Category : Spirit Music Update


for KING & COUNTRY gets nominated

Plus Matthew West announces Fall Fest and Joel Vaughn is finishing a new album…

for KING & COUNTRY has been nominated for two Billboard Music AwardsTop Christian Artist and Top Christian Song – for “God Only Knows.” The 2020 Billboard Music Awards, will broadcast live Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 P.M. ET.

Matthew West has announced the West Fall Fest live stream concert, which will happen on October 16th. A number of merch items are available ahead of the event, including signed posters and vinyl, and long sleeve t-shirts.

Joel Vaughn announced on Twitter that he’s been taking some time off to finish his new album, which is now finished and should release on November 20th.


Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns releases Nobody with Elevation Worship

Plus CHRISTAFARI covers The Blessing and Sidewalk Prophets announces a virtual tour…

Casting Crowns has released a live recording of their multiple Dove Award-nominated song, “Nobody.” The live version features Elevation Worship, who Casting Crowns toured with in 2019.


CHRISTAFARI has released “The Blessing (Reggae Version) Featuring The World” — a reggae cover of the worship hit from Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship. The song features a global cast of over 80 performers from all over the world.

Sidewalk Prophets announced The Chosen Tour, a live stream concert outing that will hit 28 cities this fall. Each concert will broadcast to a different city and a different set of fans each night, and Sidewalk Prophets will perform every show live from their warehouse in Nashville.


Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham shares his new single

Plus Matt Hammitt appears on GMA and Colton Dixon welcomes twins…

Phil Wickham’s highly anticipated new single “Battle Belongs,” is available now. Co-written with Bethel Music’s Brian Johnson, the track is a powerful proclamation that in Jesus we stand on the side of a battle that has already been won.

Matt Hammitt, GRAMMY-nominated Christian singer and former frontman of the band Sanctus Real, appeared alongside his family on Good Morning America. The show featured the story about his son Bowen’s recovery from heart surgery.

Colton Dixon and wife Annie welcomed identical twin daughters Ava “Dior” Dixon and Athens Elizabeth Dixon.


Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant previews No Stranger

Plus for KING & COUNTRY goes acoustic, and NEEDTOBREATHE releases Out Of Body…

Natalie Grant debuted a new song, “No Stranger,” from her upcoming album, along with a lyric video for the song. “No Stranger” serves as the title-cut of Grant’s tenth studio record, now slated for release Sept. 25, 2020.

for KING & COUNTRY just released “TOGETHER” (Acoustic Version)“, which is a special version of their No. 1 hit. Joel and Luke Smallbone are joined by Cory Asbury as well as their sister Rebecca St. James on the new track.

NEEDTOBREATHE have released their new album, Out Of Body, via Elektra Records/Centricity Music. It is available physically and digitally, and limited edition merch bundles and experiences can be purchased through NEEDTOBREATHE’s online store.



NEEDTOBREATHE premieres a video for Who Am I

Plus Matthew West talks to a gold medalist and Phil Wickham shares Songs From Home…

NEEDTOBREATHE has released an official music video for “Who Am I”. The video follows “Hang On” as the second Jared Hogan-directed clip in a five-part series of visuals for the band’s forthcoming album Out Of Body.

The Matthew West Podcast recently featured Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and NFL player Andrew East. Also, Matthew went behind the song “Something Greater” to talk about God’s story for our lives.

Phil Wickham announced that a new song will be released on September 4th, 2020. He also posted a new Songs From Home video on his Instagram feed.

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Hey friends! I hope you guys all had a blessed and beautiful Easter weekend:) With social distancing in affect and church gatherings unable to take place this was a very unique Easter to say the least. Even though church buildings around the world were quiet and empty the capital “C” CHURCH is VERY MUCH ALIVE, roaring together in worship and celebration. I was brought to tears more than twice while scrolling through a seemingly endless amount of Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/YouTube postings of the Church finding creative and beautiful ways to worship at home together. Such a joy to see and hear “Living Hope” being sung here and there. This may be my favorite song I’ve ever been involved in writing. Very thankful for this song. Thanks to @brianjohnsonm for digging deep with me to unearth it. Praying that you will know the HOPE OF JESUS in a more real and tangible way than you ever have before.

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TobyMac announces a drive-in tour

Plus for KING & COUNTRY goes live from the Ryman and Natalie Grant shares No Stranger…

The TobyMac Fall Drive-In Theater Tour will feature live concerts beginning September 14 in Mountain View, Arkansas bringing their live show to 17 drive-in movie theaters across Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, and more before concluding on October 11 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

for KING & COUNTRY kicked off the Ryman Auditorium’s first ever LIVE AT THE RYMAN exclusive live stream last Friday night, and the duo’s performance was included in CBS Sunday Morning’s profile on The Ryman.

Natalie Grant debuted a new song, “No Stranger,” from her upcoming album, along with the lyric video for the song. “No Stranger” serves as the title track of Grant’s tenth studio record, releasing Sept. 25, 2020.


Matthew West

Matthew West has a podcast

Plus Building 429’s new single is “Different” and Hillsong Young & Free shares “Uncomplicated”…

Matthew West launched The Matthew West Podcast on best-selling author, speaker and popular podcaster Annie F. Downs’ That Sounds Fun Network.

Building 429 announced “Different,” their newest song that was the No. 1 most added on the Billboard AC Indicator chart in its first week. Distinctive from previous Building 429 hit songs, “Different,” was co-written with lead singer Jason Roy’s 14-year old daughter, Haven.

Hillsong Young & Free announced the release of their latest single, “Uncomplicated.” The brand new song is a declaration of God’s love for all humanity and features lead vocals from Young & Free’s Aodhan King.



NEEDTOBREATHE plans a celebration

Plus Jeremy Camp tops the charts and for KING & COUNTRY gets remixed…

NEEDTOBREATHE has announced they will welcome their new album with Celebrating Out Of Body, a fully immersive concert experience directed by acclaimed filmmaker Elizabeth Olmstead.

Jeremy Camp topped the Christian radio charts once again with his single “Keep Me In The Moment” off of his 11th studio album, The Story’s Not Over. “Keep Me In The Moment” is Camp’s 41st #1 single in his career.

for KING & COUNTRY have released a remix of the duo’s latest hit track. “TOGETHER [R3HAB Remix] (feat. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly)” is available now on all digital service providers.


Sidewalk Prophets

Sidewalk Prophets debut at #1

Plus a star-studded Hope Lives Festival and Lecrae, Crowder and more are better together…

Sidewalk Prophets’ new album, The Things That Got Us Here, debuted last week as the #1 Christian album according to Nielsen Music Connect, which is the band’s highest chart debut to date.

TobyMac, for KING & COUNTRY, Newsboys United, Kari Jobe, and more joined together for the Hope Lives Virtual Festival last week. There was also an encore presentation streamed live on the Christian Festival Association’s Facebook page.

Lecrae, Crowder, and more gathered in Nashville for a Better Together concert to unite voices and hearts across genres, race, and political divides. The concert will be available via a free livestream for one night on July 28.



Switchfoot schedules a solo live stream

Plus for KING & COUNTRY is climbing the charts and Hillsong Young & Free share two new songs…

Switchfoot has a special thank you to everyone who has bought their new Season Pass! Lead singer Jon Foreman is doing a bonus solo live stream on July 22nd.

for KING & COUNTRY has seen their latest hit single “TOGETHER” climb the radio charts in recent weeks, currently holding the No. 3 position on both Billboard and Mediabase Christian Airplay charts.

Hillsong Young & Free announced the release of two brand new singles, “World Outside Your Window” and “As I Am.” The new music is a combination of studio and live recordings.