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March, 2018



*Friday, March 30, 2018*


Switchfoot All for Laughs, Switchfoot Teases New Metal Album As Elaborate April Fools Joke

It's no secret that San Diego rock quintet Switchfoot have been enjoying time off the road, as the band members have been regularly celebrating being home. In a surprising move on Friday evening, March 30th, the band's email list sent out a silly and cryptic announcement of a "New Single," with a new lightning-fused band logo that mimics 80s metal. When the recipient clicks on the link to "Listen Now" to the new single, we're met with a short video that promises the band will "Return to their roots" with a "Groundbreaking new album" and presents a minute-long... << Full Report >>

Tori Kelly Releases New Song "Help Us To Love" Featuring The Hamiltones

Today, Capitol Records released GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Tori Kelly’s new track, “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones. The song was written and produced by 12-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin. Stream/download... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 29, 2018*


Phil Wickham Phil Wickham Delivers New Single "Living Hope" Tomorrow Coinciding With Good Friday

Harmonizing with Good Friday and Easter, California-based worship leader Phil Wickham will release the timely “Living Hope” tomorrow on Good Friday. The single was co-written with Brian Johnson (Bethel Music)... << Full Report >>

MXPX Announces New Album, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

"Left Coast Punk Rock" band MxPx has had a frequently fluctuating status as a band for a few years now, with their future left uncertain many times. The trio also hasn't been back together officially for a while, but Yuri, Tom and Mike can't seem to stay apart for long, and this rings true now more than ever with the announcement of a brand new MxPx album... << Full Report >>

Bethel Music's Steffany Gretzinger's "Blackout" to Release Tomorrow

Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger will unveil her sophomore album, Blackout, tomorrow to critical acclaim. With songs for the “in-between moments in life” that often shape us, Blackout heralds... << Full Report >>

Planetshakers Band Releases "Heaven On Earth Part 1" EP April 6

Internationally recognized praise band Planetshakers, with a mission of “empowering generations to win generations,” will independently release Heaven On Earth Part 1 April 6th on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and more digital outlets, as well as through Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming sites. Recorded... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 28, 2018*


Vertical Worship Set to Release New Album April 6th

Vertical Worship announces the upcoming release of their newest project, Bright Faith Bold Future, available on April 6th. This is their fifth release with Essential Worship/Provident Label Group/Sony Music since 2012. The album... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 27, 2018*


Point of Grace Bow First-Ever Hymns Album April 3

Platinum-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated Point of Grace return April 3 with a landmark new collection, Beautiful Name . The iconic trio’s second LifeWay Worship set and first full-length recording of hymns and worship songs, the project showcases Point of Grace’s signature harmonies atop 10 fresh arrangements of... << Full Report >>

StowTown Records Releases Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs

A project that has been in the making for over 100 years is finally available. StowTown Records is excited to announce a historic project, Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns & Songs... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 26, 2018*


MercyMe MercyMe's "The Imagine Nation Tour" With Tenth Avenue North Unveiled For 20+ Markets This Fall

5X GRAMMY® nominated MercyMe’s “The Imagine Nation Tour” with longtime friends Tenth Avenue North will trek over 20 cities nationwide beginning in Oct. of 2018. Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio and more are on the docket for the two-month run... << Full Report >>

Travis Greene Receives 4 Stellar Awards, Including "Artist of the Year"

RCA Inspiration and chart-topping gospel artist Travis Greene was awarded four Stellar Awards for the 2018 ceremony that took place this past Saturday, March 24 for his current album, CROSSOVER: LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY... << Full Report >>

Geoffrey Andrews Releases "O Praise The Name (Anástasis)"

Franklin, Tennessee-based Courage Management Group announces the release of vocal powerhouse Geoffrey Andrews' newly recorded song, "O Praise The Name (Anástasis)" today on all digital formats. The song, which was originally recorded by Hillsong Worship in 2015, is a timely release to celebrate in the Easter season, sharing in both... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 23, 2018*


Jordan Feliz Jordan Feliz Releases Anticipated Sophomore Album, "Future"

Future, the highly anticipated sophomore album by Centricity Music’s Jordan Feliz is available worldwide on stands and digital platforms and is receiving praise from critics... << Full Report >>

Paul Zach Releases "God Is A Friend of Silence" Today

Worship leader and songwriter Paul Zach releases his debut solo EP, God Is The Friend Of Silence, today (March 23) through The Fuel Music. The five-song EP was recorded live Dec. 2017 at Mason Jar Studio in Brooklyn, NY, and... << Full Report >>

"Preachers" Releases Today From Singer, Songwriter Harvest

Atlanta-based singer, songwriter Harvest is unveiling Preachers (GoForth Sounds, Heritage Music) today. The self-taught pianist delivers a bold collection of nine songs that bypass the need for louder, bigger and technical. With piano and string orchestration by... << Full Report >>

Passion Passion's "Whole Heart" Releases on CD

Physical copies of Passion’s latest chart-topping album, Whole Heart are now available nationwide with newly added live versions of the hit songs "Reckless Love" and "All My Hope." Since releasing digitally one month prior, the album debuted... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 22, 2018*


Tedashii Hosts Harvard Debate Council Diversity Program Students at Universoul Circus in Atlanta

Reach Records’ Rapper Tedashii celebrated his birthday weekend and the release of his new single, “Smile” by hosting a group of Harvard Debate Council students at a recent performance of the Universoul Circus in Atlanta... << Full Report >>

"Killing Kryptonite Tour" Launches In June With John Bevere And Bethel Music

Pairing a freedom & strength infused message from best-selling author John Bevere and powerful worship ushered by Bethel Music, the “Killing Kryptonite Tour” will begin in June visiting New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston and New York among other markets. The tour... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 21, 2018*


Sanctus Real Sanctus Real to Debut New Album, CHANGED, April 27

Sanctus Real is set to release Changed, their eighth career album on April 27 (Framework Records). Changed, which can be pre-ordered now by clicking here, is the follow-up to their 2014 release, Dream... << Full Report >>

Cory Asbury's Chart Topping "Reckless Love" Brings Forth Top Single

Cory Asbury’s No. 1 album Reckless Love is continuing to invigorate listeners. The title track just took top honors on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart adding to his 10 song collection which debuted atop Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart upon its release in late January. Radio audiences are resounding; “Reckless Love” is currently No. 5 at Christian Airplay, No. 8 at AC Indicator and No. 11... << Full Report >>

Bryan Popin Preps for Stellar Awards and Stellar Women of Gospel Awards

2018 Stellar Award nominee and chart-topping independent recording artist Bryan Popin is taking his dynamic music ministry and showmanship to the biggest night in Gospel Music during The 33rd Annual Stellar Awards weekend in Las Vegas with high-profile performances at two Official Stellar Awards Sanctioned... << Full Report >>

The Great Romance's New Single Garners Praise

St. Louis area worship/rock band The Great Romance is releasing a new single today to Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC radio. The song, titled “Bigger Than The Odds” from the group’s eponymous album, is garnering praise among early station adds at 68 radio outlets... << Full Report >>

Indie Vision's Light The Way Debut New Lyric Video

Pop-punk quartet Light The Way have premiered a new lyric video for single 'Holy Ghost'.

The track is taken off upcoming album "False Memory Syndrome", which drops March 30th via Indie Vision Music... << Full Report >>



*Tuesday, March 20, 2018*


Abigail Sloane Releases Debut Radio Single

The debut single from Christian music newcomer Abigail Sloane goes for adds today at Christian AC and CHR/Hot AC-formatted radio stations. The song, “Enough,” is from Sloane’s EP, “Reason and Rhyme,” which was released in October 2017 by Creative Soul Records... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 19, 2018*


No. 1 New Indie Film, "I Can Only Imagine," Hits High Note; Top 3 Overall

I Can Only Imagine (Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions), the movie based on the life of MercyMe frontman Bart Millard who wrote the mega-hit song after the loss of his father to cancer, shattered pre-weekend tracking expectations... << Full Report >>

Erskin Anavitarte Unveils Deeply Personal New Single Today

“Grace Made The First Move,” the long-awaited new single from singer/songwriter, adoption advocate and diversity spokesperson Erskin Anavitarte, is now available on iTunes. Backed by a gospel choir, the deeply personal pop anthem... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 16, 2018*


Crowder's "All My Hope" Reaches No. 1

Three time GRAMMY® Award nominee and this year’s Dove Award winner reached no. 1 on the National Christian Airplay chart this week with his current radio single, “All My Hope” featuring emerging Christian artist Tauren Wells, making it Crowder’s highest-selling single from the... << Full Report >>

Citizen Way Release New Song "WaveWalker" Featuring MercyMe's Bart Millard

The pop-driven “WaveWalker” from Citizen Way was unveiled today featuring the vocals of Bart Millard, frontman for the multi-platinum selling band MercyMe. #WaveWalker was announced initially to fans through social media and follows Citizen Way’s fan and radio favorites... << Full Report >>

Chris McClarney's "Hallelujah For The Cross" Single And Video Debut Today

Capitol Christian Music Group announces Jesus Culture artist Chris McClarney releases his anthemic single, "Hallelujah For The Cross," today. The song, which was recorded live in Sacramento, CA at Jesus Culture Church, is available on... << Full Report >>

Austin and Lindsey Adamec Release "Victorious" Today

Husband / wife duo, Austin & Lindsey Adamec, releases “Victorious” globally today (March 16) through Wander Creative. Available now at iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon.com... << Full Report >>

Atlantic Records/Hear It Loud Announce Signing of Skillet's Jen Ledger to Solo Endeavor

Jen Ledger, drummer and vocalist of multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY® nominated rock band Skillet is signing with Atlantic Records and Hear It Loud, the imprint encompassing the creative team of Skillet’s John & Korey Cooper and longtime manager, Zachary Kelm. Billboard exclusively announced the news yesterday... << Full Report >>

Andrew Peterson "Resurrection Letters, Vol. I" Album Preorder Begins Today

Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter and award-winning author Andrew Peterson releases the long-awaited album Resurrection Letters, Vol. I March 30 from Centricity Music. Releasing in time for Easter, the album is also available for preorder beginning today... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 15, 2018*


Skillet's Jen Ledger Launches Solo Project, LEDGER

Today, Skillet's longtime drummer / vocalist Jen Ledger announced a new solo project, titled Ledger. According to an exclusive report from Billboard, Ledger will release her debut EP, also titled LEDGER, next month on April 13 through Atlantic Records and bandmates John & Korey Cooper's new label imprint, Hear It Loud... << Full Report >>

Glorious Encounter Named Songwriter of the Year

Glorious Encounter, a Los Angeles-based worship group, has been named Songwriter of the Year of the 15th annual ChristianSongwriting.com competition. The contest, sponsored by CM United, is the longest-running Christian songwriting contest in existence... << Full Report >>

Chris Howland's Way Up Feat. CASS & Sajan Nauriyal Goes #1 On Hot CHR

DREAM Records' dance label DRÖM is proud to announce that this week, Chris Howland's “Way Up (feat. CASS and Sajan Nauriyal” is now #1 on the Hot CHR chart.  "Way Up..." (which is also currently #21 on the Billboard Hot AC / CHR chart too) featuring CASS and Sajan Nauriyal is a fresh electronic hip hop track that perfectly merges the rhythmic sounds with thought provoking Hip Hop lyrics... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 14, 2018*


Video of Cana's Voice and Brooklyn Tabernacle Goes Viral

Cana's Voice - a powerhouse trio comprised of TaRanda Greene, Jody McBrayer and Doug Anderson - is quickly becoming one of the most popular artists in Christian music. The group recently made an appearance with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at the church in Brooklyn, NY as... << Full Report >>

MercyMe MercyMe, Jason Crabb Join Trace Adkins for "Jammin' To Beat the Blues"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 14, 2018) – Country hitmaker Trace Adkins has not only cemented his status as a country music icon, he has also made it his mission to give back to several important causes throughout his career. Adkins serves as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross and has participated in 12 USO tours for our servicemen and women... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 13, 2018*


Michael W. Smith Michael W. Smith Performs On Good Morning America

Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith performed “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” on ABC-TV's Good Morning America today (March 13)... << Full Report >>

Annie Moses Band Hosts Annual Annie Moses Summer Music Festival July 8 - 15

Nashville-based award-winning, Juilliard-educated Annie Moses Band, known for its impeccable artistry and genre-defying music, announces today that it will host its highly-anticipated annual Annie Moses Summer Music Festival this July 8 -15 in Franklin, Tennessee... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 12, 2018*


Mandisa Revived "American Idol" Launches Icon Series with Mandisa Correlating with Show's Season Premiere on ABC

American Idol made its awaited return to TVs across America last night at 8pm ET, premiering on ABC. Correlating with the start of the season, the seminal show launched its Icon Series, highlighting GRAMMY® winner Mandisa. The beloved season 5 finalist discussed her journey after American Idol... << Full Report >>

Curt Anderson To Release "Every Moment" Deluxe Edition March 30

Singer/songwriter and pop vocalist Curt Anderson is poised to impact growing international audiences with tour dates around the globe this spring, in conjunction with the March 30 release of the Every Moment Deluxe Version. The project features four new songs... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 9, 2018*


Bethel Music's Steffany Gretzinger to Release Deeply Vulnerable "Blackout" on March 30th

Blackout, the newest album from Bethel Music’s Steffany Gretzinger, is set to release on March 30. Known for leading thousands in corporate worship with powerful vocals, Gretzinger's latest project sheds light on her vulnerable, less-visible side. With songs for the... << Full Report >>

NF Celebrates No. 1 Success

While NF was in Los Angeles yesterday for his sold-out show at The Wiltern, Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett surprised him with a plaque to commemorate 1 million global adjusted album sales. This impressive number includes 125,000 albums, 750,000 track... << Full Report >>

Centricity Music Signs Caitie Hurst

Centricity Music has added another strong talent to its artist roster; 23-year-old Caitie Hurst has signed with the indie Christian label. Today she released her debut single “Nothing To Hide,” which precedes an EP to be released later this year... << Full Report >>

"Broken Prayers" Proves To Be Breakthrough Debut For Riley Clemmons

Broken Prayers,” the breakthrough hit from Riley Clemmons, is making its mark, with the track topping over a million streams, and its accompanying music video breaking a million+ plus YouTube views. The Nashville-based singer... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 8, 2018*


YouTube & Jamie Grace Celebrate International Women's Day

Jamie Grace, pop princess extraordinaire, is celebrating International Women's Day with YouTube. Today, celebrating International Women's Day, YouTube is showcasing women who empower women... << Full Report >>

Michael W. Smith To Perform On Good Morning America March 13

Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith will perform live on ABC-TV's Good Morning America Tuesday, March 13. The appearance was sparked by his two, back-to-back hit albums... << Full Report >>

Israel Houghton Releases New Single "Reckless Love"

Six-time GRAMMY® winning artist ISRAEL HOUGHTON releases his new single tomorrow, March 9, titled “Reckless Love” on iTunes, Amazon and all digital retailers worldwide. “Reckless Love” is the first new song from Houghton’s forthcoming EP, due this Spring... << Full Report >>

*Wednesday, March 7, 2018*


Dove Award Winning Songwriter Michael Farren Releases New Single "Fighting For Us" March 9

Integrity Music announces the March 9 release of “Fighting For Us,” a new single from Dove Award winning and GRAMMY Award nominated songwriter and Franklin, Tennessee-based worship leader Michael Farren. The song is the title track for a forthcoming album and first-ever solo project for Farren, the former frontman and founding member of... << Full Report >>

Maddie Rey Releases "Fire" To Christian Radio

A new single from Christian music recording artist Maddie Rey goes for adds today to Christian radio. The song, “Fire,” will be serviced to Christian CHR and Rock-formatted radio outlets. The song, which is available at iTunes and other online retailers, is also featured on YouTube, where the upbeat... << Full Report >>

Jekalyn Carr's "One Nation Under God" Album and "You Will Win" Song #1 In The Country

Top selling independent recording artist Jekalyn Carr currently is celebrating three #1's across Billboard and Mediabase charts this week. Carr's 4th independent release ONE NATION UNDER GOD (Lunjeal/New debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums and Top... << Full Report >>

*Tuesday, March 6, 2018*


Passion "Whole Heart" Finds Passion Once Again at No. 1

Passion’s latest, Whole Heart (Feb. 23), finds them once again on top. Debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart, Whole Heart is now the ninth release from Passion to do so. The album also claimed the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart and No. 8... << Full Report >>

Spotify Pays Tribute To Billy Graham with Playlist

Spotify, a leading digital music service provider, is paying tribute to Rev. Billy Graham upon his passing with a special playlist, Rev. Billy Graham - In Memorium... << Full Report >>

Dave Stovall Launches GoFundMe Campaign To Back New Solo Project

Longtime frontman for rock band Wavorly, and more recently guitarist for the revived Audio Adrenaline (which is defunct again), Dave Stovall has launched a campaign on GoFundMe to ask fans to back a new solo project. The campaign, which launched yesterday, is tiered to allow for more songs to be recorded based on how much money is raised... << Full Report >>

*Monday, March 5, 2018*


Ryan Stevenson Ryan Stevenson Announces New Album for April 6th; New Song Feat. Amy Grant Available Now

Gotee Records' Ryan Stevenson will release a new full-length studio album on April 6th titled No Matter What. Last week, Stevenson released a new song from the upcoming album, "Faithful (feat. Amy Grant)” written by Stevenson, producer Bryan Fowler and Amy Grant. The song was also featured in... << Full Report >>

"I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe" Available Now Ahead Of Major Motion Picture

Multi-platinum selling band MercyMe just released I Can Only Imagine – The Very Best Of MercyMe, a 13 piece collection of their most beloved songs alongside a special version of the monumental hit “I Can Only Imagine” made just for the anticipated movie... << Full Report >>

Leslie McKee Releases New Single

Creative Soul Records artist Leslie McKee is set to release a new single today when “I’m Alive” goes for adds at Christian INSPO/Soft AC and Christian AC radio... << Full Report >>

*Friday, March 2, 2018*


Third Day Third Day Announces 2018 Farewell Tour

Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling band THIRD DAY will hit the road one last time this summer to headline their FAREWELL TOUR, which concludes an extraordinary touring career that spans 25 years and boasts legions of loyal fans from around the world. The tour, produced by Awakening Events and sponsored by Food for the Hungry, kicks off May 31... << Full Report >>

Electrically Charged Duo FF5 Release EL COMPADRE Today

Curb Records’ twin brother pop duo FF5 release their highly anticipated EP EL COMPADRE today - available now on all streaming platforms following the exclusive streaming premiere on Billboard.com yesterday (3/1). EL COMPADRE includes red-hot new single “Fire On the Highway,” which... << Full Report >>

"There Is More" From Hillsong Worship On April 6

Today, the influential worship band behind the fastest-growing single in church history (“What A Beautiful Name”), Hillsong Worship, released a preorder link for their next full length album titled ”There Is More,” a 12-track... << Full Report >>

*Thursday, March 1, 2018*


Historical Musical Tribute Celebrates Billy Graham's Ministry

At Rev. Billy Graham’s historic Crusades, Gospel music always paved the way for his message. In a moving video memorial titled “Passing the Torch,” The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Crossroads Label Group pay tribute to Graham and the music... << Full Report >>

Pastor Danilo Montero Celebrates Three Decades of Ministry With New Album

Four years after the release of his Latin GRAMMY Award winning album La Carta Perfecta (The Perfect Letter) and after a well-deserved sabbatical, beloved singer-songwriter, author and pastor Danilo Montero returns with Mi Viaje (My Journey), available globally through Integrity Music... << Full Report >>

Milagro Records Inks Distribution Deal with New Day Christian Distributors

Independent Gospel artist Juan Santiago is known as the leader of the dynamic ensemble Juan Santiago & Uninhibited Praise (JSUP). The group, based in North Carolina, is consistently recognized for riveting vocals and unforgettable sacred music. The group’s leader is also the owner and founder of Milagro Records, a record company... << Full Report >>




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