Category: Christian

Christian music from Arkansas and Christian music events happening in Arkansas, including Contemporary Christian, Gospel, and Praise & Worship.

Billboard Names Jonesboro’s Zach Williams as Top New Christian Artist, Top Male Christian Artist of 2017

Acclaimed chart-topper reflects on his successful switch from secular to Christian music: ‘Doing What God Wants Me to Do’ Before embarking on a solo career in the Christian genre, 39-year-old singer-songwriter Zach Williams, from Jonesboro, Arkansas, fronted a rock band, Zach Williams & The Reformation, which he launched in 2007. The unit had built a solid fan base that extended to Europe, but after several tours and an admitted “reckless lifestyle,” he returned home to Arkansas, working as an associate pastor in a local church. That’s the short version of a longer story that encompasses the artist’s dramatic life change, finding God, and turning to spiritual music – the life of Zach Williams, profiled in Billboard magazine and named its Top New Christian Artist of 2017, as well as Top Male Christian Artist of 2017. READ MORE FROM BILLBOARD Zach Williams’ ‘Choir’ Tops Hot Christian Songs Chart, Helped by 6-Year-Old Fan Both of Williams’ first two Christian singles, “Chain Breaker” (in November 2016) and “Old Church Choir” (this year), topped Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay charts and his debut full-length, Chain Breaker, peaked...

Listen to NPR podcast featuring Saint Mark Baptist Church Gospel Choir of Little Rock

Saint Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock raised the roof when their gospel choir performed in May 2017 at Little Rock’s Wildwood Park. Listen here to correspondent Tom Wilmer as he visits with Darius Nelson, Pastor of Music and Arts at Saint Mark, followed by 20 minutes of some powerful gospel singing, in this NPR podcast by KCBX Radio of California. You can watch their worship services live on the Saint Mark Facebook page; here’s the December 17, 2017 service. Saint Mark’s choir has performed at the White House as well as around Arkansas and the region.

Video Playlist: The Top 10 Best Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir Songs

Bentonville-based Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir is a nationally renowned group that uses gospel music to spread a message of Christian faith, hope, love, and joy to the state, country, and world. The Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir has made a major impression with the quality of its music as well as its stand for diversity, tolerance, and unity in spreading their message through music of love. The choir has become an institution known for its concerts throughout Arkansas and the nation. Listed below are some lyrics and videos from AXS.com’s Top 10 Best Songs of the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir, emphasizing the group’s interpretation of peace and joy. (You can check out these and many more Arkansas gospel group videos on our Arkansounds Arkansas Gospel YouTube Playlist.) 10. “This is the Day” “This is the Day” is a song covered by the Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir on their album Hold on for Life. The song is mainly a repeat of the following lyrics: This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it This is...

Blockbuster trio Point of Grace discusses new Christmas album, plans for new record in 2018

Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian trio Point of Grace – whose founding members started the group 25 years ago after singing together at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas – has released a new Christmas album in a partnership with LifeWay Worship and will soon begin work on a second. Sing Noël, Point of Grace’s first album with LifeWay, features 10 new arrangements of beloved carols and Christmas favorites, including “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and “What Child Is This?” “It has been several years since we have recorded a Christmas project, and this one is really special,” Point of Grace’s Shelley Breen says. “It has a central focus on the carols of Christmas.” In January the group will begin recording a second album with LifeWay featuring a collection of best-loved hymns and worship songs. Point of Grace has won 3 Grammy nominations, most recently for Directions Home (Songs We Love, Songs You Know) in 2015. The group has won multiple Dove Awards and sold more than 8 million recordings in their 25-year history. Breen says she feels the new Christmas album captures...