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June 17, 2008

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – June 17, 2008 – EMI Christian Music Group (CMG) Distribution and Cloud 9 Games share a vision to grow the family entertainment genre that has begun with the just released Heavenly Harmony, a karaoke and vocal performance game and companion Christian Rock expansion pack and will continue this fall with the release of Heavenly Harmony Gold.

The projects are part of a long-term distribution agreement that gives EMI CMG Distribution exclusive rights to North American distribution of all games developed by Cloud 9 Games, one of the leading developers and publishers of quality Christian entertainment.

“Home family entertainment continues to be a growing category and a bright spot for Christian retail sales and the musical element of Cloud 9 Games’ products aligns perfectly with EMI CMG Distribution’s business. We believe in Cloud 9 Games and feel confident of our ability to help them grow Heavenly Harmony and their other family friendly games,” said Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution.

“Cloud 9 Games was founded out of a desire to provide family entertainment void of the violence and R-rated material prevalent in the video game market,” said Curtis Ratica, President. “We’ve partnered with EMI CMG Distribution, not only for their outstanding history of success as a distribution company, but because they have demonstrated a similar commitment to vision in all that they do.”

Heavenly Harmony (for Windows) uses a hand-held microphone (included) and players can sing to their favorite tunes as the games’ pitch-recognition technology displays accuracy in real-time, helping players stay on pitch and on time. Players unlock clothing options for their characters and move on to bigger and better performance venues as singing skills improve. Heavenly Harmony includes mini-games/activities to help aspiring singers improve vocals as well as 25 great Christian songs to perform. These songs are a mixture of hymns, praise and worship, plus Contemporary Christian, including “Amazing Grace,” “Every Time I Fall,” “Friend of God,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “On My Knees,” “Open The Eyes of My Heart,” “Praise The Lord,” “Shout To The Lord” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”

The game’s expandable options allow users to add their own personal styles of music, including the Christian Rock expansion which will have its world-wide release simultaneously with Heavenly Harmony. Rock songs from today’s most popular Christian artists such as Kutless, Jeremy Camp, Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Sanctus Real, This Beautiful Republic and Falling Up are featured on this expansion pack.

Heavenly Harmony Gold, which is still under development, will include 30 new songs developed for the karaoke game. Songs from artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and Avalon are confirmed for the project and other current top-selling songs expected to be added to the game in time for its September release.

About Cloud 9 Games, Inc. (
Cloud 9 Games, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is an independent developer and publisher of Christian entertainment software. Founded by a veteran of the video game industry, Cloud 9 Games is positioned to be a leading developer and publisher of quality Christian entertainment.

About EMI CMG Distribution (
Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. In addition to distributing EMI CMG fully-owned labels, which include EMI CMG Label Group’s Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as EMI Gospel and Worship Together, EMI CMG Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with Tooth & Nail/BEC, Gaither Music Group, Gotee, Big Idea, Hal Leonard, Inpop, OMG Records, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Cartoon Pizza, Genius Products, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Safe Side and Third Day Games. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, a unit of EMI Music, part of EMI Group (; one of the world’s leading music companies.




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