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:

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

Free Music: $2 Amazon MP3 via IMDB (ENDS 7/28)

This latest Amazon MP3 offer is for Twitter users only. If you have a twitter account, go to this page and click the "Get Your $2 Credit" button. A notification will pop up asking you to authorize the twitter app. Click to authorize the app, and just like that you'll have an extra $2 of Amazon MP3 credit in your Amazon account! This offer ends on July 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM PT.

Friday, July 20, 2012

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

I missed this free offer from Amazon, but fortunately, they have extended it! Get $2 free Amazon MP3 music credit right now before it's too late. Here is how to get your free music credit:
  1. Log into Amazon
  2. Click the "Enter Code" button
  3. Enter the following code: HEARTMP3
Be sure to use your free credit by the end of July 23, 2012!

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 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!