Kevin Mann, founder of the highly acclaimed tech company Graphicly, today announced the launch of Audacious.me – the ﬁrst online space where individuals can discover the Bible, together. Mann who is the architect behind this latest project, together with co-founder Rachel Burns, has designed the site to provide a unique platform for individuals to not only read the Bible, but also track their journey and share their experience with others. The site has a number of ground breaking features including “walks”, “footprints”, and “discovery”, which encourage users to explore the Bible, be inspired and share their faith along side other Audacious.me users, as well as their personal contacts and friends on various social media platforms. For more information visit www.audacious.me
Irish singer-songwriter ANDY FLANNAGAN has launched a different kind of music video for his single “The Reason”. Andy and his team spent three days on the streets of London asking passers-by a very specific question, and the answers are illuminating. The video has already accrued a bucketload of views in its first days online. It juxtaposes our shallow, consumerist dreams with the deeper biblical call to “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly”. It will be very useful as a discussion starter for small groups, a set-piece insert to a programme, or a great tool to forward/facebook to friends to get them thinking about justice and deeper things. In its first weekend it has already been used in many events and churches the length and breadth of the UK and further afield. Throw in the catchy hook and viewers may well be humming and reflecting long after the video is done: Click here to see it
London-based band Ooberfuse have been chosen to sing and record in English the official youth anthem of World Youth Day 2013. Over 3 million people are expected at the largest gathering of youth from around world in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later this year.
‘Hope Of The Dawn‘ is the official English version of the World Youth Day anthem for 2013, Esperanca do Amanhecer. The organisers of World Youth Day asked Ooberfuse to translate the song from Portuguese to English and also give their own interpretation of the anthem. “It’s a great privilege to sing the official World Youth Day English anthem”, says the band’s front-woman Cherrie Anderson. “Translating the song from Portuguese to English was a daunting task as we are not fluent in Portuguese.”
“By Faith,” the new single from Under God, the upcoming debut CD from established singer/songwriter JEFF SLAUGHTER has been released. Slaughter’s songs have impacted millions of children and families through his work as a composer for Vacation Bible School music. CCM fans will recognize the chart-topping single, “One More Broken Heart,” by Point of Grace, which Slaughter wrote. Now Slaughter is coming out from behind his composing desk to launch his recording career with his sparkling radio single, “By Faith.”
“Jeff Slaughter has been writing popular songs for many years as one of the top-selling composers of Vacation Bible School music,” says Jeff McLaughlin, president of A-Sides Radio Promotion. “But many people are not aware that he is an incredibly talented singer as well. We’re excited to launch Jeff’s new music to a broader audience through AC and INSPO radio and are expecting this talented singer/songwriter to build an even broader audience as more people hear his music.”
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN returns to his country music roots on a new album made exclusively for Cracker Barrell Old Country Store. ‘Deep Roots’ features guest bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs as well as three generations of Chapman family members including Chapman’s father, Herb Chapman Sr; brother, Herb Chapman Jr; son, Caleb Chapman; and daughter-in-law, Jillian Edwards Chapman. The album features such songs as “How Great Thou Art”, “Life’s Railway to Heaven”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “He Touched Me”.
US artist, CARMAN has been diagnosed with Myeloma Cancer. “It is incurable and I’ve been given a three to four year window of time.” he says. “Tomorrow I go in for my first bone biopsy and the process will start. I used to go to movies in the afternoon, now I go see doctors. I write these things for a few reasons. First, I want to put an end to all the rumours. Second, I ask for your prayers. And third, I want you all to know that I will continue to minister and win souls until I can’t do it any longer.”
Cross Rhythms report that, after years of behind-the-scene efforts Britain’s Christian music and gospel scene is to get an official sales chart. The Official Christian & Gospel Album Chart Launch took place at London’s St James Theatre today with Martin Smith, London Community Gospel Choir and David Grant in attendance.