by Kevin Pollard
In the same way that we have had to adjust our lives during this pandemic and work from home, do school from home and have church at home, so too have Christian music artists, as most tours ceased by the middle of March.
Although many of them already had a strong online presence to stay connected with fans, many are finding new ways to offer hope to those struggling during this time. Here are just a few examples of what they have been doing:
Lauren Daigle was in the middle of a world tour that was going to bring her as close as Seattle this April when she had to cancel and return home. This GRAMMY award winner has launched a new podcast to help bring us together and remind us of the joy in our lives. A mix of commentary, music, and responses from pre-show Q & As, this new podcast invites you behind-the-scenes to provide completely honest reflections and revelations about making it in music, finding your voice, her Louisiana roots, food, fun on the road, and more. Titled “Daigle Bites,” fans can expect new episodes every Tuesday on their favourite podcasting app. https://laurendaigle.com/podcast/
for King & Country
In a time where unity and camaraderie may be difficult to find, four-time GRAMMY® Award winner for KING & COUNTRY offered up “TOGETHER: A Night of Hope,” a livestream event filled with exclusive split-screen performances from Joel and Luke Smallbone and their six band members from their respective homes, and insightful stories from special guests Kirk Franklin and Kathie Lee Gifford.
The duo also premiered their new song “Together” during the stream. The event was live streamed on Facebook March 27 and is now available on YouTube. https://youtu.be/ZPtQraArvec
Matthew West shares a new Song, “Take Heart,” today from home. https://youtu.be/3osp2p_gLx4
West says, “My family’s happy place is the beach. I wish we could be there now. But like the rest of the world, we are on lockdown. I was thinking the other day about one particular windy day at the beach when I decided to take a dip in the ocean despite the especially strong waves.
“The waves were relentless, and kept hitting me one after the other. No matter how firmly I planted my feet in the sandy ocean floor, the waves were too much and knocked me over. That’s how I’ve felt lately with the state of our world. Wave after wave has hit me and threatened to take me under. Waves of doubt. Waves of fear. Waves of anxiety. Waves of financial pressure. Waves of questions. Waves of sleeplessness. But unlike that sand under my feet that gave way and let me fall, I know I have a firmer foundation to stand on in this life. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
“This song, “Take Heart” was written in the middle of one of those waves and it brought me a little peace. May it do the same for you.”
And on his Facebook page he offers up a daily live stream titled, Quarantine Quiet Time, where he and other members of his family share music, scripture and stories.
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