Jun 26 2013
Lovin' on Skillet!

 

The reviews are in and it seems everyone agrees – RISE was worth the wait! Nearly four years since Skillet's last album, the praises for RISE are pouring in with the project being called one of the "Best Rock Albums of the Year." 

 

And the adulation continues..

 

“Every note feels like it is there to convey an emotion and there is a laudable sense of in-the-moment intensity.”– HitFix.com 

 

"Bottom line: Skillet really did rise above the norm and their previous projects with RISE. Each and every song is a masterpiece in its own right...RISE is THE album of 2013."About.com 

 

"The songwriting has more depth, there’s added diversity, the concept and lyrics are interesting and uplifting...there are plenty of potential hit singles like ‘Sick Of It.’ Current Skillet fans will find plenty to like, and new fans will be attracted to the album as well."Loudwire.com

 

“RISE is Skillet’s strongest album yet and is one of the best rock albums that will be released this year.” - Front Row Report

 

"...it's hard to root against RISE, as its commercial aspirations are matched by its certainty that, despite the endless smackdowns delivered by the daily grind, goodness will ultimately prevail."AllMusic.com

 

Skillet's first ever VIP fan events titled "Road to Rise" in Nashville and Chicago were described as to "redefining the VIP experience." 

 

Mark your calendars!  The band's late night debut is on CONAN on July 11.

 
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Jun 25 2013
Matthew West at the Opry!

Matthew West is set to play at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday, June 26! 

 

Appearing on the Opry stage for the third time in his career, West will be appearing alongside Opry members Bill Anderson, Larry Gatlin and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Keith Anderson, Sunny Sweeney, Aaron Tippin, and newcomer Sara Haze. This performance follows his debut at the first ever "Sunday Morning at the River" held during the recent 2013 CMA Music Fest. 

 

On the Opry stage, West will be sharing some of his favorite hits with fans, such as his most recent No. 1 hits, "Hello My Name Is" and "Forgiveness," from his current release, Into The Light (Sparrow Records). "Hello My Name Is" continues to top the radio charts, currently holding the No. 1 spot for its sixth week in a row!!! 

 

For more information about this week's show at the Grand Ole Opry, please visit here

 

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Jun 24 2013
Dara Maclean's "Wanted" Video!

 

 

Dara Maclean debuted the music video for her new single, “Wanted,” on Myspace

 

“‘Wanted’ is about a universal need, speaking to the child in all of us that is desperately longing just to hear somebody tell us we’re wanted. Somebody to tell us that we’re cherished and that we belong. To not be wanted based on your performance -- We all have those relationships in life where we are loved based on how good of a friend we are or how good of a daughter or son, sister or brother we are. It’s conditional and it never seems to be enough. This song is calling out to the outcast and saying, ‘You’re not unlovable. You’re never too far gone -- in your worst moment, in your loneliest moment, you are still wanted, just as much as the person that seemingly has it all together, is loved by everyone and looks to have this perfect life.’ The baby that opens its eyes for the first time and the hardened criminal that gets sent to jail for the millionth time, does God want one more or less? We are all the same, we are all in need of Jesus and we are all desperately wanted by a Father that won’t stop until He finds every child that is lost.

I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to share with you my friends, the ones that have been such a support and on this journey with me, the heartbeat behind the song and ultimately, this record. My prayer is that every note reveals the heart of God the Father and that His Love does what it always does. It heals, restores and makes new again.”

~ Dara Maclean

 

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Jun 20 2013
Skillet Counts Down to RISE

 

Skillet's new album RISE comes out next week! June 25th!! To celebrate, they will be counting down the days until RISE at skillet.com/rise with something new each day until the release!! 

And, on June 24th at 11:45pm EST the band will be hosting a live chat and virtual album release party at skillet.com/rise, so mark your calendars and come hang with Skillet for the final countdown to RISE!

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Jun 20 2013
Plumb Gives Back

Plumb will help in raising awareness for the needs of inner-city children

in the US, the Philippines, India, Romania, Kenya, and South Africa through Metro World Child.

 

"Plumb has always been an advocate for children in need, especially in the inner city.  This week, she is traveling to Brooklyn to spend a weekend working first hand with Metro World Child, and beginning a long-term partnership with the organization.  Plumb will be raising awareness and sharing her experience with Metro World Child at www.plumbinfo.com/metroworldchild, adding more videos and content through the summer." ~CCM MAGAZINE

 

READ MORE FROM CCM HERE!

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