Rapture Ruckus Releases In Crowd Video!

I LOVE this song, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this video!

Simply superb. Check it out below! (And be sure to look for Spin: the Blog’s mention under the ‘Fan Funded’ credits at the end….Yeah, baby!)

Brad Dring from Rapture Ruckus to Appear on RemedyLive.com Today!

The Gong(ed) Show has one of my favorite kiwis (for those of you who don’t know what a kiwi is besides a fruit, it’s a nickname for someone from New Zealand) stopping by on Skype today for a chat at 4:30 pm EST–Brad Dring, lead singer from the rad band Rapture Ruckus!

If you haven’t seen Rapture Ruckus live and in person before, let me state for the record you are really missing out!  They are AWESOME!!  Hopefully you live somewhere near a stop of the Newsboys fall 2013 Restart tour so you can catch them while they are out on the road with the Newsboys, for King & Country, and Moriah Peters in the near future.

This afternoon, Brad will most likely be talking “In Crowd” with Faup and the gang on the show, especially since it is release day for the fabulous In Crowd video!  Of course, I’m not just saying that because I ponied up $$$ to support the funding of this deserving project…but I will say that I am VERY pleased with the end results.  You gotta love any music video that features Soul Glow Activatur from Family Force Five as a school bus driver!

You can check out the In Crowd video below, and check back tomorrow for video of the full Skype session with Brad right here on Spin: the Blog!

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

[Get Connected with Tricia]

Website: http://www.triciamusicofficial.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/superchicktrish

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

Montell Jordan Video for ‘You Are’ featuring Chris August

Okay, so yesterday I learned that two people who, for some reason I thought had passed away, are actually alive and doing quite well.

I think at this point on my blog its a well established fact that I have a tendency to get confused sometimes, so let’s not dwell on it, okay? 🙂

First, for some reason I thought that singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan had passed (he wrote David Crowder’s popular song, ‘How He Loves’).  Actually, he’s doing quite well and about to release an independently funded project that was incredibly well supported over on Kickstarter.  So, congratulations…and I’m glad to hear you’re doing well!

The second person I learned who is alive and well is (no, not Chris August…well, I mean yes, Chris August is alive and well, but I already knew that since I just talked with him two weeks ago, or at least I assumed he was alive and well since I hadn’t received any press releases detailing his demise.  Anyways…) Montell Jordan.  I don’t know why I thought that he had passed.  Actually, maybe I thought he had retired from basketball.  No, wait, that was Michael Jordan.  Oh, who knows what I thought.  All I know is, apparently he’s doing great!  Jordan is a born again Christian and worship leader who’s now starring in music videos with Chris August.

What more could anyone want from life?  🙂

Seriously though, I really like this song a lot.  It has a very soulful vibe to it, and the pairing of voices between Montell Jordan and Chris August is solid.  Definitely check it out, and let me know what you think!

New! OBB Video for ‘Come on Home!’

OBB has a brand new acoustic video that they’ve released in conjunction with NewReleaseTuesday.com for their new single, Come on Home.  I love this song (and the story behind it!)  The video is pretty sweet, too (although my teen intern says ‘pretty sick’ would more aptly describe it, as ‘pretty sweet’ sounds lame…but I’m not too keen to describe anything on my blog as being ‘sick’.  Just doesn’t sound very nice!)

If you aren’t hearing ‘Come on Home’ on your local radio station yet, do me a favor and call/e-mail/tweet your station to let them know they need to start playing this song stat!  I’m in the middle of my summer US whirlwind tour and am very homesick; if I have to drive thru your town without hearing ‘Come on Home’, I will be very disappointed.  🙂

Also, if you haven’t read my recent interview with OBB, and why they are my new all-time favorite band of brothers, click here!

Caught Dreaming–Andy Mineo featuring for King & Country

So, I recently sort of discovered a new (to me) artist that I really kind of like by the name of Andy Mineo. According to the essential reference guide known as Wikipedia, Mineo is a Christian hip hop artist, producer, minister, actor, and music video and TV director from New York City. He is signed to Reach Records, and his first mixtape was released in 2009 and has what I’m thinking is the best title EVER…Sin is Wack (vol. 1).  Mineo has sang background vocals for Lecrae and collaborated with both Tedashii on his album Blacklight and Lecrae on his award winning album Gravity.  His first full length release, Heroes For Sale, with Reach Records hit stores on April 16th, 2013.

One of my favorite songs on the album is the song Caught Dreaming, which features my favorite Australian born dynamic duo, for King & Country’s Luke & Joel. You can check out the YouTube video for the song below, and the entire album is for sale on iTunes (and for previewing on Spotify!) Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

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!

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.)

 

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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.

 

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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

Highlight Video from Hyland’s The Way tour

Check out this fun video from the Minnesota music-makers, Hyland, showing some of their favorite moments from their most recent tour, The Way!

I will try not to dwell on the fact that The Way never made its way to the Fort Wayne, Indiana…however, they will be at the WFRN Friend on Saturday, June 22nd playing a set in between OBB and Moriah Peters (a pretty sweet place to be, if you ask me!)

You know I’ll be there with bells on 🙂 (OK, so not really…but I will be there!)

Dancing in the Aisles to Hawk Nelson’s Words

I have breaking news to share.
My 6 year old, die-hard for King & Country fan of a son, Alex, has taken a strong liking to another band:  Hawk Nelson.  (I’m not 100% sure that he doesn’t realize that the band is not entirely comprised of actual hawks, and I’m okay with that.  Really, I am.)

On Saturday, we were at Target doing some shopping and out of nowhere, Alex breaks out into song and dance in the aisles:  “Words can build you up, words can break you down, put a fire in your heart or put it out…”

Considering how hard I’ve been trying to teach Alex that he can’t just say everything that pops into his kindergarten head, this song couldn’t be more timely. 

(Cases in point:  over the weekend, Alex said to a portly fellow that he had struck up a conversation with, “I’d invite you to go fishing with me and my Grandpa, but I’m afraid that you’re so fat you’d sink the boat.”  He also said to his Grandma on Friday, “Wow, Grandma, you look different!  I think it’s your moustache!  Are you going to grow a beard, too, like Grandpa?”)

Yes, that’s my son, and no, tact is not his strong suite.

Truthfully, I think we all have, at times, what I like to call Alex Syndrome.  We say things we shouldn’t, even if we don’t mean to offend or have malicious intent.  We frequently don’t say the things we should.  Most of all, we don’t use our words to bring glory to the One who gave us the ability to speak, and that’s a real shame.

Alex and I have been listening to the song “Words” pretty much non-stop since Saturday (per his request!)  Maybe you need to hear those words today, too 🙂

Have You Seen This?!

tobyMac’s got the intro to the 2013 ACC Basketball Tournament covered!

Let me just say this for the record (again):  tobyMac.  Superbowl.  Half-Time Show.  2014.

Anybody have Roger Goodell’s number?  Or maybe the Ops Manager at MetLife Stadium?

You know, just trying to plan ahead!

Throwback Thursday: Jesus Freak!

I’ve been trying to come up with something fun & new to do on a weekly basis here on Spin: the Blog. I came up with a couple of really bad ideas before I finally came up with one that I sorta like: Throwback Thursday.

Since I’m no longer young but not really old, and I grew up during what I like to think of as the Golden Age of Christian Music, I think I’m uniquely qualified to write a weekly blog to jettison my faithfully devoted readers back to the glory days when DC Talk, the Newsboys (circa Peter Furler), Jars of Clay, and Audio Adrenaline ruled my CD player.

For my inaugural Throwback Thursday post, I’ve carefully selected one of my all-time favorite songs, DC Talk’s Jesus Freak. It was a tough decision, but someone had to make it.

Let me break down a couple of the deciding factors in my final choice:

#1–Michael Tait’s hair in the video–that was one seriously rockin’ braided ponytail! What would you really even call a hairstyle like that? I have no idea. It’s totally awesome, though. I think he should consider revisiting that style for sure!

#2–Is it just me, or does Kevin Max look kind of like Jane Lynch at certain points in the video? Like, at the end in the blue shirt? Am I crazy? No, I don’t think so.

#3–tobyMac without a hat, sporting actual hair. To prove my point, Google ‘tobyMac.’ Click on images. Exactly. The man likes his hats.

So, here it is…my Inaugural Throwback Thursday choice….plus, keep scrolling because I’m also going to post videos from all three founding members of DC Talk’s current projects, just because I can. 🙂

Michael Tait and the Newsboys (circa the Michael Tait era, minus the rad hairdo):

Kevin Max with Audio Adrenaline…still not sure I’m totally sold on audioA without Mark Stuart, but I’m actively working on it. It helps a little that I like this video!

Last but not least, Mr. tobyMac. I’m sort of a big fan…(and that, folks, is the understatement of the century!)