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Posted on January 9, 2014 by Family Christian
The title of Jason Gray’s newest Centricity Music release, Love Will Have the Final Word, speaks of decisiveness and closure. It’s a statement of confidence and determination. And it’s true: we live in the assurance that through all of our ups and downs, the ultimate victory has been won for us, and Love has spoken.
It’s those ups and downs, though, that are the tricky part, and this soul-stirring collection of music speaks directly and powerfully to our present reality. This is an album that bravely avoids trite and simple platitudes thrown at our very real and complex circumstances. It’s an album that recognizes our loneliest of lows and our most hopeful highs. It’s an album that knows when to show empathy, when to give advice, and when to just come alongside and grieve.
Jason Gray has emerged as a songwriter of extraordinary depth, with a noteworthy ability to convey deep theological truths in engaging three-and-a-half minute songs. The Minnesota native is steadily drawing legions of fans who recognize his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, offering not escape or distraction, but healing and hope. His 2012 release, A Way To See In The Dark, was named Album of the Year by critics and garnered three top-five radio singles, including "Nothing Is Wasted", which hit #1 for nine weeks.
Posted on August 12, 2013 by Family Christian
Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman announces the release of his latest record, The Glorious Unfolding, available September 30, 2013. The project is the first full-length studio album with all original songs in seven years. Kicking off the launch, the new single, “Love Take Me Over,” recently released and garnered 42 radio adds its first week out. Chapman will also visit 35+ cities on the first leg of “The Glorious Unfolding” Tour alongside GRAMMY-winning worship leader Laura Story and greatly noted songsmith Jason Gray.
Garnering 47 No. 1 singles and approaching 11 million career albums sold, Steven Curtis Chapman is now readying to release his 18th album. The Glorious Unfolding centers on the truth that God is at work telling a story through the wonderful and amazing as well as the painful and difficult chapters of our lives, something Chapman understands first hand.
“As I’ve journeyed through this story, I’m more convinced than ever that God does know the plans that He has for us and He will finish what He started. God is telling an amazing, glorious, epic story. We have to decide if we will trust Him with it,” explains Chapman.
The latest single, “Love Take Me Over,” recently released to radio and garnered 42 adds its first week out on rotation, making it one of Christian music’s highest radio add dates of 2013. Other notable songs from the record include the melodically adventuresome “Glorious Unfolding,” high-energy declaration “Something Beautiful,” full-orchestrated love song “Together” and many others.
Chapman will embark on a fall 35-city, “The Glorious Unfolding” Tour. The national run's title presenting partner is Show Hope, a nonprofit organization that restores the hope of families to orphans in distress around the world and in the U.S. Chapman and the tour are also partnering with America World Adoption. Fans can anticipate music from the Steven's new album, including the debut single, “Love Take Me Over,” a mixture of his No. 1 singles and other fan favorites in an encouraging night filled with stories, worship and excitement.
“I'm so excited and honored to have Laura Story and Jason Gray join me on the road,” Chapman adds. “I can't wait to share these songs live and we're already praying God will use each and every night powerfully. I hope all our friends can make it out.”
Posted on May 30, 2013 by Family Christian
Jason Gray is enjoying his first #1 single this week as Nothing Is Wasted reached the top spot on the Soft AC Chart.The song is having a strong impact with fans, as Gray continues to get letters of support for the single, with the messages saying how the hope and reminder that Jesus is our redeemer has changed their lives. It's from the deepest wounds/That beauty finds a place to bloom/And you will see before the end/That every broken piece is/Gathered in the heart of Jesus/And what's lost will be found again.
“Wow! That’s all I can say,” exclaims Gray. “Of all my songs, the one I most look forward to singing is Nothing Is Wasted because I know there’s always someone in the audience who needs to hear it—someone who longs to be assured that loss, pain, and even failure do not get to have the last say. God, the One who holds all our stories and works all things together for the good of those who love Him, has the last say and His final word is love. I daily get notes from people telling me how this song found them when they needed it most. I’m so grateful for the support radio has given this single and that it’s finding its mark in the hearts of so many people.”
The song, Nothing is Wasted is found on both the Nothing is Wasted EP and Jason's last full length album, A Way to See in the Dark.
Exciting concert news for Gray is that he will tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story this fall. More details will be announced soon.
Posted on August 10, 2012 by Family Christian
We thought it would be fun to ask four questions to some of your favorite artists.
Question 4: What has God been teaching you lately?
David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - The biggest thing that I've been paying attention to lately is the idea of continually being born. I keep on making the mistake that a list of steps or a formula will be the way to renew my soul - but then I keep realizing that the only chance I have to be made new again is through a redemption that's already been set in motion. It's really easy for me to look to ritual or 'doing the right thing' rather then dependence upon the voice of a King that turned on stars in the sky just by speaking. The biggest thing God has been teaching me lately is that salvation is an exciting, dynamic and essential thing. Remembering that I'm blood bought, loved more than anything and a prince of a Kingdom behind the skies makes me want to run after this hope that I can't see - makes me want to let God reshape and repair this heart of mine and renew a right spirit within me.
Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Patience, & giving up control. I've always been one to hold on tightly to my desire to hear something a certain way, or see a vision develop the way I'd like it to. God has been teaching me that it's not about what I want, it's about what He wants from me.
Jason Gray - To be led by the Holy Spirit in a level I haven’t given myself to before. For instance, my mentor has helped me to see that when I’m headed into a conversation, I may be tempted to speculate about what I might say, or to prepare myself for whatever the other person might say so I’m ready for anything. I make these speculations based on past conversations. So I’m always projecting into the future based on my past, which in essence means I’m only ever talking to myself. But the Holy Spirit only speaks in real-time, and when I abandon all my speculating (which is really a form of damage control and trying to have an edge), his voice emerges. This is why Jesus says in Matt 10:19 - 20 to not worry about what to say when we stand before the authorities, because we will be given the words we need. To be tuned into the spirit this way—in real time—invites the voice of the Spirit into all of my interactions, my ministry from the stage, my songwriting, and every moment.
Andrew Peterson - Not to trust people at church camp who promise you free Snickers bars for every snipe you catch.
Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - Just because it isn't easy doesn't mean it isn't valuable. We always look for great results to show us we're in God's will. But God's will is more about obedience than results. VeggieTales was a massive success - a success on a numerical scale I may never see again. But numbers can be a dangerous way to look for God's will. Or, as Albert Einstein once said, "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." It isn't about numbers. It's about obedience.
Jon Micah (from Kutless) - Trust Him completely. When things seem out of control I can always be reminded that HE is in control. There is no challenge too great for God, I must simply put my faith and trust in His strength and not my own.
KJ-52 -Be myself! Be exactly who God has created me to be and never be embarrassed or insecure about it...
Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - Joy is a choice married to faith, supported by hope, and governed by love.
Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - God is always in control. There are however circumstances in life that I want to control, but know that I have to rely and wait on God. He is now teaching me patience.
Laura Story - He's teaching me that I'm not a big deal. I read the first chapter of John this morning, the part where John the baptist tells the pharisees that he not only is NOT the Christ, but he's not even worthy of untying Jesus' smelly sneaker (my translation). As someone who plays a lot of concerts these days, stands on a lot of stages with spotlights and has my name and face on posters, its easy to lose sight of the fact that I am not the main attraction here. I know its the simplest of prayers but one I must return to daily: "He must become greater; I must become less" (John 3:30).
Tobymac - To continue to trust in God and the promises He has for me.
Danny Riley (from Gold City) - I am learning that I should look at the trials in my life as opportunities to watch God work, knowing that He is making me the man He wants me to be. I'm learning to trust Him. I was involved in an accident one time, Bus vs. Ford Ranger. The 2 girls in the truck were drunk. The bus had little damage, but the truck... Wow. I was amazed that the girls were alive. They were both ejected from the vehicle and walked away practically injury free. Why? Because they were so drunk their reaction time was yesterday. When the accident occurred, they didn't resist it, they just went with it. When trials come, we shouldn't resist, we need to yield. God is our strength. He will fight our battles on one condition... Get out of the way and allow Him to take control.
Posted on August 9, 2012 by Family Christian
Questions 3: Have you ever gone cow-tipping or snipe-hunting? If not, would you be willing to go with some of the Family Christian folks?
David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - Neither. I would love to go cow-tipping or snipe-hunting with the Family Christian folks.
Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Wow. I've only eaten cows, I've never tipped them, & I'm not even sure I know what snipe-hunting is. But in both cases the answer is "Yes" I'd love to go with the Family Christian folk.
Jason Gray - I did go snipe hunting once as a kid with my uncle and cousins. However, I’d be happy to go again with the Family Christian folks :-) Not cow tipping, though. That’s just mean.
Andrew Peterson - This question is perpetuating a lie and I refuse to answer it. Both cow-tipping and snipe-hunting are fake. No matter how hard you try, you can't push a cow over, and if you walk in the woods for seven hours looking for snipes you'll probably get seven ticks and a spider bite, then your friends at church camp will ridicule you for the rest of the week. Or so I've heard.
Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - No, neither of those. I once, however, led a late night bear hunt with Mike Nawrocki on the campus of our Bible college. Since all bears like puppets, we put a puppet inside a bag and dragged him around as bait as we traipsed through the woods. Sure enough, a large, furry creature rushed out of a marsh toward us with something in it's mouth. We figured it was a bear carrying a fish. Turns out it was someone's dog, carrying a stick. We named the dog "bear," declared his stick a "fish stick," and he joined us for the rest of the bear hunt. 25 years later I still have that puppet, and his last name is still "Bearbait."
Jon Micah (from Kutless) - I've done my fair share of Snipe hunting. I actually used to be a Snipe hunting guide!
KJ-52 -Yes... At our FCA retreat my senior year of high school we took a bunch of the cheerleaders snipe hunting in the swamp... lets just say they didnt ever catch one but they did scream loudly when we busted out the swamp and scared them..
Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - Not yet. We have cows all around us at the farm and talk about it regularly. It would be fun and an honor to hunt snipes with the folks from Family Christian.
Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - Have tried the cow tipping, almost got stampeded. What is a snipe? I wanna see one.
I could be coaxed to ride in a safari jeep with night vision glasses and watch the Family Christian folks cow tip and snipe hunt, for, say, some double stuff Oreos? Oh, and I will be wearing running shoes in case I have to exit quickly, not looking back. You understand.
Laura Story -I have never gone cow tipping but I'm always up for an adventure. :)
Tobymac - Yes, I have been both cow tipping and snipe hunting. The cow tipping was unsuccessful because we couldn't find any cows. The snipe hunting trip was crazy. I was totally bamboozled by the whole process. Convinced that we would find a snipe. Of course, I came up empty handed.
Danny Riley (from Gold City) - I have, unfortunately, been snipe-hunting. I won't be falling for that one again. I would love to go cow-tipping though... Call me
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Family Christian
We thought it would be fun to ask four questions to some of your favorite artists.
Questions 2: What is the best restaurant you have ever been to?
David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - Emilio's in downtown Chicago. It's a Spanish tappas place. The dishes are very small - almost like a whole meal of appetizers (tappas) but it's great for a date because you can try each thing together and then wait for the next one to come out. The caramelized fried bananas are the best at the end. Plantains actually.
Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Fleming's Steak House in San Diego.
Jason Gray - I have to name two, both in the Twin Cities: Chino Latino—a fun and trendy urban hotspot that blends foods from the hot zones: Indian, Mexican, Asian. I also love Punch Pizza—one of only a handful of officially certified Napoli pizza joints in North America. With super fresh ingredients, a wood burning oven that bakes your pizza in 90 seconds, a fun atmosphere, they make a distinctive pizza that pleases my kids as well as my foodie friends I take there.
Andrew Peterson - That one that served chocolate chip cookies.
Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - I recently had the opportunity to take my 15 year-old daughter to Club 33, the private dinner club inside Disneyland. While it isn't necessarily the best restaurant I've ever eaten at, it is really, really good and the experience is very unique since you have to walk through Disneyland to New Orleans Square, find an unmarked door, ring a buzzer for admittance, then ride a small glass elevator up to the restaurant on the second floor. Way cool!
Jon Micah (from Kutless) - Without a doubt, Fogo de Chao.
KJ-52 -I can't name the "Best" but the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City (TAMPA) is one of my favorites because my dad did all the tile work on the outside of the building and it's very historic restaurant (over 100 years old) and reminds me of growing up in Ybor City.
Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - Le 58 Tour Eiffel. (The food is likely not the best ever but not far from it. Regardless, how many times can you eat from an observation deck in the Parisian landmark - Eiffel Tower? Second Choice - Scalinatella in New York's Upper East Side - best food ever in my mouth.
Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - I don't remember the name but there's an Italian place in NYC that serves a white sauce pasta dish and I'm pretty sure the noodles have been bathed in butter. So yummy!
Laura Story - Easy. its a place in Banff, Canada called Nourish. we went there for our 5 year anniversary and ate there about 3 times in 5 days.
Tobymac - The Red Pony in Franklin TN. If you have never been, you will never understand. Amazing food.
Danny Riley (from Gold City) - I've been to a lot of great places, but oddly enough, the best is a restaurant called "Classic On Noble" in Anniston, AL. They have a fried green tomato salad (that was not a typo) that is incredible. Their shrimp and grits are life altering.
Posted on August 7, 2012 by Family Christian
We thought it would be fun to ask four questions to some of your favorite artists.
Question 1: What is your favorite kind of cookie and what do you like about it?
David Zach (lead singer from Remedy Drive) - I like the oatmeal raisin cookie. It's a desert but I get the sense that I'm still getting something positive for my body with the iron from the raisins and whatever makes oatmeal healthy.
Jekob Washington (from The Washington Projects) - Chips ahoy (Regular). The prefect milk dipping cookie.
Jason Gray - I’ve always been a big fan of the classic chocolate chip cookie, but these days I’m more inclined to enjoy a delicious shortbread cookie, especially if it’s thick and crumbly. It’s perfect for dipping in my coffee.
Andrew Peterson - Chocolate chip. What do I like about it? Well, the taste, I guess.
Phil Vischer (VeggieTales and What's In the Bible creator) - I love a good sugar cookie. And the very BEST sugar cookie can be found at my favorite sandwich restaurant, Potbelly. Yum!
Jon Micah (from Kutless) - I have to eat gluten free which makes cookies difficult. There is a shop in Lake Oswego, OR called Crave that makes the most amazing gluten free deserts I've ever had. They were featured on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and won in their competition against regular cupcakes with their gluten free cupcake. Any cookie from their shop is a pretty solid choice.
KJ-52 - The kind that my wife makes... Before we stared dating she used to do all the baking at this Bible study we used to go to... She won me over with her baking ha ha... It just reminds me how much I love her.
Jason Atkins (from Harbinger Media) - My bride Shannon's version of a Neiman Marcus cookie (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with both white and milk chocolate chunks). First, I like that it is a Christmas tradition. Second, seriously they are Heaven's gift to the taste bud (textures - crunch, creamy, chewy; taste with salty sweetness from the chopped nuts mixed with chocolate) I sometimes wonder if Jesus whipped up a batch when nobody was looking.
Barry Graul (from MercyMe) - Double stuff Oreos
Laura Story - Those big monster cookies with oatmeal and M&M's and all kinds of goodness.
Tobymac - Peanut Butter cookies with the Hershey's Kiss on the top. The bomb.
Danny Riley (from Gold City) - Chocolate Chip... That is the classic cookie, you just can't beat it. And, I LOVE chocolate.