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.

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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 .

The Gray Havens Return With Ghost Of A King

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The Gray Havens Return With Ghost Of A King April 8

 

The Gray Havens finalNASHVILLE, Tenn.—Critically acclaimed Artist Garden Entertainment husband/wife duo The Gray Havens are set to bow their highly anticipated full-length sophomore set, Ghost of a King, April 8. Featuring 10 of the couple’s most personal and prolific songs to date, the project is currently available for pre-order on iTunes with two instant-grat tracks.

Exploring the overarching theme of longing, Ghost of a King was produced by Ben Shive (Colony House, Rend Collective), with “At Last, The King” produced by singer/songwriter Ryan Corn.

“The opener, ‘Ghost In The Valley,’ sets up the record as the fulfillment of the deepest longing one can have,” explains The Gray Havens’ David Radford. “The subsequent songs are sub-stories of different longings we have had or have currently, whether that be a longing to do something important with my life, or love my spouse well, or not be caught up in chasing money, or to spend eternity with my friends and family.”

Additional highlights of the album—which features Colony House’s Will Chapman on drums—include the title track, a Shakespearean-esque narrative chronicling new birth; “Take This Slowly,” a reflective reminder of the grace we are given each day; the buoyant, acoustic love song “Band Of Gold”; and the tender, yet epic piano-based closer “Go,” depicting a place where “golden shores with lights more radiant than the sun” await.

Picnic B&W “We tried to give ourselves permission on this project to reach outside our pop/folk roots when exploring the potential of any given song, which ended up being a ton of fun and made for a record we love,” Radford continues. “These songs are all new, just recently written, so they feel very current and representative of where we are in life.”

The Gray Havens are slated to showcase selections from Ghost of a King at various college campuses, conferences and other venues around the country this spring, including performances at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa; College of the Ozarks in Hollister, Missouri; and The Gospel Coalition’s National Women’s Conference in Indianapolis. Tomorrow, the duo will open for acclaimed folk/rockers The Oh Hellos at Pennsylvania’s Grove City College.

David—a Top 20 “American Idol” finalist from Season 5—and Licia Radford are The Gray Havens. Since the release of their 2013 debut EP, Where Eyes Don’t Go, and last year’s critically lauded full-length Fire And Stone, the duo has established a loyal following, known for their unique blend of narrative folk/pop encompassing fantasy story, lyric poetry and theology. They have performed alongside such artists as Andrew Peterson, Drew Holcomb, Jenny & Tyler, Sara Groves and Cindy Morgan, among others.

For further information, visit thegrayhavensmusic.com or turningpointpr.com.

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 Gray Havens 2015 Album Favorites

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The Gray Havens End 2015 On High Note

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. January 4, 2016 —Artist Garden Entertainment artist, The Gray Havens, end 2015 on a high note with top rankings on multiple industry Top 2015 album lists. The independent, Chicago-based husband/wife duo found their way into the hearts of top Christian media with Fire & Stone, produced by GRAMMY®  Award-winning Mitch Dane (Brandon Heath, JJ Heller)  

CCM Magazine’s Andy Argyrakis ranked The Gray Havens Fire & Stone #6 on his Top 10 Albums list for 2015 stating “this full-length debut is an enthralling and enlightening start to what’s sure to be a fruitful career.”

Fire and Stone ranked #6 on JesusFreakHideout’s Overall Staff Picks for 2015 making The Gray Havens the first independent artist to ever appear on the chart. In addition, the duo ranked #1 on several individual staff picks charts.

Christian music discovery site UnderTheRadar ranked the record #4 on their 2015 Top Gourmet Album Picks.

The husband/wife duo released a new song, At Last, The King, in December which became NewReleaseTuesday’s top downloaded Christmas song of 2015.

The Gray Havens enter the studio this week with producer Ben Shive ( Colony House, Andrew Peterson) to begin recording their next record currently scheduled for a spring release.

The Gray Havens Release New Christmas Song

At Last, The King

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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.

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

 

 

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DoubleTake From Ryan Corn

Most artists are content with one single release but when you are as talented as Ryan Corn, you need two!

Ryan Corn released two new digital singles this past week in an effort to have a radio presence in multiple genres simultaneously. His self-produced, Rising Up In Me, shows a more organic pop side, while his cover of Dido’s White Flag presents a chilled alternative pop offering. White Flag is Ryan’s first collaboration with producer Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Ben Rector, Leagues, Katie Herzig) Both songs are equally amazing showing Ryan’s DNA transcends any genre labels.

Do yourself a favor and buy both! Rising Up in Me and White Flag can both be found on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music or wherever you gas up your digital devices.

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The New Big Voice In Christian Music

Brace yourself for the debut of Noah Cleveland, the new big voice in Christian music! The album, Church With No Walls, produced by Ed Cash, Scott Cash, Nathan Nockles and Pete Stewart is loaded with songs that showcase Noah’s big voice. And when I say big voice, I mean BIG VOICE!

Noah tours the country bringing the super important message, of tearing down the walls. The anthem, Church With No Walls, co-written and produced with Passion City Church’s Nathan Nockles, shows his heart for healing the division present in today’s church.

The EP also includes songs co-written with a few of Christian music’s hit songwriters Tony Wood, Scott Cash and Pete Stewart. 

Church With No Walls releases digitally today on iTunes, Spotify and all other digital outlets. Physical CDs can be purchased via Noah’s website http://www.noahcleveland.com

 

 

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Holly Starr Releases New Music

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 HOLLY STARR BOWS EVERYTHING I NEED TOMORROW

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr is set to bow her fourth studio recording, Everything I Need, tomorrow. The Artist Garden Entertainment release, produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Needtobreathe), Scott Cash (WOW Worship, Dan Bremnes) and Christopher Stevens (TobyMac, Jamie Grace), showcases seven selections, including Starr’s new single, “Through Me.”

“If there’s one lesson I can pick out that God has taught me over the past two years, it’s that in our lives, we all have things we feel like we’re missing, so we spend a lot of time trying to fulfill those longings and desires,” Starr explains of the project’s inspiration. “For some of us, it’s a relationship; for some of us, it’s a job; for some of us, it’s a higher position…but in the end, the thing we ultimately desire is God. He is everything we need.”

NewReleaseToday.com says, “This album soothes, moves and challenges listeners. Don’t miss this profound worship experience,” while CCMmagazine.com notes, “…Holly Starr is clearly ahead of the curve throughout this latest melodic pop/contemporary Christian collection.”

A native of Quincy, Washington, Starr’s previous Artist Garden Entertainment releases include her 2008 debut, EmbracedTapestry (2010) and Focus (2012). Videos of her hit singles “Don’t Have Love” and “Through My Father’s Eyes” have collectively garnered nearly 2 million YouTube views to date.

Everything I Need (Artist Garden Entertainment) is distributed by New Day Christian Distributors.

For further information, visit hollystarrmusic.com or turningpointpr.com. Follow Starr on Twitter and Instagram @hollystarrmusic.