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“We’re just worship leaders from Jacksonville, Florida, who love to sing together, who are married, and who enjoy proclaiming all God is doing in our lives,” sums up Lindsey. “If we’re going to write about His presence, we have to go there. You can’t take people where you haven’t been.”
And the five songs, plus one bonus track on Austin & Lindsey Adamec, reveals that this couple has definitely spent time in His presence.
With their fusion of rock, rap and funk, Audio Adrenaline emerged as one of the most popular CCM acts of the 1990s. Formed in 1986 on the campus of Kentucky Christian College, the band originally featured lead vocalist Mark Stuart, guitarist Barry Blair, bassist Will McGinnis, keyboardist Bob Herdman, and drummer Brian Hayes. Initially named A-180, they recorded an independent single, "My God," which caught the attention of Forefront Records president Dan Brock, and soon after the label issued Audio Adrenaline's self-titled debut LP. Don't Censor Me followed in 1993, scoring hits with the singles "Big House" and "Can't Take God Away." Live Bootleg was released in 1995, and Bloom in 1996; the latter debuted in the Top 60 on the Billboard pop charts. In 1997, Audio Adrenaline -- now consisting of Stuart, McGinnis, Herdman, and drummer Ben Cissell -- resurfaced with Some Kind of Zombie; Underdog followed two years later. A greatest-hits collection, Hit Parade, celebrated almost ten years in the music industry, and served as a good introduction to the band. Lift came out the following year. In 2003, Audio Adrenaline delivered their seventh full-length album, Worldwide, which earned the group a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. The following year, they duplicated their Grammy success with the album Until My Heart Caves In. In 2006, citing lead singer Stuart's vocal cord injuries, Audio Adrenaline announced they were breaking up. A career-spanning compilation album, Adios: Greatest Hits, followed that same year and the group embarked on a farewell tour in 2007. Two years later, they played a reunion show during Australia's Easterfest. In 2013, Audio Adrenaline re-formed with a new lineup featuring former dc Talk vocalist Kevin Max, and released the album Kings & Queens. Yet more lineup changes followed for the group's tenth studio album, 2015's Sound of the Saints, which found Stellar Kart frontman Adam Agee taking over lead vocal duties.
Acclaimed Dove Award-nominated modern rockers Abandon return with their first new recording in three years—Love Prevails—releasing tomorrow on iTunes. Produced by Dove-nominated Geoff Duncan, Love Prevails features 10 songs written or co-written by the band.
Highlighted by the album’s debut single, “It Was Love,” co-penned with Phillip LaRue and Allen Salmon, Love Prevails also features “Better,” “While We’re Living” and “Warrior.” In addition, the collection includes the new worship anthem, “Forever,” co-written by the band and Phil Wickham.
The only true alchemy in this world occurs when trials turn to gold, the debris and heartbreak of life transformed and polished into shining beauty by a loving, unseen hand. We try to catch a glimpse of this remarkable change in action, yet human eyes fail us. However, once these storms of life pass, we see the afterglow through signs as sure as Noah’s ancient rainbow. A loved one overcomes. Morning breaks after an impossibly long night. Grace thunders through spiritual drought with a mighty downpour of living water. All of this, and more, affirms the fact that yes, life is beautiful.
Such alchemy transforms The Afters’ fourth studio album, Life Is Beautiful, though the title came innocently enough to vocalist-guitarist Josh Havens. He’s been carrying it in his head ever since the release of the Oscar-winning 1997 film of the same name. But by the time the music came to fruition, Havens said he was wrestling with an ordeal that tested him like no other—and this from a guy who, along with his wife and kids, survived a near-fatal car wreck several years prior.
Formed while founding members Chad Graham and Alan Powell were both living in Los Angeles, California, Christian pop band Anthem Lights began as a solo project for Graham in 2007. After working on songs for Graham's debut, the pair decided to expand the project into a four-piece pop group, recruiting vocalists Kyle Kupecky and Caleb Grimm into the group. Working under the name Yellow Cavalier, the four singers released their self-titled debut EP in 2009 before they changed the group's name to Anthem Lights the following year. The quartet later signed on with Reunion Records, and with the new name in place and the backing of a label, Anthem Lights released a pair of eponymous albums, an EP and their full-length debut, in 2011. One year later, The Acoustic Sessions EP followed.
Anthem Lights' second album, You Have My Heart, appeared in early 2014. It was led by the single "Hide Your Love Away," their most popular song yet on the Christian charts. By the end of the year, third album Escape had appeared, with a pair of singles ("Just Fall," "Run Away") performing well on the charts. The group also began releasing mini albums of their favorite songs by other artists, under the banner Covers; most were recent songs by pop artists such as One Direction, Taylor Swift, and OneRepublic, but the group also charted their influences with covers of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'."
Beautiful Offerings follows the biggest album of the band’s career, Love Come To Life, which yielded the rare feat of four back-to-back #1 singles – “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed,” “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” and “Overwhelmed.” “Redeemed” became an anthem of unprecedented impact. Big Daddy Weave members Mike Weaver (lead vocals, guitar), Jay Weaver (bass, vocals), Jeremy Redmon (guitar, vocals), Joe Shirk (saxophone, keys, vocals) and Brian Beihl (drums) never would have predicted that a vulnerable song written for the lead singer himself, initially deemed by Mike too personal to even turn in for Love Come To Life, would become the group’s best-selling track in their 16-plus year history.
“I thought if I could somehow achieve something for God, that’s what He was going to use,” Mike admits, “but when we shared about brokenness, God used that more than He ever used any of the little successes that we had been given along the way.”
Brock has released four full-length DVDs: “Close-Up and Personal” (2002) and “Hidden Agenda” (2005), each produced by Jupiter Project, the Dove Award-winning creators of Third Day’s “The Offerings Experience” and Michael W. Smith’s “Worship.”"Standing Room Only" (2006) features big stunts, such as "the bullet catch," as well as pro skateboarder Tim Byrne, X-Games gold medalist freestyle motocross rider Kevin Johnson, and other artists. His latest DVD "Alive On Stage" is the most unique and fun project to date and is also available to watch on Hulu. The videos are designed to be practical evangelism tools, because they always feature a Gospel presentation.
Chris August has struck a balance in a beautiful tension. The soulful singer-songwriter who cites influences from Stevie Wonder to Boyz II Men accepts the call to speak the truth and pour every ounce of his being into his music, without taking himself too seriously. This equilibrium is evident on the award-winning artist’s new record, The Upside of Down.
Carrollton’s second album, Sunlight and Shadows, set to release September 18, is a hopeful testimony about that life in which beautiful, mountaintop days of sunshine mix with days in the shadows. Band members Jordan Bailey (bass), Michael Loy (drums), Jeremy Menard (lead guitar) and Justin Mosteller (lead vocals and guitar) bring listeners on the journey with them through powerful, faith-filled lyrics and driving beats. “The message of what we’re doing is that we believe God is with us in the good and the bad, and often in the mundane in-between” Justin says. “We’re trying to share that with people. We just want to put our hearts out there and see hope rise up.”
Land of Color started when two singer/song writers Gary Rea and Thomas Ewing met in the mountains of Montana in 2015. Before the band started, they were both worship leaders and solo artist in their own right but they feel like the Lord brought them together to create something that is unique and greater than the sum of the parts. Gary was born and raised in South Africa and Thomas is from Colorado and their different cultural and musical backgrounds have resulted in a unique sound that is a blend of African rhythms, singable melodies and tight harmonies.
The guys talk about how the band was birthed out of community and that it was at family gatherings in the early days of their friendship that they would grab their guitars and start writing songs. “The songs came quickly and easily” says Thomas “and they were simply an overflow of what the Lord was doing in our lives individually and as a community.” In 2016, they decided to record an album of the songs that they had been writing under the name HOLY MNTN and before long they were getting invites from all over the country for them to perform their music.
They recently changed their name to Land of Color and just signed a recording contract with Remade Records, an imprint of Provident Music and are going on tour with Tenth Avenue North this spring. They have also now teamed up with Gresham Hill Management to help them navigate this exciting new journey.
Consumed by Fire, made up of Caleb, Josh and Jordan Ward are a musically inventive Southern pop/rock band that combines their church roots with an eclectic array of influences distilled into a sound that is uniquely their own. Growing up, when they weren’t leading worship at their parent’s church, the three brothers were singing songs from Creedence, Bob Seger or The Eagles with their large musical family. It wasn’t long before the brothers found calling and their own musical voice and shortly after, Consumed By Fire was born.
On March 25, 2016 the band released their national debut, "Giving Over" to critical acclaim. The album features the radio hits "Lean On Me" and "He Waits For Me."
On May 15, 2015, just before midnight, everything changed for Jonny Diaz. When he and his wife, Libby, welcomed their daughter, Charlie Grace, into the world, the singer/songwriter officially added “Dad” to his long list of accomplishments. In many ways, it was the beginning of a new chapter for Diaz and a period of change that’s proved far more exhausting and more rewarding than he could have ever imagined. In fact, the birth of his first child came in a long succession of events leading up to the release of his latest EP, aptly titled Everything Is Changing (Centricity Music).
Jason Gray has emerged as a songwriter of extraordinary depth, with a noteworthy ability to convey deep theological truths in engaging three-and-a-half minute songs. The Minnesota native is steadily drawing legions of fans who recognize his ability to connect with listeners on an emotional level, offering not escape or distraction, but healing and hope. His 2012 release, “A Way To See In The Dark”, was named Album of the Year by critics and garnered three top-five radio singles, including Nothing is Wasted, which hit #1 for nine weeks.
A lifetime is a long time to do anything. Yet, the four members of the JJ Weeks Band are certain they’ll spend the rest of their days making God known through their music. On their seventh full-length project—and first for Centricity Music—the JJ Weeks Band musically commits to telling the world about Jesus for as long as they can breathe.
Comprised of lead singer/songwriter JJ Weeks, bassist David Hart, drummer Jon Poole and guitarist Cody Preston, the Macon, Ga., based band may be new to the Centricity roster, but they are far from a new act. The group originated when Weeks—then a worship leader at his hometown church—needed a band for a local worship night. Hitting the road, the group began amassing a loyal fanbase throughout the southeast. To date, they’ve opened for everyone from MercyMe and Casting Crowns to labelmates Unspoken. In addition, their music has been featured on the official soundtracks for high-profile films God’s Not Dead and Four Blood Moons. With the debut of their first national release in 2013, the group earned a Top 10 single with “Let Them See You,” a song that remained on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart for 29 weeks.
Crazy is a relative word, one to spin around and play with—the way a certain well-known rap artist flips rhymes about having faith even in this fallen world. Some say belief in God is crazy. Others might suggest not putting down spiritual roots in these crazy times is a sure sign of losing one’s mind. On his surprising new release Mental, hip-hop innovator KJ-52 finds the common ground with uncommon style, reaching out to seekers and skeptics alike.
After thriving through the seamless transition between a cutting edge newcomer at the tip of the 2000's to one of today’s most respected and ambitious rap/hip-hop heroes, KJ-52 continues pushing the musical and lyrical envelope. This is his 9th release, and will be with the Paradigm Collective/Central South and Gotee Records.
The irony of choosing a vocational path as an artist and songwriter is that you’re probably a highly perceptive, empathetic, and sensitive, creative personality— yet you wake one day to find yourself laboring in a music industry where thick skin is required because rejection is the rule and nothing is certain. Very few artists ever arrive. Most walk a high-wire balancing act for the length of their careers. The decision to pursue art-making is often, in itself, a step of faith. And that step of faith has to be worked out in small, daily increments, stewarding one’s artistic gifts, while weathering the constant ups and downs of an industry that offers anything but security. At first blush one might think such tension would kill any real art-making. But for some artists—including singer/songwriter Lindsay McCaul—it’s actually the ongoing tension of existing in that vulnerable space that makes their expressions more human, powerful and relatable.
Moriah Peter’s sophomore release is a powerful collection of anthemic and melodic pop songs that challenge us to boldly live out our faith as Christians. At 21 she delivers a cutting edge, energetic sound that confidently carries a message that resonates with both the young and young at heart.
Those familiar with her debut release, “I Choose Jesus,” will recognize her distinctive vocals and be delighted by her musical evolution. Co-producers Seth Mosley (Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline) and Joel Smallbone (For King & Country) closely collaborated with Moriah in creating a musical experience that is an artful blend of theatrical string lines, dynamic percussion, and pulsating synth sounds all seamed together by unforgettable Pop melodies.
Mark Schultz' personal approach to music has yielded a slew of hits including “He’s My Son” and “Letters From War,” a poignant account of faith in the midst of strife, which recently served as the centerpiece of the Army’s “Be Safe-Make it Home” campaign. As one of Christian music’s most distinctive voices, singer/songwriter Mark has a considerable catalog of tracks that can’t help but tug on his listeners’ hearts.
Big Daddy Weave quickly established themselves as one of Christian music's favorite new artists of the year, helping them to garner the esteemed New Artist of the Year Dove nomination. It is through these experiences, and many others, that the band has refined their sound, their performance and their calling.
Produced by Jeremy Redmon (guitarist) and Mike Weaver (lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter) of the band, Big Daddy Weave's sophomore release Fields of Grace is "a little closer to capturing what you would hear when we play live. It's a little edgier maybe, but we like it a whole lot," states Mike Weaver.
With such success, it would have been easy to bask in the glow of the spotlight. "But it really wasn't about us," says Eddie Carswell. "It was pretty amazing to see how God orchestrated it all, and it took us completely by surprise.
"We still love what we're doing and it's always incredible to hear how God has used our music to touch someone's life," Carswell concludes. "God's the one orchestrating this whole thing, and he's blessed us more and more as the years have gone by. It's a remarkable thing to see how it all works out, and we'll just keep riding the waves to see what God wants to do next."
Playing to arenas packed with screaming fans, seeing your first EP make an impressive chart debut and getting to perform on national television seems like the stuff dreams are made of. For the Oswald brothers, who play under the moniker OBB, these professional feats have already become reality—and all before their 22nd birthdays. The trio’s infectious songs, infused with Hope amidst a backdrop of colorful pop, are connecting with young fans desiring to sing along to something that matters.
Few songwriters cultivate more fertile creative soil when crafting a new album than Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Juggling dual vocations as both pastors and recording artists for more than two decades, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have created an impressive body of work inspired by what God is doing in their lives and their respective churches. That legacy of faith-fueled music continues on the trio’s fourteenth album, Above It All.
Each extraordinary artists in their own right, Nirva Ready—a Chicago native and daughter of Haitian immigrants—is familiar to fans around the world as a singer and dancer in TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. Joining the group shortly after her graduation from Nashville’s historic Fisk University, where she was a member of the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, Nirva has traveled with the iconic GRAMMY®-winning artist for more than a decade, and it’s an honor she doesn’t take lightly.
It can be an easy path to seek comfort in the familiar and stay in the world of possibilities instead of striving for actualization.
For SHINEBRIGHT (formerly Shine Bright Baby), comprised of Emily Irene and husband Nathan, just the possibilities are no longer enough. With the launch of their sophomore album Only You, they are definitely not settling.
Never ones for empty words, Emily and Nathan have put their convictions into action. Since the release of their 2013 debut album Dreamers, they have gone from four band members to two and changed the band’s name from Shine Bright Baby to simply SHINEBRIGHT.
Music has a unique ability to touch lives and transform hearts. Over the course of 17 years in ministry, Selah has seen that power over and over again. For Todd Smith, Allan Hall and Amy Perry, it’s both humbling and exciting to be part of a force that inspires, entertains and encourages. That’s what Selah’s music has always done and what the trio does yet again on You Amaze Us.
Well before the album’s release, the title track made history by becoming the only song to debut at #1 on the Christian Soft AC chart since Billboard began archiving the weekly charts in 2006. “You Amaze Us” also marks Selah’s eighth #1 single, joining the ranks of such group signatures as “You Raise Me Up,” “Wonderful, Merciful Savior” and “Press On,” among others. With seven Gospel Music Association Dove Awards to their credit, including five Inspirational Album of the Year trophies, their career sales have surpassed four million album and single units combined—more than proving the perennial relevancy of Selah’s soul-stirring songs.
Todd Agnew didn’t ask for fame. All he wanted to do was make a new CD for the student camps and conferences that filled up his schedule. In fact, when Todd first went to the offices of storied Ardent Records in Memphis, CCM music legend Dana Key was relieved to discover that Todd wasn’t interested in a record deal—that is, until Dana heard Todd’s music. Dana Key then had to convince Agnew that his music needed a larger stage so that it could have a much larger impact.
Todd Smith is a founding member of the multi platinum music group Selah, with 4 1/2 million albums and singles sold, 11 #1 records, 3 #1 Billboard albums, and 13 Dove Awards. He spent 8 years growing up in Congo, Africa as the son of missionaries. He is married to author/speaker Angie Smith. They live with their 4 girls in Nashville, TN.
Todd's latest solo album, "There's A Light" releases August 26, 2016.
When you ask the guys in Unspoken what it is that their audiences most connect with, they’ll bring it down to a single word. But it’s not a word born of the smooth, soul-edged pop sound they’ve built of skilled musicianship, adventurous production and complex vocal harmonies. It’s also not something directly rooted in the international influences of the band (guitarist Mike Gomez hails from Dominican Republic and drummer Ariel Munoz from Puerto Rico). It isn’t even a quality anchored in the success of their first Centricity Music album which sold more than 100,000 copies, spawning four top ten singles and a number one as well. And it’s not a byproduct of their recent success as a headlining act, or their pick for a slot (alongside David Crowder and Steven Curtis Chapman) on the 2016 K-Love Christmas Tour.