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September, 2012


*Friday, September 28, 2012*

Gabriel Wilson
Last week Gabriel Wilson debuted his heartfelt solo project, The McGuire Side. Produced by Wilson and Tom Maple, the songs found on The McGuire Side share Wilson's personal journey with his family, showcasing a vulnerability and truth that listeners from all backgrounds can identify. The musical stories shared within The McGuire Side began when Gabriel Solomon McGuire was born to young parents who divorced when he was just a toddler...
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*Thursday, September 27, 2012*

Mandisa
Capping off a whirlwind year of new releases, national television appearances, and No. 1 hits, Mandisa plans to wrap up 2012 strong with an updated Christmas album, It's Christmas: Christmas Angel Edition on October 9. The album features 3 new recordings including the new original cuts "It's Christmas" and "Somebody's Angel," plus an all-new recording of the classic "What Child Is This." It's Christmas also boasts popular classics such as "What Christmas Means to Me," "Silent Night," and "Little Drummer Boy," along with special duets with Matthew West and Michael W. Smith. The first single and new recording from the album, "Somebody's Angel...
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Karyn Williams
National recording artist, Karyn Williams, unveiled music from her debut Inpop Records release, Only You, for a packed crowd at SESAC's Nashville headquarters. Williams, who co-wrote many of the songs on the project, treated the crowd of friends, family and industry executives to the original music from the album. After the SESAC event, Williams headed to her hometown of Orlando, FL for an upcoming album release concert at First Baptist Church on Sunday, September 30th...
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Chris August
As the praise for three-time Dove Award winner Chris August continues to pour in for his sophomore offering, The Upside of Down, the Fervent Records singer-songwriter is keeping busy this fall with a jam-packed touring schedule. August is currently on the road for his first headlining tour, "The Upside of Down Tour," which kicked off on Sept. 14 in Franklin, IN (Indianapolis), and wraps on Sept. 30 after 14 dates, in Gilbert, AZ (Phoenix). Beginning Oct. 4 in Dallas, he joins the "Eye On It Tour" with TobyMac and Jamie Grace for a 10-show run, finishing...
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Matt Redman
Matt Redman has impacted millions in the church throughout the years through his long list of worship songs that have given voice and implored people to sing like never before. The GRAMMY nominated and award-winning songwriter brings many of his favorite classics together in the release of his newest project, Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection available on November 20. In addition to Redman's familiar hits, the album also includes new recordings of his biggest songs as well as an exclusive feature of the radio version of his No. 1 single, "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)." The song reached No. 1...
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Point Of Grace
On September 22, Point of Grace was presented with plaques commemorating 10 years of their time-tested event for teen girls, "Girls of Grace," in Eden Prairie, MN. Artists Britt Nicole, for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews were on hand for the celebration in addition to renowned guest speakers, Chris Wheeler, Annie Downs, Amber Lehman and Constance Rhodes. The "Girls of Grace" events have impacted the lives of over 100,000 young women over the past decade...
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*Wednesday, September 26, 2012*

toby
The Eye On It Tour featuring TobyMac with Chris August and Jamie Grace kicks off in Arlington, Texas next Thursday. TobyMac and his band cannot wait to bring the new show to the fans. TobyMac and his team are auctioning off front row packages which include passes to meet TobyMac before the show and your choice of t-shirts from his merch booth. The proceeds from these auctions benefit New Hope Academy. Auctions for the shows in Arlington and Cypress are open now -click here to bid- or you can get information about...
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EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group and Word Entertainment continue the expansion of the world's leading Christian music compilation brand with the release of the WOW app on Spotify this week. The launch of the app marks the first ever Christian music app on Spotify and allows users to discover an artist's catalog, experience the best of the genre, have more engagement with artists' music, and share playlists with friends through Spotify, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr...
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Big Daddy Weave
One of the top 10 Christian bands for over a decade, Fervent Record's Big Daddy Weave, has just added another No. 1 to their record with "Redeemed." The single, their second release from Love Come to Life, proves to also be a big hit on YouTube as the music video is closing in on 700,000 views. "Redeemed" is the follow up to "Love Come to Life" which reached No. 1 in early 2012. "Redeemed," written by Mike Weaver and Benji Cowart, comes from a difficult time in Weaver's life...
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SCC
Show Hope™ believes the millions of waiting children around the world should not be left as orphans. Show Hope is addressing this urgent need and holistically transforming the lives of these children. By awarding financial grants to families so they can overcome the high cost of adoption, Show Hope is providing orphans with forever families. In addition, the organization provides life-giving medical treatment for at-risk orphans with special needs. Did you know that since Show Hope opened its doors just under ten years ago, monetary...
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Cindy Morgan
Multi-Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan and critically-praised singer/songwriter Andrew Greer have joined forces this fall for the "Hymns for Hunger" Tour. Presented by Food for the Hungry, Morgan and Greer will showcase selections from their respective acclaimed hymns recordings, while helping raise awareness and resources for local and international hunger relief organizations at tour stops around the country. The "Hymns for Hunger" Tour kicked-off September 16 in Boise, Idaho, and is slated...
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Highlands Worship landed at #1 on the Christian Music Trade Association's (CMTA) Praise and Worship chart and #3 on Billboard's Top Current Contemporary Christian chart this week with their debut CD, Place of Freedom. The CD is released by in:ciite media and distributed by EMI CMG Distribution. "Being a worship pastor at Church of the Highlands is an honor and blessing," said John Larson, Worship Pastor and one of the many voices you'll hear on Place of Freedom. "There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than the Church worshipping Jesus...
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*Tuesday, September 25, 2012*

Family Force 5
Today FAMILY FORCE 5 is debuting a newly remixed song, "Cray Button," featuring GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop artist LeCrae. The original track was released in May on the digital EP III.V. In addition to the song available on iTunes (click here to purchase), FAMILY FORCE 5 is premiering the fanpowered music video today. Click here to watch the newly posted music video, which was directed by Isaac Deitz. Fans can also watch the music video premiered...
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Gotee Records proudly announces the signing of highly anticipated electronic-pop duo, Capital Kings. Originally from Washington D.C., Capital Kings is comprised of Franklin, Tenn. residents, Jonathan White and Cole Walowac. The duo has been creating quite a buzz over the past year, infusing elements of pop, rock, electronic dance music and rap into their songs. Capital Kings has already begun to make their mark, remixing on some of the industry's most acclaimed artists' records including TobyMac (EYE ON IT, Dubbed & Freq'd), Group 1 Crew (Fearless), Mandisa (Remixed: Get Movin') and Britt Nicole (Gold). To kick-off their signing to Gotee Records, Capital Kings releases their debut EP, I Feel So Alive, to all digital retailers today, September 25...
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Playdough
Following the success of his album "Hotdoggin", Playdough follows up with "Writer Dye: Deux or Die" as the next in line for the Writer Dye series. Watch the new video for the first single "King of Queens" and see Playdough's take on Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The new album will be available as a free download on 10/22. Writer Dye is a project that has Playdough reimagining lyrics from iconic songs of multiple genres and molding them into entirely different songs...
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Dara Maclean
Fervent Records' soulful recording artist Dara Maclean releases a deluxe edition of her debut album, You Got My Attention, today to online retailers (iTunes link: http://smarturl.it/daradeluxe). In addition to the complete collection of tracks from her first release, the new album features radio versions of her hits, "Free" and "Yours Forever." Fans will also be delighted to hear five songs Maclean recorded live during her album photoshoot labeled "The Cannery Row Sessions." You Got My Attention: Deluxe Edition, produced by Dove Award winner Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli...
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Humble Beast Records is proud to announce today's release of "Excellent," the new album from Propaganda. Distributed by Syntax, "Excellent" is available at all major digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon. Highly anticipated by fans of Christian, Gospel and Hip-Hop alike, "Excellent" immediately jumped into the Top 5 on iTunes's Hip-Hop chart and Amazon's Christian & Gospel and Rap & Hip-Hop charts. HumbleBeast.com reported over 7,000 album downloads within the first 12 hours of release on their website alone...
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Showbread
Ever-changing and always unpredictable, Showbread has spent more than a decade rowing against the current of music industry standards and expectations at a time when other acts are just trying to stay afloat. After ten years of international touring and four genre-hopping releases with indie giant Tooth & Nail records, Showbread made a tremendous shift (even for them) by partnering with the non-profit organization Come&Live! to release their ultimate musical departure Who Can Know It? in 2010, free of charge. So how does an often overlooked and hopelessly controversial act like Showbread follow up their own antics? The answer seems obvious: With an elaborately detailed, science fiction, glam-punk concept record...
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Showbread
With two GRAMMY® nominations, a Primetime Emmy® nod, a sold-out arena tour and a Billboard Music Award nomination, 2012 has been quite a year for Sparrow Records recording artist Matthew West. Today, West augments this already-stellar season with the release of his fifth studio album, Into The Light, as it bows to across-the-board praise. The project quickly climbed to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes ® Christian & Gospel Albums chart upon release and to No. 39 on the overall iTunes ® Albums chart. After receiving over 10,000 personal stories from all over the globe for his heralded 2010 album...
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Since the release of Benjamin Dunn and the Animal Orchestra's much anticipated project, FABLE, the band has been on a whirlwind tour, covering South Africa and much of Europe. Now, fans stateside can experience their unique sound and show, in a tour that covers the coasts and everywhere in between. Critics continue to rave about the creative and musical prowess of FABLE: "FABLE plays like a voyage through Narnia, with ships that sail and lions that save, all encased in an orchestra of warm synthesizers, hopeful voices, airy strings, and a dance-worthy...
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*Monday, September 24, 2012*

For Today
Christian metalcore band For Today has premiered their new video for the song "Foundation" on VEVO - WATCH HERE (http://vevo.ly/RHFX7G). The band's new album, Immortal (Razor & Tie), is available in-stores and online now. The video for "Foundation" was filmed with director Ramon Boutisveth (All That Remains, For Today, Trivium). For Today will hit the road once again this fall headlining their Unshakeable Tour...
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for King & Country
YouTube Music debuts Australian duo, for KING & COUNTRY's music video, "The Proof of Your Love." This groundbreaking partnership signifies the first time YouTube has promoted a Christian music video via their music channel. The single is currently in the Top 10 across the board (NCA Monitored, No. 10; AC Monitored, No. 9 and CHR, No. 4). "The Proof of Your Love" music video, in addition to two "Inside Look" videos, are now live on YouTube Music (http://smarturl.it/proofofyourlovevideo). In conjunction with the YouTube premiere, Contemporary Christian music radio outlets...
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Maranatha! Music/LifeWay Worship artist Shelly E. Johnson will be traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina to lead worship at the Word of Life Conference September 24-29, 2012. The conference brings pastors and worship leaders together from all over the world to teach and encourage audiences. Johnson, who is a worship leader at First Baptist Church Woodstock, one of the largest churches in Georgia, is premiering music from her new EP, Power Of The Cross...
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Hymns for the Christian Life, the highly-anticipated fourth U.S. release from preeminent Irish modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty, will bow October 9. Produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Switchfoot) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe), the 12-song project explores such themes as work, family, money, community and social action, showcasing Irish melodies as well as American bluegrass and country music influences. This original collection is highlighted by a special 10th anniversary recording of "In Christ Alone...
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Maranatha! Music recently debuted a new evangelism resource, a tract on CD entitled, The Invitation Narrated By Lee Strobel, on which the renowned New York Times best-selling author, pastor and apologist shares his faith and personal testimony. The CD landed at #1 in LifeWay Stores and Family Christian Stores during the first two weeks of the release. The CD is the latest in the best-selling Invitation series, which has sold over 2 million copies. It is distributed by EMI-CMG Distribution...
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*Friday, September 21, 2012*

for King & Country
On September 24, YouTube will debut and feature Australian duo, for KING & COUNTRY's music video, "The Proof of Your Love," making it the first-ever Christian music video premiered on YouTube Music (http://www.youtube.com/music). The single is also scaling the radio charts with current positions in the Top 10 across the board (NCA Monitored, No. 10; AC Monitored, No. 9 and CHR, No. 4). Set in a dystopian prison, the dramatic video begins with inmates marching in unison with Big Brother-like guards monitoring them. In the official trailer, which can be seen here http://youtu.be/o15AIXuDS3A...
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Tooth & Nail Records announces the new group Matt & Toby and their self-titled debut releasing on November 20th. This is a musically adventurous band that is the vision of Matt Carter and Toby Morrell of heavy rock mainstay Emery. Fans do not despair, as they are not leaving Emery. Matt & Toby will be another avenue for the duo to make music. Music from Matt & Toby will range from the lighter side of Emery to elaborate and quirky full production acoustic and electronic music. To celebrate the forthcoming release, Matt & Toby will be premiering an in-studio music video as well as a song from the album...
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*Thursday, September 20, 2012*

John Schlitt
John Schlitt and his band will make their first live U.S. appearance Sunday at The Church at War Hill in the Metro Atlanta area. The multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist will perform music from his latest CD, The Greater Cause. Sunday's concert marks Schlitt's return to the U.S. after multiple international tour dates in Norway, Russia, India and Brazil...
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Lincoln Brewster
Joy To The World, the first Christmas collection from celebrated worship leader Lincoln Brewster, will release October 9 on the Integrity Music label. One of the most anticipated holiday releases in the Christian genre this year, Joy To The World was produced by Brewster and Colby Wedgeworth. Highlights of the recording include "Little Drummer Boy," the project's debut radio single, featuring a guest appearance by KJ-52; "Shout For Joy," penned by Brewster, Paul Baloche ...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Raucous, folk-rock worshippers Rend Collective Experiment will release its new music video, "Build Your Kingdom Here" today, Sept. 20, at 2:00 pm CST / 3:00 pm EST at http://bit.ly/BuildYKH. Internationally known for its imaginative music videos, the song is from the band's five-star acclaimed sophomore album, Homemade Worship By Handmade People, released earlier this year. Filmed on location in Ireland in Rend Collective's unique style, this ambitious video is a carnival of color, diversity and energy...
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*Wednesday, September 19, 2012*

Esterlyn
Boise, Idaho-based worship band Esterlyn released their brand new album, titled Woven, this week with VSR Music Group/EMI CMG Distribution. Woven is the follow up to their 2010 album Call Out, which featured the hit single "Freedom Is Here" that was top 10 on Air1 for 23 weeks and one of the most played songs for 2011. Esterlyn's goal for this new project, which is packed full of upbeat and powerful worship tunes, is to remind listeners that God has an amazing purpose for each of our lives...
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Nichole Nordeman
Worthy Publishing and more than 80 independent Christian retailers across the country have joined forces for a special sweepstakes celebrating singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman's recently released literary debut, Love Story. The contest will give one winner an all-expense paid trip for two to a performance of The Story Tour at Dallas' American Airlines Center in December...
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Anberlin
ANBERLIN are set to hit the road supporting alternative rock legends, The Smashing Pumpkins, on the fall leg of their "Oceania" tour. The Florida quintet will begin the jaunt on October 2 at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Canada and continue through October 20 at the Roy Wilkens Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN. ANBERLIN also recently dropped their brand new single, "Someone, Anyone" on iTunes and other digital retailers. The track evokes a myriad of emotions with its warm guitar rapture and vocalist Stephen Christian's inimitable and infectious cadence...
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Manchild, Wit & Dre Murray, theBREAX, Heath McNease Contribute to Free EP for Racial Healing. "To be honest, it started as a black and Latino art form, and I'm as white as white gets," says Greg "Manchild" Owens, best known from the iconic Atlanta duo Mars ILL, of his new song "Cover Up." "For the song, I touched on what race relations looked like growing up in a small southern town, and how basketball and hip hop opened the doors to befriending all kinds of people...
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2012 has been a big year for Christian artists Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb, with Patty touring all over the world and Crabb being awarded with Male Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards. The year isn't winding down for these two gospel stars though. Today, Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb are ecstatic to announce a 2012 "Christmas Celebration" tour together. The two are blessed to be working together and will announce cities they will be stopping through along with other details in the coming weeks...
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"Comedy for a Cause," the theme of this year's Rocketown fundraiser, to be held at the popular Nashville-based youth outreach facility on Oct. 9, will feature an all-mobile bidding auction sponsored by Kroger and powered by MobileSmartBid. Among those items up for grabs are Atlanta Braves and Chicago Bears sports packages as well as a unique NYC/Carnegie Hall weekend that includes hotel accommodations for two and the opportunity to sing onstage with Michael W. Smith...
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*Tuesday, September 18, 2012*

Audio Adrenaline
Amidst the speculation and rumors that have been circulating for weeks, Audio Adrenaline officially announce their return. With the same heart, passion and infectious musical prowess they developed as a band in the 1990's, multi-GRAMMY® award-winning Audio Adrenaline is indeed back and putting together a new lineup of like-minded musicians with the same common goal; to be the voice for orphans in Haiti and around the world. The Know Hope Foundation, supporters of Audio Adrenaline and Hands & Feet Project, as well as record label Fair Trade Services, have joined them in this renewed mission to fund and market a new record from which net proceeds will go to Hands & Feet Project to continue...
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Mark Schultz
Platinum-selling recording artist Mark Schultz and Christian comedienne Anita Renfroe will join forces this fall to co-headline an exclusive 12-city tour. "Compassion International Presents Mark Schultz & Anita Renfroe" will also feature special guest singer/songwriter Shaun Groves, and will have audiences laughing, singing and sharing in poignant moments as these three artists take the stage each night. The tour kicks off Oct 4, in Springfield, IL, and will hit Tulsa, St. Cloud, Atlanta (Marietta), and eight other markets by the time it wraps up in Elmhurst, IL, on Oct. 28...
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Today DREAM Records are so happy to announce the release of three great albums by three great artists: Steven Welch, Luke Dowler, Marlene Brehm. Get to know each of the artists albums and take a listen to some songs hosted by JesusFreakHideout.com as well as get a couple of freebies...
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Sho Baraka is gearing up to release his third studio album Talented 10th on January 1st. The upcoming project will be Sho's first full-length album as an independent artist. With Talented 10th, Sho's aim is to change urban culture by inspiring and challenging listeners to "be exceptional for the benefit of others," he says. Armed with a deeper resolve after traveling overseas and experiencing a broader scope of pain and struggle, he hopes to bring life to his community and others through music and various art forms...
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*Monday, September 17, 2012*

Third Day
If you're a band that's sold millions of records, taken home multiple awards in every genre, toured the world to record numbers of audiences, graced the cover of Billboard magazine, been interviewed by "60 Minutes" and performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," where do you go next? For the members of Third Day, it meant joining forces with a new creative partner: veteran producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Train, The Killers). Third Day, known for its riveting rock sound, looked toward a new voice to help drive band members to their best offering yet...
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SCC
Legendary Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman will release a brand new Christmas project, Joy, on Oct. 16. Joy will showcase seven new, original Christmas songs penned by Chapman and six classics. The lead single, "Christmas Time Again," goes for radio adds on Nov. 16. A collaborative effort with friend and producer Brent Milligan, this is Chapman's third career Christmas record following The Music of Christmas (1995, RIAA certified Gold), Christmas is All in the Heart (2003, a Hallmark limited, sold-out run of 400,000) and All I Really Want for Christmas (2005, RIAA certified Gold)...
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The Paradigm Collective/Provident/Essential Worship announces the full-length label debut, The Royalty, from duo The Royal Royal on October 16. These two brothers are bringing a new generation of worship to their listeners, which can be heard this fall on the Phil Wickham tour beginning this week on September 20. In addition to the tour, The Royal Royal will be performing at The Story Conference in Chicago, Catalyst in Atlanta and the National Worship Leader Conference in Orange County...
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EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment announce the September 25th release of WOW Hits 2013. With 19 #1s, 4 top 5, and 3 top 10 Christian radio songs, WOW Hits 2013 marks the 18th two-disc release and the third WOW 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 28 MILLION units in sales...
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Hyland
Tooth & Nail Records' Hyland is set to release their second major release, Finding Our Way, on October 22. On this upcoming release, Hyland has crafted a rich, accessible collection of songs that will speak to anyone longing for a bit of direction on life's journey. Since the band signed to Tooth & Nail Records two years ago, they have gained a deeper appreciate for the joys and surprises of their own journey. Produced by Jeff Schneeweis (Number One Gun, The Make), Finding Our Way represents a bit...
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*Friday, September 14, 2012*

Jeremy Camp
GRAMMY-nominated and BEC Recordings artist Jeremy Camp was recently honored for his 32 No.1 radio singles since his debut 10 years ago. Over the last decade, Camp has spent 175 weeks at No. 1 across the formats CHR, AC, Inspo, National Christian Audience and Rock. Last week at the CMB Momentum conference in Orlando, Camp was presented with a plaque commemorating his achievement from Tooth & Nail / BEC Recordings' President Brandon Ebel...
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The Vineyard Church movement has always had a strong focus on creating music to help support the local church congregation in their corporate worship experience. Now, with the rebirth of VINEYARD WORSHIP, the label has returned its focus to the wider definition of worship. To kick off this re-branding, legendary Vineyard songwriter and worship leader Casey Corum will be releasing his debut album, THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM COME NOW. Recorded live at Corum's home church, Sugar Land Vineyard, located just outside of Houston, Texas...
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Audio Adrenaline News UPDATE: Billboard has posted the first official story on the new Audio Adrenaline, revealing plans for a Spring 2013 album release via record label Fair Trade Services (home to MercyMe, Derek Webb, Disciple, and more!). Also, a partnership with Know Hope Foundation allows album proceeds to directly support funding for orphans! Their first single, "Kings & Queens" goes to radio this November. Check out the full story here: http://www.billboard.com/news/audio-adrenaline-reboots-with-ex-dc-talk-1007946602.story#/news/audio-adrenaline-reboots-with-ex-dc-talk-1007946602.story...
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*Thursday, September 13, 2012*

The Wedding
Arkansas rockers The Wedding released the video for "No Direction." It is the title track to the band's upcoming Tooth and Nail Records debut set for release Sept. 25th. The Wedding solidified its lineup in 2008 when Matt Shelton, vocalist of former Island Records' act Letter Kills...
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Derek Webb
Perennial critical favorite Derek Webb officially unveiled his latest studio album, Ctrl, on Sept. 4 to stellar reviews and remarkable praise from critics. In addition, the album made its chart debut in the Top 10 on the Christian Soundscan chart. With Ctrl, Webb breaks new ground sonically with his combination of nylon-string acoustic guitar, Sacred Harp recordings...
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Dream Music Group Australia, a division of Dream Media Group Australia, is excited to announce their next exciting artist signing, George McArdle. George McArdle was the Bass Guitarist with The Little River Band, (LRB) one of the most highly acclaimed rock music bands of all time and the first Australian group to make the top ten charts in the United States...
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Matthew West
Having read more than 20,000 stories from people across the world within the last few years, Grammy - and Emmy-nominated recording artist Matthew West recently hosted a 'Storytellers Weekend' for those individuals and families who, out of those thousands, inspired the collections of songs on both his new album, Into the Light, and 2010's The Story of Your Life. After receiving over 10,000 personal stories from all over the globe for The Story of Your Life...
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The highly anticipated debut release, Never Let Go from Jeremi and Amy Richardson will be available online, and in stores on September 18th, 2012. With songs that boast inspiring melodies and neoteric lyrics, their strong vocal performance accompanied by a compelling anointing, leaves listeners with a beautiful vision of their creator. With songs including...
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Owners of the Texas Rangers, Bob and Janice Simpson unleash their latest venture RayLynn Records, a new Christian music label for emerging performers. On October 9, 2012, the label will unveil its first project Hear Me, from flagship artist Kyle Sherman. After years of being a worship leader, Sherman was discovered by the Simpson's while singing at his home church in Ft. Worth...
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*Wednesday, September 12, 2012*

Andrew Peterson
Andrew Peterson's latest project, Light for the Lost Boy was one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year, and after releasing last week the project has been hailed as Peterson's best album to date. The project, produced by longtime friend and producer Ben Shive (Jeremy Camp, Sara Groves, Matt Wertz), along with Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig, Mat Kearney, Audrey Assad), features ten new songs written by Peterson. The album will be available in three formats; CD, special edition CD with a 32-page booklet written by Peterson and seven acoustic extra songs, and on a vintage vinyl record. The special edition and vinyl projects will only be...
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As the anticipated film UNCONDTIONAL hits theaters this month, the novel it inspired debuted Sept. 1 going more deeply into the riveting story-inspired by true events-of one woman finding faith, joy and meaning after a seemingly senseless, devastating loss. "The novelization of Unconditional will touch the heart of every reader," said Acquisitions Editor Julie Gwinn with B&H Publishing Group...
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Award winning Nashville singer/songwriter/producer Regie Hamm again this year continues the legacy of an evening of great music and special giving that has become synonymous with the annual presentation of the "Bella Bash.” The event, targeted to bring awareness and support to the generic testing, diagnosis and treatment of Angelman’s Syndrome in children, this year has a special focus. Funds raised through the evening will help provide...
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*Tuesday, September 11, 2012*

Newsboys
Big idea Entertainment will release its first-ever multi-superhero themed DVD title, VeggieTales®: The League of Incredible Vegetables, in Christian stores October 13, 2012 and everywhere October 16. Presenting a lifelong lesson in handling fear based on Psalm 56:3, the DVD adventure includes a brand-new League theme song and music video by the Newsboys. "The League of Incredible Vegetables" music video is also featured as the end credits song and bonus video feature on the new DVD. Big Idea Entertainment announces the online music video premiere of "The League of Incredible Vegetables...
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Finding Favour has found a home with Gotee Records and it has never felt more sweet. "We're so excited to be a part of such an amazing team at Gotee,” said Blake NeeSmith, lead vocals for the band. “This is where God's been leading us for years and now we know we're home. We pray that our hearts and songs will shine bright into the darkness and together make an extraordinary difference!" Comprised of Blake NeeSmith (lead singer/vocals), Dustin Daniels (bass/guitar/vocals), Josh Duckworth (drums) and Allen Dukes (guitar/vocals)...
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Lifehouse
Geffen Records recording artists Lifehouse return with their first new single in three years: "Between The Raindrops" featuring Natasha Bedingfield. The track is the first single from the band's forthcoming sixth album and it's also their first duet. "Between The Raindrops" is available today on iTunes and all other major digital outlets. To hear a sample of the track go to www.lifehousemusic.com Produced by long time collaborator Jude Cole, "Between The Raindrops" features Natasha...
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Brandon Heath
Brandon Heath returns to his roots, while creating new ones, with his fourth full-length album Blue Mountain releasing October 9. The first single "Jesus In Disguise" is climbing radio charts and its music video premiered on VEVO this week. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VEyouQhBtY Heath, a Nashville native, merges ancient tones and modern music-making on Blue Mountain, a 12-track journey full of heart and back-porch ease...
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Smalltown Poets
After the band reunited for a new Christmas album last November, Smalltown Poets have laid low a bit once again, but they resurfaced this week with news of a forthcoming new EP release. Check out their announcement below for more details on Under The New Sun... "We have good news! Our new EP is nearing completion. Have you ever wondered how the little elves and squirrels do their work to make musical magic happen? Neither have we. We know it takes people to make it all happen - real people, with personalities, emotions, skills, experience, beards and perhaps allergies...
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The City Harmonic
GMA Dove Award nominated The City Harmonic releases today its third music video, "Mountaintop," which became the fastest-rising song ever for the band at radio and is featured on the band's highly acclaimed and first full-length album, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). Uniquely filmed in one continuous take on location near their hometown of Hamilton, ON Canada, "Mountaintop" also incorporates videos sent to them by fans and artists from all around the world, including clips from Michael Tait (Newsboys), Aaron Gillespie, Daniel Bashta, AJ Cheek and more. "Mountaintop" follows the release of The City Harmonic's "I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)...
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Slospeak Records just announced that SONS will join New York's indie/rock band Abel on the "Make it Right" tour later this month. The tour spans the East Coast, with a stop in Nashville, TN, from September 21st through 28th. "We're excited to start touring the East Coast again," says vocalist Aaron Newberry. "We're especially looking forweard to it because we will be on this tour with great friends and a great band...
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Amanda Noelle, formerly of Christian pop trio Kimber Rising, is releasing her radio single "Love Is Greater" to iTunes and other digital music outlets today. "Love Is Greater" is being played on a number of stations across the country and now fans can purchase and download the single from their favorite digital store, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rhapsody, and Zune Marketplace. Given the anniversary of September 11th, Amanda and Save the City Records are donating 20% of the sales made today from the single to Tuesday's Children...
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*Monday, September 10, 2012*

Francesca Battistelli
Fervent Records' artist and Dove Awards' "Artist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli, received a surprise onstage Friday night when Word Entertainment President and CEO, Rod Riley, presented her with a gold album for her debut release My Paper Heart. This marks the first debut album from a CCM artist in nearly a decade to receive RIAA-certified Gold status for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Casting Crowns' release in 2003 was the last debut album to receive RIAA Gold certification...
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Group 1 Crew
Leading hip-hop/pop sensation, Group 1 Crew, release their fourth studio album, Fearless, on Fervent records today amid outstanding acclaim. The launch comes on the heels of their first No. 1 smash hit, the album's lead track "He Said" (Featuring Chris August), which claimed the top spot on Billboard's Christian CHR chart in May. With a No. 1 song under their belts, a top iTunes album debut, spots on the hottest tours and their new single "His Kind Of Love" which impacts radio on September 21, Group 1 Crew is only gaining momentum...
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Three of the faith-based market's leading companies have joined together to announce the IXIST Tour: urban music label Xist Music, the formidable artist & booking agency Elite Talent Agency, and top Christian media & events group, FrontGate Media. The tour comes as Christian hip-hop and urban music is exploding, evidenced most recently by last week's Billboard charts milestone: TobyMac's "Eye On It" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. IXIST is more than a concert tour. It is a ministry campaign dedicated to helping people share their testimony. The IXIST team believes that God has blessed us all with a purpose, and that purpose has taken...
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Tooth and Nail Records' Abandoned Pools released the official video for the video "Sublime Currency." It is the title track from the band's recently released album. Abandoned Pools is fronted by Tommy Walter, who founded the group back in 2001. During his career, Walter has performed on late night TV shows and toured the country with national acts such as Lenny Kravitz, Garbage...
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Matthew West
Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Matthew West will headline the 32-city Into The Light Tour this fall, featuring Dove-nominated pop-rockers MIKESCHAIR, critically-acclaimed female vocalist Lindsay McCaul and high-energy rock newcomers Everfound. The Into The Light Tour kicks off Sept. 20, in Lewisville, Texas, and will hit venues in major markets like Houston, TX; Denver, CO.; Lakeland, FL; Savannah, GA; and Fort Wayne, IN, among others...
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Michael Gungor Band
On the heels of their Spring tour with sold-out stops at Gramercy Theater (New York), The Door (Dallas), The Observatory (Santa Ana), Calvin College (Grand Rapids), and Washington DC to name a few, Gungor will now be embarking on a nationwide Fall tour. The Grammy-nominated collective will kick off their tour in Nashville, TN on October 3rd at Marathon Music Works and making stops at the Variety Playhouse (Atlanta), Beacham (Orlando), Rams Head Live (Baltimore), and El Rey Theater (Los Angeles) to name a few; plus an appearance at Catalyst at Gwinnett Arena. The tour will run through the second week of November. Gungor released their last album "Ghosts Upon The Earth" which garnered them critical...
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Christian Music Archive, a fan-based website dedicated to documenting the history of Christian music, launched a brand new radio show this week called Christian Music Archive Radio. The first show debuted on September 3rd, and many stations quickly picked it up including ones based in Georgia, Maine, Missouri, Tennessee and Wisconsin, as well as two Internet stations...
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*Saturday, September 8, 2012*

Following three critically acclaimed projects, Franklin, Tennessee-based worship duo All Sons & Daughters announce the September 25th release of a new six-track EP, The Longing, along with a new experiential fan site, TheLongingEP, featuring videos and full-song streams. The duo releases The Longing amidst a packed tour schedule that includes appearances...
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Dove Award winning band THE INSYDERZ began a Kickstarter campaign to fund “The Sinners Songbook” in early 2012. The success of the campaign lead to a recording session at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak, Michigan. Fans from all over the world contributed generously to the effort...
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The GRAMMY® nominated and Dove Award winning band Newsboys recently announced they have rejoined the Sparrow Records roster. Having spent the majority of their career with Sparrow, they have sold over 7 million albums, have five RIAA Certified Gold albums and 25 #1 radio hits including their most recent #1 smash “God’s Not Dead." Newsboys’ Sparrow Records debut will come in the form of Newsboys: Live in Concert, God’s Not Dead, due October 22nd...
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*Wednesday, September 5, 2012*

toby
Five-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac has made career history with his latest project, EYE ON IT, entering the Billboard top 200 at No. 1, selling nearly 70,000 units and marking the first time in 15 years an artist in the CCM genre has accomplished such. EYE ON IT released August 28 to an overwhelming response, with the album topping the Overall iTunes® Chart just hours after its release, and continuing to reign there throughout the week. This amazing debut comes as his single, "Me Without You," continues to hold onto No. 1 on the CHR and AC Indicator charts...
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Bebo Norman
BEC Recordings' singer-songwriter Bebo Norman is set to release his eighth studio album, Lights of Distant Cities, on October 22. Throughout his seventeen years as an artist, Norman has been applauded for laying it all on the table with his lyrical transparency and musical vulnerability. Lights of Distant Cities was co-produced with close friend and longtime live collaborator, multi-instrumentalist Gabe Scott along with Ben Shive (Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves). Fans can now hear the debut single "Broken...
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If you live in Denver or somewhere near Colorado, come join Five Iron Frenzy this Friday and help support those effected by the shootings in Aurora on July 20th at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Details: A Theater 9 Benefit Concert featuring Five Iron Frenzy with Satellites & Sirens and Random Hero at The Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202). Taking place on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m...
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One of the industry's most notable songwriters, James Tealy, has re-signed an exclusive agreement with Centricity Music Publishing. Tealy has written such major chart-topping singles as; Kari Jobe's "We Are," Me In Motion's "Yes We Can," and Matt Papa's "Open Hands." Tealy is also a talented performer who has released five solo projects and recently emceed at the GMA IMMERSE 2012 Songwriter Showcase. Tealy compliments an illustrious roster of composers at Centricity Music Publishing that includes award-winning songwriters, Sam Mizell, Seth Mosley and Jason Gray...
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Colton Dixon, American Idol Season 11 top-10 finalist, signed a major recording deal with EMI CMG Label Group/Sparrow Records today. The deal was jointly announced by the label and Dixon's management, 19 Entertainment. Colton Dixon's highly anticipated debut album will be released February 2013, and his first single, titled "You Are" is set to impact radio October 19th. "We are extremely excited to partner with 19 Management in presenting Colton Dixon's recorded music to the world," says Peter York, President of EMI CMG Label Group/Sparrow Records. "His successes on...
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Brenton Brown
Renowned modern worship songwriter/artist Brenton Brown releases his fourth full-length album, God My Rock, Oct. 2 from Integrity, with distribution in North America by Provident Music Distribution. Marking Brenton's first live solo record and first live worship project since the Vineyard UK's release of Come Now is the Time and its all time best-selling album Hungry, God My Rock features six brand new songs and new versions of many of Brenton's worship classics all recorded with his band, The Worship Republic (Daniel Ornellas...
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Owl City
With the Christmas season fast approaching, pop sensation Owl City is partnering with The Salvation Army for the second annual Rock the Red Kettle Tour to encourage volunteerism and support the Army's upcoming Red Kettle Campaign. The tour kicks off today at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN, and will stop in 25 major cities across North America, including New York, Chicago, Orlando and Los Angeles. This is the first leg of Owl City's The Midsummer Station World Tour and begins just weeks after completing a sold-out July headlining tour. For this run...
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*Tuesday, September 4, 2012*

EMI CMG
EMI CMG Distribution has recently signed a distribution agreement with Getty Music. The agreement includes exclusive physical retail distribution rights in North America in both Christian and General Market retail as well as exclusive worldwide rights for digital distribution. Getty Music is home to Irish singer/songwriters and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty, who are among the preeminent modern hymn writers of this generation. Their songs have pioneered a new generation of modern hymns. One such hymn is "In Christ Alone...
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Critically acclaimed and Billboard charting group, Annie Moses Band announces its fall Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour. Launching September 7 in Goldsboro, NC and visiting 20 cities across the United States through November 25, the tour will support the highly anticipated new release, Pilgrims & Prodigals (September 25, 2012). The Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour will visit major markets including Dallas, St. Louis, Miami and Nashville (see complete list of tour dates inside the full report). In conjunction with the tour and album, the Annie Moses...
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Bethel Live releases its all-new, full-length CD/DVD, For The Sake Of The World, Oct. 2, 2012 from Bethel Music with global distribution through Integrity Music. Recorded live at Bethel Church (Redding, CA), the project features original worship songs led by Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, William Matthews and Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger. For The Sake Of The World is the heart cry, and a declaration, by the Bethel Music artists widely known for their passionate, intimate worship...
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