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LEGENDARY VOCALIST JOHN SCHLITT MEETS-AND EXCEEDS-KICKSTARTER GOAL FOR NEW PROJECT

More than 420 Backers Partner With Grammy
And Dove Award Winner To Fund Christmas Album




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NEWS SOURCE: McCain & Co. PR
June 13, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2013) - More than 420 backers have partnered with legendary vocalist John Schlitt to help fund his next music project, an as-yet-untitled Christmas album. The Grammy and Dove Award winner, who utilized the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter, surpassed his goal of $35,000 when the Kickstarter campaign officially ended June 8. The final amount of pledges totaled $40,066, 114 percent of the original goal.

"We did it! Together, we have met and exceeded our goal to make my first-ever Christmas album," Schlitt says. "To everyone who pledged, I want to say 'It's your project as much as mine!' Thank you!" Schlitt, who has never recorded any Christmas music, neither during his 20-year stint as the lead singer of Petra nor as a solo artist, says he has been feeling "a very strong tug" to make this seasonal record.

The majority of the CD, according to Schlitt, will consist of traditional Christmas songs done "John Schlitt style," along with several new songs. "My desire is that this Christmas album will be very different-and very special," he says.

Supporters chose from a variety of incentives, depending on the pledge level, including a cookbook filled with the Schlitt family's favorite holiday recipes, advance downloads of the CD, vintage Petra tour T-shirts, autographed wooden Christmas ornaments hand crafted by Schlitt, the chance to join Schlitt in a Nashville studio for a recording session-and Dorla Schlitt's famous homemade Christmas cookies! Although the Kickstarter campaign has officially ended, pledges are still being accepted and rewards are still being offered. To find out more, contact Sue Dempster in Schlitt's office at Sue@johnwschlitt.com. For more information about Schlitt and the new Christmas project, visit johnwschlitt.com.

About John Schlitt:
With more than three decades worth of water under the musical bridge, John Schlitt has enjoyed a stellar career as a solo artist, as the lead singer for Grammy Award-winning Christian band Petra, one of the most successful Christian rock bands of all time, and as the former lead singer for popular '70s mainstream rock band Head East. He has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as the lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards. Schlitt was named the best rock singer in Christian music history by GospelMusicChannel.com. According to the website, Schlitt "remains one of the most distinctive and impactful men to ever stand behind a microphone." Schlitt was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in About.com's 2011 Readers' Poll in a category that included Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Brandon Heath and Bebo Norman.

Since Schlitt released his fourth solo CD, The Greater Cause, in May 2012, the legendary vocalist's busy schedule has included appearances on The Mike Huckabee Show, 700 Club Interactive and the Faith & Freedom Celebration-the faith-based kick-off to the Republican National Convention, as well as extensive international touring.

For more information on Schlitt, visit johnwschlitt.com or follow him on Twitter (@johnwschlitt) or Facebook (facebook.com/johnwschlitt).

About Kickstarter:
About Hundreds of individuals have raised capital through the Kickstarter business model, including Christian musicians Shaun Groves, John Schlitt and Cheri Keaggy. The movie adaptation of Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz received $345,992 (276% of its original goal) from more than 4,495 donors through Kickstarter to make it one of the largest crowd-funded films in history, according to Paste Magazine and Kickstarter's website.

For more information about Kickstarter, visit kickstarter.com.

For more info on John Schlitt visit the JFH Artists Database.

 

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