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August, 2010
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010* -- AFTERNOON UPDATE

Sanctus Real
GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-winning Sanctus Real released on Sparrow Records in March its most critically acclaimed album to date, Pieces Of A Real Heart. The fifth studio offering from the band, the album has since gathered an ever-growing cache of musical milestones, including the No. 1 radio hit, “Forgiven,” and the band’s eighth No. 1 radio single and first-ever Billboard Adult Contemporary (AC) No. 1, “Lead Me.” The fastest climbing AC radio song ever for the band, “Lead Me” is also No. 1 on this week’s overall Billboard Christian radio national audience chart and makes its video debut on iTunes Sept. 7. The song is further gathering acclaim from Casting Crowns, 10th Avenue North and others, as well as the first-ever song endorsements from Focus on the Family and FamilyLife...
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Switchfoot
SWITCHFOOT will head out with The Almost this fall on a tour that launches October 1st in Lynchburg, VA. Pre-sale tickets will be available through Friends of the Foot beginning Wednesday, September 1st. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 2nd. For ticketing information and further details, visit www.switchfoot.com. The band, which just wrapped up a summer outing with Goo Goo Dolls, will also perform at Celebrate Freedom Atlanta, the largest free one-day concert in Atlanta, on September 4th, and the Austin City Limits Festival on October 10th...
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TFK
Nearly one year after their stellar release, “Welcome to the Masquerade,” Tooth & Nail Records’ Thousand Foot Krutch continues to build on the success of their 2009 album with the announcement of the fall headline “Welcome to the Masquerade” tour. Creation Festival: The Tour will be the presenting sponsor, and it begins October 1st for 20 dates and will also feature Disciple and special guests Ivoryline. Decyfer Down will take Disciple’s slot for the last week of the tour. For information on cities and dates...
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Mary Beth Chapman continues to share her personal journey with her new book, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope, available now online and in stores everywhere (ISBN: 978-0-8007-1991-3, $21.99, Revell). All this week you can hear and see Mary Beth on a variety of outlets, from People Magazine to Focus On the Family, from 700 Club to Larry King Live online. Here's a listing of where you can find her and hear more about Choosing to SEE...
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For Today's highly anticipated album Breaker is out now! You can pick up a copy at Hot Topic (in the listening booth), FYE, Hastings, Best Buy, the Facedown online store and most all indie stores. Or you can get it digitally on iTunes or Amazon MP3. For Today will be touring heavily through the end of 2010 state-side with Bleeding Through and then Winds of Plague in Europe...
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Phillips, Craig & Dean
Adding to the stellar success of Phillips, Craig & Dean’s latest album, Fearless, the band’s most recent single “Great Are You Lord” reached the No. 1 spot at Billboard’s Christian Soft AC/INSPO marking the band’s 20th No. 1 single in their nearly 20 year career. “20 No.1’s in almost 20 years is such a blessing,” comments member Randy Phillips. “We certainly thank radio for allowing our music to be heard. Thank you for trusting us for nearly two decades. We are...
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Israel and New Breed
Multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton highlights the greatest Gospel commandment with Love God. Love People. releasing TODAY amidst acclaim on Integrity Music/Columbia Records. Featuring the musically masterful energy that has become synonymous with Israel Houghton recordings, the album also reveals special guest appearances by Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Take 6’s Claude V. McKnight, III, Mark Kibble...
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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010*

Switchfoot
San Diego rockers Switchfoot have just announced a Fall "Hello Hurricane" Tour featuring Tooth & Nail act The Almost! Also, starting Sept. 10, the band will do a string of dates in Latin America. You can check out those dates below as well... "There have been rumors circulating but we are thrilled to confirm 100% that we are touring with The Almost! We had the pleasure of rocking with these guys in San Diego at Bro Am and are super excited to bring them on the road this fall. Tour dates with The Almost begin October 1st...
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The Katinas
The current economics are affecting many families including an area in one of the richest cities, Franklin, TN. With the start of school happening, many children in an area known as "Hard Bargain" would have been wearing slippers to school, possibly until winter; however, thanks to Katinas Missions Ministry and Outreach, 200 children will have new sneakers on their feet. Partnering with 10 Day Franklin, a division of Bethel Church Franklin...
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Monday, August 30th, 2010*

Superchick
Grammy nominated pop/rock band Superchick kicks off its fall 2010 “Reinvention Tour” Sept. 22, 2010. Visiting 20+ cities through early November, Superchick will be joined by guest artists Manafest, Me In Motion and Bread of Stone. In support of Superchick’s latest release, Reinvention (April 20, 2010), the tour will feature reinventions of popular songs from the band’s more than 10-year...
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Worship leader Dave Fitzgerald releases his debut album, Hope of Heaven: Live at Bethel Church, Oct. 26 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Pianist/vocalist/songwriter Fitzgerald began leading worship at age 16. The Pennsylvania native and current Tampa Bay, FL resident says, “It is my heart’s desire and calling to expose God’s presence through my music, whether writing with friends, leading corporate worship or just singing around the piano in our home. The foundational purpose is to let our sprit, soul and body give Him our praise...
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Friday, August 27th, 2010*

Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin returns with his much-anticipated new album And If Our God Is For Us..., which features the new single “I Will Follow” and a new studio recording of the hit radio single "Our God." Tomlin's new album is available today for pre-order online and in-store at Family Christian! For each of these copies sold at Family Christian Stores between 8/27/2010 and 11/15/2010, The James Fund...
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Friday, August 27th, 2010*

Britt Nicole
Available now, and with much critical acclaim, is the latest project from Sparrow Records’ rising recording artist Britt Nicole, Acoustic. Unveiling a stripped down, more intimate side of Britt, Acoustic showcases her unique vocal style and powerful lyrics. The disc is making an impact on listeners as it has already placed in the Top 5 on iTunes ® Christian & Gospel album chart and is delivering enthusiastic reviews from critics all over, including Jesusfreakhideout, Gospel Music Channel and more...
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Point Of Grace
Leigh Cappillino is one-third of the Word/Warner Bros. Platinum Selling Vocal Group, Point of Grace, and the third to join Doug Griffin while co-host, Kim Ford is out on maternity leave. Shelley Breen and Denise Jones from the group were on The Fish this month to help fill in the co-host spot. Cappillino will guest co-host from August 30 – September 3 on the “Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Kim” on Today’s Christian Music Radio Network, which also airs on Nashville’s 94 FM the Fish...
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Skillet
Skillet and Papa Roach have announced plans to join forces and destroy crowds across the US with their Monsters of Annihilation tour beginning October 1st in Myrtle Beach, SC at The House of Blues. Armed with their RIAA gold-certified AWAKE album which features two Active Rock and Christian Rock radio hits with "Monster" and "Hero,” Skillet will be joined by Papa Roach who has a current Top 10 Active Rock smash “Kick in the Teeth” from their upcoming album, Time For Annihilation…On the Record and on the Road (August 31st via Eleven Seven Music). For a complete list of tour dates, please see below...
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010*

Family Force 5
Family Force 5 are busy in the studio right now recording their third full-length record. Check out their personal update below... "It has been a ridiculo (sp intended) summer! The Family Force 5 world is spinning out of control, and it doesn't look like there's any light at the end of the tunnel. In some weird way, that's a good thing. For those of you who don't know, we've safely returned from our British Invasion, which included shows in Scotland, Northern Ireland...
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SCC
Big Idea Entertainment announces the online music video premiere of “Meant To Be,” featured exclusively in the all-new VeggieTales adventure, It’s a Meaningful Life, available on DVD in Christian stores October 2nd and everywhere October 5th! The streaming music video features clips from the It’s a Meaningful Life DVD, the artist recording session with Steven Curtis Chapman and real life footage from ministry partner Show Hope...
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Tye Tribbett
On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Columbia Records will release Stellar Award winning contemporary gospel singer/songwriter/performer Tye Tribbett’s highly anticipated solo debut, Fresh. Fresh is the first new full-length album from Tye Tribbett since the gospel artist's StandOUT entered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart at #1, shortly following its release in May 2008. The new single, “Fresh,” is set to impact radio on August 30, 2010...
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“Let It Out,” the third single from VSR Music Group recording artist Chris and Conrad’s self-titled debut, will be serviced to Christian radio formats this week. Penned by Chris Kuti, Conrad Johnson and Jeff Pardo, “Let It Out” follows Chris and Conrad’s hit “Lead Me To The Cross,” which was the #7 Christian song of 2009, according to Billboard magazine, and the duo’s Top 15 single “You’re The One...
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In a groundbreaking deal along with partner Central South Distribution, Syntax Distribution acquires digital distribution rights for the trail blazing Frontline Records (est. 1986), which will include the imprint labels Intense Records, Alarma! Records, and MYX Records. For the first time ever, the early music of this popular label will now be available for download. The deal introduces a new generation to Christian music’s pioneers of rock, hip-hop and pop...
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Skillet
In a fast and furious 10 months, “AWAKE,” the latest album from Atlantic/Ardent/INO recording group Skillet, has been certified gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000. The album – which includes two Active Rock radio blockbusters in the top 5 hit, “Monster,” which also ranked in at No. 2 at Christian Rock, and the top 12 smash and No. 1 CHR and Christian Rock hit, “Hero” – continues to reign as a hard rock favorite, standing strong in the upper half of the Billboard 200. The band just released their latest single at Christian radio, “Forgiven...
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Circleslide
Critically acclaimed Christian rock band Circleslide is set to release their sophomore project, Echoes of the Light, on Save the City Records October 5, 2010. The project will be distributed through Provident/Integrity Distribution. Since the band's debut project, which landed them on Christianity Today's list of "Best New Artists of 2006," among other accolades, Circleslide — whose lineup includes frontman Gabe Martinez, lead guitarist Jonathan DeAnda, bassist Eric Vickers and drummer Lee Yoder — has toured unceasingly, refining their modern rock ruminations...
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Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns’ frontman Mark Hall may have made headlines recently by selling off his one-of-a-kind, Star Wars-inspired office collection for charity, totaling $15,000 to date for the humanitarian outfit World Vision, but the Atlanta-based youth pastor will have to make room for another new piece of memorabilia. Casting Crowns’ 2007 studio project The Altar And The Door was recently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, designating 1 million units sold. The honor marked the band’s third Platinum-selling full-length...
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Wednesday, August 25th, 2010*

BarlowGirl
Fervent Records recording artist and 13-time Dove Award nominated band BarlowGirl is sharing the never-before-told side of their first 10-years with fans through their new album Our Journey…So Far due out September 14. This album candidly tells the story of these three rockin’ sisters (Alyssa, Lauren and Rebecca) musically and visually in chronological order. “It feels like yesterday that we packed in the van and drove to Nashville to make our first album,” said Lauren. Rebecca continued...
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On Oct 19, the joy and wonder of the Christmas season will be available in the new “The Essential Christmas Collection,” a vibrant 12-song project featuring many of Christian music’s most admired artists, with holiday songs from Third Day, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James, Brandon Heath, Tenth Avenue North, Building 429 and Matt Maher along with newcomers, Revive, Kerrie Roberts and Anthem Lights. The collection includes stunning versions of Christmas classics as well as two original tunes...
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Further Seems Forever
Original Further Seems Forever vocalist Chris Carrabba is currently recording with the band for a Spring 2011 release. In 2003, Carrabba left the band and formed Dashboard Confessional, leaving FSF without a vocalist until Jon Bunch stepped in. In 2006, FSF announced their split and in 2010, the FSF fires have been lit again... anew. Follow the band on Twitter at @fsfofficial and...
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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010*

Deas Vail
Deas Vail is working hard to make sure their presence is known, just wrapping up a successful club trek with Lydia and a run on Vans Warped Tour 2010, the band is excited to release two b-sides, "Under Our Skin" and "All Eyes Are On You Now" to hit digitally TODAY. The band’s Mono vs. Stereo debut Birds & Cages is out now, a dozen songs that take on mammoth-sized questions about freedom, love, hope, fear, transformation and just what it means to become a better human being...
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Owl City
Multi-platinum international sensation Owl City has penned a new song – “To the Sky” – to serve as the theme to Director Zack Snyder’s animation debut Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures). Based on Kathryn Lasky novels Guardians of G’Hoole, the film opens nationwide in theatres and IMAX on September 24th in both 3D and 2D and will be accompanied by an original motion picture soundtrack that will be released on September 21st by WaterTower Music...
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Prepare to do battle with Zombies today, Tuesday, August 24, 2010, as today is the day that The Devil Wears Prada's conceptual Zombie EP is released. TDWP has been getting stellar reviews for Zombie EP, and the EP has just become the biggest pre-order item ever for MerchNow, the band's online fulfillment center. As Decoy Music wrote in its Zombie EP review, "TDWP took the concept of zombies and made an epic metalcore EP about it...
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Monday, August 23rd, 2010*

Disciple
Disciple will release their latest, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, on Sept. 14 with INO Records. The newest project, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, was a collective songwriting effort for the band. The 12-track album is loaded with spiritual sentiments, spanning subjects as diverse as hope, redemption, perseverance and self-esteem. The first radio single off of the record, “Dear X, You Don’t Own Me” is already No. 1 on the Christian Rock chart and No. 14...
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Third Day
Anticipation builds for the October 19 release of acclaimed rock band Third Day’s latest project MOVE. An industry leader in touring, awards and sales, Third Day delivers its soul-stirring 11th studio album, showcasing members Mac Powell, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson and David Carr at their melodic and lyrical best, peering insightfully at life within the church as well as pointedly seeking to understand the needs and questions of those without faith. It’s an often difficult balance to achieve, but Third Day succeeds in speaking candidly and hopefully to listeners of every stripe, challenging...
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Jeremy Camp
GRAMMY and two-time American Music Award nominated artist Jeremy Camp marks his inspirational return to worship this week with the release of his sixth studio project on BEC Recordings, “We Cry Out: The Worship Project.” This release is introduced by a week-long radio and in-store tour in five major markets across the country (Indianapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Seattle) followed by his headlining performance in Portland, OR at Fish Fest on Saturday, August 28th. Camp has once again joined with GRAMMY award-winning producer Brown Bannister as well as...
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Kingsway has entered into an exclusive, long-term recorded music, marketing and distribution agreement with Bethel Music. Selling well over 100,000 albums online and at events, Bethel Music albums will for the first time be brought to physical retail into both Christian and general market stores internationally through Kingsway with distribution in the US by EMI CMG. Bethel Music and Kingsway will launch the first four recordings under the new relationship to physical and digital retailers beginning Nov. 10, 2010...
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Michael W. Smith
As ticket sales continue to climb for one of the most anticipated tours of the year, World Vision’s Make A Difference Tour 2010 featuring New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado and GRAMMY® Award winners Michael W. Smith, TobyMac and Third Day, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Jason Gray has been added to the roster as the tour’s opener. Gray joins the tour in support of his sophomore Centricity Music release, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue, but will also play an important role for fans as the Make A Difference Tour...
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Friday, August 20th, 2010*

Mike Farris
Acclaimed Americana/Gospel artist Mike Farris announces the October 26th Entertainment One Music release of The Night The Cumberland Came Alive, a 6-song EP to commemorate and celebrate the rebirth of Nashville, a city and its surrounding communities devastated by a "1,000 year" flood on May 1, 2010. The project was recorded just weeks after the flood, as the people of middle Tennessee regained their civic pride and rallied to help their neighbors and rebuild...
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010*

Lincoln Brewster
"Power Of Your Name," from Integrity/Columbia Music recording artist Lincoln Brewster, has reached #1 on this week’s Billboard Soft AC/Inspirational National Airplay chart. Written by Brewster and Hillsong Music’s Mia Fieldes, “Power Of Your Name” features Darlene Zschech and is the fourth single from Brewster’s 2008’s acclaimed release, Today Is The Day. “It’s a common theme that’s moving throughout the Body of Christ as we see people in the Church really take a stand and do more to deal with social injustice around the world,” Brewster says...
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Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson has launched its newest music video, “Shaken,” produced by Ransom.tv, an online ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). For one week, “Shaken” will premiere exclusively to Hawk Nelson fans before going public. The video will be available on Hawk Nelson’s Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/hawknelson) – only fans who “like” the page will be able to unlock the video. Fans will also have the opportunity to join the band and Samaritan’s Purse in helping to feed 1,000 kids through its “Get Shaken” campaign...
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Aaron Shust
Dove award winning artists Big Daddy Weave and Aaron Shust, along with Andy Kirk, will be bringing their passionate and elevating live performances to 45 cities across the country while on the Hope Restored Tour from August 27th through November 14th. Sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators affiliate, The Seed Company, the tour will raise awareness for its innovative program OneVerse which provides Bible translations for all languages across the globe...
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SCC
Last month, Show Hope™, the adoption awareness and orphan care ministry founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman that exists to care for orphans around the world, celebrated the one year anniversary of the opening of Maria’s Big House of Hope. This medical care center provides the highest level of care for special needs orphans, from newborn to age five, who are in desperate need of surgeries and medical attention thus enabling the children to thrive and increase the orphans' chances of being adopted. Maria’s Big House of Hope, located in Luoyang, China, was named in loving memory of the Chapman's 5-year old daughter, Maria Sue Chapman...
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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010*

Amy Grant
Six time GRAMMY ® winner Amy Grant to host a unique and intimate concert series to benefit worldwide children’s advocacy organization Compassion International for ten shows this fall on the “Pieces of Our Lives” tour featuring a personal concert from Grant along with an exclusive art gallery reception. The “Pieces of Our Lives” art gallery reception will showcase exclusive art, photography, paintings and lyrics reflecting themes found in Grant’s signature songs. Select items will be available for auction after tour. Each event will be limited to only 300 guests...
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010*

JFH
JesusFreakHideout.com wanted to celebrate its 14-year anniversary in a big way, so the website’s President, John DiBiase, decided to host an exclusive after party on the first night of the Purple Door Festival in Lewisberry, PA. One-hundred invited guests were treated to an acoustic performance by Gotee Records’ alternative rock band, House Of Heroes and heard songs from the group’s new CD, Suburba. “I want to thank everyone who has supported JesusFreakHideout.com over the years,” says DiBiase...
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Skillet
While rock giants Skillet hadn't really taken the music world by storm until the release of Comatose in 2006, there is a wealth of music the band has produced for that record, since starting in 1996. To help catch fans up to speed, INO and Columbia have released The Early Years: 1996-2001 digitally, offering 13 tracks from the band's first four albums as well as two music videos. Check it out now on iTunes and AmazonMP3...
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John Reuben
Gotee Records is pleased to announce the release of ZAPPIN (The Best Of), online and in stores September 14, 2010. Spanning John Reuben’s career, the project (a digital and Christian retail exclusive) gives a snapshot of John’s last decade, spanning 6 albums and over 300,000 units sold. ZAPPIN (The Best Of) will be an essential for old and new fans alike, containing 18 songs in one collection. The project also includes a link in the packaging where fans can download all twelve of John’s acclaimed music videos...
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The Almost
Tooth & Nail/Virgin Records (EMI) rock band, The Almost, is gearing up for the Monster Monster tour beginning September 14th in Montgomery, AL through September 26th in Indianapolis, IN. With the tour namesake from the band’s highly successful sophomore album, The Almost will bring along special guests: Chasen, House of Heroes and Between the Trees for the Compassion International sponsored tour. "We are so excited and happy to go out and be a part of local communities,” shared Aaron Gillespie...
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After overcoming life trials of abuse, homelessness, poverty and more, Heather Williams’ will bring her strong inspirational story and hearty talent for songwriting in an EP for digital retailers releasing today, Aug. 17 from INO Records. Williams’ background provides a unique perspective for her songwriting on her freshman EP. She grew up in extreme poverty with her mom and stepfather, and suffered abuse. Her mother gave her away at age 11, and Williams went to live with her grandfather in Michigan...
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Hailing from Bangor, Northern Ireland, Rend Collective Experiment’s acclaim began at home as a movement of 20-somethings that has now begun to spread across Europe to the Americas and beyond. The modern worship sounds of this band are receiving praise as the debut album, Organic Family Hymnal, is set to release in North America Sept. 28 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Charting a unique course, Rend Collective Experiment is a group of friends collectively wondering how to make sense of the conundrum of life, God and community...
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Monday, August 16th, 2010*

toby
Performing in front of over 90,000 screaming fans last spring, two of the industry's biggest performers SKILLET and TOBYMAC team up together once again for the second leg of the Awake Tonight Tour presented by TobyMac's Winter Wonder Slam. To kick off the night will be Diverse City's SHONLOCK, who will be opening for the two headlining acts, bringing audiences to their feet...
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Circleslide
Save the City Records is excited to announce the signing of critically acclaimed Christian rock band Circleslide, whose debut project landed on Christianity Today's 2006 Year in Review "Best of" round-up, among other accolades. Since then, the foursome — frontman Gabe Martinez, lead guitarist Jonathan DeAnda, bassist Eric Vickers and drummer Lee Yoder...
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Mary Beth Chapman, sharing her story for the first time with her new book Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope, is set to appear on three major radio broadcasts this month. Joined by her husband, award-winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, Mary Beth will be heard promoting her book on Family Talk, FamilyLife as well as Focus On The Family...
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Kari Jobe
New Artist of the Year nominee and beloved worship leader Kari Jobe debuts her first music video on gmc (Gospel Music Channel) next Wednesday, August 18. The video for Jobe’s worship song “You Are For Me” will premier on gmc’s “WakeUp Call” at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday and will play in...
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Saturday, August 14th, 2010*

With the continuous momentum of Newsboys' current CD release Born Again, a No. 1 radio hit and an extensive touring schedule, they continue their whirlwind year with the announcement of their first-ever Christmas project. Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday will release October 12th, courtesy of Inpop Records...
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Following the June 29 release of its widely acclaimed 20th recording, A Beautiful Exchange, which made its debut at No. 1 on several retail charts (No. 40 on the Billboard Top 200), Hillsong LIVE launched its highly anticipated tour of the U.S. July 21 and traveled to 12 major markets before culminating the tour Aug. 5 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Averaging nearly 4,000 people per market, every venue sold out and the tour drew feature coverage from CNN, Dallas Morning News...
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Thursday, August 12th, 2010*

Natalie Grant
Natalie Grant will be hosting a LOVE REVOLUTION Live Chat & Listening Party on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 8pm CDT. In a full-circle moment, Natalie returns to SoulFuel Studios—the recording house of award-winning producer/husband Bernie Herms (and the place where the music of Love Revolution was created)—to share songs from her new album a full week before it hits stores on August 24th. Visitors can watch Natalie LIVE as she performs some of her new songs and shares some stories behind the songs and can also interact with her as Natalie answers...
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Israel and New Breed
Integrity Music launches the first ever Christian artist iTunes LP in support of multiple GRAMMY, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Soul Train Award winner and double RIAA certified Gold-selling artist Israel Houghton and his critically acclaimed album, Love God. Love People., releasing August 31 on Integrity Music/Columbia Records. Houghton also becomes the first artist, mainstream or Christian, to have an LP release that includes interactive social network capabilities, a music mixer and Bible verses...
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Kerrie Roberts
As acclaimed songstress Kerrie Roberts readies to release her self-titled debut album on Provident Label Group’s Reunion Records on Aug. 24, the project’s early hit single, “No Matter What,” breaks the Top 20 this week at No.17 on Billboard’s AC Monitored chart, and jumps to No. 12 on the CHR format. With proven strong radio support, the emotive singer’s huge soaring vocals and transparent songwriting poise her to be the next breakthrough voice in Christian music...
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Casting Crowns
Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, is known for his talent as a songwriter and his passion for teen and family ministry. But the acclaimed frontman of the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards “Artist of the Year” recently revealed an interest few may know about: Star Wars. The self-professed Star Wars fanatic is using his interest to help children and families around the world, as he places several objects from his extensive, personal Star Wars memorabilia collection up for sale...
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010*

Chris Sligh
Word Records recording artist and American Idol Top 10 Finalist Chris Sligh finds beauty in brokenness with the release of his new album The Anatomy Of Broken on September 14. Two years in the making, this release is a set of songs echoing the grand pop stylings of his debut album loaded with a challenging message. “To me, the songs on this album are different pictures of brokenness,” reflects Sligh. “It’s okay to admit when we are fallen and broken...
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Lincoln Brewster
Real Life, the seventh solo recording from Integrity/Columbia Music worship leader, singer/songwriter and acclaimed guitarist Lincoln Brewster, is slated to bow September 28. Produced by Brewster, he also co-penned nine of the project’s 10 selections. Featuring contributions from such award-winning writers as Paul Baloche, Jason Ingram and Mia Fieldes, among others, highlights of Real Life include the title-cut...
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House Of Heroes
Gotee Records band House of Heroes recent release SUBURBA produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Deas Vail) and mixed by J.R. McNeely (The Almost, Paramore) has a exciting first week with 7,646 units sold and entering the Billboard’s Top 200 at #48 and Billboard’s Digital chart at #8. “We're blown away by the support Suburba has received from critics and especially our fans! It really feels like we've got a lot of people in our corner this time...
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BarlowGirl
Fervent Records and Word Entertainment are celebrating the sister trio known as BarlowGirl with a special retrospective release entitled Our Journey... So Far. The band and label have set up some cool preorder specials for the release that include an autographed copy and instant downloads of behind-the-scenes videos! Check out the preorders here. "It feels like just yesterday that we packed in the van and drove to Nashville to make our first album...
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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010*

Caedmons Call
Raising Up the Dead, the newest and highly anticipated release from Caedmon’s Call, will release directly to fans on www.caedmonscall.com on Sept. 14. “This is our most collaborative project ever”, says member Derek Webb. “Everyone was involved in the writing process because we wanted to make a record that reflected the idea of community very strongly...
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Knowing a good thing when they hear it, Tooth & Nail Records has recently signed the San Jose, California based band, I Am Empire. Already establishing their fan-base by opening for bands like Flyleaf, Sublime, Silversun Pickups and touring with The Wedding, I Am Empire self-released their debut album as well as their charted singles “You’re A Fake” and “The Elevator.” "Tooth & Nail Records is a strong iconic label that gives us the vehicle and freedom to be the kind of band we aspire to be...
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Named a “Top 10 Artist to Watch in 2010” by GospelMusicChannel.com, Nashville-based Chris McClarney’s first full-length studio CD, Defender, releases today from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Packed with songs inspired by real life, lessons learned and the truth of Scripture, McClarney delivers this collection of soulful modern worship as a triumphant proclamation that God’s got his sleeves rolled up and He’s working it all out for our good...
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Monday, August 9th, 2010*

Family Force 5
Purple Door Arts and Music Festival is beyond excited about its 15th Anniversary and has partnered with record labels and local businesses to offer special surprises for those who attend the Fest, August 13 and 14 at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA. Chris Strayer, Festival Producer, explains: “There have been several last minute additions to make the Purple Door experience even better. We’ve expanded the lineup of the Forum Stage, partnered with more vendors and we’ve added a JumboTron screen at the Main Stage. There will also be Laser Tag this year as well...
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Skillet
In its 7th year, Uprise Festival continues as the Cumberland Valley’s premier Christian music event by playing host to a spectacular line up of Christian music’s hottest bands for its 2010 event. The one-day Festival, featuring activities for the entire family, will be held Saturday, September 18th at Shippensburg Fairgrounds in Shippensburg, PA. Gates will open at 11:00am, with performances running from noon – 10:00pm. The diverse list of performers for this year’s event includes: Skillet, Newsboys, Red...
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Point Of Grace
Two is always better than one. Denise Jones, one-third of the Word/Warner Bros. Platinum Selling Vocal Group, Point of Grace, proves this as Nashville’s 94.1 gets back-to-back help from the girls who have taken turns to help co-host at the station while Kim Ford is out on maternity leave. This week (August 9 - August 13), Denise will exercise her radio personality skills as she works alongside Doug Griffin from 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM for the “Doug and Kim” morning show. Shelley Breen from the group was on The Fish last week to help fill in the co-host spot...
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Friday, August 6th, 2010*

Phil Joel
Phil Joel, former Newsboys bassist and current successful independent solo artist, releases his sixth studio album this August 10th, entitled "deliberateKids2". The follow-up to the Dove award-nominated original inspires kids to live their faith vibrantly and with purpose. Joel and wife Heather were inspired to write the songs for deliberateKids2 by parenting their own children. “It is music made by my family for other people’s families,” Joel says...
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Josh Wilson
Today, Friday, August 6, Sparrow recording artist Josh Wilson is premiering his new music video for his current single “Before the Morning” on Godtube.com. To watch the never before seen video, click here. Written by the singer/songwriter, the song was inspired by some of Wilson’s close friends Tim and Paula Beal, whose son Jayken was born with a life-threatening medical...
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Thursday, August 5th, 2010*

Anberlin
Universal Republic rockers Anberlin will launch a North American headlining tour at New Orleans' House of Blues on September 28th. Crash Kings and Civil Twilight will open on the outing, which includes stops at Los Angeles' House of Blues (October 8th) and The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza (October 30th). Anberlin will also play a show with 30 Seconds to Mars on September 30th in Oklahoma City. (See below for full tour itinerary.) "Impossible," the lead single from Anberlin's upcoming album, Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, is the #1 Most Added track at...
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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010*

toby
Back by popular demand, the "Awake Tonight Tour" which featured co-headliners Skillet and TobyMac rocked stadiums this Spring and the two mega artists are making good on talk of continuing the tour by making it the lineup for this year's Winter Wonder Slam Tour. Opening for the bands is TobyMac's Shonlock from the Diverse City band with his own solo set. Check out the tour dates below...
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Matthew West
Thousands of stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries were the source of motivation for Matthew West’s fourth Sparrow Record’s album, The Story of Your Life, set to release on Oct. 5. In follow-up to the GRAMMY ® nominee’s success with his hit single “Motions” being atop the radio charts for a whopping 15 weeks and being the most played artist at Christian radio last year...
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Michael Gungor Band
Michael and Lisa Gungor of the band GUNGOR welcomed their first child, Amelie Isabelle Pearl Gungor, on July 29. The newest beautiful thing was born 7Ib and 5in upon arrival, photo included. Amelie arrived just in time for the fall Beautiful Things Event tour to commence this Oct. For more information on the tour, stay tuned to http://www.gungormusic.com/...
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Andrew Peterson
Singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson has reached a career milestone, as his highest charting album to date happened this week. Counting Stars enters at #6 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart and strong early support last week led to the project debuting at #1 on iTunes Christian Albums Chart. Media has embraced Counting Stars as Peterson’s best project to date with JesusFreakHideout.com saying, "Counting Stars is...
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010*

JoC
Two-time reigning Gospel Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Brandon Heath and three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band Jars of Clay will join forces this fall to co-headline the 21-city “An Evening With Brandon Heath & Jars of Clay” tour. In partnership with Blood:Water Mission and Food for the Hungry, the tour will kick off Oct. 8, and travel across the country before wrapping in mid-November. As a unique co-headlining tour, “An Evening With Brandon Heath & Jars of Clay” gives...
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mewithoutYou
mewithoutYou will be heading out on the second leg of their nationwide Our Cashew Princess of the Swirling Marble Tour with Buried Beds and Murder By Death. There are 11 scheduled stops remaining on this leg of the tour which ends on August 13th in Philadelphia, PA. The tour comes after mewithoutYou's latest release, IT'S ALL CRAZY! IT'S ALL FALSE! IT'S ALL A DREAM! IT'S ALRIGHT which stands as another daring adventure charted by frontman Aaron Weiss, guitarist Michael Weiss, bassist Greg Jehanian, and drummer Rickie Mazzotta. The band's fourth studio album, produced by...
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010*

House Of Heroes
Ah, yes. It's stuff like this that warms the heart of our inner music buff. Today, AmazonMP3 has released House Of Heroes' Suburba a day early for the ridiculously cheap price of $2.99! On top of that, Amazon is offering an exclusive 13th song, entitled "Galveston" as well! We thought this deal was pretty sweet, but the House of Heroes boys are sweetening it just a little bit further. Moments ago, they announced that fans can bring their AmazonMP3 receipt to any House of Heroes show for the rest of the year and get the physical CD for $6.00. That means... for $2.99 you can download the album today (a day early, mind you)...
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Jimmy Needham
Singer/songwriter, Jimmy Needham, has been selected to headline fourteen of nineteen Acquire The Fire tour dates this fall and spring 2011. Needham is a natural fit for these tour dates with his strong fanbase of teens and young adults. This was evident with the tremendous success of his third project for Inpop Records, Nightlights that released in mid-May. The CD debuted at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Combined Album Chart and #1 on the Digital Album charts...
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Flatfoot 56
In what has been an unprecedented year for Southside Chicago’s, FLATFOOT 56, the band’s 10th year anniversary has been marked by well-deserved milestones, all resulting from the strength of the ensemble’s sincere live show and critically-lauded Old Shoe Records debut, BLACK THORN. Produced by Johnny Rioux (STREET DOGS) and released in March 2010, BLACK THORN would debut at #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, in addition to healthy positions on the Billboard Top 200, the Billboard Top Independent Current Albums Chart, Top Alternative Rock Chart, Top Rock Chart, Top Current Albums Chart and Top Internet Sales Charts...
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