BREAKING: President Donald J. Trump to Present the Unity Award to Dr. Alveda King at 10th Annual We Love Christian Music Awards

UPDATED: President Donald J. Trump will present the Unity Award to Dr. Alveda King via video. Dr. King will attend the sold-out live event taking place at Visible Music College in Memphis, Tennessee. Watch the live broadcast Tuesday, 2.22.22 at 9 PM EST/8 PM CST, at http://www.weloveawards.com.

Friday, February 18, 2022 — MEMPHIS, Tennessee — For the past ten years, the WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS (www.WeLoveAwards.com) has celebrated the best faith-based artists, albums and songs in each calendar year, and has given the Christian music fan the power to choose the winners. 

The upcoming 10th Annual ceremony will be broadcasting live in front of a sold-out audience from Visible Music College (www.visible.edu) in downtown Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday, 2.22.22. In addition to the winners of 24 categories being announced, Dr. Alveda King will be on site accepting the first annual UNITY AWARD. President Donald J. Trump will present the award to Dr. King via video.

This new, annual award will recognize a celebrated public figure outside of Christian music who is continually using their platform and reach to encourage communities to find commonality above division, race and ideology through loving faith-based values and ethics.

Dr. Alveda C. King is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and the niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A leading pro-life activist and the founder of Speak for Life, Dr. King has dedicated much of her life to fighting for the sanctity and dignity of all life–from the womb to the tomb. She is a Fox News contributor and host of the Fox Nation show, Alveda King’s House, and currently serves as the Chair of the Center for the American Dream at AFPI. Dr. King is a former college professor, served in the Georgia State House of Representatives, is a former presidential appointee, and 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. 

“Unity has always been at the center of the WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS,” shares founder, Kevin McNeese. “The more we can focus on common ground, despite our differences, the better off our collective communities will be. I’m excited to be able to welcome Dr. Alveda King to our event in Memphis, and look forward to bringing her spirit of faith-based unity to the entire evening.”

Presented by Christian music site NewReleaseToday.com, the live, 2-hour ceremony will be broadcast exclusively at WeLoveAwards.com starting at 9 PM EST/8PM CST. The night will be hosted by DREAM Records’ pop recording artist Branan Murphy and 5-time GRAMMY® nominated and Bethel Music worship recording artist Dante Bowe. Live performances will include Cade Thompson (Red Street Records), Coby James (Centricity Music), The Letter Black (Nashville Label Group), Stephen McWhirter, Jason Clayborn, Remedy Drive, Jadi, Hope VanDouser and boiling point. NEXT BIG THING nominees Grace Graber, Emily Faith, Abby Robertson and Amongst Wolves will also be performing. Pastor Sam Evans of PLANETSHAKERS will be delivering a special message for the global worship community.

Christian music fans can familiarize themselves with all 84 artists nominated this year through the official We Love Awards playlist, available exclusively at APPLE MUSIC. https://nrt.cc/10thWLAPlaylist.

Learn more about the WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS, view the full list of nominees and watch the live broadcast Tuesday, 2.22.22 at 9 PM EST/8 PM CST, at http://www.weloveawards.com.

About NewReleaseToday

NewReleaseToday (NRT), launched in August 2002, has become the largest Christian music and media site online, offering the most complete and up-to-date info on faith-based arts and entertainment. From album release dates to exclusive interviews to world premieres and Christian music news, NRT has become the go-to source for what’s new in Christian music. www.NewReleaseToday.com
 

About Visible Music College

Visible Music College is a global, spiritual community of musicians, technicians, business professionals, and educators serving the Church and society with collective energy and talent, fostering an environment of creativity, worship, and innovation in artistic endeavors for the glory of God. More information can be found at www.visible.edu.

ABOUT NASHVILLE PUBLICITY GROUP

Nashville Publicity Group is a forward thinking full-service public relations and consulting company offering the personal attention of a boutique agency combined with the scope, results and services of a larger firm. We routinely deliver unparalleled results by creating aggressive, tailor-made campaigns to meet our clients’ specific needs. Launched in 2002 as a music and entertainment PR firm, Nashville Publicity Group’s diverse roster of clients has grown to encompass music, authors, tours and events, television and feature films, corporate clients, non-profits, faith-based ministries, human rights activists, political icons and much more. 

Brooke Ligertwood Premiere’s Nineveh (Live)

Lyrics:

Nineveh

Oh Nineveh

The Lord is turning toward you

Compassion or calamity

Will you heed the warning

Fall on your knees

Tear down your idols

When you choose surrender

You choose survival

Call on His Name

Turn from your violence

Out of the ashes

He will revive

You God have mercy

God have mercy

I know You are a gracious God

I know You’re slow to anger

But I misunderstood Your love

Forgive me God for running

You sent a wind

Stirred up the ocean

Still I rebelled

My heart wasn’t open

But when I prayed

You were there waiting

I made a vow

To speak Your salvation

Nineveh

Oh Nineveh

The Lord is turning toward you

Holy Spirit help me see

Where there is Nineveh in me

Turn away

Your wrath once more

God have mercy

Perfect prophet, priest, and King

Christ became the reckoning

In His body bore my sin

Now to all who trust in Him

God has mercy

God have mercy on us

Nineveh

Oh Nineveh

The Lord is turning toward you

Pastor Ed Boston Interviews Michael Feighan

Multi-talented Michael Feighan to Release Solo Project Someone Prayed Oct. 15, 2021; First Single “I Still Believe” Available Aug. 27, 2021

 July 30, 2021 (Crystal Beach, Texas) — Notable artist/drummer/songwriter, Michael Feighan, will release his solo project, Someone Prayed, on Oct. 15, 2021. Besides delivering great vocals and music, Feighan has assembled an incredible team for the project. Matt Bissonette (Elton John, Ringo Starr) joined as producer for Someone Prayed, while his brother, Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr), added his drumming expertise for the EP and five-time Grammy® Award-winning engineer, Chris Lord-Alge (Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Tim McGraw) brings his talent to the mix. The project will be released through Label Logic, with distribution being handled by Ingrooves.

The first single, “I Still Believe,” will release on Aug. 27, 2021 and will be available on all digital outlets. It’s a patriotic song that honors our military during Labor Day, September 11th and any day that salutes our nation. The single was co-written by Michael and Matt Bissonette, and fulfills Michael and his dad’s, Chief Master Sargent Mike Feighan, love for our country.

“Working with Michael has been an amazing blessing in my life,” said Matt. “Our friends from Label Logic put us together and we began writing songs together. I knew Michael was a really good singer, and a great drummer as well, but was blown away at what an amazing performer he is in the studio. He really brought all the songs to another level and his lyric skills really made it easy to write the songs. But more important than that, he is a great human being with a desire to honor God in everything. God first, everything else follows. It’s a great motto and principle that humbled me and made me want to do the same. What an amazing honor it is to work with this blessed man.”

Someone Prayed is a four song EP, which includes the title track and “I Still Believe,” with two additional songs that were written for his wife and daughter. “Joy of Life” centers on the difficulties that his wife, Christie, faced during a rough period of time, and Michael’s musical message centered on the joy of Christ.  Jesus, give me the faith that will move every mountain/And teach me to trust You always/Father teach me Your ways that I want to be my ways/And give me the Joy of life today. “Before Time Began” is a loving message to his daughter, Tatiana, after Michael and Christie flew to Russia and brought their daughter home to Texas after her adoption.

“Writing with Matt on this project was a dream come true, and one of the songs we did together was especially rewarding,” said Feighan. “I had some previous lyrics that I had written about my daughter, Tatiana. My wife and I adopted her from Russia, and I thought it would be great to have Matt talk about his son in the second verse. He came up with the idea for the third verse that puts it all together, and how we are all God’s adopted children—and one day in heaven He will be looking back at us. This song came out very powerful!”

Michael’s high-profile career began when he joined the Christian metal band Whitecross, and he was ranked as of the top 10 drummers in Christian music. The group’s music grew around the world that included the states, South America and Europe, and led to three Dove Awards for recordings with Triumphant Return (1990), In The Kingdom (1992) and “Come Unto The Light” (1994). 

Michael became an on-demand drummer that led to other opportunities outside of Whitecross. This included being signed to Star Song Music (1991-1993), R.E.X Music (1994-1995), Madison Line Records (2013), playing with Curious Fools on the Gotee label in 1997, performing with Oz Fox of Stryper and pop artist B.J. Thomas.

For more information about Michael and Someone Prayed, fans can visit his website and on social media at Facebook, and Instagram.

New Podcast: Natasha Owens Releases “Stand”

The latest podcast feature Christian music artist Natasha Owens talking about her new album “Stand”. Natasha and Pastor Ed also discuss what’s keeping her busy, a women’s conference she’s hosting and a discussion on church lockdowns and it’s effect on mental health issue. Go here to listen: https://anchor.fm/edboston/episodes/Natasha-Owens-Releases-Stand-e163u34

Christian Music Powerhouse Natasha Owens Takes a “Stand” with New Album Produced by Ian Eskelin
Christian music powerhouse Natasha Owens returns August 6th with her latest studio album, Stand, a 12-track testament to perseverance and empowerment that finds her reconnecting with longtime label home Radiate Music and GRAMMY-nominated and multiple Dove Award-winning producer/songwriter/fellow artist Ian Eskelin. 

“Through the last year or so, there has been a lot of chaos going on in our world,” observes Owens. “It’s incredibly easy to look around us and instantly become anxious and fearful at all that we see. But there is a hope that I have found that is stronger than the enemy that tries to intimidate us; His name is Jesus.”

The album’s just-released lead single, “Lion,” takes the chaos of the past year head on, reminding us to move forward no matter how insurmountable one’s surrounding circumstances may seem.

“This song has driven me by the truth that our King is bold, fearless and courageous,” Owens explains. “Revelation 5:5 refers to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who prevails. Instantly, I was then reminded of Proverbs 28:1 that promises us that the righteous are as bold as a lion. What a declaration! He is our defender and has given us the strength to stand in boldness without fear. This is our battle cry.”

Other standouts on Stand include the joyful sentiments of “Fly,” the praise-fueled acoustic tenderness of “Hallelujah,” a stunning tribute to a lost loved one, “Home,” and the optimistic closing anthem, simply titled “Yes.”  

“Even when every door seems closed, there’s no need to second guess. You know what’s best,” she confidently sings in the latter. “Every time you tell me ‘no,’ it means that there’s a better ‘yes.’”

There’s even a throwback to Owens’ previous project with the bonus track, “Warrior,” a brand new rendition of the modern classic recorded live in front of a roaring crowd. 

“I want to show people that they can make it, too,” Owens asserts. “Being a warrior means that my wounds have healed, but I still have the scars to prove it. The scars remind me that I don’t have to worry about the next battle because I know God will be standing with me.”

As Owens plans to return to touring and as host of the national Christian women’s conference known as the Warrior Event, she’s looking forward to sharing her courageous story as a means to inspire others, while always making sure to meet listeners exactly where they’re at.

“So many people are at different stages of their story,” she says. “In any crowd you have people ranging from being at the beginning of their grief all the way to being overcomers. I’m taking people on the full journey, making them feel all of these emotions, but leaving feeling hopeful.”

Owens’ path to a successful music career is unique, rooted in agonizing heartache and unbelievable tragedy. Seven years ago, her father died suddenly while cleaning his guns when one misfired, placing a bullet in his chest. The themes of grief, heartbreak, and redemption permeate throughout her music, which served as therapy for her along the way.

Today, she is intently focused on being a proactive and prayerful advocate for mental health awareness. She has been open about her battle with severe depression, and her season of extreme lows brought on by tragedy. But she’s quick to share how God showed up in the most magnificent way. “He said, ‘trust in Me that I’ve guided you this far and I’m not gonna let you down now.’”   Owens knows that God has kept that promise, and Stand brings it all full-circle.

Owens will hit the road this summer performing at multiple festivals, sharing the main stage with Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Danny Gokey, Matthew West, Skillet, Mandisa, Colton Dixon and many more. Plans for a fall tour and a Christmas tour are also underway. To view her complete concert schedule, visit the official website at http://natashaowensmusic.com

About Natasha Owens: Owens exploded onto the Christian Music scene with her 2016 debut, No One But You. She suddenly found herself touring as the opening act for Christian Music’s most iconic artists, including Michael W. Smith and Jason Crabb. Her 2017 follow-up, We Will Rise, was named “Inspirational Album of the Year” at the 2018 We Love Christian Music Awards. And in 2019, Owens signed to Radiate Music and released her third album, Warrior, produced and co-written by award-winning producer Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets). During the downtime the pandemic provided, she recorded and released the jazzy holiday album, Christmas Memoriesin the fall of 2020.Instantly relatable, Owens has quickly resonated with listeners and has had extensive media coverage including appearances on Fox News, Newsmax and HLN, among others. She has toured with some of Christian Music’s bestselling artists, including Michael W. Smith, Kutless, JJ Weeks, Ryan Stevenson, Jason Crabb, Matthew West, 7eventh Time Down, Audio Adrenaline, Point of Grace and more.


About Radiate Music: Founded by Ian Eskelin, Radiate Music launched summer 2015. Eskelin’s 20-plus-year resume in the music business, ranging from being a recording artist to a record executive, gives him a unique perspective in partnering with artists who are passionate about impacting culture with music. Eskelin, who has recorded more than 50 Top 10 singles in the United States alone, including 20 No. 1 songs, and whose songs have been licensed for use by ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN and many feature films, is looking to break additional ground with Radiate. In addition to King, Radiate’s artist roster includes, Natasha Owens, JJ Weeks, About A Mile, Attaboy, John Waller, and Inspiration Worship.

Friend of the Ministry – Evie Clair In The News

Friend of the Ministry, Evie Clair has been in the headlines today, but before we talk about the current events topic, let us share with you our very first, of multiple, interviews with the America’s Got Talent Finalist.

Evie Clair and Amos Interview with Pastor Ed Boston

This is the episode description from that July 14, 2017 interview with Evie and her dad Amos.

Evie Clair is a 13 year old singer, songwriter, pianist and arranger with incredible vocal ability. Her pure voice is magic and has captured many hearts. Evie now has a nationwide audience after appearing on this season’s America’s Got Talent auditions. She advanced to the next round, but not only is her talent amazing, but the reason she’s on the show will capture your heart. Join us as we talk with Evie, and her father Amos. Amos has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Both Evie and Amos share their stories about AGT and the struggle that Amos has with that horrible disease.

 Now on to why Evie is in the news today. 

Fan-favorite Evie Clair has shared her feelings on social media after not being included in the top 15 most viral moments of America’s Got Talent. The singer who won the hearts of viewers around the world with the heartbreaking story of her father’s cancer battle during her time on the NBC talent competition series commented that she was disappointed that her story and performance which did go viral wasn’t included in the special.

You can read our friend Trevor Decker’s entire post on this topic by clicking this link. 

 

Friend of the Podcast Jonathan Cain Has A New Christmas Single With Michael Tait

Friend of the podcast Jonathan Cain from Journey sent out the following.

I’m excited to announce that my Christmas single featuring Michael Tait, Wonder of Wonders, is finally out!

Pick your favorite streaming platform and click below to listen to my newest single, Wonder of Wonders.

Click Here

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings – Official Trailer

Below is the official trailer for the new Netflix series, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. Click here to listen to our interview about the series with Sam Haskill, Executive Producer of Heartstrings

Eight Dolly songs. Eight Dolly stories. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings premieres November 22, only on Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/title/80244846

Big Announcement from The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys Release New Album ‘Down Home Christmas’ Today & Celebrate 30th Annual Christmas Tour Kicking Off On November 13

Produced By Dave Cobb, ‘Down Home Christmas’ Is Available Everywhere Today

Billboard Magazine Premieres All New Festive Video For “Reindeer On The Roof,” With Cameo Appearances By John Rich, Dennis Quaid & Jamey Johnson; Shot At Santa’s Pub In Nashville

Oak Ridge Boys Commemorate New Album Release With Upcoming Appearances on HUCKABEE, Nashville Insider, Country Gold With Terri Clark, and more!
“The Oak Ridge Boys got their own little Christmas miracle while recording their new holiday album…”
– Deborah Evans Price, Billboard Magazine

“If the holiday season is all about long-held traditions, then pushing play on an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas album should absolutely be up there with spiking the egg nog, arguing with your crazy uncle and watching “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours straight.”
– Kelly Dearmore, Sounds Like Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, have released their 8th holiday themed album today, Down Home Christmas, available everywhere music is sold from Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers. The new album marks the 3rd collaboration with famed Nashville hit-making Producer Dave Cobb. Down Home Christmas includes standards such as “Amazing Grace” and “Silent Night,” plus new originals like “Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard” written by Americana hit-maker Anderson East and Aaron Raitiere, and “South Alabama Christmas,” written by Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon.

Billboard Magazine Premieres “Reindeer On The Roof” Video
Billboard Magazine premiered [click to view] an all new video today for “Reindeer On The Roof,” a fun and festive original tune that puts Oaks singer Richard Sterban in the spotlight with his one-of-a-kind basso cantante. Shot on location at Nashville’s famed Santa’s Pub, the video also features cameo appearances by John Rich, Dennis Quaid and Jamey Johnson.

30th Annual Down Home Christmas Tour
Each year The Oak Ridge Boys travel all over the United States spreading Christmas cheer by performing holiday classics, and fun new favorites plus many of the hits that shaped the career of this legendary vocal quartet. On November 13 in Branson, Missouri, they’ll embark on their 30th annual holiday-themed tour, with more than 30 concerts on tap in 28 cities and 16 states throughout the U.S.

The Oak Ridge Boys’ set list will take audiences on a hit-filled musical journey of holiday cheer from the group’s seven best-selling Christmas albums, along with performances from the new Down Home Christmas album.

“It is so hard to believe that our 30th Annual Christmas Tour is upon us,” said lead singer Joe Bonsall. “It seems like yesterday when Marie Osmond and all of us were planning our first tour called The Magic Of Christmas back in 1989. With different variations production-wise, and by gleaning fresh material from our eight different Christmas albums, we have maintained this energetic and challenging tour every year since. This year we will perform 31 full production Christmas shows across the Midwest and Northeast, and once again the show will be refreshed by utilizing all of the new songs from our new Down Home Christmas album, produced by Dave Cobb.”

Down Home Christmas Track Listing:
1. The Family Piano (Aaron Raitiere)
2. Angels (Aaron Raitiere)
3. Bring Daddy Home (Channing Wilson, Aaron Raitiere)
4. Reindeer On The Roof (Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
5. Silent Night (Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr)
6. Hallelujah Emmanuel (Robert Jason, Paul Bradley Sr.)
7. Down Home Christmas (Mando Saenz, Aaron Raitiere)
8. South Alabama Christmas (Jamey Johnson, Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon)
9. Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere)
10. Amazing Grace (spoken introduction by Joseph Bonsall)
11. Amazing Grace (John Newton)

Album Name: Down Home Christmas
Release date: October 25, 2019
Pre-sale date: October 4, 2019
Label: Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers
UPC: 644216238361
DISC: LRR38361
Produced by: Dave Cobb
Buy/Stream/Listen at orcd.co/downhomechristmas

Oak Ridge Boys Down Home Christmas Tour:
NOV 13 -The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 14 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 15 – Orpheum Theatre / Sioux City, Iowa
NOV 16 – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel / Deadwood, S.D.
NOV 17 – Aberdeen Civic Arena / Aberdeen, S.D.
NOV 18 – Wild Rose Casino & Resort / Jefferson, Iowa
NOV 19 – Hartman Arena / Park City, Kan.
NOV 20 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 21 – The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 22 – Peoria Civic Center Theater / Peoria, Ill.
NOV 23 – The Vern Riffe Center For The Arts / Portsmouth, Ohio
NOV 24 – River City Casino / St. Louis, Mo.
NOV 29 – Carson Center / Paducah, Ky.
NOV 30 – Memorial Hall / Independence, Kan.
DEC 01 – McCain Auditorium / Manhattan, Kan.
DEC 04 – UMBC Events Center / Baltimore, Md.
DEC 05 – Riviera Theatre / N. Tonawanda, N.Y.
DEC 06 – Palace Theatre / Greensburg, Pa.
DEC 07 – Roland E. Powell Convention Center / Ocean City, Md.
DEC 08 – Sherman Theater / Stroudsburg, Pa.
DEC 10 – Brown County Music Center / Nashville, Ind.
DEC 11 – Paramount Theater / Anderson, Ind.
DEC 12 – Holland Civic Center / Holland, Mich.
DEC 13 – Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom / Peshawbestown, Mich.
DEC 14 – Honeywell Center / Wabash, Ind.
DEC 15 – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center / Renfro Valley, Ky.
DEC 18 – Mayo Civic Center Presentation / Rochester, Minn
DEC 19 – Five Flags Center / Dubuque, Iowa
DEC 20 – Shooting Star Casino Hotel / Mahnomen, Minn.
DEC 21 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
DEC 22 – Rialto Square Theatre / Joliet, Ill.
For entire tour schedule, please click here.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating one double-platinum album and one double-platinum single and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.