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February, 2011



*Monday, February 28th, 2011*


RSJ
Freshly back from a personal trip to her native Australian homeland, Rebecca St. James will re-connect with viewers tonight with a guest appearances on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.” (9:00 P.M. Eastern/8:00 Central). With her first 'new label' single release—"Shine Your Glory Down" currently showing positive connectivity with Christian radio and advancing the highly anticipated April 5th release of her debut album for Reunion Records—I Will Praise You—St. James is gearing up for a round of major spring visibility...
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*Sunday, February 27th, 2011*


SCC
Yesterday, Steven Curtis Chapman's manager Jim Houser announced the title of the artist's upcoming new album re:creation. According to his blog post, Chapman's album will consist of a handful of new songs as well as several hits given a brand new, re-imagined life. Check out a portion of Houser's blog below and then visit his page for the whole thing. "A little background… The new album will be titled, re:creation. I think Steven would say that title speaks to a few things. There are 3 to 5 brand new songs on the album. There are also some of Steven’s biggest songs too...
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*Saturday, February 26th, 2011*


Fireflight
Check out this announcement from Fireflight that was posted just a few moments ago at FireflightRock.com. Original drummer Phee Shorb has stepped out of the band after 9 years. The band also announces his replacement, Adam McMillion, who was previously in the band Search The City... "As many of you may know, Fireflight has been together as a band for 11 years now. We have played countless shows together, toured together, laughed together, cried together, and have had many accomplishments together. But, today we have some bittersweet news for all of our amazing fans. Our drummer and brother of 9 years, Philip “Phee” Shorb is leaving the band...
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Dove Awards
The Gospel Music Association is partnering with Christian Copyright Licensing International and PraiseHymn Sound Tracks to provide a chance for churches of all denominations and cultures to send in a version of their church choir singing “How Great Is Our God,” the no. 1 church song in the nation the past several years. Selected choir entries will then be compiled into a collage of the song to be presented throughout The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards broadcast on April 24, 2011 on GMC at 7:00p.m. EST...
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*Friday, February 25th, 2011*


John Waller
John Waller, the popular recording artist who touched the world with the extraordinary song, "While I'm Waiting" from the motion picture, "Fireproof," has signed with Nashville-based City of Peace Media. Waller's eagerly anticipated enhanced CD, As For Me and My House, is set for a May 3, 2011 release through Provident-Integrity Distribution. "Beyond the fact that he is an extremely talented and gifted musician...
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Songwriter, producer and artist Jason Ingram (Essential Music Publishing, Showdown Publishing) set a Gospel Music Association record last week by being the only person in the history of the organization to receive 11 Dove Award nominations in one awards season. This industry-first recognizes the West Virginia-native’s overwhelming impact on artists and songs spanning a variety of musical styles. In addition, Ingram was named SESAC’s Christian Music Songwriter of the Year for the fifth year in a row, during a ceremony in Nashville last night...
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*Thursday, February 24th, 2011*


Newsboys
Announced in January, the award-winning band Newsboys are readying for their 25-city spring tour, "The Born Again Experience." With the support of Compassion International, the tour will bring the message of "A Night For The City To Serve The City." Proceeds of the tour will go towards a water well to be built in a community in need located in the Dominican Republic. Redefining the live show experience, Newsboys is planning for a sure-to-be revolutionary and jaw-dropping set to get audiences on their feet while offering...
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BEC Recordings’ Rapture Ruckus calls New Zealand home, and amongst the most devastating national disaster, Rapture Ruckus is asking fans to help give back. Rapture Ruckus, Brad Dring, talks about the decision to make the song “Hold On” available to share with friends and family. “In our country's darkest hour we pray God’s light will shine brighter than ever before,” shared Brad Dring, Rapture Ruckus. “Over the last few days we've seen many people quoting lyrics from our song 'Hold On' on Facebook and other social networks...
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FFH
Jeromy and Jennifer Deibler of the award-winning pop group FFH announce the official launch of 62Records, a label and production company dedicated to helping new artists broaden their impact. 62Records’ first signing, central Pennsylvania-based pop band WatersEdge, will release its debut album this summer. In 2007, after returning home from six months in Africa with his family, FFH frontman Jeromy Deibler began recording and producing music with a new sense of purpose under his own production label, 62Records...
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Laura Story
She brought you the chart topping single “Mighty To Save,” penned Chris Tomlin’s megahit “Indescribable” and now fresh off receiving her third consecutive Dove nomination for “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Laura Story is ready to unveil her sophomore release Blessings, on April 12 on INO Records. Following in the footsteps of her freshman release, the critically acclaimed Great God Who Saves, Blessings is a worship project...
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GMA
Christian artists, songwriters, worship leaders " and those that want to be someday - will gather in Nashville for the third consecutive year to immerse in a four-day event presented by the Gospel Music Association (GMA). IMMERSE is the Christian music industry"s premier training experience and talent competition. GMA"s IMMERSE is scheduled for July 27 to July 30 on the campus of Belmont University. The event offers unparalleled training, professional and personal feedback, one-of-a-kind concerts and...
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The BMI Christian Music Awards will honor and inspire at BMI’s Music Row offices on Monday, April 4, when the performing right organization’s main lobby is transformed into an intimate gala space. The annual invitation-only event will salute the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most performed Christian rock, contemporary Christian, inspirational, southern and urban gospel songs on U.S. Christian radio...
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The American Bicycle Association has announced that critically acclaimed West Coast rapper Benjiman will be performing at the 2011 BMX Great Northwest Nationals February 25 & 26. The event will be held in the Hooker Creek Event Center at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon, February 25-27. Benjiman will share music from S.K.R.I.P.T. (Spreading Kingdom Realities In Perilous Times), his latest CD through Save the City Records and Provident-Integrity Distribution...
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*Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011*


RSJ
One of Christian music’s most recognized names and voices, Rebecca St. James – now a member of the Reunion Records roster – prepares to launch into a very busy spring 2011 season with the release of her new worship album, I Will Praise You. The new recorded project, releasing to physical and digital retail outlets on April 5, features the initial single “Shine Your Glory Down,” which has already drawn...
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Jonny Diaz
INO Records' singer/songwriter Jonny Diaz is an artist with a mission - to serve the Body of Christ. And from the very beginning of his music career, his desire has always been to write songs that encourage and entertain, yet challenge fellow believers. His latest CD release, titled simply Jonny Diaz, is a collection of songs that definitely accomplishes that mission. “I attempted to break free from some of the traditional confines of Christian music...
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Hillsong United
“AFTERMATH is classic UNITED and it is future UNITED in one beautifully recorded, gorgeously written, passionately worshipful release,” says Worship Leader magazine. Modern worship band Hillsong UNITED launched its highly anticipated, 11th full-length album and second ever studio recording, AFTERMATH, on Feb. 15 amidst wide critical acclaim. This week, the success of the release reaches worldwide as the album hits No. 1 on multiple retail sales charts internationally....
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Third Day
Members of GRAMMY, Dove and American Music Award-winning rock band, Third Day, know that moving ahead in life can be amplified by having a quality education. It’s for this reason that the band, known as one of the greatest live touring artists, has teamed with Arizona-based Grand Canyon University (GCU) for its upcoming spring Make Your Move tour to offer its fans a chance to advance with a college degree. At each stop on Third Day’s upcoming Make Your Move tour – dates available...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas is excited to release their full-length album for Gotee Records, Ad Astra Per Aspera (latin for "to the stars through difficulties") on March 8 at all digital outlets and tour stops, produced Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes, Relient K). Band to kick off tour with Swimming For Dolphins on March 8. During the making of Ad Astra Per Aspera the band video taped the entire creative process from beginning to end, from song writing to art concepts to private studio moments and part 1 in this video...
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Circleslide
Save the City Records has announced that critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide will be performing songs from their current CD, Echoes of the Light, for NRB attendees at the "Night of Music" at the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters' Convention on Monday evening, February 28th. Circleslide will be sharing the stage with such notable artists as Mark Lowry, Nicole C. Mullen, Micah Stampley, SISTERS, Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers, Trin-i-tee 5:7 and Karen Peck & New River. Sponsored by NRB and Christian Music Broadcasters, the "Night of Music" show will be held in the Delta C Ballroom at Nashville...
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After a brief hiatus from the hip-hop spotlight, Man of War returns with his own label, War Records. He spent the last few years touring, recording and finding new talent that's ready to impact urban listenership. "They are humble, God-fearing artists," Man of War says. "It's unrestricted Christian music with a rugged line. God is woven into the lyrics...
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*Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011*


Third Day
CNN recently taped a “life on the road” feature with acclaimed Atlanta-based rock band Third Day as part of its "Road Warriors" series that airs on both CNN and CNN's HLN. The segment aired this morning on CNN (6:00 AM EST) and HLN (6:30 AM EST). If you missed the first airing, you can catch it when it reairs today on HLN at 1:30 – 2:00 PM EST...
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Aaron Gillespie
Last week musician Aaron Gillespie traveled to Haiti with Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to see the work of the organizations and the progress in rebuilding from last year’s earthquake. This trip preludes Gillespie’s release of his solo album, Anthem Song (Produced by Aaron Sprinkle)...
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Jason Gray
Jason Gray is definitely one of the busiest touring acts in the business, as he recently finished the Winterblast Tour and will be joining Mark Schultz as a special guest on the upcoming acoustic 2011 Renaissance Tour. The show also features violinist David Klinkenberg. Gray will perform songs from his current CD, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue which includes both his latest hits: “I Am New,” currently #11 at AC radio and his #4 song, “More Like Falling In Love...
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19–year-old Jamie Grace, the newest signee to TobyMac’s Gotee Records, is releasing her Hold Me e.p. digitally today, February 22. To download the EP, visit http://tinyurl.com/itjamie. Amidst her digital debut, Jamie Grace’s first single “Hold Me” featuring TobyMac...
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Tim Hughes
GMA Song of the Year Dove Award winning artist Tim Hughes releases his fourth, full-length studio album, Love Shine Through, April 19 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. Writer of “Here I Am To Worship,” “Beautiful One,” “Happy Day,” “Jesus Saves,” and many more modern worship anthems sung by tens of millions every week in worship services around the world, Hughes returns to the recording studio after a four-year hiatus. The album follows his acclaimed studio album...
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*Monday, February 21st, 2011*


Mikeschair
Just announced this week, Curb Records' band MIKESCHAIR has received four GMA Dove Award nominations. The winners will be announced live at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Wednesday, April 20th from Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre. MIKESCHAIR is nominated for Group of the Year, Song of the Year (for "Let The Waters Rise"), Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year ("Keep Changing The World") and for Rock Recorded Song...
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*Friday, February 18th, 2011*


Brandon Heath
Christian music’s two-time reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath recently talked with the Wall Street Journal about his new album Leaving Eden, and current No. 1 song “Your Love.” Heath’s video interivew with the Wall Street Journal is featured now live on WSJ.com. Direct link: http://online.wsj.com/video/god-or-your-girlfriend-brandon-heath-on-love/999F9ACA-A20C-49C4-BA8E-CE52FEB13204.html...
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toby
Recent Grammy nominee and multi-platinum recording artist TobyMac has been named a leader in nominations for the 42nd Annual Dove Awards. Held yesterday in Atlanta, TobyMac garnered a total of six nominations including Best Artist, Song of the Year ("Get Back Up"), Rock Recorded Song of the Year ("Showstopper"), Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year ("Tonight")...
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EMI CMG
EMICMG Label Group is celebrating 45 Dove Award nominations, including Forefront Records’ TobyMac and sixstepsrecords’ Chris Tomlin leading with six Dove nominations each. The nominees were announced earlier this week at the Dove Awards press conference at the FOX Theater in Atlanta. The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2010 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA...
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Mandisa
GRAMMY® nominee and American Idol Alum Mandisa has reached her goal of shedding an incredible 100 pounds, and five years to the day she left American Idol, April 5th, will unveil her third recording, What If We Were Real. The news of Mandisa’s weight loss arrived this week as her first single, “Stronger,” was released...
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David Crowder Band
sixstepsrecords garnered 21 GMA Dove Award nominations at yesterday’s press conference for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, including recognition in key categories such as “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year.” The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2010 at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre and will be televised nationwide on GMC (http://www.watchgmc.com/), Easter Sunday, April 24...
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Female vocalist Beckah Shae garnered her first Dove Award nomination this week, as announced at an industry press conference in Atlanta for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Shae received a nod in the category of Urban Recorded Song of the Year for her Top 10 CHR hit, “Life.” Shae is among good company in the competitive category which includes songs by other top artists Brian Courtney Wilson...
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*Thursday, February 17th, 2011*


Blindside
It's no secret that Blindside fans have been waiting for quite some time for new music from the Swedish rock band. The much-delayed new studio album has been talked about for roughly three years now, with actual hope of fans hearing it finally coming to light. We received confirmation today directly from the band's management that fans can expect an official album title and release date announcement to come on Monday, February 28th. Then, next month, new music will be debuted online at www.blindsideonline.com...
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Red
On the heels of a riveting performance on "Conan" last week, Nashville-based rock band RED took the stage on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” with a powerful version of its moving ballad, “Not Alone.” To watch the performance please click on the link below, provided by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/wednesday-february-16-2011/1295633/?tin=2308...
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Emery
Originally signed in 2003 to Tooth & Nail Records, the band that has been known for constantly pushing the boundaries of their genre, Emery is proud to become the latest addition to the Solid State Records family. Emery will release their forthcoming album “We Do What We Want” in conjunction with Tooth & Nail Records and Solid State on March 29th. Emery returns with “We Do What We Want,” one of their heaviest and most uncompromisingly intense...
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Chris August
Fervent Records’ hot debut artist Chris August is soaring high with five Dove Award nominations in the following categories: New Artist Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year for his shining debut album No Far Away, Song Of The Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year for his chart-topping hit "Starry Night." This marks the Texas native’s first ever Dove Awards nominations and with five total to boot makes him...
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Vota
The VOTA House Party Acoustic Tour will feature VOTA playing acoustic versions of your favorite VOTA songs, worship music, and brand new material from their upcoming album. VOTA will also be hosting games and a karaoke contest with prizes! "This house party tour is going to be ridiculously fun!" says frontman Bryan Olesen, "This tour will give us the opportunity to do something really unique for our fans that we will remember forever...
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Francesca Battistelli
Word Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s Christian music division, is adding to their 60th Anniversary celebration with 39 Dove Award nominations at this year’s 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. With the collaborative accomplishments of all Word Entertainment entities (which include Word Distributed Labels, Word Label Group, Word Music Publishing and Word Print), the company continues to prove its elite status as a reigning force in the industry during this milestone year. Among the 39 nominations, this...
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Word Entertainment, Warner Music Groups' Christian music division, is proud to announce today that 2011 marks the storied label’s 60th anniversary of making Christian music. In celebration of this incredible milestone and the company’s fruitful history, Word Entertainment is unveiling a commemorative logo and plans to reveal special merchandise, retail items and events over the course of the year. To kick off the celebration, George Beverly Shea who was a Word Recording Artist in the late 50's, 60's and 70's, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his inspiring career accomplishments at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards...
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MercyMe
INO Records has collected eight GMA Dove Award nominations including nods in key categories such as “Song of the Year,” “Group of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2010 at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre and will be televised nationwide on GMC (http://www.watchgmc.com/), Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 from 7-9p.m. EST. This year marks the first time the show has taken place outside Nashville in 40 years...
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Anberlin
Anberlin has just announced dates in Australia, Europe, Phillipines and beyond! Check out the dates and announcement below... "Hey guys - we are getting super pumped about some of the exciting stuff coming up for us. Seems like a lot, so we wanted to list it all out here. First up, we will be performing our new single "Closer" on the Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno this coming Tuesday! Be sure to check that out - should be fun times! After that, we take off for Australia to play Soundwave Festival...
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Israel Houghton
Nominations were announced today for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards with Integrity Music’s signed and distributed artists and songwriters receiving 14 nominations, including three each for Israel Houghton and John Mark McMillan. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the nominations today from the Grand Salon of the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Integrity’s own Carlos Whittaker was among the artists participating in the press conference...
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Central South Distribution stands strong with six artist nominations for the 42nd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, marking 2011 as a record breaking year of GMA Dove nods for the company. Tamela Mann and Lecrae lead the pack for CSD with two nominations each, while Wess Morgan and Trip Lee each landed a single nomination. “Central South Distribution congratulates their artists on this year’s Dove Award nominations. The recognition by GMA voters, their...
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Christian rapper CY is preparing to launch his fourth album, High Wire Act, with a fresh new website, new distribution deal, nationwide tours, and a FREE 31 SONG Compilation download. High Wire Act is set to drop locally on March 10, 2011 and Nationally on March 19'th with a combination birthday/release party. But before then, CY is whetting appetites with a free...
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*Wednesday, February 16th, 2011*


Dove Awards
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominee Press Conference was held today in Atlanta, GA. TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Jason Crabb and Francesca Battistelli lead the artist nominations. Pictured above are the artists and nominees that revealed this year's nominations. The awards will be held at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on April 20 at 8:00pm and will broadcast on GMC on Easter Sunday at 7:00pm EST...
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Brandon Heath
Christian music’s reigning two-time Male Vocalist of the Year, Brandon Heath is once again tapped in the coveted category with his nomination announced today from Atlanta, Ga., for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Heath won the title in 2009 and 2010. The Nashville native continues to have the biggest song in the land, as his fourth career No. 1 single “Your Love” remains No. 1 for a sixth week on Billboard’s National...
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JoC
Creatively linking arms with its peers in the artist community has led to three artist nominations, and two producer credits, for veteran progressive band Jars of Clay for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, as announced today in Atlanta, Ga., the location for this year’s Dove Awards show. Jars of Clay’s most recent release, the community-minded Jars of Clay Presents: The Shelter, picked up nominations as artist and producer in the Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year...
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Third Day
Veteran Atlanta-based rock band Third Day helped welcome the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards to its home city by helping announce the slate of nominees for this year’s awards during a press conference this morning at the historic Fox Theatre. The multi-Platinum outfit also celebrates four nominations today, with lead singer Mac Powell receiving additional recognition as a songwriter. The band notched notices in the categories of Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for “Lift Up Your Face,” with Powell’s nod for writing...
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Kerrie Roberts
Pop songstress Kerrie Roberts celebrates her first career nominations today for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards, with honors in the two high-profile categories of New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Nominees were announced today in Atlanta, Ga., at the historic Fox Theatre. After receiving the news this morning, Roberts said, “I’m just so thankful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve had this year that have led up to today’s announcement...
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Matt Maher
Songwriter, recording artist and worship leader Matt Maher picked up a handful of nominations for the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards today for his work on “Christ Is Risen” from his sophomore Essential Records release Alive Again, and his contribution to The Essential Christmas Collection. The Newfoundland-born Maher gathered a nomination for Worship Song of the Year, and two nominations as both artist and songwriter in the Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year category...
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Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records and reigning Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli hopes to have a ‘hundred more years’ like 2011 with scoring four Dove Award nominations in the following categories: Artist Of The Year, Female Vocalist Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song Of The Year for the smash hit "Beautiful Beautiful" Also adding to this year’s list of exciting news, Battistelli will release her sophomore album Hundred More Years, available everywhere beginning March 1...
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Tenth Avenue North
Reunion Records’ modern pop band Tenth Avenue North, hard charging off the success of its sophomore full-length release The Light Meets The Dark, has taken in four nominations for this year’s 42nd Annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including nods in two categories in which the band received nominations last year. Tenth Avenue North picked up nominations in the coveted categories Song of the Year (for lead vocalist/songwriter Mike Donehey...
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Dove Awards
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today from the Grand Salon of the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta that TobyMac and Chris Tomlin lead the diverse group of artist nominees with six nominations each, while Jason Crabb nabs five, and Francesca Battistelli pulls in four nods from the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. This is the first time the awards have been held outside of Memphis or Nashville. The awards show will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:00 p.m. EST...
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12 Stones
12 Stones announced today that the band has signed a new record deal with Executive Music Group (EMG). The band stated “We are very excited to be part of EMG / Fontana / Universal. We are looking forward to working with a label and team that see the potential in our music and direction. We look forward to getting back to all our fans and showing them the new and rejuvenated 12 Stones.” 12 Stones are currently writing and will be heading into the studio very soon to work on the new album. “We are excited about the future of this band...
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For Today has just announced a headlining tour with Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin, For the Fallen Dreams, and In the Midst of Lions. The tour kicks off at the second night of Facedown Fest...
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*Tuesday, February 15th, 2011*


Showbread
Discover the newest novel written by Showbread’s own vocalist Joshua Dies out today at www.joshdies.com. The Joke That We Play on the World chronicles the humble beginnings of the band and takes the reader through the tough times, the heartfelt, the hilarious and the just plain bizarre. The journey spans 12 years and more than hundreds of thousands of traveled miles bringing you...
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Following a riveting performance of its No. 1 "Faceless" last Tuesday (2/8) on CONAN, Red returns to Los Angeles for a performance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” tomorrow, Wednesday, February 16. “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35 PM CT. Mark your calendars and tune in!...
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John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist John Schlitt — solo artist, lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra and former lead singer for popular '70s mainstream rock band Head East and has been named a finalist in About.com's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards. Schlitt got the nod in the "Best Male Vocalist" category alongside Bebo Norman, Brandon Heath, Chris Tomlin and Jeremy Camp. "I'm totally honored to be in the company of these talented vocalists," says Schlitt. "I want to thank all of my fans and supporters that care enough to have nominated me...
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Hillsong United
Best-selling modern worship band Hillsong UNITED offers its highly anticipated, 11th full-length album and second ever studio recording, AFTERMATH, today on Sparrow Records. Having its pulse consistently in tune with the heart cry of congregations across the globe and a fresh, forward-thinking soundtrack to match, Hillsong UNITED has been the veritable gold standard of modern worship music for the past decade and counting. The new album continues this journey, releasing amidst wide acclaim, immediate sales success...
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*Monday, February 14th, 2011*


Skillet
For what turns out to be an unfortunate announcement for fans of the band to receive on Valentine's Day, Skillet's guitarist of ten years has announced that he is leaving the band. Below is Skillet's announcement made today... "Panheads, fans, friends, and rockers, What's up everybody? We have just returned home from Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, where we had an awesome tour! However, as we are taking a little time off, we have a sad message to share with you. Our long-time guitarist Ben Kasica is going to end his time with Skillet. We have had 10 years working together...
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Fireflight
Premiere modern rock band Fireflight attended the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards yesterday celebrating its first career nomination for current album For Those Who Wait, recognized in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category. The awards were held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Fireflight brings its “The Overcome Tour” headlining show to 25 cities this spring, visit www.fireflightrock.com...
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Switchfoot
Multi-Platinum rock band Switchfoot received its first GRAMMY award last night, with Hello Hurricane, its seventh studio album, winning in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Released November 10, 2009 on Atlantic and Credential Records, Hello Hurricane entered The Billboard 200 at No. 13. The band launched the record with an extensive tour and performances on all the major late night network talk shows. "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)...
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Matthew West
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Matthew West and KLOVE have announced the winners to their annual “Next Great Love Song” contest, which received such overwhelming response, KLOVE’s website has crashed. After reviewing the over 8,000 entries, “Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” inspired by a letter from a North Carolina woman to her husband of 25 years, and “When Love Comes Home,” taken from a note from a man serving in the military to his wife while on deployment...
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Stryper
Christian rockers Stryper are offering fans a head-banging view of who their influences were early on, with the arrival of an almost entire album’s worth of cover songs titled The Covering. Set for release on February 15th via Big3 Records (Sony), the album includes twelve rocking covers, as well as the all-new original tune, “God.” And most significantly, the album marks the return of original bassist Tim Gaines back into the Stryper fold, setting up the first Stryper release in years to feature the definitive line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet...
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Israel Houghton
Integrity Music’s Israel Houghton is now a four-time GRAMMY Award winner after receiving the award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for his critically acclaimed CD Love God. Love People. The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The GRAMMY for Love God. Love People. makes four straight for the worship leader from Houston. Each of Houghton’s last four CDs have been honored with GRAMMY Awards. Last year he won for his solo debut CD The Power of One, and with his powerhouse musical ensemble New Breed, Houghton won a GRAMMY in...
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Phil Keaggy
It began in 2008 as a ‘magnificent experiment’ of combining the giftings of four recognized Christian artists and songwriters on a visit to Israel and other Biblical locales for the purpose of writing new music drawn from the inspiration and unique brotherhood of together walking the ancient lands Jesus walked. The February 15th release of Songs For Israel (Candlelight Records) completes the journey. Songs For Israel contains twelve inspired new songs birthed from the Holy Land experience—both collaborative efforts and solo writes—by the participating artists –Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill, Songs For Israel, and Songs For Israel...
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Circleslide
Critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide wants to share the ultimate gift of love this Valentine's Day — God's love for each of us. Their new single, "Love Amazing" from their current CD, Echoes of the Light on Save the City Records and Provident-Integrity Distribution, explores the way God loves us even when we feel unloved, left out, or at the end of our rope. To hear the song, click the link below. "Circleslide is one of the most real bands I have ever had the opportunity...
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Atlantic Records/Word Entertainment’s Jason Castro is ready to heat up the final run of the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular “American Bible Society Pre-jam Party.” Joining previously announced special guests Fervent recording artists Chris August and Sidewalk Prophets, Castro will be warming up the stage for Christian Music favorites Francesca Battistelli, KJ-52, Kutless, NewSong, RED, The David Crowder Band and The Newsboys and speaker Tony Nolan. He will embark on this nationwide tour beginning on February 17...
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After two decades of making music and 14 Grammy nominations, Word Records’ Multi-Platinum selling act Diamond Rio found the “reason” to celebrate last night when they scored their first Grammy award. The critically acclaimed country music band won the Grammy for the Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album for their first-ever full-length Christian Music release entitled The Reason, featuring the hit single “God Is There.” And making the win even more meaningful is that this album...
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*Friday, February 11th, 2011*


toby
The celebrity field for the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm was joined by GRAMMY®-Award winning and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac this week. Leading PGA TOUR pros will be teamed with celebrity amateurs including TobyMac, as well as ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, actor Kevin Costner, NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell and Josh Duhamel. Other celebrities include former San Francisco 49er Harris Barton, soccer star Brandi Chastain, and actors Don Cheadle and Ray Romano...
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Syntax Distribution is thrilled to announce the latest addition to its ever-growing list of clients, Canadian-based ION Worship. This deal gives Syntax exclusive worldwide rights to the ION catalog, while strategically placing their music in front of a larger music-consuming audience. "With the reach that Syntax has, we know that our artists will receive excellent exposure," says Marc Pusch, Managing Partner of ION. "In an age where old systems are dying...
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*Thursday, February 10th, 2011*


Nashville-based label Transform Music Group announces the addition of female rock artist Miss Angie to its roster. A pioneer of the CCM female rock movement, Miss Angie will release her third national album, Time & Space, on July 26. Debuting on the music scene in 1997, Miss Angie returns with a new look, new music, and new label partner for her latest endeavor, a 12-song record featuring beautifully simplistic and startlingly crafted melodies that rock...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas is excited to release their full-length album for Gotee Records, Ad Astra Per Aspera (latin for "to the stars through difficulties") on March 8 at all digital outlets and tour stops, produced Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes, Relient K). Abandon Kansas is: Jeremy Spring - vocals, guitar, keys, Brad Foster – guitar, Chet Kueffer – bass and Brian Scheideman - drums...
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*Wednesday, February 9th, 2011*


Red
The twice GRAMMY-nominated rock band RED delivers the highest debut in the country with its third studio project Until We Have Faces claiming the No. 2 spot on the coveted Billboard Top 200 chart today. Additionally, RED debuts at No. 1 on the following Nielsen SoundScan charts: Current Hard Music, Current Rock Music, Current Alternative, Christian Rock, Current Contemporary Christian Album and Record Label Independent charts. Until We Have Faces also remained in the Top 5 on both iTunes’ Overall Album and Rock Album charts its entire street week...
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Josh Wilson
Sparrow Records’ critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Wilson, who brought you the powerful hit “Before the Morning” and “Savior Please,” is receiving praise from critics and fans for his vast musical efforts on his latest release See You, available now. Produced by Matt Bronleewe (Natalie Imbruglia, Jars of Clay, Selena Gomez), the 12-track album is proving to be another hit record...
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Demon Hunter
Solid State Records is offering a brand new collection of tracks from their artists to Facebook members for free. Just "Like" Solid State's page on Facebook to access a free download of the I Am Solid State Sampler to get songs from Demon Hunter, To Speak of Wolves and a bunch of others from Underoath, August Burns Red, Haste The Day, Living Sacrifice and more! If you're already a part of the Solid State Facebook crew, just head over to the page and click on the "Offer" tab to get the sampler...
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Pc3
Twelve years after pc3 (Paul Colman Trio) released its first album Serious Fun, and seven years after it took a "break", the trio reunites for a tour of Australia and New Zealand this April. The group that changed the face of Christian music in this country with its engaging and entertaining performances recorded four studio and two live albums, garnered a Grammy nomination, a GMA Dove Award, TRAA Honors for song and artist of the year, plus a slew of hit singles in the USA, Australia and New Zealand...
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*Tuesday, February 8th, 2011*


Larry Norman
A new rock ‘n’ roll documentary asks whether the “father of Christian rock music” was nothing more than a contemporary Elmer Gantry, a musical flim-flam man out to con the faithful. Larry Norman, who died in early 2008, was something of a “rock ‘n’ roll Billy Graham” figure, the most vibrant musical performer to shake, rattle and roll church pews during a hip countercultural revival of religion known as the “Jesus movement.” Casting a prophet-like presence and with lyrics that cut to the marrow, Norman became the voice of a generation of young Christians...
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Sixteen-year-old pop artist Katelynne Cox will release her first national label project via Red Hammer Records on March 22. Titled One Girl, the record communicates a message of integrity and empowerment, inspiring listeners toward confidence and self-respect. Produced by Grammy Award nominee Aaron Rice, with songwriting by Rice, Sam Mizell (Francesca Battistelli, Matthew West) “American Idol” alumnus Chris Sligh, Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, and Jamie Moore...
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downhere
The Christian music industry is eagerly awaiting the next studio release from Downhere and the group is moving a step closer as they are now recording their next project. The release date of the untitled CD is scheduled for late summer 2011. The band is keeping fans updated on the recording progress through videos that are posted on www.youtube.com and through twitter at www.twitter.com/downhere...
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Budding artists, church worship team members, or anyone wanting to become connected with the music industry is invited to attend the first annual Bloom Indie Music Conference. The event will be held in Seattle, Washington on the campus of Northwest University, April 8-9, 2011. Registration is now available online at www.bloommusicconference.com and the price is $129.00 for the general public, with a special discounted student rate of $89.00...
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Following up the single that hit #2 on Rock radio this past Fall, VSR Music Group band, SILVERLINE, is set to embark on the Voices In The Night Tour the end of this month. The Tour will also feature Tooth and Nail band, I am Empire, along with Bright Light Parade. Kicking off February 23rd in Pensecola, FL, the 25-city Voices In The Night Tour will make stops in Orlando, Baltimore, St. Paul and Topeka along the way...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas is excited to release their full-length album for Gotee Records, Ad Astra Per Aspera (latin for "to the stars through difficulties") on March 8 at all digital outlets and tour stops, produced Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes, Relient K). “The melodies are big, the vocals compelling, and the guitar gives the whole thing an ambient accessibility. This is good old Rock and...
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*Monday, February 7th, 2011*


FM Static
Fans of Thousand Foot Krutch have been enjoying the sounds of FM Static, the summery pop-rock side-project, since their 2003 debut. The counterpart will be releasing their fourth studio project, My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go, on April 5, 2011 on Tooth & Nail Records. This release finds primary figureheads Trevor McNevan and Steve Augustine (both of Thousand Foot Krutch fame) turning in its most melodic, memorable and meaningful album to date that will make it feel like summer outside no matter what the season...
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Dove Awards
The Gospel Music Association and the GMC announced today that Daytime® Emmy Award-winner and co-host of the popular ABC Television talk show “The View,” Sherri Shepherd, will host the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards live from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, April 20th. The Dove Awards will be handed out in forty-plus categories in a star-studded evening of music and celebration. The awards will air at 8:00p.m./delayed PT on GMC, Easter Sunday, April 24th...
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*Friday, February 4th, 2011*


Francesca Battistelli
In anticipation of her sophomore release Hundred More Years available everywhere beginning March 1, Fervent Records and reigning Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year, Francesca Battistelli, is offering a sneak peak of her album through her website – http://www.francescamusic.com/hundredmoreyears. Beginning today, fans will be able to access Hundred More Years with full song streams and share with friends for the entire month of February...
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Manafest s
This week BEC Recordings’ Manafest received a JUNO Award nomination for the acclaimed 2010 release, The Chase. This marks Manafest’s second JUNO nomination (2007 Glory) for “Contemporary Christian Album.” The Chase has been a career milestone record for this Canadian-based artist with more than 30,000 albums sold worldwide, 40,000 digital singles sold for “Avalanche,” a 2010 GMA Canada Award ("Best Hip-Hop Album"), and his highest career radio charting...
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In the wake of the success of his two previous CD’s (Rebel and Rehab), Christian rapper LeCrae has once again landed on familiar territory with his latest CD, Rehab: The Overdose, which debuted at #1 on both the Billboard’s Christian and Gospel charts; number 5 on the Rap Chart and # 15 on Top 200. With a robust 22,000 units, Rehab: The Overdose should put...
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SCC
This spring, five-time GRAMMY Award® winner, Steven Curtis Chapman will head north to Canada for An Evening with Steven Curtis Chapman. This will be his first extended run in Canada in nearly 15 years, since appearances in the fall of 1996. Also joining Chapman will be his dear friend, the prolific and award winning singer/songwriter, Geoff Moore. In addition, the opener for the evening will be the emerging band, Caleb, a four-piece that includes Chapman's sons Caleb and Will...
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RED Will Be The Musical Guest On CONAN Tuesday, February 8. Tune in to CONAN on TBS at 11/10c Visit http://teamcoco.com for more info on CONAN and www.redmusiconline.com for more on RED...
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*Thursday, February 3rd, 2011*


Hawk Nelson
Starting the release party early, Hawk Nelson debuts their music video today for their No. 1 radio single and title track “Crazy Love.” Fans can watch the John Reuben produced music video at Vevo.com here. Next Tuesday, Hawk Nelson will release their fifth studio album, Crazy Love, on Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings. Early reviews are already touting this release...
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Introducing The City Harmonic released Nov. 22, 2010 from Kingsway amidst a growing crowd of newly inspired music critics who have widely-praised this new band heralding from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As the band’s momentum continues to build, The City Harmonic has entered into agreements with The Fuel Music Management and Elite Talent Agency to handle management and booking respectively. “The City Harmonic are one of those acts that comes along and you get a glimpse of Heaven...
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*Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011*


Aaron Gillespie
Next month on March 8th, Aaron Gillespie will release his solo debut, Anthem Song, on Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings. Fans can pre-order the album in a variety of bundles at www.aarongmerch.com including autographed packages, t-shirt and sweatshirt bundles as well as a lyrics book. There is even a songwriter package that is complete with an acoustic guitar. Other unique pre-sale options are available here that include a t-shirt and free instant download...
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Mary Mary
Columbia Records/Integrity Music artists Mary Mary, announce the release of SOMETHING BIG on March 29, 2011, the long-awaited follow-up to The Sound, their multi-award winning, groundbreaking previous CD. With powerful voices that soar, harmonies that chime and empowering lyrics written by the duo of sisters Erica and Tina Campbell, the songs on SOMETHING BIG are instantly memorable...
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*Tuesday, February 1st, 2011*


Red
Twice GRAMMY-nominated hard rock outfit Red got its street week underway with incredible momentum today as its third project, Until We Have Faces, saw No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart and simultaneously celebrated a fast rising No. 1 at Christian rock radio with the incendiary, “Faceless.” With extensive online coverage also impacting today, fans can catch up with Red and even stream the album in full...
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Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith has officially announced his upcoming 2012 Cruise from July 7 - 14. Check out a personal announcement letter from Smitty himself below... "When we set out on our first cruise a few years ago, I really did not know what to expect. But after a week of the most beautiful scenery and rich interaction with friends like you, cruising became a Smith-Family Tradition. Debbie and I could not have anticipated the depth of ministry and refreshment that comes from spending time in a beautiful setting with fellow Believers...
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