BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards

The 16th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards will take place in Atlanta on January 17, 2015. It’s a first-class, awe-inspiring worship service to honor the legends of gospel music. The invitation-only event attracts gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading executives. Israel Houghton, a prolific worship leader, musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist, LaShun Pace, the siren behind time-honored opus “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” and The Anointed Pace Sisters, the sweet-sounding siblings whose songs are essential to Sunday morning church, are set to be honored with performances by an assembly of musicians (who are to be announced). Gospel music loyalists Kim Burrell and VaShawn Mitchell will host the prestigious event.
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See the new Crowder music video here

“Come As You Are” is the brand new Crowder music video. By the way, have you noticed how big his beard has gotten over the years?


An update of a Christmas classic from Family Force 5

Alternative pop-rock band Family Force 5 releases their Christmas single, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” on November 18. True to form, Family Force 5 adds their signature electronic/dance/pop vibe to this interpretation of the holiday classic, complemented by their trademark over-the-top artwork.

Like many bands, the creation of the song all came down to the right inspiration. Unlike many bands, their inspiration revolved around some cheap green velvet from the basement. Derek Mount (a.k.a., “Chap Stique”) explains: “We were sitting around the studio struggling to find the right sound until Riley (Friesen, producer) grabbed a cheap, velvet Christmas tree costume that was lying in his basement and gave it to Hollywood. As soon as he put on that ridiculous green suit, the rest of us started cracking up and then blared early 2000’s hip-hop through his headphones so he could play along for inspiration.  After a few minutes, Hollywood came up with a ghetto, bouncy beat and the track pretty much wrote itself. Once we had the pocket, the remaining parts felt very natural, and very Family Force 5.”

The single drops just two days after the band wraps their 28-city “We Believe Fall Tour” with the Newsboys and 7eventh Time Down, closing out a dynamic year for the band. In October, they landed their first Hot AC/CHR No. 1 radio hit, “Let It Be Love” from their critically acclaimed album, Time Stands Still, that shot to the top of multiple album charts when it debuted Aug. 5 from Word Entertainment. Additionally, “BZRK (feat. KB),” the first music video from Time Stands Still, became the No. 1 most-viewed music video at

The band recently finished shooting its next highly anticipated video, “Sweep the Leg” and can be seen on Winter Jam 2015, which kicks off its 47-city run January 2. Family Force 5 will be joining label-mates Skillet, Francesca Battistelli, for KING & COUNTRY, Blanca, About A Mile and VERIDIA.

Katinas cover Matt Redman

The Katinas cover Matt Redman’s song, “10,000 Reasons.” It’s the first single from their new release, Sunday Set.

Keep Me Everyday features Gospel singer Lisa Page Brooks

The Temple of Deliverance COGIC church’s 200-voice Women’s Choir made a big splash onto the national music scene with its Billboard Top Ten debut CD, “In The Sanctuary,” (Habakkuk Music) and two big Gospel radio airplay smashes: “Everybody Praise” and “Breakthrough.” Now, the Memphis-based ensemble is rocking the Gospel world again with its third radio single, “Keep Me Everyday,” led by Lisa Page Brooks, who is best-known for her #1 2010 radio hit “I Want To Say Thank You” and her prior work with the group Witness.

Spanish language worship music

If you’re looking for worship music in Spanish, here you go. Dream Records recording artist Warr Acres has released their first Spanish album entitled Que Caiga Ya. 

New music from Kathy Troccoli coming in 2015

The woman who got me started in writing about Christian music, Kathy Troccoli, will have a new album, “Better Days,” out in January 2015. I’ve been enjoying her music since the 1990s and she’s still going strong vocally and lyrically. Hear KT talk about the new music here:

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