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November 22, 2023

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New Christmas Music For 2023

 For Christian music fans, there is plenty to choose from if you’re looking for fresh new Christmas music this holiday season.

Top CCM artists from Lauren Daigle, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, We The Kingdom, Mac Powell, Tasha Layton and Sarah Reeves along with gospel artists JJ Hairston and Melvin Crispell III and Southern Gospel artists Jeff & Sheri Easter have new releases out already or coming soon.


 Here is a list of what to keep an eye out for to help you celebrate the season in music.


Michael W. Smith: "Every Christmas”


 

Smitty's new full-length Christmas album includes 6 songs from his 2022 EP “Christmas At Home” woven together with 6 new songs that wrap this nostalgic, family-focused project into a beautiful completion. Michael says of the album “(Every Christmas) takes “Christmas at Home” to a new level, with some beautiful, magical new surprises, including some of my favorite hymns.”

Michael co-produced with his son, Tyler Michael Smith. His daughters Whitney Mooring and Anna Smith are also featured throughout. The family focus is fitting, as the songs on this album paint a picture of all of the merriment of the holiday season and Christmas memories made with the ones we hold dear. We are excited for you to hear this album – and hope these songs set the scene for new Christmas memories to come.


JJ Hairston: “Joy Is Here”


 

The GRAMMY-nominated, multiple Stellar Award winner, Billboard Music Award-winning, and Top Gospel Artist releases his long-awaited first ever Christmas album, recorded live in July 2023 at All Nations Worship Assembly (ANWA) Washington, DC.

The album features a mix of holiday classics with Hairston’s signature style as well as originals including stand out collaborations with Trina Hairston, Melvin Crispell, III, Brittney Wright, Jason Clayborn & Gathering Place Worship Choir and more. JJ performed the album track, “Joy To The World” on Monday, November 6th on The Tamron Hall Show – his daytime television debut.


Mac Powell: “Christmas”


Award-winning artist Mac Powell releases his new “Christmas” EP featuring five songs that will make your holiday playlists this year. “Christmas” features three original songs including, “Christmas Time Again, My Friend,” a song that he wrote with his daughter and son-in-law. Other songs featured are “I Pray On Christmas,” a unique take on the classic Harry Connick Jr. song as well as “Jesus Christ Is Born” that Powell released in 2022.


Lauren Daigle –

“Behold: A Christmas Collection”


Behold plays like an audio time capsule built of saxes, trombones and other horns (even tubas!), upright bass, brushes on drums, mellow sounding hollow body guitars, and vocals that are rich and distinctive but still somehow laid-back in their feel. Whereas Lauren Daigle’s debut album was energy-laced, radie-ready pop, her Christmas project seems in some ways to be a confident re-imagining of her own versatile vocal gifts, showcased in a more mature and subdued, but also more eloquent, context.


Various Artists: “Journey To Bethlehem

 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”


Capitol Christian Music Group releases the official soundtrack album for the musical adventure, Journey to Bethlehem. The album features the original songs, from the movie written by music producer/composer Adam Anders, singer/songwriter Nikki Anders & songwriter/music producer Peer Astrom and performed by cast members including Fiona Palomo, Milo Manheim, Antonio Banderas, Joel Smallbone, Lecrae, MŌRIAH, Stephanie Gil, We The Kingdom and Steven Curtis Chapman.


Jeff & Sheri Easter: “Christmas Is”


 GRAMMY-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter ring in the season with their renditions of nostalgic holiday classics along with newly-penned songs, celebrating the joys of Christmas.

From the Western swing of “Holly Jolly Christmas” and country harmonies of “Winter Wonderland” to the beautiful orchestrations of “If You Listen” and the jazzy “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the group shares what Christmas Is to them—family, joy and faith delivered through an humble birth of a child divine. 



Click Here For A Comprehensive List Of New Christmas Music For 2023

Concertline

November 25 - December 10

Gift of the Magi 2.0

at Theatre in the Square,

11 Whitlock Ave NW,

Marietta, GA 30064

770) 426-4800

www.mariettatheatresquare.com


November 29 - December 24 

A Christmas Story

Based on the hit holiday movie

at Theatrical Outfit, 

84 Luckie Street NW, 

Atlanta, GA, 30303

(678) 528-1500

www.theatricaloutfit.org


Saturday, December 2nd

Holiday Pops! Georgia Symphony Orchestra

With The GSO Chorus

at Marietta Performing Arts Center,

1171 Whitlock Ave. NW

Marietta, GA ,30064

3:00 p.m.

www.georgiasymphony.org


Saturday, December 9th

A Jolly Merry Christmas

Endless Highway & Friends

At Grace Community Church

7770 Hickory Flat Highway,

Woodstock, GA, 30188

2:00 p.m.

www.facebook.com


Sunday, December 17

The "Home For Christmas" Tour

Colton Dixon, Jason Crabb

at Restoration Church

410 Rucker Road,

Alpharetta, GA, 30004

6:00 p.m. 770-751-9697

www.itickets.com


Now - January 6th

Dollywood

Smoky Mountain Christmas

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.

Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

1-800-DOLLYWOOD

Celebrate the season with the return of America's Best Christmas Event

for more than a decade! 

www.dollywood.com


Click Here For All Upcoming Concerts and Links For More Information


2023 Christmas Movies

November TV Schedule

Thanksgiving,

Nov. 23


“Christmas Island”  (2023)

6:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Andrew W. Walker


“Elf” (2003)

7:00 p.m. (TNT)

Stars: Will Ferrell,

James Caan, Zooey Deschanel


“Catch Me If You Claus”  (2023)

8:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Italia Ricci, Luke Macfarlane


"The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

  8:00 p.m. (TBS)

Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger


“National Lampoon’s

Christmas Vacation” (1989)

8:00 p.m. (TNT)  

Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo


“The Polar Express” (2003)

10:15 p.m. (TBS)  

Stars: Tom Hanks


Friday, November 24


"Holiday Road" (2023)

 8:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Sara Canning, Warren Christie


"My Christmas Hero" (2003)

8:00 p.m. (Great American Family)

Stars: Candace Cameron-Bure


“Elf" Marathon (2003)

8:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.

2:00 a.m. 4:00 .am. (TNT)


"We're Scrooged" (2023)

 8:00 p.m. (UpTV)

Stars: Tamara Duarte, Andrew Bushell


"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)

 9:00 p.m. (E!)

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed


"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (Rankin-Bass) (1964)

 9:00 p.m. (CBS)

Stars: Narrated By Burl Ives


"A Merry Scottish Christmas" (2023)

 8:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Scott Wolf


Saturday, November 25


"Country Hearts Christmas" (2023)

7:00 p.m. (UpTV)

Stars: Lanie McAuley, Chris Jericho


“Haul Out The Holly: Lit Up” (2023)

8:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Ellen Travolta


"A Royal Date for Christmas" (2023)

8:00 p.m. (Great American Family)

Stars: Danica McKellar, Damon Runyan


“Christmas At The Chalet” (2023)

10:00 p.m. (Lifetime)

Stars:Teri Hatcher, William DeVry


“Catch Me If You Claus”  (2023)

8:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)


"A Season for Family" (2023)

  10:00 pm (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Brendan Penny, Stacey Farber


Sunday, November 26


"A Christmas for the Ages" (2023)

8:00 p.m. (Great American Family)

Stars: Natasha Bure, Cheryl Ladd


“A Biltmore Christmas” (2023)

8:00 p.m. (Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz


The Wonderful World of Disney:

Magical Holiday Celebration (2023)

8:00 p.m. (ABC)


"Christmas Keepsake" (2023)

10:00 p.m. (Great American Family)

Stars: Jillian Murray, Daniel Lissing


“A Christmas Story” (1983)

Time: 10:00 p.m. (TBS)

Stars: Peter Billingsley


Click Here For The Full Schedule

5 family friendly films to watch this holiday season

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Grammy Nominees In Christian Music Categories

Nominations were announced for the 66th annual GRAMMY Awards, which air live Sun. Feb. 4, 2024 on CBS and streaming live and on demand on Paramount +. Here are the nominations in the Gospel/CCM categories.


Best Contemporary Christian Music Album


My Tribe - Blessing Offor


Emanuel - Da' T.R.U.T.H.


Lauren Daigle - Lauren Daigle


Church Clothes 4 - Lecrae


I Believe - Phil Wickham


Best Gospel Music Album


I Love You - Erica Campbell


Hymns (Live) - Tasha Cobbs Leonard


The Maverick Way -

Maverick City Music


My Truth - Jonathan McReynolds


All Things New: Live In Orlando

Tye Tribbett


Click Here The Full List of Nominees

Radio host, best selling author

Dave Ramsey


11 Ways to Save Money

This Thanksgiving


There’s just nothing quite like Thanksgiving weekend: a morning prepping turkey and learning Grandma’s famous casserole recipe, parades and football on the TV, political comments from Uncle Rick, long afternoon naps . . . and mad dashes to the mall.


But between eating and shopping and traveling, it’s hard to keep track of where your money’s going. Don’t worry. With these 11 ways to save money this Thanksgiving, you can spend less time stressing over your finances and more time enjoying your family.


1. Prioritize your holiday plans.

It happens every year—once Thanksgiving comes around, the rest of the year zooms by faster than you can say “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.” And how you spend money on Turkey Day weekend can set the tone for the kind of money habits you’ll have for the rest of the year.


So, as you’re thinking about how much you might spend this season, write out all the things you’re planning to do between now and the new year. Holiday travel, gifts, food, parties, traditions—include it all. Then, take some time to prioritize your holiday wish list so if you have to adjust your budget, you know what to cut first. For example, if you know you really want big, homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, you can scale back on the seasonal decorations to have more money for the food.


Or if visiting family is your priority, maybe you’ll choose to trim your Christmas budget and spend that money on a Thanksgiving trip to visit loved ones you haven’t seen in a while. The important thing is to plan for what matters to you before the holidays begin.


2. Make a budget and check it often.


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on Our Dave Ramsey

Financial Peace Page

Billboard Magazine's Current Top

Gospel Music Chart



#2 - Anthony Brown

& Group Therapy

Speak Your Name" 

(from Affirmations)


#2 - James Grear & Company

Feat. Maurette Brown Clark

"I Wanna Say Thank You"

(from The Prelude)


#3 - Marvin Sapp

"You Kept Me"

(from Substance)


#4 - Angel Taylor

"Speak"

(Single)


#5 - Todd Dulaney +

Bishop Hezekiah Walker

"It's Working"

(Single)



Click Here For This Week's Top 25

Gospel Music Songs

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SGN Scoops' Current Top

Southern Gospel Music Chart


#1 - Brian Free & Assurance

"That’s Why We Pray"

(from Meet Me At The Cross)


#2 - The Whisnants

"Been Blessed" 

(from Been Blessed)


#3 - Down East Boys

"Love Worth Dying For"

(from There's A Song For That)


#4 - The Steeles

"Braggin' On Jesus" 

(from Be The Reason)


#5 - The Guardians Quartet

"He Grew The Tree"

(from Come On In)

Billboard Magazine's Current Top Contemporary Christian Music Chart


#1 - Brandon Lake

“Praise You Anywhere”

(from Coat Of Many Colors)


#2 - Brandon Lake

“Gratutude”

(from Christmas With The Chosen)


#3 - Chris Tomlin

“Holy Forever”

(from Always)


#4 - Elevation Worship

“Trust In God“

(from Lion)


#5 - Lauren Daigle

“Thank God I Do”

(from Lauren Daigle)


Click Here For This Week's Top 25

Contemporary Christian Music Songs

Christian Booksellers'
Top Christian Books 

#1 - Dr. David Jeremiah

"The Great Disappearance"

31 Ways to Be

Rapture Ready


#2 - Jackie

Hill Perry

“Upon Waking”

60 Daily Reflections to Discover Ourselves and the God We Were Made For


#3 - Joshua Giles

"Mantled for Greatness"

Your Prophetic Guide to Releasing

a God-Sized Dream


#4 - Lysa TerKeurst

“Forgiving What You Can’t Forget”

How to Move On, Make Peace

with Painful Memories, and Create

a Life That's Beautiful Again


#5 - Jonathan Cahn

“The Josiah Manifesto”

The Ancient Mystery & Guide

for the End Times


Click Here For The Full List of This Month's Best Selling Christian Books

See the official music video of the

#1 CCM song,

"Praise You Anywhere"

by Brandon Lake

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See Anthony Brown & Group Therapy's Official Music Video of the

#2 Gospel Music song,

"Speak Your Name"

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See the new "Chosen" performance of

the #4 CCM song,

"Gratitide"

by Brandon Lake -

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See James Grear & Company's Live Performance of the #2,

"I Wanna Say Thank You" Click Here


See the acoustic live performance of

the #3 CCM song,

"Holy Forever"

by Chris Tomlin

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See the live performance of

the #1 Southern Gospel song,

"That's Why We Pray"

by Brian Free & Assurance

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See the live performance of

the #3 CCM song,

"Trust In God"

by Elevation Worship

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See the Official Music Video of the #5 Gospel Music song by

Todd Dulaney +

Bishop Hezekiah Walker

"It's Working" -

 Click Here


See Marvin Sapp's

Live Performance of the

#3 Gospel Music video

"You Kept Me"

- Click Here


See the live performance of

the #5 CCM song,

"Thank God I Do"

by Lauren Daigle

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See the live performance of

Tye Tribbett's #6 Gospel Music song, "Only One Night Tho"

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Click Here To Watch The Latest Top

CCM & Gospel Music Videos