(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Jan. 29, 2009—With sales exceeding five million, worship label sixstepsrecords, home to Chris Tomlin, David Crowder* Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, and Passion, announces its first new artist signing since the label’s inception in 2000. Worship leader Kristian Stanfill will join the sixstepsrecords family, releasing his label debut, Attention, April 21, 2009 after wrapping a three-month-long stint on Student Life’s 2009 spring tour.
An Atlanta native, Stanfill began playing music at 13, leading worship for his home church throughout high school. After graduating college in 2002, he started leading worship at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga. It was there he met Louie Giglio, who, in the fall of 2004, asked Stanfill to lead worship for 7:22, a popular weekly young adult gathering Giglio established in 1995. In 2005, he became actively involved with the Passion movement, first leading a community group at Passion ‘05, a conference for university students, then as a lead worshipper at Passion ‘06. In 2008 he led at both Passion Regionals USA and on the Passion World Tour. He has also been featured on multiple Passion recorded projects including the Passion: Everything Glorious CD and DVD (2006), The Best of Passion (So Far) (2007), and Passion: God of This City (2008).
“The sixsteps team has shown great belief and enthusiasm for the newest addition to their pristine roster of artists,” says Peter York, president of EMI CMG Label Group. “Kristian Stanfill is an extremely gifted young artist who has the collective support of both the sixsteps and EMI CMG Label Group teams. I believe he is a significant signing and a very gifted young artist whose heart and voice will impact this generation.”
“I have had the privilege of working along side Kristian Stanfill for the last five years in settings where his unique voice and passionate heart for God’s fame have emerged in beautiful ways,” says sixstepsrecords founder and director Louie Giglio. “Kristian is a clear and distinctive voice in this generation and a great fit within our small sixsteps family. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve him by making the songs God is entrusting to him available to people around the globe.”
Produced by Matt Goldman (Underoath, Copeland), Attention will include 11 songs, 6 of which will be previewed on the Attention EP available exclusively at iTunes and other digital music outlets beginning Jan. 27, 2009 and on the 2009 Student Life Tour.
In support of the April release, Stanfill will debut his new songs on tour with Student Life, a teen ministry organization, beginning late January. The tour is scheduled to visit churches in 10 major cities such as Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Houston, and Oklahoma City through March. A complete list of tour dates follows this release. For concert and ticket information, visit: www.studentlife.com. Stanfill will also have a presence at radio with his first single, “Beautiful Jesus,” going for adds March 6, 2009. To find out more, go to www.kristianstanfill.com.
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords (http://www.sixstepsrecords.com/) is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Hello Love), David Crowder* Band (Remedy), Charlie Hall (The Bright Sadness), Matt Redman (Beautiful News), and Passion (Passion: God of This City). The label partners with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG Label Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations.
About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.
Student Life Tour 2009
1/23-24 Birmingham, AL
1/30-31 Hattiesburg, MS
2/6-7 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
2/13-14 Memphis, TN
2/20-21 Houston, TX
2/27-28 Orlando, FL
3/6-7 Pensacola, FL
3/13-14 Charlotte, NC
3/20-21 Atlanta, GA
3/27-28 Oklahoma City, OK
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