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May, 2010



*Friday, May 28th, 2010*


Project 86
Project 86, widely known for their innovative and thought-provoking music videos, announce the world premiere of their brand new video for the song "Destroyer". The song is their current single and is the lead track on their latest release Picket Fence Cartel. The video will debut on the Radio U/TV-U network live via tvulive.com on May 28th at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and 10:00pm EST. The band hired former Disney set designer/director Joby Harris to direct...
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*Thursday, May 27th, 2010*


Britt Nicole
Sparrow Records’ rising female artist Britt Nicole will embark on several tours throughout the year, the first of which is The Summerfest Tour with pop-rock bands Building 429 and MIKESCHAIR. Immediately following her summer endeavors, Britt will continue on the road through the fall alongside Dove Award winners Hawk Nelson starting in September. To catch Britt on the road, visit www.brittnicole.com for a list of dates and venues on both tours...
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Author Angie Smith and her husband Todd, of the Dove Award-winning group Selah, welcomed their fifth daughter, Charlotte Olivia Smith, on May 19 in Nashville. Born at 10:38 pm, Charlotte weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz., and was 19 inches long. Angie Smith’s book, I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy (B&H Publishing Group), released earlier this month. Her blog, “Bring The Rain” ...
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John Mark McMillan
Integrity Music’s John Mark McMillan hits the road with his unique brand of gutsy, poetic Rock n’ Roll starting tonight in a unique touring set-up, alternating between an "Out Of The Ground Tour,” co-headlined with worship artist Gungor and live solo dates visiting 12 cities through the month of June. North Carolinian McMillan has already built a faithful following that will be eager to see his live show. He has drawn unparalleled praise for his three previous...
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Kerrie Roberts
Provident Label Group’s Reunion Records introduces new artist Kerrie Roberts with a stunning debut at radio as 35 stations across the country jump on the single “No Matter What” by its first-week out. In addition to seven stations adding “No Matter What” prior to the official 5/21 add date, the song garners the “Most-Added” title at both Christian AC and CHR formats, with 21 AC Monitored adds, and seven at CHR this week. Top markets spinning the song include Houston...
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In a place where a public display of worship to God isn’t exactly sanctioned by its government, Mark Tedder recently made history by leading—and recording—a live worship event in China. With the July 27 release of The Door, a compelling CD/DVD package from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution, U.S. fans can finally experience this unique event. As a worship leader at Beijing International Christian Fellowship and for Worshiplanet...
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*Wednesday, May 26th, 2010*


Flyleaf
FLYLEAF is celebrating their alliance with World Vision to help stop human trafficking with a free MP3 of "Set Apart This Dream." "When we were recording the song "Set Apart This Dream" for our new cd, Memento Mori, I was thinking about the innocence that is so easily and often stolen from so many kids. Today, there are 2 million children around the world who are victims of sex slavery. We named this tour Unite and Fight because sometimes we have to fight...
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Jimmy Needham
It’s been a whirlwind of activity for singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham around the release date of his third project, Nightlights. The project’s street date was May 18, 2010 and immediately the album sent fans into the stores and online to buy a copy. For the first time in his career, Needham debuted at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Combined Album Chart with sales that doubled his first two releases. At the same time...
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For Today
For Today have begun recording their new album at The Machine Shop with Will Putney (bloodsimple., Haste The Day) handling the production duties. The follow up to 2009's Portraits will be called Breaker and is expected to be released later this year. In the meantime, you can catch For Today on the Scream The Prayer tour this summer. (dates below) Facedown Records asked Mattie about For Today's progress on the new album...
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MercyMe
The Life and Faith Tour is quickly approaching and the excitement is building as the word of mouth spreads throughout the communities as the first date of the tour draws near. Kicking off in Richmond, VA on June 19th the tri-city tour will continue on to Rockingham, NC July 10th and finally Atlanta, GA July 24th. With the goal to leave every city it embarks better than in it was before, the Life & Faith Tour was created for the sole purpose to give back to benefit the local community...
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MyChildren MyBride
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE is pleased to unleash a brand new iPhone and iTouch app on our tech-savvy world! The MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE app is available now on iTunes right now! Click the embedded link to check out the app! The app helps you to retrieve the latest MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE news and updates, watch videos, view photos, listen to music, and communicate with other fans. In other exciting news, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE’s bassist Joe Lengson has recently been named as one of three final contestants in the MTVU Dewmocracy...
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Showbread
Showbread's next album, their first on Come&Live! Records was announced last week with a special fan-funded plan to raise $13,000 to get it made and distributed for free to the public. As of today, the album is fully funded - as the band says - "One video, a bunch of tweets and eight days later." Check out front man Josh Dies report below!... "When we first started planning with Come&Live! to use Kickstarter.com as the fund-raising tool for our new album we were optimistic but cautious...
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*Tuesday, May 25th, 2010*


House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House Of Heroes is set to release their latest effort, SUBURBA on August 3, produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (The Almost, Paramore). Suburba is an album like nothing else you will hear today. And for that fact alone, it is a victory of epic proportions. Endlessly poppy, galactically ambitious, and dripping with honest, candid emotion, this is what a rock record is supposed to sound like...
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*Monday, May 24th, 2010*


Matt Maher
It’s safe to say that singer/songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher’s music is out of this world, literally. His latest album Alive Again (9/22/09) is currently orbiting aboard space shuttle Atlantis, servicing its final scheduled journey after almost a quarter-century of missions. Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on May 14, 2010, and will spend 12 days in orbit and 7 days docked to the International...
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MyChildren MyBride
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE has released another new track, ‘Crimson Grim’, off of their upcoming Solid State Records release, Lost Boy. The band plans to unveil a new track every Monday for the next 3 weeks, including today! The record hits stores June 8th, 2010, and the new track can be found at the band’s MySpace page. Lost Boy is the eagerly-awaited follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed Unbreakable. Unbreakable has sold an impressive 30,000+ copies in the United States alone, and has generated two...
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Vertusent Records readies the release of Armored Heart, the debut album from North Carolina natives Runaway City, on June 22, 2010. Runaway City is Vertusent’s flagship artist and the newly formed label’s first artist release. Produced by Jason Elgin (Collective Soul, Terrible Things) at Synchromesh Studios in Birmingham, Ala., Runaway City shines on its debut recording...
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Women of Faith Worship, the debut album release from Thomas Nelson, is currently in the top 60 on the Praise & Worship/Choral chart this week , continuing to gain momentum by climbing the charts since its April 28, 2010 nationwide release. Following in the legacy of prominent Women of Faith projects, Women of Faith Worship is the organization’s 15th worship album project to be released since Women of Faith first started holding...
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With more than 11-million albums sold worldwide, Hillsong LIVE returns with 12 new songs for its 19th recording, A Beautiful Exchange, set to release June 29 on Sparrow Records. Recorded live Nov. 8 along with thousands of worshippers gathered together in the Sydney Entertainment Centre and led by worship leaders Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Darlene Zschech and Jad Gillies, among others, the resulting collective expression of worship launches a series of firsts for Hillsong LIVE...
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The highly anticipated third studio album, Between Two Worlds, from Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee, will be released on June 22nd. The album features guest performances by Lecrae, Sho Baraka, Jimmy Needham, Thi'sl and more. The first radio single, "The Invasion (Hero)" featuring Jai is available now at iTunes. Trip Lee's debut album, If They Only Knew, was released in 2006 and introduced hip-hop fans to his distinct southern sound, unique delivery and gospel-saturated lyrics...
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Stryper
Platinum-selling rock band Stryper announced today that they will be hosting a 10-day tour of the Holy Land February 12-21, 2011. The once-in-a-lifetime VIP tour will be limited to 150 people. Stryper fans will be able to spend time with the band during this unique travel opportunity, with portions of the trip being filmed for an upcoming DVD. "Oz, Robert, Tim and I are excited to go to Israel and see first-hand the birthplace of Christianity...
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*Thursday, May 20th, 2010*


Brandon Heath
Nashville native and award-winning singer/songwriter Brandon Heath with songwriter and “Producer of the Year” Jason Ingram raised $61,857 for area flood victims this week, during their third annual “Love Your Neighbor” concert on Tuesday evening, May 18. The free-with-donation show attracted a standing-room only crowd at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn., and was also streamed live online. The night featured intimate performances by Christian music’s biggest names including tobyMac, Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North...
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Degarmo and Key
We received an email from a reader today announcing a fundraiser for the flood victims in West Tennessee that will feature a reunion by classic CCM rock team DeGarmo & Key. The email and details are below (Thanks Stephen!)... "On June 13th, The Love of Christ Church in Cordova TN. will be hosting a fundraiser for the flood victims in West TN. There will be a car show, rummage sale, a cookout and lots of fun for the family. Lots of music including a concert by DeGarmo and Key!...
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Following the success of her sophomore album release Battlefield (19 Recordings/Jive Records) and 2009 tour with the Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears, the unstoppable Jordin Sparks will launch her summer headlining tour beginning this June. Jordin's tour will hit over 35 major theatres across the U.S., ending on July 18th. Tickets for the "Jordin Sparks, The Battlefield Tour, Presented...
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Jimmy Needham
Inpop Records is in the spotlight this week on iTunes’ Christian music charts. Singer/songwriter Jimmy Needham’s May 18, 2010 release, Nightlights, rules the Top 200 Christian & Gospel Albums chart, while newsboys garnered the No. 1 position on iTunes’ Top 200 Christian Songs chart with its current single “Born Again.” Needham’s third label project, Nightlights...
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Facedown Records announced this week... "We are proud to announce to newest member of the Facedown family, YOUR MEMORIAL. Your Memorial came to Facedown Records from the Twin Cities of Minnesota bearing their self released debut album Seasons, and sporting an impressive touring history. Growing up in the shadow of such hometown bands as Martyr A.D...
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*Wednesday, May 19th, 2010*


SCC
Last Friday was a magical night in Nashville. Performing in front of a sell-out crowd of over 2,200 people at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena, the cast of "Cinderella" - which encompassed Broadway stars, an American Idol finalist to GRAMMY© winners - joined the stage along with local and regional actors, all who gave performances of a lifetime! Music was courtesy of The Nashville Symphony Orchestra. This very special evening was in celebration of the life of Maria Sue...
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Tenth Avenue North
On the heels of its hit single “By Your Side” receiving the prestigious Song of the Year honor at this year’s GMA Dove Awards, headliners Tenth Avenue North’s highly anticipated The Light Meets The Dark debuts at No. 1 on the Nielsen Christian SoundScan chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 with first week scans of 21,583. The Light Meets The Dark also secured the No.1 Christian Album chart position at both iTunes and AmazonMP3...
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House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House Of Heroes is set to release their latest effort, SUBURBA on August 3, produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (The Almost, Paramore). Look for the band to play a trek of festival dates leading into a full national tour. Look for HOH frontman Tim Skipper to guest DJ on RadioU’s morning show ‘Riot’ on Thursday May 20. RadioU is an FM station in Columbus...
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Superchick
Superchick sisters Melissa Brock (left) and Tricia Baumhardt (right) work the crowds at an "Alive Tour" show in McAlisterville, Pa. on Sunday, May 16. The girls set up Superchick's song "So Beautiful" with a brief introduction to "Operation Beautiful," an international campaign that encourages women to post anonymous notes with positive messages about self-image in public places for others to find, in hopes of ending "fat talk" and helping women to love themselves just the way they are...
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Group 1 Crew
Known for their urban grooves and hip-hop sensibilities, three-time GMA Dove Award winning Group 1 Crew is launching their Spacebound EP June 8th just days after “Walking On The Stars” takes off at radio on June 4th. The powerful digital-only EP features huge anthems and unforgettable hooks produced by Andy Anderson and David Garcia. Featuring five brand-new tracks, Spacebound offers listeners a preview of the full-length release Outta Space Love...
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Me In Motion
Me In Motion's Seth Mosley celebrated for the second week his first #1 single as a writer for Centricity Publishing. Mosley co-wrote and co-produced newsboys two-week chart topping single, "Born Again.” Seth co-wrote/co-produced the song with Juan Otero and newsboys. At the same time, Mosley also has two other songs on the charts, "The One (I'm Fighting For)" by Article One that was co-written with Nathan Piche from Article One and "The God I Know" by Me In Motion...
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Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT has teamed up with BIDFIRE (http://bidfire.com/), a competitive shopping site, to offer one lucky fan the ultimate experience: the opportunity to record a song with the band during a deluxe, four-day trip to the group’s hometown of San Diego, CA. The resulting track, recorded in SWITCHFOOT’S home studio, will be released on iTunes and MySpace.com. No musical talent is required – the winning bidder can opt to play on the session or just help shape the recording...
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"God Gave Me You," the first single from Dave Barnes' brand new CD release, What We Want, What We Get (Razor & Tie), continues to climb the radio charts. The hit song is top 5 at CHR and is also the second most-added record at AC radio this week. It was the most-added song for the last two weeks in a row. In addition to its radio success, the music video for "God Gave Me You," which debuted on AOL Music in April...
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*Tuesday, May 18th, 2010*


Newsboys
newsboys fans don't have to wait till July 13th, the day the CD BORN AGAIN officially releases, to get the single "Born Again" for their very own. As of today, the No. 1 single is now available for download on iTunes. Click here to download the song. Even better? The single is No. 1 on the CHR charts...
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Jimmy Needham
Inpop Records announced this morning that Jimmy Needham’s new CD, Nightlights, reached the #1 position on iTunes Top 200 Christian Albums chart. At the same time, the CD is #25 on iTunes Top 200 Albums chart that covers all music genres. Today is the official street date for the highly-anticipated project with fans and media embracing the project...
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delirious
Delirious?, the UK-based band regarded internationally as the galvanizing force that changed the face of worship worldwide and mentoring many of today’s influential worship musicians, releases today amidst wide acclaim its Farewell Show – Live in London 2-CD, DVD and Blu-ray throughout North America. The award winning band captured its final, farewell...
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RSJ
Rebecca St. James will lend her voice of support this week to join the work of Heartbeat International in sharing a message of hope with the pregnancy help ministries nationally and internationally who are ‘boots on the ground’ in the work of life affirming. “Better Together” is the message of the 2010 Heartbeat International Conference being held in Orlando May 18-20th. It’s their 39th annual conference gathering and is attracting an expected attendance this year of 700 pregnancy support providers from 17 countries...
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Diamond Rio
Diamond Rio's Marty Roe pictured with golf legend Johnny Miller at The Vinny held in Nashville this week. Roe's team also included former Titan's alumni Al Del Greco. The six-some took home first place in the Texas Scramble tournament. "It was the first time I got to play with Johnny Miller who is a golf icon. I really admire Johnny. When you talk about...
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With prominent song placement across several national radio and television outlets, Word Music Publishing’s Jason Walker was recently honored with 2010’s BMI “ChristianSongwriter of the Year” Award tying with industry leaders tobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Chris Stevens. Walker also took home airplay awards for his songwriting efforts on the hit singles “One Life To Love” by 33 Miles and “My Deliver” by American Idol alum Mandisa...
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The Katinas
The Katinas & Friends Cruise which will sail January 17 - 21, 2011 from Long Beach, CA and is a monumental event for the group. Celebrating its fifth year of fun, music and ministry, it also is a record breaking reservation year with nearing sold out status. "This is a great reunion time with family and friends who have become family," said Niel Otineru, manager of the Katinas. "Since registration began, the response has been amazing and the Katinas are ready to make this the best cruise yet!...
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*Monday, May 17th, 2010*


MyChildren MyBride
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE has released a brand new track, ‘Terra Firma’, off of their upcoming Solid State Records release, Lost Boy. The record hits stores June 8th, 2010, and the new track can be found at the band’s MySpace page. Also on the horizon for MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE is a month-long tour with HASTE THE DAY and UPON A BURNING BODY! See below for all upcoming tour dates. Lost Boy is the eagerly-awaited follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed Unbreakable. Unbreakable...
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My Epic is headlining a summer tour sponsored by World Vision. It's called The Hunger & Thirst Tour, and runs through the month of June. "We head out on tour at the beginning of June with So Long Forgotten and A Hope For Home. We are very excited and will be playing several songs from our upcoming album Yet. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones!...
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How far would you go to save a life? The inspirational film, To Save A Life, debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on August 3rd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and tells the story of the difference one person can make when they use their influence and time for others. Written by youth pastor Jim Britts and directed by Brian Baugh, To Save A Life stars Randy Wayne...
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Ninety-two percent of homes own a Bible—but what’s in it? Enter VeggieTales legend Phil Vischer and WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE?, his new 13-DVD series from Tyndale House Publishers. Led by puppet Buck Denver—WITB will stir laughter and love of the Bible for anyone with a sense of humor and a half hour, but it's aimed at children ages 5-11. From Chicago-based Jellyfish Labs...
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Former NBA star Allan Houston (now assistant to the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks) and HolyCulture.net and Dasouth.com have joined together to present to you "Grace & Truth with The Ambassador," a weekly LIVE video streaming interactive bible study where The Ambassador cracks open the bible and teaches on a topic from the Word of God. Beginning Tuesday, May 18th at 9pm EST (and every Tuesday following) you'll hear from Ambassador LIVE and even be able to chop it up with him, asking questions...
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Showbread
Showbread's next album, their first on Come&Live! Records, has the band aiming for a fan-financed release. The album will also be the band's first ever completely free release, and to encourage fans to contribute to the production of the record, the guys have announced a few incentives. Earlier yesterday, the guys announced, "at midnight we will be launching a special fundraiser for our new album that will run for 90 days and offers special gifts to those who donate like special edition cd's, vinyl, private shows and even carnival cruises...
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Destroy The Runner
Yesterday, Solid State Records metal act Destroy The Runner mad the announcement of their break-up. Below is the report in their own words... "To all of our fans that have become friends, we wish to thank you for your support and dedication to us, as a band and as individuals. Without you, Destroy the Runner would not have been able to have had the opportunities allowed to us along the way. We all posses an insurmountable gratitude for any and every one that has given our music a chance...
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Jimmy Needham
Inpop Records’ critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Jimmy Needham, is poised to release his highly anticipated third project, Nightlights, next Tuesday. The buzz has been building for the album with early radio and media support, which has led to strong digital pre-sales that pushed Nightlights into the #10 position on the iTunes Top 200 Christian Album chart. Nightlights was produced by Calvin Turner (Marc Broussard) and features twelve new songs...
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*Friday, May 14th, 2010*


Jaci Velasquez
The career of Jaci Velasquez, one of the world’s most successful and beloved Christian/Latin/pop singers, has expanded beyond the planet Earth thanks to NASA astronaut Ron Garan, who carried Velasquez's album Llegar a Ti with him on a recent trip to space. Garan flew onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on a recent 14 day mission that included nearly 9 days docked at the International Space Station, 220 miles above Earth...
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*Thursday, May 13th, 2010*


Newsboys
"Born Again," the first single to debut from newsboys' upcoming brand new CD of the same name, has reached No. 1 at CHR radio! The full CD, Born Again, hits the streets July 13th, courtesy of Inpop Records. "What a way to start my new position at Inpop!" exclaims Andrew Patton, General Manager, Inpop Records...
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SCC
Show Hope has partnered with the Salvation Army to make this Friday’s Spring Celebration presentation of “Cinderella: Enchanted Edition” a drop-off site for supplies to aid the Middle Tennessee flood victims. On Friday evening, a Salvation Army truck will be stationed in front of Allen Arena to accept disaster relief supplies for families in need. Requested supplies include... Cinderella: Enchanted Edition, recently featured on BroadwayWorld and American Idol's website, was relocated to Allen Arena as a result of flooding in downtown Nashville...
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JoC
Jars Of Clay are joining in the efforts to aid their fellow residents of Nashville after the devastating flood that ravaged the city earlier this month. They've released a digital EP featuring five different versions of the song "Flood" for just $1.00. Check out their letter to the fans below... "Dear Friends, On May 1st and 2nd of 2010, our hometown of Nashville and its surrounding areas suffered a devastating flood. The impact of this extremely rare event was felt...
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mewithoutYou
mewithoutYou will be hitting the road on the nationwide Our Cashew Princess of the Swirling Marble Tour this summer with Rubik and David Bazan and Rocky Votolato on select dates. There are currently 23 scheduled stops starting June 2nd in St. Louis, MO and culminating June 29th in Kalamazoo, MI. The tour comes after mewithoutYou's latest release, IT'S ALL CRAZY! IT'S ALL FALSE! IT'S ALL A DREAM! IT'S ALRIGHT which...
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downhere
One of Christian music’s premiere rock groups, Downhere, has started recording songs for their upcoming project on Centricity Music. The new CD will release in the fourth quarter of this year but due to high demand the label is releasing the first single, “You’re Not Alone,” for download purchase on May 11th at iTunes.com and Amazon.com. The song will be going for adds at radio on May 14th. The project is being produced by Mark Heimermann, who was part of the production team for Downhere...
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Michael W. Smith
The theme of the 2010 NightVision Music Festival is "A Holy Nation." Artists joining Michael W. Smith and Third Day will include Kutless, Leeland, Matthew West, Tye Tribbett, Chuck Day, MikesChair, Bluetree, and 2010 Dove Award Female Artist of the Year, Francesca Battistelli. Guest speakers are Praise Him Ministries' founder and director Victoria Hearst...
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*Wednesday, May 12th, 2010*


Brandon Heath
Nashville native and award-winning singer/songwriter Brandon Heath partners again with songwriter and “Producer of the Year” Jason Ingram for their third annual “Love Your Neighbor” concert benefitting the needs of the Music City. The free-with-donation show will be held Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m., at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn., featuring intimate performances by Christian music’s biggest names including tobyMac, Mike...
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Jonny Diaz
This past weekend, INO Records' Jonny Diaz and Curb Records' MIKESCHAIR joined with WAY-FM 88.7, a local non-profit called PeopleLovingPeople.com, and other artists to help the flood victims in Nashville and in its surrounding cities. This past weekend's event kicked off in Spring Hill for a multi-phase effort from the radio network. This past Saturday from 10am to 2pm, WAY-FM took a break from its regular programming for a...
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toby
World Vision and AEG Live announce the “Make A Difference Tour 2010” featuring New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado and some of the top names in the Christian music industry—GRAMMY® award-winning recording artists TobyMac, Michael W. Smith and Third Day. Inspired by the themes of Lucado’s forthcoming book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference...
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Justin McRoberts
Ten years ago, acoustic/folk artist Justin McRoberts released his sophomore album Father through Five Minute Walk Records. Just this week, the singer songwriter has released a four-song EP via Noisetrade that revisits selections from the album, adding new touches, and even incorporating a guest appearance by former label mate Reese Roper (Five Iron Frenzy, Roper). Check out McRoberts' reflection on this release...
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MercyMe
Last week, INO Records’ multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe unleashed The Generous Mr. Lovewell, giving the band the highest chart debut of their career, bowing in at No. 3 in the nation on Billboard’s Top 200 SoundScan Chart, and No. 1 on the overall Contemporary Christian SoundScan chart. The album is the No. 1 selling record at Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, Mardel...
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Audrey Assad
Anticipated newcomer Audrey Assad recently signed with Sparrow Records and will release her debut album The House You’re Building on July 13 with a digital EP titled For Love Of You released this week on May 11. Digital outlets have already welcomed Assad with the single “For Love Of You” receiving one of iTunes ® strongest debuts on the Christian/Gospel Singles chart...
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Indieheaven, the leading organization for independent Christian artists, is excited to announce the formation of Broken Records. The new Nashville-based artist label will partner with active independent artists through a uniquely created "180 Deal." "It's the opposite of the 360 deal that record labels are offering these days," says Indieheaven and Broken Records founder Keith Mohr...
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*Tuesday, May 11th, 2010*


Third Day
The Winter Jam 2010 Tour Spectacular is #2 on Pollstar’s 2010 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart, it was recently announced. Second to AC/DC, Winter Jam surpassed sales in excess of 400,000 tickets this year, landing the multi-artist spectacular ahead of tours by such artists as John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, and Taylor Swift for the first quarter of 2010. The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, created by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, concluded its 15th year...
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Revive
As the hit title track “Blink” from Revive leaps into the Top 15 songs in the country on the CHR radio format, the Dove-nominated vibrant, pop/rock outfit announces the June 22 release date of its anticipated sophomore Blink. Produced by the 2010 Dove Award-winning “Producer of the Year” team, Jason Ingram (Brandon Heath, Tenth Avenue North) and Rusty Varenkamp (Bebo Norman, Rush Of Fools), Blink grapples with the art of living in the moment while...
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Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s highly anticipated new album We Walk This Road—the first since the band’s acclaimed 2006 effort, Colorblind—is set for release June 22 on Warner Bros. Records. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album continues the Sacred Steel tradition for which Randolph has earned wide praise, including the New York Times, which applauds “his rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument sing without a word.” Randolph is also renowned for his passionate live performance—called “a spiritual celebration complete with audience participation and animated dancing” by the Chicago Tribune...
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*Monday, May 10th, 2010*


Remedy Drive
Christian music’s rising rock act, Remedy Drive, is preparing for the world premiere of their latest music video, “Rescue.” Ransom.TV, an online ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), will be debuting the video on May 11th with TVU launching the video as an exclusive on May 14th, before going live with all outlets on May 18th. The music video, produced by the Charlotte, North Carolina-based BGEA, features footage shot in downtown Nashville before the recent flood left...
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The Classic Crime
As we enter the fifth month of 2010, we can already look back and see a great string of releases from the Tooth & Nail label(s):  Adie, Manafest, Demon Hunter, The Classic Crime, Fair, Living Sacrifice, Secret and Whisper, and Number One Gun.  We have also seen some amazing debuts from Jaymes Reunion, Sent By Ravens, Write This Down, The Letter Black, Queens Club and an EP from Poema...
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John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist John Schlitt — solo artist and former lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra and mainstream rock band Head East — is slated to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Russian Gospel Music Association conference (EMA). The EMA will run from May 12-15, 2010. During the conference, Schlitt will perform at various locations throughout the city of Moscow, including...
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Nashville Publicity Group announced today that they will donate $1 to Conduit Mission’s Nashville flood relief efforts for each new Twitter follower up to 500 new followers. Visit Nashville Publicity Group's Twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillePR (@nashvillePR). “My hope is that other small businesses will join us by launching similar fundraising efforts for those affected by the floods in Nashville and surrounding communities,” says Nashville Publicity Group’s Brian Mayes. “Conduit Mission has had multiple teams...
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Michael W. Smith
After a recent eco-friendly benefit fashion show in Downtown Nashville, multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY winning artist, Michael W. Smith greeted director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) and his wife Suzy along with Prophetik clothing designer, Jeff Garner. Proceeds from the show went to MUSE Elementary, a non-profit school founded by Suzy Amis Cameron, in Topanga, Calif. that teaches children how to live an environmentally conscious...
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There are two elements that frequently unite people across the world: music and coffee. Star Song Music and Mocha Club are joining forces for a unique series of albums containing songs from well-known artists such as Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Amy Grant, TobyMac, and more while raising awareness for the humanitarian efforts of Mocha Club. The Acoustic Playlist series (Star Song Music) captures remarkable acoustic-based performances in the...
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Kingsway has entered into an exclusive, long-term recorded music, marketing and distribution agreement with Jesus Culture, a youth and young adult movement that began at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 1999 and whose songs have since traversed the globe. Selling hundreds of thousands of recordings spanning seven full-length albums and CD/DVD combinations to primarily an international audience...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, the leading faith-based 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 fresh new crop of merchandise. The Company has recently inked deals with several new licensing partners across key categories, including confectionery products from Frankford Candy & Chocolate...
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*Friday, May 7th, 2010*


Known for their 80’s synth pop meets rock and roll sound, Satellites & Sirens is set to make their impact on the “Air1 Listener Appreciation Tour” launching May 7 in Rocklin, California. Word Records’ unique four-piece outfit will be joining Manic Drive, The Wrecking, and Red Airplane for a sixteen city tour sponsored by National Radio Network, Air 1 as well as Compassion International. All shows are free of charge with all ages welcome...
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*Thursday, May 6th, 2010*


RSJ
Rebecca St. James starring film role, “Sarah’s Choice,” will premier this Sunday, May 9th, as part of the GMC television network’s special fare of Mother’s Day programming. Distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment, “Sarah’s Choice” has won major national media and audience attention since its' November 2009 release...
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Ivoryline will release VESSELS on July 27th in stores and online. The band's sophomore album follows their Tooth & Nail Records debut, THERE CAME A LION (2008) which opened as one of the bestselling releases from a new artist in the label's sixteen-year history. VESSELS was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, The Almost) and showcases a more mature and diverse Ivoryline than was heard on their previous record...
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Since October
After scoring their first ever hit on the Active Rock charts last year with “Guilty,” Since October have returned with a brand new album and lead single which picks up where they left off. The band’s sophomore release Life, Scars, Apologies will be released on Tooth & Nail/EMI Records on June 8th. The first single “The Way You Move” has already reignited the band’s fan base by becoming the #1 most added track at Active Rock...
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MercyMe
Billboard magazine’s “Christian Song Artist of the Decade,” MercyMe’s brand new project, The Generous Mr. Lovewell, available now, has already peaked at No.1 on iTunes ® Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 5 on its overall album chart. Additionally, the album is currently the No.1 selling record at Family Christian Stores, Lifeway, Mardel, Berean and most other Christian bookstores. Furthermore, The Generous Mr. Lovewell...
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The Katinas
The 2010 Samoan Achievers International (SAI) will host their Gala Awards Night with the Katinas being one of the distinguished honorees, along with U.S. Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa). The honorees are chosen by the community based on the leadership they have shown in their profession and family. This award comes just weeks after the Katinas began "Family Night Live Concerts" an evening of music and ministry focused on strengthening family relationships...
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*Wednesday, May 5th, 2010*


Skillet
SKILLET has just been confirmed as a special guest for select dates on CREED’s “20-10 Tour” dates (specific Skillet dates listed below in full tour schedule). “The 20 -10 Tour” kicks off on July 28th in Washington D.C., and was named because the first 2,010 reserved seats are $20 all-in. This means fans pay a flat rate with no added service charges, and the remaining seats...
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For more than two decades, Integrity Music has introduced new worship songs emerging from churches around the world including Gateway, New Life and Lakewood in the U.S. and Hillsong in Australia. The label's latest discovery is Abundant Life Ministries a dynamic, multi-cultural church based in Bradford, England and led by pastor and renowned speaker/author Paul Scanlon...
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Flyleaf
In continued support of their highly successful album Memento Mori, platinum-selling rock quintet FLYLEAF will hit the road for the UNITE & FIGHT tour, set to kick off May 4th in Albuquerque, NM. The Texas rock group will bring their undeniably uplifting live show to audiences in every corner of the country throughout the headlining run...
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House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House Of Heroes is set to release their latest effort, SUBURBA on August 3, produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (The Almost, Paramore). Look for the band to play a trek of festival dates leading into a late summer/fall tour. Watch in-studio video footage here - http://www.youtube.com/houseofheroesmusic...
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The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) recently awarded Glo (Immersion Digital LLC, Zondervan) the top Bible for 2010 at the Industry Awards banquet held Monday, May 3, 2010, during ECPA’s annual Executive Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Out of the five finalists, Glo was the only interactive digital Bible featured in its category...
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*Tuesday, May 4th, 2010*


SCC
Steven Curtis Chapman's Cinderella: Enchanted Edition will now be presented at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University! Though it was originally located at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, sadly the Schermerhorn sustained damage during the flood in Nashville. However, the show must go on! While this is a different venue, it will be same date, same time, same talent, and the same enchanted show...
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VSR Music Group recording artist Chris and Conrad—one of Christian music’s leading new artists—will be bringing “The Chris and Conrad Listener Appreciation Tour 2010” to 30 cities in May and June. Also including performances by special guest Essential recording artist Tal & Acacia, and introducing Living Anthem, the free concerts are sponsored by World Vision and will be hosted by Christian...
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*Monday, May 3rd, 2010*


Kari Jobe
2009’s Best Selling New Artist and Recent Dove Award winner Kari Jobe will join the critically acclaimed Colorado worship band Desperation Band for the “Heartwork” Tour this May visiting the American heartland cities of Fort Smith, Ark.; Irving, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Lubbock, Texas; Elk City, Okla.; Colorado Springs, Colo. and Loveland, Colo...
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The 2008 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights welcomes 19 Recordings/Jive Records platinum recording artist and 2007 "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks as Broadway's new Nina Rosario. Making her Broadway debut in In The Heights Thursday, August 19, 2010, 20 year old Jordin Sparks will play a limited 12 week engagement through Sunday, November 14, 2010...
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Madison, Alabama’s own MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are pleased to announce that they will be heading out on the road this summer with HASTE THE DAY. Also joining MYCHILDREN MY BRIDE is UPON A BURNING BODY. The month-long trek begins in Allentown, PA on June 4th, and comes to a close in Marietta, IL on July 2nd. The full listing of tour dates is below...
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*Sunday, May 2nd, 2010*


The latest band to join the ranks of the re-united is the original line-up of the classic rock band, Petra! That's right, before John Schlitt was the band's signature frontman, diehard fans will remember that Greg X. Volz was the band's original singer. Now, the rock band is back together again - Greg, Louie Weaver (Drums), John Lawry (Keys, Vocals), Bob Hartman (Guitar, Vocals), and Mark Kelly (Bass, Vocals)! On the newly updated, ClassicPetra.com, the band has posted...
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