You always hear about spring cleaning your closets, your house, your finances - but what about your music? As the weather heats up and the new season comes to life, why not set up some new playlists?
- Get your praise on with an Urban Gospel praise playlist
- Sing about Heaven with a Southern Gospel Playlist
- Be reminded that God does work miracles
- Never forget how much He loves you with a playlist filled with songs about God's love
- Remember that if you're struggling, you're not alone.
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John Schlitt and John Elefante have announced that later this year, they will be touring together on the Voices of Rock tour. While the two legends have worked together for years with both John and his brother Dino Elefante producing Petra albums, this will be the first time that the two legendary vocalists have shared the stage.
In a press release, Schlitt talked about the upcoming tour, saying, "John's career and my career cover many facets of music, in both the mainstream and Christian arenas. With the history of Kansas, Mastedon, Petra, Head East and our own solo projects, we can cover many subjects through a Christian perspective. By diving into these histories - both musically and spiritually - our concerts will not only be enjoyable and entertaining, but a valuable teaching tool as well. It's always a privilege to share the stage with an A-class artist and John Elefante certainly is one of them."
Elefante added, "John and I have a long and productive history together with Petra, but now we're teaming up as vocalists on the same stage. You'll hear our own history of rock, with songs from Kansas, Head East, Petra, and our current solo music. It's a new adventure that I'm really looking forward to."
Dates for the Voices of Rock tour will be announced later this year.
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This coming Saturday (May 31), Gracesfest SCV will kick off in Santa Clarita, California at Central Park from 1 to 9 pm. Building 429 and Manafest will headline the inaugural event put on by Kid's Charities of the SCV.
In September, Kid's Charities will host the 7th annual Gracefest AV in Antelope Valley. On the 12th, the annual Prayer Rally will start things off right with three solid hours of prayer. Then, on Saturday, September 13, the main event will kick off at 11:30 am and run until 9 pm. Headliners Jars of Clay, Kutless and Colton Dixon will provide plenty of amazing music.
Tickets run between $15 and $25 for each event and all proceeds go to Kid's Charities.
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The countdown in officially on. In two weeks, (on June 5th at 9 p.m. on GSN), Natalie Grant will take to the airways to help a church play matchmaker for a single congregation member. In the premiere episode, Angela Morgan, a 30-year-old engineer, will be the lady at the center of the attention. As her fellow parishioners present the candidates they feel are perfect matches, her pastor will help narrow down the field.
With no hot tubs, wild parties, cat fights or sex being snuck in to get a leg up on the competition, this reality romance show will be unlike any that are currently populating TV land.
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This week, Matthew West (who just won the Billboard Best Christian Song award earlier this week), shares a new song from his latest album that challenges fans to get up out of their comfort zone and do something.
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We will find out on Sunday, June 29th at 8 p.m. on BET when the winner is announced live.
Congrats to Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Tye Tribbett, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin and Tamela Mann. The five gospel stars have been nominated for the Best Gospel Artist award at the BET Awards.
Previous winners have been ...
- 2012 - Yolanda Adams
- 2011 - Mary Mary
- 2010 - Marvin Sapp
- 2009 - Mary Mary
- 2008 - Marvin Sapp
- 2007 - Kirk Franklin
- 2006 - Kirk Franklin
- 2005 - Donnie McClurkin
- 2004 - Yolanda Adams
- 2003 - Yolanda Adams
- 2002 - Yolanda Adams
- 2001 - Donnie McClurkin
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If you want to end your day (or start tomorrow) with praise, these 10 songs will definitely put you in the right place! From James Fortune & FIYA to Shekinah Glory Ministry, these songs will lift your heart and your spirit.
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Happy birthday to Marcos Witt, who turns 52 today!
This week, three more Christian artists have birthdays too... Phil Baquie (formerly of SONICFLOOd), Jeremy Holderfield of and Brian Calcara (formerly of Stellar Kart) will all be celebrating their big days as the week roll on.
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Jamie Grace is starting to book her summer shows and she has a handful already set up. This summer, you can catch her at some great festivals and theme parks.
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Lecrae has a busy summer ahead of him with solo dates already on the calendar and shows with label-mates Tedashii, and Andy Mineo.
Lecrae 2014 Concert Dates:
- May 8 - Little Rock, AR - First Security Amphitheater (with Tedashii)
- May 9 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis (with Tedashii)
- May 10 - Memphis, TN - Mud Island Amphitheater (with Tedashii)
- May 17 - Valdosta, GA - Wild Adventures Theme Park
- May 24 - Charlotte, NC - Joyfest
- June 14 - Charlotte, NC - Rock the Park (with Andy Mineo)
- June 16 - Daytona Beach, FL - Big Stuf Student Conference
- August 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Festival of Hope - Three Rivers
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