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New Year, New Resolutions
NRT News Roundup, January 5, 2015

New Year, New Resolutions

Posted: January 05, 2015, 5:00 PM | Category: General
Artist Tags: Jaime Jamgochian / Michael W. Smith / Steven Curtis Chapman / Jonny Diaz / Sumerlin / Hillsong Young & Free / Abandon / Andy Mineo / KJ-52 / Ryan Stevenson / Jeremy Riddle
Source: From Staff Reports

We're back for the new year with a fresh roundup of news!

Christian Music/Entertainment News (8)

1. How are those New Year's resolutions going? Well, if you've made that annual promise to yourself, you're not alone. Some Christian artists have gone public with theirs, too. Jeremy Riddle said he wants to grow in more discipline this year, which, while not very fun or glamorous, produces fruit and intimacy with God that wouldn't happen without it.

2. Gotee Records singer Ryan Stevenson shared his weight loss journey where he shed 120 pounds through diet and exercise, and rather than share his own New Year's Resolution, he's helping people with theirs, vowing to share a daily encouragement with meal and exercise options on social media for others seeking more healthy lifestyles in the year ahead. KJ-52 is also challenging and encouraging fans to be healthier.

3. Similarly, rapper Andy Mineo is encouraging people to take the "You Can't Stop Me" challenge, which is about being committed to growth in a number of areas in life. Like his song of the same name says, Andy is asking people whether they'll make moves or make excuses. There's a pledge to sign on his website at

4. Abandon's lead guitarist Stevan Vela said in 2015 he wants to spend less than an hour styling his hair, noting he had another resolution but already devoured a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

5. Hillsong Young & Free resolved to release new music in 2015, announcing an EP called This Is Living, which features five songs--and three of them are brand-new, including the title track, "This Is Living." It's coming January 13th.

6. Sometimes goodbyes are hard. Rock band Sumerlin's social media farewell to 2014 was so emotional that a number of fans misunderstood and thought that the band was breaking up. They later got on to dispel the rumors and say that no, the band isn't done.

7. Jonny Diaz was stunned this past week at the gas pump… but for uncommon reasons. He posted a photo of 87 octane unleaded gas for $1.989 a gallon… that's right… less than $2 a gallon. He said he never thought he'd pay that again, and that he was definitely NOT complaining. No word as to where he got such cheap fuel.

8. Move over Spotify! During the holiday break, a new Christian music streaming subscription service called The Overflow quietly launched on iTunes, offering unlimited streaming of Christian music albums from the major labels. Users can get an account now at and enjoy the tunes for free for seven days before payment is required. Pretty cool!

Quotes (3)

1. "God wants to … constantly remind us that He really is in the process of "making all things new", just as He promised." - Steven Curtis Chapman

"Resolution 1: I will live for God. Resolution 2: If no one else does, I still will." - Jonathan Edwards via Michael W. Smith

"Something God has been laying on my heart -- and I don't just think for me -- is that deep disappointment will be turned to deep JOY!" - Jamie Jamgochian


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