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JfH OLD Music News

March, 2008
*Monday, March 31st, 2008*

toby
Gotee Records, known for their boutique approach to finding and nurturing musical talent, is now a fully independent company after purchasing the minority stake back from EMI Christian Music Group. Begun in 1994, Gotee Records is positioned to re-focus on artist development, while also becoming a hybrid publishing company via EMack Music. “Gotee Records and Emack Music are moving forward in a proactive and strategic fashion, and we plan to re-calibrate ourselves for the new consumer we’re now encountering in this business,” says co-founder and label President Joey Elwood, “Our next phase...
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delirious
The UK-based, RIAA Certified Gold-selling, globally relevant band Delirious? releases tomorrow its widely praised, eleventh studio album, Kingdom of Comfort. Its first new studio album since the acclaimed 2005 release, Mission Bell, Delirious?’s Kingdom of Comfort questions everything, from cancer to consumerism, “five star” dreams to slums and poverty...
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*Friday, March 28th, 2008*

Family Force 5
Family Force 5, just named “Artist of the Year” by Jesusfreakhideout.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards, will hit the road for their 14-city Skeletour and the Rock-n-Roll Champions of the Universe tour. The Maine (Fearless Records) and Ivoryline (Tooth & Nail) will join them on the club circuit that kicks off on April 3rd in Dallas, TX and continues throughout the West coast ending in Portland, OR on April 20th. Full tour date listings and tickets can be found online at...
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Dove Awards
Casting Crowns, The Clark Sisters, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Marvin Sapp, Switchfoot, Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, David Crowder*Band, Israel Houghton; and Charlie Daniels with Mac Powell and other performers to be announced in a special Grand Ole Opry segment are the first performers announced for the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards telecast, according to the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and Gospel Music Channel (GMC). Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year will take place live on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House...
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Sonshine Festival, one of Christian music’s premier summer events, is pleased to announce its participation in the Christian Festival Association (CFA) 2008 National Talent Competition. In addition, Sonshine is excited to say that, in a time when concert attendance is on the decline, the Festival’s advance ticket sales are double what they we were at this time last year. Together with Provident Label Group and 12 other CFA-affiliated Festivals across the country, Sonshine will host a regional leg of the competition. Independent artists interested in participating in the contest can submit an online press kit...
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MercyMe
MercyMe had yet another exclusive live release this week, but this time with Rhapsody! It is a collection of 5 of their hits that they recorded live in a New York studio. Check out the album on the Rhapsody or RealPlayer sites. MercyMe vocalist Bart Millard is recording his next Hymned record from Nashville, and today (March 28th) the band will have a camera set up all day streaming live video onto their blog. It will start around 2 PM Central time and go until they finish up...
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*Thursday, March 27th, 2008*

Third Day
When Third Day’s newest project kicks off with vocalist Mac Powell declaring “I’m the son of a good man/I’m the child of an angel,” you don’t get the sense the statement is necessarily autobiographical. It’s personal yet universal; a reflection of man’s never-ending search for his identity. That thread of searching for definition plays throughout Revelation, the veteran Atlanta-based band’s 11th studio album, set to release on July 29. For Powell and his longtime bandmates – guitarist Mark Lee, bassist Tai Anderson and drummer David Carr – that search involved stepping out of their physical comfort zone by recording the project in Los Angeles, and out of their creative comfort zone by bringing in producer Howard Benson, known for his work with artists such as...
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*Wednesday, March 26th, 2008*

Underoath
UNDEROATH are currently in the studio with producers Adam Dutkiewicz and Matt Goldman recording their highly anticipated fourth studio album. Due out late this summer, the as-yet-untitled disc is the follow up their juggernaut gold-certified and critically acclaimed third album DEFINE THE GREAT LINE (Tooth & Nail/Solid State). The Florida-based sextet's inexplicably delightful amalgam of mayhem and melody--plus their depth and ability--propelled the landmark 2006 album to a #2 debut on the Billboard Top 200 Chart...
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Jeremy Camp
Award winning entertainment company, Paulist Productions, is pleased to announce its new venture in the rapidly expanding world of internet television with the brand new web series, Tyler's Ride. Acclaimed Christian singer, Jeremy Camp joins the cast in his acting debut, as Jesse, an aspiring Christian musician and mentor to Tyler, the lead character. "Jeremy Camp is a natural for the role," says Father Frank Desiderio, Executive Producer of the series and President of Paulist Productions. "Jeremy was our first choice of all actor/musicians we looked at...
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Andy Hunter
DJ Andy Hunter recently updated fans on the latest happenings, including the pending release of his new album Colour and the completion of the artist's first ever film score. In an eight-plus minute video update, Andy gives listeners and inside look. Check out the YouTube video inside the "Full Report"...
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Mike Farris
INO/Columbia’s powerhouse vocalist Mike Farris wowed SXSW crowds as he appeared on three different stages. Plunging full throttle into the music scene Farris adds the famous Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festival to his legendary venues and festivals tour, while also launching his weekly series at Nashville’s Station Inn: Mike Farris presents Sunday Night Shout. Farris performed at this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival on March 11th at Stubb’s, where he entertained BMI VIP guests...
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Fireflight
Orlando-based rock band Fireflight has been named Gospel Music Channel’s first Listen Up artist of the month, adding to the recent flurry of media activity surrounding the launch of the band’s highly-acclaimed sophomore album Unbreakable. Throughout April on GMC, fans will experience 360 degrees of access to Fireflight through customized on-air spots, a world premiere of the anticipated “Unbreakable” music video on March 29, plus online exclusive interviews, performances and special features. Other appearances include a performance on the network’s weekly series “The Kitchen Sink,” and Fireflight will rock its own Front Row Live installment of...
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On April 20th, the annual Peanut Butter & Jelly Party will light up the Nashville sky once again with Hip-Hop on the Rooftop at The Loft Nashville. This event is fast becoming the place to be at GMA Music Week. At last year's Peanut Butter & Jelly Party, producers, artists, media and fans partied into the night on the roof of the McKendree United Methodist Church. The showcase had people talking all week long, drawing rave reviews and praise from the music industry...
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*Tuesday, March 25th, 2008*

TFK
Tooth&Nail Records' rock band Thousand Foot Krutch continues to build with their single at Active Rock/Alternative general market radio as they head out on the road this week and begin a full spring tour. The band will also be appearing at numerous summer festivals, which will be followed by another major fall tour. Two weeks ago Thousand Foot Krutch's Active Rock/Alternative single "Falls Apart" debuted in the Top 40 and continues to move upward currently at No. 33 with increased spins. This marks the band's third Active Rock/Alternative single to break into the Top 40 on the charts following the hit songs "Rawkfist" and "Move." The single is exposing the band to more than 1.9 million accumulated audiences...
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*Monday, March 24th, 2008*

Dizmas
After releasing two albums with EMI imprint Credential Recordings, southern California rock band Dizmas begins a new chapter with Forefront Records. Forefront is home to artists TobyMac, Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, as well as former tour mates This Beautiful Republic. The change in labels reinforces the focus and commitment to the Christian marketplace that has long been at the heart of Dizmas' ministry. “Dizmas personifies the type of artist that has defined Forefront Records over the years,” EMI CMG Label Group president Peter York comments on the signing. “They have demonstrated a passionate commitment to authentically communicate...
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Audio A
The Australian festival about Easter will bring a world exclusive to the stage in 2009. Audio Adrenaline will headline Easterfest 09 in Toowoomba, Australia for a reunion concert. The group, one of the most successful in CCM, retired from active music ministry almost a year ago. It has sold more than three million records and scored two Grammy® Awards, multiple Dove awards, and 18 number one singles. Audio Adrenaline started a revolution in Christian rock music in the early 90s, influencing MercyMe, Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson, and many of the sector's leading acts...
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*Friday, March 21st, 2008*

RSJ
Rebecca St. James will bring her music and message to national mainstream television viewers this Easter weekend! She will be in New York City doing a special guesting on "Fox & Friends Weekend" --this Sunday-- Easter morning. Her live appearance will air nationally during the Fox Channel's regular broadcast schedule for the Sunday edition of "Weekend" --7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Eastern. Rebecca is expected to be sharing with viewers the personal meaning of Easter in her own life, as well as performing 5-6 song segments throughout the three hour telecast...
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Underoath
Underoath are now recording for their brand new album due out this fall! The band has set up a two live webcams running now in the studio so you can check them out in the drum room and the sound room. They will also be chatting on there when they aren’t too busy. To see what we are up to now, go to stickam.com/underoath and also stickam.com/underoath2 or you can stream both feeds at their MySpace page...
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Brandon Heath
Come rain or shine, Brandon Heath and 20 volunteers traveled to Lafayette, Tenn., last Saturday to help clean up tornado destruction from last month’s Macon County tornado. Brandon and crew were dropped off in a field where they cleaned debris from a farmer’s pasture and ravine and removed sheet metal twisted in up-rooted trees was a common problem that the volunteers dealt with. Stormy weather could not break the spirits of the volunteers who worked through a thunderstorm in the fields for five hours. *More on this and news on Casting Crowns and Pillar in the full report...
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Newsboys
It's a long way to the top when you want to rock'n'roll - and sometimes when you get there it's not quite what it seems. That's been the experience of Newsboys frontman Peter Furler who this week told of how he had many times battled thoughts of wanting to do something else, despite achieving fame and fortune. The Newsboys are in Melbourne to launch Victoria's biggest Christian music festival, REZFEST 08, at the Point Cook Homestead this Sunday and Monday...
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WORDZ FROM THE STREET is the latest project from Los Angeles-based writer/artist/social activist Lee Cantelon. The album sees established names in rap music-- including Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Last Poets, Mr. Mixx from 2 Live Crew and Yo Yo--coming together with young talent from the inner-city including Watts, New York City and South Central Los Angeles, to interpret the text of Cantelon's book The Words. The album will be released later this year (exact date TBA)...
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*Thursday, March 20th, 2008*

Stryper
On Easter Sunday, March 23rd, VH1 Classic and VH1 will air "VH1 Classic Presents: Aftermath: The Station Fire Five Years Later," a one-hour special of concert highlights from the benefit concert that was held on February 25, 2008 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The special will air simultaneously on both networks at 10:00 PM EST / PST. Emmy-nominated composer and musician Marc Bonilla served as music director for the benefit, which included performances by Stryper with Tom Scholz and Gary Phil of Boston, Tesla, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson...
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NewSong
Nashville, TN-March 20, 2008- The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular concluded its 34-city run with a bang and a near sold out crowd this past weekend at the Sommet Center in Nashville. The Winter Jam tour is Christian music's largest annual musical extravaganza and for this year’s 2008 tour they brought in more fans than ever before. Winter Jam had an impressive 16% increase in attendance from last year equaling out to a total of 311, 836 screaming music fanatics coming to see MercyMe, Skillet, BarlowGirl, NewSong, American Idol's Mandisa and Connersvine...
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MercyMe
For the latest installment of the iTunes Originals series, MercyMe band leader Bart Millard talks about the path he's taken so far while the band stretches out for a low-key set of fan favorites. A cover of Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down" is one of many highlights from the intimate session. To listen to or buy this 25-track album for only $9.99, just go to: MercyMe - iTunes Originals...
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Josh Wilson From the current American Idol hopefuls to new Top 40 hit maker Sara Bareilles, spring 2008 is a season of promising new artists. Add recent college graduate Josh Wilson to that list of ones to watch when his debut album, TRYING TO FIT THE OCEAN IN A CUP, releases April 29 via Sparrow Records (EMI). Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Wilson cites John Mayer among others as a major influence and is a uniquely talented guitar player and vocalist in his own right. He has just earned a degree from Nashville’s Belmont University and is hitting the airwaves...
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*Wednesday, March 19th, 2008*

delirious
Compassionart songwriters, Paul Baloche, Steven Curtis Chapman, Andy Park, Martin Smith and Michael W. Smith continued to record songs last week that were written during a retreat in January. Meeting at Pentavarit Studio in Nashville, the studio hummed with activity as the songwriters were joined by guest vocalists tobyMac and Leeland Mooring (of the band Leeland), each putting down their signature vocals on tracks that were started at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Friends like Charlie Peacock and Eddie DeGarmo dropped by to spend time with the songwriters, as well as listen to the progression of the Compassionart songs. Guiding the tracks at the production helm for this recording session was Matt Bronleewe...
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Hawk Nelson
Two weeks from today on April 1st, Hawk Nelson fans will be clamoring to the nearest store if they haven't already pre-ordered the forthcoming studio release, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend. Since February 27th, fans on the West Coast have been able to get a small sample of the upcoming album on the popular "Hawk Nelson Green T Tour," which sold out to three West Coast venues in Tracy, CA, Redmond, WA and Spokane, WA. In addition to three sold-out dates, the tour has had more than 31,000 in attendance and over 6,700 Green T bundle purchases...
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Bebo Norman
There were mixed reactions to the announcement of the AOL $850 million in cash purchase of Bebo. Thrilled at the news Bebo's wife Roshare Norman exclaimed, "Woohoooooooo." General Manager of BEC, Tyson Paoletti's reaction was quite different according to employees who heard him talking to himself in his office, "This is going to make things pretty difficult this year," he stated. "If Bebo has that much money, he probably isn't going to want to make records anymore, but on the other hand we'd sell him for that much money if offered." However, it was soon clarified that Bebo Norman had not been sold...
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Jeremy Camp
Jeremy Camp's recent AC single "Let it Fade" from Beyond Measure has just hit the top on AC Indicator. "Let it Fade" went to No. 1 on both CHR and AC formats. This marks Jeremy's 14th No. 1 lifetime single and the 5th No. 1 single from Beyond Measure. Jeremy is finishing up the BOOMIN' BEYOND MEASURE tour with TobyMac, which has been a huge success across the country hitting both coasts. Following a popular and acclaimed self-titled debut, Tooth&Nail newbie Children 18:3 gained their first No. 1 Rock radio single with "You Know We're All So Fond of Dying." This album has received high reviews with 5 stars from JesusFreakHideout.com...
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Starflyer 59
This just in from SF59... "The new Starflyer 59 album "Dial M" has just been completed and is off to be mixed next week by JR McNeely. We are looking at a late summer / early fall release with select tour dates to follow. We are very pleased with the results and hope you enjoy the new record. More info, new songs, etc. coming soon. ~SF59" More details to come...
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Chris Sligh
As the current American Idol season moves forward with their top 12, Season 6 finalist Chris Sligh’s debut single “Empty Me” is making a huge impact at Christian AC radio and Sligh is pounding the pavement all across the U.S. In just 4 weeks after being the #1 Most Added track of the week, the single has debuted in the R&R AC Top 30 (#29 Monitor and #30 Indicator) with 32 stations already spinning it. “Empty Me” is New and Active at R&R CHR as well, all of which gives great momentum to Sligh’s solo debut, Running Back to You, which will bow nationally on May 6th on Brash Music...
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Creation Festival
Creation Festival, the nation's largest Christian music festival and the premier name in Christian music events, is pleased to announce that it is expanding its brand once again to launch Creation Festival: The Tour. Kicking off in October, the "mini Creation on wheels" will allow fans across the country to experience a taste of the annual 4-day events held in June and July in one night of music, teaching and fun...
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*Tuesday, March 18th, 2008*

Skillet
In follow-up to a stellar 2007, in which Atlantic/Lava/Ardent/INO record’s band Skillet received their second consecutive GRAMMY® nomination, garnered 4 back-to-back No. 1 singles and doubled the sales of their 2004 release, the rockers just performed before over 300,000 fans on Winter Jam and are ready to headline their COMATOSE TOUR starting next week on March 27th in Minneapolis. Hitting approximately 30 cities, including New York City,’s Grand Ball Room and Chicago’s House of Blues, the tour will also feature Thousand Foot Krutch and special guest Decyfer Down...
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Code Of Ethics
Code Of Ethics returns after a 7-year hiatus to GMA Week April 19-23. It will be Sunday April 20 2008, @ 10:15 pm when a glimpse will be had of the new music and passion of Code of Ethics founder and front man Barry Blaze as COE takes the stage at B.B. KINGS in Nashville TN. At the end of the Code of Ethics 2001 tour for their Dove Award nominated CD BLAZE, Barry Blaze and his wife left for Jacksonville Florida were he has been leading worship the last 7 years. It was after a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2004...
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POD
This in from the P.O.D. fan list... "P.O.D. Listening Parties Nationwide Are This Tuesday March 18th! Hard Rock Concerts Begin Next Tuesday March 25th. Attention Warriors in the Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and San Francisco areas, do you want to hear "When Angels & Serpents Dance" in it's ENTIRETY, and 2 weeks before anyone else will hear it? Head down to the Hard Rock Cafe in your area on Tuesday March 18th. You'll be set! All listening parties are happening at the same time so head down to your HRC @ 7:30pm. Things won't begin till about 8pm but this gives you time to get settled in. There is a..."
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Flyleaf
On Saturday, April 5, Pontiac Garage at the Final Four® will energize both fans of music and basketball with performances by numerous popular artists, including Belton, Texas-born alternative metal band Flyleaf and Austin-based rock band Meridianwest. Also on Saturday, Pontiac Garage at the Final Four will be home to The World’s Largest Pep Rally featuring cheerleaders, mascots and pep bands from each of the four participating teams as they rally their respective fans just hours before tip-off of that...
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Hillsong United
Sydney-based Hillsong United will launch TheIHeartRevolution social justice movement on April 1 with the U.S. release of With Hearts As One, a new double album that captures live worship from around the world. The CD release is the first part of a three-part action plan for TheIHeartRevolution that also includes a June release of a DVD titled We’re All In This Together. Both the CD, which captures the “sound” of global worship, and the DVD, which captures the “visual,” are aimed at creating awareness for phase three - - the development of an online community...
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RSJ
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 marked the official street date from EMI of Rebecca St. James' much anticipated double CD anthology package, The Ultimate Collection. The project presents a unique collection in one package. Hers has been a remarkably influential presence in contemporary Christian music—a career that has spanned over the past fourteen years, producing both a Grammy and multiple Dove Awards, as well as gold album certifications for the Australian born singer/songwriter. With sales of her music soaring into the millions globally, her signature blend of modern pop/rock production...
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*Friday, March 14th, 2008*

Robbie Seay Band
“New Day,” from Sparrow recording artist Robbie Seay Band, will be featured on episode three of “Oprah’s Big Give,” which will air this Sunday, March 16 at 9 pm ET on ABC. “New Day,” showcased on Robbie Seay Band’s critically acclaimed 2007 release, Give Yourself Away, is slated to be the group’s next Christian radio single, following their Top 5 hit “Song of Hope.” The March 2 premiere of "Oprah's Big Give" drew 15.7 million viewers, the largest audience in primetime...
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Flame
Dove Award nominee and Cross Movement Records gospel hip-hop artist FLAME has been climbing the charts following the debut of his fourth album, Our World Redeemed, which released on March 4, 2008. The critically acclaimed album jumped an amazing 41 chart positions in one week to hit the #1 position in its second week on the CMTA R&B/Hip Hop Chart. The project also debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart...
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Project 86
Tooth & Nail Records rock band Project 86 has never wanted to be boxed into a specific genre or sound. Because of this, fans whose hearts grow fond of a specific moment in the band's versatile stylistic career have found it difficult to accept their growth or changes. Frontman Andrew Schwab decided it was time to directly address this issue, "We receive emails and messages often where many of you ask why one record does not sound like another, why one record is more melodic, etc. So I thought it would be approriate to comment a bit on our thought processes..."
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Phil Joel
Former Newsboys bassist Phil Joel, who left the band in 2006 to pursue his solo endeavors, has announced plans of a Spring tour with former Inpop band Casting Pearls (which also features a former Newsboy, Bryan Olesen). Here's their official announcement with booking info, "Be sure to catch CCM artists Phil Joel and Casting Pearls on tour this May! With new music and new sets from both artists, this high-energy tour will be sure to thrill and encourage audiences of all ages..."
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*Thursday, March 13th, 2008*

House Of Heroes
JFH announced this a few days ago, but here's the official release today... Powerpop rock band House Of Heroes is giving away three new songs free to fans as part of a digitally-aggressive campaign by label home Gotee Records with the full album The End Is Not The End available at iTunes.com on April 15th for just $9.99. The site, www.freeHoH.com, allows fans to download three new House Of Heroes songs free of charge in return for providing five email addresses of other people who they...
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Disciple
INO Rockers Disciple’s new song “In The Middle of it Now” will be among the tracks featured on “WWE: The Music Vol. 8.” The song was specially written for the record which will hit stores on March 25, and includes tracks from other rock artists such as Saliva, Axel and Airbourne. “WWE: The Music Vol. 8” unleashes right in time for WWE's biggest bash of the year, WrestleMania® XXIV live on pay-per-view on Sunday, March 30 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. WWE has sold more than six million CDs...
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Superchick
Power-pop rockers Superchick head out this weekend on their spring 2008 “Cross The Line” headlining tour, visiting more than 45 cities through mid-May. Accompanying the group will be KJ-52, Disciple, Britt Nicole and Starlit Platoon. Kicking off Friday, March 14 at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., the “Cross The Line” tour will make stops in major Christian music markets including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Special to its fans, Superchick...
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Tenth Avenue North
Having recently wrapped a month-long promotional tour for the May 20 release of its debut album Over and Underneath, Tenth Avenue North received news that its single “Love Is Here” broke into the Top 20 on the R&R AC Monitored chart this week with adds from several key outlets including KLTY in Dallas. Cumulative impressions of the song currently exceed six million; evidence of its genuine connection with listeners. Following a recent station visit, Jason Sharp, PD of KTIS in Minneapolis, MN...
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Creation Festival
Gearing up to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, Creation Festivals is pleased to announce the launch of the Creation Road Crew, an interactive street team allowing fans and attendees the opportunity to become involved with the Festival on a grassroots level and earn special perks. In addition, Creation is announcing the kick off of its partnership with Tooth & Nail Records and BEC Recordings for this year's National Talent Search. These exciting new additions to the festival allow fans the opportunity to participate in and become an...
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FFH
Unique among 2008 ‘women's events’ in major market church based settings will be the April launch of The Power of Prayer And Worship Seminar, center pointed by nationally award winning, best selling author/speaker Stormie Omartian, whose “Power of Praying” series has sold more than 12 million books since initially being introduced to readers in 1995. Praise and worship artists/speakers will include Jennifer & Jeromy Deibler of Dove Award winning Christian band FFH, nationally known worship leader, Roz Thompson...
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The WOW partnership announces the upcoming release of its new album WOW Hits 1 featuring 19 of the biggest artists and most current hits in Christian music, including 3 new artist bonus cuts, in stores April 8. This latest installment of the WOW Hits brand marks the launch of a new product initiative to release 3 single-disc WOW Hits projects per year. Each album will include the most current songs from today’s leading pop, rock, adult contemporary and worship artists offering fans more music, more often, while creating year-round traffic for retail...
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GMA
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the finalists for the 2008 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Radio Station of the Year contest. The radio station awards are designed to publicly acknowledge those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. Awards are given to major, large, medium and small market stations. The winners in each market category will be determined by a panel of judges...
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Indelible Creative Group, in association with Indieheaven.com, is announcing the release of Top 20 Indie 2008. The album compiles 20 of the most talented emerging artists from Indieheaven.com’s stable of independent Christian artists on one CD that releases on March 18, 2008. Artists and songs for the album were selected from members of Indieheaven.com by a panel of music industry experts from Indelible Creative Group and Indieheaven.com based on song quality, artist exposure and web traffic among other criteria. "We've been looking for the right partner to help our...
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*Wednesday, March 12th, 2008*

After Edmund
Slanted Records' new buzz band After Edmund, a modern pop/rock outfit from LaGrange, Georgia, celebrated the release of their debut album in true rock & roll style - at the home of the King of Rock & Roll himself, Elvis Presley. The band headed to Memphis for a VIP tour of Graceland and the various exhibits that pay tribute to the musical legend. While there, the group was invited to Elvis Radio (Sirius Channel 13) to guest dj for 30 minutes on the popular satellite...
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Hawk Nelson
Check out the brand new video "Friend Like That" from Hawk Nelson now at Amazon.com! While you're there, you can pre-order their upcoming album Hawk Nelson...Is My Friend, available in stores and online April 1, 2008...
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SCC
Shaohannah’s Hope, the orphan care and adoption ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and wife Mary Beth, recently partnered with JOY-FM Radio/St. Louis, raising close to $54,000 with their Sharathon partnership. With an amazing 581 calls received from radio listeners, in just 12 hours a total of $53,906.99 was pledged for Shaohannah’s Hope...
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Meredith Andrews
Heralded by Billboard Magazine as of one 2008’s “Faces to Watch,” new female vocalist and worship leader, Meredith Andrews, is set to release her debut project, The Invitation, for Word Records on April 29. The project is produced by Jason Ingram and Rusty Varenkamp, and features a set of eleven songs either written or co-written by Andrews. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Word Records family,” said Andrews...
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Soul P.
Standout hip hop newcomer Soul P. is gearing up for the follow-up album to his breakthrough debut, The Premiere. Due for release early this summer, Soul P. says his next album, to be titled The King's Empire, will be driven with a lot of emotion and honesty. There will be a piece of me delivered to all of those who listen to this record that...
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Dove Awards
After the Dove Awards are handed out at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on April 23, 2008, the festivities will continue with the official GMA Dove Awards After Party featuring a special DeGarmo & Key reunion, announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA). The GMA Dove Awards After Party will be held at the Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville, after the Dove Awards concludes at 9 p.m. The antebellum mansion, located on McGavock Pike, is less than five miles from the Opry, making it an ideal location for the celebration. Pioneering Christian rock duo DeGarmo and Key will reunite to present the evening’s entertainment...
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Hello Kelly
Canadian-based pop/rock band Hello Kelly announced they will release their highly anticipated full-length album on April 15th through 7 Spin Music. The self-titled album, which was produced by Adam Smith, follows the highly successful Green Things Grow EP, which was released in March 2007. Whether they're blasting through an upbeat riff-rock power tune or moving gently through one of their stirring ballads, Hello Kelly will put a smile on your face and keep it there...
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Teen girls trio The Rubyz prepare to unveil their self-titled April 1 debut with support of new label Advocate Entertainment/iShine Records. The teen band’s radio single “In My Life” hit the airwaves on March 7 with early station adds on board including KADI Springfield, Mo. and WSCF Ft. Pierce-Stuart, Fla. As a flagship group for Advocate Entertainment’s iShine label, helmed by President and CEO Robert Beeson, General Manager Troy Collins and well-known manager Jeff Risden (Relient K, OC Supertones, Paul Colman)...
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*Tuesday, March 11th, 2008*

House Of Heroes
With House Of Heroes' new record The End Is Not The End swiftly approaching release, the guys are giving away three songs to you and your friends to whet our appetites. Here are the details, "That's right, we've already put up 3 new songs on our MySpace page for you to check out. Now we've made 3 other new songs available for you to download at http://www.freehoh.com. Go to the site..."
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The Fold
Although The Fold released their sophomore record Secrets Keep You Sick less than a year ago, the Chicago rock band is back in the studio hard at work on a new EP. Recently, along with the cover artwork, the guys announced some details about the iTunes exclusive, "Hey all! Just putting out the good word that we are in our home studio making a new EP for you. It's going to be an Itunes exclusive release titled "Stargazer EP". We are in our home studio making a new EP inspired by the free form..."
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Avalon
Avalon visits with students from Ruben Dario school in Nandaime, Nicaragua on Feb. 22. Having helped secure sponsorships for more than 20,000 children as a World Vision partner since 1998, Avalon witnessed first-hand how money raised on behalf of the child sponsorship organization has improved education in that part of the country. Photo inside the JFH Full Report...
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Laura Story, a talented songwriter known for penning hit worship songs such as “Indescribable” made famous by Chris Tomlin, will unveil her national debut release on INO Records’ March 18th titled Great God Who Saves. Produced by GMA Dove Award winner Ed Cash (Amy Grant, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman) Story’s 10-track project declares her tried-by-fire confidence in God’s faithfulness in unforgettable, utterly infectious songs like the first radio single “Mighty to Save,” “Immortal, Invisible God,” “Great God Who Saves,” and “Bless The Lord.” Melodic, piano-driven worship...
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*Monday, March 10th, 2008*

Relient K
Hey JfH'ers! Josh Taylor here. Relient K came through Nashville last night and played a show (For five bucks! Can't beat it!). It turns out it was Ethan Luck's first show as RK's new drummer. He did a great job, and they sound better than ever. But the reason I'm writing this is to let you all know that Matt Thiessen announced a B-sides record they hope to put out soon. Details were vague, but let's just say it'll be a lot of bang for your buck. We even got to hear one of the songs from the record. So keep your fingers crossed...
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Showbread
With Showbread's double project Anorexia Nervosa releasing on May 13 from Tooth & Nail Records, the band has posted a sample of how the album will read and play out - complete with subliminal messages! Below is what the band posted today for the fans to read, "When a track starts to play, begin reading the corresponding chapter. When you come to a Time Marker (0:00), that marker will suggest..."
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*Friday, March 7th, 2008*

Sixpence NTR
Four years since they parted ways, platinum-selling group SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER have decided to reunite and will make their first appearance in four years together next week at SXSW (Thursday, March 14 @ The Tap Room). "Leigh [Nash] and I had been making music together since we were teenagers. As we approached our 30s, there was a bit of restlessness to explore other things," explains Matt Slocum. "In the midst of this exploration, I felt a void open up, like I needed to be making music with Leigh"...
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David Crowder Band
Sixstepsrecords’ David Crowder*Band offers fans a limited edition of its September 2007 release, REMEDY, on April 29. The project continues to gain widespread recognition, garnering four 2008 Dove Award nominations and contributing to David Crowder’s eight nods, tying him with Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall as this year’s lead nominee...
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Matthew West
Amidst a string of national television and concert appearances, Sparrow singer/songwriter Matthew West is enjoying the top song in the country at Christian AC radio this week with “You Are Everything,” the debut single from his January 15 best-selling release, Something To Say. Written by West and Sam Mizell, the #1 hit on both R&R’s March 7 Christian AC...
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Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Aaron and Amanda Crabb to the Daywind family of artists. This dynamic husband and wife ministry team met with label president, Ed Leonard, yesterday to make it official. Aaron Crabb spoke on behalf of himself and his wife, “We are very excited about locking arms with Daywind...
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Casting Crowns
Provident Label Group releases yet another weekend overview of their artists' news... Recently during a Casting Crowns tour stop in Colorado, the top-selling artist along with tour mate John Waller met up for coffee with best-selling author and sought-after speaker John Eldredge in his hometown of Colorado Springs. The group exchanged stories of how Eldredge’s works had impacted the ministries of several Casting Crowns band members and even Waller’s inspired songwriting. Eldredge shared his family’s love of their music. His books include Wild at Heart and The Sacred Romance. Casting Crowns’ headlining tour has already played to 97,000 fans on the spring leg of The Altar and The Door Tour. More artist news in the JFH Full Report...
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*Thursday, March 6th, 2008*

KJ-52
Following the 2007 release of his most recent studio album, The Yearbook, Christian hip-hop artist KJ-52 ended the year with television placement and began the new with a CCM Reader’s Choice award and two Dove nominations leading into upcoming dates on the “Cross the Line” Superchic[k] tour. In late November, prior to the writer’s strike halting most television...
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Bethany Dillon
In Christ Alone: Modern Hymns of Worship, the new collaborations from Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt, releases March 11, 2008. The recording features well-known hymns with all new arrangements courtesy of producer John Mark Painter (Fleming and John, Ben Folds, Jon Foreman). The twelve-song collection includes such favorites as “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “The Power of the Cross,” and the title track, “In Christ Alone”...
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POD
The lineup that P.O.D. to multiple platinum success with “The Fundamental Elements of Southtown” and “Satellite” (featuring “Youth of a Nation,” “Alive,” “Boom,” and "Satellite") is back with their INO/Columbia Records debut, “When Angels and Serpents Dance” on April 8, 2008. Prior to the release, the band will take part in Hard Rock Café's month long charity drive...
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*Wednesday, March 5th, 2008*

4HIM
Still 11 months from its' January 22-26, 2009 sailing date from the port of Miami, Premier Christian Cruises' "K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise 2009" is already full steam ahead towards its' annual launch—five days and four nights of ‘tropical family fun and relaxation’ with a unique blend of Christian music, inspiration, and ministry. Premier has also secured for cruise-goers highly anticipated reunion concerts by 4-HIM and Christian music pioneer duo, DeGarmo & Key--the only staging planned anywhere for either artist presentation...
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Pillar
GRAMMY-nominated, rock band Pillar’s fifth studio album, For the Love of the Game, which hit stores on Feb. 26, 2008, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 album chart at No. 71, while coming in at No. 4 on the Christian (overall) album chart. Pillar’s For the Love of the Game is big, fun, infectious rock and roll that further solidifies Pillar’s position as fearless leaders in the Christian Rock world. The Dove Award-winning rockers are currently enjoying the ninth, Pillar-headlining tour, the “For the Love of the Game” Tour, sponsored by World Vision, TVU and RadioU. The full tour line-up is: Pillar, Building 429, Wavorly and introducing Brooke Barrettsmith. All dates are listed below and additional dates are still being added. For the most up-to-date schedule, and to view and download the latest, band-created Pillar Tour Podcasts, visit...
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Leeland
GRAMMY and Dove Award-nominated band Leeland’s brand new, second in-studio album, Opposite Way (2/26/08), is certainly heading in the right direction, as it debuted this week at No. 72 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, and at No. 5 on the Christian (overall) album chart. Additionally, as of today, “Count Me In,” the initial single from Opposite Way, is being counted in to the Top 10 of the R&R CHR Chart. Leeland is currently on tour with multi-platinum Christian rock band, Casting Crowns, on “The Altar and The Door Tour.” For the latest tour dates...
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The Afters
On the heels of a street week filled with smashing reviews, viral video victory with “MySpace Girl” and a No. 1 Christian CHR radio hit, INO/COLUMBIA Record’s act The Afters confirm they are indeed NEVER GOING BACK TO OK as this, their sophomore release, enters the Billboard Top 200 at #41 and the Contemporary Christian SoundScan charts at #1 selling 15,856 units. In digital sales, the project enters at #1 for Christian SoundScan album and track sales plus hit as high as #14 on the iTunes® overall digital chart and #4 on their digital Rock chart. Simultaneously, for the third straight week, the album’s title track, “Never Going Back to OK,” remains #1 at Christian CHR, and hit Top 5 at Christian Rock. Now, “Keeping Me Alive” has just released and is emerging as their next hit single at Christian AC radio...
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Flyleaf
A&M/Octone artists FLYLEAF's self-titled debut album has been certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. Currently their third single, "All Around Me" is their highest- charting song to date, crossing over at Top 40 radio. With over 25 million plays on MySpace and 300,000 spins to date, Texas-bred FLYLEAF has already spawned two powerful singles, "I'm So Sick," and "Fully Alive" both of which were played on major market active rock radio...
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Fireflight
Orlando-based rock band Fireflight has released its buzz-worthy sophomore album Unbreakable to tremendous applause from media, network TV executives and rock radio. The album’s title track and lead radio single "Unbreakable" debuted on the NBC network in Nov. 2007, as the anthemic soundtrack for the “Bionic Woman” TV show, and now the hit song sits at No. 1 for a fourth week at Christian rock radio and No. 8 on the CHR format with the most-increase in spins of any song this week...
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Justin McRoberts
Known for his ability to blend artistry, honesty and humor seamlessly though his music, highly respected singer/songwriter and speaker Justin McRoberts is set to release his new album, Deconstruction, in March 2008. Sold through his website (www.justinmcroberts.com), and most digital music stores including iTunes, CDBaby, Napster, and Rhapsody, McRoberts continues to carve an impressive niche for himself within the independent music scene...
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Ashmont Hill
Starting on March 8th in Woodward, Oklahoma, Axiom Records group Ashmont Hill will be opening for well-known Curb Recording artist Natalie Grant on her “Relentless Tour.” Ashmont Hill’s set will include songs from their upcoming self-titled debut that is releasing nationwide on May 13th. Already being recognized for their fresh sound this group of 4 is set to hit the road to share with audiences across the country...
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Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2008) - John Tesh’s latest television special, ALIVE music&dance is a celebration of everything he is passionate about – faith, music, dance and family. A spectacular evening of hip-hop (yes, hip-hop!), ballet, lighting and staging effects, combined with the talents of guest performers and young dancers, the show becomes a high-energy, inspiring evening of music and dance for the entire family. The special debuts on PBS on March 1, 2008, and the CD and DVD companions will be released in CBA and general market stores on March 4, 2008...
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*Tuesday, March 4th, 2008*

Natalie Grant
In support of the February 12 release of her best-selling and critically acclaimed seventh album, Relentless, Curb recording artist and GMA’s reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, is set to bring the “Relentless Tour” to audiences across the country this spring. Sponsored by Gospel Music Channel, the Tour will include special guest Inpop recording artist Jimmy Needham, and introduce new Axiom recording artist Ashmont Hill...
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Brandon Heath
Last night, acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandon Heath assembled Nashville’s Christian music community for a free concert benefitting their neighbors in Macon County, Tenn., hit hard by a tornado on Feb. 5. The local event raised $18,690 and committed 85 volunteers to join in the clean-up efforts and help rebuild the storm-torn area...
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Flame
Cross Movement Records gospel hip-hop artist FLAME will be celebrating the March 4, 2008 release of his fourth album, Our World: Redeemed, with a special hometown concert in St. Louis, Mo., on March 8, 2008, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.). Hosted by Kenny Petty with DJ Official, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. CST, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. CST, and FLAME will be joined by special guests Trip Lee and friends. General admission tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door or...
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Armond Morales, founding member of the Grammy & Dove Award winning group The Imperials, issues public statement in response to the story that broke last week at ChristianityToday.com. "Jason, this is your dad. I feel that since the story of our dispute is now public I should write you publicly and apologize for all that has happened. First, I must say I love you. My heart is broken as I am sure yours is too, and for that I am truly sorry..."
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Michael English
Fans have been eagerly waiting for the latest CD from Michael English, which is his first studio project in eight years. The result is a #10 listing on iTunes Christian in the first week of release for The Prodigal Comes Home. The majority of the album was produced by Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown, Casting Crowns) and Dale Oliver (Bucky Covington) and showcases such top songwriters as Neil Thrasher (Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney), Matthew West (Natalie Grant), Sam Mizell (Point of Grace, Avalon), to name a few...
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*Saturday, March 1st, 2008*

Third Day
After thirteen years as a member of Atlanta rock band Third Day, guitarist Brad Avery has decided to leave the band to pursue other projects. Third Day has no intentions of replacing Avery at this time, and has already begun touring as a quartet. The band's other original guitarist, Mark Lee, comments, "Third Day and Brad Avery have made the very difficult decision to part ways. We appreciate Brad’s many contributions to the band's career to date, including his work on our forthcoming album, but the time has come for us to follow our separate paths..."
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Jeff Deyo
Filming for the new indie film The Imposter, starring singer Kevin Max and worship leader Jeff Deyo, wrapped recently, and the former SONICFLOOd personality had this on-set story to share with his Worship City Ministries readers today, "When we were filming the making of one of 'Grand design's' music videos for 'The Imposter' movie, we had a run in with the police! I was up on a bridge singing (lipsyncing for the video) with a railroad track below. The band members were all playing their instruments on large individual piles of rock and dirt directly under the bridge..."
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