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January, 2010
*Sunday, January 31st, 2010*

Third Day
Atlanta-based rock band Third Day took home its fourth career GRAMMY Award at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held today at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band was recognized in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album category for its 2009 project, Live Revelations: On Stage, Off Stage, Backstage. Third Day also received nominations for its song “Born Again” (featuring Lacey Mosley) in both the Best Gospel Song and Best Gospel Performance...
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*Friday, January 29th, 2010*

The Classic Crime
Today, The Classic Crime and Tooth & Nail Records have begun offering a pre-order for the band's new April 6, 2010 album release, Vagabonds. But with this pre-order, all proceeds will be offered for Haiti relief. Check out the pre-order details below... "This is a pre-order. The Classic Crime Vagabonds CD will be released on April 6, 2010. You may order it now and we will ship it to you the week of release. ALL PROFITS FROM THIS CD PRE-ORDER ARE BEING DONATED TO EARTHQUAKE RELIEF IN HAITI...
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Demon Hunter
Yesterday, as a part of the band's 50 Days of Demon Hunter album countdown til the release of The World Is A Thorn, Demon Hunter announced the details and album cover art for the Deluxe Edition of the new record... "Check out the cover of the Deluxe Edition Box version of "The World Is A Thorn." The Deluxe Edition Box includes: CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks; DVD featuring the making of "The World Is A Thorn", and a live acoustic set...
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Luminate frontman Sam Hancock joins award-winning artist and television personality Billy Ray Cyrus for a USO sponsored tour playing 12 shows in seven days throughout Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan last month. More than 1200 service men and women attended this show in Baghdad, Iraq, where Hancock accompanied Cyrus on guitar. Most recently, the two co-wrote "We'll Get By Somehow (We Always Do)...
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Flatfoot 56
As FLATFOOT 56 marks their 10th year as Chicago’s most celebrated Celtic-punk rock outfit, the band has set this St. Patrick’s Day—March 17, 2010—for the release of their highly-anticipated new full-length album Black Thorn. Produced by Street Dogs’ Johnny Rioux, Black Thorn will arrive from Flatfoot 56’s new label home Old Shoe Records. Led by spirited front man Tobin Bawinkel (Vocals/Guitar), along with brothers Justin...
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*Thursday, January 28th, 2010*

Michael W. Smith
Yesterday at Belmont University’s Ocean Way Studios, multi-platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award winning artist, Michael W. Smith gathered a who’s-who list from the music community to record “Come Together Now.” The song, penned by Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan – and produced by Bryan Lenox – was written to remind people of the need to help those in Haiti. “The crisis in Haiti has left us all trying to figure out how we can help,” shares...
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*Wednesday, January 27th, 2010*

toby
As we near the street date for TobyMac’s upcoming album TONIGHT, (Feb. 9/Forefront Records), iTunes® has teamed up with the GRAMMY Award ® winner and 2010 nominee, and is offering an exclusive opportunity to purchase and download a new single every week leading up to the release of TONIGHT. This week the single is “Get Back Up,” and due to the devastation in Haiti, TobyMac has decided to donate 100% of...
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House Of Heroes
After a year of nonstop action in 2009 with the full CD release of The End Is Not The End and three EP release’s The Acoustic End, House Of Heroes Meets The Beatles and House Of Heroes Sing The Christmas Classics as well as non-stop touring House Of Heroes gets set to hit the studio in February with producer Mark Townsend (Deas Vail, Relient K) to begin work on the next effort out later this year. Look for the band to break from the studio in March for spring dates deemed...
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TFK
Football fever is at a high as the 2010 Super Bowl XLIV nears on February 7, 2010. Thousand Foot Krutch’s music will be present at the Miami football party as the band’s hot song “Fire It Up” will be used in the arena on the jumbotron to pump up the crowd with a highlights video. This month, NFL Network has also used the song on NFL Total Access, NFL Nike Rewind and NFL Game Day Morning (see link below). “Fire It Up” has also been featured in recent months in the summer blockbuster...
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Day Of Fire
Nashville-based rock band DAY OF FIRE have just released their third CD LOSING ALL--a powerful hard-rock record that explores the meaning of rebirth-- January 26 via Razor And Tie. After four special CD release shows in the Southeast, DAY OF FIRE will join Cold and Nonpoint on the road February 16 for a run of U.S. shows. LOSING ALL's first single "Lately" is currently at #35 and climbing on R&R's Active Rock Monitor chart. Drummer Zach Simms...
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*Tuesday, January 26th, 2010*

Michael W. Smith
Multi-Platinum, GRAMMY and Dove Award winning artist MICHAEL W. SMITH gathers a community of artists to record “COME TOGETHER NOW” – a song written by Michael W. Smith, David Mullen and Cindy Morgan – to Benefit Haiti Relief efforts. On Wednesday, January 27th from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm, Michael W. Smith will gather with artists from the Nashville...
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Family Force 5
The mystery is solved! Family Force 5 announced today that although they do not appear on the Alice In Wonderland movie soundtrack as reported, they will be on a Hot Topic store exclusive version of the soundtrack. Below is their announcement... "Starting March 2nd, you’ll be able to grab a brand new track from us (and some other amazing people) on the extended version of the “Almost Alice” soundtrack album exclusively at Hot Topic! (aka you can't get it anywhere else!...
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Vicky Beeching
Worship leader Vicky Beeching will offer a sneak peak at her first album for Integrity Music when she releases a three-song digital EP on Feb. 9. The full-length CD, Eternity Invades, will be released on April 6. The EP includes new songs “Salvation Day,” which is also her first radio single, “Blessing and Honor” and “Deliverer.” Chord charts for all three songs are part of the EP package. Beeching’s EP will be available at major DSPs...
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Kevin Max
Singer/songwriter Kevin Max has released a 5-track digital EP featuring remixes of his song "Traveler," created by the Mora Brothers. This EP is currently available for FREE from dPulsedigital.com (registering is required) until February 1st, 2010. On February 2nd, the EP will hit major digital retailers for purchase. The original version of "Traveler" released on Max's 2008 Crashing Gates EP, also from dPulse...
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Deas Vail
Deemed by Alternative Press Magazine as one of the 100 bands to watch in 2010—Deas Vail are ready to let their voice be heard with the release their Mono vs Stereo retail debut Birds & Cages OUT TODAY. The band will also embark on endless touring this year starting off with an already sold out 20-city trek with Owl City followed by a spring tour with Copeland. See the exclusive video premier of ‘Excuses’ today at...
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Facedown Records are pleased to announce a Facedown tour with a spotlight on their up and coming and newest bands. The "Young & Wreckless Tour" features In The Midst of Lions, Hands, A Hope For Home and Onward to Olympas and will cover the entire US from mid-March through the end of April...
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Introducing Chris McClarney releases today from Kingsway with EMI CMG Distribution. Named a “Top 10 Artist to Watch in 2010” by Gospel Music Channel, the soulful-voiced, modern worship of Chris McClarney gathers critical acclaim as this unassuming lead worshipper’s music travels to the far reaches of Christian church worldwide. A worshipper dedicated to drawing the eyes, heart and minds of the church toward its heavenly Father...
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Owl City
The disaster in Haiti has prompted many people to get involved and help the best they can, including Owl City who has partnered with the American Red Cross and mGive to promote the ‘text OWL to 90999’ mobile donation campaign benefitting the Red Cross Relief Efforts in Haiti. The artist is encouraging his fans to get involved by making a small donation via their cell phones...
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Living Sacrifice
If you ordered a CD copy of Living Sacrifice's 11-track new studio album The Infinite Order - which hits streets today - you may be surprised to find a bonus track number 12 on the disc... but accidentally! About the extra song, the band writes, "Hey Kids and old dudes (gotta put that in these days), Tomorrow on Jan. 26 2010, The Infinite Order comes out and if you have pre ordered the physical CD, you are in for a bit of treat, though it was actually a mistake. Track 12 on the CD is called "Of My Flesh, Of My Heart...
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*Monday, January 25th, 2010*

Mark Schultz
Following their successful pairing on the 30-city “Come Alive” Tour last fall, platinum-selling and Dove award-winning artists Mark Schultz and Point of Grace will hit the road together again this spring for an additional 25 cities. Pulling from their expansive repertoires, both artists will perform a collection of fan favorites, while Schultz will also play songs from his celebrated fifth studio release Come Alive, and Point of Grace will play selections from both their current, critically-acclaimed How You Live as well as their upcoming brand...
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Bebo Norman
Last week BEC Recordings’ artist Bebo Norman decided to help make a difference giving back to Haiti relief by auctioning his personal Everett Laurel guitar on EBay. After one week of bidding, the auction closed on Friday night with an amazing closing price of $51,100. All funds will be going to Compassion International for Haiti relief. “I don’t have the words to explain how overwhelmed I’ve been by this entire process...
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*Saturday, January 23rd, 2010*

Releasing today (Friday), along with the film, the official soundtrack for TO SAVE A LIFE is available exclusively as a digital download at www.tosavealifemovie.com. In the coming weeks, the project will be available on other digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Napster and Sony Connect. Compiled by music supervisor Charlie Peacock, and executive producers...
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*Friday, January 22nd, 2010*

Amy Grant
Six-time GRAMMY Award ® winner and 30 million plus selling artist Amy Grant will release “Somewhere Down the Road” on March 30th, a potent collection that takes the listener on a musical journey that reverberates with messages of resiliency, promise and hope. The 12-track set (full list below) includes four new songs, several previously unreleased tracks from her musical vault and a newly recorded version of “Arms of Love.” Somewhere Down the Road reflects an accomplished artist at a time of renewed creativity and also echoes the...
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MercyMe
The journey has come to an end as MercyMe wraps their radio tour after a successful week of visiting numerous radio stations across the U.S. introducing them to their new single “All of Creation,” from the band’s upcoming INO Records CD, THE GENEROUS MR. LOVEWELL (May 4). Teams Barty (Bart and Barry), Team Jathan (Jim and Nathan) and Team Mobby (Robby and Mike) grew a friendly competition as they split up their route...
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Jason Gray
Renowned singer/songwriter, Jason Gray, brought hope and comfort recently to some of the littlest victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake. The Rescue Children Orphanage is run by volunteers at Lifechurch in Allentown, Pennsylvania and last Friday the church members showed the children a video that was filmed late last year at the orphanage. The music bed for the video was Jason Gray’s song, “Fade With Our Voices,” that is on his latest CD, Everything Sad Is Coming Untrue, and was written by Gray and Jason Ingram...
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*Thursday, January 21st, 2010*

Starfield
Sparrow Records award-winning modern worship band Starfield readies the release of its latest studio project, The Saving One, Feb. 23, 2010. The album will feature Starfield’s signature energetic worship songs, many reflecting a tone of personal confession. As with previous outings, including 2008’s critically acclaimed I Will Go, Starfield continues to write songs for the church...
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KJ-52
After releasing his popular “Five-Two Television” last fall, KJ-52 is seeking out “Modern Day Heroes.” He is joined by Group 1 Crew for the upcoming co-headlining tour the “Modern Day Heroes,” which will kick off next month, February 2010. This tour will be filled with vertical rhymes, high energy dance moves, and possibly even a few surprises. As with all things that KJ-52 is involved with, this will not be the average concert, but include elements to reach out to the local youth and “heroes...
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Sidewalk Prophets
Fervent Records’ recording artist Sidewalk Prophets and the nation’s largest Bible ministry, the American Bible Society (ABS) recently, announced their campaign partnership to join together for new generation Bible engagement. As part of the “GET THE TRUTH” campaign, Sidewalk Prophets is inviting concert goers on the 2010 Winter Jam tour to text TRUTH to 31452 and receive daily Scripture sent to their phones from ABS as well as music downloads from Sidewalk Prophets and Word Entertainment. The goal...
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Everlife
National retail chain Torrid is now featuring the Nashville-based sister-rock-trio Everlife with an exclusive Torrid spotlight interview at their online destination, Torrid.com. Everlife discusses music and fashion, as well as the meaning behind their new single, “What's Beautiful,” which is available now at iTunes and Shockhound...
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Switchfoot
Check out Switchfoot’s performance of "Mess Of Me," the first single off their critically acclaimed release, Hello Hurricane, last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon at: http://wea.edgeboss.net/wmedia/wea/a/b/c/vid/offair/0362863_01212010_01_450.wvx (Windows Media), or http://wea.edgeboss.net/qtime/wea/a/b/c/vid/offair/0362863_01212010_01_450.mov (QuickTime)...
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Josh Wilson
A Message From Josh Wilson... "Hello, and thanks so much for taking a few minutes to let yourself in on an incredible story. It's a story of a boy named Jayken and his family, but it's not only about them. It's about you and me and all of humanity. It's a story of joy and hope in the middle of suffering and pain. It asks big questions, even when the answers aren't easy...
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Needtobreathe
NEEDTOBREATHE needs your help! Check out their recent contest announcement: "We're creating an internet music video for our song "Something Beautiful," and we want you to be a part of it! Record a video clip of something that represents your idea of "something beautiful", and upload it here. There are two types of videos you can submit: 1. Shoot what you deem to be 'something beautiful'. It can be a sunset, a newborn baby, helping someone less fortunate, or even the best burger you've ever...
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Aaron Shust
Billboard Magazine recently announced that "My Savior My God," the smash-hit from Dove Award-winner Aaron Shust, has been named the #2 Christian "Song of the Decade." The announcement adds yet another accolade to a song that fans have already purchased more than 500,000 times. "My Savior My God" helped Shust garner three Dove Awards, including "Song of the Year," "Songwriter of the Year," and "New Artist of the Year." Additionally, "My Savior My God" was a #1 radio hit and ended 2006...
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Independent artist, JJ Heller, has scored a major breakout hit with, “Your Hands,” that has broken through at #15 after only eleven weeks on Billboard/R&R’s National Christian Audience chart. The song is from Heller’s third CD, Painted Red, and was produced by Scott Smith and written by Dave Heller and Katie Herzig. Radio promotion is being spearheaded by Matt Ingle, Director of National Promotions, at Patton House Entertainment...
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Passion
With worship led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder*Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, FEE, Hillsong United and speakers including Passion founder Louie Giglio, John Piper, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan and Beth Moore, Passion 2010 kicked off the year with an unparalleled response when more than 22,000 university-aged young people from across the U.S. and world filled Phillips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, GA...
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Deas Vail
Deemed by Alternative Press Magazine as one of the 100 bands to watch in 2010 — Deas Vail are ready to let their voice be heard with the release their Mono vs Stereo retail debut Birds & Cages on January 26. The band will also embark on endless touring this year starting off with an already sold out 20-city trek with Owl City kicking off on January 21 followed by a spring tour with Copeland (dates below). “If you’re a fan of melodic music and vocals that have more emotion to them than Lifetime network...
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*Wednesday, January 20th, 2010*

toby
In what many are already calling one of the best line up’s in the history of Christian touring, two of the industry’s biggest acts, SKILLET & TOBYMAC, have joined forces for the AWAKE TONIGHT tour this spring (see dates below). Sure to be an evening of pure adrenaline and energy, the tour will hit over 20 cities throughout March and April, kicking off on March 5th in Indiana (current tour routing...
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John Reuben
John Reuben’s latest video “No Be Nah” was just added to the MTVU Best Freshmen Video voting. And we need your help and your vote. The “No Be Nah” video is one of four that Reuben created with Jeremy Hughes of Elevate Pictures to support his sixth album release Sex, Drugs and Self-Control. Filled with creative illustration of a motorcycle with sidecar journey, the video reminds us to watch our words and let our yes be yes, and our No Be Nah...
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Mark Schultz
Dove award-winning singer/songwriter Mark Schultz is proud to announce his first-ever Alaskan cruise, along with special guests including celebrated author and speaker Mark DeVries, comedian Bone Hampton, and critically acclaimed recording artists Bebo Norman and Joy Williams. Departing from Seattle, WA, the cruise is set to take place July 31-August 7, 2010. To get a sneak peek of the cruise and help spread the word, check out http://www.viawerk.com/schultz/cruise/...
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MercyMe
The competition continues to build between the members of MercyMe and their various “teams,” as they proceed with their radio promo tour across the U.S. to premiere their new single, “All of Creation,” from the band’s upcoming INO Records CD, THE GENEROUS MR. LOVEWELL (May 4). Bart and Barry (Team Barty) are conquering the West coast, Jim and Nathan (Team Jathan) the East Coast, and Robby...
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Third Day
Following the first six dates, Christian music’s largest annual tour, the Winter Jam 2010 Tour Spectacular, has kicked-off with the highest average attendance in its 15-year history. Launching January 8 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Winter Jam has seen nearly 63,000 attendees to date, an average spike of more than 9% from last year, making history for the Tour franchise. Concerts at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, each drew crowds in excess of 13,000...
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Robbie Seay Band
Sparrow Records artist Robbie Seay Band has nominated fellow Houstonians, the “Beach Family,” for a complete home renovation, courtesy of the award-winning ABC reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The “Beach Family” was selected, and their episode taped last week. It will air in its entirety late March. Larry and Melissa Beach lost their home in Kemah, TX, a suburb of Houston, to Hurricane Ike more than a year ago...
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Gotee Records has announced that 100% of every sale in their webstore during January and February will go to The Hands & Feet Project in Haiti. The Hands & Feet Project is an orphanage that members from Audio Adrenaline started in Haiti several years ago. This is an especially critical time for the orphanage as they are serving and caring for orphans, abandoned children, and their community that has been devastated by the recent earthquake...
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Falling Up
Earlier this morning, Falling Up decided to break the silence about their current state as a band and announce that the guys have decided to take a "permanent break" from Falling Up. Original member and vocalist Jesse Ribordy writes, "I have gotten quite a bit of email in the last six months of questions regarding the future of Falling Up. And rightly so, for we have been extremely seldom with our updates and news...
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Showbread
Showbread is joining in on the massive support for those hurting in Haiti. Frontman Josh Dies is selling a great deal of his clothes, including Showbread uniforms, with auctions starting at $1-$3. Click here to visit the eBay auctions. The majority of all sales will go to Compassion International's Haiti Earthquake Relief...
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Andy Hunter
Today, UK techno/dance artist DJ Andy Hunter announced two new tracks the artist is selling to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (www.cftrust.org.uk). Below is his announcement... "Hi Everyone. Do you fancy some new music :-)? As you may or may not know, I have been training for the London Marathon in April and have decided to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust...
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toby
The countdown has begun for TobyMac’s upcoming album TONIGHT, releasing on Feb. 9 (Forefront Records) and iTunes® has teamed up with the GRAMMY Award ® winner and 2010 nominee to help kick off the launch. Starting today, iTunes ® is offering an exclusive opportunity to purchase and download a new single every week leading up to the release of TONIGHT...
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*Tuesday, January 19th, 2010*

Newsboys
Eager to hear what the new reborn Michael Tait-fronted Newsboys are sounding like? The band has uploaded all 5 tracks of their new Preview EP to stream on their official Facebook page, giving fans a free taste of what their June 8th album release of Born Again will sound like. We must admit it's coming together pretty well, too! Fan support in response has been extremely positive, too. You can read their comments on the band's Facebook wall...
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toby
TobyMac’s new record Tonight releases February 9, 2010 and is the highly anticipated follow up to the best-selling album Portable Sounds. Continuing Toby’s unique ability to blend musical influences Tonight has an amazing mix of rock, pop, urban and hip hop sounds and styles. It features the smash hit single “City On Our Knees” which has topped the radio airplay and digital single charts faster than any other TobyMac single...
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MercyMe
MercyMe is on Day 2 of their cross-country radio promo tour as they premiere their new single, “All of Creation,” from the band’s upcoming INO Records CD, THE GENEROUS MR. LOVEWELL (May 4). The band has a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to this promo tour, with band members Bart and Barry (Team Barty) hitting the West coast, Jim and Nathan (Team Jathan) the East Coast, and Robby and Mike (Team Mobby) the midwest...
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Spring Hill, TN-based singer/songwriter Tyrus Morgan will debut his first full length album for his hometown crowd with a CD release show on January 23rd at Cornerstone Church. Independent label, Tonecrash Records, also based in Spring Hill, is pleased to be partnering with Morgan for both the release and the album release show. The concert will feature a full band of top Nashville musicians...
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Audio A
Today, MSNBC interviewed Mark Stuart, best known for being the lead vocalist of the disbanded Audio Adrenaline and the more current touring acoustic/speaking team Audio Unplugged, about the devastation in Haiti after the country recently experienced a severe earthquake. Stuart is one of the founders of The Hands & Feet Project orphanage in Haiti and was interviewed by the news station about how the area around Hands & Feet was affected by the quake. Visit this link to watch footage of Stuart being interviewed from on location in Haiti...
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The Wedding
On Monday afternoon, rock band The Wedding posted on their myspace blog that their van had been broken into and robbed of their personal belongings! Below is their announcement and plea for fan support... "In San Antonio, TX around 1-3pm our van was broken into, evey single computer and contents in the van and all backpacks were stolen and not covered under insurance. This includes personal information and thousands upon thousands of...
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Onward to Olympas has released their video for the single "Sink or Swim" from their brand new album This World Is Not My Home which hits stores Tuesday, January 19. The video was shot and directed by Drew Russ (ex-Seventh Star) and Michael Dalton. Here's what band member Justin Allman had to say about Onward to Olympas shooting their first video...
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*Monday, January 18th, 2010*

MercyMe
MercyMe is hitting the road this week with visits to multiple radio stations all across the country to premiere their new single, “All of Creation,” from the band’s upcoming INO Records CD, THE GENEROUS MR. LOVEWELL (May 4). The band has a ‘divide and conquer’ approach to this promo tour, with band members Bart and Barry hitting the West coast, Jim and Nathan the East Coast, and Robby and Mike the midwest...
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*Friday, January 15th, 2010*

Bebo Norman
This week the world has mourned together the devastation that Haiti has suffered with the 7.0 earthquake. Desiring to give and somehow help in the relief effort, Bebo Norman and wife Roshare jumped on board by asking Twitter fans on Wednesday to give to Compassion International. The Normans committed for a one-day matching of $5 for every re-tweet of his original message. Due to the overwhelming response by his fans and wanting to do even more, Bebo will put one of his personal guitars up for auction on EBay tonight, January 15th at 8 pm Central...
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Switchfoot
Photo Caption: Switchfoot played during the ESPN National Championship Tailgate at the Rose Bowl Stadium just before the Alabama Crimson Tide took the trophy, beating the Texas Longhorns in the Citi BCS National Championship Game on January 7. Playing “Mess Of Me” and other favorites from its acclaimed, Billboard 200 Top 15 best seller Hello Hurricane, the band also performed its megahit “Dare You To Move...
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Brenton Brown
Modern worship songwriter/artist Brenton Brown releases his full-length album, Adoration, Feb. 23 from Kingsway with distribution by EMI CMG. Initially released in the UK under the title, Because of Your Love, the album has never been released in the US and has since been repackaged and expanded. It features a brand new song, “A Thousand Stars,” a new version of “Adoration,” a remix of “Amazing God,” and re-recordings of Brenton’s classic congregational favorites “Holy” and “All Who Are Thirsty...
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VSR Music Group's Chris And Conrad have closed their 2009 on a high note thanks to the release of their self-titled debut CD, intensive touring and successful radio airplay. Their debut single, "Lead Me To The Cross," charted Top 5 on Billboard AC for 12 weeks and continues to be heard on an astounding three radio formats. The hit song introduced the duo to listeners everywhere who are ready to hear more from them in 2010...
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*Thursday, January 14th, 2010*

Red
Essential Records rock band RED kicks off a jam-packed January, which will include celebrating its second career GRAMMY nomination at the awards show at the end of the month, by launching its 2010 “Nothing And Everything” tour tonight in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The tour also features fellow hard rock band (and labelmates) Pillar, along with special guests The Wedding and Me In Motion...
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Above The Golden State
Sparrow Records pop/rock trio Above The Golden State will release its sophomore album, The Golden Rule, Jan. 26, 2010. The follow-up to its critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut, The Golden Rule contains a collection of songs that explore the core elements of Christian faith. Living in Portland, a city where much of Christianity, like the music scene, is underground, Above The Golden State went back to the basics. Frontman Michael Watson explains, “I feel like we got a fresh, clean, unbiased start to following...
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RSJ
Rebecca St. James is adding her voice and national media presence to those speaking out in favor of January’s recognition as "Sanctity of Life Month.” St. James will be seen tomorrow (15th) on CBN’s flagship “700 Club,” speaking about the heartening acceptance accorded the release of her first starring role on film in “Sarah’s Choice,” –a movie with a strong pro life message...
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Project 86
Project 86 responded to inquiries about their long delayed new music video for "Dark Angel Dragnet" with bad news for those hoping to see the video any time soon. The band wrote, "Many of you have been asking about the music video for Dark Angel Dragnet. At this time we have postposed this project indefinitely due to artistic differences with the production company. We are working hard to begin another project and will keep you posted on the progress. Thanks to everyone for being patient...
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Third Day
Knowing that in a disaster, time and resources are of the utmost importance, Essential Records recording artist Third Day is stepping up to speed aid to the people of the earthquake-ravaged island nation of Haiti, and members of the band are challenging its fans to do the same. Third Day has made a $20,000 donation out of its Come Together Fund to World Vision’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund...
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We are pleased to announce the next chapter in the life of “How Great Thou Art”, one of the greatest hymns in the English language, first published by the missionary, Stuart K. Hine in 1949 (1953 in the US). Effective January 1, 2010, the Stuart Hine Trust has asked EMI CMG Publishing and Hope Publishing to direct publishing and administration for this hymn in the United States after an introduction to such publishers by Manna Music...
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The Swift
Switchfoot is excited to announce that they will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday January 20th. Tune into your local NBC channel at 12:35 / 11:35 cst. For more information on the show, please visit http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/. Switchfoot is excited to start their Hello Hurricane Canadian Tour...
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*Wednesday, January 13th, 2010*

Family Force 5
Today's the day, Purple Door fans! The artist lineup for Purple Door Festival 2010 (August 13 and 14) in Lewisberry, PA has been announced! Along with announcements of an additional stage this year (its 15th Anniversary!), "Facedown Friday" on the Side Stage, and over 30 bands, the festival's official site, PurpleDoor.com has revealed the main roster, with additional bands to be announced later. You can get tickets now for just $35.50 for the whole event (before April 2, then the price goes up to $39.50) at...
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Jeremy Camp
On the heels of the successful headline tour last fall, GRAMMY-nominated artist Jeremy Camp is kicking off 2010 to reach listeners with his music, message and ministry with another headline acoustic tour. Camp will launch his spring tour “Jeremy Camp Live Unplugged” with special guest and wife Adie on February 26th in Illinois (dates below). This tour was created with Camp’s fans in mind, providing an intimate night of worship and fellowship with Jeremy as well as Adie, who is releasing a new...
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Skillet
Atlantic/Ardent/INO rock outfit SKILLET has slammed into 2010 following an incredibly successful 2009 with their best selling project, AWAKE: -Already over 300k in scans in just 20 weeks (more than double that of the GOLD selling COMATOSE), AWAKE was a critic and fan fave last year, Amazon.com’s best selling Christian CD of 2009, and now boasts the No. 4 mainstream Active Rock single...
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Remedy Drive
Dove Award-nominated rock band Remedy Drive is gearing up for a busy spring with a slot on the popular Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour, along with one of Christian music’s biggest names, MercyMe. “We are thrilled to be on the Roadshow with Remedy Drive this spring,” says MercyMe’s Bart Millard. “They bring so much...
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Big Idea
On the heels of the successful headline tour last fall, GRAMMY-nominated artist Itasca, Illinois – January 7, 2010 – Enesco, LLC, a global leader in the gift and home/garden décor industries, today announced plans to enter into a licensing relationship with Big Idea, Inc., to develop and distribute new products featuring the award-winning VeggieTales characters and their affirming, faith-based messages...
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*Tuesday, January 12th, 2010*

Family Force 5
Today, MySpace announced the soundtrack listing for Tim Burton's new film Alice In Wonderland, and despite recent understanding that this would include Family Force 5, the band's name and their song "Topsy Turvy" was not among the soundtrack tracklisting. We checked with the source for last week's news release and they informed us that "Topsy Turvy" will still play during the film's end credits. If that's the case, you have to wonder why it wouldn't...
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Seventh Day Slumber
Air 1 Radio and C28 Stores announce the official TO SAVE A LIFE Launch Party and Concert, January 21 at Crossroads Church in Corona, CA. The event is FREE and open to the public. The concert event features BEC recording artist Seventh Day Slumber, as well as Paul Wright and J.Rus who have music featured in the film. Also attending will be special surprise guests and an exclusive sneak peek from the...
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*Monday, January 11th, 2010*

Brandon Heath
This week in the Jan. 18 issue of PEOPLE Magazine, Carrie Underwood shares that she's a fan of singer/songwriter Brandon Heath saying, "I'm in love with Brandon Heath's voice..", when asked who is currently on her iPod. Check out the current issue on stands now. For more information on Brandon, please visit www.brandonheath.net...
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ASU
So, how good can good really be? Well, how about All Star United good! This GRAMMY-nominated and critically acclaimed band promises a good time with their sixth project, aptly titled The Good Album. Produced and helmed by Dove Award-winning and All Star United founding member Ian Eskelin (Producer of the Year, 2008), The Good Album was originally available internationally and nationally exclusively via online and iTunes since August...
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Pocket Full Of Rocks
Myrrh Records’ five-piece worship-focused band Pocket Full of Rocks will be releasing their long awaited new project, More Than Noise on March 2, 2010. Featuring the rising single “Alive”, More Than Noise was produced by Dove Award-winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bebo Norman). More Than Noise also includes a recording of “Let It Rain”, a worship standard in the contemporary church, written by frontman Michael Farren and made popular by Michael W. Smith. Pocket Full of Rocks is currently on tour with 33 Miles and John Waller in preparation for the release of...
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Sandi Patty
Special moments stay with us throughout the years, and “The Voice” of Gospel music,” Sandi Patty will provide a weekend full of them when she graces the stage for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Patty will host a weekend to remember, “Sandi Patty and Friends” at the Gaylord Opryland Resort February 5-7, 2010. Longtime friend Larnelle Harris will join Sandi Patty for this intimate event and together...
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Acclaimed vocalist Guy Penrod has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Gaither Music Group. His highly-anticipated solo debut, Breathe Deep, is set to release next month and will feature 13 country selections focusing on faith and family. Penrod was a member of Southern Gospel’s legendary Gaither Vocal Band for 14 years before departing the...
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*Sunday, January 10th, 2010*

Switchfoot
Did you miss Switchfoot's recent performance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson?" No worries! The January 4th late night show performance is featured on the show's YouTube channel, and you can catch the excellent performance by clicking here! "Always" is the current radio single off of Switchfoot's latest album, Hello Hurricane, which released November 3rd of last year...
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Facedown Records is proud to announce the signing of St. Louis, Missouri's In The Midst of Lions. In the Midst of Lions grew up in the St. Louis music scene saturated with hardcore and indie bands. "Our local scene influenced our style to be a little bit different than the run of the mill death metal." A mixture of fast-paced tech metal and grinding melodic worship, their sound can be compared to such contemporaries as Meshuggah, The Faceless, Whitechapel, and Darkest Hour. ITMOL have been chomping at the bit to have the opportunity to tour full time since signing to Strike First Records...
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*Saturday, January 9th, 2010*

Newsboys
Winter Jam 2010 Tour attendees hoping for new Newsboys tunes are in for a treat. The band has announced the June 8th release of their new album, Born Again, featuring new lead vocalist Michael Tait, and are giving Winter Jam-goers the first taste of new songs with a special album preorder exclusive EP. Inside the full report is today's announcement from the band...
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Me In Motion
Centricity Music’s powerhouse band, Me In Motion, will join RED on its 2010 “Nothing And Everything” tour that launches January 14th in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. The tour will also feature Pillar and special guest, The Wedding. This marks the second major tour for the newcomer band, Me In Motion, as they were featured on the Newsboys fall tour in 2009. Me In Motion will perform songs from their upcoming self-titled debut on Centricity Music that releases March 23, 2010. "We are super pumped to share the stage with bands...
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One of the most respected labels in the Christian genre, Centricity Music, reaches the landmark of five successful years in 2010. The prestigious and innovative label was started in October 2005 with one artist, Jaime Jamgochian, and has quickly grown with ten artists on their label that includes; Downhere, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Lanae’ Hale and Matt Papa. “I guess a lot of folks thought we were crazy at the time we started Centricity Music and rightly so,” says John Mays, Vice...
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*Friday, January 8th, 2010*

POD
Despite seeming mostly inactive in 2009, aside from a couple shows here and there, things are warming up in the P.O.D. camp for some possible new music on the horizon. Check out the band's update - sent out today - below for the latest band news! "HAPPY NEW YEAR WARRIORS!!! 2009 was a quiet year for Payable On Death, but 2010 is looking to be a busy and full year. Here’s what's going on...
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Anthony Evans
Anthony Evans is ready to let down his guard. Even though he's always been known an open and honest performer, this time around Evans lays everything out on the table with his next studio project, aptly titled Undisguised. This raw 12-track collection will release January 26th (Anthony Evans Inc./INO Records). Evans bares all with Undisguised, stating, "As Christian artists we think we can't be perceived as broken. We have...
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*Thursday, January 7th, 2010*

Fair
Most associate the name Aaron Sprinkle with production credits in liner notes as an all-star producer (Anberlin, Acceptance, Copeland, The Almost, Demon Hunter, Kutless, Jeremy Camp) based in Seattle, WA. However for those that pay attention, he has also been a leader of Poor Old Lu and Rose Blossom Punch and more recently Fair, who released their debut album “The Best Worst-Case Scenario” in 2006 on Tooth & Nail Records. Sprinkle and team are back with Fair’s sophomore release, “Disappearing World,” set to release February 9, 2010...
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Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter will release THE WORLD IS A THORN on March 9, 2010 in-stores and online. The band's fifth album follows the landmark documentary 45 Days, last year's LIVE IN NASHVILLE collection and a catalog of landmark albums that have made the band one of the most important in the genre. THE WORLD IS A THORN was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle...
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Family Force 5
Electro rockers FAMILY FORCE FIVE are stepping into 2010 with loads of excitement for the auspicious New Year. With tons of milestones to be excited about this past year, the band is eagerly planning what lies ahead. Let’s take a look back at some of the noteworthy successes of 2009: The release of “Dance or Die” in 2008 and the remix album “Dance or Die With a Vengeance” has scanned over 100,000 units on the bands Transparent Media Group label, while the “Dance Rawr Dance” and “Christmas Pageant” Fall/Winter tours created...
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Jason Gray
Singer/songwriter, Jason Gray, will start the New Year by hitting the road on WAY-FM’s and World Vision’s Speaking Louder Than Before 2010 Tour. The tour launches January 20th in Charleston, SC and will cover fourteen dates through March. Gray joins headliner Jeremy Camp, The Afters and Chasen on the tour and for ticket information please visit www.itickets.com...
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Jonny Diaz
There's no question that 2009 was an exciting year for singer and songwriter Jonny Diaz. From his anthemic radio song "More Beautiful You" to its accompanying music video, this single has soared higher than Diaz ever thought possible. "I've been blown away at how God has used this song," exclaims Diaz. "I really can't take any credit for its success, but I am thankful that He is using me as a vessel to share the song's extremely important message...
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Newworldson
Inpop Records’ award-winning roots band Newworldson will release its anticipated, self-titled sophomore project Feb. 23, 2010. The record reflects the band’s experiences and growth since debuting its first national release, Salvation Station, nearly two years ago. Since signing with Inpop Records in 2007, Newworldson has garnered two JUNO Award nominations for Gospel Album of The Year and seven GMA Canada Covenant Award nominations...
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*Wednesday, January 6th, 2010*

MercyMe
In follow-up to its successful debut in 2009, the 2010 lineup has been revealed for the 2nd Annual Rock and Worship Roadshow. The stellar cast includes the talents of MercyMe, David Crowder*Band, Family Force 5, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Remedy Drive and Sidewalk Prophets. Watch a hilarious video created by MercyMe as they announce the lineup by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzFOgprYaw4. Last year, the Rock and Worship Roadshow drew more than 170k fans to major cities across the U.S. and this year hopes to...
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Brandon Heath
Australia's national Christian music charts, The Rock Across Australia (TRAA), today announced Mat Kearney’s "Closer To Love" as the 2009 Song of the Year, and honored 30 year old American singer Brandon Heath as 2009 Artist of the Year. This is first time Mat Kearney and Brandon Heath have earned TRAA honors. The internationally acclaimed American singer/songwriter who has toured with...
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After 20 years of silence; one of Christian Metal's loudest bands is back, with a great story and a line of new limited releases in collaboration with Roxx Productions. Crystavox, based out of San Diego, CA., recently met again informally to mark the 20 year anniversary of the bands first record deal (Regency 1989). Discussions progressed, causing the band to research where the original master recordings were located. Crystavox lead guitarist, Tony Lopez, located the master tapes - stored in a warehouse in Burbank, CA. The previous record label; Ocean Records, released the Archived Media back to Crystavox...
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*Tuesday, January 5th, 2010*

FiF
It may come as a bit of surprise (and clearly it's not April 1st yet), but Five Iron Frenzy's long awaited, much delayed DVD release is here! Preorders have begun at FIFDVD.com, allowing fans to grab the Double-DVD for $19.95 or as part of a combo with an exclusive T-shirt, poster, and button for only $27.00. According to Asian Man Records' site, "We will ship pre-orders starting MARCH 2nd, 2010. These will not be available in...
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*Monday, January 4th, 2010*

Josh Wilson
Sparrow Records singer-songwriter Josh Wilson found himself entertaining passengers at Newark International Airport yesterday evening. Wilson and his wife were on the way to India for a missions trip when their terminal was shut down for security reasons, delaying all flights. Wilson picked up his guitar and led a sing-a-long, lifting the spirits of inconvenienced passengers. Click the...
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*Sunday, January 3rd, 2010*

Third Day
For the fourth consecutive year, the Christian Music Hall of Fame has announced their inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductions include a very mixed group of individuals and bands which cover a wide range of Christian music. The inductions consist of Babbie Mason, Bloodgood, Bruce Carroll, the Newsboys, Randy Stonehill, Steve Green, Third Day and Whiteheart...
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Coming on the heels of some time off the road to focus on his duties as Worship Pastor, Caleb Rowden re-enters the CCM singer/songwriter field with a dynamic and timely new radio offering, 'All I Need is You'. One listen to this song and you instantly connect with its soaring melodies and production, as well as the message of trusting God regardless of what is happening around you. Rowden comments 'Given the current economic climate and uncertainty still looming, the call for Christ-followers to place their hope and trust in the hands of their creator has become all-the-more important. This song highlights that challenge, communicating an urgency to rest in the hands of God. It's a message we all need to be reminded of, especially now." In addition to the new single, Rowden recently announced the release of a free digital EP aptly titled 'The Demo Sessions' online for download...
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