The “SHOOT YOUR SHOT CHALLENGE by MARQUS ANTHONY“ contest launches Monday, April 15 and will run thru Friday, April 26. The winners will be announced Saturday, April 27.
The challenge is two-fold. Rappers, take the instrumental and spit your best 8 bars. Two winners will be selected to be featured on the official Shoot Your Shot Remix. Producers, take the acapella and create a brand new beat around it. Be creative! One winning producer will be selected. The tempo for the song is 142.
All 3 of the official winners will win all of the following prizes:
1. Single cover by @lifeofzero
2. Press release for next single written by Justin Sarachik (Editor-In-Chief of Rapzilla, Co-Owner of New H2O)
3. Promotional packages (including written and podcast interviews, site postings and/or social media blasts) for their next single from Jam The Hype, Five Twenty Collective, Rep Da King Mag, the Bookkeeper247 and Tentmaker Music.
4. Spotify playlist placement for next single from New Release Today, Jam The Hype, Five Twenty Collective, Lit Christian Rap and more.
5. Next single played on 90.1 FM Hope Jamz Radio in the UK
6. Song mastered by TLD Beats
In addition the two winning rappers will receive an exclusive original beat of their choice from Miraql3 (producer of Shoot Your Shot).
The winning producer will also receive a 70x7music.com T-shirt as well as a portrait illustration by Eric Ealons of the Bookkeeper247.
The official remix will be debuted on City Takers Radio Show on Victory 91.5 FM in Atlanta!
The winning remix will also have a new single cover with the new featured artists names and be distributed everywhere via EMPIRE Distribution as part of the Shoot Your Shot Remix EP. Also, any producer remixes which are fire will be included on the remix EP too! Royalties will be shared on all songs from the EP. (The original song has about 50k streams on Spotify alone since Jan. 25).
To enter you have to purchase the Shoot Your Shot album online at your preferred location for $3. Here is the link: smarturl.it/shoot_your_shot. This contains the instrumental and the acapella in addition to the original song. Upload your contest submission to Instagram and Twitter, and tag @marqusanthony and put #ShootYourShotChallenge
Thank you so much to all of the sponsors. Contestants, Shoot Your Shot!
Connect with Marqus Anthony
Marqus Anthony is a Minister, Rapper, Writer and Actor from Detroit, Mi. He is also the founder and President of Blessed on Purpose LLC and the Chief of Staff os The Edge Christian Light Club. His music garnered attention quickly, and debut single, “Problems” appeared on The Edge Compilation CD. The hit single “Take Off” was only his second release, yet it was featured on Holy Hip Vol. 20 distributed by Capitol Records. His highly anticipated debut album, “Walking by My Faith”, was released in Dec. 2016 and has since been heard by thousands in over 25 countries.
Marqus Anthony has also been blessed to be on The Edge Experience Nationwide Tour and has opened up for artists such as Da’T.R.U.T.H. and Derek Minor. He has been featured on many radios, television and online media outlets such as “Celebrate Live” on Total Christian Television, CHH Today, Trackstarz and many more.
Marqus Anthony testimony is powerful because he is a former scientist that did not believe in God. Miraculously, he opened his heart to Christ and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He renewed his mind and repented, forsaking a sim-filled life of drugs, sex, and alcohol to become a faithful servant at Rhema International Church under Bishop Eric Lloyd. He now lives to tell the world that atheists are yet being transformed by the power of The Gospel of Jesus Christ!
B. Simmons landed on our radar when he submitted his single "Brand New" to us. We knew right away that we need to reach out and develop a relationship with him. It is crystal clear to us that B. Simmons makes music to and for the glory of God. The bio section on his Facebook page reads; "This page is simple: A rapper giving God glory with good music!" That's what's up! At Tentmaker Music this is what we are all about and we desire to promote Christian Artists that are promoting the Kingdom of God. Be on the look out for this cat, he has a ton of potential and longs to glorify the Lord with it!
Check out his single "Brand New" and be sure to connect and follow him on Facebook , Instagram, & here is his Website
D.A.V. (Delivered. Adored. Victorious.) dropped two brand new singles on April 5th. What I love about this is that both singles sound drastically different from each other and this really demonstrates D.A.V.'s depth as a musician. "Scratching the Surface" and "Fly Away" are both beautifully written and songs that you can listen to over and over.
"Scratching the Surface" is an extremely dynamic song that breaks the norm of today's traditional rock culture. In all honesty, the song reminds me of an amped up Skillet track. I love that it goes from well written melodic parts into guttural screams and then into a very well done chorus. The song even contains a dope death metal like blast beat drop that is fantastically placed! It has all of these dynamics running through it but the overall song fits well into the more mainstream Skillet type of rock, this is the brilliance of "Scratching the Surface" in my opinion. The sound quality is stunning, the lyrics are punchy and if you are looking for an awesome rock song to jam out to this song will for sure scratch that itch!
This brings me to "Fly Away". "Fly Away" is more of a ballad/praise and worship rock song. Whenever I am doing a review I set out to listen to the song(s) as much as I possibly can in order to give the best assessment I can. With that, this is a song I would have on repeat whether I was reviewing it or not. I connected with the lyrics, especially the chorus where it D.A.V. sings "Fly Away, fly away with You, fly away with You, In Your presence, I am made anew, everything is washed away, Your love, I can't contain it." "Fly Away" is a song about surrendering everything to God because of what He has done for you. I found myself jamming out but also reflecting on God's goodness in my life. I was meditating on the lyrics and worshiping God, and to me, that is awesome. This song is very well written and I pray that if you take the time to listen to it that you have the same experience I did.
I don't normally do a rating system in my reviews, but if I did, I would say that these songs earn a solid 4.5 out of 5. They are simply very well written tracks that any rock fan would be sure to enjoy.
As always, thanks for taking the time visit our site and for reading this review. I really want to encourage you to check these songs out and support D.A.V. as he is in the midst of putting together what is sure to be an epic EP (that doesn't include these 2 songs). Follow Dave on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officialdavmusic
Thanks again, God Bless!
I had the chance to share some of these things recently in an interview I did about my most recent album, but I thought fellow artists might appreciate having a tasty, bite-sized version of these ideas available for a quick read here at TentmakerMusic.com. Here we go, 5 tips for overcoming writer’s block and avoiding creative drought as a musician.
Fellow music makers, how many times have you found yourself staring at a blank page for hours trying to get some brilliant lyrics out onto the page but finding about as much success as the guy banging desperately on the bottom of a glass bottle, hoping to enjoy that last drop of ketchup? Those of you who produce your own music, can you recall a time when you searched through libraries of samples and virtual instruments, finding nothing that inspired you? Not one decent melody? Not one drum pattern? Remember that time (or two) when you started to put together a beat and realized about 20 minutes in that it sounds an awful lot like the last 3 beats you made? Tragic. Thankfully, Tentmaker Music has some great tips to help Christian artists keep the creative juices flowing and overcome writer’s block.
TIP #1: “Walk it out”
Many artists and writers claim to do their best thinking while walking, and there are even studies showing that walking improves creativity (for example, news.stanford.edu). For me, getting away from my usual surroundings allows me to begin thinking differently and get my mind unstuck and off the beaten path (what I sometimes refer to as the “train track”). Most of my best verses were written while walking in parks or in bookstores. You might even witness or experience something while on a walk that provides inspiration for a new song. It is also important for me to give my ears a rest from speakers and headphones to refresh, and I’ll often get great ideas for sounds to use or create in my projects from listening to natural or mechanical sounds I come across outside of my house.
TIP #2: “Add more variety to your musical diet”
Sometimes, the reason we get stuck on the “train track” where everything moves in one direction and it all starts to sound the same is because we lack variety in our musical diet. We make hip-hop, we listen to hip-hop, so we are only thinking in those terms. If I am a modern hip-hop artist, when I’m in the early stages of the creative process, my musical diet should include VERY LITTLE modern, hip-hop music. If I am listening exclusively or almost exclusively to my hip-hop contemporaries, it is going to be difficult to think outside of the box and create something that stands out in the current landscape of music. Really, I should only be listening to modern hip-hop primarily when I’m in the mixing and mastering stage of the process for the purposes of reference and/or comparing the loudness/fullness of masters.
As an example of the kind of musical diversity I like to have when I’m working on writing/composing a new album, here is a recent playlist I put together to listen to while I’m studying:
Stayin’ Alive –Bee Gees
Pray For Me (1966) – Mighty Clouds of Joy
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
You Are The Living Word - Fred Hammond
Burn This Disco Out – Michael Jackson
You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
Chasing Unicorns – The Legend of Xero
Know Me (Huh What) – The Cross Movement
Nearer To Thee - Sam Cooke and The Soul Stirrers
As Long As I’m Alive – Average Joe and Leyna Ceville
Moment’s Notice – John Coltrane
Deep Waters – Adelaide
Why You Wanna Trip On Me – Michael Jackson
In The River – Kim Walker
The Terminator (Main Theme) – Brad Fiedel
Bitter Wages – Hazakim
I Dreamed A Dream (Les Miserables) – Anne Hathway
Still Crazy After All These Years – Ray Charles
Great God – Carman
There Is A God – Carman
Speak Softly Love – Andy Williams
Into Your Arms [Eli Ramzy Remix] – Capital Kings
House of Representatives – The Cross Movement
Rain In The Third House – Tangerine Dream
Now, would this be a very cohesive playlist to throw on at a party? No. But that’s the point! You put together a party playlist to keep the party going and keeping things flowing from beginning to end. For the party, we’re going for uniformity or at least songs that seem to belong together and transition well from one into the other. The above playlist on the other hand causes my mind to switch gears from track to track and think about music from a variety of different angles and in a variety of different ways. I’m freeing my mind to think about all of (or at least many of) the things that music can be and accomplish.
And this playlist will change regularly, by the way. Top-40 radio and even contemporary Christian radio has a tendency to get stuck on a kind of song or a style or sound for a while, and I don’t want to only think of music in those terms because if I am stuck writing and composing the kinds of songs I am hearing on the radio, there is a much higher likelihood that my music will sound extremely dated when I look back on it ten years from now. I strive to not be limited by the times or by genre, but to simply offer the Lord a NEW song, something fresh, as often as He allows me to do so. I want to put together something that is unique, something that stands out, and something that shows the world we serve a creative God, the first and most creative artist of all.
TIP #3: “Enjoy other mediums of artistic expression”
Go see a movie, visit a museum, wander an amusement park, watch a painter do his/her thing… point is, there are other forms of art besides music. Sometimes, stepping away from the kind of art I personally do is where I find my best ideas, and to be honest, sometimes, I just need a break. When we feel like we are forcing ourselves, the music isn’t flowing naturally, it isn’t coming together organically or it no longer feels authentic, it may be a good idea to step away from music for a bit and enjoy other activities or appreciate other kinds of art. Again, this is another way to get our minds off the “train track” and thinking differently about what we do. It frees us to move in more than just one direction when we return to work.
TIP #4 “Run right through the wall like the Kool-Aid man”
PLEASE DO NOT RUN THROUGH AN ACTUAL WALL!!! Sit back down, please. I’m talking about the wall of writer’s block. If I have already tried the above techniques, and I have a goal to write a specific sort of verse or song, but I find myself suffering from writer’s block, I have found ways to force myself through it and come up with good material. The problem is, and this is hard for those of us to are perfectionists when it comes to music, I have to first allow myself to write a bunch of bad, basically unusable material. Allow me to explain… I’ve started forcing myself to write a verse every other day whether I have a great idea or not. I HAVE to get it down on the page, which means the verse I end up with at the end of that day may not be great or even decent yet because I had to force myself to finish it.
Why would I do this to myself? Because I have a bad habit of allowing my writer’s block to become an excuse to be lazy, and I wait around for the perfect verse to just pop into my head so I can write down something I’m happy with. Professional writers, whether we’re talking novel writers, non-fiction writers or essay writers, the greats understand the purpose in writing multiple drafts and know how much an idea can change and grow and improve as I simply keep putting the pen to the paper. If I get some things down on the page that I can return to later, I may find some great ideas that I can eventually polish and use, just maybe not in the way I initially thought I’d be using it. Maybe this bar or that rhyme is salvageable and could be used on a different track.
If you can’t even manage to force a verse out, sometimes word association exercises and get you through the wall. Force yourself to write down a keyword related to your topic or even the name of the beat you’re trying to write for. Then, write down every word that pops into your head when you think about that word, and every word those words make you think of, and see where these words take you. You may find that your topic was simply too broad or vague or not interesting enough and you need to focus in on something more specific and vivid.
What are some of the ways you have overcome writers block? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you! As always, thank you for taking the time to read this! God bless!
We were blessed to have the opportunity to connect with the lead singer and founder of the up and coming Christian rock band Adelaide, Laura [aka Adelaide]. It has been amazing to watch the band grow over the last couple of years and their latest album "Strong + Brave" is nothing short of incredible!
Those of you who have been supporting Tentmaker over the last year or so know, we like to keep the main thing the main thing and so as always... Laura, when did you come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
For as long as I can remember, I have gone to church. God became very real to me at a young age through some hard seasons of my childhood. I was 6 years old when I gave my life to Christ.
Wow, praise God, that's amazing! It is beautiful when a young person comes to know Christ and He starts doing His thing! That's what's up!
How long have you been making music & why did you get started?
I have been writing lyrics since I was twelve. At 14, I joined my worship team at my church at the time under the leadership of my Aunt. I sang backing vocals and played strings on the piano. Believe it or not, I've always been a very shy person. Hanging out in the background was my comfort zone. My upbringing wasn't ideal and with it came a lot of hardships. Music took me to another place and to me it was an empty gift unless there was a receiver. Feeling completely reliant on God, it only made sense to sing to and for Him and make that the depth of the lyrical content. That is when my music began to mold itself and find it's purpose in my life.
Love it! It is our hope and desire that more of us live in what you stated towards the end there; "Feeling completely reliant on God, it only made sense to sing to and for Him and make that the depth of the lyrical content." That is inspirational.
What are some of your short term/long term goals?
I kind of take life as it comes. In the beginning of all of this, I honestly didn't know what to expect. I had written all of these songs and I had no idea what to do with them. I was fine selling the songs and having someone else sing them. Obviously, God had other plans...including pushing me way out of my comfort zone. So long as I am able to successfully balance my life as a wife, a mother and ministry, I'm succeeding. I do push myself in everything I do but, I'll never stop making music.
Nothing wrong with that! Our Father is in the business of stretching us and pushing us out of our comfort zone, praise God for your willingness to be obedient to Him. With what y'all have been creating as of late we are thankful that you have responded to the call!
Who are some of your favorite musicians (artist or band), and who have been rocking to lately?
Wolves at the Gate, Skillet, Fireflight, Evanescence, The Cranberries, Tenth Avenue North, Citizens and Saints
Y'all just released a new album, can you briefly share a bit about the inspiration behind the album as a whole?
It's been amazing to see these songs come together and in a way, compliment each other. Our message to The Church is pretty loud throughout the record. We address unity in Strong + Brave, motives in Masquerade, materialism in Chasing Echoes, forgiveness in Reminiscing, the battle that rages inside of us in Restore Me and the need for a Savior in Pick Up the Pieces. By the end of the album, we hope you have been challenged to see what your heart reflects as a person. Who are you? How are you fitting into the story God is writing for your life? How does God fit into your life? Or are you writing your own? Each one of us are so priceless to our Creator, yet we waste so much precious time on pointless things. We hope it shows a perspective of encouragement to The Church in that we're in this together - each unique with different stories and callings.
Fantastic! Music with purpose that takes you on a journey, love that! Personally, we think the message within each song and the album as a whole is clear and powerful. One of our staff (Fisher), is all about the song Deep Waters, he is currently working on an album and has that song on his "album inspiration playlist". He was real excited about us having the opportunity to chat with y'all.
What is your favorite board game or video game and why? (we like to have some elements of fun sprinkled in, we want people to get to know artists and see they are real people too).
As a band, we like to play Quiplash which is a load of fun. The way the band plays involves a lot of inside jokes - mostly between the guys since they grew up together, and references to The Office. Honestly, most of the games played by the band are in the van and totally made up!
Okay, so having never heard of Quiplash, I looked it up, haha, that sounds like it would be a blast with the right group of people! Sounds like y'all have a lot of fun, that is both awesome and I am sure needed while you are out grinding!
If you were to name a Playlist after your life, what would you call it, and what would be 3 songs you would include on that playlist?
I'd have to call it, "Strong+Brave" and 3 songs would be Fighting My Battles by For King and Country, Unbreakable by Fireflight and The Resistance by Skillet.
Do you have a particular life verse and favorite book of the Bible?
Romans 15:13 (you guessed it, Romans is my favorite book).
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
That is a wonderful verse, such a fantastic truth!
Do you have any practical advice you would like to share with aspiring Christian artists?
It would be to truly question your motives as an artist. What is your true heart's desire? If it is to make a name for yourself, be an artist that is a Christian. If it is to make Christ's name the primary focus and share the gospel, then be a Christian artist. It has been very disheartening to see artists confuse these ambitions because the heart truly reflects backstage. Be a minister wherever you are - to the sound techs, hosts, bands, those serving you lunches or driving you around - we all need to see the love of Christ and enjoy each other's fellowship. Never lose sight of the heart of Christ and servanthood: to love God and love people.
Thank you for this, we have been sharing very similar thoughts with people. Our first podcast was centered around the Christian artist verses artist who is a Christian conversation and I think you hit the nail on the head.
Huge shout out to Laura from Adelaide for taking the time to answer our questions, such a blessing! We want to thank those of you who took the time to read this and we really want to encourage you to check Adelaide out, you will be thankful you did!
Check out Adelaide's new single Strong + Brave off their new album "Strong + Brave" and if you are digging it, be sure to follow the links and give the whole album a go!
Thanks again, God bless!
Did you know… that the New Testament was written in the first century and not hundreds of years later, as some might argue?
The writings range from some letters of Paul written just a few years after Jesus’ crucifixion (3 to 7 years) to the Gospel of John written 60 some years after such event.
The New Testament was written by those who either knew Jesus personally and were direct eyewitnesses of His life, claims, and deeds, or were close companions to disciples of Jesus, testifying of what they had seen and experienced with their own eyes and writing to an audience who had also experienced the life, deeds, and claims of Jesus.
Although we do not have in our possession the original copies, what we have is an incredible abundance of early manuscripts that make the the New Testament incredibly pure and amazingly accurate, 99.6% accuracy that is according to scholars!
The 0.4% variances are insignificant in nature and have absolutely no bearing on the Christian doctrine.
The other amazing part that makes the New Testament so credible is that we have absolutely no manuscripts nor writings of the first century from opponents of Christianity that deny nor contest the claims the disciples of Jesus were making.
On the contrary, the writings we have attest of the events and claims of the New Testament (even if they denied the claims themselves–so for instance, no one would deny Jesus’ claims to deity or that he was viewed as deity by His followers and that His disciples believed they had seen Him risen from the dead. What they would reject are the claims themselves), making it the more credible.
Although the Gospel of John is the last writing, it is the earliest manuscript we have in our possession, dated from only 30 years after it was written.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke are believed to have been written within 40 years of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
We have over 24,000 manuscripts (5,600 in Greek alone) circulating around the world (and by the way, it is only in the late 2nd and 3rd century that we start seeing some pseudo-gospels such as the Gnostics which start giving a different view to Jesus, His claims, and the events around His life).
How does that compare to other events of antiquity?
The New Testament puts to shame any other writings and is second to none in its accuracy and purity.
Take for instance the work of Plato. What we have are only 7 manuscripts and the span between the actual writings and the earliest manuscripts is 1,200 years.
As far as Aristotle, number of manuscripts 49 and span 1,400 years.
Caesar, manuscripts 10 and span 1,000 years.
Finally, the second most abundant and accurate writing is Homer’s Iliad with 643 manuscripts and a span of 500 years.
And yet, no one denies such figures of antiquity and such writings.
Why do we then so stubbornly reject the accuracy of the New Testament?
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