TobyMac's back at it again. He gave us a visual preview of what we can expect on his next album. It seems Jamie Grace is lending her voice to his beats.
Time out on the road provides a lot of opportunities for artists to read, overhear, or participate in some fascinating exchanges. Meanwhile, Twitter provides Christian music fans with a chance to eavesdrop on the latest from the studio, the stage, and even artists' kitchens. Check out the latest Twitter chatter below.
As always, if you'd like to keep tabs on over 1,200 Christian artists, check out our exclusive NRTwitter page to read the latest tweets from the Christian music community. And if you've discovered some great tweets of your own, feel free to pass them along by using the hashtag #nrtweets.
@derekwebb: in case you missed it: SOLA-MI (my new concept band) released our first album yesterday, FREE for just a click: http://SOLA-MI.com(June 6)
If you like out-of-the-box music--or just free music--go to the link above to check out Derek Webb and friends' new concept album. The album is also available for free on a host of other sites, including noisetrade.com and AmazonMP3.
@project86band: Glad so many of you dig #FallGoliathFall Looking forward to playing it summer! Just few more days to get it for free @ http://project86.com(June 7)
Rockers Project 86 are offering a free download of their new song “Fall Goliath Fall” on their website. This intense track is just a preview of their upcoming August release, Wait for the Siren.
In case you were exploring a cave when the announcement was made (or, as is more likely, you didn't keep up with B. Reith's Twitter), B. Reith is getting ready to release a mixtape. The “Comeback Kid” is offering a free download to spread the news.
This week Tenth Avenue North launched a presale for the upcoming tour supporting their upcoming release, The Struggle. Find dates and presale information on their website: http://tenthavenuenorth.com/tickets.
@TheRocketSummer: The album release show in LA last night was so special. Made me feel so alive. Thanks! New album out now! http://twitpic.com/9ths02(June 6)
One-man band Bryce Avary released his long-awaited independent album Life Will Write the Words this week. The album has enjoyed an extremely enthusiastic reception on and off the road.
Hardcore band For Today released their album this week, achieving significant success on the Billboard charts-- Immortal ranked No. 1 in hard rock, No. 1 in Christian, and No. 15 overall. Click the link on the interview to learn more about the thought processes and stories behind the album. And you can also read my review of Immortal here.
@WTDBand: It's Johnny's Birthday! Go out and buy yourself a copy of the new album this week to celebrate! haha (June 7)
If you want to help a lead singer celebrate his birthday plus feed him for a little while... hard rock band Write This Down's new album Lost Weekend is available now, online and in stores.
@Capital_Lights: Our new album #RhythmN'Moves comes out July 17th! Who's excited?! (June 7)
Punk rockers Capital Lights are finally back for more after four years out of the spotlight. Their sophomore Tooth & Nail release will be available next month.
Apparently there was a cynic loose in the hotel rooms of some of the Casting Crowns' members this week. The mysterious vandal does, however, win points for honesty.
@jamiegraceh: "I found plums that my mom froze back in 1977..." #conversationsicanthelpbutoverhearintheaiport (June 9)
Unfortunately, Jamie Grace doesn't seem to have overheard whether the plums were still good to eat. You never know.
@matkearney: Guy who checked my bag was a Mat with one "t". He said his parents did it on purpose. Only have met 3 one "t" Mats. (June 10)
Mat Kearney had a rare opportunity to connect with someone else who most likely has spent an equal amount of time explaining his name to people. Maybe airport security experiences aren't all bad.
NOTES TO SELF
@LOWBROWBASS: Note to self. Put a lid on the blender before you blend. #ivemadeamessofme (June 7)
RED bass player Randy Armstrong shared some life advice and a song reference all in one neat tweet. If only he'd included a picture as well for a visual aid...
@satsandsirens: #ThisCouldWork: Skillet and Skrillex should become one band and call it "Skrillet" (June 9)
Depending on how you feel about dubstep, this could either be the most fantastic or the most disastrous collaboration in history.
Posted June 12, 2012 | Mary is a Christ-follower and writer who has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. She recently earned a B.A. in Digital Writing and currently resides in Colorado Springs with a camera, guitar, and coffee cup always close at hand.
Joel Houston's ZION Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Hillsong UNITED's principle songwriters talks with NRT's Marcus Hathcock in part one of this two part interview.