Here are five things we’re buzzing about and excited to see come to fruition in the coming months:

Skillet

Skillet

1. Skillet on “Conan”

Skillet will perform their new hit single “Sick of It” on “Conan” July 11. It seems late night TV is taking a liking to more and more Christian artists these days, and we’re in full support! The band will release its highly-anticipated new album, RISE (Atlantic/Word), next Tuesday, June 25. In support of the new project, Skillet will join the Carnival of Madness tour followed by a month-long European stint with Nickelback this fall. www.skillet.com

2. The Return of The Civil Wars

It was recently announced that The Civil Wars, featuring former CCM artist Joy Williams and John Paul White, will release their long-awaited self-titled sophomore album August 6 via Sensibility Music (the label Williams co-owns with her husband Nate Yetton) and Columbia Records. The duo recorded the album at The Art House in Nashville with acclaimed producer Charlie Peacock at the helm prior to canceling all of their tour dates and breaking up indefinitely citing “irreconcilable creative differences.” From the looks of social media, it appears Yetton and Williams are the only ones promoting the project at the moment. It’s unclear if the duo will tour or make promotional appearances upon the album’s release, and there’s still a shroud of mystery that surrounds the split. Regardless, fans will get a bittersweet farewell from the GRAMMY-winning act later this summer. www.thecivilwars.com

3. The Dove Awards Back in Nashville

In 2011, the GMA Dove Awards made the surprising move to Atlanta, where the annual awards show stayed for two years. This year, however, the Doves return to Music City, and for the first time in history will take place in the fall on October 15, at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. (The Doves have always been held in the spring.) Details announcing nominees and performers are forthcoming. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.doveawards.com or www.gospelmusic.org.

4. Brandon Heath Recording a Christmas Album

Brandon Heath is back in the studio working on his next studio project, his first full-length holiday offering. While very little info has been released surrounding the recording, he says there will be several collaborations. No release date has been set, but it will likely release this fall. In the meantime, Heath will join Amy Grant for some dates this summer and then will once again be a part of TobyMac’s “Hits Deep Tour” this fall, also featuring Mandisa, Chris August, Colton Dixon, Jamie Grace and Capitol Kings. www.brandonheath.net

Nichole Nordeman

Nichole Nordeman

5. New Music from Nichole Nordeman

Singer-songwriter lovers beware. The beloved Ms. Nordeman is working on new music. After an extended hiatus from Christian music, except for the occasional co-writing credit, Nichole made a brief foray back into the spotlight to support The Story, a compilation album she co-wrote in its entirety alongside Bernie Herms. Then, she released her first book, Love Story (Worthy), whetting fans appetites with her poetic prose. Having recently announced that she’s signed a new management deal with Creative Trust (who also manages Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath and Laura Story, among others) on Twitter, Nordeman is said to be working on new music, tweeting about songwriting and even embarking on a writer’s retreat. It’s doubtful the project will release this year, but if 2014 means new music from Nichole Nordeman, we’re already counting down to the New Year! www.nicholenordeman.com