Sonrise Notes for November 9th...
...Even though we may think of Citzen Way as a new band, they’ve actually been together for ten years. And they’re made up of two sets of brothers; Josh and Ben Calhoun, and David and Ben Blascoe. As for the name of the band, it comes from a few key ideas in scripture that are important to the guys. Josh says “Ephesians reminds us that our true citizenship isn’t here on earth, but rather in heaven. Jesus calls Himself the way and the book of Hebrews talks about the new and living way we have because of Christ’s sacrifice, Acts actually calls believers followers of the way. So Citizen Way is an idea that we’re part of something bigger, God’s kingdom.” Find out more about the band at http://citizenwaymusic.com/#about.
...TobyMac just kicked off his Worship, Stories & Songs tour this week and it will run thru December 14. Toby, Matt Maher, and Ryan Stevenson were in Wichita Falls, TX last night and you can see them in Lewisville, TX tonight, before they head to New Albany, IN later in the week. See if they’ll be headed your way by going to our “Concerts” page.
...Newsboys are nominated for an American Music Award! And YOU get to decide who’s going to win. Newsboys are nominated for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist, along with Casting Crowns, and Hillsong United. The American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 23 from 8:00-11:00 pm ET on ABC. Winners will be determined through online and Twitter voting. You can vote once per day at the AMA voting site. http://ama.votenow.tv/
...You may have heard American Idol finalist Danny Gokey’s story about losing his wife Sophia to complications from what was supposed to be a routine heart surgery. After his success on American Idol and signing his record deal he had a platform to launch Sophia’s Heart, an organization inspired by his late wife that provides a place to live for homeless families in the Nashville area. The next Sophia’s Heart Gala fundraiser is next Saturday in Nashville and you can find all of the information here.
...Group 1 Crew are lucky enough to be part of the upcoming seventh annual Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour. The crew joins tour founders MercyMe, along with Crowder, Matt Maher, Jamie Grace and a few others, sponsored by Compassion International. Although the lineup is out, the dates are not, but as soon as they are, we’ll let you know if the tour is coming to a city near you.
...How would you like to sing with the band Casting Crowns at Carnegie Hall in New York City? You can in January, but you have to act now! January 22nd-25th, you’ll spend 4 Days and 3 Nights with Friends in the Heart of New York City staying at The Sheraton Times Square Hotel. That’s just a few minutes’ walk from Times Square, The Empire State Building, Central Park, Broadway, and more. Choir Members will rehearse and perform on-stage with Casting Crowns for their final performance of the “Thrive” tour at Carnegie Hall. And if you are not a singer but still want to be involved, all non-singing friends and family can go backstage and behind the scenes, and everyone is part of the post-concert celebration dinner cruise to the Statue of Liberty aboard the New York Infiniti.