(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Feb. 3, 2009—New Forefront Records signing, Texas rock outfit Abandon will release its debut project, Abandon, April 21, 2009. The disc will include songs from the band’s breakthrough summer EP in addition to current CHR/Rock radio single, “Hold On.”
Abandon’s digital EP, released July 22, 2008, was met with praise from critics who called it “catchy” (ChristianityToday.com), “a tasty morsel of what is to come” (jesusfreakhideout.com), and hailed the band for being “at the forefront of the current music industry” (indievisionmusic.com). Now Abandon, the group’s official debut, will be available on CD at music outlets nationwide April 21.
Produced by Chris Stevens (Sanctus Real, Shawn McDonald, Delirious), Abandon conveys classic Bible truths in a fresh voice (Peter’s denial in “Providence”), fashions vulnerable prayers into memorable, soaring alternative pop songs (“Be Alive in Me”), and praises God while wearing the creative influences of The Beatles, Coldplay, and Delirious? (“All Because of You”). Having recently wrapped several dates with Fireflight, Abandon plans to showcase its music for radio stations nationwide beginning Feb. 16, 2009 as part of Forefront’s New Artist Tour, additionally featuring Philmont and This Beautiful Republic. The band’s current single “Hold On” is vying for ads at both the CHR and Rock radio formats.
With a sound that has been likened to popular bands U2 and The Killers, Abandon comprises brothers Josh Engler (vocals) and Justin Engler (rhythm guitars), cousins Dave Vela (drums) and Stevan Vela (lead guitar) as well as Bryan Fowler (bass). They formed as part of their church’s worship band, eventually moving on to play local shows. The group came into relationship with Forefront Records after Director of A&R Chris York heard them perform at a Nashville club. For more information on Abandon, visit: www.myspace.com/abandontx.
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.
For more information on Abandon, visit the JFH Artists Database
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