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Friday, April 6, 2018

Planetshakers - Heaven On Earth Part 1 EP [Live in Asia] 2018 English Christian Songs

Heaven On Earth Part 1 EP is the latest Christian Live Worship album recorded during Asia Tour,  by Australian Christian Praise & Worship band, Planetshakers. This album was released on April 06, 2018 and released under the label, Integrity Music. Recorded live at Planetshakers' regional conferences in Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, the EP captures the heart and dynamic praise of Planetshakers Band along with tens of thousands of worshippers.

Album Details ::

Album :: Heaven On Earth Part 1 EP [Live in Asia]

Artist :: Planetshakers

Release Date :: April 06, 2018

Genre :: Praise & Worship, Live

Label :: Integrity Music

Hometown :: Melbourne, Australia

History ::
Planetshakers is a Christian youth movement that began as an annual conference and grew into an international ministry and large church in Melbourne, Australia. The conference was born out of Paradise Community Church in Adelaide, South Australia by Pastor Russell Evans. Planetshakers expanded, and in 2004 moved to Melbourne to begin a church ministry (originally called Melbourne City Church). Planetshakers also has its own bible college which is located in several campuses throughout Australia.

Planetshakers' stated mission is to "empower a generation to win a generation"
Conferences :
Planetshakers runs annual conferences in several Australian states. The first conference held in Adelaide in 1997 had 300 delegates, growing to reach 20,000 nation-wide by 2004.

The 2007 conference period saw Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as venues, and marking the 11th anniversary. Melbourne, being the primary venue, hosted the conference in Hisense Arena (formerly Vodafone arena), part of Olympic Park.

The conferences were held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth in January 2008. Melbourne at Hisense Arena from 2-5 January 2008; Brisbane 7-10 January 2008 at Brisbane Convention Centre; Sydney 9-12 January 2008 at Sydney Olympic Park in the Sports Centre (formerly State Sports Centre); and finally Perth on 15-18 January at Challenge Stadium.

The 2009 Planetshakers conference was moved to April, instead of January as in all past years. It was themed 'ONE' as the 4 conferences in the 4 venues were merged to become ONE major conference in the Hisense Arena from 13 to 16 April 2009.

Conference speakers have in the past included Glen Berteau, Jurgen Matthesius, Rich Wilkerson, Mal Fletcher, Pat Schazline, Jude Fouquier, Matthew Barnett, Judah Smith, Reinhard Bonnke, Reggie Dabbs, John Bevere and Chris Hill.

Growing internationally, Planetshakers now also runs conferences in Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa, with a desire to expand to the United States of America. They ministered at Singapore's Faith Community Baptist Church in Singapore Expo's max Pavilion in 2006.

Internationally in 2007, Planetshakers band played at events in Hong Kong, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Planetshakers also has relationships with Australian Youth Alive events, which often cross-promotes the conference and college to tens of thousands of young people.


Tracklisting ::

01. There Is No One Like You (Live In Asia)  
02. The Greatest (Live In Asia)  
03. Above All Names (Live In Asia)  
04. No Alone (Live In Asia)


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Monday, March 5, 2018

Hillsong Worship - There is More 2018 English Christian Album Download

There is More is the latest Christian live Praise & Worship album released by Australian Christian Worship Team, Hillsong Worship. This album will release on April 06, 2018 under Hillsong Music.

Album Details ::

Album :: There is More

Artist :: Hillsong Worship

Release Date :: April 06, 2018

Genre :: Live, Praise & Worship

Label :: Hillsong Music, Australia

Location :: Sydney, Australia


History ::
Christian rock and worship group Hillsong spun out of Australia's Hillsong Church, a Pentecostal ministry based in northwest Sydney. Founded in August 1983 by New Zealand natives Brian and Bobbie Houston, Hillsong Church was first known as Hills Christian Life Centre. At launch, the congregation counted just 45 members, but grew to 900 within four years. As the church's music ministry evolved, in 1986 the Houstons founded the Hillsong Conference, an annual event created to teach and nurture contemporary Christian musicians. A live CD released under the name Hillsong Live (later to be rebranded as Hillsong Worship) titled The Power of Your Love hit retail in 1992, featuring singers/songwriters Geoff Bullock and Darlene Zschech, both mainstays on the myriad Hillsong albums to follow. By the end of the decade, the Hillsong brand was so well-known that in 1999 the Houstons renamed the church Hillsong as well. Despite several controversies that caused the church to become a lightning rod for their strong political stances, the juggernaut surged forward and in 2004 the live Hillsong Worship release For All You've Done topped the mainstream Australian pop charts. A year later, more than 30,000 people attended July's Hillsong Conference. By early 2006, the Houstons counted more than 19,000 parishioners attending services each week.

While the Hillsong Worship series has become an annual staple releasing music recorded at the yearly Hillsong Conferences, the church's other primary series, Hillsong United, began as the church's youth ministry band. Originally dubbed United Live, the group was first led by singers/songwriters Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson. Their 1999 debut, Everyday, established their creative template: each album was recorded live at the annual October youth conference Encounterfest -- enabling contributions from a variety of church members, friends, and supporters, including the popular Christian folk chanteuse Brooke Fraser -- and released on CD and DVD early the following year. When Morgan left United Live in 2002 to mount a solo career, the Houstons' son Joel took his place, prompting the name change to Hillsong United. In the years to follow their popularity snowballed on both sides of the equator, with 2006's United We Stand emerging as the year's best-selling Christian LP at Canadian retail. All of the Above found similar success in 2007, as did 2009's a_CROSS//the_EARTH: Tear Down the Walls and the accompanying live album Faith + Hope + Love.

Heading into the 2010's, Hillsong's music continued to flourish as the church expanded to other satellite locations across the globe. The church's two major musical brands began to intermingle as album covers appeared simply bearing the name Hillsong. Other popular series flying under the Hillsong banner are Hillsong Chapel and Hillsong Young & Free. Consistently popular in Australia, Hillsong also achieved major popularity in the U.S., with albums like 2010's God Is Able, 2013's Zion, 2014's No Other Name, 2015's Open Heaven/River Wild, and 2016's Let There Be Light topping the Billboard Christian charts and usually reaching the upper echelons of the pop charts as well. In 2017, they delivered the six-track EP, What a Beautiful Name, featuring the title-track single sung by Brooke Ligertwood. ~ Jason Ankeny & Timothy Monger.

hillsong worship 2018 team
Tracklisting ::

1 Who You Say I Am (Live)
2 You Are Life (Live)
3 The Passion (Live)
4 God So Loved (Live)
5 Be Still (Live)
6 Remembrance (Live)
7 Valentine (Live)
8 Touch Of Heaven (Live)
9 Lettered Love (Live)
10 The Lord's Prayer (Live)
11 New Wine (Live)
12 So Will I (100 Billion X) (Live)
13 Seasons (Live)
14 Who You Say I Am (Live / Acoustic)
15 Remembrance (Live / Acoustic)
16 Touch Of Heaven (Live / Acoustic)
17 The Passion (Live / Acoustic)


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hillsong Worship - Let There Be Light (2016) DVDRip + MP3 English Christian Album Download

Hillsong Worship - Let There Be Light (2016) DVDRip
Let There Be Light (stylised as let there be light.) is the 25th live album of Hillsong Worship, which consists of several worship pastors from Australian church Hillsong Church. The album was recorded during the 2016 Hillsong Conference at the Qudos Bank Arena from 4 July until 7 July 2016 and was released on 14 October 2016, under Hillsong Music, Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group.

Album Details ::

Album :: Let There Be Light

Artist :: Hillsong Worship

Release Date :: October 14, 2016

Genre :: Live, Praise & Worship

Label :: Hillsong Music, Australia

Location :: Sydney, Australia

Hillsong Worship album cover 2016
History ::
In March 2016, "Grace to Grace" was released and served as a single for Easter.

In July worship leader Ben Fielding said, "We've been intentional about writing songs that will translate across the Church globally." From many of the Hillsong global campuses such as Sydney, London, New York and Los Angeles, songs were written, re-written and collaborated on in the lead up to the album recording.

"The collaborations have been more through relationship this year, and it has felt less segmented. We've been writing in the studio and there would be people from three different campuses in three different countries there. Each would be representing their own congregation's unique sound, but working together to create something that will translate for all campuses."

The title of the album is a reference to Genesis 1:3.

Hillsong Worship live performance 2016
Tracklisting ::
01. Behold (Then Sings My Soul)
02. Love So Great
03. Look to the Son
04. Crowns
05. What a Beautiful Name
06. Your Word
07. Let There Be Light
08. In Control
09. Grace to Grace
10. Elohim
11. I Will Boast in Christ
12. As It Is (In Heaven)



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hillsong United - Empires 2015 English Christian Album Download

Hillsong United - Empires 2015 English Christian Album Download
Empires is the Christian latest Praise & Worship Live album released by Australian CCM band, Hillsong United through Hillsong Music Australia. This album was released on May 26, 2015 and released under the label, Hillsong Music, Sparrow Records and Capitol CMG.

Album Details ::

Album :: Empires

Artist :: Hillsong United

Release Date :: May 26, 2015

Genre :: Gospel, Praise & Worship

Label :: Hillsong Music, Sparrow Records, Capitol CMG

Hometown :: Sydney, Australia

Hillsong United - Empires 2015 Biography and History
History ::
The lead single from the album was "Touch the Sky", which was released to digital retailers on 24 March 2015, and to Christian radio on 11 April 2015.

"Prince of Peace" was released to digital retailers on 21 April 2015 as a promotional single followed by "Heart Like Heaven", released to the iTunes Store and as a lyric video on Hillsong United's YouTube channel on 18 May 2015.

Awarding the album five stars from FDRMX, Jessica Morris writes, "Hillsong UNITED have done an extraordinary job in putting together and delivering an album that is both authentic and of the highest quality." Jono Davies, giving the album five stars at Louder Than the Music, called it "Superb."

Hillsong United - Empires 2015 practise session
Tracklisting ::

01. Here Now (Madness)
02. Say the Word
03. Heart Like Heaven
04. Touch the Sky
05. Street Called Mercy
06. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
07. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
08. Prince of Peace
09. Empires
10. Rule
11. Captain
12. Closer Than You Know


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

His Kids United - Christmas Vol 1 (Sing-A-Long) 2014 English Christmas Album Download

His Kids United - Christmas Vol 1 (Sing-A-Long) 2014 English Christmas Album Download
Christmas Vol 1 (Sing-A-Long) is the latest Christian Christmas album released by American Christian Praise & Worship band, His Kids United. This album was released on October 14, 2014 and released under the label, His Kids United, a division of Jimmy Swan Productions, LLC.
Album Details ::

Album :: Christmas Vol 1 (Sing-A-Long)

Artist :: His Kids United

Release Date :: October 14, 2014

Genre :: Holiday, Christmas, Rock

Label :: His Kids United

Hometown :: USA.
His Kids United - Christmas Vol 1 (Sing-A-Long) 2014 Biography and History
Biography ::
Parents of four themselves, His Kids United founders Jimmy and Mai Swan recognized a gap in the supply of uplifting Christian music kids can truly appreciate. A labor of love transformed the best of CCM into an album with which their own children would quickly fall in love.

"Up until now, there have been no other products like His Kids United CDs," says Jimmy Swan, executive producer of the project. "Why wouldn't parents want to invest in positive Christian music for their children? And while the music is focusing on kids ages 5 to 14, we're finding that young adults and even parents enjoy listening to the music, too!"

Proceeds of His Kids United Volume One CDs benefit the Dallas Neighborhood Art & Music School—also known as NAMS School of Music—where all of the tracks are recorded and produced with NAMS students performing on the series.

Swan felt it was paramount to have a consistent group of kids performing on the series, and his friendship with the school's director, Levi Bradford, made the collaboration a natural fit.

"Kids listen to kids," says Swan. "Parents are careful to teach their kids about 'stranger danger.' When an adult approaches a kid, they tend to get shy. But the minute another kid enters the room, there is an instant connection. As a parent, I want to impact my kids with spiritual messages and let them rejoice in the Lord. What is the best way to do this? Let them connect with their peers!"

"Our mission with this series is to give kids an opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and drawn to the Lord through the powerful tool of music, and give them something to relate to," Swan says.

His Kids United - Christmas Vol 1 (Sing-A-Long) 2014 behind the scenes
Tracklisting ::
01. Light Up The World feat. Jovany Javier (Sing-A-Long)
02. Jingle Bell Rock (Sing-A-Long)
03. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Sing-A-Long)
04. All I Have To Give (Sing-A-Long)
05. Light Of Christmas (Sing-A-Long)
06. Jingle Bells (Sing-A-Long)
07. No Better Holiday (Sing-A-Long)
08. Away In A Manger (Sing-A-Long)
09. Christmas Time Is Here (Sing-A-Long)
10. I Hope This Gets To You (Sing-A-Long)
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Sing-A-Long)


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hillside Worship - God Above All 2014 English Christian Album Download

Hillside Worship - God Above All 2014 English Christian Album Download
God Above all is the latest Christian Praise & Worship album released by American Christian Church band, Hillside Worship. This album was released on April 08, 2014 and released under the label, Hillside Worship.

Album Details ::

Album :: God Above all

Artist :: Hillside Worship

Release Date :: April 08, 2014

Genre :: Worship, Gospel

Label :: Hillside Worship

Hometown :: Napa, USA.

Hillside Worship - God Above All 2014 Biography and History
History ::
“Praise the Lord for ALL He has done.” (Psalm 111) It is good to take inventory of the things God is doing and has done. And it is good to share the story of how He has saved. He has used both our faithfulness and our failures for His glory and for our good. Several of us have been writing songs of worship individually for a few years. But we wanted to come together as the worship pastors of Hillside to write about what God is doing here and now. And then to offer praise from Hillside to God.

We hope you enjoy this live worship project called “God Above All.”  So many people gave their prayers, talents, sweat, and hours of work to deliver this project.  Your words, emails, and prayers of encouragement have been a special gift to us.  We wanted to capture (for you) some of the thoughts, scriptures, meditations, and moments that have led to the writing and recording of these songs for, to, and about God. We feel deeply called to “preach the Word, pray the Word, and sing the Word.” In the song stories section, you can read and watch the “how” behind some of these songs. We hope you enjoy it and are led to search the richness of the Scripture in your own life.

Psalm 103 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” Meditating on His benefits, it is impossible to not praise Him with even more conviction and belief. We pray that as you explore through some of these songs and their origins, you will be inspired to join us in worshipping The One and Only, the God who satisfies, the Breath of Heaven, the Great King of Glory, the Lord Most High, Our Messiah King… the God Above All.

Hillside Worship - God Above All 2014 live worship by church choir
Tracklisting ::

01. Lord Most High
02. Great King of Glory
03. God Above All
04. Hallelujah Sing
05. The One and Only
06. Breath of Heaven Come
07. Messiah King
08. We Are Alive
09. Satisfied
10. He Is Risen
11. I Am Yours
12. Be Lifted High


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mark Schultz - Hymns 2014 English Christian Album Download

Mark Schultz - Hymns 2014 English Christian Album Download
Hymns is the latest Christian Praise & Worship album released by American Christian Pop Rock artist, singer, song-writer, musician, Mark Schultz. This album was released on March 25, 2014 and released under the label, Fair Trade Services.

Album Details ::

Album :: Hymns

Artist :: Mark Schultz

Release Date :: March 25, 2014

Genre :: Praise & Worship, Pop

Label :: Fair Trade Services

Hometown :: Colby, KS, USA.

Mark Schultz - Hymns 2014 biography and history

Biography ::

Listeners have come to expect inspiring and remarkable stories in songs from Mark Schultz, a 14-time Dove Award nominee and platinum-selling artist who touches hearts whether he sings about parents praying for a sick child (“He’s My Son”), or writes in honor of his great-grandmother’s sons who fought in World War II (“Letters From War”).

And with his latest effort, All Things Possible, Schultz continues to tackle matters of the heart and spirit with uncommon craftsmanship–though the past five years have impacted this artist in ways he could’ve never predicted or expected. He’s lived in Europe, started the Remember Me Mission with his wife to help orphans (Schultz himself is adopted), and became a father in 2012 to a boy, Ryan Samuel Schultz.

Produced by Seth Mosley (Newsboys) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe/Phil Wickham), All Things Possible has a joyous, infectious pop-rock feel that shows Schultz’ soulful tenor and tuneful melodies at their peak. Yet there’s added depth that comes as this compassionate storyteller dives deeper into using music as a vehicle for better things. Here, he quotes no less a source than theologian Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

“All Things Possible means something different than when I was first starting out as a musician,” Schultz says. “When I first got signed, I thought that if 10 people bought my record, that would be ‘all things possible.’ But today, using this platform for myself to sell more records is not as inspiring to me. I can only accomplish good things if God is in them, and God shows up. I want to pray those prayers.”

As Schultz describes it, the road to All Things Possible began, quite literally, on the road. In 2007, he dipped his toe in the Pacific Ocean and began a punishing 3,500-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise money for orphans and widows via the James Fund.

Here’s how Schultz recalls that bipedal leap of faith that kicked off a 14-date concert tour: “We took off from the Pacific and I thought, ‘God is in this.’ Forty miles into it, I’m out of shape, but I’m thinking, ‘God is still into this.’ And then I got to the first mountain and I thought, ‘I’m not sure God is into this anymore!’”

But if his muscles ached and doubts nagged, Schultz got over it at his first stop, a church outside Palm Springs, Calif. There he played for only 400 people, a modest crowd by Mark Schultz standards. Yet unexpected inspiration carried him up a mountain of another sort.

“I did a set list I’d never done before; I told stories I’d never told before,” Schultz says. “The minister took an offering and afterwards he said, ‘I don’t know what you’re used to, but for his little church, it’s really good.’ They had raised more than $20,000.”

While Schultz has always been a powerful encourager through his music, experiences like that took him to new places he wanted to express through new songs. Yet the Colby, Kansas native crafted many compositions for All Things Possible the way he’s always done it–at a chapel piano in Nashville where he’s written since his pre-recording artist days as a youth group leader.

“It’s right around the corner from my house,” Schultz says. “I go to the little chapel where I’ve written almost every one of my songs, and I just repeat a line, and usually tears are running down my face. My best songs are written when I don’t plan them out.”

Take “Haven’t Even Met You Yet,” a driving slice of organ-and-piano fueled country rock Schultz crafted for his then-unborn son: “This is where your story starts/ You’ve already stolen my heart … I don’t remember life before you at all, and the funny thing is, I haven’t even met you yet.”

“I just get tears in my eyes thinking about him,” Schultz says of little Ryan Samuel–and with poignant reason. “I’ve never met my bloodline in this world; it’s not like I’ve got my biological mom or my dad. I remember my wife saying, ‘He looks just like you,’ and I looked in his eyes, and he smiled. My knees just buckled. He’s the first part of me that I’ve ever seen in someone else. I play that in concert and it gets a standing ovation. The thing that’s so exciting for me is that I can’t wait until he gets older, and he can sing his song for his kids.”

Yet other songs for “Possible” took flight across the Atlantic, as Schultz and his wife Kate, an OB-GYN, spent a yearlong sabbatical after she completed her medical residency. Take the snappy tune “I Gave Up,” the first one written for the album: “We’d been in Europe for a while; everything was slower and relationships are pretty prized, while stuff is not prized. And my wife looked at me and said, ‘Everything we own is in a garage in Nashville. So do you miss anything?’ I said, ‘No I don’t miss anything.’ And right there was a shift: We have to pay more attention to the relationships, the things that matter, and less to the things that are gong to crumble in time.”

When the tune came, Schultz wasted no time catching it, though it took some late-night finesse. “I jumped out of bed and soon I was on the street in Florence, out in the street singing into a recorder at 3 o’clock in the morning.”

Of course, it helps when you’re a songwriter abroad to find a piano, and Schultz (who couldn’t exactly ship one to Europe) found instruments in the most surprising places. “When we got to Florence I was climbing the walls. I had to find a piano somewhere. And Kate said, ‘Don’t worry if we pray about it, we’ll find one.’ So we were eating dinner and there was this very old church across the street, with frescos on the wall.”

Schultz went to investigate, and found out that the church not only had a piano, but also was holding a worship service for American college students the next day. The former youth leader stepped up; “I played one song, and then another, and one kid said, ‘Hey, you’re playing an awful lot of Mark Schultz songs.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I know.’” Schultz eventually became the church’s temporary worship leader, and grew attendance at the youth service from 5 kids to 30 by the time he left four months later.

Another unlikely surprise awaited Schultz in Italy: He found out that his wife qualified for Italian citizenship, since her great-grandfather was an Italian citizen. “So she got a dual citizenship in Italy, and because I’m married to her, I was able to get one, too. And my kid is an Italian citizen, and he didn’t do any work at all!”

Some kids, though, have a lifetime of struggle ahead. Ask Schultz to sum up the album’s theme in one song, and he points to “One Day,” which got its start while he was on stage singing his hit “I Am.” “I’m looking out in the audience and halfway back, I can see kids in wheelchairs. There’s this one kid in a wheelchair with his fists clenched and his arms thrown up in the air and tears running down his face. And I got choked up. Right at that moment I thought, ‘Kid you’re going to get your own song.’”

The refrain, in typical Schultz fashion, spotlights bigger possibilities and hope beyond human limitations. “One day we will touch the healer’s hand/ One day we will be whole again.”

“When I sing it, I think of the kid in the wheelchair, and how when he gets to heaven, he gets to kick that wheelchair to the ground and walk away from it,” Schultz says. “No matter what you’re going through—cancer, a disease, or being in a wheelchair—it’s powerful to think there’s an endgame to that.”

Mark Schultz - Hymns 2014 live performance in 2014 US tour
Tracklisting ::

01. Doxology
02. Blessed Assurance
03. It Is Well
04. Holy, Holy, Holy
05. Before the Throne of God
06. Nothing but the Blood / I'll Fly Away
07. How Great Thou Art
08. This Is My Father's World
09. Amazing Grace
10. Give Me Jesus



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michael W. Smith - Hymns 2014 English Christian Album Download

Michael W. Smith - Hymns 2014 English Christian Album Download
Hymns is latest Christian Praise & Worship album released by American Christian worship leader, singer, composer, musician Michael W. Smith. This album was released on March 24, 2014 and released through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Album Details ::

Album :: Hymns

Artist :: Michael W. Smith

Release Date :: March 24, 2014

Genre :: Praise & Worship

Label :: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Hometown :: Franklin, TN, USA.

Michael W. Smith - Hymns 2014 Biography and History
Biography ::
Michael Whitaker Smith was born October 7, 1957 to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia. A sister named Kim would follow. Michael was a typical boy – active in baseball, his family’s church activities, and playing piano. But in not-so-typical fashion, he wrote his first song at age five. At the age of ten, he made a decision to give his life to Christ. He dreamed of playing professional baseball.

Michael attended college at Marshall University in West Virginia but after one semester dropped out to move to Nashville and pursue a career in music. (side note trivia: In 1992 Michael received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia.)

The years 1979-1981 are best written by Michael himself in his book It’s Time To Be Bold. From chapter 1, we read:

    While playing keyboards for the group Higher Ground, I signed my first songwriting contract with Paragon/Benson Publishing Company. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I was knocking down $200 a week to do something that I loved. Writing songs for a living meant that I didn’t have to wait tables anymore, or work at Coca-Cola, or plant shrubs with a landscaping company.

    I thought my life had peaked and God didn’t have to do anything else for me. I wasn’t looking for a record deal, a higher salary, or even a girlfriend – and especially not a wife. Writing music, I was as content as I’d ever been, and I labored at it sixteen hours a day. Then one afternoon while I was working in my office, Deborah Kay Davis walked by.

    I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. When she passed by, it was all over for me. I was blown away. Totally head over heels in love. I frantically picked up the phone and called my mother in West Virginia.

    "Mom, I can’t believe it. You’re not going to believe this, Mom. I just saw the girl I’m going to marry.

    "What’s her name?"

    "I don’t know, Mom. I haven’t met her yet. But I gotta go. I’ll find out and call you back."

    My poor mother! She must have thought I’d lost my mind. But I’d never been so clearheaded in my life.

    I left my office and went searching for this girl in the warehouse. Sherlock Holmes couldn’t have done a better job of tracking her down, and eventually I found myself standing outside the ladies’ restroom, waiting for her to emerge. She walked out. I introduced myself. We were engaged three and a half weeks later – and married four months after that!

In 1982, Michael was asked to play keyboards in a band that was backing up young artist Amy Grant. He also continued to write songs for himself.

The story goes that Amy’s managers, Mike Blanton and Dan Harrell could not find a Christian record label that would sign Michael or a young New Yorker named Kathy Troccoli. Believing so much in these two young talents, they started Reunion Records.

Michael made his very first record in 1983 and it was called “Michael W. Smith Project.” Michael wrote all the music and wife Debbie wrote the lyrics. The now famous song “Friends” debuted on this album. Michael continued to tour with Amy, now as her opening act.

From there – the records kept coming, and then the books as well:

    1984 – the album “Michael W. Smith 2”
    1985 – the video “Michael W. Smith Live in Concert”
    1986 – the album “The Big Picture” and Michael’s first book Old Enough to Know
    1987 – the album “The Live Set” and the video “The Big Picture Tour”
    1988 – the album “i 2 (EYE)”
    1989 – the album “Christmas”
    1990 – the album “Go West Young Man” which saw the song “Place in This World” hit the top 5 in pop charts, and helped earn him American Music Award’s New Artist of the Year.
    1992 – the album “Change Your World”
    1993 – the album “The First Decade” (a best-of album) as well as a limited edition 2-cd boxed set entitled “The Wonder Years.”
    1995 – the album “I’ll Lead You Home”
    1997 – the book It’s Time to Be Bold and the book Friends Are Friends Forever
    1998 – the album “Live the Life” and the book Your Place In This World and
    at Christmas his second Christmas album “Christmastime”
    1999 – the album “This Is Your Time,” the book This Is Your Time, as well as
    a cookbook with his mom entitled Cooking with Smitty’s Mom and a children’s book co-authored with wife Debbie entitled Where’s Whitney?
    2000 – the album “Freedom”
    2001 – the book I Will Be Your Friend and the album “Worship
    2002 – the book Worship, the book The Price of Freedom the vhs/dvd “Worship” and the album “Worship Again”
    2003 – the CD box set “The Gospels Come to Life” (narration of the four gospels), a DVD “The Bigger Picture” and the album “The Second Decade” with a limited edition DVD
    2004 – album “Healing Rain”
    2006 – the movie and soundtrack “The Second Chance
    2006 – the album “Stand”
    2007 – the album “It’s A Wonderful Christmas”
    2008 – the album “A New Hallelujah”
    2009 – the live dvd “A New Hallelujah”
    2010 - the album"Wonder"
    2011 - the album "Glory"

In the midst of 22 albums and ten books as well as the awards (Dove awards and Grammy awards among them), Michael and Debbie were blessed with five children: Ryan, Whitney, Tyler, Emily and Anna; and in recent years the family has continued to expand as his children have expanding families of their own.

In 1994, Michael founded a teen club called Rocketown in an effort to provide a place for teens to gather in a safe, loving environment. A warehouse in the Cool Springs area of Brentwood, TN was converted into a dance floor, rooms with pool tables and a coffeehouse. After three years, the club closed. The leadership continued to build a ministry devoted to kids, and a new site in downtown Nashville that reopened in 2003. Visit Rocketown at

In 1996, Michael founded Rocketown Records with Reunion executive Don Donahue and launched their first artist, Chris Rice. Michael and Don shared a dream to be part of a label where great songs were the focus, where artists, not acts, were developed. They wanted a label that felt like a family. And what a family it is! Go to to learn more!

In 1999, a prayer group of Michael and Debbie’s that had been meeting at their farm, had blossomed into what they felt had become a church body. Gathering up some leadership, Michael and Debbie helped start New River Fellowship with close leadership by Pastor and mentor Don Finto, former senior pastor of Nashville’s Belmont Church where Michael and Debbie had attended for many years. Visit New River Fellowship at Throughout his career, Michael has had the opportunity to sing for Presidents and national leaders, and counts among his friends the Reverend Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham. He is active in Billy Graham Crusades as well as The Samaritan’s Purse, the ministry headed by Franklin Graham.

But for all of Michael’s accolades, for his involvement in his teen outreach Rocketown, leadership in his local church body, the business of being an artist, an author and a record label executive, Michael sums up his life as this, “to be remembered as a God-fearing man who loved his wife and kids well.

    2007 Grammy Nomination – Stand
    2006 Grammy Nomination – Healing Rain – Best Christian Pop Album
    2004 Grammy Award – Worship Again – Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
    2003 Gospel Music Association Summit Award for service to the Christian music industry
    2003 Worship Again – CBA Retailers Choice Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year
    Worship Again, released on 10/22/2002 RIAA Certified Gold Worship DVD-Video/VHS RIAA Certified Platinum
    Performer and Presenter on 44th Annual GRAMMY Awards live telecast.
    Worship, released on 9/11/2001, RIAA certified Gold in just 14 weeks.
    Fastest selling album in Christian retail (year to date sales charts and overall sales) – 2001 AND 2002.
    28 Number One Songs
    Career sales over 10 million
    3 Platinum certifications (Change Your World, Worship, Worship DVD)
    9 Gold certifications (Michael W. Smith Project, I 2 (EYE), Go West Young Man, The First Decade, I’ll Lead You Home, Live The Life, This Is Your Time, Worship, Worship DVD, Worship Again
    Winner of 40 Dove Awards
    This Is Your Time generated the highest first-week sales for a recording by a Christian artist in the history of SoundScan
    I’ll Lead You Home shipped Gold and certified RIAA in two months, making an unprecedented Christian debut at #16 on * Billboard’s “Top 200” Chart
    2002 Worship Leader Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Project of the Year, Worship Again
    2001 Performed at 54th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service
    2001 and 2003 Performance at National Day of Prayer
    2001 Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award for his contribution to the Nashville music world
    1997-1999 “Amy Grant Christmas” Tour
    Founded Rocketown Records
    1994 Founded Rocketown Ministries
    Named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”
    National Spokesperson for Compassion International
    1999 ASCAP “Golden Note” Award
    1998 “Friends” named #1 Song of all Time – CCM Magazine 20th Anniversary Issue
    Nashville Music Award for Pop Album, I’ll Lead You Home
    American Music Awards Favorite New Artist, Adult Contemporary

Michael W. Smith - Hymns 2014 singing live on stage
Tracklisting ::

01. The Old Rugged Cross
02. My Jesus I Love Thee
03. Were You There
04. Victory in Jesus
05. How Great Thou Art
06. Just as I Am
07. Near the Cross
08. It Is Well
09. Softly and Tenderly
10. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
11. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
12. Wonderful, Merciful Savior
13. Great Is Thy Faithfulness
14. God of Our Fathers
15. The Lord Bless You and Keep You



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Monday, March 10, 2014

Gaither Vocal Band - Hymns (2014) English Christian Album Download

Gaither Vocal Band - Hymns (2014) English Christian Album Download
Hymns 2014 is the latest Christian southern gospel CCM album released by American Christian southern gospel vocal band, Gaither Vocal Band. This album was released on March 04, 2014 and released under the label, Gaither Music Group.

Album Details ::

Album :: Hymns 2014

Artist :: Gaither Vocal Band

Release Date :: March 04, 2014

Genre :: Southern Gospel, CCM

Label :: Gaither Music Group

Hometown :: Nashville, TN, USA

Gaither Vocal Band - Hymns (2014) Biography and History
History ::
The Gaither Vocal Band was formed in the early 1980s on the spur of the moment, backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert. Just four guys—Gaither and Gary McSpadden of the trio, and Steve Green and Lee Young, who were backup singers— singing quartet standards around a piano. Then, they decided to take it on stage singing, “Your First Day in Heaven.” The audience loved it.

Their debut album, the self titled The New Gaither Vocal Band, debuted in 1981.

Lee Young left the group in 1982, and Jon Mohr was hired as the new bass singer. They then recorded the album, Passin' The Faith Along. Later, tenor Steve Green left and Larnelle Harris was hired. This group cut the New Point Of View album before Mohr left.

At this point the New Gaither Vocal Band became new, but dropped the "new" part of their name. Due to baritone becoming high for Bill and lead becoming high for Gary McSpadden, Bill Gaither dropped to the lowest part (Bill stated they never called it bass at the time as it wasn't a true bass part). McSpadden was moved down to baritone and Michael English was hired as the new lead singer. Although the previous album (New Point of View) had been more contemporary than its predecessors, the album with this version of the group (One X 1) took it even further. After this album, Larnelle left and was replaced by Lemuel Miller. The group did not record an album with Lemuel before he too left. He was replaced by Imperials alumnus, Jim Murray. They cut one album (Wings) before Gary McSpadden left to devote more time to his solo career. Mark Lowry was tapped to replace him. Although Lowry admittedly didn't have the natural ear for the baritone part, or the experience, he added a great voice along with his comedy and soon made their sound more smooth. Their Gospel roots project Homecoming in 1991, caused most Southern Gospel fans to welcome the Vocal Band with open arms. Jim Murray left and was replaced by Terry Franklin. The album Southern Classics was released in 1993 with the hit I Bowed On My Knees.

Later Michael English left to focus solely on his ever growing solo career. He was replaced by Buddy Mullins, who agreed to sing with the group while concurrently remaining with his family group, Mullins & Co., which later became Sunday Drive. Despite being only a temporary fill-in, Mullins did record the album "Testify" with the group, in place of Michael English, who had initially planned to record that album with the group. Terry Franklin soon left and was replaced by yet another Imperials alumnus, Jonathan Pierce (formerly known by his first and last name Jonathan Hildreth instead of his first and middle name as he has been known since he began recording). Strengthened by the popularity of the Homecoming video series, the Vocal Band added Guy Penrod at lead, freeing Mullins to concentrate solely on his family group. After Pierce's departure, Gaither hired David Phelps at tenor. After Lowry's departure, Imperials alumnus Russ Taff sang baritone for a couple of years. When Taff returned to solo work, Marshall Hall was his replacement. Wes Hampton succeeded Phelps in 2005.

During the 1990s and into the first few years of the 21st century, the Gaither Vocal Band mastered the art of mixing classic southern gospel with country and Inspirational styles. This gave the group a broad fan base that reached beyond the typical domain of Southern Gospel.

The group has had two number one songs on the Singing News chart. "Yes, I Know" held the top position from July to October 1997, as did "I Will Go On" in November 2006. Other popular tunes by the Gaither Vocal Band include "Temporary Home," "Let Freedom Ring," "Count On Me," "The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor," and "When Jesus Says It's Enough." The group routinely performs classic Southern Gospel songs including many written by Bill and Gloria Gaither like "He Touched Me", "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary", and "Sinner Saved By Grace."

Recent times ::
In July 2008, the vocal band recorded a reunion DVD at the Gaither Studios—The Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, Volumes 1 and 2. It was released on CD format in January 2009. All of the former members were there except for Jonathan Pierce, Terry Franklin, and Lemuel Miller. The two CDs debuted in the top two positions on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian album chart, marking not only the Gaither Vocal Band's first No. 1 on the Christian album chart, but also their first No. 1 debut on that chart as well. The DVDs of the same title debuted in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Music Video charts as well.

In January 2009, Marshall Hall and Guy Penrod (starting a solo career) left the Gaither Vocal Band. Gaither brought back some members of the past, namely Michael English as lead vocal, Mark Lowry as baritone and David Phelps as high tenor, joining Wes Hampton, whom Gaither described as occupying that "sweet spot" between tenor and lead. The first album by this five-member version was Reunited released in September 2009. It was also the first album of the vocal band ever to feature only songs written by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

In August 2010, they released the long-awaited album called Greatly Blessed. On February 18–19, 2011 they will be having a tour in South Africa.

Gaither Vocal Band - Hymns (2014) live performance on stage
Tracklisting ::
01. Amazing Grace
02. God Leads Us Along
03. ‘Til the Storm Passes By
04. Lord, I’m Coming Home
05. Redeemed
06. Love Lifted Me
07. More of You
08. The Old Rugged Cross
09. My Faith Still Holds
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
12. At the Cross



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