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December, 2014

*Tuesday, December 30, 2014*


Darkness Divided Darkness Divided Premiere Eternal Thirst Music Video

Devout metal band DARKNESS DIVIDED have partnered with Decibel Magazine to release the latest video for 'Eternal Thirst', from their heralded debut album Written In Blood... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 29, 2014*


Project 86 Project 86 Frontman Andrew Schwab Releases New Side Project Material as London Six Echo

As if releasing new material regularly with his hard rock band Project 86 and writing books like Tin Soldiers (and its accompanying material) isn't enough, P86's Andrew Schwab has started debuting new songs under the banner London Six Echo... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 23, 2014*


Sivion, Sareem Poems, Kinetik, Sojourn, and Imperial Release 12 Bars of Christmas

Just in time for the holidays, rap veterans Sivion, Sareem Poems, Kinetik and Sojourn spit some bars over the Imperial-produced beat for "12 Bars of Christmas"... << Full Report >>

Christmas Music Gets The Visible Treatment From Madison Line Records

Traditions are a huge part of the Christmas season, but tradition for the sake of tradition sometimes falls short of generating that familiar and beloved Christmas spirit. Madison Line Records offers a cure for the common Christmas with its genre-stretching EP, A Visible Christmas Vol. 3... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 22, 2014*


Matt Kearney Mat Kearney Announces New Album Just Kids For February 24, 2015

MAT KEARNEY is set to unveil his highly anticipated new album JUST KIDS on February 24th with Inpop Records. In support of the new release, Mat will embark on his "Just Kids" nationwide tour... << Full Report >>

1 Girl Nation 1 Girl Nation Spreads Christmas Spirit On Cross-Country Holiday Mall Tour

It's been a very busy holiday season as 1 Girl Nation has been hitting the highways and bringing joy to shoppers across the country on its successful winter mall tour promoting their current project, A VERY 1 GIRL NATION CHRISTMAS... << Full Report >>

Fit For A King Fit For A King added to The Frozen Flame Tour (with August Burns Red)

Fit For A King has been officially added to The Frozen Flame Tour (Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink). The band will join headliners August Burns Red as well as Miss May I, Northlane and Erra... << Full Report >>

Household Announce 2015 Tour Alongside Until We Are Ghosts

HOUSEHOLD have announced their first tour for 2015 alongside Until We Are Ghosts (InVogue) in February. Check out the full list of dates below and also at www.bloodandinkrecords.com... << Full Report >>

Mae Mae Releases "The StageIt Sessions" on iTunes; The Everglow 10th Anniversary Tour Kicks Off In January

Influential Norfolk rock band Mae is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of their classic sophomore album, The Everglow, and has released The Stageit Sessions today. The intimate session was recorded live at their Stageit.com... << Full Report >>

*Friday, December 19, 2014*


Third Day Third Day Announces Spring 2015 Soul On Fire Tour

Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band THIRD DAY will hit the road this spring to headline the SOUL ON FIRE TOUR, coinciding with the March 3 release of the band's new worship album, LEAD US BACK.... << Full Report >>

Hillsong United Hillsong UNITED Celebrates RIAA Platinum Status For Their No. 1 Song, "Oceans"

Hillsong UNITED continues to make an impact with their No. 1 single "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" as the song has received RIAA Platinum status. Hillsong was included also in 10 of Billboard's... << Full Report >>

ForeverAtLast Sign With Victory Records

Victory Records is proud to welcome Indianapolis' FOREVERATLAST to their ever-growing roster. Drummer Jared Paris states "FOREVERATLAST is very excited to enter this new chapter of our band and creativity by joining together with Victory Records. Getting the opportunity to join a label that's put out some of... << Full Report >>

Chris Tomlin Chris Tomlin To Perform On Fox News Radios Todd Starnes All-American Christmas

GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Tomlin is a featured performer on Fox News Radio's two-hour Christmas special, "Todd Starnes All-American Christmas," (#toddschristmas) set to air on Christmas Eve. The special will air on a number of Fox News Channel... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, December 18, 2014*


Mark Schultz Mark Schultz's "Different Kind of Christmas" Single Goes Viral

Platinum-selling artist Mark Schultz's new Christmas single - "Different Kind of Christmas" - has reached viral status on Facebook. The live music video has received nearly 4.5 million views, 142,000 shares, 18,000 likes and numerous comments from fans and listeners, all within less than a week. "Different Kind of Christmas" also shot up to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs chart. The song was originally inspired by the life of Schultz's father-in-law and his recent passing... << Full Report >>

Christian Music Newcomer Brittany Jester is Making Noise with Debut Single and Self-Titled EP

Christian music newcomer Brittany Jester is making noise with her debut radio single, “Tell Me” – currently impacting radio stations nationwide. Brittany’s self-titled debut EP, Brittany Jester, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and at Cross Way Christian Supply stores... << Full Report >>

Maranatha! Music's No. 1-Selling "Top 25" Series Adds to Epic Collection with "Top 25 Praise Songs: 2015 Edition"

Maranatha! Music's best-selling Top 25 series is back with the epic annual collection, 'Top 25 Praise Songs 2015 Edition.' The double-disc set showcasing the top worship songs being sung in churches across America in 2014-2015, as determined by CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International), is available in stores and online December 23... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, December 17, 2014*


TFK Thousand Foot Krutch Joins Alice Cooper To Benefit Teen Center

Top-selling rock band THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH jump starts its holiday season, performing during Alice Cooper's annual Christmas Pudding benefit event Dec. 13 in Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theatre. TFK frontman Trevor McNevan is pictured (above center) with Alice Cooper backstage at the event that benefited Alice Cooper's Solid Rock's teen center in Phoenix, a non-profit charity that provides free music and free dance lessons to teenagers. The event also featured Alice Cooper, Nils Lofgren, P.O.D., Jonny Lang, Night Ranger and more... << Full Report >>

Crowder 2015 Unsigned Only Music Competition Judging Panel Announced

Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only... << Full Report >>

Phil Keaggy Jean Watson and Phil Keaggy To Perform on "The 700 Club" This Thursday, Dec. 18

Shadowlands recording artist Jean Watson is set to share her Celtic-infused Christmas music this Thursday on the CBN television network's flagship show, The 700 Club. She is also scheduled to appear on the show on Christmas Eve. Watson will perform music from her recently-released Christmas project, Christmas...Not The Way It Seems. Produced by Grammy Award-nominated producer Billy Smiley, the 11-song collection of angelic and classic Christmas favorites also features the talents of legendary Gospel Music Hall of Famer and guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy. Keaggy will perform... << Full Report >>

Phillips, Craig & Dean Phillips, Craig and Dean's 2014 Christmas Tour Benefits Local Charities with Help for the Needy

Dove Award-winning Phillips, Craig and Dean delivered the true message of Christmas on their recent December tour, by asking concert attendees to donate charitable items to the needy. Each location on the six-city tour is teaming with local charities and requesting items that include food, clothing, toys and financial donations. The markets that benefited from the Phillips, Craig and Dean concerts were Kernersville, NC (canned and boxed goods for the homeless/local food pantries), Hamlet, NC (warm clothing for the homeless/Helping... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 16, 2014*


The Gray Havens Unveil "Fire and Stone" January 6

Fire And Stone, the full-length national debut by husband/wife duo The Gray Havens, will be available January 6. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay), Fire And Stone contains 10 selections written or co-written by The Gray Havens' Dave and Licia Radford. Including contributions from Stephen Mason of Jars of Clay and Tyler Somers of Jenny & Tyler, Fire And Stone features the rollicking self-examination of "Stole My Fame (To: Grace)"; the... << Full Report >>

Proverb Newsome Debuts "Stand Tall (feat. B.I.C.)" Video and Single

"Stand Tall" is the lead single from CHH vet Proverb Newsome's forthcoming The Gaze EP. The single features production by Juice 20/20. When defined the word proverb means a wise saying. Well, when applied to one of Bomb Beach's most profound wordsmiths, the word takes on no less than the personification of its definition. Proverb Newsome has been dropping gems in ears since the early 90s. He first hit the national scene with his group 1Way in 1995 with the project Destination Unknown... << Full Report >>

Virtual School of the Arts Partners with Music Industry All-Stars to Bring Music Education Back to the Schools

With music and the arts disappearing from schools nationwide, Virtual School of the Arts (VSA) is stepping forward to bring music education back to our schools. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was founded in 2014 by renowned drummer and songwriter Chad Chapin (Ben Folds, Casting Crowns, dcTalk)... << Full Report >>

Christian Songwriting Contest Enters Final Phase

The 12th Annual CCM Network International Songwriting Contest is in its final month, which means songwriters are urged to get their entries in now to qualify for Songwriter of the Year prizes and opportunities, including an international radio single release, writing for an INOV8 Label artist and media exposure.... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 15, 2014*


Brandon Heath Brandon Heath Honored Guest Of Astronaut Terry Virts To Witness Spacecraft Launch

Multi Dove Award-winning, five-time GRAMMY® and AMA nominee, and Emmy Award winner Brandon Heath was recently honored to be one of ten handpicked guests of NASA Astronaut Terry Virts to witness the Expedition 42 Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launch to the International Space Station. Heath joined Virts to aid in final preparations before the departure which took place on Nov. 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia... << Full Report >>

NewSong Winter Jam Revs Up For Blockbuster 2015

With another record-breaking year on the books, logging sellouts in top arenas coast-to-coast with more than 650,000 in total attendance, NewSong's Winter Jam Tour Spectacular-the world's #1 first quarter tour for four consecutive years-is set for a milestone 2015. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the tour hits the road January 2 with 10 of Christian music's top artists, led by GRAMMY®-nominated Platinum®-selling headliners Skillet... << Full Report >>

Emerging Rock Duo Clemency Releasing New EP with a Video Series Telling a Love Story

Indie rock duo Clemency explores LOVE and MUSIC as universal concepts on their new six song EP, You've Got the Fire; out 2-10-15, with a corresponding six videos that tell a love story inspired by equal parts 80's pop... << Full Report >>

Girder Records to Re-release Altar Boys' "Gut Level Music"

Girder Records has inked a deal to re-release Altar Boys - Gut Level Music. The re-release will contain re-mastered music, modified artwork as well as a new unreleased song, "I Just Can't Let Go" as advertised in the original ads many years ago. Altar Boys, Gut Level Music will be released in early Spring 2015, with pre-orders starting just before Christmas 2014... << Full Report >>

Cheri Keaggy Cheri Keaggy Adds New Rewards In Final Countdown To Kickstarter Deadline

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy has added some exciting new rewards as she begins the final countdown to her Kickstarter campaign's deadline on Thursday. Keaggy is currently raising funds for her ninth album, No Longer My Own, through the innovative crowd-sourcing website, Kickstarter. Keaggy is no stranger to Kickstarter, having employed it to fund her 2012 release... << Full Report >>

RCA Inspirations Jason Nelson To Release "Jesus Revealed" Live Album

Talented gospel singer/songwriter and musician Jason Nelson, will release his much-anticipated new album, JESUS REVEALED, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Featuring the Top 2 hit gospel single "I Am," the album is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon.com. Pre-order JESUS REVEALED now and receive the Instant Grat track... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, December 11, 2014*


Chris Rice Chris Rice (Quietly) Celebrates 20 Years Of Music By Re-Releasing Debut Indie EP

One question that we get asked every couple of months is the honesty puzzling, "Where is Chris Rice?" The singer/songwriter was loved by many during his days releasing albums with Michael W. Smith's own record label, Rocketown Records. However, rather suddenly, Rice seemed to just completely vanish. He had no online presence--his official website stopped being updated... << Full Report >>

Aaron Shust Aaron Shust Partners with Major Radio Outlets for Holiday Promotions That Help People in Need

Dove-Award winning Aaron Shust is teaming with radio outlets across the country to help make Christmas a little more merry to those in need. The artist is working with WAY-FM Network, Star 99.1/Zarephath, NJ and Spirit 105.3/Seattle, WA. Shust and his new Christmas project, Unto Us, sponsored Star 99.1 Home for the Holidays promotion. Entries were entered for the chance to fly anywhere in the United States to reunite families at this special time of time of year and a lucky couple in New Jersey won a expense paid trip to Oregon. The husband hadn't... << Full Report >>

Michael W. Smith Michael W. Smith's Album Sales Spike Following "CMA Country Christmas"

GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith knew something special had happened following his performance with Carrie Underwood on the CMA Country Christmas special. "What a moment - it made my hair stand up a little bit!" he said to PEOPLE Magazine backstage at the taping of the show in Nashville. The performance, along with a showering of media praise, led to nearly a 150% increase in album sales this week for his new Christmas project - Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas... << Full Report >>

Jason Gray Centricity Music Delivers a Record-Breaking Year

Centricity Music has seen incredible growth since the company opened its doors eight years ago and 2014 has proven to be a record-breaking year for the label. The past 12 months have brought incredible radio airplay, high-profile touring opportunities, exponential sales growth and expanded recognition for the company's roster; Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Carrollton, Jason Gray, Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle, Lindsay McCaul and Unspoken. With three new signings coming in 2015, JJ Weeks, Jarod Anderson and Jordan Feliz, the future continues to look bright... << Full Report >>

Integrity Music Partners With "Britain's Got Talent" Winner Paul Potts

What began as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famous Christmas truce of World War I, has become a global campaign resulting in an album (Silent Night Carols), soccer stadiums filled with hundreds of thousands of carolers and now a new single from "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts with sales from the single supporting Syrian refugees... << Full Report >>

Gospel Artist Kevin LeVar Kicks Off the Forgiveness Campaign

Gospel artist Kevin LeVar is kicking off this Christmas season with the Forgiveness Campaign – encouraging people to give the gift of forgiveness. The official website has launched at www.theforgivenesscampaign.org... << Full Report >>

D. Myles Releases Debut Mixtape "Free at Last" Dec 16

Celebrities like Oprah, Deepak Chopra, and Will Smith have ignited tremendous interest in the universe and consciousness. In his debut mixtape, Free at Last, former self-proclaimed universalist Donovon “D. Myles” Hawkins chronicles his journey to faith in Christ alone. Free at Last is set to release December 16, and is hosted by DJ Wade-O. “As an adolescent, I believed in the universe as a higher power but not in Christ,” D. Myles said... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, December 10, 2014*


Family Force 5 Family Force 5 to Appear at Vans Warped Tour 2015

At 4 PM PST today, the Vans Warped Tour, America's longest running festival concert tour, revealed the second wave of artists appearing on the 2015 tour. Alternative pop/rock band, Family Force 5, will be among the Main Stage performers for the 21st annual tour, which launches June 9 and runs through August 8, 2015 (dates subject to change), marking the band's fourth tour appearance. Click HERE for dates and ticket information... << Full Report >>

Lecrae Lecrae Earns Three Grammy Nominations

Three Grammy nominations cap a break-out year for critically-acclaimed rapper Lecrae. He joins his contemporaries Drake, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem as a nominee in the coveted hip-hop category Best Rap Performance ("All I Need Is You"). He's also nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song ("Messengers") and as a featured artist on Erica Campbell's hit record "Help" for Best Gospel Performance/Song... << Full Report >>

Bethel Music Release "We Will Not Be Shaken" Globally Jan. 27

Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, releases the highly anticipated We Will Not Be Shaken CD/DVD internationally January 27 with Provident Music Distribution. Recorded during an evening of worship on a mountaintop overlooking Shasta Lake north of Redding, the live album and DVD present 11 new songs led by the Bethel Music Artist Collective, including Brian Johnson, Jenn Johnson, Hunter Thompson, Amanda Cook and Matt Stinton, as well as debut artists Kalley Heiligenthal, Hannah McClure, Paul McClure, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser... << Full Report >>

Veritas Veritas Delivers Special Holiday Performance At 19th Annual NY Winters Eve Celebration

Veritas delivered a special holiday performance at Volunteers of America's 19th annual A New York Winter's Eve to celebrate 118 years of helping tens of thousands of the most vulnerable of our neighbors live safe, healthy and productive lives. Held in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza on Monday, Dec. 8, Veritas joined guests of corporate sponsors and honorees and friends of Volunteers of America and Operation Backpack as they gathered for an inspiring evening to benefit its Greater New York chapter programs... << Full Report >>

Cheri Keaggy Cheri Keaggy Shares Stories and Songs with Nashville Rescue Mission

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy recently visited the Nashville Rescue Mission to share stories and songs with the homeless women served by the organization. "This is the second time I've ministered in the women's facility," says Keaggy. "They're not that different from me, really. They're hungry for hope and eager to receive encouragement from the Lord and each other. It's been a privilege to see first hand the great work God is doing through the Mission. And I will definitely be back... << Full Report >>

Cameron Moore Celebrates New EP at Release Party

Singer/songwriter Cameron Moore is set to celebrate his new self-titled EP on December 19 with at an event at The Upper Room in Statesville, N.C. Moore, who released his debut project on November 25, will perform his self-penned worship songs during the release party... << Full Report >>

Dove Award Winner Billy Sprague Unveils Long Awaited "Songs In The Key Of Awe"

Beloved multi-Dove Award winning recording artist and worship leader Billy Sprague has announced the upcoming release of his latest musical project, Songs in the Key of Awe. While the CD will officially be released in early 2015, it is currently available exclusively from Sprague's website, billyspraguemusic.com... << Full Report >>

12 Leading Pastors Come Together For "Divine Voices: Pastors of Praise"

Twelve of the church pulpit's most anointed ministers come together on Rendezvous Music's upcoming album, Divine Voices: Pastors of Praise. Distributed by Provident Distribution, the new collection is available for preorder online and will be in stores and online January 27, 2015... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 9, 2014*


Jamie Grace Jamie Grace Teams Up with Sister for "Family Christmas Songs" by Jamie Grace and Morgan Harper Nichols

GRAMMY®-nominee Jamie Grace is teaming up with her sister Morgan Harper Nichols to release a Christmas EP - Family Christmas: Songs by Jamie Grace & Morgan Harper Nichols – available today. The album features two Christmas songs by Jamie Grace, including an original track “Born Tonight,” two songs by Morgan Harper Nichols and a song by Harper Still, the collective name for the two sisters who regularly write and perform together. The album is available now through Gotee Records... << Full Report >>

Sullivan Sullivan's New Album "Heavy Is The Head" Is Out Today

The wait is over! After a 7 year hiatus, beloved alternative rock band Sullivan has returned with one of the fall's most intriguing records, Heavy Is The Head, which is out today and available for purchase from Spartan Records at http://spr.tn/heavyisthehead and iTunes. Additionally, the band has partnered with Pandora Premieres to stream the new record in its entirety... << Full Report >>

Kevin Max Kevin Max Launches PledgeMusic Campaign For New Solo Album, "Broken Temples"

Since departing Audio Adrenaline earlier this year, Kevin Max has been hard at work on his next solo venture, Broken Temples. Originally slated for an August release, then November, the album has been long delayed, but is finally taking shape. Late Monday night, December 8th, Max launched a PledgeMusic campaign with a hidden goal to fund the project, set to release early in 2015... << Full Report >>

Jason Dunn Former Hawk Nelson Vocalist Aims To Keep Pop Punk Alive With New Band, Lights Go Down

It's no secret that Hawk Nelson has never been the same since the departure of their vocalist and co-founder, Jason Dunn. Dunn seemingly took with his exit from Hawk the signature pop punk sound that launched them to stardom ten years ago (and even in an on-screen role in the big screen family film, Yours, Mine & Ours in 2005). Since leaving, Dunn has been touring as a solo artist, first under the name Lights Go Down, then his own name (and released a new album this fall, bravely titled The Grand Adventures of Hank Neilsen) and has now formed a new band to use the name Lights Go Down once again. And with this new band, Dunn & Co. have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund their first EP, We Kept It Alive... << Full Report >>

Passion Founder Louie Giglio's Advent Devotional "Waiting Here For You" Available Now

Founder of the Passion Movement and Passion City Church Pastor and Visionary Architect Louie Giglio hopes that Advent can "help people struggling during the holidays" with his new devotional and resource - "Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope" (Passion Publishing) - available now. In full interviews with TIME and Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk... << Full Report >>

Show Hope Show Hope Appoints Mike Hamilton As New Executive Director

Show Hope™ has appointed Mike Hamilton as their new Executive Director, effective December 1. Hamilton is replacing longtime staff member Scott Hasenbalg who has led Show Hope since its inception. Show Hope, founded in 2003 by multi-award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, a New York Times' best-selling author, is a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress... << Full Report >>

Mike Farris Mike Farris Receives Grammy Nomination for "Shine For All The People"

An independent recording artist on the Compass Records label, Mike Farris is celebrating his first-ever Grammy® nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album of the Year for his newest studio album, Shine For All the People... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 8, 2014*


Newsboys Newsboys' "God's Not Dead" Album Certified GOLD

God's Not Dead, the best-selling 2011 Inpop recording from GRAMMY®-nominated Newsboys, has been certified Gold® by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it was recently announced. The band's sixth career Gold® album, God's Not Dead was produced by Seth Mosley and features the blockbuster title-cut. The song garnered an RIAA Gold® single certification earlier this year... << Full Report >>

*Saturday, December 6, 2014*


Fireflight Fireflight Wishes JFH Readers A Merry Christmas!

Listen to a special holiday greeting from Fireflight vocalist Dawn Michele wishing you and your fellow Jesusfreakhideout.com readers a special Christmas! Check it out below! Fireflight is gearing up for an exciting 2015 as Dawn welcomes her first baby--due out in the spring--with former Wavorly bassists and husband Matt Lott, who can often be seen filling in on bass for House of Heroes on the road. Fireflight will release a brand new studio album, titled INNOVA, on May 5th, 2015... << Full Report >>

*Friday, December 5, 2014*


Royal Tailor Royal Tailor Receives GRAMMY Nomination For Self-Titled Album

Royal Tailor received a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album," as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences today. The nomination for their current sophomore self-titled Essential Records album, ROYAL TAILOR, marks the band's second GRAMMY® nomination. The group received one for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album," for their debut 2011 release, BLACK & WHITE, a record in which the band also garnered their first No. 1 radio single "Make A Move... << Full Report >>

Francesca Battistelli Word Entertainment Garners 6 GRAMMY Nominations Today

Word Entertainment came out on top during today's GRAMMY nominee announcements, receiving more Contemporary Christian nominations than any other company. Claiming multiple nods in the two Contemporary Christian categories, Francesca Battistelli and for KING & COUNTRY, NEEDTOBREATHE and Natalie Grant are amongst the nominees. "These nominations are a huge statement for our artists and an exciting recognition of their work," says Word Entertainment President & CEO Rod Riley... << Full Report >>

Derek Minor Offers Free "Stranger" feat. Roz Download

Check out a new free download single from Derek Minor. He drew inspiration for the song from the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Minor says, "One of the common things I've heard people say they love about my music is transparency. I feel like that honesty allows for people to relate and hopefully be encouraged that they are not alone. As I was working on Empire, I remember being in a late studio session with Dirty Rice and Tony Tillman. Our session had come to a halt as we... << Full Report >>

Skrip Debuts "Go On" ft. Michael Ketterer of United Pursuit

Chicago native and self produced artist Skrip is preparing to release his first retail project on Infiltrate Music February 24th, 2015. Skrip's musical palette is broad and he demonstrate's that with his first single "When The Beat Drop", and then moving to his 2nd offering, "Go On" featuring United Pursuit's own Michael Ketterer on the captivating chorus... << Full Report >>

MercyMe Garners Two GRAMMY Nods for "Welcome To the New"

Fair Trade band MercyMe is celebrating their third and fourth GRAMMY® nominations today, picking up dual honors on their latest studio album Welcome To The New. The album is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and the lead single off the album - "Shake" - is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song... << Full Report >>

Erica Campbell Receives 2 GRAMMY Nominations, Announced Today

Erica Campbell caps off a successful year for her debut solo album "HELP" receiving two Grammy Awards® nominations for "Best Gospel Album," and "Best Gospel Performance/Song," it was announced today. Recently, Campbell has been racking up awards; winning a Soul Train Award last week for Best Gospel / Inspirational Song for "Help" and a Dove Award last month for Traditional Gospel Song of the Year for "A Little More Jesus... << Full Report >>

Smokie Norful Celebrates 2 GRAMMY Nominations

At today's Grammy Awards® press conference it was announced that Smokie Norful received two Grammy nominations in the Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance/Song categories. Norful is being recognized for his work on his current release FOREVER YOURS. The album was Smokie's first studio record in over five years and it has connected with audiences and fans around the world. He is also nominated for the song "No Greater Love," a perfectly crafted and sweeping ballad that continues to top the Gospel radio chart... << Full Report >>

Spartan Records Releases "Homesick" Christmas Compilation

Seattle based independent label Spartan Records has surprised fans today with the release of Homesick: A Spartan Records Christmas Album. The record features nine renditions of holiday classics, both new and old, by Spartan bands. The album is also available for FREE with the purchase of any physical album at spartanrecords.com through the end of December... << Full Report >>

Plumb K-LOVE Christmas Tour Launches With Sold-Out Run

The third annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour, presented by 25 Entertainment kicked off a phenomenal season last night with a sold-out show in Pittsburgh, to be followed by two back-to-back sell-outs in Philadelphia and Stamford, CT (see full schedule below). The tour begins and ends with sold-out shows-eight sell-outs total-and runs through December 20. Tickets for remaining shows are still available for purchase here... << Full Report >>

Nathan Tasker's Single "Man On A Wire" Reaches Top 20 in Australia

Singer/songwriter, Nathan Tasker, is enjoying great success with his new album, Man On A Wire. The title track has jumped to the Top 20 on Australia's TCM Chart within a month of the single's release, and back in the states the new project is receiving rave reviews from media. JesusFreakHideout.com calls the record, "an honest and authentic album," while Soul-Audio.com says, "impressive singer-songwriter," and Rockingodshouse.com exclaims, "has the feel of the Psalmist's heart... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, December 4, 2014*


Jeremy Camp Jeremy Camp Releases New Album "I Will Follow" February 3

GRAMMY®-nominated, Capitol CMG artist Jeremy Camp will be releasing his eighth studio album on February 3, 2015. His forthcoming studio album, I Will Follow, is now available for pre-order at iTunes with an instant grat of his new radio single "He Knows." Fans can also order the Deluxe edition that features five bonus tracks. In addition there are pre-order fan bundles available that include a t-shirt, autographed poster and fan booklet with individuals' names who pre-order a fan bundle. All of these pre-orders are available here... << Full Report >>

Andrae Crouch Hospitalized, All-Star Tribute Tour Postponed

Legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch was admitted to the hospital on Monday, December 1st. As a result of Andraé’s sudden and unexpected hospitaliztion, Riverphlo Entertainment has decided to postpone this month’s “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour. Ticket holders can contact the venues for information on rescheduled dates... << Full Report >>

Blanca Debuts Solo Single "Who I Am" Today

Multiple-award winning, critically acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, Blanca, releases her highly anticipated debut solo single, "Who I Am" today. The song is the title cut and one of the five tracks that comprise her forth-coming solo EP, which will be available for purchase in January in anticipation of her full-length album in Spring 2015. "Who I Am" is available to download or to stream today... << Full Report >>

I Am They Folk-Tinged Pop Recording Artist I AM THEY To Release Debut January 27

Essential Records/Provident Label Group's new recording artist I AM THEY, is set to release its self-titled debut album on January 27, 2015. The group's lead single, "From The Day," is available on iTunes and is impacting at Christian radio nationwide. Already in the Top 25 at AC radio, the song has received major market support from stations such as KLOVE, Air1, WRBS/Baltimore, Fish Cleveland, WCSG/Grand Rapids, Fish Portland and Sirius XM's The Message, among others. In support of the project... << Full Report >>

Sullivan Debuts "Pieces" With MySpace

Alternative rock band Sullivan has debuted another new song today from their upcoming record Heavy Is The Head. In anticipation for the record's release on December 9th, the band has partnered with MySpace.comto premiere their track "Pieces." Fans can pre-order the new album now from Spartan Records at http://spr.tn/heavyisthehead and iTunes (with exclusive bonus acoustic version of... << Full Report >>

Misty Edwards' "Little Bird" Solo Offering Takes Fight Dec. 29

Dove-nominated singer/songwriter Misty Edwards will release her newest and 4th studio album, Little Bird, from Forerunner Music, the official record label of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City (IHOPKC). Available Dec. 29 through digital and retail outlets everywhere and distributed through New Day Distribution, Edwards will premiere songs from her creative solo... << Full Report >>

Teen Mania International Announces Historic Outreach To Myanmar

Ron Luce, founder and president of Teen Mania International, announced that the Dallas-based ministry will embark on a history-making missionary venture this coming summer to Myanmar, the nation formerly known as Burma... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, December 3, 2014*


JoC Jars of Clay Rallies Funds For Blood:Water Mission

Following in the footsteps of artists like Plumb, Jars of Clay has taken to RallySong.com to help raise funds for the clean water in Africa charity, Blood:Water Mission, which the band also founded. With their RallySong campaign, the band hopes to raise $10,000 for Blood:Water and is offering a first listen to a new 5-song EP of demos from their 2013 album Inland, including b-sides, along with the chance to win dinner with the guys in January. Visit https://rallysong.com/jarsofclay to contribute... << Full Report >>

Tooth and Nail Records Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Documentary and Commemorative Book

Famed Seattle-based label Tooth & Nail Records celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2013 and to document the last two decades, a film has been created telling the story of the label and artists. No New Kinda Story is a behind-the-scene look at the rise, fall and rebirth of the iconic label. In addition to the film, there is a commemorative hardbound book with exclusive photos and artwork storytelling the last two decades... << Full Report >>

eOne Music To Release "Billboard No. 1 Gospel Hits" January 13

Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) is set to release a blowout compilation from gospel's biggest stars today, with the double-disc album Billboard #1 Gospel Hits, out on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Featuring the greatest hits of this decade, the 20-track album includes the #1 Billboard Gospel hits from 2010 to now, from chart-toppers Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker... << Full Report >>

Skillet Skillet Slam Dunks First Headline European Tour

It's been a massive year of performing to sold-out and capacity crowds across the globe for award-winning Atlantic/Word Records rockers Skillet, and the latest was during their first headline tour across Europe throughout October and November. Selling out 60% of the venues, including London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Antwerp and Cologne, the band also packed houses in Stockholm, Zurich, Hamburg, Glasgow, and cities in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia... << Full Report >>

Show Hope Give the Gift of Hope this Christmas and you can help transform the life of an orphan

Show Hope™, founded in 2003 by multi-award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, a New York Times' best-selling author, is a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress. One of the organization's primary objectives is to mobilize individuals, students, families, and communities to join them in caring for the world's most vulnerable children. During this Christmas season, Show Hope wants you to join... << Full Report >>

Chris August Chris August Unveils Lyric Video For "Tell Me What You Want For Christmas"

Fervent Records recording artist Chris August unveils his latest lyric video, “Tell Me What You Want for Christmas.” The video can be seen on Chris’s YouTube channel HERE. Please share and feel free to embed on all sites, blogs or alternate outlets... << Full Report >>

Dove Award Winning Songwriter Jennie Lee Riddle's "Revelation Song" Certified Gold By RIAA

Integrity Music recently honored Dove Award winning songwriter Jennie Lee Riddle in recognition of the gold certification of Riddle's inspiring worship anthem "Revelation Song" as recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the song, commemorating over 500,000 digital downloads of the recording... << Full Report >>

Cindy Cruse Ratcliff In Manila, Philippines

DREAM Worship artist and Sr. Worship Leader at Lakewood Church, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff just returned from the amazing three day Harvest Youth Conference at Cathedral of Praise in Manila, Philippines 3,176 people were saved at the conference! Cindy was overjoyed for the lives added to the Kingdom this week... "This is what it is all about, telling people about JESUS!" She is right! That is our heart as a label and we are so proud of the amazing work the Lord is doing through Cindy and through her latest album "Heaven Raining Down... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 2, 2014*


Adam Sams Releases Tightwire Music Video

Singer/songwriter Adam Sams released the official music video for "Tightwire," the title track of his debut studio album, on Monday. The video is a collaboration with film producers Alex Taylor and Greg LeFevre and visual artists Alexandra Miller and Niki Zarrabi. It features Sams performing within a suspended visual art installation made up of various fragmented items. The piece is meant to convey broken, scattered pieces... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 1, 2014*


Abandon Kansas Abandon Kansas Partners With BC Music To Crowd-Fund Third Full-Length Album

BC Music, a division of BadChristian, has partnered with Sunflower State rock group, Abandon Kansas, to launch a crowd-funding campaign for the band's upcoming third studio album, due out 2015. The campaign, which seeks to raise $15,000 through January 5, 2015, is live now at: http://igg.me/at/abandonkansas. Unique crowd-funding 'perks' allow fans to get involved in the project beyond just getting the music, including a mention in the album art, a selfie in a lyric video, exclusive interactive experiences, custom songwriting and more. The band will also be booking a 'living room tour' to support the album, offering fans the chance to host one of the shows at their house. Here, Abandon Kansas will hand deliver the new album to fans around the country... << Full Report >>

Michael W. Smith Performs On CMA Country Christmas Tonight

Michael W. Smith performs songs from his new Christmas album - Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas - with Carrie Underwood & Little Big Town tonight! Tune in to ABC at 8/7c... << Full Report >>

Fred Hammond Debuts At No. 1 With New Album, "I Will Trust"

GRAMMY Award-winning gospel music legend Fred Hammond has released his much-anticipated new album I Will Trust to a #1 debut on the Christian/Gospel chart according to SoundScan. Garnering acclaim amongst critics and fans, the chart-topping I Will Trust reflects Fred Hammond's fresh perspective on faith and marks his most intimate album yet... << Full Report >>


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