All posts filed under: Songwriter

Entertainment Scoop ~ Interview with Music Artist & Actress Juli Tapken

Juli Tapken is an actress and a contributor on TBAP who has offered us great content in the past. And her talent doesn’t stop there! She was signed as a music artist with the Platinum Planet Records and recently launched her debut album, Denim with Diamonds. Juli graciously offered to share her new journey as a music artist with us, letting us know some of new things in the entertainment industry that she’s picked up along the way. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Juli! Excited to have you on as a guest on TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself that we don’t already know. Juli: Surprisingly, I have found that many did not know that I sing. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with you the new and exciting direction this career path has taken. I honestly never dreamed that I would be promoting an album of songs that I had written. I have always been a sort of poet. I love poetry and verse. When I was …

Book Review ~ Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People With Extraordinary Gifts Influenced My Life and Career By Larnelle Harris with Christine Schaub

About the Book “My dad was a bootlegger. Believe or not, bootleggers go to church. Drug dealers and cartel kingpins go to church. That doesn’t make them Christians. Mom was praying Dad into the faith…praying for a change in his life and a change in ours…” The majestic tenor voice of Larnelle Harris has helped define a generation of contemporary Christian music. Most people know about Larnelle’s notable successes—his Grammy Awards, his Hall of Fame inductions, his #1 hit songs—but no one has heard the true story of how a little boy from the hills of Kentucky made his way to music’s most acclaimed stages and venues. His journey—from the son of a bootlegger to being the first gospel artist inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union—is chronicled for the first time in this heart-felt memoir. From watching his father handcuffed and taken to jail to battling racial tensions to losing his voice and not knowing if he would ever sing again, Larnelle shares the most painful and triumphant moments of his …

Movie Review ~ I Still Believe By Kingdom Story Company & Distributed By Lionsgate

  About I Still Believe One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I Can Only Imagine comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. Starring KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, and Gary Sinise, I STILL BELIEVE is directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, produced by Kevin Downes, with the screenplay by Jon Erwin and Jon Gunn. I STILL BELIEVE is a powerful reminder that in the midst of life’s storms, true hope can be found. Category Religious/Christian Genre Faith-based/Romance/Drama/ Release Date: IMAX March 11, 2020. Release Date: Theater March 13, 2020. Rating 4.5 Stars Review “The stars that shine the brightest, are the ones that live the shortest lives.” I Still Believe, the love story of Jeremy and Melissa Camp is anything but tragic. In a paradoxical sense, it is softly poignant in pointing out the awesomeness and beauty of God’s wisdom in awarding each of …

Artist Scoop ~ Interview with Music Artist, Rachel Zello

Rachel Zello is a fun and passionate woman whose zeal is obvious and contagious! She reaches out for life with both hands, and is not afraid to speak of her journey of faith as well as the struggles that come with, and how that journey has led her to where she is right now. She’s made bold steps borne out of her belief of what God has said to her, and her personal testimony is breathtakingly inspiring. Rachel took the time to visit with TBAP and talk about her faith walk and her journey in music. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Rachel! Lovely to have you visit TBAP today. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself? Rachel: I love cats, coffee, Jesus, worship, and my family. I’m happily married to a marine and we have one cat. My hobbies include long bubble baths and fostering bottle baby kittens through our local SPCA. I have one younger brother and I’ve lived in Virginia for the majority of my life. However, I grew up …

Album Review ~ Within the Mystery By Rachel Zello

Category Religious/Christian Genre Contemporary/Pop Rating 4.5 Stars Review Soft. Passionate. Powerful…are just a few words to describe Rachel Zello’s Within the Mystery album. Filled with personal prayer, humble worship, and beautiful surrender, Within the Mystery is so much more than a group of amazing melodies, diving deeply into the matters of life and faith that truly matter, while entertaining any contemporary/pop fan with its excellent execution of music. There’s a clear sign that Zello’s faith isn’t only seasoned, but in deep pursuit of God’s love, promise, and desire, with a heart to tell the whole world all about the goodness of God. Within the Mystery is a testimony of who God is, and His abundant faithfulness to those who draw close and search to discover Him. *Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to the artist, Rachel Zello, and music producer, Glenn Tabor III, for a free album copy in exchange for an honest opinion.  About Rachel Zello Rachel Zello is a contemporary Christian …

Scoop ~ Interview with Music Artist, Alexandria Levin

Alexandria Levin is a beautiful soul with a heart for serving God and people through music. Her debut album, Amazed, scheduled to release January 17, 2020 by DREAM Label Group, tells the story of her experience walking with Jesus. Producing both an english and spanish version, Alexandria wants her listeners to experience fully the power of God’s love and presence as she has. Talking with TBAP today, Alexandria shares her faith and story. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Alexandria! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself. Alex: I’m a mom of two boys, a wife of a Philadelphia Police Officer and I love to worship Jesus!! Miranda ~ Is there a special story on how you became a Christian? We’d like to know! Alex: I grew up in church since I was a baby. It’s all I’ve known. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I fully understood  that I was personally responsible for my relationship with the Lord. Going to church on Sundays and doing …

Scoop ~ Interview With Northwood Worship

Northwood Worship is a group of songwriting friends who are also pastors and worship leaders at Northwood Church, whose new album, Who You Are, has a genre that offers the beautiful element of a different taste than the conventional contemporary praise/worship that most worship teams are known for, and they do it in a way that shows diversity and open-heartedness in songwriting, music style and sound. NW took the time to share some thoughts with TBAP today. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello! Super glad to have Northwood Worship visit TBAP today. Tell us a bit about NW? NW: Thanks so much for having us. We are a group of friends that all attend Northwood Church on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’ve done some different projects over the years, but really got serious to do a new album about 2 years ago. Since that time, we got hooked up with Dream Worship and so we’re excited to seeing this album get out there. Miranda ~ NW has a unique brand of genre, a little different …

Album Review ~ As Long As I Live (Vol. 1) By Canyon Hills Worship

Category Religious Genre Praise/Worship Rating 4 Stars Review There’s a softness to the overall music that invites listening hearts to dive deeper into God with heartfelt joy and love. The delightful metaphoric lyrics highlight the joys of a faith-filled journey that fully embraces God and His Word. In Canyon Hill’s As Long As I Live Vol.1, the heart cry and message to wholly love God just He loves us, and to trust Him, is a timeless message that the Church may be used to hearing, but one that will always resound no matter what. *Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to DREAM Label Group/DREAM Worship for a a free album copy in exchange for my honest opinion.   About Canyon Hills Worship Based out of Seattle WA, Canyon Hills Worship is composed of worship leaders and songwriters at Canyon Hills Community Church. Their songs include Peace, It Is Well, and Over All. Their mission is to honor God and offer hope to His Church …

Album Review ~ The Gathering By Casey J

Category/Genre Religious/Christian/Urban Worship Rating 4.5 Stars Review Casey J opens The Gathering in a soulful and deeply joyful manner that invites listeners to join as one in the majestic worship of God. The worshipful experience is classically unforgettable and contagious. With a voice so powerful and musically talented, and a heart obviously full of worship for God, Casey J has clearly been called to not just sing, but to lead others to do the same. The Gathering is a truly spectacular album worth the praise it’s garnered!   About Casey J Casey J is a native of Atlanta, GA. After working for several years as an elementary school teacher, Casey accepted God’s call and began to pursue ministry through music full time. In 2015, Casey J recorded her freshman project entitled The Truth (Tyscot Records/MBE), a collection of songs with corporate worship at their core. The lead single from this project, Fill Me Up, earned massive traction and ranked high on several national charts. Subsequently, I’m Yours, written by Casey, followed with similar success and …

Artist Scoop ~ Interview with Music Artist, Screenwriter & Author, Tyler Russell

Meet the phenomenal Tyler Russell! Tyler is an author, screenwriter, and music artist who’s out to take the world by storm by letting God use him in a myriad of ways. Very passionate about life and his work for God, Tyler released a Christmas single in 2016, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (find on apple & spotify), and a pop single this August, 2018, Now or Never (read the TBAP review here), written with fellow artist and friend, Zandy Fitzgerald of The New Respects, and took some time to talk to TBAP about it, as well as his story of faith, family, writing, and his take on life in general. Take a look! Miranda ~ Hello Tyler! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself. Tyler: 
Thank you for having me. I am a west coast boy, born in LA and raised north of Portland, OR. I now live in Nashville, Tennessee. I am one of six children; three of my siblings were adopted from Haiti in 2000. I …