Acoustic folk duo All Sons & Daughters released their self-titled studio album May 6.
The duo, vocalist Leslie Jordan on guitar with David Leonard on vocals and piano, shared co-writing duties with several noted songwriters, including Stu G (Delirious?), Francesca Battestelli, Derek Webb, Leeland Mooring and Jack Mooring (Leeland), Jason Ingram, and Sandra McCracken.
Released by Integrity Music, the Paul Mabury-produced album is described as joyful and celebratory.
In addition to the new songs, the project feature reinterpreted versions of “Great Are You Lord” and “God With Us.”
“We’ve allowed ourselves to be more creative, more reflective of who we are, while still writing songs for the church,” Jordan said. www.allsonsanddaughters.com
Holy tunes Batman: New album is nod to Action Bible
Comics and kids are the inspiration behind the new The Action Bible Remixed, a collection of well-known modern worship songs re-imagined with the electronic sounds of producer Victor “Liquid” Oquendo. The 10-track album features guest appearances by KJ52, DJ Maj, Canton Jones, Milton Young, Stefan the Scientist, L.E.D. and Liquid.
The Integrity Music project was inspired by “The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story,” David C. Cook’s best-selling children’s picture Bible with illustrations by Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello. His renderings have appeared on Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and Fantastic Four projects.
Each of the songs is tied to a specific passage from “The Action Bible,” including “Build Your Kingdom Here,” popularized by Rend Collective, which amplifies the “Birth of a Savior” passage, while Israel Houghton’s “Friend of God” (featuring Stefan the Scientist & Liquid) complements the story of Samson. Martin Smith’s “God’s Great Dance Floor” magnifies the song of prophet and warrior Deborah after she wins a great battle, while Lincoln Brewster’s “Today is the Day” launches the creation story.
“The fresh sound and electronic edge of this CD offers a unique and compelling blend of clear, powerful music for pre-teens and young adults,” said Steve Nicolle, vice president of Sales/Marketing for Integrity. www.integritymusic.com
NEEDTOBREATHE, which released its latest project, Rivers in the Wasteland, on an appearance on the CW series “Hart of Dixie,” where the band performed its new song “The Heart” in the show’s Rammer Jammer restaurant.
The performance was one of several national TV performances for the 10-time Dove Award-winners this year. The day after the CW appearance the band was featured live on “CBS this Morning.” The group made a return visit to “The Late Show with David Letterman” in April, where the show’s band leader Paul Shaffer joined them on keyboard for “The Heart.” They also performed the song during a February appearance on “Conan,” the late-night talk show broadcast on TBS. www.needtobreathe.com
Signed, sealed, delivered
CentricWorship and Centricity Publishing have signed worship leader Corey Voss to CentricWorship’s first exclusive songwriting and artist deal.
Voss wrote “Nothing But the Blood,” CentricWorship’s first church single off the EP, All The Saints: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat-No.1. The album emerged from last summer’s weeklong retreat in Washington state. The retreat was hosted by CentricWorship label head Steve Rice, who invited 12 of the country’s top songwriters and worship leaders to join him in the foothills of the majestic Cascade Mountains.
As part of the deal, Voss is working on an upcoming solo project to be released on the CentricWorship label.
“Simply put, Corey’s songs are pure heart,” Rice said. “You can’t listen to one of his songs and not feel like you just heard a completely honest and real expression of worship.” www.centricworship.com
At home with orphans
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy spent the month of May touring parts of the country with the Zambia Children’s Choir as part of “Celebrate Life,” a series of benefit concerts for Lifesong for Orphans.
During the concert, Keaggy performed songs from her album, So I Can Tell. The concert also featured traditional Zambian songs performed by six children from Lifesong’s school in Kitwe, Zambia.
Keaggy began working with Lifesong for Orphans several years ago when the non-profit used her song, “What Matters Most,” for a promotional video.
“This is an important work, an eternal work,” Keaggy said. “I’m excited to see the great things God is going to do in our midst.”
The tour made stops in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota.