February 11, 2020
We have some awesome things in store for the podcast this year, and the first thing that we can say is that we are moving to Wednesdays! Be sure to follow or subscribe to know when new episodes are out! Also, the We Love Awards live show is coming up soon. Make sure that you're following the NewReleaseToday Facebook page and turn on notifications so you know when it's live on Feb 25 at 9pm ET/8pm CT.
In this Valentine's Day episode, we sit down with Hannah Kerr and talk about her upcoming wedding. We talk about the plans for the ceremony and how her and her fiance are preparing for married life. We talk about her transition from college to a full-time music career and the challenges our youth have today. She tells shares her message to young girls and young women about who God says they are as they navigate their way through this time.
January 31, 2020
In this episode, we catch up with Avalon to chat about life in the last 10 years since their last album release. Though Avalon had done a few dates per year during that time, they have largely been on pause. They are back in full force with a renewed energy and a new album. We talk about how God has moved in that time, how their new songs speak to that, and how it's given a new perspective to their older songs.
January 22, 2020
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Stephen McWhirter co-hosts this episode as we talk about the Worship categories in the We Love Awards. We chat about his time in Iron Bell Music, his app and podcast God Is Real, and his story about rediscovering how God is real. We also talk about his new song 'Grave Clothes' and how God spoke clearly to Stephen about the song. Be on the lookout for Stephen's new EP coming in late January.
Our guest for this episode is Ben Fielding and Renee Seiff from Hillsong Worship. We caught up with them while they were on tour with Elevation Worship and Casting Crowns. We talk about the tour, the different branches of Hillsong music, the new Hillsong Worship album, and how the worship genre has changed over the years. We also chat about writing music for the local church while reaching a global audience and having questions about our faith. We find learn about Renee's favorite song from a band she recently discovered, Casting Crowns, and Ben campaigns for a We Love Award?
January 10, 2020
First and foremost, we here at NRT wish you a happy new year! We're excited to kick off this year as a partner with Winter Jam 2020. As Winter Jam launches, we caught up with Newsong's Eddie Carswell to talk about all things Winter Jam. We talk about Winter Jams past, some of the behind-the-scenes action, and what to expect from WJ2020.
December 19, 2019
NRT News Editor Caitlin Lassiter co-hosts this episode as we recap the year 2019 in Christian Music. We chat about what we loved and what trends we saw. We also reviewed the We Love Awards Nominees in the Hook Award, PopLITE Award, and Group of the Year categories.
Our guest for this episode is I AM THEY. We chat about their new single 'White Christmas' and some of their Christmas traditions... and Christmas fashion? We also have an open conversation about the scars we have in our lives, how they have shaped us, and how God has shown himself through them.
December 6, 2019
In this episode, we celebrate NRT’s Kevin Davis and his 1,000th Behind the Song devotional. We also talk about the We Love awards and the Female Artist of the Year category.
Our guest for this episode is Tasha Layton, one of the Female Artist of the Year nominees. We talk turkey... well, more like green bean casserole... family, and faith. We chat about the miracle of pregnancies after thinking that chapter is closed. We also discuss her journey of finding the truth of her faith.
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December 2, 2019
It's time for the 8th annual We Love Christian Music Awards! The nominees have now been announced and voting is live!
Host Jake Frederick is joined by NRT and We Loves founder Kevin McNeese and Visible Music College's Crystal Bergman. We talk about what the We Loves are, what's new this year, and a bit about the relationship between NRT and Visible Music College. We also talk about the nominees and what's happening in the categories.
Want to make sure your favorite artists pick up an award? Vote early and vote often here.
November 22, 2019
In this episode, we are joined by NRT Staffer and newly minted EDM expert Mark Ryan. Buckle in for a conversation about EDM genres and how EDM influences CCM and Worship, it's truly fascinating. We also chat about how in a time where culture seems to focus on differences, Christian Music can start unifying conversations.
Our guest for this episode is Tauren Wells. We chat about his first headlining tour and transitioning between touring and leading worship at a local church. We also chat a bit about a recent CNN article that he was featured in, the opportunities that were missed, and parts of the conversation that didn't make it to the article. That ties into the theme of his upcoming album, Citizen of Heaven, which is releasing in January.
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November 7, 2019
In this episode, NRT Founder/President/All Around Good Guy Kevin McNeese joins us as co-host. We talk about spiritual growth, creating environments that foster growth, and getting involved in small groups. We also talk about the explosion of the Worship genre.
Our guests for this episode are Chris Brown and Jon Barrientes from Elevation Worship. We caught up with them while they were out on tour with Hillsong Worship and Casting Crowns. We talk a bit about the tour, worship out on the road, and the upcoming Elevation Nights. Chris and Jon also talk about being in an environment of growth, which is what prompted our discussion in the first part of the podcast.
For more information on Elevation nights, click here.
November 1, 2019
This episode is co-hosted by NRT's Kevin Davis, author of the Behind The Song series. He has just published #995... we are officially counting down to #1,000! We talk about the countdown, as well as Next Big Thing artists that have come through the series.
Our Next Big thing Artists that talk about and introduce in this episode:
- Riley Clemmons (pictured)
- Tori Harper
- Kellie and Kristen
- Chris Renzema
- Paradise Now
- Symphony North
- Josh McCabe / Caves
- Neon Feather
- William Cata
- Evin and Eris
- King Chav
- Josiah Davis
- CJ King
- Kris Noel