Following on from their 2021 Hymns for Eventide EP, this new collection of hymns is reimagined in an organic-yet-meditative style, featuring ethereal vocals, acoustic cello, and ambient soundscapes crafted from tongue drum tones. Now, as long-time readers of NFN will realise, I have found other releases from Salt of the Sound to be some of my favourite for personal meditation and relaxation. And, I’m pleased to report that this new album registers just as high with me. The delicate, ethereal vocals of Anita bring such a soothing sound on the opening ‘O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus.’ It’s a feel that continues with the gentle version of ‘Praise to the Lord.’ Both tracks are performed to soundscapes that fit perfectly, with an occasional cello on show during the latter. The formula runs throughout the seven tracks, but don’t think that everyone sounds the same. Well-known hymns like ‘When I Survey’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ are individually weaved into the Salt of the Sound mould. Vocals, at times, are layered, and this results in a beautiful sound. Once again, the cello can be heard, with echoing qualities flowing freely. The title track begins with the sound of chirping birds, accompanied by tongue drum tones. For me, personally, this short instrumental piece brought my time of meditation, peacefully, to a close. Once again, Ben & Anita Tatlow bring a treasure of calming sounds to the busy world around us. 10/10.
Christian pop band I AM THEY are disbanding at the end of the year. They will finish off their 14-year ministry with their final tour, The In Between Tour, this week and will play their final show on November 12 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The band writes, “So much to say…but for starters – our hearts are full. Full of love for all of you. Full of thanks for all God has done and continues to do. It has been an incredible journey together. One that has marked our lives forever. We never ever could have seen it coming or known that God would take a single night of worship back in 2008 and call us forward into this full-time ministry. But God’s dreams for us are always greater than our own and we trust that now more than ever.
“Our story has never been conventional, but our prayer is that it will continue to be devotional. That the banner over our lives and the identity that we each carry forward – whether on or off a stage – would be `They.’ That our pursuit would continue to be Him and Him alone. While we certainly wish we could have made it to see each of y’all out in your own neck of the woods, we really hope to see as many of you as possible out on the stops of this final tour!!
“We love you dearly and again are so incredibly thankful for your prayers, kindness, support, love, and grace as we step into what God has next! “
The band — made up of Matt Hein (vocals, guitar), Abbie Parker, (vocals), Brandon Chase (vocals, guitar), Justin Shinn (keys) and Nicole Hickman (drums) — poured the challenges of the past, hope for the future and a newfound joy for the present into their third album, Faithful God. More than a collection of new songs, Faithful God is a look back and a look forward, a declaration of promises kept and promises yet to come.
This is Sonia’s silky smooth R ‘n’ B interpretation of the popular worship song ‘Beautiful One’, produced by Ruben King and Noval Smith of Kingship.co.uk.
Sonia King from Birmingham (UK) began singing with her local youth choir at NTCG Handsworth and girl group “Gospel Sisters” in the early 80s, then sessioned at Big Feet Studio in Walsall owned by Kevin Edwards and Andy James, when she was asked to record and tour with a popular group from Jamaica called “Channels of Praise“ in 1985.Shortly after that she became one of the lead vocalists for the Handsworth Mass Choir, who received the BBC Gospel Choir of the Year award in 1987, this led to various appearances for television, radio and Greenbelt.Following this Sonia worked with gifted singer-songwriter and musician Paul Poulton on three of his albums, as well as touring with him. Her contribution to Paul’s “Body and Soul” album was highlighted by Dave Roberts in the Alpha Magazine as “..stratospheric backing vocals“.Sonia has recorded with a number of other artistes including Rob Ash, Chris & Gary, Paul Grey, Enid Rose Weir, Simon Farrell, The Flame, John Wade, Dalton Kerr, Daddy Ray, Robert Harris, Mowglee and more! Her performance at the visit of Martin Luther King III to Birmingham in 1997 received much acclaim and was summarised as “remarkable”.Sonia’s first CD EP “I Feel Good” was released in 1999 and latest offering “Kingship Praise” released in March 2020 with four tracks, blending an R&B cover of the popular worship song “You are my strength”, the sixties jived “Gifted to me” and two versions of a self-penned worship anthem with a heartfelt call for the return of Jesus, “Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus”. These songs reflect a part of her journey and aim to uplift and encourage.
The Chart-Topping Indie Christian Band to Open for Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Riley Clemmons, Phil Joel, 7eventh Time Down & More at Yes Fest on October 15
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 30, 2022) – As the whole world continuously fights for a return to normalcy in the wake of the pandemic, social upheaval, and a loss of groundedness, perhaps there is no more pertinent a rallying cry than, “The Lord is my banner.” Yahweh Nissi, which is the Hebrew name for God meaning “the Lord is my banner,” is the title of Benny DiChiara and Empowered’s third studio album. The project, which is set to release October 7, 2022, from Slingshot Records, is a no-holds-barred triumph of faith undeterred and courage unshaken. |
“God spoke to me that He is looking for His people to not only claim Him, but to rise up with their voices to bring people back to Jesus,” says DiChiara, frontman and primary songwriter for the band. “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). This is the heart behind the title track, ‘Yahweh Nissi,’ which is a war cry for Jesus.”
With their signature crunchy guitars, driving percussion and DiChiara’s distinct and arresting vocals, the band shows no sign of losing the momentum from their previous chart-topping project, Three Days, which garnered multiple No. 1 songs and music videos on the indie charts, as well as industry-wide acclaim.
The first album released by the band since DiChiara experienced a life-altering brain injury, Three Days garnered significant national press attention for the band. Yahweh Nissi is poised to continue that trend.
|Singer/songwriter/survivor Benny DiChiara, frontman of the chart-topping indie Christian rock band Empowered, has announced the upcoming release of their new EP, Yahweh Nissi, which is set to release October 7, 2022, from Slingshot Records. (Gary Governale photo)|
Produced by Dove-award nominated Mikey Howard of 7eventh Time Down, the project’s foundation is built upon what Howard calls the band’s “passion for music and their craft.”
The project opens with the title song, the raw, real, and relevant “Yahweh Nissi.”
The second cut on the album, “Jesus Can Heal the World,” is a stand-up-and-jump-into-worship anthem with an instantly singable chorus. The song reflects resounding truth that is timeless as it is timely. “With all that is going on in the world, we simply need to point people to the only One who can fix it,” says DiChiara.
The band goes for a visceral reaction with the foot-stomping, faith-inspiring “Soul Shaker,” a song that was written not only to “reach out to and talk to people about Jesus, but to literally shake their soul to seek Him,” says DiChiara.
On “I Surrender All,” the band puts a new twist on lyrics that have become synonymous with the modern day hymnal. With their signature classic rock flavor, Empowered not only upends the traditional melody, but pontificates on the concept of surrender. The song encourages listeners to not only surrender their circumstances and actions, but also the outcomes, of which God is ultimately in control.
Finally, the EP wraps up with the band’s latest single, the moving ballad, “I’ll Meet You There (Daddy’s Song),” written in tribute to DiChiara’s own father. Already making waves at radio across the country, the song and band were recently featured on Atlanta Live, coinciding with the release of the poignant music video.
Collectively, the interplay of songs on the project encompasses the passion and compassion Benny and the band so clearly have for God and the church. “God has driven such a clear message into me for this project and the millions of people who claim Him as Lord,” says DiChiara.
That message will be front and center at the upcoming Yes Fest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 15, 2022, where the band will open for acts including Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Riley Clemmons, Phil Joel, Ryan Stevenson, and 7eventh Time Down.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than Yes Fest around here,” says DiChiara, who lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Donna. “We are humbled and excited to share our music at such an event.”
Having been featured in such prominent media as CBN’s The 700 Club, Cornerstone Television Network’s flagship show, Hope Today; award-winning television show Babbie’s House; nationally syndicated radio show Bill Martinez Live! (airing in 300+ U.S. markets); Inspiration.org; popular Baton Rouge, Louisiana, lifestyle publication 225 Magazine; LIFE Today Live with Randy Robison; World Christian Broadcasting; MRG Media; The Meeting House on Faith Radio and many more, the band’s stalwart dedication to sharing the truth of the Gospel has and will likely continue to find multiple ways to reach the lost, the down-trodden, and those who simply need the reassurance of God’s unconditional love and grace.
For more information on Benny DiChiara and Empowered, visit Rockin4Jesus.com.
|About Benny DiChiara and Empowered: Singer/songwriter/survivor Benny DiChiara is the founder and frontman of the indie Christian rock band Empowered. |
A New Orleans native, DiChiara is also a businessman, motivational speaker, father, and husband. Having come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ later in life, the U.S. Navy vet first fronted a secular rock band before surrendering his music to ministry.
DiChiara’s band, Empowered, which he founded after giving his life to Christ, has become a staple of the live music scene in their home state of Louisiana, sharing the stage with such powerhouse artists as Switchfoot, MercyMe, 7eventh Time Down, and Jaci Velasquez.
Empowered is comprised of DiChiara (lead vocals and songwriting), Shane Madere Jr. (lead guitarist, background vocals), Jeff Maddox (bass and background vocals), Mic Capdeville (percussion and background vocals), and Justin Burdette (guitarist and background vocals).
The band has been gaining traction in the indie music world as their most recent project, Three Days, has garnered seven No. 1 hits on Indiegospel.net’s Top 20 singles and Top 10 video charts, and over 300,000 Spotify streams to date.
The band’s latest single (and music video), “I’ll Meet You There (Daddy’s Song),” which is featured on their upcoming EP, Yahweh Nissi, was written after the death of DiChiara‘s father from cancer in October of 2020. DiChiara co-wrote the song with its producer, Dove Award-nominated recording artist Mikey Howard (Love Journey Music, 7eventh Time Down), who also produced the new EP, as well as the Three Days EP.
|Benny DiChiara, founder and frontman of the indie Christian rock band, Empowered, channels his powerful testimony of healing in the band’s latest release, Yahweh Nissi. Empowered black & white photos consist of (Top row, L to R): Mic Capdeville (percussion and background vocals), Shane Madere, Jr. (lead guitarist and background vocals); (Middle row, center): Benny DiChiara (lead vocals and songwriting); (Bottom row, L to R): Jeff Maddox (bass and background vocals), Justin Burdette (guitarist and background vocals). (Gary Governale photo)|
|DiChiara has a powerful testimony of God’s mercy and healing that he loves to share. And he has been sharing it all over the world–most recently on national and international media outlets including CBN’s flagship show, The 700 Club; Cornerstone Television Network’s flagship show, Hope Today; NRBTV & WATC-TV 57 in Atlanta’s award-winning TV show, Babbie’s House; Inspiration.org; nationally syndicated radio show Bill Martinez Live! (airing in 300+ U.S. markets); popular Baton Rouge, Louisiana, lifestyle publication, 225 Magazine; LIFE Today Live with Randy Robison; World Christian Broadcasting; MRG Media; The Meeting House on Faith Radio, and many more. |
When a serious brain injury nearly took his life and his capacity to create music, it was DiChiara’s faith that helped him navigate the long, often winding road to recovery.
In October 2015, DiChiara endured a traumatic brain injury due to a fall. He suffered a concussion and a closed fracture of the skull base with subarachnoid, subdural, and extradural hemorrhage. The injury could have easily ended his career and even his life, but DiChiara astonished doctors with a rapid and nearly full recovery.
The healing process turned into a creative season, during which the band’s most recent EP, Three Days, was written. Three Days is the band’s first release since DiChiara’s accident and healing journey, which makes the band’s recent accomplishments all the more significant. DiChiara and Empowered are proud to contribute to the work of the non-profit organization, Children’s Cup (childrenscup.org). DiChiara lives in Baton Rougue, Louisiana, with his wife Donna. For more information on Benny DiChiara and Empowered, visit Rockin4Jesus.com.
“…one day our faith will be made sight, and we will be able to see in full that God does do all things well” – Justin Warren
Raleigh, NC-based singer / songwriter and worship leader Justin Warren has released his Radiate Music debut single, “All Things Well,” at all major digital and streaming outlets via https://ffm.to/jwatw. The single, which precedes an EP slated to release in early 2023, began with a lot of questions for God during a difficult season for the artist that transitioned into a hopeful declaration.
“I started writing ‘All Things Well’ when one of my best friends’ father was diagnosed with cancer,” shares Warren. “We prayed and prayed for healing, but ultimately the Lord’s plan was to take him to glory. We may not understand why certain things happen on this side of eternity, but one day our faith will be made sight, and we will be able to see in full that God does do all things well.”
Finishing the rough version of the song after being inspired by a sermon his father sent him that was based on Mark 7:37, Warren took “All Things Well” into a songwriting session with labelmate JJ Weeks and veteran songwriter, producer and Radiate Music founder Ian Eskelin.
“The three of us recrafted the song into something I am so excited to share with the world,” says Warren. “In good times and hard times we can praise Him, we can trust Him. He does all things well!”
After announcing his signing to Radiate Music earlier this year, Warren received coverage by numerous media. Outlets that have featured the signing, or are planning upcoming coverage, include the Gospel Music Association, NewReleaseToday.com, Worship Leader Magazine, Jesus Freak Hideout, Alabama Baptist, The Christian Beat, Louder Than The Music, JubileeCast, Breathecast, and more. CCM Magazine’s “CCM Café” also premieres a live acoustic performance of “All Things Well” at
With a heart to communicate the hope we have in Jesus, Warren has shared stages across the country with artists like Mercy Me, Sanctus Real, Building 429, Natalie Grant and more. Leading fan favorites and new songs like “All Things Well” and “Back To Life,” he completed a tour last month with Cade Thompson and continues into select markets in October.
About Justin Warren:
Singer/songwriter and worship leader Justin Warren shares the hope we have in Jesus through his music. His most recent album, Moments, is filled with hopeful songs that remind us that every second of life is a gift from God that should not be taken for granted. With over a million Spotify streams alone, Warren has toured with artists like Sanctus Real, Rhett Walker, JJ Weeks, Finding Favour, Jasmine Murray and John Waller. He has also opened up for bands such as Mercy Me, Building 429, Natalie Grant and many others. Warren, his wife Laura and their two children reside in Raleigh, NC.
About Radiate Music:
Founded by Ian Eskelin, Radiate Music launched summer 2015. Eskelin’s 20-plus-year resume in the music business, ranging from being a recording artist to a record executive, gives him a unique perspective in partnering with artists who are passionate about impacting culture with music. Eskelin, who has recorded more than 50 Top 10 singles in the United States alone, including 20 No. 1 songs, and whose songs have been licensed for use by ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN and many feature films, is looking to break additional ground with Radiate. In addition to Warren, Radiate’s artist roster includes Natasha Owens, JJ Weeks, About A Mile, Attaboy and Inspiration Worship.
|“It’s such a wild mix of emotions to finally release this song into the world after 8 years, 7 writers and only God knows how many hours. Eden (Isn’t It Just Like You?). It’s the story of a God who takes even the worst and redeems it till it’s better than before. A tale of three trees, two Adams and a whole new Eden in the end. I hope you like!” – Benjamin William Hastings Stream, download & save “Eden (Isn’t It Just Like You?)” out now and pre-save/add the 25-track self-titled album “Benjamin William Hastings” coming November 4th.|
L to R: David’s Wife Colene, David, and his sister Katie
On Friday September 30, contemporary Christian artist and singer-songwriter David Ashley Trent releases his most personal song yet with, “You’ve Been There,” a hopeful ballad inspired by a tragic family loss. Two years ago, everything changed for Trent when his little sister and only sibling was killed in a car accident. She was 32 years old. The last thing she shared on social media was a link to his music.
Through a mutual friend, the story of the unexpected loss of Trent’s sister reached the ear of notable producer/writer Tyrus Morgan (We Are Messengers, Unspoken, Ryan Stephenson) and the result is his latest single, “You’ve Been There,” written for the broken heart learning to live with grief. Co-writer Hunter Leath (Cochren & Co, Courtnie Ramirez) said, “verse 2 is one of the most real and honest verses I’ve ever been a part of.”
The song recounts the phone call Trent received letting him know that his sister, Katie, had passed away. Katie was a foster mom, and the foster child who was traveling with her at the time of her accident was miraculously unharmed. The unexpected loss brought a sadness and a grief that paused Trent’s desire to make new music, and he retreated to his faith and his family. When Trent did return to the writer’s room he did so with greater urgency and purpose than ever before. He also founded an annual summer concert to raise funds for foster care in honor of his sister. Katie’s Closet, a free resource for foster families in North Alabama, was created in part through donations received at the annual event.
Influenced by his tragic loss as well as his faith in Christ, Trent is ready to tell his story in hopes that those who are weary will find strength in his lyrics. The soulful singer/songwriter has been successful in crafting a body of work that is being praised by a growing number of music enthusiasts: contemporary Christian fans who gravitate towards the raw instrumentation of acoustic and electric guitars, and country music fans who crave a lyrical foundation rooted in Biblical scripture. Over the past fourteen years, Trent has had numerous opportunities to hone his sound, having shared his music with over 250 churches across the United States. Trent is committed to increasing the depth, reach, and kingdom impact of the music he makes and is excited about using every opportunity to declare the glory of God through music.
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Germany’s leading worship group Outbreakband release their new album ‘JESUS’. In an ever increasingly confusing world, the band strip it back to the answer found in one name. Juri Friesen, head of Outbreakband, describes it like this: “Someone once asked me what my inspiration is and I simply said Jesus! It’s so simple and yet so powerful. He is the source of all inspiration and stands for everything good in this world.” Outbreakband‘s new album was created with both the Church and the community in mind, crafting songs intended for worship and people simply looking for a chilled out soundtrack. Despite its puristic title, the album offers variety of genres from acoustic and classic worship tracks, genuine moments captured live, and 80’s vibes to progressive dance sounds. ‘JESUS’ is an expression of the next step Outbreakband has taken, bringing new German worship songs into the Christian landscape. The album concentrates on God the Son and the Father, but it also addresses topics such as hopelessness and searching for the truth. ‘JESUS’ is a theologically sound project with innovative songwriting reminding the listeners: “Jesus loves you. He is the way out. He is our oasis. He is the name above all names. He is the door to the Father.”
The latest single from REVERE Brazil Unscripted, ‘Cantarei (Meu Salvador)/Risen Savior (Sing My Soul)’, testifies to the essence of the Christian life. Writers Dwan Hill, Ana Luiza Tristao, Lucy Grimble, and Julia Vitoria penned a song that points to God’s Holy and Righteous nature. ‘Cantarei (Meu Salvador)/Risen Savior (Sing My Soul)’ sings of God bearing our sin, taking our shame, and healing our wounds on a simple and compelling soundtrack. With Julia’s powerful vocals, Lucy’s gentle and inviting worship leading, and Dwan’s anthemic piano playing, the sound that resonates in this recording is the worshipful unity from people of three different countries believing and proclaiming the greatness of God.
Dutch band InSalvation release a new single featuring singer-songwriter Eline Bakker. The song is called ‘Hart vol lof’, translating as “heart full of praise”.
‘Quiero Cantar’ (Breathe In, Sing Out) is a declaration of hope for every Christian community, proclaiming the truth that the Lord our God is and has always been near. This song invites us to rest in the Lord’s faithfulness and enjoy in His presence; with an anthemic resonance and a calm melody, ‘Quiero Cantar’ is a beautifully balanced new offering from Vineyard Worship’s newest artist, Adoración Viña (Vineyard en Español). ‘Quiero Cantar’ features a Southern California worship pastor and friend of the Vineyard, Jesse Gonzalez. Recorded at Anchour Studio (Lewiston, Maine) with producers Karl Anderson, Joshua Ray, and Casey Corum joining forces again for ‘Quiero Cantar’ to carry on the legendary partnership between Vineyard Worship and Anchour Studio, which has delivered Vineyard favorites ‘Eden,’ ‘Sons and Daughters,’ ‘You Meet Me Here,’ ‘You’re Carrying Me’ and more.
Christian Paul readies fans for his Capitol CMG debut with the pop-infused single, “Won’t Rain Anymore”. Produced by mainstream powerhouse Frequency, who is best known for his work on Eminem’s “The Monster” feat. Rihanna, “Won’t Rain Anymore” delivers the powerful message of salvation poetically with bombastic kick drums and crunchy power chords. Christian Paul exalts the promise of Christ’s return through his velvety tone that speaks into his vast repertoire of influences, ranging from Gospel to R&B and Pop, and through clever lyrics this love song speaks to young audiences in and out of the pews on Sunday mornings. Listen to “Won’t Rain Anymore” everywhere now!
Michael Manhertz is a vibrant and passionate Gospel Artist from Toronto, Canada! He wears various hats as a singer, songwriter, background vocalist, arranger and a vocal coach! He has released various singles and is set to release his lead single ‘Bless The Lord’ from The Unashamed Project. Michael is a firm believer that his life is the biggest sermon he will ever preach! His hope and aim is that every listener will experience the unconditional love of God! Follow him on all socials @michaelmanhertzmusic for more!
ABOUT THE SONG – Bless The Lord
A few years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to hear Courtney King (songwriter) share the chorus of this song. Right away, I knew it was something special! I found myself continuously humming the tune over and over again! It’s so simple, yet incredibly encouraging. This song has so many relatable elements and almost has a hymn-like flow to it. It reminds us that every day we’re given reason after reason why the Lord is worthy of our highest and best devotion.
The song highlights various attributes of God’s unwavering word “He’s the same yesterday, now and forever”. “Oh, my soul gives thanks unto the Lord”. The song also reminds us of His character, what He’s done and what He will also do: ‘Healer’, ‘Deliverer’,’ Mighty God’.
The refrain says:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me
Bless His name
He’s the same yesterday, now and forever!
This is a song for the body! The young and young at heart! Everyone can relate and take something from this song! I pray that this song encourages you in whatever season you’re in to give God your best in ALL things!