Dove Award winner Krissy Nordhoff overcomes Lyme disease

Kris­sy Nord­hoff won a 2012 Dove Award for Wor­ship Song of the Year for “Your Great Name.”

She cowrote the song with Michael Neale after a two year jour­ney of suf­fer­ing from lyme dis­ease.

It was a debil­i­tat­ing dis­ease. I suf­fered for two years,” Nord­hoff said. “Then I went to this heal­ing ser­vice and the Lord touched me in a way that I had nev­er been touched before. And I want­ed to write a song about (God) that he is who he says he is. He showed me through his heal­ing. And then I got stuck writ­ing, so I brought the song to Michael and I’ll let him explain.”

Neale said he was writ­ing at the piano with the “kids run­ning around the music room and my wife came in the room and said, ‘That’s good. Keep writ­ing.’”

So there’s a lit­tle bit about “Your Great Name.” 

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Denver’s Lecrae wins Dove Award

Here’s a few win­ners. Lots of chaos in the press­room. I’m going to add the new­er win­ners to the top of this list as they come in.

Newest update:

Male vocal­ist of year
Jason Crabb

South­ern Gospel Album of the Year
* Reach Out; Karen Peck & New River; Wayne Haun; Day­wind

Song of the Year
Lau­ra Sto­ry Bless­ings

New Artist of Year
* Jamie Grace

Con­tem­po­rary Gospel Record­ed Song of the Year
* I Smile; Hel­lo Fear; Kirk Franklin; Kirk Franklin, James Har­ris, Ter­ry Lewis, Fred­er­ick Tack­ett; Ver­i­ty

Female vocal­ist of year
* Natal­ie Grant

Record­ed Music Pack­ag­ing
* Christ­mas In Diverse City; Toby­Mac; Jan Cook; Eddy Boer for Boer­haus; Lee Stephen, Ryan Lam­pa, Nick West

Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
* Rehab: The Over­dose; LeCrae; Reach Records

Urban Record­ed Song of the Year
* Sweet­er; The Love Album; Kim Bur­rell.

Long Form Music Video of the Year
* Fear Not Tomor­row; The Collingsworth Fam­i­ly; Curt Casas­sa; Jim Ham­mond; P&KC Music; P&KC Music

Wor­ship Song of the Year
* Your Great Name; Michael Neale, Kris­sy Nord­hoff; Integrity’s Praise Music; Love Rev­o­lu­tion; Natal­ie Grant; Integri­ty Music

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Live at Dove Awards

Whoo hoo we are up and run­ning at the Fox The­atre in Atlanta. Keep post­ed as I will keep you post­ed.

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CD Review: NewWorldSon “Rebel Transmission” fabulous

Are you in need of uplift­ing both lyri­cal­ly and musi­cal­ly? With its lat­est CD, “Rebel Trans­mis­sion,” New­World­Son inter­twines the two into a bril­liant trip down numer­ous musi­cal lanes while jog­ging the mind with a poignant view of the world and a mes­sage of hope.

I hear influ­ences of The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Temp­ta­tions, Smokey Robin­son and the Mir­a­cles and then there’s this lit­tle song — Selah — that places you right at a table in smoke-filled New Orleans juke joint. Deep on Track 8, “Selah” is a fun sur­prise start­ing with a snare drum beat, add in some keys and you can just see the patrons danc­ing a jit­ter­bug. The song’s about how God works in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

Once upon a time there was a mean old man
Used to fall asleep beside a garbage can
Then some­body said he met the Holy Dove
Now you nev­er met some­one so filled with love

Lead vocal­ist Joel Parisien takes on numer­ous forms — from the bal­lads of the cur­rent radio hit, “Learn­ing To Be the Light” and “Today” to a taste of Motown on “Home­less Child” and “Son of Man,” and even a bit of coun­try with “Sweet Grace,” com­plete with ped­al gui­tar. The Cana­di­an band that got its start in a jazz club keeps the lis­ten­er inter­est­ed with a diverse tone and beat through­out the CD.

5,6, 7, 8” is a fast-paced dance num­ber with hints of Rare Earth and The Temp­ta­tions, includ­ing “funky” drum and bass solos and a few “na na na’s and di di di’s thrown in with the­se lyrics:

I live on 5678 Get Down Street
I’ve got the music to move your feet
Peo­ple come knock­ing from miles around
Just to get a sam­ple of the beat
The sign on the lawn says: God is love
And the Spir­it lives in my song

There is no way you are sit­ting still when this one is play­ing.

Old Time Reli­gion” fea­tures a doo-wop sound that incor­po­rates deep back­ground vocals and asks how you can call Chris­tian­i­ty old-time reli­gion?

Ain’t noth­ing old about God’s Holy Spir­it
He’s the same today as yes­ter­day
And ever­more shall He be

Call my crazy, but I’m a suck­er for the Motown sound and I just can’t get enough of this CD. When I’m in need of block­ing out this world and gain­ing a mes­sage of Christ’s promis­es this is the CD that I have been pop­ping in.

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Kutless, Hawk Nelson tour canceled

The Life is Loud spring tour featuring Kutless and Hawk Nelson has been canceled.

Kutless lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall announced the cancellation on Facebook late Monday night. This is what he wrote:

Unfortunately, due to a situation that was out of our control and unrelated to Kutless completely, the Life is Loud Spring tour with Hawk Nelson has been cancelled. We were not apart of the decision making process to cancel the tour and we were unable to influence the decision at all. Despite our best efforts, we are not able to save any of the dates. We are very disappointed in this decision, but are confident that the Lord is in control and has an amazing plan for Kutless. We will be at many of the summer festivals and, are currently planning a fall headline tour, and hopefully we will be in your town soon. Please click the tour dates tab or go to www.kutless.com for tour dates. Thank you so much for your loyal support

There was nothing on the Hawk Nelson Facebook page as of last night, but on the band's website there is a note about the tour being canceled. It also states the band is working on a new album. Earlier this year, the band announced it was losing its frontman Jason Dunn. Here's a link to a Q&A I did with guitarist Jonathan Steingard in February.

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Moriah Peters ignores “American Idol” advice

What do you do when you are at a cross­roads in life? Flip a coin, talk with friends and fam­i­ly?

Mori­ah Peters turned to prayer when she was faced with accept­ing a schol­ar­ship to Cal State-Fuller­ton to study law or charg­ing for­ward with a music career filled with risk.

It was a real tough deci­sion. I worked so hard and stud­ied so hard because I want­ed to go to law school and be an enter­tain­ment lawyer,” said Peters, who held a 4.1 grade-point aver­age at Don Anto­nio Lugo High School in Chi­no, Cal­if. “Music was always the unsure road. Music was the risk. It involved so much faith, and I need­ed God to show me which path to take.”

So down on her knees Peters went, but what did she pray?

I prayed that God would give me clar­i­ty. I prayed, ‘God you know log­i­cal­ly I’m 17 years old, I have three songs, no tour­ing expe­ri­ence, no under­stand­ing of the music busi­ness. God I trust that you would open the right doors. I real­ly don’t want to this. I want to stay in school, so if you don’t open this door that’s OK.’ He was very clear in what I should do.”

The mes­sage she received was to for­go col­lege and step into the Chris­tian music world, but how did she know so clear­ly, espe­cial­ly after the “Amer­i­can Idol” judges nixed her while telling the Cal­i­for­nia native to go expe­ri­ence life – kiss a boy — before even think­ing of embark­ing on a music career?

After putting out a three-song demo, Peters went back to Nashville to meet with record labels. “And every sin­gle label made me an offer,” she said. “That was insane and unheard of. God answered my prayers.”

It all cul­mi­nates on Tues­day, April 17, when Reunion Records releas­es her debut CD “I Choose Jesus,” which is find­ing radio air­time with the title track. But it was not an easy road, as a child, Peters’ friends called her “Frog­gy” because of her voice.

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Moriah Peters keeps faith despite “American Idol” snub

What do you do when you are at a cross­roads in life? Flip a coin, talk with friends and fam­i­ly?

Mori­ah Peters turned to prayer when she was faced with accept­ing a schol­ar­ship to Cal State-Fuller­ton to study law or charg­ing for­ward with a music career filled with risk.

It was a real tough deci­sion. I worked so hard and stud­ied so hard because I want­ed to go to law school and be an enter­tain­ment lawyer,” said Peters, who held a 4.1 grade-point aver­age at Don Anto­nio Lugo High School in Chi­no, Cal­if.  “Music was always the unsure road. Music was the risk. It involved so much faith, and I need­ed God to show me which path to take.”

So down on her knees Peters went, but what did she pray?

I prayed that God would give me clar­i­ty. I prayed, ‘God you know log­i­cal­ly I’m 17 years old, I have three songs, no tour­ing expe­ri­ence, no under­stand­ing of the music busi­ness. God I trust that you would open the right doors. I real­ly don’t want to this. I want to stay in school, so if you don’t open this door that’s OK.’  He was very clear in what I should do.”

The mes­sage she received was to for­go col­lege and step into the Chris­tian music world, but how did she know so clear­ly, espe­cial­ly after the “Amer­i­can Idol” judges nixed her while telling the Cal­i­for­nia native to  go expe­ri­ence life –  kiss a boy  —  before even think­ing of embark­ing on a music career?

After putting out a three-song demo, Peters went back to Nashville to meet with record labels. “And every sin­gle label made me an offer,” she said. “That was insane and unheard of. God answered my prayers.”

It all cul­mi­nates on Tues­day, April 17, when Reunion Records releas­es her debut CD “I Choose Jesus,” which is find­ing radio air­time with the title track.  But it was not an easy road, as a child, Peters’ friends called her “Frog­gy” because of her voice.

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Nationwide’s Blake Koch gets sponsor after ESPN flap

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NASCAR Nation­wide dri­ver Blake Koch will be rac­ing Fri­day night in this ChristianCinema.com scheme after the com­pa­ny stepped up as a pri­ma­ry spon­sor for the Tex­as Motor Speed­way race. 

Nation­wide dri­ver Blake Koch is run­ning again with a pri­ma­ry spon­sor.

About a mon­th ago, Koch’s pri­ma­ry spon­sor — Rise Up & Reg­is­ter — had to step down to a sec­ondary spon­sor­ship after ESPN refused to run the company’s ads that pro­mote voter reg­is­tra­tion. An ESPN exec­u­tive first cit­ed Koch’s Chris­tian faith as the rea­son for deny­ing the ad, but the net­work soon back­tracked.

Less than 12 hours before the race Fri­day night at Tex­as Motor Speed­way, ChristianCinema.com stepped up in the role as the pri­ma­ry spon­sor for Koch’s Chevy Impala while also start­ing #Keep­Blak­eRac­ing Cam­paign.

“It shows me how much God has his hand on the sit­u­a­tion that he would bring along ChristianCinema.com at just the right time,” said Koch in a state­ment. “I’m excit­ed about how they encour­age fam­i­lies in their faith, which is extreme­ly impor­tant to me. God is always faith­ful!”

Koch entered the week­end 20th in the point stand­ings and is still in need of a pri­ma­ry spon­sor for the next 28 races. 

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Jason Crabb: A country boy at ease with Lady Gaga

A Gram­my Award adorns Jason Crabb’s man­tel along with numer­ous Dove Awards, but the Gospel music artist is not slow­ing down, even after gar­ner­ing eight Dove Award nom­i­na­tions this year.

Oh, no, now is not the time,” Crabb said of tak­ing a break. “The­se things fire me up. We are work­ing on a spe­cial fam­i­ly album, with songs we grew up with – hymns, spe­cial and reg­u­lar church ser­vices. I’m prepar­ing songs for a solo project. And I’m work­ing on anoth­er book – a children’s series. So I’m thrilled about that.”

But wait there’s more on Crabb’s sched­ule.

And what I’m real­ly hyped about is work­ing on a pos­i­tive film. It’s my first act­ing part,” he explained, “and my fam­i­ly has a small part in it, and boy, they are all hyped. The kids are telling their friends they are going to be in a movie.

It’s a great sto­ry with a pos­i­tive mes­sage. I play an artist that encour­ages a young man,” Crabb explained. “And that’s real­ly me and how I live. I like shar­ing and encour­ag­ing peo­ple. God gave you your dreams to work toward. Not to ignore them. God gave them to you to work on. So go after it. Live out your life’s dreams. Go after them. You can make them hap­pen.”

Grow­ing up in Beaver Dam, Ky., a town of about 3,000, Crabb can relate to the young man chas­ing his dreams in what can seem like an insur­mount­able chal­lenge.

If you look at my sur­round­ings and where I grew up you would think you would nev­er be able to be suc­cess­ful,” Crabb said. “Liv­ing in a town that didn’t have a lot to offer – but it taught me how to treat peo­ple — there were no record com­pa­nies on Main Street. All we knew was coal min­ing and work­ing at the lum­ber­yard. But you can’t let your sur­round­ings dic­tate your dreams. You got to make it hap­pen. Nev­er give up.”

But those dreams were almost derailed by a rebel­lious peri­od in Crabb’s life when he was in his ear­ly teens – a time he writes about in his book “Trust­ing God to Get You Through.”

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CD Review: NewWorldSon “Rebel Transmission” is brilliant

Are you in need of uplift­ing both lyri­cal­ly and musi­cal­ly? With its lat­est CD, “Rebel Trans­mis­sion,” New­World­Son inter­twines the two into a bril­liant trip down numer­ous musi­cal  lanes while jog­ging the mind with a poignant view of the world and a mes­sage of hope.

I hear influ­ences of The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Temp­ta­tions, Smokey Robin­son and the Mir­a­cles and then there’s this lit­tle song — Selah —  that places you right  at a table in smoke-filled New Orleans juke joint. Deep on Track 8, “Selah” is a fun sur­prise  start­ing with a snare drum beat, add in some keys  and you can just see the patrons danc­ing a jit­ter­bug. The song’s about how God works in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

Once upon a time there was a mean old man
Used to fall asleep beside a garbage can
Then some­body said he met the Holy Dove
Now you nev­er met some­one so filled with love

Lead vocal­ist Joel Parisien takes on numer­ous forms — from the bal­lads of the cur­rent radio hit, “Learn­ing To Be the Light” and “Today” to a taste of  Motown on “Home­less Child”  and “Son of Man,” and even a bit of coun­try with “Sweet Grace,” com­plete with ped­al gui­tar.  The Cana­di­an band that got its start in a jazz club keeps the lis­ten­er inter­est­ed with a diverse tone and beat through­out the CD.

5,6, 7, 8”  is a fast-paced dance num­ber with hints of Rare Earth and The Temp­ta­tions, includ­ing  “funky” drum and bass solos and a few “na na na’s and di di di’s thrown in with the­se lyrics:

I live on 5678 Get Down Street
I’ve got the music to move your feet
Peo­ple come knock­ing from miles around
Just to get a sam­ple of the beat
The sign on the lawn says: God is love
And the Spir­it lives in my song

There is no way you are sit­ting still when this one is play­ing.

Old Time Reli­gion” fea­tures a doo-wop sound that incor­po­rates deep back­ground vocals and asks how you can call Chris­tian­i­ty old-time reli­gion?

Ain’t noth­ing old about God’s Holy Spir­it
He’s the same today as yes­ter­day
And ever­more shall He be

Call my crazy, but I’m a suck­er for the Motown sound and I just can’t get enough of this CD. When I’m in need of block­ing out this world and gain­ing a mes­sage of Christ’s promis­es this is the CD that I have been pop­ping in.

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Nuggets host Faith Day with Leeland

Chris­tian rock band Lee­land will play at the Pep­si Cen­ter on Sun­day, April 22 after the Nuggets take on the Orlan­do Mag­ic.

K-Love is hold­ing a con­test to win tick­ets and on the WAY-FM site there is a link to buy dis­count­ed tick­ets.

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Kutless, Hawk Nelson show canceled

The April 22 show fea­tur­ing Kut­less and Hawk Nel­son at Den­ver First Church of the Nazarene has been can­celed.

Here’s a link to the church’s web­site.

The iTick­et phone num­bers are 866–440-7880 and 800–965-9324. The church’s phone num­ber is 303–761-8370.

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ESPN nixes Blake Koch voter registration ad

NASCAR Nation­wide dri­ver Blake Koch is trad­ing paint with ESPN over his ad advo­cat­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion. The net­work refused to run the ad and as a result Koch lost his spon­sor Rise Up & Reg­is­ter.

Koch told Fox News the rea­son ESPN refused the ad is because of his reli­gious con­vic­tions and pro­vides a voice­mail he received from ESPN’s Rosa Gat­ti, senior vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate out­reach in Feb­ru­ary. Since the denial of the ad, ESPN has backpedaled and issued this state­ment Thurs­day: “The spot did not meet our guide­li­nes in regard to advo­ca­cy mes­sag­ing. Blake’s per­son­al reli­gious beliefs played no role in our eval­u­a­tion.”

Take a look at the ad. It clear­ly is not polit­i­cal or reli­gious. It asks view­ers to reg­is­ter to vote.  What do you think?

Koch is clear­ly a Chris­tian, but so is Tim Tebow, so I’m a lit­tle con­fused at ESPN’s rea­son­ing for deny­ing the ad. Here’s Koch’s Twit­ter account: @BlakeKochRac­ing and his web­site

 

 

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ESPN denies Blake Koch voter registration ad

NASCAR Nation­wide dri­ver Blake Koch is trad­ing paint with ESPN over his ad advo­cat­ing voter reg­is­tra­tion. The net­work refused to run the ad and as a result Koch lost his spon­sor Rise Up & Reg­is­ter.

Koch told Fox News the rea­son ESPN refused the ad is because of his reli­gious con­vic­tions and pro­vides a voice­mail he received from ESPN’s Rosa Gat­ti, senior vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate out­reach in Feb­ru­ary. Since the denial of the ad, ESPN has backpedaled and issued this state­ment Thurs­day: “The spot did not meet our guide­li­nes in regard to advo­ca­cy mes­sag­ing. Blake’s per­son­al reli­gious beliefs played no role in our eval­u­a­tion.”

Take a look at the ad and watch the Fox News sto­ry. The ad clear­ly is not polit­i­cal or reli­gious. It asks view­ers to reg­is­ter to vote. What do you think?

Koch is clear­ly a Chris­tian, but so is Tim Tebow, so I’m a lit­tle con­fused at ESPN’s rea­son­ing for deny­ing the ad. 

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CD review: Jimmy Needham’s Clear the Stage

Jim­my Need­ham didn’t just clear the stage with his new CD by the same name — he cleared his music slate. 

Need­ham, who has been com­pared with Jack John­son, rein­vents him­self on “Clear the Stage” with the help of pro­duc­er Ed Cash (Chris Tom­lin, Lau­ra Sto­ry, Aaron Shust). The album includes fun, high-ener­gy music, along with his trade­mark soul­ful and thought­ful sound. 

The Tex­as native expands his musi­cal tal­ents with the first track, “I Will Find You” as he mix­es it up with rap­per LeCrae, who attend­ed George Wash­ing­ton High in Den­ver. You will find your feet tap­ping and body gyrat­ing with this tune. 

Stay,” fea­tur­ing Lizi Bai­ley, is an acoustic duet backed by an orches­tra. (I’m a suck­er for strings.) Bailey’s voice adds a nice dimen­sion to Need­ham in this love song, a sur­prise because I would not have imag­ined the­se two togeth­er.

My Vic­to­ry” is a wor­ship song that calls upon the lis­ten­er to not look back and to live freely in God’s grace. 

You are the hope that broke the dark in me.
“You are the light the shi­nes when I can’t see.
“You are, you are, you are my vic­to­ry.”

Rock Bot­tom” and “In the Mid­dle” melds Needham’s rhythm and blues sound with a rap vibe that adds depth to the album.

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