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Manic Drive Encourages Confidence With New Album VIP

Review Date: 10/20/2014 Review By: Angel Journey Release Date: 10/14/2014 Rating: Out with their fifth studio album, Canadian trio Manic Drive recently released VIP. The band is made up of vocalist, guitarist More »

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Steffany Gretzinger Is Breathtaking On New Album, ‘The Undoing’

Review Date: 10/27/2014 Review By:  Jessica Morris Release Date: 8/26/2014 Rating: Singer/Songwriter Steffany Gretzinger is a key member of Bethel Music, the music ministry stemming from Bethel Church in Redding CA. Her More »

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Debut Album From Darkness Divided Was Written In Blood

Review Date: 10/21/2014 Review By: Topher P. Release Date: 08/19/2014 Rating: Founded in 2010, Darkness Divided is relatively new to the ever-expansive Christian metal scene, and yet already the San Antonio natives More »

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OBB Gives Us A Glimpse On The “Bright Side” With Latest Album

Review Date: 10/20/2014 Review By: Maddy Agers (14) Release Date: 09/30/2014 Rating: OBB is a quite admirable band. I gained a whole new level of respect after I saw this video of More »

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Thousand Foot Krutch Takes Our Breath Away With New Album “Oxygen: Inhale”

Review Date: 10/20/2014 Review By: Maddy Agers (14) Release Date: 08/26/14 Rating: Thousand Foot Krutch (better known as TFK) released their new album Oxygen: Inhale on August 26th. I, however, feel that More »

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SKILLET HEADS ALL-STAR WINTER JAM 2015 LINE-UP AS HISTORY-MAKING TOUR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

GRAMMY®-nominated platinum-selling rockers Skillet will return to the famed Winter Jam stage to headline the blockbuster tour’s 20th year, it was announced tonight. Reigning as the world’s #1 first quarter tour for four More »

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Francesca Battistelli Partners with Mercy Ministries on Music Video “He Knows My Name” Currently #2 on NCA Chart

Yesterday, GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award winning “Artist of the Year” and Christian music’s best-selling new artist in over 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, in partnership with Mercy Ministries, released her latest music video, “He More »

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Colton Dixon’s Hit “More Of You” Is At No. 1 For Third Week; Wraps Headline Tour This Month Before Joining WinterJam

In August, 19 Recordings’ Dove Award-winning artist and Season 11 American Idol finalist Colton Dixon released Anchor, his highly anticipated sophomore album. Making a splash in its first week, Anchor debuted at More »

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Everfound’s “Take This City” To Be Featured On ESPN Monday Night Football November 3rd!

ESPN’s Monday Night Football is set to feature Everfound’s latest single, “Take This City (feat. Joel of for KING & COUNTRY),” on Monday, November 3rd during the match up between the Indianapolis More »

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OBB’S ‘BRIGHT SIDE’ FEATURED IN DUDE PERFECT’S ‘DALLAS STARS EDITION’

“Bright Side,” the title-cut from Dove Award-nominated Curb recording artist OBB’s full-length debut, is featured in “Dallas Stars Edition,” the newly-released video from Dude Perfect, one of YouTube’s largest sports channels. With More »

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Planetshakers “This Is Our Time” Feature Story by Mark D. Geil; THIS IS OUR TIME CD/DVD Out Now

Planetshakers. The name is bold. Audacious, even. But the global implications are exactly what the namesake band has in mind. From humble beginnings in the Land Down Under, Planetshakers Band has grown More »

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Multi Platinum Third Day To Release New Worship Album “Lead Us Back” On March 3, 2015

THIRD DAY, for the first time in more than a decade, will release a new worship album, titled LEAD US BACK, slated for March 3, 2015.  The GRAMMY©, American Music Awards and More »

Manic Drive Encourages Confidence With New Album VIP

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Review Date: 10/20/2014
Review By: Angel Journey
Release Date: 10/14/2014
Rating: 7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Out with their fifth studio album, Canadian trio Manic Drive recently released VIP. The band is made up of vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Shawn Cavallo, lead guitarist Michael Cavallo, and drummer Anthony Moreino. It has been three years since the band’s previous release of critically acclaimed EPIC. For this album, Manic Drive raised funds from fans via pledgemusic and worked with producers Oh, Hush! (Cee Lo, Jamie Grace) and Nick Baumhardt (Stellar Kart, Britt Nicole). The project features a couple of extremely talented guest spots and a ton of the power-pop energy that fans have come to love.

Opening the record is “Electric,” and living up to the name it is full of synthetic grooves, skillfully placed auto-tune, and carries a strong Daft Punk vibe. While using the analogy of love and electricity is not anything new, this piece brings a fresh take on it, sharing that God’s love can “resuscitate what’s been defeated, break the circuit to complete it.” Featuring the great Trevor McNevan of TFK, dance-tastic beats, and an inspiring message, this song sets a great tone for the album. Keeping things funky is “VIP,” featuring Manwell Reyes of Group 1 Crew. This track brings tons of energy to back up the encouragement that we are all unique, purposed people. “Get up, like you’re one in a million. Get up, like a diamond you’re brilliant.” Throughout the record, “Good News” and “Rhythm” continue the dynamic, upbeat grooves.

Steffany Gretzinger Is Breathtaking On New Album, ‘The Undoing’

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Review Date: 10/27/2014
Review By:  Jessica Morris
Release Date: 8/26/2014
Rating: 9.5 Stars (9.5 / 10)

Singer/Songwriter Steffany Gretzinger is a key member of Bethel Music, the music ministry stemming from Bethel Church in Redding CA. Her provocative vocals took center stage in their latest release You Make Me Brave, which reached #10 on the Billboard 200 charts, and cleared the way for Gretzinger to release her own solo work. Titled The Undoing (Provident Distribution), her début is about the journey we take as we do life with God. Gretzinger shares, “Some songs began in spontaneous worship, others started as personal prayers or were written for friends. These songs are the in-between Sunday’s stuff, when no one else is watching… learning to worship and sing truth over yourself until you believe it, not just because you do,” This mission shines through implicitly on each of the 11 tracks of this stunning album.

“Morning Song” is a fitting opener to an album created around intimacy with God. Steffany’s husky vocals balance beautifully with a piano based melody and synth based overtones. A song about promise, she talks about, “It’s the dawn of a new day, you’ve painted for me,” and there is a strong sense of the intensity of a small and pivotal moment with God. This is by no means an extravagant song. Much of it is understated and subtle, the plucking of the acoustic guitar carrying it with Gretzinger’s sincere vocals. But there is a beauty and elegance about it which transcends the rest of the album, and this track will incite hope in you.

Debut Album From Darkness Divided Was Written In Blood

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Review Date: 10/21/2014
Review By: Topher P.
Release Date: 08/19/2014
Rating: 8 Stars (8 / 10)

Founded in 2010, Darkness Divided is relatively new to the ever-expansive Christian metal scene, and yet already the San Antonio natives have made a name for themselves. The metalcore quartet released their debut EP Chronicles in 2012, two standalone singles last year, and now a full-length back in August after signing with the Chicago-based Victory Records at the beginning of this year. The full-length, titled Written In Blood, is a solid effort from the Texan metallers, especially for being their first.

Severance” is the triumphant intro that features orchestral elements in addition to a powerful riff leading into “The Shepherd’s Hands,” the first full song on the record. “The Shepherd’s Hands” straddles the fence of soaring melodies and metallic aggression quite well, with a few purposeful breakdowns, but not too many to become overwhelming. This is quite a contrast to its successor, “A Well Run Dry,” where the melody is significantly less evident. In fact, it’s almost nonexistent until the bridge, when the singing comes in. This remains a fixture of the song until it ends, and the sonic riffing of “The Hands That Bled” fades into prominence. Released as a single from the album, “The Hands That Bled” is akin to something from Haste the Day’s final material. In addition to this familiar sound, the track also features a galloping breakdown full of muddy bass and tastefully-incorporated electronic bits. A brief interlude of sorts, “The Descent,” leads straight into the explosive “Eternal Thirst.” While “Eternal Thirst” is undoubtedly abrasive in nature, something seems to be missing.

OBB Gives Us A Glimpse On The “Bright Side” With Latest Album

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Review Date: 10/20/2014
Review By: Maddy Agers (14)
Release Date: 09/30/2014
Rating: 9 Stars (9 / 10)

OBB is a quite admirable band. I gained a whole new level of respect after I saw this video of the band attending a high school prom with three fans. Then, I met them recently at the Dove Awards, and let me tell you – they are some of the nicest guys! OBB stands for “Oswald Brothers Band” – if you were wondering. They have been on Winter Jam, so you may have caught them there. If not, they’re also on the “While We’re Young” tour with 1 Girl Nation, so we’ll have a link below to their website for you to check that out.

They just released a new album called The Bright Side following their self-titled EP released in early 2013. I’m excited for them, and after the journey they’ve had, staying humble would normally be a noticeable problem, but with these guys it isn’t. They have done some pretty awesome things, and if you don’t know about them, you need to educate yourself! So, without further ado, here is my top-pick take on their new album, The Bright Side.

Thousand Foot Krutch Takes Our Breath Away With New Album “Oxygen: Inhale”

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Review Date: 10/20/2014
Review By: Maddy Agers (14)
Release Date: 08/26/14
Rating: 9.5 Stars (9.5 / 10)

Thousand Foot Krutch (better known as TFK) released their new album Oxygen: Inhale on August 26th. I, however, feel that even after the month-and-a-half of its release, it deserves to be written about again. Sorry to all my fellow TFK fans for the delay! Anyway, you may have caught TFK on WinterJam this past year when they ROCKED the place during their set at each show. Even with the three to four song limit, they were a favorite of mine. Plus they were loud, which is always good. I’ve run into countless people who have been changed because of the band’s set and message at WinterJam, which is really awesome! Besides that platform, the band has been given opportunities to reach more people through radio play for this album on secular rock stations. That means that tons of people who didn’t know about God are getting mentored to by TFK – whether they know it or not. The band has also received nominations for eight Dove Awards and won seven Gospel Music Association Canada Covenant Awards. That’s pretty cool, huh?

SKILLET HEADS ALL-STAR WINTER JAM 2015 LINE-UP AS HISTORY-MAKING TOUR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

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GRAMMY®-nominated platinum-selling rockers Skillet will return to the famed Winter Jam stage to headline the blockbuster tour’s 20th year, it was announced tonight. Reigning as the world’s #1 first quarter tour for four consecutive years, NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular revealed its 2015 line-up and cities during a special event earlier this evening at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café.

In addition, the event was webcast by Blue Scout Media’s StageHop.com to thousands attending “Winter Jam House Parties” around the world, where fans had a front row seat to the announcement and special performances by select Winter Jam 2015 artists.

Founded and hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the tour will also feature Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, for King & Country, Family Force 5 and evangelist Tony Nolan, while the LifeWay Christian Stores Pre-Jam Party is slated to showcase Blanca, About A Mile and VERIDIA.

Francesca Battistelli Partners with Mercy Ministries on Music Video “He Knows My Name” Currently #2 on NCA Chart

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Yesterday, GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award winning “Artist of the Year” and Christian music’s best-selling new artist in over 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, in partnership with Mercy Ministries, released her latest music video, “He Knows My Name,” which can be viewed here. The second single from Francesca’s third consecutive No 1 album, If We’re Honest (Fervent Records), “He Knows My Name” was also the most-added song during its first week at radio and is currently #2 at NCA, #3 at AC Monitored, #2 at AC Indicator and #6 at HOT AC/CHR. 

Colton Dixon’s Hit “More Of You” Is At No. 1 For Third Week; Wraps Headline Tour This Month Before Joining WinterJam

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In August, 19 Recordings’ Dove Award-winning artist and Season 11 American Idol finalist Colton Dixon released Anchor, his highly anticipated sophomore album. Making a splash in its first week, Anchor debuted at No. 1 on four charts! This is Dixon’s second No. 1 album debut, following in the footsteps of his successful debut LP, A Messenger.

Even prior to Anchor‘s release date, its first single “More Of You” was being heard on radio stations across the U.S. The single continues to be heard all over and even has kept the No. 1 spot at radio for its third week on the Hot AC/CHR charts. This is Dixon’s third chart-topping song in a row at Hot AC and his highest charting song to date for both AC charts.

Everfound’s “Take This City” To Be Featured On ESPN Monday Night Football November 3rd!

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ESPN’s Monday Night Football is set to feature Everfound’s latest single, “Take This City (feat. Joel of for KING & COUNTRY),” on Monday, November 3rd during the match up between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants.  Game time is 8:30 PM ET on ESPN.

We are very honored and excited to have our song featured during one of the most watched nights of television!  We can’t wait for our family, friends and fans to tune in and experience this with us,” says lead singer, Nikita Odnoralov.

OBB’S ‘BRIGHT SIDE’ FEATURED IN DUDE PERFECT’S ‘DALLAS STARS EDITION’

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“Bright Side,” the title-cut from Dove Award-nominated Curb recording artist OBB’s full-length debut, is featured in “Dallas Stars Edition,” the newly-released video from Dude Perfect, one of YouTube’s largest sports channels. With more than 1.3 million views in just over a week, the clip showcases hockey tricks from Dallas Stars players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, along with Dude Perfect.

Earlier this year, OBB’s “All Eyes On You,” also from Bright Side, was featured in Dude Perfect’s “Office Edition.” The video has received more than 6 million hits since its debut in July.

Planetshakers “This Is Our Time” Feature Story by Mark D. Geil; THIS IS OUR TIME CD/DVD Out Now

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Planetshakers. The name is bold. Audacious, even. But the global implications are exactly what the namesake band has in mind. From humble beginnings in the Land Down Under, Planetshakers Band has grown in scale and scope to reach a generation spanning countries and continents, and they’re on a mission to inspire that generation to do the same.

Worship leader and co-senior pastor Sam Evans knew something was beginning to grow even as she started her journey backstage at Planetshakers, preparing food for guest speakers. Joth Hunt, now the band’s worship leader, guitarist, and producer, wasn’t on stage in those early days, he was in the crowd. Today, Sam, Joth, and the band are part of Australia’s largest youth/young adult Christian movement. Along with their parent church, Planetshakers conducts local ministry at the multi-campus, 10,000 member congregation, service in prison ministry, refugee outreach and disaster relief, and education at Planetshakers College. The band’s reach is remarkable. They recently led over 200,000 people at a single event in Asia, their touring has spread across Europe and the US, and their annual Awakening event stresses their core mission, to “empower generations to win generations.”

Multi Platinum Third Day To Release New Worship Album “Lead Us Back” On March 3, 2015

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THIRD DAY, for the first time in more than a decade, will release a new worship album, titled LEAD US BACK, slated for March 3, 2015.  The GRAMMY©, American Music Awards and Dove Award winning band, that has had 12 career albums to date, will also perform live on the day of the album release, at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York.  The highly anticipated LEAD US BACK album is the third worship recording that the multi-Platinum rock band will have released since the group made their mark on the music industry in 1996 with their self-titled debut smash on Reunion Records, which was certified Gold by the RIAA.  It will also include a deluxe version, with an additional disc of 10 fan favorites from THIRD DAY, captured LIVE ON THE ROAD from their previous sold-out tour performances.

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