Archive for May, 2011

Official music video for “Lift Me Up” by The Afters.
Directed, Edited, & Shot By: Gavin Michael Booth
Produced By: Gavin Michael Booth & Marie Jeannette
Mimetic Entertainment Inc.

Kim Jones says the new video for The Afters’ “Lift Me Up” (from Light Up The Sky) should come with a warning label – “WARNING: Tissues needed.” The band pulled from stories that they’ve heard from fans about economic loss, self-image and loneliness after the loss of a loved one to create a video story that will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered.

In a press release, lead singer Josh Havens explained the band’s thoughts behind the video. “We wanted this video to reflect the realities of life. We all have stories and most of us have experienced pain and hardship at some point. While our stories might not be the same, the thing we all share in common is that when we face the things in life that are too much for us to handle on our own that God is with us, God is for us and God will never fail us. I hope that this video is an encouragement to people and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.”

The band hit the bulls-eye on all counts!


The hip-hop star talks about his controversial new album, why he didn’t vote for President Obama and how his Muslim faith shapes him.

As a rapper, entrepreneur and social activist, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco—aka, Lupe Fiasco—has been challenging hip-hop paradigms since he arrived on the scene in 2007. The self-proclaimed “nerd” has seen his star rise with each consecutive release, lighting up the charts on “Touch the Sky” with Kanye West, “Kick, Push” (probably the only hip-hop anthem all about skateboarding) and “Superstar.” After a professionally and personally chaotic year, 2011 finally sees the arrival of his much delayed third release, Lasers—a backronym for “Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile.” Hook-laden and polished, Lasers is arguably the wordsmith’s boldest work to date—a set of socially progressive, politically incendiary rebel cries that come complete with a 14-point manifesto ( And, if you’ve heard his lead single, “Words I Never Said,” you know Lupe Fiasco has a lot to say about more than just his music. RELEVANT recently sat down with the rapper to discuss his label troubles, his role as provocateur and his Muslim faith.

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Oh her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they’re not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying

She’s so beautiful
And I tell her every day

Yeah I know, I know
When I compliment her
She wont believe me
And its so, its so
Sad to think she don’t see what I see

But every time she asks me do I look okay
I say

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile,
The whole world stops and stares for awhile
Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are

Read Billboard’s story here.

The world’s premier music publication, Billboard has served the entertainment business since 1894. Beginning as a weekly for the billposting and advertising business, Billboard and its popular music charts have evolved into the primary source of information on trends and innovation in music, serving music fans, artists, top executives, tour promoters, publishers, radio programmers, lawyers, retailers, digital entrepreneurs and many others.

Jonathan Slye wanted to be a rock star. The wide-eyed 17-year-old spent part of last summer at a Christian rock camp learning how to be a lead singer. But by November he had another thought: he should throw an epic rock show in his hometown.

How hard could it be?

In just a few months, Slye – the son of a pastor – managed to land some of the biggest names in Christian hip-hop, rock and heavy metal to play at his Spring Jam Fest this Saturday in nearby Centreville, Virginia.

He did it through sheer will and a little faith – and at a fraction of the cost of a professional concert.

It helped that no one told him teenagers don’t throw major rock shows.

“I was just so fired up for Christ coming home from that camp I said, ‘All right God, what’s my purpose?” Slye said.

The theme verse for the camp was from Romans 8:28 in the New Testament: “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

When he got home, he said, he read and prayed over that verse every night for two months. Finally, around Halloween, clarity came: He would start a radio station for Christian rock, but not until after college.

Still, something was nagging at the high school sophomore.

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Jamie-Grace Harper was recently signed to Gotee Records, a diverse record label founded by TobyMac. Her debut EP, Hold Me was released by the label on February 22, 2011. Jamie Grace released the title track to the album at the same time and it was one of the most added singles to Christian Hit Radio stations. Talks of a full-length release exist, but no titles or dates have been made public. Something a little different from someone younger than our usual Gospel artists.

She is shining example that you can do anything. She was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome in 2003.Harper has spoken of this illness in various cities across the nation. She is hoping to inspire people through her music and speaking

Here is her world premiere video., a wholly owned and operated website on the Interactive One platform, exists to educate, encourage, and edify the modern-day believer. For those who are new to faith, checking out faith, or desiring to grow in faith, is an excellent online resource.

So far, fans have gotten small tastes of what Jackie Evancho can do, but with the release of Dream With Me her highly-anticipated, first full-length album, they will get their first full serving of her staggering talent.

The SYCO/Columbia album reunites the 10-year old singing phenomenon with legendary producer David Foster. Jackie caught the attention of Foster two years ago when she won a regional competition that allowed her to sing as Foster accompanied her on piano. “He thought her voice was extraordinary,” Jackie’s father Michael says.

So much so that the 16-time Grammy winner Foster helms Dream With Me and brought some remarkable company with him. The world’s most celebrated female singer Barbra Streisand duets with Jackie on one of Streisand’s signature songs, “West Side Story’s” “Somewhere,” while singing sensation and 2009 “Britain’s Got Talent” contestant Susan Boyle performs the tender “A Mother’s Prayer” with Jackie.

Dream with Me features a repertoire of classical arias and pop classics handpicked to suit Jackie’s angelic voice. Her range is so great that she ably shifts from the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon A Star” to Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma.”

Jackie Evancho: Kmart Music Exclusive Interview
In this Kmart Music exclusive interview, 11 year old Jackie Evancho talks about why she likes to sing classical crossover over other types of music, what it was like to perform in front of the President, and what she thinks has been the best part about making her album, “Dream With Me,” which hits shelves on June 14, 2011.