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February 18, 2013
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VaShawn Mitchell
Created 4 This
VaShawn Mitchell
  Six-time Stellar Award-winner and GRAMMY� Award-nominated recording artist VaShawn Mitchell soared to the top of the charts in 2010 with his mega-hit single "Nobody Greater," from his top-selling, award-winning album Triumphant.  In 2011, Mitchell received 11 Stellar Award nominations, the most nominations received by an artist that year.  Billboard magazine declared "Nobody Greater" the #1 Most Played Gospel Song of 2011.
  VaShawn was named Billboard's #1 Gospel Radio Artist of 2011 and Triumphant was among the Top 5 Gospel Albums of 2011.   The single held the #1 position for nine consecutive weeks on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart and crossed-over to the Urban Contemporary Adult charts.  Mitchell also received two GRAMMY� and two GMA Dove Award nominations for both the album and single.

  Now the acclaimed singer-songwriter is back with a new project, Created 4 This, which has spent the last 28 weeks on Billboard's charts with the current hit from it, "Turning Around For Me," resting at its highest position of #7.
 "I wanted to build on 'Nobody Greater'' and 'Triumphant' to create a new compilation of music to empower and equip people in this economy to understand why we are here and what we are created for," says Mitchell.  
  "The whole message of the album is that we still have hope, that we shall overcome and be victorious, and that God will be there to sustain us in this next phase of our lives."  

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  In May 2008, Chris Tomlin announced a move from Austin, TX, to start a new church with Louie Giglio in Atlanta. It became Passion City Church in the Peachtree Hills area ultimately launching the Passion Conference movement which drew 60,000 students from 50 states, 54 countries, and 2,022 colleges to the Georgia Dome. For more on this year's conference, Click Here.  
  Q: Your new record Burning Lights (currently #1 on Billboard's charts) is a little bit of a shift for you in sound, obviously. So I wanted you to perhaps explain to people who are longtime listeners to your music, what might they hear that's a little bit different than what you've done in the past?  
  A: I'm excited about where the sound is, but it's not a huge departure. I think what we try to do is keep the songs simple.
  Q: No matter how long your career lasts, what would you say will always be a part of what you do when you release something?

  A: It's always going to be for me songs that are written from the heart of worshiping God: simple, singable songs that can hopefully find their way into the Church and that really help people to worship God and give them a voice to sing. That's just always been it for me. That's the filter I run [songs] through. People hear the finished product and really don't know what went into it and what was knocked off and how many times these songs were re-recorded to really get the guts of it and make you feel it because at the end of the day that's what music does and that's God's gift to us through music. You feel it in your heart and it helps us respond to God with our emotions; it's a beautiful thing. I want people to feel it in their guts when they sing a song like "Crown Him" or "Whom Shall I Fear?" I just want that to come out of their guts. That's what we're trying to do in these songs and really capture the emotion and write them in a way that is singable for people.                   Click Here For Full Interview 

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Legendary Christian Contemporary artist, evangelist and long-time TBN host and contributor Carman has announced his battle with Myeloma Cancer. He told his fans and supporters
via Facebook of his condition on February 14th.

  "I have delayed writing this but those of you I call friends and supporters, who have prayed for me and this ministry need to know about this new battle that lies ahead. One week ago I was diagnosed with Myeloma Cancer. It is incurable and I've been given a 3-4 year window of time. Tomorrow I go in for my first bone biopsy and the process will start."
  Carman has 15 gold and platinum CD/DVDs including CCM mega-hits like "Sunday's on the Way", "The Champion" and "Revival in the Land"."Anthems of a Champion". He was awarded the first "Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year" by Billboard magazine in 1980. On January 22nd of this year Carman released his most recent album, "Anthem of a Champion."
   In 1984, we brought Carman in to perform at the opening weekend at White Water Park," said Don Stone, former GM of Love 86, WAEC. Beth Lauria, then known as Beth Bailey, picked him up at the airport and drove him to the park. Whiteheart had just opened and neighbors across I-75 were complaining about the noise. Police showed up threatening to shut the park down if they didn't turn the volume down. Carman graciously volunteered to do his set accoustically and hit went great, saving the day. His "Sunday's On The Way," was the most requested song of that year on the station.
   In his Facebook post, Carman told fans he would continue to minister and play shows and urged fans to come so in his last days and years he could meet as many of them as possible.  "My life has always been about ministry. I have a call of God to touch lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that's what I will do until the Lord calls me home."       Follow Carman on his Facebook Page Here

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 Kyle Idleman, as teaching pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, has multiple books that have reached the Christian Booksellers' Top 50 including Not A Fan: Teen Edition and the original Not a Fan (Zondervan), a book that has gained wide circulation among Christians. It is currently the #5 Christian book in the nation. (Click Here)       
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Kyle, what possessed you to write a book?
   
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It came out of my personal journey. In Not aFan, I detail a personal transformation moment when I sat in our sanctuary before Easter thinking about how to have a message that would be attractive to the thousands who will fill the room like a big stadium. A conviction came over me: All too easily the church could be a stadium full of fans, rather than a sanctuary full of followers of Christ.

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