Christian music pioneer Larry Norman passed away Feb. 25 after a long battle with heart problems. Often referred to as the father of Christian rock music, Norman had a string of hits in the '60s and '70s, including "Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music" and "I Wish We'd All Been Ready," and influenced artists in a broad range of genres. Norman was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He died at his home in Salem, Ore. with his family at his bedside.
Vickie Winans is searching the country for talented young performers aged 13 to 17 with both singing and dancing skills to form a group that will be signed to a major record label. The new group will record and perform, sharing a positive, spiritual, and inspirational message through music and dance. The deadline to enter is April 29 and the winners will be announced May 5. For complete entry rules, visit www.vickiewinans.com.
One of my all time favorite rock worship bands is back with yet another amazing album. Starfield's latest release, I Will Go, offers up beautifully crafted modern rock perfectly intertwined with heartfelt and praiseful lyrics. Don't miss this album, in stores now.
MTV2's 2007 Dew Circuit Breakout act The Myriad are set to release their second full-length album, With Arrows, With Poise, on May 4. The Seattle-based quintet beat out more than 4,000 entrants to take home top honors in last year's MTV2 fan-voting driven contest. The Myriad is currently on tour with Eisley.
Multi-Grammy-nominated recording artist Sarah Kelly took center stage after the Academy Awards show when she performed at the 2008 Billboard Magazine and Children Uniting Nations Oscar Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Kelly's latest album, Born to Worship, which chronicles her own personal survival story from self-hate and abuse, releases April 1.
Portland, Maine's The Wrecking (formerly The Kingpin Wrecking Crew) won't release their latest full-length album until later this summer, but their songs have already garnered the interest of MTV. The network signed a licensing agreement with the band to use music from the CD on the MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Spike TV networks. The first single, a remake of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes," was recently released to radio. In addition, the band's song "Inside" will appear on NuSpring Record's Underground Sound Volume One, which hits stores in May. The compilation album showcases 15 of today's top independent artists and includes a DVD featuring behind-the-scenes video, bios for the artists and a variety of multimedia content.
Power-pop rockers Superchick are on the road for their 2008 "Cross the Line" headlining tour with special guests KJ-52, Disciple, Britt Nicole and Starlit Platoon. The tour kicked off in March and continues through May with stops in major Christian music markets. As a special offer to fans, Superchick is offering ticket-holders an exclusive $8 VIP package, which includes a limited edition tour poster and collector's edition laminated access pass, a private pre-show reception with the band, and $2 off any Superchick T-shirt or CD at the concert. Participants will also receive a copy of the band's forthcoming June 24 album, Rock What You Got, delivered to their door upon release. For more information, visit: www.myspace.com/superchick.
Heralded by Billboard Magazine as of one 2008's "Faces to Watch," new female vocalist and worship leader Meredith Andrews releases her debut project, The Invitation, on April 29. Andrews, who is the worship leader at Chicago's 12,000-member Harvest Bible Church, has shared the stage with well-known artists such as Jeremy Camp and Building 429, and will head out on the road this spring with Aaron Shust on the 30-city "Whispered and Shouted" tour, with special guest Brandon Heath.
David Crowder Band is offering fans a limited edition of its acclaimed September 2007 release, Remedy. The album goes on sale April 29 and includes the original CD, plus a bonus DVD with five videos. Remedy earned four 2008 Dove Award nominations and contributed to David Crowder's eight nods. He is tied with Casting Crowns' Mark Hall as this year's leading Dove nominee.
Entertainment notes compiled from artist interviews and press releases.