Phillip Phillips Sings His Hit “Home” at Steven McDonald’s Wake in Tribute to NYPD Hero

Via Patheos blogger Father Michael Duffy’s Facebook page, I learned today that “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips attended Police Officer Steven McDonald’s wake to sing his hit song “Home,” because it was one of McDonald’s favorites. As his son Conor states in the video below, posted on Youtube by Christine Gravano, he would play the [Read More…]

Singer JJ Heller on Christmas, Panic Attacks, and God’s Power to Turn Brokenness Into Beauty

Every year when the Christmas season comes around, singer-songwriter JJ Heller is transported back to her childhood when she and her family would decorate the tree, drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, and open gifts on Christmas morning. And all those memories include music. As an adult who is a popular indie artist, [Read More…]

Andre Rieu Highlights Waltzing in Wheelcairs

While eating lunch on Saturday, I stumbled upon Andre Rieu’s latest PBS special, entitled “Waltzing Forever” (though internationally, it’s known as “Falling in Love in Maastricht“). Rieu has a gift for inspiring his audiences to dance in the aisles, but he also included professional ballroom dancers in this concert. To my surprise, several of the [Read More…]

Jennifer Nettles on Being “a Child of God” and Listening to His “Still Small Voice”

“It’s important to be able to enjoy and be entertained by stories of faith, stories of miracles, stories of people rallying and coming together.” So says country music superstar Jennifer Nettles about her role in the NBC TV movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” (Nov. 30, 9E) in which she reprises [Read More…]