Gretchen Keskeys Returns with Sophomore Album ‘Pure Hope’


Just one year after the release of her debut album, singer-songwriter Gretchen Keskeys is back with her sophomore release, “Pure Hope” (Creative Soul Records) – available May 26, 2017 at all major digital outlets including iTunes.

Christian music fans quickly embraced Keskeys, who CCM Magazine Contributing Editor Andy Argyrakis said “may very well possess the most magnificent voice since Sandi Patty.” Keskeys spent the last year performing at events and women’s conferences nationwide, openly sharing her songs alongside an inspirational testimony detailing her miraculous deliverance from anxiety and depression.

From the outside, Keskeys would not appear to be the ideal candidate for crippling anxiety and depression. Her parents were the authors of the best-selling self-help book “I’m OK – You’re OK,” while her father was named by LIFE Magazine as “the father of pop psychology.” But it was her faith that proved to be the ultimate answer to paralyzing fear and insecurity.

Since the release of her debut album, Keskeys has connected with listeners from literally every walk of life, from fellow Christians at various stages in their faith, to those of any belief background struggling with addictions, some recovering from suffering abuse and others trying to get back on their feet following a season of homelessness. Keskeys’ own personal struggles have provided her with the unique ability to resonate with a vast audience facing unlimited circumstances. But she’s also quick to credit some of her previous experiences in the media and entertainment industries as giving her the proper tools to communicate to such a wide variety of people. Whether it was her earliest opportunities as a page at NBC, landing roles on a primetime special, several soap operas, writing for the nightly news,studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse or receiving her Screen Actors Guild card, the multitude of experiences forged a lifelong commitment to preparation and professionalism, and later provided inspiration for her as an artist.

“I think my favorite thing about writing the news was the ‘kickers,’ which is the last story of the newscast and one where you often get to have fun with plays on words,” she recalls. “I loved using my creativity writing those stories and I find songwriting has similarities searching for just the right word in the right spot to create the best story! In between acting and being an artist, I mostly missed expressing myself, but now in my music and worship leading, I have found that again and it brings me such joy to share my deepest heart for who Christ is, what He has done, what He is doing and what He promises to do. I am truly fulfilled.”

Produced by Eric Copeland for Creative Soul Records and mixed by GRAMMY winner Ronnie Brookshire (Michael McDonald, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patty), Keskey’s enlisted an all-star list of Nashville’s finest session players to bring her new songs to life. And while early indications are that “Pure Hope” will be well-received, Keskeys’ remains more focused on a higher purpose… “My greatest thrill is for these songs to be heard, enjoyed and to help people find hope in the Lord. A lot of the messages I receive and answer come from people who are really struggling, and oh how I understand. But I also know that everything people are needing and looking for is found in Christ! I just love ministering, connecting and sharing that hope!”

Link:

http://www.gretchenkeskeys.com

Source- Nashville Publicity Group

Hannah Kerr’s Debut Album Overflow


Youth For Tomorrow Announces Hannah Kerr as 1st Ambassador for Jodi McQueen Therapeutic Music & Arts Center and “YFT Heart Beats” Campaign

Nashville, Tennessee (April 2017) —- The debut album from Black River Christian singer/songwriter Hannah Kerr, Overflow, is now available at retail and continues to be offered at digital music outlets. At the same time, Kerr’s single “Radiate” hits No. 25 this week with 35 stations reporting airplay. Produced by Mark Miller (Casting Crowns, Sawyer Brown), Overflow highlights Kerr’s songwriting on seven of the 11 songs on the project, including her current single “Radiate.” Co-written with her brother, Josh, who has had two No. 1 country hits with the GRAMMY nominated Kelsea Ballerini, along with Jordan Reynolds.

“I’m so excited for the release of Overflow!,” exclaims Kerr. “This album is a product of the last three years of my life and the way God has moved and shaped me through them. I’m praying that the truth and love that He’s poured into me will overflow into the hearts of all who listen, and that lives will be impacted for the better.”

Another important announcement was made with Kerr being named the 1st Ambassador spokesperson for Youth For Tomorrow’s (YTF) new awareness and fundraising campaign, “YFT HeartBeats,” promoting the importance and impact of music and arts therapy.

Youth For Tomorrow, was founded in 1986 by legendary NFL Coach and NASCAR Team Owner, Joe Gibbs, and is based within the outskirts of the Nation’s Capital region in Bristow, Virginia. YFT provides five residential programs as a safe haven for at-risk teens whose lives are in crisis. In addition, the Behavioral Health programs provide children of all ages and families life changing therapeutic care for the overburdened child and family care systems. Last year Youth For Tomorrow served over 8,200 children, youth and families including veterans and members of the military.

“I feel so passionate about the work that Youth For Tomorrow is doing in the lives of young people, and I’m honored to be the first ambassador for this incredible organization,” says Kerr. “Youth For Tomorrow provides a place of growth, hope, and healing to teenagers who feel like they have nowhere to turn. I’m excited to be a part of reminding the young people who come to YFT that they are loved dearly by the Creator and that He has plans to give them hope as a future.”

http://www.hannahkerrmusic.com

Overflow Track Listing

01. Warrior – (Tami Hinesh/Alyssa Bonagura)
02. Undivided – (Hannah Kerr/Jon Newell/Scott Krippayne/Ron Robinson)
03. Radiate* – (Hannah Kerr/Josh Kerr/Jordan Reynolds)
04. Never Leave Your Side – (Hannah Kerr/Meredith Andrews/Jacob Sooter)
05. Your Love Defends Me- (Hannah Kerr/Matt Maher)
06. Overflow – (Hannah Kerr/Lindsey Sweat/Jonathan Smith)
07. I Stand Here- (Lindsey Sweat/Kipp Williams)
08. Lifeline – (Joel Houston/Melodie Wagner/Michael Fatkin/Renee Sieff)
09. Love I Leave – (Hannah Kerr/Josh Kerr/Tony Wood)
10. Mercy Won – (Lindsey Sweat/Justin Morgan)
11. Be Still and Know, Featuring Mark Hall – (Hannah Kerr/Jonathan Newell/Chad Cates)

*all songs produced by Mark A. Miller except for track 3, which was produced by Josh Kerr and Jordan Reynolds

Source- Bozeman Media

Jimmy Sisco’s 3 Song Acoustic EP Series


Recently released was Jimmy Sisco’s contribution to the 3 Song Acoustic EP series. As the singer/ guitarist/ songwriter for ABSOLVED and Platoon 1107, Jimmy has released some of the biggest, most aggressive music on Thumper Punk Records. For his 3 Song Acoustic EP, the music is delicate, balanced and soulful, with one track of 70s era folk and two readings of Old Testament scripture over ambient backgrounds. The first song “Son of the Wind” was written by country-western artist Jim Sisco, Sr., in 1970, and recorded by his son Jimmy in the days prior to his father’s death from cancer. Recorded from the most sincere and loving place in one’s heart, Son of the Wind is a tribute to a son’s love for his father.

Chapters One and Two of The Book of Haggai were recited from the King James Version. These songs present experimental ambient soundscapes below the sounds of Biblical text recitation. This is not Holy Scripture set to music…this is music set to Holy Scripture.

Track listing:

1. Son of the Wind
2. The Book of Haggai: Chapter One
3. The Book of Haggai: Chapter Two

Available as limited edition 7″ vinyl from the TPR webstore (http://thumperpunkrecords.storenvy.com) and for digital download on iTunes, AmazonMP3, and from all the usual suspects. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jimmy Sisco.

The 3 Song Acoustic series features a monthly EP release from legends, friends and artists involved with the JCHC scene.

Source- Thumper Punk Records (http://www.thumperpunkrecords.com) helps artists record, produce and distribute music that reflects a positive, Christ-centered message.

Sarah Reeves Releases New Single, “Nowhere”


April 2017 – Nashville, TN – Word Records’ pop singer, up-and-comer Sarah Reeves, released her brand new single “Nowhere” across all major digital platforms today. The entrancing, electro-pop track is the first song from her forthcoming Word Records debut album. With soaring vocals, the inspiring and danceable song was created after working her way out of an intensely trying phase of life and love.

Fans who visit http://www.SarahReevesMusic.com today can enter to win a video call and other prizes directly from the singer-songwriter herself. Fans will be automatically registered when they log into the site via Spotify to stream “Nowhere” and share the track via their social pages.

A featured artist on this years’ Winter Jam Tour which just wrapped up last week, Reeves performed to half a million fans. Meanwhile, the singer has already amassed 100,000 followers on YouTube while collecting upwards of 16 million views showcasing her versions of songs which have impacted her soul. She has also written songs for artists including Kari Jobe, Natalie Grant and Jesus Culture.

Currently in the studio working on her full length album, “Nowhere” spotlights a new and expanded sound from Reeves, who expresses, “This new musical direction has been stirring in my heart and mind. I’ve found such freedom and my soul has come alive more than ever while working in the studio. I can’t wait for the world to hear it!”

Fans can also tune-in this weekend to see Reeves perform with Kirk Franklin on “The 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards,” premiering on TV One Sunday, April 9th at 6PM ET, with encore airings at 8PM and 11PM ET.

For more information: please visit SarahReevesMusic.com / FB @sarahreevesmusic Follow: @sarahreeves

Source- PR & Media Strategy

“Creation’s Song” From Janet Blair’s Debut, ‘Songs for the Waiting’


A classically trained pianist and symphonic oboist turned Nashville-produced singer-songwriter Janet Blair’s new single, ‘Creation’s Song,’ is an up-tempo piano driven worship track that’s filled with power vocals. The track is taken from her upcoming debut release, “Songs for the Waiting,” due out April 7th.

“Listen to “Creation’s Song”

Blair’s life took a radical change after the unexpected death of a friend’s child. She recalls, “I was overwhelmed with hopelessness, when at 2 AM when God reminded me of where my hope is. He gave me a song. So I got out of bed, sat down at my piano and I wrote it out – my unexpected, unasked-for first song.”

The entire album is filled with songs that offer up lyrics of hope and finding God’s love in the midst of sorrowful times set to styles ranging from worship to pop. “Eternity Grows,” even has an electro under current that runs throughout it.

Website: https://www.janetblairmusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JanetBlairMusic

Cana’s Voice Releases First Music Video for “All My Reasons Are You”

(Photo: Cana’s Voice at Video Shoot Left to Right: Doug Anderson, Jody McBrayer, TaRanda Greene)


Trio Performing at National Day of Prayer Dinner Gala May 1st

Nashville, Tenn. (March 2017) —- One of the premiere vocal groups in Christian music, Cana’s Voice, has released their first music video for “All My Reasons Are You.” The upbeat song is from the trio’s current album, This Changes Everything, and was co-written by the album’s producer and Stowtown Records executive, Wayne Haun and multi-award winning songwriter, Joel Lindsay. Scott Godsey, from Godsey & Associates, filmed the music video in Nashville, Tennessee, with lyrics that Today’s Christian Entertainment says, “recognizes that God is the Provider, source of Hope & sole Reason that we exist. He should always be the Reason for everything we do in this life He has given us.” The music video received 50,000 views in the first week and can be viewed HERE.

Cana’s Voice members, Jody McBrayer, TaRanda Greene and Doug Anderson, are currently on tour with Mark Lowry’s “Diapers 2 Depends Tour” through late April. On May 1, the group will perform at the National Day of Prayer dinner gala and will share the stage with Anne Graham Lotz, along with attendees that will include Congressional and Christian leaders. Later that month, Cana’s Voice will perform with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in Brooklyn, New York, and will join Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Point Alaska Cruise and Dr. Charles Stanley In Touch Ministries Alaska Cruise in July.

Cana’s Voice music spans a broad range of genres within the Christian industry, and they have just been honored with a nomination in the New Artist category from the 2017 Singing News Fan Awards Top Ten Nominations. The awards ceremony will take place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee later this year.

For continued update about Cana’s Voice: http://www.stowtownrecords.com; http://www.jodymcbrayer.com; http://www.tarandamusic.com; http://www.dougandersonmusic.com.

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“All My Reasons Are You” lyrics

I breathe, because you give me Breath.
I walk, because you are my step.
I sing, because you are the melody.
And I am, because you say that I am.
Could it be that,

You’re the reason I live,
The reason I love.
The reason I always have enough.
You’re the reason I laugh,
The reason I smile,
The reason I’m standing all the while.
You’re the reason for everything I do.
Oh, it’s true. All my reasons are you.

You are the meaning of it all,
You speak, and make the nations fall.
You dance, and all creation moves with praise,
You are faith, you are hope, you are light,
You are grace, and…

You’re the reason I live,
The reason I love.
The reason I always have enough.
You’re the reason I laugh,
The reason I smile,
The reason I’m standing all the while.
You’re the reason for everything I do.
Oh, it’s true. All my reasons are you.

We both know that I’m lost without you,
Oh, I wanna be so about you,
Every minute I want to shout just so that everybody knows…
You’re the reason I live,
The reason I love.
The reason I always have enough.
You’re the reason I laugh,
The reason I smile,
The reason I’m standing all the while.
You’re the reason for everything I do.
Oh, it’s true. All my reasons are you.

You’re the reason for everything I do.
It’s true, all my reasons are you.
Oh yes, all my reasons are you.

Source- Bozeman Media

North Point InsideOut to Release New EP Nothing Ordinary April 7th


Nashville, Tenn. (March 2017) —- North Point InsideOut will release its first project for Centricity Music on April 7th.

Nothing Ordinary will feature five songs that were written and performed by North Point InsideOut worship leaders,
musicians and songwriters. The first single, “Death Was Arrested,” is already having a powerful impact at Christian radio.

“Finally, a worship song that has movement, tempo and a story about a love that will never leave you or forsake you,” said Rodney Miller, Assistant Program Director, The Fish LA. “Listeners will instantly remember the day they first heard, ‘Death Was Arrested,’ as the powerful song will have an impact in their own lives.”

The concept for “Death Was Arrested” came from North Point drummer, Brandon Coker, after seeing a tombstone while visiting his uncle in St. Mary’s, Ga. It partially said, “Death arrested his progress.” It was two and a half years later when the tune came to fruition at a North Point student camp where several InsideOut band members, including Coker, were tossing around ideas for songs. They were focusing on making freedom, beauty, and grace the theme to weave throughout “Death Was Arrested.” With powerful lyrics, Alone in my sorrow dead in my sin/Lost without hope with no place to begin/Your love made a way to let mercy come in/When death was arrested and my life began, the song immediately resonates with listeners and has been recorded by such major artists as Laura Story and Aaron Shust.

North Point InsideOut is a division of North Point Ministries, and the church will host a major music event in their hometown of Atlanta, Ga. at the Infinite Energy Arena (formerly Gwinnett Center) on March 26. It will be an early launch for Nothing Ordinary, with 10,000 people invited to the concert. Tickets are now on sale for the event and can be purchased at http://www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

About Centricity Music

Centricity Music was founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity. Based in Franklin Tenn., artists include Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Carrollton, Grayson Reed, Jared Anderson, Jason Gray, JJ Weeks Band, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle and Unspoken. The company’s mission is to enable their artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. Providing label, management and publishing services, Centricity is a family owned organization and they like it that way. For more information on Centricity Music visit http://www.centricitymusic.com.

About North Point Ministries

In 2010, North Point Ministries launched North Point Music to bring local worship leaders, musicians and songwriters together to inspire a generation and influence the church. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based record label and music publishing company has a strong foundation from which to pursue its mission. Led by best-selling author, communicator and pastor Andy Stanley, North Point Ministries was founded in 1995 with the vision of creating churches that unchurched people love to attend. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 25 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 70,000 people weekly. The ministry’s broadcast television show, Your Move, airing after Saturday Night Live (SNL), reaches over 1 million viewers every week in 22 markets. Continued updates on North Point Ministries are available at http://www.northpoint.org.

Source- Bozeman Media

Eddy Mann and Madelyn Victoria Both Win Akademia Awards

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Philly singer-songwriter Eddy Mann and Texas country artist, Madelyn Victoria were both named winners of the February 2017 Akademia Awards. Eddy won Best Christian/ Gospel Song. Madelyn won Best Country Song.

MTS Management Group is pleased to announce Eddy Mann and Madelyn Victoria are winners in the February 2017 Akademia Awards. Mann, an inspirational singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, won for Best Christian/Gospel Song, “The Consequence.” Madelyn Victoria, a Harlingen, Texas, country singer-songwriter, won for Best Country Song, “Wild Ride.” She is a previous Akademia Award winner for Best Country Song, “He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor.” This is the first win for Mann.

Akademia Award Winners are determined by the general voting process held by an expert panel of six judges, who are all former senior executives and industry veterans, from some of the largest record companies. Past winners include country rocker, Chase Allan; Grammy Winner, Ricky Kej; and Music Row-charting Swedish artist, Hicks.

“I am so proud of both Eddy and Madelyn,” said Michael Stover of MTS Management Group. “Both artists are extremely talented and driven, and to have them recognized by leaders in the industry is a tremendous and well-deserved honor.”

Watch Eddy Mann’s lyric video, “The Consequence” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR6G775j7VU.

Watch a video for “Wild Ride” by Madelyn Victoria at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88HOScEY6GE.

ABOUT AKADEMIA AWARDS: Located in Los Angeles, California, The Akademia Music Awards is dedicated to recognizing excellence in music throughout the world and supporting musicians interested in receiving a higher degree of market exposure and professional recognition for their work.

ABOUT EDDY MANN: A worship leader for fifteen years, it was twenty years ago that Philadelphia’s Eddy Mann made the decision to offer his creative gifts to God. Since then he’s released eight CDs and written countless songs for the church and world at large. A tireless and in-demand performer, Eddy performs a rigororous schedule of intimate coffeehouse sets, concert events, conferences, and worship services. Eddy has received coverage by major music publications, and his music has charted on national airplay charts. Mann is currently on tour, and a winner at the 2016 International Music and Entertainment Association Awards and the Kindred Awards. For more information about Eddy Mann, visit http://www.eddymann.com.

ABOUT MADELYN VICTORIA: Madelyn Victoria is a chart-topping, award-winning vocalist, singer/songwriter and pageant veteran from the deep south of Harlingen, TX. Her single, “He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor” reached #1 on the am/fm country charts in 2016. A former Radio Disney Superstar of Dallas, Madelyn was also a winner at the 2007 Modeling Association of America International Competition and Convention. She was also named 2009 Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo Queen, Miss Texas Homecoming Queen, 2nd Runner Up for Americas Homecoming Queen, as well as being named her own high school’s Homecoming Queen. A diverse vocalist, Madelyn has won accolades in both Opera and Mariachi studies. More recently Madelyn Victoria and her band have opened for some of the biggest names in country music, including Easton Corbin, Turnpike Troubadours, Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Fowler, Clay Walker, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and more. Madelyn also gives back to her community, by volunteering at local Motor Training events for special needs children, singing to the children at hospitals and rehab centers and by starting her own annual event called “Octave Higher Christmas” for children. She will be performing during CMA Fest 2016 in Nashville. For more information, please visit http://www.madelynvictoriamusic.com.

Source- MTS Management Group

Thumper Punk Records Announces the Release of ‘Kill The Ill’, a Benefit Compilation for Shawn Browning

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Thumper Punk Records is pleased to announce the release of “KILL THE ILL, a Benefit Compilation for Shawn Browning. This compilation features songs donated by 80 bands to raise money for medical expenses for the owner of Rottweiler Records and lead singer for the band Grave Robber. Shawn has only asked for prayers, but this fundraiser reflects an outpouring of love and support for a person who has done so much to support the Christian hard music scenes. Coming together in less than two weeks, all proceeds from the release of this multi-genre, multi-language release go directly to Shawn for medical expenses. $10 (or more at your discretion) for 80 tracks with more than 4 hours of music plus a special guest appearance by Pastor Bob Beeman. This release is available exclusively through Bandcamp:

https://shawnbrowningfundraiser.bandcamp.com/album/kill-the-ill-a-benefit-compilation-for-shawn-browning

Participating bands include Grave Robber, True Liberty, The Festal Shout, Pleading Guilty, uniSEF, Reforma Protestante, Band Grano, Cross-Check, CPR, INFIRMITIES, Soldados de Deus, Undefiled, Platoon 1107, Josiah, Dismissed, Spirit and the Bride, To Live As Sons, Kings & Daughters, 2 Minute Minor, Dangerous Minds, Doomsday Hymn, Skald In Veum, Forfeit Thee Untrue, Eleos, Aggelos, The Autumn League, Pantokrator, O Wretched Man, Anschluss Amor, Death Requisite, Immortal Souls, Soul Embraced, judgement Day, Lights To Lights, Kneel, The Poor Geezers, Abby Nicole, JohnnyBoy, Sef Idle, Rob Lanterman, Doug Jutras, Crossing Fire, Light The Way, Kept On Hold, Vamoosery, Peter118, No Lost Cause, A Broken Line, Faith Offends Reason, The Bricks, Living Fire, The B-Listers, Ambassadors of Shalom, Christ’s Sake, The WAY, Fear God, Senseless, False Idle, October Bird of Death, CRUSH, ABSOLVED, A Common Goal, The Kings Kids,Unshackled, Anti-World System, The Hoax, The Old-timers, Lust Control, Desiring Dead Flesh, Introdos Band, The Plank Eyed Saints, Broken, The Ben Aldrich Project, Suplica HC, Ospreyshire, Skree Alleen, Blindfold Execution, Taking The Head Of Goliath, and Their Throats Are Open Tombs.

Source- Thumper Punk Records helps artists record, produce and distribute music that reflects a positive, Christ-centered message.

John’s Crossing new video for “Revelation Song”

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John’s Crossing welcomes you with open arms to join us in seeking the truth & loving justice of God’s reign in our own lives and the world around us.

We offer with a radical welcome to both believers and seekers, powerful spirituality & joyful worship. We invite you to make John’s Crossing a part of your life.

Our first goal was to build a music school and a fine recording studio where we can develop the talent in the surrounding areas. This was completed in early 2016. The main purpose of this entertainment facility was most importantly to house In-Site Records.

John’s Crossing “Revelation Song” Official Music Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRZh2NQCUrc

This Christian Record Company’s first release is from John’s Crossing featuring John Albino: Writer, producer, vocalist and extraordinary guitarist, Bridget Larson: Vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, and the legendary lead guitarist from rock group Anthrax, Dan Spitz. All artists are from different backgrounds and have their own stories to tell regarding their journey to Christ.

http://www.insiterecords.com

Source- Rive Video Promotion