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April, 2002



*new as of Saturday, April 27th, 2002*


Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith was honored with the Thursday night's major award, Artist of the Year, at The 33rd Annual Dove Awards which broadcast live on PAX-TV from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Smith also received Dove Awards as both artist and producer for his Gold-selling project, Worship, which won Praise & Worship Album of the Year, and Freedom, which was honored as Instrumental Album of the Year. From the Worship album, Michael's chart-topping "Above All" was also recognized as Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year. In addition, Freedom, Michael's first all-instrumental recording released in 2000, received a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging. From the podium an emotionally-moved Smith said, "I know I am up here tonight because of the Worship project. God has used this record to heal people." He continued, "I don't really care if I win any more awards. I just want to be pouring my life into people." Smith's performance segment was the grand finale of the telecast. Performing a new piece on electric guitar titled "Step by Step/Hallelujah," a melding of the Rich Mullins classic and new Smith-penned worship song, brought the audience to their feet. The song medley is featured on the recently recorded Worship DVD/video releasing August 20. The DVD/video project was recorded in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Michael led worship for 15,000 youth and will feature familiar worship music along with six new worship songs.

Third Day
Third Day also won big at Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for their second consecutive year. Members of Third Day were prominently honored with an outstanding total of six awards, including a repeat win in the prestigious Group of the Year category, while lead singer Mac Powell became the first non-solo artist to win the coveted Male Vocalist of the Year title in 25 years. Asked about his breakthrough "Male Vocalist" win, Powell was quick to praise the talent of his fellow nominees and to give the real credit to Third Day and what they have accomplished as a group. "It's just unbelievable to me that I would win Male Vocalist. I'm so honored, especially considering the incredibly talented singers who were nominated. If it weren't for the rest of the band playing great music and allowing me to sing, I wouldn't have this award at all." Congratulations to the guys in Third Day!

For a full list of winners at the The 33rd Annual Dove Awards from Thursday, please visit http://www.doveawards.com/categories. Among some of the wins were Sparrow Recording artist ZOEgirl for New Artist Of The Year, MercyMe for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year with their song, “I Can Only Imagine,” and Steven Curtis Chapman took two for his album Declaration. Congratulations to all the winners!

Justin McRoberts
Here's an update from Justin McRoberts on his latest project: "The NEW ALBUM is finished, done, caput! We are expecting the actual CD's to arrive any day now. The content of the album is something I have been wanting to communicate for a long time and my first full length independent project was a perfect opportunity. Trust is about the Church in context; it's about knowing, loving and appreciating the stories of those who don't share our understanding of life and God. I think that is the first step towards genuine relationships in which the real love of God is communicated." You can preorder his new record online now at: https://cipher.secure-orders.net/5minutew/justinmcroberts.com/store/commerce.cgi

*new as of Thursday, April 25th, 2002*


Michael W. Smith
Multi-GRAMMY and multiple-platinum selling Reunion recording artist Michael W. Smith and Essential Records' reigning Gospel Music Association Artist and Group of the Year Third Day today announced their partnership for the year's premiere worship tour to be billed as Come Together and Worship. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to be able to tour with someone who we look up to so much!" says Third Day front man Mac Powell. "We in the band are not only fans of Michael and his music but also are challenged by his leadership within Christian music. All of us are excited about learning from Michael on this tour and coming together with Michael and fans from all over the country to join in worship. We can't wait for this tour to start!" "I love the guys in Third Day. They have incredible hearts for God and they love to worship. I just returned from leading worship for 15,000 youth in Alberta, Canada. There is something so special about the body of Christ coming together in large numbers like that that is just so amazing," says Smith. "Our goal on this tour is that what happens will be on a new level, that it takes us all to a place of worship that we've never been. That's our hope; that's our prayer for this tour. I've said it before in concerts, I've never seen a wave like this pass through our country like I'm seeing today. And the amazing thing is that it's being led by the youth. I'm seeing kids 10-, 11-, and 12-years-old completely and whole-heartedly worshiping God. It's what motivates me every night. It's the future of our church." The Come Together and Worship tour will visit 12-14 major markets during this November.

*new as of Saturday, April 20th, 2002*


Third Day
Three-time GRAMMY nominee and Gospel Music Association "Artist" and "Group" of the year Third Day broke ground today in Nashville for its first "Come Together Tour" sponsored home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). The home is being built in the Rainwood Community, a multi-family development in association with Affordable Housing, a division of the Mayor's Office, and Metro Nashville Government. When completed mid-June, the home will belong to Yvonda Nixon and her family. Nixon, who is employed by Tennessee State University in the Cooperative Extension Program, is excited to be able to move from a poorly maintained apartment located in a high-crime neighborhood to a safe, stable living environment. In other Third Day news, their groundbreaking third release, Time, has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Time released in August of 1999 and earned Third Day a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album in the year 2000. Time follows the success of the band's GRAMMY nominated and Dove Award winning recording, Offerings - A Worship Album, certified Gold last April.

Dove Awards
With 19 performances and hosting by the likes of Kurt Warner and Yolanda Adams, what can get better for the 2002 Dove Awards? How about actor Jim Caviezel (The Counte of Monte Cristo, Frequency) appearing on the show?! Be sure not to miss this very special event, with many more surprises, on PAX TV, April 25 at 9 PM Eastern. There will also be repeat telecasts a few days later. Latenight Saturday, April 27 at 1 a.m. ET/12 a.m. CT Latenight Friday, May 3, at 1:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. CT

The recent Relient K album, The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek is no longer in a "digi-pak," but has been repackaged in a regular jewel case. Have it already? Well, the new release now has a special bonus -- the music video of "Pressing On" has been added along with other goodies. Now you can grab an enhanced version of your favorite Relient album.

It seems like only yesterday that Circadian Rhythm jumped onto the scene. Now they are saying goodbye. The band will end it all together, peacefully, in June of 2002. Best of luck to the band's future endeavors.

dc Talk's Michael Tait stopped by at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for The Newsboys Thrive LIVE special that airs tonight on PAX TV (9:00 CDT). He was also spotted in the MercyMe video "I Can Only Imagine." He's not alone, though, with cameos by Tammy Trent and Bill Gaither also in the video. Be sure to pick up MercyMe's Almost There which is almost certified Gold (500,000 copies sold)!

For the next few weeks, Focus on the Family's online site www.parentsplace.org, is profiling musicians that are young fathers. This week, it's Phil Joel of Newsboys, but he isn't the only musician taking the fatherhood role seriously. Next week you can read about TobyMac and also Will McGinniss of Audio Adrenaline. Visit http://www.family.org/married/youngcouples/a0020338.cfm for Phil's interview.

Award-winning Sparrow Records band Newsboys continues to break records and set new standards for Christian music. Their first radio single "It Is You" from their critically acclaimed new album Thrive has captured massive radio attention and has dominated the No. 1 position for an unprecedented 7 consecutive weeks on the POP Radio charts. This accomplishment has never happened the history of the POP Radio charts.

OOE
Out Of Eden has finished their video for "Meditate." It was directed by Elliot Lester for Geneva Films (N*Sync, Britney Spears, Toni Braxton, Brian McKnight). Scenes were shot in Los Angeles on Broadway with major production in casting with 2 shoot days, multiple locations, first class transfer and edit, and more. Look for the video on your favorite Christian station and BET May 1st.

Been waiting for a new Insyderz album? How about a chance to name one of their albums? Well, here it is! The boys feel they have exhausted all creativity into the music side of their next project that they need your help! You can email your album name suggestions to yerkeboy@hotmail.com!

Hip Hop rappers Grits are in the studio; but almost out, and done with their tentatively titled brand new release The Art Of Translation for an August 13 release. Produced by Ric Robbins and Otto Price of Incorporated Elements with two songs from Teron Carter (Bonafide) of Grits. This was mixed by Serban Ghenea (Jay Z, N.E.R.D, Musiq Soulchild) and has a collaboration with Jennifer Knapp and a sample of Matt Beckler.

Slick Shoes was recently number 8 on the weekly CMJ Top 200 for their latest self-titled release. The CMJ is the primary college radio chart for all things rock. Also, a promo of the band's video for Alone will soon be on Apple.com! For our review of their new project, click here.

ForeFront recording artist, Stacie Orrico is currently preparing to headline her 2002 World Tour in support of her sophomore studio project. The tour will hit approximately 30 cities, in 11 countries. Stacie will first head to Auckland, New Zealand where she will launch the tour at City Impact Church. Also, Stacie needs material for her new album. If you specialize in writing the catchiest Spirituality based pop tunes, here's your chance. Go to www.tonos.com for more details.

Steven Curtis Chapman was recently featured in the "Life" section of USA Today. The article talked about SCC's Live Out Loud tour and the strong message of reconciliation that the song "No Greater Love" possesses. For more information and a look at the article, visit http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2002/2002-04-18-chapman.htm

In less than two weeks Ghoti Hook will cross the country for the last time. Yes, they are breaking up. This is your last chance to see them live. The first leg of the tour, they are joined by The Blamed. There will also be spot dates with Slick Shoes and others. The tour kicks off on May 2nd in Buffalo, New York at The Backstreet Pub.

Element 101 just finished their 3rd album for Tooth & Nail which they announced this week will be called More Than Motion.

ZAO has finished recording their 4th full length record for Solid State entitled Parade of Chaos, and will grace store shelves on July 16.

Theory 8 Records will be releasing 3 projects in the nearing future. The long awaited Embraced CD is being mastered and should be ready by May. A split ep with Movies With Heroes and In Clover with 3 songs by each will be a July or August release and the debut from Forget Cassettes will also be out later this summer. In sadder Theory 8 news, Florida based Copeland flipped their trailor recently but thankfully are OK. Finally, a few of Pacifico's tracks will be on the brand new comedy on MTV, Now What?

Further Seems Forever will stand with the likes of MxPx, Stavesacre, Stretch Arm Strong, Five Iron Frenzy, and many of the top secular acts for the 2002 Warped Tour.

Radial Angel's latest album is almost finished. Mixing will start May 3rd with a release for possibly June.

*new as of Tuesday, April 16th, 2002*


SCC
Here's something for the SCC and basketball junkies. In this last week of the spring leg of the extremely successful Live Out Loud tour, Steven Curtis Chapman will be singing the National Anthem at the San Antonio Spurs final regular season home game tonight, Tuesday, April 16th. This is a moment not to miss! The current Live Out Loud tour features Steven Curtis and Nichole Nordeman as Steven hits cities nationwide to promote is recent release Declaration.

Brother-sister duo, Phillip and Natalie LaRue are back in the studio working on a fall release with acclaimed producers Monroe Jones, Matt Bronleewe and Ken Mary.

After leading the staff of The Lampo Group in devotions on Wednesday, April 3, new Reunion Records rock band Daily Planet visited with Dave Ramsey, founder of The Lampo Group and host of the nationally syndicated "The Dave Ramsey Show," at his studio in Nashville, Tenn.

Jake recently received word that it has been nominated for four SoundsAlive Vibe Awards, the new Gospel People's Choice Awards in Canada. Jake is nominated for Artist and Group of the Year, Song of the Year for "Believer" and Contemporary/Pop Album of the Year for the self-titled debut release, Jake. The Vibe Awards are voted on by fans and voting will be available online soon at www.soundsalive.org. The awards show is scheduled for May 11 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

*new as of Monday, April 15th, 2002*


POD
On Friday, guitarist of P.O.D., Marcos, had the opportunity to hang out at Ozzy Osbourne's house for the cover shoot for the next issue of Guitar World. In other P.O.D. publication news, lead singer Sonny graces the cover of Teen People w/Jay Z & Shakira. According to the P.O.D. email newsletter, "While Shakira spent hours in her trailer deciding what pair of pants to wear, Sonny changed t-shirts and spent time with his daughter. Sonny puts God and family first and becomes a pop icon." Still can't get enough of the San Diego boys? P.O.D. have been invited to perform two songs on the April 20th taping of Saturday Night Live! P.O.D. and crew will fly to New York on April 19th for rehearsals with the cast and crew. Shine the light, guys!

Third Day
As if the Atlanta boys that make up Third Day didn't have "interesting" enough hair styles as it is, bassist Tai Anderson decided to shake things up a bit. Tai's new style more is a little more in line with his Georgia roots. Tai revealed his haircut to his fellow bandmates in Seattle, WA, as well as 5,000 unsuspecting fans For the complete experience of Tai's new cut, he decided it was ideal to post the experience in the form of two video clips on ThirdDay.com. Tai is certainly proud to don his snappy new... mullet. The first clip featured on the site shows him back stage with Bebo Norman in Salem, Or. The second shows Tai revealing the new follicle arrangement to not only the band but to thousands of enthusiastic Washington fans! Check the clips out, here.

Amidst the escalating tensions in the Middle East, 40 Records' recording artist, worship leader and minister, Jason Upton spent Passover/Easter in Tel Aviv, Israel, ministering at a historic convention, "Let the Thirsty Come" for Jewish and Arab believers. The convention was hosted by The Watchman International, an organization devoted to helping churches unite in prayer for restoration, revival and spiritual awakening amongst people groups inhabiting Israel.

Bleach
It's not a 100% yet, but it looks like Bleach will be printing up a limited edition promo EP to sell starting in June. This limited printing will contain two songs from the band's upcoming record Again, For The First Time, a demo version of one of the songs, and a B side. The EP will only be available at the band's shows this summer, so stay tuned to find out when the band is coming to your area. Again, For The First Time, the band's fourth studio album, and their first release on any label besides Forefront Records, will tentatively be release August 27th on Tooth and Nail Records.

This past week, ZOEgirl's new album Life registered as the Greatest Gainer on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart for April 13, 2002. They are at #6 after 19 weeks on the chart. Congrats, guys!

RSJ
Rebecca St. James will be singing an acoustic version of "Breathe" from her new album Worship God at the Dove Awards on April 25. The show will be aired on the PAX TV network. Also, Rebecca's cover for her new Wait For Me book has been finalized. Recently, she spent a day with friends Teryn and Josh taking the photos with Eric Welch (who also produced her 2 most recent videos). The book hits shelves in late July from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tooth & Nail Records offers these informative updates: The new Bon Voyage record is titled The Right Amount. Featuring Julie Martin on Vocals, Jason Martin on guitars, Travis Zimmerman on Bass, with additional musicians of Ronnie Martin on synthesizers, Richard Swift on assorted Keys. Vocal production by the renowned Terry Taylor. Beautiful layered vocals, surf guitars, and classic keys mixed with assorted "drum beats" make for a smooth follow-up to the 1998 self titled debut.

Dogwood's video for "Building A Better Me" has just been added into rotation on MTV2.

If you've never heard of the "WAMI Awards" before, neither have we. It stands for Wisconsin Area Music Awards. Hangnail has been nominated for 4 awards this year including CD / Recording of the Year and Song Of The Year. The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards organization is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate groups and individuals in the Wisconsin music industry. WAMI also executes an annual awards ceremony, the intent of which is to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of groups and individuals in the Wisconsin music industry.

*new as of Thursday, April 11th, 2002*


Third Day
Three-time GRAMMY nominee and reigning Gospel Music Association "Artist" and "Group" of the year Third Day has already raised $100,000 dollars for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) on its current "Come Together Tour." As the blockbuster event of the season continues to be the best-selling tour in all of Christian music, additional funds for HFHI are being raised with every added ticket sold. To date, the tour has sold out 19 concerts and performed in front of over 120,000 people with several major market performances to go on the extensive 51-city tour. "There is an excitement on this tour we have never felt before," said Third Day member Tai Anderson. "It's incredible to be able to stand in front of thousands of people each night knowing that all of these fans have contributed to a cause bigger than Third Day. Having met a few of these amazing Habitat future home owners and seeing their overwhelming sense of gratitude is truly worth all the effort."

Rebecca St. James has recorded a video for her new worship tune "Song of Love." It was recorded in front of the live concert audience in San Angelo recently. Rebecca also recently joined with the Presidential Prayer Team to announce her support for their initiatives. Their goal is to mobilize 2-8 million people to pray daily for our president. They currently have 1,000,000 supporters. For more info go to www.presidentialprayerteam.org.

Poor Old Lu recently answered some burning questions from their fans on their official site (www.pooroldlu.com) about their new upcoming album. "As many of you know, we have been recording for some time, and things are coming together quite nicely. We still have a bit of work yet to go, but the album is sounding great! To answer some questions... The title of the album will be The Waiting Room. This could change, I suppose, but that's unlikely. We don't have a firm street date yet, but it should be out by Cornerstone -- so early July at the latest. You should expect 11 or 12 new songs. As far as sound goes... It probably sounds closest to the sound we had on 8th Wonder -- though totally new and totally Lu. This album is being recorded and mixed at Compound Recording in Seattle -- the studio that Aaron (Sprinkle) manages/engineers/produces at. We have a link to one of the new tracks, "Now". This clip is only a rough mix, so it will likely change a bit before the album comes out, but it shows how things are shaping up. Click here to download the "Now (Rough Mix Clip)" mp3 -- 1.50MB)."

A recent post on the JfH message board here at the Hideout has shed a little light on the whereabouts of pop trio extraordinaire PFR. PFR lead singer Joel Hanson is releasing his second solo project in late spring/early summer. Joel also cowrote the song "Come As You Are" with Geoff Moore for Geoff's recent solo effort A Beautiful Sound. And on April 19th, you can hear his duet with Sara Groves on the title track of the new project Traveling Light. In a recent newsletter from Joel he said that PFR is laying low for awhile due to recent turmoil their label Squint Entertainment has experienced.

For what is perhaps the largest single Christian worship event ever in the U.S., people will be coming together from all across America to the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the "American Worship Gathering" on Memorial Day weekend. Over 100,000 Christians are expected to gather together at the Washington Monument for this historic worship event. The concert will be recorded for a future benefit CD and broadcast LIVE via satellite into millions of households across America. For all the event details, visit www.worshipalliance.com.

Some random news you may not know about P.O.D.... they play table tennis (ping pong). In their brand new video for their latest single "Boom," the band has a tennis tournament pitting them with the likes of China, France, and Sweden. The video was directed by Gavin Bowden (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lifehouse) and is set to release very soon.

The Christian music family expands! According to an email we were sent, Duncan Phillips, drummer for the Newsboys is going to be daddy soon! Congratulations Duncan!

ArdentEnthusiast.com reports that The ERACE Foundation will hold a Grand Prix. Retired race car driver Darrell Waltrip will help co-sponsor a "mini-Indy" go-cart race for charity with local businesses sponsoring individual go-carts. A celebrity race will be held, but don't expect to see any of dc Talk behind the wheel. Waltrip wants the guys to be in his pit crew. If you live in the Nashville area, be at The Factory on May 27th (Memorial Day).

The Winans family is gearing up for an upcoming tour and who better to "gear up" with then The Chrysler Group. On April 17th in Charleston, SC, "Together We Stand: The Winans Family," will have The Winans, CeCe Winans, BeBe Winans, Mom & Pop Winans, Winans Phase 2, and more Winans! The partnership with the Winans and Chrysler started in 1950 when Pop Winans was a Chrysler employee with their first car being a Chrysler. This is the first time the family has been together in ten years.

Brentwood Kids Company is talking "back-to-school" plans already and this school year isn't even over yet! The company has planned a retail promotion through Provident Music Distribution featuring its best-selling children's music and videos for the back-to-school season. Running from July 16 to August 26, Brentwood is featuring a selection of audio and video titles specially priced at $9.99. In addition, Brentwood is offering a 68-piece art kit free with the purchase of any two titles featured in the campaign. Included in the art kit are paints, crayons, markers, colored pencils among other art accessories. Brentwood will also be introducing three brand new audio titles in this retail campaign: Big Songs for Little Kids, I Feel Like Praising; My First Praise; and My First Hymns. Other featured audio titles in the retail promotion will include Big Songs for Little Kids, I Feel Like Dancing and I Feel Like Singing; America's 25 Favorite Praise & Worship Choruses for Kids Volume 1, 2, and 3; and My First Worship, Jesus Loves Me.

*new as of Thursday, April 4th, 2002*


Newsboys
It is a week of milestones for Christian rock band Newsboys. Thrive, the critically and now commercially acclaimed album from award-winning band Newsboys debuted in the #1 slot on Christian Sales Chart and #38 on Billboards Top 200. With Soundscan reporting over 37,000 units sold in the first week of release, this is the strongest debut for a new album by Newsboys in their 14-year history. Newsboys performed a sold out concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, which will also be a part of a PAX TV special. This special will be titled "Thrive: Live," and will air in prime time on PAX TV at 9:00 PM CST on April 20th. With the growing market for live music DVD's and the Newsboys live performance as strong as it has ever been, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show will also be released on DVD/VHS on June 18! Congrats guys!

MxPx
On May 21, 2002 a collection of nearly 20 tracks of MxPx's finest material, entitled 10 Years and Running, including 2 brand new songs ("Running Away", "My Mistake") along with a re-recording of the classic "Punk Rawk Show" will hit stores everywhere. The new songs were tracked by the band at their Clubhouse Studios in Bremerton and mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam) who also remixed 14of the other songs. While it is true that MxPx and Tooth & Nail have had their creative differences in the past, this new release was a cooperative effort between the label and the band, with the label looking forward to continuing in a positive new relationship together. The CD layout includes a 32 page full color booklet with many never before seen photos and a timeline history of the past 10 years of the band put together by frontman Mike Herrera. There will also be an additional enhanced section at MxPx's website. MxPx is currently on the Warped Tour in Australia. The band is also a headliner on the US portion of that tour which begins on June 21st in Nampa, Idaho.

The TV Show Felicity may soon be over but a show soundtrack is only beginning. Sixpence None The Richer's "Melody of You" and Kendall Payne's "Scratch" will be featured on the album!

Vertical Music recently announced the signing of Rock N' Roll Worship Circus. Their Vertical debut, Welcome To The Rock N' Roll Worship Circus will release August 20, 2002. With a musical style reminiscent of rock's glory days and a fashion sense that alludes to their authenticity, Rock N' Roll Worship Circus, made up of Gabriel Wilson (vocals and guitar,) Blurr ("low-end," keyboards,) Solo (guitar,) and Zurn P. Praxair (drums) truly embody their dual passion for musical intensity and spiritual integrity. "Rock and roll is what we love," explains Wilson, "but worship is who we are. We are out to move the heart of God, and the language He has given us is rock and roll." Their name, something that comes up in nearly every conversation, was decided upon based on the experience of the worship services at their church, comments Wilson, "Our church is right behind a homeless shelter, and we had people coming in off the streets who were drunk or high. Some would come in just to disrupt the service and they would end up getting saved. We could never predict what was going to happen. We saw people who had walked away from God come in and drop to their knees and repent. There were people laughing, crying and rejoicing because they had been set free. It was a total circus."

JoC
Multi-Platinum, multi-GRAMMY and Dove Award winning band Jars of Clay and its Sputnik Studio were featured in Tuesday's Life section of USA Today. The feature spotlights Jars of Clay as a band that has made a commitment to its art, bypassing the traditional recording studio to self-record its latest critically acclaimed and commercially successful recording, The Eleventh Hour. Having produced their double Platinum and self-titled 1995 debut, Jars of Clay members returned to their roots self-producing The Eleventh Hour. This time, they took a step further, not only writing and producing the new album, but also building their own recording studio in Nashville, Sputnik Studio, to record the album. A fully functional Macintosh computer-based studio, Sputnik was further recently featured at Apple.com. Jars of Clay has also recently been featured on National Public Radio (NPR). The album and the band were highlighted on NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" March 30. Interviewed by NPR's Peabody Award-winner and noted radio journalist Scott Simon, the full feature was heard on 520 radio stations across the country. The full feature is online at http://www.npr.org/programs/wesat/features/2002/march/jars/index.html.

Next time you pick up a McDonald’s “Mighty Kids Meal," you may notice a familiar face. Plus One will be featured with two other yet to be named artists for the fast food chain's latest promotional effort. The meals will offer sampler CDs with Plus One's latest single “Goin’ Crazy,” from their new album Obvious which is making waves on Radio Disney. There will be expensive radio and television campaigns where Radio Disney will help with the promoting efforts.

Pillar
Now you can pre-order Fireproof by Pillar from FamilyChristian.com at here and receive an exclusive FREE DVD valued at $19.98 featuring 60 minutes of unseen Pillar footage, photographs, Pillar scrap books, the music video for "Open Your Eyes" and tracks from their independent albums Metamorphosis and Original Superman. “This is honestly one of the best rock albums I’ve ever listened to,” Bob Herdman, President of Flicker Records said. “Pillar’s grown so much as a band since we first signed them and we truly believe they will be a major force in Christian Rock. I work-out to this album, drive with it, I can’t get away from listening to it.” Fireproof ignites shelves on Tuesday, May 21st.

Gospel artist Shirley Caesar performed "Amazing Grace" at the recent highly publicized wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. That same track is on her latest album Hymns, out now.

Zao is finishing recording their new record with Barry Poynter in Little Rock, AR. At press time the album is still untitled but a release date of July 16th has been set.

Living Sacrifice is still writing material for their new record. The band will be entering the studio this month with Barry Poynter to record their follow-up to 2000's The Hammering Process.

Our independent pals from The Billions recently signed a record deal with arguably the most talented indie label out, Northern Records. They cater to the likes of The Violet Burning, Frank Lenz, Cush, and Honey. Congratulations guys!


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