Thousand Foot Krutch will release a live-in-concert greatest hits album, Untraveled Roads, featuring eight of the band’s last nine Active Rock radio songs. The 12-track album releases September 15. “This album really captures that high-octane energy and electricity you're meant to have at a TFK show, giving our new and old friends a taste of what these last three albums sound and feel like!” says frontman Trevor McNevan. “The live aspect has always been a big part of who we are as a band, and what people have come to expect from us.”
Untraveled Roads, the first live album from TFK since 2011’s Live At The Masquerade represents the band’s last three indie records that have already sold over 455,000 albums, two million digital downloads and more than 300 million streams.
Fernando Ortega returns August 4 with The Crucifixion of Jesus his first release in six years. “I started recording demos for the 2016 Easter season, and some of those songs just kind of hit me between the eyes, and I thought ‘Man, maybe this is the record I need to make, rewriting songs about Holy Week,’” says Ortega, who also serves as a worship leader at Hope Evangelical Free Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interspersed throughout the recording, Ortega offers narratives drawn from Scripture and liturgy. The readings, selected and edited by his pastor, Gary Villa, carry the listener from the Garden of Gethsemane to Golgotha. “Every aspect of our lives should be measured out by the narrative of Christ’s life," Ortega says.
Tauren Wells' album, released June 23 had a successful first week appearance on the SoundScan Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart at No. 3, while the title track is the third most-streamed and most-downloaded song in Christian music. The physical CD will release July 21. The digital-only deluxe version features 15 songs, including the title track. Tauren Wells' will open for Lionel Richie's 22-city "All The Hits Tour".
Over the past 20 years, Melbourne, Australia’s Planetshakers ministry has been hosting conferences that draw thousands from around the world for life-changing encounters with God. The music at these events has been captured on recordings by Planetshakers Band, including two Dove nominated albums. On July 14, the team returns with Legacy Part 2: Passion, featuring new songs recorded live with 20,000 worshipers during the 4-day Planetshakers conference held this past April and broadcast by Daystar TV.
Legacy Part 2: Passion follows the spring release of Legacy Part 1: Alive Again, featuring songs recorded live in Manila, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and precedes the release of the Legacy album (CD/DVD) this September. The new EP will be available through all major digital platforms with a pre-order available now at Legacy Part 2. The EP includes live audio tracks and corresponding videos for the songs “Passion,” “Prophesy,” “We Speak Life” and “You Call Me Beautiful” with worship leaders Joth Hunt, Sam Evans and Rudy Nikkerud.
“For 20 years, we have been passionately lifting up the name of Jesus and releasing the sound of praise,” says Russell Evans. “It started with a God-inspired idea to start a conference called ‘Planetshakers’… we didn’t know what Planetshakers was, we just stepped out in faith and did it.”
“Jesus spoke the language of the day, but He also backed it up with power… power to heal the sick, see breakthrough and restoration in people’s lives,” he adds. “That’s why we do what we do, to set an atmosphere where people can encounter Jesus.”
"In the 80’s and 90’s, singer Michele Pillar was one of CCM’s top artists, churning out #1 hits such as Look Who Loves You Now, He Rolled Away The Stone, and Walk Across Heaven.
Today, she has morphed into a respected and compelling speaker, writer and songwriter. Her new album release, You Untangle Me features the title track written by Pillar and Hall of Fame writers: Allen Shamblin and Mike Reid. Pillar just released a new book, Untangled/The Truth Will Set You Free and tours nationally with her unique full-day women's conference, The Clothesline. Whether it’s her music, speaking or writing, Pillar is still communicating to her audiences with that warm, but, raw honesty and edge that's all her own.