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Former CCM Editor and Christian Music Publicist Jay Swartzendruber Dies at 52

Former CCM Editor and Christian Music Publicist Jay Swartzendruber Dies at 52 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Jay Swartzendruber, a Christian journalist and former editor of CCM magazine who urged Christian artists to get involved in the AIDS crisis, has died, according to friends in the music business.He was 52.Swartzendruber, an influential Nashville Christian music publicist in... Read more

Soul Music and the Obviousness of God – Christ and Pop Culture

I think you first get into soul music because it makes you move, but I think you stay with soul music because it moves you. It connects us to something beneath (or past) the rhythms, swooping vocals, and tight horns. To quote Sam Cooke, it sends youbut sends us where? Heaven, yes, but also to... Read more

The Rise of Maverick City Music | RELEVANT

One of the country’s most dynamic worship music groups revels in breaking the mold. One of the first records we did, they tried to put it out as a gospel record because I was Black, says Chandler Moore. And we were like, Why is this gospel? Why do you categorize this as gospel? It’s not... Read more

Seeing and Believing 262 | Bill and Ted Face the Music and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown

Brush up on your air-guitar skills and get your SoCal dude-accents ready, because Seeing & Believing embarks on another excellent adventure this week. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter may be getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bring their iconic slackers back for another victory lap around time and... Read more

Watch Beyonc’s Music Video for ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ Featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Blue Ivy and Tons of Others | RELEVANT Magazine

  Beyonc’sBlack Is Kingdropped on Disney Plus earlier this week and it’s a visual feast that keeps giving. And now, non-Disney Plus subscribers can get in on part of the action with the music video for visual album standout “BROWN SKIN GIRL,” which features appearances from a whole host of surprise guest stars like Naomi... Read more

New Music Friday Roundup: Hillsong Young and Free, NEEDTOBREATHE, and More | RELEVANT Magazine

Tweet Share Pin It’s Friday and a few artists are starting to slowly emerge from their pandemic lockdowns to drop some new tunes before the weekend. Here are a few releases that should be on your radar this week. NEEDTOBREATHE: Out of Body NEEDTOBREATHE is back with a fresh collection of rootsy Americana and introspective... Read more

Check Out a New Song From Bethel Music: ‘Be Alright’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Bethel Music has a new tune that might just be the piece of encouragement that turns your week around. It’s called “Be Alright,” by Dante Bowe, featuring Amanda Lindsey Cook. The song is a sonic trip, starting with some lowkey strums and building towards a gentle zenith that never quite loses its restraint. It’s a... Read more

Why Im Looking Forward to Getty Music Sing! Global – Tim Challies

I am one of the breakout session speakers at the Getty Music Sing! Global conference (August 30-September 2), but I also intend to be one of the attendees. It is, after all, an online-only event in which everyone can participate even during this time when travel and mass gatherings are uncertain or even impossible. As... Read more

Check Out Beyonc’s New Music Video for ‘Already’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Beyonc’s visual album Black Is Kingis out on Disney Plus, featuring appearances from the likes of Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jay-Z and, yes, Blue Ivy. The movie is based onThe Gift, which was the album of music she released along with 2018’sLion Kingremake, which itself was a live-action version of you know what,... Read more

Elon Musk: The Future of Music Is Streaming It Directly Into Your Brain | RELEVANT Magazine

Headphone technology is moving forward at a rocket pace and, hey, speaking of rockets, Elon Musk has a thought for the future of headphones. Basically, the eccentric tech entrepreneur believes that the future of listening to music will be streaming songs directly into your brain. That’s right, no headphones at all. Just a microchip... Read more

Quality Christian Music: 15 Artists to Watch

Last summer I compiled a list of 14 newer, lesser-known Christian artists who are musically interesting and unapologetic about their faith. Many readers told me how much they appreciated it, so I thought Id compile a sequel list this year to highlight a new crop of promising artists. Though a list like this could be... Read more

Check Out the Music Video for Lecrae’s New Single ‘Drown,’ Featuring John Legend | RELEVANT Magazine

It’s here. Several months after Lecrae shelved his highly anticipatedRestoration, he’s back with a brand new single, music video and release date for the album itself. First up, the single: It’s called “Drown,” and features a vocal assist from John Legend. It features Lecrae opening up about some of the emotional struggles he told... Read more

Pharrell Has a New Gospel Music Docuseries in the Works for Netflix | RELEVANT Magazine

Pharrell Williams is teaming up with Netflix forVoices of Fire a docuseries that will follow the multi-hyphenate singer/songwriter/producer/actor/artist and his uncle Bishop Ezekiel Williams on a quest to find musical talent in the gospel choirs of Hampton Roads, Virginia Williams’ hometown. Happy Sunday! Excited to announce Voices of Fire, a new docuseries that follows... Read more

How Colony House Is Learning to Let Their Music Be a Conversation | RELEVANT Magazine

Colony House was in Minneapolis when they heard the news. The coronavirus had gone from distant curiosity to looming crisis, and their tour had been canceled. It was a sudden, brutal end to the era of Leave What’s Lost Behind the band’s excellent 2020 release that was supposed to define this season of the... Read more

Humor and Humility in the Music of Father John Misty – Christ and Pop Culture

Alittle boy, sucking on a watermelon candy, tags along with his mother as she shops in JC Penneys. He begins to choke on the candy; his mother holds him close and screams for help. Hes long desired his mothers loving attention, and shes finally giving it. Over their heads the store radio plays Fleetwood MacTell... Read more

Social Club Misfits’ Marty Wants to Change the Landscape of Christian Music | RELEVANT Magazine

Martin Santiago is better known as Marty and best-known as one half of the excellent hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits. But as his new solo album proves, Marty’s got plenty of ideas left over for his own solo project:Marty for President 2.It’s a sequel to 2015’sMarty for President, coming just in time for yet... Read more

Let the First Trailer for ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Remind You to Be Excellent to Each Other | RELEVANT Magazine

In 1989, the world was introduced to Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves’ most excellent Ted Theodore Logan and Bill S. Preston. They returned in 1991 forBill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.And now they’re back forBill & Ted Face the Music, which will reunite Reeves and Winter under the direction of Dean Parisot, who’s directed episodes... Read more

11 Transcendent Moments of Movie Music

Classical music and orchestral scores have long been the soundtrack to cinemas most affecting moments. Unique in their ability to perfectly sync a layer of music to the emotion of the action unfolding on screen, films engage our ears and ears simultaneouslyin ways that pack an emotional punch. Wordless music in a film often speaks... Read more

How Maverick City Music Is Breaking the Worship Music Mold | RELEVANT Magazine

With all the worship music out there, it can be tempting to lump it all into the same box. But Maverick City Music easily resists any such labels, bursting through expectations and convention with propulsive, dynamic creativity that seems to fuse both the music and the lyrics with a spark that really makes you... Read more

All Creatures by Rain for Roots: Music We Need Right Now

Get outside. Take walks. Smell the roses. Consider the lilies. This is good advice any time, but especially in the COVID-19 quarantine, when most families are a little anxious and stir-crazy. Gods creation provides a readymade source of peace, comfort, and wisdom if we only turn off our devices long enough to avail ourselves of... Read more

Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Nine Inch Nails and Pretty Much Everyone Is Working on New Music in Quarantine | RELEVANT Magazine

Quarantine brought out hobbies in everyone. Some people bake. Others took up yoga. Lots of people started knitting. And musicians started making music, which probably explains why pretty much everyone has announced that they’ve got an album in the oven. We already noted that Arcade Fire is working on anEverything Nowfollowup. Now, others are... Read more

The Trailer for Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ Eurovision Movie Is the First Great Music Video of 2020 | RELEVANT Magazine

Next month, Netflix will debutEurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which is …well, what is it exactly? It’s hard to say. The movie will star Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir, two contenders for the famed global music competition. The movie’s first trailer is actually just a... Read more

Bethel’s Josh Baldwin on Keeping Worship Music as Honest as Possible | RELEVANT Magazine

Josh Baldwin cut his teeth in the Southeast, where he grew up on the traveling band circuit traveling with other artists while slowly building up a small repertoire of his own work. But in 2014, he moved to Redding, California and joined Bethel, becoming a worship leader for one of the most influential worship... Read more

Set Me Free: Lecraes Music Video Conjures up Hope Amid Coronavirus – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] When Lecraes newest single was launched, our nation was adjusting to the brand new realities caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The only, titled Set Me Free that includes YK Osiris was accompanied by a strong video that's applicable for this second. Directed by Bobby Hanaford, the video initiatives a simplistic narrative of hope... Read more

Unboxing Christian Music: Colony Home Blurs Business Strains – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] With Go away Whats Misplaced Behind, various rock group Colony Home delivers a 3rd album that feels extra like a follow-up to 2014s Once I Was Youthful than their sophomore effort, Solely the Lonely (2017). Once I Was Youthful was an exploration of rising up and studying about grief and love. Their current launch... Read more

Watch the Mates Theme Track Carried out with Music Types From the 1920s By the 1990s | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Because of the sitcom Mates, The Rembrandts Unwell Be There For You remains to be an all-time theme music banger. Now, you'll be able to hear it carried out in musical kinds relationship again to the 1920s. The video from Postmodern Jukebox  is lots of enjoyable (H/T Laughing Squid). And, the most... Read more

Singing into the Darkness: How The Sound of Music Teaches Us to Rebuke Worry – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Each different Tuesday inStoried,Okay. B. Hoyleexplores the methods our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a complete. Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Vibrant copper kettles and heat woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are just a few of my favourite issues Most folks can... Read more

Music Favorites of the Decade from CAPC Employees – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] As the calendar winds down and eases from one yr to the following, many people flip nostalgic. We marvel the place the time went and replicate over the methods we spent the previous 365 days. Possibly it’s a matter of clicking via the pictures we snapped or reviewing our objectives or being attentive to... Read more

Muslims, missions, and music reflecting on Christ’s second coming

[ad_1] USA (MNN) — Do you know there are nonetheless over 1,000 Muslim folks teams who've by no means heard the true Gospel of Jesus Christ? Frontiers USA hopes to vary that. Perry LaHaie with Frontiers says, We wish to see viral actions of the Gospel amongst each Muslim folks group by 2025 and past.... Read more