Out & About – March 15, 2016

1: Christian music veterans the Newsboys share a laugh during a media day unveiling their FairTrade Services debut, Love Riot. Pictured from left to right: Jeff Frankenstein, Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips and Jody Davis.

2: Congrats to Chris August and his beautiful bride Katelin Cummings, who recently tied the knot on the campus of The University of Charleston in West Virginia. Naturally, the singer/songwriter surprised his wife with a serenade prior to saying “I do” and also recorded a cover of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” for their first dance.

3: FairTrade Services singer/songwriter John Tibbs stops by NBC Nashville’s More At Midday to perform the title track from his label debut, Dead Man Walking.

4: GRAMMY, Stellar, and Dove Award nominated gospel singer Anita Wilson served as host for Chicago’s GRAMMY Telecast Viewing Party. After starting as a back-up singer for Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp and Donald Lawrence (amongst others), Wilson went solo and is currently supporting her latest project, Vintage Worship (Motown Gospel). (Photo by Andy Argyrakis)

5: The Windy City’s edition of this year’s GRAMMY Telecast Viewing Party also included a riveting performance from R&B/gospel newcomer Sir The Baptist, whose seamless fusion of the sacred and secular has the potential to make a major splash. (Photo by Andy Argyrakis)

6: The Union Of Sinners And Saints may be a brand new band, but the members will be instantly familiar to longtime Christian music fans. John Schlitt (lead singer of Petra) and Billy Smiley (founding member of Whiteheart) have joined forces to create an album split between several originals and a handful of remakes smashing up the styles of their respective bands. In advance of this summer’s debut project, the legendary pair are pictured during a photo shoot with Glenn Sweitzer at Gray’s Drugs in Franklin, TN.

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