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Michael W. Smith – 5 Pop Hits You Need to Hear

Some things never change in the industry, like Michael W. Smith albums selling like hotcakes (literal hotcakes, given his recent partnership with Cracker Barrel restaurants). From his most recent Hymns II release to the worship and Christmas albums of the last several years, “Smitty” remains an icon in contemporary Christian music, but newer listeners might not realize the full scope of his pop power. Here’s five must-see (and hear) videos to get you caught up! “Secret Ambition” (click the “play” button above to watch on this page) Michael W. Smith’s early ‘80s releases were a mixed bag, but 1989’s i 2 (EYE) , his fifth solo album, signaled a stronger pop direction and the beginning of a memorable string of hits. “Secret Ambition” revealed an aggressive, edgier side, and the music video, with an unflinching portrayal of Christ’s life and passion, is arguably the most memorable in CCM history. “Place in This World” To make a list of pop hits without “Place in This World” would be… well, wrong. Smitty’s first major crossover is a straight-up early ‘90s power ballad complete with epic electric guitar solo. Is it a song about Jesus?

Steven Curtis Chapman & Amy Grant to co-headline upcoming tour

“We are going to take people on a ‘Great Adventure.’ We’re gonna put their ‘Heart In Motion,’…I mean, ’Baby, Baby,’ that’s what is going to happen!” —Steven Curtis Chapman


Skillet owns biggest selling single in Christian music

Six years after release, song continues to dominate, named No. 1 Christian and No. 8 Rock Streaming Song of 2015   NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Upon RIAA 2x platinum certification and accumulating over 2.6 million in sales and streams, multi-platinum rock band Skillet ’s hit single “Monster” continues to live up to its name, now recognized as the biggest digital single in Christian music history. Even six years after its release, the song continues to dominate, touted by Billboard at the close of 2015 as both the No. 1 Christian, and No. 8 Rock streaming song of the year.  The band was also recognized as the No. 1 Christian and No. 9 Rock streaming artist of 2015 on Billboard ’s year-end charts. “2016 marks Skillet’s 20th anniversary, and the band has been with the Atlantic family for a dozen years now,” noted Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman .

Kinleigh to tour with Crabb, Owens, Kutless, 7eventh Time Down this Spring

Touring with Jason Crabb and Natasha Owens in February and Kutless, 7eventh Time Down and Natasha Owens in March! Meredith Kinleigh, emerging Christian music artist, hails from a quiet southern town where she writes of redemption, hardship and joy.  The 21-year-old singer-songwriter and worship leader, who signed with INOV8 Music Group earlier this year, reveals the inspiration for her new EP, “I went through a time of struggle during my late teens. It was a hard time because I was confronting a lot of uncertainty. God was using that time to strengthen me and prepare me for the future.“ The first time Kinleigh performed alone on stage, she was eleven. Over three separate church services, her voice reached thousands of people. Her debut song was “Only Hope” from the movie A Walk to Remember . “I was really nervous, extremely nervous,” Kinleigh says, recalling the first time she performed alone on stage. “But with each service I grew stronger.” Today, Kinleigh juggles the duties of ministry with her aspiring music career.

Randy Rogers on Changing Country Music, Texas Loyalty and Bad Queso

Randy Rogers is just not feeling this queso. Sitting in the subterranean “cellar room” of a West Nashville nuevo-southern restaurant, he and Geoffrey Hill, guitarist in the Randy Rogers Band, have barely touched their swirly, puffed-up chips and pot of peach-colored cheese dip, served in a little cast-iron skillet. There are other appetizers too; some sitting on suitably hip planks of wood, but nothing looks particularly ravaged. What they are both clutching tight, however, are familiar bottles of Coors Light, like the way shipwrecked sailors might cling to a buoy. Randy Rogers on New ‘Neon’ and Jamey Johnson Duet “I’ve been away from Texas ten, eleven days now,” Rogers tells Rolling Stone Country , seated in all black across from his bandmate, glancing at the comestibles before him with a few copies of their seventh LP, Nothing Shines Like Neon, on the table.

WOW Hits – 20th Anniversary Release Announced

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Capitol Christian Music Group , Provident Label Group and Word Entertainment announce the March 18, 2016 release of the ultimate collection from the WOW Hits brand – WOW Hits 20th Anniversary . The two CD set will include 30 iconic songs from the most significant artists in Christian music. Artists featured on the collection are Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, for KING & COUNTRY, Francesca Battistelli, MercyMe, Natalie Grant, Newsboys, Third Day, TobyMac and more.  The project also includes top songs such as “Who Am I,” “How Great Is Our God,” “By Your Side,” “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “Redeemed,” “Fix My Eyes” and many more.  See below for the complete track listing. “The WOW partnership was established in the summer of 1995 with the first release, WOW 1996 in November of 1995. Our goals were to introduce more people to the genre of Christian music by mirroring the pattern of the hugely popular pop compilation series in the UK, Now That’s What I Call Music , which combined the best songs and artists from across the industry,” explains Bill Hearn President/CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group. “Compilations were not a big part of the US market at the time and many people doubted the consumer would respond as they did in the UK.

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