Music

MercyMe album hopes to heal ‘a divided body of Christ’

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Bart Millard and his MercyMe bandmates began writing some of the songs on their latest album in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, long before the nation was divided over issues that ...

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New Christmas music for 2022

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New Christmas music is hitting the “shelves,” as it were, with some beautiful renditions of traditional favorites as well as new contributions being offered for the 2022 season. Artists, including Michael W. ...

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Amy Grant launches Christmas tour after bicycle accident

Christian music icon Amy Grant is performing again nearly four months after a serious bicycling accident. She and Michael W. Smith started their Christmas tour in Memphis last weekend. In late July, ...

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“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” from Sight & Sound arrives in theaters

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Just in time for the Christmas season, Sight & Sound, which operates a theater in Branson, has released its first feature film. “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” tells the compelling ...

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Disco Queen Gloria Gaynor singing God’s praises

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The Queen of Disco is committed to the King of Kings. In the 1980s, singer Gloria Gaynor was known for her parties. In fact, it was at one of those parties, a ...

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Rock music can glorify God, John Cooper of band Skillet says

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There is no conflict between Christian faith and rock music, said John Cooper of the Christian band Skillet. “I really don’t want to use scripture cavalierly, but I will throw some scriptures ...

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Stepbrother’s book reveals untold story of Elvis and faith

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What’s the untold story of Elvis and his faith? That’s the topic of a new book by New York Times bestselling author and stepbrother to Elvis, Billy Stanley in conjunction with co-author ...

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‘Knocking down’ genre walls, Christian music reaches new audiences

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You don’t have to be a fan of contemporary Christian artists to have heard Christian music in recent years. Thanks to a wave of collaborations between CCM artists and those of other ...

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Wife of country star Jason Aldean stands firm on criticizing  gender transition for kids

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Brittany Aldean, the wife of country music singer Jason Aldean, is not backing down from comments she made opposing gender transitions for children. “I’d really like to thank my parents for not ...

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Spiritual perspectives of Olivia Newton-John emerge after death

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Millions of fans around the world are mourning the death of singer Olivia Newton-John earlier this week. She was, perhaps, one of the most decent people in the entertainment industry. In a ...

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Justin Bieber and crew pray as he resumes tour after health issues

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Justin Bieber has resumed performing after world tour dates were canceled. The health crisis, which precipitated the schedule disruption, was his diagnosis with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. The singer, 28, gave his first ...

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BRANSON CARES: How the entertainment industry is leading its community for global impact

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In the center of America’s heartland, Branson, Missouri, has embraced a mission to help children with severe disabilities across the globe through an initiative aptly titled BRANSON CARES. Dubbed “The Live Entertainment Capital ...

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Casting Crowns to headline Missouri State Fair Aug. 16

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Casting Crowns will appear at the Missouri State Fair Tuesday, Aug. 16. This year’s Fair theme is “Buckets of Fun,” and runs Aug. 11-21, 2022, in Sedalia. The group, off of a ...

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The popularity lifespan of a worship song isn’t what it used to be

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The most popular worship song in churches these days is “Build My Life,” from Bethel Music, the megachurch-based worship music hit machine based in Northern California. Sitting at No. 1 on the top ...

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“Highest form of song is prayer:” Bob Dylan Center opens in Tulsa

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In Bob Dylan’s March concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the iconic musician and songwriter performed two of his overtly Christian songs,  “Gotta Serve Somebody” and “Every Grain of Sand,” not to mention ...

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Christian hip-hop is a ‘bridge’ between the church and the world, Lecrae says

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The music by Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae and his label Reach Records may not yet be in your church hymnal, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard it — especially if you ...

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Michael W. Smith records song in support of Ukraine relief efforts

Singer Michael W. Smith was devastated to learn about the ongoing atrocities committed by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. “I just can’t comprehend how somebody can just go in and just ...

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“Build My Life” ranked as top worship song last year

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“Build My Life” by Pat Barrett was the most popular worship song of 2021, according to research by Faithlife. The church technology company reviewed 2.7 million songs that churches sang and 91,000 ...

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The world considers Christians crazy – and new song from Casting Crowns agrees

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The world often thinks of Christians as being crazy, and the Grammy Award-winning group Casting Crowns don’t mind the phrase. They recently released an anthem called “Crazy People” in which the group ...

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Christian music fans mourn death of Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

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Condolences continue to come in for Jay Weaver of the Christian music group Big Daddy Weave died on Sunday from complications of COVID-19. Weaver, who played bass guitar and sang for the ...

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Grammy winner explains why Adele is right about not shuffling your albums

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For as long as albums have existed, they have offered listeners wonder, hope, truth and reality concerning the state of the human condition. This is achieved through a group effort. Artists, producers, songwriters, ...

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The story behind O Holy Night

O Holy Night remains one of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols. But in 1847 it started with a French poem written by Placide Cappeau, a wine merchant, mayor of the town, ...

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5 Christmas songs with lyrics that are theological masterpieces

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The songs of Christmas are quite literally in the air this time of year, serenading us on radio, in our homes or in restaurants and stores. Like it or not, many may ...

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Terry Scott Taylor wraps his 50-year career with ‘This Beautiful Mystery’

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“This Beautiful Mystery” is the latest, and perhaps last album of Christian rock icon Terry Scott Taylor and its message of mortality is one we need to hear. In George MacDonald’s short ...

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2022 Grammy nominations include many popular Christian artists

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Several popular Christian musicians received Grammy award nominations earlier this week. The gospel and Christian categories, including some of the most transformational and empowering faith-driven music emerging today, often are overlooked during ...

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