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Newsboys United announce they are splitting up

Christian band Newsboys has announced that their upcoming tour will be their last. The band, now known as Newsboys United, made the announcement on social media.

“Dear Newsboys Family, Four years ago, when Peter joined us on The Cross Has the Final Word, we never could have dreamed that a collaboration on a single song would turn into what it did,” they said.

“After three years of Newsboys United with Peter and Phil, we’ve traveled North America together, performed hundreds of concerts, rekindled old friendships, made lots of new memories, had a LOT of laughs, and released an album. The last 15 months have been a time of change for all of us, yet we’re looking ahead to the future—feeling refreshed from unanticipated time at home with our families and extra time in the studio.

“We’ve grown closer together, experienced a renewed excitement for making music, and worked harder than ever to create a new record we are proud of. We are excited to share it with you all very soon.The Newsboys team has been a family from the beginning. That will never change, but we wanted to take a moment to share with you that our time as Newsboys United will soon come to an end. The new album and tour this fall will continue on as before with Newsboys…Tait, Duncan, Jeff and Jody.”

The band, which originated out of Queensland, Australia, was founded in 1985 in the Sunshine Coast of Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. The band has released 17 studio albums, 6 of which have been certified gold.

 

As of 2019, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk), drummer and percussionist Duncan Phillips, keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, and guitarist Jody Davis. In addition to performing music, the band has appeared in the films God’s Not Dead, God’s Not Dead 2, and God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.

Before disbanding, Newsboys United will do four more summer shows including Lifest Music City in Tennessee, two shows in Minnesota, and one last show in Indiana on August 13.

Hillsong Young & Free releases “Phenomena (DA DA)”

‘Phenomena (DA DA)’ or also known as “da da da da da da”. A song that gets into your head and into your heart. A statement song about the true reality we have in Jesus.

‘GRAMMY® nominated Hillsong Young & Free’s new single ‘Phenomena’ or also known as “da da da da da da”. A song that gets into your head and into your heart. A statement song about the true reality we have in Jesus. Recorded in LIVE in Sydney, Australia.

Young & Free continues to play an integral role in reaching this generation for Christ with their revamped contemporary approach.

“Just a few short weeks ago, we rallied Young & Free together to write new songs over the course of a week. We purposefully included a whole lot more young people from our youth ministry to jump in and get involved. The result from this writing week produced songs that we just couldn’t wait to introduce to our youth and so we recorded them LIVE on a Friday night a few weeks later.

 

It was a night full of fun and revival. Jesus was glorified and a new wave of young people making a statement that the church is alive and the future is bright.

Since forming in 2013, Hillsong Young & Free has released three highly successful albums and more than 20 singles, acquiring over 459 MILLION YouTube channel views and 1.2 BILLION global career streams (with a 700,000 plus global unit career consumption). With a combined social following of 3 MILLION plus fans, Young & Free has seen seven No. 1 career singles and 10 Top 5 singles at Hot AC radio. Their debut album “We Are Young & Free” landed in the Top 25 on Billboard 200 while “Youth Revival” garnered the group its first-ever GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (2017). Their recent single “Every Little Thing” hit #1 at Hot AC radio for eight weeks, making it the longest-running #1 for the band.

Former Casting Crowns drummer dies after having leg amputated from crash

Andy Williams, the former drummer for Christian band Casting Crowns, has passed away from injuries sustained during a recent motorcycle accident.

Williams was in a serious motorcycle accident on his way to church Sunday.

The crash had left him on a ventilator after suffering “severe trauma to his body and brain.” Last week, he underwent surgery to have one of his legs amputated above the knee after being hit by a vehicle as he was riding his motorcycle to church.

Williams was 49.

Grace Chapel, William’s home church in Fairview, Tennessee posted a touching tribute which was shared by Casting Crowns’ singer Mark Hall.

“He fought a great fight, but the injuries that he suffered took a toll on his physical body. You prayed along with us that Andy would be healed. You prayed along with us that Andy would wake up. You prayed along with us that God would perform a miracle. While we mourn that Andy isn’t here with us and that we didn’t get to witness the miracle we longed for here on earth, all of our prayers were answered,” the statement read.

“He is healed, he is awake and we believe that he is more alive today than he has ever been. We hold fast to Paul’s words that we look not to the things that are seen, but to those things that are unseen, for they are eternal. We celebrate that Andy is in the arms of his Savior and we are grateful for the memories and laughter that Andy brought to all who knew him. We can’t thank you enough for your prayers, support, and unending love. You have walked with us through this very difficult journey and we felt you there the entire way,” the statement continued.

Hall shared a three-minute performance video of Williams in concert on his Instagram page.

Williams is survived by his wife and two sons.  Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Grace Chapel started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising at least $250,000 to cover medical bills for Williams’ care. At the time this story was published, the campaign had raised more than $72,000.

Hillsong United releases newly awaited single “Know You Will”

Today, multi-award-winning and platinum-selling artist Hillsong UNITED announced the release of their brand new digital single “Know You Will”. Out now with an accompanying lyric video, “Know You Will” serves as an anthem of hope for uncertain times written by UNITED’s Joel Houston, Ben Hastings and Dylan Thomas.

“‘Know You Will’ speaks into the nature of where we’ve been for the last 18 months — uncharted territory,” says UNITED’s Joel Houston. “It has been a crazy year for the world in a lot of ways. Faith can sometimes seem like a distant thing, but it becomes real when everything that you didn’t realize you were dependent on gets thrown on its head.”

Adds Houston, “We may look at a circumstance and see the impossible, but God is good at the impossible. Even when there’s a lot of if’s, but’s, and doubts, the story of God is that He’s always made a way. It’s often unexpected, it’s different to how we think it should be, and how it should look. We know though, that through it all, God’s sovereignty has not been shaken and His plan is what will prevail through the middle of everything. He has proven Himself good so many times before and it’s no different now.”

Undisputedly one of the genre’s most influential artists in the history of contemporary Christian music, Hillsong UNITED continues to impact millions of lives across the globe. The group has sold over 6.5 million albums globally, garnered 3.3 billion worldwide career streams to date, and remains the No. 1 Christian artist on all social media platforms with over 13 million fans combined.

 

Lorde releases new singe, Solar Power’

Lorde has released her new single “Solar Power,” her first new single since 2017’s Melodrama.

“I feel good. It’s been years of working on this music,” Lorde told Australia’s Triple J Breakfast in a world first exclusive interview. “You know me, I go full hibernation when I’m working, so to be back is kind of surreal.

“I think I started writing the song literally summers ago, so it’s so cool for me to have it coming out. I love this song; I love this album. I’m just hyped and I think it’s right for right now.”

 

Justin Bieber, Chandler Moore Partner For Worship Session

Justin Bieber and Chandler Moore, part of the Billboard No.1 worship group Maverick City Music, joined together for a worship session from Churchome in Kirkland, Washington.

Performing a number of songs – including Maverick’s “Jireh”, “How He Loves,” and Justin Bieber’s “Where Do I Fit In” – the two seamlessly connect emotionally and spiritually.

With some spontaneous worship at the end, the video above is certainly worth watching.

Lauren Daigle Announces Streaming Concert From The Ryman

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist LAUREN DAIGLE is offering an exclusive online streaming concert called, “A NIGHT AT THE RYMAN WITH LAUREN DAIGLE AND FRIENDS” on SUNDAY, JUNE 6th at 6:30p (PT/ET). It was filmed in advance at NASHVILLE’s historic RYMAN AUDITORIUM. DAIGLE collaborated with multi-platinum recording artist JON FOREMAN of SWITCHFOOT, GRAMMY Award winner and five-time CMA Nominee NATALIE HEMBY of THE HIGHWOMEN, singer/songwriter ELLIE HOLCOMB, and PETEY MARTIN.

DAIGLE shared, “Sharing the stage and collaborating with other musicians has always been a high-point of any live show for me. To be joined with some of my dearest friends for a night of music and fun is such a blessing and makes me eager to be able to get back on the road!”

VIP tickets include an virtual Q&A with DAIGLE, livestream access, and exclusive behind the scenes content. Each ticket includes a 48-hour replay with $1 from every ticket donated to the PRICE FUND, a LAUREN DAIGLE foundation. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Lauren Daigle Performs ‘Look Up Child’ on American Idol

American Idol has seen another comeback performance, with award-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle performing her hit song “Look Up Child.”

The iconic series, which has revolutionized the music industry by pioneering the music competition genre, has returned to the ABC.

One of the show’s favorites, Lauren gave an incredible, unique performance of her Christian hit.

 

After being signed to the label Centricity Music, she released her debut album, How Can It Be, in 2015. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and produced three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart.

Daigle’s third studio album, Look Up Child, was released in September 2018. Bolstered by the pop crossover success of the single “You Say”, it went on to debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the highest-charting Christian album by a woman in over 20 years, and No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart, with 115,000 album-equivalent units sold in the first week.

The album’s lead single, “You Say”, peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has broken the record for the number of weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart at 101 weeks for any solo artist. The album and single earned Daigle two Grammy Awards.

In addition to two Grammy Awards, Daigle has won seven GMA Dove Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and has had four No. 1 singles on both the Billboard Christian Airplay and Hot Christian Songs chart.

Worship Artist House of Peace Hits Top of Secular Pop Charts with ‘Love Is a Flame’

With over 9,000 radio spins worldwide, Florida-based band, House of Peace is topping the secular pop charts with the release of “Love Is a Flame” off of their album Welcome to the River from Rex Records.

David Liscum, the band’s leading member and producer of Welcome to the River, said as a worship artist, it’s been phenomenal to have such a major impact on the secular charts.

“It’s been interesting to have secular news outlets comment on the song and what they think it means, but ‘Love is a Flame’ is talking about God like all of our other songs do. The Flame represents the Holy Spirit and the personal connection that we have with God, along with the power of His presence and love,” he said.

“Love Is a Flame” has charted on Digitalradiotracker.com (DRT) in the top 200 (it ranked at 121 as of 3-20-2021) alongside some of the top pop artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. The band also had the No. 1 downloaded song this week for Adult Contemporary and was ranked No. 4 for Triple A on the Play MPE® charts.

“We saved the best for last. We knew from the radio survey that the song would be well received. After we released the song ‘My Love’ on secular radio last year, it did much better than we anticipated, so we knew early-on ‘Love Is a Flame’ would have a similar impact on listeners, globally. We are excited to see it topping the charts,” Liscum said.  

 

 

In addition to encouraging those in the church, Welcome to the River is reaching those outside of the church walls.

“There are a lot of corporate worship albums out there, and we love those kinds of projects, but we wanted to do something artistic that’s a little outside of the box in regard to radio and what the rest of the worship community is doing,” Liscum said.

He said the song has influences of Coldplay and Snow Patrol combined with powerful string arrangements and haunting vocals that have defined the band’s signature sound.

After making waves in the mainstream market, the song is now going for adds at Christian radio stations across the country.

Liscum recruited Grammy and Dove nominated producer Sean Moffitt on the project to mix “Love Is a Flame.” Moffit is best known for his work with artists like TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Josh Groban and Zach Williams.

“Love Is a Flame” is from the full-length album, Welcome to the River, which House of Peace released late last year. “Love Is a Flame” was released on the heels of the song “My Love,” which also exploded on mainstream radio. The band is expected to follow up with an EDM version of “Love Is a Flame” later this spring.

“The song has provided us an opportunity to share our love of the Lord with people all over the world. It also has given us a chance to let people everywhere know how much God loves them and that’s contagious,” Liscum said.

Welcome to the River features 13 songs, which were written and produced by Liscum. This is the first time he served in the producer role on a full-length project from the group. Welcome to the River a follow-up to Into the Great Unknown. Songs from Welcome to the River have been featured in reality shows and on TV commercials.

Welcome to the River is available digitally and on streaming outlets, globally, on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more.