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Mandisa: Out of the Dark – Review and Giveaway!

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There’s just something incredible about God’s people being inspired to share what He has laid upon their heart and done in their lives to give Him the glory. Mandisa has already become a wonderful inspiration to many with her previous hit songs that our Lord had here share with the world.  Now she shares her heart and tells us the story of how God has rescued her from some of the darkest parts of despair in her life. Encouraging us to look to Him for guidance and trusting Him to be there for us always. Watch a short video of Mandisa sharing this story behind her new album here.

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here.

No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, or where you see yourself going in life, we all have a need for encouragement. Everyone can use a lift and a bright spot to help them through their day. This new album from Mandisa titled “Out of the Dark” can be that tool to help pull your down attitude into one of encouragement and gratitude!  Get your hands on a copy today and find ways to bless it to others as well. They will thank you!

I particularly felt blessed by this collection of “musical weapons against the enemy’s schemes” as you feel how much Mandisa pours out her heart to God in the lyrics. Her desire is to show us how much God truly loves us and rescues his children. We are NEVER alone during our trials or tough circumstances – God is there through the midst of it, gently guiding us through.

I always love songs that include other artists as guest singers or cameos so it was a joy to see so many great artists popping in for some of these great songs on Mandisa’s album such as Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp and Britt Nicole!

Mandisa has a fantastic song on this album called “Unfinished” that I really think you’ll enjoy listening to. Check out the Acoustic Video for it here.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Now I give a huge thanks to Mandisa, Capital Records, and Flyby Promotions for allowing me to share a great opportunity with all of you! Here’s YOUR chance to win this brand new just released Mandisa album in a giveaway!

To Enter: Simply share in a blog post comment below telling me what Mandisa songs you enjoy the most, OR share how much you’d really like to win and why.  Each comment counts as one entry. You may enter once per day until the end of the giveaway.

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to the USA lower 48 states (Continental US) only. Void where prohibited.

This giveaway starts on Thursday, May 25 and ends on Tuesday, May 30 at midnight, EST. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Inspiring, Upbeat Sounds From The Afters New Album + Giveaway

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It is my honor and privilege to introduce you to a wonderful Christian band call THE AFTERS. Their music is something you’ve probably heard many times on the Christian radio stations as their latest hit single called LIVE ON FOREVER was playing all summer near us. This single along with nine other awesome songs were finally presented in this great new album titled: LIVE ON FOREVER (The Afters).

Get pumped up my friends, because today you are being treated to a chance to WIN your very own copy of this super album by THE AFTERS! Enter the giveaway below and share with your contacts for more chances to win!

My daughter and I agree, this album shares some deep needed encouragement to its listeners that many will find treasured on their hearts to rely on in times of conflict and struggle. My personal favorites are Live On Forever and Legends. I like the musical arrangements on these two in particular as well as the lyrics that speak to our hearts. Songs like these inspire my own musically inclined children to want to become song writers for Jesus too! Way to go, THE AFTERS! Thanks for your heart-felt lyrics and rockin’ rhythms that inspire my children to dream big dreams and live their lives for Jesus in ALL they do!

Let me encourage you to read this incredible bio from the band as it shows how they dealt with great loss as they worked through personal battles and fear and conquered it with God’s strength the whole way through. This album was a labor of love and a battle cry to speak volumes to the world. It’s impressive to listen to their songs and recognize God’s power in all things knowing the history behind the band while trying to create this album.

The Afters – Live on Forever Bio:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Share this exciting new album info with friends and family! Let the band know you are sharing by including hashtag:  #TheAfters

Want to buy THE AFTERS “LIVE ON FOREVER” album for yourself or as a gift? 

Buy-links:
iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-iTunes

Google Play:  http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-GPlay
Amazon:  http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-Amazon
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4sVbYL5y6d2nMX2H5LggGx

Get Connected with The Afters:
Official website: www.theafters.com
twitter.com/theafters
facebook.com/theafters
instagram.com/theaftersofficial

Music Videos:
Battles (Official Lyric Video)
https://youtu.be/MQJWT017Jwc
Battles (Heart Of The Song)
https://youtu.be/-7IXh-P_lnY
Live On Forever (Heart Of The Song)
https://youtu.be/t_qz_U0YbrY
Live On Forever (Official Music Video)
https://youtu.be/OdS7EWMNrWc

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive their very own copy of the brand new CD titled LIVE ON FOREVER by THE AFTERS!

Who can enter? You must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the USA or Canada.

Date ending: This giveaway ends on Oct 4 at noon EST!

How to Enter: Just COMMENT below and tell us who your favorite Christian music artist or band is!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant  per mailing address, per  giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

The Unmaking by 8X Dove Award Winner Nichole Nordeman

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Capital Records presents the newest album from Nichole Nordeman (8 times Dove Award Winner!) titled “The Unmaking“! Just released this weekend! Check out some of my favorite songs on the album such as “Name”, “Something Out Of Me”, and “Love You More”! She’s got a hit on her hands again with some of these amazing songs – great music and lyrics that you want to sing praises to the Lord with!


Love the beautiful picture of God’s grace that is painted in our minds while listening to these soothing and yet upbeat songs for the soul. I love hearing her songs on the local Christian radio and the songs from this new album, “The Unmaking”, are sure to be on there often.

Nichole’s contemporary Christian music style fluctuates from album to album slightly, and variety can be a good thing! I’m always happily blessed by the final outcome after listening to her music and words that the Lord inspired her to share with the world. I hope you’ll find “The Unmaking” to be a true blessing to your heart and give you encouragement to face tomorrow.

Visit Nichole Nordeman’s website and read her heart-felt message about why she sings for God. Very inspiring!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the new album by Nichole Nordeman called “The Unmaking”!

Location: Open to residents of the US and Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on Sept 13th.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media channel. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

Hillsong United New CD Album: Empires!

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Hello Friends! I have had an exciting time getting to be on an interview call with Hillsong United’s Taya Smith sharing about their Brand New Album releasing TODAY called:  EMPIRES!
This album was created with a passion to share the spirit of worship with their audience. Taya specified how she asks God to make sure the music and lyrics are God’s words to the people and not theirs. It’s all about HIM and not about us she shared. It is very inspiring to here how deeply they wish to embrace God’s promises and share them through their music with the world to be a blessing, hope and encouragement to all. Taya shares Hillsong United is always trying to be in tune with the Holy Spirit and feel prayer is an important necessity to the development and application of their music. How awesome!
I was very impressed with the new Empires CD album by Hillsong United. I have always enjoyed their songs such as Oceans, Mighty To Save and Lead Me To The Cross. I know there are so many more I could name as well that have been songs of inspiration and worship to so many besides myself. In the new Empires album, I find that same beauty and majesty present in their songs. I love this title track called Empires. Enjoy this just released video!

 I also loved the songs Heart Like Heaven and Prince of Peace – among others. Here’s the Heart Like Heaven video!

Hillsong United also has an exciting movie coming out soon to theaters called “Let Hope Rise“. I’m so excited! Aren’t you?!! After hearing the passion in their music in this newest album Empires, I just know the new movie will be a must see! You can check back often for updates on the movie HERE.
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About Hillsong United:

UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

Don’t miss a moment! Follow Hillsong United on Social Media:
Twitter: @HillsongUnited

Instagram: @HillsongUnited


Check them out on tour this summer: http://outcrytour.com/
Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month: https://vimeo.com/123986301

Official website: http://smarturl.it/Empires
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Giveaway Time!

Prize: One winner will receive a brand new CD from Hillsong United called Empires!
Location: Must live in the USA or Canada. Void where prohibited.
Date: ends at midnight EST on June 3rd!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or other social media sites. Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

PLUMB Exhale CD is fabulous! High energy and Faith-filled!

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It’s been an honor to have the chance to review the new album EXHALE from Plumb  with Curb Records, Inc. I adore so many of the songs – it’s hard to choose a favorite! My kids listen to their songs in the car and in our home on the Christian radio, and I love hearing them sing and repeat these awesome faith-filled lyrics!

I must say though – I do truly love the songs, “Lord, I’m Ready Now” and “Great is Our God”. Here are the music videos on YouTube by Plumb. Enjoy!

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GREAT IS OUR GOD

About PLUMB:

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

About the album:
EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.”
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I think Plumb has such a huge audience that their music appeals to. I would recommend this group and their new album EXHALE to anyone! You will not be disappointed with their depth of musical talent both instrumentally and vocally.  Their devotion to sharing the Gospel of Christ with the world through their music is awesome. It is an admirable mission that many great Christian music artists and bands are excelling at – and Plumb is one of those bands!

What is your favorite song by Plumb? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share the link to one of their YouTube videos in the comments or just tell us the name of the song so others can be blessed by it as well.

Please join me in supporting Christian music by prayerfully making a purchase on iTunes of the new Plumb EXHALE album today!

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Official Facebook

Official Twitter

Official Instagram

I hope the message of HOPE in their music will always be a blessing to you! Don’t miss hearing the song, “SMOKE” if you get the chance. It’s perfect for offering hope to anyone you think needs a boost.

Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou and reading my review of Plumb EXHALE album. Enter the giveaway below for your chance to WIN a copy of your own!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive a physical copy of the album EXHALE by Plumb!

Location: Open to USA and Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter

Date: Ends on May 28 at midnight EST.

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Gaither Vocal Band: Sometimes It Takes A Mountain cd #review #giveaway

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Being raised as a little girl in a Christian home where the family regularly listened to the beautiful voices in the Bill Gaither Trio, I have continued to appreciate the sounds of harmony now coming from the Gaither Vocal Band too. It has been a huge favorite of ours to watch their videos on TV and clap and tap along to the glorious worship atmosphere their singing creates. My mom and dad were big fans of the Gaither Vocal Band and always listened to their music together. Even after dad’s passing many years ago, my mother still loves to hear them sing, and my husband and I have raised our kids on their music as well.

This new album from the Gaither Vocal Band called “Sometimes It Takes A Mountain” is a real tribute to the types of music my parent’s generation loved as well as throwing in some great modern sounding tunes that rock the praises to God through the rooftops. I have enjoyed playing this cd with my children over and over again in the last week as my 7 yr old daughter just adores one of my favorite songs that they did a remake of with this new Gaither Vocal Band group – “That’s When the Angels Rejoice”.  You cannot keep yourself from smiling and filling with joy just at the thought of knowing God’s angels rejoice and jump and shout whenever a sinner makes the Lord’s choice and comes back home. This is the kind of music I want my kids listening to and repeating the lyrics to! My 3 yr old son exclaimed at the end of hearing this song, “That’s great singing! I love singing songs with you, mommy. Let’s sing another one!” Precious moments that fill my heart with joy.

There is such a great collection of song choices on this album with varying styles to please many types of listening audiences. It’s awesome to have other cool tracks such as “Happy Rhythm” (Oh my goodness – you will love this song!),  “Let It Start In Me” (what a great message!) and “Heaven Came Down” (Absolutely a delightful, catchy tune and wonderful lyrics!) I really like the song, “When Fear Comes Knocking” and “You Brought Us Out” as well. The whole cd is Spirit-filled and incredible for your listening enjoyment – the ones I listed above just really stood at to me as favorites. I give this Gaither Vocal Band: Sometimes It Takes A Mountain cd a full five stars for a great family music experience.

I found a Gaither Video from this new album that is mostly clips of the music since it’s still too new, but at the very least I would like you to listen to this songs from their album to give you a glimpse of what it’s like. I hope you will love these songs too! There is a brief video clip of the new Gaither Vocal Band singing “Happy Rhythm” about 1:15 minutes into the video.

The Gaither Vocal Band is on tour across the country this year in 2014/2015. You can check out the dates and locations here.

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Sponsored by Family Christian Stores!

Prize: One winner to receive a copy of the new cd from the Gaither Vocal Band, “Sometimes it Takes a Mountain”.

Location: Open to USA & Canada

Age: 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: Ends on December 3 at midnight.

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. Special thanks to Family Christian for giving me a sample copy of the cd in exchange for an honest review.

 

Checking out the new sounds of Manic Drive VIP cd #Review #Giveaway

Manic Drive VIP Review and Giveaway!

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It’s been very exciting around here lately with all the fabulous new music we’ve been getting to review from a variety of different Christian artists and bands! I have a great appreciation for music and all the different sounds, styles and forms that are represented today. When a Christian music artist gets the rare opportunity to express themselves in their music with the release of a new album, I am jumping for joy and sharing with them in their success and blessing that God has placed upon them. What an honor it is to be allowed to sing for the Lord and share with all walks of life about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord! It just makes me smile wide, and I love listening to the lyrics and feeling the heart and soul put into the words that the Holy Spirit inspired them to share with their audience.

Today’s cd review of Manic Drive’s album VIP is no different! What powerful music and refreshing enthusiasm for reaching others and helping people know about God and His love! Their melodies are catchy and fun! The varying topics are reflective of a group of guys determined to make a difference.  Their album possesses high quality music with some of the songs portraying a deeper message that can stir the heart of it’s listener.

Here’s a video clip of one of their songs that I thought was simply amusing and enjoyable. It gives you a brief idea of what entertaining personalities this group has and how they put that sense of adventure and love for sharing God with others into their music.

I really enjoyed the album and so did my children and teen. It is probably geared towards preteen to 30’s as far as age reach, but hey – I’m in my low 40s and I still enjoyed it!

Check out more info on Manic Drive and their new album VIP here:

Official Website

Youtube Channel

Official Twitter

Official Facebook

About The Band: “Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.”

You can purchase the album VIP by Manic Drive HERE.

Giveaway Time!

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Prize: One winner will receive a new copy of the album VIP by Manic Drive!

Location: Must live in the USA or Canada.

Age: 18 yrs or older to enter.

Date: Starts November 7th and ends at midnight on 11/19.

 

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. However, I only share items I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers.

 

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification

 

Loving God and Country with Rhett Walker Band’s New Hit Album: Here’s To The Ones

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I’m always thankful to have been born in and be living in the USA, and to have the freedom to worship God and love my family freely. There are so many things to be thankful for, and a multitude of special people in our life and in our country who make life really count.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Passing through life with each year of trial or favor, there are those we each may have developed friendships with that can last a lifetime. People of strength, honor, dignity, and most of all incredible faith and love. At the top of this list should always be the importance and unforgettable love from our devoted spouse, our children, and extended family. We admire and applaud the tireless efforts of the people who sacrifice their time and energy on our behalf – not because we asked, just because that’s what they do and who they are.

This kind of faith, dedication and sacrifice is saluted and honored through the refreshing sounds and heart-felt lyrics I recently heard by Rhett Walker Band in their newest album called “Here’s To The Ones”. This Southern Rock band brings Christian lyrics and love for God and country into the mix in this new fabulous collection of hit Southern Rock tunes!

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One of the many things I delight in with Christian music is finding a group or artist that can really relate to their fans through their lyrics. The words in the music of Rhett Walker Band’s last album “When Mercy Finds Me” was so amazing – I wanted to share it with everyone! Catch a glimpse of that incredible album here:

Now, Rhett Walker Band has released another enriching selection of songs in their second album “Here’s To The Ones” that includes the radio single “Amazed,” as well as “Love Like Jesus” and “Better Part of Me,” which takes an honest look at the ins and outs of marriage and supporting one’s spouse.  It is obvious they spent a great deal of time prayerfully perfecting these musical scores and lyric choices before sharing with their audience. Rhett Walker Band’s reach with this album is beyond just a small niche group of listeners. It covers an audience for both young and old. I was so tickled while playing this new “Here’s To The Ones” album to have my neighbor’s son stop by and exclaim, “Oh cool! That sounds like Rhett Walker band! I have a hat signed by all of them back in my room. It’s one of my favorite things.” He actually thought it was neat that I was listening to them and enjoyed their music too.

It seems Rhett Walker bands “cool” sounding music appeals to teens and beyond! Their tunes are catchy and enjoyable leaving the listener smiling and entertained and most likely humming or singing the tunes for the remainder of the day. Best part is though – the words they leave in their listener’s hearts are family friendly and real Christ-sharing lyrics. That’s definitely what I like my family getting stuck in their head! 🙂

Here’s To The Ones by Rhett Walker Band is an album I plan to share with the special people in my life that I want to thank for all they do and remind them that their faith, courage and passion to keep on going in this life is admirable and noticed. It would be a perfect gift when reminding them to listen to the title song, “Here’s To The Ones” and let them know just how special they are to not just me, but to all those whose lives they touch.

Want a way to be a blessing to the special people in your life? Try this idea! You can purchase a copy of the Rhett Walker Band album, “Here’s To The Ones” Today and share it with a friend. Just click on the image below. (affiliate link)


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I want YOU to listen to the title song, Here’s To The Ones” also,  because YOU mean that much to me too. “The anthemic title track, “Here’s to the Ones” salutes and honors those who work hard to support their families and who stand up for their faith. “

Thanks for being such amazing fans and readers and standing your ground to live for Jesus and love your family and country! Keep up the faith and hope! You’re awesome!

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Powerful and Uplifting! Majestic CD by Kim Collingsworth #Review #Giveaway

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Majestic cd

by Kim Collingsworth

Enjoy the sweet sounds of one of Gospel Music’s most decorated instrumentalists, Kim Collingsworth, who won many awards including Instrumentalist of the Year (Singing News Fan Awards). She performs regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Tour & Gaither video series.
 It was my great pleasure to review this fantastic cd titled “Majestic” by Kim Collingsworth. Special thanks to Family Christian Stores for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I have always enjoyed the rich, fresh sounds of instrumental or piano music ever since I was young. My parents used to play a variety of music in the car during family road trips and we enjoyed many fond memories together as we adventured and listened to the soothing and uplifting music. In recent years, my own teen son took up piano and keyboard, and to my delight he has blossomed into a wonderful musician with a good ear for music. My love for piano sounds has kept me eager to hear him play over and over as he continues to branch out and starts to experiment and write his own original scores.

When I discovered I would get to review this amazing cd by Kim Collingsworth, I was tickled to be able to share such a super example of piano artistry and excellence with my son and his developing talent in piano and keyboard! We enjoyed listening to it together many times as my son would point out what chords were being played during certain sections of the music. He is happy to know there are so many gifted pianists that can create music that is lively and fun for entire families to enjoy listening to together.

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His new goal is to start writing pieces of his own that model the great sounds and high quality he has heard here today. Thanks to Kim Collingsworth, Tim Parton,  Stan Whitmore and the producers for giving my son a super inspiration to keep moving forward with his gifts in piano and keyboard. This Majestic cd is absolutely awesome!

Details:

“The choice of a live recording was an easy one for Kim Collingsworth, because she considers it such an encouraging event to share. “The audience is invigorating! I love the excitement and spontaneity that a crowd brings, and the emotion from a live audience.” Long-time and new fans alike will appreciate the project’s great value (more than 15 selections), and are sure to experience artistry at a new level as they enjoy the unforgettable evening captured on this new “Majestic” live CD.”


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Guided by 3 award winning producers – Lari Goss, David Clydesdale, and Wayne Haun (check out his latest Christmas album here) – the project highlights Collingsworth’s artistry as well as that of guest pianists Tim Parton and Stan Whitmire.

Majestic by Kim Collingsworth retails for $13.99. You can purchase your copy of “Majestic” today and enjoy the surprise additions of a few Christmas, patriotic and classic love song selections added to this powerful collection.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of Majestic cd by Kim Collingsworth! Retail value: $13.99

Location: Must be a resident of USA.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: Starts 10/23/2014 and ends at midnight on 11/03/2014.

 

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Step Back In Time and Enjoy Memory Lane with Wayne Haun’s Sentimental Season CD!

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The delightful “Oldies” sound of Wayne Haun’s Sentimental Season is sure to be a hit in homes everywhere. Whether it blesses the ears and lives of yourself, your loved ones or anyone who can truly appreciate the great nostalgic rhythms and singing style portrayed in this fabulous Christmas Season cd, I feel Wayne Haun’s “Sentimental Season” captures a great moment in the Christmas season and is a fun way to enjoy it and celebrate it. Wayne Haun went to out of his way to find many star voices to appear on this cd and it really adds to the rich sounding tunes and overall sentimental nature of the entire cd. Some of the featured performances by popular artists are: TaRanda Greene, Leif Shires, Jaimee Paul, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.

The title of this album truly resonates with the overall feel of the cd – I love it! Not only do I appreciate the sounds of this style of music, but it makes me think of my grandparents (who would have adored this type of music too) and it brings back sweet memories of my childhood. My mom will surely appreciate this cd as well. I try introducing my children to different types of music often and have found they share my love for the classic oldies tunes too. I’m very grateful to Family Christian for allowing me to assist them in reviewing this cd in exchange for my honest review as part of their blogger program. It has been fun!

“Compared to such American greats as Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra, this 4-time Grammy nominee will deliver the same smooth classic sounds that fans have grown to love.”

I hope you’ll purchase Wayne Haun’s Sentimental Season on cd today and get to enjoy the blessings of this style of music through all the special moments of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Want to hear more details? Check out this video interview with Wayne Haun about the Sentimental Season cd:

You can buy a copy of the new Wayne Haun Sentimental Season cd at Family Christian Stores everywhere or online.

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Sentimental Season combines Christmas classics with new original songs co-written by Haun. In addition to the lush sounds of Haun’s production and vocals, he invited several popular artists to lend their talents to this once-in-a-lifetime recording, as well as a performance with his grandmother, mother and sister on the favorite, “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”

Track Listing:

Sentimental Season
The Christmas Song (duet with TaRanda Greene)
Earth Is A Much Sweeter Planet
Tennessee Christmas (featuring Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Christmas Is Christmas (Wherever You Are)
Light A Candle
Silent Night (duet with Jaimee Paul)
On A Snow Covered Street
What A Wonderful World (featuring Leif Shires)
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (feat. Mary Fox, Shelby Fox Haun)

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the new Wayne Haun Sentimental Season cd!

Location: Must be a resident of the USA.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Date: Starts 10/21/2014. Ends at midnight EST on 11/3.

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a samply copy of the cd in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. However, I only share items I feel would be a good fit for my family or my readers.