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December, 2011



*Tuesday, December 27, 2011*


Worth Dying For
Worth Dying For will return February 7th with their third national release, Live Riot, recorded live at the Ammunition Conference in California. The Ammunition Records release is already receiving exposure from radio and the new music video for "The World Can't Take It Away...
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*Friday, December 23, 2011*


Michael W. Smith
The Message has brought Michael W. Smith to Message listener's homes for the past two years and the new Christmas tradition continues! Michael loves the Christmas time of year and the music that goes along with it so much that over the last two decades he has performed hundreds of Christmas shows and released three Christmas albums. Who better, then, to share his music, his stories and his family's favorite Christmas music? "Smitty" himself...
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Emery
As a thank you and Merry Christmas from Tooth & Nail to their fans, they recently passed along a free download of the "A Very Tooth & Nail Christmas" Sampler. Check out songs from Emery, Family Force 5, Sainthood Reps, I Am Empire, Icon For Hire and more...
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*Thursday, December 22, 2011*


Following right on the heels of their "A Metal Christmas" tour, Onward to Olympas will be joining up with Fit for a King, In Dying Arms, and For All I Am for the "Never Hold Back" tour which will take place in the last part of January. See full dates inside the full report...
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*Wednesday, December 21, 2011*


Tenth Avenue North
Dove Award-winning, progressive pop band Tenth Avenue North finishes out its most successful career season to date with the No. 1 Christian song of the year, "You Are More," according to Billboard's National Christian Audience Chart. Having secured a spot on one of this year's biggest tours, while performing for close to 500,000 fans nationwide, the group will carry its momentum into 2012 with brand new hit single, "Strong Enough to Save," currently No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart...
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Check out the full report for Christmas reflections from Word Records artists like Dara Maclean, Group 1 Crew, Chris August, Sidewalk Prophets, Patrick Ryan Clark, for King & Country, and Big Daddy Weave...
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*Tuesday, December 20, 2011*


GMA
IMMERSE, the Gospel Music Association's Music Training Experience, is pleased to announce the fourth annual event, to be held July 23-25 at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. An opening night worship event will be held July 22 to kick off IMMERSE and start participants with a time of inspiration and focus. For the first time, all attendees will receive a complementary one-year "iMembership" to the Gospel Music Association which includes the privilege of voting in the annual GMA Dove Awards...
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Eisley
Eisley will release Deep Space, a new five-track EP, on February 14th, 2012. Deep Space was recorded Eisley's hometown of Tyler, TX with engineer/mixer Andy Freeman. In support of the new EP, Eisley will venture out on a US tour in March 2012 supported by Christie DuPree and Tampa, FL-based band Marksmen...
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*Friday, December 16, 2011*


All Sons & Daughters
Hailed by Worship Leader magazine as "the most enchanting sound emerging in the worship genre," All Sons & Daughters, the Franklin, Tennessee-based duo of Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, returns in 2012 with a second digital EP, Reason to Sing, followed their first full-length album, Season One...
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Supertones
Maybe ska isn't quite dead after all. With the recent resurface of Five Iron Frenzy, which saw an overwhelming response from fans, The O.C. Supertones revealed this morning that the recording of some new music is underway. Frontman Matt "Mojo" Morginsky posted a video on the O.C. Supertones Facebook page that showed him providing some synths for a vocal track he had recently recorded. Matt's caption for...
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Cornerstone Festival, the church's most diverse celebration of Christians in art and culture, has a new look and a new pricing structure. To the seasoned attendees, the festival might take on a vintage feel. For the past 29 years, faith-filled attendees of all ages, styles and denominations have made the pilgrimage to the hills of Western Illinois for this week-long celebration. They come to be inspired through seminary level classes and discussions, entertained with the best in music and film, spurred to further creativity with visual art...
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*Thursday, December 15, 2011*


Project 86
Former Tooth & Nail Records rock band Project 86 is officially on their own again and are looking to their fans for help in funding their next studio album. With plans to record in January in hopes for a summer release, Project is offering all kinds of incentives for those willing to pitch in some money in advance (while most of the cheaper packages are about the cost of most preorder bundles), and as we type this up, their Kickstarter is already fully funded. Still, check out the link below, as well as their official announcement...
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Aaron Shust
A hearty congratulations are in order for Centricity Music's Aaron Shust for reaching a career milestone. Shust's single, "My Hope Is In You," this week became the longest running #1 song in 2011 on the AC Monitor chart, which remained in the top spot for eight weeks. The single also was #1 on the iTunes Single Christian chart last week. This is the longest running #1 for Shust as an artist and is the first #1 hit at AC radio for Centricity Music. The project is Shust's debut...
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RSJ
Rebecca St. James-Grammy® Award winning Christian singer and best-selling author, found herself on the receiving end of controversy this week-a controversy that began on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" with her Monday (12/12) appearance-and a discussion that led to her defense of the virtues of abstinence until marriage and the current national pre-occupation with Tim Tebow's display of Christianity on the football field...
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To say that 2011 was an outstanding year for Centricity Music is only fitting after the record-breaking successes they have accomplished since January. Centricity Music is an independent record company that focuses on artist development through a creative A&R department, innovative marketing ideas, and a powerhouse radio promotion team. As a result, the artist's unique talents are able to develop leading to such spectacular results this year...
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*Wednesday, December 14, 2011*


Michael W. Smith
GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith recently released his 23rd career project, and second instrumental album, GLORY, on Nov. 21. In light of the recent announcement by President Barack Obama relating to the return of our troops from Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations, Michael has offered gratis use of his song "Heroes," a cornerstone track on the acclaimed 12-song collection, for use in forthcoming news broadcasts relating to the return of our troops...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children's and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will debut their all-new VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special tour in over 30 major markets nationwide-including Atlanta, Nashville, Jacksonville, Birmingham and more-beginning February 23, 2012. For the current tour itinerary, ticket information and group sales, please visit veggietales.com/live...
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*Tuesday, December 13, 2011*


Newsboys
On the heels of releasing their highly acclaimed rock worship project, God's Not Dead, Newsboys will embark this spring on their biggest tour yet, the "God's Not Dead Tour." Kicking off Jan 12th and running through May 5th, the tour will run in over 60 cities across the U.S. The tour is presented by Compassion International, continuing their partnership with Newsboys to raise awareness for child sponsorships. Additionally, a special VIP...
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On February 7th, 2012 KIROS will release their Ain't No Grave Records debut full length, Lay Your Weapons Down. Produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, House of Heroes), the 10 song disc delivers a perfect blend of melodic rock, infectious hooks and faith-based lyrics. "Lay Your Weapons Down is the end result after fighting through crumpled pages, discarded chord progressions and melodies that never arrived, and crescendos that never peaked...
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CREATIONS will be entering the studio in January with producer Sonny Truelove at STL Studios in Sydney, Australia to begin recording their Mediaskare Records debut. The band released their album 'The Gospel' in August through Rite of Passage Records, a subsidiary label of Mediaskare. At the conclusion of recording the band will team up with director Tim Nagle to film music videos for two songs off the new album...
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High Society is ready to take their music to a new audience, and now it has a partnership with Syntax Distribution to do just that. The landmark deal is a natural fit as Syntax has its roots in underground, genre-breaking urban music. High Society brings to the table former Cross Movement Records artist J.R. as well as 2009 Stellar Award nominee Sho Baraka, who started the venture...
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*Monday, December 12, 2011*


RSJ
On the heels of wrapping her highly-successful fall national "Purity & Worship Tour" for the Salem Radio Network, Rebecca St. James will re-connect with viewers tonight live from New York with a return guest appearance on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity" (9:00 P.M. Eastern/8:00 Central). Rebecca will get to personally say "thank you" to host Sean Hannity for his words of encouragement--and endorsement-- of her latest book,"What Is He Thinking??" released in September...
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for King & Country
With American Songwriter recently raving that they are "Australia's answer to Coldplay," Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY (Joel and Luke) are proving to be one of the most exciting debut acts of the year. The brothers continue to gain momentum as they set the release of their debut record, Crave, available everywhere February 28. Starting today, fans can visit the website: http://www.forKINGandCOUNTRY.com/Crave and share the album on Twitter...
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Slospeak just announced its newest signee - Owen Pye. Owen is the third artist to join the roster and the first singer/songwriter. Both parties are very excited with this new development and have already begun working toward a 2012 release. Says Owen of the partnership: "I now have support from people that care about me and what I'm doing, AND know what the heck they are talking about. I'm so looking forward to working with guys like Davy [Baysinger]...
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sosaveme just announced its Winter 2012 tour with SONS. The two indie rock acts are partnering for a month long run in the Mid to South West states. Says vocalist Nicholas Pidek, "We are excited to start off the year of 2012 with touring and we are honored to be sharing the road with the band SONS. The initial response from our CD release tour of The Garden in Oct/Nov of this year has only fueled our passion to really stretch this new album's preverbal...
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*Friday, December 9, 2011*


High Flight Society
As High Flight Society puts the finishing touches on their next record for release, tentatively, by Christmas this year, lead singer Jason Wilkes is making plans to record a solo worship EP. While most artists are using services like Kickstarter to raise the funds for their music-making, Jason is taking a more grassroots approach. Check out his announcement below and then prayerfully consider supporting him. You can visit his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/WilkesMusic...
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*Thursday, December 8, 2011*


Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago, the sixth new full-length recording from Jesus Culture, released last week amidst acclaim on Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Recorded live in Chicago's Allstate Arena at Jesus Culture's Awakening 2011 conference Aug. 3-5, 2011, this double-CD quickly shot to the top of "Praise & Worship" sales chart, and sold nearly 12,000 copies in its debut week at retail. The album further spent all week on top of the iTunes® "Christian/Gospel" chart, while initially entering at No. 26 before climbing by last Friday to No. 2 on the iTunes overall "Top Albums" chart...
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Rachel Chan's highly anticipated debut project, Go, hits stores on January 10, 2012, released through in:ciite Media and its distribution partner EMI-CMG Christian Music Distribution. The 16-year-old daughter of New York Times Best-Selling Author, Pastor and Speaker Francis Chan, is excited to step into the spotlight to share her fresh, youthful sound and lyrics with an audience to which she can relate - teens...
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*Wednesday, December 7, 2011*


Chris Sligh
Former Word Records recording artist Chris Sligh has made a bold move and left his label home and publishing partnership with the one determined goal in mind of giving away his next two albums for free. However, to do this, Sligh needs the help of fans and supporters to help fund this daring move. While there are quite a few incentives (including the fact that anyone who donates a dollar will get both albums as downloads when they release), fans can also pitch in and be rewarded such perks as a signed and personalized lyric sheet, a local acoustic show, a phone call with the artist, or even a full-band performance. Check out Sligh's announcement and explanation below and then visit this link to pitch in...
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POD
P.O.D. is looking for a fresh way to kick-off 2012 and build momentum behind their upcoming new album. The band needs a new logo and has set up a contest so that fans can submit their ideas and be a part of P.O.D. history! Head to the contest page on TalentHouse.com and submit your design. The deadline for submissions is January 3, 2012...
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Exciting things are brewing in support of the new Tidewater release on ROXR Records. First, ROXR has signed a new distribution deal with one of Christian music's top labels, Inpop Records. Second, the timing is perfect as ROXR is releasing a new EP from Tidewater, The Beautiful Life, which features three new songs from Tidewater's Brett Allen and will be available at all online digital outlets January 24, 2012. The first single from the project, "Not Just Any Love," will be going for adds at Christian radio January 23, 2012...
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*Tuesday, December 6, 2011*


Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children's and family programming, characters and brands, announced today that they will release VeggieTales®: If I Sang a Silly Song, on DVD and through digital download January 24 and February 7, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively. VeggieTales: If I Sang a Silly Song includes the fan-voted very best Silly Songs from the past two decades...
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Mary Mary
Amidst an unprecedented run of award shows, nominations, non-stop travel for holiday performances and a television series taping underway, the star sister duo, Mary Mary's Erica and Tina Campbell, is regretfully forced to cancel their much anticipated first ever "Have A Mary Mary Christmas Tour" as Erica's February due date draws near. The singer has been advised by doctors that she cannot continue working at her current pace without risk of potential premature delivery. After careful consideration...
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*Monday, December 5, 2011*


The Annie Moses Band is reaching brand new fans through an epic partnership between Syntax Distribution and Dream Journey Productions. Just in time for the holidays, the chamber music sensation offers their brand of inspiring albums and television specials for the whole family… now to a wider audience. As a multi-talented all-sibling ensemble, the Annie Moses Band has been enchanting the nation since early 2002 when their summer tour hit the road...
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Are you ready for a new sound? The Sanctuary Worship Team is stoked to release their first and highly anticipated album, Reveal. Reveal is the first of its kind with a unique sound that can only come from a one of a kind church. This is The Sanctuary's first release through Dream Records and Universal Music Christian Group. Pastor Jay Haizlip, a professional skateboarder and preacher, leads the Sanctuary Church whose slogan is A Real Church for Real People...
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*Sunday, December 4, 2011*


Sarah Kelly
Former Gotee Records singer/songwriter Sarah Kelly has just released her first dabblings with Christmas music offerings with a brand new acoustic EP that released Tuesday. Below is her official EP announcement... "Happy Holidays friends! Just want to let you know that my new Christmas EP is now available. The EP features 4 acoustic, vibey and eclectic Christmas songs...
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*Friday, December 2, 2011*


Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney has had a big year. From having Britney Spears tweet her support, to Taylor Swift performing a song of his while on tour saying it was one of her favorites to performing live on a Southwest Airlines flight to a "captive" and thrilled audience, Kearney has proven that he is only moving upward. Mat kicked off his new album release Young Love with a slew of media press including raves from People Magazine, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly as well as a performance week of release on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno...
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Chris Tomlin
Known for being a songwriter for the generations, Wednesday night The Recording Academy recognized Chris Tomlin with three GRAMMY ® nominations in the categories of "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album," "Best Contemporary Christian Music Song" and "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance." The twice-nominated song "I Lift My Hands" was co-written by Louie Giglio and Matt Maher along with Tomlin is found on his latest, full-length studio album And If Our God Is For Us… which was also recognized...
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Jamie Grace
Gotee newcomer Jamie Grace has earned her first GRAMMY ® nomination for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Song." Her nominated No. 1 hit "Hold Me" garnered the top spot across an unprecedented three different radio charts earlier this year. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS...
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Dave Barnes
Razor & Tie artist Dave Barnes has received his first Grammy® nomination for Best Country Song for "God Gave Me You," as performed by Blake Shelton. Barnes' and Shelton's versions of the song have sold over one million singles to date. Blake Shelton's "God Gave Me You" has spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, with three weeks at number one and is his fastest rising single to date...
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Jason Ingram, who most recently received his fifth SESAC Christian Music Songwriter of the Year Award for his overwhelming impact on artists and songs spanning a variety of musical styles, was honored this week with a second career GRAMMY Award® nomination. Adding to his already impressive list of accolades, which also includes making Gospel Music Association history by receiving 11 GMA Dove Award nominations in one season, the nod comes in the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for his contribution as co-writer on "Your Love" with Brandon Heath...
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*Thursday, December 1, 2011*


Michael Gungor Band
On the heels of their critically acclaimed sophomore album Ghosts Upon the Earth, Gungor has nabbed their third consecutive GRAMMY ® nomination. Their latest record, which debuted at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan and top 50 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 9,500 units, was recognized in the "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album" category. The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on...
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Leeland
Three-time GRAMMY® and eight-time GMA Dove Award nominated band Leeland garnered a GRAMMY Award® nomination during last night's hour-long special broadcast, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," which aired live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE. Leeland received its fourth career nod for The Great Awakening...
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Natalie Grant
Powerhouse vocalist, social activist & and four-time GMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, was nominated for a 54th Annual Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, for her stellar presentation of "Alive" (Mary Magdalene), from: Music Inspired By The Story [WOW Joint Venture/EMI CMG/Curb]. For the fourth year, nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards were announced on primetime television as part of "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live...
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Rush Of Fools
Rush Of Fools is ending 2011 with strong success after releasing their highly anticipated current record We Once Were in September. The first single, "Grace Found Me," broke the Top 5 on Radio & Records Soft AC chart this week climbing to the #3 spot. At the same time, the new Rock single, "Help Our Unbelief," is New & Active on the trade magazine's Rock chart after coming in as one of the Most Added songs last week...
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Brandon Heath
Christian music's two-time GMA Male Vocalist of the Year and multiple GRAMMY Award® nominee Brandon Heath was honored again with an impressive three nominations from The Recording Academy® during last night's hour-long special broadcast, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," which aired live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE. Heath's nominations were earned across three categories. His eight-week No. 1 radio hit...
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Matt Maher
Eight-time GMA Dove Award nominee worship leader, singer and songwriter, Matt Maher, was recognized by The Recording Academy® with a GRAMMY Award® nomination, during last night's hour-long special broadcast, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®," which aired live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE. Maher's nomination was received in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Song category where he was recognized as a songwriter...
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Royal Tailor
Pop/rock band Royal Tailor (Essential Records), having just wrapped the 30-city "Sounds Of Hope" tour with label-mates, Building 429 and Leeland, received its first GRAMMY Award® nomination for its May 31 national debut, Black & White, in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Nominees were announced during last night's hour-long special broadcast, "The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night...
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