Independence Day may be a few months away, but the folks at Provo’s Stadium of Fire are already heating things up. The annual event, held in the football stadium at BYU, is one of the biggest July 4th celebrations in the country, and has attracted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. This year, the celebration will be headlined by Country superstar Brad Paisley. But Paisley will be joined on stage by none other than David Archuleta. The young LDS singer has made quite a name for himself since coming to national attention on American Idol, and he ought to feel right at home on stage in the stadium. But Archuleta isn’t the only LDS performer who will have a shot at a place in the stadium. The event is also hosting an American Idol-style talent search for a new act to open the evening’s festivities. Visit the event’s website to see videos and vote on your favorite artist. You’ll see many of your favorite LDS artists there – including some whose music you hear right here on YLDSR: Ryan Innes, Artie Hemphill, Truman, and more. There’s a world-class contest revving up, and we wish all of our musical friends good luck!
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Since the release of Mindy Gledhill’s sparkling pop album “Anchor,” this LDS artist has become something of an internet sensation. It’s been a pleasure to watch Mindy’s music career blossom, and to see the opportunities she has to inspire and serve people all over the world. Here’s her terrific new video, “Whole Wide World.” Enjoy!
Recently, our friend Paul Cardall was featured in the Deseret News. His album “New Life” had just topped the Billboard New Age charts, edging out New Age staple artists like Yanni and Enya. We’re happy for Paul’s success. His story is remarkable. Here’s some of the Deseret News article:
Paul Cardall’s new heart brought new life. Now, his album “New Life” has reached the top of the Billboard New Age Albums chart.
“I never dreamed of having a No.1 recording until now,” Cardall said in a news release. “I’m truly humbled and honored to share a prestigious chart with world-renowned artists Yanni, Enya, Jim Brickman and others.”
Cardall’s album edged out Yanni’s “Truth of Touch” and Enya’s “The Very Best of Enya” for the top spot.
“New Life” is the musician’s first album since he received a heart transplant and the fifth to earn a spot on the Billboard chart. The album was completed in September 2010.
“New Life” encompasses a variety of emotions about healing and internalizing self-identity, and about what the musician went through, evidenced by song titles such as “Letting Go,” “Restless Hope” and “Gratitude.”
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David Burger, the pop culture editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, ran a terrific piece about yourLDSradio on his music blog, “Burger with Relish.” We thought you might like to read it! Click HERE to be taken directly to David’s blog.
We’ve been playing music from David Osmond’s new CD “Road Less Traveled.” David was featured this morning on the “Today” show. David has been very courageous in his fight against MS. Here’s the piece. You’re sure to enjoy it. We wish David continued success!
Many Latter-day Saint musicians spend careers making music that teaches the gospel. Members of the church everywhere benefit from their music in lots of ways, obvious and not so obvious. Other Latter-day Saint musicians live lives of great faith, but make music for other audiences. Though the gospel message in their music may not be as apparent, their devotion to the gospel makes them powerful tools in the hands of the Lord. And, of course, their testimonies are clearly felt by anyone who knows or meets them. Recently, a number of hard-working LDS artists (mostly of the latter type) got together to work on a labor of love; the formation of a performing group dedicated to spreading their love for the gospel through performing hymns together. They call themselves “The Lower Lights,” and they’ve just released their first album. The performers are an all-star cast of some of your favorite artists, of all kinds, from Sarah Sample to Paul Jacobsen, from Ryan Tilby to Cherie Call. The project (subtitled “a hymn revival” is a joyful celebration of faith and hymnody that you’re sure to love. The video below ought to whet your appetite. Enjoy!
There’s a long list of places where you might have heard Debra Fotheringham’s music. You may have heard her on the soundtrack from the film “The RM.” You may have heard her interpret Janice Kapp Perry tunes on “Janice Kapp Perry’s Parallel Universe,” or hymns on the terrific album “Nearer: A New Collection of Favorite Hymns,” or any one of a number of EFY albums. But Debra is an artist with her own catalog, too. She’s played stages all over the country as a singer-songwriter with a smooth, contemporary vibe, and has a couple of her own albums to her credit. The latest, an EP called “Time” has just been released. Below, hear the track “Butterfly Effect” from that project. You can find the whole album at iTunes.
With great albums like “The Sum of All Grace” and “Feather in the Wind” to her credit, we’ve blogged about LDS songwriter and recording artist Mindy Gledhilll before. These days, she’s busy pushing her music career in new and exciting directions. Her latest release, called “Anchor,” is an innovative pop album that’s sure to bring Mindy to the attention of a much wider audience. Here’s the music video for the title song from that album.
Jenny Phillips, whose music has been heard all over the world, frequently conducts workshops for people interested in being involved in the LDS music industry in one capacity or another. The information below, excerpted from BYU’s “Daily Universe” publication, provides some information about her upcoming workshop. For the complete article, visit http://universe.byu.edu/node/8957. For more information about Jenny’s workshops and other musical projects, visit http://www.jennyphillipsmusic.com/workshops/workshops-competitions/
Here’s the excerpted information:
“Aspiring LDS singers and songwriters have the special opportunity to work with some of the most successful producers and artists at a workshop and recording competition at the Provo City Library in July.
Jenny Phillips and Tyler Castleton, both award-winning songwriters and producers, will conduct the 2010 LDS Music Industry Workshop and Competitions, which is open to all who are interested in taking a stab at working in the music industry.
Phillips, who started the workshop seven years ago, said she wants to help those looking for a way to get into the LDS music industry.
‘When I was trying to break into the industry, I found it so hard to find any information or contacts or how to get involved in things or any kind of training,’ Phillips said. ‘I just wanted to offer that to other people so they don’t have to spend the years and years I had to spend putting it all together and learning it all.’
The full-day workshop on July 17 consists of classes conducted by several influential LDS songwriters, producers and vocalists. Among these are Michael McLean, the best-selling LDS artist of all time; Jessie Clark Funk, a vocalist who has been featured in dozens of LDS albums; and Russ Dixon an experienced songwriter, artist, producer and record label head.