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

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Artist Alert: Allan Scott Band's First Single "Perfect Love" Now On iTunes

The Allan Scott Band's first radio single "Perfect Love" is now available on iTunes for download! Go here to buy the song AND go here to find out how to get the acoustic version of the song for free. The band's EP, Blameless and Free, is set to release May 15th!

To learn more about the Allan Scott Band, go to their official website: www.allanscottband.com

Giveaway: TFK "The End Is Where We Begin" via The Christian Music Junkie

My friend Courtney from The Christian Music Junkie is holding an amazing TFK Week on her blog. This all kicked off today with a new album review from a classic TFK album as well as a new giveaway for TFK's latest album The End Is Where We Begin! Go here to read the album review and then go here to enter the awesome giveaway! Be sure to keep an eye on Courtney's blog as new TFK-related posts will be going up all week!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Artist Alert: Jimmy Needham Breaks First Week Sales Record With Latest Album

News Source: Bozeman Media
Nashville, TN (April 4, 2012) ----- Inpop Records' Jimmy Needham has reached a milestone in his young career by achieving the highest first week sales for his latest album, Clear The Stage. Immediately after hearing the new project, the industry started proclaiming the album as Needham's strongest debut to date, and the first week sales validate that statement. Clear The Stage has sold 3,899 units, and led to the project debuting on the Christian Combined Chart at #9 and the Christian Adult Contemporary Soundscan Chart at #5.
"I'm so grateful for everyone who continues to support my music and ministry," says Needham. "I've only always wanted to promote an accurate view of Jesus to a world that needs it, and continue to create music that reflects the truth."

Momentum is still building for the album with the new single, "If I Ever Needed Grace" going for adds at radio. Some early adds on the song include, KFSH/Los Angeles, CA; WBVM/Tampa, FL; WFHM/Cleveland, OH; WBSN/New Orleans, LA; WDJC/Birmingham, AL and WCSG/Grand Rapids. NewReleaseTuesday.com has already listed the single in the Top Twenty on the website's Top 40 songs of 2012.

"'If I Ever Need Grace' not only highlights Jimmy's amazing vocal talents, but it also showcases his

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Artist Alert: Allan Scott Band Releases Blameless and Free on May 15, 2012

I hope you have read my review of the Blameless and Free EP by Allan Scott Band. If you did, you may want to learn more about the band. Here is an official press release regarding the group, the upcoming release date of the EP, and their first radio single "Perfect Love":

Allan Scott Band Releases Blameless and Free on May 15, 2012
State College, Pennsylvania

Allan Scott Band makes its label debut with their latest collection of songs on the Blameless and Free EP, available via digital music outlets on May 15. Full of memorable hooks and characterized by lyrical depth, the project resounds with the message of God’s redemption and grace.

Written by the Allan Scott Band, co-written and produced by award winning music producer/songwriter Scott Davis (Kutless, Rush of Fools, Jaci Velasquez, Sidewalk Prophets), and mixed by Allen Salmon (Building 429, Starfield, Anthem Lights), Blameless and Free draws on musical influences from European bands such as U2, Coldplay, and Keane. Lyrically, the album

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Free Music: "Break Out" by Rhema Soul

You may have read my review for RED by Rhema Soul which I gave a solid 4/5 stars rating. iTickets.com is offering their song "Break Out" for free all this week! You must have an iTickets account to get this download, but registration is free and easy. Once you have registered, go here to download your free song!