Chicago Mass Choir

“Thank You, Thank You Jesus for all you’ve done for me, Thank You, Thank You Jesus, You’ve been so good to me, I just want to say Thank You” is what the powerful new radio single from Chicago Mass Choir declares.

“Thank You, Thank You Jesus” begins with a strong lead guitar intro, followed by a well-branded musical intro, which has been stamped as the Chicago Mass Choir sound.  The new radio single will instantly grab the attention of listeners with Chicago Mass Choir’s full and dynamic vocals, coupled with Lemmie Battles on lead vocals.

Chicago Mass Choir’s top radio singles have become music staples in Gospel music and for choirs around the world.

For additional info: www.chicagomasschoir.com

Fair Trade and the GMA Dove Awards

Fair Trade Services garnered a total of eight nominations for the upcoming 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards.  Multi-Dove Award winning band MercyMe took honors in top categories, including “Artist of the Year,” Song of the Year” (for their 16 week No. 1 “Greater”), “Songwriter of the Year” (for Bart Millard) and Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year.  Phil Wickham’s “This Is Amazing Grace” gathered nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Worship Song of the Year” as well as earned Wickham a nod for “Songwriter of the Year.” “O Love of God” from Laura Story is up for “Inspirational Song of the Year.”

The 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Erica Campbell and Sadie Robertson, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, live from Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. and will air exclusively on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Sunday, October 18th at 9:00 p.m (CST).

The City Harmonic

When the steel industry abandoned Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the city’s churches united under the banner TrueCity to help revitalize a dying community. Four worship leaders from separate churches at the forefront of this movement, Elias Dummer (lead vocals, keys), Eric Fusilier (bass), Josh Vanderlaan (drums) and Aaron Powell (guitars), joined forces to become The City Harmonic, a reflection of Jeremiah 29:7’s command to “seek the peace of the city.” This raucous, award-winning band has since seen the power of unity first-hand in Hamilton and internationally.

Launching their “Manifesto” anthem in 2010 that quickly became a rallying cry for believers around the world, the band is now leading a new charge, using recorded music, community events, a documentary and the internet’s global reach to bring unity to a divided world beginning with the Church.

“Do you want less division and more unity?” asks The City Harmonic members as they invite the Church to participate in a worldwide unity movement. “There is good news: we are one in Christ! And we, the Church, have a job to do as His body. We truly believe–and have seen first-hand–that communities can change for good as we work together in unity like a family. It’s a small step with an enormous impact. It starts with us.”

Giving more than “lip service” to this dream, The City Harmonic is providing resources to churches, beginning with the creation of a documentary that details the story of the unity movement in their hometown. The piece includes interviews with local church and city leaders about the process and model they followed while also sharing the amazing transformations that occurred amidst a unified Christian response. The documentary is available for viewing at www.WeAreTheCityHarmonic.com where visitors can also share their own unity stories to encourage one another.

In addition, the band hits the road this fall for “We Are” events that bring together local churches for a time of worship, prayer and fellowship as the band encourages cities to unite to serve their communities. These events include “We Are Gulf Shores” (AL), “We Are Jackson” (MS), “We Are Lodi” (CA) and “We Are Las Vegas” (NV), with 18 events currently planned and more being added weekly. (An updated schedule with event details can be found at www.WeAreTheCityHarmonic.com.)

While on the road, The City Harmonic will share songs, including radio single “We Are One,” from their new album, WE ARE, which releases September 4 through Integrity Music and is available for pre-order now at iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-are/id1027387924). The band will also be joined at each “We Are” event by their label mate, Travis Ryan, co-writer of the Newsboys’ No. 1 hit “We Believe” and worship pastor for LifePoint Church in Smyrna, TN.

“We’ve seen first-hand how powerful it is when the Church works in unity,” says Elias Dummer. “Christ changes us every day and Christ is changing our hometown… if we can somehow inspire the Church around the world to do the same… that’s more than we could ever have hoped or imagined.”

For additional information related to The City Harmonic, visit www.thecityharmonic.com.

Bri with “I’ll Be The One”

Rising gospel star Bri has cracked the Nielsen BDS Gospel Top 40 with her debut radio single “I’ll Be The One.”

Last month Bri shocked the gospel music world when “I’ll Be The One” debuted at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Digital Gospel Sales chart off the strength of her more than 300,000 Instagram followers prior to the song receiving radio airplay. The uplifting song also premiered at #13 on Billboard’s mainstream Hot Singles Sales Chart, #18 on the Hot Gospel Singles chart and #20 on the Christian/Gospel Digital Songs chart.

Within the last week, “I’ll Be The One” has been featured on “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” “The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr.” and other nationally syndicated programs.

“The song is building nicely at radio,” says Bri’s manager, Marquis Boone of Marquis Boone Enterprises. “My whole team is really excited about the song’s progress and where Bri’s career is going over the next few months and years ahead.”

Fans can keep up with Bri and her activities at www.brination.org

Pastor Charles Jenkins

Pastor Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago maintain their #1 slot on this week’s Billboard Magazine Gospel Airplay chart with the bestselling radio smash “#War” for the third consecutive week. The New Orleans marching band-flavored battle cry is a declaration of hope and determination that’s being sung by church choirs and praise teams around the globe since its release last fall.

“Thousands of people have adopted #WAR as their personal fight song,” Jenkins says. “There is so much going on in the world and real people are fighting real battles everywhere. We don’t want #WAR to simply be a song that we sing on Sunday; we want it to be a daily reminder that we are on a mission to #WAR against whatever that thing is that’s in the way of our destiny.”

In the fall, Pastor Jenkins and his wife Dr. Tara are releasing a #WAR Prayer Guide and curriculum on http://www.charlesjenkins.com so that like-minded people can gather to study, pray and fight to win in life as a team. In the meantime, in a play off of a verse from the song, the couple has launched the http://www.youcanthavemy.net website where believers can download memes expressing the specific battle they are at #WAR with in their lives. They then post it on their social media with the hashtags #WAR and #Thismeanswar.

The shepherd for the 8,000-member Fellowship Chicago church, Pastor Jenkins burst into the national spotlight when he and the Fellowship Chicago choir’s radio debut “Awesome” topped Billboard Magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 22 weeks in 2012. It won a BMI Award in 2014 for over 50,000-lifetime radio spins. The album “Best of Both Worlds” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Gospel Album sales chart, garnered 5 Stellar Awards, multiple Dove Award nominations, appearance at Jay Z’s “Made In America” festival and more. Please visit http://www.charlesjenkins.com for more news and information.

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