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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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Lauren Daigle smashes it on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Award-winning Christian artist Lauren Daigle has made another appearance on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ show. The shows, as part of the Jimmy Kimmel Love! Mercedes-Benz Concert Series, saw her wow the crowd.

Along with her recent single You Say, she also performed This Girl.

At the recent Grammys, Daigle won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance with her song You. She also won best album with Look Up Child – for which she beat Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith and Zach Williams.

Daigle has risen up the charts in terms of popularity, too. She was under fire for her comments about homosexuality, as well as performing on the Ellen De Generes show, which dramatically lifted her profile.

Who You Say I am is the world’s top worship song

Hillsong Worship’s ‘Who You Say I Am’ hit number one on Billboard’s Christian Airplay Chart, which is a big deal.

“Who You Say I Am” follows in the footsteps of Hillsong Worship’s genre-smashing anthem, “What A Beautiful Name.” Previously holding the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart for nine consecutive weeks and earning the group its first career GRAMMY, “What A Beautiful Name” remains the fastest-growing song in modern church history.

 

 

Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly Win Grammy Awards

Christian musicians Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly have had success at the Grammy Awards, with each of the stars taking home two Grammys each.

Both received their awards in the Christian and Gospel categories.

Lauren Daigle won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance with her song You. She also won best album with Look Up Child – for which she beat Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith and Zach Williams.

Daigle has risen up the charts in terms of popularity, too. She was under fire for her comments about homosexuality, as well as performing on the Ellen De Generes show, which dramatically lifted her profile.

She reached the top place in Christian charts in America, as well as finding her way into the secular charts with ‘You Say’, which reached number 34 in the Hot 100 in January.

Daigle was nominated in 2015 for her debut album “How Can It Be,” and received another nomination in 2016 for her song “Trust In You.”

Tori Kelly was also nominated in 2016 for Best New Artist. The pop singer who released a gospel album last year won for both gospel categories. She won Best Gospel Album for “Hiding Place” and Best Gospel Song for “Never Alone.” Multiple Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin produced the album and co-wrote the hit song.

The history of Christian music, compiled into one book

If you’ve ever wanted to understand where Christian music originated from, then this is the perfect book for you.

Let the People Rejoice: An Interactive history of Christian Music is a remarkable book that has been put together by Mike Spencer, a New Zealander who now resides in Australia.

“I always wanted to tell the story of Christian music, so I jumped at the opportunity to lecture on the subject in my local church in New Zealand,” stated Mike. “Five years and 24 lectures later, I was still going strong! At that stage, I moved to Australia and concentrated on promoting my landmark Australian history book, One People, One Destiny: A Christian History of Australia. However, I felt that I shouldn’t waste all the research that I had done, so I started collating it into book form. Several years later, Let the People Rejoice is the end product of my endeavours.

“Because music is such a vital expression of our Christian faith, it has proved very controversial over the ages. Churches and congregations have often found it difficult to accept new forms and expressions of worship. This has culminated in the so-called ‘worship wars’ of recent years.

In personally growing up singing hymns and Gospel choruses, Mike passionately believed that worship leaders should be able to choose from the whole heritage of Christian music, and not just part of it.

“The book’s title comes from the Fanny Crosby song ‘To God Be the Glory,’ he continued. I use the word ‘Interactive’ in the title because I want readers to actually experience the music they are reading about. Music is by nature participative, so for that reason, I encourage readers to either access video clips of songs and musicians, or sing the songs for themselves.

“In this book, I delve into the history of music in the church, from Bible times right through to the present day. I look at the relationship between music and some of the great events in church history and examine the lives of some of the men and women of God who have contributed to our rich musical heritage.”

An extraordinary read for music lovers everywhere, Let the People Rejoice is now available globally.

Hillsong Young and Free top TCM National Charts

Australian contemporary worship ensemble, Hillsong Young & Free has nabbed top honors for Song Of Year from Australia’s national Christian music airplay chart, TCM. And American singer tobyMac has landed the honor for Artist Of The Year.

Chart researcher Wes Jay says Young & Free’s song Let Go has secured the most airplay of any Christian song on Australian Christian radio in the past year, while tobyMac has generated the most high rotation airplay of any Christian act across multiple tunes.

Let Go this year spent a total of 30 weeks in the survey,” Mr Jay says.

“It owned the top spot for four weeks and dominated the Top 5 for 20 weeks.

“This is the first time Young & Free has nabbed Song Of The Year while it’s tobyMac’s third win for Artist Of The Year,” Wes says.

tobyMac secured Artist honors with the songs I Just Need U and Everything, plus Bleed The Same (Mandisa) and Right On Time (Aaron Cole) on which he’s the featured act.

Previous honors for TCM Song Of the Year include Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells (2017), Shinny Roads – Emma Mullings (2016), Touch The Sky – UNITED (2016), Fix My Eyes – For King & Country (2014), and Words – Hawk Nelson (2013).

Acts previously honored for Artist of the Year include Young & Free (2017), For King & Country (2016, 2014, and 2013), and tobyMac (2015, 2012).

Jay says the annual airplay report shows “strong” support for Australian Christian artists from the sector.

“A total of 21 songs by Australians secured positions in the Top 100; four scored places in the Top 10, and seven in the Top 50,” Wes says.

“In addition to Young & Free, label mates UNITED and Hillsong Worship, as well as Finding Faith, For King & Country, Emma Mullings, Bel Thomson and Mel Crothers have scored the strongest airplay for Aussie acts this year,” he adds.

2018 marks the 20th year that TCM (or TRAA as it was initially known) has published its annual Top 100 survey of the most played Christian songs, and most played Christian artists on Christian radio throughout Australia.