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.
ELEVATION WORSHIP : There is a Cloud. (Elevation Worship Records : 6 47946 99984 7)
This is North Carolina’s Elevation Worship’s tenth full-length release, and was recorded live at Elevation Ballantyne. Elevation Worship has become an influential voice in churches around the world with CCLI charting songs such as “Only King Forever,” “Give Me Faith,” and “Unstoppable God.” This record follows the chart-topping 2016 release Here As In Heaven, and looks set to follow in its popularity. It’s full of big production numbers, with those gathered in the audience lapping up each song of worship. The make-up of a lot of the songs is very much in the mould of Hillsong. To that end, although there’s nothing wrong with those songs, I did think that some of them sounded very much alike. Exceptions to those come in the album’s “purple patch,” with “Uncontainable Love,” “None” and “Grateful.” Sadly, there are no vocal credits given, but the female voice on the former is simply divine. The song is shorter than most, but that doesn’t take away anything from the quality. “Nothing can change your love; it’s uncontainable.” It’s simply wonderful. Of the other songs, “Do It Again” lasts far too long, and its 3 minute reprise is definitely something that I could have done without. With the driving force of Mack Brock now removed from the Elevation Worship line up, it will be interesting to see how the team progress. 8/10.
THROWBACK KID : Flowing with the Feeling. (7Core Music : 7CEP00106)
This is a five track EP consisting of very catchy acoustic rock / pop songs, written by Pete James, who is a well known worship leader. These songs are quite lively, and bounce along quite nicely, just the kind of thing that would give you a lift if you were feeling down. These are the kind of songs that will have you singing along in no time. Kicking off with a track called “Bluebells and blossoms” which is reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy, as are all the songs on offer here it never goes downhill, personally my favourite song on here is “Colour Of Love” which has the feel of something that Lindisfarne would have put out in their later years. I really enjoyed this album, and I don’t think that there is any one track that lets it down at all. I found it to be well written, and well recorded. I would have liked to have heard more tracks than just five, as it leaves you feeling somewhat short changed in a way. Just as you are getting into it, it ends. Other than that though, this is an excellent EP, and definitely worth checking out. 10/10 Andy Sayner.
After months of writing, refining, ripping up, re-working and finally recording, GARETH DAVIES-JONES has released his new solo album “The Beauty & The Trouble.” You can now listen to clips from each of the tracks and order both the download and CD versions of the album at https://www.garethdavies-jones.com/music?mc_cid=0e1b7cc5e6&mc_eid=82f46cd04b.
Featuring eleven new songs “The Beauty & The Trouble” brings together ideas forged from this last couple of years of experience and travail*. Amongst the tracks you’ll find “The Luminous Years” a collaboration with the wonderful poet Stewart Henderson, “This World of Mine” a song inspired by the captivating art of Norman Cornish and “Rosa Mundi” a musical adaptation of W B Yeats beguiling poem. Gareth hopes that most folks will find subjects that resonate and connect with them in equal measure.
Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and author AUDREY ASSAD has launched a PledgeMusic campaign at http://pledgemusic.com/audreyassad inviting participants in the journey toward the release of her third independent album and first new album of all new songs in four years, Evergreen. Slated to release internationally Feb. 23, 2018 on Fortunate Fall Records with Tone Tree Music distribution, the new album stems from a season of renewed creativity for Assad. Forging through the flames of personal pain in the deepest corners of her broken heart, new songs of rebirth, identity, the rebuilding of trust and discovery of joy and love have taken shape.
With nearly 20 new songs already written for Evergreen, Audrey is turning to PledgeMusic to engage her audience in the process as she chooses tracks for the new album, as well as to provide exclusives like vinyl albums, t-shirts, original artwork, Skype calls with her and much more. Pledgers will also have access to regular posts, videos and live streams from Assad as she records the new album now through the end of September.
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH packs its biggest hits spanning the trio of independently-released, widely-acclaimed albums EXHALE (2016), OXYGEN:INHALE (2014) and THE END IS WHERE WE BEGIN (2012) into the power-packed, live-in-concert recording, Untraveled Roads. Featuring eight of the band’s last nine Active Rock radio songs, the 12-track album releases independently worldwide Sept. 15 on TFK Music and with management, marketing, sales and distribution through The Fuel Music.
TFK band members Trevor McNevan (lead vocals/songwriter), Joel Bruyere (bass) and Steve Augustine (drummer), along with tour guitarist Andrew Welch, deliver a raw, stadium-shaking live experience on Untraveled Roads. The album was recorded during this year’s 46-city Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, the fourth largest first quarter tour in the world (Pollstar) that was attended by nearly 500,000 people.