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*Wednesday, April 16, 2014*

MercyMe
For GRAMMY® and American Music Award winners MercyMe, the eighth time looks to be the charm as the 6.5 million+ selling band's latest, Welcome to the New nabs the hightest debut of the week landing at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart. The album peaked at No. 3 on the iTunes® Overall Albums Chart and No. 1 on its Christian Albums Chart. Following two weeks of promotional appearances across the country, MercyMe is set to perform their...
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Brothers, Jeremy Willet, Justin Willet, & Jordan Willet that make up the Christian rock band, Willet, have released the 1st single, "Searchlight" from the long-awaited full length album, "Searchlight" coming 8.26.14, a follow-up to "The Love On the Outside E.P." produced by Aaron Gillespie (2012). The video was filmed at a local retreat center / camp where the band has led worship at over the past 3 years. The band invited the deaf community to be included in the video shoot to share an expression of worship not normally noticed by the Church...
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Unspoken
After breaking into the Top 20 on Billboard's Album Chart last week with the self-titled new album, Unspoken, the band now has launched their fastest charting single with "Start A Fire." The song broke out as No. 1 New & Active at AC Indicator, No. 4 New & Active at AC Monitor and is ranked #28 on Billboard's NCA chart. There were 38 total first week adds and the reaction from radio programmers has been very strong...
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Ginny Owens
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Ginny Owens and Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter Andrew Greer will host an exclusive Holy Land tour next year, it was recently announced. Tracing the life and times of Jesus, the February 9-18 "Journey Through The Land Of Israel" is slated to visit the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the Via Dolorosa, and the Valley of Armageddon, among numerous destinations...
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Tedashii
Well-known, thoughtful lyricist and hip-hop artist Tedashii is set to release his new full-length album Below Paradise (Reach Records) on May 27. This highly anticipated project will be his first album in three years marking his career fourth studio release. The first single "Dark Days, Darker Nights" features Britt Nicole and was released to fans last week, and has received more than 50,000 views in a matter of days. Click here to hear this new song. This album features guest artist appearances by Trip Lee, Lecrae, Britt Nicole, Crowder, Andy Mineo, Royal Tailor and many others...
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Citizens
Mars Hill Music / BEC Recordings' CITIZENS has released a brand new single this week in celebration of the life of Jesus as we near Easter this weekend. The single "You Brought Me Back to Life" is available now. Click here to get the new single at iTunes. "This song was written with lyrics based on Romans 6," shares CITIZENS frontman Zach Bolen. "We wrote a celebratory song that calls for God's people to boast in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We felt it important to have a song that was not only great for the church to sing during the baptism of a believer but also a song...
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V. Rose
Clear Sight Music announces the sophomore release of artist V. Rose titled, Forever After. With a street date of May 20, 2014, the project drops almost 3 years after her self-titled debut release. Stay tuned to V.Rose's Facebook page for up-to-date news as further details about the project are released. Above is the official album cover for Forever After. Check out a promotional clip for the album here: http://youtu.be/5cQWtc1ln3Q...
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Word Entertainment-a leading Christian entertainment company offering an array of artist services including recorded music, publishing, merchandising, booking and marketing-today announced that it has partnered with international feature film production and distribution company Curb Entertainment, to distribute Word Entertainment's faith-based films outside of the US. The inaugural slate of films will include The Perfect Summer, My Name Is Paul, The Trail (Let God), Hope for Hurting Hearts, Mother India, Season of a Lifetime, Veil of Tears, and more, which will be showcased at the 2014 CANNES Film Market in Cannes, France...
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*Tuesday, April 15, 2014*

Plus One
The latest band to return from the CCM grave, so to speak, is pop "boy band" Plus One. Now as a trio, comprised of original members Nathan Walters, Gabriel Combs and Jason Perry, the guys have released a new single with the promise for new music following. You can download the single, titled "My All," at plusoneofficial.com. Plus One's last studio album, Exodus was released in 2003 via Inpop Records. The band broke up officially in 2004...
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Francesca Battistelli
Beginning today, fans can stream GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli's third studio album, If We're Honest, exclusively as a First Play on iTunes Radio at http://smarturl.it/fbfirstplay. With the stream, fans will have their first and only opportunity to hear the album from Christian music's best-selling new artist in the past 10 years in its entirety before its release on April 22. Battistelli's two previous albums, My Paper Heart and Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and garnered her a GRAMMY® nomination...
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Emery
Veteran rock band, Emery, is excited to announce that it has met and surpassed its $50,000 You Were Never Alone crowdfunding goal in under two weeks. The campaign, which launched earlier this month on BadChristian.com, will continue for 30 more days, with new packages, including a more affordable vinyl package, available now at: http://badchristian.com/campaign/newemery/. All packages will also include downloads of two new, rough-version tracks from the upcoming album. The band plans to announce what the excess funds will be used for next week...
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Tamela Mann
GRAMMY®-Award Nominated Vocalist TAMELA MANN appears on ABC's The View Tuesday, April 22. In celebration of co-host Sherri Shepherd's birthday, Tamela will perform her mega-hit "Take Me To The King" for her friend and millions nationwide. "Sherri is a dear friend, and I'm thrilled to be a part of her special day," said Tamela...
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The Choir
With Shadow Weaver, veteran alternative rockers the Choir took their first plunge into crowd-funding. Although the GRAMMY®-nominated group has long relied upon some of pop music's most ardent supporters, the results were unexpected. "The response was not only stunning, but humbling," says singer and guitarist Derri Daugherty. "It made us want to deliver, and I think people are going to be blown away by this record. It's pretty epic...
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Phil Wickham
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and worship leader Phil Wickham is set to release The Ascension: Deluxe Edition today, April 15. Available digitally only, the album will feature 11 original tracks from Wickham’s ninth album which released last fall, as well as 10 new acoustic recordings. The Ascension landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart and in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 following its release...
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Jesusfreakhideout.com
Devotional writer J.M. Farro, whose work has been featured on Jesusfreakhideout.com for over the past decade, has just released a brand new book titled, The Promise-Powered Life for Women, available on Amazon.com in paperback and digital (Kindle) form...
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Family Force 5
Netherlands website BEAM have debuted a new live video from LZ7 today that features former Family Force 5 vocalist, Soul Glow Activatur. The song, titled "Next Level," released on last year's Reanimated album by Family Force 5. Check out the video here: http://www.eo.nl/index.php?id=9104...
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CentricWorship and Centricity Publishing, LLC announce today the signing of CentricWorship's first exclusive songwriting and artist deal with worship leader and CentricWorship songwriters retreat participant, Corey Voss. Voss has garnered tremendous success with the song "Nothing But the Blood," CentricWorship's first church single off the EP, All The Saints: Live from the CentricWorship Retreat-No.1. In the three weeks since the debut of the "Nothing But The Blood" live music video, the song's combined views total more than 23,000 unique views. As part of the exclusive agreement with Centricity Publishing, Voss is working on an upcoming solo project to be released on the CentricWorship label. "Simply put, Corey's songs are pure heart," says label head, Steve Rice. "You can't listen to one of his songs and not feel like you just heard...
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As he gears up for the July 22 release of his new album Hope on Tell The Rest Records, FLINTFACE is revitalized and road ready as he embarks on a trek of dates with The Trews and brings a sneak peek of Hope to every tour stop. Dates kick off at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh on June 4th...
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*Monday, April 14, 2014*

Disciple
With their recent departure from home label Fair Trade Services, rock band Disciple is taking the fan-funding route to release their new 2014 album release. Check out the video above and the text below for all the details. And visit their Kickstarter page to see how you can help! "We are enlisting our fans & friends to help us create the best Disciple album to date. Pre-order the record & join us in our mission...
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Integrity Music releases internationally on May 6 The Action Bible Remixed, a collection of well-known modern worship songs reimagined with the electronic sounds of producer Victor "Liquid" Oquendo and featuring guest appearances by KJ-52, DJ Maj, Canton Jones, Milton Young, Stefan The Scientist, L.E.D. and Liquid. The 10-track album was inspired by The Action Bible: God's Redemptive Story, David C Cook's best-selling and most comprehensive children's picture Bible available today with nearly one million Action Bible brand products in print...
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*Friday, April 11, 2014*

Rich Mullins
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) will induct Rich Mullins, writer of "Awesome God," into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at their inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The event celebrates those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally...
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Jonny Diaz
Singer-songwriter Jonny Diaz celebrates the release of his third national project and Centricity Music debut, Let It Fly this week. The project has already received rave reviews from critics, while its current radio single, "Thank God I Got Her," continues to gain momentum at radio...
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Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers, Dove Award-winning vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and former longtime member of TobyMac’s Diverse City band, joins a roster of many of music’s most celebrated talents contributing to the acclaimed self-titled debut recording by Nathan East, America’s preeminent bassist...
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Jonah33
The New Jonah 33 5-song EP will release April 29th on St. MUSE RECORDS. The band has just debuted the cover art for the new project. In regard to the cover artwork, Singer/Songwriter Vince Lichlyter states: "Jesus became a criminal for us. There are a lot of people who can't grasp that. But he was tried in court, convicted and sentenced. He just wasn't guilty...
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Reformers have premiered the song "Abomination" from their upcoming album 'Abolish' over at the Mediaskare Records YouTube channel, located here http://youtu.be/PzaCCxMa8VA. The band's debut album 'Abolish' is set to hit stores April 29th on Mediaskare Records. Pre-order packages are available now at http://www.merchconnectioninc.com/collections/reformers...
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Beckah Shae
Leading up to the release of her highly-anticipated eighth studio album Champion available May 6, Shae Shoc Records' flagship artist Beckah Shae has revealed her third single "Pioneer." The new upbeat track is available on iTunes and impacts Hot AC, CHR and Rhythmic radio today...
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Unspoken
Centricity Music’s breakout band Unspoken celebrates a successful street week for its first full-length, self-titled album that released April 1st. Unspoken debuted last week at No. 35 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and quickly rose to No. 16 this week. The project is only for sale at retail through Lifeway Christian stores and available online at all music outlets...
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*Thursday, April 10, 2014*

Newsboys
NewSong's Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular has wrapped the biggest and most innovative season in its 19-year history, reigning once again as the world's largest first quarter tour, according to Pollstar. For the fourth consecutive year, Winter Jam tops Pollstar's First Quarter Year To Date Worldwide Ticket Sales chart - Top 100 Tours, surpassing all other 2014 first quarter tours, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Beyoncé, Michael Bublé, Imagine Dragons and Justin Timberlake...
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Lecrae
Christian retail's top independent distributor New Day Christian Distributors adds Reach Records to its first-rate lineup of music partners. The Atlanta-based hip-hop label plans to kick off its new distribution agreement with anticipated albums from both GRAMMY Award-winning artist Lecrae and rapper Tedashii. Reach Records was established more than ten years ago on the ideals of faith and positive messaging...
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toby
Capitol CMG Label Group is proud to announce they have garnered nine 2014 Billboard Music Award nominations, which were announced live yesterday on "Good Morning America." Chris Tomlin received three nominations, Mandisa and Matthew West each received two nominations, while TobyMac and WOW 2014 were also recognized...
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Chris Tomlin
Internationally acclaimed recording artist and worship leader Chris Tomlin has earned three Billboard Music Award (BBMA) nominations, one in each of the three Christian music categories: Artist, Song ["Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)"] and Album with Burning Lights, which made history as only the fourth Christian music album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The nominations follow Tomlin's 2012 BBMA nomination for Christian Artist, and wins in 2011 for Top Christian Artist and Song ("Our God")...
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Country music superstar Josh Turner will be at Lifeway Christian Store, located at 1725 Galleria Blvd. in Franklin, Tenn. (just outside Nashville), on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm to sign copies of his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood...
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Entertainment One Music (eOne) continues to lead a chart-topping roster of diverse artists, encompassing a wide range of melodies that drive the sounds of Gospel today. Garnering two Top 5 albums on the latest Billboard Gospel Albums chart, eOne also delivers the hits in Gospel Radio, with four singles in the Top 10 on the latest Gospel Radio chart by Erica Campbell, James Fortune & FIYA, Ricky Dillard & New G, and William McDowell...
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*Wednesday, April 9, 2014*

Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North has been making the 10th day of every month a special day for fans. Starting in January the band released a deluxe version of The Struggle, debuted a new video journal, hosted online chats and celebrated selling their one millionth record. This month's special feature: A live broadcast from Blackbird Studios starting at 9:10 A.M. cst on April 10th while the band records their new album...
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The Museum
BEC Recordings' The Museum will be releasing their third label release on May 6 titled What We Stand For. Radio will be introduced to the next chapter of The Museum's music with the radio single "Saved My Soul" that goes for adds this Friday, April 11. While the Atlanta-based group has released two projects that have delivered pop-hooks listeners have been driven to, at the core they are worship leaders. This new album is reflective of their hearts for worship...
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For the first time, FamilyLife is presenting a one-day, LIVE nationwide simulcast to help American couples strengthen marriages and defy divorce rates. in:cast events will simulcast FamilyLife's I Still Do™ conference live from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and will reach millions in homes, churches and venues across the nation on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014...
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Writer, Director, and Producer Sharon Kon was the recipient of this year's Excellence in Service Award at the Christian Women in Media Association's (CWIMA) Annual Awards Gala in Dallas on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Kon was also named Regional Director of CWIMA's New York Metro chapter. Other honorees include Executive Producer and Actress, Roma Downey, Film Critic, Publisher of Movieguide®, and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, Dr. Ted Baehr, and Singer-Songwriter, Babbie Mason...
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*Tuesday, April 8, 2014*

Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE is gearing up for the release of their new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out next Tuesday April 15th on Atlantic Records. In support, the critically acclaimed band will bring their captivating live show to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18th and will return to the Late Show with David Letterman on April 23rd to perform new single "The Heart." Check out the records official video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5Yo99VjE2o...
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Fellowship Creative will release their major label debut album, Running To Follow. May 13. Partnering with Fair Trade Services for this first LP, Fellowship Creative is excited for the opportunity to bring their music to the masses. As the music arm to Fellowship Church based in Grapevine, Texas, the church has grown to multiple locations found in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as well as in Miami and London...
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White Collar Sideshow is finally going to Europe and they need your help! About their new funding project, the band writes, "We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Steiger International as we have been accepted to the Steiger Missions School in Krogis, Germany. (www.steiger.org/sms) This 10 week school (June 14-August 21, 2014)...
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Holly Starr
“God Is,” the highly-anticipated new single from acclaimed Artist Garden Entertainment singer/songwriter Holly Starr, is poised to impact radio next month. Penned by Phillip LaRue and GRAMMY® Award-winner Christopher Stevens, the song was produced by Stevens (TobyMac, Jamie Grace) and Chuck Butler (Mandisa, Royal Tailor). Going for adds at Christian AC and CHR radio May 16, the powerful piano-driven single celebrates Christ’s attributes, conveying the Hope found only in Him...
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Entertainment One Music has signed celebrated artist, songwriter and worshipper Todd Dulaney to its award-winning Gospel roster. Joining eOne Music in a new recording deal, the Stellar Award-nominated singer will record and release multiple albums, with the first single slated for release in late Summer this year, off his upcoming new album slated for a first-quarter release in 2015. He'll also be appearing on The Word Network, live on Wednesday April 9th, at 8 pm EST...
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BMG recording artist Danny Gokey is set to make his highly anticipated return with the extraordinary new album, "HOPE IN FRONT OF ME." The album - which includes the current chart-climbing single, "Hope In Front Of Me" - arrives on June 24th. Acclaimed singer, author, and American Idol favorite, Danny Gokey made an indelible first impression with 2010's record-breaking debut album, "MY BEST DAYS...
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JASON CRABB - Grammy Award Winner and 21 time GMA Dove Award winner - kicked off his 2014 Love Is Stronger tour with a little help from his friends. Well, make that 20,000 friends! Crabb recently began his tour with a stop in Knoxville, TN at Thompson-Boling Arena as part of Winterfest weekend. Appearing alongside Duck Dynasty's Luke and Sadie Robertson and the band Planetshakers, Jason's soaring vocals, signature guitar skills and his amazing band filled the arena and had the crowd of over 20,000 teenagers on their feet with hands in the air...
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Known for fearlessly taking on sacred Christian cows, author, pastor, songwriter and Jesus-music visionary John Fischer welcomes fellow slayer Os Guinness, on The Catch, tonight, April 8 at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific at www.BlogTalkRadio/The Catch, or available via podcast after the show on iTunes...
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*Monday, April 7, 2014*

K-Love
K-LOVE is spreading the love at Raley Field by announcing their new partnership with the Sacramento River Cats baseball team. K-LOVE is excited to bring "K-LOVE Sunday Funday" as well as "K-LOVE Corner" throughout the 2014 season. K-LOVE Sunday Funday will be held during the ten Sunday home games, while throughout the entire 72 home games Raley Field's Section 101 will be branded as "K-LOVE Corner," as shown in the...
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*Friday, April 4, 2014*

Audrey Assad
Singer/songwriter Audrey Assad has just released a unique indie film titled O Happy Fault that she was able to put together with funds from her latest album Kickstarter campaign. According to the iTunes download page, the synopsis reads, ""O Happy Fault" is a visual meditation- story and song woven together into one rich, mature, and beautiful short film. Live concert footage from Audrey Assad and fictional narratives alternate in a prayerful rhythm. Songs performed include: I Shall Not Want, Humble, Lament, Lead Me On, and You Speak...
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Kari Jobe
Last week GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe released her third label project Majestic (Capitol CMG) to rave reviews and fan response. This full-length, all new live album debuted at No. 1 on three Billboard charts including the Christian Contemporary Album, Praise & Worship and Christian Digital Album charts. Majestic also debuted at No. 4 on the Overall Digital Album chart and earned Jobe her second Billboard Top 200 Top 15 debut at No. 12. Majestic is also available as a full-length live concert DVD. Click here...
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Following the release of I Need You, the highly-anticipated debut from singer/songwriters and leading background vocalists Seth & Nirva, the couple have made multiple high-profile media appearances as the recording continues to garner widespread critical acclaim. Seth & Nirva recently appeared on TBN's "Praise The Lord," hosted by GRAMMY® and Dove...
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Keith and Kristyn Getty
Celebrated modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty make their way back to the stage this month for a 20-city spring 2014 "Hymns for the Christian Life" tour, reprised for a fourth leg after successful runs throughout the United Kingdom and North America. The event marks the Getty's first public appearance since welcoming their second child in January. Featuring a band of Irish and American musical virtuosos, the contemplative yet high-energy evening...
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Carlos Whittaker
Life isn't meant to fit in a bucket. For Carlos Whittaker, living deliberately is a way of life and that's what he's talking about in his brand new book "Moment Maker - You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You." Available beginning this week (April 1), "Moment Maker" brings together what it looks like to "Create," "Receive" and "Rescue" moments in your life. As a long-time thought leader, Carlos Whittaker has been recognized for his 'making moments' through a certain viral video that received a People's Choice Award, his segment...
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Hailing from his forthcoming album Fallen King releasing May 6, Full Ride Music Group's Thi'sl shares a first look at his new music video 'Take My Life.' The song is produced by DeeOnTheTrack and features fellow St. Louis natives Flame and JSon. "Last year when I saw the rise of attacks against Christians in places like Peshawar, Pakistan where 85 believers were murdered at All Saints Church or in Nairobi...
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*Thursday, April 3, 2014*

Carman
After a 10 year hiatus, Christian Music Trailblazer and Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Carman is set to release a new studio album, 'No Plan B,' on May 27 through his independent label Norway Avenue Records and Capital Christian Distribution. On May 13, the 'No Plan B' presale launches with an instant download track. In support of the new release, Carman hits the road May 29 on his 'Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour' making stops at venues across the country bringing new music to friends and fans nationwide...
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The GMA Foundation reveals additional talent for the inaugural GMA Honors celebration and Hall of Fame induction to be held on April 29th at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville, TN. Inductee, Take 6 will do an exclusive group performance with all members, both past and present, for the first time ever, as a celebration of this honor and their 25th anniversary as a group. In addition, special guests scheduled to appear will include David Crowder, dc Talk (TobyMac, Michael Tait, Kevin Max), Earnest Pugh, Ellie Bannister Holcomb, Kirk Whalum, Lenny LeBlanc and Steven Curtis Chapman...
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Kari Jobe
Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, releases the highly anticipated You Make Me Brave CD/DVD internationally April 22 through Fuel Distribution. Chronicling the worship experience during a three-day women's conference held at The Civic in Redding, CA, the album features songs that were written independently and later led at the conference by a gifted team of worship leaders...
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Michael W. Smith
Contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith has debuted at No. 2 on Nielsen SoundScan's Top Current Contemporary Christian Album Chart (week ending 3/30/2014) with his latest album Hymns. The album also debuted at No. 25 on Nielsen SoundScan's Top Current Albums Chart (week ending 3/30/2014). This is the latest project from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program, and can be purchased exclusively at all 626 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and CrackerBarrel.com...
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K-LOVE's mission to inspire and encourage listeners continues with the launch of myKLOVE, a robust free mobile app community that has had more than 120,000 downloads in just a few weeks. The myKLOVE app, available for download on IOS and Android, features Biblical resources, weekly challenges and a share wall that helps people grow in their walk with God. myKLOVE also features articles by best-selling Christian authors and exclusive access to fan favorite K-LOVE artists...
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Worship pastor, CCM artist and R&B legend, Montell Jordan, was invited to be the guest speaker this week at Belmont University’s Christian Faith Development Convocation in Nashville, TN. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. Jordan spoke on “The Power of Music” to the standing room only audience of students. Jordan is currently the worship pastor...
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*Wednesday, April 2, 2014*

Emery
Veteran rock band, Emery, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support its upcoming album, You Were Never Alone, to be released this summer on BadChristian Music, the record label founded by Emery members, Matt Carter and Toby Morrell, and former Emery bassist, Joey Svendsen. The band is now offering multiple You Were Never Alone crowdfunding packages through the BadChristian website at: www.badchristian.com/campaign/newemery including autographed merch, limited vinyl, personal fan experiences and more. All packages will also include downloads of two new, rough-version tracks from the upcoming album...
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The Ragamuffin film, based on the life and legacy of best-selling Christian music singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, is set to release on DVD May 6, 2014. The Color Green Films full-length feature will release first exclusively in Walmart retail stores through Millennium Entertainment followed by a nationwide CBA retail release on July 8 through Capitol Christian Distribution...
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Erica Campbell's solo effort HELP, leads the Billboard Top Gospel Chart this week at Number 1. The album also lands on several other charts including Number 1 on Top Gospel & Christian (combined) and Number 6 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. This impressive debut marks Campbell's highest entry on the Top 200 Chart including her Mary Mary releases and the highest ever first week chart position for a female solo gospel artist...
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*Tuesday, April 1, 2014*

Copeland
April 1st seems like a terrible day of the year to make a reunion announcement, but today, indie rock band Copeland released a brand new song via YouTube and preorders for a brand new studio album titled IXORA via TheCopelandSite.com. About the project, the band writes, "It's been almost six years since Copeland has released new music. Though each member has been pursuing new ventures, inside and outside of the music industry both...
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Australia's next pop-rock kings, New Empire, has officially announced plans to release their new album, In A Breath, on April 29th via Tooth & Nail Records. In anticipation, the band has debuted their video for "Say It Like You Mean It" in the U.S. with NylonGuysMag.com and launched pre-orders for the record now at iTunes (w/instant download of "Say It Like You Mean It") and Tooth & Nail (T-Shirt/CD/Download Bundles). Watch New Empire's video for "Say It Like You Mean It...
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Paul Baloche
Writer Melissa Riddle Chalos has shared this article she wrote about worship leader Paul Baloche... There is a certain blanket of wisdom that, if you seek it, comes over time. It wraps around a true and honest place where you are surrounded by good friends and family and have nothing left to prove. A place where you know who you are, you know your purpose, and you're content to leave the details up to God. "If you do something long enough, you uncover life lessons along the way," Paul Baloche says. "You aspire to be faithful to God's calling in your life, pressing through even when you...
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Jeff Anderson
Former Gotee Records solo artist Jeff Anderson has been busy in recent years producing his own solo worship albums, the latest being 2012's In The Shadow, but few know that Anderson had launched a unique post-rock instrumental project called Anderson Cale in 2008. Jeff partnered with friend and fellow musician Jesse Cale Burkett to form Anderson Cale and the two have been prepping to release a new album called Flight for 2014. To make the project a reality, the duo have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a humble $5,000 to finish the album...
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Come&Live! Records, who are or have been home to artists like The Ember Days and Showbread, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new documentary about their trip to Colombia. About the project, the label writes: "The much-anticipated follow up to New Zealand [This is our story]. Shot on location throughout Colombia, South America. Sometimes a story isn’t told in a single lone chapter. In this case, it seemed the story had a life all its own, as though it was being penned by hands other than ours...
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*Monday, March 31, 2014*

Rush Of Fools
Rush of Fools is beyond excited to partner with their new label and to release their new album "Carry Us Now" on June 3, 2014. The album features 11 brand new recordings produced by Jason Ingram, including a new version of the song, "Undo," which reached #1 on AC Monitored charts in 2007. Their current brand new single "Held In Your Hands" is now being added to stations across the country and celebrates #1 New and Active on the AC Audience Chart this week...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Rend Collective have shared a special article they've written about their brand new album: "We at Rend Collective have a shocking confession. We are not actually an indie-folk band: we are a celebration band. Don't be fooled by our vintage-inspired, slightly homeless, vaguely nautical attire, our tendency to dabble with rusty, antique instruments, or our abundant and seldom-tamed facial hair. Do not be led astray by the fact that we do, indeed, play our fair share of folk music. (It is, after all, in our Celtic blood)...
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David Thulin is set to release his latest remix project, Light In Me (Feat. Nicole Croteau) The Remixes on May 6th exclusively on Beatport and on May 20th for the rest of digital. This project will feature a collection of 7 remixes of his most popular song from Reconstruction 2.1. The project includes remixes by the best up-and-coming producers and djs: Matthew Parker, Euphoric Nation, Unikron, Chris Howland, J-3, Maxem and Greg Hobgood. Completely remixed, these innovative expressions...
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Smokie Norful released an all new single, "No Greater Love," last week to a fantastic response. Within the first few days of sale on iTunes, "No Greater Love" cracked the top 10 on the sales chart and was immediately added to Gospel radio rotation. The single debuted at #20 on Billboard's Gospel airplay chart and the Mediabase Gospel chart receiving the most adds & increased spins this week...
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Worship artist, Mike Lee, is poised to release his first national project, Awakening Hearts, May 1st. The 5-song EP features new, original songs from the talented singer/songwriter and was executive produced by Ed Cash and co-produced by Scott Cash and Cody Norris. Recorded in Franklin, TN, Awakening Hearts prevailing theme centers on Ephesians 1:13-14: "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise...
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*Sunday, March 30, 2014*

Today, Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers announced that he is stepping down from being a part of TobyMac's live Diverse City Band to pursue his solo career full-time. Last year, Mr. Talkbox released a new studio EP titles Show Me The Way! and is planning on releasing new music soon. Through a video to his fans on YouTube, Byron made the announcement with excitement for the future. He and his wife Tamara are also planning to speak on marriages...
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*Friday, March 28, 2014*

Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson continues to impact fans with their 2013 released album Made (Fair Trade Services). Recently, the band was honored with a SESAC award for their No. 1 song "Words," a Billboard's Christian Hot AC/CHR Top 10 single for 22 weeks. Today, Hawk Nelson is releasing their newest single from Made, "A Million Miles Away" to radio. "'A Million Miles Away' is more than just a fun pop song that we enjoy playing live," shares front man Jon Steingard. "It's all about the freedom we find in salvation...
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With multiple top 10 Billboard Christian CHR singles and a Dove nomination to her name, Shae Shoc Records' flagship artist Beckah Shae is preparing to raise a generation of champions with her brand new electronic dance album Champion, available nationwide on May 6. The dance/pop release features award-winning and multi-platinum selling artists such as Israel Houghton, Crystal Lewis, Eric Dawkins, Canon and T-Bone...
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All Sons & Daughters
Presented by North Central University, the Pure Worship Institute is a refreshing worship conference designed to encourage, equip, and empower singers and musicians to honor God with their songs and their lives. Pure Worship Institute is held June 16 - 20, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. Each year, PWI is honored to host many wonderfully anointed and gifted worship leaders and speakers – all who love Jesus and who are committed to serving the body of Christ! This year is no exception...
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*Thursday, March 27, 2014*

Demon Hunter
Extremist (Solid State Records), the highly anticipated seventh studio album from legendary hard rockers DEMON HUNTER, debuted this week at an impressive No. 16 on the Billboard 200. The Top 20 debut represents the highest chart debut in the band's already storied career, surpassing its previous best set by the No. 36 debut of DEMON HUNTER'S 2012 album True Defiance. In addition, Extremist debuted at No. 2 on the Christian Albums Chart, No. 2 on the Hard Rock Chart, No. 2 on the Independent Albums Chart and No. 23 on the Digital Albums chart...
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Yesterday, the Parachute Music Festival team reported that they would be retiring the festival that was held at El Rancho Christian Camp in Waikanae, New Zealand. Check out the official announcement below and accompanying video. "Team, we have some big news. It is with very sad hearts we say goodbye to Parachute Festival - Read on for more details... In 1992, on a small patch of vacant farmland in Waikanae, we put on a little show. More of a happy experiment than anything else, we were stunned when 1,200 people showed up. By 1995, Parachute Festival had become a major event, celebrating our very first international act, a burgeoning Lynchburg trio by the name of DC Talk. You might remember that year; a flash rainstorm descended on our tiny mainstage, threatening to put an end to the evening’s proceedings – the band vowed that the show would go on...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Dove Award-nominated Irish worshippers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective released their fourth and 5-Star acclaimed album, The Art of Celebration, globally from Integrity Music on St. Patrick's Day. The album immediately soared to the top of retail charts internationally, becoming their biggest selling debut and spending time at No. 1 as the best-selling album of any genre at iTunes® and Amazon.com worldwide. With 18,433 albums sold, The Art of Celebration also hit No. 13 on the Top 200 and No. 1 on the Current Contemporary Christian Billboard retail charts...
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Phil Wickham
Former Gotee Records pop/rock/soul artist Ayiesha Woods has been laying low since her 2009 Christmas release, but after getting married and starting a family for the past few years, Ayiesha is getting ready to release a brand new studio album, It's Time, but she needs your help! Now fully independent, she doesn't have the label support needed to make the album come together completely, but with fans' help, she hopes to release it to the world by June. Visit Kickstarter for more details...
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Kari Jobe
This week GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe celebrates the release of her new album and DVD, Majestic (Capitol CMG). This all-new album recorded live at the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX is resonating with fans as it climbed to No. 4 this week on iTunes Overall Albums and No. 1 on iTunes Christian & Gospel charts. Majestic is also Jobe’s first-ever full-length live concert DVD. The DVD is also a part of the physical deluxe edition of Majestic featuring bonus songs in addition to the full concert footage...
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Cheri Keaggy
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Cheri Keaggy will partner with Lifesong for Orphans for Celebrate Life, a series of benefit concerts featuring Keaggy and the Zambia Children's Choir. Proceeds from the concerts, which kick off April 26 in Houston, will be used to care for orphans and their needs. "Honestly, I'm humbled to be partnering with Lifesong for Orphans this Spring," says Keaggy. "I go out and minister and certainly God uses it in a big way, but these folks are the true heroes of the faith...
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Central South Distribution (CSD) announces the launch of 'Gospel Independent Greats (GIG) Vol. 1' released in partnership with Tillymann Music on April 1. Available at retailers such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy and iTunes, the CD compilation features 12 of the most celebrated Gospel independent artists and their hottest, chart-topping tracks. A portion of the proceeds from 'GIG' will go to support the Gospel Music Trust Fund...
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Newsboys
Pure Flix's film GOD'S NOT DEAD made an impressive debut showing, ranking No. 4 of all new movies released the weekend ending March 23, 2014 and boosting sales of Newsboys' 2011 project God's Not Dead to No. 5 on iTunes Christian Albums chart this week. Likewise, the album's title track has been the most downloaded Christian song since the film released, while God's Not Dead-The Motion Picture Soundtrack continues to be a Top 10-selling general market soundtrack on iTunes...
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*Wednesday, March 26, 2014*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman concluded the US portion of his popular "The Glorious Unfolding Tour," which covered 55 cities across the country. The tour scored more than 30 sell outs including Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and others, as well as career defining performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. At the conclusion of his tour, Chapman announced that his next single...
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Emery
Veteran Christian rock band, Emery, will launch a crowdfunding campaign next week, Tuesday, April 1, on BadChristian.com to help support the band's upcoming full-length, You Were Never Alone, which will be released this summer on BadChristian Music, the record label founded by Emery members Matt Carter and Toby Morrell and former Emery bassist Joey Svendsen. You Were Never Alone sees the return of Emery founding member/vocalist, Devin Shelton, and the band plans to tour in support of its upcoming sixth full-length effort...
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Hillsong United
Hillsong UNITED has made history with their latest release, the White Album [Remix Project]. The project, released March 3, is the first Christian-based album ever to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. the White Album [Remix Project] also debuted at No.4 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart its first week of charting...
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Unspoken
Centricity Music's modern pop band, Unspoken, is gearing up for their first full album release on April 1st. In conjunction with the self-titled project, the group is scheduled to embark on a week-long radio promo tour next week. Unspoken will be interviewed and perform live acoustic sets at such outlets as KLOVE, WKAW/Cincinnati, OH, WJIE/Louisville, KY, WBGL/New Life Network, WCSG/Grand Rapids, MI, and The Fish/Cleveland, OH. Unspoken will also tape appearances with LeSea Broadcasting's Harvest Show and Live From Studio B...
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*Tuesday, March 25, 2014*

For Today
For Today have released a new music video for "Break The Cycle" - Watch HERE. The video was directed by Frankie Nasso (Asking Alexander, Escape The Fate, Emmure) and is the second music video from their new studio album Fight The Silence (Out Now via Razor & Tie) - iTunes Store. The album was produced by Will Putney (Winds of Plague, Suicide Silence)...
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The Ember Days just announced they are now taking pre-orders for the April 29th release of the The Ember Days Live. The five-track EP, recorded at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California, showcases the band's melodic sound while capturing the passion of a live worshipping crowd. It is The Ember Days at their best...
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Lauren Daigle
CentricWorship unveils the "Overwhelm Me (Lost in You)" live video today, March 25th, as seen on YouTube and GodTube. Captured during CentricWorship's week-long songwriting retreat in the Cascade Mountains, the video features an inspiring performance of this captivating, pure worship song by 19 year-old songwriter/worship leader Riley Erin and co-writers Corey Voss, Doug Engquist, Jared Anderson, and Michael Farren...
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Following a three-year sabbatical in which independent recording artist Maria Long gave birth to her first child, the singer/songwriter returns to the Christian music scene with the release of “Endeavor,” the title track from her 2011 album. The single currently is playing at AC/Soft AC-formatted Christian radio stations...
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Israel Houghton
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, is set to present its "How I Wrote That Song®" panel at the Praise 103.9 Inspiration & Music Conference.The panel will bemoderated by BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher RelationsAtlanta, Catherine Brewton, and gospel music recording artist Isaac Carree. Invited panelists include...
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*Monday, March 24, 2014*

Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith's newest album Hymns is available beginning today exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. The album is the latest CD in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program. It is the first time in his legendary career that Smith has recorded an album of traditional hymns, including many that he sang in church when he was young. The album contains 15 songs and will sell for $11.99...
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My Block Inc./eOne Music has announced this week's release of "HELP," the eagerly awaited solo debut from contemporary gospel icon Erica Campbell. The album - which includes the GRAMMY® Award-nominated single, "A Little More Jesus" - arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on Tuesday, March 25th...
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Natalie Grant
At an upfront presentation held this morning at New York City's Sony Club, GSN, the multimedia company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment, announced the premiere date of the upcoming original series, IT TAKES A CHURCH. GSN also revealed an integration deal with ChristianMingle, the largest online community for Christian singles for the new series. IT TAKES A CHURCH debuts on Thursday, June 5 at 9 p.m (ET/PT) following original episodes of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) GSN's highest rated original series of all time...
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Vince Lichlyter (Jonah 33, Love Amendment) will be on FOX NEWS' the "MIKE HUCKABEE Show" on June 21st! Also, check out Vince's brand new indiegogo campaign for details on how you can be a part of the next Jonah33 release: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vince-lichlyter-jonah33...
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Calling all artists, singers, songwriters, praise & worship leaders, lay people, pastors, music business specialists, and more - one of the gospel music industry's premier conferences is back for it's 13th year - Tracey Artis' I Hear Music In The Air Conference returns to Cincinnati, Ohio, May 16th-18th 2014. Known for her business savvy, sensitivity to gospel music needs, and standard of excellence, Tracey Artis has built an iconic brand in gospel music and entertainment, and has gathered the best in the business to share their insight into how to create an effective and successful music ministry...
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Singer/songwriter Jason Clark releases his highly anticipated follow-up EP to his critically acclaimed CD, Surrendered & Untamed. Clark, formerly of the band Fringe, will make all four songs available for free download to the public at www.JasonClarkis.com tonight at midnight through March 31st...
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*Friday, March 21, 2014*

Natalie Grant
Thursday night was a momentous occasion as Word Entertainment, in partnership with producer Mark Burnett and producer/actress Roma Downey and their company LightWorkers Media, launched "The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014" at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Southern California. GRAMMY®-nominated artist Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Natalie Grant, Chris August, Meredith Andrews and Jason Gray played before a packed crowd with over 2,000 in attendance including Burnett, Downey, Warren and Word Entertainment President and CEO Rod Riley. The epic two-hour live event runs an additional 16 dates nationwide through April 13 including a sold out show in Pittsburgh on April 10...
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Natasha Owens - a fresh voice emerging in Christian music - has just released a brand new song to radio. Following a seven-state, three-thousand mile radio tour, "The Cure"can now be heard on stations across the country. Additionally, the music video to the single made it's national television debut this week on the UPtv network during their brand new morning show UP In The Morning! Natasha chronicled the radio tour through photos on her increasingly popular social media networks...
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World renowned speakers, authors, and apologetic scholars Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg, and Dr. Michael Licona join together on Sunday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. EST for the Global Case for Easter Simulcast event. The 90-minute simulcast will prepare church congregations with the answers to some of the most difficult questions and strengthen their faith as this Easter season approaches...
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*Thursday, March 20, 2014*

JoC
Jars of Clay has just launched a special PledgeMusic fan-funding campaign for a new project that will celebrate the band's 20-year career. The "Jars 20" project, which is set to be released digitally, on double CD and on double vinyl, will feature fans' top 20 Jars of Clay songs recorded in acoustic fashion. Visit their PledgeMusic campaign for all the details...
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Indie hip hop artist George Moss has launched a brand new IndieGoGo campaign to help fund his third studio album -- and make it with excellence! Visit the campaign page for all the details on how you can help! And check out the video above to hear George's heart and get a preview of some of the new tunes...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalists John Schlitt and John Elefante have announced a tour in late 2014 that will bring together the two legendary singers for a one-of-a-kind music experience. The tour, titled Voices of Rock, features Schlitt, lead singer of Petra and former lead singer with Head East, and Elefante, who is known for his work with Kansas, as well as Mastedon. "John's career and my career cover many facets of music...
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Emery
BadChristian, the new multi-faceted website, blog and record label formed by the popular rock group, Emery, has launched its latest endeavor, 'The BadChristian Podcast with Matt, Toby, and Joey,' available now on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-badchristian-podcast/id807519271?mt=2 and BadChristian.com at: http://badchristian.com/podcasts...
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Michael W. Smith
After selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 28 No. 1 hits, earning three GRAMMY® Awards and more than 40 Dove Awards, musical icon Michael W. Smith will open a new chapter in his career on May 13 as he releases Sovereign, his first studio worship album since 2008 and his first album with new label partner Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. Sovereign will also be available as a Deluxe Edition, which will include a special DVD concert filmed at Smith's barn in Franklin, Tenn. and will feature guest appearances from Kari Jobe and Leeland Mooring. The DVD will also include special behind the scenes...
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Cross-country campus network, CURE U, has joined forces with southern roots/Americana band, The Vespers, to spread the word about CURE International. The “CURE U Roadtrip Tour” kicked off last night in Chattanooga, TN and will travel through 14 additional cities across the Southeast this Spring, aiming to showcase the lives that have been impacted around the world through the life-saving work of the organization and impress upon audiences how much more can be done. In addition to the tour, CURE U has partnered with NoiseTrade to offer the Roadtrip Compilation, featuring songs from artists performing on the tour...
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Nashville-based recording artist Erica Lane will release her new EP, Take Your Burden Down, on April 1st via Saylors Brothers Entertainment. Produced by GRAMMY® and Dove Award winner Bryan Lenox (Michael W. Smith, The Katinas, Enrique Iglesias), the 5-song EP includes the new radio single, "Burden...
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*Wednesday, March 19, 2014*

Seventh Day Slumber
Dove Award-winning Christian rock band Seventh Day Slumber has signed a recording agreement with VSR Music Group, it was recently announced. The band’s highly anticipated 10th studio recording will be released May 13, distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution. "We are very excited to have Seventh Day Slumber as a part of the VSR family,” said Ken Mary, President, VSR Music Group. "We have been huge fans of the band since their first recording...
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Planetshakers
Capturing the energy, excitement and worship of Melbourne's Planetshakers Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Australia, Planetshakers Band released globally through Integrity Music its critically acclaimed, 26th live recording, ENDLESS PRAISE, March 11. As the church and is music transcends cultures, languages and geographical boundaries, the new album immediately soared to the top of the overall charts, becoming the most downloaded iTunes albums across all genres of music in Malaysia and Singapore, while hitting No. 2 on Australia's overall chart and No. 1 on the Inspirational chart...
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Passion
Recorded live in Atlanta and Houston earlier this year at Passion 2014, Passion: Take It All is set to release on April 29. The first single off the album, “My Heart Is Yours” from Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, is set to debut at Christian radio on April 4. The new album follows the continued success of last year’s Passion: Let The Future Begin, which debuted at No. 1 atop Christian SoundScan and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Passion: Take It All will feature a digital deluxe edition as well as, for the first time, a physical deluxe edition including a full talk...
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Jonathan Thulin
You might not think a rock band like Silverline and pop singer Jonathan Thulin would have anything in common but for the second time in their careers they have number 1 radio singles (ROCK format for Silverline and Hot AC / CHR for Jonathan Thulin) at the same time for their songs, "Architecture" by Jonathan Thulin and "Never Looking Back" by Silverline. The first time they did it was back in August last year for their songs, "Dead Come To Life" (feat. Charmaine) and "Vicious...
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James Gardin (fka PHILTHY) has debuted the new single from off his upcoming EP "Moleskines & Pocketsquares." "Selah" features that laid back feel good hip-hop flow he's known for. Producer Trebles and Blues handles the production for the single...
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With Hollywood producer Darren Aronofsky's upcoming $130 million epic blockbuster "Noah" starring Russell Crowe reaching theaters nationwide on March 28, the media weather forecast is that the torrential 'flood of old' is about to become the latest "buzz factor" in American pop culture...
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Infiltrate Music is excited to announce the addition of 20 year old Houston Texas native, HillaryJane to their growing roster. This deal continues to solidify their position in the marketplace as well as round out their sonic offering. Since the beginning, Hip Hop has been dominated by males. Whether that is because of the unspoken expectation of bravado, or the actual lack of females is up for debate...
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*Tuesday, March 18, 2014*

About A Mile
The self-titled debut album from new Word Entertainment band, About A Mile, is set to be released July 15. The album, produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producers Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, All Star United) and Howard Benson (Hoobastank, Daughtry, Third Day), is available for pre-order today on iTunes and includes an instant grat track of their current single impacting radio now "Satisfied." The trio, consisting of three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA, are joining Sidewalk Prophets on "The Live Like That Tour" this spring commencing on April 24 in Massapequa, New York...
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Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated artist and Christian music's best-selling new artist in the past 10 years, Francesca Battistelli, launched a pre-order today at Francescamusic.com in anticipation of the release of her forthcoming studio album, If We're Honest, due out on April 22. Her two previous albums, debut release My Paper Heart and sophomore project Hundred More Years, hit No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Album chart. With her most recent release in 2011, she garnered "Artist of the Year," "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Pop/Recorded Song of the Year" at the Dove Awards. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, If We're Honest...
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Derek Minor
Derek Minor, formerly PRo, has come a long way since his debut album "Black Out" in 2008. Starting with strong rhymes, he's now grown to combine his lyrical skills with dope beats and a message that encourages and challenges listeners. Along the way, Derek, with the help of business partner Doc Watson, started Reflection Music Group (RMG), signed with the Reach Records team, completed three mixtapes, released two albums, and charted multiple times on Billboard's Gospel, Christian and Top 200 charts...
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Shonlock
Recording Artist Shonlock's sophomore CD "A Night to Remember" is available in stores today. The 10-track collection spotlights the emotion and power behind the intersection where life and faith meet. 'A Night to Remember' is released by Arrow Records and distributed by Ingrooves and Capitol Christian Distribution. "It's been three years in the making, and God has definitely answered my prayers...
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Satellites & Sirens
DREAM is proud announce the release of Satellites & Sirens highly anticipated album, One Noise. The group's 3rd full length album is full of powerful songs sure to encourage every listener. Pushing the boundaries of the group's the sound, the guys created a 12 song collective mix of worship, pop and electronic sounds that will not disappoint their fans. Their debut single, "Jump Start My Heart" debuted in the top 30 Hot AC / CHR chart last week and is currently, 25 an rising. The press has responded in an incredibly positive way...
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Tenth Avenue North
Reunion Records' Tenth Avenue North crossed a major landmark recently, as the group commemorated one million records being sold during its career. A unique celebration was held Sunday evening on a Winter Jam tour date at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, when an unsuspecting fan, Cody Miller, purchased the one millionth record. Taking the fan by surprise, Tenth Avenue North burst from backstage dancing and cheering with signs, confetti and a drum line, even hoisting the winning fan up on their shoulders...
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We Are The Monks, the self-titled debut from husband/wife duo Trent and Shellie Monk, releases today on iTunes. Produced by Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman), with "Rise" produced by Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Dave Barnes), the project's eight selections were all written or co-written by Trent Monk. Celebrating love and the power of relationships, highlights of the organic pop project include the autobiographical "Here We Go...
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Finding Favour
Gotee Records' Finding Favour has released a brand new single, "Say Amen," available now at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify. The third single released by Finding Favour is already resonating with radio as Air1 stations have added the song out of the gate. The band is also debuting a music video today exclusively on Air1.com. "Say Amen is a reminder of God's undying faithfulness," shares vocalist Blake Neesmith...
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Bread of Stone
The members of the Iowa pop rock band, Bread of Stone release their album on DREAM Records today titled, The Real Life (Deluxe Edition). Click on the link below to pick it up on iTunes. The Real Life (Deluxe Edition) marks a new turn in the emergence of indie/pop rockers Bread of Stone. With new songs, Produced by famed producer, David Thulin added to the songs originally produced in association with hit makers Lynn Nichols (Switchfoot) and Tedd Tjornhom (MuteMath), The Real Life Deluxe Edition fuses a progressive, indie vibe with great songs and a positive world outlook and you can order it today...
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Jason Gray
It's been a record-breaking week for the talented Jason Gray, as his current album Love Will Have The Final Word debuted on Billboard's Christian Albums chart at No. 10. This is the highest album debut for the Centricity Music artist, with a project that features continued growth and maturity as a singer/songwriter. Produced by Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North) and Cason Cooley (Derek Webb, Andrew Peterson), the album has been honored with strong reviews from numerous media outlets...
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Tamela Mann
GRAMMY®-Award Nominated Vocalist TAMELA MANN continues her chart-topping success on Billboard's gospel radio chart this week with her powerful worship ballad "I Can Only Imagine" landing at No. 1. This marks the second consecutive No. 1 single for Tamela following her mega-hit "Take Me To The King," which spent 24 weeks in the top slot...
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With a touring schedule reaching the masses worldwide, Robin Mark releases his latest worship project 'Liberation Praise' in stores and online today, March 18, marking his second CD release in partnership with his label in:ciite Media. Recorded live from Ireland, 'Liberation Praise' features 13 new worship songs including one song penned by Mark's own son, David Mark. The collection delivers with powerful lyrics and the authentic Celtic styling, which makes Mark's worship music uniquely his own...
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*Monday, March 17, 2014*

Family Force 5
Family Force 5's Josh "Fatty" Olds may have just tied the knot a year or so ago, but his family grew unexpectedly when his mother-in-law passed on Sunday, March 9th. His wife has four teenage sisters and with the loss of his mother-in-law, the Olds were given custody of all of them. On Friday, Family Force 5 posted details about it, and asked fans to help with the financial strain of the super-sized Olds clan: "To our amazing family: Last Sunday, our bassist Josh (Fatty) unexpectedly lost his mother-in-law, Mary Kibel. As a result, he and his wonderful wife Ami have become the legal guardians of Mary’s 4 amazing daughters...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Dove Award-nominated Irish worshippers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective release their fourth and highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration, globally from Integrity Music today. Prior to the launch of the 5-Star, critically acclaimed recording, Air1 Radio Network helped introduce the album through an exclusive album stream at www.air1.com. Sirius XM's "The Message" (channel 63) joins in the celebration through a special in-studio St. Patrick's Day performance broadcast today, including air times at 2, 5 and 9 pm EST...
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Rapture Ruckus
BEC Recordings' and New Zealand native Rapture Ruckus recently released their new EP, Invader Volume 1, and charted for the first time on U.S. Charts. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 as well as in the Top 10 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. "We are so stoked and have been so encouraged by the response to Invader Vol 1," shares Brad Dring of Rapture Ruckus. "It's incredible to think songs we wrote in hotel rooms and our spare bedrooms are now...
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Forerunner Music is scheduled to release, Onething Live: Sing Your Praises, April 29th, which is the 8th project from the best-selling Onething Live series. The recording took place at the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) annual Onething young adult conference in Kansas City, MO. The project features eleven of the organization's talented worship leaders that include; Misty Edwards, Laura Hackett, Matt Gilman, Justin Rizzo...
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Kari Jobe
Songs 4 Worship™, the multi-platinum series created by Integrity Music and Time Life Music, has become one of Christian music's most trusted brands, selling over 25 million products and consistently delivering the most popular worship songs by leading artists and worship leaders. On April 15, Integrity releases the 41st installment in this landmark series, Songs 4 Worship™ Worship Classics, a two-disc, 25-song collection filled with treasured songs such as "Blessed Be Your Name," "Revelation Song," "10,000 Reasons," "Mighty To Save," "In Christ Alone" and "Hosanna...
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*Friday, March 14, 2014*

Newsboys
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys celebrated a career defining moment this week, picking up 64 adds at Christian radio for their single "We Believe" off of Restart. This is the biggest add week ever in the band's history, who already boast an impressive track record with 16 albums, five RIAA Gold certifications, 30 No. 1 radio hits and over 8 million units sold over their multi-decade career, including nearly 1 million records since Michael Tait joined the band. This strong radio exposure also led to a major spike in digital track sales for the single, which is featured on the Restart album...
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Kings Kaleidoscope
10-musician collective, Kings Kaleidoscope, has released a live music video for the new track, "Fix My Eyes," on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/o6lLYpIUOmY. "Fix My Eyes" appears on the band's upcoming live EP, 'Live in Color,' which is due out March 18 on Emery's BadChristian Music. "This EP is the best thing I've heard from Kings Kaleidoscope," said Matt Carter, Emery guitarist and BadChristian co-founder...
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Emotions run high in Adia's first video from her debut single, "Rags to Riches," out Friday, March 14. As Xist Music's first female recording artist, Adia highlights the realities of life, and how keeping the faith can carry one through even the toughest of times, including a verbally and physically abusive relationship. The single is a sample of Adia's debut album, "Behind Enemy Lines," which hits retailers this summer...
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Gospel's greatest artists have teamed up on Rendezvous Music's upcoming album, Gospel Praise Duets: Many Voices, One Message. The unique and inspiring album is available online and in stores on May 27, 2014. The task was to unearth the most unforgettable collaborations in Gospel music, and with only 12 slots to fill, the recordings on the project spotlight some of the finest callabos in the genre...
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*Thursday, March 13, 2014*

Needtobreathe
Musicians, professional athletes and golf enthusiasts will gather on Tuesday, May 20 for the NEEDTOBREATHE Classic presented by Commonwealth Cares Foundation. Registration is now open for the annual golf tournament benefiting Charleston area nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative (PMI). Band members of NEEDTOBREATHE - Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt - are long-time supporters of PMI and, last year, decided to lend their name to Commonwealth Cares Foundation's annual golf tournament...
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Meredith Andrews
Word Worship recording artist Meredith Andrews' latest single "Open Up The Heavens," impacting radio on March 7, attracted early attention with 25 stations adding it in its first week. The track, co-written by Andrews, Stu Garrard, Jason Ingram, James McDonald and Andi Rozier, marks the fourth release from her Dove Awards-nominated album Worth It All. This spring, the two-time Dove Award winner will embark on "The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014," slated to hit 17 cities from March 20-April 13...
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DREAM Records is proud to announce the signing of We Are Leo to it's growing roster. The Chicago-area based band released their debut album on Skies Fall titled, Hello to rave reviews. The guys will be going into the studio this summer to record their debut album on DREAM to be released, October 14th. "This is a signing that we have been waiting for a long time and we are absolutely excited about it. The guys in We Are Leo are a great group of guys, whom are hard working and believe that God will move...
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John Mark McMillan
On March 4, critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan released his third album, Borderland. The LP debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Christian Album chart and No. 41 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, marking it as his best debut release week to date. During street week, the album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart and continued to hold a Top 15 slot in the iTunes Overall Albums chart...
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*Wednesday, March 12, 2014*

Fireflight
This afternoon, Fireflight announced a new PledgeMusic campaign to raise funds to create their next studio album. Check out the video above to hear from the band about the project and to hear a brand new song. The album is slated for release later this year. About the project, Fireflight writes: "Over the past 14 years we have had the incredible privilege to create and make music. Music that comes from the heart and is inspired by personal experiences. Music that has resonated with so many people from all backgrounds, walks of life and different world views. We do not take this for granted by any means and realize that it is because of God and the faithful...
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GMA
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) announces today the date of the inaugural GMA Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena. The event celebrates those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally both past and present. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are the first performers announced for the ceremony, with more to be added...
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KB
Rap artist, KB, had a strong debut this week with his new project, 100. The EP sold over 14,000 units and ranked #1 on Billboard's Christian Album Chart, #4 on Billboard's Rap Chart and #22 on the Top 200 Albums Chart. 100 was co-produced by Gawvi, Joseph Prielozny, Dirty Rice, Tyshane, Ace and GRoc, and features six new songs that were written or co-written by KB. The album also features guest artists; Andy Mineo, Derek Minor, and Prisca. The first single from the album is the title track that features Mineo, and the video for the song was produced by Squint and is now online...
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CreativeLive, the world's leading online classroom, will host its next 'Music & Audio' class, "Recording Rock Vocals," on March 17 with acclaimed producer, Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside, Motionless In White), at the helm. CreativeLive and Wade are pleased to announce that Tommy Green, vocalist of heavy metal act, Sleeping Giant, will make a special guest appearance on the first day of the two-day class to help demonstrate the proper techniques of recording an actual vocalist live on the air...
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Jonathan Thulin
DREAM is proud to announce that this week, Jonathan Thulin's "Architecture" is now #1 on the Billboard Hot AC / CHR chart this week. "I couldn't be happier", says Jonathan Thulin. "I'm excited that the music that I love to create is getting out there to so many people. My hope is that it will encourage every soul that needs it. God has been so faithful with me and I am honored to serve him in this journey of life...
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Francesca Battistelli
As 20th Century Fox feature film "Son of God" premieres 2nd at the box office with a staggering $26.5M in ticket sales, the tour associated with the film, "The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014," sells out in Pittsburgh, PA. In response, an additional date in the Pittsburgh area has been added on April 9 at Amplify Church in Plum, PA. The epic two-hour live event, a Word Entertainment collaboration with producer and actress Roma Downey's ("Touched by an Angel," "The Bible," "Son of God") and producer Mark Burnett's ("The Voice," "Survivor," "The Apprentice," "Shark Tank," "The Bible," "Son of God") company LightWorkers Media, will visit 16 cities nationwide March 20-April 13. "The Bible: SON OF GOD Tour 2014" brings the epic miniseries...
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*Tuesday, March 11, 2014*

TFK
Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH band members treated the capacity "Winter Jam" crowd at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK March 9 to a surprise performance when music superstar Carrie Underwood joined them to sing their song, "Let The Sparks Fly." The Active Rock hit single is from TFK's No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, The End Is Where We Begin...
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Mikeschair
Acclaimed pop band MIKESCHAIR will release its highly-anticipated third studio project, All or Nothing (Curb Records), April 1. The album will be available exclusively at Family Christian Stores, as well as iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers at its launch. The album is currently available for pre-order through Family Christian Stores here: www.familychristian.com/cd-all-or-nothing.html and includes two exclusive bonus tracks...
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Kings Kaleidoscope
10-musician collective, Kings Kaleidoscope, has released a new live music video for the track, "Felix Culpa," on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/KZvWes7I928. "Felix Culpa" appears on the band's upcoming live EP, 'Live in Color,' which is due out March 18 on Emery's BadChristian Music. "This EP is the best thing I've heard from Kings Kaleidoscope," said Matt Carter, Emery guitarist and BadChristian co-founder. "They are a band you have to experience live, and this EP and video are the next best thing...
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Big Daddy Weave
Dove Award-winning band Big Daddy Weave, currently enjoying the tremendous fan reception of their life-changing, mega-hit "Redeemed," is releasing Love Come to Life: The Redeemed Edition today on Fervent Records. The 17-track album, produced by group member Jeremy Redmon, features their career best-selling album Love Come To Life with the addition of five bonus tracks including both acoustic and live versions of the K-LOVE Award-winning and Billboard Music Award-nominated "Redeemed" and their smash hit "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)." Love Come to Life spawned three straight No. 1s including "Love Come to Life...
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Show Hope
Show Hope™ is excited announce the next tour of the Red Bus Project. Hitting colleges throughout the midwest and southern regions, the Red Bus Project Spring 2014 Tour will kick off March 18 in east Tennessee and wrap April 30 in Indiana. Beginning in 2012, the Red Bus Project was created to help mobilize college students to care for orphans while multiplying the impact they can have on the orphan crisis. By engaging...
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The Passion begins with landmark Christian artist, Bloodgood, ushering us into the remembrance of the Last Supper with “Eat The Flesh” before retelling Christ’s arrest from the viewpoint of Pontius Pilate through their hit, “Crucify.” Perhaps the heaviest of all Christian metal bands, Mortification, and Vengeance Rising evoke a true emotional response to the Lord’s suffering with “Blood Sacrifice,” “Human Sacrifice,” and “Fill This Place With Blood.” Deliverance, Randy Rose (of Mad at The World), and Die Happy...
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*Monday, March 10, 2014*

Future Of Forestry
Eric Owyoung, who is synonymous with Future of Forestry, has been an innovator in the music space. Since the band's inception, he has pushed the musical envelope, creating emotionally driven music with deep cinematic orchestration and unique instrumentation. Now with PIANO & STRINGS SESSIONS, Future of Forestry recreates seven of his most popular songs with the simplicity of only vocals, piano and strings...
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Dave Barnes
GRAMMY and CMA Award- nominated artist and songwriter Dave Barnes has announced select dates for his "Golden Days Tour." The tour is in support of his brand-new release, Golden Days (50 Year Plan Records), and will kick off March 30 and run through early May. Singer/songwriter Andy Davis is the supporting act for the tour. Tour dates are listed below. Concertgoers will be able to hear some of their favorite Dave Barnes songs along with many...
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Paul Baloche
One of today's most influential worship leaders, songwriters and artists, Paul Baloche releases LIVE, a new deluxe CD/DVD available April 1 from Integrity Music. The project features a celebratory mix of new songs and favorites that have traveled the globe in houses of worship internationally, all recorded live with a congregation composed of worship teams from across Canada...
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Touring rock band, Willet, from Westminster, MD, comprised of brothers Jeremy, Justin and Jordan Willet, have been busy building their own recording studio in Maryland following an extremely busy tour schedule in 2012 and 2013 with Disciple, Family Force 5, Icon for Hire, Da Truth, Bread of Stone & headlining shows. Since the release of “The Love on the outside E.P...
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*Friday, March 7, 2014*

Audio Adrenaline
GRAMMY®-winning rockers Audio Adrenaline and top-selling modern rock/worship band Kutless will kick off the 33-city Change A Life Tour this weekend, presented by international relief organization Food for the Hungry. The Change A Life Tour will also feature special guests Finding Favour and Shine Bright Baby. Launching on March 8, in Baxley, Ga., the Change A Life Tour brings together these two iconic bands – Audio Adrenaline and Kutless...
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Shonlock
ESPN selected Shonlock's "I Like To Win" as one of the official soundtracks for ESPN's Championship Week, which kicks off March 7. "I Like To Win" is now available on iTunes and is a featured track on Shonlock's forthcoming CD 'A Night to Remember' hitting in stores March 18. "ESPN, NCAA Basketball and March Madness are all massive in the world of sports, so to have my song "I Like to Win" picked to be the theme music for this year's Championship Week is amazing," said Shonlock. "God is good!...
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Petra
SESAC, the nation's most progressive performing rights organization, named Christian songwriter/producer Jason Ingram as SESAC's Christian Songwriter of the Year at ceremonies held at the elegant Hillwood Country Club in Nashville. Sony/ATV Timber Publishing was named SESAC's Christian Music Publisher of the Year. The awards recognize activity for songwriters and publishers in 2013...
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*Thursday, March 6, 2014*

The Afters
Four-piece hit-making band The Afters has already had a win this year. The band’s song “Moments Like This” was selected by NBC as the feature song for their “We Create Moments” promo campaign. The song aired frequently during NBC’s promo ads around the Winter Olympics last month, and will continue to run alongside other programming in the weeks ahead. Earlier this year, "Moments Like This" was used on the hit reality show American Idol (FOX). Check out the video for NBC's "We Create Moments" campaign: http://youtu.be/x9wJZv6jvIM...
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Natalie Grant
The Dare to Be...The Journey Continues 2014 nationwide event tour wrapped this past weekend after selling out nine of the 13 events and ministering to nearly 17,000 women. During the course of the event tour almost 1,500 of those women came forward, making a commitment to Christ. The inspirational event featured Grammy® nominated vocalist Natalie Grant and international speaker, Bible teacher and author Charlotte Gambill. Dare to Be honored 13 extraordinary female role models from each local city who are a perfect example of someone who has "Dared to Be" something more than her circumstance...
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*Wednesday, March 5, 2014*

Petra
Petra lead singer John Schlitt was on hand at the SESAC Christian Music Awards as the pioneering Contemporary Christian band was honored with the prestigious Legacy Award. The presentation at the SESAC Christian Music Awards, held March 4 at Hillwood Country Club, marked the first time the award, whose previous recipients include Neil Diamond, Paul Shaffer and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell, has been given to an artist in the Christian music genre...
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Michael W. Smith
Just in time for the Easter season, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Michael W. Smith announce the release of Hymns, Smith's newest album, which will be available on March 24 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations and online at crackerbarrel.com. The digital album will also be available for purchase at select digital retailers. This is the first time in his legendary career that Smith has recorded an album of traditional hymns, including many that he sang in church when he was young. The album contains 15 songs and will sell for $11.99...
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John Mark McMillan
This week acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan released his first independent project, Borderland (Lionhawk Records), to much praise from media. Borderland was funded solely by a Kickstarter campaign with close to 70,000 raised and more than 1,500 contributors. The album debuted and remains at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart and continues to hold a Top 15 slot in the iTunes Overall Albums chart this week...
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Capital Kings
After finishing the popular "Hits Deep Tour" with TobyMac, electronic-pop duo Capital Kings (Jon White and Cole Walowac) is gearing up for the release of their new project, REMIXD, on March 11 at all digital outlets. REMIXD will compile several remixed tracks from their self-titled album, which released last year, as well as the brand new song "Be A King." The album will be available exclusively as a CD at Family Christian Stores beginning March 25...
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Switchfoot
Tickets are now on sale for the Ichthus Festival, the nation's longest-running music festival with a message of hope, peace and love. The 2014 event is returning after a one-year hiatus and will be held June 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The Ichthus Festival, which started in 1970, was saved in May 2013 by Creation Festivals, which stepped in to revitalize the much-loved annual festival after financial problems caused it to close its doors...
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Unspoken
Centricity Music has developed a unique marketing plan in support of Unspoken’s first full album for the label. The self-titled project will release April 1, 2014 and comes on the heels of two Top 5 radio hits, “Who You Are,” and “Lift My Life Up,” along with two successful 5-song EPs. Unspoken features six new songs that were written or co-written by the band members, along with six previously recorded songs and a radio mix version of the new tune, “Tomorrow.” Unspoken marks the first time that any music from the band will be available at retail, as the previous EPs were only available for purchase online...
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Jesus Culture Music announces the release of Jesus Culture Reconstructed Vol.1 internationally March 11 through Fuel Distribution. The album is a collection of popular worship songs previously released by the label and re-imagined with the electronic sounds of Oh Snap It's Luke!. For the first two weeks following its release, iTunes® will be offering the new album for the special low price of $7.99...
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Save the City Records is partnering with Godchaserz Entertainment to bring you rapper Brinson's "No Other Heroes - Youth Resource Kit" that will be available at Christian retail stores on March 25th. Brinson is a hard touring Christian hip hop artist out of the southeast U.S. and is widely known as the rapper with a golden heart and crazy stage presence. Brinson is also known for eye-catching music videos, and in the new Youth Resource Kit, Brinson takes things further by teaching several "behind the music" video Bible lessons, paired with the content of his latest music CD "No Other Heroes...
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*Tuesday, March 4, 2014*

Demon Hunter
DEMON HUNTER will release Extremist on March 18th. The band whose albums have inspired some of the fiercest dedication in heavy music have crafted a new album full of their most rousing anthems thus far on their latest album for longtime label Solid State. Vocalist, primary songwriter and band co-founder Ryan Clark states: "In seven albums, none of us have ever...
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JoC
When fans selected a special preorder package for last fall's release of Jars of Clay's new studio album, Inland, they were sent a special digital remix EP titled Inlandia as a bonus. Today, the band has released the EP widely to all consumers, making it available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 or JarsOfClay.com. About the release, the band said, "We had such a great response from our Inland Bonus album that we thought it would be nice to offer an "official" release of the album...
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K-Love
At an exclusive press event this morning at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, K-LOVE announced the nominees for this year’s second annual K-LOVE Fan Awards. Set for Sunday, June 1, K-LOVE - the leading Christian music radio network with a weekly listenership of over 13 million people - will once again bring the only fan-voted award show in Christian Music history to Music City. The K-LOVE Fan Awards and Ultimate Fan Experience kicks off on Friday, May 30 and will wrap with the star-studded award show at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry on Sunday, June 1. Among the attendees for today’s press conference were K-LOVE’s Mike Novak and David Pierce...
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Lauren Daigle
CentricWorship releases its first church single, "Nothing But The Blood," off the label's new worship EP, All The Saints: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat-No. 1 for download today, March 4, 2014. With its memorable melodies and traditional hymn-like elements, "Nothing But The Blood" captivates listeners and worship musicians alike, becoming an instant classic for now and years to come...
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The Real Life Deluxe Edition, marks a new turn in the emergence of indie/pop rockers Bread of Stone. Produced in association with hit makers Lynn Nichols (Switchfoot) and Tedd Tjornhom (MuteMath), The Real Life Deluxe Edition fuses a progressive, indie vibe with great songs and a positive world outlook and you can pre-order it today on iTunes...
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BadChristian Music eagerly announces its partnership with Kings Kaleidoscope, the 10 musician collective from Seattle whose music is self-described as "designed chaos." To celebrate the partnership and BadChristian's first release, Kings Kaleidoscope will unveil a total of six new live music videos, one video every 56 hours for 14 days, beginning on Tuesday, March 4th. This promotion will lead up to the release of their new...
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Michael Sweet
Michael Sweet, singer/songwriter/guitarist for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, is releasing the debut single, "I'm Not Your Suicide," from his upcoming solo album of the same name being released on May 6th via Big 3 Records. Michael Sweet has partnered up with ChildHelp for the release of the single. Michael Sweet and Big3 Records are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of 'I'm Not Your Suicide' to ChildHelp. The single is available via iTunes and can be purchased here: http://tinyurl.com/NotYourSuicideiTunes. The video for "I'm Not Your Suicide" will...
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*Monday, March 3, 2014*

Emery
BADCHRISTIAN, GREATSAVIOR-written by rockers Matt Carter and Toby Morrell of Emery, and Pastor Joey Svendsen-reveals intimate details of the author's lives and discusses problems within today's Christian society. They expose their own struggles with sexual sin, depression, betrayal, anger, and alcohol abuse. All the while, they lived a second life: attending church, leading worship, and appearing to be as "good" as possible. Over 1,500 pre-sale copies of the book have been sold. BADCHRISTIAN, GREATSAVIOR's publishing was crowd-funded by BADCHRISTIAN's fans and tripled its funding goal. Visit Amazon.com to download it for Kindle...
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Jonah 33 will be releasing a brand new EP at the end of April. This will be the first Jonah 33 album since the release of The Heart Of War in 2007. Founder and frontman Vince Lichlyter will be recording the entire album himself with blazing guitars and hard hitting drums. Fans won't want to miss the return of Jonah 33...
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Mary Mary
Last night's season three premiere of WE tv's original series Mary Mary (Feb. 27, 9-10 pm, ET/PT) delivered nearly one million total viewers, up an impressive +62% over the season two premiere. The show also greatly increased its performance across key demos. Highlights of the season three premiere (versus season two premiere)...
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Trin-I-Tee 5:7
Maranatha! Music has done it again. The fanfare, success, and hype of past Top 25 Series CDs spurred the release of a new gem: Top 25 Gospel Songs 2014 Edition. The upcoming album, in stores and online March 18, 2014, boasts all original artist recordings from some of the brightest, biggest, and best Gospel artists performing the praise songs the church yearns to hear...
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*Saturday, March 1, 2014*

Indie rock band Quiet Science have launched a new IndieGoGo campaign to fund a new worship album. The band recently debuted a new song called "Splendour" (which featured Cool Hand Luke's Mark Nicks on drums) that streamed here at Jesusfreakhideout.com in February...
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*Friday, February 28, 2014*

Hillsong United
Hillsong UNITED is set to release The White Album [Remix Project] on March 3. This project will feature a collection of 14 of their most popular songs from previously released UNITED projects. The White Album will include fan-favorites "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," "With Everything," "From The Inside Out," "Like An Avalanche" and ten more tracks remixed by various mix engineers and musicians. The band continues to create, experiment, and expand on the musical expressions that are the heart of this remix album. The album will also enjoy a limited run on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 19; fans can...
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Anthony Evans
Critically acclaimed worship artist Anthony Evans, will debut his seventh studio record Real Life/Real Worship, nationwide on April 8. This will be his first album since attracting the attention of Grammy Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera on Season 2 of The Voice, in addition to garnering thousands of new fans worldwide...
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Selah
Dove Award-winning trio Selah and platinum-selling artist Mark Schultz will co-headline the You Amaze Us Tour, named after Selah's upcoming brand-new studio album, releasing Aug. 19. Selah and Schultz will be joined by special guest singer-songwriter JJ Heller. The tour kicks off March 14 in Dayton, Ohio, and will hit 13 select markets this spring before wrapping up April 6, in Clinton, Illinois...
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Jonny Diaz
Singer/Songwriter Jonny Diaz will release his debut project for Centricity Music April 8th, Let It Fly. The 11-song EP was produced by Jeff Pardo (Mandisa, Salvador) and Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band), and features original new music that was written or co-written by Diaz. This is the first pairing of Diaz with the famed producers and the collaboration offers some new sounds and insights from Diaz, who is a critically acclaimed talent...
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for King & Country
Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY are celebrating the two year anniversary of the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Crave, today. It spent over 60 consecutive weeks in the Top 25 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and sold nearly 140,000 units making them CCM's best-selling debut record from 2012. In addition, Crave produced three Top 10 singles including their No. 1 smash hit "The Proof of Your Love," "Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)" and "The Middle of Your Heart." With its release, the duo also garnered seven Dove Award nominations and took home the Dove Awards...
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CCM Artist and former American Idol finalist, Jeremy Rosado, performed to a full house of industry VIPs this week at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, TN, which was sponsored by Project Hope and Rosado's label, AIC Records.The enthusiastic crowd gave thunderous applause to each song, due to Rosado's powerhouse vocals and warm personality onstage. Rosado performed songs from his upcoming album, No Ordinary Moments, that releases summer 2014, and features his new single "Hope For Tomorrow." The song is currently going for adds at radio and a portion of the proceeds are going to Project Hope's typhoon disaster relief efforts in the Philippines...
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*Thursday, February 27, 2014*

Shawn McDonald
Sparrow Records announces the release of Shawn McDonald's latest LP, Brave, his latest collection of brand new songs in three years. As the follow up to 2013's unique live-to-tape re-recorded collection, The Analog Sessions, Brave takes this critically revered singer, songwriter and storyteller to a whole new level and pushing him beyond his comfort zone. Brave releases April 15...
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Ellie Holcomb
Last week, singer and songwriter Ellie Holcomb released her solo debut to huge acclaim. Sitting nicely at No. 8 on iTunes' Overall album chart and No. 1 on its Christian chart along with topping the Christian genre at Amazon in its first week, As Sure As The Sun has now found itself at No. 34 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and No. 2 on Billboard's Christian album chart with sales of over 10,000 units at press time...
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Satellites & Sirens
The electrifying pop group, Satellites & Sirens exclusively premiered the lyric video for their new single, "Jump Start My Heart" for their fans on their YouTube Channel yesterday. The single, which was serviced to Hot AC / CHR Radio a few weeks back, is their first off their highly anticipated album also titled, One Noise. The group's members went in to the studio to write 12 new songs that give their fans a more evolved sound. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes starting now. Fans will be able to receive "Jump Start My Heart" today when they order. Click here to pre-order the album on iTunes...
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Needtobreathe
To celebrate NEEDTOBREATHE's announcement of the first leg of their extensive North American headlining tour and new album, Rivers In the Wasteland (out April 15th), the band has teamed up with NoiseTrade to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets, meet and greet, and VIP passes to an upcoming date on the first leg of their tour. To enter, download the four live tracks from their 2012 ACL Music Festival performance: Live from Austin City Limits...
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Indie worship band The Ember Days have announced the upcoming release of their first live project, The Ember Days: Live. The EP will be self-released by the band on Tuesday, April 29th. "The Ember Days had always wanted to do a live record. We were on the More Than You Think Tour, and were in Southern California at the time. It was September. About a week before we got to Bethel, the idea popped up in the RV to see if we could record audio and video during our worship time at BSSM. The main idea was that we wanted people to be able to experience...
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The Ragamuffin film, based on the life and legacy of best-selling Christian music singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, is set to premiere in select theaters on May 2, 2014. The Color Green Films full-length feature will release in 15 cities around the nation including Nashville, Dallas, Indianapolis, Columbus, Atlanta, Phoenix, Colorado Springs and Wichita, among others. Produced by Color Green Films, Ragamuffin stars Michael Koch as Rich Mullins. The film is written by Ashleigh Phillips and David Leo Schultz and is produced and directed by Schultz...
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Stryper
Multi-platinum rock band Stryper is pleased to announce a very special contest around the latest single from their new studio album, NO MORE HELL TO PAY. "Te Amo" will be made available as a free download on the band's official website at www.stryper.com. Once fans have downloaded the track, they can utilize their artistic and technological skills to make a music or lyric video for the song. Once they have created their masterpiece, they can submit the video for review by a special panel of judges. The judges will pick their 10 favorite videos from the submissions, and those top 10 videos will then be posted on Noisecreep.com for not only Stryper fans, but hard rock and heavy metal...
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7eventh Time Down
BEC Recordings' 7eventh Time Down continues to impact fans across the nation with their latest album's title track "Just Say Jesus," which released to radio in 2013. The single has remained active at radio and climbed the charts to the Top 5 at AC Monitored. "Just Say Jesus" has also charted in the Top 5 on the National Christian Audience, AC Indicator and Hot AC/CHR charts. Click here to get the single at iTunes for just 69 cents...
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*Wednesday, February 26, 2014*

Sumerlin
DREAM is proud to announce that this week, Sumerlin's single "Breaking Out" is now #1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Chart. This is a first for this incredibly talented band from North Carolina! They also just release the new music video for "Breaking Out." Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wwI8L3Ueko. To order the album through iTunes: itunes.com/sumerlin...
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Lauren Daigle
CentricWorship's debut release, All The Saints: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat-No. 1, is available for presale on iTunes beginning February 26, 2014. The eight-song EP is being offered at a special discounted price for purchases made during the two-week presale period, which starts today and runs through March 10th. Three of the anointed tracks will be available immediately for download with every pre-order of the EP. All The Saints: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat-No. 1 is set for digital release on March 11, 2014. To pre-order a copy of All The Saints: Live From The CentricWorship Retreat-No. 1, visit iTunes...
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*Tuesday, February 25, 2014*

Phil Wickham
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and worship leader Phil Wickham has impressed critics, fans and industry professionals alike on the performance of his latest album, The Ascension. The ninth album of his decade-long career gave Wickham his best street week debut ever, landing at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart and the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. The first single off the album, "This Is Amazing Grace," has embraced its own ascension, making its way up the charts to the No. 1 spot Billboard's National Christian Audience Chart this week. The No. 1 is the first of Wickham's career...
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KJ-52
Multiple Dove Award winning Christian rap/hip hop artist, KJ-52's already popular new single, "Tonight," officially drops on iTunes today, Tuesday, February 25, 2014. After radio outlets snapped up "Tonight" earlier this month, it quickly became the most added radio single for the week of Feb. 3rd. KJ-52 has been working on his forthcoming album, Mental, while continuing to unite youth around the country, and encouraging believers to defy the odds. "Tonight" is...
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Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, releases TIDES LIVE internationally today (Feb. 25) through Fuel Distribution. The recording features Jenn Johnson leading the radio hit, "Chasing You," Brian Johnson leading "Forever," Jeremy Riddle on "Heaven's Song," and eight more songs of worship of praise led by additional Bethel Music worship leaders Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger, William Matthews, Matt Stinton and Hunter G K Thompson. For the next two weeks, the album may be purchased for the special low price of $4.99 at iTunes®...
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Full Ride Music's Thi'sl is set to release his fifth studio album 'Fallen King' May 6, 2014. Chock-full of street bangers and pensive music that challenges the status-quo, 'Fallen King' addresses cultural complexities, religion, and identity through Hip Hop...
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Hillsong United
The original motion picture soundtrack album for Son of God, is now available in stores in North America and iTunes. For the album, Republic Records teamed up with 20th Century Fox and LightWorkers Media-owned and operated by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey-to deliver a heart-stirring accompaniment to the film that debuted top 5 on iTunes Soundtracks Chart...
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*Monday, February 24, 2014*

Big Daddy Weave
Dove Award-winning band Big Daddy Weave, currently enjoying the tremendous fan reception of their life-changing, mega-hit "Redeemed," will release Love Come to Life: The Redeemed Edition on March 11. The 17-track album, produced by group member Jeremy Redmon, features their career best-selling album Love Come To Life with the addition of five bonus tracks including both acoustic and live versions of the K-LOVE Fan Award-winning and Billboard Music Award-nominated "Redeemed" and their current hit "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)." Love Come to Life spawned three straight No. 1 hits including "Love Come to Life," "Redeemed" and their current...
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Show Hope
When Show Hope™ opened its doors ten years ago, they recognized the importance of an intergenerational movement. During this past decade, they have committed to utilize and empower the younger generation during their formative years where worldviews are shaped and values are established. This commitment led to the 2010 launch of Show Hope's Student Initiatives, which encompasses The Movement Club for high schools as well as the Red Bus Project for college students. In just over three years, more than 15,000 students have been empowered to care for orphans through these programs...
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GRAMMY®-Award Nominated Vocalist TAMELA MANN received a NAACP Image Award this past weekend during the 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Tamela took home the trophy for Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) of The Year for her CD, Best Days Deluxe Edition, marking this the first NAACP Image Award win for the singer...
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Get lifted live with the rousing sound and spirit from award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune, & FIYA, as they embark on a multi-city promo tour in support of the highly-anticipated live album Live Through It. In stores Tuesday February 25th, Live Through It is now available early today, February 24th on iTunes. Giving fans another early listening experience of the whole two-disc album, on February 24th James Fortune will also host a Live Through It Listening Party on...
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*Friday, February 21, 2014*

Kari Jobe
In anticipation of GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe's upcoming album, her debut single "Forever" is now available at iTunes (click here). The single debuted at the top of the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart this week. Jobe will release her new album and live DVD, Majestic (Capitol CMG), on March 25. Fans can get a taste of the full-length live DVD with the premiere of the video of "Forever," which already has over 75k views. Click here to watch the live song that was recorded in the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Tx...
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*Thursday, February 20, 2014*

In Case You Missed It… Check out SWITCHFOOT performing "When We Come Alive" & "Say It Like You Mean It" from FADING WEST on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! last night...
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Norma Jean
Norma Jean has premiered a hilarious new video for "Sword In Mouth, Fire Eyes" at Metal Injection - Watch HERE. The video was directed by Eli Berg. Norma Jean also kicks off a new tour today with Spoken and will head to the UK in April with Liferuiner, Night Verses, and Branson Hollis (tour dates below). Last summer Norma Jean released their sixth full length album to date...
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Da'dra Crawford Greathouse, one-half of the Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove and Stellar Award-winning vocal group Anointed, has announced that she is hard at work on her long-awaited and highly anticipated solo CD. The first track, "Arms Wide Open," is currently available at iTunes. Greathouse enlisted the talents of producer Aaron Lindsey to help craft the new song. A multi-Grammy...
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Natalie Grant
The Dare to Be...The Journey Continues 2014 event tour sold out seven of 12 events across the country, while honoring daring, local women at each event. The inspirational event tour features Grammy® nominated vocalist Natalie Grant and international speaker, Bible teacher and author Charlotte Gambill. Together, they have created an empowering event entwined with music and worship for women of all ages to make a difference in their life, family, and community...
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Building429
Grammy-nominated Building 429 was in New York City over the weekend with high-profile appearances on FOX News' Mike Huckabee Show and FOXNews.com Live Spirited Debate. Building 429 performed their new single, "Press On," on the Mike Huckabee Show and the Governor joined the performance by playing bass with the band. Governor Huckabee also interviewed Jason Roy, lead singer for the group, about their recent Grammy nomination for the album, We Won't Be Shaken and encouraged the audience to buy the album! The show also aired...
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Killers & Thieves, the third recording from Birmingham, Alabama-based rockers Embers In Ashes, will release February 25. Produced by Chris Galves and Joel Wanasek, the project includes nine songs written by the band, along with an instrumental selection...
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Urban Christian music label and production company GotSoul Music has released the first video for the song "He's Alive" from its ongoing compilation series, Soul Cutz. The song features Minnesota-based singer Soulyrik and rapper A.P. out of New Orleans. A talented dancer, Soulyrik choreographs movements for the Mek-o-law Dancers of Spirit and Truth Worship Center based in Minneapolis. The song tells the story of an attractive woman who walks through life with dignity and class...
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*Wednesday, February 19, 2014*

toby
Three of the industry's best-selling, most-awarded and critically acclaimed artists, TobyMac, Skillet and LeCrae, are joining forces to thrill crowds on an exclusive summer shed tour. With each act also known for their energetic and diverse live performances, fans in each of the select seven cities are sure to get the show of a lifetime. Tickets go on sale to the mass public on March 1, with a special presale for artist fan clubs at 10am local venue time on February 27 through 10pm on February 28...
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RSJ
Grammy winning Christian artist and best-selling author Rebecca St. James has another "first" to add to her long list of credits... The Australian born St. James has delivered her first-born - a daughter - for her and husband Jacob Fink. The couple married in April 2011. Baby Gemma Elena arrived to her new parents who make their home in southern California weighing a healthy 8 lbs.3 ozs...
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Veridia
Word Entertainment is pleased to present dynamic new alternative rock band VERIDIA. Recently, the female-fronted group unveiled the cover and launched the pre-order for their new EP, Inseparable, at iTunes. Although the EP won’t officially be released digitally until February 25, with the pre-order fans will receive an instant download of their new single, “We Are The Brave,” hitting rock radio Friday. VERIDIA also released an official trailer to Inseparable...
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Big Daddy Weave
Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave kicks off the second leg of "The Only Name Tour" on February 21 in Waukesha, WI, with special guests Group 1 Crew and Tim Timmons. The tour, with 40 dates running through May 3, will feature songs from their nine studio albums including the band's latest and best-selling album Love Come to Life. They will also perform their No. 1 hits "Love Come To Life," "Redeemed" and their current chart topper, "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)," which spent five weeks in the top spot on NCA and is currently in its sixth...
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Matthew West
Four-time GRAMMY nominated and American Music Award winning artist Matthew West announces his upcoming tour, "Hello My Name Is...The Acoustic Tour," which begins March 13 through the end of April (dates listed below). This exclusive tour will be an evening of acoustic songs and stories with West from his acclaimed album Into The Light...
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Satellites & Sirens
The quartet that is Satellites & Sirens are gearing up for a great year with no end in sight. With a new signing to LA-based label, DREAM Records announced late last year and a new tour with Building 429, Family Force 5 and Hawk Nelson that launches February 20th, Nashville-based group are proud to share their iTunes pre-order for One Noise. Fans will be pleased to see that they will immediately be able to purchase their new single, "Jump Start My Heart" today as well...
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Natalie Grant
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, the official film trailer for In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom has been released at www.StoriesofFreedom.com in preparation for the launch of a three-part campaign to help stop sex trafficking in the United States. Benefitting the work of Abolition International, the campaign centers around three resources including a documentary film, compilation hymns album, and a 31 day devotional / group study guide - all three to be released into stores and online by Word Entertainment on October 4th, 2014...
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Jason Bare's new CD, Love Is Alive, is set to release February 25. The popular singer, songwriter and worship leader will celebrate the release of his third project while meeting with industry influencers at the National Religious Broadcasters' annual convention held February 22-25 in Nashville...
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Leading pastor, author and recording artist Matthew Hagee takes center stage for A New Season, his March 18 Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution solo debut. Produced by Michael Sykes (Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band), the project features 11 Inspirationally-focused country selections...
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International best-selling author Adam Houge is on a mission to see lives dramatically changed with his latest book, The 7 Most Powerful Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever (Living Tree Publishing). With over 500,000 copies of the book already distributed, the book has spent all of 2014 in Amazon.com's Top 100 Non-Fiction books and as the #1 Devotional in the Christian Books & Bibles category...
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Jonah33
The Love Amendment is comprised of husband and wife duo, Vince and Amber Lichlyter. Vince, (founder and lead singer of Jonah33) had been known in the past for his aggressive portrayal of truth via loud drums, big guitars and gritty vocals. This time, however, he has teamed up with his wife, Amber, to deliver a much more intimate, personal worship project. "All 5 songs have come directly from a place that we've been, whether good or bad," says Vince. "And that seems to be the key with people. We all want to know that we're on the right track, and if not...
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*Tuesday, February 18, 2014*

Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE is excited to announce the first leg of an extensive North American headlining tour in support of their anticipated new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out April 15 on Atlantic/Word Records. On May 1, the Charleston, SC rock band will kick off their tour which will see them visit some of the country's most notable venues, including The Wiltern and The Fillmore, as well as perform at a number of summer festivals including Ichthus Festival, Creation NE and DownPour Festival. Glassnote Records artist Foy Vance will be direct support on this leg...
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Future Of Forestry
Future of Forestry is proud to present ‘THE PIANO AND STRINGS SESSIONS'. This album is a compilation of seven songs from FOF’s past discography (including "Slow Your Breath Down," "Traveler's Song" and "You"), arranged in piano and string instrumentation. “I’ve been touring and recording rock music as Future of Forestry for almost 10 years now. And after all these years of exploring that genre, I decided do something different. In creating this project, I...
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Demon Hunter
Solid State Records are proud to announce the iTunes Pre-Order for not one, but two new albums from two amazing bands. Firstly, Demon Hunter's Extremist is available for Pre-Order on iTunes, and when you pre-order the album you'll get an immediate download of the song "Artificial Light." If you haven't heard "Artificial Light" yet, watch the lyric video on YouTube or below. You also have the option of Pre-Ordering Extremist...
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SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman gave the performance of a lifetime earlier this month at one of the most famous concert venues in the world, Carnegie Hall in New York City. Performing with The True North Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Camp Kirkland, and The New American Chorus made up of choral singers and fans from across the country, Chapman performed moving renditions of some of his most iconic songs, as well as hits from his latest record The Glorious Unfolding...
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Ellie Holcomb
This is the day that Ellie Holcomb has been waiting for for quite some time. Today, the singer, songwriter and storyteller releases her debut album, As Sure As The Sun (Full Heart Music) for the world to hear. Produced by Brown Bannister and Ben Shive, Holcomb's anticipated first solo LP is already making headlines as, at press time, it is climbing up the iTunes Overall Album Chart and currently at No. 15...
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Loftland
The members of the Wisconsin pop band, Loftland release their debut album on DREAM Records today titled, I Don't Want To Dance. Click here to pick it up on iTunes. The group is finishing up touring with Jonathan Thulin and Shine Bright Baby on the Dead Come To Life Tour and after will soon join Silverline and Shonlock on the Shine A Light Tour that starts on March 12th. For more information...
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K-LOVE announces partnership with NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing (LFR) for this week’s season-opening DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, February 23. As the primary sponsor, K-LOVE will appear on the No. 95 Ford Fusion car driven by McDowell for this weekend’s race as well as additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season...
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Shonlock
Recording artist Shonlock's sophomore CD "A Night to Remember" is available for presale on iTunes February 18 in sync with the release of the track to CHR radio on February 21. The track is also an early download with the pre-order of the "A Night to Remember" CD. To coincide with the growing momentum around the release, the national TV premier of the "A Night to Remember" music video is scheduled for late February, with a premier on UPTV.com this week. Watch the UPTV.com music video premier of "A Night To Remember" by visiting http://www.uptv.com/a-night-to-remember-shonlock...
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Fresh off their signing announcement, DARKNESS DIVIDED is now hitting the road with Silent Planet for the Music for Good Tour, presented by HM Magazine. The tour begins March 21! Vocalist Gerard Mora comments, "'Music for Good' is the slogan for HM Magazine. I pitched using it to David for different reasons, but I find it very fitting for what we, Silent Planet, and HM Magazine stand for. We all come from different backgrounds, but we all have a call to promote music that spreads a good message in a sometimes dark world...
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Hymns have offered inspiration throughout the centuries, focusing the hearts of believers around the world on an unchanging God. So it should come as no surprise that a beloved hymn should inspire Franklin, Tennessee-based songwriter Anthony Skinner to pen "The Sound That Saved Us All," a modern, soulful hymn for today's church...
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The new book Road Trip Mixtapes: Vegas, Red Bull, and Faith on a Detour, from debut author J. Churchill Morris, is hitting bookstores this month. Published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson, the book is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats wherever books are sold...
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Yancy, Christian music's reigning Queen of Diversity, will release Jesus Music Box: The Devotional! - a new daily devotional book based on the songs from her 2013 album release, Jesus Music Box. Distributed by Elevate Entertainment, the new devotional will be available online and in Christian bookstores on March 4th...
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*Monday, February 17, 2014*

Jason Gray
Jason Gray is scheduled to join an illustrious roster of talent for The Bible: Son of God 2014 Tour that launches March 20th at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. The 16-city tour will visit such major cities as Phoenix, AZ, Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, and Pittsburgh, PA before concluding April 13th in Baltimore, MD. The two-hour live musical event will also feature award-winning artists; Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August and Meredith Andrews. The concert will bring the epic miniseries, "The Bible," and the upcoming 20th Century Fox feature film, "Son of God," to life on stage...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Dove Award-nominated Irish worshippers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective release their fourth and highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration, globally from Integrity Music March 17 (St. Patrick's Day). Prior to the launch of the album, K-LOVE Radio Network is offering an exclusive, worldwide premiere of the first video from the new recording, "My Lighthouse," beginning today at http://klove.com/rendlighthouse...
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Planetshakers
Capturing the energy, excitement and worship of Melbourne's Planetshakers Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Australia, Planetshakers Band is set to release globally through Integrity Music its 26th live recording, ENDLESS PRAISE, on March 11, 2014. Recorded at Planetshakers' annual Awakening event in Melbourne, the CD / DVD is an anthemic, joy-infused collection that gives honor to the One who makes all things possible...
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Singer/songwriter Julie Elias has released the video for "Breathing Room," the first video from her current CD, A Wild Rose. Award-winning producer/director Stephen Yake of Yake Films directed the video, which centers on the need for forgiveness as we strive to have a closer relationship with Christ. "Of all the songs on my album, 'Breathing Room' is probably the song I connect to most and the issue with which I personally struggle the most: being able to truly forgive...
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*Friday, February 14, 2014*

KJ-52
After top radio outlets, including Air 1 stations, immediately snapped up Multiple Dove Award winning Christian rap/hip-hop artist, KJ-52's single, "Tonight," making it the most added radio single for the week of February 3, 2014, the single will be unveiled on iTunes February 25, 2014. KJ's forthcoming album, Mental, which includes "Tonight," will be released April 29th by The Paradigm Collective. In anticipation of the "Tonight" single release, KJ-52 partnered with action sports mission organization...
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Jonah33
Vince Lichlyter (former frontman for Jonah 33) has released his new EP Helium Revisited on Boleyn Records out of Atlanta Georgia. Long time manager, friend and now label owner Caleb Morgan said: "This new EP is beyond me! I haven't seen this much talent in FOREVER! We wanted to release good music the right way and so Vince and I decided to build our own "machine" (so to speak) and release his music our way, for our fans! Vince Lichlyter's single "Things I Need To Say...
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Holly Starr
One of Christian music's leading management and marketing agencies, Artist Garden Entertainment recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a VIP showcase featuring the company's artist management clients. Pictured (l-r) at the event are singer/songwriter Noah Cleveland; Curb recording artist Ryan Corn; Artist Garden Entertainment's Keith and Diana Stancil; Save The City Records/Provident Distribution recording artist Holly Starr and StompTown Revival's Gabe Martinez...
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After a decade-long tour, performing over 100 concerts a year, The Horn Family is slated to release their long awaited self-titled debut project on March 4, 2014 from RayLynn Records through Provident Distribution. The Horn Family album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn. and produced by prolific country artist and renowned songwriter Mark Collie...
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*Thursday, February 13, 2014*

All Sons & Daughters
All Sons & Daughters, the worship duo composed of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan, continue to inspire audiences with their acoustic, folk aesthetic and lyrics that focus squarely on Jesus while embracing the tension of the Christian walk. The Franklin, Tennessee-based worshipers will take their songs on the road beginning March 4, inviting listeners to join them and guest speaker Jamie George for "A Night Of Worship Tour", traveling to 19 cities across the U.S...
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THE ROYAL ROYAL's Nathan and Gabriel Finochio roar back on the scene to once again create worship music for the next generation on their sophomore release, THE RETURN OF THE KING, which releases to digital retailers March 4, 2014. The Return of the King features fresh, yet honest lyrics on personal, yet universal songs and is released in partnership with The Paradigm Collective and distributed by Central South Distribution and Sony RED...
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*Wednesday, February 12, 2014*

Newsboys
With more than 30,000 people in attendance at Atlanta's Georgia Dome, Saturday's inaugural Winter Jam 2014 Dome Spectacular became the biggest single event in the groundbreaking tour's 19-year history. Along with Winter Jam's stellar line-up-Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong, Colton Dixon, Love & The Outcome, Everfound, Derek Minor and evangelist Nick Hall-the Dome Spectacular also included multiple guests. Guinness World Record-holding high wire artist Nik Wallenda successfully walked a tightrope across the Georgia Dome...
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Extol have released a digital Deluxe Edition of their self titled 2013 album. The new edition contains the exclusive new track "Sting of Death", as well as new digital booklet containing never-before-seen artwork. In addition to the release of Extol Deluxe Edition and accompanying lyric video for "Sting of Death", there has also been an update from Animidas Productions on the release of the Extol documentary film...
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Lauren Daigle
Centricity Publishing expands its offerings with the creation of the new label, CentricWorship, under the expert guidance of Steve Rice, VP of Centricity Publishing and founder of CentricWorship. The label's debut release, ALL THE SAINTS: Live From the CentricWorship Retreat--No. 1, is set for digital release on March 11, 2014. Expanding on the core mission of Centricity Publishing, which exists to nurture the gifts and expand the influence of its songwriters...
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Local Singer-Songwriter, Karen Spurlock, has partnered with the organization, LOVE146, by launching a fundraising campaign to help fight against human trafficking. For the entire month of February, anyone can join Karen’s team, Love Is Calling, by donating any amount and helping her realize her financial goal by visiting http://donate.love146.org/loveiscalling...
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*Tuesday, February 11, 2014*

Project 86
Today, Project 86 launched a new campaign with IndieGoGo to fund a new studio rock album, an acoustic EP and more. The campaign sets an ambitious goal of $50,000, but there are some great incentives for fans. Check out the full details on how you can participate on their IndieGoGo campaign page. Expected release for the projects are June and July of this year...
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Switchfoot
Today, Switchfoot announced further details on their upcoming Spring headlining tour, with special guests Kopecky Family Band and The Royal Concept. The band also added, "Oh yeah, and we're also bringing lasers, so yeah. We think this tour is gonna rule." If you're wondering as to whether or not it's a continuation of their Fading West movie tour or an acoustic show, the band assures fans that it will be a full-on rock show, "Right now, we're gearing up for a full on rock show - no more California campfires and stripped down performances. We're bringing a full on, 100% plugged in Switchfoot show...
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JoC
As part of their celebration of 20 years since the release of their debut indie album, Frail, Jars Of Clay has been performing special online shows via StageIt.com for fans, and with news of upcoming Much Afraid album shows, they're offering a special free EP of 6 live recordings of songs from their self-titled debut album as performed on StageIt last month. Click on the widget below to download the EP...
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Canton Jones
Canton Jones-the Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award nominee-will release his new mixtape Lust, Drugs & Gospel as a free download starting Tuesday, February 18th. Additionally, this project will be distributed by Syntax Creative making it available at all major digital service providers, and available for pre-order on iTunes today. This full length release will serve as an appetizer while fans wait for God City, USA to be released this Spring...
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RSJ
Social media world is alive this week with a universe of Rebecca St. James’ followers thrilled with her re-connect on a ‘baby watch update.’ Her photo and request for prayer this weekend for a safe delivery lit up both Twitter and Facebook with an outpouring of re-tweets and shares. The Grammy Award winning Christian singer and her husband, Jacob Fink, are expecting their first child to arrive this week—hopefully in time for Valentine’s Day...
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Just in time for Valentine's Day, hip hop artist George Moss announces his engagement to Michelle Cummings. George first noticed Michelle back in 2010 at a concert he was performing at her church. She was in the front row and he tried to make eye contact with her, but she just walked away and blew him off. After the show, George found Michelle on Facebook and added her as a friend. As a result he kept seeing things that she posted and he really like her character and personality...
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Casting Crowns
Multi-platinum selling group, Casting Crowns continues to bring THRIVE to life, wrapping up a month of visits and giving back to fans across the country. Accompanying the recent release of the group's seventh studio record (THRIVE), which debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, comes Mark Hall's newest book on Zondervan, "Thrive - Digging Deep, Reaching Out" available today, February 11...
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Building429
GRAMMY®-nominated pop/rock act Building 429 and alt-rock fan favorite Family Force 5 are uniting for what’s sure to be an explosive spring tour. “We Won’t Be Shaken: The Tour,” named after Building 429’s lead single and multi-week No. 1 hit from their latest album, will also feature pop/rock trio Hawk Nelson, DREAM Records' Satellites & Sirens and newcomers Lybecker. Kicking off Feb. 21 in Beaver Falls, Penn., “We Won’t Be Shaken: The Tour” will visit more than 35 markets this spring, bringing high-energy performances and a message of hope to every city...
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Mandisa
Nothing could be more inviting during a cold winter than sunshine, relaxation and incredible entertainment. K-LOVE, along with World Hope and Premier Vacation and Events promise just that during the 12th Annual 2015 K-LOVE cruise. The brand new MSC Divina ship will set sail from Miami, FL on January 13, 2015 and hit three ports of call (Freeport, Nassau and private island, Half-Moon Cay) through January 17th...
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Loftland
Wisconsin pop band, Loftland are proud to announce their iTunes pre-order for their highly anticipated album, I Don't Want To Dance, which comes out February 18th. Click here or the banner to pre-order and receive their single, "Hold On, Small One" today. Additionally, the group is showcasing their single as part of a remix contest hosted by famed producer, David Thulin. The contest invites everyone to download the vocal stems from the track, "Hold On, Small One" at www.dreamrecords.org/loftlandremixcontest...
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Christian recording artist Drake Kennedy is preparing to step onto the national stage with his new single, "Right by Me," which impacts radio stations across the country on February 11th. The song, from his independently released, HOPE-The EP, has already hit #1 on stations in Atlanta and beyond, prompting the national push. Both HOPE-THE EP and the single are available now at iTunes...
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Andrew Patton, President of Patton House Entertainment, today announced the second worldwide search for some of the brightest and strongest new talent. Applications are being accepted online at https://thephe.com/auditions.html and will close in late March. The search is looking for both male & female solo artists aged 17 – 22 who desire to perform, entertain, and share ministry with churches and venues around the globe. Invitation...
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CLEAR DAY MEDIA GROUP is proud to announce the launch of CLEAR DAY PUBLISHING as well as their debut title PASSION & PURPOSE. Founded by media industry veteran David Seibert, Clear Day Media Group exists to promote excellence in mission-minded Christian projects in book publishing, music properties and other media projects...
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*Monday, February 10, 2014*

toby
With a powerful message of hope and love, the impact of TobyMac's No. 1 song "Speak Life" has been immeasurable. On February 11, cable's top-rated morning show, Fox & Friends, will world premiere the music video for the track and TobyMac, along with his DiverseCity band, will perform the GRAMMY®-nominated song live. VEVO is supporting the online premiere of the video on Wednesday, February 12. "Speak Life" was written by TobyMac along with Jamie Moore and Ryan Stevenson and is off his GRAMMY®-award winning and No. 1 Billboard 200 record, EYE ON IT. Catch a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video here...
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All Sons & Daughters
All Sons & Daughters are thrilled to announce that they are heading back out for A Night of Worship Spring Tour and will be joined by their friend and pastor, Jamie George. Jamie is an avid story-collector and storyteller as well as the author of 'Love Well,' which releases in August 2014. Please be sure to check out the full list of dates...
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City Harbor
Last week Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group duo City Harbor debuted their self-titled album. Comprised of singer/songwriters Molly Reed and Robby Earle, the music of City Harbor is already receiving strong coverage through rave reviews, media coverage and radio airplay. Produced by Ben Glover, David Garcia, Ed Cash and Matt Bronleewee, City Harbor is being touted as "engaging," "comforting," and "impressive." Along with numerous album reviews, the duo is featured in such...
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Natalie Grant
2014 is only just underway, but Curb recording artist Natalie Grant is already having a remarkably eventful new year. Last year had previously proven one of the most exciting and productive of the award-winning singer/songwriter's career, culminating with a pair of major nominations for last month's 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. "Hurricane," the chart-topping title track from her extraordinary 2013 album, "HURRICANE," was honored in two categories...
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Newsboys
Inpop Records will provide the soundtrack to one of this year’s most anticipated new films, Pure Flix Entertainment’s GOD’S NOT DEAD. The CD, featuring tracks from Newsboys, Superchick, JJ Weeks Band, Jimmy Needham, Stellar Kart, and Tricia, among others, releases March 4. Taking its name from award-winning group Newsboys’ hit single “God’s Not Dead,” the Pure Flix movie follows college freshman Josh Wheaton who is challenged by his atheist philosophy professor to provide evidence of God’s existence to his skeptical classmates...
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Hillsong United
Republic Records teams with 20th Century Fox and LightWorkers Media, which is owned and operated by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, to release the original motion picture soundtrack album for the upcoming film, Son of God. The collection is available in stores in North America and Canada February 25 as well as via iTunes globally the same day. The online pre-order has recently gone live this past week here. Meanwhile, the movie will be released in theaters across the United States Friday February 28...
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*Friday, February 7, 2014*

Aaron Shust
Dove Award winning singer/songwriter Aaron Shust is set to headline The 'Morning Rises' Tour, presented by Compassion International and hitting more than 20 cities this spring. Joining Shust as special guests will be acclaimed pop-rockers MIKESCHAIR, acoustic-pop songwriter Jonny Diaz and newcomer Lauren Daigle. Kicking off March 14, in Lewistown, Penn., The Morning Rises Tour will travel to Columbus, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Carthage, Va.; Takoma Park, Md.; and more before wrapping up in Dawsonville, Ga. on May 4...
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Singer/songwriter Eva Kroon Pike will make her debut Saturday at the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular when the world's largest annual tour comes to Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Pike will share the event's lineup with Christian music heavyweights Newsboys, Lecrae, Plumb, Tenth Avenue North, Newsong and others. Nick Hall will speak and David Crowder will be a special guest. Pike is being featured as the tour's "New Artist" on the Atlanta stage...
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*Thursday, February 6, 2014*

Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards' "Artist of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli, will perform her new single "Write Your Story" live on ABC's "Good Morning America" when she makes her national morning TV debut on February 13. Additionally, she'll unveil a portion of "When The Crazy Kicks In" from her forthcoming third studio album, If We're Honest, due out on April 22. "Write Your Story," released to radio on January 3, is already Top 10 at NCA after just one month. Today Battistelli joins Sanctus Real on "The Hands of God 2014 Tour" in Fayetteville, AR, followed by the Word...
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The City Harmonic
The City Harmonic was honored this week with a 2014 JUNO Award nomination for their new, critically acclaimed album, Heart. The album is nominated for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year and follows the band's JUNO win in that same category last year for their full-length debut, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)...
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Mediaskare Records is pleased to announce the addition of California's REFORMERS to its roster of artists. The band's first Mediaskare release will be their debut full-length album 'Abolish', which is set to hit stores and digital retailers on April 29th. A lyric video for the track "Belligerence", which will appear on the album, has been posted online and can be seen at http://youtu.be/KVRakZkE970...
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*Wednesday, February 5, 2014*

Red
RED returns with a unique mini-album of "recalibrated" songs from their best-selling album "Release The Panic". This edition includes six songs from "Release The Panic" that now have RED's signature strings, orchestrations, and other new elements added to the original tracks PLUS one new unreleased song from the "Release The Panic" sessions called "Run and Escape." This edition, releasing April 8, will provide RED's insatiable fans a new way to experience the music but this time even more...
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Tooth & Nail Records is proud to announce the addition to their acclaimed roster with the signing of Australian foursome New Empire. Hailing from Cronulla Beach in Sydney, Australia, New Empire is excited to take their music around the world. Celebrating their label signing, Tooth & Nail Records is giving away the band's song "Relight The Fire." Click here to get the single and watch the music video, which already has over 1 million views...
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Jamie Grace
GRAMMY® nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner Jamie Grace is celebrating an impressive street week performance for her album Ready To Fly which released last week. The sophomore effort more than doubled the performance of her debut EP, Hold Me, and was declared a “coming of age record…preparing to do life cranked all the way up to eleven” by Worship Leader Magazine...
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Erica Campbell will exclusively debut her new music video "Help," this Monday on VH1 Soul and VH1.com. The video, created by legendary and iconic director Bille Woodruff, will premiere at 6:00am EST on VH1 Soul and will run every hour (on the hour) all day. The video will also be available on line exclusively on VH1.com...
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City on a Hill announces the release of Acts of God, a full-length feature film, cinematic, six-episode small group study and six-week sermon series that address perhaps the greatest human question of all - the question of suffering. If God is good, why does He allow so much pain in the world? This is a question not often talked about in church, but Acts of God addresses it head on and doesn't offer trite answers...
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*Tuesday, February 4, 2014*

Rend Collective Experiment
Dove Award-nominated Irish worshippers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective made a recent theological breakthrough as a band that is changing everything about their approach to music and life: seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. The appropriate response to the heightened understanding led to a sonically innovative message on its fourth and highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration, releasing globally from Integrity Music March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)...
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Silverline
The first annual "Shine A Light Tour" will launch on March 12th, 2014. The line up marks the first major headline tour for Silverline as they support their highly successful release, Lights Out that released in April. Additionally, pop artist, Shonlock, pop group, Loftland and recent winners to The Shine A Light Tour contest, LNYX will all join the tour. The tour will hit over 20 U.S. major markets. Gospel For Asia, Zane Guitars, DREAM Records, Immerse 2014, Converge Music and Not Of The World Clothing will all be joining as sponsors for the tour...
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Sumerlin
North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is excited today to announce the release of their latest album, Runaways! This week only, purchase Runaways and receive their previous release Motives (Deluxe) for free! "Motives (Deluxe)" includes seven tracks plus two bonus tracks including a remix of their top hit, "The Fallback" by popular Christian rock band, Scientist titled, "The Fallback (SCI Mobile Lab Remix)". All you have to do is email a copy or picture of your receipt to info.dreammusicgroup[at]gmail.com and DREAM Records will send...
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BEC Recordings announces a new addition to their roster with the signing of Florida natives Among the Thirsty. The band will release their debut radio single, "What Love Looks Like," on February 14. Click here to check out the band's single on iTunes. Among The Thirsty was established in Clearwater, FL in 2008 when the band began touring together...
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Flame
Since releasing three short months ago, Flame's seventh album, Royal Flush, continues to make an impact. Flame was featured on FOX NEWS' national television program, Spirited Debate, and more recently The Source magazine, Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report, and 100 Huntley Street. The Source, one of the top Hip-Hop magazines in the U.S. known for their exclusive devotion to urban culture, dedicated a feature spread to Flame...
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Wyoming rock/metal act on the rise, Righteous Vendetta, kicked off a U.S. run with American Head Charge last week, "Shoot Tour Part III." Checking in on the way to the band's show last night in Oklahoma City, vocalist Ryan Hayes said "I'm writing as we travel down an ice covered interstate on the way to our third show with American Head Charge. The first two shows were great. Like usual, it's awesome to meet and play with bands we were listening to in our youth. What's even greater is the fact that we are heading toward the Southwest, which means warm!...
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Since its inception, ProjectInspired.com has been a defining compass for guiding young women as they mature into wise, Godly women. Continuing their goal to encourage discussion on culture and Christianity, today the site is launching the first in a series that will explore hot topics among youth today, kicking off with views from four Christian influencers on the subject of modesty. The round table discussion can be found here: http://www.projectinspired.com/modesty-roundtable/...
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*Monday, February 3, 2014*

Steve Taylor and The Perfect Foil
Today, Steve Taylor announced to his Kickstarter campaign backers that Peter Furler Band and Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil will Co-Headline a special Spring Tour, called The Perfect Tour. Both bands are releasing new albums this spring as well, starting with Peter Furler Band's Sun and Shield on March 11 and Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil's to follow sometime in April. The Spring tour will launch April 26 and run until May 25. Earlier today, the Jesusfreakhideout.com staff also announced their 8th annual "Highlighting" picks in which they select their most anticipated projects of the new year, and both bands placed high on the list. Click here to check out the staff's top 15 picks from January 1 to the end of June...
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JoC
The Justice Conference, a two-day annual event that focuses on justice-related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and human rights, will be held at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and at satellite locations across the country on February 21-22, 2014. Dr. Bernice King will join the country's leading justice and human rights advocates as a speaker in the fourth annual conference, organized by World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals...
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Centricity Music’s new rock band, Carrollton (formerly Mosteller), will release their debut EP, Breathe In Deep, on February 11th. The project features nine original songs written or co-written by members of the band who were joined by some of the most respected songwriters in Christian music, including David Leonard (All Sons & Daughters), Sam Mizell, Justin Ebach, Matt Armstrong and Josh Bronleewe, among others. Breathe In Deep was produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Matt Maher) and was recorded in Nashville at Smoakstack Studio. The first single, "Pass You By," goes for adds at radio on Feb 7th...
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Hawk Nelson
This marks the 7th year for Christian music festival, Raise The Praise (RTP). The festival features national acts such as Hawk Nelson along with the best in independent emerging artists. Past artists have included national and international artists: FireFlight, Stellar Kart, Tricia Brock of Superchick, Heart Of Saints, and Philip Renner. Hawk Nelson, a Dove, Grammy and Juno nominated band will headline Raise The Praise Festival this year. They had a break out year in 2013 with their song "Words" being in Top 10 for over 35 weeks...
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*Friday, January 31, 2014*

Crowder
Bringing one of the world's biggest tours to Atlanta's Georgia Dome for the first time, NewSong's Winter Jam Tour Spectacular announces yet another first: a daring stunt by famed high wire artist Nik Wallenda. The seven-time Guinness World Record holder, who crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope without a safety harness last year, is slated to walk untethered across a high wire suspended in the Georgia Dome during the February 8 mega event...
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MercyMe
The Gospel Music Association announces that its sixth annual conference for developing artists, songwriters and worship leaders, called IMMERSE will take place June 22-25, 2014. Held in its entirety at the LifeWay Christian Resources corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville, TN, IMMERSE is the only event of its kind where attendees can get hands-on training directed by music industry leaders. Registration is currently open at a special discounted rate of $149 for a short time at www.ExperienceIMMERSE.com...
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For Today
For Today's new studio album Fight The Silence is now streaming exclusively on Alternative Press. Fight The Silence will be released next week on February 4th 2014 via Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Will Putney (Winds of Plague, Suicide Silence). Fight The Silence is available for pre-orders on the iTunes Store HERE. When fans pre-order the album, they will receive instant downloads of two songs, "Fight The Silence" and "Pariah...
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for King & Country
20th Century Fox has just released an official trailer seen here for the upcoming film "Son of God" featuring for KING & COUNTRY's single "Crave." On February 28, from Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the epic story of The New Testament gets a larger-than-life treatment in the feature film "Son of God," in theatres nationwide. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus' life since "Passion of the Christ," released ten years ago. In addition to collaborating on the "Son of God" trailer, for KING & COUNTRY's "Baby Boy" is included on the inspired by CD...
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Mike Smith, president of Michael Smith and Associates, has announced the launch and registration period for the 2014 edition of his Artist Management Training Course. Hosted by the 30-year music industry veteran, Artist Management Training Course is designed for those seeking a career as an artist manager, as well as for artists that want a better understanding of the industry and proven tools to move themselves forward...
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*Thursday, January 30, 2014*

Lindsay McCaul
Centricity Music continues to expand its artist roster by announcing the signing of singer/songwriter Lindsay McCaul. A respected and established Christian artist, McCaul enjoyed success with her first major label album in 2012, If It Leads Me Back, which showcased her trademark introspective songwriting and warm vocals. Her first project with Centricity Music will release August 2014 and is being produced by Brent Milligan (Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band) and Jeff Pardo (Matthew West, Josh Wilson)...
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*Monday, January 27, 2014*

Jason Gray
Centricity Music singer/songwriter Jason Gray readies the release of his latest project, Love Will Have The Final Word, March 4th. In true Gray fashion, the album is a soul-stirring collection of songs that speaks to the redeeming power of unfailing love. Produced by Jason Ingram (Chris Tomlin, Sanctus Real, Tenth Avenue North) and Cason Cooley (Derek Webb, Andrew Peterson), sonically the record blends Gray's acoustic guitar with touches of banjo, mandolin and sweeping pop. Its mood is often somber, thoughtful, and ebullient, mirroring the album's powerful lyrics. Gray...
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Luke Dowler is currently giving away his entire discography on Noisetrade.com for FREE including a new exclusive "Best Of" album, and giving any tips generated to International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org) to fight Human Trafficking. "'I wanted to give away all of my music the month of February as a HUGE thank you to my friends, fans and family that have supported my music career. Without their support I would not be able to make music." Says Dowler, "With so many people giving into my career over the years, with 'bro deals', 'donations' 'couches to crash on', meals, vehicle repairs...
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*Wednesday, January 29, 2014*

Needtobreathe
Today, southern rock outfit NEEDTOBREATHE announced the relaunch of their fan club "The Insiders" with a special live music incentive. There are three tiers of membership, with each one including an exclusive members only live track being delivered to the fans each month. The second two tiers include a special live album on CD to be released in December with the third tier including a digital download of their April 15th, new album release Rivers in the Wasteland. For more info, check out their announcement below and visit...
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Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award winning singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli will headline The Hands of God Tour in 15 cities this spring, beginning February 6 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Joining Battistelli will be GRAMMY®-nominated band Sanctus Real and special guests All Things New and Jon Bauer. Tickets are on sale now, and all show details are available at HandsOfGodTour.com. "Hands of God" is the title of a newly-penned track on Battistelli's forthcoming studio album, If We're Honest...
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After a successful single debut for "Dead Come To Life", singer songwriter, Jonathan Thulin is proud to announce The Dead Come To Life Tour featuring special guests: Shine Bright Baby and Loftland. The tour will kick off in Salt Lake City, UT Friday, January 30th and will go until the end of February...
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Forerunner Music, a ministry of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO, releases Endless: Songs of Eternity on February 11, 2014. The project launches an ongoing worship anthology, celebrating the best songs from IHOPKC's more than 150 albums of worship, adoration, and devotional music. A complete track listing follows this release...
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Known as "The Voice" it's no wonder Sandi Patty's album, Everlasting, which hit Target Stores exclusively last September, soared to the Number 1 spot on the LifeScape Charts. Today, the album will be released into the CBA Markets at Lifeway, Family Christian, and Parable Stores. The Grammy Award-winning artist is also excited to announce the 30th anniversary of her popular song with Larnelle Harris, "More Than Wonderful." The duo will be celebrating with a brand new recording of the song...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp receives his first-ever No. 1 Christian radio hit with "Slow Suicide" from his acclaimed sophomore solo album, Proof of Life, released on Wind-up Records Nov. 5. The first single and video from the album, "Slow Suicide" went to radio Oct. 8 and premiered on Fuse Nov. 19. This week the song ascends to the top of Billboard's Christian Rock Indicator radio chart...
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*Tuesday, January 28, 2014*

Jamie Grace
GRAMMY® nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner Jamie Grace launches her sophomore effort, Ready To Fly, to major critical praise today. The 22-year-old Georgia native’s career lifted off only a few short years ago after her discovery by TobyMac and her hit single “Hold Me (feat. TobyMac)” garnered GRAMMY® and Dove Award nods. Jamie teamed up with producers Christopher Stevens (TobyMac), Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor), David Garcia (Britt Nicole)...
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VICTORY RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of San Antonio's DARKNESS DIVIDED. The four-piece are quickly making a name for themselves through heavy DIY touring - including major festivals such as Cornerstone and Sonshine. Watch the announcement video here...
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Michael Sweet
font class="news">Michael Sweet, frontman for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, will release a new full-length solo album, I'm Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, on May 6, 2014, via BIG3 Records. The new Michael Sweet website also launches today at www.MichaelSweet.com with a free preview of Chapter One of the upcoming book. Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers Stryper, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to Stryper, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007-2011...
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North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is excited to announce a great giveaway for their iTunes pre-order! Sumerlin would like to feature this contest in any way possible for their fans! The contest is simple: Pre-order their album now through iTunes or Best Buy now and receive and entire album free! "Motives Deluxe" includes seven tracks plus two bonus tracks including a remix of their top hit, "The Fallback" by popular Christian rock band, Scientist titled, "The Fallback (SCI Mobile Lab Remix)"...
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After a ten year absence, award-winning singer-songwriter and radio and television personality Gary Chapman made a triumphant return to music in November with the release of his latest album, The Truth (Merf Music Group). While most artists would be content to relax and enjoy the critical acclaim, Chapman is gearing up for much, much more in 2014. Today at 5:00 p.m. EST, Chapman will co-host SIRIUS XM's Blue Collar Radio, the official radio home of the Blue Collar Comedy brand (available nationwide on SIRIUS and XM at channel 97)...
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Pieces of Art, the debut from Houston-based singer/songwriter, worship leader and visual artist Casey Hensley, is set to bow February 4 on iTunes. Helmed by sought-after producers and songwriters Tyrus Morgan and Jay Speight, the project features eight selections, five of which were co-penned by Hensley...
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Casting Crowns
Echoing in the title track to Casting Crowns' seventh studio record - out today, January 28 - are the lyrics: "It's time for us to more than just survive, we were made to THRIVE." An understatement for beloved multi-platinum selling group who holds the position as Billboard's top selling act in Christian music since 2007 and wrapped up 2013 with three GRAMMY® nods, a RIAA 2x multi-Platinum certification, multiple RIAA Gold certifications and more. Casting Crowns begins the year with the release of THRIVE, their new album that includes their infectious No. 2 radio single, "All You Ever Wanted." The new record debuted today at No. 2 on the overall iTunes® album chart...
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Worship Leader's National Worship Leader Conference will start off with both strength and sizzle with a pre-conference dedicated to songwriting in the context of worship. Slated for February 24, from 12:30 to 4:00 PM in Carrollton, Texas, the Songwriters Creative Pre-conference is hosted at Bent Tree church...
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*Monday, January 27, 2014*

Dave Barnes
Tomorrow is the day that GRAMMY® and CMA award-nominated Dave Barnes releases his eighth studio album, the anticipated Golden Days (50 Year Plan Records). Available on the heels of his second Christmas collection, 2013's A December To Remember, Barnes co-produced the nostalgic bluesy pop songs of Golden Days with multi-GRAMMY nominated Ed Cash. When he first showed up on the music scene 12 years ago, Dave Barnes hit the college circuit with limitless energy...
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Mandisa
Following the most electrifying year of her career, 2014 has begun on a very high note for five-time GRAMMY® nominee Mandisa, as she was awarded the coveted Gramophone for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for her best-selling and critically acclaimed project Overcomer. This makes Mandisa one of only five American Idol Alumni to win a GRAMMY®, and the only alumni to win last night (both Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia were nominated). Additionally, the songwriters for her No. 1 smash single "Overcomer," David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. The awards were announced during...
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John Mark McMillan
John Mark McMillan has announced the dates to his upcoming "Are We All Animals Tour" this spring, which kicks off March 29 in Orlando, FL. McMillan will be promoting his fourth album, Borderland, which will be available March 4 (Lionhawk Records). Additionally, singer/songwriter Brady Toops will open shows at select dates in the southeast. "Are We All Animals Tour" dates are listed below and more dates are being added at press time. An updated list of tour dates will be available at johnmarkmcmillan.com/tour...
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Lecrae
Central South Distribution (CSD) artists and label partners came out on top at the 29th Stellar Gospel Music Awards winning honors in numerous categories. Tamela Mann was the leading lady of the event, taking home the award for each of the seven categories in which she was nominated, including the night's biggest award, Artist of the Year. With seven statues in hand, Tamela set the record for the most wins by a female artist at the Stellar Awards. John P. Kee was honored with two awards, including Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. Lecrae nabbed the Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year...
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*Friday, January 24, 2014*

Peter Furler Band
If you've seen former Newsboys vocalist Peter Furler live in concert in recent months, you've probably noticed some pretty recognizable faces in his band. Furler's team told JFH today that the Aussie native will release his debut project as Peter Furler Band on March 11th through New Day Christian. The album is titled Sun and Shield and preorders will begin on February 1st (stay tuned to www.PeterFurler.com). After 22 years as the main creative force behind Newsboys, followed by his 2011 solo success On Fire...
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Shonlock
Recording artist Shonlock unveils his highly anticipated sophomore CD, A Night To Remember, March 18, 2014. The CD will be released by Arrow Records and distributed by Ingrooves and Capitol Christian Distribution. The 10-track collection spotlights the emotion and power behind the intersection where life and faith meet. "I know lots of people have many different experiences in coming to know Christ and making the decision to accept His love into their hearts...
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Kicking off 2014 with appearances and a listening party during Stellar Awards week, Jessica Reedy announced the launch of her independent music label Purity Records and an exclusive distribution deal with the #1 independent Gospel music distributor, Central South Distribution. Reedy's forthcoming CD is set for release in spring 2014. "During my short time in the industry, I have learned a lot about the business and about myself," said Reedy...
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Casting Crowns
Multi-Platinum selling group Casting Crowns will embark on a brand-new 40-city tour this spring in support of the band’s highly-anticipated studio album, THRIVE (releasing January 28, 2014). The THRIVE Tour will feature GRAMMY®-winning worship leader Laura Story and reigning GMA New Artist of the Year for KING & COUNTRY. The tour launches Feb. 20, 2014 in Lexington, Ky., and will continue throughout the spring visiting major markets, including Charlotte, Raleigh, Tampa, Minneapolis, Greenville, Houston, Orlando and Grand Rapids, among others...
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*Thursday, January 23, 2014*

Lanae Hale
LuminousCITY, a collective of musicians, songwriters, and artists from Rolling Hills Community Church and Music City, announce the release of their eponymous debut recording. The modern sacred collection of new and re-imagined songs represents more than a year of dreaming, songwriting, and collaboration, set into motion by a successful Indiegogo campaign. An intimate meditation on prayer, space, and the Divine, LuminousCITY's street date release is slated for February 4, 2014...
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Pillar
Grammy-nominated and Dove-Award winning rock band Pillar announces the return of the classic member line-up with the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, which has already received half of it's funding with 23 days left. Pillar members - Rob Beckley, Noah Henson, Kalel Wittig, and Lester Estelle - are reuniting to create a new studio project for the first time in five years. Pillar has set up their Kickstater campaign to partner with their incredibly strong fan base to create a new album together. "We are thrilled to be back as a band and write music that impacts lives, which is something we have missed during our hiatus...
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IONA
IONA's brand new 2 cd live album 'Edge of the World' is now available from the band's website, www.iona.uk.com, and Amazon.com. Iona's new 2 disc live album brings you tracks recorded in venues in the UK and The Netherlands as part of their extensive 'Another Realm' tour in 2012. Featuring eight live tracks from their recent, critically acclaimed 'Another Realm' album alongside many Iona favourites, hear why Iona have been such a popular...
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Show Hope
On the heels of celebrating ten years of service in 2013, Show Hope™ is kicking off the new year by promoting their advocates movement. Show Hope, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, continues its topical monthly focus by highlighting this grassroots program that raises awareness and funds for orphans. The advocates program enables each person to use their passions, talents, and hobbies to raise funds and awareness to transform...
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Montell Jordan
The creative process has started for a new album from Montell Jordan and Victory World Music that is tentatively planned for a 2014 release. Jordan recently had a songwriting session with fellow recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, Ross King (Todd Agnew, Jimmy Needham). The pair collaborated in Atlanta at the Victory World Recording Studio to begin working on songs for the new project...
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Crowder
Unsigned Only Music Competition today announced its judging panel and mentors for the 2014 competition, which is now accepting entries. Judges consist of iconic recording artists and journalists, each bringing unique expertise in a wide variety of contemporary music genres. Mentors include the top echelon of record company executives, ranging from label Presidents to A&R reps. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. The Grand Prize...
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*Wednesday, January 22, 2014*

Switchfoot
Despite lead singer Jon Foreman's surfing injury the day before the release of their new album (January 14 on Atlantic Records/Word), forcing the postponement of their hometown record release show in San Diego, the Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot have plenty to be happy about - Fading West has debuted at # 6 on this week's Billboard Top 200, came in at #2 on the Rock Album and hit #1 on the overall Christian/Gospel charts. Their previous release, 2011's Vice Verses, peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top 200...
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Satellites & Sirens
Nashville based synth group, Satellites & Sirens have been busy. With a new record deal on DREAM Records and a new upcoming album titled, One Noise, the guys are gearing up for a great year ahead. Today, we are proud to announce that they will be joining the We Won't Be Shaken tour featuring Building 429, Hawk Nelson and Family Force 5 in March...
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Facedown Records is proud to welcome Mouth of the South to the Family! For six years, Texas' Mouth of the South has been blazing trails with their fiery metalcore riffs and tenacious southern attitude. Though the band has evolved almost entirely from the original lineup and sound in 2007, the fervor is still there as is evidenced by their three self-released albums and well-established touring schedule...
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Mary Mary
Faith will be tested in the most intense season of WE tv's MARY MARY, premiering Thursday, February 27 at 9PM ET/PT. Their personal lives are demanding all the attention as Erica and Tina Campbell's world is turned upside-down from shocking betrayals and devastating news. Tina deals with an intimate issue fans will be shocked to learn the details about, and as Erica struggles to care for her sister, she begins to launch her solo career. When all is shattered, the ladies must look within themselves, and each other, to find the strength to pick up the pieces...
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Today, Reach Records sent out this official statement titled, "Art, Symbolism, and Our Mission": "To the 116 Family, We wanted to take the time to address some concerns that we have received on a variety of Reach Records artwork. Like many platforms in the hip-hop genre, we too have been accused of connections to shadow organizations, such as the Illuminati. While the purpose of this letter isn't to walk through each piece of artwork, what we did feel is necessary is to affirm our mission to all of you...
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The multi-faceted music production company and label, PAJAM Music Group (PMG), has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with the #1 independent Gospel music distributor, Central South Distribution (CSD). The PAJAM team comprised of industry leaders Paul "pda" Allen, Walter "Stone" Kearney and J. Moss, will spearhead the label from artist development to creative marketing direction and will give artists an array of avenues and breakout opportunities to promote their music...
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Charlotte North Carolina producer, rapper and songwriter Dae-Lee prepped the industry and music fans with his 2011 promotional project 'The Great Progression,' which made many stand up and take notice of his fresh style and versatile delivery. With the release of his new single "Life Is Worship" (featuring Chris Brown of Elevation Worship), Dae-Lee's eyes are now set on his debut album "REFLECT" that will hit the street in the spring of 2014...
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*Tuesday, January 21, 2014*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, who was GRAMMY® nominated again this year for his No. 1 single “Love Take Me Over,” announces the spring leg of his very successful “The Glorious Unfolding Tour.” The lineup for the second leg of the tour, which recorded nearly 20 sell-outs on the fall run, includes special guests The Afters and Josh Wilson. The tour continues Chapman’s support of his recent album release...
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Meredith Andrews
Word Entertainment has collaborated once again with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their production company LightWorkers Media to release SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture available at all digital retailers today (iTunes link). The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film "Son of God" due out February 28, features music by today's top Christian artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro...
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Jesus Culture is calling all revivalists to gather for a Night of Worship and Ministry, an evening focused on seeking the Lord through whole-hearted worship, prayer, and preaching, coming soon to a city near you. Chris Quilala and Justin Jarvis lead the journey of worship, along with the inspiring sounds of the Jesus Culture band. Pastor Scott Thompson ends the wondrous night with a time of preaching and ministry. The Night of Worship and Ministry dates kick off March 9 in Los Angeles...
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The highly anticipated new album from Saving Grace "The Urgency" is officially out today! You can pick up a copy in Facedown's online store now, and as always the album is available on all digital outlets so make sure to check them out in MP3 format at these links:
iTunes / AmazonMP3...
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Loftland
Wisconsin pop band, Loftland are proud to announce their highly anticipated album, I Don't Want To Dance, which comes out February 18th featuring their new single, "Hold On, Small One". The group will be showcasing their single as part of a remix contest hosted by famed producer, David Thulin. The contest will invite everyone to download the vocal stems from the track, "Hold On, Small One", adding their own flavor to it and re-uploading to the same site...
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Nu-Metal rock band Mayfly have announced the official release of their upcoming eight-track EP entitled Vereor Deus, Non Dogma, due to release February 11, 2014 on Voluminous Records. The single "Eternal Respiration" was released digitally October 29th and is available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and other top digital retail sites worldwide...
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Internationally acclaimed, intense singer/songwriter/praise leader Jake Hamilton releases independently his highly anticipated, third album, Beautiful Rider, available today at iTunes® and with global distribution through Fuel Music Distribution and Rylan Records. Recording with his band as Jake Hamilton and the Sound, the former Jesus Culture Music artist's sound, while in a class of its own compared to the rest of the modern worship scene...
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*Monday, January 20, 2014*

Earlier today, Indie-rock trio Colony House released the second video off their new EP for the song "Waiting For My Time To Come." The second of three, the new songs are just a taste of what's to come including a full length album set to be released later this year...
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Brainstorm Artists Int'l, in partnership with Meis Music Group, is pleased to announce the release of Remembering Gene Eugene, a thoughtful look at the life and music of Gene Eugene, former member of Adam Again and The Lost Dogs, as told by his friends and peers. Testimonies surround solo recordings of 3 cover songs, the last ones Gene made...
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Award-winning Lamon Records artist Sean Guerrero is impacting lives around the world with the music video for his powerful rock ballad, "Walls," which will impact radio on February 3rd. Produced by GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer, Dave Moody, the song sends a strong warning against suicide...
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*Friday, January 17, 2014*

Pillar
Rock band Pillar announced in October of 2012 that they were reuniting the classic Fireproof/The Reckoning-era band lineup to create an all-new studio album. However, fans wondered what was up when 2013 came and went and all they received was a Christmas cover song. However, Pillar has not stopped releasing signs (via social media) that the band is still actively pursuing this new project and today the band has finally debuted a brand new Kickstarter campaign to fund the record. The projected release time is August of this year...
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Anberlin
Tooth & Nail Records announces the welcomed return of Anberlin with the band's re-signing and release of their new and final studio album due out this summer. In support of their final studio album that is currently being recorded, Anberlin will set out on a final worldwide tour to say thank you to all of their loyal fans. Yet to be announced shows will include USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Singapore and Philippines with more countries to be announced. The band will also be a part of the massive 2014 Vans Warped Tour celebrating the tour's 20 years as one of the largest summer festivals...
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Less than two weeks remaining in "Brick By Brick" Indiegogo campaign to raise $7,000 to make much needed upgrades to equipment at Avon, NY-based Bluebrick Recordings. Longtime musician, recording artist and humanitarian Jesse Sprinkle has made Bluebrick Recordings his livelihood since founding the studio in 2007. Since then, he and business partner George Hochbrueckner have hosted countless musicians for production, concerts, and special events. But on Jan. 5, the studio suffered a large setback when Sprinkle was met by a devastating equipment failure. He found the soundboard and computer dead, along with the studio speakers...
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*Thursday, January 16, 2014*

Anberlin
Rock band Anberlin just released a video on Anberlin.com minutes ago that serves as a retrospective look at the band. In the video, which shows a mashup of the on-the-road footage, the band members reflect on the past 12 years of Anberlin while announcing that 2014 will be their final year as a band. To retire the band right, they plan on recording a final album this year and touring the world one last time in hopes to see all of their fans one more time...
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Newsboys
Marking yet another first in its record-breaking history, NewSong's Winter Jam Tour Spectacular-the world's #1 first quarter tour for three consecutive years based on attendance-comes to Atlanta's Georgia Dome February 8. In addition to Winter Jam's star-studded 2014 lineup-led by Newsboys and Lecrae-the Winter Jam 2014 Dome Spectacular will feature a special appearance by University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt and other surprise guests...
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*Wednesday, January 15, 2014*

MercyMe
Ending 2013 on a high note with the release of their energetic single, "Shake," GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning band MercyMe carries the enthusiasm into 2014 as they announce their eighth studio album Welcome To The New, available April 8, 2014 from Fair Trade. Collaborating with producers David Garcia and Ben Glover (TobyMac, Mandisa), Welcome To The New represents a shift in tone for the multi-platinum selling group...
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Jonny Lang
Jonny Lang will kick off 2014 with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening on ABC. Lang and his band perform "Blew Up (The House)" on air along with "What Your Looking For" for online broadcast. Both tracks are from Lang's latest album, Fight For My Soul, which was released late last year to critical acclaim. Long recognized for his passionate performances, Lang continues to peform twenty shows a month on average...
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Minnesota-based GotSoul Music has announced the official release date for Soul Cutz Vol. 2, an urban compilation project featuring eight diverse artists from across the country. The list of featured artists includes Mahogany Jones, M.O.G., Tryenyse Jones, Exoduz, A.P., Godzsun, Soulyrik and Julian. The album is set to release on February 25, 2014, and will be available on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play and various other digital retail sites...
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*Tuesday, January 14, 2014*

Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE is proud to announce the release of their upcoming album Rivers In The Wasteland. Set for an April 15 release on Atlantic Records/Word, Rivers In The Wasteland is the follow up to their acclaimed album The Reckoning, which saw the band spend over two years on the road in support of a collection of anthemic rock that caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today...
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Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their new album, Fading West, today on Atlantic Records/Word. The album was exclusively streamed as an iTunes Radio First Play last week offering fans a sneak preview. A 47-city U.S. tour in support of the new album has also been announced, with performances confirmed at Terminal 5 in New York, House of Blues Chicago, and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, amongst many others...
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John Mark McMillan
Acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan has just released his first single, "Future / Past" from his upcoming independent release, Borderland, at iTunes. John Mark's fourth studio album will release on March 4, 2014. Just hours after releasing, "Future / Past" jumped to No. 2 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Song chart. Click here to purchase this single. Supporting today's single release...
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Emery
Joshua Fest is returning to their hometown for their Northern California 10th annual, three day music and camping festival. The three day festival's lineup includes some of the most amazing and emerging talent in the industry, plus tons of workshops and other family-friendly activities for all ages. The festival will be held Aug 29th-31st, 2014 at the Plumas County Fairgrounds in Quincy, California. Friday night will play host to represent a true Seattle style rock fest, with none other then Emery and The Classic Crime back to back. Also side projects from each group will be present with Matt and Toby...
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War Of Ages
War of Ages will be burning up the road to Facedown Fest with Saving Grace and special guest Mouth of the South this spring! War of Ages' vocalist Leroy Hamp says the band is anxious to get on the road. "This March WOA headliner marks our first FULL US tour of 2014. We are very excited to share the stage with New Zealand's Saving Grace and Facedown Records' new blood Mouth of The South! BRING YOUR BATTLE AXE!...
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Carlos Whittaker
Chances are you’ve heard of musician, thought leader, blogger and communicator Carlos Whittaker and just didn’t realize it. You may have heard of him through a certain viral video that received a People’s Choice Award, his segment on TLC’s "LA Ink" or maybe through his popular blog. Whatever the outlet, one thing’s for certain – Carlos Whittaker knows how to make big moments in his life. On April 1, Whittaker brings it all together in his first book aptly titled, “Moment Maker – You Can Live Your Life or It Will Live You.” With life happening all around, what you get out of it depends on how engaged and deliberate you are...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt is set to join actor Stephen Baldwin in a new sitcom, Rock And A Hard Place, slated to go into production in the Spring. The faith-based television project features Schlitt in the role of John, the maintenance man at Solid Rock Church, where Baldwin's character is the pastor. The sitcom, which has reached its initial Kickstarter goal to produce the pilot, is currently in Phase Two as the production team strives to make a "reach goal" of $100,000. The deadline for contributions is 9 p.m. E.T. Thursday, January 16...
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Nicole C. Mullen
National Worship Leader Conference has announced its 2014 conference event schedule featuring special appearances by Nicole C.Mullen, Tim Hughes, Matt Maher, Paul Baloche, Meredith Andrews, Rush of Fools, Christy Nockels, All Sons and Daughters, Tim Timmons, One Sonic Society, The Digital Age, Gateway Worship, and many more. Keynote speakers, such as Leonard Sweet, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Marva Dawn, Marcos Witt, include the most influential, insightful and challenging thought leaders in the Church across traditions...
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American Idol finalist Jeremy Rosado launched his new single, "Hope for Tomorrow," that is now available on iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds going to Project HOPE's disaster recovery efforts in the Philippines where millions are still struggling after Typhoon Haiyan. The song was released by AIC Records...
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*Monday, January 13, 2014*

JoC
Twenty years ago this year, Jars of Clay made their debut in music with their independent project, Frail. Little did they know that album would pave the road for their self-titled release a year later that would catapult them to stardom. To commemorate 20 years of music-making, and their latest release Inland, Jars of Clay is planning a few special performances--online and also one in their home studio--as well as special online performance videos...
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Manafest
Manafest has turned to fan-funding to put together his next album, The Moment, and listeners can head over to his campaign at PledgeMusic to pitch in. About the project, Manafest writes: "Hey Guys, I’m excited to announce that I’ve begun writing and recording my 8th studio album currently entitled “The Moment”. It’s been 12 years since I released my first EP and I can’t thank my fans enough for all the support over the years. I wouldn’t be here without you...
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CHANEL HAYNES releases her "Believe" performance with the South Carolina State University Marching 101 band on video. Chanel spent time with Marching 101 at the university to capture the event on video and produce the production, which was directed by DJ Cleve. "It's crazy how much fun I had making this video," said Chanel."There is nothing like being on a college campus hanging out with the band and the football team...
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Daily Disciples Ministries and David M. Edwards are pleased to announce their partnership in launching a national tour of women's conferences throughout 2014 sponsored by Salem Communications. Hosted by Bobbye Brooks and Tonilee Adamson, the "Power of Friendship" is a one-day conference designed to help women learn how to cultivate positive relationships and friends for life. The tour takes place in over 20 major US cities beginning February 2014 and running through November...
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for King & Country
Hawk Nelson's collaboration with MercyMe's lead singer Bart Millard on the song "Words" has nabbed Song Of The Year honors from Australia's national Christian music airplay chart, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA). And Australian duo for KING & COUNTRY has garnered Artist Of the Year. Chart researcher Wes Jay says "Words" secured the most airplay of any Christian song on Australian Christian radio in the past year, and for KING & COUNTRY generated the most high rotation airplay by a Christian act across the sector...
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*Saturday, January 11, 2014*

Facedown Fest 2014 is returning once again to The Stronghold in Chino, California. The two-day fest will be held March 28-29 at The Stronghold Venue and will feature a large showing of Facedown bands, including a reunion of the mighty Sinai Beach! Tickets will go on sale February 1 at facedownrecords.com/facedown-fest...
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Natalie Grant
The Dare to Be...The Journey Continues 2014 event tour launches this weekend, with two of the upcoming dates already sold out. The tour kicks off in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, January 10. Crossing the United States and creating an unforgettable experience for women of all ages to come together and 'dare to be' empowered to make a difference in their life, their family and community, the event tour features Grammy® nominated vocalist Natalie Grant and international speaker, Bible teacher and author Charlotte Gambill. Tickets are on sale now for remaining events...
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*Friday, January 10, 2014*

Red Hen Records is pleased to announce the release of Triplicity, the third album from award-winning recording artist Red Roots. Red Roots features identical triplets, Nika, Nicole, and Natalie Taylor. With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, it's no surprise Red Roots is enjoying tremendous success. Five radio singles off their first two albums have charted in the top 40 of the Singing News Magazine, with the first single "Seven Days" off Triplicity being their highest radio debut to date...
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*Thursday, January 9, 2014*

Erica Campbell kicked off the New Year with an all-new music video for her next single "Help." Shot yesterday in Los Angeles, the video was directed by legendary and iconic director Billy Woodruff. Shot in HD, Campbell looked absolutely stunning in the Woodruff led video that features breakthrough rapper Lecrae and her daughter Krista Campbell. As always Erica stays relevant in her delivery with this right-on-time ballad that is coupled with Lecrae's poignant rap. Woodruff's beautiful aesthetic is evident, matching both the power and passion of the song. The collaboration is memorable and a sure fire hit for both in Gospel and urban platforms...
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American Idol finalist Jeremy Rosado always knew his faithful Philippine fans would be there in his hour of need -- now he is there for theirs. Rosado and AIC Records debut a new single, "Hope for Tomorrow," on January 14 with proceeds going to Project HOPE's typhoon disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, where Rosado has long felt the love of his largest fan base...
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*Wednesday, January 8, 2014*

Kari Jobe
Well-respected and GRAMMY-nominated worship leader Kari Jobe is preparing for an impactful 2014 with her tour that will coincide with the release of her highly anticipated new album and live DVD, Majestic (Capitol CMG), which will release on March 25. Jobe’s “Majestic Tour” will feature special guest Rend Collective beginning February 27 concluding on April 8. Tickets are available via Premier Productions here. The tour will feature songs from Majestic that showcase what Jobe does so giftedly and gracefully – lead others into an unique worship experience...
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Number One Gun
Number One Gun got the original band back together in 2013 to record their brand new album "This Is All We Know." This album will release digitally on January 14th, 2014! You can pre-order the album today at iTunes for just $7.99 and get the song "Disappear" that features Stephen Christian from Anberlin...
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Newsboys, Mandisa, Natalie Grant, Royal Tailor, Hawk Nelson, and several others have added a name to their CD's label copy that might at first seem unexpected. Daywind Music Publishing, traditionally known for being a mainstay in the Southern Gospel market bolstering hit songwriters such as Karen Peck, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Kenna West, Sue Smith, Jason Cox and several more, has launched a new publishing division with full force...
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Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune will release the first-ever live new album from Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It, on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. Bringing alive a powerful night of inspiring music and ministry, the highly-anticipated new album features 20 tracks on a two-disc set, with guest appearances from Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Alexis Spight, and Da' T.R.U.T.H...
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On February 4, 2014, Passion City Church Resources will unveil the new Passion Talk Boy Meets Girl and Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection, featuring four key titles bundled together for the first time. The offerings are the newest installments of the powerful and compelling, 1 million plus selling Passion Talk Series from Passion founder, Passion City Church Pastor and visionary, Louie Giglio. The Passion Talk Series: The Essential Collection will feature a brand new talk, "Moved By Mercy," which has left audiences across the country inspired on Chris Tomlin's "Burning Lights Tour," the most successful of his career...
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To usher in Valentine's Day, EBONY magazine is showcasing the love among three African-American power couples in its February 2014 issue. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Carmelo and La La Anthony and David and Tamela Mann will each have their own cover, and inside the magazine, readers can learn about the spouses' love stories, how they knew they had found "the one," and what they do keep the fires burning. This is the first time each of the celebrity power couples will grace a magazine cover with his or her spouse and offer exclusive...
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*Tuesday, January 7, 2014*

Vota
Acclaimed Christian pop/rock band VOTA is significantly closer to helping curb human trafficking from Nepal into India through the funding of five border monitoring stations with their "Love Found Me" campaign. Initiated by the band in early 2013, in partnership with Tiny Hands International and Taylor University, the "Love Found Me" campaign has surpassed its initial goal of raising $150,000 to fund five monitoring stations on the border of Nepal and India for five years. The stations will help prevent an estimated 3000 girls from being trafficked between the countries...
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Charlie Peacock
It’s only January 7th and Nashvillian Charlie Peacock, GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-genre record producer, is at No. 1 on the iTunes® Jazz Chart with LEMONADE, his collection of twelve solo piano improvisations. Charlie Peacock’s production of The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow garnered two GRAMMY® Awards in 2011 and was Gold certified. The eponymously titled The Civil Wars (2013) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart, has sold over 300,000 copies and is GRAMMY®-nominated. Peacock’s production of Holly Williams and The Lone Bellow were also singled out in 2013 as commercially and critically significant on many Best of 2013 lists...
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Francesca Battistelli
42nd Annual Dove Awards' "Artist of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli, graced the historic Grand Ole Opry stage on January 4 for the first time. A career milestone for the vocalist, she sang her Grammy-nominated song "Free To Be Me" and her hit song "This Is the Stuff." Battistelli is slated to release her third studio album, If We're Honest, on April 22. The album features her latest single, "Write Your Story," which was the most added song at Christian radio on January 6...
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Artist, songwriter and storyteller Ellie Holcomb, who releases her anticipated first solo project on February 18, As Sure As The Sun (Full Heart Music), just can't hold in her excitement. Setting out in November with a Kickstarter campaign to garner support for the making of her album, Holcomb set a goal of $40,000 to be raised in 50 days, which was met in just three days. At the end of the campaign, Holcomb raised over $108,000 with 1,756 backers. This Kickstarter campaign placed her 4th overall top Christian Kickstarter Campaign as well as placing in the Top 30 Most Funded Kickstarter Music campaigns of all time...
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Humble Beast is honored to announce their new partnership with Jackie Hill. Over the last year, Humble Beast has had the privilege of getting to know Jackie Hill while serving alongside her at several conferences and on various projects - including her guest feature this past year on Beautiful Eulogy's track "Organized Religion" from Instruments of Mercy. Jackie's unique platform, creativity, & ultimately her commitment to glory & grace of Jesus Christ have proven to be a perfect fit in their family...
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Swedish producer, David Thulin is proud to announce the first of 2 EPs from the second volume of the Reconstruction series simply titled, Reconstruction Vol 2.1. After a successful debut of Reconstruction featuring artists such as Group 1 Crew, Manic Drive, Silverline and Beckah Shae, David releases new remixes of Natalie Grant, Press Play, Rapture Ruckus, Shine Bright Baby, Jonathan Thulin and his debut single, "Light In Me" (feat. Nicole Croteau). Pick up the album by clicking here...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Integrity Music kicks off the new year with today's release of iWorship Now/Next 2014, a collection of 15 worship songs that are impacting the church "now" along with new songs that are destined to be the "next" anthems sung by congregations the world over. The songs featured on iWorship Now/Next 2014 are from a variety of worship leaders, artists and ministries including: All Sons & Daughters, Darlene Zschech, Martin Smith, New Life Worship, Paul Baloche, Planetshakers, Rend Collective, Tim Hughes, The City Harmonic, Worship Central, Dustin Smith and Jennie Lee Riddle...
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*Monday, January 6, 2014*

Francesca Battistelli
GRAMMY®-nominated artist and 42nd Annual Dove Awards' "Artist of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year," Francesca Battistelli, is slated to release her third studio album, If We're Honest, on April 22. Produced by GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning producer and her longtime collaborator Ian Eskelin, the album features 11 tracks all co-written by Battistelli. Contemporary Christian Music's best-selling new artist in 10 years, Battistelli's debut album My Paper Heart received RIAA Gold certification and a GRAMMY® nomination while her sophomore effort Hundred More Years...
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Big Daddy Weave Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave is celebrating their third consecutive No. 1 hit with "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)" today. It is the first No. 1 single of the year on both the National Christian Audience chart and AC Monitored chart. This marks the second straight year the band has scored the first AC Monitored No. 1 of the year, with the band's blockbuster hit, "Redeemed," holding the top spot for the first chart in January 2013. The three consecutive No. 1 singles - "Love Come To Life," "Redeemed" and "The Only Name (Yours Will Be)...
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City Harbor
Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group new recording act City Harbor, comprised of singer/songwriters Molly Reed and Robby Earle, will release their debut self-titled album this February 4, 2014. City Harbor was produced by Ben Glover (Britt Nicole), David Garcia (Mandisa, Tobymac) and Matt Bronleewee (Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin). WHO IS CITY HARBOR? The moniker City Harbor is quite the fit for this duo's blend of organic and harmonic pop. With songs sharing about real-life issues, such as living out our faith in such a complex world, the words "City Harbor...
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*Friday, January 3, 2014*

Children 18:3
Sibling rock band Children 18:3 has just posted a Kickstarter campaign to fund a brand new album, but it's not just a new studio album... it's their final one. The full announcement on Kickstarter reads: "Children 18:3 has released 2 EPs and 3 full length records through Tooth and Nail. Now we are doing our final album with the fans. We need your help to partner with us as we record our final album. We want to make the album of our life. We have so much to say on this record...
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*Wednesday, January 1, 2014*

Justin McRoberts
To celebrate his 40th birthday today, Justin McRoberts has put together a FREE compilation of tracks from his career -- 24 songs, including a full copy of his latest album, K! Titled 24 on 40, anyone can download the collection at Noisetrade.com now, and even offer a tip if they'd like to. About the project, Justin writes, "I turn 40 on Jan 1. I'm being told this is a significant moment. Of course, most of the folks telling me that are younger than I am. Regardless, I'm taking a moment to reflect on the 15 years I've spent as an artist. And upon reflection, I'd like to thank you for being a part of my life and career...
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Indie folk foursome The Vespers have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $30,000 to fund a third album, titled Sisters and Brothers. About the project, the band says, "From January 6th - January 31st we are scheduled to create our 3rd record with an awesome producer named Paul Moak at his incredibly legit studio called The Smoakstack in Nashville. It is very expensive to do this, and we need you...
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*Tuesday, December 24, 2013*

Singer/songwriter Chris Deming has released his latest single, "Oh Your Love." This single is the most significant official release from Chris since his debut album, "The Freedom EP," published in November 2012. Like "Freedom," Chris's "Oh Your Love" draws listeners into a warm and natural desire to worship God. Chris cites his main artistic influences with artists such as the United Pursuit Band, Jesus Culture, and David Crowder...
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*Monday, December 23, 2013*

Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist - and multiple 2014 GRAMMY® Award-nominee - Natalie Grant has announced plans to host GSN's upcoming new original series, IT TAKES A CHURCH. Each one-hour episode of IT TAKES A CHURCH will see members of a Christian congregation play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. GSN has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. "I'm so excited to host IT TAKES A CHURCH and have the opportunity to interact with churches all across America to bring a family friendly show based on Christian faith and values," says Grant. "Church has...
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The indie songwriter collaboration, Golden Youth, announced that Absolute Punk premiered its Christmas session featuring “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The video can be seen HERE. In addition, their debut full length album is available for FREE until January 15th. Any tips left for the album will benefit Conduit Mission and families in need...
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Christian rock band TRACING DAYS released a new music video today for their single, "Masquerade." Shot in Bozeman, Montana, the video was an international collaboration of talent from the United Kingdom, Italy and the Bozeman-based band that is made up of Lonnie Bos, Logan Schelvan, Kendall Kanning and Jonathan Skillman. Directed by Matt Ely (Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge), who also directed and filmed TRACING DAYS first video ("Life Outside"), the "Masquerade" video is set in a fantasy world and features the iconic sword from the movie Braveheart - thanks to the band's friend (and sword owner) Scott Kinzy...
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*Friday, December 20, 2013*

Francesca Battistelli
Word Entertainment is partnering once again with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their production company LightWorkers Media to release SON OF GOD: Music Inspired by the Epic Motion Picture on December 26. The 12-song collection, a musical companion to the 20th Century Fox feature film "Son of God" due out February 28, features music by today's top Christian artists including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point of Grace, Sidewalk Prophets and Group 1 Crew's No. 1 hit "He Said" (feat. Chris August). Artists included on the album have a combined total of 45 No. 1 hits and 25 Dove Awards. Also included on the compilation is "Oh, Son of God," a brand new song by Grammy-nominated artist and Dove Awards' 2011 "Artist of the Year" Francesca Batistelli...
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*Thursday, December 19, 2013*

Skillet
Platinum and GRAMMY®-nominated rockers Skillet are back on U.S. soil after firmly making their mark overseas following a massive European fall tour with Nickelback where crowds demanded encores, and six back-to-back sold out headline shows in Russia, including over 6,000 screaming fans in Moscow. Just as the band boarded flights from Kiev, Ukraine to the U.S. they heard the news that their current single from their best-seller RISE (Atlantic/Word), “Not Gonna Die” held onto the No. 1 spot on the Christian Rock charts for the third week, is Top 20 and climbing on mainstream Active Rock...
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John Mark McMillan
Acclaimed singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan is gearing up for the independent release of his fourth studio album titled Borderland on March 4, 2014. This will be the first album released through McMillan’s recently launched record label, Lionhawk Records. Borderland was funded by a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year raising over $69,000 and backed by more than 1,500 contributors. “Borderland speaks to the idea of the ‘place between places,’” says McMillan, “which is where I feel I've been living as a person...
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*Wednesday, December 18, 2013*

Natalie Grant
GSN announced today that it has green-lit the new original series IT TAKES A CHURCH, with 2014 Grammy® Nominee and multi Dove Award winner Natalie Grant as host. In each one-hour episode of IT TAKES A CHURCH, members of a Christian congregation play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. The network has ordered eight episodes of the series, which is scheduled to debut in mid-2014. “IT TAKES A CHURCH is truly a competition show with heart, in every sense of the word,” says Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP Programming...
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Acquire The Fire is finishing the year strong by releasing the brand new worship album, EPIC TRUTH, in partnership with eOne Worship. For over twenty years Acquire The Fire and its parent ministry Teen Mania Ministries have emphasized worship in its on-campus ministry schools, its events and in the lives of the millions of students who have been impacted by ATF. The decision to expand the music side of the organization was a natural thought progression for Teen Mania President and Founder Ron Luce, and Executive Director Kemtal Glasgow...
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Dove Award-nominated Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, has grown over the last four years from being a local church music ministry to becoming a global outreach featuring a cadre of songwriters and worship leaders, and both online and on-campus worship schools. With the exponential growth of the ministry comes the first compilation recording, Discover Bethel Music, which releases this week globally through Fuel Music Distribution. The album highlights 16 of the favorite Bethel Music worship anthems spanning a half-dozen CDs and chart-topping songs...
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*Tuesday, December 17, 2013*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman wrapped a successful media run over the weekend in support of his new album The Glorious Unfolding, his Christmas album JOY and his GRAMMY®-nominated single “Love Take Me Over.” Chapman first appeared on “The Sean Hannity Show,” the second most listened to radio talk show in America. Chapman later performed his hit single “Love Take Me Over,” on CBN’s 700 Club. The song was recently nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Song and hit No. 1 on the Christian AC Indicator chart, giving Chapman his 48th No. 1 single. Wrapping the weekend with dual performances on the...
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Benjiman, a Save the City Records artist, releases his third studio album today titled Can't Stop. Produced by Je'kob, the album features Rachael of The Washington Projects, Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers, and the talents of mix engineer, International Show. Save the City Records continues to create a label culture that focuses first on ministry impact, unity and collaboration among artists, and innovative music that reaches youth and young adults today. Over the last several years, Benjiman has been involved with members of the Luis Palau Alliance on various evangelistic events around the country. Also, Benjiman has been a force in the undercurrent of Christian hip hop for some time...
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Rend Collective Experiment
Irish worshippers and Dove Award-nominated band, Rend Collective, are known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community. That fresh, aesthetic call to worship has gathered together believers for sold out events in cities across the world, most recently in nine cities spanning seven states in the U.S. in November on the band's "Campfire" tour with Audrey Assad and Bellarive. The tour was named after Rend Collective's highly acclaimed, No. 1 selling iTunes (U.S. Christian/Gospel) recording, Campfire, which features vocals recorded live outdoors earlier this year around a campfire on Ballyholme Beach in Northern Ireland along with members of the collective's Facebook and Twitter community...
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For Today
For Today's new studio album Fight The Silence is now available for pre-order on the iTunes Store HERE. When fans pre-order the album, they will receive instant downloads of two songs, "Fight The Silence" and "Pariah." Fans can listen to "Pariah" exclusively on Revolver HERE. Fight The Silence will be released on February 4th 2014 via Razor & Tie. The album was produced by Will Putney (Winds of Plague, Suicide Silence). Merch Pre-orders are available HERE...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt joins a cast of gospel music entertainers when he appears as a guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network's Praise The Lord Christmas Special, which airs at 7 to 9 p.m. P.T. Wednesday. The special, which was taped recently in front of an audience at the TBN studio in Nashville, features Schlitt performing "O Holy Night" and "We Three Kings" from his new CD, The Christmas Project. "I was blessed that Jason Crabb and TBN opened their doors once again to allow me to share my music...
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The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will perform for the Fox News Channel's Christmas Eve special "A FOX & Friends Christmas" set to broadcast at 8:00 pm Eastern on December 24. The two-hour event will feature several entertainment guests including comedian Jeff Dunham, country music artist Craig Morgan, singer Leona Lewis, and X Factor finalist Carlos Guevara, among others. Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Kilmeade as well as FOX & Friends Weekend co-hosts Tucker Carlson, Anna Kooiman and Clayton Morris will interview Governor Sarah Palin, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, along with other notable guests...
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North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is proud to announce their iTunes pre-order for their highly anticipated album, Runaways, just in time for Christmas! Click here or the banner to pre-order Runaways. The group is showcasing their entire album as part of a remix contest hosted by famed producer, David Thulin. The contest invites everyone to download the vocal stems from their album at DreamRecords.org/Contest, adding their own flavor to it and re-uploading to the same site...
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*Monday, December 16, 2013*

Jason Gray
2013 turned out to be another stellar year for Centricity Music, the indie label that opened its doors in 2005. Eight years later, the company has a roster of unparalleled talent with each of them reaching major milestones in their careers. With current artists Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Unspoken and new signings with Jonny Diaz, Lauren Daigle, Carrollton and Lindsay McCaul, next year promises to be even more impactful, with six new albums and EP releases on tap...
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Integrity Music's best-selling Shout Praises Kids series, which has sold in excess of one million units, releases We Belong To Jesus (Featuring Jared Anderson and Friends) Jan. 14. The recording captures songs birthed out of the vibrant children's ministry of New Life Church. Featuring Jared Anderson, youth and adult worship leaders, and an energetic group of more than 135 kids led by choir director Amanda Ferrin, the CD has 11 high-energy praise songs of faith and worship for kids of all ages...
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Saving Grace have released the official first single and lyric video for "Ablaze", a song from the upcoming album The Urgency. Lyrically touching on the ever-present Fire of God inside each one of us Vasely Sapunov, guitarist and lyricist for "Ablaze," explains: "We are born with a fire inside of us. The enemy of our souls, the world and our flesh constantly seeks to stifle this fire and to imprison us through moral...
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*Friday, December 13, 2013*

Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot gathers its first No. 1 radio hit from its highly anticipated album, Fading West, set to release Jan. 14, 2014 on Atlantic Records/Word. After only nine weeks at radio, "Love Alone Is Worth The Fight" claims the top spot on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart with a bullet while simultaneously hitting No. 18 and climbing on the AC Indicator chart. In just its first week at radio, the song garnered plays from every Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR reporting station, marking the only time this has happened since the chart launched in 2006...
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Gotee recording artist Ryan Stevenson is wrapping up 2013-a year which found the singer/songwriter signing to Gotee Records; collaborating with GMA Artist of the Year TobyMac; releasing a hit Christian radio single; and touring with fan favorites Audio Adrenaline-with a GRAMMY® Award nomination. "Speak Life," co-written by Stevenson, Jamie Moore and Toby McKeehan, recorded by TobyMac, is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, to be held January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Stevenson's acoustic version of "Speak Life" is featured on his critically acclaimed Holding Nothing Back EP...
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*Thursday, December 12, 2013*

In an effort to expand its mission, Kingdom Bound Ministries (KBM) has announced changes to its leadership team. The ministry, ranked by Business First Magazine among the top 25 non-profits in Western New York, has named Matt Gould as Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, current KBM President, Rick Cua, has accepted the additional responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer to his role with the organization...
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On the heels of a fifth GRAMMY Award, multiple Dove Awards and three Premios ARPA Awards, Israel and New Breed add to their long list of accolades with four new Stellar Award nominations in honor of their critically acclaimed live audio and video project Jesus At The Center. At a recent press conference announcing nominees for the 29th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Israel and New Breed and Jesus At The Center received nominations in the categories of Praise and Worship CD of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year...
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*Wednesday, December 11, 2013*

Guardian
Veteran rock band Guardian will release "The Real Me," the first single from their upcoming album Almost Home, on iTunes and other digital outlets on Friday, December 13th (AmazonMP3 link). "The Real Me" was written by Guardian members Jamie Rowe, Jamey Perrenot, and David Bach. Produced by Perrenot and mixed by Tony Palacios, the song is an uptempo/anthemic rocker featuring the sonic and performance quality that Guardian fans demand from the band...
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For Today
For Today have released the video for their new song “Fight The Silence” (Watch HERE). The song is from the band’s forthcoming new studio album Fight The Silence, which will be released on February 4th 2014 via Razor & Tie. Merch Pre-orders are available HERE. The video for “Fight The Silence” was directed by Daniel Davison (August Burns Red, The Chariot, Manchester Orchestra, Norma Jean). “Fight The Silence” has a strong social message...
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Owl City
Just in time for Christmas, Owl City is getting an early gift as his first Christmas single, “Light of Christmas” (featuring TobyMac) is quickly becoming the biggest Christmas song at Christian radio this season. The song is featured on the brand new VeggieTales DVD, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas. Making a major impact on several Christian radio formats, "Light of Christmas" is the only new Christmas song...
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Taylor
Acclaimed filmmaker, writer, producer and recording artist Steve Taylor, director of the Blue Like Jazz movie, is taking a sabbatical from filmmaking to release his first studio record in 20 years with his new band, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil. Teaming up with veteran musicians Jimmy Abegg, John Mark Painter (Fleming and John) and Peter Furler (Newsboys), Taylor raised over 150% of the funds needed to record the album via a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that features a video of his comical attempts to renew his "license to rock" at the DMV (Department of Music Veterans)...
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Needtobreathe
On the day that (new) labelmates Switchfoot release their long-anticipated documentary film Fading West, NEEDTOBREATHE has released a short teaser that for a documentary that was filmed on the band's The Reckoning Tour. While there hasn't been much other information released yet about the project, the trailer hints at the band's response to original drummer Joe Stillwell leaving the band (which happened in 2012), as well as being an overall inside look into the band members' lives...
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*Tuesday, December 10, 2013*

August Burns Red
August Burns Red have released a brand new Christmas song just in time to help you get in the Holiday spirit! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" has been added to their Christmas Album August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album in digital form! The song is premiering at Alternative Press Magazine right now. "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" has been added to the digital version of the album, so if you already own the album you can go to iTunes at the link below and get the song...
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Colony House, formerly called Caleb, have re-invented themselves with a new name, new approach, and now a brand new EP featuring three tracks of fresh material to announce themselves. A trio of brothers (two of blood, one of heart) from Franklin, TN, Colony House get their name from a humble apartment complex in downtown Franklin that has at some point in each of their lives been called home by all three members. Available now, the new EP is just a small taste of what's to come with a full length album by the band set to be released in the new year...
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Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY® Awards were announced last week by The Recording Academy and Motown Gospel/Kingdom Music recording artist Tye Tribbett scored three GRAMMY® nominations leading in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian music field among artists. Tribbett's hit single "If He Did It Before..Same God" garnered a Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Gospel Song nomination. His chart-topping CD, GREATER THAN, is nominated for Best Gospel Album...
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Texas-based husband and wife worship duo Tyler & Bailey Dodds released their new EP, "Songs for the Church," today. While they were hopeful that the songs would find an audience beyond their home church, they never expected a runaway hit. But that's what they received earlier today, when the album shot straight to #1 at iTunes in the Christian & Gospel category, sharing the Top 10 with such heavyweights as For King & Country, Marvin Sapp and Hillsong United...
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*Monday, December 9, 2013*

Natalie Grant
Curb recording artist Natalie Grant continues her incredible year with another career milestone - a pair of major nominations for the upcoming 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. "Hurricane," the chart-topping title track from her extraordinary new album, "HURRICANE," was honored in two categories: "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance" and "Best Christian Music Song." "To be nominated is such a huge honor," says Grant, "but these two GRAMMY nominations are especially dear to me, as I wrote the song 'Hurricane...
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Internationally acclaimed, intense singer/songwriter/praise leader Jake Hamilton is set to independently release his highly anticipated, third album, Beautiful Rider, on January 21, 2014 with global distribution through Fuel Music Distribution. Recording with his band as Jake Hamilton and the Sound, the former Jesus Culture Music artist's sound is an anomaly compared to the rest of the modern worship scene...
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Matt Redman
sixstepsrecords' Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin garnered three total GRAMMY® nominations Friday evening for the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. The internationally renowned artists, songwriters, worship leaders and friends were both nominated in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Tomlin is celebrating his ninth and tenth career GRAMMY® nominations. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT...
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SCC
Provident Label Group celebrates the GRAMMY® nominations for their label group artists as announced on Friday. The company received a total of five nods in the categories of Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “I’m pleased to congratulate our artists and writers for their well deserved GRAMMY® nominations,” said Terry Hemmings...
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Show Hope
Show Hope™, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award-winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, is honored to celebrate this joyous Christmas season with the "Gift of Hope" campaign. With the campaign, Show Hope™ is encouraging families, sponsors, supporters, and others to do something different for Christmas - to end the year by giving a life-changing gift that will impact the lives of children all over the world. To promote this initiative, Show Hope is launching a video on its blog so audiences can see firsthand the difference they're making in the lives of others: http://showhope.org/christmas...
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Kari Jobe
Tonight is the night that UP, "America's Christmas Channel," and national radio powerhouse K-LOVE premieres the original UP Christmas Special "K-LOVE Music City Christmas" (#KLOVEChristmas). Airing at 8pm EST, the special, which was taped before a live audience in Nashville, is hosted by actress/author Candace Cameron Bure (Finding Normal, "Full House") and will also be broadcast to K-LOVE listeners later this month...
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Erica Campbell receives Grammy nomination for BEST GOSPEL SONG, for current single "A Little More Jesus," it was announced last week. Written by Erica, sister Tina Campbell and husband Warryn Campbell, "A Little More Jesus," topped the charts this summer and captured listeners with the high-energy old school vibe, coupled with Erica's distinct vocals. The upbeat and powerful single united us with both honesty and enthusiasm...
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toby
Six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac received his ninth solo career GRAMMY® nomination on Friday. The recently crowned "Artist of the Year" (Dove Awards) garnered a nod for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for his hit single "Speak Life." The three week No. 1 song (AC Indicator) was written by the singer with Jamie Moore and Ryan Stevenson and is off his GRAMMY®-award winning and Billboard 200 No. 1 record, EYE ON IT. The music video for the GRAMMY® nominated song will premiere January 2014. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT...
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Capitol CMG
Capitol CMG Label Group garnered seven GRAMMY nominations for the upcoming 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Nominations were announced by the Recording Academy on Friday evening live from Los Angeles. Chris Tomlin received two nominations as a writer and artist (Best Contemporary Christian Music Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album) and Mandisa was recognized with two nominations as an artist (Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album)...
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John Schlitt
Grammy and Dove Award-winning vocalist John Schlitt has released the video for "Little Drummer Boy," a song from the legendary vocalist's new Christmas CD, The Christmas Project. The video, which was produced by Saylors Brothers Entertainment, marked its official debut this past weekend at Celebrate Community Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., where Schlitt performed music from The Christmas Project. The video also can be viewed on YouTube: youtube.com/DrummerBoy...
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After bursting onto the scene with his highly successful remix series, Reconstruction featuring songs by Group1Crew, Press Play, Manic Drive, Beckah Shae, Jonathan Thulin, Rachael Lampa, Charmaine, Remedy Drive and a ton more, David Thulin is proud to announce the first of two EPs coming out on January 7th, titled, Reconstruction Vol 2.1. Like his previous album, it will feature remixes from today's great artists like, Natalie Grant, Press Play, Jonathan Thulin, Shine Bright Baby and Rapture Ruckus however this time around he releases, "Light In Me" feat. Nicole Croteau of Press Play, an original track...
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Mandisa
2013 has arguably been the most electrifying year of Mandisa's career, and it's closing on a high note with two GRAMMY® nominations in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Category for her best-selling and critically acclaimed project Overcomer, as well as her No. 1 smash single "Overcomer" receiving the nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Additionally, the songwriters behind the song (David Garcia, Ben Glover and Christopher Stevens) that reigned No.1 on the National Christian Audience chart for 12 weeks, as well as No. 1 for 14 weeks on SoundScan's Digital Core Genre Christian chart, garnered a nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards will broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT...
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The best in design, distribution, marketing, and consultation comes together into one name. Syntax Distribution, Stratify Music, and Quality Junk among others are now simply known as Syntax Creative. While the name may have changed, the great service stays the same. "Combining the different brands of our company into one will both simplify how we're perceived as well as how we work internally," says Syntax Content Manager Brandon Musser...
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*Friday, December 6, 2013*

Falling Up
Today, December 6, indie electronic/rock band Falling Up released their first Christmas project, uniquely titled Silver City. The partly instrumental album contains 11 tracks and can be downloaded for just $7 from their Bandcamp page. At this time, the band won't have any physical CD copies of the album, stating "Physical copies won't be making it out this year because of the turn around time with printing. Maybe next year we can release a remaster print with some additional tracks...
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Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group new recording act City Harbor, comprised of singer/songwriters Molly Reed and Robby Earle, announce they will release their debut album February 4, 2014. City Harbor was produced by Ben Glover (Britt Nicole), David Garcia (Mandisa, Tobymac) and Matt Bronleewee (Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin). The moniker City Harbor is quite the fit for this duo's blend of organic and harmonic pop. With songs sharing about real-life issues, such as living out our faith in such a complex world, the words "City...
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Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), continues to inspire fans and drive the sounds of gospel among a diverse range of leading artists today, garnering 11 Stellar Awards nominations among 6 artists for the upcoming 29th Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Carrying the hit sounds of gospel worldwide, from solo artists to choirs, eOne Music's winning roster of songs from Bishop Paul S. Morton, Shirley Caesar, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Donald Lawrence...
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*Thursday, December 5, 2013*

Shane and Shane
Shane & Shane in cooperation with StageHop.com present Shane & Shane's 2013 Christmas tour live from Watermark Community Church in Dallas, featuring Phil Wickham. The $4.99 admission fee includes both access to the live webcast as well as an exclusive download of the live Christmas EP, to be recorded during the concert. "It's Christmas tour time of year!!! We are so excited to once again be on the road with our great buddy Phil Wickham for the 2013 Christmas tour. We can only hit so many cities in the few weeks, but on Dec 10...
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Big Daddy Weave
The second annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour, presented by 25 Entertainment, kicked off with a sold-out crowd Wednesday night in Greensboro, NC. Big Daddy Weave headlining tour featuring for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews is slated to hit an additional nine cities including four sold-out dates in Pittsburgh, PA; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL, and Kansas City, MO. This past June at the first-ever K-LOVE Fan Awards both Big Daddy Weave and for KING & COUNTRY won two of the top honors with Big Daddy Weave taking home "Song of the Year" for their smash hit "Redeemed" while for KING & COUNTRY were presented the award for "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" by Meredith Andrews...
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For Today
Van's Warped Tour today unveiled metal band For Today as one of the first five acts confirmed for next year's touring festival. For Today will perform on the entire nationwide run from June 14th through August 3rd. The Van's Warped Tour dates are below. For Today's new studio album Fight the Silence is set to be released on February 4th 2014 through Razor & Tie. Merch Pre-orders are available HERE. The band recently premiered the first song off the new album...
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*Wednesday, December 4, 2013*

Creation Festivals, producer of the nation's largest Christian music festival, is bringing its four-day line-up of top Christian performers, speakers and family-friendly activities to a new Northwest location for 2014. Creation 2014 Northwest will be held July 30 to August 1, 2014, at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, Wash. Creation Northwest 2014 is expecting to average 10,000 to 15,000 people per day over four jam-packed days with some of the best musicians and family entertainment in the Christian market...
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Jaci Velasquez
Award-Winning Recording Artist Jaci Velasquez kicks off her 2013 Christmas tour this week. The tour begins in Bloomington, Minn. on December 6. For more details on tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/JaciVelasquezOfficial. Jaci Velasquez has three RIAA® certified Platinum® albums, three RIAA® certified Gold® albums, 16 number one singles, 6 singles in the top 10, 7 Dove Awards...
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She's a singer, a songwriter, and a storyteller. She's a wife and a mother and a former schoolteacher. For the past seven years she's been part of her husband's band, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. Now, this born and raised Nashville, Tennessee native is set to release her debut full-length solo album. We introduce you to Ellie Holcomb. Holcomb's first solo effort, titled As Sure As The Sun, will release February 18, 2014 (Full Heart Music) and is the follow up to her summer side-project, the EP With You Now. This new LP features ten brand new songs, all written by Holcomb and each carefully woven with scripture into the lyrics. Encouraged for quite some time by her husband to record her own music...
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Clay Crosse
Singer/songwriter, worship leader and author Clay Crosse is set to celebrate the Christmas season in his new church home at First Baptist Church of Bentonville, in Bentonville, Ark., where the four-time Dove Award winner has been appointed to serve as worship pastor. In his first major musical production at FBC, the church choirs, under Crosse's leadership, will present "Sing Christmas 2013!," featuring all the choirs during worship services on Sunday, December 8. A family celebration and children's choir program will be held during that evening...
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Acquire The Fire, one of America's most dynamic youth ministries, is excited to announce the upcoming release of their worship album, EPIC TRUTH on December 17th, 2013 in partnership with eOne Worship. ATF is gearing up for the release with a brand new lyric video for the anthemic pop single, "God Victorious." Watch the video now...
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*Tuesday, December 3, 2013*

SCC
Five-time GRAMMY® winner and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has wrapped his hectic and successful "The Glorious Unfolding Tour." With special guests Laura Story and Jason Gray, Chapman sold out 17 shows on the coast-to-coast run in support of his new album, The Glorious Unfolding, which released earlier this year. "Steven is a timeless professional with an incredible heart on and off stage. 'The Glorious Unfolding Tour' was one of the best tours of the year," said Mike Alley, Director of 48Live Productions...
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Switchfoot
Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their debut feature film, Fading West, across all leading Video On Demand platforms in the U.S. on December 10, including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu with digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff. In addition, fans can request screenings of the film in a number of markets around the country in partnership with Gathr...
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Save the City Records is proud to announce the availability of Je'kob's "Faith Hope Love" Deluxe Edition, the final installment in his "Faith Hope Love" album series. The Deluxe Edition contains all 21 songs from the three part EP series, so that fans can get all of his recent music in one digital volume. Je'kob is a unique artist that spans pop and hip hop with a sound that Hot AC radio stations have found to resonate with their audiences. Je'kob's hit song "Love Is All" reached the #12 spot on Billboard and stayed on the chart for 21 weeks in 2012, and then he recently followed it up with his successful 2013 summer dance track "Don't Let Go"...
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KINGDOM, the worship team from Rocklin, CA is proud to announce their sophomore release with DREAM titled, "REDEEMER". The group put together a mixture of worship, rock and pop and features guest vocal performances by Esterlyn's, Luke Caldwell and Run Kid Run's, David Curtis and a special rendition of "God Of Fire" by David Thulin. Their new album is available on iTunes: http://bit.ly/1ivZANC today...
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Hillsong announces the 2014 Hillsong Conference in New York City on October 16-18th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden – presented by Premier Productions. This will mark the second year the Hillsong Conference has traveled to the United States. This past October, the conference sold out Radio City Music Hall with over 6,600 attendees. Special conference registration discounts are available now until December 31. Click here to purchase the early bird rate...
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*Monday, December 2, 2013*

Taylor
Just before Thanksgiving, artist/producer/director Steve Taylor launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a brand new album with his all-star band, "The Perfect Foil." The goal, a hefty $40,000, was reached in 36 hours so the band announced today that a new goal has been set to bring the show on the road. Today, Taylor announced: "What to do when all your dreams come true in 36 hours? Implant new dreams! WE WANT TO SEE YOUR FACES! If you'd like to see us on tour, have we got a deal for you: You can pre-buy a concert ticket/backstage pass for $25 and fund our first tour ever...
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Brandon Heath
This week marks the "real" opening of Christmas season for GRAMMY-nominated, five-time GMA Dove Award winning artist Brandon Heath and his devoted fans. With the recent release of the singer/songwriter's first Christmas album, Christmas Is Here, Heath's highly viewed, tongue-in-cheek online campaign has been pounding the message that Christmas music and displays should be reserved for after Thanksgiving. The campaign has already reached more than 5.8 million fans...
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August Burns Red
Foreign & Familiar, the anticipated documentary from August Burns Red chronicling the entire 18-month touring cycle behind their 2011 album, Leveler, is now available as a Best Buy exclusive BluRay + CD edition with a special one-day Cyber Monday price of $8.99. Foreign & Familiar Best Buy Exclusive Edition: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/rescue-restore-11-25-cd/2728201.p?id=2769424&skuId=2728201. Beginning tomorrow, 12/3, Foreign & Familiar will be available elsewhere in a DVD + CD combo as well as an iTunes exclusive digital download...
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Everything In Slow Motion have released a new song and video from the upcoming album Phoenix. Check out "Speak" featuring vocals from Blindside's Christian Lindskog. In a recent HM interview Shane describes his experience working with Lindskog: "The first time I heard the song and his voice I was sitting at the table, and when I heard his voice I took my...
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*Sunday, December 1, 2013*

984 Records is a brand-new Christian record label with a simple mission: to provide positive, exciting music that makes a difference in the world. Founder Kevin Donovan says, "This will never be about money. We want to help people through music. We feel that, if we align ourselves with artists with similar hearts, who create music with true purpose, we will be able to help a lot of people." The label's first release is a compilation of 11 artists, from three different countries, all of whom share the label's vision...
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*Wednesday, November 27, 2013*

Absolution, the new album by singer songwriter Josh White, is not so much a new album as it is a deconstruction and recreation of songs from the singer's past. Having written music for the Church for over a decade under multiple identities (Telecast, The Followers, and Pilgrim), White draws here from his three Telecast records, and with the help of his friends Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper, The Followers), Evan Way (The Parson Red Heads, Ozarks), Daniel Dixon (Greylag) and producer / mixer Danny O'Hanlon, he creates an organic and extremely intimate worship experience. The album also features one brand new song, entitled "Sweet Peace"...
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*Tuesday, November 26, 2013*

Rapture Ruckus
New Zealand dance pop/hip hop act Rapture Ruckus is heading back to the studio to record two new EPs -- a big pop EP and a more stripped-back rock EP -- to be released in 2014. However, the label that supported them in New Zealand has folded and the band hopes to continue making the music they feel called to make (without the manipulation of a label), but they need our (and your) help! The trio have launched an IndieGoGo campaign that is seeking a whopping $30,000...
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Future Of Forestry
Future of Forestry recently independently released their third Christmas EP, Advent Christmas Volume 3, and now they're making a new music video -- and are inviting YOU to be a part of it! About the project, FOF writes, "In light of our first Vol. 3 single, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” we’re calling all ye fans to come join us in making Future of Forestry’s next music video with YOUR original footage...
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Save the City Records is proud to announce the new signing of worship leader Kathleen Carnali and the availability of her new Christmas single "White Christmas" (iTunes). Kathleen is an accomplished worship leader with an extensive fan base that spans the globe, an impressive discography, and multiple radio successes such as "Just Another Day", "I Will Not Be Afraid", and "Carry Me". She has been in the iTunes Christian/Gospel Top 100 multiple times and for consecutive weeks, most notably with the album Dangerous Prayer produced...
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Chonda Pierce
The "Queen of Clean," Chonda Pierce, is returning for one of her most hilarious performances yet. On December 17th, Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you Chonda Pierce: Girl Talk on DVD, digital download and digital audio. Get ready as this preacher's daughter shares some of her funniest stories with you and your family. Chonda Pierce: Girl Talk is one performance everyone will be talking about. From the directors Rick Altizer and Tom Forrest, Chonda: Girl Talk will be available on DVD for an SRP of $14.98...
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Geoffrey Andrews, a powerful tenor vocalist often compared to Josh Groban, has recorded a wonderful new rendition of "White Christmas." Andrews is backed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on the beloved Christmas classic. Andrews’ journey to the songs he sings with power and conviction was long, often painful. Born with a bilateral clubfoot deformity, Andrews endured reconstructive surgeries and progressive casting. Doctors warned of the prospect of lifelong complications. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age eight, he encountered bullying and humiliation at school...
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*Monday, November 25, 2013*

Taylor
In 1993, artist/producer Steve Taylor released arguably his best album to date, Squint. He would go on to release a live album in '95 and then launch a record label called "Squint" that would become home to Sixpence None The Richer, PFR and help launch the careers of bands like Chevelle and LA Symphony. Taylor has produced hit albums from artists like Sixpence and Newsboys and last year released a brand new, fan-funded film (from the director's chair), Blue Like Jazz. Steve formed a band not long ago that includes the likes of industry vets Jimmy Abegg, John Mark Painter...
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Group 1 Crew
Today, Blanca Callahan, one-half of Group 1 Crew, has announced that she is leaving the hip hop/pop group to pursue her own solo career. Manwell will be continuing Group 1 Crew without Blanca, while she prepares for her first solo project. You can follow Blanca on Facebook at Facebook.com/OfficialBlanca. On Group1Crew.com, Blanca made the following announcement, and shared an announcement video: "Dear Group 1 Crew Family, As many of you know, in July of this year, my husband and I welcomed a new member to our family - our baby boy London. I never thought someone so small could affect my life so much, but he has done just that...
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For Today
Razor & Tie will release For Today's new album, Fight the Silence, on February 4th 2014. The band has also launched the new album pre-order bundles with unique items such as headphones and canvas art prints. Pre-Order now Here . For Today recently premiered the first song off their forthcoming new studio album, "Fight the Silence," Listen HERE. The song has a strong...
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Switchfoot
Each year for some time now, Switchfoot has offered exclusive holiday merch packages from Switchfoot.com that include exclusive CD or DVD releases fans can't get anywhere else. Last year they released their first 3-song Backstage EP on CD and this year they're following it up with a digital sequel, Backstage EP #2. About the release, bassist Tim Foreman writes, "This year's backstage EP was recorded in a backstage bathroom (awkward?) in Lubbock, TX. It doesn't get more "backstage" than that! It was actually chosen for...
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Sanctus Real
"The Reason," a family Christmas experience featuring top artists and speakers, is slated to hit 14 West Coast and Midwest cities this December. Presented by PULSE Outreach and headlined by Sanctus Real, Kutless, Peter Furler and leading evangelists Luis Palau and Nick Hall, among others, "The Reason" tour will unite music and storytelling with a clear presentation of the Gospel. Kicking-off December 5 in Boise, Idaho, the West Coast leg of the tour will feature a message from Luis Palau, Andrew Palau or Reid Saunders, as well as music from Kutless, worship leader Dave Lubben, and...
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Matthew West
Capitol CMG Label Group is proud to announce that singer/songwriter Matthew West was awarded the American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist. Held last night at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, the American Music Awards are determined by the fans through online voting. When the nominations were announced last month, Capitol CMG swept the category as West was nominated for this category along with labelmates TobyMac and Chris Tomlin. Attending the ceremony with his wife Emily, this was West's first time to be nominated for an AMA...
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Canton Jones
Canton Jones, the Grammy Award, Stellar Award, and Dove Award nominee expands his reach by partnering with Syntax Creative. The gospel music artist brings his label, CAJO Records, to new audiences online through this pivotal partnership. Gearing up to release a new full-length album, Canton is preparing fans with the single, “Fill Me Up Again,” which recently broke into the top 20 Billboard Gospel Radio Chart. A music video for the single will release on Thanksgiving day. Stay tuned to Canton on Twitter or Facebook to be notified when the video goes live...
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Amy Grant
Six-time GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum selling artist Amy Grant will appear on the highly rated talk show Katie this Wednesday, November 27. Hosted by veteran TV personality Katie Couric, Grant will discuss the holiday season, her family and her new album How Mercy Looks From Here which released earlier this year. Grant will also perform her cherished holiday classic, "Tennessee Christmas." To watch the show, check your local listings: http://katiecouric.com/station-finder...
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*Friday, November 22, 2013*

Andrew Peterson
Award-winning author and Dove-nominated singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson says a big thank you to his fans for their tremendous support of his upcoming book, The Warden and the Wolf King. In one month, September 20-October 30, 2013, Peterson’s fans donated over $118,000 to his Kickstarter campaign—more than $100,000 over the original goal of $14,000. The incredible success of the campaign will allow for an exclusive hardcover edition, more illustrations, a download of an original song from the books, and more. The Warden and the Wolf King is the highly anticipated final installment of the Wingfeather Saga and is being published by Rabbit Room Press. The book releases April 2014...
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I Need You, the highly-anticipated debut from singer/songwriters and leading background vocalists Seth & Nirva, is set to bow on iTunes December 17. Featuring a guest appearance from multi-platinum GRAMMY®-winning recording artist TobyMac, the project showcases seven pop, R&B and worship-oriented selections. Produced by Matthew Edwards, Marlon Smith and Seth Ready, I Need You is highlighted by the funky, electronic “All Praise” (feat. TobyMac); the piano-driven title cut (feat. Shonlock); and the hip-hop based “Praise Him” (feat. GabeReal), among other songs...
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Keith and Kristyn Getty
Modern hymnwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty recently completed the fall 2013 leg of their Hymns for the Christian Life Tour on November 12th with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. The 22-city tour crisscrossed North America from the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX, to Hamilton Place Theater in Hamilton, ONT, and from Shadow Mountain Community Church (David Jeremiah) in San Diego, CA, to First Baptist Church (Charles Stanley) in Atlanta, GA. Twelve cities on the tour were first-time appearances...
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*Thursday, November 21, 2013*

Unspoken
Modern pop band, Unspoken, will launch their first Acoustic Christmas Tour December 1st in Decatur, IL. The band, known for their strong scaled down performances that are highlighted by their classic harmonies, will treat audiences to acoustic versions of Christmas classics, including “Feliz Navidad.” The song is currently going for adds at radio for holiday airplay and is featured on Centricity Music’s album, Christmas: Joy To The World...
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Israel Houghton
Integrity Music Publishing, home of songwriters and ministries including Paul Baloche, Jennie Lee Riddle, Jared Anderson, Gateway Worship and New Life Worship, welcomes ASCAP Award winning and Dove Award nominated songwriter Michael Farren. Integrity also continues its long-standing relationship with GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award winning songwriter Israel Houghton, re-signing Houghton who recently won his fifth GRAMMY for penning the song "Your Presence Is Heaven...
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Sumerlin
North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is proud to announce their new single, "Breaking Out" off their upcoming album, "Runaways" set to release on February 4th with DREAM Records. The group has finished their highly anticipated album and the iTunes pre-order will begin on December 17th just in time for Christmas! Fans will be able to download their first single, "Breaking Out" with the pre-order. We got a chance to ask the band about the single, "Breaking Out" as well as the recording of their new album. Check out what they had to say...
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NewSong
GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong is partnering with Samaritan's Purse this holiday season to raise funds and awareness for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). All sales on December 4 and 5 of NewSong's original Christmas song "White As Snow" will go directly to support OCC's mission to bring shoebox gifts-and the Gospel-to millions of children around the globe annually. "White As Snow" may be purchased at newsongonline.com...
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Former "Kansas" lead singer and GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning songwriter and producer John Elefante will be a guest on FOX News Channel's "Huckabee" this weekend, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 23 and re-airing multiple times on Sunday, Nov. 24. Gov. Mike Huckabee will interview Elefante about his new pro-life music video for the song, "This Time," which was inspired by his adopted daughter Sami's birth. Posted to YouTube and announced on September 16th, the video quickly went viral, with more than 300,000 views in less than six weeks...
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*Wednesday, November 20, 2013*

Point Of Grace
As the holiday season gears up, multi-platinum trio Point of Grace (Shelley Breen, Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones) is celebrating with the release of a new Christmas collection, A Point of Grace Christmas, available now exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations. The 12-track album features a compilation of songs produced by multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner and Taylor Swift producer Nathan Chapman, his wife, singer/songwriter Stephanie Chapman (Trisha Yearwood) and multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Brown Bannister (Amy Grant). On Sunday, November 24, Point of Grace...
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If you're not there yet, it's certainly time to get in the Christmas spirit with David Ian's Vintage Christmas Wonderland. As the follow up to his highly acclaimed 2011 release Vintage Christmas, Ian's latest offerings of even more jazzy classic holiday tunes continue to bring fresh and swinging arrangements. Yet again he captures a vintage sound, one that harks back to classic jazz and Christmas LP's of the 1950's and you'll surely be humming to these tunes all through the holiday season. Stellar reviews have been pouring in from the Wall Street Journal, to Critical Jazz to JesusFreakHideout, and more...
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Jason Gray
Jason Gray will once again bring holiday cheer to fans across the country, as he launches the 2nd annual Christmas Stories Tour on December 4th. The 10-city tour will also feature new Centricity artist, Lauren Daigle, who will be performing her debut single, the Christmas anthem "Light of the World." Gray will be performing songs from his 2012 holiday album, Christmas Stories: Repeat The Sounding Joy, that presents a deeper story celebrating the birth of Christ, while focusing on the details inside the Christmas narrative...
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Chart topping artist and world-renowned worship leader and Pastor William McDowell's highly anticipated album Withholding Nothing (Delivery Room/eOne Music) debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel Top Albums chart after its release on November 5, 2013. The ASCAP Award winning, Stellar and Dove nominated artist behind #1 Gospel hits such as "I Give Myself Away" and "I Won't Go Back" continues to inspire and usher in the spirit of worship on this powerful new CD/DVD compilation. Featuring the stirring lead single of the same name, Withholding Nothing follows the chart-topping success of McDowell's sophomore...
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toby
UP, "America's Christmas Channel," and national radio powerhouse, K-LOVE, present the original UP Christmas Special "K-LOVE Music City Christmas" (#KLOVEChristmas), hosted by actress/author Candace Cameron Bure (Finding Normal, "Full House"). The first-ever, hour-long special will include performances of beloved Christmas standards and original songs by leading Christian music artists, including TobyMac, Newsboys with for KING & COUNTRY, Mandisa, Colton Dixon, Kari Jobe, Matthew West, Brandon Heath, Crowder, Big Daddy Weave and Tenth Avenue North, as well as heartfelt and lively holiday memories with the stars. The special was taped before a live audience in Nashville, TN. "K-LOVE Music City Christmas...
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*Tuesday, November 19, 2013*

MercyMe
After 22 No. 1 singles and over 6 million albums sold, GRAMMY®-nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning band MercyMe is shaking things up with their brand new single and music video, "Shake." Filmed on the downtown streets of Huntsville, Ala. with dancers from the North Alabama Dance Center and over 100 local extras, the energetic music video premiered on K-LOVE's website last Tuesday, racking up over 200,000 views in less than a week...
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Casting Crowns
Multi-platinum selling group Casting Crowns has experienced a landmark year with three GRAMMY® nominations, a RIAA 2x multi-Platinum certification, multiple RIAA Gold certifications and more. Since forming more than a decade ago, Casting Crowns' message of hope has resonated with people around the globe, with total album sales surpassing 8 million. Moving into an exciting new season in 2014, the band reveals its seventh studio record, THRIVE, out January 28, 2014, with Mark Hall's newest book "Thrive - Digging Deep, Reaching Out" releasing on February 11, 2014. In support of the new record, Casting Crowns has also announced its upcoming national tour...
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Reggae artist Papa San presents his latest record One Blood that will be distributed by Syntax Creative. The 12 time Marlin Award winner, World Music Award, Stellar Award winner, and Dove Award nominee joins Syntax's growing roster of clients who not only utilize the distribution platform, but also benefit from Syntax Creative's social strategy and graphic design services. With an official street date of January 21, 2014, One Blood will be Papa San's 25th studio album and his first collection of collaborations with artists from multiple genres...
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Save the City Records is proud to announce the signing of a new electronic dance music (EDM) group, The Unparel. The band is made up of producers "Madik" and "Laladee", both from Albuquerque, New Mexico. David "Madik" Lucero owns the largest recording studio in Albuquerque, is an accomplished engineer/producer, and is a former member of the Christian rap group The Alumni. Laladee has been known as a top DJ in the Southwest Rave circuit for years, but then came to know Christ...
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Multi-Dove Award nominated Curb recording artist No Other Name will reprise its successful annual mission trip in 2014, inviting fans to join "Mission: Nashville" for a third consecutive year. The event, centered around Nashville's international community, will involve local construction projects, prayer and relationship-building activities. Its 2013 mission trip was No Other Name's most well-attended to date, gathering 100 participants who were divided into three teams...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp will get back out on the road next year, announcing the first leg of his 2014 tour today. Stapp will play a series of special intimate shows for his fans beginning with the March 19, 2014 show at House of Blues in Dallas. Presale tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages will be available on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 through this website. The public on sale date is Saturday, November 23, 2013 through Ticketmaster here...
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Integrity Music's best-selling Shout Praises Kids series, which has sold in excess of one million units, releases Nothing Is Impossible today (Nov. 19) and captures for the first time ever the passionate, faith-filled energy of Australia's Planetshakers Kids. Available everywhere children's music is sold, including iTunes, Amazon.com, Family Christian, Parable and more, the project features a collection of the favorite worship songs birthed out of Planetshakers City Church, the fastest...
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*Monday, November 18, 2013*

Dave Barnes
GRAMMY® and CMA award-nominated Dave Barnes' second Christmas collection, A December To Remember, is available now. The project, released October 29 (50 Year Plan Records), is the follow up to his successful 2010 holiday project Very Merry Christmas. Barnes co-produced A December To Remember, which features six originals, four written and two co-written, such as "So, Santa" and "Better Than Christmas Day...
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Show Hope
National Adoption Awareness Month is in full swing this November and Show Hope™, the orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award-winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, continues their tireless work to raise awareness for the orphans all around the world. As part of their mission and to celebrate ten years of service this 2013, Show Hope held their annual Fundraising Banquet this past Saturday at the brand new Music City Center in downtown Nashville...
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Planetshakers
With 300 people attending its first conference in 1997 in Australia, Planetshakers Awakening has grown exponentially, with tens of thousands joining gatherings at multiple events around the world. A movement that birthed Planetshakers City Church in 2004, the fastest growing church in Australian history, Planetshakers returns to San Diego, as well as adds a second U.S. Awakening in Dallas, in March 2014. With the goal to see every person empowered, transformed and equipped to fulfill their God-given destiny, thousands are anticipated to attend the events, and hear compelling messages from speakers Russell Evans, Sam Evans, Sergio De La Mora...
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Integrity Music announces the November 19 global release of The Flood, a new, two-disc album recorded at the 2013 Soul Survivor and Momentum UK conferences and featuring live worship led by Beth Croft, Tom Field, Sam Bailey and special guests Rend Collective. Over 22,500 teens and youth leaders attended the three Soul Survivor events held this past summer with another 6,600 young adults attending Momentum, a Soul Survivor outreach to 20-30-year-olds. With a focus on prayer and moving within the gifts of the Holy Spirit...
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Grammy® Award-winning Gospel superstar, songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence has created another illuminating song of spiritual reflection with the new release of "Best for Last," as the second radio single from his #1 20th anniversary album, 20 Year Celebration Volume I: Best for Last (QuietWater Entertainment/Entertainment One Music). Following his #1 hit single "The Gift" topping Billboard's Gospel Songs chart, Lawrence has penned and co-produced "Best for Last" in a lively collaboration. Produced by Percy Bady and Donald Lawrence...
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*Saturday, November 16, 2013*

Grits
Two time Grammy-nominated and 5-time Dove Award winning hip-hop duo GRITS have debuted a new series on YouTube, dubbed The Throwback Series. The series is an 11-part documentary, chronicling the group's eleven full-length albums, covering hits like The Art of Translation and lesser known albums like their second full-length, Factors of the Seven. The episodes will be available to watch on YouTube and on the GRITS website, starting October 26 with the first episode focusing on the duo's debut, Mental Releases...
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Hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Coffee Jones will be releasing his second solo EP, entitled Fresh Brew 2 on November 18. The first volume of Fresh Brew was released in December 2012, and featured three hit tracks, most notably "This Time" featuring Nathan Barlowe, which charted on several independent radio stations. The second volume will boast 4-5 new tracks, including a remix of "Days Go Bye" as the lead single. Music videos for the remix single as well as another new track, "Spinnin' My Wheels", will be released by the end of the year...
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*Friday, November 15, 2013*

Sarah Kelly
Former Gotee Records singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominee, Sarah Kelly is ready to make a brand new album and she's turned to Kickstarter for help to make it happen. Sarah is currently raising funds for her May, 2014 release My Corner of Heaven, which she describes as "organic, original, honest, and worshipful. 70s meets now. the theme of this album is getting back to REAL. real music. real faith." On the Kickstarter campaign page, Sarah writes...
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Mars Hill Music announces the November 25 release, "Repeat the Sounding Joy" from their band CITIZENS. This Christmas EP will feature five songs including: "Joy to the World," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Come and Stand Amazed," "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and "Silent Night." This special release is preceded by CITIZENS full-length self-titled debut album that reached No. 1 on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart as well as debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers and Worship Albums charts...
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*Thursday, November 14, 2013*

JoC
Multiple Platinum and GRAMMY-Awards winning band Jars of Clay is giving away the song, "Fall Asleep," from its acclaimed album, Inland, through a special NoiseTrade offering beginning today to raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines. All of the proceeds from the single will be used to support The Red Cross in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, claimed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history...
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August Burns Red
Currently taking over North America as part of a 6-week headlining tour, August Burns Red are ready to unleash their new video for “Provision” - one of the standout tracks from their latest celebrated album, Rescue & Restore. “I can say on behalf of the entire band this video is the coolest music video we feel we've ever done,” says guitarist JB Brubaker. “It took forever to come together but it looks awesome. I've never been a big music video guy, but the ‘Provision’ video is one I'm proud to share with everyone...
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Mandisa
Three-time GRAMMY® nominee Mandisa has partnered with SonGear.com to announce the launch of SimplyMandisa, an inspiration-based clothing and accessories collection developed from Mandisa herself. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of SimplyMandisa will go to benefit Lionshare, a Nashville-based organization aimed at discipling and developing Godly leaders within church life and culture through relationship, equipping experiences and strategic resources...
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The Florida quartet that brought fans the radio singles "New Man" and "Washed Over Me" are thrilled to celebrate the holiday season with a special digital release of their self-titled debut. All Things New Christmas Edition will release digitally on November 25 featuring the entire debut album in addition to three Christmas tunes ("He Has Come," "Go Tell It On The Mountain," "Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year"). Earlier this year, All Things New released their full-length debut on BEC Recordings...
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Lincoln Brewster
Integrity Music announces the global release of a new Digital Deluxe edition of Joy To The World, the critically acclaimed Christmas album from renowned worship leader Lincoln Brewster. The new Joy To The World Digital Deluxe includes the 10 studio-recorded songs originally featured on the physical album plus 10 never-before-released audio and video tracks. The new content includes seven songs (one studio-recorded track and six live tracks), along with three live worship videos...
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LA-based rockers, The Material, have teamed up with Anchor Eighty Four Records to release their 2013 electrifying full-length album 'Everything I Want To Say' on Clear Vinyl with Blue Haze. The initial pressing is limited to 300 pieces and will arrive just in time for the Holidays. Pre-orders are available here. 'Everything I Want To Say' was engineered and produced by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Pierce The Veil, Heart to Heart) in Los Angeles and features the hit singles...
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*Wednesday, November 13, 2013*

Family Force 5
Family Force 5 announces their 5th Annual “Family Force 5’s Christmas Pageant” tour in partnership with CURE International. The tour will feature the newly announced FF5 line-up plus special guests Flame, We As Human and V Rose. The 11-city tour will begin on December 2 and conclude December 15, dates listed below. This tour will have a special cause as Family Force 5 is hoping to help give the gift of healing to one child each night through CURE. CURE shares the good news of God’s love in 29 countries, where the organization provides surgical healing for kids with curable physical disabilities...
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Stryper
Stryper have shown that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the debut of their recent Frontiers Records release, No More Hell To Pay. The band have stormed the charts landing at #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums and Top Hard Music Albums charts, #6 on the Top Current Rock Album charts, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 9500 copies the first week. Stryper also regained their dominance on the Christian charts landing at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums and #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums. No More Hell To Pay also reached #1...
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Singer/songwriter Julie Elias has launched "Topic Driven Concerts," a new music series aimed at empowering youth in key areas where they face challenges. The series offers youth pastors a choice of topic-driven themes targeted to the specific needs of their group. The initial concert offerings include "The Power of Words," "The Reality of Rejection" and "Value In Our Choices...
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*Tuesday, November 12, 2013*

Point Of Grace
Premier Vacations and Events is inviting teen girls and their moms to warm up their winter and take the "girl trip of a lifetime" as they journey on the First Annual Girls of Grace Cruise via Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas January 22-26, 2015 to tropical Cozumel, Mexico. Embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the four night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas (one of the world's largest ships) will provide opportunities for passengers to make lasting memories as they set sail with their favorite Girls of Grace artists and speakers including Point of Grace and popular speakers Annie Downs and Chris Wheeler...
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KINGDOM, the worship team from Rocklin, CA is proud to announce their sophomore release with DREAM titled, "REDEEMER". The group put together a mixture of worship, rock and pop and features guest vocal performances by Esterlyn's, Luke Caldwell and Run Kid Run's, David Curtis. Their new album is available on Amazon here! Pick up their digital album on iTunes, December 3rd. Check out the promo video for their new album here...
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Esteemed marketing executive Leigh Holt announces the launch of a new professional venture, consulting firm maddjett. Based in Franklin, Tenn., the company will serve prospective entertainment, event, and lifestyle clients, among others, with an emphasis on building brands, business as well as partnerships. With 16 years experience in brand development, Holt has held high-level positions with companies across industries--from sports to clothing to entertainment...
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*Monday, November 11, 2013*

It's been a big year for Fit For A King. The buzzed about band released their Solid State Records debut, Creation/Destruction in March and in so doing, delivered the biggest first-week sales of any debut release in Solid State Records history - a huge feat given the storied careers of labelmates such as UNDER0ATH, DEMON HUNTER and AUGUST BURNS RED. Only 8 months later, the band has another treat for longtime fans: a completely re-recorded version of their debut album, 2011’s Descendants - the very...
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Long-time worship leader and Memphis native Jeremy Horn releases his third full-length album, No Other Love, through Ardent Records now available digitally on Amazon mp3, Itunes, and other digital service providers and also on cd from the Ardent Records web store (ardentrecords.com/store). From the infectious intro of “Awake...
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Facedown Records and Saving Grace are excited to announce some long awaited news in regards to the band's highly anticipated brand new studio album 'The Urgency'. The band along with their management company and record label with some help from their fans and friends seeded a series of five ominous symbols and a hashtag all over social media sites in early November for #theurgency and announced that 'All will be revealed 11.11.13' creating a lot of hype and speculation...
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John Schlitt
Legendary vocalist John Schlitt has announced the name of his upcoming CD and unveiled the artwork for its CD cover. The Christmas Project, the Grammy and Dove Award winner's first recorded collection of Christmas music, will be released October 29. "When we started working on this CD, we kept calling it The Christmas Project, because we didn't have a name for it yet," Schlitt says. "As the months went by, the name just kind of stuck. I like things that are what they say they are, and in the end, I decided that The Christmas Project was...
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Holly Starr
"Yeshua Jesus," a new Christmas single from acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr, will be available digitally beginning tomorrow. Produced by Chuck Butler and penned by Starr, Butler and David Moffitt, the song has been serviced to Christian radio formats nationwide. A tribute to Starr's Jewish heritage, "Yeshua Jesus" incorporates the classic Christmas hymn "O Come All Ye Faithful" in a bright, piano-driven original arrangement...
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Indie band Scarlet White have announced a Faith Launcher campaign to raise funds for their 2014 album "The Inbetween." For details on how you can help, visit their campaign. "We're Scarlet White, a Christian rock band out of Michigan, whose passion is to make music that will impact your soul and change your lives. Our main focus, and inspiration is our fans, and God. We strive to continually grow our relationships with the fans, while pursuing our never failing God...
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*Friday, November 8, 2013*

TFK
Modern rock favorites THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH will independently release its first remix CD, Metamorphosiz II The End Remixes Vol. 1 & 2, on Nov. 19 with global distribution through Fuel Music Distribution. The full-length album combines two earlier released, digital-only EPs to include 11 songs from the independently released, 5-star acclaimed and No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock album, The End Is Where We Begin, by noted remix talent Steve Sidelnyk, Rob Persaud, Robbie Bronnimann, Andy Hunter, Solomon Olds, Rui Da Silva and Joshua Silverberg...
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Plumb
Curb Recording artist Plumb is honored to join the lineup of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2014. Coming alongside artists such as Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, NewSong, and Colton Dixon, the tour kicks off January 3 and will continue through March 30. Continuing with their tradition of only being $10 at the door with no tickets required, Winter Jam 2014 hopes to achieve a fourth consecutive year of topping Pollstar's Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales...
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Lecrae
After the release of 2012's mega-hit mixtape, Church Clothes, Lecrae has released a follow-up "Vol. 2" available as a free download from datpiff.com. Church Clothes, Vol. 2 is also slated to hit iTunes real soon, but you can grab it at no cost for now...
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*Thursday, November 7, 2013*

Skillet
While GRAMMY®-nominated and platinum-selling rockers Skillet are winning over sold out crowds and receiving encore requests throughout Nickelback's European tour, domestic audiences in the U.S. are enjoying the title track of their best-selling album RISE (Atlantic/Word) during CBS Sports' College Hockey Promos. For the next six months "Rise" will be featured in regular custom spots for College Hockey Promos on CBS and the CBS Sports Network. Check it out here: http://bcove.me/g8ofheaq...
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Israel Houghton
Featuring an all-star line up of talent the "I'm In Love With A Church Girl" soundtrack is a creative blend of music from and inspired by the number one independent movie and is available now in stores and digitally everywhere. The soundtrack includes never before heard songs and classic favorites from gospel...
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Natalie Grant
Curb Recording artist, Natalie Grant recently scored the biggest debut week of her career with her latest album, Hurricane, landing at #17 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Christian charts--no surprise, as she has literally dominated the Christian music world for the past decade. Grant is now realizing incredible cross-over appeal, and with her next single...
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*Wednesday, November 6, 2013*

Jamie Grace
GRAMMY® nominee and Best New Artist Dove Award winner Jamie Grace excitedly unveiled her anticipated sophomore album Ready To Fly on her social media accounts (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) last weekend. Available January 28, the new studio record follows her breakout album One Song At A Time, which propelled Jamie to her first major award, the Dove Award for New Artist of the Year, and featured...
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Future Of Forestry
Future of Forestry's much anticipated holiday project, ADVENT CHRISTMAS EP VOLUME 3, releases next Tuesday, November 12, digitally through iTunes and Amazon MP3, and physically on the www.futureofforestry.com website. Continuing with their tradition of creating modern interpretations of timeless Christmas carols and hymns, Vol. 3 successfully blends old with new in a truly unique setting...
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Petra
A rare line up of Christian music's most beloved performers, including Phil Keaggy, Petra, Michael Omartian, Rick Cua and others, were on hand recently to perform at "Sene-fit"--A Concert Of Love For The Seneffs at Belmont Church on Music Row...
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North Point Music worship leader Casey Darnell releases his second full-length project for the North Point Music label, a self-titled album available Nov. 11. The record features an array of music styles reflected in songs about worshipping God in everyday circumstances. Produced by Dove Award-winning Producer of the Year Ian Eskelin...
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Facedown Records' latest free sampler just released this week and includes new singles from My Epic and Everything In Slow Motion, as well as songs from many of our 2013 releases: Extol, The Burial, Colossus, and more...
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Integrity Music announces the global release of Stand Up, the debut album from Luke Hellebronth, co-leader of London's Worship Central, a staff member at Holy Trinity Brompton and writer of the song "Spirit Break Out," soon to be featured in a major motion picture...
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*Tuesday, November 5, 2013*

MxPx
On November 19, legendary MxPx singer and bassist Mike Herrera will release a limited-edition 7" picture disc vinyl of his Guitar Center podcast with Nic Harcourt acoustic performance via Rock City Recording Company. The set was recorded at Guitar Center's iconic Sunset Boulevard location on June 28, 2012, while the band was in the midst of its 20th anniversary tour. Side A features a live rendition of "Secret Weapon," the title track from the band's 2007 classic album Secret Weapon...
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*Monday, November 4, 2013*

Stryper
Stryper are back to reclaim their throne in the hard rock/heavy metal world with the release of their 8th studio album this week, No More Hell To Pay. The album is being released via Frontiers Records and is available everywhere on November 5th. The original lineup comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitars), Oz Fox (guitars), Tim Gaines (bass) and Robert Sweet (drums) return with an album of all new material showcasing the musicianship that garnered them a huge fan base in the mainstream world and the Christian market. From the opening lick of the album opener "Revelation" to the signature wail at the end of "Renewed," it is clear Stryper has returned...
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SCC
Following multiple sell-out performances in front of nearly 120,000 people during the 2011 and 2012 holiday seasons, THE STORY TOUR, presented by World Vision, will return for the third consecutive year to arenas nationwide this Christmas, giving fans in 14 cities a chance to experience the Bible through a live multi-media experience like no other. This year’s all-star line-up once again brings together top names in Christian music, including Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah and Rawsrvnt, along with special guest author/speaker Randy Frazee and musical director Bernie Herms...
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Centricity Music has added another artist to its roster, singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle. Daigle will release her new project in 2014, but fans will get a taste of her immense talent on Centricity's upcoming holiday project, Christmas: Joy To The World. Her featured song, "Light Of The World," co-written by Daigle, delivers a more worship oriented song that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. The song is going for adds at radio...
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North Carolina rock band Sumerlin is proud to announce their new release on DREAM Records coming out on February 4th. The group is finishing up their album in the studio with producer, John Harrell (Sent By Ravens). The guys will begin their iTunes pre-order on December 17th just in time for Christmas. Fans will be able to download their first single with the pre-order...
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The Letter Black
Tooth & Nail Records’ Pennsylvania-based rockers The Letter Black announces the upcoming release Rebuild next Tuesday, November 11. This is the sophomore follow-up album to the highly successful debut Hanging On By A Thread (2010). Rebuild was produced by former RED guitarist Jasen Rauch (RED, Disciple, Fireflight) and Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind) and mixed by David Bendeth (Papa Roach, Paramore, Breaking Benjamin) and Jay Ruston (Pop Evil, Stone Sour, Jars of Clay). Click here to pre-order...
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Those Who Fear have just released the video for "Burn", the second from their debut album Unholy Anger which was released on Facedown at the beginning of the year. The band filmed the video overnight and into the early morning on little-to-no sleep...
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The Indelible Project is officially announcing the release their debut album, James on November 1, 2013. The album puts the Book of James in the Bible to music and is free to download from Noisetrade.com and is also available in mainstream outlets such as iTunes and Amazon...
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*Thursday, October 31, 2013*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Choir
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1, the GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning band The Choir is launching a month-long Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming 15th studio release along with a brand new live album. Partnering with Livestream, The Choir will broadcast a free online acoustic concert tomorrow evening from 8-9pm CST to celebrate the upcoming album releases. The members of The Choir - comprised of Steve Hindalong, Derri Daugherty, Tim Chandler, and Dan Michaels - are thrilled to be recording new music and continuing their musical journey after many years together...
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SCC
Show Hope™, a nonprofit orphan care ministry founded by GRAMMY® award-winning Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth announces a revolutionary social media campaign to bring awareness to their 10-year anniversary goal of reaching 10,000 sponsors to help 10,000 orphans over the next 10 years. Show Hope will launch the "Brown Bag for Hope" movement nationwide on Oct. 10, 2013, encouraging individuals to take their own lunch to work or school each week and become monthly Show Hope sponsors with the cost savings...
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Stephanie Smith
One plus one equals two. At least that's what Stephanie and Tim thought when they first tried to write music together (Copperlily). They had both spent the better part of 6 years pursuing our own musical projects under the Gotee Records banner, Stephanie as solo artist Stephanie Smith and Tim as the frontman of House of Heroes. The two got married in November 2012 and began attempting to write songs together. The initial results were disastrous...
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Natalie Grant
GSN announced today that Grammy® Nominee and multi Dove Award winner Natalie Grant will host IT TAKES A CHURCH, a new one-hour pilot in which the members of a church go on a mission to find love for one lucky, single parishioner…without his or her knowledge. Grammy nominated Christian vocalist and multiple Dove Award winner Natalie Grant is a singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN...
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Renowned singer-songwriter/worship leader Jon Bauer is once again the most-nominated artist of this year's Gospel Music Association Canada Covenant Awards, recently announced during a press conference at CTS Television Studios in Burlington, Ontario. Among Bauer's 2013 nominations are Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and a nod in the category of Roots/Folk Album of the Year for his newest project, Roots of Worship (7/16/13), which he debuted live on a two-week tour to Germany earlier...
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Welcome to the Gurl Code-the all-female compilation album featuring 13 women with tracks that are just as diverse as the ladies themselves. Full Ride Music Group CEO, Thi'sl, created this platform to provide an eclectic mix of music for women by women. "I think this album will present the standard for women in Hip Hop," Thi'sl said...
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Xist Music's recent Malaco partnership and subsequent relaunch means for many new faces joining the label in addition to a full label re-branding. Xist Music recently added former 1st and 15th recording artist, Gemstones, to their record label roster. Gemstones has built a solid following and appeals to a broad range of rap music fans both inside and out of the mainstream. That appeal is driven through his experiences...
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*Friday, September 27, 2013*

We As Human
Rock newcomer WE AS HUMAN has enjoyed a thrilling ride so far in 2013 following the release of their debut, self-titled album WE AS HUMAN in June of this year. The album was greeted with nearly unanimous praise, calling the band "perfect" and "the epitome of what rock music is missing these days." The album shot to the Top 10 on the iTunes® Rock Chart and peaked at No. 31 on the iTunes® Overall Chart...
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Centricity Music's pop/rock group, Unspoken, reached a big career milestone this week as their single, "Lift My Life Up," broke into the Top Five on Billboard's AC Indicator chart. The song is still garnering strong support, with recent adds from WFRN/South Bend, IN, WRCM/Charlotte, NC, WCQR/Johnson City, TN, WSCF/Ft. Pierce, FL and WAKW/Cincinnati, OH. The single is from Unspoken's latest EP, The World Is Waking...
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Israel Houghton
Multiple Grammy Award winner Israel Houghton signs with RCA Inspiration; it was announced today. RCA Inspiration will be exclusively distributing and providing marketing and promotional services for albums produced by Houghton's multimedia and music company, RGM-NewBreed Music as well as releasing future albums by Houghton...
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Want to know where Facedown Records started? Check out their new Throwback Sampler to hear some of the label's early releases. Download it free HERE! Vol. 1 features 12 tracks from such classic Facedown bands as Means, Figure Four, Symphony In Peril, Seventh Star, Nodes Of Ranvier and more...
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CHANEL of Trin-i-Tee 5:7 releases her debut single "Believe" and accompanying lyric video online this week. "Believe" is the first single from her upcoming solo debut, TRIN-I-TEE 5:7 ACCORDING TO CHANEL, which is set to release first quarter, 2014, on her independent label, Obsidian Records, distributed in partnership with Central South Distribution...
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*Thursday, September 26, 2013*

John Schlitt
Legendary vocalist John Schlitt has announced the name of his upcoming CD and unveiled the artwork for its CD cover. The Christmas Project, the Grammy and Dove Award winner's first recorded collection of Christmas music, will be released October 29. "When we started working on this CD, we kept calling it The Christmas Project, because we didn't have a name for it yet," Schlitt says. "As the months went by, the name just kind of stuck. I like things that are what they say they are, and in the end, I decided that The Christmas Project was the perfect title...
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Impending Doom
Southern California Gorship outfit IMPENDING DOOM have announced an all new LP called "Death Will Reign" due out November 5, 2013 via eOne Music. Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Will Putney at the Machine Shop, this is the band's most ferocious material to date. "Impending Doom have never sounded uglier and more desperate than on 'Death Will Reign,' says Alternative Press. Impending Doom has crafted a stunning, deliberate and unrelenting collection with a sense of purpose, drive and continuity. "Death Will Reign" is the culmination of all that has come before, mining the bleak darkness and "scare" factor of last year's "Baptized in Filth" and the dynamic fury of "There Will...
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*Wednesday, September 25, 2013*

Big Daddy Weave
K-LOVE Radio and 25 Entertainment present the second annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour kicking off on December 4 in Greensboro, NC. The K-LOVE Christmas Tour will feature K-LOVE Fan Awards' winners Big Daddy Weave and for KING & COUNTRY and Meredith Andrews. The relationship between 25 Entertainment and K-LOVE Radio provides the opportunity for radio listeners and fans to experience an inviting evening of Christmas music for the entire family during the holiday season in 10 of K-LOVE's markets...
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NewSong
In what has become a heralded holiday tradition, GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong is set to bring their "Very Merry Christmas Tour" to multiple cities around the country this season. Boasting its biggest line-up yet, the tour will feature audience and radio favorites Audio Adrenaline, Sidewalk Prophets, Jason Castro and special guest Love & The Outcome. NewSong will present selections from their best-selling recordings The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope...
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The City Harmonic
The 35th Annual GMA Canada Covenant Awards nominations were recently announced, with Integrity Music artists The City Harmonic, Ben Cantelon, All Sons and Daughters and Paul Baloche all receiving honors. Founded by the Gospel Music Association of Canada, the Covenant Awards honor artists, songwriters and producers who are contributing to Christian music arts in Canada. Named New Artist of the Year in 2011, receiving Praise & Worship Song of the Year last year and gathering four GMA Canada Covenant Awards nominations this year, The City Harmonic...
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7eventh Time Down
A new music video from Kentucky-based 7eventh Time Down features an emotional message from the family of Saeed Abedini, an American pastor, father and husband currently imprisoned in Iran because of sharing his Christian faith. The video for "Just Say Jesus" - the title track and latest single from the band's sophomore project which released earlier this month via BEC Recordings - is in support of the Be Heard Project and the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) in an attempt to free Pastor Saeed from one of Iran's most brutal prisons. The video was directed by Kevin Kookogey...
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Jason Castro
Internationally-recognized singer/songwriter Jason Castro is gearing up for the release of the third single, "Stay This Way," from his debut Word Entertainment album, Only A Mountain. This week the track ships to radio and will go for adds on October 18th. Castro, after having spent the summer co-headlining a tour with Ryan Cabrera, promoting his appearance in the UP! original movie, "The Perfect Summer," and visiting Colombia, South America, on an "I am Second" expedition, is hitting the road again this week with Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets for West's "Into the Light Tour." Then, throughout the holiday season, he'll join NewSong...
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Keith and Kristyn Getty
Fall 2013 is generating even stronger support for the talented modern hymnwriters, Keith & Kristyn Getty. They released their first live album, Keith & Kristyn Getty: Live At The Gospel Coalition to several rave reviews that include; About.com, It's a moment, a movement and a message that you don't just listen to - you live!, Christian Post/Breathecast, If music is likened to food, Keith and Kristyn's is filet mignon, and Soul-Audio.com, Keith & Kristyn Getty are definitely treasures of our world. There have also been high-profile media interviews with NPR All Things Considered, Moody Radio/ In The Marketplace with Janet Parshall, The Janet Mefferd Show, American Family Radio/JJ and Ron In The Morning, WFIL/The Mark Daniels Show, World Christian Broadcasting, among many others...
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Gospel Sensation EARNEST PUGH's The W.I.N. (WORSHIP IN NASSAU) EXPERIENCE debutes at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel sales chart this week. "It's impossible to articulate in words what I am feeling right now," said Pugh."Though it's my 6th CD release, my heart leaps with joy and appreciation today as it did 15 years ago when I released my very first CD! I am blown away by the response, love, and support of the W.I.N. project. I have been blessed with an amazing team such as Grammy Award-Winning Producer Cedric Thompson, and I also salute every soloist that participated. Finally, thanks to the P-Man Admin Staff, Damon Stewart...
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Acclaimed actress, NAACP Image Award nominee, and Grammy® Award nominated recording artist TAMELA MANN is set to release the BEST DAYS DELUXE EDITION CD on October 29 through her independent label Tillymann Music Group and Central South Distribution. The deluxe version features 5 new recordings including 3 live versions of Best Days hits and two new songs. "I want to thank all of my fans for their support of Best Days over the past year by releasing the deluxe edition, which includes live versions of some of their favorites from the CD and live shows along with a couple new tracks," said Tamela. "This past year has been incredible, and I hope my music will continue to bless others...
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Sarah MacIntosh
A number of industry leaders have been added to the line-up for the popular Christian Musician Summit, which returns to Nashville for its second year, with a schedule that includes workshops and performances featuring some of the best musicians in the CCM industry. CMS Nashville will be held October 4 and 5 at Belmont Church on Music Row. Sarah Macintosh will lead a session titled "Silence: Exploring the Role of Women In Ministry." Eric Copeland will lead two sessions for indie artists: "The Importance of Being Amazing" and "Get Busy With Your Music & Ministry...
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*Tuesday, September 24, 2013*

Natalie Grant
Curb Records has announced that they will release a new single each Tuesday beginning today, September 24th, leading up to the highly anticipated album release of Hurricane from Grammy-nominated, five-time Dove Award winning Female Artist of the Year Natalie Grant. Fans can download the songs launched exclusively on iTunes for an early preview of the Oct. 15 project. The three tracks in the iTunes promotion include "For All Of Us" http://bit.ly/forallofus (Tuesday, 9/24), "Burn Bright" (Tuesday, 10/01) and "Closer To Your Heart" (Tuesday, 10/08). In addition, the deluxe album version of Hurricane is currently available for pre-order on iTunes...
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MxPx
Tooth & Nail Records became the most controversial record label of the ‘90s. In early 1993, after watching a handful of hardcore bands in Southern California, Brandon Ebel, son of a preacher from a small town in Oregon, saw something special. He took a loan from his grandfather, and with a little cash and even less industry experience, he launched one of the most influential independent labels in the last twenty years. From its start, the label seemed destined to fail. Ebel lived on five dollars a day, but his relentless belief in the music inspired him to transform Tooth & Nail from an insignificant startup to a label selling over 20,000,000 records and breaking bands like MxPx, Underoath, August Burns Red, and Anberlin...
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FiF
Five Iron Frenzy is hitting the road on "The Don't Stop Skanking Tour" with Reel Big Fish. "We're on the Don't Stop Skankin Tour with Reel Big Fish, Beautiful Bodies, plus Beebs and Her Money Makers!" the band announced today. "Come see us and some other more amazing bands on this tour. We'll be playing the following shows:
" The biggest news Five Iron Frenzy will likely want to know, however, is the release date for their brand new upcoming studio album. According to a recent interview Leanor did with WadeBearden.com, fans can expect the new album, titled Engine of a Million Plots to FINALLY release on November 26, 2013...
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Iconic UK-based rock band IONA is set to release a new 2-CD live album this fall, titled Edge of the World (Iona Live In Europe). About the project, the band writes, "We had hoped to get the new live album out in time for the UK tour, but with everyone's busy schedules, a bout of illness etc, the release date has been delayed now until November or December. So it could make a good Christmas present for your friends and family! Aside from a few final tweaks to some of the mixes, deciding which spoken song intros to use from the 5 gigs that were recorded and finalising the cover artwork, the album now is almost there! For those of you who are new to our mailings, this is the first Iona live album for 9 years...
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Dara Maclean
Fervent Records' soulful vocalist/songwriter Dara Maclean released her sophomore album, Wanted, today to outstanding praise from critics and a Top 5 chart position on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart. Produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Hillsong, Meredith Andrews), Wanted is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2011 debut album, You Got My Attention, which garnered her a 2011 Dove Awards' nomination for "New Artist of the Year." The album's lead single and title track, "Wanted," is currently No. 4 at Hot AC/CHR and climbing...
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Dove Awards
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more performers and presenters for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, hosted by Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin. The line-up of extraordinary talent continues to grow with the addition of Big Daddy Weave, Capital Kings, Colton Dixon, Jason Crabb, Kristian Stanfill, Rhett Walker Band and Tasha Cobbs. In addition to already announced artists, Gaither Vocal Band, Michael W. Smith, Tamela Mann and TobyMac. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 7:30pm CT and will be broadcast exclusively on UP on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 8:00...
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Clay Crosse
Singer/songwriter, worship leader and author Clay Crosse has announced the retail release of his 10th career album, reDedication, from CCM Forever and Elevate Entertainment. The 10-song project will be available October 8 at all major Christian retailers. "I experienced a personal, formal reDedication of my life to Christ in 1998," Crosse said regarding the title of his new CD. "And that decision has been working...
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Today we are proud to announce two unbelievable releases from two great artists/bands: Darrell Evans & Bread Of Stone. Awesome God Is He by Darrell Evans, the 11th studio album and first on DREAM, Darrell continues his Americana Spirit-filled Worship that will please and inspire his fans once again. Darrell, famous for such hits like, "Let The River Flow" and "Trading My Sorrows...
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Matt Redman
Acclaimed worship leader and two-time GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman has had quite a few reasons to celebrate this year with the success of his impactful song "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)." Following the highly revered song and album comes his latest project, Your Grace Finds Me out today, September 24. The lead single and title track pulls together the powerful message that even in the midst of battle and blessing, the highest high of a wedding day or when weeping by a graveside, God's grace is always active and present...
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Scott Stapp
Grammy-Award winning artist Scott Stapp releases the deeply personal Proof of Life on Wind-up Records, November 5, 2013. Proof of Life was produced by Howard Benson and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and is Stapp's second solo album; his first was 2005's certified platinum, The Great Divide. On October 8, 2013 the reflective "Slow Suicide" will go to radio, be available digitally and several pre-order options will also be offered on Stapp's website...
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Worship artist David Glenn's new album "Relentless" is available in stores today. The album was originally released to digital outlets by Glenn's own Evident Music label on June 25th, but early buzz led to a distribution deal with Nashville-based Elevate Entertainment, who has now placed the album in stores nationwide...
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Phil Wickham
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Wickham has been widely embraced for his compelling vocals and vibrant lyrics, and the release of his latest project The Ascension continues to showcase that. Released today, September 24, The Ascension was inspired by the Songs of Ascent passages found in the book of Psalms. Ten years and nine records in, Phil shows no signs of slowing down with his modern Songs of Ascent bringing together powerful, melodic hymns that carry throughout the 11-track record. His current single "This Is Amazing Grace" leads the pact anchoring the project as a "solid worship album." See who else is applauding...
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On September 16th, former "Kansas" lead singer and GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning songwriter and producer John Elefante released a music video for the song, "This Time," which was inspired by his adopted daughter Sami's birth. Posted to YouTube and announced on September 16th, the video quickly went viral, with more than 100,000 views in just the first five days...
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*Monday, September 23, 2013*

Family Force 5
Family Force 5 has a devoted fan base that has faithfully followed the band for the last eight years. Throughout its career, the band has established itself as a successful artist, independently selling more than 250,000 units. Today marks a new chapter for Family Force 5 as the band shares a personal letter with its fans announcing the line-up change from frontman Solomon Olds to his brother (previously the drummer) Jacob Olds. The band also announces new drummer Teddy Boldt to take Jacob's place as he transitions into the role as frontman for Family Force 5. Rest assured, FF5 is working on its fourth studio album to release in 2014...
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Dave Barnes
As the follow up to his successful 2010 holiday project Very Merry Christmas, GRAMMY ®-nominated Dave Barnes announces the release of his second Christmas collection, titled A December To Remember, available October 29. Barnes was joined by Brown Bannister in producing A December To Remember, which features six originals, four written and two co-written by Barnes, such as “So, Santa” and “Better Than Christmas Day.” The 11-song line up also includes five Christmas classics, from “White Christmas” to “It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” The official track listing is below...
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The City Harmonic
Named New Artist of the Year in 2011, receiving Praise & Worship Song of the Year last year and gathering four GMA Canada Covenant Awards nominations this year, The City Harmonic add their first nods for both Artist and Group of the Year. Having won four Covenants so far, the band is also nominated this year for Praise & Worship Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year for "Holy (Wedding Day)" from the band's internationally acclaimed debut album, I Have A Dream (Feels Like Home). The 35th Annual Covenant Awards will be held in Burlington, Ontario, Nov. 6...
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Love and the Outcome
Word Entertainment's Love & The Outcome is one of the top nominees for GMA Canada's 35th Annual Covenant Awards scheduled to take place in Canada on November 6 in Burlington, ON. The Canadian duo are nominated for "New Artist of the Year," "Music Video of the Year" for their song "City of God" in addition to "Song of the Year," "Recorded Song of the Year" and "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year" for their debut single and smash hit, "He Is With Us." The single, currently No. 11 on Billboard Christian Songs Chart, is also the lead track from their self-titled debut album which was released August 27 to critical acclaim. Love & The Outcome is currently on the road with NewSong for their "Swallow The Ocean Tour" and will join "The Winter Jam 2013 Tour Spectacular" in November...
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Southern rock band Samestate (formerly on Sparrow Records) has decided to retire. The band made an announcement on their official Facebook page... "After 5 years of traveling, making music, and sharing our lives with friends across the country, it is with heavy hearts that we have decided, as a band, to go separate ways. Whether you have followed us from the beginning, heard our songs on the radio, or came to a show, your support has meant the entire world to us and we could never repay you for that. Because we have made some deep connections with a lot of you we will be leaving the SAMESTATE Facebook public so you can communicate with us...
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DREAM Records is proud to announce the signing of Loftland to it's growing roster. The guys will be going into the studio this fall to release their first full length debut with DREAM on February 18th, 2014. "DREAM is ecstatic to be working with the guys in Loftland. With a powerful show, great lyrics and great music these guys are the total package. We're ready to see what God has in store for them with us." - Lance Brown, General Manager of DREAM Records...
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Christian Worship Artist, Sarah Grinder, has signed a record deal with INOV8 Music Group. The very first recording project for this Zelienople, PA based singer-songwriter will be released on October 1, 2013. Whether leading in worship to a small intimate gathering or a large crowd of thousands, Sarah brings a passion to the audience that sets the perfect tone for worship. She has already shared the stage with Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, Anthem Lights, Audio Adrenaline, Sanctus Real, Rachael Lampa, Leslie Woods, Group 1 Crew, and several other notable artists...
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*Friday, September 20, 2013*

Marking a musical rebirth for former Delirious? frontman, co-founder and primary songwriter, Martin Smith, his solo debut, God's Great Dance Floor, Step 01, released to five-star acclaim and went all the way to No. 1 on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel chart. Smith is now set to deliver his second, full-length installment, God's Great Dance Floor, Step 02. Releasing Oct. 1 in the U.S. on his independent label, Gloworks, and with Fuel Music Distribution, the album pre-sale is available now at iTunes and Amazon.com...
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One of the most beloved and respected musicians/singers in the music industry, Gordon Mote, has released his latest project All Things New. The album was co-produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker), and Dove-Award winning producers, Wayne Haun and Russell Mauldin. The project features vocal collaborations with such major artists as the Gaither Vocal Band, Trace Adkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Matthew West, and Scotty McCreery. This is the second album by Mote for his new label, New Haven Records, and the project will be distributed to the faith-based market through Provident-Integrity Distribution...
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EPM Music Group's release of gospel newcomer Keith Williams debut album TONE FOR WORSHIP debuts at #8 on Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart making it the highest CD chart debut of any new solo male gospel artist this year to date. Lauded by one of gospel's top music critics Bob Marovich of The Black Gospel Blog, TONE FOR WORSHIP has received three out of five stars...
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*Thursday, September 19, 2013*

Switchfoot
This week, Switchfoot released a brand new 3-song EP as a teaser for their new studio album, Fading West, releasing everywhere January 14 through Atlantic Records. The EP also serves as a companion to the band's new Fading West documentary film and tour this fall. About the project, the band writes, "We're beyond...
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Newsboys
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys' new album Restart debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart, adding another No. 1 record to their long list of career achievements, which includes over eight million albums sold, 30 No. 1 radio hits and five RIAA Gold Certified albums. Since the release of Restart earlier this month, the Newsboys have celebrated nods from numerous music critics, consistent gains at Christian radio and a strong stay at No. 1 on the iTunes® Christian & Gospel Albums chart...
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This past July during Hillsong's Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia, the church introduced an exciting and new generation of worship music. Welcome Hillsong Young & Free, who will officially release their debut CD "We Are Young & Free" on September 30 (Capitol CMG). A pre-sale for the project starts today. Click here for more information...
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*Wednesday, September 18, 2013*

Francesca Battistelli
On September 17 at an event in Franklin, TN, Pepsi MidAmerica unveiled their Christian Artist Can Panel Series which features Fervent Records' Francesca Battistelli (Diet Pepsi) in addition to fellow Christian artists Matt Maher (Dr. Pepper), Matthew West (Pepsi) and TobyMac (Mountain Dew). Each artist is featured on three million cans for a total of 12 million cans available throughout the Midwest this fall. The Christian Artist Can Panel Series were first...
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Building429
One of the major tours of the fall, United We Stand Tour, is scheduled to launch on Thursday, September 19 in Wichita Falls, TX and will run through November 3. The tour features co-headliners Building 429 and The Afters, along with special guests Hawk Nelson and Finding Favour. The rehearsal run-through late last week delighted the industry audience as the high-energy extravaganza will bring a message of hope...
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Integrity Music announces the international release of La Carta Perfecta from pastor, worship leader and Billboard Latin Award-winning recording artist Danilo Montero. The first new album from Montero in over three years, La Carta Perfecta was recorded live at the Houston, Texas-based Lakewood Church where he serves as pastor of Iglesia Lakewood, the church's thriving Hispanic congregation whose services are broadcast weekly by the Daystar and Enlace/TBN television networks...
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Icon For Hire
Charismatic rock trio Icon For Hire is having a busy autumn, for sure. Having completed their highly anticipated second album, due 10/15, they've announced preorders for the self-titled effort on iTunes and on the website of their label, Tooth And Nail. They're also just about to start their latest tour. Called "An Evening With Icon For Hire," the shows will include acoustic and electric performances...
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*Tuesday, September 17, 2013*

Amy Grant
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces superstars Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin as hosts for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee at 7:30pm CT. The show will be broadcast on Monday, October 21st at 8:00pm ET exclusively on the UP network...
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Cheri Keaggy
Dove Award winner Cheri Keaggy has signed an agreement with Elevate Entertainment for exclusive distribution of her current CD, So I Can Tell. "I've been a fan of Cheri's for a long time and I'm thrilled to be working with her now as her distribution partner...
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Jonny Lang's first new studio album in seven years, Fight For My Soul, becomes available today via Concord Records. Lang's songwriting on Fight For My Soul, the follow up to his 2006 GRAMMY Award-winning Turn Around, takes a major leap forward, as he explores the struggle for love and family with startling heart and depth...
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Go Fish
Continuing a mission to radically redefine Vacation Bible School, Go Fish-leading providers of children's entertainment and ministry resources-unveils their highly-anticipated 2014 VBS curriculum, SHINE. The announcement comes as the series' theme song reached #1 on iTunes' "Top Children's Music Songs" chart following its release last week...
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Silverline
The first annual "Shine A Light Tour" will launch on March 12th, 2014. The line up marks the first major headline tour for Silverline as they support their highly successful release, Lights Out that released in April. Additionally, pop artist, Shonlock and pop / rock band, Loftland will join the tour. The tour will hit over 20 U.S. major markets...
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*Monday, September 16, 2013*

Brandon Heath
Emmy Award-winning, five-time GRAMMY nominee Brandon Heath will release his first holiday offering, Christmas Is Here, Oct.15, 2013. Rich in musical diversity, Christmas Is Here takes listeners on a nostalgic journey through the most anticipated time of the year. “I want people to just hear a song and slip back into the past,” Heath says. “Good Christmas music is really about sparking people’s memories...
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Bebo Norman
Bebo Norman, Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves, three of Christian music’s most esteemed and highly-lauded singer-songwriters, are preparing to hit the road together this fall as co-headliners on the “In The Round” Tour. Kicking off Sept. 19, with three dates in Texas, the “In The Round” Tour will hit nearly 20 markets in September, October and November before wrapping up on Nov. 3, in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Tickets for all shows are available now and may be found by visiting www.InTheRoundTour.com...
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RSJ
This weekend heralded the opening of the new faith-friendly romantic comedy, "A Strange Brand of Happy," and with it the welcomed return of Rebecca St. James to the national spotlight. The Grammy and multi-Dove winning Christian artist...
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Manafest
Three-time Dove Award Nominee Manafest has penned his personal story and will be releasing his first book, "Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams," next month on October 7. This book is a long time in the making as he began writing ideas over one-and-half years ago as he toured worldwide and released his best-selling album Fighter on BEC Recordings (2012)...
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Capitol Christian Music Group, Provident Music Group, and Word Entertainment announce the September 24th release of WOW Hits 2014. With 13 #1s and 12 more top 5 radio songs, WOW Hits 2014 marks the 19th two-disc 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...
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JoC
GRAMMY-Awards winning band Jars of Clay premieres today the video for "Fall Asleep" from their eleventh studio album Inland, exclusively on USAToday.com. Shot on location in the Philippines, it was directed by Luis Tabuena and stars Filipino model/actress Rhian Ramos...
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Big Idea
VeggieTales® the global leader in kids’ faith-based home entertainment is featuring pop culture icon, Si Robertson of Duck Commander®, in the cast of its upcoming Christmas DVD, “Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas.” Scheduled to arrive in Christian retail outlets on Oct. 19, 2013, followed by a broader release in general retailers on Oct. 22, 2013...
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Former "Kansas" lead singer and multiple Grammy-winning songwriter and producer John Elefante is using his newest single "This Time," to share the story of his adopted daughter's birth, and in the process, bring some attention to Online for Life (OFL)...
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Portland-based singer-songwriter Candice Russell dreamed of changing the world since she was a toddler. Now 21, the "American Idol" veteran is seeing her dreams realized, thanks to her debut album, "So Much More," which was released by Reflect Records on July 30th...
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*Friday, September 13, 2013*

Mandisa
This Monday, September 16, 2013, three-time GRAMMY®-nominee Mandisa will visit the brand new set of Fox & Friends, appearing during their celebrated new co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s first day with the top-rated cable news show. Mandisa's August 27 release, Overcomer, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. Following last week's chart entry, Mandisa saw digital tracks for her No. 1 single "Overcomer" catapult following ABC's Good Morning America’s (GMA) world premiere of the music video...
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Who's ready to get in the Christmas spirit? After one listen to David Ian's Vintage Christmas Wonderland, releasing September 24, you'll surely be humming to these tunes all through the holiday season. As the follow up to his highly acclaimed 2011 release Vintage Christmas, Ian's new EP of even more jazzy classic holiday tunes continues to bring fresh, swinging arrangements. Yet again he captures a vintage sound, one that harks back to classic jazz and Christmas LP's of the 1950's...
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Worship leader, Jon Thurlow, is scheduled to release his new album, Stand In Awe, on October 22, 2103. Even though Thurlow has recorded six independent projects throughout his career, this is the debut project for Forerunner Music. Stand In Awe features eleven songs that were written or co-written by Thurlow and were recorded live at Forerunner Christian Fellowship on the campus of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO (IHOPKC), where Thurlow serves as a staff worship leader...
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*Thursday, September 12, 2013*

TFK
Modern rock favorite THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH will release its first hits compilation, Made In Canada: The 1998-2010 Collection, October 15 from Tooth & Nail Records with Capitol Christian Distribution. Following the breakout success of the band's current independently released, 2013 Dove Award nominated and No. 1 selling Billboard Hard Rock studio album, The End Is Where We Begin, the new collection underscores the past hits that helped build this band into one of today's most successful rock trios. The compilation features fan favorites and No. 1 songs, such as "Rawkfist," "Move," "Fire It Up," "Phenomenon," "Falls Apart...
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Stryper
Following last month's announcement of the first annual Stryper Fan Weekend, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee from October 11-13, 2013, the multi-platinum rock band is pleased to release additional details and the complete schedule. The three-day fan event, limited to only 100 fans, will be packed with live performances from Stryper...
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Love and Death
Love & Death, the band led by former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, will re-issue its debut album "Between Here & Lost" as an expanded edition September 17th via Tooth & Nail Records. Recorded in Nashville with producer Jasen Rauch (RED, Breaking Benjamin) and mixed by Paul Pavao & Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot), and Jim Monti (Korn), the "Expanded Edition" will feature 3 new tracks in addition to the 11 songs on the original release...
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NewSong
The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular and Pepsi MidAmerica have joined forces for one of the largest Christian music marketing initiatives in the history of the beverage industry, it was announced today. The official soft drink of Winter Jam, Pepsi has signed on as a sponsor for the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular and will distribute more than 13 million Winter Jam-branded cans in a 13-state region beginning later this year...
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Jonny Lang
It's been seven years since Jonny Lang released a new studio album but the wait is almost finally over. Next Tuesday, September 17th, Lang will release Fight For My Soul via Concord Records - the follow up to his 2006 GRAMMY Award-winning album Turn Around. Fans can preview the entire album beginning today via The Wall Street Journal...
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*Wednesday, September 11, 2013*

Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, CA-based Bethel Church, launched its first-ever studio album, TIDES, to unprecedented international acclaim. Released Sept. 3 with global distribution through Fuel Music Distribution, the album became the biggest retail debut ever for Bethel Music, selling nearly 15,000 copies and marking a 134% growth over last year's debut of its best-selling album, For The Sake Of The World. This week, TIDES not only hit No. 30 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 12 on the Overall Digital Albums...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
Best-selling music trio Phillips, Craig & Dean ushers in this holiday season with its second Christmas release, Hope For All the World, Oct. 1. The album combines both original songs and classics for a timeless Christmas recording guaranteed to be a holiday favorite. Hope For All the World is a fitting title for Phillips, Craig & Dean's latest offering...
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Multi-talented singer, songwriter and author Jeff Slaughter has set October 1 as the release date of his highly-anticipated new CD, Under God. As a talented songsmith, Slaughter has penned such hit songs as Point of Grace's chart-topper "One More Broken Heart," and as a formidable sideman he has shared the stage with multiple music superstars, including Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers...
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*Tuesday, September 10, 2013*

Newsboys
Four-time GRAMMY®-nominated band Newsboys embolden their status as a "force to be reckoned with" on their powerful, pop-heavy 17th career album, Restart, available today, September 10. The band has vowed to "take the music further" than ever before in their career that boasts over eight million albums sold, 30 No. 1 radio hits and five RIAA Gold Certified albums. Restart is the third studio album with Michael Tait at the helm and combines the pop, worship and rock that fans embraced from the first two albums...
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The Digital Age
Fair Trade band The Digital Age released their debut studio album Evening:Morning last month to widespread acclaim and affirmation. The four-piece, Waco, TX based group, made up of Mike Dodson (Mike D), Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker and Jeremy Bush (Bwack), formerly of the GRAMMY®-nominated David Crowder*Band, received nods from several major Christian media outlets, as well as their former lead singer David Crowder. Worship Leader Magazine went as far as calling the album the "best new addition to the worship genre this year...
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Holding Nothing Back EP, the Gotee Records debut from acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson, drops digitally today. Produced by Jamie Moore (TobyMac, Andy Grammer), the project is highlighted by the lead single and title cut, which has already reached the Top 30 on the Christian Hot AC/CHR chart. Connecting with listeners around the country on K-LOVE, The FISH, and other leading radio stations, "Holding Nothing Back" was penned by Stevenson, Moore and Toby McKeehan; produced by Moore...
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Hillsong United
Hillsong UNITED has had an impactful year with the release of ZION, which topped the iTunes overall album chart, debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200 with their highest Billboard debut and at No. 1 on the ARIA Australian chart. ZION has resonated with fans around the world. Today fans can get the Oceans EP, which is being released due to the overwhelming response to the song "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" from ZION. "Oceans" was written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston and Salomon Ligthelm. The EP features the original version of the song, a radio version, a live version recorded at the monumental...
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The City Harmonic
With The City Harmonic's headline "The Heart Tour" scheduled to launch Oct. 5, the band members have launched a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-city-harmonic) to purchase a new bus. The bus will replace the band's current conversion van that has traveled over 300,000 miles, taking The City Harmonic and their songs "Manifesto," "Mountaintop," "Holy (Wedding Day)" and more to over 300 tour cities spanning North America over the last two years...
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Today we are happy to announce the release of NEW HOPE OAHU's Hope Is Alive. Produced by Dave Hanley and Sean Cook (PRESS PLAY), the group blends the spirit of Hawaii and the spirit of Christ that has created such an anointed and powerful new and relevant sound. Featuring guest vocals from Adam Ranney, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff and Pastor Wayne Cordeiro himself, the music truly shouts God's fame with excellence and excitement! Birthed from the heart and ministry of Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, New Hope Oahu Worship is influencing not only the Pacific Rim but now also the world. The album, which was is out today, is quickly going up the iTunes Top Christian Album...
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Wolves At The Gate are set to release "Back To School", a digital EP, on Sept. 30th. The EP sees Wolves paying homage and "schooling" a new generation on keystone bands such as Thrice, Thursday, Blindside and The Receiving End of Sirens with their own take on these fan-favorite tracks. You can check out the track-listing here! In addition to Back To School, WATG will make sure fans are ready for the fall with an appearance on the Rise Up tour - a monthlong, 28-city run - supporting A SKYLIT DRIVE alongside...
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K-LOVE Radio has been named Station of the Year by Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) at the annual CMB Awards night, an evening spent honoring Christian radio stations around the country that show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership. The annual awards banquet was held Wednesday, Sept. 4, during Momentum 2013, Christian radio's premiere leadership conference, at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Fla...
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Daywind recording artist, Brian Free and Assurance has been busy in the studio working on their newest release Unashamed. Produced by Ricky Free, the album builds on the huge success of the group's previous album and introduces new baritone singer, Mike Rogers, from Saundersville, GA. Brian Free and Assurance's current recording, Nothing But Love, features two Singing News Magazine #1 songs, "I Want To Be That Man," and "Calvary's Cry" with the third single, "Nothing But Love" now playing at radio stations nationwide...
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Singer/songwriter Lisa Weyerhaeuser will embark on a two-week concert tour in the United Kingdom next month as part of her new album release, Caught in Time and Space, a tribute album to the late Larry Norman. The UK tour will begin October 3 and make stops in several cities including Cambridge and Liverpool. The new album is being released by Blue Myrtle Records and marks Weyerhaeuser’s sixth solo project, although this one holds a special place in her heart. "Larry is one of the greatest influences in my musical life," says Lisa...
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The winners of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition have been announced. The US-based competition awards over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $10,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner. Produced by the same team that puts together the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only honors artists who are unsigned to a major record label and acts as a benchmark for excellence in the arena of contemporary music...
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*Tuesday, September 10, 2013*

Emery
The members of Emery have been no strangers to controversy over the years. And their mission to stir the pot is coming to a head with a new project they're calling "Bad Christian." On their blog "UN-learning," the band writes... "As a band, we have always strived for transparency and honesty. While this has made for good music and lyrics, it has also brought forth much controversy. We have purposely steered our music careers away from churches in favor of playing in what Christians call...
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Anberlin
Anberlin has announced a massive re-release of their 2012 album Vital. The project, titled Devotion, will be available in two forms: Devotion: Vital Special Edition and Devotion: Vital Special Edition (Deluxe). The band announced last week, "Hey guys – we’re super pumped to finally be able to talk about our new release. We’ve been working on this for a very long time now, but on Oct. 15, we will release a collection we’re calling “Devotion: Vital Special Edition”. Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll be revealing different looks from this album, but in total this will have over 40 tracks...
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*Monday, September 9, 2013*

Shane and Shane
Fair Trade Services singer-songwriter duo Shane & Shane was recently tapped by renowned pastor and teacher John Piper's "Desiring God" ministry to record an acoustic rendition of its song "Though You Slay Me" for desiringGod.org, which has more than 20 million annual visits. The video, featuring an excerpt from Piper's message "Do Not Lose Heart" (2013), has already received more than 180,00 total views, boosting sales of Shane & Shane's latest release, Bring Your Nothing...
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Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North front man Mike Donehey and social entrepreneur Rob Murray have teamed up to write a 28-day reflect-to-action devotional based on the Sermon on the Mount that challenges readers not only to listen to Jesus' words but to take a step beyond what's comfortable to actually live them out. "Our Living Alive devotional is not an 'earn your salvation, look at my good works sort of...
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Warr Acres
Oklahoma City group, Warr Acres recently announced their October 29th release for their highly anticipated sophomore album, Hope Will Rise. The group continues their pop worship sound that will please and inspire their fans once again. Warr Acres went in to record with producers, Chris Crow, Joe Crow and Jaron Nix to release 14 new tracks. Fans of the group will be pleased to hear that their iTunes pre-order date will begin October 8th...
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On the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign, indie sister duo The Sonflowerz release their new EP Love Walked In tomorrow, September 10. Available at Sonflowerz.com and through digital service providers including Amazon and iTunes, the six-track Love Walked In was produced by Michael Rossback (Gungor, Paul Baloche) and features new songs penned by sisters Elissa and Becca Leander. The project, which combines the duo's trademark sweet...
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Following her self-produced, crowd-funded sophomore release Overcome that iTunes® called "One of the best Christian albums of 2012," Lara Landon announces a Kickstarter campaign for her third album, FREE, slated to release in early 2014. Launched last week and with 23 days left to go, Landon is already nearing her goal at www.kickstarter.com/projects/laralandon/free-the-new-album-by-lara-landon...
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*Friday, September 6, 2013*

Natalie Grant
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom seeks to raise awareness of the thousands of women and children who are forced, coerced, or deceived into the commercial sex trade each year in the United States. Benefitting the work of Abolition International, the campaign centers around three resources including a documentary film, compilation worship album, and a 31 day devotional / group study guide - all three to be released into stores and online by Word Entertainment in 2014...
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Kutless
In a bold move to keep the Rock of Ages Festival free of charge to all, the folks at Rock of Ages Festival Ministries have launched a crowd funding campaign to raise a staggering $40,000 before its gates open. The Rock of Ages Festival will take place on Saturday, October 5th - 12:00- 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 11:00 at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, CA. Artists expected to perform include: Kutless, Stomp Town Revival, The Vespers, Avion Blackman...
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CCM newcomer, Matt Gilman, made a remarkable debut this week with his first national release, Awaken Love. The project entered at No. 2 on the Soundscan Praise and Worship chart and reach No. 19 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. Gilman is signed to Forerunner Music with product distribution being handled by New Day Distribution. "We are happy for Matt and the early success of his new album," says Nick Syrett, President, Forerunner Music. "This project is the culmination of a lot of...
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*Thursday, September 5, 2013*

Mandisa
ABC's Good Morning America premiered three-time GRAMMY® nominee Mandisa's "Overcomer" music video today - check out the video on GMA's website. This touching video features personal appearances with former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Captain Mark Kelly, Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, and a Special Guest announced on GMA here. Mandisa says, "We chose each of them because when we thought of who has been an example of an overcomer in a very public battle...
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Sivion and Illect Recordings are proud to release the first single from the much anticipated new album "Group Therapy". "Group Therapy" will release October 15, 2013. "'Ladies and Gentleman' is basically a call for us to get it together and speak truth regardless of where we are at the moment, or in life in general. The chorus speaks to the need for teachers even in a setting like the club...
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*Wednesday, September 4, 2013*

Matthew West
Four-time GRAMMY® nominee, singer, songwriter and storyteller Matthew West has made history! His hit single, "Hello, My Name Is" has officially broken the record for the most weeks at No. 1, achieving the top spot for 16 weeks in a row on the National Christian Audience chart. The song also continues to stay at No. 1 on the AC Monitored chart, a spot he's held for an astounding 14 weeks. "I am absolutely blown away by this run that 'Hello' has had!" exclaims West. "Many thanks to all the radio stations across the country for letting...
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Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North celebrates the success of its first annual celebrity golf tournament, the "Tenth Avenue North Classic," held this year on Aug. 12, 2013 at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, N.C. The event, which brought together professional athletes and musicians alike, raised more than $100,000 for various Christ-centered ministries. Inspired by Christ's command in Acts 1:8 to be witnesses locally, nationally and internationally, the "Tenth Avenue North Classic" supports organizations that promote the Gospel in their cities, countries, and around the world. Consequently, this year's beneficiaries are high school outreach Cru RDU, College Golf Fellowship and Compassion International...
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Today, the announcement has been made that Grammy and multi-Dove Award winning Christian recording artist Jason Crabb has been appointed to the Special Advisory Committee of the 9/11 Day of Prayer and Repentance being observed next week nationally. In accepting the appointment to the special committee, Crabb joins a select group of high profile nationally recognized Christian influencers that includes Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, pastor Greg Laurie, actor Chuck Norris and singer Pat Boone, among others...
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The City Harmonic
For Christians, the question requires a more crystallized focus: what does it mean to be fully human in light of what Christ-the only human to literally square the circle-has done? Set for release on September 3, Juno Award-winning band The City Harmonic reveals its eagerly anticipated, full-length sophomore release, HEART, a full-circle progression of its critically acclaimed debut, I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home). This album-underscored by the cinematic and communal aesthetic so prominent in all The City Harmonic's music-shifts from the dream of what could and should be to the complexities of how fragile, broken humans follow the true humanity of Christ's example in the world...
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Sometimes, something really special happens, and you know you need to drop everything to see it through to completion. For Bethel Music, the worship ministry of Redding, California-based Bethel Church, steady progress was being made toward a follow-up to 2012's The Loft Sessions live album. Songs were being selected for intimate performance in a rustic loft, when founding worship leaders Brian and Jenn Johnson and label director Joel Taylor were called into the studio with these words: "Let me show you something we've been working on...
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Recently Dove nominated and one of the most respected modern hymnwriters world-wide, Keith and Kristyn Getty, are scheduled to launch Hymns for the Christian Life Concert Tour that runs September 29 - November 12. The 20-city tour will feature the couple with a full band and will take the Gettys across the country; from New York to LA, and from Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, TX to Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Toronto (Canada). The tour will feature familiar songs from Keith and Kristyn's previous albums such as, "In Christ Alone," "The Power of the Cross," "Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed." It will also spotlight a new song...
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*Tuesday, September 3, 2013*

Flame
GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award-nominated FLAME, one of Christian music’s leading rap/hip-hop recording artists, returns October 1 with Royal Flush, his seventh full-length release. Featuring appearances from such names as KB, vocalist V.Rose, and NF, among others, Royal Flush is one of the genre’s most anticipated recordings this year...
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Derek Webb
Nobody says sorry quite as poetically as singer-songwriter, Derek Webb. 20 years since entering into the music scene and 10 since his first solo album comes Webb's newest project: I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You. The album, out today, September 3, poses as a true follow-up and long-awaited sequel to Webb's solo debut, She Must And Shall Go Free. In addition to playing almost every instrument on I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You, Webb joins a handful of elite artists who wrote, recorded and produced every song on his record...
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Prior to the release of his latest album "You Can Make It," gospel artist Bryan Popin experienced many difficult moments through which he learned to persevere. Perhaps none was more life-changing than when performing at a conference just outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana. After playing his first song, he scanned the audience and his eyes were instantly drawn to a girl named Susan. "She just glowed," Popin says. "I had to focus on my piano playing for a moment because I was stunned. Watching her worship with her hands lifted to God...
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*Sunday, September 1, 2013*

Our good friends at Indie Vision Music have released a massive FREE 60-song punk compilation, Punk Never Dies Vol. 2, that's available to download now. You can check out all the details at this link here. The full tracklisting is...
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