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natalie grant 2Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning gospel artist, Natalie Grant, has been tapped to  host GSN’s new show, “It Takes a Church” on Thursday Night, June 5th at 9pm EST.

How the show works:  Christian congregations across the country play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow church member find their partner.

We sat down to speak to Natalie about the show and how it works yesterday!  She was excited for the opportunity and shared that she was skeptical about it when first approached but after seeing how the matchmaking works, she was sold. She also shared that most of the contestants are females, but it’s totally sweet how they are set up.  There is no word on whether or not we’ll get a chance to see a follow up on the couples, but she says  it is a “beautiful example of what dating could look like”.  The Pastors are involved and there are expert match makers involved from ChristianMingle.com who oversee the entire process.

Some might think “How nosy” and other might think “How sweet”. We will all find out tonight!

Check out what else Natalie had to say about “It Takes a Church” :

Join everyone tonight as we tweet about the show live. Use the hashtag #ittakesachurch and let’s have some fun!!



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ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5 AT 9PM ET/PT GSN PREMIERES NEW MATCHMAKING SERIES ‘IT TAKES A CHURCH,’ HOSTED BY GRAMMY NOMINATED CURB RECORDING ARTIST  NATALIE GRANT ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5 AT 9PM ET/PT

GSN, the home of classic game programming and competitive entertainment, premieres its new original series, IT TAKES A CHURCH on Thursday, June 5 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), following new original episodes of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE at 8 p.m, the network’s highest rated original series of all-time.  GSN also revealed an integration deal with ChristianMingle, the largest online community for Christian singles for the new series.

Hosted by Multi-Grammy nominated Curb Recording Artist Natalie Grant, IT TAKES A CHURCH features Christian congregations across the country who play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their partner.  Each one-hour episode features a different congregation from across the country including Brooklyn, NY; Baltimore, MD; Goshen, IN; Milwaukee, WI; Rock Hill, SC; Oxnard, CA; and Tempe, AZ.

Each week, one unsuspecting single who has a desire to find a mate, is surprised to learn that their church is coming together to help them find love, led by their own Pastor, who speaks to the situation and gives advice on the potential suitors. The partnership provides ChristianMingle with in-show integration throughout the season; plus all of the daters who are not ultimately chosen will receive annual memberships to the dating service.  In addition, GSN will produce a custom short form micro-series for ChristianMingle that will air as interstitials throughout the commercial breaks of the show. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

IT TAKES A CHURCH is produced by Authentic Entertainment for GSN, with Tom Rogan and Lauren Lexton (“Flipping Out,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”) serving as Executive Producers along with Richard Hall (“The Amazing Race”) of Great Blue Productions. Sean Kelly (“Minute to Win It”) is Consulting Producer.

Natalie Grant was nominated for two 2014 Grammy® Awards, in the categories Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Christian Music Song for the single Hurricane.  A Christian vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner, Grant is a singer-songwriter currently residing in Nashville, TN. Grant’s work has gained international acclaim, including five GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the year.  A mainstay on the Billboard Christian Songs chart with numerous #1 hits over the past decade, Grant has affirmed her status as one of gospel music’s most popular artists, enjoying out of the box success with the recent “Hurricane” #1 debut on the Christian and Gospel Billboard Albums charts (and #17 on the Billboard 200 chart). The infectious, double Grammy-nominated title track and single, Hurricane, quickly hit #1 on iTunes and added to the list of Grant’s chart- topping radio hits.  Grant will also be seen in a supporting role in the upcoming film, “Persecuted.” Produced by multiple Oscar®-winner Gray Frederickson (“The Godfather” Trilogy, “Apocalypse Now”), the independent thriller – set for release in July – sees Grant co-starring alongside James Remar, Bruce Davison, and Fred Thompson.

Son of God Tour

“Son of God” Feature Film Premiered Last Weekend with $26.5M in

Box Office Sales

Son of God Tour As 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” premieres 2nd at the box office with a staggering $26.5M in ticket sales, the tour associated with the film, “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014,” sells out in Pittsburgh, PA. In response, an additional date in the Pittsburgh area has been added on April 9 at Amplify Church in Plum, PA.

The epic two-hour live event, a Word Entertainment collaboration with producer and actress Roma Downey’s (“Touched by an Angel,” “The Bible,” “Son of God”) and producer Mark Burnett‘s (“The Voice,” “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” “The Bible,” “Son of God”) company LightWorkers Media, will visit 16 cities nationwide March 20-April 13. “The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014” brings the epic miniseries “The Bible” and the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” to life in sight and sound with immersive video and stunning visual effects paired with live, in-person performances by GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray. These award-winning artists will perform their biggest radio hits alongside the chronological telling of the story of Christ in a one-of-a-kind concert event. It is slated to commence on March 20, 2014, at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Tickets for all dates are on sale now at www.SonofGodTour.com.

“The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” Schedule:

March 20       Lake Forest, CA – Saddleback Church

March 21       Phoenix, AZ – Vineyard Church

March 22       Albuquerque, NM – Legacy Church

March 23       Denver, CO – Denver First Church of the Nazarene

March 27       Austin, TX – Riverbend Church

March 28       Dallas, TX – Sunnyvale First Baptist Church

March 29       Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center

March 30       Kansas City, MO – Lenexa Christian Center

April 3             Columbus, OH – Grace Polaris Church

April 4             Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids First

April 5             Chicago, IL – Olivet Nazarene University

April 6             Nashville, TN – Allen Arena

April 9             Pittsburgh, PA – Amplify Church (Note New Location) JUST ADDED

April 10          Pittsburgh, PA – Victory Family Church  SOLD OUT

April 11          Louisville, KY – Northside Christian Church

April 12          Lynchburg, VA – Thomas Road Baptist Church

April 13          Baltimore, MD – APG Federal Credit Union Arena, Hartford Community College

Downey and Burnett brought the epic 10-hour mini-series “The Bible” to television audiences on the History channel with their company LightWorkers Media. It became the top entertainment telecast of the year, received three Emmy® Award nominations and has been viewed by over 100 million people to date. On February 28, the 20th Century Fox feature film “Son of God” premiered to millions of people worldwide on the big screen. Word Entertainment collaborated with Burnett and Downey to release the musical companion to both “The Bible” and “Son of God.” In realizing the incredible impact of the stunning images together with the emotional powerful music, Burnett, Downey and Word Entertainment are joining forces once again to bring the epic scenes and music from “The Bible” and “Son of God” to life in sight and sound through “The Bible: Son of God Tour 2014” to audiences across the nation in the month leading up to Easter.

 

For further information please visit: www.SonofGodTour.com.

the story tour

the story tour The Story Tour presented by World Vision is returning for its third year after sell-out performances to nearly 120,000 people during the 2011 and 2012 holiday seasons proved to be successful.

The tour will travel through 14 cities as a unique experience to learn about the Bible is presented. Performers this year include: Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah and Rawsrvnt, along with author and speaker Randy Frazee and musical director Bernie Herms. A full orchestra and children’s choir will back the artists as each song tells a first-person account of a specific biblical character.

“When a family comes to The Story concert and they see, person by person, how God has moved through history, they begin to see how the Bible fits together,” said Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns in a press release, who is returning after participating last year. “God is working all things together for good. That is the message: that Jesus is the way to God and that He is writing our story.”

 

“It is so exciting to be a part of an event that helps bring the Bible to life,” Natalie Grant said in a release. “Watching the audience grasp these biblical truths in new ways is especially rewarding. And I believe these are some of the greatest songs ever written, so it is an honor to sing them every night.”

The cast will play the show’s soundtrack, (Music Inspired By) The Story in its entirety, recreating the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Sprinkled throughout will be Christmas tunes.

Beginning in late 2011, (Music Inspired By) The Story is a project brought forth from some of the best-known artists in Christian music. The Story album takes biblical truths and provides a narrative of love and redemption through God that intersects with our own history of brokenness and failures.

The 2-CD set features 18 original songs written by multiple Dove Award winners Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms.

The Story Tour partnered with World Vision. World Vision provides assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.TheStoryCD.com/tour.

 

THE STORY TOUR – 2013

11/29/13 Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
11/30/13 Atlanta, GA | Philips Arena
12/02/13 Tulsa, OK | SpiritBank Event Center
12/03/13 Loveland, CO | Budweiser Events Center
12/05/13 St. Charles, MO | Family Arena
12/06/13 Grand Prairie, TX | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
12/07/13 Cypress, TX | Berry Center
12/08/13 Jonesboro, AR | Convocation Center
12/09/13 Columbus, OH | Schottenstein Center
12/10/13 Fairfax, VA | Patriot Center – George Mason Univ.
12/12/13 Norfolk, VA | Scope Arena
12/13/13 Pittsburgh, PA | Petersen Events Center
12/14/13 Trenton, NJ | Sun National Bank Center
12/15/13 Hershey, PA | Giant Center

 

Lecrae

Atlanta, GA- (March 8, 2012) -The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the first talent line-up of leading music artists that will appear and perform at the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards: Lecrae, Natalie Grant, Donnie McClurkin, Jason Crabb, Jamie-Grace, Kim Burrell, Kari Jobe, Danny Gokey, Ruben Studdard, Mandisa, Jason Castro and The Isaacs will electrify the audience with live inspirational performances.  This announcement marks the first round of musical performers for the awards ceremony, with additional performers to be revealed as the show date approaches.

The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on April 19 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  The award show is produced by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) to offer the most comprehensive platform celebrating Christian and Gospel music.  The awards ceremony will be nationally televised on GMC TV on April 24 at 8:00PM ET.

“The GMA Dove Awards represent Gospel and Christian music’s biggest night of the year and there is no better place for the broadcast of this event than GMC TV, America’s home for the best in uplifting music and entertainment,” said Charles Humbard, President and CEO of GMC.  “We are proud to host this celebration at the Fox Theatre, one of America’s premiere venues here in our home town, Atlanta.”

The public is invited to purchase tickets to see and experience all of the performances and awards ceremony live at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 19 at www.ticketmaster.comLast year, the popular event sold-out and was one of the hottest tickets in Atlanta.

For more information and the complete list of nominated artists, please visit www.doveawards.com

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Female Vocalist of the Year- 

  • Francesca Battistelli
  • Kari Jobe
  • Laura Story
  • Mandisa
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Singer Drawing Comparisons To Jaci Velasquez And Natalie Grant
Courtesy of Tehillah Enterprises
(Cleveland, OH) – May 19, 2011 – Jessica Ruiz is on the cusp of becoming one of the most talked about new artists in the industry.  The Cleveland, OH, native has been blessed with the voice of an angel and has sung in front of some of today’s finest artists including Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans and has opened up for Tye Tribbett.  The songstress and Worship Leader of West 58th Street Church of God in Cleveland recently dropped her first single from the highly-anticipated release, Ignited.
She is supporting the upcoming release with two television appearances.  In her hometown, Ruiz will be featured on WJW Fox 8 on Monday, May 23, 2011, at 7:45AM EST where she will perform a number of songs from the upcoming project.  On Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:00AM EST, Jessica will be taping another performance on the Trinity Broadcast Network’s “Praise The Lord” program in Akron, Ohio.  A frequent guest on TBN, Ruiz is known for her spirited and riveting performances on the Christian network.
A fiery song, “Ignited”, is about believers setting their passion for God afire and it’s already getting rave reviews.  The Black Gospel Blog’s Bob Marovich chose it as the TBGB Pick of the Week and says about the single, “Ruiz sings with energy and muscle, as if she is literally as well as spiritually ablaze. Her gutsy style lies somewhere between CCM and gospel, and my sense is she can sing comfortably in both. No surprise she is being compared to Jaci Velasquez and Natalie Grant. Meanwhile, the urban R&B beats and techno bits swirl around her as the drummer pounds with sweat-drenched force.”
Jessica is thrilled about the upcoming release.  “Even when I say the name of the project, Ignited, something on the inside rises up in me,” she explains.  “This CD is for Christians who may be new to the faith as well as those who have been Christians for a while, but have lost their fire for God.  My hope is that through these songs, the fire of God is ignited within them.  The CD itself is filled with fire.”
Jessica, singing since her youth, has netted her share of accolades including First Place at the Millennium Stage Talent Show and impressive placements at the Applause International CCM Rising Star Contest and the AMTC/Millie Lewis Singing Competition.
The new single, “Ignited” is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon and through Jessica’s website, www.jessicaruiz.com, where the single can be heard.  Check out the “hot” single by logging on to www.jessicaruiz.com/music.  The full release will be dropping Fall 2011