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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City Harmonic to Release New Album, Heart!

I am beyond excited about this!  Since my words alone cannot convey how awesome this project is going to be…you should read the press release below and mark your calendars for September 3rd!

 

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THE CITY HARMONIC RELEASE HEART GLOBALLY SEPT. 3

 

An Album On Being, And Becoming, Human, HEART Poetically Shares Band’s Personal Joy,

Suffering, Wrapped in Grace, Discipleship, Centrality of Christ

 

The ‘Heart’ of Album, “City On A Hill,” Releases To Radio This Month

 

Band Relaunches TheCityHarmonic.com, Adds Tour Dates, Photos, More

 

Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, is set to release globally its highly anticipated sophomore album, HEART, September 3 through Integrity Music.  The 14 songs on HEART are underscored by the cinematic and communal aesthetic prominent in all of the band’s music while building from where the band left off with its widely acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home).  Reflecting life lived by the band members since their full-length debut, the new album shifts from the dream of what could and should be to the complexities of how to follow the true humanity of Christ’s example in the world.

 

Co-produced by the band – vocalist/songwriter and pianist Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan – and Jared Fox, HEART places Christ at the center while delving into themes of grace, discipleship and being, and becoming, truly human, all the while giving the listener permission to sing out in hope, in hurt.

 

“We set out to write an album ‘on being, and becoming, human,’ but, in a way, it’s about image bearing,” says Elias.  “By that I mean that yes, we’re human — and the Bible tells us that we’re made in the image of God and each and every human has an inherited dignity as a result. But there’s more to it than that…God made this universe around us and often refers to the cosmos as a temple. I mean if you stop and think about the role an ‘image’ or ‘statue’ might play in a temple, you begin to see that we humans have quite a role to play. Whatever our present circumstances, the biggest challenge before us is to recognize that in Christ we’ve been given the responsibility and capacity to become like Him, and as we do, we are becoming exactly the kind of humans we were meant to be from the beginning. 

                                                 

“People have always talked about ‘the square’ representing the physical, the tangible, and the circle representing the spirit, God,” continues Elias, making reference to the new album cover artwork. “How do you square the circle? How do you make these things connect?  Jesus was the perfect man and God.  Only in Jesus do we have the ability to say, ‘I’m a whole person, not a broken apart thing, whole but broken.’ On HEART, we try to unpack what it means to be fully human.”

 

At the core of the new album is the first radio single, “City on a Hill,” which is steeped in the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5.

 

“‘A City On A Hill’ takes the high concept view of Christ and brings it down to earth in the form of the very things he said in the Sermon on the Mount,” says Elias.  “It also forms a natural transition into the balance of the album which attempts to marry the ideals with our real lives.

 

“In Christ, God has given us the perfect example to live by, and the means to live that way,” adds Elias. “For the Christian, discipleship isn’t simply adding knowledge to our lives, but it’s to become increasingly more like the human example we’ve been given – to become ‘little Christs,’ and carry our cross through the mud and mire of a broken world in the knowledge that by the grace of God we arise brand new.”

 

In the past two years, life has hit The City Harmonic ‘square on.’ They went from working day jobs to recording and touring full time. Aaron had his first child, Josh was married, Elias had his fourth child and Eric was diagnosed with cancer. In a very real sense, life set the context for HEART.

 

One of the songs on the album, “Strong,” written by Elias and Eric, grew from a place of vulnerability in the middle of Eric’s battle with cancer. “I wasn’t really in a place to write anything,” Eric confesses. “Emotionally, I felt like a child who had been let down by his parents for the first time.  I just couldn’t see [my illness] as a blessing.  I couldn’t connect with God. To confront that stuff and write, ‘I am strong in my weakness,’ was really difficult because I couldn’t deny how I really felt…” 

 

Near the one-year anniversary of the stem cell transplant that saved his life, Eric’s cancer is in remission. “Being on the other side of it, my emotions now line up with what I believe. God really has been there the whole time, using this for the good. It’s a clear picture of God’s people coming together, working together… a profound experience.”

 

With Eric planning to rejoin the group on the road, having been sidelined since his cancer diagnosis early last year, The City Harmonic launches their headline tour with special guests Shawn McDonald and The Royal Royal in October.  Watch the recently relaunched site, www.thecityharmonic.com, for all the latest tour dates and more as the band is about “getting people in on the act—hearts pounding and feet moving.”  Listeners continue to resonate en masse, instinctively joining the chorus while the band’s music dynamically bounces from sparse intimacy to soaring celebration and back again.

 

Forming nearly three years ago, The City Harmonic went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, headlining tours across North America and gathering numerous awards along the way.  In addition to the Juno Award, the band has a Gospel Music Association (GMA) New Artist of the Year Dove Award nomination, four GMA Canada Covenant Awards and nearly 3,000,000 YouTube channel views. The band’s “Manifesto” has sold well over 100,000 copies, marking the only song from a new artist in 2011 to break into the top 10 of the SoundScan Top Current digital singles sales chart.

 

All the latest detail on the band and its touring can be found at:

 

New Tunes Tuesday: You Pick 2!

 

What’s a girl who writes a Christian music blog supposed to do when an old favorite and a new favorite both release brand new music on the same day?  I mean, really, how am I supposed to just pick one when I like them both so much?

This terrible dilemna has forced me to do something completely unprecedented and forward thinking (if I do say so myself) on Spin: The Blog today.

I picked them both for New Tunes Tuesday!

all things new

First let’s talk about my new favorite, All Things New!  Their debut project, entitled ‘All Things New’, is even better than I hoped for.  I first became acquainted with the band’s music a month or two ago (you can actually read about it by clicking here).  As I suspected once I learned that ATN are label mates with the likes of Kutless, Jeremy Camp, and Seventh Day Slumber, their debut release would be not only a powerful and compelling testimony true to their experiences, but rockin’ as well.

All Things New did not disappoint; in fact, they surpassed every single expectation that I had based solely upon on their first single, ‘New Man’.

I’m going to try to briefly surmise what I like the most about ATN’s album.  As a whole, the ATN album is not a neat and tidy compilation of music based on vanilla lives.  These songs are true to life, beautifully relatable; heartbreaking at times, but (and this is what I like the most) consistently and steadfastly hopeful in the promises of the Father.  The precious and redeeming blood of Jesus Christ is where it’s at, and ATN never deviates from that core belief for one second.

Musically speaking, there is a lot for everyone to like about ATN’s album as well.  Are you a vocalist lover?  I have no doubt that lead singer Garrett Hornbuckle’s soaring tenor will literally resonate with you.  There are also some pretty sweet harmonies interspersed throughout the album, and I particularly liked those in the opening track, ‘Washed Over Me’.  Like drums?  In official drummer lingo, I think it’s safe to say that Luke Wycuff has “great chops”.  Jeff Stein (guitars) and Josh Schou (guitars and bass) also put forth solid efforts, even throwing in a little banjo for good measure.  Lyrics your thing?  See the above paragraph, and keep in mind that the ATN co-wrote each of the 10 songs on the album, even calling in some big name help from the fantastic singing/songwriting veteran Matt Hammitt (Sanctus Real) on the powerful, Sanctus Real-y sounding track, ‘Borderline’.  (Come to think of it, if you like Sanctus Real you will LOVE All Things New.  You know, just saying!)

All in all, All Things New’s first foray into the field of mass-released Christian music is a huge victory for the band.  You can pick up your own copy of All Things New’s latest on iTunes today for the bargain basement price of $7.99; for the record, though, you’ll never find music as good as this in any bargain basement I’m aware of.

 

Josh Wilson

My 2nd pick in today’s ‘You Pick 2’  New Tunes Tuesday extravaganza is the much-anticipated new release by Josh Wilson, “Carry Me”.  If you’ve read my blog for any length of time longer than, say, ten minutes, you probably already know that I think Josh Wilson is one of the most underrated singer/songwriters not just in Christian music, but in the whole wide world.

Seriously, this guy is crazy talented.    (You need no further proof than to go to his ‘Noel’ Christmas concerts to see him play something like 20+ instruments, most of which I don’t even know the names of, to realize I know what I’m talking about here.)

With this being said, Carry Me is your typical, standard Josh Wilson fare.  (Loose translation–Superb.  Brilliant. Spectacular.  I think you get the picture.) 

Now, I already mentioned that Josh Wilson can probably play every instrument known to mankind.  Yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that I don’t even think this pretty neat fact is really where Josh Wilson’s strength lies as an artist.

Honestly, I’m hard pressed to think of  anyone else who is such a consistently resplendent songwriter.  Wilson has a real knack for creating bright, whimsical melodies and lyrics that are powerfully evocative.

Carry Me is no exception to the rule; rather, I think it may one day prove to be one of the crowning jewels in Josh Wilson’s expanding repertorie.  (This morning I went to my library of CD’s and by my count, this is something like his 8th major label release.)

Honestly, what more can I say?  (Well, I could say that he’s currently out on tour with Third Day, and Third Day doesn’t just let just anybody open for them.)  

Without further adieu, you should go pick up the 12 track ‘Carry Me’ over on iTunes today.  (According to Twitter all the cool kids are doing it, including Plumb, Colton Dixon, and Third Day’s Mac Powell!)

Breaking Jars of Clay News!

Hot off of Facebook & Twitter, Jars of Clay just officially announced the following:

“As of an hour ago, our record is mixed!  We are super excited, and working on the best means with which to get it to you a little later this year.”

That’s all, as I’m going to go jump up and down in excitement and perhaps listen to Revolution (one of my favorite Jars of Clay song) a few (hundred) times.

If you want, though, you can hang out here and watch the classic JOC video for Flood(You’re welcome!)

AudioA–King of the Comeback’s Clip

 

Here’s the second clip released from Audio Adrenaline’s forthcoming album, Kings & Queens.  This one is called King of the Comeback, which is a clever title that one could probably derive several meanings from.  Like yesterday’s clip of the The Fire Never Sleeps, I thought all 30 seconds sounded great and I’m ready for the full release!