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June, 2009



*Tuesday, June 30th 2009*


BeBe & CeCe Winans
Multi-platinum selling R&B/Gospel Superstars BeBe & CeCe Winans are together again ready to release their first album together in over 15 years. As fan anticipation mounts, BeBe and CeCe have released their single "Close to You" on iTunes so fans can get a taste of what is to come. Today, June 30, diehard followers and newcomers alike can experience what many have been waiting for, a sample of BeBe and CeCe's forthcoming project. The "Close To You" single has already received rave reviews across the airwaves and for those who...
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Mark Schultz
Platinum-selling and Dove award-winning artists Mark Schultz and Point Of Grace will be hitting the road together for the first time ever on the 30-city “Come Alive” fall tour. Featuring the fan’s favorite songs spanning each artist’s celebrated career, Mark Schultz will also be playing new songs from his highly anticipated, fifth studio album, Come Alive (in stores Aug. 25), and Point Of Grace will be playing songs from its current, critically acclaimed, How You Live...
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Today, a coalition of more than fifty Christian organizations that serve and advocate for orphans launches a national grassroots campaign titled "Orphans Deserve Better" to counter Warner Bros' summer horror movie, Orphan. "The movie Orphan does no favors for the boys and girls who share its name," said Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. "Organizations, advocates and ordinary citizens have every reason to raise a respectful but firm counter voice--orphans deserve better than the messages this film conveys...
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Flatfoot 56
FLATFOOT 56 is set to blast through the summer with a whirlwind of energy and action as they bring their spirited Celtic-punk to fans around the globe. The Chicago foursome has confirmed a number of special appearances at US and international festivals, that launched last Friday, June 26 with a powerful set at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. Tour stops also include performances at the Cornerstone Festival (July 2 & 3 in Bushnell, IL)...
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Recently, Taqa Records artist Barry D. visited American Bible Society in New York City where he was the guest artist for their “Celebrating Black Music Month” which included a tribute to the recently passed Rev. Timothy Wright. Barry D. performed multiple songs from his popular Stellar and Dove Award Nominated album out now titled Born To Play to a very touched and receptive audience...
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The ten Gospel Dream finalists will get down to business this week, going through voice and performance coaching, stylist sessions, media training, photography and more, when the next new episode of Gospel Music Channel’s American Idol®-style talent search series premieres on GMC Weds. July 1 at 10:00 P.M. ET/9:00 CT...
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*Monday, June 29th 2009*


Grits
JFH News Shorts featuring GRITS, Newsboys, Plumb, David Crowder*Band, FM Static, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Mat Kearney: GRITS' Stacy "Coffee" Jones (left) and Teron "Bonafide" Carter (right) show off their acting chops on the set of their new music video, "Fly Away," filmed June 14-15, 2009 in Atlanta. Produced by Dust, the video, which will release to national video outlets next month, features a guest appearance by hip hop producer Diamond D. Newsboys' latest release, In the Hands of God, featuring the no. 1 radio hit of the same title is available for digital purchase June 25-29...
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Longtime collaborators Odd Thomas and Propaganda have a new home at Syntax Records. The California-based label brought the rap artists onto their roster this summer. The pair will join the likes of Braille, Kaboose, DJ Promote and a host of other hip-hop all stars. Rumors swirled of the pending partnership after their epic performance at Syntax Records’ Peanut Butter and Jelly Party during GMA Week in Nashville, Tennessee...
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SCC
Show HopeTM, the adoption ministry of Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, announces the official opening of Maria's Big House of Hope on July 2nd in Luoyang, China. As the finishing touches are being made to this healing home for special needs orphans, the offices of Show Hope, located in Franklin, Tennessee, celebrated stateside for the hope and future of these orphans Tuesday evening at an invite-only open house for friends and family...
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Everyday Sunday
Inpop Records artists captured the top spots at Christian radio this week, with singer/songwriter Mat Kearney dominating the CHR chart and pop-rock outfit Everyday Sunday claiming the No. 1 song at Rock radio. “Closer to Love,” the debut single from Kearney’s new Inpop/Columbia/Aware project, City of Black & White, marks his first No. 1 song at Christian radio. Chris Hauser of Hauser Promotions, who is promoting the song to radio, comments, "I'm thrilled and honored to be attached to...
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Mark Schultz
Platinum-selling, Dove Award winning recording artist, Mark Schultz, releases his long-awaited, fifth studio album, Come Alive, Aug. 25 on Word Records. One of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Schultz’s first new studio album in nearly three years is also his most personal recording to date, inviting listeners to “Come Alive” through these songs birthed by stories of hope, loss, joy and redemption. New for Schultz...
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*Saturday, June 27th 2009*


Third Day
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY and AMA winning rock band Third Day received the news this week that the Atlanta-based group has been selected as a new inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The 31st Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show takes place Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, GA. The show will broadcast live on Georgia Public Broadcasting viewed locally on Atlanta’s Channel 8...
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*Thursday, June 25th 2009*


Nationally known for discovering fresh talent that fans gravitate towards, Tooth & Nail Records is pleased to announce the signing of their most recent hard rock band THE LETTER BLACK, formally known as Breaking the Silence. Legendary producer Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, 3 Doors Down) is working with the band in Seattle on their label debut "Breaking the Silence," which will release this fall (September) before the band hits the road on a major tour...
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"More Beautiful You," the single by INO Records' recording artist Jonny Diaz (pronounced "DYE-az"), has topped the charts. This week, the hit song claims the #1 spot on the AC Indicator Charts (according to Radio & Records Music Tracking/Billboard). This is the first single released from Diaz's fourth recorded project, More Beautiful You, his very first with INO Records. "I've been blown away at how God is choosing to use this song...
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*Tuesday, June 23rd 2009*


JoC
JFH News Shorts featuring Jars Of Clay, Britt Nicole, August Burns Red, Abel, Sleeping Giant, Hands: Today, Jars Of Clay debuted a new music video for their song "Two Hands" from their latest album, The Long Fall Back To Earth. Vocalist Dan Haseltine writes, "Sometimes music videos tell stories. This video tells the story of a band's journey to get our own hands dirty. Someone once defined the role of an artist as the act of looking at the world and describing it...
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*Monday, June 22nd 2009*


Project 86
This will be a good summer for fans of PROJECT 86 who will be treated to the band's newest full-length album PICKET FENCE CARTEL, slated for release on July 14, 2009 via Tooth and Nail. If that's not enough, the boys are also going to be hitting the road with Haste the Day and The Chariot on the Scream the Prayer tour (see dates below). Their seventh full length album, Picket Fence Cartel sees Project 86 returning to their aggressive roots while also taking more chances musically...
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Skillet
On the heels of the most successful record of their career, Atlantic/Ardent/INO Records’ active rockers Skillet will end the nearly 3-year spanse between projects with “AWAKE,” available in stores and at all online retailers on August 25th. Produced by Howard Benson, (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, The All American Rejects), the project is available now for...
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Jason Gray
Jason Gray, one of Christian music’s premiere singer/songwriters, is poised to release his second studio album on Centricity Music. Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue will be available at all CBA retail outlets on September 1, 2009 and will be distributed by Word Distribution. Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue was produced by Jason Ingram...
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*Friday, June 19th 2009*


TFK
JFH Evening News Shorts featuring Seabird, Thousand Foot Krutch, Cindy Morgan, The Almost, mewithoutYou: On September 8th, the same day that Thousand Foot Krutch's new album Welcome To The Masquerade drops, fans will get the opportunity to experience "Deja Vu," a collection of the past 3 albums on 3 discs in one set. EMI describes it as: "In the past 9 years, Thousand Foot Krutch have made a name for themselves and delighted fans with their infectious rock anthems “Rawkfist”, “Move”, “Phenomenon”, and countless others while selling over 600,000 albums...
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Day Of Fire
JFH Morning News Shorts featuring Day Of Fire, August Burns Red, For Today, The Showdown: Day Of Fire has been buzzing on their Twitter and MySpace in recent weeks about their long awaited forthcoming album. The record, rumored to be titled Losing All was originally slated for a Fall, 2009 release. JFH spoke with someone at the band's new label home, Razor & Tie, this week who told us the record has been postponed until 2010. The label's reasoning? "To give it the proper set up." Hopefully it'll be worth the wait! We'll keep you posted on any future updates...
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*Thursday, June 18th 2009*


House Of Heroes
House Of Heroes latest full length CD The End Is Not The End sold over 2000 units in 24 hours on Amazon.com yesterday garnering them spots as Amazon’s #1 Album and #1 MP3 artist. The band also recently released The Acoustic End on Itunes, EP includes new acoustic bonus tracks, "New Moon" and "Ghost" as well as a reworked version of "If". As well out now is their ode to the Beatles tribute; House of Heroes Meets The Beatles EP...
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SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman fans displayed “a father’s love” for their children in a special Father’s Day video tribute that features Chapman’s hit single “Cinderella.” Fans were encouraged to submit family photos and as a result, over 150 photos were chosen to create two heart-warming videos on animoto.com. To view these unique Father’s Day tributes visit: http://www.tangle.com/stevencurtischapman. In addition, everyone is invited to create his or her own Father’s Day video to “Cinderella” by visiting: http://animoto.com/create?partner=emi&song_key=mN1w5dpWuGSq5ksSEBY0aw...
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Fee
After a stellar debut, Fee is prepping to release their sophomore album titled Hope Rising with the first single “Glory to God Forever” going for adds at radio on Jun. 19. “We are thrilled that the success of the first record is giving us a platform with Hope Rising to inject God into the equation of tragedy and uncertainty going on in the world,” says front man Steve Fee...
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Melinda Watts, the season three winner of Gospel Music Channel’s popular reality talent search series, Gospel Dream, will fulfill her life long dream as she is set to release her first album this summer. Signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment for a worldwide multi-album deal, Watt’s debut album, PEOPLE GET READY, will be released nationwide on July 28th. Born in New Jersey and hailing from Sacramento, CA, Watts began singing at the age of six. Her powerhouse vocals and warm...
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*Wednesday, June 17th 2009*


Everyday Sunday
JFH News Shorts featuring House Of Heroes, Hawk Nelson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Cool Hand Luke, Haste The Day: Many of you have probably already heard, but House Of Heroes' stellar The End Is Not The End (the 2008 tracklisting version) is available for download in its entirety TODAY ONLY for $1.99!! Check it out here at Amazon.com...
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*Tuesday, June 16th 2009*


Showbread
“It is the purest form of Raw Rock” Showbread guitarist Mike Jensen says of their new album The Fear Of God, which is being released on Tooth And Nail records August 11th, 2009. “It’s the best definition of Showbread”. Not being able to fit their style of high energy, danceable rock music conveniently into any genre, Showbread began describing themselves as “Raw Rock” early in their career. When the first dissonant chord of the opening track “I’m Lost...
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Everyday Sunday
JFH News Shorts featuring Everyday Sunday, Switchfoot, Skillet: Best Night Of Our Lives, the latest album from Everyday Sunday drops today! And for those who grab their music on iTunes, you can get the new remix of the album's title track, mixed by Soul Glow Activatur of Family Force 5 for just .99 cents! Check it out now on iTunes. Via the band's official Twitter account today, Switchfoot announced the track listing for a vinyl version...
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Big Daddy Weave
The second of a three-part story featuring Big Daddy Weave’s Mike Weaver and his “90 in ‘09” weight loss challenge is scheduled to broadcast this Wednesday, June 17 on CBN’s nationally syndicated program, The 700 Club. Since its launch at the beginning of 2009, Weaver has lost 45 lbs through a diet, exercise and mentoring program created by 90in09 support team members Dr. Asa Andrew...
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Mr. Del, former member of the multi-platinum, hardcore rap group Three 6 Mafia, will release his third solo album, THRILLA, on June 30th. The highly anticipated project will be the first release through Holy South's new major distribution partnership with Universal Music Christian Group. The Memphis-based rapper is widely recognized as an innovator in the genre, both as an artist and a producer. Mr. Del's first solo effort, 2005's The Future (EMI Gospel), debuted at #15 on Billboard's Gospel Chart. In 2007, he followed it up...
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Remedy Drive
Word Records’ rock newcomers Remedy Drive are currently celebrating their sixth week at the top of the CHR chart with their breakout single, “All Along.” Their No. 1 slot also marked the last No. 1 song on R&R’s CHR chart. The group also recently teamed up with Air 1 and Creation Festival for a unique summer road trip promotion...
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*Monday, June 15th 2009*


Nevertheless
JFH News Shorts featuring Nevertheless, Project 86, Joy Williams, Starflyer 59: Despite murmurs from the band about calling it quits this Fall, Nevertheless has decided to keep trucking on as an independent act and are working again on new music! The band wrote today, "Also, we will keep you posted on twitter and myspace about some new music we're recording right now... music about falling in love... the ocean... the summer... an EP." More to come soon. The release of Project 86's Picket Fence Cartel is less than a month away now...
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Matt Maher
Worship artist and renowned songwriter Matt Maher, whose breakout composition, “Your Grace is Enough” appeared on his 2008 debut Empty & Beautiful, recently completed recording his widely-anticipated follow-up Alive Again set to release September 22. Alive Again, Maher’s second studio recording with Essential records, solidly captures the penetrating spirit and charisma he has become known for in a live setting...
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pureNRG
Christian music’s favorite tween group, pureNRG, is scheduled to release their fourth studio album (including a Christmas album) on Fervent Records, July 14, 2009. The Real Thing was once again produced by the winning team of Rob Hawkins (Jackson Waters) and Mark Hammond (Everlife, Cheetah Girls, Ashley Tisdale). “It’s unbelievable that we’re already releasing our fourth studio album this summer,” says pureNRG. “We had fun recording the new CD and think that our fans will like it. We can’t wait to start performing the new songs for everyone on...
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Manic Drive
Bema Media has announced the signings of singer-songwriter Lara Landon and Canadian rockers Manic Drive, whose upcoming album will be released through a partnership with Whiplash Records. With these new acquisitions, Bema Media is expanding beyond their current teen/tween roster that includes such popular acts as Mission Six, Jasmine, The Rubyz and the iShine Tour. Manic Drive's latest release Blue will hit stores on August 18th...
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*Friday, June 12th 2009*


Skillet
JFH News Shorts featuring Skillet, Day Of Fire, Winter Wonder Slam Tour, Showbread: Early this morning, Skillet announced... "The official SKILLET pre-sale for the new album "AWAKE" will launch on Monday, June 15th!!! Order links will be available on http://skillet.com and http://myspace.com/skilletmusic. Thanks! Skillet." Awake releases August 25. Former Essential Records rock band Day Of Fire returns with a new album via Razor & Tie records this August...
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*Thursday, June 11th 2009*


RSJ
Along with a brand new song on her MySpace page, Rebecca St. James released today this word of encouragement, titled "Giving Him All You've Got"... "God calls us to use whatever talents He's provided in order to expand His kingdom. If you'll use the abilities that He's given you for His glory, He promises to give you even more. He will develop the skills you have so that your talents will continue to improve. I've seen this demonstrated many times in my life when I found myself doing something I never would have dreamed of...
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Christy Nockels
Formerly known as the female half of the popular duo Watermark, Christy Nockels solo debut with sixstepsrecord’s Life Light Up has made a top ten debut on the CCM Christian SoundScan charts, top 5 debut on the SoundScan digital album chart, and sparked critical acclaim with media nationwide, as seen in the reviews below: “Her solo debut favorably melds her veteran experience in leading worship and professional performance… ...
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Gospel Music Channel announced its line-up of celebrity judges and hosts for the fourth season of the network’s popular American Idol®-style talent search series Gospel Dream, to be seen Wednesday nights this summer at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT beginning on June 24. The judges who will give one lucky person the chance to live their ‘Gospel Dream’ will be: Michelle Williams from the GRAMMY- winning group “Destiny’s Child”; one of Gospel music’s most prolific talents, Stellar Award winner J. Moss...
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"Don Moen & Friends", the new syndicated three hour Sunday morning drive time radio show hosted by Platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter and worship leader Don Moen, launched this past weekend in over 150 USA markets, plus internationally in over 20 nations. The program features new and classic worship music, interviews with leading musical artists, pastors and Christian leaders, and noted personalities...
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*Wednesday, June 10th 2009*


Superchick
Superchick surprises young fan Stephanie Vorm, who suffers from aplastic anemia, at the Nashville Zoo on Saturday, May 30. The band met with Stephanie and her family for a day of fun arranged by the "Make-A-Wish Foundation," an organization that helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The eight-year-old's dream was to spend a day with her favorite band, Superchick, whose music played a significant role in getting...
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JFH News Shorts featuring Jonny Diaz, Britt Nicole, Project 86: Vining Media announced a Jonny Diaz chat event this week: "Do you want to know more about Jonny Diaz? Are you curious to know what his favorite song is? What about his favorite food, or how he came up with the idea to write his hit song "More Beautiful You"? And why did he choose to pursue music over baseball, anyway?...
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Black Shoe Records/Indie Extreme recording artist, Matt Brouwer has signed a distribution deal to repackage and distribute his most recent album “Where’s Our Revolution” through Universal Music Christian Group/Fontana Distribution. The deal includes international digital and mobile distribution as well as CBA and mainstream retail distribution...
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Matthew West
Matthew West greeted Dr. Robert H. Schuller, founding pastor of Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., on Sunday, May 31, 2009 before appearing on "Hour of Power," the church's weekly, hour-long service watched by an estimated 20 million viewers. West played three songs during the program, including his hit "The Motions," currently No. 1 on the...
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*Tuesday, June 9th 2009*


Vineyard Music is set to introduce the newest addition to its artist roster, 1000 Generations, with the release of the "Fail Us Not" EP on Tuesday, June 9. This digital only release will be exclusively available at www.vineyardresources.com. As a preview of their highly anticipated August 4 album release, Turn Off the Lesser Lights, the EP includes their first single, "Fail Us Not...
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*Monday, June 8th 2009*


Everyday Sunday
JFH News Shorts featuring Everyday Sunday, Bethany Dillon, Project 86: Today, Everyday Sunday posted 10 songs from their new album Best Night Of Our Lives, which releases next week, streaming on their myspace! "Go to www.myspace.com/everydaysunday to get a huge sneak peak of the new album, Best Night Of Our Lives! You can hear 10 of new songs (that's all MySpace will allow), including the remix for the single, "Best Night Of Our Lives" featuring Soul Glow Activator from Family Force 5...
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New artist Joy Whitlock is headlining the Testify tour as it kicks off June 28 at Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL. The acoustic tour will also introduce audiences to indie duo Carolina Story who are also launching a “Spare Change” campaign to help in sending aide to needy children in Africa. For tour dates please inside the full report. Whitlock received raving reviews for debut album God And A Girl...
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Award-winning singer/songwriter and worship leader Don Poythress is slated to bow his Integrity debut, Wash Away, June 23. Produced by Paul Mills, the contemporary country worship set was recorded live at Nashville’s famed Christ Church and features guest appearances from Ricky Skaggs and Paul Baloche. Poythress co-wrote 10 of the project’s 12 selections. Highlights of Wash Away include the title-cut; “Brand New Day” (with Baloche); “The Faithful Love of Jesus” (with Skaggs); “Call Upon Your Name (Sing of Your Love);” and “I Will Bless...
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*Sunday, June 7th 2009*


Everyday Sunday
JFH News Shorts featuring Everyday Sunday, Bethany Dillon, Project 86: On Monday (tomorrow!), June 8th, Everyday Sunday will begin streaming their entire new album Best Night Of Our Lives on their MySpace page! The guys write, "Go there now to check out the Family Force 5 remix + 3 new songs at Myspace now! Listen to the whole album streaming starting Monday! Best Night Of Our Lives in stores June 16th. Make sure you join our official facebook page and twitter accounts through our Myspace page as well...
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*Friday, June 5th 2009*


Chris Sligh
An enthusiastic crowd invaded Cabana on Tuesday, June 2 to celebrate Rascal Flatts’ chart-topper, “Here Comes Goodbye.” Co-written by Chris Sligh and Clint Lagerberg, the song helped make the trio’s latest album, Unstoppable, the top-selling album in the country, with more than 350,000 copies sold in the first week alone. Produced by Dann Huff, “Here Comes Goodbye” is the first no. 1 for both Sligh and Lagerberg, who were also nominated...
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NFL Super Bowl winning player and Cincinnati Bengals starting tight end, Ben Utecht, reveals his talent this off-season as a singer and musician. His highly anticipated, self-titled debut album released April 21 to wide critical acclaim on Stylos Records, distributed by Word Entertainment. Following the album release, music fans in the Cincinnati area will receive the opportunity to hear Utecht sing when he performs with the Cincinnati Pops and Mormon Tabernacle Choir on June 18 at Riverbend Music Center...
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Demon Hunter
JFH Midnight News Shorts featuring Demon Hunter, Project 86, Krystal Meyers, August Burns Red, and Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster: Demon Hunter is now selling tickets for their "HUNTOUR." The band writes: "As most of you know, Demon Hunter isn't able to tour as often as many bands. With 2009 being an "off" year for us, we decided to do something special and organize four "mini-festivals" in select cities in the US: Seattle, Anchorage and 2 nights in Southern California! And now you can buy tickets...
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Universal artist PRESS PLAY will perform the band’s current single “Life Is Beautiful” and conduct interviews next week on some of the nation’s top rated and most watched television shows. These national media appearances come on the heels of the band’s chart topping debut project Life Is Beautiful, which released on May 19 through Dream Records/Universal Christian Music Group. The band will appear on NBC’s The TODAY Show on Monday, June 8 followed by a live appearance on FOX & Friends on Tuesday...
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*Thursday, June 4th 2009*


Seabird
Credential Recordings band Seabird has been selected by PureVolume.com as its featured PureVolume Sessions artist beginning this week. Seabird, currently on tour with Jars of Clay, will receive additional exposure today at Amazon.com as its debut album is the featured “Deal of the Day.” Four acoustic sessions filmed exclusively at the PureVolume House in Los Angeles, Seabird’s PureVolume Sessions include songs “Rescue,” “Not Alone,” “Falling For You” and “Sometimes.” The first installment is currently available for viewing at...
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Mikeschair
According to their bio, the sound of MIKESCHAIR demands attention. It also claims that their upcoming debut, the self-titled project bows July 14th (Curb Records), sets out to entertain as well as inspire those who listen. If you have already heard their new hit radio single, "Can't Take Away," you'd agree. If you haven't heard it yet, when you do, there's no question you will be entertained and quickly inspired...
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*Wednesday, June 3rd 2009*


Emery
JFH Evening News Shorts featuring Emery, David Crowder*Band, Starflyer 59, Britt Nicole, Kutless: Emery's new album ...In Shallow Seas We Sail is available in stores and online now! Enter Emery's "...In Shallow Seas We Scream" Contest to win a Squier Affinity Series Telecaster Guitar, Dean Markley Prize Pack and a copy of Emery's new album "...In Shallow Seas We Sail." All you have to do to enter is record yourself doing your best Emery scream and post it to the "...In Shallow Seas We Scream" contest group on YouTube. Check out the contest page for the details, and watch a couple of entries submitted by the band...
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Matt Maher
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher received an out-of-this-world honor when his album Empty & Beautiful (4/8/08) was a carry-on item for astronaut Mike Good on NASA Mission STS-125. Astronaut Good took Matt’s music for inspiration on his journey to the Hubble Space Telescope. Space shuttle Atlantis launched on Servicing Mission 4, the final astronaut visit to the Hubble Space Telescope May 11th and returned May 24th, using the 13-day mission to install new instruments, upgrade technology and prepare the telescope for many more...
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Newsboys
Uprise Festival (formerly Vertical Fest), the Cumberland Valley’s premier Christian music event, is pleased to announce several changes for 2009, including bigger name bands, two stages and a chance for attendees to join in the act with karaoke. Additionally, the event has moved from its usual date in late September to Saturday, August 1st at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds in Shippensburg, PA. The lineup for the 6th Annual one-day event boasts the biggest names in Christian music today...
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iShine Live has seen record growth in only their second season of touring drawing in crowds of over a thousand people a night. In the midst of this growth, iShine Live and founder Robert Beeson have announced that the tour is already planning their third season in Sept. through Nov. of 2009. The event has seen crowds of over 1,000 in markets such as Evansville, Ind., Battle Creek, Mich., Flint, Mich. and more. In Midland, Mich. the venue had to turn away crowds...
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Flame
Featuring a powerful lineup of multi-award nominated Christian Rap artists, the 'Don't Waste Your Life Tour' will travel this summer with Dove Award nominee Lecrae, GRAMMY Award nominee FLAME, Stellar Award nominee Trip Lee, as well as Tedashii and Sho Baraka, who both have plans to release sophomore albums in 2009. Kicking off in Memphis, TN on Friday, May 29...
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Flynn Adam
JFH Late Night (or "Early Morning") News Shorts featuring Flynn Adam, Project 86, TFK, Everyday Sunday: The new 500,000 Boomin' Watts CD from Flynn Adam is available now. Adam announced, "In case digital is not your thing and you've been holding out on buying the three digital EP's, I just released (Such a Time, Dishes & Adios), I've just released a physical CD - 500,000 BOOMIN WATTS - compiling all those songs (minus the remixes...those are exclusive to the iTunes EP's... sorry) but with one song added "Feel It Now"!!... and you can get them directly from me...
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*Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009*


Decyfer Down
This just in from the Decyfer Down camp. Please keep them in your prayers... "Dear Friends, As many of you know, the members of Decyfer Down have come across some life threatening battles in the last month, and with numerous inquiries about such, we thought we would let all of you know about such at the same time. On April 21, guitarist Chris Clonts and his wife Meghan welcomed Christopher Hayden Clonts into the world. Shortly after their...
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Kevin Max
dPulse Recordings has announced that long-time digital distribution partner INgrooves will handle both the digital and physical distribution of the coming Kevin Max album Côtes-d'Armor, to be released early 4th Quarter, 2009. The new album follows two recent Kevin Max releases on dPulse Recordings - the 2008 digital-only release Crashing Gates, which has gone on to become the label's top-selling digital EP...
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New Fervent Records band Sidewalk Prophets will make their CBA industry debut on Aug. 25 with the release of These Simple Truths. Already touring more than 150 dates per year, the band has shared the stage with acts like MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline and others before signing with the Nashville label. Sidewalk Prophets initially made a name for themselves at Indiana’s Anderson...
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Lanae Hale
Following her successful street week, Lanae’ Hale, made her debut national mainstream TV appearance on WGN America’s Midday News, the #1 midday newscast in the country. Hale performed her current single that is the title track from her new CD, Back & Forth, which released May 19th. The song was also featured as download on WGN.com for the day of her appearance on Friday, May 29. Hale will be hitting the road this summer on Building...
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The good results of “casting bread upon the water” had a literal meaning on the May 4-8th sailing of Premier Christian Cruises, Music Boat 2009. In the ongoing ministry partnership of Premier with Family Christian Stores, this year’s Music Boat cruise raised more than $60,000 for world orphan needs—a figure that is being split between the ministry agendas of The James Fund and The Hands & Feet Project...
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The current hit single by Jonny Diaz, "More Beautiful You," is not only taking over the radio and internet airwaves but is ready to take over television as well. With the support of INO Records/Columbia Records, Diaz is proud to announce the television world premiere of the music video for "More Beautiful You" this Friday, June 5th on the Spirit Network. With over a million viewers on a daily basis, the Spirit Network can be seen nationwide through Sky Angel's IPTV service and can be viewed online, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day...
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While continuing to see success with his debut album Disengage (Heights Music Group/E1 Entertainment) Justin Unger is releasing a special ancillary project entitled To Know You Love Me which is now available on iTunes through Heights Music Group. To Know You Love Me is a unique worship collection created to bring people into an intimate worship setting. While praying, studying, reading scripture or just being still, To Know You Love Me will enhance and edify the...
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Showbread
With the completion of the Showbread's latest album, The Fear Of God, frontman Josh Dies has posted a little reflective blog about the record, along with the new album cover, on the band's website. Below is Josh's blog, "We finished our new album last week. Since then I’ve listened to it a half a dozen times and I intend to keep it up. To me, this is easily the best showbread record so far...
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House Of Heroes
JFH News Shorts featuring Project 86, House of Heroes, and KJ-52: House Of Heroes
The new House of Heroes Meets the Beatles EP releases next week, June 9! Check out this announcement from the band... "We are now only 1 week away from getting you guys some new music!!! No new House of Heroes jams this time around, but rather 3 Beatles covers! It'll be like leaving a House of Heroes show in a time machine destined for 1964, but due to a little mis-hap you stop in 1996 and catch a bit of a Weezer show, and then continue on to 1964 to see the Fab Four themselves!!! Trust me. Just think that while you listen to this EP next Tuesday! You can Pre-Order it...
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Releasing July 14, FIREPROOF: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack recalls the musical inspiration from the film that touched millions of moviegoers last fall. The 17-song various artist soundtrack captures the moving, faith-driven message of 2008’s No. 1 independent film release and CBA’s biggest hit DVD of the last year. For the first time, fans of the movie can purchase a CD featuring the six artist tracks from the film—including songs from Leeland, Third Day and Casting Crowns—along with 10 orchestral...
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Everyday Sunday
Here's our first edition of JFH News Shorts for June - where you can get the latest artist updates in short, quick reports... Everyday Sunday: As they get ready for their brand new album Best Night Of Our Lives to hit stores and online June 16th, they have debuted a new song, "Lies And Fear Go Hand In Hand," just posted on myspace! Check it out. Also, you can come back next Monday, June 8th, to hear the whole album streaming! Finally, you still have a few days to grab the single, Best Night Of Our Lives, for free! Check it all out now at: www.myspace.com/everydaysunday...
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