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John Keith Davis Gospel Folk Concert
Date
August 6, 2016
Time
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location
Burlington Center Mall- Center court 2501 Burlington-Mt. Holly Road Burlington, NJ 08016
Website/Facebook Event Page
www.mallministry.org, www.pantinghart.org
Traditional and original Gospel Folk music will be performed on guitar and recorder, and sung by John Keith Davis.

 

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Music producers and talent scouts spend millions of dollars and countless hours listening to hundreds upon thousands of terrible performances to find the one diamond in the rough, amazing musician or singer who seems to have all the qualities and abilities to turn heads and make your jaw drop in awe. As a local talent scout, I can probably count on one hand a few individuals or bands in the area over the past few years that meet this criterion and that have wowed me to the point of saying, this person/group is amazing, this person/group has that “it” factor, this person/group is destined for greatness; for people like these come sometimes, once in a lifetime. However, when I find a person or group like this, I do everything in my power to not only get the word out about them, but to help them gain exposure and recognition they deserve. This album review is my attempt to do just that for a very incredible young talent by the name of Dawson Coyle.

I met Dawson and had the privilege of introducing him to the world for the first time as an artist, at a concert Kindred was hosting in a small middle school gymnasium in Swedesboro, NJ. In front of a packed house or about 100 people, Dawson nervously stepped on stage and performed a mix of originals and covers that just blew me and all who were in the audience away. Then, just 16 years old, he not only had a fantastic stage presence but, by using his personality and musical talent, captivated the audience for 20 minutes leaving us all wanting more.  It was at that moment that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was not only something special about Dawson, but that this performance was just the beginning of amazingly bigger and better things to come. And bigger and better things did in fact come. Within the course of a year, Dawson made it to the finals of a very prestigious talent competition, Dawson won a Kindred Award for New Artist of the Year, Dawson opened up for several big named acts in the Christian music circuit, and is now starting to become a headliner at many of the establishments he is asked to perform at.

To say that Dawson has the “it” factor would be an understatement. I say this not to give him a big head or to paint him out to be the most amazing singer and performer in the history of time, but to try to paint a picture of just how rare an individual like him is. For Dawson fits almost every criterion of what I believe are key elements to massive success in the music industry. First, he is young, he’s attractive, he has an amazing personality, wit and charm, he is a very creative songwriter and storyteller, he can play his own music, he sings, he has a great stage presence, he’s a hard worker, and on top of all that, is probably one of the humblest and teachable individuals I have ever met.  And if that wasn’t enough, he has a faith and calling on his life that most adults would dream of having. So when I heard that he released a full-length debut album, I can honestly say I was super excited and eager to get my hands on it; and when I did, I was thoroughly impressed with what I heard.

From the very first track to the very last, Dawson takes you on a journey both musically and spiritually. The opening track “The Light’s Battle Cry,” is a great challenge to believers to recognize just how dark and evil this world is and how we need to be ready to take up our armor and fight against the devil and his schemes. A song that could easily be heard on any radio station, “The Light’s Battle Cry” is probably the truest to understanding Dawson’s style as a musician and writer. “Save Me From Myself,” one of my favorite tracks on the album and probably the most catchy on the album, is a fuse of blues and rock that is an honest cry to God to help keep focused on doing what is right when your flesh wants to do otherwise. “Peter Pan” and “Fairytale” are cute love stories of conquest and fight to find the girl of his dreams. “It’s Beautiful,” and “Run Into My Arms” are great examples God’s love for us while “You’re Not Alone,” “Once Again” and “Welcome Home,” share an honest depiction of internal struggle but no matter what we’ve done or how far we’ve strayed, God always is there arms wide open waiting for us. The CD concludes just as strong as it began with “It’s Getting Dark,” a fun upbeat worship song about staying focused on Christ’s light in the midst of the darkness around us.

Overall, this is an amazing debut from Dawson. The fact that he not only played all the music, did all his own vocals/harmonies, wrote all the lyrics, and even recorded it himself is simply incredible for a still young teenager. Though this CD probably won’t win Dawson a Grammy, what I do know is that whether you’re a child, teenager or adult, you will be able to connect with this CD in some way, be encouraged, and hopefully like me, walk away with a huge smile on your face. I truly believe that looking at the big picture, with the help of the right producer or music veteran Dawson can and will be a household name someday.

The highlight tracks for me on this CD are “The Light’s Battle Cry,” “Save Me From Myself,” “Run Into My Arms,” and “It’s Getting Dark.” If you’re a fan of Jimmy Needham, Jason Mraz, Jordan Feliz, Mark Schultz, or Kristian Stanfill, you’ll probably like Dawson Coyle.

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Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at kindredconcerts@gmail.com

Dawson Coyle is Christian contemporary singer from Vineland, NJ. “Battle Cry” can be found on all major online outlets such as itunes, amazon, cd baby etc., For more information about Dawson, you can visit his website at: http://dawsonmusic11.com or his facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/dawsonmusic11

Want to read other reviews by Tim Ewing? Click here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/kindred-concerts-for-christ/cd-reviews/469516346430958

Silent Culture - Behind These Walls

Being around music and the music business as long as I have, you come to learn that bands come and bands go. However, if you were to tell me that in what seemed to be the height of their music careers, Above the Fall and Faith Beyond Fear would decide to part ways, I would have said you’re crazy. But that’s exactly what happened to the surprise of many, including myself. However, for lead singer Jesse Fryson, Above the Fall, wasn’t the direction and calling he felt God was taking him on, so he mutually agreed to close that chapter in his life to pursue a new one, combining forces with Matt Urgo, Juan Vera, Ryan Ippolito and Justin Meehan of Faith Beyond Fear to create a new band, with a new direction and a new mission they felt God was calling them to do.

Simply titled, “Silent Culture,” as a band, they wanted to be more issues oriented and in touch with what’s going on in the world this time around and to be a “Voice for the Voiceless.”  They want to speak up for people who don’t fit in or haven’t been represented because they haven’t had their voices heard. Formed in November of 2015, the guys in Silent Culture spent several months collaborating together to write new songs they felt represented their faith, their mission statement and their cause. In July of 2016, they released their first EP entitled, “Behind These Walls,” a six song EP that showcased not only their incredible musical abilities and ability to create something that is fresh, new and exciting, but also something that lyrically made a bold statement that they are not going to sit idle as things are happening around them.

The opening track, “State of Emergency,” orchestrated by Chris Orazi, a multiple Telly and Emmy winner for scores he has done on documentaries and for PBS, is an incredible spoken word documentation of the current state of our society, and really sets the tone for the EP as a whole. Discussing how “something must be done because our world is dying,” State of Emergency tackles the issue that enough is enough, we need to take a stand and do something to change the current state our society is in. As the track ends the next track, “This is My Life” beautifully transitions and continues strong the point that enough is enough… this is my life and I’m not going to sit idly and allow society to dictate how I’m going to live my life. The lyrics proclaim, “I don’t care what people say, I can’t wait another day, I’m taking back the fight. I don’t know what you’ve been told. I’m not gonna be controlled cause this is my life.”

As the EP progresses the next song we get to is “Cattus Island,” an extremely upbeat high energy song that is probably the most radio friendly and one of my favorites on the EP. Though I’m not quite sure of the exact meaning of this song, after asking the group about it, they said that it’s a metaphor that is really in the eye of the beholder and can be whatever the listener wants it to be. From there, we transition into a slightly different direction with their song “Hallelujah.” “Hallelujah” is a fun sing a long worship song of thanks for God’s love and sacrifice on the cross, while “I Will Carry On” definitely gets my vote for the highlight track on the CD. Mixing classic and modern rock riffs with a fuse of spoken word, this track not only is extremely entertaining and catchy, but lyrically is a great encouragement for anyone who has ever struggled, to know that you don’t have to give up. When one door closes, another door will open up. The EP closes with “Don’t Turn out the Lights,” an honest cry for hope in the midst of darkness and despair. Once again, the idea goes back to keeping your head up in tough times, never settling, but striving towards overcoming.

Overall, this is a wonderful preview of what’s to come for Silent Culture. The songs are catchy, the lyrics are smart, and I truly believe that they are on the right track towards tremendous success in the industry. The highlight songs for me are I Will Carry On, Cattus Island, and Halleljuah, however, all the songs are worth the listen in their own right. I will go on the record to say that if they stay true to their mission statement and continue to stay focused on the bigger picture in their ministry, they will obtain huge success in all they do.

If you’re a fan of Relient K, Sanctus Real, About A Mile, or Ashes Remain, you will probably enjoy Silent Culture.

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Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at kindredconcerts@gmail.com

Silent Culture is Christian indie rock band from Vineland, NJ. “Behind These Walls EP” can be found on all major online outlets such as itunes, amazon, cd baby etc., For more information about Silent Culture you can visit their website at: http://silentculturemusic.com/ or their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/silentculture/

Want to read other reviews by Tim Ewing? Click here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/kindred-concerts-for-christ/cd-reviews/469516346430958

Youth Night Of Worship - 073016

All are invited for a Night of Worship at Transformation Church in Mays Landing, New Jersey. All are welcome, but teens and young adults are especially encouraged to attend!

Saturday July 30th
7 – 9pm

Transformation Church
Corner of 2nd Street and Rt. 50
Mays Landing NJ

Featured bands:
Call to Arms
Dust of the Earth

Pastor Jason Marshall of Fresh Start Church will be the featured speaker.

Classic-Car
September 17 (Rain Date September 18)
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fun for Everyone!
Awards, Prizes, Crafts, Food, Bluegrass Music
Classic Firetrucks, Tractors and Motorcycles

New Brooklyn United Methodist Church
1336 E. Malaga Rd., Williamstown
Call 856-629-8353 to register

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