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December, 2013


*Tuesday, December 24, 2013*

Singer/songwriter Chris Deming has released his latest single, "Oh Your Love." This single is the most significant official release from Chris since his debut album, "The Freedom EP," published in November 2012. Like "Freedom," Chris's "Oh Your Love" draws listeners into a warm and natural desire to worship God. Chris cites his main artistic influences with artists such as the United Pursuit Band, Jesus Culture, and David Crowder...
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*Monday, December 23, 2013*

Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist - and multiple 2014 GRAMMY® Award-nominee - Natalie Grant has announced plans to host GSN's upcoming new original series, IT TAKES A CHURCH. Each one-hour episode of IT TAKES A CHURCH will see members of a Christian congregation play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. GSN has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. "I'm so excited to host IT TAKES A CHURCH and have the opportunity to interact with churches all across America to bring a family friendly show based on Christian faith and values," says Grant. "Church has...
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The indie songwriter collaboration, Golden Youth, announced that Absolute Punk premiered its Christmas session featuring “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The video can be seen HERE. In addition, their debut full length album is available for FREE until January 15th. Any tips left for the album will benefit Conduit Mission and families in need...
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Christian rock band TRACING DAYS released a new music video today for their single, "Masquerade." Shot in Bozeman, Montana, the video was an international collaboration of talent from the United Kingdom, Italy and the Bozeman-based band that is made up of Lonnie Bos, Logan Schelvan, Kendall Kanning and Jonathan Skillman. Directed by Matt Ely (Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge), who also directed and filmed TRACING DAYS first video ("Life Outside"), the "Masquerade" video is set in a fantasy world and features the iconic sword from the movie Braveheart - thanks to the band's friend (and sword owner) Scott Kinzy...
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*Friday, December 20, 2013*

Francesca Battistelli
Word Entertainment is partnering once again with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their production company LightWorkers Media to release SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture on December 26. The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film "Son of God" due out February 28, features music by today's top Christian artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew's No. 1 hit "He Said" (feat. Chris August). Artists included on the album have a combined total of 45 No. 1 hits and 25 Dove Awards. Also included on the compilation is "Oh, Son of God," a brand new song by Grammy-nominated artist and Dove Awards' 2011 "Artist of the Year" Francesca Batistelli...
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*Thursday, December 19, 2013*

Skillet
Platinum and GRAMMY®-nominated rockers Skillet are back on U.S. soil after firmly making their mark overseas following a massive European fall tour with Nickelback where crowds demanded encores, and six back-to-back sold out headline shows in Russia, including over 6,000 screaming fans in Moscow. Just as the band boarded flights from Kiev, Ukraine to the U.S. they heard the news that their current single from their best-seller RISE (Atlantic/Word), “Not Gonna Die” held onto the No. 1 spot on the Christian Rock charts for the third week, is Top 20 and climbing on mainstream Active Rock...
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John Mark McMillan
Acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan is gearing up for the independent release of his fourth studio album titled Borderland on March 4, 2014. This will be the first album released through McMillan’s recently launched record label, Lionhawk Records. Borderland was funded by a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year raising over $69,000 and backed by more than 1,500 contributors. “Borderland speaks to the idea of the ‘place between places,’” says McMillan, “which is where I feel I've been living as a person...
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*Wednesday, December 18, 2013*

Natalie Grant
GSN announced today that it has green-lit the new original series IT TAKES A CHURCH, with 2014 Grammy® Nominee and multi Dove Award winner Natalie Grant as host. In each one-hour episode of IT TAKES A CHURCH, members of a Christian congregation play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. The network has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. “IT TAKES A CHURCH is truly a competition show with heart, in every sense of the word,” says Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP Programming...
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Acquire The Fire is finishing the year strong by releasing the brand new worship album, EPIC TRUTH, in partnership with eOne Worship. For over twenty years Acquire The Fire and its parent ministry Teen Mania Ministries have emphasized worship in its on-campus ministry schools, its events and in the lives of the millions of students who have been impacted by ATF. The decision to expand the music side of the organization was a natural thought progression for Teen Mania President and Founder Ron Luce, and Executive Director Kemtal Glasgow...
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Dove Award-nominated Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, has grown over the last four years from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, and both online and on-campus worship schools. With the exponential growth of the ministry comes the first compilation recording, Discover Bethel Music, which releases this week globally through Fuel Music Distribution. The album highlights 16 of the favorite Bethel Music worship anthems spanning a half-dozen CDs and chart-topping songs...
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*Tuesday, December 17, 2013*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman wrapped a successful media run over the weekend in support of his new album The Glorious Unfolding, his Christmas album JOY and his GRAMMY®-nominated single “Love Take Me Over.” Chapman first appeared on “The Sean Hannity Show,” the second most listened to radio talk show in America. Chapman later performed his hit single “Love Take Me Over,” on CBN’s 700 Club. The song was recently nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song and hit No. 1 on the Christian AC Indicator chart, giving Chapman his 48th No. 1 single. Wrapping the weekend with dual performances on the...
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Benjiman, a Save the City Records artist, releases his third studio album today titled Can't Stop. Produced by Je'kob, the album features Rachael of The Washington Projects, Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers, and the talents of mix engineer, International Show. Save the City Records continues to create a label culture that focuses first on ministry impact, unity and collaboration among artists, and innovative music that reaches youth and young adults today. Over the last several years, Benjiman has been involved with members of the Luis Palau Alliance on various evangelistic events around the country. Also, Benjiman has been a force in the undercurrent of Christian hip hop for some time...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Irish worshippers and Dove Award-nominated band, Rend Collective, are known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community. That fresh, aesthetic call to worship has gathered together believers for sold out events in cities across the world, most recently in nine cities spanning seven states in the U.S. in November on the band's "Campfire" tour with Audrey Assad and Bellarive. The tour was named after Rend Collective's highly acclaimed, No. 1 selling iTunes (U.S. Christian/Gospel) recording, Campfire, which features vocals recorded live outdoors earlier this year around a campfire on Ballyholme Beach in Northern Ireland along with members of the collective's Facebook and Twitter community...
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For Today
For Today's new studio album Fight The Silence is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Store HERE. When fans pre-order the album, they will receive instant downloads of two songs, "Fight The Silence" and "Pariah." Fans can listen to "Pariah" exclusively on Revolver HERE. Fight The Silence will be released on February 4th 2014 via Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Will Putney (Winds of Plague, Suicide Silence). Merch Pre-orders are available HERE...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt joins a cast of gospel music entertainers when he appears as a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise The Lord Christmas Special, which airs at 7 to 9 p.m. P.T. Wednesday. The special, which was taped recently in front of an audience at the TBN studio in Nashville, features Schlitt performing "O Holy Night" and "We Three Kings" from his new CD, The Christmas Project. "I was blessed that Jason Crabb and TBN opened their doors once again to allow me to share my music...
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The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will perform for the Fox News Channel's Christmas Eve special "A FOX & Friends Christmas" set to broadcast at 8:00 pm Eastern on December 24. The two-hour event will feature several entertainment guests including comedian Jeff Dunham, country music artist Craig Morgan, singer Leona Lewis, and X Factor finalist Carlos Guevara, among others. Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade as well as FOX & Friends Weekend co-hosts Tucker Carlson, Anna Kooiman and Clayton Morris will interview Governor Sarah Palin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, along with other notable guests...
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North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is proud to announce their iTunes pre-order for their highly anticipated album, Runaways, just in time for Christmas! Click here or the banner to pre-order Runaways. The group is showcasing their entire album as part of a remix contest hosted by famed producer, David Thulin. The contest invites everyone to download the vocal stems from their album at DreamRecords.org/Contest, adding their own flavor to it and re-uploading to the same site...
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*Monday, December 16, 2013*

Jason Gray
2013 turned out to be another stellar year for Centricity Music, the indie label that opened its doors in 2005. Eight years later, the company has a roster of unparalleled talent with each of them reaching major milestones in their careers. With current artists Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Unspoken and new signings with Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle, Carrollton and Lindsay McCaul, next year promises to be even more impactful, with six new albums and EP releases on tap...
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Integrity Music's best-selling Shout Praises Kids series, which has sold in excess of one million units, releases We Belong To Jesus (Featuring Jared Anderson and Friends) Jan. 14. The recording captures songs birthed out of the vibrant children's ministry of New Life Church. Featuring Jared Anderson, youth and adult worship leaders, and an energetic group of more than 135 kids led by choir director Amanda Ferrin, the CD has 11 high-energy praise songs of faith and worship for kids of all ages...
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Saving Grace have released the official first single and lyric video for "Ablaze", a song from the upcoming album The Urgency. Lyrically touching on the ever-present Fire of God inside each one of us Vasely Sapunov, guitarist and lyricist for "Ablaze," explains: "We are born with a fire inside of us. The enemy of our souls, the world and our flesh constantly seeks to stifle this fire and to imprison us through moral...
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*Friday, December 13, 2013*

Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot gathers its first No. 1 radio hit from its highly anticipated album, Fading West, set to release Jan. 14, 2014 on Atlantic Records/Word. After only nine weeks at radio, "Love Alone Is Worth The Fight" claims the top spot on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart with a bullet while simultaneously hitting No. 18 and climbing on the AC Indicator chart. In just its first week at radio, the song garnered plays from every Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR reporting station, marking the only time this has happened since the chart launched in 2006...
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Gotee recording artist Ryan Stevenson is wrapping up 2013-a year which found the singer/songwriter signing to Gotee Records; collaborating with GMA Artist of the Year TobyMac; releasing a hit Christian radio single; and touring with fan favorites Audio Adrenaline-with a GRAMMY® Award nomination. "Speak Life," co-written by Stevenson, Jamie Moore and Toby McKeehan, recorded by TobyMac, is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, to be held January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Stevenson's acoustic version of "Speak Life" is featured on his critically acclaimed Holding Nothing Back EP...
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*Thursday, December 12, 2013*

In an effort to expand its mission, Kingdom Bound Ministries (KBM) has announced changes to its leadership team. The ministry, ranked by Business First Magazine among the top 25 non-profits in Western New York, has named Matt Gould as Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, current KBM President, Rick Cua, has accepted the additional responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer to his role with the organization...
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On the heels of a fifth GRAMMY Award, multiple Dove Awards and three Premios ARPA Awards, Israel and New Breed add to their long list of accolades with four new Stellar Award nominations in honor of their critically acclaimed live audio and video project Jesus At The Center. At a recent press conference announcing nominees for the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Israel and New Breed and Jesus At The Center received nominations in the categories of Praise and Worship CD of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year...
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*Wednesday, December 11, 2013*

Guardian
Veteran rock band Guardian will release "The Real Me," the first single from their upcoming album Almost Home, on iTunes and other digital outlets on Friday, December 13th (AmazonMP3 link). "The Real Me" was written by Guardian members Jamie Rowe, Jamey Perrenot, and David Bach. Produced by Perrenot and mixed by Tony Palacios, the song is an uptempo/anthemic rocker featuring the sonic and performance quality that Guardian fans demand from the band...
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For Today
For Today have released the video for their new song “Fight The Silence” (Watch HERE). The song is from the band’s forthcoming new studio album Fight The Silence, which will be released on February 4th 2014 via Razor & Tie. Merch Pre-orders are available HERE. The video for “Fight The Silence” was directed by Daniel Davison (August Burns Red, The Chariot, Manchester Orchestra, Norma Jean). “Fight The Silence” has a strong social message...
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Owl City
Just in time for Christmas, Owl City is getting an early gift as his first Christmas single, “Light of Christmas” (featuring TobyMac) is quickly becoming the biggest Christmas song at Christian radio this season. The song is featured on the brand new VeggieTales DVD, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas. Making a major impact on several Christian radio formats, "Light of Christmas" is the only new Christmas song...
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Taylor
Acclaimed filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist Steve Taylor, director of the Blue Like Jazz movie, is taking a sabbatical from filmmaking to release his first studio record in 20 years with his new band, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil. Teaming up with veteran musicians Jimmy Abegg, John Mark Painter (Fleming and John) and Peter Furler (Newsboys), Taylor raised over 150% of the funds needed to record the album via a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that features a video of his comical attempts to renew his "license to rock" at the DMV (Department of Music Veterans)...
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Needtobreathe
On the day that (new) labelmates Switchfoot release their long-anticipated documentary film Fading West, NEEDTOBREATHE has released a short teaser that for a documentary that was filmed on the band's The Reckoning Tour. While there hasn't been much other information released yet about the project, the trailer hints at the band's response to original drummer Joe Stillwell leaving the band (which happened in 2012), as well as being an overall inside look into the band members' lives...
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*Tuesday, December 10, 2013*

August Burns Red
August Burns Red have released a brand new Christmas song just in time to help you get in the Holiday spirit! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" has been added to their Christmas Album August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album in digital form! The song is premiering at Alternative Press Magazine right now. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" has been added to the digital version of the album, so if you already own the album you can go to iTunes at the link below and get the song...
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Colony House, formerly called Caleb, have re-invented themselves with a new name, new approach, and now a brand new EP featuring three tracks of fresh material to announce themselves. A trio of brothers (two of blood, one of heart) from Franklin, TN, Colony House get their name from a humble apartment complex in downtown Franklin that has at some point in each of their lives been called home by all three members. Available now, the new EP is just a small taste of what's to come with a full length album by the band set to be released in the new year...
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Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY® Awards were announced last week by The Recording Academy and Motown Gospel/Kingdom Music recording artist Tye Tribbett scored three GRAMMY® nominations leading in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian music field among artists. Tribbett's hit single "If He Did It Before..Same God" garnered a Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Gospel Song nomination. His chart-topping CD, GREATER THAN, is nominated for Best Gospel Album...
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Texas-based husband and wife worship duo Tyler & Bailey Dodds released their new EP, "Songs for the Church," today. While they were hopeful that the songs would find an audience beyond their home church, they never expected a runaway hit. But that's what they received earlier today, when the album shot straight to #1 at iTunes in the Christian & Gospel category, sharing the Top 10 with such heavyweights as For King & Country, Marvin Sapp and Hillsong United...
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*Monday, December 9, 2013*

Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist Natalie Grant continues her incredible year with another career milestone - a pair of major nominations for the upcoming 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. "Hurricane," the chart-topping title track from her extraordinary new album, "HURRICANE," was honored in two categories: "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance" and "Best Christian Music Song." "To be nominated is such a huge honor," says Grant, "but these two GRAMMY nominations are especially dear to me, as I wrote the song 'Hurricane...
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Internationally acclaimed, intense singer/songwriter/praise leader Jake Hamilton is set to independently release his highly anticipated, third album, Beautiful Rider, on January 21, 2014 with global distribution through Fuel Music Distribution. Recording with his band as Jake Hamilton and the Sound, the former Jesus Culture Music artist's sound is an anomaly compared to the rest of the modern worship scene...
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Matt Redman
sixstepsrecords' Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin garnered three total GRAMMY® nominations Friday evening for the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. The internationally renowned artists, songwriters, worship leaders and friends were both nominated in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Tomlin is celebrating his ninth and tenth career GRAMMY® nominations. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT...
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SCC
Provident Label Group celebrates the GRAMMY® nominations for their label group artists as announced on Friday. The company received a total of five nods in the categories of Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “I’m pleased to congratulate our artists and writers for their well deserved GRAMMY® nominations,” said Terry Hemmings...
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Show Hope
Show Hope™, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award-winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, is honored to celebrate this joyous Christmas season with the "Gift of Hope" campaign. With the campaign, Show Hope™ is encouraging families, sponsors, supporters, and others to do something different for Christmas - to end the year by giving a life-changing gift that will impact the lives of children all over the world. To promote this initiative, Show Hope is launching a video on its blog so audiences can see firsthand the difference they're making in the lives of others: http://showhope.org/christmas...
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Kari Jobe
Tonight is the night that UP, "America's Christmas Channel," and national radio powerhouse K-LOVE premieres the original UP Christmas Special "K-LOVE Music City Christmas" (#KLOVEChristmas). Airing at 8pm EST, the special, which was taped before a live audience in Nashville, is hosted by actress/author Candace Cameron Bure (Finding Normal, "Full House") and will also be broadcast to K-LOVE listeners later this month...
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Erica Campbell receives Grammy nomination for BEST GOSPEL SONG, for current single "A Little More Jesus," it was announced last week. Written by Erica, sister Tina Campbell and husband Warryn Campbell, "A Little More Jesus," topped the charts this summer and captured listeners with the high-energy old school vibe, coupled with Erica's distinct vocals. The upbeat and powerful single united us with both honesty and enthusiasm...
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toby
Six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac received his ninth solo career GRAMMY® nomination on Friday. The recently crowned "Artist of the Year" (Dove Awards) garnered a nod for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for his hit single "Speak Life." The three week No. 1 song (AC Indicator) was written by the singer with Jamie Moore and Ryan Stevenson and is off his GRAMMY®-award winning and Billboard 200 No. 1 record, EYE ON IT. The music video for the GRAMMY® nominated song will premiere January 2014. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT...
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Capitol CMG
Capitol CMG Label Group garnered seven GRAMMY nominations for the upcoming 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Nominations were announced by the Recording Academy on Friday evening live from Los Angeles. Chris Tomlin received two nominations as a writer and artist (Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album) and Mandisa was recognized with two nominations as an artist (Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album)...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt has released the video for "Little Drummer Boy," a song from the legendary vocalist's new Christmas CD, The Christmas Project. The video, which was produced by Saylors Brothers Entertainment, marked its official debut this past weekend at Celebrate Community Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., where Schlitt performed music from The Christmas Project. The video also can be viewed on YouTube: youtube.com/DrummerBoy...
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After bursting onto the scene with his highly successful remix series, Reconstruction featuring songs by Group1Crew, Press Play, Manic Drive, Beckah Shae, Jonathan Thulin, Rachael Lampa, Charmaine, Remedy Drive and a ton more, David Thulin is proud to announce the first of two EPs coming out on January 7th, titled, Reconstruction Vol 2.1. Like his previous album, it will feature remixes from today's great artists like, Natalie Grant, Press Play, Jonathan Thulin, Shine Bright Baby and Rapture Ruckus however this time around he releases, "Light In Me" feat. Nicole Croteau of Press Play, an original track...
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Mandisa
2013 has arguably been the most electrifying year of Mandisa's career, and it's closing on a high note with two GRAMMY® nominations in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Category for her best-selling and critically acclaimed project Overcomer, as well as her No. 1 smash single "Overcomer" receiving the nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Additionally, the songwriters behind the song (David Garcia, Ben Glover and Christopher Stevens) that reigned No.1 on the National Christian Audience chart for 12 weeks, as well as No. 1 for 14 weeks on SoundScan's Digital Core Genre Christian chart, garnered a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT...
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The best in design, distribution, marketing, and consultation comes together into one name. Syntax Distribution, Stratify Music, and Quality Junk among others are now simply known as Syntax Creative. While the name may have changed, the great service stays the same. "Combining the different brands of our company into one will both simplify how we're perceived as well as how we work internally," says Syntax Content Manager Brandon Musser...
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*Friday, December 6, 2013*

Falling Up
Today, December 6, indie electronic/rock band Falling Up released their first Christmas project, uniquely titled Silver City. The partly instrumental album contains 11 tracks and can be downloaded for just $7 from their Bandcamp page. At this time, the band won't have any physical CD copies of the album, stating "Physical copies won't be making it out this year because of the turn around time with printing. Maybe next year we can release a remaster print with some additional tracks...
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Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group new recording act City Harbor, comprised of singer/songwriters Molly Reed and Robby Earle, announce they will release their debut album February 4, 2014. City Harbor was produced by Ben Glover (Britt Nicole), David Garcia (Mandisa, Tobymac) and Matt Bronleewee (Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin). The moniker City Harbor is quite the fit for this duo's blend of organic and harmonic pop. With songs sharing about real-life issues, such as living out our faith in such a complex world, the words "City...
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Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), continues to inspire fans and drive the sounds of gospel among a diverse range of leading artists today, garnering 11 Stellar Awards nominations among 6 artists for the upcoming 29th Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Carrying the hit sounds of gospel worldwide, from solo artists to choirs, eOne Music's winning roster of songs from Bishop Paul S. Morton, Shirley Caesar, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Donald Lawrence...
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*Thursday, December 5, 2013*

Shane and Shane
Shane & Shane in cooperation with StageHop.com present Shane & Shane's 2013 Christmas tour live from Watermark Community Church in Dallas, featuring Phil Wickham. The $4.99 admission fee includes both access to the live webcast as well as an exclusive download of the live Christmas EP, to be recorded during the concert. "It's Christmas tour time of year!!! We are so excited to once again be on the road with our great buddy Phil Wickham for the 2013 Christmas tour. We can only hit so many cities in the few weeks, but on Dec 10...
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Big Daddy Weave
The second annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour, presented by 25 Entertainment, kicked off with a sold-out crowd Wednesday night in Greensboro, NC. Big Daddy Weave headlining tour featuring for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews is slated to hit an additional nine cities including four sold-out dates in Pittsburgh, PA; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL, and Kansas City, MO. This past June at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards both Big Daddy Weave and for KING & COUNTRY won two of the top honors with Big Daddy Weave taking home "Song of the Year" for their smash hit "Redeemed" while for KING & COUNTRY were presented the award for "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" by Meredith Andrews...
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For Today
Van's Warped Tour today unveiled metal band For Today as one of the first five acts confirmed for next year's touring festival. For Today will perform on the entire nationwide run from June 14th through August 3rd. The Van's Warped Tour dates are below. For Today's new studio album Fight the Silence is set to be released on February 4th 2014 through Razor & Tie. Merch Pre-orders are available HERE. The band recently premiered the first song off the new album...
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*Wednesday, December 4, 2013*

Creation Festivals, producer of the nation's largest Christian music festival, is bringing its four-day line-up of top Christian performers, speakers and family-friendly activities to a new Northwest location for 2014. Creation 2014 Northwest will be held July 30 to August 1, 2014, at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, Wash. Creation Northwest 2014 is expecting to average 10,000 to 15,000 people per day over four jam-packed days with some of the best musicians and family entertainment in the Christian market...
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Jaci Velasquez
Award-Winning Recording Artist Jaci Velasquez kicks off her 2013 Christmas tour this week. The tour begins in Bloomington, Minn. on December 6. For more details on tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/JaciVelasquezOfficial. Jaci Velasquez has three RIAA® certified Platinum® albums, three RIAA® certified Gold® albums, 16 number one singles, 6 singles in the top 10, 7 Dove Awards...
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She's a singer, a songwriter, and a storyteller. She's a wife and a mother and a former schoolteacher. For the past seven years she's been part of her husband's band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Now, this born and raised Nashville, Tennessee native is set to release her debut full-length solo album. We introduce you to Ellie Holcomb. Holcomb's first solo effort, titled As Sure As The Sun, will release February 18, 2014 (Full Heart Music) and is the follow up to her summer side-project, the EP With You Now. This new LP features ten brand new songs, all written by Holcomb and each carefully woven with scripture into the lyrics. Encouraged for quite some time by her husband to record her own music...
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Clay Crosse
Singer/songwriter, worship leader and author Clay Crosse is set to celebrate the Christmas season in his new church home at First Baptist Church of Bentonville, in Bentonville, Ark., where the four-time Dove Award winner has been appointed to serve as worship pastor. In his first major musical production at FBC, the church choirs, under Crosse's leadership, will present "Sing Christmas 2013!," featuring all the choirs during worship services on Sunday, December 8. A family celebration and children's choir program will be held during that evening...
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Acquire The Fire, one of America's most dynamic youth ministries, is excited to announce the upcoming release of their worship album, EPIC TRUTH on December 17th, 2013 in partnership with eOne Worship. ATF is gearing up for the release with a brand new lyric video for the anthemic pop single, "God Victorious." Watch the video now...
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*Tuesday, December 3, 2013*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has wrapped his hectic and successful "The Glorious Unfolding Tour." With special guests Laura Story and Jason Gray, Chapman sold out 17 shows on the coast-to-coast run in support of his new album, The Glorious Unfolding, which released earlier this year. "Steven is a timeless professional with an incredible heart on and off stage. 'The Glorious Unfolding Tour' was one of the best tours of the year," said Mike Alley, Director of 48Live Productions...
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Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their debut feature film, Fading West, across all leading Video On Demand platforms in the U.S. on December 10, including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu with digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff. In addition, fans can request screenings of the film in a number of markets around the country in partnership with Gathr...
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Save the City Records is proud to announce the availability of Je'kob's "Faith Hope Love" Deluxe Edition, the final installment in his "Faith Hope Love" album series. The Deluxe Edition contains all 21 songs from the three part EP series, so that fans can get all of his recent music in one digital volume. Je'kob is a unique artist that spans pop and hip hop with a sound that Hot AC radio stations have found to resonate with their audiences. Je'kob's hit song "Love Is All" reached the #12 spot on Billboard and stayed on the chart for 21 weeks in 2012, and then he recently followed it up with his successful 2013 summer dance track "Don't Let Go"...
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KINGDOM, the worship team from Rocklin, CA is proud to announce their sophomore release with DREAM titled, "REDEEMER". The group put together a mixture of worship, rock and pop and features guest vocal performances by Esterlyn's, Luke Caldwell and Run Kid Run's, David Curtis and a special rendition of "God Of Fire" by David Thulin. Their new album is available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1ivZANC today...
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Hillsong announces the 2014 Hillsong Conference in New York City on October 16-18th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden – presented by Premier Productions. This will mark the second year the Hillsong Conference has traveled to the United States. This past October, the conference sold out Radio City Music Hall with over 6,600 attendees. Special conference registration discounts are available now until December 31. Click here to purchase the early bird rate...
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*Monday, December 2, 2013*

Taylor
Just before Thanksgiving, artist/producer/director Steve Taylor launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a brand new album with his all-star band, "The Perfect Foil." The goal, a hefty $40,000, was reached in 36 hours so the band announced today that a new goal has been set to bring the show on the road. Today, Taylor announced: "What to do when all your dreams come true in 36 hours? Implant new dreams! WE WANT TO SEE YOUR FACES! If you'd like to see us on tour, have we got a deal for you: You can pre-buy a concert ticket/backstage pass for $25 and fund our first tour ever...
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Brandon Heath
This week marks the "real" opening of Christmas season for GRAMMY-nominated, five-time GMA Dove Award winning artist Brandon Heath and his devoted fans. With the recent release of the singer/songwriter's first Christmas album, Christmas Is Here, Heath's highly viewed, tongue-in-cheek online campaign has been pounding the message that Christmas music and displays should be reserved for after Thanksgiving. The campaign has already reached more than 5.8 million fans...
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August Burns Red
Foreign & Familiar, the anticipated documentary from August Burns Red chronicling the entire 18-month touring cycle behind their 2011 album, Leveler, is now available as a Best Buy exclusive BluRay + CD edition with a special one-day Cyber Monday price of $8.99. Foreign & Familiar Best Buy Exclusive Edition: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/rescue-restore-11-25-cd/2728201.p?id=2769424&skuId=2728201. Beginning tomorrow, 12/3, Foreign & Familiar will be available elsewhere in a DVD + CD combo as well as an iTunes exclusive digital download...
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Everything In Slow Motion have released a new song and video from the upcoming album Phoenix. Check out "Speak" featuring vocals from Blindside's Christian Lindskog. In a recent HM interview Shane describes his experience working with Lindskog: "The first time I heard the song and his voice I was sitting at the table, and when I heard his voice I took my...
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*Sunday, December 1, 2013*

984 Records is a brand-new Christian record label with a simple mission: to provide positive, exciting music that makes a difference in the world. Founder Kevin Donovan says, "This will never be about money. We want to help people through music. We feel that, if we align ourselves with artists with similar hearts, who create music with true purpose, we will be able to help a lot of people." The label's first release is a compilation of 11 artists, from three different countries, all of whom share the label's vision...
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