Category Archives: Christmas

Merry Christmas from Mark Weber

Thank you so much for reading Christian Music Makers. It’s a joy to bring you news about Christian and Gospel music artists year round, and I hope you celebrate Jesus this Christmas with family, friends and music. –Mark Weber

Here’s a song I wrote for those who are sad at Christmas:

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Ashley Cleveland singing Christian music in Alaska

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Christian music maker Ashley Cleveland heads to Nome, Alaska this January for a women’s conference that’s part of “Missions Alaska,” which includes an outreach program to the native community. It’s Cleveland’s first ever visit to Alaska, and takes place right before her 57th birthday. Other concert spots in 2014 include California, Texas, Ontario and British Columbia.

Owl City with TobyMac have Christmas song hit

Owl City (Adam Young) performing at the Bowery...
Owl City (Adam Young) performing at the Bowery Ballroom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Owl City, which is really just one guy– Adam Young– has paired up with TobyMac on the Christmas song, “Light of Christmas.” The song, from the new VeggieTales DVD, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, is the only new Christmas song this season on Christian radio, and it’s a hit!

 

 

Silver Bells, a brand new version

 

Well here’s something totally unexpected for Christmastime… it’s Jeff Sparks with Canton Jones, Ann Nesby and Shonlock. The song is “Silver Bells,” but not the one you’re thinking of– this one’s more of a 2013 take on a Christmas classic, with a hip-hop edge and the divalicious voice of Ms. Nesby. Don’t forget the nice sax in the upbeat song. Cool! Props to video director Darryl D. Lassiter. –Mark Weber

 

 

Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Natalie Grant headline Christmas Story Tour

christmasFollowing multiple sell-out performances in front of nearly 120,000 people during the 2011 and 2012 holiday seasons, THE STORY TOUR, presented by World Vision, will return for the third consecutive year to arenas nationwide this Christmas, giving fans in 14 cities a chance to experience the Bible through a live multi-media experience like no other. This year’s all-star line-up once again brings together top names in Christian music, including Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah and Rawsrvnt, along with special guest author/speaker Randy Frazee and musical director Bernie Herms. The exceptional cast will also be joined by a full orchestra and children’s choir as they perform holiday favorites and selections from (Music Inspired By) THE STORY, each song telling a first-person account of a specific biblical character.

Casting Crowns’ lead singer Mark Hall, who was a part of the 2012 tour, will be joined onstage this year by other members of the award-winning band for this one-of-a kind concert experience. “When a family comes to THE STORY concert and they see, person by person, how God has moved through history, they begin to see how the Bible fits together,” says Hall. “God is working all things together for good. That is the message: that Jesus is the way to God and that He is writing our story.”

“It is so exciting to be a part of an event that helps bring the Bible to life,” adds Grant. “Watching the audience grasp these biblical truths in new ways is especially rewarding. And I believe these are some of the greatest songs ever written, so it is an honor to sing them every night.”

Throughout the evening, the artists will perform the Dove Award-winning Special Event Album of the Year (Music Inspired By) THE STORY in its entirety, taking the audience on an extraordinary journey from Genesis to Revelation. In addition, artists will perform some favorite Christmas classics, making this a memorable, must-see event for the 2013 holiday season. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.TheStoryCD.com/tour.

Released in late 2011, (Music Inspired By) THE STORY is an unparalleled project from some of the best-known artists in Christian music. Based on a collaboration with authors Randy Frazee (The Heart of the Story) and Max Lucado (God’s Story, Your Story) as well as Zondervan’s Bible The Story, the songs on THE STORY album take timeless biblical truths and provide a completely new context into how God’s narrative of love and redemption intersects with our own history of brokenness and failures resulting in a new, epic story of hope and rescue. The 2-CD set features 18 original songs written by multiple Dove Award winners Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms. The project is produced by Herms and Brown Bannister and features a stellar line-up of artists across all major labels, who combined have sold over 75 million albums. 

This year, THE STORY TOUR is once again partnering with Christian humanitarian organization World Vision ( www.worldvision.org). World Vision provides assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. 

A K-Love Christmas featuring Big Daddy Weave

daddyweaveDo you hear what I hear? The K-LOVE Christmas Tour starts on December 4 in Greensboro, NC.  Big Daddy Weave, for KING & COUNTRY, and Meredith Andrews will hit 10 K-LOVE markets for the holidays.

 

K-LOVE Christmas Tour Dates:

Dec. 4         Greensboro, NC – Christian City Church         
Dec. 5             Virginia Beach, VA – New Life Providence Church

Dec. 6             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church, Pittsburgh East Campus

Dec. 7             Indianapolis, IN – Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Dec. 8             Chicago, IL – Aurora Christian High School

Dec. 11          Lexington, KY – Porter Memorial Baptist Church

Dec. 12          Nashville, TN – Brentwood United Methodist Church

Dec. 13          Memphis, TN – Raleigh Assembly of God

Dec. 14          Kansas City, MO – Cross Points Church

 

Dec. 15          Evansville, IN – First Christian Church Newburgh

CT shooting Beautiful Savior song

Russ Peters
Russ Peters

It’s almost Christmas, and little children were gunned down while at their elementary school in Connecticut. How do you get through hearing something like that? In times like these, you cling to your faith. My friend, Pastor Russ Peters, wrote a song called “Beautiful Savior” that will give you some comfort during these turbulent times we’re living in. The song reminds us how God is with us, now and forever. Listen to it on iTunes, Spotify, or Amazon, and download it if you find yourself blessed by the heartfelt words and melody.