Christian singer Natalie Grant has always worn her heart on her sleeve. As the release of her new album Be One approaches, the singer took to social media to openly share about her constant struggle to relinquish control of her life to Christ.
Along with posting a video, Grant penned a short note that spoke honestly about her tendency to want to take control based on fear.
"So ... I have control issues. I like to try and control outcomes. And most the time I make my plans and hope God will just go along with it. Furthermore — I have fear issues. And I'm pretty sure many of my control issues and my fear issues go hand in hand. But when did I forget HE has and will ALWAYS BE the King Of The World? He is still on the throne. When I look at what is happening in the world at large and in my own little world, none of it takes Him by surprise." more >>
After learning of the death of his 13-year-old niece, pastor and gospel singer Donnie McClurkin continued to perform on The Festival of Praise tour where he praised God in the midst of a breakdown.
Tears often streamed down the face of McClurkin during his performances where he is accompanied by fellow ministers of song Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Fred Hammond, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez and Hezekiah Walker. McClurkin posted video and commentary of his emotional moments to Facebook.
"The passing of my 13yr old niece, Trinity, 4 days ago ... and the pain it's left her parents and grandparents, aunts uncles, brothers & sister and cousins ... left me broken on stage ... but theses singers were and are so much more than singers ... Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Fred Hammond, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Hezekiah Walker…" the singer wrote on Facebook. more >>
Former FlyLeaf front-woman Lacey Sturm released her first solo single on Nov. 1 entitled "Impossible," from her upcoming debut solo album Life Screams, much to the delight of eager fans. The single's debut on SirusXM Octane received such a dramatic response that iTunes asked Sturm to release the single on its platform two days early.
After touring for 10 years with the band she co-founded in her garage, Sturm made the shocking announcement that she would be leaving Flyleaf. Having married, and given birth to her first child, the artist feared that her demanding tour schedule might interfere with family life. more >>
Ever wanted to see a whole new world with Aladdin on his magic carpet? Well, that's what you'll find in New York City.
Using remote control technology, a couple of pranksters recently simulated a low-flying carpet in the Big Apple, wowing passersby.
Dressed as a hip version of the movie character Aladdin from the hit 1990s Disney film of the same name, the rider and his carpet hover about the busy streets of New York. more >>
Five months after the murders of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church by white supremacist Dylan Roof rocked the city of Charleston, South Carolina — and much of the country — singer-songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams rocked the Emanuel congregation Sunday with a performance of his evocative song "Freedom."
"We are grateful to be here in this place, in this building, and to be able to feel the spirit of resilience," the 42-year-old Grammy Award-winner told worshippers Nov. 1, according to The Post And Courier. "You've been hit by fire, rain, wind ... but it's still standing."
The church's interim pastor Rev. Norvel Goff, Sr. spoke highly of Williams saying, "This young man has a message that will bless the world ... a message of freedom, diversity and inclusiveness." more >>
The first single of Taylor Swift's current album "1989" is a crucial turning point for her career as she used it to launch herself into full pop stardom. Stepping out of her usual country romantic, highschool love songs, she took a risk with releasing an album that is full of songs completely unlike what her fans are used to hearing. Swift's risk definitely paid off as she released "Shake It Off" and it became an instant hit everywhere.
However, with her fame comes a lot of criticisms, and now, perhaps one of the most expensive hits on Swift is about to happen. Swift is currently facing a $42 million dollar lawsuit filed against her by R&B artist Jesse Graham. According to Taste of Country, Graham claims that the certified 8-platinum song by Swift had borrowed lyrics from his 2013 song "Haters Gone Hate." Although it wasn't entirely copied, Graham specifies that the line in "Shake It Off" chorus "Cause the players gonna play play play play play / And the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate," was taken off from his lyrics, "Haters gonna hate, players gonna play."
Although the tunes of both songs are very different from one another, Graham states otherwise to NY Daily News, as he says "Her hook is the same hook as mine." He also pointed out that the phrase was used almost 72 times and added that, "If I didn't write the song 'Haters Gone Hate,' there wouldn't be a song called 'Shake It Off.'" more >>