Casting Crowns Profiled in Billboard Magazine Feature Story This Week: GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum artist Casting Crowns is the anchor of a recent Billboard magazine feature story (Aug. 30 issue), highlighting Christian music artists who maintain dual careers juggling the responsibilities of recording and touring as they serve in full-time staff positions in their local church. Casting Crowns’ lead singer/songwriter Mark Hall is currently serving his 17th year in youth ministry as the Youth pastor at Eagles Landing church in Atlanta. Hall oversees more than 400 students each week, and only tours with Casting Crowns around his church responsibilities. All seven band members actively serve in student ministry in their respective churches in the Atlanta area. Next month, Casting Crowns will release its first Christmas album titled Peace on Earth on Oct. 7. The top-selling artist’s premiere Christmas project follows up the last 12 months of landmark touring, radio and album sales success surrounding it’s RIAA certified Gold The Altar and The Door studio project, including last week’s debut of The Altar and The Door Live which exceeded both debut sales weeks for the band’s previous RIAA Platinum live projects Live From Atlanta (2004) and Lifesong Live (2006). For more information on the band, please visit www.castingcrowns.com.
Michael W. Smith Honored with Tribute: The Nashville Choir announces its third annual “A Light for the City” event will celebrate the 25-year-career of GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith. The star-studded tribute will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 PM at Music City’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The show which has been described as a cross between “This Is Your Life” and the “Kennedy Center Honors” will be open to the public and include special appearances by the Rev. Franklin Graham and author Max Lucado and performances by Amy Grant, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Jordin Sparks, Wynonna, Ricky Skaggs, Melinda Doolittle, Phil Stacey, Michael Tait and others. Tickets for “A Light for the City 2008” range in price from $32.50 to $250 and may be purchased now by calling 615-687-6400, going online to www.nashvillesymphony.org, or at the Schermerhorn box office. All proceeds will benefit The Nashville Choir which is a non-profit organization.
Tickets go on Sale this Week for Third Day’s Live Fall Tour 2008: On the heels of numerous sales records for its 10th studio album Revelation, and in the midst of a 23-city “Music Builds” tour, GRAMMY® award-winning rock band Third Day gears up for its LIVE Fall Tour 2008, which begins October 31st in Champaign, IL. Joined by Revive and NeedToBreathe, the band will be performing in cities like Grand Rapids, Mich., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Springfield, Mo. Over the years Third Day has maintained a vigorous touring schedule, performing for millions of fans and donating a portion of funds to humanitarian projects. Pre-sale tickets for this upcoming tour go on sale to the general public this week. To buy tickets and find out when the tour will hit your town, please visit www.thirdday.com.
Matt Maher Featured in On Faith: Essential recording artist Matt Maher recently wrote a post, titled “Authenticity, Not Marketing,” for On Faith, which is an interactive conversation on religion moderated by Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn of The Washington Post. To read his post, please click here. Maher is a contributing writer for the On Faith panel. For more information on Maher, please visit www.mattmahermusic.com
Brandon Heath Continues to Garner Success at Radio and iTunes: Singer/songwriter and New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath’s current single “Give Me Your Eyes,” is at No. 1 on R&R’s CHR chart for a second week, and he moves to No. 3 on R&R’s AC Monitored Chart. The hit song also holds the No. 1 spot on iTunes Top Christian Songs chart for an eighth consecutive week with 46,000 digital singles sold. Heath will be playing at Disney’s Night of Joy this weekend, and then he kicks off the Art*Music*Justice Tour with Sara Groves, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and Charlie Peacock on September 19, in Wheaton, Ill. For more information on Brandon, please visit www.brandonheath.net.
Brooke Barrettsmith Kicks Off Fall Tour with BarlowGirl: Pop rock artist Brooke Barrettsmith will be heading out on tour next week with BarlowGirl and Jimmy Needham. The tour kicks off September 12 in Houston, Texas, and will visit 35 cities through November, including Dallas, Texas, Phoenix, Ariz., San Diego, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., Seattle, Wash., and Chicago, Ill. To find out when Brooke will be in your area, please visit www.brookerocks.com.
Fireflight Featured as JesusFreakHideout.com’s Artist of the Week; Performs at NYC's Knitting Factory: Orlando-based rock band Fireflight is featured this week as JesusFreakHideout.com’s Artist of the Week, and its album Unbreakable is featured on the site’s “We Recommend” section. Lead singer Dawn Richardson has also been guest blogging for the site. Fireflight hits the road for its headlining Unbreakable Tour next week, playing one of its first dates in New York City at the Knitting Factory on September 16. To see more tour dates, please visit www.fireflightrock.com.
Krystal Meyers Prepares for Release of Make Some Noise: Pop artist Krystal Meyers is gearing up for the release of her third in-studio album, Make Some Noise, this Tuesday, September 9. Krystal will be taking over RadioU Tuesday morning, and you can listen by clicking here. Later next week, the Revolve Tour kicks off at the Nationwide Arena, in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on Krystal, please visit www.krystalmeyers.com.
Tenth Avenue North Kicked off its Tour this Week: Reunion recording artist Tenth Avenue North kicked off its tour with Sanctus Real last night (September 4) in Perrysburg, Ohio. The tour will continue through October. To find out when they will be playing your city, please visit www.tenthavenuenorth.com.
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