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!!
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” Feature Film Premiered Last Weekend with $26.5M in
Box Office Sales
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 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
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.com. Last 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
Female Vocalist of the Year-
- Francesca Battistelli
- Kari Jobe
- Laura Story
- Natalie Gran
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