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  • POWERFUL PLEA FOR SAEED ABEDINI FROM 7EVENTH TIME DOWN

    Posted on September 25, 2013 by Family Christian

    A new music video from Kentucky-based 7eventh Time Down features an emotional message from the family of Saeed Abedini, an American pastor, father and husband currently imprisoned in Iran because of sharing his Christian faith.  The video for “Just Say Jesus” – the title track and latest single from the band’s sophomore project which released earlier this month via BEC Recordings – is in support of the Be Heard Project and the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in an attempt to free Pastor Saeed from one of Iran’s most brutal prisons. The video was directed by Kevin Kookogey for First Company Management.

    “I pray that this video can be a loud voice in the conversation God is using to soften the heart of the Iranian government to release Saeed back to his family,” said Mikey Howard, lead singer of 7eventh Time Down. “We can not be silent.”

    On Thursday, Sept. 26, prayer vigils around the world will take place, including events planned in Brazil, Germany, Kenya, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Uganda and in over 80 cities in the U.S.  7eventh Time Down encourages fans to watch the video for “Just Say Jesus,” learn about Saeed’s story and pray for his immediate release back to his family and home in America.

    Almost one year ago to date, Pastor Saeed traveled to Iran in order to obtain approval from the Iranian government for a non-sectarian orphanage.  Two days before he was to return to America, Pastor Saeed was arrested and immediately put under house arrest for his faith and association with other believers.  It was shortly thereafter that Pastor Saeed would be sentenced to serve eight years in Evin Prison, an institution known for its ruthless and inhumane treatment of its inmates.

    Spearheaded by Saeed’s family and with the help of the Be Heard Project and the ACLJ, an international petition has commenced and hundreds of thousands of signatures have been obtained to demand the release of this innocent man.  7eventh Time Down sought to bring attention and awareness to Saeed’s story via their music video for “Just Say Jesus,” which features national news footage detailing his imprisonment and images of him and his family interspersed during a live performance of the song.

    Most recently, Saeed’s wife – Naghmeh Abedini – personally delivered a letter pleading for her husband’s release to Iranian President Rouhani after their chance meeting in New York.  Among her letter are over 90,000 others that have been sent to Iran’s new president on behalf of Pastor Saeed.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, 7eventh Time Down

  • Newsboys - Live with Abandon (video)

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Family Christian

    Continuing their reign as one of Christian music’s most popular and compelling groups, Newsboys returns with the album Restart, featuring the single "Live With Abandon." With former dcTalk member Michael Tait on vocals, Newsboys makes a unique connection with every listener.

    Check out their new video for their new single, "Live With Abandon" here:

    What do you think?


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, DC Talk, Newsboys

  • Story Behind the Song - God of Every Story

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Family Christian

    Laura Story continues to encourage and challenge her listeners. She does this by allowing them to see a bit more of her heart. Her struggles. Where she has been. What she is facing today.

    Lyrically, God of Every Story draws from Laura’s own life. Her husband’s brain tumor early in their marriage led the young family down a painful path she wouldn’t have chosen, but one that deepened her faith and her music. Those lyrics also share of Martin and Laura being first time parents.  The resulting song shows God’s love and grace intersecting with real life, reminding us that God is the ultimate story teller.

    Watch the story behind the song video here:


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Laura Story

  • Two-time GRAMMY Winner Matt Redman Reveals Powerful New Album

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Family Christian

    Acclaimed worship leader and two-time GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman has had quite a few reasons to celebrate this year with the success of his impactful song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” Following the highly revered song and album comes his latest project, Your Grace Finds Me. The lead single and title track pulls together the powerful message that even in the midst of battle and blessing, the highest high of a wedding day or when weeping by a graveside, God’s grace is always active and present.

    A song devotional for Your Grace Finds Me can be found by clicking here.

    The infectious melodies and poignant lyrics found in this 12-track record continues to showcase Redman’s innate gift to churn heartfelt prayers into worship songs. Here is just a glimpse of the praises critics are giving Your Grace Finds Me:

    "In 'Your Grace Finds Me,' Matt Redman continues to write songs that both challenge and encourage.  No wonder he is one of the most sung artist in our day and age on Sunday mornings"
    - Dan H. Music Buyer, Family Christian

    "More upbeat than previous outings, the eleventh release by U.K. worship songsmith Matt Redman was recorded live at Passion City Church in Atlanta...fist-pumping worship for people who don’t want to sit in their seats anymore."
    - RELEVANT Magazine

    "Tis the season to be deluged by a slew of releases, and in this Best of the Best season, it is fitting that one of the most notable is from Matt Redman...the consistent message of God’s mercy and grace told in Redman’s direct, joyous, uplifting and Scripturally-tethered style is once again a gift to the Church."
    - Worship Leader

    "Matt Redman carries his faith, his voice, his ministry with a humble, quiet dignity. Your Grace Finds Me not only offers a glimpse into the heart of an artist willing and ready to allow God to be God; it invites listeners to do the same."
    - CCM Magazine

    "If you're looking for quality musicianship that leads you into the worship place, you will thoroughly enjoy Matt Redman’s new album. Beautiful."
    - HM Magazine

    "Matt Redman has again shown his willingness and ability to produce songs the global church can claim as their own. With a fresh sound, thought-out arrangements and lyrics that are steeped in worship, Your Grace Finds Me is a brilliant modern praise album."
    - Louder Than the Music

    "What endears this U.K. native once again on this new record, is his ongoing ability to create a worship experience for all of us: an experience that is cognitively descriptive giving us food for thought. Yet, it is also gloriously edgy to the spiritually malleable."
    -Breathecast

    "[Matt Redman] is still the world Church's most consistent creator of heartwarming worship songs."
    -Cross Rhythms

    "You feel like you've experienced a moment, embraced a movement. Matt Redman doesn't just entertain with uplifting lyrics, he teaches through song and gives your spirit plenty to ponder."
    -Hallels.com

    Redman recorded Your Grace Finds Me 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. Adding to this year’s impressive accolades –two GRAMMY® awards, a Billboard Music Award, “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” receiving this year’s ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year and being RIAA Certified Gold – Redman was recently honored with nine Dove Award nominations including “Songwriter of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Louie Giglio

  • Award-Winning Musician and Singer Gordon Mote Releases Album

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by Family Christian

    One of the most beloved and respected musicians/singers in the music industry, Gordon Mote, has released his latest project All Things New. The album was co-produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker), and Dove-Award winning producers, Wayne Haun and Russell Mauldin. The project features vocal collaborations with such major artists as the Gaither Vocal Band, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Matthew West, and Scotty McCreery.

    “I wanted this project to encourage others to let the Lord use the rough parts of their lives for His glory just like He has in mine,” says Mote. “Being born blind, God has given me so many blessings in spite of the setbacks I have had in my life. If we’ll give God the chance to make all things new, He will.”

    The powerful ballad, “Faith Like That,” is the first single being serviced to Christian radio, and the heartfelt lyrics were co-written by award-winning songwriters Don Sampson (“Waitin’ On A Woman”) and Jim Brown (“Five O’Clock Somewhere”).  A noted songwriter himself, Mote co-wrote four songs on the new album including, “All Things New,” “Sound A Dream Makes,” “For You,” and the autobiographical “Broken Open.” The latter song describes Mote’s personal journey of clinging to his faith to overcome a broken heart and how God can lift us up even during our darkest hours.

    “I had a wonderful childhood, but grew somewhat lonely as a teenager as my friends were getting driver’s licenses and leaving me behind,” explains Mote. “Whether you’re blind or not, all of us experience insecurities. I learned that my brokenness made me more open to God’s love as well as more sensitive to the brokenness in other’s lives.”

    In spite of what society calls a handicap, Mote has miraculously overcome multiple obstacles with his blindness that include; playing piano at 3-years-old without any professional training, being the first blind student in the country to be accepted into the public school system, graduating high school with honors, receiving a full scholarship to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, and graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with Cum Laude honors and a music degree.

    Two days after graduation, Mote began touring with Country artist Lee Greenwood’s band, which led to the talented musician touring and recording with such major superstars as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Bob Seger, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Gaither Vocal Band, and Lionel Richie.

    Mote’s keyboard skills led him to being honored twice by the Academy of Country Music for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year Awards, as well as two Music Row Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year Awards for playing on the most Top Ten albums. Mote has released nine albums as an independent artist, with If You Could Hear What I See earning Mote his first Dove nomination in 2004. Mote remains an active touring act by performing over 150 dates a year.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Matthew West, Gaither Vocal Band, Gordon Mote, Trace Adkins

  • A NEW GENERATION OF WORSHIP MUSIC FROM HILLSONG

    Posted on September 23, 2013 by Family Christian

    This past July during Hillsong's Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia, the church introduced an exciting and new generation of worship music. Welcome Hillsong Young & Free, who will officially release their debut CD "We Are Young & Free" on October 1, 2013.

    Creating such a new sound is a bold move for Hillsong, who has a unique sound and worship style the world has come to know and love through their UNITED and LIVE brands. With Young & Free, this worship is stylistically more of a reflection of what youth are listening to now.

    “Young & Free is more than a label, it is also our message and mission,” shares Laura Toggs, team leader for Young & Free. “This is a generation called to stand strong in their youth and in their freedom, refusing to allow others to dismiss them for their age. Songs arising from Young & Free are unlike anything that we have ever done before, and we believe that through them young people will find life and deep, unending joy in Jesus. We are the voice of THIS generation.”

    Young & Free will also be traveling to the U.S. to perform at the first-ever Hillsong U.S. Conferences in New York City (Oct. 4 & 5) and Los Angeles (Oct. 18 & 19). Young & Free members will also join UNITED on their fall leg of the WELCOMEZION tour.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Hillsong, Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong Young & Free

  • Brandon Heath Announces Holiday Album, Christmas Is Here

    Posted on September 16, 2013 by Family Christian

    Emmy Award-winning, five-time GRAMMY nominee Brandon Heath will release his first holiday offering, Christmas Is Here, Oct.15, 2013. Rich in musical diversity, Christmas Is Here takes listeners on a nostalgic journey through the most anticipated time of the year. “I want people to just hear a song and slip back into the past,” Heath says. “Good Christmas music is really about sparking people’s memories.”

    Heath has dreamed of creating a Christmas album for a long time and invited some friends to join him in the studio to make the process memorable. Sonja Isaacs, Ellie Holcomb and Matt Wertz all contributed background vocals, and Ben Shive (Andrew Peterson, Matt Wertz)  produced the album, which was recorded in mid-July.

    The award-winning songwriter looked to some of his favorite Christmas albums for inspiration—recordings by Nat King Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Patty Loveless and Kenny & Dolly—desiring to craft a timeless release fans would want to pull out year after year. Reflecting his influences, Christmas Is Here features three originals and seven classics, including traditional arrangements of “The Christmas Song,” “O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels, We Have Heard on High,” “Silent Night” and “The Bleak Midwinter,” among others. The well-known Christmas songs showcase a spectrum of sounds ranging from big band to a cappella to bluegrass.

    Two of the three new cuts reveal Heath’s witty personality that has endeared the hit-making award winner to audiences. “The Day After Thanksgiving” pokes fun at the Christmas commercialism that sets in at the end of summer, leading most to completely overlook fall, one of Heath’s favorite times of year. “Momma Wouldn’t Lie to Me” is equally as lighthearted, with Heath putting his parents on the spot for the truth about Santa, mirroring a real-life conversation from his childhood. “Rest assured, no child-like beliefs will be harmed due to the listening of the song. No spoilers!” Heath proclaims.

    In his trademark storyteller fashion, Heath highlights a lesser known character in the Christmas story on “Just A Girl”—the innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph away. “I took a little creative license to tell what happened,” he explains. Through the innkeeper’s eyes, Mary is seen as an ordinary girl, but Heath notes the irony of the scene. “There’s a story [about] when a non-believer asked a Catholic, ‘Why is Mary so crucial to the Christmas story?’ And the Catholic says, ‘She’s just a girl who said yes.’ I think that says a lot for us,” Heath offers. “God is often giving us opportunities we don’t realize the significance of, but we just need to say yes. God can do things though ordinary people. Mary was just a girl, but she was also a catalyst in a huge event in the rest of history.”

    Fans can see Heath live on tobyMac’s “Hits Deep” Tour beginning November 7 and running through mid-December. The tour will hit 20 cities this fall and also features Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, Chris August and Capital Kings. Heath and Mandisa will also reunite for select dates this fall on their popular “Brandisa” tour.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, Brandon Heath, Andrew Peterson, Christmas, Chris August, Mandisa, Capital Kings, Matt Wertz, Colton Dixon, Jamie Grace, The Isaacs

  • HILLSONG UNITED RELEASES OCEANS EP

    Posted on September 13, 2013 by Family Christian

    Hillsong UNITED has had an impactful year with the release of ZION, which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200 with their highest Billboard debut and at No. 1 on the ARIA Australian chart. ZION has resonated with fans around the world.  Now fans can get the Oceans EP, which is being released due to the overwhelming response to the song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” from ZION. “Oceans” was written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston and Salomon Ligthelm.

    The EP features the original version of the song, a radio version, a live version recorded at the monumental Red Rocks in Denver during UNITED’s sold out show, a remix version and an acoustic video that includes UNITED’s Joel Houston talking about the heart behind this iconic song. Click here to purchase the Oceans EP.

    Fans can also pick-up the September/October issue of RELEVANT that features Houston on the cover.  RELEVANT is devoted to making an impact on progressive culture by covering faith, health, lifestyle, pop culture, career, relationships, current issues and music.

    Earlier this summer, UNITED toured the first half of their U.S. “Welcome Zion” tour performing in front of more than 80,000 fans. This leg of the tour was listed in the Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar. The Australian group will return in November for 10 additional tour stops including Boston, Atlanta and Miami as well as a stop in Canada for one show. These appearances will be highlighted at the first-ever Hillsong Conferences held in New York City on Oct. 4-5 at Radio City Music Hall, and in Los Angeles on Oct. 18-19 at the Nokia Theatre.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Hillsong UNITED

  • PHILLIPS, CRAIG & DEAN CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY WITH CHRISTMAS RELEASE

    Posted on September 13, 2013 by Family Christian

    Best-selling music trio Phillips, Craig & Dean ushers in this holiday season with its second Christmas release, Hope For All the World, Oct. 1. The album combines both original songs and classics for a timeless Christmas recording guaranteed to be a holiday favorite.

    Hope For All the World is a fitting title for Phillips, Craig & Dean’s latest offering. Given their individual roles as both musicians and full-time senior pastors, Randy, Shawn and Dan have a unique perspective from which to create and record. Interfacing daily with their congregants, they experience firsthand the struggles people face and the difference faith makes. This project celebrates that faith in a way that offers hope and points to the Gospel.

    “The Christmas season trumpets one amazing message through the vocal chords of a tiny baby…hope,” says Randy Phillips. “Hope for the hurting, hope for the alienated, hope for the empty, hope for the discouraged, hope for the purposelessness. Because of Christmas and the main character in the straw, we can be reconciled to God, freed from guilt, and full of purpose.”

    Hope For All the World features 11 songs, including the group’s take on traditional carols like “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings,” “The First Noel,” and “Jingle Bells (Duck Mix).” Also on the CD are brand new tracks like “For All the World,” “A Night of Hope,” and “God Bless Us,” among others.

    The album’s singles, “Born Is The King (It’s Christmas)” will begin vying for adds at Christian radio in November. Phillips, Craig & Dean will also perform selections from Hope For All the World on tour throughout the month of December.


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  • Colton Dixon - Never Gone

    Posted on September 13, 2013 by Family Christian

    Colton Dixon’s musical journey has been a long time in the making, beginning with piano lessons at 7 years old and culminating in his time as a finalist on season 11 of American Idol. A lifelong fan of Christian music, Colton remembers his first concert at age 13, performing "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe. That’s when he knew he had found his calling.

    With a humble spirit, Colton answers the call, to be a messenger for a purpose greater than himself. His debut album, A Messenger, carries that message of hope and God’s unyielding love.

    Here is his new video for the song Never Gone.

    What do you think? Leave your comments below.


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