Meet Joel Osteen at LoDo Tattered Cover

Need hope in the­se trou­bled times? Then Joel Osteen, pas­tor of the nation’s largest church, is your man.

Osteen will be in Den­ver for a “Night of Hope” on June 1 at the Pep­si Cen­ter, but you can meet the “Smil­ing Preacher” on Thurs­day, May 31 at the Tat­tered Cov­er in LoDo start­ing at 7 p.m. Osteen will be sign­ing his book, “Every Day a Fri­day.”

If you want to expe­ri­ence his pos­i­tive mes­sage at the Pep­si Cen­ter, you bet­ter hur­ry up because tick­ets are going fast.

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Third Day in Colorado for Rockies’ game

Third Day, the Atlanta-based mul­ti-plat­inum Chris­tian rock band, will be in Den­ver for a con­cert after the Rock­ies’ game on Sun­day, Aug. 19 at Coors Field.

Third Day is cur­rent­ly work­ing with vet­er­an rock pro­duc­er Bren­dan O’Brien at the band’s stu­dio — The Quar­ry. O’Brien has worked with Bruce Spring­steen, Pearl Jam, Stone Tem­ple Pilots and Denver’s The Fray.

Our time with Bren­dan has been noth­ing less than an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence,” said Mac Pow­ell, Third Day’s lead singer. “Bren­dan has def­i­nite­ly stretched me as a song­writer and vocal­ist more than any oth­er pro­duc­er ever has.”

Faith Day will be a treat for Third Day fans as the band is on  lim­it­ed tour sched­ule this sum­mer with the album in the works and fans can expect to hear some new songs at Coors Field.

The major-league base­ball team has been host­ing Faith Day for sev­en years and each year the event grows. Last year, Rock­ies’ fans were treat­ed to a con­cert by Cast­ing Crowns.

 

 

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Third Day to play Coors Field after Rockies’ game

Third Day, the Atlanta-based mul­ti-plat­inum Chris­tian rock band, will be in Den­ver for a con­cert after the Rock­ies’ game on Sun­day, Aug. 19 at Coors Field.

Third Day is cur­rent­ly work­ing with vet­er­an rock pro­duc­er Bren­dan O’Brien at the band’s stu­dio — The Quar­ry. O’Brien has worked with Bruce Spring­steen, Pearl Jam, Stone Tem­ple Pilots and Denver’s The Fray.

Our time with Bren­dan has been noth­ing less than an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence,” said Mac Pow­ell, Third Day’s lead singer. “Bren­dan has def­i­nite­ly stretched me as a song­writer and vocal­ist more than any oth­er pro­duc­er ever has.”

Faith Day will be a treat for Third Day fans as the band is on lim­it­ed tour sched­ule this sum­mer with the album in the works and fans can expect to hear some new songs at Coors Field.

The major-league base­ball team has been host­ing Faith Day for sev­en years and each year the event grows. Last year, Rock­ies’ fans were treat­ed to a con­cert by Cast­ing Crowns.
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Brandon Heath reveals stories behind songs

Dove Award win­ner and Gram­my nom­i­nee Bran­don Heath shares his favorite sto­ries about his songs while record­ing “Give Me Your Eyes — The Acoustic Ses­sions.”

One sto­ry includes a wom­an, who lost her daugh­ter in a car acci­dent after a drunk­en dri­ver hit her, and after hear­ing “I’m Not who I Was” went to the pris­on to for­give the per­son who caused the acci­dent. Anoth­er sto­ry is about a blind boy who typed the words to “Give Me Your Eyes” on a Braille type­writer and sent it to Heath, who has it framed in his house. 

Check out the video. It reveals what an impact Heath has on his lis­ten­ers.

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Chris August out of hospital after head injury

Chris­tian artist Chris August suf­fered a head injury in a skate­board­ing acci­dent last week and after spend­ing five days in the hos­pi­tal he is at home rest­ing. August asked for prayers on his Twit­ter account and also includ­ed pho­tos of him­self in the hos­pi­tal.

It is not known if he was wear­ing a hel­met. Keep up to date by fol­low­ing him on Twit­ter

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2012 Dove Awards: Something for everyone

Most peo­ple snub the Dove Awards because they hear “Chris­tian music,” but the indus­try has changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly in the past decade. Major record labels have sub­sidiaries that focus just on Chris­tian music, thus bring­ing in top pro­duc­ers and musi­cians, and ulti­mate­ly rais­ing the bar — and that’s a syn­op­sis from a leg­endary Chris­tian musi­cian. And it’s the only music awards that includes all gen­res of music from tra­di­tion­al Gospel to hip-hop, blue­grass, heavy met­al to alter­na­tive rock.

If you like music, I dare you to watch the Dove Awards on the Gospel Music Chan­nel, which is re-air­ing the event Sat­ur­day, April 28 at 9 p.m. MDT

For­mer Den­ver res­i­dent and hip-hop artist LeCrae per­forms along with Tedashii, anoth­er rap­per. LeCrae, who has become friends with main­stream rap­pers, won a Dove Award for his song “Hal­lelu­jah.”

Rock­er Michael Tait, a for­mer mem­ber of DCTalk –the band that changed the face of Chris­tian music, sings a duet with Group 1 Crew’s Blan­ca Calla­han. There’s even a set by for­mer “Amer­i­can Idol” final­ists, Ruben Stud­dard, Phil Stacey, Man­disa and Dan­ny Gokey. And then there is Natal­ie Grant, who won Female Vocal­ist of the Year for the fifth time.

Blue­grass fans will get a treat when The Isaacs per­form “Walk On” and tra­di­tion­al Gospel fans have Jason Crabb, who won Male Vocal­ist and Artist of the Year Awards this year, and a trib­ute to leg­end Russ Taff.

Below is a taste of The Isaacs, but this video doesn’t com­pare to the band’s Dove appear­ance. And there’s a video from Grant and Crabb.

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Hawk Nelson Jon Steingard takes over lead vocals

As Hawk Nel­son front­man Jason Dunn pur­sues a solo career, the band will keep the name with gui­tarist Jon Stein­gard tak­ing over the lead singing roles.

Stein­gard has been with the band for eight years and grew up with Dunn. The band will also retain bass play­er Daniel Biro and drum­mer Justin Ben­ner. I had the plea­sure talk­ing with Stein­gard right after Dunn announced his depar­ture and here’s a link to the sto­ry.

The chem­istry we share as a band can­not be fab­ri­cat­ed. In oth­er words, we know we have some­thing spe­cial here,” Biro said in a state­ment. “We’re very excit­ed to be work­ing on a bunch of new songs for every­body. It’s a new day, and we want to make the most of it.”

The band is work­ing on a new record and Stein­gard said, “the­se are some of the most inspir­ing songs we’ve ever worked on.”

Dunn is work­ing on a solo project called Lights Go Down. Here’s a clip of a song he is work­ing on. I’m lik­ing what I hear.

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2012 Dove Awards: Russ Taff advice to young artists


Clas­sic live video of Russ Taff above. 

The 2012 Dove Awards hon­ored leg­endary Gospel singer Russ Taff, a five-time Gram­my win­ner, at the awards show last week in Atlanta, and he had some sage words of advice for young artists.

The advice I’d give to some­one start­ing out is to be your­self,” Taff said. “When I start­ed in 1976 it was wide open. Now the Chris­tian music indus­try has turned into this mam­moth busi­ness. So now peo­ple try to change you, change your look, change your sound, style. Just be your­self. That is what God has given you and what has got­ten you this far. Be your­self. Fight to be your­self.”

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Gospel leg­end Russ Taff chats with the media after a trib­ute to him at the 2012 Dove Awards.

In his long career Taff has faced ups and downs with the help of his friends. 

When I start­ed off I had a rough time and was won­der­ing where God was, and I was told to ‘Read the red. Read what Jesus said not what some­one has told you,’” he said. “And I fell in love with Jesus. I’m final­ly the man I’ve always want­ed to be. The hus­band I always want­ed to be …”

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2012 Dove Awards: Laura Story, “Blessings” from brain tumor


This video above shows you the real Laura Story, a down-to-earth person.

Laura Story came home the big winner by garnering five Dove Awards, including song of the year for "Blessings," last week in Atlanta, but don't expect the South Carolina native to become big headed. The self-described "Birkenstock and granola" singer remains humble.

Story wrote "Blessings" after her husband Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then contracted meningitis during the surgery to remove the tumor.

"I would have rather written a song about winning the lottery, but you have to write about the hard times and how God showed up," said Story, who will be in Denver on Dec. 5 at the Denver Coliseum.

Story also won a Grammy Award for "Blessings" in the Best Contemporary Christian Song category.

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Laura Story won five Dove Awards, including song of the year for "Blessings."


"You know the Grammys were great, but it’s something about being here (at the Dove Awards) and with what God has done," Story said. "As far as the artists go, we don’t care who goes home with the hardware, it’s about glorifying God."

Story was asked about being on tour with Manidsa, who is more "bling and glitter" than the Southern singer.

"You know heaven is going to be like this, so get over it or you are going to be left out," Story said. "Mandisa is great. She’s taught me how to tweet and Facebook. It's like Birkenstock meets bling or granola and glitter. It's great."

When asked about what's next, Story, who is pregnant and due in September with a baby girl, said while raising the Dove Award, "I've done this pretty well, now I just want to be a good mom."

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2012 Dove Awards airing Saturday: From hip-hop to Gospel


Above is a video of Russ Taff performing at Red Rocks. A tribute to Russ Taff was one of the highlights of the 2012 Dove Awards.

The Dove Awards will be aired again at 9 p.m. MDT Saturday April 28 on the Gospel Music Channel.

Here's a quick peek at what you can expect on the Dove Awards show airing on the Gospel Music Channel. (FYI the Dove Awards are the only music awards that incorporate all genres of music from hip-hop, heavy metal to traditional gospel, and the show features performances from a wide-range of artists.)

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LeCrae, a former Denver resident, will perform tonight when the Gospel Music Channel airs the Dove Awards. He also won two Dove Awards.


Some highlights: a tribute to Whitney Houston and Gospel legend Russ Taff; former Denver resident and hip-hop artist LeCrae performing, a special performance from former "American Idol" finalists, including Mandisa and Phil Stacey; a song by bluegrass group The Isaacs; along with appearances by Michael Tait, Todd Smith, Blanca Callahan, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey and more.

The show is co-hosted by comedians David Mann and Chonda Pierce, who keep the show going at a quick pace with light moments.

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2012 Dove Awards: Behind the scenes

Get­ting a chance to cov­er the Dove Awards is a privledge, but it’s not as glam­orous as it seems. Just as any jour­nal­ist, espe­cial­ly sports reporters, will tell you. As a for­mer sports­writer, I can tell you it’s a long day cov­er­ing a base­ball game. You are at the sta­di­um hours before game time, even before the ath­letes, and hours after every­one has left the sta­di­um — but that’s for anoth­er post. This is about the Dove Awards. I don’t know if they do this for the Gram­mys, but here’s a look at what hap­pens in the Doves’ press­room.

We don’t get a seat in the venue — this year at the Fox The­atre in Atlanta — to watch the awards show, jour­nal­ist are in a back­room, watch­ing the show on a big screen TV. Even at the Grand Ole Opry, we were in a room below the stage area. I actu­al­ly bought a tick­et when I cov­ered my first Dove Awards just so I could pop in and watch a bit of the show to get the feel for the show and the leg­endary Opry. 

Usu­al­ly tables are set up for jour­nal­ists, espe­cial­ly ones that are work­ing on dead­line, along with pow­er out­lets for our many com­put­ers, phones, etc. This year, there were so many media pass­es given out tables were not avail­able, just chairs fac­ing a stage area. Luck­i­ly my pals in the press helped me set up my “nest” area along the wall. I used a piano bench as my table; Ter­ry DeBoer used a chair as his table. And for­tu­nate­ly he had an exten­sion cord as oth­er jour­nal­ists were plug­ging in to recharge phones and lap­tops. I had an extra phone charg­er, and I charged numer­ous phones through my com­put­er. Here’s a pic of Ryan from Jesus Freak Hide­out and how he rolls at the Doves.

So now after set­ting up shop in our makeshift “press row,” the Dove Awards began with the preshow pre­sen­ta­tion of awards. While the pre­sen­ta­tion was shown on the TV, once an artist is brought into the press area, the TV is turned down so we can take pic­tures of the artists and then ask ques­tions. In the mean­time, the show must go on, so awards are pre­sent­ed while we are inter­view­ing and tak­ing snaps. The fun­ny part is after that artist leaves the press area most of the jour­nal­ists are ask­ing, “Who just won?” “Who per­formed?” It’s rather humor­ous try­ing to keep up and keep you the read­er post­ed on what is hap­pen­ing.

And then there’s the “Are you tweet­ing?” “What did you tweet?” “I missed that, what hap­pened?” “Do you have a list of win­ners?” “How did you do that?”

So as you can see I didn’t get to watch the show live while I was work­ing, so I’m DVRing it tonight so I can see the per­for­mances. And you also get a glimpse of the cama­raderie among reporters that tends to spread across a vari­ety of events we cov­er.

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2012 Dove Awards quotes: Michael Tait

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Michael Tait, sec­ond from left, talks about change in the Chris­tian music indus­try.

Michael Tait per­formed at the Dove Awards last week and the for­mer DCTalk mem­ber talked about being a pio­neer in changes to the Chris­tian music world. 

I’m excit­ed when things change,” Tait said. “It’s a tremen­dous call­ing. It’s excit­ing to see some­one like Jamie Grace come along. I love that we are all mixed togeth­er. I try to remain rel­e­vant. You know music is very pow­er­ful. Some­times the only way to get through to a kid is through the head­phones.”

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Heaven Fest tickets on sale

Tick­ets for Heav­en Fest, the one-day Chris­tian music fes­ti­val, are cur­rent­ly on sale at this site.

The fes­ti­val on Sat­ur­day, July 28 at The Ranch in Love­land fea­tures numer­ous stages with over 100 artists. Also includ­ed are a kid zone, a skate­board demo area and com­e­dy area. 

All the mon­ey from tick­et sales go to orga­ni­za­tions that serve the poor, the exploit­ed, the hun­gry, the thirsty, and the father­less. Sug­gest­ed price is $35 for adults, $19 for chil­dren and chil­dren under 5 are admit­ted free. 

Some of the fea­ture artist include 2012 Dove Award win­ners Jamie Grace and Switch­foot, and Col­orado-based bands Gun­gor and Ran­dom Hero. Also on the bill are Jere­my Camp, Flame, Under­oath, Lin­coln Brew­ster, Thou­sand Foot Krutch, Super­chick, The Almost, The Afters, Sal­vador, Sev­en­th Day Slum­ber, Love And Death fea­tur­ing Bri­an Head Welch, Thi’sl, Sleep­ing Giant, Aaron Shust, The City Har­mon­ic, My Child Bride, Jaci Velasquez, White Col­lar Sideshow, Braille, Trace Bundy, Icon For Hire, Sho Baraka, Aaron Gille­spie and The Nev­er­Claim.

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Montell Jordan: Dove Awards 2012 quotes

Quick hits from the 2012 Dove Awards.
For­mer main­stream rap­per Mon­tell Jor­dan was a pre­sen­ter at the 2012 Dove Awards in Atlanta on Thurs­day, April 19. While back­stage at the GMA awards Jor­dan, who is known for the pop­u­lar “This is How We Do It,” chat­ted about becom­ing involved in the Chris­tian music world. 

I get asked that a lot,” Jor­dan said. “But I quit the music busi­ness and I became a min­is­ter.”

Vic­to­ry World Church is a mul­ti­cul­tur­al church in Nor­cross, Ga., a sub­urb of Atlanta, that Jor­dan helped start. Last year, Jor­dan record­ed “Shake Heav­en” with with Beck­ah Shae.

I bring dif­fer­ent cul­tures togeth­er. Dif­fer­ent gen­res. We are open­ing the world up to all styles of music,” Jor­dan said. “There’s not a white Jesus, a black Jesus, an Asian Jesus. We all come togeth­er, and when we do we become closer to what heav­en real­ly looks like.”
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2012 Dove Award winners: Easy to read list

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LeCrae, who grew up in Den­ver, won two Dove Awards in Atlanta on Thurs­day.

2012 Dove Award win­ners : Easy to read list
Song of the year
“Bless­ings” Lau­ra Sto­ry

Male Vocal­ist of Year
Jason Crabb

Female Vocal­ist of Year
Natal­ie Grant

Group of the Year
NEEDTOBREATHE

Artist of the Year
Jason Crabb

New Artist of the Year
Jamie-Grace

Pro­duc­er of the Year
Ed Cash

Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year
“Hal­lelu­jah” LeCrae

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