Monday Music Update – Jan 20, 2014

Monday Music Update – Jan 20, 2014

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors are heading on their first tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom, following their release of Good Light last February. The album debuted #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts.

Ellie Holcomb is releasing her first full-length record, As Sure As The Sun, this spring after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. The lead single, “The Broken Beautiful,” heads to Christian Radio on January 31st.

Sandra McCracken will be the featured musical guest, along with Lori Chaffer, at Laity Lodge for an upcoming women’s retreat from Jan 23-26. Speakers for the weekend are Laura Robinson Harbert and Susan E. Isaacs.

Andy Osenga‘s new EP, The Heart, should reach Kickstarter backers very soon. It will be available in the Rabbit Room Store in the next few weeks. Before he heads back out on the road with Steven Curtis Chapman and Josh Wilson (including a show at Carnegie Hall!), he’ll be working in the studio with Laura Story on a new Christmas record.

Eric Peters is releasing a new project, Counting My Rings: B-sides, on February 4. The digital-only release will feature four songs, including three previously unreleased tracks and an alternate version of “Traveling Onion,” originally heard on Chrome.

Jill Phillips is finished with half of the songs on a new record that she and Andy will record later this winter or spring. Of the recording, she says, “Andy and I are going to produce it ourselves this time and record at our house, the songs seem to be lending themselves to simplicity in production.”

While Chris Slaten, the man behind Son of Laughter, is currently on the hook for a spring semester of teaching, he’s also organizing a series of “free” house shows in the areas of Texas, Nebraska, New York, and Pennsylvania during spring and summer breaks. If interested, you can e-mail Chris at