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JfH OLD Music News

December, 2002
*new as of Monday, December 30th, 2002*

RSJ
Rebecca St. James' next CD is titled Wait For Me--The Best From Rebecca St. James and will be released on March 25. It contains 2 new tracks including a duet with Chris Tomlin, "Yes I Believe in God," plus 14 other songs (17 total). Speaking of "Wait for Me," following the success of Rebecca's book by the same title, a Journal to accompany the book is now available. Finally, following the huge success of Rebecca's European tour, she and band are hoping to go back in 2004 for an extended stay but to also include Estonia, Finland, Ukraine, and Russia. The coordinator of the tour had this to say: "The 'Worship God Tour' proved groundbreaking in the CCM genre for the venture Rebecca took into countries that rarely host Christian artists," noted Gary Smith of Wales-based Big Ideas, promoters of the St. James tour. "Four such countries on the tour- France, Austria, Latvia, and Romania- all produced turn away crowds-as did Germany and Sweden. The response to Rebecca's music and message was quite extraordinary at every concert. In the wake of what was witnessed, we have an increased commitment to the importance of the European ministry outreach of Rebecca St. James as never before."
Chris Tomlin
Passion Conferences founder/director Louie Giglio and sixsteps/Sparrow Records’ Chris Tomlin and David Crowder Band were featured at the largest Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention ever as part of the Passion Worship Experience. Held recently in The Nashville Convention Center, the sold-out event drew 5,600 delegates from all across the nation and beyond. In addition to Nashville, the Passion Worship Experience was featured in all three of the fall Youth Specialties conventions, including Sacramento, CA, and Pittsburgh, PA, with more than 12,000 delegates in all attending. Produced by Passion Conferences, a division of Choice Ministries, the Youth Specialties Passion Worship Experience was a resounding success. “In order for worship to be sustainable, it must intertwine our experience of God with the truth of God,” said Michael Yaconelli, Youth Specialties owner. “Passion has found a way to make worship deep and truth present. Passion creates an atmosphere where God's spirit can and does alter those who are present.”
Caedmons Call
Derek Webb, a founding member of the acclaimed Christian folk-rock group Caedmon’s Call, is slated to release his solo debut, She Must and Shall Go Free, March 25, 2003 on INO Records. The critically-lauded singer/songwriter’s new CD is an undertaking girded by years of study, prayer and research that tackles the subject of the Church, using straightforward language to drive home his passionate message. As a part of the Houston, Texas-based Caedmon’s Call, Webb has seen career sales approaching 1 million records, 10 Dove Award nominations, two Dove wins, a Billboard Music Video Award nod, and six #1 radio hits. Content to be one-seventh of that successful group, Webb never harbored dreams of solo stardom. But when he found himself with a collection of songs all centering around the theme of the Church and our ongoing need for the Gospel, Webb knew he needed to find a way for those personal songs and the message behind them to be heard.
Provident Music Distribution continues the WOW Worship experience in 2003 with the announcement of WOW Worship (Yellow) premiering at Christian retail March 18. For the first time in the series, WOW Worship (Yellow) appeals to both the praise and worship buyer and the contemporary Christian music buyer by offering 30 worship songs performed by today’s top Christian artists, including seven exclusive new recordings. “This particular release in the WOW Worship series is especially powerful due to the tremendous artist and song line-up. The songs offered on this double CD feature both musical and artist-driven benefit for the consumer,” stated Don Noes, senior vice president of Provident Music Distribution. "With the addition of seven brand new recordings not available anywhere else, this project has increased appeal not seen with any other release in the WOW Worship brand.”
Acclaimed singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson explores the mysteries of faith on his third Essential/Watershed Records release, Love and Thunder, in stores Feb. 25. Love and Thunder, written entirely by the Nashville-based artist, features the creative efforts of Dove Award-winning producer Steve Hindalong in addition to contributions by Cliff Young of Caedmon's Call, Jill Phillips and Randall Goodgame. In true Peterson form, Love and Thunder showcases Andrew's signature, folk-influenced acoustic sound, rich with textured harmonies, that has come to define his accessible style of music. "The album is mostly acoustic, other than a few electric guitar treatments by Derri Daugherty, who co-produced the project with me," comments Hindalong. "We were able to blend in plenty of 'blue-grassy' colors, and it was a true pleasure to work with some of the finest players in town on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and even banjo.
Let’s Roll: Together in Unity, Faith and Hope, is quickly becoming an unofficial anthem of unity for our country and world. Sharing this first hand with America, the producer of the Let’s Roll album, Tony McAnany, a personal friend of 9-11 hero Todd Beamer, takes the Let’s Roll tour bus across America. The bus stopped in Nashville on December 16 and various artists from the collaboration performed at the pre-show of the Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots Monday night football game. McAnany, a Grammy winning, Oscar nominated and Dove Award-winning executive/producer/composer, produced not only the Let’s Roll album inspired by Beamer, but the soundtrack for the popular Oliver Stone feature film, Any Given Sunday.
January 28th marks the release date of Phillips, Craig and Dean’s new project on Sparrow Records, Let Your Glory Fall. A follow up to Let My Words Be Few, which shipped over 250,000 units and is their fastest selling album to date, the project features some of today’s most popular worship songs as well as three new worship anthems written by group members, Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig and Dan Dean. Nathan Nockels (Point of Grace, downhere, Passion: Better Is One Day) produced the project. “After the response we got from Let My Words Be Few, we realized that there is a larger segment of the church who aren't being introduced to these modern worship songs, that may not gravitate to a more aggressive musical style of worship,” says Denise George, Senior Director, Artist Development. “With Let My Words Be Few and now, Let My Glory Fall, Phillips, Craig and Dean have taken these modern worship songs into new territory serving the more conservative worshipping congregations throughout the United States.”
"Professor Wiggins" aka Steve Wiggins (former lead singer of Big Tent Revial) will be teaching a songwriting class at the University of Memphis this upcoming term! Also, "Faith That Is Real" is currently spinning on CHR and AC radio; keep calling in your requests! Also, Big Tent Revival's new Greatest Hits project -- their final project bearing the BTR name-- and Steve's, Faith That Is Real are currently available in stores.
Right now you can visit www.EMIGospel.com to hear exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming releases from EMI Gospel & Dexterity Sounds! Currently featured are sneak peeks of: Darwin Hobbs' Broken & Aaron Neville's Believe. Both projects will be in stores January 28, 2003 but you can get an early taste now!
The latest issue of Alternative Press found an article on religion and music and featured some awesome points of view as well as a picture of Living Sacrifice. It’s the issue with AFI on the cover and on store shelves right now. Check it out!
Tulsa, OK’s The Agony Scene signed to Solid State this summer but since then there’s been not much been said about them. The band has been writing material for their Solid State debut and will be entering Zing Studios this January to record with Adam D. (Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean), look for a late Spring release.
Extol is finished writing and just about to enter the studio to record their new record. Look for a split release between Solid State and Century Media Records this Spring!
It seems there has been one fiasco after another getting Beloved in the studio but the dates have been finalized again and the band will be enter the studio with Garth Richardson in January. We’ve heard some rough mixes and we’re happy to say we all love them and you can’t walk around the office without hearing it. Look for a late Spring or early Summer release.
*new as of Monday, December 23rd, 2002*

delirious
Delirious? was a featured performer at Promise Keepers’ Passage 2002, an extreme-teen youth event held recently at the prestigious 17,700-seat Arrowhead Pond arena in Anaheim, CA. The band’s first experience with Promise Keepers, Delirious? performed new music from its critically acclaimed recording, Touch, which released Nov. 19 on the newly formed Furious? Records Inc. Hailed as one of the best live bands to hit America, UK-based Delirious? brought its powerful worship and energetic performance to Passage 2002, igniting the thousands of 13 to 18-year-old teenagers gathered for the event. Hundreds of fans rushed the stage when Delirious? launched into the title track and current radio single from the new record. Concerned stadium security promptly escorted the zealous fans back to their seats. “Our first event with Promise Keepers got off to a lively start with lots of crowd surfing and moshing,” says Delirious? member Stu G. “Before our very eyes the venue safety people asked all the young men to sit down where they proceeded to sing their hearts out!”
Audio A
Audio Adrenaline’s new song “Dirty” is going to be added to radio station playlists around the world on Worldwide Wednesday (January 1, 2003). “Dirty” is the debut song from their new project Worldwide which hits stores February, 25. Call your local Christian radio station today and ask them if they are going to be playing new Audio A on Worldwide Wednesday! Also, if anyone needs any last minute Christmas ideas for you, point them to AudioA.com! They can print an IOU coupon there to put in your stocking for receiving Worldwide on February 25. Get the IOU coupon here: http://www.audioa.com/worldwideChristmas.html Fans will be excited to know that each copy of Worldwide will include a special meet and greet pass good for their Spring "The Go Show" tour! The boys are going their separate ways for the holidays. Mark and his wife will be in visiting family in Washington D.C. while Will and his clan will be in Columbus, OH. Ben and his wife will be leaving their new home in Franklin, TN to spend some time with family in St. Louis, MO. Tyler, his wife and their new son, Soren will be hanging in Nashville for Christmas, but plan on heading out in January to introduce the Burkum's new addition to the rest of the family.
Switchfoot
This year Switchfoot is spreading the new musical love to their fans. "Meant To Live," a roaring rock number from their highly anticipated new album, The Beautiful Letdown, releasing February 25th on Columbia Records, will be the first single released from the new album. This is just a taste of how awesome this record will be guys! I was just listening to it today for the zillionth time and you guys are gonna love it as much as we do! Choose your listening format for the song: Windows Media Player or Real Audio Player.
Plumb is finally resurfacing in Christian music. Currently, you can surf on over to Plumbinfo.com and download the full version of their new song "Sink & Swim" from their early 2003 release, Beautiful Lumps of Coal. Also download video snippets of other cuts while your there!
Supertones
Well, it looks like the Orange County Supertones are following in fellow former-ska band Five Iron Frenzy's shoes... No, they're not breaking up! Apparently a couple members are collaborating on a new side project aside from the 'Tones. Lead singer Matt Morginski and the band's latest guitarist Ethan Luck are putting the finishing touches on a side project entitled The Grand Incredible. The record is being produced by Aaron Sprinkle from Poor Old Lu and and will probably feature a few acoustic B-sides including an acoustic version of the Supertones' "Hold on to Jesus," songs they never used for either record and maybe an Elvis Costello cover. The GI record is being mixed starting at the first of the year. The guys hope to release it in April while the See Spot Rock Tour is still going on. The Supertones are already in discussion on when they will record their next record. Nothing has been decided yet but it will happen by the end of next Summer.
Bebo Norman
Bebo Norman makes his way toward the end of an unprecedented year, having recently wrapped a 42-city headlining tour, achieved impressive sales for his third label project, garnered his first Top 5 radio single and graced the cover of CCM Magazine. Myself When I Am Real, Norman's September release, continues to contribute to the singer/songwriter's momentum, ranked by critics as among the best albums of 2002. In addition to a headlining tour, Norman kicked off 2002 as special guest on the 53-city spring leg of labelmate Third Day's blockbuster "Come Together" tour, performing for more than 225,000 fans nationwide. The additional audience exposure fueled enthusiasm for Norman's most anticipated project to date, Myself When I Am Real, released Sept. 10.
Pillar
Flicker Records’ rock quartet Pillar has scored another milestone this week with news that their latest project, Fireproof, has scanned over 100,000 units in a mere 7 months time. The album, which released nationwide May 21st, is the fastest selling album yet for independent label Flicker Records, pioneered by Audio Adrenaline members Mark Stuart, Bob Herdman and Will McGinniss. The album continues to build success at radio, retail and media outlets and this week garnered two of R&R’s Year End Awards with “Rock Song of the Year” and second place for “Rock Major Impact Artist”. “We signed Pillar two and a half years ago and to watch them blow-up like they have is absolutely awesome,” Flicker President Bob Herdman said. “This couldn’t have happened to a harder working group of guys. It’s a rarity these days for independent labels to see these kinds of sales in such a short span of time; we’re extremely proud of Pillar and their relentless and tireless efforts to tour and minister like they do through their music.”
Bleach
Bleach announces the "We Are Tomorrow" tour, its first significant headline tour in over three years. Named after the successful radio and video single by the same name, which peaked at No. 3 and remained on R&R’s Christian Rock chart for 17 consecutive weeks, the 19-city major market tour will be in support of the band’s critically acclaimed fourth album, Again, For The First Time, which released August 27. The tour will also feature Sparrow Records’ newest rock sensation, Sanctus Real, as well as Tooth & Nail Records’ Holland for the first half of the tour. Launching January 9 in Bleach’s hometown of Nashville, TN, the tour will traverse the nation into numerous key markets. Taking a diverse approach to venue selection, concerts have been scheduled in a variety of settings including high schools, colleges, clubs, and churches. “This tour is all about the music of tomorrow, so we have worked really hard to make sure it is exactly that,” states lead singer, Dave Baysinger. “With bands making an impact on both mainstream and Christian markets like never before, we have made our venue selection as diverse as possible so that we can bring great rock music and a positive message to people from all walks of life.”
Rebecca St. James will be spending a quiet Christmas in Nashville with her family. She said she is looking forward to just relaxing and hanging with her friends and family during the holidays. Rebecca will be heading back to Australia after the New Year before gearing up for the release of her upcoming Greatest Hits release in March.
The Benjamin Gate
All the members of The Benjamin Gate are still home in South Africa and are spending "a good old-fashioned family Christmas." After speaking to their manager, who is also in South Africa, sounds like their Christmas will be celebrated much like we celebrate Christmas in the States, well, more specifically like it is celebrated in California. They are enjoying 80-degree weather and spending a lot of time at the beach! Check out the band's new music video "Lift Me Up" online now!
Flicker Records’ newest band The Swift are releasing their debut self-titled project just in time for Christmas with their album dropping in stores Christmas Eve. The group has been stirring up quite a buzz these past few months as they were one of the most talked about bands on this fall’s Festival Con Dios tour. As a result of the response they received, including selling-out over 100 of their 4 song EP’s after playing only three shows, The Swift was invited by Audio Adrenaline and Mercy Me to join them as special guests on the spring 2003 “Go Show” tour.
Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith experienced numerous career milestones in 2002, including the platinum certification of Worship; the platinum certification of the Worship DVD-Video/VHS; and the near-gold status of his Oct. release, Worship Again. In addition, Smith performed before capacity audiences on several national tours. When asked about his recent achievements, Smith commented, “It’s been an amazing couple of years. I’m humbled when I look back at the things the Lord allowed me to be a part of. It isn’t about the awards. It’s about being able to pour my life into kids and hopefully make an impact.” Dean Diehl, senior vice president and general manager for Reunion Records, added, “This has been an incredible year for Michael and for Reunion Records. It’s been clear from the moment Worship released on 9/11/01, in the middle of the worst catastrophe our country has ever seen, that God has plans for Michael and for this music. It is also quite humbling to watch all of this unfold and know how little we really had to do with it.”
In the first three months since its September release, Jesus Freaks, Volume II by dc Talk has already sold over 125,000 copies. Building on the enormous success of the first Jesus Freaks which sold 1.6 million copies, the new title continues to challenge readers with powerful stories of those who lived radical lives of faith. Volume II changes focus slightly by highlighting the lives of men and women who helped lead revolutionary changes in their culture. Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, William and Catherine Booth are all examples of men and women who stood in God's leading and helped changed the world. As well, new stories of modern and historical martyrs continue to inspire readers of all generations. Visit www.jesusfreaks.net or www.bethanyhouse.com for excerpts and other information.
Big Idea
On March 4, Big Idea Productions and Chordant Distribution present a whale of a tale filled with humor, music and adventure with the DVD and VHS release of Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie. Described as "the best animated film so far this year" and "funnier and more entertaining than Ice Age" by the Arizona Daily Star, the story shares a positive message about second chances that is sure to touch viewers of all ages. Jonah is Big Idea Productions' most anticipated title ever and will benefit from a huge marketing and promotions campaign. From renowned VeggieTales creators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, the movie debuted in theaters this past October as the number one family film in America and will end its theatrical run with more than $24 million grossed at the box-office. A whale-sized 2-disc DVD, Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie is packed with special features including hilarious outtakes produced specifically for its home video release, audio commentaries, featurettes, music videos and more and is available for the suggested retail price of $24.98. The title is also available on a special VHS edition that includes the hilarious outtakes for $19.98. Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie will be packaged in a limited edition holo-foil package that differentiates the full-length movie from VeggieTales short-form videos.
*new as of Monday, December 16th, 2002*

FiF
Sadly, it's that time... Five Iron Frenzy has decided to hang up the horns and let the frenzy disband. "We did not come to this decision haphazardly," announced the band last week, "Every year we sit down with our pastor to pray about what the Lord would like us to do for the next year. We have done this since the beginning of the band and have always said that we would do what ever we think God wants us to do, even if that means stopping the band. After meeting with our pastor this year and spending several days in prayer and meetings, we have decided that it is time for us to move on." The band has announced that they plan to tour 2003 extensively as well as release two new studio projects. "Our main goal in 2003 is simply to say "thank you very much" and give a proper good bye to you for supporting us for the past 8 years. Without you this would have all ended very long ago... On April 22, we will release our B-sides and "funny song" album, which is tentatively titled Cheeses of Nazareth. We have been working on it for the past few weeks, and we think you will enjoy it. It will have some of our B-sides and some previously "lost" FIF songs that are really old, along with a lot of goofy songs that we are kind of making up as we go along. This CD will be in stores on 5 Minute Walk Records. In early summer we will release a full length CD which will be our final studio recording. This album will only be available at live shows, starting (hopefully) in Mid-June. This is an album that we have big plans for (both the music and the packaging), and is one you are definitely gonna want to buy at our shows. Sometime in 2004 this album will be released in stores, but until then will ONLY be available at live shows. Starting in Mid-Sept and going through Mid-November will be our farewell tour. (the LAST time you ever get to see us live). This will be a big one and will hit a ton of places. The tour is tentatively called "Winners Never Quit: The Farewell Tour" and will be coming to a city near you. Support acts will not be announced at this time, but it will be a good show, we promise. You will also be able to buy our final full length studio CD at these shows." The JfH will be sorry to see this great act depart. We'll keep you posted on any new developments. In the meantime, please visit FiveIronFrenzy.com for more info...
Skillet
In gratitude to countless Panheads, Ardent Records’ Skillet is giving away the critically acclaimed Alien Youth: The Unplugged Invasion DVD along with its entire album collection and an Alien Youth T-shirt to seven of its loyal fans. Beginning last week and ending Friday, December 20, Skillet fans, ranging from those who listen to the band’s music to those extreme fanatics that travel for hours to a concert with skillets strapped to their heads, are invited to log onto www.alienyouth.com and register to win by explaining in three sentences or less what makes them a Panhead. The most creative entry will be chosen at the conclusion of each day for seven days beginning this past Saturday, December 14. “We cannot thank all the Panheads enough,” says Skillet’s John Cooper. “God has blessed us with so many fans that give us support through prayer, incredible communication via our websites and by talking about the message of Christ among all their friends. Offering these prizes is just a small part of just how much we appreciate all the Panheads.”
Audio A
Congratulations are in order for our friend Tyler Burkum! Earlier last week, Audio Adrenaline's talented young guitarist and his wife Ali welcomed the arrival of their first child, a son, Soren! The guys are finished laying tracks and have been working with producer, Jason Burkum to master their upcoming album, WorldWide...Worship With Your Life. When asked to give us a preview of what we can expect, lead singer Mark Stuart said, "This album is classic Audio Adrenaline fun. The response we got from the song "Hands and Feet" led us to make this album with a strong theme about missions and going where the Lord wants you to go, and to be who He wants you to be."
RSJ
On Tuesday, December 17th, Rebecca St. James will be performing a Christmas concert in support of Operation GIFT (God Impacting Fort Campbell Troops). At 7:00 pm Rebecca will be singing Christmas favorites at the Sears Court in Hickory Hollow Mall in Nashville. Not only will Rebecca be giving the gift of her music to the troops of Fort Campbell, but she is also giving the gift of the word of God. Rebecca, in partnership with NAV Press, will be distributing about copies of The Message Bibles for the soldiers to share with their families this holiday season.
dctalk
In the spirit of tomorrow's release of dc Talk's Free At Last: The Movie, here's a little trivia for you to keep in mind when watching the movie. In one scene in the movie, dc talk is shown receiving several awards at the first and last Academy of Christian Music Awards. Toby McKeehan has this to say about the film's goal: "Our goal is to show that racial equality and harmony can work. It's not just a documentary. We're telling the world about a lot of things that we've found that work, and I think they can work for those people too." Michael had this to say about his favorite part of the film: "Being with my parents was my favorite part," comments Tait. "My dad being there and getting to see how God has blessed me. Basically, getting his approval."
SCC
Grammy-award winning Steven Curtis Chapman, just weeks away from releasing his 13th project All About Love (1/28/03), will be a part of the fourth annual CBS special “A Home For The Holidays.” This special, which celebrates the joys of adoption, will be broadcast Friday, December 20th at 8pm/ET, PT and 7pm CT on CBS. Chapman joins some of today's most popular artists such as country and pop sensation Faith Hill, rock group Creed, teen artist Vanessa Carlton, popular R&B artist Usher, and others to perform during the entertainment special. Chapman will perform "When Love Takes You In," a song he wrote about his own adoption experience and especially for his adopted daughter, Shaohannah Chapman. The song, originally recorded for his RIAA certified gold album, Declaration, will appear as a bonus track on his new record, All About Love. Oh, and remember our report on getting that Abbey Road CD? The only way to receive an Abbey Road CD is to apply and then be selected as a Steven Curtis Chapman Rep. For more info and to apply, go to http://artists.sparrowrecords.com/scc-rep/
SONICFlOOd
Continuing to build on the momentum of their debut INO release, resonate, Grammy-nominated and gold-selling band, SONICFLOOd, will release Cry Holy in March of 2003. Enlisting the production and songwriting talents of Marc Byrd (“God of Wonders,” City on A Hill: Sing Alleluia) to create an album that showcases a polished, contemporary pop sound. With Cry Holy, the band confirms why they continue to define the term ‘modern worship.’ “It was a privilege for me to be a part of this record. I was encouraged by the guys' openness to explore new ideas musically and stretch themselves creatively. We were able to capture the heart and vision of the band on this recording.” Says Byrd, “I was inspired by their focus on the holiness of God and their message of worship. I'm extremely excited about this record. Spiritually, musically, and creatively this record is already a success to me."
Congratulations to Nichole Nordeman for “Holy” being #1 for the 9th week in a row last week on the CRW (Christian Radio Weekly) charts! Nordeman is the only artist to have a #1 song for nine weeks. Let's see if she goes for ten this week...
Following their We Are Tomorrow Tour in the Spring, Bleach will be doing some weekend dates for March and April and then hopefully returning to the studio in May. Cross your fingers but the guys hope to have another record out in the fall!
*new as of Wednesday, December 11th, 2002*

dctalk
Less than one week till the world finally gets to see the raw and unfinished Free At Last Movie. It has just been confirmed by both Target and Kmart stores that dc talk’s Free At Last 10th anniversary products will be featured in their early January sales circulars. When asked the question “What did the release of Free At Last mean to this industry?” Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline had some thoughts. “When we heard Free At Last, we realized the bar had been raised. We were no longer chasing the mainstream; we were to set the standard. It allowed us to dream bigger dreams about what Christian music could become.” Look for the 10th Anniversary Edition Free At Last album and Free At Last Movie to hit stores on December 17th. And remember, these make great Christmas gifts! You can give the CD, the DVD, the VHS or the CD/DVD combo. For an exclusive flashback to the original 1995 trailer for the film, click here! For interview segments with Kevin and Michael from that time as well, check out our dc Talk section of the JfH video clips page. We've checked out the DVD and CD and they're must-haves!
Audio Adrenaline is in the studio with producer Jason Burkum (guitarist Tyler’s uncle, former member of Believable Picnic), the guys are currently putting the final touches on the album, which is set for a February 25 release. The last update from bassist Will McGinniss is that the guys are stoked about the music on this album. “I don’t think we’ve been as excited about an album like this since the release of Bloom.”
tobyMac is teaming up with the Marine’s Toys For Tots Foundation this year to help encourage people to donate toys for needy children this Christmas. If you want to know when the next toy drive will be held in your area, check out www.toysfortots.org. Also, be on the look out for toby's sweet video "Irene" in rotation in retail stores like Footlocker or Rent-A-Centers.
RSJ
During the holiday season, Rebecca St. James was asked to be a part of Operation GIFT ­(God Impacting Fort Campbell Troops). This community-wide effort was originated by Nashville Christian radio station WAY-FM 88.7 and welcomes denotations of Christmas gifts for the children of Fort Campbell. Rebecca was asked to be the co-spokesperson for the drive, along with her friend, Shawna Prosser, the wife of Staff Sgt. Brian ‘Cody’ Prosser who was one of the first Americans to die in the war in Afghanistan. Rebecca and Shawna friendship began when she asked Rebecca to perform her song “Wait For Me” during Cody’s memorial service last year. All major Nashville-area malls are participating in Operation GIFT, which kicked off in November. The drive will be highlighted with a special free holiday concert of Christmas music and carols performed by Rebecca on December 17th at 7:00 P.M. at the Sears Court of Hickory Hollow Mall. Shawna Prosser will also be a special guest, as will representatives from Fort Campbell.
The Benjamin Gate
Although the band will be in South Africa enjoying the holidays, the new video from The Benjamin Gate will be hitting airwaves nationwide late this month. This video is for their current single, “Lift Me Up” and is pushing the creative envelope by incorporating a process that allows for graphics and special effects to be added to the video in the post-production phases. Incorporating the excitement of their live shows with cutting edge technology, be expecting another one-of-a-kind video from The Benjamin Gate. Be looking for the preview soon on www.forefrontrecords.com
Michael Tait will be performing at his alma mater, Liberty University, on New Year’s Eve. What does Michael think of heading back? “Memories at Liberty are too numerous to recall. It’s like going back home,” says Michael. “Jerry Falwell called me a few days ago to tell me that he’d be in the audience watching the show, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Third Day
The Third Day guys are hard at work to make 2003 another banner year. Third Day returns to the studio this month to finish up another Offerings record due in early March, entitled Offerings II: All I Have To Give. Also, Jupiter Project is hard at work on a Come Together Tour DVD due in early April. Third Day will spend much of next year in the studio working on another new project tentatively due in November 2003. In addition, Third Day will probably continue the Come Together and Worship tour on the West Coast of the U.S. in May of 2003. Essential Records offers some Christmas memories from the band: Mac Powell remembers, "One of my favorite Christmas memories is when I, in 1995, right before Christmas, asked my wife Amy to marry me. It was a big secret thing. She didn't know that I was going to ask her, and I was a little sneaky and had to tell some little white lies to hide it from her. But, eventually I asked her and she said 'yes.' So, it's been six years now, and we're very happily married and hope that your Christmas is just as good. God Bless."
SCC
Later this week full details on how you can get a copy of Steven Curtis Chapman's Abbey Road Sessions. It does not involve any amount of money. It does not involve a retail store or a web site. You can't purchase it. Then how? During the recording of Chapman's Greatest Hits album Steven made a trip to the legendary, world renown Abbey Road studios in London, England. Each song Steven recorded at Abbey Road was live and in one take, meaning... it was recorded front to back, no stops, no fixes later. Two of the songs from this session have been released as part of the Greatest Hits album, but three others have never been available on CD, and two of them never available on any format previously. More info to come!
Newsboys
Wrapping up a stellar year with unprecedented radio, tour, and sales success, 2002 will be the most successful year to date for Newsboys. This week, R&R named Newsboys the AC and CHR Major Impact Artist as well as naming the smash hit "It Is You" as the CHR Song of the Year. With national media attention (Newsweek, ESPN II, USA Today and CNN), sales exceeding 3 million units spanning multiple gold-certifed recordings, and 21 No. 1 hits, Newsboys continue to make their mark. In addition, Newsboys are currently wrapping up production on their new worship album, Adoration: The Worship Project that has been pushed back until April 8th for release.
Inside Out will be broadcast live on TV for the first time ever, so make sure you tune in and check it out. This one night event (Friday December 27) will feature the music of dc Talk, Jars of Clay, and Kirk Franklin as well as a message from Billy Graham. It will be broadcast late-night on the WB Network on Friday, December 27th. Check you local station for listings and times or log on to passageway.org.
A faithful JfH visitor wrote in to say they spotted a preview for the Disney Movie that will be on next week called Nancy Drew. Incidentally, Relient K's song "Nancy Drew" was playing during it. Interesting! Someone at Disney has good tastes in music?
JoC
Essential Records offers these Christmas reflections from Jars of Clay: Charlie Lowell: "One of my favorite Christmas memories is hearing my mom retell the story of how I pulled the Christmas tree down on myself. I don't remember doing it, but I love listening to her tell the story about how it happened, how terrified she was and how quiet I was under that tree." Steve Mason had this to say: "You know one of my favorite memories is more of a contemporary one. It's tradition that my family would go cut down a tree and place ornaments on it. Well, one year we bought a plastic tree and found that we could reuse that tree over and over again. It was smart because we found that we were saving a lot of money, so every year our family would come together and separate the sizes of the branches, and we did that as a family. And that was one thing that brought us together at Christmas."
Big Idea Productions, creators of the best-selling VeggieTales children's video collection, rockets to new heights with one of Big Idea's successful franchises, the best selling 3-2-1 Penguins! video series starring Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin. The release of the fifth episode entitled The Doom Funnel Rescue! will be available exclusively at Christian bookstores on December 24 for a suggested retail price of $14.95 for VHS and $19.99 for DVD.
Fresh off their nationwide tour with Creed, 12 Stones have produced a new TV special, "Broken TV!" The show features 12 Stones, one of 2002's best new rock bands, live in concert and behind-the-scenes. Includes live versions of the hits "Broken" and "The Way I Feel." 12 STONES: Broken TV airs Saturday night December 14th at 1 AM Eastern & Pacific on ETC on PAX - consult your local listings for the PAX channel in your area!
*new as of Monday, December 9th, 2002*

Sanctus Real
Sparrow Records' amazing new rock band Sanctus Real's debut national release is a mere weeks away. You can now hear the incredible album online in its entirety! Check it out online at: http://artists.sparrowrecords.com/sanctusreal/player/main.html Also, please check out the Jesusfreakhideout.com review of Say It Loud, brilliantly penned by our own Blake Garris! The album graces shelves just in time for Christmas on Christmas Eve! Stocking stuffer anyone?
This Sunday, Steven Curtis Chapman flew to Los Angeles for a television taping in Hollywood, California. Chapman has been asked to perform his touching, adoption inspired song "When Love Takes You In" for the primetime special, A Home For The Holidays airing on CBS in primetime on December 20, 2002 at 8pm ET. Also scheduled to appear on this special event featuring music and heart warming stories about adoption are music superstars Faith Hill, Creed, Vanessa Carlton, and Melissa Etheridge.
Caedmons Call
Acoustic-pop band Caedmon's Call heads toward the Feb. 4 release of its fifth label project, Back Home, with the support of a multi-faceted marketing effort. The Essential Records campaign includes premier billing on a major-market tour with labelmate Jars of Clay, kicking off in February, media and radio exposure as well as favorable positioning at Christian retail. Caedmon's Call joins Essential/Silvertone artist Jars of Clay for a college-market tour visiting more than 40 cities nationwide. Already being referred to by promoters as the "thinking man's pop tour," the tour launches Feb.12 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and will run through mid-April. Fans can expect an evening of acoustic music, showcasing both bands' signature guitars, warm harmonies and thought-provoking lyrics. Anticipating the tour, music from Back Home will be impacting airwaves via radio play on Christian stations across the country. "Only Hope," the first single from Back Home, is slated to release to Adult Contemporary radio Dec. 13. In addition, media are responding with requests for future print and online coverage. Internet promotion is planned through select partners and grassroots efforts will be carried out via 300+ street team representatives and an estimated 1500 Internet representatives. We've heard the record folks and its impressive! Quite possibly their best work yet! Keep your ears open...
KROQ in Los Angeles asked P.O.D. to headline this years "Almost Acoustic Christmas" @ Universal Amphitheater. The show happened this past Saturday, the 7th. P.O.D. were not planning any more appearances this year, but made this surprise return to the stage for one last show in 2002!
Sixpence None the Richer's cover of the Crowded House song "Don't Dream It's Over" will be on the soundtrack to the TV show Smallville, coming February 25th. The band will appear alongside acts like Ryan Adams, Weezer and the Flaming Lips.
Bleach fans best be checking the band's official site over the next week, because rumor has it that there might be a limited edition (200 printings) of some unreleased Bleach demos floating around on the merch page soon. If you are a true fan (as many of us are), you might want to keep an eye out!
ForeFront Records is hosting exclusive viewing parties of dc Talk's Free At Last Movie across the country. Keep a look out for some killer door prizes at these parties. Check out this link for a location and date near you! http://www.forefrontrecords.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=645
Third Day
Third Day ends 2002 with a string of successes in the areas of album sales, record-breaking tours, national media exposure and philanthropy through humanitarian outlets including World Vision and Habitat for Humanity. Promoters, who consistently rave about Third Day’s live performance, saw major successes with two blockbuster tours headlined by Third Day this year. “If there was an award given out for the Touring Artist of the Year in Christian Music, I'm sure Third Day would win it hands down for 2002,” notes Roy Morgan, Premier Productions. “Through strategic planning the Third Day team has taken the band’s career to new heights and should be commended.” Mike Scanland of Jam Productions adds, “After a very busy spring of many concert tours, and as an 18-year veteran producer of concerts, working with Third Day both in terms of their ticket sales and their attitude was a tremendous bright spot of this season. The patrons got more than just a great concert; they got a great worship experience. Well done, Third Day!”
Nichole Nordeman
Dove Award-winning and Sparrow recording artist Nichole Nordeman made radio history last month when “Holy,” the first single from her recent project Woven & Spun, broke the 2000 weekly spins mark on R&R Magazine’s AC radio chart with 2069 spins, a feat no song has ever accomplished in this format. This past week, Nordeman tied a record with the artist she opened for on 58 nationwide tour dates this past year – Steven Curtis Chapman. Chapman’s single, “Magnificent Obsession,” set a new record for the AC charts when it was #1 for eight weeks in a row earlier this year. “Holy” just tied that record last week. Nordeman is also #1 this week on Christian Radio Weekly’s AC chart, #1 on their CHR and #8 on their INSP chart. “Holy” is #4 on both R&R’s CHR and INSP charts. Grant Hubbard, V.P. National Promotion, Sparrow Records, states, “This is a milestone for Nichole Nordeman and Christian music. Since the first feedback, radio has told us that this song was 'over the top' with their listeners. Nichole has connected with Christian music listeners in a major way with ‘Holy.’”
Reunion Records band NewSong can officially claim a successful phenomenon with their song "The Christmas Shoes," co-written by NewSong member Eddie Carswell. It started two years ago when the song was released and hit #1 on the Billboard AC charts. One year later, author Donna VanLiere, wrote a book based on the song that has ventured onto the New York Times best-selling list for two years in a row. The Christmas Shoes book was also #1 on Ingram's hardcover fiction bestseller list last week. It beat out John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Jan Karon and David Baldacci, among others. It will be #17 on the December 15th New York Times Extended bestseller list. On December 1st of this year, CBS aired a movie starring Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams inspired by the book and song. The movie was seen by roughly 17 million viewers making it the most watched and highest rated original movie of the season. According to Nielsen it was rated #3 among all network broadcasts for the week; out-rating Monday night football (ABC), 60 Minutes (CBS), Law & Order (NBC) and The Sopranos (HBO). We caught a good portion of the tear-jerker and was impressed! A well-down TV flick. Congrats guys!
*new as of Wednesday, December 4th, 2002*

JoC
On the heels of a successful fall tour and an American Music Award nomination, Essential/Silvertone band Jars of Clay partners with label mates, the critically acclaimed and Dove Award-winning, Caedmon’s Call, for a college market tour visiting more than 40 cities. Already being referred to by promoters as the “thinking man’s pop tour,” the evening will feature the trademark organic Caedmon’s Call sound as well as Jars unique, award-winning musical style. The spring tour will travel to college markets across the country, launching in Grand Rapids on Feb. 12 and running through mid-April when it wraps in Naples, Fla.
Superchic[k]’s song “One Girl Revolution” is now being featured in the trailers for MGM’s Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde sequel, staring Reese Witherspoon. The film releases July 2, 2003, and the trailer can be viewed online at: http://www.apple.com/trailers/mgm/legally_blonde_2/medium.html
Skillet
Skillet frontman filled the fans in recently on the status of his wife and new daughter as well as their next recording... "Korey and Alex will be on the road starting in February and Korey will be playing again. Yay! For all the people who have asked, Korey is feeling great and getting used to motherhood. I have been writing music like crazy! I believe that God has been inspiring me to a greater degree than ever before. We begin rehearsing tonight for a new album. We don't have any updates on when that CD will be released, nor do we know exactly when we will record. We expect that it will be soon and already we have about eleven songs written. Many people ask me how they can pray for us, and I would say that being inspired by God to write lyrics for this generation is our biggest priority for the next two months."
Check out Phil Joel on the cover of this month’s editions of Focus on the Family’s Brio and Brio and Beyond. Together with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Phynley, Joel talks about the joys of family life and Christmas traditions from his New Zealand home and home in America. Joel recently completed the first leg of Newsboys "Thrive" tour, which will continue again in January. His first single, “I Adore You,” from his new release Bring It On is currently climbing both the Christian AC and CHR charts.
Just in time for Christmas! Eli's new indie project, Eli Live at The Cup is now available for the ordering! According to Eli's official newsletter, all you have to do is go to elinews.com and order! Says Eli of the record, "While this CD is quality and professional it is not my 'best sound or singing,' it IS passionate and a perfect example of what I do and why! I know that's why you all keep coming. And its what my next CD will be... REAL! (But it will sound killer as well) It was recorded up at one of my favorite places to play, 'The Cup O Joy' in Green Bay WI..." For more info, please visit EliNews.com
Various members of the Gotee Records staff have been receiving emails about Destiny’s Child and their recent Grits plug on BET over Thanksgiving weekend. Apparently during the network broadcast of “Rap City” Tigger asked Michelle from Destiny's Child if she would ever be interested in collaborating with a faith-based group “like Grits,” and she said, “Yeah... They are hot!” And I further quote, "Grits, if you’re watching, you need to holla.”
EMI Gospel is wasting no time in generating an early buzz for upcoming projects from Darwin Hobbs ("Broken") and Aaron Neville ("Believe). While both new releases won't hit store shelves until January 28, 2003, fans can get an early taste of things to come via the new "Sneak Peeks" section at the label's web site, www.emigospel.com. Showcased on the site are "Unexplainable", a blazing new Hobbs cut produced by Tommy Sims, as well as Neville's "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus". In other EMI Gospel/Dexterity Sounds news, the label recorded The Potter's House Mass Choir LIVE at The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas the evening of Sunday, December 1. The highly anticipated project is the follow-up to the best-selling "The Storm Is Over" and features guest appearances from Darwin Hobbs, Israel, Jesse Campbell, Drea Randle and more. Titled On A Wing And A Prayer, a first-quarter release date is planned.
This past Sunday, inpop artist, Go Fish, sang the National Anthem in front of a crowd of 63,000 at the Minnesota Metrodome. Although their performance was greeted with thousands of cheers, it didn’t help the Vikings win against the Atlanta Falcons. The final score in a close game was 24-21.



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