Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

          Mercyme was recently on their local Fox affiliate to perform their song Shake. Check out their acoustic performance around the microphone by clicking on the link at
          http://www.myfoxdfw.com/video?clipId=10050803&autostart=true

          We’re less than a week away from the release of Francesca Battistelli’s third studio project, “If We’re Honest.”  We have a fantastic opportunity that started this morning with iTunes choosing this album to be their featured week long album stream. Check it out here:   http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay

          The 2014 Billboard Music Award Nominees have been announced. Artists in the running for the top Christian Album award include: Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Skillet, Alan Jackson, and the WOW Hits CD.  Up for top Christian artist are Mandisa, Skillet, Tobymac, Chris Tomlin, and Matthew West.  Top Christian song nominees are We Won’t Be Shaken by Building 429, Overcomer by Mandisa, Help Me Find It by the Sidewalk Prophets, Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin, and Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West. The Winners will be announced live on ABC on May 18.

          Two weeks ago Tenth Avenue North sold their 1 millionth album. A fan named Cody made the purchase and received the surprise of his life. His purchase was greeted by confetti, music, and an appearance by the band members themselves. And Cody clearly didn’t know what to do with his new found fame. Watch the video of the sale by clicking on the link here: http://youtu.be/oie6H534o-I

          Kari Jobe recently released a live CD and DVD combo titled “Majestic.” And now you can check out a video giving a behind the scenes look into the making of the album. Watch the music video here: http://ow.ly/voYI6

          Christian artist J J Heller and her husband David have released a children’s book. The book is titled The Golden Feather. And you can hear the book read by the Heller’s five-year-old daughter Lucy. Check it out: http://youtu.be/9YepKgZxekc

          Natalie Grant was recently on ABC’s Nightline. Watch the news report on the hoax Natalie was caught up in several years ago and the good that came out of the hoax. Click on the link here:
          http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/singer-natalie-grant-plays-family-victimized-elaborate-hoax-23117457

          Nearly a decade after the death of her infant baby inspired Natalie Grant’s song Held, Vaneetha Demski is out with a blog telling her story and how God has showed her first hand the impact the song has had. Read the story by clicking on this link:
          http://danceintherain.com/2014/03/27/means-held/

          A Bible Study based on the song Just Say Jesus by the group 7eventh Time Down is featured on the Interlinc web site. Interlinc is a site focused on using music and media in student ministry. The theme of the Just Say Jesus devotional is Hoping in God and web site writers say the goal is that students will understand that despite what they are facing, there is hope in Jesus. Check out the devotional by clicking on the link at
          http://interlinc-online.com/search/bible_studies/?id=996

          The members of the Irish band Rend Collective have released a new 7-day devotional based on the songs on their latest CD The Art of Celebration. The devotional is available on the You Version Bible App. Access a free copy of the 7-day devotional by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/1lIkvL4

          Another song from the new Mercyme CD is now available for download. The members of the band announced this week that the song Greater is the third song to be released from their upcoming project. Although the album Welcome to the New won’t be available until April 8, you can download all three early releases on iTunes and Amazon. A video telling the story behind the latest Mercyme song is also available. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/3Kpc_lb2HH8?a

          Mission Network News is hoping to help your church get more involved in missions. As part of their Pray, Give, Go campaign, Mission Network News is offering a wide variety of free items to help churches tell the missions story and to help Christians everywhere become an active part of that story. Check out more by clicking on the link at: http://ow.ly/rDUMg

          Many Christian artists are standing with the End It campaign and they are encouraging you to do the same. Today is the 27th of February and The End It Movement is asking you to use this 27th day of the month to shine a light on the 27 million people world wide who are still enslaved. They’re asking you to draw a red x on your hand as a way of making a statement that slavery still exists and you won’t stand for it. Find out more by clicking on this link http://www.enditmovement.com/

          Jason Gray’s new CD Love Will Have The Final Word will be available nationwide next Tuesday. But between now and then Jason is giving you the chance to listen to the full CD online. Check it out here: http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/albumpreview.php

          The latest song from Kari Jobe is titled Forever. Check out a recording of her live performance of the song by clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/huFra1mnIVE

          Want to learn how to play Broken Hallelujah on the guitar? The Afters are out with a video tutorial for the song. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/QX0FJwNANuE

          A book based on Thrive, the latest CD from Casting Crowns, is now available. The book by Mark Hall titled Thrive-Digging Deep, Reaching out was released by Zondervan this week. It’s Mark’s fourth book and discusses the critical inner challenge that we are meant to do more than just survive life – we are called to thrive. Read more here:
          http://e2.ma/message/wqwam/8v8g7b

          Think you have what it takes to be a Christian Artist. Record producer Andrew Patton is giving you a shot. He tweeted over the weekend that he’d accept video demos that are 60 seconds or less. Load them on youtube and then send the link to:  ap@thephe.com. Andrew added that you only get one shot so make it count.

          Mandisa is dedicating this week that celebrates love to her single sisters and brothers. The Christian artist released a blog on Monday titled Single Appreciation Week-Day 1. In the blog she talks about the difficulties of being single, especially during Valentines week, and the things God has taught her. Read the entire blog here:
          http://mandisaofficial.com/home/single-appreciation-week-day-1/

          NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut professor Bradley Wright has all types of questions for his research: Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now?

          And he’d like the answers in real time, launching a website that sends text messages to participants’ smartphones that it’s time to take the twice-daily survey. It’s part of an ambitious look by Wright and other researchers into the role of spirituality in the daily lives of Americans and its links to well-being.

          The associate sociology professor is overseeing http://www.soulPulse.org to gather data for researchers to study.

          He says SoulPulse is the first research project to use cellphones to measure spirituality as it unfolds over time in natural settings.

          Shout Praises Kids is unveiling a kids coloring contest. Download the two pages and have your kids color them. Then return them on the web site and your kids will be eligible for a Shout Praises Kids party pack and a $200 visa gift card. Check out more by clicking on this link http://bit.ly/spkcoloringcontest

          The Christian band VOTA is inviting you to join them on a trip to Nepal. A year ago, VOTA and Tiny Hands International launched the Love Found Me campaign with the goal to raise $150,000 to support and staff five border monitoring stations along the Nepal/India border to help stop human trafficking. The goal was reached and, to celebrate, the band is offering the opportunity for one Love Found Me campaign supporter to win an expense paid trip to Nepal with VOTA this fall courtesy of Taylor University. To be eligible for the Nepal trip, simply download Vota’s latest album before February 1st. Find out more at: https://lovefoundme.org/

          Casting Crowns is undertaking a special promotion leading up to the release of their new CD Thrive. They will randomly select one person each day prior to the CD’s release on January 28 from the comments on their facebook page. And members of the band say they fan will get whatever they ask from the band. Check out more about the giveaway by clicking here: http://www.breathecast.com/articles/casting-crowns-thrive-sweepstakes-month-of-giving-13440/

          A new CD from Casting Crowns and a new book from lead singer Mark Hall will soon be available. The CD Thrive will release on January 28. And Marks new book Thrive-Digging Deep, Reaching Out is scheduled to be available on February 11. You can preview the new Casting Crowns album and also pre-order your copy of the project by clicking on the link: http://bit.ly/thrivepreview – preview
          https://itun.es/us/gQ9rS – preorder

          The adoption organization Show Hope is inviting you to join them as part of a trip to Haiti or China late this Spring. The organization started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman will sponsor a student trip to Haiti in late May and two trips to China in June. But the sign up deadline is Friday, January 10. Find out more about serving orphans by clicking on the link at  http://showhope.org/trips

          Matt Redman is reaching out to aspiring song writers. The long time worship leader is releasing a songwriting tutorial on the web site Worship Leader. “A Songwriting Journal: Part One – Creating” is now available. You can check it out by clicking on the link at
          http://worshipleader.com/a-songwriting-journal-part-one-creating/

          Mark Schultz has released his first Children’s book. The book is titled Remember Me and features illustrations set to the lyrics of Mark’s song by the same name. Proceeds from the sale of the children’s book will benefit the Remember Me organization started earlier this year by Mark and his wife to fund creative projects benefiting women and orphans. Find out more about the new Children’s book from Mark Schultz by clicking on this link http://Markschultzmusic.com

          Want to support businesses that share your political views? There’s an app for that. The new free mobile app, called 2nd Vote, was launched at the Values Voter summit in October. It’s designed for shoppers who don’t want their money even indirectly supporting liberal agendas. Find out more by clicking on the link at  http://www.worldmag.com/2013/11/dollar_voting#.UpoaAikXDHA.twitter

          Passion 268 Generation is helping you to know what Passion 2014 is all about. They’ve recorded a video explaining the conferences that will take place in Atlanta in January and Houston in February. Check out the video here
          http://268generation.com/passion2014/promo-video

          Good Morning America is launching their Overcomers series. The series title is based on the latest song from Christian artist Mandisa. And the first edition of the series focus’ on three individuals who overcame great odds. Watch the first edition of Overcomers by clicking on this link: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/11/overcomers-gma-profiles-3-people-who-triumphed-over-adversity/

          LifeLight is giving away music. The organization is raising money for their outreach in Ethiopia. They are giving away free downloads of music from Building 429, the Newsboys, and more on the Noisetrade website. And while you’re there you can also leave a tip for the Love Ethiopia outreach. Access your free downloads by clicking on the link at  http://www.noisetrade.com/lifelightfestivals/love-ethiopia

           

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