Gospel/ Christian News Roundup:Week ending 22 Dec. 2017

New music and chart-toppers lead this week's roundup

20 Year-Old GRAMMY®, Two-Time Billboard Music Award and GMA Dove Award-nominated and Stellar Award-winning independent recording artist, Jekalyn Carr, has just announced the release dates for her forthcoming live album ONE NATION UNDER GOD and first book You Will Win. Pre-Orders for both the album and book are available Friday, December 22nd.

Jekalyn Carr has new album on the way

Stellar Award nominated sibling group, The Showers‘, sophomore project THE JOURNEY (A&P Records) jumps 10 spots on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Gospel Physical Albums Sales chart and lands at No.1 (11-1) this week with a +282% sales increase and No. 3 overall on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums Hybrid Sales chart, which includes streaming.

The Showers climb the charts

The youthful and powerful voices of The NextGeneration Choir of Shalom Church (City Of Peace) in St. Louis, MO , under the ministerial leadership of The Shalom Church (City of Peace) visionary Dr. F. James Clark, has been singing their way to the top of the radio and sales charts with their debut album SURE. FOCUSED. CENTERED.Produced by young songwriter and musician Terence Vaughn, SURE. FOCUSED. CENTERED. landed at #1 on the Billboard album sales charts this summer. Their vibrant praise anthem “You Are” broke into the BDS radio airplay top 40 chart and current single “Cry Out” is doing the same.

James Clark album

Tauren Wells has had quite a memorable year. From touring with Lionel Richie, to releasing his debut solo full-length Hills and Valleys, and the tremendous success of the album’s self-titled debut single, Wells is wrapping up his 2017 by receiving two GRAMMY® nominations. Recognized for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Hills and Valleys) and his single “Hills and Valleys” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (which he co-wrote with Chuck Butler and Jonathan Smith).

Tauren Wells gets Grammy nods

Bernie Herms has had a career-defining year in 2017. The GRAMMY® award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Thy Will” (co-written with Hillary Scott and Emily Weisband), two GMA Dove Awards (Producer and Songwriter of the Year, respectively), and the 2017 BMI Christian Awards “Songwriter of the Year” were garnered by the prolific songwriter/ producer.

Bernie Herms is Grammy nominated

The Nelons go to D.C.The Nelons, with the group sharing their unique style of musical excellence with audiences across America, a brand new Americana project, a GMA Dove Award for Country Roots/Bluegrass Song of the Year, and members of the group appearing on both the small screen and the big screen on television and at the movies. Wrapping up this amazing year, The Nelons traveled to Washington, DC – by special invitation – to perform during the annual LIVE NATIVITY presented by Faith & Action on Wednesday, December 17, 2017. The event took place in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. Staged with live animals – camels, donkeys, and sheep – along with live actors, the Nativity literally stops people in their tracks as the procession makes it way from the offices of Faith & Action, passing U.S. Senate offices and ending at the Supreme Court.


PAJAM announced the signing of internet singing sensation Yael Hilton (means “God’s Strength”) today. An accomplished singer, Yael has shared the stage with some of gospel music’s most influential. The accomplished singer is now prepared to make her mark as a solo artist under the direction of Paul “PDA” Allen and J Moss (“PAJAM”).

PAJAM signs artist to their label

Sarah Hearn
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Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
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