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May, 2013


*Friday, May 31, 2013*

John Schlitt
On the seventh day of Christmas, John Schlitt gave to his fans…a rare, autographed cordless mic used by the legendary vocalist in concert. The Grammy and Dove Award winner continues to sweeten the proverbial pot for his Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising funds for Schlitt's next musical project, an as-yet-untitled Christmas album. To commemorate the final 12 days of raising funds for his first Christmas album through Kickstarter...
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At the stroke of midnight as the calendar turns to June 1, GMC TV will begin writing the latest chapter in its evolution as America's leading television destination for uplifting entertainment when the network changes its name to UP. The fresh, new name will better communicate a clear sense of the network's unique brand position, which has always been, and will continue to be, "Uplifting Entertainment...
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*Thursday, May 30, 2013*

Jason Gray
Jason Gray is enjoying his first #1 single this week as "Nothing Is Wasted" reached the top spot on the Soft AC Chart.The song is having a strong impact with fans, as Gray continues to get letters of support for the single, with the messages saying how the hope and reminder that Jesus is our redeemer has changed their lives. It's from the deepest wounds/That beauty finds a place to bloom/And you will see before the end/That every broken piece is/Gathered in the heart of Jesus/And what's lost will be found again. ...
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DREAM Records is proud to announce the signing of Bread Of Stone. The Sioux City-based group will be re-releasing their album, The Real Life on September 24th worldwide. The album was produced in association with renowned Nashville hit-makers Lynn Nichols (Switchfoot, Phil Keaggy) and Tedd Tjornhom (MuteMath, Faith Hill). General Manager of DREAM Records, Lance Brown, shares, "We absolutely love the guys in Bread Of Stone. Their hearts for saving souls is bar none...
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Fallstar (Facedown Records) has revealed their new video for closer track "Set My Face Like Flint." The David Borges-directed video plays as a sequel of sorts to the band's previous video for "Drags, Drugs and Bones," finally revealing a key element to the original storyline. Bassist Bryan Ratzlaff gives a brief insight into what fans can expect from the song's message...
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The I Am Second movement is partnering with emcee and poet Propaganda to host the Spoken Word Challenge today through June 18. Understanding that every individual, regardless of race, age or background has a story to share, the Spoken Word Challenge seeks to allow individuals to define their identity and present it in an artistic way via an online video contest. The Challenge provides a positive platform for young artists to share with the world what makes them who they are beyond what culture tells them...
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Independent rock/metal act, Righteous Vendetta, is currently forging the country with Virginia rock quartet, HURT. Checking in from the band's recent stop in San Antonio, Texas, vocalist Ryan Hayes has issued the following statement to fans: "It has been an honor to share the stage with Smile Empty Soul and HURT for the past month, and we are excited to be spending the following three weeks finishing the tour-dates with HURT...
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*Wednesday, May 29, 2013*

Seventh Day Slumber
New Day Christian Distributors welcomes Seattle-based BEC Recordings to its growing roster of distributed labels, artists, and music products. The agreement gives New Day exclusive CBA distribution of future projects and select catalog titles released by BEC Recordings effective June 3, 2013. New Day's Michael Turner comments, "I have always admired Brandon Ebel's grassroots approach and independent spirit. I am looking forward to working with the BEC team to promote artists and music I personally and professionally believe in...
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ZOEgirl
All-female pop trio ZOEgirl disbanded in 2006 to pursue their own individual families and musical passions, but the girls are back together once again to record a lullaby project. On a newly launched Facebook page, the group announced, "It's really us! Since 2006, we've been busy with our families & other projects. In 2013, we decided to do something we've always wanted to do as moms and musicians-Write & record a lullaby album! We can't wait to share it with you!...
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Press Play
Dove Award-nominated band PRESS PLAY have announced an October 1st release for their highly anticipated new album #LITO on DREAM Records. #LITO, the follow up to their highly successful, World Anthem and NY2LA albums will accompany the release with an outpour of contributions from their fans. The band also announces the "#LITO - Love In The Open" Contest at: www.ThisIsPressPlay.com. Fans can participate by uploading photos and...
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*Tuesday, May 28, 2013*

Dara Maclean
Fervent Records' soulful recording artist Dara Maclean's eagerly-awaited new single, "Wanted," premieres today at online retailers (iTunes' link: here) and at radio May 31. "Wanted" is produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Meredith Andrews, Hillsong) and written by Justin Ebach, Mabury and Maclean. "'Wanted' is about a universal need, speaking to the child in all of us that is desperately longing just to hear somebody tell us we're wanted. Somebody to tell us that we're cherished and that we belong...
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Family Force 5
Today, Family Force 5 announced a brand new project via their newsletter that will boast remixes as well as a few new tunes. The announcement read: "We have some really cool news - we are making... AN AMAZING ELECTRONIC ALBUM!! COMING JUNE 18th!! You might need to pinch yourself to believe it's true (just not too hard, you still need to be able to wobble). You'll get to hear some insane remixes of your favorite FF5 songs made by some of the best in the biz (McSwagger, Toxic Avenger, etc.) along with a few new-ish dancey tunes! Keep your eyes...
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For more than 30 years, worship leader and songwriter Graham Kendrick has been at the forefront of Christian music in the United Kingdom, crafting songs such as "Shine Jesus Shine," "The Servant King," and "Amazing Love" that have inspired worshipers around the globe. Celebrating and continuing Kendrick's legacy, Integrity Music announces the June 4 release of Graham Kendrick: Worship Duets, a 10-track album featuring new songs that are collaborations with many of the worship leaders he has influenced along the way...
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Chris August
Montell Jordan/Victory World Music will release their second single from Jordan's first CCM album, Shake Heaven, that is a duet with Dove Award winning artist, Chris August. "You Are" will go for adds at radio May 31, 2013 and debuted last Friday on the morning show with Kevin & Taylor at Atlanta's powerhouse Christian station, The Fish. The song has already received two early adds from KADI/Springfield, MO and WWWA/Freeport, MA. Jordan co- wrote the single with his teenage daughter Sydney, who is a performer with the Victory World Music team, and the single is one of Jordan's favorite songs from the current project. The single will be available...
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John Ball released his self-titled EP last week. This is his second solo project to date, and features his innovative and personal songwriting. He recorded it in Nashville with producer Joshua D. Niles (Audio Adrenaline, Apache Relay, JJ Heller) and the help of the same musicians that play for Mat Kearney, Natalie Grant and The Sleep Design. Indie Vision Music said of the project, "This is a collection of worship songs which strive to transcend the trappings of the genre...John Ball is undoubtedly a gifted musician and skilled songwriter...
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*Monday, May 27, 2013*

Slospeak Records rock band SONS has announced an official hiatus. Please check out their announcement below. For the latest info on the band, visit their Facebook page. "SONS is officially on hiatus. What's most important for you to understand is that this is about you more than it's about us. You've spent valuable...
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*Thursday, May 23, 2013*

Michael W. Smith
GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Michael W. Smith announces the 2014 "Michael W. Smith & Friends Cruise" to awe-inspiring Alaska. This fan favorite event, which has sold out in previous years, will showcase a top-notch roster of entertainment, including Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, internationally renowned worship leader Darlene Zschech, Dove Award-winning trio Phillips, Craig & Dean, and comedian John Branyan. "Michael W. Smith & Friends-Alaska 2014" will set sail July 6, 2014 from Seattle, cruising Tracy Arm Fjord while making stops in Juneau...
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Holly Starr
"Don't Have Love," the recent music video from acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr, has surpassed more than 500,000 YouTube views since its debut last year. Celebrating the video's success in Nashville, Starr (center) is pictured with (l-r) Keith Stancil, Artist Garden Entertainment; Christopher Stevens, "Don't Have Love" co-writer and producer; Jon Ward, music video producer; and Diana Stancil, Artist Garden Entertainment. Penned by Starr and Christopher Stevens (TobyMac, Sanctus Real)...
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Whosoever South is off to a fast start with the release of their debut album, "Goin' Home" (Pitbull Productions), which was released on May 14th via distribution partner Elevate Entertainment. In support of the release, the group is hitting the road next week on a media tour that will take them to major markets such as Toronto, Atlanta, Memphis, Little Rock, Louisville and more...
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*Wednesday, May 22, 2013*

RSJ
Singer, songwriter and actress Rebecca St. James has another acting credit to her name now, and the film is slated to hit select theaters this Fall. However, you can help it get a wider release. Check out the email below that RSJ's team sent out today about the project... "We are sharing this email from the Producers of Rebecca's new film, "A Strange Brand of Happy" Please share with your friends and help us get the word out! A few days ago my friend Jimmy asked me to send him a short, simple email about the coming theatrical release of our movie A Strange Brand of Happy...
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All Sons & Daughters
Responding to the devastating F5 tornado that raged through Moore, OK this week causing significant loss of life and property, Integrity Music's Franklin, TN-based worship duo All Sons & Daughters are donating all proceeds from their Songs for Oklahoma EP that is available now through Noisetrade.com. Featuring the songs "Give Me Jesus," "Reason To Sing" and "Your Glory - Nothing But The Blood," 100% of the proceeds/tips received for the EP through Noisetrade will go to Convoy of Hope, which is sending relief teams to Moore, OK...
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Amy Grant
On the heels of receiving some of the best reviews of her 30+ year career, six time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant has even more to celebrate as her first full length album in 10 years, How Mercy Looks From Here, has garnered her a No. 1 debut on Christian SoundScan and a No. 12 debut on the Billboard 200, scanning over 26,000 units. "Amy Grant has delivered a beautiful record of compelling songs that document her life experiences over the past decade since her last studio record," remarked Peter York...
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Warr Acres
Without a doubt we are all in shock on the devastation that happened to Oklahoma but as the shock starts sit in there are many people helping. Oklahoma band, Warr Acres is no different. While most bands don't live in the area, the worship team of Victory Church has been directly affected by the tragedy. They are right in the middle of it. The pastor of Victory Church, Mark Crow, released this statement today: "Thanks for reaching out to our city and to us. This disaster is by far the craziest thing I've had to deal with as a pastor...
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Sandi Patty
Grammy Award-winning contemporary Christian music superstar Sandi Patty will come back home to Indiana to sing the national anthem before the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the sixth time Patty will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" before the world's most prestigious auto race, more than any other individual performer. Patty, a former longtime resident of Anderson, Ind., previously sang the national anthem in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1992...
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Hembot Recordings will release TODDZERO's (formerly ToddO) first full-length album, "Kid Heart," on June 4th. The project will be available for a limited time as a free download at TODDZERO.com, and physical CD's will be available there for purchase. The album will also be available at iTunes and Amazon.com. With A&R and development assistance from former Capitol Records A&R head Loren Israel (Neon Trees, Plain White Ts, Jimmy Eat World), TODDZERO wrote and produced the majority of the project in his Los Angeles studio. Lee Bridges (MercyMe, Newsboys, Chris Tomlin) mixed the sessions and Hans DeKline (Snoop Dogg) handled mastering...
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Chris Tomlin
GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin just completed the most successful tour of his 13 year career, with his spring 2013 “Burning Lights Tour” not only seeing a 53% increase in average show attendance above his 2011-2012 tour, but also selling out 25 of its shows, including major U.S. markets like New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. Additionally, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle each saw ticket sales in excess of 10,000...
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*Tuesday, May 21, 2013*

toby
All eyes will be tuned into ABC's The View this Friday, May 24 (11 AM EST, 10 AM PST/CST) as six-time GRAMMY® winner, TobyMac makes his second appearance in less than 13 months on the popular morning show. TobyMac returns to perform his hook-savvy No. 1 hit, "Me Without You," from his Billboard Top 200 No. 1 album EYE ON IT. Adding to the project's continued momentum is this week's Billboard Music Awards for "Top Christian Album." TobyMac also garnered a second win in the category of "Top Christian Artist." Sunday night's honors add to TobyMac's impressive streak of winning at every major award show he has been nominated for this season - GRAMMY® Awards, American Music Awards, Australian Music Awards...
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Gotee Records has signed acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson to an exclusive recording agreement. A native of the Pacific Northwest and resident of Boise, Idaho, he has been a full-time touring artist for the past two years. Stevenson's debut single on Gotee, "Holding Nothing Back," is available today at all digital outlets, such as iTunes and AmazonMP3. The single was sent to Christian AC and Hot AC/CHR radio yesterday with an add date of June 21. The song was written by Stevenson, Jamie Moore and Toby McKeehan, produced by Jamie Moore (TobyMac, Andy Grammer), and mixed by Christopher Stevens (Jamie Grace, Sanctus Real)...
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David Crowder Band
The last David Crowder*Band album, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]), debuted as the No. 2 record in the country and marked the highest selling debut for the band. Paired with an epic final performance at the Passion 2012 Conference, the release was the denouement to an impactful, multi-decade career. Now, fans of the David Crowder*Band can cherish their career in full with the release of the first DC*B Greatest Hits, All This For A King: The Essential Collection, today, May 21...
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*Monday, May 20, 2013*

Show Hope
On Sunday, May 26, thousands of Show Hope grant families, sponsors, and supporters will gather for an anniversary concert in Nashville to celebrate 10 years of growing the movement to care for orphans. Now, we're thrilled to bring this amazing event direct to YOUR living room! Show Hope will be webcasting an unprecedented line-up of renowned artists who have played critical roles in the lives of orphans and adoptive families across the globe. They anticipate an evening full of worship, jaw-dropping testimonies of God's amazing miracles...
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Mark Schultz
Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz is a true testament of All Things Possible. The multi-award winner recently wrapped up his "All Things Possible" Tour, visiting over 20 cities and selling out shows all across the country. The tour's namesake is from Schultz' latest project, which includes his hit No. 1 title track song. Following up the success of "All Things Possible" is the release of his latest single "I Gave Up." The song just recently hit radio and is an honest confession of letting go of the trivial things of this world. In March 2014, Schultz will embark on his second cruise event...
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IMMERSE, the Gospel Music Association's Music Training Experience, is pleased to announce two new scholarship opportunities including the "Music Makes" scholarships to attend the upcoming IMMERSE event, and a second that will be awarded to three winners who are registered for the reVIEWyou track. As the event nears, more artists are being announced as performers and hosts, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. The Gospel Music Association is accepting applications for their "Music Makes" scholarship program...
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Steve Hare's debut album, Heart Like Your Own was released last week and debuted on the Billboard Christian Chart at #4 and Billboard Top 200 at #92. The album, which was produced by Dove Award nominated producer Seth Mosley (Newsboys, Hawk Nelson, MercyMe), is a eclectic pop album chalked full of hope and love. This project includes writers like Chris Sligh (American Idol), Manwell Reyes (Group 1 Crew) and Beckah Shae. If you haven't had a chance to pick up your copy head on over to iTunes...
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*Friday, May 17, 2013*

Carman
Inspired by tens of thousands of fans encouraging him after doctors told him he had three to five years to live following a terminal cancer diagnosis, Christian music pioneer Carman launched a Kickstarter campaign April 19 with the goal to raise $200,000 for his first new album and music video in over 10 years. Remarkably, Carman not only reached his goal in 25 days, but also exceeded that goal, raising over $233,000 so far, making this the second most funded music project ever on Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. With 32 days left before the campaign ends June 18, Carman fans are continuing to push closer to making this the No. 1 most funded music project on Kickstarter...
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Jason Castro
On May 13, Word Entertainment's Jason Castro commenced shooting for "The Perfect Summer" in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The singer/songwriter has a role as a surf shop owner named Cody in "The Perfect Summer" which is due to premiere on GMC later this year. Castro, whose current single "Rise To You" is at radio now, can also be seen throughout the country with the Sidewalk Prophets this month and with Ryan Cabrera and Deleasa next month. For further information and a complete listing of tour dates, please visit www.jasoncastro.com...
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The world’s largest tour (first quarter) for the third consecutive year, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, concluded earlier this spring with one of its most significant milestones to date: more than 178,500 people responded to the Gospel during the 44-city outing. Featured speaker Nick Hall, founder of the PULSE Movement...
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Big Daddy Weave
Big Daddy Weave, one of the top 10 most played artists at Christian radio over the past decade, released their third single, "The Only Name," from their album Love Come to Life to radio today. The album's second single, "Redeemed," is the most successful track of their career spending 12 weeks at No. 1 on Christian radio charts, selling over 250,000 units and receiving numerous prestigious nominations for Christian music's "Song of the Year." This Sunday, Big Daddy Weave's "Redeemed" is nominated for "Christian Song of the Year" at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards...
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*Thursday, May 16, 2013*

Show Hope
Show Hope's Red Bus Project (www.redbusproject.org) set out in the spring of 2013 on their third college campus engagement campaign. Visiting over 25 universities in the southeast and enlisting the help of thousands of volunteers, the revolutionary effort engaged and educated tens of thousands of college students on the importance of adoption. Show Hope's Red Bus Project has spread their message to over 177,000 students on university campuses everywhere and continues to initiate discussion between the students today. To date, the campaign has raised nearly $50,000 towards providing families Show Hope adoption grants, which connect orphans with their forever families...
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Southern California juggernauts IMPENDING DOOM have entered The Machine Shop (SUICIDE SILENCE, LAMB OF GOD) in Belleville, NJ this week to start working on their next LP with producer Will Putney. Bass player David Sittig weighs in on where the band stands in the process: "The material is our best and heaviest work without a doubt. The chemistry between the five of us this time has been different and very unique. Our original guitarist Manny Contreras...
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*Wednesday, May 15, 2013*

Hillsong LIVE will release their 22nd live-recorded album, Glorious Ruins, on July 2. Recorded for the first time live in two locations - London, England and Sydney, Australia - Glorious Ruins is consistent with Hillsong's passion to resource the church around the globe. The live album offers the church a new era of worship anthems that will cross multiple denominational and cultural boundaries. "Ruins can speak of crushing defeat or perhaps of something abandoned, but the good news today is that the ruins come to life," explains Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Brian Houston...
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Following breakout success on the top-ranked Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular, Curb pop/rock sibling trio OBB is poised for its national radio debut this summer, in addition to multiple high-profile appearances around the country. Playing to capacity audiences totaling more than half a million people during Winter Jam-the #1 tour in the world for the first quarter-OBB introduced selections from their critically-acclaimed debut EP. The eponymous project features the first single, "Come On Home...
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*Tuesday, May 14, 2013*

Skillet
Skillet have just released the title track off their forthcoming album, Rise, which is available June 25th. The song "Rise" is part of the band's first ever concept album, as singer John Cooper explains, "The narrative idea happened after we had 10 or 11 of the songs chosen. As we recorded them, we started to realize that there was something going on - that the album was really telling a story. Realizing that, I knew we needed to make it as powerful as we could." The title track is available on iTunes now...
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Amy Grant
The foundation behind Amy Grant's first full-length studio album in 10 years came from some advice given to her by her late mother - "sing something that matters." The six-time GRAMMY® Award winner, who releases her 18th studio album today, May 14 is dedicating How Mercy Looks From Here to her mother and drawing from some of her favorite singers and songwriters in what critics are calling her most impactful release to date. The impressive array of talent includes Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Will Hoge, Carole King, Eric Paslay and James Taylor...
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for King & Country
Saturday night was a momentous occasion as critically-acclaimed duo for KING & COUNTRY played before a sold-out crowd for KSBJ's 30th Anniversary Concert. The celebration, which also featured performances by Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, Steven Curtis Chapman, Family Force 5, Amy Grant, MercyMe and Switchfoot, took place at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring, TX. Immediately following the event, for KING & COUNTRY's debut album, Crave, vaulted back into the Top 10 on iTunes' Christian Albums chart 64 weeks after its release. Their current single, "Middle of Your Heart," climbed to No. 12 at AC Indicator and No. 5 at Hot AC/CHR...
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Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb appeared Friday on FOXNews.com/Live's "Spirited Debate." Interviewed from San Antonio by FOX News Channel religion correspondent Lauren Green in New York, the duo discussed their recently released, critically-acclaimed fourth recording, Mercy (Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution). During the segment, the couple also gave a special acoustic performance of "If I'm Guilty." Featured on Mercy, the song was co-penned by Aaron's father, award-winning songwriter Gerald Crabb, along with Tony Wood and Don Poythress...
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Tyscot Music + Entertainment is pleased to announce the signing of award-winning Gospel artist JAVEN. His upcoming live album, "Worship in the Now," will be released on May 21st, features guest appearances by Damita, Marvin Winans, Jr., The Campbell Family, Jonathan Nelson and LaRue Howard. "Praise and Worship music is one of the cornerstones of adoring and honoring our God, a joyful celebration of congregational singing," said Bryant S. Scott, President of Tyscot. "We signed JAVEN as we truly believe it's his time to help the nation & the world, Worship In The Now!...
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*Friday, May 10, 2013*

Matt Redman
The reasons to celebrate continue to add up for sixstepsrecords' acclaimed worship leader Matt Redman. This year alone, Redman's powerful single "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" has been certified Digital Gold by the RIAA, earned two GRAMMY® awards and is nominated for K-LOVE Fan Awards' "Song of The Year." The song is also up for "Top Christian Song" at the Billboard Music Awards, one of two nods for Redman for the award show. Adding...
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This week, Word Records' new band Everfound launched a campaign leading up to the July 16 release of their Word Entertainment self-titled debut album. They are asking fans via their website, www.everfoundmusic.com, to vote on which track from their new album they would like to "unlock" next. They can click on the titles to hear 30 second clips. Then, fans just need to tweet using the hashtag and song title (ex. #NeverBeyondRepair) to vote for the next song to be unlocked...
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Raucous, folk-rock worshippers Rend Collective Experiment are known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community. Inviting their Facebook and Twitter community to join them to record vocals live outdoors (around a campfire) on Ballyholme Beach in Northern Ireland, the band released the resulting 12-track album, Campfire, amidst wide acclaim Jan. 29. Remarkably, over three months since its release, the album has for the first time on May 6 hit the No. 1 position on the...
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*Thursday, May 9, 2013*

SCC
Even though he just released a new Christmas album (Joy) in October and a brand new hymns/roots project in March (Deep Roots), Steven Curtis Chapman is already back in the studio working on a brand new album. Today, his web team released the above photo and announced, "Steven has been meeting with his producer to go over a bunch of BRAND NEW SONGS in preparation for a BRAND NEW ALBUM! We hope you are as excited about this as we are! Work has just begun on this project so stay tuned for a release date and more details in the coming months...
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Skillet
Two-time GRAMMY® nominated rock band SKILLET drew in a packed out crowd at Warner Music Nashville on Tuesday, May 7 to debut music from their highly anticipated new album RISE. Joining the platinum-selling rock quartet for the event was renowned producer Howard Benson and a few of their label friends including Atlantic Records’ EVP and Head of A&R, Pete Ganbarg and Word Entertainment’s President & CEO, Rod Riley. Band members John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison shared behind the scenes footage from the making of the new studio album and a colorful Q&A with the group hosted by Ganbarg...
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Matthew West
Matthew West, a four-time GRAMMY® nominee heralded by the New York Times as a “vivid and compelling songwriter,” celebrates the distinguished honor of being named ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year at this past Monday night’s ASCAP Christian Music Awards. As a veteran recipient of ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year, West’s career highlights boast four No. 1 hits along with songwriter credits including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. The award comes off the heels of West’s nomination in the first ever K-LOVE Fan Awards...
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BEC Recordings is set to release the first recording from the band Shine Bright Baby. The national debut disc from the worshipful electronic rockers, titled Dreamers, is set to release July 23. The foursome comprising Shine Bright Baby - Emily Irene on vocals, guitarist Nathan Fertig, Joshua Fink on keys, guitars and vocals, and Karl Wendel on drums - each hail from Orrville, Ohio. Their unique band name comes from Philippians 2, which, shares Joshua, "Talks about shining brightly for the Lord, but we wanted to take what that verse said and apply it to the band's mission and what we stood for. Emily wanted it to be more fun and playful, so she tacked...
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Earlier this year, Mars Hill Music entered into a partnership with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings to share the variety of worship bands from Mars Hill Church. The second full-length release from this partnership will be from Ghost Ship, which finds its home in the new Mars Hill Downtown building in Seattle. The folk-rock worship band will release their full-length album, The Good King, on June 11. Click here to see and exclusive preview video from the Ghost Ship's release...
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As most fans of As I Lay Dying already know, lead vocalist Tim Lambesis was arrested this week for allegedly hiring a third party in a plot to murder his wife. We decided to wait until the band themselves issued a response before posting anything on JFH. Last night, Tim's fellow As I Lay Dying broke silence about the accusations and had this to say: "To our fans, As we post this, the legal process is taking its course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We'll keep you informed as best we can...
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*Wednesday, May 8, 2013*

Phil Keaggy
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Phil Keaggy was honored in front of an invitation-only audience of industry peers when he received the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award in recognition of his outstanding career achievements. The ceremony was held May 6 during the 35th Annual Christian Music Awards at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. The event also honored the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most-performed Christian songs of the past year...
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Finding Favour
Finding Favour won't 'slip on by' as the emerging act celebrates their self-titled debut release to a slew of praise. The project, which released this week on May 7 at Christian retailers, boasts soul-shaking anthems and powerful ballads such as their emotional lead song, "Slip On By." The band's foot-stomping track, "Shake The World" will impact radio next month. The band is currently on the road with Building 429 and Rhett Walker Band...
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*Tuesday, May 7, 2013*

Carman
With 16 RIAA Certified Platinum and Gold albums and videos, over 10 million albums sold and attendance records for the largest solo Christian concerts in history, Carman plans to record an album and video of all new music for the first time in over 10-years. Remarkably, it was a death sentence by doctors that paradoxically revived this entertainer's creative spirit through his fans. In March of this year, singer, songwriter and television/film actor/writer Carman was diagnosed with terminal, multiple myeloma cancer, a cancer of the blood that affects the body's bone marrow...
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For Today
For Today's digital documentary film Prevailer is out today nationwide- iTunes Store HERE. Prevailer features a 90 plus minute film about the band from their humble beginnings to sharing the stage worldwide. Live footage was filmed from the band's full summer spent on the 2012 Van's Warped Tour as well as from their 2012 Fight the Silence headline tour. The movie also features many of the band's official music videos...
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Rapture Ruckus
Brad Dring and Rapture Ruckus have launched an all-new "In Crowd" IndieGoGo campaign. Dring announced today, "If we reach our target of $15,000 on our IN CROWD music video project, then Solomon Olds (lead singer for Family Force 5) has agreed to get on the track and video for the first ever FF5 & Rapture Ruckus collaboration. Yuuuus. We got 12 days left to get it done, with your help we know we can do it. Follow the link below, pledge, buy a perk and help us spread the word. Remember if we don't hit the target then we get nothing :( Don't leave us hanging to the last minute guys! Here is the IN CROWD fan-funding page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rapture-ruckus-in-crowd-music-video...
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Word Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of "He Is With Us," the debut single from husband-wife duo Love & The Outcome. The song is now available at iTunes here and goes for radio adds on May 10. "He Is With Us" is the first release off Love & The Outcome's forthcoming self-titled debut album. Co-written by vocalist Jodi King, her husband, bass player Chris Rademaker and the song's producer Seth Mosley (Newsboys)...
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*Monday, May 6, 2013*

Aaron Shust
Aaron Shust has been busy on radio promotional tours with Centricity Music's Director of Radio Promotion, Kris Love. The tour is in support of Shust's new single, God of Brilliant Lights that is going for adds this week. The new single is from Shust's upcoming project, Morning Rises, which releases July 16, 2013. The road trip has taken Shust and Love to multiple markets and radio stations that include; WCSG, WAYG, and WJQK/Grand Rapids, MI; WHPZ and WFRN, South Bend, IN; K-LOVE; WONU, Chicagoland/Indianapolis, IN; WQME Indianapolis, IN. Shust just ended his run with Mark Schultz...
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MercyMe
On the heels of wrapping "The Rock & Worship Roadshow" this spring, multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe is once again celebrating several nominations for the upcoming Billboard Music Award show and K-LOVE Fan Awards. Airing on Sunday, May 19 on ABC (8/7 p.m. CT), the Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where MercyMe has been nominated in the Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album (The Hurt & The Healer) categories. Subsequently, MercyMe received...
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Michael W. Smith
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the world's premier songwriting event, recently announced its 2012 winners. Out of over 20,000 entries from 119 different countries, Gospel/Christian artists and songwriters Alan Thomas, Derek Henbest, Phil Wickham, Joseph Pfeifer and Jimmy Robeson have earned First, Second, and Third Place wins in the Gospel/Christian category. A historically competitive category within ISC, the Gospel/Christian category boasts an impressive list of judges including respected artists such as Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Matt Thiesson of Relient K, and many more. In addition to celebrity artists, ISC judges also included seven record label presidents as well as other industry leaders, offering songwriters the unprecedented opportunity to have their music heard by influential decision-makers...
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*Friday, May 3, 2013*

Esterlyn
Last week, pop rock worship band Esterlyn had their trailer stolen while on tour with about $25,000 worth of gear and merch inside. The band really needs financial support to get back on their feet and former band member Ryan Tomlinson has launched a campaign on FundRazr.com to help raise funds for the band. Check out Ryan's letter below and visit Esterlyn's FundRazr.com page for more details on how to give...
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Leigh Nash
Nashville-based recording artists will come together on Sunday, May 12th at Music City's 3rd & Lindsley concert venue for "Music City Unites!" - A benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bomb attack. Artists confirmed to appear include Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Collin Raye, Lee Roy Parnell, Gary Chapman, Trae Edwards, Wes Harllee and more to be announced...
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Shane and Shane
Shane & Shane shares the meaning behind its debut radio single "That's How You Forgive," from the duo's May 14 Fair Trade Services release, Bring Your Nothing: "This song is a simple doxology of sorts, a meditation on Psalm 145. 'The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love' (v 8). 'The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those...
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The Devil Wears Prada
Alliance Festival is an annual Christian charity benefit festival, taking place on August 3rd 2013. The event will take place in McDonald, PA a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Orchestrated by college student Ryan Babirad, Alliance Festival is designed to ignite a positive impact throughout the region through music, entertainment, community, and all to aid a great cause...
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Brandon Heath
Nashville's own five-time GRAMMY nominated, singer/ songwriter Brandon Heath along with highly-acclaimed songwriter and Dove-winning Producer of the Year, Jason Ingram will once again hold their annual "Love Your Neighbor" benefit show to raise funds for a specific need in the local community. Hosted by Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tenn., this year's event will be Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Donations will be collected during the free show and all proceeds will go to New Hope Academy...
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*Thursday, May 2, 2013*

Falling Up
Former BEC Recordings rock band Falling Up has been working on two new projects for the past year and now they're asking for fan support via Kickstarter to get CD copies of the albums Hours and Midnight On Earthship printed up. As opposed to most ambitious Kickstarter campaigns, Falling Up is only asking for the humble $2,000 needed to print the projects, and they're already halfway there. However, the band hopes to raise more in order to have new band photos taken, a new song added, and finally, a music video produced...
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Sparrow Records is excited to announce that they have signed Soulfire Revolution! Fans of Hillsong UNITED, Delirious? and Jesus Culture will find much to love about the music and heart of this latest signing. Soulfire Revolution is not just a band. As part of MCI church in Bogota, Colombia where they have more than 200,000 members, Soulfire Revolution is part of a ministry founded on loving God and following in His steps...
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Phil Keaggy
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Phil Keaggy will be honored with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award in recognition of his extraordinary career achievements. The ceremony will take place May 6 during the 35th Annual Christian Music Awards being held at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. The invitation-only gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers...
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*Wednesday, May 1, 2013*

Tim Timmons
This week, Reunion Records announces the signing of California-based worship leader, songwriter and blogger Tim Timmons to its roster of award-winning artists. Timmons previously served as a worship leader for 15 years at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., while also performing at conferences and churches across the country. Living with cancer for the last 12 years, the 36 year-old, happily-married father of four brings a unique perspective to his music with transparent lyrics and a voice that is both earnest and compelling. His debut album titled Cast My Cares releases June 4...
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Holly Starr
“Through My Father’s Eyes,” the latest single from acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr, is rapidly climbing radio charts as the song’s official music video is set to premier next week. Featured on Starr’s 2012 critically-praised Focus, “Through My Father’s Eyes” was penned by the artist along with Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor, Group 1 Crew) and Juan Otero (Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline), while the video was directed by Stephen Byrum of Fearless Productions...
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Amy Grant
In support of her first full length album in 10 years, Amy Grant celebrated at a launch party yesterday, April 30, for her forthcoming release of How Mercy Looks From Here (May 14) with a little help from her friends. Among the guests at the event – which was hosted at the ASCAP offices in Nashville, Tenn. – were friends, family and songwriters on the project as well as Amy’s label family, Capitol Christian Music Group...
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K-Love
K-LOVE, the leading Christian radio network with a weekly listenership of over 13 million people, is bringing the first ever fan-voted award show in Christian music history to Nashville. The K-LOVE Fan Awards will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30pm at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Starting today through May 31 fans can vote for their favorite nominees at www.KLOVEFanAwards.com or on Facebook in categories celebrating artists, athletes, authors and entertainers who, with...
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Strong advance buzz for Whosoever South's debut album, "Goin' Home" (Pitbull Productions), has led to expanded distribution through Elevate Entertainment and a new management deal with Nashville-based Michael Smith & Associates. "Goin' Home" will be available everywhere music is sold on May 14th. It was no surprise that Whosoever South's unique blend of country and hip hop quickly caught the attention of many industry insiders. Within days...
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Now available for limited time only, Jonathan Thulin's newest hit single "Dead Come To Life (Feat. Charmaine)" is available for free download at Air1.com. With the single now breaking the top 30 on the Hot AC / CHR charts, this song and album are a definite must-have for your iTunes library. To get your free copy of "Dead Come To Life (Feat. Charmaine)" simply click on the link below and then click on the...
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