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11/6/2012 - Jesus Culture with Martin Smith: Live From New York Double CD Releases November 20
Integrity Music and Jesus Culture Music announce the highly anticipated release of the seventh full-length recording from Jesus Culture, Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York, on Nov. 20, 2012. Recorded live during Jesus Culture’s conference at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York June 28-30, 2012, this new double-CD captures a dynamic collaboration of voices who have helped shape, and continue to inspire, generations of worshippers.
Known as one of the most influential youth and young adults movements around the world, Jesus Culture’s worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith and Chris Quilala were joined by Martin Smith for the new album.
“We had the absolute honor and privilege to partner with Martin Smith, former lead singer for Delirious? and someone who has fathered the worship movement of this generation with great impact,” says Banning Liebscher, Jesus Culture director. “For the past few years, the Lord has brought our two paths together and we were thrilled to have him at our conference in New York. Our own Chris Quilala and Kim Walker-Smith led the main worship sessions with Martin. The passion and hunger that came forth in those sets was indescribable and we are excited to be releasing this album that captured many of those moments.”
“I have been personally moved by the music of Jesus Culture for a few years now,” says Smith. “To get the chance of actually playing on the same stage as them in New York was an honor. I’m very excited about this music touching the world.”
Featuring both Smith penned classics and new favorites combined with Jesus Culture’s signature call to intimate worship and bold praise, Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York also captures thousands of worshippers’ voices representing an international community of believers gathered in New York. The goal of the conference was to discover what would happen if a generation of people gave themselves fully to Jesus and to pray for a nation to be transformed by Him.
“We believe lives were marked for revival as we gathered together to seek the Lord through worship and preaching,” says Liebscher, “and we are faithful that the Lord will encounter you too as you listen to these songs.”
In addition to Smith’s songs, the double-CD features Quilala originals, “Forevermore” and “Alleluia,” Walker-Smith singing Daniel Bashta’s “Pursuit,” and a bonus track, “I Belong To You,” written and sung by Derek Johnson (Jesus Culture’s Emerging Voices). The project also includes special CD packaging with an embossed sleeve and fold out poster, which is available in Christian and mainstream retail stores everywhere through Provident Music Distribution and Sony Distribution (via the Columbia label in the US) respectively.
The full Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York double-CD track listing follows:
1. Fire Never Sleeps (Feat. Martin Smith)
4. Walk With Me
5. Waiting Here For You (Feat. Martin Smith)
6. Our God Reigns (Feat. Martin Smith)
7. Song Of Solomon (Feat. Martin Smith)
8. Set A Fire
1. I’m In Love With You
2. Oh, How I Love You
3. Holy Spirit
4. God Is Coming (Feat. Martin Smith)
5. Show Me Your Glory / Majesty (Feat. Martin Smith)
6. Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble? (Feat. Martin Smith)
7. I Belong To You (Bonus Track, Feat. Derek Johnson)
9/27/2012 - Matt Redman Offers His Best With Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection on November 20
Matt Redman has impacted millions in the church throughout the years through his long list of worship songs that have given voice and implored people to sing like never before. The GRAMMY nominated and award-winning songwriter brings many of his favorite classics together in the release of his newest project, Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection available on November 20. In addition to Redman’s familiar hits, the album also includes new recordings of his biggest songs as well as an exclusive feature of the radio version of his No. 1 single, “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” The song reached No. 1 for nine weeks on the National Christian Audience Chart and seven weeks at AC Indicator. It continues to top the AC Monitored chart for the 12th week while connecting with the church and individuals around the world.
Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection features 15 of Redman’s most popular worship songs, including all-new recordings of his songs “Our God” and “Better Is One Day,” along with the new song “Love So High.” Additionally, the album features the worship favorites “You Never Let Go,” “The Heart Of Worship,” “You Alone Can Rescue” and more, with six of the selections appearing in the CCLI Top 50 and 10 in the Top 200. Next week, Redman will join his friends, Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels on the Durban, South Africa and Cape Town, South Africa stops on the Passion World Tour. For more information on the tour, visit: www.268generation.com/WT2012/.
Track Listing for Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection:
**First time available on CD
1. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Radio Version**
2. Our God*
3. Better is One Day*
4. You Never Let Go
5. Never Once
6. Love So High*
7. You Along Can Rescue
8. The Heart of Worship
9. Blessed Be Your Name
10. Lord Let Your Glory Fall
11. Nothing But The Blood
12. The Fathers Song
13. Once Again
14. Dancing Generation
15. Twenty Seven Million**
9/27/2012 - Point of Grace Commemorates 10 years of "Girls of Grace" in Eden Prairie on September 22
On September 22, Point of Grace was presented with plaques commemorating 10 years of their time-tested event for teen girls, “Girls of Grace,” in Eden Prairie, MN. Artists Britt Nicole, for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews were on hand for the celebration in addition to renowned guest speakers, Chris Wheeler, Annie Downs, Amber Lehman and Constance Rhodes. The “Girls of Grace” events have impacted the lives of over 100,000 young women over the past decade.
In 2002, Point of Grace founded the “Girls of Grace” conferences with the desire to bring teen girls together to talk about issues that affect them. "It's hard to believe that 10 years has gone by since our very first Girls of Grace conference in Orlando, Florida,” said Shelley Breen of Point of Grace. “We are humbled that we continue to hear stories from girls all over the country about life-changing decisions that were made at a Girls of Grace. Leigh, Denise and I can never express our gratitude to Word Records for breathing new life into this event, with a passion we could have never imagined. In my heart, I know this is only the beginning of what God is going to do with this incredible team of speakers and artists that we are blessed with in this new season of Girls of Grace.” The 10th Anniversary Season, “Girls of Grace: The Beautiful Truth,” will continue throughout May 4, 2013 when it concludes in Atlanta, GA.
The conference is a day-long interactive high-energy event for girls in 6th – 12th grades featuring live music and speakers that focus on age-related issue with a positive Christian message. 98.5 KTIS, SUSIE Magazine, WinShape Camps, Zondervan, ChildFund, Grand Canyon University and NewReleaseTuesday.com served as sponsors of the event. Upcoming Dates for “Girls of Grace: The Beautiful Truth” 2012-13 Season:
November 3, 2012: Grand Rapids, MI – Sunshine Community Church
November 10, 2012: Spartanburg, SC – Evangel Cathedral
February 23, 2013: Nashville, TN – Christ Church
April 20, 2013: Dallas, TX – Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church
May 4, 2013: Atlanta, GA – Coming Soon!
9/17/2012 - WOW Hits 2013 Available September 25
EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment announce the September 25th release of WOW Hits 2013. With 19 #1s, 4 top 5, and 3 top 10 Christian radio songs, WOW Hits 2013 marks the 18th two-disc release and the third WOW Hits Deluxe Edition release of the platinum-selling series that compiles the best songs from Christian radio at an incredible value for the consumer. The entire WOW branded series (Hits, Worship, Gospel, and specialty releases) tops 28 MILLION units in sales.
Featuring 30 songs on two CDs, the WOW Hits 2013 compilation provides Christian music fans hit songs from today’s top Christian artists including Building 429’s “Where I Belong,” Casting Crowns’ “Courageous,” Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” TobyMac’s “Me Without You,” Sidewalk Prophets’ “Live Like That,” Group 1 Crew’s “He Said” (feat. Chris August), Britt Nicole’s “All This Time,” for KING & COUNTRY’s “Busted Heart (Hold On To Me),” and Tenth Avenue North’s “Strong Enough To Save.”
This year’s WOW Hits 2013 Deluxe Edition features 6 more hits, with 2 additional #1 radio songs, including Big Daddy Weave’s “Love Come To Life” and Mat Kearney’s “Down.”
Both versions also include 3 bonus tracks from up and coming radio artists, making this year’s edition among the biggest WOW collections ever with WOW Hits 2013 containing a total of 33 tracks and the WOW Hits 2013 Deluxe Edition boasting 39 tracks.
WOW Hits 2013 Track Listing
1. Courageous - Casting Crowns
2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) - Matt Redman
3. Overcome - Jeremy Camp
4. Blessings - Laura Story
5. My Hope Is In You - Aaron Shust
6. I Lift My Hands - Chris Tomlin
7. The Hurt & The Healer - MercyMe
8. Forgiveness - Matthew West
9. We Are - Kari Jobe
10. Live Like That - Sidewalk Prophets
11. Fall Apart - Josh Wilson
12. Angel By Your Side - Francesca Battistelli
13. Trust In Jesus - Third Day
14. Do Everything - Steven Curtis Chapman
15. Someone Worth Dying For - MIKESCHAIR
16. BONUS: Only A Mountain - Jason Castro
Deluxe Edition Only:
17. Love Come To Life - Big Daddy Weave
18. Carry Me To The Cross - Kutless
19. Free - Dara Maclean
1. God's Not Dead (Like A Lion) - Newsboys
2. Me Without You - TobyMac
3. Where I Belong - Building 429
4. All This Time - Britt Nicole
5. Lift Me Up - The Afters
6. Busted Heart (Hold On To Me) - for KING & COUNTRY
7. Hold Me - Jamie Grace (feat. TobyMac)
8. Strong Enough To Save - Tenth Avenue North
9. He Said - Group 1 Crew (feat. Chris August)
10. Center Of It - Chris August
11. Good Morning - Mandisa (feat. TobyMac)
12. One Day Too Late - Skillet
13. The Redeemer - Sanctus Real
14. The Light In Me - Brandon Heath
15. Make A Move - Royal Tailor
16. BONUS: Banner of Love - Luminate
17. BONUS: When Mercy Found Me - Rhett Walker Band
Deluxe Edition Only:
18. Let Me Feel You Shine - David Crowder*Band
19. Down - Mat Kearney
20. Feel It In Your Heart - Abandon
9/13/2012 - Gabriel Wilson Debuts The McGuire Side September 18th
September 18th - the release day for Gabriel Wilson to share his "McGuire" side - is almost here. After more than a decade of channeling his talents into a variety of eclectic musical pursuits, Wilson – a producer, songwriter, touring artist and worship leader - is debuting his raw solo effort, aptly titled The McGuire Side. While he has successfully managed the spirit of joining rock and roll with Scripture these past ten years, Wilson has never been as personal, vulnerable and transparent as he is with this record .
The songs found on this new project come from a painful, confusing yet ultimately redemptive time in Wilson’s personal life. He shares, “As these songs started to come together, I knew this was going to be a completely different, and somewhat unnerving, project for me.”
Wilson crafted one of the more popular mainstream club bands in the Pacific Northwest before an African mission trip changed his life. Helming The Rock & Roll Worship Circus, a multi-Dove Award-nominated, glam and spiritually-focused rock experience with songs designed for congregational worship inspired by The Rolling Stones, Big Star, Cheap Trick and The Who, The Worship Circus then evolved into his more ambient band, The Listening. During his career, Wilson has sold out clubs, headlined European festivals, toured with Delirious, and even became a staff worship pastor at a 3,000 member church in Folsom, California.
Enter The McGuire Side. Wilson was born Gabriel Solomon McGuire to young parents who divorced when he was just a toddler. Not seeing much of his birth father while growing up, Wilson recalls, “My mom remarried a wonderful man and I took his name. He has been a fantastic dad and a close friend to me, but there was always a part of my life that was a question mark. There was an entire side of my identity I had never really embraced and experienced.”
As a young adult he found out that through his biological father, Wilson was kin to some of the most influential and celebrated artists and songwriters in Gospel music history. His grandfather was a traveling minister, singer and songwriter who has had several Southern Gospel groups cover his songs, and Wilson’s Uncle Donny and his wife Reba, along with Reba’s parents Buck and Dottie Rambo, were Grammy Award winning Southern Gospel legends. “Here I was, this rock and roll kid up in Oregon with no idea at all where all of this music in me had come from,” he explains.
Two years ago at the largely-attended funeral for his biological grandfather, Wilson heard about his grandfather’s life story, and even more so, learned about his own. “Even though I had never known the McGuire side of my family, I had been giving my entire life to the same things all of the McGuire's had: ministry and music. It all started making sense. For the first time in my life, I was proud to have been born a McGuire.”
Wilson crafted The McGuire Side with all of his feelings of missed opportunities and abandonment, of hope and belonging into his own family tree. “I started to see this story emerging,” he adds. “It was like a tapestry, with pieces from me, my dad and my grandfather. It was all about redemption, reconciliation, and embracing a lost family heritage.”
The McGuire Side encompasses a unique country, blues, rock and gospel hybrid style, joined by its analog vibe, acoustic guitars, old tube amps, strings, drums, vintage organs, piano and raw vocals. In many ways, the project is something that could have been in his father’s and grandfather’s record collections from years ago, yet also feels right at home to stations playing music from The Decemeberists or Ryan Adams.
Unlike many introspective concept albums, the personal nature of Wilson’s songs on this collection is nearly universal in its tone and spirit. “I know I’m not the only one out there from a broken family,” Wilson concludes. “We all can identify with these feelings in one way or another. But I really wanted to explore this in a different way than I have heard before. Instead of focusing on the pain I really took it to a joyful, hopeful and healing place. I hope and pray this record will inspire reconciliation--fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and beyond. And I hope that anyone dealing with feelings of loss or abandonment will hear that good old fashioned Gospel message here; God is real, His love is perfect and when we find our identity and peace in Him we can then extend grace and mercy to those around us – even as they extend the same to us.”
Gabriel Wilson is releasing The McGuire Side independently and will be performing limited live appearances this summer and fall in support of its release. A limited run of deluxe 12” vinyl with extensive liner notes will also be available. He continues to work as a producer, an engineer, a songwriter and worship leader, and currently resides in Redding, California with his wife and three daughters.
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