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Micah Bournes Releases Free Album 'Alive & Ill'

Spoken word artist Micah Bournes has just released his new album Alive & Ill, and it's available for download from his bandcamp completely free of charge.

Bournes visited New Zealand earlier this year, endearing himself to Kiwi audiences with his clear gift for poetry and his insatiable desire for social justice and God.

Alive & Ill sees Bournes delve into some rather personal stuff; talking of his struggles with ulcerative colitis, his family, and forgiveness.

His track 'As We...' featuring Ethan Butler is on Alive & Ill and can be heard below. If you like what you hear, remember you can visit his bandcamp page and download the entire album for free.

 

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Steven Cooper puts career in fans' hands

Postive rap/hip-hop artist Steven Cooper is giving away 100,000 copies of his latest album Stereotype to get mass exposure to his music. Once, and only once, he reaches that number, he'll release his new EP titled Odd One Out.

It could take a couple of weeks, it might take 2-3 years... his entire career is at a stand still until his fans get the album 100,000 times.

So, share the link around to your friends who you know could do with some positive rap, cos I for one want to hear the new stuff!

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Colton Dixon Reveals New Album Details

Pop artist Colton Dixon has announced that his new album - which is to be titled 'Anchor' - will be out on August the 19th.

The album artwork, which features Dixon swimming underwater while sporting inexplicably perfect-looking hair, was a hit amongst his female fan-base when it was released on Facebook last Friday.

He also added that hit single 'More of You' (which we've been loving on Life FM) is going to be the opening track on the album.

Check out 'More of You' below.

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Brian 'Head' Welch: "I'm not much different to Tim Lambesis"

Brian 'Head' Welch says that he relates to former frontman of Christian heavy metal band 'As I Lay Dying', Tim Lambesis, who has been jailed after attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

Lambesis admitted in a recent interview that he was always an athiest, saying that he faked his faith in an attempt to exploit the Christian market and sell more records.

He added that the decision to pay someone to assassinate his wife was one clouded by his exorbitant use of steroids, though former band members say that it was "not completely out of character" for the vocalist.

Lambesis's fellow heavy rocker Brian 'Head' Welch, once part of the world-renowned metal band Korn, says he made a similar plot while high on cocaine.

However, he was put off the idea by a member of Korn's road crew and later became a Christian, forming his own band and touring as a speaker to advise youth against abusing drugs and alcohol.

"What if he [the road crew member] encouraged me to murder like the Tim Lambesis situation?" Welch pondered in an interview with radio.com. "What if, in my lowest, weakest moment, all messed up in the head on coke, I got led into agreeing on a down payment for a hit on my wife and her boyfriend?"

"I'm not much different than Tim," he continued. "I don't think any of us are. We are all capable of bad choices under the weight of heavy circumstances. Some people can handle more or less than others, but everyone has a certain breaking point — especially if there's other substances involved."

Lambesis was arrested in May last year and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

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Paper Cranes Perform 'Runaway' Live

Parachute Music have just dropped a great video of Paper Cranes performing their single 'Runaway' in Mystery Creek's Old Hall.

The band were obviously taking some time out to play some tunes together during this year's Parachute Festival and, luckily for us, it was caught on camera.

The performance, which was recorded as part of Parachute Music's ongoing 'Field Sessions', has a wonderfully authentic, earthy feel to it - it's absolutely worth a watch. Check it out below!

 

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Hawk Nelson Recording Brand New Material

Hawk Nelson have started work on a brand new album, with bassist Daniel Biro saying that they want to "raise the bar" after the success of hit single 'Words'.

The pop-rockers headed back into the studio just a few days ago for the first time since previous album 'Made'.

However, lead singer and guitarist Jonathan Steingard has remained tight-lipped about a potential release date.

"We can't really say much about it yet," he said, "but there's a bunch of stuff we're really excited about."

Check out the music video for their single Words (featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe) below.

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Bellarive set release date for 'Before There Was'

Bellarive are currently in preparations for the release of new album 'Before There Was', set to be out on shelves on July 22nd.

The album is touted to be "a compilation of songs written for anyone hoping to make sense out of life and what God is doing in the midst of it", according to the band.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Sean Curran says they found inspiration for the album primarily from Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

"Paul paints the picture of God's love and grace with such an eternal scope that it's almost paralyzing," he said. "It leaves you stunned with the most breathtaking sense of God's supremacy and His purpose for creation."

The opening track from the album is "Bring us Back", which we've been absolutely loving on Life. Check it out below!

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