Everfound on Huckabee!

If you missed Everfound’s appearance on Huckabee last week, you can still check it out by clicking it here:  http://video.foxnews.com/v/2600687987001/huckabee-rocks-with-the-four-brothers-of-everfound/

 

Now, if you haven’t had a chance to see Everfound live and in person yet…then you are in for a treat!  While they seemed to be a little bit toned back for TV (actually, I think Huckabee was slowing them down.  Ha!), they are still pretty spectacular.  They jammed to the newest single called “God of the Impossible” off of their recently released self-titled debut album (for the record, I think I may have cheered loud enough to be heard at Fox News Studios in New York when I learned this was the next single.  I love this song!!)

Everfound’s jam on Huckabee came just days before it was announced that they are set to take part in the Winter Jam 2013 West Coast Tour along with the likes of the Newsboys, Crowder Music, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong, Building 429, Love and the Outcome, and Dara Maclean.

Yeah, and to think that I thought the 2013 East Coast Winter Jam Tour line-up was impressive.  This pretty much blows that theory to high heaven.

I’m officially moving to the West Coast.  Goodbye, Indiana, hello, somewhere-as-yet-to-be-decided-where-the-2013-West-Coast-Winter-Jam-Tour-will-be-stopping-this-fall.  (I’m open to suggestions.  If you have one, drop me a line at Beth@BethStauffer.com)

 

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. 

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!)

Your Love Never Fails Celebrates 7 Weeks at #1!

 

Congratulations are in order for one of my ultimate favorite bands, the Newsboys!  Their current single, Your Love Never Fails off the epic album God’s Not Dead,  has reigned supreme on the charts for the last seven weeks!

I say in honor of this accomplishment, we should all turn up the volume on our speakers, click on the Spotify link above, and have ourselves a little Newsboys praise party to Your Love Never Fails 🙂