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January, 2008



*Thursday, January 31st, 2008*


delirious
Longtime, original Delirious? drummer Stewart Smith has just announced that 2008 will mark the end of his twelve-year run with the band. Smith made the following personal announcement to all the D: fans... "A little over twelve years ago Delirious? set sail on what was to be the most adventurous and exciting journey of my life. Five guys from the small town of Littlehampton – a seaside town only ever made famous by "The Body Shop" - dreamt of one day filling stadiums with the "sound of Heaven....
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Everlife
Sister trio Everlife have had one amazing week as they have been performing to sold-out crowds, estimated at over 105,000 people for just six dates. Tonight, at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, concludes touring with friend and fellow performing artist, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), as Everlife was asked to join in on the last leg...
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Newsboys
Once again, Global Tribe will be on the newsboys GO TOUR, sharing their mission of aid and compassion with everyone who comes to the concerts. Global Tribe has a big need for volunteers to staff the booth each night and has asked us to pass the word along to all our fans. You won't miss any of the show and you get a free...
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Mission of Mercy is excited to announce the expansion of their Artist Program. While the organization has spent years coming to the aid of some of the neediest and poorest of the world’s children, they have put a renewed focus on their artist program to help spread the word about urgent needs across the globe. The program is open to both signed and independent artists who are serious about changing the world, and being a voice for the voiceless...
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ATLANTA, Ga – January 30, 2008 -- Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will celebrate Black History Month this February with 29 days of music and artists that have inspired the world including: the world premiere of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration from Phoenix, AZ the site of Super Bowl XLII; the GMC premiere of Faith Unscripted: Bobby Jones; a new look at the life and career of Smokie Norful; and a mix of other special programming featuring the likes of Ray Charles, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Clark Sisters, The Blind Boys...
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*Wednesday, January 30th, 2008*


Keith and Kristyn Getty
Irish modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty are preparing for an international tour and a string of high profile appearances this year, following a groundbreaking 2007 which included performances at The Pentagon and the GMA Dove Awards, in addition to appearing on numerous television and radio broadcasts...
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Stellar Kart
Award-winning Word Records band Stellar Kart joins producer Otis Mass (Krystal Meyers, Group One Crew) in the Bronx on set for its latest music video, "Innocent." The video precedes Stellar Kart's forthcoming Feb. 26 release, Expect The Impossible, and can be viewed by pre-buying the album at...
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The Super Bowl party will continue on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) television network on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) when GMC presents the exclusive world premiere of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration 2008, the only gospel event sanctioned by the National Football League for Super Bowl Weekend. The event, seen on GMC last year and ranked as one of the “Top 3 Must-See Events during Super Bowl Weekend” by USA Today, will be recorded live from Symphony Hall in Phoenix, AZ site of Super Bowl XLII this Friday night, Feb. 1. The show will...
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*Tuesday, January 29th, 2008*


Pillar
GRAMMY-nominated rock band Pillar has unveiled dates for its 3-month, “For the Love of the Game” Tour, sponsored by World Vision, TVU and RadioU. Christian music’s leading rock band will kick-off its ninth headlining tour in Palos Heights (Chicago), Ill. on Feb. 22, 2008. Named for Pillar’s upcoming album, which will hit stores Feb. 26, 2008, the full tour line-up is: Pillar, Building 429, Wavorly and introducing Brooke Barrettsmith...
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Fireflight
Orlando-based rock band Fireflight recently shot a high-intensity music video featuring car crashes, tragic characters and the band’s commanding live performance of its current radio smash “Unbreakable.” Shot inside a commercial steel warehouse by Ruckus Film in east Nashville, the “Unbreakable” video is the first in town to use the RED ONE camera technology. Having four times the resolution of a High Definition camera, RED ONE is being called Ultra High Definition. “Unbreakable” is the first single and title track off Fireflight’s anticipated March 4 sophomore album release...
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Natalie Grant
“Live For Today,” the 2005 hit single from Curb recording artist and GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, is currently featured in a promotional campaign for the “Breast Cancer 3-Day.” A 60-mile fundraising walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, the “Breast Cancer 3-Day” series will be held in 14 cities around the country this year...
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Andrew Peterson
Prolific singer/songwriter and author Andrew Peterson recently announced his plans for a spring tour that will include friends and special guests Jill Phillips, Andrew Gullahorn, Ben Shive, and others for his Resurrection Letters Tour...
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Israel and New Breed
The Recording Academy® announced this week that Israel and New Breed will be part of a special Gospel segment to air during the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 10. The Grammy, Dove and Stellar award-winning group will perform alongside the 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, The Clark Sisters, The Madison Bumblees and Trin-I-Tee 5:7...
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EMI CMG
EMI Christian Music Group (CMG), the world’s largest Christian music organization, and media distribution developer PassAlong Networks™ today announced the launch of ChristianDigitalStore.com, a white label digital music service provider and store powered by PassAlong Networks that features content from major and independent labels including EMI CMG, Warner Music Group’s Word Entertainment and independent labels. ChristianDigitalStore.com provides retailers, brands, radio stations and organizations a turnkey way to offer consumers an easy-to-use digital music discovery and buying experience without having to invest in creating their own infrastructure and fulfillment system. The first retailer to sign on to ChristianDigitalStore...
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This spring, NuSpring Records will introduce Christian music fans to the fifteen of the hottest up-and-coming acts in Christian music today, through the all new Underground Sound Series. The first album in the series, Underground Sound, Volume One, will be available everywhere on May 27, 2008 (distributed by EMI Christian Music Group). Executive Producer Paul Wright III (who was also instrumental in launching...
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*Monday, January 28th, 2008*


Hawk Nelson
With their third studio record, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend, slated for an April 1st release, Hawk Nelson has undergone yet another member change. Drummer Aaron Tosti has exited and the band has already a replacement set up for their upcoming "Green T Tour." Bassist Daniel Biro announced the change, "So this is the New Year... and honestly I can say that I'm really looking forward to 2008. One of the most significant events is the welcoming of a Mr. Justin Benner to the band...
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Jeff Deyo
Kevin Max recently began on the production of an indie film entited The Imposter, in which the singer stars as the main character. While the film takes a unique look at the Christian music industry, the plot involves a character is a "more 'CCM' type member of the band" Kevin's Johnny C is in, and Max has announced that worship leader Jeff Deyo will be making his acting debut as that band member. Kevin writes...
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POD
The title track from P.O.D.'s new album When Angels & Serpents Dance is up at PayableOnDeath.com as a FREE download! Fans can now pre-order When Angels & Serpents Dance for only $9.97 and get "The Warrior Wall" - a booklet/Poster included with the album, that has your name printed on it! Orders must be sent in my March 16th when ordering it from MusiChristian.com...
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*Saturday, January 26th, 2008*


Seabird
Newest Credential Recordings signing, Cincinnati’s Seabird, has recently released a four song digital EP, Let Me Go On. The EP includes three songs produced by Jaquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) and Allen Salmon (Mute Math, This Beautiful Republic)...
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GRAMMYs
Provident Label Group’s GRAMMY nominees attend NARAS Nashville Chapter Nominee Party: GRAMMY-nominated artists Michael W. Smith and Pillar’s Rob Beckley attended the NARAS Nashville Chapter GRAMMY Nominee party, held earlier this week in Nashville, Tenn. Smith is nominated for his thirteenth GRAMMY Award this year, while Pillar is nominated for its first...
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Brandon Heath
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandon Heath will hit the road this spring with Aaron Shust on the 20-city “Whispered and Shouted” Tour beginning March 7 in St. Paul, Minn. Dates were announced this week and include Seattle, San Diego, and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Visit BrandonHeath.net or MySpace.com/brandonheath for complete tour listing. Brandon quickly became a fixture at...
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Matt Maher Singer/songwriter/worship leader Matt Maher recently wrapped up a two-week, bi-coastal radio promo tour, in light of his debut single, “Your Grace Is Enough.” During the span, he’s made no less than 14 stops at AC and CHR radio stations on a courageous attempt to personally visit all of his radio friends. Maher shares his story behind the song, “I wrote ‘Your Grace Is Enough’ when...
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*Thursday, January 24th, 2008*


Matthew West
Something To Say, the highly anticipated third studio recording and first project in more than two years from Sparrow singer/songwriter Matthew West, released last week to critical acclaim and top sales. The project debuts on Neilsen SoundScan’s Christian Retail Chart at #10 this week, while West was the best-selling Christian artist on iTunes last week...
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Passion
sixstepsrecords presents the latest of its award-winning live offerings, Passion: God of This City, on Feb. 5. With Passion event CDs selling more than 1.6 million copies, its long-awaited eleventh disc includes moments from Passion’07 in Atlanta and Passion Regional: USA Gatherings in Boston and Chicago last fall as well as a new live recording of Chris Tomlin’s recent No. 1 radio hit “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).”...
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Mandisa
After a highly successful label debut (one of Sparrow Records’ fastest-selling new artists ever) with True Beauty, and her first Christmas EP, American Idol’s own MANDISA is celebrating her first GRAMMY nomination and hit the road last week on the Winter Jam tour, performing before over 35,000 people in the first four shows alone...
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Michael English
One of Christian music’s most powerful male vocalists, Michael English, will release his first studio album in eight years, The Prodigal Comes Home, on February 26, 2008. The production crew for the CD features the biggest names in Christian and Country music with the majority of the project produced by Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown, Casting Crowns) and Dale Oliver (Bucky Covington)...
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Phil Wickham
The Gospel Music Channel (GMC) gives fans a weekly dose of everything Christian/gospel music with its new weekly primetime series The Kitchen Sink, with new episodes premiering Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This Sat. Jan. 26, The Kitchen Sink introduces new band After Edmund and features rising artist Aiyesha Woods along with its regular weekly feature and news stories...
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Kevin Max
As previously announced, some of Christian music’s top artists will share the stage with some of music's biggest names for a charity concert benefiting the victims of the Station Nightclub fire. The charity event marks the fifth anniversary of the Station Nightclub tragedy in Rhode Island, the fourth largest nightclub fire in U.S. history. 100 lives were lost, 200 others were seriously injured and 65 children lost one or both parents...
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*Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008*


Third Day
With much of the United States still looking at the bulk of winter in front of them, acclaimed multi-platinum rock band Third Day is busy pulling together the final touches on the projects that will kick off its year: an upcoming studio album release and the spring leg of its 2008 live tour. The veteran Atlanta-based rockers welcome exciting young bands Sanctus Real, DecembeRadio and Revive to its spring tour, beginning March 6 in Charleston, SC and spanning 20 shows within a month’s time frame...
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KOCH Entertainment Distribution today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Above Entertainment, a St. Louis-based music label and publishing company that is becoming established in the Mainstream and Christian music market. Under this agreement, KOCH is the exclusive physical and digital distributor of the label in North America...
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*Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008*


Audio A
The official run of the band may be over, but for two original members of Audio Adrenaline, the ministry lives on. The guys announced today: "Their touring days may be behind them, but you can still book AudioA* to come to your church, conference, school, camp... pretty much ANY where! Check out AAtalks... and be sure to let your pastor // youth pastor know about us!..."
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Chris Tomlin
ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and the Gospel Music Association’s reigning Artist of the Year, sixstepsrecords worship leader Chris Tomlin begins 2008 on top with his current project, See The Morning, certified Gold this month by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second consecutive Gold record, See The Morning’s third radio single “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” also became the album’s third consecutive No. 1 hit...
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Christian music’s newest Worship artist, Carmen D’Arcy, has signed with Brick Street Records that is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and Martingale Music out of Nashville, Tennessee. Her debut project, A Place Called Grace, streets April 15 and was produced by Bryan Lenox (Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, tobyMac, Sonic Flood, Sixpence None The Richer). The CD will be worked at Christian radio by one of the industry’s most respected promoters, Linda Meyers, who is the President of Legacy Promotions Inc. with the retail and marketing side being handled by the one of the premiere music executives, Eric Wyse, who is President of Martingale Music. A Place Called Grace will be distributed by Martingale Music and Koch Distribution...
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Needtobreathe
Atlantic Records' NEEDTOBREATHE was recently presented with gold plaques by the Word Label Group promotions team after their song, "Signature of Divine (Yahweh)," remained at #1 for four consecutive weeks (CHR). The song was released on the band's sophomore album The Heat last Fall...
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*Saturday, January 19th, 2008*


Sixpence NTR
We at Jesusfreakhideout.com are brimming with excitement to inform everyone that vocalist Leigh Nash has announced that Sixpence None The Richer is back and recording for a 2008 EP release with a plan for a tour in April! In a blog that was mixed with the sad news of Leigh's father's recent passing and the joyful news of the popular teaming of her and Matt as Sixpence, Nash stated...
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Third Day
GRAMMY-winning and multi-platinum rock band Third Day will soon trek to the Persian Gulf and perform for service members as part of a USO/Army and Air Force Chaplains entertainment tour. On its first USO tour, the five member band will spend quality time with troops, mesmerize military...
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Everlife
Sister trio Everlife are more than ready to hit the road, yet again. No strangers to touring coast to coast, this time the girls will be performing in front of sold-out crowds, estimated at 105,000 people, in just six days...
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Grey Holiday
San Antonio, Tex.-based rock band Grey Holiday will spend Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2008, in Ecuador, working on a film project with Ethnographic Media, a video magazine designed to explore, discuss and act upon the stories and social issues of the current day. The film they will be shooting while there is entitled The Grandfathers, which will tell the story of a tribe in Ecuador that formerly had a 60% homicide rate...
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Kingston Falls
Facedown Records has announced the line-ups for both nights of the 10th annual Facedown Fest in Pomona, CA. The Fest will take place at the Glasshouse on March 28 & 29. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or at the Glasshouse box office (with no extra fees!). One day tickets are $15 and 2 day passes are $25. Facedown Fest has sold out every year so make sure you get your tickets early...
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*Thursday, January 17th, 2008*


Sarah Kelly
Multi-GRAMMY-nominated recording artist and worship leader Sarah Kelly is poised for an April 1st release of her third album Born To Worship (Gotee/EMI CMG). Born To Worship features 10 songs of what Kelly is calling “edgy, passionate worship” and chronicles her own personal survival story from self-hate and abuse...
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Everyday Sunday
Inpop Records' Everyday Sunday kicks off 2008 by celebrating its strong showing at Christian radio in 2007, including the band's hit single "Wake Up! Wake Up!," which was Radio & Records No. 1 Rock song of the year. The Columbus, Ohio-based band was also Radio & Records’ No. 6 Christian Rock artist and No. 10 Christian CHR artist of 2007...
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Verity recording artist and Christian music’s premier Latin Gospel singer/songwriter, Joann Rosario, hosted the Gospel Music Channel’s red carpet interviews at last week’s Stellar Awards in Nashville. Rosario (right) is pictured with Tamela and David Mann, co-stars of the March 21 Lionsgate Films motion picture, “Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns”...
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*Wednesday, January 16th, 2008*


Jackson Waters
With the new year, Word Record rock act Jackson Waters has already had their music prominently featured on One Tree Hill and are working on new music to follow-up their 2007 debut, Come Undone. With the good news, comes some sad news as well, however, as the band also announces the recent departure of bassist Brian Meek...
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Pillar
The Gospel Music Channel (GMC) gives fans a weekly dose of everything Christian/gospel music with its new weekly primetime series The Kitchen Sink, with new episodes premiering Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This Sat. Jan. 19, appearances and performances by GRAMMY nominated rockers Pillar and rising hip-hop artist Canton Jones are among the show’s highlights...
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BMI paid homage to gospel greats Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Mighty Clouds of Joy and Pastor Marvin Winans at its ninth Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. Hosted by contemporary gospel queen Dorinda Clark Cole and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton at Rocketown in Nashville, the invitation-only celebration attracted gospel music's premier songwriters, recording artists, music industry executives and legends...
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Creation Festival
The largest outdoor Christian music and teaching festival of its kind, Creation Festival is honored to announce that they have been named for a second time as CCM Magazine reader’s “Favorite Festival”. This accolade inspires the Festival even more to continue its tradition of featuring the hottest acts in Christian music, as well as highlighting up-and-coming artists and introducing audiences to the finest speakers across the nation. Keeping their vision in mind, Creation is pleased to announce the line-up for its 30th Anniversary...
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Children 18:3
The newest addition to to Tooth & Nail Records hails from a rural farming community in Minnesota where the three home-schooled siblings developed their undeniable rock sound, which debuts February 26th on the self-titled release. Children 18:3 is comprised of siblings David (lead vocals, songwriter, guitar), Seth (drums) and Lee Marie (bass, vocals)...
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*Tuesday, January 15th, 2008*


Jaci Velasquez
On March 18th, Jaci Velasquez will be releasing her new album titled Love Out Loud nationwide. This will be Jaci’s 13th record and debut release on her self-owned A’Postrophe Records. Jaci teamed up with longtime friend and producer of her first three records, Mark Heimermann, to make what promises to be her best record to date...
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Skillet
Longtime Skillet drummer Lori Peters has stepped out of the band, leaving the three remaining members looking for a replacement since original drummer Trey McClurkin left the group in 2000. Founding member and frontman John Cooper reports on their newest member, Jen Ledger, "Hey Panheads! We are out on tour bringing the rock to Winter Jam and loving it! Thanks to all of you who have already come out..."
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John Schlitt
John Schlitt, multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist, premiers the release of his third solo album, The Grafting, Tuesday, January 22nd at 11 a.m. CST on Celebration, Daystar Television Network’s one-hour live talk show program...
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Songs 4 Worship: Country remains a strong contender on the Country and Christian charts more than three months after its release date, October 2, 2007. Total scans for last week were 9,866, the biggest week to date, and chart positions from Soundscan are #3 for Contemporary Christian, #14 for the Country charts, and #93 in Billboard’s Top 200 Album Charts...
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*Monday, January 14th, 2008*


delirious
What began as a vision for Delirious? frontman Martin Smith and his wife Anna over a year ago has finally came to fruition this past week. Some of the world’s greatest songwriters were brought together for the Compassionart songwriter’s retreat in an effort to create ongoing global...
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Number One Gun
Tooth and Nail recording artist Number One Gun is set to start 2008 on a high note with the release of The North Pole Project on January 15. This is the band’s sophomore project for the label. While keeping up...
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Rap artist and Hiphop IS Music mogul Braille Brizzy drops his next chart-topper, The IV Edition, courtesy of Syntax Records, on April 15, 2008. The project marks the return of Braille's partnership with the underground hip-hop record label. "It really comes down to trust. When I make records, I put everything I have into them. When you put that much effort..."
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Robbie Seay Band
“Rise,” from Sparrow recording artist Robbie Seay Band, is currently featured on four national television promotional spots for FOX’s “American Idol.” The opening selection of the band’s critically acclaimed album, Give Yourself Away, is being used in promotion for the seventh season of “American Idol,” which premieres January 15 and 16...
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Audio A
Former Audio Adrenaline vocalist Mark Stuart reported today on their current visit on-site to The Hands and Feet Project, an orphanage members of the band started in Haiti. Accompanying Stuart this time around are Hawk Nelson members Jason Dunn and Daniel Biro. It's the first trip for Stuart since a hurricane ravaged the village home to the orphanage late last year. Stuart writes...
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*Sunday, January 13th, 2008*


RSJ
Check your local listings—the Gospel Music TV Channel—airing in more than 100 markets nationally—will feature Rebecca St. James this weekend on their great, fun new magazine show, "Kitchen Sink." Also, the RSJ camp has announced a new Rebecca collection releasing in March, a rerelease of her "Wait For Me" book, and a brand new book coming later this year...
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Bride
Legendary hard rock / metal act Bride has begun discussing their latest project, previously rumored to possibly be their final album. Frontman Dale Thompson writes... "In the next coming months things here are going to be crazy. The process of writing music for us is an adventure and filled with unimaginable excitement. Troy and I have decided to take the band into a direction that..."
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*Friday, January 11th, 2008* ~ EVENING UPDATE


Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist and GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, returns February 12 with Relentless, her highly anticipated seventh album. Produced by Grant’s husband, Grammy Award-nominee and Dove Award-winner Bernie Herms, as well as her longtime collaborator, Dove Award-winner Shaun Shankel, Relentless is Grant’s first studio recording in nearly three years...
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delirious
The Compassionart songwriter’s retreat began Monday with the admirable goal of receiving 10-12 songs to be given to the world not just to sing, but to raise money for the relief of suffering for the poorest of the poor around the planet. On target to surpass that initial goal, Compassionart founder and Delirious? frontman Martin Smith says, "We now have 21 songs; all are strong"...
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Falling Up
Starting 2008 with a passion, BEC Recordings’ band Falling Up is getting ready for the Heart Support Tour, featuring headliners Family Force 5 as well as special guests Spoken, This Beautiful Republic and speaker Jon Bell. The tour will kick off on January 17th in Abilene, TX...
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EMI CMG
January 11, 2008 – In one of the first deals of its kind, EMI CMG Publishing and Lilly Mack Publishing, home to the song catalog of Grammy® Award winning, multi-platinum artist Kirk Franklin, and one of the world’s largest Gospel music catalogs, have agreed to a groundbreaking partnership that will open new territories for gospel songwriters and their music, announced Eddie DeGarmo, president of EMI CMG Publishing and Vicki Mack-Lataillade and Claude Lataillade, owners of Lilly Mack Music Publishing and founders of Gospo Centric Records. Under this unique agreement, this market leading Gospel catalogue will work with the biggest Christian music publisher to extend the reach of the Gospel genre beyond its core market...
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Sarah MacIntosh burst onto the Christian music scene in 1999 with her band Chasing Furies and released their critically acclaimed album With Abandon. Nine years later, MacIntosh is poised to release her first record as a solo artist entitled The Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, And Me, which features original songs and a renewed personal purpose...
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GMA
The biggest week in Gospel music just got bigger with FAITH UNSCRIPTED II. In association with the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and The Gospel Complex, Inc, Sunrise Music Group announces the filming of Faith Unscripted II on Thursday, April 24, 2008 to beheld in conjunction with GMA Music Week in Nashville...
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*Friday, January 11th, 2008*


Michael W. Smith
Compassionart is hosting internationally recognized songwriters at a retreat that began Monday in Perthshire, Scotland. The songwriters’ unprecedented goal is to collectively write 10-12 songs that will be given to the world not just to sing, but to raise money for the relief of suffering for the poorest of the poor around the planet...
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Vicky Beeching
EMI/Sparrow worship artist Vicky Beeching was recently honored in the UK’s Christian Broadcasting Council Media Awards, in the ‘Best Worship Album 2007” category for the success of her latest album release, Painting The Invisible...
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Big Idea
Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and the rest of their VeggieTales friends make their long awaited return to the silver screen when Universal Pictures' and Big Idea's The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie opens in theaters nationwide on Friday (TODAY!)...
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Stellar Awards
This Saturday Music City will once again showcase its musical diversity as the 23rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be held at the Grand Ole Opry House. Hosted by Byron Cage, Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans, this year's awards show will feature several special presentations and performances in addition to handing out Stellar Awards in 28 different categories...
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Connersvine
On the heels of their self-titled debut releasing nationwide in October, and another stellar season of football for the Indianapolis Colt’s, Connersvine, the duo made up of the punter for the Colts’ Hunter Smith, and songwriter Chris Wilson, has officially been added to the Winter Jam 2008 Tour...
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Worship artist, DREW CLINE, and the International Mission Board (IMB) have partnered together to produce music videos for two of Cline’s songs, which will be used to help promote involvement in missions and, more specifically, to inspire young people to participate in international missions...
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*Thursday, January 10th, 2008*


Caedmons Call
Caedmon’s Call lyrically compelling song about redemption, “Ten Thousand Angels” will receive a rare and lengthy place on tonight’s episode of the ABC hit drama series “Grey’s Anatomy.” Featuring vocals by Derek Webb, the song will play for five consecutive minutes during an emotionally charged final scene...
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Pillar
Christian Rock leader Pillar continues its big, fun and commanding ways, having reached the top again. For this round, the GRAMMY-nominated band has left its mark on the music world with its ninth No. 1 radio single, “For the Love of the Game,” the title-track from Pillar’s Feb. 26, 2008 release...
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pureNRG
2007 was a phenomenal year for Fervent Records’ tween group, pureNRG. Debuting with their self-titled CD and releasing two video and dance DVD’s, pureNRG’s combined sales of nearly 60,000 units in seven months made them the top selling new artist at CBA retail for the year...
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“An all access pass to a total music experience," best describes the unique concept of Camp Electric, a ground breaking Christian worship and rock & roll summer music camp being hosted for youth aged 13-18, at Trevecca University in Nashville, June 29th-July 3rd. ‘Inter-action’ is the key emphasis at Camp Electric-- an event targeted to bring a unique mix of nightly concerts by top...
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Go Fish
Go Fish, an emerging force in family entertainment, hits the road this month for the “Snazzy Tour 2008.” Presented by MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International, the Tour will unveil a brand new Go Fish concert experience for all ages, highlighted by music from the group’s latest release, Snazzy...
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Nashville, TN - (January 9, 2008) - David Nasser is set to release his book, A Call To Die for the first time ever to retail. Independently released in 2000, the book has already sold over 125,000 copies and will now be available in stores February 12, 2008 (Word Distribution). Averaging 200 dates a year speaking at festivals, camps, conferences and special events, Nasser will kick off 2008 joining worship duo Shane & Shane and band Starfield for a four-month extensive nationwide spring tour....
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*Wednesday, January 9th, 2008*


Disciple
On Disciple's Fall Southern Hospitality Tour, it was evident to fans that longtime guitarist Brad Noah had exited and was replaced temporarily by members from tourmates, Wavorly. Obviously the Wavorly guys couldn't remain in Disciple once the tour finished and the band has recently announced not only Brad's replacements, but also bassisy Joey Fife's departure and his replacement. Here is frontman Kevin Young's announcement to the fans...
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Family Force 5 Family Force 5 wants to give their fans a chance to be involved in every show! Check out the latest announcement from the guys... "That’s right, YOU could be dancing on stage with the band during The Heart Support Tour during the entire show! All you have to do is get your hands on a GOLDEN TICKET!..."
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MercyMe
With their latest project All That Is Within Me outpacing sales of their previous RIAA Gold-certified recording, the multi platinum, Dove Award winning and Grammy-nominated band MercyMe is kicking off 2008 as the headline act for Winter Jam, and also celebrating a record-breaking year in 2007...
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Cadia
New Fervent Records female duo CADIA will deliver a pop/rock debut full of songs speaking to the reality of where young people live. Releasing Feb. 26, 2008, the new self-titled project offers songs of outward compassion, finding one’s identity as well as confidence in Christ, and God’s amazing redemption...
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Family Force 5
With a non-stop momentum, crunk rock band Family Force 5 gears up for the 22-city heartsupport tour, a partnership with heartsupport ministry offering hope and practical resources to those struggling with addictions. The tour begins January 17th in Abilene, Texas and will also feature musical guests Falling Up, Spoken, and This Beautiful Republic...
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Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson credits their avid fans for their successful career that has sold more than a half-million units and landed them in major films and appearances throughout the past four years. In honor of their fans, Hawk Nelson’s forthcoming album will be a tribute to their “friends” titled HAWK NELSON IS MY FRIEND, which releases April 1st...
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mewithoutYou Things are beginning to stir once again inside the camp of Tooth & Nail indie rock act mewithoutYou. Guitarist Michael Weiss writes, "Hello all... It's Mike here. Just wanted to wish you a happy new year! I'm very busy these days with various different house projects... can't wait to start playing music again..."
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*Tuesday, January 8th, 2008*


Skillet
In follow-up to a stellar 2007, Atlantic/Lava/Ardent/INO record’s band Skillet will hit the road on Winter Jam later this week, and has recently announced plans to rock even more American cities when they launch their Spring headline COMATOSE TOUR on March 28th. Hitting approximately 30 cities, the tour will also feature Thousand Foot Krutch and run through May 11, 2008...
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Kevin Max
Some of Christian music's top artists will share the stage with rock & roll icons for a charity benefit concert on Monday, February 25th. Kevin Max and Stryper will join Tesla, Twisted Sister, Tom Scholz (Boston), Aaron Lewis (Staind) and others, along with host Dee Snider, for the 5th Anniversay Station Family Fund Charity Concert at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island...
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Jaci Velasquez
A’Postrophe Records artist Jaci Velasquez shared her own Merry Christmas with thousands with her Christmas recording “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.” The song, released on her Christmas EP, was downloaded at iTunes more than any other song in the ENTIRE Warner Music Group system for the week ending 12/15/07...
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Kevin Max
Talented singer/songwriter/poet and actor, Kevin Max announced yesterday further details about his acting gig in the upcoming indie film, The Imposter. Max writes, "So... the countdown has begun for me.... next week monday I begin filming in Dalla/Ft. Worth... Don't know how I feel about that quite yet... But I am sure all will turn out well..."
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Leeland
GRAMMY and Dove Award-nominated, progressive rock band Leeland filmed the music video for its current radio single, “Count Me In,” on Friday, January 4, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. The director for the music video is Wes Edwards, producer is Brittany Hailes, both of RuckusFILM. “Count Me In” is the first radio single from Leeland’s upcoming album, Opposite Way, which hits stores February 26, 2008...
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Project 86
Project 86 has announced an upcoming World Vision benefit show as well as their first ever Australian tour! Project writes... "The band will be playing a World Vision benefit show on February 1st in Lancaster California. Project 86 has been a long-time supporter of World Vision, and are more than excited to be a part of this great event...
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Jackson Waters
"Come Undone (Acoustic Version)" by Word Records' band Jackson Waters, and Fervent Records' Group 1 Crew's song, "Forgive Me," will both be featured in the two hour season premiere of the CW Network's popular series One Tree Hill. The show will air at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central) on Tuesday, January 8.
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*Monday, January 7th, 2008*


Mainstay
Justin Anderson, vocalist of BEC Recordings pop/rock band Mainstay announced today news of a recent accident the singer was involved in just before the holidays last month. Anderson was involved in a head-on collision while driving through Littleton, CO, and thankfully only sustained minor injuries. Anderson writes... "At about 7:10 am, on Dec. 22nd (Saturday) I was traveling eastbound on C470 through Littleton, CO...
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Meredith Andrews
Newly-signed Word Records artist, Meredith Andrews, was recently included in Billboard's "Hot Faces to Watch in '08." Citing worship leaders Rita Springer and Christy Nockles as her influences, Andrews will be opening for Aaron Shust's spring 2008 tour...
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Matthew West
Matthew West, singer of hit songs like “More” and “Only Grace,” wasn’t sure he’d ever sing again when doctors found a polyp on his vocal chords last spring that required surgery and two months of prescribed silence. But he’s back with a bold new album, Something To Say, in stores January 15, 2008...
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*Friday, January 4th, 2008*


SCC
Following a 31-city fall swing, Steven Curtis Chapman will head back out on the road with his spring "Live In This Moment Tour an Evening with Steven Curtis Chapman." This tour will be an intimate evening with Chapman and his fans where he will play all the favorites in addition to new tunes from the highly acclaimed new release This Moment...
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toby
tobyMac's "Boomin" from his latest album Portable Sounds won Video of the Year Award for 2007 while videos by Mary Mary, Relient K, Chris Tomlin, Da. T.R.U.T.H. featuring Tye Tribbett, Face 2 Face and Rodney Atkins were also winners in the first-ever Gospel Music Channel Video Awards (GMCVAs) over the weekend...
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Flame The Impact Movement, an international organization that aims to positively influence the African American community through faith and action, continues its series of regional conferences January 18-21, 2008, in Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC. Gospel rap artist FLAME will be among featured guests at the Chicago conference...
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*Thursday, January 3rd, 2008*


Showbread
Passionate about helping others in need and using their platform to encourage others to do the same, Tooth and Nail band Showbread heads to Ecuador in January to spend two weeks at the Casa De Fe orphanage in Shell, Ecuador. This is part of a new partnership with the newly formed organization, Faceless International. This trip is a follow up to the bands previous trip to Calcutta, India that was taken last January, also with Faceless International...
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Caedmons Call
DATE UPDATE! Caedmon’s Call’s lyrically compelling song about redemption, “Ten Thousand Angels” will receive a rare and lengthy place on an upcoming episode of the ABC hit drama series “Grey’s Anatomy” on January 10th. Featuring vocals by Derek Webb, the song will play for five consecutive minutes during an emotionally charged final scene...
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Third Day
RCA Records Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry have come together to celebrate and showcase the amazing gospel music that is performed regularly at the Grand Ole Opry each year by country music's biggest stars. This unique collection features twelve gospel songs recorded live at the Grand Ole Opry by artists including Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels Band with Third Day’s Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, and Carrie Underwood. How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live From The Grand Ole Opry will be released on February 5, 2008 on RCA Records...
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*Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008*


Blindside
Since the release of a new EP in the summer of 2007, Blindside has continued working on a 2008 full-length studio album. Originally aiming for a January, 2008 release, news of the record's finish has been slim to none, but just as the new year rang in, the band decided to update their fans on the latest inside the Blindside camp... "In the summer of 2007, we released the Black Rose EP on our own and it has been a great..."
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Newsboys
Australia's national Christian music charts, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA), today named contemporary Christian music mainstay newsboys 2007 Artist of the Year, and recipient of the Song of the Year honor for "Something Beautiful." In 2007, the internationally acclaimed pop-rock quartet spent 13 weeks atop TRAA with "Something Beautiful", a song written by written by newsboys' lead singer Peter Furler and guitarist Paul Colman...
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