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Artist News Day

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!

Performing on a classic stage

Today’s Artist News headlines focused on:

TAUREN WELLS – read about his experience playing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry this past week. Click here for the story from

RYAN ELLIS – the artist behind “Heart of the Father” releases his first album. Learn more by clicking here!

Doesn’t matter just how many times I tried
There could only be a single reason why,
So tell me…

The song? Miracles from Colton Dixon. Congratulations to Vicki from Mount Vernon correctly guessing todays Song Poetry!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Tours, Albums, Musicals and Ice Cream!

Today’s Artist News focused on:

KATY NICHOLE: read more about her story and background here from

MERCYME, REND COLLECTIVE & ANDREW RIPP: joining up for a fall tour. Read the story here from They will be in Cleveland on November 6th.

To anyone who ever lost your way
To everyone who ever felt ashamed
Here’s a song for all the broken hearted…

The song? Jeremy Camp with ‘Getting Started.’ Congratulations to Ashley from Mount Vernon winning that $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream!

Congrats to Aubrey from Mount Vernon calling in and winning tickets to see Oliver! this Thursday!

Thanks for listening!

-Joe and Brogan

Albums and accolades!

Today we shared Artist News from:

TAUREN WELLS: read more about the release of his new album. Find the story from by clicking here.

CROWDER: read about how David and his team celebrated four awards about singles and albums last week. Read more here!

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

The answer? Lincoln Brewster and ‘Everlasting God.’ Congratulations to Rendell from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

News and notes for 5/24/22

Please keep praying for the families and community impacted by the school shooting today in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts are breaking as we lift that city to our Lord in prayer.

Today’s Artist News featured stories:

MAVERICK CITY MUSIC AND KIRK FRANKLIN – a new album and a big tour are ready to launch! Read more here from!

AVALON WORSHIP – the classic group returns with a new brand. Read the story here from!

We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea

Congratulations to Kari from Mount Vernon who guessed correctly and wins the one-day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Here’s the latest!

Today’s Artist News features:

ANNE WILSON – certified Gold! Read the story here from

ZACH WILLIAMS – he’s coming to the Ohio State Fair August 1st, but just announced his fall tour. Find the details here from!

When the storm of life is raging
And the thunder’s all I hear
You speak softly to my soul
I go running to Your mountain

The song is ‘Strong Tower’ by Kutless – congratulations to Janell from Howard, who wins the one day pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

This week’s news and notes…

Today we shared news from:

FOR KING AND COUNTRY – Brogan shared the story of a podcast host, who had an up close and personal experience with the Smallbone brothers. Read more by clicking here!

POINT OF GRACE – Joe shared about the digital release of the band’s hymn album, ‘Beautiful Name.’ Read the story from by clicking here!

If you’re lookin’ for hope tonight, raise your hand
If you feelin’ alone and don’t understand
If you’re fightin’ in the fight of your life, then stand
We’re gonna make it through this hand-in-hand

The answer? ‘Together’ by for King and Country, Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin. Congratulations to Flo from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Familiar songs and voices return!

Former NEEDTOBREATHE member Bo Rinehart is returning to music. Click here to find out more from

The worship song, “10,000 Reasons” is celebrating 10 years! Click here to see the article from and see the lyric video from the new recording!

You’re rich in love
and you’re slow to anger
Your name is great
and your heart is kind

The song? We just mentioned it – “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman.

Congratulations to Becky from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and an Our Daily Bread devotional.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Brogan

Tomlin x West = National Day of Prayer

Today for Artist Newsday, Dylan and I shared about events involving some of our artists online and in the local area! is excited to announce that Grammy Award-winning artists Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Matthew West will join with other influential leaders to participate in the 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast on May 5, 2022, at 8 p.m. EDT. 

The 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast will be carried out in all 50 states. On the evening of May 5th, faith leaders will come together in Washington D.C. to lead the nation in a time of worship and prayer.  

Here is what Matthew Porter, who is the founder and head of strategic relationships for had to say about the even. “What an honor it is to have Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Matthew West join us for this important annual event” he said. “While these talented, award-winning artists are known for their engaging music, at the heart of everything they create is a desire to exalt the Lord. What a beautiful opportunity it is to have them publicly support this event and join us in prayer.” 

The 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast will reach more than 300 million homes across the world through television, radio and social media streaming. With a theme of “Exalt the Lord Who Has Established Us,” based on the verses in Colossians 2:6-7, the event will bring people together from all backgrounds to lift their hearts to heaven, praise God for his many blessings, and pray for a revival to take place among His children. 

Other speakers who will be involved in leading worship and prayer include Pastors Samuel Rodriguez, Allen Jackson, Ronnie Floyd, Miles McPherson and Mark Batterson, and ministry leaders such as Anne Graham Lotz and Tim Barton, along with National Day of Prayer Task Force President Kathy Branzell. 

Here is what she had to say about the event. “What a privilege it is to have these spectacular Christian artists lend their influence to help rally people of faith to participate in the 2022 National Day of Prayer Broadcast. We’re grateful they’ve chosen to align their hearts with us as we exalt the Lord and pray together as a nation.” 

Maverick City Music will be in Columbus along with Kirk Franklin for their KINGDOM Tour on Wednesday, June 22nd. The gang will be at the Schottenstein Center performing some of their breakout songs along with songs from their recent EP “Breathe”. Jonathan McReynolds will also serve as a special guest for the tour. The Columbus show will begin at 6:45pm run through most of the night.

For more information on this concert along with many other concerts coming up in the area, visit, click on the events button, followed by the concerts tab!

We gotta stay awake ’cause nobody knows the day or time,
The trumpet’s gonna blow and the skies are gonna open wide

This song, of course, is our #1 on the NZ Top 10: Jesus is Coming Back from Jordan Feliz, Mandisa, and Jonathan Traylor!

Congratulations to Richard of Fredericktown for correctly guessing our song poetry this week! He wins a WNZR Voice of the Cougars drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Dylan

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