Mar 11 2013
UNITED "Scandal of Grace"


You can now hear "Scandal of Grace" by Hillsong UNITED on AIR1.. I  LOVE IT!!!  This single is off their new album, Zion, released earlier this month, which is UNITED's 12th full-length album and third studio recording.


 It has already earned the international worship band its highest ever Billboard 200 debut at No. 5!  It also  peaked as the No. 1 album overall on iTunes in the United States, South Africa, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Singapore, Ghana and Columbia in addition to reaching the Top 5 at iTunes in Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Switzerland, Uganda and Ecuador. Zion also debuted at No.1 on the Australian ARIA Albums chart making this album an international hit!!  


"Scandal of Grace" and was written by UNITED's Joel Houston and the song's vocalist, Matt Crocker. 


"We have always set out to write songs and create a musical expression that is almost uncomfortable in its uniqueness. Not for the sake of progression, or to keep pace with whatever the trend-monitor says, but simply because we feel like it's an essential aspect of what we believe worship is.  It's supposed to be costly, it should always cause us to step into a place where our strength is made invisible in the complete pervasiveness of His power in all that we do, and that involves taking risks."



About Hillsong UNITED:

UNITED is a worship band that originally rose out of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. This progressive worship band is a global recording and touring entity sent out to share the ever-evolving worship music of Hillsong Church to an international audience through live performances and records. UNITED desires to see a generation across the earth awakened to real love, rising up with hearts as one and finding value in the broken, hurting and lost connecting with Jesus.


Releasing their first album in 1999, UNITED has toured six continents and 42 nations since 2006. The touring entity of UNITED has made a huge wave in the United States as they became the first Christian artist to ever sell out Los Angeles’ Staples Center last year. In addition to the Staples Center, UNITED has also sold out major venues in Seattle (ShoWare Center), New York (Hammerstein Ballroom), Atlanta (Gwinnett Center), Miami (BankUnited Center), Dallas (Music Hall) and two back-to-back sold out events in Boston (Orpheum Theatre).


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Mar 07 2013
Air1 Artists on "The Bible"




Some of your favorite Air 1 Artists are on a 12-track album highlighting themes from the "The Bible" Mini-Series!!


Word Entertainment will release a musical companion to the History Channel’s mini-series “The Bible” on March 12. The 12-track album highlighting themes from the mini-series features some of your favorite Air1 Artists including Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, , for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Dara Maclean,  and Sidewalk Prophets. Superstars Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers also come together on the compilation for a special rendition of “Mary Did You Know?”  


"The Bible" with airs every Sunday through March culminating on Easter, drew in 27 million viewers this past Sunday making it the No. 1 cable telecast of the year and the No. 1 show in all of TV for the night.


“Roma and I are delighted that Word Entertainment and their talented Christian roster partnered with us on this project. When we heard Francesca Battistelli’s rendition of ‘In Your Eyes’ we immediately loved it.  All of the artists’ music fits beautifully with our vision of ‘The Bible.’”  ~ commented producer Mark Burnett.


“The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini-Series” Track listing:


1. “In Your Eyes” – Francesca Battistelli

2. “Live Like That” – Sidewalk Prophets

3. “This Side Of Heaven” – Chris August

4. “Starting Line” – Jason Castro

5. “Love Come To Life” – Big Daddy Weave

6. “Crave” – for KING & COUNTRY

7. “Fearless” – Group 1 Crew

8. “What Love Means” – Everfound

9. “Home” – Dara Maclean

10. “Wash Me Away” – Point Of Grace

11. “Not For A Moment (After All)” – Meredith Andrews

12. “Mary, Did You Know?” – Wynonna Judd and Kenny Rogers




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Mar 07 2013
Capital Kings Releases Music Video “You’ll Never Be Alone”



It's be a good year so far for Capital Kings! The duo has had a breakout year- embarking on the Winter Jam Tour with TobyMac, as well as watching their debut album enter the Top 5 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. Today, the duo released their music video for the song, "You'll Never Be Alone."

The band took to twitter back in January to announced the filming of the video with their followers, "Guess what guys... We start shooting our 1st official music video for "You"ll Never Be Alone" this Monday! Who's as excited as we are?" The video was filmed on-site in Denver, Colorado. The band sent a call out to their fans to join them on the set to help them record the video. 

Capital Kings can currently be found on the 2013 Winter Jam Tour until the end of March.


Mar 06 2013
Shawn McDonald Shares "Burning"

Singer/songwriter Shawn McDonald is gearing up for the release of his new album The Analog Sessions (March 26, 2013)- a collection of nine fan favorites re-recorded live, and also includes two new songs. “When you release a traditional greatest hits record these days, usually people just go to iTunes to download the new songs, so the idea was to re-record everything to give the songs a fresh and different approach,” McDonald shares.“I hope listeners hear the heart of these songs in this stripped down format. I think longtime fans will enjoy hearing a new feel for the songs they’ve fallen in love with over the years, and for newer fans, this project can also be an introduction of where we came from.”


One of Shawn's songs that may not make the record is a tune called, "Burning." Shawn recently shared with listeners a video of him performing the song live. "Burning is a song that I wrote a while back that we play live, and wanted to share it. I love this song but as I am writing for a new record I feel its one of the weaker songs and might not make a new project," he explains. "I will be putting more videos up of some of the older songs that are on this project along with 2 new ones that you haven't heard before. I am super excited about what's coming."


Mar 05 2013
STRYPER Making A Comeback!!


Iconic Christian Heavy Metal Band Stryper Coming Back March 26th!!


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Let me just start by saying I spent some time with Stryper last night on Youtube, and THEY ROCK!!!!!!!  I was totally a huge fan as a teenager, but I didn't know they were such a popular Christian Heavy Metal Band! 


Well, Stryper Fans, they are coming back!  I was reading on that they just signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records!!  SWEET!   The first release, SECOND COMING, will be released on March 26th. Produced by Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, the new 16-track album includes 14 songs from the early years as well as 2 new songs.


"We're really excited about this record. The re-recorded songs are sounding awesome...better than the originals in many ways! One word to describe the record? Heavier. We've hooked up with some great people - we've got new management, a great album, a great label. We just feel like everything is coming together, and hopefully some big things are to follow." ~Michael Sweet

SECOND COMING track listing:
1. Loud N' Clear
2. Loving You
3. Soldiers Under Command
4. Makes Me Wanna Sing
5. First Love
6. The Rock That Makes Me Roll
7. Reach Out
8. Surrender
9. To Hell With The Devil
10. Calling On You
11. Free
12. The Way
13. Sing Along Song
14. More Than A Man
15. Bleeding From Inside Out (new track)
16. Blackened (new track)



As reported by  Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free" and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously.


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