Melinda Doolittle Reflects on Her Post American Idol Success

After the sixth season of American Idol wrapped up, Doolittle found herself in a place where few artists have stood. Some former finalists had moved on to much larger stages, such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, while other favorites had found post-Idol life difficult. In short, many stars faded from view when the popular television show wasn’t the one shining the spotlight on them.

CCM New Artist Spotlight — Casey J

Casey J was an elementary school teacher as recently as a few years ago, but her decision to obey the impulse to pursue music full-time was rewarded with a Stellar Award for New Artist of the Year in 2016 on the strength of her debut, The Truth.

Michael W. Smith Gets Into the Christmas Spirit

Michael W. Smith starts the conversation in much the same way he finishes it—with effusive praise for his favorite time of year. In fact, he can’t stop saying so. On six different occasions, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame member says “I love Christmas” in some form or another.

Holly Starr Finds Her Groove with Matthew Parker

Holly Starr is having more fun than ever. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter has tested various sounds over the years, venturing between acoustic fare to pop/rock to songs with a more worshipful bent. But Starr’s most recent foray into writing with artist/producer Matthew Parker has thrown her a creative curve into the world of electronic dance music (EDM).

Sidewalk Prophets – The Joys of a ‘Great Big Family’

To the Sidewalk Prophets, fans aren’t just like family. They are family. On the verge of setting off on their headlining Christmas tour, joyfully titled The Great Big Family Christmas Tour, front man Dave Frey says the band simply wants to give back to their fans—er, family—who have given them so much in the past year.

Matt Maher Merges Stories & Songs for His 1st Holiday Album

Matt Maher’s albums have always felt like gifts for the Church, thematic collections of songs intended for the global congregation of Christ followers to sing in gatherings of all shapes and sizes. After nine full-length albums of worshipful songs, Maher has finally dialed in his talents to release his first holiday-themed album, The Advent of Christmas.

The Afters Reflect Back on 20 Years of Making Music

It was 1998 when two Starbucks employees —Joshua Havens and Matt Fuqua—decided to officially brand their musical talents in Mesquite, Texas in the hopes of something bigger. Twenty years later, The Afters have topped the charts, toured the world and grabbed numerous Dove Awards with their infectious pop/rock melodies and encouraging heartfelt lyrics.