Hillsong Young & Free will embark on a 10-city domestic tour of their album Youth Revival. In a continuation of their sold out stateside shows, the summer leg of Youth Revival Nights will kick-off on July 15th in Chicago and feature special perks for deluxe and afterparty ticket holders including early entry, a live pre-show Q&A discussing all things worship, songwriting, leadership and ministry, and an exclusive afterparty hangout with the band. In addition to sharing selections from their latest album, Hillsong Young & Free will also unveil a brand new single that will be performed for fans during their summer tour circuit.
“We have worked hard to create an experience that we are believing to be special and unlike anything else,” says lead vocalist Laura Toggs. “With all of our present challenges in the current climate, Young & Free is aimed at reaching young people and seeing them connect to the freedom found in Jesus. It will be fun, energetic and powerful, and I am believing that we truly will see a youth revival take place in your cities and nation.”
The EDM/Pop group out of Hillsong Church continues to redefine Christian music to the masses with their projects, most recently an all acoustic re-recording of their chart-topping sophomore “Youth Revival” album that saw multiple No. 1’s, landed in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart and garnered the group its first GRAMMY® nomination.
Jesus Culture will release of their new live worship album, Love Has A Name, on August 11. Love Has A Name was recorded at Jesus Culture's home church in Sacramento, CA and features their worship leaders Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Derek Johnson and more.
"Every day we are faced with negativity in media and in the world," shares worship leader Chris Quilala. "It's so important for us, the church, to be a light in the darkness and a beacon of hope and joy. Love Has a Name is all about declaring who God is. It's a strong proclamation of His name, the Name above every other name."
This release follows the group's 2016 highly impactful album, Let It Echo, which debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Top Albums chart. Jesus Culture music has continued to create worship anthems for their local congregation as well as for those around the world, but it is at their church home that they experience these songs first during the writing and recording process.
"So much growth has taken place in our community in the last couple years," explains Katie Torwalt. "We have experienced and walked though more together so I believe the songs of worship run that much deeper! Relationship is so important in the kingdom and that is something that we are pursuing as a church right now. It can be messy and humbling but the reward of connection is so worth it. We believe creativity flows from a place of healthy connection."
"It was really fun to hear the positive feedback from our church family to the new songs," Kim Walker-Smith adds. "They were really excited and also felt like the songs really express the season we are in as a community."
Jesus Culture will be taking these songs along with their other renowned worship songs once again on the Outcry Tour beginning in August. The group has been part of this special worship tour from inception and have seen first hand the worship landscape across the country.
"I think UNITY was the thing that stood out to me as we've been on this tour," shares Derek Johnson. "I think the church is suppose to be very diverse, but diversity doesn’t have to mean disunity. Outcry provides a unique experience of so many people from so many different upbringings and backgrounds to come together and worship - to be together in Christ above all other things. I think it’s vital and that kind of unity in the church will shout to a watching world that we are a family. I remember at times just hearing the voices in the arenas and thinking we all just really love Jesus. There’s a simplicity and a togetherness that I think often happens easiest in worship."
Karen Peck & New River recently released a powerful new concept video for the group’s new single Hope For All Nations. Featuring footage filmed while ministering on a recent trip to Roatan, Honduras, the song’s incredible message jumps off the screen to show the group’s heart for world missions and providing hope for people all across the world. Additional footage was filmed at the group’s annual homecoming and featured the Wilmington Celebration Choir which also appeared on the recording as well. Karen Peck Gooch said, "We are very thankful to Scott Godsey and Bryce Free for capturing the heart of Roatan, Honduras in the video ‘Hope For All Nations.’ They also captured the love that we have for the beautiful people of Roatan. We pray that the video will spread the message of hope through Jesus Christ.” The powerful video can be viewed on the group’s Facebook page or by visiting the following link: https://www.facebook.com/KarenPeckNR/videos/10155476977319596/
Finding Favour will be releasing their album, Farewell Fear, on August 25. As the album's title states, the band chose to address those nagging fears and doubts that everyone has in life. After being together as a band for 12 years, Finding Favour was in the place of believing the songs that they wrote; however, they were still walking in fear. “We’re all in our thirties—most of us have wives and kids—and there’s fear involved that,” Finding Favour's Blake NeeSmith said. “We wanted to discuss honest stuff in these songs, and there’s fear involved with that. Early on in this album’s writing process, the statement we wanted to make became clear to us: ‘Lord, we trust You and know You have plans for us; so we don’t need to live in fear.’"
Helping craft an album that was true to the band's signature harmony-rich sound and thoughtful lyrics were producers Bryan Fowler, Jordan Sapp, Dave Lubben and Casey Brown. The result during their Nashville studio time was a cohesive and inspired effort by each band member on the album’s songs.
The debut single, It Is Well, from Farewell Fear is already a Top 40 song on Billboard's Christian Airplay/Audience chart receiving aiplay from Air1 Radio network, Grand Rapids WCSG, Birmingham's WDJC and others. The single is resonating with fans as the lyrics state, "No matter what I've lost or what it costs my heart will sing." Click below to watch the lyric video for the new single.
Southern duo, Wilburn & Wilburn, has announced changes for the upcoming season. Jordan Wilburn, one half of the father/son group, has decided to step back from an intensive tour schedule to focus on his young family. His father and recent GMA Hall of Fame inductee, Jonathan Wilburn, will honor previously scheduled dates, and continue to travel as a solo artist."I have had the pleasure of enduring many changes in my career; nothing stays the same,” shares Jonathan Wilburn. "With every change, there is an opportunity to do something different and new. There is nothing like family. I enjoyed every minute traveling with my son for the past several years before it was time to enter into a new season. Jordan is spending some time off the road at home with his wife and two of my grandbabies! I hope to see all of you at one of my solo concerts in the near future, and I sincerely appreciate the love and support you have shown me through every transition.”
Wilburn and Wilburn have been honored with 2012 Breakthrough Artist of the Year and 2016 Country Album of the Year for Shoulders at the annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration.
Third Day's album, Revival, will release on August 4. The first single, Revival, is at radio and available now at all digital service providers for download and streaming. Fans have the opportunity to buy the album's deluxe version, which will include five additional tracks and a special fan bundle with exclusive items, before it's available through retail outlets on release day.