she is stepping away from the group to pursue music as a solo artist.
“I learned how much I truly loved doing music that impacted people’s lives,” said the singer of her time with Manwell Reyes in Group 1 Crew.
First as a trio and then as a duo, the pop group was part of several major tours (including Winter Jam) and had numerous Christian radio hits.
“There was something inside of me that said, there’s something more,” she said.
Over the last few years….getting married and now with an infant son London, she realized she was prepared for what came next.
She said Group 1 Crew will continue on with Reyes, but she is excited about finding “her new voice” as a solo artist.

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