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Tour updates from Amy and Danny…

Today’s Artist News focuses on Amy Grant’s recovery and Danny Gokey’s fall lineup. Read more here and get more artist updates at

Amy Grant’s management has announces that she will be postponing her previously scheduled tour dates in September and October due to needing more time to recover from injuries and a concussion sustained in a bicycling accident that occurred in Nashville on July 27, 2022.

All concerts will be rescheduled throughout February – April 2023 and tickets will be honored at the new dates. For further updates please visit

Grant’s manager, Jennifer Cooke, explained the postponement and gave an update on how Amy is doing: “Amy is getting stronger every day. Just as she did after her heart surgery, we are amazed at how fast she heals. However, although she is doing much better, we have made the difficult decision to postpone her fall tour so she can concentrate on her recovery and rebuild her stamina. She wants to be able to give 100% when she tours and, unfortunately, we do not think that will be the case by the time rehearsals would start for the fall dates.

She will resume touring with her Christmas tour with Michael W. Smith and her annual “Christmas At The Ryman” residency with her husband Vince Gill. Amy would like to extend her gratitude for all the many good wishes and prayers offered since the accident. She feels the impact of the collective good will extended her way. Thank you.”

Transparent Productions announces that tickets for Danny Gokey‘s “Jesus People” Fall Tour are currently on sale.

Three-time GRAMMY nominee and American Idol alum Danny Gokey will kick off the 27-city tour on September 22 in Vienna, VA, and will wrap on November 6 in Tampa (Plant City), FL. Special guests Jordan Feliz and Tasha Layton will join Danny Gokey for 24 dates.

Gokey will also be doing the first three dates with special guests Unspoken and Dan Bremnes.

Danny shares, “Tasha and Jordan’s music and ministry is a true representation of Jesus People walking out who He’s called us to be, salt and light in the world.”

Jordan Feliz says, “We are so expectant to see how the Lord uses this tour to bring joy and hope to so many people. I am honored to be part of the tour.”

Tasha Layton adds, “I love Danny and Jordan’s music, but I adore their heart for people even more. Times are difficult right now for so many and my prayer is that this tour offers us a chance to gather and turn our eyes toward the One who comforts, heals, and restores.”

Ohio tour dates:
9/29/2022 Christian Life Center, Dayton
10/13/2022 Genoa Baptist Church, Westerville

I want simplicity
Where I can rest
But I need a miracle
To put my past to death

The song is ‘Point to You,’ by We Are Messengers. Congratulations to Ron from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

A pause for prayer.

Today I shared Monday Motivation from James Banks reminding us that there are times when we need to slow down, pause, and pray. Read this devotional from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.


Two big recalls were announced in the last 24 hours. One on Capri Sun, one on Home Run Inn frozen pizza. Click the brand names for links to news stories about the information.

Name the mot annoying thing other drivers do on the road:

1- Not use turn signals (28 votes)
2- Cut you off (26)
3- Drive too fast (13)
4- Drive too slow (12)
5- Tailgate (7)
6- Use their phone (4)
7- Loud music (3)

Congratulations to Kim from Apple Valley, who guessed those top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

The Healing and the Beginning!

Curb | Word Entertainment artist Blanca released “Mi Sanador,” the Spanish version of her current radio hit “The Healing,” last week.

Her new album, The Heartbreak And The Healing, is set to arrive September 23.

“Mi Sanador (The Healing)” puts a new twist on Blanca’s latest single. Stirring up faith in all who hear this powerful anthem of hope, Blanca shares that she wrote the pop selection as a testimony to the healing she’s experienced in her own heart following a series of life-shaking events.

Blanca reminds listeners that the God who holds the stars and moon in place is the same God who ignites healing in our very souls.

Transparent Productions is excited to announce Big Daddy Weave’s “Only The Beginning Tour 2022” this fall. The 20-city tour will kick off October 5 in Davenport, IA, and will wrap on November 20 in Myrtle Beach, SC, and feature special guests Austin French and Hannah Kerr.

It includes two stops in Ohio – October 20th in Austintown and October 22nd in Archbold

“So many of us have experienced loss and tragedy over the last couple of years that feels like the end of a season or a relationship or a certain path we’ve been on in life,” Big Daddy Weave collectively shares. “What we love about life in Jesus is that He is the God of new beginnings. Wherever we are right now is only the beginning of what’s ahead in Him, and we’re excited to celebrate that message with all of you on the upcoming Only The Beginning Tour.”

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far

The song is Danny Gokey’s “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.” Congratulations to Ruth of Mount Vernon, who solved this STUMPER from last week, so she wins two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Lord, you know me…

Today I shared a devotional called simply, ‘He Knows…’ based in Psalm 139.

Karen Huang shares the confidence we can have, knowing that He loves everyone, even our own loved ones, greater than we do! Read it by clicking here.

Name a reason a person might wake up at 2:00 in the morning!
1. Go to the bathroom (24 votes)
2. To help a baby or child (19)
3. A bad dream (16)
4. They heard a noise (13)
5. They’re too hot or too cold (12)
6. Hungry or thirsty (6)
7. Get up for work (4)

Congratulations to Jerry from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 for 8/5/22

Here is this week’s countdown:

10. Katy Nichole – In Jesus Name (God of Possible)
9. Blessing Offor – Brighter Days
8. Maverick City Music – Jireh
7. TobyMac f/Blessing Offor – The Goodness
6. Jeremy Camp – Getting Started
5. Phil Wickham – Hymn of Heaven
4. for KING & COUNTRY – For God Is With Us
3. Brandon Heath – See Me Through It
2. Andrew Ripp – Fill My Cup
1. Matthew West – Me On Your Mind (2nd week at #1)

New Music Friday adds this week:

Elevation Worship – Same God

Colton Dixon – Build a Boat

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and the Big Blue Crew from First Friday

Pulling us to safety

Today I shared a devotional from Our Daily Bread and Jennifer Schuldt called “Pulled to Safety.” It’s based in David’s rescue in 2 Samuel. Read it by clicking here!

…was “This Could Change Everything,” from Francesca Battistelli. Congratulations to Barbie from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

What’s a Waffle Bomb?

It’s new this year to the 167th Ohio State Fair! A waffle bomb is a chocolate-covered jumbo strawberry deep fried in waffle batter. Just one of the many new treats…or $30 meals…take your pick. Some of my other discoveries:

  • the Alfredo-stuffed turkey leg from Hickory Tree BBQ, right beside the Main Street Stage
  • Cajun waffle dogs – andouille sausages, dipped in waffle batter, deep-fried
  • cold edible cookie dough
  • cornbread funnel cake
  • waffle pickle dogs – pickle spears on a stick, wrapped in black forest ham, dipped in Belgian Waffle batter, deep-fried
  • Nutter Butter stuffed funnel
Who Am I?
–         I was born August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California
–         I attended the school UP NORTH (Michigan)
–         I was a 6th round NFL Draft Pick in 2000
–         Since then, I’ve won a record seven Super Bowls with two teams
–         My wife is from Brazil
–         I retired, then unretired this spring

I am Tom Brady – congratulations to Kristi from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream

Hiawatha Water Park and Pool winners of family-four packs today were Rachael and Sabrina! Way to go!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

More from We The Kingdom…

Last night We The Kingdom performed at the Ohio State Fair, after announcing late last week their new album release this fall.

Read the story here from

Let every heartbreak
And every scar
Be a picture that reminds you
Who has carried you this far

The artist/song was a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week.

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top Ten for 07/29/2022

Here is this week’s countdown:

1. Me On Your Mind – Matthew West

2. See Me Through It – Brandon Heath

3. For God Is With Us – for KING & COUNTRY

4. Fill My Cup – Andrew Ripp

5. Hymn of Heaven – Phil Wickham

6. Brighter Days – Blessing Offor

7. Getting Started – Jeremy Camp

8. In Jesus Name (God of Possible) – Katy Nichole

9. Jireh – Maverick City Music ft. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine

10. The Goodness – tobyMac ft. Blessing Offor

Thanks for tuning in!
-Alyssa & Joe

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