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January, 2014


*Friday, January 31, 2014*

Crowder
Bringing one of the world's biggest tours to Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the first time, NewSong's Winter Jam Tour Spectacular announces yet another first: a daring stunt by famed high wire artist Nik Wallenda. The seven-time Guinness World Record holder, who crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope without a safety harness last year, is slated to walk untethered across a high wire suspended in the Georgia Dome during the February 8 mega event...
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MercyMe
The Gospel Music Association announces that its sixth annual conference for developing artists, songwriters and worship leaders, called IMMERSE will take place June 22-25, 2014. Held in its entirety at the LifeWay Christian Resources corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville, TN, IMMERSE is the only event of its kind where attendees can get hands-on training directed by music industry leaders. Registration is currently open at a special discounted rate of $149 for a short time at www.ExperienceIMMERSE.com...
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For Today
For Today's new studio album Fight The Silence is now streaming exclusively on Alternative Press. Fight The Silence will be released next week on February 4th 2014 via Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Will Putney (Winds of Plague, Suicide Silence). Fight The Silence is available for pre-orders on the iTunes Store HERE. When fans pre-order the album, they will receive instant downloads of two songs, "Fight The Silence" and "Pariah...
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for King & Country
20th Century Fox has just released an official trailer seen here for the upcoming film "Son of God" featuring for KING & COUNTRY's single "Crave." On February 28, from Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the epic story of The New Testament gets a larger-than-life treatment in the feature film "Son of God," in theatres nationwide. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus' life since "Passion of the Christ," released ten years ago. In addition to collaborating on the "Son of God" trailer, for KING & COUNTRY's "Baby Boy" is included on the inspired by CD...
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Mike Smith, president of Michael Smith and Associates, has announced the launch and registration period for the 2014 edition of his Artist Management Training Course. Hosted by the 30-year music industry veteran, Artist Management Training Course is designed for those seeking a career as an artist manager, as well as for artists that want a better understanding of the industry and proven tools to move themselves forward...
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*Thursday, January 30, 2014*

Lindsay McCaul
Centricity Music continues to expand its artist roster by announcing the signing of singer/songwriter Lindsay McCaul. A respected and established Christian artist, McCaul enjoyed success with her first major label album in 2012, If It Leads Me Back, which showcased her trademark introspective songwriting and warm vocals. Her first project with Centricity Music will release August 2014 and is being produced by Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band) and Jeff Pardo (Matthew West, Josh Wilson)...
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*Monday, January 27, 2014*

Jason Gray
Centricity Music singer/songwriter Jason Gray readies the release of his latest project, Love Will Have The Final Word, March 4th. In true Gray fashion, the album is a soul-stirring collection of songs that speaks to the redeeming power of unfailing love. Produced by Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North) and Cason Cooley (Derek Webb, Andrew Peterson), sonically the record blends Gray's acoustic guitar with touches of banjo, mandolin and sweeping pop. Its mood is often somber, thoughtful, and ebullient, mirroring the album's powerful lyrics. Gray...
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Luke Dowler is currently giving away his entire discography on Noisetrade.com for FREE including a new exclusive "Best Of" album, and giving any tips generated to International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org) to fight Human Trafficking. "'I wanted to give away all of my music the month of February as a HUGE thank you to my friends, fans and family that have supported my music career. Without their support I would not be able to make music." Says Dowler, "With so many people giving into my career over the years, with 'bro deals', 'donations' 'couches to crash on', meals, vehicle repairs...
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*Wednesday, January 29, 2014*

Needtobreathe
Today, southern rock outfit NEEDTOBREATHE announced the relaunch of their fan club "The Insiders" with a special live music incentive. There are three tiers of membership, with each one including an exclusive members only live track being delivered to the fans each month. The second two tiers include a special live album on CD to be released in December with the third tier including a digital download of their April 15th, new album release Rivers in the Wasteland. For more info, check out their announcement below and visit...
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Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award winning singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli will headline The Hands of God Tour in 15 cities this spring, beginning February 6 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Joining Battistelli will be GRAMMY®-nominated band Sanctus Real and special guests All Things New and Jon Bauer. Tickets are on sale now, and all show details are available at HandsOfGodTour.com. "Hands of God" is the title of a newly-penned track on Battistelli's forthcoming studio album, If We're Honest...
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After a successful single debut for "Dead Come To Life", singer songwriter, Jonathan Thulin is proud to announce The Dead Come To Life Tour featuring special guests: Shine Bright Baby and Loftland. The tour will kick off in Salt Lake City, UT Friday, January 30th and will go until the end of February...
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Forerunner Music, a ministry of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO, releases Endless: Songs of Eternity on February 11, 2014. The project launches an ongoing worship anthology, celebrating the best songs from IHOPKC's more than 150 albums of worship, adoration, and devotional music. A complete track listing follows this release...
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Known as "The Voice" it's no wonder Sandi Patty's album, Everlasting, which hit Target Stores exclusively last September, soared to the Number 1 spot on the LifeScape Charts. Today, the album will be released into the CBA Markets at Lifeway, Family Christian, and Parable Stores. The Grammy Award-winning artist is also excited to announce the 30th anniversary of her popular song with Larnelle Harris, "More Than Wonderful." The duo will be celebrating with a brand new recording of the song...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp receives his first-ever No. 1 Christian radio hit with "Slow Suicide" from his acclaimed sophomore solo album, Proof of Life, released on Wind-up Records Nov. 5. The first single and video from the album, "Slow Suicide" went to radio Oct. 8 and premiered on Fuse Nov. 19. This week the song ascends to the top of Billboard's Christian Rock Indicator radio chart...
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*Tuesday, January 28, 2014*

Jamie Grace
GRAMMY® nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner Jamie Grace launches her sophomore effort, Ready To Fly, to major critical praise today. The 22-year-old Georgia native’s career lifted off only a few short years ago after her discovery by TobyMac and her hit single “Hold Me (feat. TobyMac)” garnered GRAMMY® and Dove Award nods. Jamie teamed up with producers Christopher Stevens (TobyMac), Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor), David Garcia (Britt Nicole)...
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VICTORY RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of San Antonio's DARKNESS DIVIDED. The four-piece are quickly making a name for themselves through heavy DIY touring - including major festivals such as Cornerstone and Sonshine. Watch the announcement video here...
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Michael Sweet
font class="news">Michael Sweet, frontman for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, will release a new full-length solo album, I'm Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, on May 6, 2014, via BIG3 Records. The new Michael Sweet website also launches today at www.MichaelSweet.com with a free preview of Chapter One of the upcoming book. Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers Stryper, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to Stryper, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007-2011...
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North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is excited to announce a great giveaway for their iTunes pre-order! Sumerlin would like to feature this contest in any way possible for their fans! The contest is simple: Pre-order their album now through iTunes or Best Buy now and receive and entire album free! "Motives Deluxe" includes seven tracks plus two bonus tracks including a remix of their top hit, "The Fallback" by popular Christian rock band, Scientist titled, "The Fallback (SCI Mobile Lab Remix)"...
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After a ten year absence, award-winning singer-songwriter and radio and television personality Gary Chapman made a triumphant return to music in November with the release of his latest album, The Truth (Merf Music Group). While most artists would be content to relax and enjoy the critical acclaim, Chapman is gearing up for much, much more in 2014. Today at 5:00 p.m. EST, Chapman will co-host SIRIUS XM's Blue Collar Radio, the official radio home of the Blue Collar Comedy brand (available nationwide on SIRIUS and XM at channel 97)...
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Pieces of Art, the debut from Houston-based singer/songwriter, worship leader and visual artist Casey Hensley, is set to bow February 4 on iTunes. Helmed by sought-after producers and songwriters Tyrus Morgan and Jay Speight, the project features eight selections, five of which were co-penned by Hensley...
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Casting Crowns
Echoing in the title track to Casting Crowns' seventh studio record - out today, January 28 - are the lyrics: "It's time for us to more than just survive, we were made to THRIVE." An understatement for beloved multi-platinum selling group who holds the position as Billboard's top selling act in Christian music since 2007 and wrapped up 2013 with three GRAMMY® nods, a RIAA 2x multi-Platinum certification, multiple RIAA Gold certifications and more. Casting Crowns begins the year with the release of THRIVE, their new album that includes their infectious No. 2 radio single, "All You Ever Wanted." The new record debuted today at No. 2 on the overall iTunes® album chart...
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Worship Leader's National Worship Leader Conference will start off with both strength and sizzle with a pre-conference dedicated to songwriting in the context of worship. Slated for February 24, from 12:30 to 4:00 PM in Carrollton, Texas, the Songwriters Creative Pre-conference is hosted at Bent Tree church...
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*Monday, January 27, 2014*

Dave Barnes
Tomorrow is the day that GRAMMY® and CMA award-nominated Dave Barnes releases his eighth studio album, the anticipated Golden Days (50 Year Plan Records). Available on the heels of his second Christmas collection, 2013's A December To Remember, Barnes co-produced the nostalgic bluesy pop songs of Golden Days with multi-GRAMMY nominated Ed Cash. When he first showed up on the music scene 12 years ago, Dave Barnes hit the college circuit with limitless energy...
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Mandisa
Following the most electrifying year of her career, 2014 has begun on a very high note for five-time GRAMMY® nominee Mandisa, as she was awarded the coveted Gramophone for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for her best-selling and critically acclaimed project Overcomer. This makes Mandisa one of only five American Idol Alumni to win a GRAMMY®, and the only alumni to win last night (both Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia were nominated). Additionally, the songwriters for her No. 1 smash single "Overcomer," David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. The awards were announced during...
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John Mark McMillan
John Mark McMillan has announced the dates to his upcoming "Are We All Animals Tour" this spring, which kicks off March 29 in Orlando, FL. McMillan will be promoting his fourth album, Borderland, which will be available March 4 (Lionhawk Records). Additionally, singer/songwriter Brady Toops will open shows at select dates in the southeast. "Are We All Animals Tour" dates are listed below and more dates are being added at press time. An updated list of tour dates will be available at johnmarkmcmillan.com/tour...
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Lecrae
Central South Distribution (CSD) artists and label partners came out on top at the 29th Stellar Gospel Music Awards winning honors in numerous categories. Tamela Mann was the leading lady of the event, taking home the award for each of the seven categories in which she was nominated, including the night's biggest award, Artist of the Year. With seven statues in hand, Tamela set the record for the most wins by a female artist at the Stellar Awards. John P. Kee was honored with two awards, including Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Lecrae nabbed the Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year...
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*Friday, January 24, 2014*

Peter Furler Band
If you've seen former Newsboys vocalist Peter Furler live in concert in recent months, you've probably noticed some pretty recognizable faces in his band. Furler's team told JFH today that the Aussie native will release his debut project as Peter Furler Band on March 11th through New Day Christian. The album is titled Sun and Shield and preorders will begin on February 1st (stay tuned to www.PeterFurler.com). After 22 years as the main creative force behind Newsboys, followed by his 2011 solo success On Fire...
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Shonlock
Recording artist Shonlock unveils his highly anticipated sophomore CD, A Night To Remember, March 18, 2014. The CD will be released by Arrow Records and distributed by Ingrooves and Capitol Christian Distribution. The 10-track collection spotlights the emotion and power behind the intersection where life and faith meet. "I know lots of people have many different experiences in coming to know Christ and making the decision to accept His love into their hearts...
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Kicking off 2014 with appearances and a listening party during Stellar Awards week, Jessica Reedy announced the launch of her independent music label Purity Records and an exclusive distribution deal with the #1 independent Gospel music distributor, Central South Distribution. Reedy's forthcoming CD is set for release in spring 2014. "During my short time in the industry, I have learned a lot about the business and about myself," said Reedy...
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Casting Crowns
Multi-Platinum selling group Casting Crowns will embark on a brand-new 40-city tour this spring in support of the band’s highly-anticipated studio album, THRIVE (releasing January 28, 2014). The THRIVE Tour will feature GRAMMY®-winning worship leader Laura Story and reigning GMA New Artist of the Year for KING & COUNTRY. The tour launches Feb. 20, 2014 in Lexington, Ky., and will continue throughout the spring visiting major markets, including Charlotte, Raleigh, Tampa, Minneapolis, Greenville, Houston, Orlando and Grand Rapids, among others...
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*Thursday, January 23, 2014*

Lanae Hale
LuminousCITY, a collective of musicians, songwriters, and artists from Rolling Hills Community Church and Music City, announce the release of their eponymous debut recording. The modern sacred collection of new and re-imagined songs represents more than a year of dreaming, songwriting, and collaboration, set into motion by a successful Indiegogo campaign. An intimate meditation on prayer, space, and the Divine, LuminousCITY's street date release is slated for February 4, 2014...
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Pillar
Grammy-nominated and Dove-Award winning rock band Pillar announces the return of the classic member line-up with the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, which has already received half of it's funding with 23 days left. Pillar members - Rob Beckley, Noah Henson, Kalel Wittig, and Lester Estelle - are reuniting to create a new studio project for the first time in five years. Pillar has set up their Kickstater campaign to partner with their incredibly strong fan base to create a new album together. "We are thrilled to be back as a band and write music that impacts lives, which is something we have missed during our hiatus...
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IONA
IONA's brand new 2 cd live album 'Edge of the World' is now available from the band's website, www.iona.uk.com, and Amazon.com. Iona's new 2 disc live album brings you tracks recorded in venues in the UK and The Netherlands as part of their extensive 'Another Realm' tour in 2012. Featuring eight live tracks from their recent, critically acclaimed 'Another Realm' album alongside many Iona favourites, hear why Iona have been such a popular...
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Show Hope
On the heels of celebrating ten years of service in 2013, Show Hope™ is kicking off the new year by promoting their advocates movement. Show Hope, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, continues its topical monthly focus by highlighting this grassroots program that raises awareness and funds for orphans. The advocates program enables each person to use their passions, talents, and hobbies to raise funds and awareness to transform...
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Montell Jordan
The creative process has started for a new album from Montell Jordan and Victory World Music that is tentatively planned for a 2014 release. Jordan recently had a songwriting session with fellow recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, Ross King (Todd Agnew, Jimmy Needham). The pair collaborated in Atlanta at the Victory World Recording Studio to begin working on songs for the new project...
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Crowder
Unsigned Only Music Competition today announced its judging panel and mentors for the 2014 competition, which is now accepting entries. Judges consist of iconic recording artists and journalists, each bringing unique expertise in a wide variety of contemporary music genres. Mentors include the top echelon of record company executives, ranging from label Presidents to A&R reps. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. The Grand Prize...
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*Wednesday, January 22, 2014*

Switchfoot
Despite lead singer Jon Foreman's surfing injury the day before the release of their new album (January 14 on Atlantic Records/Word), forcing the postponement of their hometown record release show in San Diego, the Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot have plenty to be happy about - Fading West has debuted at # 6 on this week's Billboard Top 200, came in at #2 on the Rock Album and hit #1 on the overall Christian/Gospel charts. Their previous release, 2011's Vice Verses, peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top 200...
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Satellites & Sirens
Nashville based synth group, Satellites & Sirens have been busy. With a new record deal on DREAM Records and a new upcoming album titled, One Noise, the guys are gearing up for a great year ahead. Today, we are proud to announce that they will be joining the We Won't Be Shaken tour featuring Building 429, Hawk Nelson and Family Force 5 in March...
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Facedown Records is proud to welcome Mouth of the South to the Family! For six years, Texas' Mouth of the South has been blazing trails with their fiery metalcore riffs and tenacious southern attitude. Though the band has evolved almost entirely from the original lineup and sound in 2007, the fervor is still there as is evidenced by their three self-released albums and well-established touring schedule...
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Mary Mary
Faith will be tested in the most intense season of WE tv's MARY MARY, premiering Thursday, February 27 at 9PM ET/PT. Their personal lives are demanding all the attention as Erica and Tina Campbell's world is turned upside-down from shocking betrayals and devastating news. Tina deals with an intimate issue fans will be shocked to learn the details about, and as Erica struggles to care for her sister, she begins to launch her solo career. When all is shattered, the ladies must look within themselves, and each other, to find the strength to pick up the pieces...
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Today, Reach Records sent out this official statement titled, "Art, Symbolism, and Our Mission": "To the 116 Family, We wanted to take the time to address some concerns that we have received on a variety of Reach Records artwork. Like many platforms in the hip-hop genre, we too have been accused of connections to shadow organizations, such as the Illuminati. While the purpose of this letter isn't to walk through each piece of artwork, what we did feel is necessary is to affirm our mission to all of you...
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The multi-faceted music production company and label, PAJAM Music Group (PMG), has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with the #1 independent Gospel music distributor, Central South Distribution (CSD). The PAJAM team comprised of industry leaders Paul "pda" Allen, Walter "Stone" Kearney and J. Moss, will spearhead the label from artist development to creative marketing direction and will give artists an array of avenues and breakout opportunities to promote their music...
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Charlotte North Carolina producer, rapper and songwriter Dae-Lee prepped the industry and music fans with his 2011 promotional project 'The Great Progression,' which made many stand up and take notice of his fresh style and versatile delivery. With the release of his new single "Life Is Worship" (featuring Chris Brown of Elevation Worship), Dae-Lee's eyes are now set on his debut album "REFLECT" that will hit the street in the spring of 2014...
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*Tuesday, January 21, 2014*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, who was GRAMMY® nominated again this year for his No. 1 single “Love Take Me Over,” announces the spring leg of his very successful “The Glorious Unfolding Tour.” The lineup for the second leg of the tour, which recorded nearly 20 sell-outs on the fall run, includes special guests The Afters and Josh Wilson. The tour continues Chapman’s support of his recent album release...
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Meredith Andrews
Word Entertainment has collaborated once again with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their production company LightWorkers Media to release SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture available at all digital retailers today (iTunes link). The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film "Son of God" due out February 28, features music by today's top Christian artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro...
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Jesus Culture is calling all revivalists to gather for a Night of Worship and Ministry, an evening focused on seeking the Lord through whole-hearted worship, prayer, and preaching, coming soon to a city near you. Chris Quilala and Justin Jarvis lead the journey of worship, along with the inspiring sounds of the Jesus Culture band. Pastor Scott Thompson ends the wondrous night with a time of preaching and ministry. The Night of Worship and Ministry dates kick off March 9 in Los Angeles...
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The highly anticipated new album from Saving Grace "The Urgency" is officially out today! You can pick up a copy in Facedown's online store now, and as always the album is available on all digital outlets so make sure to check them out in MP3 format at these links:
iTunes / AmazonMP3...
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Loftland
Wisconsin pop band, Loftland are proud to announce their highly anticipated album, I Don't Want To Dance, which comes out February 18th featuring their new single, "Hold On, Small One". The group will be showcasing their single as part of a remix contest hosted by famed producer, David Thulin. The contest will invite everyone to download the vocal stems from the track, "Hold On, Small One", adding their own flavor to it and re-uploading to the same site...
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Nu-Metal rock band Mayfly have announced the official release of their upcoming eight-track EP entitled Vereor Deus, Non Dogma, due to release February 11, 2014 on Voluminous Records. The single "Eternal Respiration" was released digitally October 29th and is available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and other top digital retail sites worldwide...
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Internationally acclaimed, intense singer/songwriter/praise leader Jake Hamilton releases independently his highly anticipated, third album, Beautiful Rider, available today at iTunes® and with global distribution through Fuel Music Distribution and Rylan Records. Recording with his band as Jake Hamilton and the Sound, the former Jesus Culture Music artist's sound, while in a class of its own compared to the rest of the modern worship scene...
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*Monday, January 20, 2014*

Earlier today, Indie-rock trio Colony House released the second video off their new EP for the song "Waiting For My Time To Come." The second of three, the new songs are just a taste of what's to come including a full length album set to be released later this year...
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Brainstorm Artists Int'l, in partnership with Meis Music Group, is pleased to announce the release of Remembering Gene Eugene, a thoughtful look at the life and music of Gene Eugene, former member of Adam Again and The Lost Dogs, as told by his friends and peers. Testimonies surround solo recordings of 3 cover songs, the last ones Gene made...
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Award-winning Lamon Records artist Sean Guerrero is impacting lives around the world with the music video for his powerful rock ballad, "Walls," which will impact radio on February 3rd. Produced by GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer, Dave Moody, the song sends a strong warning against suicide...
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*Friday, January 17, 2014*

Pillar
Rock band Pillar announced in October of 2012 that they were reuniting the classic Fireproof/The Reckoning-era band lineup to create an all-new studio album. However, fans wondered what was up when 2013 came and went and all they received was a Christmas cover song. However, Pillar has not stopped releasing signs (via social media) that the band is still actively pursuing this new project and today the band has finally debuted a brand new Kickstarter campaign to fund the record. The projected release time is August of this year...
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Anberlin
Tooth & Nail Records announces the welcomed return of Anberlin with the band's re-signing and release of their new and final studio album due out this summer. In support of their final studio album that is currently being recorded, Anberlin will set out on a final worldwide tour to say thank you to all of their loyal fans. Yet to be announced shows will include USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Singapore and Philippines with more countries to be announced. The band will also be a part of the massive 2014 Vans Warped Tour celebrating the tour's 20 years as one of the largest summer festivals...
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Less than two weeks remaining in "Brick By Brick" Indiegogo campaign to raise $7,000 to make much needed upgrades to equipment at Avon, NY-based Bluebrick Recordings. Longtime musician, recording artist and humanitarian Jesse Sprinkle has made Bluebrick Recordings his livelihood since founding the studio in 2007. Since then, he and business partner George Hochbrueckner have hosted countless musicians for production, concerts, and special events. But on Jan. 5, the studio suffered a large setback when Sprinkle was met by a devastating equipment failure. He found the soundboard and computer dead, along with the studio speakers...
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*Thursday, January 16, 2014*

Anberlin
Rock band Anberlin just released a video on Anberlin.com minutes ago that serves as a retrospective look at the band. In the video, which shows a mashup of the on-the-road footage, the band members reflect on the past 12 years of Anberlin while announcing that 2014 will be their final year as a band. To retire the band right, they plan on recording a final album this year and touring the world one last time in hopes to see all of their fans one more time...
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Newsboys
Marking yet another first in its record-breaking history, NewSong's Winter Jam Tour Spectacular-the world's #1 first quarter tour for three consecutive years based on attendance-comes to Atlanta's Georgia Dome February 8. In addition to Winter Jam's star-studded 2014 lineup-led by Newsboys and Lecrae-the Winter Jam 2014 Dome Spectacular will feature a special appearance by University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt and other surprise guests...
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*Wednesday, January 15, 2014*

MercyMe
Ending 2013 on a high note with the release of their energetic single, "Shake," GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning band MercyMe carries the enthusiasm into 2014 as they announce their eighth studio album Welcome To The New, available April 8, 2014 from Fair Trade. Collaborating with producers David Garcia and Ben Glover (TobyMac, Mandisa), Welcome To The New represents a shift in tone for the multi-platinum selling group...
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Jonny Lang
Jonny Lang will kick off 2014 with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening on ABC. Lang and his band perform "Blew Up (The House)" on air along with "What Your Looking For" for online broadcast. Both tracks are from Lang's latest album, Fight For My Soul, which was released late last year to critical acclaim. Long recognized for his passionate performances, Lang continues to peform twenty shows a month on average...
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Minnesota-based GotSoul Music has announced the official release date for Soul Cutz Vol. 2, an urban compilation project featuring eight diverse artists from across the country. The list of featured artists includes Mahogany Jones, M.O.G., Tryenyse Jones, Exoduz, A.P., Godzsun, Soulyrik and Julian. The album is set to release on February 25, 2014, and will be available on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play and various other digital retail sites...
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*Tuesday, January 14, 2014*

Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE is proud to announce the release of their upcoming album Rivers In The Wasteland. Set for an April 15 release on Atlantic Records/Word, Rivers In The Wasteland is the follow up to their acclaimed album The Reckoning, which saw the band spend over two years on the road in support of a collection of anthemic rock that caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today...
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Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their new album, Fading West, today on Atlantic Records/Word. The album was exclusively streamed as an iTunes Radio First Play last week offering fans a sneak preview. A 47-city U.S. tour in support of the new album has also been announced, with performances confirmed at Terminal 5 in New York, House of Blues Chicago, and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, amongst many others...
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John Mark McMillan
Acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan has just released his first single, "Future / Past" from his upcoming independent release, Borderland, at iTunes. John Mark's fourth studio album will release on March 4, 2014. Just hours after releasing, "Future / Past" jumped to No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Song chart. Click here to purchase this single. Supporting today's single release...
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Emery
Joshua Fest is returning to their hometown for their Northern California 10th annual, three day music and camping festival. The three day festival's lineup includes some of the most amazing and emerging talent in the industry, plus tons of workshops and other family-friendly activities for all ages. The festival will be held Aug 29th-31st, 2014 at the Plumas County Fairgrounds in Quincy, California. Friday night will play host to represent a true Seattle style rock fest, with none other then Emery and The Classic Crime back to back. Also side projects from each group will be present with Matt and Toby...
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War Of Ages
War of Ages will be burning up the road to Facedown Fest with Saving Grace and special guest Mouth of the South this spring! War of Ages' vocalist Leroy Hamp says the band is anxious to get on the road. "This March WOA headliner marks our first FULL US tour of 2014. We are very excited to share the stage with New Zealand's Saving Grace and Facedown Records' new blood Mouth of The South! BRING YOUR BATTLE AXE!...
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Carlos Whittaker
Chances are you’ve heard of musician, thought leader, blogger and communicator Carlos Whittaker and just didn’t realize it. You may have heard of him through a certain viral video that received a People’s Choice Award, his segment on TLC’s "LA Ink" or maybe through his popular blog. Whatever the outlet, one thing’s for certain – Carlos Whittaker knows how to make big moments in his life. On April 1, Whittaker brings it all together in his first book aptly titled, “Moment Maker – You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You.” With life happening all around, what you get out of it depends on how engaged and deliberate you are...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt is set to join actor Stephen Baldwin in a new sitcom, Rock And A Hard Place, slated to go into production in the Spring. The faith-based television project features Schlitt in the role of John, the maintenance man at Solid Rock Church, where Baldwin's character is the pastor. The sitcom, which has reached its initial Kickstarter goal to produce the pilot, is currently in Phase Two as the production team strives to make a "reach goal" of $100,000. The deadline for contributions is 9 p.m. E.T. Thursday, January 16...
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Nicole C. Mullen
National Worship Leader Conference has announced its 2014 conference event schedule featuring special appearances by Nicole C.Mullen, Tim Hughes, Matt Maher, Paul Baloche, Meredith Andrews, Rush of Fools, Christy Nockels, All Sons and Daughters, Tim Timmons, One Sonic Society, The Digital Age, Gateway Worship, and many more. Keynote speakers, such as Leonard Sweet, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Marva Dawn, Marcos Witt, include the most influential, insightful and challenging thought leaders in the Church across traditions...
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American Idol finalist Jeremy Rosado launched his new single, "Hope for Tomorrow," that is now available on iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds going to Project HOPE's disaster recovery efforts in the Philippines where millions are still struggling after Typhoon Haiyan. The song was released by AIC Records...
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*Monday, January 13, 2014*

JoC
Twenty years ago this year, Jars of Clay made their debut in music with their independent project, Frail. Little did they know that album would pave the road for their self-titled release a year later that would catapult them to stardom. To commemorate 20 years of music-making, and their latest release Inland, Jars of Clay is planning a few special performances--online and also one in their home studio--as well as special online performance videos...
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Manafest
Manafest has turned to fan-funding to put together his next album, The Moment, and listeners can head over to his campaign at PledgeMusic to pitch in. About the project, Manafest writes: "Hey Guys, I’m excited to announce that I’ve begun writing and recording my 8th studio album currently entitled “The Moment”. It’s been 12 years since I released my first EP and I can’t thank my fans enough for all the support over the years. I wouldn’t be here without you...
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CHANEL HAYNES releases her "Believe" performance with the South Carolina State University Marching 101 band on video. Chanel spent time with Marching 101 at the university to capture the event on video and produce the production, which was directed by DJ Cleve. "It's crazy how much fun I had making this video," said Chanel."There is nothing like being on a college campus hanging out with the band and the football team...
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Daily Disciples Ministries and David M. Edwards are pleased to announce their partnership in launching a national tour of women's conferences throughout 2014 sponsored by Salem Communications. Hosted by Bobbye Brooks and Tonilee Adamson, the "Power of Friendship" is a one-day conference designed to help women learn how to cultivate positive relationships and friends for life. The tour takes place in over 20 major US cities beginning February 2014 and running through November...
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for King & Country
Hawk Nelson's collaboration with MercyMe's lead singer Bart Millard on the song "Words" has nabbed Song Of The Year honors from Australia's national Christian music airplay chart, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA). And Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY has garnered Artist Of the Year. Chart researcher Wes Jay says "Words" secured the most airplay of any Christian song on Australian Christian radio in the past year, and for KING & COUNTRY generated the most high rotation airplay by a Christian act across the sector...
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*Saturday, January 11, 2014*

Facedown Fest 2014 is returning once again to The Stronghold in Chino, California. The two-day fest will be held March 28-29 at The Stronghold Venue and will feature a large showing of Facedown bands, including a reunion of the mighty Sinai Beach! Tickets will go on sale February 1 at facedownrecords.com/facedown-fest...
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Natalie Grant
The Dare to Be...The Journey Continues 2014 event tour launches this weekend, with two of the upcoming dates already sold out. The tour kicks off in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, January 10. Crossing the United States and creating an unforgettable experience for women of all ages to come together and 'dare to be' empowered to make a difference in their life, their family and community, the event tour features Grammy® nominated vocalist Natalie Grant and international speaker, Bible teacher and author Charlotte Gambill. Tickets are on sale now for remaining events...
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*Friday, January 10, 2014*

Red Hen Records is pleased to announce the release of Triplicity, the third album from award-winning recording artist Red Roots. Red Roots features identical triplets, Nika, Nicole, and Natalie Taylor. With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, it's no surprise Red Roots is enjoying tremendous success. Five radio singles off their first two albums have charted in the top 40 of the Singing News Magazine, with the first single "Seven Days" off Triplicity being their highest radio debut to date...
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*Thursday, January 9, 2014*

Erica Campbell kicked off the New Year with an all-new music video for her next single "Help." Shot yesterday in Los Angeles, the video was directed by legendary and iconic director Billy Woodruff. Shot in HD, Campbell looked absolutely stunning in the Woodruff led video that features breakthrough rapper Lecrae and her daughter Krista Campbell. As always Erica stays relevant in her delivery with this right-on-time ballad that is coupled with Lecrae's poignant rap. Woodruff's beautiful aesthetic is evident, matching both the power and passion of the song. The collaboration is memorable and a sure fire hit for both in Gospel and urban platforms...
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American Idol finalist Jeremy Rosado always knew his faithful Philippine fans would be there in his hour of need -- now he is there for theirs. Rosado and AIC Records debut a new single, "Hope for Tomorrow," on January 14 with proceeds going to Project HOPE's typhoon disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, where Rosado has long felt the love of his largest fan base...
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*Wednesday, January 8, 2014*

Kari Jobe
Well-respected and GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe is preparing for an impactful 2014 with her tour that will coincide with the release of her highly anticipated new album and live DVD, Majestic (Capitol CMG), which will release on March 25. Jobe’s “Majestic Tour” will feature special guest Rend Collective beginning February 27 concluding on April 8. Tickets are available via Premier Productions here. The tour will feature songs from Majestic that showcase what Jobe does so giftedly and gracefully – lead others into an unique worship experience...
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Number One Gun
Number One Gun got the original band back together in 2013 to record their brand new album "This Is All We Know." This album will release digitally on January 14th, 2014! You can pre-order the album today at iTunes for just $7.99 and get the song "Disappear" that features Stephen Christian from Anberlin...
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Newsboys, Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Royal Tailor, Hawk Nelson, and several others have added a name to their CD's label copy that might at first seem unexpected. Daywind Music Publishing, traditionally known for being a mainstay in the Southern Gospel market bolstering hit songwriters such as Karen Peck, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Kenna West, Sue Smith, Jason Cox and several more, has launched a new publishing division with full force...
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Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune will release the first-ever live new album from Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. Bringing alive a powerful night of inspiring music and ministry, the highly-anticipated new album features 20 tracks on a two-disc set, with guest appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight, and Da' T.R.U.T.H...
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On February 4, 2014, Passion City Church Resources will unveil the new Passion Talk Boy Meets Girl and Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection, featuring four key titles bundled together for the first time. The offerings are the newest installments of the powerful and compelling, 1 million plus selling Passion Talk Series from Passion founder, Passion City Church Pastor and visionary, Louie Giglio. The Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection will feature a brand new talk, "Moved By Mercy," which has left audiences across the country inspired on Chris Tomlin's "Burning Lights Tour," the most successful of his career...
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To usher in Valentine's Day, EBONY magazine is showcasing the love among three African-American power couples in its February 2014 issue. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Carmelo and La La Anthony and David and Tamela Mann will each have their own cover, and inside the magazine, readers can learn about the spouses' love stories, how they knew they had found "the one," and what they do keep the fires burning. This is the first time each of the celebrity power couples will grace a magazine cover with his or her spouse and offer exclusive...
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*Tuesday, January 7, 2014*

Vota
Acclaimed Christian pop/rock band VOTA is significantly closer to helping curb human trafficking from Nepal into India through the funding of five border monitoring stations with their "Love Found Me" campaign. Initiated by the band in early 2013, in partnership with Tiny Hands International and Taylor University, the "Love Found Me" campaign has surpassed its initial goal of raising $150,000 to fund five monitoring stations on the border of Nepal and India for five years. The stations will help prevent an estimated 3000 girls from being trafficked between the countries...
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Charlie Peacock
It’s only January 7th and Nashvillian Charlie Peacock, GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-genre record producer, is at No. 1 on the iTunes® Jazz Chart with LEMONADE, his collection of twelve solo piano improvisations. Charlie Peacock’s production of The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow garnered two GRAMMY® Awards in 2011 and was Gold certified. The eponymously titled The Civil Wars (2013) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, has sold over 300,000 copies and is GRAMMY®-nominated. Peacock’s production of Holly Williams and The Lone Bellow were also singled out in 2013 as commercially and critically significant on many Best of 2013 lists...
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Francesca Battistelli
42nd Annual Dove Awards' "Artist of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli, graced the historic Grand Ole Opry stage on January 4 for the first time. A career milestone for the vocalist, she sang her Grammy-nominated song "Free To Be Me" and her hit song "This Is the Stuff." Battistelli is slated to release her third studio album, If We're Honest, on April 22. The album features her latest single, "Write Your Story," which was the most added song at Christian radio on January 6...
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Artist, songwriter and storyteller Ellie Holcomb, who releases her anticipated first solo project on February 18, As Sure As The Sun (Full Heart Music), just can't hold in her excitement. Setting out in November with a Kickstarter campaign to garner support for the making of her album, Holcomb set a goal of $40,000 to be raised in 50 days, which was met in just three days. At the end of the campaign, Holcomb raised over $108,000 with 1,756 backers. This Kickstarter campaign placed her 4th overall top Christian Kickstarter Campaign as well as placing in the Top 30 Most Funded Kickstarter Music campaigns of all time...
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Humble Beast is honored to announce their new partnership with Jackie Hill. Over the last year, Humble Beast has had the privilege of getting to know Jackie Hill while serving alongside her at several conferences and on various projects - including her guest feature this past year on Beautiful Eulogy's track "Organized Religion" from Instruments of Mercy. Jackie's unique platform, creativity, & ultimately her commitment to glory & grace of Jesus Christ have proven to be a perfect fit in their family...
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Swedish producer, David Thulin is proud to announce the first of 2 EPs from the second volume of the Reconstruction series simply titled, Reconstruction Vol 2.1. After a successful debut of Reconstruction featuring artists such as Group 1 Crew, Manic Drive, Silverline and Beckah Shae, David releases new remixes of Natalie Grant, Press Play, Rapture Ruckus, Shine Bright Baby, Jonathan Thulin and his debut single, "Light In Me" (feat. Nicole Croteau). Pick up the album by clicking here...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Integrity Music kicks off the new year with today's release of iWorship Now/Next 2014, a collection of 15 worship songs that are impacting the church "now" along with new songs that are destined to be the "next" anthems sung by congregations the world over. The songs featured on iWorship Now/Next 2014 are from a variety of worship leaders, artists and ministries including: All Sons & Daughters, Darlene Zschech, Martin Smith, New Life Worship, Paul Baloche, Planetshakers, Rend Collective, Tim Hughes, The City Harmonic, Worship Central, Dustin Smith and Jennie Lee Riddle...
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*Monday, January 6, 2014*

Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards' "Artist of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli, is slated to release her third studio album, If We're Honest, on April 22. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, the album features 11 tracks all co-written by Battistelli. Contemporary Christian Music's best-selling new artist in 10 years, Battistelli's debut album My Paper Heart received RIAA Gold certification and a GRAMMY® nomination while her sophomore effort Hundred More Years...
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Big Daddy Weave Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave is celebrating their third consecutive No. 1 hit with "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)" today. It is the first No. 1 single of the year on both the National Christian Audience chart and AC Monitored chart. This marks the second straight year the band has scored the first AC Monitored No. 1 of the year, with the band's blockbuster hit, "Redeemed," holding the top spot for the first chart in January 2013. The three consecutive No. 1 singles - "Love Come To Life," "Redeemed" and "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)...
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City Harbor
Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group new recording act City Harbor, comprised of singer/songwriters Molly Reed and Robby Earle, will release their debut self-titled album this February 4, 2014. City Harbor was produced by Ben Glover (Britt Nicole), David Garcia (Mandisa, Tobymac) and Matt Bronleewee (Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin). WHO IS CITY HARBOR? The moniker City Harbor is quite the fit for this duo's blend of organic and harmonic pop. With songs sharing about real-life issues, such as living out our faith in such a complex world, the words "City Harbor...
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*Friday, January 3, 2014*

Children 18:3
Sibling rock band Children 18:3 has just posted a Kickstarter campaign to fund a brand new album, but it's not just a new studio album... it's their final one. The full announcement on Kickstarter reads: "Children 18:3 has released 2 EPs and 3 full length records through Tooth and Nail. Now we are doing our final album with the fans. We need your help to partner with us as we record our final album. We want to make the album of our life. We have so much to say on this record...
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*Wednesday, January 1, 2014*

Justin McRoberts
To celebrate his 40th birthday today, Justin McRoberts has put together a FREE compilation of tracks from his career -- 24 songs, including a full copy of his latest album, K! Titled 24 on 40, anyone can download the collection at Noisetrade.com now, and even offer a tip if they'd like to. About the project, Justin writes, "I turn 40 on Jan 1. I'm being told this is a significant moment. Of course, most of the folks telling me that are younger than I am. Regardless, I'm taking a moment to reflect on the 15 years I've spent as an artist. And upon reflection, I'd like to thank you for being a part of my life and career...
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Indie folk foursome The Vespers have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $30,000 to fund a third album, titled Sisters and Brothers. About the project, the band says, "From January 6th - January 31st we are scheduled to create our 3rd record with an awesome producer named Paul Moak at his incredibly legit studio called The Smoakstack in Nashville. It is very expensive to do this, and we need you...
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