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Tobymac Releases ‘I’m Sorry’

TobyMac has released a new song, ‘I’m Sorry’, as a way of apologizing to God on how far we have fallen short.

“Over a year ago as I stood with my wife and a group of friends on the Arbel Cliffs in Israel, our tour guide began to recite by memory the sermon on the mount… completely unannounced,” Toby explained on Instagram.

“The words of Jesus from Matthew 5, 6 and 7 struck me as if I had never read them before. I realized just how far we have strayed from what Jesus is asking of us. This (song) is simply my response, not judgment. I am deeply sorry for how far we have fallen short. And Godly sorrow leads to repentance. The church is God‘s plan, and I love it…. that’s why I had to write this song.
#wakeUsUp”

New Zealand takes its turn to Zoom ‘The Blessing’

The Blessing has been a global phenomenon, with churches in different parts of the world and now it is New Zealand’s turn.

The UK started the trend, with New York following their lead.

This stunning masterpiece was brought together under the direction of Australians Grant Norsworthy and his wife Brooke, who have returned from living in Nashville. Norsworthy is formerly a member of the Paul Colman Trio.

The Blessing features over 200 singers, instrumentalists, technicians and cultural advisors from around New Zealand and beyond, and adds a distinctly Kiwi voice to the global choir.

 

Hillsong Young & Free releases ‘All of My Best Friends’

Grammy nominated Hillsong Young & Free’s fourth career album “All of My Best Friends” has just been released. The new compilation features 20 newly-penned songs (13 live performance tracks and seven studio recordings), including the group’s breakout single “Best Friends” which peaked at #1 on the Hot AC chart and remains the highest audio debut of any Hillsong track with more than 6.3 million global streams.

Young & Free continues to play an integral role in reaching this generation for Christ with their revamped contemporary approach. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, “All of My Best Friends” was born out of collaboration, unity and seeking to express the raw, bright-eyed passion of Hillsong’s youth group. The new project captures the uninhibited feeling of discovering the love of Jesus and is a reminder that we are all connected to each other.

“I think our greatest hope for our music is that people, whatever their background, circumstance or belief, would know that there is a purpose for their life,” says Young & Free’s Melodie Mezieres-Wagner. “That there is more to life than what they see and that they’re not alone and never have been.”

“We never could have imagined the turn of events that would follow the recording of this album and yet it is full of relevant songs that bring joy and perspective in the midst of uncertain times,” adds Young & Free’s Laura Toggs. “The very essence of Young & Free is a sound that unlocks joy within our hearts. We’ve been waiting to release it at the right time. I think it’s important right now…that you get an infection of joy.”

In January 2020, Young & Free released their first in a series of six singles leading up to the album launch, all of which have garnered more than 15 million global streams to date. Previously released 2020 tracks (also featured on the new album) include “Uncomplicated,” “As I Am,” “World Outside Your Window,” “Lord Send Revival,” “Best Friends,” and current radio single “Never Have I Ever” (#20 at Hot AC) which quickly gained radio momentum with eight adds out of the box. The new song continues to build at radio in the “new & active” category on the Christian Airplay and Hot AC charts.

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.

“All of My Best Friends” follows on the heels of the youth worship collective’s 2018 studio album “III” that earned the group tremendous acclaim amassing over 75 million streams and 75,000+ units in global consumption.

All of My Best Friends Track Listing:

World Outside Your Window (Live)
Never Have I Ever (Live)
Best Friends (Live)
Indescribable (Live)
As I Am (Live)
Uncomplicated (Live)
New Thing (Live)
Need Your Love (Live)
Glimpse (Live)
Keep On (Live)
All My Life (Live)
Everything I Could Want (Live)
Lord Send Revival (Live)
World Outside Your Window
Never Have I Ever
Best Friends
Indescribable
As I Am
Uncomplicated
Need Your Love

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).”