After seeing brief Billboard success with 'Turn My Life Up' in 2008 (debuting at #43, and then dropping off the 2nd week), Sho Baraka and Reach Records have shown growth in sales and staying power.
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Trip Lee released this statement on the upcoming album:
The response to 20/20 was more than I could have asked for. I heard so many stories about how God used the album in the lives of the listeners. The stories range from people just being helped through rough days, to people trusting Christ for the very first time. That blows me away! I want to thank everyone for all the support. But, it's time for a new chapter and a brand new album.
As one of the premiere music outlets in Christian music, we get tons of emails, and now Tweets, Facebook comments, Facebook messages, Facebook IM's, instant messages, text messages, phone calls, etc., from artists that are ignorant to the industry standards, relationship building, and professionalism. Everyone is ignorant at some point and everyone will be ignorant to many things until they die. However, when it comes to being ignorant to music industry standards in this day and age, there is no excuse. Christian hip hop, of almost any genre that I have had experience in, are the worst at submitting news and press releases. So here is a quick example to help you model your professional press release after. This will greatly increase your chances of getting published on websites.
First I want to thank everyone for your understanding, mercy and grace while my family and I worked on rebuilding our marriage and reconciliation. From the very beginning, I have wanted to communicate with you. However following the advice of the church leadership, and others to whom I entrusted my restoration, I remained silent.
Back in late April 2009, the Lord exposed me and consequently delivered me from being entangled in a season of willful disobedience, deception and darkness. I was involved in a non-sexual but very inappropriate relationship with a woman other than my wife, thereby betraying my Lord, my wife, family, Epiphany Fellowship (the church I love and was instrumental in founding) my co-laborers and ministry supporters like you.
Syntax Records' staff (L to R: Steve Trudeau, Jeremiah Bonds, Tim Trudeau, Shane Newville, Chad Horton, Brandon Musser, and Donnell Johnson) are pictured and interviewed in the April issue of one of the top MMA magazines, Fight Magazine with Urijah Faber on the cover.
You heard it here first. Japhia Life is officially releasing his new album 'Nazareth' on Tuesday April 6th, 2010. The album will be available on Christian hip hop stores on April 6th, and then in late April the album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
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San Diego's, Ruslan (of theBREAX) releases "Nothing In Particular" music video and announces upcoming EP.
After releasing the Gallery Drive album & mixtape, Ruslan is keeping the momentum going by releasing his first music video Nothing in Particular and solo EP, 'Right Out Loud, the Prequel.'
Nothing in Particular is produced by DJ Rek, and directed by Sam Wells.
'Right Out Loud, the Prequel' consists of 7 new songs and will be released April 20th, 2010 through Eye Am Productions. The EP features collaborations with Braille, Blame One, Nova, Beleaf of theBREAX, Regg Henny, & Deacon Blair with productions from Exile, DJ Rek, Fabe, DJ Pound, Sound Collage Musik & more.
Download the new single here!. Reach Records says "this song is a hidden track on the album, which we are sure most of you have not found yet, so we are trying something new and releasing it as a free single."
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While buzz is massive today because of the heights that new albums by Rhema Soul and Sho Baraka reached, one was not among that buzz. Jacob Izrael released 'The Glitch' today, and it seems that it is just that. A glitch in the norm. The norm is changing, and Jacob released is new album as a free download and will not appear on the top 10 iTunes hip hop charts.
A North Carolina-based evangelist hopes to help lift a spirit of heaviness that has fallen over Haiti since a massive earthquake rocked the island nation in January, killing more than 200,000 people.
Ben Cerullo, 33, wants to bless and encourage the Haitian people through Hope Alive, a large-scale event in Port-au-Prince Friday that will include music from Christian rap and reggae artists The Ambassador, J.R., and Prodigal Son, as well as praise and worship.
BEC RECORDINGS INKS PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW ZEALANDS PARACHUTE MUSIC TO BRING RAPTURE RUCKUS TO THE STATES
Always on the hunt to bring new talent to their fans, BEC Recordings is partnering with New Zealand based Parachute Music to introduce the music of Rapture Ruckus to the United States in June 8, 2010. Rapture Ruckus will release their fourth project, which includes songs recorded in Nashville, TN with industry-maven Joe Baldrige (DC Talk, Family Force 5), as a part of the BEC Recordings partnership.
Fronted by MC Rapture (Brad Dring), Rapture Ruckus craft an arresting, original fuse of Rock laden Hip Hop, with heavy guitars and slick pop sensibilities. Honing a tight stage show over the past eight years, the band dazzles with big production and a live show that is most at home under the flashing lights of festivals and stadiums.
Rapture Ruckus debuted in 2002 at New Zealands Parachute Festival (one of the largest music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere) breaking the events record for highest-selling new act. Owning the stage like veterans, their slamming show propelled Parachute Music to instantly sign the act, and they have since become a key headliner of the 25,000-strong festival.
Rapture Ruckus has continued touring, supporting bands throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Already releasing three albums since their 2002 debut, and winning the 2007 New Zealand Music Award for Best Gospel Album, Rapture Ruckus is thrilled to bring their music to the United States via BEC Recordings. MC Rapture spits out gritty, honest lyrics, covering his redemption story from a broken home and substance abuse problems to an uncompromising confidence in Christ. The songs are instantly infectious (their sophomore album garnering the band five No. 1 singles), and Rapture Ruckus rile the crowd until everyone is chanting along, or at least waving their arms with the Hip Hop salute.
Rapture Ruckus releases on June 8th, 2010.
1. No Matter What
3. Hold On
4. All Things New
5. I Believe
6. All We Got
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After a four-year hiatus multifaceted singer/songwriter Michelle Bonilla readies to release her sophomore studio effort entitled In Spite of Me, April 13th on RockSoul Productions.
The recent Temple University Cum Laude graduate first came on the scene with her 2006 release "Phenomenal" where her single 'Sin Ti' charted on the top 20 CHR charts.
Shes back with her producer Lee Jerkins (Out of Eden, Cross Movement) with an inspirational 16-track CD--13 full songs and three diary excerpts--with strong infusions of R&B, pop and Latin melodies featuring Jamaican gospel recording artist Chevelle Franklin, and gospel hip-hop artists Lecrae, Flame, and R-Swift. "My music is a blend of who I am culturallyurban, Latin, rock and soul," says Bonilla.