Cody Carnes will release his solo debut on September 15 titled The Darker The Night / The Brighter The Morning. This debut follows his singles, The Cross Has The Final Word, and Til The End of Time (feat. Kari Jobe), which were released earlier this year.
"With my debut, I wanted to create an artistic record that was not only music I enjoy and love and that I would be passionate about, but it would also connect people to the presence of God," shares Carnes on his inspiration for the album. "This album's message is about declaring the hope of Jesus into a hopeless situation. Jesus put death and darkness in its place on the cross."
Cody Carnes is a worship leader whose passion is to create a meeting place for God and people with music. Many will recognize him from his time leading worship with Gateway Worship as well as being on the road and leading with his wife and fellow labelmate Kari Jobe Carnes. With Kari, Cody has co-written many songs such as Let the Heavens Open from her Dove Award winning album Majestic and most recently eight tracks off of her release, GMA Dove Award nominated, The Garden. Concertgoers will get the opportunity to hear the new songs from this solo debut as Carnes will be opening with his own set on the continuation of Kari Jobe The Garden Tour.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired rights to Jon and Andrew Erwin’s film I Can Only Imagine. The film will be released in North American theaters on March 16, 2018. Kris Fuhr of Working Title Agency and Ben Howard of Provident Films will work on the theatrical campaign in conjunction with Roadside Attractions.
I Can Only Imagine features Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow, The Rookie, Soul Surfer), Cloris Leachman (The Iron Giant, The Last Picture Show, Young Frankenstein), Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer (War Room), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Poppers Penguins) and Broadway’s J. Michael Finley (Les Miserables).
The film brings to life the true story behind the song of ultimate hope, I Can Only Imagine. A transformed relationship with his troubled father inspired Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, to write what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history. The story beautifully illustrates that nobody is ever too far from God’s love -- or too far from an eternal home in Heaven.
“This is an extraordinary movie about the power of faith, love, family, and music,” said Cohen and d’Arbeloff. “The Erwins bring world-class storytelling and production values to faith-based films. It’s no surprise they have attracted such a phenomenal cast to their latest feature. We are thrilled to be bringing it to theatrical audiences nationwide.”
“We are delighted to be working with the talented Erwin brothers who have an incredible vision for both the film and the music,” said Constantine. “Coming on the heels of our faith-based box office hit, The Shack, I Can Only Imagine will touch audiences everywhere. We are very excited to bring this wonderful story to the big screen.”
This is the fourth feature for the Erwin Brothers whose previous films include October Baby, Mom’s Night Out and Woodlawn.
Kristene DiMarco will release her first collection of hope-filled new songs with Bethel Music on September 22, aptly titled Where His Light Was. For DiMarco, the album stands as a beacon, representing life lessons and revelations uncovered across the last 10 years of her life. Penned into 11 songs, the album’s axis is one of remembrance; exploring the way God illuminates our past and difficult seasons when we encounter His perspective and hear His voice.
With scripture inspirations ranging from 2 Chronicles, Romans and more, Where His Light Was holds songs about reflection and growth including the charging Fear Not, the transformative No Victim and the profoundly uplifting Take Courage found on Bethel Music’s chart-topping Starlight record.
“I want to use my whole life to develop new language for hope,” explains DiMarco. “Where His Light Was comes from the perspective of when you're walking through a hard time, it feels dark, and you can’t see where you're going, but God said go. If you keep moving forward you will reach your destination and realize you were never alone. Through the mystery and unanswered questions, He was with you the entire time. Don’t give up. Keep going.”