KB video for Drowning song

Award-winning hip hop artist KB releases a new music video for“Drowning,” the fourth single from his Top 20 Billboard charting album Tomorrow We Live.“Drowning” represents the overwhelming and helpless feeling that people suffer from when struggling with things such as mental illness, drug addiction and suicidal tendencies. The song is meant to encourage those feeling underwater, KB explains it “is about turning to God to lift you up out of those dark situations.”

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KB released Tomorrow We Live as a soundtrack of inspiration for his listeners, signifying the idea that no one is exempt from the struggles of  everyday life and that hope is alive and tomorrow we live. Resonating deeply with fans, his sophomore album Tomorrow We Live debuted on the Billboard Charts at No. 4 on Rap Albums, No. 1 on Christian Albums, No. 2 on Independent Albums, No. 7 on Overall Albums and No. 18 on the coveted Billboard 200. Additionally, KB snagged iTunes First Play and the album peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes Overall Albums Chart and No. 2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart.

KB is gearing up to launch a #TomorrowWeLive social media campaign aimed at supporting friends and family members who suffer from mental illness, suicidal thoughts, and addiction, asking, “What would you say to a friend if you knew they were on the verge of drowning?” To inspire a loved one, lend your voice by writing a note on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #TomorrowWeLive.

For more information on KB visit WhoIsKB.com, and to purchase Tomorrow We Live, go toiTunes.

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About KB:  Kevin Burgess, better known now by his stage name KB, is a hip-hop artist based in Tampa, FL heading up HGA. He’s found redemption in what was once the forbidden music of his youth. KB has a history of success, his EP 100 landed No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Album Chart and No. 4 on Billboard’s Rap Chart. Additionally, he took home his first Dove Award for the title track “100” winning “Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year.” His latest album, Tomorrow We Live, brought both critical acclaim and commercial success, debuting on the Billboard charts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, No. 4 on Top Rap Albums, and in No. 18 on the coveted Billboard 200. KB has been a Recording Academy featured artist on Grammy.com and has toured nationally with Tenth Avenue North and several Reach Records artists. He’s received critical acclaim from his peers and media alike including Billboard Magazine, RapRadar.com and The Blaze.

Chris Tomlin Worship Nights

Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night In America events are returning this summer, once again uniting people across the country for a time to worship and pray for the nation, following last year’s sold-out inaugural events.

“I’m so humbled, honored and excited that this summer Worship Night in America is coming to even more cities,” Tomlin said. “Last year, we saw God move in incredible ways each and every night. The presence of God was so evident as the country came together to worship and pray as one.”

Hitting arenas in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Miami and New York, this year’s events willfeature new and returning speakers and artists, including Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, Matt Redman, Matt Maher, Phil Wickham, Kim Walker-Smith, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Steven Curtis Chapman, Tasha Cobbs and DJ Promote.

Last year, thousands gathered to proclaim the name of Jesus and lift up the country in prayer, selling out NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena.

Worship Night In America 2015

Worship Night In America 2015
Tickets for Worship Night In America 2016 are on sale now.

Sunday night, Tomlin closed out the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards with a performance of his No. 1 single “Good Good Father,” which was honored as Song of the Year. Artists such as Lauren Daigle, for KING & COUNTRY, Passion, Hillsong UNITED and more joined him on stage as the entire audience sang along. The event was heard live by millions across the country on the K-LOVE Radio Network and around the world on KLOVE.com.

GETTY Images – Tomlin sings “Good Good Father” at 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards
Worship Night In America (*special guests vary with dates)
July 9 – Los Angeles (Inglewood), CA, The Forum
July 14 – Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
July 16 – Chicago (Hoffman Estates), IL, Sears Centre Arena
July 19 – Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
July 23 – New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

Petra and Whiteheart and The Union

union.jpgThe Union of Sinners and Saints, a band featuring Petra’s lead singer John Schlitt and Whiteheart founding member Billy Smiley, is bringing back an oldie, but a goodie with a new recording of the No. 1 hit “Independence Day.” The remake, originally from Whiteheart’s popular “Powerhouse” album, was produced by Smiley and features Schlitt’s distinctive vocals. The single, which is being released today, is going for adds at Christian Rock and Christian CHR-formatted radio stations.

Jeff Van Driel, CEO and Founder of Suite 28c Records, commented “Whiteheart and Petra were a big part of what formed my musical taste growing up in a small rural town in Canada and this album combines the best of what made those groups so special. It is truly an honor for Suite 28c to represent The Union of Sinners and Saints and hope that this record reaches many with its message.”

“Independence Day” is from the eponymously-titled CD of ten original songs and updated versions of Petra’s Beyond Belief and Whiteheart’s Indy Day, set for release on June 17 and available for preorder now on iTunes. In addition to Schlitt and Smiley, the band features Whiteheart bassist Anthony Sallee, Jason Fowler, Jon Knox and Jonathan Crone.

Though a new band, The Union of Sinners and Saints combines members from two of the best-selling Christian rock bands in history. Petra and Whiteheart collectively have sold more than 12 million records, charted 25 No. 1 songs and garnered numerous Grammy and Dove Awards. In addition to the musical histories, the band also merges the friendship between Schlitt and Smiley.

“John and I got together last Fall and started writing some songs and discussed both of our histories and journeys,” Smiley said. “After seeing the chemistry and friendship that developed, we were excited with the new material we were creating, and started brainstorming about taking this out on the road this year.”

“It only made sense to feature Petra and Whiteheart favorites along with some of the new songs we were writing in the studio.” said Schlitt. “We realized we had a lot of new ideas swirling around in our heads that we wanted to share, both musically and lyrically, songs that were on our hearts and minds. And yet we also wanted to celebrate with all of our friends and fans some of the memorable songs, moments, and performances that they have been a part of over the years.

“The album and live events,” Schlitt said, “will incorporate the kind of artistry and ministry that will remind (fans) of the early years of Christian Rock, but also usher in a new energy and excitement.”

The Union of Sinners and Saints currently is touring throughout North America in support of the new music.

For tour dates and more information about The Union of Sinners and Saints, visit the band’s website and like them on Facebook.

Travis Ryan

Why isn’t the Church singing?

This is the question worship leader and Integrity Music recording artist Travis Ryan started asking. The question was sparked after he began reading countless arguments about personal worship style preferences and after experiencing passionless praise within his own congregation.

“We’re comfortable. We can so easily be complacent, and that can show itself even on a Sunday morning,” Travis concedes, adding, “Who cares about your theology if we live a stale life.”

Travis often compares fans’ reactions to seeing their favorite sports teams out on the field to the sometimes dead worship experiences in churches. “When it comes to Sunday morning, we are singing to the greatest Creator, God, who has made the heavens and thought of the earth and breathed it into existence. Why is it that our worship is actually more similar to a funeral than it is to a soccer game?” he observes. “When you see the King of Kings for who He is, you see the worship of heaven happening. Our worship should look the same… I believe the Church isn’t singing because they don’t see Jesus for who He truly is.”

This belief became the impetus for his full-length project, Until My Voice Is Gone, produced by Michael Farren as well as Grant Pittman and Travis’ brother, Brandon Collins. The album is the follow-up to his 2012 debut, Fearless, and 2015 EP, You Hold It All, and was recorded live across two nights with his home congregation at LifePoint Church, right outside of Nashville, Tennessee. “The songs really take you on a journey,” he explains. “It’s a set list we’ve done at LifePoint, not once but numerous times. These songs have really become the lifeblood that flows through our congregation.”

A prolific songwriter, Travis insists that he’s only the steward of his songs. “I don’t consider any song I write to be my song,” he contends. “When you write a song, I believe that the Lord is already the One who’s singing it. It says in Zephaniah 3:17 that He’s singing over us. I believe that we’ve got to listen really closely, and then we pen His song.”

Perhaps this philosophy is most evident in the story of “We Believe,” which Travis wrote for his church, along with fellow worship leaders Matt Hooper and Richie Fike. The track was recorded by Newsboys and went on to become a No. 1 smash hit at Christian radio. No stranger to the CCM arena, Travis has opened for everyone from MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman and Jeremy Camp to Delirious, The City Harmonic and Paul Baloche. In addition, as an in-demand songwriter, he’s co-written with some of Christian music’s finest, including Matt Redman, All Sons & Daughters, Phil Wickham and Tim Timmons, among others.

“We Believe” sets the tenants of the Church to music. “It’s the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed—it’s just foundationally what we believe as a church,” Travis explains of the KLOVE Fan Award winning and Dove Award nominated worship anthem.

Celebratory anthem “Your Love Set My Soul On Fire,” written by Travis alongside Dylan Thomas, Jordan Merritt and Brandon Collins, also follows suit, recounting the truth these four songwriters stake their lives on. “We just wrote the gospel,” Travis explains of the track that he debuted at his church’s youth camp where it became an instant hit with the students. Soon after, he introduced it to the congregation at large and began to see transformation take place.

“We had a dance party on Sunday morning,” he says. “You can’t help but dance—to get off your seat—because of the life, the freedom that is felt.”

Cornerstone track “You Hold It All,” which Newsboys also recorded for their blockbuster release, Love Riot (Fair Trade Services), remains a pivotal part of the new collection as well. Beyond commercial appeal, this song—and others on Until My Voice Is Gone—has already had a profound impact on numerous members of LifePoint and particularly on Travis and his family as they walked through a devastating miscarriage and his mother being diagnosed with brain cancer.

“The Goodness of the Lord” was a song also born out of loss and one that Travis never thought would make the record. It was written five years ago as a tribute to his late grandfather. As his grandfather’s health diminished, Travis brought his guitar and began to sing hymns over him in his hospital room. As he strummed the chords to “It Is Well,” he began to reflect on his grandfather’s legacy. A man who had been a rebel his entire life, his was a story of genuine life change. Two years prior, he had given his heart to the Lord, and Travis had the honor of being part of his baptism.

“My grandfather, he was the storyteller in our family,” recalls Travis. “We, as kids, would just love to sit and listen to Grandpa Bill. So, as I was writing, I thought, ‘What was my grandfather’s story… what would he want to be sung about him?’ The truth that God is good.”

After his grandfather passed, he sent the rough chorus written by his bedside to his friend and fellow songwriter Richie Fike, who added the verses. Travis sang “The Goodness of the Lord” at his grandfather’s funeral a few days later. As he and Farren began to dig into his back catalog for songs to record for Until My Voice Is Gone, they rediscovered this special cut. With his mom’s cancer battle as an added inspiration, Travis changed the bridge to “When my future has been stripped away, My God is on my side.”

“It was interesting to see how God, who gives us all songs, was not done writing that song,” Travis offers. “He wanted to finish it with my mom and use that moment of her cancer to bring to the surface a lyric that needed to be written.”

God’s faithfulness has been evident in the life of Travis’ church as well. Powerful cut “You Never Give Up On Me” is a testament of the Father’s unrelenting pursuit of His children and the result of a season of healing at LifePoint Church. When a staff member came forward and confessed a moral failure, he was asked to step down from his leadership role. However, instead of shunning him, the church took a different approach—one of Christ-like compassion. They walked with this man and his family through a long, challenging journey toward healing and restoration.

“Most churches today, when a moral failure happens, they just run away, and they claim God’s faithfulness until it begins to get ugly,” Travis maintains. “But grace is messy. It’s a messy, messy thing, and we’ve got to show it to the world.”

Throughout the process, Travis encouraged his friend to put his emotions on paper, to document God’s work in his life knowing that, one day, his story might minister to others. Those thoughts would eventually become “You Never Give Up On Me.”

I don’t deserve Your goodness / You welcome me with Your kindness
You found me in my darkness and my shame / I don’t deserve Your mercy
Yet You cover me in Your glory / You saw me and You loved me just the same

The congregant began working to rebuild his marriage and over a year into the process, he and his wife actually led worship at a recent LifePoint service in celebration of all that God had done in their lives. The first song they sang? “You Never Give Up On Me,” which Travis calls a “beautiful story of redemption.”

It’s a story woven throughout his own life. Today, Travis and his wife have three children: Hudson, 7; Jude, 4; and one-year-old Scarlett, their baby daughter born after the couple suffered the miscarriage. This fall, they’ll add a fourth baby to their family. His mom has undergone a series of cancer treatments and is slated to finish her final round of chemo by the end of the year.

Throughout the beautiful and tragic circumstances of his own journey and the unfolding narratives of his friends and family, Travis knows his God to be steadfast. He only hopes the songs on Until My Voice Is Gone stand as a shining testament to His faithfulness and give the Church reason to sing.

“There’s so much redemption that is yet to be heard through some of these songs,” he predicts, having seen God already use them tremendously in his own life. “At the end of the day, God’s not going to say, ‘Congratulations, Travis, you’ve recorded five albums. Welcome to heaven’,” he concludes. “I hope He says, ‘You were faithful with what I gave you.’ And I believe these songs are an important part of that.”

Twitter & Instagram: @travisryan

New Music From Switchfoot

Multi-platinum selling alternative rock band SWITCHFOOT announced their upcoming album, Where The Light Shines Through, which will be released on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard Records in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group.  Where The Light Shines Through, the band’s tenth album and the first since 2014’s highly acclaimed Fading West, was produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.

This album marks an important milestone in the band’s hugely successful career. SWITCHFOOT’s journey began in 1997 with the first of three indie releases before signing with a major label in 2003. Since then, the San Diego, CA based outfit have sold 5.7 million copies worldwide of their nine studio albums (including 2003’s The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s GRAMMY Award-winning, Hello Hurricane). Where The Light Shines Through marks the band’s return to the indie world and showcases that, two decades from their start, they’re able to have a career filled with longevity, revitalization and rejuvenation.

The album is currently available for pre-order on the band’s website (www.switchfoot.com) along with streaming track premieres of two new songs “Float” and “Live It Well” (both of which are offered via instant download when pre-ordering the album). PRESS HERE to purchase Where the Light Shines Through via iTunes and PRESS HERE to purchase via Amazon Music.

SWITCHFOOT’S 12th annual BRO-AM has been announced for July 9th, 2016 in Encinitas, CA. The annual celebration draws over 15,000 people for a surf contest and free concert on the beach to benefit local youth charities. “The BRO-AM has been our favorite day of the year for over a decade,” says SWITCHFOOT’S Jon Foreman. “To see our community come together is an incredible experience. What better way to celebrate our 10th record than to play the new songs on the beach in our hometown to help kids in need.”

SWITCHFOOT will tour through 2016 with dates being announced soon.

SWITCHFOOT consists of Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar) and Chad Butler (drums).