Jeff Stice is releasing his first project on Daywind Instrumental. The new project, aptly titled I’m Gonna Keep On, is a tribute to legendary songwriter and Gospel music icon Andrae Crouch.
Jeff Stice said, "This is my first Daywind project and I'm speechless. What a project to begin with - the Songs of Andrae Crouch. It's so apparent in the lyrics that he wrote, that Andrae Crouch had lived each word. He had the voice of experience! For the past three years of my life, I've gotten to know my Heavenly Father in an entirely new way. He loves me. I've learned that the more I truly depend on Him, the more He overwhelms me with His presence. All of these songs have made me realize that Andrae Crouch knew God in that same way. One song after the other, they all speak to me.”
I’m Gonna Keep On releases nationwide through Daywind Instrumental/New Day Christian Distributors on Friday.
Jeff continued,”I urge you as you listen to pull up the lyrics to each of these songs and follow along. Not only are they incredible, but the melodies to each are so original, heartfelt and fun. I'm honored that Daywind Records sees value in what I do as a soloist. To think that they see me as an artist is mind boggling. I look forward to our journey together.”
Anberlin's frontman, Stephen Christian announces the release of his new solo album, Wildfires, set to release on July 28th with BEC Recordings. With the disband of Anberlin in 2014 and working four part-time jobs, Christian began searching what was the next step for his future. During that challenging time, he was able to create this worship project that has special meaning to him.
“Gloria” was written shortly after Anberlin was disbanded and his other jobs had fallen through, and the lyrics reminded him that God was in control: Tell me / Who else would we call on in times of trouble? / Who else could we give our adoration?
"This album was written in the five months after the end of Anberlin, it was a time of great personal struggle and triumph," shares Christian. "Some of the greatest songs in history have come from an artist's darkest times in life. This feels like the first time I put out a record, and in a way it is. These songs are me, they are the overflow of my heart and when my kids want to listen to my music someday, Wildfires will be the first record I show them."
Following the retirement of Anberlin, Stephen Christian is now a full time worship leader at Calvary Albuquerque in New Mexico. Anberlin was a staple in the rock music industry since 2003. Seven albums and 11 years later, the band released their final full-length album in 2014 with Tooth & Nail.
Chris Tomlin brought the church together in unity and prayer throughout this spring with his Worship Night In America tour. Featuring Chris, Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham and Zach Williams, the tour made 23 stops across the US, selling out arenas in major markets including Phoenix, Portland, Kansas City, and Seattle, while making history in Nashville as the largest ticketed Christian concert at Bridgestone Arena.
"It took a dedicated team to make it all happen, and it was one of the most incredible and powerful things to watch all streams of the church come together in an act of unity to worship and pray as we toured across the U.S.," Tomlin said. "These nights have been filled with revival and restoration as we all joined together proclaiming one name."
Each night during the tour Tomlin gave away a Taylor Guitar to a local, young worship leader, creating a unifying and exciting moment for the crowd as he spoke about his early years starting out in worship music and encouraging them to lean in to God's calling on their heart.
The Worship Night in America tour followed a series of Worship Night In America events over the last two years including sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks and other iconic venues.
Tomlin's 11th studio album Never Lose Sight released last fall, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album features the RIAA Gold Certified single "Good Good Father" and latest hit, "Home."
The Worship Night in America tour was exclusively produced by Awakening Events, presented by K-LOVE and Air1 and sponsored by Food for the Hungry.
Heal the Land, written and produced by Michael Edmonds, has released INSP and Adult Contemporary radio. Jason Hutchins of Element Room Productions engineered the project. An afternoon spent watching his young daughter play amid a group of culturally-diverse children resulted in Edmond’s new single which asks God to heal the racial tension that plagues our society.
“One afternoon, I was watching my daughter, Heavenly, play at the park with kids of different backgrounds and colors,” Edmonds said. “It occurred to me that although there is a lot of racial tension in America, children naturally like one another and just want to play together. Until they are taught differently by the words or actions of others, children just want to get along. ‘Heal the Land’ is my prayer that all of us will be examples of love and unity to children, because they who are the next generation are watching us.”
Edmonds, who has been in music ministry as a singer/songwriter for more than 20 years, has a focused vision for his calling: draw the lost to a forgiving God by exalting the name of Jesus and be a reflection of His love and compassion. A native of Queens, N.Y., he overcame the challenge of being raised by parents who were addicted to drugs and his mother dying of AIDS at the age of 28 to pursue a music career. Although he started out in the secular music industry, Edmonds felt called to sing for the Lord, a path that has taken him to the stage of the legendary Apollo Theater. He also has appeared on numerous local and national TV and radio shows, won multiple national music awards and released a Top 5 single, “Overcome the World.”