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Jazz violinist Regina Carter’s musical coal mine

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Music | African-American jazz violinist Regina Carter remembers taking baths in a tin pail on the front porch of her grandmother’s home in Alabama, where she spent…

Bastille’s refreshingly honest musical revolution

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Music | In the music industry, spectacle often trumps songwriting. Exhibit A: The buzz generated by Lady Gaga’s recent stunt at SXSW, where a friend deliberately…

Mavis Staples gives gospel music a down-to-earth makeover

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Music | Gospel legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples is still turning heads with her stunning new album of spirituals,  One True Vine . Rolling Stone described…

Steven Curtis Chapman’s musical homecoming

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Music | Steven Curtis Chapman’s album Deep Roots  brings a warmth of its own during these chilly days, with its emphasis on faith, family, and tradition.

Christian rapper Bizzle challenges ‘Same Love,’ gets different hate

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Music | When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem “Same Love” at the Grammy Awards, it was the last straw for Christian rapper Bizzle,

Gospel greats and NFL players join in song for Jesus

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Music | The Super Bowl Gospel celebration airs around the country this month, bringing praise for Jesus from the mouths of National Football League players and…

Celebrating the ‘simply everpresent’ Beatles

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Music | Fifty years ago, four lads from Liverpool arrived in America, leaving a lasting impression on music and culture

Christian song’s composer not the only one lobbying for an Oscar nod

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Music | Academy leaders punished ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ for lobbying tactics other members commonly use

Grammys proclaim a predictable quest for questionable love

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Music | “Back when I was drinking … I would imagine things that weren’t there and I’d get frightened. Then I got sober and two robots called and asked me to…

Christian movie theme song’s Oscar nod befuddles Hollywood elite

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Movies | Mainstream media outlets erupted in confusion and indignation Thursday over a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Song. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the theme…

Anti-royal Lorde becomes pop’s newest princess

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Music | Pop music’s latest phenom, 17-year-old New Zealand native Lorde, seems to have come out of nowhere and swept over North America like a tsunami. Riding a…

Sara Bareilles seeks light in the limelight

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Music | When singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles found out that her new album was nominated for Album of the Year in this year’s Grammy Awards, Bareilles simply “ran…

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