Seth Godin’s Favorite New Album

Seth Godin’s favorite new album is remarkable. An album that stands out amongst the plethora of new music being offered. Something with an independent spirit that raises the bar for future music offerings. Songs written with intelligent lyrics causing one to think and ponder. Unforgettable melodies that linger long after a single listen. An album that allowed the producer freedom to create outside the rules of the normal radio establishment. Seth Godin’s Favorite New Album is impossible to ignore. Its an epic experience that begs for a complete listen. His favorite new album is significant.

GOAK AD (800x960)

The Gray Havens have recorded a new album, Ghost Of A King. The new album holds many of the traits Seth’s new favorite album would most likely hold. The Gray Havens have been intentional about making music that stands out among the rest. Scribing lyrics that attract those who enjoy reading and weaving them into infectious melodies that can’t be forgotten. The husband/wife duo have created something quite remarkable with their new album Ghost Of A King. The Gray Havens’ devoted tribe of music loving book readers will not be disappointed with this new collection of songs.

When significant albums comes down the pike, readers of this blog generally want to be in the know. You will want to experience The Gray Havens Ghost Of A King .

Hauntingly Glorious!

An Easter Song

This week, the world celebrates Easter. Some celebrate with chocolate bunnies and little yellow marshmallow chickens. Some celebrate with a nice new outfit. Some celebrate with family around a table full of wonderful food. Many pick this one day out of the year to attend church. For me, it’s a time to celebrate the most important event in the history of the world. God’s son Jesus was crucified on a cross but then overcame death and rose from his tomb. An event that makes it possible for us to live eternity in heaven with God. There is more to this life on earth!

Below is a video trailer for the beautiful song My Savior Lives written by Noah Cleveland and Tony Wood. I describe the song as Hauntingly Glorious and it feels me with incredible emotion every time I hear it.

The song is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and most other digital outlets.

The Grammy Awards In Thirty Seconds

2016 Grammy Awards

 

Every February, many in the world gather around their television sets in hopes of catching a glimpse of something spectacular at the Grammy Awards. A music moment that leaves it’s mark in history giving us new “water cooler” discussion material to usher in spring. The Grammy Awards celebrate and close out a year of music signaling the end of the yearly race for the coveted  trophies.

My take on The 2016 Grammy Awards in thirty seconds.

Taylor Swift, the new boss of the music industry, delivers a glamorous opening that ends with a soaring vocal letting any remaining haters know she can sing.

Tori Kelly and James Bay duet together giving us a glimpse of music’s future. And I must say the future looks and sounds swell.

Kendrick Lamar gives the obligatory angry “black lives matter” performance that falls right in formation with Beyonce’s Super Bowl statement. He did use some cool glow-in-the-dark paint.

Alabama Shakes front woman, Brittany Howard, gives one of the most grateful acceptance speeches I’ve heard inspiring all those young kids jamming in their garage.

Adele showed how even the golden voice of the music industry can have a poor performance when left in the hands of a faulty sound engineer. The boring song choice didn’t help matters.

Our bad kid turned good kid, Justin Bieber, opened with an acoustic guitar performance showing the world that it is possible to Learn How to Play Guitar in a few days and play nervously on the Grammy stage. But smashing that acoustic guitar when not in a serious rock moment left the audience a bit confused about his new maturity? But he does have two new friends with weird names, Skrillex & Diplo, who make some pretty cool music.

Meghan Trainer accepted her “New Artist” Grammy Award leaving me wondering how voters missed James Bay, Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly?

Lady Gaga then took the stage for a David Bowie tribute. Very creepy!

And then, that moment tv viewers were hanging on the edge of their seats for. (Or at least I was) Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt delivered a B.B. King tribute performance that will go down as one of the best all-time Grammy moments!

The Grammy Award night ended with Taylor Swift’s Album of The Year acceptance speech delivering a classy coded message for Kanye West who thankfully we didn’t see all evening.

 

 

 

 

The Tail That Wags The Dove – Part 1

The Sound of Christian Radio

Something I often hear in Christian circles, is a common distaste for the overall sound of Christian radio. Many in the industry listen to Christian radio in short stints as a necessity for work but their personal preference is found in mainstream music. The complaints I hear are generated from college/young adult Christians, artists, producers, songwriters, record label employees and even some who work in radio. Reasons heard from those complaining include 1) the music sounds the same as what was being played ten years ago 2) every song sounds similar 3) radio plays the same handful of artists on repeat 4) the production isn’t relevant to what is being made in the mainstream. While some of those reasons may ring true, who is serving up solutions? Who feeds the music to radio?

I would argue that the radio playlists lie in the hands of the creators. If the artists, songwriters, producers and record company A&R teams refuse to feed radio the same formulaic music, wouldn’t radio be forced to change? When something new begins to work, what if creators resisted the urge to jump on the copycat bandwagon and instead chose to lead with even newer sounds? What if record companies refused to put so much stock into what radio research is asking for and instead fed radio with nothing but innovative music?   Imagine radio playlists chocked full of innovative artists like Switchfoot, For King & Country, Lecrae, Future of Forestry, John Mark McMillan, Social Club and The Brilliance. Radio might just sound a bit different.

Join the conversation, share your thoughts and stay tuned for Part 2 as we explore even more.

 

 

 

Mary Did You Know?

Mary Did You Know that Christmas is Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene’s favorite time of the year? December is a BIG royalty check generating month for the two songwriter’s of “Mary, Did You Know” as the song continues to build in worldwide popularity. This year Pentatonix is singing the song to the top of the charts. Over the years, the song has been recorded by Wynonna Judd & Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flats, Cee Lo Green, Scotty McCreery, Mary J Blige, India Arie, Reba McEntire, Clay Aiken, Jeremy Camp, Kutless and The Braxtons just to name a few.

This week I ran across a Youtube performance that puts a totally new spin on “Mary, Did You Know.” Below is a video with Ryan Corn giving the song a hipster busking vibe. Merry Christmas!

The Gray Havens Release New Christmas Song

At Last, The King

GrayHavens

Have you ever heard a Christmas song begin with the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden?  Well, You’re about to! While many artists are busy releasing cover Christmas songs, The Gray Havens decided to take a new and fresh approach at writing and recording their new original Christmas song, At Last, The King. The new song, produced by Ryan Corn, is now available on iTunes. This song serves as a preview of what’s to come as The Gray Havens are busy working on their new Spring 2016 release. Below is a video of a live performance from The Gray Havens singing  At Last, The King.

YouTube Releases Music App

The music streaming race gets a little more interesting with the today’s announcement from Youtube. Youtube announced the release of their music app for IOS and Android. I’m just downloading the app so no opinion from me yet on its functionality, however, I’m sure it will quickly move to the top of every music marketing plan. Upon hearing the news, I found this amazingly produced video that Youtube made to introduce the service. Interestingly I was the 50th person to view it so I wanted to share with those of you who haven’t seen it. After watching this video, I’m stoked. How about You?

Nic Gonzales Releases First Solo EP

Frontman for one of Christian music’s all-time best live bands, Salvador, releases his first solo EP “My Life Is Yours” today through Lucid Artist. In typical Nic Gonzales fashion, you won’t see him attempting to grab headlines. Instead, he is quietly releasing his new collection of beautifully written songs with minimal self-promoted fanfare. Well sports fans, THE SECRET IS OUT!

This EP reminds me of the pure but powerful vocal presence that led Salvador to the top of Christian radio charts. Nic plays most of the instruments himself but is accompanied by Salvador producer/keyboardist, Chris Bevins. His brother, Art Gonzales, makes a guest drumming appearance and of course you will hear some BGVs from wife, Jaci Velasquez. Listeners will be drawn in by the vulnerability Nic expresses through his lyrics on the EP. “Good As Gold” is my favorite track as he sings about the joy of being a husband and father.

Do yourself a favor…GO BUY THIS RECORD!  CLICK HERE

 

 

Artist Garden Entertainment

Artist Garden Entertainment Signs The Gray Havens

Artist Garden Entertainment Signs The Gray Havens

Husband and Wife Folk-Pop Duo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 21, 2015 —Artist Garden Entertainment announces the signing of husband and wife folk-pop duo, The Gray Havens, to an exclusive artist management deal. Dave and Licia Radford blend fantasy story, lyric poetry, theology and song to create a sublime narrative-folk-pop. Earlier this year, The Gray Havens released their debut full-length recording Fire and Stone, produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning Mitch Dane (Brandon Heath, JJ Heller). The Gray Havens Red Wall Square

Based in Chicago, The Gray Havens perform at colleges, churches and clubs throughout the mid-west and northeast. Their unique folk-pop artistry draws from such influences as C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien and Jonathan Edwards.

“We are thrilled to add The Gray Havens’ unique artistry to the Artist Garden roster. David and Licia have built quite an impressive following while stretching the boundaries of Christian music with their fresh blend of music.” states Artist Garden Entertainment President, Keith Stancil.

Dave originally stepped into performing at age 17 when he reached the Top 20 on American Idol. While continuing to write, perform and record in college, Dave met future wife Licia. The two connected with their love of literature, eventually marrying and forming The Gray Havens.

http://artistgardenentertainment.com