Tune in tomorrow to see crossover hit-makers Exile join long-time friend and country sensation Trace Adkins when they perform the classic "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The two acts first collaborated together in 2011 when Adkins covered Exile's mega-hit "Kiss You All Over" for GAC-TV's Sound Exchange show.
GRAMMY® nominated power-vocalists Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey released their version of the contemporary classic, “The Prayer,” to radio and digital platforms nationally as they launched their 3rd annual Celebrate Christmas tour in November. The song has been a highlight moment each night in their show since they began their branded tour in 2016. Audience responses coupled with 2018 being the 20th anniversary of the original release became the impetus for the vocalists to record and release this new version. Now they’re debuting their first televised performance of the song and the tour on TBN, December 21st at 8/7 CST. Click the link tree to listen HERE.
"This will be the third year of Natalie and I doing our Celebrate Christmas Tour,” said Gokey, “and the challenge with touring at Christmas is you can only get in a few markets during the holiday time frame. We're thrilled that TBN has partnered with us this year to air a portion of the show as a Christmas special on the network. We've been singing 'The Prayer' as part of our tour set each year and now we'll get to share it with a national audience!" Check your local TBN listings for airdate.
Watch the video by Natalie Grant as she shares her personal message of how "The Prayer" is the perfect message for the Christmas season:
On the heels of a series of SOLD OUT shows on the tour, the duo also made a special stop in Bay County yesterday to deliver gifts from concert goers attending shows November 29 - December 8. Grant & Gokey heard about the devastation in Bay County and the surrounding areas and wanted to find some way to help. The artists enlisted their fans to bring toys to their first eight Christmas shows so they could deliver them prior to their Dothan, Alabama show on December 12th.
“The response has been amazing,” said Grant. “People have just blown me away with their spirit of giving. We’re excited to be able to help in some small way to bring a little Christmas cheer into a difficult time for the families impacted by the hurricane’s aftermath."
“We realize that the need is so much greater than toys, but to a parent who is worried about so many other things following an event like this, we’re happy we can help lighten the load, even in a small way,” continued Gokey. “We also wanted to help raise awareness of what was really happening in the area, so that people could get involved on some level. Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey Celebrate Christmas tour dates: Nov. 29 Dayton, OH SOLD OUT
Nov. 30 Clarkston, MI
Dec. 1 Oshkosh, WI
Dec. 2 Rochester, MN SOLD OUT
Dec. 6 Williamsport, MD
Dec. 7 Youngstown, OH SOLD OUT
Dec. 8 Ashland, KY SOLD OUT
Dec. 9 Kenosha, WI SOLD OUT
Dec. 12 Dothan, AL
Dec. 13 Aiken, SC
Dec. 14 Newnan, GA
Dec. 15 Savannah, GA
About "The Prayer": It was twenty years ago this fall that the legendary voices of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli took the David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis penned song to the top of the charts. The song also won a Golden Globe for "Best Original Song," Academy Award for "Best Original Song" and a GRAMMY® for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocal."
Uniquely, both Curb Records (Grant’s long-time record label) and Capitol Christian Music Group (for whom Gokey now records) are jointly promoting the release to both radio and digital retailers. The single was produced by GRAMMY® winning Bernie Herms who worked with the song’s composer and producer, David Foster, when it was released two decades ago.
About Natalie Grant:
Seven-time GRAMMY® nominated Natalie Grant is known for her powerful and soaring vocals, heart-gripping lyrics and passionate performances, and has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, “Awaken.” With nearly 4 million in career sales, The Gospel Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year 5 times and she has had multiple number 1’s on the Billboard singles and albums charts, including her most recent record titled, “Be One.”
More than just music and awards, Grant has used her platform as an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking since 2005. She cofounded Hope for Justice International, which identifies and rescues victims of trafficking and then provides them with complete restorative care. The organization now has 20 locations spanning 10 countries and 4 continents.
In addition to her philanthropic efforts and impactful music career, Natalie is the author of several books, including a books series for tween girls titled, “Glimmer Girls.” Her fashion and jewelry line, NG by Natalie Grant, has also seen great success.
About Danny Gokey:
Capitol Christian Music Group recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of American Idol. His first album, My Best Days debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Danny has since celebrated a series of #1 album debuts, including his first award-winning holiday album, Christmas Is Here, as well as singles including “Hope In Front of Me” and “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” (which was just recently certified Gold by the RIAA). Gokey’s latest album, Rise, reached #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Album chart and garnered Gokey his first GRAMMY® nomination. Its title track, marked his third, multi-week, multi-chart #1 single.
Outside of his musical career, Danny pursues his philanthropic efforts through his foundation, Sophia's Heart. Founded in 2008 in memory of his late wife, the foundation's mission is to motivate at-risk youth and families towards perpetual success through music and arts, transitional housing, leadership training, and family strengthening using a Christian-centered approach.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 10, 2018) – The Isaacs, one of contemporary music’s most harmonious groups, learned of their 2019 GRAMMY® nomination for the album, Favorites: Revisited by Request as "Best Roots Gospel Album" as they recently returned from a historic trip in Israel. This is the group’s second GRAMMY® nomination in two years. The album is produced by The Isaacs and executive produced by the legendary Terry Bradshaw. Be sure to catch them tonight on the “CMA Country Christmas” on ABC TV. For more information, please visit here.
JERUSALUM (December 3, 2018) -- The Isaacs, a GRAMMY® nominated, multi-Dove award winning artist, are hosting their 15th trip to Israel Nov 24- Dec 5, 2018. They have taken thousands of people to visit and tour the Holy Land, and this year on December 3rd, are doing a free concert in Jerusalem to celebrate Israel’s 70th Anniversary and to honor and bless Holocaust survivors and Israeli soldiers. Lily Isaacs, the matriarch of the Isaacs is the daughter of Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors, and the Isaacs wanted to do something special for other Holocaust survivors and Israeli soldiers that night. They, along with fellow tour hosts, Karen Peck & New River & other guests will be performing at the concert.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 3, 2018) - Multi-platinum super duo Big & Rich give fans what they've been asking for by releasing the single "Brand New Buzz" penned by John Rich and songwriting giant Rodney Clawson (Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Jason Aldeen, Faith Hill and more). Apple Music has already placed the 'smooth as a shot of whiskey' debut in the "Best of the Week" playlist and Apple Music's "Country Hot Tracks!"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 3, 2018) - Leadership Middle Tennessee is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Poole who will serve as the part-time executive assistant starting Monday, December 3rd. She will report to Leadership Middle Tennessee President, Lee Rucks. Poole is a former Vice President, Commercial Lender in the banking industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 29, 2018) -- U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R- Tenn.) invited the multi-platinum, award winning singer, wife, and mother of three daughters, Natalie Grant, to testify at a senate hearing on progress in the global fight to end modern day slavery. She appeared as a witness in the hearing as the co-founder of the non-profit organization Hope For Justice, and shared her compelling and heart-felt testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Her full testimony can be seen HERE.
COLUMBUS, GA. (Nov. 23, 2018) – Salt Life, one of today’s leading ocean-centric and active lifestyle brands, is proud to announce that three members of Team Salt Life have qualified for the ISA World Standup Paddle Championship in Wanning, China taking place November 23 - December 2. April Zilg, Emmy Merrill and Connor Baxter will be representing Team USA in the event, which is anticipated to be one of the qualifying games for the 2020 Summer Olympics if SUP is added as a sport. Team Salt Life is an elite group of athletes that embody the Salt Life brand. Learn more about Team Salt Life here and on Salt Life's YouTube channel.
Franklin, Tennessee based athleisure brand Bee Attitudes encourages you to Choose Your Attitude + Change The World! Your Bee Attitudes clothing can be your answer when the world says one person cannot make a difference. Can your attitude change the world? Well, if it changes yours, we think that’s a pretty good start! As we say at Bee Attitudes, choose your attitude and wear it proudly.
Tune in November 13 to see special celebrity guests, Big & Rich, on USA Network's 'Real Country' series premiere. The duo will accompany executive producer and five-time GRAMMY winner, Shania Twain, along with panelists Jake Owen and Travis Tritt to debut this new country music showcase series. Air date below:
NOVEMBER 13 USA Network - Airing 10/9 p.m. EST
Find more info on the show HERE
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (October 26, 2018) --The Myrtle Beach community is coming together to help neighbors impacted by Hurricane Florence with a benefit concert onNovember 11, 2018. Visit Myrtle Beach, the City of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, WPDE ABC15, Gator 107.9, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Ticket Return, Carolina Country Music Festival and many more have been working non-stop for several weeks to produce this amazing community event.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2018) -- GRAMMY® award winning band, The SteelDrivers, will perform at City Winery in Nashville, TN on Friday, November 23 as part of their Bonafide U.S. Tour 2018. Show time is 8:00 p.m. From Modesto, California to Roanoke, Virginia, the band will bring their unique bluegrass sound to fans all over the country. The tour coincidentally comes as The SteelDrivers celebrate 10 years since their first recording project. Tickets are available HERE.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 18, 2018) - Crossover hit-makers Exile have confirmed their 3rd annualHolidays & Hits Tour kicking off in Federalsburg, Maryland on November 17. The first half of each concert consists of classic Exile hits including "Woke Up In Love," "Give Me One More Chance," "I Don't Want To Be A Memory," and of course their signature tune "Kiss You All Over" just to name a few. The second half features all the songs from their most recent Christmas project titled Wrapped up In Your Arms for Christmas featuring Exile's signature versions of Christmas classics and self-penned Exile Christmas songs written especially for the project. Earlier this year, Exile released their latest project Hits with the album containing 11 number one hits that spans three decades, along with four additional top ten's.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OCTOBER 17, 2018) - She Sings, an inspiring musical written and performed by Washington, D.C. native, Rebecca Magnuson, debuts on November 16 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. and November 29 at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. Magnuson has co-produced the project with Jim Kimball, a recent GRAMMY® winner for his work on Reba's Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope album, and also receives an impressive co-writing credit for her collaboration with Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock on a song titled "World Without Love." Select tickets are still available HERE.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 16, 2018) -- THE 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards were handed out tonight in the Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards will betelevised on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET. The big winner was first-time nominee, newcomer Tauren Wells, who took home four awards, including Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and New Artist of The Year. Superstar Zach Williams took home Artist of the Year. The night was fiiled with many remarkable performances, including first time collaborations including Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly, Jason Crabb and Rascal Flatts, as well as Natalie Grant and Koryn Hawthorne. See the full list of winners here.