Aaron Cole was named New Artist of the Year at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards. He teamed up with two powerhouses in the CCM genre to release a new single. “Like You” featuring platinum-selling recording artist Tauren Wells and seven-time GRAMMY winner TobyMac is available now to download or stream. Cole has shared that this song is the first single off of his upcoming album.
The best-selling group in the history of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), DC Talk, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their RIAA double-platinum album, Jesus Freak with a collection of releases, contests and more, all kicking off today.
“This record was more the three of us than anything we had ever done together up to that point” says TobyMac, who was also the albums co-producer. “This was the first album that sounded like Michael, Kevin and Toby. Those guys are such great vocalists that I didn’t have any more time for them to sing choruses. I wanted to hear some of their passionate vocals in the verses and beyond. Looking back I am so glad that we took a hip hop touring group and added guitars and rock to transform and grow the sound. We went into that house that we turned into a studio, with no formula and said musically whatever comes out comes out. We kept the same goal in mind, to use our music and platform to point people to God.
A previously unreleased video from a 1995 Michael Tait Vocal Session demo was also unveiled in honor of the silver anniversary of Jesus Freak. The video is available now on YouTube and below, and also features original photos from the recording of the album in 1995. Simultaneously, YouVersion has partnered with DC Talk to provide devotional content.
The “Jesus Freak” album has also been re-released and broken down into three, thematic digital EPs. Titles, “What Will People Think,” “Human After All,” and “Trying to Find a Life,” present a deeper dive into the devotional themes of DC Talk’s iconic album. EPs available on all digital streaming platforms.
When we were finishing up the project, we played Jesus Freak for the the label for the first time and, let’s just say, it wasn’t received well” says album producer and Jesus Freak song co-writer Mark Heimermann. “I later heard that they thought it was the beginning of the end for dc Talk. Funny now for sure, but they were wise enough to trust Toby and keep riding that dc Talk train. We won the Dove Award for “Song of The Year” in 1996 for Jesus Freak and I think we were both shocked. Up until that year, it was always the most conservative music that would win. It was truly ground breaking within the industry. To see 80,000 people at a Billy Graham Crusade singing a song that you were a part of is overwhelming and beyond humbling. Evidently it found its time. The Church needed passionate anthems for its generation and I truly believe God used Jesus Freak to inspire millions of people – believers and non-believers alike.”
One of the top 20 records of all time in CCM, fans will be excited to celebrate and participate in a JF25 contest, where 25 curated giveaways will be available to win, including a limited edition box set with a vinyl copy and expanded Jesus Freak book with new stories added. The re-release of the book and a the box set are also available now and can be purchased online.
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After the premiere of You Hear It Here First (YHIHF) on 2nd October 2020, the response has been overwhelming with artists sending their music for features on the show.
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Seven-Time GRAMMY winner TobyMac is dropping a brand new single today, “I’m Sorry.” Available across all DSP’s, a lyric video for the emotional track.
“Over a year ago as I stood with my wife and a group of friends on the Arbel Cliffs in Israel, our tour guide began to recite by memory the Sermon on The Mount, completely unannounced,” TobyMac remarked in an Instagram post this week. “The words of Jesus from Matthew 5, 6 and 7 struck me as if I had never read them before. I realized just how far we have strayed from what Jesus is asking of us. This (song) is simply my response, not judgment. I am deeply sorry for how far we have fallen short, and Godly sorrow leads to repentance. The church is God’s plan, and I love it…that’s why I had to write this song.”
The first single this year from Gold-selling, Dove Award-winning pop recording artist and songwriter Jordan Feliz, “Glorify,” became the No. 1 Most Added track at Christian radio following its release last month. This week, seven-time GRAMMY winner and multi-Platinum selling artist TobyMac and new Gotee Records artist Terrian offer their Bryan Fowler-produced vocals on the remix of the song set to debut this Friday, July 10, and available to preorder now from Centricity Music.
With the original album version available now at digital and streaming outlets everywhere, “Glorify” follows a string of No. 1 and top 10 charting, pop-centric singles like “Witness,” “Changed” and “Faith” from Feliz’s Billboard No. 1 Top Christian Album, Future. Leading many of these songs while on tour with TobyMac in previous years, and singing “See The Light” (feat. Jordan Feliz) (RUSLAN Remix) on this industry icon’s The St. Nemele Collab Sessions released last year, Feliz finds TobyMac returning the favor, singing a verse on this week’s “Glorify” remix release with additional backing vocals by Terrian.
The soulful, R&B-tinged “Glorify” features a full gospel choir backing Jordan’s recognizable falsetto. In the vein of soulful acts like Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Green and Sam Cooke, Feliz pushes the song into wooden pew, altar call simplicity with a soaring praise-heavy chorus and signature propulsive beats.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited for a song as I am for this one,” Feliz says of the current single. “Glorify means ‘praise and worship,’ but the sub-context of the word actually is to acknowledge and reveal the majesty and splendor of God by one’s actions. For me, coming out of this hard season of anxiety, stress and messed up priorities, now all I want my life to do is to glorify. I want to reveal the majesty of God by my actions.”
Feliz wrote the fresh track with Jordan Mohilowski and longtime collaborators Colby Wedgeworth and Paul Duncan. Together, Wedgeworth and Mohilowski also co-produced the single. Sonically, with its healthy blend of pop, gospel and soul, “Glorify” forms a sturdy bridge between Future and Feliz’s next studio release, due in 2021. Lyrically, it offers some of Feliz‘s most transparent work to date.
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