On December 6, 2013, the nominees for the 2014 GRAMMY Awards (56th annual) were announced during the CBS' The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! The biggest names of the night in Christian/Gospel music were Mandisa and Tye Tribbett, who each went home with three nods.
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As the year gets closer to being over, the charts offer new songs from four of our favorite artists ... Jamie Grace, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin and Jason Nelson all debut new tunes this week.
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This Christmas season, there are several really excellent new albums out there to choose from. Classic Christmas sounds meet rock, country, worship and pop, so regardless of what your style preference is, you're sure to find something you love.
One other project, while not by a "Christian band" (though the members are believers), can not go without getting a mention ... A Family Christmas by The Piano Guys (Purchase/Download) is stellar in every way. The musicianship is some of the best you'll hear anywhere and you're sure to smile all the way through.
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This past Saturday while the rest of us were facing yet another night of left-over turkey, Bill and Gloria Gaither were hard at work in Indianapolis, sharing Christmas music with the Gaither Homecoming Family and over 10,000 fans. They were also finishing up six months worth of work, raising money for Wheeler Mission. By the end of the night, the local businesses and fans had given over a half a million dollars to help the Mission help the area's homeless!
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It appears that the old rumor is circulating again that Gospel singer and actress Tamela Mann and her husband David Mann (also her co-star on "Meet The Browns") have gone home to God. There is no truth to the rumor now either! Tamela and David are both healthy and vibrant and looking forward to the Evangel Cathedral Christmas Play (in Upper Marlboro, MD), which Tamela will be starring in, alongside Marvin, Carvin and BeBe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Ledisi, Israel Houghton and Commissioned.
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The free Christmas carol for December 2nd is "Joy to the World" by The Citizens. The Mars Hills Music band combines massive bass licks with the light twinkles from a glockenspiel to deliver a sound reminiscent of the 60s.
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With stations in 46 or the 52 states, K-LOVE is one of the most listened to Christian radio stations in America. This Christmas season, they invite fans to join them and Feed The Children for the 2nd annual Christmas Tour to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Featuring Big Daddy Weave, for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews, the tour will kick off on December 4th in Greensboro, North Carolina and visit eight cities before the last show in Evansville, Indiana on December 15th.
K-LOVE Christmas Tour 2013 Dates:
- December 4 - Greensboro, NC - Christian City Church
- December 5 - Virginia Beach, VA - New Life Providence Church
- December 6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Amplify Church - Pittsburgh East Campus
- December 7 - Indianapolis, IN - Zionsville Performing Arts Center
- December 8 - Chicago, IL - Aurora Christian School
- December 11 - Lexington, KY - Porter Memorial Baptist Church
- December 12 - Nashville, TN - Brentwood United Methodist Church
- December 13 - Memphis, TN - Raleigh Assembly of God
- December 14 - Kansas City, KS - Cross Points Church
- December 15 - Evansville, IN - First Christian Church Newsburgh
Fans also have a chance to win a special Christmas guitar autographed by the bands when they enter on K-LOVE's website.
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On Sunday, December 1st at 4PM EST, Southern Gospel singer/songwriter Channing Eleton will host his first house concert through StageIt.com. Fans will join him (and a surprise guest) in his living room through the virtual show. He'll be performing songs from his first album, Summer Rains Have Gone, as well as a couple of tunes from his new project.
In a press release, Channing talked about the event, saying, "It will be a live and interactive concert from my living room, (at my piano). I'll be sharing some songs I've written, a Christmas song or two and a special surprise."
With only 46 "virtual seats" left, this event is selling fast. If you want to hear some great music without having to worry about parking, head over to stageit.com and get your ticket. In the spirit of giving, Eleton is even letting you pay what you can so tickets won't break your holiday budget.
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Since 2011, The Story Tour has delighted families with Christmas carols and the greatest story ever told. This year, once again, the tour will kick off in late November and run through mid-December. Sponsored by World Vision, The Story will feature Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, Nichole Nordeman, Rawsrvnt, Selah and Steven Curtis Chapman, along with renowned author and pastor, Randy Frazee and a full children's choir and orchestra.
The Story Tour Dates:
- November 29 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
- November 30 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
- December 2 - Tulsa, OK - SpiritBanks Event Center
- December 3 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Event Center
- December 5 - St Charles, MO - Family Arena
- December 6 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
- December 7 - Cypress, TX - Berry Center
- December 8 - Jonesboro, AR - Convocation Center
- December 9 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
- December 10 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center
- December 12 - Norfolk, VA - Scope Arena
- December 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center
- December 14 - Trenton, NJ - Sun National Bank Center
- December 15 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center
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