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.
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 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).
If you want to not only get an early start on an artist to watch for 2019, we’ve got a special holiday surprise for you. Mallary Hope might be a new artists in Christian music circles, but she’s a seasoned country pro who now feels called to spread the gospel with her music.
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’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.
When I wrote this song, I never realized how awkward it would be to reference a song that has the word "song" in the title. [Laughs] When I say, “This song “Mercy is a Song”…,” it sounds funny to me.
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.