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August, 2012



*Friday, August 31, 2012*


As per their new Kickstarter campaign, "Confide disbanded in 2010 without ever thinking of returning but due to the demand of supportive fans, we decided to write a new album." Confide last released Recover in 2010 on Tragic Hero records, so this new album will mark their first independent endeavor since an EP in 2006. Of the Kickstarter campaign, which is slated to fund a December 2012 release, the band writes... "After spending 5 years touring around the world to, approximately, 15 different countries, Confide decided to disband in 2010 with no intention of ever getting back together...
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*Thursday, August 30, 2012*


JoC
Multi-Platinum and GRAMMY® Award-winning Gray Matters/Essential Records recording artist Jars of Clay has announced their highly anticipated 2012 Fall tour, featuring special guests Sleeping At Last and rising newcomer Mariah McManus. During each performance, Jars of Clay will preview new songs from their forthcoming 2013 release, as well as share many of their best-known hits and concert favorites, along with a few surprises. Launching October 4 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Jars of Clay Fall Tour will travel to Morristown, New Jersey; Alexandria, Virginia; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania...
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The Wrecking
With last week's release of So Much For Love, The Wrecking has made quite a splash! The sophomore project from the pop/rock quartet from Portland, Maine not only hit top 10 its first week out on the New & Noteworthy section of the Christian/Gospel homepage on iTunes but it also hit top 5 on Billboard's Contemporary Christian Album chart! Additionally, So Much For Love has charted at #21 on Billboard's Independent Albums, #45 on Billboard Rock Albums and #140 on Billboard...
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Casting Crowns
Contemporary Christian Music super group Casting Crowns recently received notification of its first career RIAA certified double Platinum album. Casting Crowns, the band's 2005 debut release, is one of only eight Christian projects ever to achieve 2x multi-Platinum status. Joining the elite ranks of other 2x multi-Platinum Christian CDs including Satellite (P.O.D.), The Beautiful Letdown (Switchfoot) and Almost There (MercyMe)...
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Owl City
Owl City's The Midsummer Station (released August 21st via Republic Records) made its debut at #7 this week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, making The Midsummer Station Owl City's third album to appear in the Top 10. The album debuted at in the Top 25 at iTunes in 16 countries and hit #1 in the US, Canada and Japan. The album’s lead single at Christian radio, “Shooting Star,” sits at No. 5 on the CHR chart this week...
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Go Fish
The Gift Of Advent, a four-lesson church curriculum for elementary ages created by Go Fish, leading providers of family entertainment and children's ministry resources, debuts this month. In response to the overwhelming success of Go Fish's three original Vacation Bible School (VBS) series curricula, The Gift Of Advent is the group's first resource for Christmas. Highlighted by new arrangements of songs from Go Fish's now-classic recording, Christmas With A Capital 'C,' The Gift Of Advent features...
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*Wednesday, August 29, 2012*


toby
Five-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac released his highly anticipated album, EYE ON IT, yesterday, August 28 to an overwhelming response, with the album topping the Overall iTunes® Chart just hours after its release. EYE ON IT continues to reign in at the top of the album chart as the amazing debut comes hot on the heels of his single, "Me Without You," reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs and CHR charts and the AC Indicator chart...
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SCC
Premier Christian Cruises announces Steven Curtis Chapman is added to the lineup of entertainment for the FAMILYLIFE "Love Like You Mean It™" Marriage Cruise that sets sail February 11-15, 2013 aboard the Carnival Imagination, which departs Miami, Fla. and sails to Key West, Fla. and Cozumel, Mexico. The FAMILYLIFE "Love Like You Mean It™" Marriage Cruise is hosted by Dennis and Barbara Rainey. During the cruise, couples will invest in their marriages with bible...
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Tenth Avenue North
As Billboard Magazine declares: "[t]o say this band is going to be the 'next big thing' feels like an understatement," celebrated band Tenth Avenue North again lives up to industry and consumer buzz with its third studio project, The Struggle, which released Aug. 21. The album debuted this week at No. 9 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart, while its first single, "Losing," maintains strong radio momentum. The Struggle was preceded to retail by single "Losing," which readily found an audience...
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The Museum
This week BEC Recordings' The Museum released their sophomore label project, My Only Rescue, produced Pete Kipley (Phil Wickham, Matthew West, MercyMe,). This album follows the well-received debut Let Love Win (2010), which delivered two hit singles: "My Help Comes from the Lord" and "Allelujah." Celebrating their street week, The Museum is traveling to cities across the South visiting radio stations and sharing their current radio single "Love Will Find You...
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Israel Theme Tours is proud to announce that Candace Cameron Bure will be taking fans to Israel, June 16-25, 2013. The 10-day, VIP-style tour of the Holy Land will offer fans a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. Known to millions worldwide from her role as "D.J. Tanner" on the iconic family sitcom "Full House," the actress, producer, New York Times' bestselling author and inspirational speaker will join the tour group each day for a variety of activities, including exclusive fan access with plenty Q&A and photo...
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*Tuesday, August 28, 2012*


Nichole Nordeman
Love Story, the highly-anticipated literary debut from Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman is now available from Worthy Publishing. Subtitled The Hand That Holds Us from the Garden to the Gates, the book is based on the best-selling multi-artist recording, Music Inspired By The Story (EMI/WOW), which Nordeman co-wrote. Tracing God's unyielding mission from the beginning of time to rescue His beloved, in our most fragile and broken condition, Love Story exposes the humanity and more emotional underside of beloved biblical characters...
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Luminate
Today marks the day Luminate releases their anticipated sophomore album, Welcome to Daylight, with Sparrow Records. Produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham), Welcome to Daylight, which has been touted as one of the best albums of the year, is the follow-up to Luminate's 2011 Dove Award-nominated debut, Come Home. The project's first single, "Banner of Love...
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Top-selling modern rock/worship band Kutless will headline The Believer Tour this fall, featuring Grammy-nominated rockers Fireflight, Minneapolis-based rock band Hyland, southern-rock newcomers Rhett Walker Band, and artist/speaker Eric Samuel Timm. The Believer Tour kicks off Sept. 12, and will travel to 23 cities across the U.S. through the end of October. The Believer Tour takes its name from Kutless’ newest studio album, Believer, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums...
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Kutless
Earlier this year BEC Recordings' Kutless released their newest studio release Believer to much media and sales acclaim debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian & Gospel Chart as well as No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart. The album's debut radio single "Carry Me To The Cross" reached listeners across the country as it held strong at No. 1 for six weeks on the Inspo chart as well as in the Top 10 at National Christian Audience, CHR and AC Indicator charts. Now Kutless is back with the second single from Believer with the emotional "Even If," and it is already...
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Multiple GRAMMY Award Nominee and Stellar Award Winner Tye Tribbett has been breaking ground in gospel for years now. The Gospel singer, songwriter, and preacher is known for his edgy and energetic live performances and for chart-topping hits like "Everything", "No Way" and "Victory". Always thinking outside the box, the pioneer is prepping for brand new live DVD/CD called "Greater Than", to take place in two different locations. On Friday, August 17th at 7PM EST, the "Fresh" singer recorded live at Faith Center Ministries (5555 NW 95th Avenue, Sunrise, FL 33351). On this Friday, the artist will be holding part two in the City of Angels. The live West Coast recording...
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*Monday, August 27, 2012*


The Classic Crime
What a difference a few months make. Not long ago the future seemed, at best, uncertain for The Classic Crime. Propelled forward by the success of their Kickstarter campaign, (incidentally the 9th most funded music project in Kickstarter history), The Classic Crime is presently in the latter portion of a successful West Coast tour, and have also managed to chart their self-produced and self-released album, "Phoenix," on both iTunes and Billboard. On iTunes the Classic Crime peaked at #3 on the Rock album chart and #24 on the overall album chart. On Billboard The Classic Crime...
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*Sunday, August 26, 2012*


Chris August
On August 21, Fervent Records' artist, Chris August, released his sophomore album, The Upside of Down, to critical acclaim. Tune in tomorrow to see August featured on CBN's The 700 Club at 9 a.m. CDT. Also, click here to watch his recent Fox 411 performance of the album's lead single, "Center of It," which currently resides at No. 7 on Billboard's Christian Songs chart...
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*Friday, August 24, 2012*


Stryper
The multi-platinum heavy metal band Stryper, live at the Java Rockin' Land festival in Indonesia. Recorded in front of an enthusiastic crowd in 2010, this is the definitive Stryper DVD. Celebrating almost 30 years of incredible melodies and musicianship, Live In Indonesia features hits and rarities delivered in impeccable sound and video. "This show was an unexpected, but welcomed, addition to our tour schedule," said Michael Sweet (singer, guitarist, songwriter)...
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For Today
Christian metalcore band For Today are hitting the road once again with the nationwide headlining tour following their successful summer run on the Vans Warped Tour. The tour kicks off October 11th in St. Petersberg, FL and runs through the middle of November making stops throughout the country and features additional support from Impending Doom, Sleeping Giant, the Chariot, Texas In July and Hundredth. For Today will also head to Europe this winter for a string of headlining dates...
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John Schlitt
Multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt is set to perform at the Faith and Freedom Celebration on August 26 in Tampa, Fla., an event hosted by the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition. The event is being held in coordination with the Republican National Convention, which will convene August 27-30 in Tampa. Schlitt joins speakers including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz...
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*Thursday, August 23, 2012*


toby
Five-Time Grammy-Award Winner TobyMac will be on FOX & FRIENDS this Saturday, August 25. His interview and performance will air LIVE during the 9:00 AM (EST) hour on the network and will include the performance of his latest No. 1 single, "Me Without You." TobyMac and his Diverse City Band will also perform his hit song, "Get Back Up" immediately following the broadcast on FOX & FRIENDS' After the Show Show. "Me Without You" is off his forthcoming release, EYE ON IT, available next week, August 28. Also, tune-in to see Toby make a special guest...
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Mandisa
Three time GRAMMY® Nominee Mandisa will make her first appearance on ABC's No. 1 morning show, Good Morning America on Monday, August 27th during the 8am ET hour. Appropriately performing her hit single "Good Morning," Mandisa will also discuss her remarkable 120lb weight loss and career success since American Idol. Making a special guest appearance the day before his latest project Eye On It drops, (8.28) will be 5-time GRAMMY winner and 11 million plus selling artist TobyMac, performing the rap as...
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John Mark McMillan
The recording that launched the music career of critically and commercially successful singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan, The Song Inside The Sounds of Breaking Down, will be independently reissued Sept. 4. Originally sold out of his basement in 2005, the album has been digitally re-mastered and re-mixed and includes the never before released tracks "Hold On" and "Dancing On The Doors." In addition, the re-release will feature the original extended version of "How He Loves," as well as an alternate unreleased version of the congregational favorite...
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EMI Christian Music Group announces the release of Hillsong's The Global Project. Partnering with ministries across Asia, South America, and Europe, Australia's Hillsong Church has broken language and cultural barriers to produce The Global Project, a collection of Hillsong's most impactful songs recorded in nine languages. The nine albums will simultaneously release across the world on September 18th. The Global Project aims to unite the body of Christ, break down denominational, cultural and geographical barriers...
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Grace Alone, a new EP by The Modern Post and released by the Mars Hill Music label, hit not one, but two Billboard charts this week, claiming the #10 spot on the Top Heatseekers Albums chart and #17 on the Top Christian Albums chart-all with no formal promotion or distribution. The Modern Post, a worship band at Mars Hill Church Orange County, is fronted by Dustin Kensrue on guitar and vocals, with brothers Lee and Phil Neujahr on drums and bass respectively, and Jonny Sandu on synths. The church, one of the first in the country to start distributing sermons online free of charge...
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*Wednesday, August 22, 2012*


Andrew Peterson
The long awaited Light for the Lost Boy fall tour with Andrew Peterson and full band, featuring opening act Caleb, will launch in Nashville, TN on September 21st and will end in Birmingham, AL October 24th. Opening night will be the album release party for Peterson's new project, Light for the Lost Boy, and will be in conjunction with the third annual Rabbit Room conference, Hutchmoot, an event which sold out in seven minutes. The remaining tickets, however, are open to the public and are available at www.rabbitroom.com. Tickets for the entire tour are available at each venue and more information is available at www.andrew-peterson.com...
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Paul Baloche
In the spring of this year, modern worship trailblazer Paul Baloche released his widely acclaimed 12th album, The Same Love, which forged a progressive path musically. Baloche is now offering deeper insight into each of the 13 songs on the album with the Oct. 1 book release from David C Cook, The Same Love: A Devotion. Each new song from The Same Love was birthed from genuinely inspired moments through which lyrics and melodies were created. But there were also moments in between the songs where Baloche felt there was more to be said. The Same Love: A Devotion...
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Cheri Keaggy
"So I Can Tell," the title cut from Cheri Keaggy's latest CD, has been released to Christian radio. The single, written by the Dove Award winner, is currently going for adds at INSPO stations. "We sent 'So I Can Tell' to some non-reporting stations last week to get a base established before servicing the single to the reporting stations today. We have had great results so far with 170 non-reporting station adds within the first week!" says Jeff McLaughlin of A-Sides Radio Promotion...
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Israel Houghton
Following four back-to-back GRAMMY Award-winning albums, Israel Houghton returns with New Breed to land his fifth consecutive Billboard Top 200-selling album. The first live recording in five years from Israel & New Breed, Jesus At The Center on Integrity Music / RGM-New Breed, not only hit No. 32 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, but also logged a 346% gain at digital retail over the debut of Israel's 2010 GRAMMY Award winning album, Love God. Love People.. Jesus At The Center further launched this week to No. 1 on the overall Christian/Gospel Current Digital Albums and Contemporary Christian Overall Billboard retail charts...
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*Tuesday, August 21, 2012*


Kevin Max
The word is finally out and we at JFH are thrilled to no longer have to keep our lips sealed. CCM pop rock staple Audio Adrenaline may have disbanded in 2007, but recent developments have made it possible for the band to resurface as a new entity. With the fact that original lead vocalist Mark Stuart has had vocal issues for years, which then played a part in the band's break-up, fans have wondered how it could be possible for Audio Adrenaline to ever make music as a band ever again. No doubt inspired by Newsboys decision to recruit former dc Talk and Tait band vocalist Michael Tait when Peter Furler stepped down, Audio Adrenaline has enlisted the aid of dc Talk vocal powerhouse Kevin Max to take the reins...
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The Wrecking
Portland, Maine based pop/rock band The Wrecking releases their second full-length album, So Much for Love, today. The CD is on the New & Noteworthy section of the Christian/Gospel homepage on iTunes, and is climbing up the charts, currently #10 at press time. So Much for Love features 14 tracks that contemplate the power between struggle and the beauty of rising from brokenness. The Wrecking collaborated with producer Dustin Burnett...
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The Great Transparency (Razzbarry) is excited for every one to hear their new single "HOW TO LIVE." "We couldn't be more excited for this release," says drummer Jameson Leasure, not just because it is the follow up to there last singles Rebuild Your Love and Chaos Parade that hit the Christian rock charts at # 1 and #11, it is the first release featuring the vocals of front man Zack Zaborski who Joined TGT in Sept of 2011. For the song HOW TO LIVE, TGT went to Nashville to work with Award winning songwriter Aaron Rice (Toby Mac, Mandisa, Stephanie Smith,) who also produced the single...
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Owl City
International pop star Adam Young, a.k.a. Owl City, releases his newest project, The Midsummer Station, today via Universal Republic amid an outpouring of praise and support from media and fans alike. In addition to debuting at No. 1 on iTunes® in the U.S., Young also boasts another feat today: the Owl City mastermind also mixed the No. 2 album, Dispatch's Circles Around the Sun. Join Adam Young for an exclusive full album listening party today, August 21st at 4pm EST...
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NewSong
Known for one of the most beloved holiday hits of all time, "The Christmas Shoes," GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong is slated to bring their annual "Very Merry Christmas Tour" to multiple cities this season. Sponsored by World Vision and featuring GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli, chart-toppers Building 429 and special guest singer/songwriter Jonny Diaz, the popular tour will kick-off November 29 in Atlanta. A holiday highlight for fans and artists alike, "NewSong's Very Merry Christmas Tour" will...
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Benjamin Dunn and the Animal Orchestra have released the much anticipated project - FABLE - today, August 21. This project is filled with what Dunn's fans have come to love: a musical collaboration of creative phrasings, eclectic instruments and songs that get stuck in your head for days. FABLE, largely inspired by the fiction works of C.S. Lewis, pairs vivid imagery and fascinating characters with spiritual allegory to create a musical project unique, both sonically and lyrically...
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Chris August
As he unveils his new album, The Upside of Down, today, the across-the-board praise from critics proclaims that award-winning singer-songwriter Chris August has skillfully assembled a sophomore record that cements him as a celebrated, exceptionally talented mainstay in Christian music. The 14-track project, released via Fervent Records, was co-produced by August alongside Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets) and was mixed by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer/producer...
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Heather Burch announces the release of her highly anticipated second book release in the Halflings trilogy series. Guardian will hit stores nationwide through Zondervan on Oct. 9, 2012. Burch exploded on the YA blogosphere, creating a huge buzz with the publication of her popular Halflings book. Guardian picks up where Halflings left off and is the story her...
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*Monday, August 20, 2012*


The Wedding
Although fans probably have known this for quite a while now, Tooth & Nail finally made the announcement today that rock band The Wedding has joined their respected roster... "We'd like to officially welcome The Wedding to the Tooth & Nail Family! Their new album "No Direction" will be available in stores and online September 25th...
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Family Force 5
Family Force 5 and Icon For Hire have just announced that they will be on the Music With A Mission Tour with Disciple, Da TRUTH, Bread of Stone and Willet! This tour spans from the end of September through the beginning of november for a total of a couple dozen dates, and hits most of the major cities across the U.S....
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The Grammy-nominated rock group AS I LAY DYING will release their sixth album, AWAKENED, September 25 on Metal Blade. Pre-orders are available today, August 20, via: http://www.metalblade.com/asilaydying. After wrapping a successful run as a main stage act on the Rockstar Mayhem...
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Flyleaf
A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf will release their first new single in three years tomorrow morning. "New Horizons" is the first new track and the name of the band's forthcoming third album. Full details about the album and the release date will be announced shortly. "'New Horizons' expresses a feeling...
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The City Harmonic
Receiving a 2012 “New Artist of the Year” GMA Dove Award nomination, followed by wrapping up a 65-city tour with Newsboys and appearances on main stages across the US in front of tens of thousands during the summer festivals, -- The City Harmonic now announces the tour cities for its first headline US tour. Known for its engaging live performances, the “I Have A Dream Tour” is in support of its highly acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)...
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Jon McLaughlin
Singer songwriter Jon McLaughlin will hit the road this fall for his headlining So Solo Tour. The tour kicks off on October 6th in Ames, IA and wraps on October 28th in Madison, WI. Presale for tickets* will be available tomorrow August 21st at 10:00 AM local time here: http://bit.ly/JonMcLaughlinPre-Sale. With the purchase of a ticket from Jon's webstore fans...
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*Friday, August 17, 2012*


Derek Webb
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Derek Webb will officially release, Ctrl, the highly anticipated follow up to 2009's Stockholm Syndrome, on September 4, 2012 via Fair Trade Services. However, the always fan community-minded Webb has already made the album available in its entirety on his website, derekwebb.com. "Ctrl is based on a story I wrote with two of my closest friends, Josh Moore (Co-producer of Ctrl...
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*Thursday, August 16, 2012*


Andrew Peterson
It's the halfway point for Andrew Peterson's video contest for his new single, "Rest Easy." The ten finalists are now online at http://www.facebook.com/andrewpetersonmusic/app_195611817141370 and voting will run through August 21st. All ten finalists will receive a copy of Peterson's new album, Light for the Lost Boy, which releases August 28th. The video winner will be selected on the 21st and will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the top three finalists will be awarded $50.00...
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Dream Records artist Luke Dowler has released his brand new music video for "Polarized", from his forthcoming album, "Polarized". The song was written last year and quickly became a fan favorite, with Dowler LIVE on tour. The video features Luke and the group going camping as they encounter a familiar mythical creature popular to the world's culture. Filmed in Northern Montana, "Polarized" showcases a great performance of the group...
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*Wednesday, August 15, 2012*


Rock The Universe
Universal Orlando Resort’s Rock the Universe 2012 – Florida’s biggest Christian music festival – will take place this Sept. 7 and 8. Guests will enjoy a faith-filled weekend featuring performances by top Christian music talent, inspirational stories from celebrity speakers, an expanded Coca-Cola Fan Zone, the ability to rock out to their favorite Rock the Universe artists at 65 mph on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and more. This year’s line-up features some of the most popular names in Christian rock...
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*Tuesday, August 14, 2012*


Abandon Kansas
Gotee Records band Abandon Kansas have been busy working on new music and today the band is releasing their new single "Turn it to Gold", produced by Dustin Burnett (Newsboys, Augustana) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (Relient K, House of Heroes). "In the spirit of the Olympics, we realized that life brings so many moments when our dreams are put to the test, when all of our passion...
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Tenth Avenue North
Acclaimed headlining band Tenth Avenue North is set to release its third studio project, The Struggle, on August 21. It's current radio single, "Losing," which garnered an impressive 73 adds its first week out, continues its run up the AC/CHR charts with 105 adds and 66 million cumulative impressions to date through radio...
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Israel Houghton
Following four back-to-back Billboard Top 200-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning albums, Israel Houghton returns with New Breed for their first live recording in five years, Jesus At The Center, releasing today amidst wide acclaim on Integrity Music / RGM-New Breed. Recorded live over four days in front of more than 29,000 worshippers at Houston's Lakewood Church, the Jesus At The Center double-CD, 18 song album with...
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Mars Hill Music is proud to announce the release of Grace Alone, the debut EP from THE MODERN POST, available today, August 14. Made up of worship leaders from the Mars Hill Orange County Church, THE MODERN POST has created a retro, synth-laden, bass-heavy sound that leads listeners to praise the creator with freedom and joy. THE MODERN POST cites their name to the idea of how the Gospel is news to be...
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toby
Five-Time Grammy-Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac will release his fifth solo studio project, EYE ON IT on August 28. To kick-off the release, TobyMac will make his national television debut of the project's latest single, "Me Without You" on the hit cable morning show, FOX & FRIENDS live on Saturday, August 25. The pre-sale for EYE ON IT is now live...
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Save The City Records is happy to announce the debut 6-song EP from the new duo, Stomptown Revival, which is being distributed by Provident Distribution. The duo is comprised of Gabe Martinez, frontman for the critically acclaimed band Circleslide, and Brandon Bee, a solo artist/producer with over 80 production credits (Stacie Orrico, Matthew James, Amber Pacific), and together they are bringing their own...
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In his new book inSignificant, bestselling author and pastor Chris Travis offers hope for anyone seeking a life of meaning. Travis shares the startling truth of God's plan to change the world: Jesus conquered evil not through force or victory, but through defeat. In this insightful, soul-stirring book, Travis reveals how God has a way of turning things upside down; he makes the weak strong, the foolish wise, and the insignificant matter. InSignificant...
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*Monday, August 13, 2012*


Slospeak Records' pop/rock act Pioneer is hitting the road. The "Long Way Home" tour kicks off this Wednesday in Nashville, TN and ends on September 16th in Scottsburg, IN. Tour poster is above. Dates and venue info are also listed HERE on their Web site...
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EMI CMG
EMI CMG Distribution announces a new long-term distribution agreement with Los Angeles-based Dream Records. The new agreement will see EMI CMG Distribution represent exclusive worldwide rights to the Christian, general market and digital retail distribution of Dream Records' artists and products. Dream Records brings with it a distinguished roster of talent, such as Press Play, Darrell Evans, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Shake The Nation and Warr Acres. Founder and President of Dream Records, David Hanley, shares, "Dream Records' goal is not only...
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*Friday, August 10, 2012*


Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson is in the studio working on their first new album since lead vocalist Jason Dunn exited and guitarist Jonathan Steingard stepped in the vocal role, and they've launched their first Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project. Their new album, slated for an early 2013 release, will be their first album not on Tooth & Nail Records/BEC Recordings. It will be released through Fair Trade Services (Home of The Afters, Disciple, MercyMe and many more)...
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Emerging Voices, the seventh new full-length recording from Jesus Culture Music, released last week amidst acclaim. In its first week at retail, it has become the No. 1 best-selling album on the SoundScan "Praise & Worship" chart, spent most of last week at No. 1 on the iTunes® "Christian & Gospel" chart and peaked at No. 11 on the overall iTunes "Top Albums" chart. The highly anticipated new album follows last year's critically acclaimed, No. 1- selling double-CD, Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago, and features four rising worship leaders: Derek Johnson, Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Nate Ward and Justin Jarvis...
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Former Sonicflood vocalist Jeff Deyo has broken his silence and released his first new solo album in five years this week, Moving Mountains. Deyo writes, "In recording this CD, my heart burns particularly for people to be stirred in their faith to trust God for rescue in the hardest of times. Like most people, I have faced many difficulties in life, and in doing so, have had to decide whether I would take God at his word or not. Of course, in the moment of trouble, it is always very difficult...
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Benjamin Dunn's music has never been easy to describe. It's a collaboration of eclectic and vintage instruments making synth-driven pop music. It's not quite dance, it's not quite rock, but it all combines to create a sound that can only be described as Benjamin Dunn and the Animal Orchestra. Now, on Dunn's second full-length album, FABLE, releasing August 21, the lyrics take center stage. FABLE is a bit of a love story to some of Dunn's favorite authors, namely C.S. Lewis...
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*Thursday, August 9, 2012*


Brandon Heath
Award-winning artist and songwriter Brandon Heath announces the 24-city "Blue Mountain Tour," named for his forthcoming studio project, Blue Mountain, due out Oct. 9. Heath is joined by label mate - celebrated singer, songwriter and worship leader - Matt Maher on all dates; the tour is presented by Food for the Hungry. Kicking off October 11 in Milwaukee, Wis., the "Blue Mountain Tour" will visit cities including Chicago, Knoxville, Indianapolis and St. Louis...
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Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli will kick off her first headlining tour, the "Hundred More Years Tour," September 20th. Sponsored by World Vision, the tour will kick off in Jackson, KY and will showcase Dove Award-winning Artist Of The Year Battistelli, as well as feature Sidewalk Prophets and special guests Andy Cherry and City Harbor. The "Hundred More Years Tour" will run through October 28th. Concertgoers will be able to hear songs from Battistelli's hit albums, My Paper Heart and her sophomore release Hundred More Years...
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On August 28, sixstepsrecords will unveil the Passion Talk Series five-DVD set, Louie Giglio: The Essential Collection, featuring five key titles bundled together for the first time. This all-new, 4-plus hour set includes the latest talk from Louie Giglio, "Symphony (I Lift My Hands)," together with his best-selling talks "Indescribable," "How Great Is Our God," "Fruitcake & Ice Cream" and "Hope: When Life Hurts Most" for just $29.99. This is the newest installment of the powerful and compelling, 900,000+ selling Passion Talk Series from Passion founder and visionary, Louie Giglio...
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*Wednesday, August 8, 2012*


Jared Anderson
Celebrated modern worship singer/songwriter Jared Anderson will take listeners on a new journey with his first "solo" album in over three years, The Narrow Road, releasing Sept. 4 on Integrity Music. Known for his Top CCLI songs "Rescue," "Amazed," "Great I Am," "Glorified" and others sung in church services around the world, this New Life Church (Colorado Springs, CO) worship leader and former founding member of Desperation Band, was partly inspired for the new 13-track album by John Bunyan's allegorical masterpiece...
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Karyn Williams
Inpop Record's Karyn Williams is known for her compassion in helping with worthwhile causes, and that was the case last weekend when Williams made an appearance in Cincinnati, OH for a benefit concert in support of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation's first annual, Madonna Jam. Angelman Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births. Williams entertained the audience with selections from her upcoming new album, Only You, which releases August 28, 2012. Joining her onstage was Blessid Union of Souls frontman Eliot Sloan, as well as award-winning songwriters, Regie Hamm, and her husband Brian White...
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Popular New England-based worship ensemble, the Andy Needham Band, is poised for the release of their highly-anticipated national debut, Lifted High, September 25. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath), the project features 10 selections, all of which were penned or co-written by frontman Needham. Highlights of Lifted High include the debut single, "Open Arms," a buoyant, upbeat reminder of God's unfailing love; the album's lead track, "No Love Song"; "Refuge"; and the prayerful ballad...
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In 2006, iShine Ministries was founded to provide a positive, Christ-oriented, life-altering alternative to 'tweens' (young people age 8-12). Today, the multi-media organization produces one of the highest rated 'tween' television shows in the country, "iShine KNECT," one of the most highly attended tours in the country and books, music, websites and more, all oriented around the 'tween' audience. And now, they're ready to take it up a notch. iShine recently sponsored the SHiFT leaders event, encouraging parents, ministry professionals and other people of influence...
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An unforgettable night of tributes and performances will be featured at the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (7:00 PM CST) at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN. Dailey & Vincent, Dottie Peoples, Gordon Mote, Greg Long, The Isaacs, Jamie Grace, Michael W. Smith and The Talleys are among the artists set to provide recognition to this years inductees: Aretha Franklin, The Hoppers, Rex Humbard, Ricky Skaggs and Love Song. Jason Crabb and Jaci Velasquez will host the evening's festivities...
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*Tuesday, August 7, 2012*


Project 86
Orange County rock band Project 86 are gearing up for the release of their eighth studio album, Wait for the Siren, out August 21, with the release of a brand new song, "New Transmission," today on Noisecreep.com. Stream "New Transmission" now, exclusively at Noisecreep.com: http://aol.it/MqP4Ci Wait for the Siren is available for pre-order in a variety of bundles now at http://project86.zambooie.com/. Additionally the album will be available for digital pre-order at iTunes...
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Today, Word Entertainment's Jason Castro released the first single, "Only A Mountain," from his upcoming album. Immediately upon release and nearly two weeks before radio impact date, the track soared into the Top 10 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Songs chart (iTunes link) and continued climbing to No. 3. "Only A Mountain" is produced by Ben Glover and David...
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After almost a decade of successful events in a variety of cities, the popular Christian Musician Summit is set to come to Nashville for the first time, with a schedule that includes workshops and performances featuring some the best musicians in the CCM and Country music industries, including Ashley Cleveland, Phil Keaggy, Ron Block, Allen Shamblin, Brenton Brown & The Worship Republic, Steve Taylor, Tom Hemby, Cindy Morgan, Zoro the drummer, and many others. CMS Nashville will be held October 5 and 6 at Grace Chapel in the historic Leiper's Fork area of Franklin, Tenn., in partnership with Kingdom Bound Ministries. A set of one-day bootcamps for songwriters, guitarists...
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*Monday, August 6, 2012*


Jason Gray
Never expect the normal standard from the talented Jason Gray, as his first Christmas project presents a deeper story celebrating the birth of Christ. Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy offers a 14-song collection that includes 11 original songs that are interwoven with several carols, and tells the miraculous Christmas story through the eyes of the wisemen, the innkeeper, the shepherds and others in order to focus on the details inside the Christmas narrative. Produced by Cason Cooley (Andrew Peterson, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones), Gray's new project also features collaborations with Nicole Nordeman, Joel Hanson, Andy Gullahorn, and Randall Goodgame...
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Children 18:3
Veteran Christian rock outfit Children 18:3 released the video for "Moment To Moment" which comes off the band's latest album On The Run which was released June 19th through Tooth & Nail Records. It is the band's 5th studio album. Children 18:3 keeps the music in the family…literally. The group is composed of the Hostetter trio -- David, Lee Marie, and Seth...
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Holly Starr, singer, songwriter, and touring artist, is set to release her third studio project, Focus, on October 2nd (Save The City Records/Provident Distribution). Focus was produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa, Jamie Grace), David Garcia (Group 1 Crew) and Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor). At only 21 years old, Starr has toured the world and has collaborated with some of the most lauded writers and producers in the industry, such as Chris Stevens, Ian Eskelin, David Garcia, Chuck Butler, and Rusty Varenkamp, to name a few. She has released two previous projects, Tapestry (2010) and Embraced (2008)...
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The 'A Very Special Christmas' holiday music series, benefitting Special Olympics, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this holiday season with the first ever release of two new albums on October 16, each on a different label. Titles of the albums, as unveiled today, are: A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY on Big Machine Records and A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS: BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH on Word Records. Timothy P. Shriver (Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics)...
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Acclaimed Actress, NAACP Image Award Nominee and Dove Award-Winning Singer TAMELA MANN holds #2 position at Gospel radio for a second week with her hit single "Take Me To The King," featuring Kirk Franklin. "I am grateful for the blessings God has given me, and I am humbled by the impact this song is having on people around the country," said Tamela. "It is my passion to put out music that gives people hope and encouragement...
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*Friday, August 3, 2012*


SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman has signed a recording agreement with Provident Music Group, which will begin with the release of a Christmas record titled JOY (Reunion Records/Provident Label Group) on October 16. The iconic artist has amassed 46 No. 1 singles, 57 GMA Dove Awards; five GRAMMY awards and more than 200 songs recorded on 17 original albums spread across an illustrious 25-year career. In 2013, Steven will follow the Christmas release with his first full studio release of all new material since 2007's This Moment...
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Audio Adrenaline
Audio Adrenaline members Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss will be joined by Kevin Max and Stephanie Smith for a special event this December to raise money for the Hands & Feet Project in Haiti. "Dust off those sneakers and save the date! Team Hands and Feet is heading to Las Vegas for the Rock 'n' Roll marathon and Half marathon on December 2nd. We have a full weekend of fun lined up, so come join us. Or...stay comfy on the couch and sponsor your favorite...
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Further Seems Forever
Tonight, Further Seems Forever announced that their newest album, Penny Black, will be releasing to the world on October 23rd via Rise Records. This release marks the band's first new studio album since 2004's Hide Nothing, via Tooth & Nail Records. This is also the band's first album featuring Chris Carrabba back on lead vocals since his departure after their debut album in 2001, The Moon Is Down. Carrabba had gone on to form the mainstream band Dashboard Confessional, which garnered much success during their run...
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*Thursday, August 2, 2012*


Mac Powell
Mac Powell, front man of the multi-platinum selling, four time GRAMMY and American Music Award winning rock band Third Day, releases his self-titled debut country music album on August 21, 2012. The CD features twelve songs by the #1 hit songwriter including his first single, "June Bug" which he released last month through his Twitter account (@macpowell) to his more than 80,000 followers. His recent solo country performance debut at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville resulted in a host of media and fan accolades. Of his song...
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Heath McNease is one of the busiest artists in the independent music circle and the hip hop / singer-songwriter is ready to unleash another new project on willing listeners. He just released a new album titled Thrift Store Jesus on February 28, and will now release The Weight of Glory - Songs Inspired by the Works of C.S. Lewis on August 14th! Heath has also made a brand new song available as a free download which you can get here at Jesusfreakhideout.com or from his Bandcamp page...
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Luminate
Sparrow Records announces the anticipated release from pop/rock band Luminate, titled Welcome To Daylight. Releasing August 28th, the project was produced by Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Britt Nicole) and Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Phil Wickham). Welcome To Daylight is the follow-up to Luminate's 2011 Dove Award-nominated debut, Come Home. "Welcome To Daylight is about opening your eyes for the first time and seeing this world through God's eyes...
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It's new horizons indeed for rock band Flyleaf. It's been almost three years since they released their last studio effort, Memento Mori, and the band is readying the release of New Horizons this fall. A quick listen to the title track, which debuted this week on Loudwire.com, will reveal a new, lighter rock sound for the band...
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Michael W. Smith
Nashville award-winning recording icon and author Michael W. Smith, also known as 'Smitty' to his hordes of fans around the globe, will step off American soil and onto the sandy Caribbean nation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to visit with troops on his first-ever USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour August 5-7. On a mission to uplift the spirits of America's service heroes and their families, Smith will perform a motivational, all-inspiring USO show featuring countless chart-topping hits, visit posts and sign autographs...
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*Wednesday, August 1, 2012*


Sent By Ravens
Despite having recently released a brand new album, Mean What You Say, rock band Sent By Ravens announced today that the band will be taking an "extended hiatus." Check out their Facebook announcement below with this year's remaining tour dates... "Hey friends. Hope you guys are having a great summer and are continually pursuing something you’re passionate about. We’ve been doing just that for the past 6 years and have enjoyed every minute of it...
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Jeremy Camp
GRAMMY-nominated and BEC Recordings' artist Jeremy Camp will be releasing a Christmas project this holiday season titled Christmas: God With Us. This is Camp's first full-length Christmas project in his 10-year career, and it will be available on September 25. Click here to view the album cover and official track listing. The album is produced by Brown Bannister and Ben Shive along with Camp. Camp's Christmas album is filled with holiday classics as well as the original title track "God With Us." Fans will hear favorites such as "Jingle Bell Rock...
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Addison Road
Critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Jenny Simmons, who helmed the Dove Award-nominated band Addison Road, will unveil her debut solo album early next year. The project, The Becoming, will release on February 12, 2013, and will be preceded by the lead radio single, "Heaven Waits For Me," which goes for adds at radio on Sept. 14th. Partnering with her long-time record label, Fair Trade Services, and the masterful production skills of Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys), Simmons penned...
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Chris August
August is sure to be a sizzling month for singer-songwriter Chris August-and this month's CCM magazine cover artist-with the release of his much-anticipated sophomore album, The Upside of Down, fast approaching. In addition, Fervent Records is launching "August In August" today, Aug. 1, on chrisaugustmusic.com. The campaign features the daily release of each of the 14 songs on the record and includes full-stream audio, a track-by-track and accompanying Instagram campaign. This will lead into a 72-hour listening party of The Upside of Down on Fri., Aug. 17...
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Warr Acres
Victory Church residents, Warr Acres have been quite busy creating a lot of new videos from their newest release. Just recently they unveiled their music video for, "Heaven Bound" and now a new LIVE video of "Savior Crucified" just go released. However, the Oklahoma natives aren't stopping there. They are writing a new album as we speak and are about to go into the studio to record their sophomore release on Dream Records. The as of yet untitled album will be an even more evolved version of their successful self-titled album that's out now...
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