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Hillsong Worship and Tasha Cobbs Leonard announce collaborative release

GRAMMY® Award-winning Hillsong Worship, along with GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard, announce the release of a special collaborative edition of “Awake My Soul.” Featuring lead vocals from Hillsong worship leader/songwriter Brooke Ligertwood and Cobbs Leonard, the single is available now.

When Hillsong Worship was first searching for words and melodies to articulate what would become their “AWAKE” album, they felt a clear directive toward a sound that would accompany an awakening of God’s people. “Awake My Soul” became a song-cry of intercessional praise and an invitation to consider the spiritual ‘sound’ of the Saviour’s response. From the outset, the song was a powerful expression of spiritual warfare.

“Last year our church, Hillsong, announced that Tasha Cobbs Leonard was going to be one of our guests at Hillsong Conference 2020 in July in Sydney, Australia (news which was met with much jubilation!),” said Ligertwood. “At the beginning of this year, Tasha and I then began talking about what it would be like for us to record a song together live at Hillsong Conference.

We witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic evolve, as it reached a point that necessitated postponement of live events and conferences the world over. It became clear we weren’t going to be able to execute what we’d originally planned. However, the collaboration felt important, so perhaps there was something else we could do…And so, ‘Awake My Soul with Tasha Cobbs Leonard’ was birthed.

Though we could not have foreseen the potent timing of this collaboration, it was well within the Lord’s realm of knowledge and so we are grateful, yet not surprised!”

“What God was birthing in us was on purpose, and it was for this time,” adds Tasha Cobbs Leonard.” ‘“Awake My Soul’ calls for the Church to arise and take authority. It reminds us of an eternal weight and an eternal calling. Together, this anthem is the Church’s declaration that there is an awakening taking place in the earth. The Kingdom of God is alive!’

“Awake My Soul” is Hillsong Worship’s first collaboration since partnering with Delirious back in 2004. The duo (Ligertwood and Cobbs Leonard) have been friends for years and share the same passion for worship and the same desire to connect people to God. Together, they pray that this rendition will be a reflection of God’s heart for His Church: unity, diversity, peace and power.

“Our hope is that this version of ‘Awake My Soul’ unequivocally exhorts every believer who hears it to PRAY with faith and authority for our world and Christ’s Church at this time in history,” says Ligertwood and Cobbs Leonard.

“May His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, and may our worship and intercession pull that reality into this one:

“And when He moves and when we pray
Where stood a wall now stands a way
Where every promise is Amen”

Lecrae drops new single ‘Deep End’

Fresh after being caught up in the interview with Louie Giglio, where he came under fire for comments made about “white privilege”, Lecrae has launched a new single.

Giglio was joined by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and rapper Lecrae for an “open and honest conversation around how racism has plagued Atlanta for generations when he made incredulous comments about white blessing becoming white privielege.

Lecrae responded to Giglio’s comments, stating, “I have a lot of racial trauma. After spending the last few years battling racism within the evangelical church I was in a dark place. In that interview I feared going back there. I’m healing but not healed. I’m definitely protecting myself from a breakdown.

“I want to be clear I’m sorry for anyone who was let down and hurt. This was good for me in many ways. It burns but it burns in a helpful way. Lamentations 3 has comforted me. I’m grateful for the love. Even the tough love.”

 

Colton Dixon’s ‘Miracles’ hits Billboard No. 1

Just as his self-titled EP nears the close of its first week of release after hitting top 3 on iTunes Pop Albums Chart, American Idol alum Colton Dixon’s “Miracles” has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Hot AC/CHR chart. The first single from the EP has been widely praised and noted as “a bombastic, uplifting, humongous pop tune of the kind we’re desperately in need of right now.”

“I’m so grateful to all the stations and listeners for getting this song to number one,” Dixon commented. “What an incredible journey the past few months with this song have been so far. I feel like our country, our world, is in a place where we need hope maybe more than ever.

“The stories I’ve heard from fans all over about how during this time they’ve been able to see the little things, the little daily miracles God does in a bigger way now, is really why I wrote this song. Each day, even in the midst of hard times, there is always something we can be grateful for.”

 

 

Grammy Award winner Mandisa releases “You Keep Hope Alive”

Grammy-winner Mandisa is debuting a brand new single with worship leader and Gotee Recording artist Jon Reddick. “You Keep Hope Alive,” penned by Reddick, is available through all DSPs everywhere today.

“With everything happening in our world today, the timely message of ‘You Keep Hope Alive’ is a declaration to our souls that God is still on His throne, and specializes in bringing beauty from ashes,” Mandisa says. “My prayer is that God will use this song to remind us, His children, that our hope is alive because our Savior, Jesus, is alive.”

Mandisa kicked off 2020 with the release of her first single of the year, “Way Maker.” The track was Mandisa’s first single to release following her chart topping 2017 album Out of the Dark which featured the radio hits “Unfinished” and “Bleed the Same (feat. Tobymac, Kirk Franklin).”

 

Hawk Nelson’s Jon Steingard says he no longer believes in God

The lead singer of a popular Christian music band has taken to social media to state that he no longer believes in God.

Jon Steingard, pictured above at a live performance, of the popular band, Hawk Nelson, said that, “After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a Christian band, and having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of the things in my life – I am now finding that I no longer believe in God.”

Hawk Nelson is a Canadian Christian rock and pop punk band from Peterborough, Ontario. Formed in 2000, the band has released eight studio albums to date.

I’ve been terrified to post this for a while – but it feels like it’s time for me to be honest,” he said on Instagram. “I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning. I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all – and also open to having my heart changed in the future.

 

I am not looking for a debate at all – just a chance to share my story in the hopes some good can come from it. I love you all.”

In his post, he states that losing his faith “didn’t happen overnight or all of a sudden” He stated that, “I have been terrified to be honest about this publicly for quite some time, because of all that I thought I would lose.

“I simply can no longer avoid it. Processing this quietly felt right when I simply had doubts, but once they solidified into a genuine point of view, it began to feel dishonest not to talk about it.”

He said that he and his wife are relieved about walking away from their faith.

Ironically, the band’s latest album is called ‘Miracles’.  Generally speaking, they are hard to believe in if you don’t have a belief in God.

 

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Jon Steingard One of our best friends, one with whom we have walked, worked and lived alongside for 20 + years revealed some of his innermost feelings on his faith journey this past week. Our mission as Hawk Nelson has always been to inspire and encourage all people with the truth that God is FOR them and not against them. In that message’s most simple and purest form, that THEY matter. So now we turn that truth towards one of our own. That God is still FOR Jon & he still matters. Why? Because that truth doesn’t change just because we question it. How we treat one another when they are at a different stage in their journey based on their life experiences is part of a bigger conversation.  We are called to love one another unconditionally, as God loves us. We should also encourage and challenge one another in our Faith, seeking truth. Are we the authors of our own salvation and eternity? Has God provided a way to salvation for us through Jesus?  These are the questions that we each must ask and explore. In the Bible (Romans 8:38) Paul writes, “… I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love… neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The same Lord is Lord of all, and gives richly to all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Ever thankful and grateful for how God has used this band, the music and the relationships and how He continues to do so. Daniel, Micah, David.

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At this point, the band is not disbanding, leaving members to work out how to serve the Christian music market when their frontman has made such a big announcement. The band has not yet released an official statement as to its future plans.

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After global choir sings The Blessing, UK churches follow suit

A new zoom video has become a viral hit on Youtube as churches right across England have contributed to offer hope to their country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Blessing” is a song performed by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship, released as the lead single from Elevation Worship’s twelfth live album, Graves Into Gardens on March 20, 2020. Kari’s original song can be heard below.

A global choir then jumped on board and created their own version, before churches right across the UK created their own version of this spectacular new song.

“At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over the UK,” the group stated.

“Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you.

“But the church is not simply singing a blessing. Each day, we’re looking to practically be a blessing. Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.

TobyMac drops The Lost Demos

TobyMac has been to hell and back over the last twelve months. The Dove award-winning artist has been through a soul searching period after being forced to deal with the loss of a family member.

His son, Truett Foster Mckeehan, sadly passed away in 2019 at just 21. Showing his faith in God, Toby has continued to move forward. After canceling his 2019 tour, he is back.

His latest song, The Lost Demos, is worth a listen.

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Out now!!!

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Hillsong UNITED release ‘Another in the Fire’

With over a BILLION streams on YouTube, Hillsong UNITED release a brand new recording of ‘Another In The Fire’ sung by Taya – the voice behind the chart-topping ‘Oceans’. This song originated from their global award-winning album People. Hillsong UNITED has won 2 Aria Awards and had 6 albums in the Top Ten. Their latest album, People, was released April 2019, and was the top selling album in the USA across all genres its release week.

Hillsong UNITED has more than 2 million followers on Instagram and they have 4.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Hillsong UNITED is committed to creating a musical expression that speaks to the timeless message of the work of Christ, awakening churches and individuals to the truth of who He is. UNITED was birthed in the heart of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Australia, becoming a truly influential team that give artistic voice to the depth of knowledge of our Creator, calling all people toward Him. With millions of lives impacted spanning many cultural and geographical boundaries, UNITED is comprised of an evolving, eclectic mix of musicians and songwriters led by Joel Houston and Taya, who are committed to speaking the truth, creating a unique sound and connecting people everywhere with God.

Lecrae releases video to accompany upcoming new album

Lecrae has pulled out all stops with his new music video.

‘Set me Free’ is from Lecrae’s new album, Restoration, to be released shortly. Take a listen, and more importantly, a look below.

 

 

 

Brooke Fraser streams live concert to support New Zealand

Brooke Fraser has streamed a live set of her songs to help raise money for Kiwis in the music industry affected by the coronavirus.

No longer based in New Zealand, the proud Kiwi hasn’t forgotten her roots and where it all started.

“Thanks so much to all 8,000+ of you who tuned in to last night’s live Instagram set – some of you like @lauralexanixon below wearing your @brookefraser merch! ?” she stated on Instagram. ⁣⁣

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Thanks so much to all 8,000+ of you who tuned in to last night’s live Instagram set – some of you like @lauralexanixon below wearing your @brookefraser merch! ? ⁣⁣ ⁣ Where did you join us from and what was your favourite song/moment? ⁣⁣ ⁣ It was such a special time together and a huge thanks to all who donated to @musichelpsnz – your generosity is going to make such a big difference to the music biz Kiwis doing it tough. Much aroha for and to you all! ⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ #repost @lauralexanixon Pulled out the ol' laptop cam to capture this moment, hence the horrible quality. Watching a @brookefraser Instagram Live concert ? wearing the T-Shirt she signed for me back in 2010 ?. I've missed her and her healing music so much that I legit had a wee cry ?. What a kiwi legend for doing this and raising money for an awesome organisation. #LockdownConcert #thenewnormal

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“It was such a special time together and a huge thanks to all who donated to @musichelpsnz – your generosity is going to make such a big difference to the music biz Kiwis doing it tough. Much aroha for and to you all! ⁣ ⁣⁣

“Music Helps Live has been established to bring crisis relief funds to the thousands of Kiwis in the New Zealand music industry facing hardship due to the closures and cancellations resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic (these are my people!). 100% of support raised will go directly to people in need. ”

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