Michael W Smith brings together 9,000 people at his home church, as well as a choir made up of artists like Amy Grant, Mark Schultz, Out of Eden, Phillips, Craig and Dean and Plus One, to create a truly breathtaking worship experience. This wonderful mix of new songs and old favourites is guaranteed to please those who love to worship. As Michael has stated, "I don't want this to be just another 'recording'. it's about pure worship." This is the album fans have been waiting for.
Casting Crowns' first single raced to #1 on US Christian Radio, and this album jumped straight into Billboard's Top 10. Beautifully crafted songs with touching lyrics aimed at encouraging the Church to impact the world for Christ.
Casting Crowns * Began: 1999 * Band Members: Hector Cervantes, Juan Devevo, Melodee Devevo, Megan Garrett, Mark Hall, Chris Huffman, Andy Williams * Origin: Atlanta, Georgia * Distinctions: Five members of this eight-piece band began playing together as a student worship band in Daytona Beach, Florida. Frontman Mark Hall has a passion for youth ministry and has been a youth pastor for 12 years. The band doesn't shy away from sharing challenging and uncompromising lyrics, aimed at helping people see that "Jesus is not a religion and God is not a book." - Mark Hall.
The top selling CD of 2001/2002 now has a brilliant sequel! Michael W Smith leads a gathering of 11,000 people through fantastic renditions of classic worship songs such as, 'The Wonderful Cross', 'Lord Have Mercy', 'Step By Step' and 'Here I Am To Worship', as well as a cover of U2's '40' and many more.
After seven years, Steven Curtis Chapman is back from a season of loss and healing with a new album of original songs. Straight from the heart, these 11 tracks proclaim a powerful message of God's glory and majesty. As always, Steven mixes scriptural integrity with musical excellence.
Landing in the space where One Direction meets TobyMac, 1 Girl Nation is an exciting blend of upbeat pop music, with lyrics that are totally focused on living life for God, even while you're young. 1GN, as they've already been dubbed, stars Carmen, Kayli, Kelsey, Lauryn Taylor and Lindsey, five girls with a passion for telling their fans about Christ through their music.
With one listen to the music of Tenth Avenue North, it becomes obvious that songwriter Mike Donehey and his bandmates have a gift for expressing truth in a way that simultaneously educates, enlightens and entertains.
On their impressive Reunion Records debut, Palm Beach-based quartet Tenth Avenue North showcases intelligent songwriting, memorable melodies, and a gift for expressing the divine in poetic yet accessible lyrics. Over and Underneath includes the hit "Love Is Here" plus "By Your Side," "Satisfy," "Hold My Heart," and others.
It all began with Over And Underneath, the debut record from Tenth Avenue North that introduced the band's signature style of intellectual melodic pop/rock. It was also the start of the band's story song, communicating that Christ is both over and underneath. He's higher than the heights of our purity and lower than the depths of our depravity. Tenth Avenue North then released their sophomore effort, The Light Meets The Dark, continuing the story with songs that were both poignant and powerful. Lead singer, Mike Donehey, explained this next step in their musical journey. "Okay, now if you believe that you are messed up, let people see how messed up you are, are you ready to confess? Are you ready to have all your masks taken away?"
The message of The Light Meets The Dark was that we are more than the sum of our mistakes, we're the sum of the Father's love for us. The next chapter continued on the band's third record, The Struggle. This collection of songs explained that once we know that we don't have to save ourselves, we are freed up to be honest about our struggles. We can admit that we feel worn, and we need redemption. We are free to struggle, but hallelujah, we're not struggling to be free.
Now, Tenth Avenue North releases Islands, a collection of four songs from their upcoming studio release, Cathedrals. The band was struck by John Dunn's memorable quote, "no man is an island." With these new songs, Tenth Avenue North encourages us to get off our self-made islands of isolation, to break the chains of shame that have kept us there, and find communion with God and each other. Tenth Avenue North encourages us to realize God's spirit doesn't dwell in buildings, He dwells in us for WE ARE HIS CATHEDRALS.
In the fervor of a skyrocketing career, the Atlanta-based band Casting Crowns is poised to release LIVE FROM ATLANTA IN THE US Sept. 14 2004. This two-disc CD/DVD set offers an inside look at the group behind the success, highlighting performances from Casting Crowns' live show and offering in-depth interviews with band members. It was recorded as part of an Oct. 5, 2003 event at the band's home church in Atlanta.
Providing viewers and listeners with a virtual front-row seat, LIVE FROM ATLANTA's six-song DVD captures the moving, emotional impact Casting Crowns creates through its music ministry. Five songs were part of the October event. The sixth is a new concept video for 'American Dream,' a track off the band's 2003 debut CD. Additional material includes behind-the-scenes interviews with Casting Crowns and some of the youth from Eagles Landing, Mark Hall's testimony and a fascinating, song-by-song insider's guide to the band's music via commentary offered by Hall.
The set's six-song CD includes the No. 1 radio singles 'If We Are the Body' and 'Who Am I,' songs garnering Casting Crowns five 2004 Dove Award nominations. 'Beautiful Saviour,' a previously unreleased track, serves as an apt centrepiece to the CD. Also featured are 'Voice of Truth,' 'American Dream' and 'Here I Go Again.' - Publisher.
The soundtrack from the hit film Fireproof features Mark Willard's subtly moving orchestral score and a selection of modern CCM by some of the genre's best-known artists, including Casting Crowns and Third Day. The disc's highlight is John Waller's 'While I'm Waiting'.
Praise & Worship fans, rejoice! The eagerly anticipated new studio album from Michael W Smith is here! Skilfully blending Pop sensibilities with a heart of worship, Michael communicates God's healing love in 'Here I am,' 'Live Forever' and more.
Florida native Kerrie Roberts has been listed alongside power vocalists including Kelly Clarkson and Natalie Grant: unassuming girl, huge voice. Memorable. Dynamic yet intimate. Uniquely emotive and soulful. With the release of Time For The Show Kerrie addresses themes of empowerment, strength, encouragement and joy delivered on waves of vibrant and contagious music ranging from high-energy pop, to signature ballads beautifully expressed through tender, undeniable piano/vocal performances.
After nearly two years on the road, Kerrie's inspiration for this 10-track collection was inspired by stories of people she met while on tour. She wrote this record for her fans: "I'm constantly moved by the people that come to my shows and this collection of songs was written with each of them in mind.
Evolving from her successful self titled debut (2009), laden with songs defined by empathy and openness, Kerrie's latest offering is introduced by the compelling first single, "Finally Home" which paints the picture of warmth and security, artfully paralleling the comfort found in a believer's faith in Christ. Other standout tracks include "Masterpiece," which celebrates the beauty in each of us and "What Are You Afraid Of" which reflects "living a life of faith and living it bravely."
The 13 tracks on this album represent the very best of Michael W Smith's worship songs, spanning his entire career. Includes such hits as 'Above All', 'Mighty To Save', 'Healing Rain', 'A New Hallelujah', and the classic worship anthem 'Agnus Dei'.
Inspired by memories of taking his first steps in Christ as a teenager, this latest offering from Brandon Heath delivers a simple message of wholehearted dedication to Jesus. Brandon's strong tenor vocals, brilliant instrumentation, and unconventional touch combine to make this a richly evocative musical and spiritual journey.
"This coming year marks 20 years since my life took a huge turn, a positive turn, toward Jesus. I got married last spring and a few weeks after our honeymoon, I took my new bride to the camp where that turning point took place - Young Life's Malibu Club in Canada, which is where I heard the Gospel for the first time. I found myself going back to 1995 in my head, to the excitement of meeting Jesus and making a commitment to follow him; I was 16.
It was a cornerstone week for me and I had no idea just how much better my life would be after I made that decision. It was that return visit to camp, with my wife, that I decided what this next record would be about. Psalm 51:12 "Restore to me the joy of your salvation" - that has continually been on my mind as I've written these songs. "Renew a right spirit within me." I need renewing and restoring desperately. Nothing does that look like looking back on the timeline of your life and realizing how faithful and present God has been the whole way. So, pen to paper, the words started coming. These songs are written from the spirit of that 16 year old, new believer, in awe of being forgiven. I chose Ed Cash to produce this record. He was my camp musician in 1995. His voice, to this day, takes me back to those first days of faith. He knew immediately what I wanted to convey and he's helped me bring these songs and these memories to life." - Brandon Heath
WORSHIP was the best selling Christian artist album of 2001/2002, right around the globe, with Michael W Smith leading a 9,000 strong congregation and a choir featuring Amy Grant, Out of Eden, Phillips, Craig and Dean, and many more. Classic such as 'Awesome God', and 'Agnus Dei' mix with new favourites such as 'Forever', all delivered with a huge sound and an obvious reverence for God. November 2002 saw the release of the wonderful follow up, WORSHIP AGAIN CD, with an even bigger crowd, choir and some great new songs. For the entire experience, the WORSHIP DVD features the best songs of BOTH CDs. This visual and audio experience is amazing, and best enjoyed with the sound turned up. Truly, this is one of the best worship events of all time. Become a part of it!
Brandon Heath, beloved male vocalist and award-winning songwriter, releases his first Christmas album on October 15th, 2013. Featuring newly recorded classics including "O Little Town Of Bethlehem," "Away In A Manger," "Silent Night," and many more, Brandon also offers THREE brand new original songs: "The Day After Thanksgiving," "Just A Girl," and "Momma Wouldn't Lie To Me." This special collection combining both new and nostalgic favorites is sure to brighten the Christmas season.
Multi-award winning and platinum selling band Casting Crowns returns with LIFESONG. The album speaks of the amazing experiences of lead singer Mark Hall. He explains, "LIFESONG speaks of how the worship in our life should be more than the songs we sing. . . Worship should be the life we live!"
Ministry is what defines Casting Crowns. All of the members are active in local church ministry - in spite of the more than 200 concert appearances they made over the last two years. Mark Hall, in fact, is still employed as the youth pastor at his home church, although he has had to hire some additional help due to his hectic schedule.
"It is the ministry that creates songs, not other way around," states Hall. And the same is true for LIFESONG, the much-anticipated sophomore release from Casting Crowns. From the anthemic title cut to the moving ballad, 'Praise You in the Storm' this new album is once again an unapologetic collection of messages targeting the church.
"STAND is a call to stand up for what you believe in," says the award-winning singer/songwriter. "It's a call to stand in awe of the One who gave all and to stand outside of the walls of the church rubbing shoulders with the lost. Together, we stand as followers of Jesus sharing a powerful opportunity: To live as a child of God. "We must live as though we believe we are loved," he says.
Smith releases STAND inspired by experiences culled during extensive international touring last year, as well as lessons at home, including his work as co-pastor of New River Fellowship, a Nashville-area church he helped establish.
"Scripture tells us that as children of God we inherit great things - love, hope, peace - all by God's grace. Long ago people would have said we get to eat at the King's table all the days of our lives. Today, we'd say we are given the power to live with abundant hope.
"But the problem I've seen," Smith continues, "is that the biggest enemy we have as followers of God is that we just don't believe who we are. And I've been right there, too."
"So I'm taking a stand - and I hope others will - to really live what I believe and embrace who I am in Jesus Christ. And then I believe we are called to just get with it. We are called to share our joy by serving the lost. The poor. The sick. The brokenhearted. The least of these. In Christ, we are given the courage and strength to change the world."
Produced by Matt Bronleewe, STAND rallies believers to their feet. While STAND inspires listeners toward a love-centred purpose, the record crescendos by hitting a worshipful attitude along side its central message. The move stands for Smith's belief that in worship believers gain strength for accomplishing God's work, as exemplified in "Be Lifted High" and "Oh Lord You're Beautiful," made popular by the late singer/songwriter Keith Green. In kind, the ballad "Grace" is psalm-like in tone and uplifting in spirit. Written by Martin Smith (Delirious), the song returns thanks to God for blessing us with his empowering spirit in spite of our foolish and fickle ways.
The album draws toward its finale by uniting mission and worship in the simple chorus of the title track, while "Come See" extends an invitation to know grace. "God's arms are open, ready to take you just as you are," Smith says, summarizing the call. - Publisher.
A New Hallelujah, Michael W. Smith's newest record, was recorded LIVE this past June in front of 12,000 people in Houston, TX. The record features The African Children's Choir, a 200 voice choir, and a special guest appearance by 2008 Grammy Award-Winner, Israel Houghton. It is Michael's passion to bring the LIVE WORSHIP experience back to the front of all of his ministry so we hope you'll join us as we celebrate A NEW HALLELUJAH! - Publisher.