Along with an electrifying headlining set led by frontman Michael Tait and longtime members Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis, Newsboys United will see Furler and Joel join the group for many of the most popular hits of the band’s three-decade career. The “Newsboys United Tour” will also feature special guest Word Worship recording artist Zealand, which is founded and fronted by Joel.
Hitting more than 40 cities in the spring—including Los Angeles, Houston, Minneapolis, Dallas and Orlando, Florida—tickets for the “Newsboys United Tour” will be available tomorrow, December 14, via an exclusive Spotify presale campaign. Regular presales are slated to begin December 15, with general ticket sales on December 18. For a complete list of “Newsboys United Tour” cities and dates, visit NEWSBOYS.COM
America watched closely as Danny Gokey battled tragedy and won millions of hearts on his way to the finals of American Idol Season 8. His story was no secret: a onetime truck driver from Milwaukee, he’d married his high school sweetheart Sophia only to lose her, a victim of surgery gone bad, just a month before auditioning for the smash hit talent show. That was enough to transfix viewers week after week. Add to that his singing-expressive, soulful, driven but yet in command of emotions that would have overpowered practically anyone else. The result was a performance that moved audiences to tears and inspired many to face adversity with greater courage. Today Danny Gokeystands at a different place, wiser, stronger. He’s married and has become a father. Once paled by clouds, his world now bathes in a brighter light the same light that illuminates his extraordinary new album. dannygokey.com
Mandisa is back with a renewed passion for her music and a willingness to be totally transparent and vulnerable about her journey. She’s reconnecting with people, losing the weight she regained during her depression, and writing and recording such potent songs as “Prove Me Wrong” where she lays bare her soul and voices her questions, “I’m Still Here (The Best is Yet to Come),” a comeback song that proclaims that she’s still here and not giving up and “Unfinished,” saying… “Not scared to say it; I used to be the one; Preaching it to you; That you could overcome; I still believe it; But it ain’t easy; Cause that world I painted; Where things just all work out; It started changing; And I started having doubts; And it got me so down” “The Lord started lifting me out of this pit as I started this album,” she says. “My hope is that people will be on this journey with me. When I began, I was in a really dark place, but where I am today is so much better and so much lighter. He pulled me out of the dark! I’m hoping that the same way that God is restoring me, that He will restore those who listen to it.” Mandisa
Mac Powell grew up in Clanton, Alabama. His love affair with music began at an early age as both of his parents would sing and play guitar around the house. Mac soon began to sing in the little bitty Baptist church by day, and listen to his Dad’s record collection by night. When Mac was a sophomore in high school, he moved to Atlanta, GA where is passion for music and faith found an outlet in the band THIRD DAY. Over the past 25 years THIRD DAY has helped transform Christian music and built a devoted fan base while traveling the world many times over, selling nearly 10 million albums, earning 4 Grammy awards, 1 American Music Award, 24 Dove Awards, and by being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In addition to his THIRD DAY contributions Mac has also put together two collections of independent original country music (Mac Powell in 2012 and Southpaw in 2014), which include collaborations with songwriters such as Darius Rucker, Christian Bush (Sugarland), Chris Stapleton, and Travis Tritt. The Southern rootsy – American rock collections are foot-stompin’, hand clappin’ tunes clearly pay tribute to the early musical inspirations from his childhood. Mac is always excited and grateful to play live, where you will hear a blend of classic and sing along Gospel, Country, and American Rock songs, combined with some of his favorite THIRD DAY numbers, and his latest original country tunes. MACPOWELL.COM
As one of Christian music’s biggest headlining acts, ministry is at the forefront of every Big Daddy Weave recording and concert. In fact, the band hosts a unique time of dedicated dialog and prayer with fans following each performance. It’s been a transformational experience for the group as they’ve seen God work in powerful ways in the lives of people across the country. In addition, even as headliners, the band is intentional about collaborating with other artists on tour, often asking the other tour artists to join them on stage to collectively lead worship each night. In 2018, the group will mark their 20th anniversary as a group with their debut at Carnegie Hall, followed by a full year of touring the country.The award-winning band’s latest album, Beautiful Offerings (Fervent Records/Word Entertainment), hasproven to be a natural overflow of each member’s hands-on ministry as they live out their faith on and off the road.“Every day is an opportunity to bless the heart of God through how we live—how we encounter our families, people we see in the grocery store, and everybody we meet,” says Mike.“Because we are children of God, we can bless the heart of God by being subject to and directed by Him in every moment of our lives. Our lives then become something that is ple asing to Him. We become a beautiful offering.”In story and song, the members of Big Daddy Weave simply want their legacy to be one characterized by loving people and telling of the Love that’s left an indelible mark on their hearts.“ My story is really the story of what God has done, and the goodness of that is that it awakens things in other people,” Mike adds.“Our story is really just part of His story.” BigDaddyWeave.com
Since the release of their debut album in 2000, Jason Roy (vocals), Michael Anderson (drums), Jesse Garcia (guitars), and Aaron Branch (bass) have tirelessly and passionately exhorted the faith community with popular battle cries such as“ Where I Belong” and “We Won’t Be Shaken.” In fact, their songs have also reached the peak of the radio charts. Building 429 held the No. 1 spot with “We Won’t Be Shaken” on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart and AC Indicator for multiple weeks, eventually resulting in a nomination for the band at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (Top Christian Song). Previous to that, “Where I Belong” (from 2011’s Listen To The Sound) became one of the longest No. 1 singles in Billboard history of Billboard’s Christian charts with a whopping 15 weeks at the top. “Where I Belong” went on to be named 2012 Christian Song of the Year and recognized as BMI’s 2013 Song of the Year. Building 429 also received recognition with a GRAMMY nomination in 2013 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (We Won’t Be Shaken), a KLOVE Fan Awards nomination in 2014 for Best Group or Duo of the Year, Billboard’s 2012 Christian Songs Artist of the Year and Christian AC Songs Artist of the Year. Building429.com
Zach Williams wears many hats from husband and father to church staff and worship leader. Most recently he can add recording artist to the list. Zach is no novice to the music industry. He had spent a majority of his life traveling with various bands. It was while on the road that the Lord grabbed a hold of him and he decided to leave the rock star life behind. After that, Zach transitioned in to a position at the Refuge Campus of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Arkansas in which he still serves. It came as a shock when the opportunity to sign with Provident Label Group as a new Christian artist arose. Never in his wildest dreams did Zach Williams think that he would be in this place of writing and recording music in the Christian music industry, especially from years of hard living on the road while in a rock & roll band. His personal testimony of receiving freedom in the Lord is so beautifully reflected in his debut single “Chain Breaker”. The song came from a place of wanting to reach people who had been struggling and it undoubtedly has. Over the course of it’s release in the summer of 2016, an influx of stories have been shared on his various social media pages by people who have experienced the life changing power of broken chains. www.zachwilliamsmusic.com
The lyrics from “Love Is Action” describe where Tauren Wells is as a 30 year old recording artist embarking on a solo career. “I have more awareness of who I am, what I want to say and where I want to go,” He says. “I can’t say that I had that at 22.” Tauren is the former frontman for Royal Tailor, a Provident Label Group/Sony Music act whose two albums over a five-year-career garnered two Grammy nominations and another for New Artist of the Year from the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. The group formed in college, but eventually, life pointed in other directions. The guys began to marry and start families. In 2015, the group parted ways to pursue individual interests. In many ways, pursuing a solo career felt like a complete reboot. In fact, May 2016 saw the release of his first music in three years. The hard-hitting “Undefeated” featured Reach Records’ rapper KB and served as the soundtrack for the internet-famous Dude Perfect’s “World Records Edition” episode on YouTube, which garnered over 14 million views in just three weeks. It’s a taste of the unconventional approach he and his team are planning. “I want to be a pioneer for Christian music, but I’m not trying to be famous or be cool for the sake of being cool,” he explains. “I want to say something that impacts people.” Back home, Tauren and his wife, Lorna, have been quietly busy building a life around ministry and music. In addition to serving on staff at her father’s church in Houston (called Royalwood), the two have launched a private music academy called Prisma Worship Arts School, which has expanded to two locations with 20 “Dream Coaches” and 100 students–in just two years. Throw a toddler, Kanaan, and newborn, Lawson, into the mix and the Wells have their hands full, but Tauren feels compelled to do more. His wife champions the idea: “We said this from the beginning: This is a family calling.” www.taurenwells.com
“GOD IS ON THE MOVE is a rallying cry. It’s encouraging, empowering,” says lead vocalist Mikey Howard. “I hope it’s a reminder that we’re all in this together and He is doing things in spite of all the negativity you see on the news, Facebook, Instagram and different media outlets. There’s a whole other story to be told.” With their third album, the members of 7eventh Time Down continue to tell the story of God’s mercy and grace with a potent collection of songs that explore what it means to live a life of faith and to celebrate God’s promises. The lead single, aptly titled “Promises,” does exactly that. “God keeps His promises and He’s faithful,” says Howard. “God is good. He’s just, and He’s taking care of His people.” Howard along with bandmates guitarist Eric Van Zant, drummer Austin Miller and bassist Cliff Williams wrote or co-wrote every song on the new album, sometimes collaborating with noted tunesmiths such as Ian Eskelin, Tony Wood, Brian White and Jason Ingram. “This whole album is full of these really big concepts, but it’s also about very simplistic things that every Christian should know and remember,” Miller says. “We’ve been blessed to have several songs throughout our career that are very simple, but straight Gospel. All these songs connect that way.” 7EVENTHTIMEDOWN.com
After 22 years as the main creative force behind Newsboys, followed by his 2011 solo success On Fire, Peter Furler could be excused if he’d decided to mellow out a bit or rest on his laurels. Instead, the writer behind 27 #1 radio singles has come back with one of the strongest albums of his career, Sun and Shield.
Re-teaming with longtime producer/lyricist Steve Taylor for the first time since Newsboys gold-certified Adoration album, Sun and Shield finds Furler combining an ambitious collection of new songs with a more muscular, band-driven sound that harkens back to the glory days of Take Me To Your Leader. Sun and Shield is the sound of an artist at the peak of his creative powers. PeterFurler.com
I believe we have a great opportunity to affect the future of our nation and the future of our world. Mullen has long been known as an undeniably talented artist who is unafraid to be vulnerable and transparent with her audience. That sincerity and artistic integrity have been recognized with two Grammy® Award nominations and seven Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including two Female Vocalist of the Year honors, Song of Year for “Redeemer, and On My Knees”, Songwriter of the Year and the Urban Album of the Year for “Everyday People ”, Contemporary Song of the year (Call on Jesus), and the first African American to win Songwriter of the Year. She has toured all over the globe, becoming a highly sought after speaker and singer, and has frequently graced the stage at Billy Graham and Women of Faith events. A Greater plan has taken Nicole C. Mullen down many interesting roads and encompassed a variety of roles. She’s a mother, singer, songwriter, speaker, and a successful business woman as well as a mentor. “I really feel like God set his love upon me at an early age and it was something that I could not have earned. I didn’t deserve it. I was not talented enough to merit His gaze, but He gave it to me. By this I am reminded of his love towards all of us. Like the Bible says, ‘while we were yet sinners, He died for us.’ I love and worship Him because He loved me first.” www.nicolecmullen.com
The journey to Zealand has been a wild and adventurous one that no one anticipated. Led by Phil Joel, best known for his long-standing role as bass player and vocalist for the multi platinum-selling band Newsboys, the band has been faithfully traversing a road that has been as unscripted and unexpected as it has been ordained.
Without even realizing it, Phil’s perspective began to shift, opening his eyes to a new understanding about worship and his role in it. “It was like the lights came on for me,” he explains. “I realized that leading worship is all about leading people’s hearts to a place far beyond a stage or a melody. True worship isn’t just about a moment; it’s about a lasting movement in people’s lives.”
And for the past few years, Phil and fellow musicians, all who have been part of successful bands, have been operating “off the grid,” going where they have felt led, ministering where they have been invited, under the radar and outside of the spotlight. It’s been a season of growth and preparation for the next chapter, which is aptly entitled Zealand Worship. ZealandWorship.com
Brock has for many years set the pace for a new generation of edgy, daring illusionists as he amazes audiences with his unique stage show, dry wit, and mindblowing escapes. While working at a sawmill as a young man, Brock felt that God wanted him to use illusions, escapes, and stunts to bring a message of hope to people. “Brock admits, “I just felt like it was what God was calling me to do.” With a passion for reaching people with the Truth that had changed his own life as the catalyst, Brock went back to college and began performing at church outreach events. News of his creative method of evangelism spread through the area quickly and he began to receive invitations almost immediately. “I finished my first show and had three invitations to perform,”
Brock explains. “People just heard about it and wanted me to come to their town.” Since those first outreaches, God has taken Brock’s ministry across the United States and the globe, while his heart for the lost has grown. Understanding that people today have short attention spans and a desire to be entertained visually, he has learned how to grab an audience quickly and keep them on the edge of their seats. Brock’s message for Christ is clear and effective. He has seen God touch thousands upon thousands of lives through his ministry. One thing is for certain—a Brock Gill show will be a memorable experience through his grand illusions, death-defying stunts, subtle comedy, and unique presentation of the Gospel. brockgill.com
Born in Michigan and now living in Greenville, South Carolina, Jared’s passion was the result of being raised in a loving Christian home as he incorporates his values into every aspect of his life and work. His values have led him to perform and create art for a large number of churches and charities around the world, with his performance piece “Face of God” being the most requested. In 2014, Jared performed live in front of over 500,000 people, including 31,000 fans at the Georgia Dome, as a part of the Winter Jam concert tour. His artwork has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities around the world. JaredEmerson.com
Always looking for the funny side of things, Heath brings his unique, snarky perspective to every event. He uses his charming, storytelling style to point out the humor of everyday life. His wit and genuine likeability have made him a favorite at venues all over the country.
In addition to being an award winning comedian, Heath is an actor who has starred in movies and numerous commercials. Some of Heath’s favorite national TV “appearances” include a magical one-liner on TLC’s Extreme Couponing (gumbo + couponing = TV gold) and an up-close of him applauding on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (his mom was very proud). Heath is no stranger to cruising, having worked as the emcee on both Duck Commander Cruises with the Robertsons of A&E’s Duck Dynasty; the Property Brothers Cruise with Jonathan, Drew, and JD Scott of HGTV; the Jesus Freak Cruise with DC Talk; and the last two KLOVE Cruises (Crowder is a huge fan…at least, that’s what Heath tells people)!
Born a Cajun, growing up in the company of rednecks, and finally finding a home with hippies, Heath is currently being raised by his wife and three kids in Colorado. heatharthur.com