Over four thousand people from all over the world packed into the West Angeles Church of God In Christ on January 21st, to pay their respects to legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch. The concert and Celebration of Life services were streamed live on BET.com as well as the church’s website, with more than 600,000 people logging on to watch online.
Multi-award winning singer/songwriter Brandon Heath will perform at Nashville’s historic Grand Ole Opry on Feb. 6, 2015. Heath also recently joined GRAMMY® winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman, Craig Morgan, Deana Carter, Mike Farris and Third Day as a special musical guest in the revival of the beloved series “Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit” held at the Ryman Auditorium in January. The evening included a trio rendition (Heath, Carter and Chapman) of “He Paid It All” which Heath co-wrote with CMA award winning artist Deana Carter. Portions of the performance will be compiled for a one hour broadcast on the national K-LOVE radio network.
Cantinas Entertainment, LLC has acquired Mission Pictures, co-founded by Cindy Bond. This deal combined with an established P&A fund creates the newly formed Cantinas Distribution, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cantinas Entertainment, LLC.
Atlantic recording group NEEDTOBREATHE has announced details for their first North American headlining tour of 2015. Dubbed “Tour De Compadres,” the 40 city run supports the GRAMMY-nominated rock band’s latest album, RIVERS IN THE WASTELAND, and will kick off at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, AL on April 23rd. The aptly named tour sees the ten-time Dove Award winners bringing out some of their best friends for these special nights. The first leg of the tour features Ben Rector as main support, with Switchfoot taking over for the second leg of the tour; Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors and Colony House fill out the lineup on both legs.
BET Networks announced today that it will air a one-hour special from the “The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015. Co-hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, the gospel musical special will premiere on BET at 10:00 a.m.* and on Centric at 2:00 p.m.*. The 16th annual concert event has become a Super Bowl weekend favorite and has taken place in the host city of the Super Bowl football championship game since its launching in 1999.
BEC Recordings’ artist and author Manafest was awarded his fourth career JUNO nomination earlier this week for his 2014 release The Moment. The album was nominated for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year. The 44th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday, March 15, 2015.
for KING & COUNTRY, the two-time 2015 Grammy nominated duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, have hit the ground running in 2015. In addition to their current U.S. tour, their highest debuting album of their career (#13 on the Billboard Top 200), the band will visit New York City to appear on the Today Show and to tape their first-ever all-performance television special for the critically acclaimed music series, Front and Center on which the likes of Lady Antebellum, Counting Crows, Cyndi Lauper, The Fray, Jack Johnson, Train, John Hiatt and Keith Urban have appeared.
Reunion/Beach Street Records artist Casting Crowns adds another RIAA Platinum album to its list of accolades with Until The Whole World Hears, making this the band’s fifth studio recording to hit Platinum status. In addition, their latest release, THRIVE, was named the best-selling record of 2014 according the Christian/Gospel Nielsen SoundScan chart.
Not only is singer, songwriter and musician Josh Wilson preparing for a brand new album — he is also partnering with a multi-national and highly successful corporation. Pepsi MidAmerica has chosen Wilson as one of the latest Christian-based artists to be featured on one of their soda can brands! He appears on three million cans of Diet Pepsi, and each specially marked can offers a free download of Wilson’s song “Carry Me.” Fans are now able to purchase the cans in participating retail stores in the midwest.
The Winter Jam Dome Spectacular 2015 is welcoming a media industry titan to Atlanta on February 7. Producer Mark Burnett will be speaking about his upcoming NBC production A.D. The Bible Continues, a landmark television event that premieres April 5, Easter Sunday, on NBC. The NBC production has signed on to be a national sponsor for Winter Jam, Christian music’s No. 1 tour.
Word Records Artist VERIDIA has proven to be a standout at radio and on tour. Now, they’re taking that one step further by marching way outside the box to offer one lucky fan a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Resolutions. Love them or leave them? No matter where you fall on the topic of New Year’s resolutions, it’s always intriguing to hear what people are promising to do differently in the future. Maybe I’m alone, but I always think it’s interesting to hear what people in the spotlight have to say. Their lives are perfect, right? Nope. They’re just regular folk fighting to be a better version of themselves (and Christ) everyday. So, check out what some of your favorite Gospel music artists have resolved for 2015 and let’s all be inspired to grow throughout the coming year.
We’re so excited to announce that Sanctus Real will be joining us for our 2015 IMMERSE Conference. Stay tuned for more artist announcements in the coming weeks and don’t forget to register before March 28th at experienceimmerse.com. Get pumped to see Sanctus Real perform by watching an acoustic performance of their latest single “Lay It Down” below!
K-LOVE has recently named Joe Paulo as Director of Pledge Drives and Donor Communications. Prior to this new role Paulo was Director of Broadcasting at WRCM and WMHK (part of Columbia International University) for the past 6 years and managing WRCM since 2000.
At a press conference at The Franklin Theatre outside of Nashville this evening, K-LOVE announced the nominees for the third annual K-LOVE Fan Awards Show to take place on May 31, 2015. K-LOVE – the leading Christian music radio network with a weekly listenership of over 14 million people – will once again bring the only fan-voted award show in Christian music history to the Grand Ole Opry House in Music City. The show will be the pinnacle event of the K-LOVE Fan Awards Weekend and Ultimate Fan Experience, which includes tickets to the Awards show, a three-night stay at Opryland, dinner with the K-LOVE staff and friends, a weekend kick-off concert, a late night event, two breakfasts, encouraging speakers, access to the K-LOVE Fan Zone and more.