Singer-songwriter Cindy Morgan was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for co-writing Natalie Grant's hit single "Hurricane." Other than writing for Grant, Morgan has also written songs for Mandisa, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace, John Tesh, Avalon, Sandi Patty among many others. As a singer, Morgan's debut album "Real Life" earned her 6 Dove Award Nominations. Over the years, she has blessed us with her own hit songs such as "How Could I Ask For More," "I Will Be Free," "Praise the King" and "Listen," a number one single written with her late father Cova Morgan. For her latest release, "Some Glad Morning: Hymns & Spiritual Songs," the Nashville songwriter revisits the historic catalog of music that helped shape her musical, and faith, journey. We are honored to be able to catch up with her for this Hallels' exclusive interview:
Francesca Battistelli is poised to release her much anticipated new album "If We're Honest" on April 22, 2014. The album is already preceded by Christian Top 5 hit "Write Your Story." Battistelli first came to our attention through her singgle "I'm Letting Go" in 2008. The song became the 16th most played song of 2008 on Christian radio stations according to R&R magazine. Battistelli went on to receive her first Grammy Award nomination in 2009, for Best Gospel Performance with her single, "Free to Be Me". We are honored to be able to catch up with her for this exclusive interview.
CHRISTIAN BOOK REVIEW
Being a pastor, I have been on pastoral search team committees both as a member as well as a candidate on countless occasions. Often, the worse of such teams would ask derivative questions of potential pastors along these lines: "How old are you? Are you married? Do you have kids? Do you like children? Do you enjoy working with youth? What are your hobbies? Outside of the church activities, what do you do for fun? Do you have a sense of humor when you speak?" These questions sound fine and dandy that is if you are running a matchmaking agency looking for potential spouses. They sound like the questions you would reserve for a date between a man and a woman. They are definitely not the most penetrating (or even the most Biblically responsible) questions to ask in looking for a man of God called to the holy task of administering God's graces