Colton Dixon’s Never Gone Video Premiers Today!

It’s the day I’ve been waiting for!  Colton Dixon’s video for the ah-mazing song, Never Gone, is up for viewing on iTunes today!  I’m totally loving the video, too!

Never Gone is currently trending as the #3 video on iTunes of the day!  Here’s the link to go check it out…http://tinyurl.com/nb9x364

Also, for your Colton Dixon viewing pleasure, here’s a behind the scenes look at the story behind the song–

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Win a Capital Kings/Colton Dixon Prize Pack!

I know there are a lot of Capital Kings and Colton Dixon fans out there who also read Spin: the Blog.

What can I say, Capital Kings, Colton Dixon and I have a lot of really awesome fans in common!  (We do!)

So, for Totally Trivia Tuesday today, I have a question that IF you know the answer it’s gonna snag you a grand prize package that includes (drum roll please…) an 8×10 Capital Kings autographed poster, an autographed copy of their self-titled debut full length album on Gotee Records, a Colton Dixon ‘Messenger’ dog tag style necklace, an autographed Colton Dixon ‘Messenger’ CD, an official Colton Dixon ‘Messenger’ poster, and a life size cardboard Colton Dixon stand-up figure (a perfect decorating accent to any home if I do say so myself!)

The trivia question this week is going to be a little bit more difficult than usual because the ante is HIGH when we’re giving away a cardboard life size Colton Dixon replica.  First, I will give you the question, and then I will give you two clues.

Also, please be aware if you are a close friend, employee, or relative of Beth Stauffer you are ineligible to attempt to win this prize.  (Yes Sarah, I’m talking about you.)

Here is this week’s Totally Trivia Tuesday question:  I (Beth) have one word tattooed on the inside of my left wrist along with a single symbol that I designed myself.  When I am at appearances and events, I am frequently asked for the pattern because everyone likes it so much.  What is the word and symbol?

Here is your 1st clue:  The word comes from a lyric in one of my favorite Sanctus Real songs, ‘The Redeemer’.  I (Beth) am frequently told I am a dreamer, which is totally true, but I consider it no greater compliment than to be called this other word, which is also mentioned in the song.

Here is your 2nd clue:  My (Beth) favorite hard rocking band, who I can’t name by name or it will totally give it away, has a single currently out simply titled with this word but it is also the title of the band’s most recently released album from 2012.  When I shared a pic of the tattoo with the band, they loved it so much they shared the picture on their website and social media feeds!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at Beth@BethStauffer.com!  The first correct answer wins 🙂

 

And the Everfound CD Winners Are…

Woo-hoo!  I have winners to announce from my Everfound debut release CD bonanza giveaway I announced yesterday!  Hurray!  And the winners are….

1.  From Albuquerque, New Mexico….Darlene K.

2.  From Crawfordsville, Indiana…Hunter S.

3.  From Chicago, Illinois…Misty L.

4.  From Lexington, Kentucky…Carol H.

5.  From Sioux City, Iowa…Vanessa B.

These lucky winners answered the following question correctly–What is the only other band/artist that Beth has have ever offered a “Buy Back Guarantee” on that is also an award-winning Word Entertainment label mate of Everfound’s?  Which CD release from which one of Beth’s favorite bands/artists was it?

A few of the incorrect answers we received in spades–Matthew West: ‘Into the Light’, Kutless: Believer, Mandisa: Stronger, Sanctus Real: Run, Josh Wilson: Carry Me, and Plumb: Need You Now.  All good guesses, except for one thing.  None of these artists are Word Entertainment artist label mates of Everfounds!  That was a BIG clue, people 🙂

If you guessed any of these artists, you were a lot closer to being right:  Jason Castro’s ‘Only a Mountain’, Chris August’s ‘The Upside of Down’, for King & Country’s ‘Crave’ or Big Daddy Weave’s ‘Love Come to Life’ CDs you were very close.

If you answered the Sidewalk Prophets ‘Live Like That’ release from 2012, you nailed it.  While I’ve given away quite literally at least 50 of these CDs, and had probably another 25 “borrowed” (and never returned), I’ve never had anyone ask for me to buy ‘Live Like That’ back.

In fact, just tonight my neighbor was belting out ‘Wrecking Ball’ as he mowed the lawn compliments of one of my previous CD giveaways.  Unfortunately, it sounded atrocious (and I hope none of my other neighbors are ever able to trace his vocal stylings back to me or else I’ll ever hear the end of it) but I’m sure it sounds beautiful just the same in God’s ears.

So, my lovely winners Darlene, Hunter, Misty, Carol, and Vanessa are all receiving brand spanking new copies of Everfound’s debut release AND autographed copies of the Sidewalk Prophets Live Like That CD from my personal stash, with one stipulation—if they are gonna mow the lawn while singing any one of the tunes from either of these great CDs, they better be singing it loud and proud!

Congratulations winners, and, if you didn’t win and are a Colton Dixon/Capital Kings fan sit tight because I am about to post another giveaway trivia question here on Spin: the Blog in about 10 seconds!!

Behind the making of a ‘Miracle’: Third Day’s latest release

 

Well Third Day fans, today is your lucky day! Third Day just released the first in a three part video series taking you behind the scenes of the making of their latest project, Miracle.  Coincidentally, if you went out in my snow covered Indiana driveway right now, that is the CD that would immediately come blasting out of the speakers.  I’m really enjoying the immaculately crafted Miracle, and imagine pretty much everyone else will, too 🙂

In other exciting news, Third Day is set to kick-off the 45 city stop  Miracle tour on February 21st in Virginia.  The tour will feature super awesome guests that include one of my favorites, singer-songwriter Josh Wilson, and Colton Dixon, who is hot off his run on American Idol last season.  This is one of the tours I am most looking forward to this spring, so grab your tickets now as I’m predicting sell-out crowds!  You can find out all the details about the Miracle tour by visiting http://www.itickets.com.

Can’t Wait For the Release of Colton Dixon’s The Messenger?

Just 5 days and counting until the January 29th release of American Idol Colton Dixon’s much anticipated debut album, The Messenger!  If you are super excited to hear what Colton Dixon has been working on post-American Idol like my BFF Sarah, then feel free to enjoy the mini-sampler of his album that I posted above from over on YouTube.  I’m not going to lie…from the snippets I’m hearing on this preview,  The Messenger is going to be a must-have album for fans of Christian music.

Of The Messenger, Dixon recently told Billboard Magazine that fans can expect his forthcoming release to showcase his “whole wardrobe:”  He went on to add, “It starts off really hard and heavy with a song called ‘Noise.’ It’s very theatrical. It feels like you’re in downtown New York when listening to it. There are some softer more tender moments, like ‘Let Them See You’ and a song called ‘Rise.’ ‘You Are’ is even a little more dialed back but there are some other songs that will melt your face. They are so hard and heavy, which is fun.”

Sounds intriguing!

Personally, I’m already ready for his sophomore release, especially if it includes some of the songs he co-wrote with Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade, who is one of my own ultimate favorites.

In other Colton Dixon news, if you would like to meet the band he will be touring with when he’s out on the road with Third Day and another of my ultimate favorites, Josh Wilson, this spring, check out this video.  Looks like the Miracle Tour should be a real good time!

27 Days of Christmas Music: Day 2, Josh Wilson’s Once A Year

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Josh Wilson – Once a Year – feat. Andrew Peterson

(from Josh Wilson’s 2012 album, Noel)

I really like this song, especially these lyrics from the song’s chorus:

Once a year, December’s here

And our hearts open up

Once a year, we give with cheer

To those who don’t have enough

Wouldn’t it be something

If we all learned to love like it’s Christmas

More than once a year

Every year in the Stauffer household at Christmas time, I try and make a little extra effort when it comes to impressing upon Alex the importance of giving to others and doing our part to make the world we live in a better place because of Christian faith.  My husband Jon and I try to be good examples all year long of these values; Jon is a volunteer firefighter and very involved in multiple non-profit organizations in the community, and I volunteer and participate in church activities and other community events.

Come Christmas every year, however, we seem to be filled with a little extra goodwill in our hearts that leads us to try and do a little more.  In the past, we’ve delivered groceries to shut-ins as a family and assembled countless shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Last year, Alex and I drove around Fort Wayne in the days before Christmas passing out Blessings Bags and gift cards/free coupons to fast food establishments to the homeless.  We’ve provided food for holiday meals to shut-ins, mittens to preschoolers from low income families, and gifts for senior citizens thru the Secret Santa program at Walgreens.

Yet somehow, it still doesn’t seem like it is enough.  I wonder if Alex is really seeing the “why” behind what we do?  Will he grow up with the same love in his heart for helping others that his father and I have?  Will the times we’ve spent together “giving with cheer to those who don’t have enough” be the times he remembers most as an adult, or will he only remember the getting of his own presents on Christmas morning?

I guess only time will tell how Alex will turn out.  I have highest of  hopes that he will have a heart for sharing the love of Christmas with others more than once a year.

How are you sharing the love of Christmas more than once a year with others?  I’d love to hear your story!  E-mail me at beth@bethstauffer.com!

(Big, huge, gigantic side note:  If you are in the Fort Wayne area, you can see Josh Wilson perform Once A Year during his Christmas concert, Noel, at Lifebridge Church on Corbin Road beginning at 7:30 pm.  TIckets start at $15 and will be available at the door.  I saw Josh perform twice this past year while he was out on tour with the Sidewalk Prophets and he is a fantastically talented songwriter and musician.  In my opinion, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with more overall musical talent than Josh Wilson.  This spring, he will join forces with Third Day on their ‘Miracle’ tour so if you can’t make it out to see him tonight you’ll have another chance this March at the St. Francis Performing Arts Center.  Tickets for tonight’s Christmas concert can be found by clicking here and tickets for the Miracle Tour with Third Day, Josh Wilson, and American Idol’s Colton Dixon can be found here.)