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Acoustic songs and drive-in concerts!

Today our stories for Artist Newsday were about Dan Bremnes‘ new acoustic album – read the story from by clicking here.

We also shared news about Casting Crowns joining hands (not literally) with other artists for a drive-in tour. Read more here!

There’s a light you don’t notice
Until you’re standing in the dark
And there’s a strength that’s growing
Inside your shattered heart

The answer? Tauren Wells – God’s Not Done with You…congratulations to Bonnie of Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the Pat Barrett CD from our CD Prize Grab Stack!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Stevenson, Speed and Switchfoot!

Here are today’s Artist News headlines from our friends at

Last week, Gotee Records’ Ryan Stevenson released his new studio album, Wildest Dreams.  The first radio single, “Amadeo (Still My God)” is currently in the NZ Top 10.

“These songs are a collection of deep prayers, brokenness, joy, victory, celebration, defeat, pain, grief and reflection,” shares Ryan about Wildest Dreams. “It makes me feel so many things, most importantly, it moves my heart closer to Jesus! I pray it does the same for you and I’m so excited to share it.”

Wildest Dreams hopefully inspires the listener to move to a place of trust and dependence on God.

GRAMMY® nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winning band MercyMe performed the National Anthem to kick off the Indycar Genesys 300 race this past Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. The band pre-recorded the anthem to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. 

MercyMe recently released their latest single, “Hurry Up And Wait,” in follow-up to their 48th #1 song “Almost Home,” which held the top spot on Billboard’s Christian charts for a combined total of 17 weeks.

Currently in the studio, the band plans to release a new full-length project later this year or early 2021.

After announcing on April 3rd that the 16th Annual BRO-AM event in San Diego wouldn’t be happening, Switchfoot has figured out a way to keep the festivities alive via an online event! The June 27th event that also features NEEDTOBREATHE, Colony House, and Judah and the Lion!

Dear Friends!

Every year in June, we gather together at our local beach to lift our voices in support of at-risk youth within our community. We’ve been doing this together for 15 years, raising more than 1.5 million dollars in support of these incredible kids. 

This year, since we can’t safely have a concert with thousands of people on the beach, we’re taking the show online! This isn’t just any old Instagram or Facebook live stream, no… We’re going BIG! We’ll have a full stage, lights, live chat and more!

Join us June 27th at 5PM PST on as we come together (digitally) in support of at-risk kids in both our local San Diego and National Communities! Can’t make it at 5PM on the dot? No problem! The stream will be accessible until the end of the month. You can tune in live, or catch it with your morning coffee the next day! 

We started the BRO-AM 16 years ago with one goal: to give back to the next generation. This year, the needs within our community and country are greater than ever.

All net proceeds of your BRO-AM streaming ticket will bring immediate, much needed relief and support to six amazing organizations:

Feeding America
A Step Beyond
Challenged Athletes Foundation
Feeding San Diego
Monarch Schools &
VH1 Save The Music

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?

The answer? Switchfoot – Dare You To Move. Congratulations to Mandy from Fredericktown who guessed correctly and wins Pat Barrett’s self-titled CD!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Tauren Wells and Building 429!


Tauren Wells recently unveiled a new video to go along with his smash hit song “Like You Love Me.” Check it out here!



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For Building 429, 2019 was a HUGE year and they are very optimistic for the future!


Our winner for Song Poetry was Linda from Utica. The song was “Known” by Tauren Wells. As for Name That Tune, the Song was “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra! and our winner was Bonnie from Mt. Vernon!



Thanks For Listening-
Todd –

Lauren Daigle and Jamie Grace!


Our first story combines too things well liked by many, Lauren Daigle and Football! Check it out here:



Jamie Grace Announces New Music Coming In 2020

Also we have some really great news for Jamie Grace fans! Your wait for new music is OVER!:


Maude from Mt. Vernon was our winner for Song Poetry. The Song was Lauren Daigle’s “Look up Child!”


Thanks for Listening-

Todd McKinley

Michael Tait and We Are Messengers

With a mix of happiness and melancholy this week, let’s see what’s up in the world of Christian Music!

Lynda Randle and Michael Tait are 'Together For Christmas' Michael Tait (Newsboys) and Gospel singer Lynda Randle (Tait’s sister) are teaming up for a mini tour of sorts with all the Christmas music you could hope for!


Drake Kennedy Plays Final Shows with We Are Messengers

In other news, We Are Messengers had to give a bittersweet farewell to base player Drake Kennedy.

We solved our stumper for Name That Tune last week! The song was Francesca Battistelli’s ‘Giants Fall!’ Congratulations to Barbie from Mount Vernon. Ironically, Song Poetry had a stumper this week so the lyrics will be back next time.


-Thanks for Listening

TobyMac and Newsboys United

Today we got to hear about Newsboys United and TobyMac!


Newsboys United Extends 'Greatness Of Our God' Tour Into Spring 2020

The boys are back with an extension to their tour! You can find out more here.



On a more somber note, due to the untimely death of his oldest son, TobyMac will be rescheduling his fall tour. You can read more below. Please continue to keep the whole family in your prayers.

Our winner for Song Poetry was Debbie from Mt. Vernon. The song was Bulletproof by CitizenWay. We had a stumper with Name That Tune and will bring it back next week.


Thanks for Listening


Tours and Live Albums!

Today we shared stories about the upcoming tour from We Are Messengers from New Release Tuesday…FIND THE STORY HERE

Plus more about Pat Barrett‘s upcoming LIVE album…CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY

Today’s Song Poetry lyrics were:
Bursting inside us, we cannot contain
Your love will, surely come find us
Like blazing wildfires, singing your name

The answer was “Multiplied” by NEEDTOBREATHE.  Congratulations to Brandon from Howard who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Today for Name That Tune, we had “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams – congratulations to Ben of Mount Vernon who wins the certificate!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Mac Powell and Matthew West



The Album we’ve all been wating for is HERE! Mac Powell and the family Reunion released the debut single and you can check it out here!





Our winner for song poetry today was Barbie from Fredericktown! Name that Tune was a stumper so we’ll bring it back next week!

Thanks for Listening

Skillet and Hillsong United

Today we talked about Hillsong United’s new/old REMIX album, “People Deluxe.”
You can read all about it here:



Skillet tour

We also touched on some big news for Skillet fans! (not biased at all) They’re heading on tour this September with Alter Bridge! You can find out all you need to know here:


Congratulations to Travis from Mt. Vernon and Lisa from Danville! They were our winners for Song Poetry and Name That Tune Respectively. The featured songs were “Wherever I go” by Dan Bremnes and “Courageous” by Casting Crowns.


Thanks for Listening


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