GRAMMY nominee and American Idol finalist Mandisa
sees her third album’s release April 5, while celebrating—publicly—her personal
success of shedding 100 pounds.
First single, “Stronger,” from What If We Were Real
(Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Distribution) was inspired by the belief that
surviving hardship makes a person more resilient—something Mandisa knows about
from her struggle with weight loss.
"I can't think of a better time to have finally lost 100 pounds,"
Mandisa said. "How appropriate that on the day my single 'Stronger' is
released, proclaiming that God is able to take us through the difficult times
and bring us out stronger, He gives me a physical manifestation of that
The extraordinary musicians of The Annie Moses Band visited the offices of Christian Retailing this month, performing four songs with their unique blend of fiddle, jazz and classical influences along with folk-inspired vocals.
Their theme song, 1988's "Make His Praise Glorious," first recorded by Sandi Patty, launched the songwriting career of Bill Wolaver (composer/arranger/pianist) and his wife, Robin (vocalist/lyricist/composer/ speaker). Their children joined them in what became a family band: Annie (lead vocals, violin), Alex (lead vocals, viola), Benjamin (cello), Camille (harp, keyboard, vocals), Gretchen (violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals) and Jeremiah (guitar). The older siblings trained at the Juilliard School, and all have studied with renowned instructors.
Known for his mandolin playing and bluegrass success, Ricky Skaggs has combined his country music background with pop and gospel to create his newest Christian album, Mosaic (Skaggs Family Records) which released Aug. 24. Watch the video below to see how this once secular artist says Mosaic drew him closer to Christ.