Archive for August, 2011

“Men, what will you do with this life” is the question that Reach Life ministries is using to challenge the lives of its audience, with the emergence of their Man Up Campaign.

The campaign is focused on addressing the issue of manhood in hip-hop culture because they feel “its evident that men don’t know what it means to be a man” said Christian rapper KB, a spokesperson for Reach Life ministries.

Reach Life ministries is a non profit of Reach Records, which houses co-founder and famed Christian rapper Lecrae. Gaining a platform because of the label’s success, the organization has purposed to “help bridge the gap between biblical truth and the urban context” and one of the ways they have set out to accomplish this is through their soon coming movie Man Up.

The film stars, new comer and main character Anthony Moone and presents six different areas of manhood that the creators feel young men often fail to live up to. The six depictions of manhood are aimed at making young men of the urban culture question their standards and beliefs of what authentic manhood means.

Click the video trailer below and read more here.

BREATHEcast.com is the largest and most extensive online source for Christian music in the nation. Opened to the public on October 30th, 2004, BREATHEcast.com houses the latest and greatest in all things Christian music including news, radio, videos, interviews and more from the best artists in every genre, including Contemporary, Rock, Worship, Gospel, Urban, and Southern Gospel.

Heralded by a No. 1 radio single, repeated No. 1 digital hit and a successful EP, Gotee Records’ Jamie Grace will debut her first, full-length record titled One Song At A Time on September 20. Fans can pre-order the album starting today at http://www.gotee.com/store.

The 11 track album contains the No. 1 CHR (No. 1 for four weeks) and Top 5 AC radio hit “Hold Me” featuring tobyMac. Other notable songs on the record include “With You,” “Come To Me” and “God Girl” done in a hybrid sound of acoustic pop, hip hop, folk, reggae and even country, final track listing below. The majority of the songs were produced by Christopher Stevens (tobyMac, Carrie Underwood) with additional tracks produced by Arch Nemesiz (production duo of GabeReal and Dave Wyatt of DiverseCity) and David Garcia (Mandisa, Group 1 Crew).

“I had the amazing privilege of working with an incredibly talented and diverse team for this album,” explains Jamie Grace. “What made it even more exceptional is that this team embraced who I am, what I love, where I’m from and most importantly where I’m going as an artist.”

In support of One Song At A Time, Jamie Grace will hit the road this fall with tobyMac in October while he tours Canada, and in November as a special guest on the “tobyMac Unplugged: A Night of Stories & Songs” tour hitting the U.S. Jamie Grace will also take part in “Newsong’s Very Merry Christmas Tour” featuring NewSong, Kutless and Chris August. Dates for the tour will be announced soon and available here.

Jamie Grace was discovered by industry pioneer and multiple GRAMMY ® winner tobyMac. “Every couple of years, I get a true desire to find and help a developing artist share their music with the world,” explains multi-platinum selling recording artist tobyMac. “Jamie Grace is a gifted artist and a great fit for Gotee Records for a lot of reasons. She has a style that can’t be put into a typical label box—a dash of reggae, a hint of folk/alt country, a sprinkle of hip hop. She is a true songwriter, who is blossoming before my very eyes and I have not been this excited to work with an artist in a long, long time. Jamie is a natural beautiful next step for our industry.”

Read all about it here.

Jesusfreakhideout.com™ is one of the world’s largest Christian music online resources. Created in August of 1996 as what originated as a small webpage titled “The Jesus Freak Hideout,” the site was the flourishing creation of music fan and graphic designer John DiBiase. MORE

AP reports:

The birthday wish of a girl who wanted to raise $300 for clean water in Africa has been granted and then some, as donors gave more than $1 million after she died from a car crash.

Rachel Beckwith had been near her goal when she turned 9 on June 12, so her donation website closed. She was injured in a 13-car pileup on July 20 and taken off life support days later. A pastor arranged for the website to be reopened.

The “charity: water” nonprofit says more than 26,000 donations have come in by Friday. Founder Scott Harrison says some came from Africa, Brazil, Thailand and Europe.

Rachel’s mother, Samantha Paul, says she’s “in awe of the overwhelming love to take my daughter’s dream and make it a reality.”

To help out, go here NOW!

From the Teen Choice Awards last night, PEOPLE scoop:

Unable to suppress a smile that lasted throughout Sunday’s 2011 Teen Choice Awards, Sean Kingston walked his first red carpet since his near-fatal jet ski accident in May.

After two separate brushes with death, the Jamaican-American rapper knows he’s lucky to be alive, but more important to him are the lessons he’s learned.

“Basically, I learned that in life anything can happen and you have to count your blessings and worship God, and believe in God,” Kingston, 21, tells PEOPLE. “And know that anything can happen, so you have to be cautious about what you do.”

Cautious yet optimistic, the singer, who received a standing ovation and a big onstage hug from pal Justin Bieber, insists that while his jet-skiing days may be over, he’s chomping at the bit to get back into the studio to take creative risks that don’t land you in an ICU.

“I’m feeling good, I’m feeling blessed, a hundred-percent,” he says. “I’m happy to back healthy, and I’m going back into the studio tomorrow.”

Recently MTV sat down with Christian rock band NeedToBreathe. Here’s what they had to say about performing with country star Taylor Swift and her fans.

“We’ve been a band for almost 11 years,” lead singer Bear Rinehart said. “It’s been little steps along the way, you know? Playing in our hometown for the first time at a club that we loved, and then getting signed by Atlantic Records, and then Taylor called and wanted us to tour with her ’cause she’s a fan.”

During the four-man band’s first soundcheck of the tour, the guys were surprised to discover just how much of a NeedToBreathe fan Taylor is. “[It was] her and her family sitting out in the crowd, like, singing along to every word of the songs that we’re doing in the soundcheck,” drummer Joe Stillwell recalled. “It’s a little surreal to kind of see that from somebody that you see on such a big scale all the time.”

While South Carolina’s NeedToBreathe have been on the music scene for a while now, the Speak Now tour has been an experience unlike any other for the group.

“We haven’t played in venues this big, so that’s been a little bit to get used to,” Bear noted. “The first night you walk out there and there’s 20,000 people, it’s like, ‘Whoa, this is pretty intense!’ ”

“Her fans, for the most part, are younger than our fanbase,” said lead guitarist Bo Rinehart (Bear’s brother).

“Some of these people, it’s the first rock and roll show they’ve ever been to,” Bear said with a laugh about Taylor’s hard-core fans. “Sometimes we’ll see the mom wearing a NeedToBreathe shirt and the kid wearing the Taylor Swift shirt!”

Watch the video here.

SOURCE: MTV USA