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REVIEWS 'Songs for the Late Night Drive Home'...
When Anberlin broke up, the music industry lost one of its most profound and engaging musical presences. Fortunately, all is not lost. Stephen Christian, the guy behind those signature vocals, is still very much involved in making music, and his side project Anchor & Braille is back with a third full-length album.
Those familiar with the project know that these songs explore Christian's softer side. This time, he adds in a heavy dose of electronic influence that makes the songs feel more alive than ever. The album title, Songs for the Late Night Drive Home, sounds outrageous at first, but it becomes increasingly appropriate with each listen. It's as if Stephen Christian got into a car late one night and wrote these songs while driving home. The music fits the surreal, neon light-fueled night landscape, and the lyrical musings that Christian is famous for are perfect representations of the kind of conversations had with oneself after midnight.
"Nightfall" boasts a lush and vibrant musical landscape and includes one of Christian's signature memorable lyrical statements: "I know it's hard but you've got to hold on to something to believe in." "Still Looking" gets the closest to an Anberlin chorus, upbeat and soaring, making it another of the album's memorable cuts. "Live Fast. Die Young" is a single-ready number with a briskly paced chorus that again exemplifies a "driving through the city at midnight with the windows down" vibe.
The electronic elements work to the album's enjoyability. Even though this album doesn't satisfy like an Anberlin album, it's still a rich and meaty treat with layers that demand to be peeled back slowly over several listens.
The Bottom Line: This is not Anberlin. But it is another side of master musician Stephen Christian, and virtually anything that guy sings is worth your time.
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Unashamed set to release May 3, 2016
Lecrae, a prominent rapper in both Christian and mainstream circles, is set to release his first book on May 3, 2016. The book is titled Unashamed and is available for preorder now.
The book traces some of Lecrae's testimony, following his faith journey through intense childhood adversity and early life mistakes to his current lifestyle sold out to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fans who preorder the book early will have the option to receive an exclusive t-shirt, access to a pre-launch event and an exclusive song titled "Illuminate."
All of the information for the book is available at http://unashamedbook.com/. The site also holds previews of some of the things Unashamed will address, with tweetable quotes like "If you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection." Lecrae has also been posting teaser videos to his facebook page.
Source: From Staff Reports MN
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Three-time GRAMMY® winner serves as main composer in anticipated 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN feature film
Selling more than 15 million albums, Michael W. Smith will once again bring holiday cheer to arenas, coliseums and theaters to more than a dozen markets this holiday season through his nationwide Christmas tour. Smith's long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant will co-bill with him in select cities including Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, Atlanta, Greensboro and Fairfax. The evening will feature favorites from Smith's latest Christmas release Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, which includes an all-star lineup of guests -- Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald. The holiday album scored a nomination for "Christmas Album of the Year" at the upcoming 46th Annual Dove Awards. Smith also earned a nod with "Christ Be All Around Me" for "Inspirational Song of the Year." For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit michaelwsmith.com/tour.
The Christmas tour will come on the heels of a busy fall for Smith with tour commitments across the United States, Brazil, Korea, The Ukraine and Japan. The acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician is currently promoting his role in 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN. Alongside his son Tyler, Smith created the score for the motion picture. Based on Don Piper's New York Times bestseller (7 million books sold--now also available in a movie edition), 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, Giving Films' first project, is the amazing and true story of Piper's death in an auto accident, his experience of heaven and his return to severe physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. Smith joined fellow actors Hayden Christensen (STAR WARS, JUMPER), Kate Bosworth (BLUE CRUSH, SUPERMAN RETURNS), E! News host Jason Kennedy and other cast members along with the real Piper family - Don, Eva, Nicole, Chris and Joe - at the film's world premiere at the historic FOX Theatre in Atlanta on Sept. 1. Directed by the famed Michael Polish and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN will open in theaters on Sept. 11.
Source: M Collective
Kickstarter campaign funds vinyl release and anniversary re-imagined version
This year Derek Webb is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his album Mockingbird, a project which was key in establishing his voice as a thoughtful, honest social commentator. He also credits the album as being part of the impetus behind founding Noisetrade, the pay-what-you-can website which has revolutionized the way musicians relate to their audience.
Webb is celebrating the anniversary with a kickstarter campaign honoring the album through multiple re-releases. Mockingbird will be pressed to vinyl for the first time. Derek Webb will also be creating a remixed, re-imagined version of the album by taking the original vocals of each song and rebuilding the rest from the ground up. Finally, he will be performing the album in full band format in Nashville, filming the event for fans unable to attend.
The kickstarter campaign is fully funded several days before its target end date, but fans continue to get on board to celebrate the album and the influence it has had in their own lives. You can visit the campaign page here.
Source: From Staff Reports MN
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