Sonrise Notes for November 30th...
...Ryan Stevenson is on the "Worship, Stories & Songs Tour" with headliner TobyMac and Matt Maher. If you wanna see the lyric video to his new song called “The Human Side Of Me” from his current album, click here.
...Phil Wickham has a “Holiday Bundle Special Sale” on his website right. You can get signed copies of the albums “The Ascension” & “Songs For Christmas”, an exclusive “This Is Amazing Grace” tee shirt, and a hand-written Christmas Ornament for just $35. Order it now here.
...Matthew West is working on his next album. Just like he did for “The Story of Your Life”, he’s reading and using more of your stories! Matthew said, “We stopped collecting stories all the way back in 2010 when I finished making the record, but the stories haven’t stopped coming in. Many of the people say things like, ‘I know you’re done collecting stories, but I want you to read mine.’ At my website, we continue to receive about a hundred stories a week. Well, I’m no Albert Einstein, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that maybe, just maybe, there are more stories that need to be told. So, I’ve decided to officially begin collecting stories again.” Matthew adds that you can write about anything. It could be your faith, your fears, the best day of your life, or even the worst. And you never know, maybe your story will end up in a Matthew West song! Submit your story here.
...Over the last few months, we’ve talked a lot about the band Casting Crowns. They came out with a new album called “Thrive” and they’re on the Thrive tour with Mandisa and Sidewalk Prophets. They were nominated for some Dove Awards last month, and now, they want YOU to take the Thrive Challenge. Like the song says, “we were made to Thrive,” so the question is, are you Thriving or just surviving? To take the Thrive challenge from Casting Crowns, head over to http://www.takethethrivechallenge.com/.
...Matt Maher is teaming up with Sonrise artists Jamie Grace, Group 1 Crew, Crowder and founding headliners MercyMe for the 7th Annual Rock & Worship Road Show tour. The dates have been released and some of the cities include Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Mobile, Alabama and Colorado Springs, CO. Tour dates start February 18 and you can find out if they’re coming to see you on our “Concerts” page.
...Just a couple of weeks ago, Toby released his “Eye On It” remix album, “Eye'M All Mixed Up,” and you can buy it in stores or download on ITunes. The original album was released in 2012, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and took home a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, which at the time made Toby only one of four Christian artists to ever do it.
...If you’re a Michael W. Smith fan, you’ll be glad to know he has released his fourth Christmas Album, “Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas”. Michael said he wanted something that would stand apart from his first three holiday projects, so he invited some of the biggest names in Country music to join him; Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, plus his friend Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, and a Spoken Word by Bono from U2. Get Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas at your favorite place to buy music.
...There’s some great new Christmas out this year, including from the band Family Force 5, who have recorded their version of “God Rest Me Merry Gentlemen.” You can find it on iTunes now. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/god-rest-ye-merry-gentlemen/id936114516
...If you’re a Group 1 Crew fan and have been wondering what they’ve been up to since Blanca left to work on solo material, Manwell is carrying on, with the help of some friends. They have a five song EP out now on iTunes titled “Faster,” including an upcoming new single called Heaven. Check it out here.