Casting Crowns earned RIAA Platinum status for their record "Until the Whole World Hears" on Tuesday, marking the band's fifth album to reach the coveted status.
"Until the Whole World Hears" was first released in 2009 and features songs that discuss God, Jesus, and salvation, with many songs being renditions of classic hymns.
The group's success does not end there. Casting Crowns' latest release "Thrive" was named the best-selling record of 2014, according to the Christian/Gospel Neilson SoundScan chart. Furthermore, the record-breaking group just performed a sold-out show at New York City's Carnegie Hall on Jan. 24. The unique worship experience featured a 275-member choir and a 40-piece orchestra. more >>
Jason Crabb is encouraging believers to engage with Christian media in order to strengthen their faith while talking about his family-friendly film "Welcome to Inspiration" on Tuesday.
Released earlier this month, the film is based on Tim Enoch's novel "The Street Sweeper," which follows the true-to-life story of two people searching for meaning in the midst of unfulfilled dreams and unexpected challenges. After appearing in "Welcome to Inspiration" for a live performance, Crabb advised Christians to look to faith-based entertainment when seeking a meaningful relationship with God.
"Of course you need to read the Bible and pray for His wisdom and guidance," Crabb explained to The Christian Post. "Reading His Word, studying it, praying for God to reveal His will for your life is essential to living a Godly life that is pleasing to Him. Also, listen to uplifting music, reading and watching uplifting media that points to Jesus is a good way to stay focused on Him and not the things of this world." more >>
Carrie Underwood shared an explanation for the runaway success of her latest single "Something in the Water" recently, citing the track's feel-good lyrics.
Released in October, "Something in the Water" has risen to the top of the song charts where it remains perched at No. 1 even today. Underwood said that the song, which heavily incorporates Christian themes of conversion, baptism and keeping the faith, attracts listeners with its "good vibes."
A former Contemporary Christian country singer, who disappeared for years from the Nashville music scene since 2005, has resurfaced as a gay and HIV-positive folk singer.
As HIVPlus Mag reports, singer-songwriter and pastor's son Byron Rice was a mainstay in the Nashville Contemporary Christian music scene for about a decade under the name "Byron Keith." He toured all over the world and released eight albums featuring songs that explained his personal relationship with God, such as his 1997 debut title track "Here Inside My Heart."
After getting married, having kids and going through a divorce, Rice went on a hiatus from the music scene in 2005. After about seven years off from touring, the singer returned to the music scene as an openly-gay and HIV-positive folk singer, using the name Byron Rice. more >>
Katy Perry's father, who once referred to his daughter as a "devil child," has said he is actually quite proud of his daughter and will be cheering her on during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday.
"I don't have a problem," Keith Hudson, evangelical minister in Orange County, California, told Daily Mail Online on Tuesday. "She's gonna do some good ones—she's excited [about her Super Bowl performance]."
Perry has been outspoken about her relationship with her parents, both pastors, who have seemingly slammed their daughter's behavior and public persona. more >>
Carman Licciardello, popular Christian recording artist and actor, has shared in an online post how he believes God's grace helped him endure the painful journey of cancer treatment, to eventually find himself "cancer-free."
The singer, who goes professionally by just Carman, captioned the below double-photo with the phrase "The Difference One Year Can Make" on Tuesday. The image on the left is of Carman "deep in chemo," while the one on the right is of him "nine months later before walking on stage."
He went on to share with his 383,000-plus Facebook followers: "I remember so well washing my hair after the 3rd week of chemotherapy and seeing it all come off in my hands in clumps. I remember the agony of that giant needle in my sternum to draw out stem cells. The ports they planted in my chest to daily inject drugs. The mind numbing pain of my bones expanding to produce stem cells." more >>