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Award Winning Artist Jaci Velasquez Named National Spokesperson For Band Angels
NASHVILLE (May 21, 2013) — Band Angels, bandages for kids featuring healing scriptures, has announced a strategic partnership with multi-award-winning artist, Jaci Velasquez. Velasquez will serve as spokesperson for the product through promotional venues and make personal appearances on behalf of the company. Tim and Tami West, creators of Band Angels, say the relationship with Velasquez came about a couple of years ago when Tim was a guest on “Your Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Jaci Velasquez” on Salem Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated network, 94 FM The Fish. Velasquez was very complimentary of the product.
“I love this ministry and the idea behind Band Angels,” says Velasquez. “I have loved using theseprecious bandages with my kids, and they love them even more! ZZ and Soren will ‘pretend’ to have boo-boo’s just so they can put them on!”
Since the product line was launched in 2009, Band Angels has sold over three million bandages and is currently available for sale in nearly 1000 retail stores. Tim and Tami West originally came up with idea for the bandages when their granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes. “When our four-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed, she had to be stuck with a needle four times a day,” says Tim. “One weekend when she was staying with us, I was watching Tami put a Scooby Doo bandage on her and it occurred to me — why are we putting something so trivial on something so serious? We had been praying with her for healing and I thought, what if we put a bandage on her that has a healing scripture on it? It would be a simple way to help teach her about God and the Bible.”
Band Angels recently launched a Spring marketing campaign which included a social networking element using Facebook and Twitter that generated more than 10,000 requests for free samples of the bandages. Additionally, a nationwide infomercial is airing on several television networks and regional stations. National television ad buys are tentatively scheduled to begin early this month on several mainstream networks including Nicktoons, Animal Planet, Game Show Network, OWN and the Live Well Network, among others.
Plans are in the works to begin incorporating Velasquez into impending promotions as quickly as possible and the Wests are eager to begin working with Velasquez. “Jaci has expressed such enthusiasm about Band Angels,” says Tim. “We are very pleased to have her be part of this expanding brand.”
About Jaci Velasquez:
With over 250,000 combined followers on Facebook and Twitter, Velasquez proves to be a seasoned artist who brings nearly two decades of experience to her latest venture. She has won seven Dove Awards, including New Artist of the Year in 1997 and two consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year titles. She has scored hits on both Billboard’s Christian music charts and Latin charts. In addition to releasing her latest music project entitled “Diamond,” Velasquez released a Spanish lullaby album for Fisher Price last fall and has starred in five new films over the past six months. Currently, Velasquez is heard by more that 1.5 million listeners on a daily basis as the morning show co-host on 94 FM The Fish, is in the process of writing a new book, leads worship in Houston, Texas once per month, and is finishing the filming of three new independent faith-based films. However, of the many hats that she wears, her favorite roles are being a wife to husband Nic Gonzales, lead singer of Salvador, and mother to their two sweet sons, Zealand and Soren.
For more information on Jaci Velasquez, visit her website at www.jacivelasquez.com.
About Band Angels:
Band Angels is part of New Life International, a non-profit organization founded in 1979, which partners with ministries around the world to offer resources to the people of God and thereby, reach people who have never heard the Gospel. The company plans on launching additional products in the coming months under the Band Angels brand. Retailers can order the product wholesale from the company’s website www.BandAngels.net, or through New Day Christian Distributors and STL Distribution.
COMEDIAN NAZARETH RELEASES “YOU’RE SO FUNNY DADDY” IN TIME FOR FATHER’S DAY
Book Encourages Fathers to Incorporate Humor at Home;
Available Via Comedy Crusade Publishing June 1
SOURCE: Brimstone Services
Nashville, TN – May 16, 2013 – Inspirational comedian Nazareth releases his second book project, “You’re So Funny Daddy!” just in time for Father’s Day. The book, available June 1 through Comedy Crusade Publishing in association with DerDiZ Media, Inc., encourages fathers to incorporate humor into their daily interactions at home, making for a light-hearted atmosphere which will in turn foster better communication and strengthen family relationships long-term.
“You’re So Funny Daddy!” exhorts readers to use humor to be more than just a father but a great dad as well. Nazareth explains, “A father who can tap into humor and share a real hearty laugh with his children is communicating with his children at a frequency level that tunes directly into the heart of what truly matters to [them]… If you’re a father, or you plan to be a father, and you want to be the type of father that your children will think of as a dad, this book is for you.”
The book provides practical tools for improving parental communication through humor, including ideas to make children laugh more frequently and ways to enhance one’s own sense of humor.
“You’re So Funny Daddy!” has already received rave endorsements from Christian leaders such as Dr. Johnny M. Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who comments, “It is an awesome read, one that will deeply touch you, challenge you, and equip you to be a dad.” Chuck Booher, senior pastor of Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, Calif., who penned the book’s forward writes, “If we follow the principles of this book we will be those who make memories that will always be cherished and never forgotten.”
Purchase “You’re So Funny Daddy!“for $15.99 at Amazon, www.YoureSoFunnyDaddy.com or www.NazarethUSA.com. An eBook will also be available for $9.99 at Amazon on Kindle, Barnes and Noble on Nook and at iBooks.com. For more information and to read a sample chapter of the book, visit: www.YoureSoFunnyDaddy.com.
Born in Israel, Nazareth moved to the US nearly 30 years ago, during which time he has honed his unique brand of inspirational comedy, reaching millions via live and televised performances. Nazareth has appeared on both network and cable television, including Comedy Central, ABC Family as well as “NBC Nightly News,” while also logging more than 3500 live shows. He has toured with the likes of legendary artists B.B. King, The Righteous Brothers and The Temptations, to name a few, at renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., among others. As the New York Times aptly described one of his shows, he “had the audience convulsing.”
On a personal front, Nazareth has participated in ministries ranging from Prison Fellowship with Chuck Colson to Youth for Christ and The Salvation Army. He speaks internationally at conferences, camps, churches and prisons and is co-founder/president of Comedy Crusade, a program that provides Christian leaders with professional Christian comedians. Nazareth also previously served as president of the Christian Comedy Association, a group exceeding 300 members – including Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce and television personality Sherri Shepherd.
Nazareth and his wife of sixteen years reside with their three young children in Southern California. For more information on Nazareth and an updated tour itinerary, visit: www.NazarethUSA.com. Also, follow Nazareth on Twitter: @Nazzman.
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GRAMMY® WINNING VOCALIST AND AUTHOR JASON CRABB RELEASES FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK
“One God, One You” Introduces Jase®, A Crabb on A Mission
SOURCE: Nelon PR
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NASHVILLE, May 16, 2013 – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, author, husband and father, Jason Crabb, has announced his first children’s book. One God, One You has officially released and is currently available at all Jason Crabb concerts, events and online at www.JaseCrabb.com.
One God, One You follows the story of Evan, a young boy who loves to sing and play his ukulele. At a Jason Crabb concert, he receives an unexpected present – his very own Jase the Crabb®. In his dreamland adventure with Jase®, Evan learns just how special and important his love of music is. He discovers that the things he enjoys doing most are gifts from God — gifts with a purpose and a perfect plan, straight from heaven.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book. This has been a dream of mine – to impact the lives of our most precious gift, our children,” says Jason. “As a father, I know how important it is for those little eyes to read good, positive, material. This book lets the reader know they are something special and that God created them with a purpose! I hope this will touch the hearts of children, parents, grandparents and anyone with a child in their life. All children need to know they are special!”
The name of the character, Jase®, holds a special meaning to Crabb. Derived from the initials of his family – J(ason) A(shleigh) S(hellye) E(mma) – the name is also what his late Grandfather would call him. “I would visit my grandfather in the summer months and help him around the farm. I can’t even remember how many times I heard him call out to me – “JASE, come on over here and help me out!” – it just seemed like a natural fit to name this character after my grandfather.”
Jason Crabb has partnered with award-winning illustrator Anita DuFalla to bring Jase® and his friends to life. Anita’s clients include McGraw-Hill, Harcourt (Brace), Benchmark Education Company, Washington Post among others.
“When I saw Anita’s work and witnessed her heart for this, I knew God had brought the right person to this project,” shares Crabb. “Her creativity and talent have brought my little buddy, Jase®, to life!”
This first book launches the ten-book Jase® Series, as Evan learns just how special he is and more lessons that come straight from the Bible – stories that reveal the goodness and love of God to children, families and caregivers from all walks of life. Children, parents and teachers can log on to www.JaseCrabb.com where they can print off curriculum, coloring pages, certificates of completion, learn about Jase® Univeristy and comment on the books. In addition to Crabb, a creative team compiled of Donna Scuderi and Philip & Tina Morris were an integral part of the team contributing to the overall foundation and direction of the book series.
ABOUT JASON CRABB
Grammy® Award winner and 17-time GMA DOVE Award winner Jason Crabb is one of the most highly respected, versatile and talented artists to ever grace a stage. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gaither Homecoming arena platforms. In 2012, Crabb was honored to be awarded with not only the Artist of the Year Award at the GMA DOVE Awards but also the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, and ongoing high-profile TV appearances, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others. Love Is Stronger, Jason’s latest release, was produced by Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash and Wayne Haun. The project hit a home run with critics and was featured on Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, Associated Press, AOL Music, and many other national outlets. Jason is currently performing on his “Love Is Stronger” tour throughout the country. Jason lives with his wife Shellye, and daughters Emma and Ashleigh just outside of Nashville, TN.
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THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOUR HEART SING AWARDED BEST
INSPIRATIONAL BOOK AT ECPA’s ANNUAL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
New York Times Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Adds Latest Honor to Growing List of Accolades
SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 15, 2012) – New York Times bestselling children’s author Sally Lloyd-Jones and world-renown illustrator Jago garnered the award for Best Inspirational Book with Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing at this year’s Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Leadership Summit.
Released nationwide on Oct. 9, 2012 through Zonderkidz, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is an innovative collection that features 101 simple-yet-profound thoughts on faith from the award-winning duo who delivered the bestselling children’s book, The Jesus Storybook Bible.
Filled with engaging and whimsical artwork by Jago, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound truths from the Bible that are easy for children of any age to understand. Drawing inspiration from creation, history, science and the writings of great thinkers and writers, Lloyd-Jones encourages reflection and conversation through words and image – all working together and designed to do one thing: to make the reader’s heart sing.
Lloyd-Jones, a leading writer of inspirational books for children, adds this latest honor to her growing list of accolades. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and the Moonbeam Award Winner for The Jesus Storybook Bible.
The Christian Book Awards, established by ECPA in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards, recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry. Christian Book Award finalists and winners receive recognition and support throughout multiple retail and media outlets.
For more information about Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing and to view the official book trailer, please visit http://thoughtstomakeyourheartsing.com/ .
Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan, and Harper Collins, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video, and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids 18 and under and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of the NIV that is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at www.zonderkidz.com.
About Sally Lloyd-Jones
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children, with an expertise in conveying biblical truth to young children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award-winning The Jesus Storybook Bible. She has written many picture books for children, including Handbag Friends, Time to Say Goodnight and the critically acclaimed How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. A native of England, Sally lives in New York City and can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian ‘Highly Commended’ Award for Children’s Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and two children.
It’s been a few months since I last wrote, but things have been far from uneventful. Will’s still growing and changing pretty much daily and the things that he says make us laugh all the time. It’s intriguing to note how much we often have to ‘roll with the punches,’ so to speak, and adapt to his changing. Just last night when the three of us were out to eat, he threw a tantrum at our booth in a restaurant and we still are not quite sure what it was about. But once he got his meal and started chowing down, all seemed right with the universe.
But he’s definitely more of a parrot at times now. He’ll surprise us by mimicking (or MOCKING!) things we say. Will is 2 and a half years old now and we’re definitely seeing the development of his personality speeding up. He’s showing signs of imagining when he plays with his trains and other toys – we’ve even caught him sort of joking around. It’s amazing to me.
It’s also funny how one day he’ll be all about one thing and the next day, he’ll be all about another. But lately, one thing he’s consistently obsessed with is – the moon, of all things. There’s a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode where they all go into space and it’s really piqued his interest in planets and rockets. It’s kind of funny. [I can’t help but assume he’s going to LOVE Star Wars).
Another thing he’s been doing lately is coming into my office upstairs while Amy is at work and often announcing “Mickey Mickey Mickey!” which means he wants to watch a cartoon with me on my computer. So I’ll prop the little guy on my knee and put a Mickey Mouse cartoon in one pop-up window of iTunes while I work behind it. Today, he asked for Cars while he ate lunch (mini waffles). But before he started eating, he snuggled in with his head against me while watching the movie and I tried to soak it up. It won’t be long before moments like these will be a distant memory…
Sitting on my lap at my desk watching cartoons March 17, 2013
NORTH POINT MUSIC RELEASES FIRST CHILDREN’S PROJECT,
NORTH POINT KIDS: SHINE! THIS WEEK
Project Debuts at No. 4 on iTunes Children’s Music Chart
SOURCE: Savvy Media
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) April 10, 2013—North Point Music introduces its first ever album created for children’s ministry, North Point Kids: Shine!, this week. This new, upbeat project, which debuted at No. 4 on iTunes Children’s Music chart, targets elementary-aged kids through songs that have clear messages, easy-to-remember lyrics, and motions that will get them moving.
Every weekend, North Point Ministries leads more than 4,000 children throughout the Atlanta area to worship God. North Point kids learn that the Bible should never be boring, that worship can be really loud, and that the best leaders always care.
“Kids are very hungry and open to know more about God,” says North Point Ministries Children’s Director Kendra Fleming. “We don’t have to teach kids to worship because it’s the natural outflow of their hearts. We just have to give them something to participate in, a way to engage. Music is a primary teaching venue for them. Using language they use, it brings emotion, joy, and excitement … whatever the music is trying to communicate, it resonates with them. They are drawn to it, and the message it sends is so powerful, it stays with them.”
Shine! is a collection of powerful, encouraging songs that sound as current as anything One Direction, Taylor Swift, or Justin Bieber has to offer but that lyrically reveal God as trustworthy, powerful and always present in their lives.
From album openers “Your Love for Me” and “Tell the World,” which boldly proclaim God’s love for us, to “Look at Our God,” an anthem about His power, to the title track’s danceable declaration of faith, Shine! never loses its energy or fails to empower kids with the truth of who God is.
Well-known worship leaders, such as Casey Darnell, Eddie Kirkland, and Dove Award-winner Seth Condrey, are featured on the album, along with other artists. Darnell comments, “To this day, I still remember the songs I grew up hearing in our home or in the car. Those were the early seeds of truth God sewed into my heart that would have a lasting impact and one day grow into a desire to know Him more and trust Him with my whole life. I’m grateful for those days and the music of my childhood, and I’m honored to be passing this legacy on to my children today!”
To learn more about North Point Kids, visit www.northpointkids.org or follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/northpointkids. For additional information on this CD and others from North Point Music, go to www.northpointmusic.org.
About North Point Music
In 2010, North Point Community Church launched North Point Music to bring local worship leaders, musicians, and songwriters together to inspire a generation and influence the church. The Alpharetta, Georgia-based record label and music publishing company is now home to worship leaders/songwriters Eddie Kirkland, Todd Fields, Casey Darnell, and Dove Award winner Seth Condrey. North Point Music has a strong foundation from which to pursue its mission. As an organization, North Point serves more than 30,000 people each Sunday at its five Atlanta-area churches, and thousands more attend its 30 partner churches in the United States and 12 international partners. For more information, visit: www.northpointmusic.org.
AUTHOR, PASTOR & GLOBAL SPEAKER DAVE STONE ANNOUNCES THIRD RELEASE IN POPULAR FAITHFUL FAMILIES SERIES ON APRIL 9, 2013
How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World Features Practical,
Conversational and Humorous approach to Parenting
SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
Nashville, Tenn. (March 14, 2013) – Author, pastor, and global speaker Dave Stone is gearing up for his third release in the FAITHFUL FAMILIES series. Slated to hit stores nationwide on April 9, 2013 through Thomas Nelson, How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World is an innovative collection of creative ideas, real-life stories, and scriptural guidance about how to be a family that puts others first.
With two previous titles released under the popular FAITHFUL FAMILIES brand (Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord and Building Family Ties with Faith, Love and Laughter), this third installment offers readers some of the same insight and wisdom that Dave is best-known for.
Through sharing stories from his own home life and the homes of the families he’s counseled in his role as pastor, Dave’s heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever in this new release.
“The most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model genuine faith for their children,” says Dave. How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World provides tools, insights, and dialogues that will help support those goals.
Featuring a practical, conversational and humorous approach to the challenges of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family, the latest book also equips parents with the tools they need to raise kids whose focus is not always on themselves and who think of others first in the midst of a self-absorbed culture.
“Our culture is draining the life out of our families,” admits Dave. “In a world of electronic devices and hectic schedules families are suffering. Delight has been deleted and joy and fulfillment have been replaced by worry and hurt. I want parents to know that God is more concerned with our direction, not our perfection.”
How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World provides honest insight on how to parent intentionally as Dave hits issues head-on and helps parents overcome struggles and obstacles along the way. Some key topics include: Becoming Others Focused, Service, Generosity, Forgiveness, and much more.
About Dave Stone
Dave is a warm, engaging author who’s the senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. At 22000 members, Southeast Christian Church clocks in as the 4th largest church in America. While preaching is his gift, Dave says that his family is his greatest “life blessing.” And after raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his twenty-thousand-member congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever. Dave knows that raising faithful families is a vital key to continued growth of the church. For more information, please visit: http://pastordavestone.com/.
About Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com.
How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World
By: Dave Stone
Firm On-Sale Date: April 9, 2013
NEWS SOURCE: The Adams Group
Nashville, TN – To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the Cedarmont Kids® record label is releasing two special collections of their award-winning children’s music.
“As we approached this significant anniversary for the label, we noticed that our original releases were still selling well after two decades,” said Mike Gay, President of Cedarmont. “In fact, all six titles have been certified Gold or Platinum, and just last year, the project Action Bible Songs was the number one non-seasonal children’s project in Christian bookstores. To celebrate, we came up with a way to sell all six of those CDs together at a deeply-discounted retail price of $20 to commemorate our 20 years of making wonderful music for kids.”
The 20th Anniversary Collection includes 96 songs on six CDs, along with a commemorative sixteen-page booklet that includes information about the history of the Cedarmont series, plus lyrics for all the songs. The six CDs include split-track versions of every song so that kids can sing along, karaoke-style. The collection is housed in a SpindlePak design that secures the CDs on an internal spindle. In addition to the six CDs, the collection includes a bonus one-hour DVD of 22 songs from the Cedarmont library.
Cedarmont Kids is also releasing the Gospel Sunday School Collection which includes three albums featuring 48 Sunday School songs and classic spirituals. The collection includes the brand-new CD Gospel Sunday School Songs which features the iconic song from Martin Luther King’s speech, “Free At Last,” marking the first time the song has been recorded on a children’s project. The Gospel Sunday School Collection also includes split tracks for sing-a-longs and retails for only $9.99.
Since its founding 20 years ago, Cedarmont Kids has sold over 21 million albums and built a broad customer base by focusing on well-known classic songs and selling their products at affordable prices. Their diversified catalog now features 46 CDs on five labels: Cedamont Kids® Classics, Cedarmont Kids Gospel®, Cedarmont Niños®, Cedarmont Baby®, and Cedarmont Worship for Kids®. Fifteen of these titles were Spanish releases. They have also developed a series of eleven DVDs, which are live-action, sing-along versions of the audio recordings. Owners Mike and Sue Gay believe that staying consistent has helped the brand to grow over the past two decades.
“I think we’ve stayed very close to our original goal of providing high quality music and entertainment products with a Christian message at a budget price,” says Mike. “The technology has changed and we’ve added several styles of music, but our message and values are the same.”
Sue concurs, “From the beginning, I wanted our music to be free of affectation. I wanted the children to use their voices correctly, but freely and wholeheartedly. I wanted our arrangements to be long-lasting, if not timeless. Most of all, I wanted every release to present a positive message, because God loves each of His children. I still want these same things. Cedarmont’s by-line, ‘Music With A Message They Won’t Outgrow,’ says it well. I hope these songs become etched on the hearts of all who hear.”
Retailers can benefit from an accompanying floor display, designed especially for these anniversary collections.