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Friday, March 30, 2012

What's Coming - Thousand Foot Krutch's "The End is Where We Begin

Coming to Baker Book House - April 17, 2012










Since the Toronto rock band’s worldwide launch in 2003, listeners have felt a connection to lead singer Trevor McNevan, drummer Steve Augustine, and bassist Joel Bruyer’s unique approach to music. With five successful projects under their belts, “The End Is Where We Begin” is the band’s first independent release.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What's Happening - Tobymac's A Night of Stories and Songs

'A Night of Stories and Songs", featuring Grammy® winning and multi-platinum selling solo artist, TobyMac, is coming to West Michign. It will be a totally different TobyMac show, a time where it’s not about the lights, smoke, and big stage...instead it will be more intimate and personal, a "storyteller's night" where TobyMac will share where the songs came from. The song arrangements will be different...not completely acoustic, but basically acoustic - thus, the name UNPLUGGED.
When: April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Central Wesleyan Church, Holland, MI
Tickets: $20-40 on sale NOW at StarTickets.com or call 1-800-585-3737

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Releases - March 27, 2012

Here are some more releases for this week...


Sidewalk Prophets - Live Like That - Fervent Records - Word

Live Like That is a project that hopes to address that question head on. Sidewalk Prophets’ hope is that as
followers of Christ, their lives can show the sacrifice, love, and grace that has been made evident in their own lives. Guitarist and co-founder of the band, Ben McDonald says, “When we leave this world, our desire is to have others say, “I want to live like that!” Not because of how we lived for ourselves but because of how Christ lives through us. We want to be known as men who laid it all on the line for the sake of having Christ speak through us – not for our glory but for HIS.”



Before Their Eyes - Redemption - Invogue Records - Word
Ohio's own Before Their Eyes are back with their 4th album. Ready to gather the masses, Before Their Eyes have the unique advantage to pull audiences from the entire spectrum of the all ages scene. Whether you love sing-a-long chorus, hard core break downs, or some southern spice, this rock five piece has it all. The track "Dream" features guest vocals from chart topping band Breathe Carolina. All this and more are to be expected on Redemption recored with Nicholas Ingram and mastered by Joey Sturgis (Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack!)



The Burial - Lights and Perfections - Facedown Records - Provident
The Burial have developed and grown as a band immensely since starting in 2005. Lights and Perfections is a dynamic, progressive metal album that is as powerful as it is convicting both musically and lyrically. The four individuals that make up The Burial are masters of their craft and it shows in every ounce of passion put into Lights and Perfections.



Leaders - Now We are Free - Facedown Records - Provident
Leaders are storming on to the hardcore and metal scenes with their powerful debut album, Now We are Free. Composed of 10 tracks engineered by Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios (As Blood Runs Black, All Shall Perish, In the Midst of Lions) Now We are Free blends metal and hardcore influences seamlessly and is a must have album for fans of Living Sacrifice and For Today.



J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise - After This - Light Records - EONE
At the core of Gospel music is the Message — messages of hope, love, redemption and salvation and its purpose is to give praise, declare faith and thank God.  JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise fully embraces these concepts on their new album, AFTER THIS. The themes of praise, declaration and thanksgiving are sewn throughout the fabric of AFTER THIS. From song to song are expressions of God’s complete greatness and power. Leading off is the up-tempo and instantaneous classic “Lord of All,” featuring Bishop Hezekiah Walker.  Harkening back to an identifiable ‘Brooklyn’ sound Walker leads the choir in a head-nodding, call & response jam.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Releases - March 26, 2012

This week's new releases include:


tobyMac - Dubbed & Freq'd: A Remix Project - Forefront Records - EMICMG
Tobymac returns with his first new remix record in 7 years. Dubbed & Freq'd: A Remix Project features new remixes of several of the biggest songs from his albums Tonight and Portable Sounds. Toby’s unique blend of rock, pop, hip hop and urban styles is perfect for the remix treatment and brings an entirely new sound to his songs.




Britt Nicole - Gold - Sparrow Records - EMICMG
Following her highly successful album, The Lost Get Found, Britt Nicole is set to release her third studio album, Gold. First single, “All This Time,” is Britt’s salvation story in song form and already making a splash at radio. Britt says of the single, “It is the story of how I met Jesus, and a reminder that whatever we face in life, we don’t have to face it alone because Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us.” 




Hawk Nelson - The Songs You've Already Heard: Best of Hawk Nelson - Bec Recordings - EMICMG
Featuring several #1 hit singles, this greatest hits release from Hawk Nelson, Songs You’ve Already Heard, is sure to please both new and old fans alike. Hawk Nelson will be hitting the road in 2012 as a featured artist on Revolve Tour 2012, the Rock and Worship Road Show 2012, and the Family Force 5 Christmas Tour. 







Jimmy Needham - Clear the Stage - inpop Records - EMICMG
Clear the Stage, the fourth album from Inpop artist Jimmy Needham, sees Needham paired with award-winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Laura Story) for his most compelling and vulnerable collection of songs to date. As the title cut implies, Clear the Stage is a call to absolute dependence on God. From the lead single, “If I Ever Needed Grace”, to the anthemic “Victory”, the idea of acknowledging our need for God’s mercy and grace is woven like a thread throughout the album. Musically the album visits much that is familiar to fans of Needham’s previous albums but also pushes the envelope with songs like the funk-infused “I Will Find You” featuring guest vocals from LeCrae.




Don Moen - Uncharted Territory - in:ciite -EMICMG
Don Moen's eagerly anticipated new album marks his first worship project in 3 years. With a mix of songs written by Moen and his friends, he presents a fresh offering of pure worship with the familiar sound you have loved through the years. Whether you are going through the storms of life needing encouragement and hope, or want a song of victory over defeat, there will be a song for you to sing in worship on this CD.





Gateway Next - Look Up - in:ciite - EMICMG
These original songs have been written and recorded with the same heart that comes from the leadership of Gateway Worship, and their powerful expression of worship. Gateway NEXT is a natural extension of the passionate pursuit of God already established at Gateway, and Look Up serves as a glance into their journey of discovery and understanding of the power and presence of God in their daily lives. 





Minon Bolton - Minon - Universal Music Christian Group - EMICMG
When rising talent Minon Bolton takes the platform, the atmosphere is quickly filled with an anointed, angelic, yet soulful sound; doused with a spirit of worship and praise. Minon has been the driving voice behind some of gospel and Christian music’s most noted artists. She now steps from behind the scenes to the front mic as one of gospel’s most sought after voices with the industry’s most talked about and anticipated debut solo releases - MINON.









Evan Craft - Giants - Universal Music Christian Group & Dream Records - EMICMG
Evan Craft’s label debut album Giants is 10 amazing songs written to reach the listener on a deep intimate level. “Broken Heart” is sure to connect with everyone from every walk of life and “Reclaim” will initiate a movement along with other organizations to fight social injustice. These are not just songs, but a wake up call. “Get up” this March 27th and get your copy!




Rhema Soul - Red - Universal Music Christian Group - EMICMG
Rhema Soul is a Hip-Hop-Pop-Soul fusion trio from South Florida. Voted Group of the Year on Rapzilla.com, Rhema Soul’s latest project is produced by Dove Award winning producer Andy Anderson (Group 1 Crew, Toby Mac and Rachael Lampa) and will be released while the band is on tour early 2012. Features include performances by Jai, Ryan Stevenson and Benjah!




Guy Penrod - Hymns - Gaither Music Group - EMICMG
Chart-busting gospel favorite Guy Penrod, puts his powerhouse sound on timeless hymns. This collection of all-new recordings features twelve beloved hymns, including a duet with the incomparable George Beverly Shea on the song “Does Jesus Care?” This keepsake is for anyone who loves hymns or enjoys the incredible gospel music legacy of Guy Penrod.





Anberlin - Dancing Between the Fibers of Time - Tooth and Nail Records - EMICMG
A staple in the Tooth & Nail catalog, Anberlin's best of anthology includes songs from their three Tooth & Nail albums: Blueprints For The Black Market (2003), Never Take Friendship Personal(2005), and Cities (2007). This new best-of collection will be a great addition for fans that may not have all Anberlins’s best-selling catalog as well as a great way for new fans to discover and get some of Anberlin's most popular songs in one place for a great low price! 




Nicole Croteau - Anchors and Silhouettes - Universal Music Christian Group & Dream Records - EMICMG

A Montana country girl now living in LA, Nicole Croteau is releasing her debut album Anchors and Silhouettes. Nicole has a unique sound with folk and southern roots. In support of Anchors and Silhouettes, Nicole is scheduled to tour this spring with label mates Press Play. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

What's Happening: Spring Break Out Youth Conference 03/30-03/13

Don't miss this sweet youth conference occurring at the end of this month!
Check out the poster below for more details...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Coming Soon: Trip Lee's "The Good Life" 04/10/12

Mark your calendars!
On April 10th, Trip Lee's newest project The Good Life streets!
What is the “good life” Is it simply doing whatever feels good? Or is it a life where God exists to make us happy? While Between Two Worlds served as a collection of reflections on life in a fallen world. Trip Lee’s forth studio album, The Good Lifeserves as a survey of the “good life” In an effort to redefine it and encourage us to build our lives around the objective good.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Releases - March 20, 2012

Here is the new release for today...

Bonafide Praisers - Liberated - Taseis Media Group - Word

BONAFIDE PRAISERS burst on the scene in 2008 with their hit “Work It Out” that peaked at #2* on the R&R Gospel/Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and now they are back with another hit radio single entitled “Love.” The creation of this track was inspired by the great works of Earth, Wind & Fire as the song expresses the sheer magnitude of love, which is the greatest gift of all.
        LIBERATED offers a rich musical blend providing an extraordinary worship experience. The vocals of
BONAFIDE PRAISERS will entice the ears of all listeners with a unique harmonious sound that is perfectly balanced, exhibiting what it truly means to be genuine in offering musical praise.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winter Jam is Coming to Grand Rapids!

Even though April is not offically winter anymore (not that we really had a "winter" this year), the Winter Jam tour is coming with Skillet, Sanctus Real, Kari Jobe, Group1Crew, and more on April 1st!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Releases - March 13, 2012

Here are the new releases for this week that include:
Passion - Passion: White Flag - Six Step Records - EMICMG
The Passion: White Flag album was recorded live at the Passion 2012 conference with more than 42,000 university-aged students in Atlanta, GA January 2-5, 2012. The much-anticipated collection of new songs will feature sixstepsrecords artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill. The album and new song offerings will reflect the desire of a generation to lay down their lives to live for the renown of Christ. The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louie Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God. Focused on the collegiate age group - yet spilling over to people of all ages - Passion exists to unite students for spiritual awakening in this generation. From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others. Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA. 



Dave Barnes - Stories to Tell - Razor and Tie - Provident
Stories To Tell is a stepping stone for Barnes on many levels.  The album was recorded in Los Angeles marking the first time Barnes has recorded outside of his hometown in Nashville, TN.  Leaving everything familiar behind forced Dave to venture outside of his creative comfort zone.  Barnes explain, "I've done all the other records in Nasvhille but for this one I really wanted to do something different.  I wanted to get out of town and do something that wouldn't sound quite as much like the stuff I've done before."



Jeremy Camp - I Still Believe: the Hits Collection - BEC Recordings - EMICMG
I Still Believe: #1’s Collection is Jeremy Camp’s first greatest hits release, and it includes 14 #1 hit singles including “I Still Believe,” “Take You Back,” “There Will Be A Day,” and many more! “The Way,” from Jeremy’s last full length release We Cry Out: The Worship Project, spent two weeks at #1 on AC Monitored and NCA radio charts. Jeremy Camp’s chart topping singles are essential in any Christian music fan’s collection, and this greatest hits release is both a perfect introduction to Jeremy Camp as well as a completion to any die-hard fan’s collection. 



Adam Cappa - The Rescue - BEC Recordings - EMICMG
A vocalist, guitarist, performer, songwriter, and communicator through and through, Adam Cappa is ready to share his story. For the past several years, the 25-year-old artist has independently released two albums and honed his skills, which caught the attention of BEC Recordings. His debut release, The Rescue, was co-written and produced by label mate and mentor Jeremy Camp and Andy Dodd. The Rescue is a full on Christian pop album with a “Top 40” feel, complete with loops and back tracking.



MyChildren MyBride - MyChildren MyBride - Tooth & Nail - EMICMG
MyChildren MyBride's highly anticipated third full-length, produced by heavyweight metal producer Zuess, is appropriately a self-titled. It's a statement album that confidently showcases a band firmly planting its roots . With two full length records, over 50,000 scans, and tours with the who's who of the contemporary metal scene under their belts, the band is poised to soar to new heights and into the forefront of modern metal scene with the release of MyChildren MyBride



Andrea Helms - Moving Forward - Music World - EMICMG
Andrea Helms, Season 4 BET Sunday Best first runner up is set to release her debut album Moving Forward on March 13. The album features seven tracks including the classic hit “Yesterday”, “Changed”, and Donald Lawrence’s “The Heavens are Telling (A Mighty God We Serve)” which were all performed on the top ranked show. The new album also features the title track “Moving Forward” which is a powerful duet w/ Sunday Best winner and Music World recording artist Amber Bullock. Album is produced by H. Doobie Powell (Brian Courtney Wilson, Le’Andria Johnson). Andrea has been traveling around the country ministering to masses of people including at Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration this month (January) where she performed to a crowd of 1000+ people in Atlanta, GA. She continues to keep “moving forward” and living out her dream to connect Jesus to the people through song.


All Sons and Daughters - All Sons and Daughters - Integrity Music - Provident
The worship duo of All Sons and Daughters (David Leonard and Leslie Jordan) was birthed in 2010 from Journey Church located in Franklin, Tennessee.  Both currently serve on staff at Journey as Worship Designers in the Creative Arts Ministry. "Take the alternative-drum driven power of Jesus Culture, and tone it down to meet the folksy sound of singer-songwriter duos such as The Civil Wars and The Swell Season, and the result is something like All Sons and Daughters."-Worship Leader Magazine



Phillips Craig & Dean - Breathe In - Fair Trade Services - Provident
Still going strong after nearly 20 years together, Phillips, Craig & Dean is following up Fearless, one of the most successful albums in their career with Breathe In. This project has a decidedly relevant musical approach wrapped in the rich signature harmonies they are known for. The songs draw from the long standing writing talents of the group along with writers of the biggest songs performed in the church today. Stand out tracks include ‘When The Star Burn Down,’ ‘Great i Am,’ and ‘Our God Is Here. Look for extensive airplay on these standout tracks that will resonate with CCM music buyers while providing a sound track for their lives.



Paul Baloche - The Same Love - Integrity Music - Provident
Paul Baloche is recognized as one of the most prolific songwriters of the modern church era.  His songs have consistently been sung by millions of church-goers each week around the world.  On his latest release, Paul offers 10 fresh church anthems powered by the title track "The Same Love".

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Coming to Grand Rapids!

In two weeks Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will be at Sunshine Community Church!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New from Marvin Sapp - April 3, 2012

Marvin Sapp will have his latest project be released on April 3, 2012.


A huge part of Marvin Sapp's appeal has been his ability to tap into his own personal pain and weave a heart-touching song that speaks to the masses.  Such was the story with his mega-hit song "Never Would Have Made It" and the follow-up "The Best In Me".  In the midst of those waves of success, the "pastor who sings" suffered another painful loss when his wife MaLinda passed away.  So when the time came to record his subsequent album, Marvin chose a title that succintly speaks about rising above life's trials, and is presenting us with "I Win".

Monday, March 5, 2012

New Releases - March 6, 2012

Hey Music Fans!
This week we have some great releases from new artists and some releases from some very familiar names.

Andy Cherry - Nothing Left to Fear - Essential Records - Provident
Meet Andy Cherry, a 25-year-old songwriter and worship leader from Charlotte, N.C.  The warmth of his music stitches together American roots and soaring, moody tones of British rock.  At the same time Andy challenges commonly held assumptions about God through his lyrics.  He urges you to open up, be bold enough to ask God the tough questions, and believe He has the shoulders to bear those questions. If you like NEEDTOBREATHE you will also enjoy Andy Cherry! Here is the acoustic version of his first single as he performed on Air1 Radio...

Fireflight - NOW - Essential Records - Provident
Fireflight returns with their most explosive and personal album to date entitled Now. This album contains the signature aggressive rock that Fireflight is know n for with some new elements including synth-rock, neo-prog and electronic layers all while keeping their sense of urgency. "Now is a call to more beyond where you are; a call to not accept the way things are just because life is hard or takes a twist and turn. Now points to God as your refuge and comfort as you look beyond personal circumstances. There is no greater time than the present. You can make a difference. This is your time Now!"

Jeremy Horn - Sound of the Broken - FairTrade - Provident
Jeremy Horn is grounded in years of service as a worship pastor at one of the most racially diverse churches in Memphis, TN. That diversity brings with it countless stories of brokenness and redemption. Sharing in those experiences help lay the groundwork for his newest album, Sound of the Broken. With an engaging pop and intimate worshipful authentic in sharing the message of hope in the midst of broken people.

Israel & New Breed - Decade: The Best of Israel Houghton and New Breed - Integrity - Provident
This essential collection brings together the best songs from multi-Grammy Award winner and cross-cultural worship leader, Israel Houghton.  The First Decade, highlights the career and brightest songs from Israel Houghton and New Breed who transformed the sound of contemporary worship. This double disk repertoire has been remixed and remastered and introduces 2 new songs including the global church anthem "Jesus at the Center of It All" which is currently being sung by some of the largest congregations around the world including Hillsong, Lakewood, Free Chapel, and others. 

Flame - The 6th - Clear Sight Music
While The 6th has plenty of style, however, Flame never sacrifices substance as the lyrics are jam-packed with relevant reflections on the human condition. "Really, it’s a study of anthropology as we look at mankind from many different angles,” says Flame, a.k.a. Marcus Gray. "God created humans on the sixth day, we are the climax of God’s creation, and God deposited so much meaning—and purpose—into us as humans. So I wanted to explore what that means. Are we still where He intended us to be? How far have we actually fallen from the pace, and how do we return to our original purpose? Those are the questions I explore in this album."

Sarah MacIntosh - Current - Integrity Music
Sarah MacIntosh is no stranger ot the world of worship music.  As the former lead singer of Chasing Furies, she toured the country with bands like Jars of Clay and Burlap to Cashmere.  Now, Sarah is releasing her solo music, and collaborating with artists like MIchael W. Smith, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Tim Hughes, and Brenton Brown.  Her first release with Integrity Music, Current, is powerful, electric, and exciting.

Todd Agnew - How to be Loved - Ardent
Todd Agnew is a five-time Dove Award nominee, garnering numerous hit radio singles including two #1 hits, “Grace Like Rain” and “This Fragile Breath (The Thunder Song).”  HOW TO BE LOVED is Todd’s newest project and is his 6th studio recording. Since his last album, NEED, Todd has experienced marriage and moving to a new state, which have brought a fresh perspective to creating this new music for his fans. Produced by Paul Ebersold (Skillet, 3 Doors Down), HOW TO BE LOVED offers a more pop-inspired collection of songs like “God Undefeatable,” “The One You Want,” and “There’s Coming A Day.”



Anthony Evans - Home - Fair Trade Services

In his sixth studio album Home, Evans’ inspiration came from his recent conviction and subsequent decision to move ‘Home’ to Dallas to aid his Father, Dr. Tony Evans, in ministry and be closer to family. Despite fears and reluctance, Anthony resolved to faithfully move forward in obedience and found peace in the process. The lessons he learned are expressed creatively, clearly and with honesty. Home is a perfect merger of soulfully arranged worship standards and original anthems, performed with passion and power in every note, from a man who could easily be called one of Christian music’s most talented male vocalists. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

CD Release Concert of Kenneth Henderson!

You wouldn't want to miss is CD release concert on March 24, 2012!
Kenneth Henderson is Grand Rapids many talented musicians, but his heart for God is always evident is his amazing voice. Ken is no stranger to the music scene in Grand Rapids. That recognition for his talented vocals is know to many professional musicians in Grand Rapids as he is sought to be back up for them.
Ken's style is mostly that of praise and worship, but he also has a voice, style, and message that makes his music accessible to a wide variety of peoples.
Be blessed by this going to be amazing worship experience.
Don't worry if you can't make it, because you can buy the CD and take the blessing with you and share it with others outside of the concert.
Still... Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Releases 2/28/12 - continued

Hey Music Fans!

I am sorry to say that I have forgotten 2 really great releases for this week :(
They are from For King and Country and Izzi Ray.

Crave - For King and Country - Fervent Records - Word Distribution
Carrying a name that evokes substance and a sense of purpose, for KING & COUNTRY make their debut
with music that more than lives up to their clever moniker. Together, Joel and Luke ignite each other's individual passions to form a unique, distinctive voice that blends into simmering sibling harmony, unrivaled by any other collaborative group to date.

Izzi Ray - Izzi Ray - Word Distribution
New artist, Izzi Ray, brings a been-around-the-block sensibility to her self titled freshman offering. At the age of 15, Izzi is one of the staff worship leaders at her church, travels with and accompanies her mom, Crystal Lewis, and has written 9 of the 10 songs on this project. Izzi shows a maturity in her music both spiritually and musically that brings to the surface raw truth, sweet reality, and current sound.