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A Playlist For Your New Year

January 1st, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight
New music for 2017 curated by the CHRI Radio Team

A song we’re getting a lot of feedback on!

October 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight
Over the past few weeks CHRI has been getting a lot of positive feedback on the song “Mansion” by Christian rapper NF. A song we initially were not even going to play. We love seeing how God uses all types of music to speak healing and hope over people. Here’s the story behind the song:

& here’s the whole song:

Brock’s video interviews from Kingdom Bound!

September 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight, CHRI

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Acoustic Video Ryan Stevenson – Eye of the Storm

August 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight

Lauren Daigle: Evolution of the Millennial Christian from ‘American Idol’ Days to Billboard No. 1

June 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight
By Jeannie Law
Source: christianpost.com

Centricity Records’ newest female sensation, Lauren Daigle, released the deluxe edition of her hit album How Can It Be on May 6, and the young singer is defending her generation as she quickly becomes one of the hardest working millennials in the Christian music industry.

Daigle recently received her first Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” at the 58th Grammy Awards and has been reigning at the top of the charts. Her album has spent more than five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and debuted in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. She earned her first No. 1 single spot on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart with “Trust in You” in March.

Now on the Hillsong UNITED Empires tour, Daigle is the fastest selling new artist in Contemporary Christian music in the last decade. Her unique sound and eclectic taste in music has made her who she is today.

ldDeluxe300As a child, her father played a game with her and her siblings called “the dollar game,” in which they would have to listen to classic rock songs and guess the person singing the song to win a dollar. That served as a training method for Daigle and she soon was able to pick up certain nuances in voices, training her ear to understand music differently than most people.

“I grew up in south Louisiana [where] there’s a lot of soul, and blues, and zydeco music that is deeply connected to my heart into my spirit,” Daigle told The Christian Post of her other musical influences in addition to the years of listening to classic rock.

For the making of her record, the Southern belle teamed up with producer Paul Mabury (Brooke Fraser, Hillsong, One Sonic Society) because she wanted to collaborate with someone that understood the type of music that was so dear to her.

Daigle first started her musical journey by auditioning for “American Idol” and since then says she has found true identity.

“When I was at ‘American Idol,’ I loved to do that type of music just because it is what we grew up with, but my appreciation has definitely changed the older I got [by] learning who I was in the midst of ‘American Idol.’ When I auditioned I was 17 years old, that was seven years ago, so it was quite a different stage in life,” she admitted.

While on the hit television show, the chart topper made it to Hollywood and then was sent home right before America had the chance to vote for her but it was then that she claims God got a hold of her.

“The Lord just started speaking to me right then about my identity, ‘Are you going to live on the approval of men or are you going to live by my word?’ I had to learn right in that moment, ‘Okay Lord I know the promises that you have spoken into my heart – I’m going to trust you in this,” she recalled.

Shortly after hearing from God and making a decision to rely on Him, she began leading worship at her church and joined a band at Louisiana State University. It was then she blossomed into the songstress that so many people have grown to love.

“Amazingly enough as I’m learning identity and one door closes, God opens up another one to teach and craft my heart for different sounds and brings out what I truly love,” Daigle gushed.

On How Can It Be the Deluxe Edition, Daigle says that she has many favorite songs but confessed that her current favorite song is “Wordless.”

“I am just watching the way God is moving through that song and the way that He’s moving through the hearts of people, it’s super impacting to me,” she explained. “It brings me to that place of awe and wonder of who God is. I love the vulnerability in the verses, the little subtleties and I love how the chorus is a little bit unexpected.”

At just 24-years-old, Daigle is successful and commented on the view that millennials are part of a selfie/selfish generation.

“I just had a conversation with a couple of friends the other day that this generation is a generation that’s driven,” the “First” singer stated. “It’s interesting to me – the older generation put into us to reach for the top and you see this competitiveness in our generation and some of it is healthy and some of it is unhealthy, but there’s this drive to excel in our generation.”

“Because of technology and the way things have developed there is this idea that we can actually achieve it, that we can go to the top and use our resources and work with what we have,” she continued. “So it is super interesting to me to see our differences, but I would say that this generation is completely driven, it interest me to see the way our perception of drive has changed.”

Daigle noted that in her grandmother’s generation when they wanted milk they had to go out on their farm and milk a cow, but times have changed and people can simply get milk from a store. Convenience and time saving advances in society allow people to focus their drive on something else, mostly “the work place.”

“The shift and the focus has changed and the method has changed. but I would say that there is still drive in our generation,” she said.

Daigle says she’s very excited about the new songs and it’s just an honor for her to have another opportunity to share her ministry with the world.

“I get so full off of stories that people send in of encouragement. When I’m struggling through a season or really tired or feeling overwhelmed, it’s those stories that I go to and I look for. People say, ‘Don’t stop making music it’s transforming our lives.’ The Lord uses the body of Christ to pour right back into me and it’s those stories that impact my heart to keep writing,” she concluded. “I’m super grateful for the outpouring and I hope the deluxe version ministers even greater to all of your hearts.”

For more information on Daigle and her new deluxe release visit www.LaurenDaigle.com.

Survivalist & TV Star Bear Grylls on How to Make Your Marriage Stronger

June 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight

Survivalist and TV star Bear Grylls recently wrote what he called “the most difficult” and “most important” column that he’s penned for the UK’s GQ, where he is a regular contributor. And no, it’s not about how to survive in an isolated forest by foraging for slugs. It’s about marriage.

The entire column is worth reading and full of practical advice (like going to counseling, making date nights a priority, communicating well), but he also says that balancing priorities as both a parent and a partner is essential. Especially, not putting our kids before our spouses:
We must prioritize our partners above everything else: even our kids. Couples often think that the kids should always come first, but smart couples know that the best foundation for the family is their relationship. In protecting that, they can then best love their children.

Even though he’s recognized for wild TV exploits, Grylls is also known for being a down to earth guy, who is vocal about this faith. Back in 2010, he explained his own philosophy of Christianity RELEVANT.

I remember having one moment when some really good friends turned their back on me in a really nasty way. And I remember praying a simple prayer up a tree one evening and saying, ‘God, if you’re like I knew you as a kid, would you be that friend again?’ And it was no more complicated than that. And actually the amazing thing is that all God asks is that we sort of open the door and He’ll do the rest. So often we kinda hide behind our yearning for love and acceptance with loads of complicated theological questions, and actually once that’s stripped away what we really are is just somebody who wants to have that relationship with your Father.


RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS -- "Kate Winslet" Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bear Grylls, Kate Winslet -- (Photo by: Mark Challender/NBC)

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS — “Kate Winslet” Episode 204 — Pictured: (l-r) Bear Grylls, Kate Winslet — (Photo by: Mark Challender/NBC)

Of all the columns I have written for GQ, this is the most difficult. But it’s also the most important. Because if you really want to be happy, your closest relationships have to be good. And there is no relationship more important than your marriage.

Now, I definitely don’t get this stuff right all the time. But I do really want to get it right and I have learnt a lot about what’s smart and what’s not. These are the conclusions I’ve come to.

The vicar who married Shara and me told us that marriage is like making a piece of precious glass. Do it right and you’ll create something beautiful and lasting. But glass, like a marriage, is fragile. They are both very easy to break if you take your eye off the ball.

So how do we take care of this precious and fragile thing? First off, remember that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” partner. Marriage is about finding someone whose values and character you love, and then doing everything you can to affirm, encourage and match them.

Marriages comes with an emotional bank account, and you have to ensure that your investments exceed your withdrawals. Sometimes we have to work late, be away, or we get angry or act selfishly. These are all withdrawals from our emotional bank account.

So how do we make good emotional investments?

The year that Shara and I got married, we enrolled on a marriage course. People thought we were nuts. Surely a marriage course was to help those whose marriages were in trouble? But we figured that if this was the most important thing we were ever going to do, we should do everything we could to stop it breaking in the first place.

A great tip we took away was to plan date nights, once a week if possible. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. Go for a walk in the rain together, or for dinner, or even the cinema or a picnic. We need to put time aside to spend with one another and focus on what brought us together in the first place. Because togetherness is what it’s all about.

bear-grylls_2We must prioritize our partners above everything else: even our kids. Couples often think that the kids should always come first, but smart couples know that the best foundation for the family is their relationship. In protecting that, they can then best love their children.

If we’re to prioritize our partners, it’s important that we also reserve our “best” for them. How many people come back from work in a bad mood, kick the cat, are grumpy with the kids, then put on their best face because they’ve got people coming for dinner? The smart man does it the other way round: if you’re having a terrible day, maybe cancel that dinner and give the best of yourself to your partner. There’s no better investment into your emotional bank account. It shows your partner that they’re number one.

We men are often terrible at communicating. Marriage counsellors are quite clear that the main cause of marriage breakdown is not infidelity or disagreements. It’s lack of communication. When we have concerns, we need to talk about them. Otherwise they fester and grow.

Communication is the cement that binds the bricks of marriage together. Before getting married, you should be open with each other about your attitude to the issues that all families encounter – in-laws, finances, children, schools. And sex, of course. That can be a difficult one for us to discuss, as that road will have its ups and downs for sure. But if you communicate well, sex should get better with age.

The greatest part of communication lies in the art of listening. In this respect, men often make a fundamental mistake (myself included): when we listen, we try to solve, rather than try to understand. Countless times, Shara’s told me she’s annoyed at something and I suggest solutions. But she doesn’t want solutions; she just wants to be listened to and understood. When I finally learned to listen carefully, and to show that I understood her concerns (without always trying to “fix” them), our marriage became much stronger.

At our wedding, we asked our guests for their best marriage advice. We got some gems of replies but the best came from a couple who had been married for 50 years. It was also the simplest: “Never stop holding hands.” That’s what Shara and I have always tried to do, both physically and metaphorically.

Great marriages rarely just happen. And as someone once said to me: If you ever think the grass is greener on the other side of the hill… it’s time to start watering your own.

Listen to New Music from Skillet

June 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight

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New York, NY—GRAMMY-nominated rockers Skillet will release Unleashed, their new studio album and follow up to their 2013 release Rise, which bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The 12-track album, a year in the making, is currently available for pre-order via all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. Pre-orders will include an instant download of the debut Active Rock single “Feel Invincible,” a lyric video which can be seen below. Skillet can also be found on Google Play and streaming on Spotify. Beginning Thursday, May 26th, Air 1 Network will be the World Premiere broadcast partner for the album’s debut Christian single “Stars,” while featuring the track in their Spotify playlist.

From the bombastic opening riff of “Feel Invincible” to the memorable closing of the album finale “The Resistance,” it is clear the band has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while still delivering some of their most personal and heartfelt collections of songs to date. “I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music,” said Skillet’s John Cooper. “I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they’d connect musically.”

Songs like “Back From The Dead,” “Stars” and “Out Of Hell” showcase the musicianship and songwriting that has garnered the band a rabid worldwide fan base, a platinum selling album and multiple GRAMMY nominations. Comprised of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals), Seth Morrison (lead guitar) and Jen Ledger (drums, vocals), the band collaborated with Brian Howes, (Daughtry, Halestorm, Nickelback), as well as, Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed,Five Finger Death Punch), Neal Avron (Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys, TobyMac) to create Unleashed.

Skillet, CCM Magazine - imageThe track listing for Unleashed is:
1) Feel Invincible
2) Back From The Dead
3) Stars
4) I Want To Live
5) Undefeated
6) Famous
7) Lions
8) Out Of Hell
9) Burn It Down
10) Watching For Comets
11) Saviors Of The World
12) The Resistance

Source: ccmmagazine.com