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Josh Wilson interview and “I Refuse” video is up!


In 2011, Harmony of Hearts was extremely excited to award Josh Wilson their Song of the Year Award, when his song “I Refuse” was voted the winner of the Song of the Year competition. We got a chance to sit down with Josh during his touring schedule and talk to him about the song and what inspired him to write it. But since he’s such a cool guy, and the song is so inspiring, we decided to show you instead of just telling you about it. Enjoy!


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It’s that time…


Every year, Harmony of Hearts hosts the Harmony of Hearts Song of the Year Award, which searches high and low for Christian artists that have written a song in the past year that really reflects the vision of both Harmony of Hearts and its parent organization, Cross International. This year, the three finalists up for Song of the Year are Britt Nicole and “Set the World on Fire”, Josh Wilson and “I Refuse” and last but not least, Brandon Heath and “The One”. Harmony of Hearts chose these three songs because each of them reflects the heart of Christ in reaching out to the poor, and carries that message to the world. Isaiah 61:1 says “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” This verse has really come alive for me this week as I’ve been spending time in the word. To know that Christ came to “bind up the brokenhearted” is so liberating. We don’t have to stay broken or afraid. He has come to proclaim freedom. In 2009, the band Leeland won the Harmony of Hearts award for their song “Follow You”. Cross took this song and infused video and audio clips from our project in Africa, as you can see below. To vote for this year’s Song of the Year, visit www.crossinternational.org/SOTY  - Briana B


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American Idol finalists claim Christ as Savior


In case you’ve not been following this season’s edition of American Idol, here’s a pull from The Christian Post: The two rising stars (Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina) have also not been shy about their Christian faith. McCreery has been seen wearing a large black cross necklace since his audition, and Christian ministry I Am Second pointed out this week that he is wearing a black I Am Second bracelet on his right wrist. The I am Second movement teaches the importance of making Jesus Christ the first focus in a person’s life and making oneself second. “It is inspiring to see him confidently display his faith to millions each week,” said Mike Jorgensen, I Am Second executive director. “We wish him the best in the finals.” McCreery told Hollywood Life that, “My faith is a big part of my life. I love Jesus Christ with all my heart. He’s got me through this for sure. I need to stay by him through this competition. He’s the only way I’m getting through it.” And his favorite day of the week? Sunday, because he gets to go to church and have a home-cooked meal by his mom. Competitor and good friend Lauren Alaina shared with Us Magazine that her pre-show ritual is prayer. “I just pray before I go out every time,” she told the Hollywood celebrity-focused magazine. Have you noticed how many AI contestants have church singing and/or music backgrounds? Pray for these two, that they will stand clearly, firmly, and winsomely for Jesus.  Not an easy task for anyone, but I’d assume especially challenging for these two and their families.      


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Pop star religion


In an interesting piece over at the Wall Street Journal, Neil Strauss shares faith statements by Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, and Christine Aguilera (which themselves are worth reading) before coming to this conclusion: Before they were famous, many of the biggest pop stars in the world believed that God wanted them to be famous, that this was his plan for them, just as it was his plan for the rest of us not to be famous. Conversely, many equally talented but slightly less famous musicians I’ve interviewed felt their success was accidental or undeserved—and soon after fell out of the limelight. His conclusion: …Believing that God wants you to be famous actually improves your chances of being famous. Of course, from the standpoint of traditional theology, even in the Calvinistic world of predestination, God is much more concerned with the fate of an individual’s soul than his or her secular success, and one’s destiny is unknowable. So what’s helping these stars is not so much religion as belief—specifically, the belief that God favors their own personal, temporal success over that of almost everyone else. While this certainly smacks of presumption, I wonder if it doesn’t also provide us insight. Could it be that the creative mind, even in a fallen state, recognizes the ultimate Creator? See Romans 1:18-21, Psalm 19.


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MikesChair on winning 2010 Song of the Year


Our 2010 Song of the Year winner reacts to the award: “Winning Cross International’s song of the year is such an incredible honor for us. We are so honored because this award lines up exactly with the heart of the song. Our prayer is for more songs that encourage the church to rise up and take part in drastically changing the world.” Mike Grayson (lead singer of MIKESCHAIR)


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