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LONDON, Sept. 18, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Keith & Kristyn Getty were this week honored at the Houses of Parliament in London, England to mark Keith’s Officer of the British Empire (OBE) award in June by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The evening, hosted at St Mary’s Undercroft set beneath the Palace of Westminster celebrated the Getty’s contribution to music and hymn writing through their re-popularizing of hymns. The event marked the first occasion in which an OBE has been given to an individual who is actively involved in the world of contemporary church music.
Beyond just their work as hymn writers, Keith Getty and his wife Kristyn have spent the last decade as ambassadors of the genre. An estimated 40-50 million people are singing Getty hymns in church services each year, include the eponymous In Christ Alone (co-written with Stuart Townend) which has become of the one most-frequently-sung in US churches over the last decade.
Getty says, “Obviously to receive the OBE has been a great honor, but to sing hymns in as intimate and prestigious a venue as the chapel of St. Mary’s Undercroft is one of those moments neither Kristyn, nor I will ever forget.”
The event also marked the “pre-launch” of Sing!, a book inspired in part by the reformer Martin Luther in this the 500th anniversary of The reformation, made all the more poignant as the Houses of Parliament was the seat of the reformation.
Alongside the OBE celebrations, the Getty’s announced that their upcoming Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing! will be global live simulcasted from September 18th – 20th. Audiences from the USA and around the world will have the opportunity to hear celebrated speakers including the Gettys, Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, David Platt, Joni Eareckson Tada and over 50 other speakers and seminar leaders. Four thousand people will attend this sold-out conference in person from around the world, but live simulcast registration is now open and Getty is keen for the churches across America to join them.
Keith continues, “We would love for churches across the United States to register for the live simulcast and be equipped to release even greater potential through their worship.”
The simulcast will include an exclusive concert at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN with special guests Stuart Townend, Ricky Skaggs and more.
To register for the Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing! live simulcast go to http://www.gettymusicworshipconference.com.
Annual Tour Brand Unifies Christian & Gospel Music Markets Through Fierce Creative & Evangelistic Explosion Featuring Six Of Today’s Leading Voices
Contact: Lori Lenz, 714-553-5181
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., March 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — FrontGate Media; the leading faith-based, culture-engaged media & marketing group, announced today the addition of THE MOVE TOUR to their growing internet & events media group roster.
The MOVE TOUR is a movement that has awakened America’s communities by challenging and equipping the church to MOVE… Forward, Out of the Way, and With God. This annual tour brings excitement, inspiration and a strong transformative Biblical message through an electrifying musical experience that will engage any audience in over 35+ dates across the U.S.
This year’s MOVE TOUR brings together the fierce creative explosion of six of today’s leading voices in music & ministry — BET’s “Sunday Best” favorite Jessica Reedy, Hip Hop generals Da’ T.R.U.T.H. & The Ambassador, R&B/Hip Hop crooner Sean Simmonds, Urban Pop artists B.Reith and Jai in select markets, and Hip Hop Theologian Shai Linne. The MOVE TOUR is produced by Xist Music and UpLift! Group, who also created the 25-city MISFiT Tour 2011.
The MOVE TOUR draws a surprising and exciting cross section core audience averaging ages 20-39, 70% of whom are women, 80% with one or more children at home. Dates for the tour will run July 5 – August 14 across 35+ cities with a projected average attendance of 1,200 per night, or 42,000 attendees total. For the MOVE TOUR MEDIA KIT, see tinyurl.com/frontgatemediakits.
FrontGate Media is customizing sponsorship packages for the tour, seeking national partners in the following areas: National Brands, Cause/Non-profit, Publisher/Books, University/College, Bible/Translation, Single Parent Resources, Film/DVD Projects, Software/Apps, Worship Resources, and Christian Websites.
Scott A. Shuford, founder of FrontGate Media, has experienced this tour and its fan base firsthand. “The MOVE TOUR is a cross-market, cross-ethnic, Cross-centric experience of what the church is today. They have created a great opportunity to join in the evangelistic movement God has commissioned to redeem people through the most popular music genre around the world. We at FrontGate see this tour as exactly the kind of value and reach that our company was created to support by making new connection points for companies and ministries with this audience.”
- MOVE Tour + New Mali Music…Music! (saltthroughlight.wordpress.com)
ATLANTA, March 13, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — An opportunity to lead worship at a pastoral conference in Africa led to a life-altering personal mission for Christian recording artist Brandon Scott Smith, who has partnered with Kenya-based Manna Ministries to create the No Hungry Children initiative. The program will directly affect and potentially save the lives of thousands of poverty-stricken children each year.
In 2002, Smith took his first mission trip to Africa, where he led worship for a pastors’ conference in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In two weeks time, he had little interaction with the locals, and the continent’s vast poverty and devastation. But a trip to Kenya for another conference four years later was an entirely different experience. Instead of hotels and missionary housing, Smith stayed with a local pastor’s family, and the less-than-ideal conditions of the poor community were eye-opening. Smith, a father of four, decided to partner with Kenya’s Manna Ministries to help develop a feeding program in the slum schools of Nairobi.
“After seeing the children in the slums of Nairobi first-hand, there was no way I could come back to my comfortable life in Atlanta and do nothing to help these children. My life was forever changed.”
Smith has launched a new initiative to raise $120,000 annually, so that an additional 2,000 children can eat each year, since it only costs $60 to feed a child for a full year.
On May 19th, No Hungry Children will hold a benefit festival at Bergfeld Park in Tyler, TX. The all-day event, sponsored by Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-a, Jason’s Deli and State Farm Insurance, will include a variety of events for the whole family, including food, silent auction and musical performances.
Smith is also donating 100% of the sales of his latest album, See the Glory, to the No Hungry Children initiative. The first single, “Can’t Get Enough,” is currently being serviced to Christian radio stations nationwide.
“With 100% of the donated funds going directly to purchase the food, it only takes $1 to feed 1 child for 1 week. I still can’t believe how little it takes to make such a HUGE difference. I won’t rest until we’re feeding them all.”
- Esther Muthoni Kirika : Kenya (socialactions.net)
- Rangers FC… in Kenya on brink of oblivion (telegraph.co.uk)
It’s official! Among the first denominational publishers to offer authorized eHymnals, Church Publishing, Inc. (CPI), is launching Episcopal Church hymnals and songbooks as digital editions for iPad tablet readers.
Following significant testing, the first of these new products are intended to work with any digital reader that supports the ePub standard. Five of the new Church Publishing products were successfully uploaded to the Apple iBookstore in mid-February and are now available for iPads and other digital iBooks readers. Additional volumes plus Google eBook versions are expected to follow shortly. Thus far, the eHymnals (below, with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices) include:
The Hymnal 1982, ISBN: 978-0-89869-683-7, $17.99
Lift Every Voice and Sing 2, An African American Hymnal, Pew Edition,
ISBN: 978-0-89869-860-2 , $17.99
Voices Found, Women in the Church’s Song, Pew Edition, ISBN: 978-0-89869-733-9, $14.99
Enriching Our Music 1, ISBN: 978-0-89869-755-1, $14.99
Enriching Our Music 2, ISBN: 978-0-89869-761-2, $14.99
And Coming Soon:
Wonder, Love, and Praise, A Supplement to The Hymnal 1982, Pew Edition, ISBN: 978-0-89869-704-9, $16.00
Among the functionality highlights of each of the new eHymnals are high-resolution images of all available hymns; a fully integrated Table of Content complemented by complete hyperlinked index; plus fully searchable contents by author, tune name, and title.
“Electronic books are becoming fully integrated now within the Church, so we’re meeting the needs of our customers with a variety of digital products,” said Church Publishing’s Davis Perkins, publisher. “In addition to an already significant assortment of web-based resources, including our RiteSeries Online, plus hundreds of CPI titles available as Kindle, Nook, and Google eBooks editions, the eHymnals demonstrate our commitment to delivering important content for the Church via every available channel.”
“The eHymnals are intended to be faithful renditions of the printed pew editions,” said Br. Karekin Yarian, Church Publishing’s project manager—eProducts. “These ebooks are graphics intensive, containing the musical settings for each piece of music in the print edition.
“However, it is important to note that these are pew editions of the hymnals, not accompaniment or leader’s guide editions, which we hope to launch at a later date. Similarly, these new eBooks offer NO audio recordings. The new products are digital editions, similar to conventionally printed editions, but they’re easier to transport, and quite simple to navigate.”
The new eHymnals are now available through the Apple iBookstore. Hundreds of CPI eBook titles are also currently available from a variety of sources, including the Kindle Store, Nook Store, Google EBooks Store, and Apple iBookstore.
“We hope our customers will enjoy having access to these hymnbooks in portable electronic formats and that they will embrace all of the latest electronic offerings from CPI,” added Br. Karekin.
Founded in 1918 and headquartered in New York City, Church Publishing, Inc. is the publisher of official worship materials, books, and music for the Episcopal Church, plus a multi-faceted publisher and supplier to the broader ecumenical marketplace. Publishing imprints include Church Publishing, Morehouse Publishing, and Seabury Books. Additional CPI divisions include Morehouse Church Supplies, a provider of church supplies and clergy shirts; and Morehouse Education Resources, which produces lectionary-based curriculum, faith formation programs, plus e-publishing resources and services.
- eBookIt.com Launches Audiobook Distribution Through Audible.com (prweb.com)
- Apple blocks links to Amazon in iBookstore (digitaltrends.com)
- iBookstore adds screenshots, promo codes, and more for publishers (tuaw.com)
- Apple defends itself over ebook price fixing allegations (theverge.com)
Who is Adalid … The Next Eminem of Gospel? White Gospel Rapper, Adalid, Shares About His Road to Discovering True Identity
NASHVILLE, Jan. 28, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Visit whoisadalid.com and you will quickly discover that besides his fair skin and unique stage name, Adalid (pronounced Add-uh-lee) has little in common with the infamous Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem. However, take the time to listen to his latest album “Starvin” and your ears will undoubtedly be glued to the speakers.
From Holy Hip Hop enthusiasts to the average rap fan, listeners will find themselves bobbing their heads to the lyrics of this gifted artist.
So who is Adalid you ask? To answer that question, you have to press rewind and head back to the humble beginnings of this now anointed man of God.
Adalid was born and raised in New Orleans, LA where he was exposed to the Hip Hop culture at an early age. “I would go over to my cousins’ house and watch BET all day,” said Adalid with his slow, Southern drawl. “That’s when I first took a real interest in rap.”
Though interested, Adalid said it wasn’t until high school that he truly began exercising the craft. “People say I’m pretty laid back now, but I was actually kind of shy back in the day,” said the surprisingly quiet 27-year-old. “But I started freestyling and battling like in the cafeteria line at school, and folks started coming up to me telling me how good I was.”
Those word seeds planted in Adalid eventually grew into pride and selfish ambitions. The young hustler began recording mixtapes and distributing them locally in hopes of landing a record deal. Despite his efforts, he found little success until surrendering his life to Christ and discovering the true purpose of his talent and abilities.
Ironically, Adalid got born again at the funeral of a high school associate. “To be honest, I didn’t even know the person that well,” said the unashamed carrier of the gospel. “But when I heard how they had lived for Christ, I knew I needed to make a change. My fiancée Crystal and I both received Jesus as our Lord and Savior.”
Two short months after this life-changing experience, New Orleans endured one of the most catastrophic natural disasters to ever hit the United States — Hurricane Katrina. Due to unbelievable circumstances, Adalid and his fiancée were forced to relocate. Led by the Holy Spirit, they ended up in the unlikely town of New Albany, IN — 700 miles from family, friends and the home they had always known. It was there that Adalid married Crystal and began to grow in his relationship with the Lord.
After staying in New Albany for nearly 2 years, he and his wife headed south to Louisville, KY where they discovered the ministry in which they are now both heavily involved. In addition to ministering to the youth on a weekly basis, Adalid travels the country ministering the Gospel through music.
“It’s a blessing to work with someone as talented, yet humble as he is,” said Adalid’s manager Greg Kelley. “His life is truly a testimony of Romans 8:28, ‘We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.'”
The anointed lyricist was recently a guest on “The Dorinda Show” where the official music video for his hit single “Music” was debuted. Adalid has also shared the stage with artists such as Lecrae, FLAME, Tedashii, K-Drama and countless other trailblazers; many of which inspired him years ago to rap for Christ. “When I first got saved, I didn’t know anything about Gospel Rap,” said Adalid, who preferred listening to Mase (before his conversion to Christianity) and other East Coast rappers. “Then one of my homeboys put me on to Lecrae and the 116 crew. I was like ‘this is what I’m talking about right here!'”
Despite his admiration for certain Gospel rappers, Adalid has managed to remain true to himself and to the gifts God has placed inside of him. His unique blend of East Coast and Southern rapping styles put him in a category of his own; not to mention Adalid’s uncanny ability to spit quality lyrics that break the unfortunate stereotypes of Christian rappers.
“My name is Spanish for leader or champion,” said Adalid, whose biological father is from Honduras. “And that’s who I’ve become in Christ. It’s in Him that I’ve found my true identity.”
Adalid is currently promoting his latest project ”
” which is now available on iTunes. For booking information and available dates, contact Manager Greg Kelley at email@example.com. Also, log on to www.whoisadalid.com for music, photos and more news.
- THE AFTER-EMINEM AGE: These Are The Most Powerful White Rappers In The Game (businessinsider.com)
Vonabell Sings “Cross”
CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 17, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — At 17 years of age, Vonabell wants to reach her generation for Christ. The youngest of five children, Vonabell has been singing ever since she could talk. Her professional voice training began at 7 years old when she was selected to be a member of the children’s choir at Ruth Eckerd Hall. She has been taking classical and contemporary singing lessons ever since.
After watching the video and listening to the graphic lyrics of the song “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, Vonabell was convicted to rewrite the words to glorify the Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary. Her desire to produce a music video which would appeal to young people and reach them for Christ is now a reality.
This powerful music video in which Vonabell sings “Cross” – A Christian parody of Bruno Mars “Grenade,” is now available on YouTube by using the following link:
After you have viewed “Cross,” please share it with others by posting the link on your social media outlets and/or sending it out in an email to those in your address book.