Award-winning Canadian band
Newworldson was the first group signed to Inpop Records’ founder
Dale Bray’s new label, Platinum Pop. Lead vocalist Joel Parisien
discusses the new album, Rebel Transmission, releasing April
17 and distributed by New Day Christian Distribution.
How would you describe the music on
Uplifting pop music with an obvious
nod to ’60s soul and old school rock ’n’ roll.
of the music business for three decades, Don Moen, singer-songwriter and former
Integrity Music executive, releases his next album, Uncharted Territory
(EMI CMG Distribution), March 27, 2012, under a different label, in:ciite Media.
Why did you title this album Uncharted
In December 2007 I felt compelled to pursue a new
direction in my ministry, which led to my resignation as an executive from
Integrity Music after serving there for over 20 years. Essentially, I left everything that was
secure and familiar to me—job, friends, church, doctors, schools, and moved to
a new city where nothing was familiar.
I struggled with fearful thoughts and loneliness, wondering if I had
made a mistake putting my family at risk to pursue this new direction. Uncharted
Territory was birthed as a result of my honest searching to find God in all
the chaos. I realized that many people
find themselves in uncharted territory every day due to circumstances that are
beyond their control, like the loss of a job, divorce, sickness or the death of
a loved one, and I was determined to find a way to “sing the Lord’s song in a
foreign land” (Ps. 137), offering sincere and honest worship, even through the
toughest times. This album is probably the most vulnerable project I’ve
recorded, and yet each song reinforces the truth that “God is faithful.”
Since GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Jaci Velasquez recorded 2008’s Love Out Loud on
her own Apostrophe Records label, she began co-hosting radio’s “Your Family
Friendly Morning Show” with Doug Griffin and has moved to Inpop Records (EMI
CMG Distribution) for new album Diamond. She and husband Nic Gonzales,
of the band Salvador, have two sons. She is also currently appearing in two
films, The Encounter and Jerusalem Countdown.
Mark Hall, lead singer of top Christian band Casting
Crowns, talked with Christian
Retailing about the band's October
2011 release from Beach Street
Records, Come to the Well.
Listen in as Managing Editor Christine Johnson talks with Hall about
songs such as the theme for the new movie
Courageous as well as Hall's favorite on the release, "Already
Denver Bierman, leader of
Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, talks with Christian Retailing
about the horn band's August 2011 release from GFK Records,
Groovy. Listen in as Managing Editor Christine Johnson talks with
Bierman about songs such as "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" and "Sunday
With Denver Bierman at the helm, Denver & the Mile High Orchestra has been entertaining and inspiring audiences for 13 years. New album Groovy releases this month from GFK Records.
How did you decide on the album title?
It’s a little bit of something old and a little bit of something new. That’s what I love about our music … it reminds you of something long ago and yet has kind of a fresh and exciting energy to it, so it made perfect sense. … This is one of these records that makes you want to bop your head and get up and dance and clap your hands. We’re like, “This is going to be a pretty groovy album.”
Did you write all of these songs?
I arranged all the music for Groovy, and I co-wrote with Jamie [Statema of Go Fish] three or four songs for the album, and then I wrote solely probably another two or three.
Who did you have in mind as your listener?
I started writing a lot of songs that were geared for my children to not just entertain them but to teach them things. … Over the course of a few years, I felt like I’d written some songs that would be really applicable to the American family and to the Christian family out there.
Anyone who has grown up in Sunday school will appreciate “Sunday School Swing.” You had fun on that one, didn’t you?
The “Sunday School Swing” is a classic big-band rockabilly arrangement that the Mile High Orchestra has been known for all of these years. ... Tunes like “This Little Light of Mine,” “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “The B-I-B-L-E,” “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”—we were able to fit all of these songs into one tune called the “Sunday School Swing,” and it is so upbeat and fun.
On “Man Gave Names to All the Animals,” the reference to Fuzzy Wuzzy will get a laugh—did that one take you back?
That’s an old Bob Dylan song about how Adam had named all the different animals living there in the garden in the very beginnings of creation, so we were able to do a duet with Go Fish, which is by far one of the most creative groups out there.
Do you have a favorite?
There’s a very happy song on this album called “Brand New Day” … the kind of song that just reminds us all that God came with a clear purpose to redeem us, to give us hope, to give us a future.