Worship Goes Mainstream With Performance Of Kari Jobe’s ‘Love Came Down’ On American Idol

Last night on American Idol, one of the top 6
contestants, Angie Miller, chose a Kari Jobe song
to perform as her “Song I wish I had written”
selection. Miller’s performance of ‘Love Came
Down’ from Jobe’s 2012 release ‘Where I Find
You’ resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd
and all four judges. Following Miller’s performance
last night, Jobe’s song quickly climbed to the top of
the iTunes Christian & Gospel singles chart,
and the album is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes
Christian and Gospel album chart.
“I have watched American Idol for 12 years,
and it was so much fun to have ‘Love Came
Down’ from my album, ‘Where I Find You’ on
there this week,” shared Jobe after watching the
performance. “I met Angie a year ago and was
blown away by her talent and love for Jesus!
Excited for her!”
Miller also shared on Twitter last night to Jobe, “I
watched you perform ‘Love Came Down’ quite
some time ago and fell in love with it. Thank
you for inspiring me so much! Love you!”
About ‘Where I Find You’:
Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Chris
August) and Matt Bronleewe (Natalie
Imbruglia, Josh Wilson), ‘Where I Find You’
released with chart topping street week numbers at
No. 1 and No. 10 on Billboard’s National
Christian , Gospel and Top 200 Charts. The
radio singles ‘We Are’ and ‘Steady My Heart’ saw
much success at AC Monitored and Indicator
charts as well as the National Christian
Audience chart. The album also received much
praise from a wide range of media outlets including
the New York Times. ‘Where I Find You’ was
nominated for a GRAMMY earlier this year
marking the first GRAMMY-nomination for
Jobe.

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Worship Goes Mainstream With Performance Of Kari Jobe’s ‘Love Came Down’ On American Idol

Last night on American Idol, one of the top 6
contestants, Angie Miller, chose a Kari Jobe song
to perform as her “Song I wish I had written”
selection. Miller’s performance of ‘Love Came
Down’ from Jobe’s 2012 release ‘Where I Find
You’ resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd
and all four judges. Following Miller’s performance
last night, Jobe’s song quickly climbed to the top of
the iTunes Christian & Gospel singles chart,
and the album is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes
Christian and Gospel album chart.
“I have watched American Idol for 12 years,
and it was so much fun to have ‘Love Came
Down’ from my album, ‘Where I Find You’ on
there this week,” shared Jobe after watching the
performance. “I met Angie a year ago and was
blown away by her talent and love for Jesus!
Excited for her!”
Miller also shared on Twitter last night to Jobe, “I
watched you perform ‘Love Came Down’ quite
some time ago and fell in love with it. Thank
you for inspiring me so much! Love you!”
About ‘Where I Find You’:
Produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Chris
August) and Matt Bronleewe (Natalie
Imbruglia, Josh Wilson), ‘Where I Find You’
released with chart topping street week numbers at
No. 1 and No. 10 on Billboard’s National
Christian , Gospel and Top 200 Charts. The
radio singles ‘We Are’ and ‘Steady My Heart’ saw
much success at AC Monitored and Indicator
charts as well as the National Christian
Audience chart. The album also received much
praise from a wide range of media outlets including
the New York Times. ‘Where I Find You’ was
nominated for a GRAMMY earlier this year
marking the first GRAMMY-nomination for
Jobe.

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MARTIN SMITH’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM, GOD’S GREAT DANCE FLOOR, STEP 01, AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW

The first full-length solo debut from Martin Smith,
God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, is set to release
April 23 amidst five-star acclaim. Leading up to the
release of the album, iTunes® and LifeWay Christian
Stores are both offering significant, exclusive pre-buy
offers for this collection of personal revival songs from
the former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and
primary songwriter.
Born out of a reinvigorated season of living in
community with everyday believers, Martin’s God’s
Great Dance Floor, Step 01 can be purchased now at
iTunes. With a compelling pre-sell feature on the site,
the digital provider is offering those who pre-buy the
album four exclusive bonus tracks plus an instant
download of the single, “Back To The Start (God’s
Great Dance Floor).” The bonus tracks include an
acoustic version of the new Martin Smith / Chris
Tomlin penned song “Waiting Here for You,” an
acoustic version of the classic Delirious? hit
“Obsession,” another classic Delirious? song “Jesus
Blood,” and “Fill My Cup,” which was featured on the
Martin Smith-driven, multi-artist charity CD/DVD
CompassionArt: Creating Freedom From Poverty.
When the album is bought at LifeWay Christian
Stores prior to the April 23 street date, buyers will
receive a free exclusive EP (in stores only) that
features new acoustic versions of the classic
Delirious? songs “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”
and “History Maker.” They will also receive the new
radio hit, “Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance
Floor),” which is already gaining spins at KTIS
(Minneapolis/St. Paul), WJQK (Grand Rapids, MI),
WBSN (New Orleans), WQME (Indianapolis), WCLN
(Fayetteville, NC) and more stations nationally.
“When you listen to Martin Smith’s ‘Back to the
Start,’ it’s like being a kid…and finding a surprise at
the bottom of a Cracker Jack box,” says Keith
Stevens, KTIS program director. “The surprise being
that worship turns into a party. After a long winter, I
think the Twin Cities are ready to dance.”
“Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” 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
featuring Martin’s teenage daughter, Elle, in the lead
role. Premiering on RELEVANT Magazine as their
“Video of the Day,” adding soon to GMC TV and
being seen now on dozens of outlets internationally,
every nuance of the video is intentional as it unfolds
Martin’s story.
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.
As music fans are sharing 5-star reviews on iTunes,
the critics have been agreeing that this is one album
not to miss. With upcoming coverage in Charisma,
Worship Leader and more, the current CCM
Magazine Martin Smith feature says God’s Great
Dance Floor, Step 01 “marries the spiritual
maturation that comes forth in the lyrics within a
wonderfully harmonious intersect.” In its five-star
review, LouderThanTheMusic.com says, “Martin has
managed to capture some of the creative spark that
set Delirious? apart from other bands, whilst still
setting a new direction on his journey of reflection
and rediscovery.” Surrender Magazine calls the songs
“fun and powerful” as Alpha Omega News’ reviewer
beckons, “I need someone who has something to say;
something that touches my heart, my soul, my very
being…Welcome back Martin Smith. A great record
and a great return – this is one of my choices for
record of the year.”
With many of the songs written in collaboration with
young worship leaders and novice musicians at his
church, St. Peter’s – a Holy Trinity Brompton church
plant, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01 is a joyful
labor of love for this seasoned songwriter/worship
leader. In addition to the radio and video single, the
album 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 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.
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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Darrell Evans Signs To DREAM New Album Coming Out August 27th

Dove Award-
nominated singer-songwriter, Darrell Evans has
been busy in the studio tracking for his new album,
Awesome God Is He, which will be released this
coming August 27th on DREAM Worship. The album
is being recorded at Crystal Village Studios in
Colorado Springs, CO with producer Michael
Rossback (Gungor). The new studio album will be his
9th full length album and will be the first with
DREAM, following his critically acclaimed album,
Freedom, which has sold over 250,000 copies.
“This new project, Awesome God Is He is my
personal favorite. It is honest, celebrative, passionate
and full of enouraging life. I chose to record songs
that any church could use in corporate worship and
songs that would speak to individuals of all ages.
There is an Americana, folksy-pop feel to most of the
tracks that I’m confident will inspire all kinds of
musicians in their own expressions of music and
worship. We had so much fun playing and recording
these new songs and I believe that listeners will
immediately feel a part of it as if they were there
themselves praising with us,” explains Darrell Evans.
The worship leader, famous for songs “Trading My
Sorrows”, “Fields Of Grace”, “Freedom” and “Let The
River Flow, will be headlining this fall in support of
his new album. Dates will be announced in the
coming months.
Get To Know Darrell Evans:
Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
ABOUT DREAM WORSHIP
DREAM was founded in 2008 to provide artists with
a genuine approach to how real artist development
should be done. By allowing for a partnership as a
business model, Dream’s artists empower themselves
to develop and carry out a real vision for their lives as
they affect other people’s lives with their music and
message. Incorporating social media, press, radio and
touring it’s allowing it’s artists grow together as a
family.
ABOUT DARRELL EVANS
Darrell Evans, famous for songs like, “Trading My
Sorrows”, “Let The River Flow”, “Fields Of Grace” and
“Your Love Is Extravegent” is releasing his newest
album on Dream. His sound brings a guitar driven
singer songwriter Americana folk rock mixed
powered Christ filled inspirational lyrics. This the
type of record that you put on during road trips,
listening on the porch or just worshipping at church.

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Donald Lawrence Announces ’20th Anniversary’ Live Recording Date

Maestro, Donald Lawrence is prepping for his
20th Anniversary LIVE recording and took to twitter
to reveal the date. Check it out…
DL’s 20th Anniversary Live Recording 6.18.2013
at 7:00 Chicago stay tuned for location and
guest… instagram.com/p/X-Frv0Q1Mn/
— donald lawrence (@DonaldLawrence) April 11,
2013
We can expect live recordings of beloved hits along
with new music from the Grammy Award-winning
Gospel superstar, songwriter and producer. 2013
marks 20 years in the music business for Donald
Lawrence, so this live recording will be an event you
don’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more details!

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REVIEW – ANDY MINEO ‘HEROES FOR SALE’

Maybe you are a mid-thirties hip hop guru and no
one can tell you diddly about the history of the
culture. Sure, you might miss a few of the forefathers,
but at least you can name Afrika Bambaataa and
Grandmaster Flash. Maybe you know a little bit
about Jesus, too, and are able to spell out the
Beatitudes like alphabet soup.
Fans of Andy Mineo know that he is a different kind
of rapper, one who embraces not only hip hop, but
rock and R&B, too. Many times, artists attempting to
cover so many genres become no more than cheesy
imitations. But when considering Andy Mineo,
thoughts are conjured of a young hip hop group from
Brooklyn rapping about Paul Revere – he has paid his
dues. Staying true and respectful to artform is no
easy task – Andy is, after all, “Young” (only twenty-
five at the time of the album’s release). But on his
first official retail album, the self-proclaimed nerd-in-
glasses rises to the occasion like Wichita State in the
Final Four.
Heroes For Sale is an album that does not come
without a great deal of anticipation. It has been
almost two years since the release of his free album,
‘Formerly Known,’ with only minimal releases
following it from Andy such as his Saturday Morning
Car-Tunez series. The album takes off with
“Superhuman” produced by Joseph Prielozny and
Dirty Rice, a production team most recently known
for their banger “All In” on the W.L.A.K. project. The
hymn “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” sets the
stage for an extremely personable album, blended
seamlessly with a distorted guitar that lends to the
idea of evangelism even in the darkest of places.
“Even though my pride’s tellin me don’t ever let the
fans know / I am not a Superhuman, no, I’m a man”
– “Superhuman”
Similar transparency is portrayed throughout the
album on songs like “Bitter” as well as
“Shallow” (featuring Swoope). The former, originally
released as under Andy’s previous alias C-Lite, takes a
look at his relationship with his father. After
dedicating a good thirty seconds to a voice mail from
the estranged family member, Andy provides wisdom
like “If Jesus forgave me and washed away my sins
when I didn’t deserve it then I can forgive him.” The
listener may not have experienced an absent father,
but this short snippet immediately stirs up the “Love/
Hate” emotion. Forgiveness is at the song’s core,
intertwined with the desperate attempt to find it in
one’s heart after being so badly hurt.
Andy steps into the realm of heavy metal for “Wild
Things” and with the shift in genre comes a
dissertation on a subject rarely mentioned in
Christian hip hop. “Porn stars, dope dealers they like
‘Why you chill with them?’” Andy spits. His retort to
those who “want to be in earshot of the church bells”
and “say the wild things will eat you up” is that he
“walk[s] with the Paraclete.” The great secular/
spiritual divide has received a lot of attention over
the past year, but one subject typically left unspoken
is the call for the spiritual maturity of Christians. The
bible tells us to get off the milk and onto meat
(Hebrews 5:14), and one is wise to understand, like
Andy, that this is a slow and personal path.
“Uno Uno Seis” (featuring Lecrae) and “The
Saints” (featuring KB and Trip Lee) are Christian
anthems, speaking of the brotherhood of Christ. “Uno
Uno Seis” is reminiscent of eighties New York “Wild
Style” park parties – a feel-good track to tour with
that expresses the diversity of the church. Andy
comes with the slick flow “But you know we take it
international/ We finna follow anywhere the Master
go” and Lecrae absolutely kills it with bars like
“Might catch a plane to rep for my King Puerto Rico’s
on my checklist.”
Every hip hop album needs at least one song that
plays straight New York, and Heroes For Sale boasts
two. “AYO!” produced by J.R. is easily the album’s
most radio-ready track. Andy raps “From this life to
the one that’ll follow/Dudes gone vibrato at the
bottom of the bottle/Til they got their face twisted up
like Picasso/There’s another way to live!” By the end
of the track the beat has morphed into a bass heavy
intermission, sure to get hands up and side to side.
On “Cocky”, Andy enlists “DJs [to] treat [wack
rappers] like Mr. Miyagi and turn their wax off.” The
boom-bap track produced by Skrip has an echoing
vocal sample and a monotonous, Terminator-style
bass stab that indiscriminately leads to broken necks.
A shocking title at its core, Andy dispels ideas that
his confidence comes from something internal.
“Ya’ll know how to get it – encounters with the most
high. You don’t need to blow lah, come and get to
know Jah” – “Cocky”
The final trilogy of songs is an emotional roller
coaster – chains pulling from the low-blows of hurtful
words (“Still Bleeding”) and difficulties in
surrendering one’s “final god” (“Tug of War”) to the
insurmountable realization that one day Jesus will
one day “wipe every tear from our eyes” (“Death Has
Died”). On “Still Bleeding” we are given yet another
snapshot of a relationship that wounded Andy deeply.
Once again, it is unnecessary to know the
circumstances behind Andy’s situation – the pain is
felt, especially in the second verse where he digs deep
with bars like “It isn’t really what you said its what
you didn’t/ I left texts and voice mails you actin’ like
you missed ‘em.” A chilling track over cinematic
orchestration, Andy reminds us that one has the
power to kill with the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and
that “Every memory’s a portal to the past pain/And
most of the time its caused by somebody with your
last name.”
On the Heat Academy produced “Tug of War,” Andy
examines the faith-decision every Christian must
make between sin and salvation. In his first person
narrative, Andy finds redemption with lines like “You
have to change me in my sin, I’ll never choose him /
my heart needs to see something greater than what
I’m pursuin’” and “Sometimes I believe the lie that
God don’t provide for his child when they obey. That’s
so Crae(zy).” Krizz Kaliko, a rapper in Tech N9ne’s
stable of artists, sings the haunting and sobering
chorus “back and forth like a tug of war / cause I
been fighting for control / fighting for my soul / this
is war.” The ministry from an artist to artist
standpoint that may get overlooked, is that the
Strange Music artist has made songs expressing a
desire to want to believe and live for God and this
could begin the pouring into what Tech & Krizz have
longed for so many years.
To be honest, I was a little thrown off by the intimacy
of Hereos for Sale – Formerly Known was nowhere
near as dark and personal as this album. Andy’s
transparency in his storytelling sometimes makes it
feel as though we should be all be interceding for him.
Married people especially might find this album a
little unrelatable, but maybe the reason is that, like
Paul, Andy expresses in his singleness, a message
from God that is without worldly filter or social
etiquette. If we are all honest, the sin struggle that all
Christians carry can make us a little less-than-
empathetic to others. If we are truthful, we realize we
are no better than our brothers and sisters. We are all
in need of grace.
What did the album lack? Although well produced,
the production at times feels a bit forced or
overproduced. And as with most albums, there are a
couple of songs that could have been trimmed.
Regardless, Heroes For Sale is one of, if not the best
album released in 2013 so far.
Pre-order on iTunes
Tracklist:
1. Superhuman – Prod. by Joseph Prielozny and
Dirty Rice
2. Ex Nihilo ft. Christon Gray – Prod. by J.R. for
So Hot Productions
3. AYO! – Prod. by J.R. for So Hot Productions
4. You Will – Prod. by Gawvi
5. The Saints ft. KB, Trip Lee – Prod. by GROC for
Beat Mekanickz
6. Caught Dreaming ft. for KING & COUNTRY –
Prod. by Jeremey S. H. Griffith, Andy Mineo and J.R.
for So Hot Productions
7. Bitter – Prod. by Alex Medina and D-Flow (The
Brassman)
8. Shallow ft. Swoope – Prod. by 808 & Elite
(Additional Prod. by Joseph Prielozny and Andy
Mineo)
9. Wild Things – Prod. by Tyshane, ThaInnaCircle &
Joseph Prielozny
10. Take Me Alive – Prod. by Tyshane
11. Uno Uno Seis ft. Lecrae – Prod. by Alex Medina
(Additional Prod. by Andy Mineo)
12. Cocky – Prod. by Skrip
13. Curious – Prod. by TheBridge and Heat Academy
14. Still Bleeding ft. Co Campbell – Prod. by Andy
Mineo and Chris Morgan (Additional Prod. by Joseph
Prielozny)
15. Tug Of War ft. Krizz Kaliko – Prod. by Heat
Academy
16. Death Has Died – Prod. by J.R. for So Hot
Productions

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Kerrie Roberts Time For The Show Album Review

It feels like forever ago since Kerrie Roberts
released the lead single from her sophomore album,
Time For The Show, “Finally Home,” to the radio.
Indeed, Roberts’ follow-up to her solid-but-ballad-
heavy (and, frankly, kind of depressing) self-titled
debut has been a long time coming (Having been
bumped from its July 10, 2012 release date to April
2nd of the following year!). But the good news is that
Time For The Show, at worst, is definitely equal to
her debut, and at best, superior to it in every way.
The one thing that stands out the most on this record
is Robert’s strong and unwavering vocals. Her
confidence in her own abilities sounds like it has
increased immensely and she is not afraid to belt out
notes that she never even attempted on her debut.
The music itself is very poppy and electronic, not
unlike mainstream radio pop, but I feel that her
music, usually, has a lot more substance than her
mainstream counterparts. In fact (and I almost
hesitate to use the comparison since she admittedly
has a ways to go before she reaches the brilliance of
these artists), I must admit that I was mentally
comparing her music, favorably, to Plumb and
Charmaine at times (particularly album highlight
“Not Real Yet,” which could fit seamlessly on a Plumb
album). Her message, however, remains unchanged,
and that is simply that we need God and we can’t do
anything without him. Her songwriting is solid,
honest, inspiring, and completely Christ-focused, but
she does tend to use clichés at times (most notably
“Sing” and “Masterpiece,” and a little bit on the title-
track and “Finally Home”), and one song, “Wake Up,”
is just too corny. But these instances are easily
counteracted by highlight tracks such as “Not Real
Yet,” the ballad “In Your Sight,” “Finally Home,” and
the quietly epic closer “Like Jesus Loves.”
I didn’t quite know what to expect after Robert’s
debut, but I can confidently say that Time For The
Show met, or exceeded, my expectations in almost
every way. This woman has some serious potential,
and I have a feeling that she is only starting to
discover it. I’m looking forward to her future releases,
and I will not be surprised if one of these days, she
actually is mentioned unhesitantly, in the same
breath as Plumb or Charmaine.

Record Label: Reunion Records
Album length: 10 tracks: 35 minutes, 25 seconds
Street Date: April 2, 2013
Buy It: iTunes
Buy It: Amazon.com
1. Time for the Show (3:28)
2. Sing (3:21)
3. What Are You Afraid Of (3:10)
4. Finally Home (3:43)
5. Middle of It All (4:00)
6. Masterpiece (2:47)
7. Not Real Yet (2:53)
8. In Your Sight (4:08)
9. Wake Up (3:11)
10. Like Jesus Loves (4:49)

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