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Music’s on the Way (and already here!)

Today, we gave updates on some of your favorite Christian artists. This week? TobyMac and Bethel Music are in the news!

TobyMac released his brand new single, “Promised Land” this past Friday. This song from the seven time Grammy Award Winner serves as a follow up to his previous single “Help is on the Way”, that sat #1 on the charts for multiple weeks at launch.

Also on Friday, TobyMac simultaneously premiered the music video on Facebook in honor of his grandfather, a miner in West Virginia, where TobyMac’s own father grew up in a mining camp. “It was a hard life,” he says. “A life where I imagine they must have really wondered where in the world is my promised land?” 

Ultimately, he says of the song, “The lyrics land where I want my life to land: that the promised land is no land at all, but a relationship with the King that loves us deeply. It turns from where’s my promised land, to you’re my promised land. Maybe the promised land we’re looking for is no place at all, but a person named Jesus.”

TobyMac takes the road once again this fall for his “Hits Deep” tour in Moline, IL on October 2nd. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, September 23rd and can be found at

Bethel Music will release their new album Homecoming this Friday! This album marks the first time all members of the collective are on one album. Also joining them will be Gable Price, Matt Redman, and Naomi Raine, among others.  

Reflecting on recording Homecoming, Jonathan David Helser shares “during the live recording of “Homecoming” my heart was stirred with the image of building an altar. Each song was like a stone stacked upon each other and as we poured out our offering of worship, God’s presence came like fire on the altar. My dream for this album is that many more hearts would come to this altar of songs and encounter the Presence of God and be changed forever.” 

These two stories along with much more can be found at!

I don’t know what it’s like to be you
You don’t know what it’s like to be me
What if we’re all the same in different kinds of ways?
Can you, can you _______?

A: Relate from For King & Country!!

Congratulations to Linda of Utica for winning TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup by giving us the title and artist of this week’s song poetry.

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

New Music Everywhere!!

It’s Artist Newsday!! And this past Friday was a big day for new Christian music. Dylan and I shared about two artists who found big success over the weekend.

Cade Thompson has released his highly anticipated debut album Bigger Story, available now across all streaming platforms. The album includes 10 songs in collaboration with many songwriters, with the most prominent name being Matthew West!

When asked about his newest release, here is what Cade had to say. “This album was written out of my life experiences which led to this one question: How would I explain the Gospel to someone who might not have ever heard of Jesus? Each song on this album has a truth that reminds us we are all a part of a bigger story, one that is bigger than ourselves. My hope for this album is that it inspires each listener to truly walk in a relationship with Jesus and join the story.”

Despite this being his first album, Thompson has several hits already on our playlist including “Every Step of the Way”, “Provider” and “Source of Life.”

Thompson will be performing his new songs live this fall on the Step Into The Light Tour alongside Newsboys, Mandisa and We Are Messengers. For a full list of tour dates, visit

Francesca Battistelli unveiled her brand new single, “God is Good,” on September 10th. The track will be included in the upcoming film, God’s Not Dead: We the People, in which she has a starring role. The movie will be in theaters for three days only Oct. 4-6. 

She delivers her storytelling on “God is Good,” which is her first new album since her Christmas album titled, This Christmas, released in the final months of 2020. She says, “A few years ago, a good friend of ours went through a devastating loss. I really wanted to write a song that would honor what he went through and really speak to that idea of how tragedy affects our lives, because at one point or another, it does affect all of us. If the last year-and-a-half has taught us anything, it’s that we’re not immune to difficult times,” She also shares. “It’s been a hard season, and this song has brought me a lot of comfort, because through it all, there is one constant, and that is that God is good. So no matter what you’re facing today, I pray that this song would bless you and bring you hope and peace, because He is good and He is for you and He loves you so much.” That is in her words. 

An interesting fact is that she homeschools her kids at her home in Nashville, TN. She also recently announced she is expecting her sixth child, due in February 2022. For more information on Francesca, visit

You can find the original stories and even more at Jesus Freak Hideout!

‘Cause I’ve been real, I’ve been fake
Been a sinner, been a saint
I’ve been right, I’ve been so, so wrong
Yeah, I’ve made my mistakes

Answer: Relate from For King & Country

This week’s trivia was a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week for a chance at TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!


Congratulations to Jan of Howard for correctly guessing Witness by Jordan Feliz!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

My Jesus Makes History!

Christian music’s newest artist, Anne Wilson, has become the first female solo artist to hit No. 1 with a debut song on the National Christian Airplay chart since the chart’s inception in 2003. This comes as her unprecedented success continues with her debut single, “My Jesus,” topping the radio charts in just 14 weeks after it received an impressive 49 adds out of the box at radio, continuing this week as a multi-week No. 1 song reaching 10M in audience. As Capitol CMG’s most successful debut single from a new artist in more than a decade, the 19-year-old’s “My Jesus” has held the top position for multiple consecutive weeks on the Hot Christian Songs chart, which combines airplay, sales, and streaming data.  

Anne Wilson also released a new live version of the hit song along with four additional titles in early August, and she is currently with Big Daddy Weave for their “All Things New Tour”. The tandem will be in Wooster on Wednesday, September 22nd at the Church of the Savior. More information on that can be found at our website on

Three-time GRAMMY award winner Danny Gokey is celebrating his newest album, Jesus People, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums Chart. The album also charted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top Current Album Sales Chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Current Digital Album Sales chart. This is the fourth time he has had an album debut at No. 1. 

In addition to the number one debuting album, Gokey continues to grow with the album’s single debut, “Stand In Faith”, coming in at No. 23 on the Billboard National Christian Airplay Chart. Gokey commemorated his album’s release across the country starting in California for a release show with a live stream event followed by returning to the Midwest for shows in St. Paul, MN, and a hometown show in Wisconsin.  

You can hear the new songs along with Gokey’s hit tracks for his “Stand In Faith Tour” featuring special guest Colton Dixon. Go to for more information regarding his upcoming tour. 4

Here are links to both articles —-> Anne Wilson & Danny Gokey

A cloud by day
Is a sign that You are with me
The fire by night
Is the guiding light to my feet

Congratulations to Jeff of Mount Vernon for guessing our Song Poetry for this week – Egypt by Cory Asbury! He wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.


Q: Where does Cory Asbury currently reside and and serve as a worship pastor?

A: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Congrats to Beth of Mount Vernon for winning (2) tickets to Sonfest 2021! Stay tuned for the next two weeks at 5:25 for you chance to answer trivia to win a pair of your own!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Dylan

Lights, Camera, Action!

Today on the show we welcomed Dylan Elliott to the crew for the fall semester! He will be “live on the drive” Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.

Lauren Daigle was in the news this past Friday after she released the studio version of her new song “Tremble”. Not to be confused with MOSAIC’s worship song with the same title, Daigle first released a live recording of “Tremble” on August 6th for all streaming services.

This comes about a month before the start of “The Lauren Daigle World Tour” on September 24th in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Daigle will travel the US in cities like Kansas City and Atlanta before concluding her tour in Nashville on November 19th. She will play some of her latest hits including “Tremble”, “Hold On To Me”, the platinum selling “Rescue”, and the 4x platinum “You Say”.

This Saturday, September 4th Riley Clemmons will make her TV debut on Fox & Friends. Riley has quickly become a national sensation and has had a fantastic summer. Riley was recognized as one of People Magazine’s “Artists to watch” and Rolling Stones has featured one of her songs as the pick of the week. Riley will be performing “Godsend”, and this marks the first in-person performance for Fox & Friends since the start of the pandemic. Fox & Friends airs at 6:00 a.m. local time on FOX with Clemmons’ performance slated for 9:50 a.m. 

This fall Riley will make a 23-date tour throughout the U.S. with Grammy nominee Tauren Wells. The Tour kicks off on October 21st and runs through late November. She will start in Grand Rapids, while also making stops in Charlotte, Orlando, Houston, Denver, and Sacramento before wrapping up in Redding, CA. Tickets are available now online at 

Both articles can be found 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

Congratulations to Sherrisa of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing this week’s lyrical poetry – Every Step of the Way by Cade Thompson.

Thanks for listening

— Jonathon and Dylan

Never Going Without New Music

We have new music coming from Cade Thompson on September 10th! Thompson explains, “This album was written out of my life experiences which led to this one question: How would I explain the Gospel to someone who might not have ever heard of Jesus? Each song on this album has a truth that reminds us we are all a part of a bigger story, one that is bigger than ourselves. My hope for this album is that it inspires each listener to truly walk in a relationship with Jesus and join the story.” His new album is called “Bigger Story.” To read more click HERE.

On August 20th we were blessed with new music from Hillsong Worship. They released a new single called, “Hope of The Ages.” This track features Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan and two-time GRAMMY nominated Cody Carnes as co-primary artists. “Christ and His Gospel is the ‘hope of the ages,’ and because of Jesus, we too have hope. Jesus diedJesus is risen Jesus is coming back again. I pray that this truth will always be, for you, a strength to your soul and a fire in your bones.” says Morgan. To read more click HERE.

Hope of The Ages – Hillsong Worship

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

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

Thanks for listening

– Kelsi and Alyssa

Getting the Gold

Today we had some great artist news about We The Kingdom and Mac Powell. We The Kingdom just received its very first RIAA-certified Gold record with “Holy Water”. We The Kingdom will embark on a headline tour this fall featuring major arenas, fairs, festivals and more through November, with many dates already sold out. For more information, visit To read more about this click HERE. Coming in October Mac Powell is releasing his first solo album called “New Creation” featuring River of Life. To read more about it click HERE.

Are you past the point of weary?
Is your burden weighing heavy?
Is it all too much to carry?

Congratulations to Tony of Howard for correctly answering those lyrics that were from Anne Wilson with her song ‘My Jesus’, he won 2 $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening

– Kelsi and Alyssa

Award Time!

Today’s show was a little different but still fun as always! For Artist News Day we use to get all of our up to date news. Just recently they had an award event so we thought why not share what some of your favorite artists got. To see the full list of awards click HERE.

I walking the wayside

Lost on a lonely road

I was chasing the high life

Tryna satisfy my soul

Congratulations to Bonnie of Mount Vernon for correctly answering that those lyrics were from We The Kingdom with their song ‘Child of Love’ featuring Bear Rinehart, she won 2 $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

“Live At WNZR Studios”

New music never stops and we absolutely love it! We The Kingdom just released an album of live performances called “Live At Ocean Way Nashville” (the inspiration for todays title :D) This includes songs from 2019 chart-topping debut, “Holy Water”. To add to this Danny Gokey has a new album coming out in August called “Jesus People”. He just released on of the songs that will be on this album so we will share a link to that so you can go check that out!

To read the artilce about Danny Gokey click HERE. And to read the article about We The Kingdom click HERE.

I walking the wayside

Lost on a lonely road

I was chasing the high life

Tryna satisfy my soul

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

Thanks for listening

-Kelsi and Alyssa

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!

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