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Rebecca St. James on her new album, label Print Email
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 01:58 PM America/New_York

·Listen as Christian Retailing editor Andy Butcher talks with Rebecca St. James about her new Provident Label Group release, I Will Praise You.

Nicole C. Mullen Audio Interview Print Email
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:27 PM America/New_York

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Music Beat CR Dec 09 Print Email
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Monday, 07 December 2009 02:25 PM America/New_York

IDreamedSusanBoyle_CDIntegrity Music released on Nov. 24 the debut album by Susan Boyle, who rose to international fame through a captivating vocal on the television show Britain's Got Talent. The project, I Dreamed A Dream, which includes the hymns "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art," is available to Christian retail stores through Integrity Music/Provident-Integrity Distribution.

North Point Live: Awake, a live recording of worship from Atlanta's North Point Community Church, releases Dec. 15 from North Point Music/EMI CMG Distribution. The recording's 14 songs feature leaders Steve Fee, Todd Fields, Eddie Kirkland and Seth Condrey.

PhilWickhamHeavenandEarth_CThe newest project from Phil Wickham, Heaven & Earth, released Nov. 17 on INO Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution. The album includes a title track, "The Time Is Now," "Eden" and "I'll Always Love You."

TV tunes: Seabird, whose music was featured on TV dramas Grey's Anatomy and Numbers, returns with its second album, Rocks Into Rivers, releasing Dec. 15 from Credential Recordings/EMI CMG Distribution. The band promoted the new record with a fall tour with The David Crowder Band.

Rapper John Reuben delivers the provocatively titled Sex, Drugs and Self-Control (Gotee Records/Word) on Dec. 22. Gotee previewed the album with the release of four singles—including "Town Folk" and "Jamboree"—throughout the summer and fall on Apple's iTunes digital music store.

, the live worship record from Charles Billingsley, releasing Dec. 22, was recorded at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va. The Maranatha! CD, distributed by Word, features the songs "Everywhere I Go," "Bless the Day," "You're Worthy of My Praise" and the title track.

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Music Beat CR Nov 2009 Print Email
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Thursday, 22 October 2009 02:56 PM America/New_York
Hello-Hurricane_CDSparrow Records/EMI CMG Distribution releases Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot on Nov. 10. The band worked with producer Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Rilo Kiley, Eminem and Pink) on the project, which includes lead singles "Mess of Me" and "Always."

Singer-songwriter Sara Groves returns with her 10th album, Fireflies and Songs, releasing Nov. 17 from INO Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution. Groves worked with producer Charlie Peacock in his Art House recording studio in Nashville shortly after a humanitarian trip to Rwanda.

Paul-Baloche-Glorious_CDSongs include "Twice as Good," "This House" and "Love.", the newest release from Paul Baloche, worship leader and songwriter of hits "Open the Eyes of My Heart, "Hosanna" and "Above All," released Nov. 3 from Integrity Music/Provident-Integrity Distribution. The new album includes songs co-written with Michael W. Smith, Brenton Brown and Jason Ingram and a duet with singer Meredith Andrews.

The newest release from vocal duo Shane & Shane, Everything Is Different (Inpop/EMI CMG), released Nov. 3. The album was inspired by the members' roles as worship leaders in their home church in Dallas. Songs include "Rain Down" and "My Hope Is Built," a modern take on the classic hymn.

Jingle belles: Contemporary gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7 rings in the holidays with the Christmas album Love, Peace, Joy at Christmas, which released Nov. 3 from Spirit Rising Music/EMI CMG. The group includes Christmas favorites "Joy to the World," "Winter Wonderland" and "Little Drummer Boy."

Night of worship: Tim Hughes leads a crowd of 2,000 worshippers on the live recording Happy Day (Kingsway/EMI CM

Music Beat CR Sept 21 Print Email
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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 10:46 AM America/New_York

LoveAndWarCDLove & War (Fervent Records/Word Distribution), the new project from BarlowGirl, was released Sept. 8, ahead of its scheduled Sept. 22 release date due to strong demand. The group, comprised of three sisters, was to celebrate the CD's release with a party at Rock the Universe at Universal Studios Orlando.

Canadian rockers Hawk Nelson return with Live Life Loud!, releasing Sept. 22 from BEC Recordings/EMI CMG Distribution. The project includes the songs "Meaning of Life," " 'Tis So Sweet" and the title track. The group is currently touring with Skillet on the Awake and Alive tour.

StillCDBrother and sister BeBe and CeCe Winans reunite for the first time in 15 years with the Oct. 6 release of Still (B&C Records/Malaco Distribution). The GRAMMY-winning siblings invited fans to the recording studio through YouTube videos and Twitter posts. They will also embark on a reunion tour this fall.

Chynna Phillips, former member of pop trio Wilson Phillips, enters Christian music with Chynna & Vaughan, along with singer Vaughan Penn. The duo will release its debut project, One Reason (Reunion Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution), Oct. 6.

The newest album from singer Javen, Keeping the Faith, released Aug. 25 from Melrose Music Group/Universal Music Christian Group (EMI CMG Distribution). Javen, who has shared the stage with Kirk Franklin and Reba McEntire, was once a co-host on Paula White Today.

Worship artist Matt Maher's sophomore project, Alive Again, releases Sept. 22 on Essential Records (Provident Integrity Distribution). The album was produced by Christopher Stevens (Delirious, Toby Mac) and Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, CompassionArt).

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Music Beat CR Sept 7 Print Email
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Monday, 07 September 2009 11:25 AM America/New_York

stockholm syndrome cdMore than two years in the making, Derek Webb's Stockholm Syndrome (INO Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution) released Sept 1. Co-produced with former Caedmon's Call bandmate Josh Moore (Watermark, Bethany Dillon), the release finds Webb leaving his familiar acoustic, folk-rock roots behind for a sound he describes as "intentionally inorganic."

Soundtrack library Christian World Inc. has launched the "Declarations of God's Word" series that blends original music with Bible reading to help with Scripture memorization. The first three, 30-minute CDs—each with a gift book that offers an inspirational message and references for Scripture passages on the CD—address specific areas, with Faith, Healing and My Identity in Christ.

reborn cdWith a new member, Amy Richardson, joining husband Jeremi, veteran vocal group Avalon is Reborn on its 11th release, this month from E1 Music (Koch Entertainment Distribution). The Richardsons join other singing couple Greg and Jana Long on the 10-song set that includes "Alive," "Destined" and "Fragile."

Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch's Welcome to the Masquerade is released this month by Tooth & Nail Records (EMI CMG Distribution). "Fire It Up," one of the album's 14 tracks, is featured in the trailer for the new movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Faith+Hope+LoveCDAustralian worship leaders Hillsong's latest arrived last month from Integrity Music. Faith+Hope+Love (Provident-Integrity) features Hillsong worship team members Darlene Zschech, Joel Houston, Brooke Ligertwood and Dove Award-winning writer Reuben Morgan. The 13 live tracks include Top 10 iTunes single "You Hold Me Now," co-written by Morgan.

For her debut album released Sept. 22 by Bema Media (Provident-Integrity), Beloved, Lara Landon secured the producing talents of hit-maker Michael Omartian for a collection of 13 songs she describes as "my journals set to music."

Music Beat CR August 24 Print Email
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Monday, 24 August 2009 04:51 PM America/New_York

mike's chairFour-piece Mike's Chair—Mike Grayson, Sam Tinnesz, Jesse Hale and Jon Haire—formed after meeting as freshmen at Belmont University in Nashville. The quartet won heavy radio play for "Can't Take Away," the first single from the group's self-titled debut album, released last month by Curb Records (Word Distribution).

Grand Ole Opry member Diamond Rio, six-time Vocal Group of the Year, follows its 2007 Word Entertainment release, A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines, next month with The Reason (Word Distribution) for the label. The country sextet has scored nine No. 1 hits and sold more than 10 million records.

year of gracePopular Irish worship leader Robin Mark, best known for his Revival in Belfast CD, returned last month with Year of Grace (Integrity Music/Provident-Integrity Distribution). Recorded live, the 12-song Celtic/folk-style project includes songs co-written with well-known songwriters Paul Baloche and Vicky Beeching.

Concordia Publishing House's Heirs of the Reformation: Treasures of the Singing Church is a four-CD set showcasing hymns from the time immediately following Martin Luther. The 45-track collection includes compositions by Bach, and features a blend of choral and solo voice, modern and historical instrumentation.

GRAMMY- and Dove Award-nominated Leeland's third release, Love Is on the Move (Essential Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution) arrives Aug. 25. The band blends worship and rock on 11 tracks that include a guest appearance by Brandon Heath on "Follow You."

Having toured hard for the last several years under the slogan, "Image is nothing ... love is everything," four-piece Sidewalk Prophets releases its debut album, These Simple Truths (Fervent Records/Word Distribution), this month.

With roots in a Bible study meeting, contemporary worship band The Glorious Unseen's second offering, The Hope That Lies in You (BEC Recordings/EMI CMG Distribution), is available Aug. 25.

Music Beat CR August 10 Print Email
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Monday, 10 August 2009 11:11 AM America/New_York

Awaken the Dawn, the second U.S. release from modern hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty ("In Christ Alone") released Aug. 4 through Getty Music/New Day Christian Distributors. The album is a collection of hymns and songs with an Irish flavor. A DVD companion, Behind the Songs, is also available, featuring footage shot in Ireland as well as at London's famous Abbey Road Studios.

Out is in: The Outsiders, the newest album from South Carolina-based Needtobreathe, releases Aug. 25 on Atlantic Records/Word Distribution. The band's follow-up to The Heat features the songs "Lay 'Em Down," "Let Us Love" and "Garden."

Color-coded: Blue, the major label debut from Canadian rockers Manic Drive, is scheduled to release Aug. 18 through Bema Media/Whiplash Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution. The album includes the songs "Eleven Regrets," "Dancefloor," "December Mourning," "Hope" and the title track.

Bill and Gloria Gaither and Their Homecoming Friends gathered in Nashville to record Nashville Homecoming and Joy in My Heart, out Aug. 25, through Gaither Music Group/EMI CMG Distribution. The two releases feature guest vocalists Russ Taff, Lynda Randle, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Dean and the now late Eva Mae LeFevre.

Also Aug. 25, J Moss releases Just James, his third solo project on GospoCentric (Provident-Integrity Distribution). Centering on issues like repentance and restoration, the album includes the songs "I Gave It Up," "Sweet Jesus," "God Happens" and "Holy One."

Sister act: Tal & Acacia, a sister duo from Portland, Maine, made a national debut with Wake Me, which released July 14 on Essential Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution. The album, described as "quirky pop," was produced by Monroe Jones (Ginny Owens, Chris Rice, Third Day, Caedmon's Call).

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Music Beat CR July 2009 Print Email
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Monday, 06 July 2009 04:21 PM America/New_York

Second verse: Mac Powell and author David Nasser assembled more of their friends for Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship (Reunion Records/Provident-Integrity Distribution), releasing July 14. The album was written and recorded during a weeklong artist retreat, and includes contributions from Brandon Heath, Natalie Grant, Jason Crabb, Mark Hall, Amy Grant, Aaron Shust and Shane and Shane.

Holy Hip Hop: Everyday Man, the third national release from hip-hop artist Bobby Bishop, will release July 7 from Chosen/Executive/Universal Music Christian Group/EMI CMG Distribution. The album will feature production from DJ Shok, The Abolitionists, Enock and Battleaxe, among others.

Kids incorporated: PureNRG, a young trio fusing high-energy dance and music, releases new project The Real Thing (Word Records/Word Distribution) July 14. Along with new music, the album features three singalong soundtracks to “Footloose,” “Radio” and “Here We Go Again.”

Greg O’Quin and iPraize return with After the Storm (Pendulum Records/Fontana Distribution), a mix of contemporary worship, modern R&B, soul, classic gospel and hip-hop. O’Quin, a Dove and Stellar Award nominee, arrived on the music scene in 2001 with the song “I Told the Storm.”

B. David’s solo debut, Life Journal (Destiny Style Records/Taesis Distribution), released June 30. The artist, who previously recorded with Destiny Praise out of Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Atlanta, also primarily wrote or co-wrote the album’s 11 tracks.

Turn Off the Lesser Lights, a worship album by 1000 Generations (Varietal Records/Vineyard Music/Word Distribution) releases Aug. 4. Two of the album’s tracks have already received acclaim, including “How Big Small Can Be,” named the GMA Academy’s “Song of the Year” in 2007, and “Fascinated,” which was a top three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.


Music Beat CR June 2009 Print Email
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Monday, 08 June 2009 09:05 AM America/New_York

The songs of Nicole C. Mullen are brought together in Nicole C. Mullen: The Ultimate Collection, which released June 2 on Word Records (Word Distribution). The album includes 20 of Mullen’s most popular songs, including “Redeemer,” “On My Knees” and “Call on Jesus,” arranged in order of their release. The album, which also features a career retrospective in its liner notes.