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Audio Adrenaline Bands Together to Help Orphans

Legendary Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline is back with a new album, new lead singer and a new agenda:to be a voice for orphaned children in Haiti. The net proceeds from the album, Kings & Queens, will go to the Hands and Feet Project, an orphan-care ministry founded by band members in 2004.

The multiple-Grammy-winning group, which formed in 1986 under the name A-180, recorded and toured for two decades until 2006, when former lead vocalist Mark Stuart suffered vocal challenges. In the intervening years, members of the band turned their focus to their families and ministries. So when they were approached about going back on tour, they were a bit reluctant.

“Our first thought was, ‘No, we’re doing other things,’” says bassist Will McGinniss, who serves as chairman of the board of the Hands and Feet Project. “But when we heard the idea that this could really advance what we’re doing in Haiti, that’s what really got us excited about the project.” 

The Hands and Feet Project hosts two orphanages in Haiti that house 100 children each in family-style villages. But in recent months, both facilities have reached maximum capacity, and the organization has had to turn away hundreds of children due to lack of space.

This month, the band returns to the tour circuit with new lead singer Kevin Max, formerly of dc Talk, with plans to raise funds to open two more villages. 

The album’s first single, “Kings & Queens” showcases children from the orphanages and the miracles God has performed in their lives.  read more

Need You Now

Plumb (Curb Records)

Since 1997, Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, known by her stage name Plumb, has offered polished modern pop songs that lend themselves not only to Christian radio, but also movie soundtracks (“Stranded,” “God-Shaped Hole,” “Boys Don’t Cry”).

Lee’s occasionally brutal honesty (“Cut,” “Damaged”) also landed her on the playlists of countless young women and young men dealing with hard issues of life.

Now she returns to the spotlight with her first album in six years, Need You Now. With the help of co-writer Matt Bronlewee, Lee navigates heartbreak, hope, healing, happiness and encouragement against a backdrop of melodic pop rock. 

Jars of Clay singer Dan Haseltine provides a perfect vocal complement on the inspirational “Drifting.” “One Drop” is a light, catchy song that seems destined for media crossover and provides a soothing contrast to the haunting despair of the opener, “Invisible.” 

The title track, which already spent weeks at the top of Christian radio charts, is a rousing prayer for divine intervention, and Lee has said the album is named in honor of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Need You Now alternates between moments of deep contemplation and pure levity and joy—one moment, Lee cries out to God; the next, she celebrates the unconditional love of her husband. Her return should earn attention and accolades from listeners hoping to communicate their faith with authenticity. read more

Kings & Queens

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The legendary Christian rock band emerges from retirement now fronted by Kevin Max of dc Talk, with an album that seeks to provide shelter and a voice for Haitian orphans. Net proceeds from Kings & Queens support the Hands and Feet Project in Haiti, founded by the band in 2004.  read more

Passion: Let the Future Begin

Passion (Sixsteprecords)

Recorded live at the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta, this latest Passion album features the music of Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, David Crowder, Matt Redman and Christy Nockels, as well as teaching by Louie Giglio. read more

R&B Star Montell Jordan now Leading Worship

For ’90s R&B star Montell Jordan, music was his life and his lucrative career. But since leaving the secular music world in 2010 to be a full-time worship pastor, he now says singing is secondary to spreading the Word of God to unbelievers.

Jordan, known for his megahit “This Is How We Do It,” says it took a series of tragic events before he truly gave his life to Christ: “We had a house fire; we lost everything. My wife and I experienced the loss of a child. We went through bankruptcy. It got to a point where we’d tried it our way long enough. [We said], ‘Let’s see what would happen if we tried it God’s way.’”

The couple jumped full-force into ministry. Jordan is the worship pastor at the multicultural Victory World Church in Norcross, Ga., which releases a worship CD/DVD combo this month called Shake Heaven. Jordan wrote and sings on many of the tracks.

The 44-year-old is also a licensed minister. He and his wife lead a marriage ministry, work with the children’s church and youth groups. Jordan’s desire is to continue to use his testimony to touch the lives that others may not be able to reach. 

“I have the ability or the credibility to reach and speak to people that your [Joel] Osteens or T.D. Jakes might not be able to reach,” Jordan says. “I lived my life openly on YouTube via the Internet, and you can see all the things I said and all the things I did.

“The same way that they saw that then, they can see what God is doing now. They could say if [God] could bring him from that, then [He] could definitely do it for me.” read more

David Crowder

David Crowder Releases iTunes Session

Today award-winning artist and songwriter David Crowder will release his first solo effort as an iTunes exclusive. This follows the final David Crowder Band album, which hit stores earlier this year. read more

Miracle

Third Day (Provident) 

Multiple Grammy Award-winning rock group Third Day will take a new musical direction with their 16th album, Miracle. The group worked with veteran rock producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, The Fray, Train) to produce a new sound that includes layered guitars, thick harmonies and sing-along vocals. read more

Bebo Norman

Bebo Norman: Light of Distant Cities

Bebo Norman's new album, Lights of Distant Cities, is the result of years of walking through a dark, spiritual desert, and finally finding what he was looking for—God’s promise of light, hope and love. read more

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