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April, 2013



*Tuesday, April 30, 2013*


The Devil Wears Prada
Intensity Music Fest is a Christian based annual Radio and Press Showcase taking place on August 4th 2013, in the heart of the greater Washington, DC area. The first annual Festival will be benefiting numerous Charities and Non-Profit Organizations, including SYKE, a Virginia based non-profit that fights for a smoke free music scene. Intensity Music Fest is an Artist Showcase highlighting some of the top Christian Post-Hardcore and Metal Bands in music today. The showcase allows bands to play not only in front of fans, but in front of extended radio and press that have gathered...
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Sanctus Real
It has been announced that GRAMMY-nominated and Dove award-winning band Sanctus Real is featured in this year's National Day of Prayer campaign with their single "Pray," a song from their latest project Run (Sparrow Records). The song is currently being used to further promote The 2013 National Day of Prayer, which is this Thursday, May 2nd. Explaining the message behind "Pray," Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt recently shared, "We wrote the song 'Pray' because these...
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House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes releases 19-song compilation album titled The Knock-Down Drag-Outs today. The album features new songs, b-sides, covers, remixes, acoustic versions and more. You can download the album at iTunes and AmazonMP3 or stream it on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/YaXy9M. Physical copies will be available exclusively at the band's shows and at gotee.com/store...
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Integrity Music announces the May 14, North American release of three Vineyard Records UK projects, including the new studio album The Fire featuring worship leader Samuel Lane. The first Vineyard Records UK album to be recorded outside the United Kingdom and the first to be recorded in a studio,The Fire was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Emmy Award winner Bobby Hartry (Jeremy Riddle) who also plays acoustic and electric guitar, glockenspiel, bells and banjo on the project. Other guest musicians include Jonathan Ahrens...
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*Monday, April 29, 2013*


FiF
Back from the dead ska band Five Iron Frenzy has announced a new event for fans that's being scheduled for August 15-18, 2013 in Denver, CO. Called "Frenzy Con 2013," the band had this to say about the event... "It's hard to believe that an entire year has passed since we gathered to rock together at Casselman's for the reunion show. It seems like almost yesterday! And last year's Kickstarter weekend was so much more than just about going to a concert; it was a family reunion...
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Former Solid State Records metal band Oh, Sleeper is on their own now and are asking fans for help in releasing their next batch of songs. They've started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $30,000 for the production of the EP and to repair their van and trailer for traveling. Check out the details below... "OH, SLEEPER will record and release a brand new EP this summer while getting some much needed repairs to their van and trailer in order to stay on the road!...
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Yancy, Christian music's reigning Queen of Diversity, takes a bit of a departure with her upcoming album, "Roots for the Journey," which is due May 21st from Elevate Entertainment. Unlike the pre-teen targeted CD/DVD release "Jesus Music Box" which released last month, "Roots for the Journey" is focused squarely on the adults. Inspired to extend her musical influence to the parents and church leaders her children focused-music has equipped over the years, Yancy's new adult-focused modern worship album started as a scripture-based...
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Silverline
The guys in Silverline have been quite the busy band. They just released their new album, Lights Out to rave reviews, their single, "Lights Out" has been a #1 Rock radio single and now the guys have their own reality show. So what's next for the guys? How about a new radio single and new headline and festival dates? Youtube slide link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v34QBthqFyg << Full Report >>

John Elefante is back with a new solo album, titled "On My Way to the Sun." Produced by Elefante, the 10-track album is due May 7th from Kingheir Music, Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. The 4X GRAMMY Award winner and 5X Dove Award winner is best known for his time as the lead vocalist for the multi-platinum rock outfit Kansas. And fans will be delighted to find that the opening track, "This Is How The Story Goes," reunites Elefante with former Kansas bandmates Rich Williams and David Ragsdale...
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Katie Heath, a singer-songwriter in Nashville, is launching a campaign to raise money for the victims of the bombings in Boston and their families. Originally from the East Coast, this tragedy hit close to home for Katie. She was inspired to pen the song "Already Won" by the strength, courage, and goodness demonstrated by so many people in the face of sorrow and destruction. Now Katie wants to be a part of the recovery process and bring a message of hope to everyone who listens to her song...
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Songwriters Chris McClarney and Anthony Skinner were recently honored for their song "Your Love Never Fails," which took the No. 1 chart position at Christian Hit Radio (CHR) as performed by the Newsboys. The song, which was first popularized by Jesus Culture on their CD/DVD titled Your Love Never Fails, has received over 11 million combined views on Youtube. Shown (left-right) presenting Skinner and McClarney with plaques commemorating the song's success...
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Pastor and award winning recording artist Wess Morgan will be a featured performer on Praise the Lord's live Spring Praise-A-Thon airing on TBN from April 29th - May 2nd at 6pm-9pm EST. Taking place at the Church of All Nations in Orlando FL and hosted by Jan Crouch, Wess will be accompanied by other special guests including Rod Parsley, Jesse Duplantis, Steve Munsey, Jamal Bryant, Jonathan Miller, Jonathan McKnight, Clarence McClendon, Donnie McClurkin, Crabb Family, Karen Wheaton and Holy Land Experience Singers...
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*Friday, April 26, 2013*


Meredith Andrews
Two-time Dove Award-winner Meredith Andrews releases her latest single, "Strong God," to radio today. The track, originally by Desperation Band, marks the second single from her critically-acclaimed third studio album Worth It All. The album's lead single, "Not for a Moment (After All)," climbed to No. 4 on Billboard's Christian Soft AC / Inspirational chart. Radio versions of both singles are available for purchase at iTunes...
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Building429
Building 429 is sending a special thank you to all of its fans to celebrate on "4/29" (Monday, April 29). The band will be streaming the complete new album, We Won't Be Shaken, for one day only on its website, www.Building429.com. It's a sneak peek of the new project that releases June 4 and the group's way of saying thank you to all of the fans who have shown such incredible support over the years. Fans across the country are getting a chance to hear the new music live with Building 429's headlining spring "Give Me Jesus" Tour...
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*Thursday, April 25, 2013*


toby
Tobymac's driving chart topper "Unstoppable" is the featured closing song in Walden Media, ARC Entertainment and Meteor 17's forthcoming full-length movie "Space Warriors" starring Dermot Mulroney, Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, Josh Lucas, Thomas Horn ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close") and Danny Glover. The film is directed by Sean McNamara ("Soul Surfer"), produced by Jason Netter and Executive Produced by Spencer Proffer and Trevor Drinkwater. In addition to its theatrical release on April 26, "Space Warriors" will also make its World Television debut as part of the Walden Family Theater series on Hallmark Channel, Friday, May 31 at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT...
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Chonda Pierce
When you think of the South you may have visions of sweet tea, Country music, Goo Goo Clusters or an incredibly popular TV show. Enter Nashville native Chonda Pierce, whose cheerful, unpretentious Southern charm, musical talent and laser-sharp wit has garnered laughs and fans across the country. Click here for a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80gBwzOgwEo Chonda launched her recent comedy tour "Girl Talk" on April 4 and earlier this week announced...
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Reach Records hip hop artist Andy Mineo's debut album Heroes for Sale dominated the charts last week, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian and Gospel Charts, No. 11 on the overall Top 200, No. 2 on the Indie Album and No. 4 on the Rap Album Chart. Additionally, the record took the No. 3 spot at iTunes ® Overall Album and Hip Hop Chart, proving to be an audience favorite. Fans and critics alike are singing Mineo's praises about the 16-track record...
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Humble Beast is honored to announce our new partnership with Eshon Burgundy. Over the last few months, Humble Beast has had the privelge of getting to know Eshon Burgundy and his unique heart for ministry. Its very rare to find someone so talented with such a Christ centered, humble and service oriented posture. His philosophy of ministry and commitment to radical generousity makes him the perfect fit for Humble Beast. You can welcome Eshon Burgundy to Humble Beast by following him on any of his social networks and saying hello...
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for King & Country
for KING & COUNTRY's momentous year continues with the release of Christian hip-hop artist Andy Mineo's No. 1 charting debut album Heroes for Sale which features the Aussie duo on "Caught Dreaming." Their own debut album, Crave, which iTunes named 2012's "Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of the Year," continues to make noteworthy strides over a year after its release. Crave is currently in the Top 20 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and in March it climbed to No. 2 on iTunes' Christian & Gospel chart. for KING & COUNTRY's current single, "Middle of Your Heart," jumped into the Top 20 on Billboard's National Christian Audience chart and hit the No. 3 spot on Hot AC/CHR chart...
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Robbie Seay Band
#SongsForWest, 45 selections from a diverse lineup of acclaimed singer/songwriters, is now available for free download via Noisetrade, with tips benefitting the Baylor University West Relief Fund. Organized by recording artists Robbie Seay and Luke Brawner following the April 17 explosion in West, Texas, #SongsForWest features contributions from Chris August, Shane & Shane, All Sons & Daughters, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Andrew Osenga, Charlie Hall, Shaun Groves, Andrew Ripp, Matthew Mayfield and the Blue Cut Robbery, Poor Rich Folk (with Dan Haseltine), Seay, and Brawner, among many others...
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*Wednesday, April 24, 2013*


Building429
Billboard Magazine has announced the nominations for the upcoming 2013 Billboard Music Awards show next month, and Building 429 is nominated for Top Christian Song with its major hit, "Where I Belong." This marks the second time that the group and song have been recognized by Billboard Magazine, as Where I Belong was named 2012 Christian Song of the Year by the publication, and the single was the longest No. 1 song in the history of Billboard's NCA Chart. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sunday, May 19 and will air live on the ABC Television Network at 8:00 pm EDT...
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SCC
Show Hope™, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, announces the addition of world-renown Christian music artists to commemorate its 10 Year Anniversary Celebration in Nashville, Tenn. Grammy Award winning group and Billboard Chart toppers Casting Crowns, Grammy Award winning band Audio Adrenaline and Grammy and Dove Award winner Laura Story will join the lineup during Show Hope's Celebration concert on Sunday evening, May 26 alongside Andrew Peterson, Geoff Moore and Steven Curtis Chapman...
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*Tuesday, April 23, 2013*


All Sons & Daughters
Following four critically acclaimed projects, the Franklin, TN-based worship duo All Sons & Daughters release its first live, full-length recording, LIVE, today from Integrity Music. Receiving widespread critical acclaim, the CD/DVD was recorded in the chapel at Oceanway Studios in Nashville and features members Leslie Jordan and David Leonard sharing their best-loved songs, such as "All The Poor and Powerless" and "Reason to Sing," as well as new songs, all delivered in a congregationally-friendly, organic worship setting. Debuting the new music for the first time at a packed out DVD screening event at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin...
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The first full-length solo debut from Martin Smith, God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01, releases today (April 23) amidst five-star acclaim and immediately hits the No. 1 position on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel chart. Born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers, Martin's God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01, is a collection of personal revival songs from the former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter...
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Famed European metal band, Extol, has just announced the release of their first new album in 8 years. This highly anticipated collaboration with Jens Bogren of Opeth will be released June 25 stateside on Facedown Records. Listen to "Open the Gates", the first single from the self titled album. Extol came into existence in the early 90´s during a period of time when heavy metal was commercially dead. Parallel to the emerging Norwegian underground black metal scene, and in a time when hard music was...
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Matt Redman
sixstepsrecords' Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin have been honored with three Billboard Music Award nominations for the 2013 award show. The worship leaders are both nominated for the Top Christian Artist category. Additionally, Redman's No. 1 award-winning anthem "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" is nominated for Top Christian Song. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards will air live on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 8/7c on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Matt Redman's song "10,000 Reasons...
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John Schlitt
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Dove and Grammy Award winner John Schlitt partners again with his fans for his newest musical project, an as-yet untitled Christmas CD. The legendary vocalist is teaming with supporters in an innovative approach to fund the new album through Kickstarter, a popular "crowd-funding" platform for creative projects. "For the past few years, my fans have heard me talk about making a Christmas album," Schlitt says. "The time for talking is over-THIS is the year!...
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Aaron Shust
Morning Rises, Aaron Shust's second album for Centricity Music, is scheduled to be released July 16, 2013, with God of Brilliant Lights, the first single from the project, going for adds at radio on April 26th. Acclaimed producer, Ed Cash, helped Shust deliver another very strong and focused project, delivering worship songs that glorify and lift up the name of Christ. The album marks the first time that Shust has used his touring band as the studio musicians, translating into performances that audiences will hear at his concerts across the country. The project is very uplifting...
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The verdict is in - Love is the Evidence is declared an "infectious pop-rock project" and critics proclaim, "Citizen Way is spiritually stirring." Such adoration only reflects a snippet of the buzz building for this debut project from new act Citizen Way, comprised of two sets of siblings - Ben and Josh Calhoun and Ben and David Blascoe. Love is the Evidence is available today, April 23...
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For Today
For Today's digital documentary film, Prevailer, is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Store HERE and is set for release on May 7th. Prevailer features a 90 plus minute film about the band from their humble beginnings to sharing the stage worldwide. Live footage was filmed from the band's full summer spent on the 2012 Van's Warped Tour as well as from their 2012 Fight the Silence headline tour. The movie also features many of the band's official music videos (six in total)...
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Casting Crowns
This week, multi-Platinum selling band Casting Crowns receives recognition by Billboard magazine with two distinguished "2013 Billboard Music Award" nominations. The group appears in the Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album categories for its RIAA Gold-selling album, Come To The Well, (Oct. 18, 2011). The "2013 Billboard Music Awards" will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19, 8/7c on the ABC Television Network. With the addition of these new nominations, Casting Crowns has now garnered six career Billboard Music Award nods with two wins in 2012...
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*Monday, April 22, 2013*


The City Harmonic
Internationally acclaimed band, The City Harmonic, adds to its list of accolades with its widely acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), garnering the band its first JUNO Award from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for "Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year." The 42nd Annual JUNO Awards, hosted by Michael Bublé, aired on Canada's most watched television network, CTV, Sunday, April 21. Continuing to resonate en masse as listeners instinctively join the...
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Josh Wilson
The brand new record from Josh Wilson, Carry Me (Sparrow Records), his fourth project with Sparrow Records, finds Wilson opening up his heart more than ever. Sharing about a very personal health issue dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, these new songs ultimately spread the message that through life's difficult trials, it is only God who can carry us through it all. Released April 9th to much acclaim, numerous reviews and fan comments are pouring in, showing there's no doubt that people love the music of this multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller...
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Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb take the national spotlight for multiple appearances this week, as their highly-anticipated fourth recording, Mercy (Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution), bows tomorrow to critical acclaim. Aaron & Amanda Crabb are slated to appear tomorrow on Daystar Television Network's flagship program, "Marcus & Joni," where they will perform several selections from Mercy. Reaching over 100 million households in the United States and over 680 million households worldwide, Daystar is the fastest growing faith-based television network in the world. In addition...
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*Sunday, April 21, 2013*


Relient K
UPDATE from Wednesday's report... According to a new Facebook post from Ethan Luck, the drummer has officially left Relient K... "To all the great fans of Relient K: It saddens me, more than you know, to tell you that I have left Relient K. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the last 5 years. You all made me feel like I was in the band longer than I was. Thank you all for taking the time and spending the money to come to the shows, allowing me to have a job in music. Thank you for spending time with me after shows...
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*Thursday, April 18, 2013*


Phillip LaRue
Courage Worldwide rescues children who have been sold for sex by providing healing and restoration in the lives of child victims of sex trafficking through Courage Houses. These homes provide a safe, loving family environment, comprehensive therapeutic and education services, and a Unique Life Plan for each resident. Helping to raise funds to build more Courage Houses around the world, Courage Worldwide has created an inspiring compilation album Come Back Home produced by Phillip LaRue and Ben Phillips. The album will be available digitally on iTunes on April 30, 2013 and can currently be purchased physically through Courage Worldwide here...
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*Wednesday, April 17, 2013*


Relient K
Relient K is hiting the road again, but fans will notice some changes in the band's lineup. John Warne, Jon Schneck and Ethan Luck will be sitting out this tour. In their stead, fans will see Tom Breyfogle on drums and former Sanctus Real bassist Dan Gartley. About the future of the "Jo(h)s" and Ethan, they announced on their facebook: "It is with sadness that we write you to say that we will not be touring with Relient K on the upcoming tour dates. This will be the first tour that the Jo(h)n's have missed in over eight years, and the first that Ethan has missed since he joined the band in 2008. We will miss seeing you all on the road this year, and we want to thank you...
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After their discovery by Skillet lead singer John Cooper and subsequent signing to Atlantic/Word Records via Hear It Loud, a partnership helmed by Cooper, manager Zach Kelm and attorney Todd Rubenstein in 2011, the hard-hitting breakthrough rock band WE AS HUMAN is set to release their eponymously named debut album on June 25. Recorded in Los Angeles under the direction of esteemed producer Howard Benson (Skillet, Three Days Grace, My Chemical Romance), the ten-track WE AS HUMAN marks the first full-length album offering from the Nashville band. Following a rigorous tour schedule since their initial signing, including appearances on the "Awake and Alive" Tour with Skillet and Winter Jam 2012...
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*Tuesday, April 16, 2013*


The Almost
Famed Seattle-based labels Tooth & Nail Records and Solid State Records announced today that they have entered into a new distribution deal with RED Distribution, Sony Music Entertainment's award-winning independent distribution company. Under the agreement, RED will handle distribution for all future Tooth & Nail and Solid State releases. The first new release through RED will be the third studio album from The Almost, Fear Inside Our Bones, out June 11 on Tooth & Nail Records. "We are very excited to be working with Brandon, the entire Tooth & Nail/Solid State team and their great roster of acts on the next chapter of the labels' successful 20 year run," says RED President Bob Morelli, "The addition of the Tooth & Nail/Solid State family further strengthens RED's already storied hard rock music business...
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Everfound, a band comprised of four Russian-born brothers, is set to release their self-titled Word Entertainment debut album July 16. The album's lead single and Top 20 hit, "Never Beyond Repair," is available for purchase now at all digital retailers (iTunes link). Starting on April 30, the band will ask fans to vote at everfoundmusic.com to unlock a new full song stream each week leading into the album release. In addition, their song "What Love Means" is featured on Word Entertainment's musical companion to the History Channel's mini-series "The Bible...
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Today, Atlanta-based Reach Records' latest artist Andy Mineo released his highly anticipated debut album, Heroes for Sale. The new project is available in stores and online nationwide. Heroes for Sale blends a variety Mineo's musical influences including hymns, heavy metal, hip-hop, and classical while unveiling a personal side...
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After a successful debut at last weekend's Facedown Fest, Fallstar is excited to announce the release of Backdraft. Fallstar has been an understated force in the melodic hardcore scene for the past eight years, touring the US and partnering with such unique and prolific organizations such as XXXChurch.com and Come&Live! Backdraft is an amalgamation of various styles and controversial topics, all under the umbrella of pushing the envelope of heavy music. The album was produced by Kris Crummet (Asking Alexandria, Sleeping With Sirens) at Interlace Audio and features guest vocals from Memphis May Fire's Matty Mullins. The album is available now on iTunes...
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John Schlitt
Petra vocalist John Schlitt recently found success on Kickstarter by having fans fun his latest album, The Greater Cause, and now the rock singer is ready to make his Christmas season debut. A week ago, Schlitt launched his Christmas album Kickstarter campaign with an ambitious $35,000 goal and invited fans to help him make his vision for a Christmas project a reality. Check out the details below from his Kickstarter page...
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The Afters
Life is Beautiful even in the midst of a hectic tax week. At least it is for The Afters who release their fourth studio album today, April 16. The chart-topping foursome delivers their much-anticipated release to a sea of high praises after more than two and a half years since their last studio album. The project plays anthem to the heartbreaks and life experiences that lead to the album's appropriately titled affirmation - Life is Beautiful. The band kicks-off the release of Life is Beautiful...
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Robbie Seay Band
"Unplugged: The Candlelight Series," an evening of music and film featuring acclaimed singer/songwriter and recording artist Robbie Seay, will be held May 1 at Riverbend Church in Austin. The event marks the first installment of the "Unplugged: The Candlelight Series" performances, each to be recorded for national release. In addition to Seay, the May 1 event will feature Jamaa Unplugged-a screening of the film Journey to Jamaa, directed by Michael Landon Jr., with live score performance by 1211...
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Jason Castro
Singer-songwriter Jason Castro will premiere the music video for his current single, "Rise To You," exclusively as a free download on iTunes here today through April 22. The single is the second from his Word Entertainment debut album, Only A Mountain, which was released this past January to wonderful reviews with...
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Israel Houghton
World-renowned worship leader and best-selling author, Darlene Zschech, and five-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Israel Houghton, open their U.S. "Revealing Jesus Tour" in San Diego today (April 16) followed by events in Las Vegas (4/17), Phoenix (4/18), Irvine and Rancho Cucamonga, CA (4/19), Houston (4/20-21) and Dallas (4/21). In addition to new music from Zschech and Houghton, the events will feature special guest worship leader and songwriter BJ Putnam. For all the latest tour detail and ticket information, go to www.darlenezschech.com...
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*Monday, April 15, 2013*


Hillsong United
Hillsong UNITED's Joel Houston appeared in studio today on FoxNews LIVE online talking about their recent release Zion as well as their upcoming US tour. In case you missed it, click here to view the interview. In the interview, Joel talked about how UNITED has grown over the years in their mission, "Our music has found a voice and given us the opportunity to take the songs places we could never have imagined. Our main cause is to unite people around common causes in the name of Jesus...
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Former Sparrow Records band Samestate made their debut just last year with The Alignment and now the guys have found themselves sailing the seas of independent waters due to "the climate of the record industry and natural differences in direction" with their label. There is a little over a week left in their Kickstarter campaign to fun a brand new EP, The Boxer & The Thief, and the band is only asking for $10,000 to fund the production costs...
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Former drug addict, dropout, thief and loser Allan Scott found hope in his jail cell, calling on God to heal the broken pieces of his life. Twelve years later, this redeemed singer, songwriter and worship leader shares his experience in song, declaring the prayer of his life in the redemptive, hopeful "God In Me" single releasing May 4 at iTunes® and other digital retail outlets. Produced by hit maker Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, Nichole Nordeman), the compelling new anthem from Scott is meant to lift his struggling brothers and sisters; an encouragement to hold on in the midst of...
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INOV8 Music Group announces a release date for Amanda Ashby's new Christian rock CD titled Screamin'. Her debut label album will be released on May 1, 2013. Fans of BarlowGirl, Fireflight, and Krystal Meyers will love Amanda's music. This new album features 6 new songs, four of which were written by Amanda and two by her husband. Also included is "The Anthem" which...
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*Friday, April 12, 2013*


Cheri Keaggy
"There Will Be One Day," the new single from Dove Award winning recording artist and speaker Cheri Keaggy's current CD, So I Can Tell, has entered Billboard's Soft AC/Inspirational chart at No. 24 and sits at No. 22 on the Christian Music Weekly (CMW) INSPO chart this week. "There Will Be One Day" shares the charts with singles from some of CCM's top artists, including Chris Tomlin, Francesca Battistelli and Kari Jobe. "I couldn't be more thrilled with the response this song is getting," says Keaggy. "It speaks to the longing in our hearts for home...
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*Thursday, April 11, 2013*


Jason Dunn
Former Hawk Nelson vocalist Jason Dunn has been hard at work on his first solo project, Abandon Progress, for months now and the singer has started his own FaithLauncher.com campaign to help fund the album. The goal for FaithLauncher's first-ever music campaign is $20,000 ($5,854 of which was donated in the first 12 hours!), with any proceeds raised over that amount being donated to Jason's ministry The Jason Dunn Diabetes Foundation -- a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and change the lives of children and young adults living with diabetes...
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John Schlitt
Dove and Grammy Award winner John Schlitt recently met up for a jam session with a group of musician friends, including the American Center for Law and Justice's (ACLJ) chief counsel, Jay Sekulow, to record a version of "Taxman," by the Beatles in honor of the current tax season. The song will air on Sekulow's radio show, Jay Sekulow Live!, at 11 a.m. C.T. on April 13. To view the video on YouTube, click here. "It's always fun to jam with friends, but it's very special when those friends are a part of an organization that is making a major impact on the world...
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Kari Jobe
Last night on American Idol, one of the Top 6 contestants, Angie Miller, chose a Kari Jobe song to perform as her "Song I wish I had written" selection. Miller's performance of "Love Came Down" from Jobe's 2012 release Where I Find You resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd and all four judges. Following Miller's performance last night, Jobe's song quickly climbed to the top of the iTunes Christian & Gospel singles chart, and the album is currently at No. 6 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel album chart...
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The first full-length solo debut from Martin Smith, God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01, is set to release April 23 amidst five-star acclaim. Leading up to the release of the album, iTunes® and LifeWay Christian Stores are both offering significant, exclusive pre-buy offers for this collection of personal revival songs from the former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter. Born out of a reinvigorated season of living in community with everyday believers, Martin's God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01 can be purchased now at iTunes...
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Dove Award-nominated singer-songwriter, Darrell Evans has been busy in the studio tracking for his new album, Awesome God Is He, which will be released this coming August 27th on DREAM Worship. The album is being recorded at Crystal Village Studios in Colorado Springs, CO with producer Michael Rossback (Gungor). The new studio album will be his 9th full length album and will be the first with DREAM, following his critically acclaimed album, Freedom, which has sold over 250,000 copies...
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"Girls of Grace" is proud to continue its standing relationship with ChildFund International by announcing the organization as the Title Sponsor for the 2013-2014 season. The official dates and theme of the upcoming season of this time-tested event for teen girls hosted by Point of Grace will be announced on April 17. "We are honored to continue our relationship with Girls of Grace," said Jeff Miller, Director of Artist Relations for ChildFund International...
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Clean - A Proven Plan For Men Committed To Sexual Integrity, by author, speaker, and licensed psychologist Douglas Weiss, Ph.D., will be available May 7 from Thomas Nelson, Inc. Providing biblical, practical and dependable weapons for men seeking lives of purity, Clean is a handbook for those ready to reclaim their homes, churches and workplaces for God and His design for sexuality. "The message that I'm presenting is what I like to call the road map to redemption," says Dr. Weiss. "It's a tried-and-true system that will create a culture of honesty and integrity in churches...
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Regie Hamm has a very personal reason for his interest in Autism Awareness this month. Through years of mis-diagnosis and the still unsolved mysteries of his daughter's rare form of autism-Angelman Syndrome-his family was near medical bankruptcy when his life-changing connection with American Idol came in 2008. During April, Regie Hamm is spearheading a campaign to "Find The Angels" -the mis-diagnosed and often under-served children affected by Angelman Syndrome who need additional medical understanding and support and whose families are too often caught in a nightmare of medical mis- information...
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Nashville-based Voluminous Records announces the signing of melodic hard rock band Fades Away to a label and distribution deal. The band is slated to release its next album in the Fall of 2013. The first single, "Creature," will be released in early May. Fades Away is a high energy, original hard rock band out of Minneapolis, MN. The four members include David Erickson (vocals), Steve Daniels (bass), Matt Mahlen (drums/percussion) and Brett Verlennich...
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*Wednesday, April 10, 2013*


For Today has premiered a new video for the song "Flesh and Blood" on Revolvermag.com - WATCH HERE. The video for "Flesh and Blood" was directed by Ramon Boutviseth (All That Remains, P.O.D., Trivium). The song is from the band's new EP/DVD, Prevailer (Razor & Tie), which sold over 10,228 units in its first week at retail and debuted today on a series of Billboard charts...
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Celebrated worship leader Todd Ballard and The Potter's Wheel Ministries, an inner-city outreach in Evansville, Ind., team up for a benefit concert to be held Friday, May 3, at First Christian Church in Newburgh, Ind. A free event, all donations will benefit the ministry's efforts to provide for the spiritual, physical, emotional, and educational needs of those in inner-city Evansville. A native of Henderson, Ky., just 12 miles from Evansville, Ballard knows first-hand The Potter's Wheel's impact...
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*Tuesday, April 9, 2013*


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For the third consecutive year, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular reigns as the #1 tour in the world (first quarter). Leading Pollstar's 2013 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales Charts - Top 100 Tours, Winter Jam attendance surpassed all other tours to date this year, including outings by Pink, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi, among others. Concluding its 18th season March 30 with a record-setting 42 sellouts since launching in January, the 44-city mega tour hit some of the country's largest arenas. With a combined total audience of nearly 554,000 people...
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Skillet
Skillet have just released "Sick of It", the first single off of their forthcoming album, RISE, available June 25th via Atlantic/Word. "Sick of It" picks up where the band left off on 2009's highly successful Awake, but elevates them to the next level. Fans can pick up "Sick of It" on iTunes and stream the track below...
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Kutless
Since signing to BEC Recordings in 2001, Kutless has been transformed from a new rock band to a staple artist in the industry that has multi-format, top-charting hits and has sold millions of records. BEC Recordings is proud to announce that Kutless has re-signed and will continue their ministry along with the Seattle-based label. "Kutless is a perfect example of the type of artists we want to continue to work with at BEC Recordings: ministry-minded, quality music and a strong work ethic," shares Brandon Ebel, President of Tooth & Nail...
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Taylor
Blue Like Jazz won the Wilbur Award for Feature Film at the 2013 Wilbur Awards ceremonies held Saturday night, April 6 in Indianapolis. Director/co-writer Steve Taylor was on hand to accept the honor. The movie, released in 2012 by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate Entertainment, joins last year’s winner The Help and previous Wilbur Award winners such as Schindler’s List, Dead Man Walking, Amazing Grace and The Green Mile...
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John Ball just announced the May 21st release of his self-titled EP. This is his second solo project to date, and features his innovative and personal songwriting. He recorded it in Nashville with producer Joshua D. Niles (Audio Adrenaline, Apache Relay, JJ Heller) and the help of the same musicians that play for Mat Kearney, Natalie Grant and The Sleep Design. Pre-orders are available today. In addition, the music video for "When I Kept Silent" is now on viewable on YouTube...
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Silverline
Today Silverline releases their third studio album, Lights Out, on DREAM Records to rave reviews and praise from media and radio. The album is doing well on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart. The album is available at an early rate of $9.99. Click Here to purchase the album on iTunes or Click Here to purchase the album on Amazon.com...
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Christafari
Nearly nine months after it was first released, Gospel reggae pioneers Christafari have jumped to #1 on this week's Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with their latest album, Reggae Worship: A Roots Revival. While Christafari is no stranger to the Top 10 on the Reggae chart, this marks the first time in Billboard's history that a Christian band has secured the top spot...
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DREAM Records is very proud to announce the signing of New Orleans, LA natives, Crave to its roster. The group, will be releasing it's debut studio album on DREAM on August 27th. The album is being produced by Wide Open Music Group's founder, Stephen Williams as well as Noel Golden. Recently, Crave wrote and performed, "Ring The Bell," the title track for the Provident Films DVD release, "Ring The Bell" out today. In addition, two other songs ("Not Alone" and "Never Be The Same") from the band can be found on the Ring The Bell soundtrack...
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*Monday, April 8, 2013*


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The first feature film from Beach Street Entertainment, "Ring The Bell," will release to DVD tomorrow, April 9th, from Provident Films. This family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns' producer. Miller, who is also the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production. "Ring The Bell" features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West...
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*Friday, April 5, 2013*


The Digital Age
Newly signed Fair Trade band The Digital Age is set to embark on a new musical venture with the release of their debut album Evening:Morning on August 13. Finishing off a wildly successful decade-long career with the David Crowder*Band, including a capstone sold-out tour, a No. 2 release on the Billboard 200, and a final performance before over 42,000 college students at Passion 2012, the four band members, Mike Dodson (Mike D), Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker and Jeremy Bush (Bwack), formed The Digital Age as an extension of the ministry that started over a decade ago...
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Worship Central's third worship album and second live recording, Let It Be Known, released March 12 from Integrity Music and has firmly grasped the No. 1 sales position on the Official Christian & Gospel Albums Chart in the UK since it's release. Still at number one after three weeks and gathering wide critical acclaim, the album was recorded live in London by the faculty, training team and students at Worship Central, which is led by Tim Hughes and Al Gordon, and is based out of London, England's Holy Trinity Brompton Church (HTB)...
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for King & Country
ProjectInspired.com, the definitive compass for guiding young women to reach their maximum potential, has partnered with Girls of Grace to share branded content between the two organization's websites. With two very compatible yet unique audiences, Project Inspired and Girls of Grace both share a vision to reach teens with positive, faith-based content that will encourage a new generation of strong women who are living Godly lives of purpose. For Project Inspired, Girls of Grace has created videos that promote honor and dignity in relationships...
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*Thursday, April 4, 2013*


Hillsong United
On the heels of their most successful Billboard 200 debut, Hillsong UNITED announces their USA summer tour, "WELCOMEZION." Supporting their recent international release, Zion, UNITED will be appearing at 12 venues across the nation including the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver. Tickets for four dates will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, April 5. The remainder of the tickets will be on sale on Friday, April 12. Click here to purchase tickets. See the complete list of dates and cities below...
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Israel Houghton
Multiple Grammy Award winner, Israel Houghton performs on the annual BET Celebration of Gospel TV special airing this Sunday April 7th at 8pm EST. Along with friends, Jason Nelson and Jonathan Butler, Houghton performed the number one gospel song in the country "It's Not Over, (When God Is In It)," off of his top selling album, Jesus At The Center. Jesus At The Center, a double-disc CD and DVD set, has topped the chart since its release and is Houghton's first from his own label RGM-NewBreed...
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Kirk Franklin
Grammy-Award winning star and Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin is joining forces with House of Blues and its venues across the United States to create a new Gospel Brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration. House of Blues Gospel Brunch has been a staple of Sunday morning family entertainment around the country for over two decades. Now House of Blues has reinvented the renowned dining entertaining experience with even more spectacular interactive energy and excitement...
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Rounding out an Easter season that has seen the continued world-wide embrace of modern hymns from Keith & Kristyn Getty, the couple's latest single, Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed, has reached into the top five of Billboard's Soft AC chart reaching #4 this week. Performed by the duo who co-wrote the song with noted producer and songwriter, Ed Cash, the song debuted on the chart in early January at #19 and has continued to garner impressive radio adds. The single is the first release from the couple's current album, Hymns for the Christian Life...
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*Wednesday, April 3, 2013*


Bebo Norman
Singer-songwriter Bebo Norman has had a highly applauded musical career throughout his seventeen-year discography. Norman has announced that as of the end of 2013, he will officially retire from everything music. This announcement and decision comes after much prayer. "For those closest to me, this really has been a decision that was years in the making, but after a lot of prayer and continued conversation, my wife Roshare and I made the final call back in December," shares Bebo. "And honestly I wasn't sure if I would be done right away...
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Skillet
Two-time Grammy nominated rock band SKILLET are preparing to release their brand new album, RISE, on June 25th via Atlantic/Word. The lead single titled, "Sick Of It" will be available on iTunes and radio on April 9th. In the meantime, the band has released a short teaser video of the track for fans to listen and watch now packed intense live performance footage and have also released the album artwork for Rise. To celebrate the release of the single, the band just wrapped up hosting an Instagram photo contest where fans submitted photos of what they are "sick of." The band will soon be releasing the official lyric video using those photos created by fans...
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Hawk Nelson
This week Hawk Nelson released their sixth studio album, Made, on Fair Trade Services to rave reviews and praise from media and radio. The album debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart as well as in the Top 100 overall albums. This album debuted the new Hawk Nelson front man with longtime band guitarist Jon Steingard transitioning into the role. The debut radio single "Words," which features Bart Millard (MercyMe), is currently at No. 1 Hot AC single for the third week in a row as well as No. 4 at AC Indicator...
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Cindy Morgan
Multi-Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan and critically-praised singer/songwriter Andrew Greer have joined forces once again to bring their popular "Hymns for Hunger" Tour to cities around the country this spring. Presented by Food for the Hungry, the innovative tour-which was inaugurated last fall-also helps raise awareness and resources for local hunger relief organizations. Morgan and Greer will showcase their unique Americana and folk interpretations of beloved hymns at spring tour stops in Chicago; Dallas; Atlanta; Charlotte...
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House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes is set to release a 19-song compilation titled The Knock-Down Drag-Outs on April 30. The album features new songs, b-sides, covers, remixes, acoustic versions and more. It will be available at all digital outlets while physical copies will be only be available exclusively at the band's shows and at gotee.com/store. The compilation combines all the songs from the band's digital EPs, such as "The Acoustic End EP" and "Meets the Beatles EP...
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Under The Radar (UTR) has announced their first annual Escape to the Lake music event at Conference Point Center on scenic Geneva Lake, 300 Conference Point Road, Williams Bay, WI, July 4-7, 2013. The event will feature 10 performing songwriters, 4 speakers, including a sneak peek of clips from an upcoming movie about the late Rich Mullins and a Q&A with his brother, Dave Mullins. Some of the featured songwriters include; The Farewell Drifters, The Vespers, Andy Gullahorn, Christa Wells, Randy Stonehill, and Jill Phillips...
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Show Hope
Show Hope™, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, is honored to announce a partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation that will raise awareness and provide assistance for families, who have a desire to adopt children with special needs. "We are privileged to combine our efforts with funds provided by the Tim Tebow Foundation to provide critical help to waiting children with special needs," said Scott Hasenbalg, Executive Director, Show Hope. "With this assistance, we can...
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The One Way Experience brings together the groundbreaking voices of the Jesus Movement for two inspirational nights of music May 18-19 at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., followed by a national 36-city tour. With a combined total of 230 albums, 13 Grammy® Awards, and numerous Dove Awards, these legendary musicians - Andraé Crouch, Chuck Girard, Evie, Michael Omartian, Randy Stonehill, and The Archers - will unite onstage for the first time for an incredible and moving performance, to be captured live for TV and DVD...
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It's hard to imagine what it's like to live without shoes, but for many orphans and vulnerable children around the world, it's a reality. And while new shoes are considered a luxury by some people, many children are forced to walk barefoot on rocky terrain or sewage-lined streets just to collect water for their families or play with their friends. Buckner International's Shoes for Orphan Souls ministry is partnering with K-LOVE Radio to encourage support for K-LOVE and provide new shoes to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the world...
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*Tuesday, April 2, 2013*


For Today
For Today's new EP/DVD Prevailer (Razor & Tie) is out today nationwide. The EP features 5 songs (four new songs and an acoustic version of "Fearless"). The release is currently charting on iTunes at #2 on Metal, #3 on Rock and #25 on the iTunes Overall Top Album chart. This is the band's second release with Razor & Tie and was produced by Will Putney (Four Year Strong, Lamb of God, and Suicide Silence). Putney also produced For Today's first Razor & Tie full length 2012 album Immortal. The Prevailer DVD features a 90...
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Francesca Battistelli
The Cantinas Ranch Foundation will embark on its second annual Cantinas Music Festival on August 24, 2013, featuring three-time Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith and Grammy nominated vocalist Francesca Battistelli. The highly anticipated event will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, Calif. General Admission tickets are available for $35 at www.CantinasMusicFestival.com...
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Shane and Shane
Acoustic duo Shane & Shane releases its tenth career project, Bring Your Nothing, via Fair Trade Services on May 14. The project’s lead single, “That’s How You Forgive,” will begin vying for adds at Christian radio Friday. Recorded entirely at the Shanes own Wellhouse Studios in Cedar Hill, Texas, Bring Your Nothing was a community effort, featuring Jason Hoard (Third Day), Tyler Chester (Fiction Family), Josh Moore (Caedmon’s Call) and Shane & Shane’s drummer, Joey Parish. For seven days, the talented musicians shared meals...
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Jamie Grace
LIONSGATE, a leading global entertainment company and Roadside Attractions announced today that production has completed on the inspirational film GRACE UNPLUGGED and it will release in theaters on October 4, 2013. The film features a cast led by AJ Michalka (Super 8, The Lovely Bones), James Denton ("Desperate Housewives"), Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men,), Michael Welch ("Joan of Arcadia") and Shawnee Smith ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager"). Lead actress Michalka is known for both her acting roles and her singing career as half of the duo Aly & AJ, more recently known as 78Violet. The film features the acting or feature film debuts of three music stars: Christian singer Jamie-Grace...
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Robert Randolph, the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist whose distinctive mix of rock, funk and rhythm & blues has built a fervent, international audience has signed with Blue Note Records. The signing is a precursor to the release of Randolph's highly anticipated new studio album - his first since 2010's We Walk This Road. "Robert Randolph is an American Original....he has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street-corner church and Bonnaroo. Robert's new studio album finally captures the energy and excitement of his legendary live performances...we are honored that he has chosen Blue Note Records as his new home...
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*Monday, April 1, 2013*


Amy Grant
It's been ten years since six time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant released a full-length studio album, and it's been a decade marked by soul-shaking milestones for the singer whose career has included over 30 million records sold, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ten Top 40 pop singles, 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. On May 14, Grant will release How Mercy Looks From Here, a soundtrack that embraces...
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House Of Heroes
House of Heroes, who recently completed their contract with Gotee Records and are currently unsigned, have been busy doing a series of tour dates with the newly resurrected Five Iron Frenzy. The band just announced a new B-Sides project on their Tumblr that will be releasing soon, titled "The Knock-Down Drag-Outs...
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The Almost
THE ALMOST the acclaimed rock group have announced their third album FEAR INSIDE OUR BONES will now be released June 2013 via Tooth & Nail. The news comes as the beloved Seattle-based record label-previously in partnership with EMI/Universal—has just announced their move back to being an independent label. Tooth & Nail records president Brandon Ebel states, “The Almost is one of our first releases following the announcement of our opportunity to be a truly independent label again. In light of this, we are...
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