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Posted on August 19, 2013 by Family Christian
Posted on August 14, 2013 by Family Christian
GRAMMY and Dove Awards winning band Jars of Clay is set to release its eleventh studio album, Inland, on its own Gray Matters label with distribution through Tone Tree. Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Beth Orton, The Decemberists) and mixed by Beau Sorenson and Jacquire King, Inland is available today for pre-order and will be available Aug. 27.
It’s been nearly twenty years since Dan Haseltine, Steve Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matthew Odmark released their debut Frail. Students at the time, Jars of Clay once again harness the youthful ambition and uninhibited creativity of their beginnings for Inland, while cultivating a maturity in sound with embellishments of violin, horns and ambient melodies that attests two decades of experience.
“These are songs for the ordinary days – when life is weighty and uncertain,” reflects Matthew Odmark. “It is this middle space that we have inhabited over the years. It’s where you and I do the gritty work of actually living.”
The music on Inland has a rich cinematic quality, marked by Lowell’s lush keyboard melodies, Odmark’s strong acoustic rhythm guitar and Mason’s serpentine bass lines. The album’s first single and upcoming video, “After The Fight,” featuring the atmospheric guitar textures of Adrian Belew, has a low-key swagger that brings to mind the intergalactic art rock of Bowie and Peter Murphy. “We asked Adrian Belew if he’d come in and work his magic,” explains Haseltine. “He produced two songs on our first record, but we were too intimidated to let him play guitar. This time he added his big, wild, twanging guitar sound, the reverse solos and all the other effects he’s famous for.”
Following years on labels, Inland marks Jars of Clay’s first independent release, “We’ve had enough experience with record labels working a project because they have to,” says Haseltine. “Everyone we work with loves the record and wants to help us build something as a band with a big creative vision.”
Part of that creative vision is to shatter some of the preconceived notions built over the years by label marketing strategies. “It took a long time to strip away every voice that wasn’t ours to make Inland,” explains Haseltine. “For me, it's always been about a great song. We want to connect with people who love music for music. That's why created our own label.”
Jars of Clay is currently on tour, playing new music from Inland and fan favorites spanning the band’s repertoire that includes 16 No. 1 songs. Confirmed tour dates follow:
August 15 BIRMINGHAM, AL WorkPlay Theater^
August 16 CHARLOTTE, NC Amos’ Southend^
August 17 KNOXVILLE, TN Bijou Theater^
August 18 CHARLESTON, SC The Music Farm^
August 21 GREENVILLE, SC The Handlebar^
August 23 JACKSONVILLE, FL Murray Hill Theater^
August 24 ORLANDO, FL The Social^
August 25 ST. PETERSBURG, FL State Theatre^
August 29 NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
September 10 LITTLE ROCK, AR Revolution Music Room#
September 11 TULSA, OK The Vanguard#
September 12 HUTCHINSON, KS Kansas State Fair#
September 13 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO The Black Sheep#
September 14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Urban Lounge#
September 15 BOISE, ID Knitting Factory#
September 17 SEATTLE, WA Puyallup County Fair#
September 18 PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater#
September 20 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA SLO Brewing Co.
September 21 PALMDALE, CA Palmdale Amphitheatre#
September 22 SANTA ANA, CA The Observatory
September 24 MESA, AZ Mesa Arts Center#
September 25 ALBUQUERQUE, NM The Lobo Theater#
September 27 DALLAS, TX House of Blues, Cambridge Room#
October 23 SPRINGFIELD, MO Gillioz Theatre
* Brooke Waggoner
^ The Last Bison
# Brooke Waggoner/Kye Kye
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Family Christian
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
Gratitude to God is the language of those who love the Lord. Because they love the Lord, they trust the Lord. Because they trust the Lord, they thank the Lord...always. Thankfulness to our Heavenly Father goes directly to His heart. Like a valuable package sent overnight express, gratitude reaches God immediately and unimpeded. The Lord longs to hear prayers of thanksgiving from His children who totally trust in Him. Yes, trust gives thanks for everything.
Are you able, by the Holy Spirit’s power to offer thanks quickly and continually after you enter into an adverse situation? It’s much easier to thank the Lord for the good things that come our way, but its more difficult to be grateful when things seem unfair. Thus, we immediately shift our thinking to thankfulness when our flesh wants to flirt with grumbling. The quicker we close the gap from initial offense to forgiveness and thanks, the quicker we resume our walk in the Spirit.
Settle matters quickly with your adversary. Matthew 5:25
When your feelings are hurt, thank God for the hurt Christ went through to heal your heart. When you are passed over for a promotion, thank God for Christ’s Passover for your sin. When you see evil interrupt your world, thank God for sending His righteous son to redeem the world. When a child is disobedient, thank God for Christ Jesus who learned obedience through His suffering. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. Hebrews 5:8
Your capacity for thankfulness directly relates to your capacity for joy. A happy heart is a grateful heart. Ultimately find joy in Jesus and in thanksgiving to the Lord for your eternal home in heaven. Furthermore, thank God for your enemy who causes you to engage Christ in prayer for your adversary. Satan steams when he sees your praise to God in the middle of experiencing a serious problem. A mark of mature faith is an ever grateful heart. Yes, learn to thank the Lord for everything and you will grow to not need anything but Him. Trust in God always thanks God!
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 1 Timothy 1:12
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grow my trust to thank you for everything in Jesus name.
Related Readings: 1 Chronicles 23:30 Daniel 2:23; 1Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Post/Tweet today: Learn to thank the Lord for everything and you will grow to not need anything but Him. #alwaysbethankful
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Posted on August 13, 2013 by Family Christian
Fair Trade band The Digital Age released their debut studio album Evening:Morning today, August 13. The four-piece, Waco, TX based group, made up of Mike Dodson (Mike D), Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker and Jeremy Bush (Bwack), formerly of the GRAMMY®-nominated David Crowder*Band, have officially entered a new musical era with the album release that has been called “one of the most anticipated albums of the year (Indie Vision Music).” The album launches The Digital Age into their post-David Crowder*Band career and continues the original vision and ministry that inspired them to create music in the first place.
Engaging with their active fan base that have followed the band members throughout their multi-decade career, The Digital Age invited fans to be apart of their first official music video for the lead single off of Evening:Morning, “Captured.” The single is already making an impact at radio, currently being played on AIR1 Radio Network, SpiritFM/Tampa, WQME/Indianapolis, WDJC/Birmingham, WBFJ/Greensboro, NC and others. The lyric video for “Captured” is available here:
The tracks off of Evening:Morning were written in a quasi-conceptual, temporal fashion, moving through the night to the morning, 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM, with each song representing one hour. Critics have been buzzing about the concept and quality of the debut album. Here is a sampling of the praise:
"A unique worship experience. The Digital Age continues the musical innovation that was foundational to The David Crowder Band."
- Dan H., Music Buyer; Family Christian
“The concept of the album is strong, the songs are powerful, and Jesus is the hero and heart of these 12 tracks. This is an exciting new chapter for The Digital Age. They’ve brought along their history but given it new wings.”
“Evening:Morning offers a refreshing and reinvigorating album for those who are seemingly tired of the over-commercialized CCM music industry. The Digital Age’s album is a certain purchase if you enjoy worship artists like Crowder, or even experimental-style bands like Rend Collective and Leeland …possibly one of the most anticipated albums of the year.”
- Indie Vision Music
"While there are definitely some flashes of David Crowder*Band glory on Evening:Morning, there's plenty of brilliance here in previously untraveled musical territory."
- New Release Tuesday
“If you were a true fan of David Crowder Band then the transition into Digital Age will be an easy one for you.”
- Christian Music Review
“Without a doubt, this is an album that improves with each listen…The Digital Age is an absolutely welcomed ensemble in the scene that has the potential to become huge in the near future.”
- Jesus Freak Hideout
“While the components of their former musical life are all there, the band makes great strides to make their own music and the result is nothing short of great.”
"Evening:Morning is unlike anything we have ever heard from these guys.”
"The Digital Age has certainly stepped up and even changed the game in many different ways."
This fall, The Digital Age will embark on a headlining, nationwide tour to promote their release of Evening:Morning. Kicking off September 26 in Waco, TX at University Baptist Church, the tour will feature Christian pop group Bellarive.
Posted on August 13, 2013 by Family Christian
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of iconic Christian rock band Stryper’s new studio album, NO MORE HELL TO PAY; the offering has been confirmed for a November 5th release in and will be available in two formats – standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content.
Produced by frontman/guitarist Michael Sweet, the set features some of Stryper’s strongest and heaviest material ever. Check out a special video message from Michael Sweet here.
Sweet also commented, “NO MORE HELL TO PAY marks our 30 year anniversary and what a journey it has been! It's our eleventh studio release since our first album in 1984 (THE YELLOW & THE BLACK ATTACK) and it's quite possibly our best record to date. Why? It's everything you might expect from a Stryper record - high octane vocals, layered vocal harmonies, guitar solos galore, driving drums and bass and an energy that hasn't been achieved since our glory days. The message is equally as powerful as it offers hope and inspiration to anyone listening. If you're a Stryper fan, it'll make you proud to be one. If you're not, listen with caution as you may actually become one. We've been waving the striped flag for 30 years and we're proud to say that it's an honor to still be making music with you and for you. The best is yet to come and it's coming November 5th!”
Stryper is currently playing select tour dates around the nation as a warm-up for an upcoming extensive tour around the release of the album. Please see below for remaining tour dates.
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free" and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and GRAMMY nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.
NO MORE HELL TO PAY track listing:
2. No More Hell To Pay
3. Saved By Love
4. Jesus Is Alright
5. The One
7. Marching Into Battle
8. Te Amo
9. Sticks & Stones
10. Water Into Wine
Stryper tour dates:
Aug. 13 - San Juan Capistrano, CA / The Coach House*
Aug. 14 - West Hollywood, CA / The Whiskey A Go Go*
Aug. 16 - Henderson, NV / Club Madrid at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino*
Aug. 30 - Wendover, NV / Peppermill Casino
*Michael Sweet and Oz Fox acoustic
Posted on August 12, 2013 by Family Christian
Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman announces the release of his latest record, The Glorious Unfolding, available September 30, 2013. The project is the first full-length studio album with all original songs in seven years. Kicking off the launch, the new single, “Love Take Me Over,” recently released and garnered 42 radio adds its first week out. Chapman will also visit 35+ cities on the first leg of “The Glorious Unfolding” Tour alongside GRAMMY-winning worship leader Laura Story and greatly noted songsmith Jason Gray.
Garnering 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million career albums sold, Steven Curtis Chapman is now readying to release his 18th album. The Glorious Unfolding centers on the truth that God is at work telling a story through the wonderful and amazing as well as the painful and difficult chapters of our lives, something Chapman understands first hand.
“As I’ve journeyed through this story, I’m more convinced than ever that God does know the plans that He has for us and He will finish what He started. God is telling an amazing, glorious, epic story. We have to decide if we will trust Him with it,” explains Chapman.
The latest single, “Love Take Me Over,” recently released to radio and garnered 42 adds its first week out on rotation, making it one of Christian music’s highest radio add dates of 2013. Other notable songs from the record include the melodically adventuresome “Glorious Unfolding,” high-energy declaration “Something Beautiful,” full-orchestrated love song “Together” and many others.
Chapman will embark on a fall 35-city, “The Glorious Unfolding” Tour. The national run's title presenting partner is Show Hope, a nonprofit organization that restores the hope of families to orphans in distress around the world and in the U.S. Chapman and the tour are also partnering with America World Adoption. Fans can anticipate music from the Steven's new album, including the debut single, “Love Take Me Over,” a mixture of his No. 1 singles and other fan favorites in an encouraging night filled with stories, worship and excitement.
“I'm so excited and honored to have Laura Story and Jason Gray join me on the road,” Chapman adds. “I can't wait to share these songs live and we're already praying God will use each and every night powerfully. I hope all our friends can make it out.”
Posted on August 12, 2013 by Family Christian
This fall, the multi-platinum selling band and steady touring act Newsboys will continue to share the message of how to 'change the world' with their highly anticipated Restart Tour. Hitting 20+ dates across the U.S., this four-time GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping group will kick off their anticipated tour on September 20 and run through October 27. Newsboys will be promoting their brand new upcoming studio project, Restart, which is slated to release September 10.
Over the course of their previous sellout tours, Newsboys have impacted thousands of lives, both locally and internationally, making a Newsboys show one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration. As they ready for their fall tour, concertgoers can anticipate hearing brand new songs from Restart, such as their newest hit single that is climbing up the charts, “Live With Abandon,” as well as "Restart" and "That's How You Change The World," the first song found on their new album. Fans will also get to hear many of the band's biggest No. 1 hits, such as "Your Love Never Fails," “God’s Not Dead,” “Born Again,” and much, much more.
Sponsoring Newsboys' touring once again is Compassion International, where on their previous sold out God’s Not Dead Tour, more than 10,750 children were sponsored throughout their partnership with the organization. Also adding to the tour will be opening support from popular artists such as For King & Country, Moriah Peters, and Rapture Ruckus.
Tour dates are listed below.
20 – Barre, VT
21 – Shippensburg, PA
22 – New Brunswick, NJ
27 – Savannah, GA
03 – Metairie, LA
05 – Harlingen, TX
06 – Austin, TX
10 – Columbia, MO
11 – Cincinnati, OH
12 – Cullman, AL
13 – Waukesha, WI
18 – Marion, IN
19 – Davenport, IA
20 – St. Cloud, MN
22 – Fargo, ND
24 – Green Bay, WI
25 – Mitchell, SD
26 – St. Charles, MO
27 – Springfield, OH
Posted on August 5, 2013 by Family Christian
Acclaimed worship leader and two-time GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman announces the release of his new live album Your Grace Finds Me due September 24. The forthcoming release from sixstepsrecords follows his heralded 2011 project and its RIAA certified gold anthem title track, 10,000 Reasons. This year alone "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" has won two GRAMMY® awards, a Billboard Music Awards and was named ASCAP's Christian Music Song of the Year. Continuing the momentum from “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” is the new album’s lead single “Your Grace Finds Me” which drops at radio on August 2.
Redman shares about Your Grace Finds Me and the inspiring new songs:
Redman recently finished recording the 12-track project at Passion City Church’s ‘LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective’ in Atlanta, GA. The event was hosted by Louie Giglio and GRAMMY® winner Chris Tomlin and included worship leaders from all across the country. The record follows suit with 10,000 Reasons, which was also recorded at the annual LIFT conference. This fall, Matt Redman will embark on a European tour along with Martin Smith.
Posted on August 1, 2013 by Family Christian
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys plans to “take the music further” than ever before with their new album, Restart, set to hit stores on September 10. Boasting a discography of 16 records and over eight million albums sold, Restart will be the third studio album with Michael Tait at the helm and combines the pop, worship and rock that fans embraced from the first two albums, Born Again and God's Not Dead. In the nearly four years since Tait joined the band, over 650,000 records have been sold, while five singles have attained No. 1 status on the radio charts.
Musically, the Newsboys are driven to recast themselves with the pop-spirited new album and have already proven to be successful as their first single “Live With Abandon” reached No. 20 on the National Christian Audience chart this week. The single has also broken into the Top 10 at Christian Hot AC at No. 6.
"At the start of this record two years ago, we knew we'd be taking great risks, but people will be excited about this album because we've pushed the music and taken it further than we've ever taken it before,” says front man Michael Tait. “I have not felt this way about anything I’ve been involved in musically since Jesus Freak.”
The lyric video for “Live With Abandon” is now available here.
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Family Christian
Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise” is quickly becoming an anthem in Gospel music. Today the song has landed in the #1 spot on the R&R Gospel chart and, after debuting #1 seven weeks ago, his album - AZUSA THE NEXT GENERATION - is also #1 on Billboard’s Gospel sales chart.
“The airwaves are saturated with powerful music right now, and it feels great that ‘Every Praise’ has cut through to the top of the charts,” says B. Jeffrey Grant Clark, Vice President of Radio Promotions for RCA Inspiration. “’Every Praise’ is another Hezekiah Walker song that will be sung throughout the ages – it continues his outstanding legacy of creating timeless church music.”
Donald Lawrence, who produced “Every Praise,” says the song “sonically and stylistically ushers in and validates a potential new genre – ‘Christian Soul.’ “It was an honor to once again produce great music with Hezekiah Walker and tread new water by developing a new sound for choirs and choir music,” says Lawrence.
Hezekiah Walker says that “Every Praise” is a universally relatable song. “Whether they go to church or not, people have a praise in them that is reserved for God,” says Walker. “This song connects with a feeling of thanksgiving and honor that everyone has at some point.”
“The driving force for me is keeping choir music relevant,” says Walker. “Back in the day when I came along there were a lot of choirs, but you could tell the difference between a Ricky Dillard, a Donald Lawrence, a John P. Kee and a Hezekiah Walker because we all had our certain sound. That’s what kept us in the game, and I’m constantly keeping a focus on delivering a unique sound,” he says.