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One of the things that Jesus is known for is that he had conversations with people who were in opposite corners of society from him. Although it may be contrary to our human nature, there is power when we do the same. This is a message that Legin has preaching through his music, spoken word, and relationships in his community.
For about 20 years, Zach Williams missed moments that Jesus was there and moving in his life. Zach wrote the song 'There Was Jesus' as he looks back on those moments he overlooked. As we turn the page on 2020, it's easy to focus on all the negative that happened, but Jesus was still here and moving in 2020. Zach talks about his collaboration with Dolly Parton, Williams Family Christmas, and what he's looking forward to in 2021.
This episode is all about This Christmas... the holiday, yes, but also Francesca Battistelli's new Christmas album. The song 'Behold Him' was written the year previous, but Francesca felt it wasn't the right time to release it. Little did she know, God had better timing for the release of this song. We chat about the album, this song, and talk about Christmas fun.
It's so easy to find your identity in the gifts and talents you're given, and worship leaders are not immune from this. Being a worship leader can also provide a buffer to hide anything that's happening underneath the surface. Joel Vaughn had given up music to work through placing his identity in the creator of his gifts and to allow himself to be healthy spiritually. While he thought he might pick up music again as a small-time worship leader, he didn't expect a full-blown music career including Billboard chart hits. We chat about his journey, parenting, and his new music coming out.
It's that time of year where we here at NRT start the celebration of the past year in Christian music. We do some things differently than other awards, starting with our emphasis on celebrating the nominations just as much as the winners. While we may pare down our nominations based on several data points, it's the fans that choose our winners. Over the last few years, Visible Music College has become an invaluable partner in putting this celebration together. It's only fitting that we here at NRT catch up with VMC and talk about this year's awards. We also hear from VMC students and Madison Line Records artists Devin Westbrook and Hope VanDouser about their experience at VMC. 
In 2019, Skillet's frontman John Cooper started a journey of sharing truth in today's culture through a series of social media posts. While he was initially unsure if anyone wanted to hear this from him, the response he received answered that question with a resounding yes. He is taking his journey of speaking about truth a step further with a book that is set to release at the end of 2020. In this episode, we flashback to episode 12 where John talks about the social media posts and then hear from John about his new book.
This Thanksgiving episode features Dove Award-winning artist Jordan Feliz. Jordan's eyes were not focused on the top of the charts when he wrote his latest album, his task was to put out the best work he could. Nevertheless, the single "Glorify" has landed at the top of the charts. Jordan discusses the process of the album and the heart behind a pair of the leading songs. Jordan shares how he and his family go hard for Christmas, and why he is not likely to release a Christmas album.
In this installment of the Next Big Thing episodes, we are introduced to Seth and Jenna of Him + Her Worship. Their latest album was finished as they were stuck on the road during lockdowns. We get to know this new artist and their journey around the country in their 13ft trailer.
In 2010, Sanctus Real released a song called 'Lead Me' which took CCM by storm. The heart of the song is a wife asking her husband to lead her and the family, which is part of a real experience from the band's frontman at the time, Matt Hammitt. The message of the song landed deep on Matt's heart, so much so that he left the band to live out the song. In 2020, he released a book co-written by his wife that is open and raw with all the experiences around that song. He also talks about the story of Bowen's Heart, a journey with his son Bowen and the health complications he's had in his childhood.
Before we had any idea as to what season was ahead of us, Citizens had the idea to record songs with nothing more than their phones and acoustic instruments. Fast forward, these phone demos would become a picture of what many churches were facing. We chat about the full album 'The Joy of Being' along with some fun anecdotes from small hometowns.
In a season that's hit these brothers hard, Shawn and Michael from Manic Drive have released two songs that talk about being grateful for the life they have and coming back strong from setbacks. 'Thank God I'm Alive' and 'Champion' are two singles from their upcoming EP set to release at the end of the year. We chat about the album, life in this season, and share some memories.
In a season where it seems like everything is a breeding ground for depression and anxiety, Matty Mullins shares his journey in overcoming these obstacles in his life. Although it was actually written years ago, his new single 'No Hold On Me' is a timely statement that only God frees us from any holds. We also chat about his life with Memphis May Fire and his On Point Pomade company.
Jeremy Camp's highly-anticipated biopic I Still Believe was set to hit theaters in late March of 2020 until the pandemic derailed those plans. In the middle of a season where all plans were changed, Jeremy and his wife Adrienne debuted a new worship song over Instagram and YouTube live. That song sparked a worship EP. In this episode, we talk about this EP and worship, along with memories of shows past.
As a part of this Next Big Thing episode, we have an exclusive premiere of a new song from up and coming artist Skye Reedy! After years on the road as background vocals for Mandisa and Michael W. Smith, Skye is following God's path into becoming a solo artist. Skye talks about her story before we premiere the song, which includes lessons learned from her time with Mandisa and her time leading worship at diverse inner-city churches in Florida. This time has also led her to a heart for diversity and unity.
In yet another example of how God can use anything to further his kingdom, an episode of Law and Order: SVU planted the seed for Natalie Grant to begin what has become an international organization to fight child trafficking that has saved many thousands of children. In this episode, Natalie talks about Hope for Justice International and the work they're doing across the globe. She also talks about praising through the storms of life and shares about the making of her latest album, No Stranger. Natalie Grant's Lifeway Interview
In 2004, Audio Adrenaline (Audio A) established the Hands and Feet Project. The name of the organization comes from one of their hit songs from the 1999 album 'Underdog' that talks about being the hands and feet of Jesus. Although the band is dormant these days, Hands and Feet Project is still going strong and still working in Haiti. To support the cause, two fans started a fantasy football league to raise funds for missions trips. In addition to original Audio A members, Adam Agee (Stellar Kart, Audio Adrenaline, Solo) and Dave Frey (Sidewalk Prophets) have joined in the league, along with other artists over the years, to engage with fans while supporting the mission.
Hope Darst wrote the song 'Peace Be Still' in 2016 and while it was Lauren Daigle's voice that released the song into the worship community in 2017, it is her own voice that released her song to radio in 2020. In this episode, we chat with Hope about her journey that led to releasing her debut album at a non-traditional age on a non-traditional path. We talk about the lessons she learned along the way and how being obedient to God may seem like the death of a dream, but can actually be the birth of something much better. 
In this episode, we are joined by a very special co-host along with our guest Mandisa. We chat about children's book ideas, princess tea parties, and babies. We also talk about thunderstorms, prophecy, and the prophet Elijah. We also chat a bit about her new series 'What If I Were Real?"
Episode 40 made mention of previous Worth Dying For and current Kutless band member Nate Parrish. It just so happens that Nate just released his solo project 'I'm a Wreck' that has got the attention of the Christian rock scene. Join us for this punk rock episode where we discuss his time in Worth Dying For and Kutless and the differences of worship in those two groups. We also talk about his album and the reasons why he wrote the songs that fit square in the no filter punk rock category.
In this episode, we catch up with Matthew West, who just released The Matthew West Podcast. We talk baseball, having his dad as his road pastor, and how his new music video for the song 'Truth Be Told' talks about the freedom that comes from being honest about what you're going through. As we talk about his new podcast, we discuss how everybody's story matters and how your story can help someone else.
In this episode, we talk with Josh McCabe of Caves. We talk about growing up in Canada, his connection to The Belonging Co, and how Caves got started. We also chat about some behind-the-scenes of his podcast (Overflow Beyond the Music), as well as this podcast. We have a first for this podcast, we have an exclusive debut for Caves's new song!
In this episode, we catch up with Dan Rivera of SEU Worship. We chat about the trends of incoming students and the challenges that Southeastern University has faced in the current environment. We also talk about the history of SEU, which is rooted in worship and revival. Somewhere in here, we talk about dad things and how one of us is all for the minivan life.
In this episode, we chat with Josh Wilson about his new song 'Revolutionary' and what that means in today's landscape. We also talk about fighting depression in this season and the importance of continuing to be together. We also chat about his journey in music and what he has learned along the way.
This is the second part of our conversation with Jeremy Johnson of Fearless BND. This episode dives deeper into the theme of Fearless/Fear Not and how it applies to our climate today. We chat about applying biblical perspectives to the events that unfold around us.
Episode 40 starts a 2-part episode with Jeremy Johnson of Fearless BND. In the first part, Jeremy talks about the history of Fearless Church in LA. We talk about his youth band called Worth Dying For and how it evolved into Fearless BND. Jeremy talks about being a church that's a light in a dark place, which has a lot to do with the early venues that Fearless held services at. 
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Jul 21st, 2019
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Jan 13th, 2021
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