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March, 2010



*Wednesday, March 31st, 2010*


Newsboys
Born Again, the highly anticipated new recording from newsboys, has a new street date. Originally scheduled for a June 8th release, the project will now officially be available on July 13th. The band is currently finishing Born Again between their jam-packed travel schedule. Well-known for performing for their fans not only across the nation but the world, newsboys are heading out of the country this week to headline shows in Canada and Australia...
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RSJ
Grammy Award Christian singer, Rebecca St. James, is in New York tomorrow, Thursday, April 1st, for a return guesting on the Fox New Network’s “Hannity.” Airing is live 9:00 P.M. Eastern/8:00 P.M. Central. In recent months, the Australian born singer has taken on another role -quite literally. Her first lead role in the film, “Sarah’s Choice,”released on DVD by Pure Flix Entertainment, has strongly connected with both national media and audiences with its’ powerful pro life theme...
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David Crowder Band
Premier Productions, America’s leading producer of Christian themed events, will present a groundbreaking fall conference, Crowder’s Fantastical Church Music Conference, the creative brainchild of David Crowder of the award winning David Crowder*Band, a group credited as becoming major musical influencers globally in the new face of modern worship. The three day conference/workshop, open to all interested registrants, will be held September 30 thru October 2nd...
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BarlowGirl
In 1 Timothy 4:12, Paul challenges youth to “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” For authors Alex and Brett Harris and the members of BarlowGirl, all in their teens, 20’s and early 30’s, it’s more than an encouraging verse to take to heart… it’s a life-calling, a battle cry for their generation. The Dove award-nominated Christian band teams up with the Harris Brothers...
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Rita Springer
E1 Entertainment is proud to announce the recent release of Rita Springer's project, Beautiful You, on March 9th. Originally released and available only on Springer's website, this is the first time the project, an eight-song live recording, is available with label support. According to Springer, Beautiful You was birthed from a set list for a women's conference where she performed in 2007...
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The Classic Crime
On the eve of street week, The Classic Crime is gearing up to release “Vagabonds,” which media are already touting as the “perfect radio rock album,” “best album yet” and something to “get excited about.” The Tooth & Nail Records’ band will release their third studio album “Vagabonds” next Tuesday, April 6th. Ramping up to the release date, MySpace will be hosting an album premiere listening party starting Saturday, April 3rd continuing until Monday, April 5th...
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*Tuesday, March 30th, 2010*


Manafest
Today BEC Recordings’ Manafest drops his fourth studio project, “The Chase” (iTunes, Amazon $5.99). After three records that received international acclaim including huge success in Japan, Juno nominee Manafest releases his most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date. Check out the full album at AOL’s Listening Party (http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/11). “The Chase” is produced by Adam Messinger (Chris Brown, JoJo, Justin Bieber) and features eleven tracks of gritty guitars, aggressive...
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Me In Motion
EMI CMG, which earlier this year entered into an agreement with Centricity Music in January, is now soliciting and processing all sales for Centricity Music’s roster, which includes artists such as Downhere, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Lanae’ Hale, Jaime Jamgochian and Matt Papa. A respected label in the Christian music, Centricity Music celebrated the landmark of five successful years in 2010...
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Bride
Although veteran metal band Bride announced that their 2009 release Tsar Bomba was most likely their last, vocalist Dale Thompson recently tested the waters to see if there was any interest from fans and industry reps for another, possibly-final installment. Apparently the response was strong and the band announced yesterday that a new 10-track effort is in the works... "Bride has been overwhelmed with emails, letters and well wishes. Because of the reaction to our retirement Troy and I are planning an "Encore" CD...
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*Monday, March 29th, 2010*


Showbread
Showbread announced today the move to a new label home, indie label Come&Live! Records. Below is the band's official announcement... "Showbread has been a band for twelve years. We have played upwards of 2,000 shows, traveled to numerous countries, met thousands of people and experienced more than any of us can cram into our memories. During that time our goal as a band has remained constant: Use Showbread to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ with every available resource, specifically using our...
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Chonda Pierce
2009 “Comedian Of The Year” -- Visionary Awards Christian Music Hall Of Famer -- stand-up Christian comedian and best-selling author CHONDA PIERCE, who has released four certified platinum comedy DVDs, has been nominated for three Daytime Emmys, authored six top-selling books, and ranks amongst Pollstar’s top-selling live performers, will release her ninth comedy DVD on No Whining Records-Provident/Sony titled DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD? on April 6; she is also embarking on a national DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD? tour in conjunction with the release...
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases two biblical films based on stories from the best-selling book of all time: The Bible Stories: Jeremiah and The Bible Stories: Solomon, each available on DVD May 18. The Bible Stories: Jeremiah is an inspirational tale of prophecy and faith starring two-time Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Dempsey (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Made of Honor) as Jeremiah, Oscar® nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer (Best Supporting Actor, Out of Africa, 1985) as King Nebuchadnezzar, and Oliver Reed (Gladiator, Tommy) as General Safan. The Bible Stories: Solomon is the inspiring story of courage and love featuring an all-star cast, including Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek) as Solomon, Vivica A. Fox...
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*Friday, March 26th, 2010*


August Burns Red
Solid State and August Burns Red are launching the "Marianas Trench" Create Your Own Video Contest. Check out the details below for how to enter and what goodies you could win! "Enter the "Marianas Trench" Create Your Own Video Contest by directing and producing your own video for our song "Marianas Trench." Our friend Robby Starbuck created his own interpretation of the song and we thought it'd be cool to see your ideas. His version can be seen on YouTube...
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SCC
A star-studded cast is teaming up with the Nashville Symphony to present the classic musical, Cinderella, to help advance Show Hope’s mission of caring for orphans in distress. It will be a “one night only” concert performance without scenery but with colorful costumes, a flourish of makeup, a bit of dancing, and a good measure of magic. Cinderella has the same title as Steven Curtis Chapman’s hit song inspired by his daughter, Maria, who passed away in May of 2008. The Chapmans saw this as the perfect way...
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Superchick is coming to Rock Band. Check out the band's announcement... "Hey all! This just in.... On April 6, our song "Stand In The Rain" will be available as a downloadable song through the ROCK BAND video game platform! Can't wait to try it out! We'll post more details when it hits the online store..."
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iShine LIVE!, a unique faith-based concert tour designed specifically for the tween (ages 8-14) market, will head back out on the road this spring, hitting more than 20 cities nationwide in April and May. iShine LIVE! is a power-packed, high-energy 2-hour event that brings together live music performances, a speaker, DJ, dancing and more to create the top young teen and tween family event of the year. This spring tour will feature performances from Paige Armstrong, The Rubyz, Mission Six, Jamie Grace...
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*Thursday, March 25th, 2010*


Showbread
This just in from Showbread vocalist Josh Dies... "I am nearing the end of the first draft of my new book The Joke That We Play On The World, which will be released exclusively through my web store winter, 2010. The Joke That We Play On The World is my first venture into the world of non-fiction and is an autobiography of sorts, but more so a series of rants that make up an in-depth retelling of my often unbelievable story with the band Showbread. Never have I laughed out loud so often while writing...
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Strike First's newest family member comes to us from Hendersonville, TN. As Hell Retreats have been propelling themselves forward since forming in 2005 by setting motivational goals, and step by step they are realizing the benefits of their hard work. They have self released five-song demos each year for the past 4 years, and 2010 will be the year they see the release of their first full length album. The new project promises to be a polished culmination of their past work, showcasing their death metal roots laced with thrash and hardcore...
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*Wednesday, March 24th, 2010*


Jimmy Needham
The highly anticipated third project from singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham will street May 18, 2010. NIGHTLIGHTS was produced by Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard) and the lead single from the CD is an upbeat pop song, “Yours To Take,” with the lyrics written by Needham and music by Needham and Tim Dillon. The single has just started going for adds and broke out as the #1 Most Added at AC radio. This week it debuts on the National Christian Audience Chart at #48. Radio stations that are playing the song include: XM/Sirius Networks; KCMS, Seattle, WA; Family Life Network...
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toby
This summer fans will get to experience a tour line none other when award-winning and platinum-selling artists Chris Tomlin and TobyMac team up to hit arenas and amphitheaters in seven select cities for the HELLO TONIGHT tour. Tickets for many shows are on sale now and can be purchased at the links next to each city below. With six records, seven No. 1 radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, 16 Dove Awards, a platinum and gold...
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Integrity Music announces the "Sing with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Contest," an opportunity for two fans to win a trip to New York to sing with the Grammy Award winning Gospel choir at the historic Brooklyn Tabernacle. To enter, contestants should: Obtain free backing tracks for songs from the choir's latest project, Declare Your Name, by emailing a request...
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Singer and songwriter Dave Barnes is soaring up the charts! His brand new single, "God Gave Me You," jumped to #19 this week on the CHR charts. "God Gave Me You" is the debut single from his upcoming release, What We Want, What We Get, hitting shelves April 6th on Razor & Tie Records (Provident Distribution). The song plans to hit Christian AC radio in mid-April...
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*Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010*


Matthew West
With the impact that Something to Say has had on so many lives, Matthew West has realized the importance of songs that come from the heart. He was able to take his own life experiences and deliver the songs in a way that everyone can identify with. Now, with a new project in the developing stages, he wanted to generate an even more meaningful album that would truly display the joy, pain, struggles, victories...
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Luminate
Texas-based band Luminate releases its self-titled debut nationwide today. Luminate’s lead single, “Shine (Love Is An Action),” is currently New and Active at CHR, while the band has been confirmed to appear on GRAMMY Award nominated Superchick’s “Alive Tour” this spring. Formed in 2005, Luminate comprises Sam Hancock (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Cody Clark (lead guitar), Dustin DeLong (vocals/keys), Dusty Jakubik (bass), and Aaron Matthew (drums)...
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Chasen
“Castaway,” off of Chasen’s March 9 release of That Was Then, This Is Now, will be featured as today’s free Discovery Download on iTunes ®. To download the song, visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/castaway/id363323286?i=358462250. The single will be available for only one week as a free download. For Chasen Discovery Download web banners, go to http://www.inorecords.com/banners/chasen/DiscoveryDownload.html. To hear the story behind “Castaway...
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The “Extraordinary Women” conference series is again in 2010 proving why they have deservedly earned the title of ‘America’s Most Explosive Women’s Movement.’ Tickets are now on sale online at www.ewomen.net for what holds the promise of being fifteen power-packed spring and fall two-day weekends. The series began March 5-6th in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will continue in major national market stops through November. Eight events comprise the 2010 spring season with seven...
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Owl City
On Wednesday, March 24th www.OwlCityMusic.com and VEVO are set to premiere the new music video for “Vanilla Twilight” – the second single off his Universal Republic debut – Ocean Eyes. The awe inspiring video was the creative vision of Owl City’s Adam Young and it was shot in the Historic North Side district of Pittsburgh, PA with the help of Steve Hoover (Director) and Danny Yourd (Producer) of Endeavor Media...
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Everlife
Nashville-based sister-rock-trio Everlife today released a brand new, eye-popping music video for their latest single, “What’s Beautiful,” at Ransom.tv. The song – a call to challenge culturally accepted concepts of beauty – is a perfect fit for Ransom.tv, an online portal with thought-provoking music videos, interviews and other pieces to appeal to youth and young adults ages 15-25 seeking meaning and purpose. Acknowledging the struggle of many young women, the song moves powerfully from questioning and confession to triumph...
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*Monday, March 22nd, 2010*


Always on the hunt to bring new talent to their fans, BEC Recordings is partnering with New Zealand based Parachute Music to introduce the music of Rapture Ruckus to the United States in June 8, 2010. Rapture Ruckus will release their fourth project, which includes songs recorded in Nashville, TN with industry-maven Joe Baldrige (DC Talk, Family Force 5), as a part of the BEC Recordings’ partnership...
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Vicky Beeching
Vicky Beeching has always desired to be a worship leader first and recording artist second. Integrity Music could see this was her true DNA, so now, after a two year recording absence, Beeching releases her Integrity debut, Eternity Invades, on April 6. Eternity Invades is worth the wait. The CD re-introduces Beeching as one of today's most gifted female worship leaders, and her new music is a testament to her credentials as both a thoughtful theologian and accomplished musician and songwriter...
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Hawk Nelson
The all-star cast continues to grow on the Life & Faith Tour as USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling Author Karen Kingsbury alongside former Survivor contestant and now motivational speaker Austin Carty and popular pop-rock band Hawk Nelson join the spectacular lineup for the tri-city summer extravaganza that will visit Richmond, VA (6/19/2010), Rockingham, NC (7/10/2010) and Atlanta (7/24/2010)...
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*Friday, March 19th, 2010*


Sanctus Real
Holt International Children's Services, the 54-year old Christian ministry reaching vulnerable and orphaned children around the world and the chief sponsor of Winter Jam, Christian music's most successful annual tour; announced today their sponsorship of the much-anticipated UNITED Spring 2010 Tour featuring GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winning Sanctus Real with visionary speaker David Nasser and, not one but, two of this year's Dove-nominated artists-MIKESCHAIR (for Song and Album of the Year) and Jonny Diaz (for New Artist of the Year)...
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Addison Road
Just one week into their spring tour, 30-minutes before they were going to the take the stage in Vegas, Addison Road received a disturbing call from their bus driver saying their RV and trailer were up in flames. Within seconds after the driver had pulled off to the side of the deserted road, the entire vehicle erupted in flames destroying all of the band’s sound equipment, instruments and personal belongings. The flames were so powerful that the highway was shut down for multiple hours to control the fire, which had melted the concrete underneath it...
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delirious
The UK-based, RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning band Delirious? played its final, farewell concert at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo Nov. 29. Although sold-out well in advance, fans around the world will be able to see this historic concert as the 2-CD, DVD and Blu-ray Farewell Show – Live in London releases in North America May 18 and the rest of the world April 19 through Kingsway...
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Superchick
Grammy-nominated Superchick returns to the studio to reinvent its favorite songs from the band’s more than 10-year career. Reinvention, in stores April 20, will be supported with a new single at radio as well as spring headlining tour. In addition to touching on significant lyrical themes that have resonated with Superchick’s fans, Reinvention draws inspiration from the more than 100 TV shows, video games and movies that have featured the group’s music...
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*Thursday, March 18th, 2010*


Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter's new album THE WORLD IS A THORN has made its debut at No. 39 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on the Billboard Rock Chart. It is currently available everywhere and can be purchased in stores at Best Buy and online at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Shockhound. As announced earlier this week, in support of THE WORLD IS A THORN, Demon Hunter will be embarking on a nationwide tour this spring with As I Lay Dying, blessthefall and War of Ages...
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Five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris has been named as one of the newest inductees to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Harris joins fellow Kentucky artists and musicians Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, and Molly O'Day to be officially inducted next year during a ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011. This latest honor marks Harris' third Hall of Fame induction, having joined the Gospel Music Hall of Fame...
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The next film in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, will make its West Coast debut when the president of Walden Media, Micheal Flaherty, unveils clips from the upcoming film at the Biola Media Conference on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at CBS Studios in Studio City, CA. The film is scheduled for release on December 10, 2010 in partnership with 20th Century Fox...
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33Miles
GMA Dove Award nominated band, 33Miles, is announcing the spring leg of its highly successful, fall 2009 “One Life Tour.” 33Miles will be joined by worship band Pocket Full of Rocks, who released their third studio project “More Than Noise” on March 2 , as well as newcomers Kimber Rising. The spring tour kicks off in New Berlin, WI on March 19, and will make stops in 25 cities across the mid-west and southern United States...
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Point Of Grace
Word/Warner Bros. Records Artists and Platinum-Selling Group Point Of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones) are letting their fans know there is “No Changin’ Us” with their eighth studio album release of the same name. No Changin’ Us was released on Tuesday, March 9 to all digital and physical retailers and is the group’s first studio album release in more than three years. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-Winning Producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), the album also features their new single, “Come To Jesus.” In addition, Point Of Grace released their first cookbook, Cooking With Grace: A Cookbook...
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*Wednesday, March 17th, 2010*


Deas Vail
Mono vs Stereo band Deas Vail enters the Billboard charts this week with their latest effort Birds & Cages, hitting at #6 on Heatseekers and #190 on the Top 200 with over 3,400 sold last week. Birds & Cages has people talking and taking notice, Alternative Press says “Get yourself some DV love” and Absolute Punk wants you to “take this as an opportunity to discover the talent that hides within a cage”. With a nonstop touring schedule Deas Vail is poised to let their voice be heard. The band is now on tour with...
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Singer/songwriter, Tyrus Morgan, has teamed with Murfreesboro, TN based company, Just Love Coffee Roasters to present Silence Speaks, a special blend of Fair Trade coffee inspired by the song of the same name from Morgan’s new album Sycamore. The coffee can be purchased through various online outlets and Morgan’s concerts. “The song, ‘Silence Speaks,’ represents one’s opportunity to speak for what is silent or to give a voice to the...
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Selling over 25,000 units and taking the No.1 spot on the Christian Albums chart, No. 15 on Billboards Top 200 and No. 8 on Billboard's Current Digital Albums Chart, sixstepsrecords’ Passion: Awakening has experienced the biggest street week ever for a Passion record to date. In addition to topping the charts, the latest single from the new album “Our God,” sung by notable worship leader Chris Tomlin, is currently climbing its way up both the...
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Matt Brouwer
Where's Our Revolution, the latest release from acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer, has been nominated for a 2010 JUNO Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year. Canada’s equivalent of the GRAMMY Awards, Brouwer joins fellow nominees Thousand Foot Krutch, FM Static, Steve Bell, and Janelle in the JUNO Awards’ only Christian category. “I am thrilled and humbled to be included in the list of nominees,” Brouwer said...
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Francesca Battistelli
Three of Christian music’s favorite artists will be joining the 2nd Annual Rock and Worship Roadshow tour, launching March 18 in Indianapolis, IN. Word Label Group’s Francesca Battistelli, Remedy Drive, and Sidewalk Prophets are set to be featured alongside leading industry acts including MercyMe, David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5 and Fee. With $10 admission, the tour will be hitting 25 cities through the end of April. For more information, including a full list of tour stops, please visit...
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*Tuesday, March 16th, 2010*


Leeland
Three-time GRAMMY®-nominated progressive rock act Leeland and acclaimed Dove Award-nominated singer-songwriter Phil Wickham will co-headline the 26-city A NIGHT OF WORSHIP TOUR featuring special guest, songwriter/artist/worship leader Matt Maher. Kicking off April 8, in Temple, Texas, the tour will make stops in Denver, CO; Reno, NV; Fresno, CA; Seattle, WA; Bend, OR; Tucson, AZ; and more before wrapping up in Belen (Albuquerque), NM on May 10. *Dates, markets and venues listed below...
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Worship leader, singer and songwriter Ben Cantelon, who travels the world as the musical director of the UK-based Soul Survivor movement, releases his debut full-length album, Running After You, March 23 on Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Writer of “Love Came Down,” “You Are” and co-writer of “Happy Day” with Tim Hughes, 26-year-old multi-instrumentalist Ben Cantelon recorded Running After You with producer Dwayne Larring (SONICFLOOd, Tim Hughes)...
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Bonded Records and Universal Music Christian Group have partnered for the March 30th release of the Letters to God: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - a 2-disc, 23-song collection consisting of original score compositions and inspirational songs inspired by the upcoming feature film. Letters to God, from one of the producers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants, opens in theaters nationwide on April 9th via Possibility Pictures and Vivendi Entertainment. Letters to God: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes songs from chart-topping country music group The Warren Brothers...
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Women of Faith will release their highly-anticipated worship project Women of Faith Worship on April 28, 2010 for the first time through Thomas Nelson. Releasing on the heels of two recent 2010 Dove Award nominations for Praise & Worship Album of the Year and Inspirational Album of the Year with A Grand New Day (Women of Faith Worship Team; Chance Scoggins; Myrrh), Women of Faith Worship features the talented members of the Women of Faith Worship...
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*Monday, March 15th, 2010*


Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter will be embarking on a nationwide tour this spring with As I Lay Dying, blessthefall and War of Ages. There are currently 23 scheduled stops, beginning April 29 in Tucson and ending May 22 in Las Vegas. "This is something that we've hoped to do for a while now, and we're extremely honored to be a part of this tour," says vocalist Ryan Clark. "We had the chance to play a festival with the band in 2008, but aside from that show...
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Superchick
Grammy nominated pop/rock band Superchick will embark on its spring 2010 “Alive Tour” March 19, 2010. Visiting an expected 20 cities through late May, Superchick will be joined by guest artists Gotee Records’ John Reuben, new Sparrow Records signing Luminate, and touring veterans Bread of Stone. Known for its legendary, explosive live performances, Superchick’s “Alive Tour” will kick off in Minneapolis and travel to major markets including Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Chicago...
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Flyleaf
"Again," the lead single from A&M/Octone recording artist FLYLEAF'S latest album, Memento Mori, has climbed to #3* at Modern Rock radio, right behind Muse, who occupy the #1 and #2 spots. Memento Mori, the follow-up to FLYLEAF's self-titled Platinum debut, recently entered The Billboard 200 at No. 8. "Reaching #3* after 28 weeks, 'Again' has been Flyleaf's biggest hit at Modern Rock radio to date," said Ben Berkman, EVP/Head of Promotion at A&M/Octone Records...
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Abandon Kansas
Already deemed by Alternative Press as “One of The Bands You Need To Know in 2010” Abandon Kansas is making their presence known and helping to create change through music. Their Gotee Records debut CD ‘We’re All Going Somewhere’ out now, 25-city US club tour to kick off on March 16. New video for the track ‘Close Your Eyes’ to be part of mtvU’s The Freshmen with voting from March 15 – March 19. To cast your vote for Abandon Kansas go to this link:
http://www.mtvu.com/category/music/the-freshmen/...
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War of Ages has just announced a spring tour with As I Lay Dying and Demon Hunter scheduled to kick off on April 29th. The band will be supporting their brand new album (April 13th) Eternal, which you can pre-order here: http://facedown.merchnow.com/products/preorders...
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Worship leader, singer and songwriter Miriam Webster releases her debut Kingsway Music album, Made Me Glad, April 20, 2010 with EMI CMG Distribution. After 11 years in the creative worship environment at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, where she recorded many of her songs that have been sung globally, Webster now writes, records and ministers from her home base in the United States...
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*Friday, March 12th, 2010*


Britt Nicole
Sparrow recording artist Britt Nicole tops the Christian radio charts this week with her current single, “Walk on the Water.” The song, which climbed to No. 1 on Radio & Records’ CHR Indicator chart, is the second consecutive CHR hit from Britt’s Aug. 2009 release, The Lost Get Found. Britt’s sophomore project, The Lost Get Found, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart, No. 62 on the Billboard200, went straight to No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian/Gospel Top Albums chart, and peaked in the Top 10 on iTunes Top 100 albums chart. Additionally, the album...
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*Thursday, March 11th, 2010*


Tenth Avenue North
Rarely has a new band delivered an album with more emotional punch than Tenth Avenue North’s 2008 debut Over and Underneath. Musically inventive and lyrically compelling, the song collection helped earn the band its prestigious New Artist of the Year accolade at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards, one element that propelled the band to headliner status for the all of 2009. As evidenced by immediate impact at radio and at iTunes this week, Tenth Avenue North’s follow up The Light Meets the Dark is proving to be one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2010. With one listen to The Light Meets the Dark, it is obvious Mike Donehey, (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Jason Jamison (drummer) and Jeff Owen (electric guitar/background vocals), are taking a bold step forward on their musical journey. Once again their songs are poignant and powerful, and the band brings a seasoned level...
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You can now download Facedown Records' FREE Spring 2010 Facedown sampler. This sampler features 13 tracks from 13 different bands on Facedown and Strike First Records and includes unreleased new music from War Of Ages, A Hope For Home, Wrench In The Works and Letter To The Exiles, as well as songs from For Today, Impending Doom, Onward To Olympas, Sleeping Giant, A Plea For Purging and more! Check it out here: http://www.loudbytes.com/facedownrecords and make sure to enter code “FACEDOWN”. Spread the word...
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For today ONLY, AmazonMP3 is offering the Mono Vs. Stereo release of Deas Vail's Birds & Cages for just $1.99! That's quite a steal for an excellent record! Check out our review of Birds & Cages here. Then head over to AmazonMP3 and get your own copy...
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Newsboys
Watch out, Ft. Lauderdale, because on Monday, March 15th the city is going to be rocking - REACH 2010 is coming to town! REACH 2010 is a FREE concert featuring newsboys, along with Audio Adrenaline's Mark Stuart and Will McGuiness, joining the stage for a special event to help the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. REACH 2010 will also include KJ-52 as the evening's MC as well as special guest speaker, NFL player Heath Evans...
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Orange County, California's latest buzz band Jet Velvet, is comprised of all-star music veterans Paul Dexter and Matt Bissonette. Together, the duo has created an extraordinary power pop/retro-infused modern rock sound with their self-titled 7k' Records debut, drawing comparisons to the likes of Owl City, Fountains of Wayne and Cheap Trick. "We're both songwriters who've been teaming up together for the better half of the last decade," says Dexter...
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*Wednesday, March 10th, 2010*


Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter's fifth album produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Acceptance, Anberlin, The Almost) and mixed by powerhouse producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium) can be purchased in stores at Best Buy and online at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Shockhound. Exclusively for release week, THE WORLD IS A THORN is currently streaming in its entirety at AOL Music. "The album title refers to the often harmful and destructive world that we live in," explains vocalist Ryan Clark. "Most of the songs deal with...
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Kari Jobe
Kari Jobe, Dove Award New Artist of the Year nominee and 2009's top-selling debut artist, will celebrate Easter Sunday at Saddleback Church, the Southern California mega-church pastored by Rick Warren. Warren invited Jobe to lead worship that morning, along with The Jonas Brothers. The special Easter service will be held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim at 10 a.m. on April 4...
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For the third year in a row, Nashville-based sister-rock-trio Everlife has headed overseas for a European concert tour. The girls will be performing fan favorites from their self-titled Hollywood Records release and their 2009 EP at the Love Library, as well as their new single "What's Beautiful," which is available now at iTunes...
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Newsboys
As they celebrate a decade-long partnership, EMI CMG Distribution and Inpop Records have agreed to a new multi-year distribution agreement, with EMI CMG continuing as exclusive worldwide distributor to all retail outlets for Inpop Records. Since EMI CMG and Inpop signed their first distribution deal in 1999, the partnership has seen the introduction of some of Christian music’s brightest new stars including Mat Kearney...
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Yancy is redefining youthful worship with Rock-N-Happy Heart, which was released in stores nationwide on March 2nd via Pure Blue Records and Word Distribution, a Warner/Curb company. Geared toward pre-teens but effective for kids of all ages, the worship disc is designed for those that want to rock but love to worship. After Yancy sold 5,000 copies of the CD independently, Pure Blue Records decided to pick up the project and expand...
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Chris Tomlin
This morning, TobyMac's team announced dates for the upcoming "HELLO TONIGHT" Tour featuring Toby with worship leader giant Chris Tomlin for a co-headlining tour. While it's a bit of a strange match-up stylistically, it's probably a wise ticket pairing that's sure to pack the seats. Visit TobyMac.com for the latest info and dates. Right now only a handful of dates seem to have been announced, and are listed on the poster image...
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*Tuesday, March 9th, 2010*


Skillet
Atlantic/Ardent/INO's Artist and Group of the Year Dove-nominated recording group Skillet has announced details of their upcoming headline tour. The “Awake & Alive Tour” begins April 15th at Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Scranton Cultural Center and then continues through late May (see itinerary below or click here). Joining the Grammy-nominated rock outfit on the trek will be fellow nominees RED, whose most recent effort, “Innocence & Instinct,” climbed its way to the Top 5 on iTunes Top Albums chart. Also joining the tour will be hard rock outfit, The Letter Black. One of America’s hardest working live acts, Skillet – who spent the first part...
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Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Wednesday, March 17th, performing “Mess of Me,” which is currently #12 at Modern Rock radio. The track is the lead single from the band’s seventh album, Hello Hurricane, which debuted in the Top 15 of The Billboard 200 last November. “Mess of Me” was recently nominated for a GMA Dove Award in the “Rock Recorded Song of the Year” category while “Always,” which was featured in “Grey’s Anatomy” recently, received a nod for “Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.” The video for “Mess of Me” has just been added into rotation at MTV2 and fans can vote for it on Fuse...
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Sanctus Real
GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real releases its fifth studio album, Pieces Of A Real Heart, on Sparrow Records today amidst wide critical acclaim. The album is the result of the band maturing and growing as songwriters, musicians and individuals, while retaining its aggressive edge and incorporating a more diverse musical palette of instrumentation and themes. Embracing the updated sound, radio has already launched the first single from Pieces Of A Real Heart, “Forgiven,” to the top of the charts and gathered enough spins across multiple Christian radio formats to make it the No. 5...
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Abandon Kansas
Already deemed by Alternative Press as “One of The Bands You Need To Know in 2010” Abandon Kansas is making their presence known and helping to create change through music. “As far as long term goals, none of us have any desire to be rich and famous. If we can keep connecting with people through music then we'll be content. There are way too many bands out there already so we're trying to make what we do a little bigger than music.” – states Jeremy Spring, vocalist for Abandon Kansas...
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*Monday, March 8th, 2010*


toby
Following the highest sales debut of his solo career with his new CD TONIGHT (No. 6 on Billboard Top 200/No. 1 Christian SoundScan/No. 2 iTunes® overall), multi-platinum and GRAMMY® Award winning artist TobyMac is now celebrating the project’s title track being chosen as the theme song for Major League Baseball Network’s (MLB) 30 CLUBS IN 30 DAYS spring training series. The song will be featured throughout each episode. With just 41 days until Opening Day, MLB Network...
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Jonny Diaz
INO Records' singer and songwriter Jonny Diaz has received one of the biggest honors of his career thus far - the nomination for New Artist of the Year at the upcoming 41st GMA Dove Awards. The winner of the New Artist of the Year category will be decided by GMA members and also by the fans! Cast your vote from now until Tuesday, April 20th by visiting http://www.gmclife.com/fanvoting. The 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards will air on gmc Sunday, April 25th at 8pm EST. Diaz is no doubt one of the breakout artists of 2009. With his hit single "More Beautiful You...
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TFK
Thousand Foot Krutch continues to garner success from their recent release “Welcome to the Masquerade” as the band received another No. 1 Christian Rock single with “Fire It Up.” This marks the band’s second No. 1 rock single off of their fifth studio album following “Bring Me To Life.” In addition, “Fire It Up” has had numerous TV, film, gaming and sport arena placements including the latest feature at the Super Bowl this year. “Fire It Up” joins the other rock No. 1 singles for TFK: "Puppet,” "Absolute,” "Faith, Love and Happiness," "The Art of Breaking...
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*Friday, March 5th, 2010*


Echoing Angels
Former INO Records pop band Echoing Angels has gone through a lot of changes over the years, including getting a new lead singer, and the band has finally opened up in great detail about what has happened over the past few years... "To Our Families and Friends!! Hello everyone out there in the world we share. We hope this letter finds you well and BLESSED! We wanted to drop by for a few minutes to share what GOD has done and IS doing in our lives, with our band...
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Robbie Seay Band
Sparrow recording artist Robbie Seay Band will celebrate the forthcoming release of its latest project, Miracle, with an 8-city Texas tour, kicking off March 23.The band will be joined by new Integrity artist John Mark McMillan and local singer/songwriter Jillian Edwards. See below for a complete list of tour dates. For additional information, visit www.robbieseayband.com or...
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*Thursday, March 4th, 2010*


Relient K
Relient K fans are about to get more than their money’s worth when Gotee Records releases Relient K: The First Three Gears (2000-2003) on April 20th at retail stores and digital retailers worldwide. With a whopping 51 songs, including five rare bonus tracks, the compilation is a three-disc set of the first three Relient K albums, RELIENT K, THE ANATOMY OF THE TONGUE IN CHEEK (GOLD EDITION/RIAA certified gold), and TWO LEFTS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT BUT THREE DO (GOLD EDITION/RIAA certified gold), and includes hits...
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Big Daddy Weave
Fervent Records’ recording artist Big Daddy Weave is hitting the road this week for the “We Want the World to Hear” tour featuring special guests Chris and Conrad. Heading into their 11th year as a band with all original members, Big Daddy Weave will visit more than 20 cities across the South, Midwest and Southeast regions performing songs from their most recent album, What Life Would Be Like...
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Starfield
Sparrow Records worship band Starfield dominated itunes charts across the globe last week with its Feb. 23, 2010 release, The Saving One. The album peaked in the Top 5 on the US Christian/Gospel Albums chart as well as on Canada's Overall Albums chart and Australia's Overall Albums chart. Read below what critics are saying about the band's latest effort...
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House Of Heroes
After a year of nonstop action in 2009 with the full CD retail release of The End Is Not The End and three EP releases The Acoustic End, House Of Heroes Meets The Beatles and House Of Heroes Present The Christmas Classics as well as non-stop touring House Of Heroes has been spending most of 2010 in the studio with producer Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, Relient K) working on their next release due out later this summer, today the band takes a short break from the studio to hit...
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*Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010*


What happens when, as a child, you can't decide what to do with the rest of your life? When Dave Barnes was a little boy, he wanted to grow up and be Spiderman or play music. He chose the latter because becoming Spiderman would have been a long shot, and thankfully years later we get to enjoy the music and lyrics from Dave Barnes, most recently from his brand new album What We Want, What We Get. Releasing April 6th on Razor & Tie Records, this is Barnes' fourth project to date and his second full-length project with Razor & Tie...
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Pocket Full Of Rocks
Texarkana natives Pocket Full of Rocks will be returning to their hometown for the CD release show of their most highly anticipated album to date, More Than Noise. Featuring the hit single “Alive” and the worship favorite “Let It Rain”, the Ed Cash-produced project matches heartfelt lyrics and melodies with stellar production. “We are so thrilled to be coming back to Texarkana for the hometown celebration of the release...
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Dorothy Savage is breaking the ‘new female voice sound barrier’ with a contemporary fresh edge, and a relevant message of hope threading throughout her debut project, Glorious Mess, (Crimson Pink Music) releasing March 30th. Aiding her breakthrough introduction to listeners is the addition of Air 1 Radio Network last week adding her first radio single, "As Long As It Takes," to their playlist. Dorothy is featured this week on the...
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Brad Stine
Conservative Christian comedian (and now actor) Brad Stine has been pretty busy lately. As the comedian readies his next recorded project, God's Comic, he is also wrapping up two movies as well as other projects! Check out his update below... "First my next comedy project is going to be filmed live and distributed nationwide. It's been 2 years since Wussification and it's time for something new. For my peeps only you're the first to know...
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Matt Kearney
An all-star cast of musicians gathered before a SOLD OUT crowd for “Help Haiti Live” at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on February 27th, benefitting Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund.The concert, which featured Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Big Kenny, Mat Kearney...
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*Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010*


Demon Hunter
Solid State Records and Demon Hunter present the world premiere of the band's music video for the single "Collapsing" exclusively on MySpace as a part of the official "50 Days of Demon Hunter" online campaign. The video was filmed in Pittsburgh, PA by Endeavor Media (Anberlin, Owl City) and features Bjorn "Speed" Strid of Swedish death metal band Soilwork, who contributes guest vocals to the song...
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Pocket Full Of Rocks
GMA Dove Award-nominated worship band Pocket Full of Rocks is releasing their third studio project More Than Noise on March 2, 2010. Helmed by award-winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Leeland, Bebo Norman), More Than Noise matches heartfelt lyrics and melodies with stellar production. “We started recording with Ed Cash in the spring of ‘09, and it's always amazing to watch songs...
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Haste The Day
Today, Haste The Day and Solid State Records released a new "Digital Exclusive" version of the band's latest release Dreamer. In addition to the 11-track original album, two bonus acoustic songs - "An Adult Tree" and "Haunting" - have been added as album-only bonuses. Whether two acoustic tracks are worth a $7.99 digital double-dip is up to the respective fan, but check it out today on iTunes and AmazonMP3 for only $7.99...
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More than a dozen award-winning artists offered their musical talents to help make sure desperately needed relief supplies continue flowing into Haiti, where the struggle for survival continues for hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims. Today, the result of that musical effort – Healing 4 Haiti – is available for sale at iTunes. Healing 4 Haiti is a collection of 15 songs from Christian music...
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Andrew Peterson
One of Christian music’s most respected singer/songwriters, Andrew Peterson, headed to Washington state to record his new project that is slated for a July release. Peterson was joined in the Northwest by his longtime musical companions; Ben Shive, Andy Gullahorn, Gabe Scott and engineer, Todd Robbins. They loaded up their guitars, hammered dulcimer, accordion, dobro and banjo, started collaborating and in an incredible eight days had a new album...
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Dove Award winning duo, Austins Bridge, performed several times over the weekend at NRB 2010 in Nashville, TN. Justin Rivers and Jason Baird performed at two keynote events and then at the Night of Music concert on Sunday evening. Austins Bridge performed several songs from their forthcoming CD, Times Like These, which included their new single, “Mercy.” The single goes for radio adds this Friday and the album will be released May 4th. The project was produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal...
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*Monday, March 1st, 2010*


Remedy Drive
Word Records rock band, Remedy Drive, is returning with new music on March 30 with the release of Daylight is Coming: Expanded Edition. Featuring three never before heard songs (“Speak to Me”, “Rescue”, and “Guide You Home”), the expanded edition of the band’s debut release will hit all retail and online outlets. Fans can also purchase The Daylight EP on iTunes and all digital retailers featuring the three new songs plus a remix of “Daylight”, mixed by Family Force 5 frontman/ tourmate Soul Glow Activatur. Following the hits “All Along” (#1 R&R Christian CHR Chart for...
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J Knapp
Singer songwriter Jennifer Knapp returns from a seven year hiatus with her new album Letting Go (RED) on May 11th 2010. The Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning artist will also perform on this summer's Lilith Fair Tour and will preview her new music this winter on a co-headline tour with Derek Webb and some solo dates including SXSW kicking off on March 5th in New York City (tour dates below). Recorded in Nashville, Letting Go is produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Martha Wainwright, Amy Grant) and features ten intimate folk, country...
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House Of Heroes
Many who have seen House Of Heroes live in recent months have noticed the member changes - most notably, the absence of bassist AJ Babcock. Check out front man Tim Skipper's band update which talks about the live show changes as well as some news on their upcoming new album! "Hey guys. Tim here. I've been meaning to start writing these little note things a bit more often. Just keep you guys in the loop a bit better, but I've been slacking. Hopefully myself and Jared can start giving...
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Project 86
Project 86 is involving the fans once again for a new contest involving the submission of fan photos and video from their current Picket Fence Cartel US Tour. Check out the details below... "Over the years we have loved seeing all of our fans pics and videos. You guys have been an integral part of telling the P86 story. This year we are working on a special P86 DVD project and would love your...
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Superchick
Ever wanted to perform one of your favorite Superchick tracks at your church? Due to many fan requests, the band has made available four separate Superchick favorites - "We Live," "Stand In The Rain," "Pure," and "Crawl" - to iTunes as new Performance Track EPs. Check out the details below... "Lots of you have been asking where you can get accompaniment tracks for some of your favorite Superchick songs so you can perform them at school, church, talent shows, etc...
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Modern rock band, Sixteen Cities, has signed with Centricity Music and is scheduled to release their self-titled debut April 20, 2010. The project was produced by Jason Ingram (Meredith Andrews, Tenth Avenue North), Rusty Varenkamp (Bebo Norman, Rush of Fools) and Steve Wilson (Hawk Nelson, Leeland). The project will be distributed by EMI Distribution. “At Centricity we not only try to honor the artists’ talent but more importantly...
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