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JFH Music News Archive

December, 2004

*Thursday, December 30th, 2004*

Roper Roper has been the first special guest to appear on the Spring run of the Supertones Farewell Tour! Frontman Reese Roper had this to say in a newsletter this week, "Our friends the Supertones have decided to call it quits after 10 years together. We are going to join them on the first leg of their farewell tour, which will run from mid February until the first week in April. This tour will be a blast as we celebrate their 10 years as a band. The tour is being booked by William Morris Agency in Nashville and is looking to play rooms from 500-1,000 capacity. If you know of some big youth groups that would like to bring it in you can have them contact for more info." (from Roper)

Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson is getting busy in 2005! Besides already beginning writing for their sophomore project on Tooth & Nail, the guys have hopped on board some great upcoming tours! In January and February, catch the boys with Sanctus Real, followed by a stint in the X2005 Tour with Falling Up, KJ-52 and band, Seventh Slumber and more. And in April and May, the boys are special guests, along with Kutless, on the Worldwide Diverse City Tour with Audio Adrenaline and TobyMac co-headlining! (from

*Wednesday, December 29th, 2004*

Guardian Last month, announced what fans of the metal / rock band have been waiting for for years... their return. "Guardian will return in 2005," announced Guardian-World's webmaster. "It looks like the band will be hitting the studio sometime this year to record a couple new songs for a greatest hits release in the old-school style. We're talking pre-Swing Swang Swung era. A tour is being planned to coincide with the release. Jamie, Tony, David, and Karl are involved and our old compadres John and Dino Elefante are set to produce. If things go well, they may consider doing another one in the post-Swing Swang Swung style. Keep in mind, all things are always subject to change. So stay tuned to Guardian-World and I'll keep you informed." Hey, sounds pretty cool to us! We'll keep you posted on any new developments. In the meantime, you can also read about how to get your copy of Jamie Rowe's latest solo album Songs For Heaven And Earth while waiting for the quartet's return... (from

Pillar will be headlining another amazing tour this April/May. Joining Pillar will be Thousand Foot Krutch, John Reuben, and Dizmas. Dates are being booked now. More information will be posted soon on (from Pillar)

Anberlin The new album from Anberlin, Never Take Friendship Personal, hits stores everywhere on February 1, 2005! Every week from now until it's release, Tooth & Nail will be streaming a new song from the album! Click here to check out the songs "Paperthin Hymn" and "Day Late Friend," and check back often for more! In the meantime, read about our thoughts on the new release or preorder it in our store! (from Tooth & Nail)

Big Idea Big Idea and 1,500 AppleBee’s restaurants join forces for an extensive, three-month kid’s meal promotion beginning in March for the 25th VeggieTales release Duke and the Great Pie War. The restaurant chain will feature a Duke and the Great Pie War-themed kid’s cup, table tent and an eight-page menu booklet that includes a 2.00 off instant redeemable coupon. AppleBee’s team members will also wear Duke themed stickers. Chuck E. Cheese also joins in the fun, featuring Duke’s silly song, “Larry Sings the Blues,” on their in-store video loop in 500 stores beginning in January and running through June. In the grocery market, Tyson Chicken Nuggets will feature a cross-promotional $3 mail-in rebate for the purchase of Duke and the Great Pie War and two Tyson Food’s VeggieTales Fun Nuggets. At retail, nearly 800 CBA stores, representing 62% of the market, will pre-sale Duke and the Great Pie War for four to six weeks before it releases. Each major CBA retail group has a unique, value-added, free-with-pre-purchase premium to create excitement around the release. Covenant and Mardel stores (100 locations) offer the “Larry Sings the Blues” Antenna Topper premium Jan 8. Family Christian Stores (320 locations) will feature the King, Queen & a Very Blue Berry CD as its premium beginning Jan 10. On Feb. 1, Parable, Berean and other independent stores (245-plus locations) offer a Princess and Duke Glow in the Dark posters premium, while LifeWay (115 locations) offers the Bob & Larry Night Light premium. These stores, as well as Lemstone and Munce stores, are also offering a combination of significant catalog and display placements. Coming soon posters and premium-specific presale standees are available to support the offer various offers. Duke and the Great Pie War hits shelves March 5th! (from Hoganson Media)

Elms The Elms will re-enter Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, early in the new year to record several more brand new songs and make final adjustments to already recorded tracks slated for inclusion on their as-yet-untitled new album. 13 tracks have already been recorded, and the band plan to record at least 5 more songs before deciding on the final tracklisting. The Elms are also planning to make a major announcement regarding the release of the album, as well as projected release date, very soon... (from

Tooth & Nail has recently signed a brand new band named Waking Ashland. Some may actually remember seeing them on last year's Warped Tour or on tour with labelmates, Mae. The band is currently in the studio with Lou Giordano (Taking Back Sunday, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Ataris, etc.) working on their debut full-length. Stay tuned for more info! (from Tooth & Nail)

Worship leader Lincoln Brewster's back in action. A recent newsletter offered this announcement... "I just got word from Lincoln that the new record has the green light and things are rolling! He's very, very excited about this and told me that it's looking like a June release. The really exciting part about this record is that a big part of it will be recorded live, which is where I think Lincoln shines the most. The live portions will be recorded at his church (Bayside) and he told me to tell you that we will send out an email to let you know when, so if you want to come down and be there for the live recording, you can! I'm certainly going to try to be there!! Linc also told me that there will be a ton of bonus stuff on the CD!" (from Lincoln Brewster / Thanks Jonathan!)

Phillips, Craig & Dean recently announced the February 1 release of The Worship Collection: Favorite Songs of All from EMI CMG / Sparrow. Spotlighting Phillips, Craig & Dean original and favorite worship recordings, the collection spans 13 years of performances from one of the most-spun artists at radio. Songs featured on The Worship Collection continue to reach nearly 5 million listeners each week via radio and remain favorites among worship leaders, garnering top positions on the CCLI charts. (from Hoganson Media)

*Friday, December 17th, 2004*

Anberlin Tragedy has struck the Anberlin camp this week. "Today, December 12th, I lost my sister Tracey to Cancer," guitarist Joseph Mulligan wrote on Sunday on "While we were in the parking lot of our hotel in Knoxville 3 days ago I called home to check in with my family and to tell my mother happy birthday. I was shocked as well as everyone in my family when I was told by my mother that I needed to get home immediately. Less than 15 minutes later we were on our way back south." The band made an announcement on their official site on Friday the 9th saying they had to cancel a string of tour dates due to a family emergency. "I know that I had posted recently and thanked every one of you for your prayers," continued Mulligan, "as well as informed you that my sister's condition was nothing short of miraculous, but none of us could have seen this coming... Please keep my mother, Joe, and [my sister] Tracey's 1 year old son Zachary in your thoughts and prayers. I know that a lot of you have been doing so and we all appreciate that more than you can know. I also want to take this opportunity to say that life is so unpredictable, and far too brief to hold grudges or ignore your family. I thank God every day that my sister and I were so very close and that I had the chance to know someone so incredibly strong willed and inspiring." Please remember the Mulligan family in your prayers this week. For more of Joseph's letter, please visit (from

Starflyer 59 The new album from Starflyer 59, titled Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice, has a scheduled release date of April 12th 2005. The band is planning their touring schedule right now, and should be hitting most of the country after the record comes out. Starflyer is also in the process of locating their old 2 inch reels for the Silver and Gold albums. This will be for a remix and remaster, and a reissue. These records have been long out of print. This is not 100% for sure, but the guys were just asked their thoughts on this by the label, and thought it sounded like a cool idea. More on this later! (from

RSJ Fans of the Australian singer will be excited to hear that Rebecca St. James will begin recording in February her first new studio album in four years. The new project is scheduled for release late summer, 2005. In other RSJ news, Rebecca was featured last week on WB’s nationally syndicated television program "The Daily Buzz." Originating from Orlando and seen in over 120 markets, Rebecca performed the Christmas time song “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and discussed her new book, SHE, which has within the last two weeks brought her national attention with appearances on such mainstream outlets as Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends First and Scarborough Country. (from Hoganson Media)

Bryan Duncan One of Christian music’s most endearing voices is back! Bryan Duncan’s Red Road Records has signed an exclusive agreement with TAG Distribution, a division of TAG Artist Group, LLC. With a new band and a refreshed outlook, Bryan is ready to prove once and for all that great singers only get better with age. Bryan Duncan & The Nehosoul Band descended on a Nashville club earlier this year to perform a mix of new songs and popular favorites from his long career while cameras rolled. The result is a 60-minute live concert CD and DVD simply called Music City Live. “What seemed to be a declaration of the past became a proclamation for the future,” states Bryan on how this concert crystallized his vision for returning to touring and performing with a band. The DVD captures that live performance with all of its music, humor and redemptive honesty. It also includes the Bonus Feature "Bryan Offstage" which takes a look at Bryan’s life behind the scenes, including his home life, studio, and his syndicated radio program Radio Rehab. “Bryan is one of the few artists who have sold a million units through Christian retail alone,” says Dan Huisinga, President of TAG Distribution. “Now he has recorded his best project ever, showcasing his God given talent in a way that truly represents who he is. It will be a fan favorite!” The Music City Live CD and DVD will both be in stores February 22nd, 2005 from Red Road Records. (from Nashville Publicity)

Sara Groves Sara Grove's new specialty project is now available for purchase on her website! Station Wagon: songs for parents by Sara Groves just wrapped up production and is available for pre-orders now at The album, produced by Waterdeep's Don Chaffer, features new songs by Sara inspired by the birth of her kids. This album is mainly for parents but with a playful, retro style that kids will love as well. The album is available for only $12 through the holidays... (from Sara Groves)

Joy Williams Joy Williams fans rejoice! Joy is back in the studio working on her third, yet-to-be-titled project and she's making progress! "Just wanted to let you know that we've laid down tracks for four songs thus far: 'Genesis,' 'Silence,' 'God Only Knows,' and 'Child of Eden,'" announced Joy in a letter to her fans on "Within the last week, I was able to lay down the vocals for 'Silence' and 'Genesis.' The process has been a blast! Matt [Bronlewee] has a small studio where we record the vocals, and even though it's crammed, it's been super fun! He's a joker, and keeps us BOTH rolling while we're recording... I think you'll enjoy what you're going to hear! It's been a fun process discovering the avenue of music to put the lyrics to. There's a fresh sound emerging from the songs. I hope you'll hear honesty and vulnerability in this project... cause it has been a heart-tap for me in a new way. Sonically, people have described it as having a freshness, a cool "Euro" feel with a kiss of the "8o's," a strength in guitars without angst, along with melodic hooks that have a pop sensibility. Feedback has been positive! I'm eager to keep working on it, and get it out to you as soon as possible! I'm writing today with Mat Kearney (ever heard of him? check him out online! Fantastic new artist and friend), and then off to record a demo of a song I wrote the week before called "Stay", (which is a direct picture of abiding, resting in Christ). We'll see if either get on the project, but I'm hoping! Thus far, I think I've written about 20 songs in the last 8 months. But we're combing through them right now...we'll see which ones stick and which ones don't!" For more of Joy's announcement, surf on over to! Expect the album to hit shelves in Spring, 2005! (from

Point Of Grace Platinum selling and renowned pop sensation Point Of Grace announces its spring 2005 “I Choose You Tour” with special guests Scott Krippayne and Charity Von. Launching February 3 in Woodbridge, VA and visiting 30 cities across the United States through April, the Point Of Grace headline tour will support the critically acclaimed fall release, I Choose You, the girls’ first full studio project in three years. Like the album, the concerts will showcase a re-energized sound as well as new member Leigh Cappillino, former Truth vocalist and worship leader for Women of Faith conferences who replaced original member Terry Jones last spring. In addition to songs from I Choose You, Point Of Grace will perform favorites from a repertoire of classic hits. The evening will not only spotlight Point Of Grace, Krippayne and Von individually, but will further feature the three artists interacting musically. “We have seen such a great response to the ‘I Choose You Tour’ with Point Of Grace, Scott Krippayne and Charity Von,” says booking agent David Breen of The Breen Agency. “After taking time off from touring to launch Point Of Grace’s Girls of Grace Conferences, there is so much pent up demand for the girls that the tour dates sold in quickly. We expect a great turnout this spring and the fans are in for a great night with an incredible lineup.” Currently joining Michael W. Smith on his 19-city “Christmastime Tour,” Point Of Grace will further embark on a weeklong Eastern Caribbean trip performing aboard the “Kathy Troccoli and Friends Cruise 2005” in January. (from Hoganson Media)

Daniels Window Chicago-based group Daniel's Window has been performing their brand of rock and hip-hop infused worship music since 1997, but with the release of their fifth CD Strangely Looking Forward, their Cross Driven Records debut, the band is ready to make some changes. The Christian Music Makeover is a unique promotional campaign designed to introduce the band Daniel’s Window to the national marketplace, while capitalizing on the current pop-culture “reality” phenomenon. Launching January 1st, Christian music fans will have the opportunity to become part of the process of launching a successful band. Part "Extreme Makover" and part "Making the Band," The Christian Music Makeover will take a talented pop/rock group and transform them from “average” to “wow” over a 6-month period. The transformation is not only designed to emphasize the physical, but the spiritual as well – a complete makeover, from the inside-out. Fans will have the opportunity to monitor the bands transformation, reality-TV style, via the interactive Official Website at Fans will also have the chance to win the same items and services used in the Makeover campaign, through exclusive contests and promotions at the site! (from Nashville Publicity)

*Thursday, December 16th, 2004*

Kevin Max Grammy Award-winning artist Kevin Max, best known for selling over eight million records and receiving four Grammy Awards as a member of dcTalk (EMI), has signed an exclusive recording contract with Orange County, CA based Northern Records. “I have been searching for a label that has both integrity and imagination, and I know I have found it in Northern Records,” states Kevin. “It’s exciting to be with a family of people who get behind the music instead of the machine. I look forward to presenting the public with something that is honest, bold, dramatic and progressive.” While a release date has not been set for the first project, recording is scheduled to begin in the spring. “This is a unique opportunity to work with such an accomplished and talented artist,” explains Andrew Prickett, who is in charge of production for Northern Records. “There’s no reason to settle for anything less than amazing.” Along with recording this spring, Kevin plans extensive worldwide touring to support the release of the new record and has a significant amount of touring already booked, including performances in Brazil in January, headlining the Noise Conference in New Zealand in April and a 10-city tour of Europe in May. Kevin Max has released the CD Stereotype Be as well as three original books of poetry. In 2004, Kevin released the EP Between the Fence & the Universe and starred as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. (from Biscuit PR)

RSJ At a time when "faith and values" and the ongoing debate over Jesus Christ and the continued impact of his teachings on modern culture are seemingly at an all time media high, Grammy Award winning singer Rebecca St. James narrates "The Changing Face Of Worship," to air on NBC. The hour long documentary examines the challenge Christianity faces in attracting the MTV generation to the Church of the 21st century. In "The Changing Face Of Worship" St. James' narrative takes viewers on a journey to introduce a new generation of "come as you are" Christianity--one that incorporates rock music, dance, film, poetry, painting, and scuplture into the experience of corporate worship. The documentary is a unique co-operative effort between the Southern Baptist Communication Group, the National Council Of Churches, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. "The Changing Face Of Worship" will air as special programming on NBC stations and affiliates throughout December and January, and will have additional airings on FamilyNet affiliates.

Jeff Deyo and his band made a very quick trip to Europe last week, leading worship at Christmas Rock Night in Germany and Winter Wonder Rock in Holland. He and the band are now back in the studio, rehearsing and preparing to record their next record in New Zealand in January. (from Gotee Records)

Justin McRoberts Justin McRoberts has been busy lately. His new project, Live From Grove City is what he describes as "a bootleg without being sneaky." It's in response to countless requests for a live recording made available for fans of Justin's music. The project was recorded in May 2004 with just a board feed and a house microphone, giving Live From Grove City all the elements of a quality bootleg recording without any guilt associated with stealing. This will be a limited edition available only from Justin’s website. (from Justin McRoberts)

BarlowGirl Fervent Records’ greatest success story for 2004 is the debut CD by three incredibly talented sisters, Alyssa, Becca, and Lauren, who comprise the breakthrough act of 2004, BarlowGirl. Their self-titled debut CD has been embraced by fans, radio, and retail and they are breaking records for sales and radio airplay. The current single, “Mirror,” is continuing on that fast road to success, as it’s already #5 on the R&R CHR chart after only one month of airplay. Since being released in late February, BarlowGirl has sold 150,000 units and as a result BarlowGirl is the best-selling new artist of 2004. Their breakout hit single, “Never Alone,” has been named 2004 Song Of The Year by Radio & Records CHR chart (stayed at #1 for nine weeks which was the longest of any other Christian record for the year) and Christian Radio Weekly’s Rock chart (stayed #1 for fourteen weeks, again no other Christian song held the top spot that long on the chart in 2004). “Never Alone” also went to #1 on the R&R Rock Chart and on the CRW CHR chart it stayed #1 for ten weeks. BarlowGirl’s incredible success story has been taken on the road, as the group joined Todd Agnew for his “In The Name Of Love Tour” that ended October 2004. The response from fans has been phenomenal to BarlowGirl’s live performances whether in the states or from their recent European tour. BarlowGirl is already booked for another major tour in early spring when they will be the opening act for the Christian group, Kutless. Right now a 25-city schedule is planned that will start in the Midwest in mid-February. “BarlowGirl is the real deal and as a result their songs are really connecting with audiences whether they’re in the United States or Europe,” says Susan Riley, Owner/President, Fervent Records. “The response to ‘Never Alone’ was incredible and we’re seeing an even stronger response out of the box to the current single, ‘Mirror.’ The success is exciting but BarlowGirl is staying focused on their music and message to transform lives by challenging their generation to live by the word of God.” (from Bozeman Media)

Nicole C. Mullen Best-selling, six-time Dove Award-winning female vocalist and songwriter Nicole C. Mullen recently received a GRAMMY Award nomination in the category of "Best Contemporary Gospel Album" for her latest, critically-acclaimed record, Everyday People. The nomination is Mullen's second in as many projects. The project was produced by Mullen along with her husband, songwriter and producer David Mullen, and also features the production talents of such mainstream luminaries as James "Big Jim" Wright (Mariah Carey, Yolanda Adams), Drew Ramsey and Shannon Sanders (India Arie, Cindy Morgan, FFH) and GRAMMY Award-winning music legend Tommy Sims (Eric Clapton, Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, CeCe Winans, Rachael Lampa). Additionally, twelve of the thirteen tracks on Everyday People were mixed by famed mix engineer John Frye and the project features a special guest appearance by Bootsy Collins. As one of Christian music's most gifted songwriters ("Redeemer," "Call On Jesus," "On My Knees"), Mullen was responsible for writing or co-writing twelve of the thirteen songs on the project. "I'm honored that a project that I care so much about has received this kind of recognition," said Mullen. "These songs were inspired by my fans and the real-life issues and struggles that we face everyday. Even more than that, this project and this collection of songs is a picture of the hope that Jesus brings to our lives." Everyday People includes several songs written out of true-life stories including "Bye Bye Brianna," inspired by a blind seven-year-old fan who recently passed away. "Valorie" tells a brave story of courage and hope in the face of domestic violence, and "Gon' Be Free" recounts the plight of the Troski slaves - women and young girls enslaved by the cultural practice referred to as fetish slavery along the south eastern coast of Ghana. Each of these songs was written in response to the stories of real people who have made a lasting impact on Mullen as she has traveled the world performing, and each carries an emotional message of Christ's compassion in the darkest places of life. "It's amazing to think about the impact that an artist like Nicole has had," said Mark Lusk, vice president of marketing for Word Records. "Her music crosses boundaries and bridges cultures, and we're thrilled that the NARAS members have chosen to recognize such a passionate, creative project from one of music's premier vocalists." (from Word Label Group)

Monk & Neagle “Dancing With The Angels,” the second single from Trent Monk and Michael Neagle, collectively known as Monk & Neagle, recently hit the Top 5 on R&R’s (Radio and Records) AC (Adult Contemporary) Monitored radio chart as well achieving the #7 position on the CRW (Christian Radio Weekly) AC radio chart. The song is currently in the Top 10 on all four AC Christian radio charts and continues to build momentum in advance of the group’s upcoming tour with best-selling, award-winning group MercyMe and the Gospel Music Associations’ 2004 New Artist of the Year, Jeremy Camp. Produced by Ed Cash (Amy Grant, Bebo Norman, Chris Tomlin), the ten songs of Monk & Neagle provide acoustic, soulful pop and infectious hooks from start to finish, including “Secret,” “Sweep Me Away,” “Stars Would Fall (I’m Crazy)” in addition to “Dancing With The Angels.” "I knew the second I heard them play it live for us here at the station, that it was going to be HUGE. Adding ‘Dancing With The Angels’ out of the box was a no-brainer,” said Jeremy Burgess of the The Fish/Sacramento. “We’re so grateful to everyone at Christian radio,” said Monk. “This is a song that means so much to us and it’s our hope that this it’s an encouragement to people everywhere.” Neagle adds, “This song was born out of some really difficult circumstances, but we feel like it points people to the hope we have in Christ.” Hailing from Amarillo, Texas, Monk & Neagle met in college and have been close friends for over ten years. Although each had developed individual followings as independent artists, the pair made the decision to travel together as the opening act for fellow Texans Shane and Shane on the group’s 2003 tour. Realizing their chemistry on stage together and their shared artistic vision, Monk & Neagle became a formal duo upon signing with Flicker Records. (from Williams Media Group)

Stellar Kart New Word/Curb/Warner Bros. Records signing Stellar Kart is raring for the release of its label debut, All Gas. No Brake, Feb. 15. The Phoenix-based pop-punk band hearkens back to its youth group roots with an album that is both edgy and fun while addressing relevant teen issues. Ranging in age from 20-23, Stellar Kart easily identifies with the challenges facing today’s youth. “There are so many high school and junior high kids living a life with no direction,” comments Stellar Kart guitarist Cody Pellerin. “If we have the opportunity to offer some guidance based on our recent experience, that’s great. I really enjoy using music as an opportunity to relate to youth.” Written and produced entirely by Stellar Kart, All Gas. No Brake offers 11 lively tracks. Many Stellar Kart songs focus on matters of personal faith, like setting aside time for God or learning to trust Him completely. Others speak to social themes that confront teens. “Second Chances,” for example, originated from Stellar Kart’s ongoing work with Silver Ring Thing, an abstinence program, while “Superstar” is a song about suicide. Even in thoughtful moments, however, Stellar Kart keeps its music high-energy and singable. Like the record’s title suggests, these guys live life at full speed. This is evident in the group’s musical style, which has been likened to bands such as Relient K, Greenday and Blink-182. “Tree Climber,” only 23 seconds, is a fast-paced yet short-lived song about Zacchaeus. Other fun moments on All Gas. No Break include the camp song “Gone Fishin’” and a remake of Bon Jovi’s classic hit “Livin’ on a Prayer.” The first radio single from All Gas. No Break, “Spending Time,” goes for adds on both Christian Hit Radio and Rock radio in January. Stellar Kart will additionally be featured on a major market tour this spring. Details are forthcoming. (from Savvy Media Solutions)

DJMaj is approaching the end of another great tour season. The remainder of 2004 and the beginning of 2005 involves production on the new DJM project scheduled for release in the summer of 2005. You can also hear Maj on the Virtual Frequency syndicated radio program currently airing on 45+ stations nationally, (from Gotee Records)

Independent artist Pam Pierce is everywhere this holiday season, thanks to the television special Pam Pierce: The Heart of Christmas. With promotion and marketing muscle usually reserved for key releases from major record labels, Pam’s 30-minute live concert special is airing on several major television networks this month. Pam Pierce: The Heart of Christmas has been picked up for national broadcast by CMT (Country Music Television), FamilyNet, TBN, Daystar, Gospel Music Television, Cornerstone Television, and World Harvest Television. The special will air multiple times on each network, with over 30 national and worldwide broadcasts planned before Christmas. Television is not the only abnormality for this independent artist. While Pam loves performing in churches, her evangelistic tours primarily play in major theaters across the country. Performing with a full orchestra to sold-out audiences, Pam presents the attributes of God in a non-church environment. “Music is so powerful,” says Pam. “God uses music to encourage people, to realign our priorities, to draw those who don’t know Him and ultimately to change us. This is the heart of our ministry, to use music as a tool to share the truths of scripture and to define what a Christ-centered life should reflect.” But according to Pam, ministry does not end on the stage. “The special moments are after the concert. While the bus is being loaded, I love the opportunities to talk with people. They share their hearts, and their hurts. The real stuff in life. That is when real ministry begins.” Pam Pierce: The Heart of Christmas was filmed live with a full orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. The sold-out performance is available this Christmas on a Special Edition CD & DVD package.

*Friday, December 10th, 2004*

Relient K After scanning over 51,000 albums first week out and garnering the number one position on the Christian Sound Scan charts with their recent mmhmm release, Gotee/Capitol Records' band Relient K continues their impressive stride with their first ever number one radio hit "Be My Escape." "Be My Escape" grabbed the number one spot on the Christian Rock radio charts for the week ending December 5th. This marks the first number one radio single since the band debuted on Gotee in 2000. The mmhmm album, which includes "Be My Escape" has already sold over 120,000 albums since releasing on November 2nd. (from LB PR)

Switchfoot Switchfoot is on the red carpet tonight as a featured performer at the sold-out Z100 Jingle Ball 2004. Held tonight, Friday, Dec. 10, at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, other artists performing include Destiny’s Child, Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson, Ryan Cabrera, maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Vanessa Carlton and Kelly Clarkson. Sponsors of the event include Teen People, Macy’s, Toyota, Best Buy, Cingular, Canon and Sierra Mist. More information can be found at Fans near the coasts with a penchant for a watery excursion may want to enter to win a surfboard and boombox from Switchfoot at Winners will be chosen Jan. 15. (from Hoganson Media)

Chris Rice As a follow-up to best-selling greatest hits project Short Term Memories, Rocketown Records will release the 15-track Chris Rice disc, Snapshots: Live and Fan Favorites, on Feb. 8, 2005, highlighting the artist’s early intimate performances and fan favorites that were not included on Short Term Memories. The first Christian radio single from Snapshots, “Me and Becky,” goes for adds at all formats on Jan. 14. Rocketown’s Vice President of Marketing said, “As successful as Short Term Memories has been, we’ve heard from fans far and wide, including the Rocketown staff, that we missed some key Chris Rice moments in those 17 tracks. This record is a response to those loyal fans and gives 15 classic Chris Rice performances. It’s spoiling to a company to have an artist with this many great songs in such a focused amount of time.” In 2005, Rice will be partnering with radio stations for a Spring tour that is expected to visit 40 markets. For more information on Chris Rice, visit or (from Rocketown Records)

GMA PAX TV will air a special holiday broadcast of the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA) 35th Annual Music Awards on Monday, December 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The GMA Music Awards is Christian music’s biggest night of the year; bringing together artists from every style of gospel music came for a national night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows its highest honor -- the Dove Award. Hosted by gospel diva Yolanda Adams and NFL legend Deion Sanders, the GMA Music Awards were presented to a sold-out audience in Music City earlier this year. Joining them on the GMA Music Awards broadcast is an all-star line-up of Christian and gospel music artists and some of their biggest fans. Appearing are: Amy Grant, Bono, Byron Cage, Casting Crowns, CeCe Winans, Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, Hezekiah Walker, Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Nicole C. Mullen, Out of Eden, Pillar, Randy Travis, Smokey Robinson, Smokie Norful, Steven Curtis Chapman, Switchfoot, Third Day, tobyMac, Vince Gill, actor Stephen Baldwin, Tennessee Titan Derrick Mason, teen shark-attack victim Bethany Hamilton, former American Idol finalist R.J. Helton and more. The show was produced by Nashville-based NorthStar Studios. “The GMA Music Awards does what no other awards show does; it celebrates a tapestry of artists and music that share one common thread…hope. Whether rock or urban, country or traditional gospel, the music showcased by artist performances and honored with Doves is entertaining and inspiring,” said John W. Styll, president of the GMA and executive producer of the show. “We are thrilled PAX will broadcast the GMA Music Awards during the Christmas season -- a perfect time for this show to be seen by a national audience.” (from Spinhouse PR)

Blindside Blindside's getting busy working on their follow-up to this year's About A Burning Fire. Simon and Marcus have both started working on new material for the record while Tomas is working on the band's new DVD project and Christian is still doing missions in Africa. The band is enjoying spending this time at home with friends and family. We'll keep you posted on any new news on this project as it develops... (from Blindside)

Michael W. Smith The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently featured an article on Michael W. Smith in their publication. Written by staff writer Melissa Ruggieri, the article, titled "Holiday Wish List: Michael W. Smith hopes for a hit with pop release," addresses Smitty's latest Christmas tour that hits Richmond next week. In the interview, Smitty talks about the mainstream buzz about his cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and jamming with U2 in Ireland for a track not included on their new album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. To read the article, click here... (Thanks to D. Best for the link!)

*Thursday, December 9th, 2004*

Brian Littrell Terry Hemmings, president and CEO of Provident Music Group, announced yesterday the signing of Brian Littrell, one of the five members of pop super-group Backstreet Boys, to Provident Label Group’s Reunion Records. Hemmings remarks, “We are very pleased to welcome Brian into the Provident family. I have had the pleasure of getting to know him over the past two years and experience his enthusiasm for entering this chapter of his recording career. Brian will bring a unique perspective on the Christian life to his music and to our market. We are looking forward to introducing him next year.” Littrell, on recording his first solo album with Provident Label Group shares, “I’ve been a born-again Christian since I was eight years old and I’ve known for a very long time that this has been my calling. I hope to reach listeners in this arena and continue to let Backstreet Boys fans know that it’s okay to stand for what you believe in. If I can do something that opens doors and benefits lives in some way, I hope to be able to do that.” Littrell’s album is scheduled for release to Christian and general market retail in the fall of 2005, with a radio single slated for Spring, 2005. Littrell’s version of “In Christ Alone” will be made available through the WOW #1s album, releasing to retail through Provident-Integrity Distribution, April 5. Raised in Lexington, Ky., Brian was brought up attending a Baptist church with his family. At age 18, through cousin, Kevin Richardson, he relocated to Orlando, Fl. and became part of super pop-group Backstreet Boys. Ten years, multiple worldwide sold-out tours, countless accolades and more than 55 million albums later Littrell is now working on his first Christian market album with Provident. Backstreet Boys are touring in Europe and also working on an album slated for release in 2005. Further information on the forthcoming project will be made available through Jive Records. (from Provident Music)

A string of official press releases celebrating Tuesday's nominations have come rolling in. Here's a few of them...

Skillet The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, and Skillet was among the nominees for Best Rock Gospel Album for their best-selling project, Collide. Upon hearing the news of their nomination, lead singer John Cooper said, “First off we were really surprised since this was our first GRAMMY nomination. I think it is super cool and an honor to be in such great company with the other nominees tobyMac, Third Day, TAIT, and Sarah Kelly.” President of Ardent Music LLC John Fry stated of the nomination, “We are extremely pleased that Skillet has been recognized by the Recording Academy. This honor is well deserved and reflects Skillet's talent and diligent commitment.” The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be hosted in Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on “GRAMMY Sunday” on February 13, 2005, and broadcasted on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). (from The M Collective)

Sarah Kelly The Recording Academy has announced nominees for the upcoming 47th GRAMMY Awards with Gotee recording artist and worship leader Sarah Kelly receiving a nod in the “Best Rock Gospel Album” category with her Take Me Away album release. Kelly, who is the only new artist in the category, is joined by fellow nominees Skillet, Tait, Third Day, TobyMac, and the various artists project Holy Hip Hop: Taking The Gospel To The Streets. She is also Gotee’s first ever new artist to be nominated for a GRAMMY. “I am so shocked and extremely humbled to be nominated in the same category with this group of artists that I greatly admire, “said Kelly. “This year has been a very special one for me, and Take Me Away is an album that will always have a special place in my heart because it’s so personal to me. It’s an honor to be recognized by the Recording Academy, especially as a brand new artist. It’s the biggest complement an artist could ever get. It’s something I never would have expected in a million years, and I am truly grateful.” (from LB PR)

Third Day Platinum-selling rock band, Third Day, received a Grammy nomination for its seventh studio recording, Wire. The band picks up the nod in the Best Rock/ Contemporary Gospel Album category. Third Day has been nominated for six Grammy awards, with a 2003 win for Come Together. “We’re thrilled to have received this nomination and we’re honored to have Wire recognized by our peers as one of the outstanding albums of the year,” comments bass player Tai Anderson. “It’s as exciting as it is humbling,” he adds. (from Provident Music)

JoC Multi-Platinum and three-time Grammy award winning band, Jars of Clay, garnered a Grammy nomination for its album Who We Are Instead (11/04/2003) as announced Tuesday morning by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Dan Haseltine, Jars of Clay lead vocalist, shares, “Receiving a nomination for Who We Are Instead is exciting because it represents the ten year mark for us. It’s also significant because we went into the studio with a specific vision in mind, and feel like we reached that goal with the album. With this nod, we’re being recognized for a project that we intended to make, and it’s very humbling.” The band recently wrapped a national tour and is busy placing finishing touches on a new album titled Redemption Songs that releases to retail March 22, 2005. (from Provident Music)

With five GRAMMY wins already to their name, INO Records’ Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir received their ninth GRAMMY nomination in the Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album catgory for Live…This Is Your House. The BT Choir received their fifth GRAMMY in 2003 in the same category for their project Be Glad. This is the third GRAMMY nomination for INO Records with the choir. Carol Cymbala, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s Director, commented on the nomination, “We’re surprised that the GRAMMY association would once again give us this nomination. We are so thankful and we give all the glory to God.” The internationally renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was founded in 1973. Over the years, the nearly 300-voice group has won fve GRAMMY awards and two Dove Awards, and performed all over the globe, including recently taking choir members to Jamaica, presenting “Be Glad… the Jamaican Worship Experience,” to over 15,000 people. (from The M Collective)

*Tuesday, December 7th, 2004*

GRAMMYs The nominees for the 47th GRAMMY Awards have been announced! Congratulations to all of the nominees of in the Best Rock Gospel Album category which gave nods to TobyMac's Welcome To Diverse City, Third Day's Wire, Sarah Kelly's Take Me Away, Skillet's Collide, and Tait's Lose This Life! A lot of great albums were recognized this year and the Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category was no exception. Congrats are also in order for the nominations for Steven Curtis Chapman's All Things New, Jars Of Clay's Who We Are Instead, Nicole C. Mullen's Everyday People and Avalon's The Creed! For a list of all the GRAMMY nominations this year, click here. The 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on GRAMMY Sunday, Feb. 13, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (EST/PST). (from

Newsboys EMI CMG / Sparrow Records’ internationally renowned band, newsboys is offering its new bonus rock song, “isaiah,” exclusively at Available for a limited time beginning today, customers purchasing the band’s acclaimed and recently released album, devotion, from iTunes can download “isaiah” for free. For more information and to download the free iTunes player, visit If iTunes is already installed on your computer, go directly to: (from Hoganson Media)

Ginny Owens As a prelude to next year’s planned live DVD release, Rocketown Records and Ginny Owens are partnering with iTunes for a live, four-song EP release that goes up on the site today. Following a year of solid touring, Owens and her band recorded the tracks during a DVD shoot in August at the New Orleans House of Blues. In addition to “Bread,” “I Love the Way” and “Call Me Beautiful” from her March 2004 release Beautiful, the Live from House of Blues EP also features Owens’ cover of the Lenny Kravitz hit, “Let Love Rule.” “I couldn't be any more excited to be partnering with iTunes on a project,” said Owens. “I love that they make music so readily available to listeners, and I'm one of the many who wouldn't know what to do without my iPod. Besides all that, we just mixed this EP a couple of weeks ago—the turn-around time in the digital world is incredible!” Dave Palmer, Rocketown’s vice president of marketing, said, “iTunes and Ginny Owens are both innovators, delivering the unexpected on a regular basis at the highest level possible. This exclusive EP is a perfect way for people to discover Ginny's music in a live setting, which gives added dimension to her phenomenal songwriting gifts.” The EP is a sneak audio sample of what fans will find on Owens’ 2005 live concert DVD, which will include the full concert performance along with B-roll and interview footage. Owens adds, “We chose the songs that we thought would paint a broad picture of what the live DVD will sound like. There are some fun R&B moments, some intimate piano moments, and some great band moments. We also chose the songs we liked best on first listen. When listening to my own live tracks I can always hear things that make me squirm, but even I'm pretty happy with how these turned out.” (from Rocketown Records)

Passion Passion ’05, the four-day collegiate gathering that is taking over downtown Nashville January 2-5 has already seen more than 9,000 registrants representing 46 states and 8 other countries around the world, including Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna Islands. Visit to pre-register until December 26. Onsite registration at Passion ’05 continues January 2. Several artist-worshippers and speakers will help lead this collegiate gathering to a deeper understanding of the 268 Declaration, calling students everywhere to discover what it really means to live for the Glory of God on their campuses and throughout the world. These artist-worshippers include sixstepsrecords’ Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder Band and Charlie Hall, Inpop Records’ Shane and Shane, Teleprompt Records’ Mute Math and Fervent Records’ Big Daddy Weave, as well as world-renowned speakers Louie Giglio, John Piper, Beth Moore, Joshua Harris and Heather Mercer. In addition to the gatherings, Passion ’05 will feature a Mobilization area for missions. Located in the Gaylord Entertainment Center, this area will include 50-60 mobilization organizations and 120-180 Guides. These Guides will be trained and knowledgeable about all of the missions organizations represented in order to better place students with the opportunities in which they are the most interested. They will lead the students through a unified and easy-to-navigate presentation of opportunities available to them here and around the world. Also providing a venue for mobilization organizations to learn about each other, develop ways to share information and resources and to foster partnerships, each organization will volunteer two staff members to serve as Mobilization Guides. Further, a separate section in the Mobilization area will highlight the amazing things that God is doing throughout the world, focusing mainly on Boston, MA and New York City, NY. These cities are strategic since Boston has over a 250,000 and New York has over 500,000 college students. These cities also host many international students from countries that do not have the religious freedoms found in America. (from Hoganson Media)

The Choir Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning Christian Modern Rock band The Choir is set to release their 11th studio album, not yet titled, April 2005, on independent label Galaxy21 Music. The Choir has been heralded as one of Christian music's leading modern rock bands. During the 90's they topped the CCM Magazine readers' poll as Favorite Alternative Band, and received awards for Favorite Alternative Album and Favorite Long-Form Video. Campus Life Magazine named 1990's Circle Slide Album of the Year, and the group took home a Dove Award for Best Modern Rock Album for 1996's Free Flying Soul and received a Grammy nomination for 2001's Flap Your Wings. Original Choir members Steve Hindalong (drums/percussion), Derald Daugherty (vocals/guitars), Tim Chandler (bass) and Dan Michaels (sax/lyricon) have been tracking their new CD at Neveralnd and Area 51 studios in Nashville, TN. The album is being produced by the award winning team that wrote and produced the City On A Hill series, Hindalong, Daugherty and Marc Byrd, that featured the hit songs "God Of Wonders," "Sing Alleluia," "It's Christmas Time," and "Beautiful Scandalous Night." Says Hindalong, "It's been a fine fun time working on another Choir project. After all these years, our creative chemistry feels better than ever. And of course, our motivation is absolutely non-commercial, so that's very freeing. We're all really pleased and excited about this fresh batch of tunes. Jordan Richter has been engineering and our good friend Marc Byrd is our producer. Those guys are great. We're so anxious to get it done and out. Only a few finishing strokes are required!" Updates and progress of the making of the new CD is being posted at the band's website Video clips, pictures and news entries from the studio can be found at their website. The anticipation for a new Choir album is warranted. The band has released 10 critically acclaimed studio albums, 2 live albums, 2 long form videos and an 8 CD box set over the past 20 years. (from Galaxy21 Music)

Jars of Clay's new project has received a title! The hymns and spirituals album is called Redemption Songs and is set for a March 22nd release. Expect to hear familiar hymns like "It Is Well" Jars Of Clay-style. For a look at the new project's album cover, click here. (from Provident Music)

*Monday, December 6th, 2004*

RSJ Rebecca St. James took word of her new book SHE to New York last week for a major media run that included a guest interview on Fox News Channel's top rated Hannity & Colmes. A guest this year on both Hannity and Colmes national radio shows, this was her first time in studio for the television program. In view of the book's already controversial "real time, real talk" faith and values commentary on issues from feminism, to her frank discussions of cultural pressures surrounding life as a 21st century woman, was the Grammy Award winning Australian uncomfortable seated between America's celebrated 'left and right' media pairing? "Not for a moment!" said Rebecca. "They both made me feel completely at ease. I felt the Hannity & Colmes interview on SHE was probably one of the most engaging and intelligent I've had on the new book so far." Viewers will have a chance to see first-hand as Hannity & Colmes was taped for later airing on the Fox News Channel. Before taking flight from Dallas tomorrow, Rebecca will appear live today (12/6) on "At Home Live!” on Family Net… check local television listings in your area! (from RSJ)

Third Day “60 Minutes” will air a feature on the growth of Christianity in popular music featuring Third Day, rapper Kanye West and members of P.O.D. The piece will air Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 PM EST/PT. “60 Minutes” correspondent, Bob Simon, spent time with Third Day on multiple locations in Manhattan early this fall while the band was in town for a performance at the Republican National Convention. In addition, a camera crew spent several days on the road with the band filming tour stops and festival appearances. Visit today for a video clip featuring Third Day performing a special acoustic version of "Your Love Oh Lord!" Just follow the links beside frontman Mac Powell's handsome grin! (from Provident Music)

Brian Littrell On Wednesday, December 8th, Brian Littrell, member of multi-platinum, award-winning pop super-group Backstreet Boys will ink a recording contract with Provident Label Group’s Reunion Records. The official announcement will be made by Provident Music Group President and CEO, Terry Hemmings. Brian Littrell and his manager, Johnny Wright, will both be in attendance to answer questions and brief media on how this relationship developed and how Brian came to the decision to record an album for the Christian music market. We'll post the official press release once it is released! (from Provident Music)

Lifehouse "For the last month, Lifehouse members Jason Wade and Rick Woolstenhulme have been looking for a bass player," announced the band's official site last month. "They held auditions in Los Angeles, but had no luck with the auditioning process. Most of the guys that they auditioned could play and play well, however, they were looking for something more than just that. At the end of seeing a ton of some really good bass players they were dumbfounded. Bryce Soderberg rolled down to the rehearsal studio where they were practicing. After playing a couple of songs Jason and Rick knew that the vibe was right and Bryce was working out well. They didn’t want to make a hasty decision right off the bat, so they invited Bryce back to play with them again. He came back a couple days later and the guys played again and presto, Rick and Jason knew it was a perfect fit. They asked Bryce to be the third member of Lifehouse and he accepted in late October. Bryce is a really down to earth guy who is originally from Canada. He has been playing all over with some different bands for the last four years. Oh yeah, the album… OK… I think they are talking about releasing it in early to late February, 2005. So get your phones ready cause their first single will come out in January (I hope)." (from

Superchick Superchick's lead guitarist Dave Ghazarian posted an update on the band and their pending new release recently on their official site "Anyway, on our days off between concerts we have been working hard in the studio recording the new record that we will bring to you VERY SOON – I promise! It’s sounding awesome. If you want a preview, listen to the song 'Stories' that appears on TobyMac’s new record. I can’t say this song is entirely representative of the sound of our new record but it definitely captures one aspect of it. Tricia, Melissa, and I also did a Piano vocal arrangement of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” for Focus On The Family radio while we were on the road. If you are interested in hearing this cozy living room fireplace rendition of one of our favorite Christmas songs, e-mail Inpop records and bug them to release it to your local radio station during December— just don’t tell them I told you to do it." The band's much delayed third studio project, Beauty From Pain, is set to release March 29, 2005. (from

Sarah Kelly Gotee recording artist and worship leader Sarah Kelly recently recorded five songs for Sony Connect, Sony Music's digital jukebox and online download store, as part of a major online launch. Beginning early next year, Sony Connect will be offering songs by Kelly as exclusives at "Take Me Away" and "Living Hallelujah" from previously recorded material by Kelly, as well as three brand new songs titled "Letting Go," "Proven Intentions," and "About Midnight" will be featured in live acoustic sets on the brand new Connect Sets section online. Kelly is one of the first Christian recording acts to work with Sony Connect. Kelly, who released her debut album Take Me Away earlier this year, has just stepped off the Jars of Clay tour and immediately joins Everyday Sunday and Gotee label mate Paul Wright on the "Rock The Halls" Christmas tour. "Rock The Halls" will take the all-star musical cast to 16 cities nationwide throughout December. In addition to the Christmas tour, Kelly will also be part of the "One Thing" conference in Kansas City December 28th-31st. The "One Thing" youth outreach conference is sponsored by the International House of Prayer, and will feature Kelly leading worship for upwards of 16,000 college kids alongside of other well-known worship leaders including Jason Upton, and Shane & Shane. Early 2005 finds Sarah Kelly's portrait, a 10 x 12 foot image, being added to the "World's Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibit." The gallery can be found on the outside of 140 Guitar Center stores all around the country. Kelly's photo, shot in Los Angeles by renowned photographer Maryanne Bilham, will join the likes of Carol King, Bonnie Raitt, and Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart. "As a 22 year veteran Of Artist Relations at Guitar Center, It has been my honor to interact with legends like Stevie Wonder, Linkin Park, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top and Carol King," said Dave Weiderman of Guitar Center. "I believe that Sarah has been gifted to inspire people through her music and connects with her audience on a much higher level than I have seen in the past. I look forward to watching her grow and give through her music." Continental Airlines will also be featuring multiple songs from Kelly's Take Me Away album, as well as her upcoming sophomore release, on their "In-Flight" radio station programming. Kelly's songs will be available to airline passengers sometime in early 2005. (from LB PR)

Jump5 CEO Productions has merited the attention of both JcPenney and Mattel with "All I Can Do," a song written by CEO Productions' Billy Chapin, Linda Elias, and Chris Omartian. JcPenney's Fall Sales Event will feature "All I Can Do" as the musical bed in ten television and eight radio commercials nationwide. The advertising campaign runs for three months throughout the fall and winter. Mattel's new portable video player, "Juicebox", will also feature the song "All I Can Do." This state-of-the-art video player uses cartridges that showcase all the latest music videos. One of these Juicebox cartridges will feature the music video for "All I Can Do" performed by Sparrow Records' teen phenomenon group Jump 5. CEO Productions, comprised of Billy Chapin, Linda Elias, and Chris Omartian, has made impressive strides since forming their company in 2003. The three penned the hit song "All I Can Do," performed by Jump 5, which climbed the Disney charts to a peak no. 3 spot and stayed on those same charts for a year. The single also made headway on the Billboard Magazine charts by holding spots on three different charts simultaneously, including three different appearances on the Billboard 200 album chart. "All I Can Do" has also been featured on numerous albums including Lizzie McGuire (Original Television Soundtrack) (2002), All The Time In The World (2002), WOW Hits 2003, Got Hits! Perfect Pop Album (2003), Radio Disney: Kid Jams, Vol. 6 (2003), and Mix It Up (2004). (from LB PR)

Bleach The fun-loving boys in Bleach recently posted an update on their recent endeavors on their official site... "Happy Holidays to everyone! I can't believe that this year is almost over. We started this year out with our announcement to quit, that seems like ages ago. It has been a fulfilling and busy year. We are almost done with Bleach album #6. I can't wait for everyone to hear it. It really is one of our greatest achievements as a band. I hope that you all agree with such a bold statement. I have been posting here and there on the message board because I get to sit in front of a computer screen all day. I have started working as a booking agent for a couple of my favorite bands: The Evan Anthem, House of Heroes, The Wedding and John Davis (formerly of Superdrag). Life is good, different than touring with the boys but good. Update on everyone: Jerry was recently spotted hanging out in the Gap with the bass player of Jimmy Eat World. Jared was seen on Thanksgiving co-writing "Friends are Friends Forever; Pt. 2" with Michael W. Smith. Sam is a Dad once again. This time it's a girl - he sits on his porch with a shotgun day and night. Davy likes singing into pantyhose and still dreams of having a farm full of bees. Keep it rockin', more news soon. M-I-L-A-M." Their final album Farewell Old Friends releases on March 1st! (from

Pc3 Paul Colman is currently on his first solo tour of Europe. "Performing to people in countries where English is not the dominant language is a wonderful challenge. It teaches you to keep the ideas simple and it definitely helps you figure out that music is truly international. After a year performing largely to people in America's faith community, performing in a post-Christian culture is a wonderful change and is more like Australia." On this trip Paul will perform 'unplugged' concerts as well as performing with 2 different versions of the Paul Colman Band. The first band Paul will use are musicians from Germany. This band will perform at Holland's Winter Wonder Rock Festival and at Germany's Christmas Rock Night. The other Paul Colman Band is in Prague and is made up of musicians from the Czech Republic. Paul's newest solo project will release on March 1st on InPop Records. (from

Tree63 South African pop/rockers Tree63 have been pretty busy lately. The band made the following updates on their website recently... "A special day for everyone involved wit Tree63: the birth of a beautifully healthy daughter to Daniel and Samantha. Luka Ornellas was born just after 1 p.m. CT in Nashville, and she's gorgeous. Well done to Danny and Sam and thanks to God for a beautiful little girl!" In other band news, "Tree63's drummer, Thinus (Tain) Odendaal, is not happily engaged. He proposed to his then girlfriend on November 21st and she accepted. Tain is excited and looking forward to seeing the love of his life more often (she currently lives in Canada)." Musically, Tree63's next project releases March 1st, The Answer To The Question: Extended Edition. (from

OOE Out Of Eden is currently in the studio finishing up their sixth album, simply titled Hymns, which will showcase a duet with Tree63 frontman John Ellis as well as the band's bassist Daniel Ornellas and drummer Thinus Odendaal on the song "Praise To The Lord." Out of Eden's Hymns is slated to release on March 29, 2005. The album, produced in full by group member Lisa Kimmey includes 11 songs ranging from traditional hymns such as "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," "My Tribute," and "Fairest Lord Jesus" with two newly penned songs by Kimmey entitled "Forgiveness" and "Vision Of Love." The popular praise and worship song "Better Is One Day" has also been recorded for the upcoming album. (from

Catch Switchfoot on Daily Download, LIVE on Fuse from 6pm-7pm EST (with a repeat presentation at 10-11pm EST) on Friday, December 10th. Go to to find Fuse on your local cable system. (from Switchfoot)

*Wednesday, December 1st, 2004*

Switchfoot Check out Switchfoot on MTV today, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The band is set to perform for MTV’s Hard Rock Live show. You can also view their performance taped in Orlando, FL now at: And for those venturing out for holiday shopping, check out Switchfoot’s "Dare You To Move" video running in Circuit City monitors this month and in December. (from Hoganson Media)

TFK It’s been a flurry of a year for Canada’s own Thousand Foot Krutch. Having already sold well over 100,000 copies of their debut Tooth & Nail album, Phenomenon, the band have taken the world by storm. Other achievements for the year have included a Dove nomination for “Best Recorded Album of the Year,” a Vibe award for “Hard Music Album of the Year,” #1 CBA Rock singles for both “Rock Fist” and “Bounce,” tours through the United States and Canada, and the re-release of their debut album, Set It Off. Now preparing for 2005, fans are in eager anticipation of where TFK are going next. They’ll soon find out as the band is currently entering the studio with Arnold Lanni (Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace), for production of their sophomore album titled, The Art of Breaking, set to release March 29, 2005. (from Tooth & Nail)

On Monday, USA Today featured an article on Gotee Records pop-punk band Relient K! Entitled "Can this punk-pop band make it big? 'Mmhmm'," the flattering article can be viewed online now here: (Thanks to Steve P.)

Tait Waterfront Records announces its February 1 release of Bridges: Classical Hymns, Modern Worship. Executive produced by Marc Byrd ("God of Wonders," City On A Hill) and produced by Andrew Thompson, Bridges features 12 timeless hymns recreated in contemporary style and recorded by such acclaimed artists as Michael Tait, Todd Agnew, Paul Colman, Ginny Owens, Jason Ingram and GlassByrd. Together with the worldwide known classics "Amazing Grace/Jesus Loves Me," "Come Thou Fount," "Be Thou My Vision," "the Doxology" and more, the enhanced CD also contains worship leader resources, including piano/guitar charts and lyrics. “Bridges brings inspiring new arrangements of traditional hymns to the church in a way that will appeal to both the older members of the congregation, who long for the tradition and depth of the old hymns, and the younger members, who will respond to those lyrics via a musical style that they relate to,” says Hugh Robertson, Waterfront Records founder. (from Hoganson Media)

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