Monday, November 19, 2012

Album Review: "Gravity" by Lecrae

Release Date: September 4, 2012
Genre: Hip-Hop
Rating: 5/5 Stars
 
 
With two Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination under his belt, hip-hop veteran Lecrae Moore is back with his sixth studio album. Lecrae has become the face of Christian hip-hop, having already released five studio albums as well as the highly praised mixtape Church Clothes. His 2010 album Rehab and its 2011 follow-up Rehab: The Overdose were highly successful, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel and Top Christian Albums charts. It is no surprise that Lecrae’s sixth album Gravity has gained a lot of attention from critics and fans, all of whom have high expectations. Lecrae said concerning the theme of the album, “Gravity is loosely based on Ecclesiastes, and I think what Solomon was trying to do was bring some weight to life, and that’s really what I want to do, to paint some sober pictures.”
 
“The Drop (Intro)” opens Gravity with an upbeat chorus of strings and drums as Lecrae fiercely delivers rap lines that will instantly get the listener’s head bobbing. Lecrae raps about not letting pressure from outside sources stop him from continuing his ministry. The title track (featuring J.R.) tones the beat down a notch as Lecrae raps about putting his hope in eternal life. Lecrae is joined by Novel in “Walk With Me,” an encouraging song about crying out to the Lord for help during troubling times and to resist the temptations that arise. “Devil’s lurking around the corner just waiting for me to sin / I pray that you sustain me and keep me from giving in.”
 
In “Free From It All,” Lecrae talks about people who strive to be accepted by others by living a life of lies and shame. “Falling Down” features Swoope and Trip Lee and has one of the dopest beats on the record! It follows the gravity theme of “falling down” while the rappers drop lines reflecting on the world’s sinful nature. Fellow hip-hop veteran Thi’sl joins Lecrae in the upbeat song “Fakin’.” For those who are well familiar with Christian hip-hop, it is always enjoyable to see these two experienced rappers in the same song, and “Fakin’” is easily a highlight on the album.
 
Lecrae mentions in “Violence” that some people believe the lie that they cannot be forgiven for their sins, but Lecrae assures us that we can be forgiven. “Mayday” features Big K.R.I.T. and Ashthon Jones singing about forgiveness and how all our lives need perfecting. “Confe$$ions” is one of the more serious tracks on the album, featuring Lecrae rapping about how money is not enough to make someone truly happy. Lecrae sings to his wife in “Buttons,” assuring her that no matter how strained their relationship becomes, he will never leave her. “Power Trip” features Derek Minor (f.k.a. PRo), Sho Baraka, and Andy Mineo, who rap about the desire for power, and that God is really the One with all the power.
 
The next song on the album, “Lord Have Mercy,” features Tedashii and a voice-over of No Malice singing one of his lines from the Church Clothes mixtape, “Lord have mercy and pity on your son / From what I once was and what I have become.” Tedashii and Lecrae rap about turning from their sinful ways. The first official radio single, “I Know,” which Lecrae again raps about pressures and hate he receives for his ministry, follows this. He emphatically states, “I know what they saying, but I promise that I’m cool though.” Lecrae marvels at the love of God in “Tell The World” which features Mali Music. ‘Crae raps about the Lord’s willingness to die for us and clean us from our sins, making us brand new. R&B singer Rudy Currence sings with Lecrae in “Lucky Ones,” the title referring to us Christians who do not deserve the salvation we have been granted.
 
After listening to Gravity, I was impressed with how much Lecrae’s lyrics and music have matured a lot since his previous works. The beats are extremely catchy and contain a stronger mainstream sound while the lyrics remain spiritually convicting. Gravity is a perfect follow-up to Church Clothes and exceeds the mixtape’s excellence with terrific rapping from Lecrae, and it is no surprise that Gravity has garnered much mainstream praise. It is arguably the best album of the year and is sure to gain Lecrae not just mainstream attention, but award nominations and many new fans as well!
 
Get your copy of Gravity on iTunes!
Deluxe Version (featuring four bonus tracks and a digital booklet)
 
TOP 3 SONGS
  1. Falling Down feat. Swoope & Trip Lee
  2. The Drop (Intro)
  3. Tell The World feat. Mali Music
TRACK LISTING
  1. The Drop (Intro)
  2. Gravity feat. J.R.
  3. Walk With Me feat. Novel
  4. Free From It All feat. Mathai
  5. Falling Down feat. Swoope & Trip Lee
  6. Fakin' feat. Thi'sl
  7. Violence
  8. Mayday feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Ashthon Jones
  9. Confe$$ions
  10. Buttons
  11. Power Trip feat. PRo, Sho Baraka, & Andy Mineo
  12. Lord Have Mercy feat. Tedashii
  13. I Know
  14. Tell The World feat. Mali Music
  15. Lucky Ones feat. Rudy Currence

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Tell The World (feat. Mali Music)" by Lecrae

Check out this great new music video from Lecrae for his single "Tell The World" off his latest album Gravity! The song and video both feature Mali Music and the song really has a great sound. The video features Lecrae and Mali Music singing next to each other and also shows shots from them singing it live in concert.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Artist Alert: TobyMac's "Eye On It" Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Top 200

News Source: The M Collective

Nashville, Tenn. (September 5, 2012) – Five-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac has made career history with his latest project, Eye On It, entering the Billboard top 200 at No. 1, selling nearly 70,000 units and marking the first time in 15 years an artist in the CCM genre has accomplished such. Eye On It released August 28 to an overwhelming response, with the album topping the Overall iTunes® Chart just hours after its release, and continuing to reign there throughout the week. This amazing debut comes as his single, “Me Without You,” continues to hold onto No. 1 on the CHR and AC Indicator charts.

"We have been so honored to see Toby achieve number one songs at AC and CHR radio formats on his new album, and now for him to achieve number one status on Billboard's Top 200 chart is absolutely amazing and well deserved,” remarked Peter York, President, EMI CMG Label Group. “This project is filled with great songs that are well produced and that clearly resonate with Toby's consumers. The launch plan at radio & retail was meticulously designed and executed by his marketing, sales and management teams. I'm very pleased to see this collaborative effort work so effectively for Toby."

“It's my honor to write songs and even a further privilege that people choose to listen and make them part of their lives,” TobyMac reflected upon hearing the news of the debut. “My hope has always been that these songs would somehow remind people that though we are all flawed God offers us love, hope and refuge. If this week or these numbers is any indication of that, I am thankful.”

The 12 tracks comprising Eye On It pull from TobyMac’s personal influences (“Made For You” and “Family”), as well as a nod to his ascension into music (“Thankful For You”). Eye On It features musical guests including reigning GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year, Jamie Grace (“Favorite Song”), Group1Crew’s Blanca Reyes (“UnStoppable”) and Christian rap heavyweight Lecrae (“Forgiveness”). Along with TobyMac’s first three solo projects, his 2009 release, TONIGHT, was recently certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. Written by TobyMac and David Garcia, “Me Without You” was the first track from Eye On It to be released to radio, where it claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Christian Songs, CHR and Christian AC Indicator charts. It’s currently at No. 2 on the National Audience Chart and No. 3 on the Christian AC-Monitored chart.

About TobyMac:
With over 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac's first four solo projects are RIAA certified gold. His live DVD, Alive & Transported, is certified platinum by the RIAA and also received a GRAMMY® award. In 2012 the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist celebrated his eighth consecutive GRAMMY® nomination, this time for his songwriting contribution to rising star (and recording artist on his label, Gotee Records) Jamie Grace’s No. 1 hit “Hold Me.” His album Tonight received GRAMMY nods for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" and "Best Contemporary Christian Song" with “City On Our Knees” the RIAA Gold-certified track that topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at No. 1 on the Christian Audience Chart. Tonight also garnered him the highest sales debut of his solo career with over 78,000 units and a No. 6 Billboard Top 200 debut. The album was also named as iTunes® Best Christian Album of 2010 and recently took home the Dove Award for “Best Rock Contemporary Album of the Year.”

Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits and being named the GMA Dove Award’s 2008 “Artist of the Year,” he was also nominated for “Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist” at the 2010 American Music Awards and was up for three Billboard Music Awards in 2011 including “Top Christian Artist.” The hit song “Tonight” was also chosen as the theme song for MLB’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days Spring Training Series and featured on the Golf Channel. Additionally, his music has been heard in major motion pictures such as “Hancock,” “TRANSPORTER 2,” while also being featured on Fox sports, The NFL network, being selected as the theme song for Fox College Football and WWE’s Fatal 4-Way Pay-Per-View. “Showstopper,” from the chart-topping album Tonight, was featured in ESPN’s ESPY Award Show and used to launch the last season of CBS hit television show CSI: NY.

[Get Connected with TobyMac]
Website // http://www.tobymac.com
Twitter // https://twitter.com/therealtobymac
Facebook // http://www.facebook.com/tobymac
YouTube // http://www.youtube.com/tobymacmusic

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Artist Alert: New Album Promo From Lecrae + Making of Gravity Video

Sorry that I have not posted anything in a while. I have been really busy the past couple weeks. Tomorrow, the much anticipated Gravity album from Lecrae will be released to the public! Lecrae recently released a third promo for the album which you can watch below.
In addition to the promo, there is also a two-and-a-half minute long "The Making of Gravity" video which shows some cool behind the scenes shots of Lecrae working on the album. Enjoy both videos and be sure to pick up a copy of Gravity when it hits stores tomorrow, 9.4.12! And also be on the lookout for my own review for the album which should be posted sometime in the next week.



Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: We Are God's Workmanship

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

This is another verse that never fails to speak to me in a different way each time I read it. We are His workmanship created for the good that God prepared for each one of us beforehand. There are a number of points in this verse, and I will state three of them. The first point is that we were crafted perfectly and uniquely by God in His own image. Second, the purpose of our creation was and is for us to do good works. Lastly, God planned our works and future before we came into being. With the three of these in mind, how could we do anything else besides putting our trust in God and striving to fulfill what He prepared for our lives? Each of us has something that God has specially purposed. I encourage you to seek what God prepared for your lives in order to fulfill those good works. ~Jesselyn

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Overcome" by Jeremy Camp

Jeremy Camp just recently released this new music video for his single "Overcome" from his 2010 album We Cry Out: The Worship Project. The video features footage from a live performance of the song. In "Overcome," Jeremy sings about the awesomeness and glory of Jesus Christ who suffered for us and overcame death! "God's only Son / Perfect and spotless One / He never sinned / But suffered as if He did."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Album Review: "When Dawn Breaks" by Without A Poet

Release Date: March 30, 2012
Genre: Post Harmonic Indie Rock
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Without A Poet is a new Christian rock group from Eugene-Springfield, Oregon. The band consists of Andrew Beaird (Lead vocals/Guitar), Joshua Rainey (Drums), Seth Magee (BGV/Guitar), Andrew Causey (BGV/Bass), and Jordan Poet (BGV/Keys) who refer to their style of music as Post Harmonic Indie Rock. Founded in 2010, Without A Poet released its debut EP When Dawn Breaks in March of 2012.

When Dawn Breaks opens with “Can’t Be Won” which features a lot of guitar-plucking as Andrew sings about falling to the pleasures of life, calling himself weak. The first thing I noticed about this song was Andrew’s amazing voice which listeners will be sure to enjoy. Towards the end of the song, he sings “Am I doomed to walk alone, or are You with me?” I think this is something many Christians find themselves asking God at some point in their spiritual journey, and the answer is that God is always there to help us. In “Product,” the band admits the times they have failed, saying, “We have all wandered farther from Your will.” They then ask of the Lord to “show Your goodness still” amidst their failure.

“Aston’s Blindness” talks about the blindness we have that causes us to sin, but during the chorus, the band sings of dawn breaking and daylight coming to clear our minds. The next song “The Voyage” is a slower

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: Faith

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." -Hebrews 11:1

This verse really challenges me concerning my faith. The definition of Christian faith is plainly stated here. It is an expectancy of the thing that is hoped for and the conviction of the unseen thing. Faith is a crucial part of every Christian's growing walk with God. If we do not have faith, we cannot possibly believe that the Bible is real or that God even exists. Jesus said that if you have faith even the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains. Therefore, faith is a powerful part of our Christian lives. Without faith in God, how can we call ourselves His children? I challenge you to deepen your faith in God, by truly reading His Word and waiting on Him, that you may see miracles performed by Him. ~Jesselyn

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Lord Have Mercy (ft. Tedashii & No Malice)" by Lecrae

Lecrae just released a new video for his song "Lord Have Mercy" which will be on his upcoming album Gravity. The song and video feature fellow Reach Records artist Tedashii and No Malice who many will remember hearing on Lecrae's mixtape Church Clothes. The hook on "Lord Have Mercy" is from "Darkest Hour," the track on Church Clothes that featured No Malice. This song is really dope and both Tedashii and Lecrae do a great job delivering their verses! Be sure to pre-buy a copy of Gravity which release September 4th!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Artist Alert: Lecrae "Gravity" Tracklist + New Single

The tracklisting for Lecrae upcoming album Gravity has been released! You can view it below, and to here "I Know," the first single of the album, and to pre-buy Gravitygo to this link! Also, go here to read an interview Lecrae had with Billboard magazine.

Gravity Tracklisting:
  1. The Drop (Intro)
  2. Gravity feat. J.R.
  3. Walk with Me feat. Novel
  4. Free From It All feat. Mathai
  5. Falling Down feat. Swoope and Trip Lee
  6. Fakin’ feat Thi’sl
  7. Violence
  8. Mayday feat Big K.R.I.T. and Ashthon Jones
  9. Confe$$ions
  10. Buttons
  11. Power Trip feat. PRo, Sho Baraka and Andy Mineo
  12. Lord Have Mercy feat. Tedashii
  13. I Know
  14. Tell the World feat. Mali Music
  15. Lucky Ones feat. Rudy Currence

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Artist Alert: Matthew West Nominated For Primetime Emmy Award

News Source: TheMCollective.com

Nashville, TN, July 23, 2012: Adding to a huge year highlighted by numerous award nods—including nominations for two GRAMMY® Awards, a GMA Dove Award and a Billboard Music Award—decorated Sparrow Records singer-songwriter Matthew West can now add an Emmy nomination to that ever-growing list. West was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Original Music and Lyrics for his song “The Heart of Christmas” from the film The Heart of Christmas.

The 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards
 program will air on September 23rd, live on ABC Television at 8e|5p. The nominations were announced by the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Thursday morning (7/19), presented by Kerry Washington of "Scandal" and Jimmy Kimmel, who is hosting the Emmys.

“I am honored to have had the chance to be a part of the movie The Heart of Christmas,” says West. “When I wrote the song, I never even imagined being recognized in this way, but I am thankful and hope this Emmy® nomination will shine a greater light on this little movie with a big heart.”

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Free Music: $2 Amazon MP3 Music Credit (ENDS 7/23)

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Artist Alert: Lecrae's "Gravity" Album Art + New Album Promo

Reach Records has released the album art for Lecrae's upcoming album Gravity! The album will drop September 4th, 2012. Also released today is a new promo for the album. Check out both the promo and album art below!




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Album Review: "Weight & Glory" by KB


Release Date: July 16, 2012
Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

One of the more recent members of Reach Records, Kevin Burgess (aka “KB”) is finally releasing his much anticipated debut album. KB was introduced to Christian hip-hop as a teen, and after high school, he formed the Christian rap group His Glory Alone (HGA). He was invited by Lecrae to the “Acquire the Fire” tour, joined Reach Records a few months, and was featured in many songs by fellow Reach Records artists. KB’s debut album Weight & Glory focuses on the glory and awesomeness of God. He describes it as “us being blown away by God…feeling His weight and beholding His glory.”

The piano-based “Weight Music” opens Weight & Glory and features great, quick rap lines from KB along with a very calm hook. It is an interesting way to start the album, but KB pulls it off beautifully and the song has an amazing sound. The first single “Zone Out,” featuring Chris Lee, is the second track on the album. KB refers to zoning out as the times when he is “obsessed” with the Lord. Furthermore, he and Chris state that no one can stop this Christian drive: “You can bring whoever you want / And you’ll never break me, won’t penetrate / Once I get off in my zone.” “Anomaly” is driven by a clear drum beat as KB raps about the

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: Draw Nearer to God...

"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed." -Mark 1:35

This verse is a constant reminder to me of the vitality of praying daily. Jesus, tired as He may have been from the previous day, rose early in the morning to begin His day praying privately. That is the model of how faithful we should be concerning prayer. It is unbelievable easy it is to have too many activities occurring to remember to have a time with God. However, God does not ask for us to spend extended periods of time with Him. In fact, throughout the Bible, God never set a length that we are to pray. Even in our busy schedules, we can spare a few minutes to talk to God. I challenge you to set aside a time alone each day during which you seek the Lord. "Draw nearer to God, and He will draw nearer to you." ~Jesselyn

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Artist Alert: Reach Records' Unashamed Tour 2012



News Source: Rogers & Cowan

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 3, 2012) Label mates Lecrae, Tedashii, KB, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo and PRO will join together and embark on their 5th annual label tour this fall. Sponsored by Grand Canyon University and Logos, Reach Records will present the Unashamed Tour 2012: Come Alive.

After opening in Pittsburg on October 4, the Unashamed Tour 2012 will visit 30 cities in major markets such as New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and more. The tour will draw to a close on November 18 in Memphis, Tenn.

"The tour will hit many of the most popular live music venues in the country and will bring with it, top notch production," says Tera Carter, Director of Management and Touring.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Free Music: 10-Song Summer Sampler From FreeCCM

FreeCCM.com is offering a free, 10-song summer sampler on their site right now! To get the sampler, you must first go here and enter the code: freeccmlovesme. You must then click the button on the bottom of the page to download (it requires registering on the site, which is entirely free and easy). Here is the full list of songs featured on the sampler:
  1. Disciple – “Revolution Now”
  2. Phil Wickham – “All I Want Is You”
  3. Addison Road – “Don’t Wait”
  4. The Afters – “For The First Time”
  5. Heather Williams – “Always Been Faithful”
  6. Ashes Remain – “I Won’t Run Away”
  7. Derek Webb – “Jena & Jimmy”
  8. Sara Groves – “Childhood Summer”
  9. Skillet – “Those Nights”
  10. Jonny Diaz – “Love I’m Living For”

Bible Verse of the Week: We Do Not Need To Speak On Our Own Behalf

"But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge." Matthew 27:14a

I recently reread this chapter; I never cease to admire Christ's character of grace. Jesus never hesistated to speak for the benefit of others, but He did not say a word for Himself. Even when He was challenged by the religious leaders, He never gave a direct response in His defense. In our human nature, we tend to be defensive and argumentative. However, Jesus remained patiently silent throughout all false accusations. Thus fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah: "He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth." By His obedient silence, indeed, He proved Himself to be the Lamb of God. I would like to leave you with this challenge, of which I have long taken upon myself, for the week: Since God sees through your heart and knows your thoughts, you do not need to speak on your own behalf. After all, God will know, and truly, what else matters? ~Jesselyn

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Artist Alert: Britt Nicole Announces Marriage

Christian singer, and rising star, Britt Nicole has announced that she has married drummer Joshua Crosby! Nicole made this announcement yesterday on her twitter page @itsbrittnicole:

So excited to announce that I married my love yesterday @charlesweet !!! :) July 1 :) thank u Jesus for this new season! I ❤ U boo!

Crosby said this on his twitter page:

what an amazing new season. Yesterday, July 1, I married my best friend & soul mate, Gods blessing, @itsbrittnicole!

Congratulations to Britt and Joshua on their marriage!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Revolution ft. KAS" by Lil Prophet

Last week, I posted my review for hip-hop artist Lil Prophet's new album The Revolution. The title track, and my #1 song from the record, is this week's song/video. As stated in my review, "Revolution" is "an upbeat anthem urging the listener to 'revolutionize your heart, mind, body, and soul.'" Check out the great video for the song below!


Friday, June 29, 2012

Album Review: "The Revolution" by Lil Prophet

Label: Real Word Records
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 4/5 stars

Lil Prophet, born Ryan Kelsie, is a young, 24-year-old hip-hop artist from Tampa, Florida.  With a degree in Biblical Studies, Lil Prophet’s mission is to preach the gospel through his music.  His new release, The Revolution, focuses on the topic of us Christians truly making a difference in our lives.  Lil Prophet describes a “revolution” as being the “daily renewing of your mind and spirit….  This album will challenge the believer to come to grips with their daily actions and thoughts.”
  
“Welcome You In” opens The Revolution with Lil Prophet rapping about having to “revolutionize” from his old ways and become new in Jesus.  The track has a great beat and serves as a solid opening to the album.  This is followed by “New Changed” in which Mehlek Pfisha joins Lil Prophet in talking about Christ’s sacrifice as well as the change in their lives.  “I’m changed / Said I don’t do them things I used to do my mind has been renewed.”
  
Lil Prophet gets very serious and deep in “Brainwashed” where he raps about the brainwashing we receive from the media.  He reminds us to follow God, not the influences that surround us.  The topic of “Fatherhood” is quite convicting as Lil Prophet tells men to support their families and help raise their children.  Furthermore, men are to love

Monday, June 25, 2012

Artist Alert: Lecrae Releases Album Promo For Upcoming Record "Gravity"

Lecrae has released the first album promo for the hip-hop veteran's upcoming record titled Gravity. While the promo's music does not give us much besides what sounds like the intro to one of the songs on the album, we do get some behind the scenes footage of Lecrae, his producers, and others. Gravity will release this fall, and while you wait, check out the promo below!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Oooo Weee" by Relikis

This week's song/video comes from hip-hop artist Relikis who is with Shamrock Media Group. I wrote an album review on Relikis' latest album I Am Relikis for Hype Radio Network. "Oooo Weee" is the opening track, and I called it "a solid opening for the album." Relikis states in the song, "I only need that One on my team" and that his mission as a rapper is for God. Here is the brand new video for the song:


Bible Verse of the Week: The Son of Man Came To Serve

"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." -Matthew 20:28

I consider this verse to be spiritually inspirational. The majority of us have a natural desire to be great. This verse points out that even Christ Himself came to serve us instead of what seemingly should have been vice-versa. Contemplate on this: Jesus, as worthy and mighty as He is, did not enter earth or heal others with grandiose pomp. Instead, He came and traveled humbly, never carrying Himself with higher importance than those around Him. Additionally, He gave His life for sinners and those who despised Him. If we are to be imitators of Christ, as is commanded of us, we must at least practice humility by serving others as Jesus served us whom were undeserved of that grace. ~Jesselyn

Monday, June 18, 2012

Album Review: "Church Clothes" by Lecrae

Release Date: May 10, 2012
Genre: Hip-Hop
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Grammy-nominated and dove award winning hip-hop artist Lecrae is back with a free mixtape directed mainly towards mainstream audience. Lecrae wants to use this mixtape to let new fans know more about him without having to buy an album. The meaning of the title of Church Clothes is that God takes us as we are; we do not need to “fix ourselves up” to make ourselves worthy enough for him. Though the mixtape may be directed towards nonbelievers, Christian fans will still find much substance in the lyrics of these songs.

Church Clothes begins strongly with the anthem-style “Co-Sign” which gives the listener an idea of what the mixtape is all about. Lecrae lets us all know that while his music is Christian, it is still hip-hop: “Hi, Hip-Hop / Don’t act like you don’t know me / We got the same momma / Don’t you try to disown me!” This’l makes a guest appearance on “APB,” the title of the song referring to the police’s APB broadcast containing information about wanted people. Lecrae uses this to represent that his life has changed so much that those who knew his old self are putting out an APB to find the “old Lecrae.” The title track on

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Free Music: $2 Amazon MP3 AND Extra Credit via Pepsi

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Let Go (ft. DecembeRadio)" by FLAME

I reviewed hip-hop artist FLAME's new album a couple months ago. He just recently released a music video for his song "Let Go" which features DecembeRadio and was also one of my top 3 songs from the album! Enjoy the video below and go here to read my full description of the song and album!


Bible Verse of the Week: Humility and Submission

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:10-11

This verse is centered on humility and submission. The passage that this verse is taken from teaches that we have an attitude like Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, "Learn from Me...I am humble in heart." The physical act of bowing displays humbleness; doing it unto God is acknowledging and accepting His power and greatness. In Psalm 95:6, David urges, "Come...let us kneel before the LORD our Maker." Indeed, as stated in the verse, all will bow and confess that Jesus in Lord. Note that the verse does not say that all will have truly believed in Christ; it only says that all will humbly admit that Christ is Lord. For now, I encourage you to keep your heart forever humble and submissive before God that you may be a true imitator of Christ. ~Jesselyn

Monday, June 4, 2012

Artist Alert: Jesusfreakhideout Releases First Compilation Album

NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
Nashville, Tenn. –June 04, 2012 – Jesusfreakhideout.com™ (JFH) is one of the world's largest Christian music online resources. This August, the site will celebrate 16 years spreading faith-based music and news across the world. Formed in 1996, Jesusfreakhideout has become one of the priority portals for all things music and faith-based entertainment as fan’s first source for reviews, exclusive interviews and concert reviews.

With the strong industry relationships built over the years, Jesusfreakhidout has hand-picked and compiled some of their favorite unsigned or indie label artists to create their first ever free MP3 compilation. JFH is proud to announce the release of Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't), Volume One.

This free digital download features a whopping 37 songs including an unreleased song from Kids In The Way, a new track from The Wrecking, The Supertones, B.Reith, Sarah Kelly and Family Force 5. See the full track-listing below. Click here to get the free compilation.

"We have always been passionate about sharing music with our readers that we're excited about," shares founder John DiBiase. "Oftentimes, it's from artists who are flying more under the radar and

Artist Alert: Group 1 Crew Scores First #1 Song on Billboard Christian CHR Chart


NEWS SOURCE: Warner Music Nashville
Nashville, TN - (May 31, 2012) - Group 1 Crew has a monumental week, celebrating their first #1 hit with "He Said" on Billboard's Christian CHR chart and hitting the Top 10 at AC Monitored. "I'm still in shock about this. Thank you all for making a dream of Group 1 Crew become a reality! Love ya'll! Now let's celebrate," said Blanca Reyes of Group 1 Crew, enthusiastically thanking her Word Entertainment family upon hearing the good news. The group is currently in the studio putting the final touches on their upcoming album, due out in September. The album will feature Group 1 Crew's #1 single "He Said" featuring Chris August.

Group 1 Crew has become one of the leading Hip-Hop focused acts in the Christian music scene, broadening the parameters of faith-based music with songs that percolate with energy and resonate

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Album Review: "The Good Life" by Trip Lee

Release Date: April 9th, 2012
Genre: Hip-Hop
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

When one thinks of Christian hip-hop, one of the first names that comes to mind is Trip Lee. No doubt, Trip Lee has played a big role in increasing the popularity of the genre. Since his debut album in 2006, he has grown in both talent and recognition, winning the Stellar Award for Best Hip-Hop Album in 2011. Trip’s fourth studio album The Good Life focuses on redefining what the “good life” really is. Concerning the new album, Trip says, “Though the world, the flesh, and the devil lie to us about what the good life is, we don't have to be controlled by those lies…I want to challenge the lies we've been told, and present a new and more glorious picture.”

The album begins with Trip Lee saying, “I was told that living the good life meant getting everything I could. But I’ve been shown the brand new picture of the good life and its glories.” He then launches into a head-bobbing opener “New Dreams” which features J.R. and Sho Baraka. The first single off

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: Trust in God During Times of Trouble

"They cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way." Psalm 107:6-7a

This verse instills a deep trust in the Lord in my heart. Vast changes or undesirable circumstances often arise the fleshly question of "Why?" to God. It is wrong to question Him, but we sometimes cannot refrain from wondering if God has forsaken us. It is in these times that it is important to remember that such trials are necessary for the testing and strengthening of our faith in our Christian lives. Amidst it all, we experience the faithfulness of God as He guides us through it all. David experienced this which caused him to confidently declare, "The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me." (Psalm 138:8a) I encourage you to face your trials with trust in God that He has a purpose for all things in your life. ~Jesselyn

Song/Video of the Week: "The Hurt & The Healer" by MercyMe

The new single "The Hurt & The Healer" from MercyMe is sure to become yet another hit from the popular band. This song is a great encouragement for those who are hurting. Lead singer Bart Millard reminds us that God is our Healer: "Even though a part of me has died / You take my heart and breathe it back to life." Check out the new music video for the song!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Artist Alert: Brand New Single from TobyMac, New Album "Eye On It" to Release August 28th

Nashville, TN, May 22, 2012: "Me Without You," the brand-new single from Grammy-Award winning and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac was the most-added single at Christian AC and CHR radio last week, receiving a whopping 53 total adds—40 at AC and 13 at CHR. The song received an additional 10 adds in its second week. Produced by TobyMac and David Garcia, "Me Without You" will be available via iTunes on June 12.

"Me Without You" is the first track to be released from the five-time Grammy winner's upcoming album, Eye On It, set to release on August 28. Along with TobyMac's first three solo projects, his latest, Tonight, was recently certified Gold by the RIAA.

TobyMac has confirmed appearances at high-profile festivals this summer including Spirit West Coast, Creation East and AtlantaFest, in additional to many more. To check out his schedule please visit www.tobymac.com/tour.

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About TobyMac:
With over 11 million units in career sales, each of TobyMac's four solo projects have received RIAA Gold certification with his live CD/DVD taking home a GRAMMY® award in 2009. In 2012 the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist celebrated his eighth consecutive GRAMMY® nomination, this time for his songwriting contribution to rising star (and recording artist on his label, Gotee Records) Jamie Grace’s No. 1 hit “Hold Me.” His latest album Tonight received GRAMMY nods for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" and "Best Contemporary Christian Song" with “City On Our Knees” the track that topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at #1 on the Christian Audience Chart. Tonight also garnered him the highest sales debut of his solo career with over 78,000 units and a No. 6 Billboard Top 200 debut. The album was also named as iTunes® Best Christian Album of 2010 and recently took home the Dove Award for “Best Rock Contemporary Album of the Year.”

Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits and being named the GMA Dove Award’s 2008 “Artist of the Year,” he was also nominated for “Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist” at the 2010 American Music Awards and was up for three Billboard Music Awards in 2011 including “Top Christian Artist.” The hit song “Tonight” was also chosen as the theme song for MLB’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days Spring Training Series and featured on the Golf Channel. Additionally, his music has been heard in major motion pictures such as “Hancock,” “TRANSPORTER 2,” while also being featured on Fox sports, The NFL network, being selected as the theme song for Fox College Football and WWE’s Fatal 4-Way Pay-Per-View. “Showstopper,” from the chart-topping album Tonight, was featured in ESPN’s ESPY Award Show and used to launch the last season of CBS hit television show CSI: NY. For more information on TobyMac, go to: www.tobymac.com

Artist Alert: 2012 Billboard Music Awards Results



The 2012 Billboard Music Awards took place on Sunday, and the winners of the three Christian music categories were announced. Below is the complete list of winners and nominees. Go here to view my own picks for each of the awards.

Top Christian Artist
Winner - Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
Laura Story
Chris Tomlin
Top Christian Album:
Winner - Casting Crowns "Come To The Well" Casting Crowns "Until The Whole World Hears"
Skillet "Awake"
Laura Story "Blessings"
Various Artists "Wow Hits 2012"

Top Christian Song:
Winner - Laura Story "Blessings"
Casting Crowns "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)"
Jamie Grace Feat. TobyMac "Hold Me"
Mandisa "Stronger"
Matthew West "Strong Enough"

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Free Music: $2 Amazon MP3 Credit for Sharing on Facebook

This next free MP3 credit offer from Amazon requires both an Amazon AND Facebook account. First, go here and in the box, let them know what your current favorite song is. Then, that will be automatically posted to Facebook. Amazon will redirect you back to their page where you will have $2 MP3 Credit to use on whatever songs you like! Big thanks to The Free Christian Music Blog, my source for all the latest Amazon MP3 credit deals! By clicking the link I gave you, you will also be supporting them. So, what song(s) did you choose to get with your extra credits? Comment and let me know! I bought "Healing Rain" by Michael W. Smith!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Artist Alert: Allan Scott Releases "Blameless and Free EP"

A month ago, I posted an album review for Allan Scott's EP "Blameless and Free." The four-song release, which garnered a five-star rating from me, has now been released to the public! You can buy this EP for just $3.96 at Amazon by going here, or at iTunes by going here. This is my favorite worship release of the year so far, so I know that you will enjoy the music on this EP. Be sure to get yourself a copy, and be on the lookout for the full album which is set to be complete by the end of this year or the beginning of next year!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Artist Alert: Hip-Hop Artist Lecrae Release Free Mixtape

Christian hip-hop veteran Lecrae has released a mixtape titled Church Clothes to the public. The best part about this mixtape is that it is absolutely FREE! The purpose of this free album is for Lecrae to reach out to the mainstream audience. Thus, this mixtape is directed mainly towards the non-Christians, but Christians will still enjoy this album. I've listened to it once already, and I know it's going to be on repeat for a while (I'm listening to it a second time as I write this post)! The lyrics are not watered down at all, but musically, fans will get something they haven't heard from Lecrae yet: these songs feature a street hip-hop style! To download the full mixtape for free, just go to the datPiff website here. If you have any non-Christian friends who like hip-hop, be sure to let them know about this mixtape!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Church Clothes" by Lecrae

This week's choice for song/video may be a little surprising to some people despite the fact that the song's artist is Christian hip-hop veteran Lecrae. "Church Clothes" is the lead single and title track to Lecrae's upcoming mixtape which releases May 10th. (If you haven't downloaded your free copy of this song, go here to find out how to do so.) However, this mixtape is directed towards the mainstream audience (i.e. non-Christians). This song is spoken from the voice of someone who does not go to church and feels that he can justify his sinful ways due to the hypocrisy in the Christian church. For Christians, this song could be seen as a wake up call to direct attention to some churches where this hypocrisy does indeed exist. Get ready, because this song gets really deep.


Bible Verse of the Week: Trust In The LORD With All Your Heart

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6

Although this is a verse that is learned in childhood, it is a great reminder for us throughout our spiritual lives. It begins by saying not to trust in our human abilities, but to lean on God with all our hearts. Interestingly, 'heart' was also used in the command in Deuteronomy 6:5, "Love the LORD your God with all your heart..." In the Old Testament, the heart embraced the totality of human personality--intellect, emotions, will. However, it was and still is what easily forgets God when overcome with pride, fear, doubt, and a plethora of other things. When this occurs, road-blocks and bumps and twists appear; God is the only One Who can straighten that path. Verse 6 promises that God will direct our lives if we acknowledge Him in all that we do. I encourage you to never rely on your own strength but to trust in the Lord with your whole heart. ~Jesselyn

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "I'm Alive" by Peter Furler

Following his success at the WinterJam tour, Peter Furler has released a promotional video for "I'm Alive," the first track on his album On Fire. The video features footage taken live in concert during the tour. It was great seeing Peter and Phil Joel on stage together again, so newsboys fans will love watching this vid! You can read my review for Peter Furler's debut album by going here.

Bible Verse of the Week: John 14:26

"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." -John 14:26

Although sometimes overlooked, the Holy Spirit is the One Who opens our eyes to understand the Word and discern what God is speaking to us. As this verse states, we do not have to be concerned about what we will say when we are challenged because the Holy Spirit abides in us. An example of this is in Acts 4 when Peter and John were questioned what power allowed them to heal the lame man. Verse 8 says that Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and answered that the man was healed by the name of Jesus Christ. Upon hearing this confident response, none could find fault in them. In order for you to be filled with the Holy Spirit, I encourage you to hear the Voice at the door of your heart and open the door to let Him come in. ~Jesselyn

Friday, April 27, 2012

Free Music: "Church Clothes" by Lecrae

Lecrae first mixtape Church Clothes release on May 3rd, and the title track and album art were just released. Right now, that song "Church Clothes" is even being offered for free download! To get the free song, just go here and click "Free Download" on the widget and then share about it on Facebook or Twitter. Enjoy the free song, and don't forget to pick up a copy of the full mixtape once it is released!

Artist Alert: Hawk Nelson Announces New Lead Singer

A couple months ago, Jason Dunn announced his departure from Hawk Nelson. All signs pointed to the band's lead guitarist Jon Steingard to become the new lead singer and frontman for the group. Yesterday, this was officially confirmed, and here is the press release from Merge PR:

NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
Nashville, Tenn - April 26, 2012 -Hawk Nelson enters a different chapter in the band's history as they announce their new lead singer Jon Steingard. No stranger to their fans, Steingard has been the guitarist for the past eight years. Hawk Nelson will continue with members Daniel Biro (bass), Justin Benner (drums) and Steingard (guitar, vocals).

"I am blessed to announce that Hawk Nelson will be fronted by none other than the talented Mr. Jonathan A. Steingard," states co-founder and bassist Daniel Biro. "The chemistry we share as a band cannot be fabricated. In other words, we know we have something special here. We're very excited to be working on a bunch of new songs for everybody. It's a new day, and we want to make the most of it."

"Moving forward, I couldn't be more excited to step into the role of lead singer," shares Steingard on his new role.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Artist Alert: Thousand Foot Krutch Launches Biggest Debut Ever With "The End is Where We Begin"

NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media

April 25, 2012 - Announcing their independence from label life altogether last year, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH takes over the reigns and releases its seventh studio album, The End Is Where We Begin, to not only wide critical acclaim, but also its biggest sales debut ever. Since its release last week, the album reached #6 on the iTunes® Top 10 Albums chart, climbed to #2 on the iTunes Rock chart (No. 1 in Canada) and earned the #8 spot on the Rock Singles Chart while capping the week with it highest ever chart position on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 14 with 23,659 albums sold, marking a 72% sales jump over the band's previous best-selling album, Welcome to the Masquerade. The album also landed at No. 1 on the Hard Rock and Christian/Gospel-Mainstream Retail Billboard charts.

Building a new marketing and radio team around them through its management, The Fuel Music Management Co. based in Nashville, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH gathered full support for The End Is Where We Begin from all the major retailers, significant radio airplay across multiple formats with its adrenaline-infused Active Rock hit "Let The Sparks Fly" and CHR single "Be Somebody," and song placements on ESPN (NASCAR, NCAA basketball), WWE and EA Sports NHL 2013 releasing this fall.

"THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH has delivered a remarkable album that is creating a stir in the

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Artist Alert: Newsboys Announce Extension To Their Successful "God's Not Dead Tour"


News Source: Newsboys.com

Nashville, Tenn - 24 April 2012 - Newsboys announced today they are extending their much sought after God's Not Dead Tour through the fall of 2012. Over the course of visiting 60+ cities this spring, the Newsboys' God's Not Dead Tour has impacted thousands of lives, both locally and internationally. Since the tour began in mid-January, a remarkable 31 venues have sold out and the tour is still hitting another ten markets before the spring leg ends May 6th in Williamsburg, VA.

Joining the fall leg of the tour will be Building 429 (Provident Label Group) and Luminate (Sparrow/EMI). Compassion International will continue their highly successful partnership with Newsboys in raising awareness and sponsorships for children overseas during the tour.

The God's Not Dead Tour is one of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and celebration during this touring season. Over 4,000 children have been sponsored through the partnership with Compassion International, while 3,200 people have pledged to be "Second to One" through I am Second, and thousands more have indicated their desire to give their lives to Christ after hearing a message of hope from evangelist Bob Lenz of Life Promotions.

Testimonies have poured in following each show. One of the tour's promoters shared, "I wanted to tell you THANK YOU for giving us the opportunity to host the GOD'S NOT DEAD Tour with Newsboys. Of course the music was great, but this

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Rise Up" by Matt Maher

Last week, I let you know of the offer to get Matt Maher's latest single "Rise Up" for free! Go here to get your free song if you haven't already. Matt Maher has also released a new music video for the song which is this week's song/video. This video is really encouraging and one of the best I've seen this year. Go here to read my review for the full album as well as my description for this song.


Bible Verse of the Week: Romans 12:2

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing, and perfect will." -Romans 12:2

I periodically remind myself of the holy doctrine of this scripture. In other words, this verse says not to let the world squeeze us into its sinful mold. Paul does not leave us wondering how to not allow this world to take hold of our souls. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We are to be radically changed within by utterly turning from our impure mindsets. I like the choice of the word "conform". Paul used it earlier in Romans 8, "For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son." Consider this: we are conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ. Thus, live in the likeness of Jesus that you will be enabled to approve that God's will is good, pleasing, and perfect. ~Jesselyn

Monday, April 23, 2012

Album Review: "Dangerous" by KJ-52


Release Date: April 3, 2012
Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 4/5 Stars

KJ-52 has had much experience in the Christian hip hop industry, but some may be surprised to hear that Dangerous is already number eight in his list of full albums. The rapper sure has come a long way since his early releases and is now a highly recognized and respected artist. Dangerous focuses on the theme of our lives being changed for the better after coming to know the Lord. For those who have not heard much of KJ’s music, this album will easily demonstrate the rapper’s talents both in rapping and songwriting.

The album opener “It’s Going Down” features Canton Jones and launches off the record with a rush of excitement that will get the listener moving to the music immediately. While singing lyrics like “We come to party, it’s going down / We come to party, now jump around,” KJ-52 specifies the reason behind his dancing: Christ has set him free. One of the bigger highlights off the record is “They Like Me” which features Grammy-nominated hip hop veteran Lecrae. In the song, the two rappers sing about how there should not need to be

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Artist Alert: 2012 Billboard Music Awards

The nominees of the 2012 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, and as always, there are three categories in the Christian music section. The event itself will take place on May 20 at 8 pm EST and will be shown on ABC. For more information, go to their official website. Here is the list of nominees in those categories as well as my picks for the winners.

Top Christian Artist: Casting Crowns
MercyMe
Skillet
Laura Story
Chris Tomlin
(My Pick: Skillet - They haven't released a full album since 2009, but this band has been on fire ever since the release of their album Awake which stayed on the Billboard 200 longer than any other Christian album. And seeing Skillet live is one of the best shows you will ever attend!)

Top Christian Album: Casting Crowns "Come To The Well"
Casting Crowns "Until The Whole World Hears"
Skillet "Awake"
Laura Story "Blessings"
Various Artists "Wow Hits 2012"
(My Pick: Laura Story "Blessings" - Skillet's Awake was released three years ago. Despite it continuing to excel in sales, I think this album has already had its chance and its number of awards. This one goes to Laura Story.)

Top Christian Song:
Casting Crowns "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)"    

Just For Fun: TobyMac Performs "Get Back Up" on ABC's The View

tobyMac recently performed his hit single "Get Back Up" from his album Tonight on ABC's talk show The View. Whenever it is one of the hosts's birthday, she gets to choose a music artist to perform on that day's show. Sherri, the birthday girl, chose tobyMac, and you can watch the performance on the video player below!

Artist Alert: 43rd Annual GMA Dove Award Winners Announced!

In this year's Dove Awards, Jason Crabb garnered two of the top awards, Lecrae won in the Hip Hop categories, Laura Story's "Blessings" gained high honors, Kirk Franklin solidified his spot at the top of Contemporary Gospel, and Natalie Grant returned to the female spotlight! Below is the full list of awards and winner; go here to see the list of nominees for the top awards handed out.

Song of the Year - Blessings; Laura Story; Laura Story; New Spring Publishing (ASCAP), Gleaning Publishing (ASCAP)

Male Vocalist of the Year - Jason Crabb

Female Vocalist of the Year - Natalie Grant

Group of the Year - NEEDTOBREATHE

Artist of the Year - Jason Crabb

New Artist of the Year - Jamie-Grace

Producer of the Year - Ed Cash

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year - Hallelujah; Rehab Deluxe Edition; Lecrae; LeCrae Moore, Charles Cornelius, Joseph Prielozny, Nelson Chu; Reach Records

Rock Recorded Song of the Year - Dark Horses; Vice Verses; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Tim Foreman; Credential Recordings/lowercasepeople/Atlantic

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year - Slumber; The Reckoning; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; Atlantic Records

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year - Blessings; Blessings; Laura Story; Laura Story; Fair Trade Services, LLC

Friday, April 20, 2012

Free Music: $2 Amazon MP3 Credit (ENDS 4/22!)

I always love it when Amazon gives out free MP3 credit, and right now, you can get another $2 to spend on Amazon MP3's! Just go here and type in MOMROCKS in the code area, and you'll have an extra $2 to spend on the many MP3 downloads found on Amazon. Hurry, because this offer ends at 11:59 PST on April 22, 2012!!! Comment and let me know which songs you chose to get with your free credit. And thanks to The Free Christian Music Blog for notifying me of this awesome offer!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Free Music: "Rise Up" by Matt Maher

Matt Maher's latest single "Rise Up" from his album The Love in Between has been getting lots of airtime lately. For those of you who liked the song, I have some great news for you. Matt is offering this song for FREE via Noisetrade.com! To get this free song, just put in your info below and check your email for the link to the download. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Free Music: "War of Change" by Thousand Foot Krutch

TFK's new album The End is Where We Begin hits stores today, and newreleasetuesday.com is offering their song "War of Change" for free download! To get the song, just go here. You must have an NRT account which is free and easy to create.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "I'm Good (ft. Lecrae)" by Trip Lee

One of the best tracks off hip hop artist Trip Lee's latest album The Good Life is the song "I'm Good" which features fellow hip hop star Lecrae. The music video for this song raises awareness for the Christians in other countries who are persecuted for their faith. Trip Lee has partnered with Voice of the Martyrs, an organization which will recieve of portion of the proceeds from the song. Learn more about Voice of the Martyrs and their partnership with Trip Lee by reading a previous artist alert from this site.


Bible Verse of the Week: James 4:8a

"Come near to God, and He will come near to you." -James 4:8a

No matter how many times I read this scripture, I find myself needing to be constantly reminded of its truthful message. It is not difficult for us to forget to solely submit ourselves to God. One day He may feel close to us, but the next He feels confusingly distant. Whenever we feel far, there is a bitter and almost guilty emptiness in our hearts. One thing easily overlooked is that that distance was our own doing. Many relate with David in Psalm 22:1 in which he cried out, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me?" However, could it be that we have forsaken Him? Then, how will He come near to us again or at all? We must come near to Him first. I encourage you to draw nearer to God, for it is promised that He will fill your life with joy (just as He has filled mine). ~Jesselyn

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Artist Alert: Trip Lee Debuts At #2 On iTunes With Release Of "The Good Life"

News Source: Rogers & Cowan

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 11, 2012) - Reach Records' hip-hop artist Trip Lee continues momentum with the release of his 4th studio project, The Good Life, debuting at the debut #3 on iTunes and #2 on the hip hop chart (iTunes). Hitting stores nationwide April 10, 2012 through Reach Records, The Good Life celebrates the truth in real life through its unique style and lyrical content.

In conjunction with his album release, Trip has partnered with Voice of the Martyrs, unveiling a brand new video this week for "I'm Good." The powerful track, which features Grammy-nominated label mate Lecrae, is a group effort to raise awareness of the persecuted Christian church. A portion of the proceeds from the song will be donated to Voice of the Martyrs. The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today helping Christians who are or have been, persecuted for their involvement in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. They provide medical assistance, food, clothing, and other forms of aid.

"It is such an honor to partner with Voice of the Martyrs and raise awareness about persecution and encourage believers to stand firm," says Trip. "'I'm Good' is an anthem that communicates our