...Francesca Battistelli’s Christmas tour is kicking off tonight in Lakeland, FL. Then she’s off to Kernersville, NC and Virginia Beach, VA this Wednesday and Friday. It wraps up in Jacksonville, IL on December 22 . See if Francesca is coming to town at http://www.francescamusic.com/shows.
...Back at the end of October, ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA), launched their “Overcomers” Series with co-host Robin Roberts using both the song and its title in its national TV and web commercials. In the series, viewers are asked to share their story with Roberts, telling about a dream they fulfilled with the chance for their story to be shared with America on GMA. If you never saw Mandisa’s music video, it had its world premiere on GMA in August and it features Robin Robert’s recent recovery. You can see it now on the features page.
...If you’re looking for some new positive music for 2014, here are some great choices courtesy of New Release Tuesday. On January 7 Colton Dixon releases “A Messenger: Expanded Edition”; Out on the 14th is Switchfoot’s new one called “Fading West”; then on January 28, it’s the release of “Ready to Fly” from Jamie Grace and “Thrive” from Casting Crowns. www.newreleasetuesday.com
...Jason Castro is part of the Very Merry Christmas Tour with Audio Adrenaline, Sidewalk Prophets, and NewSong and you can they’re coming to town here. Speaking of NewSong, their website www.newsongonline.com recently partnered with Samaritan's Purse to raise funds for Operation Christmas Child. All sales of NewSong's Christmas song "White As Snow" December 4-5 went directly to support the mission of bringing shoebox gifts-and the Gospel-to millions of children around the world. www.verymerryChristmastour.com
...Building 429 will be performing at the Xtreme Conferences in Gatlinburg, TN and Branson, MO this month. Two of the three Gatlinburg Conferences are sold out but there are a few openings left for Branson December 27-29, and Gatlinburg December 31 - January 2. See who else will be performing, and how you can be there too at http://www.xtremeconferences.com/2013-2014/home.html.
...The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular has released the tour dates, and you’ll be able to see Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, Plumb, Newsong, Colton Dixon and more! It all starts the first Friday and Saturday of the New Year, in Raleigh, NC and Charleston, WV. All of the dates can be found here. http://www.jamtour.com/
...We’ve been talking about some of the great Christmas Classics that were on TV. Here are some more for this week that you might want to watch with the family: Dr. Seuss' “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Jim Carrey Version, is on ABC Family tomorrow night at 8pm eastern and again Tuesday at 6:30pm. If you are a fan of the classic 1966 cartoon, it’s on TBS this Friday the 13th. Wednesday, the Hallmark Movie Channel has “The Town That Forgot Christmas” and “It Happened on 5th Avenue”. Oh and if you’re a Mickey Mouse fan like our producer Michael Stuart, “Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas” and “Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas” are on back to back next Saturday morning on ABC Family. I’ll share more of these with you next week so you can set your DVRs and plan some family time.