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February, 2010
*Sunday, February 28th, 2010*

Sanctus Real
Sanctus Real is offering their song "These Things Take Time" from their brand new album Pieces Of A Real Heart - due out March 9th! - for FREE right now! Check out the details below... "Our newest record 'PIECES OF A REAL HEART' will be hitting shelves and your favorite online retailer on MARCH 9th. Hopefully you've had a chance to check out the first single FORGIVEN. But...
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*Friday, February 26th, 2010*

Satellites & Sirens, the latest rock addition to the Word Records family, is preparing for an extensive tour with Disciple and Decyfer Down. Launching on March 4 in Longview, Texas, the “Blood, Sweat, and Rock n Roll” tour, will hit 35 cities during the months of March and April. The band’s self-titled, full-length release debuted in the iTunes Top 10 Christian & Gospel chart the first week of the exclusive release. Satellites & Sirens...
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Mandisa
Mandisa and Star Jones will be featured on this weekend’s “Extra Lifechangers” segment chronicling their weight loss, exercise, healthy eating habits and more. In addition, a preview of the segment will air on today’s episode of “Extra.” The “Extra Lifechangers” segment focuses on health and wellness. Each show, "Extra" airs a "Lifechangers" segment on groundbreaking therapies...
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Big Idea
Here’s what the critics are saying about VeggieTales®: Pistachio—The Little Boy That Woodn’t... “Pistachio has a serious message, but also has great use of humor … It provides positive role models for interpersonal relationships, addressing issues of respect and honesty.” – Amazon.com, as reviewed by Kids First! “The storyline created the perfect opportunity to teach children the importance of family and listening to their...
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Superchick
Sisters Tricia Baumhardt and Melissa Brock of Superchick share some love with their Compassion International sponsored children in Uganda January 18-29, 2010. The two visited four Compassion Child Development Centers in the southern Kampala area, including Nakulabye, Naguru, Kikonda Village, and Kigungu Fish Landing Site. There they saw and experienced the full range of holistic development taking place with...
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Nashville-based Greg Oliver Agency (GOA) is expanding its services to provide clients with a more comprehensive artist experience. The company announces the launch of a merchandising division as well as a new partnership with Westone Labs. In keeping with its mission to be “in the right place, at the right time,” GOA has seized the opportunity to fulfill an industry need by offering quality...
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*Thursday, February 25th, 2010*

Robbie Seay Band
There’s something to be said for being comfortable with being uncomfortable, for being at a place in your life where you’ve settled in. A place where you know who you are – both the good and the bad – and you know your purpose, and as difficult as it can be some days, you’re more than okay with it. Welcome to the world of Robbie Seay Band, a group of musicians bent on creating art, not only for art’s sake, but for the sake of giving authentic...
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RSJ
The film, “Sarah’s Choice,” (review) starring Grammy Award winning Christian singer Rebecca St. James in the controversial role of a young single career woman facing the decision of ‘choice’ in the life of her unborn child, will make its’ television debut this Saturday, February 27th on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The film will air uncut and commercial free at 9:00 P.M. Pacific/11:00 P.M. Central and...
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Project 86
Project 86 is back at it kicking off the spring leg of the Picket Fence Cartel tour in March with Flatfoot 56 and Wavorly. The band is also partnering with Ephraim Clothing and charity: water to bring clean water to victims of the earthquake in Haiti. P86 and Ephraim designed an epic t-shirt for which all proceeds are going to support building new wells for the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Check it out at...
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Matthew West
GRAMMY Award nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West will debut the new music video for his current radio single, “Save A Place For Me,” this Thursday, Feb. 25, on RANSOM.tv. The song, which is currently No. 24 on the Radio & Records Christian AC Monitored chart, has additionally prompted a web site (http://www.matthewwest.com/save-a-place-for-me) where fans can share memories of lost loved ones...
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*Wednesday, February 24th, 2010*

Norma Jean
Norma Jean is back in the studio this month to record their fifth studio album and debut for new record label, Razor & Tie. The currently untitled album will be released this summer, and is being recorded in Atlanta, GA at Glow in the Dark Studios with producer Jeremy Griffith. A new live music video for the demo of the song "Kill More Presidents" is now available as a free download with sign up for the Norma Jean email list...
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This just in from Facedown Records: We are pleased to announce the new album from A Hope For Home! Realis will be released on March 30th but you can get a glimpse of it now by checking out a song called "The Machine Stops" at the band's myspace. A Hope For Home, known for their richly woven musical textures, deftly combine electronic beats with live drums and metal-influenced guitars with the warmth of synthesizers on their Facedown debut Realis...
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Jon Foreman
Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman has announced he will join the all-star cast of musicians gathering for “Help Haiti Live,” in Nashville on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. The concert is sponsored by Gaylord Entertainment Company and will be streamed live at HelpHaitiLive.com. With extraordinary need still existing in the devastated country...
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Hawk Nelson
Popular Christian Rock artists Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, Pillar, Emery, Brian "Head" Welch, Project 86, The Letter Black, Wavorly, FlatFoot56, Don't Wake Aislin and This Beautiful Republic will be performing at Forty Fest - Resonate! 2010, a daylong music festival on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The goal of Forty Fest is to provide an opportunity for individuals and groups...
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*Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010*

Me In Motion
Centricity Music’s powerhouse band, Me In Motion, will join Sanctus Real on its 2010 Tour that launches March 3rd and ends May 7th. The tour also features Above the Golden State and Addison Road. This marks the third major tour for the newcomer band in the last twelve months, as they were featured on the Newsboys fall tour in 2009 and the RED/Pillar tour in January and February 2010. "Next week marks the beginning of an exciting new tour as we'll be hitting the road with one of our longtime...
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Matt Kearney
Mat Kearney's Live at the Fillmore San Francisco is available now only on iTunes! The show was recorded November 5th, 2009, just a few months after the release of his second full-length studio album. This concert features "Closer To Love," the hit debut single from City of Black & White, along with fan favorites like "Undeniable," "Nothing Left to Lose" and "All I Need." Live at the Fillmore San Francisco serves as a symbol of Mat Kearney's visceral impact...
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The Rocket Summer
The Rocket Summer’s second major label album on Island Records, Of Men And Angels, hits stores today. The new record is currently No. 1 on the iTunes ® Alternative Album chart as well as No. 4 on the iTunes ® Overall Album chart. The newest release from Bryce Avery has had a brilliant start with an exclusive premiere on MySpace that can still be heard at www.myspace.com/therocketsummer...
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Phil Joel
This Thursday Phil Joel begins a tour of Northern California with Bob Smiley and Reg Cox called the ME Addiction Tour. For more details and where to buy tickets please visit www.meaddictiontour.com. Every night after the show we will be posting tour updates and photos on philjoel.com for those of you who want to see how its going. To see when Phil and the band are going to be in your city for a concert or summer festival during the year visit...
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Brenton Brown
Modern worship songwriter/artist Brenton Brown releases his acclaimed, full-length album, Adoration, today from Kingsway with distribution by EMI CMG. Adoration reflects Brenton’s personal journey though the struggles and joy of life, all intending to draw the listener closer to the mysterious, all consuming heart of God. Like the title track, the new single from Adoration, “Amazing God...
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Kari Jobe
When nominations were announced last week for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, Integrity Music’s signed and distributed artists and songwriters received an impressive 18 nods. With one of the most successful CDs by a debut artist in recent years and the top-selling new artist album of 2009, Kari Jobe was nominated as New Artist of the Year. The artist/songwriter/worship leader earned a total of three nominations...
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According to Billboard magazine, gospel duo Mary Mary broke the record for the longest chart-run by a group on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their Grammy winning single, "God in Me." The hit record from their album, The Sound, has spent 64 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, surpassing Dru Hill's "In My Bed," which spent 63 weeks on the chart from 1997-98. To add to the impressive feat, the duo also holds the longevity record among gospel songs on this chart, surpassing Kirk Franklin's "Looking for You," which ran for 60 weeks in 2005-06...
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Nominations were recently announced for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards (www.doveawards.com) by the Gospel Music Association (GMA). Amongst newcomers leading the field alongside established artists, producers and songwriters, Women of Faith, garnered a nomination for Praise & Worship Album of the Year and Inspirational Album of the Year with A Grand New Day (Women of Faith Worship Team; Chance Scoggins; Myrrh)...
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Mikeschair
What a year for MIKESCHAIR! Their self-titled debut project, which released just last summer from Curb Records has not only delivered some major radio hits but now it's delivered award nominations. MIKESCHAIR has been nominated an astounding four times by the voting members of the Gospel Music Assocation for the upcoming 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. Recognized for the top honor of Song of the Year with "Let The Waters Rise," the song is also acknowledged in the Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year category...
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*Monday, February 22nd, 2010*

Family Force 5
Celebrating 15 years as one of the north east’s premier music events, Purple Door Arts and Music Festival announces a new partnership with Facedown Records, an expanded Forum schedule with rare performances and a line up featuring some of the hottest bands from around the country for 2010. Held August 13 and 14 at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA, tickets are on sale now. With the intent of making the HM Stage line up even bigger and better, Purple Door...
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GRAMMY Award nominated pop-rock group Superchick is offering a free download of its song "Courage" (from the Beauty From Pain album) Feb. 21-27 in support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The song was originally inspired by Superchick guitarist/vocalist Melissa Brock's personal struggle with an eating disorder. Melissa explains, "I know full-well the pressures that society and even friends sometimes place on us...
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Ian Eskelin
The well-known and highly respected work of Ian Eskelin has been recognized by the Gospel Music Association. Also a songwriter and the name and mind behind the popular rock band, All Star United, Eskelin has been nominated yet again as Producer of the Year for this year's 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The awards will be given out on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry House and televised nationwide on gmc (www.gmclife.com) Sunday, April 25th...
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Impending Doom have just announced a co-headlining tour with Through The Eyes of the Dead set for spring 2010. Also appearing on the tour are Chelsea Grin, Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and Arsonists Get All The Girls. Impending Doom is gearing up to release their follow up album to 2009's The Serpent Servant, a new full length which will be called There Will Be Violence and will be released on July 20, 2010...
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*Friday, February 19th, 2010*

Joy Williams
Since taking the independent music route in recent years, Joy Williams has been cranking quite a few new tunes -- whether it's as her side project in The Civil Wars, or as a solo artist. The singer will release a brand new 4-track EP titled We Mapped the World on April 5th through Sensibility Music. Click the link for some details...
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Deas Vail
Deemed by Alternative Press Magazine as one of the 100 bands to watch in 2010—Deas Vail is ready to let their voice be heard with the recent release their Mono vs Stereo debut Birds & Cages out now. The band will also embark on endless touring this year, just wrapping a sold out 20-city tour with Owl City and looking forward to a spring dates with Copeland and a summer trek on the Vans Warped Tour ‘10 “'Birds & Cages' is a compilation of the band's most thoughtful material with a mixture of powerful writing...
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BeBe & CeCe Winans
The reign of Grammy Award-winning gospel duo, BeBe & CeCe Winans' Still, is proving to be a chart-topping success as, "Close to You," the first single from their reunion album is currently #4 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Gospel Charts. "Close to You" has received critical acclaim and success for its soul-stirring, smooth sound and pristine vocals. The success has also paralleled to their second and current single, "Grace," as the record now holds the #9 chart position on Billboard Magazine's Hot Gospel Charts...
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Mac Powell
Nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced yesterday at Belmont University’s Curb Café, with one of Christian music’s most unique projects being recognized. The roots-driven worship project, Glory Revealed II: The Worship of God In Worship, is nominated for Special Event Album of the Year, an award won two years ago by the first Glory Revealed project. In addition, the project’s No. 1 radio single, “Since the World Began,” is nominated for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year...
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Travis Cottrell
in:ciite artist Travis Cottrell received nominations in four categories for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards at the Gospel Music Association nominee press conference held on Thursday, February 18 held at Belmont University in Nashville,TN. Nominated for Praise & Worship Album of the Year for his recording, Jesus Saves Live, released through in:ciite (formerly Indelible Creative Group) and Word Distribution...
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Abandon
San Antonio rock act Abandon garnered its first Dove Award nomination yesterday, as announced at an industry press conference in Nashville for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The band received a nod in the category of Rock Album of the Year for its Aug. 25, 2009 release, Searchlights. This year’s category represents a cross section of styles within the genre, including hard rock...
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Monday Morning
Despite growing success for rock band Monday Morning, the young group was forced to shelve a sophomore record when their label Selectric Records lost its financial support and folded a couple years ago. After well over a year of silence on the band's homepage, the guys have announced the release of a new project of lost songs. Unreleased Demos is now available on CDBaby for anyone who enjoyed the band's debut, Fool's Paradise, and wondered...
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*Thursday, February 18th, 2010*

Kevin Max
Three simple words describe the bold and innovative career of dPulse artist Kevin Max: Strength Through Reinvention. That will certainly be evident in the forthcoming dPulse release Cotes d' Armor, announced today for an April 27, 2010 worldwide release. Foreshadowed by the recent digital maxi-single Traveler (Mora Brothers Remixes), Cotes d' Armor...
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Fireflight
Nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced this morning at Belmont University’s Curb Café with lead singer Dawn Michele of powerhouse rock band Fireflight recognized with her first appearance in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. The Orlando-based band also receives a nomination for its hit song, “You Gave Me A Promise,” off 2008’s breakout album Unbreakable, in the category of Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year...
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JoC
Veteran progressive band Jars of Clay may have reinvented its sound with last year’s The Long Fall Back To Earth, but its peers in the Christian music community continued to honor band members in some familiar ways, with the band picking up six nominations for this year’s GMA Dove Awards. The group was well represented in the GMA Dove Awards’ general categories...
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Dove Awards
Jars of Clay, Skillet, Matt Maher and Jason Crabb, lead the diverse and gifted artists nominated for gospel/Christian music’s highest honor – the Dove Award, with six nominations each. Producer Wayne Haun leads in total nominations with seven, including Producer of the Year. Of the 43 categories, nominees in 23 categories of the Dove Awards were announced at a press conference today in Nashville for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The event was held at Belmont University’s...
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Francesca Battistelli
With a music-making history of 59 years, today Word Entertainment, through its artists, projects and other contributors, garnered 62 Gospel Music Award nominations. Fervent Records’ Francesca Battistelli led the way matching last year’s five total nominations including “Artist of the Year,” “Female Vocalist of the Year,” “Song of the Year”(“Free To Be Me”), “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year” (“Free To Be Me”) and “Short Form Video of the Year” (“Free To Be Me”)...
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Today the 41st Annual Gospel Music Awards nominees were announced at the Belmont University Curb Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. Among the categories announced were 17 nominations for Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings / Solid State Records’ artists and projects including four “Album” of the year and three “Song” of the year nominations in the respective categories. Also included in the nominations today were two “Male Vocalist of the Year” with Jeremy Camp and Bebo Norman as...
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Brandon Heath
Nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominations were announced this morning at Belmont University’s Curb Café, with Nashville-based singer/songwriter Brandon Heath serving as one of the presenters at today’s nominee press conference. In addition to announcing the nominees, Heath scored three of his own nominations, including the prestigious Male Vocalist of the Year, an award he won in 2009. Heath nabbed a Short Form Video of the Year nod for “Wait And See,” the second chart-topping single from his 2008 GRAMMY-nominated, sophomore album, What If We...
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Matt Maher
Songwriter, recording artist and worship leader Matt Maher continues to pull in accolades for his work both as a solo artist and a collaborator, picking up a total of six nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. Maher, called “this year’s breakthrough nominee” by the Associated Press, is nominated in the prestigious Song of the Year category, as well as Worship Song of the Year for “I Will Rise,” a song recorded by Chris Tomlin. Maher picked...
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Red
Essential Records artist Red announced its presence with authority as one of the premier rock bands in Christian music with a total of three nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The band’s second full-length album project, Innocence & Instinct, picked up a nod for Rock Album of the Year, while two different songs off the record...
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Pillar
Nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced this morning at Belmont University’s Curb Café with Tulsa-based rock band Pillar securing a nomination for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for its sixth studio project, Confessions. Over its 10 year career, Pillar has reached nearly 1 million in album sales (including two albums with sales exceeding...
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Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North, 2009’s GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year, picked up where they left off last year, notching two nominations for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards. The band was honored with nominations in two of the prestigious general categories for the Doves, notching a Song of the Year mention for “By Your Side” from its debut project Over and Underneath, as well as a...
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Michael W. Smith
Reunion Records flagship artist Michael W. Smith today picked up his latest industry award honor – a GMA Dove Award nomination in the Long Form Music Video of the Year category for the project “A New Hallelujah: The Live Worship DVD” – while previewing another video project close to his heart. Acting as a presenter at the press conference to announce the nominees for the 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards, the veteran...
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Third Day
Fresh off taking home its fourth career GRAMMY Award at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, Atlanta-based rock band Third Day, along with frontman Mac Powell, garnered a number of nominations for 41ST Annual GMA Dove Awards this morning. The band picked up mentions in the Special Event Album of the Year category for its contribution to the original motion picture soundtrack for Fireproof, as well as a nod in the Long Form Music Video of the Year category for...
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Michael W. Smith
Artistic communities around the world continue to come together in efforts to aid the island nation of Haiti after the devastating earthquakes of January 12, 2010. Music City has done its part with the recent collaboration of the biggest names in Nashville’s own Country, Christian and Gospel music communities. Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award winning artist Michael W. Smith gathered a community of Nashville-based artists on January 27 at Belmont University’s Ocean Way Studio to record “Come Together Now” – a song written by Smith...
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In its debut year, the Life & Faith Tour will kick off in a big way by giving back to local communities in three cities this summer: Richmond (6/19/2010), Rockingham, NC (7/10/2010) and Atlanta (7/24/2010). The diverse lineup for the event includes six-time Grammy ® Award winner Amy Grant, multi-platinum selling band MercyMe, CMA Award winners Diamond Rio, Grammy Award ® winner Israel Houghton, Mary Mary, Point of Grace, David Crowder*Band, Natalie Grant, The Nelons and Triumphant Quartet, Southern Gospel acts as well as Christian ventriloquists and comedians, authors, motivational speakers and...
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Seabird
Fresh off the December release of their sophomore album Rocks Into Rivers, Credential Recording’s artist Seabird will be hitting the road this spring with Switchfoot, Sherwood, NeedToBreathe and more for a mix of club and arena tour dates. Seabird will join Switchfoot starting this week in Texas for their “Hello Hurricane” tour. Beginning in March, the band will team up with Sherwood hitting much of the Midwest and West. Next up for Seabird will be dates...
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Introducing Kelly Minter, releasing March 23, 2010 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution, showcases the music of one of the most promising female worship leaders today. Acclaimed Nashville-based singer/songwriter/author Kelly Minter leads worship at churches around the country, speaks at women’s conferences and events, and is the author of several well-received books and Bible studies (Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy and No Other Gods). She has toured with Brenton Brown, Sonicflood, Bebo Norman and more, made guest appearances at Beth Moore events, and written songs that have been recorded by Point of Grace, Sonicflood, Joy Williams...
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toby
With three consecutive RIAA Gold records, multiple GRAMMY® and Dove Award wins, sell out tours and non-stop radio hits, TobyMac has hit yet another career milestone with his fourth solo effort, TONIGHT, giving the Christian music industry icon his highest solo career debut ever. Selling over 78,000 units, TONIGHT took over the Christian SoundScan charts’ No. 1 position, and amongst acts like Lady GaGa and the Black Eyed Peas, entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 6 as well as No.3 on overall Current Digital Albums chart...
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Francesca Battistelli
Grammy Award nominee and five-time GMA Dove Award nominee Francesca Battistelli will be releasing My Paper Heart: Deluxe Edition March 2 on Fervent Records. Featuring all the songs from the original release of My Paper Heart, this deluxe edition will also include two new songs (“Keeping Me Guessing” and “Lead Me To The Cross”) and four new recordings of the hits “Free To Be Me”, “It’s Your Life”, “I’m Letting Go”, and “Beautiful, Beautiful...
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This morning during a press conference, held at the Curb Café at Belmont University in Nashville, the final Dove nominees for the 41st Annual Dove Awards were announced. Daywind Music Group is incredibly honored to have received 11 nominations this year. Celebrating four nominations is previous New Artist of the Year nominee, Austins Bridge. They are...
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Meredith Andrews
Word Records recording artist Meredith Andrews is preparing for the March 2 release of her sophomore project As Long As It Takes. Produced by Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp (Bebo Norman, Aaron Shust, Tenth Avenue North), the duo that also produced Andrews’ debut record The Invitation, As Long As It Takes is the result of a two year wait since the release that launched the hits “You Invite Me In”, “You’re Not Alone” and “New Song We Sing...
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Dove Award winning group, Austins Bridge, is gearing up to release their highly anticipated sophomore project, Times Like These, May 4, 2010. The CD was produced by Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts). At the same time, Austins Bridge has signed with Jeff Robert and Associates for booking and Patton House Entertainment for management. "Rarely does an artist come along that is so gifted, genuine and extremely talented,” says DeMarcus...
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Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers plans to take the stage by storm for his CD release show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, TN on February 23rd, giving the crowd a sneak peek performance of selections from his brand new album. My Time is slated to release March 2nd and features special guest appearances from MOC, Khristian Dently, and Canton Jones. The newest member of GRAMMY-winner TobyMac's Diverse City Band, the free show on February...
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*Wednesday, February 17th, 2010*

The Christian Festival Association, a coalition of over two dozen Christian music festivals across the country, recently announced plans for its 2010 National Talent Search. The organization is partnering with Word Label Group, which will provide an artist development deal for the winner of the nationwide search for new talent in Christian music. “The purpose of this venture is to identify and provide a platform for new artists...
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*Tuesday, February 16th, 2010*

The Almost
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play drums like The Almost/Underoath's Aaron Gillespie? Well, here’s your chance! This April and May, Aaron will be giving drum lessons at All Pro Percussion in Tampa, Florida. All you have to do is call the shop at 813.341.3786 or shoot them an email at info@allpropercussion.com to set up a lesson time. The store is open 11am-7pm Tuesday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. No experience necessary, all skill levels are encouraged to sign up...
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Manafest
After three records that received international acclaim including huge success in Japan, Juno nominee Manafest (aka Chris Greenwood) returns to partner with BEC Recordings for his March 30th release, “The Chase.” This fourth studio project is Manafest’s most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date. “I’m really stoked to have this record teamed up with BEC Recordings again,” shares Manafest...
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Charmaine
in:ciite's newly signed artist Charmaine is gearing up for the release of her new album Love Reality, which is to be released March 30. With the combination of her upbeat, youthful energy and her euro-contemporary sound, this Australian native brings her individual style with a uniquely balanced combination of orchestral pop sounds and electronic beats behind a voice that is unmistakably her own. Charmaine also recently signed with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment for agency representation, personal appearances, and tours...
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Gungor’s sophomore album from Brash Music titled Beautiful Things releases today amidst critical praise as well as promising feedback from a stellar performance at the 10th anniversary of the re:create conference. Below is just a sample of what critics are saying about Beautiful Things: “Music like this is a special discovery… definitely a work of beauty and sincerity, making the newest incarnation of Gungor an artist to watch for sure.” – Jesus Freak Hideout...
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Kevin Max
Pure Flix Entertainment (The Wager, Sarah’s Choice) is happy to announce the release of THE IMPOSTER on DVD, February 23, 2010. THE IMPOSTER is distributed through EMI/CMG Distribution to CBA retail outlets nationwide. Starring Kevin Max (dc Talk), Jeff Deyo (formerly of Sonicflood), and Kerry Livgren (Kansas, AD), THE IMPOSTER tells the story of a popular Christian rock band, Grand Design, whose lead singer, Johnny C (Max)...
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Kutless
BEC Recordings’ Kutless has impacted fans once again with another power ballad, “What Faith Can Do.” Kutless’ hit song has struck a chord with listeners since its debut in the fall with their worship project “It Is Well.” This week “What Faith Can Do” broke into No. 1 on AC Monitored, marking its spot at No. 1 in four Christian radio formats (CHR, AC Mon, AC Indicator, Inspo). The hit song spent four weeks at the top on CHR (currently No. 2), and remains No. 1 on AC Indicator, AC Monitored, Inspo and the new National Christian Audience Chart (the most popular Christian song ranked by airplay audience impressions)...
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Sister duo Elissa and Becca Leander, better known as The Sonflowerz, began their musical collaboration in church, while leading worship for their youth group. Eleven years later, The Sonflowerz are one of the most promising acts in Christian music. Their latest single, "My Heart is Alive," is available now at iTunes. "'My Heart is Alive' came together in a non-traditional way," says Becca. "We were in Nashville recording an interview...
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*Monday, February 15th, 2010*

Amy Grant
One month following the 7.1 earthquake that struck Haiti, an all-star cast of musicians is gathering for “Help Haiti Live,” a two-city ticketed concert event taking place on February 27th, 2010 to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund. The concerts are sponsored by Gaylord Entertainment Company and will be streamed live at HelpHaitiLive.com. With extraordinary need still existing in the devastated country, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Amy Grant, Big Kenny, Mat Kearney, Jars of Clay, Rebecca St. James...
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*Friday, February 12th, 2010*

Matthew West
GRAMMY Award nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West recently partnered with national network K-LOVE Radio for a third consecutive year on its “Next Great Love Song” promotion. The contest drew more than 4,000 submissions from which one entrant was selected to win a custom love song performed by West. Beginning Jan. 29, listeners were asked to submit their love stories as inspiration for the “Next Great Love Song,” written and recorded by West. On February 5...
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Point Of Grace
Multi-Platinum recording artist Point of Grace is scheduled to make their QVC debut on Friday, February 19 at 9 PM (ET)/ 8 PM (CT) to unveil their much-anticipated new album No Changin’ Us. During the QVC Presents QSessions Live broadcast, the critically-acclaimed trio will perform a selection of songs from the new album while giving viewers an inside look at the inspiration behind the collection...
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*Thursday, February 11th, 2010*

Mark Schultz
Saturday’s Haiti Relief Concert starring co-host Point of Grace and Mark Schultz raised over $50,000 to aid the earthquake survivors. That amount does not include on-line giving made available during the live webcasts. Over 3,300 tickets were claimed at the event which took place at Brentwood United Methodist Church while others from 10 countries around the world watched via webcast. “Oh my goodness!!! That is amazing! Praise the Lord. What a blessing...
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Word Entertainment is proud to announce its continued partnership in the WOW brand with the March 2 release of WOW Worship (Purple). This new collection compiles the biggest worship songs of the Church, sung by the most popular artists in Christian music. Featuring 30 songs on two CDs, WOW Worship (Purple)’s songlist includes “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin, “Mighty To Save (Live)” from Hillsong United, MercyMe’s “You Reign...
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INO Records and Catalyst, a leadership development organization, recently joined forces to create the Catalyst Music Project – an album inspired by churches and songwriters nationwide. Acknowledging that it was time to let the Church show the world what songs are impacting this generation, INO Records asked worship leaders and songwriters to submit music that was already connecting...
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*Wednesday, February 10th, 2010*

toby
Forefront Record’s multi-platinum, five-time GRAMMY® Award winner and 2010 nominee TobyMac has just released his fourth studio album, TONIGHT, which has already raced to No. 2 on iTunes® overall sales chart. Just like its three predecessors TONIGHT is drawing the attention of music fans everywhere, with over 1000 people flocking to a local Lifeway Bookstore in Houston to meet the singer/songwriter this morning following a visit to KSBJ...
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Fair
Anything but “fair” reviews, Tooth & Nail Records’ Fair releases their sophomore effort, “Disappearing World,” to rave reviews and fan reaction this week. All-Star producer Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Acceptance, Copeland, The Almost, Demon Hunter, Kutless, Jeremy Camp) leads Fair into a positive future with this indie-rock record. To celebrate the release of “Disappearing World,” Fair is debuting their title-track music video on...
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MercyMe
Multi-platinum and award-winning band MercyMe is encouraging “All Of Creation” to “love well” with their upcoming studio album “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” (INO Records), scheduled to arrive May 4th nationwide. “The album, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell,” revolves around a fictional character we created who reminds us that we simply need to love others well,” explains MercyMe frontman Bart Millard. “For some of us, it means that we need to put hands and feet on our ideology and rhetoric. For others, it means that we need to continue in doing well...
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The Myriad
Just days after The Myriad played their last show of 2008, Randy Miller (drummer) went in for a surgery to have a lump removed from his shoulder. Shortly after that he was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of bone cancer called chondrosarcoma. Statistically speaking things looked incredibly challenging, but Randy had youth and determination on his side. Starting almost immediately he would begin an incredibly intense season of chemo-therapy; every 3 weeks for the duration of 2009. Randy was doing so well that towards the end of 2009 he was able to tour...
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JJ Heller
Kanopy Tours announces the upcoming Bloom Tour 2010 that features Margaret Becker, JJ Heller (who has the Top 15 hit in the country with “Your Hands”) and friends. The tour will run April – May and will provide an intimate evening of story and song from the heart of Becker, while showcasing the talents of Heller and friends. The tour is being produced by MaxxLIVE and Patton House Entertainment, with World Vision sponsoring the dates. Tour dates will be announced soon. "I'm excited to get to be a part of the Bloom Tour with JJ Heller,” says Becker...
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"Make a Movie," the debut single from Jasmine, is #10 this week on Radio Disney's Top 10, alongside such popular artists as Selena Gomez & The Scene, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas & The Administration and Taylor Swift. Jasmine was just 14-years-old when her debut EP, The Next Me, was released last May. The Nashville-based artist spent much of the year on the road with the iShine Live Tour and taping the Saturday morning TBN series iShine KNECT...
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EMI CMG Distribution and Gaither Music Group have agreed to extend their 16-year relationship that has already generated sales of more than 22 million albums and videos. The new, long-term agreement extends EMI CMG’s distribution rights in all markets worldwide for all Gaither Music Group audio and video products, including the popular Homecoming series and music from artists such as The Gaither Vocal Band, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Lynda Randle, The Isaacs, Mark Lowry and more...
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*Tuesday, February 9th, 2010*

Brandon Heath
Nashville singer/songwriter and Male Vocalist of the Year Brandon Heath added a rare highlight to his growing list of accolades with his recent Emmy Award win, presented to the celebrated songwriter for his blockbuster hit “Give Me Your Eyes.” The song served as the catalyst for Nashville Rescue Mission’s Hunger to Hope 2009 PSA Campaign, produced by NewsChannel 5’s Jerry L. Walker, WTVF-TV (CBS). Rounding out Heath’s week of unique compliments is the selection of the award-winning song by NASA as the 5:14pm CT wake-up call for the Endeavour shuttle crew, on their first day in orbit...
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The Rocket Summer
After successful runs on such major tours as the U.S. Warped tour and the Alternative Press tour, Bryce Avary, the front man, songwriter and multi-instrumental mastermind behind The Rocket Summer will release his second major label project release on Island Records, Of Men and Angels, on February 23, 2010 with EMI CMG distribution. Avary produced the 15 track CD with co-producer CJ Eiriksson. Speaking into the self-proclaimed...
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Big Idea
Big Idea Entertainment, the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, today announced plans to enter into an all-new multi-production deal with animation studio Entrenched, Inc. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on brand new VeggieTales® content, including DVDs. The animation will be completed by Entrenched’s sister-company; Hawaii Animation Studios (HAS), which was co-developed by four industry veterans, Dan Krech, Jeff Bell, Joe Serafini and John Morch. Previously, principals...
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*Monday, February 8th, 2010*

Fireflight
Dove-nominated “Artist of the Year,” Fireflight readies for the release of its third album this week, titled For Those Who Wait, on Feb. 9, as the dynamic first single “Desperate” hits No. 1 at Christian Rock radio, and moves up to No.14 on the CHR format. With its stunning new 10-song collection, Fireflight exceeds expectations, following its 2008 breakout sophomore album Unbreakable, which delivered two No.1 singles at Rock and launched Fireflight’s music into new realms, including the NBC network, ESPN’s Winter X Games and voted...
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Children 18:3
This year has kicked off with a bang as we are already one month down and flying through February. BEC Recordings and Tooth & Nail Records have many projects coming down the pipe in the coming weeks. Below are highlights from in the studio, tours, new projects and other news tidbits. In The Studio: Children 18:3: This sibling trio blew away the punk music scene with their debut T&N release...
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Britt Nicole
Pop rock vocalist Britt Nicole rides the momentum of her sophomore project The Lost Get Found, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart, into the new year. Having recently been named among the “Top 10 Ones to Watch in 2010” by GospelMusicChannel.com, Britt continues the busiest season of her career with a number of high profile opportunities, including a song on the upcoming Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD release, Ice Castles, and two major national tours...
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Robbie Seay Band
Sparrow Records artist Robbie Seay Band releases its third label project, Miracle, March 23. A reflection of Seay’s work and relationships within Ecclesia Church in Houston, the record captures thoughts, feelings, and realities of his local community. Produced by Seay and Tedd T (tobymac, Mute Math, David Crowder Band) with additional contributions by Dan Muckala (Brandon Heath, The Afters) and Matt Bronlewee (Chris Tomlin, Leeland), Miracle...
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Integrity Music announces the April 13 release of Unshakable, the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana band Deluge. The band’s previous album garnered kudos from fans and critics alike and was named among ChristianityToday.com’s “Favorite Worship Albums of 2008.” Unshakable is a studio-recorded worship album that paints a lyrical picture of a “tried by fire” faith set to an energetic, alt-rock and sometimes experimental soundscape...
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Sanctus Real
GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real releases its fifth studio album, Pieces Of A Real Heart, on Sparrow Records March 9, 2010. Working with acclaimed producers Chris Stevens (tobyMac, Matthew West), Jason Ingram (Bebo Norman, Tenth Avenue North) and Rusty Varenkamp (Leeland, David Crowder Band, Mute Math), Pieces Of A Real Heart is the result of a band maturing and growing as songwriters, musicians and individuals. The album retains the band’s aggressive edge, while incorporating a more diverse musical palette of instrumentation and themes...
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Passion
With nearly 2 million Passion event records sold to date, sixstepsrecords is heralding the March 9th release of PASSION: AWAKENING. The project features a stellar group of leading worship artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, FEE and Hillsong UNITED, who combined have sales exceeding 5 million records. Recorded live this past January at Passion 2010 in Atlanta, GA...
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Introducing Stuart Townend, releasing Feb. 23, 2010 from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution, recognizes one of the most prolific “modern hymn writers” in the world today. The recording features UK-based Townend’s “In Christ Alone” and “How Deep The Father’s Love.” Both songs are among the top 50 most sung worship songs in the US, according to CCLI, and are examples of Townend’s distinctive lyrics that are rich in theology, poetry and have contributed to the worshipping life of the church worldwide. The recording is available for $5 at both physical and digital retail outlets...
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*Friday, February 5th, 2010*

pureNRG
pureNRG, one of the most popular tween groups in the Christian music industry, has announced their plans to bring the group’s musical career to a close at the end of 2010. As a farewell and thanks to their fans, the pop trio will be releasing a Best Of CD/DVD collection on July 20 exclusively through Family Christian Stores along with one final tour before the end of the year. “This has been a really difficult decision,” says pureNRG, “because we know that God called us into pureNRG...
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Fresh from the back-to-back radio success of “Crazy Beautiful.” “Drown” and now “On and On,” Chasen will release That Was Then, This Is Now on March 9, 2010 marking their major record label debut with INO Records. The record, co-produced with Rob Hawkins (Fireflight), features 10 personal tracks, most written by band front man Chasen Callahan who...
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*Thursday, February 4th, 2010*

J Knapp
Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning Jennifer Knapp returns from a seven year hiatus with a new album, Letting Go (Graylin/RED/Thirty Tigers) on May 11th 2010. This spring she will preview her new music on a co-headline tour with Derek Webb kicking off on March 5th in New York City (tour dates below) and she will also join this summer's Lilith Fair tour. Fans can pre-order the album on tour and receive an exclusive CD of acoustic demos from the record. Recorded in Nashville...
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Stellar Kart
Award-winning pop-rock band Stellar Kart releases its INO debut, the band’s fourth studio recording, Everything Is Different Now March 9. Unique to this project, Stellar Kart incorporates a more worshipful sound and vertical lyrics. Produced by Dove Award-winning producer Ian Eskelin (Francesca Battistelli, Krystal Meyers), Everything Is Different Now is a unique collection of vertically minded songs that continue...
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*Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010*

Newsboys
Combine the strengths of two supergroups that have sold millions of records, achieved an astounding number of #1 radio hits and received numerous Dove Awards. The result? A reborn newsboys. Now that longtime members Jody Davis (guitar), keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein and drummer Duncan Phillips have welcomed the vocal strengths, writing talents and boundless energy of former dc Talk member Michael Tait to the band, this is clearly a good reason to feel born again and in fact, share some new songs. On June 8th, newsboys are eager than ever to release their 15th studio project, aptly titled Born Again (inpop records)...
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Third Day
Following the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31, Provident Label Group artists gathered at Sony Music Entertainment's Post-GRAMMY reception at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, where they mixed and mingled with fellow nominees including Usher, Beyonce, Justin Beiber and Imogen Heap. Provident nominees included Jars of Clay, Leeland, Red and Third Day...
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Impending Doom
Impending Doom's David Sitting responds to the rumors that the band has recently lost members: "Yes, it's true we have parted ways with both Manny and Isaac. Both of them felt like this was not for them anymore; it happened a while back before we entered the studio. Not everyone can maintain the amount of passion that Impending Doom requires. That being said, we are still great friends with both Manny and Isaac and wish...
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Demon Hunter
Solid State Records and Demon Hunter proudly debut a new song, "Tie This Around Your Neck" on the band's MySpace page today. The stream follows an exclusive world premiere on Liquid Metal Sirius XM, and is part of the official "50 Days Of Demon Hunter" online campaign. "The world will tell you to lead yourself. This song is the antithesis of that ideal," says vocalist Ryan Clark about the meaning and title of the track...
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Wrench In the Works
Wrench in the Works has released a song from their upcoming album Decrease/Increase. The song, called "Project AK-47" is about child soldiers and was inspired by the organization of the same name. Here the band explains why this project means so much to them: "This past Cornerstone [Festival] we learned about the ministry Project AK-47 and what they are all about. It really just hit close to home...
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Abandon Kansas
Today, Gotee Records and the band Abandon Kansas proudly released a video for the song CLOSE YOUR EYES. This is the first video from the band’s “We’re All Going Somewhere” EP, and is available to view at AbsolutePunk.net as an ABSOLUTExclusive. Filmed in Atlanta by director by Nathan Corrona, the video explores creative film styles while bespectacled lead singer Jeremy Spring croons “Close Your Eyes, then we’ll start to...
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*Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010*

JoC
Today, the first of several new live-in-studio audio/video digital EPs from Jars of Clay have hit the web! The first volume focuses entirely on tracks from their latest record, The Long Fall Back To Earth, while others will focus on other fan favorites, including their self-titled debut. Visit iTunes now to get Live At Gray Matters, Vol. 1...
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Disciple
Disciple's guitarist Andrew Welch posted an update to fans asking for prayer and support for the band's second guitarist, Micah Sannan, who has suffered three surgeries recently. Please read the report from Andrew below for the details... "FROM ANDREW: for those of you who don't know, Micah has been through a LOT lately. about a month ago he had his wisdom teeth taken out...
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Israel and New Breed
Multi-talented worship leader, songwriter and recording artist Israel Houghton won his third consecutive GRAMMY® last night during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Houghton took home the award for “Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” for his critically-acclaimed CD The Power Of One and also was honored as a nominee for “Best Gospel Song” for “Every Prayer” from The Power Of One. Previously, Houghton and his powerhouse musical ensemble New Breed won two GRAMMYS...
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The Classic Crime
Tooth & Nail Records’ The Classic Crime left their hearts in Haiti last November on their first trip to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Months before the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, The Classic Crime visited Bon Repos, a collection of villages in rural Haiti, with JesusInHaitiMinistries (JiHM, a non-profit) experiencing first-hand the poverty-stricken country. Upon returning from Haiti, the band set their hearts and minds to using their musical platform to do good for others. Two months later the country was devastated by the largest earthquake in 200 years, amplifying the band’s passion to give back to Haiti...
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Singer-songwriter Lara Landon, one of 2009's most promising new artists, is kicking off the new year with one simple goal: to make a difference. Last week, Landon joined Michael W. Smith and dozens of artists at Belmont University's Ocean Way Studios in Nashville to record "Come Together Now," which will be made available for sale soon with all proceeds going to benefit relief efforts in Haiti...
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*Monday, February 1st, 2010*

SCC
Today, Steven Curtis Chapman sent out an update to fans and with it the tidbit that a possible family tour is in the works for this Fall! Check out the teaser announcement below, along with a special Valentine's Day album sale currently in effect... "The Chapmans might look a lot like the von Trapp family this year. If you follow the twitter feeds or blogs connected to StevenCurtisChapman.com you already know that Caleb and Will...
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Key of B Productions announces the release of Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers' newest project, My Time. Available February 23rd, the album can be ordered now through a special pre-order campaign at the Mr. Talkbox online store. Probably most recognized as the newest member of TobyMac’s Diverse City Band and from his guest appearance on the Portable Sounds album, Chambers has a slew of other noteworthy...
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toby
Some of the biggest forces in the Christian music industry are joining together with multi-platinum artist tobyMac, to re-define the concept of “artist development.” The creative brain-trust behind the launch of America’s premier Christian music “rock ‘n roll fantasy camp” for young musicians —Camp Electric—is this year amping up the new “ultimate” experience for undiscovered young artists hoping to shatter the glass between the known and unknown...
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Spring Hill/Nine North recording artist Jason Crabb garnered the GRAMMY® Award for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album for his acclaimed self-titled debut. Crabb accepted his first Grammy® Award at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards Pre-Telecast ceremony held yesterday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “The journey of making this record and sharing these songs with people across the country has been an amazing...
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