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Music Review ~ One on One EP by Gary LeVox

Category

Christian

Genre

Pop/Urban Country

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review

LeVox presents a well-delivered collection packed full with messages of truth and comfort that highlight the goodness of God’s love in our lives, which also pours out to others if we let it (because this is how the world will know who we are), as well a trust in God’s faithfulness to keep us devoted to the truth so we will never lose our way–a trust that comes from a track record of God never failing, one that keeps us despite the worst inner struggles and outer circumstances, so that in the end the promise that we will win and overcome is fulfilled in our lives no matter what comes our way.

A comforting and calming work of art with messages that remain timeless.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to Momentum Influencer Network and Big Machine Label Group for a free streamer in exchange for my honest opinion.

What you might want to know about Gary LeVox and One on One:

● Gary LeVox was the lead singer and co-founder of Rascal Flatts!


One On One is Gary’s solo debut, fusing two of his biggest passions – music and faith!


● “While I Wait” is a precious duet with Brittany LeVox, Gary’s daughter!


One On One released May 21st from Big Machine Records and features artists including
MercyMe, BRELAND, and more!


● $1 of every purchase goes to fight human trafficking through the Tim Tebow Foundation


● When asked about the role God has played in his musical journey, LeVox said, “I feel like God
graced us with a platform where we can not only touch people’s lives through music, but by being men of God offstage too,” explained LeVox. “At those times when we are with fans that are going through something like cancer, it is so wonderful to not only sing for them but to hold their hand and pray with them. I want them to know that they have a friend in me. I’m not just some guy on the stage. I feel like Christ has put me in this position because He knew I could handle the obligation, which often means
taking the time to lift someone up in prayer.”

Stream One On One now and get a copy of this here: https://garylevox.lnk.to/OneOnOneMI!

About Gary LeVox’s Journey with One On One

His name is synonymous with vocal power. … Literally, it means “The Voice,” and it only takes a few notes to hear where he got it. But for Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, there’s always been a different, higher power at work. Now with ONE ON ONE, a solo debut fusing two of his biggest passions–music and faith–that higher power takes center stage. Arriving May 21 via Big Machine Records, LeVox’s new chapter kicks off withfive soul-mining anthems andthe resilient single, “The Distance.” And according to him, the timing is perfect. “‘The Distance’ was the first song written for my solo chapter,” LeVox explains. “With the struggles and battles so many have gone through this past year and how they’ve taken over people’s everyday lives, it just felt like the true song of hope we need.” As the front man and co-founder of Rascal Flatts–one of the most influential groups in Country history–LeVox has embraced that hope all along. Since their founding in 2000, the group placed spirituality at the center, cultivating a Country style that not only infused tradition with arena-sized pop hooks and stadium showmanship, but also presented faith and fun as a core value. Two decades of sentimental smash hits were the result, including 17 No. 1s, over 23 million albums sold, 35 million digital downloads, 2.2 billion streams worldwide and 4.4 billion streams on Pandora alone. All told, Rascal Flatts sold over 11 million concert tickets and earned more than 40 honors from the ACA, ACM, AMA, CMA, People’s Choice and more, making them the most awarded Country group of the past decade. But the group’s 2020 farewell found LeVox in a new position. With the trio just celebrating a sentimental radio hit together–the reflective “How They Remember You”–he’s now embracing a new phase of his musical journey. ONE ON ONE is an epic expression of the power of faith–one that’s much needed in a pandemic-ravaged world. But these aren’t your typical Sunday-morning singalongs. The Distance was a preview of things to come, wrapping LeVox’s explosive vocal in more energy and purpose than ever. Existing on a different sonic plane from his Rascal Flatts roots, it arrived as a striking mesh of forward momentum and eyes-to-the-sky hope, mixing electronic hooks with intense rock power and spirit-lifting snap tracks. All throughout, LeVox pushed his voice to its stratospheric limits, opening a direct connection between the heavens and Earth–and delivering a simple message for complicated times. “With this song, the message we wanted to share is that our hope is not lost–it’s found on the cross,” he says. “And with God, we can go the distance. Don’t ever give up.” Elsewhere, LeVox leaned on his “congregation” to explore that calling. Contemporary Christian hitmakers MercyMe share in a smiling, open-hearted jam called A Little Love. GRAMMY winning Gospel talent, Jonathan McReynolds, offers a testimony of gratitude for Never Forget, and LeVox’s daughter, Brittany, joins the family business on While I Wait, a steadfast promise of spiritualcommitment. Then, with the reflective All I See, Country-rap firebrand BRELAND helps the superstar keep his eyes on the ultimate prize.

Produced by Matt McVaney, the collection stands now as a modern blast of spiritual pop, created byone of the most electrifying vocalists of his era. But it’s true energy comes from the ONE ON ONE connection LeVox preaches. And that’s something he says the world needs now, more than ever.” One On One is my passion project and I have wanted to do this body of work for as long as I canremember,” explains LeVox. “I feel so honored to get to collaborate with such greatness throughout thisproject. BRELAND is a dream to work and sing with, as is the iconic MercyMe. Jonathon McReynolds, one of the greatest singers of our time and my dear friend, wrote a perfect song for us. And for my daughter, Brittany, and I, to get to sing a song that Tauren Wells helped craft, just completed the collection. I couldn’t be prouder of this project, and the songs that we recorded. This is gonna be an amazing new season and I just hope everybody enjoys it as much as we did making it.”

Scoop ~ Interview with Chad Dorough of Royal Company

Royal Company is a group of passionare singers/songwriters that came together to make music to glorify God. They were first two, and then took off from there and grew into what they are now. They recently released a beautiful song, Love In Your Eyes, that’s both hopeful and heartwarming. Recently, TBAP had an interview with Chad Dorough, one of the cofounders of the group, and this is what he had to say:

Miranda ~ Hello! Glad to have you visit TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about Royal Company and your ministry as a group?

Chad – Thanks so much for having us! So, our music is a reflection of the love and acceptance we find in Jesus. We want to change the world through love, genuine relationships, and music. Our ministry motto is valuing human hearts over listeners. We care about every heart that hears one of our songs, and we go to great lengths to make sure we can connect with everyone. Music brings us together, but the love of Christ binds us together. We are trying to build a music / worship community where people are loved, not judged, where you belong even before you believe. We believe Jesus operated this way. (Mark 2:16-18) People are hungry for love and authenticity, and we hope that comes across in our music and relationships that we try to build. We have seen hundreds of lives changed and people impacted all around the world. So cool!!!

Miranda ~ What particularly led to the creation of Royal Company?

Chad – In short, I would say God’s leading. Haha! Honestly, He put all of the right people in the right place at the right time. If you want the longer story, we all ended up attending the same church, and I (Chad) started writing songs with Clay. I ended up booking a gig leading worship for a big youth event. And we pulled all the pieces together, and it honestly just stuck. We needed a name, and Clay came up with Royal Company. It’s meaning is two fold; when we worship, we are holding company with the King of kings, and then we ourselves have been adopted in to the royal family of God. Thanks be to Jesus and the blood of His sacrifice. (1 Peter 2:9-10) So, we started releasing music, and God opened the door to work with Dream Label Group. And that has been an amazing experience. God keeps leading, and we keep trying to be faithful with what He has given.

Miranda ~ What inspired the song, Love in your Eyes?

Chad – We were wanting to express that Jesus is all we need. In Him, you will lack nothing. We pulled from many different scriptures, and the song tells a story of what it’s like to roll with Jesus. The first lyric starts with what Jesus has done for us (shown us mercy) and that He has written a new future for us. We won’t take a step without Him; we hold on to Him. Then the chorus just celebrates that He’s all we need and that He is close. No doubt “Love In Your Eyes” sounds a little “Jesus is my boyfriendy” as far as titles go, but it expresses the intimacy we have with God. Jesus left His throne for skin and bones and got nose to nose with humanity. That is so cool and humbling. Not only that, we get to be partakers with the Spirit. Literally, we have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; we have direct access to God at any moment because of Jesus!!!

Miranda ~ What is the principle that guides your songwriting as a team?

Chad – It’s all about Jesus. He is the meditator between God and mankind. No one gets to the Father except through Him. It’s not that He is greater than the Father or the Spirit. It just starts with Jesus. So, if we want people to know Him, our music must point to Him. We go to great lengths to have good theology and not be misunderstood. Musically……we love to dance, so we do pop production with memorable melodies and worshipful lyrics. Most of our songs start on acoustic guitar or piano and then end up being super poppy. That is on purpose because we want people to come to know Jesus through our music. What’s pop stand for? Popular! Right there we are trying to hit a style that will be attractive to the widest net of people while also being a means of worship for the Christian listener.

Miranda ~ What do you believe you bring to the Christian music scene that may be missing today?

Chad – This is tough to answer because there is amazing Christian music being written and released these days. We hope our music does two things, glorifies God in a vertical manner and builds relationships. I don’t know of too many artists that will go as far as we go to connect with our listeners and pray for them. If you follow us on Instagram, I promise we will reach out. If you text a prayer request to our number, you’re prayed for. If you care enough to listen, we care enough to know you and do life with you. It’s harder work but worth it. We wouldn’t trade the experience of putting people first.

Miranda ~ As a team, what are you most grateful for?

Chad – Jesus! We are all broken but healed in Christ. He has put us together personally and as a band. We will be faithful to Him and what He has called us to do. There won’t be any stopping until He gives us a new vision and direction. So…Jesus is what we are most thankful for. We are thankful for Dream Worship and our church, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. God has placed us and equipped us to make music that glorifies Him and that we can jam to. We are so grateful for that.

Miranda ~ What advice would you give to an upcoming team who believes they’ve been called to go international with their music, rather than stay local with their church?

Chad – We would say DO IT!!! There is nothing stopping you, and if God has given you things to say through music, then get your songs out there. However, do your best with what you have been given. Always chase excellence. Every second of your song should be treated like it’s the most important moment. Excellence honors God and inspires people. That doesn’t mean you have to make Grammy Award winning stuff. It just means to do your best, and God will use it for His glory. He gave us His very best in His son Jesus. So, why would we not give our very best in our music? Do your best work, and then let people hear it! Music streaming platforms are streaming mission fields. Your music can be streamed in countries where the gospel can’t be preached. If that ain’t enough of a reason, I don’t know what is!

About Royal Company

We are Royal Company. Our music is a reflection of the love and acceptance we find in Jesus. We want to change the world through love. If you’ve ever felt lonely, worthless, or have longed for something more, then welcome to the family. It’s ok to be broken and misunderstood. You’re loved, not judged. You belong even before you believe. Our music strives to better the world not only for ourselves but for the future. Enjoy the jams and share it with someone who needs some hope today.

Movie Review ~ Selfie Dad

Parenting is no joke! In this light-hearted family film, one dad shakes off a mid-life crisis and reconnects with his family,with his Bible in one hand and his phone in the other.

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Drama/Family/Comedy

Rating

4 Stars

Review

When Ben Marcus finds himself in a rut despite having a beautiful family, church home, and a well-paying job, he starts to wonder what’s missing. His past as a child has something to do with it, but Ben has found a way to deal with it…or so he thinks. Through his son, he soon stumbles upon a new exciting pop-culture trend, and it’s not long before he starts to gain money and fame through it. All is well until this new venture starts to mess with his life and family, causing him especially to question his parenting. The questions don’t stop there—they stretch all the way back to his past; and the answers he arrives at not only cause him to reprioritize what’s most important, but they open his eyes to see that he never truly put the past to rest, and no amount of money, attention-seeking and fame could fix it. Only the power of the Gospel.

Selfie Dad comes at a time when much of the world is driven toward self-worship and indulgence. A funny, lighthearted and impactful film that is much-needed today.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to Kappa Studios for a free screener in exchange for my honest opinion.

Website Review ~ Vooks

Category

Online/Website

Genre

Library/Children/Animation

Rating

4 Stars

Review

Vooks is a wonderful children’s library that brings to life the words in a book in a magical way. Through Vooks, a child can get the full experience of both reading a book and watching an animated movie. Special attention was paid to viewing delivery so that it is pretty engaging, and this makes it easy for a child to not only follow, but to also grasp what a story is trying to portray. This explains why vooks is a favorite and trustworthy resource for teachers–it makes their work easier! But anyone can use vooks. Anyone.

For a lovely, learning and relaxing story time with your child, vooks will certainly not disappoint, as it promises a satisfying experience.

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*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to Momentum Influencer Network and Vooks for a sample of the product in exchange for my honest opinion.

Film Review ~ Colors of Character

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Documentary

Rating

5 Stars

Review

Steve Skipper’s is a powerful story that puts on display God’s redemptive, restorative and uplifting power. From the drug-pushing lows of the projects to respectable prominence in the art world, Skipper’s story highlights the truth that there isn’t anything that God’s unfailing love cannot cut through to save those weeping in their souls—and the lengths that He would go to, to lead them to realize their need of a saviour.

A theme that prevails throughout this story is one where the Father speaks, and His child listens, trusts, and obeys. This strikes at the heart of what is essential to succeeding in your calling as a child of God—you never know where the wind of the Holy Spirit will blow and take you to, and the work that can be accomplished through obedience, as well as the revelation which unfolds that, living for God is truly larger than life in the way that your mind could ever perceive.

A much needed and very well presented true story with a pure intent to demonstrate God’s love, faithfulness, and the power of obedience and trust in a God that never fails.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. Appreciation to Collide Distribution for a free screener in exchange for my honest opinion.

Movie Review ~ Church People

Category

Christian

Genre

Church/Gospel/Comedy

Rating

3.5 Stars

Review


Church People is a comedic story that highlights the gimmicks being used by some mega churches or individuals to attract attention in the name of preaching the gospel. While the story is essentially serious, tucked in the right places are the comedic effects and lovable (but cliché) characters. Though the story is pretty much predictable, the theme, though, is unique in the sense that it’s not common in this genre, and execution was near perfect. It was engaging start to finish, and the actors gave just he right amount to delight—never too light, never too heavy.

It was interesting to note that there were multiple lessons to be learned, but none of it came off as preachy, but rather,  well-delivered parts of the plot.

Church people is a lovely choice if you’re in search of a movie with a serious theme delivered in a lighter mode in a fun and hilarious way.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to Collide Distribution for a free screener in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Movie Review ~ Dolphin Island

Category

Christian

Genre

Drama/Family

Rating

2.5 Stars

Review


Dolphin Island is the story of a teenage girl being raised by her grandfather, and together, they face a tough situation stemming from a family feud that began years ago. Eventually they overcome, and gain more than they ever had, wrapping up the story with a nice “happily-ever-after” bow.

While the theme is sweet and interesting, execution of certain parts of the plot did not translate into the best professional output. Much of it can be overlooked to enjoy the story, but not necessarily ignored. And there’s also the numerous clichés.

Overall, it’s a sweet story, but doesn’t offer more than that—sweetness.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My appreciation to Entertainment Squad for a free screener in exchange for my honest opinion.

TV Show Review ~ Cubekins By Brain Pixel

Category

Christian/Moral

Genre

Children

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Cubekins is a wonderful children’s TV show with the objective of not only entertaining kids of 4 – 7 years old, but also teaching them important Christian and moral values, even using simple and catchy songs that kids can easily learn and sing along to.

Each episode has a specific lesson which is carefully laid out in a themed storyline, and in the end, the beauty of God’s Word shines through in practical and every day activities that kids can understand.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. Many thanks to Brainy Pixel for providing a free screener in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Review ~ The Light of His Presence by Anne Graham Lotz

About the Book


ECPA BESTSELLER • The beloved Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham shares a rich treasury of her personal prayers to guide you into deeper, more intimate daily conversations with God.

Why is it that as soon as we bow our heads to pray, we start thinking of other things we need to do? How do we make time to pray in the middle of our busy lives? And how do we know what to say and how to say it?

Like many of us, Anne Graham Lotz has struggled with prayer. Over the years, she discovered that writing out her prayers draws her into deeper, more intimate conversations with God.  The Light of His Presence offers forty of these tender, honest prayers for real-life situations as an invitation to deepen your own prayer life through worship, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. You’ll be encouraged to lean more fully into God’s promises through this power-packed devotional resource, which includes inspiring quotes from Christians throughout the ages and also has space to journal your own words to God.

As Anne writes, “My prayer for you . . . is that God will use my struggle with prayer to help you overcome yours. And that, as a result, you will be drawn nearer to the heart of God.”

Category

Religious/Christian/Nonfiction

Genre

Christian Living/Prayer

Rating

4 Stars

Review


Lotz’s latest is a wonderful book of prayers designed specifically to lead those who want to pray, but have little or no words of their own to do so. Highlighting the deepest yearnings and pleas of a heart that wants to serve God and petition in a way that glorifies God even in the midst of heartache, sorrows and storms, this little prayer book will take you by the hand, and lead you to do just that, confidently.

A truly delightful book designed to lead one in the most essential spiritual need, while drawing you close to the Father’s heart.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. Much appreciation to Waterbrook Multnomah for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author


Anne Graham Lotz—called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Billy Graham—is an international speaker and the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books, including Jesus in Me and Just Give Me Jesus. Anne is the president of AngeL Ministries in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the former chairperson for the National Day of Prayer.

Book Review ~ Down to the Potter’s House By Annette Valentine

About the Book


Down to the Potter’s House is a 1921-1942 historic novel that takes the tenacious Gracie Maxwell from the quicksand of mediocrity to higher ground as she climbs and never stops.

Across the way, evil is beginning to bubble beneath the surface and only one soul will buoy and begin to float as the flood waters rise. Not everyone has escaped the lies that are holding them hostage. Fortified with bully-proofed valor to ride out the undercurrents, the Maxwell clan lays bare the daunting portrayal of what matters most in life ― family, faith, love ― and the main attractions are given their shot at setting the captives free.

Category

Fiction/Christian

Genre

Women’s Fiction

Rating

5 Stars

Review


Down to the Potter’s House is an amazing story of a family that rose from the brink of utter destruction and betrayal to a place of triumph. The lead heroine, Gracie Maxwell, went through a season of breaking and remolding in the hands of her Father in heaven, the Great Potter. Much of her pain never made sense in the moment, but lessons learned proved to keep her strong in tough circumstances where other family members crumbled. Many mistakes were made by certain characters, and while some stood by and let evil unfold, others were vigilant and watchful for truth and justice to prevail.

Down to the Potter’s House is not just the usual delightful Christian fiction. This one takes delight a notch higher with plot twists you never see coming. The author is skillful at taking a reader on an amazing journey. A noteworthy mention is her ability to pace time as unfolding events need her to pace them.

A very well done book worthy of high praise!

* Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A thank you to the author, Annette Valentine for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

About the Author


Annette Valentine is the author of Eastbound from Flagstaff, a love story based on her father and her debut novel, published in 2019. She graduated with distinction from Purdue University and founded an interior design business which spanned a 34-year career in Lafayette, Indiana and Brentwood, Tennessee. Annette’s design expertise spans from the White House, architectural design for Habitat for Humanity housing, to the house next door. She advocates for victims and survivors of human trafficking and speaks in public forums through an 18-year-long affiliation with Toastmasters International. Inspired by authors of children’s books to biographers to World War II historians, Annette writes through the varied lens of colorful experience and the absorbing reality of man’s search for meaning, weaving together compelling stories of family, legacies, and love that endures beyond differences and heartbreak. She and her husband happily reside in the Nashville area.