For many musicians, singing for their home churches may not seem to be a big deal, but it is when their churches house an audience of thousands. This is the norm for Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, the worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Known as “America’s Worship Leader” by many, Ratcliff is no novice to ministry or being in front of a crowd. She began traveling and singing throughout the world as a child with her family singing group The Cruse Family. Being very accomplished from a young age, she began recording music at the age of six and by age nine she became ASCAP’s youngest licensed song writer at nine.
In 2011, Ratcliff and her husband founded their own record label, RPM Music Inc. Ratcliff is now on the verge of releasing her highly anticipated solo album Twenty Three. more >>
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, three-time Dove Award winning artist Ginny Owens began to write the lead single for her upcoming album, Get In. I’m Driving. She never imagined that it would take her five years’ worth of tragedy, both globally and personally, to complete it.
Losing her eye-sight at the age of three due to a degenerative eye condition, Owens is no stranger to suffering. As a result, many of her songs carry the theme of inspiration intertwined with faith.
Her newest single, “Before You Fly,” also fits this theme of overcoming life’s challenges, but this song did not come easily to her. more >>
The brutal heat wave sizzling most of the United States this week is heading toward the East Coast starting Wednesday, bringing with it a possible heat index of more than 100 degrees, the National Weather Service said today.
This will be the first deadly heat wave to hit the Bay State this year.
Meteorologist Bill Deger said this week's severe heat wave is set to leave its mark in the record books, with numerous high temperature records in jeopardy as the blazing heat expands east through next weekend. more >>
A severe thunderstorm with hurricane-like winds knocked out electricity to more than 860,000 homes in the Chicago area on Monday, making the blackout the largest power outage since 1998, officials with ComEd utility company said.
As of midday Tuesday, approximately 358,000 customers remained without power.
ComEd reports that power to about a half million customers has been restored. It may take several days for full restoration to take place, company officials stated on ComEd’s Facebook page. More detailed restoration information from the company will be available later. more >>
Powerful rainfall continues to hammer parts of Mexico as Tropical Storm Arlene, the first tropical system of the 2011 hurricane season, made landfall with a vengeance in Mexico early Thursday morning.
The rain power and strong wind gusts have forced residents to stay inside ultimately stopping business as usual in the northeastern part of the country.
Nearly 8 inches of rainfall has poured down on Vera Cruz and 5.50 inches of rain has hit the west coast of Acapulco in the past 48 hours alone. more >>
Arlene, the first tropical storm of the 2011 season, is gathering strength as it makes its way West with now upgraded top wind speeds of 50 MPH. The storm is progressively gathering more energy and could reach hurricane 1 status when it hits land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane model shows Arlene making landfall in Tampico, Tamaulipas state on Thursday, threatening an oil refinery there that produces 190,000 barrels a day.
Mexico is a top oil exporter to the United States and almost all of its exports are shipped to all refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. more >>