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December, 2007
*Saturday, December 29th, 2007*

Robbie Seay Band
Robbie Seay Band on American Idol?! Well... sort of! The band has a song being used in a TV spot for the popular reality show. Here's Robbie's own announcement about the honor... ""Friends. I know. I know. We're having a hard time believing it as well. I mean I've spent many a night trying to dance like Justin Guarini and sing like Ruben Studdard - neither worked out too well, mind you - but never dreamed we'd be a part of the..."
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Rush Of Fools
In an age where breaking new artists is a rare feat, 2007 has proved to be an explosive launching pad for Midas Records', Rush Of Fools. With a year full of mounting accolades, this dynamic group has experienced an uncommon immediacy of success. The group’s widely received self-titled debut album released May 8, 2007 under the helm of veteran producers Matt Bronlewee (Michael W. Smith, Leeland, Joy Williams ), Jason Ingram (Bebo Norman, Gray Holiday) and Scott Davis (Jessie Daniels)...
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*Friday, December 28th, 2007*

JoC
MySpace.com has announced the winner of their "MySpace Impact Awards" contest for December, 2007 as none other than Blood:Water Mission! For those unfamiliar with Blood:Water, the organization was founded by the Jars Of Clay boys several years ago to fight the poverty and sickness in Africa. Also, the winner of "MySpace Impact Awards" receives $10,000 in support! MySpace posted the following on their site... "Blood: Water Mission is privileged to be a part of two rescues. The first is the tangible rescue from disease and poverty that plagues so many communities in Africa. We do this by supporting Africans as they use their knowledge and wisdom of their people..."
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Hawk Nelson
Head over to iTunes, and other digital music stores (Amazon, Walmart, Napster, Rhapsody), right now and hear Hawk Nelson's BRAND NEW single "Friend Like That" from their forthcoming 4.1.08 release, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend...
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Stellar Kart
WINTER BLAZE is a one-day event with an opportunity to pause, regroup and refresh your spiritual commitments. We have a great line-up of music and a well-balanced group of speakers! They are intent on investing some of the truths that God has made real to them into your life. So, come with your heart ready to be challenged, your mind renewed, and enjoy an opportunity to meet and have a great time with others like you. You don't want to miss this retreat...
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Da T.R.U.T.H.
Stellar Award winner and 2008 Holy Hip-Hop Award honoree Da' T.R.U.T.H. will be a featured performer on the MTV hit reality show "My Super Sweet 16," airing January 1, 2008, as part of a private celebration honoring the daughter of mega-church pastor Rev. R.A. Vernon of The Word Church in Cleveland, Ohio...
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*Saturday, December 22nd, 2007*

RSJ
Rebecca St. James' voice in '08 holds the promise of capturing even more new ministry territory for the Grammy and multi-Dove Award winner as she will lend her influence globally to raise awareness of 'World Malaria Day,' to be observed on April 25th. Her efforts will include hosting an April radio special, 'Malaria: A Plague of the Poor,' being presented by Compassion International, and spotlighting their frontline efforts against the disease that kills more than 1 million people annually in the world's poorest nations...
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Red
At the end of November, Red endured a serious van accident that the band personally reported on in our follow-up December 1st report. Here, the band gives an update on life following the accident... "Hey Everyone, Just wanted to fill you all in on the latest. Since the news of the accident, emails and phone calls came pouring in so thank you all for your overwhelming support. We have recieved over 2000 emails so we will..."
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JoC
Nashville’s Musicians On Call (MOC) was pleased to bring Grammy Award winning group Jars of Clay to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, December 18 to celebrate the holiday season. Jars of Clay members Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Steve Mason and Matt Odmark led the children in a sing-a-long with classics such as “Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer”...
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GREENVILLE, S.C. Greenville-based OMG Entertainment has announced a partnership with Zipit Wireless, Inc., the makers of the Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 (Z2). OMG recording artist Chasen will feature their music in a million dollar national television advertising campaign for the new portable, Wi-Fi instant messaging (IM) device, Z2. In addition, photos of the band are prominently featured on the packaging of all Z2 units...
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*Thursday, December 20th, 2007*

Caedmons Call
Caedmon’s Call’s lyrically compelling song about redemption, “Ten Thousand Angels” will receive a rare and lengthy place in this season’s biggest episode of the ABC hit drama series “Grey’s Anatomy” on January 3rd. Featuring vocals by Derek Webb, the song will play for five consecutive minutes during an emotionally charged final scene. The episode will re-air on January 4th...
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Michael W. Smith
Following a recent GRAMMY nomination and far-reaching coverage by outlets including The Associated Press and USA Today last week, Michael W. Smith concludes his acclaimed, “It’s A Wonderful Christmas” tour with special guests Melinda Doolittle and The Katinas. Each evening’s show featured a 65-piece symphony orchestra under the direction of David Hamilton...
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Project 86
Project 86 has released details of their special HALO 3 contest which allows six lucky fans to play the game on XBOX LIVE with two of the band's members. Here are the details just released from Project... "Want to play on XBOX live w/ members of the band? Here's how: Answer the five questions below and EMAIL the answers to us. Important: The subject line must say HALO 3 contest..."
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Got some crummy news for Seventh Star fans. This release came straight from publicity at Facedown Records... "So after nearly nine years of being a band, Seventh Star is breaking up. We’ve had three full lengths, hundreds of tour dates, seen the world, have made great friends, toured with some of our favorite bands/biggest influences and we feel it’s our time to move on. The main reason is different levels of dedication within the members. We are no longer all on the same page with how much of our lives are to be spent on the band. Some are personal reasons, others not. We feel we would rather go out on top than to fizzle out..."
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MxPx
And this in from Tooth & Nail Records... "Tired of thinking of others this season? Well, we are giving you a holiday gift! Rip it open and feast on the "A Not So Silent Night Sampler!" Check out some of 2007's best songs and get a small taste what's to come in 2008 from both Tooth & Nail and Solid State Records, including new and unreleased songs from Ivoryline, MxPx, Secret & Whisper, Children 18:3, and more! Check it out now here!" (from Tooth & Nail Records)
Fair is heading into the studio this week, the 15th-21st beginning at 10am each day, and want you to get an inside look at the recording process! They've put in a studio cam that will be broadcasting live at www.fairforever.com for your viewing pleasure. They'll be back again in early 2008 too, so keep an eye out! (from Tooth & Nail Records)
The Fold's new album Secrets Keep You Sick has been nominated for the "Best Recording Package" Grammy! Congratulations to the band and Invisible Creature Art Director, Don Clark! (from Tooth & Nail Records)
*Wednesday, December 19th, 2007*

The Myriad
MTV2 has announced KOCH Record’s Seattle-based alternative rock band The Myriad as winner of the 2007 “MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout.” The Top 3 Finalists were flown to New York City to perform during the Dew Circuit Breakout Finale, LIVE from MTV’s TRL studio in Times Square, where The Myriad was announced as the winners. The band was immediately thrown back on stage to star in their very first MTV music video for “A Clean Shot” for on-air rotation on MTV and MTV2. In addition, they'll grab some air time on Discover & Download and Unleashed, where the latest, most anticipated, most...
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Olivia The Band
Up At Nite Records presents the second full-length album by punk rockers, Olivia The Band. The eternal boys of summer bust through the winter cold with Where We're From, It Never Snows, releasing January 8, 2008. It's the long-awaited follow-up to their smashing 2005 self-titled debut. Since then, Olivia The Band has toured all across America and overseas, including Australia and Japan. After years on the road, the band returned to the studio to make more of their signature brand of beach party rock with an edge...
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After over one million CD copies sold of THE INVITATON, Maranatha! Music will release THE INVITATION SERIES on March 4, four Biblically-based topical CD sets featuring some of today’s most recognizable Christian communicators as narrators including John Baker, Dr. Tim Clinton, Beth Moore and Kay Warren, as well as worship music sets. THE INVITATION, which has sold one million copies since releasing in August 2007, is the original evangelistic CD sound-tract tool...
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Natalie Grant
The Gospel Music Channel (GMC) will become “America’s Christmas Channel” when it flips the switch to around-the-clock Christmas programming featuring some of the biggest names in music starting this Friday, Dec 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Gospel Music Channel’s Merry Christmas Marathon will be ushered in by Christian music’s Female Artist of the Year giving her fans a feast of holiday music in the new original special Christmas at Union Station: Natalie Grant...
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Kevin Max
Can't wait til next Tuesday for a physical copy of Kevin Max's new gospel album, The Blood? No problem! Kevin has released The Blood for purchase and download in its entirety on iTunes as of yesterday, December 18th. Surf on over to iTunes and then visit www.theblood.org to read up on the project! (from Jesusfreakhideout.com; Kevin Max)
*Tuesday, December 18th, 2007*

Switchfoot
Multi-Platinum selling band Switchfoot concluded its 34-city Appetite for Construction Tour with Relient K and Ruth in Everett, WA Dec. 3. The benefit tour that hit such major markets as New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas and more, raised over $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent...
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Emery
As critical acclaim continues to build for EMERY’s recently released third album I’M ONLY A MAN, the group has announced their first U.S. headlining tour in two years. The winter trek will kick off January 29 in Nashville, TN (see partial listing of dates below) and wrap late March; the support acts are Mayday Parade, As Cities Burn, Pierce the Veil and Cry of the Afflicted...
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Ever Stays Red
Acclaimed rock band Ever Stays Red releases its national debut album, On The Brink of it All, March 11, 2008, on Vertical Shift Records with EMI-CMG Distribution. Formed in 2004, Ever Stays Red has garnered a loyal following, playing over 250 concerts per year and landing three No. 1 radio singles in 40 US markets with two top 20 R&R hits from its independent album, I'll Tell the World...
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Daniel Doss Band
Sparrow Records announces the signing of Daniel Doss Band, a new worship quartet out of Tennessee whose stellar songwriting, distinct vocals, and dynamic performances are sure to appeal to fans of Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and MercyMe...
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Lanae Hale
One of Christian Music’s most respected indie labels, Centricity Records, is making a strong debut with the newest artist on their roster, Lanae’ Hale, who has just released a six-song EP. Based on the strength of her vocals and original compositions on this offering, Hale has been honored with a placement as iTunes’ Discovery Download for the week of January 2, 2008. The featured song is...
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It was announced today that Comin Atcha Distribution will be partnering with Provident-Integrity Distribution for all of their Christian/Gospel distribution. For the general market they are distributed by Sony RED. Comin Atcha Distribution is an independently operated company based in Boston, MA, providing national distribution and access to...
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OMG Records has announced the signing of the band Chasen to an exclusive recording agreement. The group is composed of lead singer Chasen Callahan along with guitarist Evan Silver and drummer Aaron Lord. Their debut recording, Shine Through The Stars, set for release in the spring of 2008, is produced by Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Edwin McCain, Lee Ann Womack) and features the...
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Needtobreathe
Southern rockers NEEDTOBREATHE are joining in the Christmas spirit by temporarily streaming an exclusive cover of the Christmas tune, "Go Tell It On The Mountain" on their MySpace page. In fact, for twelve days, the band is giving away the song as a download for FREE! So don't delay in surfing on over to www.myspace.com/needtobreathe and downloading the track! In other NTB news, the band's song "More Time," from their album The Heat is on the soundtrack for the new Hillary Swank / Gerard Butler romance flick P.S. I Love You. The movie, which apparently also features the song in it, hits theaters December 21st. (from Jesusfreakhideout.com; Needtobreathe)
The Myriad
Congratulations to The Myriad who came out on top at MTV2's "Dew Circuit Breakdown" contest! 4,000 bands entered, 12 were chosen as finalists to be voted on, and this past Saturday, The Myriad conquered in a Top 3 battle. More details are sure to come... Visit dewcircuitbreakout.mtv2.com for more details on the contest... (from dewcircuitbreakout.mtv2.com; Jesusfreakhideout.com)
*Friday, December 14th, 2007*

JoC
Currently on the “Christmas Offerings” tour with fellow rockers Third Day, the multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY-Award wining band Jars of Clay is celebrating the resounding success of their debut Christmas CD, Christmas Songs. Also the band’s first project on their newly launched label Grey Matters via Nettwerk Music Group...
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The Myriad
The Myriad will be in New York City Saturday, December 15 to perform during the Dew Circuit Breakout Finale, LIVE from Times Square. Chosen out of over 4000 bands in the U.S., The Myriad quickly gained public attention and fan approval...
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David Phelps
Word Records’ GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning artist, David Phelps, is slated to appear in a special performance on the ABC Television Network hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, January 13, 2008, 8 p.m. EST. Bringing a strong message of hope, Phelps will deliver a heart warming benefit concert to the cast, crew and community of Colorado...
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Matt Maher
Singer/Songwriter/Worship Leader Matt Maher has signed with Provident Label Group’s Essential Records, and has announced the release of his 12-track debut album, Empty & Beautiful, which will hit stores April 8, 2008. On Empty & Beautiful, Maher breaks open the two simple words in the title, through songs that are both corporate and reflective; driving and soft; each one telling the story from a different perspective. Empty & Beautiful
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Wrench In the Works
Here's a press release from Facedown Records about their latest signing... "We are very happy to announce the signing of Connecticut's Wrench In the Works. After hearing their songs, meeting them and seeing them live, we knew that we had to work with this band and we are excited to spread the word about them through Facedown. These guys have been booking their own shows all over the East Coast and nationwide for the past few...
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Jake Smith
The Gospel Music Channel (GMC) gives fans a weekly dose of everything Christian/gospel music with its new weekly primetime series The Kitchen Sink, with new episodes premiering Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). This Sat. Dec. 15, appearances and performances by Byron Cage and debut artist Jake Smith are among the show’s highlights....
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Ronnie Freeman
In anticipation of the January 8 release of his sophomore solo recording, God Speaking, singer/songwriter Ronnie Freeman debuted selections from the project at a recent album launch celebration in Nashville attended by radio, retail and media representatives. Freeman is pictured at The Rutledge with special guests singer/songwriter Cindy Morgan (left) and American Idol’s Mandisa. During the event, Morgan performed two selections with Freeman, while Mandisa joined him for a special duet of the title cut. “God Speaking,” which was penned and recorded by Freeman, remained in the Top 5 on national Inspirational radio charts for multiple...
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One of Jaci Velasquez's new Christmas tracks from her latest Open House EP is featured as a free holiday download this week on iTunes! Sure, the week's almost over, but it's not too late to get the download for her take on "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear." Click here to go directly to her download on the iTunes store!
*Wednesday, December 12th, 2007*

Michael W. Smith
The life and career of multiplatinum-selling recording artist, Michael W. Smith, will be the focal point of a special, in-depth story, on the Thursday, December 13 edition of The 700 Club. In celebration of Smith’s career and his latest album, along with the season the album was created for, The 700 Club will tell the story of the music legend’s 24-year career, from its start, to the recent release of his twentieth record...
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Amy Grant
They are the leading ladies in Christian music today, sharing a wealth of talent, success and fans…. and a last name. And on Saturday night, Dec. 15, Natalie Grant and Amy Grant will share the Gospel Music Channel television stage in a night of exclusive new world premiere specials...
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Skillet
As the Deluxe Edition of one of our favorite 2006 releases nears on December 26th, Skillet's frontman John Cooper released a newsletter updating fans on the latest happenings with the band. Of course, Cooper mentions the Comatose re-release, but he also candidly tells of a recent story involving a misunderstanding with the cops. His telling was too great to not share... "Hey everybody what’s up! Skillet here wishing everybody a happy holiday! We just finished our last shows until Christmas and we..."
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Mars Ill
Rap duo Mars ILL released their stellar, much delayed Pro*Pain album last year, but not before it received a few edits (shaving three songs off the project). Now DJ Dust has remixed the record as Slow Flame, releasing it exclusively through the band on December 17th. The project is available as a CD or digital download... "First there was ProPain 2004. Then there was ProPain 2006, and finally we have Slow Flame 2007..."
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Point Of Grace
Award-winning and platinum-selling Word recording artist Point of Grace announces its spring 2008 “POINT OF GRACE/SELAH ALL THE WORLD” TOUR with special guest Michael Passons (formerly of Avalon). Launching February 13 in Oklahoma City and visiting 20 cities across the United States through May 31, the Point Of Grace headline tour will support their critically acclaimed, chart topping project, How You Live...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music powerhouse Casting Crowns wraps the year with an unparalleled impact in Christian music, securing the No.1 top-selling album of 2007, a seventh No.1 radio hit and the highest-grossing tour in Christian music with $4.4 million in ticket sales. The Altar and the Door stands as the No.1 album of the year according to...
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Aaron Shust
For a second year in a row, worship leader Aaron Shust has released a brand new Christmas song for free online for fans to download. To get this year's recording of "Silent Night," visit www.aaronshustmedia.com/holiday/ and www.brickmanmedia.com/shust/ to get last year's "O Come Emmanuel!" (from Aaron Shust; Jesusfreakhideout.com)
*Tuesday, December 11th, 2007*

Sanctus Real
2006’s most played artist at CHR radio (R&R), Sanctus Real readies its first album in nearly two years, We Need Each Other, releasing on Sparrow Records Feb. 12. Playing new songs from the album, as well as fan favorites spanning it’s four acclaimed national studio releases, Sanctus Real launches a 35-city major market tour with Third Day in February. Modern Rock Album of the Year Dove Award winner Sanctus Real, popularly known for its captivating live performances, also headlines a 16-day tour that begins in January and leads up to the release of the new album...
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Kingston Falls
Kingston Falls just finished up a winter tour and are now recording for their Facedown debut titled Armada On Mercury. They are recording at Foundation Studios with Joey Sturgis (Devil Wears Prada) and the album will be released on March 18, 2008. You can check out a brand new blog from the band about everything going on at their myspace...
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Undone Recordings artist, DREW CLINE, recently helped the local FISH radio station kick off their season of continuous Christmas music with a performance at the station’s “Music At The Mills” concert event. Hundreds of music fans and FISH supporters gathered at the Entertainment Stage in the middle of Opry Mills Mall, a favorite Nashville attraction, to hear Drew perform several selections from his album, Way Of Life.
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Recent distribution agreements and launches across multiple MSOs have driven Gospel Music Channel (GMC) past the 22 million household mark, the network announced today. GMC has added more than 14 million cable subscribers in 2007, exceeding its projections and making the nation’s only 24/7 Gospel/Christian music television channel the fastest growing (non-launch) network of the year. GMC’s latest distribution gains include launches by: Bresnan Communications (MSO-wide throughout Colorado...
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*Saturday, December 8th, 2007*

Skillet
As 2007 comes to a close, Lava/Atlantic/Ardent/INO band SKILLET continues to celebrate a fabulous year with their second consecutive GRAMMY nomination. The critically-acclaimed and best-seller COMATOSE is nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album in the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th. The show will be broadcast at 8pm et/pt on CBS...
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Jump5
Nashville's popular downtown music venue Rocketown will host JUMP5's final concert appearance on Sunday, December 16, 2007. The doors open at 6:00pm, and the show starts at 7:00pm. JUMP5 will be joined by opening acts pureNRG, Cali and Jessie Daniels - three artists who have been touring with the group on this fall's "Hello & Goodbye Tour..."
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Brad Stine
Conservative comedian Brad Stine is once again getting people’s attention! Most recently by a rant that he does on Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays as a part of a song done by popular children’s group Go Fish. The video on YouTube.com is nearing 5 MILLION views and can be seen by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAckfn8yiAQ...
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Israel and New Breed
Integrity Gospel recording artist Israel & New Breed received two nominations today during The Recording Academy’s announcement of nominees for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. This GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award-winning group were recognized for their current critically-acclaimed and best-selling A Deeper Level...
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Da T.R.U.T.H.
Cross Movement Records is pleased to announce that two of their artists, The Cross Movement and Da' T.R.U.T.H., have received nominations in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place February 10, 2008 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from...
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Ashley Cleveland
Nashville, TN (Dec 7, 2007) - 204 Records is pleased to announce that two-time GRAMMY Award and three-time Dove Award winner Ashley Cleveland has been nominated for her latest album, Before The Daylight's Shot, in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will take place February 10, 2008 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The GRAMMY Awards will be...
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*Friday, December 7th, 2007*

GRAMMYs
Nominees for The 50th GRAMMY Awards were announced yesterday morning at the Music Box in Hollywood. Provident Label Group artists garnered a total of six nominations across several categories, including Best Gospel Performance, Best Gospel Song, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album and Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. The following list reflects Provident Label Group artist nominations. For a full nominee list, please visit www.grammy.com...
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Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith was recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) today as nominees for The 50th GRAMMY Awards were announced during a press conference in Hollywood, Calif. Smith received a nod in the Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album category for his very successful Stand (11/7/06) album. This is Smith’s 13th career GRAMMY nomination. Of his 12 prior nominations, he has garnered three GRAMMY Awards...
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Pillar
Pillar, one of the biggest selling Rock bands in Christian Music history, received its first-ever GRAMMY nomination today. The band received the nod in the category of Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album for The Reckoning, at a press conference held at the Music Box in Hollywood. The nominations were announced by The Recording Academy...
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Newworldson
Newworldson will showcase its kinetic fusion of North American roots music on the band’s Inpop Records debut, Salvation Station, in stores Feb. 12, 2008. Produced by Newworldson alongside Justin Koop (Billy Talent, Silverstein), Salvation Station features an 11-song blend of energetic pop, soul and gospel...
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Kutless
OK, so we're not exactly sure how "secret" this "secret site" is supposed to be, but as BEC rock act Kutless has entered the studio once again to record a brand new album, they've released a special, "secret site" for fans to keep tabs on what's going on. The band released on their blog yesterday... "Yes it true, Kutless has officially begun the recording process for their new album to be released Summer 2008. They have put up a site..."
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Casting Crowns
Christian music’s top-selling, top-touring and multi-platinum artist Casting Crowns celebrates three GRAMMY nominations as announced today during a press conference at The Music Box in Hollywood, Calif. The band’s record-setting No.1 song “East to West” is recognized in two categories for Best Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Song, with lead singer Mark Hall pulling in the nomination as the songwriter, and the group’s blockbuster new album The Altar and The Door...
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EMI CMG
EMI CMG Distribution and newly-formed independent label Vertical Shift Records have agreed to a long-term, worldwide distribution agreement for the exclusive rights to distribute to Christian, general market and digital and mobile retail outlets. The new partnership launches with the release of new projects from successful indie bands Re:zound and Ever Stays Red in early 2008.
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*Thursday, December 6th, 2007*

toby
With successful headlining tours throughout 2007, multi-platinum and award-winning BEC Recordings and ForeFront records’ artists Jeremy Camp and TobyMac are joining forces this spring to bring the “BOOMIN’ BEYOND MEASURE” tour to cities across the U.S. Kicking off February 6th in San Antonio, the tour will also feature special guest, Sparrow Recording artist Matthew West...
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Superchick
Superchick will be spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season with its “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” tour, visiting select markets this month. Kicking off Dec. 6, the tour will additionally feature artists KJ-52, Jimmy Needham, and Starlit Platoon...
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Third Day
Third Day's Christmas Offerings Tour with Jars Of Clay is underway and one of the band's guitarists has offered up the following update... "After four shows, our Christmas tour has been nothing short of amazing. It started with a little bit of a "Christmas miracle" as we shifted gears from being in the studio to rehearsing and performing a dozen new songs, all in a few days' time. We have really enjoyed living out these songs on the road and sharing them with others, especially the new songs we wrote for Christmas Offerings..."
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Rush Of Fools
“O Come All Ye Faithful,” the newly-recorded holiday favorite from premiere new Midas Records band Rush Of Fools, is being offered as a free download at www.rushoffools.com, which has seen over 1300 downloads in the first 10 days. Rush of Fools and EMI CMG Distribution are partnering with Family, LifeWay, Parable, Mardell, Berean, Munce, and Covenant Christian...
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One Star Story
One Star Story is pleased to announce its signing to New York City Start up label Transatlantic Records (www.transatlanticrecords.net). They are currently in the studio recording the EP produced by Stephen Christian, vocalist for Anberlin. With Oran Thornton at the helm, it is sure to be a killer record. Demo versions of some of the tracks from the upcoming release...
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*Wednesday, December 5th, 2007*

Hawk Nelson
Since their debut release in the summer of 2004, BEC Recordings/Tooth&Nail band Hawk Nelson has been rallying fans with their fun-filled, energetic tunes. On April 1, 2008, the Canadian foursome will release their third studio album with a tribute title to their fans Hawk Nelson is My Friend. The CD packaging will include a “board game” for their fans and the special edition CD/DVD will include a more elaborate game for all to enjoy...
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toby
TobyMac recently wrapped up his very successful ‘Portable Sounds Tour’, including sell out shows in Columbus, St.Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and more when he helped KSBJ radio garner their biggest concert ever, playing to over 10,800 ticketed fans at the BERRY CENTER. "I was getting calls from promoters to add a second show or move to a larger venue,” commented True Artist Management’s Laurie...
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Casting Crowns
Christian music’s top-selling artist Casting Crowns and featured guests Leeland with breakout artist John Waller, corporately known as the “The Altar and The Door Tour,” recently sang to the final packed-house this fall after a three month, 36-city run that marked an unprecedented 20 sellouts and connected them with an incredible 200,000 fans in attendance...
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Da T.R.U.T.H.
Cross Movement Records recording artists Da' T.R.U.T.H. and J.R. are scheduled to appear on "Christmas at the Cathedral: A Night of 5,000 Lights," airing on MyNetwork TV on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at 9:00 p.m. EST. Set at the West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles, Calif., the holiday special is hosted by comedian George Wallace and brings together some of gospel music's top artists, including Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett & GA, Smokie Norful, J. Moss, Martha Munizzi, Marvin Sapp and David Peaston. The artists will perform holiday standards with special updated arrangements courtesy of music director and Stellar Award winner Kurt Carr...
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Worship Network
The Worship Network has launched a new initiative to partner with churches in birthing and nurturing worship music and the arts, announced Bruce Koblish, president of the network. The Nature of Worship, he said, will offer worship leaders a collaborative environment in which to create and share new church-driven worship resources...
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*Monday, December 3rd, 2007*

Red
We recently reported on the van accident rock band Red endured, and thankfully survived, early last week. Bassist Randy Armstrong released this letter to fans as an update... "Hey Everyone, Just wanted to fill you all in on the latest. Since the news of the accident, emails and phone calls came pouring in so thank you all..."
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delirious
Compassionart is hosting internationally recognized songwriters Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Darlene Zschech, Matt and Beth Redman, Tim Hughes, Paul Baloche, Israel Houghton, Graham Kendrick, Andy Park, Martin Smith and Stu Garrard (Delirious?), at a gathering in Perthshire, Scotland Jan. 7 – 11. 2008. The songwriters’ unprecedented goal is to collectively write 10-12 songs that will be given to the world not just to sing, but to raise money for the relief of suffering around the planet. Together these songwriters account for at least 42 million albums sold, 82 No. 1 songs, nine GRAMMY Awards, 110 Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards, two American Music Awards, and 98 current CCLI Top 500 songs sung by millions in churches around the world. Now, for the first time ever, the songwriters offer their time and talents with one voice to make a stand...
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Flame
The Cross Movement Records artist who blazed the Gospel Rap scene in 2004 with his self titled debut album, FLAME, joins with key hit-making Producers to birth his highly anticipated fourth album and sequel to Our World Fallen. Shedding light on the Genesis 3 story concerning the fall of man and how it relates and affects our society today in Our World Fallen, the Christian Rap artist will unveil the counterpart of the series, aptly titled Our World Redeemed...
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Rezound
After topping MTV’s undiscovered charts at No. 1 for over four months in 2004 with its independent single, “Angel,” Re:zound is poised to release its national debut album, Abandoned To You, March 11, 2008 with Vertical Shift Records. Although this is Re:zound’s first nationally distributed album through EMI CMG Distribution, the band is not naive to recording, the road, or to the service of the gospel...
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Jeff Deyo
Jeff Deyo's news list made this recent update about the new Spanish recording of his 2007 release, Unveil... "Many of you out there have heard that Jeff has been rerecording Unveil in Spanish. Over the years God has given him incredible favor with the Spanish speaking community in America as well as abroad. Because of this, Jeff has translated several of his songs to Spanish for his live worship concerts (like Bless the Lord, You Are Good, Jesus I Surrender and Lose Myself). The response to this has been so great that people have literally demanded that he record a Spanish CD. And so, with the blessing of the Lord and the help of many, Jeff began the task of translating and rerecording Unveil in Spanish this past spring and summer...
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POD
P.O.D. will be slowly revealing the cover for their brand new record When Angels & Serpents Dance this week, as well as give away special prizes in the process! To follow the day-by-day revealing, visit http://promotionscrew.com/payableondeath/ starting today! The album is slated to release in early 2008... (from P.O.D.; Jesusfreakhideout.com)
Pillar
For 28 years running the annual Christmas Rock Night is the best known place for international bands to meet a pan-European rock audience in Germany. This year's event is headlined by Pillar (Friday, Dec 7) and Disciple (Saturday, Dec 8). Other US bands playing the fest include Project 86, Spoken, Fireflight, Tree63, Building 429, Tourniquet, Flatfoot 56. They are supported by European bands Verra Cruz and My Spoon (Britain), Illuminandi (Poland), Make Up Your Mind (Holland) and more than half a dozen German artists including Sarah Brendel and Waiting for Steve. - www.christmasrocknight.de (from Christmas Rock Night)
*Saturday, December 1st, 2007*

Audio A
To raise money for the band's Haitian orphanage ministry, "The Hands & Feet Project," Audio Adrenaline is offering a "brand new" exclusive song to download for just $1.00, with all proceeds going straight to aid the ministry. The song, titled "Blood Brothers," was recorded in 2005 intended for their Until My Heart Caves In album, but was never used. About the song, former frontman Mark Stuart explains, "'Blood Brothers' is a song we wrote and recorded during the..."
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The Myriad
KOCH Records’ Seattle based band The Myriad has garnered a position as one of the top 3 contenders for this years title for the “MTV2 Dew Circuit Breakout.” Chosen out of over 4000 bands in the U.S., The Myriad quickly gained public attention and fan approval by placing in the top 12 and then in the top six after MTV2 opened the voting polls. With hundreds of thousands of votes in, The Myriad was just named as a final contender taking one...
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Carried Away
Carried Away has recorded a new song, "Snow Falls," for the Christmas season, which is available now as a free download at the all-new Carried Away Insiders (C.A.I.) fansite (www.insiders.carriedaway.ca). The song will also be available at iTunes on December 3rd, and is currently receiving airplay on both mainstream and Christian radio stations throughout North America...
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In celebration of the Christmas season, Flagship Records pop-country duo CO3 has recorded a Christmas single, "Away In A Manger Medley," which will be available on December 1st at iTunes as well as through SNOCAP on their official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/CO3music). The song has also been released to Christian radio by Wendell Gafford at Creative Promotions, and it's going for immediate adds...
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Red
Merely three days after a vehicle accident that completely destroyed the band’s van and trailer, rockers Red are back on the road today, heading to its concert at the Sokol Auditorium in Omaha, Nebr. with Seether. Beyond some bumps and bruises, the band did not suffer any major injuries. All five members of Red are extremely thankful for all of the prayers and support during this time. (from Provident Music Group)
Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith, along with special guests Melinda Doolittle and The Katinas, kicked off the It’s a Wonderful Christmas Tour last night, Thursday, November 29, in Binghamton, N.Y. Each date of the 16-city tour will feature a full symphony orchestra. For those unable to celebrate the holiday season in-person with Smith, the Christmas cheer can currently be experienced online. It’s a Wonderful Christmas is featured on the AOL Music page, and CMT’s Sounds of the Holidays page. To listen on the AOL page, click here, then scroll through the selections using the right-hand arrow to find Michael’s album; to listen at CMT click here. Michael’s duet with Mandisa, “Christmas Day,” debuted at No. 24 on R&R’s Christian AC-Monitored radio chart. For all tour details, including dates, cities, venues and times, please visit www.michaelwsmith.com or www.reunionrecords.com. (from Provident Music Group)
Krystal Meyers
International superstar Krystal Meyers will see two of her songs used by an online multi-player video game, called Audition, starting December 18. “Only You Make Me Happy” and “Live,” from Meyers’ latest album, Dying For A Heart, will be available as part of the anime “dance battle” game. Check out Audition online at www.nexon.net. (from Provident Music Group)
Third Day
GRAMMY-winning rock band Third Day kicks off its very special tour this holiday season. Based on its Dove Award-winning project of the same name, The Christmas Offerings Tour kicked off November 29th in Rome, Ga. and continues for a total of 12 dates. In the spirit of the season, Third Day will be giving a portion of the proceeds to Jars of Clay’s Blood:Water Mission and will encourage fans to join them in giving. For more detail on dates, times and venues, please visit, www.thirdday.com. (from Provident Music Group)
Singer/songwriter duo Monk & Neagle breaks into the top 10 this week at Christian AC radio with the compelling title track off their sophomore album The Twenty-First Time. The song climbs to the No. 9 position on R&R's AC-Monitored chart adding 4.9 million impressions this week to the 49 million impressions the song has accumulated since it hit radio airwaves in July. (from Provident Music Group)
Grey Holiday
Grey Holiday will play a Faith Night tonight for the San Antonio Rampage, San Antonio’s American Hockey League team, immediately following the game at the AT&T Center (home of the Spurs) in downtown San Antonio. Game-time is set for 7 p.m. CT. Grey Holiday’s current radio single, “Let Go,” from its debut album The Glorious Revolution, is No. 2 for the second week in a row on the R&R CHR Chart. (from Provident Music Group)

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