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October, 2010



*Friday, October 29th, 2010*


A 30-day campaign generated by two Nashville men to save the making of the feature adaption of “Blue Like Jazz,” based on the New York Times Bestseller of the same name, has now become the largest crowd-sourced creative project in American history. The “Save Blue Like Jazz” project raised $345,992 from 4,495 supporters, topping Kickstarter.com’s previous record of $200,641. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Kickstarter.com is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects...
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Integrity Music announces the signing of Georgia-based worship artist/songwriter Daniel Bashta to an exclusive recording and publishing contract with Bashta’s debut album slated to release in early 2011. Bashta has been making music for as long as he can remember, starting as a child in New Orleans playing violin and drums and then as a teenager adding guitar and piano to his repertoire. The son of missionaries, Bashta spent time in Mexico, Russia, China, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica all before his late teens...
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Metal act Confide, who recently announced their end, have released their final tour dates this week... "Hey guys, Below is the flyer for the "Farewell Tour". You can buy tickets from the local bands playing the shows. The only show that has tickets for sale online is our last show at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and you can get tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/19667/tfly We hope to see all of our amazing fans at these shows. We're going to play a lot of old and new material so come...
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FRESH, the eagerly anticipated new full-length album from the contemporary gospel singer, songwriter, performer, Tye Tribbett, has just entered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart in the number one position with his solo debut. Released on Tuesday, October 19th, FRESH is Tye's third straight #1 Gospel debut, following the precedent established by Victory Live! and then his follow-up smash album, Stand Out...
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*Thursday, October 28th, 2010*


Third Day
MOVE, the 11th studio album from multi-Platinum rock band Third Day, takes a spot inside the Top 10 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Contemporary Christian Chart. Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Martha Wainwright), MOVE follows Revelation, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in 2008, and 2009’s CD/DVD Live Revelations, which won the band its fourth GRAMMY® earlier this year. Mac Powell, Third Day’s lead singer states, “We have such loyal and dedicated fans. We want to thank them for their support of our new project...
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Sidewalk Prophets
Dove Award winning Sidewalk Prophets will be offering a FREE download of their song "All Things New" through Amazon MP3 (http://budurl.com/arxd). The song will be featured as the Free Song of the Day Thursday, October 28 only. Currently on the road with Kutless for the "It Is Well" Tour, the band is gearing up for Winter Jam 2011 with label mates Francesca Battistelli, Chris August, and Chris Sligh...
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*Wednesday, October 27th, 2010*


Ivoryline
Ivoryline's music video for "Instincts" has been selected as one of mtvU's Freshman Five and is up for voting to get into regular rotation on the network. Fans are encouraged to vote as many times as they'd like on the site as voting is unlimited until the winner is announced on Friday, October 29th. The video directed by Van Blumreich first premiered in September on the band's Facebook page...
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Although Hawk Nelson's next studio album won't hit stores until February 8, 2011, the title track from the new record, Crazy Love, is now available for purchase from digital music retailers... "Our new single "Crazy Love" is available now on iTunes and AmazonMP3...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today that the Company has appointed VeggieTales® co-creator and VP of Development, Mike Nawrocki, to Executive Vice President of Big Idea Entertainment Studios. In his new role, Nawrocki will give oversight and leadership to all Big Idea productions. In addition, Big Idea Entertainment has retained the services of Mark Steele, President and Executive Creative of Steelehouse Productions, to the newly created role of Chief of Creative Affairs, Big Idea Entertainment...
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*Tuesday, October 26th, 2010*


Poema
Following a packed summer of touring with the Vans Warped Tour in the Girlz Garage, sister duo Poema is thrilled to announce their digital holiday release, “Once A Year,” on November 16th. This five-song digital release features two original tracks and three classics (track listing below). It will be available digitally for $4.99. Following the holidays, Poema will continue to work on their full-length debut for 2011. "We're so thankful to have been able to record this Christmas EP,” shares Poema. “Our earliest studio experiences were recording Christmas songs...
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Newsboys
Christian music’s largest annual tour, the record-breaking Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, is set to return bigger than ever in 2011, it was announced yesterday. Produced by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, the tour will feature the most artists and dates in its 16-year history. Hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular will also feature Newsboys; David Crowder Band; Kutless; Francesca Battistelli; RED; KJ-52, and guest speaker Tony Nolan...
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Chris August
Fervent Records' Chris August is one of the hottest rising newcomers on the Christian Music scene, fitting for this singer/songwriter of the last name “August.” And there is no cooling off in sight as August heads to Indianapolis, IN to co-host K-LOVE’s highly rated morning show, “Mornings with Lisa and Eric.” August will guest co-host Wednesday, October 27 with Eric to fill in for Lisa while she is on vacation. K-LOVE is the largest Christian radio network and the morning show is heard nationwide on all of the network’s affiliate stations...
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New from Hillsong Church, Hillsong Chapel is a series of intimate and devotional arrangements of popular songs led by Hillsong UNITED and Hillsong LIVE worship leaders. Recorded live in the church’s chapel, Yahweh releases today and is the first installment in this already acclaimed series that contains organic and contemplative versions of such top Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) songs as “Hosanna,” “From The Inside Out” and the No. 1 CCLI song sung by an estimated 40 million people every week in church services around the world, “Mighty To Save.” Thirteen songs in all, including the title track “Yahweh...
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*Monday, October 25th, 2010*


Needtobreathe
Known for their captivating live performances, Atlantic Recording artist NEEDTOBREATHE has released a brand new digital live EP entitled Live Horses to iTunes. Check out their announcement of the project below... "We are insanely happy to announce the release of our first live EP ever… Live Horses! Live Horses is a collection of live recordings from our tours following the release of The Outsiders. It includes four tracks recorded live on tour and one track recorded live at PLANTATION STUDIOS...
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A new addition has been announced to the Tooth & Nail roster - Hyland, melodic rockers hailing from Minneapolis, MN. Grabbing the label’s attention with their EP Quotients, which was produced by Ben Kasica of Skillet and Nick Rad of Acceptance, Hyland will release their T&N label debut in Spring 2011...
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Owl City
With great nationwide mainstream success, Owl City is not afraid to stand up for their faith. Today, Adam Young (AKA "Owl City") posted a blog on his website with a stream of a cover of the worship song "In Christ Alone." Check out the blog copied below and visit this link to hear his cover...
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*Friday, October 22nd, 2010*


Falling Up
Last year, Falling Up did announce their "permanent break-up," so it's a bit surprising that the band just announced on their myspace blog that new music is coming. Check out the vague but to the point announcement... "New music is in the works. Yes we announced a permanent break last winter, but that doesn't mean we can't still record music silly kids! Spread the word."...
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Facedown's A Plea For Purging have just announced a headlining tour with Your Memorial (Facedown), Within The Ruins (Victory), and The Plot In You (Rise). The Mosh PotatTour (for which, JFH loves the poster, we'd like to add) kicks off on December 1 and runs through the middle of the month. See all dates below. A Plea For Purging will be touring in support of their 2010 release The Marriage of Heaven and Hell...
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Maranatha! Music is gearing up for the upcoming release of the I AM Official Motion Picture Soundtrack, which hits stores November 9, 2010. Available online October 26, the soundtrack includes inspirational tracks from the movie I AM, such as “Say Goodbye” by Katharine McPhee (American Idol Season 5). I AM the movie follows the struggles of 10 strangers living in Los Angeles as they unknowingly violate the Ten Commandments one by one in modern day...
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The Wrecking
Chosen Records' recording artist The Wrecking has released their latest music video featuring the first winner from the America's Got Talent TV show, Bianca Ryan. Ryan took home the prize in 2006 when she was eleven years old. Now sixteen, Ryan stars in The Wrecking's "About to Fall" music video, directed by Jeffrey Kubach whose resume includes the hit TV show Survivor. “We met Bianca when we played at her church,” says Darren Elder, drummer for The Wrecking. “She's obviously a talented girl and we were thrilled to be able to work with her on this video...
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By every measure of success, Thursday's 3rd Annual Bella Bash Concert to benefit the Angel Wings Foundation exceeded all expectations. Over 500 supporters packed the sold-out Loveless Barn for a night of music, comedy, and world-class entertainment. In his introduction, Angel Wings Foundation founder Regie Hamm announced an exciting new joint initiative with Vanderbilt's Kennedy Center to establish the Angel Center, a Middle Tennessee facility for comprehensive therapy, diagnosis, and support for children battling profoundly challenging mental...
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*Thursday, October 21st, 2010*


Matthew West
The music video for Matthew West’s current hit radio single “My Own Little World” will debut on national television tomorrow night, Fri. Oct. 22, on GMC at 8pm EST. The video will also appear on the channel’s website, www.gmclife.com. To find viewing channels for your area, visit http://gmc.viewerlink.tv/?zip=. The broadcast premiere will be the follow-up to the online debuts from both KLove and CNN Online...
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33Miles
Just weeks after 33Miles released their third studio album Today, the band is appearing on TBN’s top-rated “Praise the Lord” tomorrow, Fri. Oct. 22 at 10pm EST. Jason Barton and Chris Lockwood will be performing songs such as “Where I Wanna Go” and “What Grace Looks Like” as well as sitting down for an interview with host Jason Crabb alongside other performers Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and more. For viewing options for your area, visit http://www.tbn.org/watch-us/how-to-watch-tbn. 33Miles’ Today released on Oct. 5, and was produced by Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli...
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Project 86
Industry vets Project 86 have hit a major career milestone commemorating their 15th year as a band. This is no small feat in an ever-changing industry where most bands fail to find longevity. After releasing 7 full-length albums, 2 EP's, selling nearly half a million records, and playing over 1500 shows in 10 different countries this accomplished group has much to celebrate. The band is kicking off their anniversary year by releasing their first ever live record titled 15. Live on December 7th...
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Circleslide
Critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide celebrated the release of their sophomore album, Echoes of the Light, with a special live performance at Nashville's Apple store last week. Fans gathered amidst the shiny new Macs, iPads, iPhones and iPods to hear the guitar-driven band play songs from Echoes of the Light and to get an opportunity to meet the band members...
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*Wednesday, October 20th, 2010*


Newsboys
Calling all Newsboys fans! The band and Inpop Records want you to be part of their first-ever Newsboys' Remix Competition for their current hit radio single, "Way Beyond Myself." The contest is open to fans of all ages and no production experience is required. The winning remix, chosen by a combination of fans votes and by Newsboys themselves, will then be featured on the band's expanded Born Again edition, set for a March 29th, 2011 release date...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas is already looking forward to 2011 as they have recently finished recording their full-length album on Gotee Records, Ad Astra Per Aspera (latin for "to the stars through difficulties") with producer Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes). To give fans an early taste of Ad Astra Per Aspera the first single from the release ‘The Golden State’ will be available on iTunes on November 2...
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Living Sacrifice has announced a Solid State Records Christmas Tour with several label mates for this December. LS announced the "A Very Metal Christmas Tour" yesterday... "Yep. we are heading west in December on the Solidstate Very Metal Christmas Tour with The Showdown, Becoming the Archetype, To Speak Of Wolves and As They Sleep!!! check out the dates on our page and come have a happy joyous heavy...
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Strike First Records would like to extend a warm welcome our newest members, Gideon. Tuscaloosa, Alabama brings us Gideon, an aggressive, melodic hardcore band with an already impressive repertoire. Well-placed gang vocals and a powerful front man set Gideon apart from many of their peers, while the band as a whole, whose members have been playing together only since 2008, come off sounding like seasoned pros...
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toby
You may have heard the new single "Hold On" from TobyMac on your local Christian radio station, and noticed that it's a bit different from the Tonight album version. Toby describes it as "kinda like the granola version, a little less affected, au naturel." The radio version is available today on iTunes for $1.29. And if you don't have Tonight yet, get it now on iTunes for just $8.99. The new DVD Moving Pictures marks the first opportunity to own all of TobyMac's music videos on one DVD...
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*Tuesday, October 19th, 2010*


David Crowder Band
David Crowder*Band’s self-made new music video for their latest single “SMS (Shine)” debuts today using an unrivaled 700,000 LITE-BRITE ® pegs. Releasing today on VEVO.com, the video also features dancing monkeys, jumping frogs and of course an appearance from the David Crowder*Band themselves. The video portraying a love story made completely of LITE-BRITE ® pegs was done solely by hand. Even details such as the piano playing in the background and the monkeys beating a drum in perfect time was done...
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Third Day
MOVE, the 11th studio album from multi-Platinum rock band Third Day, hits retail outlets nationwide, today. Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Martha Wainwright), MOVE follows Revelation, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in 2008, and 2009’s CD/DVD Live Revelations, which won the band its fourth GRAMMY® earlier this year. MOVE releases amid a flurry of positive media including a review of the album in today...
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Project 86
Today, Project 86 announced the full track line-up of their upcoming debut live project, 15. Live.: "The moment you have all been waiting for is here. Fifteen years. Twelve songs. One Purpose. We are so excited to bring to you this, our first live album. This one is dedicated to you, the fans...
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Desiring to B the love, peace, and hope, B Haley has recently launched his t-shirt line, B IT, with Not of This World (NOTW). Most will recognize B Haley as the drummer for TobyMac and the DiverseCity band for the past nine years. Following his heart and vision, B Haley has created this clothing line to encourage others with a call to action to B who Jesus has equipped you to B...
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WHEN I’M WITH YOU, the third full-length CD by indie darling JJ Heller, is in digital and brick and mortar retail outlets today. Leading up to the release, WHEN I’M WITH YOU has received early critical acclaim...
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*Monday, October 18th, 2010*


Third Day
This unprecedented compilation was written and performed for the Freedom project by many of the biggest names in Christian music – artists MercyMe, tobyMac, Jars of Clay and Tenth Avenue North – who share in the vision of the International Justice Mission and donated their time and proceeds to this project. Third Day takes the lead with the first track, entitled “Arise,” an amazing song that cries out to God for freedom and forgiveness. The accompanying DVD is IJM’s compelling presentation on ending human slavery and includes a feature on The James Fund...
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Metalcore band Confide recently announced their end. Below is their announcement... "To our amazing fans, There is no easy way to say this at all but it's time to put an end to all the rumors you guys keep hearing about us breaking up. Unfortunately, the rumors are true and we wish we could have been the first to tell you guys but there are reasons why we couldn't release this statement until now. We want to be 100% honest with you guys and let you know the real reasons that Confide...
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Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson recently posted a brand new behind-the-scenes video of the photoshoot they did for their new album Crazy Love coming out in February 2011 from BEC Recordings. The video is pretty candid, but you can get a sneak peek at some new music playing in the background while front man Jason Dunn goofs up his shots. The band is currently headlining a US Tour with John Reuben and Britt Nicole...
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Tis The Season to mix hardcore music with Christmas! Haste The Day recently announced a headlining Christmas tour for this December. Check out the dates below... "Come see us on this year's 12 Days of Christmas Tour in December with Oh, Sleeper, Our Last Night and Conditions!"...
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House Of Heroes
House of Heroes' music video for “God Save The Foolish Kings” is in the running for rotation on mtvU’s The Freshmen. Voting starts on October 18 and lasts through October 22, and fan votes determine which video gets into rotation on mtvU. Cast your vote for "God Save The Foolish Kings" at http://www.mtvu.com/category/music/the-freshmen. House of Heroes' latest release SUBURBA, produced by Mark Lee Townsend...
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*Friday, October 15th, 2010*


Underoath
As UNDEROATH prepare for the release of their much-anticipated fifth album Ø (DISAMBIGUATION)--out November 9 on Solid State/Tooth & Nail--early reviews are beginning to appear. Alternative Press magazine gave the full length disc 4.5-out-of-5 stars in the forthcoming December issue (see below). In video news, the group will shoot the video for their new single “In Division” in Florida over the weekend...
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The Wrecking
The up and coming and vastly emerging Chosen Records Christian/Rock/Pop band The Wrecking (www.myspace.com/thewrecking), announces the dates for their second Air 1 Radio national tour. The Air 1 Freedom Tour Presented by Not For Sale Campaign will kick off on October 29, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. Following the success of a powerfully impacting Air 1 Radio spring tour, The Wrecking will pair up with other musical acts Vota and Satellites and Sirens with special guest appearance by Big Kettle Drum for the Air 1 Freedom Tour...
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*Thursday, October 14th, 2010*


toby
Five-time Grammy ® Award winning artist TobyMac receives another honorable nod by the American Music Awards garnering his second nomination for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist. Produced by dick clark productions, the live broadcast will take place at the NOKIA Theater L.A. on Sunday, November 21 at 8pm (EST/PST) on ABC. For the fourth consecutive year, winners will be determined by online voting at the official Coca-Cola voting location www.amavote.com as well as ama.abc.com...
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MercyMe
Multi-platinum selling band MercyMe garners their third American Music Award nomination for Favorite Artist in Contemporary Inspirational Category. Previously winning the title in 2004, MercyMe is one of three nominees in the genre. Produced by dick clark productions, the live broadcast will take place at the NOKIA Theater L.A. on Sunday, November 21 at 8pm (EST/PST) on ABC. For the fourth year, winners will be determined by online voting at the official Coca-Cola voting location...
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Chris Tomlin
With nine No. 1 radio singles, three GRAMMY nominations, 16 Dove Awards, a platinum and two gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary Christian music. On November 16th, on the heels of celebrating the RIAA Gold Status of 2008s HELLO LOVE, Tomlin will deliver his seventh recording for sixstepsrecords, "AND IF OUR GOD IS FOR US...". The album's first single, "I Will Follow," is already Top 10 on Christian AC...
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Abel is releasing their C&L! debut, Lesser Men, this coming Tuesday. The ten track album will be available at comeandlive.com as a free download on October 19, 2010. The band is extremely excited to offer this to their listeners as a free gift, and one of the new tracks, entitled “Saints,” is now streaming on their Myspace page. http://www.myspace.com/abeltheband The new record showcases Abel’s soulful indie rock style and worshipful lyrics...
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Gateway Church, from which “Revelation Song” was birthed and best-selling new artist Kari Jobe was first introduced, will release God Be Praised on November 9. The new album is the third Gateway project released by Integrity Music and Gateway Create. Recorded live, the 15 new songs on God Be Praised once again reflect the passionate worship arising from Gateway Church in Southlake (Dallas), Texas. Led by Assoc. Pastor and Worship Leader Thomas...
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Arrow Records, home of "Music That Pierces The Heart," is proud to release Where Never Begins, the much awaited new EP from hip-hop/rock/soul artist Shonlock, available in limited release on the Awake Tonight tour beginning Tuesday, November 9. Heralded by GospelCity.com as "Christian hip hop's most distinguished and gifted freshman," the multi-instrumentalist and pop/rock/soul singer...
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Georgia’s THE CHARIOT has just unveiled their new MySpace layout, along with a brand new track, ‘The Audience’! Head over to the new MySpace to check out the design and the new song! Also, a brand new group of pre-order packages have been made available for fans to purchase Long Live! See below for all of the packages, and purchase your bundles here...
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Gungor is continuing to earn praise with their live performance of songs from their latest brainchild Beautiful Things. Most recently, the band’s performances at the “Catalyst” conference attended by thousands in Atlanta, as well as “David Crowder*Band’s Fantastical Church Music Conference” held in Waco, TX caused their album to spike to No. 2 on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Album Chart...
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*Wednesday, October 13th, 2010*


Matthew West
The album inspired by 10,000 stories from around the world has been well received by fans making it the No. 3 Christian album in the country according to soundscan and the No. 41 album on the Billboard Top 200. Additionally, Matthew West’s The Story of Your Life consistently held the No. 2 spot on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel Album charts throughout its street week helping to make it No. 2 on the Christian/Gospel Current Digital Albums Chart...
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Following her recent release of Forever, a 3-song digital EP, award-winning Latin artist Julissa presents the music video "What Else Can I Say," from her first-ever English language project. Shot at historic landmarks in New York and Pennsylvania, the video places Julissa in Grand Central Station where she observes teens texting. As those around her reveal their hearts and brokenness, Julissa sings “What Else Can I Say,” a reminder of the salvation and restoration found in Christ...
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Casting Crowns
Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY winning artist Casting Crowns is once again tapped as a “Favorite Artist” nominee for the 2010 American Music Awards® (AMAs) in the Contemporary Inspirational category, as announced this week during a press conference from the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE. Casting Crowns won the AMA Inspirational category in 2007. This is the band’s fifth career AMA nomination. The live broadcast of the 38th annual AMAs will take place at the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21st (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)...
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Leeland
On October 12th, Leeland released a new worship EP entitled Majesty to iTunes. Two of the tracks are b-sides from their 2009 release, Love Is On The Move with the third being a cover of the popular worship song, "Majesty." Check out the band's announcement and video below...
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Matt Kearney
Yesterday, Mat Kearney released his live video recording, Live At The Fillmore San Francisco, in audio form exclusively on iTunes, making all 17 tracks available to download for the first time. The performance took place in November 2009 and was released in video form earlier this year. Click here to check out the project on iTunes now...
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Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson, currently on tour with Matthew West and Jonny Diaz, released his new single "I Refuse" off his upcoming release, See You, due out February 15th. The song is available now wherever you buy digital music including iTunes and Amazon...
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*Tuesday, October 12th, 2010*


Paul Baloche
Church music teams across the nation still have the unique opportunity to come together for training and encouragement at Integrity Music's popular Seminars4Worship Glorious events this fall and based on the response from the first event held last week in Pittsburgh, the upcoming Seminars in Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Augusta and Mobile are not to be missed. As part of Integrity Music's commitment to serve and equip local churches, each Seminars4Worship Glorious event features internationally renowned worship leaders/songwriters Paul Baloche...
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BEC Recordings’ introduces the organic worship album, Achor, from Josh White, formally the lead singer of Telecast. Now a church planter and worship leader in Portland, Oregon, Josh White delivers a unique collection of folk/bluegrass worship tracks. This week listeners can hear the fresh sounds the album in full at HearItFirst.com and JesusFreakHideout.com. Also get a free download for “You Amaze Me” here - a track for a tweet. The album releases on November 9th on BEC Recordings...
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Taylor
The grassroots brain child of two Nashville men has saved the making of the Blue Like Jazz movie, based on the New York Times Bestseller, by raising $125,000 in only 10 days. “Blue Like Jazz,” which is scheduled for theatrical release in fall, 2011, has garnered an unprecedented response at Kickstarter.com, a “crowdfunding” website that raises money for creative projects. With over 2,000 backers and $155,000 now raised, “Blue Like Jazz” is poised to become Kickstarter’s biggest...
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The Almost
A new song from The Almost entitled "Wrong" is streaming now on the band's MySpace page. The song is off of the band's upcoming releases, the MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION and MONSTER MONSTER EP which will be available October 25th. The MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION will be available online digitally only and will feature all 12 songs on the original MONSTER MONSTER album released in 2009, as well as five additional songs and four music...
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*Monday, October 11th, 2010*


Relient K
Late last week, Relient K announced a headlining Christmas acoustic tour coming this December. Check out the tour dates below: "We’re happy to announce our first acoustic Christmas Tour with Sherwood and Deas Vail! Tickets go on sale next Friday October 15 and Fanclub pre-sale tickets are available Monday. Check the tour dates below to see if you’ll be joining in any of our reindeer games...
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*Saturday, October 9th, 2010*


Mary Beth Chapman's book, Choosing To SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope (Revell) continues its place on The New York Times' Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers List just one month since its release. This week the book places #21, up from #22 last week. Chapman, the wife of award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, co-authored the book with Ellen Vaughn, a best-selling New York Times author and inspirational speaker...
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Lincoln Brewster
Real Life, the seventh solo recording from Integrity/Columbia Music singer/songwriter and worship leader Lincoln Brewster, debuted at #1 on Nielsen SoundScan's Praise & Worship Albums chart and at #3 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart, following its September 28 release. Landing at #61 on the Billboard 200, which reflects the top-selling albums across all genres, Real Life is Brewster’s most personal project to date and is garnering widespread critical acclaim...
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*Friday, October 8th, 2010*


Underoath
Underoath's "Ø (Disambiguation)" is currently available for pre-order at the Tooth & Nail / Solid State Store. You can get it there bundled with an Underoath shirt, water bottle, postcard pack and limited edition 10" clear vinyl featuring three remixes from the album on Side A and a laser etching of the album art on Side B. The deluxe edition of the album also includes the three remixes and a making of the record documentary...
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*Thursday, October 7th, 2010*


THE GREAT TRANSPARENCY announces the REBUILD YOUR LOVE TOUR that kicks off Friday Oct 8. With only a short break after the POP RALLY TOUR with Satellites and Sirens, TGT is very excited for this tour that will not only included the acoustic duo Temple Veil as special guest on many of the dates, but also because they will be performing some of their new never before heard music...
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Jeremy Camp
It has been over a month since the release of Jeremy Camp’s worship album, We Cry Out: The Worship Project. Camp’s sixth studio project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian chart (and has remained in the Top 5 since street week) and No. 15 on Billboard Top 200 (his highest Top 200 debut). Check out below to see what has been going on with Jeremy Camp, the worship project, and his upcoming tour that starts tomorrow...
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Echoing Angels
Echoing Angels, the soulful five-piece rock band hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, has just kicked off on the biggest radio promotional tour of their career. Yesterday the band began the month long run that takes them to an average of three cities a day to an astounding 51 AC and CHR radio stations across the U.S. to personally hand deliver their brand new radio single, "Say What You Believe," the first single off their self-titled CD releasing in early spring 2011 on Entertainment One Music. The radio visit schedule is highlighted below...
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Passion
Joining the immensely successful Passion Talk Series (PTS) is the lines’ first Christmas talk with Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio, “The Twelve Words of Christmas,” available now on DVD from sixstepsrecords. Recorded live during Chris Tomlin’s “Glory in the Highest” 2009 Christmas tour “The Twelve Words of Christmas” shares a special message of Christmas, that God is with us, full of grace and truth, and that no one on earth is too far from His love or beyond His reach...
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*Wednesday, October 6th, 2010*


Charlie Hall
Over the last decade, Charlie Hall has become both a renowned worship leader and a voice for the lost, the broken and the unlovely. Last week Hall returned with the triumphant new recording The Rising, which debuted at No. 14 on the Top Contemporary Christian Overall chart. Available on CD and digitally, The Rising...
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Independent artist and radio favorite JJ Heller is set to release her fourth full-length CD WHEN I’M WITH YOU to digital and retail outlets October 19, 2010 through New Day Christian Distribution. Produced by Mitch Dane and Ben Shive, When I’m With You takes a deep, introspective look at relationships, both person-to-person and person-to-God. “Since, this is the first project I've released after having our baby girl, Lucy, I had a chance to explore the love of a mother for her child in a few songs,” JJ shares...
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Stephanie Smith
Gotee Records rings in the holiday with ‘Tis The Season To Be Gotee Christmas compilation, releasing today as a digital and CBA exclusive. Each song on this project has never before been available to retail, and features Gotee Records’ favorites Relient K, House of Heroes, Ayiesha Woods, Stephanie Smith and Abandon Kansas performing a variety of favorites. At the low suggested retail price of $7.99, ‘Tis The Season To Be Gotee...
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Circleslide
To celebrate the release of their sophomore album Echoes of the Light on Save the City Records, critically acclaimed Christian pop/rock band Circleslide will give a special live performance at the Apple store in Nashville's Green Hills Mall on October 12, 2010 at 8p.m. CT. Fans will hear the guitar-driven band play songs from Echoes of the Light and have an opportunity to meet the band members...
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Matthew West
Matthew West’s latest album, The Story of Your Life, inspired by letters from all over the world is releasing today with momentum from his headlining tour, current radio single and the release of his music video for “My Own Little World.” West is also releasing a deluxe edition of The Story of Your Life...
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Travis Cottrell
in:ciite recording artist, Travis Cottrell will share the Carnegie Hall stage in New York City with American Idol finalist, Melinda Doolittle, in the Isaac Stern Hall for the Sacred Heritage Series. One of the most prestigious venues in the world, Carnegie Hall has hosted memorable performances from Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble and more. The October 18 event...
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Point Of Grace
For Word/Warner Bros. Recordings artists and Platinum-Selling trio Point Of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones), it is never too soon to break out the Christmas music, and with their new collection entitled Home For The Holidays available everywhere today, fans can get in the yuletide spirit early as well. This album encompasses a broad range of styles including pop, jazz and country that...
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*Tuesday, October 5th, 2010*


House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes recent release Suburba is available this week at Itunes for the low price of $5.99 also this week at Itunes the track "God Save the Foolish Kings" will be the free Discovery Download from October 5 - October 11. SUBURBA produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail) and mixed by J.R. McNeely...
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Project 86
Yesterday, Project 86 announced some upcoming goodies for fans, including a brand new live album to be released December 7th. Check out the following announcement: "2011 marks the 15th year of P86! To commemorate this achievement we wanted to celebrate the most important part of our journey and that is our FANS. We so appreciate your fierce loyalty and support that we decided we should celebrate for the entire year. To kick off this milestone we are releasing a brand new live record titled "15. Live." on December 7th...
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Andrew Peterson
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson, ended a recent radio tour in support of his new single, “Dancing In The Minefields.” The tour took Peterson throughout the Southeast and he visited stations in such markets as, Atlanta, GA; Vero Beach, FL; Orlando, FL; Sarasota, FL; Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. The single is New & Active at #38 on the AC Monitor chart...
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Mikeschair
According to a report released by WJIS/The JOY FM, which serves central and southwest Florida, in a record-shattering outpouring of support listeners in the community provided 27,716 new pairs of shoes for orphans located in Guatemala through the "Shoes for Orphan Souls" program. Curb Records' recording artist, MIKESCHAIR, once again joined The JOY FM to help provide for orphans with their own hands-on involvement by collecting shoes, by providing their hit song...
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*Monday, October 4th, 2010*


Georgia’s THE CHARIOT is pleased to announce the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated new release, Long Live, on November 23rd, 2010. The record will mark the first release for the band on their new label, GOOD FIGHT MUSIC; home to such acts as CANCER BATS, MADBALL, and other heavy greats. Behind the boards on Long Live is seasoned producer Matt Goldman (UnderOath, MyChildren MyBride, Four Letter Lie), who is known for his work on several past records by THE CHARIOT, such as Wars and Rumors of Wars (2009)...
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Grits
GRITS song “Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like)” continues to find fans and solidify the duo as one of the most recognized voices, yet relatively underground groups in hip-hop. As a digital single, “Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like)” recently scanned over 500,000 downloads, adding their name to a small and select group of Christian artists who have achieved such sales success. After being used as part of the theme song last year, “Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like)...
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Taylor
Two Nashville, Tenn. based men have launched a viral campaign to raise $125,00 in only one month to save the making of “Blue Like Jazz,” the movie based on the book of the same title from New York Times’ Bestselling Author Donald Miller. With over 20 days to go, the online efforts have already surpassed the halfway mark in only six days and have caused an unparalleled stir on www.kickstarter.com, the site where fans can donate to the making of the film, causing it to be the most popular project on the website...
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Integrity Music, in partnership with SYCO/Columbia Records, proudly announces the Christian retail release of The Gift, the eagerly awaited second full-length album from the top-selling international singing sensation Susan Boyle, available everywhere on Tuesday, November 9. One of the most highly anticipated releases of 2010, Boyle's The Gift premieres ten new performances from the former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant whose debut album...
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*Friday, October 1st, 2010*


Fireflight
Premiere modern rock band Fireflight kicked off the opening dates of its headlining “For Those Who Wait – The Tour” last weekend with crowd-rousing performances in Richlands, Va. (Sept. 23), Huntington, W.Va. (Sept. 24) and Wilkesboro, N.C. (Sept. 26). The tour readies tonight for Rockford, Ill. and upcoming shows in Mount Vernon, Ohio (Oct. 2), Lafayette, Ind. (Oct.3) and its sold-out Denver, Colo. area show on Oct. 7...
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Michael W. Smith
Following a flurry of national media coverage earlier this week, Michael W. Smith reveals his latest music video “Save Me From Myself” (also the first radio single from his new project, Wonder) on the country’s #1 cable news network’s website, FOXNews.com. The video will World Premiere today at 9 AM EST on http://www.foxnews.com in the Features & Faces section on the site’s home page...
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Family Force 5
On December 1st “The Christmas Pageant” tour presented by AP and featuring Family Force 5, Forever The Sickest Kids & special guests Secondhand Serenade and Shorelines End will kick off in Grand Rapids, MI. Atlanta-based Family Force 5’s combination of dance and rock, funky rhythms and percolating club grooves will get anyone up and out of their seats. Similarly, Forever The Sickest Kids’ style is a blend of classic-lined power-pop, punk energy and space-age electronics. Together, Family Force 5 and Forever The Sickest Kids are sure to infuse the holidays with a never-before-experienced energy...
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Big Idea
Available Saturday, October 2nd at Christian retail stores everywhere, It’s a Meaningful Life has already garnered significant coverage in media outlets such as Kidscreen Daily, Cynopsis: Kids!, License!, Christian Retailing, CBA Retailers+ Resources, American Family Radio Network, LeSEA Broadcasting, ToyBook blog, Total Licensing Report, and others. Here’s what critics are saying: “A lesson about being content, this new animated parable from VeggieTales explains Jeremiah 29:11 to kids in a fun way...
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EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment announce their continuing partnership in the WOW brand with the October 5 release of WOW Hits 2011. With 11 #1s, 6 top 5, and 9 top 10 Christian radio songs, WOW Hits 2011 marks the 16th two-disc release and the first Deluxe Edition release of the platinum-selling series that compiles the best songs from Christian radio at an incredible value for the consumer. The entire WOW branded series (Worship, Gospel, Hits, and specialty releases) now tops 26 MILLION units in sales...
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