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Grits & the Grimels Contest & News

By Lamp Mode

Grits & the Grimels Contest & News

Lamp Mode Rec. is excited to partner with author Chris Lassiter to promote his new book Grits and The Grimels.

Grits and the Grimels is the tale of how one family (the Grimels) moved into a neighborhood to help start a new church. The family falls in love with the funniest and most mischievous kid in the neighborhood (Grits).

“I wanted to instill theological truths in a way that was culturally relevant and not boring,” said Lassiter, who hopes success with the first book will mean publishing the whole Grits and the Grimels series.

To promote the book, Lassiter will be running a contest giving away a set of Beats by Dre Earbuds, a multiple CD/T-shirt package from Lamp Mode Recordings, an Andrew Russell EP, and a signed copy of the children’s book.

To enter the contest, you can start by filling out the form below.

Grits and The Grimels will be available on on June 28th.

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New Chopping Block: "Abiding in Jesus" by Timothy Brindle

By Anne Warman

New Chopping Block:


This is a short talk from the brother Timothy Brindle chopping it up on the importance of being rooted in Christ that leads to being salt and light in our world.

Filmed at the 2017 Chopping Block Conference in Paramount, CA.

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NEW MUSIC: "Priest-Judge" by Timothy Brindle

By Lamp Mode


The Garden in Eden was a Temple, since God dwelt with His people. Therefore, God made Adam to be a priest "to guard" God's holy presence from evil (Gen. 2:15; Numbers 3:5-10) and execute judgment on anything unclean that would defile His holy sanctuary (i.e., the serpent!).

This sets the pattern for the Levites killing 3,000 idolaters on their day of ordination, Joshua leading a kingdom of priests into the Promised Land to slaughter the Canaanites, and ultimately Jesus Christ's cleansing of the Temple and his casting out of Satan by his death and Resurrection as we await for him to cleanse the earth of all the wicked in His second coming!

In his second single from "The Unfolding" album over a rugged track produced by Braille of Beautiful Eulogy, Timothy Brindle unpacks how this theme of Priest-Judge unfolds from Genesis to Revelation.

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S.O. song "London Dreams" placed on "Beast Mode" and "The Blaze" Playlist

By Lamp Mode

S.O. song

"The Shift to Streaming"

In 2017, it's very obvious that streaming has fundamentally shifted how music is consumed. One major aspect of the shift is best captured in the embracing of the playlist. For the average music listener, playlists are at the forefront of how they consume music. While people have shifted away from listening to albums and singles, the average person now listens to music on playlists that represent the different seasons and moods in life.

S.O. on Spotify

For Lamp Mode artist S.O., Spotify and Apple Music playlists have given new life to his music previously released, as well as creating avenues for new music. Over the last several months, S.O. has released a slew of projects including "These Things Take Time," and "The B-Sides," as well as a number of singles including "Riding Through Nacogdoches," "What Now," and "New Wave Remix."  These singles and projects have given S.O. added visibility on Spotify and Apple Music.

"London Dreams" placed on "Beast Mode" Playlist

This week, S.O.'s song "London Dreams" from his 2015 project "So it Ends" was added to the official Spotify "Beast Mode"  workout playlist. With over 2,100,000 followers, "London Dreams" has the potential to reach many who've never heard his music, or more importantly, the message behind his music. London Dreams was also added to the popular CHH playlist "The Blaze."

Continue to follow along with S.O.'s music. Follow him Spotify and keep in touch with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



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NEW MUSIC: "Riding Through Nacogdoches" by S.O.

By Lamp Mode



Buy / Stream the Single: Spotify | Itunes | Google Play

S.O. is back with another new single “Riding Through Nacogdoches”

The label’s first international artist – born in Nigeria and raised in London – S.O. recently relocated to Texas. The song’s title is reflective of a drive he now makes routinely.

“My church in Texas where I live is off of that road,” S.O. said. “I drive there at least three times a week. The song is just me saying, ‘Here are some of the things I’m thinking through when I’m riding. Here’s some of the stuff going on in my life.’ I just wanted to make another record speaking about my experiences and speaking about what’s in front of me.”

Riding Through Nacogdoches Music Video


S.O. was one of the Lamp Mode artists to participate in the label’s inaugural Chopping Block Conference in Los Angeles. He took the opportunity to shoot a video for Riding Through Nacogdoches.

“I thought it would be good to shoot a video with my fans at the moment right then and there,” S.O. said. “The Chopping Block Conference was great obviously. I was teaching on social media. What we did is in between (teaching) times we invited fans to be part of the video.”

Produced by G.P., Riding Through Nacogdoches will be available wherever online music is sold.

Buy / Stream the Single: Spotify | Itunes | Google Play

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NEW MUSIC & SAMPLE CHAPTER: "Headcrusher" by Timothy Brindle

By Lamp Mode


Download "Headcrusher" | Download your free chapter from Timothy Brindle's "The Unfolding"

All of us have heard David and Goliath told in such a way that we are taught to primarily see King David as an example for us to emulate as we fight the giants in our lives. However, the Lord Jesus Christ made clear in Luke 24:44-49 that the Old Testament is mainly about Him and His death and resurrection on our behalf.

In the first release from his forthcoming album and book "The Unfolding," Timothy Brindle seeks to show how David crushing the head of Goliath is really a vivid picture of the unfolding of the Genesis 3:15 promise, pointing forward to Christ crushing the head of the Serpent, for us!

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The song "Headcrusher" was written in collaboration by the chapter titled "Headcrusher" that will be released on Timothy's first book "The Unfolding"

Download your free chapter from Timothy Brindle's "The Unfolding"

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Chopping Block Conference: Confirmed Schedule and Content

By Lamp Mode

Chopping Block Conference: Confirmed Schedule and Content

Tickets are still available. Purchase them here.

  • Conference Only Ticket: $17
  • Concert Only Ticket: $17
  • All-Day Pass: $30


9:30am: Continental Breakfast (c/o "The Nest")

10:00am: Worship

10:30am: Talk #1 - Timothy Brindle - Why is it essential that we root ourselves theologically in order for us to be salt and light in the world?

10:50am: Talk #2 - shai linne - How does the Gospel drive us to understand the modern context? How do we apply the Gospel to the current social/cultural climate?

11:20am: Chopping Block Live - Live roundtable discussion from Lamp Mode artists shai linne, Timothy Brindle, S.O. and Json

12:20pm: Lunch

1:20pm: Breakout Session

  • Timothy Brindle: The Unfolding
  • Shai Linne: Music & Ministry
  • S.O.: Being Salt and Light on Social Media
  • Json: Identity in Christ

2:20pm: Breakout Session #2

  • Timothy Brindle: The Unfolding
  • Shai Linne: Music & Ministry
  • S.O.: Being Salt and Light on Social Media
  • Json: Identity in Christ

4:30pm: Doors Open for Concert - Featuring Jackie Whang, Keno Camp, Janet Jun, NIQ, Timothy Brindle, Json, S.O. and shai linne.



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New Music: "What Now" by S.O.

By Lamp Mode

New Music:
S.O. is back with his latest single "What Now." Fresh off two major releases in 2016, the current face of Spotify's "Blessings" playlist kicks off the year with a brand new single. 

S.O. penned a personal letter to his fans:

To the fans,

You know for me you have always been more “fam” than fans, so I wanted to write you briefly.

I remember a concert I had last year before I got married. I was talking to one of my supporters. He said that a few of his friends were talking about my engagement and what it meant for my music.

“You are an artist who makes emotionally driven songs,” he said to me.

My response was, “Of course.”

Albeit I did call myself an ‘emo rapper,’ I did not want that to be what defined me, though I’m married to that label. He continued on and said that now that I was getting married what am I going to rap about now.

In short, his question was, “What now S.O.?”

He said this not as an insult but as a legit question. All the songs about heartbreak & love that people seemed to have connected with in his mind would be lost forever. The newly married S.O. would not have anything to write about.

The irony of it all is that my music always came from a real place in my life. The songs that people love come from a real place.

So too does this new single.

What Now?” is my answer to the fans who think that I will switch up on them and start to create something else. Music will still be from the heart and still be real. No more songs about breakups (lol), but there are a million other songs that are going to be written. I will continue to write as long as I breathe and God allows me to create.

So much to look forward to in the future.

Yours truly,


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