Programming note: This post introduces a new structure and focus for the news roundup posts. Instead of covering a variety of Christian music genres superficially, they will focus more deeply on writers who write and artists who record modern hymns for congregational use and expository songs for featured solos. The series also shifts from weekly to monthly.
- Sovereign Grace Music gathered 26 songwriters in Louisville, KY for a week in early January to write songs for two albums, The Glorious Christ and a Christmas album.
- The Collingsworth Family announced a new event, Inspiration Encounter. This event will be held at Answers in Genesis’ Ark Encounter this fall. It will feature Ken Ham, the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and comedian Dennis Swanberg. The Collingsworth Family also plans to record a live DVD at this event. It is scheduled to be the debut event at the Ark Encounter’s new Performing Arts Center.
- 1/11/2019: God Has Provided, Mark Trammell Quartet
- February: To The Kindness of God, Michael Card
- 2/1/2019: Is He Worthy? (EP), Chris Tomlin
- 2/8/2019: Thunder, Rick Lee James
- 2/8/2019: Hymns Vol. 1 Live, Shane & Shane
- 2/22/2019: Awaken: The Surrounded Experience, Michael W. Smith
- 3/15/2019: Holy Roar Live, Chris Tomlin
- Stuart Townend writes about writing his new musical adaptation of Psalm 147, “How Good It Is.”
- Tim Challies has written thousands of articles, but his recent “The Key to Making the Most Out of Congregational Singing” is easily one of his best.
- Hallels interviews Rick Lee James about his February release Thunder, including the title track, a previously unreleased song co-written by Rich Mullins.