An Interview with ‘Believin Stephen’ on “The Suffering Servant,” personal pain, and the future of Christian hip hop

Believin’ Stephen graciously agreed to an interview about his life and music from his hometown of Philly (one of my favorite cities in America). I am fascinated by the content of his lyrics because they address the types of topics in the lives of people in the Bible and tells a story of God’s healing... Continue Reading

Nominees for the 53rd Grammy Awards are in, Christian artists have been selected for seven categories

The nominees were announced Wednesday night. The 53rd Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 13, 2011. The categories include: Best Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel, Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album, Best Traditional Gospel Album, and Best Contemporary... Continue Reading

Performers confirmed for 2010 Inspirational Country Music Awards

The 16th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show (ICM Awards) announces that Ricky Skaggs, Katrina Elam and Steve Richard are confirmed to perform on the award show. Ricky Skaggs, Multi-Award winning giant and 2009 ICM Mainstream Country Artist of the Year, is nominated in four ICM award categories. Skaggs continues to add to his of... Continue Reading

John Lennon’s Dream: His 10 Best Songs – On the 70th anniversary of his birth

Editor’s Note: For all of ‘us’ in the 50 and over crowd! Youngsters are welcome. “Always know sometimes think it’s me/but you know I know and it’s a dream.”—John Lennon John Lennon was not just a great musician and songwriter. He was a dream-weaver who dared to imagine a world where human beings would put... Continue Reading

FLAME launches new record label

Hip-hop artist Marcus Gray, known as FLAME, launched his own record label Sunday, Aug. 1 The Grammy-nominated rapper, who is a school of theology student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, started Clear Sight Music to fill a void in Christian hip-hop industry, and to provide an opportunity for new artists to further the momentum... Continue Reading

MUSIC REVIEW: Overcoming Fear in ‘Feast or Fallow’ – interview with Sandra McCracken

“I have to be more efficient when I work these days. I am learning not to place my kids and songwriting against each other in competition” With one of the best albums of the year so far, Sandra McCracken’s new hymns project is balm for the soul. We asked her all about it. In one... Continue Reading

How to dismantle a U2 song

”When U2 songs are written, I don’t write them in English. I write them in what the band call ‘Bongelese’, I just sing the melodies and the words form in my mouth, later to be deciphered.” “As he turns 50 next week Bono has much to celebrate, not least achieving world domination as the frontman... Continue Reading

2010 Dove Awards Signal Christian Music’s Move to the Mainstream

Generating about a half a billion dollars, Christian music sales as a percentage of all music receipts rose to 7.2 percent last year from 6.8 percent in 2008. At the same time sales of other music saw losses. Midway through the evening, former heavy metal band Korn’s lead guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, brings down the... Continue Reading

My Father’s son: Seminary Professor’s son making name in country music

Firebrand performs cover tunes of classic country and Southern rock artists, but also sings original songs that Brand has written. Brand writes in the classical storytelling vein of old country music. In his song “Walking in My Father’s Shoes,” Craig Morgan sings lovingly of a father who taught his son how to be a man... Continue Reading

A quiet milestone for gospel music

A gospel album is the Number 2 selling album in the country this week, which is something that apparently never has happened. Marvin Sapp’s newest, Here I Am, added to that milestone by coming in at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and had the highest digital sales ever for a gospel album With... Continue Reading