Hot Off The Wire...

guvna b

Guvna B’s Star Keeps Shining Brighter With New Mixtape “Scrapbook II”

Review Date: 04/16/2014 Review By: Christopher Johnson Release Date: 03/31/2014 Rating: With his fourth album since 2008, and his third in as many years, British hip hop phenomenon Guvna B keeps up More »

new empire

New Empire Shine Bright With New Album “In A Breath”

Review Date: 4/17/2014 Review By: Jessica Morris Release Date: Aus/NZ – 04/18/2014, Rest of the World – 4/29/2014 Rating: Sydney based pop/rock outfit New Empire have been engaging the hearts of Australians More »

emery

Emery Surpass “You Were Never Alone” Campaign Goal; Additional Packages Added

Veteran rock band, Emery, is excited to announce that it has met and surpassed its $50,000 You Were Never Alone crowdfunding goal in under two weeks. The campaign, which launched earlier this month More »

trf-rhythms-of-grace-high

The Remission Flow Launch iTunes Pre-Order For “Rhythms Of Grace” Out April 22

The Monaghan, Ireland based worship band The Remission Flow are set to release their sophomore album Rhythms Of Grace next Tuesday, April 22nd, and, as of a few days ago, the album More »

10258442_10152047916760669_5371049121854531229_o

Disciple Launch Kickstarter Campaign To Fund New Album

A little over an hour ago, the popular rock band Disciple launched a kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming brand new album. The album is expected to be released around August time More »

the museum

The Museum Set To Release “What We Stand For” May 6

BEC Recordings’ The Museum will be releasing their third label release on May 6 titled What We Stand For. Radio will be introduced to the next chapter of The Museum’s music with More »

Guvna B’s Star Keeps Shining Brighter With New Mixtape “Scrapbook II”

guvna b

Review Date: 04/16/2014
Review By: Christopher Johnson
Release Date: 03/31/2014
Rating: 8 Stars (8 / 10)

With his fourth album since 2008, and his third in as many years, British hip hop phenomenon Guvna B keeps up his torrid pace of releasing quality music of substance.  Aside from his frequent pace of album releases, Guvna B, known for his song and catchphrase “Allo Mate,” has also found time to introduce a successful clothing line (Allo Mate), acquire multiple degrees, and he’s also won multiple music based awards and been nominated for many more.

As an acknowledged thank you to the fans for making his previous studio album Odd 1 Out a chart topper in both Great Britain’s gospel and mainstream album charts, the recently released Scrapbook II is a free to download mixtape.

Scrapbook II accomplishes the rarely achieved goal of releasing highly entertaining and dance inducing tunes while infusing substance and messages of hope through a relationship with The Almighty. With 17 full length tracks, the album welcomes guest vocals on virtually every song.  There is also an interlude, or testimonial of sorts, from legendary artist/actor Ja Rule.

We Want More” starts the album out with a club friendly, trance inducing beat and features Remidee of LZ7.  Guvna B and Remidee take turns shrugging shoulders at worldly successes, doubters, and naysayers, choosing instead to pull guidance and energy from the most high. Superstar and well known producer Black Knight assists Guvna B in addressing the highly debated issue of “Christian rapper” vs. “rapper who is a Christian” on the next track “In a Box.”  The track uses a much more urban feeling beat than the initial (and proceeding) trance like techno beat, showing his versatility in production and delivery.

Royal Flush” and “New Legends (Born To Rise)” both pair Guvna with stellar background vocals from Ari Pen-Smith.  Both tracks also mirror similar themes in addressing the idea of taking control over one’s own life instead of falling victim to your surroundings.  “New Legends” also discusses the responsibility we all share of making the world a better place instead of leaving the task up to others.

The Ja Rule interlude prepares the listener for “Welcome Home” which features a guest spot from GKiD.  “Welcome Home” plays as an open invitation to seek God in the church.  Acknowledging that no one is perfect, the track attempts to dispel the idea that certain people are not worthy of setting foot in the church because of past decisions, or the level of relationship with God.  The laid back beat does a good job of allowing the important message to take the fore front, and is buttoned up nicely by Ja Rule’s close of song testimonial.

Taking on a Caribbean flavor, Shad Stone joins Guvna B on “Chale” (pronounced Cha Lay).  “Chale” is a “get out of your seat and throw your hands up” inducing track that implores praising God above all else, through good times and bad.  Guvna B states at one point “No matter how you want to treat me, it’s cool, I don’t roll with a genie, I’m rolling with real faith…

Homeless” returns the listener to the most commonly adopted theme (techno/trance) on Scrapbook II.  Guvna B manages to sneak in a rather deep journey through his growth both in the music scene as well as with his faith.  “I don’t belong here, but its cool because heaven’s where my home is” is the recurring chorus that, along with the rest of the track, seeks to invalidate the common temptations of worldly pursuits.

While Scrapbook II largely consists of more dance friendly hip hop, any fan of quality lyricism should find plenty to enjoy on the free to download album.  While Guvna B is much more well known in Great Britain, his star is only getting brighter, and, as our U.K. based editor has predicted on many an occasion, stateside accolades are sure to be right around the corner.  The great thing about Guvna B is that he doesn’t seem to be motivated by fame and glory here, or more fame and glory in England.  He is simply using his God given talents to entertain and encourage.  He does both quite well on Scrapbook II and, especially considering it’s a free download, Scrapbook II is most certainly a worthwhile addition to your hip-hop collection.

Download Scrapbook II for free here.

Connect With Guvna B:
Facebook | Twitter | Website | YouTube | Instagram

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | PinterestEmail | RSS

New Empire Shine Bright With New Album “In A Breath”

new empire

Review Date: 4/17/2014
Review By: Jessica Morris
Release Date: Aus/NZ – 04/18/2014, Rest of the World – 4/29/2014
Rating: 10 Stars (10 / 10)

Sydney based pop/rock outfit New Empire have been engaging the hearts of Australians for years. With two albums under their belt, playing at the Warped Tour and touring with the likes of Owl City and Switchfoot, the steadfast group of friends have made themselves known as worthy contemporaries of some of the most coveted musicians in the world. Comprising of Jeremy Fowler (lead vocal, piano, guitar), Kyle Lane (lead guitar), Nathan Cairns (bass) and Kale Kneale (drums), the release of In A Breath has the quartet firmly launching themselves into the global music market after signing with Tooth & Nail Records.

Opening with “Tale Of Jonah,” the purity of Fowler’s vocals balanced with a soft instrumental welcomes listeners in to the well-known Bible story. As the tempo builds and the chorus introduces the band’s trademark pop/rock sensibilities, listeners are invited to take an introspective look at the state of their own soul. In this, there is a sense the band is more than a stage show; their solid friendships formed in the beachfront town of Cronulla allowing them to work together to form each melody and lyric exquisitely throughout the album. With hauntingly truthful lyrics, the cry, “I once was king of the world…I’m lost without you” establishes the lyrical honesty found throughout In A Breath.

Following with “The Sun Won’t Sleep,” the band deliver a fan favorite, with the strong guitar rift enveloping your senses. Singing, “I want to take you where we can be amazed,” the chorus becomes an anthem as the vocals soar; and the balance of the melody and lyrical vulnerability combine to take you on a journey to this metaphorical place of true life and love. “Relight the Fire” is a stand out track on the album, as the lead single heavily relies on the skilled drumming of Kneale to express a heart-cry to be renewed by Christ. Though the chorus is simple in repetition, the desperation communicated within it makes the song one that will mirror the heart of many listeners. Interweaved with a catchy melody, this track will stay in your head for days for all the right reasons.

The second single “Say It Like You Mean It” has New Empire stretch themselves musically with an electro/pop sound. Establishing himself as a poetic and charismatic song writer in the band’s previous releases, this song sees Fowler branch out lyrically to a place of fantasy as listeners are challenged to speak and live with conviction. The title track “In A Breath,” written after Fowler’s mother passed away, further reveals the outfit’s musical and lyrical development. In a poignant and defining manner, the tribute is simple in lyrics and melody. The raw emotion in the vocals as he grieves saying, “You can drive me back to school, if it means I get to be with you,” followed by the bittersweet cry of “I’ll see you in a breath,” showcases an extreme vulnerability and hope, free of the clichés frequently used by some musicians.

Wise Fox” takes listeners deeper into the heart of the band, the story of love and loss displaying a technical ability in both the vocal and piano driven melody. Following on with “Fallen Soldiers,” the album picks up its tempo and sees the quartet encapsulate the voice of a generation. The layered melody, driven by a memorable guitar rift, fills your spirit with courage. The anthem of “We are the fallen soldiers, we are coming back for more,” will empower listeners to continue on in their faith walk. “Left Behind” follows in the same vein, the imagery of life as a race met with a strong electro introduction and a musical intensity throughout the track. The addition of a short spoken/rap section enables the listener to put themselves into the narrative and further reveals the growing maturity of the band.

A Little Braver” pulls the record back to its honest and pure roots, beginning with a more stripped back tone and piano driven verse. Rather than just being a song about heart break, this track is an expression of courage and redemption as Fowler sings, “When it gets dark I get a little brighter now.” “Outshine the Brightest” continues to take listeners to an introspective place, this time reinforcing the message of an individual’s worth, particularly through the use of harmony. Rounding off the album with an acoustic version of “Relight The Fire,” New Empire finish In A Breath with the same musical quality and integrity they opened with.

Aside from wishing there were more new tracks on this album, it is difficult to fault In A Breath. The musical and lyrical growth since their last album Symmetry highlights the enormous potential of the band, their melodies both raw and honest while also filled with hope. Overlayed with the stunning vocals of Fowler, the poetic and truthful lyricism found on all 9 tracks are akin to the quality of Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman.

Preparing for their world tour later this year, New Empire’s In A Breath is a beautiful and powerful collection of tunes revealing a 2 year labour of love and heart ache. New and old fans will embrace In A Breath for its bold introspection, positive message and catchy melodies. In A Breath is released today in Australia/New Zealand and April 29 worldwide so make sure you grab yourself a copy and treat your head and heart to one of Tooth & Nail’s best and brightest, New Empire.

 

 

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest | Email | RSS

Emery Surpass “You Were Never Alone” Campaign Goal; Additional Packages Added

emery

Veteran rock band, Emery, is excited to announce that it has met and surpassed its $50,000 You Were Never Alone crowdfunding goal in under two weeks. The campaign, which launched earlier this month on BadChristian.com, will continue for 30 more days, with new packages, including a more affordable vinyl package, available now at: http://badchristian.com/campaign/newemery/. All packages will also include downloads of two new, rough-version tracks from the upcoming album. The band plans to announce what the excess funds will be used for next week.

We were honestly a little nervous going into to the launch,” admitted guitarist, Matt Carter. “I couldn’t believe how quickly people got involved. I stayed up refreshing the page on my phone all night when it went live. Now that we have achieved our goal, we are brainstorming what we can do with the extra money and will announce our plans for a stretch-goal next week.”

The most surprising thing is how excited people are about vinyl. We have never been able to do vinyl before, so it’s so cool that people want it. The demand is so high that we wanted to add a cheap, entry level vinyl package. I hope every single person that has a record player will buy one.”

You Were Never Alone, Emery’s sixth studio album, is set to be released this summer on BadChristian Music, the record label founded by Emery members, Matt Carter and Toby Morrell, and former Emery bassist, Joey Svendsen. The upcoming record sees the return of founding member/vocalist, Devin Shelton.

The band commented, “It’s been almost 11 years since we released The Weak’s End. That’s a little hard to believe for us! In that time, we have seen more success than we could have possibly dreamed. We toured the world, created five more albums, and had the privilege of meeting and getting to know a ton of you along the way. You have never left us.”

As we came up with what we wanted to say here, it almost brought us to tears. We really were never alone. You are Emery. And you are the reason that we are still here, and why our new record is going to be our most important.”

You Were Never Alone marks the band’s first release as an independent entity, after releasing five albums on Tooth and Nail.

The band added, “…something didn’t feel right about someone else owning Emery’s future recordings in perpetuity, especially when independent musicians are getting better opportunities to succeed every year. We want to own our music. We want to be able to sell it, give it away, re-record it in different ways, release vinyl, and do whatever we’re inspired to do with it.”

Emery plans to tour in support of You Were Never Alone this summer.

Stay tuned for more information on Emery, You Were Never Alone and BadChristian.

 

Story Source: Fresno Media

Connect with Emery:
Facebook | Twitter

Connect With BadChristian:
Facebook | Twitter | Website | Instagram | YouTube

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest | Email | RSS

The Remission Flow Launch iTunes Pre-Order For “Rhythms Of Grace” Out April 22

trf-rhythms-of-grace-high

The Monaghan, Ireland based worship band The Remission Flow are set to release their sophomore album Rhythms Of Grace next Tuesday, April 22nd, and, as of a few days ago, the album is now available for pre-order on iTunes here. A few weeks ago they also posted an EP for free download on NoiseTrade entitled “Before The Dawn.” The EP, which can be downloaded for free below, features two songs from their upcoming “Rhythms Of Grace” album and two from their debut album “The Light That Floods.”

New to The Remission Flow? Be sure to watch their EPK below, download the “Before The Dawn EP,” and read my review of their debut album from October 2012 here.

My review of the record is coming soon, as is a new video from The Remission Flow, so make sure you “Get Plugged In!” to us below so as to not miss any updates.

Connect With The Remission Flow:
Facebook | Twitter | Website

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest | Email | RSS

Disciple Launch Kickstarter Campaign To Fund New Album

10258442_10152047916760669_5371049121854531229_o

A little over an hour ago, the popular rock band Disciple launched a kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming brand new album. The album is expected to be released around August time and, aside from founding member Kevin Young, will be the first album to feature the brand new Disciple line-up. Since the start of the campaign a little over an hour ago, $2795 has already been raised of the $45,000 target, a target they need to raise by May 18th, so, if you want to help Disciple raise the rest of the money needed to reach their goal, you can head on over to the campaign page below and help them raise the necessary funds by backing and pre-ordering their brand new album.

In the campaign video Kevin Young shares about the mission behind Disciple and what partnering with them to fund this new album is all about, “When disciple started its journey so many years ago, we knew we wanted to try to be a great band, with great songs, and a great live show, but we also knew we wanted those things to be secondary. we wanted our message to be the most important aspect of our band, not just a message of words, not just a message of hope, or self improvement, but a message about a man, a man whose one act of true love would rescue mankind from the curse that we all must face in this life…a message of Jesus.

The Museum Set To Release “What We Stand For” May 6

the museum

BEC Recordings’ The Museum will be releasing their third label release on May 6 titled What We Stand For. Radio will be introduced to the next chapter of The Museum’s music with the radio single “Saved My Soul” that goes for adds this Friday, April 11. While the Atlanta-based group has released two projects that have delivered pop-hooks listeners have been driven to, at the core they are worship leaders. This new album is reflective of their hearts for worship.

I’ve been leading worship for nearly a decade now. It’s my background, that’s my heart, that’s my passion, that’s what I do,” says The Museum’s lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Ben Richter. “When we started this band, that’s actually what we were doing. We were leading worship for a church youth group on the south side of Atlanta.

ThaKidd Jopp’s “Barz & Worship” Available Now

thakiddjopp - barz & worship

Christcentric recordings artist ThaKidd Jopp released his debut album Barz & Worship yesterday. The album includes features from B-Doe, Believin Stephen, FLO, Mandy and Evangel. The album also features production from Sinima Beats, Jay Demure, New Jeruse, Platinum Sellers Beats, among many others.

As well as picking up your copy of this hot new record, be sure to check out his newly released “Heart Check” music video below.

Buy Barz & Worship Digitally:
iTunes | Google | Amazon | Bandcamp

For physical copies, visit christcentric.net.

Connect With ThaKidd Jopp:
Facebook | Twitter

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest | Email | RSS

 

Breaking News: V.Rose Set To Release New Album “Forever After” May 20

MG_July2013_053

A few minutes ago, Clear Sight Music artist V.Rose revealed the album cover for her sophomore album which is set to drop May 20. The album is entitled Forever After and the cover can be seen in the album announcement video below.

Connect With V.Rose Music:
Facebook | Twitter

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest | Email | RSS

Chad Jones’ “Keep Up” EP Releasing April 29th On Reflection Music Group

chad-jones-keep-up-500
Chad Jones is preparing to release his new album Keep Up April 29th through Reflection Music Group. To prepare for its release, he releasedhis new single “Problem” last week, and has now launched the iTunes pre-order for Keep Up. Keep Up features signature Chad Jones over beat production by Black Knight, Dirty Rice, Groc, Derek Minor and others. Guest features include: Derek Minor, Canon, Propaganda and others.
You can hear Chad’s “Problem” single here.
You can pre-order Keep Up on iTunes for only $3.99 here.
Keep Up track listing:
1. Problem (feat. Propaganda, Canon)
2. I Know (feat. Foure)
3. Long Walk Home (feat. Jayme Pearl)
4. Hold Up (feat. Derek Minor, Roz)
5. Problem (instrumental)
6. Problem (acapella)
Production credits:
1. Black Knight
2. Groc for Beat Mekanicz
3. Derek Minor and Dirty Rice
4. K.G, Dirty Rice, Mike Hicks
5. Black Knight
Story Source: SOHH PR

Connect With Chad Jones:
Facebook | Twitter

“Get Plugged In!” To JesusWired:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest | Email | RSS

Social Media Icons Powered by Acurax Web Design Company