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    Genre:Gospel, Christian
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    The Christmas Hope lyrics
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    When God Made You lyrics
    NewSong feat. Natalie Grant
    3You Are My King lyrics
    4Defining Moment lyrics
    5Faithful (Live) lyrics
    6Hero of the Faith lyrics
    7Arise My Love lyrics
    8Emmaus Love lyrics
    Back Where You Belong lyrics
    10Angels (Live) lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    The Christmas Hope [2006]
    2More Life [2003]
    3Love Revolution [1996]
    4Rescue: Live Worship [2005]
    5People Get Ready [1995]
    6All Around The World [1994]
    7The Christmas Shoes [2001]
    8Sheltering Tree [2000]
    9One Heart at a Time [1992]
    10Arise My Love: The Very Best of Newsong [2000]


    NewSong was founded in 1981 at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta, Georgia. The original four included current members Eddie Carswell, Billy Goodwin, and former members Eddie Middleton and the late Bobby Apon. They released "More Than Music", "NewSong Alive", & "All The Best" in 1981 independently. They signed on with Covenant Records in 1981, then in 1982, released "The Son In My Eyes". In 1984, they signed a contract with Canaan Records, a branch of CCM label giant Word Records and released "The Word". NewSong continued to stay with Word Records with the follow up albums; "Trophies of Grace" in 1986, "Say Yes" in 1987, and "Light Your World" of 1989. In 1991, NewSong signed on with DaySpring Records, releasing "Living Proof" in 1991 and "One Heart At A Time, The Best of NewSong" in 1992. That record featured 12 hits from "The Word" through "Living Proof". In 1993, they joined up with the Benson Music Group and released "All Around The World", which brought four #1 hits. That year, NewSong went through some changes. Lead vocalist Eddie Middleton left and pursued a solo career, and Bobby Apon left to spend more time with his family.
    In 1994, lead Truth vocalist Russ Lee, songwriter Leonard Ahlstrom, soloist Charles Billingsley, and musician Scotty Wilbanks joined Carswell and Goodwin. That year they released "People Get Ready". This also brought four #1 hits, and also featured a re-recorded version of the classic "Arise My Love", originally recorded by the original group in 1987. In 1995 Charles Billingsley left to again pursue a solo career. In 1997, they released "Love Revolution". This featured again four #1 hits, including "Miracles", which stayed at #1 on the CCM Adult Contemporary chart for four consecutive weeks, tying the record set a few years earlier by Bob Carslie's "Butterfly Kisses". They also released that same year an enhanced album, "Joy To The Rhythm of the World". In May of 1999, Bobby Apon died. He was recognized on their 1999 album "Arise, My Love, The Very Best of NewSong". This featured all twelve #1 hits from "All Around The World", "People Get Ready", and "Love Revolution". It also included the "Arise, My Love" recording from "People Get Ready", as well as three new songs. "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" and "Jesus To The World (Roaring Lambs), a song inspired by Christian speaker and author Bob Briner, became #1 hits. Bob Briner died later that year from cancer. The third song, "Like Minded, Like Hearted", was a duet between NewSong and Out of Eden of Goatee Records.
    In 2000, Russ Lee and Scotty Wilbanks left Ahlstrom, Goodwin, and Carswell. Lee pursued a so far excellent solo career, while Wilbanks played keyboard, saxophone, and organ for Lee. They were replaced by soloist Michael O'Brien, former Truth Member Matt Butler, and Steve Reischl. The new group then released "NewSong Live, The Hits" in 2000. In 2001 they released "Sheltering Trees". That year, author Donna VanLiere and Eddie Carswell released a book entitled Sheltering Trees: The Power, Promise, and Refuge Of Friendship. The album spawned "The Christmas Shoes", a Christmas bonus track. This was also the only #1 hit from "Sheltering Trees". After the release, songwriter and electric guitarist Leonard Ahlstrom left to help a friend manage a recording label in Florida. They left Benson Records, and signed on with Reunion Records in 2002, then released their very first Christmas album, entitled "The Christmas Shoes". It featured the title cut, Christian Christmas music, as well as secular Christmas music, such as "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" and "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch". It also included a re-recording of the NewSong classic "Light Your World", released in 1989. The album, despite its success, received no #1 hits. The song inspired Donna VanLiere to write a book based on the song. The Christmas Shoes book inspired CBS to make a movie based on the book. "The Christmas Shoes" movie was released on December 2002.
    After the release of the movie, vocalist and musician Matt Butler left to join Kirk Franklin. He was replaced by former member Scotty Wilbanks. Steve Reischl also left before the release of the movie to pursue a solo career. In mid 2003, new member Michael Land, who had been with NewSong just a few months, left because of a new baby in his family. He was replaced by former member Matt Butler. On September 9th, 2003, Eddie Carswell, Billy Goodwin, Michael O'Brien, Matt Butler, and Scotty Wilbanks released More Life with Reunion Records.. Donna VanLiere wrote another book, The Christmas Blessing. Then in March of 2004, they announced that they were leaving Reunion Records and forming their own record label. In November of 2004, NewSong recorded their next album, NewSong Live At First Baptist Woodstock". This album was recorded live at their home church of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, under Senior Pastor Dr. Johnny Hunt.

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