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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Releases - 11/18/08

There are only two new projects out today.

New Method was an indie band until this record. Their album is called Old School. And though they worked independantly, the band was not without it's merits.

In 2007, New Method was ranked #6 on the myCCM Top 100 in CCM Magazine.

Maintaining a strong touring schedule, New Method has performed for capacity crowds in venues like the Meadowlands, Soldier Field, Mile High Stadium, and Walt Disney World. As the band goes forward, they will continue to reach the masses with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It was at St. MacNissi's College, Co Antrim, a local school in Derry, where Father Eugene O'Hagen, Father Martin O'Hagen and Father David Delargy met for the first time and realized their musical prowess as a singing trio. On April 23, 2008 they signed to SonyBMG.

Recorded at the Vatican, The Priests created an album of spiritual, Church music sure to inspire. Produced by the legendary Mike Hedges (U2 & Dido) the album features the Vatican Choir, James Galway and Moya Brennan of Clannad.



Monday, November 17, 2008

Meet Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Leeland, and Sara Groves at Baker Book House!

Baker is bringing out the stars (with a lot of help from the best concert promoter in the world). It's been a while since we've seen artists like these at Baker Book House, but on Saturday, December 13th at 2:00 P.M., you'll be able to hang out and grab an authograph from Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Leeland, and Sara Groves!

We're also going to have a lot of these artists' CDs at a special 2 for $20 deal on the day of the in-store only.

After the in-store, grab a bite to eat with some friends and then head to the big Love Came Down Concert featuring all of the artists from the in-store. The concert starts at 7:00 P.M. You get get tickets here.

Come on out and support your favorite Christian artists (and maybe even your favorite Christian Bookstore too)!

And if you want to hang up a poster at your church or workplace, we're not going to stop you. Download it here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kate Gosselin to Visit Baker Book House

I know what you are going to say. Well, I'm guessing that it'll either be "How is this music?" or "Are you lying?" First, it isn't music. Second, no.

Kate Gosselin, hit mom from the TLC show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" will be at Baker Book House on Thursday, December 11th from 6:30 - 9:00 P.M.
Kate is also the bestselling co-author of Multiple Blessings, a new book from Zondervan. Both this book and the first two seasons of her show are on sale right now in the store.
If you'd like to help us advertise this awesome opportunity in your church or workplace, please just click the link here, print the poster out on normal 8.5" x 11" paper, and hang it up. We'd really appreciate it.
The only other thing that you'll need to know is that because our parking lot isn't very big, additional parking will be available at the former ITT Tech lot next door to Baker. Thanks!

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Releases - 9/30/08

Newsboys - Live: Houston We Are Go CD/DVD


International pop/rock phenomenon newsboys commits the best of its explosive spring 2007 sell-out GO Tour to tape with Newsboys Live: Houston We Are Go, releasing September 2, 2008. The groundbreaking GO Tour, which set record attendances, is evidence that newsboys continue to innovate its live show, offering fans an amazing entertainment experience that changes lives. This live album/DVD set recorded and filmed in front of a packed out crowd, showcases hits from both the current critically- and commercially-acclaimed release, GO (“I Am Free,” “Wherever We Go,” “Something Beautiful,” “In Wonder”), as well as classic newsboys tunes including “Shine,” “He Reigns” and “It Is You,” all from gold-selling albums. With Newboys Live: Houston We Are Go, newsboys bring the energy from the arena into your stereo and TV.



GRITS - Reiterate
While GRITS knows how to handle the thought-provoking stuff, it’s the party numbers, the bangers, that have defined a large portion of their legacy. In honor of their Southern heritage, the deep-fried “Let’s Get It” is as crunk as they come, while the ferocious, club-ready beat of “Livin’ Dreams” is bound to join “Here We Go,” “They All Fall Down,” and “Hittin’ Curves” in the pantheon of classic GRITS.



In the end, the duo understands accessibility is key to leaving a mark, but they acknowledge is not the be-all-end-all of their methodology. If anything, they want all of their exploits—whether that be Reiterate, Revolution Art, or their lifestyles—to go much deeper.



“People are still going to hear the catchy hook,” Coffee says. “We understand at the end of the day that’s the business, that’s what people tend to latch on to. But we’re still going to be spitting that truth, man. Not to be cliché, but it’s coming from the heart. We’re sticking to the essence that we’re doing music because we love it, not because it’s a business.”



Oak Ridge Boys - The Gospel Sessions
The Oak Ridge Boys are considered one of the greatest groups in Country
Music history. Long before their many hits like Elvira and Bobbie Sue,
they dominated the world of Gospel Music. Originally known as The Oak
Ridge Quartet, they began performing in the early 1940s and Time
Magazine dubbed them one of the “top drawing gospel groups in the nation.”

Breaking all barriers, the Oaks brought their Gospel music to the
mainstream with a pop-country sounding style. By the late 70s, the group
had reached the top of the Gospel Music world. The long-haired,
bell-bottom wearing group now known as The Oak Ridge Boys soon branched
out to cross-over stardom, dominating both the Country and Pop music scene.

Today, the Oak Ridge Boys continue to wow audiences with their
high-energy stage show, performing more than 150 dates a year. Gospel
Music gave the Oaks their roots with a foundation to stand and sing on
for more than 50 years and now New Haven Records is proud to unveil its
latest addition to The Gospel Legacy Series, The Oak Ridge Boys:
The
Gospel Sessions
.


Faith Hill - Joy To The World
Produced by Dan Huff, Byron Gallimore and Faith Hill herself, Joy To The World combines the holiday season’s most beloved classics with one of America’s most respected vocalists. Well worth the two years in the making, the recording features The Nashville Orchestra as well as the London-based choirs, Metro Voices and The London Oratory School Boys Choir. Grammy® Award winner David Campbell (Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash) provides a newly composed full orchestration for Joy, which gives classics such as “Joy To The World,” “Away In A Manger,” “O Holy Night” & “Silent Night” a fresh, yet timeless sound. The highlight of the album is the original song “A Baby Changes Everything.” This powerful and emotional story song will be the lead single to Country and Christian radio during the Christmas season.


Gaither Vocal Band - Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style
In their brand new musical masterpiece, the Gaither Vocal Band captures the wonder and beauty of Christmas as never before in this breathtaking recording of Christmas classics. Featuring smooth, intricate harmonies, majestic orchestration and songs that transport us to the heart of Christmas, the Gaither Vocal Band finally releases the ideal CD to enhance any celebration. This release is sure to calm the shop-weary, soothe the frenzied and ignite hope in anyone.



Anberlin - New Surrender
Central Florida pop-rock stalwarts Anberlin will release their major label debut, New Surrender, on September 30th. The new album features 13 tracks that further expand on Anberlin’s signature sound. Stephen Christian’s distinct vocals backed by Joseph Milligan and Christian McAlhaney’s driving guitars and the rhythm section comprised of Deon Rexroat and Nathan Young on bass and drums respectively is the foundation for the band’s success.

New Surrender, produced by Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, New Found Glory), demonstrates the band’s natural progression as musicians as well as solidifying their place as some of music’s most creative songwriters. Universal Republic signed the band off of the success of their highly lauded breakthrough indie pop scorcher, Cities. The record debuted on Billboard’s Top Albums chart in February 2007 at #19, and passed the coveted 100,000 indie-sales milestone fueled by their riveting hit single “Godspeed.” Cited by many critics as indispensable to the modern rock scene, rock forecasters have bookmarked their upcoming album New Surrender as one of the truly viable indie-to-major success stories ready to blow in 2008.



Amy Grant - The Christmas Collection


Christmas music is synonymous with Amy Grant. Her classic arrangements, stirring original Christmas songs, TV specials, and widely attended Christmas tours over the years have all contributed to over 5 MILLION Christmas albums sold.

In 2007, all 3 of Amy’s classic Christmas albums were digitally re-mastered and sold over 50,000 albums in just 3 months. This year, Amy is pulling out all of the stops with a NEW collection of the best Christmas songs from all 3 catalog albums PLUS FOUR NEW SONGS.

Amy will bring back her highly acclaimed Christmas Tour with Vince Gill in December which has traditionally played to sell-out audiences. Also, look for TV appearances, radio specials, and a TV campaign that will drive retail traffic and sales of the new Christmas collection.



Anne Murray - What A Wonderful Christmas (Repackage)
With Anne Murray's legendary voice, stellar arrangements, and a track listing of Christmas standards, this single disc collection is sure to be another Christmas classic. Christmas includes 10 tracks from her 2001 best-selling double-disc release What A Wonderful Christmas and 4 new songs. This new collection will delight Anne Murray fans everywhere!





The Becoming - Volume 1
With sharp infectious hooks most bands would kill for, The Becoming comes out with a debut that showcases creativity and ability most bands will never achieve. In the vein of swedish-dark-pop meets My Chemical Romance and AFI, Volume 1 is an album packed with anthems of love, loss, redemption, and hope. The amount of blood, sweat and tears shed over each song can be felt from the opening lines to the closing verses of the album. Bridging the gaps between Rock, Pop, Emo, and Metal this is a record for the masses that are tired of the cookie-cutter Rock and Pop, who are ready for something new.




Trin-i-tee 5:7 - T57 (Deluxe Edition)



T57 (Deluxe Edition) is the enhanced CD version of the Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated T57 by contemporary Gospel group, Trin-i-tee 5:7. Three new songs, produced by renowned hitmakers, give the T57 (Deluxe Edition) an urban flavor that will have multi-format appeal;"Get Away," produced by multiple Grammy Award winner, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears), "Your Holy," produced by the Music World Entertainment production team, The Bama Boyz (Beyonce, Solange) and "It Wasn't Me," produced by "The Beat General," Armando Colon (Shaggy, Das EFX). Three videos showcase Trin-i-tee 5:7's charasmatic performance and visual appeal and remind us why they are the best-selling female trio in Gospel music





Mannheim Steamroller - Candlelight Christmas
This holiday season, American Gramaphone will release a collection of Chip Davis favorites. Tracks include "The First Noel" & "Away in a Manger", as well as select Chip Davis originals. Mannheim Steamroller is the largest brand in holiday music and has sold 26 million Christmas albums - more than any other artist in music history!






Take 6 - The Standard
With its roots in gospel, doo-wop, and the sophisticated jazz-influenced singing groups of mid-century America, the a cappella vocal group Take 6 returns with an impactful collection of tunes entitled The Standard. Since the group’s inception in Alabama in the 1980s, Take 6 has ultimately become one of the biggest brands in a cappella, selling over 1.2 million records. The Standard includes an A+ guest list, including Aaron Neville, Brian McKnight, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.




Terry Dexter - Listen
"Terry Dexter is a voice that many have heard, enjoyed and looked for more of…She is sincerely a voice and artist whose time has come and all should sweetly prepare to enjoy!! ADRIAN – TRIN-I-TEE 5:7

Listen is the long awaited vocal journey of Terry Dexter’s years of experience, passion and soul. Within her vision and vocals, you’ll discover music that penetrates the soul and touches the spirit!! With a voice that shines beyond her years and a talent the world needs to hear, Terry Dexter is a diamond in the rough, who finally gets her time to shine!





Dan Evans - Goin' All Out
Dan Evans from NBC’s The Biggest Loser is making his musical debut with his album entitled Goin' All Out! Recorded in Nashville, the album is a composition from select songwriters and musicians responsible for Keith Urban’s album “Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing” as well as Rascal Flatts’ “Still Feels Good”. Interlocking both Pop music with Country arrangements and honest lyrics depicting Dan’s life experiences is the motivation behind the album, Goin' All Out.






Various Artists – Peace on Earth



This collection of peaceful holiday songs recorded by some of music’s top artists will help you slow down during the holidays, wind down with your family and relieve the stresses of the busy season. Rediscover the Peace Of Christmas.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Couple Videos - Lincoln Brewster & Brandon Heath

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I thought maybe you'd like a couple of videos.

So here they are.

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Enjoy.

Apologies

My apologies to those of you who check the blog regularly for new release info and so on. I could blame the lack of updates on being busy, but I thought it'd be more fun to blame it on marshmallows. So, it's because of marshmallows that I haven't updated things in a while.

Cursed marshmallows!

Okay, now that that's over with, we have a lot of great things that just came in. Here's the quick list:
Lincoln Brewster - Today Is The Day
BarlowGirl - Home For Christmas
pureNRG - A purNRG Christmas
David Phelps - O Holy Night CD/DVD
Point Of Grace - Tennessee Christmas: A Holiday Collection
Downhere - Ending Is Beginning
Various - World's Greatest Christmas
Sean Simmonds - It's Over
Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir - Hold On For Life
New Life Worship - Counting On God
Various - And There Was Christmas
The Ambassador - The Chop Chop: From Milk To Meat
Group 1 Crew - Ordinary Dreamers
Rush of Fools - Wonder of the World
Joy Whitlock - God and a Girl
Nevertheless - In the Making
33Miles - One Life
Trenches - The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole
Bebo Norman - Bebo Norman
Jonezetta - Cruel To Be Young
Various - WOW Gospel Essentials
Various - Deeper
Phil Tarver - Be Pleased
Dottie Peoples - Do It

Quite a list, huh? Were you surprised to see Christmas CD's released already? I was. It's too early for Christmas displays. Nonetheless, we've got em'. Check them out by coming into the store and reacquainting yourself with our listening stations. They're pretty awesome.

Just like you.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Interview with Brian "Head" Welch

Here's part one of three posts I found online that share Welch's testimony. The other two parts are linked below if you want to see them. Even if it isn't your favorite music, you have to admit that God is awesome and can use anyone anytime anywhere for any purpose that gives him glory. And personally, I think that the weaker the vessel, the greater God can show his power.

But without further ado...

The other two vids can be found here.

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Monday, September 8, 2008

New Releases - 9/9/08

Michael Gungor Band - Ancient Skies
Recruited at just 20-years-old to oversee the worship ministry at Grand Rapids mega-church Resurrection Life, Michael is also an accomplished songwriter, co-penning the popular worship song “Friend Of God” with Israel Houghton. After a six-year tenure at Resurrection Life, Michael is now fronting a band of friends and family who share a unified mission. Rooted in the progressive worship vein of David Crowder*Band or Hillsong United, the Michael Gungor Band’s unique musical identity is further shaped by such diverse influences as Pete Yorn, Sigur Ros, and Chris Thile.

Krystal Meyers - Make Some Noise
Having toured extensively and making fans, literally around the world, this striking, international star has progressed musically and spiritually over the last couple of years, and is ready to release her high-energy music, and solid message to a growing audience. The project, primarily written by Meyers, and produced by Doubledutch (Mat Kearney, TobyMac), elicits energetic, fun, 80’s-style dance music, while Meyers delivers commanding vocals. As you listen to her sing “this is who we are, we won’t be ignored, we were born to make some noise,” on the title-track, you will undoubtedly want to make some noise of your own.

David Phelps - The Voice
Releasing two projects last fall, garnering a GOLD certification for 2006’s Legacy of Love DVD, “fitting in” a performance taping on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover and being nominated for two 2008 Dove Awards, the past year has been great for David Phelps! He just completed what will prove to be his most amazing project yet. Working again with producer Monroe Jones, The Voice features well-known covers with two new recordings and boasts epic string orchestrations with David’s dramatic, one-of-a-kind vocal delivery. This is a moving and cinematic experience for the listener and a highlight is the new song, “Mine,” (written by David) which you must hear to believe! These are the songs you know and love by one of the greatest singers of all time. The Songs – The Passion – The Voice; The project David Phelps was born to make.

Ayiesha Woods - Love Like This
With only one album, celebrated singer/songwriter Ayiesha Woods accomplished more than most artists achieve in a lifetime. Its title was unassuming and self-explanatory, but Introducing Ayiesha Woods did more than merely introduce her: it established her as one of the most precocious and promising new artists in Christian music. A GRAMMY® nomination, a Dove Award nod for New Artist of the Year, appearances in a number of high-pro­file tours, and universal acclaim were some of the highlights of Woods’ initial time in the limelight. It’s a winning streak that is bound to continue with Love Like This, her second Gotee Records release.
Brian "Head" Welch - Save Me From Myself
Brian Welch, better known by his nickname Head, is one of the founding members of KoRn, a multi-platinum, Grammy award winning metal band and a major influence in the rise of the heavy metal movement. While with KoRn, Head won two Grammy's and sold over 30 million albums to date. Head is also a successful author and released a book in July 2007 through Harper Collins. The book also titled "Save Me From Myself" spent many weeks on the New York Times Best Seller's List.

Various - Incredible Praise
Introducing Incredible Praise, includes and hour of on-your-feet praise! This release boasts more than a dozen tracks that communicate the passion and exuberance of a live praise service! Each song will bring the listener to their feet in thanks to God for all he's done. Incredible Praise is packed with 18 powerful, popular praise songs sure to awaken a praise celebration!

Sonicflood - A Heart Like Yours
Modern Worship pioneers SONICFLOOD return with their latest studio release, A Heart Like Yours. The new album features 10 uplifting praise anthems, centered on changing our hearts to be more like Christ's, and living courageously for Him.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Releases - 9/2/08

Chris Tomlin - Hello Love

Following his 2006 RIAA Gold-certified record, See the Morning, Chris Tomlin’s fifth studio release, Hello Love, communicates what he describes as the “need to introduce ourselves to love again.” Produced by Ed Cash (Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Bebo Norman), the record endeavors to give voice to the Church to worship their Creator. Songs including “Love,” “God of This City,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “I Will Rise,” are already impacting worshippers across the globe, as Tomlin debuts his new music on Passion’s first ever world tour. The project’s first single “Jesus Messiah” is finding a home among American listeners as well, receiving more adds its debut week than any other single in Christian radio history. It’s no wonder that Tomlin continues to be the most-sung artist in churches around the world


Underoath - Lost In The Sound Of Separation
Very rarely does a monumental record find itself matched with the promise of commercial success. But the strength, intensity and explosive lure of Define The Great Line Underoath’s follow up to its over 420,000 selling 2004 breakthrough They’re Only Chasing Safety--is undeniable. With over 98,000 units scanned first week at charting at an unprecedented # 2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, Underoath are here to stay.

“We went into the studio wanting to make this record count,” says guitarist Tim McTague. “We wanted to make it life-changing for the people who heard it. We knew it had the potential to do well, but we weren’t basing our future on that. We feel we’ve written the best album that any of us will probably ever be a part of and above all else, we’re super proud of it.”

Crafted with the help of Atlanta-based producer/drummer Matt Goldman–who helped pour the rhythmic foundation–and Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz–who lent his experience to help capture the guitars and vocals and encouraged these Warped Tour veterans to use E-bows, reel bows and experiment with delays and effects pedals–the resulting Lost In The Sound of Separation is a mind-blowing song-cycle that resets the notion of what hardcore, screamo or whatever you want to call it, can be.

Deitrick Haddon - Revealed
Deitrick Haddon is celebrated as one of the most diverse and versatile artists in modern Gospel music, and with his latest CD offering, he further exemplifies exactly why this is! On the heels of the aggressive and staunchly urban-skewed 7 Days, Haddon returns with an equally heavy-hitting pop/rock-tinged soundtrack of intense praise and sincere worship. In this career-defining move, Haddon sows the seeds for another branch in his ever-growing and expansive tree of ministry. While not forsaking the bass and strong rhythms that his listeners have grown accustomed to and quite fond of, Haddon incorporates new sounds, manifest in the prominent guitar licks, big drum sequences, and sustained notes.

Haddon's latest recordings are indicative of worldwide ministry; limitless genre-shattering and universal. His vocals are as passionate as ever, as exemplified in "The Lord's Prayer" and "The Word;" his lyrics filled with profundities, as in "Jesus 4 Prez," and his messages remain relatable and redeeming, as in "Save Yourself."

Produced by Haddon, along with his brother, Gerald Haddon, as well as heavy-hitters Warryn Campbell, and Dre & Vidal, this collection of songs is compelling, progressive, and masterfully conceived. Tracks like "God's Love," "I Need Your Help," and "I'm Alive," are sure to establish themselves as genre-furthering, bar-setters to which all future contemporary Gospel music will aspire. Haddon has outdone himself and continues to demolish any box that he finds trying to encapsulate his ministry, or most importantly...God!

Various - The Best of Messianic Praise & Worship
Galilee of the Nation Music, the world leader in Messianic Praise & Worship is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with The Best of ­Messianic Praise & Worship, 1998-2008. This CD features recording Artists like LAMB, Marty Goetz, Paul Wilbur, Karen Davis, Joel ­Chernoff, Ted Pearce, Barry & Batya Segal and many more. It has songs like Kadosh, Jew & Gentile, Baruch Adonai, Zealous Over Zion, He is my Defense and On Your Walls O Jerusalem. 17 songs and 78 minutes of the Best of Messianic Praise and Worship.

Various - 51 Must Have Worship Classics

The 3rd release in Integrity Music’s best-selling 51 Must Have series, this collection features 51 timeless, enduring and modern classics performed by the original artists. 51 Must Have Worship Classics features top artists such as Don Moen, Paul Baloche, Robin Mark, Darlene Zschech, Brian Doerksen and Lenny LeBlanc, all for only $16.98. Of course, with our Music Made Simple program, the price is only $15.97.






Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Downhere Rocked My Socks Off.


This past week, we had Downhere stop by the store and do an impromptu concert for our staff. It was pretty cool. I won't even hold the fact that they are from Canada against them. That's right. I am passing on the opportunity to make fun of Canada.
Did someone put something in my water?
Probably. But that's beside the point.
We got to hear some songs from their new record. The album is called "Ending is Beginning" and it really is a great album. Downhere fans will be blown away. In fact, Downhere-fans-to-be will be blown away as well.
Downhere, if you are reading this, thank you for stopping by. It was an honor to have you come in . You reinforce my Canadian stereotype that all Canadians are just plain nice people. And to Josh from Centricity records and Daniel from Word Distribution, thanks for helping arrange the visit. It was great.
For those of you who are upset that you missed it, sorry. Maybe you should hang out at Baker Book House all hours of the day to see who might stop by.
Barefoot,
Josh Mosey

New Releases - 8/26/08

Remedy Drive - Daylight Is Coming

Four-piece, four-brother band from Lincoln, Nebraska, Remedy Drive has been cranking out their own brand of piano-driven rock tunes as a full-time indie band for the past 3 years across the Midwest and West Coast. During that time, the band has developed a committed network of over 140 “home churches” that repeatedly host the band’s live concerts. As a result, Remedy Drive has established real community with these churches’ youth pastors and their youth group kids, garnering sales of over 20,000 independent CDs at their live shows. Delivering a message of hope, Remedy Drive combines their heart-on-a-sleeve sensibility with an acrobatic and explosive live show.

DecembeRadio - Satisfied
It's here--the highly-anticipated sophomore project from GRAMMY Award nominees and rockers DecembeRadio! With a stage show that leaves crowds wanting more, terrific momentum in the marketplace and a couple more years under their belts, DecembeRadio has delivered a project aimed to please their fans. Known for their hit ballads, DecembeRadio has weaved easygoing, radio-friendly melodies onto the new release combined with laid back, medium-tempo grooves reminiscent of their classic rock influences. Bringing the project full circle, the Rock-Album-of-the-Year-winning band offers up their signature, driving guitar rock with skill and energy like never before.

Darwin Hobbs - Free
On his debut Tyscot Records release Darwin Hobbs victoriously celebrates the true freedom that believers have been given in Jesus Christ. Birthed from his own personal life experience Free encourages listeners to break out of their self-made prisons of guilt and shame by truly accepting the liberation that only Christ can give. Co-produced by Hobbs and Aaron Pearce, this awe inspiring offering will bring listeners to a place of introspection and set the tone for a powerfulworship experience. the songs featured on this CD speak to the saved and the lost as well. Standout tracks include a cover of the Chris Tomlin hit "Your Grace is Enough", the title cut "Free", and many more.

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir - I'll Say Yes DVD

Worship with the 300 voice Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in New York through this LIVE DVD recording as they “Say Yes” to the call of Christ. Featuring powerful worship songs PLUS a feature length docu-video, I’ll Say Yes will usher listeners into a place of spirited praise and deep worship.





Monday, August 18, 2008

New Releases - 8/19/08

There are more releases today than you can safely shake a stick at. So many, in fact, that I'm not even going to put a picture up for every release. But know this: Every release will probably go multi-platinum. Or if not, you may like it anyway. So stop in this week and check them out.

Casting Crowns - The Altar and the Door Live CD/DVD

Experience Grammy Award-winning artist Casting Crowns on the most popular Christian tour of 2007/2008 reaching 450,000 people in 83 markets. This 2-disc set features eight live songs both on CD and DVD from Casting Crowns best-selling The Altar and The Door album, including the No. 1 hits “East to West” and “Every Man.” Bonus content includes a behind-the-scenes documentary, the new “Slow Fade” music video, and four five-minute teaching videos from lead-singer/songwriter and pastor Mark Hall specifically geared for personal use or in church services and bibles studies.


Brooke Barrettsmith - Brooke Barrettsmith

Brooke Barrettsmith captivates audiences with her passionate vocals and straightforward lyrics about faith and relationships. Growing up in Chicago, Brooke first started singing in church with her siblings. Since then, she has shared the stage with artists such as Toby Mac, Audio Adrenaline, Jeremy Camp and Steven Curtis Chapman. As a top 40 finalist on "American Idol Season 5" in 2006, Brooke has been championed by local Chicago TV and print outlets and has received hometown support performing at various local events. She has also had the honor of performing the National Anthem at both Chicago Cubs and White Sox games.


Bart Millard - Hymned Again
Bart Millard, the voice of MercyMe, crafts one of the most musically innovative CDs of the year with Hymned Again. Following in the footsteps of his successful debut release, Hymned No. 1., Bart delivers bold interpretations of familiar hymns with a fun, up-tempo and spirited musical journey showcasing his signature vocals.

Family Force 5 - Dance Or Die
Widely considered one of the most significant bands in the CCM market, Family Force 5 is positioned to move to the next level with the release of Dance Or Die. This has been a story of artist development that has been rooted in the modern day fundamentals of great songs, non-stop touring and a commitment to the bands deeply held beliefs.

The Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer

The Jonas Brothers have come hard and fast onto the Tween Scene with their '07 Hollywood Records Debut Jonas Brothers with the support of the Disney Channel, Radio Disney, and Top 40 radio these Brothers from NJ have quickly become Superstars and Teen Heartthrobs. Joe Jonas (as well as Nick and Kevin) star in the Highly Promoted Disney Original movie "Camp Rock" airing now on the Disney Channel. The Boys will also have their own Disney Channel TV show called J.O.N.A.S. scheduled to start airing this summer- ala Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus.

Brandon Heath - What If We
It’s a simple but powerful question. What if we? What if we take a risk? What if we choose to follow our hearts, what if we don’t? What if we sit in the quiet and truly listen to God’s voice, what if we continue to fill our lives with noisy clutter? What if we look at others through the eyes of Jesus? Singer songwriter Brandon Heath continues to inspire the possibilities on the follow up to his Dove nominated Song of the Year “I’m Not Who I Was” from debut album “Don’t Get Comfortable”. Featuring “Give Me Your Eyes”, “Love Never Fails” and “Sunrise”, Brandon’s latest offering is an honest, heart-spoken journey that further solidifies his voice in our community of believers.

Deitrick Haddon - Revealed
Deitrick Haddon is celebrated as one of the most diverse and versatile artists in modern Gospel music, and with his latest CD offering, he further exemplifies exactly why this is! On the heels of the aggressive and staunchly urban-skewed 7 Days, Haddon returns with an equally heavy-hitting pop/rock-tinged soundtrack of intense praise and sincere worship. In this career-defining move, Haddon sows the seeds for another branch in his ever-growing and expansive tree of ministry. While not forsaking the bass and strong rhythms that his listeners have grown accustomed to and quite fond of, Haddon incorporates new sounds, manifest in the prominent guitar licks, big drum sequences, and sustained notes.

David Crowder Band - Remedy Club Tour Edition CD/DVD
Continuing the excitement of last fall’s “REMEDY Club Tour” and full-length CD release, which produced the Top 5 Christian single “Everything Glorious,” and garnered three 2008 Dove Awards, fans will soon be able to pick up David Crowder*Band’s first ever live DVD & CD. The REMEDY Club Tour Edition DVD & CD will include more than 85 minutes of live music shot in high definition from the “REMEDY Club Tour,” which boasted 19 sold-out dates in historic venues nationwide and whose “Surely We Can Change Something” campaign collected thousands of towels and socks for local shelters, while encouraging attendees to “be the Remedy” in their local communities.

Gaither Gospel Series - Bill Gaither/Vince Gill Bluegrass #1 CD/DVD
Gaither Gospel Series - Bill Gaither/Vince Gill Bluegrass #2 CD/DVD

This Country Bluegrass Homecoming brings together the very best of gospel, bluegrass and country music for a star-studded celebration of faith. This historic musical event, hosted by Bill Gaither, is packed with unforgettable performances by legendary artists who got their start singing in church. Featuring a perfect mix of great old hymns, southern gospel classics and newer favorites, this extraordinary gathering highlights the world-class talent of: Vince Gill, the Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs, Marty Stuart, Ralph Stanley, George Jones, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent, Cherryholmes, Gordon Mote, Jimmy Fortune, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jeff & Sheri Easter and many others.

Charlie Hall - The Bright Sadness
Creating music for the sole purpose of making God’s name renown, celebrated worship artist Charlie Hall follows up his acclaimed 2006 release, Flying Into Daybreak, with a fourth studio project, The Bright Sadness. A collection of songs that reflect his spiritual journaling these last few years, the album, according to Hall, “comes from me understanding my ordinary human condition and my deep love for Jesus.” Recorded in Oklahoma City & LA, the project reflects real life struggles, among those themes addressed are brokenness and Christ’s free fellowship, redemption and compassion. Hall is currently debuting music from his new record on the first-ever Passion World Tour this summer and fall.

The Showdown - Back Breaker
Southern Metal favorites, The Showdown, are back to what they do best. Pummeling riffs, explosive breakdowns, and hooks that will stick in your head for weeks. Back Breaker is the band at its finest, with years on the road, they have matured in their songwriting, their performances and their passion for all things heavy. Back Breaker covers all the bases, from Southern Metal, to Hardcore, to a hint of sludge. Cutting new ground, and perfecting the tried and true style of "The Showdown" is what Back Breaker is all about.

This Beautiful Republic - Perceptions
Fueled by grinding guitar riffs and dynamic vocal performances, This Beautiful Republic emerges from the studio delivering their highly anticipated sophomore release Perceptions. With a debut album under their belt, success at radio and multiple tours across the country the band has fashioned the experienced they’ve gained with their natural art and created the album Perceptions. Highlighted by the tracks “Learning To Fall”, “No Turning Back”, “Beautifully Broken” and “Surrender Saved My Life”, Perceptions showcases the rock-n-roll side of This Beautiful Republic that continues to win fans over live and the massive choruses that etch themselves in your mind, leaving you reciting lines day after day.

Jimmy Needham - Not Without Love

Houston, Texas-based singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham’s Inpop Records debut, Speak, released August 2006, showcasing his down-to-earth lyrics while exposing the rock, pop and gospel-influenced side of his art as well. The album produced a No. 2 single at Christian Hit Radio with “Lost At Sea,” and its song “Dearly Loved” also broke the Top 10 on CHR. Last fall Needham was featured on tour with NewSong, Echoing Angels and Nate Sallie, while he also joined labelmate Superchick for a special Christmas tour. Produced by Will Hunt (Bethany Dillon, Ginny Owens, Shane & Shane) at acoustic duo Shane & Shane’s very own Spaceway Studios, Needham’s sophomore album, Not Without Love, is a fitting continuation of his first project and includes tracks like “A Breath Or Two,” “Come Around,” “Tossed By The Wind,” “I am Yours,” as well as “Home From War,” the record’s debut radio single. Needham will perform songs from Not Without Love as a special guest on female vocalist Natalie Grant’s headlining tour this spring.

Ten Shekel Shirt - Jubilee
Ten Shekel Shirt is a band with a message. Through two album releases, a # 1 hit at Christian CHR radio, and 150,000 album sales, lead singer/songwriter Lamont Hiebert has watched as his songs of revolution and rejuvenation have impacted listeners across the globe. But sometimes actions speak louder than words, and after hearing reports about child slavery and exploitation, Lamont had a life altering experience when he traveled to Southeast Asia and witnessed the sale of children first-hand. Not content to simply write songs about the issue, Lamont co-founded the organization Love146 to help end child slavery and exploitation. Love 146 quickly gained national recognition for their work, earning the MySpace Impact Award for Social Justice, and they were named an "Agent of Change" by GQ magazine. Lamont's experiences as a modern day abolitionist are at the heart of many of the songs on Ten Shekel Shirt's new album Jubilee, easily the strongest album in the band's career. Though the album's songs deal with weighty subject matter, Lamont and Ten Shekel Shirt bring a strong message of hope throughout.

Jon Michael Talbot - The Troubadour Years 2CD
In 1990, John Michael Talbot began a new direction in recording the music God gave him by starting his own label, Troubadour for the Lord. This change came after 14 years as a top selling artist with Sparrow Records. This compilation represents the best of John Michael’s music throughout these recent years, as he continues to tour, perform, and create new music in the wake of a devastating fire that destroyed his Little Portion Hermitage Monastery.

The Wrecking - A New Abolition
With A New Abolition, The Wrecking has cultivated a truly unique sound that is readily accessible and notably fresh. By interlocking hook-driven rock with urban grooves and futuristic adventurism, this band has emerged from the East Coast music scene as one of the most talked-about new acts. From the pounding anthem "Inside" to the earthy remake of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," A New Abolition is both gritty and smooth, offering listeners inventive and memorable tunes passionately rendered.

Tonya Backer - Special Friend
Tonya Baker is a gifted songwriter and an anointed artist, as exemplified in her album Special Friend. Tonya has appeared on TBN & the Stellar Awards Music Showcase and counts it an honor to minister the good news of Jesus Christ in every opportunity. As she performs across the globe, this young lady will not be satisfied until she reaches the nations with the Gospel.

Niyoki – Rest

Rest is the life-enhancing, praise-filled sophomore release from anointed gospel vocalist Niyoki. Rest builds upon Niyoki’s strong vocal talents and exceptional delivery while ably showcasing her ability to fully inhabit a song with heart and soul. Each song on the 13-track collection has a different sound and feel; the album crosses all musical genres to incorporate R&B, jazz, rock and even hip-hop. The stunningly beautiful and soothing “I Will Rest,” the high-energy and driven “Joy,” the praise filled “Where Would I Be” and the prayerful “All That I Have” are just a few of the highlights featured on Rest.

Gene Autry - Cowboy Hymns and Songs of Inspiration
Gene Autry, America’s Favorite (and best selling) Singing Cowboy, sang and recorded hundreds of songs during his lifetime, including many best-loved Cowboy Hymns and Songs of Inspiration. This first ever collection of Cowboy Hymns by Gene Autry is taken from his popular radio show and Western films.

The Sons of the Pioneers - Western Hymns and Spirituals
The Sons of the Pioneers are the definitive vocal and instrumental group in western music history. Although they specialized in songs of the west, cowboy hymns and spirituals have always been an important part of their repertoire. The greatest achievement of The Sons of the Pioneers lay with the sheer quality of their work. Their superb harmonies and brilliant arrangements have delighted three generations of listeners and inspired numerous performers.

The Katinas – Still

The Katinas are back with a sound that will amaze the listener from all aspects of production to the style of worship on their new album entitled Still. From the excited anthem "Alive" to the heartfelt song "Praying For You," Still is both fun and worshipful, offering listeners a sense of joy and memorable tunes passionately rendered.

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Releases - 8/12/08

Kim Hopper - I Just Wanted You To Know

Kim Hopper has one of Southern Gospel's most dynamic and recognizable voices. This debut solo Canaan release showcases her versatility on songs such as The Woman In My Little Girl's Room, a parental reflection of children that seem to grow up too soon.


The LeFevre Quartet - Nothin' But Good

Soulful vocals, smooth harmonies, and a powerful Gospel message work together to make the Mike LeFevre Quartet’s debut Canaan release, Nothin’ But Good, a must-listen for Christian music fans of all backgrounds. While Canaan’s newest quartet stays honest to their Southern Gospel roots, their fresh vocal take on the Southern genre uses exciting and energetic tracks that place this group and album in a class all its own. Nothin’ But Good features a great blend of songs that appeal to the Southern listener while being firmly grounded in the church. A rendition of Didn’t It Rain, a traditional spiritual done “not so traditionally,” is sure to become an instant fan favorite. If you love music in a classic genre with a contemporary flair, then the Mike LeFevre Quartet is the group you’ve been waiting for!

Mike & Kelly Bowling - Faith To Believe

While both have had major success recording separately for years, Mike and Kelly Bowling now appear for the first time as husband and wife on their debut Canaan release, Faith To Believe. With a combined 11 GMA Dove awards, 3 Grammy nominations and over 20 #1 songs, this husband and wife team travels the world performing two hundred dates a year. Together Mike and Kelly, along with tenor Jeff Snyder, have created a sound that is as refreshing as the trio sounds of the early 70s. History will note that they have been true to the excellence of their ability without diminishing or distancing the listener and this album is certainly no exception. Faith To Believe is sure to pull the listener into the safe place of our Savior’s love and hold them there with rich, anointed vocals and soul-stirring songs. This is an album every Christian music lover will not want to miss!




Monday, August 4, 2008

New Releases - 8/5/08

Norma Jean - The AntiMother

Norma Jean once again teams up with producer Ross Robinson (Korn, The Cure, Slipknot) to create the follow up to the critically acclaimed Redeemer of 2006. Norma Jean has cut a path in metal music, and continues to push boundaries and push limits on the Anti-Mother creating a symphony of discourse and chest pounding songs. A perfect addition to an already astonishing catalog of music, The Anti-Mother once again why Norma Jean are trend setters, and leader in their genre.


Various Artists - WoW Essentials - All Time Favorite Christian Songs
WOW, the most recognizable brand in Christian Music is branching out this summer with a new product line devoted to the best & biggest Christian songs in the past 5 years. WOW Essentials - All Time Favorite Christian Songs is the latest addition to the hugely successful WOW brand of products. The focus for WOW Essentials is to assemble 12 of the most-known & best-loved songs from the past 5 years into one collection for the amazing low price of just $9.99. Like bumping into an old friend that you haven’t seen in a while, WOW Essentials reminds listeners of the songs that fueled their faith, gave encouragement in a time of need, or was simply the right song at the right time in their life. Featuring Chris Tomlin's "Indescribable," Casting Crown's "Who Am I," MercyMe's "Word Of God Speak," and Steven Curtis Chapman's "Dive," these are the songs that have impacted believers around the globe and have become anthems of our faith.

Various - Songs That Changed The Church: Hymns
Music is a powerful change agent – it’s the soundtrack to our lives, to our culture and to the growth and change in the church over the years. This new collection of music honors the songs that have marked and risen to the forefront in the changes that the Church has experienced. Complete with detailed liner notes written by CMM historian John J. Thompson about each song – the stores behind the songs are rich with how God has worked in lives around the world – inspired writers that changed the Church.

Songs That Changed The Church - Hymns includes the hymns over the centuries that are the bedrock of our faith – the amazing stories behind these songs speak to the complete power of God in our world and grace to each of us no matter what our journey

Various - Songs That Changed The Church: CCM
Songs That Changed The Church - CCM focuses on the pop songs that mark the growth and change in the church from Amy Grant’s “Thy Word” do dcTalk’s “Jesus Freak” to the powerful “I Can Only Imagine”

Various - Songs That Changed The Church: Worship
Songs That Changed The Church - Worship includes 13 songs that document the modern worship expression with songs like “Lord I Lift Your Name On High”, “The Heart of Worship” and “How Great Is Our God”

Spensha Baker - Outloud
Introducing Spensha Baker and her debut album “Outloud”
Spensha was discovered at a young age by Ron Fair, Chairman of Geffen Records, while she was a 2004 Star Search finalist. Since then, she’s developed a story in Christian and mainstream outlets making impressions as the opening act for the First Annual Grammy “Salute To Gospel Music” concert, performing the national anthem at the “Presidential Address” at Fort Hood and performed on internationally viewed TBN in 2008. Outloud! is Spensha’s genuine message of encouragement to live and love outloud!

Hillsong - This Is Our God CD/DVD
On the evening of Sunday, March 9th 2008, thousands of worshippers gathered to fill the Acer Arena in Sydney as Hillsong Church recorded their latest live worship album.
The night was riveting, as the stadium filled with thousands of voices, eyes raised heavenward, and created an expectancy that welcomed the very presence of God.

"We come together and we say, 'This is who we are, God. We need You, we love You, and we're going to give everything to You'. It's actually about the church coming together and singing with One Voice, One Passion, One Heart, giving all our praise to God," Joel Houston, Hillsong Creative Director, said.

A number of new songwriters, worship leaders and musicians joined Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Darlene Zschech and Marty Sampson on the platform, capturing the sound of a new generation, and entering into a new season of worship and song.

Dave Hollister - Witness Protection
The ultimate Preacher's Kid (both his parents are preachers), Dave Hollister initially got his break in music as an original member of the platinum-selling R&B group Blackstreet, founded by uber producer Teddy Riley. Dave left Blackstreet after the release of their first album and went on to pursue a solo career as a singer, songwriter and producer. His solo debut, Ghetto Hymns, was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, as well as his sophomore release the following year - Chicago '85... The Movie.

After releasing two more albums, Dave returned to his church roots, signing with GospoCentric and releasing 2006's The Book of David: Vol. 1 The Transition. His second Gospel release, Witness Protection, displays the soulful, soaring voice that has been earning him die-hard fans since 1994. This album shows a much lighter side of Dave that combines an up-tempo R&B sound with a strong gospel message.

Klaus - Glory
Featuring internationally known worship leader /songwriter Klaus along with special guest vocals from Kari Jobe, Glory strikes a deep vein of worship that combines celebration, intimate moments and spontaneous expressions of worship encouraging believers to go deeper into the things of God. Recorded LIVE at Christ For The Nations Institute, Glory features a powerful mix of Klaus’ best known songs, dynamic new offerings and amazing keyboard interludes for a rich sound of worship that is sure to find its way into the hearts of many around the world.