Singer/songwriter JULIE ELIAS has released the video for “Breathing Room,” the first video from her current CD, A Wild Rose. Award-winning producer/director Stephen Yake of Yake Films directed the video, which centers on the need for forgiveness as we strive to have a closer relationship with Christ. “Of all the songs on my album, ‘Breathing Room’ is probably the song I connect to most and the issue with which I personally struggle the most: being able to truly forgive, let go and move on,” Elias says. “When it came time to produce the video, it was very important to me to have a powerful story with this song.” To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/BreathingRoom
Singer/songwriter JULIE ELIAS has launched “Topic Driven Concerts,” a new music series aimed at empowering youth in key areas where they face challenges. The series offers youth pastors a choice of topic-driven themes targeted to the specific needs of their group. The initial concert offerings include “The Power of Words,” “The Reality of Rejection” and “Value In Our Choices.” The live music series is especially designed for girls’ events, summer camps, weekend retreats, student conferences and Disciple Now events. The concerts feature Elias leading worship, sharing her original music and interacting with the audience through skits and discussions. Each participant will also receive a 16-page topic-specific booklet, designed with input from youth pastors, students and parents. The booklets are intended to be used at the events, as well as taken home for further discussion and in-depth study. http://www.julieeliasmusic.com
Singer/songwriter JULIE ELIAS will share the stage with the likes of Building 429, Newsboys, Plumb and others at the LifeLight Texas Festival, scheduled for May 24-26 at Willowood Ranch, Sherman, Texas, in the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The free festival, which has sister events throughout the world—and is coming to Texas for the first time—gathers top Christian music acts for a weekend of family entertainment. Elias, who will be performing songs from her debut CD, A Wild Rose, will be featured on the Triple Shot Café Stage Friday night and the Main Stage Saturday afternoon for the Memorial Day Weekend festival.
New artist JULIE ELIAS has been tapped as Artist-in-Residence at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. During her one-year tenure, Elias will serve as a worship leader and soloist for the church, one of the 10 largest Methodist churches in the nation, with an average attendance of 3,400 on Sundays.
The new album from Grammy Award winning worship leader CHRIS TOMLIN will be released on 8th January 2013. The Jason Ingram-produced ‘Burning Lights’ features guest appearances from Kari Jobe, Christy Nockels, Phil Wickham and Lecrae. ‘Burning Lights’ also features several co-writes with former Delirious? man Martin Smith, including a version of “God’s Great Dance Floor”.
Without Jesus Christ there would be no Christmas. How dark the winter would be without anything to celebrate. And how dark the world would be without the knowledge of God’s love and the example of how to love each other.
This year Holy Trinity Church, Barrow upon Humber, are offering something rather different to ‘kick off’ their Christmas celebrations. Rev Steve Caprice, Free Church Minister and a well known artiste on the local and national tribute circuit will be presenting the Elvis Christmas Gospel Show on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm. Steve played to an appreciative audience at Holy Trinity last September and they are looking forward to a unique concert when the Christmas story will be celebrated in the style of the King of Rock and Roll! Tickets for this event (only £5-00) are sure to sell quickly – phone Annette on 01469 531613 to get yours.
THE STEELS are excited to announce that their new EP, ‘Luminous’, will be released on CD and as an itunes digital download on 10th December 2012. You can listen to the opening track ‘Light up’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54tP8WhKUo4 ‘Luminous’ is available to preorder now from www.the-steels.com/store for only £7.95 (inc delivery). You will receive your copy by the release date and in time for Christmas. The band will be celebrating the release of ‘Luminous’ by playing an acoustic set at The Basement, in Newcastle (NE1 6UF) on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm. We will be showcasing the new tracks and throwing in a few Christmas songs to get everyone feeling festive. Entry is free of charge and the EP will be on sale for £8.
Singer/songwriter JULIE ELIAS, who released her debut full-length CD of original music, A Wild Rose, on November 13, is set to embark on a U.S. Christmas musical tour. The Holy Night 2012 Tour, Elias’ second Christmas tour in as many years, begins in early December with stops in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Nevada, and California, as Elias performs a concert of classic and original holiday songs, including music from her 2011 holiday CD, Holy Night.
Singer/songwriter, GARETH DAVIES-JONES writes; So officially from Saturday 1st December Nine Lessons is here. Pretty much the start of Advent is a fine time to launch a Christmas album. Many of you will know that for the last few years I’ve been touring in late November and most of December delivering my interpretation of some of our best known and best loved Christmas songs. Mostly in small and cosy venues, the music, the ambience, sharing the context in which the songs were written and often the space to consider the lyrics and melodies afresh has been a treat for artist and audience alike. Recorded at The Foundry Music Lab in Motherwell the album is a fair representation of the intimacy of these gigs, and I hope will bring something of the atmosphere right to you as you listen. As it will be a download only product you can hear samples from all the tracks on the album at http://www.garethdavies-jones.com/shop/nine-lessons/ Webshop site. You can go straight from there to download the full album from our distributor CD Baby. The album is also available from i-Tunes and other reputable online retailers.
“DAMIEN PRICE is a hidden treasure that brings the tradition of good church music back to the church” , says Earl Bynum of the Rejoice Musical Soulfood Network. Damien’s new album “I Am Healed Today”, featuring the hit single “Lift Him Up”, is available at most online stores.
VIVIENNE NEVILLE & LIZ CLARKE’S Christmas tour this year will also take them into Holme House Prison. They have been praying about prison ministry for quite a while, these concerts will be the first of other work within prisons in the Northeast. Vivienne and Liz will be ministering in song to 1000 inmates during 2 concerts. Please pray for them and all the guys attending that God will enable them to understand about His great love and forgiveness.
The best known songs of Grammy nominated worship leader MATT REDMAN are being released on a new compilation, ‘Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection’. The album, issued by Kingsway on 12th November, will include his recent number one single “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”, past classics like “You Never Let Go”, “The Heart Of Worship” and “You Alone Can Rescue”, all-new recordings of his songs “Our God” and “Better Is One Day” plus the new song “Love So High”
Integrity Music announces the global release of BRIAN DOERKSEN Ultimate Collection, a 15-track album from the JUNO and Covenant Award winning worship leader and songwriter. The project features some of Doerksen’s best-loved songs including “Come Now Is The Time To Worship,” “Refiner’s Fire,” “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing), which he co-wrote with Brenton Brown and “Thank You For The Cross,” which he co-wrote with Kathryn Scott. A native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Doerksen is also a conference speaker, pastor and the author of the book Make Love, Make War: NOW Is the Time to Worship (David CCook). His recordings include Level Ground, It’s Time, Holy God, Live in Europe, Today and You Shine.
Singer/songwriter ADAM BAKER writes: “In the summer I was performing at the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Park. As a Christian artist it was an awesome opportunity and I felt so blessed to be part of the Games sharing my music. It was a great experience. Out of 80 artists who played in the Park I am one of 21 other artists who were selected especially to go on an Olympic Album https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/emerging-icons-in-park-as/id564838317 , a review was posted here http://www.emergingicons.com/News/Article?articleId=183 and the Huffington Post also wrote about the album. 30,000 people tuned in to the Student Radio Chart Show on Sunday to listen to a selection of artists who feature on the album of which I was one.” www.adambakermusic.co.uk
Encouragingly, CROSSRHYTHMS are now 33% of the way towards their target of 150 urgently needed new Friends of Cross Rhythms, having reached 50 new Friends since we communicated their need. This is the best response they have ever had for new Friends, so a huge thank you to everyone who has responded so far. This target of 150 Friends at just £10 per month is the extra amount they estimate we need in order to sustain the current work of Cross Rhythms every month. If you think the ministry of Cross Rhythms – reaching youth and people outside our church walls through media is of value, please do consider partnering with them. They need you! www.crossrhythms.co.uk
Brentwood-Benson Music songwriter JEFF SLAUGHTER, whose songs have touched millions of children and families throughout his career, has released “Under God,” a patriotic single extolling the Christian values on which the United States was founded. The popular songwriter, who co-wrote the song with Preston Dalton and Spencer Dalton, hopes “Under God” will challenge Christians in the U.S. to pray for their country in the countdown to the 2012 Presidential election on November 6.
Since PAUL POULTON’s successful tour of the US last summer, he has been busy in the studio recording his 14th album. “Wade in the Water” is a single from the forthcoming album “Words” by the Paul Poulton Project. Paul has put together a tight talented group for this year’s project. As well as musician Leroy Johnson, Denise J Thompson is on her drums with her solid yet sensitive playing. Denise also sings some strong gospel type backing vocals. Paul laid out the arrangement which always hits the mark at live performances, he’s also singing, playing guitar and took care of the production. The single will be released on iTunes, Amazon etc on November 5th.
The young and talented British singer, PHILIPPA HANNA, is keeping herself very busy this year with many exciting ventures. Not only is she planning her new book with Authentic Media but she has also been supporting the legendary Lionel Richie on his UK Tuskegee Tour this month! Her new book will be scheduled for next summer, further details will be released as soon as they have been confirmed. Philippa, who was previously signed to Authentic Media’s record label, has also agreed for Authentic to once again distribute her backlist titles. These will be available from November 2012 and include: Taste, Watching Me, Out of the Blue EP (7 tracks), and Live at the Lantern DVD. Philippa is said to be ‘really excited to be releasing the new book’ and ‘pleased to be working again with Authentic’.
Singer/songwriter, author and theologian MICHAEL MILTON has unveiled his first Christmas CD, When Heaven Came Down. The 15-song collection of original compositions evokes a peaceful atmosphere in which to celebrate and contemplate the Advent and Christmas seasons. “When Heaven Came Down is a desire to express the drama, beauty and wonder of the Incarnation, when God became Man,” Milton says about the new CD. “The songs range in feel from Celtic to ballads to symphonic. Yet the scarlet thread that ties them all together is, well, I will say it again, ‘wonder.’ It is my prayer that the listener will come away from this album sensing that heaven has come down personally, intimately, and hopefully.
‘Amazing Grace’ is the new 2 disc CD & DVD Set from black gospel stars THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP. Featuring 11 newly recorded songs, with unforgettable remakes of ‘People Get Ready’ and ‘Amazing Grace’, the package also includes the recently filmed and historic DVD documentary ‘Music Majors – The Rance Allen Group. Released on the Tyscot Record label, the album is available from November 27th.
For new artist JULIE ELIAS, 2012 has been a watershed year as the multi-faceted performer prepares to release A Wild Rose, the singer/songwriter’s debut full-length CD of all-original music, on November 13. The independently-released project follows Holy Night, the singer/songwriter’s 2011 Nativity-themed CD. Elias has spent the past year writing and recording the songs for her CD after a stint in Hollywood, where she added TV, film and stage credits to her resume. In addition to songwriting and time in the studio in recent months, Elias has promoted her new music at numerous Christian music festivals and at Disney’s popular Night of Joy, where she performed on the Talent Spotlight Stage. “These songs are the stories of my life, spanning good and bad times,” Elias says.