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  • We Are Brave - Shawn McDonald

    Posted on April 8, 2014 by Family Christian

    Pop-singer/songwriter Shawn McDonald, long regarded as one of Christian music’s most respected and soulful troubadours releases his highly anticipated brand new studio album Brave on April 15th. Three years after releasing the critically acclaimed Closer, McDonald rewards patient and loyal fans with what is possibly the best album of his career.

    Starting with first single, “We Are Brave”, there is a pop energy on the new album that instantly has the listener tapping their feet and singing along. The 11 song Brave is full of infectious melodies and deep, encouraging lyrics McDonald is known for delivering.

    Watch his new video below.

    What do you think?


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

  • 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

  • "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

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