"Caged Bird Songs," the posthumous album that Maya Angelou recorded in the years leading up to her death, was released earlier this month, and the-late artist previously shared her hopes that the album would bring people closer to God.
The iconic poet, who died on May 28, spent the last seven years of her life working on the unique project along with producers Shawn Rivera of "Az Yet" and RoccStarr, who has worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Hudson.
"Caged Bird Songs" features 13 tracks that blend some of the-late author's famous poems and commentary on social issues with modern hip-hop beats. Angelou previously shared that her faith inspired the unique project, according to a press release. more >>
Hillsong Church and its band Hillsong United received special recognition on ABC News' "Nightline" Thursday evening.
The Pentecostal megachurch was founded in Australia in 1983 and today has over 30,000 members, according to Hillsong officials. In addition to their powerful ministry, Hillsong produced the award-winning worship band Hillsong United, which has toured the world performing at various Hillsong church location and concert venues. On Thursday, "Nightline" highlighted the achievements of the church and its music while featuring its New York leading pastor Carl Lentz. The segment aired at 12:35 a.m. ET.
Just weeks before "Nightline" featured Hillsong, the church's band Hillsong United was nominated for an American Music Award in the Contemporary Inspirational Artist category. It marked the band's first AMA nomination. The 2014 AMA's will be broadcast from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on Nov. 23 on ABC. more >>
Ricky Dillard is a choir master offering his talents to help develop the skills of others in a new choir challenge.
Dillard and his New Generation Chorale, known as New G, have been making waves in the gospel music industry for 25 years. Currently, Ricky Dillard & New G sit atop the Gospel Airplay Billboard Chart where they have spent 41 weeks with the single "Amazing."
Now, he is looking to lend a hand to fans who want to follow his lead and sing God's praises with a choir or group. Dillard took to his social media pages to announce his Amazing Grace Choir Challenge. more >>
Christian composer/pianist Jan Mulder recently opened up about working with iconic singer Andrea Bocelli on a new Christmas album and also touched on serving Christ through music.
The Dutch-born artist recently debuted his "Christmas" album which features Bocelli and the London Symphony Orchestra. He composed and performed as piano soloist on the album, while also simultaneously conducting the famous orchestra.
Mulder recently sat down for a Q & A: more >>
The Spotify CEO told Taylor Swift that her pulling her new album and all her music from their online streaming service and other services recently. The "Shake It Off" singer called Spotify a "grand experiment," but the company's head responded that by pulling her music she missed making $6 million this year.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed the controversy in a blog post on the company website titled "$2 Billion and Counting." He said that while music is art that "has real value and artists deserve to be paid for it," the free subscription service is where the company gets most of its paying customers.
"We believed that as fans invested in Spotify with time … they would eventually want the full freedom offered by our premium tier, and they'd be willing to pay for it," Ek wrote. "We were right … Today we have more than 50 million active users of whom 12.5 million are subscribers each paying $120 per year. That's three times more than the average paying music consumer spent in the past." more >>
NEW YORK — Singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin discussed his latest album "Love Ran Red" with CP Voice last week, and explained why he incorporates the Scriptures in his lyrics.
"You don't want to throw a heresy to the world," he said, when asked if he feels pressured to write theologically sound music for congrergations to sing during worship services. "And that's why I think, for me, a lot of the songs — especially the ones that have any kind of longgevity that have really gone further than me — have really come from the Scriptures. And I find that's the best way. Why not just sing something about what God has already written about himself?"
Thus, by including the Scriptures in his music, those who sing along with their church band or choir during worship services will be reciting God's Word. more >>