Music feeds the soul and few people understand its power better than Danny Gokey. His young life has been a roller coaster ride and music has been his constant companion. It sustained him following the death of his first wife, Sophia, and it propelled him up the charts after the world discovered his talent on American Idol. Music has shaped his life, providing a sense of purpose and direction, even in the most trying times. On the heels of two successive #1 radio hits ("More Than You Think I Am" and "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again"), Danny earned two 2016 K-LOVE Radio Fan Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Breakout Single of the Year (for "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again").
Six-time Grammy nominated Natalie Grant has remained one of the top-selling Christian & Gospel artists with over 3 million in career sales and has been named the GMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times. Beyond her music career, she is also an author, creator of the fashion line NG by Natalie Grant, and has been an outspoken advocate for victims of human trafficking since co-founding Hope for Justice International in 2005. Though she is a Seattle native, Natalie makes her home in Nashville, TN with her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms and their three children: twins Grace and Bella, and their youngest, Sadie.
Originally from Canada and currently residing in Nashville, Bernie Herms is an award-winning producer and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns, Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum), Barbra Streisand, Danny Gokey, David Foster, Brad Paisley, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Matt Redman and many more.
His stratospheric production and songwriting career includes highlights such as 30 #1s in the U.S. and many multinational #1 hits, 8 GMA Dove Awards, including Producer of the Year (2009 & 2016), and Song of the Year. He has multiple GRAMMY® nominations and won the 2017 GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for Hillary Scott’s “Thy Will.”
Some of his recent projects include Hillary Scott's GRAMMY® winning #1 single, "Thy Will" (14 consecutive weeks at #1), Barbra Streisand's GRAMMY® nominated and #1 debuting album, Partners, Natalie Grant's #1 debuting album, Be One, and Danny Gokey's #1 debuting album, Rise. After the success of producing Josh Groban's GRAMMY® nominated album, Stages, Bernie is back in the studio working on Groban’s next project.
Boy Named Banjo
Boy Named Banjo, described by Sonicbids as "Tennessee's Americana apostles," is creating a lot of buzz in the southeastern music scene. Three Nashville natives founded the group in 2011 and released their debut album, The Tanglewood Sessions, before graduating high school. Boy Named Banjo has since performed at Bonnaroo, released its sophomore album, Long Story Short, and received a 2015 nomination for "Best Local Band (Nashville)" by The Tennesseean. Boy Named Banjo is currently touring its new EP - Lost on Main.
Social Club Misfits is the result of two distinctive personalities meshing together to create an invigorating sound. Jam-packed with riveting beats, compelling lyrics and loads of energy, the Misfits will inspire you to “be the change you want to see happen.”
Tauren Wells has been known for the past dozen years as the energetic frontman of two-time Grammy-nominated pop/rock group Royal Tailor. The Houston, TX resident recently signed as a solo artist withProvident Label Group/Sony Music and has just finished recording a new 6-song EP which includes the rock/rap anthem “Undefeated" (featuring Reach Records' rapper KB). That song launched in May 2016 as the soundtrack for the massively popular Dude Perfect’s “World Records Edition” episode on YouTube, garnering nearly 16 million views in just three weeks. The debut radio single, “Love Is Action,” releases late summer 2016. No stranger to touring, as part of his former band, Wells rose to critical and commercial acclaim with spots on large national tours, including Winter Jam and the Rock & Worship Roadshow. He will join KB on his September tour and then hit the road with Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey on this fall's “Be One Tour.
Pop recording artist and singer-songwriter Branan Murphy is no stranger to the stage. While in high school, Henry “Hank” Branan Murphy began writing songs and singing in his church. By age 18, he devoted himself to a career in music and spent several years performing at events all over the U.S., even releasing two independent projects. In 2011, the Louisville, GA native relocated to Raleigh-Durham, NC and began writing his brand of “conscious pop”. He soon released SMPLFY, a mixtape showing off his skills as a vocalist, rapper, songwriter and producer. Piquing the interest of several record labels, Murphy ultimately signed with Sony’s Provident Label Group.
“I write songs about what it’s like to be human,” Murphy shares. “We are all complex people. We have struggles. We have contradictions. We have deep desires. We're all seeking to be loved, understood and satisfied. My songs attempt to capture those deep emotional, even spiritual, yearnings we have as human beings. The bottom line is that I want to make great art, but most of all I want to be honest. I want to sing about what people are really going through.”
Branan Murphy’s debut single, “All The Wrong Things,” features “The Voice” Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne. Invoking the passion of artists like Alessia Cara and Jon Bellion and the urban pop sounds of artists such as The Weekend, ZAYN, and Justin Timberlake, the song includes a rap bridge written and performed by Murphy himself. The single releases Apr. 21, impacting both radio and streaming platforms.
At 16 years old, Riley Clemmons might be young, but she's already an incredibly talented vocalist and songwriter. Discovered at her school's talent show in Nashville, she was quickly recognized as someone with potential for great success. Riley isn't new to performing. She's been fervently working on her musical craft for several years, including eight years of vocal lessons and a decade of dance. Musically, she has been compared to a cross between Ariana Grande and a young Stacy Orrico with a rhythmic sound. Riley is currently writing with well established songwriters in Nashville and continuing to work with a nationally known choreographer.
Koryn Hawthorne displays a voice and manner much more mature than her years. Before becoming a finalist on NBC's The Voice, she was “a normal teenager” from a small town, singing with a worship group at church, nursing homes, and benefits. While on the show, she impressed the coaches with her talent, work ethic, and authenticity. Adam Levine pointed out that never before in the history of the show had he seen "such a drastic, incredible, unbelievable journey.” Pharrell Williams compared her drive to succeed to that of Beyoncé. Coached first by Christina Aguilera and then Pharrell Williams, the 17-year old Gospel/Soul/R&B phenom rose to the final four in season eight of the hit series. Her rendition of the Gospel classic "How Great Thou Art" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart on April 25. Kirk Franklin joined Hawthorne in this distinction on September 19, making them the only two artists to achieve this feat in 2015.
Committed is an a cappella group composed of six male vocalists from Huntsville, Alabama, all previously students at Oakwood University. The group won the second season of the musical competition The Sing-Off on NBC, performing a jaw-dropping arrangement of "We Are the Champions" from Queen. In 2011, Committed released their self-titled album, Committed, on Epic Records. Their 2015 Christmas album, Home for Christmas, earned the group a Grammy nomination for the rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear."
The man who wears many musical colors. Those seven words eloquently capture the multifaceted essence of Donald Lawrence. Songwriter. Producer. Composer. Music/choir director. Recording artist. The guiding force behind such No. 1 hits as “Encourage Yourself,” “Back II Eden” and “The Blessing of Abraham.” Equally at home in both the inspirational and contemporary arenas, the multiple Grammy and Stellar Award winner has collaborated with a diverse roster, including such marquee names as Karen Clark Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, En Vogue and Mary J. Blige.
Charlotte has an infectious love for life, a deep love for people and zealous love for God’s House. Her passion is to build the local church across the earth, to see people reach their full potential and to develop and strengthen leadership. Charlotte is known for her practical, humorous, and passionate application of God's word. Her messages of life and purpose are rallying a generation to embrace the broken and become ambassadors of hope. Charlotte is an author, speaker, pastor, and mother. She leads LIFE Church, UK in England with her husband Steve and two children, Hope Cherish and Noah Brave.
D.A. HORTON is a Los Angeles based speaker, author and Lead Pastor of Reach Fellowship. Over the past decade D.A. has served as the National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), the Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records and as an urban church planter, pastor and Lead Teaching Elder in Kansas City, MO for close to 6 years. D.A. earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies at Calvary Bible College and his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is currently working towards his PhD in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
With a heart to provide local churches with quality Bible-centered tools and resources for evangelism and discipleship, D.A. wrote two books; G.O.S.P.E.L. and DNA: Foundations of the Faith both published through Moody Publishers. His third book, Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace, was released this past May.
He and his wife of 12 years Elicia have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).
In 2005, Dare To Be founders, Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill, met for the first time while attending an event in California. Even though they’d grown up in different parts of the world (Natalie in the U.S, Charlotte in the U.K.) they quickly discovered their stories overlapped close to home. Their connection was immediate, and it wasn’t long before they began dreaming of a way to combine their ministries to empower and honor women. In 2012, they founded Dare To Be, using their own resources to host their first-ever event. Dare To Be was designed to allow women to experience the benefits of a large conference packed into a single evening. The night is not just a speaker and concert, but a fully integrated program, including teaching, storytelling, worship, and inspiring moments of recognition and honor. The hope for the evening is to open up space in women’s hearts, daring them to embrace all of who they’re created to be in Christ.