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October, 2011



*Monday, October 31, 2011*


Josh Wilson
On November 18, Sparrow Records’ artist Josh Wilson will embrace the true spirit of Christmas as he releases “Jesus Is Alive,” available on iTunes ®. Wilson will be performing “Jesus Is Alive” on his Christmas tour this winter titled “Josh Wilson Presents Noel: A Unique Christmas Experience.” This 18-city tour will be unlike any he has done before, as he will showcase his diverse musical talents by operating over 20 different instruments throughout the evening. Inspired by the recording process of See You, where Wilson played over 15 various instruments one at a time...
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Newworldson
Industry veteran Dale Bray, former president and co-founder of Inpop Records, announces the formation of Platinum Pop Music. The label will release its debut project from award-winning Canadian pop/soul band Newworldson in April, preceded by radio single “Learning to Be the Light,” which received 38 adds this week. The Nashville-based label is sister company to Platinum Pop Entertainment, which currently manages GRAMMY Award nominated group Superchick as well as new artists Abandon...
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The music ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn. announces the release of its first Christmas project, Christmas Gift, Nov. 6. Proceeds from the sale of Christmas Gift will assist Heart for Children in its ongoing efforts in orphan care, foster care, educational seminars and adoption. Primarily recorded at The Tracking Room, one of Music City’s premiere recording studios, Christmas Gift features the church’s 100-member choir...
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Approximately 6,000 people recently attended the annual Day In the Park event in Portland, Ore., featuring free family activities and concerts co-hosted by Save The City Records, Luis Palau Association's Next Generation Alliance and a number of area churches. "Our own cities have become our mission fields," says Derek Hoiem, president of Save the City Records. "We go where the people are." Save the City Records artists Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers...
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*Thursday, October 28, 2011*


Skillet
With current scans over 840,000 units and the RIAA Gold certification of three singles, two-time Grammy® nominated alternative rockers Skillet have now scored their 4th consecutive top 10 mainstream active rock hit with "It's Not Me It's You." Following in the footsteps of their #1 Active Rock and Christian Rock single "Awake & Alive," as well as hits "Monster" and "Hero," this success continues to further cement the band as a top rock act in both the Christian and mainstream markets...
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An invitation-only Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular Announcement and Launch Party was held earlier this week in Nashville. Hosted by Grammy®-nominated NewSong, founders of Christian music's largest annual tour and Pollstar’s #1 tour in attendance for the first quarter of this year, top artists, industry executives and national media gathered at Bridgestone Arena for an evening of exclusive tour announcements and performances. Along with revealing the Winter Jam 2012 line-up, to be headlined...
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Aaron Shust
Aaron Shust’s single, "My Hope Is In You," continues to resonate with fans and is showing no signs of slowing down. The song reached the #1 position on the AC Monitor chart last week after enjoying the top position on the AC Indicator chart for the past five weeks and on the Soft AC chart for six weeks. The tune continues to show strong support from radio with powerhouse WPOZ/Orlando, FL adding the single this week. This is a historic song for Shust’s label, Centricity Music...
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*Thursday, October 27, 2011*


Stellar Kart
Today, Stellar Kart front man Adam Agee announced a few member changes. Check out his blog post below (thanks to Michael for the heads up)... "I know a lot of you have been asking about changes in SK over the last couple months. I will try to clear a few things up for you. :) The biggest news is that my bros Jordan and Brian have decided to leave the road and spend more time with their families. Brian, his wife Sarah, and baby girl Fiona have decided to move to Oklahoma City, go back to school...
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TAMELA MANN joins the all-star lineup of SPARKLE, which is a remake of the 1976 film. SPARKLE tells the story of a young musical prodigy from a Harlem gospel choir, who is pushed into the limelight and struggles to become a star. The title character, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) is the youngest of three sisters in the 1950’s girl group who faces issues that are tearing apart their family in her road to stardom...
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On the heels of Benjah’s heavily viewed “Walkin’ Out” music video comes the official music video for his latest single “Jezebel.” Shot on location on a private island off of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Dove Award winning and GRAMMY® nominated artist and producer continues to make waves with the latest music video from his new album The Break-Up (Jahmen/220/Universal). Both videos can be viewed at his official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/benjahmusic...
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Centricity Music’s Jason Gray headed out west last week for a performance at Focus on the Family’s monthly chapel service. Before the chapel, Gray stopped by the KBIQ studio in Colorado Springs, CO for a visit with the station’s Music Director, Jack Hamilton. KBIQ is playing Gray’s current Top 25 hit, “Remind Me Who I Am.” Gray will be featured in an upcoming 700 Club Interactive feature that will air on the ABC Family Network, Friday...
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This December 10, photographers around the world will gather for the third annual Help-Portrait event. In 2009, Help-Portrait began as an idea that transformed into a movement in just three months. The idea behind Help-Portrait is simple: 1. Find someone in need 2. Take their portrait 3. Print their portrait and 4. Deliver their portrait. In the last two years, more than 101,000 portraits have been given by 10,000 photographers and 12,000 volunteers. Help-Portrait is now a global movement in more than 1,000 locations in 54 countries. This year, Help-Portrait founder Jeremy Cowart announced new elements to make Help-Portrait...
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*Wednesday, October 26, 2011*


Jaci Velasquez
On February 7, 2012, Multi-Award Winning Artist Jaci Velasquez will be releasing her new Inpop Records album titled Diamond. The first single released from this album is called "Give Them Jesus" which has been the Most Added song at Christian AC Radio in its first two weeks of release. Today, the single climbed the Billboard Christian Audience Chart to #46 with over a half million impressions. The single is also poised in the #1 New & Active slot on both the Billboard Christian AC Monitored and Indicator charts as well. "Jaci delivered to radio exactly what was needed...an undeniable hit song," Andrew Patton...
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Dove Awards
The 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will return to the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA for the second year in a row to host the 2012 event. Mitchell Solarek, chairman of the board of The Gospel Music Association (GMA), made the announcement at a Dove Awards kickoff reception hosted by CCM Magazine held earlier this week in Nashville. The GMA Dove Awards is Gospel music's biggest night of the year, featuring top artists from the many different genres of Gospel and Christian music. The event will be an evening of music and celebration...
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Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney, no stranger to packed houses, recently crossed one item off his bucket list – to perform on a full airplane. On a recent Southwest Airlines flight last week, fans were treated to an impromptu performance by Mat Kearney. Mat reflected on the performance, “I’ve always actually wanted to pick up my guitar in the middle of a flight and just walk down the aisle and play songs, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually gotten the chance to do it.” Check out the video of him performing “Nothing Left To Lose”...
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Victory World Music’s first studio album, Shake Heaven, releases November 8, 2011 and is being spearheaded by the multi-talented R&B Legend, Montell Jordan. The project marks Jordan’s first foray into the CCM music world, with the Grammy nominated star writing or co-writing all thirteen songs on the CD and overseeing production of the recording. In his role as Worship Leader at Victory World Church in Atlanta, Jordan is working with the church’s worship team to build a group of artists/musicians who are cross-cultural, cross-generational and who celebrate the diversity of music styles of the world...
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Casting Crowns
On the heels of its recent American Music Award® nomination, multi-platinum, award-winning artist Casting Crowns is this week’s highest debut on the Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2. Come to the Well additionally topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Overall chart, while also claiming No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart and No. 3 on its Overall Albums chart. Lead single “Courageous,” landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs chart as well. Casting Crowns’ fourth studio release, Come to the Well sold an extraordinary 99,138 copies this week...
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*Tuesday, October 25, 2011*


Owl City
Owl City’s Adam Young was so impressed and in awe at the amazing art his fans have shown him after shows yet was disappointed to know that most pieces would not see the wide viewership the spectacular pieces were deserving. So, Adam created THE MAINFRAME – a place where Owl City friends and admirers can share their talent and creativity with the world. It’s as simple as uploading the image, video, artwork, or song. Submit or merely check out the sights and sounds at: http://mainframe.owlcitymusic.com/...
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Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Taylor Swift sang “Meant to Live” Friday, 10/21 in Glendale, Arizona! Check out the links to fan video inside the full report. You can also catch Switchfoot on “Conan” tomorrow singing its Modern Rock hit, “Dark Horses,” from Vice Verses, which debuted at No.8 on The Billboard 200...
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Mary Mary
My Block/Columbia Records recording artists Mary Mary are coming down from a whirlwind week. The duo gave a riveting performance at the taping of BET's Black Girls Rock Award Show Saturday night, and then made their way to DC the following morning to perform in the historic Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Dedication Ceremony. The event was broadcast live by TV One and took place on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Black Girls Rock will air on BET, Sunday, November 6 at 8pm/7c...
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*Monday, October 24, 2011*


Skillet
Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music's largest annual tour and Pollstar’s #1 tour in attendance for the first quarter of this year, announced its highly anticipated 2012 artist and city line-up during a special launch event held earlier this evening in Nashville. Founded and hosted by Grammy®-nominated Christian music mainstay NewSong (pictured at right) and produced by Premier Productions, the Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular will be headlined by Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers Skillet. The 47-city tour will also feature Sanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Building 429, Group 1 Crew...
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Wavorly
After 4 long years of waiting, Wavorly is finally releasing new material in the form of "The EP," a four song collection of all new music produced by Grammy nominated Rob Graves (RED, Pillar, Kerrie Roberts) and Jasen Rauch (RED, Fireflight). Formerly on Flicker Records/ Sony BMG, Wavorly was dropped in the spring of 2008, only months before the eventual dissolution of Flicker Records itself in 2009. Despite the disappointment and long road that came from this industry hardship, Wavorly decided to soldier on and continued writing and demoing until completing...
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David Crowder Band
The final tour for GRAMMY ® nominated talent David Crowder*Band has garnered a tremendous response from fans with 26 of the 33 shows selling out, including major markets such as Dallas, New York City, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Gungor, Chris August and John Mark McMillan joined David Crowder*Band in clubs and theaters across the nation this fall. The routing of shows will wrap on November 13 with a sold out crowd in Jackson, Miss...
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Earlier this year burgeoning band Samestate joined the Sparrow Records’ family. Shortly after, America was introduced to the Kansas natives’ unique sound on their five-song EP, which released last summer. In 2012, the band will kick off the year unveiling their first full-length album The Alignment slated to release February 28. The five guys that make up Samestate (lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Dalton Diehl, guitarist Darren Harms, bassist Ryan Lytle, guitarist/keyboardist Raymond Wyatt and drummer Blake Leoni)...
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Atlantic Records has announced its signing of We As Human. The hard-hitting rock band has released their label debut EP, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Deftones, Alice In Chains). We As Human will make the EP available to fans attending their national tour supporting fellow Atlantic recording group Skillet, whose frontman, John Cooper, discovered the band. The EP is the first release through a newly launched imprint label, a partnership between Cooper...
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Award-winning Canadian worship artist and songwriter Jon Bauer is set to release his fourth worship album, Forevermore, in the U.S. January 3rd. The project, which originally released in Canada this past May, will be Bauer’s US debut. Produced by 2010’s Dove-Award winning producer Rusty Varenkamp (Tenth Avenue North, Meredith Andrews), Forevermore is comprised of ten tracks, eight of which were written or co-written by Bauer. “My heart is to encourage people that worship is more than music,” Bauer shares. “It’s a lifestyle, and it’s a choice...
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*Friday, October 21, 2011*


Michael W. Smith
The Nashville community rallied last night for a special event to raise funds in support of local non-profit teen outreach, Rocketown. The “Redneck Rally for Rocketown,” presented by Rocketown founder and multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith, renowned comedian Jeff Foxworthy as well as primary sponsor Journeys, brought together more than 500 attendees and grossed in excess of $350,000 for the organization. Hosted at Rocketown in downtown Nashville, the casual evening consisted of a VIP reception prior to a...
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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 for the first time they will release six of their top High Definition (HD) titles from its best-selling animated series VeggieTales® on Blu-ray™ early next year. Heading exclusively to Christian retail on February 18, 2012, each Blu-ray title will include a DVD disc complete with specially added bonus features and will be available for $16.99 SRP. These VeggieTales’ titles will be the first children’s “direct-to-DVD” Blu-ray discs released in the CBA market...
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*Thursday, October 20, 2011*


Essential Records newcomer Andy Cherry works toward the release of his first national project, Nothing Left to Fear, on March 6, 2012. Early success of Cherry’s lead AC/CHR single “Our God’s Alive” sets precedent for the album’s debut, while he continues to win fans nationwide on Matt Maher’s “The Love In Between” tour. Crafted alongside famed producer and five-time SESAC Christian songwriter of the year Jason Ingram, Nothing Left to Fear follows Cherry as he grapples with the complexities of genuine faith...
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Earlier this week, Fair Trade Services' critically acclaimed artist Sara Groves released her 10th album Invisible Empires. Produced by Steve Hindalong (Sixpence None The Richer, Leeland, The Choir, City On A Hill) the landmark album is following in the acclaimed footsteps of her nine previous recordings, receiving stunning reviews...
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*Wednesday, October 19, 2011*


Smalltown Poets
Former Forefront Records pop/rock act Smalltown Poets are back with a brand new release, titled Smalltown Poets Christmas, set to release independently from the band on November 1st. Fans who are eager to hear new music from the band don't have to wait quite that long however. You can order a digital copy right now for only $5.00 until October 31st! Check out their announcement below... "Some Christmas presents just can't be kept under wraps! We're excited to let you know that you can stream the entire new Smaltown Poets Christmas record right now...
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B.Reith
B.Reith returns with a highly anticipated full-length album, “How the Story Ends”, on 11-1-11, following his 2009 hit “Now is Not Forever”. Reith is a one-man music juggernaut – he writes, raps, sings, and produces – but this new album finds him teaming up with an all-star supporting cast featuring hip-hop phenomenon Lecrae, Grammy™-nominated songwriter Lisa Gungor, indie-pop sensation Dave Barnes, and PJ Morton, an R&B star who...
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Dave Barnes
Nashville-based Dave Barnes celebrates a career first with his song “God Gave Me You” performed by country singer Blake Shelton as it jumps to the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart. Barnes wrote the song for his last studio album, What We Want, What We Get (4.6.2010). “God Gave Me You” is on Blake Shelton’s eighth studio album, Red River Blue, and is his fastest rising single to date. Barnes is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing. Dave Barnes will release his fourth studio album for the Razor & Tie label this coming Spring...
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The Attending have joined the Blood & Ink Records family! Started as a solo project by Corey Stroffolino (ex-Life In Your Way) and recording off and on over nearly 2 years, The Attending evolved into a full-fledged band and offer Are You Watching Closely? as their debut release (out 11/22 via B&I). These seven songs capture the band’s dynamic balance of indie sensibilities with more catchy rock elements, all topped off with intriguing lyrics...
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Kari Jobe
Kari Jobe, a worship leader at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, and a 2010 Dove Award Nominee for New Artist of the Year, released brand new music yesterday. "We Are" is the new single from her upcoming sophomore release and is available now wherever you buy music, including iTunes and Amazon. Fans, who have waited for over two years for a new album, have already made the single #1 on iTunes (Christian & Gospel)! Kari, who is also well-known for her version of the praise favorite, "Revelation Song...
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Family Force 5
Family Force 5's new album "III" is available in stores and online now! Pick it up at Best Buy, Best Buy.com, Hot Topic, FYE or your local record store. You can also download the album at iTunes or Amazon MP3. For a preview of the album, check out a stream of "III" in its entirety now at AOL Music. Family Force 5 will be embarking on the It's All Gold Tour this fall! Check their website for a full listing of dates and details...
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Andrew Peterson
Acclaimed singer/songwriter and author Andrew Peterson hosted the second annual Hutchmoot in Nashville, Tennessee, September 22-25. Open to 100 attendees, the conference immediately sold out in just six hours! The four-day event was filled with music, conversation, and a series of discussions centered on the telling of great stories through song, literature, film, and a variety of other art forms. The artists who led the sessions and performed, encouraged guests to focus on living in creative community. The Square Peg Alliance—including Peterson, Ben Shive, Jill Phillips, Andy Osenga, Jason Gray, Eric Peters, Katy Bowser, Andy Gullahorn, and Randall Goodgame...
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*Tuesday, October 18, 2011*


Elevation Worship, a Charlotte, N.C.-based worship team from one of America’s fastest growing churches will release its national debut album, For The Honor, on Essential Worship November 22. Worship leaders Wade Joye, Mack Brock, Chris Brown and London Gatch lead Elevation Worship and serve full-time at Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. The church, established by Pastor Steven Furtick, launched with eight families and one massive vision to reach people far from God...
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The City Harmonic
“Fabulous,” “infectious,” “exciting,” “spectacular,” “worshipful,” “captivating,” “creative,” “brilliant” – all of these adjectives and more are being used by the critics as they applaud The City Harmonic for its first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), which releases today on Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the USA. Already hitting No. 1 on the iTunes® Canada Inspirational Chart, the growing success has energized...
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Music World/Interface Entertainment recording artist and international worship leader, Micah Stampley, released his fifth CD, One Voice, today, October 18. One Voice features 12 songs, including two interludes. The CD is produced by Micah Stampley and co-produced by Cameron Sankey. Micah’s TV Special “Answering the Call of Love” is airing on various Christian Networks, including National Religious Broadcasters Network...
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*Monday, October 17, 2011*


Rachael Lampa
Rachael Lampa fans were concerned to see the 220/Universal recording artist in need of medical attention on the October 10th episode of NBC’s hit series, The Sing-Off. Suffering from acute laryngitis, it was initially uncertain if Lampa would be able to perform with her group, The Collective, leading to urgent medical care. “Monday night was quite a rush to watch,” said Lampa, of the performance that was pre-taped in September. “I wasn't sure how it was going to sound. It was all such a blur at the time so it was a pleasant surprise to see that it came across well and the judges were happy...
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SCC
Show Hope™, the orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, is pleased to announce the success of their recent one-day fundraiser with St. Louis' JoyFM. Held last Wednesday at the St. Louis radio station, the effort raised close to $80,000 specifically for Show Hope Special Care Centers, such as Maria's Big House Of Hope. Located in one of the poorest provinces of China, Maria's Big House of Hope provides life-giving care for orphans with special needs. Both Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman personally joined the station and 70...
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Deas Vail
"Are we primed for another indie rock revolution?" asks Amplifier regarding Deas Vail’s new self titled release out now on Mono vs Stereo. Produced by Relient K guitarist and Mono Vs Stereo A&R Matthew Hoopes. Campus Circle calls it “Soaring Alt-rock” and Absolute Punk says “The band continues to shine” as the band embarks on a club trek with two shows at CMJ. See the new acoustic video for the song ‘Sixteen’ exclusively at Alternative Press today...
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*Friday, October 14, 2011*


Matthew West
GRAMMY nominee and three-time ASCAP Christian Song of the Year winner Matthew West celebrated his fourth No. 1 hit, "Strong Enough," during a party at ASCAP earlier this week. West kicked off another leg of his "Story of Your Life Tour" on Thursday, and recently debuted his first, full-length holiday project, The Heart of Christmas, on October 4...
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Phil Keaggy
Legendary Christian recording artist and world-renowned guitar maestro Phil Keaggy is set to release Live From Kegworth Studio through Strobie Records on October 18. The new CD features his most popular live arrangements, including "Salvation Army Band," "The True Believers" and "Here Comes the Sun." The latest project from the Gospel Music Hall of Famer is in response to fan requests through the years following Keaggy's concerts...
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Me In Motion
Centricity Music’s high energy pop-rock band, Me In Motion, will be heading to Canada in December to join Peter Furler’s 2011 Christmas Tour. The 10-day tour launches December 1st and features Building 429 and Levi McGrath along with Me In Motion. “I'm really honored for the opportunity to join Peter on the road this December,” says Me In Motion’s frontman, Seth Mosley...
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Known for such worldwide worship anthems as “Mighty To Save,” “From the Inside Out,” “My Hope,” “Shout To The Lord,” “Hosanna,” “The Stand” and many more, Hillsong returns to the US to launch its “God Is Able” tour November 18 in Minneapolis, MN. The tour travels to 13 cities for worship nights in churches, theaters and arenas before wrapping up December 6 in San Diego, CA (full tour schedule is listed below). In addition to its worship favorites, Hillsong will debut songs from God Is Able that were birthed out of a year that...
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John Waller
John Waller, the popular recording artist who touched the world with his song "While I'm Waiting" from the hit film Fireproof, recently appeared on TBN's Praise The Lord with host Russ Taff where Waller shared the behind-the-scene details of his latest song, "Heaven Just Got Better." During the interview with Taff, Waller discussed the recent birth of his son, Josiah Emmanuel, and the death of his mother less than 24 hours later. Waller also performed songs from his...
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Your Memorial will be heading out with Sovereign Strength, Fall In Archaea, and As Hell Retreats this November for a tour that will span the US. Your Memorial will be touring in support of their 2010 release "Atonement." Partial proceeds of the Hope for the Nations tour dates will benefit Hello Somebody to help feed starving children...
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Comedian and television personality Jim Labriola will perform at the 14th Annual Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Banquet in Montrose, Colo. this Saturday, Oct. 15. Proceeds from the event, emceed by Praise Him Ministries Founder Victoria Hearst, will go to benefit the ministry at Delta Correctional Center in Delta, Colo. Providing chaplains to the world's jails and prisons for fifty years, the non-profit organization now has more than 371 staff chaplains, serving 111 U. S. institutions...
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*Thursday, October 13, 2011*


Shane and Shane
Shane & Shane picks up where the duo left off two years ago with its latest studio album, The One You Need. The record debuted Top 5 on the Christian sales charts, while garnering national exposure via radio play, a strong social media presence, and Shane & Shane’s “The One You Need” fall tour. Shane & Shane’s first project with Fair Trade Services, The One You Need turned up at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart. Additionally, the album peaked at No. 1 on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Top Albums chart within a day of its release...
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*Wednesday, October 12, 2011*


John Schlitt
John Schlitt, legendary recording artist and Gospel Music Hall of Famer, best known as the lead singer for award-winning Christian band Petra during the era when the band won its four Grammy Awards and 10 Dove Awards, recently reunited with the popular '70s mainstream rock band Head East. The special one-night-only performance during the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association's 2011 Hall of Fame coincided with Schlitt's induction into the state's Hall of Fame and marked the first time in 30 years that the musicians were on stage together...
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Phil Wickham
Response, the latest release from critically acclaimed worship artist Phil Wickham (Fair Trade Services), made a grand entrance this week peaking at No. 1 on iTunes® Christian/Gospel Albums Chart and debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart, No. 4 on the Christian Soundscan Chart and rising as high as Top 25 on iTunes® overall chart. The reviews continue to pour in giving praise to Wickham’s latest...
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Third Day
Third Day has been nominated for a 2011 American Music Award®, as announced today at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. This is the band’s fourth career nomination, winning in 2008 for its album Revelation. For the fifth year, winners will be determined by online voting from now through Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as http://is.gd/U2P4uY. Artists will be honored...
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Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns has been nominated for a 2011 American Music Award®, as announced today at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. The nod sets up a busy season for the best-selling group, who will release its latest studio project, Come to Well, next week, and whose current radio single, “Courageous” is on its way to topping the Christian AC radio charts. Casting Crowns’ sixth career AMA nomination, winning in 2007, the band receives recognition as “Favorite Artist” in the Contemporary Inspirational category. Winners will be determined...
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I Am Empire
Tooth & Nail Records’ I Am Empire has had an eventful year with the release of their label debut, Kings, and now the band will be hitting the road for their first headlining tour this week in California on the “Kings and Queens” tour with Nine Lashes and Blood and Water concluding on November 20 in Oregon (dates and cities below). "We've been on the road for what seems like two years straight, supporting and opening, but now we are finally heading...
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Singer/songwriter Matt Wertz offers the perfect holiday soundtrack for tree-trimming, treat-baking and gift-wrapping with Snow Globe, his first Christmas album, available on Handwritten/Essential Records Oct. 25. Blending Wertz’s signature acoustic style with strings and horns while adding a little holiday flare, Snow Globe features timeless Christmas classics including, “Walking In A Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “O Holy Night” made...
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Trin-I-Tee 5:7
Trin-i-tee 5:7’s Angel and Chanelle are known for bringing an edgy, urban sound and style to their gospel and inspirational music. They take it to the edge again in the new video for “Bring Your Praise,” the third single from their current CD, Angel and Chanelle. Produced by Fred “Uncle Freddie” Jerkins III and Imani “IZy” Pressley, this song, with its contemporary beats and hip-hop vibe, also has a hard hitting message about the importance of “bringing your praise” to God. In the video, Angel and Chanelle are seen doing it all: singing and rocking out on the keyboard, bass and drums. The video is shot in black and white with splashes of color...
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*Tuesday, October 11, 2011*


downhere
Downhere's Marc Martel continues his strong online support after receiving 4-million hits with his audition of “Somebody To Love” for the Queen Extravaganza. Due to heavy fan write-in ballots, Martel has just been added as a nominee for the MTV O Awards 2 in the Best Fan Cover category. Fans can continue to vote for their favorite entries at http://www.omusicawards.com/vote/best-fan-cover. The winners will be announced Monday, October 31, 2011 and will livestream on OMusicAwards.com...
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Award-winning band MercyMe recently set out on their first USO/ Armed Force Entertainment tour. The six-member band delivered a touch of home to troops in the Middle East, staged three one-of-a-kind concerts, signed autographs and uplifted the spirits of service men and women...
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Aaron Gillespie
Rock band Willet has announced that the producer for their sixth studio album is none other than Aaron Gillespie. In response to working with the guys, Aaron writes "I am not working with this band to make the next Willet record... I'm working with them to make THE WILLET RECORD." Aaron Gillespie is the lead singer for the rock band The Almost and was a founding member, singer and drummer for the cutting edge metal legends Underoath...
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Nicole C. Mullen
Nicole C. Mullen celebrates the success of her album Captivated with a nod from Worship Leader Magazine for one of 2011’s Best of the Best “Top Worship Albums” and her upcoming induction into the Christian Music Hall of Fame on November 5, 2011. Mullen’s new single, “Holy Captivated,” is impacting AC and INSPO radio now. “Nicole is such a joy to work with and a true woman of God,” said the album’s Producer Ed Cash...
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When 10 year old Elizabeth Hathaway’s body was discovered in the waters of Hidden Harbor Marine at Center Hill Lake over Labor Day Weekend, Nashville was saddened by the loss of a smart, happy, and loving little girl who couldn’t cry out for help. Like the 1 in 15,000 babies born each year with the rare neuro-genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome, Elizabeth suffered the characteristic AS disabilities –lack of speech, developmental delays, seizures and walking and balance disorders. “Angels” are missing a tiny piece of maternal chromosome that renders them in need of constant care throughout life. Nashville will have a chance this month to honor Elizabeth’s memory—and assist the incredible need for awareness, comprehensive therapy, diagnosis, and family support that surround the medical mystery of AS. On October 20th, award winning Nashville singer/songwriter/producer Regie Hamm...
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*Monday, October 10, 2011*


Deas Vail
Hailing from Arkansas, Deas Vail--Wes Blaylock - Vocals, Keys, Laura Blaylock - Keys, Synth, Wes Saunders - Drums, Andy Moore- Guitar and Justin Froning- Bass are looking forward to their self-titled CD release, produced by Relient K guitarist and Mono Vs Stereo A&R Matthew Hoopes. Release to street on October 11 on Mono vs Stereo with distribution through Sony Red, CD available at all retail and online outlets. For one day only and one day early fans are able to download the full release at AmazonMP3 as the Daily Deal for only $3.99 here...
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JJ Heller
DEEPER, the fourth full-length CD by indie darling JJ Heller, is releasing to digital and brick and mortar retail outlets tomorrow, October 11, 2011. And now, with a new record, and a new baby named Nora, JJ will be hitting the road this fall on an album release tour with special guest Matt Brouwer. DEEPER is a project two years in the making. Intended for a 2009 release, the project was well underway when JJ’s song “Your Hands” started gaining radio and media attention after being used of the show...
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Natalie Grant
Dedicated to providing uplifting music and family entertainment, gmc announces the acting debut of four-time GMA Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant this Sunday in the gmc world premiere movie, Decision. Sharing the story of a family in despair rediscovering their faith, Decision debuts October 16 at 7 PM and 9 PM EST as well as re-airing Sunday, October 23 at 11 AM EST. Grant stars in this touching and dramatic movie dealing with family, loss, love and faith. Decision...
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Mark Schultz
Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz is known for his deeply emotional music that same powerful sound will be heard on his upcoming instrumental album titled Renaissance releasing November 1st. Always on the move, Mark recently spoke to several major New York City press outlets in support of the new album and his novel Letters From War. These included SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio, ABC News, CBS Radio, PIX 11 Morning News and an appearance on FOX News Live, which can be seen here...
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Rush Of Fools
Rush Of Fools released their highly anticipated record, We Once Were on September 27th and the project has been embraced by radio, media and retail. The album debuted at #6 on iTunes Christian/Gospel Chart and #24 on the Christian AC Sales Chart. The first single from the record, "Grace Found Me," is New & Active on the Single Charts. The project, produced by Dennis Herring (Mute Math, Modest Mouse, Jars of Clay) has delivered what everyone has known all along: that Rush Of Fools is an extremely gifted group whose talent keeps growing and expanding...
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*Friday, October 7, 2011*


Smalltown Poets
Nothing warms the heart like seeing a band return from a prolonged hiatus with new music. We last heard from Smalltown Poets when they released It's Later Than It's Ever Been through BEC Recordings in 2004. Now, the band's original lineup is back and almost ready to present their first seasonal offering, Smalltown Poets Christmas, reported for a November 1st release. For the latest on the project, visit Check out the band's announcement below... "A new Smalltown Poets Album is on its way! Over a year in the making, Smalltown Poets Christmas will be released this November...
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RSJ
“Best-selling Christian author” is a well-earned introduction for Grammy® Award winning Christian singer Rebecca St. James whose ninth major book release “What Is He Thinking??” will be the centerpiece of her live appearance on today's Friday, October 7 edition of CBN’s “700 Club.” Now in bookstores nationally, Rebecca’s latest book explores the changing values and trends in the ever- important relationship issues of dating, love, and marriage...
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The soundtrack to Sherwood Pictures’ acclaimed movie, Courageous, will be available via physical retail outlets beginning Oct. 18. The film, which debuted at No. 4 and was the No. 1 new movie at box offices nationwide this weekend, features Casting Crowns’ current hit radio single “Courageous” as well as songs by other top Provident Label Group artists...
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toby
Throughout the course of his extensive career, five-time GRAMMY ® award-winning artist TobyMac has yet to release a Christmas record. This week, that changed as the multi-platinum selling artist released Christmas in Diverse City (Forefront Records). Christmas in Diverse City is available wherever music is sold, including iTunes, Amazon MP3, Family Christian Stores, LifeWay, Parable, and Mardel. The unique project showcases TobyMac at his best-mixing pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and urban...
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*Thursday, October 6, 2011*


POD
Razor & Tie is thrilled to announce the addition of the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum American Christian metal band P.O.D. (Payable on Death) to its label roster. P.O.D. joins Razor & Tie for an exclusive, multi-album, worldwide deal. The new, yet-to-be titled album will see the band reunited with long-time Producer Howard Benson who also produced the band's massive Satellite album alongside major hit albums for 3 Doors Down, Kelly Clarkson, Theory Of A Deadman, Daughtry, All American Rejects, and My Chemical Romance. The new P.O.D. studio album is expected for release in spring of 2012...
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Taking inspiration from George A. Romero and just in time for Halloween, House of Heroes premieres a new lyric video today for the song ‘Lovesick Zombie’. The song was written by House of Heroes and produced by Mark Lee Townsend who worked on the band's albums "The End Is Not The End" and "Suburba". The single will be available at all digital outlets on October 18...
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Casting Crowns
As the official release date of Casting Crowns’ latest studio project Come to the Well rapidly approaches, “Praise You In This Storm,” from Lifesong (2005), has been certified GOLD by the RIAA. Coincidentally, the group’s current single, “Courageous,” earns the most increased AC spins this week, making it No. 4 on the Billboard National Christian Audience Chart, while Casting Crowns continues to debut new music at maxed out venues nationwide...
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Eden Records just announced that its rock/pop/punk act, Blood & Water, will be joining I Am Empire (Tooth&Nail) and Nine Lashes (Tooth&Nail) on the Kings and Queens Tour this fall. The tour runs from October 13th to November 20th and includes the West Coast to MidWest regions. The tour includes stops at churches, clubs and community centers. The band is looking forward to getting back out on the road and seeing new and old faces at each tour stop...
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JoC
Blood:Water Mission announced that Mike Hamilton has accepted the position of President of U.S. Operations for the Nashville-based non-profit. Hamilton will join the executive team of the organization to provide leadership in the US Programs and Development strategy to increase its financial capacity and global impact. “Mike’s passion and personal sacrifice have been demonstrated through his tireless efforts as our board member as he engaged his own Knoxville community in our work,” says Jena Nardella, Executive...
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*Wednesday, October 5, 2011*


Switchfoot
Vice Verses (Atlantic Records), the new album from GRAMMY-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT, debuts at No.8 on The Billboard 200. It also debuted at No.5 at iTunes Album chart, No.5 on the Internet Album chart and No.3 on iTunes Alternative chart. The band will perform "Dark Horses," their new Top 15 Modern Rock hit, on "Conan" on October 25th. The track was just added by Clear Channel Alternative Premium Choice, WTCL (Denver),WRFF (Philadelphia), KNDD (Seattle), WRXL (Richmond) and WVIC (Lansing)...
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Abandon Kansas
Abandon Kansas release a new video for the song "Like It or Not" from their latest effort Ad Astra Per Aspera produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Deas Vail, House of Heroes) out now on Gotee Records. See the video here: abandonkansaslovesyou.com Abandon Kansas & Gotee records are proud to announce the "Like It Or Not" remix contest! This is your chance to have your remix appear on an EP featuring remixes of each of the three singles from...
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Phil Wickham
Over the years praised singer/songwriter Phil Wickham’s works have been met by critical acclaim and commercial success. Response is proving to continue this trend as it released this week and has already flown to No. 2 on the iTunes ® Christian Chart. Also trending with his past critical success are the rave reviews Response is receiving...
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TFK
Tooth & Nail Records’ Thousand Foot Krutch has continuously entertained their fans with fist-pumping rock music for the past 15 years selling more than 800,000 albums. On October 11, TFK will release a Fan Edition of their 2009 studio project, Welcome To The Masquerade, which will feature three new songs as well as exclusive fan photos. It has been over two years since the release of their critically acclaimed project Welcome to the Masquerade, which produced three No. 1...
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GMA
In an effort to continuously advance the Dove Awards process, last week the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to change membership rules and the voting process for the GMA Dove Awards. All changes will be recognized with the upcoming 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. Decided in a recent GMA Board meeting in Nashville, it was determined that record company paid memberships will now be limited to a cap of 75 professional members. This cap will include any persons working on Christian/gospel projects...
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Aaron Shust
Aaron Shust delivered Centricity Music an important milestone as "My Hope Is In You" stayed at #1 on the AC Indicator Chart for the third week, while the song is enjoying its fourth week at the top of the chart on the Soft AC chart. This marks Centricity Music’s first #1 AC single. At the same time, the song is #4 at AC Monitor, while reaching the #1 position on the Canadian Christian Radio Chart. My Hope Is In You is the first single from Shust’s debut project for Centricity Music, This Is What We Believe...
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*Tuesday, October 4, 2011*


Leigh Nash
Leigh Nash, perhaps best known as the dynamic, angelic-voiced lead singer of platinum-selling pop group Sixpence None the Richer, now offers her favorite, newly recorded Hymns & Sacred Songs Nov. 15 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. The first of three new albums from Nash on Kingsway, these songs are a combination of fresh, newly written hymns alongside songs that have reverberated across generations, giving a voice to the faithful around the world. The timeless lyrics of hymns by Charles Wesley, Fanny Crosby and other writers of old, have been given fresh life with Nash singing and writing newly inspired melodies...
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“Love Is The Compass,” the latest single from Australian singer/songwriter and eOne Christian Music recording artist Nathan Tasker, was recently the #1 Christian song in Australia for three consecutive weeks, according to the TRAA (The Rock Across Australia) Contemporary Top 30 chart. Co-penned by Tasker and Jason Ingram, “Love Is The Compass” marks Tasker’s fifth #1 hit and eighth Top 10 single in Australia. Earlier this year, his “Something Beautiful” also topped the TRAA chart for three consecutive weeks...
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VSR Music/EMI Music Distribution's band Silverline recently grabbed their first No. 1 song at Rock radio with their hit "Broken Glass." The Minnesota-based group reached the top spot following their previous single, "Voices In The Night," which hit No. 2 also on the Rock charts. Their brand new single at radio, "Shine A Light," is climbing the Christian Rock chart and is currently at No. 9. Committed to standing up for truth in our lost generation, Silverline is the quintessential Christian rock band with two hit albums under their belt...
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Matthew West
GRAMMY ® nominee Matthew West is debuting his first, full-length holiday project today, October 4, titled The Heart of Christmas. The 12 song record features an equal mix of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes penned by West. Fellow GRAMMY ® winners and nominees join West on the album including Vince Gill in “Leaving Heaven,” Amy Grant on “Give This Christmas Away” and Mandisa for “Christmas Makes Me Cry.” The Heart of Christmas was produced by Pete Kipley (MercyMe, Kristin Chenoweth). To purchase The Heart of Christmas...
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Right of Passage / Mediaskare Records is proud to announce the signing of Phoenix, AZ based band REDEEMER. Formed in 2009, REDEEMER started as the means for its members to express their passion for hardcore music and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ to a music scene where “God Free” is becoming a trend. “We want people to know that there is hope,” commented the band. “We've all had bad experiences within churches and felt betrayed, but it's important that we not blame God or turn from His love because of this...
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*Monday, October 3, 2011*


Newsboys
A new family-friendly reality show based on Inpop Records' artist Newsboys, “Mari White Presents Newsboys,” debuts tonight and will air on multiple networks. Following the lives of each of the band members - Michael Tait (vocals), Duncan Phillips (drums), Jody Davis (guitars), and Jeff Frankenstein (keys), - the ten-part series gives viewers an exciting and never-before-seen inside look to this GRAMMY-nominated and Dove award-winning band in both their professional and personal lives. Exclusive clips of the show can be viewed In THE VAULT...
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The Space Coast electro-rock trio Quiet Science have announced their upcoming LP Dark Words of Dark Wings will be released October 25th via Last Satellite Records. Dark Words On Dark Wings is a collection of stories about characters facing the darkest hours of their lives and how in these tremendously difficult times, the characters choose to respond. “In a world where hurt is easy to come by and despair is not always addressed, we want to plant a seed of hope and a challenge for all of us to help mend the broken,” exclaims singer Nathan Walter...
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A Plea For Purging have announced their first headlining tour of 2011 "The Life and Tour of A Plea For Purging." They will be touring in support of their new album The Life and Death of A Plea For Purging which will be released November 8. You can pre-order the new album now. http://facedown.merchnow.com/...
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*Friday, October 1, 2011*


Code Of Ethics
Barry Blaze, worship leader and founding member of Code of Ethics, is embarking on a new project under the name of Code (Razzbarry). Code is digitally releasing a 10 track album entitled Beautiful Thing on October 4th through Go Global Entertainment. Blaze calls this “the album that almost didn’t happen.” After a stressful year of supporting his sister through chemotherapy, watching his father pass away from pancreatic cancer, and catching a virus which wiped out even more of his already damaged hearing, Blaze felt that his musical writing days...
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Relient K
Relient K’s, Is for Karaoke 14-track CD will be available in retail stores only on October 4 and the 7-track EP K is for Karaoke PT. 2 will be available digitally on October 4, K is for Karaoke vol. 1 EP out now, all on Mono vs Stereo Records and produced by Mark Lee Townsend and Relient K’s Matthew Thiessen. Get a sneak listen of the tracks from K is for Karaoke EP PT. 2 starting on Saturday, October 1 at: www.myspacemusic.com...
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Cheri Keaggy
Dove Award winner Cheri Keaggy is planning her eighth career album titled So I Can Tell, her first CD since the 2007 independent release Because He First Loved Us. The singer/songwriter has partnered with her fans in an innovative approach to fund the new project through Kickstarter, a popular "crowd-funding" platform for creative projects. "Audiences have often commented on how much they enjoy when I sit at the piano and sing my songs in their...
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FFH
Best-selling pop group FFH will usher in the holiday season with its first Christmas album. One Silent Night, available Oct. 18, is a mix of original songs and Christmas classics. Produced by FFH founding member Jeromy Deibler, One Silent Night has been four years in the making. Giving in to the persistent appeals of loyal fans, FFH has crafted a project worthy of your holiday music collection...
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