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JFH Music News Archive

January, 2006

*Tuesday, January 31st, 2006*

POD Supporting the Jan. 24 release of P.O.D.’s highly anticipated new album, Testify, the Atlantic recording group is set for another round of major TV appearances this week. The hard rock quartet were the featured guest performers last night on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They are also taping for a February 2nd appearance on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and a live performance on CD USA, a new original series from DIRECTV, on February 4. Check local listings for broadcast times. The band kicked off 2006 with an explosive New Year’s Eve outdoor performance in New York City’s Times Square, which aired on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. And Jan. 20 saw P.O.D. heralding the release of Testify with an appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live where the band performed an unprecedented five songs. As a result, the album’s first single, “Goodbye For Now,” made an electrifying top 10 debut on the TRL countdown, entering the chart at No. 8. (from Word Records)

Hawk Nelson Hawk Nelson is currently featured on You can surf on over there now and catch a brand new cut from the band's forthcoming sophomore record, Smile, It's The End of The World, releasing April 4th. The rock based song, entitled "The One Thing I Have Left," somewhat sheds the band's pop punk skin (but not too much). If this song is any reflection on the new record, the band could be looking at a winner on their hands this April. Visit to hear it now! (from PureVolume / JfH)

*Sunday, January 29th, 2006* - Afternoon UPDATE

OOE After performing together for over 13 years, the sisters in Out of Eden will be taking a break from the road to pursue other interests and opportunities for 2006. Formed in 1994, Out of Eden was one of Gotee Records’ flagship artists. Through the years, they have sold over a million and a half albums, performed all over the world at festivals, conferences and churches, collaborated with fellow artists on special projects, and won numerous awards. The group also has participated in many service projects, using their talents to share the Gospel with those in need. Out of Eden appreciates all of the people who have supported them throughout their career, and look forward to new possibilities. (from William Morris Agency)

*Sunday, January 29th, 2006*

Sanctus Real Sanctus Real's third studio album The Face of Love hits the streets on April 4th… only a few months away! You may have heard their first single “I’m Not Alright” on the radio. If not, head to to start listening now! Plus, look for Sanctus’ new website coming soon where you can find out more about the band and get to hear more new music. Expect a JfH PReview of The Face of Love any day now... (from Sanctus Real / JfH)

Ginny Owens Ginny Owens met Chick-fil-A restaurant executives Dan T. Cathy and Donald M. "Bubba" Cathy, sons of Founder and Chairman S. Truett Cathy, during a morning devotional at corporate headquarters in Atlanta last week. Owens performed a brief set for staff who attend the weekly event. In other Ginny news, the singer has joined the growing number of artists offering podcasts! Ginny Owens has a new podcast available for free subscription and you can access it by copying the following URL into your preferred podcasting tool software(e.g. Odeo, iTunes, iPodder). You will automatically receive this podcast each time it's published. Here's the link: (from Savvy Media /

*Saturday, January 28th, 2006*

Switchfoot The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently announced its year-end digital single and album certifications. In addition to Nothing Is Sound going Gold last fall, Switchfoot's "Stars" was certified Gold as a digital single for surpassing 100,000 downloads. This marks the band's third digital single certification, joining "Dare You To Move" and "Meant To Live" in that distinction. "Meant To Live" has already been certified Platinum by the RIAA for surpassing 200,000 downloads. Switchfoot helps Wal-Mart launch their original performance series, Soundcheck™, with an exclusive interview and a studio performance featuring four songs from Nothing Is Sound. Switchfoot’s Soundcheck appearance will be featured in Wal-Mart’s stores nationwide on TV and HDTV located in its electronics department. You can also check it all out at (from Hoganson Media)

Falling Up On the heels of their sophomore release, Falling Up lands their first No. 1 radio single from Dawn Escapes making it their fourth No. 1 rock single since their 2004 debut. “Moonlit” charted in the top spot this week on the R&R CHR Rock chart. The music video for “Moonlit” can be viewed at Directed by Nick Carobona (We Are Scientist, Mae, Anberlin). Falling Up continues to move forward with momentum from Dawn Escapes, which hit stores this past fall. Dawn Escapes is the follow-up to the hit 2004 release Crashings. Making a deliberate move to create a project that is continuous of the previous record, Dawn Escapes is a new chapter in the story the band has in mind to share with audiences. Dawn Escapes debuted #4 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart selling more than 6,000 unites during the first week. (from The M Collective)

Kutless The brand new single from Kutless, "Shut Me Out," is available now at iTunes, Rhapsody, Wal*, Napster and more! This is the first chance fans have to hear the eagerly anticipated new album from Kutless, Hearts Of The Innocent, in stores March 21, 2006! Visit direct link to the iTunes page for the single! (from BEC Recordings)

En Masse (consisting of ex-Further Seems Forever, Moments In Grace, Twothirtyeight members) will be releasing their debut EP with Pop Up Records this summer. The guys are heading into the studio in late April with musician/producer J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines, Channels) to record their first release. Stay tuned for developments. In the meantime, to listen to some demos from En Masse, visit (from Pop Up Records)

*Friday, January 27th, 2006*

dctalk Gotee Records has finally made an official announcement regarding the pending Jesus Freak Tribute Album... "The year was 1995 and the album was Jesus Freak. Now, [over] ten years later, Gotee is celebrating the release of dc talk's groundbreaking album with a tribute album, coming in June. The record will feature covers of songs from Jesus Freak (including of course the well-loved title track) by artists such as 4th Avenue Jones, Sarah Kelly, Relient K, StorySide:B and more!" And of course, we're all wondering about the lineup... here's the list:
01. "So Help Me God" - The Showdown
02. "Colored People" - The Gotee Brothers
03. "Jesus Freak" - 4th Avenue Jones
04. "What If I Stumble?" - Sarah Kelly
05. "Day By Day" - House Of Heroes
06. "Between You And Me" - Relient K
07. "Like It, Love It, Need It" - Family Force 5
08. "In The Light" - StorySide:B
09. "What Have We Become" - Liquid w/ Verbs
10. "Mind's Eye" - Fighting Instinct
(from Gotee Records)

Switchfoot Switchfoot will be performing on the Carson Daly show TONIGHT, January 27th. The show starts at 1:35 AM on NBC. Also, the pre-sale of tickets for our upcoming spring tour with guest artist, Athlete, is under way! All of the shows in the first month (March) are now ready for the taking. For a list of dates and info on how to order tickets, click here. The band is touring in support of their latest release Nothing Is Sound (from Switchfoot)

J Knapp For all you digital music aficianados out there ... get ready for two Jennifer Knapp digital EPs. Live Digital EP will consist of live recordings of "Hold Me Now" and "Trinity" and will release on Feb. 28th. Four more songs, titled A Diamond In The Rough Digital EP, will release on March 28th. Jennifer's first ever live project released to stores this week, aptly titled Jennifer Knapp Live (from Gotee Records)

Everyday Sunday told yesterday that the band has locked down a producer for their pending July 4th junior release. The band met with All Star United frontman Ian Eskelin this week who has agreed to work with the band for the new project. More news coming! Stay tuned! (from Everyday Sunday)

Be sure and Watch for Mute Math on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, Wednesday, February 1st, 12:35AM ET/PT. For more info, visit The band is currently on their Album Release Tour which is the only place fans can get the band's debut full-length release! (from Mute Math)

*Thursday, January 26th, 2006*

John Reuben We have exclusive word that John Reuben is in Nashville as he started recording his new album Tuesday with Joe Baldridge. The as-of-yet-untitled album is being scheduled for a tenative Aug/Sept release. We'll try to update you more soon as we get more information. This will be the follow-up release to Reuben's June, 2005 project The Boy Vs. The Cynic. (from John Reuben)

The Afters The Afters' “Beautiful Love” will be featured as the theme song for MTV’s “8th & Ocean,” which will air this spring. The song will be used for the theme song, commercials and for commercial bumpers. Also, “Beautiful Love” was just confirmed for the upcoming film Just My Luck starring Lindsay Lohan releasing May 12, 2006. And finally, Entertainment Tonight & The Insider have posted an online contest with The Afters. Check it out at (from The M Collective)

Grits Gotee Records’ Grits celebrates the ten-year mark with the March 7th release of their seventh album simply titled 7. The 16-song release features 13 of the group’s breakthrough tracks, as well as three new songs plus the “Jay Mumbles- Mega Mix” as a special bonus track. The new album follows on the heels of 2004’s highly-acclaimed Dichotomy A and Dichotomy B releases. While their first three albums established Grits as underground icons it was their breakthrough fourth album Art Of Translation that solidified the group's assent as one of hip-hop's hottest new rising stars. Their momentum continued to grow and adding to their already successful radio and video history, Grits cracked MTV2’s Top 10 Most Requested and Top 5 Handpicked and received favorable media coverage in the pages of XXL, Spin, Vibe, Billboard, The Source, URB and other major publications and media. Over the course of their career, Grits has shared the stage with OutKast, Jay-Z, Nappy Roots, Ice Cube, DJ Shadow, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Goodie Mob, and Monica. Their music, including the stand-out singles “Here We Go” and “Hittin’ Curves” have received placement on MTV, BET, Network TV, NBA Jams, and the Hollywood Blockbuster Something’s Gotta Give starring Jack Nicholson. Grits have received a Billboard Video Award, two Dove Awards, and most recently a GRAMMY nod. Grits, who came together in 1993, is comprised of rappers Bonafide (aka Teron Carter) and Coffee (aka Stacy Jones). For more information and additional tour dates on Grits, check out or (from LB PR)

Kids In The Way Kids In The Way have a new ringtune (master tone), "Apparitions of Melody," available nationally from all major carriers. The best place right now thats a one-stop shop for the tones is at ringtone juke box ( The only national carrier that they don't have a deal with is Verizon but that's coming soon! They should also be available directly from the phones. Heres a direct link to the Kids In The Way song: Also, be sure to check out the band's newly redesigned website for the latest tour dates for the Feb/Mar tour with House of Heroes and Tokyo Rose. The tour will stretch from the upper northeast down into Florida and into Texas. (from Nightvision Artist Management)

Superchick Inpop Records pop/rock sensation, Superchic[k], will headline 30-plus dates on the “This Is Your Anthem” tour, named after the band’s hit song, “Anthem,” off Beauty From Pain (2005). The tour, which has already sold out in key markets, kicks off Jan. 27th in Cincinnati, Ohio, and features KJ-52, Seventh Day Slumber and eleventyseven. Superchic[k] heads into the highly anticipated tour with a blockbuster year under its belt, with a critically acclaimed album, Beauty From Pain, two No. 1 radio hits with “Pure” and “We Live,” sell-out tours, mainstream music and TV placement and major sponsorships with Gibson Guitars and Konami Digital Entertainment. “Last year fans took Superchic[k] to well over 100,000 records in nine months and attended 200 shows in seven countries,” says Superchic[k]’s Max Hsu. “This year, fans should anticipate even more exciting things as we take our best shot at bringing the music to a broader audience,” he says. "The first show that went on sale for this tour sold out 1,800 seats in just three weeks,” says Scott Huie, president of H2O Artist Agency and tour booking agent. “That’s a great sign for this line-up. From beginning to end, this concert is designed to be a musical mix of high impact and deep relevance for the concert attendee. The music will be rocking and the message will be good news!” he says. Superchic[k] recently completed a fall tour with Audio Adrenaline and Pillar, as well as a European run with shows in Finland and Germany with audiences over 20,000. The band garnered major market exposure late last year when “Anthem” was chosen as the theme song for MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet,” which premiered in December. Additionally, Superchic[k]’s tune, “It’s On” is currently featured in NBC’s Winter Olympics promotional material airing through February. Other film credits of late include Stewart Little 3 and Disney’s The Ice Princess. (from Inpop Records)

Bernard Floodgate Records is pleased to announce the signing of Bernard. The St. Augustine, FL based band has been wowing audiences with their moving music and multimedia driven shows. Bernard’s Floodgate debut EP A View Beyond the Cave, will release March 7, 2006. A View Beyond the Cave will consist of 7 songs and will be an iTunes exclusive. The CD will also be available at Bernard’s live shows and from the Floodgate Records website. Bernard’s first show was with Cool Hand Luke and the two bands quickly formed a friendship both personally and artistically. Over the next few years, Bernard has shared the stage with The Myriad, Forever Changed, and Denison Marrs, all of which reported back to Floodgate that this Florida band needed to be looked at. Tim Taber, the president of the label, flew to a show and they have been in constant dialog ever since. “We are exhilarated to have the opportunity to work with everyone at Floodgate Records,” explains Jared Bowser, drummer and programmer for Bernard. We have all been very big fans of the label and their bands for what seems like light years. We were immediately attracted to the artistic freedom that the label offered, as well as the family-like relationship that they have with their bands. We are greatly looking forward to what the future holds for Bernard and Floodgate Records.” Bernard’s focus on music merging with art is consistent with the focus of Floodgate. Their s hows are complete with a multi-media display. Rarely are words spoken, as each song flows into the next, narrated by a visual presentation. “The creativity of Bernard makes them totally unique from other bands in the scene,” states Josh Ragsdale, A&R for Floodgate Records. “The guys are so hard working and genuine. We’re glad to have them in the Floodgate family.” For more info on the band, visit (from Biscuit PR)

Live at Long Hollow, the debut DVD from Christian music’s premier Big Band, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, is slated for release February 7. Produced and directed by Russell Hall (John Tesh, The Crabb Family), the DVD was recorded at group founder and bandleader Denver Bierman’s home church, Long Hollow Baptist, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Live at Long Hollow features nearly two hours of concert performances of such Denver & The Mile High Orchestra signature songs as “Act The Scat,” “ Stand,” “Get Down,” “The Real Deal,” and “Glory Forever,” among other selections, as well as Big Band arrangements of the hymns “It Is Well” and “All Hail The Power.” Bonus features include an interview with Bierman, acoustic performances of five songs, behind the scenes footage and a bloopers segment. “Live at Long Hollow is undoubtedly the most high-energy project I have ever worked on,” said Russell Hall, DVD producer/director. “What makes it so unique is that there is nothing on the market like it, and even if there was, it wouldn't have the energy that Denver and his band have. This two-disc set was shot with 10 cameras, and with some of the same crew that work on productions such as The CMA Awards and ‘The Amazing Race.’” In addition to the DVD release, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra are slated to appear on this weekend’s historic broadcast of the “Hour of Power.” The January 29 program, airing in the United States and Canada, will feature an installation service transferring leadership of the Crystal Cathedral and its internationally televised “Hour of Power” program from the ministry’s founder, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, to his son, Dr. Robert Anthony Schuller. The Hour of Power continues to be the most watched one-hour church service in America, according to Nielsen Ratings. Formed by Bierman at Nashville’s Belmont University in 1999, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra feature 12 members, comprised of trumpet, trombone, saxophone and rhythm sections. The group’s previous recordings include 2004’s Good To Go and Timeless Christmas, 2002’s Stand, and the band’s debut, Act The Scat, which released in 2000. (from Turning Point PR)

*Wednesday, January 25th, 2006*

House Of Heroes In support of their Mono-Vs-Stereo release Say No More this April, Columbus-based rock band House Of Heroes is kicking off 2006 with extensive touring throughout the month of March. The band is currently on tour with Dropping Daylight (Octone Records) and Love Arcade (Atlantic Records) with show dates that began January 18th and run till February 10th. House of Heroes will also join “The Lock And Load Tour” with Kids In The Way (Flicker Records) and Tokyo Rose (Side Cho Records) on February 24th through March 15th. House Of Heroes is a three-piece rock band comprised of members A.J Babcock (bass and vocals), Colin Rigsby (drums and vocals), and Tim Skipper (guitar and lead vocals). The band’s 2005 touring history includes opening up for Relient K and MxPx, as well as joining music legend Stryper. They’ve also toured with Spoken, The Evan Anthem, and Last Tuesday. (from LB PR)

Dead Poetic Chino Moreno of Deftones will be producing several songs on the upcoming Dead Poetic album later this month. Dead Poetic writes: "We are extremely excited to announce that Deftones/Team Sleep frontman Chino Moreno will be producing a few songs on our upcoming album. We are huge fans of Chino and his work, and are ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with him. We will be spending 4-5 days in Sacramento in late January to record songs with Chino, and will then head straight to Seattle to record the bulk of the album with producer Aaron Sprinkle. We will be sure to keep you posted with videos, photos, and journal entries documenting our studio time. We are very excited about 2006, and can not wait for you all to hear the new record!" (from Tooth & Nail Records)

Sarah Kelly Eager for the long-awaited follow-up to Sarah Kelly's stellar Take Me Away? Sarah has been keeping a Xanga page updated with day-by-day studio news on her pending sophomore effort, Where The Past Meets Today. Although the album doesn't street till May 16th, Sarah has already received over 5,000 preorders for the album! For more info on the process, and the industry vets lending a hand to crafting the album, you can follow along with Sarah at! (from

Rook Eric Champion-fronted rock band Rook just got off a recent live outing with Luna Halo and will be hitting the southeast, including dates at Six Flags Fusion Fest in Atlanta and dates with Kevin Max in Florida. The band hits the studio for a second round of recording with mainstream Columbia Records artist Bleu (Spider-Man soundtrack, Paparazzi soundtrack). Rook and Bleu will be co-writing and co-producing several new songs for the upcoming Rook album. (from LA Media)

*Tuesday, January 24th, 2006*

Elms The Elms have finally announced a release date and title for their long awaited forthcoming new album. "Just a quick heads-up to let you know that we have finalized a streetdate for our new album: The Chess Hotel on Universal South Records is hitting stores everywhere May 2, 2006," the band announced on MySpace January 22nd. "Here in the next few weeks, we'll give a complete overhaul, featuring a new look, new photos, and songs from The Chess Hotel. We might even throw up a few tunes from the recently recorded acoustic show. Sound good?" We think so! (from

SONICFlOOd Focusing on the big picture to go out into the world sharing the gospel, pioneering worship band SONICFLOOd has dedicated their past year to international travel to visit and perform in five countries around the world. The most recent trip took place this past December in Istanbul, Turkey. Performing in a country that is composed of 99 percent Muslim faith, SONICFLOOd front man Rick Heil speaks of the unique opportunity. “When we were talking about the opportunity to visit Turkey, I was definitely excited but at the same time a little hesitant because of Istanbul's recent past with terrorist attacks and the bird flu outbreak,” Heil says. “Also to add to my uneasiness, Turkey has approximately 71 million people in it, of the population only 2,200 people profess to have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Each time we played, I knew we were combating a spiritual force that had led so many astray for so long. After my short visit however, I felt that the young Church in Turkey was strong and tenacious like a bulldog.” While in Turkey, SONICFLOOd performed four concerts including a show at one of the top clubs in Europe being the first Christian concert at the secular venue in modern Turkish history. They also taped footage for a new music video, “This Generation,” while in Turkey. Other performances included various schools for international students as well as at a Turkish church. “The response from our Turkish fans was very overwhelming,” guitarist Trey Hill shares. “We were touched by stories of their trials and triumphs, and how the people of the country are responding to the Gospel. The strength and unity of the church in Turkey was touching. It inspired me to encourage my fellow Christians in the U.S to unite.” After being healed from Crohn’s disease, Heil feels that God has given him the opportunity to open his eyes to others hurting, to looking outside of himself and re-evaluating his purpose. SONICFLOOd has used their recent release This Generation as a call to action for the body of believers to put their faith into prospective. SONICFLOOd plans to fulfill their purpose this year as they tour with Compassion International this spring, travel to Europe during the summer and close out the fall with a tour to promote missions with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB). Heil speaks of the upcoming partnership with the IMB. “We hope this tour will wake up hearts to a worldview and bring people with a passion for the nations in touch with those who have the tools to make their dreams of sharing the gospel overseas a reality.” (from The M Collective)

Jeremy Camp Although it may be old news to diehard fans, we're excited to announce here that Jeremy Camp is going to be a dad again! "So, Adrienne is now 6 months pregnant and Isabella is getting more and more personality every day," Jeremy recently announced on his MySpace page. "She is starting to say more words and running around like crazy. What a huge blessing! It has been a nice break... well... kinda a break. We actually worked for about two weeks on Adrienne's album. We have six songs recorded already, and looks like we'll finish recording in February. It has very been encouraging to watch her heart pour out to the Lord. I can't believe the album is actually happening. Sweeeet!" We'll keep you posted on Jeremy and his former Benjamin-Gate-frontwoman Adrienne on their upcoming projects... (from Jeremy Camp's tour diary; thanks to Amanda, & Justin)

Big Idea VeggieTales fans should get ready to sing, dance and laugh! The VeggieTales characters are hitting the road this spring for an ALL-VEGGIE show, performing their silly songs during their major market VeggieTales Rockin’ Tour LIVE! Audiences can experience the silliness at churches and theaters nationwide and in various venues throughout Canada. The tour, which kicks off March 9 in Virginia Beach, VA, will visit more than 45 cities spanning 23 states and 4 provinces, including such major markets as Washington, D.C., Miami, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Houston, Albuquerque, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Calgary and others. For the latest itinerary, ticket information and group sales, please visit Combining all of the well-known VeggieTales songs, timeless values and plenty of that wacky humor VeggieTales fans enjoy so much is what makes this a delightfully entertaining show for kids of all ages. Taking the show out on the road like a true concert tour, audiences can expect to see some of their all-time favorite VeggieTales characters come to life right before their very eyes as they learn a lesson in friendship and experience a few really fun surprises! “Our live show provides the perfect opportunity for children of any age to experience a high-energy performance starring their favorite VeggieTales characters,” says Terry Pefanis, Big Idea COO. “Due to popular demand, the VeggieTales Rockin’ Tour LIVE is back with even more time dedicated to interaction with Bob, Larry and the rest of the Veggies cast,” continues Pefanis. “The show consists of two 40-minute segments enhanced through the use of engaging visuals such as a large screen video, a state-of-the-art lighting show, and much more. The incredibly positive impact of this show for children and parents alike will be both memorable and uplifting for years to come!” (from Hoganson Media)

Nashville-based Christian music distributor TAG Artist Group has partnered with KO-Records to distribute the upcoming release Sanctuary from singer/songwriter John Cox. Scheduled to be released March 28, 2006, the title track is already gaining ground at CHR and Rock radio formats. Many Christian music fans will know John Cox from his critically acclaimed debut CD Sunny Day, which produced four Top 10 singles and landed him the opening spot on tour with Petra. Since making his debut, Cox has turned his focus to songwriting, penning hit songs for artists like Josh Bates and David Phelps. Cox has also been writing for film, with a song featured in the upcoming Lindsay Lohan movie Something To Dream About. Sanctuary was produced in part by former Petra keyboardist John Lawry, and the production team Zod Lounge, which is comprised of former Sonic Flood members. According to TAG Artist Group President Dan Huisinga, the new CD is "hard edged acoustic rock with lyrics that are searching, encouraging and uplifting. Something with which people can connect." (from Nashville Publicity)

*Saturday, January 21st, 2006*

BarlowGirl Growing up, sisters Rebecca, Alyssa, and Lauren Barlow spent several years touring churches across the country as a back up band for their father Vince, a popular performer of children’s songs amongst the youth ministry. Now, known as BarlowGirl, the contemporary Christian artists have taken center stage. Receiving an impressive 38% percent of the vote, the sisterly trio defeated a talented line-up of “Who’s Next?: User’s Choice” artists including Limbeck, The Willowz and Morningwood. BarlowGirl will begin touring North America later this month in support of their sophomore album Another Journal Entry from Word Entertainment. Fans can catch an exclusive performance and interview with the band beginning January 12th at "We were thrilled and surprised when we found out that we won “Who's Next?” contest on Yahoo! Music," says BarlowGirl. “We were so honored by the support from everyone that voted for us. We definitely want to thank our supportive fans, the treasured ones who have been with us from day one and the new fans who discovered us during this event. We will always strive to stay true to our music and message.” The other segments of the "Who's Next?" program feature two extremely talented acts for the month of January. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt has taken over as “The New Now.” Harcourt recently released Strangers, which has been described as his most honest and exposed album to date. Also, 28-year-old reggaeton sensation Voltio has checked in as the “One To Watch.” His self-titled debut album was released last month from Sony and singles from the record have seen some impressive movement on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. You can check out all of these artists, as well as January’s "Who's Next?: User's Choice" competitors at (from Bozeman Media)

*Friday, January 20th, 2006*

POD Giving a taste of their anticipated January 24th Atlantic release, Testify, P.O.D. will be featured tomorrow (Friday, January 20) on MTV’s Total Request Live. TRL is granting full reign to P.O.D. as the acclaimed rock band performs five songs throughout the broadcast. TRL airs Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT. Visit for more information. Testify is P.O.D.’s fourth Atlantic release and first new music since 2003’s Payable On Death. The album, produced by the band in collaboration with Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, Van Halen), is being tagged as the Southern California-based band’s most powerful work to date as P.O.D. unquestionably returns to their spiritual roots. (from Word Records)

Matthew West Matthew West is a Dad! A new chapter in History has been opened for Universal South recording artist Matthew West and his wife, Emily. Their first child, Luella Jane West, came into the world at 7:20 PM on January 16. Luella weighed 5lbs. 10oz. at birth, and will surely be an inspiration for many new songs in the years to come. For a photo of the proud parents with baby "Lulu," click here! (from Turning Point PR)

Paul Wright This Valentines day, Paul Wright will be releasing a digital EP called Midnight Sonnet. "It's some of my most personal songs recorded mostly with just an acoustic guitar and vocals for a chilled out listen," said Wright on his MySpace page on Wednesday. "Listen to one of the 5 songs right now, "Sky Falling Down" at my player on I will be releasing the next digital EP, The Best Songs You Have Never Heard a month later March 14th. And if you are at one of my shows, I will soon be selling both EPs on one CD called Wright or Wrong: these songs are Paul's." Sounds cool Paul! To check out his songs, visit (from

NewSong Winter Jam, the concert that has grown to become the annual premier tour event in Christian music, started its '06 run with a record-breaking first weekend, with 18,000 concertgoers attending the first three shows in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Memphis, announced Troy VanLiere, partner in VanLiere & Wilcox, and manager for Integrity Music's NewSong, which is hosting Winter Jam '06 for the 10th straight year. In addition to NewSong, Winter Jam's artist line-up includes Newsboys, tobyMac, ZOEgirl, Hawk Nelson, and Krystal Myers. The tour will visit 31 cities every weekend from January 13 to March 19. In addition to the music, Winter Jam features "Sphere Of Fear," a motorcycle stunt show, and guest speaker, David Nasser, a youth evangelist and author of A Call to Grace. According to Eddie Carswell of NewSong, the spiritual impact is as important to the Winter Jam story as are the successful concert attendance figures. In addition to the estimated 300 decisions made for Christ, 439 also made commitments to sponsor children in Holt International Children's Services "Waiting Child Program," a monthly sponsorship program that brings sustaining hope and support to orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable children awaiting full-time adoptions. "I can think of no more satisfying way to start the New Year than to be a part of this life-changing Winter Jam tour. To see kids make decisions for Christ and to see them also supporting an important ministry like Holt International is what it's all about for NewSong," said Carswell. "It's fantastic to be part of such a phenomenal, entertaining and inspiring concert experience." Winter Jam '06 continues this weekend in Ft. Myers and Tampa, FL. The remaining dates and locations can be found at or For more information about Holt International, visit (from Spinhouse PR)

Christian music’s newest pop/rock group, Roads To Rome, will release their debut CD, Love Rain Down, on February 21, 2006. The band is the flagship artist for the new independent label Union Street Records, and the new project will be distributed by TAG Artist Group. Roads To Rome was formed in 2004 and is comprised of veteran musicians, Mike Musick, lead vocals/ guitar/piano; Kevin O'Neal, keys/ percussion/ vocals; Seth Marcum, bass; and David Burch, drums/vocals. Musick produced Love Rain Down and wrote most of the music himself. The passion of the new songs showcase the compelling spiritual message of Roads To Rome. "I am trying to write songs that speak into people’s lives so they can know someone understands what they're going through….that there is someone else in the trenches with them,” explains Musick. “I have strong convictions about my faith because to me Jesus is a real person that I talk to everyday. He is in the trenches with me and it comes out in our music. A lot of my songs are born out of our daily struggles and I'm not ashamed of that." Since the group’s inception, Roads To Rome has kept a heavy touring schedule in the United States and parts of Europe, including extensive tours throughout Turkey and Ireland. In February 2005, the band recorded a 5-song EP that was distributed to college radio stations across the country and resulted in a #1 hit for Roads To Rome, “Always You”. They shared valuable chart position with such major acts as U2, Beck, Mars Vita, Kings of Leon, and Ben Folds. Roads To Rome has just returned from a successful tour across the U.S. on the highly popular ShoutFest Tour, sharing the stage with such Christian artists as Skillet, Seventh Day Slumber, and Grits. (from Bozeman Media)

Singer/songwriter Anthony Evans is releasing his second solo project, Letting Go, March 7th on INO Records. The aptly titled project showcases brand new songs that are grounded in a deeper understanding of God’s relentless grace. This Dallas-based singer is already widely recognized for his distinct and dynamic vocals, his joyful expression of passionate faith, and for his insatiable thirst to understand matters that are important in his relationship with God. Evans is the son of Dr. Tony Evans (Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and President of The Urban Alternative) and is a second-generation minister and a well-seasoned performer. Evans grew up singing in the church and decided to make it a career, much to the satisfaction of such notable fans as Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Franklin Graham, to name just a few. Explaining the theme of Letting Go, Evans says, “I hope people can hear this album and gain confidence and assurance in the relationship they have with God, knowing God’s arms are securely around them and He is never letting go.” He continues, “This record is about trusting God absolutely, and understanding the magnitude of the hope we have through the sacrifice Christ made.” Produced by Matt Bronleewe and Nathan Nockels, Evans co-wrote nine of the album’s ten songs, partnering with the likes of Matthew West, Michael Boggs, Chad Cates, Ben Glover and Jason Ingram. From the numerous songwriting sessions, the songs created for Letting Go represent a transformation Evans experienced as he struggled last year with his call to represent Christ in music ministry. “I’ve realized more concretely that God doesn’t want anything from me when it comes to the performance thing,” Evans explains. “All I need to do is give him my heart. God created me this way and God unconditionally loves me. I better recognize what God’s love truly means.” The project’s title track, “Letting Go,” is a song that assures listeners God stands fast beside them in difficult times. The single “Meaningless” recognizes the reality of humanity’s sinful tendency, while the ballad “Whatever I Can’t Erase” portrays another face of God’s creative redemption. Closing the record is “You’re My God,” a track witnessing to God’s character as being one of strict faithfulness. The powerful anthem, “I Choose Now,” is the record’s first single. (from The M Collective)

*Thursday, January 19th, 2006* - Afternoon UPDATE

RSJ Currently on a mission in Rwanda in her role as a global spokeswoman for Compassion International, Rebecca St. James will return to the U.S. from Africa in late January-- literally in time to re-pack her suitcases for the launch of her ambitious If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something Tour which begins a forty-plus concert schedule on February 2nd. The tour, which celebrates the release of St. James' critically acclaimed latest CD of the same title, might have the sub-title "chicks that rock!" The Australian born Grammy and Dove Award winner has chosen BarlowGirl to share the stage with her on the tour which is set to run from February through early April. BarlowGirl's dramatic impact in Christian music over the past several years has brought them multiple Dove Award nominations, #1 singles for the Fervent label, and like Rebecca, a strong voice as role models for their audience. Barlow sisters Becca, Alyssa, and Lauren have again connected powerfully with their audience by way of their latest album release Another Journal Entry, which showcases their affinity to rock for God. The tour will also introduce audiences to BEC recording artist Jadon Lavik whose recent Top 5 single "What If" and current single "Changing Happy" have given him wide exposure with Christian radio. His sophomore album, "Life On The Inside" is scheduled to be released on March 7th. According to St. James the 'heart' of the event will also give concert goers the most personal and transparent moments of sharing she's ever done on tour. "Themes from trust and transformation, to the renewed passion I have for the work of Compassion International are major issues I'll address from the stage," she notes. Her personal insight and experiences as well as visuals from her current mission to Rwanda are also expected to be highlights, as will a time of worship where Rebecca will be joined onstage by BarlowGirl. The group makes a guest appearance on the If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something CD--lending their talents to a stunningly moving track titled Forgive Me--which they will perform with Rebecca live on the tour. Noted Jeff Roberts, President of Jeff Roberts & Associates, whose agency exclusively represents St. James for concert bookings: "There's been a tremendous amount of excitement about this tour--both the opportunity of having Rebecca back in a major concert series--and the announcement of BarlowGirl coming on tour with her. It's a dynamic billing and we're already seeing the February-March concerts hitting early sell-outs. Due to the demand, we're adding additional dates." (from Morning Star PR)

Click here to check out "Mirrors," the second song posted online from Mainstay's stunning debut release Well Meaning Fiction, in stores February 21, 2006! For our PReview of the album, click here! (from BEC Recordings)

You can now check out the brand new video for "Moonlit" from Falling Up's newest release Dawn Escapes, in stores now! Click here to see the video now. (from BEC Recordings)

Martha Munizzi Internationally acclaimed praise and worship artist Martha Munizzi will release her highly anticipated follow up to her Award Winning CD The Best Is Yet To Come and her first CD release since she signed on with Integrity Music for a long-term marketing and distribution deal. No Limits, a 2-disc CD filled with both high energy praise and intimate worship, is set to release on March 14, on Integrity Music to Christian retail and to general market outlets on the Epic-Columbia Records label through Sony-BMG Distribution. "Rarely do artists connect with such a broad cross-section of culture in the way Martha Munizzi has already done and predicts to do in an even bigger way with her new release. When she sings that there are 'no limits' Martha may very well be describing the next season in her own life after this new record releases," said Don Moen, president of Integrity Label Group. "Integrity Music is very excited about Martha's new project; it is an important priority for the company in 2006." An eclectic collection of songs that offers new sounds and new styles, No Limits was produced by Noel Hall (former musical director for Fred Hammond). The majority of the album's 22 tracks were written or co-written by Munizzi, who admits there were moments of pre-production butterflies and pressure to meet the high expectations set by her indie success. "I had some moments of feeling, 'You did this once, but can you do it again?', but when we got around to the writing and recording, I just did what was in my heart," said Munizzi. "I had no idea what a hit song was when we did the first album, and couldn't tell you today. I just waited until I felt the Lord put something in my spirit. That's the only way I know how to do this." No Limits was recorded live at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just a few weeks before Hurricane Katrina made its life-changing impact on the Gulf Coast. The same sanctuary Munizzi and her musicians and singers filled with praise music to create No Limits was later filled with hundreds of evacuees and served as a key relief center, visited by President George Bush and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and other celebrities and was featured on every major broadcast network. In addition to her live performances and CDs, Munizzi is known for her incomparable songwriting. Her songs such as "Shout," "Say The Name," and "Because Of Who You Are" have become praise and worship anthems in churches across America and around the world and Karen Clark Sheard, Vicki Yohe, Ron Kenoly and Alvin Slaughter are just a few of the artists who have recorded her songs. (from Integrity Label Group)

Russ Lee Award-winning singer/songwriter Russ Lee celebrates 25 years of music and ministry with the 2006 launch of the “I Will Go” Tour, stopping in six continents and in all 50 states. The international leg of the “I Will Go” Tour is slated to begin in Indonesia in February, and Lee will travel to Singapore in March. He is also scheduled to visit Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Dominican Republic, among other locations, this year. In partnership with World Vision, HCJB World Radio, International Bible Society, New Day Christian Distributors, Go Global Entertainment and Soul2Soul Radio, the Tour is part of a broader missions initiative Lee is implementing to help educate and challenge the local church to reach the world for Christ. "After 25 years of serving the Lord, I am excited and honored to celebrate this milestone with a global missions initiative of this magnitude," says Lee. “I want to join with churches and other ministries to mobilize the followers of Christ into action. 'I Will Go' is what we ultimately hope to see each and every believer stand and say, whether it be ‘across the street or around the world.’” As one of the first recording artists to partner with HCJB World Radio, Lee will perform at station- sponsored concerts in addition to making on-air appearances at various HCJB affiliates. He will also help educate stateside audiences about the work of HCJB World Radio. “Stations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Hawaii are already excited about hosting Russ Lee this year,” said David Kealy, Asia Pacific Region, HCJB World Radio. “When Russ does live interviews and sings at concerts promoted by the stations, he will be a great encouragement to the stations and to the audience they serve.” Continuing his longstanding relationship with World Vision, Lee will promote child sponsorships at his concerts throughout the United States and will visit various communities around the world directly impacted by the organization’s work. (from Turning Point PR)

*Wednesday, January 18th, 2006* - Afternoon UPDATE

Audio A It's official! Word was released today from Audio Adrenaline's publicist that 2006 is definitely the band's last year...
One of the industries top bands, Audio Adrenaline announces that it will add a final chapter to its substantial career with Adios, slated to release later this year. After 15-years of music and mission, Audio Adrenaline is choosing to say “adios,” offering one more nod to its considerable fan base with the album and select live events. After years of giving his all on stage and in the studio, Audio Adrenaline frontman Mark Stuart is experiencing ongoing vocal challenges. After consulting with doctors, it is clear the toll his voice has taken will prevent his ability to continue a consistent live performance schedule. “Fifteen years of rock 'n' roll takes a toll on the vocal chords, but I wouldn’t trade a day of it for anything,” says Stuart. “Touring and making records with Will, Ben and Tyler has truly been a gift from God, as well as worshiping night after night with the greatest fans on the planet.” “As one of the most successful and longest running bands in Christian music, Audio Adrenaline has made tremendous impact in the lives of their loyal listeners,” says Peter York, EMI CMG Label Group president. “They have also been a strong influence and positive role model for many of today’s emerging bands. It has been EMI CMG’s privilege to partner with Audio Adrenaline and to support their music and ministry throughout their entire career.” With plans for Adios in its initial stages, fans can anticipate a commemorative look at the expansive career of Audio Adrenaline through the band’s greatest hits along with two newly recorded songs. A special edition Adios package is slated to include a DVD containing all Audio Adrenaline videos, live performance footage and new band interviews. This package will also feature interviews from artists impacted by Audio Adrenaline, including tobyMac and Steven Curtis Chapman, as well as members of MercyMe, Pillar, Relient K and Newsboys, each talking about their shared tour experiences and favorite memories of Audio Adrenaline. “The plans emerging for Adios promise to deliver a fun and poignant experience in which Audio Adrenaline fans can participate,” says York. “The legacy of Audio Adrenaline is one that will continue to make impact for many years to come.” Audio Adrenaline recently completed its successful fall Until My Heart Caves In tour in support of its critically acclaimed, 2006 GRAMMY nominated and ninth studio album of the same name. As one of today’s top touring attractions, known for members’ explosiveness and energetic outpourings, coupled with state of the art production, the band is currently preparing its final touring schedule that will give fans the opportunity to see one of today’s most successful rock bands one last time. In addition to select dates throughout the year, the tour will route them through the major summer festivals in 2006. “Audio Adrenaline has been a favorite over the years and remains one of our top concert draws,” says Tim Landis, Creation Festival producer. “On the cutting edge musically, the band found their audience early and became a consistent headliner for Creation Festival. We are excited about having them one last time this summer, as it’s sure to be a memorable experience in this band’s remarkable history. AudioA is truly one of the great bands of our day.” Since 1991, Audio Adrenaline has taken a full throttled blast of musical passion, melded it with a compassionate desire to impact the world at large and added members’ rock-solid grounding in reality with their vulnerable, no holds barred songwriting. Thanks to earnest performances and undying appreciation for its fans, the group has sold over three million records and racked up 18 No. 1 singles. The band’s Bloom recording was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1999 and they were awarded the prestigious “Song of the Decade” crowning in the 90s for “Big House” by CCM Magazine. With a prestigious GRAMMY Award for it’s 2004 recording, Worldwide, and four Dove Awards, Audio Adrenaline has consistently proved its relevance, artistry and heart. The band is also well known for its humanitarian aid and will remain heavily involved with Flicker Records and raising funds to continue its Hands and Feet Project, a non-profit organization they formed dedicated to the health, welfare and education of orphaned children of Haiti. The organization provides the nurturing of a loving home, a viable Christian witness, and attention to the medical needs and proper education of each orphaned child taken in by the orphanage. More information on the band, including its latest tour itinerary, can be found at For a recent interview with the band, click here. All of JfH will deeply miss the band's ministry as their work has inspired a lot of what JfH has done in the past 10 years. We wish all of the AudioA guys the absolute best! (from Hoganson Media;

*Wednesday, January 18th, 2006*

Pc3 Well the rumors look to be true. Since the Newsboys announced last week that guitarist Bryan Olesen would be leaving to spend more time with his family and on his own band Casting Pearls, rumors of his replacement have circled the web. Paul Colman's name was among the mentioned and was confirmed last evening by Australia's Woodlands Media. Colman has joined the band and will begin touring with them for its forthcoming Australian tour. Colman is best known for his work with Paul Colman Trio and his own solo project Let It Go which released on InPop Records last year. (from Woodlands Media)

POD If one more week is too long to wait for the album's release on January 24, fans can get an early listen to P.O.D.'s brand new album, Testify, now. Log on to's "The Leak" by clicking here to hear the album in its entirety! The album will be on The Leak until January 24th, the day Testify hits stores! Tracks can also be heard from a second, limited-edition disc of the members of P.O.D. going through the album track-by-track commenting on the writing process, influences, and the meanings behind the new songs! (from P.O.D.; thanks to david c)

JoC CMC Distribution, the largest Christian music distributor outside of the United States, spearheaded a campaign that raised $10,000 for Jars of Clay’s Blood:Water Mission. CMC donated $1 from the first 7,000 Jars of Clay - Redemption Songs CD’s sold at retail stores in Canada, distributed “Blood:Water Mission” jars to collect donations and also auctioned off 10 original stained glass windows of Redemption Songs artwork. Tamara Schaaf, Label Manager of CMC Distribution says, “Getting behind a cause like the Blood:Water Mission gives validity to all we do. People are dying for less than the cost of our cup of coffee. That is a tragedy! It is not even an option—we must act!” Multi-platinum Dove and GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay founded Blood:Water Mission to foster relief for the HIV/AIDS crisis raging in third world countries. The non-profit organization promotes clean blood and clean water solutions in Africa by supporting medical facilities and building clean wells. For more information on Jars of Clay, please visit, or For more information on the Blood:Water Mission, please visit, (from Provident Music Group)

Needtobreathe Sparrow records recently announced that along with Atlantic/Lava, it will simultaneously release the debut project from the band poised to be the next big thing out of South Carolina, needtobreathe, to the CBA market. Daylight, recorded in the UK and produced by Andy Green, (Keane’s multi-platinum Hopes and Fears) will hit the streets nationwide on April 4, 2006. "I was drawn to needtobreathe and their music the first time I saw a video clip of the band on the internet,” recalls EMI Brad O’Donnell, Vice President, A&R, EMI CMG Label Group. “They write songs with big hooks, they have a compelling, hi-energy live show and they are committed to making great records. They have the talent and ambition to have an incredible career." Bridging the gap between college and mainstream rock, Daylight is loaded with hook-filled songs reminiscent of 2005 sensations The Killers and Maroon5. Given the selection of songs, both Atlantic/Lava and Sparrow promotion teams are planning to hit radio strong this February and March. Along with a music video, “You Are Here” will be serviced to mainstream Alternative radio on 2/17 and Pop/Hot Ac on 3/21, and serviced to AC and CHR Christian radio formats on 2/24. Lead by Bear Rinehart (lead vocal, guitar), a former Furman University football standout at wide receiver, who holds several "all-time" school records including career catches, season catches, and career punt return average, he was also given the Banks McFadden trophy in 2002, which is awarded to South Carolina's best collegiate football player by the Greenville Touchdown Club. Bear's brother Bryant "Bo" Rinehart (backing vocals, guitar) co-writes with his brother and was featured in the hit movie Radio with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris. Bear and Bryant Rinehart are named after the legendary football coach at Alabama, Paul Bear Bryant. Both Rinehart’s gave up potential careers in football and acting respectively, to pursue their dream of and passion for music. The line-up also includes hard-hitting Joe Stillwell (drums/percussion, backing vocals) who is, along with Bear, one of the founding members of needtobreathe; and Seth Bolt (bass, backing vocals) who recently earned his degree in recording engineering and founded Plantation Studios, where the band produced and recorded all of their independent releases. (from The M Collective)

The largest outdoor Christian music and teaching festival of its kind, the 28th Annual Creation Festival continues the tradition of featuring the hottest acts in Christian music, as well as highlighting up-and-coming artists and introducing young audiences to some of the foundational artists who have made Christian music what it is today. Creation Northeast will be held June 28th – July 1st at the Agape Farm in the beautiful mountain ranges of Mount Union, PA. Celebrating its 9th year, Creation Northwest will be held at the amazing Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA July 26th –29th. This year’s main stage line-up includes Third Day, TobyMac, Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Hillsong United, David Crowder, Salvador, Stryper, popular mainstream band Relient K and American Idol finalist, George Huff, along with many other nationally known favorites. The Festival will also present many new artists who are on the rise, including Flyleaf, The Afters, Mainstay and M.O.C. The Tooth and Nail Records sponsored “X2006 Fringe Stage” will feature the best of up-and-coming alternative Christian artists, including Krystal Meyers, Seventh Day Slumber, John Reuben, Hawk Nelson, Falling Up, House of Heroes and 4th Avenue Jones, among others. For the first time, the Creation Festival is partnering with, bringing its online resources to life with a training conference for worship leaders, musicians and writers in the afternoon Worship Tent. With distinct seminar classes ranging from songwriting to hands-on training for bands, worship leaders and musicians will have a rare opportunity to come together for teaching and fellowship. The Creation Festival was founded in 1979 in Pennsylvania and has since grown to become the largest event of its kind, adding a second event in 1998 on the west coast, held at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. In 2005, Creation branched out once again, this time internationally. Friendship Fest, held just outside the beautiful gardens and old walls of Marrakech, the cultural capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, was a huge success with more than 80,000 fans gathering for this truly historical event in a Muslim country. The 2nd Annual Friendship Fest will be held May 5-7, 2006. Tens of thousands of people attend the Creation Festivals from all across the United States and Canada, as well as many international countries, including Iceland, Switzerland, and France. (from Springboard Entertainment)

*Monday, January 16th, 2006*

Switchfoot Switchfoot recently edited a live video montage together from their Fall tour for the band's new single, "We Are One Tonight." "This isn't a video for the masses, MTV, or anyone else," stated the band in a newsletter last week. "This is simply a video to thank everyone who came to the shows this Fall for an amazing tour. I'm sure a lot of you will even see yourselves somewhere amidst the chaos. You can watch the video here: And speaking of new videos, we'll begin filming our new 'official' video for 'We Are One Tonight' towards the end of this month, and we're really excited about the concept... we think you'll dig it too. Without giving too much away, it's something about a ladder, a poodle, and the color blue." In the meantime, you can catch the guys performing live on Last Call with Carson Daily on January 24th. (from Switchfoot)

Mars Ill Could it be? A final release date for Mars Ill's long-awaited Pro*Pain? The album was original slated for a late 2004 release but due to copyright entanglements from samples the band used that they ultimately didn't have clearance for, the album never released. The band is excited and from what we've heard of these songs, it will be the band's best work to date. Expect the album to finally grace shelves on May 2nd! (from LB PR / Gotee)

Jadon Lavik BEC Recordings artist Jadon Lavik is poised to release his sophomore album, titled Life On The Inside, this coming March 7th. Life On The Inside is a much-anticipated follow up to his debut Moving On Faith, which released June 15th, 2004. With 12 songs all written by Lavik, Life On The Inside hails the production team of Adam Watts and Andy Dodd (Jeremy Camp, Zoegirl, The OC Supertones), as well as Steve Hindalong (Jeremy Camp, Caedmon’s Call) and Marc Byrd (Jeremy Camp, Day Of Fire). The album will also include radio hit single “What If” from his debut release. "Life on the Inside is my take on Christian struggles and the Christian walk," says Lavik. "These songs are about aligning my day-to-day life the way it should be and relaying that message to listeners. To me it would be a success if there was an authentic connection between myself and the listeners with regards to personal struggles on living a Godly life and the mind shift that's required living in this world. This album is my attempt at an honest look at what is going on inside us, not just on the outside." Best known for his #1 hit radio song “What If”, Lavik’s newest single “Changing Happy” goes for adds at both the AC and CHR formats on January 20th. On the tour front, Lavik will join Rebecca St. James and Barlow Girl on a 40-plus city tour on February 2nd through April 1st. (from LB PR)

Matt Kearney Mat Kearney recently performed on NBC's “Last Call” with Carson Daly. This was Mat's first national television appearance. And if you haven't already, check out Mat's new single, "Nothing Left to Lose," which debuted a few weeks ago on MySpace and is impacting mainstream radio now. This winter, Mat will tour with The Fray and Cary Brothers. To hear "Nothing Left to Lose," visit To download your own copy of the song, you can grab it online now from iTunes, Sony Connect, WalMart or other digital music vendors. (from Inpop)

Superchick Superchic[k] is taking January off to enjoy a little personal time before heading out on the “This Is Your Anthem” tour with KJ-52, Seventh Day Slumber and Eleventyseven. Several shows have already sold out in advance of this highly anticipated line-up. A few of the band members will celebrate birthdays before they take off, including Dave Ghazarian and Melissa Brock. Melissa bought a little b-day present for herself-- a vintage Vespa! She's navigating it around her home in Nashville and enjoying the new ride. Her sister, Tricia, has been spending time at home in Indiana with her family and recently adopted an adorable Boston terrier. Both Matt Dally and Brandon Estelle have used the time off to work on new music. Matt donned his producer’s hat for the latest project by band Made Avail, and Max Hsu is mixing the project. The band will come together in two weeks to start rehearsals for the upcoming tour, which kicks off Jan. 27th in Cincinnati. (from Inpop)

New Harvest of Dayton, OH was named the winner of Exalting Him 2005 last week on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), which was hosted by recording artist and songwriter, Nicole C. Mullen. Norman, Tim, Joey and Terence took home the honor by displaying their rich tones and smooth harmonies for the panel of judges. New Harvest walked away with a recording contract from Vital Communications, a division of Daywind Music Group. Sponsored by Daywind Soundtracks, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Salem Music Networks and Family Christian Stores, the national Christian search, Exalting Him 2005 drew in over 1,000 entries from 47 states. With regional competitions held in Orlando, Nashville, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Portland, Dallas and Atlanta, eighteen finalists emerged on. There they met in Nashville, Tennessee at the Trinity Broadcasting Network for the final competition where they performed for the title of Exalting Him 2005 winner in front of four judges, including Deborah Evans Price-Billboard Magazine, Steve Crawford and Da’dra Crawford- Greathouse – award winning brother and sister duo, Anointed and Kelly Nelon Clark – alto vocalists for the Nelons. Exalting Him 2005, the entire 5 episodes, will broadcast on TBN Monday, January 16th- Friday, January 21st at 4:30 am CST and will re-air on TBN’s sister network, JCTV in February. Check your local listings for the channels and times of re-airing. A compilation CD featuring the eight finalists, including the wildcards will be available to retail on January 23, 2006 or online at For more information on Exalting Him 2006, visit or (from Daywind Music Group)

*Friday, January 13th, 2006*

Chris Tomlin Last year proved to be a breakthrough experience for artist-worshiper, sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records’ Chris Tomlin. Capping the year with his first RIAA Certified Gold sales award for his current, critically acclaimed studio album, Arriving, 2005 also brought Tomlin a series of firsts at radio, retail and on tour. Released Sept. 21, 2004, Arriving immediately became a top-seller, debuting at No. 39 on the Billboard Top 200. The album hit is stride six months into its release when it re-entered the Billboard Top 200 and landed at No. 1 for the first time on SoundScan's Top Christian Albums retail chart in March 2005. As momentum continued to build for Tomlin, he received his first GMA Music Award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year in April for Arriving, which was also voted best album in the 2005 Christian Retailing Retailers Choice Awards’ Music category in July. Additionally, the album landed among the top five “Best Inspirational Albums of 2005” at iTunes, was named a “best of ‘05” on Napster’s home page and marks the first Gold release for sixstepsrecords. “All of us at ‘sixsteps’ have been humbled by the favor that seems to be resting on Arriving,” says Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords founder and popular speaker/author. “We feel like the songs are God's gift for this generation of worshipers, entrusted to us to build up His church. Chris has carried them exceptionally well and God has used both album sales and radio airplay to exponentially broaden their reach to people around the globe.” “It has been an honor for EMI CMG to partner with sixstepsrecords in the artist development story of Chris Tomlin that has unfolded over the last three years,” says Peter York, EMI CMG Label Group president. “Chris is one of the most prolific and engaging songwriters of the modern church. His music has impacted, encouraged and inspired believers around the world. We look to the future with great anticipation.” (from Hoganson Media)

Everyday Sunday Everyday Sunday is gearing up for their junior release on Flicker Records. "Hey everybody, I just wanted to let you know that we, Everyday Sunday, are going into the studio next month to begin recording our new album that's coming out EVERYWHERE in stores and at shows this summer," announced vocalist Trey Pearson on the band's MySpace page this week. "More details to come soon, but let me know what you think and what you can do to help us get the word out. Tell all your friends! I cannot wait for you guys to hear the new stuff! I'll be in touch soon with more details." The tentative release date for the record will be July 4th. (from, thanks to Gilbert; Everyday Sunday)

MuteMath Mute Math would like to invite everyone to check out The Album Release Tour 2006 E-Card, featuring new music from their debut full-length album, the latest tour information, downloads, and the introduction of the band's new online store! The bonus card's highlight is a chance to hear two brand new full-length songs from the band, "Chaos" and "Noticed." The e-card also gives the listener the chance to download "Chaos" to keep! To check it out, click here! (from Mute Math)

Paul Wright Gotee is releasing two digital EP's next month on iTunes. Paul Wright will release five new tracks collectively titled The Best Songs You Never Heard on iTunes on February 7th. In late February, a Jennifer Knapp digital EP with live performances of "Hold Me Now" and "Trinity" as well as tunes from her Collection album will be available on iTunes. Gotee will also be releasing a new live project from Knapp this month on the 24th. The project was recorded a few years ago and features many of her greatest hits! (from Gotee Records)

DecembeRadio DecembeRadio, the rock band recently signed to Slanted Records, the rock/pop imprint of Spring Hill Music Group, has just been named one of ten "Faces to Watch," according to the cover story of the January 7th issue of BILLBOARD Magazine. The "Faces to Watch" artists were picked by ten of BILLBOARD Magazine's editors based on either having "highly anticipated debut albums ready to come out in the first quarter" or were considered to be "under-the-radar and...expected to explode at any moment," according to the magazine. "I can't remember the last time a new band caught our attention and enthusiasm like DecembeRadio has," stated Vice President of CBA Sales for Word Distribution Jim Nehs. "The guys played our sales conference in December and rocked the house! Our team is still talking about it." Based in Blacksburg, Va., group members Josh Reedy, Brian Bunn and Eric Miker bring a unique style of rock 'n roll to the Christian music scene. Their classic rock vibe, accented by Southern rock elements and a modern edge, is being described as having "hints of Lenny Kravitz and Led Zeppelin combined with elements of The Black Crowes, Jet and Lynyrd Skynyrd." DecembeRadio's national debut, which is being produced by veteran artist/producer Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day, Overflow, NewSong), is scheduled to release in June. Slanted Records is currently making plans for the band's promotional tours and for the release of the first single, which is scheduled to hit rock and Christian hit radio stations early in the spring. (from Slanted Records)

*Thursday, January 12th, 2006*

Further Seems Forever Yet another band has announced its end... "After seven years as a band with various lineups, 3 records and over a thousand shows, Further Seems Forever agrees it is time to move on to other things in our lives. We have enjoyed touring the world over these years, and meeting all of our incredible fans. All of the members of FSF remain the best of friends and look forward to the future, whatever it may bring. Further Seems Forever will be playing our final shows in early 2006. They will be with the full electric band. We will be doing spot shows in various cities across the country and Canada. We will do our best to play as many places as possible but several members now have full-time jobs and other full time commitments. We hope to see all our fans out at the shows and look forward to playing for you one more time. We won’t be recording a new record but there will be some unreleased material coming out as well as a DVD with live footage and videos. We would like to thank all the people and bands who helped our band over the years and made it possible for us to do what we love. Without them behind the scenes we simply couldn’t have done this. Special thanks goes out to our families whose love, encouragement and understanding made it possible to be in this band. We will be keeping our MySpace page current and you can check that page as well as this site for new info on shows, the DVD and any other FSF related news. We wish everyone a great new year and hope to see you soon. - Jon, Derick, Josh, Chad and Steve, Further Seems Forever" We wish the FSF guys the best in their endeavors! (from

Newsboys Yesterday, Newsboys' official website announced that guitarst Bryan Olesen will be departing to focus on his band Casting Pearls. “These past few years have been an amazing gift in having been able to learn from, perform, and work with newsboys," Olesen said on "I have cherished every second and every show, but I am ultimately excited about what is in-store for Casting Pearls” said Olesen. With Casting Pearls’ recent radio and tour success, it has been increasingly difficult to split time between both bands and my family at home in Lincoln. “Peter [Furler] and I have had several discussions about this and felt that this would be the best for both bands” Olesen explained. We wish Bryan and his family the best!. We have had many great shows around the world with him, many lifetime memories. This decision was a tough one, but between recording and touring commitments and above all, the importance of family, it seems to be the right decision." No replacement was named yet, but an announcement will be made on (from

Mainstay Modern rock group Mainstay will unveil their major label debut Well Meaning Fiction on BEC Recordings this February 21st. Well Meaning Fiction includes 10 songs, most of which were penned by lead singer Justin Anderson with additional songwriting by band mate Ryan DeYounge. Producer credits on the album go to Aaron Sprinkle (Kutless, Pedro the Lion, Anberlin) and Zach Hodges. “The theme of the record is really a wake-up call to evaluate what our faith should look like as we live here in America,” says Anderson. “My hope is that it turns some heads and ears, but does so in a humble manner - because the writing of this record comes from a broken heart over my own sin and shortcomings, not arrogance or superiority.” In support of their debut, Mainstay will join Sanctus Real and The Afters on a 40-city nationwide tour in February and then again in April- May. The band recently joined John Reuben and Falling Up on a 30-city tour, as well as performing four dates as part of the “See Spot Rock 2006” tour featuring Pillar. On the radio front, the first single “Take Away” is currently going for adds at the CHR Rock format. Fronted by Justin Anderson, the Minneapolis-based trio is rounded out by Ryan DeYounge on drums and Dan Ostebo on bass. Mainstay, originally a punk band practicing out of a garage, refined their sound throughout five years time. The band went on to record an EP on their own, which eventually amassed a grassroots following and record label interest. For a review of the band's EP, click here. Also, click here for our PReview of Well Meaning Fiction! For more information on Mainstay, check out or their official artist website at (from LB PR)

Decyfer Down SRE Recordings has announced the signing of North Carolina rockers Decyfer Down, and will release their debut project, End Of Grey, on April 4, 2006. About bringing Decyfer Down into the SRE fold, INO president Jeff Moseley, commented “Decyfer Down represent the kind of bands we want to work with. They have developed quite a following with their outstanding live show and musically are at the top of their game. Couple that with a very real approach to sharing the Gospel message and you have a blueprint for the kind of artists we love to partner with. We can’t wait to share what they do with the broadest possible audience.” A band for just the past four years, Decyfer Down has already received solid airplay from mainstream modern and active rock stations in their hometown region of North Carolina, including WARQ in Columbia, South Carolina. Commenting on their early support of the band, the station’s Music Director Mark Lee remarked, “From the first time I saw Decyfer Down, I knew that they were something special. They had an incredible stage presence to accompany their brilliant live show. Previous to seeing them perform, there was a buzz brewing on the local music scene about them and they lived up to it. This is a band that "gets it" and will truly become great once given the chance. The have pulsing melodies with heartfelt, deep lyrics that ANY rock fan will be quickly turned on to. WARQ has been spinning Decyfer Down's "I'll Breathe For You" for a couple of months in our "Eleven O Clock News" feature to a wonderful response from our listeners.” The band has also already shared the stage, in festivals and concerts such as X-fest 04' and Shoutfest 03',and 05', with a diversity of national acts including Cold, Puddle of Mudd, Breaking Benjamin, Strata, Theory of a dead man, Smile empty soul, Authority Zero Crossfade, Future leaders of the world, Seven Mary Three, Adema, Skillet, Tree 63, Jars of Clay, Day of Fire, Spoken, Tait, Disciple, Seventh Day Slumber, Jeremy Camp, etc. “Decyfer Down is a band is a great band with a bunch of great guys. They were one of the hits of Shoutfest in ‘05 and promise to be one of the big bands of tomorrow,” commented booking agent Jeff Roberts. Drummer Josh Oliver and guitarist Brandon Mills started the band at a time when each simply needed to renew his life in God. For Oliver, it was a case of being burned out on religion, while for Mills, it was a time to surrender a life of parties and drugs and return to his faith. “We were just trying to crawl our way back into a deeper understanding of God – for him to heal the wounds we had in our own personal lives,” says Oliver. “The music began to change and evolve as our walk with God did.” As the word ‘decipher’ means “to interpret,” the moniker Decyfer Down fit perfectly, as the band aimed to interpret truth based on God’s Word while stripping it down from religious traditions and terms. States Josh, “We’re simply out to give a positive message of hope that has truth streaming all the way down the middle of it.” Its focus made clearer, Decyfer Down resolved to be black and white about truth and captured the confusing parts of time past in an album of songs appropriately titled End of Grey. Produced by Jim Cooper and Tony Palacios, the project is an explosive album that features melodic hard rock, anthem-sized songs featuring ringing guitars that melt and morph into vicious riffs, with songs filled with searching and waiting, honesty and hope. “The album represents the places we’ve been and struggles we’ve gone through, and interprets that,” says Caleb, the band’s primary lyricist. “All the songs go back to a theme of being real and honest, and not being ashamed of talking about the truth.” (from The M Collective)

Grits Gotee Records group Grits has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Gospel Album category. The 48th annual Grammy Awards will be held on Wednesday February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The group had a very busy year having 10 #1 Christian hip hop singles, Dichotomy A/B selling nearly 120,000 copies, sharing the stage with Outkast and Jay-Z, receiving a Billboard Video Award, 4 Dove Award’s (Christian Grammy), and most impressively their Dichotomy B album is up for Best Rock Gospel Album of the Year at this year’s GRAMMY AWARDS. Grits has been recognized by such media as The Source, XXL, SPIN, VIBE and many more. There songs have been featured on MTV Cribs, The Real World, Pimp My Ride, Made, Boston Public, Kevin Hill as well as such feature films as Something’s Gotta Give and The Perfect Man. This year was great for Grits and this Grammy nomination has sprung them into a whole new stratosphere. The sky seems to be the limit for this group and we can only wait and see what they do next. You can access the Grits website at (from Big Machine Media)

Kids In The Way will be headlining the Night of the Living Tour with The Myriad, Chasing Victory and Trouble with Ferguson. Tour starts January 11th - check for dates near you. (from Flicker Records)

*Wednesday, January 11th, 2006*

Project 86 Aching to ask Project 86 a question? Well tonight's your chance. Join the members of Project 86 for an online discussion tonight (Wednesday), January 11, live on the forums @! The discussion begins at 7 P.M.PST and will take place in the "Questions for the band" forum. Don't miss this opportunity to interact with the band! The discussion will take place for one hour, so make sure you aren't late. For more info, navigate on over to

Building429 Word recording artist Building 429 barrels toward the launch of its second full-length music project, Rise, March 14. The Gospel Music Association’s reigning New Artist of the Year emerged from its 2004 introduction, Space In Between Us, with increased confidence and a renewed identity. Building 429’s desire to put ministry first is reflected on its upcoming 11-song disc, which challenges today’s youth to rise up and pursue God’s calling. “This record is something very fresh and very new for us,” comments Building 429 frontman Jason Roy. “I truly believe the songs on Rise have huge ministry potential, and we want to use this album to influence as many lives as possible for Christ.” Produced by Monroe Jones (Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Third Day) the record shows growth on behalf of Building 429 both musically and spiritually. In addition to its evolved sound, which incorporates the same straightforward pop/rock melodies but with an edgier delivery, Rise carries a more serious tone. Songs like the first radio single, “Fearless,” advise listeners that living life for Christ requires bold faith. Title track, “Rise,” is similarly themed, asking believers to trade in their earthly perspective for an eternal one. “Rise is not about a rise to fame but rather it is meant to rally others to rise from the ashes of despair and heartache into God’s love,” continues Roy. “We must become the leaders that God has called His church to be today; therefore we’ve put our hearts on display for all to see. God has called Building 429 to be fearless in our pursuit of His plan, and we are ready to answer the call.” “Fearless” will be vying for adds at Adult Contemporary, Rock, and Christian Hit Radio beginning January 13, while a major tour announcement will be made in the following weeks. For more information, visit: (from Savvy Media)

downhere Word Distribution, one of the largest suppliers of Christian entertainment products, announces new agreements with two independent entertainment groups, Indelible Creative Group and Centricity Records, to distribute each company’s merchandise into the CBA, general and international markets. “We welcome Indelible Creative Group and Centricity Records to the Word Distribution family of labels,” says Word Distribution President, Mark Funderberg. “Chris Thomason’s [Indelible President/Founder] ability to sign and develop great talent like Israel and Lincoln Brewster, along with ministry-driven products including iWorship and Songs 4 Worship, has been proven over the years with his former post at Integrity Music. We are thrilled to work with him again in representing the Indelible team and their artistry in the marketplace. We are also excited to partner with Industry veteran John Mays [Centricity Records VP-A&R] who has developed great talents, such as Cindy Morgan, Point of Grace, Scott Krippayne, Wes King, Nicole Nordeman and the Passion worship projects. We are especially pleased the relationship provides the opportunity for us to once again represent Downhere as we anticipate continued success on their long-awaited release coming in May.” Established in July 2005, Indelible Creative Group is a media company with the “indelible” mission of helping build God’s kingdom by creating remarkable experiences through media products that are culturally and spiritually relevant. Indelible Creative Group’s first releases in the new agreement include the debut from The Longing, a new band fronted by award-winning songwriter Jason Ingram, on May 9; and Velocity, a music experience that connects independent artists with the cause-driven mission to impact the world, on June 6. “Indelible Creative Group is very excited about our new relationship with Word and Warner Music Group,” says Chris Thomason. “I have had the opportunity to work with Mark Funderburg and the Word Distribution team in the past and know that they have the character, ability, and expertise to engage the retail market with media products. Mark has been an incredible supporter of the vision and mission of Indelible and we are committed to developing and delivering products that build God’s kingdom through remarkable experiences in our partnership.” Independently owned, Seattle and Nashville-based Centricity Records was founded in 2002 to nurture the gifts and expand the influence of Christian artists around the world. With recording and publishing offices based out of Nashville, Centricity’s release line up includes new albums from Dove Award-winning Downhere (May 23), worship leader and Berklee College of Music graduate, Jamie Jamgochian (June 9), and one of the year’s most anticipated new artists, Circleslide (July 11). (from Hoganson Media)

*Tuesday, January 10th, 2006*

Audio A According to a JfH reader who attended the Anchorage date of their tour of Alaska over the weekend, 2006 may be Audio Adrenaline's last year together as a band. Although not officially confirmed (but the message board buzz confirms the scoop as truth), the guys made the announcement at the show before closing with their worshipful single, "King." We'll keep you posted as more details surface, but if the rumors are true, the band will be more than missed by all of us at JfH. (thanks to "Jonk;" from

Michael W. Smith GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith has been nominated by the White House to serve a two-year term as a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Smith joins a dynamic group of leaders who represent the private and non-profit sectors, entertainment, athletics, education and government. While the backgrounds of each member are diverse, they each share a deep commitment to strengthening the culture of volunteer service in America. President George W. Bush established the Council on Service and Civic Participation in January of 2003, on the first anniversary of the USA Freedom Corps, and he charged the Council members with promoting and recognizing the contributions that Americans of all ages and backgrounds are making through volunteer service. In brief, The Council’s main efforts are to promote volunteer service and civic participation in American society. They also endorse the recognition of outstanding volunteer service through the presentation of the President's Volunteer Service Award by Council members and Certifying Organizations. They work to support the efforts and needs of local non-profits and volunteer organizations, including volunteer centers, and encourage greater public access to information about existing volunteer opportunities, including via the Internet. The Council also promotes increased and sustained private sector sponsorship of and engagement in volunteer service and make recommendations on ways to encourage greater levels of volunteer service and civic participation by individuals, schools, and organizations. More information on the Council can be found at This prestigious nomination comes on the eve of Smith’s motion picture debut in the Provident Films release, The Second Chance. Starring in his first feature film, Smith plays a pastor sent from a wealthy church to serve an inner-city congregation. Directed and co-written by Christian music industry veteran Steve Taylor, The Second Chance will be distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing under the Triumph Films banner on February 17, 2006. (from Provident Music Group)

Tim Hughes EMI CMG Publishing has extended its long-term, co-publishing agreement with Kingsway Communications Ltd., the top producer and distributor of worship songs and recordings in the United Kingdom and Europe, according to Eddie DeGarmo, president of EMI CMG Publishing, a division of EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG). The extended agreement means a continuation of the successful partnership between EMI CMG Publishing and Kingsway's ThankYou Music, to sign, develop and promote worship music songwriters for both publishing houses which now includes Tim Hughes ("Here I Am To Worship"), Matt Redman ("Blessed Be Your Name"), Vicky Beeching, Stuart Townend and Brenton Brown. "ThankYou Music songs have had life-changing impact in the church in North America. EMI CMG has been honored to partner with Kingsway and Thank You Music in this important endeavor and understand the privilege that it will be to carry our alliance into the future," said Bill Hearn, president and CEO of EMI CMG. DeGarmo added, "I am grateful for opportunity that EMI CMG Publishing has had to introduce so many anointed worship songwriters and their songs. In addition to the already stellar roster of writers between our two publishing companies and our successful co-ownership of the Thank You Music catalog, the horizon sparkles with promising new songwriters whose music will be influencing the world in the future as well as classic catalog worship songs that will never go out of style." In addition to the co-publishing relationship, EMI CMG Publishing, by the way of a 2001 acquisition, continues to administer 50 percent of ThankYou Music's catalog, which currently includes more than 4,000 songs. "The opportunity to bring such powerful resources to today's church that enhance our worship, strengthen believers, and encourage discipleship is simply humbling and breathtaking," said John Paculabo, managing director of Kingsway Communication. "This partnership has been none other than God inspired, and we are privileged and grateful to have been allowed to join together in such an awesome endeavor." According to the most recent survey by Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), Hughes' "Here I Am To Worship" is the most performed song in churches in the United States. That song is also the #1 song in Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2005. Additionally, Redman's "Blessed Be Your Name," "Heart of Worship" and "Better is One Day" were also in the U.S. CCLI Top 25 for the quarterly period ending in August 2005. Brenton Brown, who has just joined the Thank You Music roster, has two of his songs in the Top 25 - "Lord Reign Me In" and "Hallelujah" (co-written with Brian Doerksen) at 22 and 23 respectively. In the United Kingdom, Kingsway's home country, five of the top 12 songs were by ThankYou Music writers, including "In Christ Alone" (Stuart Townend/Keith Getty) at #3; "How Deep Is The Father's Love For Us (Stuart Townend) at #6; and Hughes' "Here I Am To Worship" at #9. (from Spinhouse PR)

Staple is headlining the Dance Before We Die Tour this month, featuring Mono Vs Stereo's Last Tuesday and newcomers The New Ending. The tour begins on January 19th in Annapolis, MD. Check now for dates! (from NightVision)

Natalie Grant Curb recording artist Natalie Grant capped a milestone year by becoming the top-selling female solo artist in Christian music for 2005. Fueled by the success of the critically-acclaimed watershed release Awaken in March, and her first Christmas album, Believe, in October, Grant solidified her position as one of Christian music’s top artists, while simultaneously achieving a formidable foothold at mainstream Adult Contemporary radio. According to Billboard, Grant’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” her fourth mainstream Adult Contemporary radio hit and first Top 10, appeared at #9 on the publication’s debut chart of 2006. In addition, Grant’s most vulnerable single to date, “Held,” has been on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 20 weeks and is currently #11, according to the publication’s January 14 issue. The multi-format hit also reached #1 at Christian AC radio in 2005. Awaken continues to stand firm on the Billboard Top Heatseekers album chart after 41 weeks, making Grant the longest-running female solo artist on the Top Heatseekers chart for 2005. The chart ranks best-selling albums by new and developing acts from all genres that have never appeared in the Top 100 of the Billboard 200. One of Grant’s most significant accomplishments of 2005 was the success of her HOME Foundation and campaign to raise awareness about international human trafficking. One of the focal points of her ministry platform, Grant educates audiences on the plight of children around the world who have been forced into the sex trade. The HOME Foundation surpassed its projected goals for the year in raising money towards construction of a medical facility at the Village at Ashagram in India. In partnership with Bombay Teen Challenge, the center will be devoted to the healing and rehabilitation of children victimized by human trafficking. Last year Grant’s multi-faceted ministry also included her ongoing involvement with Women of Faith conferences, and she was a featured speaker and performer on the organization’s inaugural “The Revolve Tour” for girls in the 7th-12th grades. Grant, who overcame a battle with bulimia as a young adult, presented a message on self-esteem at the youth events. The topic is also one of several related subjects covered in her first book, The Real Me: Being The Girl God Sees, which released in September from W Publishing. (from Turning Point PR)

Family Force 5 Family Force 5, Fighting Instinct, and DJ Maj have joined ranks to perform after show parties during Winter Jam 2006, underway January 13th through March 19th. The three acts will play in churches and Christian clubs and offer a late-night music event for fans. DJ Maj will also join TobyMac as his on-stage deejay at the Winter Jam shows, with TobyMac promoting the late night special events from stage. There will be 15 after-show parties in markets nationwide including runs in Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, as well as Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, and Mississippi. Led by front man and guitarist Solomon Olds (aka Soul Glow Activator), Maverick/Gotee band Family Force 5 includes Solomon’s two brothers Jacob Olds (aka Crouton) on drums/vocals, and his twin Joshua Olds (aka Phatty) on bass/vocals. The force of five is rounded out by Nathan Currin (aka Nadaddy) on keyboard and Derek Mount (aka Chap Stique) on guitar. The debut album, Business Up Front, Party In The Back, will release in both mainstream and CBA markets in 2006, with the Gotee street date set for March 28th. Fighting Instinct is comprised of guitarist/vocalist T.J. Harris, drummer Dallas Farmer, and bassist Jason Weekly. Recently signed to Virgin Records, their self-titled debut streets on May 16th on Virgin/Gotee. (from LB PR)

It's only a month away till the release of the Tooth & Nail debut full-length album from Far-Less, Everyone Is Out To Get Us. Right now, you can check out three songs from the album, including the new song, "Jumping The Shark," at and MySpace! Mark your calendars for February 7th and check out the new song right here! (from Tooth & Nail Records)

*Friday, January 6th, 2006*

Jeremy Camp Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp closed 2005 in gold. Camp’s first two releases with BEC Recordings, his debut Stay and the fan follow-up Carried Me: The Worship Project, have both been certified Gold, according to the RIAA/Recording Industry Association of America, shipping more than 500,000 units. His current release, Restored, is close to Gold certification, making Camp’s music and videos to ship well over 1,500,000 copies in less than three years. Camp also garnered the number one spot in R&R Magazine’s year-end charts. The magazine recently announced Camp’s No. 1 hit single, “Take You Back,” scored top ranking as the No.1 “Song Of The Year” for both its AC and CHR formats. On the Christian Radio Weekly/CRW year-end charts, Camp scored the AC and CHR top spots for “Take You Back” and “Lay Down My Pride,” respectively. Constantly on the road for his fans, Camp finished headlining his Restored Tour, which was one of the most successful tours last fall. This was the third headlining tour of his career thus far. Performing to thousands of people in 2005 at his tours and festivals, Camp will find himself back on the road this year, headlining a 13-date acoustic tour, The Live Unplugged Tour, this March with Bethany Dillon opening. Be on the look out for a new "Deluxe Edtion" of Jeremy's hit album Restored in stores March 21st. (from The M Collective / EMI CMG)

Mark Schultz Jeremy Camp isn't the only one celebrating gold this new year. Mark Schultz’s No. 1 selling DVD/CD project, Mark Schultz Live—A Night Of Stories & Songs (Word Records), was recently certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His fourth national release, a project featuring live performance video footage along with a Schultz- hosted documentary, debuted at No. 1 on SoundScan’s video chart the first week following its Sept. 27 release and claimed the top position for five total weeks to date. Featuring Schultz’ seven No. 1 hits and other favorite songs along with a personal look at his rise to the spotlight from Colby, KS to Nashville, Mark Schultz Live – A Night Of Stories & Songs was filmed live before a sold-out crowd at the Marion Civic Center (Marion, IL) early last Spring. Mark Schultz made his national debut in 2000 with the critically acclaimed release of his self-titled album. In addition to seven No. 1 singles, he has garnered multiple Dove Award nominations, two American Songwriter Awards and a BMI Christian “Song of the Year” Award for “Back In His Arms Again.” As an independent artist, Schultz was one of the few artists to sell out a solo concert at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. (from Word Records)

dctalk Over ten years since the release of the scene-altering Jesus Freak album from dc Talk (which, of course, would inevitably inspire the birth of this site in 1996), the memorable album is making a comeback. On March 7th, Forefront Records is rereleasing the album, remastered as a CD + DVD combo featuring the full Jesus Freak and the Welcome to the Freak Show DVD. Bonus content includes new remixes of songs from Jesus Freak, video footage & interviews, and expanded liner notes. The DVD Features 13-song live concert, “Jesus Freak,” “Colored People” and “Just Between You and Me” concept videos CD features the hit songs “Jesus Freak,” “In the Light,” “Colored People,” “What If I Stumble” and more! Since its release in November, 1995, Jesus Freak has been certified Double Platinum! (from EMI CMG Distribution and

The Showdown The Showdown have posted a brand new song online at called "Give Us This Day," and was produced by Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Skillet, Saliva, Sister Hazel). The song will only be available on the European release of the band's debut A Chorus Of Obliteration which releases on February 26 through Abacus/Mono Vs Stereo. The band has also been preparing to enter the studio on January 9th in Memphis, TN with Ebersold to record their new album which is tentatively set to release in June. Stay tuned to for more details... (from

StorySide:B Gotee band StorySide:B recently garnered the best new artist debut spot on Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Albums chart with the release of Everything And More on December 26th. The album was #77 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart. Also notable is the debut single “Miracle” and its steady climb on the radio charts with a pre-Christmas peak at the #2 position at CHR Radio. The song also claimed the “Most Added” and “Highest Gainer” title during the climb. Led by front man and guitarist Lucio “Lu” Rubino, StorySide:B includes band members Jordan Mohilowski (drums), Matt Lande (guitar/background vocals), Ron McClelland (bass/piano), and Preston Pohl (guitar/vocals). StorySide:B ‘s Everything And More includes 11 songs, most of which were written by band founders Lu Rubino and Jordan Mohilowski, with additional credit going to songwriters Ron McClelland, Jeremy Thomas, Marlon Young, Matt Lande and Todd Horn. The debut album was mixed in full by J,R, McNeeley (Jeremy Camp, Relient K) and produced by Rubino. StorySide:B has shared the stage with marquee artists including Jars Of Clay, Out Of Eden, Sarah Kelly, Grits, Matthew West, and Shawn McDonald. The band is currently finalizing plans for a spring tour. The title track “Everything And More” will also go to Christian CHR radio this spring. For more information on StorySide:B, check out or their official artist website at (from LB PR)

*Wednesday, January 4th, 2006*

Newsboys Internationally renowned rock band, newsboys, has launched the explosive first single, “I Am Free,” from its upcoming Inpop Records debut. National radio networks K-Love and Air 1 immediately added this special live version out of the box. The single will go for official adds on January 20th. The band added the up-tempo “I Am Free” to its live show last summer, and it quickly became a fan favorite. The song is a perfect mix of newsboys’ signature live rock style wrapped in a memorable worship melody that the crowd can sing along with. newsboys frontman Peter Furler says, “Performing the song continues to be the highlight of our set. From the Sea of Galilee, to Marrakech, Morocco, in front of 15,000 Muslims, in an aircraft hangar in Scotland and here at home in America, the lyrics ring true no matter where we go.” “‘I Am Free” is already a proven favorite with fans,” says Rob Poznanski, Inpop Records vice president, marketing/promotion. “The song has been resonating in churches for several months already, and newsboys’ rendition is relevant and timely as any. My prediction is that this song will rank up there with ‘It Is You’ and ‘He Reigns,’” concludes Poznanski. newsboys, one of Christian music’s longest running, touring rock bands, has amassed total record sales exceeding six million in its two decades together. The band has five gold albums, over 20 No. 1 radio hits and a mantle of Dove Awards and Grammy nominations to its credit. From the groundbreaking Festival Con Dios tour to the steady stream of headlining festival sellout shows, newsboys continue to satisfy diehard fans and win new ones with its stage charisma and authentic delivery. This winter, newsboys will front the popular Winter Jam tour with Newsong, tobyMac, ZOEgirl and more. The tour kicks off January 13th in Georgia. (from Inpop Records)

Passion Passion 06 opened at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) in downtown Nashville at full conference capacity with 18,000 in attendance and students representing all 50 states, 20 countries. Passion 06 is a four-day indoor gathering for college students from around the nation and world and is the second such conference held in Nashville, following last year’s Passion 05. “We told you at the end of Passion 05 to bring your friends and apparently you took us up on that challenge because we cannot fit one more person in this building,” said Louie Giglio, Passion Conference founder/director, at the gathering’s opening session. Registration closed last week when the conference reached its capacity. Registration numbers surpassed the 11,000 that attended last year’s Passion 05. “Passion is a tiny speck in what God is doing among college students in this nation and the world,” Giglio said. “But we have been praying for months that God would change you and that generations from now, people would be talking about what God has done in this town, in these days, in your life.” Passion 06 is being held at the GEC and at numerous venues in downtown Nashville from January 2 – 5, and will be led by renowned speakers Giglio, John Piper and Beth Moore, among others, as well as artist-worshipers Charlie Hall, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, Nathan and Christy Nockels, and more. Similar to last year’s gathering, Passion 06 will provide smaller sessions through Community Groups, Breakout Sessions and Late Nights in various venues through the downtown area. The more intimate sessions will allow students to unpack what they learn throughout the week in small group environments and the Late Nights give students a chance to “hang out” after the evening session each night. (from Hoganson Media)

Project 86 will be on G4TV on Attack of the Show on national television, Friday 4 P.M! No other details were released, but keep your eyes peeled to (from

4th Avenue Jones In May, 4th Avenue Jones recorded a 4-song studio set for Sony to be released later on in the year. Well the Sony Connect set is now available to hear exclusive recordings of an intimate live performance with the band. Tracks include "Fabulous Dramatics," "Unhappy Birthday," "Take Me Away," and "Overloaded." For a direct link to purchase the songs online, click here! (from

delirious On November 27, more than 2,000 people packed the famed Dominion Theatre in central London to be part of the first television worship event by the internationally-acclaimed band, Delirious?. The concert was part of The Inspiration Networks’ worldwide “New Year’s Eve Celebration 2005” special that will air on The Inspiration Networks throughout the United States, the UK, and the entire pan-European region. This special also includes production in Greece and in The Inspiration Network’s studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. “This was a major event, for the church in London, our partners at Hillsong Church London, for The Inspiration Networks, and for the fans of Delirious?,” said Ossie Mills, Executive Vice President of The Inspiration Networks. “Delirious? is regarded as the forerunners of the modern worship movement and one of the industry’s best live bands. We were ecstatic about the opportunity to capture this extraordinary night.” Mills said that crowds stretched for blocks to attend the performance by the acclaimed band. “Unfortunately, we had to turn away more than 700 people; there was just no more room in the theatre.” The TV special will be the first opportunity for many fans to experience music from the new studio album from UK-based Delirious?, The Mission Bell, which released December 26 (Sparrow Records). Playing new songs such as “Miracle Maker,” “Now Is The Time,” “Paint The Town Red” and “Solid Rock,” the band also presents some of its best-loved worship songs, including “God in Heaven,” “Historymaker,” “Majesty” and “Raindown.” “The audience at home throughout the world will be able to witness a great move of God,” Mills said. “More than 1,000 people responded to the invitation to pray for salvation. Thousands more will have the opportunity to respond to our telecast. We may be witnessing a new evangelism opportunity to share the love and joy of Christ to millions of people around the world. I think people are recognizing that Jesus can give them something they’ve been looking for: new life and hope for all eternity.” (from Hoganson Media)

SoulJahz Wonder whatever happened to Word Records urban sibling trio SoulJahz? In a late summer update on the group's official website,, the band revealed why the follow-up to their 2002 debut The Fault is History has been continuously delayed. "When new management takes over a record label plenty of unfortunate events can happen to an artist, one of them being DOWN TIME," explained SoulJahz. "We have sat patiently awaiting an answer as to where the label wants to go with us as a group. It's hard because this is our life, this is what God himself has called us to do. We are as frustrated as any of you out there reading this, but we know that God is in control." As of this news report, there doesn't seem to be much new news on a release for their sophomore effort. However, a brand new single called "S.O.S." is available in two different mixes from iTunes. The single's title, which means "Support Our Servicemembers" was written and released in support of our countries troops. (from

MercyMe wowed The Tonight Show crowd on December 21st as they performed the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from their best-selling and critically-acclaimed CD The Christmas Sessions. Those who missed it can click here to view the performance online! (from The M Collective)

Sara Groves has a new iTunes exclusive live EP now available to download! Entitled Live From Messiah College, the EP consists of four live songs, including "Compelled," "Maybe There's A Loving God," "Awakening," and "The Word." For more info, click here to access the alum on the iTunes Music Store! (from

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