Sara Groves shares her own spiritual explorations

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On her latest project, Tell Me What You Know, Sara Groves shares her own spiritual explorations with songs drawn from her recent travels to flood ravaged Louisiana and the genocide memorials in Rwanda, and from her conversations with survivors of the South Asian sex slave trade. As always, Groves captures these experiences beautifully and honestly, leaving listeners to contemplate their own relationships with God and the world at large. Tell Me What You Know releases Nov. 6.

Southern California worship leader Chris Nesbitt is making his second album, Liquid Worship, available to music fans completely free of charge. The album's 11 songs can be downloaded in high-resolution mp3 files at chrisnesbitt.com and liquidworship.com. "I'm giving it away to make it easier for worship leaders and worshipers to get the songs," said Nesbitt, who leads worship at Heritage Christian Fellowship in San Clemente, California. "I believe they're for the church, and for now." Liquid Worship is produced by Christian music veteran Phillip LaRue of the Dove Award-nominated group, LaRue.

On her latest project, Tell Me What You Know, Sara Groves shares her own spiritual explorations with songs drawn from her recent travels to flood ravaged Louisiana and the genocide memorials in Rwanda, and from her conversations with survivors of the South Asian sex slave trade. As always, Groves captures these experiences beautifully and honestly, leaving listeners to contemplate their own relationships with God and the world at large. Tell Me What You Know releases Nov. 6.

Multi-platinum and award-winning band, MercyMe, release their fifth studio recording, All That Is Within Me, on Nov. 20. The first single from the album, "God With Us," set a record for the most Adult Contemporary radio ads in a week, and received more than 65,000 downloads from the band's MySpace page the week it debuted. "God With Us" follows nine consecutive No. 1 Christian singles and four back-to-back mainstream radio hits from MercyMe since their multi-format smash, "I Can Only Imagine" in 2001.

Go Fish, an emerging force in family entertainment, recently released their fourth recording for children, Snazzy. Billed as "Great music for kids that won't drive parents bonkers" the mission of Go Fish is to create relevant music for kids that communicates biblical values. "Our goal with Snazzy was to shatter every stereotype that comes with creating music for kids," said Jamie Statema of Go Fish. "We hope the production, songwriting, and overall quality will set a new standard for the genre—and judging from the response we've been receiving at our shows, kids and parents are going to love it."

The Bellamy Brothers have just released the 49th CD of their career, Jesus Is Coming, and for their current tour have teamed up with Food For the Hungry. The organization works in more than 26 developing countries to provide disaster and emergency relief, and implement sustainable development programs that transform communities physically and spiritually. For tour updates and more information on The Bellamy Brothers visit www.bellamybrothers.com.  For more information about Food For the Hungry, www.fh.org.

Kosmos/KOCH Records band Fort Pastor is not only attracting attention with their debut album Beautiful Imperfection, but also with their message of community action and social reform at the local level. The band has created their own foundation called the "Social Justice Army," where fans of the band can commit to serving their community one hour a month. With local chapters of the SJA being formed all over the country, the SJA is already committed to more than 20,000 community service hours a year. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/socialjusticearmy.

After a nationwide talent search competition, Word Label Group, the Christian Festival Association and Artist Ovation have announced Alaskan rock group, Nitengale, as the overall 2007 competition winner. The band's entire hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska pulled together to raise the money to send Nitengale to the finals competition in Nashville in September, where their piano-driven rock, influenced by everyone from U2 to Rachmaninoff, took home the prize. Nitengale received an artist development agreement, a Word Label Group prize package, and the title of 2007 Artist Ovation competition winner. For more information about Nitengale, visit www.myspace.com/nitengale.

Multi-Dove Award-winning and gold-selling Curb recording artist Selah is celebrating 10 years of music and ministry with the release of the boxed set, Timeless: The Selah Collection. The retrospective contains three of Selah's Dove Award-winning albums: Be Still My Soul, Press On, and Hiding Place, along with a bonus CD of selections from other Selah projects, previously unreleased cuts and new songs. The bonus disc features the group's new single, "Rescue Me," which was written by Selah's Todd Smith, along with Chris Eaton. This is a beautifully packaged set, and the perfect gift for Selah fans both new and old.

Gordon Mote, one of the most celebrated and sought after piano players on Nashville's famed Music Row, showcases his piano prowess and heartfelt vocals on his country/gospel project, Don't Let Me Miss the Glory. Listeners who recognize Gordon's contributions to albums by Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and countless other country artists will appreciate the country-tinged tunes and signature piano styling. Gospel listeners will enjoy his down-to-earth approach and uplifting lyrics, as well as his renderings of cover tunes such as "I Can't Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)" and "My Redeemer is Faithful and True." The project features a guest appearance from longtime friend and country music veteran Alison Krauss, for whom Gordon plays regularly, as well as Gospel greats The Isaacs, Charlotte Penhollow Ritchie and The Gaither Vocal Band. 

Acclaimed illusionist Brock Gill is taking his unique three-day outreach event, Freedom Experience (FX), into households when his new Standing Room Only: A Behind the Scenes Documentary premiers on television Nov. 4 on Sky Angel Network. The show repeats Nov. 24. The documentary follows the daily struggles it takes to put on a three-day-long live show of death-defying escapes, illusions, BMX stunt teams, pro-skaters, freestyle motocross, live concerts and the presentation of the gospel. Music artists Eleventyseven and Group 1 Crew are featured prominently. Check your local listings for times, or visit www.skyangel.com.


Entertainment notes compiled from artist interviews and press releases.