Syntax Creative We Do Good Work For Money Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:54:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Syntax Creative 32 32 Jason Crabb – “Treasures: Timeless Hymns and Classics” Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:51:23 +0000 GRAMMY® winner Jason Crabb is well known as one of the most compelling voices in any genre of music. With his power, range, and passion, he has moved easily among musical styles including gospel, country, pop and southern gospel. With this project, Treasures: Timeless Hymns and Classics, fans of his incredible talent will enjoy their favorite voice singing some of the most popular songs ever sung in a Church. Treasures will be available worldwide on February 12th and is available for pre-order now.

  1. In The Garden (3:17)
  2. This Little Light of Mine feat. Ashleigh Crabb (2:16)
  3. The Old Rugged Cross (3:53)
  4. Battle Hymn of The Republic (4:02)
  5. When We All Get To Heaven (1:53)
  6. Glory To His Name (2:32)
  7. Lord, I’m Coming Home (4:49)
  8. It Is Well with My Soul (3:55)
  9. America The Beautiful (3:12)
  10. When The Saints Go Marching In (3:02)

SoundCloud Launches Stations Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:00:40 +0000 SoundCloud announces the launch of Stations on the SoundCloud app for iOS and Android.

Stations will allow SoundCloud users to discover tracks they can’t find anywhere else, letting them tune in, sit back, and discover. It takes our previous “Related Tracks” feature and brings it further, simplifying the functionality and making the recommendations even better.

A station can be started from any track, search term, content stream or your Collection. Pull up the menu from any one of those four and select the “Start Station” option. We’ll pull from the 100 million plus tracks on SoundCloud to bring you an endless stream of awesome audio.

Stations can be accessed at any time via your Collection, along with Likes and Playlists.

Syntax Creative Partners With Christian Music Giant Daywind Records Mon, 01 Feb 2016 06:00:22 +0000 Syntax Creative is thrilled to partner with the legendary Daywind Records, whose artists have garnered many Grammy, Dove and Singing News Award nominations and awards since its beginnings nearly 30 years ago. Daywind, based near Nashville, Tenn., is joining Syntax to take advantage of its greater focus and strategic tools to make products more visible in the digital marketplace.

“We want to reach our customers wherever they are and through whatever medium they wish to engage with us and our music,” shared Daywind Records President Ed Leonard. “Daywind will continue to produce incredible music while embracing new technology in order to best serve our artists and their fans.”

“With Daywind’s extensive catalog of nearly 600 titles,” Syntax Creative CEO, Tim Trudeau, said, “this is one of the largest deals we’ve done as a digital distributor.”

Daywind’s stacked roster of artists includes southern gospel group Karen Peck and New River, whose album Pray Now was nominated by The Recording Academy for Best Roots Gospel Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards, as well as singer/songwriter Joseph Habedank, who co-hosted the 2015 Dove Awards.

Leonard added, “From writing songs and recording albums, to facilitating distribution and producing live concerts, Daywind provides everything an artist needs to create quality music and deliver it to the masses or the local church. This cohesive model creates a platform for creativity and innovation that is seldom found elsewhere.”

“My staff and I are both prepared and excited to serve Daywind and their digital efforts,” Trudeau said.

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Greater Vision, Adam Crabb, the Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Karen Peck & New River, Joseph Habedank, the Hoppers, Blackwood Brothers, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance and Wilburn & Wilburn, among others. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony Red and Syntax Creative. To learn more, visit:

Syntax Creative is one of the top independent digital distributors, design firms and marketing agencies, representing more than 120 record labels. Their impressive list of clientele includes Central South, Crossroads Label Group, Vineyard Worship, Mountain Fever, and Pinecastle Records, among others. To learn more, visit:

Tamela Mann – “One Way” Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:17 +0000 Platinum-Selling Artist and Grammy Award® Nominee Tamela Mann releases her highly-anticipated new single, “One Way,” to Gospel radio February 1 following her debut performance of the song on BET’s top-rated Celebration of Gospel airing Sunday, January 31, 2016. “One Way” marks the first Gospel radio single release following Tamela’s three trailblazing consecutive No. 1 hits and is the title-track on her forthcoming 2016 album, One Way. The single “One Way” is now available at iTunes, Spotify, and other digital service providers.

“I’ve been working in the studio for the last 12 months recording new music, and I’m excited to release “One Way” in partnership with my Gospel radio family for all of my fans who have supported my music throughout the years,” said Tamela. “My production team and I took this track in a totally different direction than what you might expect from a Tamela Mann single – I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Written and produced by Eric Dawkins, “One Way” is an unexpected sizzling up-tempo track from the powerhouse vocalist whose soaring ballads have reached the apex of the Gospel radio charts. The song is featured on her upcoming Tillymann Music album release, hitting stores and digital retailers second quarter. One Way marks Tamela’s fourth solo studio album and is produced by Myron Butler and David Mann. The album also features guest producers Timbaland, Kirk Franklin, Eric Dawkins, King Logan and Shaun Martin.

Catch Tamela’s performance of “One Way” on Celebration of Gospel airing on BET Sunday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

In addition to releasing new music this year, Tamela stars in the second season of It’s A Mann’s World (BET, February 23 season premiere) and Mann & Wife (Bounce TV, Spring 2016) starring alongside her husband, David Mann.

Tamela Mann is an accomplished NAACP Image Award winner, GRAMMY® Award nominee, BET Award winner, 7-time Stellar Gospel Music Award and two-time GMA Dove Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. Tamela’s seven-time Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning, two-time GMA Dove Award-winning album Best Days debuted in 2012 at No. 1 on several music sales charts and includes the No. 1 platinum-selling single “Take Me To The King,” which earned Tamela her first GRAMMY ® Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Both the album and single remained at No. 1 for a record number of weeks; the album charted at the top for 15 weeks and the single for more than 25 weeks. Tamela also scored two more consecutive No. 1 singles with “I Can Only Imagine” and “This Place” from Best Days. Tamela and David’s 2016 television properties include It’s A Mann’s World (BET) and Mann & Wife (Bounce TV), both renewed for second seasons. Tamela is set to release her fourth solo studio album One Way in 2016.

Kareem Manuel & Decipha – “Almost Home” Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:43:17 +0000 Kareem Manuel & Decipha are CTZN COLLECTIVE. These two creatives push each other to be the best that they can, while bringing glory of God. As leaders in their church, who just happened to be born one week apart, they really are brothers from different mothers.

As a group they have recorded dozens of songs, released 2 projects, and even toured in Turkey together. Almost Home is releasing worldwide 2/19, and available for pre-order at Apple, Amazon and Google now.

  1. Walk With Me (1:49)
  2. Chasing the Wind (4:34)
  3. Lost Ones (4:12)
  4. Thinking Back (3:50)
  5. Heroes (3:38)
  6. Grateful (3:28)
  7. Joy (4:49)

Dave Adkins – “Dave Adkins” Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:00:55 +0000 Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music by Dave Adkins. “Change Her Mind”  is available to radio today and is the first single from Adkins’ self-titled album due for release in February 26th, and available for pre-order now at iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Dave Adkins is a powerhouse of talent. His vocals, songwriting, and excitable stage presence simply astounds audiences, drawing them in almost instantaneously within the first few moments of a live performance experience. New fans of his music soon learn that behind Adkins’ immeasurable talent is a heart of gold, sincere in his approach to his music and with his fans.

In February 2014, Mountain Fever Records released Adkins’ solo album, Nothing To Lose. Adkins contributed his songwriting talents with one co-write and three originals – one of which was the instant chart success “Pike County Jail.” Numerous other tracks dominated the bluegrass radio charts in 2014 including the title track reaching #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, several #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20, and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums charts in 2014 and Top 150 Albums of 2015. Adkins’ second project on the label was the collaborative album Adkins & Loudermilk that helped garner the duo a nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year award. The first single release, titled “Back Side of Losing,” was written by Dave Adkins and Mark “Brink” Brinkman and appeared on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 50 Songs of 2015. The album also appeared at #17 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 150 Albums of 2015.

Fans and radio are ready for more from Dave Adkins so with that in mind, Adkins began gathering material for his next solo project. With a killer track list of tunes written by some of the industry’s most talented songwriters along with Adkins’ originals and co-writes, they will not be disappointed. The first single, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, is now available to radio programmers and consumers may purchase the single via iTunes beginning January 18th.

Wussy – “Forever Sounds” Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:56 +0000 Formed on a dare in 2001, Cincinnati’s Wussy is at the forefront of New Midwestern Psychedelia. Following the release of their cult classic debut in 2005, “to certain fans of Lucinda Williams, Crazy Horse, Mekons and R.E.M., Wussy became the best band in America almost instantaneously with… Funeral Dress” (SPIN). Heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palette, the five-piece is pleased to announce their sixth full-length Forever Sounds, due out March 4 via Shake It Records and available for pre-order now.

Dubbed by SPIN as “their most challenging and densely textured to date”, the new album finds Wussy crafting raw and melodic material, exploring such themes as hauntings, false prophets, aliens, and The Big Lebowski all blanketed inside layers of noise. In anticipation for the release, Wussy has revealed the first track “Dropping Houses” on SPIN.

Lyrically, Forever Sounds deals with themes of the unknown, the archaic, and the occult. Album opener, “Dropping Houses” looks back at a toxic relationship and mentions the Wizard of Oz through a singable wall of noise. Other pop culture references abound, such as “Donny’s Death Scene” which eulogizes Donny Kerabatsos in the Coen Brothers movie The Big Lebowski. “She’s Killed Hundreds” offers a catchy, fuzzed out track about hearing the fantastic tales of someone or something that you’ve lost.

Made up of Chuck Cleaver (Ass Ponys), Lisa Walker, Mark Messerly, Joe Klug, and John Erhardt, Wussy has truly come into their own on the new album. Following the band’s first US TV appearance on CBS in 2014 and increased critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and SPIN, they headed to the studio to record Forever Sounds with renewed vigor. John Hoffman and Jerri Queen (both of Vacation), along with John Curley (Afghan Whigs) at Curley’s Ultrasuede Studios, the new team and location enabled the band to take more chances and create the sound they had always been reaching for. While their pop sensibilities remain intact, the mix and instrumentation are more reminiscent of the band’s noise-heavy live shows. The album’s ten tracks are full of hope, determination, heartbreak, deception, aliens, the supernatural, the everyday, friendship, love and second chances.

“America’s best songwriting band might now be among its best soundscaping ones” – SPIN

“Maximum singability and staying power” – Pitchfork

Track List

  1. “Dropping Houses”
  2. “She’s Killed Hundreds”
  3. “Donny’s Death Scene”
  4. “Gone”
  5. “Hello, I’m a Ghost”
  6. “Hand of God”
  7. “Sidewalk Sale”
  8. “Better Days”
  9. “Majestic-12”
  10. “My Parade”

Tour Dates

2/18 – Seattle, WA at The Funhouse (El Corazon)
2/19 – Seattle, WA at Sonic Boom Records
2/20 – Portland, OR at Dante’s
2/27 – Cincinnati, OH at The Woodward Theater
3/4 – New York, NY at Webster Hall
3/5 – Baltimore, MD at Club 603
3/11 – Chicago, IL at Red Line Tap
3/12 – Chicago, IL at Red Line Tap
3/29 – Washington, DC at TBC
3/30 – Brooklyn/Queens, NY at Trans-Pecos
3/31 – Philadelphia, PA at MilkBoy
4/2 – Boston, MA at Midway Cafe
4/28 – Manchester, UK at The Castle
4/30 – Cardiff, UK at The Full Moon
5/1 – London, UK at Walpurgis Nacht Festival
5/3 – Leicester, UK at The Musician
5/5 – Brighton, UK at The Hope and Ruin
6/8 – St. Louis at TBC
6/14 – Los Angeles, CA at Silverlake Lounge
6/15 – San Francisco, CA at Elbo Room
6/18 – Seattle WA at El Corazon
6/20 – Boise, ID at TBC
6/24 – Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
6/25 – Minneapolis, MN at Icehouse


The Grascals Debut No. 1 on Billboard Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:27:08 +0000 One of the most highly anticipated albums of the new year is and then there’s this … from beloved bluegrass group, The Grascals.  The numbers are in and the new album makes its debut on the Billboard Magazine Bluegrass Album Chart in the top spot.

Previously named “Album of the Month” as the result of a reader poll on the entertainment site, The Boot, and then there’s this … now sits firmly at the #1 spot for album sales in its debut week.

The Grascals are three-time GRAMMY® nominees and have twice been named International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year. They’ve made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, including a recent appearance to celebrate the new release. Their many nationally syndicated television appearances; including The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, CBS’ The Talk, Marie and  Fox & Friends; have helped to introduce bluegrass music to new audiences.

The Grascals, now in their 11th year since those early days touring with Dolly Parton, have enjoyed numerous number one songs and top-charting albums. They are undeniably one of the most powerful and groundbreaking bands in bluegrass.

A combination of the Grascals’ award-winning instrumental skill and harmony creates and then there’s this…  arguably the most exciting and traditional new release from the band.

At this point in bluegrass music history, the approaching-legendary-status group consists of John Bryan (vocals and guitar), Kristin Scott Benson (banjo), Terry Eldredge (vocals), Adam Haynes (fiddle), Danny Roberts (mandolin) and Terry Smith (bass). Separately, they are all some of Nashville’s best musicians and together they are a force of authenticity and heartfelt artistry who play some of the most agreeable notes around. ~Parcbench

The Grascals latest release “And Then There’s This…” is an amazingly solid piece of bluegrass magnificence with excellent playing, singing and writing. ~Our Musical Journal

and then there’s this… is crisp and clear, an album with a familiar feel that is expertly executed with consummate musicianship and flawless vocals. Put it on your “must” list for the new year. ~The Daily Country

11th Hour – “What A Moment” Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:07:36 +0000 It seems that times flies faster each day.  As we watch the clock or see life whisking by, one thing is sure for Christians, we need to heed the time and share the good news in this 11th hour.

As we draw closer to the Lord’s return, 11th Hour is committed to not waste a single minute to reach the lost and encourage the saints. They have already had multiple top 10 Singing News hits, including “Steppin’ Out” and “Room With a View.” Through their songs, some of which are written by group vocalist Amber Eppinette, their first and foremost desire is to tell people about Jesus.

While times marches on for a world in need of Jesus, you can find 11th HOUR using each moment for HIS glory.

The new album 11th Hour will release worldwide on February 12th, and is available now for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

  1. Mountain Moving Faith (3:08)
  2. Look at Me Now (3:22)
  3. Love Still Holds Our Scars (4:57)
  4. Bound (2:59)
  5. He Welcomes the Beggar (4:13)
  6. He’s Alive and So Am I (3:21)
  7. When God Shows Up (4:44)
  8. Can You Burn (2:50)
  9. Ain’t No Bones (3:29)
  10. I Trust (4:00)

The LeFevre Quartet – “Home” Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:37:52 +0000 In 1921, the original LeFevre Trio began traveling and singing across the country; quickly setting the standard for quality and professionalism in what would become known as Southern Gospel Music.

For decades, the LeFevres have blazed trails, turning out songs and singers that would become legends in the field. Their award winning music allowed them to sing for Presidents and Dignitaries all over the world.

The LeFevre Quartet has been nominated in the top five for the 2014 Diamond Awards, with fans voting for them as “Favorite Quartet,” “Album of the Year” (But for the Cross), “Song of the Year” (Come and See) and “Favorite Group Website.” They have also won multiple SGN Awards and been nominated for a Dove Award.

The new album Home, will be in digital service providers everywhere February 12th, and is available for pre-order now at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

  1. Home (3:16)
  2. He Saved Me Anyways (3:58)
  3. I Don’t Know Why (4:46)
  4. He Was There (3:23)
  5. To Say Goodbye (4:34)
  6. He Left No Stone Unturned (3:46)
  7. Something (2:54)
  8. I’ll Do Anything (4:12)
  9. All I Can Do Is Pray (3:49)
  10. Unseen Things Above (3:05)
  11. I Don’t Know Why feat. Les Cheveldayoff (4:46)