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July, 2008



*Thursday, July 31st, 2008*


Abandon
San Antonio rock act Abandon has signed an exclusive recording agreement with EMI CMG imprint Forefront Records. The band released its debut offering, a 5-song, self-titled EP, July 22. With a sound that has been likened to popular bands U2 and The Killers, Abandon comprises brothers Josh Engler (vocals) and Justin Engler (rhythm guitars), cousins Dave Vela (drums) and Stevan Vela (lead guitar) as well as Bryan Fowler (bass). They formed as part of their church’s worship band, eventually moving on to play local shows. The group came into relationship with Forefront Records after...
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Family Force 5
Complete with rippling rhythms, assaulting electronics and a raucous rock 'n roll Family Force 5's sophomore album Dance Or Die will be released August 19 on CD and digitally on the Transparent Media Group founded by the Olds brothers, manager Chris Woltman and producer Joe Baldridge with EMI Music Marketing and Tooth & Nail Records. The group's sophomore release oozes with over-the-top illustrations, charging out of the gate with funky rhythms, percolating club grooves, undeniably infectious hooks and instantaneous sing-a-longs. Imagine an inventive evolution of the band's eye-opening debut...
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SCC
Due to the recent tragic loss of their littlest adopted daughter, Maria Chapman, the Steven Curtis Chapman and his family will be featured in a few significant media appearances, including Good Morning America on August 5th, Larry King Live on August 7th, and in the August 15th issue of People Magazine. The following is an announcement the SCC team made today about these appearances as well as the upcoming United Tour with Michael W. Smith. "Opportunities with outlets of this sort of reach would normally be reason for wild celebration... on this occasion though, I think you'd understand why we would rather not even have the coverage...
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Brandon Heath
The momentum for singer/songwriter Brandon Heath’s upcoming sophomore album release What If We continues to swell as the digital sales of the album’s first single “Give Me Your Eyes” brings in another 6,700 downloads its second week out. This follows the song’s first-week sales of nearly 6,000 downloads, which claimed the highest debut week for a Christian track in 2008 to date. The upward trend puts “Give Me Your Eyes” over 12,500 single downloads in the two weeks since release, and at the top of the Christian music digital charts, reaching the No. 1 spot on iTunes for a second consecutive week...
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Natalie Grant
“I Will Not Be Moved,” the second single from Relentless, the best-selling recording from Curb artist and GMA’s three-time Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, has become the project’s second Top 5 hit. The song is currently #4 on R&R’s Christian AC Monitored chart. Meanwhile, the album’s debut single, “In Better Hands,” which was a Top 5 hit on R&R’s Christian AC National Airplay chart and a #1 hit on the publication’s AC/Inspo National Airplay chart, is currently impacting mainstream AC radio. The single has been “New & Active” for three weeks on R&R’s AC National Airplay chart and is currently alongside “New & Active” songs from Rihanna, Sheryl Crow and John...
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*Wednesday, July 30th, 2008*


JoC
Jars Of Clay's brand new EP, Closer is here! Here's the band's official announcement to fans made earlier today... "We're proud to announce the release of our new EP "Closer!" Here's the scoop: 3 new songs - including the full track of the recently released as a sneak peak "Closer." A new song called "Safe to Land" and "Prisoner of Hope," which we used as end title credits to the movie Sons of Lwala. Also included are 2 favorites that we've re-worked. "Flood" and "Lovesong for a Savior" have been given new life with this re-recording. It's something we've wanted to do for some time, to give the songs some different production, while keeping the...
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After Edmund
Slanted Records recording artists After Edmund are slated to perform alongside rock icons Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, The Bravery and others this Sunday night, August 3rd, at the Lakewood Amphitheater (2002 Lakewood Way, 404-627-9704) in Atlanta, Ga. The band, one of three winners of MTV2’s Rock the Revolution contest in the Atlanta area, was awarded a performance at the show which is part of the national Projekt Revolution Tour hitting over 20 cities this summer. MTV2 Atlanta and Comcast challenged local artists to compete for the once-in-a- lifetime shot to open Linkin Park’s Projekt...
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Third Day
To promote Third Day's brand new release, Revelation, K-Love and Third Day have set up a special Secret Show website to keep fans in tune with two special "secret" performances coming up this week. Guitarist Mark Lee’s Twitter feed along with one from a representative from the bands label will be posting real time as the events take place. To check it out now and to get some details on the secret shows in Phoenix (7/30) and Denver (8/1), visit http://www.essentialrecords.com/thirdday/secretshows...
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Remedy Drive
New Word recording artist Remedy Drive filmed its first music video, "Daylight," from the band's Aug. 26 debut Daylight Is Coming at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. on June 16, 2008. Produced by The Erwin Brothers, the video made its national television premiere on TVU Friday, July 11, 2008. To view the video, visit: www.myspace.com/remedydrive...
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*Tuesday, July 29th, 2008*


Third Day
Multi-million selling rock band Third Day will perform its latest hit, “Call My Name,” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” this evening (7/29). The track is the lead single from the band’s tenth studio album, Revelation, which was released today by Essential Records, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. “Call My Name” is Third Day’s fastest-rising single ever, climbing to No. 1 in a few short weeks to become the band’s 25th chart-topping hit. Recorded with producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, P.O.D., Flyleaf, Hoobastank) in Los Angeles...
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*Monday, July 28th, 2008*


Plumb
One of our favorite female pop/rockers, Plumb, has announced today that she will be delivering her third baby today! Below is the announcement she made to fans earlier today... "So its been 3 1/2 months since I blogged. That is how busy its been for me. So busy that its WHY I SHOULD have been blogging. But I didn't. I have spent that time getting a VERY large belly and traveling some doing plumb promo (in May and early June) and took all of July off to prepare to have my little one...
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Showbread The long awaited doctumentary-style DVD from Showbread is coming. Front man Josh Dies gave an update today on the progress of How Showbread Ruined My Life, "We're nearing completion on the long gestating "How Showbread Ruined My Life" DVD... this thing is beefy, with hours of footage from home, the road, the studio and more. It's got the music videos, pointless homemade movies, live footage and a documentary of the YOU CAN'T SAVE YOURSELF TOUR. two discs literally PACKED with footage...
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DPR Entertainment/High Wire Music proudly presents singer/songwriter Adam McInnis as he unveils his debut album Wherever You Are on September 16th. The title track will be the first single released from the new album, which impacts Christian CHR on August 4th. With a sound self-described as "alternative rock meets singer-songwriter soul" and production by Will Hoffman (Flyleaf, Dizmas, Spiderman 3 Soundtrack) and Dwight Baker (Podunk, Steamroller, Lennex) Wherever You Are features 12 different tracks ranging from amped up rock tunes to soulful piano ballads. Songs such as “I’m The One,” “Not Alone” and “Take These Wings” are...
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Platinum-selling Christian recording artist Don Moen today announced the formation of The Don Moen Company—a new entrepreneurial venture with a mission to proclaim and demonstrate the values of the Kingdom of God to the world—as well as, Worship2Action—a 501 (c) (3) ministry designed to give Christians tangible opportunities to serve the poor. After faithfully serving as label executive, artist and songwriter with Integrity Media for 20 years, Moen moves beyond this association to pursue dreams that have been in his heart for decades. “It has become clear to me that being president of a Christian...
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*Friday, July 25th, 2008*


Amy Grant
Multi-platinum and award –winning artist Amy Grant recently announced a special partnership with cristina carlino, founder of Philosophy, inc., a personal care company, and Art Of Grace, a company for greater purpose and not profit. Grant just recorded “She Colors My Day,” a song written by carlino, and her business partner stuart matheson. this is the first time ever that a beauty brand has pitched the world of music and the two will work together to deliver a creative and relevant song that presents an important message. Inspired by the artwork of her daughter, Carlino and Mathison authored and co-created a heartwarming song that celebrates the...
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Laura Story
Catch INO Records’ artist Laura Story on Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” this Saturday and Sunday on TBN and Lifetime. She will be performing “Indescribable” and “Perfect Peace” from her debut album Great God Who Saves. Check for your local TV listings and times by visiting www.crystalcathedral.org/hour_of_power/tvlisting/index.php. “HOUR OF POWER” airs on Saturday at 6PM (CST) on TBN and Sunday at 8AM (EST)/(PST) on Lifetime. Story’s current single “Mighty To Save” hit No. 1...
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Disciple
With Disciple working hard this Spring and Summer on a new record for later this year, Jesusfreakhideout.com's own Matt Johnson caught up with front man Kevin Young last weekend at Found Festival in Spartansburg, PA to talk about the upcoming release. Here's what Matt had to say about the encounter, "This past Saturday at the Found Festival, I had the opportunity to catch up with Kevin Young from Disciple after they closed the show. When asked about the new record, Kevin shared that it would be titled Southern Hospitality and is due out this coming November. The record is aptly titled due to containing some "southern rock elements," said Kevin. The record will have 12 total...
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Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records is thrilled to announce the release of Francesca Battistelli’s My Paper Heart, the newest signing to their talented and unique roster of artists. This young singer / songwriter has, in fact, been ready to share her adventurous musical talents since she was just a mere six years old. Her major label debut, which features the Top 3 CHR radio hit, “I’m Letting Go,” (the single is #4 at AC Monitored, #5 AC Indicator) released this week through Word Distribution. Battistelli’s songs have already been touted as music that offers hope and encouragement for all ages...
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Third Day
Premier Christian Cruises has only their own gold standards to exceed with the January 2009 “6th Anniversary” sailing of their annual K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise. Pre-sales of cabin space already top the 70% capacity mark more than six months before the ship is scheduled to set sail. Part of the marketing excitment in recent weeks has been the ongoing promotion of a "mystery artist" set to sail the seas with the K-LOVE crew next January! K-LOVE listeners as well as those pre-booking cabin space weren't disappointed when announcement was made recently that the mystery...
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*Thursday, July 24th, 2008*


Lincoln Brewster
On September 23, 2008, Integrity Music artist Lincoln Brewster will be releasing his much anticipated new album titled Today Is The Day. The first single “Today Is The Day” achieved the extraordinary feat of charting after only one week of being released to radio, thanks to early momentum from several major radio reporters, including K-Love Network (National). It also was the most added single at Christian A/C 3 weeks in a row! Brewster has been out all summer premiering the new single and other songs from the upcoming release hitting several concert...
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Chris Sligh
As his debut CD, Running Back to You garners its first top 10 single with “Empty Me,” (#9 R&R AC Monitor – #5 Most Increased song), AMERICAN IDOL finalist Chris Sligh is readying himself to hit the road to support both, as well as his next single, “Arise.” In addition, he will perform live on The 700 Club on Tuesday, July 29th. Sligh’s first stop before launching his headlining Back to School Tour, will be “Idol Camp” in Southern California. Idol Camp was created for kids who want to be singer/songwriters, and enslists former “Idols” each summer to participate in teaching music classes, host open mic sessions, showcases, as well as extra curricular...
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Jon McLaughlin
American heartland singer-songwriter and pianist Jon McLaughlin – whose show-stopping live performance of “So Close,” the Oscar-nominated song from the Disney movie Enchanted, was seen world­wide during this year’s 80th annual Academy Awards ceremonies – has returned with OK NOW, his second album for Island Records, October 7th at mainstream retail and October 14th in the CBA marketplace...
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*Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008*


Anberlin
With the band's fourth album, New Surrender, releasing on September 30th, Anberlin has announced an upcoming tour launching this Fall, "Hey guys, we're very excited to announce that we will be embarking on a full U.S. headlining tour this Fall. We will be bringing along Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Straylight Run, and There for Tomorrow. Our pre-sale will start next Tuesday the 29th, so stay tuned for specific dates w/ cities and get tickets in just 6 days!!! We're super pumped about this tour and are planning a very special show for you guys….cant wait to see everyone...
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Haste The Day
It was announced today that Dreamer will be the title of the forthcoming album from Haste The Day. The album to be released on October 14th was produced by Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Oh Sleeper). On Aug 1st the band will premiere a new song titled “68” on their myspace page (http://www. myspace. com/hastetheday). Haste The Day, composed of the quartet of Stephen (vocals), Brennan (guitar), Mike (bass) and Devin (drums) will unleash their new material live on the Solid State Records Tour starting on October 3rd. Also to be announced shortly is select International dates for the fall. In other recent Haste The Day news, the band actually had to ask one of their members to leave due to a change in their personal...
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Underoath
"Desperate Times, Desperate Measures"--the fast-paced first single off UNDEROATH's upcoming CD LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION (out September 2 on Tooth & Nail/Solid State)--is now streaming live on their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/underoath), having logged over 100,000 plays in its first 24-hour period. The Florida sextet--lead vocalist SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN, guitarist TIM MCTAGUE, bassist GRANT BRANDELL, drummer AARON GILLESPIE, keyboardist CHRIS DUDLEY and guitarist JAMES SMITH--shot a video for the track last week in Los Angeles with director Walter Robot (Modest Mouse's "Missed the Boat"). Expect news about the video debut soon...
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Hawk Nelson
JCPenny has debuted a brand new interactive site to promote their "Get That Look" ad campaign that includes a brand new track, "Don't You Forget About Me," from Hawk Nelson, as well as other versions by several other. To check out Hawk's version, visit the JCPenny site or get the song for 99 cents on iTunes! You can also get a chance to win some free clothes while you are poking around. In other Hawk Nelson news, Hawk Nelson is out again this summer for another round of Baseball games with their...
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Brave Saint Saturn
With an original release date announced for late June, then pushed back to late July, Brave Saint Saturn frontman Reese Roper has announced the latest and "final" release date of September 15, 2008. Below is Reese's announcement made yesterday on BraveSaintSaturn.com, "There are two things I need to tell you, First, we finally have an official release date for ANTI-MERIDIAN! Sadly, we pushed it back again. But this is final. The release date, and I know this is a while, is SEPTEMBER 15th, 2008. We just want it to be the best album ever, that's all. I hope you can handle it, because it probably will rip your face off with its unstoppable awesomeness...
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Third Day
Third Day is gearing up for the July 29, 2008 street date of its 10th studio record, Revelation. Already, the band is slated to perform its No. 1 radio single “Call My Name” on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on Tuesday, July 29, and has graced the cover of the June 7 edition of Billboard Magazine. This week Third Day will perform on Atlanta’s highly rated FOX morning show, Good Day Atlanta (7/24/08), and is interviewing for features with the New York Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Dallas Morning News. (The New York Post will run on Sunday, July 28 while the latter two will run July 29.)...
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Brandon Heath
Christian music’s New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath debuts his digital single “Give Me Your Eyes” at the top of the Christian music digital charts, reaching No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon.com. With nearly 6,000 downloads of the song, Heath has achieved the highest first-week sales for a Christian track in 2008, surpassing previous leaders Chris Tomlin’s “Jesus Messiah” and Third Day’s megahit “Call My Name.” On Aug. 19, Heath will release his anticipated sophomore album What If We which features the week’s top-downloaded...
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Paul Baloche
Seminars4Worship, the premier equipping conference for worship teams, has created an all-new experience for its 2008 event schedule, offering more new training and content than ever before, announced Rod Arnold, vice president of Integrity Live Events, which produces the popular annual conferences. 2008 Seminars4Worship conferences will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Oct. 8-10); Indianapolis, Ind. (Oct. 15-17); Charlotte, N.C...
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Ashmont Hill
Axiom Records group Ashmont Hill has been added to the line-up for the Gospel Superfest 2008 happening in Atlanta October 31 and November 1st. The tenth international television recording session for Gospel Superfest TV this November in Atlanta will bring many of today's top gospel and R&B acts super session of spirit filled music. Gospel Superfest, one of America's top TV productions in the field with an impressive nine-year production history is now, Allstate's Gospel...
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*Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008*


Big Daddy Weave
Celebrating a decade with all original members still intact, Fervent Records’ Big Daddy Weave releases its fifth album, What Life Would Be Like, today to critical acclaim. Here’s what a few reviewers are saying, "You'll want to keep this one in your player for awhile. There are so many bands in the music industry today that makes it hard to keep up with new bands, let alone those of veteran status. It's records like this one, though, that make you revisit a band's past, appreciate their work in the present, and anticipate their future. If you are a newcomer to the music of Big Daddy Weave...
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Nicole C. Mullen
The eagerly anticipated latest CD from Nicole C. Mullen, A Dream To Believe In, Vol. II releases tomorrow, July 22nd. The album is the second installment in Mullen’s thematic trilogy, with Sharecropper’s Seed the beginning of this three album project. Produced by David Mullen, the songs on A Dream To Believe In, Vol. II were inspired by great moments in our national history that have significant importance to our faith. Musically, it features the range of this versatile artist that swings from soulful ballads to funky up-tempo rockers...
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New Credential Recordings Band Seabird celebrated the release of its national debut, Til We See The Shore, in style on the Belle of Cincinnati, the city's largest riverboat, June 27, 2008. More than 500 fans and media were on board for a three-hour-long concert along the Ohio river (Photos inside the full report)...
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Lost Dogs
The Lost Dogs are heading down Route 66, "America's Mother Road," in mid-September, 2008, jumping off in Chicago and ending at the pier in Santa Monica, California. While visiting some of the most interesting places in America, their experiences will be captured in music and film. An emphasis will be placed on their various encounters and interviews with the uniquely fascinating people along Route 66. The end result will be an album and DVD that will be charming, whimsical, comedic, poignant, educational, and above all else, fun and entertaining. You are probably thinking that Route 66 has been "done before," but this project is set apart by a bold difference...
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*Monday, July 21st, 2008*


Michael Gungor Band
The critically-acclaimed Michael Gungor Band has signed with Atlanta-based Brash Music, and will release its debut CD for the label, Ancient Skies, on September 9. The project was self-produced, and features a set of thirteen songs either written or co-written by Gungor. “I’m thrilled to be part of Brash Music,” said Gungor. “It’s exciting to share my passion about this project with them, and I’m looking forward to sharing this set of songs, which were written for my church, with a much larger audience.” Although this is The Michael Gungor Band’s first project for Brash Music, the group has already achieved a level of success...
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Leeland
The following in a blog from Leeland frontman Leeland Mooring as part of the band's "Opposite Way Campaign"... "Every night that we play a concert, we’re able to share about the life-changing decision of choosing to live the opposite way. Countless people share with us how blessed they’ve been by the message of our new record, Opposite Way. It’s so awesome to see the look on people’s faces when they realize that they too can go the opposite way – that they can live completely different from the world...
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Braille Brizzy
Braille performs "The IV" with a live band and Rob Swift on the wheels of steel on FearlessTV in NYC! Don't worry if you are not in NYC, check out the Fearless Music Myspace time and channel listing to find out when and where else it will air! Also, before and after the episode airs go to the www.fearlessmusic.tv and vote for Braille. The band that receives the highest amounts of votes will be featured again on next week¹s episode...
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Ten Shekel Shirt
The Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) proudly announces the signing of Rounder Records’ recording band Ten Shekel Shirt to their Nashville based music division. Ten Shekel Shirt’s album Jubilee will hit stores nationwide on August 19th. Lamont Hiebert, the lead singer and songwriter of Ten Shekel Shirt, describes himself as an artist and an abolitionist. As an artist, he’s a gifted singer, songwriter and bandleader who evokes comparisons from Snow Patrol to Coldplay to Peter Gabriel for his richly textured music, emotive singing and thoughtful lyrics and...
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Annie Moses Band
The world-class musicians that comprise the five-member Annie Moses Band will release This Glorious Christmas on October 7, 2008 (Reunion Records). With the release of This Glorious Christmas, the all-sibling group makes its most stunning statement yet, telling the story of Christ’s birth, with a mix of original tunes and holiday classics, as never heard before. Annie Moses Band is an eclectic blend of classical, jazz and pop music that draws from the family’s three-generation musical journey, all the way from rural Texas to the halls of The Juilliard School...
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*Friday, July 18th, 2008*


Third Day
Capping off a highly-publicized promotional campaign surrounding the anticipated July 29 release of GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum-selling band Third Day’s tenth studio album, Revelation, K-LOVE has recently made a couple revelations of its own. The national music radio network has announced details to a pair of secret shows performed acoustically by Third Day in K-LOVE markets Phoenix and Denver during the week of Revelation’s release. “The response was overwhelming,” says Mike Tedesco, Brand Manager for K-LOVE. “Thousands of listeners registered to win a trip to...
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DecembeRadio
Virginia-based rockers DecembeRadio burst onto the national scene with their self-titled Slanted Records’ debut in 2006. The band was honored with a GMA Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year, earned three additional Dove nominations (including Best New Artist and Song of the Year) and scored a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Their winning streak continued at radio where “Love Found Me” and “Dangerous” heated up rock radio airwaves while “Drifter” and “Find You Waiting” became Top Five hits in the CHR format with “Find You Waiting” hitting the Top 10 at AC. DecembeRadio was named Breakout Band of the Year at the Rock Radio Summit and were the only Christian act touted among Billboard Magazine’s 2006 “Artists to...
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Living Sacrifice
After announcing a return earlier this year as well as a tour with Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice has been hard at work on a brand new studio album, slated to release sometime next year. To give fans an update and clear up any confusion, LS vocalist/guitarist Bruce Fitzhugh issued this update... "Hi All - just wanted to say thank you for coming out to see us on the Demon Hunter Stronger Than Hell Tour. It was truly a great time and a lot of fun. Every one who came and let us know what the band means and has meant to them was very special... First off, "Death Machine" is NOT the new record. "Death Machine" and "The Battle" are 2 new songs that we have done independently...
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Brandon Heath
The new single “Give Me Your Eyes” from GMA’s New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath is currently the No. 1 song on iTunes Christian Top songs chart. “Give Me Your Eyes” is the debut single from Heath’s highly anticipated sophomore album What If We, releasing on August 19. The phenomenal reach and impact of Christian music’s top-selling artist Casting Crowns is once again illustrated this week as Pollstar magazine releases its mid-year report of the Top 100 tours in the country. Casting Crowns is the highest ranked Christian music artist at No. 54, with 6.3...
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*Thursday, July 17th, 2008*


Andrew Peterson
Centricity Music is happy to announce the signing of one of Christian music’s most respected singer/songwriters, Andrew Peterson. Peterson will release his label debut, The Resurrection Letters, Vol II on October 21, 2008. “When we discovered that Andrew was interested in partnering with a label again we were incredibly excited,” says Steve Ford, Centricity’s Vice President, Marketing. “Bringing to Centricity’s existing roster an artist with Andrew’s artistic vision and commercial appeal will be a great addition. He feels like family, he is like-minded in his desire to make the best art possible...
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Capital Lights
Last week marked the label debut for power pop/rock band Capital Lights. Following their release of This Is An Outrage, Capital Lights finds the debut charting on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart this week at No. 51. The project also landed on Billboard's Christian Rock chart at No. 12 and Top Christian Albums at No. 34. In addition, This Is An Outrage grabbed the attention of the digital buyers on iTunes as it debuted on overall Rock Chart at No. 27 during street week. "It definitely feels great to actually be on the Billboard and iTunes charts," exclaims vocalist Bryson Phillips. "God has really...
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RSJ
This is just one of the 90 days of spiritual and practical "lifestyle encouragement" Rebecca St. James recounts in her about to be released new book "Pure" –coming to bookstores officially in early September! Need a bit of "life coaching" to help boost your daily walk with God? Do you wonder what a "pure" lifestyle looks like in the real "rubber meets the road" world? Rebecca's new book has some great wisdom to share –here's a sample...
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Red
GRAMMY-nominated modern rock band Red's current music video, "Already Over," now airing on MTV2, recently became the #1 Most Streamed music video at MTV2.com! "Already Over" is from Red's debut album, End of Silence. Since the June 6, 2006 release of End of Silence, Red has toured non-stop (over 250 dates per year); collected five No. 1 radio singles at Christian Rock radio (“Breathe Into Me,” “Already Over,” “Break Me Down,” “Let Go” and “Lost”)...
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John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist John Schlitt--solo artist, lead singer for GRAMMY Award-winning Christian band Petra and former lead singer for mainstream rock band Head East--will take the stage at a special benefit concert, "Mercy at the Merc," on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the Franklin Mercantile (100 4th Ave. North, Franklin, Tenn.). Hosted by award-winning singer/songwriter Vince Wilcox, "Mercy at the Merc" is a summer concert series benefiting the Voice of Peace Orphanage in Harare, Zimbabwe, which serves almost 200 AIDS orphans. Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family, and music starts...
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Avalon
Grammy Award-winning vocal group Avalon greets legendary female recording artist Sandi Patty at the 2008 GRAMMY Salute to Gospel Music held late last month at Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C. The foursome performed "Another Time, Another Place" in tribute to Patty, who was among the evening's honorees. During its Washington, D.C. visit, Avalon is presented an appreciation plaque by chaplains Maj. William A. Jokela and Maj. Taz W. Randles at Walter Reed Army Medical Center...
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*Wednesday, July 16th, 2008*


Bebo Norman
Starting fresh with a new label behind him, singer/songwriter Bebo Norman is set to release his seventh project on September 16, 2008. Following the 2007 holiday Dove-nominated album, Christmas From The Realms of Glory, Bebo will release this self-titled, full-length project as a BEC Recordings artist. The forthcoming CD is co-produced by Norman, Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp. Bebo Norman is rooted in the tuneful sensibilities of comparable artists like James Taylor and John Mayer; all the while, he is confidently stretching the musical arrangements to his worshipful melodies...
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Salvador
Nic Gonzales, frontman of Word Records’ Dove Award-winning Latin/pop band Salvador, recently traveled to Honduras with his wife, Dove Award-winning recording artist Jaci Velasquez, to visit several sites supported by The Salvador Foundation. The couple is pictured in the village of Lemon with students from a school the foundation helped build. In addition to the school, The Salvador Foundation also assisted in the construction of a tortilla manufacturing facility that employs single mothers, as well as a nutrition clinic in the village...
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SCC
There's been a little buzz coming from the Chapman camp this week. Steven Curtis Chapman's manager released news of a new single hitting radio for the song "Yours" from Steven's latest release, This Moment. The radio version of the song also features a new fourth verse that was inspired by the recent tragic accidental death of Steven's five year old adopted daughter. In addition to the news about the single, it appears that Chapman will be teaming with fellow Christian music legend Michael W. Smith this fall for the "United Tour." According to SCC's manager, Jim Houser's blog, the tour's poster was released to SCC's fans on July 8th, but no official announcement has been made just yet...
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Anthony Evans
On the heels of Anthony Evans’ third studio project, The Bridge (EMI Gospel), just released June 10th, Evans is celebrating a few number ones in his career as well as amazing reviews from fans, new and old, and media. The Bridge found itself as the #1 top downloaded CD on iTunes Christian & Gospel page during street week. In fact, at the...
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*Tuesday, July 15th, 2008*


Underoath
As the final notes ring out on LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION, it's clear that UNDEROATH--who've built their career on being both heavy and experimental--have delivered their most accomplished album to date. Succinct and resolute, there's no denying the power of LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION, due out September 2 on Tooth & Nail/Solid State as the follow-up to 2006's rapturously received and gold-certified Define The Great Line. Now headlining the Hot Topic stage of the Mayhem Tour, UNDEROATH perform daily from 6:25-7:00pm at the festival, joining hard music...
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Norma Jean
"Self-Employed Chemist"--one of the highlights on NORMA JEAN's fourth album THE ANTI MOTHER, due out August 5 on Solid State Records--is streaming now on the front page of Alternative Press magazine's website. To hear the song streaming live for one week, click on www.altpress.com. Featuring separate collaborations with Page Hamilton of Helmet and Chino Moreno of Deftones, THE ANTI MOTHER marks NORMA JEAN's most melodic, heaviest and furious material to date. "We've never been this excited about anything we've done," says CORY BRANDAN...
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Krystal Meyers
Krystal Meyers, along with her label Essential Records, are throwing a 24-hour online party at the end of this month. The first 1,000 fans will get a personal invite in the mail (see example below). Anyone who signs up at www.krystalmeyers.com this next week will have access to her new album, Make Some Noise, and will be able to listen as many times as they'd like within the 24-hour window of the party. In addition, she will be featuring a high resolution viewing of her new music video for the title track, "Make Some Noise"...
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Michael W. Smith
In stores today from Michael W. Smith, Seabourne Pictures and Randall House is the innovative new small group study series on DVD called C2: Giving Movies a Second Look. C2 is designed to help individuals develop critical thinking skills when watching movies. Although just hitting retail shelves, C2’s Love At First Sight [Volume One] and Relapse [Volume Two] are already garnering acclaim from film, group leader and media critics alike. Entering and receiving exclusive appearances at three respected film festivals, Love At First Sight...
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Mr. Del
In 2007, Holy South Records/EMI recording artist, Mr. Del began a new and innovative conference called, “The Rapture” Hip-Hop Conference bringing Christian independent artists, national recording artists, and entertainment industry veterans together to launch a movement. This conference proved to be an effective tool in teaching Biblical principles to up and coming artists to learn valuable skills in becoming a professional in the music industry. It also gave independent artists a chance to perform in front of their peers and gave them a chance to meet some of their musical heroes in the...
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John Tesh
John Tesh announces today a “summer of intelligent kindness” – a free gas card giveaway campaign as part of his nationally syndicated radio show, ”Intelligence For Your Life Radio.” With the rising cost of fuel that is impacting the country, the award-winning radio show host will give away $500 per day in free gas cards to listeners. That’s over $20,000 in free gas! Every day this summer, Tesh will choose one person to win two gas cards worth $250 dollars each! That’s $500 dollars worth of gas...
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*Monday, July 14th, 2008*


Michael W. Smith
On June 20, 2008 in Houston, Texas, along with more than 12,000 in attendance, Michael W. Smith recorded his third worship album, A New Hallelujah, which will be available everywhere October 28, 2008 (Reunion Records). A choir of 250, along with special guests, The African Children’s Choir and worship leaders Israel Houghton and Coalo Zamorano, led a two-hour worship event, yielding A New Hallelujah. The upcoming record, Smith’s 21st, will offer a unique, moving worship experience through songs like “Mighty to Save,” “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” and “I Surrender All,” (song list subject to change) along with several new songs that Michael...
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*Saturday, July 12th, 2008*


Sixpence NTR
We got word today from a faithful JFH reader that Sixpence None The Richer has released their first new project since reuniting earlier this year. The debut EP release, which comes very quietly on the heels of news of the forthcoming Christmas album, The Dawn Of Grace (October 14), consists of four brand new songs and is titled My Dear Machine. Musically, the EP continues the artsy alternative pop music the band has become popular for and sheds most of the radio-friendly traits the band possessed in their last days. You can download the new EP now for free by forwarding it to three friends, or support the band...
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*Friday, July 11th, 2008*


JoC
GRAMMY award-winning and multi-platinum selling band JARS OF CLAY will release CLOSER EP through all major digital service providers on August 5th. The 5-song EP will feature two brand new tracks (“Closer” and “Safe To Land”) that will be included on their forthcoming full-length album, as well as new versions of fan favorites including “Flood” and “Love Song For A Savior.” The band will also make the EP available physically both on tour dates and through their website (www.jarsofclay.com) beginning August 19th...
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David Crowder Band
sixstepsrecords’ David Crowder*Band will release the REMEDY Club Tour CD/DVD to retail on Aug. 19. The band’s first ever full-length DVD features five and a half hours of content, including a behind the scenes tour documentary, song demonstrations hosted by each member of the Crowder band and chord/lyric subtitles in addition to 16 songs recorded live on last fall’s best-selling “REMEDY Club Tour.” “This tour was so amazing for us,” says David Crowder. “Many of our beliefs converged regarding music’s role in the church and the unexpected spaces our faith can function in. We believe...
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Charlie Hall
sixstepsrecords and Passion worship leader/artist, Charlie Hall will release his fourth studio album, The Bright Sadness, on August 19th. The record conveys life amidst sorrow and brokenness, reminding listeners that the aching in this world is not detached from the bright, resurrecting hope in God. A collection of songs that reflect his current journey, The Bright Sadness, according to Hall, “comes from me understanding my ordinary human condition and my deep love for Jesus and the life He brings. It is the accepting of my brokenness and that in the...
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Project 86
Tooth & Nail Records rock band Project 86 has been writing and demoing for a new release while hitting the festivals and spot dates this summer. Here's an update on the band's happenings from front man Andrew Schwab, "Steve, Randy and I have really begun writing in the past couple of weeks and the demos coming out are awesome. We are looking to go back in the studio in the fall and trying to get as many new ideas recorded as we can...
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Beverly Crawford
Vocal powerhouse Beverly Crawford has been one of Gospel music’s most distinctive voices for over 20 years. She’s wowed crowds with electric live performances at the Stellar Awards – twice. She has released five solo albums and has performed alongside the likes of Yolanda Adams, Bobby Jones, Natalie Cole, and Patti LaBelle. She’s even been featured as a special musical guest during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. You’ve seen her take stages by storm and leave even the most avid Gospel music fans mesmerized. Don’t miss your chance to watch as the Gospel great takes the hot seat and answers serious questions about her faith, her career, and her most recent solo album Beverly Crawford: Live in Los Angeles...
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*Thursday, July 10th, 2008*


Third Day
Having recently graced the cover of the June 7 edition of Billboard Magazine, Atlanta based rock band, Third Day, has been confirmed for a performance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, July 29, the street date of its highly anticipated tenth studio album Revelation. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35 CT. In addition, the band maintains its No. 1 position for the fifth consecutive week on the R&R Christian AC Monitored chart, the R&R Christian CHR and Christian Radio Weekly (CRW) AC charts this week. In addition, “Call My Name,” the first single from the...
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I Am Terrified
I Am Terrified, Gotee’s newest metal core band, will unveil their six-song EP next week on their launch tour. The tour begins with a July 18th hometown CD release event in Birmingham, Alabama (Life Church 1449 Court Place Pelham, AL) where fans can purchase the EP exclusively. The EP will be available for purchase at iTunes on July 29th or be pre-ordered at Zambooie.com. I Am Terrified will move on from the hometown event to shows in Pensacola, FL, Mobile, AL, Houma, LA, Hot Springs AR, New Iberia...
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Sonshine Festival, one of Christian music’s premier summer events, readies for record attendance at the upcoming festivities to be held July 16th-19th at the Willmar Civic Center in Willmar, MN. In a time when gas prices are high and many events are seeing a decline in attendance, Sonshine ticket sales are up 12% from the previous record at this time, partly due to an increase in group sales. Festival staff has also seen a significant increase in volunteer applications, well above the needed amount...
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Phil Stacey
Lyric Street Recording artist and American Idol Season 6 finalist Phil Stacey will make his first televised appearance on the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday night, July 12th. Phil will perform songs from his recently released self-titled CD, including the single "If You Didn't Love Me," co-written by Rascal Flatts front man Gary LeVox. The Grand Ole Opry airs live at 8pm EDT on GAC. Phil's very first Opry experience was on March 29th, 2008. Of his special night, Phil commented, "I'm blown away, I'm absolutely...
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Shirley Caesar
With 42 albums and 8 DVD releases, the first lady of gospel, Shirley Caesar isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. After 40 years as an artist, adding one more CD and DVD to her repertoire, isn’t hard to do for the seasoned psalmist. The 12 song compilation CD, AFTER 40 YEARS…STILL SWEEPING THROUGH THE CITY, was released in November of last year, with the DVD complement released June 24, 2008 (Shu-Bel/Light Records). The CD and DVD combo premiere rare classics from the gospel diva in the 1970’s. Hits such as “Faded Rose”, “How Many Will Be...
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*Wednesday, July 9th, 2008*


Nevertheless
Chattanooga, Tenn.-based rock quintet, Nevertheless, who will release its second album, In the Making…, on September 16, 2008, is currently on a radio promo tour in support of its new radio single, “Sleeping In.” However, sleeping in is the last thing the guys are doing on the trip, as they are surprising some of their radio friends around the country, by literally camping on the station grounds, then surprising the radio staff with prepared breakfast when they arrive for work. On Monday, July 7, Nevertheless surprised the staff of RadioU in Columbus, Ohio. The next day (7/8/08), the band journeyed north to Saginaw, Mich., to hang at The Fuse radio station and today, Wednesday...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
As it continues to draw interest from fans, Texas Rangers’ Outfielder Josh Hamilton enters the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX in front of nearly 25,000 people at each game to the sounds of Phillips, Craig and Deans’ “Saved the Day” from their 2006 INO Records’ release “Top of My Lungs. ” Pegged as the Rangers’ “Miracle Man,” the Major League Baseball player opened up to the Fort Worth Star Telegram recently about his choice in music and the impact that it is having on the fans. "So many people have asked about it," Hamilton said. "The Rangers get e-mails all the time asking 'What song was that?' I've had a lot of people say they love the song."...
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JoC
With a Fall tour looming that finds them opening for Third Day, Switchfoot, and Robert Randolph, Jars Of Clay has been hard at work on a new studio album. In the meantime, not only is the band planning for a brand new EP (which sees two original fan favorites being re-recorded), but as of yesterday, the guys have released the new album's first single, "Closer," to iTunes for just .99 cents. Below is guitarist Steve Mason's announcement, "Hey friends! Some exciting news. We're into our second stretch of writing new material for our next record and we wanted to let you in on how it's going! There will be a sneak peek...
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Rush Of Fools
As of early this morning (Wednesday), Rush Of Fools' trailer - which had been stolen last Thursday, has been recovered! Below is an update issued by the band's management... "Dear Friends, Below is a letter that Rush Of Fools posted online tonight to share the amazing news! Many words would go into this letter, but we want to Thank Jesus for helping us recover our "stuff." You have been so faithful to pray, and financially support us during the past 6 days as we have walked through a scary and uncertain situation...
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Third Day
The Music Builds Tour, which launches this Fall and features Third Day, Switchfoot, Jars Of Clay, and Robert Randolph, have started a charity auction for each date on the tour. The winner in each city will receive two premium tickets to the show, a private meet and greet with the bands, tour merchandise, and an autographed copy of the new Third Day album Revelation (in stores July 29th). Click here for the auction link on Ebay. Through a program run by Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity...
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Emery
One of the Northeast’s must-see events of the year, Purple Door Arts and Music Festival will host three music stages, speakers, an art gallery, a skate park, paintball and much more August 15-16 at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA. Purple Door will feature some of the hottest current artists on Main Stage, including Emery, Skillet, Sherwood, Disciple,and Red, Pennsylvania natives who are taking a break from their summer tour with Seether to play...
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*Tuesday, July 8th, 2008*


This Beautiful Republic
“Learning to Fall,” This Beautiful Republic’s latest single, is on iTunes today, but that’s not all! You’ll get the new single plus 2 live tracks… that’s 3 songs for only .99 cents. Download these tracks to preview what’s to come from TBR’s new studio album, Perceptions, available August 19th. Visit their MySpace for tour dates and more music...
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Rush Of Fools
Last Thursday, we reported on Rush Of Fools' stolen trailer and gear. Below is an update issued by the band's management yesterday... "Dear Friends, Just wanted to update you that as of today, no news on the trailer or stolen goods. NBC Montgomery is doing a story tonight (7/7) on the band and the trailer, so maybe that will turn something up. We have set up a DONATE button on their website and myspace..."
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Tammy Trent
Recording artist, author and speaker Tammy Trent returns July 29 with Stronger, her fifth studio album to date. Produced by Dove Award-winner Bernie Herms, as well as Doug Bieden, Stephen Marshall and Brian Steckler, the album features 11 selections, five of which were written or co-penned by Trent. Signifying a new chapter both personally and musically, Stronger is a celebration of Trent’s hope and trust in Christ and an acknowledgment of His sovereignty through seasons of sorrow and joy. With a diversity of fresh pop anthems and reflective...
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New Method may be considered one of Christian music's freshest rock bands, but this Columbus, Ohio quartet is on the verge of becoming one of the genre's biggest new names with the summer release of its album, Old School, and a national tour to support the music. Recently signed by Avista, an arm of Provident-Sony Music, New Method will release its first national release this summer. Additionally, the band has launched a new Web site, www.newmethod.net, that's full of the band's music, news, videos, tour dates...
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*Monday, July 7th, 2008*


Krystal Meyers
Pop artist Krystal Meyers’ brand-new music video, “Make Some Noise,” the title-track from her upcoming, September 9, 2008 album release, will premiere on Yahoo! (http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/premieres/) on Thursday, July 10, 2008, where it is expected to garner as many as 2-3 million impressions, along with 150,000 full streams of the video. The clip was filmed in late April of 2008, in the 19-year-old’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Make Some Noise is Meyers’ third studio album. The 10-track project, entirely written or co-written by Meyers, was recorded in Brentwood, Tenn. at Dutchland Studio, and was produced by Doubledutch (Mat Kearney, TobyMac)...
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Superchick
Inpop Records’ band Superchick made career history, posting its highest ever first week sales numbers. Consequently, Superchick claimed prime positioning on multiple retail and digital sales charts. Nabbing the No. 2 position on Nielson SoundScan’s Top Christian Albums chart, Superchick’s June 24 release, Rock What You Got, sold nearly 10,000 copies its first week, the band’s most impressive sales debut to date. Trailing the No. 1 title by 12 scans, Superchick is thrilled with the turnout in support of its latest release...
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Jackson Waters
Former Word Records rock band Jackson Waters have announced plans to release a brand new EP this Fall, as of yet still untitled. Vocalist/front man David Leonard talked to Jesusfreakhideout.com about the five song EP, describing it as being about "life, love, and loss, and where it leaves you. Sometimes happy, sometimes carefree, sometimes broken." In regards to what fans can expect the new songs to sound like, Leonard states, "We are getting back to the root of the music we love. Music that is timeless. The stuff your parents love. Music that has life." Look for the EP to be self-released by the band this August or September...
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Kevin Max
In December, singer, songwriter and poet Kevin Max released his first Gospel project, The Blood, to pay homage to his roots. The singer plans to get back to his rock/pop stylings with his next studio project which Max has already said is almost complete. Below, Kevin talks about his recent trip to Cornerstone Festival as well as gives a breakdown of the songs he hopes to see included on the album, entitled Crashing Gates And Passing Keepers, "Last week was certainly good times. We started by going off to the wilderness of San Antonio with my good friend...
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One Minute Halo
Texas rock band One Minute Halo recently signed with Dallas-based indie label Empiric Records and plans to release its debut album Against the Grain in early 2009. The project will have national distribution via Empiric and Universal/Fontana. Vocalist Jeromy Moorehead, guitarists Joey Catalano and Terry Johnson, bassist Chris Downs and drummer Brian Butts are One Minute Halo. Playing shows with heavyweights like Taproot, Sevendust, Kittie and Filter, the band thrives on touring, amassing hundreds of...
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*Sunday, July 6th, 2008*


delirious
Today, Delirious? made the following announcement to their fans about their impending "break" in 2009, marking "end to this current journey," "We would like to address all of our fans, our friends, and people around the world who have faithfully supported Delirious? After 14 albums, thousands of shows in front of millions of people, and many extraordinary memories, we have decided that at the end of 2009, we will take a break from recording and playing"...
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Matt Kearney
Pop singer/songwriter Mat Kearney hasn't released an all-new full-length studio record since 2004 (we don't count the half-n-half new and old re-release Nothing To Lose in 2006), and the artist has been hard at work on new material for several months now. Kearney just issued a personal note to fans updating them on the latest regarding the recording and song selection process, which we've included in the full report, "I just finished up working in studio D at blackbird recording studios here in nashville. It seems to be the place where a lot of great music gets made in town...
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*Thursday, July 3rd, 2008*


downhere
One of Christian music’s premiere rock bands, downhere, is poised to release a brand-new CD, entitled Ending Is Beginning, on September 23, 2008. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Wide Eyed & Mystified, features twelve new songs, plus the bonus track “How Many Kings” their 2007 hit. All of the songs on the CD were written by Marc Martel & Jason Germain and produced by Mark Hiemermann (DC Talk, MWS), Stephen Gause (Jars of Clay, Derek Webb) and downhere. Ending Is Beginning takes the listener to a deeper place in their faith as downhere’s band members, Jason Germain, Marc...
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Rush Of Fools
This just in from Patton House Entertainment... Here is a letter from Rush Of Fools concerning the loss of all their gear when their trailer was stolen today. Please forward to anybody else that you think would want to know, "We need your prayers! Early this morning, Rush Of Fools' trailer was stolen out of their driveway in Alabama. The band has lost everything they own including all merchandise, guitars, cases, amps....anything you would see them play with at a show is gone. Insurance will cover some of the costs, but due to recent purchases and additions to the gear, the value lost is over $60,000...
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Leeland
Progressive rock band Leeland launched TheOppositeWay.com this week, an online home for all fans to share their stories about how they're living life the opposite way, and to be encouraged to continue to do so. Leeland Mooring shares, “It is our heart’s desire to help raise up a new generation of worshippers, who aren’t afraid to live different from the world; who aren’t afraid to live the opposite way. You aren’t going to look cool, and you’re not going to fit in when living the opposite way. However, the peace and contentment in the arms of Jesus, are worth everything, compared to the nothingness that this passing world will offer....
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Pillar
All four members of the GRAMMY-nominated rock band Pillar have become solid leaders and mentors in the Christian Rock genre. Rob Beckley, Noah Henson, Kalel and Lester Estelle all expanded this impact a bit further this week, by teaching classes at Camp Electric, in Nashville, Tenn., where the Dove Award-winning band also rocked a full-set for camp attendees on Tuesday night, July 1. Students of the guys in Pillar were privileged to insights about just what it takes to make it in the music industry, and received specific instruction on the role each member plays in the band. Mr. Beckley taught about being a lead...
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Due to overwhelming response, Phil Stacey's recording of "Old Glory" has been made available for digital download via iTunes. "I think the sentiment of this song speaks to so many people in this country," says Phil. "Despite our differences in politics or our differences as people, we're all united as Americans and the stars and stripes represent our strength and dignity as a country." Phil was inspired to write "Old Glory" while serving active duty...
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*Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008*


Krystal Meyers
Essential Records pop/rock singer Krystal Meyers has released a new single on iTunes from her upcoming September 16th release, Make Some Noise. "This music is fun and energetic and is going to be fun on stage," says Meyers, who is already performing some of her new songs in concert to enthusiastic response. "It's a different kind of energy. Some of the songs like 'S.O.S.', and 'My Freedom' are more guitar-driven, but there are other songs like 'Shine,' the first radio single, that are totally 80's-inspired, fun, dance, pop/rock music. It's a diverse record that defines my different musical layers."...
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Cindy Morgan
With her first venture into producing, Cindy Morgan has recently released her latest, self produced and self distributed offering, Beautiful Bird, exclusively on digital format, available at www.cindymorganmusic.com and at iTunes. ChristianMusicToday.com calls her brand new album Beautiful Bird, “hands down, the best album of Cindy Morgan's career, offering her strongest, most consistent batch of songs while continuing to demonstrate an ear for solid pop craftsmanship.” Beautiful Bird returns Morgan to her Appalachian roots and is a mix of diverse musical styles which Morgan has been a fan of...
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This Beautiful Republic
Following the critical and commercial success of its 2007 debut, Even Heroes Need a Parachute, Ohio rock band This Beautiful Republic returns August 19 with Perceptions, a new ForeFront Records/EMI album that clearly showcases the act’s increasing creative and spiritual strengths. Lead singer Ben Olin explains, “The title deals with the idea that there are at least two sides to every story. Things inevitably appear different to each individual based on their experiences, predispositions, prejudices, or vantage point. When we understand...
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*Tuesday, July 1st, 2008*


Norma Jean
Atlanta's post-hardcore outfit NORMA JEAN--along with producer Ross Robinson (Slipknot, The Cure, Deftones) and engineer Ryan Boesch--have put the finishing touches on their fourth studio album THE ANTI MOTHER, due out August 5 on Solid State Records. NORMA JEAN--CORY BRANDAN (lead vocals, guitars), SCOTTIE HENRY (guitars), JAKE SCHULTZ (bass), CHRIS DAY (guitars) and CHRIS RAINES (drums)--are debuting songs from THE ANTI MOTHER live to fans all summer long as main stage headliners on the Vans Warped Tour. In his live review for the Los Angeles Times, August Brown noted of the new material: "Atlanta metal-core quintet Norma Jean made...
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Family Force 5
There's a delicate balance between the intertwining worlds of artistry, entertainment and humor, but for Atlanta's best dressed alternative rockers Family Force 5 it's an ecstatic equilibrium that remarkably illustrates all three elements, as proven after one listen to the group's sophomore album Dance Or Die, to be released August 19 on CD and digitally. This release is a strategic partnership between the Transparent Media Group founded by the Olds brothers, manager Chris Woltman and producer Joe Baldridge with EMI Music Marketing and Tooth & Nail Records...
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Capital Lights
Next week Tooth&Nail Records' newcomers, Capital Lights, will release their debut project, This Is An Outrage. The Tulsa-based power pop/rock foursome created a project with award-winning producer Aaron Sprinkle (Pedro the Lion, Anberlin, The Almost) that is a perfect blend of alternative pop to assertive modern rock. Capital Lights is on the road to being one of the new up-and-coming bands of 2008, but that hasn't come without hard work and dedication from the Oklahoma natives. Starting out as a locally acclaimed scremo act named afterEIGHT, the band quickly realized the...
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On June 20 and 21, Houston was home to the rarest voices in conscious rap and hip-hop culture as the red carpet rolled out for the All Eyes On Me (AEOM) Achievement Awards. Held at Copperfield Church, the newly revamped awards show saluted Syntax Records with top honors. Formerly focusing on Texas, the AEOM Achievement Awards took a national spin this year, bringing artists together from New York to California in the name of hip-hop. This year, AEOM gave Syntax Records the mantle of "Pioneer Classic Record Label"...
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Joel Auge
Integrity Music’s Joel Augé (pronounced “Ojhay”) released his solo debut album titled On The Blue today. The excitement has continued to build as the release date got closer and his single “So Deep In Love” was named “Single of the Week” on iTunes. On The Blue’s 12 songs are about life, faith and love, are vertically inspired and often introspective. All are delivered on a canvas of art-rock, folk and pop by Augé, with help from producer Stephen Leiweke, who has recently been getting acclaim for his...
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Melinda Watts, a 29-year-old leader of two foundations that help support troubled young girls and their families from Fair Oaks, California, was crowned the winner of the American Idol®-inspired talent search series Gospel Dream 2008 last night on the Gospel Music Channel television network. Watts shared the stage of the Gospel Dream 2008 finals with Kymm Lowery of Beach Park, Ill. and John McKoy, Jr. of Monroe, N.C. in the dramatic season finale of GMC’s American Idol®-inspired talent search series, with all three performers offering outstanding and uplifting performances. Yet it was Watts who receives the grand prizes of Gospel Dream 2008 – a record and music video deal and...
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