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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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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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Lauren Daigle gets creative during coronavirus lockdown

It’s a clever video of Lauren Daigle’s popular song Still Rolling Stones. Daigle has released a Zoomified version of the hit.

While churches and all other organizations have been forced to work out how to manage without a live crowd, so have musicians. They have all been getting creative, as is evidenced in Daigle’s video below.

Daigle performed the song last year on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers‘.

“I had so much fun with all my bandmates putting this together for you!” she said on Instagram. “From all of us, we hope you enjoy the social distancing version of “Still Rolling Stones”!”

The Zoom version would have taken quite some work, but musicians, surrounded by some of the most creative people around, probably have an easier road to create such videos than many others.

in addition to this, the lockdown is a chance for musicians to get their digital affairs in order and work out how to do an even better job at connecting with their fans on social media.

Daigle also posted this lockdown video to Instagram, which at the tome of publishing, had been seen by more than 877,000 people.

Rend collective launches Choose to Worship

Rend Collective has released a new album in the middle of the coronavirus.

Choose to Worship is a classic collection from the US band.

“Singing this anthem alongside you in these strange and sometimes overwhelming times has made us feel like we’re all a part of something bigger, it makes it feel like church,” they said.

 

 

 

Justin Bieber gives raw account of his faith

If you’ve questioned Justin Bieber’s faith, which, incidentally, none of us has the right to, as it is far from us to judge anyone, then the candid video below might help you take a different perspective.

From the outside, it is so easy to look at stars like Bieber and Kanye West and start questioning their motives when, in fact, the Hollywood world they live in is so spiritually dry that I bet Hollywood would actually be ripe for a revival.

Here is a group of people who have fame and fortune ticked off their lists, but what is next? Everyone is seeking fortunes, and some fame, yet these people have both in spades, and life for many is so empty.  

Bieber was recently interviewed, where he candidly shared his faith in Jesus Christ. Not ‘God’, as so many refer to him as, but as he continually says, ‘Jesus Christ’.

“Jesus wasn’t this religious elite… He was in the dirt,” he states.“ He found me in my dirt, and pulled me out.”

This raw four-minute video shows just how important faith is in his world. Having been a star since he was a child, as well as living in the Hollywood bubble, it is easy to look on and think that perhaps, faith and God are easy words to speak, but maybe harder to live. This video might just change your perspective.  

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Tenth Avenue North announces they’re splitting

After 20 years playing to packed audiences, Tenth Avenue North has announced that they are calling it quits.

The band made the announcement on their website, stating that the “Finally Living” tour will be their last.

The American band from West Palm Beach, Florida took its name from an east-west road in Palm Beach County. The group was formed while members attended Palm Beach Atlantic University.  

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Dear friends, Words fail when it comes to “farewell” Even the best goodbyes are bittersweet. Maybe we’re made for eternity after all. 20 years ago, Tenth Avenue North was nothing but three friends goofing around in a PBA dorm room. We never dreamt it would take us around the globe, not in a million years. But here we are, two decades later, shaking our heads, grateful, in awe. We’re grateful for all the stories, all the tears, for all all the memories we’ve made. Did we mention the music? If you count independent releases, Tenth Avenue North has birthed 15 original music projects. Fifteen. It’s been a glorious, hard-fought, and oftentimes, breathtaking journey. We feel like we’ve seen it all. The Fights. The Victories. Forgiveness. Mercy. Oh yeah. Truck loads of mercy. And now it seems a season is coming to a close. One by one, band members have been moving on. We don’t think this is a sign of unhealth, but quite the opposite. After twenty years, we are all dreaming new dreams, and it’s time to encourage one another to go. Go and do all that is in our hearts to do. That said, tomorrow we will begin the “Finally Living Tour.” Or maybe we’ll now call it, “The Final Farewell Tour,” because that’s what this, a farewell. It is with a great deal of joy and sorrow all mixed up together, we want you to know this will be our last tour as Tenth Avenue North. There will be some summer shows and festivals sprinkled through the rest of this year, and maybe a bit more music as well, but as far as we can tell, this will be the last tour we ever do. We don’t exactly know what the future holds, but we believe this; when the way isn’t clear before us, we do well to pay attention to what doors are being closed behind us. Leaning into this guidance, we are going to lean forward into the unknown. We love you all. It has been an incredible journey. May the God who gave us the grace to continue, give us the grace to end well. Here’s to one last tour together. Hope to see you out there. Cheers, Tenth Avenue North

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The band posted the statement below to their website:

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Words fail when it comes to “farewell”

Even the best goodbyes are bittersweet. Maybe we’re made for eternity after all.

20 years ago, Tenth Avenue North was nothing but three friends goofing around in a PBA dorm room. We never dreamt it would take us around the globe, not in a million years. But here we are, two decades later, shaking our heads, grateful, in awe. We’re grateful for all the stories, all the tears, for all all the memories we’ve made. Did we mention the music?

If you count independent releases, Tenth Avenue North has birthed 15 original music projects.

Fifteen.

It’s been a glorious, hard-fought, and oftentimes, breathtaking journey. We feel like we’ve seen it all. The Fights. The Victories. Forgiveness. Mercy. Oh yeah. Truck loads of mercy.

And now it seems a season is coming to a close. One by one, band members have been moving on. We don’t think this is a sign of unhealth, but quite the opposite.

After twenty years, we are all dreaming new dreams, and it’s time to encourage one another to go. Go and do all that is in our hearts to do.

That said, tomorrow we will begin the “Finally Living Tour.” Or maybe we’ll now call it, “The Final Farewell Tour,” because that’s what this, a farewell. It is with a great deal of joy and sorrow all mixed up together, we want you to know this will be our last tour as Tenth Avenue North.

There will be some summer shows and festivals sprinkled through the rest of this year, and maybe a bit more music as well, but as far as we can tell, this will be the last tour we ever do.

We don’t exactly know what the future holds, but we believe this; when the way isn’t clear before us, we do well to pay attention to what doors are being closed behind us. Leaning into this guidance, we are going to lean forward into the unknown. We love you all. It has been an incredible journey. May the God who gave us the grace to continue, give us the grace to end well. Here’s to one last tour together. Hope to see you out there.

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Tenth Avenue North featured Mike Donehey on vocals, Jeff Owen on electric guitar and backup vocals, and Ruben Juarez III on bass guitar and backup vocals. The band has released eight studio albums.

Natalie Lauren releases Something Something

She is best known as a songwriter, having co-written for mainstream artists like Iggy Azalea and Chris Brown, but Natalie Lauren is an amazing talent in her own right.

She has also worked in the Christian genre with artists like Lecrae and Trip Lee.

With the former stage name of Suzy Rock, the recording artist, songwriter, graphic designer, writer, and music executive hales from Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a solo artist she performs within the Christian hip hop and R&B genres, having released three EPs and a mixtape as well as being featured on numerous songs by other artists.

Check out her work below.