Saturday, March 31, 2012

Album Review: "Blameless and Free EP" by Allan Scott Band

Release Date: May 15, 2012
Genre: Modern Worship/Rock
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Allan Scott Band is an up-and-coming worship band from State College, Pennsylvania. It is made up of Allan Scott (lead vocals, guitar, & songwriter), Ray Ceglar (bass), Hayden Miller (lead guitar & background vocals) and Caleb Bush (drums). After going to jail and rehab for drug abuse, Allan came to know Jesus Christ and began writing lots of meaningful music, leading him to start the band. In May 2011, they signed with RadioActive Entertainment, a music label co-founded by producer/songwriter Scott Davis (Kutless, Rush of Fools, Jaci Velasquez, Sidewalk Prophets). Blameless and Free, the band's first EP with the label, is also mixed by Allen Salmon (Building 429, Starfield, Anthem Lights). With soothing lead vocals accompanied by rock-sounding music, Allan Scott Band (ASB) delivers both entertaining and lyrically powerful music in Blameless and Free.

The EP opens with "Great Things," a song that talks about what our Lord has done for us. Allan focuses on the fact that we were full of sin, but God purified us and made us clean. "He has made us new / Sin has been removed / We're righteous and clean." While listening to this first song, I was

Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Music: $2 Amazon MP3 Credit (ENDS 4/1)

You can get another $2 Amazon MP3 credit for free, but you must act NOW! To get the credit, first go here and enter the code HITUMBLR. Then use your MP3 credit to buy any songs you want. Comment and let me know which songs you got. You must redeem the credit by 11:59 p.m. PST on April 1, 2012. Limit one promotional credit per customer.

Album Review: "RED" by Rhema Soul

Release Date: March 27, 2012
Genre: Hip Hop/Pop/Soul
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

After three full albums, Rhema Soul has already made a name of themselves before releasing this latest album RED. The South Florida trio is made up of K-Nuff, JuanLove, and Butta-P; three talented singers who are not afraid to dive into deep topics in their songs. By combining hip hop with pop and soul, the music Rhema Soul delivers has a unique feel compared to that of many other hip hop artists.

Rhema Soul starts RED off with a bang through the title track that features guest rapper Thi’sl. “RED” has a very convicting message, urging people to make a move (and make a difference); not

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bible Verse of the Week: Nahum 1:7-The Lord is Our Refuge

"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." -Nahum 1:7
I love this verse because it is plainly stated yet very powerful. The beginning is wonderful, simple truth--the Lord is good. The verse continues that He is a our refuge. Psalm 46 says that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. God causes inescapable trials to either test our faith or punish a wrongdoing. Even so, He is forgiving and provides a way out for us when we repent. Thus, He is always with us as our help. Next, He cares for the ones who trust Him. David reiterates in Psalms of his trust in God..."In the LORD I put my trust" (Psalm 11)..."But I trust in Your unfailing love" (Psalm 13). From personal experience, I am certain that God knows and cares for those who trust and have faith in Him. I encourage you to trust God that He is good, your ever-present refuge, and cares deeply for you. ~Jesselyn

Song/Video of the Week: "Jesus, Friend of Sinners" by Casting Crowns

I hope you have heard Casting Crowns' latest single "Jesus, Friend of Sinners." It is a powerful song with a great message throughout! The music video features shots of the Crowns performing the song on stage in front of a live audience. Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Free Music: "Made To Love (Telemitry Remix)" by tobyMac

Right now, you can pick up a free download of one of the remixes off tobyMac's latest album DUBBED & FREQ'd. Just go here and follow the directions to get "Made To Love (Telemitry Remix)" for free! You are going to need iTunes for this offer, which is always free to download.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Album Review: "The 6th" by FLAME


Release Date: March 6, 2012
Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The title of FLAME’s latest album The 6th not only refers to it being the sixth album of the artist’s career but also to the fact that the Lord created man on the sixth day. Following great success from his past albums, particularly Our World Redeemed which garnered GRAMMY, Dove, and Stellar Award nominations, FLAME has made quite a name of himself in the world of Christian hip-hop. Thus, The 6th is an album with high expectations, but FLAME might just exceed all those expectations with this solid release!

The 6th begins with the head-bobbing “Try Me” which features Young Noah and introduces any new listener to FLAME’s distinctive rap voice which sounds great with his genre of music. The title track,
“The 6th Day,” follows and begins the main theme of the album – the creation of man on the sixth day. FLAME reminds us that we are made in God’s image and need to reflect God’s characteristics in our lives. This topic leads into “The Great Deception” which focuses on the fall of man and has a musical sound that

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Artist Alert: Fireflight Debuts At No. 1 On Sales Chart With Latest Release "NOW"

Fireflight topped the sales charts the week of its release, breaking all of its previous records of sales debuts! Here is the official report via Provident Label Group:

NEWS SOURCE: Provident Label Group
March 15, 2012

(Nashville, Tenn.) March 15, 2012-- GRAMMY Award nominated, female-fronted rock act Fireflight tops the sales charts this week with its most recent studio release, NOW (3/6/12). The band boasts its highest sales debut to date, beating out previous first week numbers.

Coming in at No. 1 on multiple sales charts, including SoundScan’s Current Contemporary Christian Overall Chart, the Rock Alternative Chart as well as the iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums chart, Fireflight scanned more than 8,000 units its debut week. This is a career best for the group, who is enjoying success at radio as well with current single “Stay Close,” also No. 1 at Christian Rock radio this week.

Fireflight supported NOW’s release amid a flurry of positive reviews from outlets including:

iTunes: “...Fireflight proves masterful at delivering sanctified anthems with shout-along choruses.”

Crosswalk.com: “...the quintet continues to bring excellence to its Evanescence-meets-Skillet sound while making subtle stylistic tweaks that move Fireflight closer to an even broader appeal.”

CCM Magazine:“Fireflight’s latest is as powerful and abbreviated as its title: NOW. Dawn Michele and company are back...”

Christianity Today:“...their [Fireflight’s] fourth full-length doesn't stray from the tried and true: blistering guitar anthems garnished with electronics, all edged toward the epic via the massive vocals of Dawn Michele.”

JesusFreakHideout.com: “...if you're looking for a diverse rock record with a softer side, Now is well worth a listen.”

During street week, Fireflight also made an appearance on LeSEA Broadcasting’s original 30-minute music program “Live From Studio B.”

Asserting a new direction from the group’s previous record For Those Who Wait (2010), NOW calls listeners to move beyond their circumstances and take action. Produced by Jasen Rauch, NOW displays a new sonic focus for the band as well, built on lush electronic textures, futuristic moods and a more finely honed grasp of tender-to-titanic dynamics. Together the project’s hard-hitting message and sound make for an anthemic album.

Most recently, Fireflight wrapped the initial 20-city leg of its “Stay Close” tour, featuring BEC Recordings artist Rapture Ruckus and Delvin Williams. The band will pick up a second run of the tour, this time with Ashes Remain and 7eventh Time Down, mid-April. For a complete list of tour dates, visit www.fireflightrock.com.

About Fireflight
Florida native Fireflight comprises Dawn Michele (lead vocals), Justin Cox (guitar, keys, vocals), Wendy Drennen (bass, vocals), Glenn Drennen (guitar), and Adam McMillion (drums). Fireflight released its national debut, The Healing of Harms, in 2006, followed by breakout sophomore album Unbreakable (2008) and For Those Who Wait(2010).

The GRAMMY-nominated, modern rock outfit has received six career Dove Award nominations, including Artist of the Year in 2009, and lead singer Dawn Michele’s 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year nomination. Additionally, the group won Taco Bell’s inaugural fan-voted “Best of the Beat” contest in 2009, and performed at ESPN’s “Winter X Games 13.”

The band’s music has been featured on E! Entertainment’s “Style Network” and in music-video reels at both American Eagle and Journey’s stores across the country. For nearly a decade, the band has remained tireless road warriors on the concert circuit averaging 140 shows a year.

For more information on Fireflight, visit www.fireflightrock.com or www.providentpress.com.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Just For Fun: "Baby Baby" MercyMe Cover

You might remember last year when I posted the MercyMe cover of The Beatles' "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" taken during the Rock and Worship Roadshow 2011. Well, the guys (and their friends) are back with a cover of Justin Bieber's "Baby Baby" videotaped at the end of this year's Rock and Worship Roadshow (looks like it's becoming a tradition). Even if you do not like Justin Bieber (I don't), you will find this video hilarious!


Bible Verse of the Week: Romans 1:16a

"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes." -Romans 1:16a
This is a verse that I use to constantly keep my spiritual development in check. Paul asserts that he is unashamed of the gospel; are you ashamed of it? An easily answered question when you are not pressured by the world. If your answer is no, then why not? Paul explains that it is the salvation of all believers, bestowed upon by the power of the Almighty. Simply read, but what does this mean to us? We must first analyze if we are true believers, then recognize that the gospel is God's power for our vital salvation. I would like to add that shame of the gospel can be expressed through actions as well. If you eschew Christian principles with peers, then you are indirectly stating that you are ashamed of your salvation. Submit yourselves to God's power, be grateful for your salvation, and be unashamed of the gospel. -Jesselyn

Monday, March 12, 2012

Song/Video of the Week: "Matter of Faith" by Peter Furler

Peter Furler's single "Matter of Faith" is lighting up on Christian radio and it is not surprising that Furler would create a music video for it. The song talks about looking forward to the day when Christ will return. The video and the song lyrics together give such a beautiful picture of what that day will be like. "The sun will rise and light a brand new day / Every knee will bow unto Your name / All the saints will shout and sing Your Glory / As a matter of fact / It's a matter of faith."

Friday, March 9, 2012

Artist Alert: 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards Performers List Announced

Yesterday, the list of performing acts for this year's GMA Dove Awards were announced! The lineup includes Lecrae, Natalie Grant, Jason Crabb, Jamie Grace, and more. Here is the official report:

NEWS SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
March 8, 2012

Atlanta, GA- (March 8, 2012) -The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the first talent line-up of leading music artists that will appear and perform at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards: Lecrae, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Crabb, Jamie-Grace, Kim Burrell, Kari Jobe, Danny Gokey, Ruben Studdard, Mandisa, Jason Castro and The Isaacs will electrify the audience with live inspirational performances. This announcement marks the first round of musical performers for the awards ceremony, with additional performers to be revealed as the show date approaches.

The GMA revealed today that the co-hosts for the legendary awards ceremony will be David Mann and Chonda Pierce. David Mann is best known for creating the famous comic character Leroy S. Brown who stars in Tyler Perry's popular Meet the Browns television series. Mann's "Leroy S. Brown" has kept audiences across the nation laughing in the blockbuster Madea movies.

Daytime EMMY nominated comedian Chonda Pierce is known for her sharp Southern wit starred in her own live national television special This Ain't Prettyville! on CMT (Country Music Television). Pierce is the author of six books, including her most recent Laughing In the Dark (Simon&Schuster /Howard) and she ranked among Pollstar's top-selling live performers. Her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on April 19 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The award show is produced by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) to offer the most comprehensive platform celebrating Christian and Gospel music. The awards ceremony will be nationally televised on GMC TV on April 24 at 8:00PM ET.

"The GMA Dove Awards represent Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year and there is no better place for the broadcast of this event than GMC TV, America's home for the best in uplifting music and entertainment," said Charles Humbard, President and CEO of GMC. "We are proud to host this celebration at the Fox Theatre, one of America's premiere venues here in our home town, Atlanta."

The public is invited to purchase tickets to see and experience all of the performances and awards ceremony live at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 19 at www.ticketmaster.com. Last year, the popular event sold-out and was one of the hottest tickets in Atlanta.

For more information and the complete list of nominated artists, please visit www.doveawards.com

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and 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. The GMA community membership consists of agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit
www.gospelmusic.org. www.facebook.com/gospelmusicassociation

About the Fox Theatre:
The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta's premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox's 4,678 seat theatre is booked more than 300 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. In December 2009, Billboard Magazine ranked the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as "The #1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade (5,000 seats or less)." The Fox Theatre is located on Peachtree Street in the middle of the city. Not only is it on the National Historic Register, but it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the city because it is a real memory maker for the citizens of Atlanta. They may have come here to see their first performance or Broadway show; they had their first date here, and maybe even had their first kiss in the balcony. Our ballrooms are spectacular and have hosted everything from Sweet 16s to weddings and corporate events.


About GMC:
GMC (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America's favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being "an authentic family-friendly cable network." GMC is the only television network brand to be so honored. In 2011, GMC was the second fastest growing ad supported cable network in total day households and A18-49. GMC can be seen in more than 51 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Artist Alert: FLAME's New Album Tops iTunes Charts

Following its official release, hip hop artist FLAME's new album The 6th immediately jumped to the top of the iTunes Hip Hop Album Chart! The album also debuted at #9 on the iTunes Top 10 Chart, an amazing feat! Here is the official report:

NEWS SOURCE: Nashville Publicity
March 6, 2012

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Clear Sight Music released FLAME's sixth full-length album today, appropriately titled The 6th, via Central South and Infinity Music Distribution. The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2010 release, Captured, shot straight to #1 on iTunes' Hip-Hop Chart, and debuted at #9 on the Top Albums Chart, sharing the Top 10 with albums from such chart-topping artists as Adele, Big Time Rush and Bruce Springsteen.

The 6th has debuted to glowing reviews from a wide variety of media outlets, including TheChristianManifesto.com ("The album itself is a benchmark in Christian hip-hop") and JesusFreakHideout.com ("FLAME has returned with a spiritually relevant message and a solid sound behind it").

"He's been nominated for a Grammy, two Doves, and two Stellars, but somehow FLAME is still one of rap's best-kept secrets," wrote Andy Argyrakis for Christianity Today. "That's all about to change on this sixth album, which benefits from his rapid rhymes, stellar production, and a slew of guest collaborators (including DecembeRadio, LeCrae, Thi'sl, Young Noah, and V.Rose)."

"Wow," said FLAME, reacting to the album's strong start. "Being #1 on iTunes is evidence of God's grace. I'm praying that it translates into lives impacted."

For more information on FLAME, please visit www.clearsightmusic.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Free Music: Jars of Clay Spring Tour 2012 Sampler

Jars of Clay is offering a special, free sampler of their Spring Tour 2012 via Noisetrade.com. The sampler features Jars of Clay, Matthew Perryman Jones, and Leagues. To get your free sampler, simply fill in your information below. You are not required to leave a tip, but all tips will go to the Blood:Water Mission.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Free Music: "Need" by Kutless

Kutless is currently offering their rock song "Need" from their new album Believer for free on Amazon.com! To download it, just go here to Amazon's MP3 store and then choose to get the song. Enjoy this awesome offer!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Artist Alert: "My Hope Is In You" Ends An Amazing 14-Week Run At #1 On Five Charts For Aaron Shust

NEWS SOURCE: Bozeman Media
March 1, 2012

Nashville, TN (March 1, 2012) ----- Centricity Music's Aaron Shust has ended an incredible run at #1 on five charts with his hit single, "My Hope Is In You". This marks the first week since September 19, 2011 that the song has not been #1 on a Christian music chart. Besides being a mega-hit for Shust, the single marks the first #1 at AC Radio for Centricity Music. Here are the overall stats for "My Hope Is In You".

AC Monitor Chart- 14-week #1 song
AC Indicator Chart- 7-week #1 song
Soft AC Chart - 6-week #1 song
National Audience Christian Chart - 9-week #1 song
iTunes - #1 downloads Christian song

"We are so proud of Aaron and what he has accomplished with his debut project for Centricity, This Is What We Believe," says Steve Ford, Vice President of Marketing, Centricity Music. ""My Hope Is In You" marks the first AC #1 for Centricity and when it hit the top of the chart we were thrilled, but now with a 14-week run we're ecstatic. We knew when Centricity signed Aaron he was a special artist and we think the second single, Risen Today, will be just as strong with listeners and radio."

Risen Today was scheduled to go for adds at radio late January, but due to the overwhelming success of "My Hope Is In You", the second single had to be moved back for radio adds this week. Risen Today is a re-make of the well-loved hymn, Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, and gives the classic tune an upbeat delivery but with the same respect for the message of the lyrics. Fans will have the chance to hear Shust perform the song live on the spring leg of the highly-popular Called To Love Tour that launces in March 2012.

About Aaron Shust
Shust is enjoying his biggest success to date with, ""My Hope Is In You"," which stayed at the top of the AC Monitor chart for 14 weeks. This is the first single from his album This Is What We Believe (produced by Ed Cash), and his first project for Centricity Music. Shust exploded onto the Christian music scene in 2005 with his first album, Anything Worth Saying. The second single from the project, "My Savior, My God," shot to #1 on six charts by April of 2006. At the GMA Awards in 2007, Shust was honored with three Dove Awards for Song of the Year ("My Savior, My God"), Songwriter of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. Shust's second studio album, Whispered And Shouted, released in June 2007 and in 2009, Shust released his third and final CD for Brash Music, Take Over. Aaron lives in the Pittsburgh, PA area with his wife Sarah, and their three sons; Daniel, Nicholas, and Michael. Updates on Aaron Shust are available at www.aaronshust.com.

About Centricity Music
Centricity Music is an independent recording and publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington and Nashville, Tennessee. The company's mission is to enable our artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Centricity Music's artist roster includes; Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Downhere, Jaime Jamgochian, Jason Gray, Me In Motion, Remedy Drive, and Sixteen Cities. For more information about Centricity Music visit online at www.centricitymusic.com.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Free Music: $1 Amazon MP3 For Twitter Users

Hurry! This offer only last until midnight (Pacific Time) March 5th! Right now, all twitter users can get a free $1 Amazon MP3 credit which can be used only for Amazon MP3 downloads. To get your free credit, just go here and click the button that says "Tweet and Get $1." The first time I went to the page, the button was not working and it told me to refresh the page for me to be able to view the button, but that should be no problem. Have fun searching for your free song upon getting the Amazon credit!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Artist Alert: Audrey Assad's "Heart" Draws Five-Star Reviews and Highest Sales to Date for Artist

Audrey Assad's much antipicated sophomore album Heart has, not surprisingly, surpassed the sales numbers for its first week compared to those of her debut album! Here is the official report via The Media Collective which contains some very positive reviews from notable music websites:

News Source: The M Collective
February 23, 2012

What a week it has been for Sparrow Records singer-songwriter Audrey Assad, whose critically adored sophomore album, Heart, bowed on Valentine’s Day to across-the-board praise and her highest sales-week numbers to date. Heart ranked in at No. 3 on the Christian Soundscan chart, selling over 7,300 units, giving her a 185 percent sales increase over the debut week of her last album, The House You’re Building. The CD also crowned the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums chart and reached No. 18 on the overall iTunes ® Albums chart. In addition, before Heart’s release, Rhapsody named it one of their “Most Anticipated Albums of 2012.”

Here is just some of the acclaim being heaped on Assad:

"This thoughtful, cerebral singer-songwriter has a unique approach... In an industry that can be confining at times, Assad shines as a true original." -Rhapsody

"...the New Jersey native adopts a gorgeously understated and stripped-back approach that allows her fragile ethereal vocals to take center stage...Heart is, on the whole, an impassioned and sincere affair worthy of joining recent efforts from Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles…" – All Music Guide

“Albums this thoughtful and mature are very rare on just your second try, and Assad has clearly spent time cultivating a sound and message that are completely true to her artistic vision. Even fans of edgier music can't deny the powerful honesty and authenticity of Audrey Assad's Heart.”
– Christian Musician

“Reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Carole King, Heart, is a great sophomore effort by a talented artist…” – Worship Leader

“If Audrey's debut album was to show the world what a talented singer and songwriter she is, then Heart does this in abundance, adding an extra edge of maturity. “Breaking You”…shows Audrey at her best. And when she is at her best, no other singer gets close to her.”
–LouderThanTheMusic.com

“Sparrow,” the debut single from Heart, is currently No. 5 on Soft AC/Inspo Monitored chart, with it being the most-added track on that chart this week.

The singer-songwriter and multiple GMA Dove Award nominee recently wrapped a stint on Matt Maher’s “The Love In Between” tour, having performed in markets including St. Louis, Washington D.C., and New Orleans, among others. Beginning March 23 in Red Bluff, Calif., Assad will pair with singer-songwriter JJ Heller for a spring co-headlining tour that concludes on April 26 in Raleigh, N.C. For all tour information, visit www.audreyassad.com.


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About Audrey Assad:
28-year-old, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Audrey Assad propelled to the forefront of Christian music with her debut album on Sparrow Records titled The House You’re Building. Produced by Marshall Altman (Brooke Fraser, Natasha Bedingfield, William Fitzsimmons, Marc Broussard), the record released in the summer of 2010 to much acclaim. Assad’s fresh sound was named among the best of 2010 from Relevant Magazine, Rhapsody.com, Gospel Music Channel online and more and was profiled on CNN Online. In addition, The House You’re Building was named Amazon.com’s “Best Christian Music of 2010” and iTunes ® Christian & Gospel “Breakthrough Album of the Year.”

Recently married, Audrey found her songs expressing the joys and struggles of fighting for lasting love. She draws her inspiration from this introspection, as well as classic literature and songwriters like Paul Simon and James Taylor. Her collaborations with everyone from Chris Tomlin to Jars of Clay have marked her celebrated songwriting and vocal talent. Assad released an exclusive iTunes ® Live from SoHo album in August. She released her sophomore album, Heart, on February 14, 2012, also produced by Altman.

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