NewSong “Swallow The Ocean” Album Review

Newsong has been a staple in the Christian Music
industry dating back to 1980, and along the way they
have seen no end of success, from being the founders
of the Winter Jam Festival even to the extent of
achieving a number one mainstream hit in the
holiday classic “The Christmas Shoes.” Enter Swallow
the Ocean, the 18th album studio release in the bands
history. Now, the debate between the respective
importance of ministry and artistry probably dates
back to before Alexander the Great, so I doubt there
is anything more that I can add to it that hasn’t
already been said. Anyone who is familiar with
Newsong knows that anything they give us is going to
be made with pure hearts and pure intentions, and
their message is going to be 100% fully Christ-
centered. For that, I applaud them and can fully
recommend them to those seeking an album with
those qualities. But 11 AC radio singles on one
compact disc that are designed to meet the lowest
common denominator for listenership does not great
art make.
In all honesty, the first impression that this album
gives is actually quite positive, and many might think
they will be pleasantly surprised. First of all, Swallow
the Ocean is a great title. The imagery there is great,
as is the concept behind it. Newsong’s multi-
instrumentalist Matt Butler said, “If we were to fill
the entire ocean with ink, and if we were to take pens
and try to write the love of God across the sky, we
would drain the entire ocean dry and still not even
come close to touching the surface of God’s greatness
and the bigness of His love.” Somewhere in this
concept, there is a really good album. Was this to be a
precursor to an original and praiseworthy new
project? Well, the opening song, “All I Need,” doesn’t
really raise those hopes, but it certainly doesn’t make
them crash and burn (was there actually some crunch
in that guitar in the hook?) Even “Choose to Love”
doesn’t dash all hope thanks to another catchy hook
and some more impressive made-for-radio
production. But by the time the title-track comes
around (that is, the track that theoretically realizes
the vision of the quote above), then all hope of an
original project is pretty much gone. In the end, this
album is exactly what could have been expected from
Newsong: approximately a dozen uplifting, made-for-
radio songs with straightforward and clichéd lyrics
heard on dozens of other worship releases set to
impressive production of unimpressive music mixed
with some catchy hooks.
God knows no one can fault Newsong for intentions.
In a way, they are merely doing exactly what they
need to do to reach the greatest number of people.
How can one possibly criticize that? But the ultimate
result from a musical standpoint is nothing less than
repetitive and tiresome. In a way, it is kind of ironic
(and, quite frankly, a little insulting) that the concept
behind the album is that even the ocean cannot
contain enough ink to write everything about God,
but the actual writing on this album is nothing that
hasn’t been written before. But the thing that is the
most bothersome is that Newsong is absolutely
capable of making truly great music. They have
enough budget, they have talented producers, they
have many talented instrumentalists, and I’m sure
someone in this 7-person group is a truly talented
songwriter. I dearly hope they realize that they have
made enough of the “same old same old,” and it is
time to move onto something new. It may involve
them stepping out of their comfort zone a little, but I
also know that God does not call us to live in our own
comfortable little world either. So please Newsong,
create for us a new song. I eagerly long to hear it!

Record Label: HHM Records
Album length: 11 tracks: 43 minutes, 49 seconds
Street Date: February 26, 2013
Buy It: AmazonMP3 (Deluxe Edition)
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1. All We Need (4:03)
2. Choose To Love (4:10)
3. Swallow The Ocean (Coming Alive)(3:45)
4. Never Be Another (3:31)
5. In Jesus’ Name (3:31)
6. Who Loved You First (3:52)
7. Every Victory (4:17)
8. Our Reward (4:01)
9. As It Is In Heaven (3:21)
10. Could It Be (4:28)
11. In Christ Alone (4:55)
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
12. Creator (3:52)
13. Only Children (3:42)
14. Furious (3:55)

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Hillsong “Zion” Review

Through the years, listeners have received multiple
offerings from the Australian mega church, Hillsong.
They have produced some of the most congregational
contemporary songs that are sung around the world
while also producing some of the most mundane
songs as well. However, after Hillsong United’s last
release Aftermath, there were some blazing
improvements that seemed to be signs of change.
With their latest album, Zion, there is not just
change, but a complete overhaul.
The album opens with the electronic-driven
“Relentless.” Musically, this sets the stage for the
entire album, which is a great thing, with the
synthesizer and bass filling every crevice of the track.
Vocally, Matt Crocker is at his finest and the
harmonies compliment his sound so perfectly.
Seamlessly, this transitions to the tribal yet militant
sounding “Up in Arms.” Lyrically, the song expresses
the believers’ response to the grace and beauty of
Christ. This theme is echoed in the songs “Stay and
Wait,” “Mercy Mercy,” “Heartbeats,” and “A Million
Suns.” But each track is distinctive in nature and
delivery, making them all very enjoyable.
“Scandal of Grace” introduces the soft sounds of
United as the acoustic guitar simply strums while
Crocker sings, “Grace what have you done. Murdered
for me on that cross… the scandal of grace, you died
in my place, now my soul will live.” It truthfully is
some of the most poetically sobering lyrics that the
group has written to date. “Oceans (Where Feet May
Fail)” continues with a more intimate tone and will
surely grasp the heart of the listener as the song
reiterates, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without
boarders, let me walk upon the waters wherever you
would call me.” The music builds and builds to a
gorgeous climax that will pull on your heartstrings
whilst being encouraged by the faith that only the
Holy Spirit can give.
An incredible highlight is “Love is War,” featuring
United veteran Jad Gilles. The track’s assertiveness is
excellent and bears a passionate chorus that is sure to
have listeners wanting to lift a clenched fist in the air.
Paired up with this track is “Nothing Like Your Love”
and the title track, “Zion.” Listening to them all
together, it feels as if they are just movements within
one large composition – which makes this portion of
the album that much more special.
The album concludes with another pairing of sorts–
think cheese and fruit–with “Tapestry” and “King of
Heaven.” The former delivers a more organic sound
that sings a simple praise of how delicate yet strong
the grace of God is and how it is weaved into our
lives. The latter and final track is a magnificent
conclusion to the album that sings of Christ’s tearing
of the veil between God and His creation. Either one
of these tracks could have concluded the album, but
I’m glad they chose the way in which they ended it.
As a special treat, listeners should skip buying the
normal edition and should instead get the deluxe
version. Tracks like “Arise” and “Mountain” offer
something outside the musical realm of Zion but fit
in well with the collection. Plus, the remixes are very
unique and creative.
Simply put, this album is pretty amazing. From
beginning to end, if you can’t find anything to like
then you probably aren’t sure what you’re looking for
in the first place. The production is so well executed
that, honestly, you might even question if you
purchased the right album because this ain’t your
old-fashioned Hillsong. If this album is the new
standard in “typical” worship music, or music in
general for that fact, then it can only go up from here.
Well done, Hillsong United, we tip our hats to your
art.

Over their fifteen-year
recording history,
Hillsong United has
released a boatload of live
albums, most of which
sound nearly identical. But
they’ve also released a
couple of studio albums,
where they’ve shown
potential as a band of
musical artists. Their last
such album, Aftermath,
had this decidedly non-
Hillsong fan tipping his
proverbial cap a little, and
with 2013’s studio album,
Zion, the cap is tipping just
a little bit more. Where
Zion first earns points with
me is that it reminds me
quite a bit of Lovelite’s
latest album, In Three
Persons. Some 80s pop era
synth is used throughout,
combined with thoughtful
indie pop that makes it a
real treat to listen to. The
second set of points that
Zion earns is due to the
lack of any songs along the
lines of previous United
songs like “Go,” “Freedom
Is Here,” or “One Way.” No,
United admirably steers
clear of the fast pulse-
inducing, marshmallow
fluff tracks, replacing them
instead with smart
songwriting and a stronger
emphasis on worshipping
Jesus through art than
merely with nice words
about Him. Of course, the
opening track “Relentless”
may make a valid case for a
rebuttal of that statement,
but musically, the new
wave influence overpowers
the powerpop. Now, with
all that being said, this is
still Hillsong United.
Despite the different sound,
it’s easy to tell that this is
the same band we’ve gotten
to know. The beginning of
the album is especially
telling, but all throughout
Zion, we hear melodies and
lyrics that have fallen right
off of the Hillsong tree, just
in much less abundance.
The first two tracks,
“Relentless” and “Up In
Arms,” are the worst
offenders, but I use the
term very loosely, as they’re
still decent and listenable.
The highlights of Zion
include “Stay and Wait,”
“Nothing Like Your Love,”
“Arise,” and the deluxe
edition remix tracks (for
lack of a better term). If
you’re like me, and the only
United album you’ve even
remotely cared for is
Aftermath, you’ll want to
check out Zion. Not only is
it the best album United
has ever released, it’s one of
the best mainstream
worship albums I’ve heard
in a long time. – Scott
Fryberger, 2/16/13
Record Label: Sparrow Records / Hillsong
Album length: 13 tracks: 70 minutes, 16 seconds
Album length: 18 tracks: 96 minutes, 59 seconds
(Deluxe)
Street Date: February 26, 2013
Buy It: iTunes
Buy It: iTunes (Deluxe)
Buy It: Amazon.com
Buy It: Amazon.com (Deluxe)
1. Relentless (5:09)
2. Up In Arms (4:28)
3. Scandal Of Grace (4:06)
4. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (8:56)
5. Stay and Wait (5:13)
6. Mercy Mercy (4:41)
7. Love Is War (7:15)
8. Nothing Like Your Love (5:51)
9. Zion (Interlude) (3:32)
10. Heartbeats (3:53)
11. A Million Suns (5:06)
12. Tapestry (6:42)
13. King Of Heaven (5:29)
DELUXE BONUS TRACKS:
14. Arise (3:14)
15. Mountain (7:10)
16. Mercy Mercy (4:10)
17. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (6:59)
18. Stay And Wait (5:11)

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Plumb, “Need You Now” Review

From her early days leading an alt rock band to
crossing genres as a solo artist, Plumb’s Tiffany Lee
has nearly done it all. Her voice has influenced the
likes of Evanescence’s Amy Lee and brought her into
the dance club charts, while her songs have been
featured in TV and film (like Jim Carrey’s Bruce
Almighty), as well as become Christian radio hits.
Through it all, she also finds the balance between a
strong career and life as a wife and mother of three.
Perhaps then it’s no surprise that, except for a hits
record and a few new singles teasing the promise of
something new, things have seemed relatively quiet in
the past few years.
Nearly six years have gone by since her last proper
full-length release, Blink, and even that was a big style
departure, trading in edgy alt rock for gentle lullabies
and ballads. Rumors of new music have been buzzing
for a while, and after a title change and several
release date moves, her sixth studio album, Need You
Now has arrived as a return to form, an eclectic
mix of hooky pop and rock songs that present a
multi-faceted portrait of an accomplished artist and
a regular woman with a story to tell.
By the time the opening of “Invisible” rumbles in and
introduces her distinctive voice, it’s clear this is
Plumb back to what she does best: darkly melodic,
yet hopeful alternative rock. Or at least, that’s mostly
what happens. Need You Now shows off the different
sounds she perfected in her 2006 release Chaotic
Resolve. It’s all here: the raging rock grit of “Invisible”
and “Cage,” the ethereal pop vibe of “Drifting” and
“Need You Now,” and the playful romantic tunes
“One Drop” and “Chocolate and Ice Cream,” with
even a dance remix of “I Don’t Deserve You” for good
measure.
Even from the early days, her songwriting has never
shied away chronicling the darker side of emotion,
dealing with abuse, depression, and insecurities while
offering hope. The vulnerability that moved and
endeared her fans with songs like “Damaged” and
“Cut” continues, yet it feels even more personal this
time around. A highlight on this record is “Beautiful,”
a pop song with a bit of an 80’s vibe that examines
insecurities, the complex nature of marriage, and
wonder at enduring love that can still say “you’re
beautiful, so beautiful to me.” The theme is echoed
toward the love of God as well in “I Don’t Deserve
You,” a ballad inspired by the story of the Prodigal
Son (“And when I walk away / You take off running
and come right after me / It’s what you do / And I
don’t deserve you.”)
The radio hit “Need You Now” subtly references her
personal struggles with anxiety and panic attacks
(“How many times have you given me strength to just
keep breathing?”), while “Cage” makes a surprising
twist toward the end of the record and crackles with
emotion as it describes the struggle with failure and
depression. But balancing out the darkness is a
measure of joy, and “One Drop” brings one of the
most lighthearted moments on the record. With an
infectious pop hook and cheerful ukelele, the answer
is found in “just one drop of your love.”
Though it might seem all over the place on first listen,
it turns out that this record is a portrayal of life’s
complexity, all wrapped in a variety of musical styles,
a powerful yet vulnerable voice, and emotional and
lyrical honesty. Those who have been waiting for
more of what Plumb does best will find a lot to love in
Need You Now, as it shows off the many sides of
Tiffany Lee and makes another strong entry in her
career’s beautiful history.
Plumb’s long delayed
Need You Now gives new
life to the old adage that
‘some things are worth
waiting for’. From the
distorted guitars and
soulful wailing of
opening number
“Invisible” to the slowly
building crescendo of
closer “At Arm’s
Length” (where the lyrics
reference the album’s
former title, Faster Than
A Bullet), Plumb delivers
sounds that will appeal
to old fans, with new
textures that will appeal
to a broad spectrum of
pop music listeners. Dan
Hasteltine (a former
lablemate and a
producer on Plumb’s first
album back in 1997)
shows up for a
powerhouse duet of hope
in “Drifting,” a song for
those who find
themselves “farther from
the shore.” A sweet
ukulele strum forms the
foundation of “One
Drop,” a song that would
rule most pop radio
charts if given the
chance.
It is in the small (and
sometimes
uncomfortable) details of
everyday life that Plumb
shines the brightest.
“Beautiful” is an ode to a
spouse who does not
always get treated
properly, but responds
gracefully nonetheless.
“Chocolate & Ice Cream”
is a sweet song of
domestic bliss and “I
Don’t Deserve You” is an
honest parental look at
the long, long road of
raising a child. Put all
these themes and sounds
together and they add up
to one of the best releases
of the year. – Tincan
Caldwell, 2/25/13
Record Label: Curb Records
Album length: 13 tracks: 51 minutes, 23 seconds
Street Date: February 26, 2013
Buy It: iTunes
Buy It: Amazon.com
1. Invisible (3:38)
2. Drifting (w/ Dan Haseltine) (3:13)
3. Beautiful (4:32)
4. One Drop (3:54)
5. I Want You Here (5:14)
6. Say Your Name (3:23)
7. Unlovable (3:55)
8. Need You Now (How Many Times) (4:14)
9. Chocolate & Ice Cream (3:21)
10. I Don’t Deserve You (4:12)
11. Cage (3:19)
12. At Arm’s Length (5:02)
13. I Don’t Deserve You (with Paul van Dyk)
(3:32)

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NEWSBOYS KICKED OFF THEIR “GOD’S NOT DEAD TOUR” SPRING LEG TO SELL- OUT SHOWS Tour Also Features Building 429, Britt Nicole, All Things New, And New Duo CAMPBELL

Newsboys’
hugely successful “God’s Not Dead Tour” spring leg is
fully underway with eight tour dates already
completed – seven which were in front of sellout
crowds! With the tour now in full swing, the band is
ramping up for more sellout crowds and more added
dates to their 30+ nationwide tour. The most
updated tour schedule is listed below.
All concertgoers can anticipate getting to hear many
of the band’s biggest No. 1 hits, such as “God’s Not
Dead,” “Born Again,” and their latest chart-topping
hit, “Your Love Never Fails,” which held the No. 1
spot for seven weeks in a row at Hot AC radio.
Spreading their powerful message that God is
certainly not dead to audiences of all ages, this
extension of the God’s Not Dead Tour is being held
over two legs. Building 429 is appearing with
Newsboys on the first half, while the second half will
feature Britt Nicole. All Things New and duo
CAMPBELL will appear on all of the spring dates.
Newsboys are also continuing their high-demand VIP
Experience during the entire tour. This special
package allows fans a true “VIP” experience, which
includes a pre-show entrance and priority check-in,
an exclusive autograph session, as well as a Q&A
event with the band. VIP Experience ticket holders
also will receive collector’s edition merchandise, such
as a collector’s edition laminate and band photo.
Over the course of their 2012 sellout tour, Newsboys’
God’s Not Dead Tour has impacted thousands of
lives, both locally and internationally, making it one
of the most in-demand nights of worship, praise and
celebration. This leg of the tour is again sponsored by
Compassion International.
More dates are being added daily, so be sure to check
for the latest updates at Newsboys.com and the tour’s
official webpage at GodsNotDeadTour.com.
Newsboys’ God’s Not Dead Tour Dates:*
MARCH
01 – Tacoma, WA
02 – Redmond, OR
03 – Surrey, British Columbia
04 – Yakima, WA
07 – Billings, MT
08 – Bozeman, MT
09 – Idaho Falls, ID
10 – Missoula, MT
14 – Durham, NC
15 – Simpsonville, SC
16 – Knoxville, TN
17 – High Point, NC
22 – Miami, FL
23 – Thomasville, GA
24 – Jacksonville Beach, FL
APRIL
05 – Wichita, KS
06 – Hays, KS
11 – California, PA
13 – Hoover, AL
19 – Troy, MI
20 – Morehead, KY
21 – Lynchburg, VA
25 – McMurray, PA
26 – Saginaw, MI
27 – Johnstown, PA
28 – Cicero, NY
MAY
02 – Cordova, TN
03 – Mobile, AL
05 – Valparaiso, IN
09 – Mt. Vernon, IL
10 – Centerville, OH
*Dates and supporting acts are subject to change
# # #
About Newsboys:
This GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-
winning band has sold close to 8 million units, has
garnered five Gold albums and 28 No. 1 radio hits.
With the 2010 release of Born Again, its first week
out was the largest street week of their careers. They
sold an astounding 45,311 units and hitting No. 4 on
Billboard’s overall chart, charting above new releases
from such artists as Justin Bieber, Sting and M.I.A.
Its self-titled single topped the charts for 8 weeks,
gaining close to eight million impressions to date.
The CD also garnered three No. 1 hits.
Newsboys released God’s Not Dead on November 15,
201. This rock-driven worship album finds front man
Michael Tait and his band mates who’ve played
together for two decades – Jeff Frankenstein (keys),
Duncan Phillips (drums), and Jody Davis (guitar) –
with some of today’s most widely church-embraced
modern worship anthems as well as several original
and never-before-released worship songs written by
some of today’s biggest worship songwriters. It’s title
song, “God’s Not Dead,” topped CHR’s charts for
seven weeks in a row, as well as hitting No. 1 at AC
Radio. The album’s current No. 1 song is “Your Love
Never Fails,” which has been at the top of the charts
for six weeks at Hot AC (formerly CHR).
Renown for their heart-pumping live concerts, the
tight knit Newsboys unit continues to headline gigs in
the U.S. and around the world. Just last year they
captured the headlining slot on the world’s biggest
tour, the Winter Jam Tour, playing to more than half
a million people. Stay tuned to Newsboys.com for the
most updated tour dates and latest information on
the band.

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Dove Award-Winning Artist Aaron Shust Joins Mark Schultz On All Things Possible 2013 Tour Presented by Compassion International

Dove Award-
winning artist, Aaron Shust, will join platinum
selling singer/songwriter, Mark Schultz, on his All
Things Possible 2013 Tour that launches March 15,
2013 in Georgia and concludes May 5th in Charlotte,
NC. The 20-city tour, presented by Compassion
International, also features the Dove-nominated
artist Jonny Diaz. Ticket buyers will have the option
to purchase a special “VIP Experience” ticket, which
includes early entry and premium concert seating,
along with a pre-show Q&A session with Schultz,
Shust and Diaz. For the most up-to-date concert and
ticket information please visit
http://www.markschultzmusic.com.
“My bandmates and I are dually excited about
touring this Spring with Mark Schultz and Jonny
Diaz, as well as the opportunity to share about the
Kingdom work of Compassion International,” says
Shust. “We look forward to spending an evening with
people in these select cities, worshiping our God
together and being challenged to see Him in ways we
might not have considered before.”
Shust will treat fans on the tour to songs from his
current album, This Is What We Believe, which
includes one of the biggest songs of his career, My
Hope Is In You. The single stayed at the top of the AC
Monitor chart for 14 weeks during 2011/2012, and
was listed at #8 on Billboard magazine’s year-end
Christian Songs Artist category and #9 for Christian
AC Songs Artist. Shust continued to have major
impact on the charts in 2012 with his single, Risen
Today, reaching #17 on the AC Indicator chart. His
recent song, We Are Free, peaked at #21 on the AC
Monitored chart and #25 on the National Audience
chart. Shust is currently in the studio with producer
Ed Cash recording a new project for Centricity Music
that is scheduled to release July 16, 2013. For updates
about Aaron and his recording sessions please visit
his website at http://www.aaronshust.com.
About Aaron Shust
Shust exploded onto the Christian music scene in
2005 with his first album, Anything Worth Saying,
which led to the artist signing with Brash Records.
The second single from the project, My Savior, My
God, started generating airplay on its own and rose to
#19 on the Christian Radio & Records chart before
being released to radio. Once released, it shot to #1
on six charts by April of 2006. At the GMA Awards
in 2007, Shust was honored with three Dove Awards
for Song of the Year (“My Savior, My God”),
Songwriter of the Year, and New Artist of the Year.
Shust’s second studio album, Whispered And
Shouted, released in June 2007 and in 2009, Shust
released his third and final CD for Brash Records,
Take Over. The project included the Christian radio
hit, To God Alone. Shust signed with Centricity
Music in January 2011 and released his hit-making
debut project, This Is What We Believe in August
2011.
About Centricity Music
Centricity Music is an independent recording and
publishing company based in Bellevue, Washington
and Nashville, Tennessee. The company’s mission is
to enable our artists to create life-changing
experiences for the world. Centricity Music’s artist
roster includes; Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson,
Jaime Jamgochian, Jason Gray, Remedy Drive, Seth
Mosley, Sixteen Cities, and Unspoken. Additional
information is available online at
http://www.centricitymusic.com.

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GRAMMY-NOMINATED MATT MAHER TO RELEASE DYNAMIC FOURTH ALBUM ALL THE PEOPLE SAID AMEN ON APRIL 23

Two-time
GRAMMY nominated singer, songwriter and worship
leader Matt Maher is set to release his most unique
and revealing project yet with the announcement of
his fourth album, titled All The People Said Amen
available April 23. Maher’s newest project fuses the
popularity of his vibrant live show with several new
studio cuts, offering fans an assortment of writing
and performance styles.
“This project,” offers Maher, “is a real collage of who
I am musically. You’ll hear intimate worship songs,
anthemic praise tunes often sung and shouted aloud
together in unison, and celebratory songs that inspire
the whole church. I wanted to deliver something for
everyone, and this set captures what my music and
ministry have been, where it is, and where it’s
headed.”
Unity and community define Maher’s music and
ministry, represented by the menagerie of songs on
All The People Said Amen, and also shown in the
album’s cover art. For it, Maher created a visual
scrapbook made up of special moments, placed
purposefully, including old tour posters, handwritten
lyrics from songwriting sessions live and candid shots
with fans, even his own wedding photos. Every item
has a story behind it and is a significant part of
Maher’s songwriting over the last 7 years.
Produced by Paul Moak and Maher, the album
includes nine concert versions of fan favorites such as
“Your Grace Is Enough,” “Hold Us Together” and “It
Is Good,” recorded throughout 2012 at stops
including the University of Notre Dame campus,
Detroit and St. Louis. These rare live cuts are paired
with four new original recordings, including lead
radio single, “Lord, I Need You” and the high-energy
worship anthem, “Burning In My Soul” which made a
powerful debut during Passion 2013 conference at the
Georgia Dome, attended by more than 60,000 college
students.
Released to Christian radio stations earlier this
month, “Lord, I Need You,” serves as a reminder that
we never outgrow the need for God in our lives.
Currently one of CCLI’s fastest rising songs, “Lord, I
Need You” has already made an impact at radio.
Jeremy Henry of JQ99 in Grand Rapids notes, “I
pulled the trigger on Matt’s song because I really feel
that my audience is craving and connecting with
worship music right now. ‘Lord, I Need You’ is
another one for the arsenal and it’s a fresh worship
song rooted in a classic which I believe will connect
with everyone of any age.”
Greg Cassidy of JOYFM in St. Louis adds, “We’re
loving the latest from Matt Maher! It’s great how
listeners immediately know the song…”
To view Maher’s recent interview about the lead
single, please visit: http://is.gd/F6ac6r
Next month, Maher will headline the “All The People
Tour” featuring Chris August and Bellarive.
Presented by Compassion International the 20-city
tour kicks off April 4, in Garden City, N.J. For more
information, go to http://www.thebrownbookagency.com/
allthepeopletour.
Complete track listing for Matt Maher’s upcoming
fourth album, All The People Said Amen:
1. All The People Said Amen
2. Alive Again* (recorded in Detroit, MI)
3. Burning In My Soul
4. Great Things* (recorded at Legends,
University of Notre Dame)
5. Hold Us Together* (recorded at Legends,
University of Notre Dame)
6. Lord, I Need You
7. Your Grace Is Enough*(recorded in St. Louis)
8. Adoration* (recorded in Detroit, MI)
9. Christ Is Risen*(recorded in Indianapolis, IN)
10. On My Way*(recorded at Legends, University
of Notre Dame)
11. Mighty Fortress
12. Turn Around*(recorded in Detroit, MI)
13. It Is Good*(recorded in Baltimore, MD)
*Indicates live concert recording
For more information, Matt’s bio, and a list of tour
dates, visit http://www.mattmahermusic.com and follow on
Twitter @mattmahermusic.
About Matt Maher: Recording artist, songwriter and
worship leader, Matt Maher is well known for writing
moving worship anthems including “Your Grace Is
Enough,” “White Flag,” “Lord I Need You,” and “I
Will Rise” that influence church worship services
worldwide. His songs continue to climb the CCLI
charts and have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Matt
Redman, the Passion movement and more. Maher’s
credibility as a writer has been galvanized by
recognition from the GRAMMYs and iTunes. Maher
garnered two GRAMMY nominations in the
Contemporary Christian Music Song category, 54th
and 55th GRAMMY seasons, for “I Lift My Hands”
and “White Flag” respectively, while “Alive Again”
was selected by iTunes as the best Christian & Gospel
song (2009). Maher’s songs have prompted sales of
more than 300,000 albums and generated national
media coverage on outlets including “FOX & Friends”
and as a guest writer with Billboard magazine. For
tour dates and more information on Matt Maher and
All The People Said Amen, visit
http://www.mattmahermusic.com. Also follow Matt on
Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mattmahermusic.

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Beyond The Ashes’ Debut StowTown Records’ Album, LIVING IN THE MOMENT, Set To Release This Tuesday March 5th

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(Left) Dustin Doyle, (Center) Anthony Facello and
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(Left) Dustin Doyle, (Center) Anthony Facello and
Kellan Monroe (Right)

Quickly becoming
one of the most well loved trios in Christian music
today, Dove Award Nominee, Beyond the Ashes
(BTA) are on fire once again with their debut
StowTown Records’ release, Living in the Moment.
The new album will arrive at stores, and digitally, via
iTunes and others, this Tuesday, March 5th, 2013.
Produced by Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, this
dynamic album features BTA’s tight male harmony
on eleven powerful songs, including their newest
radio single release, “Oh, The Thought That Jesus
Loves Me,” written by Wayne Haun and Lyn Rowell.
“We are really excited about this group and this new
album,” says Ernie Haase, Co-Producer and President
of StowTown Records. “We’re really loving it and we
think you will too.”
Anthony Facello of Beyond The Ashes shares, “We are
learning more everyday about trusting God and living
in the moments He brings us to. We’re honored to be
a part of the StowTown family and to celebrate the
release of our very first album with them. We’re also
so grateful to everyone who had a part in this
recording. We hope it brings some great ‘moments’ to
everyone who hears it. God uses music as a powerful
tool to impact hearts and that is the prayer of myself,
Kellan Monroe, and Dustin Doyle.”
You can preview clips of each song by clicking here.
For a special pre-order opportunity, click here.
You can learn more about StowTown Records and
their family of artists by visiting
http://www.StowTownrecords.com.
For more about Beyond The Ashes, go to
http://www.beyondtheashesonline.com. You can also like
them on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter at
@beyondtheashes1.

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Darlene Zschech Revealing-Jesus.com Microsite Launches

World-renowned worship leader and best-selling
author Darlene Zschech releases on March 19 her
long-awaited Revealing Jesus live worship CD/DVD
and 365-day devotional hardcover gift book from
RGM-NEW BREED Music / Integrity Music and
Bethany House Publishers, respectively. In
anticipation of the release, a newly launched
microsite, Revealing-Jesus.com, previews four of the
new songs and videos from the CD/DVD, offers select
devotions from the companion book, and features a
free download of the chord chart for “Victor’s
Crown.”
This brand new anthem, destined to become an
Easter season resource for churches around the globe,
was written by Zschech, Israel Houghton and Kari
Jobe, and is being made available for download today
from iTunes and Amazon.com.
“Victor’s Crown” was also recently debuted by
GetRealLive! in a BlogTalkRadio.com show featuring
an interview with Zschech and Revealing Jesus
producer and five-time GRAMMY Award-winner
Israel Houghton. During the interview, which sparked
13,583,657 twitter impressions in just two-hours,
Houghton shared his reason for wanting to be
involved in this project:
“Darlene has paved the way for so many people,
including myself,” said Houghton. “As much as we
marvel at ‘Shout To The Lord’ and all those Hillsong
songs, I feel like the best has been left for now! There
has never been a greater time to hear the heart of
Darlene…From the time we started writing the songs,
to the moment we finished in Birmingham and since,
I feel that we are being allowed to handle something
very precious to the heart of God.”
In her gracious way of reflecting the praise and
putting it back on God, Zschech responded following
Israel’s comments: “I need the Word of God. I need
Church family… These are not just pretty poems put
to pretty music. These are songs that teach my soul to
sing. One of the ways I take heart is that I worship.
It’s very powerful when you feel the joy of the Lord
beside you, so incredibly powerful.”
Zschech also writes in the Digital Booklet featured at
Revealing-Jesus.com: “Once you read through the
credits on this project, you will see that there are
many, many amazing people who have worked
beautifully to put this recording together. I actually
had resigned myself to maybe never doing a live
project again, knowing that to date I have been
privileged to work with some of the finest people ever
to write and record songs of praise… and maybe that
season was over. But after some long conversations
with God and then with friends in our world, and a
lengthy D and M (deep and meaningful) with Israel
H, Mark [Zschech] and I decided we would record live
one more time.”
Recorded live Sept. 28 and 29, 2012 at the Church of
the Highlands in Birmingham, AL, Revealing Jesus is
orchestrated by Dr. Henry Panion III (Stevie Wonder,
Carrie Underwood, Chaka Khan) and features special
guest appearances, as well as co-writes with Michael
W. Smith, Jobe and Houghton. Along with the
dynamic participation of thousands of worshipers,
the live recording also captures a compelling
performance by the Alabama School of Fine Arts,
based in Birmingham.
In addition to the 12 new worship anthems on the
Revealing Jesus CD/DVD, bonus tracks in custom
versions of the album will include fresh takes on such
internationally acclaimed songs as “Shout to the
Lord,” “Hosanna” and “Worthy is the Lamb,” as well
as the Houghton-penned “Jesus at the Center.” The
custom versions include a “deluxe” CD/DVD
combination, an ebook with songs, and an iTunes®
LP that includes video plus bonus resources, song
devotional videos and more.
The companion Revealing Jesus book was poured out
from the pages of Zschech’s personal journals.
Honest, raw, and beautifully written, the devotional
contains meditations and Scriptures revealing the
heart of Jesus. These devotions are designed to
inspire and encourage the reader’s journey, especially
when times are hard, tenderly calling readers to sit at
the feet of the Lord, learn from His wisdom, embrace
His love and experience His peace.
About Darlene Zschech:
A worship leader, pastor, singer, songwriter, speaker
and author, who has led millions of Christians in
worship, Zschech has written and performed over
eighty songs, including such global anthems as
“Shout To The Lord,” a song that is sung by an
estimated 30 million churchgoers every week and has
been covered by at least twenty other artists. She has
also penned bestselling books, such as Extravagant
Worship, The Kiss of Heaven and The Art of
Mentoring, which combined have been translated
into 19 languages. As a teenager, she sang jingles for
McDonalds, Special K, KFC and Diet Coke, and in the
year 2000, she received the Gospel Music Association
International Award for her impact on the Global
Church. While serving as a worship leader and pastor
for Sydney’s Hillsong Church, Darlene wrote for,
performed on and helped produce 16 Gold- and one
Platinum-selling Australian Recording Industry
Association (ARIA) live Hillsong albums.
Today, Darlene and her husband, Mark, are senior
pastors of Hope Unlimited Church on the Central
Coast of New South Wales, Australia, and together
founded HOPE: Global (www.hope-global.org) and
work with Compassion International, serving the
world’s poorest of the poor. The couple has three
daughters, Chloe, Zoe and Amy, a granddaughter,
Ava Pearl, and a grandson, Roman Emmanuel Mark.
Learn more about Darlene Zschech and Revealing
Jesus at http://www.darlenezschech.com.
About RGM-NEW BREED Music:
RGM-NEW BREED Music was formed by merging
Israel Houghton’s NEW BREED and Galley Molina’s
RGM (Reverence Gospel Media) to create this new
multimedia and music company. In addition to
Zschech’s Revealing Jesus and Houghton’s Jesus At
The Center, RGM-NEW BREED is getting ready to
launch I’m in Love with a Church Girl, a feature film
written and produced by Molina and set to release in
2013. Houghton executive-produced the film,
produced the soundtrack and provided additional
scoring, marking his first foray into the faith-based
feature films genre. See http://www.rgmusa.com for more
information.
About Bethany House Publishers:
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group,
has been publishing high-quality books for over 50
years. One of the largest publishers of Christian
books, Baker Publishing Group is composed of six
divisions: Bethany House, Revell, Baker Books, Baker
Academic, Chosen Books and Brazos Press. Baker
Publishing Group is also the exclusive publisher of
GOD’S WORD® Translation. Bethany House offices
are located in Bloomington, MN, and Baker
Publishing Group is headquartered in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. For more information, please visit
http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com.
About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is a division of David C Cook, a
nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church
with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity Music’s
resources are distributed in more than 160 countries
and sold worldwide. Additional information can be
found at http://www.integritymusic.com.

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Former Delirious? Frontman Martin Smith Releases First Solo Album

Set for release April 23, Martin Smith’s first full-
length solo debut, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01,
is a 12-song collection of personal revival songs born
out of a reinvigorated season of living in community
with everyday believers. A welcoming invitation to
prodigals and faithful alike, God’s Great Dance Floor,
Step 01 (and Step 02, slated to release October 2013)
is a reminder that God’s grace is for everyone. From
the opening strains of “Awake My Soul,” longtime
Delirious? fans will hear the clarion call of Martin’s
voice, strong as ever, declaring a resurrection of his
soul.
For frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter
Martin, a 20-something kid at the start and now a
husband and father of six children, Delirious? was a
big door to close. Martin and Anna, his wife of 18
years, packed up their family and moved to Brighton,
a coastal town south of London, submerging
themselves once again in worship ministry alongside
Matt Redman and others at St. Peter’s, a Holy Trinity
Brompton church plant. Getting back to a normal life
after decades spent on stages around the world took
some getting used to.
“When you enter a transition period, there’s a lot of
uncertainty. You’re letting go of a lot of things, bit by
bit—the microphone, your finances, even some sense
of your identity—but as you find yourself more
dependent on God, you begin to really experience his
kindness. You see him show up in incredible ways,
you see his provision, discover new opportunities and
favor. Things you thought were lost start to reappear.
Three years on, God has given me some new things to
say, and I’m so incredibly grateful…”
With many of the songs written in collaboration with
young worship leaders and novice musicians at St.
Peter’s, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is a joyful
labor of love for this seasoned songwriter/worship
leader. “I see my role as different now,” he says, “I
want to invest in the next generation coming
through, reminding everyone of what it really is to
worship with our lives, serving, keeping your hands
clean—I feel the responsibility of those things more
and more.”
“Back to the Start,” co-written by Martin and 2013
GRAMMY winner Jonas Myrin (“10,000 Reasons
(Bless The Lord)”), sets the tone for the record,
building from a hard reality to a full-on pop dance
celebration, complete with brass horns. “It’s a
prodigal song about finding my way back to
everything that matters most; finding God in it all
again,” Martin says. His very personal story is
beautifully portrayed in the song’s new concept video
to release soon and featuring Martin’s teenage
daughter, Elle, in the lead role. Every nuance of the
video is intentional as it unfolds Martin’s story.
The album also features the modern rock anthem
“Fire Never Sleeps,” which opens the recent, critically
acclaimed Jesus Culture With Martin Smith: Live
From New York album, the contemplative ballad
“Catch Every Teardrop,” which was inspired by Psalm
52 and the near fatal car crash that almost claimed
Martin’s life — a pivotal event that led to the
formation of Delirious? back in 1997, and “You Carry
Me,” a song of comfort for a friend whose husband
recently died. Martin also co-wrote four songs with
Chris Tomlin, including “Waiting Here For You” with
its message of the fragility of our humanity and how
waiting is perhaps the most difficult act of worship.
When Martin Smith and his band Delirious? emerged
in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a
generation of UK youth with its passionate call for
revival, most agree that the modern worship
movement officially began. The hope of that
movement and the music that came out of it—“I
Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You
Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Shout To The
North” and a string of other modern worship
standards—has irrevocably changed the landscape of
Christian music in the U.S. and around the world.
Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified
Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band
Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like
their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’s
King of Fools, the band became ‘history makers’
themselves.
“I don’t think God is worried about the platform he’s
given me in the past,” Martin says of this new season
of personal revival feeding into ministry. “He’s
worried most about my heart. If that’s in a good
place, he’ll use it… at church, in stadiums, wherever
he will. All you want to do is be someone of influence,
but it doesn’t have to be on a global stage. It never
did. Having said that, it’s part of my life, to have that
voice. And my prayer is that God will use this new
music to remind people of his grace, to remind them
of his heart for the poor and broken and of his
Kingdom coming on Earth.”
Still making relevant music, Martin’s God’s Great
Dance Floor, Step 01 springs from a man refreshed,
revived and reconnected with Jesus and with his
Church. Excited to play a lead role in the ongoing call
to worship, he is a passionate model for young
worship leaders of today.
http://martinsmith.tv @MartinSmithTV
http://www.facebook.com/martinsmithtv

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Hundred More Years (Deluxe Edition)

by Francesca Battistelli | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release
Date: March 12, 2013
RIAA Certified Gold selling, GMA Dove Awards
“Artist of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the
Year,” Francesca Battistelli, returns to release an
expanded deluxe edition of her critically acclaimed
album Hundred More Years. The Deluxe album
features the hits singles “This Is The Stuff,” and
“Angel By Your Side.” This 18 track expanded album
includes the original track listing, plus several never-
before-released songs including the original demo of
“This Is The Stuff” and an incredible re-make of Peter
Gabriel’s, “In Your Eyes.”

01. Strangely Dim
02. This Is The Stuff
03. Constant
04. You Never Are
05. Angel By Your Side
06. Motion of Mercy
07. Emily (feat. Dave Barnes)
08. Good To Know
09. So Long
10. Don’t Miss It
11. Worth It
12. Hundred More Years
13. Hold Out For Love
14. Something More
15. Trampoline
16. In Your Eyes
17. This Is The Stuff (Take 1)
18. Angel By Your Side (Unplugged)

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Worship Central Releases Let It Be Known March 12

Worship Central, based out of London, England’s
Holy Trinity Brompton Church (HTB), releases on
March 12 their third worship album and second live
recording, Let It Be Known, from Integrity Music.
Recorded live in London by the faculty, training team
and students at Worship Central, which is led by Tim
Hughes and Al Gordon, the project features worship
leaders Hughes, Gordon, Ben Cantelon, Nikki
Fletcher, Luke Hellebronth and Miles Dhillon.
Produced by Cantelon and written by the team at
HTB, along with its extended family that includes
Martin Smith, Matt Redman and others, Let It Be
Known highlights the passionate worship of HTB.
“We decided to collaborate much more with our
songwriting, spending more time writing together,”
explains Hughes. “These songs are the fruit of that
passion.”
Capturing the heart cry of the church, the album
features the title track and video that can be seen
now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=GRdlSRYPThg, as well as features “Dry Bones” and
the new anthem, “Our Generation.”
“So many times I look out at our youth and students
and I see so much potential for God to use them,”
says Hughes, explaining the hope behind “Our
Generation.” “But they lack confidence to see. We’re
desperate for God to turn things around. He’s the
only one that can.”
As Worship Central reaches out to its own growing
community in the UK, Let It Be Known was also
recorded during a period of significant international
growth. Part of that growth has been fueled by the
online worship course (http://
http://www.worshipcentral.org/course) that Worship
Central has made available free of charge since last
year. With 1,255 courses running in over 60 nations,
more than 18,000 worshippers around the world
have already participated. Through the Worship
Central Course, there are now hubs in Hong Kong, the
Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa –
each devoted to empowering, equipping and releasing
others to strengthen their own church’s worship life.
“We’re trying to invest in relationships, to empower
and release others to run with it and make it their
own; to use the material as well as their own ideas to
resource leaders in their own countries,” says Hughes
of the Worship Central course.
Recently completing a well-received, first-ever tour of
South Africa, Worship Central will also bring the
music and message of Let It Be Known to an eight-
city tour of the UK this spring. For all the tour dates,
go to http://www.worshipcentral.org/events.
To see a video trailer for the new recording, go to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiJn3tqcG1I, and
the full Let It Be Known track and songwriter listing
follows:
1. Ready For You (Luke Hellebronth, Nick Herbert,
Ben Cantelon)
2. God Most High (Ben Cantelon, Luke Hellebronth,
Martyn Layzell)
3. Let It Be Known (Tim Hughes, Nick Herbert, Tom
Smith)
4. The Cross Stands (Tim Hughes, Nick Herbert, Ben
Cantelon, Matt Redman)
5. Dry Bones (Nikki Fletcher, Tom Smith & Tim
Hughes)
6. Kingdom Coming (Tim Hughes, Luke Hellebronth,
Martin Smith, Pete Greig)
7. Guardian (Ben Cantelon, Nick Herbert, Stu
Garrard)
8. Draw Me Close (Nikki Fletcher, Luke Hellebronth,
Joel Wardle)
9. The Constant (Al Gordon, Ben Cantelon)
10. Hallelujah (Ben Cantelon)
11. Our Generation (Luke Hellebronth, Myles Dhillon,
Tim Hughes)
12. Set Me Free (Luke Hellebronth, Myles Dhillon)
13. The Same Power (Ben Cantelon, Nick Herbert)
About Worship Central:
Launched in 2006, Worship Central is a Christian
school of worship from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB),
the church that also pioneered the Alpha Course. The
school is led by Tim Hughes and Al Gordon and aims
to encounter God, equip the worshipper and
empower the local church. The school has trained
thousands of worship leaders, musicians and
worshippers around the world. For more information,
go to http://www.worshipcentral.org.
About Integrity:
Integrity Music is a division of David C Cook, a
nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church
with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity Music’s
resources are distributed in more than 160 countries
and sold worldwide. Additional information can be
found at http://www.integritymusic.com.

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FLAME ‘THE 6TH: MAN ON FIRE’ TRACKLISTING REVEALED

FLAME and his label Clear Sight Music recently
announced an upcoming deluxe version of his sixth
studio album titled ‘The 6th: Man on Fire,’ which is
set to release digitally on March 6, 2013. The
tracklisting for the 7 new songs as well as the music
videos to be released with this version have been
revealed.
Tracklist:
1. Clear Sight Music
2. #1 Spot
3. Over & Out ft. V. Rose
4. Red
5. Entertainment Paradox
6. Likeness ft. Json
7. Man (Extended Version)
8. Trap Money (Music Video)
9. Caught in the Lights (Music Video) ft. V.Rose

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Fred Hammond Reveals ‘United Tenors’ Album Cover

Gospel supergroup The United Tenors have finally
set the wheels in motion for their debut album. The
quartet, which consists of crooners ( Fred
Hammond, Brian Courtney Wilson, Dave
Hollister and Eric Roberson) today unwrapped
the project’s official CD cover.
Due on March 26th, the set is preceded by the lead
singe “Here In Our Praise“

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New Song: Mali Music – ‘Ready Aim’

Get all the way into Mali Music’s “Ready Aim“,
lifted from his forthcoming EP!
Following his 2009 LP “The Second Coming“, the
powerful and alarming new single arrives before
the release of the singer’s RCA Records debut release,
“ Mali is” – which is due out this year. So, until that
comes out get into “Ready Aim” below… And check
out the single artwork above.

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