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October, 2013



*Thursday, October 31, 2013*


Cindy Morgan
Dove-nominated singer/songwriter Andrew Greer and mutli-Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan were recently invited to share their unique folk/Americana hymn arrangements during "Amy Grant & Friends - A Tennessee Weekend." Pictured at Grant's Nashville-area farm are (l-r) Greer, Grant, Morgan and guitarist Kyle Buchanan. "A Tennessee Weekend" brought together Grant's fans from around the world for three days of exclusive concerts and activities at the iconic artist's farm...
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Chris Tomlin
As Grammy® winner and current American Music Award nominee Chris Tomlin celebrates the release of his first live DVD this week, the Burning Lights Deluxe Tour Edition CD & DVD, he's also celebrating more sell out shows across the U.S. Following suit with numerous sold out performances during the spring leg of the "Burning Lights Tour," the 22 city fall leg has just begun and has already sold out venues in New York and Chicago...
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Forerunner Music's Jon Thurlow achieved an impressive debut this week with his new album, Stand In Awe. The project entered Soundscan's Praise & Worship chart at #5 and debuted on Billboard's Contemporary Album Chart at #29. This is the highest album debut for Thurlow and is his first project for Forerunner Music. The talented singer/songwriter wrote or co-wrote all eleven songs for Stand In Awe and the project was recorded live at Forerunner Christian Fellowship on the campus of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO (IHOPKC)...
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College Park, GA Arrow Records has released Christmas in the City: Deluxe Edition, a collection of Christmas season favorites. First released in 2008, this third edition includes two new bonus tracks, "Silver Bells" and " Holiday Love." "We are excited about the newest collection of popular Christmas songs," says Taffi Dollar, CEO...
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Press Play
After a very successful remix contest for their first single, #LITO, PRESS PLAY is pleased to announce a new remix contest for the rest of their album. The contest which is being hosted by famed remix artist and producer, David Thulin, will allow anyone to download the vocal stems for any of their tracks off their website, ThisIsPressPlay.com, and add their own flavor to it...
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Show Hope
As National Adoption Awareness Month begins this November, Show Hope™, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award-winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, will be joining supporters in the coming weeks to continue to raise awareness about the need for finding loving and permanent homes for children all over the world. Show Hope recently launched the #BrownBag4Hope social media campaign on October 10 in order to gain 10,000 sponsors to help 10,000 orphans over the next 10 years...
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*Wednesday, October 30, 2013*


Crowder
Critically acclaimed artist and songwriter Crowder announced today his long-awaited new single "I Am" will be available at digital retailers on November 25. "I Am" is the debut new track off Crowder's first solo studio record, Neon Steeple due February 18, 2014 on sixstepsrecords. Long embraced for his tenure as the frontman of the wildly progressive group, David Crowder*Band, the forthcoming album marks Crowder's official entrance as a solo artist. Last year, Crowder joined iTunes® for Crowder: iTunes® Session...
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On Oct. 15, Jesus Culture Music's Bryan and Katie Torwalt released globally through Fuel Distribution their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Kingdom Come, a collection of modern worship anthems steeped in full surrender to the wondrous will of God. Already gathering critical acclaim, the album spent a full week on top of the iTunes® "Christian/Gospel" chart while climbing all the way to No. 15 on the iTunes overall "Top Albums" chart, was No. 1...
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*Tuesday, October 29, 2013*


Nicole C. Mullen
Award-Winning Recording Artist NICOLE C. MULLEN released her new album CROWN HIM: HYMNS OLD AND NEW (Crown Him) through an exclusive partnership with Family Christian Stores. The CD is available now and features classic favorites and new songs penned by Mullen. "I grew up hearing hymns because my parents knew them and my grandparents were singing them at their churches," said Mullen. "When the opportunity came to do a hymns album, I thought, 'Oh, I'd love to!' As a songwriter, one of my goals is to write songs that will not just affect people today, but will affect people in their worship tomorrow and in future generations...
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Jason Gray
One of Christian music's most respected singer/songwriters, Jason Gray, showed a record-breaking debut this week for his new single,"With Every Act Of Love." The song received impressive early radio adds and entered Billboard's NCA chart at No. 31. The high debut marks the most successful week at radio in Centricity Music history with 39 radio adds. Radio stations who have added the single include; K-LOVE, American Family Radio, New Life Media, KTIS/Minneapolis, MN, WBSN/New Orleans, LA, KCMS/Seattle, WA. The song was co-written by Gray and Jason Ingram, and is from Gray's upcoming Centricity Music studio album that will release in March 2014...
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Paul Baloche
One of today's most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche presents his first Christmas project, appropriately titled Christmas Worship, today (Oct. 29) from Integrity Music. Featuring new songs of celebration along with unique arrangements of much-loved traditional Christmas carols seamlessly blended with modern worship choruses, the album is packed with accessible Christmas songs that help create a worship environment familiar to congregants and first time visitors alike...
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Warr Acres
Dream Records recording artist, Warr Acres releases their sophomore album, Hope Will Rise, to media praise. The album, is quickly going up the iTunes Top Christian Album chart and is currently #11. The group just shot a series of videos including their title track, "Hope Will Rise". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd9-kFcMdK8...
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New Zealand's Saving Grace have entered Parachute Studios in Auckland City with Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Carnifex, The Ghost Inside, First Blood) to track their fourth studio album. Having signed with US based Crimson Management (Vanna, Shadows Fall, Job For A Cowboy) immediately after their third North American tour and appearances at 2013's Facedown Fest and 15th annual New England...
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Indie sister duo The Sonflowerz, known for their worshipful and inspiring pop songs, announce the October 29 release of "Made To Shine," a new 33-day devotional book created especially for girls ages 12-17...
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In the upcoming book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome, due November 26th from Thomas Nelson, author Owen Strachan encourages readers to be bold and embrace a Christianity driven by a great God, a powerful gospel, and a holistically courageous way of life...
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*Monday, October 28, 2013*


Newsboys
NewSong’s Winter Jam Tour Spectacular—the world’s #1 first quarter tour for three consecutive years based on attendance—announced its highly anticipated 2014 artist and city line-up at an invitation-only event held earlier this evening at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Multi-GRAMMY® nominated Newsboys and groundbreaking GRAMMY®-winning rap/hip-hop recording artist Lecrae lead an all-star line-up which also features Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch...
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FiF
After calling it quits ten years ago, fan-favorite Five Iron Frenzy is back. The new album, Engine of a Million Plots, will be available for pre-sale beginning at midnight MST on October 29. The presale will be for the new album on vinyl, CD and digital purchase. With each preorder, a digital delivery of a new song will be sent to the buyer. Click here to purchase a pre-order copy of this highly anticipated album. The single, "Into Your Veins," can also be heard here now...
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Sarah MacIntosh
Known for having a voice David Crowder describes as one that "lures you into thinking heaven might be here already," recording artist Sarah Macintosh is setting out to do something she's never done before. She has decided to fund her latest project via a Kickstarter campaign, and as a result help raise awareness and finances for her family's pending adoption. Recently collaborating with her husband Jonny Macintosh, along with JT Daly of Paper Route and longtime friend and songwriter Mia Fieldes (formerly of Hillsong), Macintosh wrote four songs especially for A Thousand Champions - the name of the collaboration that she hopes will ultimately help bring a new bundle of joy into the Macintosh home...
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With Nashville, TN developing a larger presence in all genres of music, PopGun Entertainment is providing much-needed assistance for artists that are looking to hone their music skills and learn how to navigate the business side of the industry. PopGun Entertainment is the new company from one of the most talented couples in the entertainment field, Dustin and Lindsey Kirkendall. They saw a need to help artists develop their talent and to provide them opportunities that could lead to a full-fledged and successful music career...
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On the heels of this year's successful radio release of his song "Made for More," Keith Elgin, contemporary Christian singer/songwriter, unveiled his most recent project, the Our Hope [Live] CD/DVD, on October 8th to positive reviews...
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*Friday, October 25, 2013*


My Epic
My Epic are back with their signature balance of post-hardcore and indie rock for the new album, Behold. This time around, however, their sound is tempered with a sweeping ambience that's relatively new to their albums. Now the band have released "Curse", the first single from Behold. Preorders for Behold have just become available and include options for double gatefold white limited edition vinyl bundles. You can also choose the "share with a friend" option and get three copies of Behold for $15...
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Everything In Slow Motion release Most Days, preorders for Phoenix. "'Most Days' is about addiction. Specifically, it's about being fully aware of your problem but not being able to let it go. Being ashamed, but still living within the walls of the addiction." "Most Days", the new song from Everything In Slow Motion's debut album Phoenix is...
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Icon For Hire
The self-titled, sophomore album by charismatic rock trio Icon For Hire was released last week on 10/15, and makes a big impact on this week's Billboard charts. Published today, the latest listings show Icon For Hire at #11 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #19 on Top Rock Albums, and at #65 on the overall Billboard 200. These are high-water marks for Icon For Hire on all three charts...
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*Thursday, October 24, 2013*


Superchick
On October 29, GRAMMY® nominated pop/rock group Superchick will celebrate its legacy with the release of Recollection, a CD/DVD that combines five brand-new songs with 11 of the band's best-loved hits. The album closes out a chapter for the band, who recently announced that Superchick as we know it is saying farewell. Listen for "Sunshine" going for adds at all radio formats November 1, while "This Is The Time" is set to be featured in the upcoming film "God's Not Dead." "The fans made us real," says Superchick's founder and band member Max Hsu. "We stage-dived into the dark unknown...
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For Today
For Today has premiered the first song, "Fight the Silence," off their forthcoming new studio album due for release in early 2014- Listen HERE. The song has a strong social message and proceeds from the sale of this song and forthcoming album will go to support a cause close to the band's heart. For Today lead vocalist Mattie Montgomery explains, "One of the most devastating issues facing our modern global culture is the issue of human trafficking. No person, of any race, religion, nationality, or...
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T-Bone
The new movie "I'm In Love With A Church Girl," from RGM-New Breed was called the "surprise opening of the weekend," by top film blogs after a solid opening weekend. The faith-based romantic drama is the #1 independent movie in theaters, leading Rolling Stone to call the film "the biggest indie debut this week," with a per screen average of $2300 on more than 450 screens Inspired by true events, the movie has impacted audiences of all backgrounds and beliefs - with sell-outs in Manhattan to Miami, San Francisco to Detroit from church groups and urban moviegoers...
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*Wednesday, October 23, 2013*


Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist Natalie Grant has made an extraordinary chart debut with her long anticipated new album, "HURRICANE." The collection entered Billboard's "Top Christian Albums" chart at #1, marking the award-winning singer/songwriter's first-ever debut atop the chart. In addition, "HURRICANE" made a top 20 entry at #17 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200. Grant's first new release in more than three years, "HURRICANE" includes the ebullient title track, which arrived...
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Riley Armstrong
Canadian singer/songwriter Riley Armstrong made his debut in the Christian market in 2000 as the flagship artist for Audio Adrenaline's own label Flicker Records. After two albums on Flicker, Armstrong continued making music on 7 Spin Music and then independently, and in recent years could be found mixing comedy in with his music in concert. Riley's latest project is called I Live Dangerous and he decided to mix two of his favorite things: pancakes and music to launch the IndieGoGo campaign "Dangerous Pancakes for Dangerous Music." (In which incentives include pancake mix with his face...
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Mandisa
Mandisa made her Grand Ole Opry debut last night when she joined in the fight against breast cancer during the Opry's fifth annual "Opry Goes Pink" show in support of Women Rock For The Cure™. GRAMMY® winner LeAnn Rimes flipped the switch on the Opry's signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as Mandisa and other artists including Amy Grant, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and Natalie Grant performed in support of breast cancer awareness...
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Alternative rock/worship act, Skyhook, released a new record yesterday. Pnuema: A Worship Project features seven songs recorded with producer Matt Arcaini (Disciple, Icon for Hire, Sent by Ravens), with the desire to create an inviting atmosphere of worship for fans. The record debuted at #10 on the Christian & Gospel charts yesterday. The first single, "Your Love," streamed on Indie Vision Music last week and received 500 hits in less than one day...
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Gospel rap group Keno Camp have announced the official release of their new full-length album entitled Riot, due to release January 14, 2014 on Trendency Records and Camp 8. The single "Riot (We Here)" is being released digitally October 29th and will be available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and other top digital retail sites worldwide...
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*Tuesday, October 22, 2013*


Robbie Seay Band
Former Sparrow Records worship band Robbie Seay Band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to continue a brand new series of EPs based on the Psalms. RSB recently released Psalms EP, Vol 1 -- which is still available for free on Noisetrade -- and this Kickstarter campaign will allow them to create two succeeding volumes...
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My Epic
My Epic have announced the release date for their long-awaited follow up to 2011's Broken Voice. The new album Behold will be released December 10, 2013. Aaron Stone explains the concept behind Behold: "The album has two parts; songs about the Lord, and songs sung to him. Part one is a trilogy which is the backbone of the record and is spread through the beginning, middle and end of the album. This includes the songs Arise, Approach, Arrive. They tell the story of the Lord's return and they all relate...
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Award-winning singer-songwriter Gary Chapman returns with THE TRUTH, due on November 5th from Music Row-based Merf Music Group and distribution partners Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution. The long-anticipated collection of songs is the first studio album from Chapman since 2002. THE TRUTH features sixteen new studio recordings, with special vocal appearances from some of Chapman's friends and family. Allison Krauss joins him on "If God Had a Front Porch," John Rich and Tanya Tucker show up on "The Rough Crowd," and Rebecca Lynn Howard sits in on "When I Say." On a more personal level, Chapman's daughter Sarah...
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Michael W. Smith
Multi-platinum recording artist Michael W. Smith has announced the dates for his annual holiday tour. Titled "Celebrate Christmas," the festive tour will run for ten dates, kicking off Dec. 1 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and wrapping up Dec. 15 in Detroit, Michigan. Continuing a six-year tradition, Smith will perform two nights, Dec. 9 and 10, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He will end the tour with another symphony concert in Detroit. All other stops will feature Smith with his full band and background vocalists, and at some dates an additional 18-piece string section...
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Sarah MacIntosh
Sarah MacIntosh and her husband Jonny are back at it, creating new music with other talented musicians and have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund it. In addition to the EP, the MacIntosh's are hoping to use the Kickstarter campaign to help them adopt a new member into the family. The new music, however, is an EP titled "A Thousand Champions" that will unite the talents of Paper Route's JT Daly and Hillsong's Mia Fieldes for the trio to create something new and exciting. "I’ve often said that recording and releasing music is like getting pregnant and giving birth. The songs are nurtured and allowed...
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for King & Country
Fresh on the heels of being named "New Artist of the Year" at the 44th Annual Dove Awards, for KING & COUNTRY are releasing their first Christmas CD, Into The Silent Night | The EP, everywhere today (iTunes link). Produced by Seth Mosley, Ainslie Grosser and for KING & COUNTRY, the five track album features the duo's reimagined versions of Christmas classics "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Little Drummer Boy" and two original songs "Into The Silent Night" and "Baby Boy" (both in studio and live). In addition, just last week for KING & COUNTRY released a live album and concert film featuring live versions of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave. Fan cans catch them out on the road this fall with Newsboys and in December when they join Big Daddy Weave and Meredith Andrews on the K-LOVE Christmas Tour...
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POD
P.O.D. is pleased to announce the digital re-release of a special deluxe edition of their current Razor & Tie album, Murdered Love. Highlights include two previously unreleased studio tracks, "Burn It Down" and "Find A Way" (recorded with producer Howard Benson) and an acoustic version of the band's Top 5 hit "Beautiful". Additional audio tracks include an acoustic version of "West Coast Rock Steady", an alternate version of "On Fire" and their #1 song, "Lost In Forever (Scream)" plus various music videos and behind-the-scenes footage from the Murdered Love album cycle. This re-release is Mastered For iTunes and available now HERE...
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Christian recording artist Holly Spears is pleased to announce the release of her latest project, AUDIENCE OF ONE, which is available today at all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. The 5-song EP from Girl on a Mission Music is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album HEARTACHE TO HOPE, which was released in 2012...
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*Monday, October 21, 2013*


Former BEC Recordings singer/songwriter Jessa Anderson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for her next studio album. This will be Jessa's second career independent album and third recording in total. About the project, Jessa writes: "Hello friend! I'm thrilled you've taken the time to check out my Kickstarter campaign. Let me introduce myself: My name is Jessa (which you may have gathered) and I live in Nashville, TN...
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Syntax takes a trip back to its hip-hop roots with the signing of Collision Records-once again growing its roster of distribution clients. The first album comes from rising star, Atlanta's own "blue collar emcee" Alex Faith. ATLast drops November 5th on Syntax's vast network of digital service providers, including iTunes...
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North Point Music ushers in the Christmas spirit with its second Christmas release, North Point Christmas: Let There Be Light, Oct. 29. The project is a mix of both traditional Christmas songs and new ones, sure to be a holiday staple this season and in the years to come. Produced by two-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer Nathan Nockels (Matt Redman, Laura Story, Passion), Let There Be Light is a follow-up to North Point Music's debut Christmas album...
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The new recording label for Canon Press, Bultitude Records, secures the best in music distribution as it partners with Syntax. As the publishing company branches out into music, Syntax will bring Canon's music to the digital masses. Author and Pastor Doug Wilson says, "At Canon Press, we are applying all of Christ to all of life...
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Integrity Music's best-selling Shout Praises Kids series releases Nothing Is Impossible Nov. 19 and captures for the first time ever the passionate, faith-filled energy of Australia's Planetshakers Kids. Featuring a collection of the favorite worship songs birthed out of Planetshakers City Church, the fastest growing church in Australian history, the CD offers a combination of high-energy praise music, scripture and prayers created for ages 5-12. In addition, a companion Nothing Is Impossible...
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L.S.U. (LifeSavers Underground) releases from The Vault Frontline Records, a subsidiary label of Meis Music Group, in collaboration with Michael Knott of Blonde Vinyl Records, is making three L.S.U. albums available digitally for the first time on October 15th from the Frontline Vault...
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*Sunday, October 20, 2013*


Solution, the electrifying youth ministry of Free Chapel, takes modern worship beyond the doors of the church with its sophomore album, No One Greater, available October 22nd. Led by world renowned speaker and author Jentezen Franklin, the church with the motto "One Church Two Locations" goes global with digital distribution via Syntax. "Free Chapel is a welcomed addition to Syntax," says Syntax CEO Tim Trudeau. "They help us in our mission to round out our catalog, making sure we have the best that each genre has to offer...
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*Friday, October 18, 2013*


Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot released the first single, "Love Alone Is Worth The Fight," from its highly anticipated album, Fading West, set to release Jan. 14, 2014 on Atlantic Records/Word. The reception of the single is being overwhelmingly supported at radio, with every Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR reporting station playing the single in its debut week, marking the only time this has happened since the chart launched in 2006. The song also claims the highest ever debut position (No. 34) for Switchfoot on the National Christian Audience (NCA) chart and the second highest debut chart position (No. 19) out of the band's 17 Hot AC/CHR singles ("Stars" debuted at No. 18 in 2005)...
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Andrew Peterson
Centricity Music will release its third Christmas project, Christmas: Joy To The World, October 22nd. The eight-song album features Centricity Music artists Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Unspoken, Jonny Diaz, Downhere and introduces two newly signed artists, Lauren Daigle and Carrollton. Three singles have been released to radio, Unspoken's "Feliz Navidad," "Light of the World" by Lauren Daigle, and "Asleep in the Hay" by Jonny Diaz. The latter two songs mark the debut Centricity Music releases from Jonny Diaz and Lauren Daigle, and the first Christmas song from Unspoken...
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*Thursday, October 17, 2013*


Skillet
The Roadshow embarks on its sixth annual tour in January 2014 with a new group of all-star musicians. Leading the night are Skillet, Third Day, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace and Royal Tailor. This tour follows the very successful 2012 "Roadshow" which was named one of Pollstar's Top 50 Tours for Mid-Year 2012. Also included in the evening will be a diverse group of newer artists including Soulfire Revolution, We As Human, The Neverclaim and Vertical Church Band. Noticeably absent from this year's lineup is the tours' founding band, MercyMe. "The Roadshow still remains our vision and baby, but we thought it was time for us to take a year off and allow other great bands...
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SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman took home the "Christmas Album of the Year" GMA Dove Award earlier this week for his album JOY. This marks Chapman’s 58th career Dove Award, more than any other artist to date. The award comes on the heels of Chapman’s first full-length studio album release in seven years, The Glorious Unfolding. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart and received widespread critical acclaim. In addition to a number of 5 star reviews, Beliefnet.com championed the album as "a mixture of everything that makes [Chapman] great. It’s honest, raw, clever, powerful and even playful…it is uplifting in a way only someone who has dealt with tragedy and loss can truly express it in words." Rhapsody called the album "a return to the...
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Mandisa
Mandisa's No. 1 hit "Overcomer" is once again featured on ABC's Good Morning America (GMA), this time in a new series. In August, the nation's No. 1 morning show had the celebrated singer on to perform the track, and also world premiered the song's music video. This week, GMA launched their "Overcomers" Series with co-host Robin Roberts using both the song and its title in its national TV and web spots. In the series, viewers are asked to share their story with Roberts, telling about a dream they fulfilled with the chance for their story to be shared with America on GMA...
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Norma Jean
Norma Jean have announced a headline tour dates with Razor & Tie label mates Vanna and other openers KEN Mode, and Exotic Animal Petting Zoo. The tour kicks off on November 15th in Oklahoma City, OK and wraps up on December 12st in Harrisonburg, VA. Full list of dates below. This past summer Norma Jean released their sixth full length album to date, Wrongdoers (Razor & Tie) , to critical praise and commercial success. The Atlanta based Grammy-nominated act esteemed for their aggressively artful sound, crashed into the Billboard charts its first week debuting...
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Everything In Slow Motion have released the details of their long-awaited debut full length album! Last year's 2-song 7" Red released to critical acclaim, and EISM have been hard at work on their full length release for 2013 titled Phoenix. Phoenix will be released December 10 with the following tracklisting...
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For generations, the question has been asked, "Can FAITH and SCIENCE coexist?" In the upcoming documentary film, God's Big Bang!, FaithWords author and award-winning filmmaker Joe Amaral explores the question and searches for the answer. It's God vs. the Big Bang Theory. Who will win?...
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Religious institutions are the foundation of many communities across America. The United States is home to more than 300,000 religious congregations, and nearly four out of five Americans identify themselves with some type of religious belief. In order to practice these beliefs, people from all walks of life descend upon urban, rural and city houses of worship that come in a wide array of shapes and sizes...
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*Wednesday, October 16, 2013*


Dove Awards
The 44th Annual GMA Doves Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, were handed out tonight at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in celebration of Gospel and Christian music's biggest night. The broadcast is to air Monday, October 21st at 8:00P.M./EDT exclusively on UP, America's favorite network for uplifting entertainment. For a full list of winners, please visit www.doveawards.com. (Also, click here to download a PDF file listing all nominees with the winners highlighted in yellow...
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PFR
To many fans' surprise, 90s pop rock trio PFR had recently announced plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign this week to raise funds for a brand new album (and even periodically posted countdown videos as reminders). The band celebrated 20 years since their debut, Pray For Rain, last year and have been doing spot dates and online StageIt shows in recent months (even releasing a new live album at the end of last year). Unfortunately, with the Kickstarter campaign just a day or two away from launching, frontman Joel Hanson has announced the end of the band in the wake of some members' personal issues...
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Skillet
Platinum selling rockers Skillet are celebrating the first award from their best-selling release RISE (Atlantic/Word) as their No. 1 hit "Sick of It" took home the Dove Award for Rock Song of the Year at last night's 44th Annual Dove Awards held in Nashville at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The show will be televised exclusively on UP! Television Network on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 PM ET. "Sick of It" which hit Top 10 at Mainstream Active Rock radio, is also one of two No. 1 Christian radio hits from the critically acclaimed RISE...
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The Classic Crime
As we report this, The Classic Crime is already fully funded for a new project that they just launched a Kickstarter campaign for earlier today. The band had turned to crowd-funding for their 2012 album, Phoenix, and now they're raising money for an album to commemorate 10 years of music-making in 2014. Titled What Was Done: Volume One, the project will "celebrate & acoustically re-imagine 10 different TCC songs from the last decade." ..."What Was Done: Volume One is about celebrating The Classic Crime's ten year anniversary through revisiting and re-imagining songs we've released over the past decade...
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Matt Redman
Two-time GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman led last night's 44th Annual Dove Awards with the most award wins of any artist. The acclaimed worship leader received six awards including the distinguished honor of "Songwriter of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for his powerful anthem "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)." Redman also took home awards for the song in the categories of "Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year," "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year" and "Praise & Worship Song of the Year." Adding to the night's wins, Redman and friends received the award for "Special Event Album of the Year" for this year's Passion: Let The Future Begin record...
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toby
Six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac received the esteem honor of being named “Artist of the Year” at last night’s 44th Annual Dove Awards. This is his second career win for “Artist of the Year” at the Dove Awards. Additionally, TobyMac took home awards for “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” and “Recorded Music Packaging of the Year” for his smash-hit album Eye On It as well as “Short Form Video of the Year” for the music video “Eye On It” featuring Britt Nicole. The four award wins add to TobyMac’s impressive streak of winning at every major award show he has been nominated for this season – GRAMMY® Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Australian Music Awards and the KLOVE Fan Awards. Last week, TobyMac was among an elite list of artists nominated for the 2013 American Music Awards in the category of “Favorite Artist...
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THE ROYAL ROYAL's Nathan and Gabriel Finochio roar back on the scene to once again create worship music for the next generation on their highly anticipated sophomore release, THE RETURN OF THE KING. The band's new track "The Lights," debuted Top 10 on iTunes this week. Their first radio single, "Every Little Bit Of Praise," debuted in the top 20 on iTunes and is currently impacting Hot AC radio. The Return Of The King is set to release this fall, and features songs that come from a very personal place, yet are universal. The lyrics are fresh yet honest, with music that sounds like it was born far away from the church yet shouts praise with every beat...
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Jaci Velasquez
Award-winning Latina Recording Artist JACI VELASQUEZ teamed up with Autism Speaks™ as the official spokesperson for 2013's Tennessee Walk Now fundraiser. As spokesperson she represented Autism Speaks Tennessee at several major fall events, including the Autism Speaks™ Kick-Off Celebration, the Autism Speaks™ Presents Autism Sings! concert, and the Autism Speaks™ Tennessee Walk Now fundraiser in Nashville, Tenn. As spokesperson, she spoke about her involvement with the organization, performed at various events, and participated in the Walk Now's ribbon cutting ceremonies and walk...
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for King & Country
It was announced last evening that Joel and Luke Smallbone of for KING & COUNTRY received their first Dove Award win for the coveted category of "New Artist of the Year" at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. In a celebration in Nashville, TN, the Australian brothers that make up duo for KING & COUNTRY were on hand to accept the award. They also performed their hit single "The Proof of Your Love" from their debut album and iTunes' 2012 "Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of the Year," Crave...
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Capitol CMG
Capitol CMG Label Group secured a total of 14 Dove Award wins during the 44th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards. Matt Redman received six awards, such as Song of the Year for "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" and Songwriter of the Year, while TobyMac walked away with four, nabbing the top category of Artist of the Year. Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, and Kari Jobe received two awards, and Passion's Passion: Let The Future Begin won for Special Event Album. Colton Dixon walked away with his first Dove award for Rock Contemporary Album of the Year with The Messenger. The awards were presented last night at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville and will be broadcast on Monday...
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Extol has released a lyric video for the song "Betrayal" from their self titled album released this past summer. Vocalist Peter Espevoll talks about the meaning behind the song: "It was one o'clock at night and I didn't have any lyrics for [Betrayal], I sat down in a chair and just closed my eyes. I see this image of a small girl that we met in Kenya at a garbage dump searching for scraps of food. I knew that I wanted to write a song about this...
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Satellites & Sirens
DREAM Christmas Vol 2., the follow up to the original, features 8 tracks from both DREAM Records and DREAM Worship acts including Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Sumerlin, Satellites & Sirens, Steven Welch, New Hope Oahu and a special David Thulin Remix of "Carol Of The Bells" featuring Steven Hare. The compilation, which comes out on November 11th, has a little bit for everybody as it mixes pop, worship and rock on one album...
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Chris Tomlin
GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin garnered two wins at last night's 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, including the honor of best “Praise & Worship Album of the Year” for the Billboard 200 No. 1 album Burning Lights. The acclaimed worship leader also received a Dove Award for the collective effort of Passion: Let The Future Begin in the “Special Event Album of the Year” category. This marks Tomlin’s 20th and 21st Dove Award wins. Additionally, Tomlin recently received an American Music Award nomination in the Favorite Artist - Contemporary/Inspirational category...
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*Tuesday, October 15, 2013*


Natalie Grant
Offering hope in the midst of life's storms proves to be a central theme for Natalie Grant (http://nataliegrant.com/), a Grammy-nominated, five-time Dove Award winning Female Artist of the Year, who releases her highly anticipated album, Hurricane today, October 15, 2013 from Curb Records. Within hours of its release in May, the lead single, "Hurricane" hit number one on iTunes), and exploded onto the Billboard and MediaBase charts, making it the fastest rising single of her career. The record-breaking success of the single proves quite an accomplishment for one of the most successful crossover artists in gospel...
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for King & Country
for KING & COUNTRY's live album and concert film, Hope Is What We Crave | Live, is available today at digital outlets and physical retailers. This live project was filmed at The Factory in Franklin, TN, on the final night of their inaugural headlining tour, "The Proof of Your Love Tour," in November 2012. It features nine live performances from their critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave, which was named iTunes' "Breakthrough Christian & Gospel Album of 2012." Fans can catch a sneak peek into the footage as the Christian Broadcasting Network is premiering the "Fine Fine Life" video exclusively today at CBN.com...
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Kutless
BEC Recordings' Kutless is gearing up for a brand new studio album, title to be announced, on February 11, 2014. This will mark the band's eighth studio album since their label debut in 2002. The debut single, titled "You Alone," has made a huge wave out of the gate at radio receiving 34 adds its first week at radio making it the No. 1 most added song at AC and Hot AC/CHR last week. This week the single is the second most added song at Hot AC/CHR as well as debuting on the AC Indicator and Hot AC/CHR charts. Fans can now purchase the single on iTunes or Amazon starting today. Click here to watch the newly launched lyric video of this powerful anthem single...
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To thank fans for their support, singer/songwriter, Jonathan Thulin is re-releasing his album, The White Room. The new version will include three additional tracks, his upcoming single, "Architecture" plus two remixes by his brother and producer, David Thulin...
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Icon For Hire
The self-titled, sophomore album by charismatic rock trio Icon For Hire arrives in stores and online today. The album has already been preceded by a successful tour, which found the band performing acoustically and electrically. In addition, "An Evening With Icon For Hire" included a fashion show featuring designs from the Custom Catastrophes line, run by Icon For Hire's frontwoman, Ariel. Recently, more Icon For Hire tour dates were announced, running through late November...
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*Monday, October 14, 2013*


Orrico
The light recently went back on on Stacie Orrico's official Twitter account as she teased a return to the music world. A few days later, Orrico posted a video to YouTube explaining her 7-year absence from music and what she's been up to in that time, including moving to and from (and back to) New York. In the video, Orrico announces her return to the studio and her recent pursuit of an acting career. And fans can catch Stacie performing her first ever online concert at StageIt.com on November 6th. Tickets are very limited! She plans to do a Q&A, too, with special prize giveaways and more, and that will start at 2PM CST...
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Stryper
Stryper fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new video for "No More Hell To Pay" on Loudwire today. The song is the title track of their forthcoming studio album NO MORE HELL TO PAY and is the band's first new video in more than 20 years. NO MORE HELL TO PAY will be released on November 5th in North America via Frontiers Records and will be available in two formats - standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of Stryper's strongest and heaviest material ever. To pre-order a digital copy of NO MORE HELL TO PAY, click here...
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toby
Capitol CMG Label Group artists' TobyMac, Chris Tomlin and Matthew West each received an American Music Award nomination sweeping the Contemporary Inspirational Artist category announced last week. This marks the fifth AMA nomination for TobyMac, who also won the category in 2012. It is the first nod for both Tomlin and West. "Capitol CMG is so proud of these artists and their American Music Award nominations," shares Peter York, President, Capitol CMG Label Group...
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As of Sept. 24 and for the first time ever, one of the leading study Bibles - the MacArthur Study Bible - became available in the New International Version (NIV.) With more than 1 million copies distributed since 1997, the MacArthur Study Bible is now accessible in the world's most popular English Bible translation. Since published by Thomas Nelson Inc. in 2011, the NKJV and NASB versions of the MacArthur Study Bible have outsold all other versions on the market. With Dr. John MacArthur's verse-by-verse teaching, this NIV edition, now published in partnership with Zondervan, is one of the most comprehensive study Bibles available...
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*Friday, October 11, 2013*


Dove Awards
Hosted by superstars Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin, the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, the Gospel Music Association (GMA)'s annual celebration of the inspirational message and artistry of Gospel and Christian music, will tape live from Nashville's Lipscomb University and make its television premiere on Monday, October 21 at 8 p.m. EDT on UP. This marks the fifth year that UP has telecast the awards show. This year's event will be headlined by all-new performances and collaborations by NEEDTOBREATHE, Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Tamela Mann and TobyMac...
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John Schlitt
Legendary vocalist John Schlitt has announced a new release schedule for The Christmas Project. The Grammy and Dove Award winner's first recorded collection of Christmas music will release digitally and through online retailers November 12, with a brick and mortar retail store release to follow in 2014. Originally, the release date had been slated for October 29. Schlitt, who had never previously recorded any Christmas music, neither during his 20-year stint as the lead singer with Petra nor as a solo artist, says he felt "a very strong tug" to make this seasonal record...
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Flame
Royal Flush, the seventh recording from leading Christian rap/hip-hop recording artist FLAME, lands the GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-nominee among an influential list of best-selling multi-genre releases this week. Debuting at #2 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart and #11 on Billboard's Rap Albums chart following its October 1 release, Royal Flush also reached #3 on iTunes' Hip-Hop/Rap Top Albums chart last week, ahead of recordings from such artists as JAY Z and Pusha T, among others...
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*Thursday, October 10, 2013*


Jonny Diaz
One of Christian music's most high-profile emerging artists, Jonny Diaz, has signed with Centricity Music. His first song to be released through the label will be, "Asleep In The Hay," that will be featured on Centricity Music's upcoming Christmas project. Diaz has been busy in the studio with producer, Matt Bronlewee, preparing for his upcoming project that will release in spring 2014. "Signing with Centricity Records feels less like signing a record deal and more like joining a family," says Diaz. "It's a family committed to ministry, good music, and making artists and fans better through connection. I can't wait to see how God uses us together...
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Natalie Grant
Inspired by the growing spiritual needs of today's Christian women, the all-new Dare to Be Revolution movement returns in January with a 2014 Dare to Be...The Journey Continues event tour, crossing the United States and creating an unforgettable experience for women of all ages to come together and 'dare to be' empowered to make a difference in their life, their family and community. The night is created for women to unwind, be refreshed, and celebrate life with other women in their lives. They will be dared to follow their dreams, challenged to do more than they ever thought possible, and to let go of their fears and embrace who they truly are in Christ...
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Paul Baloche
One of today's most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche is set to present his first Christmas project, appropriately titled Christmas Worship, Oct. 29 from Integrity Music. The goal of this three-time Dove Award-winning artist and local worship pastor was to create a Christmas album that would minister to and resource the church. Featuring new songs of celebration along with unique arrangements of much-loved traditional Christmas carols seamlessly blended with modern worship choruses, the result is an album packed with accessible Christmas songs that help create a worship environment familiar to congregants and first time visitors alike...
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DREAM Records' rock/worship band KINGDOM return with their second full length album "REDEEMER" on 11.11.13. The album comes as a natural extension of their everyday life in ministry, (each band member is on staff at their home church). "Being in full time ministry you get to see first hand what the transforming power of the gospel can do, the music we make is just an expression of our lives as ministers". Ranging from the hard rock title track "Redeemer" to the acoustic and piano driven song "Always you", the band explores their wide range of musical influences, all with one theme and goal, to communicate the gospel and make much of Jesus with Christ centered lyrics...
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Hillsong's Young & Free has launched their first album, "We Are Young & Free," and has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian albums chart as well as on the Praise and Worship albums chart. In addition it debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 6 on the Overall Digital Albums chart. Last weekend in New York City to a sold-out crowd at the famed Radio City Music Hall, Young & Free unveiled new music, plus a performance of their single "Alive," which was one of the musical highlights of Hillsong's first ever U.S. conference. The band continues a run of dates in November opening for worship trailblazers...
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For their first Blood & Ink Records release, Turning A Blind Eye, STRENGTHEN WHAT REMAINS demonstrate just how much growth they've experienced both musically and personally since their earlier recordings. Recorded with Dean Baltulonis (Madball, Trapped Under Ice, Fire & Ice) and mastered by David Gardner (Primitive Weapon, Dillinger Four), Turning A Blind Eye packs a harsh musical punch and lyrical potency few albums in recent years could match. Without a doubt, STRENGTHEN WHAT REMAINS have created something special, garnering praise from many...
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Hope Will Rise, the new album by pop worship group, Warr Acres comes out October 29th, however, iTunes made their album available for pre-order early. Fans can pre-order their new album today. The group just recently released their new live music video for their title track, "Hope Will Rise...
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One of the International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC) worship leaders and Forerunner Music artist, Julie Meyer, is scheduled to release her holiday project, Christmas, November 5th. The album features 12 songs, with three new, soon-to-be Christmas favorites, written by Meyer, alongside traditional classics and modern holiday renditions. Meyer served as co-producer of the album, along with her eldest son, Isaac Meyer, and Luke Hendrickson...
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*Wednesday, October 9, 2013*


Red
GRAMMY-nominated rock band RED launches its fall 2013 "Self Inflicted Tour" to 20 U.S. cities this week, following up the domestic run with an 18-city jaunt throughout Europe beginning early November. In conjunction with the tour, RED's No. 1 Christian radio hit, "Die For You," is now going for adds at Active Rock radio. The band's music is also being featured on the popular "Pinball Rocks" app for iOS and Android...
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Mars Hill Music / BEC Recordings celebrates the strong launch of Dustin Kensrue's release "The Water and The Blood," which released on September 30th selling more than 7k units. The full-length worship project debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Christian chart, No. 52 on Billboard 200 and the special vinyl release at No. 10 on overall Vinyl chart. During the release week, Kensrue's project remains at No. 2 on the iTunes Christian albums chart...
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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has done the cruise thing. This time around she's staging a vacation like none other - a trip she hopes will be unforgettable for everyone who signs up. The event is the Exclusive KK Beach Party (Premier Vacation and Events) at the Tradewinds Resort Island Grand in St. Petersburg, FL, October 25-28, 2014. "My readers are looking for something new, something inspiring and relaxing and still the best time ever and definitely on the most beautiful beach, "says Kingsbury. "We will laugh, learn, and hang out...
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*Tuesday, October 8, 2013*


Show Hope
Show Hope™, the nonprofit orphan care and adoption aid ministry founded by GRAMMY® award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, announces a brand new social media campaign to commemorate their ten years of service. This revolutionary campaign was created to bring awareness to their goal of reaching 10,000 sponsors to help 10,000 orphans over the next 10 years. On October 10 (10/10/13), Show Hope will launch the "Brown Bag for Hope" movement nationwide...
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Jason Dunn
After nearly a decade with the Canadian pop-rock band Hawk Nelson, JASON DUNN has opened a new musical chapter in his life. His first solo single, "Insecurity," will be released on iTunes on Friday, October 11. He debuted the song on Twitmusic, where it landed in the top 5 the first week on the charts. The track continues to be one of the hottest trending songs impacting Christian Hot AC radio...
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The Too Hood For Our Own Good tour featuring The Ongoing Concept (Solid State Records) and Fallstar (Facedown Records) is hitting the west coast this November. Both boasting powerhouse records from this year, The Ongoing Concept will be showcasing tracks from Saloon while Fallstar will continue to expose the world to their Facedown debut Backdraft. Considered two of the best live shows in the heavy scene, fans won't want to miss this combo...
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Julianna Zobrist showed the world her powerful vocals last night, during her stirring performance of both the National Anthem and "God Bless America" at the MLB AL Divisional Series Playoff game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, as her husband Ben and the Rays took the win at home...
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Clay Crosse
Four-time Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Clay Crosse is celebrating today's retail release of his 10th career album, reDedication, from CCM Forever and Elevate Entertainment. The 10-song project is available at all major Christian retailers. Crosse, who has scored nine No. 1 radio hits and earned accolades as one of the premier contemporary Christian recordings artists...
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Warren Barfield
Six of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters will come together for Roots – A Celebration of Song, Story & Faith, to be held Monday, October 14 at 7 pm at Nashville’s Edgehill Café. The free event will feature acoustic, in-the-round performances from Warren Barfield, one of Christian music's leading male vocalists over the past decade; multi-Dove Award-winner Cindy Morgan; Gospel music favorites and rising country newcomers Aaron & Amanda Crabb; Trent Monk, founding member of hit acoustic duo...
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Dove Award-Winning singer-songwriter Chris Cobbins is making his solo-album debut with the release of "Hello World." The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers today. The creation of "Hello World" has taken place over months of collaboration between Cobbins and the album's Executive Producer, Tha Kracken. "We've been in the studio working very hard on creating a special sound for this album. It's something that we know people are really going to enjoy," said Cobbins...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp releases the deeply personal Proof of Life on Wind-up Records, November 5, 2013. Proof of Life was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and is Stapp's second solo album; his first was 2005's certified platinum, The Great Divide. The first single from the album, the reflective "Slow Suicide," will go to mainstream radio today, Christian radio Oct. 25 and has its lyric video premiere today on Yahoo! Music...
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On the heels of two critically acclaimed, genre-bending albums, worship leader William McDowell prepares for the November 5th release of a groundbreaking new CD/DVD that takes the audio-visual worship experience to a new level. Appropriately titled Withholding Nothing, the project contains over 60 minutes of passionate, extemporaneous worship in the form of songs, choruses and instrumental interludes that reverberate with themes of surrender and thanksgiving...
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*Monday, October 7, 2013*


Natalie Grant
Grammy-nominated, five-time Dove Award winning Female Artist of the Year Natalie Grant (www.nataliegrant.com), will make her Grand Ole Opry® debut as Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The fifth annual "Opry Goes Pink" show will feature Grant alongside award winning artists including LeAnn Rimes and Pam Tillis as they perform in support of breast cancer awareness. GRAMMY® winner LeAnn Rimes will flip the...
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downhere
Centricity Music announces a retrospective album to one of Christian music's most beloved bands, Downhere. The project, Love & History: The Best Of Downhere, releases October 15 and will be available at all digital music outlets in the United States, with physical copies only available in Canada and at Downhere's online store, www.downhere.com. The album features highlights of the award-winning band's thirteen-year career including the classic, "How Many Kings," the title track from their Christmas project...
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Dara Maclean
Fervent Records' soulful vocalist/songwriter Dara Maclean teamed up with International Justice Mission last Tuesday to perform at a rally announcing the resolution to name October 1, 2013, as "International Justice Day" in Nashville, TN. Local students, city councilmembers and fellow advocates joined Maclean and International Justice Mission representatives on the steps of Nashville's City Hall to show their support for the organization's fight to bring awareness to and end human trafficking around the world. Maclean...
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Hip-Hop rapper/rockers Rapture Ruckus from New Zealand are back with their newest video and single packed with a positive message to those who are uniquely individual entitled, "In Crowd...
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The Gospel Gangstaz have announced the official release of their new full-length Defenders of the Faith, due to release November 5th on Trendency Records and Camp 8. The album's title refers to the group's commitment to defend and promote their faith in the midst of the ever-increasing darkness in our world. The album is undeniably a return to form for the legendary hip-hop group that many consider to be the "godfathers" of Gospel rap. In fact, many of today's top Christian rappers are on record...
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Xist Music and Jahaziel have released a music video for the lead single from Jahaziel's forthcoming album, "Heads Up," due out November 19th. Jahaziel shares the inspiration for the song, "This song is a social commentary describing the darker side of the community I live in. A side that many within it want to escape, and one that many outside of it would rather ignore...
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*Friday, October 4, 2013*


Robbie Seay Band
Last night, anyone who has signed up for the newsletter of Robbie Seay Band was sent a free download of a brand new EP, titled Psalms EP, Vol. 1. If you missed it, you can get the EP when it hits iTunes soon. (And you can go to RobbieSeayBand.com to signup for their newsletter so you don't miss future freebies!) Robbie Seay Band plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign in the coming weeks to help fund Psalms EP, Vol. 2 and Psalms EP, Vol. 3...
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*Thursday, October 3, 2013*


Andrew Peterson
The Christmas season heralds one of the most popular holiday tours, Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God concert. The 17-city tour launches December 3 and runs through December 21, including tour stops in Richmond, VA; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Charlotte, NC and Montgomery, AL. Once again this year there will be two nights for the concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Joining the tour for the first time is singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb who has had two #1 EPs on the Christian iTunes chart and tours with her husband's band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Other guest artists on the tour include Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew Osenga. A complete listing of dates is available at the end of the press release and online at www.Andrew-Peterson.com...
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Phil Keaggy
Legendary Christian music artists, including Phil Keaggy, Petra, Kenny Marks, Rick Cua, Michael Omartian and many others, are scheduled to perform at "Sene-fit"--A Concert Of Love For The Seneffs at 7 p.m. C.T. October 29 at Belmont Church on Music Row. On July 23, Joel Seneff, the 24-year-old son of veteran Christian music industry attorney Greg Seneff and his wife, Cheryl, died in a tragic motorcycle accident. Proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward expenses incurred following Joel's hospital stay and funeral...
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Mandisa
The NFL and the Grand Ole Opry welcome Mandisa for their Breast Cancer Awareness month efforts. Kicking things off, Mandisa will perform the national anthem during this Sunday night's NFL Network game featuring the 49ers and Texans (7:30 PM CT, NBC). During her performance, she will be joined by members of the 49ers family who are survivors. The National Football League and NFL Players Association will support October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their fifth annual screening initiative and fundraising campaign. In collaboration...
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Laura Story
GRAMMY® winning artist, speaker, songwriter, author and worship leader Laura Story "maintains a particular ability to insert just the right phrase at just the right place" (Jesus Freak Hideout) on her new album God Of Every Story, available this week. The follow up to her smash-hit album Blessings, which featured the RIAA Certified Gold, Dove Award and GRAMMY® Award winning title track, poignantly illustrates Laura's continuing powerful storytelling abilities and her unique transparency to share both the beautiful and tragic moments of life...
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After teasing their fans mercilessly for over a week, IMPENDING DOOM have finally revealed the first track off their upcoming LP. The new track, entitled "Death Will Reign" is the title track from the new record. "Death Will Reign" will be released via eOne Music on November 5th, 2013...
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Nightvision Artist Management is proud to announce the release of Nate "NF" Feuerstein's new single, "Wake Up" on October 15th, 2013. This comes on the heels of NF's appearance as a featured artist on FLAME's new album, Royal Flush, in the song titled "Start Over...
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Rising star Morgann McClanahan is the grand prize winner of the "Create New Artist Search," presented by CCM Magazine, TodaysChristianMusic, Dryve Artist Management, and BE Music & Entertainment. As such, McClanahan recorded a radio single co-produced by Chris August along with BE Music & Entertainment, will open a concert date for Chris August, and be featured in an upcoming issue of CCM Magazine, among other prizes, all on the heels of her recent acclaimed indie release, What I Do (8/13/13)...
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RESET Movement, an unprecedented national evangelism effort supported by a diverse network of leading ministries, has launched the first phase of its three-year initiative. Aimed at bringing the Gospel to more students and young adults in the United States than ever before, more than 650 people have indicated a commitment or rededication to Christ following RESET's first 10 gatherings...
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Although a relatively new name breaking into the CHH music scene, Alex Faith is anything but new to the industry. Since his first coming out on Sho Baraka's "Barakaology" mixtape, to his contributions in the iTunes and Billboards chart-topping album, W.L.A.K., Alex Faith has been long anticipated to release his debut project. On November 5, 2013, Alex Faith releases "ATLast", his debut album with Collision Records...
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*Wednesday, October 2, 2013*


TFK
Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH continues to rack up the accolades for its independently released, 2013 Dove Award nominated and No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock studio album, The End Is Where We Begin. The most recent single from the album, "Light Up The Sky," shot to No. 1 Rock this week on Billboard's Christian radio chart, marking TFK's second No. 1 as an independent band and 14th No. 1 song overall. An NFL Tennessee Titans "Kickoff" song, "Light Up The Sky" also becomes the band's third Active Rock hit from The End Is Where We Begin, jumping to No. 3 this week on Sirius XM Octane and gathering significant airplay all over the nation...
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Phil Wickham
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Wickham makes an impressive debut with the release of his new album, The Ascension. The record, which was released last Tuesday, enters in at No. 2 on the Soundscan Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. The Ascension marks Wickham's highest album chart debut of his career following the success of his 2011 album, Response. Ten years and nine records in, The Ascension reveals a compelling compilation...
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Matt Redman
Two-time GRAMMY® winner and acclaimed worship leader Matt Redman has garnered the best street week debut of his career with his powerful new album, Your Grace Finds Me. The release tops the chart on this week's Soundscan Christian Albums Chart and hits the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. The success of Your Grace Finds Me follows an outpouring of media praise declaring the record as one of the "Best of the Best" (Worship Leader, 5 out of 5 stars), the tracks "nothing but refreshing...
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*Tuesday, October 1, 2013*


Needtobreathe
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces NEEDTOBREATHE has been added to the performer lineup for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin. Additionally, the Dove Cares Red Carpet sponsored by Universal Kia will celebrate the philanthropic endeavors of the talent. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 7:30pm CT and will be broadcast exclusively on UP on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. NEEDTOBREATHE and others join previously announced performers Big Daddy Weave, Capital Kings, Colton Dixon, for King & Country, Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb...
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SCC
As critical praise pours in for The Glorious Unfolding, which is available now, descriptions such as "a master still creating masterful work," "career defining record" and "musically sublime" are making it clear that people were ready to hear from highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman again. With 47 No. 1 singles and nearly 11 million career albums sold, The Glorious Unfolding is Chapman's first full-length studio album with all original songs in seven years...
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Press Play
DREAM Records is very proud to announce the release of #LITO by PRESS PLAY. The group's 4th studio album on DREAM, #LITO (short for Love In The Open) has received critical praise for the press community. With a combination of great hooks and the lyrical theme centered around loving people, the band's new album is sure to not disappoint. The album is about to break the top 10 on the Christian iTunes Charts as well...
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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, in partnership with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), is set to release the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album on October 22. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville, the album features performances from Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le'Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard and many more. Each performer - including Anaysha Figueroa whose interpretation of "Holy One" leads the release of the album - delivered a rousing tribute to gospel leaders Edwin Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr, who were honored at the fete. The albu...
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Indie artist Paul Demer has released a new track titled "Soaring." At only 20-years-old, Demer crafts honest, mature songs that listeners can relate to. This new single will inspire and enchant with it's high-flying arrangement and expert vocals. A lyric video for the song can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/7qsuSBX9w4c...
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The foundational account of the man who changed the world forever, ORIGIN is the debut graphic novel in the much-anticipated MESSIAH series. Translated by Mark Arey with script adaptation by Matt Dorff and published by Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Origin adds a visual perspective to scripture, meeting the growing demand for graphic novels in the faith arena. Messiah: Origin will be available in retail stores and online on October 9, 2013...
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