ALBUM REVIEW: Tim Timmons Cast My Cares

Tim Timmons, Reunion’s newest artist, strives to invite believers about Jesus to become followers of Jesus through his own personal story. Tim’s story is not living with an incurable cancer, but it is his perspective through it. That message is passionately put forth on his label debut, Cast My Cares, out June 4, 2013. It’s a record filled with tender ballads and powerful anthems that speak profoundly to this generation. Timmons’ earnest and compelling voice on the first single, “Starts With Me,” spurs the intellect and moves the heart. Cast My Cares inspires an awakening within the church. Join the revolution.

01. It’s Your Revolution

02. Starts With Me

03. Cast My Cares

04. You Remain

05. Christ In Me

06. Let’s Be Beautiful

07. For Your Glory

08. I Will Follow Love

09. Great Reward

10. Holy Unafraid

11. Only One Standing

David Crowder*Band Releases a ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Solid Collection of Hits’

The last David Crowder Band album, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]), debuted as the No. 2 record in the country and marked the highest selling debut for the band. Paired with an epic final performance at the Passion 2012 Conference, the release was the denouement to an impactful, multi-decade career. Now, fans of the David Crowder*Band can cherish their career in full with the release of the first DC*B Greatest Hits, All This For A King: The Essential Collection, today, May 21.

The 14-track album features some of the band’s biggest songs, including “How He Loves,” “O Praise Him (All This For A King),” “Everything Glorious,” as well as three new remixed tracks from Family Force 5, Capital Kings and The Digital Age (consisting of former DC*B members Mike D., Jack Parker, Mark Waldrop and B-Wack). The album concludes with an all-new track from CROWDER, “This I Know.”

Critics are already hailing the new Essential Collection as “brilliant,” “unashamed,” and a “solid collection of hits.” Here’s a snippet of the recognition:

The trendsetting worship troupe drops its first-ever greatest hits compilation and showcases Crowder’s complacency shattering lyrics.
– CCM

“Lyrically, Crowder is just unashamed of Christ as ever. It should be a fine new chapter in one of CCM’s most recognizable names… This is a solid collection of hits.”
– New Release Tuesday

“No band in worship music was more creative and pushed boundaries of what could be considered worshipful music. For a career, David Crowder*Band earns five stars hands down.”
– Jesus Freak Hideout

“This is a brilliant greatest hits album, with every song being as strong as the next.”
– Louder Than the Music

“The best collection of music from one of my favorite Christian bands of all time… a great set of remixes celebrating familiar tunes and a fun sneak peak at the Crowder of the future.”
– More Than Dodgeball (Blog)

“If you have never owned a DCB record, this is the right place to start.”
– Breathecast

“The best part about it is that it includes the studio version of “You Alone,” which hasn’t been available for a long time!
– Where There’s a Will (Blog)

About sixstepsrecords:
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Burning Lights), Crowder (Give Us Rest), Charlie Hall (The Rising), Matt Redman (10,000 Reasons), Christy Nockels (Into the Glorious), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move), and Passion (Passion: Let The Future Begin). The label partners with Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations. For more information on sixstepsrecords, visit: http://www.sixstepsrecords.com.

Amy Grant Debuts at No. 1 on Christian Soundscan and No. 12 on Billboard 200

On the heels of receiving some of the best reviews of her 30+ year career, six time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant has even more to celebrate as her first full length album in 10 years, How Mercy Looks From Here, has garnered her a No. 1 debut on Christian SoundScan and a No. 12 debut on the Billboard 200, scanning over 26,000 units.

“Amy Grant has delivered a beautiful record of compelling songs that document her life experiences over the past decade since her last studio record,” remarked Peter York
President, Capitol CMG Label Group. “It’s an authentic album of songs she’s written that allow the listener to peer deeply into her heart and connect emotionally with her journey. It must be heard to be appreciated and I would encourage all to taste and see.”

Following an extensive press and radio tour last week that included CBS This Morning, NPR’s Weekend Edition, People.com, Morning Joe on MSNBC, WOR Radio with Rita Cosby, FUSE NEWS and more, Grant will make tour stops in the UK starting May 25, with previously filmed interviews airing next week on Lifetime TV shows “The Balancing Act” (5/28) and “Hollywood Watch” (5/31). Additionally, Grant is also scheduled to appear on the popular ABC daytime shows The View (6/20) and The Chew (7/19), while more critical acclaim for the project continues to roll in:

“Few singers probe issues of the spirit and of the heart with the warmth and intimacy of Amy Grant.….With a voice as organic and comforting as a wool sweater, Grant shows maturity by relying on her voice’s amber tones and subtle phrasing without showing off or pushing any edges…..however we look at time, we should make the best of this moment — which is what Grant does on How Mercy Looks From Here.”
-Associated Press

“Amy Grant is like fine wine and the veteran songstress only gets better with age as it is evident in this stellar collection of songs. It is definitely one of the best albums that came out in 2013. Amy conveys a wide spectrum of emotions in How Mercy Looks From Here. Her vocals are warm, deep, moving and captivating.”
-Digital Journal
“Wisdom and life experience ring loud and clear in this body of work….transparent and intentional, with an understanding of universal brokenness healed only through the grace and mercy of the blood of Jesus. No filler here. These songs are the breath of her life.”
-Worship Leader

About Amy Grant:
Amy Grant’s career spans over 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into her experience as an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums boasting one five-time Platinum album, one triple Platinum and one double Platinum album, as well as six platinum and four Gold albums. Amy has won six GRAMMY® Awards in multiple categories, beginning with the platinum selling Age to Age in 1982 and 25 GMA Dove Awards. She also has six No. 1 hits – including “Baby, Baby” and “Every Heartbeat” – and is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood. In 2003, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2006 Amy announced her first ever label shift to EMI Music Group where her entire music catalog was re-mastered and released via a GREATEST HITS album and made available for the first time digitally. Amy released her first studio album in 10 years, How Mercy Looks from Here in May 2013.

Get Connected with Amy Grant:
Website // http://www.amygrant.com
Facebook // http://www.facebook.com/amygrant

No Malice Announces ‘Hear Ye Him’ Trailer

July will belong to the Thornton brothers. It’ll just be done separately instead of together as the Clipse. Everybody knows the elder of the two has found a new path in God to follow, however No Malice hasn’t given up music and he’s quietly been preparing his first solo album, Hear Ye Him. And, today the Re-Up family has announced its July 2nd release date – preceding Pusha’s July 16th project – and prepared a trailer to accompany the good word.

The Clipse’s No Malice Addresses Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ Title & Depiction Of Jesus Christ In Hip-Hop

Kanye West knows that religion is a topic that always sparks conversation. Obviously, when one of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars decides to name his album Yeezus, many people are going to have an opinion. While there have been conflicting reports to what the actual title is, No Malice of The Clipse, has added to the discussion on the representation of Jesus Christ in Hip-Hop.

“The Game’s Jesus Piece, Clipse’ Lord Willin’, Kanye’s album; before I had a personal knowledge and revelation of my Lord and Savior I was liable to do or say anything that a devout Christian may deem blasphemous,” No Malice told AllHipHop.com exclusively. “I put His head on a chain, flooded Him with diamonds then used that same chain to seduce women.”

No Malice rose in the music industry as one half of the Virginia based duo The Clipse. Along with his brother Pusha T (now a member of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music), Clipse were best known for their vivid tales of conquering and surviving the drug game like on the classic 2002 single “Grindin’.” At that time No Malice was simply known as Malice, but in March of last year he announced on Twitter that Malice was “dead” and No Malice was born. Since then he has been outspoken about his relationship with Christ.

While No Malice has no issue confessing his love for Jesus, he makes it clear that he does not claim to be a member of any religion or judge those who choose to live their lives different from his. “I dare not point the finger and say who has crossed religious lines because I do not subscribe to religion. Rather I subscribe to a personal relationship with Christ the King,” says No Malice. For No Malice the fact that Jesus Christ is being spoken about is the most important thing, not the intent of the speaker.

“Depending on how personal He is to you is indicative of what light you portray Him in,” explains No Malice. “I tend to align myself with the Apostle Paul when he says, ‘But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or in truth, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice (Philippians 1:18)’.”

New Song: Donald Lawrence – ‘The Gift’

Donald Lawrence‘s hotly anticipated new single ‘The Gift’ was unwrapped last week.

The official lead single from the maestro’s forthcoming project, the infectious cut features the stunning vocals we love oh so much from Company along with D.Lawrence’s tight production.

Hit play, and tuck into the latest from Donald Lawrence below…

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June 2013 Release Dates

June 4
.Audio Adrenaline Big House To Ocean Floor (Hits Collection) [Forefront]
.Building 429 We Won’t Be Shaken [Essential]
.Graham Kendrick Worship Duets [Integrity]
.Remedy Drive Resuscitate: Acoustic Sessions [Centricity]
.Tim Timmons Cast My Cares [Reunion]
.Various Artists In Christ Alone: 25 of Today’s Most Powerful Modern Hymns [Integrity]

June 11
.The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones [Tooth & Nail]
.Colossus Time & Eternal [Facedown]
.Ghost Ship The Good King [Mars Hill/BEC]
.Heath McNease The Weight of Glory: Second Edition (independent)
.Justin McRoberts K (independent)
.Sleeping At Last Atlas 002: Light EP (independent)

June 18
.Creations Unworthy/Humility [Universal]
.Family Force 5 Reanimated [Transparent]
.Mr. Del Faith Walka [Universal / DMG]

June 25
.August Burns Red Rescue & Restore [Solid State]
.Extol Extol [Facedown]
.Skillet Rise [Atlantic/Word]
.We As Human We As Human [Atlantic]

N.B: This list is subject to change and would be updated occasionally.

ARTIST WATCH: Kierra Valencia “Kiki” Sheard


Kierra Valencia “Kiki” Sheard (born June 20, 1987) is an American gospel recording artist. She is the daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard (member of gospel singing group The Clark Sisters) and the granddaughter of gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark.

Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in the suburb of West Bloomfield, Sheard spent her formative years surrounded by the influences of her family, their faith, and their music. At age 6, she began singing in the choir at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, pastored by her father Bishop J. Drew Sheard. Even at a young age, Sheard had a preternatural grip on the signature “Clark sound” pioneered by her mother and aunts, executing high and fast melismas, riffs, runs, and deep, throaty growls sometimes referred to as “squalls” (the latter is prominently displayed on “Done Did It”, a traditional gospel leaning track from her album I Owe You).

Sheard made her professional stage debut at the age of 10 performing on two tracks on her mother’s debut solo album Finally Karen in 1997. One of those songs was “The Will Of God”, penned by Evangelist Richard “Mr. Clean” White as the standout closing track. The song won a Stellar Award for Best Children’s Performance the following year. In the years following, she honed and matured her skills as a performer and vocalist. Kierra started singing as a background vocalist for her mother, her aunt Dorinda Clark-Cole, and The Clark Sisters. In 2002, Kierra was featured on her aunt Dorinda’s self-titled debut album. The following year, she performed two tracks again on her mothers’ third album, The Heavens Are Telling. On The Heavens Are Telling, she was featured with her mother on a popular cover of Jill Scott’s He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat). In 2003, EMI Gospel won a bidding war between several record companies to sign Kierra to her first recording contract.

Her debut album I Owe You was released on September 7, 2004. The 11-track set included production and songwriting from such notable music luminaries as Rodney Jerkins, Warryn Campbell, Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, J Moss, and Tonéx. The album also functioned as the production debut for her brother J Drew.

The following year, EMI commissioned a collection of remixes entitled Just Until… on August 2, 2005. The title of the stopgap release was abbreviated from its working title “Just Until The Next Record”. The album had a surprise international hit in The Godson Concept remix of “Let Go”. The upbeat gospel single, released only in Japan, raced to the top of mainstream R&B charts and remained there for several weeks.

Shortly after graduating high school, Sheard readied her second album This Is Me. It debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart when it was released June 27, 2006. A midtempo fan favorite, the Fred Jerkins III-produced “Why Me?” was chosen as the lead single for the album. Sheard shot her first music videos for two subsequent singles from the album, “Yes” and “This Is Me”. The album was Grammy Award-nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album in December 2006.
In addition to performing at the 2007 Stellar Awards (“Why Me?”), Sheard appeared on BET’s Celebration of Gospel standing in for pregnant Faith Evans in “Endow Me” (as popularized by Sheard’s aunts) along with Coko, Lil’ Mo, and Fantasia. Sheard also sang with her mother for A Tribute to Aretha Franklin.

In October 2008, Sheard released her third album, Bold Right Life. The album spawned the two lead singles “Praise Him Now” and “Won’t Hold Back”. Sheard was also featured on what would be the biggest single of her career to date, “God In Me”, from Mary Mary’s The Sound album.

In January 2009, Sheard appeared at the BMI Trailblazers performing “Jesus Is a Love Song” as a salute to her aunt, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark.

Sheard released a greatest hits EP entitled KiKi’s Mixtape on September 22, 2009. The EP included 3 new unreleased songs, 2 remixes, singles from previous albums and “This Christmas” with Marcus Cole.

Kierra had a role in Preacher’s Kid (starring platinum-selling R&B artist LeToya Luckett, Durrell Babbs, Clifton Powell, Gregory Alan Williams, Sharif Atkins) which was released in theaters across the U.S. on January 29, 2010 and was released on DVD and Blu-ray disc on May 4, 2010.

Kierra Sheard’s fourth album, titled Free, was released on October 18, 2011. This, being Kierra’s 1st album on her family’s gospel label, Karew Records (pronounced Kuh-Rue). Originally scheduled for a July 2011 release, the album was leaked and subsequently pushed back and reformatted with a different tracklisting. The album features Kierra’s BRL (Bold Right Life) Choir.
Personal life

Kierra Sheard is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she received her bachelors degree in English with a minor in Psychology. Though her touring schedule has been curbed to accommodate her academic goals, Sheard did embark on a Japanese tour with her mother Karen Clark-Sheard in August 2006.[citation needed]
Discography
Albums

2004: I Owe You
2006: This Is Me
2008: Bold Right Life
2011: Free

Compilations

2005: Just Until…
2009: KiKi’s Mixtape