Vertical Worship released their latest project, Vertical Worship, last Friday. This studio LP is their fifth release since 2012 and follows their latest live recording, Frontiers, which released a year ago.
To create Vertical Worship, the band dove into their extensive song catalog and chose ten of their favorite songs that they found resonate well at their tour dates, conferences and events, as well as during church services. They went into the studio with re-imagined arrangements, experimenting with different leading vocalists while wanting to bring a new expression for these songs to reach new listeners.
“What’s so important to us in the writing of these songs is that we’re pulling from the word of God," shares Vertical Worship member Andi Rozier. “What’s more powerful to ascribe worth to God than to also sing His word back to Him? That’s what we are doing with Vertical Worship, we are taking songs from His word, we’re taking the words that He’s given us, and we’re singing them back to Him.”
David and The Giants is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a Christian band. Although they started as a secular Little David and the Giants circa 1964 (by comparison, the Beach Boys started in 1961), it was 1977 when band members David, Rayborn and Clayborn Huff became Christians from the efforts of their drummer, Keith Thibodeaux (I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show). A celebration concert and direct-to-DVD special will be next Friday.
Southern Gospel family group Karen Peck & New River were at the tomb of Lazarus, when they performed a live performance of Four Days Late, penned by Aaron Wilburn, in front of a crowd of onlookers and tourists. “After 17 years of singing this song every night in concert, we can honestly say that it has taken on a whole new deeper meaning.”
Newsboys paused their tour schedule to help build homes in Baja, Mexico, last month. In partnership with Baja Christian Ministries and God’s Not Dead Missions, Newsboys’ Michael Tait and Duncan Phillips joined volunteers to construct two homes for disadvantaged families and lead street evangelism teams in the area. Partnering with Baja Christian Ministries for more than 15 years, Newsboys have helped build dozens of homes, schools and churches in the region. Baja Christian Ministries has constructed over 2,000 buildings; distributed more than 200,000 Bibles and study materials to Baja residents.
Francesca Battistelli, celebrated her second RIAA-Certified Gold record for Holy Spirit from her album If We’re Honest. Francesca took home her very first Grammy with “Holy Spirit” in the Best Contemporary Christian and Gospel Performance/Song category at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. A few months later she was awarded Worship Song of the Year at the K-LOVE Fan Awards.
Francesca is currently off the road as she writes and records for an upcoming project and awaits the arrival of her fourth child.