Third Day touring in 2015

Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band THIRD DAY will hit the road this spring to headline the SOUL ON FIRE TOUR, coinciding with the March 3 release of the band’s new worship album, LEAD US BACK. The 20+ city spring leg kicks off March 5, in Boston following an album launch party at New York City’s famed Beacon Theater on March 3, and will then move on to major U.S. markets such as Philadelphia, Tulsa, Dallas, Grand Rapids and more, before wrapping up on April 26 in Augusta, Maine. The SOUL ON FIRE TOUR will introduce Dove Award Winning New Artist of the Year Ellie Holcomb on most dates, while Grammy nominated Australian favorite Peter Furler will be a special guest on other select dates. THIRD DAY will continue the tour across Canada before moving into some special summer shows, and then complete their U.S. touring in the fall of 2015.

The SOUL ON FIRE TOUR takes its name from one of the first singles on THIRD DAY’s brand new worship project, LEAD US BACK, the band’s first worship recording in more than a decade. The group’s two previous worship albums, OFFERINGS – A Worship Album in 2000 and OFFERINGS II – All I Have to Give in 2003, have been the two biggest selling albums of THIRD DAY’s career to date.

LEAD US BACK is a call to worship, not just for our audience but for the band as well,” says bassist Tai Anderson. “Why now? We’re ready for these songs. We’re ready to feel God’s spirit fall afresh on all of us again. We have a twofold hope in sharing them. First, that this music will help lead us as a group back to our original fire and desire to worship and second, that it will do the same for our fans who are on the spiritual journey as well.”

A special VIP package will be available for SOUL ON FIRE TOUR ticket buyers, including a premium-seat concert ticket and an after-show VIP experience with THIRD DAY. For the most up-to-date ticketing information, please visit
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White Christmas by Soul Tempo

Many of us love the classic Christmas song “White Christmas” and will definitely have it in rotation during the Holiday season. “White Christmas” has been recorded by music legends like Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick and Otis Redding. Christian music makers Soul Tempo also recorded the classic song, with 4 versions available on iTunes. I especially like the jazzy versions! –Mark Weber


Introducing Brittany Jester

Christian music newcomer Brittany Jester is making noise with her debut radio single, “Tell Me,” currently impacting radio stations nationwide. Brittany’s self-titled debut EP, Brittany Jester, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and at Cross Way Christian Supply stores.

At just 8 years old, Brittany stepped in front of an audience for the first time, performing a Christmas song for a group of seniors. Before long, she was singing at private parties, churches, festivals and sporting events, including a stadium performance for the Atlanta Braves and an opening slot for country legend Louise Mandrell.

In 2001, at the age of 12, Brittany made her national television debut, performing on It’s Showtime at the Apollo. Her appearance on the legendary program cemented her desire to pursue music full-time, and provided an entry on her resume that made it clear that she was on her way.

Now 25, Brittany is promoting her official debut album, and radio stations around the country are adding her first single, including stations in Kentucky, Missouri, Connecticut, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

With a soulful voice and an even bigger heart, Brittany is finally seeing her youthful dreams fulfilled. And she’s determined to make a difference in the lives of those that hear her music.

“God is still showing me things every day about His love and our surrender,” says Brittany. “And that is what we’ve all got to do, trust and give our daily struggles to Him. I’m so thankful for the chance to meet people, chat with them and hear their stories. It is an incredible privilege to be able to share Christ with others through worship and stories in song.”

Mark Schultz goes viral with Different Kind of Christmas

Mark Schultz’s new Christmas single – “Different Kind of Christmas” – has reached viral status on Facebook. The live music video has received nearly 4.5 million views, 142,000 shares, 18,000 likes and numerous comments from fans and listeners, all within less than a week. “Different Kind of Christmas” also shot up to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs chart. The song was originally inspired by the life of Schultz’s father-in-law and his recent passing.

“We tried to write the lyrics that would reflect the honesty of the emotions we were feeling – that Christmas was still hard, even though we have faith that Kate’s dad is with Jesus,” said Schultz in a message to his fans. “We had no idea how many lives this song would touch, but it only makes sense because there are very few people that haven’t experienced a loss that makes life a lot different. There are few times in the year when that difference is felt more powerfully than around the holidays.”

Jason Crabb in new musical family film

Jason Crabb is one of the stars of Welcome to Inspiration, a DVD family film with music in it. Also in the film are Larry Gatlin and Regina McCrary. It’s based on the book The Street Sweeper by Tim Enochs. Look for it in January 2015.

Some of Mark Weber’s magazine articles

Mark Weber has been writing about Christian music for years…here are some highlights from the past

A song for all the dead black boys and the mothers who miss them

Here’s a song for all the dead black boys who never got to grow up and live their lives thanks to society’s harsh view and treatment of them; this is also a song for all the mothers who’ve lost their “beautiful boy.”

Jackie Gouche’, Daniel “Supa Good” Farris, and Davion Farris were inspired to write “Beautiful Boy” because of the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island.

“We wrote this song to touch the soul of America,” says Gouche’. “It’s to remind them that the young African-Americans whose lives are being taken away unjustly are not dangerous criminals or thugs, but some mother’s beautiful boy. It’s a cry for justice, compassion and change.” –Christian Music Makers

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