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July, 2011



*Friday, July 29th, 2011*


John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist and Gospel Music Hall of Famer John Schlitt, best known as the lead singer for award-winning Christian band Petra during the era when the band won four Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards, is expressing his gratitude to his fans today. "Thank you folks! We're ahead of schedule and are already moving into Phase Two!" Schlitt says, on the heels of meeting the initial financial goal of $35,000 for the recording of his new music project, titled The Greater Cause...
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What’s in the distribution deal? A new relationship, according to VeggieTales’ Creator and Jellyfish Labs Founder Phil Vischer and Bill Hearn, President and CEO of EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG) who have announced a long-term distribution agreement for Vischer’s Jellyfish Labs and its “Buck Denver Asks... What's in the Bible?” DVD series...
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Red Song Music artist Dominic Balli plays to a maximum capacity crowd at Reality Carpinteria in Carpinteria, Calif. on Monday, July 25. The concert, taped for a live DVD project available next spring, was in celebration of Balli's July 26 national release, American Dream. For more information on Dominic Balli and American Dream, visit www.dominicballi.com...
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*Thursday, July 28th, 2011*


MercyMe
"The Rock and Worship Roadshow” will venture into their second leg of the tour hitting 12 markets this November with a stellar cast including MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher and Group 1 Crew. Talented rapper Trip Lee along with other artists will serve as the pre-showentertainment. This will mark the first time "The Rock and Worship Roadshow" will tour in the fall in addition to their annual spring trek...
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*Wednesday, July 27th, 2011*


Phil Keaggy
Guitar maestro Phil Keaggy recently appeared on a special edition of TBN's "Praise The Lord" featuring GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees. Keaggy, who has been a Gospel Music Hall of Famer since 2007, performed and talked with host Russ Taff during the two-hour show. "An absolute gentleman, a man after God's own heart and one of the greatest players this country has ever had," says Taff of Keaggy...
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Skies Fall Records is proud to announce the anticipated debut release from We Are Leo. Aptly titled Hello, the project will be available August 30th. Hello, produced and co-written by Ben Kasica, former member of Skillet, is releasing under Kasica’s label, Skies Fall Records. Hello's debut single, "Live For Love," which is already heating up the radio airwaves, releases today to all digital markets...
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*Tuesday, July 26th, 2011*


Rachael Lampa
In a move sure to excite Christian music fans worldwide, Dove Award winning recording artist Rachael Lampa has announced her return with a new album, All We Need, due in stores on September 27th from 220/Universal. The first single, “Remedy,” is available at iTunes today, and a live performance video is streaming exclusively at JesusFreakHideout.com (click here for the video). This fall, Lampa will hit the road with Group 1 Crew, Shonlock and Rapture Ruckus on the Outta Space Love Tour...
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POD
This summer music fans will see P.O.D. live on both the cross-country ROCK ALLEGIANCE TOUR and at the annual EPICENTER: Southern California’s Rock Festival. To coincide with those dates, the band have teamed up with the EPICENTER and ROCK ALLEGIANCE TOUR organizers to offer fans an exclusive download of their new single “On Fire.” While P.O.D. continue to work on a new album with producer...
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Jason Gray
Centricity Music’s Jason Gray continues to solidify his position as one of the most respected singer/songwriters in the Christian music industry with his soon to be released project, A Way To See In The Dark. The CD once again teams Gray with Jason Ingram (Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath) and Rusty Varenkamp (Sanctus Real, Michael W. Smith) and features twelve new songs that were written or co-written by Gray, an award winning 2010 ASCAP writer...
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With more than 11 million albums sold and dozens of songs sung weekly in congregations around the world, Hillsong returns with its 20th annual recording, God Is Able, releasing today on Sparrow Records. Recorded with thousands of worshippers gathered together at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia, the acclaimed album delivers 11 brand new anthems led by Hillsong worship team members Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston...
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Deas Vail
Hailing from Arkansas, Deas Vail--Wes Blaylock - Vocals, Keys, Laura Blaylock - Keys, Synth, Wes Saunders - Drums, Andy Moore- Guitar and Justin Froning- Bass are looking forward to their self titled CD release now slated to street on October 11 on Mono vs Stereo with distribution through Sony Red; CD to be available at all retail and online outlets and vinyl available at select outlets...
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*Monday, July 25th, 2011*


Needtobreathe
Charleston, SC rock band NEEDTOBREATHE are gearing up for the release of their new album The Reckoning, out September 20th on Atlantic Records. The follow up to the band's acclaimed album The Outsiders, which debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200, The Reckoning is a confident and fresh-sounding collection from a band coming into its own as a world class rock 'n' roll outfit. After two years of non-stop touring, NEEDTOBREATHE went straight into the studio to create The Reckoning - an album centered on the songwriting talents of Bear and Bo Rinehart...
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The City Harmonic
The City Harmonic is about “getting people in on the act—hearts pounding and feet moving.” The band, consisting of front man Elias Dummer, bassist Eric Fusilier, guitarist Aaron Powell and drummer Josh Vanderlaan, joins Aaron Gillespie to co-headline the HELLOSOMEBODY Tour that launches Sept. 22 in Phoenix, AZ and hits 12 cities before wrapping up in Rockford, IL Oct. 16. Featuring special guest Ben Pirtle, founder of HELLOSOMEBODY (http://hello-somebody.com/), as well as Jake Hamilton (Sept. 21-30) and AJ Cheek (Oct. 1-16), the tour is being sponsored by HELLOSOMEBODY in an effort to continue feeding the hungry around the world...
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DJ Maj
For years, DJ Maj has been mixing things up either on stage with TobyMac as part of the Diverse City Band or serving up his own full plates of mix tapes with friends. Now, Maj is venturing into the wide world of music videos with The VidiMix Show -- a unique music video program that mixes one song into the next for a video show like you've never seen before. Maj has teamed with Jesusfreakhideout.com to give you a special preview of the video show. Check it out here (password is "jfhpro") at this special preview until July 31st and spread the word...
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Skillet
It's been 99 weeks since SKILLET released AWAKE, the RIAA-Gold certified project that remains a best seller on the Billboard Top 200 with nearly 800,000 scans, and now the band has garnered their third consecutive RIAA Gold certified single with the No. 1 Active Rock and Christian radio hit, "Awake & Alive." In addition, Skillet continues to pound the touring circuit. With countless major market dates under their belt, this fall they will hit secondary markets as they headline their Awake & Alive Tour with Disciple and special guests Tooth & Nail rockers Manafest and Atlantic Records' labelmates We As Human. This tour hits following two solid years of heavy touring...
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Aaron Gillespie
Announcing the HELLOSOMEBODY tour featuring the next generation of worship leaders Aaron Gillespie and The City Harmonic along with special guests Jake Hamilton (Jesus Culture), AJ Cheek and HELLOSOMEBODY founder Ben Pirtle. The tour begins on September 21 and will continue through October. Tour dates listed below. "This is a different night, it isn't a concert, it isn't a popularity contest. This night is about Jesus and worshipping Him out loud and for real," shares Aaron Gillespie...
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Newsboys
Music industry veterans Michael Tait, Wes Campbell and Bernard Porter have formed Contemporary Christian Music Development Institute (CCMDi), an innovative program dedicated to assisting Christian music artists in achieving success in their careers. "It is no secret that the music industry is a highly competitive market laced with tremendous highs and cavernous lows. The only guarantee that can be made is that it will take hard work and unwavering passion to obtain success in this industry," says Tait, a multi-Grammy winner and lead singer for Newsboys...
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Worth Dying For
Rock/Worship Band, Worth Dying For's latest album, “Love Riot” has been picking up steam throughout this summer with their first single, “Through Your Eyes” rocketing to #1 on the Christian Rock Charts! When asked about the success the album band member Sean Loche said, “I am so excited that we were able to do this album independently with the freedom to keep the sound that we like a raw, aggressive, edge to worship music. I’m really glad that we’ve hit #1 with our first single from this project because it will open even more doors for us to get the message of Christ out to a larger audience...
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*Friday, July 22nd, 2011*


John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist and Gospel Music Hall of Famer John Schlitt, best known as the lead singer for award-winning Christian band Petra during the time period when the band won four Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards, is planning a fourth solo album, titled The Greater Cause. On the new project, the singer has partnered with fans in an innovative approach to fund the new rock project through Kickstarter, a popular "crowd-funding" platform for creative projects...
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This Fall Underoath will headline a tour across the country with Comeback Kid, The Chariot and This Is Hell. The tour spans 28 dates beginning September 15th in Fayetteville, AR and ending October 20th in St. Petersburg, FL. Tickets go onsale today on Underoath's Offical Website and Facebook Page...
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*Thursday, July 21st, 2011*


Dara Maclean
Fervent Records’ soulful new artist Dara Maclean is unpacking her bags and making a home as Christian music’s breakout artist with her debut album, You Got My Attention, hitting the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Christian Albums chart, No. 45 on the iTunes Overall Albums Chart and soaring into the Christian Soundscan Albums chart. Maclean’s powerful vocals are showcased on her Top 20 debut hit “Suitcases,” an up-beat tune written by Maclean and producer Ian Eskelin about the daily “baggage” that can easily weigh you down. Maclean grew up outside Fort Worth...
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*Wednesday, July 20th, 2011*


Hillsong United
Modern worship band Hillsong UNITED presents We're All In This Together, a feature-length social justice documentary that was filmed over a period of two years and releases on Sparrow Records July 26. Following theatre screenings of the DVD last year in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, South Africa and New Zealand, the project is available now for the first time on DVD and includes the full two-hour film documentary, five UNITED music videos, plus a bonus CD of 10 UNITED songs, including “The Stand,” “Hosanna” and “From The Inside Out...
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Atlanta, GA’s THE CHARIOT is thrilled to announce their inclusion in one of this year’s most impressive tours! The band will head out on September 15th with Underoath, Comeback Kid, and This Is Hell on a month-long trek, ending in St. Petersburg, FL on October 20th. The band will also perform a special headlining show in their home state on October 22nd with several other popular artists. See below for all current tour dates, and stay tuned for some big shows being added to the routing soon...
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Matt Redman
Last week, critically acclaimed worship leader Matt Redman unveiled his eighth project 10,000 Reasons, and it was welcomed with open arms by the public dominating the charts taking the No. 1 spot on the Christian Soundscan Chart for the first time in his career, selling nearly 7,000 units its first week, almost doubling from his previous album release We Shall Not Be Shaken in 2009, making this his biggest debut to date. Additionally, 10,000 Reasons continues to be the No. 1 best-selling album on iTunes® Christian Albums Chart and claimed No. 28 on the Digital Albums Chart and No. 66 on Billboard's Top 200...
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John Waller
John Waller, the popular recording artist who touched the world with his song "While I'm Waiting" from the film "Fireproof," was the special guest on Sid Roth's "It's Supernatural!" television show during the week of July 11-17. In addition to featuring Waller's music, Roth and Waller talked in depth about the singer's 20-year struggle with depression and his supernatural deliverance from that debilitating illness. "John Waller writes music that breaks curses and releases blessings," says host Sid Roth. "I believe when people...
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Music Label home to GRAMMY/DOVE nominated hip hop artist FLAME, Clear Sight Music is excited to announce that they have entered into a marketing & distribution agreement with Pop/Urban singer/songwriter V.ROSE. Not new to the music scene, V.ROSE a native of California, felt the Lord calling her to create relevant, Christ-centered music to reach the world, especially her peers, and is excited to have a worldwide platform to share God's love through music. "This album is an amazing fusion of Christian Contemporary, Pop, and Rock music...
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*Tuesday, July 19th, 2011*


Nichole Nordeman
In an unprecedented partnership between EMI CMG, Provident Label Group, Word Entertainment, Zondervan, World Vision, Proper Management and CAA, comes a new project entitled (Music Inspired By) THE STORY releasing September 27. Built on the foundation of Zondervan's best-selling Bible, The Story, Randy Frazee's book The Heart Of The Story and Max Lucado's Book God's Story Your Story, the new 2-CD set and DVD contains 18 new songs written by GMA Dove Award-Winners Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms based on principle biblical characters and stories telling God's story from Creation to The Second Coming. The complete artist-line up is nothing short of stellar featuring 24 artists altogether with Brown Bannister and Bernie Herms at the production helm. Serving as Executive Producer and visionary for the entire project is industry leader Norman Miller...
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Baltimore based rock/pop group, Ashes Remain, is preparing to release their major label album debut, What I’ve Become, with Fair Trade services on August 23. Playing together for almost a decade, the band was formed after vocalist Josh Smith met guitarist/keyboardist Ryan Nalepa leading worship one summer in Maryland. After adding guitarist Rob Tahan, bassist Jonathan Hively and drummer Ben Kirk, the band hit the road in their converted 1987 Ford school bus performing in over 25 states across the nation for more than six years before signing with Fair Trade Services in 2010...
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Esterlyn
Esterlyn, the unique four-piece worship band hailing from Boise, Idaho, has always had one mission - to use their music as a straightforward message to touch lives and to provide encouragement for the hearts of God's people. With their current VSR Music Group/EMI Music Distribution project titled Call Out, which released last summer, they are doing just that. Esterlyn recently took time off from touring to spend an entire month in The Netherlands to share their faith on the streets primarily in Amsterdam's Red Light District. During their time there, the band...
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Reuben Morgan
In "Lessons In Life - God Is Able," Reuben Morgan talks about Hillsong LIVE's latest release: "It might be short and simple, but the title of the latest Hillsong LIVE album is packed with God-inspired wisdom and Kingdom-shaped truth. In every season, in every situation, being reminded that God Is Able can help keep hearts on fire and lives on track. How do I know this? Because that precisely what I’ve experienced for myself. But this is not going to be a testimony piece. My life has been no harder, no more dramatic than anyone else’s...
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Following last week’s American Songwriter review calling Burlap to Cashmere ‘One Of The Best Records of 2011,’ USA Today spotlights the band’s “sumptuous and exotic melodies, tight harmonies and poetic lyrics” in both today’s print edition and on its music page online. (See review and links, below.) The New York band that all but vanished after 1998 debut Anybody Out There? makes a triumphant return with core players in place and a...
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Singer Songwriting artist Jonathan Thulin, established amongst numerous fans around the world for his drive to share a powerful message through his music, will launch his debut album with Dream Records / Universal on September 13, 2011. Along with providing an influential message he also shares personal stories, making his music something his fans can relate to which he accomplishes through stunning vocals and funky instrumentals. Coming off his last two highly successful albums, Thulin will also be expanding on his folk/pop sound to give his fans more of the music they have fallen in love with...
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*Monday, July 18th, 2011*


Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records’ GRAMMY-nominated artist and reigning Dove Awards Artist of the Year Francesca Battistelli will release her new single “Motion of Mercy” to CCM radio today, July 18. The multi-talented songstress, powerhouse vocalist and performer already has radio motioning for the song with 25 stations on board, making it the most added song on the Christian airwaves this week. “Motion of Mercy” is now available on iTunes and is featured on her critically acclaimed sophomore album Hundred More Years, available everywhere now...
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Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney is excited to announce his Fall US headlining tour in support of his new album Young Love due out August 2nd on Universal Republic/Aware Records. That same night, catch him perform his hit single “Hey Mama” live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and see Mat live and in concert when he kicks off his tour on September 14th in Jacksonville, FL. Mat will be bringing his catchy dance-inducing tunes to fans across the US. Currently wrapping up a US tour with Owl City, Mat has been receiving some incredibly favorable reviews on the new tunes including one from USA Today who calls...
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Family Force 5
Family Force 5 have announced the release date for their third studio album (not including their Christmas album or remix project), which has been set for October 18, 2011. Along with the date announcement, the guys are asking fans to help them choose the next album cover artwork. The cover will feature a gold painted three wheeler, but they're asking fans to choose between a white gold cover or a black gold cover. To cast your vote, tweet #whitegold or #blackgold to @familyforce5. Also, check out the band's announcement video on YouTube here...
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Michael Gungor Band
The GRAMMY ® nominated group, Gungor, will release their latest record Ghosts Upon The Earth on September 20. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Beautiful Things project was composed as a full narrative celebrating both the beauty and frailty of existence. Produced by the group’s namesake, Michael Gungor, Ghosts Upon The Earth was primarily written by Michael and his wife Lisa who is also a featured vocalist in this musical collective. Recorded in numerous locations, including the Gungor’s home, the album also includes seventeen players, four additional vocalists, a six-person string ensemble and a boy’s choir. Inspiration for the album was...
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*Sunday, July 17th, 2011*


Andrew Peterson
Centricity Music artist Andrew Peterson will bring his thought provoking lyrics and storytelling when he joins Steve Curtis Chapman’s upcoming fall tour, Song & Stories, presented by Show HOPE. The 24-city tour will run September 29-November 3, 2011 and will also feature Chapman’s labelmate Josh Wilson. The concept of the tour is a comfortable one for Peterson, as it will feature individual artist segments with a collaboration finale of all three artists “in the round,” which is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime treat for audiences. “I can’t think of a tour I’d rather be a part of,” says Peterson. “I’ve long admired Steven (can I call him Steven? Really?), and it’s a huge honor to share the stage with him...
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*Thursday, July 14th, 2011*


Jeremy Camp
Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp’s story has inspired thousands since his debut in 2002. He has now penned this story along with co-writer Phil Newman and will release the book to retail in September 2011. Camp’s book, I Still Believe: Discovering Hope and Healing in the Midst of Life’s Deepest Valleys, is a personal reflection on his story of the passing of his first wife, Melissa, to cancer just months after marrying, and how he has grown in his relationship with God through the past ten years. This touching book portrays a full-circle account of Camp’s story that has impacted his music...
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Fireflight
Flicker Records rock band Fireflight is currently writing for their fourth studio album and the follow-up to their 2010 release, For Those Who Wait. This also marks their first album with new drummer Adam McMillion, formerly of Search The City. Below is the band's newsletter that went out today... "Hey friends, We are currently in the writing process for the new album with producers Rob Graves and Jasen Rauch. We are extremely excited about working with Rob and Jasen. Rob has produced all three albums for our friends, and label mates, Red, as well as many other incredible artists. Jasen was one of the founding members of Red and also helped produce their last record...
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On Tuesday, Tooth & Nail rockers Secret & Whisper announced that they are "taking a break" as a band. Check out their letter to the fans below... "To all the Youth Cats, I'm sure you've all been wondering what Secret and Whisper has been up to over the last couple years. We realize that things have been really quiet from us and it's quite a change from the busy touring schedule we previously kept up. Between early 2007 to mid 2009, we were going non-stop; between touring and recording 2 albums. However, it's sad to say that we've found it a bit much to keep this up, which brings us to now; what do we do?...
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Dove Award nominee and urban contemporary artist Beckah Shae will release her fifth studio album, Destiny, on Shae Shoc Records Aug. 16. The record is meant as a call to action for listeners to pursue their eternal Destiny in Christ. Destiny, produced by Jack Shocklee (Montell Jordan, TobyMac, Group 1 Crew), is an explosion of club beats and bold color. While the record may incorporate similar sounds used in current Top 40 hits to entice listeners and race up the charts, Shae’s songs serve as a wake-up call for this generation...
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Atlanta, GA’s THE CHARIOT recently posted the new track ‘Music of a Grateful Heart’ on their official Facebook page. The track is cut from the new vinyl LP version of the band’s latest GOOD FIGHT MUSIC release, Long Live, set to release on August 2nd. The digital and physical CD version of Long Live was originally released on November 22nd, 2010 and is the band’s fourth full-length album to date. The new 180 gram weight vinyl LP comes with exclusive silk-screened, hand-numbered jackets. Hot Topic will exclusively carry a white version...
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*Wednesday, July 13th, 2011*


Matt Redman
GRAMMY® nominated worship artist Matt Redman’s newest project, 10,000 Reasons, available nationwide, is receiving praise from critics across the board. The album also made a strong debut upon its release, dominating the charts by taking the No. 1 spot on iTunes ® Christian Albums Chart and placing in the Top 15 on iTunes ® overall albums chart. 10,000 Reasons adds eleven new worship anthems to Redman’s catalogue that already includes favorites sung in churches worldwide such as...
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*Tuesday, July 12th, 2011*


SCC
[UPDATED with official press release] Today, the Steven Curtis Chapman team formally announced that this fall, Show HOPE will present the "Songs & Stories" tour! In a unique songwriter's night experience rarely seen outside Nashville, TN, Steven will share the stories that inspired him to write both his current hits and songs that have entertained for decades. He will be sharing the stage with acclaimed and emerging artists, Andrew Peterson and Josh Wilson. The tour dates are beginning to be added now. Watch for information on a unique pre-show experience for fans called "Soundcheck and Stories" which will include a Q&A with Steven, an acoustic performance or two and an exclusive signed poster. For more date and ticket information keep an eye on...
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Matthew West
Matthew West's hit song "More" was played as part of a wake up call for the Atlantis space shuttle crew earlier this morning on the 5th day of their mission. The song was played for Mission Specialist Rex Walheim from NASA’s Mission Control Center who said “(‘More’) is a great description of the beauty of this earth, and a wonderful reminder of God’s love for us." To view the wake up call, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=100925731. Atlantis marks the final mission of America’s 30-year shuttle program...
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All Sons & Daughters, the Franklin, Tennessee-based duo of Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, released their debut EP Brokenness Aside today. The six-song EP, which features the song "All the Poor and Powerless," is available at all major digital service providers including iTunes and Amazon, with the iTunes EP including a bonus song, "Reason We Sing." Brokenness Aside was produced by Paul Mabury (Hillsong, One Sonic Society) and includes songs written by Leonard and Jordan that reflect the environment and message of God's restorative love that is shared by their local congregation...
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Folk-rock pioneers Burlap To Cashmere, reenergized and making music again after a decade-long hiatus, has partnered with WhyHunger (the brainchild of the late Harry Chapin), a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, for a series of initiatives aimed at eliminating hunger in America. Growing up in New Jersey, Burlap To Cashmere frontman Steven Delopoulos had many musical and social inspirations, not the least of which being Chapin, the man behind not only classic tunes like “Cat’s In The Cradle” but also a longtime advocate for the homeless and hungry...
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Leeland
Since the debut of Leeland’s acclaimed Sound of Melodies (2006), the three-time GRAMMY and eight-time GMA Dove Award nominated progressive worship band has become one of the most respected and influential voices in worship music. With its upcoming fourth release, The Great Awakening, Leeland recaptures the essence of its debut album while delving deeper into its spiritual roots; drawing from the wisdom of theologians including Salvation Army founder, William Booth. The Great Awakening, described by band members as an 11-track “worship revival experience,” was produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Matt Maher) and releases September 20 on Essential Records...
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Shaun Groves
Shaun Groves will release Third World Symphony on August 30 at digital retailers nationwide. The singer/songwriter’s newest music was generated from his global travel and work with Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults in 26 countries. The journey that produced Third World Symphony started with a single trip to El Salvador, where Groves traveled to visit...
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RSJ
Grammy Award winning Christian recording artist, best-selling author and actress Rebecca St. James tackles one of the most difficult subjects of her career—understanding the opposite sex—in her new book What Is He Thinking?? What Guys Want Us To Know About Dating, Love, and Marriage (FaithWords/Hachette Book Group; September 2011; Trade Paperback; $14.99). “I grew up in a home with five younger brothers, so I may have had an early head start on this topic of guys and what they’re thinking,” writes the newly married St. James...
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WarrAcres
Victory Church’s (lead by Pastor Mark Crow) very own WARR ACRES, known for their powerful message of truth and creative music style, will launch their debut album on Dream Records / Universal on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011. Lead by Dove Award Nominated Kristy Starling, the groups self-titled album will be the groups seventh full length album adding to a deep catalog of beautifully crafted music. In addition to their new album, the group will release it’s first two singles, “Heaven Bound (CHR) & Maker Of Miracles (AC)...
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*Monday, July 11th, 2011*


Icon For Hire
Tooth & Nail Records have found a gem in one of their newest signings, the heavy alternative rock/modern pop trio Icon For Hire. The Decatur, IL-based band’s label debut, Scripted, will release on August 23. Already Icon For Hire’s debut single, “Make a Move,” is charting in the Top 25 on the Rock format. The single is also available at iTunes here. Upon listening to the T&N debut, an immediate chemistry is noted between front woman Ariel, guitarist Shawn Jump and drummer Adam Kronshagen...
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DailyDigital, the professional, Free way to organize and monetize your content online, today started its private beta with over 350 digital publishers registered to participate. The private beta starts a two week countdown to DailyDigital's open beta, which will begin in conjunction with TechWeek Chicago, July 22nd. Publishers can still register to participate in the private beta at http://dailydigital.com. DailyDigital® today announced the start of its private beta...
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*Friday, July 8th, 2011*


Needtobreathe
Yesterday, NEEDTOBREATHE announced the official title and release date of their forthcoming fourth national studio release. Fans can expect The Reckoning to release to music retailers on September 20th! The first single from the album, titled "Slumber" is available now on iTunes and AmazonMP3...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: The Little Drummer Boy, on October 1 and October 4, 2011 in Christian and general market stores respectively. VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy is a heartwarming tale that retells the classic The Little Drummer Boy story. Based on Ephesians 4:32, which says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you,” the DVD offers a timeless message of hope during the holiday season...
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Owl City
On July 20th, Owl City will make his National Network TV debut when he performs live for the first time EVER on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. He’ll be performing his new single “Deer in the Headlights” (check out cool new music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtsX8H7xSek) off of his new album All Things Bright and Beautiful, as well as his mega-hit “Fireflies” from his debut album Ocean Eyes. Fans can watch the landmark performance at Jimmy Kimmel Live for free as this will be part of their outdoor mini-concert series...
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Hawk Nelson
BEC Recordings’ and Tooth & Nail Records’ artists have been confirmed for one of the anticipated fall tours, MUSIC WITH A MISSION TOUR. Headlining the tour will be Hawk Nelson along with label mates Manafest and Hyland. Other artists to join the tour are Superchic[k], Fireflight, MIKESCHAIR, Kiros, Samestate, and on select dates Chasen. Full tour details, along with a list of dates, will be posted at http://www.musicwithamissiontour.com. Founded by veteran artist managers Scott Andrews and Yogi Allgood, along with Mark Claassen (owner of Elite Talent Agency), the MUSIC WITH A MISSION TOUR...
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With more than 11 million albums sold and dozens of songs sung weekly in congregations around the world, Hillsong LIVE returns with its 20th annual recording, God Is Able, set to release July 26 on Sparrow Records. Recorded live along with thousands of worshippers gathered together at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia, the album delivers 11 brand new anthems led by Hillsong worship team members Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding, Darlene Zschech and Hillsong UNITED, as well as international teams from London, Stockholm and Cape Town...
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As Lindsay McCaul (Reunion Records) readies for the release of her debut If It Leads Me Back this Fall on the massive 40-city fall Casting Crowns tour and nationally in the Spring of 2011, she received an early album launch gift in the form of a TV appearance on the popular TLC television series, "Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta." Lindsay’s music was initially selected for use during one of the season premiere episodes however, after hearing the song and how seamlessly it fit the episode, TLC requested that Lindsay be on hand to perform during the featured wedding service...
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*Thursday, July 7th, 2011*


MxPx
Punk rock stalwarts, MxPx, are currently in the studio laying down tracks for their forthcoming ninth full-length album. The Washington trio of Mike Herrera [vocals, bass], Tom Wisniewski [guitars], and Yuri Ruley [drums] stand set to transform pop-punk once again with the new effort, due out later this year. Fans can check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the recording process on www.mxpx.com now...
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Third Day
Four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band Third Day will extend its massive “Make Your Move” tour into the fall by adding nearly 40 more tour dates across the U.S., once again featuring progressive pop Dove Award winners Tenth Avenue North and singer/songwriter Trevor Morgan as special guests. The “Make Your Move” tour officially kicks off Sept. 17, in Houston, and hits major markets like Atlanta, Tulsa, New York, Austin, Albuquerque and more, before wrapping up in Phoenix on Nov. 20...
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CCM artist Laura Kaczor released her new video this week in support of her hit single, Alive In You. The video was shot in Nashville, where Kaczor is now based, and was produced and directed by Stephen Yake of Yake Films (newsboys, Michael W. Smith). The video is being distributed through Universal MCG/Fontana Distribution and is available at www.youtube.com, www.iTunes.com, and www.vevo.com. The video will be featured at the International Christian Retail Convention in Atlanta this month, along with a showcase of Kaczor performing new music from her current CD, Love Enough...
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*Wednesday, July 6th, 2011*


Jeremy Camp
After releasing his acclaimed worship album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Jeremy Camp announces his fall headlining “We Cry Out Tour” beginning September 29th in Georgia and concluding on November 20th in Texas. The 29-city tour will feature reigning GMA Artist of the Year Francesca Battistelli as well as special guest Adam Cappa. Tour dates are below and ticket information can be found online at http://jeremycamp.com/tour...
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Anberlin
Yesterday, Anberlin released a live bootleg audio and video performance to iTunes - $7.99 for the audio and $9.99 for the video. We took a listen to the audio and the mix is certainly rougher in quality than most A-level live recordings, but it's a nice souvenir for Anberlin fans who caught their show last fall and would like to listen to one of the performances any time they'd like to. Here's the iTunes promo text for the video portion of the live performance...
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The Wrecking
Chosen Records national recording artists and musical abolitionists' The Wrecking, (who hail from Portland, Maine), are making a difference this summer by partnering with the global non-profit the Not For Sale Campaign for The Summer Is Not For Sale Tour. The 4-pack of musicians (previously named "Rising Stars" by iTunes and featured on leading industry sites CRAZED HITS, KINGS OF A&R), will further their march as featured artists with the Not for Sale Campaign by hitting the road this summer and headlining a 20-city road tour...
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MercyMe
Praise Him Ministries will present the 7th Annual NightVision Festival at Olathe Community Park in Olathe, Colorado on July 8-9. This year's event will center around a sanctity of life message and highlight speakers from the pro-life ministry Priests for Life as well as guest artists including GRAMMY Award-winning group Casting Crowns. Drawing more than 25,000 attendees in 2010, NightVision Festival is an evangelical tool geared toward community outreach, sharing the Gospel, and offering Jesus Christ to the western slope of Colorado. Using various forms of entertainment...
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toby
TobyMac returns with his first new Christmas album in 10 years. Christmas In Diverse City showcases TobyMac at his best – mixing rock, pop, soul, hip-hop and urban flavors into irresistible songs with a distinctive Christmas spirit. Also showcased on the record are standout performances and songs from Toby’s long-time touring band, Diverse City. Featuring the #1 radio hit...
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David Crowder Band
This October, David Crowder*Band delivers their first Christmas record Oh For Joy. Featuring the Christmas favorites "Joy To the World," "The First Noel," "Oh Holy Night," "Silent Night" and more, the album features classic Christmas songs interpreted as only the David Crowder*Band can. Highlighting the band’s unmistakable creativity and originality...
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Nichole Nordeman
THE STORY is an unparalleled project from the best-known artists in Christian music. The songs on THE STORY take timeless biblical stories and provide a completely new context into how God’s story of love and redemption intersects with our story of brokenness and failures resulting in a new story of hope and rescue. The CD contains 18 all-new songs written by multiple Dove Award-Winners Nichole Nordeman & Bernie Herms, produced by Brown Bannister & Bernie Herms...
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*Tuesday, July 5th, 2011*


Dara Maclean
Music fans nationwide will be discovering Fervent Records’ soulful new artist Dara Maclean on iTunes as she is named one of the select “New Artists To Watch” and her breakthrough single “Suitcases” is the Discovery Download of the week. The song is from her full-length debut You Got My Attention, available exclusively at iTunes beginning today, July 5 and will be available everywhere starting on July 12. A powerful vocalist...
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Aaron Shust
Dove award winning artist Aaron Shust, traveled to Indiana, PA to shoot his new video for the hit single, "My Hope Is In You." Vinegar Hill Creative oversaw the production with David Altrogge and Michael Harnet serving as directors for the taping. The concept of the video is a couple turning to their faith as their daughter faces medical issues...
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Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney’s new album Young Love – due out August 2nd on Universal Republic – is off to a fantastic start with the first single “Hey Mama” currently 34 at Hot AC and 11 at AAA and climbing each week! Mat is on the road in the US right now with Owl City and Young Love is available for pre-order TODAY: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/young-love/id446492380 The series of infectious tunes that make up his new album will get stuck in your head, much the way his past...
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*Monday, July 4th, 2011*


Newsboys
On Sunday, Newsboys vocalist Michael Tait returned to the studio for the first day of tracking vocals for their next studio project. Me In Motion front man Seth Mosley, who is also one-half of the writing team Write Bros, who have been working with the Newsboys for the past few years, tweeted yesterday, "Here we go! Day 1 tracking some out of this world vocals with @michaeltait7 @newsboys record comin up!!" from his account, @SethinMotion. While we haven't heard details on a projected release date yet, the band is headlining Winter Jam's first-ever fall tour this year, so...
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Recently, Solid State Records hardcore act Advent have announced their final live performances as a band via their official Twitter feed @AdventHardcore. Below are several tweets directly from the band about upcoming final shows and where you may be able to find their members next...
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*Saturday, July 2nd, 2011*


Jason Dunn, the lead vocalist for Canadian pop rock foursome Hawk Nelson, recently announced a new project he's been diligently working on, called Lights Go Down. Check out his recent announcement on Jason's Facebook page posted below and then check out the new demo "One Step Closer" on CDBaby. "Hey everybody!!!! As some of you know, I've been venturing out a bit, writing some songs for my new project called "Lights Go Down...
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*Friday, July 1st, 2011*


Third Day
With the success of this year's Make Your Move Tour, Third Day has announced that the tour will continue into the fall, and with that announcement gave the list of upcoming dates. Check it all out below... "We are excited to announce we are continuing The Make Your Move Tour this Fall! This 40 city tour will kick off September. 17th in Houston, Texas. The Make Your Move Tour will feature special guests Tenth Avenue North and Trevor Morgan!* We had such a great time on the Spring tour and we can't wait to bring the show on the road again...
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Anberlin
Anberlin has just announced that the band will be heading to Australia and returning to Europe this summer. Check out the dates and details announced by the band below! "Hi there fine people! We are STOKED about the upcoming tours we have this month and next month. We are leaving today for a couple US festivals (Summerfest and Cornerstone, we're talking about you!), and then we head back over to Europe for yet more new and beautiful cities we haven't played yet. Please help us out and spread the word to some friends...
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