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Roma Downey Reveals ‘God Moment’ That Made Christian Series ‘The Baxters’ on Amazon Prime Video Possible

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Roma Downey — a Hollywood star known as much for her leading role in the 1990s series “Touched By An Angel” as she is for her lilting Irish accent — is taking to the small screen once again, this time in a faith-based series reminiscent of “7th Heaven.”

Downey has had quite the storied career. She’s been an angel named Monica, a first lady named Jackie, a single mom named Kathleen, and a mother named Mary.

A producer, director, and studio executive, the 63-year-old celebrity is pulling double duty in her latest endeavor, “The Baxters,” a Prime Video show based on a book series by Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury.

In the show, Downey serves as one of the series’ executive producers and adds yet another in-front-of-the-camera role to her résumé: a matriarch named Elizabeth.

“We just felt it was a God moment; it was just providence played out,” Downey told CBN News of her partnership with Kingsbury, 60. “We felt like it was a blessing.”

Unbeknownst to one another, Downey had read “Redemption,” the very first book in “The Baxters” series by Kingsbury, and she was instantly hooked to the story.

“I just couldn’t put it down,” she recalled. “I really became aware of the project as a fan. I loved the book. I could see it visually. I thought, ‘This needs to be a TV show.’”

In the years since “Touched By An Angel” ended in 2003, Downey said she’s heard from so many fans asking for a show to fill the “void” it left, a faith-based series airing in the mainstream market. After reading “Redemption,” the faith-filled actor and producer felt she’d found the perfect source material for a burgeoning series — a show that’s both unwaveringly Christian and undeniably studio-quality.

Downey soon thereafter called Kingsbury to ask if she’d consider selling her the rights to turn the popular book series into a multi-season show. The request seemed kismet.

“She said, ‘It’s so extraordinary that you called me,’” Downey explained. “She said, ‘My father, before he passed, said to me, ‘You need to reach out to Roma Downey on ‘Touched By An Angel’ to make your book a TV series.” So, in that moment, we just felt as if it was a God moment.”

“It’s turned out even better than we hoped that it would,” she continued. “We’re delighted that we’re going to launch on Amazon’s Prime Video for Easter. I’m delighted that they’ve given me the Easter time slot.”

Amazon is handing Downey the coveted launch time for good reason; last year, her studio, LightWorkers Media, brought “On a Wing and a Prayer” — a faith-based movie starring Dennis Quaid — to Prime Video, and it was a clear success for the platform.

Leveraging her name and knack for reaching Christian audiences, Downey insisted faith — and prayer in Jesus’ name — take centerstage in the series.

“I stepped in front of the camera — and I haven’t done that for a while — to play Elizabeth Baxter myself; I loved that she was a prayer warrior, I loved her kindness, I loved how much she loves her children, I love how feisty she is about loving her children,” the celebrity said. “[I] love that it’s a show about faith and about the values that we hold dear, but it’s not a preachy show.”

The series is undoubtedly grittier than the stereotypical faith series: it tackles myriad real-life issues, including infidelity and the possibility of divorce — all in the pilot episode. But it addresses such tough topics from an unapologetically biblical perspective.

Prayer is the driving force moving the story along.

“It’s how they deal with it, how they handle it as a family, I think, that separates it from other shows that we’ve seen,” Downey said of her forthcoming show. “We see mom and dad Baxter stop in the middle of a scene … and we see them praying. And I don’t know that we’ve ever seen that on a TV show. And they pray in the name of Jesus. I find it very touching and powerful. … I think that people of faith will love seeing a churchgoing family at the center of this new series.”

She said she hopes the show exposes to viewers what’s possible when God “is at the center of your family and at the center of your life.”

“[That’s] what’s made such a difference in my life,” Downey reflected. “And I hope [people] see that play out in the lives of the Baxter family. I just think we, in our faith community, deserve to see a family on the screen that holds the things dear to their hearts that we hold dear to our hearts.”

“It’s amazing,” she added, “how few programs there are that celebrate people of faith in this way. I think people are going to love it. I’m hopeful that we’ll get a great response.”

The series is streaming on Amazon Prime Video beginning March 28.
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പ്രശസ്ത സംഗീതജ്ഞന്‍ കെ.ജി. ജയന്‍ അന്തരിച്ചു

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പ്രശസ്ത സംഗീതജ്ഞന്‍ കെ.ജി. ജയന്‍ അന്തരിച്ചു. 90 വയസായിരുന്നു. തൃപ്പൂണിത്തുറയിലെ സ്വകാര്യ ആശുപത്രിയിലായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. ചലച്ചിത്ര താരം മനോജ് കെ ജയന്‍ മകനാണ്. ഇരട്ടസഹോദരനായ കെജി വിജയനൊപ്പം ചേർന്ന് കച്ചേരികൾ നടത്തിയിരുന്നു. 1986ലാണ് വിജയൻ അന്തരിച്ചത്.

ആയിരത്തിലധികം ഗാനങ്ങൾക്കാണ് ഇവർ ഈണമിട്ടത്. ചലച്ചിത്ര ഗാനങ്ങൾ ഉൾപ്പെടെ ഭക്തിഗാനങ്ങൾക്കും ഈണമിട്ടു. 1965ൽ പുറത്തിറങ്ങിയ നക്ഷത്രദീപങ്ങൾ തിളങ്ങി ആയ സിനിമയാണ്.

2019 ല്‍ രാജ്യം പത്മശ്രീ നല്‍കി കെ.ജി. ജയനെ ആദരിച്ചു. കേരള സം​ഗീത നാടക അക്കാദമി അവാർഡ്, ഹരിവരാസനം അവാർഡ് എന്നിവയും ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിന് ലഭിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്.

1934ൽ കോട്ടയത്താണ് കെ.ജി ജയന്റെ ജനനം. ഗോപാലൻ തന്ത്രികളുടേയും നാരായണിയമ്മയുടേയും നാല് മക്കളിൽ ഏറ്റവും ഇളയ ഇരട്ട സഹോദരങ്ങളായിരുന്നു കെ.ജി ജയനും, കെ.ജി വിജയനും. വളരെ ചെറുപ്പത്തിൽ തന്നെ കർണാടക സംഗീതം അഭ്യസിച്ച ജയ-വിജയ സഹോദരങ്ങൾ ഒൻപതാം വയസിൽ കുമാരനല്ലൂർ ദേവീ ക്ഷേത്രത്തിൽ അരങ്ങേറ്റവും നടത്തി. ആലത്തൂർ ബ്രദേഴ്‌സ്, ചെമ്പൈ വൈദ്യനാഥ ഭാഗവതർ, എം ബാലമുരളീകൃഷ്ണ പോലുള്ള കർണാടക സംഗീതത്തിലെ അതികായരുടെ കീഴിൽ പരിശീലനം നേടിയവരാണ് കെ.ജി ജയനും, കെ.ജി വിജയനും. ചെമ്പൈയുടെ കീഴിൽ പരിശീലിക്കവേയാണ് ഇരുവരും ഗാനങ്ങൾ ചിട്ടപ്പെടുത്താനും പാടാനും തുടങ്ങിയത്.

ഇരട്ടസഹോദരനായ വിജയനൊപ്പമായിരുന്നു കെ.ജി ജയനെന്ന അതുല്യ പ്രതിഭയുടെ സംഗീതയാത്ര. 1988 ൽ കെ.ജി വിജയന്റെ അകാല മരണം കെ.ജി ജയനെ ഉലച്ചുവെങ്കിലും ഭക്തിഗാനങ്ങളിലൂടെ ജയൻ ആശ്വാസം കണ്ടെത്തി. ‘ഇഷ്ടദൈവമേ സ്വാമീ ശരണമയ്യപ്പാ…’, ‘ഹരിഹരസുതനേ…’ ‘ശ്രീശബരീശാ ദീനദയാലാ…’ ‘ദർശനം പുണ്യദർശനം…’ എന്നിങ്ങനെ നിരവധി ഭക്തിഗാനങ്ങൾക്ക് അദ്ദേഹം രൂപം നൽകി. യേശുദാസിനെയും ജയചന്ദ്രനെയും ആദ്യ അയ്യപ്പഗാനം പാടിച്ചതും ജയവിജയന്മാരാണ്. ശബരിമലനട തുറക്കുമ്പോൾ ഇപ്പോഴും കേൾപ്പിക്കുന്നത് അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ പ്രസിദ്ധമായ ‘ശ്രീകോവിൽ നട തുറന്നു…’ എന്ന പാട്ടാണ്.
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Viral Christian YouTubers Dude Perfect Receive $100 Million Capital Investment

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Dude Perfect — the five-man crew focused on “giving back, spreading joy, and glorifying Jesus Christ,” according to their website — just earned a whopping $100 million cash infusion.

The five dudes behind the viral YouTube account, Coby Cotton, Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney, have garnered international attention over the years for their trick-shot videos and winsome content.

The more than $100 million investment from Highmount Capital marks Dude Perfect’s first external influx of cash, Axios reported, noting the guys, who met as roommates at Texas A&M University and began posting content to YouTube in 2009, have invested their revenue directly into their own expansion. The company stated this year, though, that total profits are expected to exceed $50 million, doubling their revenue from 2022, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Speaking to Axios, Coby Cotton said the group plans to use the money to build out a management team, expand its staff, and bring a CEO on board. Additionally, the Christian guys are planning an international tour and are looking into translating their videos into other languages.

And about a year and half ago, the Dude Perfect cofounders released a plan to build a $100 million trick-shot theme park in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

“The mission of Dude Perfect is to serve families with the most trusted entertainment on earth,” Coby Cotton told D Magazine. “By partnering with Highmount Capital, we hope to pour gas on the fire and take the Dude Perfect fun that families have witnessed on screens these past 15 years and turn it into real life products and memory-making experiences they can actually touch and feel for themselves.”

David Hawkins, chief investment officer and general partner for Highmount Capital, said his own three sons, ages 5, 8, and 10, are “super fans” of Dude Perfect. As a father, he said he is a fan of their content, too, because he knows he can trust it is family friendly.

“The most valuable thing we’ve done these last 15 years is build trust with families and then … build trust with the brands,” Coby Cotton said.

The cofounder of Highmount Capital, Jason Illian, sees the kind of content Dude Perfect creates as the future of entertainment.

He told The Hollywood Reporter, “When you talk to teenagers and kids and people that watch the Dudes, they’re all being influenced, and three out of four kids said they want to be an influencer and a creator, so I don’t think they’re gonna call this the ‘creator economy’ in the near future, they’re just gonna call it media, because that’s really what it is, and the Dudes are at the front end of that.”

“We thought a significant investment made sense just because, when you look at all the things that they have in front of them, working with sports teams, and retailers, and opportunities for events, we want to make sure there’s enough capital there to do it really well,” he added.
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Caribbean Minister’s ‘Blessings Find Me’ Song Goes Viral with 1 Billion Views: ‘I Am Grateful’

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A Caribbean minister and musician has become an overnight success after creating an inspirational anthem that has gone viral on social media as millions share the song’s message about God’s blessings.

Sherwin Gardner wanted 2024 to look different than previous years. So he decided to write a short affirmation at the end of 2023 called, “Find Me Here (Blessings Find Me),” to encourage himself that it would be a good year.

He thought of the words, “Something good gonna happen in this year. / And I am grateful that I made it here! / Yesterday’s gone and a new day has appeared / And I am grateful that I made it here!”

The worship leader at Bahamas Harvest Church in Nassau told Religion News Service a melody came to him shortly after and he sent it off to a music arranger in Kenya.

A few days later, Gardner had a recorded version uploaded to Instagram and TikTok.

The song with its Afrobeats, reggae influence, and dancehall elements became an overnight sensation.

Just a few hours after posting, Gardner was stunned to find his follower count shot from 999 to 20,000.

“The morning when I woke up, I had 20,000 followers, and the views — started at 8 o’clock, it was 14,000; by 10 o’clock it was 50,000; by 12 (noon) it was over 100,000 views,” he said.

A friend of Gardner told him, “Doctors, lawyers, gangsters, and teachers posted your song on WhatsApp.'”

On New Year’s Day, the 45-year-old returned to the studio to turn the snippet into a song and contacted Tyscot Records to release it.

Tyscot Records in conjunction with Warner Music Group Company have released the song on all major digital music platforms, Trinidad Express reports.

The song has resonated with many including other music artists such as two-time American Grammy Award-winning producer Teddy Riley, R&B singer Alicia Keys, rapper Eve Jeffers, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams, gospel artist Yolanda Adams, and comedian-turned-pastor Kel Mitchell.

“Brother Sherwin Gardner, you’ve created this amazing [song] that I have on repeat and play to remind me that there’s nothing impossible when God got your back,” wrote Riley on TikTok.

The song been played 1,001,158,000 times on TikTok and Bill Carpenter, Gardner’s publicist, said their research indicates Gardner could be the first Black gospel artist to achieve that 1-billion-view landmark.

“This is now become or becoming the anthem for many people and their prayer throughout the whole world,” Gardner said.

The worship leader says although he was intending to bless others, God has truly blessed him.

“It has been totally unexpected and I’m so grateful for the answered prayers,” he said.
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