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August, 2008
*Saturday, August 30th, 2008*

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Brothers & Sisters, the Hands & Feet Project DESPERATELY needs your help. Please check out www.handsandfeetproject.org for more information. Hurricane Gustav pounded the southern coast of Haiti throughout this past week. Thank God all of our children and staff are safe. However we have had major damage to our property, far worse than when Noel hit last November. Gustav has turned our Children's Village into a rock quarry. The supplies (food, clothes, diapers, tools, etc) have all been...
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Kutless
Kirk Franklin, Kutless and NEEDTOBREATHE will be performing live at Questapalooza in Lexington, Kentucky this Sunday, AUGUST 31st and you can watch a streaming live broadcast of their performances for free! The event begins at 1:45 pm EST. Check out the website for the complete schedule. Just go to qpza.com and enjoy! But that's not all! You can catch all of Questapalooza online, too! Everything from the motocross exhibition, Guitar Hero Competition Finale to the other live musical performances...
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*Friday, August 29th, 2008*

Casting Crowns
Next weekend, Sept. 5-6, Christian music lovers from across the country will come together at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ for its annual spirit-filled music celebration, “Night of Joy,” held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. Provident artists set to perform are New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath on Friday, Sept. 5, with GRAMMY-nominated, modern rock band Red and Christian music’s four-time Group of the Year Casting Crowns (pictured above) both performing Saturday, Sept. 6. For more information on the event, please visit...
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A packed house of artists, managers, booking agents and representatives from major Christian label groups, along with media and hundreds viewing via live stream gathered last week to address the causes and effects of the global food crisis and World Vision's immediate and ongoing response to the escalating international crisis. Recording artists and World Vision Artist Associates since the early 1990's, CeCe Winans and Margaret Becker both shared personal experiences, urging observers to action on behalf of World Vision and the millions affected daily by the global food...
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*Thursday, August 28th, 2008*

Matthew West
Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Matthew West announces the fall 2008 “Something To Say” tour with special guest, Sparrow Records’ newest talent Josh Wilson. The tour will visit 25+ cities through the middle of November. Just prior to recording Something to Say last year, West was diagnosed with a serious vocal chord injury that required major surgery. Following the procedure in May 2007, he entered a 2-month period of complete silence. It was during this time, while...
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Brandon Heath
This week, singer/songwriter and New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath debuts his sophomore album release What If We at No. 3 on Nielsen’s Christian SoundScan chart with more than 7,100 first-week sales. The album’s breakout first single “Give Me Your Eyes” continues to hold the No. 1 spot on iTunes Christian chart for a fifth consecutive week, selling more than 38,000 total downloads across all digital providers. “Give Me Your Eyes” launched digitally just over a month ago with nearly 6,000 first-week sales, which claimed the highest debut week for a Christian track in 2008 to date (July 23)...
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MercyMe
Bart Millard, best known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum band MercyMe, is having a great week. On the heels of wrapping a national promo tour, his second solo effort, HYMNED AGAIN, just entered the Christian SoundScan charts at No.9, and reached the No. 3 spot on the iTunes© Christian chart. Last week Millard hit the road on a promo tour that took him to Dallas where he spent time with K-LOVE morning show hosts, Jon and Sherry Rivers, KCBI and God Tube, as well as Tucson, AZ (Family Life Communications) and Las Vegas (S.O.S radio), Sacramento...
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Facedown Records have teamed up with Hot Topic to offer a really sweet War Of Ages contest. The grand prize winner will receive an autographed ESP guitar and a copy of the brand new War Of Ages album, Arise And Conquer. A couple runners-up will also win a copy of Arise And Conquer. So check that out now at Hot Topic and enter to win! You can catch War of Ages on tour this fall with Hatebreed supporting their new album Arise and Conquer...
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Jon McLaughlin
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October will be officially dubbed Pinktober as select Hard Rock Cafe locations around the globe will host the Pinktober live music series, featuring performances by high-caliber iconic and emerging artists. Jon McLaughlin, one of today’s hottest emerging artists, will join the Pinktober lineup and perform at select Hard Rock locations. Beginning Monday, September 29th, singer/songwriter McLaughlin will rock out for fans at Hard Rock Cafe locations in five cities, including Chicago, St...
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Integrity Music announces the October 14th release of It’s Time, a collection of favorites and two new songs from award-winning songwriter and worship artist Brian Doerksen. The 15-track album features newly-recorded, guitar-driven versions of Doerksen’s popular songs such as “Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)” and “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” delivered with a “classic rock” twist from producers Philip Janz and Brian Thiessen. The new arrangements of his better-known songs will once again capture the hearts of worshippers while...
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*Wednesday, August 27th, 2008*

Kutless
Creation Festival: The Tour, the blockbuster event of the Fall, is pleased to announce the dates and cities for its one-of-a-kind traveling experience. Kicking off October 9 in Cincinnati, OH, the tour will make stops in 30-plus cities across the Northeast, Midwest and South and will include an element of local outreach in each city. Tickets go on sale nationwide today through iTickets.com. Patterned after the Creation Festivals, the nation’s largest Christian music festival and the premier name in Christian music events, this “mini Creation on wheels” will be headlined by BEC Recordings band, Kutless, with special guests, Thousand Foot Krutch and Pillar...
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Family Force 5
Family Force 5's sophomore release, Dance Or Die, released August 19 by Transparent Media Group/EMI, has debuted at # 30 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and # 8 on the Alternative Rock Chart with first-week sales totaling 12,989. Dance Or Die charged out of the gate with its funky rhythms, contagious club grooves and undeniable hooks. Just off the Vans Warped Tour '08, Family Force 5 will hit the road again in October for a headlining club tour to more than 20 North American cities, including New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto. Dance Or Die, the Atlanta-based group's second album, is replete with rippling rhythms...
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Chris Tomlin
Reigning three-time Gospel Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, best-selling worship leader Chris Tomlin recently celebrated the upcoming release of his fifth studio project, Hello Love (Sept. 2), his No. 1 single “Jesus Messiah,” and the RIAA Platinum Certification of both his 2004 release, Arriving and the RIAA Gold Certification of 2006’s See the Morning at a packed party at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville. In addition to sixsteps/Sparrow Records presenting him with the Platinum and Gold records, special guests speaking including sixstep’s Louie Giglio and EMI-CMG’s Peter York, while Tomlin performed for the crowd full of family...
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*Tuesday, August 26th, 2008*

Sara Groves
During the last month of the year, you don’t have to travel far to see what Christmas is for many people—a combination of sacred celebration and family tradition. Sara Groves’ first Christmas album, O Holy Night, which will bow on INO Records this October 14th, sits snugly in that spot where the magnificent story of Bethlehem coalesces with the sounds of yuletide gathering of friends and family, "I’ve always dreamed of doing a Christmas album,” Groves says. “Christmas music was such a part of life growing up. We had a huge stack of records that only get played for one month of the year. Ultimately I wanted to convey this story of Christ that’s been...
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Mandisa
American Idol finalist and EMI CMG recording artist MANDISA will talk with Dr. Robin Smith tomorrow on Dr. Robin’s show that airs on the Oprah & Friends Channel on XM Satellite Radio. The show airs 3 times each day at 9am, 4pm and 9pm EST, on Channel 156. Dr. Robin Smith is a licensed psychologist and regular contributor to The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Robin teaches as an adjunct professor at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide to Personal Empowerment and the national best-seller Lies at the...
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Sarah Sadler
Where It Started, the sophomore release from singer/songwriter Sarah Sadler is now available through major online retail stores Target.com, Amazon.com, iTunes and the popular online record store CDBaby. As part of a growing online presence from various media outlets, Country Music Television recently added Sarah to their artist database on CMT.com. In addition to worldwide distributor Super D distributing the record, Where It Started is featured for Mp3 download on...
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SHOUTFEST, Christian music’s most ambitious annual youth ministry driven one-day rock concert event, will have the strongest lineup in its six year tour history, with performances by such headlining artists as Third Day, Relient K, Newsboys, Thousand Foot Krutch, Family Force 5, Sixpence None the Richer, Starfield and Trin-i-tee 5:7. More than 25 bands and solo artists will perform at one or more of the festival events unfolding on two live stages in three U.S. cities. Other artists set to perform at one or more of the events are Grits, DecembeRadio, This Beautiful Republic, After Edmund, Jason...
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Some of music’s most respected artists join together in tribute to one of the world’s most admired men, the Reverend Billy Graham, for the October 7 release of Billy: The Early Years, the original motion picture soundtrack to the film opening on October 10. A 13-track collection spotlighting artists from the worlds of gospel and contemporary Christian music, country music and beyond, the soundtrack thoroughly captures the mood and spirit of the film’s portrait of Graham’s early life and ministry. Brooks & Dunn join Third Day’s Mac Powell to open the film and soundtrack with their rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Over the Next...
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Big Daddy Weave
Big Daddy Weave announces the Sept. 11 launch of their “What Life Would Be Like 2008 Tour” in support of the band’s recently-released CD of the same name. Celebrating a decade together with all original members still intact, headliner Big Daddy Weave will visit 37 cities throughout the Midwestern, Southern and Eastern U.S. through November (complete schedule available inside). The band will be joined by special guest artists Rush of Fools and Jason Gray. World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, is a major sponsor for the What Life Would Be Like Tour...
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Group 1 Crew
The highly anticipated sophomore project from Fervent Records’, Group 1 Crew, is scheduled to release September 16, 2008. Ordinary Dreamers is the follow up to their Dove Award Winning self-titled debut in the Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year category this past April. The title of the new CD is a message to everyone who has spiritual dreams. “We’re still ordinary people, but we’re doing extraordinary things,” Manwell explains. “That’s an oxymoron, but it’s made so that the dreamer mentality can be on typical people’s minds. Nobody’s born a rock star. Nobody’s born famous. It’s just normal people who’ve done amazing things and are now...
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Norma Jean
NORMA JEAN--who deliver the most furious, and yet melodic, music of their career with their new album THE ANTI MOTHER--will headline "The Anti Mother Tour" presented by Solid State Records. The six-week nationwide U.S. tour--with additional sponsorship from Hot Topic and Monster Energy Drink--kicks off Friday, October 3 in Knoxville, TN and wraps Saturday, November 15 in the post-hardcore group's hometown of Atlanta, GA. NORMA JEAN will be joined by fellow labelmates Haste The Day, The Showdown, MyChildren MyBride, Children 18-:3 (October 3--October 26) and Oh Sleeper (October 28--November 15)...
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Code Of Ethics
Christian electronica / pop band Code of Ethics is releasing Lost In Egypt on September 9, 2008 as a free digital download. Lost In Egypt is the first new recording for Code of Ethics in 8 years since their Dove award nominated project Blaze. Soon after their last release, Code of Ethics front man and founder Barry Blaze left for Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Cynthia to lead worship at a North Florida Church. It was in 2004 that Blaze suffered a near fatal motorcycle accident that left him with head trauma and permanent hearing and vision loss. It has since taken four years and multiple surgeries to restore only...
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*Monday, August 25th, 2008*

With over 10 major networks throughout the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, slated to broadcast episodes, THEDRIVEtv is celebrating the timely successful launch of its first season. It's story is one of unexpected proportions, beginning when executives from the Australian Christian Network posed a challenge to create a positive alternative program for teens that would be culturally relevant and fit into the vein of reality television. THEDRIVEtv set out to meet a need. One year later, the debut reality series has caught the attention of networks worldwide. With a continually swelling fan base, THEDRIVEtv is currently airing in over 170 countries, with a potential viewership surpassing one billion...
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Brandon Heath
Singer/songwriter and Christian music’s New Artist of the Year, Brandon Heath will be a featured guest on Atlanta’s top-rated FOX 5 morning show “Good Day Atlanta” tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 26, during the 8am ET hour and live on FamilyNet’s national one-hour talk show “EveryDay with Marcus & Lisa,” at 11am ET. On both programs, Heath will discuss the inspiration behind his newly released sophomore album What If We, and his journey from Nashville songwriter to breakout recording artist. He will also perform his new hit song “Give Me Your Eyes,” which has sold more than 30,000 single downloads in the four weeks since it released digitally...
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*Sunday, August 24th, 2008*

Skillet
In response to a recent incident at a Skillet performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma, front man John Cooper filmed a casual message for the fans (particularly at the show) to clear things up. According to Cooper's account in the video, the band had been asked to sign autographs for a group of fans waiting by their bus after their show, but when he got there, he found no one waiting for them. The next day, the band received several angry comments and emails upset about the band telling police to make the fans leave. Cooper insists that they had never told any police to do this and that they had nothing to do with what had happened, nor would they ever make...
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pureNRG
Christian music’s top-selling new act in 2007, pureNRG, is teaming up with Precious Moments® in the launch of their new property, Precious Girls Club, with the release of Here We Go Again Precious Girls Club Edition. This special edition will include the original songlist from pureNRG’s sophomore project, the brand new Precious Girls Club theme song, an access code to www.preciousgirlsclub.com and more! The CD will coincide with an all new book series that centers on the central character, Katie Bennett. Both projects will...
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*Friday, August 22nd, 2008*

SCC
For three days next week, Aug. 25-27 Focus On The Family’s Dr. James Dobson will air a special series aptly titled “The God Of All Comfort,” featuring Steven Curtis Chapman on Dobson’s daily broadcast. In the moving and compelling interview, Chapman shares some of the journey God has taken the family on since the loss of his five-year-old daughter Maria Sue...
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Nevertheless
Since the launch of www.tiredofsleepingin.com, the new website from Chattanooga, Tenn.-based rock quintet, Nevertheless, dozens of young people have spoken from their hearts about their fears and insecurities. The band, who will release its second album, In the Making…, on September 16, 2008, are currently on tour. For more info on the band, please visit www.neverthelessmusic.com. Pop rock artist Brooke Barrettsmith released her self-titled debut album this week to rave reviews from various outlets such as...
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Marvin Sapp
Zomba Label Group recently presented Marvin Sapp with a plaque commemorating the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Gold certification of Thirsty (Verity Records) for shipments of more than 500,000 units. The album, which was released on July 3, 2007, features the record-breaking No. 1 hit single, "Never Would Have Made It." The song is longest running No. 1 radio single in the history of the BDS chart, having spent a total of 47 weeks in the No. 1 position at gospel radio, according to a press release...
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*Thursday, August 21st, 2008*

Kevin Max
Kevin Max has been working on his follow-up to the Gospel project The Blood, and has just revealed the final tracklisting for his new Crashing Gates EP, as well as a new demo on MySpace for "Future Love Song" and "Traveler." "So I decided to upload a couple demos from the process..."Traveler" and "Future Love Song".....CRASHING GATES will be finished mixing in a week or so.....til then there are 2 rough demos to listen to...
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Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North recently signed an endorsement deal with Westone Laboratories, Inc. The band will specifically be using Westone’s Elite Series custom fit In-Ear Musicians’ Monitors. Each custom fit musicians’ monitor is hand crafted to fit the individual, providing the artist with a consistent fit and seal. Westone In-Ear Musicians Monitors allow Tenth Avenue North to hear their music with more detail and clarity than ever before, while reducing the onstage volume...
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Copeland
Although rumors have been circling for awhile, we thought we'd wait to break any news on JFH about Copeland's signing to Tooth & Nail Records until we had some solid proof (we wouldn't want another "did they or didn't they?" like the Family Force 5 fiasco). Today, Copeland made the announcement themselves and updated their myspace page with new artwork about the recent signing. On October 14th, their new album, You Are My Sunshine, will releases. Here is their announcement, "Hey guys. So at this point you have all heard about us signing to Tooth and Nail Records. This is something that we are all really...
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Third Day
Multi-platinum and GRAMMY winning Third Day is set to release its Christmas Offerings DVD October 7, 2008, a fourth work in its acclaimed Offerings worship series, which has scanned numbers approaching the 2.5 million unit mark, to date. Recorded live during the band’s 2007 “Christmas Offerings” Tour, the live concert Christmas Offerings DVD features a unique blend of Christmas classics, originals and some of Third Day’s most well known worship songs. The live concert DVD is sure to bring the spirit of the Christmas season, as seen and heard through the live experience of the remarkable Third Day, into homes everywhere...
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Family Force 5
The brand new Family Force 5 record Dance Or Die is in stores this week and many are talking about the decidedly more dance-y sound the band has approached as opposed to their crunk rock beginnings. Front man Soul Glow Activatur addressed the fans about the new album today as well as specifically talked about the sound change... "Wow, Dance or Die is out in stores now. This is so crazy to me! It's actually in Hot Topic and Best buy unlike our last record that no one could find or buy. We made the decision to put this out on our own and it looks like it is working! Thanks you peeps...
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Michael W. Smith
Beloved singers and songwriters, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, will provide the magical sounds of the holidays while an impressive cast of national, world and Olympic figure skaters skate to the music of the season. The skating cast is highlighted by Olympic Silver medalist and U.S. National champion, Nancy Kerrigan and six-time U.S. champion, Todd Eldredge, to name just a few. “Holiday Celebration on Ice” is scheduled for Nov. 11...
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Underoath
Coming off their gold-certified Define The Great Line disc, UNDERØATH--who've built their career on being both heavy and experimental--return September 2 with the succinct and resolute LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION, their fourth album on Seattle's Tooth & Nail/Solid State Records. A diverse musical display coupled with the input of six opinionated souls, LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION is their most accomplished album to date. By trusting their instincts, pushing their songcraft to the limit and meticulously perfecting it with Killswitch Engage guitarist...
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Pillar
Pillar is hitting the road this Fall and to celebrate their 11 year anniversary, the band is doing a short run of a "For The Love Of The Fans" Tour. Below is the band's announcement, "It's coming up to Pillar's 11th year anniversary! After all this time, why do we keep doing it? Because we love it. We also know that we wouldn't be where we are if it wasn't for YOU the fans. So this September we came up with this crazy idea. To show you how much we appreciate your support we set up...
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*Wednesday, August 20th, 2008*

Jon Foreman
Jon Foreman is known as the frontman for multi-platinum selling rock band Switchfoot, but he’s quickly developing a unique following of his own with his solo EPs. All 4 EPs have connected deeply with fans and have earned widespread acclaim from press and media. The music has also connected with TV and Film audiences, with “The Cure for Pain” featured in the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, and the film Bella. Foreman's next project, Limbs and Branches, releases October 28th and collects the most popular songs from his 4 EPs Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, and adds 2 new songs...
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Skillet
Skillet fans can now take their favorite live rock show home with them with a new CD/DVD combo titled Comatose Comes Alive. Selling out shows across the country, Skillet’s critically acclaimed 2008 Comatose Tour comes to life on screen with Comatose Comes Alive. With this release, you can experience this powerful performance, highlighted by electrifying stage presence, explosive rock, with a call to an awakened message of hope in Christ...
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Emery
In no need of introduction, Emery delivers an EP that proves why they wear the crown of the Rock/Screamo scene. Returning to the spirit of their debut release The Weak's End, While Broken Hearts Prevail, releasing October 28, has the raw intensity and energy that no amount of production or studio time can imitate. While Broken Hearts Prevail is in some way a return to the roots of the band, balancing their blend of heart wrenching chorus' with chest pounding bridges and awe inspiring honesty. Emery has proven their musical abilities time and time again, and have left no question of who does it best on While Broken Hearts Prevail...
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*Tuesday, August 19th, 2008*

Remedy Drive
Four-brother band and new Word recording artist Remedy Drive anticipates the release of its national label debut, Daylight Is Coming, Aug. 26. In addition to finding favor with top-notch booking agency, the William Morris Agency, Remedy Drive is experiencing phenomenal feedback from fans, who voted its first music video, “Daylight,” to No. 1 on TVU’s “Most Wanted.” After four years on the road as an independent artist, Remedy Drive will team up with renowned talent agency, the William Morris Agency...
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DecembeRadio
DecembeRadio will celebrate the upcoming street date (August 26th) of their sophomore release Satisfied (Slanted Records) in concert at the newly renovated Hard Rock Café in Atlanta. The event, sponsored by the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C., of Atlanta, will be held on Wednesday night, August 20th and will include a free concert, open to the public. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. The scene is fitting as the GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winning band recorded in the city’s famed Southern Tracks studio...
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Family Force 5
There's a delicate balance between the intertwining worlds of artistry, entertainment and humor, but for dance-derived alternative rockers Family Force 5, it's an ecstatic equilibrium that remarkably illustrates all three elements. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, the Atlanta-based five-some are just as likely to get the party started as they are to escort audiences into an alternate reality. The group's sophomore release, Dance Or Die, oozes with over-the-top illustrations, charging out of the gate with funky rhythms, percolating club grooves, undeniably infectious hooks and instantaneous sing-a-longs. Dance Or Die hits the street and internet today...
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Haste The Day
Haste The Day have announced they will be joining the Solid State Tour with Norma Jean this fall. The tour will also include The Showdown, My Children My Bride, Oh Sleeper and Children 8:13. Haste The Day are preparing their fourth full-length album Dreamer for an October 14th release date. Speaking on the album bassist Mike says “It meshes the heavy side with the melodic side of our band and is probably the best we have done with either side...
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The country’s first-ever National Gospel Music Heritage Month is now supported by an exclusive web site dedicated to all aspects of the September celebration of gospel music’s valuable long-standing contributions to American culture as www.gospelmusicheritage.com launches today. The web site will build toward September, adding content that will include: special web-exclusive performances, programming and videos; interviews with legendary artists who've been instrumental...
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GMA
Shannon Whitson of Estes Park, Colo., Maggie Erickson of Frisco, Texas and Shelly Johnson of Franklin, Tenn. were the big winners coming out of the 34th GMA Music in the Rockies, held last week in Estes Park, Colo. The GMA Academy Artist & Song of 2008 National Competition is the Christian and gospel music community’s premier talent competition for unsigned artists and songwriters that has in recent years seen entrants like “American Idol” champion Jordin Sparks and fellow finalist Chris Sligh...
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KJ-52
Every Monday, rapper KJ-52 shares a new video blog with his fans and listeners. In this week's edition, KJ reports from a Seattle airport with a unique video "devotional" about not following the crowd, using a recent trip to the world's first-ever Starbucks as an illustration for his lesson. Maybe we're just partial to Starbucks, but we thought it was an especially good video to share with you! Check it out from YouTube inside the full report...
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Christian pop artist, Curt Collins, headed to Atlanta for a day of media in support of his new project, Another Day. The first stop was at “Every Day With Marcus and Lisa” on Family Net TV. Collins performed the title track from the album which reached #7 on the Christian Radio Weekly Inspirational chart and is currently at #14 on the Radio & Records Soft AC/Inspirational chart. Collins then headed to the Gospel Music Channel to deliver his new video for the single, “Another Day.” Collins rounded out his day with an appearance on “Atlanta Live” where he performed five songs from the new CD...
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Raging Storm Records proudly welcomes its newest family member, Jacksonville, Alabama's A Love Not Lost. A hard working band backed with four years of experience and a growing fan base, A Love Not Lost is the label's first new band to be signed in 2008. States label owner Jason Scannell, "We've been focusing on quality control for the past year, so signing a dozen bands was no longer a priority for us. We're very proud to support our current roster...
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*Monday, August 18th, 2008*

Brandon Heath
Singer/songwriter and New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath is at the center of the Christian music scene on the eve of his sophomore album release What If We, available tomorrow, Tuesday Aug. 19. The album single “Give Me Your Eyes” has sold more than 30,000 single downloads in the four weeks since it released digitally, holding the No. 1 spot at iTunes. At radio, the hitbound song recently landed at No. 1 on CRW’s CHR chart, and this week it jumps to No. 2 on R&R’s CHR chart, and up to No. 6 on R&R’s AC-Monitored chart, with 10 million cumulative impressions to date. Heath will also be the topic of numerous radio morning shows...
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Kelly Mack
Phoenix-based singer/songwriter Kelly Mack releases her national debut album, Take Me With You, Oct. 14, 2008, on VSR Music Group and with EMI-CMG Distribution. Kelly's songs and soft, engaging voice have been compared to such musical icons as Sarah McLachlan, Dido and Enya. Produced by industry veteran Ken Mary (The Beach Boys, Trik Turner, LaRue, Alice Cooper) and mixed by GRAMMY winning mixer/ recording engineer J.R. McNeely (Jeremy Camp, Relient K, Kutless), Take Me With You offers its listener a...
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33Miles
After logging in over 120,000 miles (not including air travel), performing at over 200 churches, garnering three consecutive radio hits and a Dove nomination for “New Artist of the Year,” 33Miles is releasing their sophomore record “One Life” on Sept. 16. The new project on INO Records includes efforts from a trio of well-known producers including Nathan Nockels (Passion, Point of Grace, Phillips, Craig & Dean), Sam Mizell (Matthew West) and Brown Bannister (Amy Grant, MercyMe, Third Day). To kick off the new record, the first single "One Life to Love" has already been one of the most added singles at Christian AC...
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*Saturday, August 16th, 2008*

Deas Vail
On August 26th, Deas Vail will release a brand new 5-song EP entitled White Lights. However, fans can listen to the entire EP right now on AbsolutePunk.net. The record is available for preorder on the Brave New World Records website, but click here to listen to the EP now (you must have a free AbsolutePunk login to listen to it). Below is the band's own update about the EP from DeasVail.com, "Hey guys, sorry for the delay in posts. We have just enjoyed a nice two-week break back home to recharge...
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*Friday, August 15th, 2008*

The Fold
Tooth & Nail rock band The Fold is getting ready to release their new Stargazer EP Tuesday, August 26 via online digital music sellers like Amazon and iTunes. Today the band released a sampler of the songs on their myspace page along with this bit about the release. For a little more about the project, read our recent JFH interview with frontman Dan Castady... "Welcome to our Stargazer EP. The idea of this EP was birthed when we wrote and recorded the song "Faster Still" from 2007's Secrets Keep You Sick. We all love the song, and the fact that it displayed...
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Brandon Heath
Singer/songwriter and New Artist of the Year Brandon Heath is at the center of the Christian music scene on the eve of his sophomore album release What If We on Tuesday (Aug. 19). Heath’s single “Give Me Your Eyes” has sold more than 24,000 single downloads in the three weeks since it released digitally, holding the No. 1 spot at iTunes. At radio, the hitbound song lands at No. 1 this week on CRW’s CHR chart, and jumps to No. 2 on R&R’s CHR chart, and up to No. 7 on R&R’s AC-Monitored chart. Next week, he will also be the topic of numerous morning shows, radio and media stories. For more info on Brandon Heath...
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Integrity Music announces the September 23 release of Counting On God, a new CD with companion worship resources from New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. Counting On God, a live recording featuring New Life’s Worship Pastor Ross Parsley and the Desperation Band, offers 12 songs written by Parsley, album producer Mathew Fallentine and Desperation band members Jared Anderson, Jon Egan and Glenn Packiam. New Life, a non-denominational, 10,000-plus member church, knows what it means to count on God. The church has seen its share of...
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Tammy Trent
Stronger, the fifth studio recording from singer/songwriter, author and speaker Tammy Trent, bowed July 29 (September Day Records/Infinity Music Distribution). Making a release-day appearance on FamilyNet TV’s “EveryDay with Marcus & Lisa,” Trent performed selections from Stronger and discussed her ongoing journey of healing and restoration following the tragic death of her husband in 2001...
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*Thursday, August 14th, 2008*

delirious
Jesusfreakhideout.com reported of the letter from Delirious back on July 6th, announcing the band's upcoming "break" from touring and recording after 2009, but today, finally, an official announcement was made by the band's publicity... "The UK-based, RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning, globally relevant band Delirious? recently announced to its fans worldwide that it is taking a break from recording and touring after 2009...
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John Schlitt
Legendary recording artist John Schlitt--solo artist, lead singer for GRAMMY Award-winning Christian band Petra and former lead singer for mainstream rock band Head East--will be a featured guest on August 15, 2008, on Cornerstone Television Network's show "Focus 4," where he will share his testimony and music from his latest project, The Grafting. "Focus 4" reaches 30 million homes in the U.S. and throughout the western hemisphere. For air times and more information on "Focus 4," visit www.ctvn.org. With more than three decades worth of water under the musical bridge, John Schlitt has earned multiple Gold Records, GRAMMYs and...
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Nevertheless
To go hand-in-hand with their new single "Sleeping In," Nevertheless posted a message to fans early this morning announcing a new community website - tiredofsleepingin.com - in which fans can let down their guard together. Below is Nevertheless singer Joshua Pearson's note about the site, "We all have things that we are insecure about sometimes. It seems that, at some point in our lives, each one of us will think that we are simply not good enough. We will think that we are not strong enough or attractive enough. We get the feeling sometimes that everyone else has things figured out...
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Parachute Band
New Zealand-based modern worshipers Parachute Band paints a new musical canvas with the release of Technicolor with Integrity Music on September 30, offering up a dozen fresh new worship songs from some of the world’s best songwriters. Technicolor is the follow-up to the 2007 critically-acclaimed Roadmaps and Revelations, which had marked the debut of the re-fashioned Parachute Band, made up of Omega Levine (vocals), Sam de Jong (drums), Rhys Machell (bass) Alister Wood (keyboards) and Simon Moore (guitars). Parachute Band, which has existed for more than a decade, was first created to host...
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*Wednesday, August 13th, 2008*

SCC
In an exclusive, first print interview since the tragic loss of their daughter and sister Maria Sue Chapman on May 21st, and following emotional appearances last week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and LARRY KING LIVE, Steven Curtis Chapman, his wife Mary Beth, and children Emily, Caleb and Will, share their memories of Maria, their faith in God, and their strong love for each other with PEOPLE magazine staff writer Eileen Finan in the issue that hits news stands this Friday, August 15th. A preview of the story is now up on the front page of their website at: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20218812,00.html. PEOPLE Magazine has a circulation between 3 to 4 million people each week...
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Phil Wickham
Phil Wickham recently invited listeners to sing along with him and other fans in his first-ever recording of a LIVE worship album, aptly titled SINGALONG. Available only as a free download from his website www.philwickham.com, the album has received more than 8,000 downloads within the first week of release (8/8/08). SINGALONG was recorded at Solid Rock Church in Portland, OR where 3,000 fans gathered together to see the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter perform 15 songs from his self-titled debut album...
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Audio A
A mysterious email hit inboxes today with the subject line "The Creators of Audio Adrenaline Present..." Naturally, this tickled our interest. Inside the email is an advertisement for "Sens de Vie" ("Meaning Of Life"), a new Faith-based Variety Show. Below is the tour bio... "A throw back to the magical days of Vaudeville, Sens de Vie brings variety, excellence, and a taste of something different to the stages of America. Sens de Vie, translated "meaning of life," sets out not only to entertain the family at the highest level, but to take them on a journey of reflection...
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Sara Groves
Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Sara Groves has gathered a group of fellow-acclaimed artists and friends Brandon Heath, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken and author/artist Charlie Peacock, for her ART*MUSIC*JUSTICE tour this fall, which will benefit both the International Justice Mission and Food For the Hungry. The International Justice Mission (www.IJM.org) is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Food for the Hungry (www.FH.org) works in more than 26 developing...
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Everyday Sunday
This in from the band today... "Everyday Sunday hits the road for the Acquire the Fire, 'Here Comes Trouble' tour, coming soon to a city near you! For more details check out www.everydaysunday.com, myspace.com/everydaysunday or www.acquirethefire.com. Come ready to experience a weekend filled with bands, drama and many chances to connect with God. Also the ES guys are hitting the studio this fall to crank out the follow up of hit record...
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Michael W. Smith
Renowned music artists Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, and Matt Thiessen (Relient K) have all signed up as judges for this year's International Songwriting Competition (ISC). These artists are just some of the prestigious judges who will participate in ISC this year. Add in Tom Waits, Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Ray Davies (The Kinks), Jon Secada, T-Pain, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Martin and many more, and you have the most impressive panel of judges in any songwriting competition. An equally impressive group of top-level music...
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UPDATE -- 2pm CT ... Hillsong Live! This is Our God continues to climb the iTunes Chart, sitting now at #4 of the Top Downloaded Albums of any genre since last night. Also, the emotional song "Healer" is also making showing momentum, moving up the Christian Top Songs Download Chart to #7 today...
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*Tuesday, August 12th, 2008*

Starfield
Sparrow Records Dove Award-winning modern rock band Starfield from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has gained quite a following here in the U.S. Even so, this year’s recipient of the Gospel Music Association’s International Award takes its show overseas to share its music and message with fans in Europe and the UK. This month Starfield makes appearances in the United Kingdom and Europe, taking part in seven festivals including Flevo...
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Congratulations to Hillsong whose new CD Hillsong Live! This Is Our God is currently keeping company with The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and Rhianna on the iTunes Album Download Charts. On its first day of digital release, This is Our God download sales are surging and the CD is now the 6th most-downloaded album on iTunes all-genre chart as well as at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel Download Chart. It's the highest charting iTunes position in Hillsong history...
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Nevertheless
While the latest album, In The Making..., from Nevertheless doesn't street until September 16, the band has debuted a new 3-song EP on iTunes today. Below are the details straight from the band with news of a few perks to getting the record digitally, "Today, 8.12.08, we have released three tracks off of our full length record ("Sleeping In," "Long Shot," and "Found My Way Back Again") for sale on ITunes. When the full length comes out on 9.16.08, complete your album and also get a FREE video interview with a bonus acoustic set...
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Emery
The premier alternative arts and music festival on the East coast, Purple Door is gearing up for its 13th annual event this weekend, August 15-16 at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA with the addition of the option to purchase a discounted ticket for Friday night only. Saturday's schedule has also been updated with a seminar for youth leaders titled, "Serving A Purple Door Generation". For the first time in Purple Door history, Festival attendees have the option to purchase a ticket for Friday night only. These tickets will only be available at the gates and are $25...
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*Monday, August 11th, 2008*

Disciple
Disciple has been working hard on their new album Southern Hospitality for a good portion of the year, and the band is finally ready to release it this October 21st. Below is an update from the band posted today by bassist Israel Beechy, "We are on the road currently in Shawnee, OK where the wind goes whippin' down the plains. We just got done playing a long string of festivals including Soulfest, Rock the Desert, Kingdombound, Creation west and east, Cornerstone and Alive just to name a few. The shows so far have been great, but what were really jazzed on right now is the new record...
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Grits
On September 30th, the rap group Grits will be releasing their eighth full-length studio album titled Reiterate. This upcoming album marks the beginning of a new era for the best-selling crew. Teron “Bonafide” Carter and Stacy “Coffee” Jones have been recording for the last decade with boutique independent label Gotee Records, but now the emcees are stepping out in faith and launching Revolution Art, an indie label of their own that, they hope, will make more than just hits. With this album they have created their boldest representation of their craft to date adding new synth and electronic sounds to their rap style...
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Big Idea
Have we got a show for you! VeggieTales fans get ready for singing, dancing and a whole lot of silliness as everyone’s favorite VeggieTales characters take to the stage this fall to perform for audiences nationwide during their 50-city, major-market VeggieTales God Made You Special, Live! Tour. This exciting new show provides the ultimate live experience for VeggieTales fans! Kids and parents alike will have the opportunity to enjoy this high-energy musical extravaganza at top venues across the country. The tour kicks off on September 4 in Austin, Texas before heading to a city near...
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*Sunday, August 10th, 2008*

Kevin Max
In December, singer, songwriter and poet Kevin Max released his first Gospel project, The Blood, to pay homage to his roots. The singer plans to get back to his rock stylings with his next studio project. Last month Kevin talked about the songs for the release and today the artist reveals plans for the project to be produced as TWO new EP's, "Studio time..... I will be in all week..... looks like we will be in Green Hills at my friend Jon's studio- think double decker garage gone all East Germany, when the wall was still up... I am ready to experiment a bit...
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*Friday, August 8th, 2008*

Krystal Meyers
NBC has selected “Make Some Noise,” the title-track from Krystal Meyers’ upcoming September 9, 2008 album, as its theme song to promote the NBC 2008 Fall line-up. The first promo spot featuring “Make Some Noise” will air tonight (8/8/08) during the first half-hour of the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies, and will continue on through the promotion of NBC’s new Fall 2008 lineup. Jim Vescera, EVP On Air Advertising West Coast, NBC, shares, “When we at NBC decided to embrace the ‘beautiful noise’ of our chimes (G-E-C), we looked no further than “Make Some Noise” by Krystal Meyers when wrapping our entire entertainment line-up in one...
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Falling Up
Falling Up is heading back to the studio next month to begin work on their follow-up to last Fall's Captiva. Here's vocalist Jessy Ribordy with the latest, "Hey I'm extremely excited to announce the news that we will be recording a brand new full length record this SEPTEMBER! The title is undecided as of now, but we have a full list of songs that we are ready to share with all of you. We are recording with our good buddy and amazing and talented producer Casey Crescenzo...
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Red
GRAMMY-nominated modern rock band Red is eligible for a 2008 MTV Video Music Award, for its latest music video, “Already Over.” Fan voting for the “Best Rock Video” category begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, August 8 and ends Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Vote for “Already Over” at www.vma.mtv.com. Pop artist Krystal Meyers recently returned from her fifth promotional trip to Japan, where her fans surprised her with a birthday celebration at her concert at venue The Womb, in Tokyo. Krystal’s international success continues with radio airplay of her single “Make Some Noise,” from her...
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JoC
SPIRIT 105.3 FM (KCMS) proudly announces SPIRIT Fest ’08 featuring Jars of Clay and Leeland Sunday, August 24th at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. For the past seven years, SPIRIT 105.3 has teamed up with the Evergreen State Fair to bring Contemporary Christian artists to the concert line-up. In its inaugural year, SPIRIT Fest ’08 will exclusively present the Contemporary Christian music event of the Evergreen State Fair. SPIRIT Fest ’08 will deliver favorite artists as well as introduce new rising stars...
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*Thursday, August 7th, 2008*

Krystal Meyers
The official 2008 Olympics soundtrack album will contain music from pop artist Krystal Meyers (Essential Records / Provident Label Group) and rock band Fireflight (Flicker Records / Provident Label Group). Each act has had one of its songs selected for the album, Olympics 2008: One World, One Dream. Meyers’ song “Make Some Noise” and Fireflight’s “Unbreakable” are the songs that have been selected to be on the album, which will release on August 8, 2008 worldwide, except the U.S., Canada and Japan (BMG Asia Pacific). The project was approved by the International...
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Underoath
UNDEROATH have announced they’ll perform a one-night-only record release show for their new album LOST IN THE SOUND OF SEPARATION--on the day of its Tuesday, September 2 release--at Irving Plaza in New York City. This show marks the first time the FL sextet--lead vocalist SPENCER CHAMBERLAIN, guitarist TIM MCTAGUE, bassist GRANT BRANDELL, drummer AARON GILLESPIE, keyboardist CHRIS DUDLEY and guitarist JAMES SMITH--will debut their fourth studio album LOST IN THE SOUND OF...
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Sanctus Real
Dove Award-winning modern rock band Sanctus Real will showcase music from its acclaimed February 2008 release, We Need Each Other, live on tour this fall. The “We Need Each Other” tour, additionally featuring Tenth Avenue North, VOTA and speaker Sammy Adebiyi, will visit more than 30 cities nationwide. Kicking off Sept. 4, 2008 in Perrysburg, Ohio, the “We Need Each Other” tour will makes its way through 16 states from Maine to Florida, Pennsylvania to California, wrapping up on Nov. 8, 2008. Beginning July 18, fans who purchase their ticket at...
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SCC
Singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has written an editorial on the adoption of orphans and the recent tragedy of his daughter's death for CNN.com. To read the article, titled "Commentary: Our tragedy and God's love for orphans," visit http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/07/chapman.orphans/index.html. Chapman will also be appearing on The Larry King Live Show tonight at 9pm ET...
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Fireflight
With the Fall tour season approaching fast, Fireflight has just announced their first ever headlining tour! The Unbreakable Tour will feature Nevertheless and special guests Me In Motion. Here's the band's update, "We're winding down a crazy summer of festivals, sweating, playing, meeting you, hanging out, sweating and staying hydrated and just wanted to thank everyone that's come out this summer to see us. We have a few more left, including a few in Europe...
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The Wrecking
ChildVoice International will be using a song from The Wrecking for their "Voices Rising" campaign. The song "Sights & Sounds" is from the CD, A NEW ABOLITION, set for release August 19 from Universal Music. ChildVoice International is a global Christian non-governmental organization (NGO) that restores the voices of children silenced by war by raising awareness, promoting research, and creating effective, sustainable interventions. ChildVoice works in war-torn...
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*Wednesday, August 6th, 2008*

Third Day
Following a busy street-week, which included a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, multi-million selling rock band Third Day breaks its own first-week sales records today as its 10th studio album Revelation debuts at the top of multiple sales charts. Revelation, with a total of 75,388 in sales, claims the No. 1 spot on Nielsen’s Christian SoundScan chart, is the No. 1 Christian Album at iTunes and is an impressive No. 6 on Billboard’s Top 200 making it this week’s top-selling debut album in the nation. Earlier in the week, Revelation was No. 3 on the overall iTunes chart, ahead of both Miley Cyrus and Lil Wayne, and was...
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SCC
Shaohannah's Hope, the adoption and orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, have announced the official name of their special needs healing home as Maria's Big House of Hope, named in loving memory of their five-year old daughter, Maria Sue Chapman. Located in Luoyang, China, Maria's Big House of Hope will care for orphans with medical impairments, such as cleft palate, clubbed feet, urological disorders, blindness, and neurological disorders. Maria's Big House of Hope is currently in the building stages and is set to tentatively open their doors this October...
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Brandon Heath
Singer/songwriter and Christian music’s New Artist of the Year, Brandon Heath will be the featured guest on the 60-min live radio program Chris Fabry Live! this week. On Wed., Aug. 6, at 2pm CST, Heath will discuss the inspiration behind his new album What If We releasing Aug. 19, and his journey from Nashville songwriter to national breakout recording artist. Heath’s new radio single “Give Me Your Eyes” is currently one of the top downloaded songs on iTunes Christian music chart...
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*Tuesday, August 5th, 2008*

David Crowder Band
David Crowder* Band’s best-selling “REMEDY Club Tour” will be featured on the silver screen in 80 cities for one night only, Monday, Aug. 18, courtesy of The Bigger Picture, the alternative content distribution unit of Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (“AccessIT”) (NASDAQ:AIXD). The screening will serve as an exclusive preview of David Crowder Band’s first ever full-length DVD release on Aug. 19. With 19 sold-out dates in distinguished club and theater venues nationwide, the fall 2007 “REMEDY Club Tour” captured the essence of what makes David Crowder Band among the most-talked-about live bands in music...
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SCC
Two GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artists, Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman, join forces for the “The United Tour” which kicks off October 9 in Columbus, Ohio and concludes in St. Augustine, Florida on November 8. This unique tour showcases two of Christian Music’s most recognized and beloved artists. Together, Chapman and Smith have garnered a staggering eight GRAMMY ® awards, 96 Dove Awards, 77 No. 1 singles and more than 30 Gold and Platinum albums. The idea for the tour came together shortly after Chapman and Smith spent...
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FM Static
FM Static frontman Trevor McNevan just announced yesterday the completion of the third FM Static record, tentatively titled Dear Diary. Below is Trevor's announcement... "Putting the finishing touches on the new FM Static record as we speak....or type. We're so stolked about it! It's a concept record, so it tells a story from beginning to end. The record's tentatively called Dear Diary and is based on the diary entries of a young boy growing up through high school experiencing the adventure of life. The good,bad and the ugly. I'm really proud of this record...
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*Monday, August 4th, 2008*

Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson goes back to school, but not literally. This energetic, Canadian foursome is currently being featured in the back-to-school promotion for the national retail chain JCPENNY, which kicked off last week with the release of the exclusive "Don't Forget About Me EP" on iTunes, commercials and website launch. The promotion features a tribute to the 1985 classic film, Breakfast Club, with remakes of the Simple Minds hit song "Don't You (Forget About Me)." Hawk Nelson is one of only five bands included in the special EP, and currently their version is the most popular...
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House Of Heroes
House of Heroes is seeing huge momentum with their upcoming release The End Is Not The End including a #1 radio hit single, fall touring plans with Relient K, and over 1 million plays on their MySpace page. The End Is Not The End, the band’s second major label studio release, will be available at iTunes this September 23rd. The first radio single “In the Valley of the Dying Sun” recently nabbed #1 spots at both R&R Rock as well as CRW Rock charts. Comments Jake Scott of The Refuge Reactor (refugeradio.com), “House of Heroes has earned the title of artist by combining swift key and tempo...
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Norma Jean
THE ANTI MOTHER has arrived--and NORMA JEAN wrestle her to the ground, with the most furious, and yet melodic, music of their career. Starting now, the Atlanta-based post-hardcore heroes are streaming their fourth studio album THE ANTI MOTHER album in its entirety on MySpace www.myspace.com/normajean to preview the August 5 release via indie Solid State. On THE ANTI MOTHER, NORMA JEAN--CORY BRANDAN (lead vocals, guitars), SCOTTIE HENRY (guitars), JAKE SCHULTZ (bass), CHRIS DAY (guitars) and CHRIS RAINES (drums)--deliver a heavy and potent song cycle that looks at life...
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SCC
GRAMMY and Dove Award winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, and eldest children Emily, Caleb, and Will, will soon be opening their hearts to America about the loss of their daughter and sister Maria Chapman this past May 21st. GOOD MORNING AMERICA will air a special interview with Robin Roberts from The Chapman’s home in Franklin, TN on August 6th in the 8am EST hour, followed by a live interview from Los Angeles on LARRY KING LIVE on August 7th, and an extensive feature in an upcoming issue of PEOPLE magazine. The decision to speak publicly was not an easy one, and these will be the first interviews...
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Matt Bronleewe, touted by reviewers as ‘a rare breed of suspense writer’ with the 2007 release of his debut novel, Illuminated, proves himself again to be a master of intelligent escape in his second novel, House of Wolves, (Thomas Nelson, ISBN 978-1-59554-2502, $24.99 hardcover) reaching national bookshelves next week (12th). At the heart of Bronleewe’s latest armchair adventure thriller is the struggle for the possession of a very real, very rare medieval volume—The Gospels of Henry The Lion—a book commissioned in the 11th century by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony. The 266 page manuscript...
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Pictured inside... Sanctus Real frontman Matt Hammitt wails into the microphone at a WAY-FM brown bag event in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, July 21. Among those songs the band performed was its current radio single "Whatever You're Doing," from Sanctus Real's February 2008 release We Need Each Other, for more than 2,000 fans who attended on what ended up being the hottest day of the year...
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*Sunday, August 3rd, 2008*

Family Force 5
According to an announcement from Family Force 5's guitarist Chap Stique, FF5 front man Solomon "Soul Glow" Olds was among a group of friends to pinch sing for Dallas of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster when he was too sick to play a recent date. Here's Chap Stique's announcement as well as a fan made video of Solomon in action... "What's going on, everybody? We just wanted to share a legendary moment with you guys. Dallas from Maylene and the Sons of Disaster (one of our favorite bands on the Warped Tour) was very ill and unable to sing. So they grabbed friends, tour managers, merch guys, fans and lead singers...
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*Friday, August 1st, 2008*

The Afters
INO/Columbia Record’s The Afters continue to be heard on the small screen with songs from their sophomore project Never Going Back to Ok being used in episodes of Army Wives and Rachael Ray as well as in promotion for Dr. Phil. The Texas based band also recently finished a mainstream radio promo tour with a final stop in Los Angeles speaking with Premiere Radio Networks and the TV Guide Channel. “Ocean Wide” can be heard this Sunday Aug. 3 on Lifetime’s hit series Army Wives. Now in its second season, the series is the...
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Fireflight
Orlando-based rock band Fireflight was invited to the NBC studios this week in Los Angeles to meet with the NBC/Universal Television Music Services Group. On Tuesday, July 29, Fireflight played an exclusive showcase for the group, and also had a viewing of NBC’s “Bionic Woman” music video promo featuring Fireflight’s hit song “Unbreakable,” which was created specifically for the primetime show last fall. Janine Kerr, Director of Promo Services for NBC, said, “Thank you Fireflight, rock songs with a positive message, love that attitude. I love your music.” Chattanooga, Tenn.-based pop/rock band Nevertheless is making “Sleeping In” available...
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Michael Sweet
Stryper frontman and accomplished solo artist Michael Sweet is touring with the legendary band BOSTON this summer on a headlining tour of North America. Sweet is sharing lead vocals and playing guitar, performing the band's classic hits like "More than a Feeling," “Peace of Mind,” “Amanda” and “Don't Look Back.” Boston has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, including the band's 1976 self-titled debut which has sold over 17 million copies to date, and was the highest selling debut of all time...
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Hip-hop artist Kaboose is poised to unleash his Syntax Records debut entitled Excuse Me on October 14th. Armed with only a microphone and the Syntax in-house production team, the Minnesota emcee serves up 15 heaters – all full of the unapologetic truth. While it's his first full-length album on Syntax Records, this is far from an introduction. Through years of pounding the pavement as a full-time emcee and his national appearances on the Night Owls series, he has already built a strong fan base that is more than ready for Excuse Me...
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More exciting news from the Facedown Ranch! The brand new video from Impending Doom has debuted exclusively this week on MTV's Headbangers Blog. The video is for the song "My Nemesis" and is online now. http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/2008/07/31/video-premiere-impending-dooms-my-nemesis/ Tune into MTV2 this Saturday to see the national on-air premier of "My Nemesis." Impending Doom just finished up the Scream The...
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Amy Grant
When you are not only a Grammy® Award-winning and multi platinum-selling artist, but also have three best-selling Christmas CDs while selling over six million Christmas albums overall what do you do? If you are Amy Grant, you hand–pick your favorites, record four new songs, and put them all together in one special CD. Such is the case with Grant’s THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, which will release nationwide on September 30th through EMI Music. Featuring the first new Christmas music recorded by Grant in nine years (since 1999’s Christmas To Remember) THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION...
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