We're here with a daily round up of news and prayer requests from the Christian music world.
Christian Music/Entertainment News (8)
1. When you go bowling, you COULD just put your name into the computer, or you could execute a little gamesmanship and intimidate your opponents by coming up with a great nickname. In Jason Gray's case, he picked a name that he said was both intimidating and culturally relevant: "E-Bowla."
2. Decyfer Down is the latest band to go back to being independent and turn to fans via Kickstarter to help make their next album. The rockers recently unveiled their crowdfunding campaign, and they're trying to raise $40,000 to record the project, help get a tour off the ground, provide marketing and create music videos for the new songs.
3. Keep Gospel legend Andrae Crouch in your prayers. Already dealing with some health issues that forced him to cancel a big tour with Israel Houghton, Marvin Winans Sr. and others, Andrae suffered a massive heart attack Sunday and is on life support at the hospital. May God's peace and healing be with Andrae and his loved ones right now.
4. There's going to be a little more Ruckus in Brad Dring's house. Brad, the frontman of Rapture Ruckus, shared that he and his wife welcomed their second child, Lincoln Charles Dring, on New Year's Eve.
5. Mat Kearney has made no secret of his Oregon roots and his devotion to the University of Oregon Ducks football team, and a recent picture posted by Mat takes it to another level. A visit to Eugene last year ended with Mat getting a custom Ducks football jersey and helmet. He really treasures that gift, because he posted a photo of him cooking in it, just doing menial tasks around the house with a bright yellow helmet and green top. We'll have to see what he wears when his team plays in the national championship game next week.
6. for KING & COUNTRY and Lecrae have teamed up for a new music video for Lecrae's song, "Messengers." Fun fact: Despite collaborating on the song and the music video--which released on New Year's Eve--the artists hadn't met in person. That has changed, apparently, according to a social media post showing Luke Smallbone and Lecrae smiling.
7. Christian rapper Canon spent Christmas in the hospital after he fell down a ravine while helping a car wreck victim on Dec. 22. A driver had wrecked and flipped his car, and both Canon and his friend and label boss, Jakob Maikish stopped to help. They tried to get the driver out of his car, but he was confused and tried to start the ignition. There was gasoline everywhere, so they ran to get away from the car and any potential explosion. Canon jumped a guardrail, thinking he was hopping onto the median. Instead, he fell 20 feet down a ravine and landed in a creek bed. Canon was taken by helicopter to the hospital where he was treated for a shattered ankle, a broken jaw and a concussion. He will have his jaw wired shut for most of this month and undergo three to five months of rehab, and will take time off touring. Be praying for Canon's healing!
8. Hillsong UNITED's smash hit worship tune "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" has received Platinum designation from RIAA. It also was included in 10 of Billboard's End of Year charts, topping Top Christian Artists, Hot Christian Songs, Hot Christian Songs Artists, Christian Airplay Artists and Christian Digital Songs--and its lyric video has seen a staggering 22.4 million views on YouTube. As the group wraps up an incredible 2014 with awards and sales recognition, UNITED looks forward to 2015 as they will release new music with a full-length studio album. In addition in April 2015, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment will release nationwide the film LET HOPE RISE - the HILLSONG Movie.
1. "He isn't a God that no longer moves on our behalf. He springs forth into action before our lips can even utter a word." - Lauren Daigle
2. "Do you want to be impressive or known? Being known fills the soul, trying to be impressive inflames the ego." - KB
3. "If you hear His lovingkindness towards you today, you will trust His love and character which is ALWAYS good, ALWAYS true and ALWAYS FOR YOU." - Dara MacLean