Jars of Clay Headlines Nashville’s Newest Faith-Based Music Fest

GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay is set to perform live at the inaugural White Owl Music Fest just outside of Nashville, TN. Ever since this multi-platinum band decided to cut back on touring, it’s become a rare gift to experience a live Jars of Clay concert.  On May 29, they’ll be headlining an all-day faith-based music festival that also includes performances by Sandra McCracken, Royce Lovett, Andrew Osenga, Taylor Leonhardt, and several more.

“Jars of Clay was my first and only pick to headline the event,” shared Dave Trout, event organizer and President of UTR Media. “One of the things that has helped me through the years, and especially these last 12 months, has been meaningful, well-crafted music. All of the artists at this fest create music that is thoughtful, creative, and soul-filling. We can’t wait to experience live music and community in a safe way.”

On safety, UTR Media is building the event from the ground up to be mindful of pandemic protocols. This all-outdoor event will honor social-distancing, and will require all attendees to take a Covid questionnaire and get their temperature taken at the gate.

“It will be wonderful to play and experience live music again,” stated singer-songwriter Andrew Osenga. “And it’s all made sweeter because of bunch of the White Owl Music Fest artists are dear friends of mine who I’ve made music with for many years.”

The fest will take place at Starstruck Farm in Lebanon, TN [a half hour east of Nashville]. This farm was formerly owned by legendary country superstar Reba McEntire.  The beautiful 46-acre property also boast some unique lodging options, including one-of-a-kind renovated bed-n-breakfast suites converted from Reba’s old 16-stall horse barn.

Tom Murphy of Louisville, KY has his ticket in hand and is excited to travel to Nashville for the event. “I know a lot of people who are hungry for the return of live music in a responsible and safe way,” said Murphy. “I love the approach of the White Owl Music Fest. I am inviting many friends and family to attend.”

UTR Media, the presenting organization, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization, and proceeds from this event will support their ongoing non-profit work.  All-Day Passes are available for May 29, and VIP Weekend passes are available for May 29-31 for some additional fun, including private concerts, an open mic time, community meals, and a downtown after party.  Event, roster, and ticket information are at whiteowlmusicfest.com.

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Kelontae Gavin Celebrates Two #1’s On The Gospel Radio Charts With Hit Single “Hold Me Close”

Kelontae Gavin celebrates a new milestone with two #1s on the Gospel radio charts, as his single “Hold Me Close” hits #1 on both the latest Billboard Gospel Airplay Chart and the Mediabase Gospel Chart. The double #1s for “Hold Me Close” also mark another milestone as Gavin’s first #1 hit single at Gospel radio, following his previous Top 5 hit Gospel radio single “No Ordinary Worship,” which was featured from his debut album The Higher Experience.

Kelontae Gavin has continued to capture attention as a Gospel star on the rise since he first became a viral sensation on YouTube as a teen in 2014, singing the Gospel classic “I Won’t Complain” in high school. “Hold Me Close” is the lead single from Gavin’s upcoming second album The N.O.W. Experience, which is out Friday, March 5th. The young worship leader, songwriter and musician co-wrote “Hold Me Close” with Marquis Boone, a love letter from his heart to God to get closer to Him.

“Wow!! I’ve got to give thanks to God for giving me this gift and being able to serve Him and other people with this song. We’ve all been to a place in life where we needed God to hold us close. Whether you’ve experienced a break up or break down, divorce, diagnosis, or heartbreak, I’m asking God to hold you a little tighter. Thank you all for your love and support,” says Kelontae Gavin

Check out Kelontae Gavin’s new performance video: “Hold Me Close” (Live)

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Hulvey Drops “Reasons” Feat. Lecrae & SVRCINA

Hulvey, from Reach Records, has dropped his highly-anticipated new single “Reasons” featuring his mentor and labelmate Grammy Award-winning rapper Lecrae and pop sensation SVRCINA.

The song communicates the authentic fears the Brunswick native felt about losing his grandfather, life after death and thoughts of eternity. The chorus, performed by SVRCINA, reminds listeners there are many reasons for people to keep on moving forward and to not give up. Lecrae jumps in on a verse communicating about the trials life throws at us from death, loss and trauma but we can find hope in Christ to push through.

Hulvey, the 22-year-old Brunswick, GA native, went from dropping out of college and scrubbing toilets at Publix to becoming Reach Records latest hip hop rising artist. His label debut project BRKNHRT released in 2020 and immediately garnered him national praise. Pandora named him “Christian Artist to Watch in 2020”, his tracks ‘Higher’ and ‘Real Love’ from Hulvey Vol. 1 and Hulvey Vol. 2 were featured on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta in 2020 and ‘Cold Blooded’ was featured on ABC’s hit show ‘The Rookie’.

Sinach Releases “Greatest Lord”

Nigerian songwriter/artist Sinach aka Osinachi Okoro, released new music this week (Feb 12) with “Greatest Lord.” It will also be featured on her upcoming album of the same name, with additional features from Travis Greene, Darlene Zschech, Nathanial Bassey, Panam Percy Paul, Leeland, Maranda Curtis, and more. “Greatest Lord” is available now to download or stream.

 “‘Greatest Lord’ is a declaration of God’s sovereignty and Lordship over all situations and circumstances the world is currently going through. We are in unprecedented times…and ‘Greatest Lord’ is a worship project to help Christians all over the world recognize Jesus as the solution to today’s hurting world,” Sinach shares.

Sinach has written over 200 songs, most recently to the world-renowned worship anthem “Way Maker.”

Hulvey Reveals Epic Collaboration With Lecrae & SVRCINA

Reach Records’ artist Hulvey, has revealed an epic collaboration for his next single “Reasons”; it features guest appearances by Grammy Award-winning rapper Lecrae and pop sensation SVRCINA. “Reasons” will impact radio this month and will release worldwide on February 19, 2021. Pre-save starts today.

Hulvey says he wrote “Reasons” to “remind people that even though we have lost so many things: friends, families, jobs, homes, even our minds, peace and hope is still here. God is still completely willing to wrap you up anytime. He has paved a way for us to be free.”

“Reasons” was written by Hulvey, Lecrae, SVRINCA, Sam Tinnesz and Joe Williams and produced by longtime friend Zach Paradis.

Hulvey, a 22-year-old Brunswick, GA native, went from dropping out of college and scrubbing toilets at Publix to becoming Reach Records’ latest hip hop rising artist. His label debut project BRKNHRT released in 2020 and immediately garnered him national praise. Pandora named him “Christian Artist to Watch in 2020”, his tracks ‘Higher’ and ‘Real Love’ from Hulvey Vol. 1 and Hulvey Vol. 2 were featured on VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta in 2020 and ‘Cold Blooded’ was featured on ABC’s hit show ‘The Rookie’.