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  • Do You Remember Lex Luger?

    Posted on June 26, 2013 by Family Christian

    Lex Luger, wrestling megasensation and three-time world heavyweight champion, ruled the ring for years as “The Total Package.” Whether he was making a dramatic entrance from a helicopter, defeating champ Hulk Hogan, or sculpting a near-perfect physique, Lex was on top of his game. Yet backstage, he was wrestling with addictions to sex, drugs, and alcohol—things he clung to even when his mistress died suddenly of a drug overdose and Lex went to jail. There, Lex faced the truth: he was losing the fight for his life. And still awaiting him was his most brutal opponent yet, when the wrestling champ found himself helplessly paralyzed from the neck down. In Wrestling with the Devil, Lex Luger reveals never-before-told stories from his career, his struggle with personal demons, and how, through unexpected faith, grace, and redemption, he overcame all odds to fight the only battle that really matters.


    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with Featured, Lex Luger

  • Fans and Critics Agree - New Skillet Album, Rise, Rocks!

    Posted on June 26, 2013 by Family Christian

    Everyone agrees – RISE was worth the wait. Nearly four years since their last album, two-time GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet aren't showing signs of slowing down. The new release, out today, comes as the highly anticipated follow-up to Skillet's mega-selling project AWAKE. The praises for RISE are pouring in with the project being called one of the "Best Rock Albums of the Year."

    USA Today featured the release offering a 3 out of 4 star review and toting the headline "Skillet's 'Rise' above rock boundaries." Adding to the momentum comes Billboard's praise of the record for "mixing new sonic flavors into the group's hard-rock bombast." The flood of applause has just begun, with more reviewers chiming in agreement at diverse outlets in both the mainstream and Christian world.

    "From beginning to end, Rise captured me and didn’t let go. I love the passion and heart of Skillet."

    - Dan H., Family Christian

    “Skillet is excelling at its craft.”

    - HM Magazine

    “Every note feels like it is there to convey an emotion and there is a laudable sense of in-the-moment intensity.”

    – HitFix.com

    "Bottom line: Skillet really did rise above the norm and their previous projects with RISE. Each and every song is a masterpiece in its own right...RISE is THE album of 2013."

    - About.com

    “Skillet hopes to strike gold, well platinum, once again…with RISE, band clearly refuses to rest on their laurels.”

    - CCM Magazine

    "The songwriting has more depth, there’s added diversity, the concept and lyrics are interesting and uplifting...there are plenty of potential hit singles like ‘Sick Of It.’ Current Skillet fans will find plenty to like, and new fans will be attracted to the album as well."

    - Loudwire.com

    “This has all of the band’s best elements in one record. It looks like Skillet has another platinum record on their hands.”

    - Midwest Music Scene

    “Skillet's RISE is an achievement well worth the wait...might also be their most musically complex and diverse offering.”

    - New Release Tuesday

    “RISE is Skillet’s strongest album yet and is one of the best rock albums that will be released this year.”

    - Front Row Report

    "...it's hard to root against RISE, as its commercial aspirations are matched by its certainty that, despite the endless smackdowns delivered by the daily grind, goodness will ultimately prevail."

    - AllMusic.com

    The band has been building momentum around the album's arrival with radio promotion, a social media blitz and festival show performances. The past two weeks Skillet hosted their first ever VIP fan events titled "Road to Rise" in Nashville and Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times heralded the event stating that it "redefines the VIP experience." In the digital world, the band did an exclusive album stream and podcast premiere with Billboard, video premieres with Revolver and Guitar World and a song premiere with USA Today, to name a few. The high media profiles lead up to the band's late night debut on CONAN on July 11.

    Their continual radio success can be seen on both the Active Rock and Christian charts with "Sick Of It" currently at No. 12 on the Active Rock chart with a bullet and the No. 1 slot at Christian Rock for six consecutive weeks. Also at Christian radio, critic favorite "American Noise" continues to receive airplay at AC radio while quickly climbing the Hot AC/CHR chart at No. 5 with a bullet.

    To read our exclusive interview with John Cooper from Skillet, click here.


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

  • Decyfer Down Set to Release New Album, Scarecrow

    Posted on June 26, 2013 by Family Christian

    "Fight To Win" is the first single off the record
    and is available today

    It’s been a five-year wait for new music from North Carolina hard rockers Decyfer Down, but it was time well spent. The follow-up to the successful 2008 release CRASH, will floor their long-time fans boasting a tantalizing mix of moody anthems, driving guitars and a heavy sound that is matched by weighty spiritual lyrics. Scarecrow, which releases on August 27, 2013 proves the old adage, “good things come to those who wait."  Leading the pack to release date is "Fight To Win," the band's first single off the record.

    Scarecrow will be the first full studio project since front-man TJ Harris joined the group, just after CRASH was written. It’s clear that Harris, guitarists Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts and drummer Josh Oliver have created an album that hearkens back to Decyfer Down’s 2006 groundbreaking debut, End of Grey. “The way we write songs is based on the things that have inspired our lives the most,” says Josh. Scarecrow proves experience has strengthened the band, as artists and writers.

    Helmed by producer Paul Ebersold (Seventh Day Slumber, 3 Doors Down, Third Day), Scarecrow is accessible without being predictable and edgy without being off-putting — a rare album that feels familiar immediately while continuing to surprise with each new listen.

    Track Listing for Scarecrow:
    1. Memory
    2. Westboro
    3. Worst Enemy
    4. Say Hello
    5. Bleeding Lines
    6. Fight To Win
    7. Scarecrow
    8. The River
    9. Some Things Never Change
    10. So In Love


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Third Day, Decyfer Down, Seventh Day Slumber

  • Tricia Shines Through on Solo Debut, Radiate

    Posted on June 21, 2013 by Family Christian

    Multi-talented singer-songwriter and artist Tricia, of the GRAMMY-nominated group Superchick, shines through with her solo debut, Radiate available on August 13, 2013. The long-awaited project follows her recent three-song EP, Enough, which gave fans a preview into Tricia's new music. Radiate includes the singer’s lead single "Enough," which journeys through the reminder that God's love is always enough. With high-energy elements and pop ballads, the 12 track release stands as a bold statement to Tricia's natural progression into her career as a solo artist.

    Radiate is a collaboration between Tricia and her producer-husband Nick Baumhardt (Stellar Kart), who also co-wrote many of the songs with Tricia that will appear on the project. Recording in their home studio, the couple created the sounds of a pure pop record with upbeat and electronic elements, similar to artists like Pink and Gwen Stefani. Radiate will also contain a special expanded 16-page booklet with a devotional specially written by Tricia. The booklet also contains a spread of fashion-chic images taken by photographer and Superchick co-founder, Max Hsu. A leading role model and a fashion inspiration to many, Tricia says, "True identity doesn't come from what the world says but what God says about you. Fashion is all about confidence and that comes from the inside and works its way outward."

    The various stages of Tricia’s life have been chronicled through her music and are evident in the tracks on Radiate.

    "This record and these songs are my thoughts and heart, the things that I feel are important for me to communicate," says Tricia. “They were inspired by the different stages of my life experience. I hope that people will feel like they aren’t the only ones with struggles, fears, and insecurities, and that ultimately our circumstances in life don’t change that fact that God is always good.”

    Track listing for Radiate:

    1. Everything As Loss

    2. Mirror Mirror

    3. Enough

    4. Radiate

    5. Good To Be A Girl

    6. Daughter of the King

    7. Love Will Not Let Go

    8. Different

    9. Adding Up To A Miracle

    10 Pity Party

    11. Without You

    12. What I Know

     


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Superchick, Tricia, Stellar Kart

  • Mark Lowry Gets Classy for ‘Classics’ Album

    Posted on June 21, 2013 by Family Christian

    Music Veteran Releases ‘Unforgettable’ Covers

    Contemporary Christian music legend and comedian Mark Lowry releases Unforgettable Classics. The album features pop standards from the era of Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole.

    Unforgettable Classics is a collection of songs I hope young and old listeners will keep singing and remembering, because they are great and because they are an irreplaceable part of American music history,” says Lowry.

    Lowry covers such classic tunes as "It Had to Be You", "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Stardust". Unforgettable Classics  also features guest appearances by Charlotte Richie, The Booth Brothers, Bill Gaither, Michael English and more.

    “Great songs only get better with time,” Lowry says. “So let’s keep singing them, dancing to them and playing them in the background as we make memories with the people we care about.”

    Unforgettable Classics is available now.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Bill Gaither, Michael English, Mark Lowry, Charlotte Richie, The Booth Brothers

  • Ashley Cleveland Releases First Book

    Posted on June 20, 2013 by Family Christian


    Cleveland Tells Her Story Of A Devastated Childhood, Addiction As A Young Adult
    And The Life-Changing Discovery That Beauty Shines Through Brokenness

    Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter Ashley Cleveland shares her personal story of pain, music and beauty that shines through brokenness in her first self-penned book, Little Black Sheep, A Memoir releasing in September from David C Cook.  A true story of life on stage and on the streets from the back rooms of Nashville to the churches and clubs of the San Francisco Bay area, Little Black Sheep invites readers to see how their own deepest pain might just be a place of hope.

    “Gradually and reluctantly with a great deal of hemming, hawing and complaining, I surrendered to telling my tale,” shares Cleveland.  “This is the story of the groundwork that paved the way to my faith.  It is not an easy story to tell.”

    Sharing her deeply engaging story with an original, authentic voice that is equal parts humor and pathos, Cleveland was born into a Knoxville, TN family fraught with conflict, yet poised to keep up its seamless appearances despite alcoholism, homosexuality, divorce, displacement and a slavish devotion to performance.  She took the rough road of rebellion into her own addiction and self-destruction.  If there was trouble, near or far, she found it.  In the midst of the chaos she discovered music, something she had a natural gift for and the one thing that engendered a positive response from others.  She continued on, precariously attempting to balance a desire for a career as a recording artist with a growing and consuming addiction, increasingly catastrophic behavior and an absence of any foundation or understanding of a merciful, loving God.

    Interrupted by an unplanned, unmarried and unwanted pregnancy that ultimately becomes the starting point of faith and a life of substance and value, Cleveland encounters the transforming power of the Living God who is abundantly forgiving, tenderhearted and relentlessly faithful to her.  Little by little, her life is ultimately rebuilt, taking all the devastation in her wake and using it as a platform of experience to bring hope and courage to others.  Along the way she finds sobriety, a long, devoted marriage and family, as well as success in her musical career.

    “I have emerged from my own isolation to find that I love belonging to the body of Christ, to the program of AA, to the human community,” writes Cleveland in her book.  “I have been invited in from the margins, not as a guest artist, but as a family member.”

    Now that little black sheep, she ain’t nothin' but trouble
    She’s not worth much and she’ll cost you double
    Shepherd says he knows but he won’t sleep
    He’s gonna go out and find
    That little black sheep
    (From the song “Little Black Sheep” by Ashley Cleveland)

     

    BONUS: Ashley Cleveland "Ridin with the King" Live


    This post was posted in Books and was tagged with Featured, Forgiveness, Faith, Divorce, Ashley Cleveland

  • New Skillet Lyric Video - Not Going To Die

    Posted on June 20, 2013 by Family Christian

    If you haven't heard that Skillet is coming out with a new album next week, you must be living under a rock.

    Rise is a gripping coming-of-age narrative that stands as Skillet's first concept album. The album tells the story of a typical American teen coming into adulthood and trying to figure out who he is in a world riddled with problems both within and outside his control.

    The result is a wildly ambitious work as heady as it is visceral. Sonically, Rise sees Skillet expanding their musical palette, integrating natural, acoustic instruments like accordion, mandolin, dulcimer, harp, tympani and bells to their trademark slashing electric guitars, strings, churning synths and pummeling drums.

    Check out their new lyric video for Not Going To Die here

    What do you think of their new song?


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

  • Mr. Del's Fourth Album, 'Faith Walka,' in Stores Today

    Posted on June 19, 2013 by Family Christian

    Today marks the release of Christian Rap and Hip-Hop pioneer Mr. Del’s fourth studio album, “Faith Walka.” Released on Mr. Del’s own Dedicated Music Group (DMG) label and distributed by longtime partner Universal Music Christian Group, the album is available now.

    As a former member of the hugely successful, multi-platinum hardcore rap group Three 6 Mafia, Mr. Del became a Christian and walked away from the group, money, fame and just about everything that he knew. He suddenly found himself alone, broke and homeless. He was forced to leave Memphis for a time after receiving death threats from those that were once part of his inner circle. But in the midst of his darkest days, he learned that God was sufficient, and that there was a calling on his life.

    “I started to feel an emptiness living the Gangsta Rap life,” says Mr. Del. “It wasn’t as fulfilling as I thought it would be. I started to have a conviction about my generation and the message and damage I was doing to it. So I left the Gangsta Rap life to pursue a life of walking by faith. This album is my report of what I've seen along my journey.”

    As has come to be expected, “Faith Walka” features some high-profile collaborations, including appearances from Canton Jones on “Forgot to Forgive,” and Rod G. Newman on the project’s first single, “Sunglasses.”


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Mr. Del, Canton Jones

  • Family Force 5 Announce New Remix Album - REANIMATED

    Posted on June 19, 2013 by Family Christian

    Family Force 5 announces the June 18 release of "Reanimated," a 12-track electronic album. This will be a digital release with physical copies available on the band’s appearances at summer festivals. The album will be a perfect addition to any Family Force 5 collection, as it features three new songs and nine remixes of FF5 songs from releases "III" and "III.V" in addition to classic throwback tunes from "Business Up Front/Party In The Back."

    Some of the remix artists featured on "Reanimated" include Tedashii, The Toxic Avenger, Nico Stadi, McSwagger, Riley Friesen, Smile Future, André Allen Anjos of the RAC, and others. Over 173k fans have already clamored to the recent music video "Chainsaw" (feat. Tedashii), which will be featured on this project.

    Fans can catch FF5 performing many of these new remixed songs during their DJ sets at summer festivals. These parties flaunt the band’s characteristically crazy and notoriously engaging post-show experience.

     

    Summer Schedule:

    June 19-21     Alive Festival

    June 22          Big Ticket Festival

    June 26          Creation East Festival

    June 30          The Triple A

    July 12           Roller City

    July 13           Lifest

    July 17           Sonshine

    July 20           Beruna Music Festival

    Aug 02           Rock the Desert

    Aug 09           Creation Northwest


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Tedashii, Family Force 5

  • Building 429 We Won’t Be Shaken Debuts at No.1 on Billboard

    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Family Christian



    Building 429
    generates more groundbreaking news, as its sixth career album from Essential Records, We Won’t Be Shaken debuted at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and No. 53 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. This marks the first No. 1 album and No. 1 debut for the band, while first week sales nearly doubled early sales for Listen To The Sound in 2011. At the same time, the title track and current single has reached No. 5 on the Billboard AC Indicator chart, No. 7 on NCA Overall Chart and No. 2 on Hot AC/CHR chart. The song has accumulated more than 57-million impressions to date after only three months of radio airplay.

    Building 429 is one of the hardest working bands in our business and to see them reach No. 1 for the first time on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart is a proud moment for all of us at Provident,” says Jimmy Wheeler, Vice President of Sales, Provident Label Group.  “The entire team is privileged to work with this band and we believe this is just the beginning of bigger things to come.”

    Media has also embraced We Won’t Be Shaken with Worship Leader Magazine saying, Masterfully written and produced.This album is truly a joy to listen to. About.com exclaims, This reflective album will shake you if you’re breathing because it will really cause you to look at yourself, your walk and your real level of faith. Charisma.com says, This album will encourage listeners to dream God-sized dreams, and HMMagazine.com adds, Building 429’s new release, We Won’t Be Shaken, is a heartwarming record with songs that will be stuck in your head for days to come.

    Building 429 continues to establish themselves as a centerpiece within the greater Christian community. We Won't Be Shaken makes two statements to every believer - 'don't be afraid' and 'share what's in you.'
    I'm not surprised by the success of We Won't Be Shaken. Building 429 continues to point to a greater Kingdom.

    - Dan H., Senior Buyer of Music

    Building 429 heads into a busy summer of touring including major festivals and a stop in Chicago,IL later this month for appearances on Moody’s national radio show, Chris Fabry Live!, and LeSea Broadcasting’s Harvest Show and Live From Studio B.


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