Jars of Clay Live in My Living Room, Take 2

Here’s my complete summary of tonight’s Jars of Clay live streaming event on StageIt.Com:

In a word, it was awesome!

However, I think I’ve found the downside to live streaming events and surprisingly enough, it isn’t the technology.  It’s children.

Just a few bars into my very favorite Jars of Clay song, Revolution, my 6 year old son threw up all over the couch.

I would say that’s a pretty big downside.

Anywho, the first live streaming concert was held on March 18th, and apparently it went so well they decided to add two more dates to the line-up.  (If you’d like to read my review of the first concert, including the set list, click here.)  It would be tough to decided which was better, the first concert or the second one…but if I had to pick, I’d say tonight’s was better solely because of the set list (Revolution! My favorite!)  Speaking of the set list, here it is:

Trouble Is


Revolution (!!!!)

Scenic Route

Jealous Kind

Boys (Lesson One)

Portrait of An Apology

Fade to Grey


Coffee Song

If you know anything at all about Jars of Clay, you know that this is the epitome of set lists.  Definitely some of the most beautiful songs around, with just a couple notable exceptions (Hymn, Art in Me).  You can check out a playlist I made of the complete set list from tonight’s show below on Spotify:

The 3rd (and final? Maybe? I don’t know for sure.) installment of the Jars of Clay live streaming series is set to take place on June 11th at 7 pm EST. Head over to StageIt.com now for tickets (I already did!) Let me tell you, $5 a ticket to see Jars of Clay in any format is a steal.  Plus, you can wear your flannel footie pajamas, enjoy free concessions from your very own kitchen (I sipped some freshly brewed cinnamon tea in case you were wondering), and wear your hair in a ponytail and no one will care.

The next show should be really interesting, as the guys are going to play all covers that are suggested by the fans. I believe there is a way you can send in your suggestion for a Jars of Clay cover song, but at this point I’m not exactly sure how that works. If I find out, I’ll be sure to let you know (that is, after I send in my suggestion for ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen. I don’t particularly care for that song, but if anyone can make me like it, I’m sure Jars of Clay can!)


And now, back to spraying my couch within an inch of its life with Lysol Disinfecting Spray.



Tuesday’s Tunes…Citizen Way, Martin Smith and Matt Maher!

Every Tuesday I think, “Well, nothing’s ever going to top this weeks’ releases.”

Every week, I’m wrong.

This week is even worse (read: better) than usual as there are no less than 3 fantastic new releases in the world of Christian music available on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify/wherever music is sold.  Here’s the rundown, in no particular order:

Citizen Way

Fun fact:  I’ve actually seen all three new release artists perform in concert at one time or another.  Citizen Way is the group I’ve seen most recently.  I saw them when they were in Fort Wayne with Big Daddy Weave on the Redeemed tour back in March.  (I even have a picture with of me with Ben Calhoun, the lead singer, but I’m never posting it on the internet.  It’s hidden away, along with my picture of Chris August, because I was having a horrendous hair day.  Perhaps the worst hair day ever.  Needless to say, I don’t want photographic evidence of my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad hair day floating around on the world wide web forever!)

Anyway, enough about me and my hair.  I loved Citizen Way’s portion of the Redeemed tour, and after chatting with them a bit afterwards came to the conclusion that they are very nice guys, indeed.  You should definitely check out their latest project, “Love is the Evidence!”

Martin Smith

First of all, I have to admit that back in the day I was a maniacal Delirious? fan.  I used to drive my family and friends nuts listening to King of Fools and I will never, ever forget being second row center stage in 2001 at the One Wild Night tour featuring Delirious, Matchbox Twenty, and Bon Jovi.  That may sound like a weird combination, but it was totally and completely   A-W-E-S-O-M-E !  Truly, a happy happy memory.

So, when earlier this year I found out that Martin Smith was releasing his first ever full length solo project, I was pretty hyped.  I immediately loved the first few pre-releases of his current project, ‘God’s Great Dance Floor–Step 01’, that I was treated to.  Let’s just say that I’ve listened to Smith’s entire project today several (and by several I mean at least 25) times today.  I   L-O-V-E-D  it, and I’m not alone…more critical critics than I have said the project is “the album of the year”, and I’m thinking that’s probably not an exaggeration.  Check it out below on Spotify, and then head over to iTunes to purchase yourself a copy!



Matt Maher

Last but not least is the newest project by Matt Maher called ‘All The People Said Amen’.  Hands down, his project has the best cover art and the songs contained within are nothing to turn your nose up at.  I already adore the first single off of ‘All the People Said Amen’, the song ‘Lord I Need You’.  In many ways, it’s kind of the perfect song.  I love it!  The whole album is really fantastic, and I especially enjoyed the live tracks that were recorded just up the road from me a ways at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  Check out a sampling of ‘All The People Said Amen’, then grab yourself a copy for the road on iTunes!

Help Rapture Ruckus Fund the Video for ‘In Crowd’!

My favorite Christian group from New Zealand, Rapture Ruckus, has a neat opportunity for their fans and supporters to help fund a video for their latest project, In Crowd.  Check out all the details in the e-mail I received earlier today below:

“To all our Ruckus family,

We have just launched our very first fan funded project.  We’re going to partner with you guys to make an amazing music video for our new song IN CROWD.

It’s been incredible seeing the response to this song.  All the #NeverGonnaBeInTheInCrowd photos you’ve been posting on our Facebook & Twitter and the messages you have sent us – so cool.  If you haven’t seen it already go to http://facebook.com/raptureruckus and scroll down the page to see all the photos.

We’ve been so inspired and would love to make the best, most impacting music video we’ve ever released.

We believe more than ever that the world needs to hear this message.  IN CROWD is all about standing up for the outcasts, the bullied, anyone who has ever felt like they don’t fit in.  And it’s about celebrating the different… and occasionally humorous… things that make us unique.

So we need YOU!  We need you guys to help us raise $15,000.  It’s not a huge budget in the world of making music videos but we have found a really supportive film production company in LA to help make it happen.   

There are a bunch of “perks” for everyone that contributes… try your hand as Band Stylist; or bring a Ruckus House Party to your place; or get some friends together and encourage one of your mates by giving them a day On Tour with us!

Here is the IN CROWD video project page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rapture-ruckus-in-crowd-music-video 

Much love and respect,

Brad & the Ruckus crew”

Here’s a short little video of Brad from Rapture Ruckus talking about the In Crowd project:

Okay, its me (Beth) again…I’ve been a fan of the ‘In Crowd’ song/movement since day 1, and I’m happy to share this info with y’all in hopes that you’ll consider getting behind this much needed project.  I put my wallet where my mouth is, too…and made a donation to get the party started!  I’ve seen Rapture Ruckus twice in concert and they put on a great, high energy show…one of my favorites (just watch out for the Super Soaker!)  I haven’t seen ‘In Crowd’ in person yet–hopefully soon!

Check out an official Rapture Ruckus lyric video below:

PS $15,000 is cheap for a music video!

Yay for The City Harmonic! 2013 Juno Award Winners

One of my favorites of favorites just won their first ever Juno Award!  Big congratulations are in order for The City Harmonic!  I’ve been blessed to see these guys in concert (and meet them!) and I couldn’t be happier for them on this well-deserved accolade.  I’m so looking forward to catching them in concert in May and then again in (I believe) early August.  You can read all about it below (and keep scrolling, as I’ll post a YouTube video at the bottom of the post for your enjoyment!)


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From Press Release:



The City Harmonic “I Have A Dream” Spring Headline Tour Features

 The Digital Age, Remedy Drive, 33 Miles, Eric Brandon

Band’s YouTube Channel Gathers Nearly 2.5 Million Views

Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, adds to its list of accolades with its widely acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), garnering the band its first JUNO Award from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for “Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.”  The 42nd Annual JUNO Awards, hosted by Michael Bublé, aired on Canada’s most watched television network, CTV, Sunday, April 21.

Continuing to resonate en masse as listeners instinctively join the chorus while the band’s music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again, The City Harmonic is currently in the middle of its spring “I Have A Dream” headline tour.  Not as interested in finding fans as they are looking for participants in the journey, the tour is billed as an immersive worship experience.  With full production alongside the band’s already engaging live performances, the tour also includes special guest artists The Digital Age, Remedy Drive, 33 Miles and Eric Brandon.  The upcoming tour dates include:

April 25th                                     St. Louis, MO

April 26th                                     Lake Zurich, IL

April 28th                                     Cokato, MN

May 3rd                                       Pikeville, KY

May 4th                                       Lexington, NC

May 5th                                       Greenville, SC

May 10th                                     Overland Park, KS

May 11th                                     Tyler, TX

May 12th                                      Waco, TX

May 18th                                      Southfield, MI

The City Harmonic’s JUNO Award follows a Gospel Music Association (GMA) New Artist of the Year Dove Award nomination, the band’s fourth GMA Canada Covenant Award received last fall and over 2,450,000 YouTube channel views.  I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), labeled “fabulous,” “infectious,” “exciting,” “spectacular,” “worshipful,” “captivating,” “creative,” “brilliant” and more by the critics, also sparked the hit singles and videos, “Manifesto,” “Mountaintop,” “Holy (Wedding Day)” and the award winning title track. The band’s “Manifesto” has sold well over 100,000 copies, marking the only song from a new artist in 2011 to break into the top 10 of the SoundScan Top Current digital singles sales chart.


The City Harmonic, who wrapped a 65-city tour with Newsboys last spring, made appearances on main stages across the US in front of tens of thousands during the 2012 summer festival season, and led its first headline US tour last fall, are about “getting people in on the act—hearts pounding and feet moving.” Forming a little over two years ago, the band went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, headlining tours across North America and gathering numerous awards along the way. 

Allan Scott to Release ‘God in Me’

Here’s a little preview of great things to come: I recently had the opportunity to listen to a preview of Allan Scott’s forthcoming single, “God in Me”, and I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited for all of you to hear a new song than this one. I was utterly blessed to my core by this song yesterday, and I suspect people are going to respond to both this song and Allan Scott’s story in a really big way. For full details, check out the Press Release below (and mark your calendars for the iTunes release date! May 4th!)

From Press Release…


Drug Addict, Dropout, Thief Turned Singer, Songwriter, Worship Leader –
Scott Declares Prayer Of His Life In New Song Hitting Radio May 27

Scott Takes Hopeful, Restoring Message on Radio Tour with
Jason Crabb Beginning May 26

Former drug addict, dropout, thief and loser Allan Scott found hope in his jail cell, calling on God to heal the broken pieces of his life. Twelve years later, this redeemed singer, songwriter and worship leader shares his experience in song, declaring the prayer of his life in the redemptive, hopeful “God In Me” single releasing May 4 at iTunes® and other digital retail outlets.


Produced by hit maker Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Nichole Nordeman), the compelling new anthem from Scott is meant to lift his struggling brothers and sisters; an encouragement to hold on in the midst of troubling circumstances. Having known the pain of multiple divorces, substance abuse, homelessness and loss of personal freedom through incarceration, Scott found that the goodness of God can restore all from hopelessness.  


“He can and will do exceedingly above all we can ask, think or imagine,” shares Scott.  “He picked me out of the gutter and gave me a new life. It was because of His goodness and His faithfulness!  My situation seemed impossible. In my own life I have learned that God is faithful and completely able to save and restore those who come to Him! This is a powerful message for the ones who have walked away from God or for those who have never known Him. Come to Him. He is faithful. 2 Tim 2:13 states, ‘if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.’  He is certainly able to save you and redeem the pieces of your broken life.”


When I was lost / In the ocean of my sin

You were faithful to me then / Now I am found

Favored and made clean / You will not fail in me

(From “God In Me”)


Based in State College, PA and taking his life story and music to churches, colleges, youth groups, festivals, conferences and retreats throughout the Northeast and beyond since 2003, Scott will embark on a six-day, 20-station promotional radio tour beginning May 26.  The tour, which also features Jason Crabb, starts on the Florida coast and works its way across the gulf to Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. With an add date of May 27 for “God In Me,” radio programmers are already sharing their enthusiasm for the new song. 


“This song was a true blessing to me, and I’m sure it will be to the RevFM listeners, too!” says Erik Lane, WRXV 90.5 RevFM (State College, PA).

The new single follows Scott’s 2012 Blameless and Free EP that was written by Allan Scott, co-written and produced by award winning music producer/songwriter Scott Davis (Kutless, Rush of Fools), and mixed by Allen Salmon (Building 429, Starfield).  Characterized by lyrical depth, the project resounds with the message of God’s redemption and grace.  In support of the recording, Scott went on a 15-city radio tour with Paul Baloche and Travis Ryan, as well as shared the stage with artists like Big Daddy Weave, Anthem Lights and Abandon. In October 2012 he also led a campus wide worship event at Andrew Wommack Ministries International/Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO.


For all the latest Allan Scott news, including tour dates and his recent mission trip to Myanmar (Burma), etc., go to www.allanscottmusic.com.  Scott also shares his amazing testimony during a CBN The 700 Club interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYAGU7yGBvg.


https://www.facebook.com/allanscottmusic   @AllanScottMusic     http://www.youtube.com/allanscottmusic

The Afters Release New Album, Life is Beautiful

The Afters released their latest project, ‘Life is Beautiful’ today, and let me tell you…it is a beautiful thing! This is my favorite project by The Afters to date, and I can’t recommend it enough. You can preview it below on Spotify, then go grab yourself a copy on iTunes, Amazon, or at your local Christian bookstore. You’ll be glad you did!

(Side note: if you get a chance to go check out The Afters who are currently on tour with Francesca Battistelli, go do it! They put on a great show. In fact, I think it may be the one and only time I’ve ever seen anyone take a running leap off a piano during a live performance. It was awesome, perhaps the highlight of last summer at the Foellinger Outdoor Ampitheatre in good ole’ Fort Wayne, Indiana! Of course, it didn’t hurt that for King & Country was also there that night and everything was completely free. Plus, the concert venue also had free pony rides.   Who doesn’t love free pony rides?  All in all, an awesome night!)

Breaking Everfound News!

I know I’ve said this at least a half a dozen times before, but I think it bears repeating:

One of the new music groups just hitting the scene that I am most excited about is the band Everfound.

I saw them when they opened for Matthew West’s Into the Light Tour last fall, and after seeing them play my knee jerk reaction was, “Well, Matthew West can pack it up and head for home.  I would be content to just watch Everfound play the rest of the night.”

They were seriously that good.  (No offense, Matthew West.  You ended up earning your ticket price, but that’s neither here nor there.   There will be no hijacking of this blog about Everfound today!)

I’ve been toting around my autographed Everfound EP in my camera case/media bag ever since, and as I dig thru my bag while out on assignment I make a point of showing the EP to everyone I meet.  I think I paid maybe $5 (if that) for it, but it was well worth it.  Can’t wait to hear what they come up with next on July 16th!

From Press Release…



Lead Single, “Never Beyond Repair,” Available for Purchase Now at Digital Retailers


Nashville, TN – (April 16, 2013) – Everfound, a band comprised of four Russian-born brothers, is set to release their self-titled Word Entertainment debut album July 16. The album’s lead single and Top 20 hit, “Never Beyond Repair,” is available for purchase now at all digital retailers (iTunes link: http://smarturl.it/everfound). Starting on April 30, the band will ask fans to vote at everfoundmusic.com to unlock a new full song stream each week leading into the album release. In addition, their song “What Love Means” is featured on Word Entertainment’s musical companion to the History Channel’s mini-series “The Bible.” The band also played at a massive kick-off event for the mini-series with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in partnership with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church to which Warren declared via Twitter, “Mark my word: This band is going to be HUGE!”


“Everfound is the real deal. They are classically trained instrumentalists, gifted songwriters and passionate and driven artists on a mission,” said Word Entertainment President & CEO Rod Riley. “From the very first time we saw them perform, we were blown away with their engaging live show and ability to connect with their fans.”


Everfound, co-produced by Seth Mosley (Francesca Battistelli, for KING & COUNTRY Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline) and Pete Kipley (Phil Wickham, Matthew West, MercyMe), features 12 tracks all written or co-written by the band. The brothers, who began at an early age playing classical piano, have since used that influence throughout the album with Nikita on lead vocals and keys, Ruslan on guitar and keys, Yan on drums and Illarion on bass. “This album has been more than two years in the making and we are very proud of it and excited to see how the songs will connect with our fans!” said lead singer Nikita. “We wrote over 75 songs for this release and each of the songs that made the record are deeply personal and hand-selected favorites.”


Everfound track listing:

  1. Pyatigorsk
  2. Go
  3. Unless
  4. Never Beyond Repair
  5. Count the Stars
  6. God of the Impossible
  7. Hallelujah
  8. Somewhere New
  9. Hurt

10. Lubit Lish Hristos Bezmerna

11. Torch

12. Take This City

13. We are Alive

14. What Love Means


The band recently wrapped up touring with the Dare 2 Share youth conference and spent last fall opening for Matthew West on his “Into the Light Tour.” They can be seen this summer throughout the country at various festivals:


June 20:        ALIVE – Mineral City, OH

June 28:        Creation East – Shirleysburg, PA

June 20:        Harmony By The Bay – Menominee, MI

July 11-12:    Lifefest – Oshkosh, WI

July 18:          Sonshine Festival – Willmar, MN

August 3:       Spirit West Coast – Salinas, CA

August 4-5:   Kingdombound – Darien Center, NY

August 7:       Unity Fest – Muskegon, MI

August 10:     Creation West – Enumclaw, WA


For a complete listing of upcoming dates and further information on the band, please visit www.everfoundmusic.com.

Exclusive Free Download of Jason Castro’s ‘Rise to You’ Video on iTunes!

If you love Jason Castro’s latest project, Only a Mountain, raise your hand.

If you love Jason Castro’s latest single off Only a Mountain, called Rise to You, raise your other hand.

Now, if both of your hands are up in the air you should know that this is your lucky day.  (You can put your hands down now!)   Adjust your posture and assume the proper position for touch typing, because after reading the press release below, I have a feeling you’ll be surfing over to iTunes to download a free copy of Jason Castro’s music video for Rise to You, which is premiering today only on iTunes.

Yes, you read that correctly.  iTunes.  Free Download.  Jason Castro.  On video.

What are you waiting for?



From Press Release…





Nashville, TN – (April 16, 2013) – Singer-songwriter Jason Castro will premiere the music video for his current single, “Rise To You,” exclusively as a free download on iTunes today through April 22. The single is the second from his Word Entertainment debut album, Only A Mountain, which was released this past January to wonderful reviews with NewReleaseTuesday.com giving it 5/5 star rating and Breathecast.com calling the album “a much needed disc today in the church.” In addition to the free video download, the Only A Mountain (Deluxe) version which includes three bonus tracks, will be available at a discounted rate of $7.99.


Fans can catch Castro out on the road with Sidewalk Prophets this spring. In June, he will be touring the country with Ryan Cabrera and Deleasa. For further information and a complete listing of tour dates, please visit www.jasoncastro.com.


Internationally-renowned recording artist and “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro has topped radio charts in multiple countries, including: Norway, Singapore and The Philippines. His self-titled debut album entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 18. Throughout his career, Jason has appeared on television shows such as “TODAY,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “The Bachelor” and has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, USA Today and The New York Times. Castro just released his Word Entertainment debut album, Only A Mountain, January 15, 2013.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jasoncastro
YouTube: www.youtube.com/jasoncastroonline

Sidewalk Prophets Release Acoustic Video for “Help Me Find It”

True story:  my friend Jill said to me just the other day, “If I had a dollar for every time you wrote about something you ‘love’ on either of your blogs, I’d have approximately a million dollars.”

I beg to differ; by my calculations, she would actually have about $368.

I will admit, I get the reasoning behind Jill’s gross overgeneralization, I really do.  I tend to go a little overboard at times raving about stuff I like.  A case in point might be that I’ve written a time or ten about how much I like the Sidewalk Prophets.  (If Jill had a dollar for every time I’ve written about the Sidewalk Prophets, she’d have at least $10 based upon a quick check of my blog’s search engine.)

So, with this in mind and to appease (maybe) my friend Jill, I’m going to post the acoustic video for the Sidewalk Prophet’s latest single, ‘Help Me Find It’ without saying a whole lot about whether I like it or not.

(Okay, so maybe I can’t help myself.  I do like the song, but I have unresolved issues with it.  If you would like a glimpse inside the mind of Beth, keep reading, otherwise just come back tomorrow).

What I will say is, for some reason I feel compelled to whip out a pencil and diagram the sentence ‘Help Me Find It’ every time I type  ‘it’ out.

Why, you might be thinking to your self?

Well, I have narrowed this compulsion down to the fact that the sentence ends in ‘it’.

Is that even allowed in proper English (you know, ending a sentence with ‘it’)?

What the heck is ‘it’ referring to, anyway?  Since ‘it’ is a pronoun, shouldn’t there be a noun in the sentence somewhere?  I mean, really?

I blame my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Brittan, for my grammar/spelling hang-ups, may he rest in peace.  Generally a day doesn’t go by that I don’t feel like I am back in 9th grade English class again listening to him harp at my class about not using “be” verbs in our written papers, and Lord help you if you ended a sentence in a preposition.  Mr. Brittain was cantankerous and gruff and a stickler for the rules of the English language, but if you earned an A in his class you could easily earn an A in any English class anywhere, ever (including college).

I’m not sure I specifically remember much else from high school, but everything I learned in Mr. Brittain’s class is still at the forefront of my mind.

I may have earned my A in Mr. Brittain’s class, but at this point I’m thinking I may need some kind of support group to help me  get over my proclivities towards diagraming sentences and reading the updated and revised 3rd edition of the Grammar Handbook.

Anyway, in spite of my aversion to the aforementioned song’s title, I like it (whatever it may be).  I think you’ll like it, too, as does my friend Jill, even though she won’t admit it.  (I’m suddenly  feeling compelled to use the word ‘it’ a lot and  to write all of my sentences so they end with ‘it’.  It may be time to stick a fork in it and call it a good night, don’t you think?)

Yeah, it sure is.  (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)




In completely unrelated news (well, maybe not completely unrelated news), I had the chance to interview the Sidewalk Prophet’s lead singer Dave Frey last week about the band’s upcoming visit to my adoptive hometown this June.  One of the things we talked about is the ‘cloud of witnesses’ that’s mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 and how they have touched our lives.

Mr. Brittain was definitely one of the witnesses in my life during my turbulent teen years (okay, so they really weren’t all that turbulent but it is a way more interesting description). 

I know without a doubt that my life was changed forever for the better by being one of Mr. Brittain’s students.

I’m not an overly sentimental person and I don’t keep a lot of stuff unless it is really super special to me.  One of the things I’ve kept over the years is a term paper I wrote about the book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ during my freshman year in his class.  That big red A and the few simple words he wrote at the bottom of the page made me think that if Mr. Brittain thought I had a gift for writing, maybe I did have a gift for writing.

That was one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given.

Thanks, Mr. Brittain.



Mr. Brittain,

one of the teachers that most influenced my life

(and we aren’t just talking about my neuroses!)

He would no doubt disapprove of this blog in its entirety 🙂

To read more about Mr. Brittain’s life, click here:  http://tinyurl.com/bw44ghr

MIKESCHAIR debuts new lyric video for ‘All I Can Do (Thank You)’

The fun bunch known as MIKESCHAIR has a great new song out, and along with it, a brand spanking new lyric video for the song ‘All I Can Do (Thank You)’. It has that great MIKESCHAIR sound about it, while managing to somehow avoid sounding like any of the previous MIKESCHAIR songs. I don’t know how they do that, but I do know that I like this song a lot! I bet you will, too….so enjoy! (And, may I add, if you get the chance go check them out on the Redeemed Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Citizen Way in the near future…by all means, go! I saw MIKESCHAIR back in November and LOVED them, and I saw the Redeemed Tour minus MIKESCHAIR plus Chris August a few weeks ago and I LOVED it, too. Definitely a must see!)

God’s Great Dance Floor Update

Here is some breaking information on a new project that I’m really, really excited about from Martin Smith called “God’s Great Dance Floor.”

Check out all the information below, and pay special attention to all the freebies you can snag by either pre-ordering the project on iTunes or in person at Lifeway prior to the release date!  (Just in case you are like me and can’t wait to have this project on April 23rd, keep scrolling after the press release for a little YouTube taste of what’s to come.  If you liked Delirious? back in its heyday like I did, you will love this!!)

From Press Release——————————————————————————————


iTunes® Preorder Includes Four Bonus Tracks, Instant Download of Radio Single;
 LifeWay Offers Exclusive EP with Preorder

“Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor)” Gaining Traction At Radio Nationally

Five-Star Rated Album Available April 23 Marks Musical Rebirth For Former Delirious? Frontman

The first full-length solo debut from Martin Smith, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, is set to release April 23 amidst five-star acclaim. Leading up to the release of the album, iTunes® and LifeWay Christian Stores are both offering significant, exclusive pre-buy offers for this collection of personal revival songs from the former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter.

Born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers, Martin’s God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 can be purchased now at iTunes. With a compelling pre-sell feature on the site, the digital provider is offering those who pre-buy the album four exclusive bonus tracks plus an instant download of the single, “Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor).” The bonus tracks include an acoustic version of the new Martin Smith / Chris Tomlin penned song “Waiting Here for You,” an acoustic version of the classic Delirious? hit “Obsession,” another classic Delirious? song “Jesus Blood,” and “Fill My Cup,” which was featured on the Martin Smith-driven, multi-artist charity CD/DVD CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty.

When the album is bought at LifeWay Christian Stores prior to the April 23 street date, buyers will receive a free exclusive EP (in stores only) that features new acoustic versions of the classic Delirious? songs “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” and “History Maker.” They will also receive the new radio hit, “Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” which is already gaining spins at KTIS (Minneapolis/St. Paul), WJQK (Grand Rapids, MI), WBSN (New Orleans), WQME (Indianapolis), WCLN (Fayetteville, NC) and more stations nationally.

“When you listen to Martin Smith’s ‘Back to the Start,’ it’s like being a kid…and finding a surprise at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box,” says Keith Stevens, KTIS program director. “The surprise being that worship turns into a party. After a long winter, I think the Twin Cities are ready to dance.”

“Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” co-written by Martin and 2013 GRAMMY winner Jonas Myrin (“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”), sets the tone for the record, building from a hard reality to a full-on pop dance celebration, complete with brass horns. “It’s a prodigal song about finding my way back to everything that matters most; finding God in it all again,” Martin says. His very personal story is beautifully portrayed in the song’s new concept video featuring Martin’s teenage daughter, Elle, in the lead role. Premiering on RELEVANT Magazine as their “Video of the Day,” adding soon to GMC TV and being seen now on dozens of outlets internationally, every nuance of the video is intentional as it unfolds Martin’s story.

A welcoming invitation to prodigals and faithful alike, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 (and Step 02, slated to release October 2013) is a reminder that God’s grace is for everyone. From the opening strains of “Awake My Soul,” longtime Delirious? fans will hear the clarion call of Martin’s voice, strong as ever, declaring a resurrection of his soul.

As music fans are sharing 5-star reviews on iTunes, the critics have been agreeing that this is one album not to miss. With upcoming coverage in Charisma, Worship Leader and more, the current CCM Magazine Martin Smith feature says God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 “marries the spiritual maturation that comes forth in the lyrics within a wonderfully harmonious intersect.” In its five-star review, LouderThanTheMusic.com says, “Martin has managed to capture some of the creative spark that set Delirious? apart from other bands, whilst still setting a new direction on his journey of reflection and rediscovery.” Surrender Magazine calls the songs “fun and powerful” as Alpha Omega News’ reviewer beckons, “I need someone who has something to say; something that touches my heart, my soul, my very being…Welcome back Martin Smith. A great record and a great return – this is one of my choices for record of the year.”

With many of the songs written in collaboration with young worship leaders and novice musicians at his church, St. Peter’s – a Holy Trinity Brompton church plant, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is a joyful labor of love for this seasoned songwriter/worship leader. In addition to the radio and video single, the album features the modern rock anthem “Fire Never Sleeps,” which opens the recent, critically acclaimed Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live From New York album, the contemplative ballad, “Catch Every Teardrop,” which was inspired by Psalm 52 and the near fatal car crash that almost claimed Martin’s life – a pivotal event that led to the formation of Delirious? back in 1997, and “You Carry Me,” a song of comfort for a friend whose husband recently died. Martin also co-wrote four songs with Chris Tomlin, including “Waiting Here For You” with its message of the fragility of our humanity and how waiting is perhaps the most difficult act of worship.

When Martin and his band Delirious? emerged in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a generation of UK youth with its passionate call for revival, most agree that the modern worship movement officially began. The hope of that movement and the music that came out of it—“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Shout To The North” and a string of other modern worship standards—has irrevocably changed the landscape of Christian music in the U.S. and around the world. Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’s King of Fools, the band became ‘history makers’ themselves.

Still making relevant music, Martin’s God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 springs from a man refreshed, revived and reconnected with Jesus and with his Church. Excited to play a lead role in the ongoing call to worship, he is a passionate model for young worship leaders of today.

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Be sure to check out the bow tie in the video!  I LOVE it! 🙂


A Glaring Omission…Silverline has a new album out!

An inadvertent theme this week on Spin: The Blog seems to be me copping to various errors of omission.

I should have made my You Pick 2 Tuesday’s new release blog a Trifecta of Tunes Tuesday, because somehow I managed to miss the fact that one of the bands that I really, really like a whole heck of a lot released a new project on Tuesday.  Perhaps I missed it because while this band has experienced both critical acclaim and deep devotion from their fans, even garnering a pair of #1 songs (Broken Glass and Shine a Light), they tend to roll a little more low-key than the rest of the crowd.

Truth be told, I kind of like that about Silverline.

Another thing I like about Silverline:  their newest 10 track project, Lights Out.

This morning when I realized Lights Out was out on iTunes, I experienced something similar to how I felt as a 7-year-old kid who just found a totally awesome present my Mom had inadvertently misplaced in a closet a few weeks after Christmas.

That lost but eventually found Christmas present of old is a pretty accurate metaphor for how I feel after listening to ‘Lights Out’ several times this morning–happy and hopeful.  Finding ‘Lights Out’ was totally unexpected, but you know what?  It was exactly what I needed.

Each track on the album is completely serendipitous, a little gift in its own right to the listener all wrapped up the beautiful vocal bows and tight instrumentation.  You should definitely check it out!  For a little preview, you can listen below on Spotify: