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Vota, Vota

NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
October 23, 2008

Oct. 23, 2008…Nashville, TN… VOTA has come together and created a new sound for Christian music fans to experience. Over the past year the band Bryan Olesen (front man/guitar/songwriter), Case Maranville (bass), Scott Rutz (drummer) and Riley Friesen (guitar/keyboard) has become part of the INO Records family and are preparing for the release of their self-titled album. The project will be released digitally only on Nov. 11 along with a physical CD retail release following on Feb. 10, 2009.

“We are looking forward to being a part of this new chapter in VOTA’s career,” says Jeff Moseley, President of INO Records. ”They are a band who has consistently proven their talent and passion in their music at shows all across the U.S. and we’re excited for audiences to get to hear their new sound on their debut with INO.”

Formerly known as Casting Pearls, the group felt that with a fresh sound, new band member, new label and management it was important to rename the band to signal all the changes. There was also one other small issue:

“With Casting Crowns having such a name in the Christian music industry, we felt at this point being named anything that starts with Casting may cause some confusion,” jokes Olesen. “We felt it best to set ourselves apart from the possible puzzlement and start fresh.” Produced by Nathan Dantzler (Relient K, Audio Adrenaline, Tree63) the 11-track album exerts high-energy artistic sounds, taking cues from the players’ previous alternative dichotomy and adding dance elements influenced by dance poppers Maroon 5 to ethereal rockers Augustana.

“Hard To Believe” is the first single from the new record and it impacted CHR on Oct 3. Olesen wrote it at a time when he realized what God is capable of and all that He has done. When he really thought about it, he realized God’s power and love is truly hard to believe. To listen to the single visit:

Fans can also expect an explosive entertaining show when seeing VOTA live. The pop-rock band can be seen on the Sanctus Real “We Need Each Other” Tour this fall, accompanied by Tenth Avenue North and Sammy Adebiyi. For tour dates and other information on VOTA please log onto and

“We Need Each Other” Tour Dates Listed Below
9/4/08 Cedar Creek Church Perrysburg, OH
9/5/08 The Underground-OH Forest Park, OH
9/6/08 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
9/10/08 Pioneer Center Elk City, OK
9/11/08 First United Methodist Stillwater, OK
9/13/08 Schreiner University Kerrville, TX
9/14/08 Paramount Theater Abilene, TX
9/19/08 Taconic High School Pittsfield, MA
9/20/08 Abundant Life Church Bangor, ME
9/21/08 Calvary Church Souderton, PA
9/25/08 Wausau East High School Wausau, WI
Auditorium 9/26/08 Club 3 Degrees Minneapolis, MN
9/27/08 Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL
10/8/08 The City Salina, KS
10/10/08 Turning Point Lubbock, TX
Community Church 10/14/08 Desert Springs Phoenix, AZ
Bible Church 10/16/08 Cornerstone Wildomar, CA
Community Church 10/17/08 Pacific Christian Santa Maria, CA
Center 10/18/08 Immanuel Highland, CA
Baptist Church 10/19/08 Valley Bible Fellowship Las Vegas, NV
10/23/08 Sunset Presbyterian Portland, OR
10/24/08 Mountain Christian Medford, OR
Fellowship 10/25/08 Oakland Christian Redmond, WA
Center 10/26/08 The Service Station Spokane, WA
10/28/08 Shrine Auditorium Billings, MT
10/29/08 The Bellfoursche Bell Foursche, SD
Comm. Ctr 11/6/08 Frauental Theatre Muskegon, MI
11/7/08 McMorran Port Huron, MI
Place Theatre 11/8/08 Gaylord E-Free Church Gaylord, MI




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