To mark the centenary of the 1914 Christmas truce, Silent Night Carols events are bringing communities together all over the country this December. Sports fans, school choirs, brass bands and families will gather in football grounds, schools, cathedrals and churches, to sing carols including a specially-‐‐commissioned, contemporary version of Silent Night, with a new verse and chorus.
This new version of Silent Night (Christ The Saviour Is Born) with additional words by writers Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert, has been recorded by multi-‐‐platinum-‐‐selling tenor Paul Potts. Through the Silent Night Carols and the release of this single, and the Silent Night Carols album, HOPE Together is linking with the charity Tearfund to help bring hope to those affected by the war in Syria, particularly women and children.
“It’s fantastic to be invited to record such an iconic Christmas Carol for such a worthwhile cause. Silent Night is such an iconic carol and this update to the traditional carol really adds some sparkle. I hope that people enjoy it as much as I do and it becomes part of their Christmas” says Paul.
Silent Night Carols are inspired by HOPE Together, a national Christian mission movement. The events have the backing of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the Football Association and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge said: “Even in the bleakest of times, Christmas offers peace and hope. This Christmas, the Silent Night carol services are a powerful way to remember the sacrifice made by so many in the Great War and to celebrate the peace we enjoy.”
Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury “On Christmas Day 1914 the guns fell silent on the Western Front as German and British soldiers laid down their weapons, to exchange greetings, play football and sing carols. But they then returned to their hostilities. This Christmas 2014 we are invited to leave our defended positions and meet those we might consider to be our enemies, exchange greetings, make peace and sing carols. We do this not because of the actions of those soldiers 100 years ago. But because of the actions of God over 2,000 years ago; as He came to us, at great cost, to bring reconciliation and peace, joy and hope, life and light. And He came to us not just to bring change for one day, but for the whole of our lives.”
Sports Chaplaincy UK and HOPE Together have planned Silent Night Carols as part of HOPE’s Greater Love campaign, with the support of all the Christian denominations, military chaplaincies and sports chaplains. Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia will be attending the Silent Night Carols at Crystal Palace on 9th December. The Great, Great Grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last King of Germany, recently apologised for his forefathers’ failure to stop World War One.
For more information about Silent Night Carols please go to www.hopetogether.org.uk/christmas. More than 300 events are taking place. They include: Swansea City, 4 Dec / Birmingham City, 7 Dec / Stoke City, 22 Dec / Bolton Wanderers, 8 Dec / AFC Bournemouth, 9 Dec / Ulster RFC, 26 Dec / Crystal Palace, 9 Dec / St Helens RFC, 10 Dec / Hampshire CC, 6 Dec / Bradford Bulls, 10 Dec / Saracens RFC, 11 Dec / Wembley, 9 Dec.
With sales of more than 5 million multi-‐‐platinum records and in excess of 600 concerts in the last 6 years under his belt, Paul Potts recently released his most diverse album ‘Home’, a collection of 15 songs that sees him embracing his love of music of all genres.
Integrity Music is honored to announce the signing of Indonesian worship leader and songwriter Sidney Mohede, representing Mohede’s albums and songs to a global audience with a forthcoming English language album slated for release early next year.
Mohede (pronounced Mo-heed-ee) serves on staff at Jakarta Praise Community Church in Indonesia’s capital city and is known for recording in English, Indonesian and Mandarin, ministering throughout Asia and beyond. With over 380,000 Twitter followers, a 300,000+ Facebook community and millions of YouTube views of his performances and work with JPCC and the ensemble Giving My Best, Mohede is an inspiration to worship leaders and worshippers alike.
“Because Integrity Music is focused on serving the local church on a global scale, we are always looking for those gifted and passionate people serving in their local congregations all over the world,” said C. Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music. “Sidney is doing exactly that… with over 20 years of ministry in Jakarta as a worship leader, songwriter and pastor. We are excited to represent him and eager to see his songs equip local worship leaders around the world.”
Born in Indonesia, Mohede immigrated to the U.S. as a child following his parents’ divorce. At the age of 10, he found himself thrust into a completely different culture, struggling to adapt to his new life as an American kid growing up in southern California. After some rebellious years leading into high school, Mohede accepted Christ at the age of 17, changing his trajectory and launching onto a ministry path that would eventually lead him back to Indonesia.
Today, Mohede and his family reside in his birthplace of Jakarta, where he serves as the Network Pastor for JPCC, a 12,000-member congregation. He also makes time to travel, leading worship and serving as a guest speaker and teacher at conferences and events throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, the U.K. and U.S.
Mohede has written over 200 songs and recorded numerous projects, including the English language album, The Rescue, which features a co-write and duet with longtime friend Darlene Zschech on the song “It Is Done.” Fans of Israel Houghton may also recognize Mohede, who penned the song “Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher)” featured on Houghton’s GRAMMY Award winning album Love God/Love People. Mohede has also led worship and taught at Houghton’s annual “Deeper” worship conference.
“Words cannot describe how thrilled and honored I am to be a part of the Integrity Music family,” said Mohede. “My primary desire has always been to simply live in His presence, and live out this grace He has given me, whether in my leading worship or in writing worship songs for churches to sing in our nation of Indonesia. I believe worship transcends cultures, geographical and language barriers, and I am grateful for Integrity Music for welcoming me to be a part of what God is doing globally.”
Integrity Music’s The City Harmonic (“Manifesto,” “A City On A Hill,” “Holy (Wedding Day)”) and Paul Baloche (“Open The Eyes of My Heart,” “Your Name,” “Above All”) were recently honored at the 35th Annual GMA Canada Covenant Awards held in Burlington, Ontario.
During the ceremony, which will be broadcast Saturday evening, Nov. 9 by Crossroads TV, The City Harmonic took home two Covenant Awards in the categories of Group of the Year and Praise and Worship Song of the Year (for “Holy (Wedding Day)”). Previously, the band won a Covenant Award for New Artist of the Year in 2011 and a Covenant in 2012 for Praise And Worship Song. The band was also honored this year with Covenant nominations in the categories of Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
Forming nearly four years ago in their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, The City Harmonic went from anonymity to widespread acclaim, headlining tours across North America and gathering numerous awards along the way. In addition to the abovementioned honors, the band also received a Dove Award nomination in 2012 for New Artist of the Year and a JUNO Award earlier this year for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for their full length debut project I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). They are currently touring in support of their new, critically acclaimed album, Heart, with special guests Shawn McDonald and The Royal Royal. The City Harmonic will share songs from Heart during a Crossroads TV special set to air immediately after the Covenant Awards broadcast Saturday evening. (See TheCityHarmonic.com for additional information including tour details and news updates.)
Paul Baloche, a three-time Dove Award winning worship leader and songwriter, took home his first ever Covenant Award, winning International Album for his French language project Glorieux (Glorious). Glorieux is the second French project from Baloche whose discography includes The Same Love, A Greater Song, Our God Saves and his latest, Christmas Worship. Baloche also co-wrote this year’s Covenant Award winning Modern Worship Song “More Than Enough.”
In addition to writing, recording and his role as worship pastor at his home church in Lindale, Texas, Baloche has created a variety of teaching resources designed specifically for worship leaders and musicians. He has also written the books, The Same Love: A Devotion (David C Cook) and God Songs –How to Write and Select Songs for Worship and is a contributing writer for both Worship Leader and Worship Musician magazines as well as a featured blogger for Churchleaders.com. (See LeadWorship.com for more information and free resources.)
Integrity Music’s artists/songwriters Ben Cantelon and All Sons & Daughters were also honored last evening as nominees. Cantelon received a nomination in the category of Modern Worship Song of the Year for “Saviour of the World” from his album Everything In Color, which last year won a Covenant for Modern Worship Album. Cantelon, who is a Vancouver native, currently resides in London where he serves as a leader/writer for Worship Central.(Additional information can be found at http://www.worshipcentral.org.)
Receiving their first Covenant Award nomination, All Sons & Daughters, were honored in the category of International Album for their new CD/DVD titled Live, which also received two Dove Award nominations for Praise and Worship Album and Long Form Video. The worship duo, composed of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, are based out of Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee. (Additional information is available at http://allsonsanddaughters.com.)
Worship Central follows their critically acclaimed album LET IT BE KNOWN with the release of the live recording SET APART. In SET APART, Worship Central brings a new set of songs written in and for the Church. Based in London, Worship Central is a worship training school founded by Holy Trinity Brompton, the church that developed the global evangelistic phenomenon known as the ALPHA Course. The Worship Central team includes Tim Hughes (Happy Day, Here I Am to Worship), Ben Cantelon (Savior of the World, Love Came Down), Luke Hellebronth (Spirit Break Out) and Nikki Fletcher (All Glory, Dry Bones).
Integrity Music is honored to announce that its artists and albums received 13 nominations for the 11th Annual Premios Arpa® (“Harp Awards”), the premier Christian music awards for Latin America. This includes multiple nominations for artists Danilo Montero, Jacobo Ramos and Planetshakers.
With six nominations for his album La Carta Perfecta (The Perfect Letter), Danilo Montero leads the list of nominees. The album contains both original songs as well as Spanish covers of popular songs and was recorded at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, where Danilo serves as pastor of the Hispanic congregation. For his work on La Carta Perfecta, Danilo was nominated for Song of the Year (for “Mi Dios Es Refugio”), Best Male Vocalist, Producer of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Music Video (for “Mi Dios Es Refugio”) and Best Live Album.
Puerto Rico based artist Jacobo Ramos received three nominations for his latest album, Días Extraordinarios (Extraordinary Days). Produced by Jacobo and Onís Rodriguez, the project features 13 songs that emphasize God’s power and grace in the lives of believers. Danilo’s nominations were for Song of the Year (for “Tu Gracia Es Suficiente”), Best Male Vocalist and Producer of the Year.
Melbourne, Australia’s Planetshakers band received their first-ever Premios Arpa® nominations for their first Spanish language recording, Nada Es Imposible (Nothing is Impossible). The project is a collection of Spanish versions of the band’s most well known songs including the title track along with “Endless Praise” and “The Anthem.” Planetshakers’ nominations include Best Album by a Group or Duo, Rock Album of the Year and Producer of the Year.
In addition, Integrity Music’s Canta Al Señor, a collection of 15 well-known songs of praise and worship created especially for children, was nominated for Best Children’s Album. The project is the latest release from Integrity’s trusted, million-selling “Shout Praises Kids!” series of audio and video products.
This has been an extraordinary season for Integrity Music’s Spanish language projects. Earlier in the year, Jacobo’s Días Extraordinarios and Danilo’s La Carta Perfecta each received Dove Award nominations in the category of Spanish Language Album of the Year. Danilo also received his second nomination to the Latin Grammy Awards for La Carta Perfecta in the category of Best Christian Album.
The Premios Arpa® was established in 2002 by the National Academy of Christian Music and Arts as the first association created to support the Spanish/Latin Christian music and arts. The 11th Annual Premios Arpa® ceremony will be held December 13th in Mexico City, Mexico. For more information please visit: www.premiosarpa.com
Martin Smith is best known as the foreman, co-founder and primary songwriter for the ground-breaking modern worship band Delirious? After almost 20 years of spreading a new sound of worship with Delirious? Martin has recently experienced a reinvigorated season of living in community. And it is this new season that has birthed an all-new collection of songs that speak of personal revival. BACK TO THE START springs from a man refreshed and reconnected with Jesus and with his local Church body.
London’s Worship Central return this fall with a new live recording that boldly reminds believers that they are Set Apart for the Kingdom of God. The14-track album releases globally on October 27 through Integrity Music with availability in retail stores and through all major digital service providers including iTunes and Amazon.
Set Apart is a passionate follow-up to Worship Central’s critically acclaimed album Let It Be Known, which was described by Worship Leader magazine as a “must have” and tapped as the magazine’s No. 1 “Editor’s Pick” for worship albums in 2013.
With Set Apart, Worship Central director Tim Hughes (“Here I Am To Worship”) and team members Ben Cantelon (“Love Came Down”), Nikki Fletcher (“All Glory”), and Luke Hellebronth (“Spirit Break Out”) deliver a new set of songs written both in and for the Church. The album also features guest co-writers including Dove Award nominee Benji Cowart and GRAMMY Award nominee Jason Ingram.
The resulting tracklist takes listeners from joy-filled praise to intimate moments of worship with songs like “Stand Up,” a rousing call for unity, and the promise-filled “Dead Things To Life.” The song “Enough Light” is a faith-building, slow burning anthem of encouragement while the songs “Let Go” and “The Way” are fuel for the journey, and the title track reminds believers that they are “Set apart for our God above, set apart for the One we love.”
The album ends with the ideal benediction, the prayerful song “Singing Over Us,” a nod to Zephaniah 3:17, followed by the spontaneous worship song, “Wide Open Spaces,” led by Tim Hughes. As the album closes, listeners hear Hughes declaring: “God is calling us to be his good news, God is calling us to be his love to a broken world… to a fatherless generation.”
Worship Central have released two videos from the live recording of Set Apart through YouTube, with the title track available at “Set Apart” and the radio single available at “The Way”. They will share these songs and others from Set Apart and their previous albums at the 2014 Worship Central conference slated for October 31-November 1 at Central Hall Westminster. The event, which offers a variety of workshops from the Worship Central training team, also features guest speakers and worship leaders Martin Smith, Bryan and Katie Torwalt, Louie Giglio, Jake Isaac and Mike Pilavachi. Additional information, including registration details, is available at http://www.worshipcentral.org/events.
Worship Central is a movement to train, equip and resource worship leaders, musicians and worshippers. Since its launch in 2006 under the auspices of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), the church that developed the groundbreaking “Alpha Course,” tens of thousands of people have attended training events on three continents, and hundreds of thousands have visited Worship Central’s website for practical resources. Tim Hughes writes, “…there’s a real need to train worship leaders spiritually, practically and with good leadership skills. Our passion is to see the worship life of the local church around the world explode.”
Additional information, including details related to Worship Central’s conference and free online resources, is available at http://www.worshipcentral.org.
Capturing the energy, excitement and worldwide movement of Melbourne’s Planetshakers Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Australia, Planetshakers Band releases THIS IS OUR TIME globally through Integrity Music. Recorded at this year’s annual Planetshakers Awakening event in Melbourne, the CD/DVD is an anthemic, joy-infused project aimed at empowering the faithful, urging them to seize the day.
With stadium-sized, pulsing drums, a myriad of EDM-inspired keys, a blend of electric guitars and a choir composed of thousands of worshipers in attendance, THIS IS OUR TIME celebrates Planetshakers’ mandate to “empower generations to win generations.”
Joining Planetshakers in that mandate, five-time GRAMMY Award winner Israel Houghton co-writes for the first time with Planetshakers Band’s worship leader, guitarist and producer, Joth Hunt, worship leader and co-senior pastor, Sam Evans, and other band members. The collaboration led to three stand-out-tracks on THIS IS OUR TIME, including the Jesus-centered worship anthems “Covered” and “Stronger Than A Thousand Seas,” as well as “Water Is Rising,” an impassioned declaration of God’s active presence in today’s world and an invitation to press into His movement.
“We are called to be the person God has created us to be,” says Hunt, explaining the premise behind THIS IS OUR TIME. “To the father or mother, entrepreneur or artist or with whatever unique gifts we’ve collectively been given, we are to share that with the world. This is our time to show the love of Christ to others, to be the servant. This goes deeper than having a good time, it goes beyond having an emotional response. We’re seeing people connect with these songs, being encouraged and challenged by the messages.”
“It’s a very unique time for us in Planetshakers,” adds Evans. “We are seeing this message of hope and action in the new album resonating with people, and seeing firsthand the fruit of that in people’s lives. It’s something that everyone can be a part of, whether here in Australia, in Europe, Asia, the Philippines or the US… all around the world, we’re seeing people step up and worship God in spirit and truth like we’ve never seen before.”
Recently leading over 200,000 at a single event in Asia, Planetshakers also just wrapped a tour of Europe. They return to the US this fall for events including the NC Youth Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on Nov. 7 and the Fusion Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 14-15. Tens of thousands are already responding to the passionate energy and message of Planetshakers’ new music. People around the world can catch a glimpse of the excitement through the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/planetshakers, where Planetshakers has over 665,000 likes.
In addition to the new THIS IS OUR TIME album, Planetshakers Band has also released its first full-length album in Spanish, Nada Es Imposible (Nothing Is Impossible), and released two 2014 Dove Award nominated projects: Children’s Music Album of the Year nominee Nothing Is Impossible, and the Long Form Video of the Year nominee, Endless Praise, which is available as a CD/DVD. When the Endless Praise album released in March of this year, it became the most downloaded iTunes albums across all genres of music in Malaysia and Singapore, while hitting No. 2 on Australia’s overall chart and No. 1 on the Inspirational chart and top 10 on charts in other countries around the world, including the US.
Former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter, Martin Smith releases Back To The Start, Oct. 21 though Integrity Music exclusively throughout North America. Combining favorites from his 5-star-acclaimed solo debut, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 01, and second, full-length installment, God’s Great Dance Floor, Step 02, the resulting collection reintroduces songs recently heard on Martin’s tour with Bethel Music to North American audiences.
Martin, who also recently recorded and toured with Jesus Culture in North America, is experiencing a musical rebirth following almost 20-years spreading a new sound of worship with the groundbreaking band, Delirious?. The inspired new music has been cultivated in a reinvigorated season of living in community. Back To The Start springs from a man refreshed and reconnected with Jesus and with his local Church body, with songs that speak of personal revival.
“I’ve known Martin since before the Cutting Edge years of Delirious? and his heart has always been to lead people in worship,” says Integrity Music’s Adrian Thompson, Vice President of A&R. “It’s exciting and a pleasure for us, as Integrity Music, to partner with him in taking these songs of worship to the lips of worshipers throughout the world.”
The first radio single from this new collection, “Emmanuel,” was written with Matt Redman and Nick Herbert. At radio now, the song is also featured as a brand new music video from Martin at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfIthMfwlyI.
“On a rough day, I found this promise-filled video so strongly shoring up my faith, and the absolutely terrific voice of Martin Smith, filling my heart with comfort,” comments one fan at the YouTube site. “I tend to forget that the Lord is ‘HERE’ with me every moment, especially when I am down. Joshua 3:10 tells us ‘The Living God is among you’…thank you Integrity Music and Martin for helping me to grasp that.”
“Emmanuel” is one of several anthems on Back To The Start written and recorded with Martin’s extended community of artists/songwriters. The collection also features co-writes with Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective Members (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn), Tim Hughes, Reuben Morgan and more.
Back To The Start further features “Song Of Solomon,” a song Martin describes as “one of the most intimate songs I’ve ever written,” a duet with Sarah Bird on “Waiting Here For You,” and vocals from Martin’s daughter Elle-Anna on the bonus track, “God’s Great Dance Floor.” Elle-Anna is further featured in the lead role of Martin’s video, “Back To The Start (God’s Great Dance Floor),” which has received over 725,000 YouTube views. Written by Martin, Nick Herbert and Chris Tomlin, “God’s Great Dance Floor” has sparked a dance-revival among the faithful.
In addition to the music, the Digital Deluxe version of the album features five never-before-released videos, including the “Back To The Start” and “Emmanuel” videos mentioned above, plus “Waiting Here For You,” “Awake My Soul” and “You Are My Salvation.”
The full Back To The Start album track listing follows:
- Back To The Start
- Fire Never Sleeps
- Waiting Here For You (feat. Sarah Bird)
- You Are My Salvation
- Only Got Eyes
- Great Is Your Faithfulness
- Redemption Day
- Awake My Soul
- Song Of Solomon
- Shepherd Boy
- God’s Great Dance Floor (Feat. Elle-Anna Smith) Bonus
Taking these new songs and Delirious? fan favorites on the road, Smith will be hitting 10-cities throughout the UK on “Martin Smith’s God’s Great Club Tour.” For all the latest tour updates and more, go to http://martinsmith.tv.
When Martin and his band Delirious? emerged in the U.S. back in 1997, having already impacted a generation of UK youth with its passionate call for revival, most agree that the modern worship movement officially began. The hope of that movement and the music that came out of it—“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “Deeper,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?,” “Majesty,” “Shout To The North” and a string of other modern worship standards—has irrevocably changed the landscape of Christian music in North America and around the world. Long before 2009’s farewell concert, RIAA certified Gold-selling and GRAMMY nominated band Delirious? had become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Like their song “History Maker” that landed on 1998’s King of Fools, the band became ‘history makers’ themselves.
Still making relevant music, Martin’s Back To The Start springs from a man revived and excited to once again play a lead role in the ongoing call to worship, a passionate model for young worship leaders of today. For all the latest information on Martin Smith, go to http://martinsmith.tv, @MartinSmithTV and www.facebook.com/martinsmithtv.
Before Amen: A Worship Collection is the music companion to the new book from bestselling author Max Lucado (Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer – Thomas Nelson). Before Amen is Lucado’s most personal and candid book to date. It is written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency. And Before Amen: a Worship Collection is a wonderful backdrop for prayer and personal devotion, offering a track list that perfectly complements the book and featuring artists such as Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, John Mark McMillan. The songs focus on the majesty of God while also drawing the listener into an intimacy with our Abba Father.
You can purchase a bundle including the Before Amen CD & Book for only $19.99 at IntegrityMusicDirect.com. Click here for details.