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  • Laura Story - God of Every Story

    Posted on July 11, 2013 by Family Christian


    Talented worship leader and songwriter Laura Story is best known for her inspirational hit “Blessings” and co-writing “Indescribable,” a Chris Tomlin anthem. With only two albums to her credit, she’s already an award winner several times over. “Blessings” was certified Digital Gold and nabbed a 2012 Billboard Music Award, GRAMMY® and helped Laura to four Dove Award wins.

    Now, with her third studio album, God of Every Story, Laura returns to that deep place of vulnerability before the Lord and honesty with herself. Award- winning producer Ed Cash helmed the deeply personal project, and their shared Carolina roots led to the incorporation of acoustic and epic instruments into this worshipful pop album.

    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. The resulting songs show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life. The album is a wonderful reminder that despite our questions or circumstances, we continue to praise Him because we know He is the keeper of the stars.

    Listen to a snippet of Laura's new single here

    "It was hard to know where to start after my last album. The song Blessings started as a diary entry and God blew us away by using it in the lives of so many around the world. And as I began to write for my new project "God of Every Story", I went back to that deep place of vulnerability before the Lord, and honesty -- with myself. The path God has led our family down is not one I would have chosen for myself. It has been much harder than I had envisioned, yet it has required deeper faith than I ever thought myself capable of. And that's what God of every story is really about: It’s trusting that the same God who orchestrates the rising and the setting of the sun each day pays the same attention to every detail of my life. It’s believing that at the end of the day, we will look back on this amazing God story that is my life and view it as a beautiful sunset, where the blues and reds, the laughter and tears, all meld together to show the faithfulness of God in a way that makes us stand in applause."

    "God of Every Story" is a collection of songs about where God's love and grace intersect with our real life situations. It’s about God working all things together for good and love always winning. It’s a celebration of God's faithfulness, even when we don't always understand His plan this side of heaven. Yet we praise Him because He is the keeper of the stars, the One who holds all things together and always, always, deserves our worship.

    One of my favorite things about making this record was the privilege of working with Ed Cash. Ed and I met when I was a sophomore in college and being both from the Carolinas, we love exploring how acoustic and more folky instruments can be used in contemporary Christian music. Ed did a great job both pulling from my roots as well as stretching me to new places creatively.

    - Laura Story


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Chris Tomlin, Laura Story, Ed Cash

  • Dara Maclean - New Album - Wanted

    Posted on July 10, 2013 by Family Christian

    Dara Maclean is scheduled to release her sophomore album, Wanted, on September 24. The album’s title track and lead single grabbed early attention jumping seven spots at radio to No. 30 on NCA chart this past week. Produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Hillsong, Meredith Andrews), Wanted is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Maclean’s debut album, You Got My Attention.

    For Maclean, both a passionate artist and advocate for the International Justice Mission, an organization that is pioneering the fight against human trafficking, this album is much more than just a compilation of songs. “This album is for those broken, the lost and the ones in need of rescue. It’s for me and it’s for them, whether ‘they’ are next door or half way across the world. This record is a reminder that through God’s grace and redemption, He has made us good enough, He sees us as ‘blameless.’ We’ve been forgiven and we can find the peace, satisfaction and rest we’re looking for in Him,” said Maclean. “This record is my mouthpiece to raise the volume of the already screaming heartbeat of the Father, crying ‘Set My People Free.’ When life hits in the hardest ways, and you need peace and you need an answer, let’s take Him at His word and together learn about truth, discover sustaining hope and put all of our trust in the only answer, God.”

    “She genuinely cares for people and has a story to tell; she genuinely wants to see people changed,” said Mabury. “I heard a girl singing at the beginning…now I hear a woman singing.”

    Sonically, Wanted reveals Maclean’s musical upbringing and love for powerful, soul-steeped vocalists from Etta James to Lauryn Hill.  This influence can be seen throughout the album that infuses her soaring vocals with modern pop and soul melodies thanks to the help of multi-talented producer Mabury. “Paul knows the world of worship and he’s a songwriter, a producer and one of the best drummers that I’ve heard,” said Maclean. “He is also extremely well-versed in the music that moves me. He has this backbone of soul and took the time to ‘get me’ and wanted to make music that was true to that.”

    During the past two years Maclean, who embraces song writing equally as much as being a vocalist, wrote heavily in preparation for this album. She co-wrote each of the 12 tracks on Wanted and loved getting to write with some of her favorites including Paul Mabury, Jason Ingram (Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman), Dave Barnes (Blake Shelton, Bebo Norman) and Cindy Morgan (Amy Grant, Mark Schultz).


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Mark Schultz, Hillsong, Brandon Heath, Bebo Norman, Dara Maclean, Dave Barnes, Amy Grant, All Sons & Daughters, Meredith Andrews, International Justic Mission, Blake Shelton, Cindy Morgan

  • Behind the Songs with Darlene Zschech

    Posted on July 8, 2013 by Family Christian

    The long awaited live worship project from iconic worship leader Darlene Zschech is available now. Revealing Jesus is Darlene’s first worship recording in the U.S., and was produced by four time Grammy winner and Gold selling worship artist Israel Houghton at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to Israel, Darlene is joined by friends Michael W Smith and Kari Jobe as co writers and performers on the project.

    Watch and listen as Darlene shares her thoughts behind some of the albums songs:

    Bonus video - Victor's Crown


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Kari Jobe, Darlene Zschech, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton

  • TFK Releases New EP Metamorphosiz II

    Posted on July 3, 2013 by Family Christian

    Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH will release its second remix EP, Metamorphosiz II The End Remixes Vol. 2.  The EP features six songs from the independently released, five-star acclaimed and No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, The End Is Where We Begin, by noted remix talent Robbie Bronnimann, Andy Hunter, Solomon Olds, Rui Da Silva and Joshua Silverberg.

    The new EP follows the success of Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes, Vol. 1, which released Dec. 4, 2012 and sparked ESPN2 to load up “War Of Change,” “We Are” and “Let the Sparks Fly” remix tracks for placements on its show “First Take.”  New ESPN placements for “Vol. 2” are being considered now, including for NASCAR coverage.

    Bronnimann (Nicki Minaj, Chicane), Hunter (The Matrix: Reloaded, The Italian Job, ABC’s Alias) and Olds (Family Force 5, Newsboys), all featured on the first EP, return with brand new remixes.  Bronnimann tackles SiriusXM’s Octane Big ’Uns Countdown Top 10 single “Fly On The Wall” and hit radio single “Be Somebody. ” Hunter and Olds ‘trip out’ “Down” and “The End Is Where We Begin,” respectfully.  New to the mix are Portuguese musical innovator Silva (“Touch Me”) who takes on the militant “Courtesy Call,” and producer/songwriter Silverberg (Edison Glass, Abandon) with an unsullied take on “So Far Gone.”

    The full Metamorphosiz II The End Remixes Vol. 2 track and remix artist list follows:

    1) “Fly On The Wall (The Robbie Bronnimann Mix)” – Robbie Bronnimann
    2) “The End Is Where We Begin (Solomon Olds Remix)” – Solomon Olds
    3) “Courtesy Call (Rui Da Silva Remix)” – Rui Da Silva
    4) “Down (Andy Hunter Remix)” – Andy Hunter
    5) “Be Somebody (The Robbie Bronnimann Mix)” – Robbie Bronnimann
    6) “So Far Gone (Joshua Silverberg Remix)” – Joshua Silverberg

    As the band prepares to releases the new remix EP, TFK is also hitting the festival circuit this summer following its “War Of Change” winter/spring tour that was named one of Pollstar’s Top 50 tours this year.  While on tour, the band is performing fan favorites and hits from The End Is Where We Begin, including the top 40 Active Rock tracks “Let The Sparks Fly” and “War of Change.”  The latter song not only hit No. 1 on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown and is the No. 1 most-played this week on KADR FM (Des Moines), but also has become the band’s first-ever independent music video.  The video has recently been picked up by ClubCom Hard Rock (500 health clubs in the U.S., as well as locations in England, Australia and Japan), Promo Only Video Pool Express Video (Walt Disney World, MTV, Harrah's Casinos, Hard Rock Cafes, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Universal Studios, more), California Music Channel, TVU’s The Most Wanted, JCTV, Video Hits and many more. “War of Change” further became TFK’s 13th No. 1 song overall at Christian radio.

    TFK’s current single, “So Far Gone,” busted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot AC Christian chart for the first time April 15 at No. 9 and remains a Top 10 hit today, a full 8 weeks later.

    “This is a very intimate song. It’s a love song, and my way of saying, ‘I can’t get enough of you,’” says TFK frontman Trevor McNevan. “It’s a worship song to me.  There’s not a day in my life when I don’t need God more and want to get closer.”

    TFK has found that sometimes the best way to move forward is to go back to the basics, taking all of the raw energy and emotion of the past and channeling it into the present.   For those who’ve been following the Ontario, Canada-bred players since their formation in 1997, it’s been a continuously escalating highlight reel that includes best-selling albums, top Active Rock hits (“War Of Change,” “Let The Sparks Fly,” “Fire It Up” and “Move”), tours like last summer’s Third Annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, plus a slew of soundtrack slots. In fact, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture, from ongoing ESPN appearances, to various NASCAR, MLB, NHL, WWE, NCAA and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl and Tennessee Titans’ 2012-13“kickoff” song), along with the “GI Joe” movie trailer, WGN-TV’s “Smallville” and EA Sports’ NHL 2010 and 2013 video games.


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Thousand Foot Krutch

  • The Cost of Freedom - Jenny Simmons

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Family Christian

    written by Jenny Simmons

    Two days before my wedding, my dad received a call. He was being called up on a surprise deployment for the first anniversary of 9/11. He would leave in two days. By God's kindness, this was extended to four days and he was able to stand on the alter and lead my husband and I through our wedding vows before leaving to serve. He is a Chaplain- and as long as I have been alive- he has been in the military. I am 32.

    My mom could tell you the same kind of stories about her dad. My grandpa spent the better part of her growing up years deployed to Vietnam. He has four daughters and they all have moments where dad couldn't be there.

    My sister has a similar story. She and my brother-in-law tried to get pregnant for several years without luck. Then one day, they found out they were pregnant. The next week- literally the next week- he was deployed to Afghanistan. His third deployment to the battle zone since graduating from West Point nine years ago. My little sister is the most brave woman I know. As are most military spouses. He deployed and she journeyed through her very first pregnancy alone. Stationed half way across the world from our family, with her husband in eminent danger each and every day, she grew a baby. In the military, you get something called R&R, rest and relaxation. It's a two week escape from war. He chose his R&R for two days before her due date. He flew from Afghanistan to Hawaii- and I promise you my sister coaxed that sweet baby girl out of her the second he landed on Hawaiian soil! They knew they were on borrowed time. He watched his daughter come into the world. He spent two weeks with her. And then? He flew back to the war zone of Afghanistan.

    No new momma should have to figure out motherhood alone by day and pray that her husband will come home alive by night. But she did it. With grace. Strength. And bravery. She did what was required.

    Freedom is never free. It always requires sacrifice. And sacrifice hardly follows our plans. It doesn't check to see if anyone is getting married, buried or having a baby. It doesn't inquire about whether this is good for the kids or good for the spouse or even good for the man or woman being asked to serve and put their lives down on the line. And still, for hundreds of years, men and women have voluntarily said that this experiment in freedom is worth it. If, as Thomas Jefferson wrote, we truly hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; then someone has to bear the cost of those liberties both at home and abroad.

    As we celebrate the birth of our nation and this grand experiment in freedom and self-governance, I am so grateful for the men, women, children and families who understand that freedom is never free. To those who offer themselves up as willing and ready- no matter when the call comes in- we thank you for protecting our inalienable rights. Life. Liberty. And the pursuit of happiness. We remember and celebrate you, and the many men and women who have served America before you, as we remember and celebrate our own freedom. Thank you for paying for the cost.

    "Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose." ~Ulysses S. Grant

     

     

     

     


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Jenny Simmons, Freedom

  • Love & the Outcome to Release Self-Titled Debut

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Family Christian

    Word Entertainment’s Love & The Outcome, recently included in Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” feature on new and noteworthy acts, are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album on August 27. The 11-track album recalls the highs and lows of the journey vocalist Jodi King and bass player/vocalist Chris Rademaker have braved since departing their homeland of Canada, risking it all to pursue their musical dreams. That Jodi and Chris are also husband/wife makes the story that much more vivid. The album features the duo’s debut single, “He Is With Us,” which skyrocketed to the Top 25 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart and No. 10 on Canada’s CCRC chart in a little over a month since its release.

    Co-Produced by Seth Mosley (Newsboys), Ben Glover (for KING & COUNTRY), David Garcia (TobyMac) and Jeff Pardo (Matthew West), Love & The Outcome balances Chris’ rock sensibilities with Jodi’s love of melodic pop artists. In addition, the duo’s influence is also revealed in the lyrics as they had a hand in writing each of the 11 tracks on the album.

    “We want these songs to become the soundtrack to people’s lives, and hope that the truth of these songs goes beyond the thrill of the live show to plant a seed in people’s hearts: to go for the things that they might be afraid to go for and join this joyful revolution,” said King. “That’s the whole point. A life that requires faith is worth living, and a life on the edge is one where you live hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm with God. That’s what we’re living for.”

    Love & The Outcome Track Listing:

    1.       When We Love
    2.       He Is With Us
    3.       No Mistaking (It’s You)
    4.       City Of God
    5.       Ask
    6.       The Story You’re Building In Me
    7.       Closer To You
    8.       Bring Us Back
    9.       King Of My Heart
    10.   Heart Like You
    11.   What A Promise

    Currently Love & The Outcome are on the road playing dates with the following upcoming shows:

    June 29 – Marina Park – Menominee, MI
    July 18 – India Hook United Methodist Church – Rock Hill, SC
    July 19 – Topeco Church of the Brethren – Floyd, VA
    July 20 – AllOutPraise! Festival – Donegal, PA
    July 23 – Celebration Community Church – Celebration, FL
    July 28 – CornerStone Church – San Antonio, TX
    August 3 – Covenant Ranch – Caddo Mills, TX
    August 9 – Knoebels Amusement Resort – Elysburg, PA
    August 10 – Royal Tailor @ Back to School Bash – Harrisonburg, VA
    August 11 – Indiana State Fair – Indianapolis, IN
    August 17 – First Baptist Church – Newcastle, OK
    August 19 – Young Harris College – Young Harris, GA
    August 21 – Cornerstone Church – East Longmeadow, MA
    August 22 – Crossroads Church – Pelham, NH
    August 23 – Sunday River Resort – Newry, ME
    August 24 – Keswick Landing Mall – Keswick, Canada
    August 31 – Van Wert County Fair – Van Wert, OH


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, Matthew West, for King & Country, Love & The Outcome, Newboys

  • "Grace Unplugged" Film Soundtrack to Release in August

    Posted on July 2, 2013 by Family Christian

    Soundtrack Features Songs From The Film's Stars AJ Michalka And Jamie Grace, Also Includes Songs From TobyMac, Colton Dixon, Chris Tomlin And More

    Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group announce the "GRACE Unplugged" movie soundtrack, set for release on August 27th at both retail and online. "GRACE Unplugged," a Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions feature film starring AJ Michalka, James Denton, Kevin Pollack, Jamie Grace and more, is slated to hit theaters nationwide October 4.

    The soundtrack features the music heard throughout the movie, including three brand new recordings from Michalka ("Grace Trey"), such as the key song "All I've Ever Needed." Additionally, the soundtrack features songs from TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Jamie Grace (who plays "Rachel"), Colton Dixon, Luminate, Josh Wilson, Shawn McDonald, and Nine Lashes.

    ABOUT "GRACE Unplugged":
    A talented young singer and aspiring songwriter’s Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom in "GRACE Unplugged," a moving and inspiring new film that explores the true meaning of success.

    Grace Trey (AJ Michalka) has just turned 18 and aspires to do more than sing in her church’s worship band, which is led by her father, Johnny Trey (James Denton), a one-time pop star who gave up his life in secular music when he became a Christian. Grace longs to escape his shadow and make a name for herself singing songs about something other than God, but Johnny warns her that fame is not as glamorous as it looks and reminds her that serving and worshipping God with the talent she’s been given is a far more worthwhile goal.

    When Johnny’s former manager, Frank “Mossy” Mostin (Kevin Pollak), shows up 20 years after the two parted ways to offer him another shot at the big time, Johnny declines the opportunity. But Grace takes it – without telling her parents. She records a cover version of her father’s old Top 10 hit, runs away to Los Angeles and, under Mossy’s guidance, begins to taste the kind of success she’s always dreamed of.  But with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels pressure to compromise her Christian values and learns not everyone who says they’re on her side really is. The one exception is Quentin (Michael Welch), an intern at her record company and a fellow Christian who urges Grace to reassess her choices and put God first again in her life. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith … or rediscover it?

    "GRACE Unplugged" soundtrack song listing*:
    "All I've Ever Needed" – AJ Michalka
    "Desert Song" – AJ Michalka
    "You Never Let Go" – AJ Michalka
    "Misunderstood" – AJ Michalka
    "Holding On" – Jamie Grace
    "Our God" – Chris Tomlin
    "Steal My Show" – TobyMac
    "In and Out of Time" – Colton Dixon
    "The Void" – Nine Lashes
    "The Space Between Us" – Shawn McDonald
    "Welcome to Daylight" – Luminate
    "Amazing Grace" – Josh Wilson
    *Track listing subject to change


    This post was posted in Music, Movies and was tagged with Featured, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Josh Wilson, Colton Dixon, Grace Unplugged, AJ Michalka, Jamie Grace, Luminate, Shawn McDonald, Nine Lashes

  • Derek Webb Says: I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You

    Posted on July 1, 2013 by Family Christian

    People say one of the hardest things to do is admit when you are wrong. Not so in the case for perennial critic favorite Derek Webb who is using his new studio album, I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You, to do just that. Announced last week on RelevantMagazine.com, the long-awaited new project will be available beginning September 3. I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You marks the 10 year anniversary of Webb's solo debut (She Must and Shall Go Free) and continues the conversation that began from his first record. In addition to playing almost every instrument on I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You, Webb joins a handful of elite artists who wrote, recorded and produced every song on his record.

    Derek explains the project: "A lot changes in 10 years. Then again, a lot doesn't change. I'm so grateful for the fact that I can still sing and agree with every word of the 11 songs on my first album. But as I approached this 10 year anniversary I began to wonder what the album would have looked like if I were writing it today. What was initially nothing more than personal reminiscing and reflection quickly became the coordinates that led me to a new collection of songs - essentially a follow-up to my first album of 10 years ago."

    The result of these reflections is what birthed I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You, an album that showcases Webb's rich, poetic songwriting and critical yet confessional insights into the church culture where he's made his living for over 20 years. His solo discography of records include: She Must and Shall Go Free, I See Things Upside Down, Mockingbird, The Ringing Bell, Stockholm Syndrome, Feedback and last year's Ctrl.

    Track Listing for I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You:
    1. I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You
    2. Eye of the Hurricane
    3. Lover Part 3
    4. Closer Than You Think
    5. Heavy
    6. Everything Will Change
    7. I Measure The Days (Simplified Anglicant Chant)
    8. A Place At Your Table
    9. Nothing But Love
    10. The Vow
    11. Your Heart Breaks In All The Right Places
    12. Thy Will Be Done


    This post was posted in Music and was tagged with Featured, Derek Webb

  • We As Human's Debut Explodes!

    Posted on June 26, 2013 by Family Christian

    Rock Phenomenon WE AS HUMAN Shatters Expectations for
    Debut Album Release 

    Critics declare WE AS HUMAN “perfect” and “the epitome of what rock
    music is missing these days”

    The bar has been set very high for new rock band WE AS HUMAN. As the flagship artist on the Hear It Loud imprint label (via Atlantic/Word Records) and the touted prodigy band of Skillet's John Cooper, expectations could not have been higher for WE AS HUMAN and their debut, self-titled release that hits stores this week. Fortunately for fans, WE AS HUMAN has delivered.

    In addition to feature articles in the Houston Chronicle, HM Magazine, CCM Magazine, Rock Edition and an exclusive album premiere on Revolver Magazine, their lead single “Strike Back” recently broke into the Top 5 of the Christian Rock radio chart. Critically, media outlets have showered unprecedented acclaim on the new band, going as far as declaring WE AS HUMAN “perfect,” “almost completely flawless” and “the epitome of what rock music is missing these days.”

    Here is a full sampling of the buzz that WE AS HUMAN is claiming:

    "The We As Human album is a no-brainer! It's a combination of great hooks and rock-n-roll. It feels good to be a fan of rock music again."
    - Dan H., Family Christian

    “We As Human steps up to own their identity with a confidence and intensity rarely found even in long-established bands. Their self titled release is a perfect storm of searing riffs, dynamic vocals, and aggression channeled into lyrics fueling the struggle of death to self and rebirth to life.””
    - New Release Tuesday

    “This album is perfect. The lyrics, the melody, the instrumentals and, of course, the choice in guest vocalists make this album flawless.”
    - New-Transcendence

    “This is the epitome of what rock music is missing these days. This entire record doesn’t have one dull moment and will make those who give it a chance rushing to the next We As Human show.”
    - The Front Row Report

    “This album has the potential to blow everyone away.”
    - HM Magazine

    “Overall this is one of my favorite debut albums I have heard in a long time. The album was produced very well with just the right amount of mellow songs, digital sound effects, and heavy sound.”
    - Christian Music Review

    “While most bands seem to be steering towards an easy, accessible sound, We As Human is doing just the opposite. Their self-titled album is full of face-melting rockers that will have you pumping your rawkfist gleefully in the air.”
    - Christian Music Zine

    “This album is almost completely flawless.”
    - The Core of Brutality

    “We As Human’s debut album is jammed packed with intense songs that will nip at the ears of the listener. It stays true to their core values while adding levels of energy and intensity that will appeal to fans who are looking for something more in rock music.”
    - EMURG

    For a recent Q&A with Justin Cordle from the band, click here.


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

  • 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.


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