Radio Friend Phil
Radio Friend Phil-
Did you have a chance to make it to either of this week’s National Day of Prayer events at Lancaster Bible College? Well, if you attended Thursday’s Celebration of Prayer, you undoubtedly saw Dr. Tony Evans and his son, Anthony Evans, leading worship.
Anthony Evans was a recent guest on the Get Up and Go Show: you can hear the April 28 interview here: http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/
Anthony’s latest project is “Undisguised,” a 12-track release on INO Records. Anthony’s voice is soulful, confident and worshipful. Among the standout tracks: the self-penned “Wait,” the duet with Kari Jobe, “Rejoice” and his cover of Brenton Brown’s “Amazing God.”
Check out the link below and listen for more tracks off Anthony’s project on New Tunes at 9, weeknights on WJTL. http://anthony-evans.com/
Radio Friend Phil
On Tuesday night’s edition of New Tunes at 9, I was thrilled to play the new song by Reilly called, “Too Long Without You.”
Reilly, a 5-piece rock band from Philadelphia, is gearing up for the June 8 release of their new project, “Around The World.” Lead singer and guitarist John Reilly uses the term “symphonic-rock” to describe their sound, due mostly in part to the twin-violins played by Dan and Noele Huie; I, for one, love the sound of this great band!
Reilly is scheduled to play a live show at the upcoming Witness Festival, June 12, in Quarryville, PA.
You can check out the band’s music, award-winning video for “Sunlight” (winner of “Best Music Video” at the 2009 San Diego Film Festival) and more at the link below.
…And the winner of the 2010 New Artist of the Year award goes to—Sidewalk Prophets! Congratulations to the band led by lead singer Dave Frey (and whose drummer, Justin Nace, hails from Millersburg, PA.) on taking home their first-ever Dove statuette!
WJTL is currently playing their new song, “You Can Have Me,” off their debut project, “These Simple Truths” (produced by Ian Eskelin). And check out the band passing time in their vehicle by singing a song: Click below and click “video” to see how much fun the guys have together. http://www.sidewalkprophets.com/
Familiar voices are reassuring. Familiar voices and songs remind us of past experiences: they remind us of where we were when we felt overjoyed; where we were when we were struggling; and where we were at transitional phases in our life.
Speaking of familiar artists, longtime listeners to WJTL will instantly recognize the voice of Amy Grant. The veteran singer-songwriter has just released her latest project, “Somewhere Down The Road.” Amy, one of a small group of recording artists to have scored No. 1 hits in each of the past three decades, has crafted a solid new disc of 12 songs, including the first single, “Better Than A Hallelujah.” Other standout tracks: “Overnight,” (a duet with her daughter Sara) and my personal favorite, “Imagine/Sing The Wondrous Love Of Jesus,” a beautiful medley in which Amy adds her “voice” to the MercyMe classic, “I Can Only Imagine.”
Amy Grant’s new project “Somewhere Down The Road” debuted at No. 41 on the Billboard 200. You can hear more tracks off the project weeknights at 9 p.m. on New Tunes at 9.
Matt Goss of the Matt Goss Band (and LCBC Worship) has a lot to say about his new record, “Back To Boston.” Matt was a recent guest on the Get Up and Go Show on WJTL (hear the interview on the WJTL-cast page by clicking on the “listen” tab). You can also hear Matt talk about the inspiration for the new songs on New Tunes at 9. And check out mattgossband.com for music, video, downloads and more.
While standing in line at the bank the other day, I heard the Mercy Me song “I Can Only Imagine” being played on the radio. It reminded me just how powerful this song really is: written on scraps of paper in 1999 by Bart Millard after his father’s death, Bart says, “Everyone has lost a loved one. This song brings up a lot of questions like, ‘What will I do when I stand before God? How in the world am I going to react?'”
“I Can Only Imagine” went on to become a huge hit for the band, was the number one song of 2002 at WJTL and recently became the first song in Christian music history to surpass one million digital downloads!
And here’s another brief story: I was at a Christian radio seminar a few years ago in Atlanta and ate breakfast with Bart Millard and Michael Tait of DC Talk (and now Newsboys). I was talking to both of them about music and cooking when Bart was quickly summoned up to the stage to perform with MercyMe. Realizing that his eggs would get cold and he wouldn’t be returning to the table (and I didn’t want to see his food go to waste), I said, “Bart, is it okay if I eat your scrambled eggs for you?” “Sure man,” he said, and off he scampered to the stage.
MercyMe’s new CD, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” is releasing May 4 on INO Records.
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Radio Friend Phil