Summer is here to stay with hot sunny days, music festivals nearly every weekend and the anticipation of new releases. BEC Recordings and Tooth&Nail Records have many artists that will be sure to keep you occupied this summer with stellar performances and upcoming CD releases. Here is just a sampling of the news and updates for some of the artists....Happy Summer! ~ Overture Media
It has been two years since the last studio project from 3-time RIAA Gold selling artist and radio darling Jeremy Camp, and now he is recording his fifth album with famed producer Brown Bannister. The album is titled "Speaking Louder Than Before," and Jeremy is already taking one of the songs on the road this summer receiving great crowd response. You can also check out the album trailer at http://www.speakinglouderthanbefore.com Also stay in touch with all the latest happenings as Jeremy and his team have begun blogging on a regular basis at his site. The newly designed website is set to launch in July.
His last studio project, Beyond Measure, produced six back-to-back No. 1 hits, including the 10-week "Let it Fade" on AC radio. Most recently, Jeremy was asked by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association to tape a music video for upcoming conferences. It was a clear choice to do the video for the fan and radio favorite "Let It Fade." The music video is featured on Jeremy's website as well as on the media resources page on the BGEA.org site, click here.
In ten days, rockers Kutless will release their new studio album, To Know That You're Alive, on June 24th. This album follows the recent free single download, "The Feeling," which resulted in more than 22,400 downloads!
To Know That You're Alive is the band's fifth full-length album following the hit records that have sold more than 1.5 million copies. The band partnered for the first time with producer Pete Kipley (The Afters, MercyMe, Phil Wickham) for this project. In addition, the album features strings recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios for several songs including the title track. Kutless also recently finished their 30+ acoustic tour this spring. After a summer of key music festivals, Kutless will headline the first ever Creation Festival: The Tour, which will be a rock replica on wheels of the 30-year-old summer festival. For more information on Kutless, visit their site.
Also just off the presses is the July/August HM Magazine that features Kutless on the cover. Check out the issue on newsstands NOW.
Chris Greenwood has learned in his seven years under the moniker "Manafest" is that small sparks can ignite wildfires. Following on the heels of the internationally acclaimed Glory, Manafest returns with a new mindset, refreshed style and a powerful arsenal of songs aptly titled, Citizens Activ, releasing June 24th. It has already stirred and international buzz releasing in the Top 10 International Sales amongst Usher, Madonna and Radiohead.
"The record is about people taking action in their own lives. We need to be inspired and active in chasing our dreams". Coming from humble beginnings Manafest has learned this lesson first hand, dramatically increasing record sales 5x over with the release of Glory. Manafest teamed up again with renowned chameleon producer Adam Messinger (New Kids on the Block, Eva Avila) to bring Citizens Activ to life. "This is definitely my most commercially appealing record", says Manafest. "On this record you'll find a mix of pop, rap, rock and gospel flavors."
Check out the new Manafest music video here
Also visit Manafest's website, www.manafest.com
Newly signed to Tooth&Nail Records, Capital Lights is set to make noise on July 8th with their debut, This Is An Outrage. Their debut features songs that ranges from purebred alternative pop to assertive modern rock, wrapped around a topical plane that spans the palette of meaningful, whimsical and satirical. The scalding "Kick It Off" is sure to be a fierce concert classic and "Worth As Much As a Counterfeit Dollar" possesses one of the most contagious choruses in recent memory. "Night of Your Life Is When You Die" is an anthem for anyone who embraces the straight-edge scene, suggesting the party hearty mentality isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
"We're really big proponents of writing about the experiences we deal with on a day to day basis," lead vocalist Bryson Phillips verifies of that varied songwriting swath.
Don't miss out on one of the new "it" band of the summer! Check out their myspace for a sample and a tour date near you. Also just announced that Capital Lights will join the Creation Festival: The Tour this fall! The Tour will feature Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch, Pillar along with KJ-52, Fireflight, Worth Dying For, Run Kid Run, and Esterlyn. www.creationfesttour.com.
Hawk Nelson is at the ballpark! Back by popular demand is the Faith Nights feature Hawk Nelson, special guests Run Kid Run and Audio A's very own Mark Stuart. Check their website for dates at your very own ballpark.
Be sure to catch the band on ESPN2 this Monday, June 16th at the Arizona Rattlers Arena Football game featuring the band doing the coin toss!
Also make sure when you are at your favorite festival this summer to catch the highly popular HawkMART for all the best in Hawk Nelson merchandise.
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