IMMERSE, the Gospel Music Association's sixth annual conference for developing artists, songwriters and worship leaders, is right around the corner. The 4-day event will be held from June 22-25, 2014 at the LifeWay Christian Resources corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Offering classes, competitions and networking events, concerts and mentoring from top artists and industry execs, IMMERSE has one main purpose - "to equip artists to take the next step in an environment of excellence and encouragement." Staying true to the Gospel Music Association's mission to "expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music," IMMERSE will "inspire creativity, foster community and advance education, while keeping its focus solely on Christ."
The 2014 event will offer classes and seminars in music business, worship leading, songwriting and artist development. Each will be taught by industry leaders from companies like Capital Christian Music Group, eOne Entertainment, LifeWay Worship, Provident Music Group, True Artist Management, and Word Entertainment. The reVIEWyou program, a track that combines mentoring with a songwriting and performance competition, will be on the program again this year to help shape and scout emerging talent.
2014 Artist Line-Up:
Shelly E. Johnson
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This week we have a new number one and a new song from Tamela Mann! There are also wonderful tunes from artists like 7eventh Time Down, Hezekiah Walker and Jamie Grace.
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We always here about the streets of gold in Heaven and how amazing it will be. The question is, have you ever really thought about what Heaven will really be like? These songs all give their take on that very question.
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This week, the new kid on the block in the way of songs is the new tune from Mary Mary's Erica Campbell with special guest Lecrae.
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A reader writes - "I have been a longtime fan of Mark Lowry and was so disappointed to hear that he had left the Gaither Vocal Band. What is he doing now?"
Answer - Mark is busy appearing with other southern Gospel groups and solo artists while making some solo appearances himself.
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Brian Free and Assurance are celebrating their single, "Say Amen," with a contest. They are inviting fans to share their "amen stories" - sharing how God has worked wonders in their lives. The winner will see their story come to life in a music video for the song as well as getting a copy of the video itself and the new album.
The contest runs until April 15, 2014. To enter, e-mail your story to email@example.com. Brian Free and Assurance and Daywind Music Group will select and announce the winner on Friday, April 18, 2014.
How amazing would it be to have one of the top Southern Gospel groups share your God moment with the world?
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On June 9, 2014, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, will kick off its largest North American arena tour in its 40 year history. With a star-studded cast of names like Brandon Boyd (Incubus), JC Chasez (*NSYNC), Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), John Lydon and Ben Forster, the music promises to be amazing. But what of the premise behind the musical? For years, many Christians would not go see a performance because a.) the writers look liberties with the events in the last week of Jesus' life and b.) the Resurrection is not included.
What are your thoughts? Do you think it's OK to go see the musical because you know the difference between the Gospels and fiction or do you believe that turning the last week of our Lord's life into a musical is too much? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Are you ready for new music? This week four new songs hit the charts! Listen for great tunes from Newsboys, Mali Music, JJ Weeks Band and Rend Collective.
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Ringtones are big business and a great way to hear snippets of your favorite songs anytime your phone rings. Of course, if you are extremely popular and your phone rings off of the hook, it can also be a great way to burn out on a song rather quickly!
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My husband is fond of saying, "You can't kill rock 'n roll" and over the years, he's been proven right time and time again. Top Christian rockers like Switchfoot and Sanctus Real represent the guys with Rebecca St. James and Natalie Grant representing the ladies of rock.
Sadly, there are some out there who say there is "no such thing as Christian rock" because anything with edge (bass, electric guitar, drums) is "off the devil." They've obviously never listened to a Christian rock song and paid attention to the lyrics!
I see the world through my jaded eyes
I get frustrated when there is no Why
I put my focus on worthless things
Even the strong fall to their knees
God only knows what we all need
(From Building 429's song, "Wrecking Ball (Press On)")
How can this not be considered Christian based just because there are guitars, bass and drums?
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