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August, 2011


*Wednesday, August 31st, 2011*

Sara Groves
Throughout her career, critics have praised gifted songstress Sara Groves for her compelling yet intimate and honest lyrics. On October 18, the critically acclaimed artist will reach a career milestone as she unveils her tenth record Invisible Empires. Cultivating a new relationship with producer Steve Hindalong (Leeland, City On A Hill & Sixpence None The Richer) the duo created Invisible Empires, Groves’ decade-marker album with her label Fair Trade Services. Invisible Empires is the follow-up to Fireflies and Songs...
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Manafest
BEC Recordings’ and two-time Juno nominee, Manafest is celebrating his first career No. 1 radio single this week with the song “Bring the Ruckus” at Rock radio formats. This is the fourth charting single from the 2010 release, The Chase, which marks Manafest’s highest-selling album to date. The Chase has sold more than double of his 2008 studio album Citizens Activ. The Chase project also brought the hit single “Avalanche” to his fans with his highest CHR charting single at No. 4 and selling more than 50,000 single downloads...
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Icon For Hire
Last week Tooth & Nail new artist Icon For Hire released their debut Scripted to much acclaim including being featured as the iTunes Discovery Download. Icon For Hire’s debut broke the record for albums sold during a street week for a Tooth & Nail new artist. They sold more than 4,300 units landing at No. 1 on the Soundscan Christian Rock chart, No. 7 on the Christian overall chart and debuted in the Top 100 on the Billboard Top 200. Scripted also debuted on the iTunes Rock chart at No. 4 and on the overall iTunes chart at No. 19...
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Jamie Grace
Gotee newcomer Jamie Grace continues to receive unparalleled success with her debut, No. 1, hit single “Hold Me” featuring multi-platinum selling artist tobyMac. The track is raking in No. 1’s across the board with a No. 1 at Christian AC Monitored, Christian AC Mediabase, iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Songs and Billboard Christian Digital Tracks. Adding to the acclaim, Jamie Grace is one of very few artists to have their debut single go No. 1 on both radio charts. Last week, Jamie Grace leaked her new song “You Lead” from her upcoming studio album One Song At A Time via Twitter. To hear the song, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFmSzL2ppvg...
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GRAMMY ® Award Winner and music legend Andraé Crouch releases his first CD in five years, THE JOURNEY featuring 15 new songs, through Riverphlo Entertainment and distributed by Universal Music Christian Group on September 27, 2011. Crouch, whose legendary status has been solidified since his debut in 1960, has 18 solo albums under his belt, yet feels a special connection with the music on THE JOURNEY...
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*Tuesday, August 30th, 2011*

The City Harmonic
Following the release of its acclaimed “Introducing” EP, The City Harmonic returns with its first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), Oct. 18 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. In less than a year, The City Harmonic went from being virtually unknown to international acclaim with its debut EP that sparked the unifying hit single and video, “Manifesto,” which has respectively sold over 80,000 copies and been viewed on YouTube by over 900,000 people. The success has energized the band’s engaging live performances throughout North America while simultaneously gathering thousands of “likes” on Facebook and online endorsements from people like Mac Powell (Third Day)...
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For Today
Razor & Tie is pleased to announce the addition of Christian metalcore juggernauts For Today to its expanding label and publishing rosters. The Sioux City, Iowa based band will hit the road this fall / winter with The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, and Enter Shikari for a national U.S. tour (dates below). The band is already in the writing stages for its forthcoming new studio album which will be released in 2012. "We can't even begin to explain how excited we are to join the Razor and Tie roster...
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Charlie Hall
sixstepsrecords artists Charlie Hall and Kristian Stanfill are on their way to a campus near you as headliners of the Passion 2012 University Tour. The run of shows begins September 20 at the University of Wisconsin and concludes October 24 at Virginia Tech. In between there will be visits to Clemson, Purdue, and Baylor as well as the Universities of Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia and more. The goal of the tour is to prepare the way for the Passion 2012 event happening January 2-5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta...
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Pop rock outfit KIROS announces the release of the Outlaws and Prodigals EP via Ain't No Grave Records on September 27th. The three song EP features two new songs off the upcoming 2012 ANGR release, Lay Your Weapons Down, and an exclusive acoustic b-side track. The Outlaws and Prodigals EP is a prime example of how KIROS has perfected their blend of melodic rock, infectious hooks and faith-based lyrics. The EP will be exclusively available on iTunes and while on tour...
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Darlene Zschech is a name synonymous with modern worship music and revolutionizing the worship genre in the US having served as worship pastor/producer for Hillsong Music for over 20 years. She has lead worship on recordings that have sold over 5 million units in the US alone. As she enters a new season serving as the co-pastor of a new church, global touring, missions and teaching ministry, the multi-faceted award-winning singer/songwriter will also step out with a brand new album titled You Are Love on September 6th on Fair Trade/ Columbia Records...
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Jeanette Thulin Claesson, the daughter of traveling evangelists, The Thulin Family band and sister of Jonathan Thulin, will launch her debut album with Dream Records / Universal Christian Music Group, I Will Wait, on September 13, 2011. Often described as soulful, heart-touching, and powerful, Jeanette's emphasis in songwriting on this album is on the lyrics and the importance of conveying the love of Christ and changing lives for the glory of God. Her first single, "Story" has already made it's impact on TV as it has aired on the HILLS on MTV several times. It's a refreshing uplighting song sure to delight everyone who hears it...
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*Monday, August 29th, 2011*

Audrey Assad
Acclaimed artist Audrey Assad releases an exclusive iTunes “Live from SoHo” record today. The stunning eight-track album was recorded live at the Apple Store in the SoHo district of New York City. It features a mixture of new tunes, songs from her debut The House You’re Building and an affectionate cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart.” To purchase the album on iTunes visit, http://bit.ly/qfU63Y. “I hand-picked a group of musicians whose skill and heart I felt...
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Michael W. Smith
One of contemporary Christian music’s most enduring and beloved artists, Michael W. Smith presents the highly anticipated instrumental follow-up to his 2000 RIAA Gold-selling album, Freedom. Titled Glory, the project, Smith’s 23rd career record, will be available at national retail outlets on Nov. 22. Recorded with a 65-piece orchestra at London’s prestigious AIR Studios (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Peter Gabriel, Pirates of the Caribbean, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”), Glory was arranged by Smith’s longtime friend David Hamilton and features a moving collection of original music...
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Save The City Records is proud to announce the signing of Pop/R&B trio Kimber Rising to their roster. Kimber Rising is comprised of sisters Amanda and Brianna Wilcox and Danielle Cruz. Kimber Rising has developed a unique blend of soulful pop music since they started singing together just three years ago, and since then, the trio has been working extensively earning their dues every step of the way. They have performed over 300 concerts and toured with the likes of such artists as Building 429, Todd Agnew and 33Miles as well as Mandisa...
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*Friday, August 26th, 2011*

Shaun Groves
Shaun Groves will begin a 16-date blog tour on August 30 coinciding with the debut of his newest, fan-funded album Third World Symphony. Making stops on the home pages of such notable bloggers as Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman), Ann Voskamp (author of One Thousand Gifts), Jon Acuff (Stuff Christians Like), Brant Hansen (Air 1), Southern Savers and more, the online tour will reach around 1.5 million people through the social media realm of blogging. In addition to music and conversation about Third World Symphony, each blogger is invited to tell their own story of how the beauty and wisdom of the third world has changed their first world life...
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Press Play
Coming off their last successful fan contest for NY2LA, PRESS PLAY is opening up their YouTube channel for fans to create unique fan videos for everybody to view, rate & share for their newest single, Three Little Words. To enter simply send in your videos to: info@dreammusicgroup.com where it will be uploaded to www.YouTube.com/ThisIsPressPlay. The top 3 most viewed videos will win anything from autographed merchandise to performing LIVE with the band. Also, each entiy will receive a FREE download song from the group’s new album, WORLD ANTHEM. The contest ends...
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*Thursday, August 25th, 2011*

David Crowder Band
David Crowder*Band has announced that they will release their first ever Christmas record on Oct. 4, just months before the GRAMMY ® nominated band will debut their final album. Oh For Joy will include eight Christmas classics such as “Joy To The World,” “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night” and more, presented with the band’s distinct mark, final track listing below. The unique, nutcracker-themed cover was also revealed this week. “Back in January we decided to start working on a record. It was to be a final masterpiece, our last statement, if you will. But we got sidetracked, and we made a Christmas album instead...
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GMA New Artist of the Year Dove Award nominee No Other Name will release its national debut, The Other Side, on Curb Records Oct. 25. The album is already receiving exposure via the Southern Baptist Convention who has selected song “Let It Start With Me” for its missions campaign, as No Other Name plans a national fall tour, kicking off Aug. 28. Produced by award-winning writer/producer Bernie Herms (Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns) in cooperation with Jason Kyle (Selah) and Blake Bollinger, The Other Side is a collection of 10 songs...
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Sandi Patty
Multi Platinum Icon, Sandi Patty readies to release her debut Broadway album, Broadway Stories. Patty who has had a very successful symphony touring career over the past years has parlayed that experience into an album for fans to enjoy. “It has been a lifelong dream to record such amazing Broadway songs and stories. To be able to work with such legends in the Theatrical world has been not only an honor but a privilege. I have been surrounded with only the best of the best in this speciality and I'm so excited to to give this project to my fans and new friends in the Broadway Community. And, the experience of recording...
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*Wednesday, August 24th, 2011*

Brandon Heath
Christian music’s two-time GMA Male Vocalist of the Year and multiple GRAMMY Award nominee Brandon Heath rolls out his latest music video to top web outlets this week. “The Light In Me,” whose corresponding single is currently impacting radio, can now be viewed at HearItFirst.com, KLOVE.com and Gospel Music Channel on air and online (watchgmctv.com) and more. The video, which premiered on HearItFirst.com Aug. 17, was produced by Wes Edwards (Ruckus Films) and shot at Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tenn...
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Come&Live! artist The Ember Days will release their newest full length, Emergency, on Tuesday, August 30th. The record will be available as a free download at comeandlive.com/downloads, and major online retailers such as iTunes. This CD meets high anticipation from fans and critics as the band’s first full length since 2007. New Zealand natives, The Ember Days did something slightly unconventional with this record – they recorded it while they were in the studio in 2010, working on the Finger Painting EP. However, this musical effort houses a completely different side of TED. While the last EP...
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Once a self-proclaimed Average Joe, the artist formerly known as Joey the Jerk has now captured a vision of musical experience that reaches beyond his hip hop roots and into new sonic territory. This vision, realized in the form of Joey's Dream, is a creation of sound that refuses to be categorized into one specific genre. Call it rock, call it pop, call it hip-hop, call it what you want – this latest project from the Paramount, CA, native delivers ear-pleasing results for listeners of all kinds. With the release of Mold Me, Joey's Dream is sure to capture your attention as well as your imagination...
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*Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011*

Switchfoot
On September 9 and 10, Rock the Universe 2011 - Florida's biggest Christian music festival - will take place at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests will enjoy a faith-filled weekend featuring performances by 17 hit artists, an all-new fan zone, inspiring guest speakers, nightly candlelighting ceremonies, access to some of the world's best theme park experiences and more. This year's sensational lineup features some of the biggest names in Christian rock, laying claim to a combined total of 71 Dove awards and 39 No. 1 singles. More than a dozen hit bands...
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Jeremy Camp
GRAMMY®-nominated artist Jeremy Camp has many reasons to celebrate: his current radio single “The Way” is No. 1 at AC Monitored, he will begin his fall headlining “We Cry Out” tour next month as well as releasing his personal book, I Still Believe: Discovering Hope and Healing in the Midst of Life’s Deepest Valleys. In addition he and his wife Adrienne welcomed their new son last week. After going No. 1 on the AC Indicator and National Christian Audience charts this summer, Jeremy’s radio single “The Way...
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Rush Of Fools
A late summer/fall tour has been announced by Inpop Records, the FreeFall Tour featuring Rush Of Fools, Jimmy Needham and introducing The Advice. The tour, presented in partnership with Mocha Club and Toms Shoes, launches in Lebanon, MO on August 25th and concludes October 1st in Tyler, TX. Tickets are available online at www.itickets.com, and is being booked through the Greg Oliver Agency. For more information about the tour please visit www.freefalltour.com. The tour will be a high-energy evening of music with such stellar performing acts...
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Matthew West
After selling out the majority of spring dates across the country, “The Story of Your Life Tour” with headliner Matthew West joined by Jonny Diaz will embark on a limited run of the popular tour this October. The string of shows will hit over a dozen markets including stops in Tennessee, New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois and Texas. The tour’s namesake comes from West’s latest and best-selling album as well as his newest book The Story of Your Life: Inspiring Stories of God at Work in People Just Like You. West partnered with best...
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Aaron Shust
Dove Award winning artist, Aaron Shust, is getting ready to “hit the road” later this month to celebrate street week of This Is What We Believe, his debut project on Centricity Music,, which streets August 23rd. The first single from the new album, My Hope Is In You, continues to show strong chart action with the song #9 on the AC Indicator Chart, #19 AC Monitored Chart, and #6 on the Inspo Chart. During street week, Shust will visit KLJC/Kansas City, MO; KLTY/Dallas, TX; WBFJ/Winston Salem, NC; WLAB/Ft. Wayne, IN, and in Chicago, IL he will appear on Moody’s national radio program, Chris Fabry Live!, and will perform at the last two hours of Moody’s 125 hours of prayer...
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Mark Schultz
Platinum selling recording artist, author and activist, Mark Schultz, readies to release his new SIMON & SCHUSTER Novel LETTERS FROM WAR. The composition tells the story of a mother’s unwavering hope and steadfast prayers for her son to return from war. All stems from the success of his critically acclaimed hit single, “LETTERS FROM WAR.” After 10 #1’s on the CHR charts, the success of this track gained him #4 AC Slot and held steady at the #6 position on the AC charts for several weeks. Mark revels, “‘Letters From War’, the song, gets a standing ovation every night we perform...
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Oh, Sleeper
Devout heavy rockers OH, SLEEPER have premiered a new song, “Hush Yael,” from their forthcoming, highly anticipated album, Children of Fire, today at https://www.facebook.com/ohsleeper?v=app_178091127385. Additionally, the band has launched a pre-order for Children of Fire, which is due out on September 27, in a wide variety of exclusive bundles here: http://www.merchconnectioninc.com/collections/oh-sleeper. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day...
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Warr Acres
WARR ACRES, the dynamic worship team from Oklahoma City's very own Victory Church (lead by Pastor Marc Crow), releases their self-titled new album on Dream Records / Universal Music Christian Group. With the hopes of gathering a hungry generation of Christ followers, the groups deeply layered / pop sound is already doing well at CHR radio. In the excitement of the new album, the group's label, Dream Records released YouTube song streams of the entire album for everybody to listen to...
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Icon For Hire
Tooth & Nail Records is proud to release the debut from fiercely fronted female band Icon For Hire today. The heavy alternative rock/modern pop trio releases, Scripted, with a buzz surrounding the debut. With this release, the band has nabbed the attention from iTunes, MySpace, Guitarworld, J-14 and more. During this entire street week, Icon For Hire’s debut single, “Make A Move,” is the iTunes Discovery Download of the week. Fans can download the FREE single...
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*Monday, August 22nd, 2011*

If you missed Switchfoot's appearance on FOX News last week, we've got the video footage of the band's live performance of their new single, "Dark Horse" as well as their interview with FOX News' "Fox & Friends." Check them out below, and be sure to grab Vice Verses when it releases September 27th...
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*Friday, August 19th, 2011*

Jaci Velasquez
With over four million albums sold worldwide, 16 No. 1 radio hits, seven GMA Dove Awards, and three RIAA certified platinum and three gold records to her credit, Jaci Velasquez has signed a record deal with Inpop Records. Her first project with the label, titled Diamond, is slated for a February 7th, 2012 release. "I'm personally and professionally thrilled to welcome Jaci to our Inpop family," states Andrew Patton, GM/VP, Inpop Records. "I've had the pleasure of working with Jaci and her team for more than a...
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Seventh Day Slumber
Since 2005 when Seventh Day Slumber signed to BEC Recordings, they have not only found chart success and a string of top ten singles, they’ve seen the power of music and the gospel to change lives. This fall, the band will release their eighth studio album, The Anthem of Angels, on November 15 on BEC Recordings. Frontman Joseph Rojas states that this is one of the band’s most honest records they’ve made in their career. “We’ve opened ourselves up more, and been vulnerable. On this record, we pull no punches,” shares Rojas...
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*Thursday, August 18th, 2011*

Rachael Lampa
220/Universal recording artist Rachael Lampa will compete on Season 3 of the hit NBC series The Sing-Off, hosted by Nick Lachey. The Dove Award winning recording artist, whose new album All We Need is due in stores on September 27th, will be part of a cappella group The Collective, a group of Nashville vocalists formed specifically for the series by Jeremy Lister of Season 2 runner-up Street Corner Symphony. The new season of the popular reality talent competition series will premiere on Monday, September 19th at 8/7c...
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Sara Groves
On October 13, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sara Groves will embark on the “Reason to Gather” tour in conjunction with the release of her upcoming album slated to release this fall. Sponsored by multiple organizations including Food for the Hungry, International Justice mission, Christianity Today Magazine and Art House America, the Fair Trade Services artist will be accompanied by this year’s GMA Dove Award “Female Vocalist” and “Best New Artist” Nominee Audrey Assad and indie singer/songwriter duo Jenny & Tyler...
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Strike First Records welcomes Nothing Til Blood to the family. Nothing Til Blood has sewn their hardcore, punk, and metal roots together to develop an inveterate hardcore band, energized by their Birmingham, Alabama scene. Fresh out of the gates in 2011, now Nothing Til Blood joins the Strike First family in time to release their debut album When Lambs Become Lions. Recorded at The Basement with Jamie King (For Today, Between the Buried...
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Amy Grant
Award-winning Nashville singer/songwriter/producer Regie Hamm has a dream. A dream of a world where special needs children and the families that love them have an “Angel Center” in Middle Tennessee where comprehensive therapy, diagnosis, and support is available for those children most profoundly challenged with mental disabilities. To help turn that dream into reality, on Thursday, October 20th, a stellar list of Regie Hamm’s celebrity friends will join forces for Nashville’s 4th Annual Bella Bash...
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Go Fish
More than 5,000 children and parents packed the Sioux Falls Area for the inaugural “Minivan Music Jam,” presented recently by acclaimed family entertainers Go Fish. The free family concert, sponsored by Sioux Falls’ Crossroads Book & Music and Life 96.5, featured Go Fish, along with special guest Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, as well as emcee Dave The Horn Guy. “Our goal was to fill the biggest venue in the city, put on a huge family-friendly show, and clearly present the Gospel of Jesus Christ...
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*Wednesday, August 17th, 2011*

SCC
Last week music industry icon Steven Curtis Chapman celebrated the release of his 17th album re:creation and in less than 24 hours of its debut, re:creation became the top selling Christian album on iTunes ® Christian chart while also landing at No. 3 on Christian/Gospel overall soundscan chart and was the 43rd top selling album in America according to Billboard's Top 200. The Sparrow Records' project also continues to not only attract the attention from fans but from critics as well...
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JJ Heller
Radio favorite JJ Heller is set to release her fourth CD in a most unique way. Deeper, the seasoned songwriter’s acoustic project, was initially set to release on Thanksgiving of 2009, but when JJ’s song "Your Hands" found a life of its own on radio after showing up on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance?, the difficult decision was made to delay the release of the acoustic album. Several of the songs from Deeper were re-tracked in a more polished style...
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The Great Transparency (Razzbarry) has secured their very first #1 spot on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts with the release of their latest single “Rebuild Your Love.” The word love is used by countless people in countless ways each and every day. The word describes a powerful force that affects us all. The meaning, however, is losing its power as the casualness of the word grows. With all the violence, stress, and frustration that surrounds our world, there are only two options left: give up on love, or set out to make it strong—rebuild your love. Jameson Leasure of the Great Transparency explains, “In the world we live in today...
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*Tuesday, August 16th, 2011*

Shane and Shane
Acoustic duo Shane & Shane takes its place on the set of new music video "The One You Need" at Waxahachie Theater in Waxahachie, Texas. Produced by Brian Abbot and directed by Jon Link, the video accompanies Shane & Shane's debut radio single and title track from its forthcoming Fair Trade Services release, The One You Need, available Oct. 4. Click the above image to view the video (or click here) and visit www.shaneandshane.com for additional information...
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After being contacted by WQME, Indianapolis based Simplistic Records band 1000 Generations took part in the memorial service on the morning of 8-15-11 as the Indiana State Fair re-opened. They sang their song “Fail Us Not” before a crowd of hundreds. Lead singer Steven Potaczek had this to say about the morning: "The place was packed, standing room only and the service was great. The governor, Mitch Daniels, spoke as did a local minister who gave a great talk on Christ’s presence with us...
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*Monday, August 15th, 2011*

Mark Schultz
Today it was announced that singer/songwriter Mark Schultz will be hitting the road on his “Letters From War” tour. Kicking off on September 21, in Lebanon, Tennessee, the tour, sponsored by Food For The Hungry, will feature Schultz, 33 Miles and special guest Finding Favour. Celebrating God & country in support of Mark Schultz’s novella by the same name, the “Letters From War” tour will inspire audiences with a variety of fan favorites. Schultz will also play songs from his debut instrumental album Renaissance...
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In less than one year since the debut of B Haley’s “B IT” clothing line, the shirts have inspired thousands to live their beliefs. With bold designs of simple truths such as hope, peace and love, B IT immediately struck a chord with buyers, as the entire line debuted in the Top 20 of sales for Not Of This World (NOTW) and C28 Stores, and that demand has continued to grow. Now, the second generation of B IT shirts are appearing in stores and online, just in time for back to school...
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GMA
Music industry veteran Jackie Patillo has been appointed as the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Executive Director. The newly created position will report to the GMA Board of Directors, facilitating the day to day operations of the GMA, as well as working closely with its board to ensure that the organization’s mission and strategies continue to grow. The GMA currently represents those in the Gospel and Christian music markets anchored by the annual GMA Dove Awards...
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Christian television network JCTV will premiere the new teen musical BROKEN on Labor Day – Monday, September 5th - at 7:00 p.m. EST, with encore airings scheduled throughout the month. The all-new original production stars popular Christian recording artists Callann Lane, Nate Sallie, Darrell Vanzant and Shawn Cavallo of the band Manic Drive...
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*Thursday, August 11th, 2011*

Jamie Grace
Heralded by a No. 1 radio single, repeated No. 1 digital hit and a successful EP, Gotee Records’ Jamie Grace will debut her first, full-length record titled One Song At A Time on September 20. Fans can pre-order the album starting today at http://www.gotee.com/store. The 11 track album contains the No. 1 CHR (No. 1 for four weeks) and Top 5 AC radio hit “Hold Me” featuring tobyMac...
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California native Moriah Peters is the latest talent signed to Reunion Records, a division of Provident Label Group. The eighteen-year-old singer/songwriter will make her national debut this month via a featured role in the upcoming Big Idea Entertainment DVD, VeggieTales®: Princess and the Pop Star. Raised in Chino, Calif., Moriah grew up singing in church and at school. As a young teenager she began to pursue her calling to music ministry and will see that ministry flourish on a national level with the release of her first label project in 2012...
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Geoff Moore
In this day and age few artists can say that they have had a career in the music industry for nearly three decades, toured the world, sold over 1.5 million albums and have multiple GRAMMY Nominations & Dove Awards under their belt. But celebrated music veteran Geoff Moore can. And after a four year hiatus from recording, Moore is set to release his highly anticipated album, Saying Grace, on August 30, 2011 through a partnership between Simpleville Music and Lucid Artist Distribution...
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Matt Kearney
Listeners and critics alike have fallen in love with MAT KEARNEY's third full-length album and first for Universal Republic Records, YOUNG LOVE. The album landed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Top Digital Albums Chart selling 43,686 copies during its first week available. From the moment it was released on August 2, the record became a phenomenon online. YOUNG LOVE quickly moved up the iTunes album chart and became firmly planted at #1 spending a week in that position...
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All-American football star and recording artist Terry Warren has signed with veteran independent music and film company Lamon Records for the release of his new project, Amazing Love, set to hit stores September 6. "Terry Warren is a fabulous singer," says Dave Moody, president of Lamon Records. "We are proud to team up with Terry for the release of Amazing Love, as well as for all the future projects I know will be coming from this incredibly talented man...
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*Wednesday, August 10th, 2011*

Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT will perform on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday, September 19th. The GRAMMY®-winning band will give "Dark Horses," the lead single from its upcoming album, Vice Verses, its television debut. The track is climbing at Modern Rock radio, where it's already been added by KTBZ (Houston), San Diego's 91X and KBZT, CIMX (Detroit),KPNT (St. Louis), WXDX (Pittsburgh), KXRK (Salt Lake City) and numerous other stations. Atlantic Records will release Vice Verses, the eighth studio record from the multi-platinum rock band, on September 27th...
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SCC
Yesterday morning, multi-platinum selling artist and five-time GRAMMY award winner Steven Curtis Chapman celebrated the launch of his latest release re:creation with his friends at NASA. As a special treat, Chapman was able to speak directly with the two American astronauts currently stationed on the space station about the album. With a solid track record of consistently delivering remarkably transparent and musically engaging albums throughout his prolific 20+ year career, Chapman's 17th album, available nationwide, is no different as it receives praise from...
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Stryper
Stryper frontman and accomplished solo artist Michael Sweet announced his departure from legendary rock band BOSTON today, in order to devote his full attention to his longstanding role as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist for multi-platinum rock outfit Stryper – a band he co-founded in 1983. Sweet joined BOSTON in 2008, sharing lead vocals and playing guitar on a headlining tour of North America, performing the band's classic hits like "More than a Feeling," “Peace of Mind,” “Amanda” and “Don't Look Back.” Following the BOSTON tour, Stryper released the 2009 studio album Murder by Pride...
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*Tuesday, August 9th, 2011*

Group 1 Crew
Fervent Records’ breakout Urban sensation and Dove Award winning trio Group 1 Crew (Blanca, Manwell and Pablo) are ready to launch into orbit their first ever headlining tour as they hit the road this fall with their 2011 Outta Space Love Tour. The talented group will be bringing their signature energy, irresistible beats and substantive lyrics to the 15-city tour as they perform selections from their current release Outta Space Love, available everywhere now. The album features their brand new single “Let’s Go” now at CCM radio and Top 5 hit “Walking On The Stars.” Sponsored by Mocha Club and Southeastern University...
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Beginning at 8:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm CT TODAY, Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding, Nigel Hendroff and Annie Garrett will be talking about the acclaimed new Hillsong album, God Is Able, and playing three songs from the companion DVD during a web stream event at www.youtube.com/hillsonglive. Hillsong’s God Is Able released two weeks ago on Sparrow Records amidst wide critical praise and landing at No. 1...
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downhere
Centricity Music has announced an exciting new tour for this fall that features three of their artists…. Downhere, Aaron Shust and Jason Gray. World Vision presents The Called To Love Tour that launches October 1st and runs through November 13th. All three artists are releasing new projects this fall; Aaron Shust This Is What We Believe (8/23), Downhere, On The Altar Of Love (8/23), and Jason Gray A Way To See In The Dark (9/13). The teaming of these popular and high-profile...
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Big Daddy Weave
Fervent recording artist Big Daddy Weave will release The Ultimate Collection, a 15-song set featuring the band’s biggest radio hits and fan favorites, plus their brand-new single “Love Come To Life,” on September 20, 2011. Known for their poignant messages and words of encouragement through song and lyric, the band chose each track because of its resonance and lasting impact on listeners. In addition to “Love Come To Life,” The Ultimate Collection spans Big Daddy Weave’s 10-year-career by...
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The name Adam Cappa may ring a bell if you’ve attended a Jeremy Camp concert this year as he’s been opening for Camp this past spring. BEC Recordings’ proudly announces Adam Cappa as an addition to their roster and his full-length label debut, The Rescue, releasing November 1. His debut radio single and title track, “The Rescue,” will be going for adds at AC and CHR radio on August 26. The 25-year-old vocalist, guitarist, performer, young songwriter and communicator through and through, Adam Cappa...
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Sandi Patty
The legendary music Icon Sandi Patty will be taking her audience friendly “Sandi Patty and Friends” to the Caribbean sun and sea to cruise from February 18- 25th. During the 7 night voyage, cruisers can expect to hit Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay (private island in Bahamas) during this exciting sail to the seas. “Alright kids! It’s official and we have an amazing line-up of friends coming on the cruise, PLUS my family. So bring your family (and their homework-ha) and join us for an UNFORGETTABLE week! “exclaims Sandi...
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*Monday, August 8th, 2011*

Word Records’ dynamic new artist and worship leader Patrick Ryan Clark is making his spiritual voice heard with his debut album, Where Would I Be, available everywhere beginning on August 23. The album features his debut single “What Was I Fighting For” and new single “Mercy” set to hit CCM radio airwaves August 12. For Clark, the only place he would be to celebrate the release of his first album is Dallas, TX. And that is exactly what he has planned for September 13 when he gives a free, full-band concert at his home church, Watermark Community Church...
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Native to New Zealand, electro/hip-hop/pop outfit Rapture Ruckus is set to release their full-length debut with BEC Recordings on September 27, Open Your Eyes. A Dove-nominated and ensuring self-titled EP helped introduced the veteran producer/songwriter Brad Dring and his cohorts to American audiences, and now its first Stateside LP serves as the official culmination of the past ten years spent overseas. The debut single, “This Little Light,” can be heard here as well as the story behind the song here...
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Building429
Dove Award-winning band Building 429 and three-time Grammy nominee Leeland will join forces this fall to co-headline the 30-city “Sounds of Hope” Tour, which will also feature emerging pop-rock band Royal Tailor. In partnership with Food for the Hungry, the tour will kick off Sept. 22, and travel across the eastern and mid-American states before wrapping in November. The "Sounds of Hope Tour" comes on the heels of Building 429’s fifth studio album release, Listen To The Sound (May 10)...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music’s top-selling act, GRAMMY®, AMA and GMA Dove Award-winning artist Casting Crowns offers its fifth studio project, Come To The Well, on Oct. 18. The release will be preceded to retail by radio single “Courageous,” also featured in the upcoming film, Courageous, and promoted via a 40-city “Come To The Well” tour this fall. Produced by Mark Miller, Come To The Well is Casting Crowns’ first new studio album in two years...
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*Friday, August 5th, 2011*

Anberlin
Earlier this week, Anberlin frontman Stephen Christian posted on his twitter feed, "download a b-side song called 'New Fast Automatic' from our album Never Take Friendship Personal here" with the following MediaFire link: http://www.mediafire.com/?oap76cowkan4nz2. Check it out and enjoy! ... Courtesy of @StephenAnberlin...
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Earlier this year BEC Recordings’ announced the signing of female singer/songwriter Jessa Anderson. Her label debut, Not Myself Anymore, will release on September 13. The new single, “Fireflies” was co-written by Phillip LaRue and Pete Kipley and is going for adds at radio August 19. Fans can hear the new song as well as listen to Jessa talk about the meaning behind the song here. The label debut album is produced by Brandon Perdue and Kevin Bruchert as well as Pete Kipley on two tracks...
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RSJ
Grammy Award winning Christian artist Rebecca St. James is in Norway this week and next for a series of concert/events being staged for young people--events she’s praying will help bring a ray of healing and hope to a country still reeling from the effects of last month’s terror attacks that left scores dead—many of them teenagers—at the hand of a lone gunman. Her August Norwegian visit had been scheduled for months but became a heartfelt focal point for the Australian born singer who, at news of the July tragedy, rallied her thousands of fans worldwide through the miracles of social networking to focus on prayer for the people of Norway...
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Rock band, SUBMISSION RED, continues to awe fans with their pumped-up, high-energy new release and debut album, “Vision Tour”, on Dream Records / Fontana. Their album will be available to purchase and rock out to on September 13, 2011. Produced by Ben Kasica of the Grammy nominated group Skillet, the group is excited to finally unveil their new debut album and share with their fans their inspiring lyrics...
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*Thursday, August 4th, 2011*

Switchfoot
Switchfoot's Vice Verses, which comes out on September 27th is now available for pre-order at the band's online merch store. Head over to Switchfoot.com to check out the different options. You'll find Digital Versions, Physical Versions, Deluxe Editions and more. And don't forget: each physical version of the pre-order gets an immediate download of our new single- "Dark Horses...
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Rush Of Fools
The wait will soon be over as one of the most highly acclaimed bands in Christian music, Rush Of Fools, gears up for their debut album on eOne Christian with the release of We Once Were on September 27, 2011. Produced by renowned mainstream producer, Dennis Herring (Counting Crows, Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello) and one of Christian music’s highly respected producers, Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Aaron Shust), this new offering from Rush Of Fools brings the most creative project of their career with twelve new songs co-written by the band’s ASCAP Song of the Year award-winning songwriters...
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Red Song Music artist Dominic Balli has hit the ground running with his national CaliRockReggae release, American Dream, available now at both digital and physical music outlets (Red Song Music/Lion of Zion/Infinity Distribution). The project debuted Top 5 on multiple sales charts this week, while winning favor with media critics as well. Released July 26, American Dream debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Current Contemporary...
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Fernando Ortega
Ever since the Stylos Records release of Fernando Ortega’s new album, Come Down O Love Divine, on July 12th, the momentum continues to build with success at radio and in the media. “Just As I Am” from the album was tied for Most Adds one week on the Billboard Soft AC/Inspirational chart but was on the “Most Added” list for 3 weeks in a row (including the week it tied for Most Added). It debuted at #25 on the Christian Music Weekly Inspirational chart this week. Dave Purin from Billboard reporter WHCB commented...
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*Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011*

Hillsong’s God Is Able released last week on Sparrow Records amidst wide critical acclaim. Recorded with thousands of worshippers gathered together at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia, the album is resonating with listeners with the simple, yet profound message that God’s ability is infinite in capacity and yet entirely intimate in focus. Debuting even 11.5% higher than the last acclaimed Hillsong album, A Beautiful Exchange, God Is Able spent all of last week at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Album Chart and peaked at No. 7 on the Top Albums Chart, spending most of the past week inside the Top Ten. God Is Able also...
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*Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011*

Heather Williams
Fair Trade Services’ songstress Heather Williams will debut her first, full-length studio album on September 27 titled This Time Around. Early acclaim has followed Williams since the release of her debut EP last fall. In addition to the radio success of "Hallelujah," Williams was named amongst the "Best Bets of 2011" by Billboard Magazine, one of only two Christian artists to receive this title. Her songs and her character speak of the strength of a woman well beyond her years. Williams grew up in extreme poverty with her mom and stepfather...
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Shane and Shane
Acoustic duo Shane & Shane is partnering with Fair Trade Services for its first studio release in two years, The One You Need. Available Oct. 4, the project’s debut single and title track is currently impacting Christian AC, CHR and Inspirational Radio. After a brief hiatus from recording, Shane Barnard and Shane Everett have returned to the studio with two years worth of new material, all self-written and self-produced. The duo, who has been playing together for 13 years, has joined efforts with Fair Trade Services, home to top artists including The Afters, MercyMe...
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Chris August
Fervent Records’ multi-award winning artist, Chris August has a voice to be reckoned with. In his latest video, August showcases his eclectic musical talents with a unique cover version of Gavin DeGraw’s single, “Not Over You.” Using his wide vocal range in replace of instruments and musical support and tying in his lovable sense of humor, the current Male Vocalist of the Year offers fans a fresh new video to kick-off this Fall. Check out August’s amazing new video here: http://budurl.com/augustacappellaYT...
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Matt Kearney
After a nationwide tour with Owl City, Mat Kearney will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight! Today is also the same day his latest studio album Young Love is out on Universal Republic, which features his hit single “Hey Mama.” The album debuted at #1 on the overall iTunes charts today, and remains strong in the top spot. The critics are giving the album a resounding thumbs up, check out the quotes below...
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Oh, Sleeper
Ft. Worth’s fervent heavy rock band OH, SLEEPER has announced the release of their highly anticipated third studio album, Children of Fire, on September 27 via Solid State Records. The band has premiered a new song, “Endseekers,” today at https://www.facebook.com/ohsleeper?v=app_178091127385 and http://soundcloud.com/oh-sleeper/endseekers. Produced by Andreas Magnusson (Black Dahlia Murder, Haste The Day) and mixed by Machine (Lamb of God, Chiodos), Children of Fire...
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Press Play
Los Angeles natives and internet sensations PRESS PLAY, known throughout various music-loving circles for their unique approach to marketing, will launch their 3rd album on Dream Records / Universal, World Anthem, on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011. The album, which is a follow up from their hugely successfully album NY2LA, will give their fans a much more evolved version to their electronic / dance / pop style...
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Samestate
Having toured extensively throughout the mid-west over the past three years, Kansas natives and Sparrow Records’ band Samestate are set to play across the south as a part of the “So Long Summer” tour. Joining Samestate will be up-and-coming band Caleb, founded by songwriter/frontman Caleb Chapman and drummer Will Chapman, the sons of GRAMMY ® Award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman. “We are so excited to join Caleb on the “So Long Summer” Tour,” vocalist Dalton Diehl said...
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John Waller
This has been a week of extreme highs and lows for singer/songwriter and recording artist John Waller. On Thursday, July 28, son Josiah Emmanuel Waller was born to Waller and his wife Josee. On Friday, July 29, Waller's mother, Joyce Scarbrough Waller, died of a heart attack. She is survived by her husband, four children and 16 grandchildren. "It's in moments like these when you realize how deeply God loves you," says Waller. "I am so overjoyed by the birth of my son and so very grieved by the unexpected loss of my mother. She was young...
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Bringing 10 years of music industry experience, including A&R Administration for 20 albums at Cross Movement Records and a B.A. Degree in Urban Music Management from San Francisco State University, industry veteran Eric “eFUSION” Kampel has launched new company eFUSION Music and Artist Consulting. In an effort to help independent artists and record labels gain traction in the Urban Christian music arena, eFUSION develops the core business components behind the artists’ music through consulting, artist and project development, marketing/public relations, and administrative services...
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*Monday, August 1st, 2011*

Demon Hunter
Next year marks the ten year anniversary of Demon Hunter. Each of the band's albums and other projects were released with Solid State Records. Both the band and label are proud to announce a deal that will see them continue to partner together. "Solid State has always been an important part of Demon Hunter," said Demon Hunter singer, songwriter and co-founder Ryan Clark...
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Kutless
BEC Recordings’ premiere rock/worship band Kutless and Grammy-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong are set to join forces this fall for the “One True God Tour.” Presented by Holt International, the tour will also feature special guests Anthem Lights and Dara Maclean. Kicking off September 30 in Adrian, Michigan, the “One True God Tour” is slated to stop in Wabash, Indiana; Port Huron, Michigan; McMurray, Pennsylvania...
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