Christian Music Happenings
By Kevin Pollard
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards recognized Gospel music as honours were handed out to Hillary Scott & The Scott Family as Love Remains took the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Album while their song “Thy Will” won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song that saw Canadian producer/songwriter Bernie Herms take home his first Grammy as songwriter. Bernie was born in London, Ontario and grew up in Edmonton and Chilliwack the son of a Pentecostal Pastor.
Prolific artist, songwriter, and producer Kirk Franklin won Best Gospel Album for Losing my Religion, and he won the Best Gospel Performance/Song, as the songwriter on Tamela Mann’s hit “God Provides”. But the surprise of the night was when Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann joined Chance The Rapper on the live telecast to an audience of 26 million viewers for the performance of “How Great”/ “All We Got” that featured Chris Tomlin’s song “How Great Is Our God”.
Mercy Me have been long overdue for new music and last month they released the first single “Even If” from their album Lifer due out March 31, 2017. This will be their first album since 2014’s Welcome To The New.
Their concert May 11 in Abbotsford will not only feature Canada’s own Hawk Nelson (“Words”, “Drops in the Ocean”, “Live Like You’re Loved”), and Micah Tyler (“Never Been a Moment”) but they will be debuting music from their 9th studio album.