Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Many Thanks to Nevertheless

The Big Big Morningshow had a huge surprise this morning when the Christian rock band Nevertheless camped outside our studios! Yes, literally camped out. Tents, sleeping bags, lantern, the works. It was a very cool surprise and they made us breakfast so no complaints from me.

I hope you enjoyed them playing for us two new songs of the new album "In The Making" dropping to stores nationwide September 16th. For more info on Nevertheless check out: www.myspace.com/nevertheless.


Do not forget tonight Third Day will take the stage of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. My TiVo is set since that is a little past my bed time. Waking up at 4:00am every day will put you to sleep around 9:30pm.

Anyway, as always thanks for listening and may the Lord Bless YOU!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Music News :: Brandon Heath

Brandon Heath Sets Digital Sales Records

Christian music’s New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath debuts his digital single “Give Me Your Eyes” at the top of the Christian music digital charts, reaching No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon.com. With nearly 6,000 downloads of the song, Heath has achieved the highest first-week sales for a Christian track in 2008, surpassing previous leaders Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah” and Third Day’s megahit “Call My Name.”

On Aug. 19, Heath will release his anticipated sophomore album What If We which features the week’s top-downloaded song, “Give Me Your Eyes”.

Teaming up again with producer Dan Muckala, Heath’s What If We follows up his breakthrough debut project, Don’t Get Comfortable, which delivered the No. 1 smash-hit, and Song of the Year nominee, “I’m Not Who I Was,” granting Heath his first nomination for Songwriter of the Year, and a win in the New Artist of the Year category at the GMA Dove Awards in April.

Brandon Heath quickly became a fixture at Christian radio with the release of his debut project. His mega-hit “I’m Not Who I Was” raced to No. 1 and ended 2007 as one of the year’s most played radio singles. Heath has been a respected writer in the Nashville music community for years, collaborating with well-known artists like Bebo Norman, Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes, to name a few. The Nashville native first began writing at age 13 and credits the town’s legendary hotspot for songwriters, the Bluebird CafĂ©, as the place he first experienced music that moved him. Heath currently resides in Houston, Texas, and is a worship leader at The Loft church located in The Woodlands, just north of Houston.

Check out a LIVE version of "Give Me Your Eyes"


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Krystal Meyers

“Make Some Noise”

Krystal Meyer's new project “Make Some Noise” will drop Sept. 9th!

This is the now 19 year olds third studio album and the 10-track project, was entirely written or co-written by Meyers. It was recorded in Brentwood, Tenn. at Dutchland Studio, and was produced by Doubledutch (Mat Kearny, Toby Mac).

Krystals’ brand-new music video, “Make Some Noise,” is being featured on Yahoo Music right now. It was filmed in late April, in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Check it out…

Krystal is back and all grown up. Sounding very different from her punk rock past and is looking to leave a new mark in the Christian music industry.


Monday, July 21, 2008

Grocery Games

What Just Happened?

That was the only thing I could say to myself tonight after my visit to the grocery store. What? How? Where did I go wrong? Those questions kept coming, but the answers did not.

I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat after my workout tonight. Didn't really feel like whipping anything up in the kitchen so I decided to hit up Publix. For me, it's the best place to grab a quickie meal and still stick to the healthy eating kick that I've been on the past month. Besides, it's harder to cheat when you're not in the drive-thru of your favorite In and Out with calorie packed and fat drenched combos of love staring you down, tempting you with their juicy goodness. So I run in, grab a health conscience meal and head to my favorite line, the Express Line, 10 Items or Less.

So I'm in line, waiting my turn, when a there's a tap, tap, tap on my shoulder. Who's behind me? A "sweet" little old lady who's maybe in her mid 80's, no taller than 5'1'', silver haired and did I mention she had that patented sweet little old grandma face working for her. She asks me if I didn't mind letting her go ahead of me. Quickly, I scan her, no cart, no kids, no accomplice, 1 loaf of bread, no problem, so I say "Of course, go right ahead". She thanks me and then mentions how she is in a rush to get home and watch her favorite TV show. Feeling conversational I was just as I was about to ask her what that show was, when she yells like a banshee, "Come on Marv, move your sorry self, this nice young man is letting us through!". No lie, this really happened, today 7:00ish at Publix. Marv by the way, has a cart, with over 10 items.

At this point reference the Top line of this post. That question kept running through my head. How did this sweet little old lady pull a fast one on me like that. All I had was 1 item. She on the other hand had 17. I know this because I counted them. Twice. Why? How? And what show was that important? I'll never know. I wondered how Jesus would react in that scenario. First thought, thunderbolts and lightning and the opening up of an abyss! Second and most prevailing thought, love. Let it go. Pray for her. Move on. She knows what she did was wrong, why did I feel the need to tell her so. So I did just that. I bit my tongue, blessed her instead, and let the Lord deal with her later. Now looking back, I find it pretty funny. I wrote this in hopes that you may have had similar situations and this would make you laugh as well. Was I taken advantage of...maybe. That time. But doing things God's way will pay off in this life or in eternity. But it always pays off.

Be blessed.


Anger Management

I'm Angry

As I write this, I’m getting over being angry. The kind of angry that makes you want to throw something just to see it break. Thankfully I didn't let it out like that, some prayer and some alone time worked just fine. Why I'm angry is not important, what is important is how we deal with anger.

Jesus calls us to forgive and to love, but as a frail human, it’s often hard for me to look past my anger and do that:

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Ok, so I've got to forgive in love and forget in my mind. But my anger isn't ready to go away just yet, it sitting there, festering. But I’m trying to get some perspective. To have some idea as to how to move past this. Nobody was injured, no property was damaged. Just pride. So my sin right now, is that I’m letting my pride get in my way of forgiving and moving on - no wonder it’s a sin.

I once saw a sign that read: It’s not bad for you because it’s a sin. It’s a sin because it’s bad for you.

That makes total sense to me right now. I think it’s time to forgive and move on, just as God commands us. More importantly, it’s time for me to ask for forgiveness for my own actions and to look past the perceived damage to my pride. Walking around angry is hard and life is hard enough without carrying that extra weight.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Third Day

On Jay Leno!


Having recently graced the cover of the June 7 edition of Billboard Magazine, Atlanta based rock band, Third Day, has been confirmed for a performance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, July 29, the street date of its highly anticipated tenth studio album Revelation. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35 CT.

In addition, the band maintains its No. 1 position for the fifth consecutive week on the R&R Christian AC Monitored chart, the R&R Christian CHR and Christian Radio Weekly (CRW) AC charts this week. In addition, “Call My Name,” the first single from the band’s July 29 Revelation project, is nearing 25 million weekly impressions, according to the CRW radio-impressions chart. The single debuted at radio on April 4.

Following the release of Revelation, the band will hit the road for summer festival appearances and the highly anticipated Music Builds Tour with Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Jars of Clay.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jesus Is...Remixed

God Loves Techno

He must because this album is awesome. If your looking for some really good Christian House / Trance / Techno music this album has it all.

Passionate Euro-styled worship has been a core driving force for the explosive growth at the new Hillsong LONDON church. A group of talented and creative members of the church have taken 12 songs from the original Jesus Is worship project released in 2006 and remixed them from a pop and rock sound to electronic and ambient versions while maintaining the same lyrics and Biblical messages.

Mixing a sound from their Hillsong Australia heritage with the current European/London music scene, this Euro-Worship has a fresh and exciting, yet familiar sound. Hillsong London uses this music and technology to attract young people from all around London to their services which are held in the famous theater district..

This creative project is a perfect addition to any Hillsong music fan and any fan of electronic and ambient music.

It's good folks, really good.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

We Need Your Vote

Vote for Evan

After two days of fan balloting in the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Longoria continues to lead for the final spot on the American League All-Star team, maintaining a slight lead over Jermaine Dye of the White Sox, with Jason Giambi of the Yankees, Brian Roberts of the Orioles and Jose Guillen of the Royals close behind.

Vote Now!

It's been a magical year for the Rays, let's keep it going and vote in Evan Longoria to the American League All-Star Team!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Get to Know...

Brooke Fraser

She may not be a household name in America (at least not yet), but New Zealander Brooke Fraser has thus far racked up four No. 1 radio hits and CD sales in excess of seven million. It’s a staggering resumĂ©, indeed, for the faith-based relative newcomer (who can sometimes be heard leading worship with Hillsong United), especially considering those achievements were exclusively in mainstream settings. Even though her sophomore CD, Albertine (Wood & Bone), just released in the States May 27, the troubadour had no trouble selling out Chicago’s Lakeshore Theatre on the heels of recent appearances from actor extraordinaire Robin Williams and Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes.

Given her charming onstage banter, angelic vocals and even more alluring blend of introspective and spiritually tinged songwriting, it’s easy to see why she holds venue rank with the aforementioned. And by the end of an entrancing 70-minute set, Fraser no doubt left a major impression on listeners as a stunning singer, engaging acoustic guitarist, proficient pianist and even a casual percussionist (on an impromptu rendition of “Happy Birthday” to a band member). Outside of that celebratory comedy, early selections in her set included the gorgeous “Lifeline” (off her 2004 debut What To Do With Daylight) and the easygoing, yet eloquent new cut “Love, Where Is Your Fire?”

Switching from acoustic guitar to piano, Fraser addressed “Faithful,” drawing parallels to Sarah McLachlan, Nichole Nordeman or Chantal Kreviazuk wrapped around incredibly insightful lyrics that could be linked to an earthly or heavenly relationship, depending on one’s perspective. Even in the mainstream setting, the tunesmith wasn’t afraid to boldly pepper in her beliefs, such as on the jazzy “Hosea’s Wife” (inspired by the Old Testament tale of adultery and redemption) and the breathtaking acoustic ballad “Albertine” (dedicated to a Rwandan orphan, while encouraging listeners to reach out with the line “faith without deeds is dead”). Still, Fraser had no trouble relating to an audience of all associations, which, coupled with her abundant talents, are sure to find her accolades increasing with every sophisticated tour stop along the way.

Here is her video to the new song on Spirit FM "Shadowfeet"

For more info on Brooke check out: http://www.brookefraser.com/