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December, 2017



*Thursday, December 28, 2017*


Tasha Cobbs Leonard To Appear on Good Morning America Jan. 4

Motown Gospel recording artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard kicks off the New Year with a special performance of her popular hit song “I’m Getting Ready” on Good Morning America on Thursday, January 4, 2018. The top-rated national morning show airs on ABC at 7:00am EST... << Full Report >>

*Sunday, December 24, 2017*


Michael W. Smith Michael W. Smith Announces SECOND New Album, For Release Feb. 23

This week, CCM icon Michael W. Smith teased a big announcement for Christmas Eve, but few probably thought it would be anything as significant as this: a second new album release for early 2018! Just one week after the release of his brand new studio album, A Million Lights, on February 16th, Smith will release a brand new worship album, Surrounded, on Friday, February 23rd... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, December 20, 2017*


Provident Music Group Names Darren Elrod Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer

Provident Music Group/Sony Music Entertainment announces the promotion of Darren Elrod to Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Elrod was formerly Sr. Vice President, Finance & Operations. The position is effective immediately... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 19, 2017*


GRAMMY® Winner Bernie Herms Concludes Milestone Year with More Grammy® Nominations

Bernie Herms has had a career-defining year in 2017. The GRAMMY® award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Thy Will” (co-written with Hillary Scott and Emily Weisband), two GMA Dove Awards (Producer and Songwriter of... << Full Report >>

Tauren Wells Wraps An Astounding 2017 With Two Grammy Nominations

Provident Label Group/Sony Music Entertainment artist Tauren Wells has had quite a memorable year. From touring with Lionel Richie, to releasing his debut solo full-length Hills and Valleys, and the tremendous success of the album's self-titled debut single, Wells is wrapping up his 2017 by receiving two GRAMMY... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 18, 2017*


The City Harmonic The City Harmonic Celebrates Four Covenant Award Nominations

Worship band The City Harmonic and its 5-star-acclaimed album, Benediction Live: Worship from Churches Working Together in Canada, have received four nominations for the 39th Annual GMA Canada Covenant Awards. Featuring the group’s most loved songs recorded at its last concert together, Benediction Live... << Full Report >>

Zach Williams' Whirlwind Year Wraps With Second GRAMMY® Nomination

With a year that kicked off with a GRAMMY® nomination and now ends with another GRAMMY nod, from winning awards to topping the radio charts, there is no question that Zach Williams has had an astounding, and unforgettable, 2017... << Full Report >>

*Friday, December 15, 2017*


Switchfoot Switchfoot Announces Break from Touring "For the Foreseeable Future"

It's been twenty years since San Diego pop rock band Switchfoot released their label debut, The Legend of Chin back in 1997. The band has been actively touring regularly for almost their entire run, so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the band has announced their decision to take an extended break... << Full Report >>

SCC Steven Curtis Chapman Announces SCC SOLO 2018 Tour Dates

Back by popular demand, multi- GRAMMY® Award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman has announced he will continue his successful tour, SCC SOLO: A Night of Hits, History, and Influences, this spring. Adding 26 dates to the tour that kicked off this fall, the 2018 leg will kick off in Dallas, Texas on February 3 and will run through April, hitting historic venues like the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta... << Full Report >>

Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson Releases New Single & Announces New Album 2018

Today, Hawk Nelson releases their first new digital single in more than two years in anticipation of their forthcoming album next year. The new song, "He Still Does (Miracles)," is the debut single from their new studio album, Miracles (Fair Trade Records), which is set to release on... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, December 14, 2017*


Skillet Skillet's "Feel Invincible" Single Certified Gold as "Awake" Certified Double Platinum

2017 has been a landmark year of career milestones for rockers SkilletThe band dominated the Billboard Year End charts for 2017 landing at #1 on the Christian Streaming Songs Artists (have held the #1 spot since the charts inception in 2014); #1, #4, #6, and #10 on the Christian Streaming Songs (have held the #1... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, December 13, 2017*


Newsboys NEWSBOYS Unite for Unprecedented 2018 Tour

Following the abrupt blackout of GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum®-selling Newsboys’ social media accounts, the band—with a little help from some old friends—reemerged today for a major announcement. Next year Newsboys will welcome back to the stage former bandmates Peter Furler and Phil Joel for the "Newsboys United Tour," showcasing... << Full Report >>

Amy Grant Amy Grant & Vince Gill To Appear On TODAY Dec. 14

Synonymous with the special time of year, Amy Grant will be trimming television airwaves, making it again a Tennessee Christmas! TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager traveled to Grant and husband Vince Gill’s Nashville home to share in all things holiday. Set to air on Dec. 14, TODAY also joined the couple before they took the stage for a sold-out “Christmas At The Ryman” performance... << Full Report >>

BONRAY's "Good Life" Featured Song On Netflix's "Fuller House" Season 3 Trailer

"Good Life" from Sony Music / Provident Label Group band Bonray is the featured song for the popular Netflix series "Fuller House" Season 3 trailer. The trailer can be viewed by clicking here or on the trailer below. This isn't the first time the group's music has been used for a... << Full Report >>

Hillsong Worship Garners First-Ever Grammy Nomination

For nearly three decades, multi-platinum selling Hillsong Worship has captured the hearts of nations and generations through its catalog of songs. Building on that legacy, the group garnered its first-ever GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song... << Full Report >>

Provident Distribution Re-Signs Longtime Partnership with Cedarmont Kids

Provident Distribution celebrates the longstanding partnership with Cedarmont Kids as they re-sign their distribution deal. Selling more than 22 million units, Cedarmont has scanned more units than any other Christian artist and has four titles, Bible Songs, Sunday School Songs, Action Bible Songs, and Toddler Tunes, that have been on the Soundscan charts for over 1,000 consecutive weeks... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 12, 2017*


"The North Star" Shines on Remedy Drive's Passion for Justice

Chart-topping rockers and modern-day abolitionists Remedy Drive return January 12 with The North Star. Produced by Philip Zach, the 12-song set draws from a range of sonic influences—from ‘80s electronic, to ‘90s grunge, to modern hip-hop—giving a voice to millions of human trafficking victims around the world, as well as educating and inspiring... << Full Report >>

Award-Winning Annie Moses Band Releases Christmas Singles, "O Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells"

PBS sensation and Emmy Award-winning folk artist Annie Moses Band is spreading holiday cheer this season with the release of its original musical arrangements of the Christmas classics “O Holy Night” and “Carol of the Bells.” Both beloved holiday favorites are available now for purchase digitally... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 11, 2017*


Casting Crowns Casting Crowns Announces Spring 2018 Leg of 'The Very Next Thing' Tour w/ I AM THEY

Multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® winning group Casting Crowns will hit the road in 2018 for the final leg of its hugely successful "The Very Next Thing" Tour, featuring special guest I AM THEY. “The Very Next Thing” Tour has hit 100 major markets since Fall 2016, resulting in... << Full Report >>

Corey Voss to Release First Full-Length Album Jan. 26

Integrity Music announces the January 26 global release of the live recording Songs Of Heaven & Earth from Tennessee-based songwriter and worship leader Corey Voss. The album, Voss’ full-length debut, explores the transformative power of praise, celebrating the Creator with lyrical imagery drawn from scripture and inspired by His creation... << Full Report >>

Seth and Nirva Shine In Year-End Media Spotlight

Critically-acclaimed husband/wife duo and Integrity Music recording artist Seth & Nirva are set for two national media appearances this month, prior to the release of a remix of their popular song and rally-cry, “We Won’t Back Down,” on New Year’s Eve... << Full Report >>

*Friday, December 8, 2017*


Capitol Christian Music Group Announces Signing Of Nashville-Based Pop Singer-Songwriter Riley Clemmons

Riley Clemmons, an 18-year-old pop singer-songwriter, is the newest signee of Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG), home to some of the genre’s top names. The pop-infused artist has been fervently working on the craft of songwriting and performance for several years throughout her hometown... << Full Report >>

Fair Trade Services Announces New Signing With Austin French

Fair Trade Services is thrilled to announce their newest signing, contemporary pop artist Austin French. Originally from Georgia, French was surrounded by a musical family and began touring in churches, which led him to leading worship at the age of eighteen. In 2014, he won the hearts of millions of viewers, finishing as the runner-up on the ABC TV show... << Full Report >>

Sidewalk Prophets Sidewalk Prophets Announce The "Something Different Tour (in 3D)" With Special Guest Bonray

Word Entertainment's Sidewalk Prophets announce their 2018 Something Different Tour (in 3D). Kicking off in February and running through May, the 40-city "Something Different Tour (in 3D)" will feature special guest Bonray and sponsored by World Vision and Anderson University. See below for the 2018 tour dates - more dates will be announced on Tuesday, December 12th... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, December 7, 2017*


Brooke Robertson's "Have My Heart" EP Due Out Jan. 5

Have My Heart, the debut EP from Louisiana-based singer/songwriter Brooke Robertson, is set to bow January 5. Currently available for pre-order on iTunes, the worship-infused pop project was produced by Seventh Day Slumber’s Jeremy... << Full Report >>

The Gray Havens Release New Christmas Song Recorded With An iPhone

Artist Garden Entertainment releases “City of David,” the new Christmas song from husband/wife duo The Gray Havens. “City of David,”  birthed as a surprise to the duo while working on their new studio album. David Radford explains “We really hadn't planned on recording a... << Full Report >>

Ritchie Valentine Smith Releases WORDS OF FURY Volume 2

WORDS OF FURY, volume 2 in the Words of Power samurai fantasy series, is now released in the U.S. by the UK-based indie publisher, RVSMedia (Amazon ISBN-13: 978-1544214832; paperback $17.99; also available as Kindle eBook)... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, December 6, 2017*


Marc Martel's "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" Most Added At Radio Two Weeks In A Row

For the second week in a row, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" from Marc Martel's recent holiday release The First Noel EP is the most added song at Christian radio... << Full Report >>

Ryan Stevenson Ryan Stevenson Celebrates the Season With New Single

Gotee Records' Ryan Stevenson has kicked off the holiday season with a new original Christmas song, "This Christmas Eve," which is currently on the Top 20 Billboard Christian Airplay and Top 30 Billboard Christian AC. He’s currently the only artist to have two songs charting at the same time in the Top 25 at... << Full Report >>

Heather Pillsbury Awarded Female Artist/Writer of the Year Honors at IMMERSE Conference

Athens-based Heather Pillsbury won top honors at the 2017 Gospel Music Association’s IMMERSE event in Nashville, TN. This ninth annual conference for developing artists, songwriters and worship leaders featured the best and brightest emerging talent in the industry. Heather was Female Artist/Writer of the Year, performing her original song “Walked on Water... << Full Report >>

DREAM Announces Samson: Songs From And Inspired By the Motion Picture Coming Out February 2nd

DREAM Label Group and Pure Flix Entertainment are proud to announce the release Samson: Songs From And Inspired By the Motion Pictureavailable February 2nd with pre-orders starting on January 19th.  The accompaniment album is in connection to the nationwide release of the Pure Flix... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, December 5, 2017*


NewSong NewSong Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

One of Christian music’s most influential bands, GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, recently made their Grand Ole Opry® debut on the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Performing their multi-format megahit—and one of the most popular modern holiday songs of all time—“The Christmas Shoes,” NewSong was also joined by GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli for a rendition of... << Full Report >>

NF's "Let You Down" Achieves Gold Status

Continuing his run of impressive career milestones, Michigan rapper NF's focus single, "Let You Down," one of the fastest selling and highest consumed tracks... << Full Report >>

Eric Heron Reveals New Album "Afterglow: A Somewhat Complicated Story" and Preorder

On Friday, December 1st, rap artist Eric Heron unveiled the preorder link for his upcoming album Afterglow: A Somewhat Complicated Story which will be released on December 22nd. All those who preorder will instantly get the single “On Deck... << Full Report >>

*Monday, December 4, 2017*


Fireflight Fireflight's Dawn Michele Announces Solo Worship Album

Fireflight has been back in the studio recently working on a new single, with Disciple's Josiah Prince serving as the producer. But fans of the band's lead vocalist, Dawn Michele, can get ready to hear a lot more of her voice in the coming months... << Full Report >>

Black River Christian Adds Director of National Promotion & Strategy

Black River Christian’s VP of National Promotion Brian Thiele announces Ali Matkosky as the new Director of National Promotion and Strategy as reported by CMB... << Full Report >>

*Sunday, December 3, 2017*


Sleeping Giant To Release Final Album With Facedown Records

Sleeping Giant are bringing it home to Facedown Records to say goodbye with their final album “I Am,” set to release January 26... << Full Report >>

Germany's 38th Annual Christmas Rock Night Returns Dec 8 and 9

The 38th annual Christmas Rock Night in Germany approaching once again. The 2-day indoor festival takes place in Ennepetal (near Düsseldorf) on Dec 8 and 9, 2017... << Full Report >>

Germaine Martel Signs with HISstory Music Group and Releases "Jesus" Single

Gifted producer and artist Germaine Martel is ready to make HISstory! His first single for HISstory Music Group, titled "Jesus", will be available for purchase via digital outlets on December 1, 2017. A new full length album, Human 3: The Holy Trilogy, is scheduled to follow in 2018... << Full Report >>

GAWVI Is On A "High Note" With His Latest Single

Today Dove-award winning, electro-pop/dance artist, GAWVI, releases his brand new single “High Note.” The feel-good record, expressing gratitude and simply celebrating all life has to offer, is now available for purchase and streaming via Reach Records, with a pseudo video for the track also... << Full Report >>

*Saturday, December 2, 2017*


Family Force 5 Family Force 5 To Host Special Free Christmas Show Featuring Original Vocalist

After using things like footage from A Christmas Story to cleverly and mysteriously tease something involving their former lead singer, Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur" Olds, Family Force 5 announced earlier today plans for a special free Christmas concert in Nashville. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 13th at The Anchor in Nashville, and the band made free RSVP spots available to reserve online. However, at the time of this article, RSVPs have already closed... << Full Report >>

*Friday, December 1, 2017*


Jon Foreman Jon Foreman To Release Feature Film "25 In 24" March 2018

Aspiration Entertainment, in partnership with lowercase people, announced the release of the documentary film 25 IN 24, which follows Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman on his journey playing 25 shows in 24 hours. Adding to the release Foreman also announced a spring 2018 tour that includes a live performance and full screening of the film... << Full Report >>




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