Trip Lee set to Rise with new album

Trip Lee
Trip Lee

Trip Lee is someone to listen to if you like Lecrae. His new release, Rise, is set for release Oct. 27th from Reach Records. The first single from the new album is called “Shweet” and the second will be “Sweet Victory.” Guests on the album include Lecrae and Andy Mineo.

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Sexy book of the Bible inspires The Song

Before SHADES OF GRAY, “Dating Naked,” or even Harlequin romance novels, there was Song of Solomon, the “sexy” book of the Bible. From the best-selling book of all time, the racy Song of Solomon has inspired a new movie THE SONG opening nationwide this Friday.

Starring Alan Powell of pop band Anthem Lights, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (“Nashville”), and Ali Faulkner (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1), THE SONG is a music-driven romantic drama combining ancient wisdom and a classic love triangle to deliver the most provocative film in Hollywood’s “Year of the Bible.” The PG-13 rating hints at the not-quite Sunday school fare.

Releasing nationwide on September 26th from Samuel Goldwyn Films and City on A Hill Studio, THE SONG takes an honest look into the life of a world-weary recording artist searching for meaning and love. Inspired by Song of Solomon (known for its poetic language about love and lovers), THE SONG features 11 original songs with an American Roots flavor.

The film has been screened for more than 10,000 pastors and church leaders over the course of the summer. Additionally, an extensive line of curriculum resources are available to further the experience and become a catalyst for strengthening marriage. Executive Producer of THE SONG and Teaching Pastor of America’s fourth largest church, Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, Kyle Idleman hopes the film will generate honest conversations about topics often avoided in ministry settings.

“I think the church often hides under the covers, so to speak, when it comes to the issues of love, sex and marriage, and by doing so popular culture continues to shape how we think about these subjects. It seems like it might be good for [the church] to step back and ask the question, ‘How’s that workin’ out for us?'” says Idleman.

THE SONG follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed is love-struck by the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose (Ali Faulkner), and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation in the form of fellow performer Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), Jed’s life and marriage begin to fall apart.

Woven throughout the story is voice-over narration taken from verses in Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs; metaphorically, the film draws on the life and writings of King Solomon, thought to be one of the wisest men in history, and known for his book on love and intimacy. However, with its entertaining blend of music, romance and heartbreak, THE SONG plays to wider audiences and is reminiscent of films like WALK THE LINE, COUNTRY STRONG, and CRAZY HEART.

“THE SONG has the potential to resonate with anyone, regardless of their beliefs or background. I think movie-goers will appreciate this film as a stand-alone music-driven drama that plays as a cautionary love story and not a cinematic sermon,” says writer and director Richard Ramsey.

Passion Conferences Essential Collection

passionessentialPassion: The Essential Collection will be a CD/DVD set available this Nov. 11, featuring 15 songs and seven music videos from Passion, including Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Redman, David Crowder*Band, Christy Nockels and Charlie Hall. It will also feature four talks from founder Louie Giglio, bringing together the best representation of the multi-decade impact the Passion Conferences have had on a generation of 18-25 year olds across the country and internationally.

TobyMac Remixed

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Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winner TobyMac’s most recent album soared to the top of the charts and earned a GRAMMY® Award, and now those songs are getting revamped on his upcoming remix album, EYE’M ALL MIXED UP, set to release November 4.

EYE ON IT earned a GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and topped the iTunes Overall and Christian sales charts. It also marked the highest chart debut of his solo career, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making TobyMac one of only four artists to ever debut atop the Billboard 200 with a Christian music album.

EYE’M ALL MIXED UP features 11 tracks from EYE ON IT, including hits “Me Without You,” “Speak Life” and “Steal My Show” mixed by remixers such as Capital Kings and Soul Glow Activatur of Family Force 5.

Shortly after the album’s debut, TobyMac will head out on the “Worship, Stories & Songs Tour” beginning November 6, featuring Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson. This 20-city tour will make stops at intimate venues across the country, focusing on the stories behind the songs with stripped down performances.

Additionally, TobyMac received a nomination for Short Form Video of the Year for “Speak Life” for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The award show will take place at Lipscomb University in Nashville October 7.

EYE’M ALL MIXED UP Tracklist
1. EYE ON IT (Phenomenon Remix by Soul Glow Activatur)
2. FORGIVENESS (Feat. Lecrae) (Neon Feather Remix)
3. SPEAK LIFE (Telemitry Remix)
4. ME WITHOUT YOU (Capital Kings Remix)
5. STEAL MY SHOW (Jack Shocklee Remix)
6. UnSTOPPABLE (Feat. Blanca) (Phenomenon Remix by Soul Glow Activatur)
7. LOSE MYSELF (Capital Kings Remix)
8. EYE ON IT (Kaveman Remix)
9. THANKFUL FOR YOU (Thunderbird Remix)
10. MAC DADDY (Tru’s Reality) (Telemitry Remix)
11. ME WITHOUT YOU (Telemitry Remix)

Laura Story has twins

Laura Story has kids!
Laura Story has kids!

GRAMMY® award winning songstress Laura Story and her husband Martin have welcomed fraternal twin boys to their family. Benjamin Cary and Griffin James were born within three minutes of each other, weighing 6.5 lbs and 6.3 lbs respectively. The twins join their 2-year-old big sister Josie.

“Martin and I are so thrilled to finally meet these little guys! God has truly blessed our family,” said a tired but joyful Story.

Laura will take her new growing family out on the road this December for a short Christmas tour in select states (MD, ME, NY, OH and NJ). Her new Christmas record God With Us will be available for these shows and will be released to retail Christmas 2015.

While her schedule will be quite busy with the new additions, Story is also currently working on her first book scheduled to release next fall. The W Publishing book “When God Doesn’t Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn; Truths You Can’t Live Without” will explore Story’s journey from her life expectations through shattered dreams and on to the incredible truths that she uncovered in her study of God’s Word. It will offer readers a friend who understands, important biblical insights and hope that God has not forgotten them.

Manic Drive returns with VIP album

For fans of the Toronto-based MANIC DRIVE, it has been a long three-year wait since their acclaimed studio project, EPIC.  Over the past decade, this award-winning trio has built a loyal international following, fostered by their infectious brand of power-pop and a genuine commitment to a relationship with their audience. Now, on October 14, a new season begins with the debut of their fifth studio album, VIP.

Two years ago, brothers Shawn and Michael Cavallo and longtime band mate Anthony Moreino decided to take their career into their own hands, choosing the path of independent artists. This freedom has provided incredible opportunities as well as the privilege of creating music on their own terms and their own timeline.

Maybe you’ve heard the title track “VIP” on Air 1 or other radio stations. Despite the song’s party-esque atmosphere and title, the song has little to due with the modern idea of celebrity.  Shawn explains, “So often we compare ourselves to others and forget who we are in Christ.  God gives everyone a purpose. ‘VIP’ is a song that focuses on what we are uniquely called to do. The song is meant to celebrate who we are in Christ individually.”

Manic Drive
Manic Drive

Produced by Oh, Hush! (Cee Lo, Jamie Grace) and Nick Baumhardt (Stellar Kart, Britt Nicole), the band enlisted vocal collaborations with Manwell (of Group 1 Crew) on the title track, as well as fellow Canadian Trevor McNevan from Thousand Foot Krutch on the song “Electric.”  Recorded in Chicago, Nashville and their own studio in Toronto, VIP is filled with infectious power-pop melodies and lyrics rooted in truth, hope and encouragement.

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