Lauren Daigle Announces Krewe Pass 2.0, An Extension Of Her Fan Experience

This week, Lauren Daigle announced the extension of her three month fan experience with Krewe Pass 2.0.

“My team and I have learned so much over the past few months as we’ve honed in on the true intention of Krewe Pass. It has always revolved around community, and has served as a way for us to connect outside of our typical channels. I’ve had an absolute blast being with you in the monthly video Q&As, sharing some weekly thoughts and inspirations, sharing new content, stories, and keeping you in the loop of everything that goes on in my world… and now I think we truly have something that will take it to the next level,” says Daigle

The exclusive fan experience kicked-off earlier this year with a planned three month duration. For more information, please visit Lauren’s website.

Exclusive: GAWVI Shares Vision For Spanish-Language Album ‘Noche Juvenil’

As an homage fueled by nostalgia of times past, GAWVI recently released Noche Juvenil, which translates to Youth Night, to capture the Latino Christian experience he and his friends wished for while growing up. Consistent with his aim to create a new sonic lane for Christian Music, GAWVI taps into his native culture to bring the change he desires to see in music and faith culture. GAWVI’s first full Spanish-language production, Noche Juvenil draws inspiration from some of the most groundbreaking Latino urban artists. Musically, it is “straight-up reggaeton with sprinkles of EDM and trap” that presents an array of exhilarating collaborations with fellow trailblazers like Blanca, Maria Juliah, Madiel Lara, Tommy Royale, and WXLF. In this TCB Exclusive, Gawvi shares about his vision for the record, the timing of the release and his hopes for the collection.

Congratulations on the recent release of your first ever Spanish-language album titled Noche Juvenil! How long has this album been a dream of yours?
Wow, since I started music, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Why is it important to you that you created a Spanish-language album?
It feels really important to connect with my roots as a Latino, it’s who I am and I always want my music to reflect who I am.

Looking back, is there one moment during the process that you can identify now as providing the resolve that this music needed to be released into the world?
For this album, it needed to come out now, because the way the music is going in the Latin market, the influence is so wide and vast, and I knew there needed to be more of the Christian movement getting behind it.

You are releasing the full album as a surprise with little to no warning of a release date. What prompted this decision?
I like things feeling mysterious and secretive when it comes to my projects because it’s like my baby and I want to hold onto it as much as I can from the world, and also because I love seeing the reaction of my fans and how they react to that mysterious momentum. But I will say, I did tease it a lot on my socials, so my fans could tell what was coming early on.

If you could pick just one of the tracks, which do you think the world most needs to hear now and why?
I would say “Dicen” because it’s such an intimate prayer that I had with God that I got to write down and sing about. I think a lot of the time the world is telling you who God is, but I think it starts when you truly find out who God is in your heart.

You released a music video alongside the first single “Que Paso” last month. How did you find the inspiration behind the track and ultimately create the accompanying visual?
I knew I needed to create something crazy that I personally had never heard before in the Christian Latin market – my personal opinion. It felt very on brand with what I do in the Christian market but with a Latin flare. The meaning of the song was about here, now, this is the new movement of Christian reggaeton and ‘What happened?! We are here!’

In addition to your own music, you were also recently featured on Blanca’s “Zone”. How did this collaboration come about?
We have been trying to connect for years. I knew Manuel from Group 1 Crew and that’s how the connection started. Then last year in 2020, it became official that she wanted me to get in the studio with her and I ended up producing 4 of her tracks and then in turn, I wanted her on my album as well, and from there we started a cool friendship.

What are you most expectant for in 2021?
I am hoping we can throw some of the biggest tours! I would love to merge Heathen and Noche Juvenil together.

courtesy of thechristianbeat.org

Justin Bieber criticizes celebrity pastors who place themselves on a ‘pedestal’

Justin Bieber weighed in on “celebrity pastor” culture and criticized those who use religion and their platform to boost their own fame, stressing that every human being, regardless of their status, “has the same access to God.”

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Bieber, who distanced himself from disgraced former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz after the latter was fired over “leadership issues” and moral failures, including being unfaithful to his wife, weighed in on how he’s seen celebrity worship invade the church.

Without mentioning Lentz by name, Bieber said he’s seen “so many pastors put themselves on this pedestal” in the church, with devastating consequences.

“And it’s basically, church can be surrounded around the man, the pastor, the guy, and it’s like,

‘This guy has this ultimate relationship with God that we all want but we can’t get because we’re not this guy.’ That’s not the reality, though. The reality is, every human being has the same access to God,” Bieber stressed.

The “Peaches” singer, who recently released a Gospel album, shared how Churchome Pastor Judah Smith, who he met when he was 15, always “put our relationship first” and modeled the kind of home life he hopes he and his wife, Hailey Bieber, will have one day.

“It was something I always dreamed of because my family was broken,” Bieber said. “My whole life, I had a broken family. And so I was just attracted to a family that eats dinners together, laughs together, talks together.”

The singer recalled how, after he put an end to all the partying in his early 20s, he turned to Smith, who recently rebaptized both Bieber and his wife and officiated their 2019 wedding, for spiritual guidance. Lentz first baptized Bieber in 2014.

“I came to a place,” Bieber reflected, “where I just was like, ‘God, if you’re real, I need you to help me, because I can’t do this on my own. Like, I’m struggling so hard. Every decision I make is out of my own selfish ego.’ So I’m just like, ‘What is it that you want from me? You put all these desires in my heart for me to sing and perform and to make music—where are these coming from? Why is this in my heart? What do you want me to do with it? What’s the point? What is the point of everything? What is the point of me being on this planet?’”

Bieber said that when he asked for help, he suddenly received certainty: “If God forgives me and He loves me and He set these things in motion, if He put these desires in my heart, then I’m going to trust Him.”

Now, the artist said he strives to live in obedience to what God calls him to do: “It’s just rewarding to be all that you were designed to be. And I believe that, at this point in my life, I’m right where I’m supposed to be, doing what I believe that God wants me to do. And there’s nothing more fulfilling,” he said.

Prior to his public downfall, Lentz was one of the most well-known evangelical pastors in the U.S. The pastor of Hillsong NYC, Lentz’s church was attended by a slew of celebrities, such as Selena Gomez, Kevin Durant, Chris Pratt and the Jenner sisters.

Hillsong founding Pastor Brian Houston later told church leaders and top donors that Lentz, who has three children with his wife, Laura, who he married in 2003, had “more than one affair” before his eventual firing.

The affairs were “significant,” Houston reportedly said, adding that Lentz had a history of “bad moral behavior.” Lentz subsequently blamed his fall on his failure at “protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available” in a Nov. 5 post on Instagram.

Lentz is not the only high-profile Christian leader to fall from grace in recent months. Earlier this year, legendary apologist Ravi Zacharias was exposed for committing years of abuse, sexual misconduct, and other predatory behavior.

Consistently, the moral failures and public collapse of Christian celebrities are met with shock and disbelief from many in the Christian community.

Pastor and author Tim Keller — who acknowledged that he, too, is viewed as a “celebrity pastor” in some circles — told The Christian Post that the problem of idolizing ministers — and then feeling dismayed when they fall from their pedestal — is nothing new.

“It’s a very old problem,” the 70-year-old Hope in Times of Fear author said.

But in recent years, celebrity culture has “accentuated” the problem, Keller added: “Social media, in some ways, makes everybody a celebrity. Everybody’s a little bit of a celebrity, and the big celebrities have to manage their brand or their image like never before. It’s a real problem,” he explained.

Pastors, however, have a “responsibility that goes way beyond the average person,” Keller said. He cited Psalm 69:6, which says, “Lord, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me….may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me.”

“I realize that with my platform — I hate that word — a lot of Christians can be put to shame because of me,” he contended. “And therefore, if God gives me a bigger ‘platform,’ then I actually have a responsibility to not disappoint people. Not to just look like a great person; I actually have to be holy; I have to actually mortify my sin. I have to have a prayer life. I have to do the stuff that every Christian needs to do. I don’t have to be better than other Christians, I just need to be what God wants a Christian to be.”

When pastors get to be “well-known,” he said, the praise can turn their heads, the criticism can prompt self-pity, and the overwork can cause them to neglect their prayer life.

“For all those reasons, very often, so-called ‘celebrity ministers and figures’ very often live lives less consistent with the Christian faith than Christians who are not so famous,” Keller said.

“It’s the job of the so-called ‘famous Christians’ to just live ordinary, good Christian lives, and not overwork and burn out and get filled with self-pity and anger over all the people that are criticizing them. That’s the thing that sets them up for these things where they embezzle money, they have affairs or they do things like that.”

While Christian leaders who have “not been faithful or responsible with the platform God has given them” must be held accountable, Keller stressed their moral failure “doesn’t mean that the Christian faith doesn’t work.”

“A quack doctor doesn’t mean that medicine is illegitimate. A quack evangelist doesn’t mean that the Gospel isn’t true. So on one hand, don’t make excuses for your heroes. On the other hand, it doesn’t mean that everything they’ve ever said is illegitimate,” he said.

Wande Surprises Fans With “Blessed Up Remix” Feat. Lecrae & Mike Todd

Its been two years since Reach Records introduced the world to the talents of Wande, where she also became the first female artist signed to the hip hop label. Fans were introduced to her heart and passion for her faith, writing and rapping with the release of “Blessed Up”, in which her freshman album EXIT and mini EP The Decision followed. To celebrate this two-year landmark, the Nigerian born, Texas raised artist is dropping a brand new remix to her debut single Blessed Up featuring Lecrae and Mike Todd.

Along with bringing a new flavor to the song that marked her musical beginnings Reach and amidst the rise of racial injustice, Wande is looking to use this moment to bring awareness and generate support for black owned entrepreneurs and business’ in and around the Greater Atlanta Area.

With this new Blessed Up Remix, I wanted to create a video that would draw attention and celebrate some dope entrepreneurs within the black community,” says Wande. “I want to invite people to experience a bit more of what their day-to-day looks and feels like and witness the importance and beauty in my community.”
Within the last two years, Wande’s infectious personality and effortless raps have made a lasting impression on new listeners including former First Lady, Michelle Obama, who featured Wande on her podcast’ Vol. 1 playlist on Spotify. Wande’s song “Come My Way,” which features Nigerian artist Teni, was selected for campaign with ULTA that launched on SoundCloud’s platform and ESPN selected her music as ‘music of the month” three times, and her song “Be The Light” was also used in July 2020 on WNBA trailer. Most recently, Wande’s track “Woo” was recently chosen as the song for an Apple advertising campaign for the new iPhone 12 mini. The campaign launched on TikTok and was used on four Apple Ads and accumulated over 4.3 Billion cumulative views on the MakeItMini challenge.

 

This is just the beginning for the young female artist, fans can also catch her later this year starring in OWN’s new reality series “Young & Gospel”. The show follows the lives of four young gospel artists as they pursue their dreams and live life on their own terms while staying true to their faith and their families. These young women have formed an unconventional sisterhood filled with love, admiration, friendly competition and respect. Alongside Wande, the series also stars singers Koryn Hawthorne, Bri Babineaux and Jekalyn Carr. It is produced by Thinkfactory Media, an ITV America company. Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Jordana Hochman, Phil Thornton and Jen McClure-Metz are executive producers.

Nick Cannon releases Gospel single ‘No Weapon’ with Kierra Sheard-Kelly after troubling year

Actor and rapper Nick Cannon took a departure from his mainstream image to release his own rendition of the Christian classic “No Weapon,” featuring gospel singer Kierra SheardKelly.

No Weapon” was released on Good Friday and is the second song released by “The Masked Singer” host this year.

The new gospel single release was accompanied by a music video in which Cannon joins Sheard-Kelly and a choir, all dressed in white, as they sing Fred Hammond’s gospel classic. The original version of the worship declaration was released in 1996 and has been covered by many artists, including actor Jamie Fox.

“Good Friday! No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. Thanks to @KierraSheard [for] coming through and blessing us all with an Ncredible Session!” Cannon tweeted.

The unlikely duet features both the Grammy-winner and Cannon harmonizing on the track as Cannon also played the piano. The song was a departure for the entertainer who is known, musically, as a rapper.

The entrepreneur was raised in a Christian home. His father, James Cannon, is a TV evangelist.

On Instagram, while promoting his new video, Cannon referenced the Bible verse in which the classic song was inspired.

“‘No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper’ Isaiah 54:17,” Cannon wrote.

The logo for Cannon’s entertainment company, Ncredible, can be seen in various shots of the new music video.

Cannon has been working to distance himself from a controversy that erupted last year, resulting in him being fired by ViacomCBS after he expressed anti-white and anti-Semitic sentiments, for which he later apologized.

On an episode of his podcast “Cannon’s Class,” he said white people were “less than,” “evil” and “savages” because they have less melanin. White people, Cannon said, “are closer to animals” and are “the true savages.“

He later apologized to the Jewish community for his anti-Semitic comments and met with Jewish human rights groups and listened to the stories of Holocaust survivors.

The new rendition of “No Weapon” is featured in the 2020 film “She Ball.” The movie is written, directed by and stars Cannon.

“She Ball follows Avery Watts [played by Nick Cannon], a single father who lost his NBA dreams to gang violence. Avery struggles to keep his family community center open amid rising gentrification in his Inglewood community,” the synopsis reads. “He joins forces with an unlikely ally, Shelby Vandergun, a white girl with serious basketball skills. Together, they fight against local politicians, gangs, and their own stereotypes to save their community.”

“No Weapon” follows Cannon’s March music release, “Ghetto Blues,” a song that spotlights homelessness in Los Angeles.

courtesy of christianpost.com