Revered worship leader Kristene DiMarco has released her first live worship album, Mighty, which is available now! It features 11 tracks, both new and old, that were recorded live earlier this year in Redding, California…..Josh Wilson is back with his sixth studio album That Was Then, This Is Now. It features the title track of the same name, which has been climbing the radio charts and set the tone for this record. “That Was Then, This Is Now” is a bold declaration to the transformation that takes place in the hearts and lives of people who encounter the love of Christ. The old has gone and the new has come (2 Cor 5:17). The album shows the complete breadth of Josh’s songwriting all the way from the celebratory pop-driven track “Blown Away” to the intimate and reflective ballads of “No More” and “Coming Home.”….. The highly anticipated new studio album from award-winning TobyMac has now been released. This Is Not A Test, produced by TobyMac, David Garcia, and Chris Stevens, features 13 tracks including the singles “Beyond Me” and “Feel It (feat. Mr. TalkBox).”The new project reflects important themes like loving each other well and the richness of diversity. The title of the album comes as a reminder to “make every moment count, and make every second count,” explains TobyMac. “I started collecting concepts as soon as I turned in the last record three years ago, and started working on this album a year and a half ago. The concepts are all based on my life experiences.”
What an amazing experience it has been for Chicago native Tiffany Joy McGhee. The singer songwriter penned the song Amazing and performed it locally around the Chicagoland area. The song caught the attention of Donald Lawrence who in turned mentioned it to Ricky Dillard, and the rest is history. A performance on the Stellar Awards started the movement. “Amazing” would go on to capture the title of 2014 “Song of the Year” in addition to holding the number one spot on Billboard’s Gospel singles chart for over 30 consecutive weeks.
Tiff Joy uses “Chicago power”connecting with award winning producer VaShawn Mitchell for her 12 track debut CD for Mitchell’s Walkway Music Group/ VMan Entertainment and Tyscot Records. The CD hits stores and digital outlets on September 25th.
JASON CRABB was recently honored with a street name, “Jason Crabb Drive,” in his hometown of Beaver Dam, KY. During a hometown show at the new, state-of-the-art Beaver Dam Amphitheater, the city surprised and honored Crabb with the street sign for the road entering the Amphitheater. ”We were thrilled to have Jason come home for this concert,” shared Mayor Paul Sandefur. “We were even more thrilled to show him how proud we are of him and his work by naming the street into Beaver Dam’s new amphitheatre after Jason, Jason Crabb Drive!” Sandefur, along with City Commissioners Charles Patton, Kevin Davis and Sandy Robinson, presented him with the honor.
Jason Crabb was performing in his hometown for the first time since he had laid his beloved Grandmother to rest earlier this year so it was an emotional homecoming. “I can’t even begin to tell you how shocked and humbled I am,” shared Crabb with his fans on Facebook. “I wish my Grandma and Grandfather could be here. I’m so proud to be from Beaver Dam. I can’t believe this!”
JEAN WATSON has been hard at work in the studio prepping the release of her seventh full-length project, Steady My Gaze. The project, which is set to impact retail on September 18, 2015, will be released on the Shadowlands Music label and distributed to retail by New Day Distribution.
Steady My Gaze features an abundance of Celtic-infused violin, Watson’s signature haunting vocals, along with the special treat of stellar fret-work from master guitarist, Phil Keaggy and guest vocals from Tree63’s John Ellis.
“I chose Steady My Gaze for the title of my new CD because it reflects my desire to keep my heart focused on the Lord, no matter what is going on,” Watson explains. “The songs on this project express my love for God through passionate words and music! The arrangements are energetic and fresh, and Phil Keaggy’s guitar playing is simply amazing. Having John Ellis of Tree63 sing on one of the songs was such an honor, and Billy Smiley did an amazing job as producer. I hope this new music is as encouraging and fun to listen to as it was for me to make!”
Celtc and contemporary Christian singer/songwriter, LIZ CLARKE will visit Northern Ireland for a tour from November 14th until the 23rd. She says; “There are two main things that He seems to be saying to me at the moment, they are, grace, and hope. A special verse to me is Jeremiah 29v11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not for harm, a future and a hope” In these troubled times of uncertainty, we can put our hope in Jesus, knowing that by His grace, He will keep us, we are in the palm of His hand. He has a plan for our lives, and He will bring it to pass. These are just a few things the Lord has been speaking to me lately”.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Liz works on a no fixed fee basis and is available for concerts, ladies meetings, house concerts, and more.
Mike LeFevre of THE LeFEVRE QUARTET announces Jeremy Peace as new tenor. “We are thrilled to have Jeremy Peace serving in the tenor position with The LeFevre Quartet. Jeremy has an impressive history in Southern Gospel music. His sincere heart for ministry and powerful tenor voice make him a wonderful addition to The LeFevre Quartet.”
Jeremy stated, “It’s a privilege to now stand on stage with one of my heroes, Mike LeFevre, ministering in song and delivering the Word of God when the opportunity arises”
Thomas Nalley resigned the position, due to a medical condition. Since that time, Thomas has completely recovered, and is currently serving with the group in a non-singing capacity.
TIM HUGHES : Pocketful of Faith. (Integrity : 64392)
This 12 track CD is the fifth studio album of ordained Anglican minister Tim Hughes, and is claimed to ‘capture a theme of explosive celebration and wild adventure with honest emotion and vulnerability’. Tim is well known of course as a prolific and influential Christian songwriter, whose songs such as ‘Here I am to worship’ are said to be sung weekly by millions around the world. A feature of Tim’s songwriting has always been strong melodies. The album certainly doesn’t disappoint in this respect, and gets off to a rousing start with the medium paced rock ‘Here with me’, the one track where friend Phil Wickham is drafted in to share vocals. Things continue in a similar vein with ‘Only the brave’. The initially stripped back title track ‘Pocketful of faith’ follows and is one of the standouts, being lyrically a typical and very effective Tim Hughes personal worship song (‘take this pocketful of faith, it is all I have today, I’m giving it all’) that has a triumphant climactic ending. As the album continues, it is obvious that Tim is still at the top of his game. ‘Set apart’ reminds me of another Tim Hughes song, but I’m blowed if I can remember which one! I would imagine with its simple repeating chorus, ‘Plans’ will go down particularly well live. ‘Arms’ is absolutely beautiful. Arrangements and production overall are excellent, although sound is a touch compressed for my liking. This is a strong album however and a worthy 9/10. Dave Deeks.