ASHLEA BRENEMAN – You’ll be hearing Skillet’s new song “Forgiven” a lot more on WJTL, so I thought it’d be great to show you a video of John Cooper (lead singer) telling you the story behind the song. “Forgiven” can be found on Skillet’s latest album Awake.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – On this humorous website, the Chapman family turn into the Von Chap family, a spin on the popular Von Trapp family. Watch the video to see some of Steven Curtis Chapman’s favorite things, plus a list of cities the Von Chapp family will be visiting this fall (including the American Music Theatre on September 10th).
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – In my opinion, friends always make music more fun. It’s better to play with other people and it’s more fun to sing loud in the car when others are joining in with you. Apparently, Jars of Clay shares my belief. On October 5th, Jars will release Jars of Clay Presents The Shelter. This album dwells on the idea of community – both physical and spiritual. What better way to achieve that then to have all of your friends join in during the songwriting and recording process? Jars of Clay rounded up a ton of their friends to make one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Check out the track listing for the new album… take notice that there is only one song that doesn’t have a guest vocalist!
Small Rebellions (featuring Brandon Heath) (4:48)
Call My Name (featuring Thad Cockrell, Audrey Assad) (4:08)
We Will Follow (featuring Gungor) (4:09)
Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mac Powell, Derek Webb, Burlap To Cashmere) (4:28)
Out Of My Hands (featuring Mike Donehey, Leigh Nash) (4:14)
No Greater Love (4:07)
Run In The Night (featuring Thad Cockrell) (5:25)
Lay It Down (featuring David Crowder, Dawn Richardson) (4:03)
Love Will Find Us (featuring Sara Groves, Matt Maher) (5:45)
Benediction (featuring Amy Grant) (2:52)
That is quite the impressive line-up to an already incredibly talented group of guys. Their hope with the new album is to give new songs to the church. Hopefully your church will be adding some of these songs into their normal repertoire soon! If you’d like to listen to clips of all of the songs, head over to Jesusfreakhideout to hear the great music coming out October 5th!
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Happy Early Father’s Day! I hope you’re enjoying all of the song dedications we’ve been playing throughout the day. I had to think about which song I would dedicate to my dad if I could have entered the contest. It’s a really tough question, and my answer will probably surprise you.
The song that I would dedicate to my dad would be “Barlow Girl” by Superchick. Yes, I do realize that is the oddest song choice ever! The reason I would pick that one is because I can still hear my dad singing along to that song in the car and randomly singing it throughout the day years ago. I’m pretty sure he never knew all the lyrics, but just the chorus. Since the song is so catchy, I guess it just really stuck with him. Plus probably the fact that he was actually pleading with me and my sisters to be like barlow girls. Actually, that’s probably really what it was about….
Either way, Happy Father’s Day Dad! This old school song is for you!
Ashlea Breneman, grateful for my dad
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – John Mark McMillan penned the song, “How He Loves” after he lost a dear friend in a car accident. The video below is John sharing the meaning behind the song and the type of love he is talking about. It also features his beautiful wife Sarah (who is an amazing musician and songwriter too) plus their adorable son, Judah.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Tenth Avenue North’s sophomore album, “The Light Meets The Dark” came out today. I loved their first album and am excited to listen to new music from them. They are actually the free download of the week if you’d like to sample some of their music before you buy it!
Hear It First sat down with the guys in the band and they performed some of their new songs, including “Healing Begins” the track you’ve been hearing on WJTL. Plus they chat about the theme behind the album and more. Check it out here.
Tenth Avenue North is slated to perform at this year’s Creation Festival Saturday night.
Do you like Tenth Avenue North? Did you pick up their new CD? What’s your favorite song? Comment below!
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – In addition to the already amazing line-up for this year’s Purple Door Festival, (we’re celebrating 15 years!!) someone new just got added. And I think you might be surprised and excited too!
I’m not sure how many years it’s been since she’s made an appearance at the festival or if she’s ever performed solo there. But what better way to celebrate 15 years of Purple Door then by having Leigh Nash come perform!
She’ll be gracing the Gallery stage at this year’s festival Saturday afternoon. We’re so happy that she’s coming and Kristi Leigh already has dibs in to interview her!
Tickets are on sale now for Purple Door. Make sure that you are a friend of Purple Door on Facebook or that you follow PD on Twitter because we’re in a generous mood this year and we’ll be giving you lots of chances to win free tickets to this year’s fest.
You know, the verse that talks about beating your body and making it your slave? Yep, running is that for me. I don’t really enjoy running at all, but I know it’s good for me and I’ve tried to be disciplined in doing it.
I ran a race this past Saturday and have loved running in the gorgeous weather we’ve been having recently. However, if it wasn’t for music, my runs would be very boring and tough to get through. I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite songs that are on my current running playlist. If you run too, feel free to add some of these great tunes – I hope they make you run faster, or at least your run more enjoyable.
“Hands” by The Almost
“Oh, Happiness” by The David Crowder Band
“Ghostride the Whip” and “Share It With Me” (remix version) by Family Force 5
“Armistice” by Mutemath
“The Comeback Kid” by B.Reith
“Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph & The Family Band