Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Boxing Promoter Don King Endorses Prodigal Son

Legendary boxing promoter Don King endorses Prodigal Son:

Get Prodigal Son's latest Gospel Rap album Deeper Than Church on or one of many other great online retailers.

Deeper Than Church debuted on the Billboard Soundscan Chart at #18 (9/25/12). Prodigal Son has also been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song.

To book Prodigal Son for a show please contact: Holy-Wood Records: (954) 801-4965

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rap Artist Brinson Throws Down with "Hit The Floor"

You got about 10, 9, 8 seconds to get on the floor and rep your God, rep your city, rep Jesus Christ. Here we go!

No doubt the brand new album "No Other Heroes" from Brinson is ON FIRE! Pick up your copy now!

Christian Musician Summit Heads West

CMS Northwest logo
The popular Christian Musician Summit (CMS) is set to come home to the Northwest, the site where the CMS events first started 10 years ago. CMS Northwest 2012 boasts a schedule that includes workshops and performances featuring some of the best musicians in the Contemporary Christian music (CCM) industry, including David Crowder, Phil Keaggy, Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown & The Worship Republic, Lincoln Brewster, Michael Farren, Bellarive, Jennie Lee Riddle and many others.

CMS Northwest 2012 will be held November 9 and 10 at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Wash., 25 minutes from downtown Seattle. A set of one-day bootcamps for songwriters, guitarists, vocalists and indie artists is scheduled for November 8. 

"It is amazing to think that this is our 10th year. God is faithful!" says Bruce Adolph, co-founder of the Christian Music Summit conferences and president of the Adolph Agency, Inc. "We love helping musicians improve their skill and inspire their talent. Come and join the celebration!"

Each day will feature conference sessions, workshops and performances, followed by nightly concerts. David Crowder, Phil Keaggy, a CCM Songwriters in the Round (Jennie Lee Riddle, Michael Farren, Bob Bennett, Benji Cowart and Jason Ingram), One Sonic Society, Bellarive, Lincoln Brewster and a Late Night Groove Lounge featuring Jesus Music Again (Bob Bennett, Bill Batstone and Alex MacDougall) are among those scheduled for the concerts.

"What a great opportunity for training and encouragement. I can't recommend the Christian Musician Summit more highly!" says award-winning Christian recording artist and songwriter Brenton Brown.

Grammy nominated recording artist and world renowned guitarist Phil Keaggy, who's set to teach a workshop and perform at the event, says,"I have had the privilege to be a part of the Christian Musician Summit conferences over a number of years now, and I can tell you it is an event that both educates and encourages musicians, vocalists, technicians and anyone who desires to improve their skill and have an impact in this world with their God-given talents. The people who have tirelessly put all this together are true servants and amazing human beings that I have come to love and respect." 

Co-founder and president of the Christian Music Summit, Matt Kees added, "It has been a pleasure to serve God's people for the last 10 years with this conference. As long as we continue to meet a need for the sake of His kingdom, we will continue to strive to provide excellent, practical resources for folks."

For more information on CMS Northwest 2012, including conference rates and to register, visit the WEBSITE, like the facebook PAGE or follow @CMSPRODUCTIONS on twitter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Real Rick Ross Endorses Prodigal Son

Get Prodigal Son's latest Gospel Rap album Deeper Than Church on iTunes, AmazonMP3, or one of many other great online retailers.

Deeper Than Church debuted on the Billboard Soundscan Chart at #18 (9/25/12). Prodigal Son has also been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song.

To book Prodigal Son for a show please contact: Holy-Wood Records: (954) 801-4965

Visit Rick Ross at:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Check Out The Hot New Mixtape & Video From Lil Prophet

2012 has been a busy year for Real Word Records artist Lil Prophet. In June he released his 3rd studio album "The Revolution" along with the music VIDEO for the title track which features his brother, and fellow label artist, K.A.S. He has since been touring the Central Midwest and Southern States with "The Revolution Tour".

Somehow, in the midst of his hectic schedule, he has found time to team up with Jay Harris, of "Strght and Nrrw" Clothing, to release the "Blood, Sweat, Tears & Prayers" mixtape which can be downloaded free of charge HERE (for the story behind the mixtape check out the video HERE).  The music video for Lil Prophet's song "Actin' Up", shot by Eshon Burgundy of GoodLook Multimedia, was recently released and can be seen below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Smalltown Poets "Under The New Sun" Album Review

October 16, 2012
Review by: Iain Moss
Release Date: 10/16/12

Christian Rock group Smalltown Poets return with a brand new EP entitled “Under The New Sun,” the first non-holiday album in 8 years since the release of their 2004 album “It’s Later Than It’s Ever Been” through BEC Records/EMI.

The Atlanta, GA based quintet reformed in 2011 to release their first official Christmas album “Smalltown Poets Christmas” and, as much fun as they had reworking Christmas songs, are said to be relishing a return to their musical roots with “Under The New Sun.” The band is known for crafting lyric-intensive songs from the ground up, quite often turning a few phrases and sneaking in a few puns but, most importantly, inviting the listener to explore the musical landscape with their own imagination.

The title of the EP “Under The New Sun” is taken from an old Villanelle song “May Day” (Villanelle being a previous incarnation of Smalltown Poets). The lyric “under the new sun” sums up many of the themes on the new release including death, rebirth, renewal, restoration and resurrection.

The 7-track EP opens with the title track, an atmospheric instrumental which, with its spacious guitars, eager chord progression and piano melodies, sonically paints the hope of a new dawn. It sets a mood of tranquility and encourages the worries and stresses of the world to fade away. After the peace instilled in the opener, “Turn Around” is sure to get your heart racing as it uses mile-a-minute word pictures to take you on a roller-coaster ride to a bullfight and back again through space. “Charlie Brown’s Lament” follows the classically familiar relationship of a boy and his dog with Smalltown Poets fetching the irony to tell a timeless story in their own unique manner.

The reflective yet driving “Grace Is a Song”, with the resurrection story as its backdrop, is a celebration of hope and leads beautifully into the worship classic “Jesus I Come.” The song takes on new life as it’s given the Smalltown Poets treatment. The melodic undertone combined with Michael Johnston’s soothing voice creates the perfect atmosphere to worship our Lord and Savior freely. The lyrics of the song are inspired by Psalm 130:1, “Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord” and Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

New territory is broached with “The Ballad of Time and Eternity”, an Aesop-esque story including lyrics written for the lead singer’s six year old daughter which are meant to take on new meaning when she turns sixteen. The EP is rounded out with Smalltown Poet’s twist on the standard gospel song “I’ll Fly Away”, which evoked some of the finer qualities of Jars of Clay.

Whether you listen to music as a backdrop or prefer to dive right into the heart of the song (or even like to sing along at the top of your lungs), every track on this EP meets the challenge of transcending the ordinary. Smalltown Poets have once again crafted a masterpiece guaranteed to have you pressing the replay button repeatedly. Repeat after me: "Play; Rewind; Repeat!"

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Monday, October 15, 2012

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Smalltown Poets Announce New EP

Smalltown Poets return with a 7-track EP entitled "Under The New Sun" which will be released October 16th via digital retailers iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and BandCamp.

The band, who reformed last year for their Christmas album "Smalltown Poets Christmas" had once again laid low for awhile but have resurfaced in recent weeks with an announcement which is sure to delight the thousands of Smalltown Poets fans. The EP is said to be a return to Smalltown Poets' musical roots.

 If the name Smalltown Poets is new to you and you're a fan of straight forward, simple, easy listening pop/worship music then you'll love Smalltown Poets. For more information, visit Smalltown Poets on Facebook.

JesusWired Welcomes New Contributor Iain Moss

We'd like to welcome Iain Moss to the JesusWired team. Iain is an author and avid Christian music fan from West Sussex, United Kingdom.

He will be contributing heavily in the areas of new release announcements, CD reviews and interviews with independent Christian bands as well as some of the top Christian bands in the world.

Welcome to the team, Iain!

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Prodigal Son Enters Soundscan Charts At #18

Rap artist Prodigal Son enters the Soundscan sales chart at #18 after outstanding first week sales for his brand new album, "Deeper Than Church." The album is being distributed physically and digitally by CLG Distribution.

Prodigal Son has branded a movement in the gospel industry named NEW ERA. Prodigal Son say’s he and his HOLY-wood Records team will continue to bring a new sound to the gospel genre as a whole. The title of this new cd DEEPER THAN CHURCH continues to introduce this NEW ERA sound from HOLY-wood Records, as they bring a blend of music for anyone to enjoy who purchases this Groundbreaking, Impactful cd. with music production from top producers who have produced for the likes of RICK ROSS, WALE, WACKA FLACKA FLAME, YMCMB, WIZ KHALIFA and more with features from Klaridy, Rochelle Saunders, Tri-Beezy & Red Fur . The Lyrical message on this NEW ERA album is to uplift, encourage and challenge each listener to stop being so judgmental to one another, as well explained on the songs REALITY, ON MY WAY WAY, to the songs that touch emotions of wrong doing within our body of believers that need to be corrected as explained in the songs EZY MONEY, DEEPER THAN CHURCH and the media favorite AS THE STORY GOES.

Prodigal Son says “ I wrote this album during my three year grieving period of losing my mother, father and grandmother one year apart. I was actually able to look at life from a different vantage point, much like many of those whom I ministered too on the streets and inside of prison walls, so I consulted w/ GOD and made a cd from their vantage point. The only reason I did not stop doing music totally after my families demise is because my mother’s very last words to me were, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS NEVER GIVE UP, and those words birthed DEEPER THAN CHURCH. Many don’t understand my style and that’s ok in a sense, because those who get it, get me because we are alike, so those are the ones I reach out too with hopes that others realize that I speak and write from a perspective that no one else has seen, and that’s because its my REAL LIFE I write about.. I really don’t have any comparisons to my music because i really believe i’m creating a sound that will sit in it’s own category”. Managed now by Debbie King (Daughter of Boxing promoter Don King) Prodigal Son says I see clear skies ahead as I prepare Tours, Deeper Than Church Pt. 2, and a new autobiography in the works named $75 and a Dream.

HOLY-wood Records has been around for the past eight years and Prodigal Son describes how he came up with the name ”HOLY-wood Records. See celebrities go to HOLLYWOOD for their fortune, fame, status, ect but as believers we go to the Throne of GOD (YHWH). We just need to seek first the Kingdom Of God and all things will be added unto us, as described in Matthew 6:33. So instead of HOLLYWOOD I have created HOLY-wood Records Films/Music and Books. Pre-order Deeper Than Church now on iTunes, AmazonMP3, or on many other digital retail outlets.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Video From Fades Away

Check out the brand new video for the song "Not Ready To Run" by Minneapolis-based hard rock band Fades Away.

Purchase the track on iTunes!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kathleen Carnali's "Be Still and Know" Available Now!

After four years in the making, Kathleen Carnali's highly anticipated follow-up to 2008's Dangerous Prayer is finally here! The album dropped yesterday (May 22nd) and can be previewed or purchased on iTunes by clicking HERE!

With a feel more in line with 2006's All To You, Be Still and Know is sure to please fans of the prophetic worship style of Jason Upton and others of the genre.

Featured track "Come Holy Ghost" was co-written by Jennie Lee Riddle, author of the highly-acclaimed "Resurrection Song" which is sung in houses or worship across the globe.

Be Still and Know is a "must have" for anyone who appreciates true, unadulterated worship of Jesus Christ the King!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

AMG Music Group Looking For Staff DJ's


AMG Music Group is proud to present:


"Shake The Earth Radio"


Now accepting applications for full-time DJ Spots on our 5-Channel Mix Shows

To the DJ’s -

We at AMG Music Group have formulated a new addition to our Ministry. We have added ‘’Shake The Earth Radio’’ With one Mix Show going live starting next Thursday, April 26th. We are looking to fill a five-slot Mix Show in the future. Currently one slot has been taken and is preparing to go live starting this Thursday. We need four more candidates who are will to have a exclusive deals with us and have a home to put your Mix Show within our Ministry. We support Signed and Indie artists as well as various genres in the Gospel artist industry. If you think you have what it takes to have your own Mix Show and the responsibility that comes with it, then please contact us for further information. We pride ourselves in setting a new standard in today’s music industry with an attitude of Holiness, a no-compromise attitude of the Gospel of Christ. If, you have a zeal for Christ and want to have a long-haul career as a Christian DJ or Radio Host, AMG Music Group will be the perfect spot for you. There are benefits in becoming a staff member with this Ministry - a great deal of exposure through marketing (which we take care of) as well as the ability to generate income from your show. We are a full-time Ministry and looking for motivated Christians who need a place to lay their tables and call home. Contact us today for consideration! We are looking to have one show with Worship Music, one show with Praise/Urban Gospel/Christian contemporary, and one show with just Christian Hip-Hop. If you or someone you might know fits one of these genres have them contact us on our site or simply email us to the following:


Minor Requirements:

1. Must be under headship with your Local Church
2. Must be a Tithe Giver according to the word of God in Malachi 3
3. Must be saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost
4. Bottom line! You got to be a Real Christian by Faith to be considered

Thank you, AMG Staff

Don't Miss The Latest Single From Deanna Ransom


Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Launches New Christian Music App for iPad and iPhone (NRT), the largest Christian music site online, continues to push forward in mobile app development with the announcement of the site's third application, “NRT Weekly,” designed for Apple’s industry leading mobile iOS platform. The app is available now as a free download through Apple’s iTunes Store and is optimized for the iPad as well as available for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The app was developed in partnership with Word Entertainment—an entertainment company that represents some of the top names and brands in Christian music—and will feature exclusive ads throughout NRT Weekly, highlighting the latest projects and messages from Word Entertainment, as well as various national awareness campaigns throughout the year.

“NRT Weekly is the culmination of the hard work our entire team has done over the past five years as we've sought to build the best Christian music site online,” states NRT founder, Kevin McNeese. “Our previous app, NRT Mobile, is more informative and static, connecting to our massive Christian artist and album databases, whereas NRT Weekly is a content rich app, updating every Tuesday with new content to explore. It is a natural progression of what we do and a great way for the casual, or even hardcore, Christian music fan to quickly digest the latest that NRT and the world of Christian music has to offer each week."

Adam Zinke, Director of Online Marketing at Word Entertainment, said, “As an entertainment company, we are always looking for ways to expand our reach through new and innovative technologies. has once again delivered a well-designed mobile experience for the Christian music fan. We are honored to be a part of this vision and help drive it forward."

Released almost three years to the date since NRT Mobile’s launch—which has since been downloaded more than 85,000 times—NRT Weekly seeks to dynamically share with fans what's new in Christian music each week. Through exclusive content, special features and rich media, Christian music fans will be able to explore new releases, watch the latest music videos, connect with their favorite artists and read interviews and other exclusive content found nowhere else.

In addition to the latest information on new releases, NRT Weekly will give users mobile access to the site’s popular new release schedule promoting what's releasing in future weeks as well as connecting fans to NRT Radio, a 24/7 Christian Music radio station that plays over 8 hours of new music with zero repeats.

“It's been my experience that God will bring together the right team in His timing,” says McNeese. “We feel that NRT Weekly aligns perfectly with Word Entertainment's mission to reach music fans in a dynamic and innovative way. One of NRT’s main objectives is to introduce people to music that changes lives and NRT Weekly will be a true extension of that vision for both companies. With over 25 billion applications downloaded through iTunes, and the recent release of the third generation iPad, there is huge potential to bring positive music to this platform, and I can’t think of a better partner than Word Entertainment to help us bring this application to market.”

"We are truly approaching this as an evolution of the digital magazine," continues McNeese. "NRT Weekly is designed for quick consumption and updated for free every single Tuesday with content you can't get anywhere else. We can't wait to connect with Christian Music fans in this way.”

More information about NRT Weekly, along with the long-awaited launch of NRT Mobile for the Android platform, can be found at

Triple D Releases "New Path" Single

Triple D - New Path

Real Word Records recording artist Triple D releases the single "New Path" which is currently being promoted to Christian CHR radio by Chris Chicago of Shamrock Media.

Triple D blends elements of Hip-Hop with CCM to create cross-over material pleasing to fans of either genre. The song features fellow Real Word Records recording artist Lil Prophet.

The song is available on iTunes and other digital retail outlets!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

October Baby Is A Vote For Life!

This weekend, when the biggest box-office hit is expected be a film based on a popular book about young people being forced to fight to the death, OCTOBER BABY hits theaters with a resounding message about the sanctity of life. Talk about a culture in need of a wake-up call!

On top of that, every ticket purchased for OCTOBER BABY is a vote for life. The producers of OCTOBER BABY have assigned 10 percent of the profits of the movie to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will distribute funds to frontline organizations helping women facing crisis pregnancies, life-affirming adoption agencies, and those caring for orphans.

Starring Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, Jasmine Guy and John Schneider of "Dukes of Hazard" and "Smallville" fame.

Visit for more information.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Viktory's "R4 Featured Emcee Contest" Winners Announced

Recently, Gospel Rapper Viktory held a contest on in which emcees were able to submit their best verse for a chance to be featured on Vik's upcoming national album release entitled "R4 (Relentless 4Ever)," due out April 17th through CLG Distribution.

Head over to right now to see who the winner is! On April 16th the song will be revealed at the's listening party.

Hot New Video: Nine Lashes - Get Back

Tooth & Nail Records continues to pump out musically relevant content. Check out the hot new video from Tooth & Nails' "Nine Lashes."

Nine Lashes debut album "World We View" is out now. Grab your copy at WalMart, Lifeway, Family Stores, Mardel, FYE, etc.

Hit Or Miss? "My Destiny" Video By Demon Hunter

It's finally here! The brand new, official video for "My Destiny" from Demon Hunter's upcoming album True Defiance releasing April 10th.

So what's your opinion? Hit or miss? Hot or not? 

Preview The New Family Force 5 Video "Paycheck"

Check out the brand new video for the song "Paycheck" from their new album III. No doubt, this song rocks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jars Of Clay Announce New Spring Tour

Multi-Platinum and GRAMMY Award-winning Gray Matters/Essential Records recording artist Jars of Clay has announced the initial nine dates on their highly anticipated 2012 Spring Tour, with additional dates to follow. The tour will feature special guests LEAGUES, an emerging band comprised of Tyler Burkum, Thad Cockrell and Jeremy Lutito; and acclaimed singer/songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones.

Launching April 12 in Minneapolis, the Jars of Clay Spring Tour will travel to Dallas; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Des Moines, Iowa; and Monroe, Louisiana, among other markets. Dates are slated to include such esteemed venues as The Door in Dallas; Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis; and The Old Rock House in St. Louis.

In conjunction with the tour, a special Jars of Clay Spring Tour 2012 Sampler is currently available via The sampler features “Small Rebellions” and “Body and Wine” from Jars of Clay; “Mind Games” and “Haunted” from LEAGUES; and “O, Theo” and “Until The Dawn Appears” (featuring Thad Cockrell of LEAGUES) from Matthew Perryman Jones. All selections are available for free download, with tips being collected for Blood:Water Mission (

During each performance, concert attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Blood:Water Mission, a non-profit organization founded by Jars of Clay in 2005 to empower communities to work against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in sub-Saharan Africa through creative grassroots efforts. Those enlisting as Community:Builder monthly donors at the shows will receive $25 in Jars of Clay merchandise of their choice.

Jars of Clay, made up of members Dan Haseltine (vocals), Charlie Lowell (keyboards), Steve Mason (guitars) and Matt Odmark (guitars), launched its breakout career with the multi-format Hit “Flood” in 1995. Since then, it has amassed more than 6 million in career sales (five Gold, two Platinum and one Multi-Platinum certification), three GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award nod, three GMA Dove Awards, and BMI honors for songwriting as well as performing. The group also claims 17 #1 radio singles, numerous film credits, and has headlined thousands of sold-out shows and festivals. The band’s GRAMMY-nominated 10th album, The Long Fall Back To Earth, was recently followed by its compelling, community-minded project, Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter.

In advance of their highly anticipated full-length debut (summer 2012), emerging band LEAGUES (Tyler Burkum, Thad Cockrell, Jeremy Lutito) will also be performing selections from their debut self-titled EP, which was recorded in Nashville with engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Raconteurs, The Dead Weather). In the band’s own words, “LEAGUES is a collective of three guys that believe music is a gift. We are all still amazed where it comes from and that we can take part of it. The decision to start the band was made under the simple idea of ‘let’s just show up.’ Show up we did and this is the music that happened. All the music was played, written and produced together with the idea that beauty is the driving force and these songs are not only for us but everyone.”

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones, whose catalog includes his stellar debut, Throwing Punches In The Dark (2006), followed by Swallow The Sea (2008), featuring “Save You,” returns with Land Of The Living, releasing May 29. Jones has shared stages with Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Patty Griffin, among others, and is a member of the collective “Ten Out of Tenn.” His music has been featured multiple times on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Bones” and “One Tree Hill.”

Friday, March 16, 2012

New Music From "The Beautiful Refrain" Out Tomorrow

The Beautiful Refrain’s debut EP, Redemption:Daylight, tomorrow, March 17, 2012. The band will be celebrating the release with a hometown album release show Sunday, March 18 at the Blue Nile in Harrisonburg, VA.

The Beautiful Refrain got their start at Aletheia Church, while the band was attending James Madison University. Although they started writing songs to be performed at Aletheia, their music has proved to resonate with a much larger audience, and has struck a chord with both listeners and worship leaders across the nation.

Their debut single “Page One” is on the verge of a debut on the Christian rock charts, and the band is finding fans with radio networks across the country.

"After the first three lines of this song I was hooked,” explains Kenny Fowler from WBHY, Mobile, AL. “Great lyrics & it brings some spiritual meat to our rock playlist.”

Chris Goodwin from KRVK in Dallas/FT. Worth continues, "We literally crave songs that sound this good with lyrics like 'Page One'."

Minneapolis' Renowned Christian "Club 3 Degrees" Sold to AEG Live

There wasn't much reason for Joe Litvag to show a music critic around the spacious kitchen at the Brick nightclub, except for one important detail: the new walk-in beer cooler.

"That's one thing we did have to add," noted the senior vice president at AEG Live.

The giant promotions company that owns or co-owns everything from London's O2 Arena to Los Angeles' Staples Center -- oh, and the L.A. Lakers, too -- AEG is staking a much bigger claim on Minneapolis in the form of the Brick.

The 2,100-capacity Warehouse District venue opens Monday with a sold-out concert by Jane's Addiction. It's housed in the former Club 3 Degrees, a nonalcoholic Christian music haven that probably wouldn't have let Marilyn Manson in the door (he plays the Brick May 18).

After a couple of years of shopping around for a smaller sister space to Target Center -- which AEG manages but the city owns -- Litvag said he was surprised to come across the "near-perfect" space "almost right under our noses.

"Not only was it a good-looking building, but all it really needed was a dusting and a little reconfiguring," he said.

The historic, brick-adorned, three-story building already had a top-notch audio system and lighting rig. It just required a few things, including a liquor license and extra bar space. AEG added a better-flowing entrance and larger stage and soundboard.

Read the rest of the story HERE!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kye Kye Performs "Broke" At Relevant Magazine Studio

With an eclectic blend of acoustic, electronica, ambient and even spoken word influences, the enigmatic band Kye Kye from Camas, Washington has forged a distinctive sound all their own. Lead vocalist Olga Yagolnikov has a style reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson and, to a lesser extent, Brooke Fraser.

Kye Kye are friends and siblings. Their love for music was passed on from their parents. Their love for Christ was given to them from our Heavenly Father. They fuse the two and the result is Kye Kye. They experienced a personal encounter with Jesus Christ in 2009 which went down something like Acts 2:2. It was nothing short of profound. They know they have found the meaning of life, and know it is Eternal Life. John 3:16 tells us that this is the reason He came. Then in John 17;3 Christ expounds on what this truly means. "And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."

Certain things happen in a persons life that are a result of an intimate relationship with God through Christ. One of those things is the desire to spread the good news of the Kingdom of God. As this relationship grows, a second set of desires tends to rise up in your heart. This desire is designed and tailored to you and grows for the very purpose of supporting the desire to pour out the gospel from within you.

Kye Kye is their second set of desires.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Learn To Play Hillsong's "Hosanna" has a full instructional video complete with chord charts for Hillsong's "Hosanna." View the video below:

Visit for chord diagrams.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brand New Video From Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer

Leigh Nash covers the classic hymn "Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us (Blessed Jesus)" in this brand new video from her newest effort.

Leigh, perhaps best known as the dynamic, angelic-voiced lead singer of platinum-selling pop group Sixpence None the Richer, now offers her favorite, newly recorded Hymns &  Sacred Songs. "Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us" is the first track from this new album.

Michael Gungor Discusses Perspective & Art

Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to really see the beauty of something. From the ledge of the Grand Canyon, Beauty shines bright as the sun. She wears a dress of granite and sky with sparkling shoes made of rushing river. Her eyes shine bright as the sunbeams shade the giant cliffs and valleys with color and shadow, revealing scope and texture. Her hair smells like wildflowers in the crisp desert wind. It’s difficult to stand on the ledge of the Grand Canyon and not notice her blinding presence.

But if you hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and lay prostrate with your face against the rocky floor, you may notice that your awareness of her will soon begin to wane. You may find that all you see down there is rock. Maybe some dirt or a crawling bug. These are the threads of her dress, but up close, it’s easy to lose her essence in the details.

I find this to be true of art.


New Demon Hunter Song "My Destiny" Posted On Facebook

Check out the brand new track "My Destiny" on Facebook now! The song is off their upcoming album "True Defiance" available in stores and online April 10th!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Jeremy Camp's "I Still Believe: The Number One Collection"

New album "I Still Believe: The Number Ones Collection," out March 13, 2012, features 15 of Jeremy Camp's 25 #1 songs at radio from his past releases and also includes a brand new unreleased song, "Wait" that you can hear now.

For those of you that have Jeremy Camp's mobile app - you can hear the new song now in the music player section, plus see all of Jeremy's current tour dates, chat with other fans, post comments to Jeremy and more. Download the mobile app now!

Also, Jeremy Camp's current single "Overcome" is #2 in the US! Thanks for your support and continue to call your radio stations to ask them to hear it. This single is from Jeremy's worship album "We Cry Out" available where ever you buy your music.

Critics & Audiences Tout Andrew Greer's Latest Effort

Angel Band: The Hymn Sessions, the sophomore recording from acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Greer, has garnered a range of critical praise since its January 31 release, reaching #2 on’s Hot New Releases in Contemporary Folk chart. In support of the project, Greer recently appeared on FOX 4's Good Day Dallas, where he performed “Never Grow Old.” says, “Despite the tremendous guest list…Greer’s strong vocal styling and impeccable arrangements stand tallest—a testimony to Greer’s vision for this hymns project,” while adds, “Greer shows that he is a rare breed of artist who has the ability to oscillate between genres effortlessly—contemporary, bluegrass, Americana, inspirational, worship—affording him creativity most artists wish they could pull off.”

With arrangements of 11 beloved hymns as well as Greer’s original, “I’ve Been Searching,” Angel Band features appearances from some of the top names in bluegrass and gospel music, including Sonya Isaacs, The McCrary Sisters, Ron Block (Alison Krauss; Union Station), Cindy Morgan, and Ginny Owens, among others.

Greer is currently headlining Under The Radar’s “Angel Band Tour,” along with acclaimed singer/songwriter Julie Lee. The tour will hit more than 20 cities this spring, including stops in Chicago, Dallas and Nashville. In addition, Angel Band: The Hymn Sessions and all of the project's tracks, charts and stems are available as nationwide church resources from

Andrew Greer is an accomplished singer/songwriter and respected music journalist. His 2009 critically-acclaimed debut, Open Book, is a collection of introspective original selections he penned following a season of spiritual reawakening. As a writer, Greer’s stories have appeared in Christianity Today, CCM, and ParentLife, among other notable publications.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mosaic Promotes "Teach Us' At NRB 2012

Critically-acclaimed Christian band Mosaic recently met with broadcasters and other media representatives at the 2012 National Religious Broadcasters Convention, held Feb. 18-22, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The band was at the convention to promote its current CD, Teach Us.

"With it being our first experience at NRB, we weren't sure what to expect, but we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and spend time with others in our industry," says band member Jonathan Martin. "What we found is that as we gathered together with others at the convention, we built each other up and encouraged one another in our callings."

Thousands of Christian broadcasters, programmers, ministers and others participated in the convention, which is presented annually by the National Religious Broadcasters.

Members of Mosaic chat with Covenant Award-winning guitarist Sean Spicer, center, during NRB 2012.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Viktory Drops Brand New Video "On Fire"

Gospel Rap artist Viktory drops a brand new video from his upcoming album "R4 (Relentless 4Ever)" dropping April 17th, 2012. The album features top-tier artists like: Lisa Kimmey (Out of Eden), Canton Jones, Marvin Winans, Jr. and more! The album is being distributed by CLG Distribution.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Auburn Release New Video For "I'm Over The Ups and Downs"

Hardcore band Auburn mixes traditional hardcore elements with melodic rock flavorings. Check out this radical video complete with a humorous story line:

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Demon Hunter "True Defiance" Studio Blog #2

Demon Hunter discuss their mutual love of meat in the second edition of the studio blog recorded during the studio sessions for True Definance, the sixth full-length album from the band.

The album will be available April 10th. Pre-order your copy now on


Kim Person Releases New Single "Alone In His Presence"

Contemporary gospel recording artist, Kim Person releases new music “Alone In His Presence”, from her current project “Speak Life.”

Produced by Kim and Tallmadge Person, “Alone in his Presence” takes you into the intimacy of worship. It describes the importance of having a personal relationship with Christ. “Speak Life” has produced great chart topping music such as, “More than Enough”, "You Did It” and the title track “Speak Life” which have all charted in the top one hundred on all three gospel music charts. “Speak Life” has touched the hearts of many and sure to become a gospel classic.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Winter Jam Rocks 22 Soldout Shows

More than halfway through its unprecedented 17th consecutive season, the Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular—Christian music’s largest annual tour—has played to nearly 347,000 people to date this year, with capacity audiences in 22 of the tour’s first 29 cities. In addition, more than 105,000 people have made decisions for Christ.

Kicking-off the largest three-day opening attendance in Winter Jam history, the 47-city tour—this year headlined by Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers Skillet—launched in Charleston, West Virginia, on January 6. To date, Winter Jam has drawn sellout crowds at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina (20,696); Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center (18,740); the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City (16,075); and Atlanta’s Philips Arena (14,476), among other major venues.

Founded and hosted by Grammy®-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong, this year's tour, in addition to headliners Skillet, also features Sanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew, illusionist Brock Gill, and national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the OneVerse Pre-Jam Party includes performances from Dara Maclean, For King & Country, and We As Human.

“This year’s tour is one of the most musically diverse line-ups we’ve ever offered,” said Winter Jam creator and NewSong co-founder Eddie Carswell. “There is something for everyone on Winter Jam. From Skillet’s amazing shut-up-and-rock headlining set, to the powerful message Nick Hall delivers, we see God at work night after night. With 18 more shows to go, we can’t wait to see what else He’s going to do.”

The Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular will also stop at Dallas’ American Airlines Center; the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee; and the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, among other leading venues, before concluding April 1 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Admission is $10 at the door, with no ticket required.

Promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular partners include, the University of Mobile, Teen Mania's Global Expeditions, OneVerse, The Life Book Movement, Logo's Bible Study Magazine, Teen Missions, Premier Christian Cruises, Xtreme Conferences, Camp Electric, The Creation Museum, Wayne E. Bailey Produce, and Texas TransEastern.

Since its formation by NewSong in 1995, Winter Jam has featured many of the top names in Christian music, including TobyMac, Third Day, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Jeremy Camp, among others. The Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular outpaced attendance for all other tours in the first quarter, including Bon Jovi, U2, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, according to Pollstar’s 2011 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart.

A complete list of Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular dates can be found at

Todd Dulaney Releases New Single “Simply Amazing” Featuring Michelle Williams

On the heels of the success of his debut project “Pullin' Me Through” which produced “No Other Name”, the title track “Pullin' Me Through” and the worship anthem “My Everything”, the anticipated wait is over; Gospel recording artist Todd Dulaney releases the new single “Simply Amazing” featuring Grammy Award Winner Michelle Williams.

Simply Amazing is a labor of love for Dulaney. What God has done for him through his musical journey and in his relationship with him is simply amazing. Charting in the top forties on all three gospel music charts, nominated for ‘New Artist of the Year’ for the 2012-27th Annual Stellar Awards can only be described in two words “Just God.”

Dulaney is currently in the studio working on his second project. “This project clearly defines the sound of worship. This time around, I have embraced who God has called me to be, I AM a Worshipper. The last project, I was finding me and sharing my love for what God was doing in my life. This time He has shown Himself to me and he has taken over my life, so my heart is singing His praises. He IS AMAZING, says Dulaney”. Look for the full project in the fall of 2012.

Michelle Williams made her mark with the legendary R&B group Destiny's Child and is no stranger to the gospel music industry. Rooted and grounded in Christ, she represents the kingdom of God. Michelle’s first two gospel releases "Heart To Yours" (2002) and “Do You Know” (2004) topped the Billboard Gospel charts and touched the hearts of many.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Former C.L. Ryderz Rapper Nine-Up Releases New Video

Check out this brand new video entitled "I'm Goin' In" featuring Young Chozen & Du2ce. Nine Up, is formerly a member of C.L. Ryders, the first Gospel Rap group to ever appear on Soul Train.

Demon Hunter's "True Defiance" Video Blog #1 Online Now!

Join Demon Hunter in the studio as they begin tracking drums for their new, upcoming album "True Defiance" due in stores April 10th:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

KJ-52 Set To Release 8th Studio Album

After 11 years in the music industry and more than 575,000 albums sold, hip-hop veteran KJ-52 will be releasing his eighth studio album Dangerous on BEC Recordings on March 26. After thriving through the seamless transition between a cutting edge newcomer at the tip of the 2000s to one of today’s most respected and ambitious rap/hip-hop heroes, KJ-52 continues pushing the musical and lyrical envelope. In addition to KJ overseeing the album, it includes tag teams with legendary producers Tedd T. (Mute Math, Delirious, Van Halen) and Aaron Sprinkle (Deftones, Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp).

“The theme that runs throughout the record is two fold,” states charismatic KJ-52. “The story’s set up with someone calling into a radio show and interviewing me about both the things out there that are dangerous to us and our faith, but also on the flip-side, of God calling us to live dangerously for Him. We have to be careful that we don’t give into the world, which is like drinking poison out of a gold cup. But as Christians, we can’t go along with the status quo or play it safe. There’s no room for laziness or complacency.”

While it would be easy for the six-time Dove Award winner and sought after collaborator (TobyMac, Newsboys, Thousand Foot Krutch) to rest on his laurels after more than a decade in the game, he aggressively walks that talk across Dangerous, while offering both listeners of faith and the mainstream scene plenty of reasons to relate. Dangerous also chronicles a series of compelling issues like drugs, divorce and racism, even the prejudice that sometimes pops up within the church’s walls. The latter is particularly evident across “They Like Me,” a collaboration with the Grammy nominated Lecrae.

Looking back on his career, KJ-52 reflects on what it means to have career endurance, especially as tastes and trends change practically overnight and many of his previous peers have since tapered out of the spotlight.

“Eleven years is really a lifetime in rap years,’” he suggests. “I think it’s a result of a lot of things, in part staying in tune with the fans, listening to them, listening to what’s going on musically, always staying on the road and looking to the future. Throughout it all, God’s provided and expanded my platform and He’ll continue to do that until it’s time to move on to whatever’s next.”

KJ-52 will take this new album on the road as he’ll be performing at the upcoming 2012 REVOLVE teen girl conference as well as the 4thirty1 Experience.

Rhema Soul Set To Release New Album

The hip-hop group Rhema Soul is set to release their fourth recording on March 27 via Universal Christian Music Group/220 Entertainment Group/Good City Music. Entitled RED, the project was produced by Andy Anderson (TobyMac, Group One Crew) along with newcomers Rey King and A.D. All thirteen songs on the album were written or co-written by the members of Rhema Soul: Butta, K-Nuff and juanlove. The first radio single from RED for CHR/Rock stations will be “No Walking Away,” written by Rhema Soul & Anderson. The song “Need An Answer” will be serviced to Rhythmic Radio and the first music video will be the song “Break Out.”

“Rhema Soul is a new breed of hip hop,” says producer Andy Anderson. “They are innovative chance-takers who are really going to carve out their own niche in hip hop. I'm excited for their career.”

Together now for over six years, Rhema Soul is based out of South Florida. The trio of two men and one woman recorded their first project in 2007 entitled Worn Soles, featuring the successful radio single “All You Are” with Hillsong United. Their follow-up project the next year, Dope Beats, Good News, included the innovative song “Steez” which was nominated as a favorite video by the Gospel Music Channel. And 2010’s, Fingerprints , offered up more personal songs from the group, including the provocative song “Fly Away.” The group opened up painful moments in their individual lives in an emotional music video of the tune, where K-Nuff describes his parent’s difficult marriage; juanlove makes a statement about teenage sex; and Butta reveals the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

The trio all came from youth and worship leader backgrounds, as well as strong ties to missionary work. They traveled with the organization One Hope ( for nearly two years, ministering to needy children in South Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the United Kingdom. Rhema Soul has also been involved with Hope in Motion, founded by KJ52’s drummer Pedro LaTorre. The Hope In Motion team visits public and private schools with a dynamic presentation of music and dance, opening doors to help counsel students who are suicidal, depressed, or have been bullied.

RED will be available in CBA stores as well as iTunes and other online music services. For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE's third full-length album, a self-titled effort, will be available online and in stores everywhere March 13.

The eagerly awaited album is the band's third release in six years, and the first since 2010's lauded Lost Boy, which debuted at #183 on the Billboard Top 200.

Watch a new video blog from MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE below! Vocalist Matthew Hasting gives more insight into the recording of their new self-titled album.

Pre-order the title on Amazon now!

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Critically-Acclaimed Book To Be Released In Paperback and Kindle Versions

Source: Adams PR Group

Lederer Books/Messianic Jewish Publishers has announced that the critically-acclaimed book, The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter, will be released in paperback this month for the reduced retail price of $9.99. The book will also be available to Kindle customers this summer. The book garnered praise from both critics and scholars as one of the most “realistic” historical fiction treatments of the Emmaus Road encounter. Author, speaker and apologist, Judy Salisbury, wrote the book as a first-person account of the unnamed disciple in the Luke 24 account. She readily admits that attributing words to Jesus apart from Scripture was a daunting task, but to solidify its Scriptural integrity, Salisbury included over 80 footnotes in the book, representing over 200 scriptural passages.

“I tried not to put any more words into the Stranger’s (Jesus’) mouth than were necessary to move the story along,” says Salisbury. “And ultimately, I felt a great weight of responsibility on my shoulders for writing a fictional book with the Risen Lord as the main character.”

With a cover design made to resemble a personal journal, The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter, is available to order via, as well as through various major national distributors such as Ingram, STL, Anchor, CBD, and Baker & Taylor, among others. Both Salisbury and Rabbi Barry Rubin, President of Messianic Jewish Publishers, believe this book is an important tool for evangelical Christians, Messianic Jews, and curious non-believers who seek answers.

“This book is for anyone who seeks answers to Jesus’ identity,” says Salisbury. “It is for Christians, Messianic Jews, and anyone interested in knowing more about the life of Jesus. It is truly an impacting Easter account that can be given as a gift for evangelism or to simply answer questions for themselves and others. This book is also the perfect gift for our Jewish friends because it answers actual objections many of them have.”

Salisbury is the founder of Logos Presentations and has previously authored Reasons for Faith and was a contributing author for Is Your Church Ready?, co-edited by Dr. Norman Geisler and Ravi Zacharias. Salisbury is a certified lay counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors, and for four years, co-hosted two radio programs. She is on the board of directors for the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA) as a trainer and adviser. Salisbury has been interviewed on a variety of radio and television programs. She also debated an atheist and a Muslim on Lee Strobel’s national television program Faith Under Fire. Plans are in the works for Salisbury to do interviews and book signings in select markets in the next few weeks.

Based in Maryland, the mission of Messianic Jewish Communications is two-pronged: Reaching out to Jewish people with the message of Messiah and teaching non-Jewish people about their Jewish roots. The company includes various divisions to accomplish these goals including Lederer Books/Messianic Jewish Publishers, the only full-fledged Messianic Jewish publishing house. Messianic Jewish Resources International distributes a wide variety of books, videos, cassettes, CDs, educational computer software, Judaica, gifts from Israel and more.

New Demon Hunter Pics!

Demon Hunter has posted new pictures on Flickr. Give 'em a look and stay tuned for more music and other goodies before the album comes out on April 10th.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Manafest Releases New Single

The new single from Manifest entitled "Never Let You Go" is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon MP3.

The full-length album is slated for April 10th, 2012.

Check out the video for "Never Let You Go" below:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

7vnseal & DJ Sean Blu Release Minister II Society

Former Wu-Tang collaborator7vnseal and mixtape sage DJ Sean Blu present Minister II Society, a collection of killer, street-worthy rap tracks created with one purpose in mind – to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Download the free mixtape HERE!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jon Bauer Receives 2012 Juno Award Nomination

Jon Bauer's Forevermore Album

Breaking News:

Canadian Worship Artist Jon Bauer's album FOREVERMORE has been nominated for a 2012 Juno Award in the category "Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year." The Juno Awards are the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy.

While many American's don't pay attention to award shows occurring outside the country, Canada’s best and brightest artists have certainly made a major impact on the American Christian music scene. While it is no secret that Canada has produced a bumper crop of uniquely talented artists in many genres over the years, the country’s batting average in Christian music has been especially noteworthy. And now, Jon Bauer is stepping up to the plate. Jon’s fourth worship-focused recording, FOREVERMORE, is also his US debut, with songwriting that has been likened to familiars in the industry like Chris Tomlin or Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall. Produced by one of the industry’s most sought-after producers, 2010 Dove Award-winning producer Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Meredith Andrews), FOREVERMORE features 10 selections with 8 written or co-penned by Jon. “My heart is to encourage people that worship is more than music. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s a choice. We need to look for ways to serve God and serve others, representing Him to this hurting world."

To preview/purchase the album, check your favorite retailer or visit iTunes. For more info on the Juno Awards, click HERE!

Friday, January 6, 2012

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Mission Possible: Worship & Hard Rock  

Mission Possible: Worship & Hard Rock

Every once in awhile you come across a musician that has an uncanny ability to create a sound so unique that is not only could cross genres but also attract an audience with varied tastes, ages, and backgrounds. Multiply that by five and you get Fades Away, a worship hard rock band formed by friends in Minnesota with a love for music and for God.

David Erickson, lead singer of the band, describes their sound as hard rock with a commercial edge. “Our music is very much a collection of all of our tastes. We all transitioned from worship so we incorporate that with strings and piano. Our sound is very melodic,” Erickson says. Creating their sound is definitely a group effort, a unique touch that makes Fades Away a true conglomerate rather than a front man driven band.“We usually start working as a group, all having our hand in the instrumentals. I usually work on the lyrics and we finish up with the melody.”

While having five members helps make Fades Away so unique, it’s not always easy to come to a peaceful consensus. “At times it can be stressful,” Erickson admits, “but mostly because we’re (read more on