Beth’s Top Pick For a Future Interview…

So, one of the questions I am asked the most frequently (besides if my Dad is single.  For the record, he’s not…still married to my Mom after over 40 years!) is “Who would you most like to interview that you haven’t yet interviewed?”

First, let me say that I am SO blessed to have been able to interview and write about some insanely AWESOME people just in the past year alone.  It seriously amazes me when I stop and reflect on all the good places God has opened doors for me to pursue in this past year.  I’ve been able to cross quite a few things off my bucket list, for which I am so crazy thankful!

Of course, I figure that as relatively young as I am, when I cross one thing off my bucket list I need to add two new things to the list to strive towards. When I crossed off the one person in the world I most wanted to interview last spring, I added someone new (and I hope above hopes that you know who I’m talking about when I tell you who it is!)

That person is Andy Mineo.

Regardless of whether you are already enjoying Mineo’s latest CD, Heroes for Sale, or not, this is what you need to know about why I want to interview Andy Mineo:  I am a story person.  There is not much I enjoy more than hearing a person’s story, and from what I have read of Andy Mineo he has a really amazing story.  Plus, I am somewhat addicted to Heroes for Sale and can no longer listen to it in the car while I’m driving because I tend to want to write down lyrics and the questions I have about the songs and that would be…well, dangerous. In case you don’t know much about Andy Mineo, you can check out his testimony in the video link below…and of course, be sure to check out Heroes for Sale!   

What I want to know is…who do you think I should interview next?    E-mail me your thoughts at Beth@BethStauffer.com

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Pre-Order Love and the Outcome’s Debut Release!

I’ve listened to this CD, a full review is forthcoming, but let me recommend pre-ordering!  It is, in a word, FANTASTIC!

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From Press Release:

Nashville, TN – (August 1, 2013) – Word Entertainment’s breakthrough duo Love & The Outcome are scheduled to release their self-titled debut album on August 27. The 11-track collection is available for pre-order today at loveandtheoutcome.com and features their debut single, “He Is With Us.” The song has soared to No. 17 on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart making it the highest charting debut single currently on the chart. In their Canadian homeland it is closing in on the Top 10 with a chart position of No. 12 on the CCRC chart.

 

Co-Produced by Seth Mosley (Newsboys), Ben Glover (for KING & COUNTRY), David Garcia (TobyMac) and Jeff Pardo (Matthew West), Love & The Outcome balances Chris’ rock sensibilities with Jodi’s love of melodic pop artists. In addition, the duo’s influence is also revealed in the lyrics as they had a hand in writing each of the 11 tracks on the album. The pre-order packages reflect the personal nature of the album and include exclusive music and a collectible shadowbox featuring a polaroid from the duo’s photo shoot. Each deluxe package will be personally inscribed and signed by Jodi and Chris.

 

LOVE & THE OUTCOME PRE-SALE (http://smarturl.it/PreOrderLTO)

 

Love & The Outcome Essentials Pack – $14.99

  • Love & The Outcome CD + Digital Album
  • “He Is With Us” Instant mp3 Download
  • Love & The Outcome 12”x12” Print

 

Love & The Outcome Deluxe Pack$49.99

  • Everything in the Essentials Pack
  • “What It Looks Like” Exclusive Bonus Track
  • Love & The Outcome Personalized Shadowbox

 

Currently Love & The Outcome are on the road playing dates with the following upcoming shows:

 

August 3 – Covenant Ranch – Caddo Mills, TX

August 9 – Knoebels Amusement Resort – Elysburg, PA

August 10 – Royal Tailor @ Back to School Bash – Harrisonburg, VA

August 11 – Indiana State Fair – Indianapolis, IN

August 17 – First Baptist Church – Newcastle, OK

August 19 – Young Harris College – Young Harris, GA

August 21 – Cornerstone Church – East Longmeadow, MA

August 22 – Crossroads Church – Pelham, NH

August 23 – Sunday River Resort – Newry, ME

August 24 – Keswick Landing Mall – Keswick, Canada

August 25 – Nu Café – Worcester, MA

August 31 – Van Wert County Fair – Van Wert, OH

September 14 – Chesapeake City Park – Chesapeake, VA

September 20 – J.E. Broyhill Civic Center – Hudson, NC

September 21 – Spirit University – Portsmouth, OH

September 22 – Elevation Community Church – Blanchester, OH

October 5 – Community Hope Center – Cottage Hills, IL

 

For Chris and Jodi, Love & The Outcome is both a name and a literal life story. The duo sold their Winnipeg condo en route to a high-stakes musical road trip that has seen them criss-cross Canada, Liberia, the Philippines and China, winning over fans both emotionally and spiritually with their blend of effervescent pop. After signing to Word Records in 2012, they retreated to the mountains of Washington state to record their powerful debut, produced by Mosley along with Ben Glover (for King & Country) and David Garcia (TobyMac). Spring 2013 saw the two back on the road for the “Hundred More Years Tour” supporting Francesca Battistelli and The Afters over 27 dates. For tour dates and further information please visit www.loveandtheoutcome.com.

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveAndTheOutcome
Twitter: https://twitter.com/loveandoutcome
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loveandtheoutcome

FOR KING & COUNTRY TO RELEASE HOPE IS WHAT WE CRAVE │LIVE ON AUGUST 27

Ladies & Gentlemen, I present for your reading pleasure today’s public service announcement from 6-year-old musical connoisseur Alexander E. Stauffer…who has respectfully requested he gets one of the following CD/DVD Packages for his upcoming birthday on Friday (now there’s a shocker!)  I guess it makes sense, since the theme of his party is ‘for King & Country/Let My Life Be The Proof of Your Love’.

You’ve really never lived until you’ve tried to custom order a birthday cake with a picture of Joel, Luke, and Alex on it along with the for King & Country crest and “Happy Birthday Alex”.

But I digress…

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BREAKTHROUGH AUSTRALIAN DUO FOR KING & COUNTRY TO RELEASE HOPE IS WHAT WE CRAVE │LIVE ON AUGUST 27

The Live CD/DVD Package is Available for Pre-Order Now at forkingandcountry.com

hope is what we crave live

Nashville, TN – (August 6, 2013) – Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY’s forthcoming project, Hope Is What We Crave │Live, is scheduled for release on August 27 on Fervent Records and is available for pre-order now at forkingandcountry.com. This CD/DVD package was filmed at The Factory in Franklin, TN, on the final night of their first headlining tour, “The Proof Of Your Love Tour,” in November 2012.

Hope Is What We Crave │Live features nine live performances from for KING & COUNTRY’s debut album, Crave, which was named iTunes’ “Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of 2012.” The set also includes their hit single and Amazon.com’s Christian music “Song of the Year” for 2012, “The Proof Of Your Love,” and the band’s new single, “Hope Is What We CRAVE,” currently climbing the charts.” In addition to the CD featuring live audio, the package includes long-form concert footage, their critically-acclaimed music video for “The Proof Of Your Love (The Monologue Remix)” and exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the shoot.

“To you who we’ve met at shows over the last few years, you know that playing music live is our life’s blood” said for KING & COUNTRY’s Joel. “We’ve poured so much into this DVD/CD with the intent to give you a moving, honest and first class view of our show that has not been seen like this… Until today!”

The band has put together two pre-sale offers featuring the forthcoming release, exclusive bonus audio and video, autographed and personalized merchandise, and more!

Hope Is What We Crave | LIVE

Deluxe Pack: $19.99
• Hope Is What We Crave | LIVE CD/DVD
• Busted Heart (Hold On To Me) – Live From Winter Jam: Instant Download
• Light It Up: From The Rooftop (video + audio): Instant Download
• Autographed Crave Live Poster
Signature Edition: $49.99
*limited edition, only 50 available*
• Everything in the Deluxe Edition
• Autographed and Personalized Crave Live Poster
• I Am Priceless Custom Necklace

Track Listing:

DVD Track Listing

1. Fine Fine Life – Live Performance
2. Light It Up: From the Rooftop – Live Performance
3. Middle Of Your Heart – Live Performance
4. Missing – Live Performance
5. Pushing On A Pull Door – Live Performance
6. Busted Heart (Hold On To Me) – Live Performance
7. Baby Boy – Live Performance
8. Crave – Live Performance
9. The Proof Of Your Love (The Monologue Mix) – Live Performance
10. The Proof Of Your Love Official Music Video
11. An Inside Look: Making The Music Video
12. An Inside Look: The Song + Music Video
13. An Inside Look: A Busted Heart
14. An Inside Look: Love’s To Blame, Missing, and People Change
15. Busted heart (Hold On To Me) – In-Studio Acoustic Performance (Recorded Live at KLOVE Studios in Rocklin, CA)
16. The Proof Of Your Love – In-Studio Acoustic Performance (Recorded Live at KLOVE Studios in Rocklin, CA)
17. Middle Of Your Heart – In-Studio Acoustic Performance (Recorded Live at KLOVE Studios in Rocklin, CA)

CD Track Listing: Live audio from Hope Is What We Crave | LIVE
1. Fine Fine Life
2. Light It Up
3. Middle Of Your Heart
4. Missing
5. Pushing On A Pull Door
6. Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)
7. Baby Boy
8. Crave
9. The Proof Of Your Love (The Monologue Mix)

for KING & COUNTRY, recently named “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, made their late night debut on January 10 performing “The Proof Of Your Love” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” In 2012, for KING & COUNTRY were named as one of Billboard’s 17 acts to watch and were CCM’s best-selling new artist. New Release Tuesday noted that Crave was “One of the Best Debut Projects in Years!” ET’s “The Insider” said the duo, “make music that speaks directly to your heart” and have been “gaining popularity in the alt-rock genre.” American Songwriter commented that “for KING & COUNTRY may just be Australia’s answer to Coldplay.”

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)

 

Prayers for Luke of fK&C

As all you diehard for King & Country fans out there probably already know, 1/2 of the dynamic duo, Luke, recently had to miss a few appearances due to health related concerns. 

Not much is known about Luke’s condition, with the exception of what Joel has posted on the pair’s Social Media feed–Luke has an unnamed digestive disorder and was to be seen by a specialist on Monday of this week for treatment. 

Also, according to Joel, “I spent a few hours w/ Luke yesterday & there’s been a slight improvement in his condition! Your prayers are being heard. Thank you! -Joel.”

So, keep those prayers coming for Luke!  If you’d like to send Luke and his family a note of encouragement for his health, I’ve been told they can be sent to:

Smallbone Management, Attention: Luke Smallbone, PO Box 1524, Franklin, TN 37065

Of course, the most important thing of all is to remember Luke and his family in your prayers! 

Call upon me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you.  ~Psalm 91:15

Christian Music Baby News!

Congratulations are in order on the birth of two brand new babies to two phenomenal first time Mommas! 

I bet the lullabyes these kids are going to be treated to will be out of this world!

First up, on July 24th, 2013, the lovely Britt Nicole and her husband Joshua Crosby welcomed a darling daughter into the world:  Ella Brave Crosby!  According to momma Britt’s Social Media feeds, she and baby Ella are doing well and she’s enjoying being a new mom.  Congratulations to the happy family on the new addition of little Ella (and what a sweet name!)

Next, just a day later, Blanca Callahan of Group 1 Crew announced via Social Media that she and her husband Benjamin Callahan welcomed a healthy and absolutely beautiful baby boy, London Rey Callahan, into the world on July 25th, 2013.  Of course, she shared a picture of the little fellow and he is adorable!  Congratulations to the Callahans (and Uncle Manny of Group 1 Crew!) on the arrival of baby London!

 

 

NEW Stellar Kart Music Video!!!

So, July has pretty much been the worst month EVER for me. I’m happy to see it make way for August if I’m being completely honest; however, if I have one GOOD thing to say about July, it is this–it ended on a high note today with the release of a BRAND NEW STELLAR KART MUSIC VIDEO!!!

Yeah, you know how much I LOVE Stellar Kart (and I apologize for using all caps so frequently in this post! I haven’t had much to be excited about lately so I guess I’m over compensating!)

Anyhow, the new song sounds AWESOME (oops, there I go again!) and definitely made it worth the wait for new music from Stellar Kart.

Well, maybe not. Personally, I could have new music from Stellar Kart every day and be happy about it, but I understand that making music this exceptionally good is a process that takes time. So, go and savor the new music video over and YouTube and count down the days with me until August 27th when the first new full length CD from the band in 3 years hits the shelves!

A Brief Update Re: the Banned Band

Ok, so last week I started something here on Spin when I eluded to the fact that the blog has its first official banned band.  (For more details, go check out my previous post about Live 4:1 playing the Allen County Fair).

Shocking, indeed.

This band is so banned from Spin for the foreseeable future that I won’t even dignify their existence by typing out their name in this post; I’m half tempted to go back and take down every blessed post I’ve ever written about them previously, but my BFF says that may be a bit overly dramatic.  (Of course, she’s right.  I am nothing if not overly dramatic!)

Since I’ve received a large influx of e-mail, Facebook messages, Tweets and even a few texts wanting to know the scoop (and of course the identity) on the banned band, I am going to make a brief comment and then never talk about it again.

Basically, the banned band has ended up in the Spin: the Blog no fly zone because the band, who shall remain nameless, broke my little boy’s heart.

Before anyone freaks out, no I AM NOT talking about for King & Country.  They remain in my good graces because they have the common sense NOT to make grandiose promises to a 6 year old that they don’t intend to keep.

I mean, who does that?  (Well, I guess I know the answer to that one!  Grrrrr. ..)

So, that is my brief official statement.  You all now know the one and only way to get blacklisted here on Spin:  mess with Alex, and we will speak of you no more.

On the flip side,  if you get Alex to love ya, I will no doubt write about you all the time (a la for King & Country)!

Pick your poison 🙂

Awesome FREE Christian Music Events in Indiana!

If you are here on Spin: the Blog, I can only imagine that you probably like Christian music. (What a coincidence!  So do I!)

You may or may not live in the great state of Indiana, so if you don’t happen to be a Hoosier, then I feel for you in more ways than one; particularly because you are going to miss out on some awesome FREE Christian music events coming up in August!

Here are the details:

WORLD PULSE MUSIC FESTIVAL

The City Harmonic II

The City Harmonic!!!

WORLD PULSE MUSIC FESTIVAL–Seriously, this music festival has THE BEST line-up of any free Christian music festival I’ve ever heard of, and I’ve pretty much heard it all at this point. Coming to South Bend on Saturday, August 10th, 2013 the line-up includes, check this out: Tricia Brock (formerly of Superchick! Rock What You’ve Got! I Love her!!), Jason Castro (Uh, hello? Who doesn’t like Jason Castro? I think it would be impossible NOT to like Jason Castro!), the City Harmonic (I LOVE this band to the moon and back. Seriously, you have not lived until you’ve seen the City Harmonic in concert. Trust me on this!), Natalie Grant (No, I’m not kidding. I said ‘Natalie Grant’ and ‘Free’ in the same paragraph!!), Audio Adrenaline (Again, I am not joking. I paid $50 two months ago to see Audio Adrenaline and I thought it was a deal!), and…wait for it…SWITCHFOOT! Switchfoot! Can you believe that?

Jason Castro

Jason Castro

Like I said, this is THE line-up of free line-ups and it is coming to South Bend on Saturday, August 10th, 2013!

Tricia Brock

Tricia Brock

PLEASE NOTE you do HAVE TO HAVE a ticket to get in, but like I said, the tickets are free and still available over at iTickets.com. (For more information and/or additional places to pick up tickets, visit the festival’s website at http://www.worldpulsefestival.com). Of course, you will have to pay for parking ($25) and food (a complete list of what’s available and the prices are on the festival’s website).

I would happily pay these prices for parking and food any day that I get to see the City Harmonic play a live show, but when you throw in Tricia Brock, Jason Castro, Natalie Grant, Audio Adrenaline, and SWITCHFOOT to the mix…well, you know I’m gonna be there, and you should definitely be there too! In my opinion, this is going to be THE Christian Music event of the summer in Indiana so go grab some free tickets now while there are still some left!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC DAY AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR

I swear I know nothing about these guys.  My son, however, is an expert on them!

I swear I know nothing about these guys. My son, however, is an expert on them!

CHRISTIAN MUSIC DAY at the INDIANA STATE FAIR–Again, another free event (although you do have to pay admission to the State Fair venue. Discount admission tickets are available at all Indiana Wal-Mart stores, CVS Pharmacies, and Indiana Farm Bureau Offices for $7. Kids under 5 are free! Gate admission is only $10.) The line-up for this festival taking place on Sunday, August 11th, 2013 from 2-9 pm is Brianna Caprice (I don’t have a clue who this is, but I intend to find out!), Jason Castro (he’s a busy guy this weekend!), Love & The Outcome (I’ve seen this duo and they are AMAZING!), some band called for King & Country (don’t know why anyone, particularly my 6 year old son Alex, would want to go see these guys. HA! 🙂 and Matthew West.

Matthew West’s kind of a slacker, but the rest of the line-up is decent. 

(Of course, I’m just kidding!  Matthew West is one of if not THE BEST entertainers in all of Christian Music.  You have to go see him if you haven’t yet!)

If those names aren’t enough to get you down to the State Fair on Sunday, August 11th, then I don’t know what will. (The World’s Largest Popcorn Ball? A 4,500 square foot barn made out of glass? An outdoor ice skating rink in Indiana in August? Just a few suggestions!)

Love and the Outcome

Love and the Outcome

The website for the Indiana State Fair is http://www.in.gov/statefair

I’ll be at both of these festivals the weekend of August 10th and I hope to see you there! Should be a rockin’ time 🙂  Let’s just hope the weather is not too sweltering hot…if I have another weekend where the temps get up like they did at LifeFest when my nail polish literally melted off of my nails, I don’t know if I’ll live to tell the tale!

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.