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September, 2011



*Thursday, September 29, 2011*


downhere
Downhere's lead singer, Marc Martel, has become a youtube sensation. Martel entered the Queen Extravaganza contest with his rendition of Queen's hit, "Somebody To Love," which can be viewed here. His recording was the top video in the Queen Extravaganza auditions already garnering 3.3 million views since last Thursday. The winner of the contest will tour with Queen Extravaganza in honor of the band's 40th anniversary. Due to the huge popularity of the video it came to the attention of The Ellen Show, who invited Marc to be interviewed and perform live on the show...
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Kutless
BEC Recordings’ Kutless is wrapping up another great year with the release of their first Christmas project on October 4 titled This Is Christmas. This album is filled with four classic holiday songs along with two original Kutless Christmas tunes (“This Is Christmas,” “Beautiful”). There will also be a 10-song exclusive version available at Wal-Mart this season. Kutless will also be touring heavily this fall as part of the “One True God," Winter Jam and the “Very Merry Christmas” tours...
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Musically and lyrically, we poured our hearts into this one,” states vocalist Shane Raymond. Watch melodic-hardcore group CLOSE YOUR EYES openly discuss the first four tracks of Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts, including the single “Valleys,” which the band filmed a music video for in Chicago earlier this week. The track-by-track video streams 30 second clips of the first four songs on the new album and reveals artwork...
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Matt Maher
Eight-time GMA Dove Award nominee Matt Maher’s third studio record, The Love In Between, received an enthusiastic reception from retail and radio this week. The project, which released Sept. 20, is resonating with listeners nationwide as indicated by current sales and radio charts as well as by attendees of Maher’s fall “The Love In Between” tour. Debuting last week, The Love In Between landed at No. 7 on the SoundScan Top Contemporary Christian Chart...
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Lecrae
Hip-hop artist Lecrae is the newest individual to share his story on Iamsecond.com, a website featuring video testimonies of personal struggle, transformation and hope of celebrities and everyday people. "Hip-hop is more than music, it's actually culture," said Lecrae. "It's the lens through which you see the world." As a child, Lecrae's world was void of good role models. Growing up with a single mom, Lecrae admits he would watch rap videos at his grandmother's house and found people to fill the void...
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Nichole Nordeman
With a ‘who’s who’ line-up, one might expect nothing less than five-star reviews for the monumental project (Music Inspired By) The Story available nationwide. Such is the case as it released this week debuting at No. 1 on iTunes® Christian & Gospel Album Chart with critics nationwide singing its praises. This was an experience that Nordeman will never forget: “As a songwriter, being involved in The Story has been, without a doubt, the most fulfilled I've ever felt creatively,” says Nordeman. “To be charged with giving Biblical icons a modern voice and then to get a front row seat as those songs are brought...
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*Wednesday, September 28, 2011*


David Crowder Band
Highly anticipated, “The 7 Tour” will begin this evening in David Crowder*Band’s home state of Texas in front of a sold out crowd. Nearly half of the shows sold out months before the tour began. Spanning September through November, “The 7 Tour” will hit over 30 clubs and theaters across the U.S. including key markets such as: Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Ore., Seattle, Wash., Chicago, Ill., New York, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga. and Orlando, Fla. Joined by Gungor, Chris August and John Mark McMillan, “The 7 Tour” will mark the final nationwide tour for...
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Needtobreathe
Atlantic Records is excited to announce NEEDTOBREATHE's new album The Reckoning debuted at #6 on this weeks Billboard Top 200. Released last Tuesday, this memorable collection of rock songs has been catching the attention of both critics and fans. Along with USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and more, The New York Times raves "this gifted band makes anthemic Southern rock that, on it's fourth album, The Reckoning, is beginning to reach for the far seats of the arena." NEEDTOBREATHE recently played their song "Drive All Night" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno...
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Michael Gungor Band
GRAMMY ® nominated Gungor’s newest recording, Ghosts Upon the Earth, has been greeted with strong debut numbers and reviews. Their latest project sold over 9,500 units the first week, earning Gungor the rankings of No. 3 at Christian Soundscan and No. 43 on the Billboard Top 200 while consistently topping the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel chart much of the week. The release comes just days after Gungor’s limited Ghosts Upon the Earth events which sold out in both Nashville and Atlanta...
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Press Play
Today, PRESS PLAY is thrilled to release their third studio album, World Anthem, with Dream Records to what they hope will bring a refreshing sound to worship. Upon releasing, World Anthem, immediately charted on iTunes debuting at No. 12 on the Christian Gospel section of iTunes and still climbing. This album has already been well received from it’s fans and critics about it’s worshipful dance / pop sound - from a near...
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Children's scripture-pop group, The Rizers, are back with their second full-length release, Rise Up, set to release on October 11. This project features ten brand new, upbeat scripture songs to teach kids God's Word while having fun rocking to the tunes. Last year families were introduced to the upbeat, kid-friendly animated group The Rizers, and since then they have made a huge wave with parents, kids and children's ministers. The Rizers present culturally relevant music instilling a love for Jesus Christ and His Word through scripture memory...
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Gateway Worship, the worship experience of the 16,000 member Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas and launching platform of Worship Leader Kari Jobe as well as hit worship songs such as “Revelation Song” and “Living for You,” has signed on with the Nashville based in:ciite media. Gateway Worship is set to release their new record Great Great God through in:ciite media/ EMI Distribution on November 1, 2011...
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Leeland
Essential Records' award-winning progressive worship band Leeland continues to garner enthusiasm for its latest project, The Great Awakening. Released Sept. 20, the album made a strong debut on multiple sales charts, while generating additional media acclaim, as Leeland leads out on its first full month of “Sounds of Hope” tour dates. First week sales numbers indicate a strong start for The Great Awakening, debuting at No. 11...
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*Tuesday, September 27, 2011*


Today, Reach Records’ Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Lecrae is releasing the newly-formatted REHAB Deluxe. In this latest installment, Lecrae offers Rehab Deluxe, which includes the Grammy-nominated Rehab, Rehab: The Overdose, previously unreleased tracks and a documentary chronicling Lecrae’s life and story of rehabilitation. In conjunction with the re-release, an exclusive offer is also available nationwide at Target this week featuring Rehab Deluxe at $9.99 which includes two additional songs (Finally Free ft. J. Paul and Hope ft. Coffee)...
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Dara Maclean
Fervent Records’ soulful new artist Dara Maclean is gearing up for her first ever tour run with Newsong on their “One True God Tour” beginning this Friday, September 30. Dara will join the group along with Kutless and Anthem Lights on the entire tour which runs until the end of October. The new breakout artist will showcase her powerful new music, which includes her Top 20 hit debut “Suitcases,” an up-beat tune written by Dara and producer Ian Eskelin about the daily “baggage” that can easily weigh you down...
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It's perfectly understandable to think that a relationship might become a little stale after 20 years. Whether things just don't "click" like they used to, the flame has slowly dwindled, or maybe the two sides have simply grown apart over the years, sometimes the passing of time takes its toll. Luckily for hip-hop fans, this hasn't been the case for left-coast veterans Jurny Big and Peace 586. The duo have both been involved in a variety of projects over the years (think Freedom of Soul, LPG, Tunnel Rats) and now have exclusively joined forces for their newest project, The Battery...
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RSJ
Grammy Award winning singer and best-selling Christian author, Rebecca St. James this week launches her ninth book What Is He Thinking?? with major national media and a promise: This is a book that will bring hope and encouragement to single women everywhere. St. James will guest tonight on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” (9:00 PM Eastern/8:00 PM Central) and as coincidence would have it –Sean Hannity himself bestowed a written endorsement for What Is He Thinking?? Declared as a “must read for every girl who wonders where all the good guys have gone...
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*Monday, September 26, 2011*


Newsboys
Boldly redefined by the runaway best-selling Born Again record, its three No. 1 radio hits, and a headlining slot on the world’s biggest tour in first quarter 2011 (playing to more than half a million people), Newsboys continue their powerful journey on November 15th with God’s Not Dead (Inpop Records). This rock-driven modern worship project was produced by Born Again’s co-producer Seth Mosley. God’s Not Dead finds front man Michael Tait and his...
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Run Kid Run
Run Kid Run is set to release their third Tooth & Nail Records album on November 15 titled Patterns, which has already produced a No. 1 Rock single, “Back to the Basics,” for three straight weeks. For this project, the band teamed up with producers Matt Thiessen (Relient K front man) and Mark Townsend (Relient K, The O.C. Supertones). Though that pair has collaborated countless times before on Relient K records, time with Run Kid Run sparked their inaugural co-production partnership...
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Following the launch of is acclaimed second project, folk-rock pioneer Burlap to Cashmere, a band that built a reputation for both exceptional studio projects and as an unyielding touring act in the late ‘90s, readies for the launch of an East Coast tour that kicks off on Sept 26, in Virginia (initial dates listed below). In addition to announcing initial tour dates and markets, the band is currently in rotation on Starbucks’s in store playlist. The coffeehouse conglomerate is currently featuring “Don’t Forget to Write,” “Love Reclaims the Atmosphere” and “Closer to...
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*Friday, September 23rd, 2011*


Red
Currently on a 22 city run with the “Rock Allegiance Tour,” Essential Records modern rock outfit RED, hard-charging on the strength of its Feb. 2011 release Until We Have Faces, fills out its road schedule for the remainder of the year with its own headlining tour and a return to Christian music’s most successful annual tour, Winter Jam. RED’s headlining jaunt, titled the KILL THE MACHINE TOUR, kicks off in Abilene, Texas on October 7 and hits 14 cities before wrapping in Atlanta October 26. The tour will also feature RED’s hard rock peers Brian “Head” Welch, Echoes The Fall and Icon For Hire...
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Artist Series Guitar (ASG) has announced two new guitar releases this month: Becoming The Archetype. This limited run graphic guitar will be available for purchase on October 1st at www.ArtistSeriesGuitar.com. Launched in 2010, Artist Series Guitar, also known as ASG, is quickly becoming known for producing high quality but affordable guitars. Alternative Press proclaims the ASG line as "Wicked limited edition axes…all for philanthropic prices...
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Ginny Owens
Dove and ASCAP Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens sets out on her fall “Get In I’m Driving” house show tour. The tour will showcase an intimate evening of music from her Sept. 13 SoulStride Records release, Get In I’m Driving, as well as classic Ginny Owens hits, in fans’ homes across the country. Earlier this summer, fans were invited to contact Owens about hosting their own tour stop. The response has been enthusiastic with initial shows in Atlanta and Indianapolis last week...
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As best put by Relevant Magazine, SLEEPING GIANT has been "rewriting the definition of what it means to be Christians in a metal band." Expressing their beliefs through their music, vocalist Tommy Green takes this a step further with the release of his audio book, Religio-cide on September 27th. Green explains, "Within the last couple of years I started putting together a book designed for kids that would be at a Sleeping Giant show who may have an interest in a relationship with God, but not know where to go from there...
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*Thursday, September 22nd, 2011*


Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson is ready for the holiday season with the forthcoming release of their album, Christmas, on November 1 on BEC Recordings / Tooth & Nail Records. This seven-song collection features original and fresh arrangements of holiday classics. Hawk Nelson’s own Jonathan Steingard, guitarist, produced the Christmas album. "This Christmas EP is long overdue from us,” shares bassist Daniel Biro. “Our fans have been asking, and we have finally delivered. One of the greatest things about...
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Longtime Superchick guitarist Dave Ghazarian trades rock riffs for jazz piano on his first solo project, available Nov. 8. Releasing under the abbreviated name David Ian, David Ian Vintage Christmas provides a timeless soundtrack for the holiday season. Having begun a lifelong love affair with jazz in his early teens, Ian drew inspiration for the project from those classic jazz and Christmas LPs of the 1950s. The result is a set of familiar Christmas classics with relaxed, swinging arrangements reminiscent...
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Mark Harris
On October 18th, Mark Harris, former member of 4Him and winner of 8 Dove awards and author of 24 No. 1 hits, will be releasing his 4th solo album titled Stronger in the Broken Places. Stronger in the Broken Places is the creative product of a new season in Mark Harris’ life. Since the end of 4Him and embarking upon a solo career, Mark found himself with enough time and the opportunity to invest in those around him and to learn from others with markedly different callings in their lives...
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*Wednesday, September 21st, 2011*


Jason Gray
One of Christian music’s most prolific singer/songwriters, Jason Gray, is enjoying his most successful album with the CD debuting at #16 on the Current Contemporary Christian chart. This is Gray’s highest debut project of his career. At the same time, A Way To See In The Dark is receiving glowing reviews and is being hailed as Gray’s best offering to date. One of two reviews at JesusFreakHideout.com asks… Is Jason Gray the new Steven Curtis Chapman? The website also adds, With his down home personality and wide open and tuneful song writing, Gray is poised to take the mantle as the next great CCM artist...
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Leeland
Three-time GRAMMY and eight-time GMA Dove Award nominated band Leeland drops its fourth national release The Great Awakening this week on Essential Records. Since Leeland debuted its acclaimed Sound of Melodies in 2006, this progressive worship band has become one of the most respected and influential voices in worship music. The 11-track “worship revival experience” was produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Matt Maher). Leeland is lead singer Leeland Mooring; brother...
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The Devil Wears Prada
Debuting in the Top 10 for the second consecutive time, The Devil Wears Prada sees their new record Dead Throne (Ferret), the band's first full-length since 2009, claiming the #10 spot on this week's Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with more than 32,400 copies sold - an impressive jump from the 25,000 copies their last release brought to its first chart appearance. In addition, Dead Throne came in at #3 on both the Top Current Rock Albums and Top Hard Music Albums charts...
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Lindsay McCaul
Newcomer Lindsay McCaul has joined the prestigious line-up of artists at Reunion Records. Reunion Records is a division of Provident Music Group and home to top acts including Brandon Heath, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Red, Casting Crowns and Tenth Avenue North. The talented singer-songwriter is already seeing momentum build around her music as she was recently asked to be a featured performer on the popular TLC network series “Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta...
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Big Daddy Weave
Fervent recording artist Big Daddy Weave releases, The Ultimate Collection, today, Sept 20 which includes their current single and tour name, “Love Come to Life.” The single is currently in the Top 25 on Billboard’s Christian AC-Indicator, only four weeks since its debut. The multi-award winning group will kick-off their headlining tour, “Love Come to Life Tour” this Friday, Sept. 23. Luminate and Kerrie Roberts will join Big Daddy Weave for select dates of the tour, which kicks off in St. Charles, MO...
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Award-winning producer and artist Benjah will release his latest album The Break-Up on September 27th via Jahmen Music Group and 220 Entertainment, with distribution through Universal Music Christian Group and Fontana Distribution. The highly anticipated album features guest performances by Rachael Lampa, Group 1 Crew, Dillavou, Andy “C-Lite” Mineo, Ron Kenoly, Jr. and more. On The Break-Up, Benjah has created a refreshing blend of hip-hop, R&B, reggae and power pop that...
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Strike First Records is proud to welcome We The Gathered to the family. We the Gathered formed in 2010 and have been touring on sheer tenacity for the past year. Now, having been added to the Strike First roster, the band plans to continue touring after releasing their debut full length album Believer. The full length delivers melodic hardcore inspired by acts like Misery Signals, The Chariot, and early Underoath; but it's the underlying, and surprising moxie that elevates this band from the throng. Hailing from Johnstown, PA, a former steel industry and city dubbed...
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Travis Cottrell
Travis Cottrell’s When the Stars Burn Down debuted at # 1 on the Soundscan Praise and Worship chart claiming the top album in the nation for the genre. First week sales landed him at #4 on the Christian chart and #98 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The first single “All My Fountains, ” is impacting radio this week, and the CD, released through in:ciite Media and EMI-CMG Distribution, is available in stores and online. “I believe many lives will be changed for eternity because of this project,” said in:ciite CEO, Chris Thomason...
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*Tuesday, September 20th, 2011*


Owl City
After electrifying performances at Sonisphere U.K., the Vans Warped Tour and a handful of U.S. festivals this summer, FAMILY FORCE 5 are set to bring their incendiary mix of dirty South dance floor anthems, thunderous beats and Southern-fried guitar on the road this fall. The Atlanta quintet will launch the "It's All Gold" tour October 26 in Orlando, FL in support of their new genre-obliterating album III, due out October 18 on Tooth & Nail Records//III Entertainment. The pre-sale for III begins today, click here: http://store.familyforce5.com/collections/preorder-III...
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for King & Country
Fervent Records duo, for KING & COUNTRY (Joel & Luke) releases their highly anticipated new music today, September 20, with the release of their self-titled EP entitled, for KING & COUNTRY - The EP, available at all digital retailers. for KING & COUNTRY - The EP includes their debut single, “Busted Heart (Hold On To Me),” which hit CCM radio airwaves earlier this week. for KING & COUNTRY will join GRAMMY Award winning artist...
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Queens Club is the latest group to call it a day. The band's drummer Jake Ryan posted this on his Facebook page recently: "At the risk of being cliche, we felt it necessary to inform you that our time as the band, Queens Club has officially come to an end. The decision was not at all easy, but through prayer and council from friends/family, we knew it was the wisest choice for us collectively, as well as individually. Thanks to everyone who has allowed us to tour with you, let us sleep on your floor, listened to our music, bought or illegally downloaded our records… we are eternally thankful and grateful for your faithfulness to us. We love each other and have found the highest...
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Owl City
Adam Young is bringing Owl City’s catchy, energetic pop back to the States. For the past three months the band has been making its way across the world, kicking off the tour in North America and making their way through Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, with dates still remaining in Europe and Asia. Eager to continue touring in the US, Owl City announced the third leg of the All Things Bright and Beautiful world headlining tour – a string of Stateside dates in November with support from pop-rockers Days Difference. These shows will bring Owl City to new places and smaller cities for an opportunity to get up close and personal with old and new fans alike...
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Jamie Grace
The newest signee to Gotee Records, Jamie Grace, is releasing her first, full-length debut today titled One Song At A Time. Critics are praising the unique sound found on the new record. “The production is cutting edge and the songwriting sunny. Overall, Grace has the stuff of stardom, and a compelling back story adds to her appeal.” – Christianity Today. "One of 'Fall's Best & Brightest New Music' releases" – gmc. "Her musical and lyrical combination is a pleasing one, and one in which many listeners will have little problem engaging.” – Jesus Freak Hideout...
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On September 27, Dare Records Inc. will release Robert Randolph & the Family Band Live In Concert. This definitive, career spanning album was recorded on Robert Randolph & the Family Band's recent U.S. tour and marks the group's first live collection since their 2002 debut album, Live at the Wetlands. It will include such Robert Randolph & the Family Band classics as "Squeeze" and "If I Had My Way." The latter features Blind Boys Of Alabama's Joey Williams, who also guests on Prince's "Walk Don't Walk." Susan Tedeschi, Ryan Shaw, Chuck Campbell and Nigel Hall join in on the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" while Shaw, Tommy Sims, Ryan Scott...
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*Monday, September 19th, 2011*


Oh, Sleeper
Fort Worth’s explosive heavy rock band OH, SLEEPER has announced a partnership with non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms to present the Children of Fire Tour, which kicks off October 27 in Little Rock, AR. The band will be joined by Greeley Estates, Ten After Two, At the Skylines and Secrets touring in support. Tickets are on-sale today (links are below). "We are extremely excited to partner up with TWLOHA for this upcoming tour,” says guitarist James Erwin. “It's an organization we've loved and supported for years now...
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Word Entertainment, Warner Music Groups' Christian music division, has been celebrating the storied label’s 60th anniversary of making Christian music this year. Word continues to do what it does best; make music that matters and to commemorate this milestone will be releasing an exclusive 3-CD set featuring a 51-song collection with a bonus excerpt from the company’s original recording, entitled Word: Six Decades Of Hits on September 20 to all digital outlets and Christian retailers. This must-have anthology spans the 60 years of great music that has come out of this landmark label and features legendary artists such as Amy Grant...
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*Saturday, September 17th, 2011*


Switchfoot
ESPN and multiplatinum rock band Switchfoot have teamed up to celebrate with millions of college football fans for the debut of five songs from Switchfoot’s new album, Vice Verses. ESPN will debut the songs from new album during this Saturday’s Oklahoma at Florida State game on ABC’s Saturday Night Football at 8 p.m. ET. The telecast will also feature Switchfoot’s new video of the first single “Dark Horses...
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*Thursday, September 15th, 2011*


Relient K
Relient K’s, Is for Karaoke 14-track CD will be available in retail stores only on October 4. A second 7-track EP, K Is for Karaoke PT. 2, will be available digitally on October 4. The first Is for Karaoke EP is out now, all on Mono vs Stereo Records and produced by Mark Lee Townsend and Relient K’s Matthew Thiessen. Check out the Is for Karaoke listening party video here: youtube.com/monovsstereo...
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Matt Maher
Eight-time GMA Dove Award nominee Matt Maher heads out on a coast-to-coast fall headlining tour, visiting more than 25 cities through late October. “The Love In Between” tour is named after Maher’s forthcoming Sept. 20 studio release, whose debut single, “Turn Around,” is currently impacting Christian radio. Kicking off Sept. 15 in Longview, Texas, the first half of Maher’s tour will be sponsored by his own non-profit, Comm+Unity, and feature guest artists Essential Worship...
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Matt Hammitt
Multiple GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt released his first solo album, Every Falling Tear, this week amidst wide acclaim. This week only, the lead track from the album, “All of Me,” is offered as a free download from iTunes® at http://bit.ly/kkqQrG. The song was initially heard on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer – see the story at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoeGKOXeO-s...
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2012 is a career milestone for worship leader and performer Charles Billingsley as he celebrates his 20th year in music ministry and prepares to release his new studio project, Never Forsaken. It's been eight years since his last solo CD released, and now, Billingsley is more than ready to share some new songs - and some recreations - with his new project releasing January 2012. Never Forsaken, a unique collection of songs, ranges from recreations (Simon and Garfunkel's “Bridge Over Troubled Water...
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Poughkeepsie, New York indie outfit Abel needs your help! The band is using Kickstarter to raise $10,000 over the next 30 days to record their second full-length album in January. Fans can go to abeltheband.com to donate or pre-order. "We know it's a lofty goal," said Kevin Kneifel, the band's lead singer. "But, we are very passionate about this new record and hope our friends and fans will respond to that." This is the second time the band has used the Kickstarter platform to raise recording funds...
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*Wednesday, September 14th, 2011*


Manic Drive
Whiplash Records has announced the September 27th release Epic from Toronto-based band Manic Drive. Physically distributed by Provident-Integrity Distribution, a unit of SONY Music Entertainment, digitally distributed by Syntax Distribution a division of Quality Junk, Manic Drive’s latest album will be supported by a fall tour with the Newsboys. Extensive touring combined with multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR...
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MercyMe
Jim Bryson, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Michael Scheuchzer and Robby Shaffer of MercyMe will soon depart on their first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. The band is scheduled to visit two countries and perform three shows as part of their eight-day USO experience. In addition to delivering their uplifting performances to troops, the band will sign autographs, pose for photos and extend America’s gratitude to our service men and women serving abroad...
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downhere
Christian music’s premiere rock band, Downhere, has once again been honored with multiple Covenant Award nominations from GMA Canada. The band received seven nominations in several prestigious categories; Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Song of the Year (Let Me Rediscover You), Recorded Song of the Year (Let Me Rediscover You), Male Vocalist of the Year (Marc Martel), Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year (Let Me Rediscover You) and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year (Two At A Time). The awards will be handed out at the Covenant Awards Banquet and Awards Show in Calgary on October 28th...
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DREAM RECORDS artist, Jonathan Thulin releases his debut album, The Anatomy Of A Heartflow, a deeply passionate compilation of 12 inspiring and thought provoking songs along with a music video in conjuction with a tour with PRESS PLAY. Breaking out on the music scene at a young age with his family, The Thulin Family band and building a large presence with fans across the country as a member of Billboard chart toppers, PRESS PLAY, Jonathan's debut CD on Dream is ready for great...
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*Tuesday, September 13th, 2011*


RSJ
Salem Radio will present Grammy® Award winning Christian artist Rebecca St. James as the headlining force on the “Purity & Worship Tour” being presented nationally this fall in major Salem Radio broadcast markets across the U.S. The concert dates will begin September 16 and 17 in Colorado Springs and Denver markets and continue through December. Salem Radio affiliates in Washington, DC, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Detroit...
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EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment announce their continuing partnership in the WOW brand with the September 27th release of WOW Hits 2012. With 14 #1s, 8 top 5, and 4 top 10 Christian radio songs, WOW Hits 2012 marks the 17th two-disc release and the second Hits Deluxe Edition release of the platinum-selling series that compiles the best songs from Christian radio at an incredible value for the consumer. The entire WOW branded series (Hits, Worship, Gospel, and specialty releases) tops 26 MILLION units in sales...
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Jonny Diaz
This past weekend, Fair Trade Services artist Jonny Diaz appeared at CMB's Momentum Radio Conference held at Walt Disney World. During the Echo Awards held on Saturday, Diaz had the honor to perform his impactful current single, "Break My Heart," for hundreds of radio programmers from across the country. Since the single released, Diaz has received an overwhelming response from fans and radio of how it has deeply impacted them. "Break My Heart," which sings of sharing...
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Just in time for the 2011 holiday season, EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment proudly announce their continued partnership in the WOW brand with the release of WOW Christmas (2011) available everywhere September 27. This 2-disc, 32-song collection marks the first WOW holiday offering in six years, since the release of WOW Christmas (Green), and features the biggest names in Christian music singing holiday classics...
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The Devil Wears Prada
Rising metalcore darlings The Devil Wears Prada has released Dead Throne today on Ferret/ILG, which the UK's Metal Hammer declares as the band's "most ferocious release to date." Fresh off the 2011 Warped Tour, the band recently announced the "Dead Throne Tour: North America 2011," the first North American leg of the band's 2011-2012 worldwide tour. The 37-date headline trek kicks off on November 3 in Milwaukee and will criss-cross the U.S. and Canada over a six-week period...
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Rachael Lampa
220/Universal recording artist Rachael Lampa will celebrate the upcoming release of her album All We Need with a free concert event at Nashville’s famed 12th & Porter concert venue on Monday, September 26th. The event will kick-off at 5:30pm with a live performance by Lampa, followed by a live viewing of Lampa’s debut on NBC’s The Sing-Off at 7:00pm...
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7eventh Time Down
BEC Recordings’ proudly releases the debut album, Alive In You, from the Kentucky-based rockers 7eventh Time Down today. Tonight the band will celebrate their label debut with a live streaming concert and Q&A from Nashville, TN beginning at 8 pm Eastern here (the link will be live at time of the streaming event). This debut was recorded in...
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Travis Cottrell
Travis Cottrell’s much anticipated new worship project, When the Stars Burn Down, debuted at # 3 on Christian iTunes chart. The first single “All My Fountains” is impacting radio this week, and the CD, released through in:ciite Media and EMI-CMG Distribution, is now available in stores and online. When the Stars Burn Down is produced and arranged by Cottrell and Paul Mills, featuring 13 fully-orchestrated songs. “I'm so thankful to have been a part...
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Recorded live at the 2011 Vineyard National Leaders Conference along with 1000 attendees comprising of leaders from the UK, Ireland and European Vineyard churches, My Soul Yearns releases today (Sept. 13) from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution in the US. The acclaimed album offers new and recently released worship songs that capture the heart and passion of Vineyard worship...
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Mary Mary
My Block/Columbia Records multi-Grammy Award-winning inspirational recording act Mary Mary announces an exciting new partnership with Pillsbury to launch new Frozen Pillsbury® Grands!® Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury® Egg Scrambles™. The announcement was held Monday August 29, 2011, at the “Doughboy™ Breakfast Boogie” event in Chicago, where Mary Mary was on hand to help unveil the brand’s new quick and delicious frozen breakfasts made with fresh, quality ingredients like real egg, meat, cheese and vegetables...
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Clear Sight Music has released the self-titled debut album from newcomer V.Rose. In stores on August 16th through Infinity Music Distribution, V.Rose fuses relevant pop, rock and dance styles with Gospel saturated lyrics, specifically targeted to fans of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Born in Sacramento, California, V.Rose began singing as a child, and at just 15 years of age she was one half of the pop duo Harmony, which...
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DREAM RECORDS artist, Jeanette Thulin Claesson releases her debut album, I Will Wait, an honest and emotional collection of 12 inspirational tracks. Her lead in single, "Story" is an uplighting track full of inspiring lyrics that is starting to make an impact at Christian Radio. Jeanette will host a CD release concert at her home church, Harvest Church along with her brother Jonathan Thulin performing on September 14th in Sacramento, CA...
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DREAM RECORDS artist, Submission Red releases their debut album, Vision Tour, an enthusiastic and rock orientated group of 10 heart felt and inspiring songs along with their single, “Inside” burning up the charts upon it’s debut. Ben Kasica of the group, SKILLET, produced Vision Tour. The group’s unique sound of infusing big guitars with female fronted vocal hooks makes Submission Red different from the start...
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Passion. Hard work. Faith. These three things have thus far defined the career of Wes Pendleton – producer, rapper, and the newest addition to the Illect lineup. Hailing from Philadelphia, Wes broke into the scene in 2006 under the moniker Teddy P. with Rhyme Council, a group featuring E-Pistle, R-Swift, and Young Joshua, before dropping his own beat-tape titled My Life Complete the following year. The past few years have brought a whirlwind of releases and production credits...
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*Monday, September 12th, 2011*


Shonlock
When Shonlock’s full-length debut release NEVERODDOREVEN (Arrow Records/Universal Music Christian Group) was released on June 21, 2011, the artist, previously best known for his ongoing gig as part of TobyMac’s Diverse City, stepped up to a mic that was all his own. With the success of his first two radio singles and an increased demand for touring, Shonlock will depart from TobyMac’s touring outfit at the end of this month to devote his full attention to his own artistry...
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The Great Transparency (Razzbarry) welcomes Zack Zaborski, new vocalist and guitar player, to their lineup after former vocalist and guitar player, Jeremiah Wagner, decided to step down from the position. Wagner, choosing to focus on other areas of his life, looks forward to the added time he will get to spend with his wife Amanda and daughter Leelah whom have supported him and TGT since the beginning. Fortunately, TGT fans have nothing to worry about since Zaborski is eager to step up to the microphone and blow audiences away with his powerful yet soulful voice and his impressive guitar playing abilities...
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*Friday, September 9th, 2011*


Matt Hammitt
Multiple GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real lead vocalist Matt Hammitt celebrates his son Bowen’s first birthday today as his first solo album, Every Falling Tear, releases on Sparrow Records Tuesday, Sept. 13, which is coincidentally the year anniversary of Bowen’s first open heart surgery. Bowen, “small victorious one...
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*Thursday, September 8th, 2011*


Needtobreathe
In support of their new album The Reckoning out September 20th on Atlantic Records, Charleston, SC rock band NEEDTOBREATHE will make their late night television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Wednesday, September 14th. Known for their exhilarating live performances and non-stop touring work ethic, the band will spend the rest of the year and all...
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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 to be available at all retail and online outlets and vinyl available at select outlets...
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Ginny Owens
Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens joins her promotional team onstage after an album release concert on Tuesday, Sept. 6 sponsored by Moody Publishers at Belmont University's Curb Cafe in Nashville, Tenn. HearItFirst.com and 3tier Strategy provided a live stream of the event, watched by more than 1700 viewers, in support of Owen's forthcoming Sept. 13 SoultStride Records release, Get In I'm Driving...
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Former Inpop Records President and Co-Founder Dale Bray announces the launch of Platinum Pop Entertainment, a management firm for both contemporary Christian and mainstream music artists. Additionally, the firm will oversee Bray’s publishing company, 21 Songs. Since finalizing the sale of Inpop Records and stepping down as president in May 2010, Bray has been focusing on developing 21 Songs and his management strategy for current clients Superchick...
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*Wednesday, September 7th, 2011*


Michael Gungor Band
Critically acclaimed Gungor recently announced a pair of limited events in support of their newest album Ghosts Upon the Earth due September 20. The “Ghosts Upon the Earth Events” will take place at Atlanta’s famed Center Stage on September 21 and at Nashville’s Trevecca University on September 23. Though the group will be touring over 30 major markets this fall as a part of “The 7 Tour,” the “Ghosts Upon the Earth Events” will showcase their full, innovative performance with additional players...
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A Plea for Purging has just released a new song from their upcoming album The Life & Death of A Plea For Purging. You can hear the first single "the life" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhz4qGZ48ms A Plea For Purging have never been a band to stay in the proverbial box. The debut of their new album The Life and Death of A Plea For Purging proves, yet again, how versatile and multifaceted...
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Phil Wickham
After selling a quarter million albums and over a half million song downloads to date, a chart topping radio single, receiving accolades for his previous three efforts and being featured in major publications such as CCM, Relevant, Worship Leader and Christian Music Today, Fair Trade Services’ recording artist Phil Wickham returns October 4, with his latest album Response. On his fourth release, Wickham provides listeners with eleven tracks that seek to give a voice to humanity’s acceptance of God’s love in any circumstance...
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Chris August
Fervent Records’ multi-award winning artist, Chris August has always loved spending his few days of summer vacation at home surrounded by friends. But, this summer he joined K-LOVE in honoring special families by filling his days off with intimate performances at their homes as part of his first “Living Room” tour. K-LOVE listeners had the unique opportunity to win one of only five intimate concerts for a local family in need or a family with a unique story, spreading the neighborhood ministry. Traveling nationwide the week of 8/22, August lent his talents to celebrate with and encourage communities in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Denver...
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Andrew Peterson
One of the most highly anticipated Christmas concerts of the holiday season, Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb Of God Tour, will launch December 1st, marking its twelfth successful year. Joining Peterson onstage will be his featured guests, singer/songwriters Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Andrew Osenga. The 15-city tour kicks-off in Huntsville, AL and concludes December 18th at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. A complete listing of the tour dates is available below and at www.andrew-peterson.com. Tickets will be available at local venues and online at www.itickets.com...
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iShine LIVE!, a unique faith-based concert tour designed specifically for kids under the age of 13 and their families, will head back out on the road this fall, hitting at least 10 cities nationwide in October and November. The power-packed, high-energy 2-hour event will feature performances from Mission Six, The Rubyz and iShine newcomer Caroline Grace, formerly of the top-selling tween act PureNRG. "The iShine LIVE! Tour is always something that I look forward to every year,” says Mission Six frontman Noah Hayden...
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*Tuesday, September 6th, 2011*


Matthew West
GRAMMY ® nominee Matthew West is releasing his newest music video for “Strong Enough” exclusively with iTunes ® today, September 6. To coincide with the music video debut, West’s latest and best selling record, The Story of Your Life, inspired by 10,000 real-life stories from around the globe, will also be on sale at iTunes ® for $6.99. To purchase the video for $1.99, visit http://bit.ly/prLrpm. “Strong Enough” was inspired by one of the many stories West received in the making...
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*Thursday, September 1st, 2011*


Oh, Sleeper
Devout heavy rock band Oh, Sleeper have surprised fans today by announcing that their highly anticipated new album, Children of Fire, will be released digitally on September 6, three weeks prior to its official physical release date of September 27. As a result of incredible demand, Oh, Sleeper and Solid State Records will release the band’s third studio album, Children of Fire, digitally on all major download services on September 6...
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Chris Tomlin
According to TIME magazine over 40 million people sing the songs of Chris Tomlin each week, suggesting he is “likely the most often sung artist anywhere.” As a result, church congregations worldwide feel a connection with the lyrics and music Tomlin writes. On November 15th, sixstepsrecords will release a collection featuring many of Tomlin's most defining songs to date on How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection. How Great Is Our God: The Essential Collection will feature 14 tracks; seven of which went to #1 at Christian AC Radio...
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Jeremy Camp
Starting tomorrow Friday, September 2nd, Jeremy Camp will be giving away tickets to his upcoming tour to those fans that know him along with his tour mates Francesca Battistelli and Adam Cappa the best. For the next four Fridays, there will be a link to a 10-question, multiple-choice quiz on Jeremy’s site with questions on all three artists. For those that answer at least 8 of the 10 questions correctly will be automatically entered for a chance to win tickets. Each week, five winners will be randomly chosen for the prizes: Grand Prize winner will get 10 tickets...
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Sarah Kelly
Life never seems to slow down for two-time Grammy nominee Sarah Kelly. While it may appear to some that Kelly was settling down when she moved to Houston with her husband last year to begin leading worship at the Fellowship of The Woodlands, however Kelly’s career is undoubtedly taking on new speed. This summer, Kelly traveled extensively, touring in Sweden to support the European release of her album “Midnight Sun.” The project, which received much critical acclaim with its US release last fall, has undoubtedly struck a chord with Scandinavian fans...
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Big Daddy Weave
Fervent recording artist Big Daddy Weave releases its new song, “Love Come to Life,” to radio and digital retailers this week with a message of putting hands and feet to the gospel. The quintet’s message was well received as the song was the most added at Christian AC radio this week, with 18 adds out of the box. The track is available at all digital outlets now. Written by band members Mike Weaver and Jeremy Redmon with Jim Scherer, the song is a call to not just say we believe in love and helping those in need but to actually live a life that reflects the love of Christ in every way...
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Life in Your Way will be releasing their new album, Kingdoms, divided into three EP's collectively called 'Kingdoms' through ComeandLive.com for free starting in October. The band has posted a teaser video on their facebook band page that has clips from all 12 tracks off of 'Kingdoms...
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