Awakening
  • Chris Tomlin‘s “Our God” became Passion’s first No. 1 single, staying at the top of the R&R AC Monitored, AC Indicator and National Audience Chart for three consecutive weeks. Over 100,000 dowloads have made the track the No. 1 selling Christian digital track for an ongoing five weeks.
  • Third Day announced that the name of their first single from new album Move (Essential) will be called “Lift Up Your Face.” The gospel/southern-rock tune features The Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • Jeremy Camp will release a new worship album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project (BEC), Aug. 24. First single “Jesus Saves” is currently going for adds at radio. Camp is also partnering with Family Christian Stores and Compassion International for a pre-sale campaign that will donate $1 to Compassion to help rebuild a church in Haiti for every album pre-order.
  • Brandon Heath sang his current single, “Love Never Fails” at Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s wedding. Heath’s performance served as the couple’s first dance and was a surprise from Underwood to her new husband. Read more here.
  • Natalie Grant visited the brand-new Sirius XM Radio studio in downtown Nashville at the end of her radio promo tour that included stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sacramento and Riverside, among others. Grant promoted her new album, Love Revolution (Curb, Aug. 24), and performed an acoustic set that included new singles “Greatness of Our God” and “Human.”
  • Audrey Assad‘s debut, The House You’re Building (Sparrow), released to critical acclaim, and her second single, “Restless,” was announced. The single, co-written with Matt Maher, will release to radio next month.
  • Sony announced a continued partnership with Integrity Media, which means artists on the Integrity and INO rosters, including MercyMe and Kari Jobe, will continue to be distributed to the mainstream market via Columbia Records. 
  • New indie label Transform Music Group announced its first signing, At The Onset. The rock/metal band will release its national debut, Healing In Surrender, Oct. 5.
  • Silverline recently released its sophomore CD, Voices in the Night (VSR). The band will appear on this fall’s “The Innocent Monster Tour” alongside fellow rockers Red, The Almost and Brian “Head” Welch.
  • Everlife‘s new music video for hit song “What’s Beautiful” jumps to No. 2 this week on gmc. The trio of sisters initially wrote the song as a call to challenge culturally accepted concepts of beauty.
  • Worship leader Aaron Keyes will release his Kingsway Music debut, Not Guilty Anymore, Aug. 24. “I think we cheapen Jesus’ blood when we live on in shame and guilt,” he says. “This album is about that place of realization of what the cross has done to set us free.”
  • HM Magazine celebrated 25 years of hard music. In celebration of the publication’s 25th anniversary, HM has created a mega-list of the Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time.”