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Thursday March 5, 2015

Josh Millwood - Thursday, March 05, 2015
The Joy Ride

Spring is two weeks away! Seriously. I promise!

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Paul Baloche

A native of Maple Shade, New Jersey, Paul Baloche is currently the worship pastor at Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas.  

Paul doesn’t shy away from Christ when writing. He says about the music industry, “[I write] a lot of songs about the Cross... People are almost apologetic about it, and yet I feel challenged not to shrink from it. Our tendency is to make our language inclusive and seeker friendly. And I get that, but we also need songs that point to the truth of the new covenant.”

Many of his songs are among the most performed songs in American churches according to the CCLI (a company that handles music licensing). Among them are Open the Eyes of My Heart (ranked number 2) and Above All (ranked number 22).

Album: LIVE  

Twitter: @paulbaloche  

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Video: He Is Risen


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Wednesday March 4, 2015

Josh Millwood - Wednesday, March 04, 2015
The Joy Ride

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Lindsay McCaul

Lindsay McCaul was born in Abilene, Texas, but moved to Florida when she was nine. Her family lived so close to the Space Center that she remembers hearing the Shuttle rattle her windows when it launched. Lindsay would sneak out of bed to turn on her radio and listen to Christian radio late into the night. She'd sing along and worship nearly every night. She started writing songs before she even turned twelve. Songwriting became the filter through which McCaul explored her relationship with God and expressed what He was revealing to her.

Lindsay continued to write after she moved to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute, where she studied linguistics with the hope of translating the Bible into foreign languages. A worship pastor at the school signed her up to lead worship in chapel, despite Lindsay's begging to not do it. She faced her fears and flourished. Soon she began leading worship at Chicago’s Harvest Bible Chapel, a 14,000-member church.

Her original songs became favorites with the congregation and began to attract notice outside the church. McCaul’s music came to the attention of industry titans Mark Hall, of Casting Crowns, who invited her on tour with the band; and Jason Ingram, who helped produce her album.

Album: One More Step

Twitter: @LindsayMcCaul  

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Tour: DC FEST 2014!  

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Video: One More Step (Official Lyrics Video)


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Tuesday March 3, 2015

Josh Millwood - Tuesday, March 03, 2015
The Joy Ride

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY

Lead Us Back: Songs Of Worship
by Third Day | P&W

Carry The Fire
by WorshipMob | P&W

Mighty Ocean Strong
by Trev Conkey | P&W

Worship Anthems Inspired by A.D. The Bible Continues
by Various | P&W

Flesh And Soul
by Danen Kane | Adult Contemporary

Oh, What Love
by Watoto Children’s Choir | International/P&W/Choral

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ARTIST OF THE DAY
Tim Halperin

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska - Tim Halperin is quickly winning over the rest of America from sea to shining sea. His soulful, almost jazztastic vibe has been compared to other notable pop singer songwriters like Jason Mraz. But his lyrical depth sets him apart. A depth rooted in his faith in Christ.

Tim began taking piano lessons at age six - which is a good age to do it. The difference being, unlike most six year old piano students, Tim actually practiced! In middle school he began singing on the worship team at his church, and soon started playing with local bands and singing in choir at Westside High School in Omaha.

For college Tim Halperin moved to Fort Worth, TX and studied business at Texas Christian University. He kept writing music, but also worked a bank job and graduated with his business degree in 2010. During this time he recorded some independent albums and found internet fame through YouTube. After graduating college a friend talked him into trying out for American Idol and soon he was performing in Hollywood, making the Top 24.

Tim Halperin is finding success in both Christian and secular radio - his latest album being a stellar blend of love songs and contemplative worship. He also has ties to YoungLife - a Christian camp organization that he has led worship for - and even penned the comical love ballad Young Life Girl, which you can watch below!

Album: Heart Tells Your Head

Twitter: @timhalperin  

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Video: Young Life Girl


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Monday March 2, 2015

Josh Millwood - Monday, March 02, 2015
The Joy Ride

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Phillips, Craig & Dean

Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean make up this vocal group that has been leading worship around the world since 1991. All three are pastors at different churches in Texas and Missouri and prioritize being at home for church. As a group they have earned two dozen number 1 radio singles, 9 Dove Awards nominations and several wins - including the 2010 Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, Fearless.

Recovery: Dan Dean has been battling prostate cancer. The worship leader and senior pastor of The Heartland Church in Carrollton, TX., was diagnosed two Springs ago, just prior to the the release of Phillips, Craig & Dean's album, Breathe In. Since his initial diagnosis, he has made great progress in his journey on the long road toward recovery and remission. He continued to pastor his church through the battle and has even recorded two new worship albums with PC&D.

Album: Above It All  

Twitter: @pcdguys  

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Video: Let My Words Be Few


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Friday February 27, 2015

Josh Millwood - Friday, February 27, 2015
The Joy Ride

Here comes March!

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Among The Thirsty

Among The Thirsty is Christian Contemporary/Modern Worship/Rock band from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Formed in 2004 by two high school buddies, Among the Thirsty has developed into a nationally touring band, reaching across the country with their powerful worship, razor sharp rock, and funk. Once coined "The Fab Four of Christian Music", Among the Thirsty has been able to cross age barriers and genre lines to bring a type of music that reaches the entire listening audience.

“Our purpose is to present a unique style of the Gospel to the world through our music. We strive to live a life that is worthy of God's presence, to proclaim the Majesty and Holiness of Christ with our gifts, and to speak words of hope and life to all those who are searching and hurting. We make a strong effort to be straightforward with the gospel and not to be timid when sharing the Good News. All these talents and gifts have been given by the grace of God and from a heart of thankfulness we continue to thirst for more of Him."

Album: Who You Say I Am   (March 17th)

Twitter: @AmongTheThirsty  

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Video: What Love Looks Like (Official Lyrics Video)


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Thursday February 26, 2015

Josh Millwood - Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Joy Ride

At some point, we crossed over from enthusiasm, right past ambivalence, straight to sheer loathing of snow. Where did it all go wrong?

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant is an award winning singer and songwriter. She won four consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Awards (2006-2009) at the Dove's and is never far from the top of the charts.  Born in Seattle, she currently lives in Nashville with her Canadian music producer husband, Bernie Herms, and their three daughters which includes a set of twins.  Beyond her artistry, Natalie Grant is an advocate for victims of human trafficking. Abolition International, which Grant founded in 2005 under the name The Home Foundation, has raised over a quarter of a million dollars to fight the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Natalie is now hosting It Takes A Church on The Game Show Network. This reality dating series lets churches set up their most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, cover them in prayer and then watch their awkward blind dates. Sounds lovely.  

Album: Hurricane  

Twitter: @NatalieGrant  

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Video: It Takes A Church


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Wednesday February 25, 2015

Josh Millwood - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The Joy Ride

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Audio Adrenaline

Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss met at Kentucky Christian University. Stuart and his brother David were putting together a rock band and McGinniss struck up a friendship with the pair. Along with David and Barry Blair they launched a band called A-180. The band recorded two independent albums before signing a record contract with ForeFront Records. It was then that they officially became Audio Adrenaline.

Christian music would never be the same - or youth camp. Hits like Big House and We're A Band propelled the band to the forefront of a thriving Christian rock scene in the mid-90s. They were headliners for every Christian festival on the planet - and toured ceaselessly. Ultimately, that took a toll on their families and relationships. Exhaustion and family strain, plus a vocal disease for lead singer Mark Stuart led to the end of Audio Adrenaline.

Or so it seemed...

Two years ago the band reformed with Kevin Max (formerly of dcTalk) as the new lead singer - and Mark Stuart (founder/original lead singer) writing and producing for the band (still unable to sing).  Proceeds from the band's new album went to fund the Hands & Feet Project in Haiti!

Turns out - Audio Adrenaline was greatly missed and the Kings & Queens album became their most successful to date! Since their return, Kevin Max has departed as lead singer, replaced by Josh Engler of Adandon - and then Josh was replaced by Adam Agee of Stellar Kart. It’s been a whirlwind. Now there are ZERO original members in Audio Adrenaline, but the legacy lives on with a new generation taking on the mantle. 

Album: Love Was Stronger  

Twitter: @audioadrenaline  

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Video: Big House


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Tuesday February 24, 2015

Josh Millwood - Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Joy Ride

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY

Faith & Family
by Jon Micah Sumrall | AC
* Jon Micah Sumrall is the lead singer of Kutless

Just Kids
by Mat Kearney | Pop

Like No Other
by Christ Fellowship Worship | P&W

Only Your Love EP
by Davis the Band | P&W

of Beauty and Rage
by RED | Hard Rock

From Heaven’s Point of View
by The Lighthouse Boys | Southern Gospel

Renegades Never Die
by Skrip | Rap

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ARTIST OF THE DAY
Dante Schmitz

Dante’s musical career started out like many other musicians from the bible belt of America, with a humble role in the church choir on Sunday mornings. Initially it was just a way to be more involved with his church and has since developed into a career, a ministry, and a passion. He has now been singing and performing praise and worship music for almost ten years.

Dante has been blessed to regularly lead worship at two prominent churches in Tulsa. He leads a contemporary, acoustic service at Kirk of the Hills Church on Sunday mornings and also leads a full band service on Sunday evenings at the Church of Saint Mary.

As a fun side-project, Dante also has a rock band called Dante & The Hawks. He loves toying with musical expression, but his heart is always in leading worship.

Album: Brighter Than The Sun  

Twitter: @danteschmitz  

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Video: Born Again (Kitchen Session)


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Monday February 23, 2015

Josh Millwood - Monday, February 23, 2015
The Joy Ride

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Chris August

Chris August is a native of Dallas, Texas, and is a veteran of the music industry, even if Christian audiences are just now getting to know him. Before releasing his Christian debut in 2010, he toured as a keyboardist for Ashlee Simpson and other mainstream artists. Now he's touring with TobyMac, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave and a host of other awesome Christian acts!

Mad Skillz: Chris is a self-taught pianist, guitarist, and producer.

Name Game: August is actually Chris' middle name.

Album: The Maker  (Spring 2015)

Twitter: @ChrisAugust  

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Video: The Maker


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Friday February 20, 2015

Josh Millwood - Friday, February 20, 2015
The Joy Ride

Don’t hide inside! Get out and make some weekend plans with our JoyNotes!  

ARTIST OF THE DAY
Unspoken

Unspoken first came together after lead singer Chad Mattson met guitarist Mike Gomez on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic. Chad had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for years, and decided to go on a mission trip to re-build his relationship with God. It was there in the Dominican Republic where Chad’s eyes were opened and he came to know Christ in a powerful way - and both Chad and Mike realized God was calling them to something big!

Chad and Mike began playing music together, and performing live shows based out of Maine. Eventually, bass player Jon Lowry and drummer Ariel Munoz from Puerto Rico, joined the duo and Unspoken was born.

Ministry: In addition to their music, the band is involved with Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based 12-step recovery program for substance abuse.

Album: Unspoken  

Twitter: @unspokenmusic  

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Tour: CLICK HERE  

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Video: Good Fight (Acoustic Performance)


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