Scott Stapp (former Creed frontman) to Release New Album

Okay, it’s time for some complete honesty from me.

I used to love watching those VH-1 Behind the Music specials on, well, VH-1.  One of my favorite episodes of all time was the one about Scott Stapp and Creed.  For sure, it was one of the more compelling episodes ever produced by VH-1.  I think I must have watched that episode at least 20 times.  Oh, and at the end of the episode when Stapp talks about the song ‘Arms Wide Open’ and brings his little boy out on stage and sings with him…oh, that always made me cry.  Epic television, for sure.

Which, in a roundabout way, brings me around to my point via VH-1.

Don’t you have to be dead to qualify for a Behind the Music special?

Perhaps this is why I thought the former frontman had passed on to the great choir of angels in the sky.

Or, perhaps worse (at least in my own mind), he had joined Nickelback or something (ha!)

So, I took it as really, really good news today when I received the news that not only is Mr. Stapp alive and well, he’s actually set to launch his second solo album, entitled Proof of Life,  this November.

 

For all the details on Stapp’s upcoming album, keep reading below!

Scott Stapp

NEW YORK, NY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2013) – Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp releases the deeply personal Proof of Life on Wind-up Records, November 5, 2013Proof of Life was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and is Stapp’s second solo album; his first was 2005’s certified platinum, The Great Divide.  On October 8, 2013 the reflective “Slow Suicide” will go to radio, be available digitally and several pre-order options will also be offered on Stapp’s website.

 

Proof of Life is Stapp’s first new material since the release of his 2012 uncensored memoir, Sinner’s Creed, in which Stapp shared his life story for the first time—from his fundamentalist upbringing, the rise of Creed, and his ongoing battle with addiction, the rediscovery of his faith and the launch of his solo career.  The gripping memoir is “proof” positive for Stapp that a higher power is always present, despite the colossal messes we sometimes make of our lives.  Proof of Life is an 11-track collection of songs that chronicles the extension of his journey.

 

“This is the most meaningful record of my career,” says Stapp. “I’ve made a lot of messes in my life, but I’ve learned I can take a mess and turn it into a message. This album chronicles my struggles, my journey and it’s the most honest record I have ever written.  The fans have always meant everything to me and over the years they’ve come to me and told me how through my music they’ve gotten through the worst of times, and that hit me.  With this album, it’s the first time that when I listened back to the tracks, it became a cathartic experience for me.” 

 

The new songs reflect the maturity and wisdom of an artist that has sold nearly 30 million albums with Creed, had three Grammy nominations and one win for Best Rock Song with “With Arms Wide Open,” and 11 #1 Singles with “My Own Prison,” “Torn,” “What’s This Life For,” “One,” “Higher,” “What If,” “Are You Ready,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “My Sacrifice,” “One Last Breath” and “Overcome.”  Creed put out six albums – My Own Prison (1997) 6x Platinum, Human Clay (1999) 11+ million (Diamond), Weathered (2001) 6x Platinum, Greatest Hits (2004) 2x Platinum and Full Circle (2009) Certified Gold.

 

Proof of Life Track Listing:

1. Slow Suicide                                              

2. Who I Am                                                              

3. Proof of Life                                                                      

4. New Day Coming                                                              

5. Only One                                                               

6. Break Out                                                              

7. Hit Me More                                                                      

8. Jesus Was A RockStar                                                                   

9. What Would Love Do                                                       

10. Crash                                                        

11. Dying To Live      

 

For more information on Scott Stapp and Proof of Life, go to Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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The Story Behind Fuze Music’s ‘By Your Blood’

Fuzed Worship Group Shot
Story By Christa Banister

In every Christ-follower’s journey of faith, there comes a point when he/she makes the important discovery about God’s sense of timing, namely that our heavenly Father’s wristwatch definitely has a tick-tock all its own.

But what often feels like lateness to oh-so-impatient mankind, however, is always right on schedule with God, a theme that runs particularly deep in the story of Fuzed Worship.
Co-founded by Daniel Meyer, CEO of U.S. Operations for Joyce Meyer Ministries, and Nate Edmonds, a worship leader and songwriter, Fuzed Worship includes a revolving lineup of like-minded musicians unified by a singular cause. Rather than simply playing music for music’s sake, they want to write songs like “Lost in You,” “Forever You Reign” and “My Heart Burns For You” that inspire a generation to not only serve Christ, but also demonstrate His love in tangible ways.

Emphasizing a life centered around worship where justice is upheld and compassion is lived out, these core beliefs are naturally what fuel the songs from the group’s stunning new album By Your Blood. Produced by Tedd T (Newsboys, Mutemath, Rebecca St. James) and featuring a bevy of talented musicians, the soundtrack itself may be diverse and full of intriguing textures, but the heart of the project is what Fuzed Worship has always been about.

“If the focus becomes more about building our momentary kingdom than uplifting the Kingdom of our heavenly father, we’ve completely missed the mark and settled for less than He intends,” Nate shares. “For us, it’s always been about taking the music and allowing it to breathe and encounter people on a daily level. We just create, stand back and watch God do what He wants.”

The Origins of an Unlikely Partnership

In what’s truly a testament to the mystery of God, Fuzed Worship began rather unexpectedly. Daniel Meyer had written lyrics about the injustice he’d seen while traveling around the world, while God was working in Nate Edmonds’ life in a completely different way. After stepping away from Joyce Meyer Ministries to pursue his own musical dreams, Nate felt the call of God not only nudging him back to the ministry, but also asking him to lay down his own desires by fasting from the very thing he loved so much—music.

One Sunday afternoon, Daniel asked Nate if it was possible to put what he’d written to music. Even though Daniel wasn’t a musician, he felt that song might be the right vehicle for expressing what he had experienced; an avenue for sharing what, in some ways, was too powerful for words alone. And sensing God’s blessing in this unlikely partnership, Nate was more than willing to give it a try.

As strange as it seemed at the time—a guy who didn’t have an outlet for expressing what was on his heart and the guy who hadn’t sung or touched an instrument in a year—Daniel and Nathan started making music. Later that night, the duo had already written their first song, “Revolving Love.” Inspired by a sweet five-year-old girl named Ababa who was suffering from malnutrition and countless others like her that Daniel has met along the way, it was a defining moment in Fuzed Worship’s journey.

Since then, Daniel and Nate have been joined by numerous others in their vision for Fuzed Worship as an organization and collective specifically created for God’s glory.

Looking Ahead

While it hadn’t been part of Daniel and Nate’s plan to connect Fuzed Worship with Joyce Meyer Ministries, it was a natural marriage that was “God’s plan all along” even if they never saw it coming.

“We made it a point to have no lofty goals at all. We simply wanted to write songs from our heart to God,” Nate says. “But when Joyce heard some of our rough demos, she felt God wanted to bring Fuzed Worship under their wings.”

Now with the release of their third project, By Your Blood, Fuzed Worship will continue to lead worship at several Joyce Meyer Ministry conferences, but will also share their songs of hope and renewal in Christ in other capacities as well.

“Every song on By Your Blood focuses on the very tenets of our faith and has a message about worship,” Nate concludes. “As we continue to focus on worshipping from the heart, we’re always seeking God for what He has in store. In the meantime, we’ll continue to create music to unite and inspire a generation to serve Christ and demonstrate His love.”

For more information on Fuzed Worship, go to http://www.fuzedworship.com. To buy their music, please visit http://www.joycemeyer.org/bookstore, iTunes and your favorite digital retail outlets.

Tricia Shines Through on Anticipated Solo Debut, Radiate

As a diehard Superchick fan, I’ve always loved the fantastically talented member of the group, Tricia.  I’ve been super excited about her upcoming solo project, and here are some new details on it!  Plus, be sure to check out the really cool lyric video for her single, Enough, which I L O V E !  In fact, I love this song so much I may make it my new theme song.  It’s awesome!

from Press Release:

Tricia (formerly of Superchick) shines through on anticipated solo debut Radiate, due out August 13th, 2013

Includes the lead single “Enough” at radio now

Nashville, Tenn. (June 20, 2013) — Multi-talented singer-songwriter and artist Tricia, of the GRAMMY-nominated group Superchick, shines through with her solo debut, Radiate available on August 13, 2013. The long-awaited project follows her recent three-song EP, Enough, which gave fans a preview into Tricia’s new music. Radiate includes the singer’s lead single “Enough,” which journeys through the reminder that God’s love is always enough. With high-energy elements and pop ballads, the 12 track release stands as a bold statement to Tricia’s natural progression into her career as a solo artist.

Radiate is a collaboration between Tricia and her producer-husband Nick Baumhardt (Stellar Kart), who also co-wrote many of the songs with Tricia that will appear on the project. Recording in their home studio, the couple created the sounds of a pure pop record with upbeat and electronic elements, similar to artists like Pink and Gwen Stefani. Radiate will also contain a special expanded 16-page booklet with a devotional specially written by Tricia. The booklet also contains a spread of fashion-chic images taken by photographer and Superchick co-founder, Max Hsu. A leading role model and a fashion inspiration to many, Tricia says, “True identity doesn’t come from what the world says but what God says about you. Fashion is all about confidence and that comes from the inside and works its way outward.”

The various stages of Tricia’s life have been chronicled through her music and are evident in the tracks on Radiate.

“This record and these songs are my thoughts and heart, the things that I feel are important for me to communicate,” says Tricia. “They were inspired by the different stages of my life experience. I hope that people will feel like they aren’t the only ones with struggles, fears, and insecurities, and that ultimately our circumstances in life don’t change that fact that God is always good.”

Track listing for Radiate:

1. Everything As Loss

2. Mirror Mirror

3. Enough

4. Radiate

5. Good To Be A Girl

6. Daughter of the King

7. Love Will Not Let Go

8. Different

9. Adding Up To A Miracle

10 Pity Party

11. Without You

12. What I Know

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Website: http://www.triciamusicofficial.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/superchicktrish

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/triciamusicofficial

Phil Joel Launches deliberateKids Kickstarter Campaign

These days, you just can’t escape the constant barrage of worldly messages that come at us from all sides during most of our waking hours.  From the TV to the internet to the newspaper, billions of dollars are spent every year crafting eye popping, shock and awe advertisements meant to draw our attention and pique our interest in buying some product we probably don’t even need anyway.  Even grocery carts and the sides of city buses compete for our attention, projecting provocative images and offensive content.

As a parent, how do you prepare your child to filter out the junk of this world that seems to be almost everywhere?  What can be done to guard the young hearts and protect the minds that have been entrusted to us from all the ugliness in the world?

Phil Joel, a former 14 year member of the Christian rock group the Newsboys and the founder of the deliberatePeople movement, has a simple but innovative idea to combat these very things.

DeliberateKids is a children’s music project that Joel, together with his wife Heather, originally created after becoming parents to their two children.  “There’s a lot of kids music out there,” said Joel with his trademark New Zealand accent, “but much of it is very, very old.  I wanted to create something rockin’, catchy, and super fun that would pour God’s truth into the hearts of kids everywhere.”

The original deliberateKids 1 & 2 were recorded and distributed thru a deal with a record label, and that deal officially came to end recently, said Joel in an interview at the WFRN Friend Fest on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013.  Now that the rights have been returned to the Joel family from the label, they are anxious to relaunch deliberateKids and “get this music back into the minivans and living rooms all over the country,” Joel said with a smile.

While Joel is passionate about getting the music back out to families, obtaining the financial backing for a grassroots project such as this one has proved rather challenging.  “A lot of people don’t realize that to do things the right way, it can get rather expensive to license your songs, pay out royalties, manufacture the CDs and so on,” said Joel,  “but it is important to us that we do this the right way.”

This is why the Joels have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $15,000 needed to manufacture the project.  Currently, the campaign is a little over 50% funded with 3 weeks remaining in the campaign.  Project backers can donate as little as $1 or more than $3,500 with incentives ranging from a 5 song digital download sampler of the CD to a visit from Phil Joel to your church on Sunday morning.

“Every day, we receive calls or e-mails from people who want to know where to buy deliberateKids,” said Joel.  “It’s rather frustrating to tell them they can’t buy it because it’s nowhere to be found at the moment.  This Kickstarter campaign can change that.”

Notable fans (and parents)  of deliberateKids include tobyMac, Jeremy and Adie Camp, Matthew and Emily West, Peter Furler, Jon and Sherry Rivers, Patsy Clairmont, and comedian Bob Smiley.  Of the deliberateKids CDs, Matthew West has said “Our children love the deliberateKids music! God has uniquely gifted Phil and Heather with the ability to write songs that are fun, entertaining, and filled with the hope and the joy that we find in God’s promises. We tell all of our friends about dKids because we know parents need to be armed with tools like this as a way of filling our children’s hearts with the positive message of the hope we have in Christ!”

Ultimately, Joel hopes to expand the deliberateKids family to include daily devotionals for middle schoolers, family tool books, VBS materials, Sunday School curriculum, music videos, and perhaps even a deliberateKids 3.

For more information about this project, visit www.PhilJoel.com or click here to visit the deliberateKids Kickstarter page.

 

 

 

In addition to his work with deliberateKids and deliberatePeople, Phil Joel is also a solo artist and his projects are available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. 

Great New Band Alert! Carrollton

What you are about to read is a true story.

Earlier this week, I was zipping along US Highway 930 East in scenic New Haven, Indiana on my way to interview a VIP for a local news story.

The weekend had been chaotic, Monday had not been much better, and I felt my IQ rapidly diminishing by the minute.  To de-stress, I decided to turn up the radio and relax to some music on one of my favorite local Christian radio stations.

About ten seconds into turning up the sound on my radio, I came to two realizations:

#1—I didn’t recognize the song playing but I liked it a lot and

#2—The vocalist sounded a lot like Darius Rucker circa his Hootie and the Blowfish days.

This was rather perplexing, because the last I knew, Darius Rucker was a country music singer and I didn’t recall getting any press releases or anything about him switching up genres lately.

Strange.

The more I listened to the song playing, the more I became convinced that Christian music was Darius Rucker’s forte.  He sounded better than ever.  I was seriously going to have to go and find out the details ASAP on this new single because it was awesome.

Then, my phone rang and I was temporarily distracted for a few moments.  When my attention returned the music at hand, I realized that another new song I didn’t recognize was playing on the radio.

In the history of music and radio stations, this has never, ever happened before.  Not ever.

This song, instead of sounding like Darius Rucker, sounded more like a vintage Jason Wade from Lifehouse with a folksy undertone.  I liked it a lot, but was deeply disturbed by the fact that there were two new songs in a row played on the radio that I didn’t know.

It’s kind of my job to know this stuff.

Then, in a vague recollection from the night before, I remembered popping a new CD in the player on my way home from the pool with my son Alex.  Sure enough, I wasn’t listening to the radio at all—I was listening to the album ‘This is Life’ by Carrollton (formerly known as Mosteller).

From that moment on, I’ve been hooked on ‘This is Life’.

The more I listened to ‘This is Life’, the more I heard undertones of other bands I love, like NeedtoBreathe and Snow Patrol, but presented in a way that is uniquely and unequivocally Carrollton.

If ‘This is Life’ according to Carrollton, sign me up for another CD ASAP because, as my favorite t-shirt says, Life is Good.

 

Last Friday, June 21st, 2013 at the WFRN Friend Fest in Nappanee, Indiana, I had an opportunity to meet the guys of Carrollton to find out a little bit more about the band, which consists of lead vocalist Justin Mosteller, Jeremy Menard on lead guitar and background vocals, Jordan Bailey on bass and background vocals, and Michael Loy on drums and background vocals.  The band hails from the Cincinnatti, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky area and derives its name from the halfway point between the two cities in Carrollton, Kentucky.  Carrollton previously performed under the name Mosteller, but recently decided to officially change the name to better reflect who they are as a band; according to the band’s official website, “Carrollton represents the road we have travelled and the restful feeling of being halfway home.  It signifies where we come from and how God has brought us to the place we are today.”

In April, Carrollton signed a record deal with Centricity Music, home of such acclaimed artists as Aaron Shust, Jason Gray, Remedy Drive, and Unspoken, and a management deal with Eaglemont Entertainment.  For Carrollton to be in the company of such high caliber talent as Shust, Gray, Remedy Drive, and Unspoken testifies to the talent the group is brimming with (just in case my word alone isn’t good enough 🙂 )

According to Justin Mosteller, the band is overjoyed to partner with Centricity in this new adventure for Carrollton.  “It’s really crazy.  A lot of pinch me moments,” said Mosteller on Friday.  “We aren’t in this for the fame and fortune, but we are in this to minister to people on a personal level.  We believe that Centricity can help us do just that.”

Drummer Michael Loy agrees.  “For us, it’s so much more than just being a band playing music.  We just hope that we are playing to people for a reason, even if it’s just ten people,” said Loy.  “We want to be able to minister, and we hope our music does that.”

This summer, Carrollton will be spending a lot of time on the road leading worship, and early in the fall they will open a hometown area show for the Sidewalk Prophets on September 8th, 2013 in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Undoubtedly, they will also spend some time pouring over the more than 40 songs they have co-written for their upcoming debut EP with Centricity.

“There’s a lot of songs we’re digging right now,” said Loy with a laugh.  “We aren’t sure what direction we’re going to go with the EP yet.”

Personally, I’m digging the songs on the original debut, ‘This is Life’ so much I’m toying with the idea of starting a petition to lobby Centricity to forego the Carrollton EP and move directly to a full length album.  Maybe even toss in a couple of bonus tracks, why not?  Whatever direction you’d call it, that is the direction I’d go!

 

You can check out what I’m talking about below on Spotify–

 

Plumb Works With Metro World Child Brooklyn

From Press Release:
Plumb to Help Shine a Light on Organization Helping the Needs of Inner-City Children
in the US, Romania, Kenya, South Africa, India and the Philippines.
Nashville, TN – Plumb has always been an advocate for children in need, especially in the inner city.  This week, she is traveling to Brooklyn to spend a weekend working first hand with Metro World Child, and beginning a long-term partnership with the organization.  Plumb will be raising awareness and sharing her experience with Metro World Child at www.plumbinfo.com/metroworldchild, adding more videos and content through the summer.
For the past 33 years, Metro World Child has served youth who are growing up in the roughest circumstances and environments around the globe.  Believing that transformation comes from the inside, the organization is purposefully designed to break destructive cycles and give children the hope they need to create a new path for their lives.  Through sound biblical principles that transcend cultures, denominations, race and generations, Metro World Child reaches nearly 100,000 inner-city children and their families in New York City and various urban centers around the world each week.
This weekend, Plumb will experience their work in New York City, where she will speak at the weekly staff meeting, visit children in their homes, help with several of the weekday “Sidewalk Sunday Schools” and share in their “Indoor Sunday School,” where over 4,000 children participate each weekend.
Metro World Child is unique in their ability for involvement.  A global, faith-based humanitarian organization, Metro operates in more than 220 sites in New York City alone with after school programs, Sunday School services, child sponsorship, special programs and personal home visits. Supporters are encouraged to have a ‘hands on’ experience, offering internships, ministry opportunities, volunteer opportunities and site visits.
Plumb will be active on social media this weekend, sharing her experience through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
About Metro World Child:
Metro World Child is a global, faith-based humanitarian organization dedicated to serving inner-city children throughout New York City and various urban centers around the world.  For more information, see http://www.metroworldchild.org/

The Symbol of My Journey by Carman

I know so many people who love Christian music artist Carman, and have loved his music and ministry for so, so long.  When I read this story today, it touched my heart and I felt compelled to share it.  Please read it, share it, and consider donating to Carman’s Kickstarter fund–we definitely would not want a man with a voice like Carman’s passing out on stage due to lack of oxygen!

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From Press Release:

The Symbol Of My Journey

By
Carman

My trainer asked me if I wanted to go to a local park and see a flight of stairs that professional UFC fighters train on. Of course I said, “Yes,” but I knew there was more to it. So when we arrived, this is what I saw (see image above). It looked like the road ahead of me. All uphill, intimidating and way over my head. So I tried to run up it and got about halfway before my lungs felt like they were going to burst.

 

You see with Multiple Myeloma Cancer, it deprives your bloodstream of vital oxygen and you lose your breath fairly quickly. The doctor said, “You can’t push beyond it because there’s nothing to push to until your blood gets healthier.”

 

So with everyone who has donated to the Kickstarter (http://bit.ly/CarmanKickstarter) program giving me an opportunity to record again, and with everything above the $200,000 mark going into the stage production, I’m now feeling very responsible to get healthy — so I can perform on tour and not pass out from lack of oxygen! 

 

These stairs now represent writing 10 new songs, taking two handfuls of daily meds, going into the studio for 2 months, cleaning my blood cells, building up my cardio, planning out a tour for the first time in 13 years, having enough stamina to complete these tasks, and not failing everyone by relapsing — never allowing failure as an option.

 

These stairs represent my life. Everyday I stop by them and I try to run up, but somewhere in the course of that run, I can be found bent over with my hands on my knees gasping to inhale oxygen.  It’s such a lofty goal, the desired results have been set so high and just looking at that climb makes me want to quit. That is, until I hear the encouragements of so many who are pushing me forward, giving me strength with their words and prayers. 

 

Just in the last few days on my Facebook page alone, Bob encourages, “…think of your song ‘The Champion,’ …The day you feel like you can’t go one step further is the same day breakthrough comes. Rise up mighty Champion! You were created for more!”  Linda says, “This is so what you do, and powerfully! Your love and commitment to Jesus is salt and light! Praying for you and over the new songs and inspiration that God is giving you!”  Kathy says, “Hold on to God, Carman. He will get you through and give you the strength you need to do your concerts.” Daisy shares, “Signed up and waiting for the alert of when you will be in Pittsburgh! I’m supporting you no matter what Carman, and will continue to do so through prayer as well.”  Rhonda prays, “Lord strengthen my brother Carman’s body and mind more and more each day.  Thank you for his life. Amen.”

 

These comments and so many more have been my lifeline.  God bless all of you that have given me and my ministry new life.

 

Carman

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New Album and Music Video + V.I.P. Elite Tickets http://bit.ly/CarmanKickstarter

 

About Carman:

Carman, whose full name is Carman Domenic Licciardello, is now in the fight of his life, diagnosed with terminal, Multiple Myeloma Cancer and given a three to five year life expectancy by doctors.  Stunned and initially devastated by the news, Carman’s spirit was soon lifted up by the overwhelming love and support received by tens of thousands of fans after posting the news on his Facebook page.  One fan said, “Look what Jesus did in 3 years.”  Turning the death sentence into a renewed vision and hope for the future, Carman is not only determined to fight the cancer, but his fans have brought him and his ministry back to life.  He is also well underway to his first independent, fan-funded new album and music video in 10 years through Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.  In fact, his campaign is the second largest music campaign (any genre) ever for Kickstarter, at $353,000 and climbing with 8-days left (http://bit.ly/CarmanKickstarter). In addition to the new music, Carman is resolute to not let cancer detract from doing what he does best, sharing the hope of the gospel to live audiences.  He is planning a 60-city tour now.

 

An enigmatic Christian music pioneer, Carman is often described as part evangelist, part Vegas showman, his concerts are like a rock and roll Billy Graham Crusade.  They combine drama, rock, comedy, funk, satire, acting, singing and preaching, all woven together for a unique style not duplicated by any other artist in any other musical genre.  The only Christian “stadium act” ever, Carman drew 80,000 outdoors in Charlotte, 50,000 in Johannesburg, South Africa and filled many other significant venues across the world.  He also held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Christian sales charts for an astounding 33 weeks, with his The Champion album staying on the Billboard overall sales charts for a record 168 weeks.  Known for such hit “story” songs as “Sunday’s on the Way,” “Satan Bite The Dust,” “Lazarus Come Forth,” “Revival in the Land,” “Witches Invitation,” “No Monsters,” “The Champion” and more, Carman has also has written songs for several motion pictures, including The Prince of Egypt.

 

With as many as 5,000 people responding each night to the gospel message delivered by Carman, he has also collected the most names on a petition in American history by any individual – one million signatures for a constitutional amendment favoring prayer in public school. He is further the co-founder of the Parable Christian Film Festival and received the Humanitarian Award, whose other recipients include former President and Mrs. Regan, Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Bill Bright and others.

 

Among the greatest of Carman’s contributions to Christianity at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century is his bringing back a full force, worship revival – not just through song and music, but also through dance and drama, revolutionizing Christian arts and music.

 

More information on Carman can be found at www.carmantv.comwww.facebook.com/CarmanLicciardello andTwitter (@carmantv).

Dara Maclean Debuts New Single ‘Wanted’ Today at Online Retailers

dara maclean

From Press Release——

DARA MACLEAN DEBUTS “WANTED” TODAY AT ONLINE RETAILERS

 

New Single Goes For Adds at Radio on May 31

 

Nashville, TN – (May 28, 2013) – Fervent Records’ soulful recording artist Dara Maclean’s eagerly-awaited new single, “Wanted,” premieres today at online retailers (iTunes’ link: here) and at radio May 31. “Wanted” is produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Meredith Andrews, Hillsong) and written by Justin Ebach, Mabury and Maclean.

 

“‘Wanted’ is about a universal need, speaking to the child in all of us that is desperately longing just to hear somebody tell us we’re wanted. Somebody to tell us that we’re cherished and that we belong,” explained Maclean. “To not be wanted based on your performance — We all have those relationships in life where we are loved based on how good of a friend we are or how good of a daughter or son, sister or brother we are. It’s conditional and it never seems to be enough. This song is calling out to the outcast and saying, ‘You’re not unlovable. You’re never too far gone — in your worst moment, in your loneliest moment, you are still wanted, just as much as the person that seemingly has it all together, is loved by everyone and looks to have this perfect life.’ The baby that opens its eyes for the first time and the hardened criminal that gets sent to jail for the millionth time, does God want one more or less? We are all the same, we are all in need of Jesus and we are all desperately wanted by a Father that won’t stop until He finds every child that is lost.”

 

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalms 139:7-10 New King James Version)

 

“I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to share with you my friends, the ones that have been such a support and on this journey with me, the heartbeat behind the song and ultimately, this record,” continues Maclean. “My prayer is that every note reveals the heart of God the Father and that His Love does what it always does. It heals, restores and makes new again.”

 

Powerful vocalist and songwriter Dara Maclean first sparked the music industry’s interest with her 2011 debut, You Got My Attention. The album introduced a powerful new voice in Christian pop, steeped in Motown and soul and beaming a heart for the broken and struggling. The LP reached the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Christian Albums chart, and album tracks “Suitcases” and “Free” each hit the Top 20 on Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. “Suitcases” appeared on the 2012 installment of WOW Hits, celebrating Christian radio’s biggest songs, and You Got My Attention closer “Home” was included in The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini-Series, a companion to the smash History Channel series. The Texas-bred singer-songwriter earned a New Artist of the Year nomination in the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards, and spent nearly two years straight on the road with some of Christian music’s biggest names, including Casting Crowns and Newsong, and on major tours including Winter Jam and the KLOVE Acoustic Christmas Tour. Maclean has earned high critical praise throughout, NewReleaseTuesday including her among its Top 10 New Female Christian Singers in 2012, noting that “Dara displays the strongest vocals I’ve heard in years.” Maclean is also passionate about raising awareness and bringing an end to human trafficking and is an advocate for the International Justice Mission.

 

For additional information on Dara Maclean, please visit www.DaraMaclean.com.

 

Facebook: Facebook.com/DaraMaclean

Twitter: Twitter.com/DaraMaclean

YouTube: YouTube.com/DaraMaclean

 

About Word Entertainment

A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome,Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.

Faith & Family, Wishes & Dreams: An Interview with SWP Dave

Dear Readers:

Ok, so my feature articles from my interview with Dave Frey of the Sidewalk Prophets have all gone to print as of this weekend. which means I can officially release a special edition blog that includes all the best parts of the different Faith & Family Night stories from area publications.  If you live in Northeast Indiana, you may very well live in one of the more than 100,000+ homes that received one of these publications recently:  Fort Wayne Newspapers publications, New Haven Life magazine, West Bend Newspaper, New Haven Bulletin, WhatzUp Entertainment Newspaper, The Frost, East Allen County Times Newspaper, KPC News Media publications, or Northern Allen County Life Magazine. 

I hope you’ll enjoy!

  If you read all the way thru to the end, I’ll post some bonus material for you,  my blog readers!  First, I will tell you what Dave had to say about my Ohio BFF Jill’s favorite person in the universe, Chris August.  Second, I will post some links to previous blogs I’ve written about the SWP’s, and why I thought they would be perfect to headline the first Faith & Family Night Festival in New Haven. (I mean, I waited 10 years to make this happen, it kind of needed to be perfect, know what I mean?)  Finally, I will post a link to a story about one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, when I met my friend Pam from Minnesota (waving at Pam!!)

Enjoy!
B

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help me find it

One of the things that I believe is universal to all people in all places is the innate ability to dream; by ‘dream’, I don’t really mean fall asleep while strange scenes play out in the recesses of your mind. What I really mean is we all have hopes, and wishes, and, well, dreams.

For some of us, our dreams are relatively straightforward: to be a firefighter, a teacher, a doctor. For others, the dreams are a little more complex: to be the next Larry Bird, Beyonce, or Leonardo di Caprio.

For me, I believe that God, who uniquely and lovingly created me, also uniquely and lovingly created and placed the dreams I have in my heart.

Specifically, I’m referring to one of the dreams I’ve had for over 10 years now to bring an event to my adoptive hometown of New Haven that celebrates the strong foundation that this city is built on.  What originally drew me to New Haven is its rich history of  faith interwoven with the heritage of many legacy families and relationships that last for decades.

On June 8th,2013   in Schnelker Park in downtown New Haven, the New Haven Canal Days Festival is set to host the first ever Faith & Family Night headlined by the Sidewalk Prophets.  This is where my dream of hosting such an event will intersect with fellow Hoosier native Dave Frey’s childhood dream of being a singer; Frey is the lead singer of the Dove award winning, Word Record label band that is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

For Frey, there were two main dreams driving him as a kid growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I dreamed of either being a Chicago Cub or being on stage since I was a little child,” said Frey with his distinctive chuckle in our interview on April 10th. “Since I wasn’t the most athletically inclined, I ended up going to school to be an English teacher at Anderson University.”

God, however, hadn’t forgotten about Frey’s childhood dream of being on stage. In fact, according to Frey, it was quite the opposite. “God just kept showing me that this gift he had put inside me was more than just a hobby,” he said reflectively.

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Dave Frey performs at Winter Jam 2013 on January 20, 2013

These days, Frey’s childhood dream is straight up reality; earlier this year, as the lead singer for the Sidewalk Prophets, he toured with Winter Jam, the #1 attended tour in the entire world in the first quarter of 2013, using his God-given gift to perform for more than 550,000 people in four short months.

“You know, especially once I saw bands like DC Talk and Jars of Clay and Third Day as a kid I dreamed of being on stage, and now here I’ve stood on stage next to each one of them. It’s like, ‘How blessed am I?’” asked Frey incredulously.

Well, as Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

 

 

 

When I conduct interviews, I have to admit that I really don’t have an official angle I work like a lot of writers do when they do interviews. Truth be told, I never do have an angle and it doesn’t matter if I’m interviewing former Governor Daniels or David Crowder. Like any proper journalist, I always have a list of questions to ask in case I develop a temporary case of amnesia, but aside from my handy-dandy list, my main objective is always to just ask some general questions and see what themes evolve over the course of a conversation.

This may not be the method taught at the Harvard School of Journalism, but it works for me; which brings me around to my point. Dreams, both fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled, served as a touchstone of sorts in my conversation with Dave Frey.

Perhaps what I found the most interesting about how this theme kept recurring in our conversation was how Frey consistently pointed much of the credit for achieving his dreams back to others: to God, to his parents, his band mates, his friends, and even teachers from his hometown of Terre Haute.

“Growing up, I had this cloud of witnesses guiding me to truth and love and faith,” said Frey, referring to the verse in Hebrews 12:1 that sparked the Sidewalk Prophet’s latest song and album of the same name, Live Like That.

One such person that had a strong influence on the young Frey was his 10th grade history teacher, Dan McGrath. “There was something about him. You could see the passion inside him. It was infectious,” said Frey. “He loved history, and there are a lot of people who don’t like history, that are bored by it. Why are we rehashing the past, you know? Mr. McGrath just made you realize why history was important, that this was something you could learn from.”

“Watching him, I felt like I was watching Jesus teach his disciples. That’s the passion that Jesus brought, this desperate passion,” said Frey with passion in his own voice. “‘You gotta know this, because this is my heart,” he added after pausing for emphasis.

“I could just see His heart inside of Mr. McGrath. You know, in a public school you can’t necessarily lead kids in prayer but come to find out years later Mr. McGrath was a Christian the whole time. You know, he was showing me that without ever saying it,” Frey said softly. “I was incredibly blessed by his life, and by many other teachers. Teachers are so important in shaping the world.”

Another teacher who had an even more powerful role in shaping Frey’s life besides Mr. McGrath is his mother, who Frey told me has been teaching for 36 years. According to Frey, in addition to her work as a teacher she also serves as the “unofficial” chief promoter of the Sidewalk Prophets.

“My Mom will go to a show and ask people, “Who’s your favorite band?” If they don’t say Sidewalk Prophets, she’ll say “Oh, they’re good too, but I really love those Sidewalk Prophets!” Then she’ll go and buy them all t-shirts,” said Frey with a hearty laugh, adding “I’ll come back and Mom’s bought like 20 t-shirts. She’s our greatest promoter, that’s for sure.”

With that, Frey’s tone turns momentarily more serious. “She and my Father are both the reason I am where I am. They took me to church and showed me, ‘This is what life’s about: bringing joy to others and doing it thru the message of Jesus.’ Yeah, I am very blessed to have the mother and father that I have. Very blessed.”

As someone who has dedicated her adult life to encouraging and empowering young children and families, I love hearing stories like Frey’s.  Truly, it takes both strong parents and influential ‘others’, like teachers, pastors, and youth leaders to bring out the best in kids and ensure that every single child has the very best chance to lead a fulfilling life, a life where they have the tools they need to go out and forge a path to make their own dreams come true.

Perhaps that’s why having a Faith & Family Night to celebrate the importance we place on these values in New Haven is so important to me? No matter the reasoning, it seems my longstanding dream had once again kind of inadvertently found its way into the interview, and intersected with the life and times of Dave Frey.

 

 

 

“You know, I think you really have it in the right order: faith, family, friends,” said Frey. “That’s the order we ought to live our lives.”

I totally agree.

Yet, I wondered, ‘Isn’t it hard to do that when you are on the road more than 200 days a year?’ I mean, seriously, the Sidewalk Prophets are notoriously (in a good way) one of the hardest working groups around with a consistently punishing tour schedule. (For instance, did anyone else realize a few years back they did both the Rock & Worship Roadshow AND Winter Jam in the same winter? While driving a van? And they all lived to tell the tale? Pretty remarkable if you ask me. I barely survived a December road trip to Minnesota in a Honda Civic with my BFF and 2 youngsters.)

“We always have to realize that this is a calling that God has laid on our hearts,” said Frey in his usual gracious and humble manner. “We get to serve him in a mighty way and we don’t want to take that for granted. Not only do we serve him, but we get to do what we’ve always dreamed of. This is a double blessing. It blows my mind how blessed we are. We can’t take that responsibility for granted.”

With this responsibility in mind, Frey will return to his home state of Indiana with the Sidewalk Prophets co-founder, Ben McDonald, lead guitarist Shaun Tomczak, bassist Cal Joslin, and drummer Justin Nace on June 8th to rock the first ever Faith and Family Night in Schnelker Park beginning at 8 pm.

“We’re really excited to come to New Haven,” said Frey. He admitted that while growing up in Terre Haute, different festivals would frequently come to town to play, just not faith-based festivals. “That made it tough,” remembered Frey. “We’d have to drive to Bloomington or Indy or Illinois for the Christian music festivals.”

Frey recalled with a smile to his voice going to concerts at the park in Terre Haute with his Mom as child. “Mom would go to the park with her friends and I would head to the park with her friends’ kids. I would listen from far away. I wasn’t prone to loud music as a kid. I didn’t want to hear them blasting their music, so I’d go out to the swings and listen from afar,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t get over my aversion to loud music until I was in middle school.”

I think it is fair for me to speak for all the Sidewalk Prophet fans of the world when I say I’m really glad Frey got over his distaste of loud music.

“You know, that’s what’s great about outdoor festivals,” said Frey. “Not everybody wants to be front-row-blown-away-by-the-sound. (Side Note:  My BFF Sarah & I like to be front row center, blasted by the sound unless it’s a RED show.  Sarah may still be missing part of an eyebrow from the last time we got too close to a RED show.)   “There are people out swinging, and families interacting and having fun, and people just there for the atmosphere. Maybe someone who’s just there for the atmosphere will have their life changed because of what God’s doing. That’s our great hope. Hopefully our music is more than just sound bouncing off swing sets; hopefully it’s something that cuts to the heart, perhaps even unexpectedly.”

This is certainly my great hope as the Director of Festival Entertainment, and the great hope of more than 100 pastors and community residents who have been meeting with me since January to pray for the success of Faith & Family Night.

Now, with hope addressed, my mind comes full circle to the dream that started this whole idea of a Faith and Family Night in the first place. I am quietly reminded of something my favorite poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote: “God’s gifts put men’s best dreams to shame.”

This is so beautifully true; but perhaps Dave from the Sidewalk Prophets said it best in a slightly more modern way when he told me, “When I stand on stage, getting to do what I love, it’s a gift; but when anyone just tries to do something that they love, and spread the love of God, He’s going to bless it when it comes from a real and genuine place. He really is.”

I, for one, am pretty sure that the musical gifts that New Haven is about to hear courtesy of the Sidewalk Prophets on June 8th will exceed even my most ambitious dreams.

Praise God for that!

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Beth Stauffer would like to thank Mr. Frey for taking time away from his vacation with his family to conduct this interview.  It is sincerely appreciated!

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Faith & Family Night Concert Information:  Saturday night, June 8th, 2013.  Pre-show with Central Lutheran School students begins at 7:45 pm at Schnelker Park, Prospect Avenue, New Haven, Indiana.  Hosted by WBCL 90.3 FM.  Opening act–Word artist Love & The Outcome at 8:00 pm, followed by the Sidewalk Prophets at 8:20 pm.  VIP Wristbands for premium seating available for $10.00 donation at the New Haven Parks & Recreation Department, 1125 Hartzell Street, New Haven, IN 46774.

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What did Dave Frey say about Chris August during our interview?  This is a direct quote:  “Chris August is a big jerk.”

OK, Jill, calm down.  He was kidding.  Really, he was totally joking.  I actually thought it was pretty funny!

Dave then went on to say that he and Chris August are actually good friends, and even went to a hockey game together recently.  So, I think it is safe to say that Chris August is not a big jerk.

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Why were the Sidewalk Prophets my #1 choice for Faith & Family Night?  Check it here

Not convincing enough?  Maybe my 3-year-old friend Ned can help.  Check out her Sidewalk Prophet story here

Here’s the link to read the story about my incredible friend Pam.  I last saw Pam and her family in December when I was in Cheese country (aka Wisconsin), and they are all doing exceedingly well.  Since I wrote the linked letter in June 2012, Pam’s sister Daria has completed several rehabilitation programs available to her, and the family prays that she will be released early for good behavior by September.  Please join me in praying for Pam, and Daria, and the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the entire family to be met.

Faith & Family Night News and Exclusive VIP Wristband Giveaway!

For some of you, the following may be new news.  For the rest of you, the following will be old news combined with an entertaining new twist.

On Saturday June 8th during Canal Days, the city of New Haven (Indiana, not Connecticut) is holding a free ‘Faith & Family’ night in Schnelker Park beginning at 8 pm.  .

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with New Haven and/or Canal Days, you may be wondering, like Dave Frey of the Sidewalk Prophets was when I interviewed him for the Festival Guide last month, just what exactly is a Canal Days Festival?

“Is New Haven like the Venice of Indiana?” Dave asked me.

While that would be completely awesome, alas, it is not.

(For more information about the history of New Haven, the Canal Days Festival, and the 1st ever ‘Faith and Family’ Night, visit the official website for Canal Days, www.NewHavenCanalDays.orgAlso, to find out how you can win a pair of VIP wristbands to Faith & Family Night, be sure to keep reading all the way to the end of this post!) 

There is a lot of exciting stuff scheduled to go down at Canal Days this year (I would know—I’m in charge 🙂 )  Of course, I’m very excited to see the new duo, Love & the Outcome, play along with my old favorites, the Sidewalk Prophets; however, if I’m being 100% completely honest, I’m really the most excited to see the opening opening act on June 8th—the Central Lutheran School (CLS) choir!

I’m telling you, these kids are AWESOME, and I can’t wait for y’all to come out and hear just how hard they have been working on their portion of the community concert.

Perhaps some of the reason why these kids are so awesome is because they have an AWESOME music and band teacher, Mrs. Best.  As I recently found out, Mrs. Best (like me) is also a fan of the Sidewalk Prophets.  In her infinite wisdom, she decided to incorporate teaching the different classes that are participating in the community concert about the music of the Sidewalk Prophets.

For instance, the lower elementary students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades learned about some of the different instruments the Sidewalk Prophets play (banjo, guitar, drums, etc.)  They also watched some YouTube videos of the band in concert, and, as I learned today, watched a video of lead singer Dave singing the book ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?’  (Uh, more on that in a moment.)

As a reading buddy to the lower elementary students, I’ve been able to field many questions by the youngsters about both the upcoming concert and the Sidewalk Prophets in general.

Here are a few of my favorite questions I’ve been asked so far:

Liberty, age 9: “Can I have pink microphone for myself?”   Answer:  No.

Austin, age 8:  “After we sing on stage, can I give you my autograph?”  Answer:  Yes.

Bryce, age 6:  “Can I play the drums?  I promise I won’t break anything.”  Answer:  No.

Alex, age 6:  “Will they be bringing an actual wrecking ball?”  Answer:  I hope not.

Madison, age 5:  “Next year, can we get the Bossy Frog Band to come instead?  They are the best band EVER!”

By far the most popular question , at least in the minds of the Kindergarteners, is “Will that one guy be wearing the funny hat with the horns?”

The field is split 50/50 as to whether the scary hat is a generally good idea or not.  The 6  year old boys all think the hat is brilliant; the 6 year old girls, not so much.

Case in point is adorable Lilly, a red headed kindergartener with freckles and a big front-toothless smile.  Every time she sees me, she asks ‘How many more days until I sing on a real stage?’  She loves to sing, she tells me, and wants to be a singer ‘about Jesus’ when she grows up.

I think that is a grand idea!  Today, however, I noticed Lilly didn’t seem as excited when I told her how many days it is until June 8th(26, in case you were wondering).  In fact, she seemed downright terrified when I told her.

“What’s the matter, Lilly?” I asked.  “Aren’t you excited  for Canal Days?”

“I don’t know,” she said, hesitatingly.  “Is that one guy going to be there?” she asked.

“What ‘one guy’?” I replied.

“You know, the one in the scary hat with the scary singing book,” she said, her eyebrow raised insistently in my direction.

I took me a few seconds to figure out what she was talking about, and another few seconds to keep myself from laughing at her description.  I’m pretty sure this may be the first time in the 46 year history of Bill Martin Jr.’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear that it has been referred to as ‘scary’.

“Well, Lilly, I’m pretty sure he will be there.  He sings all the songs,” I told her.

Lilly’s eyebrow fell, along with her face.  She looked decidedly pale, which is kind of a feat in itself for a redhead who is usually pale anyways.  “Is he going to wear that scary hat?  And sing that scary book?” she asked in a small voice.

“No, I’m pretty sure the scary hat and scary book don’t travel with the band,” I said.

I admit, that is pretty much a bold faced lie; for all I know, the scary hat and scary book do travel around the world with the Sidewalk Prophets.

Lilly looked relieved; me, not so much.

Let’s hope that the Sidewalk Prophets haven’t revamped their show since Winter Jam to include an opera-inspired retelling of Brown Bear, Brown Bear or I’m going to be in big trouble with a pint-sized firecracker.

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Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for….I’m officially announcing a contest to win a pair of VIP Wristbands to the Canal Days Faith & Family Night on June 8th!  I have 5 pairs to give away.  Here are the very few but important official rules:

  1.  You must be able to attend the Faith & Family Night on June 8th, 2013 in New Haven, Indiana.  This means you have to provide your own transportation to the show.  I will not be providing round-trip airfare or hotel accommodations with the VIP Wristbands.  (Sorry!  Low budget operation here!)
  2. You must not have won any previous giveaways on Spin: The Blog in last 12 calendar months.
  3. This giveaway has no cash value and is not transferrable to any other party.
  4. Only 1 entry per person, please, and only 1 winner per household.

Now, here’s how you win.  It involves answering a trivia question and e-mailing me.  Follow the steps below exactly to be eligible to win!

  1.  Here is the question you must correctly answer :  “SWP’s Dave performance of  ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ was not the first time he donned a “scary hat” (AKA Viking helmet) and sang a classic work of Children’s literature.  Name the other famous Children’s book that Dave has read online wearing the “scary hat”.
  2. E-mail Beth@NewHavenCanalDays.org with the correct answer.  You must include “SWP VIP” in the e-mail heading.
  3. The first 5 correct responses will receive a pair of wristbands.  If you are a winner, you will be asked to provide your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached in order to claim your prize within 24 hours or your prize will be forfeited.

If you don’t end up winning this contest, never fear.  My friends at WBCL 90.3 FM are doing a giveaway of their own beginning on Monday, May 22nd, 2013 on the Morning Show.  Larry and Ken will have ‘Live Like That’ CD’s and VIP Wristbands to give away every morning up until Faith & Family Night on June 8th, 2013.  Good luck!

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!)

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From Press Release…

ALLAN SCOTT RELEASES “GOD IN ME” MAY 4 AT ITUNES

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

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!!)

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MARTIN SMITH’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM, GOD’S GREAT DANCE FLOOR, STEP 01,
AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW!

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! 🙂