Interviews

  • Jean Watson Speaks About the Inspiration, the Making and the Diversity of Her New Christmas Album

    Singer/songwriter/violinist Jean Watson has just released her Celtic-infused holiday project, Christmas...Not The Way It Seems. Watson has brought in Grammy Award-nominated producer Billy Smiley to produce the 11-song collection of angelic and classic Christmas favorites, along with enlisting the talents of legendary Gospel Music Hall of Famer and guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy. Read More

  • Here to Impact: Christian Hip Hop Artist Shopé Speaks About His Testimony, Vision & Music

    On August 26, 2014, Shopé released his self-titled EP via Role Model Records. Preceding the EP's release is the debut of a new music video off his self-titled EP, "Don't Let Me Stop." In recent years, Shopé (fka Spoken) has generated a lot of buzz performing at major festivals like SXSW and Alive Festival, alongside international acts like Trip Lee, Brit Nicole and Crowder. Read More

  • Carolyn Arends Re-Tells the Story of Stories with Her New Christmas Album: An Exclusive Interview

    Carolyn Arends has released 10 albums and is the author of 3 critically-acclaimed books. 15 of Arends' songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards' Songwriter of the Year.Read More

  • The Kingsmen Share About their NQC 2014 Appearance & New Album "Battle Cry"

    Almost every quartet these days will find traces of their sound going back to the Kingsmen. Their tight four-part abstemious harmonies, their Scripture-soaked Cross-centered lyrics, and the way they approach each and every song they record with verve and panache are some of the ingredients that make this quartet a national icon. Since 1956 from the western mountains of North Carolina, the Kingsmen has had been making music for the Lord. Countless renowned artists have been a part of this great lineage; such as Eldridge Fox, "Big" Jim Hamill, Ray Dean Reese, Squire Parsons, Johnny Parrack, Anthony Burger, Ernie Phillips, Gary Sheppard, and a host of others. Read More

Reviews

  • Aretha Franklin “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” Review

    Aretha Franklin has trotted the sure-footed path as other septuagenarians such as Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and Barbra Streisand. Instead of rivalling the younger counterparts with the same outlandish beats and shaking their hips like they were only a fraction of their age, these artists have gone back to re-record the classic and ageless popular songs of times passed. Read More

  • Martin Smith "Back to the Start" Album Review

    One of the saddest events in 2009 was the demise of Delirious(?). Dearly missed is the band's bifocal ministry: not only have they given us their English brand of worship pop rock anthems (such as "Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?" and "History Makers"), but Delirious(?) was also on the forefront in marrying worship and social justiceRead More

  • Carolyn Arends "Christmas: The Story of Stories" Album Review

    If you have been to church long enough, you would know all the overwrought clichéd answers to the standard religious questions people often asked. One of them being: what's the meaning of Christmas? It's not so much about Santa, his reindeers and his sleigh. Rather Jesus is the reason for the season. Though the answer is spot on; it's so superficially and thoughtlessly recycled that the varnish of how the truth impacts us has long been eradicated. Read More

  • Laura Hackett Park “Love Will Have Its Day” Album Review

    Indeed love already has had its day when it comes to the life of worship leader and songwriter's Laura Hackett Park. Just as her wedding bells are still ringing as Laura marries fellow worship leader Jonas Park and just before they have had finished honeymooning, out comes her debut album "Love Will Have Its Day."Read More

  • The Kingsmen “Battle Cry” Album Review

    The music of Kingsmen is the default template that many Southern Gospel quartets have adopted over the years. Almost every quartet these days will find traces of their sound going back to the Kingsmen. Their tight four-part abstemious harmonies, their Scripture-soaked Cross-centered lyrics and the way they approach each and every song they record with verve and panache are some of the ingredients that make this quartet a national icon. Read More

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