Hear encouraging words from this band of brothers
This band of brothers from Chicagoland have been on the rise the past several months as their debut single, “Should’ve Been Me,” has climbed Billboard’s Christian songs chart. This week, the foursome released their debut album, Love is the Evidence, which reached #5 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart. Ben and Josh Calhoun and David and Ben Blascoe stopped by for an impromptu concert at Today’s Christian Woman offices this week. Here’s an audio clip from their visit with us—an encouraging message for all Christian women:
Download a free song, “What Love Can Do,” from this chart-topping CCM artist who opened up to TCW about her heart for raising a voice for the voiceless in partnership with feature film Not Today
For more than six years, worship artist Kari Jobe has supported the fight against human trafficking with her music, her heart, and partnership with various anti-human trafficking organizations including Christine Caine’s A21 Campaign. Most recently Jobe joined forces with the producers of the full-length feature film Not Today to record a song called “What Love Can Do” in hopes of giving a voice to the thousands of voiceless individuals lost in human trafficking around the world.
“People sometimes think these people are stuck overseas, and it’s way too big of a problem for us to even try to tackle, but we have to do what we can,” Jobe said. “I don’t want the next generation to look at what our generation did and say, ‘why didn’t they do anything?’”
This Christian rock group is giving away a free album in return for voluntary donations to help build border monitoring stations in Nepal
15,000 girls are taken across the border from Nepal into India each year and sold into sex slavery, and Christian rock band VOTA is doing something about it. VOTA is giving away a free album in return for voluntary donations to help build border monitoring stations in Nepal.
“There are 26 border points, each with a border monitoring station, that are able to intercept as many as 130 girls each year. Partnering with Tiny Hands, it is our goal to fund five stations for five years so that potentially more than 3,000 girls can be rescued from an unthinkable existence. As a band, we can think of no greater purpose than to bring real hope and change to even one girl’s life.”
In exchange for a donation of any amount towards this cause, enjoy a free download of VOTA’s album Love Found Me. Visit this link to donate towards ending human trafficking and to receive your free album.
The veteran worship group talks hope, evangelism, and what it’s like to be part of Winter Jam, one of the largest music tours in America.
Winter Jam is the United States’ largest Christian music tour, founded by NewSong, a veteran worship team that has existed since their founding at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia in 1981.
The multi-artist tour welcomes over 500,000 attendees to a number of shows all across the country annually, and the 2013 lineup features performances from top Christian artists including TobyMac, American Idol star Jason Castro, Jamie Grace, and Royal Tailor.
“Being involved with Winter Jam is just God’s design for us,” vocalist Eddie Carswell says. “I think being around all these folks year after year helps us—it keeps us wanting to continue doing something relevant and purposeful, and most importantly to keep serving God through the mission he gave us.”
NewSong released their 18th studio album, Swallow the Ocean, last week, in the midst of Winter Jam’s 2013 tour dates. For those who wonder how the group continues to produce music together after performing together for over 30 years, NewSong says the gospel has delivered time and time again.
“Music is just a vehicle to throw out lifelines, share truth, shine light and bring hope,” vocalist Russ Lee says. “The methods have changed, the music has changed, but the message will never change. It’s still the hope of the world that everybody needs.”
TCW talked with this Texas-based worship leader about trusting God’s timing, and what parenting has taught him about sacrificial love.
We’re over halfway through the season of Lent, and this week’s Free Music Friday download looks ahead to Easter, inspired by a moment captured in 2004 feature film The Passion of the Christ. TCW talked with Kyle Sherman, a husband, father, and worship leader based out of Fort Worth, Texas, about his debut album, Hear Me, and the meaning behind week’s free download, “The Greatest Tear.”
Download a free song, "Closer to Me," from a Colorado-based worship leader, husband, and father who believes in the importance of drawing near to God.
Todd Ballard has been a worship leader for 18 years, a husband for 8, and a father for 5. Combining his passions for relationships and the church, Ballard released his first nationally-syndicated album last week, Anthems. This week’s free download is “Closer to Me,” a track off Ballard’s album that speaks of the nearness of God, even when life seems to be falling apart. TCW caught up with Ballard to hear the story behind the song as well as some encouragement for Christian women worldwide.
Husband-wife duo Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler remind us of Jesus’ unconditional love for us in the midst of trials and tribulations.
Worship band FFH is familiar with life’s challenges. Led by husband-wife duo Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler, the group has experienced highs including selling more than two million albums, landing several number one hits, and receiving numerous Dove awards, but they have also experienced lows. In 2009, Jeromy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and in 2010, they lost their home and most of their possessions in the great Nashville flood.
Though trials and adversity have struck the Deiblers, they have always clung to their faith and hope in Jesus through it all. Their authenticity and transparency has enabled them to record award-winning music, and their 14th studio album, The Way We Worship, is a reflection of their attempt to re-establish normalcy in their lives.
“Most of our records have been strategically planned and written,” says Jennifer. “This one, however, seemed to almost record itself. I think it happened that way because this music comes so naturally to us and our family.”
This week’s free music download is from a Grammy-nominated artist with roots in East St. Louis, Chicago, traditional gospel and ’70s and ’80s soul.
After serving the south side of Chicago as a worship leader and choir director at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church for eight years and making a name for herself as a featured vocalist in the award-winning gospel ensemble Donald Lawrence & Company, Anita Wilson released her first studio album, Worship Soul, in spring 2012. This weekend, Anita is headed to the Grammy Awards where she’s being recognized with a nomination for Gospel Record of the Year. TCW touched base with her before she took off for some studio sessions in L. A., and got the story behind this week’s free music Friday download, “It’s Done.”
Southern Christian rock band Third Day provides upbeat, guitar-driven tracks on their 11th studio album, Miracle.
Miracle is Third Day’s 11th studio album released after the group first came together in Marietta, Georgia, in 1992. The Grammy-award winning band, led by lead vocalist Mac Powell, has appeared on 60 Minutes and Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, all while shamelessly proclaiming the gospel with their music.
“If there is any overarching theme on the record, it’s about pressing on and holding on to faith in the midst of doubt,” says drummer David Carr. “We’re not here to give you all the answers. We’re here to say ‘Just hang on a little longer.’”
Download holiday music from worship leader and recording artist Lincoln Brewster.
‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, and all through the house, Christmas carols were playing—"Joy to the World" and more. On Friday, Dec. 21, TCW offers readers a free download of the title track from worship leader Lincoln Brewster’s debut holiday album, Joy to the World.
“With Joy To The World, we set out to do arrangements that hadn’t been done before, a record with a modern edge, capturing a new take,” Brewster said. “Being a worship pastor, it’s challenging to keep things fresh, but I think we got there.”
Advent continues with a free download of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” by this award-winning CCM artist.
Award-winning recording artist Francesca Battistelli loves the Christmas season. From candlelight Christmas Eve services to placing the baby Jesus in his nativity scene late on Christmas Eve, she holds tight to memories that remind her of the reason for the season.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I am beyond excited about this album,” Battistelli says.
Her excitement for the holidays starts annually with her watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (“My husband thinks I’m crazy!”). Her energy is captured on the tracks recorded on her holiday album, Christmas.
It's Christmas time again with Steven Curtis Chapman—his holiday album, Joy, is featured on this week's Free Music Friday.
Joy is Steven Curtis Chapman’s fourth Christmas record, and is particularly meaningful to him as both an artist and father. After losing his youngest adopted daughter, Maria Sue, in a tragic accident at their home in Franklin, Tennessee, in 2008, Chapman says this project has given him “wind in his sails” and provided him the opportunity to “have fun and smile.”
Enjoy a free Christmas music download of “What Child Is This?” from American Idol finalist and CCM artist Mandisa.
American Idol finalist, three-time Grammy nominee, and CCM artist Mandisa has produced five studio albums since appearing on season 5 of American Idol in 2006. Her holiday album, It’s Christmas, was originally released in 2008, and was re-released this year with several new tracks and a concentrated focus on the reason for the season: Jesus Christ.
"A Mother's Prayer" is a standout track on Irish hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty's most recent album, Hymns for the Christian Life, dedicated to their first child, Eliza.
Keith and Kristyn Getty are best known for their work as modern-day hymn writers. Having written such well-known songs as “In Christ Alone,” their listeners have rejoiced in the new ways they’re able to connect the church in worship to our great God. Not to disappoint, the Gettys have recently released their fourth U.S. CD, Hymns for the Christian Life.
TCW presents “Blush” by the Annie Moses Band as a free 24-hour download.
With the holiday season just around the corner, Today’s Christian Woman is happy to announce a “Free Music Friday” series on the TCW blog. For the next six weeks, the TCW editorial staff will offer a free music download every Friday, available for 24 hours (from 9 a.m. Friday – 9 a.m. Saturday CST).
Featured artists will include Keith & Kristyn Getty, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa, and more. This week, the series kicks off with “Blush,” a single off the Annie Moses Band’s September 25 release, Pilgrims and Prodigals.