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‘Way Maker’ top 2020 worship song

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BP) – "Way Maker" was the top worship song in 2020 as churches sought comfort in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, based on Faithlife's report of more than 2.2 million uses of its Proclaim software.

Gospel hymn DVD outreach takes church to dementia patients

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) – Gospel singer Gerald Wolfe was visiting his father, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease dementia at a care facility, when a guitarist playing "In the Sweet By and By" struck a chord of memory among patients there.

North Carolina pastor shares godly love on Tik Tok as Original Panda Man

CANTON, N.C. (BP) – In his own words, Worship Pastor Nathan Parrish developed his Tik Tok username Original Panda Man because he "was a big guy" and "had dark circles" around his eyes.

North Texas pastor nominated for Dove Awards

CELINA, Texas (BP) – The Gospel Music Association’s 51st annual Dove Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Christian music looked different from previous years, with organizers foregoing an in-person event because of COVID-19. 

Dove Awards focus on music’s impact during hard times

NASHVILLE (BP) – “Just like everything else in 2020, it’s unlike anything we’ve done before.”

Lynda Randle’s new Christmas album offers ‘healing balm’ during COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Gospel singer and minister Lynda Randle imitates the voice of her late father Nate Tait: "I was always taught, my dad would say in his groggily voice, 'Chub baby, if you don't mean it, don't sing it.'

New Christian music speaks to rising mental health struggles

NASHVILLE (BP) – The isolation, stress and dramatic change in the pace of life brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic has taken a toll on mental health. Anxiety, depression and drug use are on the rise.

Chris Tomlin’s latest album features heart, faith of country artists

NASHVILLE (BP) – It's easy to make judgments about public figures, according to Chris Tomlin, the award-winning Christian artist.

Dove Award nominations, show changes announced

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Zach Williams and For KING & COUNTRY led the way in nominations for the 51st annual GMA Dove Awards, which were announced Thursday (August 12). Each had five. Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin and Jonathan McReynolds were nominated in four categories.

Amy Grant undergoes surgery to fix heart condition

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Singer/songwriter Amy Grant is recovering from open-heart surgery Wednesday (June 3) to fix a heart condition she has had since birth. Doctors discovered Grant had a condition called partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) during a routine checkup.