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Grand Canyon University’s Center for Worship Arts Releases First EP Album, Receives Rave Reviews

posted by lwhite

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Grand Canyon University’s Center for Worship Arts has released “Canyon Worship”, its first extended play album, and it’s already climbing Christian music charts for good reason –worship music doesn’t get much realer than this.

MercyMe’s Bart Millard joined students and other faculty in producing the album when the center first opened last August, recruiting top musical talent including Grammy Award-nominated producer Jeff Pardo, along with students on track for careers in ministry and music to produce the songs for the album. The result is magic.

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“Canyon Worship” is already ranked No. 37 on the iTunes Christian singles charts and already meeting rave reviews. John Frederick, GCU’s worship coordinator and assistant professor couldn’t have asked for a better response to the album.

“We are elated by the hard work and unbelievable passion of our Worship Arts students, and we are humbled by the positive response to the album,” Frederick said. “Our students have been blessed with the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in Christian music. The result can be heard in every note on ‘Canyon Worship.'”

The EP, available on iTunes, features three songs, including an original track, “Follow You,” written and performed by GCU student Desiree Aguilar with backup vocals by Bart Millard, founder and lead singer of MercyMe and director of the university’s Center for Worship Arts. The EP also includes remakes of “All Sons & Daughters” “Christ in Me,” performed by Maddison Harris, and Tim Timmons’ “Christ Be All Around Me,” sung by Tanner Krenz.

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Don’t think this EP is all you can expect from GCU’s Center for Worship Arts. This is the first of regular releases from the center as its building a state-of-the-art recording studio set to open this fall.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the album, listen to it. It’s a must-hear! Watch the above video to preview the tracks on the album. For more information, visit gcu.edu.

 

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Box Office Blockbuster…or Blunder?

posted by Mandi Fornes

The Wall Street Journal reports that this Memorial Day Weekend, normally a blockbuster box office weekend, is one that Hollywood may wish for a mulligan.

Disney’s “Tomorrowland” didn’t bring out the numbers, as expected. Granted, there are numerous other summer “hits” to come, including “Jurassic World” and “Minions”, but this wasn’t what we expected.

Honestly, neither was Memorial Day weekend for some! The Midwest (Texas, Oklahoma) saw major rains and flooding, while the West Coast (California mostly) is focused on their epic drought. The contrasting beautiful beach weather on the East Coast kept most weekenders outdoors.

No matter how you look at it, “Tomorrowland” so far has been more a “John Carter” than a “Maleficent”…but we think “Inside Out” should make us forget all about Memorial Day Weekend!

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Letterman Bids Farewell Tonight

posted by Angela Guzman

It’s David Lettman’s last episode interviewing, so what do you do? Well have his first guest, ever, Bill Murray pop out of a cake – of course!

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Murray appeared on the first late night show back in 1982 on NBC and again in 1993 when the show moved to CBS. The ending of the 33-year-old show will also be a final farewell to those who have helped produced and script the successful late night show. Many of those people have worked with Letterman for over 20 years.

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The New York Times spoke with the cast and asked them to summarize the many years of experience they all shared. Barbara Gaines, an executive producer, said with emotions, “Crazy people find each other?” The relentless humor along with the farewells will surely be felt throughout the cast and Letterman.

From Tina Fey to Jennifer Lawrence and from George Clooney to Julia Roberts – the great Late Night Show host has interviewed some of the greatest figures we know. In an interview on Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, Letterman was adamant that he would not be returning to television anytime soon. I think it’s safe to say, that we all hope he revisits that idea.

In case you’re feeling nostalgic, here’s a series of Bill Murray and Letterman clips to brighten your mood.

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Finding Neverland – On a Stage!

posted by Sharon Kirk

Calling all fans of Lost Boys!
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You loved Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, right? The film about J.M. Barrie in 2004 is back – in the form of a Broadway musical!

Matthew Morrison peps things up a bit – a lá Glee – and tells us, as promised, the story of “how Peter became Pan”, with music and dance!

And Kelsey Grammar as Captain Hook? Yes, please!

The production debuted at the at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in NYC in April.

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