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Band Wraps “Creation Festival - The Tour” and Continues Forward Momentum with New Band Members, Spring Tour Dates and Writing for 2009 Album


NEWS SOURCE: Provident Label Group
December 22, 2008

(Nashville, Tenn.) December 22, 2008 – GRAMMY-nominated rock band Pillar closes the year as the “most played” artist on the R&R Christian Rock Chart. A favorite of rock fans, Pillar continues to deliver great music to this format. In addition to radio success, the band had a great run on the successful, “Creation Festival - The Tour” and is already writing for a new album in 2009.

“This is really incredible news,” shares Rob Beckley, Pillar’s founding member and dynamic frontman shares. “We just celebrated our 10th No. 1 with ‘Turn It Up’ a few weeks ago and were really shocked to hear about the year-end listing – that’s amazing! We really appreciate everyone at radio and media, and we especially appreciate our fans for their ongoing support. We definitely don’t take any of this lightly.” This year the band also celebrated its first CHR Top 5 with “Smiling Down.”

Spending most of the fall performing on the “Creation Festival - The Tour,” which hit 20+ cities and saw thousands in total audience this fall, Pillar was able to reconnect with fans across the country.

Bill Darpino, Executive Producer of the Creation Festivals, notes, “This tour was an incredible success and we loved having Pillar on the bill. Rob Beckley and the band command a great show and their hearts for ministry and the youth is very evident in all they do. Pillar has been a great part of this tour, and our ministry, and I cannot wait to have them back. In fact, Pillar is already slated for both of our 2009 summer festival events at the Agape Farm in Union, PA – June 24- 27 and at the Gorge Amphitheater, in George WA – July 22 – 25.”

“Playing the Creation Tour was one of the biggest highlights of the year for Pillar,” says Noah Henson, guitarist. We loved being on the road with Kutless, Fireflight and Thousand Foot Krutch, plus we got to introduce one of our two new band members, Rich Gilliland on bass.” Chase Lovelace, Pillar’s new drummer, will join the band on the road in the spring.

Keith Shackelford, Senior Agent with Third Coast Artists Agency, adds, “It’s really exciting to see such a renewed energy from Pillar. They are firing on all cylinders and it is translating on stage and off. It’s encouraging to hear promoters call and sing their praises after seeing them live.”

Pillar will tour with Orlando-based rock band Fireflight from March 25 through the end of April and both Beckley and Henson have been working closely with Dove-nominated producer/songwriter Rob Graves (Red) and Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Fireflight) for Pillar’s next release, slated for 2009.

Blaine Barcus, vice president of A&R at Provident Label Group, enthusiastically comments, “The new songs are really coming together. There’s something really fresh about them; still Pillar, but there’s a new energy in them. Rob and the guys are plugged into their local church deeper than ever before. I think this is fueling their renewed energy and ministry focus. I’m excited about the future of this band.”

Pillar’s fifth studio album, For the Love of the Game (02/26/08), debuted on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at No. 71, while coming in at No. 4 on the Christian (overall) album chart. Since Pillar’s Dove Award-winning debut Above in 2001, the band has tallied ten No. 1 radio singles, 12 top five hits, a GRAMMY nomination, three Dove Awards, nine national headlining tours, covers of numerous national magazines and album sales approaching one million.

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