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May, 2012



*Thursday, May 31, 2012*


Group 1 Crew
Group 1 Crew has a monumental week, celebrating their first #1 hit with "He Said" on Billboard's Christian CHR chart and hitting the Top 10 at AC Monitored. "I'm still in shock about this. Thank you all for making a dream of Group 1 Crew become a reality! Love ya'll! Now let's celebrate," said Blanca Reyes of Group 1 Crew, enthusiastically thanking her Word Entertainment family upon hearing the good news. The group is currently in the studio putting the final touches on their upcoming album, due out in September. The album will feature Group 1 Crew's #1 single "He Said" featuring Chris August...
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Relient K drummer (and former guitarist for the O.C. Supertones) Ethan Luck has released a brand new song as part of a solo project called Ethan Luck & The High Pressure System. The song, titled "Hey, Mr. Pharisee," is available via his Bandcamp page for just $1.00. Luck also told Jesusfreakhideout.com today that a new EP will be out before the end of the summer. In a post at EthanLuck.com announcing the project, Luck also assured fans that Relient K is still top priority for him and that the band is in the studio now working on a new full-length project...
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The Museum
BEC Recordings' The Museum is gearing up for their sophomore label project, My Only Rescue, set to release on August 28. This album follows the well-received debut Let Love Win (2010), which delivered two hit singles: "My Help Comes from the Lord" and "Allelujah." In addition to the radio airplay, The Museum received rave press reviews as well as grew their fan base with their constant touring over the last two years. Refocused in their calling and purpose, the band concentrated on writing as a group as well as working with just one producer...
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Christian hardcore band A Bullet For Pretty Boy is set to release their new full length studio album, Symbiosis, on July 31st on Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Zeuss (Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Hatebreed, The Acacia Strain). The album is available now for pre-order in various t-shirt and tank top bundles, purchase HERE. Listen to song "Red Medic" HERE...
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*Wednesday, May 30, 2012*


The Wrecking
Portland, Maine based pop/rock band, The Wrecking, is set to release their second full-length album, So Much for Love, August 21, 2012. The lead single "View From The Top" is available on iTunes while So Much for Love is already gaining momentum as one of the featured albums on NoiseTrade this week. Check out an album sampler here. Teaming up with producer Dustin Burnett (Augustana, Newsboys, Throwing Gravity, Jimmy Needham) and mastering by Adam Ayan (Nirvana, Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood...
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MercyMe
Underscoring their long-standing popularity and appeal, the seventh studio album from multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe, The Hurt & The Healer, has hit the Billboard 200 top albums chart in a big way, landing at No. 7. The album charted at just below Lionel Richie's newest release and above Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones' latest. The Hurt & The Healer entered at No. 1 on the Christian SoundScan chart. During its debut week, the album reached No. 10 on iTunes'® Overall Albums Chart and has crowned the iTunes® Christian Albums chart at No. 1 since its release on May 22...
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Maranatha! Music announces the release of Power of the Cross from Worship Leader and Songwriter Shelly E. Johnson in partnership with LifeWay Worship. The four-track EP will be available August 14, 2012 distributed by EMI CMG Distribution. The lead single, "All Things Beautiful," is impacting AC and INSPO radio formats. "Maranatha! Music is thrilled to work with Shelly and LifeWay Worship on her new EP, Power of the Cross," said Randy Alward, president of Maranatha! Music. "Shelly is a gifted songwriter and worship leader and has a unique ability to engage an audience of...
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*Tuesday, May 29, 2012*


SCC
The Christian Alliance for Orphans presented The Defender of the Fatherless Award to Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, the founders of Show Hope, an orphan care and adoption non-profit ministry. The Chapmans received the award earlier this month before 2,000 advocates of orphan care and adoption at the Christian Alliance for Orphans' Summit VIII, held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Each year, the Defender of the Fatherless Award honors bold and sacrificial leadership...
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For Today
For Today's latest studio album Immortal (Razor & Tie) is available today, May 29th both in stores and on all digital service providers. The album crashed into the iTunes charts today at #10 on the overall chart and #2 on the rock chart- iTunes Link HERE. Produced by Will Putney (Lamb Of God, Suicide Silence), the 11 track album also includes special guest appearances from Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D., Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red and Tommy Green of Sleeping Giant. Vevo.com recently premiered "Fearless," the first video from Immortal...
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*Sunday, May 27, 2012*


High Flight Society
It is with sad hearts that we share the news that High Flight Society drummer Scotty Lockridge passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 20th. According to the band's Wikipedia page, "Scotty had a seizure and the apparent cause of death was trauma to the head as a result of the seizure." On May 20, the band announced the sad news on their Facebook page: "This morning, we lost our best friend and the greatest drummer any...
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Rock band Once Nothing, who split up in 2009, is making their official return with a reunion show coming this August 11 in Pittsburgh PA. According to the band: "August 11th marks the official return, what comes after that is unwritten. So slick back your hair, grow out your beard, and let's see where we go from here...
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*Thursday, May 24, 2012*


House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes are excited to announce a summer tour with Relient K, Hellogoodbye and William Beckett (former lead singer of The Academy Is) kicking off on July 22 in Portland, OR. This happens just weeks after the release of their new album COLD HARD WANT, produced by Paul Moak (Matt Kearney, Lovedrug) and mixed by J.R. McNeeley, in stores and online July 10. Check out pre-order combos that include limited edition 2xLP vinyl and limited edition CD at gotee.com/store...
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Hillsong releases the all-new live album Cornerstone on July 3, but you can get a taste of the project today with the Cornerstone EP, available now on iTunes and Amazon. This special digital set features both studio and live versions of the soul-stirring title track and first single "Hope of the World." The upcoming album offers fresh, new songs to churches worldwide...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children's and family programming, characters and brands, announced today that the VeggieTales Live! God Made You Special show is coming to Branson, Missouri, a family destination in the Ozark Mountains, for three weeks starting June 20 through July 7, 2012. For current tour dates, ticket information and group sales, please visit VeggieTales.com/live, TheMansionTheatre.com, or call (866) 707-4100...
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*Wednesday, May 23, 2012*


Mac Powell
Third Day frontman Mac Powell announced this week that he has plans to release his first solo album---a country project! Rest assured that Powell has no intentions to leave Third Day, who are currently recording a new studio album as a band. For all the details, check out Mac's blog post below, and visit his blog page for the latest news! "Some Exciting News For Me To Share! I can’t tell you how excited I am to tell y’all the news that I have made a Country record! I grew up listening to Country music, and I’ve been hearing for many years from friends, family, and fans that they would love to hear me do a Country album...
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Brandon Heath
Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandon Heath, assembled friends Jason Ingram, Bebo Norman, Gabe Scott and Christopher Williams for the fifth annual "Love Your Neighbor" benefit concert last night; an event Heath started with renowned producer and songwriter Ingram in May 2008. The show was held at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn. and raised more than $14,000 for Young Life Capernaum, an outreach for students with physical and mental disabilities. In attendance were more than 75 local Young Life Capernaum students including Katie Harbison, who joined Heath...
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For Today
For Today's first video, "Fearless," from the band's new studio album, Immortal has premiered exclusively at VEVO.com - view HERE. The video was directed by Ramon Boutviseth (All That Remains, Trivium, Chelsea Grin). Immortal (out May 29th Razor & Tie) is now available for preorder on iTunes and features 11 new tracks produced by Will Putney (Lamb Of God, Suicide Silence). The album also includes special guest appearances from Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D., Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red and Tommy Green of Sleeping Giant...
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Sparrow Records is proud to announce the signing of Bellarive, the six-piece worship band from Orlando, Florida. Their debut album, The Heartbeat, is slated to release on June 19, 2012 and was co-produced by Bellarive and Joshua Silverberg (Luminate, Abandon) and mixed by Allen Salmon (Gungor, Building 429). Bellarive's first radio single, "Taste of Eternity," is now available on iTunes and packaged with the song's music video. The video made its debut last week at Relevant Magazine's RELEVANT.tv. Check out the music video here...
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Point Of Grace
WORD Entertainment and 25 Entertainment are excited to announce an additional nightly conference event, Girls of Grace 180, this one night event will be offered in selected cities throughout the Girls of Grace conference season. The first Girls of Grace 180 stop will kick off in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, August 16th at 6:30PM ET, with additional cities to be announced at a later date. The new event will be an extension of the full Girls of Grace conference in abbreviated form, discussing age-related issues delivered through positive Christian messaging. Point of Grace will host Girls of Grace 180 accompanied by featured artist Dara Maclean and guest speaker Chris Wheeler...
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New artist Julie Elias kicks off a full summer touring schedule May 26 at Spirit West Coast, the three-day Del Mar, Calif., Christian music festival. The singer/songwriter takes the Main Stage May 26 and 27 before City Harmonic and Chris August, respectively. Spirit West Coast is the first stop on an impressive line-up of eight major Christian music festivals throughout the U.S. where Elias will be touring in support of her upcoming debut CD, A Wild Rose, due out this summer. "Over the years, Spirit West Coast has become...
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Known for its congregational favorite "God Of This City," Bluetree returns with its sophomore album, Kingdom, which released this month amidst acclaim on Exchange Media. Inspired by what singer, primary songwriter and Bluetree founding member Aaron Boyd and the congregation at Exchange Church Belfast have been studying in their Sunday morning and evening services, the songs on Kingdom also officially mark a new era for the group. Reborn not just as a band, but a community of believers worshipping, learning and doing life together, one of the significant changes the band...
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One of Christian music's biggest and most beloved acts, MercyMe bowed their brand-new project, The Hurt & The Healer, yesterday to a No. 1 debut on the iTunes® Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 10 (at No. 10) on its overall album chart...
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*Tuesday, May 22, 2012*


toby
"Me Without You," the brand-new single from Grammy-Award winning and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac was the most-added single at Christian AC and CHR radio last week, receiving a whopping 53 total adds-40 at AC and 13 at CHR. The song received an additional 10 adds in its second week. Produced by TobyMac and David Garcia, "Me Without You" will be available via iTunes on June 12. "Me Without You" is the first track to be released from the five-time Grammy winner's upcoming album...
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Children 18:3
Tooth & Nail Records' rock trio Children 18:3 is set to release their third label project, On The Run, on June 19. The band's current single "Moment to Moment" debuted in the Top 20 at Rock radio. Click here to listen to the single and pre-order the album. With the release of On The Run, the band has shaken up all aspects of its previous formula to embark upon an ambitious new chapter...
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Project 86
In the three years since Project 86's last release Picket Fence Cartel, band founder and front man Andrew Schwab has been inspired by the idea of getting back to his roots-and why he started the band back in 1996. "The first time I walked on stage to perform it felt foreign, other-worldly. The freedom I felt was powerful. We were part of an underground movement that took hardcore and made it accessible...
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Today THE GREAT COMMISSION released their five song EP entitled Firework. The EP contains four acoustic versions from their most recent album, Heavy Worship, as well as a cover of Katy Perry's hit single, "Firework." The "Firework" cover can be heard on the band's Facebook page here: http://youtu.be/HA35AootiTc. The Firework EP is available digitally today and THE GREAT COMMISSION will have a limited amount of...
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War Of Ages
War of Ages are heading out on tour with Onward to Olympas, Leaders, and Letter to the Exiles for the More Than Sound Tour this summer. War of Ages will be supporting their newest album just released in April, Return to Life. Dates for the first leg of the tour are below, more dates to be announced soon. Proceeds from the tour will be donated through Facedown's More Than Sound program. To learn more about the work happening through...
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*Monday, May 21, 2012*


Laura Story
Laura Story is on a roll, having earned yet another award for her celebrated, multi-week No. 1 single, "Blessings." At last night's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Story garnered the trophy for Top Christian Song, following up her recent Grammy® Win for Best Contemporary Christian Song as well as Dove Awards for Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. "Many thanks to the fans that continue to request this song, talk about it on Facebook and Twitter, and buy it...
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The Devil Wears Prada
Ferret Music recording group The Devil Wears Prada has announced details of their upcoming live CD/DVD. DEAD&ALIVE - which follows the acclaimed band's 2011 breakthrough, DEAD THRONE - arrives everywhere on June 26. DEAD&ALIVE was filmed and recorded last year during The Devil Wears Prada's hugely successful Dead Throne Tour : North America tour. The collection includes performances of songs spanning TDWP's career, including DEAD THRONE's "Born To Lose...
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The top songs of Steve Green, one of Christian music's best-loved male vocalists for more than three decades, are brought together on People Need The Lord: Number Ones, releasing tomorrow from Sparrow Records. Featuring 15 of the Dove Award-winning artist's #1 songs, the collection includes such timeless classics as "Find Us Faithful," "God And God Alone" and "People Need The Lord," among many others...
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Casting Crowns
On the heels of wrapping up its highly attended "Come To The Well" tour, best-selling Christian music artist Casting Crowns received two 2012 Billboard Music Awards during last night's live broadcast on ABC. The band was named this year's Top Christian Artist and also received the honor of Top Christian Album for its 2011 project, Come To The Well. Casting Crowns was nominated for four awards in categories including Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album (where it received two nominations for: Until The Whole World Hears and Come To The Well) and Top Christian Song, "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)...
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*Friday, May 18, 2012*


Lecrae
REACH RECORDS' GRAMMY ® nominated hip hop artist Lecrae opens up about his latest song, "Church Clothes," that was released last month as a part of his Mix Tape. Hoping to inspire discussion about hypocrisy in churches, instead the track has caused quite a stir among the community. However, Lecrae stands by his lyrics and explains this song is not meant to accuse or attack anyone or any denomination but purely to voice the perspective of an unbeliever's encounter and view of the church. "In the song 'Church Clothes' I was actually speaking from the perspective of a person who sees all...
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TFK
Going independent has energized THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH as its momentum continues to build following the release of the band's 5-star acclaimed, seventh studio album, The End Is Where We Begin. After entering at No. 1 on the Hard Rock and Christian/Gospel-Mainstream, No. 3 on Alternative and Independent and No. 14 on the Top 200 Billboard charts, the recording continues to sell 41% ahead of its previous best selling album while Canada's favorite modern rockers get ready to launch their unique blend of towering choruses, razor-sharp rhythms, epic arrangements and stadium shaking rumbles on main stages across North America during this festival season...
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Seabird
Former Credential Recordings piano rock outfit Seabird are once again on their own but need your help in making their third full-length studio album a reality. While they did release one independent EP in 2005 (titled Spread Your Broken Wings And Try), this recording will mark their first ever full-length independent effort. Please visit their Kickstarter campaign and join us in supporting these guys...
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John Schlitt
Multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt enjoyed a busy and successful Street Week surrounding the May 8 release of The Greater Cause, with the vocalist's first CD since 2008 claiming top spots on the Amazon sales charts, as well as landing on iTunes' prestigious "New and Noteworthy" list. The Gospel Music Hall of Famer's schedule also included radio and TV interviews and special appearances, including taking part in the Mother's Day edition of 700 Club Interactive...
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Point Of Grace
Point of Grace was featured this past week on HUCKABEE on the Fox News channel, celebrating Mother's Day with a special performance of their title track "A Thousand Little Things," from their new album. Governor Huckabee joined the girls on bass during their performance. In addition, Leigh Cappillino of Point of Grace made a special Mother's Day announcement that she is expecting a baby in November; this will be Leigh's second child. To view their Huckabee interview and performance please click here...
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*Thursday, May 17, 2012*


Third Day
Veteran rock band Third Day has been spending a generous part of 2012 immersed in the recording of its next studio album. The forthcoming project, Third Day's 17th career offering, is being recorded within the walls of its own state-of-the art studio, The Quarry, in Atlanta, Ga. Third Day is working with veteran rock producer Brendan O'Brien. O'Brien is well known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave and The Fray, among others. A former vice president of Epic Records, O'Brien...
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Chris August
Chris August reveals his aptly new album title "The Upside of Down," which will be available in August. The album's title parallels his recent skateboarding accident in which he embraced the upside of down and was humbled by the healing process over the last month's events. Chris explains the symbolism of his new album title, "Even in the 'down' part of life, I've had such intimate moments with friends being at my house and lifting me in prayer- I'm really connecting with Christ on a new level. I couldn't ask for anything else through all this!" Chris' new single "Center of It" will also hit the radio on June 8th and will be available on iTunes June 12th. Upon his release from the hospital, Chris re-listened to the single and was deeply moved by the meaning of the...
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Trip Lee
Billboard chart-topping hip hop artist Trip Lee is gearing up for the release of his debut book, The Good Life. A continuation to his latest album which released on April 10, 2012 through Reach Records, The Good Life will hit stores nationwide on October 1, 2012 through Moody Publishers. "For years, I've been doing music that challenges our world views and points to Christ - but there have always been limitations to music, because there's only so much you can communicate in a song," says Trip. "The album gave listeners snapshots of The Good Life, and the book...
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Facedown Records is pleased to announce the signing of Letter to the Exiles. From Long Island, NY comes a band that knows the meaning of follow through. Letter to the Exiles has persisted in sharpening their skill and sound, honing it into finely pointed hardcore-influenced metal even during the most formidable of times. LTTE know the struggle to keep moving forward is worth it; know that the creative push that allows them to write the honest and direct lyrics that comprise their new album...
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*Wednesday, May 16, 2012*


Phil Wickham
Following the 2008 free live album titled Singalong, worship leader Phil Wickham has just debuted Singalong 2, a live project recorded on Friday, March 30, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA. From May 15th to June 15th, Wickham is making this collection of songs available as a free download when you sign up for his newsletter. To get your digital copy of the project, visit http://www.philwickham.com/singalong2/...
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delirious
Kingsway announces the May 22 release of The Cutting Edge Years - 20th Anniversary Edition. This four-disc (3 CDs/1DVD) collection draws together the earliest releases from Delirious?, the Dove Award winning, Grammy nominated worship band. While most bands take a while to find their voice, Delirious? was a prophetic...
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Mary Mary
Multi Grammy award winning My Block/Columbia Records duo Mary Mary makes a splash on top Billboard charts. For the fourth time in their career, the duo's new release Go Get It debuts at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart. Go Get It hit # 3 on the Billboard R&B Chart, and makes the top 20 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums charting at #16. The album, composed of two brand new songs and classic remixed and remastered...
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New progressive worship band Bellarive will release its debut album this summer, but you can download their inspiring first single "Taste of Eternity" for FREE right now. All you have to do is subscribe to the Bellarive newsletter. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to grab it today! "Taste of Eternity" will be available on iTunes May 22nd...
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Available now, Passion's new "White Flag" video featuring Chris Tomlin is up online! You can watch it now by "liking" the Passion Facebook page. Passion: White Flag reached No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and was recorded live at the Passion 2012 event in January...
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CCM Artist Montell Jordan will have to start crooning lullabies during his off time as yesterday his wife, Kristin, gave birth to their 4th child, Samantha Victoria Jordan. Samantha, who has already been nicknamed Lady Bug, arrived at 4:36 pm on May 15th and weighed 6 pounds, 14.2 ounces and is 19 inches long. Montell and Kristin are the proud parents of three other children, Christopher, 23; Sydney, 16 (who is a vocalist with Victory World Music); and Skyler, 8...
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Family Force 5
This year FAMILY FORCE 5 has pulled out all the stops to give a personal, hands-on experiences to their fans. The band has taped multiple music videos involving fans from their latest studio release III as well as recently hosted an intimate acoustic tour, "Rise Up." All of these efforts point to the band's rebirth and going back to the roots of who they are as FAMILY FORCE 5...
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Provident Music Group and independent artist development and music house The Paradigm Collective have united in a partnership resulting in The Paradigm Collective's own imprint under the label group umbrella. The partnership includes representation of new and existing recorded music, licensing, marketing and physical and digital distribution nationally and internationally. Marketing and promotion of artists and songs will run through the label group, Essential Worship and Essential Music...
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Manafest
Since the release of his fifth studio album, Fighter, BEC Recordings' international rock artist Manafest has been around the world touring. This week, he celebrates his second No. 1 Rock radio single, "Fighter." In April, this album debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes® Rock album chart at No. 16 and was the highest career debut for Manafest landing at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart...
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*Tuesday, May 15, 2012*


MxPx
Bremerton, WA, punk-rock trio MXPX turn their newly announced four West Coast 20th Anniversary Shows into a "20th Anniversary Tour" by adding their anniversary show date, Friday, July 6, at the Best Buy Theater in New York, NY, followed by a performance at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, July 7. MXPX's "20th Anniversary Tour" will begin on Saturday, May 26, in Seattle at El Corazon with Amber Pacific and Poorsport. A portion of proceeds from this show will benefit Seattle-based nonprofit Thrive Through Cancer's Hope Tote Program...
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In what is truly devastating news to hear, Cornerstone Festival, which takes place annually in Illinois, has announced that 2012's festival this July will be the final year for the legendary festival. Read the announcement below from festival directors Genesis Winter & Scott Stahnke... "Dear Cornerstone Festival Family: We are so grateful to have been able to share with you the gift...
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Phil Keaggy
Legendary recording artist and world-renowned guitar maestro Phil Keaggy has released The Cover of Love through Strobie Records today. The new CD features a collection of love songs by Keaggy's favorite artists, including The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley and the Moody Blues, as well as a number of new songs co-written by Keaggy. "This album is a collection of songs that...
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in:ciite media Recording Artist Rachel Chan joins iShine KNECT TV season 4 and the iShine LIVE Fall 2012 Tour. Rachel, the 16-year-old daughter of New York Times Best-Selling Author, Pastor and Speaker Francis Chan, is excited to share her music and ministry with the iShine audience. "Rachel's music and ministry are a perfect fit for iShine and their mission," said Chris Thomason, president and CEO of in:ciite media. "Rachel is uniquely gifted to speak to this audience and we believe it will be a remarkable experience...
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Calling all Bible fans: GSN (Game Show Network) and the creators of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" are looking for you! GSN is currently traveling across America casting contestants who want to have fun and compete to win money for their favorite charity by appearing on THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a new game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. Casting sessions will take place as follows...
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*Monday, May 14, 2012*


POD
P.O.D.'s first video, "Lost In Forever," from the band's new studio album, Murdered Love premiered exclusively today at VEVO.com - view HERE. The video was directed by Spence Nicholson. "Lost In Forever" (mp3) is available for download on iTunes HERE. Murdered Love (Razor & Tie) is the first new studio album in four years and is now confirmed for release on July 10th, 2012...
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Grammy® and Tony Award-Winner Heather Headley announces production of her new record slated for release on September 25, 2012 featuring new R&B tracks, stirring Gospel songs, and cuts from the upcoming production of The Bodyguard where Headley reprises Whitney Houston's role as Rachel Marron. The highly-anticipated CD project is released by in:ciite Media and its distribution partner EMI-CMG Christian Music Distribution. Born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad the daughter of a pastor...
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*Friday, May 11, 2012*


Owl City
Owl City is set to release the Shooting Star EP on Tuesday, May 15th featuring his new single “Shooting Star” along with “Gold,” “Take It All Away,” and “Dementia” which features blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on guest vocals. All four tracks are from Owl City’s upcoming full-length studio album due out Summer 2012 on Universal Republic and fans can get an early listen courtesy of exclusive premieres via several media partners. Follow links below to hear each track (available until Monday 10AM EST): When it came to writing the first single “Shooting Star,” Owl City enlisted his friend Matt Thiessen...
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Tenth Avenue North
Christian music breakout band Tenth Avenue North announces the unveiling of its third studio project, The Struggle (Reunion Records), on Aug. 21. The 12-track album reflects influences ranging from fan insight from the headlining artists' past two years on the road, to the addition of two new band members and a new recording process. Produced by six-time SESAC Christian Songwriter of the Year, and two-time GRAMMY nominee, Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real), The Struggle is a bold, creative leap forward. The Struggle acknowledges life-challenges while pointing to the grace that ultimately delivers us from those challenges...
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Acclaimed Reach Records rapper Lecrae has added a new release to his growing catalog of music, a new mix tape called Church Clothes. Featuring eighteen tracks that run over an hour in length, Church Clothes is being offered as a free download! Check out the track list below and visit this link to download your free copy...
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Surrounding this Mother's Day, a few of our Artists shared their family traditions, favorite gifts and ideas, and even a few special stories celebrating their very own Mother's. Happy Mother's Day from Warner Music Nashville and Word Entertainment...
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*Thursday, May 10, 2012*


Jamie Grace
Fresh off her crowning win as New Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards and a recent Billboard Music Awards nomination for Christian Song of the Year, Gotee Records recording artist Jamie Grace's success continues as her chart-topping song "Hold Me" is featured in Belk's "Make Mom's Day This Mother's Day" TV ad campaign. A re-recording of the 20-year-old's GRAMMY® nominated, No. 1 hit "Hold Me," which she penned alongside her mentor, TobyMac, and producer-writer Christopher Stevens...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children's and family programming, and Ruckus Media Group, the global children's digital media company, announce a digital partnership under which Ruckus has been granted worldwide rights to develop interactive storybook applications - iReaders -- based on VeggieTales, the most successful faith-based brand in the world. With witty humor and lively animation, VeggieTales teaches timeless values and meaningful lessons to children through hilarious storytelling, silly songs and lovable characters with brand sales of more than 60 million videos, 13 million books, 7 million CDs, and licensees with over 400 very Veggie fantastic products. Designed for children ages 4-8, these new Ruckus mobile applications for iOS devices give families the opportunity to interact with their favorite characters at home or on the go and, at the same time, empower parents with a digital report card providing direct...
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*Wednesday, May 9, 2012*


Cheri Keaggy
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy is set to unveil her most vulnerable album to date, So I Can Tell, on July 10. The first CD since her independent 2007 release, Because He First Loved Us, Keaggy draws on the encouragement of Scripture and her utter reliance on the comforting power of God to create an honest, engaging recording that is reflective of her emergence from a difficult season in life. "Out of the trials of the past months, I feel like God has given me some gold," Keaggy says of the new songs. "Now it's time for me to pour it out...
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Go Fish
Go Fish, longtime leading providers of music and resources for families and children, will be impacting hundreds of thousands this summer through their live performances and Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum. Go Fish will be bringing their unique concert experience for families to major markets across the country, including several music festivals. In addition, more than 3,000 churches are slated to use the Praise VBS program, reaching an estimated 300,000 children. Praise was created by Go Fish and features music by the group, along with GFK Records labelmate Denver & The Mile High Orchestra...
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Casting Crowns
Best-selling Christian music artist Casting Crowns wraps the spring leg of its 42-city "Come To The Well" tour. With one of its most successful tours to date, Casting Crowns' final show alone saw a sold-out audience of more than 16,000 attendees. Following a hugely successful fall run, including more than 15 sell-out performances, playing before 155,000+ people, the spring leg kicked off Feb. 9, in Florence, S.C. Among its scheduled 42 shows, the tour hit arenas in major markets like New York City, Grand Rapids, Mich...
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*Tuesday, May 8, 2012*


Anberlin
JFH News Shorts for Anberlin, Spoken, Chris August, War of Ages, Kutless, Leviticus, Blue Like Jazz, Warr Acres... This week, Anberlin announced a new acoustic tour coming to a city near you this spring, "Hey guys - so we have been wanting to do something for a while now and are finally able to make it happen. We are heading out on a short run of dates next month and we will be approaching our songs from a slightly different perspective...stripped down, acoustic, alternate, intimate, redux, re-approached, etc. All of these will factor into the set... We will be hitting smaller rooms, and playing some cities and areas we don't get to that often. We wanted to attempt something special for you guys, and we hope you'll bring some friends and family out to experience it and sing along with us." The band has been working on a new album, too, which is set to release later this year...
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B.Reith
Urban Pop artist, B.Reith releases acoustic performance video featuring the song "I'll Get By" from his 2011 sophomore album "How The Story Ends." Joining B.Reith is Kevin Olusola, the beatboxing cellist from the winning a cappella group Pentatonix on NBC's hit show "The Sing Off." Also adding his musical flare is Youtube sensation Jeremy Passion. The three come together and create an energetic and exciting rendition of the song, spontaneously filmed in one shot in a parking facility in Los Angeles, CA. "I'll Get By" is a hopeful anthem for the underprivileged and under-appreciated...
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Kids In The Way
Former Flicker Records rock band Kids In The Way visited Germany in April, 2010, and Walnut Films accompanied the band to film an exclusive documentary. Titled, "The Sons of Old Glory," the feature-length documentary has been released for viewing in its entirety for free on YouTube! You can check it out at this link. While the band had hopes of releasing new music to the world last year, they informed us last month that Kids In The Way is officially no more, once again. You can, however...
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John Schlitt
The Greater Cause, the new CD from multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt, is being released today through 4K Records and New Day Christian Distributors. Even before its official release, The Greater Cause, the first full-length CD since Schlitt's 2008 critically-acclaimed release, The Grafting, has been garnering praise from the music industry and fans alike...
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Leeland
The second annual UNITE National Day of Prayer gathering, held last Thursday at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena, featured a message from Evangelist Nick Hall-who rallied participants to regularly petition God in prayer for their city, nation and world-along with music from reigning GMA New Artist of the Year Jamie Grace and acclaimed worship band Leeland. Presented by the PULSE Movement-one of the fastest growing youth outreach initiatives in America, founded by Hall-along with other area ministries and churches...
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POD
P.O.D.'s new studio album, Murdered Love (Razor & Tie), is available now in exclusive pre-order bundles at payableondeath.com. The new album is set for release on July 10th and features the first single, "Lost In Forever" - available for download on iTunes HERE. The song is getting a great reception at radio with support coming in over 40 markets across various formats including Active/Mainstream/Alternative and Christian. In just two weeks "Lost In Forever" is already Top 25 at Active Rock and top 20 at Christian Rock. P.O.D.'s new studio album, Murdered Love album cover art has also been revealed...
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Mary Mary
The amazing momentum surrounding groundbreaking R&B/gospel duo Mary Mary refuses to slow down. Following a year of chart hits from their smash 2011 album "Something Big," sold out tour dates, high-profile media appearances and a steady stream of prominent awards - the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award, a BET Award, Soul Train Award, two Stellar Awards, and double Grammy Award nominations among them - the talented pair keeps moving forward. GO GET IT, a new album including two brand new songs, "Go Get It" and "Sunday Morning," and remixed and remastered versions of some of the duo's greatest hits, will be released on May 8th, 2012...
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"Can't Get Enough," the latest single from acclaimed pop singer/songwriter Dakota Green is slated to impact Christian radio formats today. Written by Conrad Johnson and Green, the song was recorded and produced by Johnson at his Lakeland, Florida-based Inertia Sound Studio. "Over the last year, God's love has become evident to me in a very tangible way," Green shares of the inspiration behind "Can't Get Enough." "That's what I had in mind as I was writing this song; I really wanted it to convey the beauty and energy that I have felt recently because of His love. As with all my music...
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*Monday, May 7, 2012*


California's Saddleback Church worship leader Travis Ryan released his debut album, Fearless, through Integrity Music on April 10. Featuring songs co-written with Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, Brenton Brown, Ben Cantelon, All Sons & Daughters, Dan Bailey and others, the album is receiving wide critical acclaim. "Best album I've heard this year! Unbelievable!" tweets New York Times No. 1 best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren to his 592,000 followers as Worship Leader Magazine says, "…Travis Ryan comes out guns blazing… This is spiritual battle music, from both sonic and songwriting perspectives...
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*Friday, May 4, 2012*


Slospeak Records just announced the release of its FREE Summer 2012 Sampler. The five songs feature tracks from SONS, Pioneer, Blood and Water, Owen Pye and Golden Youth. The free sampler is available exclusively via Noisetrade.com. Users can opt to leave a tip on Noisetrade, or support the artists via Facebook and Twitter posts. In additin to this online promotion...
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*Thursday, May 3, 2012*


The Choir
After three decades together, iconic alternative rock band The Choir is set to release their 14th studio album. The Loudest Sound Ever Heard, will release May 15th, 2012 on their own Galaxy21 label. As one of the few bands left standing from the 1980's SoCal music movement wave that swept nationwide more than 30 years ago, The Choir continues to make their renowned atmospheric music married to lyrics stirred by life's inspirational lessons in the context of real relationships - love, despair, light, dark, hope, and recovery...
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John Schlitt
The public is invited to join multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist John Schlitt for the CD release party of The Greater Cause on Saturday in Indianapolis. The event, at the Wingate by Wyndham at 5797 Rockville Road, is being held in conjunction with the Pethead Convention 3: Indy (PC3 Indy), a gathering of Petra fans. The Gospel Music Hall of Famer formerly was lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards...
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Andrew Patton, President of Patton House Entertainment, today announced the worldwide search for some of the brightest and strongest new talent for a new CCM female fronted pop group. Applications are being accepted online at www.pattonhouseentertainment.com/auditions and will close in early July. The search is looking for both singers and musicians aged 17 – 24 who desire to perform, entertain, and share ministry with churches and venues around the globe. Invitation only live auditions will take place in Nashville beginning July 9th...
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Star Song Music presents Mighty To Save - Today's Biggest Praise Songs, a compilation of 10 of the Church's best-loved praise and worship songs, May 8. Featuring top-selling artists and worship leaders with combined total sales of more than 21 million units, Mighty To Save includes Jeremy Camp's "Everlasting God," written by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley; Kutless' arrangement of Marc Byrd and Steve Hindalong's "God Of Wonders"; the Billy James Foote-penned "You Are My King (Amazing Love)...
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*Wednesday, May 2, 2012*


The Wrecking
Last week, rock band The Wrecking guest starred as a band performing at a party in an episode of the Showtime original series The Big C. Reportedly, the music supervisor for the show had stumbled across the band on the internet and fell in love with them. It turned out that the show shoots not too far from where the guys live and they were invited to be a part of the episode. Titled "Bundle of Joy," he episode aired on April 22. To view a clip of their appearance, check out this link or the embedded video...
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Chonda Pierce
Chonda Pierce is rolling this week--fully mobilized with tour bus, stocked with stacks of funny new material from her just released I'm Kind of A Big Deal DVD and ready to disarm national audiences with her May "Live. Love. Laugh. Tour." Outfitted with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit, Chonda has long proven to have perfected the art of winning applause with hand-to-hand comedy...
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Award-winning Canadian-born worship artist Dan Macaulay has been named a finalist in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a prestigious international competition for songwriters in a variety of musical genres. Macaulay’s “In Awe” was one of three song finalists in the Gospel/Inspirational category for 2011 - Session II. "It's an honor to be recognized in such a prestigious international songwriting competition, by some fabulously talented judges, for a worship song focused on our awesome God,” said Macaulay...
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*Tuesday, May 1, 2012*


Jon McLaughlin
Singer songwriter Jon McLaughlin's new studio album, Promising Promises (Razor & Tie), is available now in exclusive pre-order bundles at www.jonmcl.com. The new album is set for release on May 22nd, and features the first single, "Summer Is Over," with Sara Bareilles- watch the video here on VEVO. The song was recently selected by USA Today as the Playlist song of the week and described as "Piano notes swirl around the pair like an eddy of leaves." Catch Jon's live performance and chat this...
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The Washington Projects, comprised of brother/sister duo Jekob and Rachael Washington, is set to release their new studio remix album Space, Time, Continuum on May 22, 2012. Releasing on Save The City Records/Provident Distribution, the project was produced by Flatline Remix (Lecrae, Trip Lee, Newsboys). Formerly two-thirds of the trio SoulJahz, The Washington Projects musical style of insightful hip-hop, R&B, old school funk and pure soul pop is heard to the core on...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children's and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: The Penniless Princess-God's Little Girl, on August 11 and August 14, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively. This title follows the release of the top-selling VeggieTales®: Sweetpea Beauty-A Girl After God's Own Heart and VeggieTales®: Princess & the Pop Star, both of which featured lessons of specific interest to young girls...
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Laura Story
On the heels of her recent GRAMMY® and multiple Dove Award wins, acclaimed worship leader Laura Story's first book, What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?, has entered its third printing in less than two months. Released in March by Freeman-Smith, a division of Worthy Publishing, the popular 30-day devotional is based on Story's #1 song, "Blessings." The 2012 GRAMMY® Award winner for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, "Blessings" received trophies for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year at the recent GMA Dove Awards...
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Tyndale House Publishers announces it has signed Scott Stapp, the GRAMMY Award-winning lead vocalist for the rock band CREED, to write his memoir with David Ritz. Releasing on October 2, 2012, Stapp will share for the first time the uncensored story of his rapid rise and then dramatic fall from fame. During CREED's decade of dominance and in the years following the band's breakup, Stapp struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober, and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Stapp has finally come full circle and is ready to open up and tell his story...
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With the popularity of televised vocal competitions like the explosive a cappella show The Sing Off and the mania over singing driven comedy dramas like Glee, Take 6 is the original torchbearer for the first instrument. The ten-time Grammy and ten-time Dove winners, Take 6, (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley) celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year and have a lot to be grateful for. The distinguished Gospel/Jazz vocal group, heralded by Quincy Jones as the "baddest vocal cats on the planet!' are the quintessential acapella group and model for what vocal genius is...
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In these complicated spiritual times every Christian needs a powerful and competent source of information to assist them in defending their biblical faith. Published by WND Books, Carl Gallups provides that source of information and inspiration for all Christians in defending and strengthening their faith in The Magic Man In The Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith, releasing to retail May 15...
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