MOBILE, Ala. (May 20, 2008) – Canadian worship artist and songwriter Joel Augé will offer his eclectic and authentic brand of worship music with the July 1, 2008 release of On The Blue, an Integrity Music release.
With On The Blue, Augé offers 12 songs about faith and love that are vertically inspired and deeply introspective. All are delivered on a canvas of art-rock, folk and pop by Augé, with help from producer Stephen Leiweke, who has recently been getting acclaim for his work with the (American Idol finalist) Chris Sligh debut CD.
Augé promises listeners of On The Blue will see “an authentic reflection of my heart, to say real things to God and not ‘pretty it up.’ These are truth songs. Hopefully, they will stretch people’s hearts and minds while they’re worshipping Jesus.”
U.S. audiences will have their chance to experience Augé’s music at several music festivals and other tour dates starting with the Alive 2008 Festival on June 17 in Canal Fulton, Ohio. He has also been invited to perform on the Main Stage at both Creation Northeast on June 25 in Mt. Union, Penn. and Creation Northwest on July 24 in George, Wash. Other appearances include Kingdom Bound Festival on Aug. 3 in Darien Centre, N.Y. and the Life Light Festival on Aug. 29 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The first radio single from On The Blue is “So Deep In Love,” for which Auge will be visiting A/C and CHR Christian radio stations around the CD’s street date. The ballad that is musically reminiscent of UK bands like Coldplay and Keane, was inspired by Ephesians 3:17-19 (so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.).
Augé (pronounced “Ojhay”) hails from the French Canadian province of Ontario where he serves as a worship leader for The Meeting House family of churches and also runs his own digital marketing company, HitGrab, Inc.
Although On The Blue marks his solo debut, Augé is not new to music. He has been performing and recording since 1999 with the bands Capstone, Six Days and most recently, the alt-pop indie band Hewit, which has had its music featured on Canadian National Network television, Lifetime Television, The Hallmark Channel and ABC.
While with Capstone, he traveled North America and the UK opening for artists such as Audio Adrenaline and Delirious and serving as a World Vision artist associate. The band also released two CDs, Integreality and Undone, and appeared on the CD Worship Together – Live From Canada. While with Six Days, Augé released an EP in 2003.
Integrity Music will release On The Blue to Christian retail stores on July 1 through Provident-Integrity Distribution and to mainstream retail outlets through SONY-BMG. In addition, it will be distributed by Integrity International to 160 countries and will be available online at www.integritydirect.com.
Additional information on Joel Auge is available at http://www.myspace.com/joelauge.
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