Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Where I Belong" by Building 429

I really love this song and I'm glad that Building 429 chose to put together a music video for it. The song refers to Christians and how we are not a part of this world. As leader singer Jason Roy sings in the chorus, "All I know is I'm not home yet / This is not where I belong / Take this world and give me Jesus / This is not where I belong." As Christians, we have a great future to look forward to, and just thinking about that gets me really excited! Anyway, the music video for this song features the band singing the song in concert, and the video provides great angles of the band members, stage, and crowd.

Bible Verse of the Week: Jonah 3:10

"When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction He had threatened." -Jonah 3:10

This verse is a perfect example of God's abounding mercy and forgiveness. First of all, even though Nineveh was a wicked city, God did not utterly destroy it like in Noah's time or Sodom and Gomorrah. Instead, He sent a prophet to enlighten the city of its evilness. Then, God was quick to forgive them of their ways when they repented. What is important was the people of Nineveh's swift response to Jonah's proclamation which proved the genuinity of their contrite souls. Acknowledging their urgent calls onto Him and turns from their violence, God showed mercy and grace by fully condoning them. If we are truly sorrowful and repentant of our sins unto God, He will grant us forgiveness and may spare us from whatever awaiting destruction. ~Jesselyn

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Free Music: "Remind Me Who I Am" by Jason Gray

Air 1 Radio is offering Jason Gray's hit single "Remind Me Who I Am" from his latest album A Way To See In The Dark for free! Just go here and follow the instructions on how to get your free song. If you do not have iTunes, the instructions will let you know how to download it for free. Enjoy your free music!

Artist Alert: "Passion: White Flag" Set to Release March 13

This news is a little late, but I wanted to post about it anyway and provide all the details. Every year, a Passion album is released, and this year, it is a live recording (as it always is) from Passion 2012. The album will feature songs from Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Redman, David Crowder*Band, and more! Here is the official release from The M Collective:

News Source: The M Collective
February 8, 2012

Recorded live at Passion 2012 and featuring sixstepsrecords artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder* Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill, along with the voices of more than 42,000 college students at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, PASSION: White Flag will release worldwide on March 13th.

The album will feature some familiar songs while also highlighting brand new music spurred from Passion 2012, including the first single, featuring Chris Tomlin, “White Flag,” impacting radio on February 24th, along with a Bonus Deluxe with three exclusive tracks (full track listing below). White Flag is the follow-up record to Passion: Here For You, which debuted at No. 11 on Billboard’s Top 200 when it released in March 2011 selling over 30,000 units and garnering the No. 1 spot on the Christian Albums Chart. Since the first release in 1998, Passion projects have sold more than 1.8 million albums and introduced the newest and up-and-coming worship songs, including “Better Is One Day,” “How Great Is Our God,” “God Of This City,” “Holy Is The Lord,” “Waiting Here For You,” and in 2010, the #1 radio single “Our God” (from 2010’s Passion: Awakening).

Recently commended by President Obama in his speech (at 12:43) at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, Passion 2012 helped 42,000 students representing 31 countries and more than 1,700 campuses learn about the horrific realities faced by the 27 million people worldwide who are enslaved as forced laborers, child laborers or trapped within the all- too prevalent sex trade. In total, $3.3 million was given to support more than 20 projects around the world by organizations that are focusing on prevention, rescue, and restoration for the millions of men, women, and children entrapped in modern day slavery.

Not only did students give financially to impact people all over the world, but they also provided enough towels and socks to the homeless shelters in the city of Atlanta to supply them for more than a year. More than 36,000 towels and 150,000 socks were donated.

CNN captured the heart of Do Something Now this year in a story profiling the efforts being made by the students and the heart and purpose behind Passion. Click here to watch the story.

Passion 2012 was a four-day gathering for college students and was led by renowned teachers Louie Giglio, John Piper, Francis Chan, and Beth Moore, among others, as well as lead worshipers Chris Tomlin, David Crowder* Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, and more.

To keep up with the Passion movement throughout the year, follow @Passion268 on Twitter, find on Facebook at or visit To track the freedom efforts visit


White Flag track listing:

  1. Not Ashamed (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  2. White Flag (featuring Chris Tomlin)
  3. Jesus Son Of God (featuring Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels)
  4. How I Love You Jesus (featuring Christy Nockels)
  5. All This Glory (featuring David Crowder*Band)
  6. Lay Me Down (featuring Chris Tomlin & Matt Redman)
  7. You Revive Me (featuring Christy Nockels)
  8. One Thing Remains (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  9. Yahweh (featuring Chris Tomlin)
  10. Sing Along (featuring Christy Nockels)
  11. The Only One (featuring Chris Tomlin)
  12. Mystery (featuring Charlie Hall)
  13. 10,000 Reasons (featuring Matt Redman)
  14. No Turning Back (featuring Chris Tomlin)
  15. Let Me Feel You Shine (Deluxe Bonus) (featuring David Crowder*Band)
  16. Who You Are (Deluxe Bonus) (featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  17. Jesus, My All In All (Deluxe Bonus)

About Passion: Centered on Passion’s core scripture, Isaiah 26:8, the unique purpose of Passion is to gather college students from campuses and churches across the nation, uniting them across ministry and denominational lines to seek the face of God together in worship and prayer. Affirming and valuing the work of local churches and campus ministries, Passion seeks to foster unity and connectivity among them, encouraging them to draw strength and encouragement from each other, resulting in a louder anthem of God’s renown.
About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection) David Crowder*Band (Give Us Rest), Charlie Hall (The Rising), Matt Redman (10,000 Reasons), Christy Nockels (Life Light Up), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move), and Passion (Passion: Here For You). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artist Alert: 2012 Dove Award Nominees Have Been Announced

The nominees for the 2012 Dove Awards have been announced, and I think I like this year's lineup somewhat more than last year's. Lecrae is nominated for quite a few awards, including Artist of the Year, Chris Tomlin is in there of course, and Kirk Franklin gets a lot of recognition with Gospel award nominees and even a nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year! A short list of the awards and nominees is below, and I will be giving my own picks for some of those awards in the coming days. To view the full list of awards, go here.

Song of the Year
Alive; Natalie Grant; Bernie Herms and Nichole Nordeman; Wow Partners; Wow Partners
Blessings; Laura Story; Laura Story; New Spring Publishing (ASCAP), Laura Stories (ASCAP); Fair Trade
Celebrate Me Home; Perrys; Joel Lindsey & Wayne Haun; PsalmSinger Music; Daywind Records
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me); Casting Crowns; Michael Bleecker, Mark Hall; Word Music/SWECS; Beach Street
Hold Me; Jamie Grace; Jamie Grace Harper Toby McKeehan Christopher Steve; Universal Music-BrentwoodBenson Tunes, Songs of Th; Gotee Records
I Smile; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, James Harris, Terry Lewis, Frederic; Bridge Building Music (BMI), Aunt Gertrude Music P; Gospocentric
I've Been Here Before; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; Ernie Haase, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun; PsalmSinger Music; StowTown Records
Please Forgive Me; Gaither Vocal Band; Gerald Crabb; Chestnut Mound Music; Gaither Music Group
Who Am I; Jason Crabb; Rusty Goodman; Playin' TAG Music; Gaither Music Group
Your Great Name; Natalie Grant; Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale; Tow Nords Music (ASCAP), Integrity's Praise Music (BMI); Curb Records

Male Vocalist of the Year
Chris August
Chris Tomlin
Jason Crabb
Kirk Franklin
Steven Curtis Chapman

Female Vocalist of the Year
Francesca Battistelli
Kari Jobe
Laura Story
Natalie Grant

Group of the Year
Casting Crowns
David Crowder*Band
Gaither Vocal Band
The Isaacs

Artist of the Year
Casting Crowns
Jason Crabb
Laura Story
The Isaacs

New Artist of the Year
Beyond The Ashes
Dara Maclean
Royal Tailor
The City Harmonic

Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
Hallelujah; ; LeCrae; ; ; Reach
Please Don't Let Me Go; Outta Space Love; Group 1 Crew; Manwell Reyes, Pablo Villatoro, Andy Anderson, David Garcia; ; Fervent
Riot; Backlight; Tedashi; ; ; Reach Records
The Overdose; Rehab Deluxe; LeCrae; ; ; Reach Records

Rock Recorded Song of the Year
Dark Horses; Vice Verses; Switchfoot; Jonathan Foreman, Tim Foreman; ; Credential Recordings/lowercasepeople/Atlantic
Faceless; Until We Have Faces; Red; Anthony Armstrong, Rob Graves, Jasen Rauch, Mark Holman; ; Essential Records
Invisible; Horseshoes and Handgrenades; Disciple; Kevin Young, Ben Glover, Rob Hawkins; ; Fair Trade Services, LLC
One Day Too Late; Awake; Skillet; John L. Cooper, Brian Howes; ; Ardent
Your Love Is A Mystery; Crazy Love; Hawk Nelson; Jason Dunn & Daniel Biro; ; BEC Recordings

Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Born Again; Born Again (Miracle Edition); Newsboys; Seth Mosely, Juan Otero,michael Tate, Wes Campbell; ; InPop
Crazy Love; Crazy Love; Hawk Nelson; Jason Dunn, Daniel Biro, Ian Eskelin, & Tony Wood; ; BEC Recordings
Drifting; TBA; Plumb with Dan Haseltine; Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, Matt Bronleewe, Dan Haseltine; ; Curb Records
Lucy; Awake; Skillet; John L. Cooper; ; Atlantic/Ardent/Fair Trade
Slumber; The Reckoning; NEEDTOBREATHE; Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart; ; Atlantic Records

Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year
Alive (MARY MAGDALENE); Music Inspired By THE STORY; Natalie Grant; Nichole Nordeman, Bernie Herms; ; WOW Joint Venture
Blessings; Blessings; Laura Story; Laura Story; ; Fair Trade Services, LLC
Hold Me; One Song at a Time; Jamie Grace; Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan, Chris Stevens; ; Gotee Records
Someone Worth Dying For; A Beautiful Life; MIKESCHAIR; Benjamin Glover, Michael Alan Grayson, Samuel Anton Tinnesz; ; Curb Records
Your Great Name; Love Revolution; Natalie Grant; Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff; ; Curb Records

Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year
He Has His Hands On You; Here I Am; Marvin Sapp; Marvin Sapp, Stan Jones; ; Verity
I Smile; Hello Fear; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, James Harris, Terry Lewis, Frederick Tackett; ; Verity
I'd Rather Have Jesus; The Song Lives On; Jason Crabb; George Beverly Shea, Rhea F. Miller; ; Gaither Music Group
The Promise; The Journey; Andrae Crouch; Andrae Crouch, Luther Mano Hanes; ; Riverphlo Entertainment
What I Have I Give; Treasures Unseen; Beyond The Ashes; Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, Depp Britt; ; Vine

Worship Song of the Year
Beautiful Things; Beautiful Things; Gungor; Michael Gungor, Lisa Gungor; ; EMI CMG Publishing
Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me); Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker; Mark Hall,Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/My Refuge Music (BMI) Michael Bleecker,Word Music (ASCAP); Come To The Well; Casting Crowns; Provident Label Group
Hosanna; ; Brooke Fraser; ; ; Hillsong Publishing
I Give Myself Away; William McDowell, Sam Hinn; Delivery Room Publishing; As We Worship Live; William McDowell; Light Records/Entertainment One
When the Stars Burn Down; Jonathan Lee and Jennie Riddle; UNIVERSAL MUSIC- BRENTWOOD BENSON TUNES (SESAC)/ JLEE PUBLSIHING (SESAC). ADMIN BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC/ INTEGRITY PRAISE! MUSIC; When the Stars Burn Down; Travis Cottrell; Inciite Media
Your Great Name; Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff; Integrity's Praise Music; Love Revolution; Natalie Grant; Integrity Music

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
Backlight; Tedashi; ; Reach Records
Captured; FLAME; Lamontt Blackshire, Courtney Peebles, Stephen Towns, Abraham Olaleye, Derek Johnson, Alex Hitchens, Brandon Shockley, Dion, Burroughs, Alex Medina; Clear Sight Music
Culture Shock; Jai; ;
Rehab: The Overdose; LeCrae; ; Reach Records
The Whole Truth; D.A. Truth; ; Universal

Rock Album of the Year
Control; Abandon; Christpher Stevens, Paul Moak, Josh Silverberg; EMI CMG
Until We Have Faces; Red; Rob Graves; Essential Records
Vice Verses; Switchfoot; Neal Avron; EMI CMG
What I've Become; Ashes Remain; ; Fair Trade
With Shivering Hearts We Wait; Blindside; Mike Plotnikoff and Igor Khoroshev for Howard Benson Productions, LLC; Fair Trade Services, LLC

Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year
Ad Astra Per Aspera; Abandon Kansas; Mark Lee Townsend; Gotee Records
Come Home; Luminate; Ed Cash, Paul Moak, Ben Glover; EMI CMG
Crazy Love; Hawk Nelson; ian Eskelin; BEC Recordings
Mountains Move; Kristian Stanfill; Jason Ingram, Rusty Varenkamp; EMI CMG
The Reckoning; NEEDTOBREATHE; ; Atlantic Records

Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
A Beautiful Life; MIKESCHAIR; Matt Brownlewee; Curb Records
Blessings; Laura Story; Nathan Nockels; Fair Trade Services, LLC
Hundred More Years; Francesca Battistelli; ; Fervent
One Song at a Time; Jamie Grace; Chris Stevens, David Garcia, Arch Nemesiz; Gotee Records
What If We Were Real; Mandisa; Christopher Stevens, David Garcia, Dan Muckala; EMI CMG

Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year
Becoming; Yolanda Adams; ; N House Music
Change The Atmosphere; Christ Tabernacle Choir; Wayne Haun, Kevin Ward, Steve Carey; Vine
Committed; Committed; ; Epic
Hello Fear; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, Shaun Martin; Verity Gospel Music Group
Make It Loud; Martha Munizzi; Martha Munizzi; Martha Munizzi Muisic

Praise and Worship Album of the Year
10,000 Reasons; Matt Redman; Nathan Nockels; EMI CMG
Aftermath; Hillsong UNITED; Michael Guy Chislett, Joel Houston, James Rudder, Christopher Stevens; EMI CMG
And If Our God is For Us..; Chris Tomlin; Ed Cash, Dan Muckala; EMI CMG
Ghosts Upon The Earth; Gungor; Michael Gungor; Brash Music
Make It Loud; Martha Munizzi; Martha Munizzi; Martha Munizzi Music

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Free Music: "I Will Find You (feat. Lecrae)" by Jimmy Needham

Jimmy Needham is offering his new single "I Will Find You" (which features hip hop artist Lecrae) for free via Needham's new album Clear The Stage will be released on March 27 and will feature this song. You can download your free song below by just giving your email address and postal code. Thanks to Sam from our brother site for letting us know about this awesome offer!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Artist Alert: Dove Award Nominees to be Announced February 22nd

The nominees for this year's Dove Awards will be announced Wednesday, February 22nd. Once they are announced, I will give you the list of nominees of the major awards. Here's the official report of this artist alert:

NEWS SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
February 17, 2012

GRAMMY nominated R&B artist Montell Jordan, known for his iconic hit "This is How We Do It" joins BET "Lift Every Voice" host CoCo Brother, Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce, and World Heavyweight Champion wrestler AJ Styles to announce the nominees for the 43rd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards at a press conference on Wednesday, February 22 at 11AM ET at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, located at 659 Peachtree Street Northeast in Atlanta, GA..

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on April 19 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The award show is produced by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) to offer the most comprehensive platform of music celebrating Christian and Gospel music.

Over the years, the Dove Awards have featured some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports, including Whitney Houston, Tim Tebow, Sherri Shepherd and Kathie Lee Gifford. It has showcased many of the nation's leading Christian music artists, including Amy Grant, Toby Mac, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns, Mary Mary, Third Day and more.

The Gospel Music Association has been the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community since 1964 and is dedicated to celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. GMA members include agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio and record company executives, retailers, and songwriters.

Jackie Patillo, GMA's Executive Director, will be available for interviews at the press conference, as well as Montell Jordan, Coco Brother, Chonda Pierce and AJ Styles.

Nominees in select categories will be announced live and additional nominees will be posted online at

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Free Music: "God's Not Dead" Music Video by Newsboys (FULL DOWNLOAD)

The newsboys are offering their full music video of "God's Not Dead" for free download on their website! To download it, just go to their official website homepage here and look for the download offer on the top right hand side of the page. Also, don't forget to download the track itself by going here, scrolling down, and looking for the "God's Not Dead" widget.
Note: The music video is in .m4v format, so it is designed to play on Quicktime or iTunes.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Artist Alert: Christian/Gospel GRAMMY Winners

It is hard to say which Christian/Gospel artist was the happiest Sunday night following the GRAMMYS. Chris Tomlin and Laura Story both brought home their first GRAMMYS and Kirk Franklin received two, and do not forget Le'Andria Johnson! Here is the full list of the Christian/Gospel GRAMMY awards with the winners and nominees of each award:

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Winner: "Jesus" by Le'Andria Johnson
Nominees: "Do Everything" by Steven Curtis Chapman
                  "Alive (Mary Magdalene)" by Natalie Grant
                  "Your Love" by Brandon Heath
                  "I Lift My Hands" by Chris Tomlin

Best Gospel Song
Winner: "Hello Fear" by Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Nominees: "Sitting With Me" by Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Gerald Haddon & Tammi Haddon, songwriters (Mary Mary)
                  "Spiritual" by Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. Featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
                  "Trust Me" by Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
                  "Window" by Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Winner: "Blessings" by Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
Nominees: "Hold Me" by Jamie Grace Harper, Toby McKeehan & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Jamie Grace Featuring Tobymac)
                  "I Lift My Hands" by Louie Giglio, Matt Maher & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)
                  "Strong Enough" by Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
                  "Your Love" by Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)

Best Gospel Album
Winner: Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin
Nominees: The Love Album by Kim Burrell
                  The Journey by AndraĆ© Crouch
                  Something Big by Mary Mary
                  Angel and Chanelle Deluxe Edition by Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Winner: And If Our God Is For Us... by Chris Tomlin
Nominees: Ghosts Upon The Earth by Gungor
                  Leaving Eden by Brandon Heath
                  The Great Awakening by Leeland
                  What If We Were Real by Mandisa
                  Black & White by Royal Tailor

Monday, February 13, 2012

Exclusive: Switchfoot Fans Can Remix A Song For Upcoming Remix Album

This artist alert of Switchfoot comes straight from Jesus Freak Hideout. Here is their report which contains a link to an awesome interview with JFH and the band.

NEWS SOURCE: Talenthouse /
February 9, 2012

Sounds like Switchfoot is making good on their plans to do some remixes for Vice Verses (as they told us in September), however, they also want to involve YOU! is hosting a contest to create your own remix for Switchfoot's song "Afterlife" to be included on the EP, Vice Re-Verses. Check out the details below...

Southern California based rock band Switchfoot have ceaselessly brought powerful sounds to the crowd since the 1990's. Still showcasing the same energy that brought them to the spotlight, the Grammy-winning talent behind Switchfoot recently released their newest album, Vice Verses, musically entailing the polarity of human life. Now, Switchfoot is inviting artists to remix their latest single 'Afterlife' (using the provided stems) for a chance to have it featured on their digital version of their remix EP Vice Re-Verses, suited to release May 1st.
Switchfoot's Choice
One winner will have their remix featured on the digital release of Switchfoot’s remix EP Vice Re-Verses, scheduled to release digitally on May 1st. In addition, the winner will receive:

  • A pair of Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom in-ear monitors, valued at $1,350.

  • Global exposure for their remix which will be promoted on Switchfoot’s social media channels including Soundcloud.
    One runner-up (as selected by Switchfoot) will receive a pair of Ultimate Ears 4 Pro custom in-ear monitors, together with recognition on Switchfoot's social media channels.
    People's Choice
    The highest voted artist will receive a pair of Ultimate Ears UE 700 in-ear headphones, together with recognition on Switchfoot's social media channels.

    Get Involved
    Submit by: March 19, 2012
    Vote: March 20, 2012 - March 26, 2012
    Winner(s) Announced: April 10, 2012

    Click 'Get Started' to review the guidelines and submit your work.

  • Artist Alert: TobyMac to Release New Remix Album on March 27

    TobyMac is set to release an all-new remix album on March 27th. Dubbed & Freq'ed: A Remix Project will feature remixes of songs from Toby's Portable Sounds and Tonight albums. Here is a section of the official report from The M Collective:

    NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
    February 9, 2012

    NASHVILLE, TN, February, 9, 2012: Seven years have passed since the beat-savvy, award-winning artist TobyMac released a remix record. On March 27, TobyMac returns with Dubbed & Freq'd: A Remix Project which features new remixes of several of the biggest songs from his albums Tonight and Portable Sounds. Toby's unique blend of rock, pop, hip hop and urban styles is perfect for the remix treatment and brings an entirely new sound to his songs.

    While you gear up for getting down with Dubbed & Freq'd, TobyMac is making concert plans as well, having just announced the expansion of his unplugged "A Night of Stories and Songs" tour through April 21. See the cities and dates here.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Artist Alert: Switchfoot Relaunches "Friends of the Foot" Fan Club For Free

    Switchfoot is relaunching their fan club dubbed "Friends of the Foot" for FREE! All who sign up will recieve a free live 3-song EP as well. The official report via is below.

    NEWS SOURCE: Switchfoot /
    February 7, 2012

    Switchfoot has just announced the relaunch of their fan club--AKA "Friends of the Foot"--as a free perks-filled elite fan club that no longer requires fans to shell out money to be a part of. To sweeten the deal, anyone who signs up will get an exclusive live 3-song EP of songs recorded at the John M. Perkins Benefit show on September 29, 2010. Visit for details on signing up and check out some of the announced details below...
    Membership Details
    * Free Membership or donate to the John M. Perkins Foundation
    * Meet and Greets: VIP tickets including Meet and Greet passes and early entry will be available for purchase during Tour pre-sales
    * Receive exclusive updates on Switchfoot News, Tours etc.
    * Free Merch ie. Stickers etc. at Switchfoot Headline shows (when available)
    * Occasional digital coupons to be used towards purchases at Switchfoot online store
    * Receive free download of 3 Live Switchfoot tracks recorded at John M Perkins Benefit on September 29, 2010 
    Attention: Existing Members from 2011
    * Current members of Friends of the Foot will continue to receive ALL paid membership benefits for the remainder of the membership period
    * When signed in, your store discounts will still apply
    * You will continue to have access to Meet & Greet events
    * You are automatically a member of the new free version of Friends of the Foot, and will be included in all new benefits

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    Bible Verse of the Week: Matthew 11:28-30

    "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." -Matthew 11:28-30

    This is a very powerful verse that I regularly review. I have realized that the well-known verse 28 is easily taken out of context. It is promised that when we are burdened, the Lord will give us rest. This can be translated as us casually thrusting upon Him every one of our heavy worries and life burdens so that we can be free. Reading on, you will see that this is not the whole picture. Jesus then states to not only come to Him but to take His yoke upon ourselves and learn from Him, THEN our souls will find rest. Breaking it down, Jesus commands us to "Come, Take, and Learn". Does not each of us want rest and freedom from our burdens? Go to Him, take His yoke, and learn from Him. Then, you shall find eternal rest, for, indeed, His yoke is easy and burden light. ~Jesselyn

    Song/Video of the Week: "Stay Close" by Fireflight (New Music Video)

    Fireflight just released their music video for their latest single "Stay Close," a strong rock anthem with a great sound! Check it out!

    Thursday, February 2, 2012

    Artist Alert: Newsboys Hit No. 1 On Radio With "God's Not Dead"

    No surprise to this news: Newsboys has hit No. 1 on the Billboard CHR charts with their single "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)!" Here is the official report which also includes tour dates of the band's current 60+ city "God's Not Dead Tour":

    February 1, 2012

    Nashville, Tenn - 1 February 2012 - With their latest radio single, "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)," Newsboys have taken to the top spot on Billboard's CHR charts this week. The hit song, the debut from their latest project God's Not Dead (Inpop Records), is being heard on hundreds of stations across the country as well as quickly climbing up Billboard's AC Indicator, National Audience and AC Monitored radio charts.

    The single is at No. 20 on Billboard's National Christian Audience Chart and has had an astonishing three million impressions in just the first month at radio. "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)" is currently in heavy rotation on KLOVE and can also be heard on such stations as Sirius/XM, Family Life Radio Network, WJQK / Grand Rapids, MI; WHPZ / South Bend, IN; WBSN / New Orleans, LA; and KSOS / Las Vegas, NV.

    Newsboys' music videos have been making big waves as well. On the heels of winning mtvU's contest for "Miracles," their latest video for "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)" is also out now. Making its debut on Vevo earlier this month, be sure to view "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)" here and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to spread the news that "God's Not Dead!"

    Following the release of their highly acclaimed rock worship project, the band is currently headlining their biggest tour yet, the "God's Not Dead Tour." Running through May 6th, the tour is running in over 60 markets across the U.S. The tour is presented by Compassion International, continuing their partnership with Newsboys to raise awareness for child sponsorships. A special VIP Pre-Show Meet & Greet Experience will be held nightly with a portion of its proceeds going to support Compassion International's child trafficking initiatives. Other major sponsors supporting the tour are I Am Second and Interstate Batteries. The most updated tour dates for the "God's Not Dead Tour" are listed below but be sure to visit the tour's official webpage at for the most updated schedule.

    # # #

    Newsboys' God's Not Dead Tour Dates:*
    February 02 - Amarillo, TX
    February 03 - Longview, TX
    February 04 - Abilene, TX
    February 09 - Temple, TX
    February 10 - Carlsbad, NM
    February 11 - Glendale, AZ
    February 12 - Tucson, AZ
    February 17 - Oceanside, CA
    February 18 - Brentwood, CA
    February 19 - Sacramento, CA
    February 21 - Layton, UT
    February 23 - Anaheim, CA
    February 24 - Redlands, CA
    February 25 - Fresno, CA
    February 26 - Bakersfield, CA
    March 01 - Colorado Springs, CO
    March 02 - Farmington, NM
    March 03 - Lubbock, TX
    March 04 - Woodward, OK
    March 09 - New Bern, NC
    March 10 - Myrtle Beach, SC
    March 11 - Huntington, WV
    March 15 - Joplin, MO
    March 16 - St. Charles, IL
    March 17 - Quincy, IL
    March 18 - Boaz, AL
    March 22 - Barre, VT
    March 23 - Blakely, PA
    March 24 - Lynchburg, VA
    March 25 - Hopkinsville, KY
    March 28 - Yankton, SD
    March 29 - Indianola, IA
    March 30 - North Platte, NE
    March 31 - Spencer, IA
    April 01 - Bourbonnais, IL
    April 03 - Park City, KS
    April 05 - Edna, TX
    April 06 - Pharr, TX
    April 12 - Estero/Ft. Myers, FL
    April 13 - Clearwater, FL
    April 14 - Valdosta, GA
    April 15 - Jacksonville, FL
    April 16 - Vero Beach, FL
    April 21 - Springfield, OH
    April 22 - Wabash, IN
    April 26 - Knoxville, TN
    April 27 - Evansville, IN
    April 28 - Charlottesville, VA
    April 29 - Reading, PA
    May 03 - Menasha, WI
    May 04 - Oak Creek, WI
    May 05 - Flint, MI
    May 06 - Williamsburg, VA

    *Dates and supporting acts are subject to change. For the most updated tour schedule, please visit

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    Artist Alert: Jason Dunn Departing From Hawk Nelson [UPDATE]

    This is the most shocking news in Christian music that I have heard in a long time. Jason Dunn, frontman and lead singer of Hawk Nelson, will be departing from the band he founded to focus full attention on a solo project! I could not believe this when I read it! Here is the official report:

    NEWS SOURCE: Nashville Publicity
    February 1, 2012

    (NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- After nearly a decade with Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, frontman and founding member Jason Dunn will depart the GRAMMY® and Dove Award nominated group on May 15th. Dunn plans to release his first solo project under the name Lights Go Down later this year.

    Dunn spent the last few months recording at Profile Studios in Vancouver, B.C., with RIAA Gold-accredited record producer Steve Kravac (Blink 182, MxPx, Less Than Jake). Tentatively titled Abandon Progress, information about the album's release date and label and distribution plans are forthcoming.

    Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Hawk Nelson signed to Tooth and Nail Records in 2004, and to date have recorded 5 full-length albums selling in excess of 600,000 units. A compilation album, The Songs You've Already Heard: Best of Hawk Nelson, is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012.

    "I will miss playing music on stage with my friends, but really looking forward to the future with Lights Go Down," says Dunn. "I wish Hawk Nelson the very best with their future endeavors."

    For more information, follow Lights Go Down on Facebook and Twitter.

    Update: The band posted an official announcement on their website ( concerning Jason's departure:

    We want to officially announce that Jason Dunn will be leaving Hawk Nelson at the beginning of May to pursue his solo career.

    “For 10 years we have climbed this mountain together. Hawk Nelson has gone through thick and thin, challenges and blessings. Jason is a brother, and we will miss everything he brings to the band. We know that God has a plan for him as well as for the future of Hawk Nelson. We’re excited to share about the future of Hawk Nelson very soon, and we constantly give God all the praise and glory.”
    -Daniel Biro, Jonathan Steingard, and Justin Benner

    Free Music: Adam Young (Owl City) and Plumb Downloads

    Free music from Adam Young of Owl City and Plumb! First off, Adam Young has a sampler on NoiseTrade that features a techno side of his music. Adam Young's sampler can be downloaded by going here and giving your email address and postal code. Plumb's song "Damaged" can be downloaded via iTickets by going here. You must have an iTickets account to download the song, but registering is free and easy and can be found on the site. Enjoy your free music!