From his early days leading the critically acclaimed band, According to John, to his impactful ministry as a solo artist, John Waller has continually used his gifts as a singer and songwriter to inspire, educate and encourage the body of Christ. With such powerful songs as “The Blessing,” “While I’m Waiting” (featured in the No.1 independent film of 2008, Fireproof) and “As For Me and My House” that have been cumulatively streamed nearly 10 million times on YouTube, Waller continues to articulate what it means to live a God-centered life in a turbulent world with “Crazy Faith.”
Research Educational Foundation, Inc., the nonprofit owner/operator of Christian rock – formatted KVRK 89.7 FM, Dallas has announced that they have entered into an agreement to sell the station to WAY Media. The station signed on the air in 1999. Dallas will be the largest market for Colorado Springs-based WAY-FM, which was founded in the late 1980’s by Bob and Felice Augsburg.
Hawk Nelson’s song “Just Getting Started” off of their new album “Diamonds” has been chosen to be the theme for the TBS Networks new sitcom “Clipped.” Check out the latest promo below featuring the song!
Newsboys’ iconic anthem, “God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion),” the title-cut from the group’s 2011 best-selling Inpop recording, has been certified Platinum® by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it was recently announced. Signifying single sales in excess of 1 million units, the award marks a career milestone for the GRAMMY®-nominated mega group and is one of the first Platinum® single certifications in Christian music this year.
Thousand Foot Krutch frontman Trevor McNevan recently revealed on social media the humble beginnings that led to the foundation of TFK. At age 16, he took money he earned at his part time job at McDonald’s and invested it in 27 songs he recorded for the now out-of-print album, Shutterbug, by his band Oddball. McDonald’s found McNevan’s post and tweeted, “@TFKTrevor …we’re Lovin’ this #TBT. Inspiration for us all.”
Multiple award-winning producer, world-class musician and prolific songwriter, Bernie Herms, left the production booth for the spotlight this week, playing keys for multiple GRAMMY winner Josh Groban on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Dancing with the Stars, Kelly and Michael and The Talk.
WAY Media Vice President of Content, Faron Dice, has announced that Justin Lairsey has been hired as Network Night Show Host, effective April 13, 2015. Lairsey has been with WAY-FM for the past 4 years, most recently as Operations Director for WAY-FM Nashville. Prior to that, he spent 8 years at Hook FM in Valdosta, Georgia.
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) held their 2nd Annual GMA Honors celebration at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena on Tuesday evening with special tributes, reunions and praise to the honorees and inductees. The event was in celebration of the individuals and organizations that impact the culture through gospel music both past and present and is set to air on JUCE TV on Friday, June 5th at 7pm PST / 10pm EST and Saturday, June 6th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST. The third-annual GMA Honors ceremony date has also been announced for May 10, 2016.
Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Colton Dixon, For KING & COUNTRY, Francesca Battestelli, Hawk Nelson, Lauren Daigle, Third Day and TobyMac are among the first group of artists slated to bring an eclectic mix of performances to the 2015 K-LOVE Fan Awards, set to take place at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. on May 31, 2015. More performers and presenters will be announceed soon, while fan generated votes are already underway for this year’s awards at www.KLOVEFanAwards.com.
Provident Label Group pop/rock band Building 429 has officially broken a radio record. Their brand new single, “Impossible,” received an astounding 95 radio adds on add date, making this an all time first for the band. This is also the highest number of adds its first week ever for a Provident Label Group artist. This radio feat hasn’t been achieved since “Free To Be Me” by Fancesca Battistelli in 2008.
Raucous, award-winning band The City Harmonic, known for its eclectic modern hymns and worship anthems of longing, hope and celebration, will be the featured music guest during “Beyond A.D.” streaming on NBC.com Sunday, May 3. During the episode, The City Harmonic will reveal the title and album cover for their third full-length album, as well as play live the first single from the new recording set to release through Integrity Music September 2015. The album addresses issues of church unity, a topic also covered in this “Beyond A.D” episode by fellow guest, John Gray, Associate Pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church.
Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning pop/rock group, Building 429, has reached another major career milestone with one-million single sales. A special plaque presentation was held at with Provident Label Group in honor of the group’s incredible achievement. Building 429 has achieved landmark radio success, including the history making single, “Where I Belong.” Provident Label Group’s Senior Vice President, Dean Diehl praised the group for its music ministry and accomplishments.
Lipscomb University recently announced the formation of a School of Music that will expand its existing classical music program to include contemporary music undergraduate programs. The reorganization will allow the school to tap into industry resources available in Nashville as well as provide skilled professionals to help fill job demand.
Erica Campbell is coming to a city near you! Coming on the heels of the number 1 debut of her album Help 2.0, Campbell announces the upcoming tour dates for her national tour, “Erica Campbell & Friends: The Help 2.0 Tour.” The national tour will hit 26 cities and will feature special guests on select dates. As previously announced, the tour will kick off May 2nd in New York City at the famed B.B. King Blues Club. She’ll then head to the Howard Theatre in D.C. on May 3rd. Other big cities include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit.
Run for Love 2015, just one of the many K-LOVE Fan Awards and Ultimate Fan Experience Weekend events, will be building homes for orphans in Haiti thanks to a continued partnership with Hands and Feet Project. Last year’s celebrity 5k saw over 600 people take action to bring love to Haiti’s orphaned and abandoned children.
Just a few short days ago, former NFL Superstar Terry Bradshaw, joined the Isaacs on stage to perform the classic Gospel song “What A Day That Will Be” in Pollok, Texas.
NewSong’s Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular shattered attendance records and made history this year, wrapping its biggest tour ever with more than 600,000 people at a total of 47 shows across the country. Christian music’s #1 tour in the world, Winter Jam attendance surpassed such tours as Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert, among others, according to Pollstar’s 2015 First Quarter Year To Date Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours chart.
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) announces a star-studded line up of presenters and performers for the second annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame including the master of ceremonies, Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton.
Michael W. Smith joined President Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and others in remembering victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing, and celebrating the “Oklahoma Standard” during Sunday’s memorial service marking the 20th anniversary of the attack. The three-time GRAMMY® winner also received the prestigious 2015 Applause Award from the Nashville-based Belmont University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Program on Saturday, April 18.
Super Distributor New Day Christian is pleased to announce a new partnership with RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.