Amy Grant Welcomed Into Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame

Six-time GRAMMY-winner Amy Grant just released the double disc, 30th anniversary editon of her iconic album, Heart In Motion, spending it’s first few days once again as one of the highest charting albums on the pop charts, this time on iTunes. Enthusiasm for the project is evident in a wide range of media coverage, including BillboardUSA TodayBobby BonesABC RadioCNNCBNNewsKTLAApple Music’s Proud Radio and much more to come. In recent months Grant has also appeared on Good Morning AmericaEntertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Hallmark Home & Family, in FORBES, and on Delilah. Fellow artists also shared their fondness for Grant and their favorite tunes from Heart In Motion on the Gospel Music Association’s Instragram stories.

In the midst of the celebrations surrounding the anniversary, today, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) announced its Class of 2021 today, including Grant, along with Toby Keith, Rhett Akins, Buddy Cannon and John Scott Sherrill. All five will be officially inducted into the Hall this November, during the “50/51” Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on November 1, at the Music City Center.

Upcoming, Grant will also appear on FOX & Friend’s All American Summer performing her GRAMMY-nominated, No. 1 smash, “Baby Baby,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks.

Orignally released on March 5, 1991, Heart In Motion was GRAMMY-nominated, sold over 5 million copies and garnered five Billboard Top 10 singles (“Baby Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love Is For,” “I Will Remember You,” and “Good For Me.”).

Grant will hit the road and visit 42 cities this fall with a set that will span her four-decade long career, including hits from Heart In Motion to celebrate its milestone anniversary. See tour dates below and visit AmyGrant.com for all details.

5-Aug/Beaver Creek, CO – Vilar Performing Arts Center

6-Aug/Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

7-Aug/Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

14-Aug/LaGrange, GA-Sweetland Amphitheater at Boyd Park

15-Aug/Pelham, TN-The Caverns

8-Sept/Lancaster, PA-American Music Theatre

9-Sept/Medford, MA-The Chevalier Theater

10-Sept/Baltimore, MD-Modell Performing Arts Center @ The Lyric

11-Sep/Richmond, KY-EKU Center for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky Univ

16-Sept/New Philadelphia, OH-Performing Arts Center at Kent State

17-Sept/Greensburg, PA-Palace Theatre

18-Sept/Warsaw, IN-Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts

20-Sept/Alexandria, VA-The Birchmere Music Hall

21-Sept/Dayton, OH-Schuster Center

22-Sept/Rocky Mount, VA-Harvester Performance Center

23-Sept/Durham, NC-Carolina Theatre

25-Sept/Charlottesville, VA-Paramount Theater

26-Sept/Bristol, TN-Paramount Center for the Arts

1-3-Oct/Franklin, TN – Tennessee Weekend

8-Oct/Greeley, CO-Union Colony Civic Center

9-Oct/Salt Lake City, UT-Eccles Theater

10-Oct/Boise, ID-Morrison Center for the Perf Arts

11-Oct/Spokane, WA-First Interstate Center for the Arts

13-Oct/Bellingham, WA-Mount Baker Theatre

14-Oct/Eugene, OR-McDonald Theater

15-Oct/Santa Rosa, CA-Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

16-Oct/Bakersfield, CA-The Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater

18-Oct/San Jose, CA-California Theater

19-Oct/Grass Valley, CA-The Center for the Arts

20-Oct/Anaheim, CA-City National Grove of Anaheim

22-Oct/Beverly Hills, CA-Saban Theater

23-Oct/Chandler, AZ-Chandler Center for the Arts

24-Oct/Tucson, AZ-Fox Tucson Theatre

26-Oct/Lubbock, TX-The Buddy Holly Hall

27-Oct/Dallas, TX-Majestic Theatre

28-Oct/Houston, TX-Arena Theatre

29-Oct/Pensacola, FL-Saenger Theater

5-Nov/Marion, OH-Palace Theatre

6-Nov/St. Charles, IL-The Arcada Theater

7-Nov/Crystal Lake, IL-Raue Center for the Arts

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‘God’s Not Dead: We The People’ Movie Coming This Fall!

Pinnacle Peak Pictures, formerly Pure Flix Entertainment, a leading independent faith and family film studio announces the release date and trailer debut for God’s Not Dead: We the People premiering in theaters nationwide Fall 2021. The trailer is now available at www.GodsNotDead.comGod’s Not Dead: We the People is the next chapter in the popular franchise that started with God’s Not Dead in 2014. That film became one of the most profitable faith films with a $1.5MM budget and grossed over $65MM at the box office.

The inspirational drama centers around a riveting fight for freedom that starts in the heart of the country, and runs to the corridors of our nation’s Capital Washington, DC. It prompts audiences to ask the compelling question: if your individual liberties are threatened . What Would You Do? The plot parallels current news headlines regarding the challenge against the freedom of speech and religious liberties as the fundamental right to educate children.

The cast includes: Isaiah Washington (Grey‘s Anatomy), David A.R. White (GOD’S NOT DEAD, Evening Shade), William Forsythe (DICK TRACY), Antonio Sabato. Jr, (General Hospital, THE BIG HIT), Jeanine Pirro (FOX News Justice with Judge Jeanine), and GRAMMY Award-winning CCM artist Francesca Battistelli.

“We feel honored to provide our faithful audience another installment in the God’s Not Dead franchise that provides a compelling, timely, and convicting message,” says Pinnacle Peak Pictures founding partner Michael Scott. “The themes in this film reflect news headlines and encourage believers to remain strong in their fight to protect their spiritual rights and God-given freedoms.”

God’s Not Dead: We the People is directed by Vance Null and written by Tommy Blaze, Cary Solomon, and Chuck Konzelman. Brent Ryan Green is the producer with executive producers David A.R. White, Michael Scott, and Jim Ameduri.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The God’s Not Dead franchise continues in God’s Not Dead: We the People as Reverend Dave (White) is called to defend a group of Christian homeschooling families. He finds himself taken aback by the interference of the government, and believing that their right to educate their own children is a freedom worth fighting for. Reverend Dave is called to Washington DC to testify in a landmark congressional hearing that will determine the future of religious freedom in our country for years to come.

CAST:
Congressman Daryl Smith: Isaiah Washington (Grey‘s Anatomy)
Reverend Dave Hill: David A.R. White (GOD’S NOT DEAD, Evening Shade)
Mike McKinnon: Antonio Sabato. Jr, (General Hospital, Melrose Place, THE BIG HIT)
Rebecca McKinnon: Francesca Battistelli (GRAMMY Award-winning CCM artist, SOUL SURFER)
Robert Benson: William Forsythe (DICK TRACY)
Judge Neely: Jeanine Pirro (FOX News Justice with Judge Jeanine)
Jude: Benjamin Onyango (GOD’S NOT DEAD, TEARS OF THE SUN)

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RCA Inspiration Celebrates Four Wins And Powerful Performances At The 36th Annual Stellar Awards

RCA Inspiration celebrated four wins and a night of powerful performances as the 36th Annual Stellar Awards returned big with a live show taped in Nashville, TN on July 10th. Hailed as the greatest night in Gospel music, this year’s Stellar Awards brought together a luminous, joyful evening of inspiration, with four wins announced for hit releases from Kierra Sheard-Kelly and Donnie McClurkin. The Stellar Awards weekend also featured appearances from Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Mali Music, and DOE.

Kierra Sheard-Kelly took the stage for two performances, as well as garnering multiple honors for her hit album KIERRA (Karew Entertainment/RCA Inspiration). KIERRA won Contemporary Album of the Year, while the hit song “Something Has to Break (Live) ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard” won Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year (Dir: James Hairston IV). In addition to her solo performance of “Something Has to Break,” Kierra joined her mother and aunts, who make up the legendary group The Clark Sisters, in their stunning performance of their classic hits, and celebrated their family’s special night at the Stellars, who honored The Clark Sisters with the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award.

Donnie McClurkin won Traditional Male Artist of the Year for his hit album A DIFFERENT SONG (CamDon Music/RCA Inspiration), and appeared as a presenter. Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) was also a presenter, and Hezekiah Walker performed on the show. Mali Music joined Jonathan McReynolds in performing their hit duet “Movin’ On” (RCA Inspiration/eOne). Mali also joined DOE in hosting the Stellar Awards Chairman’s Nominee Reception and Pre-Show Awards on July 9th.

Phil Thornton, RCA Inspiration SVP and General Manager says: “Congratulations to Kierra and Donnie on their Stellar Award wins, and what an amazing time it was to come together, celebrate live music and honor the incredible impact of Gospel and the messages of hope, faith, and God’s love that all the artists continue to shine a light on. Thank you to the Stellar Awards for a great show!”

Catch the 36th Annual Stellar Awards airing Sunday, August 1st, 2021 on BET at 8 pm EST, with an encore presentation at 10 pm EST. Viewers will also be able to watch the show in national broadcast syndication August 1st through September 5th.

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Switchfoot Releases “The Bones Of Us”

GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Switchfoot releases “the bones of us,” available now to download or stream. This is the third song to be pre-released from their upcoming interrobang album, which is expected to drop on August 20. The band defines interrobang as “a question mark, an exclamation mark, together.”

The 12-track project harks back to Switchfoot’s classic rock motifs while underscoring a definitive departure from the band’s typical fanbase. With production assist from the legendary Tony Berg (Paul McCartney, Phoebe Bridgers, Kimbra), interrobang promises Switchfoot fans old and new a fresh, never-before-seen take on the modern rock mainstays.

“interrobang is the culmination of the past 20 years.  The most musically ambitious and challenging album we’ve ever made, during the most challenging year we’ve ever lived through, interrobang could not have been made at any other point in our career,” Switchfoot shared in the album announcement. “We’ve talked a fair bit about the ‘how, where, and who’ of this album (tracking live as a band at the legendary Sound City, with Tony Berg producing).  But we haven’t talked much about ‘why’ we made this album. Our goal for this album was to make a record that only WE could make.  An album so uniquely our own that is unlike anything we’ve ever made before.”

Pat Barrett & Dante Bowe Collaboration Continues To Draw Attention

Worship leaders and songwriters Pat Barrett and Dante Bowe collaborated on a stirring ballad, “Nothing / Something,” which garners attention for its powerful message. In our world where we can tend to measure ourselves or define our worth by how many followers, likes, views we have on our social media platforms, or struggling for identity or our voices to be heard, the lyrics of “Nothing/Something” remind us in the end, loving ourselves and loving others is what matters…nothing else.

If I can’t love my neighbor like I love myself
If I won’t move when my brother cries out for help If I’m too proud to forgive before the sun goes down
Then this life that I’ve been living what does it mean now
At best it all means nothing Without love it all means nothing – lyrics from “Nothing / Something”

“In the end, what truly matters? We all want our lives to mean something,” shares Pat Barrett. “I think that’s why the message of this song hits me so hard. For me, it cuts through the noise of shallow, self-obsessed living and opens me up to a higher perspective. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and feel the sorrow of meaninglessness. It doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus presented a path to deep eternal joy and meaning rooted in divine love. And that message doesn’t have a shelf life. It’s timeless. And even more, it’s eternally significant. Writing and singing this song with Dante was such a powerful experience. For me, this song has been a beautiful confrontation to any message that promises soul fulfillment apart from love.”

Since the release of the song, it has been gaining online traction. It is the top-performing video on Barrett’s YoutTube channel above his No. 1 single “Build My Life.”

“‘Nothing/Something is such a special song,” states Dante Bowe. “When Pat asked me to feature, I was honored. This song will stand as a constant reminder of the fact that we are all called to be like Jesus. Love is who Christ is. Without love, we wouldn’t be here. Without love, we wouldn’t have freedom. Without love, it all means nothing. With love, we can fulfill our purpose as people surrendered to the Lord. Love is the cause. With love, life is worth living.”

Earlier this year, Barrett release his 17 track studio project, Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly, (Bowyer & Bow / Capitol Christian Music Group). He followed that release with a special live EP Nothing / Something (Live), which features songs from the new studio project with guest artists like Mack Brock, Chris Tomlin, and this new song with Dante Bowe.

In September he will be headlining his “Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly – Worship Nights Tour” (produced by Transparent Productions and sponsored by Food for the Hungry) followed by the “Singalong Tour” with the powerhouse lineup of Barrett, Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake for an in-person, one of a kind worship atmosphere featuring both solo and collaborative performances. Get all the tour dates and ticket information at https://www.patbarrettmusic.com/shows.

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Maverick City Music’s ‘Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition’ Album Peaks At #1 On Apple iTunes

Last month, in celebration of Juneteenth, Billboard Music Award-winning music collective Maverick City Music released their newest project, Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition. The new album is a dual-side feature consisting of a live produced gospel A-Side and a Rap/R&B/Pop produced B-Side. Jubilee features a wide range of guest artists, including heavy-hitters from gospel, R&B, Pop and Rap: Ciara, Rapsody, Tamar Braxton, Jonathan McReynolds, Israel Houghton, Jekalyn Carr, and more. As with other Maverick City Music releases, the collective continues to impress as the new album Peaked at #1 on Apple iTunes. The collective currently claims 4 No.1 spots on Billboard’s Christian/Gospel charts – Gospel Digital Song Sales, Top Christian Albums, Gospel Streaming Songs, Top Gospel Albums, Christian/Gospel charts – solidifying Maverick City Music’s impact on the music industry.
Notable artists featured on the album took to social media to speak about Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition and the effect the project has on them:
Maverick City Music recently made headlines for their Top Gospel Album Billboard Music Award win for the April 2020 release of Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1. The group earned double nods in the category and was also a finalist for Top Gospel Artist. Their newest release Old Church Basement, a collab album with Elevation Worship, broke streaming records at both Apple Music and Spotify. On Apple Music, the group set a new worldwide record for the most first-day streams for a Christian and Gospel album, and on Spotify, the album broke the U.S. record for the most streams in a day for an album by a Christian group and was No. 4 out of all U.S. albums its first weekend of release.
This upcoming fall, Maverick City Music will embark on its first-ever tour and the shows will feature electrifying performances with collective members Dante Bowe, Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine, Joe L. Barnes, Aaron Moses and special guests, including Lecrae, on certain dates. The group recently added 13 more tour dates after selling out their original 11. The new dates are set in even larger venues, including the Barclays Center in NYC and TD Garden in Boston. Learn more about the tour and tickets: https://tourlink.to/maverickcitytour
Stream/order Jubilee: Juneteenth Edition HERE
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