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Band continues to build momentum with nationwide touring, despite temporary absence of front man David Hanley, currently recovering from recent auto accident

Press Play, Life Is Beautiful
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NEWS SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan
August 11, 2009

(Los Angeles, Calif.) Aug. 11, 2009 - Universal Music Group/Dream Records artist PRESS PLAY continues to build momentum with its debut project, Life is Beautiful. Featuring a blend of pop, rock and urban flair, Life is Beautiful exploded from its initial release and launched PRESS PLAY into the spotlight on and off-stage. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Christian chart and #45 on the Billboard Top 200 chart while peaking at #3 on the iTunes Top Christian and Gospel charts. In its quick emergence, the band has already performed before millions nationwide and was recently featured as a musical guest on the #1 rated NBC’s TODAY Show, FOX News Strategy Room, will be featured in an upcoming issue of Seventeen magazine, with more national media appearances to be announced soon.

With unprecedented success as one of Christian music’s top newcomers, PRESS PLAY continues to maintain its solid position on Christian radio, as one of its top played artists. The current radio single, “Life is Beautiful” reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Christina AC chart. The group’s new single “Say Say” goes for ads at Christian AC radio on August 28, 2009.

In addition to the band’s chart success and radio recognitions, PRESS PLAY is currently touring nationwide, playing numerous festivals, national events and major market churches each week. This is in addition to playing before 4,000 people weekly in its home church, Angelus Temple, at the Dream Center in L.A. The band also performs weekly at the newly launched NYC Dream Center location each Monday evening at the Promise Theater near Times Square in Manhattan, NY.

Despite a set back with lead singer Dave Hanley recovering from a recent auto accident, PRESS PLAY has performed without missing any scheduled tour date, praising God with its music for Hanley’s speedy recovery. “We are so thankful for the past and present support of so many people and would ask for continued prayer as Dave heads for full recovery,” says Dave’s wife Gina Hanley, who also contributes backup vocals to PRESS PLAY.

Brought together by a common passion for music and for seeing lives transformed, the members of PRESS PLAY give their time to the vision of the Los Angeles Dream Center; a non-profit outreach founded by Matthew Barnett, dedicated to helping inner-cities across the U.S. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the L.A. & N.Y. based Dream Centers provide solutions to our community and society’s troubling issues; such as human trafficking, abandoned teens, gangs, homeless families, drugs and violence. PRESS PLAY continues to donate proceeds from the Life is Beautiful project to the work of the Dream Center, to see lives transformed.

PRESS PLAY is made up of Dave Hanley, Tyler Ray Logan, Anthony Rick, Paige Adkins (daughter of popular comedian Sinbad), Tate Huff and Brian Mondragon.

For more information about Press Play and Life is Beautiful, please visit,, and


The Dream Center, a volunteer driven non-profit organization, provides social, physical, spiritual and long-term needs to hurting communities. This vision was birthed in 1994 when Matthew Barnett came to Los Angeles. He found that he first had to address the physical needs of an impoverished community before anything else. The vision now includes being an integral part of larger collaborative effort to impact issues of moral decay, substance abuse, hunger, health care, chronic homelessness & poverty that exists in Los Angeles and in urban areas throughout the world. Now reaching well over 40,000 people each month, the Dream Center and its many programs reach, train and encourage those who are otherwise excluded. The Dream Center has 273 outreaches, feed 22,000 people weekly, houses at least 750 people on a daily basis, distributes 1 million pounds of food per month, clothes 5,000 people each month and has changed thousands of lives.

Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past eleven years, and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment (VE), and UMGD Digital. UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Universal Records South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca Label Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Fonovisa, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Emusica, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Rounder, Walt Disney, Big Machine, Show Dog Records, VI Music, Sybersound, Hidden Beach, Palm Pictures, and Universal Music Christian Group among many others. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, Vivendi Entertainment is its theatrical and home entertainment division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group’s digital assets, including mobile.

Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

For more info on Press Play, visit the JFH Artists Database.



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