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Going Gold!

Four-time GRAMMY® award-winning duo for King & Country celebrates its fifth No. 1 hit from the GRAMMY winning, RIAA Gold certified studio album Burn The Ships with the single “Amen”. To read more about their incredible accomplishment click HERE. On Friday, June 25th, Phil Wickham released his eighth album, Hymn Of Heaven. His album has 13 songs, including his multiple-week No. 1 hit Battle Belongs. To promote the album, Wickham is touring this spring and summer on his Night Of Worship tour along with festival dates throughout the summer. Check out his website to see all of the dates and locations! To read more about Phil Wickham’s new album click HERE.

Here’s for King and Country’s Amen!

I got the devil on my throat
Got blood on my hands
The ones that I love are in danger
I’m a fallen man
But I found me a river
And it washes me clean
I know that I’m drowning for trying
But I’ll never leave

Congratulations to Zach of Lexington for correctly answering that those lyrics were from NEEDTOBREATHE with their song ‘Survival’, he won 2 $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Artist News Day Game Time Tuesday!

Today we shared some news from NEEDTOBREATHE and Anne Wilson. NEEDTOBREATHE announced their new album a little while ago and just released one of the tracks from it. The song is called “Sunshine” and is now available to stream and download. Their new album “Into the Mystery will be released on July 30th! Anne Wilson’s newest single “My Jesus” has been doing incredible. Her song is Capital CMG’s largest debut single launch from a new artist in nearly 10 years which is amazing!! She also announced that on August 6th her first EP called “My Jesus (Live in Nashville)” will be released. We are so excited to hear it!!

Here’s Anne Wilson and Matthew West Singing “My Jesus”!

To read the article about NEEDTOBREATHE click HERE. To read the article about Anne Wilson click HERE.

I got the devil on my throat
Got blood on my hands
The ones that I love are in danger
I’m a fallen man
But I found me a river
And it washes me clean
I know that I’m drowning for trying
But I’ll never leave

This weeks lyrics were a stumper so we will bring it back next week!

Thanks for listening

-Kelsi

Music, Music, and More Music

Today for artist news day we talked about Crowder and Building 429. Both artists released new music last Friday, June 11th.

Crowder released his much anticipated album “Milk & Honey”. This album features collaborations from Hulvey and Maverick City Music. Crowder actually recorded this album in his basement during the pandemic while still connecting with writers, producers, and artists. This album features the song “Good God Almighty” which has been at the top of the charts for a couple weeks. To read more click HERE.

Building 429 a new single called “Not Finished Yet”. This upbeat song is a stirring, hopeful pop anthem about how even when we stray far away, God is there, ready to draw us close to Him. “Not Finished Yet’ was written by Building 429 frontman Jason Roy along with Riley Friesen, who also produced the song. To read more click HERE.

The weight of the world is getting heavier now

Feels like its far too much to carry around

And each and every little time that you fall starts

Looking like the end of it all

Congratulations to Krista of Howard for correctly answering that those lyrics were from Riley Clemmons with her song ‘Keep On Hoping’, she won a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

New Music is Here!

Today for Artist news day we talked about Riley Clemmons and Casting Crowns! Riley Clemmons just released her second album called “Godsend” which we are super excited to give it a listen. To read more about this new album click HERE. Going with the new music trend Casting Crowns just released a new single called “Scars In Heaven” from their upcoming album. Learn more about this song and their upcoming album HERE. We love when artists release new music!

The weight of the world is getting heavier now

Feels like its far too much to carry around

And each and every little time that you fall starts

Looking like the end of it all

This weeks lyrics were a stumper so we will bring it back next week!

Thanks for listening

-Kelsi and Alyssa

Hey June!

Today for Artist News Day and the first day of June we shared two stories about Jeremy Camp and Crowder, two very busy and successful WNZR artists. They have been pumping out great new music for Summer 2021.

Jeremy Camp has released a new single entitled ‘When You Speak’, read the full article about this new release by clicking here and listen to the song below:

Crowder has also been very busy with releasing new singles for his upcoming album, he released ‘The Anchor’, you can learn more by clicking here and listen to the song below:

You put the “X” on my faded map

Draw me a line back to where you’re at

Patient when I try to move too fast

Congratulations to Paul of Mount Vernon for correctly answering that those lyrics were from Jordan Feliz with his song ‘Next to Me’, he won a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Alyssa

Big News For Lauren Daigle & Andrew Ripp!

Lexie & Todd Bring you artist news for Andrew Ripp & Lauren Daigle.

Soulful singer-songwriter Andrew Ripp landed his first No. 1 single with his song “Jericho” at Billboard’s Christian Airplay, Christian AC Monitored, and Christian AC Indicator. Check out the full story HERE

two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Lauren Daigle has released the long awaited, “Hold On To Me.” Check out the full story HERE

Listen to the new Lauren Daigle song HERE

Truth was crashing through the pride and the blame
Cutting straight into the heart of me
Long before I ever called your name
You were fighting for my victory

The Answer is Jericho by Andrew Ripp! Congrats to Bonnie from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing and winning a $5 Gift Certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Todd

Toby Mac and the We Love Music Awards

First up, the We Love Music Awards are tonight! Check them out and get more info here: https://www.newreleasetoday.com/weloveawards.php

One of WNZR’s favorite artists is finally back after a hard season in his life. Check out the latest single from Toby Mac and be sure to watch the music video! https://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/news/2021/02/19.SeventimeGRAMMYWinnerTobyMacDropsNewSingle’HelpisontheWayMaybeMidnight.asp

Finally a big congratulations to Sherrisa from Howard. She correctly guessed our song for Song Poetry! This week we featured There was Jesus by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton

Thanks for listening
–Todd McKinley

New Music and Tour Announcements!

Lexie & Alyssa excitedly bring you new artist news this week for Artist Newsday Game-Time Tuesday!

There’s new music from Cade Thompson! He has penned a honest and tender-hearted love song titled “Dear Future Wife”.  Check out the full story HERE.

You can also watch that video right HERE!

Kari Jobe has announced a new tour! Jobe has announced The Blessing USA Tour. Named after Jobe’s GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning hit! Check out the full story HERE!

If you’re interested in tickets, you can get more information HERE.

If I could talk to myself eight years ago
Seeing what I’ve seen knowing what I know
I would tell that quiet kid
There’ll be days ahead
When it doesn’t make sense
I would tell him he can trust Your hand
‘Cause now I gotta picture of the greater plan

This week’s song poetry lyrics were a stumper! listen next week for your chance to win!

Thanks so much for listening to The Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Alyssa

This week’s headlines…

Four years ago, artist and songwriter Matthew West announced the launch of Story House Collective, a venture inspired by his passion to translate his and others’ stories into impactful experiences.

The company now houses a variety of entities, specifically artist management representing West as well as singer and songwriter Leanna Crawford. Story House Collective also manages the nonprofit ministry popwe and the Matthew West Podcast. 

West announced last week that industry veteran Jimmy Wheeler is joining Story House Collective as General Manager. Wheeler worked within the Sony Music system for 30 years, the last 25 with Provident Entertainment/Sony Music.

Matthew continues to work on new music and record and release new episodes of his podcast. Launched this past August, “The Matthew West Podcast” guests have included Olympian Shawn Johnson, country duo Maddie & Tae, , Karen Kingsbury, and more.

Leanna Crawford will drop a new music video later this month, and plans are underway for a tour later this year. Her self-titled EP released in 2020, and she has a five-day devotional titled Truth I’m Standing On inspired by her song of the same name. 

We The Kingdom unveils the deluxe edition of Holy Water this Friday (1/8), with a brand new track, “Take Me On A Ride,” as well as 7 of their singles, each recorded in a different setting- live, acoustic and more intimate than before.

There is a new version of “Holy Water” featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard, plus a new acoustic track of “God So Loved.”

The band includes songwriter Ed Cash and his family- brother Scott, children Franni and Martin and close friend Andrew Bergthold.

Don’t let it arrest you
This fear is fear of fallin’ again
And if you need a refuge
I will be right here until the end

Congratulations to Barbie from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly – Burn the Ships by for King and Country – and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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