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  • Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" is the #1 Gospel Song

    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.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence

  • New Single from Royal Tailor - Remain

    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Family Christian

    After a debut album that landed them a plumb spot on Winter Jam and a hit single at radio ("Make A Move"), Royal Tailor is back with their electrifying second record.  THE band for student ministries and college students, Royal Tailor delves deeper into themes that resonate with this audience, from talking about a love that will always remain, even when Earthly love fades to expressing a desire to living only for the true original Creator.

    Check out their new single, Remain in the lyric video below.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Royal Tailor

  • Jamie Grace Introduces New Single

    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Family Christian

    GRAMMY®-nominee and Best New Artist GMA Dove Award winner Jamie Grace has released her follow up single to the smash hit success of “Hold Me." The single, titled “Beautiful Day,” is available from Gotee Records beginning now. The song reunites Jamie with producer/songwriter Christopher Stevens under the direction of TobyMac and will be a part of her forthcoming new album to release later this year.

    Accompanying the single, Jamie has also released a lyric video for “Beautiful Day” that combines her performance of the song with animated hand drawn lyrics and imagery here:

    "I'm still having a hard time processing the response to 'Hold Me,' the song I started in my dorm room," says Jamie. "The past few years have been absolutely incredible and I feel so blessed to have the privilege of sharing even more music. 'Beautiful Day,' although a fun song, has a message saying that in spite of what we're going through, every day is a good day and an incredible gift because God made it. In my young life I've learned that every day can begin with worshipping my Creator."

    The breakout success of her previous GRAMMY®-nominated, No. 1 smash hit “Hold Me (feat. TobyMac)” assisted in propelling Jamie to win her first GMA Dove Award—for New Artist of the Year—last year, in addition to a Billboard Music Award nomination. As a result, in part of the huge success of “Hold Me,” she has experienced a major wave of acclaim and popularity in the last few years, that is evident in her YouTube's channel combined 13 million views and even finding her making an appearance on ABC's hit talk show 'The View." This fall, Jamie will appear on the silver screen with the release of the LIONSGATE® film GRACE UNPLUGGED, an entertaining story of a talented teenager rising in the music industry led by AJ Michalka (Super 8, The Lovely Bones), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), and Kevan Pollak (A Few Good Men).

    Jamie Grace will be a featured guest on TobyMac’s “HITS Deep Tour 2013,” making stops across the country in November and December. The “HITS Deep Tour” 2013 will also include Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Colton Dixon, Chris August and Capital Kings.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Chris August, Mandisa, Capital Kings, Colton Dixon, Jamie Grace

  • Believer - New Music Video from Audio Adrenaline

    Posted on July 30, 2013 by Family Christian

    After five years away, Audio Adrenaline is back with a renewed mission and a new line-up. Kevin Max of dcTalk takes the mic and founding member Will McGinniss is on bass, while Dave Ghazarian of Superchick, Jared Byers of Bleach and singer-songwriter Jason Walker round out the band. Former front man and co-founder Mark Stuart contributed to many of the songs for the new album, titled Kings & Queens.

    This talented group of like-minded musicians shares a common goal: to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. To that end, the lead single, "Kings & Queens," is an orphan anthem that celebrates the transformation God can bring about.

    Watch the behind the scenes for their new video, Believer

    Watch their new video, Believer

    Check out the interview that we did with Kevin, Will and Mark by clicking here.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, DC Talk, Audio Adrenaline, Bleach, Superchick

  • New Album from The City Harmonic

    Posted on July 29, 2013 by Family Christian

    Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, is set to release globally its highly anticipated sophomore album, HEART, September 3 through Integrity Music.  The 14 songs on HEART are underscored by the cinematic and communal aesthetic prominent in all of the band’s music while building from where the band left off with its widely acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home).  Reflecting life lived by the band members since their full-length debut, the new album shifts from the dream of what could and should be to the complexities of how to follow the true humanity of Christ’s example in the world.

    Co-produced by the band - vocalist/songwriter and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan - and Jared Fox, HEART places Christ at the center while delving into themes of grace, discipleship and being, and becoming, truly human, all the while giving the listener permission to sing out in hope, in hurt.

    “We set out to write an album ‘on being, and becoming, human,’ but, in a way, it’s about image bearing,” says Elias.  “By that I mean that yes, we’re human — and the Bible tells us that we’re made in the image of God and each and every human has an inherited dignity as a result. But there’s more to it than that…God made this universe around us and often refers to the cosmos as a temple. I mean if you stop and think about the role an ‘image’ or ‘statue’ might play in a temple, you begin to see that we humans have quite a role to play. Whatever our present circumstances, the biggest challenge before us is to recognize that in Christ we’ve been given the responsibility and capacity to become like Him, and as we do, we are becoming exactly the kind of humans we were meant to be from the beginning.

    “People have always talked about ‘the square’ representing the physical, the tangible, and the circle representing the spirit, God,” continues Elias, making reference to the new album cover artwork. “How do you square the circle? How do you make these things connect?  Jesus was the perfect man and God.  Only in Jesus do we have the ability to say, ‘I’m a whole person, not a broken apart thing, whole but broken.’ On HEART, we try to unpack what it means to be fully human.”

    At the core of the new album is the first radio single, “City on a Hill,” which is steeped in the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5.

    “‘A City On A Hill’ takes the high concept view of Christ and brings it down to earth in the form of the very things he said in the Sermon on the Mount,” says Elias.  “It also forms a natural transition into the balance of the album which attempts to marry the ideals with our real lives.

    “In Christ, God has given us the perfect example to live by, and the means to live that way,” adds Elias. “For the Christian, discipleship isn’t simply adding knowledge to our lives, but it’s to become increasingly more like the human example we’ve been given – to become ‘little Christs,’ and carry our cross through the mud and mire of a broken world in the knowledge that by the grace of God we arise brand new.”

    In the past two years, life has hit The City Harmonic ‘square on.’ They went from working day jobs to recording and touring full time. Aaron had his first child, Josh was married, Elias had his fourth child and Eric was diagnosed with cancer. In a very real sense, life set the context for HEART.

    One of the songs on the album, “Strong,” written by Elias and Eric, grew from a place of vulnerability in the middle of Eric’s battle with cancer. “I wasn’t really in a place to write anything,” Eric confesses. “Emotionally, I felt like a child who had been let down by his parents for the first time.  I just couldn’t see [my illness] as a blessing.  I couldn’t connect with God. To confront that stuff and write, ‘I am strong in my weakness,’ was really difficult because I couldn’t deny how I really felt...”

    Near the one-year anniversary of the stem cell transplant that saved his life, Eric’s cancer is in remission. “Being on the other side of it, my emotions now line up with what I believe. God really has been there the whole time, using this for the good. It’s a clear picture of God’s people coming together, working together... a profound experience.”

    With Eric planning to rejoin the group on the road, having been sidelined since his cancer diagnosis early last year, The City Harmonic launches their headline tour with special guests Shawn McDonald in October.

    Forming nearly three years ago, The City Harmonic went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, headlining tours across North America and gathering numerous awards along the way.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Shawn McDonald, The City Harmonic

  • Petra Celebrates 40th Anniversary

    Posted on July 26, 2013 by Family Christian

    To celebrate their illustrious 40-year career, Christian rock band, Petra, will release an exclusive CD project on July 30 featuring the band’s biggest and most-loved songs.  The standard edition of 40th Anniversary will include 27 of Petra’s hits, while the deluxe edition (digital copy only) will include 37 songs.  Both versions include a new recording titled “Holy Is Your Name.”

    “’Holy Is Your Name’ is a thank you to all our fans, but mostly a thanks to God for all the wonderful years!” says Bob Hartman, founding member of Petra.  “We are happy to include it on the 40th Anniversary compilation."

    Compiled by Hartman, 40th Anniversary displays Petra’s four-decade career of music and ministry featuring hits like “This Means War,” “Beyond Belief,” and “Creed.”  Long-time vocalist John Schlitt joined Hartman on a seven-city reunion tour this summer to share Petra’s anniversary celebration with fans.

    Over the course of their 40 years, Petra has released 24 projects, sold over 7 million albums, garnered four GRAMMY® Awards, 10 Dove Awards and several #1 radio hits.  Considered the “pioneer” of Christian rock, the band has successfully paved the way for numerous artists and has helped create a new genre of rock music.

    40th Anniversary Track Listing
    DISC 1
    01. Why Should the Father Bother?
    02. Killing My Old Man
    03. For Annie
    04. Without Him We Can Do Nothing
    05. Angel Of Light
    06. Road To Zion
    07. Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows
    08. Judas' Kiss
    09. Stand Up
    10. Bema Seat
    11. Grave Robber
    12. Beat The System
    13. God Gave Rock And Roll To You
    14. Voice In The Wind

    DISC 2
    01. Thankful Heart
    02. This Means War!
    03. He Came, He Saw, He Conquered
    04. All Fired Up
    05. Hit You Where You Live
    06. Beyond Belief
    07. Creed
    08. Dance
    09. Sight Unseen
    10. Midnight Oil
    11. Enter In
    12. Jekyll & Hyde
    13. Holy Is Your Name (NEW RECORDING)
    Additional Songs on the Deluxe Edition (digital copy only):
    Chameleon, The Coloring Song, All Over Me, More Power To Ya, Godpleaser, Not By Sight, Computer Brains, Fool’s Gold,  You Are My Rock and Mine Field


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Petra

  • Keith & Kristyn Getty Release Live Album

    Posted on July 25, 2013 by Family Christian

    Getty Music announces the release of the first live album from Keith and Kristyn Getty, which was recorded at The Gospel Coalition in Orlando, FL, this past spring. Keith and Kristyn Getty Live at The Gospel Coalition is produced by Ed Cash and features 13 previously-released songs that are heard live on a recording for the first time, along with a new tune, Lift High the Name of Jesus (co-written by the Gettys and Cash), and some of the Getty’s favorite traditional hymns. The project will be available September 10, 2013.

    “Working with Keith and Kristyn has been one of the great joys of my career,” says Cash. “First and foremost, their songs are packed full of theological truth, but their commitment to musical excellence and great melodies with respect to church tradition is unparalleled. This album is a fabulous collection of songs recorded in a live atmosphere with a real congregation exalting the Almighty. I tend to crave authenticity, especially with live records, and this project is chock-full of it. At the same time, the album has a professionalism due to the extremely high caliber nature of the players, and of course the driving excellence of Keith's piano playing and Kristyn's voice.”

    Keith and Kristyn Getty Live at The Gospel Coalition is comprised of several performances occurring during the 5-day conference that included sermons from such well-known speakers as Tim Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City/Author; John Piper, Founder/Teacher of desiringGod.org; and Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Keller adds, “The 2013 Gospel Coalition National Conference blended the spoken Word and the sung Word in an unforgettable way. Substantive expositions of the Biblical text were interwoven with the Gettys’ theologically-rich worship hymns. Together they truly did ‘tune our hearts to sing His grace.’”

    The Gettys are in their homeland of Northern Ireland spending time on a songwriting sabbatical and reconnecting with family and friends. When they return to the States in late August, they will begin rehearsals for a fall tour in support of the new project that will run September-November and crisscross the country.

    For a recent interview with Keith, click here.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, John Piper, Tim Keller, Ed Cash, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, D.A. Carson

  • SHINE BRIGHT BABY DEBUTS ALBUM

    Posted on July 24, 2013 by Family Christian

    Following the success of their single “Beautiful Love,” which hit radio in May, Shine Bright Baby’s anticipated debut project is available now in stores and online.  Dreamers, created and produced by Matt Arcaini, Mike “X” O’Conner, Tofer Brown and Pete Kipley, is the debut LP belonging to the BEC Recordings quartet and consists of an inventive mixture of pop, rock, electronic and modern worship music.

    After just a few short weeks on radio, “Beautiful Love” has climbed to No. 8 on the Hot AC/CHR charts.  Recent press tout the debut including a “rock spotlight” in the current issue of CCM Magazine applauding Shine Bright Baby on “not being shy in allowing their faith to radiate boldly, all the while making apparent their musical commitment to excellence.”

    Comprised of four gifted musicians, each from Orville, Ohio, Shine Bright Baby features Emily Irene on vocals, guitarist Nathan Fertig, Joshua Fink on keys, guitars and vocals, and Karl Wendel on drums.  Friends before they were bandmates, Emily and Nathan began performing in 2007 amongst the local scene in both mainstream settings and Christian circles.  Soon after, Joshua and Karl joined Emily and Nathan to complete the quartet, whose unique band name comes from Philippians 2.


    “After realizing God’s plan for the band, we wanted to take what that verse said and apply it to the band’s mission and what we stood for,” shares Joshua.  “Emily wanted it to be more fun and playful, so she tacked ‘Baby’ on the end and it just stuck."

    “We all come from church backgrounds, all leading worship at church at various points of life,” says Karl.  “Anytime we’re on that stage, our goal is to glorify God and worship through our instruments and voices, and hopefully in turn, help others be able to draw closer to God.”

    One of the band’s personal favorites from Dreamers is “Made To Glow,” a song about letting God’s love shine in everyone’s daily actions, while the piano/acoustic ballad “Love Restores” was written in the wake of a highly publicized school shooting near the band’s hometown.  The group also shows its more aggressive side on “The Brave Ones,” a guitar-charged anthem centered on living a bold life of faith with a little help from Disciple front man Kevin Young.

    Shine Bright Baby is on an extensive tour in support of Dreamers, having wrapped up the Acquire The Fire Tour and Air1’s Club Awesome Tour.  The band will also perform at numerous festivals throughout the remainder of the summer and fall.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Shine Bright Baby, Disciple

  • The Message for the Dominican Republic: GOD IS ABLE

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Family Christian


    This is where the Gospel is lived. Where redemption is real. And where we need you.

    Good Goers is a mission adventure travel group founded by Family Christian. The mission is caring for orphans and widows in the U.S. and around the world. The adventure is living out this calling – with you – in broken places and broken hearts, because that’s where the good work of building the Kingdom begins.

    We’ll also take you off the beaten path to experience the excitement of white water rapids, a ropes course, a zip line or hiking local sites.

    Recently a team went to the Dominican Republic to offer care. What follows is a report of God working in an amazing way:

    It is Wednesday and our team of nine GoodGoers has just finished our fourth day in the Dominican Republic.  We have been incredibly BLESSED to have visited two widows as well as a school for children from very poor families.

    The needs are great, but God is able.

    We found that the widows had no beds to sleep on, and one widow had two sons and a grandson living with her.  They had gathered large leaves to lay on the floor to sleep on.  We purchased lumber and materials to build beds as well as mattresses for two sets of bunk beds and one single bed.

    The needs are great, but GOD is able.

    We typically have mission staff to lead us out in building projects but this time no one was on campus for us and no one on our mission team was a construction "leader." [So] another mission team on the campus wanted to help with a building project so they joined us, and, in very GOD fashion, the beds were built in an afternoon and that team included two men with engineering and building skills!!!  By the way, that team also had additional funds they wanted to contribute!!  MAN!!!  When God is involved, He does a PERFECT JOB!

    The needs are great, but GOD IS able!
    The widows were so thrilled to see us that they ran to meet our bus!  About 40 neighbors and children spent the afternoon with us and we were able to also share the gospel with them.

    The needs are great, but GOD IS ABLE!
    What a blessing to join God on Mission and watch Him work through common folks as well as challenging situations.  We have seen many God-moments throughout every single day!

    The needs are great, but GOD IS ABLE!!! God is EXACTLY who He says He is!


    This post was posted in Missions and was tagged with Featured, Good Goers

  • Check Out New Artist Soulfire Revolution

    Posted on July 22, 2013 by Family Christian

    Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) announces the signing of Soulfire Revolution, a worship band hailing from Bogota, Colombia, to its list of acclaimed artists.  Soulfire Revolution’s title track – featuring Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture – goes by the same name as their first project, Revival.  Proof that their music and scope of ministry extends beyond just one language, Revival is set to release on August 13.
    Soulfire Revolution primarily serves as a worship band born out of Mision Carismatica Interncional (MCI) in Bogota, a church originated by husband and wife team Cesar and Claudia Castellanos.  Currently, MCI averages 70,000 people in attendance on Sunday mornings in Bogota, growing from the group of eight that first began gathering in the Castellanos’ living room nearly 30 years ago.

    Cesar and Claudia have always been focused on raising a family who loves and serves God, a primary goal that ultimately would pave the way for Soulfire Revolution.  Feeling the call to ministry following a three-day MCI retreat known as “Encounter” just a few years ago, the Castellanos’ daughter Lorena, now the lead singer for Soulfire Revolution, first felt God’s call to ministry.

    “I was 12 when I went to my first Encounter, and up until that point, I wasn’t really interested in church.  I just went because I was the pastor’s daughter, and my parents were there,” Lorena shares.  “But it was during those three days when I truly had an encounter with God.  I had the conviction that God could really use me, and I never turned back.”

    Now comprised of two married couples, Lorena Castellanos (vocals) and her husband Julian Gamba (bass), and Paola Sanchez (drums) and husband Jose Anthony Catacoli (lead guitar), plus Lorena’s brother-in-law Richard Harding (lead vocals and guitar), Soulfire Revolution was started out of a mutual love of music that points people toward the one true Hope.

    Produced by The Myriad frontman and longtime Jesus Culture producer Jeremy Edwardson, and recorded in his studio in northern California, Revival not only celebrates the beauty of God’s creation in the anthemic standout “Count the Stars,” which features a guest appearance from the band’s friend Martin Smith (Delirious) but digs deep into truly leaning on God for everything in “Place of Surrender,” where Soulfire Revolution collaborated with noted songwriter Jason Ingram (Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman).  With “Spirit Break Out,” the band displays a different side of worship with a rap interlude from none other than TobyMac.  This cover of the United Kingdom-based group Worship Central is a moment where substance and style blend seamlessly.

    Revival is only the beginning of what will continue to be a busy season for Soulfire Revolution.  In addition to touring on their own and continuing to minister at their home churches, Soulfire Revolution looks forward to partnering with other artists in sharing a message of salvation and hope that comes in a thriving relationship with Jesus.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman, Jesus Culture, Delirious, Soulfire Revolution, Kim Walker-Smith, The Myriad, Martin Smith, Worship Central

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