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Christian Music/Entertainment News (8)
1. President Barack Obama released a statement in response to the recent passing of Christian and Gospel music pioneer Andrae Crouch. In the official statement, the President said "as a leading pioneer of contemporary gospel music, the soulful classics that Pastor Crouch created over the years have uplifted the hearts and minds of several generations and his timeless influence continues to be felt in not only gospel but a variety of music genres."
2. The WE LOVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARDS will be handing out 25 awards on the Rock & Worship Roadshow tour starting next month, and the awards--presented by NewReleaseTuesday.com and The Overflow--and the awards are already celebrating its third consecutive year of record-setting votes! More than a week ago, the WE LOVE AWARDS broke last year's voting record of 16,000 votes, and is quickly closing in on 20,000 votes. There's still a little time for your vote to count! Voting ends January 30. Go to weloveawards.com to weigh in!
3. When it's go time, it's go time, and Lauren Daigle's last day in the studio for her first full length album went from 10 a.m. until the wee hours of the morning, 4 a.m. Despite the 18 hour finish, Lauren had plenty of energy to mark the occasion with an enthusiastic and thankful Facebook post.
4. Author Karen Kingsbury has a new gig! It looks like the New York Times bestselling author will be a visiting professor for the school's online and Lynchburg students, sharing her experience with aspiring writers.
5. Brandon Heath is going to have a Twitter Q&A for fans today starting at 7 p.m. Central time. Just use the Twitter handle @BrandonHeath and attack him with your most burning questions!
6. Former Hawk Nelson frontman Jason Dunn has reached out to fellow Canadian Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch for some guest vocals on Dunn's forthcoming new record. In a text message screenshot posted to social media, Trevor accepted the invite right away. Jason told Trevor that he wrote a song for their common hometown of Peterborough, Ontario, which will be on the album. Trevor's kept busy collaborating lately, as he's about to shoot a music video with another Canadian, Manafest, for their shared single, "Diamonds."
7. More than 30 Christian music greats will get together for a special, free streaming concert, called We Will Stand. It'll be at 6 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, January 21. Artists include Michael W. Smith, Mark Schulz, Jaci Velasquez, Amy Grant, Kari Jobe, Phillips Craig & Dean and so many more. Check it out and register for free at live.ccmunited.com.
8. It's tough to move on from Christmas, and apparently, some Christian music fans aren't quite ready to hang up the holiday tunes, judging by the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. Sandy Patty's Christmas Blessings album is still in the Top 10, clocking in at Number 8.
1. "In loving people and relating to them in the best way that speaks through me and to them, I believe we prove the reality of our own faith and confirm our participation in the gospel." - Shuree
2. "Music is a great tool for memorization, and it sticks with you in your head. We want what sticks in people's heads to be the Truth of God's Word." - Josh Miller of Sixteen Cities
3. "He's way better at drawing people to Himself than I am. All I can do is be His messenger. I'll be the mailman, not the message." - Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way