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Provident Label Group/Sony Music Entertainment artist Tauren Wells has had quite a memorable year.

From touring with Lionel Richie, to releasing his debut solo full-length Hills and Valleys, and the tremendous success of the album’s self-titled debut single, Wells is wrapping up his 2017 by receiving two GRAMMY® nominations. Recognized for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (Hills and Valleys) and his single “Hills and Valleys” for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (which he co-wrote with Chuck Butler and Jonathan Smith), Wells is no stranger to the GRAMMY Awards® as he was nominated in both 2011 and 2014 with his former band Royal Tailor.

The double GRAMMY recognition encapsulates the success of Tauren Wells’ past year, which kicked off with his song “Undefeated” (from his 2016 solo EP of the same name) getting licensed by Fox Sports and played during NBA coverage.

Wells released his debut LP, Hills and Valleys, in June, which was highly received by critics and calling it “contagious,” “energetic,” and an album that “takes listeners from quiet moments of encouragement to a strong, fast-paced, energetic celebration of Christ’s goodness and faithfulness.” Hills and Valleys also made a successful first week appearance on the SoundScan Christian/Gospel Digital Albums chart at No. 3.

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The hit single “Hills and Valleys” was one of the most streamed Christian songs of 2017, according to Spotify. Along with featuring Tauren Wells as the cover artist, Spotify also placed the song as the first track on their Top Christian Hits of 2017 playlist.

The song was also chosen as one of K-LOVE’s top performing songs of the year. The network shares that Tauren Wells is “One of the fastest rising stars in Christian music” and “’Hills and Valleys’ is a special song that showcases the singer’s range, but it’s far from his only hit.”

Additionally, the music video for “Hills and Valleys” has had an astounding 12.7 million views to date. His latest music video, for “When We Pray,” is already close to a million views and can be viewed here and below.

On the heels of his album’s release, Wells began the summer energizing large audiences across the U.S. as the opening act for Lionel Richie’s All The Hits Tour with special guest Mariah Carey. The 22-city tour hit the country’s most renowned venues, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Wells also appeared on numerous morning and afternoon TV shows in some of the biggest markets promoting his music and the tour such as Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.

Wells also performed at two of industry’s biggest annual events this past year – the K-LOVE Fan Awards and the GMA Dove Awards – before he joined the Air1 Positive Hits Tour in the fall, which took him to more than 30 markets coast to coast.

With 2017 being such an astounding year for Wells, what does his 2018 hold? It will kick off with the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, January 28, 2018 and held live at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He will then join Chris Tomlin’s annual concert event Worship Night In America, which kicks off in April.

Be sure to visit TaurenWellsOfficial.com for the most updated tour schedule and for more information.

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[MUSIC REVIEW] Mighty & “Missundastood!” MISStress (@PRettynSadityKj) is Back w/ New Music & A Hot, New Album!

Let’s hear it for good times and even greater music! Yes, the indie world is buzzing in part thanks to one rising star and dynamic artists, MISStress! MISStress has been in the Atlanta music scene for awhile making a name for herself with catchy singles, hardcore lyrics, and a desire for greatness matched by few other artists–independent or mainstream! Now The Muses have heard us and they are back with new music and a hot, new album in Missundastood!

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Let’s hear it for good times and even greater music! Yes, the indie world is buzzing in part thanks to one rising star and dynamic artists, MISStress! MISStress has been in the Atlanta music scene for awhile making a name for herself with catchy singles, hardcore lyrics, and a desire for greatness matched by few other artists–independent or mainstream! Now The Muses have heard us and they are back with new music and a hot, new album in Missundastood!

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MISStress sent over two of her newest tracks, Panties On The Floor and What You Gone Do to us and we have to admit they have been in circulation on our phones and in our cars throughout the day. Everthing just flows when it comes to the songs, giving us a Trina meets City Girls kind of vibe. MISStress stands out, however, in being a non-gender confirming artist, living their truth. However, even though they do not identify as transgender, they support and love all members of the LGBT family. “I’ve been doing music for about six years now and it is as much a part of my life as anything else. This album is one a lot of people can relate to because we have all in some way, fashion, or form been misunderstood or misjudged…I want people to continue getting to know the real me through my music and just know there’s nothing any of us can do if we put our minds to it.”

Missundastood is lined with a number of bops, and we definitely have a wider scope of who MISStress is and how they operate. You cannot help but admire someone who is so brave, beautiful, and most unapologetic. Courage is always a good look, and they wear it well!

You can stream Missundastood on all music streaming platforms and datpiff.com as well! Happy Listening!

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[AUDIO] Web Star, Chris June, Releases His First Single, “Ghosted!”

It is no secret we love our Web Stars here at HeyMikeyATL. However, Chris June holds a special place in our hearts. Chris has the talent and appeal that makes us swoon (Have you seen his pictures?), but also has a heart of gold, bursting with positivity and vibes that will compel you to be  a better human being. Mr. June has definitely proven his mettle in the acting arena, but now he is taking on music, debuting his first single, Ghosted!

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It is no secret we love our Web Stars here at HeyMikeyATL. However, Chris June holds a special place in our hearts. Chris has the talent and appeal that makes us swoon (Have you seen his pictures?), but also has a heart of gold, bursting with positivity and vibes that will compel you to be  a better human being. Mr. June has definitely proven his mettle in the acting arena, but now he is taking on music, debuting his first single, Ghosted!

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“Ghosted,” as defined by Psychology Today, “is having someone that you believe cares about you, whether it be a friend or someone you are dating, disappear from contact without any explanation at all.”  This is a term many people, especially millennials know all too well. In fact, if you watched the third season of HBO’s Insecure, the series’ protagonist, Issa [Rae], was ghosted on by Nathan (Kendrick Sampson) the first guy she was ready to be in a relationship with. Chris’s Ghosted definitely touches on the sorrow and confusion that comes from left in the wind.

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We have to say we love this song! Unfortunately, after being ghosted on a few times it is all too relatable. The confusion, angst, sorrow, pain…it’s all there. This should definitely be on some millennial show. Maybe BET’s new hit, Boomerang? Chris has confirmed he does have a full fledged album coming soon. If his other tracks are as moving as this one we will be sure to listen and have some Kleenex on hand. Congrats Chris!

What do you all think of Chris June’s new single? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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“Catchy!” Check Out “The Catchy Song” from “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part!”

We are super excited and bouncing off the walls as we return to the world of “The Lego Movie!” This time around “The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity.” Going along with this highly anticipated sequel is a truly catchy song (pun intended) called, The Catchy Song!

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We are super excited and bouncing off the walls as we return to the world of “The Lego Movie!” This time around “The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity.” Going along with this highly anticipated sequel is a truly catchy song (pun intended) called, The Catchy Song!

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The Catchy Song, by Dillon Francis featuring T-Pain and  That Girl Lay Lay is a true hit and definitely a bop on the soundtrack. Check it out by clicking here.

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