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JfH OLD Music News

August, 2009
*Monday, August 31st 2009*

Kutless
Since 2002, BEC Recordings' Kutless have become a household name with radio hits such as "Sea of Faces," "Run," "Strong Tower," and "To Know That You're Alive." This week the band crossed another career milestone as they were awarded RIAA Gold Certification for their worship-based album "Strong Tower" in addition to Gold Certification for Long-Form video "Live From Portland." This certification is on the heels of the forthcoming "It Is Well" album set to release on BEC Recordings on October 20th...
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Superchick
Grammy nominated pop-rock band Superchick has joined efforts with “Operation Beautiful,” an international campaign that encourages women to love themselves just the way they are. Superchick’s song “So Beautiful” has been tapped as an anthem for the movement, which the band will support on tour this fall. Launched in June 2009 by food and fitness blogger Caitlin Boyle, Operation Beautiful encourages women to post encouraging notes in public places, take pictures of those notes and share them online. The campaign’s official web site...
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downhere
The critically-acclaimed pop/rock band, Downhere, was honored with ELEVEN 2009 Covenant Award nominations from the Gospel Music Association Canada, which makes the group the highest ranking nominee of the year. The 31st Annual Covenant Awards will be handed out October 23, 2009 in Calgary Alberta, Canada, as the finale of GMA Canada Week. Downhere’s outstanding number of nominations are: Album of the Year, Artist of the Year...
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*Friday, August 28th 2009*

Demon Hunter
Today, Demon Hunter co-founder and vocalist Ryan Clark announced to fans the plans for an "Early 2010" fifth studio album. With the announcement, however, came the news of a few member changes. Among them, Relient K drummer (and former Supertones guitarist) Ethan Luck has decided to officially step down, while Clark's brother Don has also exited. Ryan made the announcement of the permanent addition of Patrick Judge on guitar, but made no mention of the identity of the other new member in the included photo. However, Project 86 fans will recognize that the man in the middle is none other than guitarist of the band, Randy Torres... Interesting! Inside the full report is Ryan's announcement...
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SCC
Show HopeTM, the ministry (formerly known as Shaohannah's Hope) founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans and provides waiting children with families by giving grants to those adopting, officially opened some new doors on July 2nd - to Maria's Big House of Hope! Located in Luoyang, China, this healing home is dedicated to saving the lives of special needs orphans within the Henan province, one of the poorest provinces in the country...
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Skillet
As they near the close of an exciting street week, SKILLET’s active rock single “Monster” (currently #26 on the Active Rock BDS/Billboard chart and #28 on the Mediabase chart) will be used during the “25th Anniversary of WrestleMania – World Television Premiere” this Sunday, August 29th on NBC at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This Special will feature all the action from the original April 5, 2009 Pay Per View broadcast, but condensed to one hour. Unforgettable...
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Abandon Kansas
Gotee Records is proud to announce the signing of indie pop/rock band Abandon Kansas to the label’s roster. On September 8, the label will release their debut We’re All Going Somewhere EP, available exclusively at iTunes and live events. Produced by Mark Townsend (Relient K, House of Heroes), Abandon Kansas created a project that will surprise you with its honesty and soul-searching drive...
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Matt Redman
sixstepsrecords’ recording artist Matt Redman is the face behind some of the most often sung songs in the church, with 17 of his songs listed in the top 100 songs on the CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) Chart, including “Blessed Be Your Name,” and “The Heart of Worship.” Earlier this week Redman released his seventh studio album We Shall Not Be Shaken and it is attracting attention from some recognizable faces...
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EE-Taow Records’ first signing, Atlanta-based Unhindered will release its national label debut, Be, Oct. 20, 2009. The album aims to help fulfill EE-Taow’s mission, providing its young audience with an authentic, relevant worship experience. Produced by Scotty Willbanks (NewSong, Third Day, DecembeRadio), Be delivers compelling melodies, prominent hooks...
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*Thursday, August 27th 2009*

BarlowGirl
After a three year wait and strong fan demand, two of Christian music’s renowned bands are joining forces for an incredible fall tour. The BarlowGirl-Superchick Live Tour launches on September 23 and will cover thirty-one cities over a two month period, which ends in Orlando, FL November 15. Featured along with the co-headliners, BarlowGirl and Superchick, will be INO’s breakout band, VOTA. “We are thrilled to be co-headlining with our long time friends Superchick,” says BarlowGirl...
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Red
Rock band RED continues to pick up career firsts with tracks from its sophomore album Innocence & Instinct, with the second single from the record finishing the week of August 18, 2009 as the No. 1 most added song at Active Rock radio. Eight stations from around the country added “Forever” this past week – WRIF - Detroit; WWBN - Flint, Mich.; WCPR - Biloxi, Miss.; WRZK - Johnson City, Tenn.; KFRQ - McAllen, Texas; KRZR – Fresno...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music's GRAMMY, AMA and five-time Dove Award-winning Group of the Year, Casting Crowns performs on FOX News Channel's "Huckabee" show this weekend, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 29 and re-airing Sunday, Aug. 30. The Governor interviews lead singer and Pastor Mark Hall about the group's second trip to North Korea, performing in Pyongyang, D.P.R.K as a U.S. delegate in a nationally-televised arts festival...
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*Wednesday, August 26th 2009*

JoC
Creation Festival: The Tour hits the road for a second time this fall and is pleased to announce the dates and cities for its one-of-a-kind traveling experience. Kicking off September 14 in Music City USA, Nashville, TN, the tour will make stops in 30-plus cities across the nation and will include an element of local outreach in each city. Tickets for many of the dates are currently on-sale through iTickets.com. Patterned after the Creation Festivals, the nation's largest Christian music festival and the premier name in Christian...
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ASU
GRAMMY-nominated rock outfit All Star United reunites for the release of its sixth and boldest project to date, The Good Album. The record, which is available now in both the U.S. and internationally, features production by award-winning producer/songwriter and All Star United frontman, Ian Eskelin. The legendary group, whose career spans ten years, 20 countries and 1000 live shows, once again feeds the frenzy of its global fan base with The Good Album. True to All Star United’s high-energy, fist-pumping rock sound...
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Skillet
As their new album “Awake” (Atlantic/Ardent/INO) hits stores and digital domains all over the nation this week, SKILLET is psyched to know that digital consumers have responded immediately on iTunes®. In less than 24 hours it became the #1 (deluxe version) and #4 best-selling project on the overall iTunes® sales chart as well as it’s rock sales chart. Radio is also on board with “Awake,” as the first Christian CHR single, “Hero” continues its climb to the top at #2 this week, previously hitting #1 on the Christian Rock format earlier this month...
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Michael W. Smith
Following a successful run in 12 European countries over the summer, GRAMMY® award-winning and multi-Platinum selling artist Michael W. Smith will bring his “New Hallelujah World Tour” to the U.S. this fall. Traveling to major markets across the nation in October and November, the tour will feature some very special guests including renowned artist/worshipper Matt Maher, “American Idol” alum Phil Stacey and new artist/worship leader Meredith Andrews. “The ‘New Hallelujah World Tour’ has taken us all over the U.S....
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toby
JFH News Shorts featuring TobyMac, Abandon, Thousand Foot Krutch, Relient K, Living Sacrifice, Inhale Exhale: tobyMac's first single, "City On Our Knees", off his upcoming release scheduled for early 2010 is available now wherever you buy digital music including iTunes. To get the story behind the song, visit toby's MySpace page. You can also check out the song on Youtube. Be sure to follow toby on Twitter for all the latest news surrounding the new release. tobyMac will once again headline his popular Winter Wonder Slam 2009 Tour featuring the talents of: Relient K, B. Reith...
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Christafari
Two decades in the making, Christafari’s latest album No Compromise (Lion of Zion Entertainment) is an exciting milestone marking the band’s 20th anniversary. With 15 new gospel reggae anthems and an arsenal of guest appearances, the new album blends Christafari’s signature roots reggae sound with elements of hip-hop, dancehall, soca, worship and even rock, showcasing an unprecedented new gospel sound - a fitting nod to Christafari's past, and a bold step into their future...
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Diamond Rio lead singer Marty Roe will be a guest on Hannity’s “Great American Panel” this Thurs. The program airs on Fox News Channel weeknight’s at 9pm EST. Hosted by one of the most prominent and influential conservative voices in the country, Sean Hannity, the program offers a mix of news, commentary, interviews and branded segments such as the Great American Panel -- made up of three nightly in-studio guests from across the political spectrum to discuss the issues of the day...
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*Tuesday, August 25th 2009*

TFK
As ambassadors from the rock world to sports arenas across the nation, rockers Thousand Foot Krutch pumped up NFL fans this past weekend in Florida at the Jacksonville Jaguars pre-show concert in the end-zone of the stadium pavilion. The band enticed fans with the live performance of two new songs ("Fire It Up," "Bring Me To Life") from their upcoming release "Welcome to the Masquerade." After the pre-game show, the band watched the game in the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium from a bird's eye view in a special suite with former Jaguar Tony Boselli. This concert is just one of many sports arena appearances this band has rocked with...
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Southern California band Shachah releases their new CD, Let the Light In, today on Cross Movement Records. On their sophomore release, the innovative band is poised to open the hearts and minds of listeners with their unique mix of funk-rock and hip-hop with Gospel-centered lyrics. "In a time when the world is trying so desperately to blur the contrast, Shachah aims to draw the line between light and dark," comments Cross Movement Records president John Wells...
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Sidewalk Prophets
Sidewalk Prophets makes their CBA industry debut today with the release of their critically acclaimed CD, These Simple Truths. Applauding media reviews include: PhantomTollbooth.com - “…this is a quality product for a maiden album. Good songwriting, musicianship and vocals and the whole package well produced by Ian Eskelin makes for an impressive first attempt from a bunch of newcomers.” GospelMusicChannel.com - “Falling somewhere between the infectious youth-inclined rock n’ roll of Audio Adrenaline and the more dynamic side of MercyMe...
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Everlife
Nashville-based sister rock-trio Everlife has been added to one of the final stops of the Jonas Brothers World Tour, giving them an opportunity to play a rare show in front of a hometown crowd at the Sommet Center in Nashville on Tuesday, August 25th. Everlife will kick off the show with an acoustic set highlighting familiar hits plus new material from their new EP at the Love Library. The Ross sisters – Amber, Julia and Sara – came together as a group in 1997...
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*Monday, August 24th 2009*

Mark Schultz
Platinum selling, Dove Award winning artist Mark Schultz has become one of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters. Schultz, known well for his powerful songs of inspiration, has garnered success at both mainstream adult contemporary radio and Christian radio with such hits as “He’s My Son,” “Letters from War,” “Remember Me,” “I Am the Way,” “Walking Her Home,” and the 2003 BMI Christian Song of the Year “Back in His Arms Again.” Schultz has flooded radio with nine No. 1 songs so far, with his current hit single, “He Is,” from his critically acclaimed album Come Alive (releasing 8/25/09), already a top 10 hit and climbing. Schultz has also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on the national TV programs, 48 Hours, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, CNN and more. As he always does, Schultz pulled from real life experiences to create the songs on Come Alive. Mark shares the story of the song “He Is” at...
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*Sunday, August 23rd 2009*

Capital Lights
For months, there have been rumors, but no official word from the band that Tooth & Nail Records pop punk newcomers Capital Lights had broken up. On Friday, the band finally broke the silence and made the following announcement about their break-up: "Hello everyone, I just signed on the myspace for the first time in forever and I realized that it's been a long time since we have given our friends...
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*Saturday, August 22nd 2009*

Jeremy Camp
Jeremy and Adie Camp made the tragic announcement of the loss of their expected baby. Below is their personal note to fans. Please keep the Camp family in your special prayers... "Hi Everyone. We have sad news to share with you. As some of you may know from my twitter it was our baby check up yesterday. I went in and they could not find the baby's heart beat. This is could be normal at my stage, but they sent me to have an ultrasound...
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*Friday, August 21st 2009*

Selah
Two of Christian music's Gold-selling, Dove Award-winning groups, Selah and Avalon, are pleased to announce their co-headlining fall tour, "An Evening with Selah and Avalon." This fall tour will support the long-awaited brand new releases from both vocal groups. Selah’s You Deliver Me releases August 25 (Curb Records), while Avalon’s new CD, Reborn, will hit shelves Sept. 15 (E1 Music). "There's a lot of anticipation about this tour," says Selah vocalist Todd Smith...
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As a special “thank you” to his fans, multiple award-winning artist Smokie Norful will release Smokie Norful Live: Deluxe Edition (EMI Gospel/Tre’Myles Music) on August 25. The deluxe edition package will consist of an expanded version of Norful’s fourth and latest album release, Smokie Norful Live, with two bonus tracks (a studio version of the favorite “Dear God” and a live performance of the never-before-released “My Choice”) as well as an explosive 90+ minute live concert DVD of the album recording. In celebration of the release, Norful will perform special, free shows in Memphis and Philadelphia on August 25 and 26...
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Word Entertainment recently announced the acquisition of The Breen Agency as a unique partner in the division of artist touring and booking in the July 18 issue of Billboard Magazine. In addition to publishing, merchandising, and online initiatives, the progressive asset of a booking agency further solidifies Word as a comprehensive entertainment company, as well as a leader in the industry. Founded in 1998 by David Breen, The Breen Agency represents musicians, speakers, worship leaders and comedians, including Point Of Grace, Plumb, Cindy Morgan, Selah...
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Twenty-eight year music veteran Charles Dorris has launched two new companies: CDA Consulting and Charles Dorris & Associates. CDA Consulting focuses on live events, artist growth strategies, brand enhancement, tour sponsorships and connecting to the family friendly and faith based marketplace. “Live music and events are key revenue streams for artists, promoters and others. Many entities want to maximize income from this lucrative area and are seeking input,” says Dorris...
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*Thursday, August 20th 2009*

Britt Nicole
Sparrow recording artist Britt Nicole debuts at No. 1 this week on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart with her highly anticipated sophomore effort, The Lost Get Found. The album’s first single and title track also currently tops the Radio & Records Christian Hit Radio chart for a fifth consecutive week, while Britt readies to debut music from The Lost Get Found live on “The Revolve Tour” beginning next month...
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Casting Crowns
GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum artist Casting Crowns will hit 41 cities this fall on its headlining "Until The Whole World Hears Tour," with special guest Matt Redman, debuting new music from coast to coast off upcoming fourth studio release. Tour audiences will be the first to experience multiple new songs from the award-winning band, as highly-anticipated new music from Casting Crowns hits Christian radio airwaves in September. Fans can expect a fresh and powerful God-centered message from lead singer and Pastor Mark Hall, while the band also revisits its blockbuster catalog of crowd favorites like "Who Am I," "Lifesong" and "Praise You in this Storm....
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Jared Anderson
Jared Anderson, one of today's top CCLI songwriters and a founding member of the Desperation Band, returns to his church worship roots with Jared Anderson - Live From My Church, his 3rd solo project which releases Sept. 22 through Integrity Music. Following the critically-acclaimed Where to Begin and Where Faith Comes From, Live From My Church is Anderson’s first live, solo worship album. It is also the first project he has produced and recorded at New Life Church in Colorado Springs....
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*Wednesday, August 19th 2009*

RSJ
Rebecca St. James crosses the Atlantic this week for a lightning round tour of major concert stagings in Europe. Centerpiece of the schedule will be her return appearance this Thursday (20th) on the mainstage at Flevo Festival –one of Europe’s largest outdoor Christian events, hosted annually in the Netherlands. This year’s August 20-23rd festival will be staged at the Bussloo Gelderland....
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The documentary film-makers from the Nomad Series who brought us Sara Groves: Just Showed Up For My Own Life DVD in 2006, have returned to the CBA market with “The Great Reverse.” Available September 15, 2009 through INO Records/Provident-Integrity, the film follows nine young travelers as they aim to make a change in West Africa. Out of their element and exposed to the raw emotion of the moment...
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Vineyard / Varietal Records band 1000 Generations prepared for the August 4 release of their first nationally distributed album, Turn Off the Lesser Lights, by wrapping up production on the video of their debut single, "Fail Us Not." Directed by Knitted Heart Production's Ben Eisner (Relient K, Israel Houghton, DecembeRadio), the footage was shot on the banks of the picturesque canal that flows through downtown Indianapolis, the band's hometown...
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*Tuesday, August 18th 2009*

Sanctus Real
JFH News Shorts featuring Sanctus Real, Nevertheless, Leigh Nash, and Take It Back!: Today, Sanctus Real announced a new widget designed to promote their Fall "Something Heavenly Tour" in which fans can get an exclusive acoustic version of the tour's title track. Check it out at the top of this news page! "We're very excited to be finalizing all the details for our Something Heavenly tour this fall! We'll be hitting about 25 markets with Phil Wickham in September and Addison Road in October. For those of you who have been to our shows before...
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Needtobreathe
Dove Award-winning NEEDTOBREATHE will raise the curtain on Walt Disney World Night of Joy 2009, playing a 7 p.m. show on Sept. 11 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the first of 19 Christian music acts performing during the two-night event (Sept. 11-12). Night of Joy takes place after regular park closing and requires a separate ticket. The lineup for this 27th edition of Night of Joy is musically diverse, with multi-platinum Christian rock...
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Abandon
San Antonio rock act Abandon will release its first full-length disc, Searchlights, to retail outlets nationwide Aug. 25, 2009. In support of the project, Abandon will open for Flicker Records act Fireflight this fall on “The Hope Tour.” Abandon made its label debut last July with the release of a self-titled digital EP, which received rave reviews from critics who called it “catchy” (ChristianityToday.com), “a tasty morsel of what is to come” (jesusfreakhideout.com...
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Jeff Deyo
Today, worship leader and former SONICFLOOd frontman Jeff Deyo sent out the following letter to fans about taking a break for the rest of the year: "Dear Friends- Hello! I trust you are doing AMAZING! And I pray you are growing in endurance and in faith as you continue to run the race in the power of the Spirit of God...YEAH BABY! I wanted to share a VERY IMPORTANT update with you concerning my family and me. Almost 2 years ago, in Sept 07, I began experiencing a small amount of breathing trouble when I sang...
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Save the City Records has announced the October 6, 2009 release of veteran rapper Benjiman's sophomore CD, S.K.R.I.P.T. (Spreading Kingdom Realities In Perilous Times). Produced by Brandon Bee (Amber Pacific, Jaime Jamgochian, Stacie Orrico) and featuring collaborations with Sparrow Records recording artist Shawn McDonald and indie artist Paul Wright (formerly of Gotee Records), S.K.R.I.P.T. is already garnering favorable reviews...
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Manic Drive
Canadian rockers Manic Drive, whose new album Blue (Whiplash Records/Bema Media) hits stores today, will join legendary Christian rock band Stryper as the opening act for the North American leg of their 25th Anniversary Tour. Blue will be the band's first release through Provident-Integrity Distribution, a unit of SONY Music Entertainment. As one of Canada's most popular Christian bands, Manic Drive earned a record seven GMA...
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*Monday, August 17th 2009*

Living Sacrifice
Legendary Christian metal band Living Sacrifice have set The Infinite Order as the title of their brand new album, their first since reforming in 2008 and seventh studio album overall. "This new record came together great. I could not be more pleased with the final mixes that Andy Sneap has done. We dug deep into our thrash roots on this one, I think. The album title refers to God and the universe...
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Building429
Building 429 and singer/songwriter Todd Agnew will embark on the fall “Promise Remains Tour” sponsored by World Vision. In addition, new female trio Kimber Rising is slated to open the tour as they visit 40+ dates across the U.S. beginning September 17th. Both Building 429 and Todd Agnew have been long-time partners with World Vision. In the past year, Building 429 and the organization paired up for the “Truth Hope and Love Tour” and the highly successful World Vision Summerfest tour...
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Flyleaf
A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf has announced the October 27th release of MEMENTO MORI, the follow-up to the band's hit 2005 self-titled debut. The album makes its introduction with the debut single "Again," set to impact at multiple formats nationwide on August 25th. To record MEMENTO MORI, the Belton, Texas-based quintet again teamed with producer Howard Benson, who- in addition to Flyleaf's debut - is known for his work with Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance and The All-American Rejects...
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toby
GRAMMY ® Award winner, TobyMac slams into the holidays once again as he headlines his popular Winter Wonder Slam 2009 Tour, also featuring the talents of: Relient K, B.Reith and Stephanie Smith. For the first time ever the tour will head to the West Coast as well as making its way to New York City, Fairfax, VA, Pittsburgh and numerous other cities across the states. The tour continues its tradition of giving, as Winter Wonder Slam teams up with the U.S. Marine Corps to help with their Toys...
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*Saturday, August 15th 2009*

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 join Pocket Full of Rocks onstage in concert at the LifeWay Open House in Franklin, Tenn. on Saturday, August 15, 2009. The event will celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Franklin LifeWay Christian Store at Cool Springs, located beside the Cool Springs Galleria. 94FM The Fish will begin broadcasting on-site at 11:00 a.m. CDT, and The Fish radio personalities Doug & Kim will serve as emcees for the concert, which will kick off in the afternoon at 3:00 p.m. CDT. Schlitt will take the stage first, followed by Pocket Full of Rocks...
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Lincoln Brewster
One of last year’s most critically acclaimed worship CDs, Lincoln Brewster’s Today is the Day, will be re-released as a Deluxe Edition CD/DVD on September 22 on Integrity Music. Integrity Music will re-issue Today is the Day in special packaging with a bonus DVD that includes music videos and song stories. The CD of course, features the 10 tracks from the original release, which includes the No. 1 song “God You Reign” and the soon-to-be radio hit “Salvation is Here...
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*Thursday, August 13th 2009*

SCC
GRAMMY® Award winning and multi-platinum selling artist Steven Curtis Chapman has announced plans to release Beauty Will Rise on November 3rd on Sparrow Records. Beauty Will Rise is a collection of 12 new and profound songs created over the past 15 months during the walk through the darkness of the loss of his daughter Maria and while God continued to meet him there on the journey. Part lament, part praise, part grief, part hope, part wrestling, part pondering; these tracks resonate as Chapman’s personal Psalms...
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Bethany Dillon
Soulful songstress Bethany Dillon returns to the forefront of the contemporary Christian music scene with her fourth Sparrow Records project, Stop & Listen. The record, self-described as Dillon’s most confessional album to date, releases nationwide on Sept. 8. Produced by Marshall Altman (Brooke Fraser, Warren Barfield), Stop & Listen is a call to peace in the middle of life expectations and the day-to-day chaos that all too often takes over...
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BETWEEN THE TREES’ sophomore CD titled SPAIN, featuring their single “We Can Try,” was released on Tuesday and hit the itunes charts as the #29 Top Selling record overall, and the #6 selling rock album. The follow-up to their 2007 debut album THE STORY AND THE SONG, SPAIN, on Bonded Records distributed by Universal, lands “between” Nickelback and Daughtry on the itunes rock chart. In conjunction with the CD release, BETWEEN THE TREES will embark on a nationwide AbsolutePunkNet...
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International youth outreach organization Teen Mania Ministries announces the launch of new worship label, EE-Taow Records. The label will introduce its flagship artist, Atlanta-based Unhindered, with the release of Be on Oct. 20, 2009. Founded to develop the next generation of worship musicians and songwriters, EE-Taow aims to provide its young audience with an authentic, relevant worship experience...
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The Wrecking
Chosen Records' recording artist The Wrecking will release a new digital EP on Tuesday, August 18. Entitled, THE CATALYST, the six-song EP will include sneak previews of songs which will be included on the band's full-length CD set to drop in early 2010. A new music video to coincide with one of the EP's songs, "The Sound of the Resistance," will be released this month to national video shows...
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*Wednesday, August 12th 2009*

MercyMe
Late last night MercyMe posted an updated statement about the accident their bus was involved in this past Saturday morning in Ft Wayne, IN. We are passing along this statement at the band’s request, and also due to the numerous inquiries we have received for the band: "MercyMe would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and prayers that have been said not only for them, but for the families affected by this tragic accident. We have been in continued communication with the chaplaincy program at the Ft. Wayne Police Department, and our thoughts and prayers...
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Pc3
Ten years after the Paul Colman Trio released its first CD Serious Fun, and five years after it disbanded, 'pc3' will reunite for a tour of Australia and New Zealand this October. The group that changed the face of Christian music down under with its engaging and entertaining performances recorded four studio and two live albums, garnered a Grammy nomination, a GMA Dove Award, TRAA Awards for song and artist of the year, plus a slew of hit singles in the USA, Australia and New Zealand...
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Francesca Battistelli
Fervent/Reprise Records singer/songwriter Francesca Battistelli continues to make significant headway with her acclaimed debut, My Paper Heart. From the small screen to now the big screen, Battistelli's top 5 radio hit, "I'm Letting Go," can be heard in the promotions for the just-released "Julie & Julia" movie featuring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, while her current radio single, "It's Your Life," was heard during last week's season finale of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
Phillips, Craig and Dean has landed another career high with Fearless selling over 10,000 units in its first week, garnering the top spot on the Current Contemporary Retail chart, while their hit single “Revelation Song” holds on to No. 1 on both the AC and INSPO radio charts. Fearless was also the band’s highest debut ever on the Billboard Top 200, landing at No. 46. In addition, Phillips, Craig and Dean’s latest project was the highest new entry on the Christian SoundScan charts claiming the No. 2 position...
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Rush Of Fools
Midas Records’ premiere Christian progressive worship band, Rush Of Fools, has partnered with the largest Christian Radio Network, KLOVE, for an official concert tour making stops in top markets this fall. The tour will kick off Rush Of Fools’ fall touring season. “We are so excited to get our fall started with our friends at K-LOVE. It’s always great when we get to join our mission with the...
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*Tuesday, August 11th 2009*

Universal Music Group/Dream Records artist PRESS PLAY continues to build momentum with its debut project, Life is Beautiful. Featuring a blend of pop, rock and urban flair, Life is Beautiful exploded from its initial release and launched PRESS PLAY into the spotlight on and off-stage. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Christian chart and #45 on the Billboard Top 200 chart while peaking at #3 on the iTunes Top Christian and Gospel charts. In its quick emergence, the band has...
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*Monday, August 10th 2009*

B.Reith
Modern hip-hop/pop meets classic soul on B.Reith’s (pronounced R i th) full-length debut Now Is Not Forever this September 22nd. B.Reith will tour the new music as part of both the 35-city Creation Festival Tour with Jars of Clay this fall, followed by a run on tobyMac’s 20-city Winter Wonder Slam with label mates Relient K and Stephanie Smith. Now Is Not Forever includes 12 songs, with 9 of those being brand new material...
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Da T.R.U.T.H.
The Big Picture, the latest CD from Cross Movement Records recording artist Da' T.R.U.T.H., has released to a flurry of activity initiated by his avid fanbase. The Stellar award-winning, Grammy and GMA Dove Award-nominated artist's project hit #1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart on the day it came out, also reaching #1 on the CMTA R&B/Hip Hop Chart, #2 on the Billboard Gospel chart and #4 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart during release week...
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*Saturday, August 8th 2009*

MercyMe
MercyMe's publicity department just released an official statement... Following the accident earlier this morning involving their tour bus, MercyMe gave the following statement: MercyMe would like to express their incredible heartache over this horrible accident. They are praying for the families of all who this will affect, and are asking others to please pray as well. The band and crew sustained minor bumps and bruises, however their hearts are heavy. They appreciate the concern they have received from people all over the world...
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MercyMe
JFH News Shorts featuring MercyMe, Stryper, The Almost: Last night, MercyMe frontman Bart Millard posted on Twitter, "Car just hit our tour bus. We are ok, but 2 of the 3 in the car did not make it. The one that did is pregnant. Please start praying." Three hours later, Millard posted an update, "Can't sleep. Officers left to notify families of their loss. My heart aches. Girl driving is 35 wks pregnant. Both are stable." Our hearts go out to the MercyMe guys and the families of the victims. Please be praying for everyone involved! I'm sure an official announcement/report will be released soon...
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*Friday, August 7th 2009*

Words Records newest signing Satellites & Sirens released their debut digital-only EP All We Need is Sound. Featuring three tracks including the band’s first single and video, “Take Me Back,” the EP introduced the band’s unique 80’s-synth rock sound to music listeners via iTunes. The band is slated to release the Breaking the Noise EP on October 6. On the heals of the All We Need is Sound EP release, the band partnered with the Light the Night Walk...
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New artist and Winner of the 2008 GOSPEL DREAM competition, MELINDA WATTS is literally living her dream. Her debut CD, PEOPLE GET READY, is a bona-fide hit record charting all the way to a TOP TWENTY debut on this week on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart. Coming in at Number 17 on the music magazine’s Gospel chart, PEOPLE GET READY marks a fantastic 1st week overall scan for Watts...
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After four critically-acclaimed live albums, including their recent Everyone Overcome, the Desperation Band, a worship band birthed out of the student ministries at Colorado Springs’ New Life Church, returns Sept. 15 with Light Up The World. Their first studio release is a project inspired by “Heartwork,” a student-driven ministry at their church which is helping to build orphan homes in Africa. The enhanced, 16-track CD and companion digital songbook feature brand new songs...
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*Thursday, August 6th 2009*

KJ-52
Veteran, extraordinaire, Christian hip-hop pioneer all describe BEC Recordings' KJ-52 as he ventures into more uncharted territory with his upcoming release, "Five-Two Television," on September 22nd. As one of his most ambitious projects of his career, this project dives into the ' cultural influences and media-drenched ideas that individuals are exposed to on a daily basis. "I wanted to create a record that's almost like a TV station," KJ-52 explains, tipping his hand...
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Modern worship songwriter/artist Brenton Brown may be the most popular worship leader you have never heard of. Fans of worship music will have the opportunity to get acquainted with this award winning songwriter’s best-loved works and new music on Introducing Brenton Brown, a six-song CD for $5 releasing Sept. 22 from Kingsway with distribution by EMI CMG...
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Big Idea
Big Idea, Inc., in partnership with Personalized Products, announces the launch of the first ever VeggieTales® iPhone and iPod Touch Application this week available at the VeggieTales iPhone App. “VeggieTales® Just For Me” is the first iPhone and iPod Touch application with name personalization. Merging iPhone magic with never-before-seen technology, millions of iPhone or iPod Touch users will have the opportunity to hear the voices of beloved VeggieTales characters Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber sing and speak their...
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*Wednesday, August 5th 2009*

BarlowGirl
Million-selling and ten-time Dove nominated, BarlowGirl, has received overwhelming fan support for their new project, Love & War. As a result of this response, the release date for the group’s fourth album has been moved up to September 8, 2009 in an unprecedented move by Word Entertainment. The CD had originally been slated for a September 22nd release. “We are delighted with the overwhelming support and anticipation for Love & War from radio, digital partners, retail...
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Aaron Shust
Take Over, the third CD from best-selling, three-time Dove Award-winning male vocalist Aaron Shust, releases this week amid critical acclaim from the media. The New York Times has hailed the project as “Mr. Shust’s third and best album, and one of this year’s most impressive Christian records.” Take Over is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Shust’s critically acclaimed Whispered And Shouted (2007) and is produced by Rusty Varenkamp and Jason Ingram (10th Avenue North, Rush of Fools, Bebo Norman, Meredith Andrews)...
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Purple Door, the annual arts and music festival to be held August 14-15 in Lewisberry, PA, is excited to reveal the 2009 winners for its New Artist Showcase and Battle Of The Band competitions as well as announce the addition of another band to the already stellar line up. Chosen from over 77 entries through Sonicbids.com, this year’s New Artist Showcase winners are: Recuse Is Possible (Port Washington, NY), Hyland (Minneapolis, MN), The Pledge (York, PA) and Receiving the Ghost (Ephrata, PA). The artists will kick off Purple Door Festival, performing on the HM Stage...
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*Tuesday, August 4th 2009*

Inhale Exhale
It's time again for monthly Tooth & Nail Records news! In the studio.... Inhale Exhale is wrapping up the final mixes of their new record, "Bury Me Alive," which is currently set to release October 6th. The forthcoming project was recorded by Travis Wyrick (POD, Disciple) and mixed by Devin Townsend. Oh, Sleeper has been recently finishing their upcoming album "Son of the Morning," which will be released this month on the 25th...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
It's a good week to be Phillips, Craig and Dean! Their latest recording Fearless (INO Records) is available at retail today, Aug. 4. “Revelation Song” continues to reign in the No. 1 spot for the fourth week in a row at Billboard Christian AC and Soft AC/INSPO radio charts. The single has also been in the No. 1 position on the iTunes ® Christian and Gospel top songs chart. Phillips, Craig and Dean are also embarking on a massive two-week promo tour with stops in Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, Nashville, Spartanburg, Orlando, Atlanta, San Antonio...
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*Monday, August 3rd 2009*

SCC
JFH News Shorts featuring Steven Curtis Chapman, August Burns Red, Demon Hunter: We're pretty stoked to announce that Steven Curtis Chapman has announced the title and release date for his newest album, Beauty Will Rise. From atop the brand new China orphanage, Maria's Big House Of Hope, Chapman announced the title, single, "Heaven Is The Face," and the album release date for November 3rd. SCC took some time to talk about where these songs were born out of as well, so check out his video blog on YouTube where he also gives a tour of Maria's Big House!...
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House Of Heroes
On the heels of House Of Heroes latest full length CD release The End Is Not The End, followed by two EP releases The Acoustic End and House Of Heroes Meets The Beatles, the band is currently on the road for a trek of summer dates. The Acoustic End EP on Itunes includes new acoustic bonus tracks, "New Moon" and "Ghost" as well as a reworked version of "If". As well out now is their ode to the Beatles tribute...
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Newsboys
JFH News Shorts featuring Newsboys, Plumb, Stellar Kart: Ever since the news that Michael Tait had replaced Peter Furler in Newsboys once the Aussie decided to step down, fans and music listeners alike have wondered what in the world the Newsboys will sound like. Recently, a stream popped up on YouTube of the band's current single "Glorious" featuring Tait on vocals. As the band prepares for their first release with the former dc Talk singer at the helm, check out this link for a taste of the new Newsboys...
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