Singer/songwriter Jason Bare ended 2014 on a high note when his holiday single, "Christmas All the Time," hit No. 1 on the Christian Music Weekly (CMW) INSPO chart two weeks in a row, sustaining its place at the top of the chart on both the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve reporting.
"Christmas All the Time" also hit No. 8 on the Billboard Soft AC Chart and No. 6 on CMW's Christmas Chart during the holiday reporting period. The heartwarming song was promoted by Wendell Gafford for Creative Promotions and Chris Chicago for Shamrock Media Group. "Christmas All the Time" was written by Bare and Nathan Walters, the songwriting team which also wrote Bare's previous No. 1 holiday hit, "For The First Time."
"I am blown away by the response to my new single," says Bare. "I am so excited to be on the Billboard and Christian Music Weekly charts again, and I am extremely grateful for the support from radio and fans everywhere! My biggest desire has been that the message of this song would impact listeners, and encourage them to love like it's Christmas All The Time."
"My dad was a Pastor, and for years I heard him make the statement, 'Find a need and meet it... Find a hurt and heal it.' That statement has stuck with me throughout the years," says Bare. "Every year, when Christmas comes, I see this very thing happening, but God didn't commission us to love just at Christmas. He called us to love every day, and that's what this song is all about... My prayer is that this song will remind every listener to search for the real needs and hurts in their communities. That is how we can see our world change, and lives won for the Glory of God... LORD, let me love like it's 'Christmas All The Time.'"
To see the "Christmas All the Time" video, which recently premiered on New Release Tuesday, visit newreleasetuesday.com/videodetail.php?video_id=6964.
Bare is currently touring in support of his latest CD, Love Is Alive. For more information about Bare and Love Is Alive, visit jasonbare.com, or follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/jasonbaremusic) or Twitter (@jasonbaremusic).
About Jason Bare:
After spending a lifetime growing up in church as a preacher's kid, attending Lee University and traveling as part of the Lee Singers, Bare has spent the past 15 years leading congregations in praise and worship, most recently at Kingdom Life Ministries in Virginia, while also writing and singing his original music.
In December 2010, his debut radio single, the nationally-released Christmas song, "For The First Time," hit No. 1. In 2011, he released his debut CD, Beautiful Design, and his Christmas EP, Have You Heard. In December 2011, the title track from Have You Heard peaked at No. 5 on the Christian Music Weekly Inspirational chart and No. 16 on Billboard's Soft AC/Inspirational National Airplay chart.
During the last few years, Bare has appeared on television networks including TBN, JCTV and CTN, premiered his first music video for "You Found Me" and toured throughout the United States and South Africa.
About Love Is Alive:
A number of Christian music industry veterans partnered with Bare on Love Is Alive, the third studio album from the singer/songwriter and worship leader, which released digitally February 25, 2014. Love Is Alive currently available at all online retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby, with a brick and mortar release set to follow.
Luke Buishas and Aaron Rice, whose songwriter credits include such superstars as Mandisa, TobyMac and Rachel Lampa, served as producers. While Bare co-wrote every song on the project, he was joined by a number of acclaimed songwriters, including Jennie Lee Riddle ("Revelation Song"), Jason Dyba, Brandon Collins, Brian Campbell, Buishas and Rice, who was nominated for a Grammy for TobyMac's "Made To Love."
A worship leader at heart, Bare kicks off his new CD with "God of All," an anthem of adoration, pulls back to a more intimate mode on the confessional, acoustic guitar-driven "More Than Enough," then segues seamlessly into the equally confessional, "When I'm Found In You." He maintains that same sense of intimate worship on "Lamb of God," while at the same time inviting listeners to join in corporate worship. Bare shifts effortlessly from worship to praise and adoration on the quietly potent, "Let It Be Praise." The title track, "Love is Alive," invokes a swaying, Latin rhythm, complete with Spanish guitar riffs and guest vocals by the remarkable Jeannie Ortega.
Bare shares songwriter credits with producers Buishas and Rice on the uplifting pop number, "Bigger," which extols the fact that God is bigger than any problem life can throw at us. Bare's emotive vocals take center stage on the peace-filled, soul-baring, "He Took My Place." Bare continues to exult in the unfathomable attributes of God on the anthemic "Everlasting God" and on the piano-driven "Miracle Maker," where he is joined by guest vocalist Jennifer McGill.
An independent artist, Bare has joined a growing list of musicians including Shaun Groves, Thousand Foot Krutch, John Schlitt and Cheri Keaggy who all funded their most recent CDs through Kickstarter. The innovative crowd-funding program only works if the artist's predetermined goal is achieved. If the goal is not met by the Kickstarter deadline, no money is collected from supporters and the project is not funded. Bare's supporters put his Kickstarter campaign over the top in July 2013.
For more information about Bare and Love Is Alive, visit jasonbare.com, or follow him on Facebook (facebook.com/jasonbaremusic) or Twitter (@jasonbaremusic).
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