After months of speculation, multi-platinum rock band STRYPER is excited to announce the addition of iconic bass player Perry Richardson to the band lineup. Richardson joins original members Michael Sweet (vocals and guitar), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), all of whom are currently in pre-production on their upcoming album due in 2018 from Frontiers Music SRL.
The bass player position became available following last year’s highly successful 30th Anniversary To Hell With The Devil Tour, which saw record crowds and featured Stryper’s largest sound and lighting production in nearly two decades. Perry becomes only the 3rd bass player to fill that slot in the band’s 34 year career.
Richardson is best-known as a founding member of the multi-platinum band Firehouse, who exploded onto the scene in the early 1990s with hit singles like “Don’t Treat Me Bad,” “Love of a Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes.” In 1992, the band took home an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist, beating out both Nirvana and Alice In Chains. Since departing Firehouse, Richardson has remained active touring with various artists including Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan
After following this band for more than 20 years, I thought I knew what to expect from a new release. How wrong could I be! According to the media, Third Day have “gone back to their roots” and deliver a collection of songs that, on the whole, sound like dated, gospel blues. The title track wasn’t too bad. It begins with some acoustic rhythms, before launching into a rock n’ roll, boogie-woogie number. Then, comes a couple of self-indulgent bluesy tracks that I took an instant dislike to. Where was the Third Day sound that I was used to? I thought things were changing with the great ballad “Let There Be Light.” Mac Powell’s vocals are spot on, and the song is so moving. Sadly, the brief highlight is soon forgotten. Indeed, I found “Gather Round Now” to be quite dreadful. The music sounds laboured and there was just no life to the song. I’m not sure why the band picked Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like A Rock” to cover, but the overall production sounds like a live jam, rather than a serious recording. The album was recorded at the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the same place that’s welcomed everyone from Aretha Franklin and Etta James to Otis Redding, If this is the sound that Third Day are going to continue with, it will be interesting to see whether fans move with them. I, for one, couldn’t wait for this album to end. Very disappointing. 4/10.
Multi-GRAMMY nominated and award-winning artist NATALIE GRANT has received positive news from her medical team following thyroid surgery on October 10th.
Grant underwent surgery last week to remove half of her thyroid after two tumors were found on an ultrasound. The results of the surgery and pathology report revealed papillary thyroid cancer in two nodules in the right lobe of the thyroid. The pathology report showed that the cancer was fully encapsulated in the nodules and had not travelled any further into the surrounding tissue or neighbouring lymph nodes. Her surgeon stated that by removing the right side of the thyroid, they removed all traces of cancer and no further treatment will be necessary.
Natalie Grant states, “My heart is overflowing with gratitude in every way. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Netterville and the entire medical team at Vanderbilt for the world-class care I received. I am humbled by the outpouring of support from around the world, which has strengthened my faith in more ways than I can express. God is so good. He was good before surgery, and He is good after. His goodness was never dependent on my outcome. I’m just grateful I’ll have many more years to sing about Him.”
Nyasha T’s highly anticipated single Jump to the Beat is out FRIDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
“GOD IS LIGHT IN OUR LIVES AND PEACE IN TIMES OF DISTRESS”, SAYS NYASHA T, WRITER OF ‘JUMP TO THE BEAT’.
“I wrote this song in a quiet reflective moment just strumming on an acoustic guitar, but had a bit of a revelation one night, that it needed to be high energy and connected”, the verse was written with Margo, a great friend of Nyasha, which highlighted further the pure joy and happiness of the song. Nyasha T is an emerging singer, songwriter and worship leader, whose mandate is to let the world know of the wonders of Christ and His glorious love. The release of his single ‘We Declare’ (Isaiah 53 vs 5) which peaked at 2nd in iTunes Christian & Gospel Charts whilst Nyasha T continued work on his debut album ‘Arise & Shine’.
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Southern Gospel Group The Perrys can be traced back to 1970 when Libbi Perry Stuffle began their journey. Today, she is the mainstay of the group and provides lead vocals on various tracks upon this album. Songs such as “I Will Pray” and “Find Me Faithful” see Libbi in full flight with excellent vocals. In fact, the vocals of the five members are pretty faultless throughout. Only the lead on “Who Could I Have Been” fails to maintain the high standard. As with most gospel groups, harmonies are so important to the music, and The Perrys fill that responsibility so well. “It’s Not Here to Stay” is all about the temporary world that we live in today, and it’s comparison to the glory of eternal life, that’s waiting for us. The song is well delivered and has a catchy hook. I’m always a sucker for the sound of a banjo and on “Moses and Elijah”, it gives almost the feel of a hoe-down to proceedings. Ballads are few but the big production number has to be “It Carried Him.” The vocals are full blooded and carry great power. This group are stalwarts of the US scene, and it’s about time that the UK heard what all the fuss is about. 8/10.
Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner MICHAEL W. SMITH has released his first new song in three years, “A Million Lights.” “I don’t recall being this excited about a single in a long time,” says Smith. “I’m very happy with how ‘A Million Lights’ has turned out and am anxious to get it from my studio out into the world! I believe the message of this song will be inspiring to everyone who hears it.”
With multiple sellout crowds experiencing the song live on Smith’s 20-city Revolution Tour this past spring, “A Million Lights” is also the first new song to be revealed from his upcoming, full-length studio album that is in production now. Slated to release early next year, the new album (title to be announced) will release from Smith’s Rocketown Records, as well as through his newly formed marketing and distribution alliance with The Fuel Music.
Listen to “A Million Lights” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaTcRrINSXo
MATT MAHER : Echoes. This new collection of all-new songs includes the hit single, “Your Love Defends Me.” Known globally as one of Christian music’s premier worship leaders and artists, Maher offers hope and encouragement to believers while challenging them to extend that same hope and encouragement to the world around them. Features the songs “Faithfulness” and “Least of These” among others….. Though the Bible monuments were built to honour God and His goodness, mercy and favour. Today, there are still monuments all around us, we see them everyday…our families, opportunities, health, finances, and one another. Monuments introduces a new generation of worship leaders, new sounds, new voices and songs born out of a presence driven worship atmosphere at the multiple campuses where GATEWAY WORSHIP leads tens of thousands in worship every week….. THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY. Due to the overwhelming radio and tour success of the recording, That Day Is Coming, it quickly became apparent that a full-length concert recording was in order. On April 21, 2017 in front of a sold-out audience at the beautiful First Wesleyan Church in High Point, North Carolina, the accompanying DVD was recorded, complete with a live band and members of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Now everyone can witness the beautiful harmony and experience the worship time and time again.