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June, 2008


*Monday, June 30th, 2008*

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-- recently joined Michael W. Smith, David Meece, the late Dottie Rambo, Stryper, Ed Enoch, Lou Wills Hildreth and The Staple Singers as one of the newest inductees to enter the Christian Music Hall of Fame. He was previously inducted as a member of Petra in 2007. This honor follows Schlitt's successful international The Grafting Tour...
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*Sunday, June 29th, 2008*

The Afters
INO Records pop rock outfit The Afters have just released a new dance remix of the title track from their sophomore album Never Going Back To OK on iTunes. You can listen to the whole song right now on the band's myspace before going to iTunes to purchase the single for .99 cents. Here's the band's announcement, "We just posted the Never Going Back To OK Dance Remix.... check it out!...
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*Saturday, June 28th, 2008*

Family Force 5
UPDATE #2: OK, we're completely confused now. According to Gotee, Family Force 5 is not on Tooth & Nail, but as of the 27th, Family Force 5 has been added to Toothandnail.com's list of Tooth & Nail Records artists (displaying the new artist promo photos that were deemed secretive up until... well... now). Perhaps things have happened between T&N and EMI regarding who's got FF5 on their roster more recently. All we know is that we don't know for sure, so we won't even pretend to know. More details will be posted as we find out...
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*Friday, June 27th, 2008*

Sixpence NTR
Sixpence None The Richer has put the finishing touches on its first Christmas album The Dawn of Grace. Set to be released on October 14, the album includes eight traditional Christmas songs and two originals, "The Last Christmas" and "Christmas for Two." Download "Angels We Have Heard On High" for free now from their MySpace music player Why do a Christmas album? Leigh Nash says, "Sixpence fans have been asking for a Christmas album for as long as I can remember...
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Superchick
Pop-rock band Superchick is out in full-force this week to support the release of its fifth studio album, Rock What You Got. In stores June 24, Rock What You Got marks the biggest media launch in its career history, setting precedent for all future Superchick releases. Superchick was highly visible this week, making several live appearances in celebration of its album launch. Among those was a brown bag concert in Nashville on Monday, sponsored by major radio network WAY-FM. The event drew more than 2,300 attendees in ninety-degree weather (Photo 2). On street day, Superchick visited with radio hosts Jon and Sherry Rivers, performing live for K-LOVE’s hugely...
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Family Force 5
UPDATE: Yesterday we reported on how all signs pointed to the fact that Family Force 5 had signed to Tooth & Nail Records (although there was no official announcement). Today, an inside source has confirmed that FF5 is actually NOT on on T&N, claiming it was a "misprint and some label positioning." While we're not able to go into greater detail, the band apparently has a separate agreement with EMI CMG apart from a specific label, which we're sure details of will be released soon enough...
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Rush Of Fools
Following on the heels of an unmatched debut year, Midas Records Band, Rush Of Fools is preparing for the release of its highly-anticipated project, Wonder Of The World. Slated to release nationwide September 16, 2008, the sophomore effort is reminiscent of the band’s debut release, filled with passionate lyrics and contemporary, hooky melodies, yet takes the band to a new level musically, personally and spiritually...
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Red
Provident's Friday Buzz is here! Red's new music video, “Already Over,” was officially added this week to MTV2’s “You Rock the Deuce” program, where it will begin airing Monday, July 30. Visit MTV2.com to create your own playlist, including Red’s “Already Over” video. Red’s End of Silence is available now... Fireflight Featured in Cover Story this Month for Brio & Beyond Magazine: Orlando’s breakout rock band Fireflight is the current subject of the July issue of Focus on the Family’s Brio & Beyond magazine, on stands now. Lead singer Dawn Richardson is featured on the young women’s lifestyle cover...
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Sarah Sadlerr
Singer-songwriter Sarah Sadler releases her sophomore record, Where It Started, the follow-up release to the 2002 self-titled debut release on Nashville-based Essential Records. Where It Started, from independent label Audioluxe Records, is slated for immediate release through online record store CDBaby and establishes Sadler as an emerging talent with solid songs and creative production. In addition to CDBaby, Where It Started will soon be available through major online retailers Amazon.com and iTunes, as well as select retail stores throughout the country...
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Gospel music certainly left its mark in the nation's capital last week as three separate events in Washington, D.C. took place honoring and/or celebrating the genre. On June 17, President George W. Bush honored "Black Music Month" with a special event at the White House, which featured a gospel theme, and then on June 18 legislation designating September as "Gospel Music Heritage Month" was introduced in Congress. The festivities concluded that night as The Recording Academy hosted its annual "GRAMMY Salute to Gospel Music" at The Lincoln Theatre with this year's honorees being Edwin and Walter Hawkins, Sandi Patty and The Winans...
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Since releasing his national debut album on June 3rd, singer/songwriter, Brian Bates, has been receiving strong support from media and radio for his new project, Worlds Collide. The CD was produced by industry veteran, Nate Sabin (Sara Groves, Jason Gray, Michael Olson), and features ten new songs with seven of them co-written by Bates. One of the most powerful tunes that Bates co-wrote is “Elijah” that describes a child who has become a solider that has seen and delivered many brutal killings. The song is a personal tale from Bates’ trip to Sierra Leone where he...
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Kevin Max
Hope, Volume One, a compilation CD with proceeds benefiting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), was released on June 24, 2008. The release features selections from Kevin Max, Joanne Cash featuring Johnny Cash, Lisa Loeb, Charlotte Martin, Katy Rose and others, plus an exclusive mix of Curtis Peoples' "Wake Up." Five online auctions are planned to coincide with the release of the CD. 100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to SAVE...
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*Thursday, June 26th, 2008*~ EVENING UPDATE

The Wrecking
Bolstered by an upcoming music video in conjunction with the Love 146 organization, The Wrecking's first national release, A NEW ABOLITION, will also be helped by the band's upcoming tour schedule. In addition to their current appearances on the One Shot Tour with hip hop artist Bobby Bishop, as well as summer festival appearances, The Wrecking is set to open shows for Jeremy Camp, Ten Shekel Shirt and EleventySeven this fall/winter. The One Shot Tour has proven to be a major outreach to youth. According to Darren Elder, drummer for The Wrecking...
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The second Relient K Scavenger Hunt clue is in! Check out the Magic Eye inside the full report to find the clue that leads to where you can download more free Relient K music! Click on the image for it in full size...
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Flame
In a dual ceremony before an intimate group of close family, friends, labelmates and industry supporters, Marcus Gray, also known as Cross Movement Records' recording artist FLAME, wed his best friend and longtime girlfriend, Crystal Singh, in his hometown of St Louis, MO. Marcus and Crystal celebrated their marriage through, both, an Indian and American wedding ceremony. To celebrate the bride's India ancestry, the Indian ceremony began with Marcus arriving on a white horse decked in traditional Indian garments followed by a reception with Indian cuisine...
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“Diversity” is the word coined to best describe the remarkable creativity of Matt Bronleewe who will speak this week at Saddleback Church’s much anticipated Worship Conference and Festival in Lake Forest, California. Bronleewe will co-spearhead panels at the mega-church event on subjects that include studio production, song critique, vocal productions and a recording panel Q&A session for an anticipated registration of more than 1,500 worship pastors, senior pastors, and worship team members from across the U.S. and overseas. An award winning record producer to an impressive list of top names in both pop and Christian music, Bronleewe’s creativity...
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The No. 1 kid-friendly radio network, Radio Disney, will feature iShine’s The Rubyz for two weeks starting Saturday June 28th as part of the well-known incubator program. Joining the ranks of The Jonas Brothers and Sabrina Bryan of the Cheetah Girls, The Rubyz’ tracks “Outrageous” and “Staring at the Sun” will be featured on the air as well as interview clips with the girls. The Radio Disney network is available to 97% of the U.S. which includes over 50 terrestrial radio stations as well as XM and Sirius satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, XM/DIRECT, mobile phones and even in Latin America...
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*Thursday, June 26th, 2008*

Family Force 5
Yesterday, Tooth & Nail Records sent out their regular newsletter, but plugged the August 19th release of Family Force 5's second full-length album, Dance Or Die. Although no official announcement has been made (to our knowledge), EMI CMG Distribution also lists the album release with Tooth & Nail while a "trailer" for the album (which simply contains a clip of the song "Fever" over shots from the band's live show) on the T&N YouTube channel. For album art and a tracklisting (which I'm sure could be subject to change), click here. In the meantime, here's T&N's newsletter blurb about FF5's release...
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The Showdown
On Tuesday, Solid State Records' newsletter announced the signing of former Gotee/MVS metal act The Showdown. And just yesterday, the guys made the exciting announcement themselves, "We could not be more stoked to announce that we have officially signed with SOLID STATE RECORDS. We have waited so long to make this move and are amped to bring you our most crushing record yet "BACK BREAKER" this fall! We will be posting up more studio/tour updates this week, as well as the first new track...
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Kutless
On Tuesday, Kutless released their new studio project on BEC Recordings and already their fans have resonated loudly that they love the album. Just 24 hours after releasing, To Know That You're Alive, shot into the Top 15 on iTunes Top Albums. "We are really happy with the response from the fans on these new songs," shares lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall. "We had no idea what to expect from iTunes. That has been a nice surprise."...
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Jon Foreman
Acclaimed Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman releases his highly anticipated and widely acclaimed Spring and Summer double EP this week on lowercase people records / Credential Recordings / EMI CMG. The double EP follows the June 10 digital release of the Summer EP, which launched to No. 162 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 12 on the Digital Album sales charts in its first week out. Having sold millions of albums and performed for numerous sold out crowds with his band Switchfoot, Jon is a man still journeying...
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Award-winning songwriter and worship leader Brenton Brown has written some of the most popular praise and worship songs in the church today. Writing such modern worship classics as "Lord Reign in Me,” "Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)," "All Who Are Thirsty," "Holy" and "Humble King," Brown is a formidable figure within the worship music scene. And now Brown is gearing up to release his sophomore album Because Of Your Love in July of 2008 through Survivor Records. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Brown grew up listening to the charts and local African music, but couldn’t help being...
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Matthew West
The dream of a musical career is closer than ever for three aspiring Gospel/Christian music singers who have made it to the finals of the Gospel Music Channel television network’s American Idol®-inspired talent search series Gospel Dream 2008. After months of passionate music performances and intense competition, the destiny of Kymm Lowery of Beach Park, Ill., John McKoy Jr. of Monroe, N.C. and Melinda Watts of Fair Oaks, Calif. will be decided this Sunday, June 29th when Gospel Music Channel crowns the winner of the third season of Gospel Dream 2008 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT)...
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*Tuesday, June 24th, 2008*

The Myriad
The latest video by The Myriad “You Waste Time Like “A Grandfather Clock” was added to MTV2 in heavy rotation! The video features the band live at the Cascade Theatre in Redding, CA during a sold out performance, and some fun tricks by director Jesse Rosten. Harmonix and MtvGames just added “A Clean Shot” to the Rock Band Music Store! The Myriad has been added to the ranks of bands like Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and Queens of the Stone Age with...
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Brave Saint Saturn
Today was the original release date for BraveSaintSaturn's long awaited third (and reportedly final) installment in a trilogy of projects. News of details on the release date has become scarce in recent months, but today band frontman Reese Roper sent out the following email giving an update on the project, which can now be preordered at BraveSaintSaturn.com, "Hello everyone who was cool enough to sign up, Number one, thanks so much for signing up to be on the Brave Saint Saturn email list. It is so heartwarming to know that you are still all out there, listening. The second thing I am writing you about is actually kind of...
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In remembrance of over 25 years since Keith Green’s journey home, Sparrow Records has opened up the vaults and uncovered hundreds of hours of unreleased live concert recordings, festival recordings, television performances, teachings, photos, videos, and even new songs that have never been heard… until now on THE LIVE EXPERIENCE and GREATEST HITS projects, currently in stores. Along with THE LIVE EXPERIENCE CD is a DVD with over four hours of content, including never before seen live performances from TV...
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Sarah Sadlerr
It's been six years since Essential Records debuted singer/songwriter Sarah Sadler with her self-titled release. Now an independent artist, Sarah has just finished her sophomore effort, Where It Started, which music buyers can snatch up through CDBaby. Her web team recently sent out this announcement, "We are pleased to announce the completion and availability of Sarah Sadler's latest release, Where It Started, available now on CDBaby! As many of you have continuously sent encouraging e-mails asking for new music...
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pureNRG
Fervent Records’ popular tween group, pureNRG, is scheduled to release their first Christmas project, A pureNRG Christmas, September 23, 2008. The CD showcases a wide variety of Christmas classics done “pureNRG style” and features such favorites as “All I Want For Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” The group once again teams up with producers Rob Hawkins and Mark Hammond, who produced their self-titled debut and the latest top-selling and critically acclaimed album, Here We Go Again...
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Fee
Fee’s All Because of Jesus Complete EP will be sold exclusively on iTunes ® starting this Tuesday June 24. Along with two versions of “All Because of Jesus” including an acoustic and radio mix, the EP will also contain a live performance video as well as words from lead singer Steve Fee. The complete EP from the INO Records’ band will be a worship resource kit. The hit radio single “All Because of Jesus” reached the No. 1 spot on the R&R AC Indicator and remains in the top 5 on both the R&R...
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Sandi Patty
INO Records’ five-time GRAMMY award winning recording artist, Sandi Patty was recently honored at the 2008 GRAMMY Salute to Gospel Music ® last week at the Lincoln Theater in Washington D.C. alongside other honorees Edwin and Walter Hawkins and the Winans. President Neil Portnow presented the gospel music legend with The Recording Academy President’s Merit Award, an award she feels privileged to have received...
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*Sunday, June 22nd, 2008*

KJ-52
According to one of KJ-52's most recent podcasts, the Christian rapper is working on a re-release of his most recent release, The Yearbook, with a bonus disc of 10-13 brand new songs. The extra disc is said to have four remixes of songs from The Yearbook, including "Do Yo Thang," "Push Up," "Do Ya Got That?" and "You Can Still Come Back," with KJ possibly collaborating with new artists. He currently is taking suggestions for what artists his fans would like to see him work with, but don't be disappointed if the artist you recommend isn't picked by him...
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*Saturday, June 21st, 2008*

Matthew West
Sparrow Records singer/songwriter Matthew West will appear on the popular morning television program “FOX & Friends” tomorrow, June 22. The interview rounds out a busy month for West, who has been seen and heard via various media outlets and guest appearances throughout June. West will discuss with “FOX & Friends” his role as host of “Gospel Dream 2008” on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC). The “American Idol”-inspired talent search series began Sunday, June 1 and airs five consecutive Sunday nights at 9 p.m. (ET). West will perform...
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Jackson Waters
Already working on a follow-up to last year's debut, Come Undone, the former Word Records rock band Jackson Waters is heading back to the studio. The guys made this announcement today, "Hello all.. sorry for the lack of blogging activity... let us assure you we have been out rocking and meeting new people the last few months. We have a nice batch of songs accumulated and we think its time that we get them out to you. The hardest part is picking which ones to record because we are really liking the direction the new songs are going in. We are starting the recording process in...
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*Friday, June 20th, 2008*

Code Of Ethics
Go Global Entertainment, LLC and Barry Blaze are excited to announce an international distribution partnership for two new albums soon to release globally: Code of Ethics - Lost in Egypt and Barry Blaze - Patiently Waiting. Both albums are scheduled for release in September, 2008. Through the relationship with Go Global Entertainment, Code of Ethics and Barry Blaze albums will now be made available in the US and in 90+ countries around the world...
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Leeland
Dove Award-nominated, progressive rock band Leeland’s song “Brighter Days” will be used in this Sunday’s (June 22) episode of Army Wives, on the Lifetime Television Network. The program will air at 10pm ET (9pm CT). “Brighter Days” is from the five member-band’s sophomore project Opposite Way, which released on February 26, 2008 (Essential Records). Army Wives is one of Lifetime TV’s most popular shows, and according to NielsenMedia.com, Army Wives was the second-highest viewed Cable TV Program for the week of June 9, 2008, with 4,196,000 viewers. Currently in its second season, Army Wives tells the story of a woman who is married to a soldier and moves her family onto an Army...
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Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist and GMA’s three-time reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, made a slate of appearances this week in the nation’s capital. Prior to performing a tribute to Sandi Patty at the 2008 Grammy Salute To Gospel Music at The Lincoln Theatre, Grant visited Capitol Hill. At a brunch event earlier this week, she thanked members of Congress for their support of legislation pertaining to the Christian music community and praised the newly announced “Gospel Music Heritage Month” initiative honoring the genre’s contributions to American culture...
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GMA
MercyMe, Kutless, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, Israel & New Breed, Brandon Heath and American Idol finalists Mandisa and Chris Sligh are among the Dove and GRAMMY-award winning artists headed to the Rocky Mountain resort of Estes Park this August. These artists are among the more than 30 performers confirmed for the GMA Music in the Rockies Soundstage Concerts 2008, part of GMA Music in the Rockies weeklong talent competition and training experience for Christian artists, songwriters, and worship leaders. The concerts will be held each night at the Estes Park Center/YMCA Longhouse...
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Mike Farris
INO Records’ Mike Farris brought Bonnaroo its “gospel shakedown” on June 13th as his “ ‘Salvation In Lights‘ gospel songs got things feeling like a fiery Sunday service, feet stomping, arms waving, voices calling back to the stage,” describes The Tennessean and also reprinted in USA Today. Farris appeared alongside more than 100 other legendary artists including all music genres at the world famous music festival in Manchester, TN last weekend performing in front of hundreds of crazed music fanatics...
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*Thursday, June 19th, 2008*

MercyMe
In follow up to HYMNED, MercyMe frontman Bart Millard’s 2005 solo project, named one of Billboard and ChristianMusicToday.com’s Top Ten albums of 2005, comes his second effort, HYMNED AGAIN, which will hit nationwide on August 19th. The first single to be serviced to AC and Inspo radio formats will be “I Stand Amazed,” on July 4th, which features guest vocals by Christy Nockels. Taking the production helm once again is Brown Bannister, who along with Millard’s passionate vocals and a famed line up of studio musicians, has created an impressive and diversified musical landscape on HYMNED AGAIN. Raised in East Texas relatively close to where many musical styles originated, Millard wanted to create an authentic sound with these old hymns, most of which date back to the 1800s and talk about sharing one’s faith during this era when evangelism was on the rise...
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Seabird
We are all drifters. Whether it’s drifting from job to job or between relationships, security, happiness…truth. It’s no surprise that in our wandering, which often seems endless, we become discouraged and even desperate. We need to know that rescue is on the way. Credential Recordings band Seabird offers just that assurance on its debut album, Til We See The Shore. Consisting of brothers Aaron (vocals/keys) and Ryan (guitar) Morgan, as well as Chris Kubik (bass), and Aaron Hunt (drums), the Cincinnati-based band initially formed in 2004 when entering a local “battle of the bands” competition. Its first national project...
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Tenth Avenue North
Reunion recording artist Tenth Avenue North claims its first No. 1 at radio this week as it tops the Christian Radio Weekly (CRW) radio-impressions chart with its debut single, “Love Is Here.” The song, from its May 20 release, Over and Underneath, has garnered a total of 11,913,700 million impressions and is also ranked No. 6 on the R&R Christian AC Monitored chart and No. 2 on the R&R Christian CHR chart, a major achievement for a new band in any genre...
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SCC
It was recently announced that over $310,000 had been donated in two weeks to Shaohannah’s Hope’s Maria’s Miracle Fund. This fund was set up in honor of Maria Sue Chapman, the 5-year old daughter of Steven Curtis Chapman and wife Mary Beth, who lost her life from a tragic accident at their home on May 21, 2008. As of this week, over $500,000 has been donated to Maria’s Miracle Fund. There are not enough words to be able to express the deepest gratitude from the Chapman family and the Shaohannah's Hope ministry for these donations...
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In an ongoing effort to connect the artistic Christian with the world at large, the first annual Arts Alive Nashville—Arts in Ministry and Missions Conference will be held on August 14-15 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Scarritt-Bennett Center (1008 19th Ave. South). The conference, a training extension of the Brentwood-based Artists In Christian Testimony International (A.C.T. Intl), will bring together artists from all different disciplines including musicians, painters, sculptors, actors, dancers, authors, film-makers and poets...
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Joanna Martino
Twenty-two year old former American Idol contestant, Joanna Martino, is pleased to announce her involvement with Chick-fil-A's WinShape Camp for Girls as their Resident Worship Leader for Summer 2008. Martino is also releasing a "Special Pre-Release" featuring a few worship songs from her sophomore album releasing this fall. In addition to this exciting ministry opportunity, the rising artist can also be seen hosting Steel Roots TV's "Top Ten Countdown." This summer, WinShape Camp for Girls in Rome, GA will be celebrating its 22nd summer of ministering to young girls. S. Truett...
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*Wednesday, June 18th, 2008*

Third Day
Atlanta based rock band, Third Day continues to rack up incredible statistics at radio with its second consecutive No.1 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 band’s July 29 Revelation project, is nearing 23.5 million weekly impressions, according to the CRW radio-impressions chart...
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Relient K
Are the 26 Relient K songs on the upcoming B-Sides project not enough for you? No problem. Gotee Records and Relient K have launched a web-wide scavenger hunt for fans to seek out and find RK downloads for FREE. The band has announced the first set of clues for the first hunt. Details and puzzle inside the full report... "Okay, we're doing five of these, so we're making the first one easy. Finish the crossword puzzle, and head to the implied website for a free song download...
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Chris Tomlin
Reigning three-time Gospel Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, best-selling worship leader Chris Tomlin releases his fifth studio project, Hello Love, on Sept. 2. The album’s debut single “Jesus Messiah,” released June 13, was the most added song on Christian Adult Contemporary, Christian Hit Radio, and Christian Inspirational radio this week, receiving 97 total adds, according to Radio & Records. Following his 2006 RIAA Gold-certified record, See the Morning, Tomlin’s latest project...
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Red
Dove Award-winning rock band Red is a remarkable five-for-five at Christian Rock radio, as “Lost,” the latest single from its debut album End of Silence (6/6/06), has reached the top mark on the format. “Lost” follows an impressive list of No. 1 radio singles from Red, including “Breathe Into Me,” “Already Over,” “Break Me Down” and “Let Go.” Red guitarist, Anthony Armstrong, on the accomplishment. “Speechless and thankful would begin to explain how we feel right now...
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Hillsong Music and Integrity Music will release Hillsong Live! This is Our God, the unprecedented 17th annual live worship CD on August 5, 2008, featuring Hillsong Church’s Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Darlene Zschech and Marty Sampson. A companion DVD will also be released that day. Every year since 1992, the Sydney, Australia mega-church has produced a live contemporary/modern worship CD during its annual Hillsong Conference, the dynamic worship event which draws up to 30 000 attendees each year. From the first release, The Power of Your Love, which was produced on cassette, up until this year’s This is Our God, the Hillsong worship...
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Rynn
Rynn's self-titled debut album, which hits stores nationwide June 17th is the first contemporary Christian album release from legendary Gospel label MCG Records. Label president James Bullard discovered the talented singer through a mutual friend, and knew that she was the right artist to take to the contemporary Christian music world. “From our very first meeting, Rynn impressed me with the fact that she has an indescribable ability to connect with people on-stage...
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*Tuesday, June 17th, 2008*

SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman will return to his live performance schedule beginning July 11, 2008. As the Chapman family continues to walk through this very difficult time, Chapman does plan to play his previously scheduled U.S. dates. Unfortunately, all international dates are canceled at this time. The Chapman’s appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience, while his management also extends their gratitude for everyone’s thoughts, prayers, condolences and generous donations to Maria’s Miracle Fund...
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Family Force 5
Showing no sign of slowing down the five best dressed rockers from Atlanta, Family Force 5, get set to hit the road with the Vans Warped Tour '08 for a 44 city trek kicking off in San Francisco on June 21 with a stint of one off dates in-between (full tour list below). Back to their indie roots and ready to rock the world FF5 has just wrapped up recording on their late summer full-length release Dance or Die produced by Joe Baldridge (Beck, Jewel) and Solomon Olds for Whitey Krunck Productions, to hear a tease of it the Dance or Die EP is now available exclusively at Itunes...
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Passion Fest
Passion Fest, a free community festival in Pottstown, will take place on July 19, 2008 on the grounds of Pottstown High School for the third consecutive year. Seven thousand people attended the inaugural event in 2006. Between 10,000 attendees and 14,000 attendees came to Passion Fest in 2007 and over 15,000 people are expected in 2008. Four bands are booked for Passion Fest this year: Between the Two; House of Heroes; Falling Up and, back by popular demand, Project 86 will perform on the main stage. The huge skate ramp stage will host action sports demos with Vic Murphy's Stunt Dudes (BMX) and Untitled Skate Team...
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Brave Saint Saturn
In a recent blog from Showbread frontman Josh Dies, the band's singer talks about hearing some of the mysterious new release from Brave Saint Saturn, as well as hinting at a collaborative effort coming soon as well, "A few days ago we got to spend some time with our pal Reese Roper, who is actually coming close to finishing the third Brave Saint Saturn album... We got to listen to some of it and I'm very excited. If you haven't heard Brave Saint's second record "The Light Of Things Hoped For" you are missing out, it is one of my all-time favorites. Go to bravesaintsaturn.com to read more about it. Mike...
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Casting Crowns
Recently GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum artist Casting Crowns wrapped its headlining The Altar and The Door Tour as one of the best-attended, highest-grossing Christian music tours of all time. On Aug. 19, Casting Crowns fans, plus the nearly 500,000 people who attended this monumental live show, will be able to experience it in 5.1 surround sound on Casting Crowns’ third live DVD/CD release, The Altar and The Door Live. Both of the band’s previous DVD releases Live From Atlanta and Lifesong Live have reached RIAA Platinum status. Casting Crowns’ The Altar and The Door Live is a 2-disc DVD/CD set featuring eight live songs recorded at St. Pete Times...
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EMI Christian Music Group (CMG) Distribution and Cloud 9 Games share a vision to grow the family entertainment genre that has begun with the just released Heavenly Harmony, a karaoke and vocal performance game and companion Christian Rock expansion pack and will continue this fall with the release of Heavenly Harmony Gold. The projects are part of a long-term distribution agreement that gives EMI CMG Distribution exclusive rights to North American distribution of all games developed by Cloud 9 Games, one of the leading developers and publishers of quality Christian...
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Singer/songwriter Ronnie Freeman was a recent guest on FamilyNet TV’s “EveryDay with Marcus & Lisa.” Freeman (left) is pictured on the show’s set with hosts Marcus and Lisa Ryan. In addition to an interview, Freeman performed his Dove Award-nominated hit song, “God Speaking,” becoming the first artist to present music on the show since its launch in January. Freeman’s critically-acclaimed sophomore recording, God Speaking (White Apron Entertainment/KOCH Records), released in January...
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The best-selling infant/toddler brand in Christian retail The Praise Baby Collection announces the July 29 release of Sleepytime Lullabies, the first lullaby CD and DVD in the award-winning series. Sleepytime Lullabies is designed as a soundtrack for the bedtime routine, featuring worship music and soothing bedtime video to help create a nurturing environment for baby’s spirit and mind. Troy Vest, VP of marketing for Provident Label Group, notes, “Sleepytime Lullabies is a wonderful addition to The Praise...
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FEEDBACK Conference is pleased to share that its first event of 2008, recently held in Asheville, NC, was a great success and it is gearing up for an even better weekend in Dallas, TX in August. “The most exciting thing to our team is to see artists go into the weekend passionate about getting a record deal and leaving passionate about their calling,” explains event co-founder, Terry Weaver. “Asheville featured some amazing times of worship (led by Courtney Phelps and This Is Luke, two artist who were attendees last year) and community for not only the artists, but...
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*Sunday, June 15th, 2008*

Meredith Andrews
Word Records artist, Meredith Andrews, wed Jacob Sooter, keyboard player for Jeremy Camp, on May 24 in North Carolina. Meredith and Jacob are both on staff at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. Meredith' s debut album The Invitation released April 29 and her first single, " You're Not Alone," is currently climbing the charts. The couple met last year at GMA Week in Nashville...
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*Friday, June 13th, 2008*

Point Of Grace
GMA reported today that Heather Payne had announced this week that she will be leaving Point Of Grace after 17 years. Payne made the announcement through a statement posted on the group's website. It was accompanied by a statement from remaining members Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino and Denise Jones saying they will not replace Payne and will continue their ministry as a trio. Their statement also said they are currently in the studio working on three new songs for an expanded version of their current project, How You Live (Word/Curb/Warner Bros.). The expanded version, which will be Point Of Grace's first recording as a trio, will be released in September, the statement said...
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Jeremy Camp
Summer is here to stay with hot sunny days, music festivals nearly every weekend and the anticipation of new releases. BEC Recordings and Tooth&Nail Records have many artists that will be sure to keep you occupied this summer with stellar performances and upcoming CD releases. Here is just a sampling of the news and updates for some of the artists. It has been two years since the last studio project from 3-time RIAA Gold selling artist and radio darling Jeremy Camp, and now he...
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Beverly Crawford
Grammy nominee Beverly Crawford has been a respected voice in the gospel music circuit for over 20 years. She’s shared the stage with such renowned gospel artists as Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Bobby Jones. Crawford has been ac claimed in Ebony Magazine as “…a vocal powerhouse that is one of the truly great voices of our times!” Crawford, however, hasn’t finished making additions to her list of accolades. Beverly Crawford was selected by Truth Bible College in Jacksonville, FL, to receive an Honorary Doctorate in Theology on May 24, 2008, in honor of her...
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*Thursday, June 12th, 2008*

Jimmy Needham
Inpop Records singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham will release his highly anticipated sophomore release Not Without Love on August 19. Additionally, Needham has signed an exclusive management contract with Nashville-based Patton House Entertainment. Following his 2006 well-received debut Speak, Not Without Love was inspired by Needham’s realization that he “had shared the gospel with so many people in the flesh but all they knew was the Bible beater.” He explains, “I could have just loved on them and what impact would that have had? There is something so appealing when we love like Jesus did...
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*Wednesday, June 11th, 2008*

Nevertheless
Chattanooga, Tenn.-based rock quintet, Nevertheless, will release its second studio album, In the Making…, on September 16, 2008 (Flicker Records). The eleven-track project was produced by Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Jackson Waters), and was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. between March and April of 2008. “Sleeping In” is the first radio single from In the Making…, currently at CHR radio. While showing heart and expressing hope may not be new to Nevertheless’s lyrics, In the Making… is a different and more accessible approach of expression. “I would say the biggest difference, lyrically, is that we pulled even more from our own experiences on In the Making...,” shares lead singer, Joshua Pearson. “On this record, every single song has at least...
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Living Sacrifice
LIVING SACRIFICE has released two brand new songs exclusively online. "Death Machine" and "The Battle," the band's first new songs since 2002, are available for purchase on the band's MySpace page through Bandbox. Former Living Sacrifice guitarist Jason Truby will make a special appearance with Living Sacrifice tonight as the "Stronger Than Hell Tour" hits the band's hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. A founding member of Living Sacrifice, Truby was with the group from the time they formed in 1989 until he left the band in 1997. He was the lead guitarist on all of the band's albums through Reborn. After exiting Living Sacrifice, he played with P.O.D. from 2003 to 2006. He is currently working on new solo material...
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Amy Grant
20 years ago multi-platinum selling and award-winning artist Amy Grant released “Lead Me On,” one of the most popular, treasured albums in her spectacular careers’ 30 year history, and one that ushered in a new era of Christian music. To commemorate this special project, EMI CMG has announced plans to release a 20th Anniversary Edition of “Lead Me On” on June 24th. The two-disc set will include the fully-remastered, original “Lead Me On” project, plus a bonus CD with 45 minutes of new and previously unreleased content including new acoustic versions of “Lead Me On” (with Vince Gill), “Faithless Heart” (with Michael W. Smith), “Say Once More”, and four never-heard before live tracks from the original 1989 tour. On top of the new...
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Matt Maher
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher, whose Essential Records debut album, Empty & Beautiful, released on April 8, 2008, and whose current radio single “Your Grace Is Enough” is in the Top 5 at Christian AC radio, will play a major musical role during the upcoming World Youth Day 2008 event in Sydney, Australia in front of over 125,000 people. The event will mark the first visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Australia...
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The culmination of 18 months of visionary dedication and planning will become reality with the launch of The God Rally Project '08, a June 20-22nd Christian event festival staging of music, ministry, and community outreach in the Rockies. God Rally '08 will be held in Rifle, Colorado at Garfield County Fairgrounds'with an ambitiously planned schedule of three days of nationally known music arists, speakers, extreme sports, and special events targeted to reach both youth and their parents. Availability of both onsite and offsite camping will compliment the ‘family friendliness’ of the experience. The event is...
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*Tuesday, June 10th, 2008*

Third Day
With a significant Billboard Magazine cover feature impacting news stands last week (June 7 edition), Third Day returns to the headlines by claiming the No. 1 spot on Radio & Records’ Christian AC-Monitored, AC-Indicator and CHR radio charts, as well as CRW’s AC radio chart. “Call My Name” is the first single from the band’s upcoming Revelation (July 29) project, and reached the No. 1 spot on said charts in just nine weeks. According to Christian Radio Weekly, “Call My Name” has reached an incredible 22.5 million in cumulative listener impressions in that nine-week span, making it equal to the No. 11 song at Top 40...
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Big Idea
Take a ride on the mighty Mississippi where an all-new family adventure unfolds with the latest homespun tale from Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company! In this highly anticipated DVD, VeggieTales®: Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue, Bob and Larry star as the adventuresome duo in a creative veggie take on the great American classics of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Introducing the brand-new silly song, “The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo,” and a boatload of family-friendly bonus features, the new DVD is priced at $14.99 SRP and arrives in stores July 12 and 15, 2008 in Christian and general market stores respectively. The product and related merchandise are available in the CBA market through Word Distribution and in the general market through Genius Products. Written by VeggieTales co-creator and natural born storyteller Phil Vischer, this heartwarming story takes Tomato Sawyer an...
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Call To Preserve
Today Facedown Records are proud to announce the signing of Call To Preserve! Call To Preserve have a solution to the counterfeit emotion that is so prevalent in the current underground music scene. "We don't preach from stage or fit into anyone's mold," says guitarist Matt Aviles. "But we're sincere about who we are and we feel like this is where God wants us to be." Their integrity and candor is what sets this Floridian five-piece apart from their musical contemporaries; and the heavy, catchy quality of their music is what makes CTP's enthusiastic live...
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GMA
GMA’s Music in the Rockies is out to change lives both professionally AND spiritually and the American Bible Society and Compassion International are partners in that cause. The two organizations will present prizes with a ministry heart when the GMA Music in the Rockies, the music community’s premier talent competition and training experience convenes in Estes Park, Colo. in August. The American Bible Society will celebrate songwriters who incorporate the Bible’s life-changing message into their music by presenting a new songwriting competition at Music in the Rockies, while Compassion International will offer one registrant a...
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Julian Drive
Athens, Georgia-based band Julian Drive has signed an exclusive label agreement with Inpop Records. The band will release its debut single, “From His Hands,” to AC radio June 20. Founded by lead singer Shane Bowers and keyboardist Shaun Bennett, Julian Drive additionally comprises guitarist Jesse Triplett, bassist James Nitz, and drummer Brian Wilson. After playing the local church circuit near its hometown of Athens, Georgia for some time, Julian Drive entered and won the 2004 Exalting Him National Talent Search, beating out 2000 other contestants. This platform...
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*Monday, June 9th, 2008*

Krystal Meyers
Pop artist Krystal Meyers will release her third, in-studio album, Make Some Noise, on September 16, 2008. The 10-track project, entirely written or co-written by Meyers, was recorded in Brentwood, Tenn. at Dutchland Studio, and was produced by Doubledutch (Robert Marvin and Josiah Bell). “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...
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POD
INO/COLUMBIA rockers P.O.D. will kick off the summer this Thursday night on Last Call with Carson Daly when they perform “Tell Me Why” from their latest CD, When Angels and Serpents Dance. In addition, the band will pre tape a performance of " Shine with Me" to air on the show at a later date this summer. Last Call with Carson Daly airs on NBC at 1:35am ET/12:35 am CT, following Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In addition, fans can catch the band at several summer music festivals...
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Shawn McDonald
Sparrow Records singer/songwriter Shawn McDonald offers fans another musical side with the upcoming June 24 EP release Roots Remixed. The Roots Remixed EP contains six indie remixes of tracks from his recent studio project Roots and will be available through all digital music outlets. McDonald released his third studio album, Roots, on March 11, 2008, almost one year to the day of his second live project...
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Michael W. Smith
Recently honored by the Gospel Music Association during this year’s GMA Dove Awards, Michael W. Smith is busy preparing for his next project; a live worship CD to be recorded June 20 at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the free event will start promptly at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Church is located at 3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77027...
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Pioneer recording artist David Meece will be among the newest inductees to enter the Christian Music Hall of Fame at the June 14, 2008 ceremony at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen, Texas. He joins fellow 2008 Christian Music Hall of Fame inductees Michael W. Smith, Dottie Rambo, John Schlitt (lead singer of Petra), Stryper, Ed Enoch, Lou Wills Hildreth and The Staple Singers. During the event, which is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. CST, Meece will be performing his classic hit song "We Are The Reason," which can be seen on the...
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*Saturday, June 7th, 2008*

Nevertheless
Flicker rock band Nevertheless has been brewing up a new record in the recent months and the band has just released specific details on an album title... and even a track list! "Hey everyone, we are excited to say that we now have all of the information regarding our new record. The new Nevertheless record is titled, In The Making..., and it comes out in stores and online on September 16th. Our first single...
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*Friday, June 6th, 2008*

toby
Multi-platinum and award-winning artist TobyMac premiered “Alive and Transported” in Nashville last night, to a VIP crowd of over 500 industry friends and family. Gospel Music Channel is pleased to present the video, offering a new, high-definition video streaming technology from Vusion. Earlier that morning TobyMac conducted a Satellite Media Tour to talk about the premieres with network affiliates in Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Birmingham and more...
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RSJ
Rebecca St. James, one of contemporary Christian music’s most consistently globally outreaching touring artists, kicks off her latest European tour tomorrow (7th) with a concert that will be streamed worldwide from one of the Euro-continents biggest Christian festivals -- “Frenzy ‘08” in Edinburgh, Scotland. Expected to draw upwards of 10,000 concert-goers, the concert will stream live on the internet from Highland Hall in Edinburgh through the technical involvement of GOD-TV’s European broadcast crew...
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Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson embarks on an athletic and adventurous summer with the beginning of the Faith Nights Baseball Tour this weekend, upcoming Olympic promotions featuring "Turn It On," and festival appearances filled with many surprises. Kicking off the Faith Nights Baseball Tour this weekend, Hawk Nelson will once again be entertaining baseball fans and families with a concert either prior to or following the baseball game. Along with Hawk Nelson performing will be RunKidRun and special guest Mark Stuart...
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Krystal Meyers
Pop artist Krystal Meyers made some big noise this week, as “Shine,” the first single from her September 16, 2008 release, Make Some Noise, received 9 CHR adds by its first week at radio. Meyers shares the inspiration behind the song that is making fast-impact. “That’s my favorite song on the record and it’s so fun to play live,” enthuses Meyers. “Recently, I’ve really learned that I have to be excellent in all that I do. I need to use the talents and opportunities that God has given me, to the fullest...
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Shirley Caesar
Raleigh, NC-Legendary first lady of gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar and her Outreach Ministry continues to serve the community with the June 13th Feed The Children Campaign at The Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church, 3100 Sanderford Road, Raleigh, N. C. At 2:00p.m there will be distribution of food and personal care boxes that will reach over 400 families. The evening will conclude with a free live TV taping concert that begins at 7:30pm and will feature Pastor Shirley Caesar and the Caesar Singers...
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Reach Records is proud to announce the launch of the 'Unashamed Tour' which began on June 3, 2008 featuring Reach Records recording artists Lecrae, Trip Lee, Sho Baraka, and Tedashii. With a mission to spread the gospel by calling each city to live an unashamed life for the Lord, entry to most stops will be FREE. Special guests will appear in select cities. The 'Unashamed Tour' will visit more than 25 cities nationwide and internationally, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, and Miami. The tour will conclude in the UK with stops in London and Birmingham...
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*Thursday, June 5th, 2008*

Relient K
Relient K's The Bird and the Bee Sides - scheduled for July 1st release by Gotee Records - is by far the most ambitious EP of the band's career. In fact, with 26 songs (including 13 brand new ones) and a running time of 70 minutes, it may be one of the most ambitious EPs ever released, period. And, as improbable as it sounds, there's still more: Prior to street date, Relient K will launch an online scavenger hunt that will give fans a chance to download numerous b-sides that will not be included on the disc. The hunt begins June 16th at the band's MySpace site and will continue through June 30th. For additional information and clues, visit...
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Rock The Universe
It’s a weekend full of faith against a backdrop of theme park excitement as Universal Orlando Resort unleashes Rock the Universe 2008 on September 5th and 6th. Tickets are on sale now for guests to enjoy more than a dozen mega-talented artists who will transform Universal Studios Florida into the ultimate destination for Christian music and unforgettable thrills...
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Code Of Ethics
Christian Rock band - Code of Ethics is helping end extreme poverty through micro-finance by partnership with The Reckoning International. “We believe that solving the problems of chronic poverty and underdevelopment in the world are major long-term keys to peace and safety in our world and with a deep belief that God loves every human being and has given each of us gifts and talents to be discovered and used with excellence,” says COE founder and front man Barry Blaze. “People struggling with poverty and...
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Newworldson
Newworldson’s debut music video “Working Man” is currently No. 1 on the Gospel Music Channel Top 30 video chart for a second consecutive week. Newworldson is also the network’s current LISTEN UP! artist, receiving extensive promotion both on-air and online. The Top 30 chart ranks Gospel Music Channel’s most played videos across all formats, including rock, pop, country, and soul. Newworldson’s versatile sound has made “Working Man” a multi-format hit, receiving the most overall airplay...
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*Wednesday, June 4th, 2008*

TFK
As the summer approaches, Tooth&Nails' Thousand Foot Krutch reflects on their 2007-2008 touring season and looks ahead to performances at the major festivals and forthcoming fall tour. In the past year, TFK has been part of two of the most successful tours in the market with the TobyMac Portable Sounds spring and fall tours and the most recent hit Comatose Tour with rockers Skillet and special guests Decyfer Down. The Comatose Tour...
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Sanctus Real
Sanctus Real has just announced their Fall tour as well as debuted a new music video online! Here's the news from the SR camp, "Sanctus Real is pleased to announce our headlining fall tour; THE “WE NEED EACH OTHER” TOUR EVENT sponsored by the Mocha Club. This is going to be a Sanctus Real show unlike any you've ever experienced before. Not only will we be playing all the classic Sanctus “hits”, but will also play plenty of new material that has never been performed live. We are also excited to have...
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Vineyard Music has announced the launch of the “Inside Worship” podcast, featuring cutting-edge new music from the Vineyard Church, along with artist interviews and free downloadable worship tools. The podcast is hosted by Casey Corum, worship leader and Vineyard Music’s executive producer, along with worship leader and associate producer, Robbie Reider. The debut podcast features critically-acclaimed worship leader, Sheri Carr, whose debut CD, Fearless Now, released May 5...
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Casting Crowns
The anticipated new music video “Slow Fade” from Christian music’s top-selling artist Casting Crowns is now available. “Slow Fade” is the first music video from the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum band’s blockbuster RIAA Gold album The Altar and The Door. Produced and directed by the Erwin Brothers, the “Slow Fade” music video was shot in Birmingham, AL., and features crashing pianos and stained glass windows as the storyline follows the heart-wrenching reality of a deteriorating family...
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Great Worship Songs, a praise and worship centric record label delivering new and exceptional worship music to the church, has partnered with Southeast Christian Church of Louisville, KY to release its new album entitled, Holy is the Lord. Releasing July 1st to retail stores everywhere, Holy is the Lord is a live worship recording featuring corporate worship songs written and produced within the Southeast Church community. The complete album will also be provided as a worship resource (guitar chord charts and lead sheets for $.99 each) at GreatWorshipSongs.com...
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SCC
Shaohannah’s Hope, the adoption and orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, would like to extend their deepest gratitude for the generosity of prayers as well as donations offered upon the memory of Maria Sue Chapman. The enormous response has been truly overwhelming, it has not gone unnoticed, and is so graciously appreciated. Scott Hasenbalg, the ministry’s Executive Director, states...
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*Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008*

Michael W. Smith
Don't miss your opportunity to attend a LIVE MICHAEL W. SMITH ALBUM recording on June 20th @ Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. The show will be completely free to all attendees. The First 16,000 people who come to the church will be allowed in for this special recording! Here are the details...
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Above The Golden State
New Sparrow Records artist Above The Golden State has quickly gained the early attention of radio and industry leaders as they prepare to release their self-titled debut on July 22. Crafting memorable pop melodies with sing-a-long hooks is only part of Above the Golden State’s aim. “Our first desire is to serve the Lord in everything we do,” says frontman Michael Watson. “We want this music to accomplish in our listeners the...
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Joel Auge
Integrity Music’s Joel Augé (pronounced “Ojhay”) will be exposed to millions of music fans this week as iTunes names his debut album’s first single “So Deep In Love” as its Single of the Week, offering the song as a free download in the iTunes Store’s Discovery Download promotion. “So Deep In Love” will be offered free for one week, starting today. The song will receive prime placement on iTunes front page. iTunes Discovery Download offers enormous exposure for new artists and has helped to launch the careers of artists...
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On May 27, 2008, AlexOm Productions artist Omega released her new album titled Kiwomera Emmeeme. Kiwomera Emmeeme, which in Luganda means “it is sweet to the soul,” is an explosion of ethnic and western sounds and is available online at Circuit City, Wal-Mart & Best Buy. In promotion of her release Omega is having an “explosion” of coverage in many different facets. Not only did she recently get covered on a BBC channel prior to release, but she will now be doing a radio/press promo tour in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. throughout June and will...
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*Monday, June 2nd, 2008*

Jon Foreman
Though he’s just over 30, Jon Foreman’s lyrics sound like words of wisdom from a man who has learned several lifetimes’ worth of lessons. Although he has sold millions of albums and performed for countless sold out crowds with his band Switchfoot, Jon is a man still journeying towards self-discovery, unafraid of questioning anything in his path. Through a series of seasonally themed solo EPs, Jon shows a whole new side to his artistry that falls outside the Switchfoot aesthetic. “Because of the autobiographical nature of these songs, they became a self...
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Third Day
We reported on it Friday, but here's the official news release from the band's label...
"Atlanta-based rock band Third Day has been selected as Billboard Magazine’s cover/feature story for the June 7 edition. This is the first time, since the trade’s redesign in 2005, that a Christian band has been featured as a full cover story. The piece includes not only the cover, but a four-page feature within the revered publication’s pages. Billboard Magazine, considered the “bible of the music...
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