Briefs: Christian Music Star Mac Powell Makes His Country Debut
Also, News From The Eli Young Band, Laura Bell Bundy And Jay DeMarcus
• Mac Powell is best known as the front man for the multi-platinum selling Christian rock band Third Day. Now, he’s branching out into county music, releasing his first album in the genre on Aug. 21. With no label on board just yet, it appears Powell is planning to self-release the project.
He tells Billboard, “I grew up listening to country music. It was a big part of shaping me musically, and I think that’s pretty evident in Third Day music.”
The self-titled album includes 12 songs written by Powell including “June Bug,” which he has already sent out to his more than 80,000 Twitter followers.
Powell comes to country with impressive credentials. The Atlanta-based Third Day has won four Grammy Awards, amassed 27 No. 1 Christian singles, and sold more than seven million albums. He made his first foray into country with a solo performance at the CMA Music Festival in June.
While continuing his work with Third Day, which has a new album due out this fall, Powell will also be playing more than two dozen solo country shows this summer and fall, backed by group of country musicians dubbed the Backsliders.
• Eli Young Band singer Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed their first child (and the first band baby) on July 30 in Dallas, according to People.com. The coupled named their daughter Kline Olivia Diaz. Eli told People, “They tell you about this feeling that is beyond comparison . . . and the moment Kacey and I laid our eyes on little Kline we understood it’s absolutely the coolest thing ever!”
• Broadway star turned country singer Laura Bell Bundy is working on her second album for Universal Music Group Nashville, and has enlisted the aid of Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus to produce.
WELL HERE WE GO HE'S PULLING AN AMY GRANT. I GUESS IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH SINGING FOR THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE AND GETTING REWARDED IN HEAVEN. GUESS HE NEEDS TO GET HIM A CMA AWARD AND THANK GOD ON STAGE FOR EVERYTHING GOD DIDNT GUIDE HIM TO DO. I REALLY DON'T THINK SINGING ABOUT LOOSING YOUR WIFE,TRUCK AND DOG IS GOING TO GLORIFY THE LORD JESUS. BECAUSE IF YOUR DOING HIS WILL HE THE LORD HAS YOUR BEST INTEREST IN HAND. AHHHH THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR MUST BE BEHIND SOME OF THIS. AND IM SURE THE GREAT DECIEVER HAS HIS FINGERS IN IT. WELL MAC WE WILL BE PRAYING FOR MY WIFE IS GOING TO BE BROKEN HEARTED. PEACE OUT!!!
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.