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June, 2011


*Thursday, June 30th, 2011*

Owl City
Weeks after the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City is unveiling the nostalgic and quirky music video for “Deer in the Headlights.” AOL premiered the video and can currently be viewed exclusively at aolmusic.com. The video is also being featured on Owl City’s AOL Music Artist page, AOL Music Blog, Just So You Know, and AOL’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. In the video, Adam Young of Owl City finds himself traveling in a “Back to the Future” inspired DeLorean...
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The Hymn Makers series features the best-known hymns of all time, and calls to mind the magnificent heritage of music found in the Christian church. Kingsway will release three projects in this series simultaneously through EMI CMG Distribution July 12: Hymns of Redemption, Hymns of Discipleship and Hymns of Faithfulness. All value priced at $7.99, the recordings feature 10 hymns with choral vocals and classically styled instrumentation that hearken back to the great choirs that led the worship at the D. L. Moody and the later Billy Graham crusades...
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Matt Hammitt
It’s not unusual for the lead singer in a successful rock band to step outside the group and record a solo album, usually as a way to satisfy a creative impulse not possible within the confines of a band. For Sanctus Real frontman Matt Hammitt, writing and recording his solo debut, Every Falling Tear, wasn’t an exercise in artistic freedom, it was a process that helped the young father deal with every parent’s worst nightmare...
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GMA
The GMA Board of Directors announces today that the organization is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. On the heels of this year’s top-rated and sold out Dove Awards show, the board looks to have a new Executive Director in place by early September 2011. Qualified candidates may submit their resume by going to GMA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION...
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*Wednesday, June 29th, 2011*

Dove Awards
The GMA Board of Directors and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will again take place in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 and will be aired on gmc. The awards, slated to take place in April 2012 offer the most comprehensive platform of music celebrating Christian and Gospel music. The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards quickly sold out this past April at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre garnered its highest ratings on gmc...
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Earlier this year, Skillet guitarist Ben Kasica announced his departure from the two-time Grammy nominated band. Kasica left to pursue a new venture, Skies Fall Media Group, which he shares below in a personal letter to his fans, industry and artist peers: "Dear Friends, Many of you know after 10 years of playing with Skillet, I've chosen to move on. Many people have questioned why I would leave a band ‘at the top’ to pursue ‘smaller’ things. Here is my answer...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today that they have signed a brand-new multi-million dollar production deal with New Zealand based animation company, Huhu Studios. HuHu Studios will produce six all-new, direct-to-video VeggieTales productions over the next two years. They will drive the pre-production, animation and post-production from their New Zealand studio for each title feature...
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Charting a unique course, Rend Collective Experiment is a group of friends collectively wondering how to make sense of the conundrum of life, God and community. On its journey, they have released the internationally acclaimed debut album, Organic Family Hymnal, sold out a tour in major markets across the U.S. with Chris Tomlin, and may have been the first artist to use their iPhones® to record worship music (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaJ4A7mXJH8). Now for the first time, the band offers a FREE “Welcome To The Family!” application for iPhone, iPod Touch®, iPad® and Android device users...
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*Tuesday, June 28th, 2011*

Ginny Owens
ASCAP and Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens releases her first new studio project in five years, Get In, I’m Driving, Aug. 23. The album, whose songs chronicle Owens’ journey over the last few years, is her most personal offering to date. Produced by Owens, David Das (Rebecca St. James, Katharine McPhee, BarlowGirl) and Monroe Jones (Third Day, Mark Schultz, Holly Williams), Get In, I’m Driving is a departure from Owens traditional sound. This CD is smoky and smooth, jazz-tinged R&B shot through with pop music sensibilities...
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THE CHARIOT are pleased to announce the upcoming August 2nd release of the new vinyl LP version of their latest GOOD FIGHT MUSIC release, Long Live. Long Live was released on November 22nd, 2010 and is the band’s fourth full-length album to date. The new 180 gram weight vinyl LP comes with exclusive silk-screened, hand-numbered jackets. Hot Topic will exclusively carry a white version of the vinyl with black spatters, numbered 1 through 1,000. The GOOD FIGHT store, the band (on tour), and your favorite local vinyl retailer will carry black with white spatters, numbered 1,001 through 2000...
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This past weekend, Save The City recording artist Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers hosted one of the country’s most popular annual events, The Alive Festival, held June 22nd through June 25th in Mineral City, Ohio. Chambers not only hosted but entertained crowds totaling up to 15,000 people for the long weekend gathering, as he also took the stage on Friday evening to perform his own set and again on Saturday night to perform on Toby Mac’s set. Other artists who appeared during the festival were Third Day, Skillet, Newsboys, Switchfoot, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force Five, Chris August, and more...
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RSJ
WITH the April 5 release of I Will Praise You, Rebecca St. James’ much anticipated debut project under her new label affiliation with the Beach Street/Reunion Records, has set the GRAMMY® and multi GMA Dove Award winning artist on a fast track of major visibility. With new music launching just three weeks before her April 23 wedding, St. James’ well-earned reputation of successfully balancing recording, touring, authoring and acting found her carving a brief two week honeymoon out of her busy career and ministry calendar...
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Adie
GMC, the leader in gospel and Christian music on television and online, announces a music rebrand with new music programming beginning Tuesday, July 5th to further support GMC’s “Uplift Someone” initiative. This pro-social movement is designed to remind others how easy it is to commit kind and positive acts for others. It just takes a simple act of kindness to “Uplift Someone” (http://watchgmctv.com/uplift). The “Uplift Someone” movement began with the 42nd Dove Awards in April when Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow presented Steven Curtis...
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Relient K
Relient K’s, K is for Karaoke EP out today on Mono vs Stereo. Produced by Mark Lee Townsend and Matthew Thiessen the release is available digitally and at all Vans Warped Tour stops. Look for the band to release a full K Is For Karaoke album on October 4 in stores and digitally Known across the globe for their explosive and amusingly entertaining live show, the band is currently playing their 3rd stint on the longest running tour in America, the Vans Warped Tour now in its 17th year...
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Bethel Music’s singer/songwriter William Matthews releases his debut, full-length recording Hope’s Anthem July 26, 2011 on Kingsway with distribution in the US through EMI CMG. Most recently featured as a lead vocalist on Bethel Live’s acclaimed recording Be Lifted High, and having been a highlighted background vocalist for Brian and Jenn Johnson, Kim Walker, Chris Quilala, Jake Hamilton, Jeremy Riddle, Suzy Wills Yaraei, Matt Gilman, and many others, Matthews steps out on his own with Hope’s Anthem, a declaration of God’s Hope and redemptive Love for humanity...
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*Monday, June 27th, 2011*

Nine Lashes
Tooth & Nail Records proudly announces the signing of rockers Nine Lashes to their acclaimed roster. Nine Lashes’ debut Rock single will go for adds at radio on July 1st and will be available on iTunes July 12th. Their full-length label debut (co-produced by Aaron Sprinkle and Trevor McNevan) will release in early 2012. “It is so crazy to know that we are signed to Tooth & Nail Records,” shares lead vocalist Jeremy Dunn. “Since I was a teenager, I’ve dreamed of playing music for a living. It is surreal to look back and see us come from nothing to this - God is truly impressive...
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Presenting Merge PR, a public relations firm established by publicity professionals Lori Isaacs Mahon and Stacie A. Vining. Running respective boutique PR firms since 2008 - Mahon owns Overture Media while Vining runs Vining Media Relations – with their combined years of experience and like-minded business sense, they are thrilled to unite their expertise into the partnership of Merge PR. While both are enthusiasts in sharing amazing stories with the media and with the public, Mahon and Vining also passionately believe in each of their clients...
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downhere
The Dove/Juno/Covenant award winning group, Downhere, headed to Atlanta to shoot their latest video for the hit single, "Let Me Rediscover You." The director was Nathan Corrona of Dust Films, recently filmed the video for the hit song “Forgiven” for Sanctus Real. The story line is about a young woman who loses her faith as a teenager and rediscovers it later in life. The single, "Let Me Rediscover You" is being warmly embraced by radio, as it is charted at #28 on AC Indicator and #33 (New & Active) at AC Monitor...
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*Friday, June 24th, 2011*

Natalie Grant
Curb Recording artist (and Seattle native) Natalie Grant enjoyed a day at the ballpark when she sang the national anthem yesterday in Washington, DC as the Washington Nationals took on the Seattle Mariners. Natalie’s appearance was sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Foundation. Pictured with Natalie, and Washington’s famous mascot “Screech”, is Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois...
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The City Harmonic
The City Harmonic’s hit radio single “Manifesto,” from the band’s critically acclaimed Introducing The City Harmonic EP, continues to win fans at radio, retail and video outlets as the band powerfully delivers the hit single on main stages across the U.S. Inspiring and unifying thousands of festival goers to loudly respond to the pulse and message of the music, The City Harmonic is the only new artist featured in the top 10 (at No. 9) of Billboard's Top Current Digital Singles Chart for Christian music. Having served as the theme music for a National Day of Prayer promotional campaign...
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Call To Preserve
Facedown Records has joined the ranks of labels giving away free music for the summer season. This one is an 11-song compilation available to anyone who "Likes" their Facebook page. This year's edition features new songs from Hands, Onward to Olympas, My Epic, Altars, Call To Preserve, Hope for the Dying and more. Click here to get it: http://www.facebook.com/facedownrecordsinc...
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*Thursday, June 23rd, 2011*

Casting Crowns
Mark Hall, frontman of the GRAMMY ® award-winning mega group Casting Crowns, will publish The Well: Why Are So Many Still Thirsty? with Zondervan. The newest book from the platinum selling lead singer will hit retailers this September. In addition to his music, Hall has been the student minister at Eagle’s Landing Baptist Church outside of Atlanta...
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In an era where the music industry is changing daily, many artists are choosing to avoid typical label expectations and are successfully releasing music on their own terms. To meet the growing needs of these musicians, MOSAIC ARTISTRY GROUP has been formed. The brainchild of TJ Rogers and Pete Eekhoff, Mosaic is more of a networking community...
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Georgia’s THE CHARIOT will hit the road next week on this year’s SCREAM THE PRAYER TOUR, also featuring Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, War Of Ages, Close Your Eyes, Texas In July, I The Breather, The Great Commission, As Hell Retreats, and Sovereign Strength. See below for the entire rundown of SCREAM THE PRAYER TOUR dates...
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Indie rock act Sons of God just announced multiple changes to the band. This information will be sent to select members of the press and will be made public via a social media update on Tuesday, June 21st at 9pm CST. Lead singer Aaron Newberry will release a video (seen below) detailing these keys points...
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Go Fish
Acclaimed family entertainers Go Fish are slated to present the first-of-its-kind “Minivan Music Jam” August 3 at 6 pm at the Sioux Falls Arena. Created for the entire family, the free event will feature Go Fish, along with special guest Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, as well as emcee Dave The Horn Guy...
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*Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011*

Matthew West
GRAMMY ® nominee Matthew West along with best selling author Angela Thomas (Do You Think I’m Beautiful, My Single Mom Life and more) are uniting to release The Story of Your Life, Inspiring Stories of God at Work in People Just Like You with Harvest House Publishers this September. The book from West comes as a follow-up to his best-selling, latest CD The Story of Your Life where he received 10,000 personal stories from individuals in every state in the U.S. and 20 countries...
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Matt Maher
Matt Maher has earned a reputation as one of Christian music’s most sought-after singer/songwriters and worship leaders in the music community today, but he’s also known as a man with striking conviction and the ability to relate that passion and conviction to listeners ranging from the studied theologian to the layperson. On September 20 Maher will deliver The Love In Between, an album that takes church from within the four walls to the handshake between two people. Matt’s third national release on Essential...
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Deas Vail
Deemed by Alternative Press Magazine as a ‘Band To Watch' in 2010, the publication continues to show belief in Deas Vail as they premiere the new music video for the song "Summer Forgets Me" today at www.altpress.com/aptv/video/premiere_deas_vail_summer_forgets_me/ "Summer Forgets Me" is from the band’s upcoming September 6 self-titled album release from Mono vs Stereo, produced by Relient K guitarist and Mono Vs Stereo A&R Matthew Hoopes...
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*Tuesday, June 21st, 2011*

Peter Furler
With multiple GRAMMY nominations and Dove awards, “Songwriter of the Year” nods and musical talent that has driven the sales of five RIAA Certified Gold records, over seven million albums sold and 25 No. 1 songs, Peter Furler returns to music after ending his long tenure in 2009 as the lead singer of newsboys, the band he founded in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. Refreshed and reawakened to the joy of music, Furler steps out with his first solo album, on fire, releasing today amidst wide critical acclaim on Sparrow Records and available on iTunes, Amazon, Walmart, Family Christian Stores, LifeWay Christian Stores or at your favorite Christian retailer...
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Newsboys
For the first time in its 16-year history, the record-breaking Winter Jam Tour Spectacular—the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter—will return to the road this fall, hitting 11 cities in the western United States. Kicking off November 3 in Denver, the multi-artist extravaganza is slated to hit Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland and Sacramento, California, among other cities. Created and hosted by Grammy-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular is produced by NewSong Ministries, promoted by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International. In addition to NewSong, the fall line-up will feature Newsboys, Kutless, Matthew West, RED, Fireflight...
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Underoath
Tooth & Nail Records and their sister labels Solid State and BEC have each released a brand new summer sampler featuring free songs from each of the acts currently on their roster. Head on over to FreeToothandNail.com to "Like" each label on Facebook and then download the respective samplers! That's over 30 free songs from three distinct record labels! Here are the track listings for each sampler. Grab them each for FREE here...
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Atlanta-based songwriter, worship leader Aaron Keyes releases his sophomore album, Dwell, today from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. The album follows Keyes’ acclaimed album, Not Guilty Anymore. Keyes, who is worship pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville, GA, believes, without reservation, that the Word of God is central to worship, and this is the constant in his music that sets him apart. Pulling from 60 to 70 songs that Keyes “road tested” while leading worship, Dwell producers John Hartley (Matt Redman, Rebecca St. James)...
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*Friday, June 17th, 2011*

Aaron Shust
Christian radio has embraced the new single from worship artist, Aaron Shust, which is his debut music as an artist on Centricity Music. My Hope Is In You went for radio adds on June 10th and the reports this week rank the song as New & Active on the AC Indicator chart after one week. The song was written by April Geesbreght and at the production helm is Ed Cash. The single is from Shust’s forthcoming album, This Is What We Believe that releases August 23, 2011. “This song feels so personal to me,” explains Aaron...
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*Friday, June 17th, 2011*

Fans of legendary Tooth & Nail Records rock band Plankeye will remember the band's original vocalist/guitarist Scott Silletta, who also went on to record two albums with the band Fanmail after leaving Plankeye in 1998. Today, Scott Silletta releases a new solo album entitled The Life and Times Of..., available now from digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon. "This album is a 10-year look at my life," says Silletta. "The changes and trials of life, victories and failures. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve... but I feel that it produces honest music that people can relate to...
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Vicky Beeching
The Worship Album: 100 Best Loved Worship Songs, a six-CD, 100-song set, is one of the biggest compilation projects ever from Kingsway. Releasing July 12 with distribution in the US by EMI CMG, the set features anthems sung by such acclaimed worship leaders as Vicky Beeching, Dave Bilbrough, Chris Bowater, Andy Bromley, Brian Houston, Tim Hughes, Martyn Layzell, Robin Mark, Noel Richards and Stuart Townend. “The Worship Album is a definitive worship collection at a great value...
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*Thursday, June 16th, 2011*

Josh Wilson
Sparrow Records’ critically acclaimed artist Josh Wilson has a history of penning riveting songs that tug at the heartstrings of listeners. As with his captivating chart topper “Before the Morning” (Life is Not a Snapshot, 2009) and now his latest single “Fall Apart” (See You, 2011) testimonials from fans are pouring in explaining how the song has touched their lives and how God has pulled them through when they too had “fallen apart.” Due to the influx of responses, Wilson has launched www.whenifallapart.com, where listeners can watch a touching video from Wilson and hear personal accounts of how their faith...
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It was announced this week that David C Cook and Integrity Media reached an agreement whereby Integrity Music became part of the David C Cook family. The decision to acquire Integrity Music was motivated specifically by David C Cook's desire to expand its global impact in the area of worship. Per the agreement, David C Cook has acquired only those assets specific to Integrity Music. Integrity Media, based in Mobile, AL will still exist consisting of Integrity Direct, Integrity Worship Institute, and the international companies in the UK, South Africa and Singapore. Industry veteran C. Ryan Dunham, formerly David C Cook's senior vice president of sales and marketing...
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Point Of Grace
After traveling countless miles on the road; playing thousands of stages; earning major awards; two Platinum Records; five Gold Records and chart-topping hits, Point of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones) will be bringing it all together in a new compilation Turn Up The Music: The Hits Of Point Of Grace available everywhere on July 12. The album features a must-have collection of this iconic super group’s classic hits in addition to one new track, “Hole In The World,” which will be hitting the CCM and Country radio airwaves this summer...
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Anthem Lights
Pop group Anthem Lights recently taped a featured episode of the Trinity Broadcasting Network's "1 Music Village," a JCTV exclusive weekly show highlighting the best in contemporary Christian music. The group performed a mini-concert of songs from its May 10, 2011 self-titled debut, including current hit single, "Can't Shut Up," to air today at 8:00 pm PDT and tomorrow at 11:00 am and 10:00 pm PDT. Visit www.JC-TV.org for additional information...
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For Today
You can now pre-order the vinyl versions of For Today's first 2 albums, Ekklesia and Portraits here: http://facedown.merchnow.com/search/?q=for+today Each pressing is limited to only 700 copies and 2 different colors of vinyl are available for each album. Ekklesia will be pressed on red vinyl (200) and clear vinyl (500) and Portraits will be pressed on gold vinyl (200) and green vinyl (500). Digital download cards will be included in each album...
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*Wednesday, June 15th, 2011*

downhere
One of Christian music’s premiere bands, Downhere, is scheduled to release their eagerly anticipated new studio album, On The Altar Of Love, August 23, 2011 on Centricity Music. The album once again teams the group with Grammy and Dove award-winning producer Mark Hiemermann (Michael W. Smith, Tait, Stacie Orrico). The new CD is a pop-driven project that offers a positive outlook for our future, while maintaining the integrity and artistry of Downhere. All songs on the CD were written by Jason Germain and Marc Martel. "Let Me Rediscover You," the first single from the album, was written by Marc Martel two weeks before Downhere entered the recording studio for On The Altar Of Love...
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Casting Crowns
GRAMMY®, AMA and 2010 Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year Casting Crowns is announcing plans for a massive 40-city fall concert tour, titled the “Come To The Well” Tour, taking its name from the bands highly-anticipated new studio project, Come To The Well, releasing Oct. 18. The tour kicks off Sept. 22, in El Paso, Texas, featuring premier modern rock bands Sanctus Real and The Afters, and introducing Christian music newcomer Lindsay McCaul. The tour will coincide with the release of Come To The Well (the band’s first new studio album in two years), featuring the hit single “Courageous...
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Supertones
Ska Lives and Indie Vision Music present... "Ska Lives Vol. 2", the latest compilation album featuring 25 of the greatest Ska bands from around the globe! "Ska Lives Vol. 2" follows close on the heels of the widely successful first album "Ska Lives Vol. 1", which featured many well-respected Ska bands including The Insyderz, Christafari, A Billion Ernies, and Five Iron Frenzy as well as up and coming bands such as Send Out Scuds, October Light, Blood and Water, and Dime Store Heist, and gained recognition from...
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*Tuesday, June 14th, 2011*

Switchfoot
On September 27th, Atlantic Records will release Vice Verses, the eighth studio record from multi-platinum rock band SWITCHFOOT. Working with producer Neal Avron (Weezer,Linkin Park), the band recorded most of the album in their San Diego, CA home studio. Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Regina Spektor) who produced SWITCHFOOT's GRAMMY-winning album, Hello Hurricane, served as executive producer. Released in 2009, Hello Hurricane entered The Billboard 200 at No. 13 and contained the Modern Rock hits "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)" and "Mess of Me...
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Relient K
The name Relient K has always been synonymous with melodic songwriting, tongue in cheek humor, and all around good music. The band is set to release what is easily one of the most fun and indiscriminate cover albums to grace alternative music to date. Relient K’s, K is for Karaoke EP, produced by Mark Lee Townsend and Matthew Thiessen, will be available digitally and at the Vans Warped Tour 2011 starting June 28th on Mono vs Stereo. "We have always talked about wanting to do a covers record, and we are excited to finally release one. We always try to include cover songs...
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Dara Maclean
Fervent Records’ soulful new artist Dara Maclean is guaranteed to turn heads with the release of her debut album, You Got My Attention, available everywhere on July 12. The album features her breakthrough debut single, “Suitcases,” which is already a Top 20 smash on the National Christian Audience, CHR and Billboard’s AC Monitored and Indicator Charts this week. To top it all off, the Texas native released the first of five live exclusive videos this week known as the Cannery Row Sessions series. The first video features a stripped down version of her popular single “Suitcases...
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Owl City
The highly anticipated sophomore album from Owl City, All Things Bright and Beautiful, is proving to be another hit with media as it hits retailers today. All Things Bright and Beautiful is currently No. 2 at iTunes ®. Produced by Owl City’s Adam Young, the record offers 12 new songs, and is a complimentary follow-up to Owl City’s platinum-selling debut, Ocean Eyes...
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*Monday, June 13th, 2011*

Third Day
When Third Day took its Make Your Move Tour to Joplin, MO on March 20, 2011, no one could have possibly imagined the devastation that the people of Joplin would face in just a few short months. With so many of Third Day's songs pointing to the hope that God offers through life's challenges, many of the songs take on new meaning in light of the disaster. For a limited time, Third Day is making the entire Joplin, MO concert available for download with 100% of the proceeds going to Joplin, MO Tornado relief...
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Matt Kearney
As Mat Kearney kicks-off a US tour in Nashville tonight at the Ryman Auditorium with Owl City, he’s thrilled to announce the details and reveal the cover art for his fourth full-length studio album – Young Love – due out August 2nd on Universal Republic. The new album was recorded in Nashville with his longtime friend and producer Robert Marvin as well as Jason Lehning and is the follow-up to 2009’s City of Black & White. For Young Love the Nashville based, Oregon born artist expanded on his sound and approach by incorporating beats...
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The Devil Wears Prada
The new, as yet untitled album from The Devil Wears Prada, one of the brightest rising stars in the metalcore world, has been completed and is set for a September 13 release (Ferret). This will be the band's first full-length album since 2009's critically-acclaimed With Roots Above and Branches Below ; TDWP's most recent release, last summer's 5-track conceptual Zombie EP (called the band's "best release to date" by one media outlet), made its Billboard Top 200 chart debut at #10, the highest chart debut of the band's career...
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Saving Grace have signed to Facedown Records for the release of their brand new full length studio album entitled The King Is Coming. The Facedown debut will be recorded with the band's long time friend and producer Zorran Mendonsa who engineered both of Saving Grace's previous albums Behind Enemy Lines and Unbreakable. The band states, "We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with what we consider to be the most important label and ministry in heavy music. It has been an honor and privilege to have the...
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Bob Siemon Designs, the leading designer and creator of Inspirational jewelry, is launching a new collection of licensed EMI Songs of Worship Jewelry, which will be available July 1, 2011. This is a follow-up to last year's best-selling Songs of Worship collection and consists of 6 new designs featuring some of today's most popular worship songs...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
Operation Pray Me Home (OPMH), a collaborative effort to partner the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, known as the Phantom Trackers of Fort Hood with adoptive (civilian) families, will take place on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 4pm CST at Fort Hood military base in Fort Hood, Texas. In this effort, each adoptive family will show support by sending prayers, cards and care packages to their soldier during deployment, and offer support to the family left behind. At the event, each soldier and their families will meet their adoptive family, and present their personal dog tags to be held as a constant reminder to pray for their safe return...
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*Sunday, June 12th, 2011*

Royal Tailor
Pop/rock band Royal Tailor (Essential Records) has been hard charging toward last week’s release of its national debut project, Black & White (5/31). The band continues to promote the album by launching a music video for “Make A Move,” while the record itself is making an impact on multiple sales charts. The “Make A Move” video, which debuted on...
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*Thursday, June 9th, 2011*

Justin McRoberts
Former 5 Minute Walk Records artist Justin McRoberts has made a successful career for himself as an independent talent since his days sharing a label with Five Iron Frenzy in the late 90's. Last year, before the release of his first covers album, Through Songs I Was First Undone, McRoberts announced the forthcoming release of a new worship EP, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2001 release, Untitled EP. In a newsletter he sent out today, McRoberts announces that plans for the EP have been scrapped, and instead three brand new EPs, titled CMY(K) are scheduled to release this July, September and November...
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CCM artist Laura Kaczor (kuh-ZURE) continues to generate buzz, while building a loyal fan base, as she is rapidly becoming the breakout artist of the year. Kaczor’s current single, Alive In You debuted on Billboard’s Soft AC/Inspirational chart at #19, which made the song the highest debut of last week, and the tune remains in the Top 20 this week. The single was co-written by Kaczor, her producer 6-time Dove Award winner Don Koch...
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*Wednesday, June 8th, 2011*

House Of Heroes
House of Heroes premieres a new music video today for the single ‘So Far Away’. The video features personal home movie footage taken over the years by the band. “This is an interesting song because it can be applied so many different ways. For the video we took the approach of telling the story of us as a band. We've been making music together for half of our lives, and we're still struggling a lot of times trying to do it. The video shows the ups and downs of everything we've been through together. It fits with the song because even though we are far from...
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Aaron Keyes
Check out this feature story about Aaron Keyes, written by Melissa Riddle Chalos: The last thing you want to do, in the middle of a fight, is... NOTHING. Unless, of course, you expect someone bigger to show up and fight for you. It’s an upside down principle, or so it seems, but for worship leader and songwriter Aaron Keyes, this is the key to worship, even the key to life itself: “Deliverance, provision, miracles—everything we pray for in the rough seasons of our lives—most often come to pass in the context of praise, worship, sacrifice and abiding in the shelter of the Most...
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*Tuesday, June 7th, 2011*

Blindside
Four years after the release of their last record, rockers Blindside have partnered with Fair Trade Services/Sony RED to return from hiatus with the release of their sixth album, With Shivering Hearts We Wait and the fans are eager to listen as the record debuted at No.8 on iTunes ® Mainstream Rock Chart. The band, who has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” collaborated with music icons including Smashing Pumpkins’ leader Billy Corgan and toured extensively world-wide alongside acts such as P.O.D. and Linkin Park, are now wowing critics with their newest project...
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Matt Hammitt
Multiple GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt announces the release of his first solo album, Every Falling Tear, on Sparrow Records Sept. 13. Organically sparked by the rich joy and pain of life over the last year that strengthened Hammitt’s faith and solidified his resolve to lead his family well, these new songs are his most deeply personal to date. Encouraged by his Sanctus Real band mates to release these songs and to share his story through the songs that are meant to provide hope for people that are in crisis...
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Tricia Brock
Today is the highly-anticipated release of Tricia Brock's first solo effort, The Road (Inpop Records). Brock, who also fronts the GRAMMY-nominated rock band Superchick, is beyond thrilled to release this compilation of worshipful songs that God has been calling her to for quite some time. Taking a departure from her well-known rock sound, Brock's The Road steers the listener down a worshipful path with a collection of songs desiring to breathe hope and strength...
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Deas Vail
Label mates Deas Vail and Farewell Flight join forces to release a 4 track split EP available digitally today from Mono vs Stereo. The split EP features lead singles from Farewell Flight and Deas Vail as well as exclusive b-sides from each. You can download the split EP for only $1.49 at iTunes and AmazonMp3.com. Deas Vails’s upcoming self-titled September 6 new release is 12 songs filled with beautifully poetic and eloquent metaphors...
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Christian hip hop pioneer and GRAMMY® nominee, The Ambassador, has signed with Xist Music and will release his intensely anticipated album, "Stop the Funeral," on July 12th, 2011. The project is The Ambassador's first in three years since spending nearly two years away from the Christian music industry. He returns with powerfully vibrant messages about his renewed faith and his new focus on restoration. He is ready to connect with even larger audiences through his new label, Xist Music...
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Colorado Springs' metallic hardcore band Altars has come to Strike First Records. The band formed early in 2010, recording demos and touring in true DIY fashion. Altars wanted to be heard, and so they joined forces with Josh Schroeder at Random Awesome Studios (Legend, For Today, A Plea For Purging) to record their debut EP later that same year. Now, fearless to share their creations, Altars brings their passion for heavy music and their EP Opposition to Strike First Records this summer...
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Intense worship artist Jake Hamilton releases his full-length CD/DVD, Freedom Calling, on Jesus Culture Music today with marketing and distribution through Kingsway and EMI CMG respectively. The anticipated new album includes 11 new worship songs, video of three songs from the live recording at Jesus Culture Atlanta, and a 30-minute in-depth, behind-the-scenes feature of his life, music and ministry...
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*Monday, June 6th, 2011*

Switchfoot
The Howls, The Romany Rye, The Silent Comedy and Jon Foreman & Friends will perform at the seventh annual Switchfoot Bro-Am Presented By Hurley. Ultimate Ears, the official music partner of the event, will be premiering clips from SWITCHFOOT’s upcoming album, Vice Verses, at onsite listening stations at the surf contest/beach concert, which will take place on Saturday, June 18th, at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. The weekend’s activities were conceived by GRAMMY® winning rock band SWITCHFOOT to give...
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John Schlitt
Former Petra vocalist and acclaimed Christian rock solo artist John Schlitt is planning a fourth solo album, titled The Greater Cause, and will be hitting the studio in a few months to record it. However, this time, Schlitt is asking the fans to pitch in via a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for recording. As a consolation, fans can get an early digital release of the record or more unique items like a hand-carved thank-you plaque from Schlitt's own hand or, for the supporters open to splurging, an entire piece of furniture specially crafted for you by the singer! Check out the details below explaining the project and visit the Kickstarter page to pitch in!...
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Red
Twice GRAMMY-nominated hard rock outfit RED is currently premiering its new video for "Feed The Machine" on ARTISTdirect.com. The song comes off the band's latest album, Until We Have Faces, which is in stores now. View the video at http://is.gd/WFwntJ. The video is more of a short film than your typical music video. When asked by Rick Florino, Editor-In-Chief of ARTISTdirect.com what the inspiration for the video was, RED guitarist Anthony Armstong said the following...
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Soul Surfer, based on the remarkable true story of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton’s journey from tragedy to triumph, debuts on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 2nd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The inspiring story of a girl’s comeback after a shark attack stars AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain), Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt (Best Actress, As Good As It Gets, 1997), Dennis Quaid (The Rookie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra), Grammy Award® winner Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo (TV's “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Lorraine Nicholson (Click). Bonus features include deleted scenes, the documentary “Heart of a Soul Surfer”...
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*Friday, June 3rd, 2011*

Sidewalk Prophets
Fervent Records’ contemporary pop group, Sidewalk Prophets, will release a deluxe edition of their breakthrough debut album, These Simple Truths, on July 12. Originally released on August 25, 2009, These Simple Truths, features their current hit single “You Love Me Anyway” which landed in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s AC/Indicator Chart this week. The deluxe edition features one new song, “Know That You Are Loved” and two acoustic versions of fan favorites, “You Love Me Anyway” and “The Words I Would Say.” Written by Sidewalk Prophets’ Dave Frey and Ben McDonald with Mark DeLavergne, “You Love Me Anyway” is...
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Big Idea
First Ever Live Show DVD from VeggieTales Draws Favor from Critics and Fans Alike!: Based on their successful touring stage show, the first ever VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly DVD is coming to a Christian retail store near you on Saturday, June 4, 2011 and everywhere June 7! Garnering attention far and wide from media critics and fans alike, see what the buzz is all about...
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*Thursday, June 2nd, 2011*

Brandon Heath
Award-winning singer/songwriter Brandon Heath, long an advocate of supporting communities in times of need, rallied friends and colleagues for his now-annual “Love Your Neighbor” benefit concert May 24 in Nashville, and raised more than $25,000 for families affected by the recent tornadoes in Alabama. The concert, held at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, featured Heath alongside acclaimed producer/songwriter Jason Ingram, vocalist Kari Jobe and Dove Award winning Chris August...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, today announced that it will expand the licensing program for its popular VeggieTales brand by introducing a bushel full of new merchandise. The Company has recently inked deals with several new licensing partners across key categories, including floor and tabletop cardboard play sets from Box Creations, “GigglePOD” interactive kid’s video booths from Primary Leisure Global, removable wall art from Brewster Home Fashions in addition to deals with Golden Chair (children’s furniture) and DayWind (Karaoke CDs)...
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*Wednesday, June 1st, 2011*

Vota
Pop Rock band VOTA are the latest band to enlist the help of dedicated fans to help them record their next release. Titled Sons and Daughters, the band explains on their Kickstarter campaign page just why they need fans to help them with recording the album... "Though we have a national record deal, our label pays for marketing and distribution of our album, we have to pay for recording costs ourselves. We thought raising these funds through Kickstarter would be a ridiculously fun way to directly involve our fans with the recording of our next full-length record...
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Mandisa
Mandisa, a two-time GRAMMY ® Nominee, landed her first No. 1 single with “Stronger” this year. The song is from her latest album, What If We Were Real, and it took the No. 1 spot on the AC Indicator chart at the beginning of May. The single is inspired by the belief that surviving hardship makes us more resilient, and Mandisa says it sums up the past year of her life. She says, “Having ‘Stronger’ go to No. 1 tells me that the message struck a chord with audiences that need to know that God can bring beauty from ashes...
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Falling Up
On June 28th, Falling Up will make their grand return with their first fan-funded independent release, titled Your Sparkling Death Cometh. Fans can hear two new songs on the band's Facebook page now - "Blue Ghost" and "Diamnds" (nope, that's not a misspelling), before the album release. Also, the Falling Up guys have made some cool pre-order options available before the June 28th release, including an exclusive bonus track...
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Fernando Ortega
On July 12th, the newest release by well-known artist Fernando Ortega will be available through Stylos Records/Word Distribution. After 5 years since his last release, Ortega has once again teamed up with producer John Andrew Schreiner. This highly anticipated album titled, Come Down O Love Divine, offers listeners a rich and beautifully composed compilation of original instrumental songs and lyrical hymns fueled by Ortega’s intentional, worshipful approach to songwriting and his perspective on the current culture’s fractured relationship with prayer and meditation...
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This Friday, June 22
Fades Away Resurrection Part I EP [Voluminous]
Here Be Lions Only a Holy God [Live] [Integrity]
Impending Doom The Sin and Doom Vol. II [eOne]
Javen Grace [Tyscot]
Lecrae Let the Trap Say Amen [Reach]
Peabod Healthy Snacks [Centricity]
Plumb Beautifully Broken [Centricity]
Plumb Fight For Her Book [Shoe Publishing]
Matthew West All In (Re-Release) [Sparrow Records]
Urban Rescue Run (single) (Independent)

NEXT Friday, June 29
Hillsong Young & Free III [Capitol CMG]
John Mark McMillan The Mercury Sessions [Lionhawk]


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