May 10 2013
Citizen Way Shares Story Behind "Should’ve Been Me”

The band Citizen Way shares the story behind their latest single "Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)." 

"I was nine years old when I trusted Jesus with my life. Since then, I’ve seen the truth of God’s word replace my doubt, pain, and fear with peace, hope, and security," lead singer Ben Calhoun shares. "The Lord has always been faithful to me, even when I’ve been unfaithful to Him. Romans 8:39 says, ‘Nothing can separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Every day I continue to see the proof – that no matter what – nothing even can separate us from His love.” 

 

May 02 2013
Sanctus Real's "Pray" Featured In National Day of Prayer Campaign


Today is our country's National Day of Prayer. Sanctus Real's latest single, "Pray," off their album Run, was used to in a campaign to help promote this special day.

"We wrote the song 'Pray' because these are anxious times and the awareness that we’re just one thumb tap away from another shocking headline can be stressful. Sometimes it’s not world news that leaves me anxious, but parts of my own little world that seem to be falling apart," lead singer Matt Hammitt explained. "The pressure of holding it all together is daunting when I get to thinking it’s on my own shoulders."

He continues: "Sometimes I find myself tossing my hands up in the air and asking in an exasperated tone, 'What in the world is going on?' Every public headline and personal challenge is a reminder, as well as a call, not to lift our hands in despair but rather to continue lifting our hands and voices in prayer. We are longing to see a move of God in our nation, amongst its people and leaders, and we are excited to partner with National Day of Prayer in an effort to urge and inspire people to pray. Will you answer the call?"

The band also released a video sharing with listeners why they think prayer is important!

 

Apr 24 2013
Billboard Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

It's been a big year for Air1 artists. The Billboard Music Award Nominations for 2013 were announced this week, leaving many artists with lots to celebrate about.

Chris Tomlin has been honored with three nominations, one of them being the Top Christian Artist, along with fellow musicians Matt Redman, TobyMac, Casting Crowns, and MercyMe. Worship leader Matt Redman was also nominated for three awards, with his song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” being honored for Top Christian Song.

Besides the Top Christian Artist category, Casting Crowns received an honor for Top Christian Album for their work on, Come To The Well. Also nominated for Top Christian Album is: TobyMac Eye On It, MercyMe The Hurt & The Healer, Lecrae Gravity, and Various Artists for Wow Hits 2013: 30 of Today’s Top Christian Artists & Hits. 

Building 429 also received honors for Top Christian Song for their hit, “Where I Belong.” The boys of Building 429 were thrilled and extremely appreciative upon hearing the news of their nomination. “We are thankful to have been selected to represent the greater Christian music industry at the Billboard Awards this year,” Building 429‘s lead singer Jason Roy explained. “It's an unbelievable honor that we cannot describe and we count it a privilege to be amongst such amazing artists in our category.  We send a special thank you to all the fans who made this possible by taking our song and making it their own!”

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 19, at 8/7c on ABC. 

 

Apr 17 2013
Josh Havens Talks About The Afters New Album

The Afters released their highly anticipated new album, Life Is Beautiful on Tuesday, April 16th. The record preceeds some times of trials for lead singer Josh Haven, as he experienced some perosnal heartache with the birth of his son."When we were making this record, my wife was pregnant with our youngest child.  When he was born, there were some unexpected complications," Josh explains. "He actually came out completely blue and they had to rush him away to NICU and spend quite a while there which was totally unexpected.  I had never spent a whole lot of time in the hospital before that, but being in NICU with my son I saw lots of other parents there who were really in a dark place.  There were parents there who had kids who were way worse off then my son, parents who knew they would probably never take their kids home.  I just remember praying in the hospital, I started praying something that I still pray through every struggle, I started praying that God would turn my trials into testimony.  I do believe that He does that and He gave us an awesome testimony through this. Ultimately our son ended up improving and we were finally able to bring him home.  He is now a one year old with more energy then a one year old should ever have. We are very blessed."

 

Comprised of Josh Haven (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Matt Fuqua (vocals/guitars), Dan Ostebo (bass) and Jordan Mohilowski (drums), the album is a step-up from their previous work, but stays true to The Afters sound. "You know I think as a band you are always trying to grow and improve.  We take a while to do our records and we really do challenge ourselves to improve songs and to really take the time with them to get things right.  Hopefully our fans will think it makes a difference," John laughs. "Sonically, I think there are some things that are different then our previous records.  We try things we haven't tried before.  Vocally, I will try to stretch myself in different places, maybe try different melodies that maybe I wouldn't have done in the past just for the challenge.  An analogy would be, you have a sweet car thats like a 64 Mustang and every few years they release a new body style.  There will always be those classic elements that you first fell in love with, but there are some new elements too.  I think a band is like that in some way.  There are definitely elements of classic Afters in there, but lots of new things too." 

 

Josh also shared that the band will be going on the road this fall, with some famous friends. "We are planning a really fun fall tour with our friends Building 429.  Jason (singer of Building 429) and I have been talking about doing a tour together for years, so we are finally doing it," he said. "We are going to have Hawk Nelson come along with us, they are great friends and will be a great addition to the tour too.  So it's going to be an awesome line up." 

 

 

Apr 09 2013
Shawn MacDonald Shares His Voice For A Good Cause

 

Singer/songwriter Shawn McDonald will be sharing his gift on Wednesday, April 10th, at the first annual Sending Forth concert at William Jessup University. All the proceeds from the concert will help fund the WJU missions teams (all college students), who are going to Cambodia, Romania, Brazil, and Kenya this summer. 

 

Partnering with Agape International Missions, the Cambodia team is working to end sex trafficking, while the Brazil team is working with Restoration Ministries in Sao Paulo to reach children and families in the slums of the city. Some of the students are even staying behind to serve in these countries for the entire summer. The concert also features fellow artists, I Am They, and Like Zion. 

 

Shawn McDonald recently released a new album titled "The Analog Sessions," a collection of nine hits re-recorded live, and also includes two new songs. In addition to making music, Shawn has a passion for ministry and missions, and strives to reach people with his music in any way he possibly can. "I'm always trying to better myself and grow because the instant you stop learning, you start to die," Shawn says. "I'm in a season of growth right now, just really striving hard to be more intentional, to hone my craft and to not just give part of my heart to it, but to wholeheartedly be faithful to the gifts God has given me. I want to impact the world, be a part of change and see the kingdom of God become real and active in people's lives."

 

The Sending Forth concert will take place this Wednesday, April 10th, at 7:00 P.M., at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California. You can purchase tickets to help support the WJU missions teams, and catch Shawn McDonald, I Am They, and Like Zion, by clicking here